Psychology professor and best-selling author Jordan Peterson went ahead and wrote a campaign pledge for the Democratic Party, as well as an apology for letting down the U.S. public.
In a video published earlier in November, the Canadian-born cultural icon expressed his hopes that the current Democratic Party would begin moving away from identity politics and return to its roots.
What did he say?
In his video, Peterson lauded the United States and said, "We are the Democrats. Since 1828, our party has played a major role in participating in the political process that has produced what is arguably the greatest republic the world has ever seen."
"We've produced generation after generation of leaders, whom, despite their faults, have helped establish and maintain a country that has served in the main as a beacon of light and hope to the desperate masses of the world, yearning in those immemorial words to 'breathe free,'" he continued as part of his idea for the Democrats' new pledge.
Peterson went on to note the country's 200-plus year history in which U.S. citizens "have all worked together, despite our differences, to produce a society where desperate want is a rarity," and "where hardworking men and women can produce a better future for themselves and their children."
"Nothing is perfect, and neither is our country, but we have built, together, a stable, secure, exciting dynamic community, and can all, in consequence, look forward to an even better tomorrow," he said.
Peterson added that Democrats have failed the U.S. in recent years, however, and suggested that a change was in order.
"We, as Democrats, have faltered in our duty in recent years," Peterson said. "We have allowed the discourse within our ranks to become increasingly dominated by a tiny, well-organized, and disruptive minority, who have insisted ever more stridently that our culture is a tyrannical, destructive patriarchy, and that we are not sovereign, responsible individual citizens, capable of negotiating a shared and prosperous peace, but oppressive or oppressed minority group members, defined above all by our sex, race, ethnicity, and sexual preference."
Democrats, he wrote, "failed, as well, to oppose the profoundly anti-American claim that free speech is merely the means by which the powerful protect their interests," and "abandoned ... invaluable [commitments] to and [contracts] with the American working class, who toiled mightily and often under conditions of extreme deprivation to perform the backbreaking labor so necessary to the creation of our stellar country."
"In doing so," he wrote, "we betrayed and insulted our primary constituency, and we squandered the opportunity to elect the first woman to the position of the presidency of the U.S.A. Then, instead of taking responsibility for our well-deserved failure and loss, we insisted upon vilifying those who defeated us appropriately and honestly in the honorable democratic process."
Peterson added, "We're sorry," and included in the pledge that the party vows to "return to the priorities that made [the Democratic Party] great."
"We promise to build and the vital infrastructure whose construction employs our trades people and whose use is available to all," he wrote. "We promise to insist that our schools and those who conduct the research upon which their methods are founded abandon their divisive ideology and teach our children the knowledge and skills necessary to make them respectable, mature, productive, reliable citizens."
Peterson went on to vow on the Democrats' behalf to "reduce the inevitable corruption that tends to take hold of even the greatest and most alert of states" and to "clean ... house."
"We're the Democrats," he wrote. "We did not uphold our responsibility to the American people, and we're justly and properly sorry for that. We promise to clean our house. We promise to draw divisions between the key and time honored principles that unite us all and the divisive identity politics that is threatening to reduce us to an ignoble, squabbling and dangerously polarized tribalism."
Peterson added that the Democrats should have hopes that the American public will forgive them. "
"[W]e promise by the sacred social compact defined by our unalienable individual rights to act responsibly and carefully and do better, together," he concluded. "Long may our great country prosper."