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Why We're All Obliged to Help the Democrats Prevail

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It is easy to see that the Democratic Party, whatever its faults, is clearly the better of the two. One need merely look at all the various political battles that get fought, however unsatisfactorily, between the two parties to see that it is ALWAYS the Democrats who are fighting in the direction preferred by liberals, progressives, leftists, or whatever.

Can anyone think of an exception, where a progressive would prefer the outcome that the Republicans have been fighting for? I cannot.

On climate change, which party has made it dogma to deny the science and which has made efforts to move us in the right direction?

On voter disenfranchisement, which party has passed numerous fraudulent Voter ID laws, and which party has objected?

On tax policy, which party has made it a top priority to reduce taxes on the wealthiest, and which has said they should be made to pay their fair share?

On gun laws, which party has sided with the absolutists of the NRA and which party has called for reasonable restrictions on guns?

On immigration, which party has been feeding the hatreds of American nativists, and which party has sought to resolve the festering problem of millions of undocumented non-citizens in some reasonable way?

On campaign finance, which party's appointees on the Supreme Court gave us the Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, and which gave us the justices who wrote in dissent.

And on and on. Pick any issue, look at the directions in which the two parties are pushing, and it invariably the case that the Republicans are pushing in the wrong direction and the Democrats in the right direction.

Whatever one's dissatisfaction with how they fight, or how modest their goals, or how much the party is infiltrated with elements of the force that must be defeated, there is no escaping the conclusion: Anyone who cares about the direction that the U.S. government will take us should have as a major political priority assuring that the Democratic Party succeeds in taking power away from today's Republican Party.

4) This is not an argument for simply accepting the Democratic Party as it is. While working to assure that it prevails over these Republicans, one can also work to make it more what it should be.

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