The Rise of the American Left and Nina Turner: What Her Win Would Mean

Today I would like to share another post by our new blogging friend Quentin over at WeTheCommoners.  Quentin talks a bit about some of the up-and-coming new faces in the Democratic Party, or the ‘Left’, and then he posits that the new blood in the party needs to stand firm, that they aren’t being forceful enough and have been afraid to utilize their power.  Now, up to this point, I fully agree with him … the Democratic Party as a whole needs to be more forceful, not allow the ‘other side’ to walk all over them as they are so often doing these days.  But he takes it a step further and there is a point where I’m not quite 100% in agreement with him.  However, I want you to read this post with an open mind, for he makes many excellent points that should be given thought, so I won’t express my reservations just yet … perhaps later on in comments.  Thank you, Quentin, for a very thought-provoking, well-written post!

The Rise of the American Left and Nina Turner: What Her Win Would Mean

The American left has slowly risen in power. Would Nina Turner’s potential win in Ohio give them the energy they need to fight their own party?

By Quentin Choy

July 27, 2021

If you’ve paid any attention to American politics over the last five years, you’ve noticed several upstarts on the political left.

An unknown Senator from Vermont almost defeated Hillary Clinton and the Democratic machine in the 2016 primaries.

A young bartender in the Bronx defeated a 10-term Congressman. Over in the north Bronx, a high school principal defeated the chair of the House Foreign Affairs committee just two years later.

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27 thoughts on “The Rise of the American Left and Nina Turner: What Her Win Would Mean

  1. Thx Jill for introducing us to Quentin, it’s nice to hear from the younger generation. Oh so naive and optimistic!
    Sadly for me this is all old news. Politicians who are purportedly for the ppl like Bernie Sanders and Nina Turner certainly say all the right things, but their power is severely limited in what they can actually do.
    The old guard/ gatekeepers like Pelosi and McConnell like to maintain the status quo so the elite from both parties benefit while the poor remain underserved…. hence the filibuster!
    This strategy is as old as politics itself, so nothing fundamentally changes. Politicians come and go but the SYSTEM remains the same. In a way the systemic rot further deepens the divide and we see more obscene billionaires (US oligarchs) controlling the game via “donations” and commoner votes don’t really count.
    Hell we don’t even have $15 min wage or universal healthcare when the rest of the world does. This from the richest country in the world!
    It’s clear our system of governance has been corrupted for a very long time, and the only way to change it would be a good old fashion revolution!
    This is what partially inspired the misguided Jan 6th Capitol attack. Ppl want change, spurred on by a rabble rousing Hitler wannabe to usurp Democracy. Perhaps the protesters’ intent were pure, but violence is not the way.
    The answer must lie in we the ppl, collectively staging a Gandhi style passive resistance type protest. Gum up the bureaucracy by staging sit ins and refusing to support the underlying imperialist structures.
    Imagine what would happened if everyone all of a sudden BOYCOTTED Walmart, Amazon, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft… all the behemoth corporate overlords with their MSM & social media lapdogs.
    Just imagine 😉


  2. Thanks. I actually read that already at the “We the commoners” blog, which I am now following in my RSS reader.

    But I don’t agree with his last sentence. The left is diverse. It is not defined by those furthest to the left. Personally, I am happy to see a resurgence of the left, including those such as highlighted in the post. But the left is still diverse, and some on the left disagree with the those furthest to the left.

    The right used to be diverse. But they became radicalized and extreme. I hope the left can avoid that mistake.

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    • It is because the right has become so radicalized that the centre left seems so different from the far left. The basic platforms are still there, I think, with the main difference being on how to implement the policies. Against the radicalized right, any tentativeness, such as Biden shows, looks like weakness. He needs to grow a spine, postmaster.

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    • Neil,
      Thanks for the read! I’m glad you were able to access it through RSS reader as I was unsure if people were accessing me through that means.

      While the left is diverse, I think that some aspects of the left prevent the coalition from becoming even more far-reaching than it could be. For example, much of left-wing activism surrounding identity alienates culturally conservatives who would support Democrats on economic issues. Especially since the party seems to place emphasis on the cultural factions of the coalition, it alienates those potential voters further.

      I agree with many of the views that cultural leftists have. However, I think that emphasizing those views as party priorities and amplifying those voices prevents a larger, more economic-focused coalition from being well-established.

      I hope that this clarifies what I meant in terms of diversity within the Democratic coalition. While you might still disagree with my take, this is what I meant to convey.

      Feel free to continue the discussion if you would like! Thank you sincerely for the read and comment.

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    • I agree with you, Neil … I would hate to see the Democratic Party follow the Republicans down that path of radicalism. So far, it hasn’t happened, but I see signs that it could. Push and push back.

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