Democrats Just Confirmed That We’re Screwed
Two of today’s news stories have confirmed that the Democrats care more about power than actually doing anything to help the American people.
We’ll start with Nancy Pelosi announcing that there will be no vote Saturday to continue the $600/week federal unemployment extension, which will leave millions of Americans possibly facing eviction during a pandemic. In an interview with PBS, she said that she doesn’t think “strategically it’s where we should go right now, because the Republicans would like to pass something like that and say forget about it,” continuing with weak excuses about other things that need funding as well. While it’s true that Republicans are likely to put up a fight in those other areas, refusing Americans the help they need right now to pay rent in September isn’t going to help. In fact, it guarantees that Congress will continue fighting about it for however long it takes them to come to some bigger agreement, leaving all of us screwed in the meantime.
Then we have the story about Ted Kaufman, reportedly the head of Biden’s transition team, saying that, “when we get in, the pantry is going to be bare.” Sure, it was just an advisor, and it isn’t actually proof of anything, but examine the historical evidence, and particularly Biden’s Wall Street-friendly past, and tell me why I should have any faith.
Secular Talk’s Kyle Kulinski sums up the problem nicely in a video about Rahm Emanuel taking offense at AOC’s (rightful) criticism of Kaufman’s comments:
“He wants the power, he wants the Democrats in power, and then here’s what he wants to do with that power: dick. The end goal is to get the power.”
This is one of the biggest problems with our political situation. As they are making quite clear, even under a Biden presidency, the Democrats are unwilling to make the kinds of changes necessary to prevent disaster, much less change things for the better. This is nothing new. They just want to get elected, and once they are, they enact Republican policies anyway, or at best, compromise with them. The “apolitical” part of the American public, who votes based on how they perceive their lives to be going, only notice that they’re still screwed, and as 2016 showed us, are as likely as not to vote for the next fascist the Republicans throw at us. That’s not meant as a dig at them, many of them are too busy just trying to keep their families fed to pay attention to much else.
That leads into the next problem. The Democratic establishment seems to be adopting their losing strategy from 2016 again, which was to try to get republican voters to swing to their side, rather than actually moving left to reach out to the voters asking for a healthcare plan like the one even right-wing parties support in other countries. This is not only a problem in terms of attracting voters, as has been pointed out before, it shows how little hope there is of moving them left in the future, as so many liberals like to pretend could happen.
I’ve heard it said, in regards to 3rd-party and non-voters, that “now isn’t the time to send a message.” Well, maybe you should tell that to the Democratic leadership, because the message they’re sending seems pretty clear: they care more about holding on to power and appeasing their corporate donors than helping the people that they’re supposed to represent.
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