Unfortunately, Mr. Biden, you are. Your party has been taken over by conservatives. You can see it everywhere: In Clinton's speeches poo-pooing the "impractical" ideas of Bernie Sanders and his supporters; in the Democratic Establishment's solicitation of cash from white collar criminals; in Internet comments to news stories about Hillary's ideas vs. Bernie's ideas; in media coverage; and so on.
Today, in an amazing op-ed on the news site Mother Jones (oh, the irony), journalist Kevin Drum writes: "And when [Bernie Sanders'] revolution inevitably fails, where do all his impressionable young followers go? Do they join up with the corrupt establishment and commit themselves to the slow boring of hard wood? Or do they give up? I don't know, but my fear is that some of them will do the latter. And that's a damn shame."
wow! Wow! WOW!
Essentially, Drum offers two choices (there are more choices of course) and ultimately favors joining up "with the corrupt establishment." That's an astounding proposition.
Drum goes on to write: "I'll grant that my pitch--and Hillary's and Barack Obama's--isn't very inspiring. Work your fingers to the bone for 30 years and you might get one or two significant pieces of legislation passed." Again, WOW! Essentially, Drum is asking us to join him for 30 years of brutally hard work that "might" get "one or two significant pieces of legislation passed." Um, no thanks Mr. Drum. But have fun with that.
Drum seems oblivious to the fact that the Democratic Party has been pulverized by the uninspiring agenda that he so proudly touts as the superior strategy. Over the last several years, Democrats have lost 1,000 federal and state political offices; in large part because voters are uninspired by the modern Democratic Party's wimpy and corporate-coddling agenda. For heaven's sake, the chair of the Democratic National Committee is funded by loan sharks!
Drum's op-ed is just the latest in a long list of things that should be setting off alarm bells in progressives. We should not be in league with people who tell us our ideas are silly and that we should instead "join up with the corrupt establishment" in the hope that we can make one or two significant changes between now and 2046.
No, we should not join the corrupt establishment. No, we should not vote for Hillary Clinton, a politician who takes campaign cash and huge speaking fees from financial fraudsters. We should stick to our principles, come hell or high water. Consider this: On many occasions, our ancestors gave their lives for a higher cause, e.g., to end slavery, to end Nazism. So, can't we also take a little pain in pursuit of a higher cause (i.e., a nation of better wages, less suicide, less war, less income inequality, less student loan debt, less child homelessness, less incarceration, etc.)? It seems to me that the least we progressives can do is to refuse to vote for corruption and plutocracy, even if that means Trump is elected and the next 4-8 years are somewhat more horrible than they would have been under Clinton. Let's abandon the back-stabbing Democratic Party and build a truly progressive party for the future.
Oh. My. God. Well, I try to keep my blog relatively clean, so I'll just say that my answer to the Democratic Establishment begins with an expletive and ends with a "you."