LWC Article ~ November 12, 2017
The Painful Split by Victor Gomez
“They say that breaking up is hard to do.”
~ Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield
omething is happening. Last year at this time, the bogus nature of the Democratic Party “alliance” came painfully and hilariously into view. When the winds of primary blew up the old gent’s kilt, it was no Marilyn Monroe moment. Glory be! Two “baskets” in full view, to borrow Mrs. Clinton’s phrase. The liberals and the Left were always presumed to be a couple under the Democratic big-top - it was an old-fashioned marriage, one in which the Lefty spouse was instructed to keep silent. But in 2016, young people on the Left poured into stadiums to cheer on their wild-haired guy, while HRC could barely manage a sullen group at a junior high gym. Hillary, of course, had her cheering fans, but they were mostly bankers, and anyhow the meetings were out of sight and sound.
Perhaps, when the police are stopping and frisking, they have in mind Hillary’s super-predator, one of the great super-villains of the Clintonian 90s.
HRC lost, and still rages about the insubordinate whipper-snappers who supposedly sabotaged her. Samantha Bee and Rachel Maddow and others among the Faithful went to work on how we should understand this weird lurch to the Left. Misogynistic Bernie Bros! Violent chair throwers! Entitled little bastards! Russian dupes! Lazy Millennials! Here is a whopper from Daryl Lorenzo Wellington, writing in The Crisis magazine: “Relatively privileged white progressives who valued dismantling a corporate Democratic Party above salvaging basic protections of health, safety, pro-choice rights, or stop-and-frisk policies rendered blacks, Latinos, and immigrants de facto collateral damage in a sectarian war against the Democratic Party.”  Shaggy says, "Zoinks!"
What’s the problem? First, this argument would make far more sense if Bernie had been a pro-stop-and-frisk candidate, or an anti-choice one. Both candidates had good credentials on this score, although Bernie’s were (and are) far better. (Perhaps, when the police are stopping and frisking, they have in mind Hillary’s super-predator, one of the great super-villains of the Clintonian 90s.) Click here for video
Second, Mr. Wellington makes a party-unity argument against Bernie and his supporters, but this argument can be made with even greater persuasion against HRC and hers. Reread his paragraph exactly as written, but replace his word “dismantling” with the word “retaining,” and you see the problem. One may cut (and be cut) with either edge of the sword.
If you are suckling at the corporate tit, while so many Democratic rank-and-file folks live in Mudville...then, it is you who are the mooching friend, Ms. [Joy] Reid.
The real problem with the folks at the DNC is that they would drink a gallon of bleach before they would cut their corporate ties. The DNC is corporate. They are just one (the sometimes saner one) of the two Right wings of the wealthy professional-corporate class - and that’s a turkey that don’t fly. Calls for reform fall helplessly to the ground - the Democratic forest is carpeted with pleas from the hopeful Left.
A year after the 2016 debacle, and the Democratic housekeeping is supposed to be over. After a wild night of revelry, the Lefty dogs should be back in the kennel. They’re not. What is happening is that the Left has gotten smarter, more aware of the changing circumstances. As anyone who regularly registers young voters can tell you, many young people do not identify with either of the two major parties. A revolution of sorts, against the two-party system, has already happened. Young people are not so easily fobbed off with vague sophistry and hackneyed cliché language. Liberal cries for party unity aren’t just futile, they’re a sorry anachronism.
You can’t be united if your goals and basic economic interests are different. Hating Donald Trump is not an economic interest. Escaping crushing student loan debt is.
But many on the Left are too suspicious of the Democratic machine, whose gears have made sausage of our hopes in the past.
Liberals think that the Left is an unruly and silly faction of the Democratic alliance. Bernie’s supporters in the Party are, in the words of Joy Reid, “like that college friend who stays at your place for weeks, pays $0, eats your food & trashes your aesthetics.” She could not have picked a worse analogy. If you are suckling at the corporate tit, while so many Democratic rank-and-file folks live in Mudville and are routinely freighted by debt and worry - then, it is you who are the mooching friend, Ms. Reid. For there is no Joy in Mudville.
The big question before us is this: do we stay and try to retake the Democratic Party, or do we pour our energy into a new party of our own? Right now, there is significant work being done in both areas. True progressive candidates are readying to challenge incumbent corporate Democrats in 2018. (Here are some examples, among many: Video 1, Video 2, Video 3.)
Some would retake the Party. Bully for them! But many on the Left are too suspicious of the Democratic machine, whose gears have made sausage of our hopes in the past. The United States is the oddball of the world, without a true Left party. When you look at Europe’s socialism, that’s what they have that we don’t - Left parties! A strong Left party = universal healthcare, and other basic protections. The entirety of American politics can be summed up in one sentence: Prevent the formation of a strong Left party.
In 2016, Hillary was asked to reach out to Bernie voters. What she said was “I am winning.” In other words, I don’t care what you think or want, Bernie-folk. I’m not going to woo you. Heel, bitches! You are under the Democratic big-top. We own you. Do as we tell you.
But this old school reasoning will not prevail - huge failures of runaway capitalism are on our doorsteps. One big one is healthcare. It’s time now for Medicare-for-all. The Cubans have it. Hells bells, the Portuguese have it! But the liberals, inured to insurance companies, don’t want it here. Why should they? They are not the Left. They are simply being themselves - members of the upper middle class in America. They are true to who they are. Don’t get mad at them - just leave. Leave their party, leave their stupid, hokey arguments behind. Stop being loyal to the bastards. Start being loyal to yourself. The Left needs its own party. All that pent-up anger keeps getting dissipated - that is the very purpose of our political system.
So, in conclusion, a message to the Democrats: Hey, liberals! The Left isn’t listening to you, because you don’t own us. We’re not together anymore - we broke up. The Left has left the Party.
[1 - Winter 2017 issue, page 16]