Writing in an op-ed for the New York Times, Bernie Sanders once again slammed the Democratic Party for their dismal performance during the Obama era. Sanders notes the Democrats have lost the Presidency, both houses of Congress, two-thirds of Governorships, and more than 1,000 state legislators over the past nine years
“For the sake of our country and the world, the Democratic Party, in a very fundamental way, must change direction,” Sanders writes in the New York Times, “It has got to open its doors wide to working people and young people. It must become less dependent on wealthy contributors, and it must make clear to the working families of this country that, in these difficult times, it is prepared to stand up and fight for their rights.”
Sanders is frustrated at what he sees as the failure of the Democratic Party to learn the lessons of his 2016 campaign, namely that progressive policy is a winning strategy.
“The Democrats must develop an agenda that speaks to the pain of tens of millions of families who are working longer hours for lower wages and to the young people who, unless we turn the economy around, will have a lower standard of living than their parents,” Sanders writes.
The Senator believes young people care deeply about politics and understand the implications of massive inequality, but they vote in low numbers because of disillusionment with Democratic politics.
Sanders acknowledges the need to appeal to moderate Trump voters, but contends the way forward for the Democratic Party is to move left by adopting Medicare For All, progressive taxation, infrastructure investment, and a clean energy agenda.
”This is a pivotal moment in American history,” Sanders closes. “If the Democrats are prepared to rally grass-roots America in every state and to stand up to the greed of the billionaire class, the party will stop losing elections. And it will create the kind of country the American people want and deserve.”