Democrats need to NOT forget that….
I’m seeing all this noise about running father to the Left against Donald Trump….
Sure there SHOULD be protests against the Bull Shit Trump spewed to get the Electoral College State votes by a hairs margin in four states that enabled him to claim the Presidency….
But Democrats also have to realize a few other things….
They have been LOSING vast amounts legislative and governorships around the country BEFORE Hillary Clinton announced she was running for President….
Hillary Clinton isn’t the issue…..
Democratic politics is….
Enough people in Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin , Iowa and Ohio voted FOR Barack Obama…..
They didn’t for Hillary Clinton….
I submit that they voted also against President’s Obama’s Obamacare and Immigration policies negatives FOR THEM….
Republicans have been much smarter and active than Democrats ….Using the ‘fear ‘that Democrats now have….
While Hillary Clinton got over a million MORE votes than Donald Trump…..
Where she got those votes IS THE PROBLEM….
Those Red area’s in the electoral map are vast and wide….
No matter HOW much protesting and organizing by the Democratic Progressives?
The bottom line is that the Democratic party must HOLD Hillary Clinton’s voting group together and find a way to reach those who left from voting for Obama in those others states and bring them back…
In addition ?
Democrats nedd to find a way in the less than two years to ‘get out the vote ‘ for 2018 to stop Republican’s from completely owning the states and local governments around the country….
To be clear, the populists in the party have a point that there are elements of the economy that are rigged against the working stiff. Don’t stop fighting that. But once upon a time, 145,000 folks worked at Kodak. They lost their jobs not because of a stacked deck but because you take pictures on your phone now. In just 10 years, 465,000 fewer people work in paper, publishing and printing because you’re probably reading this column online. And 365,000 people lost jobs in department, clothing and electronics stores because you shop from your home. This is the root of economic angst in the United States, and simple solutions won’t solve it.
On social policy, Democrats have to practice what we preach: tolerance. Social policy, thankfully, is the place where all facets of the party are in harmony. The fight Democrats have led to fully include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and immigrants in our society, to protect a woman’s right to choose, and to stand for sane gun laws and holistic policing and criminal justice has been a unifying force for Democrats, not a source of division as it was in the 1990s.
But we need to try to find a path to progress on these vital social issues that deploys less scorn upon those who do not see things completely our way. Sure, there is a fringe element larger than any of us would like who deserve our disapprobation. But there are far more who are just hesitant, weighing the matter, wondering if we’re moving too fast. A little empathy may help. That would make a stronger case, and embody the values we want from others. It only takes being called a racist, homophobe or misogynist once to permanently end a conversation with a potentially reasonable but reluctant voter.
After an electoral debacle such as this, each wing of the party argues that if only Democrats had followed their approach the outcome would have been different. That just ain’t so — the defeat was too sweeping. We all need to make some changes. To start with, emphasize more jobs, not just fairer jobs; and achieve social progress with less social shaming. This would not betray the values of any Democrat in any corner of the party. It would appeal to the white working-class voters who once formed the core of the party and keep our promise to the growing minorities in the country who deserve full inclusion in America….
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