Each week, the editor’s of LA Progressive 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 “Feeback Friday” response comes from Adam Eran, who commented on Jaime O’Neill’s Trump’s Keen Understanding of Working People
The problem of representative democracy is one of betrayal. If they’re going to be effective, representatives must compromise, and even betray the principles an ideologue would want to keep pure.
If the Republicans are offensive, surely the Democrats have shown them the way. Carter deregulated before Reagan (and Clinton). JFK and LBJ stole elections (W. Virginia, Texas senate) in ways that showed Karl Rove everything he needed to fix more modern, Republican races.
Of course Trump is a con man, but look at the Kenyan Socialist (I kid) and what he and his Democratic predecessors did. Obama is supposed to be the “immigrants’ friend,” but deported three times as many of them as Bush 43. Regulators during Reagan and Bush 41’s administrations actually prosecuted bank fraud. Not Obama. Bush 43 actually prosecuted more banksters. Yes, Bush 43 attacked Iraq, but Obama persisted in the error and opened up new vistas of cheapening human life with things like drone attacks, and removing Ghaddafi. Who is really the big con man here? Obama is a proven commodity.
Meanwhile, the best president within living memory was FDR. He was a plutocrat’s plutocrat…so much so those who reviled him called him a traitor to his class. But then betrayal is part of representative democracy.