How Democrats Can Win
Before anyone can pull out their claws and teeth, this is not about Hillary or Bernie.
That election is over and no arguments will change the outcome or help build a party and movement that is capable of defeating the biggest threat that American freedom has faced in over 70 years, We either move on or just concede control of our nation to the First Church of the Tea Party and Trumpski for good.
We are at the point that we either fight as one or go quietly in the night. Or as a Benjamin Franklin remarked,
“We must hang together, or we will most assuredly hang separately.”
Let me start by saying this, the Democratic Party is a big tent. We are moderates, liberals, progressives, LGBT, Civil Rights and a host of other issues and slants of ideologies.
Our binding factor is that we all believe in human rights and want a better future for our planet and our children.
We are a party of inclusion and diversity.
We must have an exchange of ideas and a spirited debate in the primary. But once the vote is tallied (and we must go to whatever lengths to ensure that there is not even a hint of backroom deals), we must move on as one party.
Which brings me to the general election and any other time we deal with people outside the party.
You know who I am talking about. The Faux News, the Breitbart’s, the Alex “alien baby” Jones and all those who peddle in their lies and derision of our party.
The gloves must come off.
Politics is bare knuckle. We are not playing some tea and crumpet show. This is a mortal fight to the finish.
Playing nice got us in this mess. Playing to be the bigger people got us in this mess.
For the last 8 years, we let the Reich Wing create a narrative of President Barrack Obama that we didn’t challenge. We let them create an image of Obama that convinced the center of America that he was Muslim, that he was selling our country down the river. We stayed quiet.
For the last 25 years, we let the Reich Wing create a narrative on Hillary Clinton. It has gotten so bad because no one fought back that we believe even the craziest of stories on her because we stayed quiet.
There is a quote from the show the West Wing that is perfect here…
“We all need some therapy, because somebody came along and said, “LIberal” means soft on crime, soft on drugs, soft on Communism, soft on defense, and we’re gonna tax you back to the Stone Age because people shouldn’t have to work if they don’t want to!” AND instead of saying, “Well, excuse me, you right-wing, reactionary, xenophobic, homophobic, anti-education, anti-choice, pro-gun, Leave it to Beaver trip back to the Fifties…!”, we cowered in the corner, and said, “Please. Don’t. Hurt. Me.”
We need to fight back with fire. The other side calls out a blatant lie, we shout it out before the ink is dry on their claims. When Fox, or Beck, or Limbaugh or any of those balls of hot air make a blatant and obviously false claim, we write up a release calling them out as the real fake news and demand they defend their lies or admit they did.
Our planet, our nation, and our children all rely on us to stand up to a Goebbels-like assault on civil liberty and the truth.
We do not win races by yielding the truth to lies. Fight back, fight back hard or just go quietly into the night.
There is one other piece of advice to candidates and officeholders with that “D” behind their name. Fire your advisors who tell you that you need to sound like Republican Lite to win a race. You don’t.
You wonder where all the Democratic voters are, they are at home. Why? Because listening to you ass-kiss Republican moderates, they figured out there was no true Democrat in the race. If you feel that you cannot win standing on the platform, maybe you don’t have the pair you need to win a race.
Most of all, as Democrats we need to stop hiding. We need to stop being ashamed to say we are a Democrat. We need to stand tall, stand proud and be willing to stand toe to toe with the most racist and bigoted of Tea Partiers.
We are not at this point fighting for a seat here or a seat there. This is not a game, it is a duel for the soul of our nation.
And we need to do better than we are doing now. We need to be doing better than our best.
As Sean Connery said about “your best” in his movie, THE ROCK,
“Your Best? Losers talk about their best. Winners go home and kiss the Prom Queen.”
This nation is worth fighting for, and it is time we start doing it.