The Democratic Party Exists To Co-Opt And Kill Authentic Change

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Above photo: Democrats play-acting with Kente Cloth. Photo by Chip Somodevilla for Getty Images.

ESTRAGON: Well, shall we go?

VLADIMIR: Yes, let’s go.

[They do not move.]


So ends both acts of the Samuel Beckett play “Waiting for Godot.” One of the two main characters suggests leaving, the other agrees, followed by the stage direction that both remain motionless until curtain.

This is also the entire role of the Democratic Party. To enthusiastically agree with American support for movements calling for real changes that benefit ordinary people, while making no actual moves to provide no such changes. The actors read the lines but remain motionless.

Barack Obama made a whole political career out of this. People elected him because he promised hope and change, then for eight years whenever hopeful people demanded changes he’d say “Yes, we all need to get together and have a conversation about that,” express sympathy and give a moving speech, and then nothing would happen. The actors remain motionless, and Godot never comes.

Democratic Party leaders are currently under fire for staging a ridiculous performative display of sympathy for George Floyd by kneeling for eight minutes while wearing Kente cloth, a traditional African textile. The streets of America are filled with protesters demanding a total overhaul of the nation’s entire approach to policing.

The Democratic Party’s response is to put on a children’s play using black culture as a prop and advance a toothless reform bill whose approach we’ve already established is worthless which will actually increase funding to police departments.

Meanwhile, it’s blue states with Democratic governors and cities with Democratic mayors where the bulk of the police brutality, people are objecting to, is occurring. The Democrats are going out of their way to spin police brutality as the result of Trump’s presidency, but facts in evidence say America’s violent and increasingly militarized police force would be a problem if every seat in every office in America were blue.

I don’t know what will happen with these protests. I don’t know if the demonstrators will get anything like the changes they are pushing for, or if their movement will be stopped in its tracks. What I do know is that if it is stopped, it will be because of Democrats and their allies.

Bloodthirsty Senator Tom Cotton recently took a break from torturing small animals in his basement to write an incendiary op-ed for The New York Times explaining to the American public why using the military to quash these protests is something that they should want. We later learned that The New York Times op-ed team had actually come up with the idea and pitched it to the senator, not the other way around, and that it was the Times itself which came up with the inflammatory headline “Send In the Troops.”

The op-ed understandably received severe public backlash which resulted in a senior staff member’s resignation. But if these protests end it won’t be because tyrants in the Republican Party like Donald Trump and Tom Cotton succeeded in making the case for beating them into silence with the U.S. military. It will be because liberal manipulators succeeded in co-opting and stagnating its momentum.

Watch them. Watch Democrats and their allied media and corporate institutions try to sell the public a bunch of words and a smattering of feeble, impotent legislation to mollify the masses, without ever giving the people the real changes that they actually need.

It remains to be seen if they will succeed in doing this, but they are already working on it. That is their entire purpose. It’s much easier to control a populace with false promises and empty words than with brute force, and the manipulators know it. That is the Democratic Party’s role.

It is true that there’s a difference between Democrats and Republicans, in the same sense that there’s a difference between the jab and the cross in boxing. The jab is often used to keep an opponent at bay and set up the more damaging cross, but they’re both wielded by the same boxer, and they’re both punching you in the face.

Don’t let them disguise that jab as anything other than what it is. Don’t let them keep you at bay with a bunch of impotent performances and word magic. If they have it their way, they’ll keep that jab in your face all night until the knockout punch leaves you staring up at the arena lights like it always does, wondering what the hell happened and why Godot never came.

Caitlin Johnstone is a rogue journalist, poet, and utopia prepper who publishes regularly at Medium. Follow her work on FacebookTwitter, or her website. She has a podcast and a book, “Woke: A Field Guide for Utopia Preppers.”

  • John R.

    Another excellent right-on piece from Caitlin Johnstone ! There was a time when I would have sent this out to many on my email list, these daze, I won’t even bother. There is nothing they (Blue-bots) are willing to encounter that would change their made up minds = D’s are good and R’s are bad. There is no vaccine for their willful ignorance and embrace of all things Blue. Obama is still a hero to them even though the change and hope he promised NEVER arrived.

  • iowapinko

    Democrats and Republicans represent “good cop”, “bad cop” wings of the singular and united oligarchy whose greed and corruption continues to kettle humanity at the edge of the extinction cliff.

    The younger generation appears to understand, to a degree that’s been challenging for many in my older cohort, that both D and R represent the same destructive team. So, the stage is beginning to crumble beneath the oppressively duplicitous weight of the Kente cloth theatrical revue.

    Keep fighting; we are making progress, but this struggle is only beginning.

  • V4V

    What rank hypocrites and opportunists…

  • A boldly truthful description of the Josef-Goebbels-caliber psychodynamics and Hitler-caliber psywar strategy behind the Democratic (sic) Party’s 100-percent-reliable (and 100-percent-irreversible) post-22-November-1963 reduction to the Republican Party’s Fifth Column.

  • RFinNH

    Democrats exist to protect GOP from US- Period. end. Full stop-

  • jim james

    You wanna ask an important question?

    Where the F does Donald Trump, or for that matter any US president, derive constitutional authority to issue an ‘Executive Order,’ restricting the police from using choke-holds, or for that matter any police power, which has been since time immemorial vested in the States (you do know time started in 1776 or 1789, I forget which)?

    Okay, embarrassing, I forgot that people would think he has the power to regulate the FBI or any other ‘federal cop.’

    Oh yeah, that’s on top of the fact we all know said presidential executive order would leave enough wiggle room to, ahem, still drive a vehicle into unarmed civilians because you know they were obstructing justice or interfering with an officer in the course of his or her duty to serve and protect ‘the people.’ Oops, mixed up state and feds again, and, besides, we all know the ‘exec. order’ would allow the continued use of any and all sorts of brutal measures like pushing face into pavement, torquing of wrists, arms, fingers, hands, shoulders, legs, any and all grips or chokes, arm-bars, head-locks, perhaps even the old knee to back or full weight on chest all perfectly legal restraints.

    Funny story, I think I just realized why George Floyd could’ve been such a catalyst for the wide-spread revulsion on a visceral level, which is what some call the collective unconscious. I’m reminded of Orwell’s boot on neck phrase. I’m also that supposedly sprung up (as if from nowhere) and besides the utter banality and brutality and beastial nature of his death) This of course would be if you believe the polls telling you now more than 2/3 of America suddenly get police brutality against black people is a thing. Even all them over-priced corporate big-wigs, celebrities and not to cast too wide a brush but, oddly, not too many white ball-players seem to get it, or maybe that’s on me, but in the main all our elites can’t stop telling black people how sorry they are and how now they get it.

    Of course if you believe any of them are being sincere or sincerely mean something substantive will be done about policing…Reminds me of a story, if you want to cut through all the clutter in the Rayshard Brooks case, just ask yourself how it could’ve happened if the cop weren’t carrying a side-arm. You’d avoid all the ins-and-outs and realize it wouldn’t have happened. He wouldn’t have made a mistake, if I’m being generous. Rayshard Brooks would be alive if the idiot hadn’t made a mistake. Because on reflection, there is no reason the dumb cop drew his weapon got roughed up in a fight or more like had his butt handed to him. He was enraged, and out of control.

    Oh yeah, why was George Floyd such a catalyst? Why is even the likes of Pat Robertson all of a sudden saying black lives matter? I’m reminded of Orwell’s infamous boot on neck comments. I’m also reminded of the Bible passages wherein Joshua lays out the five kings and puts them to death by ‘putting the feet of their neck on them.’

    That’s to say, it’s a primeval sign or symbol of utter subjugation, aka oppression. Besides, he did with his hand his pocket the whole time, so did the Asian stand around with his hands in his pockets. I hope I’m not slurring the man, I do believe it wern’t just Chauvin who had his hand in his pocket that day.

  • SupernaturalCat

    “What you want in a media system is ostensible diversity that conceals an actual uniformity.” – Goebbels

  • Fran

    and your solution?

  • Richard

    Here we go again blaming one party for the actions & inaction’s of both, really? They are both just the two sides of the same coin that has divided the people of this country and turned them against one another while they do as they damn well please while we fight one another. Will people never wake up? Of course it does not help things when the media is on the payroll of both parties spreading their lies & misinformation with few exceptions. People traded what common sense they had for smartphones and computers.

  • Jay Hansen

    Political parties are a wretched way for working people to organize.

  • Stansfield Smith

    Good article, but I would add that Republicans are not just bad cop. They co-opt their own set of movements, and these are not all rightwing movements. The Re-Open movement appealed to a lot of small businesspeople who were getting screwed. The Tea Party had some demands that were quite legitimate. Libertarians say a lot of good anti-war things, among other issues. Trump in the 2016 campaigns made the best anti-war statements of all the candidates. Republicans sheepdog their own milieu of people into the Republican Party.

  • Nylene13

    Well said Caitlin!
    The Democrats cheated us out of Bernie.