The Democrats have become a party of 10%
I don’t criticize the Democrats nearly as often as the Republicans but in some ways they deserve criticism even more in that they claim to be something but their actions prove to be opposite. If you look at the Democratic party in the last decade you would be hard pressed to convince yourself that they are the working man’s party they were once known as.
They seem to be almost totally about the fringes of our society. They seem to spend the most time worrying about abortion on demand, gay rights, and immigrant status than they do about the family trying to live from paycheck to paycheck. There is certainly nothing wrong about being concerned about 10% percent of our population but they must also be looking out for the middle 80% of us. It is almost as if we have vanished in their eyes.
Yes, the minimum wage is important since it affects almost 3% of hourly-paid workers but what about the 80%, who have gone for decades without a raise? Don’t they deserve attention too?
The Republicans have become a party of 10%
Of course, it is pretty obvious to most of us that the GOP especially now represents the richest 10% of our population. They just don’t seem to care about the rest of us. They give big tax breaks to the top 10% and then put the inevitable bill on the rest of us along with a token temporary tax break.
They knock down tax rates for dividends that the top 10% primarily depend on below what the working man pays in income taxes. They insist that millionaires pay a lower tax rate than the people who clean their offices.
This has pretty much been the case for a few decades now but with the latest Republican administration, they have taken it to a whole new level. Given the outrageously racist things their current leader tweets and rants they show moral cowardice as well. They just won’t call him out on them. The Republican party is rotting away in order to keep a hold of power.
Who is to look out for the other 80% of us?
I know it seems that the current situation has been going on forever but in reality, it can be measured in months, not decades or even years. I want to bring in a quote here about what was once the norm, in case you may have forgotten:
“It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.” Those words from Hubert H. Humphrey would likely not be described as the mission of Democrats today, many of whom are as connected to the Wall Street elites as the Republicans are.
Change seldom happens from within. Instead, it is usually forced on us. Can the two 10% parties ever get back to representing all of us? That is the question of the day. Personally, I don’t care to wait long enough for it to happen on its own…