I get it that the Democratic Party is corrupt and not what it ought to be and all, but aren’t you missing all of the horrors being committed by its political opponent, the Republican Party, which you have completely failed to mention at all, who in at least my opinion, after watching them for years and for hundreds of hours on C-Span and Fox News, are far worse than almost any democrat. You seem to think that most of what goes on is just phony political theater, and perhaps some of it is, but I still see the Koch owned Republican Party and their allies in the phony Religious right and the KKK, three Nazi parties, and other bigots, and Old South promoters as the far bigger threat to ordinary Americans than the democrats are. Who are we going to vote for that has any chance of stopping the horrific evil fascist totalitarian republican agenda if we don’t vote for democrats? Do you expect us all to vote for the tiny Greens who don’t have a prayer of winning? This is war and we must defeat the republicans any way we can. Sure the Democratic Party needs reform, and we will have to fix it, but first we must stop the much more evil republicans as they are much worse. Then we will have to get to work on reforming the democrats. We can work on reform at the same time also, we just need to get to work and get more people involved. If the phony Tea Party could push the republicans off the cliff and far to the right, we can use the same tactics to reform the democrats and make them the real party of the people.
The Democratic Party has had to adapt to the rules set by a right wing republican agenda that has been pushing voters and our society further and further to the right in this country over the last forty five years or more, using every dirty trick in the book, and spending billions on media propaganda, think tanks, groups like ALEC, and giving almost unlimited amounts of campagn monies to republican candidates that have purged the liberals and moderates out of the party. It was Republican appointed Supreme Court Justices and a republican push that got the horrible Citizens United decision passed so that there is now unlimited corporate and dark money going into campaigns which if republicans are going to take advantage of, then democrats almost have to do the same if they plan on winning elections. For democrats, I don’t think this is by choice as it is with republicans because many democrats want campagn finance reform, perhaps they are the more progressive democrats, but you lumped all democrats into one bad lump and completely failed to mention the Republican Party which has been rotten to the core and totally in bed with the wealthy feudal lords and oliogharchs and total unbridled capitalism and austerity for the average worker and total environmental destruction long before Trump ever came along. Trump and those like him are not populists, they are fake populists. Trump wants to join the billionaire boys club, he cares nothing for ordinary folk, he just lies to them, cons them and uses them. There is no hope on the right, the only hope is on the real left, not the phony left, but I suppose it all depends upon how one defines ones terms. Neoliberal policy is economic policy, not social policy. Neoliberal capitalism is not a left wing agenda, we progressives want to control and tame the beast. The republicans are the economic neoliberals, not the liberal democrats or progressives, we want Wall Street and banking reforms and regulations, the republicans are the ones who want no rules at all. These terms often confuse people because no one would ever accuse a republican of being a neoliberal but they are nevertheless when it comes to economics.
It is the democratic socialists and Greens and progressive democrats who care about ordinary folk and what is best for everyone, a clean and green sustainable and unpolluted environment and health care, Social Security, and education for all and protecting our commons. No republican cares about anything except the wealthy and making money for themselves. You are way too hard on the democrats who have been having a very difficult time ever since this right wing push has been going on.
I think the democrats will come around if they get more support from voters. I think that we can primary out the corporate or sell out democrats and get better candidates and that democratic socialism and going green is America’s and the world’s only hope because otherwise we are going to pollute and destroy and warfare ourselves all to death, and their will be massive social and economic disruption as the wealthy try to hide in their bunkers and gated enclaves from the enraged and starving masses who will kill them if they ever get their hands on them. The only way out of that horrible distopian future is a sustainable green eco aware democratic socialism like in Finland, and other countries who have created healthier societies that care about one another and alll pull together for the common good. We need to learn from them and take what they have to teach us, because America has truly lost its way!