The comment below was in response to this article but has been deleted by its author, who has also blocked me from her page. I guess the “intellectual liberal” is unable to hold an intellectual discussion with anyone who doesn’t agree with her propaganda. https://medium.com/@SNovi/intellectual-liberal-speaks-out-bernie-sanders-is-a-fraud-1486ef2743ff
MY COMMENT BELOW:
When Hillary came out against Bernie’s platform with Republican talking points about “free riders” wanting “free stuff” and declaring that single payer will “never happen” and playing the old Republican scare cards on “dismantling” health care and raising taxes to pay for it (while leaving out important points like taxes would replace current premiums), that is when she lost the general election. Trump didn’t win. Hillary and the status quo economics that she stood for lost.
If only those who supported Hillary in the primary (yes, I held my nose and voted for Hillary in the general) would recognize that they are really moderate Republicans who need to go back to the GOP and moderate the party that needs moderation and allow the Democrats to return to a platform that represents working people on the economic issues. Because without economic justice, we will never have social justice. And with both major parties representing business interests, we are killing the middle class. Yes, “It’s [still] the Economy, Stupid!”
Democrats need a GENUINE answer (real solutions for working people who are struggling) to the hate and fear represented by Trump. The centrist excuses and delay tactics — we have heard the same ones for decades in order to maintain the status quo — are not going to work anymore. Actions and policies speak louder than words. You either support true PUBLIC education (not charters), PUBLIC, NOT FOR PROFIT financing of healthcare (not private profit of the middlemen in control of our healthcare dollars now and costing us billions in waste), moving to green energy (not investing in even more fossil fuel infrastructure), etc. or you are on the same side as the GOP.
I am 59 and was a lifelong Democrat (parents and grandparents were FDR Democrats) who left the party after the primary in disgust over the unfair manner that Bernie was treated by the DNC and the move even further to the right — to capture Republicans who didn’t like Trump — rather than move back to the base, the true left.
Unfortunately, this very divisive article indicates more of the same that has divided us in the first place. The author may be liberal on social issues but, if supporting the current Democratic platform, is conservative on the issues that matter most because what difference does it make if gays can marry if they can’t pay the bills and get affordable health care? Identity politics and using social issues is an old Republican tactic to rally people for votes when you have nothing else to offer. I always thought that the Democrats were supposed to be better than that.
If Democrats go back to the platform of FDR (see below), I am ready to join back and work hard for the Democrats. But, if the corporatists maintain control of the platform, I will remain an Independent and hope to build a viable 3rd party.
FDR’s “Second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all — regardless of station, race, or creed.
Among these are:
The right to a useful and remunerative job;
The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
The right of every family to a decent home;
The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
The right to a good education.
All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being. America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for all our citizens.
For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world.”
- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
January 11, 1944