Each week, LA Progressive’s editors pick what they regard as a particularly insightful comment from one of our readers, both to draw attention to one particular reader’s thoughts and to encourage more readers to weigh in with their opinions. This week’s pithy "Feedback Friday" response comes from Jim Thomas who commented on the article by Rebecca Gordon, "What’s Wrong With the Republicans?."
Thank you for providing some useful historical facts relevant to contemporary U.S. politics. However, I think it is important to understand that the Democratic Party is equally guilty of waging illegal wars of aggression and practicing imperialism by means of both military and economic warfare.
The two parties are also united on the economic policies which we call Neoliberalism, which have caused the greatest disparity in wealth in the history of this Country and have destroyed the middle class in this Country.
Prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Acts during the Johnson administration, the Democratic Party was also guilty of supporting segregation, Jim Crow laws and other forms of racism. Johnson’s support of the Civil Rights Acts in the 1960s then gave rise to Nixon’s “Southern Strategy”, resulting in a significant gain in support for the Republican Party.
Today there is uniform support by the leadership of both of the main two political parties for the “forever wars” this Country has waged (unsuccessfully, as noted by the author). The two parties are also united on the economic policies which we call Neoliberalism, which have caused the greatest disparity in wealth in the history of this Country and have destroyed the middle class in this Country.
In short, neither of the two parties represent the interests of the people. They represent only the interests of the 1% and the party elites who get rich by receiving bribe money from their owners, the 1%. There is no functioning democracy in this Country.