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Hillary Vs Bernie And The Democratic Party

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So back to Hillary, Bernie and the Democratic Party.

On the Democratic side of the presidential elections Bernie Sanders has forced the Democratic Party to face its progressive demons for the first time since 1996. He's controlled the narrative and placed social justice issues front and center of the campaign. He's called for a political revolution and I'm of the view that that revolution MUST start within the Democratic Party. The party has to go back to its core values and work for the vulnerable in our midst -- poor Blacks and Latinos, immigrants and the working poor. That's why young adults are flocking to the Sanders campaign. They are saddled with student loan debts that big banks get to benefit from. When the average student debt to get a decent education is $32,000 then something has got to give.

The Democratic Party has to be shoved and dragged from its institutional dogmas and again become the party of "we." It has to rethink its abandonment of the core principles of the New Deal in a 21st century context. And it has to start defending the rights of the poor and working class. Indeed, Democratic Party leaders should not fear to be labelled "socialist sounding" it they start speaking for the working class. It is that class that is its base support -- plain and simple. And it can rely on the faithfulness and loyalty of this class because it's comprised mainly of Blacks, Latinos and immigrants. If the Democratic Party does not do these things then its rightward shift is inevitable.

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