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Social Security, the opportunity for emergent parties on the left

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Howard Dean is not the only one questioning his future with the Democratic Party. If the Democratic party does not stand for Social Security, what, if anything, does it stand for?

Many of us have left the Democratic party already, many more will do so if the Democrats attack the crown jewels of the New Deal and Great Society.

So, can the Green Party, or any other emergent party on the left take advantage of the opening? Only if they are willing to do the things that would make them viable.

Leaders have followers. One reason that emergent party candidates lose is that even though most people agree with their views on the issues, they are put off by the lack of followers. So, somehow we have to convince people to vote for candidates who are not viable because the alternative is to vote for people who actively attack the interests of the 99%. It is a tough sell, but we must try all the same.

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Submitted by lambert on

... of 25+ and 55+ with Social Security and _____ [student debt jubilee?] but can't get the picture straight in my mind. Big disemployment and stress for both, of course.

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Submitted by Cujo359 on

Why stop at just those? What gets me about the failure of the gun control legislation is that it's another case when many progressives (well, me, and others) just don't think it's as important as issues like righting the economy, avoiding more climate change, maintaining (or restoring) our rights, etc.

There seem to be a lots of pockets of people interested in some parts of a progressive agenda, but not others. That's one of the reasons I think Democrats get away with this crap. Maybe I'm wrong about gun control or SS, M&M, but I don't think for a second that enough Democrats are scared enough for their jobs for cuts to not happen in the safety net, or gun control to achieve even the modest aim of checking to see who is buying weapons.

Until these disparate interests can band together enough to say "You don't get credit from us for screwing these guys", then I think they'll continue to go on hanging us individually, because we won't hang together.

Submitted by lambert on

Because that's where the money is.... (I don't mean the funding, I mean the actual money in people's pockets)

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Submitted by nihil obstet on

Social Security and decent paying jobs. We need to push a jobs guarantee for everybody, of course, but the 25+ gang who took on the debt to get good jobs are especially likely to be attracted by a party that will actually make the opportunity available.

Submitted by jawbone on

Via wigwam 's comment at FDL post on 4/6/2006 Obama speech to Hamilton Project by proberto6.

He links to a post at Your Black World that notes that the Hamilton Project essentially shut down when Obama won the presidency and brought...most of the Hamilton Project Neolib Corporatists into his administration....

Great quote from Pascal Robert's post:

African American Political Science Professor Adolph Reed, Jr. was the first person to realize what Obama was way back in 1996 shortly after Obama won his first Illinois state senate race:

“In Chicago, for instance, we’ve gotten a foretaste of the new breed of foundation-hatched black communitarian voices; one of them, a smooth Harvard lawyer with impeccable do-good credentials and vacuous-to-repressive neoliberal politics, has won a state senate seat on a base mainly in the liberal foundation and development worlds.His fundamentally bootstrap line was softened by a patina of the rhetoric of authentic community, talk about meeting in kitchens, small-scale solutions to social problems, and the predictable elevation of process over program — the point where identity politics converges with old-fashioned middle-class reform in favoring form over substance. I suspect that his ilk is the wave of the future in U.S. black politics, as in Haiti and wherever else the International Monetary Fund has sway. So far the black activist response hasn’t been up to the challenge. We have to do better.”

“The Curse of Community,” Village Voice, January 16, 1996–reprinted in
Class Notes: Posing as Politics and Other200 Thoughts on the American Scene
(New Press, 2000) (My emphasis)

I'm also placing this at DCBlogger's "Run, Don't Walk to Your Reps" post about Obama's April, 2013 release of his budget including cuts to SS, Medicare and Medicaid..