The Democratic Party is the More Effective of Two Evils

In early 2012 Glen Ford writing for the Black Agenda Report  said Obama instead of being the lesser of two evils was the more effective of two evils. This was based upon his record. (see reference 1)  Glen Ford proved to be a prophet not just for Obama but for the entire Democratic Party. Here are three authors to tell you why.

In this trio of writings, it is good to remember the following.

"One of the worst myths Democratic partisans love to tell themselves - and everyone else - is that the GOP refuses to support President Obama no matter what he does. Like its close cousin - the massively deceitful inside-DC grievance that the two parties refuse to cooperate on anything - it's hard to overstate how false this Democratic myth is. When it comes to foreign policy, war, assassinations, drones, surveillance, secrecy, and civil liberties, President Obama's most stalwart, enthusiastic defenders are often found among the most radical precincts of the Republican Party."  Glenn Greenwald

 

Rose Roby is a long time Florida activist. She wrote:

“Dear Democrats,

Let me put aside the clever one liners and just be real for a moment here.

Whenever there has been common ground to work together, like BLM and Fight for 15, I've done what I could to lend a hand. I never asked for pay, and even though you know I'm poor, you've never lifted a finger to help me out in that respect, or even give me a lead for a job. I never even asked for a thank you. And with some notable exceptions, I seldom got that either, even though saying thank you don't cost you a dime.

But if you're going to bully me with your lesser-evil scare mongering for the next 4 months, you can take all of that free work and shove it up your collective asses. I have an extremely low tolerance for abuse, if you had met me 20 years earlier, things would've been different. But that's how many years it took for me to stop cheerfully taking the shit of smug, middle-class liberals who get off on treating me like I'm stupid even though I could outsmart any one of you in my sleep.

Most of you could give a shit about losing me, I know that. But rest assured, there are many more out there who are feeling the same exact way and you're on your way to alienating each and every one of them in your desperate bid for Presidential glory. So you may not care if you lose me, or some other person, or even another person...but you see, it adds up. At some point, you're left with nothing but yourselves.

Bridges that are burned can't be un-burned. You'll most likely win in November, but you're on your way to a pyrrhic victory.”

Rose also wrote:

“On any given day, I can be either more scared of Clinton or Trump. But on those days that I'm more scared of Trump, some liberal shares an article about how Trump isn't going to bring us to the brink of WWIII because he's too soft on Putin and the Russian Evil Empire baddies that we must DESTROY!!! Oddly enough, they act this like that's a bad thing. And that tips the scales for me to be more scared of Clinton.”

 

Julia Williams, a long time Green Party supporter and candidate quotes a friend here.

“There's always a demon, every election season, who will supposedly bring about the imminent destruction of life as we know it if we don't vote Democrat to save the world. Every election. Every single one. George Bush, John McCain, now Donald Trump. Rinse and repeat. The liberals say we have to vote Democrat to keep one Hitler at bay, then another, then another. They say real change has to wait, for now we have to keep the Republicans at bay. So one election goes by. Then another. And it's always the same thing. Where does it end? It doesn't. They're blackmailing us into supporting them forever. There is no endgame, just keep voting Democrat until kingdom come. Meanwhile the Democrats are the ones destroying the world, their neoliberal economic policies creating the worst divide between rich and poor since records began, the climate being systematically pillaged by the rapacious corporations to which the Democrats give free reign, war after war after endless fucking war bombing one Middle Eastern country or another while claiming the Republicans are the threat to peace. Enough already! I for one refuse to get behind one class enemy to stop another. If anything it's the Democrats who are the greater evil and the Republicans who are the lesser one. At least Trump, vile though he is, isn't embedded in the neocon establishment as Clinton has been for decades. Don't try to threaten me with Trump when we've already seen what Clinton does with power and how horrific the consequences have been for the people of the world. Clinton the butcher of nations belongs in prison for crimes against humanity, not back in the White House. Fuck Clinton and everyone who votes for her. You have blood on your hands."

 

Next I wrote the following.

It is amazing to me how the democrats use this sheep herder strategy successfully over and over again: Jesse Jackson, Kerry, Obama, Kucinich, Cuomo, Grayson, Van Jones, Warren, Sanders, Clinton twice, etc. I got the sheep herder expression from Bruce Dixon, a Georgia Green Party leader and also of the Black Agenda Report. He described exactly the democratic strategy in this article on May 6, 2015:  Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders: Sheepdogging for Hillary and the Democrats in 2016   See also  Grayson, Kucinich, Warren, and the Road to Hell 

 Thanks to very hard work and generous donations by many of us, democrats had a huge majority in 2009-2011. The republicans had not had such a majority since 1923. What did they do with it? Collapsed on war, the environment, the economy, and made the Bush tax cuts for the rich permanent. Contrast that with Bush who despite a minority in both the House and the Senate still did whatever the hell he wanted to do.  It is past time to face the fact that this is what the democrats want and they are not constantly out foxed by the republicans. Remember Clinton enabled NAFTA, the 1996 Telecommunications Act, Welfare Reform and the repeal of Glass-Steagall. For a humorous take on this see this segment by Jon Stewart at   http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/z4egij/mass-backwards

Arguments democrats use to defend their records:

  • Lesser of Two Evils (LOTE): At least we are not republicans.
  • Half a Loaf of Bread: Getting something is better than getting nothing. This hides the fact that what the democrats frequently get is nothing disguised as a real improvement.
  • Republicans are Worse: Just look at their rhetoric and ignore our actual results.
  • False helplessness before minority republicans: Contrast with Bush Jr. who despite a democratic majority in both houses still did whatever the hell he wanted to.
  • Progress not perfection: This is said to hide the lack of progress.
  • This is the most important election ever! or This election is just too important!
  • Elect democrats and then hold their feet to the fire then forget to hold them accountable on war, civil rights, the environment, etc.
  • Supreme Court! If shouted loudly enough repeatedly it can successfully obscure that those appointed by democrats have often disappointed.

Finally, the Clintons have an actual record that is long and shameful. See Beware the Clintons.

As a reminder the Democratic Party voted for the following in its 2016 platform.

  • Against an immediate 15.00 minimum wage
  • Against expanding solar power
  • Against an amendment banning  fracking
  • Pro TPP
  • pro Israeli war crimes against Palestinians
  • Against a carbon emission tax
  • Against pension protection to keep them from being cut
  • Against an amendment blocking energy companies from using eminent domain  for fossil fuel extraction
  • Against an amendment  to make climate change a test for building a future Keystone pipelines
  • Against an amendment for a single payer healthcare system
  • Against an amendment to make healthcare a right
  • Against an amendment eliminating the use of any force in the Syrian conflict
  • Against an amendment calling for the end of U.S. exportation of fracking to foreign nations

After losing the Presidency, Senate, and House of Representatives, the Democratic Party pushed to have Chuck Schumer be the Senate Minority Leader. As a reminder Schumer

  • Voted for the Patriot Act
  • Voted to repeal Glass-Steagall
  • Voted to bail out Wall Street
  • Voted to invade Iraq
  • Voted for the Defense of Marriage Act
  • Gets the most “donations” from Wall Street Firms

 

References:

Reference 1 is for Glen Ford’s article which inspired the title.

References 2-17 documents with over 10,000 references in 16 areas what both major parties are doing. All areas are continually updated.

References 18 is the website of long time activists Jeff and Rose Roby. References 19-22 has other writings by Jeff and Rose Roby.

Reference 23 has documentation on specific people and organizations to be wary of.

References 24 and 25 further express the view of this article.

Reference 26 is to the Black Agenda Report website which has  the most incisive political writing that I know. Just their comments on the more effective evil and sheepdogging exactly and concisely describe real political strategies and assessments.

References 27-32 give examples of democratic election corruption.

Reference 33 describes the sheepdog strategy by insightful writer Bruce A. Dixon of the  Black Agenda Report

References from 34 on discuss and give examples of Democratic Party corruption.

1-Why Barack Obama is the More Effective Evil  

2-Civil Rights

3-Corporate Overreach 

4-The Economy 

5-Economic Graphs and Videos 

6-Education 

7-Election Reform Is Needed 

8-The Environment 

9-Healthcare 

10-Our Crumbling Infrastructure 

11-Labor

12-Poverty is Getting Worse

13-The Powerless Press 

14-Diminishing Transparency

15-Continuous Wars 

16-The War on Whistleblowers 

17-Widespread Police Misconduct and an Expanding Prison Population 

18-Saint Petersburg Independents 

19-Cautionary Tales by Jeff Roby

20-Jeff Roby on Strategy and Tactics 

21-An Interesting Conversation on the Way Forward by Rose Roby

22-On Becoming Dependent Upon Incarceration by Rose Roby

23-Don’t Let These People or Organizations Fool You 

24-Betraying Progressives, DNC Platform Backs Fracking, TPP, and Israel Occupation

25-Actions Express Priorities: 40 Years of Failed Lesser Evil Voting

26-Black Agenda Report

27-Abandon all hope for the Democratic Party

28-Ballots With Sanders Votes Covered with White-Out Filmed by Election Monitors in San Diego

29-Emails Released by WikiLeaks Appear to Show DNC Trying to Aid Hillary Clinton

30-Election Fraud Story Gets Worse: Irregularities Tied to E-Voting Machine Companies that Donated to Clinton Fund

31-Stanford University Confirms Democratic Election Fraud

32-Wikileaks Proves Primary Was Rigged: DNC Undermined Democracy - 20,000 freshly leaked emails reveal resentful disdain toward Sanders, as party favored Clinton long before any votes were cast

33-Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders: Sheepdogging for Hillary and the Democrats in 2016

34-Actors called for to replace 2016 Democratic Convention Members who walked out in protest

35-Freedom Rider: Wikileaks Exposes Democrats’ Corruption

36-My party has lost its soul: Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and the victory of Wall Street Democrats - A former Clinton aide on how Democrats lost their way chasing Wall Street cash, and new populism the party needs

37-100-Page Report Shows Staggering Evidence Of Election Fraud In Democratic Primary

38-Alan Gilbert - 2016 Primary Exit Polls and Anomalous Electronic Vote Totals (video)

39-Unchanged  Democrats Meme

40-Obama and his Shameful Legacy

41-Dems Have Learned Nothing: Why Progressives Need a Third Party - America’s diversity should be reflected in our political system

42-DNC Rewards Clinton Loyalists With New Jobs: Recent appointments prove the Democratic Party has no intention of reform

43-Parole chief leaving, cites lack of interest from Obama, Holder

44-Democrats hold lessons on how to talk to real people

45-Dems Call for Their Party’s Autopsy–But Won’t Admit the Patient Is Dead

46-DNC Leak Reveals Party Insiders Promised Access to Obama in Exchange for Cash - Emails appear to violate White House policy

47-Double Standards:  Where Were the Liberal Protestors During Obama’s Wars?

48-Election Justice USA Report: Did Voting Issues Cost Bernie 184 Delegates?

49-Clinton Benefits After Foul Play Suspected in Keeping Green Party Off Nevada Ballot - Just enough signatures were found to be fraudulent that the Greens won't be on the ballot in November

50-Freedom Rider: Dump the Democrats for Good

51-Breaking: Guccifer 2.0 Releases More DNC Docs, Exposing More Corruption - New evidence proves Clinton was always the Democratic choice

52-Leaked Email Proves DNC Rigged Primary Debates

53-Left-Wing Paralysis and the Decay of Lesser Evil Politics

54-Mark Blyth on How Liberalism Undermined Democracy and the Failure of the Democratic Party

55-News Flash, Democrats: You've Become Everything You Hate

56-Obama: A Legacy of Ashes (YouTube)

57-President Obama’s legacy with Glen Ford

58-Roaming Charges: Prime Time Green

59-Greenwald: Democrats Seem to Consider Snowden's & Manning's Leaks Evil & Leaks Under Trump Heroic

60-The Clock Is Ticking For The Democrats

61-The Democratic Party's Demise Began Long Before Obama

62-The Democratic Party's Death is Imminent

63-The DNC Hands the Democratic Party Over to David Brock and Billionaire Donors

64-Hacker Breaks Into Clinton Foundation Servers, Discovers Millions in Fraud

65-Leaked Emails: Dem State Leaders Think Obama’s New Organizing Army is ‘Grade A Bullshit’ - Organizing for Action was supposed to complement the Democratic National Committee. Instead, Democratic leaders say, it nearly killed the Democrats.

66-Barack Obama: The Least Transparent President in History

67-Trump Muslim Ban Made Possible By Obama Admin & Media Won't Tell You (YouTube)

68-Andrew Bacevich: Why Is No Candidate Offering an Alternative to Militarized U.S. Foreign Policy? (YouTube)

69-Democrats and Their Chilling Apathy Towards War

70-Without Providing Any Evidence of Hacking, Obama to Announce ‘Punishment’ Plan for Russia

71-Wikileaks Proves Primary Was Rigged: DNC Undermined Democracy: 20,000 freshly leaked emails reveal resentful disdain toward Sanders, as party favored Clinton long before any votes were cast

72-WikiLeaks Reveals DNC Elevated Trump to Help Clinton - Democrats expected the FBI investigation into Clinton's email server to be a major problem—which Donald Trump solved

73-WikiLeaks reveals DNC holds unions in contempt

74-Will Progressive Democrats Ever Support a Third Party Candidate?

75-You didn’t care when Obama did it

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commented 2016-07-27 01:41:23 -0700 · Flag
Wow!!!! Food for thought, reflection and digestion. But how many Democrats even if they take the time to read and really think about this will just ignore / let it pass through one ear and out the other. I personally know many who will do just that for as the Bible says they have eyes but do not see and ears but do not hear; and seemingly brains but do not reason.