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Democrats Need To Unite Going Forward

Category: 2016
Posted: 01/21/17 02:15

by Dave Mindeman

There is one absolute when it comes to resistance to the new regime. And that is that the Democratic Party has to act as one...from now on.

I am done with listening to the talk about the "corrupt" DNC. The talk about how Bernie would have won. I am done with the bashing of Hillary Clinton. I am finished with listening to it, responding to it, and trying to compensate for it.

None of it matters and I would hope that everybody realizes that to fix this travesty, it is going to take a united front.

If I hear about any more "protest" votes, I think I'll just smash my fist into the nearest wall.

Your "purity" and "standards" are pretty much worthless right now. This Democratic Party still stands for something, but not as a bunch of fractured elements. It has to stand with one purpose - to take everything back that we have lost. All of it. The Presidency, the Congress, the State Governorships, and the State legislatures.

If you want to argue about the details, save it for when it can matter. Only when we have the majorities that can make the difference will it really matter.

Environmentalists? For the next 4 years the best you can do is tread water. Civil Liberties? Try to hold your own. Peace movement? Your way forward is bleak. Voting rights? We will probably have to fight without the courts. Abortion rights? It will be an uphill struggle.

But we will have no chance at all, if we act as factions and not as united opposition.

When we have achieved the goal of taking back power in this country, then you can argue about what needs to be done - about whose priority matters more - about what needs protection first.

Then and only then will any of that matter.

The work to win in the 2018 mid terms starts now. It has to and it has to start by staying together and fighting as one unit. The "I told you so" pomposity - the us vs them mentality - the "it has to be my way" talk is going to end. It is imperative. If you are angry at the DNC, then change it but do it the right way - from within and through proper channels.

We are the Democratic Party - if you favor Green Party principles, go work with them. If you prefer more independent action, do it with someone else. If you are part of the Democratic Party, then support the candidates that emerge from the sanctioned process or from the people's primary. But DO NOT GROUSE about unfairness if you lose within the confines of this Party. We work hard for a candidate, but in the end, the standard bearer for any November election must be supported to victory.

It is that simple and that complicated. We can't afford splits and factions and whining. This is about something bigger and more important.

So, as a united Party, let's act like it.
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