Hating the GOP Doesn't Make You Progressive
On the complacency of democrats
“If only democrats controlled the house and the senate, things would be different.”
“If only Mitch McConnell wasn’t in power, then Speaker Pelosi could pass real legislation.”
If you’ve said any of these things and claim to be progressive, you’re appropriating the label.
I’m so tried of the vocal status quo. People are out here in these social media streets claiming they’re politically progressive when they parrot liberal and corporate democrats’ decades-old talking points.
Either these people are willingly ignorant because they’re scared of the truth. Or they’re not really paying attention. For the majority, I believe it’s the latter.
The truth about democrats
If my theory is correct and you’re mostly well-meaning democrats who are too busy or disenfranchised with the sad state of politics then let me share a harsh reality.
Democrats and republicans are two sides of the same coin.
They’re beholden to corporations:
From Hollywood to Silicon Valley to Wall Street, Mr. Biden’s campaign has aggressively courted the megadonor class. It has raised almost $200 million from donors who gave at least $100,000 to his joint operations with the Democratic Party in the last six months — about twice as much as President Trump raised from six-figure donors in that time, according to an analysis of new federal records. As the size of checks has grown, the Biden campaign has become less transparent, declining so far to disclose the names of its most influential fund-raisers, people known as bundlers who gather large checks from friends and business associates and then deliver them to the campaign. — Source: New York Times
They weigh politics over people’s lives:
And many care more about their legacy than creating substantial change:
Way to stick it to Obama and all men, RBG. I’m sure 40 years of Justice Amy Coney Barrett was worth you leaving the supreme court on your own terms. I’m sure we’ll all hold your record in high esteem when Roe v. Wade is on the chopping block with the extreme conservative majority due to your totally foreseeable death.
Those are just a few examples. Time and again, when given the opportunity to do the right thing and fight hard for the working class, democrats shrug and give off platitudes regarding who’s at fault for their failures.
If COVID-19 wasn’t devastating communities, there was a high chance that Biden would have lost since he’s basically a corporate clone of Clinton, which failed against Trump’s populist platform.
Democrats work to uphold the status quo. And people who blindly defend them because they aren’t against gay marriage or afraid to say “Black Lives Matter” are just part of the problem.
Democrats don’t stick their necks out for their base, instead they demean those who might be attracted to a candidate that is willing to go to bat for the working class. U.S. citizens overwhelming support Medicare for All, yet when MSNBC and CNN talk about how mean Bernie’s supporters are because their fervent support for socialist ideologies, ya’ll just go along with it.
If you need more convincing, I’ll leave you with these words from Irami Osei-Frimpong, The Funky Academic.
So, if you’re out here calling yourself a progressive but you’re upholding the democratic status quo, be honest with yourself. Labels are important.
You’re a neoliberal, moderate democrat, centralist or something else.
But you’re in no way a progressive. So, stop appropriating the term.
Think about it. It’s better this way. We’ll expect less from you when you admit who you really are.
Meanwhile, real progressives will keep fighting for what the working class deserves. And that starts with Medicare for All.
Side note: Medicare for all is not a political opinion. It’s a moral objective.