How the Democrats Lost the Congress, Both Houses, the States (38 Republican Governors now and 1000 Republican state representatives added while Obama was President)?!, the White House, the White People, the White Hats, White Water, White rice, the Black Robed Court, the Black Ops, the Black Hole and everything else. Here follows a series of verses examining the collapse of the Democratic Party. They will appear as time passes in no particular order. The signature failures of the Democrat Party are: Abortion, Voting Rights, War and Peace, Trade Treaties which are called Trade agreements, support of regressive taxes, abandonment of Social Security, focus on Culture War issues, etc..

Chorus:

Since World War II the Democrats have gone from the party of FDR, Henry Wallace, Francis Perkins, the Kennedys and LBJ to the party of Obama and the Clintons. Make no mistake the Clintons have as much in common with Francis Perkins as they do with Che Guevara. There has been radical change.

This journey has left many life long Democrats as ripe fruit for the picking of Republicans. In a series of articles I will analyze and explain this rather absurd and amazing condition. Absurd that people routinely vote against their economic interests to vote for culture war issues and amazing that the Republicans have fleeced the Democrats so often and so easily.

Maybe there are few reasons for this? The key issues are the decline of Social Security via the failure of the Democrats to get rid of the cap and create a meaning COLA, the transfer of SSI assets to the Disability program, the continuing theft of Medicare, the failure to expand Medicare to Medicare for All as FDR and LBJ both intended, Immigration, Culture Wars, Voting Rights and Real Wars. The Democrats are often now on the wrong side of issues that were theirs since WWII and Vietnam, since the Twenties, Forties and Sixties. Now the Wall Street billionaires and millionaires have two parties working for them full time. How it got this way…

First Verse: Immigration

Immigration IS a Democratic issue, a union issue, a humanitarian issue, an easily won issue, and yet the Democrats somehow have been crushed by Billionaires and Millionaires on this issue to the extent that they lose not gain votes on the subject. Plus they have lost the moral high ground. How is this possible?

Well it all starts with Ronald Reagan, the master salesman who had a very simple black/white view of life. He had early onset Alzheimer's at a very, very young age, that is for another article, but the simple view of things is indicative of early Alzheimer's or of those with that tendency. That is science. Studies prove this. Reagan didn't like Unions. That is a fact. Further he was a skilled salesman who became President of the Actor’s Union only to become one of Joe McCarthy’s stool pigeons. Reagan delighted in ferreting out the dreaded communists in Hollywood who were EVIL. Again he liked the simplicity of the black/white, good/bad, view of life. Commies bad.

When he ran for President, he took money from the Air Traffic Controller's Union and immediately fired all of them instead of negotiating with them. He was from California where the last great Democrat, Cesar Chavez, had formed the Farm Worker’s Union from The Grapes of Wrath struggles as all of us remember the boycott grapes days. Anyway those of a certain age. Reagan hated him, the Union and farm workers for unknown reasons. What did Reagan do? He gave amnesty to 5 million illegal workers to break the union and called it “legalization”. That slight of hand worker wonders on the far right nut jobs that love to hate “illegal immigration”. That battle line was very clear. The Farm Workers Union was only 50,000 strong so an idiot can see how the influx of 3 million (Reagan’s number) in reality probably more like 25 million “illegal workers” makes keeping a Union together unlikely. Certainly the Farm Owners with Reagan’s blessings were very much ready to fire all Union members and replace them with scabs (to use a union term) from Mexico who had no rights, no lawyers, no state protection and no ability to challenge anything the owners did, no Workers Compensation, no lunch or bathroom breaks, no 15 minute breaks every 4 hours, etc.. The Democrats are all on the side of the Union right? Chavez did everything he could to close the borders and stop “illegal immigration” because he knew the obvious: more “illegal immigration”, lower wages. More “illegal immigration” no Union. But when the government of the United States decided to encourage illegal immigration the Farm Worker’s Union was powerless to patrol the borders themselves. Further Reagan and all since his presidency have refused to prosecute employers who bring “illegal immigrants” here for the purpose of work. Everyone knows certain industries have thousands of illegal immigrants working in them. Employers in the USA advertise in Latin American newspapers for workers. They order busboys and waiters from small cities in Mexico and send their relatives to bring them across the border illegally. My first encounter with this was in Starbucks in the desert of California. A Mexican from LA stopped to have coffee on his way to Mexico. He told me he was going to get his cousin to work in the restaurant where he worked in LA. He was given $600 to drive to a small town in Mexico, pick up his cousin and bring him to LA. The employer did this to pay low wages and he knew he would never suffer any penalties for breaking the law, if the Immigration service acted at all, it would be the immigrants who suffered not him. And the kicker was the $600 cost to bring his cousin from a town deep in the heart of Mexico was then deducted from the new employee’s salary. Now that takes chutzpa. That is what the Republicans (and the corporate Democrats) call an immigration policy. Works for the wealthy and greedy business owners all over America.

Reagan new this too. Now liberals like Bill Mayer who don't know history think Reagan was not all bad because he was nice to the “illegal immigrants”. Now you know the rest of the story, Bill.

The addition of 25 million eventually workers forced wages down across the board. It put pressure on all unions and intentionally reduced their power. The Farm Workers Union virtually evaporated. The construction industry, landscaping, etc.. all saw an influx of both skilled and unskilled willing workers. It did not matter, more workers equals lower wages, basic Keynesian economics. Funny how Keynesian economics seems to describe reality pretty well isn’t it?

So how on earth does this get us to a place where Democrats are perceived as supporting “illegal immigration”? Here's how. The pardoning of the “illegal immigrants” caused a massive pressure for more “illegal immigrants” to come here because eventually they knew they too would be pardoned. There were no recriminations to employers, no arrests, so big factories did not hesitate to hire “illegal immigrants” and it was easy for some to get a Visa and stay here after it expired. Thus getting a job legally and staying illegally or coming illegally to get a job produced the same result. More people lower wages, and the inevitable.

The Unions declined. Real Democratic influence decreased and the millionaires and billionaires and Wall Street gained influence geometrically. Republicans all.

Then came the Clintons and the corporate Democrats. As the Union's lost influence and more importantly to the corporate Democrats had less money. New streams of cash were needed and who had the money? Republicans. (An interesting FYI is that the Clintons got more in speaking fees to Wall Street than the entire DNC raised during Obama’s reign!) The Democratic Party bet on Wall Street and they lost. So add in NAFTA. This dramatically increased “illegal immigration” because the cheap corn from heavily subsidized farmers in the USA put subsistence farmers in Mexico out of their generations long life style. So what's the alternative? Move here where jobs in construction, landscaping, meat packing and other industries were waiting. So move they did.

The great sucking sound that Ross Perot talked about did in fact suck millions of jobs out of the USA but Perot failed to notice it sucked both ways as millions of displaced subsistence farmers moved here along with their families, and then virtually anyone with any skill followed as the flood gates opened. This continued until the Great Recession. Since then net immigration is not significant. Trump talk is demagoguery on that issue. But it works politically.

So now the Republicans have it both ways, they want to build a wall to stop immigration while maintaining a ready supply of “illegal immigrants” who work for cheap with no benefits.

The Democrats look bad for wanting people “who broke the law” to have amnesty to stay with their families. Compassion. But to Republicans cheap labor needs no compassion and they want exactly what they have, lots of cheap labor and a chance to keep it cheap by threatening to “enforce the law” and deport various people to keep the entire community afraid. To change this all we the people need to do is arrest, fine and jail the thousands of wealthy employers who are hiring undocumented, illegal immigrants primarily because they are cheaper than American workers. A few arrests and hefty fines would shake the tree and this would no longer be a losing issue for Democrats. Obviously no one with a heart or brain wants to see kids who are born here and hence are citizens have their parents sent back to the old country. So there is your solution. Immediate family members can stay with work visas or child support visas until the child is a reasonable age. Say 26 these days as it seems it takes longer for kids to get “on their feet”. Then the parents could go home or apply for citizenship. Problem solved.

It is only those who own the meat packing firms, the landscaping business, the construction firms, restaurants and other industries who want the system the way it is because it makes billions in aggregate for their greedy little paws. And it gives the Right a position to demagogue with impunity. Since undocumented workers don’t vote, condemning them is not that risky.

Democrats need to take that issue head on and win it with a pro labor position that is compassionate and forward looking. They need to go after, arrest, fine and jail the many employers who are exploiting “illegal immigrants”. This would be popular. It will win votes from the displaced American workers and will not suffer a loss of votes from the millionaires and billionaires who are all Republicans. That is what is needed and not doing it continues the bleeding.

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zapdam 4 days 10 hours ago
#1

Democrats started losing support from day one of Obama's presidency when he whitewashed the crimes of the previous Bush regime, refused to bring to justice the Wall Street crowd and the banksters. Democrats lost left wing support with Obama's mass murder using drones in over a dozen countries. They lost support when all the wealth created during his presidency went to the top less than one percent. Democrats lost support when they were caught giving big pharma guarantee's of Americans paying the world's high drug prices. They lost support with tax payer subsidizing HMO profits through Obamacare, not allowing single payer option.

Democrats lost by not playing fair electing their presidential candidate, undermining Bernie's campaign, then compounding the injustice by Hillary hiring a one Wasserman-Shultz immediately after being fired for her crooked anti democratic manipulation of her position. They lost support with Hillary 's supposed million dollar secret speeches to the very crowd that swindled American investors, bank accounts and homeowners. Democrats didn't deserve to win, the result the electorate went rogue and turned the keys over to a lunatic.

Legend 4 days 7 hours ago
#2

Obama had 72 days with a filibuster proof Senate. This was a period that the economy was in the tank from the Bush Depression. A lot had to be done to prevent total collapse of the economy. Obama got almsot zero credit for saving the economy. Especially when you know that it was the Republicans that destroyed it. Then the Democratic state of Massachusetts elected Scott Brown (R) to replace Ted Kennedy and the Senate got the filibuster. Which they obstructed everything and nobody objected. The righ wing spent 7.5 years destroying the country and everything was blamed on Obama. The mainstream media sold this to a gullible population that they brainwash on a daily basis.

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zapdam 4 days 4 hours ago
#3

Legend , i agree compared to this presidential aberration , another Obama term would much preferred. I also agree, without Obama at the helm we might all be living in a depression economy, but that doesn't give him a pass for not calling for a public investigation of into the horrific crimes committed under the Bush/Cheney regime. Nor does it give him a pass for not using the Attorney General to bring a full investigation and criminal charges against Wall Street and the big banks involvement into the crimes that took place that almost caused the economic collapse of the US. Nor does it give Obama a pass from his drone program that killed thousands of innocent people in a dozen countries, Obama's collateral damage. There are plenty more damning condemnations of his presidency, including signing a big pharma agreement guaranteeing outrages drug prices, also tax payer money going to top up the profits of the multi billion dollar HMO insurance companies. And that's not all, but enough for this discussion.

Legend 3 days 23 hours ago
#4

So add you to the list of people that blames Obama for everything that is wrong in this world. It is a big list. Add you to the list of people that Ignored all that the Republican Party did to obstruct anything that Obama wanted for 7.75 years. It is also a big list.

tim1234 3 days 19 hours ago
#5

Good summary.

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zapdam 3 days 19 hours ago
#6

Quote Legend "So add you(zapdam) to the list of people that blames Obama for everything that is wrong in this world."

Legend with respect, WTF are you talking about, republican obstruction had nothing to do with Obama carrying out his indiscrimative high tech murderous drone program in a dozen sovereign countries. Obama's might be your rock star, but he's a bloody mass murderer. How he faces his kids or sleeps is beyond me, knowing full well that half those thousands of innocents killed by his orders, were women and children.

Obama had the power to order a investigation into criminal dealings of the big banks and Wall street, instead of pursuing justice he hussled these wealthy crooks for campaign donations. Obama didn't need the republicans to sell Americans down the drain to the drug companies using your personal money, he didn't need republicans to give away your tax dollars to top up profits of billionaire HMO's. So again WTF are you talking about.

You might like the guy because when it comes to 'likeable politicians' in America the pickings are surely thin, but you can't ignore he ordered the deaths of thousands of innocents in his pursuit of 'suspect terrorists'. Americas definition of 'suspects' it was revealed, that of the thousand plus GITMO 'terrorists' rounded up by Bush/ Cheney , 80% were turned in for US bounty money or some personal grudge and spent a decade in lock up being tortured and mistreated only later found NOT involved in terrorism at all. So much for Americas definition of 'suspected terrorists'. Speaking of GITMO, Obama as president had the power to order the fucking place closed, instead he chose his political image over freeing wrongly accused, who had their lives destroyed by a muslimphobic hysterical easily led dimwitted America society.

So Legend my friend, you have made way to many valid and informative contributions on this site to smear your worth defending this man. I realize as i've said there's not much for Americans to be proud lately. The world has the facts that prove what i've just posted are true and facts aren't negotiable no matter how much you want an American hero. If America had one once of morality and the true belief in justice , they'd demand the Bush/Cheney regime and Obama's regime be investigated publicly on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes. But when liberal fair minded persons like yourself Legend can't see past their left wing loyalties to call a spade a spade when needed, there isn't a snowballs chance in hell of justice every happening in your country. Perhaps thats why there is so much savagery and hopelessness amongst your society.

tim1234 3 days 19 hours ago
#7

When Teddy died Obama had a chance. Call Medicare for Kennedy Care and the public would be 80 percent for it. Lieberman was paid lots by Insurance Companies who call CT home to insure that nothing happened detrimental to their interests. Obama Gladly went along with this because he had made deals to cut out Medicare for all, when Kennedy died Obama was as happy as he ever got, no pressure from the left because of the need 60 Senators BS. Notice Republicans don't need 60 for anything. Obama sold out admit it. We need to get the corporate Dems our of leadership roles although Perez is doing the opposite he is purging all progressives.

Legend 3 days 18 hours ago
#8

In America, as Trump is discovering, the President has very limited powers. The power of the people to place blame on the President is unlimited.

tim1234 3 days 17 hours ago
#9

The Pres. Is power. It is how they use it that counts. Obama had no 2nd thoughts about destroying Libya and starting the drone wars which will haunt those morons for generations yet he could not close Guantanamo? They do what they want. Trump is showing this as he drags the country back to the Robber Baron days. No one is stopping him from instituting policies which 80 percent oppose. Quit apologizing for the Clinton's , Biden and Obama.

Legend 3 days 14 hours ago
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And I would take him back in a heartbeat.

Try reading some facts about Guantanamo. Something you and Zap lack in. You both sound like left wing Tom(nofacts)dorr's.

https://www.google.com/#q=what+stopped+closing+guantanamo&*

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zapdam 3 days 12 hours ago
#11

Legend, I think anyone with a half a brain would take another four years of Obama over this child like petulant lunatic now in power if it were possible , but Obama is still a corporatist right of center Democrat. he's still a mass murderer, nothing can change that. Somehow Americans believe because a person is elected president, he or she can kill at will with impunity ,under the guise of protecting national interests of America.

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Roland de Brabant 3 days 9 hours ago
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Folks, the Democratic Party does not need to fix itself. It cannot, anyway. What is needed is for us to abandon the sinking Party and form a new socialist progressive party.

Roland

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zapdam 3 days 9 hours ago
#13

Roland, unless America can come up with another Bernie Sanders, all you'll be doping is splitting the left wing vote and gauranteeing for a decade or more the republicans control of your presidency and congress.

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Roland de Brabant 3 days 7 hours ago
#14

`That is a risk I am willing to take, Zap. And how would that differ from the present? Besides, Bernie was just a guy who spoke the truth, knew what needed to be done, and had enough political experience to put a campaign together. There are several thousand potential Bernies around. Fearing to risk the little one has forever precludes any hope of victory. I cannot be part of any Democratic Party whose leaders are far to the right of Dwight Eisenhower.

PantSuitonFire, Devious Debbie and their ilk at the DLC still own and operate the DNC. The longer one supports this extremely corrupt Democratic Party the stronger the Republicans will get, while an implosion of the Democratic Party will be followed in short order by an implosion of the Republican Party.

Roland

Legend 3 days 4 hours ago
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Quote zapdam:Legend, I think anyone with a half a brain would take another four years of Obama over this child like petulant lunatic now in power if it were possible , but Obama is still a corporatist right of center Democrat. he's still a mass murderer, nothing can change that. Somehow Americans believe because a person is elected president, he or she can kill at will with impunity ,under the guise of protecting national interests of America.

So you would accept a "mass murderer" as POTUS? You, the world and I will never know how many American lives he saved with his actions. I will stand by his decisions. You allow the terrorists to "kill at will with impunity".

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Roland de Brabant 3 days 3 hours ago
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Quote Legend:So you would accept a "mass murderer" as POTUS? You, the world and I will never know how many American lives he saved with his actions. I will stand by his decisions. You allow the terrorists to "kill at will with impunity".

This whole "terrorism" thing is nonsense. The events of Sept. 11, 2001 were home-grown, planned and executed by the members of PNAC to justify the US taking control of the Middle East. The US has been the creator and primary patron of both al-Qaeda and DAESH. For the past eighty years the US has been the principal terrorist in the world bombarding innocent civilian populations and destabilizing peaceful governments.

The people of the US would be much safer if our government had not murdered so many millions of people for so long.

Roland

Legend 2 days 10 hours ago
#17
Quote Roland de Brabant:
Quote Legend:So you would accept a "mass murderer" as POTUS? You, the world and I will never know how many American lives he saved with his actions. I will stand by his decisions. You allow the terrorists to "kill at will with impunity".

This whole "terrorism" thing is nonsense. The events of Sept. 11, 2001 were home-grown, planned and executed by the members of PNAC to justify the US taking control of the Middle East. The US has been the creator and primary patron of both al-Qaeda and DAESH. For the past eighty years the US has been the principal terrorist in the world bombarding innocent civilian populations and destabilizing peaceful governments.

The people of the US would be much safer if our government had not murdered so many millions of people for so long.

Roland

PNAC. Really, do you have proof? Source or reference? Bill Kristol seems so nice.

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zapdam 2 days 10 hours ago
#18

Quote Roland , " I cannot be part of any Democratic Party whose leaders are far to the right of Dwight Eisenhower."

Roland de Brabant, i have suspicions our shiny new young liberal leader Justin Trudeau, may just be one of those right of center corporatist liberals you're experiencing in your country, because now the federal liberals up here are talking about partnerships with the private sector in rebuilding parts of Canada, including turning over all our government owned airports to the private sector. Which of course is code words for turning everything over to the billionaires and multi millionaires to be profitized and exploited. Thank god we still have a socialist party , the NDP (New Democratic Party) , who'll i'll personally expend all my energy and funds supporting, if these liberals don't change their agenda, in fact i might just do it anyway, i'm losing trust in the party i voted for.

https://thetyee.ca/News/2017/03/22/Justin-Trudeau-Picking-Pockets/

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Roland de Brabant 22 hours 13 min ago
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Quote Legend:
Quote Roland de Brabant:
Quote Legend:So you would accept a "mass murderer" as POTUS? You, the world and I will never know how many American lives he saved with his actions. I will stand by his decisions. You allow the terrorists to "kill at will with impunity".

This whole "terrorism" thing is nonsense. The events of Sept. 11, 2001 were home-grown, planned and executed by the members of PNAC to justify the US taking control of the Middle East. The US has been the creator and primary patron of both al-Qaeda and DAESH. For the past eighty years the US has been the principal terrorist in the world bombarding innocent civilian populations and destabilizing peaceful governments.

The people of the US would be much safer if our government had not murdered so many millions of people for so long.

Roland

PNAC. Really, do you have proof? Source or reference? Bill Kristol seems so nice.

Sure. It is all over the web. Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini also sometimes seemed nice. Even Milhous had his moments.

Roland

Legend 19 hours 42 min ago
#20

"Sure. It is all over the web". Right wing trolls constantly post on this blog with false facts and no reference.

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