No candidate has ever been perfect. I mean, none. That includes FDR, whose campaign in 1932 wasn’t as “progressive” as the current far left would have you believe. Even after he was elected, FDR was very fiscally conservative, which is why we didn’t start to emerge from the Great Depression until we started gearing up for World War II. His “New Deal” was brilliant, of course, but his idea to pack the Supreme Court was pretty damn stupid and actually worthy of the modern GOP.
There is a reason it took about an extra decade to fix the unemployment mess back then, and why we slipped into a second recession in 1937, before emerging from economic hell with the emergence of the modern military. It’s because FDR refused to accept the Keynesian model of economics, which we now know is better for everyone. Instead, the government operated from the belief that any positive changes in the economy had to come from the private sector. They didn’t go as far as to accept the “trickle-down” nonsense, otherwise known as supply-side economics, but the Democratic Party was fiscally conservative enough to believe that government couldn’t create jobs and economic growth. Does that sound familiar? Of course, many of the Democrats from that era became Republicans later in life, so that explains why those idiots believe that way.
All this is to support the concept that there is no such thing as a perfect candidate. I say this for the benefit of the Bernie Stans, who believe they have found the perfect candidate, just because he says everything they want to hear. And when they are reminded that Bernie is not a Democrat, they always trot out the very old and stringy argument, “…but he’s an FDR Democrat.”
Just as Lincoln was s great (not perfect) president for his time, FDR was a great president for his time, after the GOP crashed the economy and did nothing as the unemployment rate topped 24%. A great president for our time will have to be a lot different than the idealized version of FDR that has been created by the professional left as an ideal for the group of white liberals who think this is still 1967. You know, the Bernie Stans. I mean, Bernie’s rhetoric is straight out of 1967, and they fawn over him for it, so it’s not a stretch to believe they are also stuck in a time warp, just as Bernie is. All this talk about “establishment Democrats” is both irritating and inappropriate, but they seem unable to change their tune, even slightly.
For example, Bernie Stans still think “campaign finance reform” is the most important issue, while most people think the most important issues are healthcare and wages. And when it comes to racial issues, Bernie Stans are stuck with pointing out that a higher minimum wage and “Medicare for All” will help People of Color most of all. No matter how many times Black people point out that their treatment by police is the most important issue, the Professional Left and the Bernie Stans will say “uni uh” and scream “$15 an hour!” Or “Medicare For All!”
The irony in all of this is, they want perfection from politicians, but they support someone who is the opposite of a perfect politician, and they are willing to lie in support of him. Not a week goes by in which I don’t have to correct their standard line that “Democrats are corporatists!” And they support it with figures they cull from OpenSecrets, the fine organization that compiles FEC information about politicians at all levels.
If only these people understood what the numbers actually mean, they might be able to support an argument. But they don’t understand it and they really don’t care about the truth. For example, a Bernie Stan was trying to label several 2020 Democratic candidates as “corporate shills,” as opposed to Bernie, and they used a couple of figures from Open Secrets to “prove their point. The problem is, they seem to have forgotten to read this disclaimer:
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In other words, folks, the companies listed come from donor records collected by the FEC, which means they indicate who the donor wrks for. For example, in these figures, a contribution from a janitor who makes $10 an hour emptying waste baskets at Goldman Sachs will look like Goldman Sachs itself donated. Got it? That changes the entire context of the donations.
It is an absolute fact that large corporations support Republicans by a factor of almost four-to-one. When you look at Democrats overall, their largest support comes (or will come, this time) from organized labor. Close behind are trial lawyers, academics and education, retired folks and the tech industry, none of which are flat-out evil. The fossil fuel industry and the banking industry, among others, are near the bottom when it comes to support for Democrats.
Put simply, when you say stupid shit like, “the corporate Dems are just as corrupt as the Republicans,” you are combining two very stupid lies into one huge lie, and you are helping Republicans win. Good job. That’s the only way we’ll get a second Trump term.
Originally published at The Pragmatic Progressive.