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Who could have predicted??

I haven’t written much about the Cromnibus bill because it snuck up on us, didn’t it? It probably didn’t spring fully formed from the head of Zeus overnight. The various political movers and players had to have been working on it for some time, probably before the election. Nothing should be shocking anymore but I do admit to being surprised at how thoroughly the pension system has been undermined and how much ground the bankers have gained back. You would think that Democrats would have put up more of a fight because it’s not going to end well for a generation of people my age who played by the rules, lived within their means, paid in advance, and still got laid off and ripped off.

In any case, it was all pretty predictable back in 2008. Here’s one of my posts from May 2008 as we watched the party invite the vampires in and the level of peer pressure, vicious attacks on the Clintonista holdouts and accusations of racism directed at us reached a crescendo. I was not entirely correct about the result of these attacks on us. Back then, I thought there would be a backlash from the party faithful that got chucked overboard. There was but it was a very bad idea called the Tea Party. That was a waste. It’s only made things worse.

Note that we were pretty spot on about who had taken over the party.

Here’s the gist of it from Bird Brains, May 2008:

It looks like people higher up in the food chain are considering a protest vote as well. Taylor Marsh writes that even Geraldine Ferraro is disgusted. And, predictably, the accusations of political immaturity are not far behind.

Let me set the record straight for those of you who don’t understand where this is coming from (referring to a video link now lost). This DNC and the Obama campaign have conducted the campaign season as if they took lessons from the Enron boys from the movie, The Smartest Guys in the Room. There’s something distinctly unDemocratic about the whole thing. It doesn’t pass the smell test.  Cokie Roberts (of all people) mentioned it a couple of days ago. The process for picking a candidate is deeply flawed and *could* be easily manipulated to thwart rather than confirm the will of the people. It’s like the California deregulation plans that were just sitting there waiting for some clever traders to game the system for fun and profit at “granny’s” expense.

The system is flush with cash and one can almost imagine the operatives sitting at their monitors hearts pumping with adrenaline while they pull out all of the stops, reaching deep down into the modern American psyche in order to power play off all the weaknesses there that will result in a maximum payoff. Assertive women, men with hardhats, hillbilles, grannies ripe for rapping, gays and lesbians all provide targets for the aggressive young, male and pretentious to exercise their new social hierarchy. The level of viciousness is reaching a fever pitch.

Who is giving them permission to set aside their ethics and shuffle off the standards of acceptable behavior? Who is running the party that allows for the brutal suppression of one half by the unleashed id of the other half? I put the blame at the top of the party and Obama himself.

There is a price to be paid for such aggressive and insensitive behavior. People do have free will. The party belongs to the people who believe in its principles. Those principles of social justice, equality and shared responsibility can not be discarded for Change! without the party suffering some severe blows to its foundation. Going forward, the party becomes a fragile shell, easily blown to bits by outside forces because its foundations of support have been carelessly undermined.

This is where we are. The foundations of support, the people and principles that made the Democratic party viable and strong, are being callously destroyed by those who have been given permission to rig the system for one candidate over the other. Those of us who stayed with the party and our country through decades of movement conservatism, who volunteered our time and our voices, who suffered withering criticism and family divisions for not adopting Republican values, who protested the war, the attacks on science, the regression of women’s and GBLT progress in the public sphere, the subjugation of the working class have all been told that we’re not wanted anymore. Our party has evolved and we, like neanderthals, didn’t make the cut.

And Voila! The Cromnibus bill.

It’s not looking good. I don’t watch cable news. Katiebird does. She says the level of propaganda on MSNBC is just as bad as it is on Fox News. I’m glad I’m missing it.

No, I don’t think Elizabeth Warren can save us.  We’re going to have to save ourselves, from ourselves.

12 Responses

  1. I think the corruption of the Presidential elections is rooted in the state by state “primaries”.

    We need a national party with a national nomination primary. One election day from coast to coast. No caucuses. No place to hide or stack the results.

    Oh, and they might as well start things off right by using paper ballots.

  2. I should clarify that I don’t watch the prime time stuff. We just cycle through daytime cable news now and then through the day. And I can’t really tell which station is which without looking for the logo.

    We have a little game of trying to guess what and why they are obsessed with whatever the story of the week is. Because it’s an almost sure thing that next week it’ll be something totally different.

  3. This crappy bill gave me a migraine. And ironies of ironies, Obama actually twisted arms to get this piece of garbage through, something he never seems able to do with some of the good legislation that is out there. And all the screeching for Elizabeth Warren? It reminds me of Obama. She gave a good speech and voted against it but it really doesn’t matter in the end because it passed. I hope Warren does not run for president because the whole Warren “movement” thing is starting to reek of Obama circa 2008 and I really don’t want a replay.

  4. So, anyway, isn’t it time to change the header?
    I mean the O-bats have given the name” Democratic Party” a whole new meaning. As in head so far up Wall Street’s a,,,

    I was thinking that it took Bush the Lesser the 911 attack, the botched oil grab in Iraq and the failed FEMA response to Katrina that caused needless death by exposure to get the republican party down to where Democrats are today. Is Obama talented or what?

  5. No, I don’t think Elizabeth Warren can save us. We’re going to have to save ourselves, from ourselves.

    I totally agree with that. She’s simply the Left fantasy candidate de-jour. who would never be elected nationally.

    Hillary is wise for not declaring until she has to…why set in motion the Dem clown car? Nadar is waiting by the phone and has sent his suit out to be rumbled. Of course Rev Al will be out there and there will be calls for Warren, someone who just won in MA…lib central . This time the Dems will have the 20 candidates running taking pots shots at who ever is their front runner…while Bush 3 looks Presidential above the fray

    If our drive for global domination is going well, Jeb will be installed. If it’s going very poorly, it will be Hill to mop up and take the blame heat. But it would have to be way bad for that

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