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How the Democratic Party Could Lose in 2020 Elections and Beyond: 2

September 4, 2019 11 comments

In the previous part of this series, I pointed out that the biggest difference between democratic and republican party comes down to how they perceive their voters. While both are beholden to their corporate owners and incapable of doing anything other than fucking over their voters, democrats treat most of theirs with far more derision, disdain and contempt than republicans. It is this factor, more than any other, which explains the decline of the democratic party in most states since the early-1990s. Things have gotten so bad that it took the failed occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, gross incompetence in aftermath of hurricane Katrina, Bush43’s failed attempt at privatizing social security and global financial crisis by republicans for democrats to finally win the trifecta of house, senate and presidency in 2008. It also helped that Obama and Biden were running against loser such as McCain and Palin.

In other words, democrats have shown themselves to be incapable of winning national elections unless their opponents literally screwed the pooch and then some more. Let us now talk about a couple of issues which have repeatedly hurt the ability of democrats to consistently win elections at the national and state level in past two decades. As many of you know, pundits on the payroll of democratic party have repeatedly floated a hilarious wet-dream which centered around how the so-called “coalition of the ascendant” would inevitably deliver them lasting electoral victories at the national level. The only problem with this theory is that it sorta worked just once- in 2008. At least two large states in USA (Florida and Texas) should have been democratic strongholds by now, if the theory held any water. Also, a few more such as Georgia, Virginia and Arizona would be consistently “blue” nor “purple” or “red” on the electoral map.

Some of you (MikeCA?) will try to tell me that this is all because of those dastardly republicans suppressing democratic leaning voters. Ok.. let us assume that this is the case. Now tell me what have the democrats done to fix this issue for the past twenty years? How about fuck all? That is right.. the democratic party has done little, let alone anything serious and sustained, to combat voter suppression. I would go further and say that neither party wants a high electoral turnout because then voters might actually demand their elected representatives start delivering on their electoral promises. Liberal “democracies”, you see, love low electoral turnouts since it lets them pretend that the system is democratic even thought it is (for all practical purposes) an oligarchy or kleptocracy, in all but name. Now you know why things are the way they are in this country.

And this brings us to the real reason why all these “social” issues (abortion, “gun control”, “tough on crime” etc) came to dominate american electoral politics since the 1980s. Some of you might, once again, attribute this to the racially charged politics pioneered by Nixon or Reagan- and there is a bit of truth to that view. However, democratic politicians were frequently as hawkish on these issues as their republican counterparts. If you don’t believe me, search the internet for speeches, campaign platforms and interviews of most democratic politicians from between 1982 to 2008. The idea that democrats were somehow less center-right than republicans is a self-delusion that only hardcore partisan democrats believe. Perhaps the only difference between the two was that republicans were openly racist while democrats tried to cover it with by using “proper language” and maintaining a few token colored faces within their ranks.

There is a reason why the largest increase in mass incarceration occurred under a democratic president known as Bill Clinton, who also made sure that voters knew he was in favor of treating all black men like animals and criminals. A lot of the other fun stuff such as almost complete deregulation of financial sector, gutting of anti-trust rules and laws, implementation of NAFTA and many other “free trade” agreements, the gutting of social safety net aka “welfare reform” and many other similar and ultimately disastrous decisions were made under multiple democratic administrations. Did I mention the part where large cities run by democratic party were among the most aggressive and punitive in their failed war on drugs? My point is, let us not pretend that the democratic party was any more progressive in its policies than the republican party.

Which brings us to how “cultural issues” became so important in contemporary electoral politics. The thing is.. by now, both parties have demonstrated beyond a shadow of doubt that they are totally incapable of effecting any real improvement in the lives of most voters. Consequently, a majority of people in many states no longer participate or even care about the electoral process. The only people voting with any regularity are those who benefited from the neoliberalization of system (professional class, petit bourgeoisie etc), believe they are dependent on continued political patronage (older black people) and those driven by single issues (abortion, gun, LGBT rights etc). Are you starting to see the problem? And it gets worse..

A few months ago, I wrote a series of posts about why the Obama presidency was a disaster for democratic party. Yet, even today nobody in the current clown car of democratic presidential candidates had dared to even acknowledge the obvious fact that Obama’s presidency created the socio-economic conditions which led to rise of the orange buffoon aka Trump. There is a reason why HRC lost states such as Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and almost lost Minnesota, in addition to losing Florida and Ohio. And ya.. black turnout was low, even in states without any worthwhile attempts by republicans at suppressing votes. But there is something even more peculiar that most pundits do not talk about.. a rather high percentage of working class people (whites, blacks etc) did not vote. But why not?

Let me put it this way.. why should people who have repeatedly seen elected politicians from both parties renege on their major electoral promises maintain faith in the electoral process and system? The vast majority of people are not retarded. Why would you expect people to have faith in a “bipartisan” system which has not delivered for them in over 40 years. Why would you trust politicians who spend hours talking about gun control but don’t give a shit about far more pressing problems such as the absurd and still rising cost of “healthcare”? Almost everyone of you knows somebody who was immiserated or bankrupted by the “healthcare” system in america, but very few know a victim of “gun violence” especially mass shootings. Almost everybody knows somebody stuck with tens of thousands in nondischargeable student debt but few know (or care about) a “trans person” inconvenienced by public bathroom policy.

However, democratic politicians cannot seem to stop talking about how they want to ban and confiscate “assault weapons”, try to outdo each other at being “woke” and do meaningless token bullshit such as banning plastic straws and passing stupid car emission laws which simply shift the market share of automobiles from cars towards crossovers. Almost nobody (except Bernie Sanders) is credibly talking about solving real problems such as implementing a truly universal healthcare system, discharging student loans, lowering cost of post-secondary education, making housing more affordable etc. You know.. stuff that most voters actually care about. And no.. Elizabeth Warren is not a credible progressive politician.

In the next part, I will go into more detail about why certain democratic party fetishes such as “gun control” , LGBT related “wokeness” and harping on the bullshit of “man-made climate change” actively reduces number of people willing to vote for them in real life aka elections.

What do you think? Comments?