Building a Democratic Coalition

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Democrats must form coalitions to win: give up to get up. This proposal is simple in concept, but difficult in execution.

In reference to our current President, right wing pundits keep saying, “the voters elected” him. Trump did get millions of votes, but the fact is he lost the popular vote. Too many media pundits keep overlooking that the right wing is a minority group inflicting their religious beliefs, values, and self-benefitting policies on us, the majority group.

In the USA, we don’t actually use popular vote to select our President, it is done by the “Electoral College.” Hillary won the popular vote there too, but lost the Presidency anyway.

The Democrats nominated Hillary because she won the primary, that is to say, she won the delegates and including the popular vote in the primary. The score was 55/43% of the popular vote, Clinton over Sanders. With Clinton winning the primary, to give her anything other than the nomination would be just as undemocratic as the Republicans are.

Trump, and some on the left, claimed the election was “rigged.” He who asserts must prove. Republicans still stick to the “crooked Hillary” moniker, but what was she convicted of? In America, with our system of human rights, one is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Recall the Nazi propaganda against the Jews during and before the Holocaust.

Democrats lost in 2016, 2014, and 2010; tied in 2012, winning only in 2008. Losing control of both the Presidency and the Congress constitutes a “loss,” and gaining control of both is the only thing that constitutes a “win.”

All you can do with a system like this is either work with it or screw it up. Enough people voted for Jill Stein that had those votes gone to Hillary Clinton, she would have won the electoral college. Some voted for Jill Stein to “teach us a lesson.” And what lesson did we get from this? Is it that we shouldn’t vote for the candidate we think has the best chance and the best plans, because you’ll “teach us a lesson?

Some on the left say that the Democrats are corrupt, too, because they are rich, or because they got rich in office. Rich or poor, the Democrats present a better option.There are significant differences, on several issues, between the two major parties. The key difference is not the size of government, but the role of government.

People said that Hillary was bad because she is rich, that some Democrats are bad because they are rich. This is a “false equivalence.” Rich or not, Democrats still do better for the nation and the working middle class.

But Democrats can’t really be totally “socialistic” because too many people don’t want socialism. If we force it on people, we are just as authoritarian as the right wing Fascists and corporatists.

Referring to “the lesser of two evils is still evil” doctrine:

1. Evil is relative

2. It constitutes dichotomous thinking, and hence a fallacy.

3. The Democrats are not even evil.

4. The right wing cult members think Democrats are evil.

5. They think Socialism is the same as Nazism.

The time for Democratic voters to criticize the Democratic Party is during the primary process and when debating the party platform. The majority of American voters vote Democratic because Greens, Socialists, and Independents do not have the practical solution to our problem. We might like their platform, or their vision, but as we saw in elections 2000 and 2016, they actually obstruct or impair the solution, and we end up going the wrong way.

Why build a Democratic coalition? Ending Republican rule over our government at the federal, state, and local level.  It represents a specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time bound, and smart goal. It is also a more practical plan than Puritopianism,

“A self described liberal or progressive whose political orientation is to be angry, dissatisfied and unhappy with the state of the nation, because in their view, liberal policies are not being implemented quickly or forcefully enough. They have particular contempt for Democratic presidents.”

The left is split, it’s plain to see

And what does that mean for you and me?

Well, for one thing, in January,

It meant a Trump Presidency.

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