The Democratic Party nominee should stay left to win in November
In this election cycle, the Democratic Party should head straight for the left lane and stay there right through Election Day.
Should Hillary Clinton be the nominee it would be a mistake for her to tack back to the center for the general election because she would risk alienating progressive voters who have flocked to Senator Bernie Sanders. The claim that she is not a “true progressive” isn’t accurate. While a senator representing the state of New York, Clinton voted the same way as Sanders 93% of the time.
Contrary to current polling, it could be a close race in the November vote even if Donald Trump wins the Republican Party nomination. Liberal groups contend that far-left positions on gun safety, Social Security, college tuition, Obamacare and other issues will play well with moderate and independent voters this cycle. Moderating those stances would hurt, not help, the party’s nominee.
The next president will shape the Supreme Court for decades. Electing another Democrat can bring about the most progressive court since the Warren Court in the 1960s. The courts – and the Supreme Court in particular – have shifted dramatically to the right since then. In addition to the current vacancy, the next president will almost certainly appoint one or more additional justices. Two, Anthony Kennedy and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, are close to or over 80 years old. Issues that will be shaped for many years by the Court include healthcare, gay marriage, voting rights, affirmative action, reproductive rights, labor rights, immigration, and climate change.
A Donald Trump or Senator Ted Cruz candidacy should motivate Democrats to get out and vote, even those leery about Secretary Clinton. A more centrist Clinton will likely push down Democratic turnout and harm our party’s chances of recapturing control of the US Senate and gain seats in the US House.
Progressives Led Efforts to Bring:
|• Social Security||• Women’s Rights||• Civil Rights|
|• Medicare||• Voting Rights||• Child Labor Laws|
|• Healthcare Reform||• Fair Tax Rates||• College Financial Aid|
|• Living Wage Jobs||• Home Tax Deductions||• School Modernization|
|• Workplace Safety||• Consumer Rights||• An End to Unjust Wars|
|• 40-Hour Work Week||• Food & Drug Safety||• Environmental Protection|
|• Labor Rights||• Antitrust Legislation||• Conservation Measures|
|In almost every case, conservatives strongly opposed these efforts that better the lives of all Americans.|
What are Progressives
The origins of the progressive movement date back to the 1880s. Progressivism describes a political movement and ideology in which subscribers believe in progress, change, or reform, particularly in regard to who has control over people’s lives.
Progressives tend not to like the status quo and see the current political climate as being dominated by corporate and other special interests whose agendas are contrary to the best interests of the vast majority of Americans. They believe government must protect citizens from the greed of big business and the most wealthy among us. Progressives embrace pluralism and individual human freedom.
Progressives are a diversified bunch. They come from all political parties with a full range of human characteristics.
Progressive ideology supports human rights, living wages, pacifism, consumer safety, healthcare reform, a stop to corruption in politics, an end to corporate welfare, environmental protections, and Social Security. Liberals believe that a woman has the right to decide what happens with her body. Marriage is the union of people who love each other. They favor the separation of church and state. Progressives champion consumer rights and seek a government run by the people rather than special interest groups. They advocate staying out of unjust military conflicts.
Without progressives we would not have unemployment benefits, public libraries, a women’s right to vote, environmental protections such as clean air, food safety, a 5-day work week, living wages, child labor laws, desegregation, national parks, Social Security, Medicare, and many other things that Americans take for granted and that make our nation great.