Democrats don’t have it easy. It’s so much easier to sell the conservative and Republican idea, the have it your way, and the ‘all about you’ philosophy. They have a Darwinian/Ayn Rand/luciferian zeal to their lack of conscience and their excuses for engulfing everything into a meteoric inferno. It is pretty fun to join a quest of self indulgence and the destruction of compassion.
The Progressive/Democrats have a much harder story to pitch. Instead of offering immediate self-indulgence, they intercede for the schools, the poor and the environment. Even citizens of other countries are on the radar of the Progressive/Democrat!
The problem is the average American is overworked and tired already. They don’t want to hear about any more about the country’s problems. It’s not that they don’t care, but they have so many troubles in their own lives that seem unfixable: good schools for their kids, the house, the car and credit debt. They are working several jobs sometimes just to make ends meet in a gig economy where health care or a pension are just pipe dreams.
So before these good Americans start their volunteer coaching, church and civic duties, they find it much easier to buy into the Republican schemes of conservatism and the false promise of prosperity, with its racist undertones and hyperbolic lies. And so the Republican pitch serves a kind of fantasy for most, a mental distraction for the moment we all need an easy to reach for hope. But of course Republican policies are a pathetically poor solution for very real problems.
Most people just don’t want to talk about politics. But when you start thinking like this, it is easy to get angry over the Progressive ideals that make an effort to reach out to specific groups of the historically disadvantaged. It doesn’t matter that Democratic Party policies are the ones which work best for everybody.
In my opinion, it is obvious we don’t have to reinvent the wheel in policies. We just need to get back to following the course set in by Progressives like FDR, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren or the Kennedy/Johnson Administration. If there is relatively radical proposal I’d say we should look at, it is support for worker-owned businesses.
In America, money is power. So if you want influence you have to pay for it. The scales of justice have their eyes wide open with both of them on your pocket, especially at our newly corportized the Supreme Court. Half are owned by the Koch brothers through their Heritage Foundation.
I digress but, as we keep seeing, the machinery is well oiled on the Republican side and they take voting (or vote manipulation) more serious than the average Democrat. We Democrats can’t bring a knife to a gun fight anymore. We must acknowledge there is a price to pay for a thriving democracy. We have to quit being gullible as a nation and challenge the disastrous policies of the Republican Party.