Blinded By The Light

Blinded by the brightness of her eternal entitlement, Hillary Clinton, this weekend, blamed her election loss on F.B.I. director, James Comey. According to a story from the NY Times,

Hillary Clinton on Saturday cast blame for her surprise election loss on the announcement by the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, days before the election that he had revived the inquiry into her use of a private email server.

In her most extensive remarks since she conceded the race to Donald J. Trump early Wednesday, Mrs. Clinton told donors on a 30-minute conference call that Mr. Comey’s decision to send a letter to Congress about the inquiry 11 days before Election Day had thrust the controversy back into the news and had prevented her from ending the campaign with an optimistic closing argument.

One-eyed Boss
In his now quadrennial endorsement of embarrassing proportions, Bruce Springsteen provided Hillary Clinton with his blessing during her campaign’s final rally, in Philadelphia. While Springsteen’s songs were fairly predictable, his comments were haltingly bizarre, considering the neoliberal, war hawk goddess he was endorsing. Perhaps, like the Nobel Committee’s pre-Peace Prize for President Obama, Springsteen was hoping by channeling F.D.R.’s New Deal cornerstones they would magically affix to Hillary. Or, more likely, he’s just blinded by the glare of his own wealth. Interesting that a man with Springsteen’s abilities to bring to song the struggles and suffering of the common man how unable he is to see the duplicity in his endorsement of Clinton. And that seems to be the story of the now crumbling Democratic party establishment.

Where did our love go?
Like my daughter, whose first election resulted in the election of minor celebrity, I cast my first vote in 1980, resulting in the election of a B-list actor, and television pitchman. While President Trump is still a reality we’re still coming to terms with, and many refusing to come to terms with at all, we can look back at the ascendance of Ronald Reagan as “official” birth of the modern neoliberal era. I say official, because the deregulation that began earlier under Carter seemed to be merely testing the waters for response and acquiescence by the public.

But with the business-friendly Reagan in the White House, Democrats, in an effort to hold the House, turned to a young, California congressman, Tony Coelho, to take the reins at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. It was Coelho, who was known to say, “money is part of politics and always will be,” showed Democrats how to peddle their wares (influence) to the business community, and, with elections rapidly requiring more and more cash, to stay competitive with Republicans at the ballot box. At the same time, the “greed is good” mindset was taking hold in the newly-forming professional class.

Hippie to Yuppie
Coming of adult age in the 80s was difficult for me. With peers and friends willing and happy to join the professional and corporate class, I still identified as the fringe hippie-artist I grew into in my teens, and felt adrift. Meanwhile, my older Baby Boomer brothers and sisters, now personified by the Clintons, were of age to take the reigns of power. If I had a dime for every older Boomer who impressed upon me their entitled social status awarded by attending Woodstock, or hanging out at the Fillmore, well, you know the tome. As history now shows, these were the wrong people to trust with power.

Unabundant Universe
With the arrival of the Clintons and Third Way centrist politics in the early 90s, so, to0, came the normalization in Democratic and liberal circles of professionalism, and the wealth and status that such a caste enjoys. Gone was the 60s liberal vision of social equity. For these professional class liberals, higher education provided the secret handshake into the club. Those lacking the requisite education qualifications were labeled “working class,” thus making it easier for the Clintons and their clique to send their manufacturing jobs overseas: laborers simply needed to be reeducated for the new, tech economy. Little or none of that actually happened, resulting in the decimation of manufacturing towns and cities across the country, particularly in the industrial Midwest.

Most irritating to me among my wealthy liberal friends was the magical, new age notion of an “abundant universe,” which papered over any awareness and physics of the limited pie of resources (including financial) that actually govern life on Earth (no one likes the Thanksgiving guest who hogs the Pecan Pie). A popular handmaiden to such deluded thinking circulated with the “fiscally conservative, socially liberal” mantra. While I’m not a physicist, I don’t believe one can sleep in two beds at the same time.

Blinded by the light
Adding up the winners and losers over the past few generations, Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump should have come as no surprise. And that’s putting aside the issues of the Clinton Foundation, Hillary’s emails, her stupid campaign, and other tonnage of baggage she brings to the dance. Fault for Hillary’s loss does not belong to the F.B.I. director, to sexism or racism, but to blind elitism and entitlement. Hillary’s professional bucket list mattered little to those struggling to stay afloat, or worse. Trump, for all his wealth and elitism, gave voice to the unheard. It was simple as that.

The Clintons, their sycophantic team, the Democratic National Committee, and their cohorts in the media lost this election by ignoring the concerns of the 99%. When roughly 100 million eligible voters don’t bother to vote, the idea of America as a democracy is as meaningful as cat litter. The Democrats traded loyalty to workers for loyalty to the dollar. Now they’ll pay the price. Sadly, so will the nation.

With this very unpleasing
Sneezing and wheezing
The calliope crashed to the ground
–Bruce Springsteen