Liberal Politicians hide in moneyed bunkers and move phantom armies
Like Hitler in the last days under Berlin, neoliberal/neocon Democrats have completely lost touch with reality. They are convinced that one more try with Russiagate (or now Khasshogi-gate) will bring victory over the hated Trump. They fantasize that "we're not Trump" is going to raise a voter army from people who were screwed over by Obama, demonized by Hillary, and shut out by the Democratic Party insiders. In short, it is quite clear to anyone with a brain that the so-called party of the people is merely a bunch of inside-the-beltway grifters trying to sell their non-existent voting base to TPTB for next month's rent.
We here at c99p have long known that. However, as the 2018 midterms are upon us, it is worth asking what progressives (a placeholder word for those of us who are really leftish) can expect when the election reveals that the corpo-Dems have shot their bolt. The best the Dems can hope for is some marginal control of the House, which will be instantly undermined for all but ideological/kabuki purposes by the sellout DINOs and newly minted CIA-Dems.
To be realistic, we can expect more environmental and regulatory rollbacks, more climate change denial, more corporate looting, more tax cuts, more warmongering, more military spending, more neo-McCarthyism, more corporate censorship, more voter suppression, more racism.
At some point, then, one must ask oneself how much more of one's limited lifespan (many of us at c99p are older) one is going to throw into the lost cause of the Democratic Party, or of formal democracy (as opposed to street demonstrations - or something new, like one day job actions, that actually works) in a completely corporatized, neoliberal-ized, and militarized America.
Why do I say "lost cause"? Because all I read anymore are one defeat after another for common sense, decency, fairness, cooperation, and compassion. Today alone, I read about Apple's lawsuits against the right to repair, and about private equity looting and bankrupting grocery store chains . In the past weeks, I have read about the real "fake news" - the deep sociological propaganda that is twisting our collective awareness: fake Enlightenment by the lying, neoliberal sophist, Stephen Pinker, Bank of Sweden (fake Nobel) Prizes that praise fake environmental activism while ignoring genuine environmental economists.
I won't bother to recite any dismal anecdotes about our out of control military spending, which is supported by both parties - some recent bill to expand the military was approved by 93-7 in the Senate. Thanks, so-called peace loving Dems.
But, it is the rapidly growing censorship that makes me completely lose heart. Its hard enough to get most overworked, over-stressed people to acknowledge that a non-mainstream news source might be telling the truth, and not be simply dismissed as CT. Apparently, that's been happening too much lately for TPTB, so they have taken the "fake news" tactic to its logical conclusion and started censoring anyone who bucks the mainstream propaganda line, whether they be right or left. When censorship kicks in, countries start to look like Soviet Russia or East Germany or "social credit" China (thanks for helping with that, Google). Neocon Democrats are completely on-board with censorship: Leading US House Democrat demands that Ecuador’s president “hand over” Julian Assange Under censorship, there are severe consequences to even the most private and casual of "free speech" utterances. Censorship is the end of democracy. Politics goes on, but it is the politics of the bazaar - making deals, peddling influence.
My heart says this censorship must be fought or its all over. My brain says it is already all over; thinking that it is not over is bunker thinking. The only people fighting censorship are Trump's people, and they are doing it, as usual these days, for all the wrong reasons. The so-called left are the one's pushing censorship, pushing the divisive, identity politics-driven, public bad behavior. Neither side is trying to save the Bill of Rights, they're just using it as a club to beat the other side with.
At least until the election, I can just barely continue to believe their might be a way out of this dead end for democracy. After that, I think I will just stop writing about politics and start making personal plans for the collapse of middle class America that is already baked in to our delusional stock and real estate markets, our zero-interest savings accounts, our sadistic student loan laws, the endless looting by Wall Street, the bullseye drawn on Social Security and Medicare, and the trade and Cold Wars that Trump has started. Its quite clear that TPTB have written off the US. They treat us like some third world country (which we have become) to be stripped of its resources (fracking, mountaintop mining, offshore drilling everywhere, private equity looters). Once they get their hands on Social Security, which they will in the next Congress (because President Hopey-Changey was all for "reforming" it, and so are all the other frauds in the Democratic Party), they will cash out what is left of America's financial resources and let the whole rotten edifice of democracy fall down from starvation and abuse.
I used to believe that America was salvageable from the neoliberals and neocons. But that hope died in 2008, when John Stewart took an offer he couldn't refuse and we got the Empty Suit as fake liberal president. At that point, leftwing online commentary was redirected, hijacked, smothered. Letting the banks off scot free was excused. We all saw that as we were kicked out of Democratic Underground and GOS.
I like c99p. I like the atmosphere. But I'm not an activist, so its really nothing more than a corner bar for folks like me - a place to unburden oneself of the cares of the day in the company of like minded people. I might still drop in for a pint every now and again, but I just can't face hearing the non-stop flood of bad news, unredeemed by any concerted pushback.
The US has no Jeremy Corbyn, who is about the only decent person with any power left in Anglo Saxon politics. It has no Labor Party to represent the 99%, just two bought and paid for duopoly parties. America has reverted to the violent, racist shithole that we were in the 1950s; only now we are poor, struggling, jobless, indebted racists (with way more guns) instead of "on top of the world" racists. And all the MAGA bullshit in the world can't hide that fact.
Sorry to be so negative. But I just don't see anything positive happening, and they will soon be storming the bunker of Social Security, which gives me the wherewithall to think and write as I do. So, pardon me if, post-election, I spend more time looking out for my own ass than fighting in the good cause. I think the good cause is lost. YMMV.