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The Obama Presidency was a Disaster for Establishment Democrats: 1

One of the more peculiar fact about contemporary american politics is that approval numbers for the democratic party are still slightly worse than for Trump. Let me rephrase that.. one of the two main political parties in USA has lower approval ratings than a rich asshole turned reality star who has flipped on almost every single electoral promise he made to this supporters. To be fair, the other political party (aka the republicans) is not doing any better and we seem to living in a very partisan era. But that still does not help explain why the democratic party has not been able to capitalize on the insane levels of incompetence and corruption displayed by the Trump administration since it took office in late January 2017.

So, how can the main (and only) opposition party in USA not gain any extra public support at a time when the ruling party and its titular leader are busy screwing themselves in public? Why is widespread public disgust towards Trump and republicans not translating into increased support for the democratic party? Why are so many voters, especially those from non-white communities, just not that enthusiastic about the democratic party? And why is the only generally popular national level politician a 75-year-old Jewish guy from Vermont who joined the democratic party about two years ago?

I have explored some of the many interconnected reasons for this failure in a previous series of posts. The main points I made in that series were as follows: a] democratic party establishment has become too incestuous, sclerotic and generally resistant to any type of change. b] It is almost completely funded, controlled and run by neoliberal corporate interests who try to hide their economically regressive policies behind token identity politics. c] The party bureaucracy and primary system is almost completely dominated by a bunch of corrupt assholes and hyperpartisan idiots. Also, there is no accountability for repeated failures. d] The major financiers, supporters and top-level cadre of the democratic party is almost exclusively derived from the rich and professional class- two groups with little, if any, real connection to the rest of the population.

There are of course other related reasons for the shockingly low approval ratings of democrats. The desire of coastal elite within that party to push gun control has not helped its cause in non-coastal states. Similarly, ad nauseam repeating of the “russian interference in our elections” trope since Trump got elected in Nov 2016 has not helped their overall public credibility. The point I am trying to make the democratic party establishment has done an incredibly good job of sabotaging its own electoral prospects. It is almost as if they are intentionally and systematically trying to lose public relevance. Even their new crop of leaders are full of photogenic, insipid and obvious fakes such as Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Joaquim Castro. I can go on about the many other structural reasons that the democratic party, in its current form, is doomed- but that is best left for future posts.

Instead I will focus of one of non-systematic reasons behind the failure of democrats as a party. I am certainly not the first to point out that Barack Obama’s two terms as president have seen a considerable diminution of the power of the democratic party on both the national and state level. His tenure as president has seen the democratic party lose control of the house, senate, over 1000 seats in state legislatures, multiple state governorships to the point where republican are the ruling party in almost 2/3rd of the states. The establishment democrat response to these massive electoral setbacks have mostly consisted of them saying that all those setbacks occurred happened because majority of the american electorate is irremediably racist. Of course, that does not explain how Obama got elected in 2008 and then re-elected in 2012.

I have a better theory to explain why the rise of Obama and his two terms as president have contributed to the ongoing collapse of the democratic party. My theory is largely based in how that rise shaped the democratic party- specifically its institutions and strategy. This is not to say that other factors such as increasing use of internet and social media by general public were without effect in that process. However, the more we look at all the facts over a longer time span, the more it becomes obvious that the rise of Obama and his style of politics was extremely damaging to the electoral prospects of the democratic party. But before we do that, we have to first understand Obama’s style of politics and its ideological underpinnings.

Barack Obama, for the lack of a better description, is a Reagan-era Republican. There.. I said it and you knew it too! The problem with his politics and its ideological underpinnings is that it is basically 1980-1990 era republican with a veneer of coolness and “inclusivity”. Also, since he is black, few people dare to say it aloud on any corporate mainstream media outlet- even Fox news. While he may not talk and act like a republican, almost every single policy decision (domestic and foreign) made by him is almost identical to what your average 1980s-1990s era republican would make. But don’t just believe my assertion without considering the evidence..

1] For a person who made his pre-political career as a “community organizer” in the black community of Chicago, it is remarkable how little Obama did to combat racism (overt or systemic) when he became president. As I pointed out in a previous post, it was smartphones with HD cameras and social media platforms which created public awareness about murders by police and other legalized atrocities against black people. Even the two biggest achievements of the Obama administration in that area (overview of some police departments and stopping police from getting military grade equipment) were insipid and in response to massive public outcry and demonstrations against murders by police and other flagrant violations of laws. To put it bluntly, Barack Obama did not care about black people.

We cannot also forget the harmful effect of deliberately rigged foreclosure assistance programs, created in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, on the black community. While these banker-friendly programs hurt homeowners of many ethnicities, the black community was (as often is the case) disproportionately hurt by them. We can only imagine the effect that this had on the lives of many hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of black people who were the subject for sneaky and unfairly foreclosure on their homes. It is no wonder that HRC, running for the 3rd term of Obama, had such a lukewarm response among the younger members of the black community. Simply put, Obama’s two terms were quite disappointing for the black community and has affected their enthusiasm for the democratic party.

2] The supposedly most important legacy of the Obama administration, aka “Obamacare”, was a massive public disappointment. While it did provide some improvement over the previous patchwork of rules and laws, it has not been able to tackle the issue of rising costs or provide universal health coverage. We can spend hours discussing how Obama killed the ‘public option’ in Obamacare and basically rejected universal healthcare coverage for a frankenstein which appealed to all the corporate interest donating to his election and re-election campaigns. Obama’s greatest achievement, then, is pushing out a ‘healthcare’ program modeled on the beliefs of some conservative think tank from 1993. If you call that an achievement, well.. perhaps your standards are really low.

It also did not help that the rollout of “Obamacare” was an epic public relations disaster. While the law is popular enough for republicans to be unable to repeal it today, its appeal mainly lies in being not as shitty as the alternatives- which is a very low bar. The point I am trying to make is that “Obamacare” is a microcosm of what is unpopular with the Obama school of neoliberal policies and its ideological underpinnings. It contains, within it, an example of every problematic aspect of his policies- from supporting corporate oligopolies and monopolies over public interest, unnecessarily complicated regulations meant to confuse and rob its users, broken promises about something as important as health care coverage, “credentialed experts” and other assorted conmen (and conwomen) padding their already fat paychecks to neglecting public concerns about the system.

In the upcoming part of this series, I will talk about how the Obama administration policies of immigration and deportation dis not help democrats increase enthusiasm among Hispanics for their party. I will also talk about the enthusiastic promotion of various “free trade” agreements and other secret corporate backed “trade agreements” by Obama over his two terms hurt the democratic party.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. September 6, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Ofc Obama didnt give a shit about black people, the fucker went to Flint Michigan, and drank the water on TV to prove it could be filtered, instead of demanding a solution… and years later the water is STILL fucked, to the point of criminal charges being brought onto members of the Flint local Govmnt…. Everyone hates us…. everything in the US is apparently our fault, but at the same time we are, “useless” and “lazy”…. I guess we really are just the worst living things on the planet…. When global warming / nuclear Armageddon end this shithole (both are white people creations), somehow we will still get blamed for it, while those demons find a way to colonize Mars…………

    • September 7, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      +1

    • cat lady
      September 7, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      Detroit is your fault. Own it.

      • September 7, 2017 at 8:39 pm

        How is Detroit, “my fault” you fucking autistic retard…. I’m not from Detroit, never been there, and don’t know anyone who lives there…. Oh wait… all black people are to blame for all others… well in that case…

        SLAVERY IS YOU FAULT, DEAL WITH IT you fucking cunt.

      • September 7, 2017 at 8:50 pm

        People like you prove me right very easily, in a nutshell… Detroit, and the failures of the American government/ economy are the fault of me, “The GREAT EVIL, INFINITE, UNENDING AND ALL CONSUMING, SUPERNIGGER” meanwhile mega corporations and multinational banks siphon all forms of capital and wealth from brain dead moronic white cracker fucks like you… and your dumb-ass cheers them on while they fist your anus…. Have you ever even read this blog?

        I can’t wait until the earth shakes the VIRUS that is the white race off the face of the earth, even though you fucks will bring us all down with you… I have no kids… GOD BLESS ATTRITION

        THE ONLY WAY THIS PLANET DOESNT BURN IS IF WHITE AMERICANS, EN-MASS DECIDE TO *gasp* ACTUALLY TALK TO OTHER GROUPS OF PEOPLE, PEACEFULLY AND OBJECTIVELY, WHILE HONESTLY ADDRESSING HISTORY…. but you fuckers love to play the victim and its never going to happen…. I’ll see you, and your children in hell bitch…..

        He (or she) is too stupid to grasp the idea that corporations, not black people, are taking all their money. And you know something, I don’t think they ever will change as long as they are alive.

      • do me a solid, do your research
        September 8, 2017 at 8:46 am

        Yea, corporations like BET and Ruthless Records, that turn black people’s brains into mush. It’s all whiteys fault.

    • azn
      September 7, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      U overestimate whites. The only thing they will colonize are hospital beds and disability. While it is true that most whites are living in a previous era, the same is also true for non whites(esp in America)

      • September 7, 2017 at 9:57 pm

        I know… that’s why I mentioned attrition…. that cat lady retard is just as fucked as my black ass and just as fucked as everyone else, but there are a LOT of white people who think like he/she does, and it really pisses me the fuck off dude… as far as living in a past era… uhhhh ????? IDK about other groups, but we are fucked.. WERE FUCKED and always will be and we know it, (consciously or subconsciously) at least collectively.
        The only black people living in a past era are the few super rich and famous among us, and I cant wait to see them get fucked as well (we’ll know when some faggot ass like P diddy has one of his kids kidnapped for ransom, by the poor. THAT is my metric for the true end of an era for people who think like them.) WE know the truth, although the extent to which ANYONE does is generally limited, although our heads arent stuck up our FAT ASSES like most white people’s are….

        And I think that Dr StrangeLove shit is real, so no, there is going to be a few thousand white motherfuckers who will probably end up colonizing space, but nvm I’m just, “crazy”

    • September 8, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      That “catshit and catpiss” lady fails to understand that other whites are screwing other whites also. Not non-blacks (at the moment). Unless you are talking about black men “stealing” their wimminz, dominating the entertainment and sports industries. If blacks and other non-whites start to dominate economics as a whole, where will THEY go?

      • September 8, 2017 at 6:02 pm

        The worse things get for the avg cracker fag (caused by their own hubris, greed and stupidity), the more they will blame and pressure other groups (muslims, blacks, mexicans etc)… which will then, in turn cause those other groups to “respond.” And any, and every, “response” will be used to justify the white demon’s initial belief set…. etc, etc ad infinitum all while the rich sit back and laugh….

        We are witnessing a global end of a few hundred years worth of inertia, which were guided by WHITE PEOPLE GETTING LUCKY, and mass murder….

        I really hope China takes over the world before this whole thing goes up in a mushroom cloud, I REAAAAALLY want the avg white person to see what it feels like to be a minority, but who tf am i kidding, they’ll just play the victim 10x harder

      • September 8, 2017 at 6:06 pm

        I still cant get over these cracker fucks CONSTANTLY bitching about, “hordes of invading immigrants, ruining white culture” like those people, and their issues just MANIFESTED out of thin air….. bc the west hasnt had its hands in those countries AT ALL right….

        Man theres some asshat on youtube (pidgeonspeaks or some crap) who talks about black people being loud on trains, ruining Japan’s culture MEANWHILE WHITE PEOPLE FUCKING NUKED THEM… Gee I wonder which affected the culture more???? like wtfffffffffff

      • September 8, 2017 at 6:09 pm

        I’m in agreement, but guess what? China may not be too fond of us either – They are stealing gold from African soil (like whiteys and Jews who also steal from blacks).

        But yeah. AD mentioned in a previous topic that whites have a very unique talent of shitting on people (including their own women and progeny) and they expect those very same people to care for them once they get old… and their stupidity, hubris and ego worsens as they age…

      • boyz n da hood
        September 8, 2017 at 11:04 pm

        You spend too much time in internet echo chambers.

  2. webej
    September 7, 2017 at 4:21 am

    Obama was a lot like Reagan. He knew how to play the media, he got people on his side with great speeches and saying the right words, but in terms of actual policies and change, he was a consummate disappointment. He had a lot of global enthusiasm on his side, but did little more than carry out the biddings of his campaign funders and the moneyed deep state power brokers.

  3. cat lady
    September 7, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Actually, Obama was the whitest (not skin color, his demeanor) president to date. Obama is a mud, he’s not black. Yea he jived at times, but that was an act.

  4. September 7, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    There’s an old saying, “The Repubiican Party bends you over and rapes you up the ass without any lube.”

    “The Democratic Party bends you over and rapes you up the ass without any lube, then tries to kiss you on the lips expecting you to say how good they fucked you.”

  5. September 7, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    ” And why is the only generally popular national level politician a 75-year-old Jewish guy from Vermont who joined the democratic party about two years ago?”

    By Crooked Hillary’s own words he isn’t even a Democrat…

    http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/349197-clinton-blames-sanders-for-trumps-crooked-hillary-attack

  6. Yusef
    September 8, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    “Even the two biggest achievements of the Obama administration in that area (overview of some police departments and stopping police from getting military grade equipment) were insipid and in response to massive public outcry”

    Obama’s and Holder’s failure to reign in police brutality during Obama’s terms has to be regarded as the very best proof Obama cared nothing for black people. You’d think a black president and attorney general would have been able to do something important and effective– what possibly could have restrained them other than their own callous disregard “for their own people”? It pisses me off, too. I’m not really convinced what you refer to as “overview” of “some” police departments is the slightest bit meaningful and I can’t, unless you explain it better, put that stuff in Obama’s positives category or think it in any way cancels out their general indifference. Against something like Ferguson, which nearly ignited a race war?

  7. September 8, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    @Odessa

    “China may not be too fond of us either….”

    I hate to be that guy but…. there IS no US… not within the U.S. and not globally either… (the Africans dont even like us dude… and you KNOW we fucking hate each other the most… generally) we lost, and technically we are the descendants of losers. We fucking lost dude, and have been quarantined and monitored within the U.S. in varying degrees and with evolving methods since we were brought here and fucking bred like cattle…. and this aint a pity party bc individually…. im alright….

    The U.S. govnmt has had a kill switch (metaphorically) ready to end us at moments notice, using various apparatuses of their choosing, while constantly stunting us right out in the open AND giving us shit for what they do to us. They give us shit for “being dysfunctional” but they caused that shit, and killed MLK during the ONE period where we were acting collectively…. dude we fucking lost (collectively)…. I just want to see the Chinese do better than white people, because it would satiate my hatred, but not because I like the fucking Chinese lol….

    • September 9, 2017 at 7:10 am

      True. I don’t like afrocentrists, hoteps, black CONservatives, black Nation of Islam, educated lames and so-called “good black men”. All of them fight and maim eachother over access to “DA KWWEEEENNN”! As an individual, I’m alright myself and at the end of the day, even our own will screw us over for power and status. If slavery 1.0 or marriage 1.0 came back (knock on wood), those folks wouldn’t mind seeing others in bondage or locked away in cages or worse.

      Africans dislike AAs not just because they assume all AAs are ignorant or overweight. They are also indoctrinated by white supremacy. Slavery still exists there and the Middle East and they haven’t done shit about it to date… former Kenyan president followed suit with Pope John Paul II, who told all of Africa to stop using condoms. Some Africans were stupid enough to fall for that shit and now, the HIV epidemic in Africa is worse than any other third world country… Don’t forget, they still believe any word that comes from the mouth of a white, or Jewish or religious person is bond.

      I’d rather shake hands with the Chinese no doubt than to shake hands with white CONservative cocksuckers, alt-right lunatics and white feminazis scam artists who want to turn flirtation and alpha male behavior into a crime.

      • September 9, 2017 at 8:03 am

        EXACTLY…. yeah and I forgot who you were I read thru your blog a loooong time ago- good shit

      • September 9, 2017 at 8:16 am

        I’m back next week for one more season and I’m retired.

  8. azn
    September 9, 2017 at 4:13 am

    AD I have read your blog in its entirety and am guessing that you have a very firm grasp of the Chinese history and a unique interpretation of the interaction between the state and people.

    So I ask you where do u think the Chinese made mistake historically. What do u think should be changed?

    I think reaction against ‘outsiders’ and change which dominated the mindset and policies of Ming Dynasty (and its administrative apparatus) was probably the biggest historical mistake. Yes.. they came into power after the Yuan dynasty and all, but in retrospect that is when stagnation took hold in China and it took the ‘century of humiliation’ to finally undo it.

  9. September 9, 2017 at 10:35 am

    take a look at this…

    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/perfect-storm-corporate-idiocy-154006333.html

    basically half of American’s most private data isn’t secure…

    yet, all the liberals and feminists are crying that some naughty pictures some trashy actresses meant for a select few casting couch directors became public. This is another example where the stinky democrats won’t see the real victims and whine and cry that a rich, privileged person might have to endure 30 seconds of discomfort…

  10. bloodz n crispz
    September 9, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Report this blog post for racism!


    Posting under different names does not really help.. u know.

    boyz n da hood, do me a solid, do your research, cat lady, crowbar, from the gutter to your living room, white people are Hitler!, gookle, Dr Nukem, Fred is in bed, Yuppies R gay, Hadji has bo, Rust Belt realist, Garth Vader from that small city, c, slavery? That’s why we have guns in America, Pat from SI.

    • September 9, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      The names…. It was obvious as shit…. I got bored after, “do me a solid” HINT dumb-ass: no one says that shit anymore… so you are obviously some old ass SALTY CRACKER FUCK…. Die in a fire faggot

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