[Marxism] Greens to be on Ohio State Ballot
MLause at cinci.rr.com
Sun Jul 2 16:31:11 MDT 2006
Marvin Gandall wrote, "At one time, you could make the case . . . . The
social democrats and the DP have the same social base (you think not?), the
same liberal politics, the same support from the unions and social
movements, the same relationship to their conservative opponents . . . ."
The case that the Democrats are different from the Republicans is a lot
harder to make now than in the past. In fact, so far this year, the
Democrats are out-fund-raising the Republicans. Is that coming from unions?
Women's groups? The nickels and dimes of little schoolchildren?
They get money from the same sources and follow the advice of the same
"non-partisan political consultants." That's why they say the same things
when they run for office. The exclusion of that anti-war vet from the
Democratic candidacy for the senate in Ohio is just what would have happened
to him if he were trying to run as a Republican.
The fact is that, admittedly, things are so apparently hopeless in terms of
class politics in the U.S. that people prefer to fantasize that the rich and
powerful Democratic Party gives two shits for their concerns. Once you
swallow that illusion, you can strut around pontificating about how
"practical" and "pragmatic" Democratic voters are. I'd suggest that such
fantasies are best enjoyed privately, where they are less likely to arouse
As a formula for political action, I'd much prefer drugs or alcohol. At
least when you finally wake up, it won't quite be to a reality as horrid as
finding out that you elected a Democrat president only to have him give the
office to a Republican because the stock market threatened a hissy fit.
Practical. Pragmatic. Realistic.
Have another toke on me, dudes.
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