Posts Tagged ‘Jill Stein’


Ralph Nader

“The Democrats . . .  kept saying how bad the Republicans are. They campaigned not by saying, ‘look how good we are, we’re going to bring you full Medicare [for all], we’re going to crack down on corporate crime against workers and consumers and the environment, stealing, lying, cheating you. We’re going to get you a living wage. We’re going to get a lean defense, a better defense, and get some of this money and start rebuilding your schools and bridges and water and sewage systems and libraries and clinics.’

“Instead of saying that, they campaign by saying ‘Can you believe how bad the Republicans are?’ Now once they say that, . . . they say to their progressive wing, ‘You’ve got nowhere to go, get off our back.’

“And this went right into the scapegoating of the last twenty years. ‘Oh, it’s Nader, oh, it’s the Koch Brothers, oh, it’s the electoral college, oh, it’s misogyny, oh, it’s redneck deplorables.’ They never look at themselves in the mirror.”

–from Nader’s new very much worth reading interview on The Intercept“Ralph Nader: The Democrats are unable to defend the U.S. from the ‘most vicious’ Republican Party in history.”

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This is the best case scenario if Hillary Clinton beats Donald Trump:

  • She will do nothing to address income (much less wealth) inequality
  • She won’t stop, but will only temporarily block, assaults on reproductive rights
  • Trump’s proto-fascist (one even hesitates to call it a “movement” — it’s so inchoate) stampede will gain momentum, as she betrays the people who voted for her
  • The war on whistle blowers will accelerate (under the guise of “security”)
  • The war on civil liberties will accelerate (ditto)
  • She’ll deliver on LGBT issues (to the limited extent she can with a hostile congress)
  • She’ll deliver on reproductive rights (to the limited extent she can with a hostile congress)
  • She’ll pave the way for full-on fascism in 2020

It’s not even a Hobson’s choice. It’s no choice at all.

We might be better off if Trump would win now. At least there’d be some semblance of opposition.

If Clinton wins an extremely narrow victory(as seems likely) , there will be still more gridlock. The economic/social pressure will continue to build behind the dam. The corporate Democrats will be even more firmly in the saddle and will do everything in their power to throttle “the democratic wing of the Democratic Party,” leaving themselves and the country vulnerable to an overtly fascist Republican demagogue.

And in 2020 it’ll be full-on “sieg heil y’all.”