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As Democrats regroup and sort through strategy, purpose, and message for the mid-terms -and ultimately the general election - ideas range from go farther Left, to go back to Center. Beliefs are clashing, as those who want faster change butt heads with those who insist on step by step progress.
Elizabeth Warren tells Democrats: "grow a backbone;" the NY Times insists that Democrats need to get back to center; business tells Dems to speak to the needs of the white working class; and many of us know it is just very important for Democrats to vote!!!
The following are excerpts from some of the opinions being bantered around out there. What are your ideas?
During a “moment of crisis” for Democrats, Sen. Elizabeth Warren says her party needs to “grow a backbone.”
[Warren] attributed the “economic crisis,” as she put it, to Republican policies and her own party’s complacency.
“No matter how extreme Republicans in Washington became, Democrats might grumble or whine, but when it came time for action, our party hesitated and pushed back only with great reluctance,” she said. “Far too often, Democrats have been unwilling to get out there and fight. That ends today. It’s time for Democrats to grow a backbone and to get out there and fight.”
. . .“time is running out” for Democrats to stand up for the values they believe in, particularly at a time in which Republicans control the White House and both chambers of Congress.
read the full transcript of Warren's remarkshttps://www.boston.com/news/politics/2017/02/04/el..
Back to Center Democrats
The path back to power for the Democratic Party today, as it was in the 1990s, is unquestionably to move to the center and reject the siren calls of the left, whose policies and ideas have weakened the party.
Central to the Democrats’ diminishment has been their loss of support among working-class voters, who feel abandoned by the party’s shift away from moderate positions on trade and immigration, from backing police and tough anti-crime measures, from trying to restore manufacturing jobs
Bigger government handouts won’t win working-class voters back. This is the fallacy of the left, believing that voters just need to be shown how much they are getting in government benefits. In reality, these voters see themselves as being penalized for maintaining the basic values of hard work, religion and family.
There are plenty of good issues Democrats should be championing. They need to reject socialist ideas and adopt an agenda of renewed growth, greater protection for American workers and a return to fiscal responsibility
How Democrats Lost The White Working Class Jonathan P. Baird - Business Review
We are at a watershed moment for Democrats. Democrats need to step back and re-evaluate their program and their message. It is like when your football team keeps losing. At some point, you need to fire the coach.
It may seem obvious, but Democrats need to seek and earn the white working-class vote. A good start would be tackling economic inequality. They need to be far bolder in projecting a vision of pro-worker change. Milquetoast ideas of reform are not what is needed now.
. It pains me to acknowledge that the Republicans have done a better job appealing to the white working class than Democrats have. Republicans have talked about jobs, and they have pursued the white working-class vote aggressively. Trump talked about forgotten Americans, and it is hard to argue with that. They have been forgotten.
A remedy for much of the despair is a meaningful plan to rebuild America with a 21st century green economy. Democrats need to credibly argue for massive public investment, a full-employment economy, single-payer national health insurance and much more affordable housing. Only that kind of powerful plan will break through the cynicism and get the millions who never vote to the polls.
The Democratic Party needs a rebirth. The challenge to the party is whether it can reinvent itself in a way that resonates with all kinds of working people.
Continue reading at: http://www.nhbr.com/July-7-2017/How-Democrats-lost...
Donald J. Trump’s low approval ratings and the palpable enthusiasm of progressives nationwide have Democrats dreaming of a big win in next year’s midterm elections. But to pull that off, they’ll need to overcome one of their biggest challenges of the last decade: low turnout in off-year contests.
The Democratic turnout in those elections has been extremely weak — worse than many public analysts have suggested. Democrats have depended on young and nonwhite voters, two groups that produce low turnout in midterm contests. Nationwide, Republicans were more than 20 percent likelier to vote than Democrats (defined by party vote history and registration) in 2010 and 2014, according to an Upshot analysis of voter file data from the company
But there are early signs this could be changing. If it does in 2018, it will be consistent with a longer-term trend in which the party out of power benefits in midterm elections, seemingly from a stronger turnout.
. . .the history of midterm turnout, the recent special elections, the protests, the donations and the early vote all seem consistent with the same story: The Democrats might be fixing their midterm turnout problem.
To read the entire article: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/05/upshot/democrat...