The latest Clinton BS
So, I’ve been hearing all sorts of things about this new book. Seems an interesting piece of fiction, but permitting the Clintonites to rewrite history is not within my tolerance level. Let us all remember a few things:
It was the Clintons, not republicans, that enabled “welfare reform”, destroying the promise of the new deal along with leaving millions of people out in the cold. For all of the republicans efforts over decades to eliminate the social safety net – it was democrats that accomplished it. Remember all that stuff about putting Americans back to work? As if the majority of us had somehow stopped? They played into a National, angry, bull shit dialogue about “welfare queens”, people using all their government money to buy drugs or somehow living high on the hog with the pittance that (even then) welfare afforded them.
There are many complaints I might make about the Clintons and their third way policies and philosophies – but of all of them, so called welfare reform is, to me, the most despicable. It was the democratic party’s statement, telling the American public (particularly the poor) that they had abandoned their roots, that they had abandoned their base, that they had abandoned whatever principles once held most strongly by the party. This was, to my mind, the beginning of the democratic split that was many years in coming.
For years, we liberals and progressives argued with the other side of the party. For years, we got more of the same. Corporate democrats, negotiators, cat food committees (remember that?), deregulated economy, environment, tax breaks for the wealthy, skyrocketing military funding, enormous cuts to all social programs. Another nail in the coffin was the large number of elected democrats that supported the Iraq war – this in spite of most Americans (particularly those of us on the left) knowing full well that it was bull shit. Hundreds of thousands of lives lost, hundreds of billions of dollars, the destruction of our foreign policy, of the good will the much of the world had towards Americans after 9/11.
So… a progressive independent comes along and starts talking about change. A more reliable system of government in which the wealthy are taxed more appropriately – and the rest of the people of this Nation might be afforded opportunities such as healthcare, higher education. Regulation for the severely deregulated economy. Strong environmental policies. The closest thing to a real social democrat (at least, as far as potential Presidents go) since FDR himself.
Yet somehow, Clinton’s loss is the fault of Bernie Sanders and his supporters. Or the fault of Stein and her supporters. We are told to ignore decades of betrayal, of disappointment, of the contempt for the masses held by elite democrats such as Obama, Clinton, dear old Rahm, Pelosi, Schumer… the list goes on and on. Much the same way Gore could supposedly not be blamed for 2004 (it was all Nader’s fault!) the party is pointing at a convenient scapegoat.
We are then, supposed to ignore our conscience? Our common sense? The suffering of our people both enabled and even promoted by so called democrats? Not me. Not this liberal. I was a proud, fanatic democrat for many years – and I did not leave the party – the party left me. The so called “center”, the so called “moderates” and “reasonable adults” suffered from such illusions of grandeur that it was painful to read. The once and future Queen, Hillary Clinton, who’s turn it was… was “betrayed”, somehow, by that vicious socialist who’s greatest supposed flaw was wanting to help the poor and promote social and economic justice.
Let me be very clear: The policies of mainstream, corporate democrats, are not those of the left in philosophy. They are neither economically nor environmentally – nor even socially tolerable. All this smoke and mirrors (pay no attention to that individual behind the curtain – the emperor has no clothes) bull shit is just that: bull shit. Now perhaps a certain number of democrats will go along even now, thinking that it (the mainstream party) is at least better than the conservative alternative. Apparently… they have learned nothing over the decades.
The lesser evil is still evil – and it is even arguable that it is indeed lesser – again, democrats accomplished the destruction of the new deal… the Clintons in particular. Our votes, our policies… they matter. Not only what we push to accomplish, what we fight for… but what we allow to remain, who we allow to hold the reigns of political power. I hope and pray that we are moving into an age beyond Clintons, Bushes, Trumps, Pelosis, Schumers, Cruzs and so on and so forth…
We simply cannot tolerate much more of it. I cannot suffer anymore of this egotistical nonsense pushed by Clinton and her ilk. She lost because she was not progressive, because she had years of bad policy, poor judgement – and terrible decision-making skills that we are all aware of. I don’t (and didn’t) give a damn about her color, her gender, nor even her socioeconomic status. I gave a damn about what she had actually done, both in office and out. The choice was obvious – the right choice was also so.
Clinton lost not because of Bernie or Stein – Clinton lost because of Clinton. Enough is enough. All of this Bernie bro bull shit is utterly laughable. It is time to stop pretending that they have any right at all to criticize, to demand, to point the finger at those of us who give a damn and have the intestinal fortitude – the courage – to put up a real fight against the oligarchy.
It was with great sadness and no small amount of regret that I left the democratic party behind. It was a decision years in the making as I observed and lived through one betrayal, disappointment and disaster after another. It is time for something new. I am waiting. I will not, now or in the future… be voting for those of Clinton’s ilk. I could not in good conscience cast my vote for a so called conservative either. We cannot continue to compromise with evil… to argue from a position of weakness… and expect genuine progress. We must re-invent the wheel, build something new that will leave the old guard in the dust.
Enough is enough. The legacy of the Clinton’s is one of betrayal, ignorance and idiocy. Let it end.Fuddnik, Koko, libodem and 59 othersSatan, Ichingcarpenter, xynthee, 3FingerBrown, Stockholmer, Bernblu, DoctorJ, FourScore, Wood, VagrantPeters, Oilwellian, Needlehawk, chknltl, Carolina, Ejbr, beltanefauve, vadem, mrdmk, travelerxxx, Mike4Bernie, Xyzse, betterway, NothingcleverjustRay, cui bono, Segami, ctsnowman, MrMickeysMom, Enthusiast, joentokyo, Marym625, slay, Piperay, Ohio Barbarian, NJOCK, Dragonfli, Melissa G, OCMI, 99Forever, mick063, WillyT, Flying Squirrel, Fawke Em, Cassiopeia, nevereVereven, Pakhet, BillZBubb, Pam, broiles, winter is coming, PennLawyer, whispers, Fire with Fire, JEB, kath, elias39, historylovr, Iwalani88, Salemcourt, closeupready like this“There is no distinctly native American criminal class save Congress.” - Mark Twain
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