First, if we are talking electoral politics, what exactly is the left to do? Has the Democratic Party proven itself to be a home to the left? Does it treat the left well? How does it treat candidates like Sanders? How did it treat Sanders? Is the Democratic Party serious about getting people to vote? The DCCC’s strategy is to appeal to right wingers (which they call “centrists”) and are courting Blue Dog Democrats. Doesn’t seem to matter to them that a large percentage of people in those races simply don’t vote because they see no reason to vote. There’s a huge gap between government policy and popular opinion, and the 2014 Princeton study showed that not only is popular opinion well to the left of government policy, but the rich simply get what they want. Their strategy seems to be to give the rich what they want, and to win without giving people an actual reason to vote. Does the system allow other parties to emerge at the national level?
“–all 14 of us?”
Can you find a single major issue where the public disagrees with the left? Kind of a head scratching situation to be in, where the left’s ideas are popular without the left actually existing nationally and with both parties and the media being entirely against those ideas. Speaks both to the power of those ideas and the total ineptitude of the left. I have to say though, given that this is the case, doesn’t it seem that something is wrong with the left’s strategies, at least electorally? Large percentages of people agree with the left on policy, even if they don’t do so for ideological reasons. Are they not the left? Seems that people that agree with the left on policy are the actual left, whether they realize it or not, and more so than the people in power that claim to be on the left but support policies well to the right of the public. Seems to me that people place themselves on the ideological spectrum not by what they say they are, the label, but based on the policy positions they take. Just because the Eastern European totalitarian states in decades past called themselves “democratic peoples’ republics” didn’t mean they were democratic or republics.