The Democratic Party is locked in a titanic struggle for its soul – an existential battle over the true meaning of what it means to be a Democrat, to be a progressive, to be a liberal.
Clinton versus Sanders has, for many reasons, brought the old fight to the surface. It’s worth working through if only because the end result can and should be a united party that firmly stands for something. But what is that?
There are four views of change, four visions of progress, which separate Sanders and Cinton.
Benghazi. IRS. Boston Marathon “False Flags”. AP. These are a few of the “scandals” that get a tremendous amount of airplay and, judging from opinion polls, mostly yawns. Why do they get so much coverage? It’s only because of the push behind them, not the relative truth or fiction within.
They are, indeed, a matter of policy. The Heritage Foundation, lobbying arm of the supposedly non-partisan Heritage Foundation, circulated a letter to House Republicans stating “… it would be imprudent to do anything that shifts the focus from the Obama administration to the ideological differences within the House Republican Conference. … Legislation such as the Internet sales tax or the FARRM Act which contains nearly $800 billion in food stamp spending, would give the press a reason to shift their attention away from the failures of the Obama administration to write another ‘circular firing squad’ article.”
While the constant barrage of scandals is draining, it’s best to not confront it too directly. Here’s what progressives and other Americans interesting in getting things done need to concentrate on.