Why Democrats Should Chuck Centrism

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Why Democrats Should Chuck Centrism

Post by Riddick » 09-11-2018 12:51 AM

What The Leftist Insurgency Wants Is What You Want And You Know It

Edited & Excerpted from "Centrists Don't Exist" by Hamilton Nolan:

Forty years of rising inequality, an endless “war on terror,” and the election of America’s most prominent racist clown as president have, at long last, given rise to a political moment in which actual left-wing candidates (by American standards, at least) threaten to gain a measurable amount of power.

The most common objection to this development, heard mostly from older Democrats who have held some measure of influence in the party, is that it threatens to pull the party too far to the left, which will result, presumably, in a loss of power down the road. This is nonsense in two ways.

First, from a purely political perspective: How’s the old strategy been working for you, Democrats? You control neither Congress, nor the White House, nor the Supreme Court, nor the majority of state governments, despite a national demographic mix that is in your favor.

More importantly: the unquenchable urge of Democrats to move to the center is based not on genuinely held beliefs. For decades now, the Democratic Party has pursued the brilliant strategy of discarding ideals completely and starting with the negotiated position, calling it common-sense centrism.

Fetishizing centrism is a disease. It is a proven loser’s game. More to the point, it is not the honest pursuit of what you want. Democrats have gotten far to used to moderating themselves out of fear. Ever since the Clinton era, Democrats have been censoring their own ideals because they thought they had to.

Cut open a Democratic centrist and you’ll find a lefty heart inside, if it hasn’t shriveled away completely. People become Democrats because somewhere deep down they believe in the exact same policies that the leftists “insurgents” of today are now pursuing. But an entire generation was implicitly taught that those ideals were not realistic. And now they are afraid to embrace them wholeheartedly.

The sort of moral beliefs that give rise to political beliefs do not direct people into what pundits call the “center” of the political spectrum. Politics is not a bathtub that seeks a perfect mix of hot and cold. Politics is using power to achieve certain ends. The ends that people want to achieve are, consciously or subconsciously, aligned with broad philosophical beliefs.

The freedom of the right wing is the freedom to exploit anything and anyone for your own gain. People whose impulse is the opposite—the good of the whole, rather than the good of the individual—end up on the left. Many people cannot articulate this, and our two-party system is awful at manifesting these urges in a human way, and furthermore a lot of regular people don’t have time to think much about politics at all.

Many will just end up voting for whoever their uncle says, but anyone who cares enough to get involved in politics and cast votes based on actual policy positions is driven by a belief about right and wrong. A belief about what their general ideals are. And nobody’s f*cking ideal is “a Bloomberg-Biden ticket.”

Democratic voters: have no fear. Vote your conscience. Things are bad. We have a long journey to fix things now. Don’t concede positions that you don’t believe in. Don’t lose your nerve. Don’t run to the center because you have lost faith in the ability of pure ideas to become real. Look at recent history. Centrism is a failure. All the big bad socialists are just giving voice to what is in your own heart.

There are no centrists. There are only scared idealists. You want this. Stop fighting it and get on board.

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Re: Why Democrats Should Chuck Centrism

Post by Doka » 09-11-2018 10:31 AM

There are no centrists. There are only scared idealists. You want this. Stop fighting it and get on board.

That's too "Deep" for a typical Lefty. It is more like the "kindergarten" wants to rule. They scream for diversty, but thats the Last thing they want. Very appealing to the self-centered , unfinished, broken human, with no self-awareness. If you will note, the purpetual tempertantrum. The more humane they claim to be, the more destructive to other humans they become.
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The Ideal Humane Society

Post by Riddick » 09-11-2018 05:12 PM

Doka wrote:
09-11-2018 10:31 AM
The more humane they claim to be, the more destructive to other humans they become.
To be humane is to give everyone free stuff. Well, not quite. Somebody's gotta pay for it. But it's OK. The individuals paying don't matter. What matters is the group and what they think. Those who stop thinking for themselves, think correctly.

Down with capitalism & centrism! Up With socialism & collectivism.

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Carter Cautions Democrats Not To Scare Off Moderates

Post by Riddick » 09-12-2018 09:40 AM

Former President Jimmy Carter has a warning for his fellow Democrats looking to oust the current administration: Don't go too far to the left.

"Independents need to know they can invest their vote in the Democratic Party," Carter said Tuesday during his annual report at his post-presidential center and library in Atlanta, where he offered caution about the political consequences should Democrats "move to a very liberal program, like universal health care."

That's delicate — and, Carter acknowledged, even contradictory — advice coming from the 93-year-old former president, and it underscores the complicated political calculations for Democrats as they prepare for the November midterms and look ahead to the 2020 presidential election.

"Rosie and I voted for Bernie Sanders in the past," Carter noted. He was referring to his wife, Rosalynn, and their support for the Vermont senator, an independent who identifies as a democratic socialist,

Carter alluded to arguments from self-identified progressives that Democrats will sacrifice votes on the left if they don't embrace the liberal base: "I don't think any Democrat is going to vote against a Democratic nominee," and he insisted that he's not asking the left to sacrifice its goals, only to see that winning elections is necessary to accomplish any of them. FULL STORY

Ah, what does he know! Like cowardice & timidity will stop Trump?. All good insurgents know NOW is the time for ALL full-throated idealists to move the Democrat party far left.

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Re: Why Democrats Should Chuck Centrism

Post by fos » 09-22-2018 07:28 PM

I hope the democrats continue their fall over the cliff to progressivism socialism, communism, or whatever they try to choose to call it trying to make it sound acceptable. They can all drink the koolaide.

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