Distractions on the Left

A demonstration like they used to be  – this one, led by Communists for unemployment insurance in Union Square, New York.  Did you think the government just gave it to you?  Wake up and smell the coffee

This is an excerpt from one of my posts from early 2014

“As a genuine card carrying member of the Old Left I get lots of emails.

Mostly asking for money to support some Congressional or Senatorial candidate in some far away state because the sun will not rise over the Republic the day after the mid-term elections if the G.O.P. takes control of the Senate by winning in Kansas, Wyoming or wherever.

Few if any of the “progressive” candidates I am asked to support with my retirement dollars are very “progressive” IMHO. They are Democrats – which is supposed to make them appeal to my better angels.

Now I have never been fond of the “new left”. I always felt there was something missing from the agenda. It took me a while to figure it out. You must forgive me but occasionally I can be dense.

I watched the Yippies, the hippies, free love, Summer of love, LSD, Hair up close and personal. There was only one thing missing.

None of the hippie, Yippie, free love, anti-war crowd gave a rat’s ass about workers – which is probably why so many of the workers voted for Richard Nixon. They didn’t care about workers because they were in college and probably never worked. Tricky Dick did away with conscription and the crowds of youthful demonstrators and their parents faded away. If we still had conscription and were taking your kid off of the streets and dropping him in Kandahar do you think we would be in our 13th year of war?

Along came St. Ronnie on his horse who began dismantling unions – and he did so without a peep.

Where is today’s “left”? And don’t tell me Hillary Clinton. I’m still waiting to know where she stands on anything.

Where are the candidates speaking out for higher taxes on the wealthy, for closing the gap between the 1% and the rest of us? In support of a living wage for all who work full time? In support of a true national health care system or Medicare for all? In support of free higher education rather than student loans which the banks made sure you can’t escape even if you die?

While they pay quiet lip service no Democrat runs openly on these planks – only socialists – and the structure of our two party system ensures that no one outside the two party system has a prayer of winning.

The left today is in a state of distraction, seemingly obsessed with issues which I believe should not be it’s priority if it wants to win.”

Since putting up this post five years ago we have elected Donald Trump as President and he has stacked the Supreme Court and cabinet positions with his water carriers and we are now locked in a Constitutional crisis not seen since the days of Watergate.

Subpoenas and Contempt of Congress charges fly; Executive Privilege is claimed; Impeachment is discussed (which of course is pointless with a Republican Senate majority, where the trial would be held); the fight to see the entire Muller Report continues unabated.  The Muller report refused to opine on whether or not the President was guilty of Obstruction of Justice; Trump’s hand picked Attorney General opined that he was not.

And you wonder how the Nazis came to power.

Meanwhile we are presented with 20 plus candidates for the Democratic Presidential nomination – the majority of which the nation has never heard of outside of their locales.

Oh they’re diverse.

We have a couple of really old white guys (older than me!), women (lots of women – white and black), a sprinkling of House members (current and former). black and white Senators, Governors, a few city mayors (including a gay married one), at least one “spiritual” author and a successful son of Taiwanese immigrants who is calling for   universal basic income, a true national health care system and a more humane system of capitalism.  He attended the Exeter Academy and the Ivy League.

One the other hand, many of these candidates are echoing the platform of Bernie Sanders, one of the two really old white guys, calling for a national health care system, a wage a full time worker can live on, free college education at state universities, higher taxes on the wealthy, closing the gap a bit with the 1% etc.

The other old white guy, Joe Biden is and always has been a centrist Democrat who owes has name recognition to serving as Obama’s Vice President.  He is the current leader of the  pack, which will thin out significantly after Iowa and South Carolina.  There will also be a minimum percentage of the vote necessary to qualify for the Democratic debates.

Beating Trump in 2020 will not be easy.  Nominating a woman will not lure one Republican woman to change her vote but may cost the votes of millions of men (I am sorry to say) who will not vote for a woman for President.  Nominating a black woman or man only doubles the bet.  Nominating a gay married man is indeed a most difficult climb.  Many of the remaining Representatives, Senators, Mayors are virtual unknowns while I consider a Mayor in small town America unqualified, lacking experience in national security and foreign affairs.

And its not like some of these candidates don’t have baggage of their own making.  Three female Senators have (a) claimed Native American heritage (b) showed no interest in criminal justice reform while Attorney General of California and (c) was accused of mistreating her own staff by members of her own staff.

Let’s examine one of these.   I have a DNA test that shows I am perhaps 1% Ashkenazi Jewish.  Now I would not dare to call myself Ashkenazi Jewish.  I am not of the religion, culture nor identify as Ashkenazi Jewish.  I might however if I thought self identifying as such might get me into Harvard under Affirmative Action if it was a qualifying category.

We have come to the point in the last five years where Joe Biden with hugs a decade ago has made some women feel “uncomfortable.”  Is it enough of a disqualification?

Remember Ray Rice, former star of the Baltimore Ravens?

Yeah we all saw it. He clocked his girlfriend unconscious in an elevator and it was caught on film.    I thought it was despicable. She, however did not file a charge against him. She married him. She practically told everyone else to mind their own business.

What can the law do in a case like this? Nothing. She didn’t file a charge; she won’t cooperate with prosecutors; she won’t testify. We immediately got MSM telling us for days why women “won’t leave”.  In more cases than we want to admit, the reasons are economic.

But it was the beginning of “Yes means yes” and “Me too!”  And so Joe Biden now made some women feel “uncomfortable” while at least two on the Supreme Court were accused of worse.

Do you think the 1% give a crap about gay marriage?  The issue serves their purpose, splitting the voters and distracting us from the issues which affect the vast majority.

War goes on in Iraq, Syria and is beginning to look more likely in Iran?  Where is the left?  Seems its at home watching GOT with everyone else.

Five years ago after the Ray Rice punch I got an email from a “progressive” group:

“Tell the Senate: Stand up for victims of domestic violence by revoking the NFL’s Tax Exempt Status”.

Seems Cory Booker of New Jersey was proposing that the NFL’s tax exempt status be revoked and the funds generated be used for domestic violence programs.

Did the left have to see Ray Rice clock his girl / wife in the mouth in order to even consider revoking the NFL’s tax exempt status? I mean why the fuk is the NFL tax exempt anyway? It’s a “non-profit”? Ha!

I guess if we hadn’t had a few football players slapping their women around the issue of a tax exempt NFL would never have come up – I guess it was not important enough on it’s own merits.   Typical New Left.

The NFL’s status is the type of issue which should have been brought up by the left years ago – it took the distraction of Ray Rice to bring it to the forefront – not that revocation had a chance in hell of passing.  It died a natural death.

Money talks – bullshit walks.  Call me next time a quarter million people march for anything.  I’ll bring the red and black flags.  And bring back the old left.

Finally I have come to believe that many of the newly converted “progressives” are simply moving left to garner primary votes.  Too many have only recently “discovered” the crisis of student loan debt, the idea of a national health care system, or the $15 minimum wage let alone the idea of a guaranteed income.  After they win the nomination they will forget, the platform they ran on in the primaries, .lest they be called “socialists.”

After all, our choice will only be them or Donald Trump.

Can’t lose right?  That’s what Hillary thought.

Meanwhile we had another school shooting yesterday.

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About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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1 Response to Distractions on the Left

  1. beetleypete says:

    Naturally, I am with you on this, even as a foreigner. I have never considered America to have a real ‘Left’, and I certainly see no evidence of one currently. I think they should call themselves ‘Less Right’, which would be more accurate.
    Your photo reminded me of my ‘protest’ days. Now the only thing that gets people on the streets is the desire to to overturn that elusive ‘democratic process’, by trying to keep us in the EU.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

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