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Fetishizing "Identity Politics" Could Cost Democrats in 2020


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Fetishizing "Identity Politics" Could Cost Democrats in 2020

Briahna Gray

Sanders campaign terraformed the landscape of political possibility: “Socialist” is no longer a slur, “Medicare for All” is a litmus test for 2020 hopefuls, and Americans are no longer so inured to the influence of money in politics.


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The Democrats deserve to be cost their existence, period. After what they did to the Sanders campaign in 2016, and the way they have generally dissed and suppressed potential progressive candidates this year, the party deserves to die and be replaced by the Green Party, a party truly of, by, and for average people, that cannot be bought by corporate or wealthy interests or lobbyists. I had enough after the 2016 primary and the revelations of the Podesta emails. I’m permanently gone from the Democrats and have sworn to kill them off and replace them with the Greens. The Dems are totally corrupted and unreformable and must die off and go the way of the Whigs. Please join me in ending the duopoly and having at least one major party that truly works for common people.


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When the D-party spends its time arguing about what it’ll take to win, it shows they’d rather haggle over tactics than promote policy that’ll rattle their corporate donors.


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I’m with you Genedebs.

Death to the Democratic Party!

Long live the Greens.


#5

The establishment Democrats will contort themselves in pretzels before offering anything of substance. They’ll play their coveted glass ceiling card right to the very end when they play it as the first major party to be rendered completely irrelevant to voters. Time for this party to bury itself in the same graveyard where it has buried so many social justice movements. Can’t happen soon enough.


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The Democrats fetishize Identity Politics because it’s all they have to offer. They cannot offer anything in the way of economic justice or slowing down the War Machine. Their masters are the Pentagon & the Banksters, same as the Republicans. Attempts to reform this party are a waste of time & energy. The party is not ‘dysfunction,’ it is operating as is mandated by its masters.

I have to admit I am stumped as to why so many otherwise intelligent people buy the Democrats’ BS. Desperation I guess.


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Unfortunately I think the Dems would sooner give all the power to a dictator than any power to a third party. I agree they are nonredeemable and are going to die one way or another. The question is though can a third party takes it place before the U.S. fully descends into fascism.


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The article presents some thinking I’m not familiar with –
so here I’m simply dealing with its first paragraph and hope to get back to the rest of the article later . . .

Sanders campaign terraformed the landscape of political possibility: “Socialist” is no longer a slur, “Medicare for All” is a litmus test for 2020 hopefuls, and Americans are no longer so inured to the influence of money in politics. To millions on the left, the then-relatively unknown Vermont senator’s unexpected surge in the 2016 Democratic primary (and consistently strong approval ratings) demonstrate that electoral victory in 2020 requires adopting much of his platform and approach to politics. This means, among other things, making economic inequality central to any prospective presidential agenda.

I’m very encouraged at the rise of this “Democratic Socialist” alternate within the DP itself – rising and taking hold to co-opt the party leaders and any candidate still embracing corporate-fascism, wars and MIC,
sexism, racism, homophobia – and any other “ism” of hatred for others.

This is what we need. And it’s happening, imo, because FINALLY we stopped supporting the “lesser evil” that the Dem Party continued to offer us.

Granted, it has also FINALLY overturned the rocks the right wing hide their agenda under and it’s scaring the hell out of all of us – as it rightly should. FEAR working this time to uproot the fear-mongers – !!

Needless to say, this is all largely due to the phenomenal efforts and gift for leadership which Bernie Sanders has presented.