When did the more liberal and progressive members of the Democratic Party decide that it would be a good idea to Tea Party the Democrats?
Let’s go back to those halcyon days of yesteryear. When Barack Obama was elected and the Republican Party had a conniption fit. Members of Congress, not just the back benchers, but the leaders of the Republican Party stated that they would do everything they could to block Obama’s agenda and that their only objective was to ensure his was a one term Presidency.
So, how did that work out?
Two terms. Affordable Care Act. Iranian Nuclear Deal. All sorts of things were accomplished that I’m not going to bother listing here. It’s pointless. Let’s just say that while the Party of No was successful at some things, one can still look back at the Obama Presidency and say he got a lot done towards his agenda.
The other element of the Republican response to his election was that the rabid right rose up and shouted down any moderate, reasonable voice in the Republican Party. The “Tea Party” made sure that the only Republicans who won most primaries were those who were doctrinaire and right wing … at least at the level of 110%. Anything less than that meant a primary challenge from a opponent who was more “pure.” Many reasonable, moderate Republicans were defeated.
Which is why we have a Republican Party now that is so in the pocket of Trump and incapable of sticking its head out of its turtle shell.
The problem is that the activists in the Democratic Party are now trying to produce the same result for the Dems. They are the left-wing version of the Tea Party. Anything short of 110% conformance to the doctrine of the left is insufficient. Lock step, no questions asked. This is the new mandate for our two major political parties these days.
Why am I asking this question today?
Because of the outrage that Joe Biden speaks fondly of working with Republicans to achieve objectives good for America. Shock!!! Horrors!!! Working together to produce results!!! How dare he!!!
Here’s the deal … we elect our representatives to get things done. How that works is that they work with the other elected representatives to try to find solutions to the nation’s ills. If you believe your elected representative is supposed to ignore his or her colleagues who are “offensive” to you than you simply don’t understand how governance in a democracy works.
The more liberal and progressive members of the Democratic Party who are demanding ideological purity and a no holds barred approach to working with Republicans are pretty much doing everything they can to guarantee another four years with the Orange Clown. Just like the Tea Party guaranteed four more years of President Obama way back when.
So, I ask my readers who consider themselves on the lefter side of the political debate — do you really want to do that? Is ideological purity worth four more years of Trump? Or can you actually open your mind to the idea that our nation is best served by something other than total victory for what you believe? Cause I gotta tell you, your agenda taken as a whole has some good ideas and some really bad ideas.
I’ll tell you this much, when I’m elected President, I’ll work with anybody who is interested in working to address our country’s needs. Black, purple, white, gay, straight, something in between, Republican, Democrat … it don’t matter. You walk into the Oval Office and say let’s get something done, I am right there with you. I may even put my Vice President in charge of this.