Those that are politically aware have known that the Democratic Party is corrupt from top to bottom, hellbent on destroying progressive candidates and propping up their corporate hand-picked candidates. Their treatment of the Bernie Sanders campaign wasn’t an exception to the rule, it was the rule.
The Democrats became fully bought and paid-for in the early-90’s, starting with Bill Clinton when he foolishly mirrored the ideologies of Ronald Reagan to earn Republican voters instead of liberals. But Democrats, unlike Republicans, were much subtler in their deceit. Their plan was to stay relatively strong on a handful of social issues (abortion rights, for example), which was enough for the overly-sensitive, narrow-minded liberals to continue voting for them. If you’re pro-choice you certainly aren’t voting for a Republican, right? So who do you turn to?
Hence why the two-Party duopoly is actually a joint effort, funded by the same corporate donors. By offering you one bag of shit or a second bag of shit (but with nose plugs included), they successfully manipulate voters and present a false choice; a facade of democracy.
They tricked me into voting for Obama in 2008 because Bush had been so terrible and Hillary had voted for the Iraq War. That’s how simple my thought process was at that time (to be fair, I was in my early-20’s). But it was actually Obama’s campaign that received the all-time record amount of money from Wall Street up to that point in history. Yet somehow the inspiring-in-rhetoric-only Obama was able to skyrocket. A brilliant speaker that touched the heart-strings, armed with a charming smile and a sharp, admirable intellect. But it was all a show just as it was with Bill Clinton, but Obama was arguably even better at it.
That’s the Democratic way of winning elections. And it actually worked.
The result? Eight countries bombed despite Obama preaching against the Iraq War, a mandate to buy health insurance despite campaigning for single-payer, even bigger banks despite his alleged support for tighter regulation, more offshore drilling and fracking despite his purported urgency for addressing climate change, more marijuana dispensary raids in his first term than both Bush terms combined, record deportations of undocumented immigrants, record prosecutions for whistle-blower journalists, an expansion of the mass surveillance state… on and on. On almost every issue Obama did the opposite of what the people wanted and then some. He not only failed to live up to progressive expectations, he ran to the far right.
That’s why the Democratic Party are actually just fine with Trump winning in 2016, because they are banking on voters being so disgusted with Trump and the GOP that they’ll blindly flock back into their arms and deliver the much fabled “Blue Wave” in 2018 and 2020. This is their intentional strategy.
We cannot allow this cycle of desperation to continue. Americans cannot keep bouncing from one abusive parent to another, which is what the two-party system has become. The wool these scum have pulled over the eyes of their own voters runs deep, which is why so many liberals suffer from mass delusion based on their continuing support for Obama and the Clintons. It’s understandably difficult to accept that political figures you once believed in were actually working against your best interests.
When I first came to realize who Obama really was, a corporate neoliberal, the betrayal I felt was as deep as my sense of shame in falling for his ruse. I should have known better. We all should know better. But with the corporate media and social media constantly bombarding us with bullshit, it’s not entirely our fault. The American people were and continue to be victims of brainwashing, seduced by sweet-nothings while being aggressively violated.
“It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.” (Voltaire)
Progressives like myself have been trying to get the word out, to wake this country out of ignorant slumber, but it’s been difficult for many to accept the truth. But now we have actual, widely reported, authentic audio of Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House of Representatives (defended and back by Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi) in a meeting with Levi Tillemann, a more left-leaning Democrat, regarding his primary race against the more-corporate Democrat Jason Crow.
“Tillemann met the minority whip at the Hilton Denver Downtown to make the case that the party should stay neutral in the primary and that he had a more plausible path to victory than the same centrism that Coffman had already beaten repeatedly. Hoyer, however, had his own message he wanted to convey: Tillemann should drop out. In a frank and wide-ranging conversation, Hoyer laid down the law for Tillemann. The decision, Tillemann was told, had been made long ago. It wasn’t personal, Hoyer insisted, and there was nothing uniquely unfair being done to Tillemann, he explained: This is how the party does it everywhere.”
Open your eyes, liberals, and recognize your true obstacle to progress. Progressives CAN defeat conservatives, easily in fact, but they’ve been consistently sabotaged by the Democratic Party with the aid of your votes. The Dems are so hellbent on promoting the wishes of corporate donors over the will of the people that they would rather risk losing to a Republican than winning with a progressive. It’s undeniable. We know better now. Let’s act on it.