4 Days Left: Republicans are Losing Because They’re Not Mainstream, Part I

If we liberals learn nothing else from this election, we have to learn that this election has to be just the beginning. We will never be an effective element of the democracy until we learn how to be democratic and … Continue reading

10 to Go: After the Nightmare…

If you’re not sick of this shit, I wonder where you’re living. Politics in the United States of America has become a joke, and it’s not entirely about Donald Trump. While he is absolutely the worst President we have ever had, if we are to look at reality over thew past 40-50 years, he’s just the latest in a series of presidencies that may as well have been parodies.

The major jokes started with Richard Nixon, who the American people and the people of California had rejected previously, being elected President in 1968. His election was facilitated by the “progressive” movement of the 1960s, because they thought the best way to get anything done politically was through “protest.” So, in order to “protest” Vietnam, they worked against Humphrey, who was the only viable choice besides Nixon available in 1968. This, despite the fact that Humphrey promised to end the war as much as Nixon did and he actually had the Congress to help him do it. (Democrats had supermajorities in both the House and the Senate, for example, and anti-war sentiment was growing.)

So, we had to suffer through Richard Nixon as president in 1969. Now, Nixon had to work with the supermajority-Democratic Congress, which meant he had to go along with a lot of shit he normally wouldn’t have wanted to do, and that was a good thing. However, Nixon also expanded the Vietnam War, to nearby Laos, Cambodia, and even Thailand, to an extent, even as he significantly cut back on the draft.

At the same time, politics in the United States was changing. The Dixiecrats were abandoning the Democratic Party in droves, and becoming Republican. The sad part of this is, while each party had its deplorable elements previously, beginning with 1968, increasingly they were found inside a single political party, the GOP. As a result, a party that had once had the “Taft Wing” of fiscal conservatives whose focus had been cancelling the New Deal and returning us to their version of “market economics,” they now also had ran increasing constituency of racists and xenophobes; constituencies they now had to cater to, if they were to keep them voting faithfully every election season. That is why the current incarnation of the Republican Party has been so bad for so long. When your “base:” is right wing and economically absurd, that’s one thing. However, when your “base” is also irretrievably stupid, that’s something else. And that’s what the United States has been dealing with politically for a very long time. Both political parties take their “bases” seriously, but only one should.

In 1972, progressives “protested” their way to nominating George McGovern as the Democrats’ presidential candidate. Now, McGovern was a lovely guy and a strong liberal, but he was perhaps the worst presidential candidate in history. (Disclaimer; I worked on the McGovern campaign, although I was 14 at the time. It was like we were all intent on committing political suicide, and we were successful. Then, in 1976, the same group of white liberals, who were now calling themselves “progressive,” even though they were anything but, decided they didn’t like the Democratic voters’ choice of Jimmy Carter as their nominee. First, they tried to jam through Jerry Brown, who was nowhere near ready for the big time, and who had no chance of getting the nomination. Then, in the general election, the same white liberals simply refused to fully support Carter, allowing the election, just two years after Watergate, to be far closer than it should have been. A lot of these “progressives” voted for Eugene McCarthy, who ran as an “independent,” but mostly, they demonstrated complete indifference.

Roughly the same thing happened in 1980, when the same “progressives” refused to support Carter again, and right winger St. Reagan was elected with the largest electoral win by a non-incumbent in history. It would be easy to claim that many white liberals voted for and supported John Anderson, but most of his votes came from what was at the time a dwindling number of liberal Republicans who were dead-set against St. Reagan because he was too right wing.

This shit has kept happening. In 1984, when we should have ousted St. Reagan, white liberals couldn’t get behind Mondale. In 1988, when we finally had a chance to take out the GOP after eight years of Reagan excesses, they couldn’t get behind Dukakis, who was, (ironically?) at least as liberal as McGovern. They put their claws away leg enough to allow Black people to elect Bill Clinton twice, but in 2000, they decided to choose Ralph Nader to get behind, even though he had no chance of winning, and did no twice, thus stealing one election from Al Gore and another from John Kerry. Then, after “allowing” the first Black President to be elected and then undermining him at every turn, we watched the potentially most progressive president in history have to spend the last three-quarters of his two terms working against the largest Republican majority since 1928, even though their stated intentions were to “make Obama a one-term president” and to stop everything he does.”

This has to stop. It’s not good enough to get rid of Trump. If we are to ever be worthy of calling ourselves “progressive,” we have to at the very least stop allowing the GOP from ever winning another election, at least until they reconstitute into a political party that cares about the American people. We have to line up behind the Democratic Party and stop requiring Democratic candidates to hold issue positions that are unrealistic, electorally speaking. We have to stop proudly demanding things that most American voters can’t get behind and start messaging in a way that attracts voters, rather than repelling them. Most voters don’t like liberals very much, and it’s our fault, with our whole “our way or the highway” attitude and our racist attitude, in which we assume we are in charge of the Democratic Party, even though most of us abandoned the party more than 50 years ago.

We can never forget; People of Color are the Democratic Party’s base, not white liberals. And Black people – especially Black women – are the heart and soul of the Democratic Party in 2020 and (hopefully) beyond. When white liberals grumble that the Democratic Party takes PoC for granted, they are showing how out of touch they are, and perhaps a subtle bit of racism.

This is what has to change going forward. We have to stop calling ourselves “progressive,” while continuing to block progress. It’s not very smart, and it doesn’t begin and end with Donald Trump. Voting against a tyrant is often just as important as voting FOR the person who agrees with us the most, and we have to embrace that.

Two Weeks to Go: Get Excited, Not Complacent

Look, this is an exciting time to be alive, in a way. It’s one of the worst years I can remember, but dammit, in just two weeks, we can end the year with a huge win. We can save democracy … Continue reading

14 Days Left: After We Win…

Alright… suppose we get exactly what we want and Trump gets his ass handed to him on November 3, and his last full day is scheduled for January 19, 2021? After he’s gone, then what? I mean, sure, we’ll be … Continue reading

With Trump Gone, We’ll Need More Insight, More Voices. Donate to Help Our Blog Make a Major Comeback!

I have to admit, I have blown it with this blog. Part of it is just a lack of vision. The “election” of Donald Trump as “president” made it very difficult to focus on any one thing; the constant barrage of bullshit coming from the current regime (some say “administration,” but I can’t) has made it impossible to know what to write about.

Well, with the impending defeat of this immature, narcissistic asshole and his removal from the White House, and perhaps the nation’s psyche, it’s time to start getting real. It’s time for this blog to get back to what we used to do best; to push the liberal message in a way that makes us more viable as a movement. It’s time we stopped yelling from the sidelines and start participating in the democracy, like we used to. It’s time we started arguing against the right wing and get them the hell out of government to the extent possible, and force them to reconfigure their movement and create a political party that actually works for the American people.

You probably already know where this is going. I have been running this blog for more than 13 years now, and it has had its ups and downs. It’s down right now, but I will bring it back, with your help. There was a time when this blog pulled in 50,000 people per day, and we have topped 1 million in a month before. I plan to do that again.

Like I said, though; I need your help. I always promised I would keep this blog going as long as I could do so without losing money, and I have kept that promise. However, we’re close to the edge, and I need help to bring it back to health. If you want to see this blog returned to good health, I’ll need your help. Anything you can donate is welcome, from a couple of bucks to a few thousand. Just go to the column on the right or click below and send what you can. Thank you for putting up with this, but you’ll be happy with the result…

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15 Days to Go: How Liberals Can Get Better Moving Forward

I haven’t done this in a while, but after the past week or so, when I have been confronted with white “progressives” who seem intent on keeping Donald Trump in office, I feel it’s my duty. There are actually more … Continue reading

16 Days to Go: The Progressive Thing to Do is to Support Biden

Every day, I see/hear about some self-proclaimed “progressive who comes up with an excuse as to why he (it’s usually a white guy, not many women) “can’t” vote for Joe Biden. Seriously, in 2020, where the only viable choices for … Continue reading

17 Days to Go: End the Politics of Stupid, Part II

As I said yesterday, this election is our opportunity to end the Politics of Stupid, once and for all. And don’t say we can’t do it. Our parents and grandparents did so in 1932, when the inaction of the GOP … Continue reading

18 Days to Go: End the Politics of Stupid, Part I

There is simply no excuse for still wanting to vote for Donald J. Trump in 2020. When you look at the damage he’s done in the four years since he became “president,” there is plenty there to prevent you from … Continue reading

Less Than 3 Weeks: The GOP Wants US to Promise “No Court Packing”? Huh?

I’ve already voted, and I have already checked to make sure the vote was counted, which it was.

You’re welcome. You should do the same, if you can. No matter what Lord Donny says, mail-in voting is safe. Even if the Postmaster General is a pro-Trump moron, most of the people who work for the Postal Service are just regular people who presumably care about democracy and will take care with your vote. The truly important thing is, you have to vote. Everyone has to vote. If everyone votes, we’ll never have to see that bright orange as a politician ever again. In fact, if we get him the hell out of there, we can see that he’s fitted fr a jumpsuit that matches his skin color and make sure he’s never seen in public again.

Of course, Trump is a major reason this is an important election, but it isn’t the only reason. If you’re fretting over the confirmation of Susan Cooney Barrett, for example, and you’re disappointed that Joe Biden won’t answer the question of whether or not he plans to pack the (Supreme) Court, consider that the GOP has been packing the court system for decades. Barrett already packed the appeals court; she’s just been nominated to pick the highest court in the land. Back when Obama was (a legitimate) President, Moscow Mitch McConnell did his best to slow down the confirmation of Obama-nominated judges, and he also refused to allow Obama to replace Justice Scalia when he died, refusing to allow hearings on centrist Judge Merrick Garland, thus allowing Trump to fill that seat with Justice Gorsuch. Trump didn’t engineer that, his party did. Meanwhile, whenever Reagan or a Bush was President, Republicans confirmed as many judges as they possibly could at every level of the federal bench.

Therefore, when we listen to Republicans whine because Joe Biden won’t commit to a promise not to “pack the court,” the whining is extremely empty and should be dismissed, especially since the GOP has spent the past 30 years trying to pack the courts with right wing clowns, based on their theory that the only issues that matter are God, guns, gays and tax cuts, none of which are popular with voters. Not being popular with voters means they can only get their way by manipulating the courts.

This is why all Republicans have to go, not just Trump. Trump is essentially a caricature of a Republican politician, and he’s doing what he’s told because he thinks that’s how he can win. We have to prove him wrong by rejecting everything Trump stands for, which means rejecting everything the GOP stands for. We have to do this, and do it in such a way that makes it impossible for Republicans to cheat and/or steal. It’s landslide time, Democrats…