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Mon May 25, 2015, 09:46 PM

 

It's not surprising that Third-Way Democrats are coming to hate being called Third-Way Democrats [View all]

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(PRDP group post - stick to facts and no personal attacks.)

Back when that same crowd was the DLC, they fled from that label once its "economic theories" were shown to be nothing more than cons for taking money from the 99%, to hand over to the 1%.

The same group (more or less) of rich rogues then went off to found the Third Way. Same awful neoliberal "economic theories", same @#$&ty results for the 99%. And now, Americans know that "Third Way" is a synonym for "@#$& sandwich". Time to ditch this moniker, too!

The Third Way is a real organization that's mainstream on social issues and far-right on economic issues, particularly around those that involve rich people grabbing more stuff. If a Democrat fundamentally agrees with that group on economic issues, it is totally reasonable to label them a Third Wayer. It's not an all-purpose curse, but it is a specific description.

That does not mean that anyone in history who ever did anything that the Third Way would tend to favor is a Third Wayer - this is a silly sophomoric argument used by people who don't want to acknowledge what they, or their favored political candidates, favor awful policies. Being a Third Wayer has to do with a totality of a person's thinking, not any individual issue.

That being said, some individual issues - like embracing the TPP, or cuts to Social Security - are such egregious assaults on struggling Americans that it's difficult to imagine that the embracer, if a Democrat, is anything other than a Third Wayer.

And that is my rant for tonight - I hope you haven't made it this far, I apologize if you have.

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