To Hell with Uniting the Party, Unite the Country

I’ve been seeing a lot of “time to unite the party” posts about the eventual Democratic nominee for president. Last night, in a brief moment of silent reflection, I remembered. I remembered a Democratic Party I believed that was a steadfast champion of the middle class and working families. I remembered a fiery Barack Obama delivering his oratory masterpieces that filled an entire generation with hope for change. I remembered an impassioned Bill Clinton in 2012, rallying the party and introducing our incumbent president with a statistics-laden endorsement sure to make wonky leftists like myself proud to have ever supported the President. In that moment of silent reflection thinking about the time to unite the party, I remembered FDR, and Kennedy, and the numerous social advancements made throughout the last 100 years in the name of progress.

Quietly, however, I also remembered 2014, and losing control of Congress behind the DNC leadership of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. I remembered when Dems had misplaced their initiative then, fracturing and disowning the Progressive message. I can’t help but think under Schultz’s leadership in 2016, and those in the establishment rallying behind Schultz’s ally, Hillary Clinton, we’re eagerly rushing headlong to make those same mistakes all over again. And in that moment of reflection, I couldn’t help but ask myself, “why?”

Why would a party be so adamant about losing its way and deviating from the core principles in which we so strongly believed? Why would they try and stifle national debate, debate about issues of paramount national significance – issues like climate change and the outright of purchase of elections? Issues like stagnant wages, and corporate tax evasion, which robs billions from necessary investments in social programs for education, childcare, infrastructure, public works, the arts, and science every year?

In that moment of silent reflection, I wondered why Democrats would allow themselves to become distracted by the circus side-show that has become the Republican primary: a literal dick-measuring contest between a myriad of dangerous candidates actively threatening crimes against humanity, while bearing a sickening resemblance to a reality TV show. A farce. Right now, the Democratic Party is losing the conversation about the most important issues facing all of humanity in the 21st century to a goddamn farce, and it is doing it on purpose – by consciously ignoring the only candidate willing to talk about these issues, and the millions of people rallying behind his campaign.

It is doing it by ignoring the growing unrest seen not only at home, culminating in protests on the Capitol and hundreds of arrests with Democracy Awakening, and by strategically marginalizing the dozens of nationwide protests each month for social justice, and economic reform, but also ignoring that movements like these have been happening with increasing frequency around the world since before the economic collapse.

How is this happening? How have they so completely managed to tune out millions of people? How are they failing so miserably to win the hearts and minds of independents, young people, and Progressives? In the words Jeff Daniels’s character of the Newsroom, “if liberals are so fucking smart, how come they lose so goddamn always?”

Quite frankly, Democrats lose by acting like Republicans. By acting like hypocrites. By continuing to take millions of dollars from dangerous lobbies even though that fundraising strategy has proven itself fatally compromised. By allowing its candidates to benefit from voters suppression and gerrymandering. By succumbing to rationalizations and cognitive dissonance in the face of legitimate specific grievances. And most dangerously, they lose by refusing to admit our own shortcomings and legislative failures or costly capitulations.

And now we are at a crossroads; a defining moment in American politics, not just for Democrats, but for the entire country. Do we fall through the now-gaping cracks in our broken democracy which have gradually been exposed over the past 40 years – the corporatism, hawkishness, and greed that has coalesced into a shrunken middle class, monumentally disastrous foreign policy decisions in the name of the empire, and the least democratic election(s) of our lifetime? Or do we resolve to change? Do we resolve to stand united against the forces that are seeking to divide us into smaller and more easily-conquered factions? Do we, as citizens of a country and not members of any political party, finally put our collective footdown and say enough is enough?

If the the answer to these questions for voters is Hillary Clinton, then the answer to these questions is a resounding no.

People are right to want see their country unite, but they want to see it unite behind values, not any one person. Values… lasting values, core values… The values we unite behind will be here far longer than any candidate. The values we unite behind as a nation will stay with us for generations to come.

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10 thoughts on “To Hell with Uniting the Party, Unite the Country

  • April 28, 2016 at 1:09 am
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    Up the Second American Revolution ! Those with eyes to see, get it. A great American patriot and leader has emerged. A leader with clear moral vision. A leader with a heart for the people – Bernard Sanders. He has the kind of loving kindness and knowing about our human potential and honors the gift of a planet teeming with life, as a thing worth saving for all of us and generations to come. Such a man as this is opportunity knocking. Question is – Will we open the door and let him in.

  • April 28, 2016 at 5:52 am
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    We need to start a movement to have every disaffected Democrat change their registration to Independent as soon as they have voted in their primary. If thousands of people did that, it would send a very important message to the fools at the DNC.

    Enough!

  • April 28, 2016 at 8:21 am
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    Great post !

  • April 28, 2016 at 9:22 am
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    Loved what you said dnc party line is well you need to get behind hill cuz republicans will destroy country well we keep doin what we doin dnc will destroy world I am voting green

  • April 28, 2016 at 10:31 am
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    I am getting so sick of the Hillary supporters trying to blame the fact that she can’t beat a Republican on WE Sanders supporters. Time to unite the party…BULLSHIT! I don’t know what part of, going all the way to the convention they don’t get. Nearly all polls show Sanders beating the Republicans by a large margin. Hillary….well, not so much. It is so laughable that she insist Bernie push us over to her. She knows as well as he does, that he can’t force us to do any such thing. He is OUR mouthpiece! OUR representative! He is there bringing this revolution forward for US, and WE are as much a part of him as HE is of US! The party will lose to a Republican because THEY refuse to get on the side of the candidate who can actually BEAT the Republicans, not the other way around! Lets face the facts. Every open primary, (you know the ones that actually don’t suppress 43% of the American voters in the Independent party) Bernie has won by huge margins. There is no way that Sanders or anyone for that matter can make these people vote against their conscience! Also WE democrats and the many republicans that don’t want to see a President Trump, or Cruz, will never vote for Clinton! Do you people just ignore all the polls that show her favorability? I guess you do because you seem to ignore all those polls that show Bernie beating the Republicans. But, let me break it down for you. Those favorability polls mean that, yes WE don’t like her, and yes, WE don’t trust her. This is exactly why it is so important that Sanders take this to the convention! He is the only one who can beat the Republicans! So the next time you try to brow beat US into supporting your queen, take a look at the facts! It is not US who should get behind her, she, who can’t win in the general. But you who should join US in supporting Senator Sanders! We will welcome you with open arms! Bernie is the ONLY one who can beat the republicans in the general election! Don’t believe for a second this charade of a DNC run and hosted primary, that has silenced 43% of America’s voters! It will be you Clinton supporters who cause this upset for America, not US!

  • April 28, 2016 at 12:52 pm
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    Very good read. Thanks.

  • April 28, 2016 at 4:55 pm
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    Absolutely!! I would add though that we are at a defining moment in global politics because as much as some people don’t care realize or ignore, our politics take effect on a global scale. We can no longer pretend that we have no fault in the devastation of our countries war crimes. We can no longer pretend that the choices we make don’t affect millions of humans both at home and abroad. Do we continue to play the status quo politics, or do we actually rise as generations before us did for so many other defining issues. Everything generations before us have fought for is slipping and slipping fast. Can we really afford to even play the stand alone game anymore? We are at war against the biggest corrupted machine in our countries history. In the end it is us who will lose if we settle and throw in the towel. It is our future generations who will be affected in the most drastic ways that we can ever imagine. Our children will have to bear the mistakes of us and how can we morally accept that?

    We have a moral obligation to change it. It is our right by the Constitution of these here United States that “whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the RIGHT of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. …” This is our obligation to change it or to abolish it but will we rise is the question. Most people don’t even realize the rights they have and this is one of our MOST IMPORTANT. Not only is it our Right, but it is our “Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Declaration of Independence (1776).

    Again the question is WILL WE RISE? Or will we continue to be complacent because we think we can’t, we think it’s impossible, we think it can’t be done. Well they also thought we couldn’t fight for civil rights, fight for labor rights, fight for women’s rights, and WE DID!! Why throw in the towel so easily? I thought we were AMERICANS? I thought we didn’t bow down to ANYONE?

    Shall we prove them right that we can be so easily controlled, or shall we UNITE as we are intended to! Let’s not yield…not today and not ever again!

  • April 28, 2016 at 9:59 pm
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    Love this article! Very much articulates how I and millions of others feel right now! And more people need to understand:

    We have more power than they know. If we are ALL #bernieorbust, and we show up as delegates to our State and National Conventions and give the DNC the very hard truth; “Hillary can’t win the general without us.”

    In the end, whatever Sanders asks us to do, I will do it…(except vote for $hillary LOLOLOLOLOL)

  • April 28, 2016 at 11:29 pm
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    Do you think Bernie could run as 3 rd party candidate in 2020? If everyone kept throwing in their $27 for the next 4 years, he would have quite a war chest. We can’t let this be like the occupy movement and just let it fizzle out after the election. How do we keep the fire burning?

  • April 29, 2016 at 3:39 am
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    Bernie or Green 2016

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