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At first I was very hesitant about posting this article for discussion so I copied the link and moved on through my list of news sources looking for another topic of interest. Problem is, I kept coming back to this article and reread it over and over again and came to realize, this is exactly what we need to be discussing. We on the Left have been so distracted by what is all happening with Trump lately that we fail to do what we should be doing and that is looking introspectively at our very own Party and start making the needed corrections necessary to make us a viable option, not only in the mid-term elections, but the 2020 presidential election as well.
Before I go on I just want to say this. This was not posted for discussion to get in that Bernie vs. Hillary argument. Bernie lost and so did Hillary. Move on. We can't look to the future and hope to bridge the gap within the Party if we keep bringing up that Bernie vs. Hillary crap. If one feels compelled to do so then have the courtesy to start your own discussion and allow this discussion to talk about the Party and how best we can move forward. Now, having said that, let's get back to the real topic which is, how can we make the Democratic Party stronger and appeal to the voters.
In hopes of making the Democratic Party stronger and more viable change needs to come about. If you don't think so then ask yourself why we have been losing elections to the point we have lost the big trifecta, the presidency, the House and the Senate. One of the most telling sentences in this entire article is, "The goal isn’t just to reform the party establishment but to replace it." That is a big statement to make but it's true. Just voting for Democrats to gain seats isn't enough and we need candidates with a real agenda, real solutions to our problems and has the bawls to stand by their convictions. So, we may win elections in the future and gain seats and even win back the Senate but that is not enough. What are we going to do once back in power? Keep the status quo? That is what caused our defeat in the first place. I have to admit, the Republicans got it right when they said they were no longer interested in establishment politicians and wanted to replace them. What the Republicans were so wrong about is trying to do that with such a person as Trump who not only lied about doing that but has made the situation even worse than it existed prior to the election.
Over the past several days I have had discussions with several people which touched upon this topic. opie and I discussed Party unity at length whereas czook and myself discussed Party agenda. Both discussions were very informative but what I now think what we missed somewhat is how to specifically achieve those goals. This is important, if we as a unified Party want to move on and start winning elections again.
One thing which is very important is to step back and look at our Party and not just look for what we like about it but also look to see where we have our weaknesses. People generally don't like to do that and that is part of the problem because if we ignore our weaknesses then how can we fix our Party and make it into something that will be a force come the next elections? The article does just that, points out the areas we need to concentrate on and what we need to change as a Party. People don't like change, especially radical change but think of the alternative, more Trumps and a stronger Republican Party.