Today's hot take is something I've said before–but was reminded of today: The Democratic Party is not 'Leftist' or even 'Liberal'. The party leadership is best described as 'Center-Right''.
Yes there are liberal Democrats. But they don't have much say over things, which makes them rather (and understandably) angry. They bring in the voters, after all.
But the only thing putting the Democrats in general on the 'Left' is the contrast with a Republican party pushing against the limits of 'Right'.
Yes. Both are on the right. Same as here in canada where the libs and cons are both on the right with the libs merely being slightly social left of the conservatives.
Our only saving grace is that the ndp (socialists), greens and the bloc quebecois have a significant number of seats in the house.
My home province had a bare coalition of socialist and greens for a few years, now it is majority socialist. Still a couple of green seats, but the cons were cut by half.
Also, European citizens of all political strips have a good understanding of Liberal and Socialist agendas, whereas most (nearly all) US citizens have no clue. Even the ones who consider themselves liberal.
The amount of political misinformation in the US is monumental. And most of us aren't even aware how disconnected from political reality we actually are.
It's really frustrating for me to have nearly the same arguments with 'Liberals' as I do with 'Conservatives'.
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