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I complain about the left tearing down the left a lot, but the last few days in particular I am absolutely sick of fellow leftists complaining about Democrats. I don't care how many of them are neo-liberals, or how many of them means test everything to death: the Republicans literally just overturned Roe v. Wade and that is going to put people into poverty, kill people, and generally make the lives of many people immeasurably harder.

So the next time you want to complain "the Democrats have a majority and haven't done anything, so obviously they don't *want* to do anything" remember that they don't have a majority they have 48 votes in their caucus at best.

It is extremely privileged to think that just because it won't make much of a difference to you personally if Republicans or Democrats are in power that you don't have to go out and vote for Democrats, no matter how much you dislike them, because it matters to a hell of a lot to the lives of women, anyone who's LGBTQI+, anyone who's below the poverty line, etc.

Anyways, going to cut this rant off there and brace for the incoming wave of "Well, *you're* a Democrat, not a real leftist", but please, please, please, I can barely stand thinking about how now that Roe is gone the Republicans *will* try to pass a nation wide ban if they re-take the congress and presidency, so go out and vote for Democrats, it may not be a great solution, but it's the only one we have right now and the only thing worse than fighting a holding action is losing a holding action.

@sam I agree with all of this 110%.

Honestly, the whole "you're not a real leftist" is so silly anyway because leftists are not a meaningful political segment. Purity tests don't get laws passed.

@BreetzTootz seriously; even "Democrat" is really a category error. I get it, you don't like Clinton-era neo-liberals, me neither, but if you can't vote for them consider it a vote against Republicans.

@sam I understand when people in deep blue states complain about Democrats even if I think it's a category error and there really isn't a coherent national party, but when people say this in Georgia, I start to really question their political commitments. The Georgia party has been rebuilt into a fighting machine that really has a chance to reshape this state in some really fundamental (if not radical) ways

@james indeed; I continue to be amazed at how progressive and forward thinking the Georgia party is. I mean, sure, there are lots of neo-liberal types that I don't especially agree with like anywhere, but they almost always focus on the same social issues that I do as a progressive so what do I care if they also think capitalism is good for some reason when we're both going out and campaigning for the same things?

@sam if you look at a progressive-led, majority Black political party and your response is sneering derision then you might not be as leftist as you think you are

@james hah, I don't want to get into the same purity tests that I was literally just asking others not to use… but yah.

@sam fair enough but in my experience, left sectarians are a purely disruptive force in any attempt to build coalitions. And not everyone who has written off the Democratic Party is a sectarian, but those are the people I was thinking of with that comment

@sam from an outsider perspective it seems that the country is left for the greedy to exploit. The democratic party could have made it into the constitution amendment at one point, apparently

@Aman9das How and when? There are only a few ways to pass a constitutional amendment, and I don't believe any one party has ever had enough control to do that. You can either get 2/3 of the states to call a convention (this has never happened) or 2/3 control of both the senate and the house, which obviously isn't something the democrats have or have any chance of getting in the modern era.

@sam i don't really know, at the end of this video, the female correspondent said it: youtu.be/5Nr65lc1ys8

@Aman9das I don't think by "for not codifying Roe when they had the chance" she means a constitutional amendment (which would definitely be impossible, as much as it should happen). I'm assuming she means legislation, which they still don't have the votes to pass. I'm not saying that the Democrats are perfect or that we shouldn't push them to fight more for these things, but if they don't have power there's not much they can do so people need to get out and vote even if they don't like them.

@sam thanks for the clarification on the misinformation. They should certainly cite sources..

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