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Rohirrim
07-28-2014, 01:05 PM
and what they can do about it. Plus, the rehabilitation of Ralph Nader? Questionable, but a good, very long article that every Democratic Party bigwig should be reading.

Liberals have spent the intervening years debating macroeconomic theory but macroeconomics can’t fathom this crisis. This isn’t just a slow recovery from a financial sector collapse, or damage done by debt overhang or Obama’s weak tea Keynesianism. We’re in crisis because of all our broken systems; because we still let big banks prey on homeowners, students, consumers and retailers; because our infrastructure is decrepit; because our tax code breeds inefficiency and inequality; because foreign interventions bled us dry. We’re in peril because our democracy is dying. Reviving it will take more than deficit spending and easy money. It will take reform, and before that, a whole new political debate.
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One reason we know voters will embrace populism is that they already have. It’s what they thought they were getting with Obama. In 2008 Obama said he’d bail out homeowners, not just banks. He vowed to fight for a public option, raise the minimum wage and clean up Washington. He called whistle-blowers heroes and said he’d bar lobbyists from his staff. He was critical of drones and wary of the use of force to advance American interests. He spoke eloquently of the threats posed to individual privacy by a runaway national security state.

He turned out to be something else altogether. To blame Republicans ignores a glaring truth: Obama’s record is worst where they had little or no role to play. It wasn’t Republicans who prosecuted all those whistle-blowers and hired all those lobbyists; who authorized drone strikes or kept the NSA chugging along; who reneged on the public option, the minimum wage and aid to homeowners. It wasn’t even Republicans who turned a blind eye to Wall Street corruption and excessive executive compensation. It was Obama.

A populist revolt among Democrats is unlikely absent their reappraisal of Obama, which itself seems unlikely. Not since Robert Kennedy have Democrats been so personally invested in a public figure. Liberals fell hardest so it’s especially hard for them to admit he’s just not that into them. If they could walk away they might resume their relationship with Nader. Of course that won’t be easy.

Rohirrim
07-28-2014, 01:06 PM
If Democrats can’t break up with Obama or make up with Nader, they should do what they do best: take a poll. They would find that beneath all our conflicts lies a hidden consensus. It prizes higher ethics, lower taxes and better governance; community and privacy; family values and the First Amendment; economic as well as cultural diversity. Its potential coalition includes unions, small business, nonprofits, the professions, the economically embattled and all the marginalized and excluded. Such a coalition could reshape our politics, even our nation.
http://www.salon.com/2014/07/27/my_party_has_lost_its_soul_bill_clinton_barack_oba ma_and_the_victory_of_wall_street_democrats/?source=newsletter

nyuk nyuk
07-29-2014, 09:45 AM
What isn't wrong with them?

All too many Democrats believe the warm and fuzzy "we love the little guy" rhetoric from the Democrats while they try to give the jobs of the most vulnerable Americans away to illegal aliens and an over-sized avalanche of legal immigrants.

They call the Republicans "war mongers" for Iraq and Afghanistan, while Obama is gleefully destabilizing governments in Libya, Syria, Ukraine, and Egypt, and magically not a single claim of "war monger!!!" is heard.

Arkie
07-29-2014, 10:30 AM
It wasn’t Republicans who authorized drone strikes

Warmonger!!! ;D

Rohirrim
07-29-2014, 11:52 AM
What isn't wrong with them?

All too many Democrats believe the warm and fuzzy "we love the little guy" rhetoric from the Democrats while they try to give the jobs of the most vulnerable Americans away to illegal aliens and an over-sized avalanche of legal immigrants.

They call the Republicans "war mongers" for Iraq and Afghanistan, while Obama is gleefully destabilizing governments in Libya, Syria, Ukraine, and Egypt, and magically not a single claim of "war monger!!!" is heard.

Didn't you used to be a Marxist?