Arrogant liberals’ partisan hypocrisy, overlaid with heavy doses of bourgeois identity politics and professional-class contempt for working-class whites, is no tiny part of how and why the Democrats handed all three branches of the federal government along with most state governments and the white working-class vote to the ever more radically reactionary white-nationalist Republican Party. Ordinary people can smell the rank two-facedness of it all, believe it or not. They want nothing to do with snotty know-all liberals who give dismal Dollar Dems a pass on policies liberals only seem capable of denouncing when nasty Republicans enact them. Contrary to my online rant, much of the liberal Democratic campus-town crowd seems to feel if anything validated… yes, validated, of all things… by the awfulness of Herr Trump. It exhibits no capacity for shame or self-criticism, even in the wake of their politics having collapsed at the presidential, Congressional, and state levels.
A media-fed mania for citing dubious reports from the “intelligence community” to blame Trump’s victory on alleged Russian interference in “our [purported great] democracy” assists that egregious failure. Screaming, “Russia did it” whilst citing the CIA (of all sources) is apparently liberals’ favourite new way of avoiding any serious confrontation with how their corporate and imperial party of choice (the dismal demobilising Dollar Democrats) opened the barn door to Trump and the GOP. The formula is this:
Say “Russia elected Trump” along with racism, sexism, and “stupid uneducated white people”, and feel both confirmed and superior. Resume your privileged life as usual, protesting on occasion in pink pussy hates and hoping for the presumed friends of democracy in the arch-authoritarian Deep State to unseat Trump from above.
Along the way, liberals are aiding and abetting an authoritarian threat even worse than the quasi-fascistic (though thankfully incompetent) orange-haired beast and his band of slimy billionaires and white-nationalist swamp creatures. I don’t share Glenn Greenwald’s hope that the Democratic Party will restore itself as an “effective political force”, or his sense that such restoration would be the most important way to resist Trump or even his belief that Trump was “democratically elected”. Still, even with those significant qualifications, I must for the most part heartily endorse his following recent comments on Democracy Now!:
The Trump presidency is extremely dangerous. They want to dismantle the environment. They want to eliminate the safety net. They want to empower billionaires. They want to enact bigoted policies against Muslims and immigrants and so many others. It’s important to resist them. There are lots of really great ways to resist them, such as getting courts to restrain them, citizen activism, and, most important of all, having the Democratic Party engage in self-critique to ask itself how it can be a more effective political force in the USA after it’s collapsed on all levels. That isn’t what this resistance is now doing. What they’re doing instead is trying to take maybe the only faction worse than Donald Trump, which is the Deep State, the CIA, with its histories of atrocity, and say they ought to almost engage in like a soft coup, where they take the elected president and prevent him from enacting his policies. Moreover, I think it’s extremely dangerous to do that. Even if you’re somebody who believes that both the CIA and the Deep State, on the one hand, and the Trump presidency, on the other, are extremely dangerous, as I do, there’s a huge difference between the two, which is that Trump was democratically elected and is subject to democratic controls, as these courts just demonstrated, as the media is showing, as citizens are proving. On the other hand, nobody elected the CIA. They’re barely subject to democratic controls at all. Therefore, to urge that the CIA and the intelligence community empower itself to undermine the elected branches of government is insanity. That’s a prescription for destroying democracy overnight in the name of saving it. Yet, that’s what so many, not just neocons, but the neocons’ allies in the Democratic Party, are now urging and cheering. It’s incredibly warped and dangerous to watch them do that.
25 February 2017