It’s Not Just the GOP – The Democratic Party is Also Imploding

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

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Whichever side emerges victorious, both Republicans and Democrats should face up to a much bigger truth: Neither party as currently constituted has a real future. Fewer and fewer Americans identify as either Republican or Democratic according to Gallup, and both parties are at recent or all-time lows when it comes to approval ratings. Just 39 percent give Democrats a favorable rating and just 33 percent do the same for Republicans. Not coincidentally, each party has also recently had a clear shot at implementing its vision of the good society. If you want to drive down your adversary’s approval rating, just give him the reins of power for a few years.

– From the post: Thoughts on Election Day: Relax—Both Parties Are Going Extinct

Political pundits throughout the land are tripping over each other to compose the latest bland, uninsightful screed proclaiming the death of the Republican Party. This makes sense, because the primary purpose of a political pundit is to state the obvious years after it’s already become established fact to everyone actually paying attention.

Yes, of course, Trump winning the GOP nomination marks the end of the party as we know it. After all, some neocons are already publicly and actively throwing their support behind Hillary. While this undoubtably represents a major turning point in U.S. political history, many pundits have yet to appreciate that the exact same thing is happening within the Democratic Party. It’s just not completely obvious yet.

While it might sound strange, a coronation of Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary will mark the end of the party as we know it. There’s been a lot written about the “Sanders surge,” with much of it revolving around Hillary Clinton’s extreme personal weakness as a candidate. While this is indisputable, it’s also a convenient way for the status quo to exempt itself from fault and discount genuine grassroots anger. I’m of the view that Sanders’ support is more about people liking him than them disliking Hillary, particularly when it comes to registered Democrats. He’s not merely seen as the “least bad choice.” People really do like him.

The Sanders appeal is twofold. He is seen as unusually honest and consistent for someone who’s held elected office for much of his life, plus he advocates a refreshingly anti-establishment view on core issues that matter to an increasing number of Americans. These include militarism, Wall Street bailouts, a two-tiered justice system, the prohibitive cost of college education, healthcare insecurity and a “rigged economy.” While Hillary is being forced to pay lip service to these issues, everybody knows she doesn’t mean a word of it. She means it less than Obama meant it in 2008, and Obama really didn’t mean it.

Hillary is the embodiment of a sick and detested status quo. She stands for nothing, is nothing, and a vote for her all but guarantees both murder abroad and oligarchy at home. I think a large number of Bernie Sanders supporters understand this and won’t be going off silently into that quiet voting booth to commit ethical self-sacrifice despite the terrifying prospects of a Trump presidency. I think they’ll stay home, but they won’t sit there passively. They’ll be seething inside, and many will renounce the Democratic party forever. Many rank and file Republicans already came to such a conclusion years ago, which is precisely why the nomination was wide open for a man like Trump to capture. Democrats will do the same, and before you know it, political pundits will be tripping over each other to write about the death of the Democratic Party.

It’s not just the grassroots either. This civil war has now gone all the way to the top, as evidenced by this weekend’s very public endorsement of Bernie Sanders by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii. Before I get into the significance of this move, let’s recap what happened.

From Quartz:

A rising star within the Democratic ranks, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, cut herself off from the party’s establishment by resigning from her post as vice-chairman of the Democratic National Committee and endorsing Bernie Sanders for president. 

Her position with the DNC required her to stay neutral in the primaries, but she said that “the stakes are too high.” She announced her decision on Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” and made a video where she explained her reasoning.

Gabbard, an Iraq war veteran, said she knows the cost of war firsthand. “I know how important it is that our commander-in-chief has the sound judgment required to know when to use America’s military power—and when not to use that power.”

In her endorsement for Sanders, she said America needs a president “who will not waste precious lives and money on interventionist wars of regime change,” presumably referring to the war in Iraq and strategy in Libya, led by then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton, both of which she has criticized in the past. Although generally hawkish in her foreign policy views, she is opting for the Vermont senator as a candidate who “will usher in a new era of peace and prosperity.”

Now watch the video:

The importance of this move cannot be understated. In no uncertain terms, this gesture publicly exposes the weakness of the “Clinton brand.” She clearly isn’t afraid of Hillary or of any repercussions from the Democratic Party elite, a fact that is underscored by the fact she came out with her endorsement after he got pummeled in South Carolina.

But let’s take a step back and think about this in the even bigger picture. You don’t get to Congress by being a political imbecile. On the surface, this move looks like career suicide, particularly since Hillary is probably about to clinch the nomination. Recall, Rep. Gabbard didn’t merely endorse Sanders after a bruising loss in South Carolina, she stepped down from her official position with the DNC to do so. This isn’t merely a statement, it’s the equivalent of dropping a neutron bomb on the Democratic establishment. So why did she do it?

While I think she genuinely agrees with Sanders on key issues, the reason she came out so aggressively is because she sees the writing on the wall. She’s playing the long game, and in the long game, Hillary Clinton represents a discredited and failed status quo, while Bernie Sanders represents a push toward the paradigm level change that will define the future.

In summary, I believe this marks the beginning of an all out civil war within the Democratic party. A war that won’t be over until someone successfully does to the Democratic Party what Trump did to the GOP.

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  • Mike Meyer

    Tulsi would make an excellent Vice President/2016 and perfect compliment to President Sanders.
    Normally selection takes place after the primary election but might it add to Bernie’s appeal
    to indicate that he is considering Gabbard before the dem.Primary ?

    SANDERS/GABBARD2016 SANDERS/GABBARD2016
    Jill Stein for Secretary of Defense

    • overthrow the democratic party

      I think both Bernie Sanders and… she who must not be named… will stay quiet about VP choices, because (even though I 100% love and support Tulsi Gabbard) Bernie’s people tend to have Elizabeth Warren as their first VP pick, but I honestly think Warren would turn down any VP offer from anyone since the VP doesn’t get to actually do anything whereas senators can write bills and introduce them to the floor of the senate.

  • Carl_Herman

    Incisive; thank you GW/Mike.

    Our organization, RESULTS.org, worked with Hillary and Bob Rubin (then Sec. Treasury) at the 1997 Microcredit Summit. Both reneged on every promise, public and private, to end poverty through microcredit. She is always and only for .01% lawless oligarchs.

    • Mike Meyer

      Carl,
      What did you mean by writing GW/Mike ?
      [off topic and chatty but…i’m curious].

      You are one of my most highly respected truth
      seeker-tellers.
      I really appreciate they way you do not get flustered
      by emotional trigger words, quips, stay focused,on topic
      and lay down the historic facts!
      You are a fine spiritual warrior;top notch.
      Do you actually have a star on your cheek?
      Thank you for being YOU!
      [email me;mr114@verizon.net
      if you’d prefer to reply directly]

      • Thanks

        GW/Mike
        GW blogs Mike Krieger

  • Jim G

    I’ve been following Tulsi for a bit. She is on the Congressional Arms Services Committee, is an Iraqi War veteran, and says Hillary does not have the “judgment” to be Commander and Chief. Wow. Do you understand what she just said – a Democrat on the arms services committee saying Hillary doesn’t have the judgment necessary to be commander and chief. Hillary can not be elected president with this card on the table. Period. (Would a trump pun be appropriate here?)
    She got on TV first for saying in effect, “Why are we supporting the terrorists? I thought were our sworn enemies is Syria.” If you read Washington’s Blog, you know about this. Secondly, she says we are risking nuclear war with Russia. Well the Pope says WWIII is on and I have heard other places on the World wide web that tactical nuclear weapons are on use. Hell, I don’t want to be someone’s gambling chip on the geo- political chessboard. I don’t like this nuclear chicken game. F you Brzezinski and company – which includes Obama and Hillary and trillions and trillions of dollars wasted in slaughtering people on the altar of the petro-dollar. When you think petro-dollar think Bush (petro) + Clinton (banks) is why we back the Saudi Wahhabis.
    And she is a hell of a lot better looking than Palin.
    For those who want Tulsi as VP she is still a bit young. She needs some seasoning, and we need some new leadership in the military.

  • This is exactly how I feel. I will vote for Bernie if he is there. If he is not there I’m done, and I’m not voting to anyone. I’m not a Democrat any more and of course never been a Republican.

  • nomadfiles

    “political pundits will be tripping over each other to write about the death of the Democratic Party.”
    Looking forward to it. Been calling for the death of the Democratic party since 2009.

  • Michael Hipp

    “Not coincidentally, each party has also recently had a clear shot at implementing its vision of the good society.”

    I stopped reading right there. The author doesn’t know his asshole from a hole in the ground if she/he thinks that Obama had a “clear shot” at implementing his vision. And don’t give me the standard line of he had the house and the senate in the first term because if you did use that you’d be showing that you clearly don’t know what you’re talking about.

    Obama had an strict – overboard obstructionist congress for both terms, and while his party did hold the house for a time, the senate was never in the left because of the 60 vote rule for simple business and filibusters being used as they have never been used before.

    • nomadfiles

      poor obama. fred o the big bad repubbies

      • Michael Hipp

        Yeah, no, there’s not one word in any of my sentences that make the case that Obama is afraid of anybody. You should brush up on your English reading and comprehension skills.

        • nomadfiles

          No. No. Fred. That’s what the repubbies call him.

          • overthrow the democratic party

            From 2009-2011, the democrats and obama could have passed anything they wanted to via “reconciliation,” but they chose not to because the vast majority of democratic politicians (including obama and hillary) are bought and paid for by the special interests. They can’t blame choosing not to pass stuff via “reconciliation” on the the republicans, just like they can’t blame never pressing criminal charges against the big banks on the republicans.

          • nomadfiles

            yes. the democratic party must die.

  • Sandra

    People are fed up with the corporate-owned candidates who only lead us further into oligarchy. That’s what you’re seeing with both parties and the sooner both parties realize they are making themselves obsolete, the better.

  • animalogic

    Re: collapse of BOTH parties…hope writer is correct … but maybe just a tad optimistic, at least in the short-medium term. Anyway, one lives in hope….

  • pbr90

    Woodstock government nor Jonestown nirvana will save America: The U.S. Needs to grow up and behave like government matters!

  • Tishijo

    I don’t like Bernie Sanders nor do multitudes of Democrats. His so called surge is a result of appealing to young adults who desperately need help paying the high cost of college, which Bernie promises to give them free. What is more is that Hillary Clinton brings another extremely intelligent candidate to represent the Democratic party who promises to expand on President Obama’s policies! Sanders’ fraudulent campaign is being exposed to his supporters every day. It is a long road to November and he cannot carry this through!