Are Dems Capable?

The Dems were handed their asses in 2016….and being true to form they have promised to learn their lesson and do a better job for the people of this country…….I call CRAP! on their promises.

They have learned nothing….but they could…..not in the direction they are traveling these days….

The Dems are still trying to embrace Clintonism….a trajectory that lost them an election…..

Last January, in his surprising endorsement of Senator Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich made an astute observation which bears repeating following Donald Trump’s victory on November 8th.

“I’ve known Hillary Clinton since she was 19 years old, and have nothing but respect for her,” he wrote in his blog. “In my view, she’s the most qualified candidate for president of the political system we now have. But Bernie Sanders is the most qualified candidate to create the political system we should have, because he’s leading a political movement for change.”

Despite the many theories circulating as to why Clinton lost the election, that quote says it all.

Source: The Democratic Establishment Is Doubling Down on Clintonism as Her Cronies Fail Upward :: Politics :: Features :: Democrats :: Paste

The Dems are pushing that the DNC will be the change needed……again….I don’t think so….

The seven leading candidates to serve as the next chair of the Democratic National Committee gathered at George Washington University on Wednesday night to dodge key questions about party reform and pander to the 447 insiders who will elect the next Democratic leader.

At a debate sponsored by The Huffington Post, contenders repeatedly called for “unity” and made vague calls for better “organizing” while sidestepping important issues about how the DNC should govern its future affairs.

Source: The DNC Contenders Are Not Interested In Your Populist Moment | The Huffington Post

Lots of drama around who will lead the DNC forward….my problem is the ones running are the ones that are the problem…..the people may be populist…leaders are NOT!

If they truly want to return to prominence then maybe they should take a look around……

The election of Donald Trump is part of an ongoing surge of right-wing nationalism across the globe, from Brexit to Hungary to the Philippines.

This presents a thorny problem for the left. Belligerent nationalism has caused many of the worst atrocities in modern history, from the Black Hand in Serbia to Nazi Germany. Yet the basic political instincts behind nationalism cannot simply be ignored or wished away.

If it is to defuse the more destructive aspects of nationalism, the left must admit the need for national fellow feeling — and ensure that, unlike the eurozone, any supranational institutions are created on a democratic basis.

Source: How liberals can learn to stop worrying and love nationalism

As much as I disliked the Tea Party…I will admit that they were successful…all the hate and vitriol was a success….maybe the Dems should take a page out of the playbook…..

Donald Trump represents a grave threat to liberal democratic values. On Capitol Hill, Republicans are falling in line and some moderate Democrats have signaled a willingness to cut deals. But ordinary Americans have the power to resist. We know this is true because we have seen local, grassroots organizing take hold before.

Eight years ago, two of us worked as congressional staffers and the other in immigrant rights organizing. President Obama had taken office with large Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress and seemed poised to enact many of our shared priorities. Another force was taking shape, however, that would eventually bring federal policymaking to a halt.

Source: How to Stop Trump: Lessons From the Tea Party | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

The Dems can return to the top of the mountain but it will take real work and real change… it is today….I do not see anything new on the horizon.

We need to dump the status quo…..we need an alternative to this nationalistic rise…..

A clash of two insurgencies is now shaping the west. Progressives on both sides of the Atlantic are on the sidelines, unable to comprehend what they are observing. Donald Trump’s inauguration marks its pinnacle.

One of the two insurgencies shaping our world today has been analysed ad nauseum. Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, Marine Le Pen and the broad Nationalist International that they are loosely connected to have received much attention, as has their success at impressing upon the multitudes that nation-states, borders, citizens and communities matter.

Source: We Need an Alternative to Trump’s Nationalism. It Isn’t the Status Quo | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

The winds of change are blowing….but how hard?


12 thoughts on “Are Dems Capable?

  1. I don’t consider myself a Democrat anymore. The party has failed to represent me in a majority of ways that started with Bill Clinton and ended with Hillary Clinton. Trump is the collective answer of the people to say “We’re done with your elite liberal agenda being forced down our throats.” Bernie Sanders represents me more than any other candidate and being a Democrat, feels like an oxymoron to support him. I’ve started aligning with the progressive movement, the more I read, the more I’m sure about putting time and effort into being a progressive.

    The future of the Democratic party hinges on their ability to embrace the progressive movement and reform the agenda of the past 24 years. The alternative is that another party takes their place or the Republican right-wing nationalists continue to grow and make everything else irrelevant.

    1. I am pleased to see you embracing the more progressive agenda…we have been fighting this battle for a long time and now it looks as if someone is paying attention….chuq

  2. The Dems will be back. Just about the time the clueless hordes get mad at Trump over something they will go running back to the Dems again and the glory wheel will turn one more time. It’s a cycle with Americans to go with one party and then the other and back again to the beginning and so on and on and on.

  3. American will never be a socialist country. Bernie Sanders has many followers especially among the millenniums, ofcourse they want free education and free health care…but that will not happen in the U.S. I like Bernie as a person, I disagree strongly with his socialist views and was extremely disappointed and disturbed by his very cozy meeting praising dictator Fidel Castro, an oppressive tyrant who forced his country into poverty. We need a new party, a moderate party. The Obama administration open the door to the likes of a Trump administration, HRC ran a poor campaign, trying too hard to appease the Sanders base, ignoring the middle class.

      1. It is not receiving any good options, it is struggling, I think under Trump the middle class will fade away and their will be the poor and the wealthy. I laugh when I hear Trump followers say they are tired of the elite…Have they seen the Trump towers, Maralargo? Melania…the epitome of elite.

      2. I agree the MC is disappearing and this admin will do little to save it…they elected a billionaire what did they think would happen? chuq

      3. Wealth gained on the backs of small companies hired to build his empire and then “stiffed” while he claimed bankruptcy to avoid paying he less powerful unable to fight his dishonest tactics , the same guidelines ( put in place by the dem. ) that allowed him to avoid paying federal taxes for many years that support our military and other factions that he espouses such concern for. Unfit for POTUS.

  4. Lots of debate here. Always good to see.
    As for Castro being a dictator who drove his country into poverty, that is just not factual. Look back to the Batista regime if you want to see a real dictator, and a puppet of the US government and the Mafia to boot.

    As an outsider, I really see little difference between the Democrats and Republicans. That opinion may seem strange to an American, but then calling Sanders a ‘Socialist’ seem even stranger to me!
    Regards, Pete.

    1. The Castro thing is a lie…but that never stopped the a/holes, huh? Dems and Repubs are just different side of the same coin…Sanders is no socialist but to some anyone not a conserv is a socialist….they do like their labels….chuq

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