I am ashamed of the Democratic Party. I’ve been ashamed of the Republican Party for a long time. Before I go any further, let me just say that I am one of the #metoo movement, I started my career in a male-dominated profession way back in the dark ages – in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The career I chose I was told by men that women didn’t enter. But I did.
Women didn’t involve themselves in the profession of finance. I broke the rules. I didn’t care. I knew the career I wanted and I was determined to have it. I almost fractured my skull for the next 30 years on the glass ceiling. I was sexually harassed more times than I can count. Many men were affectionate toward me. I learned the difference between harassment and just plain affection.
I’m not trying to say that Biden is right. I have mixed feelings about that. I do think it’s curious that these women who are coming out of the woodwork and accusing him of improper behavior didn’t do this long ago instead of a few days or weeks before he was going to announce his candidacy for President in 2020. Don’t you? Why now?
I also want to pose a question to you, my readers. When I was faced with inappropriate behavior by men in the workplace, I had enough sense to turn around and tell them to get the hell out of my face. Who just sits there and takes it? I say if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the damn kitchen. If you can’t cope with your workplace, you shouldn’t be there. Open your mouth and speak. Yell. Scream. Tell them to get the hell away from you. Sheesh.
To the members of the Democratic Party. I am ashamed that you would turn on one of your own. I am ashamed that some of you would call others of us hypocrites because we aren’t ready to crucify Joe Biden. I am ashamed that you can’t be strong, take care of yourself, and tell men who behave inappropriately to get away from you. Instead, you want all of us to ruin a good man’s life. Why? It is as much about promoting your own agenda as it is about Biden’s conduct. You are in favor of other Democratic candidates and you are afraid Biden will enter the race and eat their lunch. At least be honest about what you’re doing.
The Democrats will never defeat Donald Trump if they keep on fighting amongst themselves. The most important issue is beating Trump, not destroying your own to promote your own agenda.
As the primary season for the 2020 Presidential election has rolled off to such an early start, I’ve done a lot of reading and thinking about what seems to be two factions of the Democratic Party and where I fit in to the current state of the Party. The media says that we have broken apart into the progressive left and the moderate centrist wings of the party. I bought that at first. Until I talked to some of both my progressive and moderate friends and examined my own beliefs. I don’t see those factions as clearly as others tend to see them.
Take myself as an example. I’m a baby boomer and we’re less likely to be progressives (they say) than millennials. For example, I don’t label myself as a Democratic Socialist as the Bernie Sanders people, and some of the other progressives do. I don’t believe in the idea of guaranteed incomes, for example, which one of the candidates does. I’m a capitalistic and strongly believe that everyone should work for their money. Even if you are ill or disabled, the power of the internet gives you the power to work from home unless you are very ill. I also don’t believe in late-term abortion. But mostly, I don’t believe in the label “Democratic Socialist.”
I went to school for a long time and ended up teaching business. I define the word “socialist” very strictly. There is but one definition of socialism. It is an economic system where the government owns the means of production as opposed to companies owning the means of production. To call yourself a socialist because you believe in programs to help the elderly and the disadvantaged is misusing the term. Even if you throw in your desire for free college and Medicare for all, you are still not a “Democratic Socialist” unless you believe in the government owning the means of production. You are simply a liberal Democrat. The liberal Democrats who are labeling themselves are contributing to a party split.
The Democrats have a lot of candidates to choose from this primary season. Some of the moderate candidates may have a more restrictive agenda than some of the progressive candidates. For example, if I were running for President, I probably could not endorse free college tuition. There isn’t enough money in the federal budget at this time. I could support parts of the Green New Deal, but probably not all of it. However, I could support Medicare for all. I suspect that many of the candidates think like I do.
Right now, I see two issues emerging that may determine the outcome of the primary. The first is who can beat Donald Trump. If we don’t nominate a candidate who can do that, then all the rest is lost. Second, health care is once again emerging as an important issue. Of course, Trump’s big, beautiful wall (barf) is always an issue.
I plead with you not to make an artificial split in our party. Our number one goal should be to stick together and defeat Donald Trump. If our party is split, we won’t be able to do that.
Just my two cents. What’s yours?
Beto O’Rourke, Democratic candidate for President in 2020, who almost defeated Ted Cruz in the very red state of Texas, is holding three campaign rallies in Texas today. He’s already kicked off his campaign, but this feels Ike another kick-off. After this, I hope to see Beto developing his policy positions, giving a speech, and perhaps rallying somewhere other than his home state.