Bernie Sanders

An abortion debate Democrats shouldn't even be having

Yes, it is also an economic issue, but that's almost irrelevant:

It's not just a misstatement from Mr. Perez or a slight from Mr. Sanders. Democrats, in their post-election soul-searching, are trying to learn the lessons from Donald Trump's jolting victory and how they might win back the Presidency. And some--all men so far it should be noted---argue that the party should move away from so-called social issues like abortion and reproductive freedom.

Instead, these men contend, the party's focus should be on economics. The glaring mistake they make, however, is thinking that there is any way to disentangle economic rights from reproductive issues.

Gonna stop you right there, pal. Understand, I don't disagree with this assessment. Reproductive rights are critical in a woman's ability to receive a higher education, relocate geographically in pursuit of opportunities, secure a position and succeed at an occupation in our relatively unforgiving labor market, and accumulate at least a modicum of wealth from that work. But I disagree that we have to convince other Democrats those factors "elevate" the issue to something about which they should be concerned. Having control of their own bodies is both a human and civil right, and that is *all* we need to know to make this one of the Democratic Party's top issues, if not #1 itself. And if giving up advocacy for women's choice is our hot ticket to the White House again, we will be just as undeserving as the current occupant.

We need to incorporate, not dismiss Bernie supporters

They're not entirely wrong:

Virtuecrat – (noun): A sanctimonious person, usu. of the political left. The Harvard Dictionary of Political Eccentricities. Welcome, friends, to the world of the virtuecrats. You may find their school of politics familiar. In 1948 they broke with the Democrats and marched under the “Progressive” banner of FDR’s former vice president, Henry A. Wallace...

You may have detected the same note of righteous indignation in Philadelphia among some noisy followers of Bernie Sanders. They taunted moderates and told television reporters that it “doesn’t matter” who wins the election, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Some walked out. They rely on the fiction that Hillary Clinton’s nomination was “rigged.”

Calling them "Virtuecrats" is fairly accurate. Their sometimes vicious moral superiority can be tedious, to say the least. It has the effect of casting all others as either naive or a willing participant in the destruction of our democracy. Or whatever they think is happening. All that said, when you sweep away the anger and frustration and look at the issues in question, there *is* substance to their movement:

Can You Still "Feel the Bern"?

Bernie Sanders. When he announced his candidacy all those months ago, I felt something special. I saw a nation going through a socio-economic revolution. I saw a nation that operates on pure morality and justice, rather than a nation fueled by enticing money. I saw a nation where racism and discrimination were not tolerated and equality existed for all. What I saw was an opportunity for change. Of course, as time progressed, I began to understand my naivete.

Kos on Bernie

When it comes to electoral politics, Markos gets it right more than anyone I know.

We as liberals need to understand that Clinton's current campaign trajectory means we've won the war for our party's soul. When the party's standard-bearer is running an explicitly liberal campaign, it means that the establishment has realized that national victory runs through the issues we care about. Be happy!

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