The Democratic Primary should have little to do with party loyalty
Part of the argument I hear for supporting Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders is that we have to support the true Democrat in the race. It’s Unfortunate that the debate between Hillary and Bernie supporters has become this trivial.
The main proponents of this idea of supporting the true Democrat are Hillary supporters who are essentially trying to make the case that party loyalty is the most important aspect of this primary. As we know, Bernie Sanders has been serving as an independent in the Senate (while caucusing with the Democrats). Invariably, the true democrat argument leans on the false premise that whoever the Democrat is will be the best choice for the country.
Granted none of the Republicans are good choices, but the idea that any Democrat would be a good president is rather sheepish. The fact remains that, while Hillary is a Democrat, Bernie is historically far more progressive, which is the real dynamic we should examine.
While Hillary is no Donald Trump or Ted Cruz, she is still tangled in the corporate election system that any progressive would fight hard to break down. She accepts Super PAC money and she has ties and dealings with Wall Street. While Clinton is a better alternative to Trump or Cruz, one has to admit that this is a rather low standard from which to start.
We as voters should be asking who the true progressive is, not the true Democrat. We should not be so concerned with party loyalty. The Democratic Party is just as culpable in our corporatocracy as the Republican Party. To assume that “any” Democrat would be a great president can only be examined through the vision of what this Democrat wants to accomplish.
We should also understand that Bernie supporters are not fazed by the tactic insult of him not being the “true Democrat.” Bernie is the true progressive, which is all that matters to him and his voters. The last issue we should worry about is who has been the registered Democrat the longest. It should be who will work the hardest at smashing America’s corporate system.
We should be aware that the real progressive is what we should aspire for, and not wrap ourselves in menial debate about who has been the most loyal Democrat. The party affiliation is only as important as the visionary this party would be electing.