When liberals are divided, particularly within their own party, conservatives win
Anyone who’s seen Robert Reich’s documentary “Inequality for All” knows that in times of great wealth inequality, there are deep political divisions that come with it. So with wealth inequality as high as it is, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the 2016 election is turning out to be the most divisive in generations. Both conservatives and liberals are heavily divided.
I would like to concentrate on liberals/Democrats seeing as how little I care between the choices of Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. Either of whom must lose come November. I’d rather caution everyone on the dangers of cradling our ideologies just a little too close.
I can’t remember the last time Democrats had two candidates further apart on policy. We have a democratic socialist facing off against a corporatist who just happens to be married to a former president who passed a lot of conservative laws during his presidency. It’s easy to see why tensions are so high.
The differences between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are vast. There is nothing wrong with these differences per se. They are forcing the two candidates to takes up each other’s positions at least to a small degree and the debates have by and large been informative and well behaved. But the followers of both candidates are taking it to extremes.
I’ve written about both of them in great length and yes I am a Bernie supporter, have been for the better part of a decade. Other writers on Partyless Politics are Hillary supporters, nothing wrong with that either. The point here is that the site itself has not taken sides, we talk about the facts and leave the judging to you. Unfortunately we’ve paid a great price for it and we’re not the only ones.
Writing a single article that either supports or attacks a candidate’s particular policy now alienates the other side completely. Since we cover both sides of the story as much as we can, we’ve managed to disenchant all our readers to the point where our readership is at all-time lows. All for reporting what people need to know.
It seems neither side is willing to read or hear what the other has to say, even when we supposedly share common bonds. This is not progressive thinking. Progressives are not supposed to shut it down, we are supposed to open it up.
It is extremely hard to find liberal groups or pages on social media that have not completely backed one particular candidate and ostracized the other. It is the shame of the liberal/progressive community when a group’s name has the word liberal or progressive in it and they have nothing positive to say about Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton.
Of course there are differences of opinion, differences in policy and even a little bit of mudslinging. It’s part of the democratic process. It should not switch us off completely. If we turn ourselves off to those in our own party, we’re doomed. We’re nothing more than the conservative extremists we are trying to defeat.
I must admit, although I’ve been following American Politics most of my life, I come from a place that has three major center left parties and only one conservative one. While I’ve always been able to vote my conscience thanks to where I live, it is extremely hard sometimes to pick a favorite, especially in a contested conservative/liberal riding.
Americans are both blessed and cursed with its two party system. Sometimes there are no choices. Sometimes there is only one. In 2016, there are two. You might not agree which one is better than the other, but we all know they are far superior to Republicans who don’t even believe in government.
It’s about time we stopped the bitterness, the anger, the hate and started to listen to what the other has to say. Either dismiss it or take it in, do not throw it back with words unbecoming of either candidate. It’s not the progressive way.
Take it from someone who always chooses between three leaders, not just one or two. Liberals divided can’t stand together and conservatives will win. Of all people, Stephen Harper taught me that…