Everywhere you look on social media, Democrats are lamenting how they don’t have the will to decorate their Christmas tree, to buy Christmas gifts for their kids, to put up Christmas lights, to bake Christmas cookies, to take their next miserable Christmas breath. Because of Trump.
Sweet Baby Jesus, no wonder Democrats lose elections! It’s time we talk, fellow Dems, about “The Donald.”
Donald J. Trump didn’t happen by chance. Democrats set the stage for him when we became GOP-lite in the early 1990s. When we stopped fighting for blue collar America. When we accepted support from the same people who bankroll the Republicans.
This is hard to admit, at least for me, because I loved the guy. But facts are facts: welfare recipients were hung out to dry under Clinton; unions were abandoned to all but lip service; jobs were surrendered to other nations; Glass-Steagall was repealed and banks freed to gamble with your money. The GOP didn’t do that. Democrats did. We did. And we continued that betrayal during Obama.
I contributed time and money to Obama, and I voted for him twice. But he delivered little to working class America. We’ve blamed that on the Republican Congress. And they were certainly treasonous in the way they played politics with our needs. But ask yourself what Obama accomplished his first two years in office when he had a Democratic majority; and what lasting legislation he fought for during his final six years.
Examples of his unwillingness to stand up to big money:
- Healthcare. Have you asked yourself why we have the plan we do? Why the ACA? Most of it was drawn up in 1993 when Bob Dole asked the conservative Heritage Foundation to create a free market competitor to Clinton’s government-run initiative. But in 2010, why no single payer? Why require us to give profits to the healthcare industry? One can only guess.
- Dodd-Frank. It was supposed to reel-in Wall Street excesses. It didn’t. Matt Taibbi wrote a scathing Rolling Stone piece on the shallowness of the initial bill and covers how Obama allowed what bite there was to be trimmed back to the nub. Read it. Weep. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/how-wall-street-killed-financial-reform-20120510
- Helping Families Save Their Homes Act. You may have never heard of this legislation, and so my bringing it up sounds like a needle in a haystack complaint. “Why focus on one bill? Obama did other stuff.” This is why: Introduced by Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act would have allowed judges to modify mortgages so families would not lose their homes. That was a big deal when millions of people were staring at foreclosure. The bill was introduced immediately after the 2008 crash and had widespread support in Congress. But it failed to gain the last few votes it needed in the Senate (from recalcitrant Democrats who received large donations from the banks). A push by the popular new president with the amazing rhetorical skills at a time of massive home loss might have swayed that vote. But we’ll never know because that push never came. And 12,000,000 families lost their homes.
- Prosecution of Wall Street executives responsible for the 2008 crash. If you want a direct connection between Democrats and Trump’s eventual win of the White House, look no further than the president’s refusal to prosecute the villains (there’s no other word for them) who stole 12,000,000 middle class homes. TWELVE MILLION people who once owned a home, who paid property taxes to localities, who were building their nest egg, saw the criminals who stole from them go free under a Democrat. And they saw nothing in Hillary that differed from Obama except that those same criminals paid her hundreds of thousands of dollars to pat them on their backs.
Stings, doesn’t it?
If we don’t face up to our party’s collusion in the destruction of the American middle class and don’t start fighting to rebuild it, Donald Trump will be the least of our concerns. We have to wise up, toughen up, get to work.
If you’re a Democrat or a liberal-leaning Independent, go online or call the Democrats and get the name of your delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Contact them. Tell them you want them to vote for Bernie Sanders-endorsed Keith Ellison for DNC Chair. That vote is in February, so contact them soon. Meet Keith: https://keithfordnc.org
Next make connections. Go to a Democratic Party meeting. Go to a Bernie Sanders’s OurRevolution meeting. Most of all, take to heart the advice you give your kids when they’re moping around the house after life pees on their parade: Do something!
So. Are we done here? Good!
Now go decorate your damned tree.