Barbarian at the Gates: The Year of Betrayal and Failure

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    • #389868
      Ohio Barbarian
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      2020 has been so terrible that I might just stay up until midnight tonight to make sure it goes away. Fortunately, to the great rejoicing of most people in my neighborhood, a new State Liquor Agency and a new head shop/tobacco store have opened up the street, so I will be properly equipped.

      Looking back, this 2020 came in full of hopeful anticipation. Bernie Sanders was running for the Democratic nomination again and looked stronger than ever. He racked up wins in the first three primaries and caucuses, and no candidate who had won Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada had ever been denied the nomination. The turnout of Latinos in particular seemed to be a harbinger of good things to come. Joe Biden looked demented, helpless, and forgotten.

      Then Covid hit and Obama called every Democratic candidate still in the running, there was a media blitz that only Good Old Joe could beat Trump, and somehow Biden won damned near every primary on Super Tuesday. In every state, he did 11 points better than recent polls indicated, which the UN considers evidence of election fraud, but Bernie didn’t even squeak about it. Instead, he urged his supporters in later primaries not to vote in person while Biden ordered his people to perform their sacred civic duty no matter the risk, and then Sanders unconditionally surrendered.

      That was the first betrayal. Bernie could have gotten Biden to commit to something progressive, but he didn’t even try. That’s unforgiveable, IMHO. Bernie’s second betrayal came swiftly with his shameful capitulation on the CARES Act. He, and every single other elected progressive in Congress, voted for this obscenely criminal transfer of wealth from the bottom at least 80% to the very tippety-top.

      Right around the same time, our President and Congress as a whole started a whole series of betrayals of the American people that haven’t stopped yet. The President called the pandemic a hoax and tens of millions of Americans believe him to this day. Congress refused to even consider doing what nearly every other civilized nation on the planet did, which was to provide some sort of universal basic income to their respective peoples so businesses could temporarily close and the virus could be traced and contained. They gave us next to nothing in comparison to say, France, Germany, and Vietnam.

      The lockdowns were, and are, an incompetent mishmash of arbitrary decrees that were too little, too late to contain the virus in a matter of weeks. In some states restaurants, bars, theaters, schools and public libraries were closed, yet shopping malls, corporate book stores, and Amazon warehouses were allowed to remain open. An effective lockdown would have paid everyone to stay home and provided massive hazard pay and protections for truly essential workers such as grocery store clerks and hospital staff. We didn’t get that anywhere in this country.

      We got massive failure to contain the pandemic in addition to massive failure to protect smaller businesses and people in general from economic ruin. That’s what the citizens of the Greatest Nation on Earth got–FAILURE. Failure at every level of government, but most of the blame must lie with the federal government, for it could have provided the resources state and local governments needed to respond to the crisis, but most of our elected “representatives” flat-out refused to help.

      Then we got to watch two of the most reprehensible people on the planet vie for the highest office of the land, while Congress did NOTHING substantive to provide desperately needed relief to a couple of hundred million people. Trump ineffectually floundered through the pandemic and Second Great Depression and deservingly lost. Unfortunately, the person to whom he lost isn’t deserving of anything nice other than a pleasant retirement home or  a good in-home nurse.

      Not to be outdone by any of the other top federal institutions, the United States Senate has now turned itself into a partisan pretzel rather than vote on a measly one-time $2000 check to everybody who makes less than 75k a year. Now Mitch McConnell can justly brag that he screwed over the American people every bit as much as Trump or Pelosi, a significant accomplishment for a member of the kleptocracy.

      And after all of that, over 315,000 Americans are unnecessarily dead, killed by the negligence, incompetence, and greed of their own government.

      In short, 2020 SUCKED!!! I’ll be glad when it’s gone, but I have no hopes for 2021. If anything, it’s likely to be even worse. On the bright side, anything positive that does happen will be a pleasant surprise. I suppose 2020 does have a couple of redeeming lessons for those willing to learn.

      First, our elected officials must be judged for what they do or do not do, not by party or ideological label, and certainly not by their celebrity within any type of media. Second, capitalism has been shown to be disastrously unstable. It can’t even handle one little virus on its own.

      So Happy New Year! And party hardy if you are so inclined, while you still can. After all, there ain’t nothing wrong with not having died.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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      Which helped my mom after she was laid off until she collected social security.


      The CARES Act is proof Bernie gets stuff done.

      Let this radicalize you rather than lead you to despair - Mariame Kaba

      Like many public systems, GOP want to rip the battery out + say the whole car doesn’t work, so they can sell it for parts - AOC

      • #390415
        Ohio Barbarian
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        The simple fact is that, had the progressive Democrats had any organization, any strategy, had just passed Politics 101 FFS, we would have had some form of monthly UBI just like the citizens of nearly every other industrialized nation on Earth do. Wall Street wanted that bailout, and they would have caved.

        Instead, all we got was Bernie’s half-assed measure and it fucking expired. It’s gone. The one time progressives had real leverage in Congress back in March, they blew it. That, IMO, is unforgiveable. It was a betrayal. Progressive Democrats can’t strategize their way out of a paper bag. They’re pathetic.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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