Establishment Democrats – You Can’t Have It Both Ways

The new generation of progressives is here. Democratic Party, it’s time to listen and act on their priorities, and in the aggressive manner they demand.

Conceptual graphic of tug-o-war illustrating establishment Democrats and the new progressive Democrats.

“Their Judgement Cometh and That Right Soon”

I’ve been listening to Democrats bemoan disengagement by the younger generation for decades now. “Young people don’t vote,” they’ve whined, and, “young people don’t get involved.”

For a long time, they’ve been right.

Guess what. The young people have arrived. They’re voting. They’re getting involved. And they’re making their voices heard among Democrats and Republicans both.

But many establishment Democrats aren’t too happy about it.

Part of the reason is the young progressives have a strong representative and spokesperson in Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat from New York.

Screen shot of progressive Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) from a Rebel HQ video discussing how establishment Democrats are attacking her verbally. Image from Rebel HQ video.

@AOC is speaking out forcefully for aggressive action on a host of issues that once upon a time were the bread and butter of the Democratic Party – wage stagnation, workers’ rights, skewed wealth distribution, reasonable taxation of the 1%, gun violence and, last but not least, global warming.

But the centrist, incrementalist, establishment Democrats don’t want to hear what she’s saying. Instead, they’re saying to her, “Shut up!” “Sit down!” and “Wait your turn!”

Establishment Democrats, you can’t have it both ways. You can’t take their cash, votes and volunteers hours but disregard what they want. What they, in fact, demand.

Yes, the new generation of progressives is here.

@AOC is speaking for them. She is powerful, she communicates in ways young people understand and engage in, and she has a social media following that dwarfs that of major corporations.

And guess what. She’s just a harbinger of what’s to come.

Ignore them at your own peril. Because, to paraphrase Warden Norton in “The Shawshank Redemption” – Their judgement cometh, and that right soon.”

A new, more progressive day is dawning in the Democratic Party. Welcome.

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Author: Martin C. Fredricks IV

Martin C. “Red” Fredricks IV here. I’m husband to an amazing woman who is also my best friend, dad to three outstanding kids, proud Fargoan (North Dakota, that is), veteran messaging strategist/copywriter, blogger and big-time reader. (If you're gonna write good stuff, you have to read good stuff.) A ginger, too (ergo the "Red"). At age 50 I'm a newbie to tattoos - I have three now - but the kind artists at the parlor tell me it's never too late. I like hanging out with my best friend, who also happens to be my wife, watching the kids in their academic and athletic activities, writing, hiking and riding my mountain bike.

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