Hunter Prado (via Twitter):
Factually, between Citizens United, gerrymandering, mass voter purges, closed primaries and that whole “living in a corrupt oligarchy that is forever shifting rightward” thing, your power as an individual American voter is severely limited. It is not however, non-existent.
As such I am baffled at why wealthy donors, the corporate media and bougie professional class liberals so casually insist the labor class voter completely surrender that tiny bit of power & influence by pledging to vote for whichever stiff the Dem Party forces on them in advance.
In a turn of events that should come as a total surprise (to no one), it looks like Working Families Party’s endorsement of Elizabeth Warren was a straight pay-for-play deal.
Elizabeth Warren’s daughter, Amelia Warren Tyagi, is Chairwoman of Demos, a liberal think tank.
Per Demos’ 2018 tax filing, they gave $45,000 to the Working Families Party. This was the first year Demos gave anything to WFP.
This was originally a comment over on Google Plus, but maybe I can flesh it out a little more here.
This really is the fundamental problem. I left the Democratic Party with the authorization of force that gave then-president Bush unprecedented war powers, following 9/11.
It became clear to me in 2000-01 that the Democrats just… weren’t the party I joined in 1988.
The party of Mondale is long, long gone, if it ever existed and it wasn’t just a figment of my 18-year-old imagination and idealism.
The thing is, things have only gotten progressively worse since I left the party, and electing Democrats doesn’t change any of that. Things get worse for human rights and foreign policy with a Republican in the White House – and they’ve gotten worse with the current, Democratic occupant.
But folks will continue to pat themselves on the back over trivial differences between the major parties.