Intellectual Cowardliness

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Instead of standing behind their successes and wearing their moderation and progressive beliefs as a badge of honor, Democrats consistently distance themselves from their accomplishments. In the face of unprecedented obstruction, bordering on sabotage they allow others to frame the narrative. The 2014 mid-term election is a symptom of Democratic cowardice that failed the party in 2010 and again in 2014. In spite of the worst economic crisis in 80 years under a Republican watch, trillions of dollars and millions of lives squandered on a deceptive war, an enormous taxpayer bailout of Wall Street and tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, the nation just doesn’t seem to be paying attention. The manufactured hysteria that encourages frivolous presidential lawsuits, mock healthcare repeals and government shutdowns are designed to distract conservative constituents from the real issues of middle class stagnation, concentration of wealth and inequitable taxation. In contrast, under a democratic administration, the deficits are down, gas prices and unemployment are down. Stock market and corporate profits remain at historic highs, healthcare reform is a success and the economy is moving in the right direction. What should be a golden era of progressive politics is instead an era of discontent. This is the result of Republicans voting against their own interests and Democrats not voting for their interests. A dysfunctional dynamic that requires the complicitness of the mainstream corporate media who spoon-feed apathetic Americans an endless diet of empty calories consisting of regurgitated infotainment. This intellectual malnourishment commoditizes the political process and contaminates our public discourse. Combined with the preconceived mythological notions Republicans have of themselves and the ambiguous self-awareness Democrats have towards their own values exposes a detrimental weakness in the fabric of our democracy.

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