I have no beef with the above quote from Socialist Action member Bill Onasch, from the posting on this blog dated 10/27/2013. The
lacks a mass
working class or mass socialist party, and sorely needs one. However, there is longstanding division within
the left on how we get there. US
I am one of those leftists that reject the position that we dare not, on principle, have anything to do with the Democratic Party. There have been previous attempts at establishing Labor or People’s Parties, that unfortunately, have not succeeded in taking root and establishing itself as a viable mass alternative in the
Apparently, I am not really a leftist. Note that Onasch puts quotation marks around the term ‘leftists’ that he disagrees with throughout his piece. I’m not completely sure who he is really talking about. Perhaps when he is talking about “giddy” leftists he is really talking about liberals.
Many of Onasch’s criticisms of the Obama administration are spot on, such as Barack Obama’s evolution from single payor supporter to championing ‘reform’ that left the insurance industry in charge - albeit with some new rules that did help millions of working class people.
I cannot speak for all people who consider themselves on the left who “dabble” in Democrat politics, but I think the recent
polling on the mass dissatisfaction with the two parties is pretty encouraging.
But dissatisfaction alone will not get us to the place where we can affect a
fundamental political realignment in this country. Gallup
Ultimately, a successful and viable mass people’s party will by necessity contain a significant chunk of the forces and constituencies that still see the Democratic Party as the electoral vehicle for fighting back against the most extreme section of US ruling circles and the right.
I voted a second time for Obama, but I don’t defend the litany of outrageous positions that he has taken. I and others like me point out that we live in complicated times. I don’t hold back on my critique of the Democratic Party as an institution. However, we operate in a larger political context where the reaction from the right is white supremacist at its core. It matters that there was an electoral majority that prevented the Republican Party, with its substantial neo-confederate block, from re-taking the White House.
I have no interest in tactical alliances with the forces of white reaction, and I am disappointed that sections of the white left persist in holding onto their own historical white blinders. I am also disappointed when organizations such as Socialist Action so casually write people like me out of the left because they disagree with my positions on strategy and tactics.
Apparently, some have learned absolutely nothing from the destructive behavior of previous generations of left sectarians.