That's evil but hot......hahahaha....hot
Perhaps the Democrats should simply mirror the 1970s/1980s GOP strategy by focusing on the foreign and economic issues while keeping the social issues on the platform, but not pushing them. I mean, the working class is an important constituentcy but so is the civil rights community. The DNC must balence between the working class and libertarian democrats (like myself) because I can see myself as a republican if the conservative part of the democrats take control. I think we should focus on ALL issues when dealing with judicial appointments and stop trying to block abortion or restrictions in which we know the opposition has a good point (partial-birth with "self defense" exceptions and other restrictions on the state level that have proper bypasses). Perhaps we should just put Casey v. Planned Parenthood as our protective precedent while advocating social services to prevent abortions. All I am trying to say is perhaps we should basically state that criminalizing abortion is not the answer to the abortion problem while trying to balence our party's base. We need both the working class and civil rights activists.
wow. a lot of great thoughts here. something definitely needs to be done, and a compromise within the party on that major issue (abortion) is much needed, if you ask me. i understand that all people will never come to a consesus on when life starts, etc., but i think it would be refreshing to a lot of people (myself included) to see the party at large at least make an effort to draw some line for legality, and then talk about some of the larger problems surrounding abortion rates.
but i was also glad to read your comment on how you'd react if they conservative democrats got control of the party. i've actually wondered how many current democrats would leave, because it seems like the newer waive of democrats fits more of your own libertarian-democrat mold.
still, i think bringing some balance back between the two types of democrats within the party (though i hate to even reduce it to only two types) would be a HUGE step. there is most definitely an important need for the more civil rights-oriented democrats, as you mention. however, the "working man"-democrats have really been placed on the backburner in recent years. i think the party needs them for two reasons- to get economic politics to the forefront again, which are pretty important if you ask me; and also, to draw over the millions of americans, most of whom are deciding the recent presidential elections, and who are arguably "working class" voters, but instead vote on one or two issues (gay marriage and abortion) because the democrats have become the "immoral" party.
the democrats need some sort of place for those who are socially-conservative, economically-liberal, or else they're going to keep losing out with "middle america", which is the group that keeps deciding elections. it might not be right or fair or logical (it really all depends on your politics), but that's just how it seems to be.