The Republican Party already lets all the racists in. The Democratic Party lets all sorts of bigots in, homo-bigots, feminazis, Black racists, Hispanic racists, Asian racists, etc. The Democratic Party is full to the brim with racists and bigots, but you’re only allowed to hate straights, men and Whites. Only Whites, males and straights are not allowed to be bigots in the party, instead, they may be victims of bigoted abuse and nothing else. They can’t even fight back. If they do, they’re thrown out of the movement. Right now the Democratic Party throws out anyone who is a White racist, male sexist or straight homophobe. So all the White racists, male sexists and straight homophobes are marching off and voting Republican, because the Republican Party has opened the door wide open for them. This is insane and has to stop. It’s furthering rightwing economics which is ruining the country worse than any male sexism, White racism or homophobia is right now. This is a matter of triage. What’s more important? Racism, sexism or homophobia or Left economics. Left economics trumps the other crap. We have to let the White, male and straight bigots back into the Left economics movement despite their bigotry. Some things take precedence over others. That’s what triage is all about. We don’t like their bigotry, but we won’t throw them out over it. Before the 1960’s, it was no secret that many White workers were racists. Of course most were sexists and homophobes, since that was just normal back then. There are still many racist and homophobic White workers. It’s not the end of the world you know. But no one was drummed out of the US White labor movement or the Democratic Party for being a bigot. In fact, a large portion of the Party’s vote was the bigot vote (Southern Democrats, Arkies, Okies, Rust Belt working class, etc.). An economic Left movement would elect economically progressive people. Anyone joining government as an economic progressive would be on board with rest of the Left anyway. Economic progressives are not going to vote to hurt women, gays and Blacks, and even if they do, that harm is less damaging that rightwing economics. What’s being pushed that’s harmful to these groups anyway? Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: Nice to overturn it, but Left economics takes precedence. Lily Ledbetter Equal Pay Act: Nice for women but Left economics is a higher priority. Women have suffered pay discrimination from Day One in this country. It’s unpleasant, but it doesn’t seem to be killing them. Pilgow Discrimination Against Black Farmers Law: It would be nice to address the discrimination that Black farmers suffered, but Left economics is higher priority. We have to draw some lines in the sand. No to overturning anti-discrimination laws against Blacks and other races. No to overturning Roe v Wade. No to recriminalization of homosexuality.
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