The Final Betrayal By The Democratic Party or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Embrace Mass Human Extinction


Bernie dropping out today was not only a betrayal of a movement or even just the betrayal of a country, it is the betrayal of an entire planet. With this one move, Bernie has quite possibly relegated all of us to irreversible human extinction. Not hyperbole. Fact. When the choices are between two leaders who are deeply racist, deeply right-wing, anti-Green New Deal, anti-women’s rights, anti-Medicare 4 all, wildly pro-corporate, and choose capital over human lives every single time they are asked to weigh in or vote, then we are left with the choice – not of who can save us and the planet – but who will be allowed to kill us. The Democratic Party and the DNC and all those in charge just sold out the human race for profit. Literally. 

I don’t want to hear anyone raging on about how important it is to vote for Joe Biden. Wake up, please. You’re basically making the argument that if you’re against Mussolini, you have to vote for Hitler. Too hyperbolic? Okay, let’s say choosing between Donald Trump and Sarah Palin? Or Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld? It’s entirely the wrong argument. Either way, you are sentencing people to decades of mass suffering, mass systemic racism, mass killing, mass inequality and the very real ravages of climate change and eventual human extinction. Hitler could only have dreamed of killing and suffering on a scale like that. 

Still think I’m exaggerating? Look outside. There’s a lot happening out there you didn’t believe would happen even though people have been warning about it for decades. If you’ve been listening to MSNBC, CNN or any other corporate-owned, pro-neoliberalism news for insight, you have most-likely been manipulated in no less dangerous a fashion than those whose view of the world has been carefully sculpted by Fox News. Only you’re being fed neoliberal propaganda instead of neoconservative propaganda. They are both supported by the corporate state. They may not be directly government owned, but they are owned by the people/corporations/banks who basically own the government and have a huge stake in the perpetuation of many things that destroy human lives on both an individual scale and a mass global scale. We don’t have time to wait for the “next election.” This was very likely it. This was the one, best chance. 10 years is so little time already to stop irreversible human extinction. To cut even four more years out of that is pushing the odds to the brink of what’s even possible. Either, we rally a mass movement against the deep-rooted corruption and greed of both political parties in this country -right now – or we start to come to terms with the reality that we royally blew it and we cannot say “oops” and turn back once we’ve gone over the precipice. That’s a reality. And there’s power in numbers. The People can make this change. If you like to talk about unity, it shouldn’t be around Joe Biden or the Democratic Party, it should be to take the power away from both parties leaders and get back to reflecting the will of the majority of people. That’s the only road to Democracy.

If people are telling you that this is not the time to protest, that Donald Trump is the front line in this fight, then I fear they aren’t seeing the big picture have had their attention nefariously diverted by those who stand to gain from the status quo. Again, if you’re answer to Mussolini is Hitler, then you’re not seeing the bigger picture. You are, in my opinion, fighting the wrong fight; you are splitting hairs between the very worst of what we have to offer, instead of saying “No. This stops here.” The choices we are being given are nothing more than the illusion of choice. But there are other choices those wielding power would rather people not think about, so they create any narrative they have to to thwart that school of thought. They turn people against their own well-bring. As Malcolm X said, “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

We’re all susceptible. We’ve been soaking in cultural and political narratives and propaganda since the day we were born. Wake up. Please. We’re running out of time.

How Serious Are We About Getting Rid Of Trump? The Neoliberal Paradox. Understanding our Political Climate and History Part 5


Part 5: THE ANTI-DEMOCRATIC AND LETHAL DANGERS OF “VOTE BLUE NO MATTER WHO” AND THE CONTINUED ESCALATION OF PRESIDENTIAL MISCONDUCT

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CHAPTER 40: MIKE BLOOMBERG

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Mike Bloomberg is an ultra-right-wing Republican billionaire with a long history of extremely racist policies and statements including his violent Stop and Frisk policing which he imposed as the Republican Mayor of New York. He has been accused of profane sexist comments and workplace degradation of women. And yet, the DNC literally changed their own rules to allow Bloomberg to enter the Democratic presidential debate, rules they used to keep Tulsi Gabbard, Corey Booker and others off the debate stage. In other words, Bloomberg bought his way in despite the fact that he is a Republican and does not qualify.

Michael Bloomberg is the only candidate to give money to the DNC. They just changed their rules to let him onto the debate stage. – Insider:

  • “The Democratic National Committee changed its rules in a way that allows Michael Bloomberg to participate in the next presidential primary debate.
  • The organization eliminated the minimum donor threshold. Bloomberg is financing his own campaign, drawing from his $62 billion personal net worth.
  • Bloomberg is also the only candidate to personally donate to the DNC, giving it $300,000.
  • The debate rules change drew ire from left-leaning groups who allege that Bloomberg is leveraging his wealth to buy votes.”

Michael Moore: DNC Changing Rules To Allow “Billionaire Republican Mayor Of NYC” Mike Bloomberg On Debate StageReal Clear Politics:

DNC Debate Rules Forced Diversity Out of the Democratic Presidential Race—and Then They Changed the Rules for a Really Rich White Man – The Roots

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How Serious Are We About Getting Rid Of Trump? The Neoliberal Paradox. Understanding our Political Climate and History Part 4


Part 4: A BETRAYAL OF IDEOLOGY – HOW OBAMA AND ESTABLISHMENT DEMOCRATS PAVED THE WAY FOR TRUMP

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CHAPTER 22: Leading Establishment Democrats Supporting Trump Despite #Resistance. From Walls to War

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Despite their public verbal outcries against Trump, the majority of Democrats in both the House and Senate have voted for the majority of Trump’s worst, most egregious policies granting him greater power than any president before him.

One would hope, and expect, that those who genuinely view Trump as a menace… and view themselves as #Resistance fighters would do everything within their ability to impose as many limits and safeguards as possible on the powers he is able to wield. If “resistance” means anything, at a minimum it should entail a refusal to trust a dangerous authoritarian to wield vast power with little checks or oversight.

INCREASING TRUMP’S WAR BUDGET EVERY SINGLE YEAR.

Despite the obvious and deeply serious dangers of giving an unhinged president even more military might, Democrats have repeatedly voted to increase Trump’s military budget, each time by far MORE than the Trump Administration asked for. As of today, we have a $750 billion a year military budget (compare that to Russia’s $80 billion a year). That’s more than the budget of the next 13 biggest military countries combined!

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How Serious Are We About Getting Rid Of Trump? The Neoliberal Paradox. Understanding our Political Climate and History Part 3


Part 3: IMPERIALISM, THE RISE OF AMERICAN OLIGARCHY AND THE RIGGING OF A PRIMARY ELECTION

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CHAPTER 16: Oligarchy

So how did this happen, you ask? How did it go so far? The answer is, we live in an oligarchy. By definition. Thanks to Citizens United, there is no limit to how much money corporations and the wealthiest Americans can give to candidates and politicians. Fifty companies and industry groups shelled out more than $716 million to lobby the federal government and Congress last year.

Lobbying is the equivalent of “buying” politicians. It may be legal now, but it is most certainly unethical and never, ever, represents the will of the people.

Harry S. Truman was quoted as saying, “You can’t get rich in politics unless you’re a crook.” Presidents and politicians are public servants. However, The average net worth of a Senator is more than $14 million, and the average net worth of a member of the House of Representatives is nearly $6 million. Obama is worth 30 times more than when he entered the White House in 2008, making his net-worth over $40 million.  Nancy Pelosi’s net-worth since becoming Speaker-of-the-House is estimated at $72.1 million.

In 1965, American CEOs made 15 times as much as their employees. In 2018, they made 220 times as much.

John Adams

“Multitudes are convinced that the People should have a Voice, a share, and be made an integral part: and that the Government should be such a mixture, such a Combination of the Powers of one, the few and the many, as is best calculated to check and controul each other, and oblige all to co-operate in this one democratical principle, that the End of all Government is the happiness of the People: and in this other, that the greatest happiness of the greatest Number is the point to be obtained.” – John Adams

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How Serious Are We About Getting Rid Of Trump? The Neoliberal Paradox. Understanding our Political Climate and History Part 2


Part 2: A NATION BUILT ON RACISM AND OTHER

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CHAPTER 6: AMERICA HAS NEVER BEEN A Democracy

Louis Brandeis
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

“We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” – Louis Brandeis

Today, as in the last election, organized elites including Democratic leaders seem to be putting the bulk of their energy into – not defeating Trump – but discrediting Progressives, Democratic Socialists and people fighting for a true definition of a Democracy. Remember, America has never actually been a Democracy. It’s what we claim to strive for, but we have yet to attain that goal.

Today, neither party in our 2-party system is working toward Democracy. In fact, they are actively working against it as it does not serve their financial interests or chosen economic ideology. Democracy is no friend to extreme profit-making. Any truly Democratic nation could not, by definition, create the deep income inequality gap we live with today in the United States.

DEMOCRACY DIES IN THE BLINDING LIGHT OF DAYThe Intercept:

There may be yet another anti-democratic trend out there that has embedded itself so deeply in the body politic that we scarcely even notice anymore. The capture of democratic institutions by organized elites can slowly hollow out politics, transforming it over time into a soulless simulacrum of democracy. Even before Trump, many Americans may have already been reduced to passive consumers of a spectacle, rather than citizens of an active democracy.

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How Serious Are We About Getting Rid Of Trump? The Neoliberal Paradox. Understanding our Political Climate and History


Note: This is an in-depth 5-part series. Each part will be released individually, in order, over the next few weeks.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

PART 1: THE DISSEMINATION OF CULTURAL & POLITICAL NARRATIVES

PART 2: A NATION BUILT ON RACISM AND OTHER

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How Serious Are We About Getting Rid Of Trump? The Neoliberal Paradox. Understanding our Political Climate and History


INTRODUCTION

Note: This is the Introduction to an in-depth 5-part series. Visit the series home page for the full table of contents.

My initial intention was to make a documentary about, not only America’s Progressive movement, but about the Democratic Party’s dramatic shift to the Right and the history that has led us here. I wanted the documentary to be – not in my voice – but the voices of leading political journalists, dissidents, activists, authors and politicians. I even started doing on-camera interviews with some of the most well-respected experts in these fields. But knowing how long it takes to make and release a documentary, I knew it wouldn’t see the light of day before the 2020 election – no less the Primaries – and I wanted to put something out there sooner. Something that, even on a small scale, might make a difference. So I began this piece. I wanted to create a deep resource for information, facts, opinions, political journalism and historical context that was put together in such a way as to provide a kind of unfolding narrative structure that, with each page, each chapter, reveals more to the reader and pulls the information together in a way that is both revealing and thought-provoking. My hope is that it offers context and, perhaps, some potential answers. Even more importantly, I hope it brings to light new questions. 

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How Serious Are We About Getting Rid Of Trump? The Neoliberal Paradox. Understanding our Political Climate and History Part 1


Part 1: THE DISSEMINATION OF CULTURAL & POLITICAL NARRATIVES

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CHAPTER 1: A HISTORY OF PROPAGANDA

Let’s agree: Trump is a nightmare and represents all the worst aspects of American society, culture and politics. He’s a racist. He’s a misogynist. He lacks empathy. He’s arrogant. He’s a fascist. He’s trying to start new wars for profit. He blatantly and shamelessly lies. He destroys human lives. He’s beholden to the billionaire class. He supports and promotes racist ideologies, groups and organizations.

But how serious are people REALLY about not just getting rid of Trump himself, but in getting all that he stands for, all that he helps normalize – corruption, racism, mass-inequality, greed – out of politics? To ensure that we never get any more Trumps (or worse) in positions of power in the future? Leading Democrats have no problem telling people that removing Trump is the #1 mission of the next election. And I certainly don’t know anyone on the Left who doesn’t want Trump outta there. Yesterday.

And yet…

Leading Establishment Democrats and “liberal media” (MSNBC, CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times, etc.) and the corporate, economic interests they represent have used their platforms to actively undermine any candidate, individual or group who openly espouses – in both words and action – the very ideologies that once defined the Democratic Party itself. The dramatic shift to the Right that began in the 1970’s and came to fruition in the 1980’s and 90’s with the introduction of Neoliberalism, propelled the Democratic Party to not only completely abandon its base, but to openly reach out to conservative voters over liberal voters.

As author, D.C. bureau chief and political journalist Ryan Grim explains, “The Democratic Party underwent an ideological transformation in the 1980’s. Battered by the Reagan revolution, a new cadre of operatives rose calling themselves “New Democrats,” arguing that the party needed to distance itself from what they called “special interest groups.” And by “special interest groups” they meant Civil Rights activists, environmentalists, feminists, gay-rights activists, labor unions. What they needed instead was to move to the center and match Republicans dollar for dollar in corporate PAC fundraising and big money.”

That ideological transformation found its way into the White House with the election of Bill Clinton in 1992 and the Democratic Party has been moving increasingly to the Right ever since. Today, the political and social beliefs and actions historically espoused and practiced by not only the Democratic Party of old, but revered political and social activists like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are now relegated to being publicly framed as “purists,” “fringe,” “unrealistic,” “extreme,” potential “Russian assets” or, at best, “unelectable.”

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The Ugly & Painful Truth of Trump, American Imperialism, War With Iran & Two Right-Wing, Pro-war Parties


It is imperative to understand that, as we stand here on the brink of a new war – and possibly a third World War – that Trump’s actions here were made possible by those who pretend to be his opposition. As difficult as it may be to address this honestly, Leading Democrats under Nancy Pelosi have given Trump everything he has asked for. They have given him unprecedented power and oversight. Democrats raised Trump’s military budget 4 TIMES since he’s been in office bringing the military budget to over $750 BILLION (more than he asked for!). They just renewed the Patriot Act, making it legal for Trump to bomb and assassinate without the consent of Congress. They have supported and championed every single war effort and attempted coup by president Trump. Democrats just passed Trump’s NDAA without ANY COMPROMISE. They appointed every one of his Conservative lifetime judicial court judges with NO OPPOSITION. They just passed Trump’s version of NAFTA which will escalate the devastation to poor communities and states across the nation. 

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Posting About The Horrors Of Trump But NOT Posting About Left Wing Politicians Who Have Supported The Same Political, Social & Economic Ideology & Policies


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If you spend far more time Facebook posting and tweeting about how awful and racist Trump is, and far less time (if any) posting and tweeting about how neoliberal establishment Democrats support most of Trump’s policies and have actively supported and continue to support mass systemic racism, mass murder and actively fight against progressivism and humanitarianism at every turn, then, in my opinion, you are just part of the noise of political rhetoric. You will make no difference. You will, in fact, enhance all the things you claim to be horrified by simply by reaching for the low-hanging fruit instead of openly challenging the power-structure within the Democratic Party that serves the same donors and ideologies as Trump.

17-joe-biden-hillary-clinton.w700.h700I catch a lot of flack from close friends and others when I choose to be consistent in my pointing out the deep racism, mass imperialism, and dangerous conservativism of establishment Democrats and Neoliberals. It’s so much easier to focus anger and horror at Trump, while almost completely ignoring or, worse, propping up or even celebrating conservative neoliberal candidates and politicians within the Democratic Party and their eloquent expressions of faux outrage.

If you prop up Dem candidates and politicians who verbally call out Trump, but don’t challenge why those same Dems not only don’t offer any actual opposition to Trump but, instead, quietly support and, in most cases, helped create and establish and normalize most of the same ideologies as Trump, then you are in no way, shape or form, actually opposing Trump or his life-threatening rhetoric. You’re just opposing his open-arrogance and cartoonish nature. The message you’re sending is that you prefer your racism and mass-murder and vast economic and social inequality to be offered under the less-obvious guise of benevolence and ivy-league-trained, eloquently articulated political rhetoric and faux social indignation.

We must do better.

Challenge THESE people.

 

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