REQUIEM FOR THE PEOPLE’S PARTY
The Democratic Party of the United States is the oldest political party
in the world by far. Some
would suggest the Democratic Party is also the most successful political
party at any time over modern history. It led the United States, in
largest part, from near its beginning into becoming the sole superpower
on the planet.
It was the Democratic Party essentially that seceded from the Union in 1860 leading to the War Between the States. Just about every Confederate politician was formerly a Democrat.
Even this author was a Democrat as a youth mesmerized by the alleged
ability of the federal government to correct the many injustices in
Growing economic inequality became the goal of the Democratic Party in
its policy actions, no matter the rhetoric favoring the common person.
It was a fifth-column assassination done in the open that ended
the people’s party, an act of treachery that has grown to threaten the
very survival of the nation, like not since 1860.
economic freedom for everyone
could help the average person succeed and help society build a greater
economic freedom for everyone could help the average person succeed and help society build a greater middle class.
With his landslide re-election in 1832 President Jackson finally
achieved the libertarian financial nirvana in US history.
He smashed the Second National Bank of the United States into
powder. Jackson then paid
off every dollar of the US national debt, a debt that had dogged the
federal government since the time of the Revolution.
Jackson firmly banned any notion of fiat money in any form.
Gold and silver was the only money to Andrew Jackson.
Before the War Between the States, Democrats did nothing to speak of to help end slavery. They were instead much more the oppressors. Jackson himself persecuted American natives like no other President in US history. The March of Tears stands as possibly the greatest atrocity in US history. The great Jacksonian revolution in democracy for everyone left out half of even the white population, women.
So one of the basic planks of libertarian government was left untouched by the Democratic Party in its earliest form. There had never been liberty for all in the United States by 1860 in by far most of the nation, nowhere close.
It took a second sudden rise to federal power in the United States of a maverick new political party to begin, by the middle of the War Between the States anyway, the American revolution of true equality for all. When Republican Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860 the cards were aligned for a national fire like no other.
Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation was made while victory in the war remained very uncertain. Prior to then, the war was thought to be fought to save the Union on one side and to save state sovereignty on the other.
By the end of chaos and death in 1865 a new principle of being an American took hold firmly at least in theory. Truly all people are born equal deserving of the natural freedoms that all should share.
But, despite the Confederate debacle: Despite the well-known corruption and greed in high places for so long: The Democratic Party survived quite well after the war, even in the North and, somehow and someway, especially in the South. It was an astonishing survival for a thoroughly discredited and vanquished political elite. Democrats remained the sole true alternative to Republicans throughout the nation.
Democrats proved after the first years of Reconstruction their complete flexibility in ideology and rhetoric, especially when it comes to hanging onto official power. Over time, with the passage of Jim Crow laws, the flexibility had cycled back to largely the racial attitudes of the Confederacy.
Even by this middle stage of US history the Democratic Party was becoming the party of the Idealists at its core, the 10% of the population that is so effective at gaining top-down social power through mutual solidarity and advocacy. This prime constituency has defined the Democratic Party ever since. Most Idealists have become Democrats ever since.
Ironically, by the 20th Century, the Democratic Party had transformed itself to the party of the Progressive Movement eventually seeking to abolish by official decree social inequality of all forms. The movement at its outset included odd bedfellows, like Republican Teddy Roosevelt.
Women voters were emancipated nationally by the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. By the time of passage, 15 states had already given the full right to vote to women.
The civil equality movement for American Negroes met its fruition one hundred years after the War Between the States when a deeply split Democratic Party, in 1962 at the last possible moment while backed into a corner by freedom riders and James Meredith’s demand to attend Ole Miss University, adopted the cause of freedom truly for all by joining the civil rights revolution, along with a critical mass of Republicans. The passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act finally enforced the final judgment of 1865. By that time the Democratic Party had completely switched sides in the struggle.
The civil rights era still leaves the Democratic Party as the supposed
bastion of civil equality and civil liberties, a burden of history
Democrats over time sliced and diced American society into a field of
warring factions, woman against man, old against young, poor against
rich, non-white against white and non-believer against believer, worker
against employer, with the federal government positioned to decide all
disputes in the artificial social warfare.
There is but a single winner always, the growth in power of the
Citizens became no longer first an American 100% and only then a member
of some smaller category of people.
A Forgotten Master Politician
Though the Democratic Party survived as a major party during Reconstruction and beyond, it was not able to muster a plurality vote for the Presidency for six straight national elections.
All that changed in 1884 when the spirit of Jefferson suddenly renewed the Democratic Party in the person of New York Governor Grover Cleveland. Cleveland would become the second man after Andrew Jackson to win three straight elections for the US Presidency and, likewise, gaining the office only twice. Cleveland’s two terms in office were divided by four years. The close election of 1888 went to Republican Benjamin Harrison in the Electoral College after a famously corrupt election in certain states.
Cleveland won and wielded his power without being a master orator or a brilliant deal-maker or a military hawk or even as the head of a party with a reliable majority of votes. He was not an especially handsome or trim person. Cleveland instead won the popular mood by engaging the popular conviction of the time and seeing it through with rock-ribbed integrity. It is a vision as far removed from present day politics as the Earth is removed from the Sun.
The financial panic of 1893 and the failure to support labor in the Pullman Strike of 1894 ended Cleveland’s chances of serving three terms in the Presidency. Cleveland’s longtime political enemies took control of the Democratic Party in 1888 nominating for President William Jennings Bryant of Nebraska, the leader of the anti-gold standard forces.
As the age of growing statism took control in the US, President Grover Cleveland
became largely lost to memory (until this article).
He was no longer shiny enough, his collectivist vision not sufficiently
A Professor’s World
Twenty years of Republican rule in the White House after the Cleveland
administrations did little to help the party in opposition to regain office.
Wilson in 1913 appointed William Jennings Bryant as his first Secretary of
State, a pacifist. Bryant had been
instrumental to Wilson in gaining the nomination and winning the election.
Wilson ran for re-election as the peace candidate in 1916 after WWI had
broken out in Europe.
It was the twisting of the silver coinage movement led by Bryant into the
Creature from Jeckyl Island by Wilson and his Democratic Congress which directly
led to the creation of the third national bank of the United States.
Its creation laid the necessary power in a semi-private institution, the
Federal Reserve banks, outside of the democratic process, to allow a small
financial elite to all but control the nation’s wealth, depending on how daring
they choose to become. The
money-printing powers of the third US national bank is an American 20th
Century invention that proved central to bringing the proud nation to its knees
one hundred years later.
Forcing an Allied victory over Germany embittered the continent of Europe for a
generation while never making the world safer for democracy or any other form of
government. Had the US stayed out of the European war the deadly stalemate for
nothing would have driven the warmongers from political power across Europe
following an inevitable peace settlement driven by mutual exhaustion.
War would have had its deserved bad reputation across the political
spectrum in Europe.
Suddenly, the US peace candidate of the 1916 election became the adventurous commander-in-chief in 1917. JP Morgan won all his bets on the Allies.
Thereafter, the dark ingredients that led to the rise of Hitler poisoned
European politics throughout the 1920s and 1930s.
Post-war Wilson quickly became a figure ridiculed in international
diplomacy as a clueless dreamer.
Wilson was all but ignored at the Versailles Peace Conference ending WWI.
The Democratic Party would be banished from national power again for many years
after the Wilson Presidency. During
that period America’s taste for foreign wars that was started by Roosevelt and
Wilson abated for a time, only to rise with a fury in the midst of the next
A Return to Power Amid Ruin
When the bubble thoroughly burst in 1929 with the stock market crash the disaster caused a number of Wall Street money men to jump to their death from their office window. The Dow-Jones eventually lost 90% of its value.
The effect on employment and manufacturing in the United States was far more
consequential, the Great Depression.
Millions of Americans became destitute with many living in
Suddenly, instead of a beast to be tamed at all times, the federal government somehow in legend became the means of rescue from the Great Depression.
The results of Rooseveltian intervention in the national economy could hardly
have been more perverse though.
Despite lasting New Deal jingoism about eventual success, the purposeful
draining of private capital into wasteful federal spending like the WPA (We Play
Around) jobs program kept the economy in a stupor, like never before.
Previous financial panics and economic downturns in the United States had
lasted no more than a year or two followed by a serious rebound.
With steady doses of Roosevelt’s central-planning medicine, the patient never
did recover until Harry Truman let loose the power of capitalism again in the
aftermath of WWII.
By intimidating a shameful US Supreme Court into expanding the powers of
Congress to infinity by turning the Constitution’s Commerce Clause on its head,
in order to accommodate his New Deal craziness, the fabric of the US
Constitution was ruptured by Roosevelt ending the Republic as a practical
matter. Capitalism and the Bill of
Rights now had a termination date to be set by Washington, D.C.
So, instead of invariably imploding due to his wild sex life in office, Kennedy
became the modern
saint of the Democratic Party.
The political capital earned by Democrats was promptly spent by JFK’s
successor, President Lyndon Johnson, largely to vast effect.
It was the Johnson administration that championed the Civil Right Act and
Voting Rights Act to passage in Congress.
It was the Johnson administration that proposed and enacted Medicare,
Medicaid, food stamps, fatherless child subsidies for the asking and so much
more. The Age of American Political
Entitlement had begun in earnest.
A Stranger Comes to Office
With supposed scandals that would not have risen to the radar level with other
Presidents, the most powerful man in the world was forced from office mostly
because the Democrats could.
Another Master Politician Emerges
Clinton and incumbent President George Bush both strongly backed NAFTA and the globalization of world commerce through lower trade and regulatory barriers across the board. Both insisted the push to US economic growth generated from NAFTA and similar treaties would more than replace the American manufacturing jobs lost.
Was a Democrat actually working for a more capitalist world? Sadly, no. Clinton was primarily serving the uber-elite class of global banking and industrial plutocrats he has been the main stageman for ever since.
The American middle-class was destined to pay Clinton’s bill from the global
aristocracy. The fewer jobs and
lower wages of the bottom 95% of American workers since the Clinton
administration tell the tale of globalization in the United States.
The effect was to eliminate jobs and lower wages to the point where
American workers were much more “competitive” with workers in China and Mexico.
Further sinking in the general US standard-of-living continues for the
lower 95% through till today. Big
US corporations shed the country in favor of slave wages, few taxes and no
pollution regulation in the Third World.
Only the rich in the US benefited.
Over time the new Wall Street Casino raised the stakes by grossly inflating the “shadow” banking system, especially derivative betting on interest rates and loan defaults. The off-the-official-books derivatives lottery now boggles the mind at hundreds of trillions of dollars.
So, quite singularly, Bill Clinton is personally responsible for the present state of affairs where the savings of all Americans have become the leveraged collateral used to gamble with by Clinton’s puppeteers. This “New Democrat” innovation may have been the biggest single reason for the 2008 Wall Street crash and the onset of the Greatest Depression.
Having been bailed out in 2008 and beyond, Clinton’s casino appears now liable to go insolvent big time again. Trillion dollar bets on the establishment’s zero interest rates causing growth game-plan are being lost.
Clinton’s explosive impact on the national economy will not be finished until
the entire façade of the Washington/Wall Street dark partnership comes crashing
Not Giving Peace Any Chance
Possibly Clinton’s most shameful policy in office though, since it cost so many lives and still does, was in foreign policy.
Clinton came to office in the aftermath of the disintegration of the Soviet
Union. The complete reason for NATO
had disappeared. So, had the need
for US military bases across the globe and for ever more advanced generations of
weapons and ships. The need for the
CIA and for most official spying of all forms had ended.
NATO, instead of being disbanded, actually launched its own Clinton’s war in Europe for no credible reason, thereby closing Clinton’s plan to divide the former Yugoslavia into pieces for control by Western commerce.
Clinton bombed Saddam Hussein for threatening to sell oil in Euros.
Clinton assured the Russians that EU expansion would not mean NATO expansion and
then expanded NATO to Poland and the Baltic States anyway.
Clinton advisors believed it was unfair for Russia to have so much
territory and natural resources.
Possibly the Russian Federation could be balkanized for US business interests
So, the great opportunity for lasting world peace in the aftermath of the Cold War under the ideals of the Republic of the United States was passed on by a Democratic President, as his predecessor Republican George Bush the First had passed as well. The drive to world empire was energized instead.
The dark side had won across the board with Slick Willy, the shiniest, hippest President since JFK. The average worker and citizen was sold out by his own political party after the election, with a warm smile and handshake from Bill and Hillary Clinton.
The Clinton years should be marked as the era of the end of democracy by the people in the United States. The Democrats had, in fact, joined the Republicans as the party enthroning the moneyed elite. The entire US political world has been just a cover story for the self-aggrandizing rule by billionaires ever since.
By the time Clinton’s Democratic successor in office arrived eight years later,
the stage was set by Wilson’s and Roosevelt’s and Johnson’s and Clinton’s brew
to bring the nation fully to a state of comic, tragic folly, like few empires
From the Cliff Over into the Fire
By the time Democratic President Barack Obama, an unseasoned rookie, took office in 2009, after the Bush the Younger years of debacle, the nation was already in the physician’s office for a severe case of double-pneumonia. It was a sudden illness where the very parasites that caused the patient’s dire condition were even themselves at severe risk of financial death, even of criminal prosecution for their audacious trails of crime.
Gangsterism siphoning off the people had been launched in earnest in 1981. By the onset of the Bush the Younger days in 2000, Big Money was ruling both domestic and foreign policy entirely.
The medicine applied in 2008 by our clueless Republican President, and especially by the Bankster’s Counterfeiter-in-Chief at the Federal Reserve, had been to allow the parasites entirely free reign on devouring the remaining functioning parts of the deathly ill patient. Trillions of dollars of counterfeit were gushing from the Federal Reserve to keep the gangster kingdom afloat. Yet, the patient was looking ever more pale and gaunt.
Finally, the money grim reaper was calling for Dracula himself. Perhaps, this national trauma would finally rid the nation of the bloodsuckers anyway. It would be capitalism’s rebalancing from excess debt and systemic fraud, another cleansing of the economy.
So, in 2009, a compete downfall of the powerful along Main Street, the Square
Mile and beyond would free the nation to recover from its bout of kleptocratic
rule. The silver-lining to the
“Great Recession” was clear for all to see.
And there was now a President of the people that was perfect to do the
The thieves’ amnesty was Obama’s green light to keep the pillaging of America
from the top at full tilt, as it did.
Federal regulators, like the SEC, morphed from being just deaf and blind
to being specialized coverup artists for gangsters.
Obama has never breathed a word in public though about the ongoing massive counterfeiting for the wealthy that has destroyed the middle-class so much further during his reign.
Obama instead steadily arms the forces of violent control through marital law as a truly fearsome army protecting an elite at risk of revolution, Obama’s failsafe priority.
When Barack Obama reappointed Ben Bernanke as Fed Chair in 2011 everything that was needed to be said about the President’s concern for the average citizen and small businessperson was known. Outside of billionaires, Obama voters with a job or money were sheep to be shorn to the bone. Many, many sheep must become happy with the scraps thrown to them from the welfare table, since there is no longer any room in America for general self-reliance anymore, like building a new business and keeping it. The productive, independent, critically thinking individual is very much the enemy in Obama Land.
The past six years of blood feuds with Republicans in Congress, with blather about stimulus for jobs and about the towering lies about unemployment, inflation and growth, with imperial foreign policy dressed for the naive as noble and humanitarian, and with the doubling-down on war and terrorism, have all been a bad, juvenile script written by the minions of plutocrats and given to the linked-in Western media to confound the people with: Entertainment, beheadings, fraud and propaganda for the those raised in America’s failed public schools, for the people without passports, for the Tea Partiers and Occupiers without a clue. It is quite the spectacle, Bread and Games for the Masses turned to Hemlock and Opiates. It is what now substitutes for the American Republic and US Democracy.
Only a single political party has ruled
in the US since 1992, the party of the bankers, the industrialist, the spies and
the mega-wealthy, Bill Clinton’s original gang of hucksters and tyrants.
The clear forensic evidence that the Dutch airliner over Eastern Ukraine was downed by air-to-air machine-gun fire is never mentioned on the MSM. Nor are the facts that two Kiev fighter jets were in the immediate vicinity of the airliner just before the crash. When Kiev’s assaults its own cities in the eastern provinces with artillery fire or even when 50 Ukrainian citizens were burned alive in Odessa by a fascist gang from Kiev, it does not make the Western news.
Walled into ignorance, the US masses have all of their own communications spied on and catalogued for future use, should a peon dare to seriously insult or threaten the elite.
Obama first lied about mass surveillance, then dissembled with the Snowden
revelations, came back to lying about mass surveillance and is now posturing as
he assembles his newest lies, the most transparent President in US history.
Born as the champion of the average citizen, then succumbed to slavery and official cronyism and corruption over time, was reborn for a time by one man’s vision of the nation, later led the nation onto the path of its eventual destruction in a mission to save the world under a plan created by a supposedly brilliant elite, fell again into oblivion, only to be reborn in the fires of the Great Depression and WWII, to sink again from hubris and failure, then to have one man come into power somehow to help the people again, only to be, in the end, bamboozled and sold to the alligators by the shiniest stars of a morally corrupt age, a sadly true story for the nation and the people’s party.
The full-on betrayal of the Democrat voting constituency was especially disastrous for the nation by ending all political balance. After the death of the Republic and then Democracy in the US, there was no one left in Washington, D.C. truly concerned with the happiness and prosperity of the average citizen. The “new” Democratic Party fully surrendered in its role as the primary guarantor of the US Bill of Rights. The Fourth Amendment was bashed to dust in secrecy by the National Security State without a peep of opposition from leading Democrats and with the help of many, especially Obama.
There is not an ounce of good reason to expect the long sold out Democratic Party will be able to remake itself again, in 2016 or anytime soon, back into something that is not the guaranty of elite, top-down rule in the US for the top. The corruption of power and money and killing is now thoroughly complete in the Democratic Party. The heady kind of days of Woodrow Wilson, FDR and JFK are long gone from America.
Thankfully, finally the Idealists, who have been the engine of the Democratic
Party for so long, are having their hearts opened to the reality of the defeated
middle-class, the propaganda serving as principle for so long.
Facts eventually have to be recognized.
A horde of
may not be further allowed to rule the world with the active help of Idealists.
The Democratic Party’s end will come with the coming collapse of the hollowed, bankrupt US oligarchy under a rising Eastern Sun, amid the demise of the US fiat dollar.
The fate for the Democratic Party could possibly be as a merger of political parties with the equally discredited Republicans, the truth of the death of the people’s party finally coming out in the open. Editor