We can’t have Democ­racy with two Repub­li­can par­ties

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION -

Dear Edi­tor, The elec­toral (not pop­u­lar) vic­tory of the most de­plorable pres­i­den­tial can­di­date in mem­ory is a mid­dle fin­ger raised against mi­nori­ties, women, the poor, im­mi­grants, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists, in­tel­lec­tu­als, and all the voice­less crit­ters who will fall vic­tim to pol­lu­tion and cli­mate chaos.

The dis­en­fran­chised mid­dle Amer­i­cans who voted for him will soon learn there is no such thing as a “pop­ulist” bil­lion­aire.

If there is a sil­ver lining to this night­mare, it’s that the cor­rup­tion in the Demo­cratic es­tab­lish­ment was ex­posed for all to see.

We were sup­posed to be­lieve that a wildly pop­u­lar can­di­date who drew huge crowds and won pri­maries in many of the swing states that The En­ti­tled One lost, some­how lost in his na­tive Brook­lyn and in Cal­i­for­nia. When the rig­ging of the pri­maries was ex­posed, the per­pe­tra­tors were re­warded, and those who ex­posed the cor­rup­tion (Rus­sian hack­ers?) blamed. A com­pli­ant me­dia buried Bernie, and trum­peted Trump and Hil­lary, ei­ther per­fectly fine with Wall Street, which is cur­rently boom­ing.

Bernie ap­pealed to the bet­ter an­gels of many of the same folks who were Trumped. A poll by U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., him­self a vic­tim of Demo­cratic pri­mary shenani­gans, two days be­fore the elec­tion showed that Bernie would have de­feated Trump, 56-44, and swept both houses of Congress with him.

The Democrats need to ei­ther clean house thor­oughly or be re­placed by a truly pro­gres­sive party like the Greens. Emails and Beng­hazi were largely right-wing non­sense, but the millions of dol­lars for speeches to Wall Street and big banks, pro­mot­ing frack­ing, bo­gus trade deals that no­body re­ally be­lieved she dis­avowed, and war mon­ger­ing will no longer cut it for a party pur­port­ing to cham­pion the work­ing class.

We can­not have two Repub­li­can par­ties and pre­tend to be a democ­racy. Ed­mund Haffmans Ac­cord

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