It was a bright and sunny February 25th. The sun was shining, birds chirping, and the DNC was holding a vote on who would direct the party through the rein of the fascist Trump regime. After being wiped out from statehouses, congress, and the presidency after succumbing to lobbyists and corporate donations (oops), the Democrats knew they needed real change, and needed it badly. That’s why they elected Tom Perez, who succumbs to lobbyists and corporate donations.
Perez won with a total of 235 votes, beating Keith Ellison, who was endorsed by Bernie Sanders. Perez is much more loyal to the aristocracies of the Clintons and Obamas, and believes the path to success is exactly what lost the Democrats the 2016 election: More fundraising. Ellison believes that fighting against income inequality and for social justice would help the party more than Wall Street dollars. Obviously, the DNC disagreed (by 35 votes).
As Secretary of Labor, Perez famously allowed UBS, Barclays, J.P. Morgan, Royal Bank of Scotland Ground, and Citigroup to manage pensions, even after they were found guilty of market manipulation. This move was highly opposed by Ellison and other progressives.
Things like the fact that Hillary outraised Trump 5:1 during their campaigns and still lost are unimportant and irrelevant to Mr. Perez. To establishment Democrats, money is the root of all political success. Attending an expensive dinner with George Soros or any wealthy goons is far more preferable than, say, filling a football stadium with constituents (and raising way more money).
At the start of February, the Republican National Committee had $37 million in the bank. The Democratic National Committee had $11 million in the bank and $4 million in debt. How’s that corporate fundraising working for you guys?
If you’re progressive, you might be frustrated by the fact that there is no opposition party to the Republicans. You want to vote, but you want to vote against war, for women’s rights, for a higher minimum wage, for environmental justice, and for universal healthcare, but the Democrats just aren’t getting you there. But I’ve got good news for you.
For the last few election cycles, at least presidentially, progressives have had an out via the Green Party. When you vote for a politician, you become responsible for that politician. Imagine if you had helped elect Barack Obama like I did, only to found out that he dropped 26,000 bombs on impoverished countries in 2016, or that he intentionally removed the public option from Obamacare, forcing Americans to buy expensive private insurance (or pay a steep federal penalty). If those are ethical decisions you agree with, great- keep voting for Democrats. If you’re like me, on the other hand, give the Greens or Libertarians a whirl. While Libertarians aren’t my cup of tea economically, they have a solid social justice platform and are light-years more progressive than the GOP.
Third parties in this country need to grow quickly. The Democrats and Republicans are uniting to create an oligarchy, destroy the planet, and defame everyone who challenges them as pedophiles or fake news.
As an American, you should vote for who you are the most inspired by. And for me personally, anyone with a (D) or (R) next to their name is very uninspiring.