As far as progressives are concerned, our two most most key leaders in the Democratic Party are Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. As such, they are the ones who will actually have to come into contact with Fuhrer Drumphenfarten. There are also two schools of thought. Should they obstruct everything, or should they cooperate with the Fuhrer?
Leading liberals such as Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are facing the difficult question of how to deal with President-elect Donald Trump.
Trump’s rhetoric during the campaign appalled the left, and his appointments since winning the White House have only compounded liberal anxiety.
Yet the incoming president has also made promises to struggling, blue-collar Americans that echo the priorities of progressive Democrats.
The Republican has lashed out at free-trade deals and outsourcing while railing against an economy that he says is rigged for the “elites.” He has called for new spending on infrastructure and reiterated his opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership in a video released late Monday afternoon.
“I think it’s smart for progressives to make as much progress as they can with Trump in power,” said Tad Devine, who served as a senior adviser to Sanders during his Democratic presidential primary battle with Hillary Clinton. Devine emphasized he was speaking in a personal capacity, not on behalf of Sanders.
Trump “is going to have this authority for four years and people are hurting. They can’t wait for progress on economic issues.”
Devine asserted that Democrats could still “draw the bright lines where we need to,” even while working with Trump on some issues. To back away completely, he warned, would mean suffering the “political consequences” with working-class voters who might think the party was deaf to their concerns.
But others on the left see things differently. To cooperate with Trump, they warn, runs the risk of “normalizing” a political figure they see as an existential threat to democracy… [emphasis added]
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I fall between the two positions here. I fully agree that the Fuhrer is an existential threat to democracy, and we should not give the slightest indication that we accept him or his Republican Reich. In short, there can be no cooperation with evil. However, should the Fuhrer actually, do something that benefits the people, it would be wrong to expend time and resources obstructing that particular policy and hurting the people in the process.
We have to give Americans a way to tell the difference between our righteous obstruction and the sedition Republicans committed for the last eight years. On several occasions, Republicans made a proposals, thinking Democrats would reject them. When Democrats did not, Republicans obstructed their own proposals to keep Democrats from sharing the credit. They actually filibustered their own Bills! We, on the other hand, must have a heart for the needs of the people, so if the Fuhrer blocks the TPP or spends on infrastructure that creats jobs, lets not sabotage those items.