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Blue No Matter Who

I was triggered by a meme. It’s funny but dangerous. Because #VoteBlueNoMatterWho. I am plenty pissed off about the stupidity and corruption of my party and I’m willing to fight to reform it. It’s the same loyalty I gave my personal stupidity and corruption. So I guess this is me Demsplaining to some of my comrades who are new to being inside the jackass party.

If you weren’t a democrat last week but you’re volunteering for a democratic presidential candidate today, I have bad news for you: YOU’RE A DEMOCRAT. And democrats close ranks after the primary. It’s a contract.

If you weren’t a democrat last week but you’re volunteering for a democratic presidential candidate today, I have bad news for you: you’re a democrat. And democrats close ranks after the primary. It’s a contract.

The good news is that if you enjoy beating up Democrats, Democratic primary campaigns can be bloodbaths. But not like a war where you physically bury the opponent. Like a Stanley Cup Playoff where there’s a handshake line at the end and someone advances and someone else goes home. It can be ugly, sloppy, brutal, and unfair, but it’s better than war, because the loser goes home and mopes or disappears on a hiking trip, not buried or imprisoned. It’s something we take for granted: the ability to replace or reform government without firing a shot.

If you’re volunteering for a democratic presidential candidate today and you’re telling democratic primary voters that you won’t Vote Blue No Matter Who vs. Trump, Democratic primary voters (required to win a Democratic primary) won’t trust you. And if after I explain this to you and you keep doing it, I won’t trust you either. I can’t be sure if you’re stupid, crazy, or just working for the GOP.

Rejecting a call for a united front against Trump is OFF MESSAGE and will be used by the corporate GOP-lite DINO sell-outs to feed the Not A Real Democrat narrative when Bernie wins the nomination. We are running a Democratic primary not an independent campaign. It’s one thing to criticize the corrupting influence of We’re On Your Side Too corporate money among our establishment leaders and another to ridicule party unity and make the nomination a meaningless prize in a fractured party.

There are all kinds of things we can talk about that will build unity, win the nomination, and defeat Trump and his GOP enablers (and put the writing on the wall for his DINO enablers): #MedicareForAll #GreenNewDeal #FairTaxes #SaneForeignPolicy. This election isn’t about the way the democratic party was wrong last week, last month, last year, the years before that, last century, or the century before that. It was very wrong very often. The GOP has an army of paid hypes to talk about that 24/7. Not our job. Our job is to vindicate the Democratic party and The Republic moving forward. All kinds of democratic primary voters can be persuaded on the issues if we take the time to explain them. Independent progressives can be persuaded to join the party if we have a realistic program for progress and reform. We do. Let’s focus on that. Let’s win for #Bernie2020 and let’s be the ones who shout #BlueNoMatterWho the loudest.

In solidarity!

Full disclosure: I am political director of the Vernon Township Democrats, co-organizer of Our Revolution Lake County, and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. I don’t always speak for the causes and candidates I am attached to and they don’t always speak for me.


Reactionaries lie when they call themselves conservative. Progressives should not repeat the lie.

I passed 7th grade social studies. I’m proud to share what I learned with the rest of the class, which has been incessantly dumbed down. It’s not your fault, class. A lot of money and effort was invested in this process, but it’s time to move on.
Reactionaries often call themselves conservatives but accepting that label wrongly legitimizes them. Conservatives might be allies or potential allies. They are not an existential threat to democracy. With reactionaries, we can only hope for an uneasy truce or containment.
While conservatives seek to maintain the status quo, they might accept policy change at a prudent incremental rate as a matter of maintaining fiscal or social stability, and might even prove progressive on particular issues.
Reactionaries, like radicals, are willing, sometimes violently willing, to completely uproot existing social institutions.
The radical seeks rapid social change for some idea of social good. Sometimes they strive for utopian outcomes. Since the ideology is a concept of a potential future, it’s difficult to prove or disprove possibility.
The reactionary seeks a return to a mythical past.  Historical revisions can be proven false though reactionaries have a defining tendency not to let reality interfere with their ideology. Reactionary ideology is closer to mental illness or sociopathic deception than something worthy of legitimate consideration, because no, America was not better off with the institution of slavery. No, the Constitution is not made stronger by repealing the rights of women, minorities, or low income citizens. Supreme Court Justices should not be shaman fortune tellers serving as mediums with the spirit world of slave-owning founders suddenly vested with an authority the Republic did not grant them while they were among the living.
Reactionary politics are illegitmate in an electoral system because reactionary politics are anti-Democratic. Other philosophies have authoritarian strains. Reactionary politics are inherently authoritarian because where else does turning back the clock lead except pushing society backwards to trial by combat and other forms of might makes right: divine rights of kings, master/slave relationships, all those conditions that strangle blood from the brain from which humanity has been slowly and painfully loosening?
In a nation predicated upon electoral reform, reactionary politics are an existential threat. Death from boredom in a stifling environment that tolerates neither dissent nor diversity and a rotting corruption that collapses into itself:  inevitable consequences of intellectually and morally bankrupt tyranny, but not before dragging down everything stuck to it.
Progressives might disagree with conservatives, but progressive politics are not mutually exclusive with conservatism. Contrary to decades of Orwellian doublethink in political discourse and mass media, the positive strains within both major parties are liberal in nature. Those who prematurely pronounce the death of liberalism (or denounce it as something it simply isn’t) ignore a powerful libertarian impulse on both sides of the political aisle. Progressives can stand with conservatives on ecology and civil liberties. We can stand with them on ethics and rule of law. That is not the case with reactionaries. They are a threat to democracy and human rights. Call them what they are not what they pretend to be.

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