“You want to know why we keep losing our battles, on the front for legal and accessible abortion? Those names. Those men. Those Democrats, and the people who think like them, and the people who don’t call them out. That’s why.”
A hundred, a thousand, a million times …
If the point is to look bast the bi-partisan fight going on in American politics, then you just recreated that power struggle by telling people to abandon the democrats. By saying the system’s fucked, you’re recreating the system and all it’s going to do is escalate divides between the two.
I’d say escalating the divide between the two may be the right idea? Sady’s criticizes the Democrats for compromising on what ought to be a fundamental: women’s right to choose and access to abortion. I argue that the Democrats – ostensibly the party of feminism, of peace, of ‘the little guy,’ – are part of the reason ‘we keep losing’ so many important fights. When we go to the polls and vote for the ‘lesser of two evils,’ we are pretty much guaranteeing that next time around, we’ll still only have the two options to choose from. Two parties representing essentially similar perspectives on politics, and receiving funding from the same sources, is not a good situation for a democracy, nor is it a good recipe for anything but the most superficial, incremental change.
But two your point, I agree that focusing too much on the power struggle between the two – essentially similar – parties is a waste of time and energy. But to the extent anyone thinks they need someone working for them in the legislature, I think it’s important not to get caught up in the Democrats story about that power struggle – ‘You need to vote us in or else those truly scary Republicans will gain control.’ Because part of that story is going ‘centrist’ on issue when they’re supposed to take a stand.