Posted by Richard John Stapleton
This article tells us the US has been on the wrong path for a long time, at least since JFK’s time some fifty-six years ago. Whether it will ever get turned around remains to be seen.
No one won the 2016 US presidential election, including repubs jubilant their candidate “won” the election. We all lost, since we are all on the same downward slope; and there is almost no chance Trump will stop the slide.
The same goes for Hillary. There is no way to know which one would slow or accelerate the rate of descent the most, taking everything into account.
November 18, 2016
For as long as I’ve been involved with progressive political movements, activists and organizers have been trying to reform the Democratic Party with little to no success.
Unfortunately, none of this is new as activists have tried to reform the Democratic Party since the 1960’s, only to see the Dems lurch further and further to the right over the past several decades.
In America, we don’t talk about history. If we do, it’s either a bunch of watered down bullshit, or outright myths and fallacies. That being said, it might be useful to talk to today’s young activists about the dark legacy of the Vietnam War, a war many consider to be the worst international crime of the second half of the 20th century.
According to military historian Nick Turse, over 4 million Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians were killed as a result of Uncle Sam’s limitless aggression in the pursuit of power. Today, Agent Orange continues to ravage not only U.S. veterans, but most importantly the people in Southeast Asia.
In order to understand today’s Democratic Party, progressives and liberals must come to grips with the history of their party. Consequently, we should never forget who got the U.S. into Vietnam in the first place: namely, JFK and LBJ, two Democratic-liberal heroes, of course.
Read the article in full in CounterPunch by clicking here http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/11/18/death-of-the-liberal-class-death-to-the-liberal-class/