It’s the morning after an election that I thought I was prepared to lose (if that’s where the night took us). I was wrong. Instead, I’m angry. Not at Walker or even the Republicans, but at a Democratic Party for embracing a philosophy of mediocre, middle of the road, handpicked candidates. At a Democratic Party for encouraging candidates to run away from our Democratic President. At a Democratic Party for being ashamed of true liberal principles like promoting national health care reform, common sense gun control, pro-labor/anti-trade legislation, women’s rights, the environment, progressive tax reform, protecting against voter suppression efforts, social and moral values, etc.
So this is my plea to the Democratic Party: It’s time for a major switch in philosophy. It’s time to get bold. It’s time to get bad ass. It’s time to make your case. It’s time to grow a pair. It’s time to be loud and proud of the Democratic Party platform.
Voters respect boldness. Republican leaders have figured out that this is the way to win. Why can’t Democrats? Conservatives have the Tea Party. Where is our extreme left? What do we have? Nothing, because the Democratic Party (State and National) are simply too scared to embrace “the fringe”.