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Memo to Democrats: 2020 Elections Show Progressive Vision, Not Centrist Restraint, Is Winning Message for the Future

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/11/memo-democrats-2020-elections-show-progressive-vision-not-centrist-restraint-winning


The democratic leadership sees the 2020 election cycle as a complete repudiation of all things socialist.
Bernie’s movement is now as dead as the dodo, at least in democratic circles. It will now be a race to see which one kills us first, global warming or global fascism


Unfortunately articles such as this do not reach a wide enough audience in the USA. The mainstream media has a lock on what the masses will see, read and hear and they are going to keep pushing the narrative that US Citizens “love freedom and liberty” and that anything on the left will destroy “freedom and liberty”.

That ex CIA agent claiming the Democrats must ban words like Socialism and medicare for all got a lot more play then will articles arguing the facts. This one reason there so many ex CIA agents now running for Public office.


After the DP establishment sank Bernie’s campaign, they obliterated every speck of progressivism from the party. They erased progressive statements from the platform, they removed progressives from committees, they tried to remove Bernie from primary ballots, and they reallocated Bernie’s delegates to Biden. Here’s the result: “The 2020 Election Was A Good One For Republicans Not Named Trump” (~https://www.wnpr.org/post/2020-election-was-good-one-republicans-not-named-trump) Nevertheless, the DP establishment blames the non-existant progressives for their dismal performance.

Progressives need to take the damn hint already and leave the party that hates you. Here’s the first step. The DP has a tiny majority in the House. If half a dozen progressive House members vote “present” in the vote for the next Speaker, then Nancy may be willing to make a few fast deals. Do it!


Can you give examples? What statements have been erased?

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Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib is the type of Representative that We The People need if we are to fulfill a Progressive Agenda.

I nominate Representative Tlaib or any member of the Squad for Speaker of the House.

Enough with these corrupt Corporate Dems that Represent their Big Donors and ignore the demands of their Constituents.

To think that Medicare For All is a losing idea, automatically puts you in the Republican Column, as a Thoughtless, Greedy member of Congress willing to see your neighbor die in the street rather than fight to save their dignity and their life.

What the hell kind of Speaker do we now have that laughs about the idea of Promoting Health Care for ALL our fellow Americans.

Instead she encourages Democrats to continue taking BRIBES/Donations, from Insurance Companies that will Bankrupt their policy holders and take their homes if they cannot pay their exorbitant Health Bill.

Greedy corrupt legislators like Congressman Clyburn would rather see his Constituents evicted and thrown out on the street, before he would give up his lucrative Bribes from the Health Care Insurance Companies.

These Bribes to immoral members of Congress have helped the Insurance Companies destroy Medicare For All and decimate the lives of millions of our fellow Americans who are ruined by outrageous premiums and Bill Collectors.

Progressives must ignore the Greedy BS coming from Corporate Dems whose vote is influenced by the size of the Donation/Bribe they receive and not needs of the Majority of their Constituents.

We cannot abandon a Progressive Agenda because so-called moderates who are dishonest and unscrupulous are lying about why we lost seats in the House, we lost seats because we Abandoned Progressive Humane Ideas, that the Majority of voters wanted.


Progressive, Green New deal and BLM put the DNC/bidden in the WIN column. Their effort brought out more voters, this election was just barely won… THANK YOU-progressive/BLM.

Now lets throw them under the bus and blame them for lost votes!!!
Will any of the squad have any meaningful positions in the DNC aparatus?
A BIG thank YOU, dnc. RNC=DNC, they both want to keep power structure as is.

One example: Both have no problems with the way current presidential debates are set up by a private company that makes up rule that both dnc & rnc agree to. These rules ensure NO other presidential candidate qualifies to be in the debates. Both parties work for the same masters: finance , oil, agro, military…etc. Missing is “We the People”- go figure


Fern, I think maybe many have it all wrong. The progressives have proven they have little power of their own. Infiltrating the democratic party seems to be a better bet.
Something like , continue having progressives run. Ditch the “Do not primary incumbents” policy. Keep expanding the squad grassroots movement.
And leadership has to become lions, not remain as sheep.

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No realizing the generational differences on this are illogical, sorry. And Frank Luntz himself has told Republicans in recent years to avoid using the word capitalism. Why? Because actually existing capitalism is a complete disaster, and the system isn’t sustainable. We are doomed by Boomer semantics and the propaganda that ruined their minds as long as they are around to vote in large enough numbers to doom not only the word itself, but progress.

Besides anyway, the right is going to continue to use the word. Even if you want to avoid it, if a policy does in fact result in increase the role for economic planning or diminishes the role of a decentralized market, or if it de-commodifies something like healthcare or housing, it is in fact an example of socialization. How exactly do you solve societies problems, say with the environmental crisis, by using markets? And how do you make the healthcare system more efficient and humane without de-commodifying healthcare? What about public broadband, which Chicago and Denver just voted to support and which exists in hundreds of communities across the country? What about the Bank of North Dakota, Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, NASA, the TVA, the VA, the local police and fire departments, municipally owned enterprises or worker cooperatives? All examples of real, existing socialism. Maybe, since the word will be used to undermine policy (those that throw it around in the end only care about policy), maybe work to define it and prosecute a totally failing and unsustainable system? How could the default position be capitalism if the present system performs so horribly?


How can people argue this when so many socialists are getting elected at multiple levels of government (compare now to 15 years ago) and when the country so thoroughly agrees with the left on policy? Really mind blowing. People are arguing this during a pandemic when the present system has performed horribly. Of fucking course those in power are going to do a full throttle attack against the left, it has increasing power and right wing Democrats were just roundly defeated. What do people expect the corrupt nothings at the top of that party to do or say? Bow down and admit defeat to AOC, live on MSNBC? For Christ sake, we are now onto the fighting phase. Maybe this doesn’t happen within that party largely, but it will at least to an extent, and despite their massive power and money advantage, they are slowly losing power and are increasingly at odds with their own base. What happens when you corner a wild animal? It fights for its life, and that is what these worthless damn neoliberals are doing. It was always going to be a fight, so fight. Single payer isn’t dead when it is as popular as it and when the pandemic itself has made a horrific system even worse.

By the way, as far as Bernie’s movement, it was never a thing among those proclaiming that it is now dead. Trump claims he won the election, him claiming that doesn’t make it so, right?


Communication is extremely important. Words matter. Unfortunately the left has a long history of shooting itself in the foot.
I have no doubt “Defund the Police” cost us votes. I don’t care where it came from. A self destructive slogan like that has no justification. If it’s crap it’s crap.
Same with the “Socialism”. Before using a toxic word like that rehabilitate it. It can be done but it will NOT be done in an election. It has to be done in the popular culture.That takes a couple of years - at least.
HOWEVER - the poor performance of the Democrats can’t be primarily attributed to using those words and phrases. Primarily the reason for the disappointing performance was the mediocre candidates combined with the attack on the new base by the Old Guard combined with typical foot dragging by Democratic “Leadership”.
Progressives performed well and brought new voters into the fold. They brought young voters and, in places like Arizona, Native Americans and Latinos.
Attacking the progressives will cause those new voters to leave the party.
We desperately need new leadership that will be much more aggressive dealing with Republicans.
And we need Democrats supporting a leadership change to speak up in forums are, at this moment, not supportive of that approach. It’s going to take time to turn them around.


STOP JUST STOP calling these radical right wing nut neoliberal democrats centrist. Centrism corresponds to the center of ideological divide. These radical right wingnut democrats are way to the right of the centrist views of the voting public. Do these right wing nut neoliberals read the polls they pay millions to get. These polls consistently show that these right wing neoliberal position are way out of sync with middle America.


I think I agree with you. Part of the mistake is dealing with emergent issues as if they were a systemic issue. The whole government is out-of-touch at that level, but even more so within the Progressive community. I don’t mean this as a negative but “Ps” need to get a lot better at vetting their issues.

The larger political community is not going to change all the rules to accommodate this ideology. It would be a mistake if they did.

Ps. It would also reduce opposition. That said, just because people are desperate, crisis programing should be limited.

Clyburn, Spanburger, and Lamb are content with being Democrat Robots, automatons with no heart.

We must primary them and give the People what they desire, true representatives of the People.


The writer of this article needs to do some traveling.

A “progressive vision” will win in some districts, but not in others. In my largely urban district, progressive positions are very popular and Mike Doyle takes all such positions, albeit more quietly than the squad, and won easily, but this time by a less that total blow-out. In the Connor Lamb’s suburban district next to mine, he barely squeaked by and would have lost badly had he campaigned from a more progressive position. Any talk about banning fracking would have especially been the kiss of death.

Do I like this state of affairs? No. But we need to start our hard work from a position of reality, not fantasy.

While they have not formed this way - there are actually three parties in the United States. One is the Tea Party or right wing lunatic party led by Trump and is filled by people who really don’t have a clue and could care less. The other is a Centrist Party with people like Biden, Pelosi, Romney, Kasich who carry out Wall Street’s agenda and is filled with people who don’t have a clue. The other is a Progressive party which represents working people and is for positive change, sharing of resources and hope for all. They have a clue. Now all of these are mixed together. If we could get them separated we might be able to go somewhere.


Good ole sellout HuffPo has a pearl-clutching article with corporate Dems like Coons lamenting election losses and wondering how to get better pollsters and advertising companies instead of realizing that bluntly pushing a New New Deal, and successfully dealing with the pandemic and anthropogenic mass extinction would be both politically and ethically profitable.


Good data and feedback here.

I had just decided to be pro-active on this issue and send similar comments to the Democratic leadership.

Here is contact information for some of these people. If ENOUGH of us speak out, they will hear us.

Democratic National Committee & Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
430 S. Capitol Street, S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: (202) 863-1500

Tom Perez (Chair of DNC)

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
1236 Longworth H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515
phone: (202) 225-4965
fax: (202) 225-8259

Senator Charles Schumer
322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6542
Fax: (202) 228-3027

Rep. Cheri Bustos (who will be resigning as chair of the DCCC)
1233 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-5905

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Phone (202) 224-2447
Fax (202) 969-0354
120 Maryland Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20002
For general information email ~info@dscc.org

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (chair of DSCC)
516 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
P: (202) 224-3542
Fax: (202) 228-6753

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Defund the police. Absolutely. Disarm and defund.


I initially read the headline as meme to democrats, which i thought was unusually insightful for a CD staff article.