The only Democrat in the last century who did not bomb anyone was Jimmy Carter.*
The Democrats have been a war party since Woodrow Wilson, a hundred years ago.
The only real effort to change that was in 1968 with the campaigns of Eugene McCarthy and Bobby Kennedy. The anti-war wing of the party was attacked by government thugs at the Democratic convention in Chicago. The establishment coronated Hubert Humphrey.
The only avowed anti-war candidate ever nominated by the Democrats was George McGovern in 1972, although Carter was close.
Our Nobel Peace Prize winning president, Barack Obama, has been bombing people in the Middle East for 8 years. His choice to succeed himself, Hillary Clinton, has threatened war with both Iran and Russia.
The Democratic base has become substantially more liberal than its leadership, as Bernie Sanders soundly demonstrated this year.
But although Sanders voted against the Iraq war, he nonetheless supported most of Obama’s policies in the Middle East, including the murderous drone program aimed at civilians.
The Democratic party may not be salvageable. War and capitalism may be too ingrained to challenge. There may not be enough rank-and-file democratic socialists and opponents of war to wrest control of the party from the Wall Street hacks and political whores who have controlled the party for decades.
But if there were ever a chance, it would be in the wake of the defeat of Hillary Clinton.
Millennials embraced Sanders and his message of democratic socialism by an astounding 80%!
Never has the prospect of fundamental change in the Democratic party ever been as promising. But key to that change is cleaning out the current Democratic leadership.
A task much easier without an overbearing interventionist Wall Street shill sitting in the Oval Office, able to stack the DNC and thwart progressives at every turn.
For liberals and progressives who actually engage in critical thinking, the full effect of a Hillary win comes into view.
The party in the White House has lost every midterm election for the past half century. There is no doubt it will happen again in 2018. It is the most important consideration of this election cycle, as reapportionment in 2020 is dependent upon the 2018 and 2020 state races. Thirty two governorships are up in 2018. Those will almost certainly determine the makeup of those states’ legislative chambers. Additionally, some measure of effect will be made by the presidential contenders in 2020.
If Hillary is elected this year:
Republicans take the 2018 midterms by storm. They will certainly do better than they did in 2014 when they swept the midterms and most state races. Hillary will be the 2020 nominee, almost guaranteeing that no Democratic gains will be made down ballot, whether she wins or loses a re-election bid. Republicans will control reapportionment after the 2020 Census, and will gerrymander the House to assure Republican control until 2032. Win or lose in 2020, Democrats will not be able to nominate a true progressive until 2024. Even if we take back the Senate in 2016, and hold it in 2020 and 2022, the House is lost to Democrats for another decade.
Democrats will not have the opportunity to control the White House and both houses of Congress until 2032!
If Trump is elected this year:
Democrats will sweep the 2018 midterms, and likely retake enough statehouses and legislative chambers to control 2020 reapportionment. Democrats will draw congressional districts that will assure Democratic majorities in the House until the 2030 Census. With Hillary out of the way, Democrats will nominate and likely elect a true progressive in 2020. Even if we do not succeed in retaking the Senate in 2016, we most assuredly will in 2018. The great likelihood is that Democrats will control the White House and both houses of Congress by 2022.
The Democrats will likely control the presidency and both houses of Congress by 2022 with a Trump win! They will not have a prayer of doing so until 2032 with a Hillary win!
Hillary will cost the progressive movement at least ten years. Ten years of killing in foreign wars. Ten years of uninsured people in American suffering and dying. Ten years of unfair trade deals, of Americans out of work, of more factories closing. Ten years of Wall Street further destroying the middle class. Ten years of the oligarchy consolidating its power.
* JFK began dropping Agent Orange on Viet Nam in 1962, killing millions of animals, destroying millions of acres of rainforests, and sickening tens of thousands of people.
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