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From my vantage point on the left, it's hard to see how anything good can come of this year's elections. We have a deadlocked Congress controlled by right-wing obstructionists unwilling to work with any president but a Republican and unwilling to move any way but to the right.

We have a corrupt Supreme Court controlled by corporate hacks allied to the same Congressional obstructionists.

If President Obama wins re-election, we can look forward to four more years of gridlocked government; nothing will get done because the Republicans will no more respect the results of this election than they did those of 2008. And in 2016, we will fight the same battle again, with people's faith in their governing institutions more eroded than ever. The eventual result must surely be the replacement of the Republic by some new, probably authoritarian, form of government.

On the other hand, if Romney and Ryan win, the country will descend swiftly to third-world status as the victorious Republicans tear up the safety net, tilt the tax burden even more away from the rich and onto the backs of working people, starve the national infrastructure of needed investment, gut public education, embark on more senseless military adventures, and ensure that government of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations will endure forever.

Either way, it seems we lose.

Unless something happens to redress the balance of political and economic power in this country, such a severe winter is coming that none of us may live long enough to see its end.

As a Marxist, I'm supposed to see this in the context of the inevitable triumph of monopoly capitalism, followed by its eventual overthrow at the hands of the oppressed working people. But such an overthrow is surely decades, even centuries away. There is not even the remotest hint of a working people's political movement in America today. And something within me pines for the old Roosevelt compromise between capital and labor that was the New Deal, and the social contract that gave our parents the standard of living they enjoyed while we were growing up.

I don't see those coming back any time soon.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Ryan as running mate gives Dems chance to take (6+ / 0-)

    back the House.  If Dems/OFA win the Ryan Budget frame war it legit puts the House in play.  

    If Romney picked Portman or Pawlenty there was little real chance the House would be flipped.  

  •  No Meaningful Progressive Legislation is In Sight (2+ / 0-)
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    annecros, se portland

    short or medium term, either way. I agree.

    Actually a stirring of a peoples' movement began last year with the labor organizing in many of the states against teabag policies, and then Occupy.

    I think there will be more discussion and ideas beginning Nov. 7th about what can be done independently because the Democratic Party has done more than a little of the damage to the New Deal. First things first.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 09:51:15 AM PDT

  •  Four words: Madam Speaker in 2013. (4+ / 0-)

    That's our way forward.   If we can get Nancy Pelosi back as Speaker of the House, we have a really good chance at getting some good legislation done.

    And it's looking more and more like we hold the Senate, and no more Webb, Ben Nelson and Lieberman.  Instead, it's looks like they'll be replaced with Warren, Baldwin, Murphy, maybe Donnelly, maybe Carmona.  And Reid looks like he's sick and tired of the GOP's obstruction so I think he'll really reform the filibuster come January.

  •  Ginsburg, Kennedy and Scalia (4+ / 0-)
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    pistolSO, jan4insight, JTinDC, worldlotus

    all are pushing 80 and Breyer is not far behind.

    If we win this election, we have a chance to move the court in the right correct direction for a generation.

    It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America. - Molly Ivins

    by se portland on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 10:13:04 AM PDT

  •  Okay, let's just give up now. (3+ / 0-)
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    se portland, JTinDC, worldlotus

    Call me Pollyanna, but I refuse to give legs to gloom-and-doom predictions from the left. I fully recognize that things are dire, but also refuse to give into the paralysis that focusing only the dire condition would leave us.

    So my reaction is more along the lines of the pic shown at the top of this diary:

    Obama Team Reacts to Ryan Pick

    Works for me!

    Yes I know it's snark (that pic was actually taken when Gibbs was press secretary) but it's good snark. Just looking at it gives me the energy to ramp up my fight for Nov. 2012!

  •  Good chance we flip the House thanks to Ryan. (2+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight, worldlotus

    Almost garanteed we hold the Senate. And Given 'em Hell Harry has vowed to reform the filibuster. We've got more reason to be hopeful at this moement than we've had in quite some time.

    Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

    by JTinDC on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 11:01:46 AM PDT

  •  Oh, my gawd, you're right! (1+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight

    Nothing good will come of any of it, ever!

    I quit.

    Can you call yourself a real liberal if you aren't reading driftglass?

    by CJB on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 11:10:26 AM PDT

  •  The domcrats caved on and or turned a blind eye on (0+ / 0-)

    and or were complicit in things like domestic spying, torture, and financial malfeasance.

    The caved on matters financial. We have been leaving with the Bush tax cuts with some other unwise unfunded cuts like the payroll tax tack on that are ultimately undermining the middle class not helping us.

    The battle was lost when the democrats failed to repealed the Bush Tax cuts in 2009 and later when the extended them in 2010. We were already bleeding $3.8 billion dollars a day when President Obama took office.

    There is no good outcome here. The democrats a regulated themselves to negotiating from their knees.

    •  Edit: The demcrats caved on and or turned a blind (0+ / 0-)

      eye on and or were complicit in things like domestic spying, torture, and financial malfeasance.

      They caved on matters financial. We have been living with the Bush tax cuts with some other unwise unfunded cuts like the payroll tax tacked on that are ultimately undermining the middle class,  not helping us.

      The battle was lost when the democrats failed to repealed the Bush Tax cuts in 2009 and later when they extended them in 2010. We were already bleeding $3.8 billion dollars a day when President Obama took office.

      There is no good outcome here. The democrats have relegated themselves to negotiating from their knees.

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