I disagree with a substantial amount of what you wrote but I feel like at this point I am being made to repeat myself or argue down pedantic tangents, so I’m going to limit my reply.

My idea of politics is founded on an immense amount of study. Have you read Burke? Plato? Kissinger? Berkeley? Hamilton? Jefferson? Adams? Madison? Lincoln? The Federalist Papers? Tocqueville? I’ve read all these and more; I have their books in my library.

One of my degrees is in philosophy, so obviously I am well read in political history (although that you though Kissinger in there is a bit laughable). What I mean by your ‘idea of politics’ is your implicit assumption (which you have not supported by FACTS) that somehow ‘moderate’ proposals by a Democratic candidate are more likely to garner Republican votes as we can see here:

Your position is absurd. You claim that, since meeting people halfway won’t work, we should propose a no-compromise plan. If that were true, then how about nationalizing the entire health care industry? That’s even bolder, and by your reasoning, it should fly right through Congress. Wrong.

You seem not to recognize that there is no meaningful inter-party compromise in Congress. Republicans will NEVER vote for any progressive legislation proposed by a Democratic president. Do you honestly think Warren’s ‘Medicare Choice’ proposals are going to gain more votes from the right than Medicare for All? I’m not going to review the past 10 years for you here. You were alive during Obama’s tenure, you should know this well enough. Warren’s policies are a compromise with corporate power, not with the Republican party.

Sure, nationalizing the healthcare industry would be even better than M4A. The NHS is evidence enough of that. But M4A is the policy on the table and we know it has broad support when it is presented fairly (1). Sanders should actually do himself one better and stop saying M4A would require a tax increase (it doesn’t), which would increase support further. Warren has actually been (accidentally) better on this question by simply demurring on the question of ‘funding’.

8 years of Obama’s ‘compromise’ with Republicans got us a limp-wristed corporate healthcare plan which has been progressively dismantled since he left office. If Obama gave us Trump, what abomination will follow a Warren administration that bows to corporate interests at the slightest pressure? The only way to secure long-term public support is to implement universal programs that create real systemic change that people can see and feel.

Corporate accountant and former auditor with degrees in philosophy and accounting.

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