Itís time for a revolution: Bankrupt policies, historic losses call for new generation of leadershttp://www.salon.com/2015/01/18/its_time_for_a_revolution_bankrupt_policies_historic_losses_call_for_new_generation_of_leaders/
As a wise man once said, never underestimate the capacity of an entire social order to commit suicide. The Democratic Partys old order is doing it now. It may seem strange but make no mistake, the Democrats leaders are already unconscious. If they dont wake up soon, theyll go the way of the Whigs. If progressives dont wake up now, theyll go with them.
Ive argued that progressive political movements died at the hands of their leaders; that their death is what caused the political collapse we errantly term partisan gridlock; that progressives need a timeout from electoral politics; and that both Democrats and progressives are best served by a return to a more arms-length relationship.
Progressives have long cohabited with Democrats. The relationship, while abusive, is hard for them to quit. Starting over is always scary, and building movements is hard even in good times, so the temptation is strong to keep on doing what theyre doing. Besides, how can you tell the Democrats are really dead? You cant call in a coroner or poke them with a stick. Its simple, really. All you have to do is look.
Life is change and these Democrats never change. Its like watching Groundhog Day but without laughs, a love interest or a learning curve. Democrats in Congress ran the same race in 2014 they ran in 1994, lost badly, and then reelected all their leaders. Obama handled the budget this year the same way he does every year, with the same result. Hillary Clinton is poised to run the same awful race in 2016 she ran in 2008.
... is so that there's no alternative to the Republicans."
There seem to be two groups within our party ...
The more progressive bunch who make up the rank-and-file, and ....
The conservatives who have taken over party leadership.
If the progressives don't revolt against these Third Way conservatives we might as well just surrender.
He's one of the few that are walking the walk.
Sorry you and the OP can't see that. It's reality.
The political system isn't just corrupted and broken, it actually performs exactly as it is designed to, without anyone involved being willing to admit that obvious fact.
Why admit to how the game is rigged?
That won't get anyone a cushy job
making a 6 figure salary!
I question no ones integrity. What Rahm did, everyone does, but isnt that the problem? All top Democratic consultants make most of their money from big business. However principled or smart they may be, they reflect their clients views and apply lessons learned in their service. The inevitable result is a campaign like the one we just saw....
What a racket.
would run on "transparency in the government" ... To expose this ugliness
about all that deregulation that happened during his administration.
A paid operative for the Big Wall St Banks working to help them set up the scenario that caused the Global Collapse while they profited from the people's suffering.
longer you are in congress the more power you have. That would certainly inhibit change.
Its a lesson Democrats never learn: Elections turn more on how you govern than on how you campaign. In 2012, pundits wanted Obama to run, Harry Truman-like, against a do-nothing Congress. He couldnt because Harry Reid ran a do-nothing Senate, blocking any vote he feared might embarrass his caucus. Democrats who never governed as populists ran as populists in 2014 and lost because running on policies you dont support makes you look like a hypocrite, not a populist.
when they talk about the game being rigged, it's not just running-for-office rhetoric. We're going to see a lot of sympathy expressed for the middle class and the 99% in the run-up for 2016. Pay attention to past actions, not present sound bites.
No matter what happens election day, Democrats are in for a wild ride in 2007
By David Sirota
What will happen, for instance, when Chairman Miller pushes through legislation that outlaws the most vicious of Corporate Americas pension cutback schemes? Will people like Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)who has bragged about starting his own K Street Projectlead the opposition? How about when Chairman Levin introduces a resolution demanding an exit strategy from Iraq? Will he face a battle not only with Republicans, but with Democrats backed by neoliberal, pro-war think tanks like the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC)? And what about when the Bush administration sends down its next corporate-written trade deal? Will Democrats have the unity to defeat it? The answer is that progressives will certainly have a decent chance of enacting their agendabut not without bruising fights within the Democratic caucus.
And to think some often wonder why we can't get the money out of politics.
Or the real title of the article should be The nowhere man.
It takes courage for the front line intellectuals in the mainstream media to out those who have been screwing up the system. Through the years its been more obvious to me the Bush and Cheney leadership was only profiteering in politics and should be condemned and banished.
It is disgusting while showing a dichotomy that distinguishes a culture so warped and poisoned in America we have advertisements on television that plead for money to help our veterans that have suffered in the last wars like Vietnam and Iraq.
Seems like we all are concluding those in the leadership do know what they are doing. They dont even shoot from the hip anymore, heck they dont even get the gun out of the holster, actually preserving the family fortunes and careers accumulated these past decades even at the expense of the electorate is becoming too, too obvious especially with our veterans
One Irony is that those elected have a chance to become millionaires while at the same time the electorate has the same chance to slide into poverty. It is only a matter of time when the system will snap on its own no revolution necessary do it yourself mainstream media managed screwed up culture in America will help it collapse.
We all know here on the DU blog the political lies that transpired in advertisements during the last election was way enormous enough to make any citizen ad nauseum searching for a new God. Good reason the numbers are growing to join Isis.
Its simple, get rid of the lies in news and politics and that money funneled to that end will disappear. Surprise Gomer they like that game because its easy money this is an embarrassing boomer leadership and the media made it happen.
That being the real reason America is drifting off the economic cliff. Even the one percent could be in a panic realizing what is thought to be sustaining is not so.
Keeping their millions and billions or making more isnt going to happen with sequesters or austerity, or shutting down the government, or go to war against a boogie man.
So we have the no where man chasing the boogie man
They aren't fooling anyone.
Came into it's prime under Reagan and our society still reflect that. Nurtured by daddy reagan they adopted sick anti-society, free market, deficit spending, debt loving ways.
Unfortunately they have occupied power for so long. They've selfishly refused to share and nurture a new generation of leaders.
We're going to have to wait for nature to take it's course and only then will other generations get the chance to learn those roles.
It's the same in politics, academia and maybe a little less so in business.
One problem is the Gollum-like self-absorption that comes with wearing the ring of power too long. Asked by a reporter about stepping down, Pelosi snapped that no one asked McConnell to quit when he lost, then whined that when she became speaker Time magazine failed to put her face on its cover. Weeks later, Reid rose in the Senate to whimper self-pityingly that he hadnt been home much lately.
DO YOU REALIZE WHAT THAT'LL COST US?!