I was born in 1984, during the rise of neoliberalism. It’s all I’ve really known all my life. For a long time, I thought it was normal. Expected. Always.
It isn’t, and wasn’t. It is an historical aberration that the powered elites want to turn into forever and always. And why wouldn’t they?
So that’s exactly what they’ve done, through what should be an American proverb: Why own one party, when you can own two?
Why pay workers a fair share of the pie, when they can make do with a little of the crust — and, perhaps, get some flour from the government?
Why factor in the costs of being environmentally sound and sustainable, when everyone else can worry about it, those born and unborn?
It’s destroying lives across America and the world.
And so long as Wall St has a firm grip on both parties, nothing can stop it.
I could write a whole list of reasons on why we should say an emphatic no to Hillary Clinton. She’s been on the wrong side of almost all the things that have destroyed the American Dream for so many, and there’s no way to look at her neoconservative foreign policy views other than to say she has blood on her hands.
I could write a list of amazing accomplishments on Bernie Sanders’s part, or why he has a much better shot at winning in the general (contrary to the flawed conventional wisdom around here, and among party elites, that gave us GW Bush in ’04, Scott Brown and Charlie Baker), but that’s all been written and said already, too.
So, the only thing I feel I have to add is this:
Don’t let Goldman Sachs win.
Don’t let Walmart win.
Don’t let Citibank, Bank of America, Big Pharma or Exxon Mobile win.
Don’t let the prison industrial complex win — private prisons are still Hillary’s second largest bundler, even after she promised not to take money from them.
The neoliberal elites — America’s oligarchs — want Hillary Clinton to win.
Or they want Marco Rubio to win.
It doesn’t matter, not really. They own them both, and many, many others, too.
A Hillary Clinton White House may slow the rate of decline for struggling families and the middle class compared to Republicans, a little bit, but decline will continue apace. Every year, more and more people will still slip out of the Middle Class. Every year, more and more people will fall into poverty, and extreme poverty, and die from lack of health care or nutrition, or take their own lives in desperation.
Every year, corporations will find more and creative new ways to extract money from us, or find ‘exciting’ new opportunities to make government pick up their costs.
Every year, elaborate new loopholes and regulations will continue to slip into omnibus legislation that enriches a few at the hands of the many, and the business tentacles will continue to grow into the roots of the government itself, with revolving-door appointments made to the FCC, FDA and EPA. Or with DoJ appointments who won’t prosecute bankers, or new board members of the Federal Reserve who will continue to obsess over inflation, instead of that other thing they’re charged with, but have historically ignored — full employment.
If Hillary Clinton is the nominee, there can be no winner of the general election for struggling families. We’ve had 36 years of neoliberalism to tell us that.
There’s only one way to win, really win — to elect a candidate who fundamentally rejects neoliberalism, and who will help elect a generation of new democrats who will treat neoliberalism for the malignant tumor in our party — and country — that it is.
Because that’s what it is, and it’s killing our party, killing our country and killing the world. It’s turning Earth into one giant dystopia. It’s making our planet inhospitable to people, be it figuratively… or literally.
We have a really big choice tomorrow, and this primary, but that choice isn’t Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.
It’s deciding if we’re ready to turn the tide now, or if we’ll we allow millions more to suffer, in our present timidity, while we wait for later.