"The crackbrained fantasies [such as RussiaGate] shield Democratic partisans from being buffeted by the reckoning: They are affiliated with the go-to Party of Wall Street and of neoliberal and militarist imperium....Barack Obama, aka former President Citigroup von Drone, was a far more effective con man [than Trump]."
10/31/17, "Democrats, Class and Russia-gate Magic," Consortium News, Phil Rockstroh
"Stunned by the defection of working-class whites, many Democrats
respond by calling these Trump voters “stupid” and hoping that
Russia-gate will be the “deus ex machina” to restore Democratic power,
as poet Phil Rockstroh explains."
"Recently, Democratic Party elites have purged progressives from
positions of power within the Party; have been exposed in creating and
promulgating, and swallowing whole the dodgy Russian Dossier subterfuge;
and have gone round-heeled for war criminal and torturer-in-chief
George Bush the Lesser — yet Democratic partisans and
lesser-of-two-evils, fainting-couch jockeys still retail in the fiction
that the Democrats present a viable alternative to their more crass
It must take hours of dedicated practice to become such virtuosos of self-deception.
Desperate liberals have convinced themselves that the risible,
Russiagate fool’s mythos will provide a deus ex machina miracle to rid
the (sham) republic from the likes of boxy-suit-clad, two-legged toxic
waste dump who ascended to the presidency due to the Democratic Party
gaming their primary and nomination process for a candidate who
performed the seemingly impossible--to wit, preventing the craven Trump
from defeating himself.
The best thing Republicans have going for them is, the Democrats
themselves, from their corrupt-to-their-reeking core leadership class
down to their willfully and belligerently obtuse rank-and-file. In
particular, professional and political-class liberals’ refusal even to
acknowledge the grim plight of the besieged U.S. working class, and when
they deign to notice their economic lessers, at all, they, as a rule,
evince an aura of condescension and scorn.
Apropos, I recall a piece published in the New York Times after
Trump’s “pussy grabbing” palaver came to light, late in the 2016
presidential campaign. Quoting from the article, headlined: “Inside
Trump Tower, an Increasingly Upset and Alone Donald Trump,” published
Oct 9, 2016:
“But the real source of comfort to Mr. Trump seemed to be the small
band of supporters waving Trump signs on the Fifth Avenue sidewalk
outside the building. His fans clashed with people walking by, including
a woman who told a female Trump supporter that she should go back to
It is a given that Trump’s misogynist remarks displayed the very
emblem of mouth-breather inanity. Yet the demeaning jibe bandied by the
passing pedestrian, who I’m certain would self-identify as “progressive”
in her politics, was emblematic of liberal classism.
When was the last
time you witnessed an affluent liberal expressing umbrage in regard to
their caste’s proclivity for class-based shaming?
The supercilious mindset is the result of an insularity borne of
privilege. Moreover, when do liberals ever converse, one on one, with
members of the laboring class, unless, of course, the situation involves
the de facto master/servant relationship involved in a service industry
On a personal basis, liberals with whom I used to clash when I was a
resident of Manhattan, almost to a person, were completely removed from
and, worse, utterly incurious, about the lives of the working class.
When traveling around my native South, for example, when visiting my
wife’s family in the rural South Carolina Low Country, I found the
people there far more receptive to a socialist critique of the
capitalist order than that of liberals.
Why? Unlike upscale liberals,
the working class, on a day-by-day basis, endure perpetual humiliation
under depraved capitalism.
Why do liberals refuse to acknowledge class-based deprivation as a
defining factor in the angst and animus of the laboring class?
In short, an honest reckoning would cause Liberalcrats to acknowledge
classism is, as is the case with sexism and racism, hurtful,
destructive, and flat-out reprehensible. Moreover, an acknowledgement
would call them to account for their own privilege thus revealing the
imperative to make amends and provide restitution for their complicity
in the oppression inflicted on the less fortunate by capitalism, the
system that is the source of liberal affluence and the progenitor of
A Buffer for the Rich
The Liberal Class have, on an historical basis, acted as the buffer
zone between leftist, minority, and laboring-class aspirations and the
capitalist over-class — i.e., the bestower of liberacrat privilege. As
the man limned in lyric, “same as it ever was.” Thus we come upon a
reason for the mistrust held by people languishing on the
boot-on-the-neck side of the capitalist class divide for economically
Adding to the host of miseries, an odious aspect of the capitalist
greedscape imparts, in both an overt and subliminal basis, the insidious
message: The psychical injuries inflicted by the economic order are
caused by personal failings. If internalized, concomitant feelings of
shame will torment the mind of the sufferer — feelings freighted with
intense self-reproach that tend to manifest themselves in a host of
pathologies, e.g., intense anxiety and severe depression.
Hence, the dark art of shame displacement, in the form of racist and
xenophobic tropes, can and will be retailed by demagogues. Don’t blame
the capitalist Plundering Class, they exhort, instead blame immigrants
and minorities (who, in reality, are also victims of capitalism’s
inherent depravities) for your dismal prospects. Build an unscalable
border wall, deport the interlopers en masse, put an end to the practice
of “reverse racism” (of which, polls reveal the majority of white
people, in utter defiance of reality, believe is widespread) then
America’s greatness will be restored and the usurped futures of
hard-working, true Americans will be seized back from undeserving
hordes of interlopers....
Russia-gate to the Rescue
And what is the Democrats plan? From all appearances, a full spectrum deployment of … more of the same.
Thus we arrive at the question: How can they display such a yawning
disconnect from reality? And we shamble into the tawdry reality: The
Democratic Party elite and their cynical operatives possess the sum
total of nada desire to be connected with anyone other than their
economic elite benefactors--withal, the only constituency to whom they
possess any degree of fealty.
Thus Democratic partisans cling to the salvation fantasy that an act
of deus ex machina will soon be at hand. But how many times now has
Trump’s trajectory toward impeachment been assured by some new
revelation … yet nothing substantive comes of the vaporous evidence?...
The crackbrained fantasies shield Democratic partisans from being
buffeted by the reckoning: They are affiliated with the go-to Party of
Wall Street and of neoliberal and militarist imperium.
It comes down to this: Almost everyone, at this point, sees through
Trump’s popinjay ways. Barack Obama, aka former President Citigroup von
Drone, was a far more effective con man. How so? Liberals had the Wall
Street bagman and multicultural imperialist Obama’s back. At present,
after his two terms, he is luxuriating in the cash-redolent embrace of
his High Dollar benefactors, as all the while, bedecked in their broken
tiara and torn prom dress regalia, Democratic Party loyalist pine away
for another sweet lie-proffering, political Lothario to replace the
likes of Obama’s charming vapidity.
“I don’t want realism. I want magic”--Blanche DuBois, from Tennessee William stage play, “A Streetcar Named Desire.” What a cringe-inducing sight it is. One almost could be moved to pity
in regard to Democrats’ Blanche DuBois theatrics. But, of course,
gentle, vulnerable Blanche never acted as an apologist for drone murder
nor blamed Russian meddling for her troubled plight.
Unlike impoverished Blanche, blown and buffeted by circumstance into
the seedy precincts of (un-gentrified) New Orleans’ French Quarter, it
is difficult to work up any degree of sympathy for contemporary
Democrats, enclosed as they are in their insular, bristling, psychical
citadels, from where they unloose volleys of supercilious scorn upon
those who remain unmoved by their partisan casuistry and are rankled by
the condescension they direct at those who are not graced with their
"Phil Rockstroh is a poet, lyricist and philosopher bard living, now, in Munich, Germany. He may be contacted: firstname.lastname@example.org and at FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/phil.rockstroh"
Comment: This article isn't saying the Republican Party is any better. As I see it, the GOP ceased to exist after the Nov. 2008 election. Always happier in the minority, they resurfaced briefly to destroy the Tea Party and make sure Obama was re-elected in 2012.
News that doesn't receive the necessary attention.
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