The Birmingham Jail quote can be equally applied to the LOTE crowd running the democratic party:
“I agree with your goals but the general population isn’t ready for such a giant leap. So yeah, we’ll get to your issues later. But first we must defeat the more evil R’s. Just don’t scare off all those suburban swing voters we so desperately need with your - gulp - socialist talk.”
Well, we did just that. For two years Obama had a majority in both houses. And before anyone jumps in to remind me it wasn’t filibuster-proof, explain how Trump was able to pass his tax cuts with only 51 votes. And notice how quickly the republicans got to work on those tax cuts and deregulation. The reason the dems didn’t increase taxes on wealth, pass single payer, help unions, scale back the pentagon or surveillance state and hold those Ponzi-scheming criminals on Wall Street responsible for theft is because they never had any intention of doing so; not because they couldn’t.
Bernie, Ocasio and any other real progressive can only do so much within the party because the leadership repudiates their philosophy of economic populism. Once Clinton carried the dems over to the dark side of corporate and wealthy sponsors, the party’s fate was sealed. And that’s why it’s so frustrating that these same progressive voices don’t start a third party.
We’ve been way too patient for much too long. Stagnant wages, an ever-worsening health care system, global warming and endless war are ripping the country/world to shreds. And even if it means another 4 years of Trump, then so be it. Every movement takes time to flourish and a progressive third party is the only one I will support from now on. To the DNC apologists, give me one single example where the points of crises I mentioned will be meaningfully addressed if, say, Joe Biden, somehow wins the next election. Time’s up.