This was originally posted July 4, 2018.
Political pundits have been saying that Democrats lack a “message.” This is a Republican talking point, but too many Democrats and progressives repeat it. If it means that Democrats don’t deliver simplistic, dishonest, manipulative talking points, we plead guilty. But if it means that Democrats don’t make it clear that they stand for what most Americans believe, it’s nonsense. Review this comparison of the two parties. Which one speaks for you?
|THE DEMOCRATIC MESSAGE:||THE OTHER PARTY’S MESSAGE:|
|A woman has the right to control her body||Women’s rights to birth control and abortion should be restricted by legislators, most of whom are men|
|We must act now to limit the effects of climate change||Deny climate change, refuse to make any efforts to combat it|
|We can and should provide health care for every American at a reasonable cost||Cut funding for health care, leaving only those who can afford to pay insured|
|Every child has the right to an excellent public education||Cut funding for public schools, favor private schools for those who can afford them|
|We can reduce gun violence without abridging the rights of law-abiding people||The Second Amendment requires that we let anyone have as many lethal weapons as he or she wants|
|We should treat immigrants with courtesy and respect||Treat immigrants as enemies and criminals, separate children from their parents|
|Every citizen should be able to vote||Impose restrictions to prevent poor and minority voters from voting|
|Working people have the right to organize to improve their working conditions||Destroy or diminish unions’ ability to help workers|
|America works best when it works for everyone, not just the rich and powerful||Giant tax breaks for the rich, higher taxes and fewer benefits for working people|
|We should work with our allies and negotiate with our adversaries to ensure peace||Give in to Russia and North Korea while disrespecting our allies|
|Welcome progress||Fan the flames of fear|
|President Obama made us proud to be Americans||Donald Trump is an embarrassment to most Americans, including many Republicans|