Why Do Democrats Keep Walking Into Rooms of Fire?

Dear Editor:

In my opinion, the Democrats keep walking into rooms of fire. By doing so, they are hurting themselves and are making mistakes which I fear and suspect will result in the Republicans winning the 2022 mid-term Congressional elections “in a big way.”

Now, I’d like to be able to claim that I am the only Democrat who sees things this way. But if I did, I would be as big of a liar as are 99% of “The Cult of Trump” followers. Democrats Mark Lilla and Thomas Frank share my views.

Let me provide you with the gist of what I believe:

1. Democrats place too little emphasis on the economic, financial issues of survival that face the lower and middle classes. I am talking about the bread and butter and kitchen table issues. I am talking about protecting and enhancing the social safety-net programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, and College Student Loans. These are usually winning issues for Democrats.

2. Democrats place too much emphasis on the “identity-politics and “cultural-wars” issues. They tend to go so far overboard on these that they are putting-off and turning-off a lot of voters. As Ted Kennedy used to say–We should care deeply about these issues, but we should not turn the Democratic Party into the “Feminist and Women’s Party”of the “LGBTQ Party” or the “_____Minority Group Party.”

3. Democrats are handing conservatives and Republicans the rope with which they can hang the Democrats when they call themselves “Democratic Socialists” especially since none of them are really true socialists at all. They are “Social Democrats.” Democrats need to stop letting conservative-Republicans call them things like “socialists” or “Marxists” or “communists” or “radical-and-far leftists. If you use the fake and phony definitions of these terms that the right-wingers use, then that would have made Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, and John F. Kennedy “crazy socialists” too. Democrats need to stop them from using this dishonest strategy.

In that regard, I urge all Americans to read the article titled “Bernie Sanders Isn’t A Socialist.” You can find it online. It was written by Paul Krugman, and it appeared in “The New York Times.” Krugman won the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics, so I feel confident in stating that he probably knows far better what a socialist is and is not than do the right-wing propaganda mills and factories such as “Fox News.”

P.S. I am a volunteer for an organization called “TIMES UP NOW” which fights against sexual harassment in all parts of our society.

Stew Epstein