Were you to listen there are many mistaken ideas about what Democrats stand for and work towards. Some tell lies about Democratic ideals and other don’t care to hear what might conflict with their beliefs. Even folks who consistently vote Democratic are at a loss to articulate what Democrats believe.
First It isn’t just the party of and for blacks. Although the majority of African-Americans will vote Democratic it isn’t because the Democrats promise free things—handouts from the Federal, State and Local Governments. It’s true that Republicans aren’t likely to give the lower classes much of anything. It’s the rich they are interested in. The strange thing is that most Republican supporters don’t get much in the way of representation or benefits from the party they vote for. What they do get is God, Flag, and anti-abortion.
The Democratic Party has changed. Before they were the Republicans of today. Around the 1920s and 1930s, they switched philosophies with the Republicans. They began to support labor unions. Today even Democrats feel unions aren’t necessary any longer. Many resent union wages and pensions. In 2016 there were 11.8% of full-time workers who were union members. A further 5.7% of part time workers were union members.
.From a height of more than 30% union membership the Republicans and a few Democrats have chipped away at labor union’s power. I’ve talked about the excesses of labor unions but they aren’t comparable to the excesses of management and corporations.
On the commondreams.org website the other day there was an article and a transcript of a speech given by Massachusetts Senator, Elizabeth Warren. She is a true progressive and one tough lady. Her speech was about 30 minutes long and given to a conference of Netroots Nation this past Saturday in Atlanta.
I won’t reproduce the entire speech, you can read it by going to commondreams.org in an article written by Nik DeCosta-Klips.
In her speech, she touches on many issues important to liberal/progressives. She lists what we want from the Democratic Party. Here then is a few quotes from her speech.
“More and more working families today are hanging on by their fingernails in a country with an economy and a government that works only for those at the very top”
And she continues.
“…I’ve been talking about how our middle class was squeezed to the breaking point, how chances to move up in this economy were disappearing, and warning that, if we weren’t careful, the very promise of this nation—the commitment to expand opportunities—would be lost.”
What do Democrats stand for?
“We’re going to fight for fully portable benefits for everyone. And we’re going to fight to make sure that all work—full-time, part-time, gig—carries basic, pro-rata benefits.
“We’re going to fight to make it easier for workers to come together to form a union so they can take power into their own hands.
“And we’re going to turn the minimum wage into a living wage. Fight for $15!
“It’s time for us to say: Democrats are on the side of hard working families who are getting pounded every day.
“We’re going to fight for universal pre-K, and to make it easier for every family to get child care.
“W’re going to fight like hell to stop Republicans from jacking up the cost of health insurance and taking coverage away from millions. Trumpcare will not get one Democratic vote—not now, not ever. But it’s not enough just to defend the Affordable Care Acty, we’re going to improve it, starting with bringing down the cost of prescription drugs—and leading the fight for Medicare for all.
“We’re going to make it possible for young people to go to college or get a technical degree debt-free.
“We’re going to fight for affordable housing and good schools across our country, from the biggest cities to the smallest towns and most remote rural homesteads.
“And we will fight our heart out to d efend—and expand—Social Security and Medicare.”
The litany of things progressive fight for goes on. Warren with passion has been saying these things for years. Republicans don’t want to hear it because the things she says isn’t about power and greed. It’s about people. Even the people who vote against their best interests because of uninformed ideas and thoughts. Their ignorance keeps them, lackeys of the Republicans voting for those who laugh at their ignorance in keeping them in power.
In 2013 25% of the population was Republican. The only way they’ve been able to stay in power is by voter suppression and apathy on the part of voters who might vote Democratic. American’s voting habits are pathetic.
As far as Elizabeth Warren is concerned I say Oorah and Semper Fidelis.