Are you a relatively prosperous peasant, one with a few extra dollars a month to spend (this is not a request for charity)? Perhaps you’d like to stay informed in this post-modernist hellhole we call the United States of America? Obviously you’d have to consider a subscription to the nation’s paper of record, The New York Times. And according to their advertisement, they are a paper committed to “uncovering truth with unmatched tenacity” based on their “journalistic values” that “are deeply held and unimpeachable.”
That all sounds pretty good- look, they even have perspectives that “help you get the whole picture”! And if you haven’t heard, they’ve given their platform over to the perspectives of Mark Penn and Andrew Stein, who’ve chosen to share some advice for the Democratic Party: cut it out with the “identity politics” and “socialism” and “move towards the center”:
The path back to power for the Democratic Party today, as it was in the 1990s, is unquestionably to move to the center and reject the siren calls of the left, whose policies and ideas have weakened the party.
Do tell, fellow Democrat who is clearly not a decade past relevancy!
[…]the last few years of the Obama administration and the 2016 primary season once again created a rush to the left. Identity politics, class warfare and big government all made comebacks. Candidates inspired by Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren and a host of well-funded groups have embraced sharply leftist ideas. But the results at the voting booth have been anything but positive: Democrats lost over 1,000 legislative seats across the country and control of both houses of Congress during the Obama years. And in special elections for Congress this year, they failed to take back any seats held by Republicans.
The median American family’s real income peaked around 1999/2000. I’d say that’s pretty clear evidence of successful class warfare. And while the Democratic Party’s failure to build a farm team of local and state level candidates is real, the rigged playing field they play upon is also real.
They go on and on; they really don’t like identity politics and like a heavy-handed police state. They accuse Democrats of focusing on transgender bathroom access and not embracing free speech on college campuses. It’s the right that’s so concerned with who pisses in what toilet, of course, and it’s the right who whines when students walk out of commencement ceremonies hosting their party’s high-paid war criminals. The only reason any of that stuff is a national issue is because the right talks it up, and they do it so they don’t have to talk about how how shitty they are at governing.
But whatever, the piece is so bad they it would take more words to properly demolish than the original article contains. Their advice to “move to the center” turns out to mean “embrace of series of political positions and slogans that we personally approve of.” Some of them are meaningless (“renewed growth”, “fiscal responsibility”, “fair trade”), some of them are right-wing (cracking down on “so-called nonviolent drug offenders”, “backing the police” i.e. not getting upset when people are needlessly shot by state-sanctioned thugs), and some of them are current ideas in the mainstream of the Democratic Party (immigration reform that grants work permits and/or citizenship, increased protections for workers through labor law).
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