Beyond Michael Ramirez’s obvious misrepresentations and distortions of candidates’ views (no Democratic candidate supports “open borders” and candidates only support access to late term abortion in rare, extreme situations of medical emergency), some of the views cited simply reflect different values.
Some of the policies that Republicans see as “bugs,” Democrats see as “features.”
Bernie calls himself a socialist, but Bernie is no socialist. He supports private enterprise with regulation, like prosperous Scandinavian countries, and is more of a Keynesian New Dealer.
Most Democrats proudly support the Green New Deal (using a market-driven approach to environmental and climate reform that increases prosperity), abolishing the unfairness of the Electoral College, some form of universal public health care, etc.
The concept of reparations is complicated and nuanced, and is only raised in a theoretical framework. The reality is that there are families in the south who are living in the prosperity of “old wealth” that was created by slaves without their consent. There are descendants of slaves who live in poverty because their birthright — the wealth created by their ancestors’ unpaid hands — was given to someone who did nothing to earn it. Tracking down which individuals are descendants of slaves and who is living in ill-gotten gains (stolen property) is complicated (not all whites are descended from slave owners and not all African Americans are descended from slaves), but raises legitimate issues that need to be examined in our pursuit of policies of racial and economic justice.
May 31, 2016
May 24, 2016