Which seems to be a very sad fact indeed.
The Democratic Party is of course a right-wing conservative party in the vein of your Harper or our Conservatives and that is when it is showing its “liberal” side. Tim Kaine’s dithering on abortion and reproductive freedom issues is beyond the pale even for our conservatives and mainstream Christian democrats. I can well understand why Sanders is having commitment issues and I’m guessing the way Hillary was basically allowed to buy the party apparatus in 2016 doesn’t engender much additional trust on his side.
I would want to commit to a version of your NDP in America, that is if not fully left-wing at least a firmly center-left party.
In presidential elections they seem to be, of course due to the decentralized nature of even House and Senate voting in the US the actual core demographic for any given Democratic Senator or Congressman is different. Which is what allowed the candidate @Rogar mentioned to actually win. Still I think that he did so by going against the party wisdom and against much of Hillary’s “moderate” 2016 programme in one of those affluent Hillary-leaning suburbs is hopeful. Particularly since he actually managed to defeat a fairly powerful Republican incumbent.
It is a hope spot and Lee Carter isn’t Bernie Sanders.
Or the US needs a proper left-wing (probably center-left by our standards) all new political party and I think some genuinely new blood in the US political arena would be good. Both the Dems and the Reps have become extremely ossified.
I mean Canada did it with the NDP, despite also having a first-past-the-post system.
Didn’t Mulcair make more or less the same mistake as Hillary, by wanting to show he was “moderate” enough to govern by sticking with his balanced budget promise, which allowed Justin to outflank him on the left, ironically, by promising to “not be afraid” of deficit spending, should that be necessary? The coverage of Canadian elections over here leaves much to be desired, but wasn’t that the gist of it?
Sure, we can take 700.000 (provided we spread them around Europe, which is a bit of a problem in and of itself), what about 7 million, or 23 million or 200 million. Fully one third of sub-Saharan Africa has a migration wish, not surprising, but we cannot handle that many people. If people over there decide they’d rather be European we can hardly accommodate all of their people over here, so that would end up somewhat like this:
They are all important, I’m likely only alive and educated because I was born in a country with a then still somewhat functional social safety net.
The trick however is to keep the momentum moving two steps forward for every step back in the art of the possible, whereas the Democratic party of the late 20th and 21st century thus far might perhaps be best summed up by this song.
And that dance can’t last.
This being essentially the Australian policy, with the difference Australia admits (almost) nobody.