Congratulations, You Played Yourself!
OK, this rant is from my working-class heart, but it’s due time for a rant. Well, who the hell are the Democrats going to blame now? The degree to which you scapegoat the Green Party or the white working-class is precisely the degree to which you are proving you will never learn a damn thing and are completely unable to lead this country. If it wasn’t such a farce, I’d say it is King Lear redux. Let’s look at some really basic, I mean high school level politics. Not fair, the average 16-year-old is far wiser than the big shots of the DNC.
Establishment Candidate in an Anti-Established Year
It isn’t just that the Democrats didn’t take the pulse of the electorate. They didn’t even try. Simple stuff really. It’s an anti-establishment year. So, the DNC stays with the predetermined candidate that best represents the corrupt establishment itself. Duh. The Democrats were oblivious to the deep discontent among the American people because that simply doesn’t figure into their clever and cunning calculations. Why should it? Fear, lesser of two evils, scapegoating, palace politics… all these things worked in the past, didn’t they? So, all the discontent and unhappiness from years of economic distress fed right into the only other choice. We have the “great two party system” don’t we? Both Democrats and Republicans insist there isn’t an alternative. The Democrats fail, the Republican succeed. Damn the binary, we so need a multi-party system. The Democrats run a candidate who spent eight years in the White House, crowed about her experience, even when the experience included the fact that Bill Clinton was IMPEACHED and widely viewed as a bum. Yeah, the Democrats embrace a family dynasty that includes one of the two presidents in all of American history impeached by the House of Representatives. Good choice! This has to be one of the most amazing proofs that the Democratic Party echo chamber is truly deafening.
Burning Down Democracy
Then, in another move… that has to rank as one of the most moronic and dishonest tactics in American politics… the DNC conspires with the corporate media to cheat Bernie Sanders, the rightful nominee. Then, in a brilliant tactic, the DNC elevates Trump as the easy one to beat. Both demobilise voters, especially younger voters, by giving them proof positive that their vote doesn’t count. Only a machine so insulated and out of touch with the country it proposes to lead could make such an elementary error. It was an error impossible to make if Democrats held the interest of the country higher than control over the machine. However, they don’t.
Show Me the Message
Up until the bitter end, the Clinton campaign was so distracted by underhanded manipulation and palace politics that it failed to have a concise convincing message. I’m not Donald Trump, she cried out. I’m a woman… well, I’m a human with a female anatomy anyway. Token to feminism, but hatchet man to the women in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Honduras, the garment workers in Haiti, the women thrown off welfare, and millions of working women struggling to get by. People aren’t stupid and these unmentionable casualties were greater than the “deplorables” we were instructed to despise. While you’re at it, remember that condescension toward the working class is always a winning appeal, well until now. Obama, joker that he is, had the sense to promise hope and change. At least, lie like a politician, OK? Clinton in one of her most passionate statements on domestic policy promised us that universal healthcare would “never ever” happen. I mean, did they pay someone to think that up?
Rely on Fear… Then, Scare the Shit Out of Everyone
We already have seven wars under Obama, but that just wasn’t enough for Hillary. Clinton’s lust for war and love of the military-industrial complex was so great she spoke openly of nuclear war. During the last debate, we learned we are four minutes from oblivion. Now, that was smart! To the American Legion she said, “One of the first things I will do as president, is to call for a new nuclear posture review”. Unnecessary warmongering. Clinton knew damn well that Obama had already ordered a trillion dollar upgrade of the nuclear arsenal including the production of dangerous tactical nukes, weapons small enough that they could actually use them. So, if you’re going to rely on fear to manipulate the voters try not to be the scarier one. In 1968, Nixon actually ran as a “peace candidate” to the “left” of Humphrey, whose response to the war in Vietnam was “more of the same”. Nixon won, you dumbasses.
Welcome to the Machine
Machine politics don’t work anymore. There are jobs at stake and god knows “I was just doing my job”, but having spent over 15 years as union staff, I can attest to the swaggering arrogance of so many of the “best and brightest” machine operatives, particularly those in legislative and electoral work. Power is just so intoxicating. I prefer beer. I can see them now, nodding in agreement, smug, certain, and unanimous. If the labour movement and other social movement groups that “got in early” behind Clinton… as their predictable advisors always advise… instead poured every possible resource into Bernie Sanders, or god help us, Jill Stein, we wouldn’t be in this position… but no. The machine demands that its cogs sacrifice their own political judgements and morality to the Leader, or in this, the season of fascism, might we say “Führer.” If the big, so badass unions, AFT, NEA, SEIU, AFSME, don’t clean house and fire their sharp and savvy political advisors, who they pay plenty, then, we can only expect they have learnt nothing and are as unfit to lead the American working class as the Democrats are unfit to lead the country.
Dominion is Mind Rot
In the larger frame, [faux] policy choices and machine politics are just the tactic and strategy of power. The failure of the Democrats is the price of dominion, and, dominion is mind rot. It isn’t simply that the Clintons have wielded power far too long. Far too long surrounded by sycophants, job seekers, and donors. “Yes, Madam Secretary”. “No, Madam Secretary”. “Hillary” is marketing for suckers. Blindness is the consequence of immense power and that is why, in a democracy, power is supposed to be insecure, not dynastic. Checks and balances. Separation of powers. This is one of the many reasons empires fall and perhaps the only silver lining to Trump’s victory. The American empire grows feeble. Let’s push it under.
The Measure of Mendacity
The scapegoating will be a good measure of just how decadent the Democrats are. The Democrats learnt the wrong lesson in 2000. What lesson will they learn now? Oh, and the scapegoating and fearmongering the Democrats are so fond of have made people less likely to resist the system. Who wants to be blamed and shamed for months and years of activism? Nice job, dumbasses. The other, equally dangerous measure of mendacity will be the degree to which the Democrats capitulate to Trump. Judging by Obama’s addiction to serial compromise with the uncompromising Republicans, the Democrats may well move yet again to the right; ever closer to Trump. Remember that the rise of the Clinton machine and the “third way” Democrats in the 1990s was an accommodation to the “Reagan Revolution”.
What Are We Waiting For?
So, if the Democrats are hopeless dumbasses and the Republicans hopeless on all accounts, where is the leadership to come from? It isn’t too hard to see, really. Since the last revolution of the mid-twentieth century, it’s been “we the people” embodied in the social movements. We have the morality, political values, strategy, and courage to lead the country. Start with the “mother of all movements”, the civil rights movement. Read Martin Luther King’s, Where Do We Go From Here? Read it now and then live it. Then, take a close look at the new civil rights movement. Right now… as the political parties parade their intellectual and moral bankruptcy… school’s in session. The people at Standing Rock are demonstrating the kind of deep wisdom… a wisdom with global appeal… that we can use to create a future worth living for. Pay close attention. If we work hard, we can organise a political party that’s the electoral wing of the social moments. Right now, there’s only one candidate for the job… the Green Party.
The only thing worse than a dumbass is a chickenshit. Let’s get it on!
10 November 2016