Desperation drives deep political change – Sonoma Sun
Posted on Aug 2, 2022 by Ben Boyce
The bloodless and lukewarm response from the Democratic Party leadership to the existential crisis of Roe’s overthrow by the Trump-stuffed Supreme Court has forced us to confront the fact that the party’s hollowed-out institutional core will not protect us from the storm that is brewing. American theocratic fascism.
We’ll likely never get an official account of the rare Supreme Court leak a month after the actual ruling at the end of the 2022 term. acted as a trial balloon of the conservative super-majority on the Court. They wanted to measure the political explosiveness of repealing a 50-year precedent of legal abortion as a civil right. The confused and flat-footed reaction from the geriatric Democratic leadership of Biden, Pelosi and Schumer was the clear signal to the reactionary judges to drive the ball into the end zone. And they did. There was no “ice-breaking emergency” back-up plan, only hyperbolic appeals for funds.
For decades, the Democratic Party’s main selling point has been that it champions women’s rights and equality before the law for racial minorities. Old-school Roosevelt Democrats were equally invested in labor rights, but the era of neoliberal triangulation against unions and militant social movements that began with Clinton
The administration rescinded this commitment. The contemporary base of the Democratic Party is the dance partner in the culture wars with the Republican base.
They feed off each other, and both have an interest in keeping attention focused on the frontlines of ever-shifting and amorphous cultural borders rather than on the manifest failure of late-stage capitalism to provide a basis stable economy for the increasingly precarious concert and temporary workers who make up the majority of the population.
The still unresolved deconstruction of a vast swath of America’s former “middle class” strata by the crash of 2008, followed by the ruinous pandemic recession, is obscured by the culture war narrative that captures the media and expert class attention. There is no doubt that this unresolved economic disaster led to the rise of an authoritarian white nationalist figure like Trump. The Federalist Society executives who have worked tirelessly for fifty years to seize this key node of power have won, and now is the time for revenge.
Buckle up, folks, because they’re not even close to finishing yet. All the iconic liberal victories cherished by the movements for civil rights, women’s liberation and the environment will be crushed by the American Taliban and their legal henchmen. The Supreme Court has signaled its willingness to consider a case seeking to revive a 19th-century doctrine about the right of state legislators to choose their states’ presidential electors over the popular vote. It’s over for a functional democracy.
The most notable local media development is the Index-Tribune’s launched a new conservative columnist, Bob Gardner, who served as a top coms in the Nixon administration. He writes well and is a self-proclaimed anti-Trumper, so he’ll get an audience in Sonoma County. I just hope his readers understand that all those old-school Republicans like him have nothing to do with the pulsating, humming radioactive racist and misogynist core of the current Republican Party. The MAGA mob has no use for the respectable centrist Republican relics of yesteryear.
Don’t buy the hype.