"(Bernie) Sanders, an independent who chose to run in the Democratic primaries, had been offered the top of the Green Party ticket. The party’s presidential nominee Jill Stein, who was willing to give up that spot, said he never answered her."...
11/13/16, "The Political World After Trump’s Win," Joe Lauria, Consortium News
"The Democratic Party’s long sojourn into corporate-friendly politics--and neglect of its old working-class base--has led to the shocking
result of an erratic and untested outsider becoming President. But is
there a route back, asks Joe Lauria."
"A new political force in America was unleashed on Tuesday and how the
Democratic Party reacts to it could determine its future as a major
party. Millions of discontented Americans who have lost out to the
computerization and the globalization of the economy – and who have been
disproportionately called on to fight America’s “regime change” wars –
have made clear that they aren’t going to take it anymore. And any party
or politician going forward better listen or they will be tossed out,
too, including Donald Trump if he doesn’t deliver.
This election has struck what should be a fatal blow to the Clintons’
Democratic Leadership Council movement. Bill Clinton moved the
Democratic Party to the center-right at about the same time that Tony
Blair did with the British Labour Party. Both parties cut many of their
traditional ties to labor unions in the 1990s to embrace the economic
neoliberalism of their 1980s predecessors Ronald Reagan and Margaret
Thatcher: welfare reform, deregulation of the financial sector and “free
The effect on workers across the old industrial belts has been
devastating. Millions have been pushed out of a middle-class lifestyle.
They have seen their plants close and jobs shipped to cheap labor
markets overseas. Or they have lost out to robotics.
They’ve also seen the economy shift from production to financial
speculation. And they’ve seen the greatest transfer of wealth in decades
to the obscenely rich. Wealthy liberals who’ve benefited from this
shift often act as if they are morally superior to the system’s “losers”
who hear Hillary Clinton put them in a “basket of deplorables.”
On Tuesday, these downwardly mobile workers spoke out, giving Trump
the votes he needed in the Rust Belt states of Pennsylvania, Ohio,
Michigan and Wisconsin to put him over the top in the Electoral College
(although Clinton appears headed toward a plurality of the votes
That someone as eminently unqualified (at least in the traditional
sense) could flip the electoral map in this way was stunning. But is the
Democratic Party listening and can it adapt to reflect the interests of
these Americans? The future of the party may depend on it.
For the past two decades, Democrats have relied on the support of
these Rust Belt states as a bulwark for their national candidacies.
These states voted twice for Barack Obama.
But many of these blue-collar workers were counting on a significant
change to their circumstances, but Obama had failed to deliver that and
Clinton only vaguely addressed their concerns with a variety of mostly
small-bore policy ideas. Many of these voters judged that the Democrats
couldn’t or wouldn’t deliver. So, they rudely slapped the party in the
Parallel political trends are playing out in Great Britain, where a
discontented working class spearheaded the Brexit withdrawal from the
European Union and where Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is fighting to
dismantle Blair’s so-called New Labour movement and trying to restore
the Labour Party’s historic ties to the working class.
Last week, we learned in a leaked speech that Bill Clinton gave last year that he denigrated Corbyn,
saying Labour “went out and practically got a guy off the street to be
the leader” of the party.
“When people feel they’ve been shafted and
they don’t expect anything to happen anyway, they just want the maddest
person in the room to represent them.”
Bill Clinton’s remarks were typical of the Democrats’ smugness and
their contempt for ordinary people. So there was some satisfaction in
seeing the humiliation of these careerist and corporatist Democrats on
Now, the Democratic Party had better figure out how they can serve
the interests of those blue-collar workers or the party can expect more
of the same. So far they are blaming everyone and everthing for having created this workers’ backlash: sexism, the media, FBI Director James Comey (Clinton pinned it
specifically on him), Vladimir Putin, Green Party candidate Jill Stein
and even Clinton cheerleader Bernie Sanders (for “poisoning the youth
A former Clinton operative speaking on Fox News said the day after an
election loss is a time to engage in the “blame game.” He said
“everybody is being blamed but Secretary Clinton.”
There are solutions to economic injustice but few in power pursue
them because it’s not in their self-interest. And politicians of any
party act primarily on self-interest these days, which usually
translates into the interests of their wealthy financial backers and is
thus inimical to real democracy.
Without a sharp turn to the left to regain workers’ support, the
Democratic Party risks becoming totally irrelevant. A new batch of
Democratic Party leaders committed to workers must emerge. They have
four years to prepare.
Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren tarnished themselves as
leaders who can achieve this by supporting a center-right candidate in
Hillary Clinton. They failed to acknowledge that Clinton was too
alienated from many blue-collar workers (especially whites) who in the
end abandoned the party to gamble on Trump.
Sanders, an independent who chose to run in the Democratic primaries,
had been offered the top of the Green Party ticket. The party’s
presidential nominee Jill Stein, who was willing to give up that spot,
said he never answered her. Had they run together they
might have gotten the 15 percent in the polls to enter the debates
where Sanders would have been a lofty alternative to Clinton and Trump –
though had Trump still won on Nov. 8, Sanders surely would have been
denounced as a “sore loser” and blamed for “dividing the anti-Trump
As it turned out, the Democrats managed to lose the White House to
Trump on their own. Though the Democratic leadership won’t admit it,
they now know that Sanders was running the right campaign to defend
workers’ interests and would have been the right messenger to carry that
message. However, to protect their own privileged class interests and
those of their donors, establishment Democrats left the country open to
the dangerous victory of Donald Trump.
Rust Belt working-class voters can’t be blamed for the choices they
were given. Without Sanders – and with the Democrats offering one more
establishment candidate – these alienated voters instead sent a
demagogue to the White House, clinging to the hope that he might keep
some of his promises: to end ruinous trade deals, bring back
manufacturing jobs to the U.S., create jobs by rebuilding the
infrastructure, avoid new wars and clean the D.C. swamp of corruption.
Judging by the people being mentioned for his Cabinet, it’s already
looking dodgy: the usual cast of right-wing Republicans – the likes of
Newt Gingrich and Rudy Giuliani – who have been part of the problem
going back decades.
Yet, if Trump fails to fulfill his promises to improve the economy
for common Americans, the voters he so skillfully riled up might well
send him packing in 2020 unless, of course, the Democrats put up another
That leaves the notoriously difficult path for a third party that
could represent the interests of ordinary Americans. But that
possibility showed little traction in 2016, with marginal vote totals
for both the Libertarian and Green parties.
Media Also Repudiated
On the positive side, this election became a repudiation not only of
the Democratic Party insiders, but also of establishment Republicans,
Wall Street, celebrity culture (with famous people flocking to Clinton)
and the mainstream news media.
The shock to the American political system also is prompting
admissions one would never have imagined hearing. On Fox News the
morning after the election, a group of personalities (calling themselves
“journalists”) were suddenly talking about class in America, a normally
One of them said journalists didn’t understand this election because
none of them know anyone who makes less than $60,000 a year. Apparently,
these pampered performers don’t even mix with many members of their own
profession. I can introduce them to plenty of journalists making less
than that, let alone Rust Belt workers.
Will Rahn of CBS News accused
the media of missing the story “after having spent months mocking the
people who had a better sense of what was going on. This is all
symptomatic of modern journalism’s great moral and intellectual
failing: its unbearable smugness.”
Rahn said working-class
people have “captured the imagination of journalists, who have come to
talk about them like colonial administrators would talk about a
primitive inland tribe that interferes with the construction of a jungle
railway: They must be pacified until history kills them off.”
These are stunning admissions that would never have happened without
this election result. But one wonders how long such introspection in
the corporate media will last. After the mainstream media got the Iraq
WMD story wrong and contributed to the disastrous 2003 invasion, there
were a few halfhearted mea culpas but very little accountability.
For instance, Washington Post editorial-page editor Fred Hiatt, who
repeatedly wrote as flat fact that Iraq was hiding WMD and who mocked
the few dissenting voices trying to warn Americans about the flimsiness
of the evidence, is still the editorial-page editor of The Washington
So, not surprisingly – with almost none of the “star journalists”
suffering any career setbacks – the corporate media was soon joining
more propaganda campaigns for more wars, which are mostly fought by
young working-class men and women who actually do suffer.
The difference now is that this new political force of fed-up voters –
who “came out of nowhere” as far as the Democrats and the media were
concerned although these voters were staring them in the face – might
now force a re-evaluation. That’s because these voters are likely still
to be there four years from now."
"Joe Lauria is a veteran foreign-affairs journalist based at
the U.N. since 1990. He has written for the Boston Globe, the London
Daily Telegraph, the Johannesburg Star, the Montreal Gazette, the Wall
Street Journal and other newspapers. He can be reached
email@example.com and followed on Twitter at @unjoe."
News that doesn't receive the necessary attention.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Millions of Americans who lost out to globalization of their economy and were disproportionately called on to fight in US "regime change" wars said 'no more.' Democrat Party embraced corporations and abandoned the working class. Rich who became even richer via globalism act as if they're morally superior to the system's 'losers'-Lauria, Consortium News
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