If you think the Democrats are going to do anything substantially different, you have been played. They talk differently, they put on a show, they pretend to be on your side. As soon as your back is turned, though, out come the knives. The more some talk about "unity" and "working together," the more annoyed I become. Why? I will not work with someone who can't see what's really going on and keeps buying into the Democrats' argumentum ad metum and feigned smiles of phony friends who are nothing but neoliberal, neoconservative fauxgressives even after being told where to look for the evidence. You're so terrified of da big bad Twump (who is actually nothing more than a big orange blowhard), that you can't bring yourself to look at this honestly and see that both main parties are equally corrupt and serve the same masters, namely, the corporate oligarchs, the 1%. Ever heard of P.U.M.A. ("Party Unity My Ass")? Well, those people didn't mean it, but when we said "Bernie or Bust" and "Bernie or Jill," we meant it. We will not work with you, we will not fall in line so you can use our votes. After all, it was you guys who told us that you didn't need us back in 2016. Guess who asked us to come help build and own a party? The Green Party. How did that not needing us in 2016 work out for you? Now you want to come and beg us to come back, while constantly trying to shame us & blame us for your mistakes? You want to get Trump out of the White House? You want to end the corruption in government? You want to drain the swamp? Well, have I got a deal for you. All you who are serious about this can pull yourselves out of the anti-democratic Party and come to the Greens, because we're not coming to the rescue of your party. We want them out of power just as much as we want the Republicans out of power. So there's your choice. Take it or leave it, but stop trying to cajole us back into your corrupt party to support your corrupt candidates. #DemExit & #GreenEnter now.
What exactly do you know about the change I want? Why do you call it Radical? I'm not a Radical, I'm a Progressive. Do you understand the difference between those two terms? I doubt it, since you don't even know the difference between a Progressive, a Regressive, and a Fauxgressive. Do you know what they used to call what you're now calling "incrementalism," what we call "Democrat incrementalism"? Back in the '60s, it was known as "gradualism" or "liberal gradualism." You know who condemned that? Do you know why? Because "It is always the right time to do what is right," as he himself said.
You've talked about changing the Constitution to get rid of the Electoral College, to eliminate Free Speech, to eliminate the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, to eliminate Due Process. You don't have the knowledge to start rewriting the Constitution. You have nowhere near the amount of education in Classics & History & Philosophy which the founders had. They wanted to avoid the flaws of all the other systems which had come before, so they gave us something totally new, not a democracy which is subject to the whims and fads of popular opinion, which so often devolves into dictatorship, not a republic which is so prone to fall into imperialism, but a democratic federal republic. Is it perfect? Certainly not (and especially not after all the attempts of the 1% and their lackeys in the Democratic and Republican parties to turn it into a corporate oligarchy). Is it better than a pure democracy, a pure republic, a monarchy, an autocracy, a dictatorship, an empire? Absolutely (even now, still, but for how much longer if you don't pull your heads out of the jackass, I couldn't say). Can it be improved? Of course, but only if you know what the hell you're doing, and frankly, someone who can't even tell how he is being bamboozled by partisan rhetoric and logical fallacy is in no position to even contemplate such an undertaking. Presumptuousness, daring, obstinance, denial, ignorance, these are not virtues, but hindrances to such an undertaking. Have you even studied any legal systems? Even the American legal system, & its origins in English common law? Are you remotely familiar with Roman law? Have you ever even heard of Brehon law? Do you know the difference between Retaliatory Justice and Compensatory Justice? Can you tell me why the Roman Republic became an Empire? Why did the Athenian democracy become a dictatorship? Have you read Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Tacitus, John Locke, Jean Jacques Rousseau? How about the writings of Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison? Alexander Hamilton? Do you know who Sulla was? Have you read Juvenal's Satires? What do you know about Machiavelli? Have you read any of his works? If so, did you read more than selections from The Prince, more than the entirety of The Prince? Do you know why Machiavelli talked about the difference between appearance & reality? Do you know what the expression "bread and circuses" means? For someone with such ambition, you are woefully ignorant of anything related to Enlightenment Liberalism, Social Liberalism, historical Progressivism, or Modern Progressivism, or the history of this country and how it came to be and why. You're in no position to start screwing with the Constitution. You know who else didn't want the Constitution to be changed by people who didn't understand the consequences of their actions? Do you have any idea why we have an Electoral College? Have you ever read Federalist Number 10? Because if you've read Federalist number 10, which was written by James Madison, then you would know.
You say you'll change the Constitution.
Well, you know, we all want to change your head.
You tell me it's the institution.
Well, you know, you better free your mind instead.
~ John Lennon
You want to lecture us about how to win elections, too, telling us to do things we've been doing for decades already. Oh you're going to tell us about winning elections now? Where were you when Hillary was running? Why didn't you tell her what she needed to win an election? For all her supposed knowledge & experience & intelligence, she sure screwed the pooch on that one. If she were as intelligent, experienced, competent, & knowledgeable as you all kept claiming she was, surely she should have realized that she needed to win Electoral votes, and not just a popularity contest. But she didn't. And you guys think she would have made such a dandy president.
I'm being mean? Buck up, buttercup. Y'all can dish it out, but can't take it? How many insults did Hillary's supporters throw at us in 2016? We were "sexist, misogynist, chauvinist, racist," and all kinds of other nasty things, simply because we knew she was a corrupt and untrustworthy fake who should never be allowed anywhere near political power again? Oh, the Russians must have told us that! Hey guess what? I lived in Arkansas the whole time her husband was governor except for the first six months of his first term and the last seven or so months of his last term. I knew she was a fake long before most of you even knew she was alive. Any Southern woman with even half a brain can tell when some Yankee woman is affecting affability, and I could certainly tell that she was not a person to be trusted. So tell me the Russians turned me against Hillary again.
You just want to win to stop "Trumpism"? No. Your party sucks just as bad as Trump does. We're not going to let you back in power. Get it? You told us to piss off, so now you get what you asked for. Coming here and trying to blame us, shame us, scare us, and beg us to be good little serfs so the corporate oligarchy can stay in power in its two headed monstrosity which pretends to be two different parties, that's not going to work. We are wise to your corruption. We are wise to your anti-democratic attitudes & bylaws. You know, there's an old saying, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." I've been watching what the Democratic Party has been doing since the '70s. I am aware of how they changed their charter and bylaws in 1973 because they didn't want to allow Progressives to nominate another candidate, and the Democratic party has not nominated a single Progressive for president since then. I'm aware of how the Democrats added superdelegates to further promote a top-down organization instead of allowing grassroots activists and reformers to save the party from itself. Now they want to add yet another hurdle, you must identify as a Democrat in order to run on the Democratic Party ticket. Oh, and let's not forget all those closed primaries. Hey, didn't the DNC lawyers state last year before a judge that we should have known the primary was rigged? Didn't they also state that the DNC had the right to pick their nominee in a smoke-filled back room? Are we back to Tammany Hall? Has Boss Tweed been reincarnated? Is his name Debbie Wasserman Schultz now? And you want to play nice with us so we'll come and vote for your party. No. A resounding, unreserved, and unremitting no. Go join the Whigs & the damned Anti-Masons on the trash heap of history. We will not allow your politicians to pimp us out to the corporate oligarchy anymore. No. Have I made myself clear yet? If not, then I will say it again. No.
You tell me about the 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions and how they're going to lose healthcare insurance if we don't "stop Trump." Are you one of them? Because I'm one of them. Go try this crap on someone else, and fail again, and again, and again, because we're not falling for it. Only partisan dupes are going to buy it. ACA is government-ENFORCED, private, for-profit "insurance." It's neither Progressive nor Leftist. Look up the Progressive Party platform for 1948. Look at that. Universal Health Care. Did you ever hear of the Second Bill of Rights, proposed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Progressive Democrat, in his State of the Union address to he joint session of the US Congress, on 11 January 1944, in which he stated that all, regardless of station, race, or creed, should have the right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health? Did you ever read the Progressive Party Platform of 1912, when Teddy Roosevelt was their candidate for President? Did you know that it called for the union of all the existing agencies of the Federal Government dealing with the public health into a single national health service? Yeah, we've been trying to get this for over 100 years now, and instead, we get "incrementalism." Y'all screwed yourselves, again and again, despite multiple warnings, & now want us to save you from your own stupidity, arrogance, & utter lack of principles, so you can screw us again. NO. Democrats dug your own grave, shot yourself, poisoned yourself, & refused to stop till you wound up braindead, so we removed the feeding tube & unplugged you. FUNERAL TIME FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.
Who am I talking to? You, Democrat. I told you your only hope to get Trump out of office, because WE ARE NOT JOINING YOUR CORRUPT ANTI-DEMOCRATIC PARTY OR VOTING FOR YOUR NEOCONSERVATIVE/NEOLIBERAL CANDIDATES. The ball's in YOUR court, sport. You gonna throw the game again or come to the Greens? You can't win without us, and we aren't playing the game for your team OR the Republicans. Because it's not a game. We weren't playing when we said "Bernie or Jill." We won't vote for your corrupt candidates, no matter what you dress them up as. Go Green or lose. Simple as that.
Oh, I'm being mean again? Play victim to someone else. You came to us accusing us of electing Trump, but we told you Hillary would lose if you forced her on us. You thought we were playing. You thought you could insult, shame, scare, or cajole us into voting for her anyway. Then when we refused, you said that you didn't need us. For the past 2 years, you've doubled down, electing corporate pimps to the DNC, purging Progressives from leadership positions, refusing to reject corporate donations, refusing to get rid of superdelegates, pursuing the same corporatist & neocon policies, and blaming everyone but yourselves for your loss in 2016, as well as spewing a bullshit conspiracy theory that anyone who dared to disagree with you was a "Russian bot," and now, after getting exactly what you asked for ever since the Convention in 2016, you're going to halfheartedly play nice and still accuse us of being divisive and blaming us for Trump winning in 2020 because you KNOW you won't win without Progressives, and when we tell you to get fucked, you're going to play victim? Keep it up. We're not budging. The Democratic Party will join the Whigs & Anti-Masons. Better get off that doomed ship; there's a madman at the helm and it's headed for an iceberg AND a maelstrom.
You want to "dump Trump"? You can't do that as a Democrat. Your party started this battle, and now it's a war of attrition and scorched earth, till your party is dead. It's like you thought you could invade Russia in winter or something. You picked the wrong foe and made a colossal tactical error.
As for "Justice Democrats" and other efforts to "reform" the Democratic Party, or take it over, I keep saying that they are wasting time, effort, and money tilting at windmills when they could be building up an authentic alternative. #DemExit & #GreenEnter
A person can conceive of all manner of things, but when the facts are in the way, those conceptions might need to be reconsidered. The Democrats revised their charter and bylaws in 1973, to prevent another Progressive-nominated candidate for president like George McGovern, to stack the deck against any grassroots reform of the party, to make nigh-impossible any grassroots takeover of the party, and to secure the party positions of power of those in the Democratic Party establishment. Not content with this, in the '80s, you added superdelegates to further the top-down nature of the party. You rigged your Primary in 2016, you insulted us, you mocked us, you attempted to shame us and scare us and threaten us and so forth to get us to fall into line and support your corrupt candidate, you purged Progressives from party leadership positions in 2017, while ensconcing your own corporate sycophants in such positions, and now you want to add yet further insult to injury. You told us after the convention in 2016 that you didn't need us. You lost that election. Starry-eyed idealists keep trying to save you from your own suicidal tendencies, and have been trying this for several decades to no avail. In fact, most of these efforts not only failed spectacularly, but got co-opted by the party establishment. And people who have no idea of all this history keep telling us to give you one more chance. That if you don't get it right this time, that if you rig things again, that if you screw us over, yet again, that then it will finally be time to #DemExit ... Hey, it's well past that time. Nor will we tolerate or be moved by appeals to pity, appeals to fear, attempts to shift blame for YOUR repeated screw-ups (whether that be the screw-ups of the party establishment or the screw-ups of the people who keep trying to fix them after being told over and over that it can't be done, and SHOWN WHY IT CAN'T), or any other fallacious donkey shit you try to pull. The Democratic Party has done its best to disenfranchise Progressive Leftist voices for half a century or more, but every time you realize you need our votes and our financial contributions, here you come fawning over us, trying your best to convince us that things will be different now, just like an abusive spouse, and some have developed dysfunctions from this & keep going back for more abuse, and won't hear, refuse to even consider, reason, telling us that we are wrong, that we don't understand, that the party can be fixed, that they can make the party better.
And you tell me that we should work together with the abuser and the one who keeps going back for more? I just don't even have words to express my frustration at having explained this in great detail, repeatedly, at having pointed to the exact places in the charter and bylaws which make the Democratic Party a top-down organization, while also pointing to the Green party charter and bylaws as an example of a grassroots organization, having explained the differences, pointed out the numerous betrayals of the Democratic Party, explained what Neoliberalism is and when and why the Democratic Party embraced it, shown the numerous examples of intransigence on the part of the leadership of the party with regard to Neoliberalism or any kind of change in direction, only to be told again and again and again "give them just one more chance, they need you, and after you save them again, they will finally see that you're a good person and should be treated with respect and given an audience and maybe a few token positions of leadership." I'm not going to work together with these people, ever again. I saw what they were back in the early '90s, and proudly cast my vote in 1996 for someone who gives a damn about the people, the famous consumer advocate Ralph Nader, Green Party nominee for President. If only he had won, if only the rest of the country had woken up to the shit that the two main parties already were, and still are today. Work together? With people foolish enough to waste their time, to waste their money, to waste their energy, trying to save a sadomasochistic party which is intent on suicide and taking as many of us with it as possible? LOL, no.
They tell us we have to choose an elephant shit sandwich or a jackass shit sandwich, but either way, it's still a shit sandwich. We don't want a shit sandwich. We'll take some sunflower seeds instead.
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