“The Democratic establishment is determined to purge itself of any vestiges of opposition to the ruling corporate order.”
Corporate media has succeeded, once again, in wringing the last drops of progressivism out of the Democratic Party primary process. Three times in succession – in New Hampshire, Nevada, and now South Carolina – the gatekeepers of the American political conversation have slammed the door shut to Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), the only genuine progressive in the race. The field is now left to the squabbling political twins, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama – so alike in all things except details of temperament, race and gender they could have been raised since infancy in the same dysfunctional foster home – and former Senator John Edwards, who talks like a born-again progressive but whose actual proposals are variations on Obama/Clinton themes.
Kucinich will, of course, continue his crusade to “reform” his party from within, despite the Democratic establishment’s determination to purge itself of any vestiges of opposition to the ruling corporate order. In this, the party and corporate media are united; neither the other candidates nor the Democratic machinery have said a peep about the repeated, arbitrary exclusion of Kucinich from debates, and the Ohio congressman stands alone in his battle with the Texas party’s requirement that candidates sign a “loyalty oath” in exchange for a place on the ballot. The oath demands candidates promise to support the party’s nominee, no matter what – an impossibility for any moral person, since both likely Democratic winners hold out only the vaguest hopes of a partial withdrawal from Iraq, and both call for a substantially larger U.S. war capability and budget. How can a true anti-war candidate pledge his honor to support policies that will inevitably result in more wars?
h/t: Dennis 4 President
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