Saturday, June 18, 2016

Do You Consider Yourself A Democrat In A Party Sense? Why?


Monday, Bill Press wrote that "Sanders was right in arguing that the primary system is rigged against him. It is!" THe super-delegate system, though, wasn't invented just to prevent Bernie from becoming president. It was a full frontal attack against the grassroots of the Democratic Party, meant to thwart any populist uprising that offered changes unacceptable to the party establishment. The system is indefensible by anyone short of a universally discredited harridan like Debbie Wasserman Schultz-- universally discredited, that is, outside the careerist and corrupted establishment, where they recognize the Wasserman Schultz imperious impulses as their own. So far, state Democratic parties in Wisconsin, Colorado Maine, Vermont, Utah, Alaska, and West Virginia have all passed resolutions insisting 2016 be the last year of the super-delegate system. Elizabeth Warren has joined Tulsi Gabbard and Bernie is demanding the same.

Corrupt party bosses like the Clintons, Rahm Emanuel, Wasserman Schultz and the Big City garbage machines may have to find some other way to allow lobbyists and corporate interests to exert anti-grassroots pressure on the party.

This year there are 718 super-deleagtes-- 30% of the 2,383 votes needed to nominate a candidate. Under the watchful eye of Wasserman Schultz, this year's convention procedures have been carefully crafted not just to deliver the nomination to Clinton, but to keep the party establishment and it's policy agenda firmly in control. Anyone who falls for the calls for Democratic Party unity is a simple-minded idiot ready to enable the establishment and cast their power and their corporate agenda in stone within the party we like to deceive ourselves into thinking represents the interests of "the people." At best the Democratic Party is merely the lesser of two evils. Trump is just an exaggeration to the greater evil but that this election is even remotely competitive shows just how low the Democratic Party establishment has fallen.

I suspect that if Trump and Clinton are the party nominees, Jill Stein and Gary Johnson are going to do far better than anyone expects. DCCC and DSCC handpicked congressional candidates are no less odious in most cases-- not some cases, most cases. If you're not planning on voting for Hillary Clinton, be careful about the garbage congressional candidates Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer are saddling the party with. These are candidates you can trust; almost none are being backed by the DSCC or DCCC. They're among the only ones left upholding values and principles that have made us ever think of ourselves as members of the same party that includes a Rahm Emanuel or a Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
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At 5:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thought-provoking on the meaning of party identification. I'm thinking of Bernie's et al political revolution when I say the Democratic Party needs to be taken over from the inside, like the extreme right-wing of Mammon took over the GOP years ago. The rightie crazies showed a national party could be subdued. True progressives could remake this country into a fair shake for all. It'll take years and multimillions of hours of volunteer and other labor, but I think it can be done.

At 6:23 PM, Blogger Skeptical Partisan said...

With the Republican party is disarray, we risk becoming a one party state. That's probably the absolutely worst outcome. If anything, this country needs more intellectual conflict - not the sort of petty media driven Republican vs Democrat trivia but intense examination and airing of the problems, issues and their many possible solutions. Racism is a huge problem in this country but all we ever get is a brief 2-30 minute 'debate' which ends with a 'to be continued' tag. These don't expand our understanding of the problems nor do they improve race relations. And then there's the completely absent discussion of the American empire and the role of corrupt military establishment under the control of the corporate state. We need to decentralize power and a major contributor maybe a major expansion of political parties.

At 1:32 PM, Blogger Bill Michtom said...

"The system is indefensible by anyone short of a universally discredited harridan like Debbie Wasserman Schultz"

Please avoid woman-specific insults.



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