“Progressives have no power in a corporate, focus-grouped, Wall Street-leaning party.”

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Stop blaming Fox News and stop hoping Elizabeth Warren will save us

The Democrats’ conduct since the midterm debacle is as sad and sorry as the campaign that caused it. The party’s leaders are a big problem. A bigger one is the closed system of high-dollar fundraising, reductionist polling and vapid messaging in which it is seemingly trapped. Some say a more populist Democratic Party will soon emerge. It won’t happen as long as these leaders and this system are in place.

(Bill Curry article Salon)

Since all offices within a party are voted on. Has it turned into a popularity contest, or is it something else.

Just got home and had some dinner. I took a trip to Limon today for the Lincoln County reorganization. While I enjoyed once again seeing my friends and supporters from Lincoln County, I was dismayed by one of the statements I heard there.
In my 17 years of working with the Colorado Dept. of Corrections I saw more than my share of people getting promoted simply because they had ‘paid their dues.’ I saw many talented, younger staff passed over simply because somebody with less talent had been there longer or had done the bidding of the warden without asking questions.
Today I heard a state party official suggest that Naquetta Ricks doesn’t deserve to be elected to 1st Vice Chair because she ‘hasn’t been a registered Democrat long enough’ and hasn’t “paid her dues.”
We are Democrats. We are the inclusive, big tent party. We aren’t the good ‘ol boy party who only look to the establishment for their leaders. If we were, Barack Obama wouldn’t be in the White House.
I met Naquetta several times during my campaign. I found her to be a hard-working, intelligent, and very capable person. She sacrificed a great deal of her family time and expended great effort to try and win her election. Anybody who would discount her as a credible candidate for party office is doing both her and the party a disservice.
There are others out there considering whether or not to run for an office of the state party or their county party. Some are considering a run for public office. I hope we’ll be true to the values of our party and judge them on their merits and ideas, not on who they’ve carried water for.” 
(Vic Meyers wrote)

Democrats are in denial regarding the magnitude and meaning of their defeat. It is a rejection not just of current leaders but of the very business model of the modern Democratic Party: how it uses polls and focus groups to slice and dice us; how it peddles its sly, hollow message and, worst, how it sells its soul to pay for it all. Party elites hope party activists will seek to lift their moods via the cheap adrenaline high of another campaign. For once, activists may resist the urge.

Building a strong progressive movement is work we must do now. Obama had this right in 2008. We are the change we’ve been waiting for.”

We can’t afford for people to be turned away when they reach out to get involved. We need to take a closer look at how these party seat elections are being conducted.

READ  the complete article : (Bill Curry article Salon)

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