With the midterm elections just three months away, the poster child for the Democratic Party remains a greedy, aging, silver spoon – just like Donald Trump – who has used the U.S. Congress’ insider trading loophole, a family business, and a bogus family charity to legally pocket bribes from the world’s super rich.
House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Corporate Democrats have stymied reform efforts, thereby squandering a singular opportunity to sweep Republicans from power in the upcoming midterm elections. Earning them an overall grade of “D.”
Party Leadership: F
Pelosi is the child of a former Baltimore mayor and the flag-bearer for a generation of Corporate Dems who have betrayed the poor and middle class to enrich themselves. Her family fortune is estimated at $87 billion. She has absolutely zero experience in the private sector and has spent the past 42 years with her snout buried in the public trough as a lifelong politician. Her husband is a real estate magnate – just like Trump – and a venture capitalist.
Pelosi is a child of privilege – just like Trump – who attended private school and has never been without wealth, power, opportunity, lackeys and social standing. Her view of both the world and her proper place in it reflects those privileges. She has almost nothing in common with most of the Americans she claims to represent.
Just like Trump.
Pelosi and her fellow Corporate Dems are the Republican Party’s best allies. So much so that The Grand Old Party has cynically made her the focus of its midterm attack ads.
“Republicans, clinging to a 23-seat majority in the House, have made the House minority leader a central element of their attack ads and are portraying many of their opponents as inextricably tied to the liberal from San Francisco,” according to Mike DeBonis of The Washington Post. “At the same time, some Democrats are expressing alarm that she is standing in the way of the next generation of leaders. The tension was apparent Thursday, when Rashida Tlaib became at least the 27th Democratic House candidate to decline to say whether she would support Pelosi.”
Pelosi is no liberal, because a true liberal abhors the entrenched stupidity of hereditary wealth and power. The Washington Post got that wrong. Everything else was spot on.
Reform Efforts: C-
Pelosi, 78, and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, 67, stymied efforts to clean up the Democratic Party after the disastrous 2016 election, in which two of the planet’s most shameless Wall Street cheerleaders competed for The Oval Office. The reform clique is led by U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren – a pair of Wall Street reformers who embrace the true Liberal principles of democracy, equality and freedom.
Whatever the Dems do in the 2018 elections, their performance will be handicapped by the dead weight of corrupt and discredited Corporate Dems like Pelosi, Schumer and U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.). These political dinosaurs refuse to abandon their pay-to-play betrayal of America, and aren’t smart enough to get out of the way of the populist backlash it’s spawned. Just as they weren’t smart enough to recognize Bernie Sanders for the Trump-killer he was in 2016.
They’ve hurt a lot of decent working American families to enrich themselves, just like their opponents, and are still doing it.
Their iron grip on The Democratic Party means the Party of Slick Willie and Crooked Hillary is still a very long from being transformed into a credible Party of Main Street America. Sadly, the Republicans also offer nothing whatsoever of value to working Americans.
The two parties,which are supposed to compete with one another, have achieved a surreal kind of political symbiosis in recent years. Without Dem corruption, Republican corruption would not be viable. And vice versa.
Representing Workers and “Flyover Country”: D
The faltering middle class has been without a meaningful voice in our own democracy since the disastrous 2010 Citizens United ruling, which transformed U.S. elections into auctions. It helped turn the two political parties into modern day crime rackets, selling political protections to wealthy despots and multinational corporations around the world.
Right now, gains are being made against Republicans in spite of Corporate Dems like Nancy Pelosi. Rather than because of them.
The leading indicator of the enormous electoral energy for change is 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her stunning June upset of 10-term incumbent and fellow Democrat Joe Crowley in the Bronx. The former waitress spent one tenth as much money on her campaign as the Corporate Dem, who had 30 years in public office and was chairman of House Democratic Caucus.
Ocasio-Cortez is poised to become the most representative elected leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, when she defeats Republican challenger Anthony Pappas in the long neglected blue stronghold come November. The public school product is a Democratic Socialist – the dominant political ideology in Europe – who puts people ahead of both politics and forever corporate profit growth.
She is young, charismatic and committed to the greater good, instead of political corruption and Wall Street cheerleading. Basically everything that Republicans and Corporate Dems are not.
Her victory over a Corporate Dem and lifelong politician, with a private school background, should serve as a giant neon billboard for Democratic dinosaurs like Pelsoi that reads “The End is Near.” But they’re no longer aware of their surroundings. Instead, they’ve embraced the “extend and pretend” mindset of the beneficiaries of a toxic status quo, who wallow in the comforting lies of bygone days instead of accepting the obvious sweeping changes swirling around them.
Those changes include the painful truth that most American workers want them in prison. So much so that some of us – Liberal and Conservative alike – have begun quieting rejoicing each time a member of our House of Lords Congress is confronted by an unhinged Involuntary Celibate or a displaced worker.
Because we realize the political hookers who inhabit our House of Lords Congress are not on our side.
2022 Presidential Prospects: F+
Incredibly, the frontrunners for the 2022 Presidential Election right now are Donald Trump – arguably the single most hated person in the world – and Cory Booker, the former mayor of Newark, N.J. Booker has made a name for himself as a champion of private equity and hedge funds and an enthusiastic participant in the kind of open corruption the incumbent has elevated to rarefied levels in his first 18 months in office. He’s inspired headlines in this publication like “Cory Booker: Wall Street’s Newest Political Hooker.”
Neither man would stand a chance against any candidate who proposes reining in Wall Street’s excesses and restoring the rule of law and representative democracy in our rapidly eroding republic.
Thanks to Corporate Dems, the Democratic Party is now viewed by the masses as The Party of Shameless Corruption. However, it continues to be indistinguishable from a graft-ridden GOP, which is now viewed as The Party of Perpetual Class Warfare.
Both machines have reduced themselves to the level of Mafia crime families by placing global corporate profit growth and political donation growth ahead of the faltering middle class.
They are going to pay a heavy price for that. The longer the tsunami for change is denied, the more thoroughly it will eventually scour clean the corridors of political power and scourge the greedy few who have prospered off the suffering of the clueless many.
The only remaining question is whether it will culminate in public disgrace or the kind of regicide that ended the tyranny of toxic elites in England, France and Russia in 1649, 1715 and 1917. It’s a question the current corporate royals, self appointed “Masters of the Universe” on Wall Street, and their friends in the new political aristocracy would do well to ponder.