I want to vote for a Democrat; I really do. If I regularly make the argument here and elsewhere that competition improves the product, then I want political parties to compete for my vote. That being said, I won’t jump parties just for the fault of Trump’s twitter feed and populist bent.
It really shouldn’t take much for the left to win me or any moderate voter. I already support the legalization of marijuana. I want to see a demilitarized police force and prisons shrink. I’m one that sees the utility of both welfare and regulations. In other words, I already lean pretty far left for a self-identified Republican, but the left needs to compromise a little if they sincerely believe anyone ought to change their party in the era of Trump.
Let’s begin with abortion. Why not start controversially? I hold the standard view that life begins at conception and would go so far as to say doctors who perform abortions should lose their license. However, I wouldn’t need a candidate to overturn Roe v Wade and implement laws to prosecute offending doctors before I’d consider voting for them; I can sympathize with abortion apologists who invoke the plight of incest or rape victims.
Instead, I would need a Democratic candidate to return to the old doctrine of “safe, legal, and rare.” If a candidate promised to keep abortions to the first trimester in extreme cases while simultaneously propping up adoption services, they might have my vote. As it stands, the party has passed legislation that allows for abortion up to birth with little if any discretion.
As a teacher, I’d like to see the America education system run completely as a localized, voucher system without teacher unions. The Department of Education can go too. That’s a pretty radical position on which I don’t expect any candidate, liberal or conservative, to run.
Instead, I would need a Democratic candidate who promises to change the structure of the education system itself, not just its level of funding. At least, a candidate could say they will respect the states who choose to privatize their systems and refrain from setting the department of education upon them as a regulatory machine. Unfortunately, the few Democratic leaders who speak about education, like my own governor, promised to phase out school choice entirely.
Finally, let’s talk about the economy and taxes. I agree that high taxes stifle the market and punish the successful, but I’m not on the ‘taxation is theft’ train and find a progressive tax rate justifiable. Mainstream Democrats, however, like Bernie and Ocasio-Cortez recommend not only a progressive tax but a staggering 70% marginal tax rate. In her Green New Deal, Cortez goes so far as to say that the government must upgrade “all existing buildings in the United States.”
In short, all calls for moderation are out. I could go on: the suggestion that a border wall is fundamentally immoral, accusations of fascism to anyone who even hints at an appreciation for Trump’s populism, the embrace of socialism as a solution for America’s ills. In just the past few weeks, as presidential hopefuls stumble into the media light from their dimly lit planning committees, America has discovered a left that has gone way far to the left.
I grew up in a household with parents who voted blue and red depending on the election. I work as a teacher in an overwhelmingly blue profession with students in abject poverty. I already hold many liberal positions and can sympathize with them even in the areas where we disagree. From a cultural perspective, I should be a Democratic voter, but in the last election, I cast my ballot for Scott Walker and, as the left shows no sign of returning from the fringes, will vote red once again in 2020.
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