[Marxism] Ralph Nader: The Democrats Are Unable to Defend the U.S. from the “Most Vicious” Republican Party in History
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Mon Jul 9 15:26:53 MDT 2018
JON SCHWARZ: I’m interested in the history of the Democrats caving,
being more and more willing to do whatever the right wants, for the past
40 years. Take the recent stories about Jared Kushner. Whatever the
ultimate underlying reality there, I think it’s fair to say that if a
Democratic president had appointed their son-in-law to hold a position
of tremendous power in the White House – if Hillary Clinton had
appointed Chelsea’s husband Marc Mezvinsky – and stories had come out in
the Washington Post and New York Times about him trying to set up a back
channel with Russia, he would have been out the door before the day was
RALPH NADER: Do you want me to go through the history of the decline and
decadence of the Democratic Party? I’m going to give you millstones
around the Democratic Party neck that are milestones.
The first big one was in 1979. Tony Coelho, who was a congressman from
California, and who ran the House Democratic Campaign treasure chest,
convinced the Democrats that they should bid for corporate money,
corporate PACs, that they could raise a lot of money. Why leave it up to
Republicans and simply rely on the dwindling labor union base for money,
when you had a huge honeypot in the corporate area?
And they did. And I could see the difference almost immediately. First
of all, they lost the election to Reagan. And then they started getting
weaker in the Congress. At that time, 1980, some of our big allies were
defeated in the so-called Reagan landslide against Carter, we lost
Senator [Gaylord] Nelson, Senator [Warren] Magnuson, Senator [Frank]
Church. We had more trouble getting congressional hearings investigating
corporate malfeasance by the Democrat [congressional committee] chairs.
When the Democrats regained the White House [in 1992] you could see the
difference in appointments to regulatory agencies, the difficulty in
getting them to upgrade health and safety regulations.
The second millstone is that they didn’t know how to deal with Reagan.
And the Republicans took note. That means a soft tone, smiling … You can
say terrible things and do terrible things as long as you have [that]
type of presentation.
[Democrats] were still thinking Republican conservatives were dull,
stupid, and humorless. They didn’t adjust.
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