Class Warfare Blog

February 28, 2017

Moving On Politically

Now that the Democrats have doubled down on their current corporatist party structure by electing Tom Perez as Chair of the Democratic National Committee, we have a definitive moment in the history of that party. President Obama and some of his team actually called DNC voters to make sure Mr. Perez got elected and not Keith Ellison, a representative of the “new wave” Democrats symbolized by Bernie Sanders.

It should be clear to Mr. Sanders now that the Democratic Party is not interested in its old base (unions, working people, people of color, …) and is committed to its new base (white collar folks, professionals, the wealthy, …) the very base that lost them the most recent election in a most embarrassing way. There will be no healing of the rift as the current Democratic Party is living in denial that there is one.

It is time for a new party, one committed to ordinary people and not subservient to the very rich.

Please Senator Sanders, throw your weight behind such a move. Surely that would mean there will be a splintering of the opposition to the Republicans, but the sooner it occurs, the sooner people can make known their choice as to which way they want to go. Three major parties will probably not exist for long, and the two we have now have been captured by the plutocrats. It is time for another choice.

Addendum Ian Welch puts it more bluntly here.

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9 Comments »

  1. It’s getting to the point where the only difference between the two parties is their name. Thus, if a third party arises, the existing two can simply meld together and call themselves what they are … The Party of Plutocrats.

    Comment by Nan — February 28, 2017 @ 1:06 pm | Reply

    • Oooh, good idea. That should be part of the marketing plan for the new party. “Do you want to be with us … or you going to stick with the Plutocrats Red Team or the Plutocrats Blue Team?”

      You are brilliant … but then, I guess you knew that!

      On Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 1:06 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — February 28, 2017 @ 1:10 pm | Reply

      • About time you noticed! 😀

        I’m signing up for the new party! I’d never fit into the other one ’cause I’m not rich (or crooked) enough.

        Comment by Nan — February 28, 2017 @ 1:28 pm | Reply

        • Me, too. If I were younger, I’d start the damned thing. (A Myers-Briggs ENTJ I am.)

          On Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 1:28 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — February 28, 2017 @ 1:43 pm | Reply

    • So the hoods and burning cross don’t bother you?

      Comment by The Pink Agendist, née Mr. Merveilleux — February 28, 2017 @ 5:38 pm | Reply

      • I don’t follow this. I have only been advocating pitchforks and torches.

        Comment by Steve Ruis — February 28, 2017 @ 9:33 pm | Reply

        • I mean the two parties aren’t exactly the same.

          Comment by The Pink Agendist, née Mr. Merveilleux — March 1, 2017 @ 4:10 am | Reply

          • No, the two parties are not exactly the same, but they are getting their operating funds from the same sources and their functioning bits are serving the same masters. Union labor in this country has fallen to one third of its labor force participation in this country as compared to Canada which has not fallen at all, both countries being subject to the same forces of globalization, automation, etc. The reason is because conservatives have waged war against the union movement and the Dems can’t be bothered to fight back with any effectiveness what so ever. When Mr. Obama was elected the first time, all the unions wanted was to be able to go back to the original card system of organizing unions (that the conservatives outlawed). After years and years of faithful service to the Dems, the Dems didn’t lift a finger to get that bill passed and it died in Congress.

            Comment by Steve Ruis — March 1, 2017 @ 7:35 am | Reply

    • So you think that both Democratic and Republicans parties have no difference between them, and hold exactly the same position on taxes, minimum wage, abortion, guns, education, environment, workers rights, entitlement programs, immigration, health care reform, and so on?

      Comment by List of X — February 28, 2017 @ 10:58 pm | Reply


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