Over much of this primary season, if there’s one constant I’ve seen from various self-identified young people (under 30), it’s that the Democratic Party needs to reach out to them, to do what they want before they’ll consider voting for Democrats. There usually follows a laundry list of demands, along with saying that the party should select candidates who would “excite the base,” or more properly, excite them. They even have reasons why the party isn’t doing that, things like “corporate control,” “the Establishment,” and of course the ever popular “Blue Dogs.” The reality why the party isn’t reaching out them is what they don’t realize or want to admit: They have it backwards.
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Over the course of my life, I’ve belonged to many organizations, and held offices in a number of them. When I was 15, I was elected to the board of directors for my church (no, I didn’t seek it), and at 16 I was a delegate to the state convention. I’ve been on committees, boards, and even President of hobby clubs, professional organizations, and social groups. I’ve been “just a member” of many of them, and happy to do just that. But the one thing they all had in common was that you had to be a member to have any say in what the organization did, and who they elected. It’s a simple concept, and one that apparently is lost on a number of people these days.
Back in my military days, we used to have a saying which drove the perfectionists nuts: “Close enough for government work.” What that meant was that whatever the project we were working on was completed, and while it may not have been pretty, it was not worth spending the time and effort at the moment getting to perfection. That doesn’t mean that there weren’t things that had to be exact, but for those things where exactitude wasn’t important, it wasn’t the best use of time getting there. I’ve said here in the past it’s experiences like that, that made me a pragmatist. In politics, it turns out to be much the same thing. The idealists have a “perfect.” Depending on what issue you’re talking about, they have an ideal solution for it, and they want it implemented. The problem? If they don’t get it, or it isn’t on the current agenda, they walk away.
In previous post, I talked about the Left’s ideal agenda, and why it keeps being a distant ideal. One of the problems has been that they keep thinking in terms of “revolution,” overturning the existing political order and being able to implement their programs all at once. It’s why they’re excited about Bernie Sander’s call for a political revolution, and you’ll hear things like “the people will march on Washington,” as a means of achieving it. There was similar excitement over the Occupy Movement, and if you go back, you can find any number of “revolutionary movements” that were supposed to bring about radical changes in this country. The problem? They didn’t work. While there’s a great deal of pointing at various progressive achievements of the past, and calling them revolutionary, a close look at them shows that they weren’t quite that revolutionary.
As I mentioned in my end of the year post, one of the reasons for my absence from blogging has been how busy I’ve been at work. While I’m in a current lull, it’s not going to last. One of the reasons for that is that I have been doing a lot of writing for professional reasons, so writing blog posts comes under the category of “too much.” What the writing is about is our management plan. No, it’s not “organizational management,” it relates to our facility plan.