Democratic candidates are plunging into the fight against conservatism by returning to the good old days of liberalism. Instead of retreating from the Affordable Care Act, they are defending the law that caused so much grief after its disastrous debut last fall. From North Carolina to Colorado, Democratic candidates for the US Senate are making clear that a vote for Republicans is a vote to support the concept that in America, we believe those who have a lot deserve to get even more while those without should be grateful the boss care so much about them they are willing to pay $7.25 cents a hour. This attitude has been lacking since the arrival of Barack Obama to the presidency. He entered office when the economy had collapsed, and proceeded to assist banks and Wall Street unemployed folk while those who had lost homes or jobs were left unattended.
PBS is currently showing the story of Franklin Roosevelt, a man born to wealth who fought for the rights of those without. Unfortunately, Obama has lacked a sense of history from day one of assuming the office of President. Unlike FDR who made clear, “I welcome the hatred of wealthy men” he has surrounded himself with men and women who are mainly concerned about the safety of wealthy men. Hopefully, if Democratic candidates this fall can win by fighting for those without, a new message will emerge for the Democratic Party. Return to the glory days of Franklin Roosevelt!