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Why We're All Obliged to Help the Democrats Prevail

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On this forum over the years, there has been a recurrent dispute between me and others over how to think about our two major political parties. In this article, I want to put forward the case for my position as strongly -- and, as I see it, irrefutably -- as I can.

My position is that anyone who cares about a good future for the United States should back the Democratic Party -- for all its defects -- in the battle to defeat today's Republican Party.

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My interlocutors here have argued that the problems in our politics are not confined to the Republican Party. They say that there are many elected Democrats that are serving the Big Money power that's been stealing our democracy. And that neither party deserves their support.

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My response to that argument is that they are right in their observations, but wrong in their conclusion, which is along the lines of "a plague on both your houses."

In several steps, let me show why I think that conclusion to be a complete -- and dangerous--non sequitur.

1) It matters greatly to our future who controls the government of the United States

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I doubt anyone will dispute this point. While there are other components of our society -- in the economic system and in the cultural system -- that are important influences on the path America takes into the future, the decisions made and enforced by the government are crucial.

The state is the element of the whole civilized society that is defined as having "a monopoly on the legitimate use of force." And those who control the government have their hand on the helm of the nation.

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Andy Schmookler, an award-winning author, political commentator, radio talk-show host, and teacher, was the Democratic nominee for Congress from Virginia's 6th District. His new book -- written to have an impact on the central political battle of our time -- is (more...)
 

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