The Tranquilizing Drug of Gradualism Brought to You by The Media, Hilary Clinton And The DNC

28 04 2016

“We have come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy…”

 

Martin Luther King Jr. spoke these words in 1963 when he was trying to convince the country that “It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment.”  There is a similar feeling in the air today.   It is not a black issue, it is not a gay issue, it is not a women’s issue but it is an urgency of all people combined that stand to lose with the coming of Hilary Clinton and the DNC as they present themselves now.  Inequality has been running rampant for many decades on end.  The people that stand to benefit are the top 1% and those that are already in power through our Democrat and Republican political parties.  Although there still is massive inequality related to being Black, Hispanic, Chinese, a woman, a minority in general, inequality as a whole is being transferred to the population most notably in an economic sense where people can not get jobs that pay living wages or money to pay for things such as having a family, health care, college, having savings, buying homes, etc.  As the decades have gone by since about the late 1970s we increasingly can relate to one another by the fact that we are all making continually less money, with everything getting more expensive, and all while the same incredibly small group of people see to reap all the benefits.

 

“The tranquilizing drug of gradualism.”  There isn’t a better summation to define the most powerful and influential entities in our society today acting towards the populous.  The media has participated boldly in this by creating an atmosphere of bias in the form of entertainment with Trump and consistently falsely reporting misinformation in the form of delegate totals with super delegates with Hilary Clinton.  With Trump, this tranquilizing effect means that people become so entertained by him that they actually vote for the man through the same way that repetitive advertising works on the brain.  There’s nothing like the tranquilizing effect of being entertained.  It is the most powerful form of control and one that is used against us most often.  The tranquilizing effect of Hilary is that people already feel that she has won the nomination even though the primary between Sanders and Clinton has been one of the closer ones in history.  Another tranquilization directed at people is in the form of the rules associated with closed primaries and people not being allowed to vote unless they are affiliated with a political party.  This is at the heart of what George Washington warned us against when the U.S. was founded,

“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

The ideal of our country is that all people get to vote on election days if they want to and the modern day political parties are in essence doing exactly what Washington predicted and bringing about our ruin as a people by making voting hard or unreachable unless you pay allegiance to them.  The campaign of Bernie Sanders is trying to overcome these forms of tranquilization and even with all these powerful entities against him and us as people, the movement has almost overcome these belligerent powers.  However, it possibly might not prove to be enough.

 

The Democratic National Party holds a lot of responsibility for why things are in such a bad state.  They see the Bernie Sanders movement as one that is simply a radical “tea party” insurgency from the left.  Just a bunch of crazies who do not understand rules, by laws, policy, etc. and are causing so much trouble for the establishment candidates who can actually win and be “electable.”  Well, there is a reason so many normal people have no idea what the policy and procedures are in a powerful political party because that party doesn’t really want them involved and doesn’t speak to them.  When normal people get more involved in their political parties most fall victim to catering to the system and fall further away from the needs and wills of the people.  Original intentions are squashed as one gets distracted by the “process” of it all.  It’s not that all processes are bad but the particular process put forth by modern day political parties replace people’s needs with systemic needs.  The Democratic party would rather have everybody just listen to “the news” and leave the workings of the party to the party.  People wanting to participate and vote doesn’t bode well with them and frankly really messes everything up because the system is not even set up for people to exercise their vote, hence the massive lines and voter complications that have been happening all throughout the country.  They may say that they want more people involved but when it comes down to it frustration and bitterness usually arise.  This kind of thinking will not turn out well for the Democratic Party in the long run.  It may seem like a good plan on paper now for going against Trump but it will be yet another stake driven into the back of the Democratic Party for the long term.

 

The craziest thing of all regarding Hilary and the Democratic Party is that they are pushing the inferior candidate when it comes to doing battle with Trump and the Republicans.  Bernie Sanders polls much stronger against Trump and any of the other Republican contenders for president but that doesn’t seem to matter to the DNC because Sanders becoming president actually threatens the power structure of the establishment.  It’s not that the Democratic party would crumble with Sanders being president but it would definitely change and allow new people in to participate and gain power.  A new wave of leadership could be ushered in.  The DNC would rather their party stay strong with the same people at the helm that have always been there and as a result have it more likely that a Trump like Republican candidate can win.  The people are being held hostage by the Democratic party.  They are not looking out for you.  They are looking out for themselves and it’s becoming all too clear.

 

Martin Luther King Jr. also said, “It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds.”  Just replace color and Negro with middle/working class/poor citizen and it speaks directly to the problems of what most people experience in our modern times.  Democracy overall and the Democratic Party within have given us a bad check.  Justice has run bankrupt in the party that is supposed to be the party of the people.  Unfortunately, now, the only big things that separates Republicans from Democrats are candidates who have no filter and bluntly say what they will do to oppress people vs. candidates who don’t actually say it but still bring it on just as vehemently through their policies.  Trump says he will deport Mexicans, Hillary doesn’t, but gives handouts and favorability to wall street and giant corporations who bribe and screw up our political system which erodes the middle class on down and leaves nothing for many, and far less opportunities than we used to have, for most.  Is it worse to have blunt slavery or is it worse to have back door dealings where extraordinary powerful people work against you and you end up still living as a slave with a mirage of opportunity?  Regardless, they both suck and we all lose out with either one.

 

The Bernie Sanders movement will largely stay the Bernie Sanders movement that professes real change benefiting most people.  The DNC is in for a rude awakening when a huge percentage of Bernie loyal people do not end up supporting and voting for Hilary, especially if she doesn’t speak directly to her constituents in regards to offering affordable healthcare, college, a living wage, plans to go against corrupt citizens united and wall street and shady banks, etc.  I don’t know how she could pull this off and have people believe her.  She is so many of these things that she would in essence be needing to go against what she has always stood for.  The neoliberal, corporate-friendly policies of Hilary that thrive on inequality, wars, promoting shady dealings with banks and Wall Street have created the “right” to be so powerful with people like Trump.  What do we gain by voting for Hilary and people like her who cater to that brand of politics?  We get more of the same and these policies are miserable failures and have created rampant inequality.  They have created this never ending cycle that make us believe there is only one solution; more of the same type of Democrats.  We are addicted as a culture to only assuming the system that’s in charge can be the one that is capable of bringing out the best change.  That is the furthest from the truth and we will only see more Trumps if we keep on this path.

 

Our democracy is on the verge of becoming irrelevant or clearly destroying itself.  There is one leader in Sanders who is standing up for most people.  All the other candidates are contributing to the American decline where they won’t let go of their easy access to power.  The energy and passion put forth by the Sanders crowd is a major opportunity for the Democratic Party but I feel they are going to blow it.  They will not cater to the Sanders movement and as a result it won’t just be the Republican party that will destroy itself soon here.  The people who believe in the Sanders movement will completely bypass the political process or operate in ways where it can be more effective.  In a system where our political parties don’t actually represent people, it will just go in another direction; a more efficient direction.  The future looks dim for the current parties.  We are willingly eating ourselves alive and the traditional political climate is in store for a surprise (although it should be anything but a surprise) of how a Sanders movement that is authentic, has integrity, and people at the core of it will not back up the national Democratic establishment or its neoliberal values and candidates.

 

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed” is the last MLK quote I’ll leave you with and seems to be the fate of where the Bernie movement is going.  They will not be tranquilized.  They will not be a movement held hostage.

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