“It’s the End of the World as We Know It & I Feel Fine:” 8 Years of Trump, Baby

If you read this and come away thinking it is an endorsement of Donald Trump you are a complete idiot. I loathe what his presidency has done and have been trying my best to support those fighting in the trenches every day against his terrorism...

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Leonard Bernstein!

I have to say that the Democratic Party’s Get Out the Vote effort is blowing my socks off. It’s quite a marvel to behold, don’t you agr-

Oh, wait, crap, never mind, I’ve been taking hallucinogens that are so powerful I warped into another dimension where the Democratic Party gives a rat’s ass about winning in 2020. It’s a wonderful world that we shall never live in.

Let me take you down because I’m going to…

In this parallel dimension to our own, the Democrats have acknowledged that Donald Trump is a complete catastrophe for both the United States and the planet. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer (who actually have spines here) have accepted the obvious and have rolled out the red carpet for Bernie Sanders much in the fashion seen in 2015-16 with Hillary Clinton. Yes, corporate hacks like Cory Booker have been allowed to throw their hats into the ring, mostly to feign the appearance of a primary contest, but everyone knows that is a load of bullshit, just like they knew Sanders had no chance from Day 1 2015 because of the super-delegates. Hell, the writing is not only on the wall, Sanders (in an uncharacteristic tilt towards multiculturalism that was amiss last time) has filled the wall with multiple translations into every language used in America! Elizabeth Warren and he are allegedly primary opponents but, well, let’s just say it’s a little odd for primary opponents to be having that many public weekend brunches that double as Facebook Live summits on policy, what are being called Fireside Chats 2.0. Whether it is a Warren-Sanders or Sanders-Warren ticket has yet to be decided but everyone understands the Democrats are going pedal-to-the-metal to beat Trump in 2020. The stakes are just too high to screw this one up.

God, what a wonderful world it would be!

If it is not obvious already, my point is that the Democrats don’t want to win in 2020. Though I personally find him to be a hypocrite and fraud, Bernie Sanders would win the presidency against Trump in 2020. However, the lords of capital are never going to allow anyone like him to get anywhere close to that. Instead, they have pulled out the neoliberal identity politics smorgasbord, finding a candidate for everything except the essential one, namely, a winner. I never thought I would see a presidential race where one of the major parties would impersonate the 2016 GOP Clown Car and yet here we are! They needed TWO nights of debates for this super-slate!

Fox Leads the Clown Car Parade

On top of that, please pull your head out of your ass. The Democrats have lost control of multiple state legislatures and governorships. The Republicans that have beaten them spent the past two years working hard to rig the vote for 2020. Gerrymandering, Voter ID laws, disenfranchisement on a scale unseen since the end of Reconstruction. And in response the Democratic Party has done nada, zero, zilch! The response necessary to counter that would need to have the firepower akin to when Dwight Eisenhower sent in the National Guard to enforce de-segregation in Little Rock. Does it seem like the Dems have that card up their sleeves?

“Our government, elected in one way or another by us, is enacting daily and escalating violence against our neighbors. Our tax dollars are being used to separate parents from their children – from their babies. Concentration camps are being operated in our name, under our flag and a modern-day Gestapo called ICE is targeting families in our communities, ambushing mothers and fathers on the street and warehousing them in private prisons like this one, making profits for corporate shareholders,” said Aaron Regunberg, a progressive Democrat and former elected official from Providence who was arrested the other day as part of a nonviolent civil disobedience demonstration held by a group of radical Jews called Never Again is Now protesting a private prison holding ICE detainees in the town of Central Falls.

Video by Steve Ahlquist of UpriseRI

All of which, by the way, are tacitly supported by the inaction of the Democratic Party. Are there policy differences between Obama and Trump that can be put onto a metric? Yes, obviously. But the Trump administration capitalizes off a system that Obama built despite knowing better for eight years. It is still Trump’s predecessor who is guilty of the largest number of deportations in American history. The horror being shown in the liberal press now over ICE and immigrant detention had its antecedents long before Obama left office, making Joe Biden’s presidential bid just that much more revolting to behold.

My ultimate point here, of course, is to remind readers just how truly helpless and altogether alienated they are from the decisions of power in the United States when it comes to the presidency. The totality of the power lies in the hands of the elites, something you can read about very easily by glancing at the Federalist Papers. For instance, in Federalist No. 10, James Madison, writing in the most elitist tone humanly possible, explains that he and his fellow Founding Fathers have designed the Constitution to insulate capital and stymie a democratic upsurge from we peons. “Hence it is, that such Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives, as they have been violent in their deaths. Theoretic politicians, who have patronized this species of Government, have erroneously supposed, that by reducing mankind to a perfect equality in their political rights, they would, at the same time, be perfectly equalized and assimilated in their possessions, their opinions, and their passions.” In layman’s terms, the 1% rules, we don’t, and we never will.

Recently, economist Michael Yates delivered a very interesting definition of neoliberalism as capitalism resetting itself to it’s preferred state of operation, a reset that returns the working class to the status portrayed in Dickensian novels. In many ways, this is the reality of the Trump administration. Rather than being an aberration, he and the Democrats as collaborators are returning America to its preferred operational mode.

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