I Want Leadership From the Democratic Party

ADDENDUM below 17.3.12

I’m not getting it, and neither are you.

Today I get the survey below from the DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee).  The e-mail is ostensibly from Nancy Pelosi.

DCCC Survey 17.3.10

They forgot to ask “Have you stopped beating your wife?”

They don’t want me to do any thinking whatsoever.  And there’s no indication of what I should do other than contribute money via the certain-to-follow “chip in” screen that will follow if I submit responses.  What do they do with that money? And what do they do with all of all these polls and petitions they are forever sending?  (Am I seriously to believe that Mitch McConnell or Paul Ryan care about those petitions?)

I respond: “This is a stupid survey.  Treat me like a serious person or don’t bother at all.  I want leadership, not condescension from the Democratic Party.”  But I have no confidence whatsoever they are listening.

We have serious work to do.  We have a crazy President and a Congress dominated by leaders who have no regard at all for the welfare of the vast majority of citizens.  I want a Democratic Party that channels the ready-to-mobilize energies and talents of those citizens.

Dear DCCC:  What should I read? Who should I call? What should I tell them?  What are the most effective things I can do today?  And you might occasionally ask me what I think in a way that anticipates I might have something to say.


ADDENDUM.  a day later, having failed to complete the survey, having told them why, I receive the further e-mail, below.  The link takes me to the exact same survey.  “Personalized?”  “(just for you!)” A seven-pack of BVD briefs would be more personalized.  Wow.  I don’t think they are getting it:

DCCC Survey 17.3.10 response


About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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1 Response to I Want Leadership From the Democratic Party

  1. jhhook says:

    Outrage of the day

    Yes, Doug.

    Let’s start with two facts:
    First, government exists to serve the citizens who live within its reach, and governments exist to support the health, wealth and happiness of those citizens. Or not.

    Second, corporations are still chartered and given life by state governments, not Washington. We must be clear, like the military, they are sociopathic*, authoritarian dictatorships, not representative democracies, unless otherwise declared as community benefit organizations. The U.S Marines are not a community benefits organization.

    Even today, for-profit private corporations are creations of the distortions of Adam Smith’s “Free Market” under democratic, autocratic and oligarchic leaders to serve the raw, loosely-fettered power of individuals and dictators, not citizens, workers or even customers. These private, corporate leaders tethered to the helm of corporate power are not constrained by civic virtue or religious faith to serve their fellow men as Adam Smith expected. The economic-philosophy of corporate power does not serve the people who sustain it and who exist to feed its owners, except when held in check by democratically-elected chartering institutions and the federal government.

    Much like the Fascism of the mid-20th Century populist leader, Benito Mussolini, the 21st C Fascist political-economy of American, Russian and Chinese corporate leaders and their owners is the philosophy that for-profit corporations, the tools of men, have the rights of living citizens and can and do, by their hand that they try to hide, to buy and subvert the leaders and power and wealth of once-elected government to serve their specific owners’ and executive leaders’ purposes rather than the health and welfare of living citizens. They are just a very powerful technology in the hands of men, some with grace and kindness, many without. In this brave new world, sociopathic, authoritarian corporate owners and executives have much more in common with each other than with the people who work for them and build their riches. Their corporations give them eternal life and unlimited power – without any effective democratic government to hold them accountable to serve living citizens.

    So, where is the Democratic Party’s and leadership’s outrage over the do-nothing Republican Congress for the past six years – since the corporate-Republican re-conquest of 2010-2011?

    Where is the outrage over the blatant gerrymandering underway under every Republican-controlled state government since the corporate-Republican SCOTUS eviscerated the Voting Rights Act?

    Where is the outrage over the fascist ALEC and their ongoing campaign to subvert democratic institutions to serve the oligarchs of the brave new corporate world?

    Where is the outrage over the obeisance of the SCOTUS to their corporate executive friends? Since when are corporations, per se, “citizens” of the United States entitled to protection of _their_ civil rights beyond the existing rights of the individual owners, shareholders and corporate executives? I mean, we pay them far more than enough to enjoy their personal rights without having access to the power of corporate slush funds and the inflated salaries of fellow executives to buy politicians with.

    Where is the outrage over the failure of the U.S. government to enforce the Sherman Anti-trust Act and related laws limiting the hoarding of power by cartels and trusts? Since 1980, since Reagan, monopolies and oligopolies will not be denied.

    Where is the outrage over the failure of the FCC and the DOJ to defend the Fairness Doctrine in the use of the formerly _public_ airwaves? Why doesn’t the FCC talk about the need to provide service to the public on every broadcast outlet rather than just a single corporate-owned station? Since 1980, since Reagan, consolidated corporate ownership of the media will not be denied.

    Inquiring civic and democratic minds want to know why America has changed direction so far from a representative democracy that is has been since 1930, since FDR.

    * http://www.healthyplace.com/personality-disorders/sociopath/sociopath-definition-extremely-antisocial-no-conscience/

    The DSM-5 defines antisocial personality disorder as “[a] pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others, occurring since age 15 years, as indicated by three (or more) of the following:
    1. Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors, as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest [especially if you are immune to arrest and conviction for your crimes (+1)].
    2. Deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure [and feathering your nest and rewarding your friends on other boards of directors and other “business” friends (+1)].
    3. Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead. [Unfortunately, the think tanks funded by corporate sociopaths have been planning ahead for 50 years. (-1)]
    4. Irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults. [No, corporate leaders never fight physically among themselves. They hire attorneys as tools to fight with, and they only fight their enemies, not their friends. (+1)]
    5. Reckless disregard for safety of self or others. [Moving the costs of business bey0nd the bottom line and public assessment (externalities), thus pushing the costs and denying the social and environmental effects and degradation their corporation cause sounds like complete disregard for the safety, health and welfare of everyone.]
    6. Consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations. [Trump is leading the way on this one.]
    7. Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another.” [It speaks for itself.]

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