What is Left of the Liberals?

Is February 28, 2017, ‘The Night the Democratic Party Died’?

I was once a Democrat.  In those days, I thought I was on the team of truth, justice, and the American way. It was fun to be a Democrat then.  But… Bye, bye Miss American Pie.  Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry.  I woke up.

I’m no longer a Democrat (it’s been many years now), and though on the rarest of occasions I worried I’d made a mistake, Tuesday night watching the shell-shocked faces of the Democrats on the floor of Congress while Donald Trump delivered his magnificent speech, I knew I had made no error.  I even wondered what was going on in my head in those isolated moments I doubted myself.

Read the article for more. It is well worth it. What is there to do for Democrats that are not willing to go down with the ship and find themselves in an ocean of tears with beaten to death donkey tied to their neck? Many are trying to find what is left of and for the ‘classic’ liberals that many recently speak of.

Was the display at ‘The Precedent’, Donald J Trump’s joint address to Congress may be some of the final involuntary spasms and twitches of a once proud, poignant party that suffered a slow death on the poison of progressive policies.

Let’s attempt to define what liberals are. I am discussing ‘the left.’ Here is a quote article from the Hoover Institute that was shared with me. (with a warning that the author can be obtuse and somewhat inaccessible to some but give it a go) :

To understand the challenge whole, it is first necessary to correct an unfortunate confusion of terms. In the United States, “liberal” commonly denotes the left wing of the Democratic Party. To be sure, as a result of bruising post-1960s political battles, many on the left have disavowed the term liberal, choosing instead the label “progressive,” in fact a more apt designation for their outlook. Nevertheless, the term liberal retains a distinctive meaning, indeed a progressive one, in our political lexicon.

It was not foreordained that “liberal” would become synonymous with progressive politics as it has in the United States. Witness the career of the term in Europe, where it has come to designate something much closer to libertarianism. Yet neither is the equation of liberalism with progressivism an accident, for there is a powerful progressive thrust inhering in the liberal tradition.

The Liberal Spirit in America by Peter Berkowitz. Friday, August 1, 2003

What It Looks Like

Several stories post the win of President Trump  said the Democrats were likely to double down on the loosing policies and practices. One article in particular pointed at historical precedent for parties not learning from their losing ways. I did not completely expect it but was rather convinced that Hillary Clinton was actually the best person they could offer. This sort of candidate was a culmination of decades of ineptitude and self-congratulatory awarding of positions based on increasingly out of touch and insubstantial goals and success. I am by no means an expert but gleaned this from the crash course in politics I experienced over the last few years. It is by no means limited to the Democratic party in the United States, but instead characteristic of establishment politics, as we were constantly reminded that the President is not a real Republican, but that is for another time.

It may look like it was close, may look like it was theirs to lose, but no, they were soundly beaten by competence in the form of ‘God Emperor‘ Donald J Trump.

The premonitions of Democratic destruction were correct. Their behavior at the Joint Address to Congress is only another bullet point. Now is this on a chart of symptoms as doctors are performing the last frantic activity trying to save a patient rushed in with several bullet wounds, or something jotted down as the cadaver is methodically dissected on the autopsy table?

What it Looked Like

Who saw this coming? For a party, as other establishment bodies, so focused appearances than content to have been blind to this is fitting. This was the established way of doing things. Who looks good, what seems possible or sounds good. Little effort to actually identify what is good.

The run-up to the election had Democrats claiming anyone who calls into question even calling into question the results of the election were un-American and anti-democratic. A litany of accusations came out about how riled up the losing supporters of president Trump would be. Many Democrats then went on to be those very caricatures they drew up. One person I imagined to be a caricature when I first heard of him was representative Keith Ellison. I recall an article claimed he would be the next chair of the Democratic National Convention and signify the party pressing down on the gas and going of the progressively approaching cliff into obscurity.

Ellison’s history  and policies have enabled people as unsavory as Infamous former KKK member David Duke, be he troll or not, to endorse him. I expected that Ellison would just disavow and avoid the any guilt by endorsement witch hunt that many democrats gleefully carried out on then candidate Trump.* I had not been keeping up with internal Democratic party activities but heard that Tom Perez won the chairmanship of the DNC and proceeded to promote Ellison to position of Deputy Chairperson. So you have an establishment vehicle fueled by high octane progressive policies with apparently no sign of changing direction.

This was a sign of an end for many.**

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Hello Darkness My Old Friend

There is the oft mentioned, but infrequently with citations, claim that the Democratic and Republican party somehow switched policy sometime after the Democrats established the KKK and other regressive practices. The increased calls for segregation made by the ‘liberal left’ had me thinking they may have progressed so far in this race of race relations they were back at the starting linewrongly proposed to some that they may be the true conservatives by not wanting things to change, but conservative is more accurately defined on how much government one wants.  I can see reasons that party in disfavor would want to take on the mantle of not being racist, but why would the other side acquiesce to this? If that was the myth the so called Dixiecrats turned their coats are we seeing the Dawn of the Zombiecrats? If so can a zombie attend its own funeral?
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This is from CNN Gigapixel of the Inauguration, during President Trump’s speech. I was there, there was some rain but she looks like she is at a funeral. Done for now. Have a few Illustrations in mind from this post that ill work on and likely present in separate posts.

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