GLOVER ESSAYS: community
control of food, fuel, housing, health care,
planning, education, finance.
A Short History of the
by Paul Glover, November 2013
Many of my friends are devoted to the Democratic Party. They believe it's the only defense against Republican rampage As one friend says, "the Democratic Party is the party that makes good things happen."
They're proud that FDR enacted Social Security and bank controls when the nation demanded relief . Republicans could also boast, of national parks, trust busting, ending slavery, lowering thevoting age to 18, starting EPA.
But today, there is no home on the national ballot for whose who defend civil liberties and oppose export of jobs, bank corruption, corporate control, war and militarism, racist incarceration, union busting, environmental destruction, adulteration of food, pollution of water and air. By real standards of decency the Democratic Party is perhaps merely 25% less terrifying than the Republican Party.
The Democratic Party was founded 1828 to compromise with slavery (Jackson, VanBuren, Polk, Pierce, Buchanan). It was pro-slavery even during the Civil War (McClellan), then championed Jim Crow laws after Reconstruction (its platform declined to repudiate the KKK in 1924).
Abandoning its early opposition to big banks, it soon became the party of robber barons and urban bosses-- from Boss Tweed to Mayor Daley. This culminated with the Federal Reserve Act, which shifted issuance of money from the public to banks (Wilson). Its FHA required racist lending by banks (FDR).
The Democratic Party's president led America into World War One, perhaps the stupidest war in human history (Wilson).
During World War Two its president herded Japanese-Americans into camps (FDR). Its president (HST) dropped the first atomic bombs.
Its president led the nation deep into Vietnam (LBJ), killing two million there and 50,000 here.
Its president deregulated banks and other sectors (Carter), prompting monopolies and bank failures.
Its president and DNC continued Republican union-busting and lost millions of jobs overseas via NAFTA (Clinton).
Its president vastly expanded the death penalty, endorsed the disastrous "three strikes" penalty, and reduced welfare to single mothers (Clinton).
Its presidents have approved bombing of dozens of sovereign nations, from Mexico to Afghanistan, including nine nations since WW2. Its president's embargo of Iraq killed 500,000 children (Clinton). His Secretary of State said this was "worth it."
Its current president wages aggressive war on nations that have not attacked us, a crime for which Nazis were executed.
He abets AIPAC's apartheid policy. Former Democratic House Speaker Pelosi said in 2009, "When it comes to Israel, Republicans and Democrats speak with one voice."
Its current president's Cabinet picks were endorsed by O'Reilly, Limbaugh, Kissinger and Glenn Beck. Its current president appointed Monsanto executives to lead USDA and FDA.
Its current president has asserted executive power to nullify habeas corpus, the most sacred of our protections from tyranny. He has expanded the Patriot Act, the most anti-American legislation to date. Its current president permits executions of Americans without trial, with drones. He permits militarization of local police forces.
He stiff-arms advocates of universal health coverage in order to protect insurance companies.
There is now absolutely no reason to believe the campaign promises of a Democratic candidate for president or governor.
The Party's failure to restore voting rights to
ex-felons-- a working class base of millions-- cost it the 2000 and
Back in Philadelphia, the Democratic Party has dominated politics for eighty years. During the past 50 years City Council has presided over a declining bankrupt city. These incompetent job destroyers watched 400,000 high-paying industrial jobs rush abroad, to be replaced with un-insured service work. Today, Center City is a happy-hour carnival surrounded by 80,000 hungry children, by 350,000 unemployed, 90,000 working poor, 250,000 uninsured, feeble health clinics, shuttered schools, libraries and hospitals; 40,000 vacant lots, 700 abandoned factories and warehouses; smouldering fire departments, derailed transit, the nation's highest urban poverty rate, overflowing prisons, accelerating evictions, and rivers clogged with sewage.
If this decline were beyond Council's control we would not fault
them. But since all these problems have complete local
solutions, we may conclude that these Democrats are not competent.