Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D — N.M.) is correct; there should be no ‘litmus test’ for Democratic candidates as the party builds its coalition to possibly win back the House (and Senate) in 2018.
“As we look at candidates across the country, you need to make sure you have candidates that fit the district, that can win in these districts across America,” The Hill reports Rep. Lujan as saying.
As a self-identified pro-life liberal (formally pro-choice), I understand the monopoly and stronghold the pro-choice advocacy groups and lobbyists has on the Democratic Party. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made it clear that the party is “strongly pro-choice,” but he added, we’re a “big tent party.”
Unfortunately, someone forgot to tell pro-choice progressives about the “big tent.” Almost instantaneously, social media timelines flooded with aggravated pro-choice leftist against Sen. Schumer (and Rep. Nancy Pelosi), accusing them of collectively losing their minds for daring to embrace the perceived “anti-woman” agenda in any shape or fashion.
Message clear: There is no “big tent,” only litmus test. Purity test confirmed.
I, a staunch pro-life liberal will not be silenced, nor pushed to the sidelines, because organizations like the NARAL Pro-Choice America has concluded all pro-life liberals and candidates are betrayers of “women’s rights.” And I certainly know that members of Democrats for Life of America will not be cast aside either (Disclosure: I have donated and attend events held by Democrats for Life of America).
Thus, a war of beliefs is declared, and neither is ready to put up a white flag.
The Hill reports that Mitchell Stille “who oversees campaigns” for the organization said, “Throwing weight behind anti-choice candidates is bad politics that will lead to worse policy.”
President of the DNC, Tom Perez stated, “Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health,” he continued, “every candidate who runs as a Democrat should share the Democratic Party’s position on women’s fundamental rights,” per The Atlantic.
Little problem though, Perez statement contradicted his early position — one that Schummer stated — that Democrats are a “big-tent party.” Maybe Perez will blame memory loss for such a great display of hypocrisy — hoping progressives, liberals, and centrists are too dumb to notice his differing staunch counter-positions.
Lack of consistency and openness is typical on the left these days, and what a shame because liberalism holds many great ideas, values, and policy to better our country. Watching the down fall of space for differing opinions on the left pains me personally. I hold this party deep in my heart, and it’s maddening to watch the establishment argue about whose voices we allow to surface at the forefront.
No one should be discounted, because the last I checked, Democrats hold no power on the Congressional level and control just fifteen governorship's. Of course, gerrymandering has affected Democratic victories in some areas — but so has ignoring pro-life liberal candidates. Thus, any mention of “litmus test,” should be mocked, dismissed, and degraded.
When Democrats acted like the “big tent party” they claim to be, they knocked GOP off their majority mantle and won elections on the federal, state, and local levels in the 2006 midterms. And this victory occurred during a time when Democrats embraced pro-life liberals not shunned. Democrats should never close the door on someone that wants to serve the party, and our great country.
The Democratic establishment and base should always welcome, support, and champion those who believe in liberal ideas, values, and policy: human rights, compassion, equality, and freedom — because when liberalism is applied correctly, it benefits our country both economically and socially. Don’t trust me: Research the presidencies of FDR, JFK, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Barack Obama.
I’d also advise progressives to stop shouting and demeaning pro-life liberals. For example, actor and comedian Rosie O’Donnell think women should leave the Democratic Party if they insist on supporting pro-life liberal candidates. That’s utter nonsense. I guess she supports a permanent takeover of conservatism because that’s what that would amount as, which I’m certain my Republican friends would take no issue too. Rosie O’Donnell’s comment were tame compared to other despicable, immoral comments made that I won’t give the dignity of attention too.
I recommend that pro-choice liberals engage with pro-life liberals. Learn what pro-liberals stand for, what we believe. You might be surprised that we agree on more that we disagree. Such as, we support women too: prenatal care, contraception, and welfare programs. Also, I dare pro-choice liberals to debate us on the science of ultrasounds. I dare pro-choice liberals to debate pro-life liberals on the issue of “pain capability” at 20 weeks for the unborn.
The purpose of debating is that we’re engaging and talking with one another. Remember liberals, we’re in this together. We are not each other’s enemy. We need more speech, not less on this touchy subject. I mean, what is the pro-choice movement so afraid of? Is it that pro-life liberals actually have a strong case to make against abortion?