Mr Atcheson’s articles are always based on the premise that the Ds want to correct their course and resume their status as a viable political party with a working class constituency. I assert that they don’t want that at all.
They abandoned their working class constituency long ago. Instead they’ve coddled Wall St, ended welfare as we know it, promoted anti-worker free trade agreements, passed mass incarceration laws, enacted RomneyCare while telling us single payer will never happen, and openly touted their pursuit of moderate Republicans.
As far as being a viable political party, well, they’ve been on a decades-long losing streak relegating them to all but irrelevance. In fact, they only make headlines these days when they cut deals with Trump.
Which brings me to changing course. If there’s anyone outside of our resident apologist dead-enders who believe the Ds are going to magically transform themselves into a bunch of Bernie Sanders, I ask you this: How do you explain the optics of Obama installing Tom Perez over Keith Ellison at the DNC with one hand and stuffing his pockets with Wall St cash with the other?
Here’s why this former D voter abandoned the party, Mr Atcheson. I won’t:
- Support a party who holds my views in open contempt
- Put up with a party who continually follows the Rs rightward
- Remain tethered to the cowardly position that this calcified farce of a duopoly is the best we can do
- Fool myself about reforming the Ds from within when it’s perfectly clear that they need to be replaced