[Marxism] Russiagate and ghost liberals

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 27 08:53:21 MDT 2018


The Democratic partisan mindset in its current form was born as a reaction
to Nader. The rejection of all criticism and the hatred of critics, the
cries of “ traitor” and the claim that they are pragmatic and understand
how to win and achieve progressive results— this all started then. But it
just keeps getting worse.

I actually found some of these arguments persuasive. In particular, the
argument for lesser evil voting when you know only one of two candidates
can win makes sense to me. I don’t think it is a moral imperative the way
the partisans claim. It is a tactical argument. But it has some force.
Where they go wrong is in their fanaticism. They claim to be pragmatic, but
pragmatic people try to argue in such a way that you want to support them.
A partisan Democrat has no interest in persuading a leftist to hold his or
her nose and vote for the lesser evil. They don’t acknowledge any weakness
or flaw in the Democrats and if you point to issues like Gaza or Yemen
where many Democrats have been bad (Democrats have improved on Yemen since
it can now be blamed on Trump) they simply ignore it. The fundamental basis
of their morality is this— Thou shalt support the Democrats.

The anger on open display is the opposite of pragmatic politics. They don’t
try to persuade people to vote for the Democrat. They demand it. It is a
moral litmus test, or rather, a judgement of one’s very soul. Good people
know they have to vote for the Democrat. Bad people vote for Republicans
and the very worst people of all claim to be left, but vote for Stein or
maybe even voted for Clinton, but criticized her. Democratic partisans have
no interest in what you say about an issue if they perceive it as in any
way an attack or a criticism of a Democrat. If you are a third party
advocate you can forget about being taken seriously on any issue because
you have already self identified as a Satanist and you need to be exorcised
from the body politic. Even if you say you support the Democrat as the
lesser evil, you speak as one of the damned and deserve no mercy. Sanders
played the game in 2016 exactly the way people said Nader should have
played it and he and his supporters were still dismissed.

https://mondoweiss.net/2018/07/russiagate-ghost-liberals/



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