The Democratic Party Screws Itself And the People Who Count On It

At a major party meeting last week, the Democratic Party pushed the liberal wing of the party into a position where they are guaranteed to have very little influence over Democratic Party policy.

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The Democratic Party Screws Itself And the People Who Count On It

At a major party meeting last week, the Democratic Party pushed the liberal wing of the party into a position where they are guaranteed to have very little influence over party policy. In doing so, they screwed themselves and the people who count on the Democrats for representation, not to mention advocacy. They chose to keep up the status quo that probably cost them the 2016 presidential election.

The more liberal wing of the party called the “Sanders wing” were marginalized to a point where they will have very little real influence over Democratic National Committee (DNC) policy. DNC Chair Tom Perez, himself a controversial figure, make sure that the so-called “Sanders wing” and their allies were relegated to minor positions within the party.

This is just the type of party wrangling within the Democratic Party that forced me to leave the party years ago and become a member of the Green party. My move to the Greens is something that I have never regretted because, even though the Green party seldom gets a member elected to a major office, they are a party that I can relate to both in principle and ethics. This last element is very important because I feel that the actions of the DNC are not only unethical but shortsighted.

I rejoined the Democratic Party after nearly 20 years of being a member of the Green party to support Bernie Sanders. Now that the Democratic Party has chosen to shove him to the sidelines, even though he probably would have beaten Donald Trump in last year’s presidential election, they no longer have my support. However, I do hope that they gain significant ground, despite this latest partisan debacle, and the 2018 midterm congressional election.

This latest move by the DNC is a huge mistake and something that will probably alienate many potential supporters, especially supporters of Senator Sanders. By making this latest shortsighted move, the Democratic Party is surrendering huge ground to the GOP and forces of Donald Trump. They just made a huge mistake.

 

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Author: Blane Beckwith

I was born on December 22, 1955, in a small Pennsylvania town named Corry. I was raised in Bear Lake, Pennsylvania.

I graduated from Corry Area High School in 1973. After that, I attended Edinboro State College from 1977-79.

I moved to Berkeley, California in 1980, in search of an independent life. In 2006, I graduated from Berkeley city College with two degrees, one in English and the other in Liberal Arts.

I have been active in the disability rights movement for well over 20 years.