A tectonic shift in the political landscape is taking place and the Democrats are in danger of being left out in the cold. Just as the civil rights movement in the 60’s completely rearranged and upended what it meant to be a Democrat and Republican, a new alignment is taking place over America’s place in the global economy and in global affairs.
The two victories by Barack Obama obscured a party that was dying on the vine. We all (now) know the numbers. The oval office, both houses of congress, governorships, state legislators; the Democratic Party is in full retreat. It is a party so desperately clinging to the past and past leadership that we need to ask if this party can right itself before it becomes irrelevant and obsolete.
The Democratic Party is psychologically wounded, lashing out at everyone and everything that they feel is to blame for the horrible injustice that has befallen Hillary Clinton, denying America the benefit of her obvious superior leadership, it was Trump the demigod, the GOP, sexism, racism, the media, the electoral college, the Comey letter, the Russians, the list goes on and on. All of this thrashing about on the ground in a pile of tear-filled rage is pointless and ultimately harmful. We look like fools and sore losers, most importantly it makes us incapable of seeing our own faults that has led to this debacle.
Democratic vs. Republican has been usurped by globalization vs. populism. This realignment is occurring in the US and around the world. Globalization has been uncovered as a cruel hoax. Free trade, the global banking system, capital-friendly tax systems and mass immigration are doing real harm to the middle class. The system is designed to drive down the cost of labor while exacting profits that flow to the 1%. It is a system that is of course, unsustainable but the donor class is not interested in introspection on the society that is being created, or should we say being destroyed, and neither it seems is the leadership of the Democratic Party.
It is a bigger and much more dangerous mortgage lending crisis being played out over the course of decades. When Bill Clinton took up the cause of NAFTA as a way to raise money for his presidential bid, the Democratic Party bought into free trade hook, line, and sinker. Globalization became the defining economic policy of both parties right through to today.
Barack Obama missed this realignment, continued pressing forward with trade deals and wars when the voters were begging for relief. This is the problem when you take your cues from the donor class whose interests are not in line with the voters. The undercurrent of populism has been building for a long time but the donor class and the media manage to keep it from the light of day. By playing to a system where it is verboten by the donor class to offer any alternative to globalization, the Democratic Party became a tool of the 1%. Corporate Democrats may be more right on social issues but are really no different from corporate Republicans on the fundamental operating principles of our economy.
Obama/Clinton made no effort to address the concerns of the middle class. They talked about the income inequality but refused to define a cause because that would have led to the only real conclusion; globalization is exactly the wrong policy to build broad-based middle-class prosperity in a developed nation.
The rise of Bernie and Trump was a direct result of the fact that they were operating outside the normal system of campaign finance and were free to tap the populist mood that lay dormant and unaddressed, the sleeping Giant of American policies. The Democratic establishment just did a better job killing off the candidate of real change. Whether Bernie could have won is missing the point, Bernie was the only Democratic alternative that broke through the donor class blockade. The Democrats are just as responsible, if not more responsible, for the Trump Presidency because we turned our back on the working families of America.
Democrats if you want to know why we lost it’s time to stop crying, passing the blame and look in the mirror. Hillary lost because she was a product of the corporate establishment elitist globalist party system and Trump was not!!
The Democratic Party faces an existential crisis, can we break free from the clutches of the globalist donor class and if so where do we get the money to rebuild? If the Democratic Party cannot come to terms with its failed and rejected policies and make real change in its’ policies and leadership, (and so far it seems wholly unwilling to do either), it is in danger of being a non-entity in American politics. Without real substantive charge in the Democratic Party, the battle for power in American politics will be waged between the globalists and populists of the Republican Party.