The Flip Side of Housing Affordability
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In the introduction to Dante Alighieri’s Inferno he describes the entry to the gates of hell over which is written “Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate”, meaning “Abandon hope all ye who enter here.” So should the same sign now hang over the doors of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) whose members just elected as their chair, Tom Perez, who replaces the temporary chair, the party’s hack-in-chief Donna Brazile, who was in turn brought in to replace, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz after she was outed as the DNC’s saboteur-in-chief of the Bernie Sander’s campaign. Hopes for reform are now effectively dashed as Tom Perez, selected over a field with a few promising newcomers, takes the helm assuring that the neoliberal clique of the party remains in charge. Perez, a so-called progressive, was a staunch TPP and Clinton supporter which should tell us where the party is now going….nowhere. Had the membership really been fixed on remaking the DNC, they would have gone for the likes of the 35 year old former Mayor of South Bend, Pete Buttigieg, an openly gay Afghanistan veteran. But the corporate shills controlling the party carried the day…and the money, effectively committing collective political suicide. Glenn Greenwald tells us,
“So in Tom Perez’s conduct, one sees the mentality and posture that has shaped the Democratic Party: a defense of jobs-killing free trade agreements that big corporate funders love; an inability to speak plainly, without desperately clinging to focus-group, talking-points scripts; a petrified fear of addressing controversial issues even (especially) when they involve severe human rights violations by allies; a religious-like commitment never to offend rich donors; and a limitless willingness to publicly abase oneself in pursuit of power by submitting to an apology ritual for having told the truth [about the party’s nomination process being rigged]. (”Tom Perez Apologizes for Telling the Truth, Showing Why Democrats’ Flaws Urgently Need Attention”, The Intercept, February 9, 2017)
As I turn my head from this disconcerting news about the entrenched DNC, I find Paul Street on Counterpunch writing about the hypocrisy of a Democratic establishment “who work themselves into a lather about right-wing neoliberal policy when such policy is advocated and conducted by Republicans but who remain creepily silent when it is carried out by their own preferred major capitalist party.” Unless this gets fixed, the Democrats will go nowhere as the selection of Perez suggests. Street continues,
“On ‘social media,’ I have been admonished not to “late-shame” young left-leaning liberals who have come to oppose policies advanced by Trump that liberals did not oppose under Obama. It’s sound advice, I think, but this isn’t about late-shaming. It’s about double-standards and hypocrisy. I’m not talking about folks in their late teens and early twenties here. What, really, are we on the actual Left supposed to say to senior liberals and progressives who have shown again and again that they simply won’t get serious about criticizing and opposing a corporatist, Wall Street-captive, neoliberal, militarist, and imperial presidency unless that presidency is headed by a Republican like George W. Bush or Donald Trump? The partisan double-standard they have demonstrated again and again makes them dubious allies in the struggle for peace, justice, democracy, and environmental sanity.”
So if you are looking for the Democrats to pull us out of this catastrophic mess, good luck and get ready. BOHICA*
*Bend Over Here It Comes Again