What is the Change the Democratic Party Wishes to See?

by on March 4, 2020 · 9 comments

in Election, From the Soul

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By Ernie McCray

I look at the Democratic Party and I just have to shake my head – for how it holds back from doing truly great things.

But I happen to be a democrat. And that’s not because of the party itself, but because of my experiences with so many individual democrats over the years.

I mean they’ve been in the vast majority of people whom I’ve marched with, in my activism, carrying signs ranging from “Free Huey!” to “Give Peace a Chance,” chanting questions about what we wanted and when we wanted it, with the answer always being: “Now!”

Democrats are my peeps. But the Democratic Party? That’s a whole other thing.

The democrats I’ve been in the streets with are both dreamers and doers, folks who really adhere to Mahatma Gandhi’s hope inspiring point-of-view that “You must be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

The party, on the other hand, likes to pursue matters in moderation, likes to take it slow, play it safe, like a runner at first base who won’t stray far from the bag because he’s fearful of being picked off – and gets picked off anyway. “Nothing ventured. Nothing gained.”

Hey, here they are today up against a president who has sucked the very life out of our democracy like a deranged vampire digging his fangs into his victim’s neck and what are they doing? Playing moderate games of some kind.

They want to sic somebody on the monster who won’t go too far, who won’t rock the boat, someone who will stay close to the old status quo before the White House became a symbol of woe.

Behaving so, they have desperately, along with the likes of CNN and MSNBC with all their “Breaking News,” tried to undermine the campaign of a man like Bernie Sanders who has tried to be the change he wishes to see – for years, with passion, with unwavering persistence and bravery.

He’s too “radical,” they all say, a commie, a socialist, a man who hates the Jews and loves the Palestinians.

His triumph in the Nevada caucus has been likened to a Nazi Germany victory.

“I’m scared to death of the man’s campaign,” a well-known party luminary exclaims.

Billions of dollars have been spent as a symbol of one man’s disdain for him.

“Nobody likes him” claims the last democratic candidate for president,  although he has very successfully mobilized a wide cross section of Americans: poor people and people who have previously showed very little to no interest in politics and people who feel disenfranchised and suspect that their government doesn’t care about them.

For years now he’s taken young folks in his embrace in his movement, helping them to understand that they can be the change, that they must be the change, if health care is to ever become a right; if diversity is ever to be considered a strength in our society; if the economy is to ever work for everybody; if facts and truths are ever to matter again.

Achieving such goals, as the Democratic Party has proposed, takes boldness. And Bernie is teaching young people how to stand strong and go after what they want, letting them know that they will have to go against the grain of the direction our politics has been taking in order to make the changes that will be needed to repair the damage that has been inflicted upon the nation.

“But he can’t win,” they say and to that I say “Trump won” and he’s about the most hideous human being who has ever come our way.

Why can’t a decent man beat this monstrous man with all the resources and millions of people in the party who can knock on the doors of citizens’ homes and/or reach out to them via telephones and cell phones and join Bernie on a path he’s been meticulously paving towards a victory?

It all leads me to wonder that if a man who speaks truth to power as effectively as Bernie does isn’t the Democratic Party’s cup of tea, what kind of change does it wish to see really? I don’t have a clue.

But we shall see.

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Carl Zanolli March 5, 2020 at 4:21 am

While Biden’s proposals aren’t as soaring as Sanders’s, nor as comprehensive as I would like, they strike me as more achievable. In that sense, Biden — not Sanders –may be the real candidate of change.


thequeenisalizard March 5, 2020 at 4:17 pm

Joe Biden supported:
– DOMA (ban on gay marriage)
– War in Iraq
– War in Afghanistan
– war on drugs
– anti-busing laws
– mass incarceration
– bankruptcy “reform”
– repeal of Glass-Steagall
– the Patriot Act
– marijuana prohibition

Doesn’t seem much like a candidate of change to me.


retired botanist March 7, 2020 at 3:17 pm

Great piece as ever, Ernie, and definitely time to get over the Democratic party. 4 more yrs w/ Biden might not be as maniacal as its been w/ Trump, but its still more of the same. Biden is just folksy and civil, and more stable, than Trump. But at the end of the day, its 4 more more wasted years, which we, frankly, don’t have time for.
To Queen: Biden also supported the Hyde amendment, shame on him. For a good comparison of the legislative records of Bernie vs. Biden, take a listen here… you can skip the first 5 min of rousing “beat Trump” opener. The rest is pretty enlightening. And no Superpac funding in this man’s campaign! #voteBernie
Full Speech: Bernie Sanders Rally in Detroit


retired botanist March 7, 2020 at 3:19 pm

Sorry, I guess that link didn’t activate. Perhaps here:



sealintheSelkirks March 9, 2020 at 1:42 pm

Agree retired botanist, good article Ernie! Makes me pretty sad, though.

Because it is getting extremely obvious that the wealthy who run the Democans-Republicrats are NOT going to let their neoliberal grasping hands off the steering wheel of this country. Have to pry their cold dead hands off is the only way change will ever come it seems.

The so-called ‘liberal press’ like NYT (Not Your Time) or NPR (national petroleum radio-follow the money) etc are just blasting Bernie and have been for years, and the so-called Superdelegates are nothing more than sycophants to power who do what they are told or are part of that power. There is no stronger drug than POWER.

If Bernie wins he’s going to be made to lose. One way or the other, and the Ruling Class has always had no problems with killing. The USA Oligarchy has a history of death and murder of those who challenge the owners right from the very start of this country. Does anybody here really believe that has somehow changed, that we have become ‘civilized’ recently? Is anybody paying attention? Been to Libya lately for their slave auctions?

Oh, and has Warren thrown her complete support to Bernie yet? You all will notice that most of those so-called democrat candidates immediately turned and licked the hand that feeds them when they withdrew from the ‘race.’ Some race, eh?

Two articles you all need to read. Second is Chris Hedges latest with a cartoon at the top of the page that is…a thinking moment for those that continue to march in step with the ‘lesser evil voting’ crap.


‘All You Need to Know’: Biden Reportedly Weighing Billionaires Michael Bloomberg and Jamie Dimon for Cabinet Posts


The One-Choice Election


There is only one choice in this election. The consolidation of oligarchic power under Donald Trump or the consolidation of oligarchic power under Joe Biden. The oligarchs, with Trump or Biden, will win again. We will lose. The oligarchs made it abundantly clear, should Bernie Sanders miraculously become the Democratic Party nominee, they would join forces with the Republicans to crush him. Trump would, if Sanders was the nominee, instantly be shorn by the Democratic Party elites of his demons and his propensity for tyranny. Sanders would be red-baited — as he was viciously Friday in The New York Times’ “As Bernie Sanders Pushed for Closer Ties, Soviet Union Spotted Opportunity” — and turned into a figure of derision and ridicule. The oligarchs preach the sermon of the least-worst to us when they attempt to ram a Hillary Clinton or a Biden down our throats but ignore it for themselves. They prefer Biden over Trump, but they can live with either.

article continues at link


retired botanist March 11, 2020 at 4:22 pm

Yep I’m on that page, Seal. Four yrs of Biden will just be a nicer, more folksy, fuzzy, genteel version of the Trump Admin. No progress, no real change. Money will just change hands from one 1%er to another. He’ll just spend it counteracting Trump policies, and try re-riding the Obama surf, which he seemingly had very little to contribute to. And Congress will manifest its usual stalemate: guns will keep getting manufactured, healthcare providers will continue to reap profits, taxes will somehow (no matter what ‘rearrangement shell game’ they come up with) end up bankrupting the already poor. Uh, no.
Without Sanders and Warren, we really don’t have a viable leader to bring this country into the new global conversation. I think young leaders are out there, but what are their choices…join one of the 2-party systems? Without scads of $ and the backing of media, they don’t have a hope in hell. Our country is entrenched in a “traditional” political vortex we can’t seem to get out of. It’s depressing because we just don’t have the time, globally, to waffle around in this attic for another 4 years!


Frank Gormlie March 11, 2020 at 8:58 pm

Retired – that is real harsh – but understandable. The left is frustrated but Biden will be 1000% better than Trump; don’t fall into the false equivalency quagmire, please! It’s clear that the vast majority of primary voters would rather smash Trump than to clear the deck for social democracy. We cannot falter now, my sister.


Thomas Gayton March 15, 2020 at 7:48 pm

RIGHT ON! The plutocratic/kleptocracy controls both political parties and will do whatever it takes to defeat Bernie Sanders revolution to restore our DEMOCRACY.


Frank Gormlie March 15, 2020 at 8:54 pm

The restoration of our democracy will take some time, especially when you equate both parties as the same, setting up a false moral equivalency. The American people would rather get rid of trump than stage a revolution as long as there are legal avenues to do so – like elections. But you probably think all our elections are rigged too, just like trump. Hey give those Ruskies a break, man.


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