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LINK What Do Leading Democrats Believe In? – Bracing Views

W.J. Astore

"Give me five minutes, and I can tell you exactly what Bernie Sanders believes in. Single-payer health care for all. A $15 minimum wage. Higher taxes on the richest Americans. College education that doesn’t bankrupt families and leave students with crushing debt. Criminal justice reform. Investment in infrastructure and renewable energy. He gives specifics, and he’s walked a principled walk for decades.

But what does the Democratic Partly leadership believe in? As this article at Truthdig put it, “Nancy Pelosi Believes In Nothing.” Of course, she does believe in something: her own power and privilege, which she seeks to maintain and expand. But principles like those held by Bernie Sanders? Forget about it.

I’ve been reading Matt Taibbi’s “The Great Derangement,” a terrific book that came out in 2008, and Taibbi nails it in this passage (pages 243-4):

The Democrats’ error was in believing that people wouldn’t notice this basic truth [that the party’s ideology is driven by power and nothing more] about their priorities. They were wrong on that score. In fact, a Quinnipiac poll taken around that time [2007] found the approval rating of Congress had fallen to 23 percent. Other polls saw the number plummet to the teens. The rating of the Democratic Congress was even lower than [George W.] Bush’s, and it was not hard to see why. Bush was wrong and insane, but he stood for something. It was a fucked-up something, but it was something. The Democrats stood for nothing; they viewed their own constituents as problems to be handled, and even casual voters were beginning to see this.

If you substitute Trump’s name for Bush’s in the above quotation, it makes even more sense. “[Trump] was wrong and insane, but he stood for something. It was a fucked-up something, but it was something.”

This is the biggest issue for corporate Democrats: What do you stand for? For so many in the establishment, what they stand for is themselves. The perpetuation of their own power and privilege. This is the biggest reason why Hillary Clinton lost in 2016. It was always all about her."

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I see your point. However, HRC won the popular vote by 3 million. She would have won the election if Bernie Sanders had not received 12 percent of the vote. Ones that voted for Bernie or Stein, sabotaged the election and essentially walked DJT into the White House.

Holden Level 4 Apr 15, 2019

It doesn't work that way. It was the job of HRC to give people a reason to vote for her. She didn't even bother to campaign in key districts Obama had previously won, many of whom wound up voting Trump. She and Schumer famously said they didn't need progressive votes as she would appeal sufficiently to moderate Republicans.

And the popular vote gets you a consolation prize and nothing more. Her team knew how the contest was decided. They were so certain she could coast to the finish line, she hadn't even prepared a concession speech.

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