Obama and Party Loyalty Aren’t Going to Save Us.

I don’t care how nostalgic you are, that’s just a reality.

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Throughout the democrats’ presidential primary much of the time spent by the candidates was devoted to praising the record of President Barack Obama, while mastering the careful and delicate art form of aligning themselves as closely with him as possible in an attempt to evoke the sense of nostalgia for the days when he had been the nation’s leader. In doing so, the wide field of democratic candidates perhaps unwittingly paved the way for one of the very weakest of the bunch to step to the forefront, with absolutely nothing but the fact that he was the former Vice President there as a useful crutch by which to prop himself up on.

Now, democratic politicians, pundits, strategists, and vote blue no matter who twitter warriors alike are demanding that the American people swallow their pride and vote for Joe Biden. A man who was the proud author of not one but two crime bills, a bankruptcy bill that was so disastrous it prompted Elizabeth Warren to run for office, promised to veto a Medicare for All bill if it landed on his desk, and has a credible sexual assault allegation against him. Aside from that, he consistently appears to struggle to articulate his thoughts when on television.

I’m not sure what it’s going to take for democratic voters to come to terms with it, but President Obama and blind party loyalty are not going to save us. In fact, blind party loyalty is exactly what got us in to this mess in the first place.

“Resistance” to Donald Trump is not going to come from a man living in the comfort of his multi-million dollar mansion in Martha’s vineyard, who leaks a private phone call expressing his concern about the situation while the nation all but crumbles around him. “Resistance” to Donald Trump is not blind party loyalty and heaping praise on a Speaker of the House who has done little to oppose him besides a botched impeachment, ripping speeches, and clapping cutely behind him for the cameras. “Resistance” to the President — at the very least — is making a careful selection of the best possible candidate in the field to run against him, but the democratic party in it’s infinite ability to bungle things failed miserably to do so. The democratic party in it’s current state is not going to save us.

How can we expect our politicians to hold Donald Trump accountable when we give them no reason to believe they will be held accountable? For years now, centrist democrats have been argued: “now just isn’t the time” for change. For years, they have argued: “vote the Republican out, then we’ll worry about the issues”.

Well, look where that’s gotten us.

A party that has relied for far too long on blind, unconditional support driven by mortal fear of the alternative is not built to succeed. At this point, I’m just wondering what it will take for the country to come to terms with that. I’m tired of being told to sit down, bite my tongue, and just worry about getting Trump out before discussing the failures of the democrats. What’s the point, if an even worse version of him runs four years down the line and then we’re in the same situation all over again?

Personally, I think holding the Trump administration accountable begins with holding democrats accountable. Demanding that they do better in turn produces a party with the ability to act as genuine opposition. As the nation lies on the verge of fascism, are we really prepared to say that the democratic party is adequate defense when a majority of the lawmakers won’t even utter the word?

I’m not under the impression that the American people are going to abandon the democratic party over the course of a single election cycle, although I wish they would. But that does not mean that we shouldn’t allow manic fear of the GOP to make us forget that standards must be met. We deserve better, and it’s time that we remember that. Obama and blind party loyalty aren’t going to save us, but accountability and reminding our lawmakers of the power we hold is a step in the right direction. Make lawmakers work for your vote, and you might be surprised at the outcome.

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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