Ten Fun Facts: The Democratic Party

As we experience the consolidation of power by fascist forces, it’s tempting to want another Obama moment – to believe once again that change is possible, that this country isn’t just a racist, prison-happy exploiter (spoiler alert: it is). But maybe we should give pause to hoping for that liberal electoral savior:

1.The Democrats are just as willing as the Republicans to employ patriotic hysteria to unify their base.

The Marine General John Allen (retired) gave a speech that would be the envy of any nationalist leader, stating “with [Hillary Clinton] as our commander-in-chief, America will continue to lead in this volatile world… Our armed forces will be stronger. They will have the finest weapons and equipment. They will have the support of the American people, and the American military will continue to be THE shining example of America at our very best.”

So this dude is a former commander of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was a central player in wars that have been defined by torture chambers like Abu Ghraib prison, terror in the form of “night raids” and random murder of innocent civilians, rape of women, bombs and drone strikes that keep millions of people living in a state of constant fear. Hillary Clinton personally picked Allen to be the speaker that introduced her acceptance speech.

USA, USA! Chant the Republi…I mean Democratic Party.

2. The Democratic Party is Cool with Attacking Non-Believers

Remember Bernie? Remember Debbie Wasserman-Schultz? Yeah, Debbie and the right-wing Dems thought it was cool to attack Bernie for being an atheist. Even though the obvious manipulative behavior of Wasserman-Schultz and other corporate Democrats was exposed, they’ve faced no real accountability from their own party, even while publicly admitting that they chose Clinton long before the primaries had begun. Though Senator Sanders did call for their resignation, we’re still waiting for those resignations at the time of publication.

3. Hillary Clinton and her neoliberal buddies not just voted for the invasion of Iraq, they campaigned for it inside the Democratic Party. Oh yeah – they also supported those messy Bush era policies that led to the atrocities at Abu Ghraib.

4. Institutional Democrats have increasingly become hawkish. I bet you didn’t know imperialism can be intersectional as well! It’s important to note that the institutional Democrats can be every bit as pro-war as the most right-wing zealot.

5. Democratic pundits like Van Jones have and will continue to legitimize Trump. Fuck Van Jones. In case you missed it, Van Jones pointed out that because Trump is capable of demonstrating human emotions he is now a valid president. “He did something tonight that you cannot take away from him. He became president of the United States.” Van (the one time radical leftist turned corporate democrat) now seeks to find common ground with the Trump administration. Let us know how that works out for you, Van.

6. The Democrats have no fucking clue how to fight the fascist coup that has taken place. They have offered some clever opinion pieces, but beyond rhetoric, they’re willing to work with this new president as though he was just another president. Sad.

7. Rachel Maddow’s fun rants and softball interviews with democrats can be entertaining sometimes, but her latest ratings stunt promoting her tax exposing “gotchya!” moment for Trump that turned out to be boring as fuuuuuuuck is not a real strategy for taking down the bloated white guy club that is running the White House.

8. The Democrats, specifically the Clinton’s and the “New Democrats”, are the primary originators of mass incarceration. Think mandatory “three-strikes-you’re-out” laws which resulted in American becoming the largest prison population in the entire world.

9. Chelsea Clinton is getting Variety’s lifetime achievement award for her heroic lifetime work of being a Clinton. Because this is probably a move designed to move her closer to public office, we’re going to assume the Democrats also love political dynasties.

10. Thomas Jefferson was one of the founders of the Democratic Party. He was also was into capturing and enslaving human beings. So progressive and far-sighted! And while not participating in crimes of historic proportions, he also pontificated on the intricacies of miscegenation laws. So that’s creepy.

 

 

Fucking Kids And Their Socialism!

In the shitstorm haze of recent political events, you might have blinked and missed the unscripted encounter in which young college student Trevor Hill asked House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (avowed neoliberal technocrat) the following:

“According to a Harvard University poll last May, 51% of young voters between the ages of 18 and 29 no longer support capitalism. The Democratic Party inarguably failed to inspire young leftists during this election cycle, who voted in overwhelming numbers for the farther left candidate during the presidential primary elections … What is the Democratic Party going to change going forward in order to capture and inspire the new generations of leftists who feel as though the party is failing to stand up for left wing economic values?”

(Trevor was citing this study.)

The exchange was off-script. He was supposed to ask a personal question, some garbage about HBO’s “Veep” or something, but Trevor decided to ignore that and ask a real question to the dismay of CNN. None of that is what matters, nor Nancy Pelosi’s “Sorry, we’re capitalists” response. What is significant is that a generation of young people – while being told they’re lazy, entitled and straight up baffling to this asshole – face a reality of lower wage jobs, greater competition for those shitty jobs, and far less economic security and social mobility than their parents experienced.

After the event, Trevor Hill ended up joining a socialist organization (The DSA – which saw a rise in membership during the Bernie momentum) and I would speculate he wont be alone. The god-awful 2016 election presented us with 1) neoliberal technocracy, and with it more militarist imperialist actions in the Mid-East, and expansed competition for low-wage jobs (see the TPP) and 2) a festering white supremacist/pro-rape orange-coated fascism. Nancy Pelosi thought we should have been excited about those options?

The old neoliberal order died the moment Obama stepped out of the Oval Office. We have witnessed this openly fascistic administration bluster past such roadblocks as legality and morality. Simultaneously, it turns out those youngsters might have figured out this is a stupid system that empowers white supremacy, unleashes outright terror on women, trans and immigrant people, and will leave them poor, uninsured and blocked out of a good education. But all that lefty shit aside, fucking humanity is at stake.

As he watch fascism emerge in his own country, Antonio Gramsci wrote that “the old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born; now is the time of monsters.” But worry not. This is the time of monsters for sure – but we know heroes emerge as well.