Common Dreams - October 17, 2019
"... But since Bill Clinton, centrists have been increasingly dependent upon the ultra-rich and corporations, and they’ve drifted to the right, and as a result, voters drifted away from them.
That’s why we have Trump; that’s why until 2018 Democrats had been losing ground at all levels of government for decades."
Tuesday’s Democratic debate boiled down to a war between the centrists and the progressives. Or, to put it another way, between those who would represent the people, and those who would represent billionaires, millionaires, and corporations.
The centrists/corporatists can’t run on issues, so they’re trying to run on being “realistic” and electable. Both Buttigieg and Klobuchar tried to push this line for most of the night, and claimed the progressives—particularly Warren and Sanders—are too far left to win against Trump.
Many in the corporate media claimed that flailing candidates like Buttigieg and Klobuchar did well in the debate (see here, for example), mostly because such pundits have been pushing the whole myth that the way to win isn’t by appealing to the progressive majority; rather it’s by trying to peel off a few people from the minuscule so-called "center" of the party.
There are two things wrong with this. The first was addressed by Sanders when he noted that polling clearly showed that most of the electorate favored progressive issues, so running on them wasn’t only the right thing to do, it was the smart thing to do. But the second problem is deeper, and reveals that the centrist/corporatists either have a fundamental misunderstanding of how and why Trump won, or—more likely—they’re mounting a cynical, disingenuous and intentional campaign to deceive voters, done on behalf of their corporate benefactors.
The problem with the centrist’s attempt to deceive voters is that if it works and Democrats nominate another centrist, it’s just about the only way Trump could win again (assuming he isn’t impeached).
At the end of the day, Trump is President because people don’t trust government, and they’re right not to. Pew has been tracking trust in government for more than half a century, and the trend is grim. In the early sixties, about 80 percent of Americans trusted government to do what was right “most of the time.” By 2019, that number had fallen to about 17 percent, with only 3 percent believing government does what’s right “just about always.” ...
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