Pre-emptively split from a reply to Urbanicus in the New York Times thread…
Voting for the good of everyone in the country is all well and good, but is that really the DNC’s pitch? “Vote for us, we’ll fuck you more slowly”? I mean, that has been their pitch since before I was born, except for Obama Take 1, which very quickly devolved into “Vote for the democrats, we’ll fuck you more slowly.” This wasn’t one election, this has been the last 25 years and people get tired of the Democrats’ platform for anyone to the left of the Tories being “Close your eyes and think of America.”
The civics textbooks tell you that the American two party system works because third parties influence the two major parties, when’s the last time you saw the Democrats take a Green plank? Like actually, really take one, not “Healthcare for everybody!” immediately followed by “Well it’s healthcare for everybody isn’t it? Everyone’s got to pay the health cartel for insurance now.” Maybe “we must take climate change seriously” then agree to a deal which doesn’t have sufficient limits to prevent the 2 degree increase and which doesn’t have any sort of enforcement mechanism for when the countries, while meeting their “obligations”, totally overshoot what could be allowed?
The democrats had the White House and the legislative in 2009. How many rich guys are in jail from the recession? O-oh, just the one who ripped off the other rich guys. Where were the massive retributional fines on these guys, maybe take some of the burden off the taxpayer for those stimulus packages? That’d be the fiscally responsible thing to do right? Make the people who made the mess help pay to clean it up. Nah.
But hey! They legalized gay marria-wai, that was the Supreme Court wasn’t it, not anything legislative…Granted, the administration did put
one two person people on the supreme court.
Defense spending? I mean…yay? the Obama government brought us up to the highest spending ever before WWII (which was under his tenure) before bring it down to…the highest spending ever aside from that peak where we were blowing almost as much as we were in WWII.
On the topic of the military, that executive order did allow openly gay and trans people to serve in the military didn’t it? Sorry if I can’t get too excited at the prospect that now more people are allowed to sign up and shoot brown people for the defense contractors, or play infrastructure for those that do.
Sorry that I’m leaning so much on the last administration, it’s the only Democratic one in useful memory for me. Clinton signing NAFTA, there’s your 90’s freebie. I wouldn’t mind closing my eyes and thinking of England once in a blue moon, most people on the left probably wouldn’t, but THAT IS NOT A SUSTAINABLE PLATFORM . Offer something more than “but if you don’t vote for us, the worse guys will win!”
Bonus points: the good stuff that the last administration did. I didn’t actually start reading the news until mostly through it so I’m sure I missed things.