Like a Charlie Brown moth drawn to Lucy van Pelt’s fiery football, congressional progressives continue to fall for the pathetically predictable and patently selfish calls for unity from corporate Democrats. Support our priorities, the centrists continue to urge, and we’ll come back to your business later.
How long after?
We will tell you later.
“Progressives have grown increasingly accustomed to disappointment with the Biden administration,” the Daily Beast reports with the topical tone of “the sun rises in the east,” “and now a proposed raise Ministry of Defense and Law Enforcement spending has them airing their grievances again just months away from the 2022 election.” Incredibly – remember, we just left Afghanistan, so spending war are set to fall precipitously – President Biden’s latest budget proposes a record $813 billion in military spending, a increase $30 billion over last year. He just sent $13 billion to Ukraine. Plus, he wants $32 billion for the cops.
Reimburse the policy.
Whether working in a system diametrically opposed to your values has ever been effective is historically debatable. Ever since Bill Clinton ditched the New Deal coalition of working class, labor and black people in favor of Wall Street banks and other big corporate donors, it certainly never worked out for progressives in the Democratic Party. .
Helpless and hopeless, members of the AOC-led House Squad and leftist senators are left with only one option to make a strong political statement: leave the Democratic Party and either join the Greens or form a new progressive party. But it would risk being ridiculed and marginalized by liberal media like The New York Times and MSNBC, not to mention grassroots organizing, which requires hard work, like talking to voters and getting rained on.
So the creaking mice of the progressive left inside the Beltway are reduced to emitting sad little moans in response to once again getting the tree.
“If budgets are statements of value, today’s White House proposal for Pentagon spending shows we have a lot of work to do,” said Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (D- WA), Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Mark Pocan. (D-WI) wrote in a statement responding to Biden’s GOP-inspired budget.
“It’s a mistake,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said.
“You know, you mean ‘defund the police’, cool. But you also talk about police accountability,” Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) added.
These quotes appeared in an article titled “Left Seethes”.
I know by bubbling. Seething is a friend of mine.
The “work to do” is do not bubbling. “Error” does not bubble. “Police accountability” is not bubbling.
“I think the number this year was too many,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Yes. About 1000%.
Biden’s Build Back Better infrastructure package, which incorporated some progressive priorities, died because the White House and its Democratic allies in Congress didn’t go to the mat for it; in particular, they were unwilling to punish DINO Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema by threatening to strip the traitors of their committee assignments.
Raising the national minimum wage to $15 an hour, a progressive priority for the past decade, died under President Biden.
There was no movement on another key platform from Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid for a student loan forgiveness.
112 million Americans are struggling to afford health care and we’ve lost nearly a million Americans to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Biden, content with the flawed Affordable Care Act of his former running mate, didn’t spend a penny of political capital or cash capital, on Medicare for All.
Besides lessons in humility and patience, what exactly do congressional progressives gain from working within the Democratic Party? Dominant legitimacy. But to paraphrase LBJ, what the hell is he working on inside the Democratic Party, if it never pays off?
As self-identified congressional progressive Democrats spin their wheels, their constituents get a defense budget Donald Trump would be proud of, higher taxes to pay for more police officers and skyrocketing prices at minimum wage national $7.25 last raised in 2009. (Adjusted for inflation, it’s $5.48 today.)
At this point, progressive voters can only draw one logical conclusion about the decision of the AOC, The Squad, and other supposedly left-leaning Congressmen and Senators to remain in the Democratic Party: Their only goal is to legitimize and support an institution that works against them, their ideas and their supporters.