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The Myth of Bipartisanship—It’s Time to Get Tough With the Right


The Myth of Bipartisanship—It’s Time to Get Tough With the Right

Sean McElwee

After the drudgery of the 2016 election, many Americans may want to take conflict mediator Mark Gerzon’s advice for a “transpartisan vacation.” In The Reunited States of America, readers are invited to suspend their regular partisan identities, to be free from “defending all your old positions from those who disagree.”


Political decisions that appease the right are usually based on Big Money bribes. If we can't get the money out of politics, we should get the politicians out of decision-making.

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Ever since the 1985 formation of the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), bipartisanship has meant Democrats capitulated to the GOP irrespective of who occupies the White House and controls Congress.

From 1954 until Bill Clinton zealously promoted and signed NAFTA in 1994 The Democrats controlled Congress. Obama repeated the same tactic to turn over control of Congress to the GOP when he relabeled the GOP's 1990s "health care reform" the ACA in 2010. Democrats staying home during the 1994 and 2010 midterm elections handed control of Congress to the GOP, giving cover to Clinton and Obama to deliver for the 1% at the expense of the 99%.

Although Klare mentions Republican Jon Huntsman's role in No Labels, Democrat Joe Lieberman is the other half of that "bipartisan" effort to pick up where Obama's Simpson-Bowles catfood commission left off when Obama's grand bargain to cut Social Security and Medicare fell through in 2011. You can safely bet your last nickle that we will be hearing a lot about No Labels during Hillary Clinton's first hundred days.


It seems obvious to me that we need a new constitution, but clearly the politicians can't be the ones to write it. Those who are doing well appear not to give a damn about those who are not. Our lives are invisible to them.