On one level, I completely agree with this article. On another I completely disagree. The way I see it, there are at least two major conflicts occurring in American society. The first one is the so-called “culture war”. Among the issues in this conflict are: whether or not gays will be able to marry, whether or not America will continue to strive to end racial inequality, through use of affirmative action, and whether or not business owners will be able to discriminate against customers, using the excuse of their religious beliefs. When it comes down to these three issues, and others like them, The established Democratic Party has done a fairly fine job.
But there is another conflict rending American society. That is an economic class one. On this, the Democratic Party, in recent years, has had a rather checkered history. Was it not the Democratic Party, under Hillary’s husband, that repealed the Glass-Steegal act? Was it not the Democratic Party, under Hillary’s husband who “ended welfare as we know it”? Also, was it not the Democratic Party, under Hillary’s husband, that accelerated the incarceration of drug addicts? And, finally, was it not the Democratic Party, under Hillary’s husband, who signed on to the NAFTA and WTO agreements, which made life for factory workers, such as myself a living Hell?
If you want to find someone to blame for Hillary’s loss, don’t blame Bernie, or even some of his more fanatic followers (usually young adults who, like perhaps the author of this piece, still like to see the world divided clearly between black and white). Or even the Russians (but certainly not for lack of trying). Perhaps the DLC and one of its chief leaders, Bill Clinton, deserve a closer look. Hillary herself waffled badly badly on one of the major issues of the 2016 election. And that was on trade deals. Only after Bernie won a key state in the primary, did she finally change her tune. But by then the likely true motive for this change was all too apparent. Also, during this very same primary, she couldn’t resist the temptation to cash in by giving a speech to Wall Street insiders — all the while pretending to be a champion for the “little guy/gal”.
For the record, I supported Hillary, once she won the nomination. As did Bernie, too — just as he promised.
The Democratic Party, and its elites can not continue to have it both ways. They cannot continue to whisper sweet nothings into the ears of the distressed — those who are barely hanging on — the typical but not the average Americans — while taking money from big money contributors, and , for the most part, looking out for their interests. Harry Truman once said, years before I was even born, that given a choice between a Republican and a Republican, the American voter will vote Republican every time.