Trump Republicans are now the Lesser Evil
First I want to clarify a few things.
Trump Republicans are still an evil that I won't support.
Secondly, if you identify with the cultural left then the Trump Republicans are still the greater evil.
What I'm talking about here is the Traditional Left that identifies with the working class.
If you are unsure of the difference, here's an example: If you opposed Trump's muslim ban, but still supported bombing those muslim nations, then you aren't part of the Traditional Left. You are part of the woke cultural left that is at home with the professional, managerial class.
The last few days have proven that the Democratic Party leadership is more hostile to the working class Left than Trump Republicans.
House Democrats have pulled a bill to reauthorize parts of the federal surveillance program known as FISA, a stinging defeat for Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s legislative machine provoked by a veto threat from President Donald Trump...
“Clearly, because House Republicans have prioritized politics over our national security, we will no longer have a bipartisan veto-proof majority,” Pelosi wrote.
But the Democratic caucus was facing its own revolt from the left, with about 100 progressives refusing to back legislation they saw as undermining privacy rights of Americans. And last-minute language from senior Democrats close to Pelosi, like House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), further muddied the waters for an uneasy left wing.
Republicans only oppose the bill because Trump opposed it.
Trump only opposed the bill because he's been personally victimized by it.
But that doesn't excuse the Dem leadership, which worked so hard to defeat the progressive agenda.
When it comes to civil rights, Trump Republicans are further to the left than Pelosi, Hoyer, Schiff, and Third-Way Dems.
Probably the clearest division between the Left and the Democratic leadership concerns our endless wars. That's where Trump has clearly moved further to the left.
The Trump administration is evaluating a range of options for the eventual withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Afghanistan...
Earlier this year, the United States brokered a peace deal with the Taliban that would usher in a permanent cease-fire and reduce the U.S. military’s footprint from approximately 13,000 to 8,600 by mid-July.
Trump has publicly said he would like to pull American soldiers out of Afghanistan ahead of the timeline, as early as Thanksgiving.
Nearly three-quarters of veterans support a full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
Trump is also considering withdraw US troops from the Sinai Peninsula, and started to pull troops from Syria.
Obviously this is an immensely popular position on the Traditional Left (the cultural left OTOH can't be bothered).
So what does the Dem leadership think?
In the few instances in which Trump has sought to de-escalate violence, he has drawn howls from the national security establishment, including Democratic Party leaders. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, for example, dubbed the Syria pullout a “Christmas present to Vladimir Putin.” Now a majority of Senate Democrats have voted to oppose a “precipitous withdrawal” from Syria and Afghanistan...
Again, however, party leaders often impugned the very goal of exiting Syria or Afghanistan anytime soon. Sen. Bob Menendez, the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, cast Trump’s decision as a threat to U.S. national security. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, dismissed the withdrawal plan as “impulsive, irresponsible, and dangerous” for ceding ground to Iran, Syria, Russia, and the Islamic State.
These episodes reveal how deeply some Democrats have imbibed the militarism that has produced decades of forever-and-everywhere war. Not only do many Democrats favor continued war and hostility to no end, but they fetishize military force as the true measure of U.S. engagement in the world.
The ironic result of the 2016 election is that the NeoCons and Never Trumpers, the same people responsible for the 2006 and 2008 Republican defeats, are now setting policy in the Democratic Party, with the same disastrous results.
When it comes to war, the Traditional Left can only support self-defense. If you favor illegally bombing and occupying Syria, then you aren't on the left. Period.
Then there is the vital issue of trade.
Most people forget that it was Reagan that negotiated NAFTA, and the GOP that pushed it through Congress.
Fast-forward a couple decades and look at Obama's legacy.
After years of siding with corporate America to pass various job-killing trade deals over the opposition of congressional Democrats, he announced that it was “nonsense” that anyone should have the view that “Democrats have somehow abandoned the white working class.”
Yet in fact, post-election polling and exit polls confirm that Trump flipped decisive states because he connected with voters’ fury about job-killing trade deals.
Trump’s omnipresent attacks on “rigged” trade deals resonated with communities devastated by mass job offshoring. Polling shows that Americans viewed President Obama’s TPP as a corporate power grab that would cost more jobs, lower wages and raise medicine prices.
Obama negotiated TPP, and Hillary loved it, but guess who was the point man on selling it.
Democratic critics of President Obama's trade agenda got a playful warning from Joe Biden on Thursday, when the vice president announced that he'll be the administration's leading pitchman for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
“I know a lot of you don't like TPP, but you're going to have to see me,” Biden told scores of House Democrats gathered in Baltimore for their yearly retreat. “I apologize, because they think we get along with each other, so they're sending me.”
It took three years for Biden to back off on his support for TPP. I doubt that anyone believes him.
Meanwhile Trump killed TPP. Trump also attempted to improve NAFTA (Trump largely failed, but he did more than Clinton and Obama combined). Trump has clumsily attempted to address our horrible trade relationship with China (Trump has mostly failed here too, while restarting a cold war, but he's giving it a real effort).
Trump also tried to stop corporations from exploiting H-1B visas, that are often used to break labor unions (Trump opposed it for reasons of immigration). He failed here too.
Trump is horrible on a lot of issues, but you can't be on the Left and say that trade, war, and civil liberties aren't vitally important to you.
If you are still OK with the Dem leadership, if you think Pelosi and Biden are good on these issues, then you are no progressive, no leftist, you aren't even a moderate.
You are a reactionary right-winger.
If this trend continues, the working class Left should consider switching parties.