Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The corrupt, anti-New Deal Democratic Establishment has delivered us into the hands of the greater evil

Above: I'm not sure if it was incompetence, wishful thinking, or an attempt to suppress Republican votes, but the polling and forecasting of the last few days was wildly inaccurate. In this article, from November 4th, we hear that "Clinton has a 98 percent chance of winning." Screenshot from the Huffington Post, used here for educational, non-commercial purposes.

Donald Trump has won, and Republicans have control of both houses of Congress, and the Supreme Court is likely to be a tool for right-wing extremists for decades to come.

If you are an upper middle-class or wealthy person, you have little to fear. Your taxes will be lowered, and you'll be able to prey upon the lower income groups to your heart's content, just like ol' times - for example, through debt collection harassment (that pesky Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will soon be out of the way, and old abuses, scams, and frauds will return with a vengeance). If you are a lower middle-class or poor person, however, you are in for a world of hurt. You will soon lose your health insurance, your future Social Security benefits are likely to be cut, and your children will continue drinking lead from deteriorating water lines.

The common good will be a victim too. Public land will be handed to the fossil fuel industry, global warming and its adverse effects will continue to increase, our infrastructure will be neglected in favor of trickle-down economics, and so on.


Above: In this video clip, from March 1, 2016, Cenk Uygar of The Young Turks, explains how Bernie Sanders is more electable than Hillary Clinton. Uygar was sounding this alarm bell all throughout the primaries, but the Democratic Establishment and voters chose not to listen - and now we will pay the price for it. Original YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfFDc2Ute4Y

Progressives warned the Democratic Establishment, time and time and time again, that Bernie Sanders polled better against all Republicans, including Donald Trump, than Hillary Clinton. But instead of listening to us, the Democratic Establishment, the Clinton Campaign, the DNC, and the pro-Clinton media (all backed by Wall Street) rigged the Democratic Primary against Bernie Sanders. They laundered campaign money so Clinton could avoid donation limits; the supposedly neutral DNC worked behind the scenes to undermine the Sanders campaign (eventually resulting in the resignation of the DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz); the corporate media had a virtual blackout of Sanders and the policy issues he was discussing; the Democratic Establishment used closed primaries to keep Sanders' supporters locked out (when they could have, instead, welcomed millions more people into the Democratic tent); and the list goes on and on.

Indeed, the Democratic Primary process was so corrupt and rigged that even Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) said: "Bernie really had a movement out there, and it wasn’t right to treat him that way. I knew--everybody knew--that this was not a fair deal." It turns out, that so many people in the Democratic Establishment, and so many Democratic voters, wanted a woman to be president that they were oblivious to, or even forgiving of, the corruption of our democratic process. And if you disagreed with, let's say, the money laundering that wrongfully funneled more cash to the Clinton Campaign, you were scolded as a misogynist by an army of pro-Clinton celebrities and op-ed writers.

And you and I saw, all the way to the end, these talking heads and celebrities declaring that the Clinton Campaign and the DNC had done nothing wrong, that Hillary Clinton was a great candidate - despite her vote for the Iraq War, despite her vote to make bankruptcy more difficult for struggling Americans, despite her support for free trade job outsourcing agreements, despite her refusal to release the transcripts of her speeches to Goldman Sachs, despite her refusal to bring back Glass-Steagall, despite her admission to being two-faced, i.e., "a public face and a private face," etc., etc., etc. My God, the arrogance, the obstinance, and the elitism was off the charts.  

Why were we ignored? Because, by and large, progressives didn't have the cash to earn the "privilege" of being listened to. Our voices were (and are) routinely drowned out by Wall Street cash or, on the other side of the aisle, by Koch cash. For months I warned about the under-handed tactics used by the Democratic Establishment; and about Bernie Sanders' superior polling. But I am not rich, so my warnings can only reach a tiny, tiny number of people. Even larger progressive voices, like The Young Turks, have limited funds and thus limited reach.

And so, the corrupt, anti-New Deal Democratic Establishment thundered along, confident that Wall Street money would carry them to the White House, a Senate victory, and control of the Supreme Court. And ridiculously incompetent polling, at the end, only served to boost their naive confidence. And so now they've lost all three branches of government.


Above: In this video clip, from April 15, 2016, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly looks at polls and can't believe how thoroughly Bernie Sanders trounces all Republican candidates for president. Original YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp4ctp5bag0

As if all this were not bad enough, President Obama charged ahead with the deeply unpopular TPP. He didn't seem to give a crap that just about everyone else in America was against it - especially the working class, the class that Democrats used to stand up for. He arrogantly pushed and pushed and pushed, adding to his credentials as a corporate puppet. Consider also that many of his cabinet and administration selections were corporate cronies; his DOJ has consistently treated financial fraudsters with kid gloves; he caved to the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries during health care reform--and instead backed a Heritage Foundation (i.e., right-wing) health care solution (the individual mandate); and so on and so on.

The Democratic Establishment, after turning its back on the New Deal these past several decades (in an idiotic attempt to woo Wall Street and please centrists), is a complete mess and a total failure. They have lost over 1,000 political offices these past several years, and now they have lost the White House, lost the Congress, and lost the Supreme Court. And the whole time that we progressives were pointing out these developing tragedies they just laughed and, essentially, gave us the middle finger: "Crazy lefties!" They mocked us and they mocked our policy ideas, thinking, "Ha ha, you'll vote for us anyway... because what other choice do you have?!? Suckers!"

But none of this matters, does it? Because again, I (and millions like me) don't have the money to be heard. And so, as long as the Democratic Establishment can get money from Wall Street and celebrities, they will continue down the losing path - shunning the New Deal and gleefully thinking that "centrism," huge Wall Street campaign donations, and reaching across the aisle, is the way forward.

Unbelievable. It's the Democrats in Wonderland.

And I want to give a special "thanks" to all those Democratic voters who said Bernie Sanders couldn't possibly win, even though just about every poll showed him doing better against Trump than Clinton; who said Bernie Sanders' ideas, such as single-payer health care and free public college, were pie-in-the-sky foolishness (even though just about every other developed country is already doing it); and who said Hillary Clinton could "get things done" better than Bernie Sanders, because she could work with Republicans. Wow, do I even need to comment on that last part, given last night's results??

Congratulations Democratic Party, you blew it. You ignored us and you blew it, and now we're all going to pay a heavy price for it for it (especially those of us who do not have the financial means to withstand the coming onslaught).

The anti-New Deal Democratic Party and the Democratic Establishment should be dismantled immediately, and something truly progressive put in their place. Kick them to the curb now... before the Constitution is torn up and a new Nazi Party is established. You think that sounds far-fetched? Well, so was a Trump presidency before last night - a presidency supported by various white supremacist groups (see "Ex KKK Leader David Duke Celebrates Donald Trump's Election Night," Huffington Post, 11-9-2016, and "Top Nazi leader: Trump will be a ‘real opportunity’ for white nationalists," Washington Post, August 7, 2016).

Above: "It Can't Happen Here," a 1930s WPA play (written by Sinclair Lewis) about Nazi-like fascism taking hold in America. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

4 comments:

  1. BAM!! Excellent piece Brent. The results are certainly a backlash against Obama and his Cheney-like policies. To listen to the cold war style paranoia about Russia (or Putin) would make you think that we've been somehow transported back to 1948 when the Democratic Party murdered FDR in their utter destruction of Wallace in favor of that war mongering puppet Truman (also an ex KKK-er) and the Red hysteria that took off under him.

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    1. Thanks Drew. I'm extremely upset with the Democratic Elite. Instead of going with Sanders, who was polling so much better, they decided to roll the dice, because they HAD to have a woman, and it HAD to be Hillary. And now lower-income Americans are about to get hammered. Some will undoubtedly die, after they lose Medicaid, just as before. What a scandal this is.

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  2. Yes, Brent you again reaffirm Noam Chomsky's view, and it should be everyone's view of Senator Sanders as a New Dealer. This time, you rightly take no quarter and mercy upon the Dems.

    The Republicans and the Electoral Commission (the bipartisan body) must and will atone for not having a means of screening out apolitical imposters who vandalize decency, sabotage process, assault dignity and pose a clear and present danger to our democracy and republic.

    Some scholars of political economy believe that the Keynesian counter-cyclical spending of Roosevelt through LBJ cannot be sustained; yet, those same scholars hold that governments are more efficient and reliable job creators, which cannot be denied.

    Perhaps Senator Sanders will attract a younger New Dealer to carry his fire and medicine. It is too bad Russ Feingold lost his senate bid in WI.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback David. Today has been a long, emotionally taxing day.

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