PRAY FOR TRUE REFORM IN
THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY
If that’s the case, what does it say about them (Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party leadership) that Trump won the election?
And, no. The Russians didn’t put him in the White House. Forget that. Everyone has always known it’s a stupid assertion. As Jonathan Tobin, opinion editor of Jewish News Service, observed in the New York Post…
“[Obama] saw that the hacking was having almost no impact on the course of the campaign and thus wasn’t going to mess with the results. Far from the crime of the century, it was, at worst, a minor annoyance to Clinton that Obama obviously felt didn’t warrant a major dustup with Putin.”
After Trump won, of course, Obama had second thoughts. He decided the email hacks and their disclosure by Wikileaks amounted to a gift from Russia with love. He saw — as in a bright light — how Putin’s cyber-tinkering proved the American people wanted Hillary all along.
The better to cast doubt on the election’s legitimacy.
Anyway, expelling a couple of Russian diplomats and closing down a consular facility, which Obama did late last year, was a nice way to toss sand into the gears of Trump’s transition machine. As I wrote in a blog post at the time…
“Twenty-two days before he’s set to leave office — three weeks — [Obama] tries to instigate a major diplomatic crisis over the assumption that Russian hacking influenced the outcome of our presidential election ….
“The information couldn’t have been passed on to Trump to let him take appropriate action?”
Thankfully, it didn’t turn into a major crisis. It was just Obama’s parting burst of contempt for The Donald, and a portent of all the other nonsense that’s been thrown in Trump’s path ever since.
Look, Donald Trump won the election. For all his idiosyncrasies and personality flaws, he is President of the United States.
I fully grasp that, even five months after his inauguration, it’s still hard to believe. Hell, it’s still hard for me to believe.
For the Democrats it’s been an absolute agony. And so they’ve latched onto just about every excuse imaginable to avoid facing reality…
And, of course, that old reliable: RACISM.
The closest they’ve come to actual insight is admitting that they (in particular, Hillary) didn’t do a good job of expressing concern about the hopes and the anxieties of Middle America. One hears a lot these days about how the party needs a new “message.”
Well, that’s all fine, as far as it goes. But focusing on communication failure misses the larger truth which this election revealed:
It wasn’t only the Democrats’ message which voters rejected. They understood that the message merely expressed what the Democrats have become. And that’s what they rejected.
A critical mass of people perceive the Democratic Party — at least on the level of its national leadership — as the vanguard of a collectivist revolution pursuing an agenda that bodes no good for the future of the nation.
Americans don’t want our economy turned into Venezuela.
They can’t accept the U.S. as just one more borderless blob on a global projection map, deprived of our national distinctiveness.
They resist being forced into a rainbow of limitless sexual variety and antagonism toward religiously inspired moral values.
And they surely won’t agree that their own hard work, initiative and family ties rob the poor and minorities of opportunity, rights or justice.
The Democratic Party has come to represent all these objectionable ideas and more. That’s why Donald Trump, not Hillary Clinton, is in the White House.
Undoubtedly, many voters were uneasy about The Donald, and Lord knows, their unease has been justified on numerous occasions. But they understood that a third Obama term — what might be called Obama-in-pantsuits — would be infinitely worse. And they resent the continuing campaign to sandbag Trump’s efforts, no matter what he proposes.
And so the Democratic Party is in crisis (reflected in losses of four recent special congressional elections).
This a good thing, if it prompts some real introspection.
America needs the Democratic Party. That is to say, America needs what the Democratic Party should be.
We need a party that speaks authentically for working people and seeks to advance their valid interests. But we need it to function within the limits of law.
We don’t need it constantly trying to circumvent the Constitution or to transform it into a meaningless “living” document, interpreted by activist jurists who see no limit to its endless flexibility.
We need a party that will stand up to the money interests. Not one that’s in bed with Wall Street, Silicone Valley, and Hollywood tycoons, thriving on secret bundled campaign cash, off-the-books favors, gifts to dubious private foundations, and $100,000-plus “speaking fees.”
We need a party that defines the national interest as the good of all. We don’t like being carved up into rival ethnic and interest groups, each faction made to feel more aggrieved, marginalized and resentful than the others.
Yes, there are natural divisions between people, and unfortunate prejudices to go with them. But those divisions should be bridged, not intentionally deepened and exploited.
We need a party that’s committed to our territorial integrity, national defense, First Amendment rights, cultural continuity, and shared ideals. Not one that seeks dominance by calling those ideals false and promoting the public’s acceptance of American decline.
We need a proper Democratic Party that can keep our two-party system working, with legitimate competing political visions, and the traditional separation of powers.
This is the Democratic Party we need.
I realize that everything the Democrats have been doing can be dismissed as “just politics.” I understand that none of their tactics is entirely new, and that they don’t hold the patent on corruption.
Republicans have played some of the same games at one time or another, (And yes, I have a few recommendations for a reformed GOP as well.)
But in recent decades — and especially under Obama — the Democratic Party has raised such machinations to dazzling heights of effectiveness. Most depressingly, they’ve put their corruption in the service of an ideological program that is un-American in the extreme.
That’s why they lost the election.
That’s why Trump is in the White House.
I don’t know if The Donald can turn things around. He’s taken some very promising early steps, along with some stumbles and a few self-inflicted wounds. There is yet much he has to turn around within himself.
I do know, however, that a Democratic Party making an honest effort at self-reform would have a chance of winning back the trust of the American people.
Sadly, I’m not optimistic that meaningful change will happen. And at any rate, it would take a whole lot more than coming up with a new message.
But the message that true reform was being attempted would be an important message indeed. Like the line on the Democratic Party logo, it would be “Change that Matters.”
Obama’s been catching flack for not taking firmer action when he became aware of the Russians’ apparent attempts to influence our election. Here’s a link to Jonathon Tobin’s article for the New York Post in which he puts forth a very simple explanation: Putin’s tinkering wasn’t making any difference…
“By the time Mrs. Clinton had secured the nomination for president, she had embraced everything a far more progressive party wanted her to embrace. But she also inherited a party that was losing elections all across the country.”
Catch McGurn’s thoughts at…
Free lance writer Daniel John Sobieski has a slightly different take on Obama’s unwillingness to confront Putin over the hacking and leaking. But he provides a nice little overview of some Democrat corruption before, during and after the election…
An article on the Progressive website AlterNet captures the essential disconnect between the Democratic national leadership and a majority of American voters. Attributed to an author designated as “Forsetti’s Justice,” who claims to have roots in “rural Christian white America,” this piece brilliantly (if unintentionally) illuminates the pomposity rampant among the party’s “true believers.” A sampling…
“For us ‘coastal elites’ who understand evolution, genetics and science, nothing we say to those in flyover country is going to be listened to because not only are we fighting against an anti-education belief system, we are arguing against god. You aren’t winning a battle of beliefs with these people if you are on one side of the argument and god is on the other. No degree of understanding this is going to suddenly make them less racist, more open to reason and facts. Telling ‘urban elites’ they need to understand rural Americans isn’t going to lead to a damn thing….”
It’s a lengthy essay, and “Forsetti’s Justice” does make some valid points. But the piece is mainly worth plodding through for its invaluable self-revealing truths (note the lower-case “god.”)…