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Does the Democratic Party need Revolutionary Reform?

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  • Center Left Democrat
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    The Week's columnist Ryan Cooper makes the case for it. theweek.com/articles/769074/dangers-lib...

    He criticizes liberals timidity and feels radical reform is the only way to stave off inequality and preserve America's tradition of democratic governance. During the Obama Administration, some good changes were made but it preserved much of the status quo and we got is the election of Donald Trump. Does the Democratic Party need revolutionary reform? Or is it better off being a center-of-the left party? The center-of-left it has had some success: Conor Lamb was elected on a pro-gun, pro-life agenda in Pennsylvania and Doug Jones did upset Roy Moore in Alabama.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Yes, it's true, some libs are spineless wimps, they need to grow a backbone. Conor Lamb? He is the epitome of a DINO. Another democrat who falls into the category of a DINO is one Rahm Emanuel, a former Obama man, now Chicago's worst mayor in history (accepted campaign donations from republicans)
  • Independent
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    Dockadams Wrote: Yes, it's true, some libs are spineless wimps, they need to grow a backbone. Conor Lamb? He is the epitome of a DINO. Another democrat who falls into the category of a DINO is one Rahm Emanuel, a former Obama man, now Chicago's worst mayor in history (accepted campaign donations from republicans)
    Yes, how about Perez; he's an absolute useless whatever. Then Pelosi or Schumer; they must be on coffee break all day; I don't hear them or smell them. Indeed the Dem's think they will win by just acting like a bunch of drunk sheep; that will help[. Sorry if they don't act, then Trump will make it beyond 2020 as "King" Trump; indeed he can shoot anyone on"fifth" Avenue and no one cares.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Raymond Wrote:

    The Week's columnist Ryan Cooper makes the case for it. theweek.com/articles/769074/dangers-lib...

    He criticizes liberals timidity and feels radical reform is the only way to stave off inequality and preserve America's tradition of democratic governance. During the Obama Administration, some good changes were made but it preserved much of the status quo and we got is the election of Donald Trump. Does the Democratic Party need revolutionary reform? Or is it better off being a center-of-the left party? The center-of-left it has had some success: Conor Lamb was elected on a pro-gun, pro-life agenda in Pennsylvania and Doug Jones did upset Roy Moore in Alabama.

    I'd much rather be a big tent party that welcomes moderates into the fold and not simply turn into the polar opposite of what the Republican Party has become. Tracking to the left may help Democrats on the coasts, but it would be catastrophic to our chances in "flyover country."

    As you pointed out - Conor Lamb won in a deep red district and Doug Jones won in a state that hasn't elected a Democrat to the Senate in over twenty years. I may not agree with them on every single issue, but I sure as hell think they're far better than having a Republican holding the seat.

    We should remind ourselves as much as we can that "all politics is local." What works for me in Portland, Oregon isn't going to cut it in rural Illinois (where I spent the first 30 years of my life). Hell - what works for me in Portland isn't going to cut it 50 miles in any direction from me.

    I'd much rather find Democrats who agree with the party's core principles without having to pass a Bernie Sanders litmus test. That's the only way we will win again.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Yeah, Perez is pretty much a small disappointment, he comes into the DNC with little or no political experience, he should have gone back to being a civil rights attorney/litigator, IMHO.

    Right now, I could really go for a person like Howard Dean, Biden would make a good DNC Chair. IDK? Who do we have?

    I'd like to see Sherrod Brown run for prez. in 2020.

    "Sherrod Campbell Brown (born November 9, 1952) is an American politician who is the senior United States Senator from Ohio, elected in 2006 as a progressive. A Democrat, he is a former member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Ohio's 13th congressional district. He previously served as Ohio Secretary of State after serving in the Ohio House of Representatives."

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherrod_Brown

    He isn't that well known, nor is he that well liked because he sort of supported some of Trump's ideas, like his taxation plan. It's one thing to support an opponent's policies whole hog, and it's another to support a small part of a policy with your own caveats.

    "Dem. Senator: I may support Trump's tax plan"

    cnn.com/videos/politics/2017/10/22/sher...

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    The Republicans have a defined recognizable agenda. Make life better for the upper class. Seems like that would automatically define the Democratic agenda except for the simple fact the DNC also seems to want to make life better for the upper classes. Y, because the most powerful are of the upper class. The guaranteed basic wage is a real hot topic except that nobody wants to say that Wall Street needs reformed.
  • Independent
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    jaredsxtn Wrote:

    I'd much rather be a big tent party that welcomes moderates into the fold and not simply turn into the polar opposite of what the Republican Party has become. Tracking to the left may help Democrats on the coasts, but it would be catastrophic to our chances in "flyover country."

    Yes, it should be inclusive, reach out from the center, not got far far left, and reach back to the center.

    If the democratic party becomes a inverse mirror image of trump's Republican party during the 2020 election, things will be just as bad. A Liberal version of Donald Trump is no better than Donald Trump.

    At the center is politics is zero conflict, just difference of opinion. The further away from center the political ideology goes in any direction, the more radical it becomes. Radical Liberals are no different\better than radical Conservatives. Its just a matter of degrees of how far they are in either direction.

    Here is good documentary of Radical Liberals from your own backyard. Antelope Oregon.

    netflix.com/title/80145240

    Radical may not a fair term to apply to all, but it applies to the core leaders of the movement.