How can the Democrats save the party… from their leaders?, by Jim Hightower

President Joe Biden recently flew to Taiwan to assure our allies there that he will fight for them. And a few weeks later, he flew to Saudi Arabia, with the intention of “reestablishing ties” with this repressive monarchy.

In terms of international realpolitik, this wave of foreign travel might be strategically important, but there is a strategic political reality right here at home that calls for a different presidential itinerary: our country’s midterm legislative elections are in less than five months! Taiwan and Saudi Arabia are not voting, but Texas and South Carolina are. So how about spending a little more time flying, driving, or even stopping in such places, where many hard-hit working-class families feel ignored by the National Democratic Party? They would like to see President Joe fight back and mend their ties with them.

In fairness, Biden came to grips with these families early in his term, and his proposals to do more were deliberately scrubbed by congressional do-nothing groups like the senses. Mitch McConnell and Joe Manchin. But blaming them doesn’t get him any points — nor does it help families currently struggling with formula shortages, $5 gas, continued farm and factory depression, housing evictions, and more.

Instead of blaming or surrendering, it takes more of the fiery, dynamic spirit of former President Harry Truman, going straight to the people with an urgent agenda of big actions that people need and want. . Damn appease McConnell and Manchin – come on, Joe; you are president, not them. And you are not powerless to help people! Want to DO something about corporate price hikes on food and fuel? Representative Ro Khanna points out that you can and should use the government’s emergency authority to make “preventive purchases” in the open market. It would quickly and dramatically reduce what consumers pay now, and the authority is already on the books, so no need to kiss McConnell’s butt — just take direct presidential action for ordinary Americans.

It’s the difference between making speeches telling voters you’re on their side… and actually being there, so they can see it for themselves. It’s honest politics. And that would do a lot to dampen the cries of “It’s over” and “Biden’s numbers are in the ditch” and “The Democrats are doomed.”

And these are Democrats while speaking! Even before the November congressional elections are held, too many conventional-thinking Democratic operatives are bowing to a presumed Republican sweep. You don’t need a degree in political science to know that if you start by announcing you’re going to lose, chances are you’ll lose it. After all, who wants to vote for a party that shows no fighting spirit, no confidence in the appeal of its own ideas?

One of the main reasons for the pessimism about the party’s chances in November is that its top leaders decided their candidates couldn’t win in rural areas and small industrial towns – so they gave up trying. Worse still, they blame the voters, saying Trumpism, Fox News BS and culture war conspiracy nonsense have poisoned the minds of people “out there”. Thus, they have abandoned the countryside to launch themselves fully into the large cities. Democratic congressional leaders even killed their rural outreach programs, and the former Party chairman officially abandoned the territory in 2018, obediently declaring, “You can’t go door-to-door in America. rural”.

In fact, sir, you can. And if you choose to give up all that working class constituency, surprise! — he will abandon you. And the cold fact is that the National Democrats haven’t just stopped walking down the dirt roads and factory streets, they’ve been actively working for several years against the families who live there – the business scams that sucked up union jobs; the shameful bailouts of Wall Street bankers who destroyed our real economy, while ignoring millions of devastated workers; protect the drug profiteers who caused the brutal opioid epidemic; doing nothing about the corporate agricultural depression that continues to rock our lands; and so many other stark examples of senior Democrats failing to hear, see, or respond to this vital constituency of millions of FDRs they now blithely dismiss as irredeemable.

Did people in the party think voters wouldn’t notice or care how they’re treated? If we want them to come back to our side, then go to them… and come back to their side!

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