How Did You Get Here? – 1/04/18

Each of us has a story about how we abandoned the lesser-evil faction of the Duopoly. Here’s mine.

I became eligible to vote in 1972; that year I eagerly supported George McGovern, the only Democratic nominee to this day I’ve been enthusiastic about.

In 1976, I supported progressive Arizona Congressman Mo Udall; I got Jimmy Carter (not a bad ex-president, but no progressive as president). In 1984, I was drawn to the youthful enthusiasm and new ideas of Gary Hart; I got Walter Mondale. In 1988, I liked the liberal Illinois Senator Paul Simon; I got the soporific technocrat Michael Dukakis. In 1992, I was drawn to the working-class revivalism of Iowa Senator Tom Harkin; I got the Third-Way governor of Arkansas.

See a pattern here?

I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, though, until the stolen election of 2000, in which the Supreme Court installed George W. Bush. I’ll never forget House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt appearing at Bush’s side in the Rose Garden to support Bush’s illegal and catastrophic Iraq War. And there always seemed enough Democrats to help Bush enact his latest assault on the Constitution and Bill of Rights or conveniently ignore it, if that’s what was required of them.

So I said to heck with that and left. I did return twice, for tactical reasons: In 2004, to support Howard Dean (a little embarrassed about that one now) and, of course, last year, to back Bernie. But I’m out again and I ain’t going back.

So that’s my story. What’s yours?


— Jon Krampner

1 Comment

  1. George on January 5, 2018 at 4:43 am

    After Bill Clinton sold out American workers to NAFTA, the party was over and hope was gone.
    There is no way that Americans can compete with slave labor Mexican wages. Capitalism 101-exploit the workers by suppressing the wage, overtax them, extract their wealth, and give it to the unworthy rich, as you drive people to the bottom.
    Additionally Clinton repealed the Glass-Stegall Act leading to the Wall Street Collapse of 2008, privatized the prisons for profit, and ended traditional welfare to punish the poor.
    Ralph Nader was and is America’s political savior, but too many Americans simply cannot let go of the failed Demoncrat Party.

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