Change: Obama’s Legacy Was To Rehabilitate neo-conservatism for a President Trump
Faced with the opposition in civil war, this as an election for Hillary Clinton to lose. With the help of the Democratic Party, she did.
Already, The Guardian has an article blaming “liberals” for the loss; other pundits will explain away what happened. But when a Democrat loses Pennsylvania, it’s much more than candidates, but what they represent.
Brexit was the warning that people are left behind, that they are angry. And they buy into whatever the corporate overlords demanded. Only Trump understood that anger. Oh, and Bernie Sanders.
Throughout the primary and well after, Clinton operatives denigrated Sanders and his idealism. Devoid of their passion to do good, she would never build a commanding lead.
Even if Clinton had won, her brand of elite, Wall-Street-friendly politics meant it was only time that a truer believer in laissez-faire would take over.
Obama laid the groundwork for Clinton’s defeat. His first 100 days should have focused on a broad revamp of labor laws. Wall Street and trickle-down economics had been completely discredited by the stock market crash of 2008, and Americans across the political spectrum voted for change. Obama should’ve rebuilt the only conscientious dissenters of corporate power, the labor unions. When radical Justices handed down Citizens United and gave the wealthy a blank check to buy out politicians, Obama should’ve fought it in every state, to rescue our democracy.
Instead, he saved AIG executives’ paychecks (a contract is a contract), sat on his hands on health care for two years until everyone disliked it for opposite reasons, and allowed himself and the Democrats to get blamed for the Great Recession through an austerity that dared not speak its name.
Wall Street and trickle-down economics had been completely discredited by the stock market crash of 2008, and Americans across the political spectrum voted for change.
Make no mistake, this is the biggest disaster for the United States since the repeal of Reconstruction. As corporate Democrats swing even further to the right in search of that illusive “middle”, as the party of Roosevelt and Johnson completely forget to serve the working poor, Republicans now control all branches of the federal government, and most state legislature and governor mansions. Trump’s brand of racism, sexism, and corporate domination will meet no resistance in the land of free-to-grab-whatevers.