Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Nation: L.R. Runner: "How to Save the Democratic Party": The Future of American Leftists

How to Save the Democratic Party | The Nation

I've been having this discussion with one of my friends on Google+, if you want to call someone you've never. Met in person and talked to on the phone a friend, about what the future could be for Progressives in America. This friend of mine is an admitted Democratic Socialist, thats how he describes his politics and if you read this blog on a regular basis. You know that I've been arguing that Progressive Democrats need their own party, that being spread out amongst. 4-5 parties in America is not doing them much good, because they end up competing against each other. As well as whatever Democrat or Republican they are running against but if these 4-5 Social Democratic parties. Including the Progressive Caucus in the Democratic Party, were to come together and to form one Progressive Party. Whatever that party were to be called, whether its the Progressive Party or some other party, that they may end up. Being large enough to compete with Democrats and Republicans and at least be able to get into the debates.

As I've said before the Democratic Party is a party made up of at least three different political factions, four if. You consider that there are Liberals such as myself. two different factions of Progressives, one faction that works. With the Democratic leadership, the Barney Frank's and Bernie Sanders of the World and another Progressive. That tends to look at compromising with Republicans as selling out and when Democrats compromise with Republicans. They are being fake Democrats, people like Dennis Kucinich and then there are people like Marry Landrieu whose. At best a Moderate-Liberal but basically a Centrist especially on economic issues, socially Liberal but doesn't really push those issues. And thats really why the Democratic Party has always been so big, the largest political party in the country. If not Democratic world, because we are represented by more then one political ideology and faction.

As a Liberal Democrat, I'm happy with where this party is ideologically, we are right where a majority is as a country. On social issues but also on economic issues, in areas like infrastructure investment and on things like taxes and regulations. Where you don't tend to see Democrats at least in the leadership, pushing for new tax hikes, except on the wealthy. And new big regulations, we believe in the safety net but also believe that people who are physically and mentally capable. Of working should be expected to do so, you don't see us trying to expand the safety net but trying to save it. And make it work better and the Liberal faction of the party is also the leadership, with Progressives looking in. Trying to push us left on economic issues.

Where the Democratic Party is politically right now, is not where Progressive Democrats in the party are not right now. At least in the leadership, Progressives are really a party without an official party and this movement that puts. So much faith in Democratic Socialism as their governing philosophy, doesn't have the leadership to accomplish what they want. Because they don't have the party to deliver that for them, which is something they need to think about going forward.