No, I think that’s a bad guess, Ann; at any rate, it is not one that I have any intention of implying.
I am not sure just where to jump in. I acknowledge the sarcasm, but it does not tell me much about what argument you intend to make. I am going through a few points that I suppose might be mutually obvious.
The population does not run the country. Populations usually do not run countries. Having most of the population poorer and less enamored of oppression than the ruling class is completely typical. One consequence of this is that most populations are dissatisfied with most governments. Polls show fairly consistently that it is the case once again in the US of A, and that it has become truer year by year for decades, despite some ups and downs for administrations and passing events. There is not one single source to send you to; look at a lot of polls related to issues rather than to candidates.
To read into your response, I am guessing that you may be pointing out that the job of reworking the Democratic Party or perhaps the government as a whole is not easy.
I’ll grant that as obvious. It is surely not news to say that powerful people use power to hang on to power. I just do not find it practical to vote for them, usually, or to hold off criticizing them when they act badly.
Perhaps you imagine that the Democratic party as an institution is trying to pull the country in a more leftwardly or liberal or progressive direction. If so, that might explain why you might conclude that the Democrats are faced with a difficult task and should not be criticized for failing. These are indeed the aims of most of the Democratic voters whom I know, and they do have to do with promises that many Democratic candidates make during elections. I had not picked this notion up as yours, and I do not mean to insist on attaching you to it here; I just do not know how else to read what you’ve written.
Either way, the party itself has made it quite obvious and manifest that its aims are not those of the progressive part of its base, nor of any liberal or left or quasi-socialist outliers. The party officials, with few exceptions, number among the powerful who use power to maintain power, not a force reckoning to reduce that.
It is, in case this needs to be said, a quality that the Democratic Party shares with the Republican Party, I would say in fairly equal measure–sadly: I voted Democrat fairly routinely for many decades.
I think a discouraging word is pretty mild, considering. I am not willing to hold off criticizing the Democratic Party, nor any other. I approve, at least in a general way, of those trying to reform it.
I do not think that they are going to budge an inch in that direction until they come to be willing to criticize the party themselves, though.