Wednesday, November 7, 2018
In what should have been a resounding, slam-dunk rejection of the corporatist, plutocratic, serial-lying, ignorant but clever, law-breaking Trump Admin (and any candidate supported by The Don), the election turned out to be a mixed bag. There are many reasons for that, but in this essay I'll focus on a chief reason.
[Technically, all the election results have not yet been tabulated. This is being written just before midnight on Tuesday, Mountain Standard Time. Nevertheless, I feel comfortable with the "mixed bag" characterization. Of course, both sides undoubtedly will claim victory on Wednesday. Once again, and for any new readers here, I'm not a Republican or a Democrat.]
Just as during the Bill Clinton Era, today's Democratic Party (at the highest levels) is run by plutocratic corporatists...or their puppets. After Clinton left office, the DNC re-took power from the Clintonite DLC (Dem Leadership Council, which heavily leaned toward Corporatism). Unfortunately for genuine Populists, the DNC quietly adopted most of the policies of the outgoing, corporatist DLC.
So, today (& for a number of years), the only difference between so-called Democrats and so-called Republicans is on most social Hot-Button issues---such as gun control, abortion, gay rights, etc.---and maybe one or two non-Hot-Button, domestic issues. When it comes to the economy, finance, war, empire, monetary policy, fiscal policy, corporatism, and foreign policy, the two Parties (again, at the highest levels) are pretty much the same.
All of the above means that the Dems in control of their Party don't want to rock the Corporate Boat. That's why, in the lead-up to the election, we heard little to nothing about the following---
1. About 50% of working families in the USA are either in poverty, or so close to the brink of it that the difference doesn't matter. They are in the "Precariat Class", a term coined by the economist & professor, Guy Standing. People in this Class are insecure relative to their material & psychological existence. Their lives, through little to no fault of their own, have become extremely precarious.
2. Of the remaining 50%, about 35% of them are doing okay, but they still are in the Precariat Class...at least in terms of economic and financial stability. Their jobs and lifestyle are no longer secure. They could lose it all virtually in a few weeks, or at most, a few months.
3. The economy is "booming" only for about the top 15% of income earners. Despite any piddly wage increases of late, wages/salaries still essentially are stagnant (after adjustment for price inflation). That's been true for about thirty years. In the same period, the Upper Crust has increased its income by 700%.
4. Our crushing National Debt (which has the potential of further ruining our economy) is not primarily due to social spending; rather, the main cause is massive Corporate Welfare (including military spending). Corporate welfare DWARFS all social spending combined. The "Nanny State" in the USA is for corporations, not people.
5. Our foreign policy kowtows to Mega Corporations...especially those in the Financial Sector. Our Fed Gov't is belligerent on the world stage because that ultimately benefits the Big Boys in Biz. [See the book, War is a Racket, by General Smedley Butler, a Marine for 33 years.] Our foreign policy is further bankrupting our country. Do you really believe that we need 900 military bases around the world? Do you really believe that we still need to be in Afghanistan...after 17 years? Do you really believe that sanctions on a country are not an act of war? Do you really believe that we need more expensive nukes? Our military budget already is larger than those of the next top seven countries combined...and that includes China & Russia.
6. The goal of Mega Corps is to privatize everything...worldwide. At the highest levels in DC, politicians are helping them do that...or, at the very least, not opposing them. The monopolists of Mega Biz are moving us all toward NeoFeudalism, and the pace rapidly is increasing. In the not-too-distant future, the Middle Class no longer will exist.
7. Finally, our foreign policy is crucial mainly because it drives domestic policy. Surveillance, War, Trade Wars, Sanctions, Empire...it all drains economic security from We the People. It all enriches the Upper Crust at our expense. It serves to funnel spending away from any safety net for the most vulnerable, and increasingly, from any economic security for everyone who isn't in the top tier of income earners.
The Big Boys & Girls at the DNC ignore most of the above. Even the small Progressive Wing of the Democratic Party often appears to not get the significance of foreign policy vis-a-vis the World Corporate Empire. The Democratic hierarchy is basically the same as the Republicans when it comes to foreign policy, sanctions, war, and Empire.
It all comes down to more wealth for the already wealthy...and the top Democrats don't want to rock the boat. So they mostly ignore Corporatism, and instead, concentrate on immigration or Russian "interference". No wonder they can't slam-dunk the rejection of Trump & Crew...and if anything needs slam-dunking, it's that.
Not only my opinion. Be Well