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It’s been almost 5 months since I wrote these words on Counterpunch: “This year, their (the Democrats) bete noir is Donald Trump, but they haven’t decided who to blame yet if they lose: Bernie Sanders or Jill Stein.” Within a day of Hillary’s loss, Democratic apologists and their acolytes in the media started blaming others. Both Rachel Madow and Paul Krugman blamed the loss on Jill Stein. Not to be outdone, Time and Newsweek ran stories a few days later that blamed the loss on Bernie Sanders. I don’t claim to be Nostradamus, but it looks like I hit the nail on the head with that prediction. This blaming of others for Democratic failures isn’t anything new. For the rest of your life you’ll be hearing the myth of how Ralph Nader prevented Al Gore from being elected president. As if Al Gore would have transformed this country into the land of milk and honey. This year the blame is spread out; Jill Stein, Bernie Sanders, the F.B.I., Wikileaks and Russia.
If Trump is so bad (and I think he is), why didn’t Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party easily defeat him? Nobody held a gun to Hillary’s head and told her not to go to Wisconsin during the fall campaign, even though Trump visited the state five times. Hillary lost the election in at least six states that Obama carried twice (FL, PA, OH, MI, WI, IA). She ran a lackluster campaign in the primaries in 2008, but decided that the inevitability factor was just to great to ignore and the Democratic Party bought into this thinking. Truth be told, this really wasn’t hard to do. I think the Democratic Party needs to change its name to: Delusions R Us.
For many years, the Democratic Party has been pushing regressive neo-liberal policies. They don’t do it as often as Republicans, so they call it progress. Comparing themselves favorably to Republicans is somewhat of a cottage industry for Democrats. It’s not enough to have support from the majority of the few newspapers left, or to gain coverage from television stations (that the government regulates, in the public interest), but since the spread of the Internet, many blogs pushing Democratic propaganda have flourished. With the advent of social media, Democratic apparatchiks can spread this propaganda far and wide, with just the click of a mouse.
Since the Trump victory, there have been many calls for unity. After the election, Bill and Hillary appeared in public saying they wanted to bring the country together. They were wearing purple and claiming that this was symbolic of blue and red coming together. The media and many people accepted this as fact, even though purple is the color of royalty and has been for thousands of years. This might have been the abdication of the royal family, but it isn’t the end of neo-liberal Democratic policies. Most of the calls for opposing Trump are little more than Democratic propaganda. This includes cries from Bernie Sanders and ‘Our Revolution’. Bernie endorsed Clinton in the recent election and is a Democrat in everything but name. He caucuses with Democrats, has voted for their policies and endorsed Democratic candidates in the past. It’s hard to see much disagreement in the policies Bernie wants and those favored by “Our Revolution”. They are not the only ones on the left opposing Trump’s policies, but most of them are Democratic in origin. You might consider yourself an Independent, maybe a Liberal or Progressive, but there is one thing I would like you to know: Democrats aren’t your friends and they’re not your allies. You are their vassal and, eventually, you will be treated like one and told to vote for their candidate.
The Democrats are nothing more than part of a two-party duopoly that rules this country. Just because the Republican part of the duopoly is in power now, doesn’t mean the Democrats are going to change. They haven’t done it in the past, they’re not doing it now and they probably won’t anytime in the future. I feel the end the tyrannical two-party duopoly is the only thing that will help this country. Joining Democrats or Democratic front organizations isn’t going to help change the course of the country, but rejection of the duopoly will. I think the Green Party is the best alternative. Unlike the Democrats, the Green Party actually stands for something and has a vision for the future. The Democrats foist neo-liberal programs on the populace, but every four years whine that they are the only thing stopping a Republican takeover of government. Since that moment has arrived, it’s time to stop playing the Democrat’s game.