There is an element of Democratic Party supporters, or should I say self-appointed enforcers who hide in the shrubbery of various social media waiting to pounce on any progressive Democrat who expresses even the slightest displeasure with the current crop of Democratic electeds and their failure to protect and promote traditional FDR style Democratic issues. From my perspective, supporting a party that doesn't unite behind a solid set of values and goals is an exercise in futility. Many of the current crew of Democratic electeds in Congress, the Senate and the Executive branch of our government have morphed into mini-Republicans, embracing GOP terminology, issues and to some extent ideology. Democratic electeds in deeply rooted GOP districts or who want to court GOP voters by becoming pretend Republicans blur the concept of the Democratic brand in the hearts and minds of American voters and weaken the Democratic Party.
Adopting GOP doublespeak words like “job creator” is one thing, Democratic Congressmen and Senators voting with Republicans is another. I like to call Democratic electeds who vote with Republicans and the sycophants who support them – Demorats, because they betray everything that their party should represent! One prime example of Demorats in action was the recent Congressional vote where 28 slimy Demorats joined hands with their fellow corporate owned electeds in the GOP authorizing construction of the Keystone Pipeline. If they can do that, how will they vote on issues like Social Security, Medicare, "free" trade agreements, etc.? I think that you know the answer to that by their track records.
The term two party system implies that each party will vigorously oppose the ideology of the other party and truly represent the wishes of its constituency. When that doesn't happen, democracy itself is in jeopardy and must be protected by a slew of new voices from new parties that are untainted by corporate money.
Our two party system in it's present state can be compared to old time comedy pairs like Abbott and Costello. The Republicans are the political version of Lou Costello, they say and do inane things like screaming for severe budget cuts while demanding tax breaks for the rich. Incredibly, the mainstream media actually gets many people to take them seriously and vote for them. The Democrats are the Bud Abbott, straight man half of this political comedy team, they give our political system credibility by saying all the things we want to hear like how they are against tax breaks for the rich, etc. Oops, didn't they extend tax cuts for the rich as a concession to the Repuiblicans?
The point of all this is that the same corporate lobbyists visit the politicians of BOTH parties. Democratic blue and Republican red always gets mixed with corporate green! The Republicans are the corporate shock troops that promote the wildest of corporate ideas, bouncing them off the wall to see which ones stick. The Democrats fit into the corporate big picture by acting as the Judas goat, telling us what we want to hear then compromising with the Republicans, giving the corporations what they really wanted in the first place. They tell unions that they are pro union, then support job killing "free" trade agreements that would make Reagan blush. Hey union people, did the Democrats get The Employee Free Choice Act passed yet? Didn't think so!
I am writing this article exactly three hours before President Obama's State Of The Union speech. I am going to go out on a limb and say that he will proudly tell the world how the South Korea US Free Trade Agreement will create new jobs. Many union people have carefully examined this agreement and realize that it is another NAFTA! The President will also abandon many of his original supporters by saying things that establish him as a newly minted centrist President. Ladies and gentlemen, after carefully
examining both parties, I think you'll want to establish a third party and do it before the middle class no longer exists!
Flash!!! This Just In!! As of 8:26 PM EST, I have had a chance to look at the President's prepared State Of The Union speech. I want to take issue with his false assertion that Labor approves of the South Korea US Free Trade Agreement. Only a few unions approve, the AFL-CIO, labor's national organization strongly opposes it! Shame on you, Mr. President!