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Late Great Donald Blake 
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Unstable Molecule

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Subj: Well we ALL have an intrinisic responsibility to be better people.
Posted: Mon May 09, 2022 at 10:22:04 pm EDT (Viewed 49 times)
Reply Subj: Re: The Democrat party's inability to hold together a popular coalition...
Posted: Fri May 06, 2022 at 05:27:11 pm EDT (Viewed 106 times)

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This post is mostly about the failures of the Democratic party, but the Democrats in general oppose overturning Roe V Wade. Don't the Republicans have an intrinsic responsibility to be better people and support better policies, regardless of the state of their opposing party?

But politics isn't about waiting around and hoping that the opposing side will literally see the light and become better people. I would say foremost if your left of center you should be trying to form as large a democratic coalition as you can so unpopular measures like overturning Roe--or not enshrining it into law in the first place will people far more difficult. I generally approve of the Dems vague position on abortion rights. I do find that more appropriate morally. I'm unequivocally pro choice. I concede btw its a difficult more issue, and I wouldn't be glib about it. My point is that liberals should move away from this technocratic, meritocratic acceptance of a party by a for elites, and move towards a populists politics that's respond to most people's economic and political needs. That way our values can't be so easily undone by these sort of byzantine procedural coups. If you cultivate a party that's primarily a working class party that will definitionally be a majority party, and it'll be able to push and pressure to legislate these kinds of social issues. Rather than hoping the the House of Cards lobbyists and Sorkin esc too-clever-by-half, 3 dimensional chess players triangulate in just such a way that we get what we want.

As I've said, the Republicans are just way better at this kind of politics, so I don't understand why would be "pragmatic" libs insist on playing politics in a way that Republicans are more likely to win.


cheers,
---the late great Donald Blake


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