Excellent article. At the heart of it lies one simple fact: Once you accept boatloads of campaign money from corporations such as big pharma, the health insurance lobby and the MIC, you cannot be for MFA, the Green New Deal or scaling back on empire.
What I’d add to the mix is that Trump actually ran on a populist platform. Yeah, I know, a cutthroat billionaire real estate developer playing Huey Long is absurd (and, of course, later abandoned). But at least he made a pitch for the working class. Check the campaign record.
Trump was for protecting American jobs by promising to get tough with China, re-negotiate NAFTA (he did, though same bs), rub elbows with coal miners, promise unions huge contracts with an infrastructure bill, slap tariffs on imports, etc. This scared the capital class, but what terrified them was Trump’s intimations re foreign policy. He threatened to leave NATO, was too chummy with Russia and even wanted to withdraw from Syria and Afghanistan.
This prompted a marriage between the establishment dems/big media and the neocons. Try to count all the Bush administration refugees who either have shows on MSNBC or contribute on a regular basis. Like David Frum, Max Boot, Nicole Wallace, Donnie Deutsche, Clapper, Comey, Brennan, etc., and the rehab tour of Bush himself.
It’s as if James Comey and these other war lovers never lied and deceived us into the illegal Iraq invasion. It was the FBI who infiltrated and weakened Occupy Wall Street. It was the intelligence agencies’ traitors that threatened - then rewarded - AT&T to turn over private records to the state. And now these are the mouthpieces for LIBERAL? media.
Social security used to be the third rail of politics. Bush and Obama ended that fairy tale, and now it’s empire and the MIC that are untouchable.