Skip to main content

View Diary: Millennials are driving social - and political - change (60 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  I'd say (13+ / 0-)
    advantage democracy
    because the Democratic Party is as much an anachronims as the Republican Party. Political parties serve no useful purpose in the electronic information age. Which, I would wager, is why the Obama faction is organizing a candidate recruiting operation. While the Republican party was able to be taken over by the religious nuts and, more recently, the anti-tax nuts, the Democratic party has managed to sideline insurgents with sham endeavors. The Democratic party has all the trappings of an inclusive organization, it's mostly enaged in busy work.
    I'm reminded of my initial contacts with a county Democratic Executive Committee in Florida in 1978 when my queries about local political action were met with a suggestion that I get in touch with the local Democratic Club, which turned out to be a group of mostly elderly black women who vetted candidates, organized picnics and held forums.
    Except for sending us a novice "organizer" and reams of position papers we were supposed to dublicate ourselves, the national Democratic effort in 1988 turned its back on Florida. We weren't even allowed to run our own ads on the radio to get out the vote.
    Getting a Democrat into the House from NH first district in 2006 was an entirely grass roots effort, resisted by the state party until Shea-Porter won because the party's choice didn't make it out of the primary.
    Not much has changed since.

    The major political parties have long been content to divide the electorate into those who are done to and those who are done for. Neither is keen on the people governing themselves.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 05:06:10 AM PDT

    •  I agree (6+ / 0-)

      I posted recently that the Democratic Party (and many of its county parties) in NC has become essentially a "social club", and is splintered into factions:  Dem Men, Dem Women, Progressive Dems (why should this be necessary?), and several other sub-groups, some that are based on regions of a county.

      We need to join as one Democratic party with the progressive ideals that will attract the Millennials.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site