Daily Collegian - November 2018
"The aforementioned mantra, “Vote Blue No Matter Who,” ignores these inconsistencies in Democratic party, and the ways in which candidates who support corporate interests and centrist policies contribute to systemic inequality. They reinforce class inequality and prevent progressive change in resistance to a growing preference among young voters for socialism over capitalism."
Neoliberal politics are ingrained in our political system and have become a stain on the Democratic party, preventing much-needed progressive reform. In the two-party system in which we live, the parties are two sides of the same coin. While the parties differ in areas like healthcare reform, LGBTQIA+ rights and climate change, they together perpetuate the interests of the capitalist class and corporations over those of everyday people, Democrats included.
The mantra “Vote Blue No Matter Who” reinforces party polarization and institutional inequality. It gives a platform to Democratic candidates who adorn the facade of the working-class representative, all the while accepting corporate PAC money and supporting policies that perpetuate rampant economic and social inequality. Many see capitalism as a framework in need of slight adjustments, but this is insufficient in practice. Voters need to look beyond the tagline of the “blue wave,” as many Democratic candidates wear the name of the party and yet contribute to the underlying systems of oppression by advocating against universal healthcare, believing that United States Immigrants and Customs Enforcement (ICE) cannot be abolished and more.
A frequent response to the rise of President Trump is often a visceral disgust for leftists who champion radical social change. However, Trump came to power in response to establishment backlash, a sentiment that corporate Democrats continue to ignore. They contribute to the system in which we as citizens are forced to choose the lesser of two evils. The conversation needs to be reframed. Democrats need to accept that the political landscape from which they received their clout is evolving; if growing progressive voices are left behind, the Democratic party will continue to lose elections.
When voting for candidates on Election Day, we need to examine more than simply their political party. If Democratic candidates do not support progressive policies such as free public higher education, housing as a human right, criminal justice reform, prison abolition and the expansion of the social safety net, they do not truly advocate for the erasure of systems of oppression and economic inequality. If they do not support massive taxation increases on those at the top to combat rising wealth inequality, they are little different than those on the right who openly support corporate interests over those of people. If they parley with lobbyists and wealthy donors, legislation that affects the lives of everyday people is bought and sold. Until Democrats address this massive rift in the party and accept necessary political change – although their level of privilege may not allow them to understand the institutional changes necessary to best support marginalized communities and to eradicate predatory capitalism – there will be no progress. ...
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