US Senator and former Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders I-VT told CNN’s “State of the Union” program that the Democratic Party needs a major overhaul and need to make a more aggressive effort to court America’s working class voters and fight the Corporatist on Wall Street. Sanders said it is crucial Dems do more to mobilize grassroots supporters in their battle against POTUS Trump.
“We need a total transformation,” Sanders said. “We need to open up the party to working people, to young people, and make it crystal clear that the Democratic Party is going to take on Wall Street, it’s going to take on the greed of the pharmaceutical industry, it’s going to take on corporate America that is shutting down plants in this country and moving jobs abroad.”
In the last election (Nov 2016) the Dems lost not only the WH to Trump but both houses of Congress and 33 state governorships! Sanders comments come one day after the DNC elected former Obama Administration Secretary of Labor Tom Perez as the new chairman of the DNC. Perez says he wants to rebuild the party from the bottom up. Perez said today on “Meet the Press” that Dems need to elect people on State and Local levels and “everywhere inbetween.”
Perez also said that in the last election Dems did not do enough and ignored large numbers of rural Americans. Speaking of the anger being expressed at several recent Town Hall meetings across the country held by Congressional Republicans, Perez said the Dems need to harness that energy in the ballot box.
I’d say before the Dem Party can be transformed they need to weed out the many Corporatists among them. Further, they need to come back a bit closer to the center as many Americans think the Dems have gone too far left. Americans are not buying the leftist agenda or ideology. Americans do not want to live under a Communist regime. I would also suggest they throw out the Saul Alinsky ideology!