Activists Tell Democrats To Reflect On What They Created

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Democrats Told to Look in The Mirror: You Created Environment for Trump

Protesters Accuse Democrats of Betraying Voters, Claim Problems Are Bigger than Just Trump

Washington, DC - On January 19, as the city filled with Trump supporters in celebration and anti-Trump organizers planning inaugural actions, protesters marched to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) office with drums, banners and mirrors to highlight how the Democrats’ betrayal of voters created the political environment where Donald Trump could become president of the United States.

“We went to the DNC to tell Democrats that they are the reason that voters selected Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States. The problem is bigger than Donald Trump, it is the two-party system where both parties respond to the wealthy and not the people,” said Margaret Flowers, MD of Popular Resistance. “Many policies the Democrats attack Trump for, they themselves have been guilty of from mass deportation to a health law written for the medical industry instead of patients, the expansion of nuclear weapons and continuing the oil-based economy in the face of climate change.”

Voters held up mirrors and and chanted, “Democrats betrayed the people, we’re fed up with lesser evil” and “Look in the mirror, what do you see? Trump is the Democrats’ legacy” to tell Democrats that their pro-big business policies created a political environment where voters fled the Democratic Party. They also held a massive banner before their headquarters saying “Betrayal” to emphasize that the party betrayed their voters with their Wall Street and war policies.

Activists took turns speaking out on issues of militarism. worsening of the wealth divide, trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and all-of-the above dirty energy.

“Voters sent Democrats a message on election day and we are highlighting that message today: represent your voters by creating an economy for the people and planet or continue to lose elections to terrible Republican candidates that should be easily beaten,” said Bill Moyer of the Backbone Campaign.

“People also need to know that ping pong politics, going back and forth between two big business parties, will not bring the transformation we need. It is time to break out of the duopoly and support the people’s necessities and protect the planet,” said Kevin Zeese of Popular Resistance, “And that means building an alternative political party in the US that is of, by and for the people.”

  • tibetan cowboy

    Good article. I voted for neither Trump nor Hillary, but Trump is better than either party’s people or agendas. Thank goodness Trump wiped Hillary off the map and the Democrats. Yes, I know, Hillary got more votes. So what? So did Gore etc. Nothing new there. It’s how our system works, or doesn’t work for We The People. And, right on, many of Trump’s stated agenda items are same as the Democrats that are bitching about their loss, wondering why, and blaming everyone but themselves. Clueless much? Corrupt much? Yep. Trump deserved to win, considering the state of fascism / terrorism / genocide promoted and enacted by Obama / Carter / Pentagon / CIA. And he does have a serious mandate, hence the scared to death desperate GOP/ Democrats / Obama / Brennan and the despicable CIA, whose reactions show just how much Trump terrorizes THEM, the hateful mass murderers and banking cartel.

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  • bernie3

    make the democrat party democratic only…we the people only…
    not controlled by the 1%…

  • Harriet Heywood

    The Democratic Party is totally corrupted, and it appears not willing to accept or change its MO. We will use the Trump presidency to organize mass resistance necessary to create a better world. Trump’s picks for cabinet show where his intentions lie, but under the Democratic political establishment, we have witnessed a fake progressive aura backed by corporate interests and enforced by the military industry and police state.

  • Enviro Show

    Not sure how this point can be made without calling out the DNC and high profile Dems for throwing Bernie Sanders under the bus.

  • Anthony

    How many defeats will it take for the DNC to change course? I don’t think we can wait nor count on that. Progressives need to embrace the Tea Party tactic of running sympathetic candidates in local elections. Bernie’s insurgency was helpful but premature as the ground was not seeded enough to overturn the DNC’s resistance to his candidacy. The objective going forward should be to field as many progressive candidates as possible for the 2018 mid-term elections, using whatever wacky bullshit Trump will have committed by that time as campaign fodder.

  • DHFabian

    Liberals should reflect as well, yet efforts to nudge them into doing so are consistently met with angry accusations of being “divisive.”

    Life gets pretty basic for the “masses.” What people care about the most, at the proverbial end of the day, is whether they have the means to keep their families together, housed and fed. Many don’t. We can cite the statistics about the severity of poverty in the US, a country that ended actual welfare aid twenty years ago, but it falls flat. Many knew that the Obama years represented our last chance to turn things around.

    So many people voted for Obama in hope that he could launch a legitimate discussion about our poverty crisis. He raised the issue a few times, liberals (media) weren’t interested, and Democrats only worsened conditions for many. The message came down to “Stand in Solidarity with the middle class” (and forget the poor), and BLM! (and white ones don’t).

  • DHFabian

    I don’t know if “corrupted” would best describe what Democrats now are. The Party itself changed their focus/priorities back in the 1990s. The Reagan Democrats of the 1980s moved to the right to merge with the Clinton wing in the 1990s. Since then, Democrats have successfully implemented more of the right wing agenda than Republicans could have ever dreamed possible.

    People needed to collectively work to force the Democrats to break from the right wing, and start representing ordinary people, the poor and middle class. It became clear that the problem isn’t just Democrats, but the fact that so many years of work went into splitting ordinary people apart, pitting us against each other by class and race.

  • DHFabian

    This is a problem that no one wants to talk about. Progressive politics isn’t new. My own great-grandparents were solid progressives early in the 20th century. Progressive politics focuses on building a better society from the bottom up, centered on the “common good.” They shone a spotlight on poverty to highlight the significant failures of US competitive capitalism. It’s about fundamental human and civil rights, inclusive of all people — regardless of race, gender identity, economic status, etc.

  • DHFabian

    Well, Clinton might have delayed the inevitable. The tragedy is in the fact that Americans have increasingly been embracing fascism (by definition) for years. Because the US itself is an economic entity, it makes sense that our form of fascism would be class-based. Proof is in the fact that we’ve successfully stripped our poor pf a list of fundamental civil and human rights, and even liberals have apparently found this to be acceptable. Trickle-up fascism.

  • Totally agree, Kevin and Margaret, but I haven’t found a single establishment Dem, not one, who’s willing to admit this. They’re just as impervious to reason as the lunatic rightwing they love to excoriate (I love to excoriate them, too, but at least I recognize a cocktail-party liberal when I see one).

  • DHFabian

    Actually, liberals spent the past 20 years implicitly supporting this country’s war on the poor. Liberal media are pragmatic, marketing to middle class consumers and campaign donors. The wall was built so high that many of our more fortunate are completely unaware of US poverty. Consider the fact that the overall life expectancy of the US poor has fallen below that of every developed nation.

    It’s no mystery how this happened. In the real world, not everyone can work, and there aren’t jobs for all. The US shut down/shipped out a huge number of jobs since the 1980s, ended actual welfare aid in the 1990s, and we all pretend there are no consequences.

    The US went through the longest, most expensive war in this county’s history, draining us out militarily and economically. The fact that so many jobs are gone means that we can’t rebuild this time. Because we’ve successfully been split apart by class, race, and ideology, there is no public will to come together for the “common good.”