Latino Rebels : Ortiz says PED suggestions discriminatory "The thing that stung me was his statement about Dominicans. You mean that in Dominican Republic there are no players who try to do things right?" 8 days ago - View -
On the Liberal Edge : Dem strategist: Party 'in decline' - James Hohmann The effects of 25 plus years of ignoring the base of the party? The Dems are in trouble--as OLE has been saying and writing for 2 decades---because they don't have the courage to stand for anything other than getting elected.
When the base of the party is vilified and ignored--except when you need them to give money or you need poll watchers or you need people who will reliably man phone banks- then you set in place a paradigm where even the most ardent true believer eventually asks--"what's in it for us and the causes we believe in?"
That's where the liberals and the trade unions have been in the democratic party for 2 decades--they want our votes, our dollars and our feet on the street-- but they want to ignore our ideas and our aspirations for change in the USA....and this piece addresses those facts-- 1. Obama has been the most insular dem politician in recent history--almost completely divorcing his organization and messaging from that of the democratic party; 2. the DLC built party infrastructure has as it's foundation a deep disdain for Trade Unions and for Liberals--but no party building strategy for replacing their energy and money; 3. The support for the democratic party among their traditional constituencies is eroding due to this lack of support of the poor and middle classes--and the support among the ethnic voters is razor thin--hence the state and local level power of the grass roots organizing by the Repubs and the T-party ==stating a simple truth--the Dems aren't going to be for your issues--try us instead.
Dems must change and start acting like the party of the New Deal --or join the Repubs on the ash heap of history-- 9 days ago - View -