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The catharsis we've been waiting for (next stop, UNITY!)...

UPDATED 9/27/17

First they told us that unity is absolutely critical in the age of Trump, so we must never question our corrupt, incompetent, neo-McCarthyite leaders.

Then they plunged a series of poisoned daggers into the heart of the base — and the future of the Democratic Party, if polls and demographics mean anything.

When they said “unity,” it’s clear they meant silence and unquestioning subservience to authority. And even though most of the left acquiesced and submitted — including the vast majority of Bernie-crats (88% of whom* voted for Sec. Clinton on Election Day, even after the rigged primary) — the establishment kept kicking the progressive base in the ribs, administering one bone-crushing blow after another.

And continues doing so to this day.

Funny that. It’s almost as if the Democratic establishment exists only to crush the left.

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*(versus just 75% of Clinton’s primary voters voting Democratic in 2008’s GE; because 25% of Hillary’s “PUMAs” actually voted for John McCain and Sarah Palin over Barack Obama in 2008 — back when PUMA meant “Party Unity My Ass!”)

Trump's other value, besides... I forget (doorstop?)

TRUMPLOMACY: DONNY GOES TO THE U.N.

Finally, a U.S. president who makes it easier for sane nations around the world to distance themselves from our establishment’s genocidal, warmongering agenda – the neocon agenda, which has killed millions of innocent, mostly Arab/Muslim, civilians over the last two decades!

This is the other, usually overlooked, VALUE of Trump in the White House: his deplorable reputation lets other nations off the hook when they defy Washington’s imperial dictates. (Mind you, Trump’s scumbag image is earned many times over, but it is greatly enhanced by the neocon-dominated corporate MSM that despises and attacks him… except when he’s dropping bombs, when he suddenly becomes presidential.”)

Trump offers us real hope that the next time our neo-fascist establishment tries to lead the world into some lunatic invasion or war – with Iran, with Venezuela, with DPRK, with Russia, etc. – many responsible world leaders will simply be able to point to the Orange Imbecile in the White House and demur.

No f’ing thank you. Not this time. Not today…

Whereas President Clinton II and her cadre of neocons (ably assisted by the “Right to Protect” mob) would’ve set the table for WWIII by now – with the corporate media cheering, the American left sitting on its hands, and reasonable leaders across the world feeling that their hands were tied.

It’s not about liking the Sexual Assaulting Demagogue in Chief; it’s about understanding our history, the extent of the corruption of our political system, and the precarious world in which we live. Without question, the neo-fascists have dominated U.S. power circles for decades and brought the world to the brink of collapse. Something needs to halt, or at least slow, their omnicidal progress.

President Obama, while occasionally offering some small resistance, actually cemented the neo-fascists’ hold on power, improbably resuscitating them after they’d utterly crashed and burned under Bush, Jr. – http://invitation2artivism.com/?p=14911

Trump, however, weakens their tyrannical grip and threatens their entire project – like “Dubya,” by merit of his own lack of merit!

What’s next, the end of the Petrodollar? The emergence of an international climate accord that actually has legally binding emissions targets (just to spite The Orange One)? At the very least, the neocons bloody march across the Middle East has suddenly run out of gas.

When no one wants to be seen associating with this atrocious President, how can he bully the world into accepting more of the carnage, lawlessness, assassinations, and genocide normalized under Clinton, Bush, and Obama (in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, at least)?

He can’t.

And that’s a big win for the world and all the sane people in it.

Our present nightmare arises from the sad circumstance that we lefties, following the disappointing 2016 election result, failed to champion a progressive agenda in any meaningful way.

We failed to see any good in an anti-establishment, anti-authoritarian, anti-war election result, choosing only to see racism, ignorance, and hate (much of which was sheer projection, coming from the most conservative and bigoted sectors of our own party — the ones who didn’t blink when the Clintons spent the 2008 primary race-baiting Barack Obama and trafficking in a little Birtherism; the ones oblivious to The New Jim Crow and President Obama’s expansion of the neocon agenda).

We failed to congratulate our anti-establishment counterparts on the right, and thank them for defeating two extraordinarily destructive and toxic political dynasties, the Bushes and Clintons, who together had ushered in an age of corporatized American neo-fascism (or “Inverted Totalitarianism,” as the late, acclaimed political theorist, Sheldon Wolin, termed it).

We failed to use the resulting goodwill to rally Trump’s base and the sensible center to push our new president to make good on the few excellent promises he made, which put him consistently to Sec. Clinton’s left: repealing NAFTA, rapprochement with Russia, and restoring Glass-Steagall (and Clinton’s favored/“gold standard” TPP promised to subvert not just banking regulations, but virtually all government regulations).

Instead, we lefties had a self-indulgent, hypocritical, Identity Politics-laden meltdown and comported ourselves like a rabble of Tea Party maniacs, upset with a legitimate election result — and spouting evidence-free claims about “Russian hacking.”

That was hugely gullible of us, not seeing that blaming a cartoonishly vilified Vladimir Putin was the best way to not examine the rigged primary… and push Donald Trump further to the right, on matters of war. (The neocons had bet big on Hillary Clinton, only to find themselves scrambling to co-opt Trump’s presidency in the ensuing months.)

Today’s left is teeth-gnashing, hair-rending miserable because we have failed to stand up for our purported values. Yet again. And the right is reaping the dividends. Yet again.

By and large, we have let the usual suspects in the corporate MSM talk us into accepting a voter-disenfranchising, neoconservative, neo-McCarthyist “Democratic Party” — consumed with conspiracy theories, impeachment fantasies, and war, war, war — just as progressive politics has reached unprecedented popularity across the country.

Bernie’s democratic socialist agenda has been embraced by strong majorities of Americans, giving any liberal party an easy path to defeating Trump and the GOP in 2018 and 2020 — yet the Democrats continue to spurn that path and marginalize Sen. Sanders, the most popular politician in the country. They denounce the progressive policy wish list, including Medicare-for-All, using classic right-wing talking points (“government takeover”).

Imagine how miserable we’re going to be after the 2018 “Democratic sweep” turns out to be just another hollow fantasy spun by politicians, pundits, and infotainers whose only purpose is to contain the left.

Who is responsible for the vast majority of the world’s Wahhabist/Salafist, globalized “Islamic” terrorism?

Here’s a good primer for those willing to do a little reading:

According to a leaked State Department memo sent by Sec. Hillary Clinton herself, the answer is crystal clear: It’s Washington’s despotic Gulf allies, especially Saudi Arabia and Qatar (but also UAE, Kuwait, and others): http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/06/world/middleeast/06wikileaks-financing.html

Here’s another noteworthy recent story from The Grey Lady, concerning what those terrorists have been up to with chemical weapons, using them “at least 52 times” in Syria and Iraq: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/21/world/middleeast/isis-chemical-weapons-syria-iraq-mosul.html?_r=0

And here are two indispensable and truly stunning pieces by Pulitzer winning journalist, Seymour Hersh (illuminating the fact that many of these terrorists are actually part of a second, CIA-coordinated Mujaheddin): http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2007/03/05/the-redirection

And https://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n08/seymour-m-hersh/the-red-line-and-the-rat-line

Shameless self-promoter that I am, I’ll also recommend my own stupendous primer on the origins of the conflict in Syria and my recent, very special, blog quoting a bona fide neocon to demonstrate that Washington has, in fact, been “subcontracting foreign policy to Gulf countries” over the last several years… with catastrophic results for millions of Arab and Muslim civilians.

Imagine it’s the 1970s and you’re a very confused Lincoln/Eisenhower Republican, upset that “purists” are leaving the party in droves. You argue that the sensible, tolerant right needs to be “united,” because you believe that the GOP is still the party of Emancipation and federalizing the Arkansas National Guard in order to protect black schoolchildren… when, in truth, the GOP has become the party of the Southern Strategy. Racist “Dixiecrats” have flooded into the party, which no longer stands for civil rights.

You were fighting for something that no longer existed. You were actually fighting for the opposite of your values.

The point is, political parties can change. (Not that the GOP recently has: they remain a mob of dangerous demagogues and corporate tools, with the Southern Strategy having metastasized into something truly terrifying.)

The lesson for 2017: Because today’s progressives desperately want to see the left “united,” some liberals are arguing that we ignore the fact that Wall Street and the genocidal neocons have taken over the leadership of the Democratic Party.

BUT IGNORING THAT REALITY WON’T RESTORE OR “UNITE” THE LEFT. (In fact, there’s a good chance that it will finish us off.)

If #DemEnter fails because authoritarian Democratic Party officials continue to shut down democracy at the state and national level, rigging one election after another for unbridled corporatists — 2016 primary, DNC Chair, CADEM Chair — then progressives will have no choice but to #DemExit, en masse. (And make no mistake, that’s just what we’ll do.)

Because the alternative will be to continue offering our support to a formerly liberal party comprised of climate-fracking, ocean-drilling, bloody Wall Street neocons who have demonstrated, time and again, that they are utterly hostile to democracy, the environment, and human rights.

And unconditionally supporting the far-right, Brand D (whatever they’re masquerading as, with their hollow Identity Politics) isn’t exactly the best way to revive the left.

Only reforming the party will do that.

“...(Bernie) would have won the Democratic nomination if it hadn’t been for the SHENANIGANS of the party managers.”

Hearing it from DNC Chair, Tom Perez, was one thing, but I feel extra-vindicated, somehow, hearing America’s most celebrated intellectual and leftist, Prof. Noam Chomsky, call “shenanigans” on the vote-suppressing farce that was the 2016 Democratic Primary.

RE: DEFEATING DONALD TRUMP AND THE GOP

If we don’t reform this broken and corrupted system, the Democrats will continue selecting right-wing corporate hacks for “nominees” and LOSING ELECTIONS to appalling Republican candidates like Donald Trump (and worse than Trump, eventually). And they will continue sabotaging the candidacies of actual liberals who promise to bring the party back from the dead and win elections.

So, if we’re not #DemEXIT-ing and going Green/Democratic Socialist/ independent/whatever, then we sure as hell need to demand — like true, firebrand progressives — that the Democratic Party does away with closed primaries and super-delegates. And mandates a re-vote for any county or state that closes more than half of its polling stations on election day or refuses to release raw vote totals — or refuses to conduct audits when exit polls are suspiciously far off the officially reported vote counts. We need to insist that the DNC schedules more than a handful of strictly controlled debates (with real journalists moderating, next time). And it must prohibit money-laundering schemes that starve down-ballot Democrats of funds while lavishing funds on the candidate at the top of the ticket. And the DNC must address blatant voter-disenfranchising, rat-f’g bias coming from unscrupulous party officials (in a way that prevents such conduct in the future, costing the beneficiary delegates, for instance; the DNC needs to do better than fire corrupt officials after the damage is done, once the primary has been safely rigged).

We also need to demand that the party embrace a strong progressive agenda, including Medicare-for-All, free college, and a $15 min. wage — an agenda supported by strong majorities of the American public.

Either the Democratic Party does these things and begins restoring the credibility of the nominal left, or they should simply admit that they have no more interest in defeating Trump than they do in conducting fair and transparent elections — and they’re just playing us for fools.