a reply to: MOMof3
That is precisely what they must not do.
Sitting back quietly, while the Republican Party becomes a crapshow is the least effective use of this time. First of all, the DNC has an internal
problem at the moment, with corporatists having penetrated its ranks. Those who are interested in business support more than the will of the regular
citizen should not be permitted to work as part of the DNC, unless the DNC is happy with continuing to be as much of a part of the problem, as the RNC
is. That problem needs solving. Centrist, corporatist goons need ejecting, if the DNC is to actually be an alternative of any note, to the corporatist
Second, the DNC is going to have to take a firm look at what the people of the country actually want for themselves. They are going to have to accept
that most people, if told the truth about what the mass surveillance initiative ACTUALLY does, would want it ended and its initiators arrested and
flogged in the street. They are going to have to come up with genuine solutions to a host of problems, relating to the way foreign policy is devised,
and change fundamentally, the way government deals with "threats" from abroad, most notably, not reacting at all to any but actual standing
militaries, and the REAL threat they pose, as opposed to the minimal and frankly laughable threat posed by idiots with frag vests, who, although scary
and lethal in the immediate sense, are not capable of destroying a country overnight with bombing runs, nor with any kind of militarized invasion.
Since militarized invasion, actual nuclear assault, or carpet bombing into ash are the only things that a decent country ought to be worried by
(assuming it is not peopled by weak spined cretins of course), refusing to even acknowledge the "danger" posed by morons in a different continent,
morons who pose very limited risk, and are in fact agents of the previous administrations (I used plural there, because they have been using these
people and those like them for decades, all over the world) would seem a proper approach to the "problem" of terror... the DNC need to suggest that,
because it is the only honest thing they could do.
They need to come out on a platform which admits to the world all the wrong that has been done by both parties, admits fault on the part of the US
government over the preceding decades, for everything it has had a hand in that was not good (which is a great deal, by the way), name the private
entities who helped fund that wrong doing, name the government members who pushed the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, promise their arrest and trial,
sever all political and financial ties from America to Saudi Arabia and Qatar, ban any and all trade, money changing, or communication between private
citizens and companies, and those countries, and actually lay the past to rest by total, frank, and painful amounts of honesty. They need to be honest
with the people whose votes they are asking for, about what has been done in their name, and whose fault it is. They need to do this, because if they
are not honest with the people, the people will not be able to trust them. They need to come out AGAINST the power of the state itself, and FOR the
power of the people. They need to come out in protection of the internet as an international, not a nationally owned entity, by preventing any company
from having any say in how data travels through it. They need to come out in defence of the people, by dismantling the surveillance culture and the
They need to provide a substance to their position, and indeed to the quality of those who seek to represent the people under a Democrat banner,
which demonstrates that there ARE clear differences between themselves and the Republicans, and not only differences, but differences which mean
something positive. Differences like being able to promise that there are no racists in their party, that there are no corrupt members, that there are
no members with a history of child abuse, or criminal behaviour in business, that all their members OVER pay their taxes and have never hidden a
penny, even before their political careers began. They need to show that the people of the Democrat Party, are morally unassailable, legally solid,
believe in the constitution more than they do in the security services, and are prepared to pay the price of increased risk to life, which comes of
providing proper amounts of liberty and freedom to both themselves, and the people of the country.
If they fail to reinvent themselves thusly, nothing will change for the better, even if they produce a President later in history, because even if
they do, it will mean nothing and achieve nothing good, unless the motivations of that individual and indeed the party besides, are ABSOLUTELY pure.