I’m examining my overwhelming feeling of rage against President Obama and the Democrats.
After all, it isn’t they who came up with the idea of putting the country in hock and stealing from the poor so that the ultra-wealthy could be even wealthier. That idea is inherently evil, made more so by the lack of even theoretical claims (however misguided) that this radical redistribution might provide some benefit to the overall economy. (In case you haven’t been following the analysis, giving more money to the ultra-wealthy doesn’t produce any stimulative effect on the economy, because the ultra-wealthy already have all the cash they need and won’t spend any extra influx, like the poor and middle class would. And it is spending – not saving – that will create jobs and stabilize the economy.)
The full-time commitment to serve the wealthy and only the wealthy — as the highest priority in the land — was invented by the GOP and is nearly wholly owned by them (with some so-called “moderate” Dems joining in). The GOP is evil from top to bottom and in between.
So why is my anger at the Dems often so much more palpable to me?
It’s like my feelings about Israel. It would be very had to make an objective case that Israel ranks at the top of countries in terms of mistreatment of minorities, human rights abuses, and illegal hegemonistic agression towards its neighbors. But my outrage about Israel is so much more present in my consciousness than is my anger at China or Russia (for example). Partly, of course, this is because my tax dollars are paying for Israeli crimes.
But there’s something else at play here: I expect Israel — supposed democracy, home to “my” people — to be better than that. I’m also so overwhelmed by the magnitude of evil perpetrated by China and Russia — and by the shear size of those countries — that I can’t grasp it in my little brain. My utter helplessness and hopelessness in the face of big evil makes me shove it out of my consciousness.
Back to US politics. I expect — I need better from the Democrats. It is a simple, immutable, HUGE fact of life that Republicans are evil. It is Democrats who are supposed to stop them.
I’m realizing as I type this: betrayal is what sets off my very present, very conscious fury. And I am furious with Obama and the Democrats again. As usual. These fucking idiots – these weak, cowardly, incompetent Democrats – consistently hand the rope to hang us to those who certainly will. Giving away the store before negotiations have begun. Failing to make clear convincing arguments to the American people. Infighting. Self-hatred. Fearing shadows.
How bad is it? Bad enough that Commander-in-Sellout, Barack Obama – the man who can speechify when it comes to campaigning but can’t say a coherent, persuasive, progressive word in office – has turned on us. This utter failure as president has the gall to call progressives “sanctimonius”?! With friends like this . . .
But, of course, Obama isn’t our friend. Neither was Bill Clinton, whose own failures and flaws led to the GOP wave of 2004 and then spent the rest of his term pitching right-wing ideas and just plain enjoying the company of reactionaries better than that of liberals.
Of course, the reality is that Democratic betrayal is as expected and immutable as GOP evil. Maybe I’d be better off trying to shove the Dems out of my consciousness. But, then where would I turn?
Answer: nowhere. Hanging on to the constant betrayers is all I have in this godforsaken political system. It’s just extremely hard to hold on to any hope at all when betrayal is the best one can hope for.
©2010 Keith Berner