(This article was originally written as a response to yet another personal attack from centerfielddj…a member of the highly regressive Gang of Four (along with oaguabonita, nalbar and marduk) who are currently striving as mightily as they possibly can do so to discount any and all disagreements with the structure and direction of the current Democratic Party and thus turn this blog into dKos Jr. It grew. Here it is.)
Centristfielddj, et al:
You continue to support the right wing of the Democratic Party…the centrist wing of that party, just as is the left wing of the Republican Party “centrist” (What’s left of it after Trump’s still ongoing victories, anyway.)…despite the absolute, easily verifiable fact that the Dems (and their current controllers} were essentially voted out of any position of possible power in 2016. I support the left wing of that Democratic Party. You know, the one that those same people currently in control of the Democratic Party bumped out of contention in 2016…probably illegally, but that’s already sewage under the DC bridge…in favor of yet another warmonger?
Unless that newly arising Democratic left wing gets its act throughly and effectively in place by this November…not just an insurgent here and an insurgent there, but signs of a truly burgeoning movement…this coming election is promising to be at best a wash. And not the cleansing kind, either. As I wrote here recently (A Tired Middle America. SO Tired…), middle America is exhausted from all of this bullshit finger-pointing and posing from both quondam “sides,” and it looks to me as if it going to say “Fuck you all!!!” to the two parties this November. Trump will still be there; Mueller and his lawyers will still be ferreting away, trying to get to him, and your party will essentially be in the same position that it now occupies.
Powerless to stop him.
Will you then be laughing on the other side of your face? (If indeed you even have another side…???) I doubt it. You’ll probably go down with the mostly old, mostly white, mostly male Dem ship.
Glub glub glub.
P.S. I personally reject the very idea of “rightist” and “leftist” positions. That concept implies a straight line. What is really happening is a sort of circular system. Somewhere on that system is a place where the positions of people like Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul begin to meet. Like the point where aggressive war is considered immoral and thus insupportable. We…so-called “progressives”…tend to bemoan the moral transgressions of Donald Trump while ignoring those of the Clintons and Barack Obama. Bad as Trump is…and he threatens to be much worse as he gains position and power…what is his kill rate so far compared to the wars (overt, covert and U.S.-supported client states) of those administrations?
He’s still an amateur…a piker…in comparison to the centrist pros. And I include the BushII/Cheney group in that “pro”department. The U.S. has been busily killing, maiming and otherwise destroying lives all over the world since Clinton I came to power. That is 25 unbroken years of unnecessary, non-defensive war!!!
The laws of karma are eternal and immutable. Trump is merely the first payment on that huge karmic debt. And…hopefully…an effective warning. My seat-of-the-pants estimate…based on 50 years of adult life living in and traveling through every level of U.S. culture, top to bottom and left to right, all races, all cultures, all degrees of wealth/poverty…is that some 85+% of our population simply wants to be left alone to raise their families in some sort of safety. Nothing much more. They don’t want to hurt anybody who is not bent on hurting them. Awaken that 85+% to the range and seriousness of the dangers facing us…environmental dangers, corporate dangers, political and economic dangers…and that 85+% will wake the fuck up, raise its multi-cultural head and fight the real enemies, just as it did in FDR’s time.
It’s not about “right”and “left” anymore, centristfielddj.
It’s now about right and wrong!!!
And you are supporting the wrong side.
Have a nice day.
I will…bet on it.