If these results are not a clear manifestation of a failed political strategy, I don’t know what is. For the sake of our country and the world, the Democratic Party, in a very fundamental way, must change direction. It has got to open its doors wide to working people and young people. It must become less dependent on wealthy contributors, and it must make clear to the working families of this country that, in these difficult times, it is prepared to stand up and fight for their rights. Without hesitation, it must take on the powerful corporate interests that dominate the economic and political life of the country.
A vast majority of Americans understand that our current economic model is a dismal failure. Who can honestly defend the current grotesque level of inequality in which the top 1 percent owns more than the bottom 90 percent? Who thinks it’s right that, despite a significant increase in worker productivity, millions of Americans need two or three jobs to survive, while 52 percent of all new income goes to the top 1 percent?
fight for an economy and a government that work for all, not just the 1 percent.
Democrats must support a progressive tax system that demands that the very wealthy, Wall Street and large corporations begin paying their fair share of taxes.
Bernie Sanders: How Democrats Can Stop Losing Elections https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/opinion/bernie-sanders-how-democrats-can-stop-losing-elections.html
Trump’s greatest success so far is exploding three persistent political myths.
1. Politics is easy and politicians are lazy fat cats.
2. Outsiders will clean up politics and run the system better than insiders.
3. Government should be run like a biz.
Republicans are bragging a lot about Gorsuch’s qualifications, which are legitimate. But this debate isn’t really about qualifications. If it were, Gorsuch wouldn’t have been nominated, because Garland would be on the court.
How to End the Politicization of the Courts https://nyti.ms/2nS2GBi
Obamacare never was a good plan, but it always was a severe compromise.
Tasked with fixing a plan that was disfigured to meet their needs Republicans have stepped in it now.
This debacle does suggest that planned revisions of government healthcare every 5 years could improve it. It could also show our politicians as the tools they are.
The Original Lie About Obamacare https://nyti.ms/2niqu3K
Great summary by Brooks:
By 2010, however, both the Obama administration and the Tea Party opposition were out of step with the times. They both still thought the big political issues in American life were universal health care and the size of government.
In fact, another set of problems had magnified and come to overshadow the old set. This new set included:
First, the crisis of opportunity. People with fewer skills were seeing their wages stagnate, the labor markets evaporate. Second, the crisis of solidarity. The social fabric, especially for those without a college degree, was disintegrating — marriage rates plummeting, opiate abuse rates rising. Third, the crisis of authority. Distrust in major institutions crossed some sort of threshold. People had so lost trust in government, the media, the leadership class in general, that they were willing to abandon truth and decorum and embrace authoritarian thuggery to blow it all up.
If President Obama had made these crises the center of his administration, instead of the A.C.A., Democrats wouldn’t have lost Congress and the White House. If the Tea Party had understood the first two of these crises, there would have been no opening for Donald Trump.
The Republican Health Care Crackup https://nyti.ms/2msqBYT
We need to end the practice of Gerrymandering.
As President Obama put it in his State of the Union speech this year, “we’ve got to end the practice of drawing our congressional districts so that politicians can pick their voters, and not the other way around.”
A permanent fix for partisan gerrymandering would be to take redistricting entirely out of the hands of self-interested lawmakers and give it to independent commissions. In California and Arizona, both of which have adopted such commissions, legislative races have become more competitive than the national average as measured by the smaller margins of victory. That’s good for voters, and for democracy.
Where Unfair Voting Practices Begin http://nyti.ms/2gzRSpQ
We now have a kakistocracy — rule by the worst. We have the least qualified president ever followed by cabinet members whose qualifications make them the exact opposite of what the country needs.
Calling into question the legitimacy of this government is our patriotic duty.
Is it O.K., morally and politically, to declare the man about to move into the White House illegitimate?
Yes, it is. In fact, it’s an act of patriotism.
By any reasonable standard, the 2016 election was deeply tainted.
Remember, saying that the election was tainted isn’t a smear or a wild conspiracy theory; it’s simply the truth.
Now, anyone questioning Mr. Trump’s legitimacy will be accused of being unpatriotic — because that’s what people on the right always say about anyone who criticizes a Republican president. (Strangely, they don’t say this about attacks on Democratic presidents.) But patriotism means standing up for your country’s values, not pledging personal allegiance to Dear Leader.
With All Due Disrespect https://nyti.ms/2jPeHnO