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The Dems Could Win If They Stood For Something


#1

The Dems Could Win If They Stood For Something

Robert C. Koehler

The Democrats have been in turmoil for the last half century and then some, when they abandoned their racist base and supported the civil rights movement.


#2

Without Campaign Finance Reform…you know, that thing nobody ever talks about because they have socially programmed not to, there will never be any change in our oligarchy. Our Republic is dead an buried and the vast majority of Americans are still living in a reality that no longer exists.

Since that reform is impossible within the system and the people are not willing to rise up in revolution, we shall remain worker wage/debt slaves to the corporations…and the dysfunction of our society in denial will continue to grow with no outlet for the peoples frustration and anger.

Instead of real change, we are going to get more school shootings, and religious fanatics craving the end times. We are so fucked.


#3

Sheeple pay 50% of their tax dollar to the military/security dark side that protects global corporations and does wars of choice to take more loot for the billionaires. Sheeple not part of anything in the US. The GOP SCOTUS made sure of that with Bush as President, Citizen’s United, fix the vote and destroy health care. The Democratic party has always stood for involving all sheeple of any color whlle the GOP is white male supremacist. That is the Trump card that put him in the White House plus apparently the dark side, fat cats and Putin preferring him to Hillary. No “democracy” or a “fair vote” in this system.


#4

Democrats do stand for something. They stand for Rich People. They stand for War. (Unfortunately for Democrats, Republicans stand for those even better.)

And for all the non-Rich People out there, the Democrats stand for Lowered Expectations.


#5

What the US needs is a political system with more than 2 viable political parties. Pundits prattle about how our society has so much “choice.” And we do, if your top priority is what brand of potato chips you buy. But when you go into the voting booth, you are regularly confronted with only 2 choices. (Now in California and Washington, it’s often only 1, as the “top 2 primary” can result in 2 Democrats or 2 Republicans in the November election.)

Check out the 5 countries with the healthiest democracies. They all have many parties in their parliaments: Norway (9), Iceland (8), Sweden (8), New Zealand (4), Denmark (13). The US hasn’t had a third party candidate win for Congress in 70 years!

What distinguishes most of the “full democracies” is a proportional representation system rather than “winner take all” like the US. This generally gives voters more choice, which is what democracy should be about.

Changing course is a long-term issue, but short of that, pushing for rank-choice voting (which eliminates the “spoiler” problem) and National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (which would give us a direct popular vote for president when enough states ratify it), are 2 reforms worth working for.


#6

Exactly.


#7

Usually in reading Robert Koehler’s articles I have a sense of optimism, inspired, if for no other reason, than the peaceful manner of his writing.

This one strikes me by the absence of that optimism. There is a pronounced tone of resignation, no longer clutching the possibilities of hope, wistful of slim chances for a change that feels so unlikely.

It mirrors my own dismay at the reality in which we find ourselves.


#8

Not Dems! But the anti-Bernie, corporate-wing of the Dems! Trying to fool the electorate into thinking the whole shabang is crooked like the Repubs, huh? No way am I falling fer that!


#9

What Koehler writes has been true at least since the early 1980’s when corporatists (the Koch Bros, et. al.) formally bought the Dems with the Clinton/DLC coup. (Previous to that, they had to pay them with cash in brown paper envelopes, which was so much more inefficient and bad for the environment).

The Dems have lost thousands of seats at every level since the creation of the DLC and adopting Third Way “centrism” as their formal ideology.

Meanwhile, leftists, Nader, et. al. have been branded as “spoilers” and “unrealistic” whenever they try to mount credible fight-backs or propose actual useful programs and legislation (like repealing Taft-Hartley). Lib/progs are not only the most effective evil in U.S. (s)electoral politics; they are the most disgusting.


#10

A very misleading take on today’s political situation. The Republican establishment opposed Trump. He won because of a white nationalist populist movement which he energized with his message of hate. While it could be argued that the Democrats are Republican lite when it comes to the Republicans in the past, although that largely includes foreign policy and financial policy, not social issues or environmental issues, the Democrats have very little in common the party of Trump. It seems to me in my area where Democrats are running while they do talk about healthcare, etc. it ultimately seems to come down to opposing Trump. What the voters are most angry about isTrump. He is completely unacceptable asa president and poses a threat to democracy and seems to represent those who support ethnic cleansing of the US as well as those advocating a Christian theocracy and those who advocate an extreme libertarian view. This isn’t the party of Jeb Bush or John Kasich who Trump trounced in the Republican primary but a party of a white nationalist fascist. .


#11

labels are tricky and often tend to mislead…“the Dems” as a monolithic term is an example…the elite corporate-whores, the Sanders wing, the new 'socialists", the old-school Dem “base” and independents…who are we speaking of please?

As far as “Dems winning” if they stood for something, yes “they” could but those in control of the Dem Party will not because what they do stand-for is corporate power, big-money, the war-machine, the security-state, and vulture capitalism. They believe (or at least try to sell the belief) that courting and serving those big-money power structures means winning - screw the 99%, screw progressive, “socialist” ideas to serve/benefit the 99%, universal not-for-profit single-payer health care…and don’t forget where the big-money comes-from…the corporate/banker/big-pharma/insurance industry/wall Street, et al entities, and the powerful war industry with an arms supplier or related in every Congressional district (not accidental) and the millions of vets who are inculcated into the belief that if its good for the war-machine, it’s good for America - a fraud long built and entrenched by the MICC Eisenhower so presciently warned our nation against; a warning ignored that has come to pass in spades!.We are now a de facto military dominated nation, not a civilian republic!

As far as the trump R’Con regime goes, it is an evil, destructive, un-American cabal of corruption and abuse of power, led by a shallow, uneducated POS whose “words are remarkably juvenile and clueless, the spew of a bully-bigot who happily mocks” everything his diseased mind contemplates or that challenges his over-sized ego…except of course for massive gifts to the wealthiest and most destructive exploitation, rape of Mother Earth, and usury possible…a person of little to no intellect or integrity, or wisdom…nothing beyond the cunning scheming and depraved actions of a very small person that has never had to actually accomplish anything worthy of respect

No, the “Dems” will not stand-up and fight, or stand for much of anything…the status quo since at least Bill Clinton sold us down the river, and Obama cemented the worst betrayals by “the Dems” ever against the 99%!..the Clinton/Obama elite/establishment/neoliberal DINO’s must be evicted…shunned and driven out of the only current political vehicle with the status to defeat the trump regime and all who sail in it…


#12

Bernie is pro-war, pro-military spending, pro-imperialism, pro-Israel. He absolutely refuses to disavow these things, look it up. Therefore, it follows logically that he is pro-bank, pro-Wall-St, pro-corporation…no matter what he says, no matter what illusions people hold.


#13

The Democrats have not stood for much of anything for so long, why do we need to give them another chance?


#14

HI, flapdoodle64;
that doesn’t sound like Bernie to me , but o.k. I will , “look it up.”
Where shall I look? Any suggestions?


#15

Many vote Republican for two major reasons, abortion and guns. Democrats lose lots of votes this way.

Why not agree to ban abortion after the third trimester (if no danger to woman) in return for funding Planned Parenthood globally and providing free birth control and sex education?

Why not agree to treat gun ownership same as vehicles and require gun safety lessons, licensing and insurance?

Seems fair…


#16

In one of the debates with Hillary Clinton Bernie Sanders said the business model of Wall Street is fraud. That doesn’t sound like Bernie is pro Wall Street.


#17

The only force that can break the Democrat-Republican collusion is the American Voter. To do this a common issue needs to dominate this midterm election.

The most important question this midterm has got to be “do you take special interest money?”. If we could make this a single issue election on the subject of election reform we could regain control of what is supposed to be our republic. Without true election reform our future will be nothing but politics as usual

Our country’s governance is dysfunctional. The reason for the dysfunction and the cure are staring us directly in the face. The problem is too much money in politics and the cure is to
change Congress. Only we voters can affect the needed change and that is by getting rid of any congressmen or candidate that takes special interest money.

Our country’s governance is dysfunctional. The reason for the dysfunction and the cure are staring us directly in the face. The problem is too much money in politics and the cure is to
change Congress. Only we voters can affect the needed change and that is by getting rid of any congressmen or candidate that takes special interest money.

The fundamental problems we have as a community are not being addressed. We have a Congress that simply does not have our best interests at heart in their legislative actions. Our governing system is one of legislation for sale. Only 6 of the 535 members of Congress do not take special interest money. We have had at least four decades of congressional candidates seeking special interest money, for TV ads, and sellings their souls to get it. The end result is 529 legislators doing the bidding of the 1% and the corporate and financial industries, while ignoring the needs and wants of the American People.

In most western democracies the taking of special interest money (also called bribery) by those in or seeking office lands them in jail. Here our Congress, backed by a politicized Supreme Court, has not only made the practise legal but has opened control of our electoral system to essentially unlimited amounts of money. This allows those who exercise their political influence thru our elected officials to control governmental processes in perpetuity. Money buys votes!

As sick, frustrating, and pervasive as the present rigged system is; it has an Achilles heel: That is that our elected representatives must stand for reelection every 2 or 6 years. If we would judge them on whether or not they take special interest money and favor a complete rewrite of election law we would have a Congress with a completely different set of values. This should be the overriding criterion for our votes in this year’s midterm election. It is a simple, straight forward question: “do you take special interest money”?

Reelection rates for Congressional incumbents is historically in the 90+% range despite their historic approval ratings being below 60% and currently around 17%. We voters need to somehow get past this disconnect. Any Congressman or candidate that takes special interest money is simply not worthy of our votes. We need to act accordingly. We need a movement to: CHANGE CONGRESS.


#18

if only anti-abortionists and gun lovers wud negotiate even a little, but they won’t.


#19

How would that change a rigged system?


#20

When Trump kow towed to Zionist greed with the Jerusalem decision, with the resultant deaths and maiming of countless Palestinians, Chuck Schumer reportedly bragged to his wealthy consituentst that he had to take credit for Trump’s move. When Steny Hoyer pushed a working class populist Progressive Democratic candidate to drop out of the midterms to help install a corporate tool again we saw what the Dems stand for. Here in my own district, after two attempts by Justice Democrat Doug Applegate to unseat Daryll Issa, Daryll finally announced retirement. The Democratic Party backed in the midterms two superrich Zionists to run in the general and entirely starved Doug Applegate of financing or publicity. Applegate lost the midterms which he had fought so hard to earn. We saw what the Dems stand for.
Schumer and the rest of the Democratic Leadership would rather have a fascist in office than a populist Progressive.
That’s what they stand for, they stand up to hold the door open for philo-Semitic fascists and neo-liberal corporate tools.