Sophlady, no I didn't dance around the issues of racial prejudice and misogyny, Ruth Johnson did. She criticized DSA's national director for even talking about racism and sexism, claiming that "ideological purists" on the left insult white working class men by talking about those things, since they are not educated enough, etc.
My point is that SHE was insulting white working class men, and that they have not been ran out of the Democratic Party by leftists and feminists, they have been largely neglected by the Democratic Party. The white working class has suffered 30 years of Democratic and Republican policies that have shifted away from labor and focused on Wall Street. As the Democratic Party shifted from being a "labor" party to being the "New Democrat" Bill Clinton's pro-business party , it has ceased to be the clear pro-labor choice for white workers, who even if they had racist and sexist views, did support the Democratic Party at one time, when it was a LABOR party.
I'm suggesting that Ruth's attack on liberals and feminists is misplaced, and unfair.
It should say by JIM Maynard, not RICK Maynard
I'm the gay socialist, not Rick :)
Like most liberal Democrats, the author of this idiotic column, Ruth Ogles Johnson, thinks that the way to win white working class voters is (a) assume they are too stupid or uneducated to understand racism and sexism and (b) win them over by appealing to that assumed ignorance.
The real reason the Democraric Party has lost white working class votes is that it has become a corporatist party that has failed to defend the economic interests of the white (black and brown) working class. Instead of taking on the corporate elites and the economic and trade policies thst have decimated the "middle class" (i.e. working class) the Democratic Party alienated labor by supporting "free trade" and "free market"economics and the result has been the destruction of the working class under both Republican and Democratic administrations.
Liberal Democrats like Ruth Johnson assail "ideological purists" on the left while they won't even address the class war being waged against the working class, and seem to only talk about the mythical "middle class." That is why the Democratic Party has been losing white working class voters, they are afraid to talk about the "working class," and are afraid to mention the "class war" being waged against them.
Instead of attacking the corporatist Democratic elites that have pulled the Democratic Party away from labor amd aligned it with Wall Street, the arthor attacks Democratic Socialists of America's national director, Maria Svart for mentioning her desire to confront "patriarchy" and "white supremacy" as one reason she accepted the position to lead DSA. Maybe Democrats could learn something from socialists about how to appeal to and defend the working class against global capitalism which has destroyed the American "middle" (i.e. WORKING) class whoch the Democratic betrayed on NAFTA and joining the Republican attacks on "big government."
Jim Maynard, organizer
The author's attack on DSA 's new national director is puzzling. How is opposing patrarchy and white supremacy a bad thing? And how is that offensive to white working class males?
How in gods name does anyone this stupid get elected to a national office, even from Tennessee ?
The TNDP says write-in the candidate of your choice..
you can write me in, I've already filed to have my votes counted...
(I also ran against Harold Ford Jr. in 2006... and have NO chance of winning, but since the TNDP doesn't care enough to challenge Corker... I will at least..)
Jim Maynard for Senate (Write-In)
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