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#1 User is offline   Martin 

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 08:46 AM

It's Time to Hold American Elites Accountable for Their Abuses

If Democrats want to address simmering middle-class anger, they need to deliver justice.



Rahm Emanuel 44th mayor of Chicago

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No one much cared when Donald Trump promised large donations as his children enrolled at Penn. But the outrage over the Varsity Blues investigation perfectly illustrates what may be the most important, least understood, and underappreciated political dynamic of our era: a full-on middle-class revolt against the elites and the privileges they hoard. For all the focus on inequality and social justice, this middle-class revolt is the most important barrier standing between Democrats and the White House. They can't afford to ignore it.

Think of what's happened over the past decade and a half. America endured a war sold on false premises, a bailout of bankers issuing entirely toxic debt, and a massive public effort to prop up auto executives who were building cars that weren't selling. Is it any wonder so many middle-class taxpayers resent the elites? They've been forced to bail them out from their own mistakes time and time again—and yet the beneficiaries of that goodwill haven't apologized, let alone taken responsibility.

I'm not denying that racism (against President Barack Obama) and sexism (against Secretary Clinton) played their roles. Nostalgia surely played another. But beneath all of that was the American middle class's belief that the Lori Loughlins and Felicity Huffmans of the world, let alone the Don Rumsfelds and Dick Fulds, aren't asked to play by the same set of rules. The elite get all the breaks and are shown all the shortcuts. In the meantime, ordinary people are forced to pay full freight. And that's the point. No matter how noxious he was personally—and despite the irony that he was a perfect example of elite privilege—Trump embodied the country's desire to hit back.

The nation's banking elite had lent billions to home buyers without any realistic hope of making good on their debts. Their irresponsible lending not only precipitated a global financial meltdown, but also necessitated a bailout from the nation's financially stressed middle-class taxpayers. Yet even after being bailed out, the nation's banking executives never faced any real consequences. No one went to jail. They never had to repay the personal fortunes they'd made by passing out those bad loans. Once again, the middle class was called to bail out the elites who were responsible for the mess while the elites got off scot-free.

And it was the same story arc with the auto bailout. For decades, executives in Detroit had made indefensible decisions. They'd been selling less reliable cars. They'd never found a way to compete effectively with their foreign competition. They'd continually lost market share. But when the bottom fell out and they were forced to ask middle-class taxpayers for a bailout, they never took responsibility. Most of the top brass kept their jobs. And once they'd recovered, they returned to business as usual. The middle class was once again expected to foot the bailout while the execs kept on like it had never happened.

Washington wasn't wrong to prevent a global financial meltdown. Obama was certainly right to save the domestic auto industry. But those decisions came at a real cost.


The answer certainly isn't socialism. Rather, Democrats need to become the party of justice. They need to demand accountability from bad actors—and point out where Republicans would give them a pass. They don't need to castigate entire industries, as some might recommend. But when people make decisions that affect innocent bystanders—beating the drums for an ill-conceived war, making complicated financial instruments—they should be the party standing up for middle-class interests and values.

Every time Democrats look at a problem, they think of a program. And while those programs often point the way forward, they need to focus their energy on convincing the middle class that they share their values more than just their economic interests. There is more to voters than their wallets. To do that, Democrats need to prove to them that they know the difference between right and wrong, and that begins with owning the terms accountability and responsibility. No matter how privileged, Democrats need to be the ones demanding that those who fall short be made to answer for their own decisions. Every one of us should have to live by the same moral and ethical codes. The nation's elite shouldn't have any special license to take the easy way out.

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If Rahm Emanuel's column is any example, the best reason to predict Trump's re-election is that the Democrats still don't know why he got elected. They cannot identify the solution until they identify the problem. Emanuel thinks I voted for Trump because Republicans failed to hold the political and economic elite accountable. The trouble is, he hasn't cited a single example of when the Democrats held any of their favorite elites accountable for anything. They are still relying on accusations of racism and sexual prejudice to explain Hillary Clinton's defeat. Emanuel says that "Every one of us should have to live by the same moral and ethical codes." And, if you want to hold illegal aliens accountable for their actions, the Democrats call you a racist. Emanuel approves of "Washington" bailing out the bankers with your money, then complains that "Washington" did not hold them accountable. Emanuel says that "Obama was certainly right to save the domestic auto industry" (he didn't, he bailed out GM, Chrysler and the UAW), then complains that they weren't held accountable.

To take two prominent examples, I remember a President who told me "If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan." If you object to being lied to by the First Black President™, they call you a racist. Called to account for her lies about the murders in Benghazi, Libya, Secretary of State Clinton answered with a flippant "What difference, at this point, does it make?" If you insist that she be held accountable for her actions, the Democrats call you sexist. If you want Senator Warren held accountable for her phony claim to be a Cherokee, they insist that's because of your personal prejudice. You're afraid of a powerful woman, you sexist you.

Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress for his refusal to testify about the Fast and Furious gun running scandal. Lois Lerner took the Fifth Amendment when called to account for the IRS's harassment of Tea Party groups. Eric Holder threw out the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party, who stood around the polls with billy clubs warning white voters, "You're under the black man now, cracker." The National Security Agency spied on thousands of Americans without a warrant. Did the Democrats hold any of them accountable? Certainly not.

Emanuel's argument, then, that people voted for Trump because Republicans failed to hold powerful, corrupt special interests accountable falls apart when you consider all the powerful, corrupt special interests the Democrats refused to hold accountable. This is why I predict two things: First, in the 2020 Presidential campaign, the Democrats are going throw around accusations of bigotry like confetti on New Year's Eve. Second, as they have failed to figure out why that didn't keep Trump from winning last time, it will also fail next time.

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 09:26 AM

They can start buy making sure celebs, politicians and the wealthy do actual jail time for crimes as does anyone else.

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 09:43 AM

View Postoki, on 21 May 2019 - 09:26 AM, said:

They can start buy making sure celebs, politicians and the wealthy do actual jail time for crimes as does anyone else. Oki


As former mayor of Chicongo, Rahm Emanuel must be familiar with Jussie Smollett's hate crime hoax. Smollett was charged with a felony, filing a false police report. A week later, all the charges were dropped and the judge sealed the court records. I don't see where in his column Rahm Emanuel demands that rich, black, homosexual television actors be held accountable for their crimes. Emanuel's exact words were,
“Obviously the alleged statement of what happened here is horrific and there’s no place for it in the city of Chicago,” he said. Then, the news came out that Smollett paid two Nigerians who work as extras on his television show to stage the phony attack. Any accountability for them, Rahmbo?
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Posted 21 May 2019 - 10:03 AM

View PostMartin, on 21 May 2019 - 09:43 AM, said:

As former mayor of Chicongo, Rahm Emanuel must be familiar with Jussie Smollett's hate crime hoax. Smollett was charged with a felony, filing a false police report. A week later, all the charges were dropped and the judge sealed the court records. I don't see where in his column Rahm Emanuel demands that rich, black, homosexual television actors be held accountable for their crimes. Emanuel's exact words were,
“Obviously the alleged statement of what happened here is horrific and there’s no place for it in the city of Chicago,” he said. Then, the news came out that Smollett paid two Nigerians who work as extras on his television show to stage the phony attack. Any accountability for them, Rahmbo?


No kidding, obviously this is nothing more than lip service and catering to a certain base.

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 12:22 PM

Bath house boy and former Obama sycophant could not have written this article, the logic and writing style suggests someone with a inkling of revenge. Cause if he did, he better watch his back. Valerie Jarrett will have him whacked
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Posted 21 May 2019 - 04:37 PM

But it could be bath house boy is using the tried and true "Clinton Triangulation". The idea behind triangulation is to work hard to solve the problems that motivate the other party’s voters, so as to defang them politically. The essence of triangulation is to use your party’s solutions to solve the other side’s problems. Use your tools to fix their car.
or we are living in a dream and all this is a manifestation of an undercooked potato!
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Posted 21 May 2019 - 05:07 PM

Simmering middle-class rage? Like more job opportunities? Rising wages? Low inflation? More opportunities? Yeah, those really grind my gears.

How is Rahm the Space Knight going to deliver "justice"? By raising taxes on everyone to criminalize and discourage success. Biteme talks about Wall Street "putting y'all back in chains". Space Knight wants to bring back the yoke of government.

Toss off, windbag.

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 05:15 PM

Lets start with you first, Rahm. :coolshades:
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Posted 22 May 2019 - 11:56 AM

Donations are not the same as BRIBES.
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Posted 22 May 2019 - 01:39 PM

View PostRock N, on 21 May 2019 - 05:15 PM, said:

Lets start with you first, Rahm. :coolshades:


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Posted 22 May 2019 - 01:55 PM

View PostMartin, on 21 May 2019 - 08:46 AM, said:

If Rahm Emanuel's column is any example, the best reason to predict Trump's re-election is that the Democrats still don't know why he got elected.


Exactly, and perfectly put.

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