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Is the Democratic Party Too Far Left?: A Debate

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Defund the police. Pass the Green New Deal. Redistribute the wealth. These are but a few of the demands that the most liberal wing of the Democratic Party has voiced in recent years. With the emergence of "The Squad" in 2018—a group of four Democratic members of Congress who embraced various far-left and socialist proposals—some liberal lawmakers have pressed their case more fervently. And with Democrats holding a razor-thin majority in the U.S. Senate and just a few seats shy of a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, progressives are now eyeing 2024 as the year to exert their influence and gain clout. Is this effort to push the party further left a smart strategy for Democrats to broaden their base and gain greater political power? Supporters argue that corporate interests have dominated the party for too long, compromising its values and preventing it from spearheading popular and transformational legislation. By taking clear stands on critical issues—such as race, climate change, and income inequality—the Democratic Party, they contend, can electrify voters and expand their numbers. Opponents, however, argue that pushing the party left is a doomed strategy, bound to fail. When Bill Clinton (D, 1993–2001) was president in the 1990s, they note, only 25 percent of Democrats described themselves as liberal; another 25 percent called themselves conservative, and 48 percent described themselves as moderate. The equating of liberalism with Democratic policies, they contend, is a recent and dangerous trend, which makes governing more difficult and threatens to drive voters away from the party. With a presidential election approaching and both houses of Congress up for grabs in 2024, is the Democratic Party too far left?

Length: 51 minutes

Item#: BVL291391

Copyright date: ©2023

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