Taking Over Is The Goal
What is the point of electing politicians to represent us, just for them to get to Congress and “know their place?” Some centrist Democrats seem to be scared of the fight taking place right now. There is a battle going on within the Democratic Party – an ideological battle. An ideological battle that Progressives must win.
The “fight” is between the growing Progressive movement and the old guard establishment Democrats. Many Americans are tired of electing the same types of politicians. They see that this is not leading to actual change for them in their lives. What’s actually happening is that the wealth gap is soaring, and the racial wealth gap between Blacks and Whites could take 228 years to close.
Gentrification in major urban communities is displacing Black and Latino populations due to the rising cost of rent. In Portland, Oregon for instance, 13% of the Black population was displaced between 2000 and 2013.
Schools all around America use fountains that release drinking water containing alarming levels of lead. An issue most became aware of through the coverage of the Flint Water Crisis, is really a nationwide scandal being hidden from the public.
There are many problems that are not being addressed. So yes, Progressives taking over the Democratic Party should be the goal.
What are some of the issues Progressives value, however?
The Issues Important To the Progressive Movement?
The list is long and ranges in degrees of how radical vs. mainstream the ideas are. However, here is a good list to get you started –
The issues listed above are no-brainers to Progressives, but to centrists – many are considered radical. This is why I personally don’t run away from the word ‘radical.’
Ending voter suppression, protecting an open internet, and campaign finance reform will together make it very hard for the establishment to remain in power. Imagine if we got a majority of the things on this list and maybe some others that aren’t listed? So you can see how strong progressive populism is really about engineering the free and democratic society that we want. A society that doesn’t actually exist right now in America.
Wait until they see actual radical policy proposals from Progressives and people even further to the Left.
Continued Education Campaign Needed To Increase Support
Neither of these lists represents the totality of the wide range of issues that actually exist. They show you why centrist Democrats are going to fight like hell against the Justice Democrats, against Brand New Congress, against Our Revolution, and any other progressive group that seeks to take over the party.
We can add the Democratic Socialists of America to the list of groups centrists want to keep away from party power too. With the increase in support for the DSA and democratic socialism in general among Millennials, you can imagine it’s only a matter of time. The centrists won’t be able to silence the progressive movement forever. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib are both members of DSA.
Unity Has To Go Both Ways
You will hear commentators state that all of this talk about ideology is really a ‘purity test’ and that we need to get behind whoever wins in order to beat Trump. While the latter part of that might be true once the General Election comes, it’s also misleading.
The Progressive movement has to fight like hell during the Primaries to make sure the person representing us in the GE is actually someone who is going to progress America forward. The centrists must also unify with us! Unity cannot be a one-way street where the base has to fall on its sword and get behind an establishment dinosaur like Joe Biden.
There is too much at stake and too many things going wrong to simply accept another centrist capitalist plutocrat. Whether it’s Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren, it doesn’t matter. As long as it’s one or the other, I think both would make strong competitors to Trump. Both have solid Progressive credentials and would make it very hard for Trump to run as a fake populist again.
The Progressive Movement Must Embrace the Ideological Struggle
When one looks at the Cambridge Analytica story, you see the very real effort to sow confusion. Lots and lots of money were pumped into creating false narratives on Facebook. These narratives were meant to influence the 2016 election. Whether you believe it had an impact or not, the point is that psychological warfare was used intentionally once (likely more that we don’t know). Don’t think the right-wing won’t use that tool again.
I notice those that don’t want to engage in the struggle over ideology between the Progressive Left and the centrists – all happen to be centrists. At the very least they are comfortable with centrist Democrats maintaining their power with the Democratic Party. They don’t want radical change.
An ideological struggle over which policies to support doesn’t help a centrist, because they don’t support those policies. This gives faux progressives the ability to claim they’re progressive when in reality they aren’t. At best they may be vaguely progressive, at worst they’re completely full of shit.
So real Progressives must embrace the ideological struggle because we’re playing for keeps.
The Progressive Movement Is Here To Stay
The Establishment should be put on notice. Demographics are not on your side. History is not on your side. Your monopolistic control of the Democratic Party will soon come to an end.
It will be replaced by a wide range of Progressives who will usher in a Progressive era. I believe this is possible and the groundwork is already in place. There are already many groups on the ground doing the footwork.
It’s why voter suppression is critical to the Establishment. It’s why we should watch out for shenanigans in Democratic primaries soon-to-come. They will try to screw us over, because our success means the weakening of their grip on power. It means radical changes in the future.
As bad as the times may seem, I believe this is the best era to be active in politics.
Join the movement. Support the Progressive takeover.