It’s been a long time since I’ve written this kind of post. As regular readers know, I like to try to capture the big picture. I’ve some small talent for seeing the forest and the trees. I’ve been largely silent on matters of politics because I needed time to see these new trends in motion. As I said a couple of months ago, nobody knew what was going to happen with Obama precisely because nobody knew that much about him or his core group. I didn’t see the point in carrying on with habitual criticism just to make myself feel better, or to force a sense of vindication. I figured the proof would materialize or not, and I’d take it from there.
Among the diverse group of Disaffected Clinton Supporters’ complaints about Obama last year was that his post-partisan rhetoric was evidence of his naiveté, or worse, evidence of his collusion with whatever corrupt power structure he had access to. We worried publicly what it would costs the Democratic Party, and thus its constituencies, when the neoconic, theoconic, and Wall Street cons he courted relentlessly last year came a’ calling.
And they have. They have done precisely what so many of us predicted. They have used the post-partisan rhetoric to plead for the indefensible, and gotten it. Right on cue, the financial sector has engaged in another money-grab, and it hasn’t help. Again. Meanwhile, post-partisanship has meant that real criminals who served in positions of power and who abused the public trust have been able to walk away, and are as we speak working to transform their party using Obama’s post-partisan rhetoric so they can re-gain power and continue on with their work of dismantling this once great nation. Thank you, Jimmy Carter.
The problem, of course, is not with post-partisanship itself. It’s with the application of it to the wrong people. Power players, political players, powerful criminals, Wall Street barons–these are the wrong people. The people who need post-partisanship are the American people, the little people who work for their money and don’t try to exploit or manipulate others, and aren’t greedy for more than their share. Those people need a different kind of post-partisanship, one that explains to them how utterly corrupt their elected leaders are, and how they’ve been so exploited and manipulated now by both parties that the truth is unrecognizable.
It has been depressing, to say the least, to watch as my former party and their supporters have done exactly what I worried they would do: internalized the neoconic model. Continue reading