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Left vs. Left

by Merl Moore (MerlMoore@mail.com)

There is currently a battle for the soul of the Democratic Party and the Political Left going on; a “civil war,” if you will. On the one side you have the Establishment, probably best represented by Hillary Clinton. A committed “Third-Way,” big-money corporatist, Secretary Clinton is an apple that did not fall very far from the Bill Clinton political tree. 


On the other side you have the Resistance, formed to resist both Trump’s on going crimes & misdemeanors and his stupid ideas as well as the Establishment Left’s reliance on big-money corporate donors and PACs and special interests and the current “pay-to-play” political system in Washington and pretty much every state capital. The Resistance is perhaps best represented currently by Democratic-Socialist Bernie Sanders (http://theweek.com/articles/769073/bernie-sanders-conquered-democratic-party ).


In actuality there is no “Establishment Left” just the “Establishment.” I add “Left” here to differentiate it from the “Establishment Right;” the “Alt-right,” Trumpers, Breitbart, etc. but a more accurate term to describe the Corporatist/Establishment is the Neo-Liberals. The only way anyone can consider someone like, say Hillary Clinton, a “Leftist” is if you move the right/left goal-post so far to the right that everyone short of Genghis Khan is on the left and the right has been moving those goal-post right at every opportunity.


Currently, every politician who believes in a woman’s “right to choose” is a wild-eyed liberal regardless of how many wars or weapons systems they voted for; no matter how much money they’ve taken from corporations, PACs and big-money donors; no matter how deaf they’ve been and are to the voters, the people they represent, if they’re pro-choice, they’re re on the left (see Sen. Dianne Feinstein; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianne_Feinstein ). More like left of Attila the Hun!


As Trump’s poll-numbers fall and his political “coat-tails” combust (https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/trump-approval-ratings/ ), even those Neo-Liberals of the Establishment have taken to calling themselves Leftists to get as much space as possible from Trump. The heretofore right-wing of the Democratic Party – again, the Neo-Liberals – are starting to move politically left pretty much as fast as their Sell-Out legs will carry them (https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/andrew-cuomo-new-york-voting-rights-parole_us_5ad76d92e4b0e4d0715c9a63?ncid=engmodushpmg00000003 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3Xb-6ASjTA).


Establishment Democrats, Neo-Libs, are not afraid of Republicans at this point, they’re terrified of being “Primaried” by a more left, or more to the point, an actual left candidate who doesn’t owe anything to PACs, corporations, or other moneyed special interest groups. All of a sudden many in the Establishment, many Neo-Libs, are talking about ideas that they once considered completely radical like FREE Healthcare for all and FREE tuition for State-run/owned Colleges!


(NOTE: If you’re interested in getting an in-depth look into what’s going on, been going for 30 years, specifically the economic-motivations which drove the politics that created the Neo-Liberals (i.e.: how we got here), watch this interview with Economist Mark Blyth where it’s all laid out for you: “Brexit, Trump, & the Bursting Neoliberal Bubble ft. Mark Blyth”; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH8fKebOWeU. Additionaly, I suggest doing a Youtube search for “Mark Blyth” and you’ll learn a lot.) 


Lastly, I’d like to address what I think is the deceptive way Neo-Libs are fighting this war. The war is between the interests of multinational corporations, Super PACs and Special-Interests verses the real liberals, the actual left that at the end of the day owes nothing to anyone but their constituents; i.e. The People (https://theintercept.com/2018/04/26/steny-hoyer-audio-levi-tillemann/ ).


I can certainly understand the problem for the Neo-Libs. It’s a hell-of-a hard sell to tell your voters that you’re ignoring their needs for a rich banker’s desires. I get it. That’s hard. And, I understand that all the Neo-Libs have bought into “tickle-down economics” to one degree or another so to their thinking, the banker’s desires are far more important than their voters’ needs and they are sure that once the banker’s desires are met, he’ll reward those same voters by fulfilling their needs. I get it; I understand “Supply-Side Economics” philosophy very well (see: http://progressive-liberal.com/supply-side-fails-test and http://progressive-liberal.com/supply-side-test-fail-2 ).


I get it. You can’t get many votes by saying on the stump, “Hey, Folks! I’m not giving you sh-t! I’m giving it all to the rich and powerful and they’ll give you stuff! VOTE FOR ME!” Not exactly a winning slogan. I get it.

And I also understand that this is the reason, your inability to flat out say you’re owned by that banker and all the other rich special interests that contributed to your candidacy, so you’ve got to erect a “Straw-Man” to fight against.


All of a sudden the war on the left, the “civil war,” is between the smallest, least powerful or important group on the left: wild, crazy, radical, identity politics, anti-fa, college campus SJWs (Social Justice Warriors) verses the steady as a rock establishment politicians you, WE!, have all come to count on (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r3H9--2nS0), to know and love. In other words: The Neo-Libs are characterizing the dispute within the party and movement of the left as a conflict between the wise and experienced adults verses the wild and crazy kids who haven’t a clue. 


That’s, of course, nonsense and nothing could be further from the truth.


But I understand. The right/Republicans had a similar issue: “How can we tell all our voters to vote for us, thus voting against their best interests? HOW!” That’s where the abortion issue came into it, the race issue, the gun issue, etc. None of these were their issues one way or another; they were strictly the party of business and the rich, but that don’t get you elected (http://progressive-liberal.com/conservative-true-believe ) as most people work for someone and not the other way around. So they brought in a slew of other issues to campaign on and the economic stuff was now back-page. They won elections.


So if you take your tiny little beef at your tiny little school as demonstrative, or more to the point, declarative of the current issues going on within The Democratic Party and The Left, please do a lot more research (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6y2n6beZzI ).