Uncommon Sense

January 28, 2017

Want a Democratic Party That Wins … For the People?

All over the mediasphere, articles are popping up proving that Democrats cannot find their own asses with even one hand let alone two. Most of these articles are suggesting approaches to opposing Trump but there is a deeper problem here: before trying to cut down a tree, check to make sure the saw is sharp first.

It was Will Rogers who said “I am not a member of an organized political party. I am a Democrat.” (He said this one so often, I couldn’t find when he first said it.)

But the Democrats did decide to get organized sometime near the late 1970s but that lead them to the New Democrat/Neoliberal disaster, the gutting of the middle class, full-time war making, the conservative counterattack and ascendancy, etc. and which recently culminated in the presidential election of Donald J. Trump. (Anything that leads your candidate to losing to the likes of Donald J. Trump has to be considered a total failure and a signal that it is time to reboot.)

But the Dems don’t need a reorganization, they need a savior. I wonder if they have noticed that the most approved of federal elected official is Bernie Sanders. They should slap a Democrat sticker on him and place themselves in Bernie’s hands, asking him to show them the way. There are a lot more approaches, but none that offer a better chance of success.

PS We should have paid more attention to Will Rogers (1875-1935). Here is some of his political wisdom:

  • What does the farmer need? Obvious: “He needs a punch in the jaw if he believes that either of the parties cares a damn about him after the election.”
  • What about a candidate’s image? Ballyhoo: “I hope there is some sane people who will appreciate dignity and not showmanship in their choice for the presidency.”
  • Our foreign policy is an open book – a checkbook.

Apparently our foreign policy model has been expanded to include domestic politics. And do you think he saw into the future to this election with his “dignity and not showmanship” quip?


  1. Would Bernie allow them to “slap a Democrat sticker on him”?


    Comment by Nan — January 28, 2017 @ 12:38 pm | Reply

    • Only if they did it sotto voce.

      On Sat, Jan 28, 2017 at 12:38 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — January 28, 2017 @ 1:12 pm | Reply

  2. Well, something has to give.


    Comment by john zande — January 28, 2017 @ 5:50 pm | Reply

    • Or not …

      On Sat, Jan 28, 2017 at 5:50 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — January 28, 2017 @ 9:26 pm | Reply

  3. Or the Dems just fade away and a new party emerges. As far as Bernie goes … he still failed to go full steam after Clinton, and ultimately supported the neoliberal machine.


    Comment by Zach — January 28, 2017 @ 10:32 pm | Reply

    • The odds on the party dying and getting replaced are very long. The last time that happened was the Whig Party demise, no? If you look at how the parties have transformed themselves into something far removed from what they used to be, the value of a label must be very, very high.

      On Sat, Jan 28, 2017 at 10:32 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — January 29, 2017 @ 9:33 am | Reply

      • Not holding my breath for either transformation or replacement of the Dem party. We have had, in effect, one ‘corporate’ party rule for decades. Significant change from that status quo is unlikely without some kind of rapid trauma to the middle class … and I think atrophy is more likely than revolution in the near future.


        Comment by Zach — January 29, 2017 @ 9:54 am | Reply

        • Once again, you are spot on. As the GOP was moved far-right at the behest of the plutocrats think tanks, the DP was lead to the center by the wealth of Wall Street.

          Is anybody at all confused that the rich/corporate interests are running this country for their own benefit at this point?

          On Sun, Jan 29, 2017 at 9:54 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



          Comment by Steve Ruis — January 29, 2017 @ 10:41 am | Reply

          • Yes … a majority of Republicans and Democrats believe their party represents the interests of the average American. Call it confusion or delusion, but most people I talk with actually believe something along this line … which is why I believe we are in the political era of dry rot and decay. Smells soooooooooooooooo good!


            Comment by Zach — January 29, 2017 @ 10:53 am | Reply

            • You mean the Average American, the one with 2.3 kids?

              On Sun, Jan 29, 2017 at 10:53 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



              Comment by Steve Ruis — January 29, 2017 @ 11:11 am | Reply

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