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Response to Ninsianna (Reply #98)

Mon Aug 14, 2017, 08:19 PM

99. Sorry, but you're exhibiting the same double standard as the OP.

 

You write, "The people who are being criticized are open with their goals to dividing the party unless they get their way...." Here's the point that everyone making that charge doesn't want to admit: They aren't dividing the party because the party is already divided. There are differences within the Democratic Party on many issues, such as single payer, the TPP, and, yes, even reproductive rights.

You say that you're "criticizing a far right wing extremist...." I'll note in passing that, in Heath Mello's last few years in the state legislature, he "voted with Planned Parenthood 100 percent of the time," according to this article in Common Dreams.

If you want to denounce him anyway based on his earlier votes, you certainly have the right to express your opinion. But let's not overlook the facts about the intra-party dispute. You write that "certain non-Democrats vociferously promoted" him, and that it was these "outsiders" who were "{s}owing division in the Democratic party...." The Democratic rally in Omaha, at which Heath Mello was one of the candidates and at which Bernie Sanders appeared, also featured a speech by Jane Kleeb, the head of the Nebraska Democratic Party. Tom Perez, the Chair of the DNC, had been scheduled to speak, but he was replaced by Keith Ellison, the Deputy Chair. {Source}

Whether to condemn Kleeb, Perez, and Ellison is a matter of opinion. Admitting that they are party INsiders is undeniable fact. In the same vein, next year's roster of Democratic candidates for the Senate is very likely to include Bob Casey (D- yes I said D-PA), who has publicly stated his support for overturning Roe v. Wade.

There are some people who will "Bern it down" if by that you mean that they'll refuse to vote for a Democrat who opposes single payer. There are also some people who'll refuse to vote for a Democrat who opposes reproductive rights. You disagree with the first group about single payer, so you apparently think that they're sowing division and helping the Republicans. By contrast, you agree with the people in the second group, so you claim that somehow they're not sowing division.

Some Democrats argue that Mello's past votes were so heinous as to disqualify him from support. Well, guess what, some Democrats feel the same way about a current refusal to support single payer, even if there's no bill that meets your standards. For my part, I'm not afraid of debate. I reject an attempted forced orthodoxy that, in the name of party unity, tries to stifle either side of either of these questions.

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