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The Poison of the Democratic Party

Why Clinton Inc is bad news for the left

February 21st, 2008 · Written by · 5 Comments

And now, in 2008, the nation is on the brink of either recognizing the rampant inequality resulting from a 20 year swing back to unregulated capitalism, or we are on the brink of a repeat of the 1920s and only a grand catastrophe along the lines of the Great Depression will finally force America to recognize its problems. At this critical juncture, after turning out to be one of the greatest assets of the Republican Party, the Clintons are back for another round – once again throwing unsophisticated, schoolyard politics into the picture.

The Democrats are, for the most part, incompetent, unappealing nothings.

What good, therefore, does the continued affiliation of the Democratic Party with Clinton Incorporated offer the party or, more importantly, the nation as a whole? The answer of course, is nothing. But, the blind allegiance of the Democrats to the Clintons is emblematic of, and partially explicatory in, the overall demise of the Democratic Party. The Democrats are, for the most part, incompetent, unappealing nothings. A party that, absent of strong, smart, and morally respected leadership (as it has been for the past 20 years), has fallen victim to flimsy, self-serving demagogues like the Clintons. As a result, the Republican Party that emerged from the late-1970s has indeed succeeded in its goal to turn American back into a bastion of the super wealthy.

As a liberal – a true liberal, a true leftist – I blame the Democratic Party almost entirely for this. The Democrats were so obsessed with destroying Nixon in the 1970s, they became addicted to the momentary power trip resulting from bringing down a sitting President who they absolutely despised. Meanwhile, whilst controlling Congress in the turbulent years of the 1960s and 1970s, they sat by idly while the economy plunged into stagflation and recession, energy prices soared, and the standard of living for working class Americans – the very constituency the Democrats always claimed to represent – plummeted along with any hope for the future of the country. This allowed the Republicans, who by the 1980s had turned back into anti-New Deal, Calvin Coolidge Republicans, to offer the disaffected working class whites an alternative to a party that seemed to offer nothing more than promises without deliveries.

The demise of the Democrats allowed the Republican Party to hijack and redefine all of the pertinent political lexicon that voters turn to on polling days. Words such as liberal and progressive have been demonized into political four letter words, while words such as conservative, values voter, traditional values, patriotism – all of these strangely jingoistic sounding words that met little or nothing to American politics prior to the 1980s – suddenly became the defining buzz words the Republicans used to market candidates to voters.

As a liberal, I have more-or-less fired the Democratic Party, and I doubt I’m even going to consider hiring them back anytime soon.

I have more-or-less fired the Democratic Party, and I doubt I’m even going to consider hiring them back anytime soon. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reed are a crying charade of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, or John F. Kennedy. These were not perfect men by any stretch of the imagination, but they were men of conviction, and they offered leadership and solutions to the nation’s problems. The Democratic Party has been sorely absent of this as of late. I am not sure that Barack Obama will be able to deliver on all of his campaign promises, but I do think he shares some of these qualities with past great Democrats. If Clinton Incorporated manages to destroy Obama’s candidacy in this election, my opinion of the Democrats will remain then as it is…corrupt, incorrigible, inept, and unworthy of support.

The candidacy of Obama is remarkable. It demonstrates that even after a 20 year absence of a major political party that looks out for America’s poor or underrepresented, America has evolved along a progressive road and can still produce inspiring, young, and capable leaders, no matter how bad things may seem to be. If the Clinton’s are the poison of the Democratic Party, Barack Obama just may be the long overdue, and well-needed cure. We shall see.

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5 Comments so far ↓

  • art4life

    but if Clinton is elected president, i believe she has the best chances of getting the USA universal health care, and even if she is an awful present and does nothing else but that, i dont think it would ever be reversed. And 4 years of a shitty clinton, is worth free health care for my children.

  • Ramla Alethea

    Neither Clinton or Obama are advocating true universal healthcare — a single payer, everyone is covered system.

    Obama wants to subsidize insurance and Hillary is simply going to mandate that you have to buy insurance, much like auto insurance. Both take contributions from the medical-industrial complex so I wouldn’t expect free health care for your children regardless.

    It’s going to take a lot of grassroots pressure not a Democratic president to accomplish that.

  • cvmacek

    I like your article, however, it could be noted like you point out Hillary represents New York in the senate though she’s not from there, Obama represents Illinios and he’s not from there. It’s easy to attack the Clintons because there is an eight-year presidential legacy to scrutinize, but scrutinize Obama and you’ll see Barack accepts dirty money, and has been given a ridiculously unbalanced amount of media coverage. Obama has been set-up by the media to be where he is now. If you read Barack’s “Blueprint for Change”, Clinton is dead-on when she attacks his lack of specifics, and there is no way he could implement everything he says. If Barack was really all that change-a-riffic, he could be writing and proposing legislation right now in the senate, but he’s not. Barack’s call for “change” is very appealing, and the Bush administration really helps that sentiment, but other democratic candidates that actually affect positive change, like Dennis Kucinich (who introduced articles of impeachment, drafted a non-profit universal healthcare plan, and drafted a plan to withdraw troops from Iraq), as well as Mike Gravel (who started the National Initiative, and who loudly opposed the Vietnam War while in the senate many years ago), these guys who actually do stuff to affect positive change for the good of the American people are shut out by the mass media, and we’re fed Obama’s bullshit change message. There is nothing in Obama’s “Blueprint for Change” he couldn’t try implementing now as a senator, which is why I doubt the integrity of him and his message of “change”.
    -Curtis Macek


    To: ‘cvmacek’

    You attack the attackers over their membership in the Corporatocracy, but offer only alternatives which are already quitters/drop-outs. Which in effect is no-solution at all!

    Then you lie about Obama taking ‘dirty money’ when he returned the ‘dirty money’ he’s received while Clinton continues to take any she can get.

    Then you lie about Obama’s ‘blueprint’. I’ve been to Obama’s web-site and I find plenty of detail.

    As for ‘democratic candidates that actually affect change’ you name totally ineffective examples. What EXACTLY has Dennis Kucinich’s articles of impeachment actually accomplished? Where’s the House of Representatives actual IMPEACHMENT stand today??? Nowhere. Where is his ‘drafted’ universal health-care plan TODAY?

    Apparently, you are satisfied with ‘inititives’, ‘drafts’, ‘plans’ because not a single example you provided have made an ounce of difference to date.

    Clinton is entirely OWNED and OPERATED by the Corporatocracy. A Rupert Murdoch shill. A real Republican “Goldwater Girl” in college; a board member of Wal-Mart for years. Clinton is a FREE-Trader versus a FAIR Trader. Clinton is a liar (sniper fire? what sniper fire?), Hillary has belonged to and been praying with the Senate’s ULTRA-Conservative breakfast club for years.

    A vote for Hillary is a vote for lying-Republican-lite.

  • Jolly Lama

    Very interesting article… leaves me wondering if we’ll ever see a genuine cadidate in the White House ever again. Yes, I do believe we’ve had some (come on, he wasn’t perfect but, Carter was and still is a very genuine man).

    When you reach this level of power will you be entirely free of corruption? If so, you will die.

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