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We Need Less Third Way, More FDR and Truman In Our Democratic Politics.

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by Karen Duncan

After the disheartening loss in GA 06, I’ve heard a lot of the arguments about why the Democrats should go back to the center – or as some would frame it – become more “pragmatic.” It’s from the same old voices who have been arguing this since forever, while we have lost over 900 state legislative seats, two-thirds of the state’s governors’ mansions, and both the House and Senate. Oh, and the White House. Here is a counter-argument to that, based on the demographics of GA 06 and a critique of that race.

As Richard Eskow, the author admits, anything said is speculative. But that is true for both sides of the debate. We tried moderate, pragmatic, and Republican-lite in the GA 06. And it lost, so we know at least in that instance it didn’t work. We have seldom tried a good solid center-left economic progressive message coupled with strong defense for civil rights, so we actually don’t know if that would work. But it might.

And please spare me your arguments about socialism. I am not a socialist. And trust me. I know what socialism is. I grew up with socialists. And spare me also your diatribes against Bernie Sanders. I did not support him because I am not a socialist. I supported Hillary Clinton. But we need less Third Way and more FDR and Truman in our Democratic politics.

  • Jeremiah Soria

    “And spare me also your diatribes against Bernie Sanders. I did not support him because I am not a socialist. I supported Hillary Clinton.”

    Well, there you go.

    You can’t talk about being more left of center and then support a candidate (under duress or not) who would have been more more center than left had she won the presidency.

  • Perseus1986

    How about this: We let candidates who adhere to a basic set of policy platforms, run the campaigns they need to run to get elected to their districts rather than bombard the district from afar with often irrelevant, and sometimes conflicting, messages and talking points. But I’m sorry, I know, being tactful, organized and effective is more of a Republican thing.

  • Hugo Estrada

    I agree with your point. Although if we should make space for young socialist if they care to participate in the Democratic Party. What a lot of young people call socialism is FDR, Truman, Johnson, and even Eisenhower so it should be easy.