For the longest time I have been trying to reconcile certain notions of what it means to be a Democrat. I mean, there are the traditional liberal notions of what we are… and then there is the reality.
We support collective bargaining. Except the NJ Senate President tries to legislate it away.
We believe in government. Except the President accepts the Republican framing that Social Security needs reductions and spending is out of control.
In the same room where I hear State Committee Chair John Wisniewski pledge Democrats support unions, a Democrat tells me that Reagan was great because he fired the Air Traffic Controllers. She told me the Air Traffic union held a gun to the head of America.
No, no – thats the exaggerated Republican Frame. WW2 was a gun to our heads. The Mortgage crisis was a gun to our head. The Air Traffic Controllers merely inconvenienced us.
I could go on, but, you know what I mean. A Big tent is one thing… but geesh, many Democrats accept right wing framing on issues that used to represent the core values of our party.
So, with all due deference to the lovely speech recently given by our State Chair in Burlington County, what plurality “beliefs” can we ACTUALLY claim as a party?