The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party, the State affiliate of the National Democratic Party, formed from a merger of the Democratic Party and the Farmer-Labor Party in 1944, declares its commitment on its webpage:
At first reading this appears to be a proper and incontrovertible statement of the Party’s purpose and role. Upon reflection it is obvious that it is wrong. The DFL itself certainly supports public policy in the interest of employment, education, healthcare and social security. And, in general at the State level, DFL candidates and elected officials are supportive of such traditionally Democratic goals and programs. The Minnesota DFL, to resurrect Paul Wellstone’s take on it, is part of the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party.
However, the DFL has also supported the administration of Barack Obama and this administration has rejected almost every feature of the Democratic program.
The DFL supports organized labor. Obama has failed Labor time and time again, failing to fight for labor law reform, avoiding any stand in support of striking workers, and evading Labor’s counsel. The only thing Obama has accepted from Labor has been its votes and its money.
The DFL is strongly pro-Education. In fact, a fair naming of the DFL today would likely re-name it the Democratic-Farmer-Labor-EDUCATION Party. But not Obama, the Obama Education Department has marched hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder with those who would turn classrooms into factory assembly lines. The Obama educational policy continues the Bush policy of privatization of public schools.
Healthcare? Minnesota Democrats have repeatedly advocated for a single-payer healthcare system and failing that have urged that the Government give people a “Public Option” so that they could choose between private for-profit health insurance or a nonprofit system. Not the Obama administration though, it ruled single-payer and the public option off the table. Instead Obama opted to be the private insurance industry’s enforcer rounding up customers by legal mandate.
As to respecting a senior’s right to retire in security and dignity, Barack Obama is THE FIRST DEMOCRAT to turn his back on the Social Security program. He frequently offers to gut the program as part of a “grand bargain” with the Congressional Wackos and declares his willingness to bleed the program in the long run by slashing cost-of-living adjustments. A Democrat unwilling to support Social Security has crossed the line, he has ceased to be a Democrat.
So, unfortunately, the Minnesota DFL finds itself supporting a Democrat-In-Name-Only (DINO) who would sacrifice all that the DFL stands for in order to serve his own ambition.