Democrats Need to Work for their Base, not the 1 %

New “Autopsy” report says that Democrats need to focus on helping working people (white, black and  brown) people and young people, Not on favors  for Wall Street, hedge funds,  big Pharma, health insurance companies, and huge corporations.  The “Clinton-Obama crowd tilted the action away from the party’s core voter blocs—labor, people of color, and young people—in order to court suburban voters and maintain the party’s alliances with high finance and multinational corporations.”  “Emerging sectors of the electorate are compelling the Democratic Party to come to terms with adamant grassroots rejection of economic injustice, institutionalized racism, gender inequality, environmental destruction and corporate domination.” Also, the leadership refused to spend the money on state races and get out the vote efforts.  Over 1,000 state legislature seats were lost under Obama.  Instead Dems focused most of their money and time on the presidential races.  Hillary was harmed by voter suppression, mysogyny, the antiquated electoral college bias, the media free coverage of Trump’s outrages, and the corporate and right-wing funding of campaigns.  But the Dem party needs to reform. Recently, the California Democratic Assembly speaker  Rendon killed single-payer health care in California, ex-DNC honcho Gephardt has been blocking single-payer, DNC chair Perez has been ousting young progressives, and Pelosi has been saying that single-payer is not feasible.  Obama and other Dem leaders had been buddying up with job offshorers like GE’s head Immelt instead of keeping jobs in the US.  Obama was trapped by the financial meltdown in 2008, but he appointed Goldman Sachs cronies to run the Treasury and bail out big banks.  Sanders and Warren and Sanders keep up the good fight,but the leadership wants to keep itself  leading the losing Democrats and getting power and money, rather than  let in some new Democratic leaders with vision and enthusiasm.   The  Dem leadership  doesn’t want to be replaced by working people, minorities, or idealists.  They would rather stay in power as leaders of the losing Democratic party even as they  lose the presidency, the supreme court, and the Congress to  corporate Republicans and oil companies.  They would rather have the Republicans, oil companies, and large corporations in power than to lose their leadership of the Democratic party. It is normal behavior for entrenched political leaders.  But it needs to be overturned.

Democratic Autopsy

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