I’m not shedding any tears for Louisiana now Ex-senator Mary Landrieu. She lost in a landslide victory to Reopublican Bill Cassidy. Not that it makes much difference, except in the bi-polar party ping pong politics of Washington. She favored fast track for TPP and favored passing the XL Keystone pipeline. She was a panderer and a fraud and very definitely a rightwinger who merely hung her hat on the D peg rather than the R peg. Not that it would have mattered.
But when push came to shove earlier this year as Dems sought to drive voter turn out in key races, it wasn’t that they lost to republicans. Democrats lost to themselves. The republicans were just smart enough to pander to their psycho base and then slip amid the void left by incompetent, inept and corrupt dem candidates and to take advantage of whiny leftie voters who say a lot but don’t do a lot-like vote. (A request: if you are building a better world 99%ers do it already. Burn it all down and do it! I can take calamity and chaos for that better world, but you never get to it, you just drag us all through rivers of crap when you don’t vote to keep the worst of the bad choices out! It’s been 5 decades of your utopia dreams and posturing, and so far you haven’t done dick but look moody and eternally put upon.)
Recently a friend, Joe Fedorko, producer of the political improv group Democracy Burlesque, shared a piece about reforms in the Democratic party. “No reforms,” went the slogan, pertaining to what Fedorko believes should be a general refusal for any retreat from Obamacare, or ACA. Fedorko found a good deal for health insurance with the ACA and has been a proponent. Like many of us on the Left, he feels, as I do, that it doesn’t go far enough. My issue with the ACA is that I believe it to be a corporate giveaway in sheep’s clothing, but that’s a different article.
Voter turnout across the country, as well as Louisiana was low, and that lower turnout did not favor the dems. But what the issue with ACA shows is something far more perilous not just to the party but to the Left in general. The democrats do not have the confidence of the people. Voters do not trust them. They waffle, negotiate and retreat on issues important to progressives, true democrats and Liberals; the environment, Single payer insurance, stopping TPP, reforming the banks, hammering corporations that exploit slave labor overseas and suck manufacturing from this country, the poor and keeping the greedy rich from getting access to our social security. While LGBTQ rights and immigration are important, those issues are akin to swatting at flies while being stung by a swarm of wasps.
An example of weak-kneed pathetic democrat equivocators? Chuck Schumer said that the dems blew it by voting for the ACA. Years ago a friend was relating how he got robbed and carjacked by actually giving the keys to the robber rather than running, throwing the keys or fighting back. Schumer and other dems are that guy; no balls. They do stand for anything and will negotiate anything. The right on the other hand never retreats. They attack and push and attack some more. And the same goes for the so-called progressive media, which is either comprised of snooty elitists(The era of the nerd is really over) like Chris Hayes, pushovers like Thom Hartman, or ass clowns like Stephanie Miller or rightwingers in lefty clothing, like the FOX leftists.
Our ideas are better, but were are perceived as a party of brats running in the street or of wimps. Now it is this sort of alpha male tribalism. Fed by a corporate media that still reaches far more Americans than facebook, Leftie blogs and twitter combined, frightened and disillusioned and seriously ill-informed and over entertained Americans are turning to the loudest, most boisterous chimps in the trees, the ones hording all the bananas and flinging their crap the farthest, as opposed to the monkeys who just want to get along. That’s fine if you’re sitting down to tea, but not when you’re in a back alley fight. Stand for something dems, because in the alternate, you are getting your ass handed to you!
WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com
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