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Letter: Dems must break from establishment

Letter: Dems must break from establishment

Matt Oill, Glenville
Letter: Dems must break from establishment
Republicans applaud as most Democrats remain seated as President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress in 2017


For the past two or so years, I’ve been deeply concerned about the future of country. Donald Trump and the Republican Party have essentially become the bane of my existence. But at the same time, I don’t think the Democratic Party is doing much better right now.

Ever since his election, the Democratic Party has claimed itself to be the “resistance” against President Trump. They always speak out when he tweets or says something stupid or offensive. But when it comes Trump’s terrible policies, where they should be resisting, the resistance is almost non-existent. Actually, it’s worse than that. Many of the Democrats have voted with the Republicans on many of Trump’s worst polices. 

For example, when key regulations put on Wall Street after the stock market crash in 2008 were gutted in May, 33 Democrats voted in favor of the deregulation. Recently, 40 Democratic senators voted in favor the U.S. military budget being increased to over $7 billion. To put that in perspective, they say all the time that President Trump is a dangerous authoritarian maniac, but still voted to give him more military power.

The two political parties may be different teams, but they are ultimately playing the same dirty game of politics. If the Democrats hope to have a bright future, the party needs to stop acting like hypocrites, break from its establishment and corporatist ways, and go in the path of progressive candidates such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Matt Oill


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