An open letter to Democrats. You can do better.

posted at 10:01 am on December 21, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

Let’s clear something up right at the start. I understand that the average progressive might look at a title such as this published at a site like Hot Air, and coming from this particular author such an offering might elicit a rather skeptical reaction. But the fact is that you and I have more in common than you might think, and we face many of the same problems in dealing with the American political machine. Chief among these is who you will put forward as a field of candidates for the 2016 presidential election. But I don’t ask you to simply take my say in these matters at face value. I don’t have the standing for that. Rather, I would present – at every turn – some sympathetic souls from your own ranks. Chief among them is Noam Scheiber (Scheiber!), who published a lengthy opus earlier this fall on precisely why committed progressives should be looking to progressive champions like Elizabeth Warren in the coming battle for the White House rather than Hillary Clinton.

The editorial is too long, with far too many specific points, to select a pithy quote here. Suffice it to say that if you haven’t read it, rather than trusting to the judgement of someone speaking from the other side of the aisle you should go now and read it in its entirety. Now, one of the first reactions you might have is to note that Senator Warren has already stated without reservation that she will not be challenging your presumptive nominee in the next presidential election. That much is true. But what is also equally obvious is that Scheiber raises some undeniable truths which the progressive movement can ill afford to ignore. You are approaching the end of an eight year span with a president from your own party who has been far too accommodating in attempts at compromising with us and who has been more than willing to lay some of your most cherished sacred cows on the slaughter table in the interest of cutting a deal. Believe me… we’ve dealt with the same thing. And now you’re looking at another race where your assumed front-runner candidate is offering yet another term of that same song and dance all over again.

You deserve better. And if you don’t seize the initiative now, when will the moment be ripe?

Barack Obama has been milquetoast at best on many of your most dearly held issues, and failed spectacularly on some of the others where he appeared to take your side. Hillary Clinton promises more of the same agenda of compromise in the interest of winning the election. But there are burning subjects of pressing national interest where other leaders can support the real change you desire. Who they may be must be left up to you, but I think we all know that they are out there.

One writer at Daily KOS encapsulated this idea perfectly in November – when Warren was still a hot topic for POTUS possibilities – saying that Democrats should not be fighting each other for a handful of crumbs. In that piece, the author talked about Social Security and other great society entitlement programs. You know where we’re going on these issues. Do you want to settle for raffling off bits and pieces in the name of business as usual, or do you want someone who will expand these programs exponentially to take care of everyone?

How about the minimum wage? We’re fighting against any increase in it. But you have speakers who are pushing to at least double it and give everyone a massive pay increase. Will any of your current choices go to the mat for that? But even raising the minimum wage doesn’t satisfy the need to achieve real income equality. There is a thirst among many influential progressive speakers to really level the playing field and mandate a cap on the pay of CEOs and other fat cats, bringing their wages to the level of those who do the real work. That’s nowhere to be seen in the current DNC agenda.

And for that matter, what of those without an income? Other nations have paved the way for an assured income for even those who do not work. The demand exists and surely a candidate can be found to take the debate stage with your pre-approved candidates and make this case.

You have a sitting, senior Senator who has long called for the real treatment you’d like to see for the Big Oil barons. The government could simply seize their assets and nationalize the energy industry, allocating their massive profits to the people. Going one step further, he’s also ready to nationalize the greedy, corrupt banking industry. This is not the time to deny that you see this as a desirable solution. You have a deep bench supporting these plans and any of them could take the field for the POTUS nomination.

How about guns? You know where we stand on this, as well as where our candidate will stand. We want a chicken in every pot, two pickup trucks in every garage and a gun rack in each of them. It’s been over a year since Sandy Hook for Pete’s sake! Your president failed to even get a luke-warm background check bill passed. Surely you’ve considered the possibility that this fell flat because it simply failed to go far enough. You have plenty of support among your base for a program to flat out ban all guns for the populace (except possibly the muzzle loaders the Founders intended us to have) and keep the real, high tech weapons of war only in the hands of the police and the military. Hillary Clinton spent a fair part of 2008 touting her experience with guns and hunting just to win over those with whom you disagree. Don’t tell me that a Democratic presidential candidate can’t be found who espouses real progressive values on this subject.

And what of the shoddy treatment the unions have seen at the hands of our party? Out in Seattle there is a brave young woman who has not only supported victory for the workers, but shone a path for how they could take over the capitalist assets by force if employers don’t agree to their terms. Can you sit by and nominate yet another “business as usual” DINO with the eyes of these progressives upon you?

We need a real debate in 2016, but thus far it looks like you’re ready to put up more of the same vanilla, compromising drivel. I don’t know who we’re going to nominate in the next presidential race at this point. It could be anyone from Chris Christie or Paul Ryan to Ted Cruz or Sarah Palin. But whoever it is, you can rest assured that they will be fighting hard for the near polar opposite of each and every one of these points. Are you going to settle for half a loaf and the crumbs of Real Change that you’ve gotten since January of 2009? Or will you put forward a real progressive to enact the agenda that you all claim to desire in order to save the country once and for all? You need a slate of serious candidates, not just the rubber stamp of Hillary Clinton and another cycle of the same, tired story of compromise.

The nation deserves this debate. You can do better. And you should.


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No, they can’t.

22044 on December 21, 2013 at 10:03 AM

…Dems…are scum!

KOOLAID2 on December 21, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Kudos.

Dusty on December 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Senator Warren has already stated without reservation

Mwhahahaha! Was that an unintentional pun about Princess Cheekbones, the “author” of “Powwow Chow”?

onlineanalyst on December 21, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Hey, why not a President who will sign an executive confiscating all guns? I’m sure that will go over real well.

thuja on December 21, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Snark at it’s best!

HiJack on December 21, 2013 at 10:16 AM

You are approaching the end of an eight year span with a president from your own party who has been far too accommodating in attempts at compromising with us…

Ummm, what? Are we talking about Mr. “I Won” and his pet legislators who passed ObamaCare with parliamentary fraud?

Fenris on December 21, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Snark at it’s best!

HiJack on December 21, 2013 at 10:16 AM

That’s gotta be it. My snark detector is faulty.

Fenris on December 21, 2013 at 10:18 AM

By all means, let us have this debate. Put it all out there and America can decide her direction without the usual need to say one thing during an election and doing the opposite once in office.

Honesty is refreshing, my progressive friends. It is also illuminating.

Mord on December 21, 2013 at 10:19 AM

this will get a record low number of posts. waste of time Jazz.

gerrym51 on December 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM

The nation deserves this debate. You can do better. And you should.

“I won” – Obama

“What difference does it make?” – Hillary Clinton

“I ate sh*t on some of those nominees.” – Harry Reid

“Embrace the suck” – Nancy Pelosi

No…Democrats can’t do better and they don’t want to…

workingclass artist on December 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Look, Jazz, I get the strategy. If a true progressive showed their colors the nation would reject them. But Obama is as ideologically left as Warren or any of the worst of the ilk. The only thing that (might) save the Republic is that his progressivism is crippled by laziness, inexperience and an intellect that is only mediocre on his very best day. Yet he was still elected — twice — because of a derelict media dedicated 24/7/365 to hiding his agenda and painting him as a genius. Do we really want to tempt the left to do it again and risk that this time the progressive warrior they choose is not the inexperienced twit they chose last time? I remember thinking that nominating BO over HRC was good for our side because the nation would never elect such an imbecile in the general. I’m done underestimating what fools country is capable of getting talked into electing.

SoRight on December 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Warren/Feinstein 2016!!

HumpBot Salvation on December 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

For onesies and all, Dems step up to the plate of change. Do it for Saul.

onlineanalyst on December 21, 2013 at 10:23 AM

That’s gotta be it. My snark detector is faulty.

Fenris on December 21, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Heh. Obviously mine is too.

22044 on December 21, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Maxine Waters for preznit!

onlineanalyst on December 21, 2013 at 10:25 AM

They are all lying, immoral baby killers so whats the diff.

crosshugger on December 21, 2013 at 10:26 AM

HiJack on December 21, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Baiting these idiots to go full-bore commie…?

Meh.

CPT. Charles on December 21, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Democrats’ motto: This time we’re on the warpath. Elizabeth Warren for Chief! er, uh – President!!

TarheelBen on December 21, 2013 at 10:29 AM

If they were honest, the ticket would be Sam Webb and Angela Davis.

Fenris on December 21, 2013 at 10:33 AM

There is no one on Shrillary’s left. She’s as committed to the progressive agenda as anyone. And the has-been always has been.

Flange on December 21, 2013 at 10:33 AM

…Dems…are scum!

KOOLAID2 on December 21, 2013 at 10:04 AM

And Jazz is calling on them to stand up for their scumness? Unprincipled is their most cherished characteristic. For them “to do better” would mean being better at their evil, deceptive nature.
I believe Hillary would have “done a better job” then Barrack in that she would have left no witnesses, had she been in complete control during the Benghazi massacre. So when you call on the left to expect more from their leaders, it doesn’t mean to them what you think it means.

onomo on December 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM

I like cheese.

Bishop on December 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM

I nominate the guy who thought Guam could tip over.
Leftie intelligence in all its shimmering splendor.

vityas on December 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM

They could always invite Cynthia McKinney back into their party. She basically personifies the liberal id and she has experience running for president.

steebo77 on December 21, 2013 at 10:46 AM

They’re spending their time and money on influencing Judges and running Hollywood.

They don’t need democracy when they have Fatwas and propaganda.

kcewa on December 21, 2013 at 10:47 AM

I nominate the guy who thought Guam could tip over.
Leftie intelligence in all its shimmering splendor.

vityas on December 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM

If it weren’t for those fascist Capitol Police asking her for identification to see her papers, Cynthia McKinney would have won that primary against Hank Johnson.

steebo77 on December 21, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Jazz, you assume they want to do better. They want to do worse.

Fallon on December 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM

I see what you did there.

Unfortunately, leftists #1 criteria is dishonesty, so they cannot run on who they really are just out of principle.

tru2tx on December 21, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Jazz,

I cannot help the feeling that this is Satire from you that fits their beliefs exactly.

jaydee_007 on December 21, 2013 at 11:03 AM

I think their implementation of the Cloward-Piven strategy is working very well for them, Obamacare being the actual fuse. The actual results might not be what they hoped for.

JimK on December 21, 2013 at 11:05 AM

An Independently Composed Second Open Letter to Democrats:

No, you can’t do better. You suck through and through. You are a party of crooks and thieves. Also liars. Flaming bald faced liars. The next star candidate that rises through your ranks will be nothing but another corrupt statist bureaucrat of the like you’ve consistently forced upon this nation over the past century. That is the best you can do. That is also all you want to do. You exist only to ruin anything great about America.

Every last one of you should resign your position, return any taxpayer money that you have accumulated, and endorse the most conservative candidate in your city/county/district/state. Better yet, just go away. Go to China or Cuba and enjoy for yourselves the Marxist-Leninist disaster you would thrust upon us. Go be put on a waiting list for a British doctor, where you will eventually die from something preventable but ignored by their failure of a healthcare system. Create a circular death panel. Drink water at Moochelle’s behest until you are stuck in an endless loop of drinking or peeing. I don’t care how you do it, just go away.

Your entire party is a lost cause. Leave, so that your betters can begin the long task of undoing the damage you have done. Take the career politicians, squishes, and feminists that make up the “moderate” portion of Republican leadership with you. They are the ones that can do better. You will always be crap.

Merry Christmas and P!ss off.

Gingotts on December 21, 2013 at 11:05 AM

If you’re a progressive and you’re all-in on a Liz Warren bandwagon, you’re all-in on pandering and playing the gender card in 2016 in place of the race card every bit as much as Team Clinton. You simply don’t trust Hillary not to do the same thing to you that Bill did after the 1994 midterms and throw you under the bus on welfare reform and the push for HillaryCare.

If that’s being more ‘principled’ it’s only about an angstrom’s worth of difference between Warren and Hillary, even leaving aside all the Fauxahontas kerfuffle. The progressives could back Bernie Sanders, who’s been part of Congress for over two decades, or Martin O’Malley, who at least has run a state (not very well, if you’re not totally committed to progressive thinking, but the progressives don’t believe that). Instead, they’re going to put everything behind someone who’d have the same senatorial experience and less elected experience overall than Barack Obama in 2008, and expect it to come out better this time simply because she has XX chromosomes and would supposedly learn from Obama’s mistakes.

Since the left is all into symbolism and thinking just because they want someone to be their next secular messiah they will be, fantasizing Liz Warren as the distaff FDR isn’t a surprise. But it does show they want to run the same type of “War on Women”/demonize the right campaign in 2016 as the Clinton team wants to run, fueled by the same type of fawning big media support Obama got from his 2004 DNC speech on through the current (and likely temporary) disillusionment over the ObamaCare disaster.

jon1979 on December 21, 2013 at 11:07 AM

the average progressive

committed progressives

progressive champions like Elizabeth Warren

I don’t normally pick on this stuff, but for some reason today I was peeved by the end of the first paragraph.
I understand technically there is a difference between a “liberal” and a “progressive”, but among Democrats, I don’t care enough to be concerned with who labels themselves which way.

What I do know is branding matters, and branding consists of both the label and the traits that people come to associate with that label. The label of “liberal” did somewhat become associated with an undesirable brand and “progressive” was then used as the latest and greatest repackaging of the same old crap.

Can we please stop helping them add that shiney new coat of paint they’re using to cover-up a ruinous ideology?
Many liberals cringe at that “liberal” label, just like many no longer want to call the PPACA, “Obamacare”.

It’s the scarlet “L” word and we should make them wear it.

lynncgb on December 21, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Off topic…..kind of…..

When these Progressive lefties start screaming like banshees about Phil Robertson and then Cracker Barrel caves……we need to start doing the same freaking thing……because it works!!

Go into Best Buy or WalMart or wherever and start complaining about them selling DVDs of “Glee” or “Modern Family” or ANY of the leftist homosexual agenda shows.

If they sell posters of Jay-Z or Beyoncé then complain to the Managers that “they are not pro-family and are “OFFENSIVE”, and “you shouldn’t be promoting their products”.

Use their very successful weapons on THEM!!!

PappyD61 on December 21, 2013 at 11:40 AM

WARREN IS BETTER?
BRING THE INDIAN SQUALL ON ! THIS GOES TO SHOW THAT ITS THE DEMS WHO ARE DUMB PARTY.

Rook on December 21, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Actually they can’t do better. The Democrat Party that once had some common sense and morality is behind us forever.

echosyst on December 21, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Well, it’s nice slop for us pigs.

But Jazz and all of us know that the socialists have their strategy set and it’s working perfectly, no need to change anything. Especially now that the media is acting directly as their propaganda arm, and the educational system is perfecting the indoctrination of the young into collectivist ideals and hatred of industry.

Meremortal on December 21, 2013 at 11:55 AM

ISWYDT

The reason is simple. A diehard fascist will go down just like McGovern did. The leftists all know that they have to lie to get in power to do the work that will bring us to the socialist Utopia of a fair and equal distribution of misery.

jukin3 on December 21, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Please.
Not Sheila Jackson Lee.

TimBuk3 on December 21, 2013 at 12:01 PM

I think their implementation of the Cloward-Piven strategy is working very well for them, Obamacare being the actual fuse. The actual results might not be what they hoped for.

what’s the opposite of Cloward-Piven in libworld? They are running at about 10% of their own prediction for success.

Jazz’s Winter Solstice Fools Day contribution. Jazz, you are inciting a pajama war you know? The Kos kids will take this as marching orders.

DanMan on December 21, 2013 at 12:19 PM

About time we got an op-ed like this to compete against the concern troll, leftist, columnists.

Vince on December 21, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Go into Best Buy or WalMart or wherever and start complaining about them selling DVDs of “Glee” or “Modern Family” or ANY of the leftist homosexual agenda shows.

If they sell posters of Jay-Z or Beyoncé then complain to the Managers that “they are not pro-family and are “OFFENSIVE”, and “you shouldn’t be promoting their products”.

The only way that would work is if it was done in every store in the US and no one bought the crap. Especially if no one bought the crap.

Vince on December 21, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Di Blasio will challenge Hillary in 2016, from the commie left.

Schadenfreude on December 21, 2013 at 12:35 PM

I like cheese.

Bishop on December 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Whaddya want? A Bozo button?

Lanceman on December 21, 2013 at 12:44 PM

But whoever it is, you can rest assured that they will be fighting hard for the near polar opposite of each and every one of these points.

Bwaaaa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha…that was a good one.

xblade on December 21, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Cristie and Ryan fighting for the polar opposite as the Dems? Is this satire, Jazz? Christie’s bromance with Obama sealed Hussein’s victory over Romney last year and Ryan’s budget actually increased spending and garnered a yes vote from EVERY senate Democrat.

PaddyORyan on December 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM

LOL! Isn’t there a law now against using the Internet to talk people into committing suicide?

PersonFromPorlock on December 21, 2013 at 1:09 PM

and coming from this particular author such an offering might elicit a rather skeptical reaction.

Not if they know you :)

Schadenfreude on December 21, 2013 at 2:01 PM

The person to be wary of is Brian Schweitzer. From what I have seen so far, he will run circles around Hillary.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on December 21, 2013 at 2:21 PM

I like cheese.

Bishop on December 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Whaddya want? A Bozo button?

Lanceman on December 21, 2013 at 12:44 PM

A moose once bit my sister.

LegendHasIt on December 21, 2013 at 2:25 PM

On topic:
The Dems could do better.
But are much more likely to do worse. They would embrace Winnie Mandela (Necklacing and Commie flag included), as pResident if she would pick Pajama Boy or some real butch gal as her VP.

LegendHasIt on December 21, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Obama said he wasn’t running, either, in 2005 AND 2006, so take Warren’s denials with the same trust you give every other word out of her lying whore mouth.

Adjoran on December 21, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Let’s clear something up right at the start. I understand that the average progressive might look at a title such as this published at a site like Hot Air, and coming from this particular author such an offering might elicit a rather skeptical reaction.

-Jazz Shaw

Doesn’t surprise me that liberal RINO Jazz Shaw would want to give his buddies some advice.

bluegill on December 21, 2013 at 3:41 PM

A moose once bit my sister.

LegendHasIt on December 21, 2013 at 2:25 PM

And a yellow jacket once stung me on the dick.

Lanceman on December 21, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Doesn’t surprise me that liberal RINO Jazz Shaw would want to give his buddies some advice.
bluegill on December 21, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Heh, The irony in that is just epic.
:-)

LegendHasIt on December 21, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Lanceman on December 21, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Apparently you aren’t up on internet political discussion board memes.

LegendHasIt on December 21, 2013 at 3:48 PM

I was singing this as I read. Great article, Jazz!

Sekhmet on December 21, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Apparently you aren’t up on internet political discussion board memes.

LegendHasIt on December 21, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Evidently.

Lanceman on December 21, 2013 at 9:00 PM

I’d suggest Sheila Jackson Lee, but given the way the media supported Obama just because of his skin color, she might actually win.

talkingpoints on December 21, 2013 at 9:17 PM

If it weren’t for those fascist Capitol Police asking her for identification to see her papers, Cynthia McKinney would have won that primary against Hank Johnson.

steebo77 on December 21, 2013 at 10:49 AM

So that’s how that guy got into office. Given the alternative, I’d have gone with Johnson as well.

RINO in Name Only on December 21, 2013 at 11:51 PM

There are some good democrats out there, Joe Manchin said so. He couldn’t name any but thinks they are out there. He didn’t get the poke by Krauthammer when he was asked about switching from D to R. Just slow, I guess. We may get a surprise in this, but don’t count on Schweitzer to be the guy. He comes off as down home and folksy but there’s no there there.

Kissmygrits on December 22, 2013 at 8:55 AM