#DemExit or #DemEnter?


When Hillary cheated her way to the Democratic nomination last year, progressives were presented with four unacceptable choices. They could support Hillary, they could support Trump, they could support Jill Stein, or they could stay home.

Most supported Hillary, although a substantial number supported Trump. In fact, those whom supported Trump put Trump into the White House.

Trump’s margin of victory was Blue Collar Democrats in the Rust Belt. Democrats who supported Obama in 2008 and 2012. And who supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primaries.

They responded to Trump’s opposition to NAFTA, to the TPP, to Normalized Trade Relations with China. They were all too familiar with the fact that 60,000 US factories have been shuttered since 2000, that millions of well paying jobs were outsourced by US corporations. That American companies were forcing American workers to compete for wages against workers in China, Mexico, and Vietnam.

If Trump can hold those Rust Belt Democrats, he will be re-elected in 2020.

To do so, Trump will have to deliver on jobs.

Trump has proposed massive improvements in infrastructure and rebuilding the inner cities. He has promised to rebuild roads, bridges, rail, airports, inner city schools.

If he does so, he could create millions of jobs,

Indeed, he could be the most significant president since FDR.

While progressives would applaud such a program, Trump’s success would mean progressives would have little influence in the Democratic party.

The effect of Trump enacting major jobs programs would be that the working poor and middle class workers would support Trump’s populist Republicans.

Establishment Republicans would be forced to the Democrats. The infusion of conservatives, Republican donors, and big business interests would marginalize progressives in the Democratic party. Progressives would have no practical place to land.

Jill Stein’s pathetic performance in 2016 demonstrates the absurdity of a third party option

When Hillary and her DNC cohorts captured the Democratic nomination, many progressives embraced the #DemExit move to leave the Democratic party. The abysmal performance of Jill Stein’s Greens is testament to how poor a strategy #DemExit was.

It is time for progressives to rejoin the Democrats. #DemEnter!

We need to takeover the Democratic party. We need to primary every Democratic hack who backed Hillary over Bernie.

We must begin working NOW on the 2018 midterms and lay the groundwork for a Sanders run in 2020. And it MUST be Sanders! We have many excellent potential progressive candidates (like Tulsi Gabbard and Nina Turner), but Sanders has the name ID, the ground game, the donors, and the popularity to win the nomination. And if he wins the nomination he wins the presidency!

But we need every progressive to be there for Bernie. And we need you NOW!





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12 thoughts on “#DemExit or #DemEnter?

  1. For one thing, edit the word “whom” as a subject to read “who,” as in “those who supported,” and only use “whom” as an object. Then wind back your assertion regarding who put Herr in the WH to include who drove the DemExiters like myself and some reputed 14 million others away from the BlueWhos. Those are the people on whose shoulders the blame belongs.

    Second, Stein performed quite well considering the DNC paid off MSM to give her zero coverage, and then refused to have her in the debate.

    For another thing, you are obviously not a progressive but a liberal attempting to suck us true progressives back into the party we left without changing the reasons we left it, and still droning the same tired song that didn’t work last year and won’t work now: “But Trump” So what if he wins 2020 by creating jobs rebuilding infrastructure? That would be great, and certainly superior to having the corrupt DNC continue its conniving abuse of the people to feed the power. A progressive would care about the result for the average person; a liberal cares about which party claims credit, as that party’s elite is who ultimately benefits.

    As to the establishment Rebubs being forced to the D-Party, that already happened and that woman (hrc) is the result, the quintessential Goldwater-Girl-Cum-Big-Business-Interest-Party-Elite who did EXACTLY marginalize the party’s progressives personified in Sanders. Refer back at this point to the reason we DemExited, and why Herr won, and why we assert that your party has learned nothing and is wishing in vain for us true progressives EVER to return.

    As far as I’m concerned, that Party can burn to the ground. I have my Bernie 2020 sticker on the car, would love Nina even more, adore Tulsi too, but I can vote for them and any for any other progressive I choose without rejoining the party that turned its back on everyone in this entire country.

    #DEMEXIT was not so much us leaving the party as it was recognizing that the party had left us, and I know I speak for milionsvwhen i say it is permanent. Face it, the party only wants our support to in turn support its donors instead of us.

    If Bernie were to finally roust the elephant in the room and get it out, it would go a long way to winning back some of the trust that was crushed by it last year: election rigging, fraud, and voter suppression. It would be a start. We don’t trust them anymore and won’t join back in their stupid reindeer games.

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    • As a dyed-in-the-wool, Big L liberal and DemExiter, still advocating the policy as the logical response to the Democrat party’s tone-deafness to the needs of working-class and poor Americans, I bristle when people such as yourself use it (liberal) as a perjorative in the same way as Republicans as-if it were synonymous with the generic (establishment) Democrat.


  2. You write ‘Jill Stein’s pathetic performance in 2016 …..’
    Sure. She got no publicity. She wasn’t in the debates (which means failure,) and those leaning toward her were so scared of Trump they voted for Clinton.
    it wasn’t her performance- it was the filtering-out of her and her ideas by the media, and “the system.”

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    • You are, of course, correct. But those impediments will continue. There is no way that the Greens can successfully prosecute a national campaign. Progressives need to return to the Democratic party and engage our enemies.


      • The Dems are too corrupt. There is no one on the horizon worth supporting.
        Sure, Greens don’t have a chance because corruption won’t let them compete. But also, and mostly, the electorate is pretty dumb.

        It is the USA, don’t forget, where we support wars, private education, paid health care, oil and coal, and the like.

        Trump is the forerunner of the accelerated decline of this “exceptional” country.


      • Progressives return to the Dems? Even Sanders supported Clinton! The dems supported the Patriot Act, the wars, the drones. To go back to that party is a sell-out.


      • We forget the political landscape of 2015 and the years before.

        We forget that there was no champion for progressives, no leader speaking to the dismal record of the Obama administration, no leader advocating for universal healthcare, no leader demanding a living minimum wage, no leader calling out Wall Street and the banks for owning the federal government, no one leading a charge against fracking, Arctic drilling, Big Oil pipelines, or taxpayer subsidies to the oil industry,

        The Democratic establishment had already crowned Hillary as president-in-waiting. Obama was going to see a third term of Monsanto, Goldman Sachs, and Wall Street hacks running the next administration.

        A number of progressive Democrats implored Elizabeth Warren to run. When she blew us off we turned to Bernie Sanders.

        Bernie electrified the left! He articulated so many of the issues that mattered to us. The progressive movement exploded!

        Bernie, of course, is not perfect. He doesn’t connect all the dots on the left, but no one does. I find him weak on animal issues and much less a dove than I would have him be. Others take issue with his support for Israel, still others his support of the dairy industry and arms manufacturers.

        But Bernie was, and is, the only national leader hostile to the oligarchy that controls the Democratic party.

        And Bernie took the fight to them in the 2016 primaries.

        Bernie captured the hearts, imaginations, and votes, of millions.

        Few of them as knowledgeable, as motivated, or as sophisticated as the progressive activists who populate online forums, Facebook groups, or who read this blog. Of the millions who supported Bernie in the Democratic primaries, only a relative handful handful bailed on him and voted Green when he endorsed Hillary. A great many more progressives actually voted for Trump.

        Most everyone who supported Bernie in the 2016 Democratic primaries is on-board for a Bernie run in 2020.

        But we are all over the block on how he should proceed.

        There are those of us who believe our future lies with the Green party. There are those who think Bernie Sanders should launch a Peoples’ party, and are busy petitioning him to do so. Most progressives are in Bernie Sanders’ camp, intent upon reforming the Democratic party.

        Some on the left are so frustrated that Bernie supported Hillary that they fail to analyze the big picture. They also delude themselves that a groundswell of equally frustrated Democrats will flow into a third party. The patent absurdity of that happening was amply demonstrated by Jill Stein’s pitiful performance in November.

        Selling a third party to American voters is no different than selling tires, cereal or creamed corn. To get consumers to purchase an unknown brand requires substantial marketing and advertising campaigns. Branding a political party is even more difficult than branding a product, as promotions and incentives are impossible to offer.

        Those promoting the Greens or a People’s party ignore the most basic political truism: It would require the expenditure of billions upon billions of dollars to sufficiently brand the Greens or another third party to effectively make them a viable political alternative to the Democrats and Republicans.

        Sanders believes the future of the progressive movement lies within the Democratic party.

        I was one of his harshest critics when he endorsed the Whore of Wall Street. Like many Berners I hoped Bernie would run as a Green and challenge the two war and Wall Street parties.

        In retrospect, Bernie made the right call. He would have lost as a Green. Trump would still have been elected president. But progressives would have been shut out of the Democratic party. The movement would have become marginalized. Bernie and his followers would have become as irrelevant as Jill Stein and the Greens are now.

        Bernie was playing the long game. He must have been terrified that Hillary might have won. Had she, progressives would have also been shut out of the process, marginalized within the Democratic party, and the DNC and it’s corrupt hacks would never have been openly challenged.

        In that light, there really was no downside for Sanders in supporting Hillary. And with endorsing Hillary, Bernie stood the chance of hitting the political jackpot: a Trump win.

        With a Trump presidency, there will be no sitting Wall Street Democrat in the White House. A real possibility exists that the stranglehold that Wall Street hacks have had on the DNC may be broken.

        There are more rank-and-file progressive Democrats than there are rank-and-file Wall Street Democrats. More liberals than neo-liberals. More leftists than there are oligarchs.

        The reason progressives do not control the party is because Wall Street lobbyists have purchased our elected Democratic leaders.

        They owned Obama, Biden, Reid, Pelosi, almost every Member of Congress and the Senate. In turn, those bought-and-paid-for Wall Street sycophants appointed DNC operatives, who appointed super-delegates, who stole the election from Bernie Sanders.

        Some of us disagree with Bernie, some are skeptical of his strategy.

        Bernie is the leader of those who will follow him. And most Berners will follow Bernie.

        The immediate task at hand is to help Bernie take over the Democratic party.

        And that is really the only option available to progressives. Every other course of action is a waste of time, energy, and resources. Third parties, petitioning Bernie to fall on his sword, howling at the moon, etc, accomplish nothing.

        For those in the Democratic party, let’s get to work on Bernie’s revolution.

        For those outside the party, #DemEnter.

        For those who disagree, let’s set aside our differences for the next 3 years and get Bernie Sanders (or one of his political heirs) the Democratic nomination.

        Animal activists and environmentalists have a more compelling interest in replacing Trump with a progressive in 2020 than do any others. That is because most of the Trump opposition is not progressive. Corporate and centrist Democrats, establishment Republicans, free trade lobbyists, multinational corporations, and many in the military-industrial complex are avowed enemies of Donald Trump. And those enemies do not give a damn about animals or the environment.

        Replacing Trump with a Wall Street Democrat in 2020 would accomplish nothing for the animals or the environment. Merely joining the chorus of Trump critics is counter-productive for progressives, animal activists, and environmentalists. The cacophony of those screaming about Trump is drowning out those who are pointing out that Hillary and the Democrats are responsible for Trump.

        The Democratic leadership could not be more transparent. By creating public hysteria about Trump, even the Wall Street hacks who run the Democratic party will appear progressive in comparison.

        The Democratic leadership hopes to unite rank-and-file Democrats on women’s issues and immigration, and to thus nominate another Wall Street Whore in 2020. They hope to divert the attention of the rank-and-file from the chasm that exists between progressives and Wall Street Democrats.

        The fact that the Democratic establishment opposes universal healthcare, which progressives support.

        That Wall street Democrats support corporate welfare, which progressives oppose.

        That Wall Street Democrats support corporate funding of campaigns and gifts to public officials, which progressives oppose..

        That Wall Street Democrats support fracking, pipelines, Arctic drilling, mining on public lands, etc, all of which progressives oppose.

        That Wall street Democrats support regime changes, the killing of civilians by drones, bombing of countries we are not at war with, etc. All of which progressives oppose.


    • you left out the voting machines that can flip the votes easily to whoever they are programmed to flip them too. no doubt many other ways to rig the election are involved too.


    • excuses do not change reality. Just like a third party is a non starter due to Electoral College requirement for 50+1 ELECTORAL VOTES TO DECLARE PRESIDENT or it go to the house to appoint a president.


      • Oh yeah. You are right. The electoral college is a killer, so unrepresentative, and yet there is no movement (in congress anyway) to abolish it. There is no way practically for a 3rd party to win. I agree. The political system is corrupt and with money in politics, those with money rule.
        As to voting for Green. Personally, I voted for who I wanted to win, not one of two horrible people.


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