(which is why we need to take another route)
The party has proven itself immune against takeover from within by honest people representing the American People. Since in 2016 the neoliberal party bosses (A.K.A. corporatist, oligarchy-serving, corrupt, getting-rich-through-bribes party ‘leaders’) cheated both Sanders and thereby the American People in the primaries, the attempt at a “progressive” takeover tidal wave from the bottom has transformed into a mere fake “blue wave” used by the establishment to bring disappointed people back into the folds of the corrupt “Democratic Party” and furthermore pacify upset voters with false hopes until, in the end, when it becomes clear to all that this attempt failed, they will turn away from politics in disgust, giving up their only chance to save their lives, their country, and their world. This is a tried and true tactic which has for many decades proven itself undefeatable. In fact, despite all the energy and passion poured into the takeover attempt, there has only been a single real defeat of a corporatist party baron. Only ONE! (and sadly this single winner has already bent her knee to the party establishment finding herself on such a forlorn post, just like Bernie Sanders has had to make – or believed that he had to make – horrible concessions on HIS forlorn post).
Some stats: The “wave” amounts to only 40% of real or quasi-real people’s candidates winning the primaries. That’s hardly a tidal wave. 40% of points on a school test would get you an F. It’s hardly a takeover, totally insufficient for real policy changes. Furthermore, nearly all of these “victories” are totally irrelevant, about to make no change whatsoever in the upcoming midterm elections this November, since almost all these “victories” happened in deep red districts where a win in November is extremely unlikely (which is also why these candidates usually didn’t have to run against a party darling since the DP has long written off these districts anyway).
Proof: I currently don’t have a comprehensive list available, but you can research the primary winners yourself. More easily, when about two weeks from now the Congressional seats don’t change away from corporate stooges (except for maybe ONE), that will be clear proof, won’t it?
Watch this clip (also displayed above) to learn the details of how drastically the takeover has failed:
(Note: If this video gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democratic Party 2018 Midterms Detailed Analysis of the "Blue Wave"”)
The conclusion is clear: Of the three strategies for bringing the people into power, the first one (flooding the existing parties to kick out the corrupticians) – despite the admirable efforts of groups like Brave New Congress, Our Revolution, and Justice Democrats plus individuals like Bernie Sanders and many less known folks – has failed. In the upcoming mid-term elections, when the seats of Congress will be held by the corrupticians, this should become crystal clear to those who haven’t noticed this yet.
The attempt was noble, though, and not without benefits as it has added to the pressure on the establishment from the bottom and advanced the public discourse to some degree. Still it is now clear that trying to do good inside a hostile party will not work. Rather than despair and give up, we – the cheated and abused American People – should learn from this and improve our approach. The failure of establishment party takeover leaves us with the other two strategies: direct action (like anti-corruption law ballot initiatives to get money out of politics, legal fights for election integrity, pushing for electoral reform and see-changing deals like Medicare for All, etc.) and a people’s party (or a people’s coalition building public awareness and joining new and old third parties into a mighty force like has proven a successful tactic in other countries).
And not to forget, as I recommended before, for those who don’t have the time to participate in the grassroots movements or other forms of activism, there is a simple thing we all can do to boost massive change: vote only for non-R&D candidates unless we are very sure an R or D candidate is actually representing us, not the oligarchy (very rare in the two establishment parties, so usually the recipe will be to vote exclusively for anyone without a D or R by their name).
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