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      http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/king-progressives-feel-unwelcome-democratic-party-article-1.3252755

      I've grown disheartened lately by the gradual slide of a Democratic candidate I strongly supported in January (Jon Ossoff) to the right. Ossoff began his campaign by denouncing trump, which immediately attracted Progressives like me to his platform. But before the run-off this week (Tuesday, June 20) he mellowed out and started sounding more like a moderate Republican than a classic Democrat.

      The Democratic Party has shifted to the right. It's not anti-war. It's not strong on the environment. It's not strong on civil and human rights. It's not for universal health care. It's not strong on cracking down on Wall Street and big banks or corporate fraud. Ralph Northam was and is weak on all of those core principles of the progressive left, but we're expected to get behind him, and candidates like him, as if we're just a few small details away from seeing eye to eye with him. We aren't. He's not a progressive. He's not a liberal. He's hardly even a Democrat.

      This article is about Northam of Virginia but might just as well be about Ossoff of Georgia.


      Millions of us who ultimately voted for Hillary Clinton felt the very same way about her. On issues ranging from war, to corporate fraud, to campaign finance, to universal health care, and so much more, her positions were not discernibly different from the most basic Republican talking points.
      I am one of those millions who voted for Clinton only because she was so much better than trump, and I will continue to vote for any Democratic candidate who runs against a Libertarian or Republican. But I am deeply disappointed in the way the Democratic Party continues to pander to corporate America and am not the only one to point out that they're losing the support of most of Bernie Sanders' base because of it.

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          those on the extremes will always feel uncomfortable with those who deal in pragmatics.


          It has nothing to do with being "unwelcome" - it is a self-imposed disaffection out of an inability to understand that anyone might disagree with a more extreme position.

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              The Democrat party has to change if it wants to survive. Candidates must move to the right if they really want to get elected to office. The Left wing progressive movement is finished. The special elections in Georgia and South Carolina were examples of close races because the Democrat candidates moved to the right. They would have been beaten by 20 points if they would have run on their true positions.

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                  I posted another discussion and something in it made me come back to your topic which I think is very interesting. Why is the Democratic Party reluctant to support true Progressives when the Democrat Party boasts about their platform on their official webpage as, "our most progressive platform in our party’s history and a declaration of how we plan to move America forward. " it would only seem logical to run and support progressive candidates.


                  Check out the second paragraph. https://www.democrats.org/party-platform


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                      So to fight off the atrocious banter of the right, we have to sound like they do? We have to become visibly angry and contemptuous? Like TOCB said, cite some examples of the kinds of sell outs you are seeing? The banking issue and money that always comes up around Sanders is not a reason to use such a blanket statement. There are a lot of people who find themselves not following a populist, but representatives that show leadership. As we have seen the loud soap box stance does not guarantee that you will get real leadership out of those actions. Besides, the guy who can't seem to raise enough money or influence is trying to shut down the money to make things even, that is just the same as gerrymandering. It isn't an even playing field when you take a banker and make him a bum, or a bum and make him a banker. Either way, the field is skewed.

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