What do Democrats stand for?

I wanted to reiterate this one point in the new Democracy Corps poll, because it’s important:

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s apparent willingness to consider cuts in Social Security benefits may be winning him points with Washington elites, but it’s killing him with voters, who see the program as inviolate and may start to wonder what the Democratic Party stands for, if not for Social Security.

That’s the conclusion of three top progressive pollsters who spoke to reporters Wednesday at a briefing sponsored by the Economic Policy Institute, the Century Foundation and Demos.

“For the public, cutting benefits is the problem, not the solution,” said Guy Molyneux, a partner at Hart Research Associates.

Precisely. If the Democratic Party doesn’t stand for public education, helping unemployed workers during a recession, and Social Security, what the hell do they stand for?

Do you suppose maybe we’re having a little marketing problem? Our potential supporters aren’t quite clear on our core values, Look at the reason Republicans won the midterms: They flooded the airwaves with commercials that said the Democrats were cutting a half-trillion dollars from Medicare.

First of all, it tells me that voters actually believed that Democrats would cut a half-trillion dollars from Medicare, the same people who have always defended. Sounds like they’re not quite sure anymore, huh?

This shouldn’t have been difficult. All the Democrats had to do was run response ads, pointing out this had to do with Medicare Advantage, the part where private insurers are raping and pillaging the treasury. Now, I don’t know about where you live, but we were inundated with these GOP attack ads in Pennsylvania — and the Democrats never answered them.

It seems to me that the Democratic Party, like any organization that’s adrift, needs to define itself. We can be the party of working people — or we can be the party of the bankers. But we can’t be both, and obviously voters are just as annoyed and confused about it as I am.

In the private sector, we’d remove our attention and resources from anything that wasn’t in line with our core mission. It would help if the Democrats did that, but first they’ll have to figure out what, exactly, that is.

5 thoughts on “What do Democrats stand for?

  1. I was talking with a friend who has always been a registered Dem and she felt like the Dems didn’t represent her anymore. She said she feels as though there is no difference between the parties anymore. She’s a regular voter but not particularly political. The Dems are losing strong partisans like myself and people like my friend who is less partisan and political.

  2. I think that the Democratic Party clearly, definitely and purposefully already HAS defined itself: it is the party that wants to gain power and be in charge. It has decided that most efficient and effective way to do that is to make the wealthy happy, because the wealthy will give them money to campaign and buy elections. This is the fastest and most pleasant way to win elections. IN the meantime they take you to golfing resorts, lend you their airplanes, hire your relatives and take you out to nice dinners.

    Average working people can’t do any of that for you. And you still have to walk around in the snow in New Hampshire and ask them to vote for you. This is demeaning and tiresome.

    Why do what even a majority of average people want, when you can get the same result by pleasing a minority of wealthy people?

    And like the dishonest steward in Jesus’ parable, by making friends with the master’s money , they will welcome you into their homes (and give you high-paying jobs) after you have been turned out of office.

    The “Democratic Party” is not going to do scheisse for us, and there is no point wasting our time trying to get it to revive populist values that it never really had.

    “You dumb son-of-a-bitch! We ain’t one-at-a-timin’ here. We’re MASS communicatin!” Pappy O’Daniel

  3. If only the Democrats had held on many issues the kind of symbolic vote that Republicans held on repealing the health care act. But no, whenever they haven’t had the votes on any issue, Democrats haven’t waged a public battle over it.

    It’s very clear what Republicans stand for.

    It’s also very clear that Democrats don’t stand for anything.

    Carolyn Kay

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