I know there are many of my friends that don’t want to hear how Hillary’s candidacy foiled the Democrat’s bid for president but there are factors that support this. Trump’s success last Tuesday night, no matter how delusional his supporters are, came from those who demanded change in the system. This also accounted for Bernie Sander’s success in the Democratic Party. The Vermont Senator himself recently noted that president-elect Trump “tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media.”
Sadly though, the hopes and aspirations of many Hillary devotees, after being spurned in 2008, were driven to dismiss Bernie and promote their candidate despite the heavy luggage she brought with her that had accumulated over her long political career.
Many think it was because Hillary was a woman who contributed to her loss. Trump did beat Clinton 51% to 43 % among male voters. But as an older white male supporter of Sanders who ultimately cast his vote for Hillary, I didn’t see her gender being a factor. Hillary is, in Andrew Sullivan’s words “one of the most mediocre, compromised, and Establishment figures one can imagine in [this] deeply restless moment of anxiety and discontent” which sadly failed to be perceived by her loyal supporters. She was not the agent of change we needed and many failed to realize that Trump’s victory was indeed the result of a movement that wanted change desperately, even if it meant sleeping with the devil himself.
The neo-liberal, status quo position that the Democratic Party has employed for nearly three decades now how proven to be as reviled by the rank and file as trickle down economics became with many of its earliest supporters. A wealthy contingent continue to hold on to these failed views with the support of a willing corporate media, all the while ignoring the numerous public polls screaming that we’re headed in the wrong direction.
In an informative essay, Juan Cole has spelled out how neoliberlaism’s belief in allowing the market to improve all of our social and economic conditions has led unnecessarily to the early deaths of many working class people.
Neoliberalism– putting the market in charge of social policy and actually encouraging industries to move abroad for higher profit margins (but for fewer industrial jobs at home)– had much the same effect on the white working class as the fall of the Soviet system had on the Russian working class.
The Russian Federation had a population of nearly 150 million in 1990 and thereafter fell to about 144 million. The end of the Soviet Union caused their confidence in the future to collapse and the end of the old economic system created very high unemployment. They stopped having children and drank themselves to death. – SOURCE