Following the election of Trump, rather than acknowledging major structural shortcomings of the Party, conservative Democrats have been attacking those who don’t parrot the Party line that ‘Putin stole the election’.
Now, with 2 years before the next presidential elections, I’m already hearing some, in the Dem’s leadership, denigrating progressives who are critical of the Party’s leadership, decision making, policy agenda, funding sources, etc. I’m also already hearing Dem’s spewing venom at progressive who suggest alternatives to voting for conservative Democrats in general elections. Locally, conservative Dem leaders where I live, have made it clear that, if they don’t fall in line, grassroots organizations in communities of color will find funding drying up, public facilities no longer available, and the ability to hold public activities bogged down in red-tape.
This is not surprising. Plutocrats, plutocrat enablers, and supporters of the military/espionage, have entrenched themselves at all levels of Party infrastructure from the DCCC down to town councils. Of course there are exceptions, and occasionally progressives, like Ocasio-Cortez, get elected. But they even they can not do much given the Party infrastructure. Changing the plutocrat friendly, imperialist, anti-democratic nature of the Party will take a generation, at best. The most viable option for progressives, given the present state, is to put out strong efforts to build grassroots community based organizations. Our goal should be to build community based organizations strong enough to ensure that, when we take action, business as usual can not continue.