The Debate Between Progressives and Moderates is a Sign of a Healthy Democratic Party

Lately I’ve been reading some articles criticizing some of the Democratic presidential candidates for pushing for progressive policies for fear of losing moderate voters to Trump. This is really exasperating to me. Isn’t the whole point of the freedom of speech so that we could debate political ideas? Progressives should be allowed to press their case to try to convince moderates and the wider public of the strength of their policies, as centrists and conservatives are allowed to.

As someone who thinks the political center of this country is way too far to the Right, I’m glad that candidates like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are pushing the political dialogue leftward. Allow them to debate more moderate candidates like Michael Bennett and John Hickenlooper so we can hear the strengths and weaknesses of both progressive and moderate proposals. The debate between progressives and moderates is the sign of a healthy Democratic Party. This is in sharp contrast to the cult of personality infecting the Republican Party, where Donald Trump levels personal attacks against any Republican who disagrees with him and any debate on ideas within the Republican Party is suppressed.

Here is a PBS News Hour video about the debate between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders over their differing health care plans. Biden wants to fix the flaws in Obamacare and add a public option while Sanders wants to eliminate private insurance and replace it with a Medicare-for-all system. Democrats get to hear the strengths and weaknesses of each approach in a vigorous debate of ideas. This is what a democracy should look like. The diversity of ideas and approaches among the Democratic candidates is a strength we should applaud.

About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He did a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippine News Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 and 2018 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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