However, I disagree with Uygar's ultimate conclusion: "The only answer is to break that system entirely, completely revamp the Democratic Party..." This sentiment has, of course, been echoed by many political commentators. But it's not the only answer, nor is it the best answer. The best answer is for progressives to leave the sinking ship behind. We must accept the sad reality that neoliberals, and their Wall Street backers, have hijacked and destroyed the party of Roosevelt. As Zach Carter of the Huffington Post correctly observed, "New Democrats have been battling New Dealers for 45 years."
We must begin anew and create a true progressive party, perhaps calling it the "New Deal Party." You see, we cannot fight right-wing extremists (who are desperately working towards a Christofascist Empire), and also fight Wall Street puppets within the Democratic Party, and then also fight for the working class and poor. It's simply too much. We are being distracted from the most important battles by insincere (and well-funded) elements within the Democratic Party who are sabotaging our every progressive move. It's like playing a baseball game with your center fielder asleep, your shortstop taking bribes from the other team, and your catcher too busy writing autographs, for cash, to be bothered with catching pitches.
I believe that every moment we spend trying to transform the Democratic Party is a waste of precious time. We have four years to get Trump and his pack of right-wing ghouls out of our government. Let's not waste those years trying to convince Democrats to be Democrats. Let's spend those years, instead, building a new, Bernie Sanders-style movement & political party. Millennials will be with us, Independents will be with us, disaffected Democrats will be with us, minorities will be with us, and every person who believes in economic & social justice for all will be with us. Heck, after four years of Trump, I think a lot of Republicans will be with us too.
Are you listening Green Party? Are you listening Progressive Caucus? Are you listening MoveOn.org? Are you listening Progressive Democrats of America? Are you listening Bernie & Elizabeth? Let's unite and get on with it.