Tagged: Rob Reich

Rob Reich, Stop Wasting Our Time

In a very short video from MoveOn.org, “Why Democrats Must Fight for America,” Rob Reich asks Democrats why they didn’t push harder in the vote recount cases (brought by Green candidate Jill Stein); object to the Electoral College vote instead of rubber-stamping it on January 6; why they haven’t objected to Trump’s conflicts of interest; his appointment of family members to the White House; “kept the heat” on the investigation of Russia involvement in Trump’s campaign; or “used every procedural tool at proposal to slow approval of Trump’s terrible cabinet appointees.” He also asks, “Why did 13 Senate Democrats [including rising star Cory Booker, which Reich doesn’t mention] vote against Bernie Sanders’ proposal to import prescription drugs from Canada?”

Reich offers the standard answers (Democrats don’t want to be sore losers, they  want to take the high road, etc.).

Reich neglects the obvious answers: Democrats don’t care. They’re beholden to the same interests. They’re a fake opposition party. Remember back in the George W. Bush years, when the Democrat majority in Congress stood up to Bush and dismantled his assault on civil liberties, human rights, and his military assault on Afghanistan and Iraq?

I don’t, either. It never happened. Instead, the Democrat majority just went along.

The Democrats’ nominating pro-war, corporate-owned Hillary Clinton explains their true nature. Recall that the party was able to crown Clinton only by relying on the votes of party-insider “super-delegates,” because Clinton couldn’t win the requisite number of regular delegates based on popular voting. Too many people voted for Bernie Sanders.

Reich calls on us to call on elected Democrats to say “you want them to fight as if your life, and the well-being of your family and community, depends on it — which they do.”

There should be no need to call any Democrats. Certainly, they see what’s going on even more clearly than we do.

Elected Republicans don’t wait until their constituents call them before taking action.  President Trump certainly doesn’t.

Given the real reasons Democrats don’t/won’t “fight back,” it’s clear that calling them is a waste of time.