It is time for progressives to adjust themselves to the very high likelihood of a Trump presidency. We need to begin looking at how we will oppose the fascism about to be let loose upon us.
By Mark L. Taylor
The Daily Call (7/23/16)
It’s gotta’ be Happy Land at the fortified gold leaf penthouse atop Trump Tower this morning.
No progressive with at least one sleepy eye open should be all that surprised by the choice of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as Hillary’s running partner. I was never one who had any desire to see her pick Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The Clinton mafia would have effectively sidelined and silenced one of our most effective progressive voices. With a corporate stooge like Kaine as VP we need as many strong progressive voices in congress as possible.
That is, of course, supposing Clinton and Kaine can find their way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. That, my friends now looks increasingly unlikely.
Striding boldly forward with the status quo
In a year of upset and tumult, revolt and well deserved disgust with both parties and the corrupt economic interests controling them the Clinton camp – not unexpectedly – stayed true to lack of character to play things safe; to hew to the status quo, assuming they could pull the same old triangulating bullshit the Clintons are known for to mollify the Bernie wing of the party as the streets fill with pitchforks and torches. Hillary and the Democratic National Committee are so coked out on speedballs of bankster and hedge fund cash they can’t even begin to comprehend what is happening within the party, much less the hinterlands beyond Washington D.C.’s Lobbyist Land.
If there were any naive progressive Bernie folks out there who had any illusion that Hillary’s new progressive schtick was anything other than a ruse, the announcement of Tim Kaine for the Number Two spot on the ticket should have set that hallucination to flame. While Kaine has done some good work on social justice issues, he is a stone cold loyalist of Wall Street interests. While he has taken on some of the symptoms of the corporate state he has not challenged the illness of the corporate state.
Kaine is just the first of many bitter betrayals progressives can expect from a Clinton administration. But not to worry, the likelihood of a Clinton administration has now dimmed considerably. With her pick of Kaine Hillary once again has proven she is nothing more than a corporate machine Democrat. All that money Goldman Sachs and the rest of Wall Street has been shoveling over to the Clintons and their “foundation” has been a good investment … for the one-tenth-of-one-percent.
Following this column you will find two excellent articles from Common Dreams that provide the rundown on Wall Street’s favorite senator from Virginia.
How will that sell in the Rust Belt?
The election may well turn on the upper Midwest states of Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan; all sporting corrupt and incompetent Republican governors. Those states also have a restless army of justifiably angry, desperate unemployed and under-employed blue collar folks who have been mugged by corporate trade treaties like NAFTA and been drawn to Trump’s economic populist sales pitch. This is the territory where Mr. Kaine will be expected to excite and rally those same voters. But this is a man who has right up until a few days ago been lobbying for decreased regulation of the corrupt big banks, protection for the abusive practices of payday lenders and been pushing TPP, a corporate trade time bomb that has been accurately described as NAFTA of steroids.
Um, good luck with that.
Trump must be licking his chops. I wonder what his nickname will be for Kaine? How about “TPP Tim”. That should go over well.
Time to adjust to reality, folks
It is time for progressives to adjust themselves to the high likelihood of a Trump presidency. We need to begin looking at how we will oppose the fascism about to be let loose upon us. Even if Clinton/Kaine eke out a win their hoary old, ossified neoliberal policies will further erode the middle class and gut the economy for the benefit of the elite, laying the groundwork for the next Trump. Unless a meaningful progressive response comes together, and soon, a descent into fascism is inevitable. If Trump represents the modern Nazis the Clinton/Kaine Corp. is the Weimar Republic.
Sorry to be such a drag but denial will get us nowhere other than a detention camp. We need to work harder to change the Democratic party or, failing that, build a new party – perhaps the Greens.
It’s gonna’ be a long, hard and brutal road.
In solidarity and forward.
- Michael Moore Tells Bill Maher ‘Trump Is Going To Win’ – Wednesday night, Bill Maher aired the first of two special episodes of Real Time in honor of the Republican National Convention. Wednesday night’s panel included MSNBC host Joy Ann Reid, filmmaker Michael Moore, columnist Dan Savage, and Tony Schwartz — the co-writer of Donald Trump’s book The Art of The Deal, who recently said that it would be “terrifying” for the real estate mogul to be elected president. The entire episode can be seen below. Link to Story and 34-Minute Video