Are Progressives Suffering from Trump Fatigue?

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

Many progressives are suffering Trump exhaustion. The new administration has set the country back on so many fronts that it may not even be possible to follow all the breaking, and very bad, news. Every time you take some comfort in a successful lawsuit against the dark side, a whole new set of evils are rolled out.

Trump wants the Environmental Protection Agency to declare that carbon dioxide is not a dangerous greenhouse gas, and to stop threatening polluting coal plants. And you might despair about that until your realize that what he’d really like is to abolish the EPA entirely.

Trump is authorizing oil pipelines like crazy and you might despair about that until you realize that he wants to use hydraulic fracturing to fill them with oil, visiting enormous environmental degradation on a wide swathe of America.

Trump put Alabama’s Jeff Session in charge of the Department of Justice to back voter suppression efforts of southern states, who are on the verge of re-instituting Latin exams for African-American voters. And you might be depressed about that until you realize that his real goal is a permanent Republican majority.

Trump wants to cut virtually all federally supported research, scientific or in the humanities, including on diseases like cancer and on climate change, and you might be distressed about that until you realize that he and his cronies would like to substitute state propaganda for science entirely, instituting the first post-Stalinist Lysenko State.

Trump wants to try to enlist the Federal government in a fight against local attempts to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. And you might be depressed about that until you realize that he probably doesn’t want a minimum wage at all.

Trump wants to overturn Roe v. Wade and reduce American women to the same estate as the Irish and the Iranians. And you might be depressed about that until you realize that he wants actually to throw women in jail for having abortions, as he told Chris Matthews, and wants to whittle away and women’s rights in general.

Trump wants to abolish internet privacy and allow private corporations to sell your browser history without your knowledge to other corporations. And you might despair about that until you realize that his ultimate goal to to get rid of net neutrality and make sure we can only visit the web sites of a handful of huge media conglomerates if we want the site to load in less than half an hour.

Trump wants a ban on entrants from six Muslim countries and you might despair about that until you realize his real goal is a complete Muslim ban, followed by a complete Mexican ban.

Trump wants to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, which international law does not recognize as Israel’s capital (it is a matter for final status negotiations with the Palestinians)– an action that will deeply anger and set against the US 1.6 billion Muslims. And you might despair about that until you realize that Trump likely will throw the weight of the US government behind the determined and concerted Israeli government project of putting hundreds of thousands more Israeli squatters on land in the West Bank stolen from Palestinian owners– with the likely ultimate outcome of their being made completely homeless in their millions.

I haven’t even covered all the bases! There is hardly any progressive achievement of the past 40 years which is not on the chopping block. There is hardly any hard-won right of citizens or consumers which is not in danger of being taken away.

The one thing of which I am sure is that we must not allow ourselves to be enervated and exhausted by Trump Fatigue. We have all been working toward certain societal goals, and we’ll just have to keep at it. We’re being made to take a step back on many fronts. But let’s quote a rightwinger right back at the administration: “Bad! Bad! What? Does he not–go back?” Yes! But you misunderstand him when you complain about it. He goes back like every one who is about to make a great jump forward.” – Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil.

We will make our great jump forward, and will set records precisely because we have been backed up so far and have room to build up speed when we turn it around.


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35 Responses

  1. Even when you keep up with all the degradations and calumnies, you hardly have time to digest one when another comes along. Because he keeps pumping them out, one gets hit with a kind of sensory overload. Also, you tend to forget what has happened before because there has been so much. Chris Hayes had a list of 10 outrages from Trump during the campaign that he would update periodically. You really need a scorecard to keep track of everything. He combines that with continuous distractions and feints so that people will focus on something less important. Worried about Russian involvement in the election? Well, Devin Nunes does ridiculous things violating all sorts of protocols so that the attention is focused on him rather than the actual investigation. Trump and his minions do this constantly. I think eventually it will catch up with them and they are just digging their grave deeper.
    The bill of particulars against this administration just keeps getting longer. Eventually you figure, the chickens will come home to roost.

  2. It has been only some weeks since this man became President, and we have seen too many investigations, false accusation of wiretapping, strong signs of Russian interference in our political system, and many Trump associates having alarming number of secretive meetings and calls, and then not revealing it, the high cost of security detail for Trump, his wife, 5 children, their spouses, his grandkids, and maybe his ex wives, and watch his fail predictably, trying to get healthcare and the ban on Muslims. All this costs the nation too much, turmoil, anger, and the indications are, the nation will suffer so much, and go backwards, not forwards.
    Trump is totally incompetent, unqualified and does not have the temperament to lead this country. A man who seem to delegate to his son and daughter in law, both novices in running a country, and prefers to spend weekends, not learning and trying to lead, but playing golf does not bode well for this nation.

  3. By observing malPOTUS and his Cabinet, a mix of the super-wealthy and the mildly retarded, by their behavior, alone. It would appear they are systematically destroying in a very short period of time what it took a dozen or more generations, billions of good people over a span of 241 years to build. Almost as though the intent had the malice of a devious and powerful foreign power?

    Make no mistake, taken altogether THIS IS A COUP, an obvious attack from within for those other than the people of our country.

    Bannon-esque institutional vandalism is not leadership, it is simply destructive and stupid.

    Another evil madman, former vice president Richard B. Cheney, speaking with forked tongue considers Russian tampering with our national election to be an “act of war” as a consequence of the “cyberattack on the United States”

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    Actually, a “cyberattack on the Democratic Party candidate” on behalf of a future unqualified President who can be manipulated.”

    Agreeing with a Darth Cheney weasel-wording on that one single point, “act of war” surely is a symptom of Trump Fatigue?

    The longer we wait to rid ourselves of Trump, his family and the hoard of grifters and wannabes who have attached themselves like Remora to the rapidly enlarging malPOTUS ego-mania, the more difficult and messy it will be. But the better for our country and the planet it will be.

    The only clean way to perform a full “Trumpectomy” is a post-resignation grifter sweep, cancellation of Twitter accounts with prejudice followed by new and fair national elections, ASAP.

  4. I’m still too addicted to news reading, however I’ve been able to find many tasks and some pleasures that keep me from thinking about Trump for 2 to 5 hours, most every day.

    I’ve been tempted by political burnout too many times over four decades. I was convinced Nixon was going to be the end of the world. Later, I was privileged at a big left-coast radical conference where I was on the organizing committee, to present a workshop on “Avoiding Political Burnout,” with 2 health professionals.

    You have to realize that in most cases political work will seem to go nowhere, but it is essential to keep at it, and of course realizing overall the importance of meeting and cultivating people and networks, in order to have someplace to stand, some network to work with, and hopefully be able to help people when those big crisis moments of change arrive. See my published writings, all types of organizing are always necessary at all times for success.

  5. Edith Garwood

    Sorry – but newbies. Being an activist doesn’t mean wearing black, smoking cigarettes (or vapes), drinking coffee and being incredibly intense all the time. And wars are not one with one or two battles (or protests – no matter how intense.) Social activism is a life long battle and one has to do whatever it takes not to burn out. This doesn’t mean not being passionate, but it does mean learning how to channel that passion (aka anger, concern, anger) into work that is sustainable and knowing how to take care of oneself for the long run. Emma Goldman, famous anarchist and activist had it right.

  6. The positive way to look at this is that all this retrograde policy is now being pushed by and identified with a presidency both personally unlikable and professionally incompetent. The fact that Trump is for it hurts any policy’s popular support, and much of this agenda will hopefully be bungled as badly as immigration and health care have been so far.

    But I think even the biggest of these policy questions are just distractions as far as Trump is concerned. I don’t think there is a Trump “agenda” beyond monetizing the office as much and as quickly as possible. I would love to see even a back-of-the-envelope calculation of how much Trump makes just by going to Mar-a-Lago every weekend. He travels free, but what about the probably hundreds — staff, media, security — who must go with him? Where do they stay? Where do they eat? And don’t get me started on Carl Icahn writing himself some quarter billion dollar regulatory reform. He’s an unpaid advisor, of course, takes no government paycheck. He’s doing it as a public service.

    One position I would take for sure if I was the Democrats:

    No Tax Reform without Tax Returns.

  7. Edith Garwood

    To avoid exhaustion, it will take getting organized and staying focused. Those of us already active have to resist spreading ourselves think and re-committing to our own areas (which are under attack) and doing it better and bring others in to help. Those who are new and don’t have ‘a cause’, should prioritize and then fight the good fight on that cause – maybe join others who have been doing the work for longer. And then – the hardest part – trust that those working on ‘their area’ are doing their job and concentrate on your area. This doesn’t mean we don’t support each other. I think more and more we’re realizing the intersectionality in justice work, but it does mean not getting distracted and diluting the impact. OK – my rant is over. We all have a long fight ahead of us and on many fronts, Juan R. I. Cole is right, “The one thing of which I am sure is that we must not allow ourselves to be enervated and exhausted by Trump Fatigue. We have all been working toward certain societal goals, and we’ll just have to keep at it.”

  8. “So, other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?”

    This is hardly a situation that only effects a Progressive agenda: its rampant, prideful stupidity, run amok. There are plenty of very conservative people who are aghast at how things are going as well.

    What we need to look at is how the Trump agenda is being driven by a small minority, empowered by gerrymandering and the FAILURE of the Democrats, or traditional GOP, to field a viable alternative. The question becomes whether the country can find a vision and somehow recover a merely sane footing. There’s a real chance that they might consolidate their control, beyond Trump, by focusing on SCOTUS and selective AG enforcement.

    The best chance to turn this thing around is fueled by the backlash to Trumps EOs, and his now evident intent to betray many of those who did vote for him. Even with the absence of a competing vision, this could neuter him. This impact could be felt in the midterms if he does not consolidate his power, as noted above.

    This danger and stakes here reach far beyond parochial Progressive values.

  9. I think the problem lies with the Democrats — you remember, they’re the people who chose to run the anti-Russian, pro-regime change hawk who was in bed with the banks and the ruling class.

    They’re now in charge of “the opposition” to Trump.

    And what are their issues? More anti-Russian nonsense that serves as an excuse for their failure in the election — and creates a designated “enemy” which serves to divert even more money to military spending and, of course, massive unrest across the globe.

    Forget that dead end. This is a golden opportunity to run full speed ahead on single payer health care. The Republicans are intimidated by angry voters demanding more.

    Trump’s ratings are in the tank, there are people in the streets demonstrating about all these reactionary proposals like immigration, climate, jobs, the economy, etc,

    So what do the Dems do? They meekly want to “fix” Obama care or maybe get a “public option.” Sound familiar? It’s the Obama school of negotiating — give away the store. It’s the same Dems backed by the insurance companies. Even Bernie has yet to demand single payer and make the obvious argument — it’s the most effective, efficient system and costs the least — as Canada and the rest of the industrial countries have amply demonstrated.

    Even Trump has said good things about single payer.

    The problem is: We have two Republican parties, both controlled by the ruling class and neither is interested in representing the interests of the 99%.

    • The problem, I think, is people with little experience, and no clear plans for how to go forward, thinking that their dis-satisfactions with the Democrats justify a position of apparently making excuses for, and not providing any resistance to, a truly fascist party.

      You hate the bankers, support the 80% of the Democrats on the ground who agree with you on that. The relative moderates at the top of the party who do understand that big banks are a national institution that is not going away, they’re getting the grassroots message plenty.

      We do need radical changes to survive. But guess what, the 5 to 10% of Americans who vibrate to radical messages have never been able to accomplish much (though their work in pushing the mass, from the edges, has been necessary).

      The challenge now is to get enough of a majority to overcome our own over-concentration in big cities, Republican gerrrymandering, dark-PAC money, Russian bots and everything else, and make our popular majority effective.

      I’ve done plenty of work with Democrats, I’ve done plenty of work against Democrats with tiny third parties. It’s a lot easier to get to an effective majority working with the Democrats.

    • I fully agree, George. The Dems, or a new Party which actually represents workers, environmental sustainability, green jobs, peace!!! and respects international law, and strongly works for them, not just touching the edges like Obama at the last minute. If not, the “GOP” will be emboldened to further excesses ( they must NOT be allowed to instal Gorsuch on SCOTUS) and the nation will be in deep trouble.

    • George- Thanks for that 6 month-old pre-election FAUXNews update.

      Permit me to correct the last paragraph. The problem is: There is a full-blown extreme right-wing coup in progress, funded and controlled by the ruling class who can care less about representing the interests of the 99% except to exploit and diminish. As a Trump voter, you get it. Right?

      • Not a Trump voter, but someone who is willing to spend the rest of his life imagining that he had great integrity by sticking to his positions while being in practice totally powerless. I think the hatred of big government on the Left, unlike the Right, comes from a desire to embrace weakness, to surrender to the reality of life under Jim Crow II, to live in an impoverished village in a fallen empire and have the satisfaction of having the people around you forced to finally live in the sackcloth and ashes that you think Americans deserve – even if that degradation comes at the hands of violent barbarians who want exactly the opposite of what you claim to want.

        As Socrates observed, if good men refuse to rule (because it is a dirty business), that leaves the job to the bad men.

    • Ooooooh George!

      Bernie has consistently touted single payer healthcare and has done so for a considerable amount of time! Check out his website:

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      “Health care must be recognized as a right, not a privilege. Every man, woman and child in our country should be able to access the health care they need regardless of their income. The only long-term solution to America’s health care crisis is a single-payer national health care program.” – Bernie.

      Read the plan, tell your friends and neighbors and lets help Bernie get it done!

    • Here’s some interesting political history, In 1973 President Nixon proposed a national health care plan that was simple. It had basically two parts. All employers, as in all, not just some, would be required to provide health care insurance for all their employees. Second, anyone who was not working would get health care provided for by the government. He left it to Congress to fill in the blanks. Senator Ted Kennedy did not support it, but held out for a government run single payer system as is common in Europe. The Nixon plan went nowhere. Fast forward 20 years later when the Clinton proposed health care plan couldn’t even get a vote in the Congress. Senator Ted Kennedy admitted he made a terrible mistake by not accepting Nixon’s plan. About 10 years ago there was a Harvard study that found that for every 1 million uninsured, about 950 of them will die needlessly every year. During the height of the recession, before the ACA, there were about 47 or 48 million uninsured. That translates to about 45,000 unnecessary deaths per year. Imagine how many people’s lives could have been saved since 1973 if the Nixon plan had been approved. Probably close to a million. I was a legislative assistant to a councilman in a large city for about two and a half years. Two things I learned quickly. 1. Politics is the art of the possible. 2. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. I had a lot of good ideas that went nowhere because of rule #1. Ideologues, whether left or right, expect, even demand purity of policy. That’s not how it works, nor is it possible. Too many Bernie supporters don’t realize this. While Clinton and Obama have been derided for their outlook, the fact is that major change, with a few exceptions, only comes incrementally, and slowly.

    • Speaking of a Single Payer System and Universal Coverage as a progressive issue may useful, but it distracts us from a state of politics where “conservatives” are willing to cut off their nose to spite their own greedy face.

      Even under Nixon, healthcare was hardly the economic drain on the US economy it has become. And even with that old GOP plan, pioneered by Romney in Massachusetts, the economic stakes were hardly what we now face. Healthcare has become an incredibly drain on the US economy and will only get worse, while delivering results that leave us on par with Mexico in term of longevity. Even for a dyed-in-the-wool conservative, reforming healthcare with some type of single payer model should be an obvious move for their own self-interested financial reasons.

      The underlying problem appears to be that an endemic corruption has permeated even these soulless, bottom-line hearts. US healthcare is no longer a system that needs fixing as a matter of human compassion, but for economic well being. Forget the damned 99%, this is essential for the 1% who now have full access to the Mayo Clinic without blinking and eye (that basic ACA coverage, BTW, is really rather nominal compared to what is to be had by those with real money). The overall economy, and the wealth of the 1% itself, is now being drained indirectly by this runaway healthcare industry.

  10. Assuming by progressive we mean people who believe in the concept of all people being created equal with a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and they aspire to our nation becoming someday one with liberty and justice for all then they have many more reasons beyond the Trump cabal to be fatigued. Prominent among the other reasons are the proto- (verging on neo-) fascists in the Republican party and the Judas-Democrats across the aisle working to make the rich richer and the poor poorer as they continue to build the American empire with war and more wars “on the table.”

  11. John McCutchen

    During his first 63 days in office, Trump made 317 “false or misleading claims,” according to The Washington Post. I think the entire country is coming to terminal Trump fatigue. That may not be a bad thing for when he is ignored, he’s become irrelevant

    • John – “ . . . when he is ignored, he’s become irrelevant” Good luck with that thinking. Which is precisely what got him elected.

      Attempting to be dismissive of Trump and his menagerie is “whistling past the graveyard.”

  12. It may hurt even to entertain such a thought, but it seems to an outsider that Trump is a symptom of a much deeper malaise and if his lumpen activities serve to unite citizens to address that then he will have proved a timely wake-up call for the renewal of founding values.

  13. The best defense is a good offense. After Trump’s healthcare debacle, why is it so hard to get Congressional Democrats behind Medicare for All — viewed favorably by the majority of Americans — and show working class voters that the party is fighting for them?

    For example, Rep. Adam Schiff (D, CA-28), from one of the most progressive districts in one of the most progressive states in the country, constantly talks about Russia but can’t be bothered to support universal health care. While the Russian allegations are worth investigating, they won’t help struggling Americans paying exorbitant premiums or going without any health care at all. It looks like the Democrats are setting themselves up to lose again.

    • Unfortunately, under the House rules the minority party can’t even get a bill to the floor for a vote. The majority party has 100% control of the agenda. Democracy in action.

  14. One day the Democratic party will get the opportunity to set things right. But they will first have to understand how they lost the White, working class as well as middle class voter. Blaming Putin or racism is not a starting point.

    • Actually, racism is a very valid starting point.

      It has been evident for over 1000 years that the white christians felt they were “special” and deserved to rule. Just look at the Spanish missionaries that destroyed entire populations all across the Americas because the white christian people were “clearly superior” to the natives. The same thing happened all over the European empires.

      Now, due to demographics and technology, the USA white christian middle class is losing both economic power and social power and they just do not like that.

      Technology, robotics, global trade and global communication are causing vast shifts in global power and finally killing off the old European empires which the USA attempted to continue after the Europeans failed. This end of the USA empire is causing Americans to lose their “privileged” status and they react as any good racists would – attack the new power structures.

      The democrats lost the “trump voters” because they were unwilling to LIE to the voters and say that the future would be like the past. All the democrats could offer were ways to minimize the painful transition to lower power for white christians, not a false promise of regaining power. Trump had no problem with outright lying to the delusional voters.

      The bottom line is EVERYTHING trump said was a LIE and things will NOT get better for the white christians, only worse. They basically cut their own throats because they do not like losing power to the “others.”

      Because it is extremely;y emotionally painful to admit they screwed up completely , they will continue to support trump even as they lose everything. Humans with low self esteem and low knowledge base are emotionally incapable of admitting they are wrong and to change their behavior.

      What the democrats have to do is ensure the people with brains, regardless of their religion or skill color get out to vote because the trump voters are less than 25% of the population. Trump voters should just be written off as incapable of thinking or acting in their own self interest.

  15. Yes, progressives are feeling fatigue — which is why I try to concentrate in my own life on local democracy and ecology as opposed to quasi-conspiratorial Russophobia a la’ MSNBC et al.

    That said, to call Nietzsche a “right-winger”, while polemically useful and in a certainly sense intelligible, risks seriously misunderstanding Nietzsche.

    While it is obviously true that, post-insanity and after his death, Nietzsche, especially through the work of his Nazi-supporting sister, found widespread support on the European far right; it is also true that Nietzsche spoke to the condition of the revolutionary left, as well (is their not something Nietzschean in V.I. Lenin and Leon Trotsky?). Habermas rightly calls Nietzsche (along w/ Foucault and I can’t remember, someone else) a “Young Turk” (and indeed, Habermas does identify Nietzsche with the right; if that means we can accurately describe Foucault as on the Right, I might take that bargain….). But I think this cuts in a number of ways. The truest Nietzschean in all literature to my mind is Herr Naphtha in Thomas Mann’s _The Magic Mountain_. Naphtha is both a revolutionary communist and a fanatical Jesuit — what does that tell us?

    I think flattening Nietzsche into our early 21st c. US political duopoly (what is a “progressive” — was Pitt the Elder a “progressive”? Machiavelli? Plato?) is a mistake; when really, if you look at Nietzsche’s work itself, it is actually a kind history of spirit in the West derived from obsession with classical languages. Does Nietzsche reject the Enlightenment? Yes — he rejects everything after the rise of Christianity! He attempts to stand outside history and shows it its own face, like Hegel says — humanity is when Spirit became aware and looked back at itself. He is interested in the transvaluation of all values.

    If you want to characterize that in terms of a simple, binary, “left-right” difference, feel free to, but that means you have merely cut an outline of that shape into a piece of cardboard, held it up to your eyes, and gazed through the world at it. It is precisely this blinkered view that helped produce, and in turn is strengthened by, Donald Trump (as to the dispute above, when, as Thomas Frank says, the Democratic Party abandoned workers for the professional bourgeoisie over the last few decades — that for me is the critical moment. Two parties of Capital, one disingenuous and weak, the other brutal and crazed).

    Another factor is translation (a subject I know dear to Prof. Cole). Until Walter Kaufmann’s mid-20th c translation of Nietzsche, there were very few quality English versions. For instance, Ubermensch translates not as “Superman” but as “Overman”, which is an important difference, and Nietzsche’s ideas about self-transcendence resonate with the thought of figures such as Emerson, Kierkegaard, and Sartre — none of whom I think could fairly be characterized as particularly right-wing.

    As an historian, Prof. Cole, you know the riskiness of ahistorical thinking. Philosophy rarely translates in a 1:1 fashion to politics.

    All that said, while Nietzsche is wild and actually a very beautiful stylist, in my view Tolstoy, Machiavelli of _The Discourses_ (not “The Prince”), and Rousseau are much more nearly right — as in both correct and ethical (not necessarily conservative).

    Thank you for your work and the opportunity to comment.

  16. Juan makes a great point. The independent news media is doing a pretty great (if very disorganized) job of reporting on all this enormity. I think a lot of us find ourselves sometimes not sleeping well, with difficulty concentrating on our work, with bouts of depression…spending a lot of time on video news clips rather than doing in-depth reading. But that has its up side: one thing I find helps is all the great comedy this has sparked, like from Trevor Noah, Seth Meyers, and Steven Colbert, and also the intelligently acerbic wit of the folks on Majority Report, Randi Rhodes, the amusing outrage of the Aggressive Progressives, and simply the dedicated reporting of many on Truthout, Truthdig, The Intercept, Democracy Now, and this site, as well as the outrage of Rachael Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell-
    but most of all I love all the air time Bernie’s been getting.

    • I needed to update my comment as when I wrote it I was suffering from “Trump fatigue” myself…
      Juan’s post is right on target and is thought-provoking reading. We all need to step back a minute from the latest catastrophe and take stock of where we are, individually and as a society, nation and world. And we need to do that every day, as part of a healing along with our self-informing and our activism.
      I find that as one aspect of this fatigue I find it hard to choose which items to read. There’s just too mush!
      We are being bombarded on every front. I find myself sometimes skipping or postponing pieces which I can’t bear to let in…
      I do have to give thanks for the many journalists, professional or not, who have produced so many great pieces so far-and only so few days in-
      and more widely, every one who has taken any kind of active step in resistance or opposition-
      I read carefully all the comments above and have to say it was moving- I agreed with every bit that was said-
      The only thing I can say is to echo some thoughts above that we each need to take care of our personal well-being
      and that of those around us, as we try to find our own ways
      of taking positive actions that will make sure looking back that we did our best to meet the incredible challenges- but also opportunities- that have been thrust upon us all.

  17. The only thing to quibble with in this article is the denounciation of Nietzsche as a right winger. I don’t think he would have appreciated how the Nazis appropriated and twisted his philosophy.

    In his day an age, a conservative would have been a monarchist, something Nietzsche had no use for.

  18. When I watch this blitzkrieg of banana oil rain down from the White House, I have to wonder, Why haven’t the Democrats shown the same level of manic energy when THEY held the presidency? Why didn’t Democratic presidents after FDR set a similar standard of hyperdrive policymaking, except for Good? Why wasn’t all this abrupt and decisive action taken for Worthy causes when we had the chance? I have to blame Clinton and Obama in particular for singular sins of omission. They could have delivered the goods on a range of concerns, but they lacked the drive, vision, or resolution. Instead, all the gains go to the enemy.

    • So true!
      As Cenk Uygur of TYT likes to say, “the establishment likes strong Republicans and weak Democrats”. The establishment being in large part Wall Street and the big corporations. But: in the given situation it is clear that people are ready for true, strong progressives, and the Democratic part will either be that or fail again- and again.
      Now it the moment to throw out the weak sauce and put in the extra spicy hot: real change, to really benefit us all.

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