DWS, & The Fight For The Future Of The Democratic Party

DWS, And The Fight For The Future Of The Democratic Party

With Bernie Sanders still in the race to the White House, the pressure and the influence from his campaign to pull the Democratic Party farther to the left is much more the reality we face today, along with new pressure to get rid of the chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

Yes. Pulling to the left as in “our direction” because America today is more to the left than ever before.

A Gallup Poll published on May 20 of this year which looks at how liberal Party Democrats are on social issues shows that percentage at 57.

Americans have in recent years been more likely to identify as socially liberal, reducing what had been a consistent double-digit conservative advantage to a virtual tie. Those trends in self-identification are consistent with trends toward Americans’ holding increasingly left-leaning positions on same-sex marriage, marijuana and a variety of moral issues.

The article continues to explain the direction the Democratic Party can go with this.

The movement toward greater liberalism on social issues is Democrat-driven. The 57 percent of Democrats who currently say they are socially liberal is up from 35 percent in 2001. The trends in liberal social identification are mostly flat among independents and Republicans.

Further in, the article can’t help but apply those results to the election, where it points out that because of this percentage, Hillary Clinton’s growing progressive stance becomes less of a liability than it would have been before.

And because a full two-terms of an Obama administration has only upset conservatives more, causing them to become even more destructive in their obstruction (despite the fact that their favorability rating with Americans continues to drop while his rises) is clearly another indication that America is moving more to the left and also that the President’s surprisingly progressive approach to the world is working.

But for whatever reason, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz appears to hold her ground to be a strong left-of-center rather than left-of-left, despite these changes in our society which the Democratic Party is already evolving with, around her.

One only has to take a quick glance at Republicans and see how united they are in their focus to take down Hillary Clinton, and Wasserman-Schultz is a  strong supporter and protector of of Clinton when she’s been confronted with questions about the “possible” indictment over her private e-mail server, which she rightfully dodges as a waste of time for Democrats to talk about.

Yet in the Democratic party, Wasserman-Schultz is so fiercely loyal to Clinton however, that she is is single-handedly preventing the Democratic Party from actually progressing at all.

It’s quite clear that Bernie Sanders has ignited a fire beneath a movement with a view of the world progressives have been trying to bring into the mainstream for far too long, and Wasserman-Schultz might be the only person with the power to obscure it even longer. Because no matter what, that progressive view is about to become the standard.

Hillary made a statement during an early debate that Bernie’s views were unrealistic. That’s a viewpoint which Wasserman-Schultz has been more than happy to indulge in the long run, as she’s shown throughout the race. In this case, one has to admit that without that opposing view, or the presence of Wasserman, they would never have known a the conflict of ideas existed among the Democratic Party.

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And whether there’s anything to the allegations Bernie Sanders is trying to pin her with, such as scheduling the Democratic debates to guarantee less viewers or denying the Sanders campaign access to the voter file, at this point it is definitely something to consider.

But even without that, if you’re not a fan of people with bad attitudes then Wasserman has it in bulk, as we’ve seen how she’s attacked the Sanders campaign, even recently when she went after him for how his supporters reacted in Nevada, where it was rumored that chairs were thrown and that she had received death threats by his supporters.

This should cause one to question whether her attacks are designed to be long lasting or temporary, but there’s no indication that she can simply turn around and apologize for her means to destroy the truly progressive element, which has to be infused into the Democratic Party before it overwhelms her. As another article here on Reverb Press puts it, Democrats are deciding on “the plate color to deliver her head on”.

It’s suggested that her presence at the convention before Bernie’s supporters, would be more than awkward. The Democratic Party is now a party in which one old man has brought the majority of the party’s youth into a coalition that will, by nature, define the future of the party. In such a party, a chairwoman whose tenure has been characterized of late by slavish service to old loyalties, even if that drives away new voters, occupies too rickety a position to expect much stability.

All the embattled DNC Chair needs to do to reverse her fortune, if that’s still possible, is create some public relations spin overnight, to defend Sanders as a fellow progressive. Much like the RNC chairman Reince Priebus has been doing with Donald Trump when he considered the possibility that he would win the nomination. That she refuses to do so even now is a clear indication that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is prepared to crash and burn, and she’ll drag the Democratic Party down with her.

And if you have the taste for a juicier reason Bernie wants to get rid of her, then an article by Bill Moyers explaining why it’s time for her and another Democrat to go, provides a questionable enough of a list of corporate shilling she’s engaged with that will leave you wondering where her loyalties lie.

As for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, she embodies the tactics that have eroded the ability of Democrats to once again be the party of the working class. Recently she told CNN’s Jake Tapper that superdelegates — strongly establishment and pro-Clinton — are necessary at the party’s convention so deserving incumbent official and party leaders don’t have to run for delegate slots “against grassroots activists.” Let that sink in, but hold your nose against the aroma of entitlement.

If you haven’t noticed, even Bernie is willing to see past Hillary Clinton’s corporate ills to unite behind her if he has to, because he, unlike DWS, understands the importance of party unity among Democrats. Which is ironic, since it’s his job to win the nomination if he can, and it’s her job to foster party unity.

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Again, no one has been more focused on the message against corporate whoring and a more progressive 21st century platform than Bernie Sanders and the longer he’s in the race, the stronger his grip is on the party is to pull it away from people like Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

There’s also no question that Bernie Sanders isn’t going to just disappear if he doesn’t win the nomination — because that also isn’t the reality — but  unlike Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, he is the progressive the Democratic Party deserves. And given the chance, he could be the unifier that the Democrats need.

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