What’s the Point in Being Moderate?

We have nothing to gain by playing games with the Republican Party.

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Photo via Mitch McConnell on Instagram

It’s difficult to know where to begin when discussing the Republican Party. We don’t even need to address Donald Trump when considering the lengths that the GOP will go in order to prevent Democrats from getting anything done.

Perhaps no one knows that better than Merrick Garland, who was blocked by Mitch McConnell and the Senate for a year from even getting a hearing for his Supreme Court nomination. McConnell is on the record saying one of the highlights of his career was looking Obama in the eye, and telling him he would not get that court seat. And yet there is a significant portion of Democratic politicians that seem to feel reaching across the isle, and working together is the key.

But now, with Trump in office as the ultimate culmination of years of obstruction and hatred, can we finally ask: what is the point in being moderate?

Clearly, being willing to accept defeat for the sake of looking like the adults in the situation doesn’t seem to be going well, so I have to wonder why we continue to pretend that this decades long strategy of moderation is the way to approach modern American politics. Not only do our politicians get the cold shoulder from the GOP, they get the cold shoulder from the base as well. Democrats in 2016 got clobbered, and it was with politicians who promised to fight that we achieved the 2018 historic comeback.

But even with the new blood in congress like AOC ready to go all in, we still have a significant number of well established members of our party leadership who refuse to see the real path forward. For instance, Speaker Pelosi refuses to pursue impeachment against Donald Trump even with ten clear cases of obstruction of justice and campaign finance violations laid out in front of her. She insists she has more important things to accomplish, but what are you actually accomplishing? So many of them ran on the importance of unification and the fight, and yet there is no real fight to be seen.

Republicans are ravaging our courts and our borders and our corporate regulations. Our country just came minutes away from war with Iran. There is a full blown crisis on our hands. But Pelosi just claps sarcastically at Donald Trump during his State of the Union speech, and gets turned in to the “queen of shade” in Facebook memes.

We don’t need “shade” memes on Facebook or “Boy Bye” phone wallpapers. We need action.

Democrats have earned the reputation of tying their hands before Republicans even have a chance to tie them. I’m not saying things will be easy, and I’m not saying the numbers are in their favor when it comes to the senate, but that doesn’t mean they should sit back and do nothing. It’s about time for them to act like the legislators they were sent there to be.

So what should our Democratic leadership do in a situation where — for example — they try to work out the details of drug price regulations and Republicans refuse to work with them? The answer is so incredibly simple. Just tell the truth. Get on MSNBC or CNN, and tell the voters that Republicans are holding them and their families hostage. Tell them that Republicans are willing to allow more and more people to die because they can’t afford their prescription drugs rather than work with Democrats. Is it hostile and inflammatory? Yes. Is it untrue? NO.

We don’t need a compromise. We need a fight. And it’s about time for our Democratic leadership to stop using that as campaign language and actually do it.

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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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