Filthy Rich Capitalists Aid Progressives … Oops

Published on Dissident Voice, by Robert Hunziker, November 9, 2012.

The American public has rejected filthy rich capitalists as personified by Mitt Romney’s run for the presidency. No other candidate in modern political history has embodied the precepts of consummate, rampant capitalism like Romney; he is the classic image of Rich “Uncle” Pennybags, aka: Mr. Monopoly, doffing his black top hat to passers-by but without the funny little white mustache. Unfortunately for Mr. Romney & Co., contempt for the political dogma of filthy rich capitalism has been exposed within the dark shadows of defeat. At the same time, and paradoxically, his campaign’s billions helped progressives… immensely … //

Progressive Democrats of America PDA, a mushrooming progressive coalition within the Democratic Party, is young, founded in 2004 and vigorously fighting for (1) End Corporate Rule (2) Clean, Fair, Transparent Elections (3) Economic and Social Justice (4) End War and Occupation, Redirect Funding (5) Healthcare for All/Single Payer (6) Stop Global Warming/Environmental Issues. PDA is the polar opposite of the Tea Party. During the 2006 election cycle, PDA staff and activists backed progressives in dozens of Congressional races. Notable “near-wins”—with Christine Cegelis in suburban Chicago, and Donna Edwards and Kweisi Mfume in Maryland — against concerted efforts by the national Democratic establishment gained PDA grudging respect from the party elite. PDA is effectively working from inside to effectuate progressive policies within the Democratic Party.

PDA candidates today include Elizabeth Warren, Donna Edwards, John Conyers, Barbara Lee, Keith Ellison, Dr. David Gill, and Alan Grayson, and the organization is bursting forth, growing like a weed, and aligning with other progressive organizations like United for Peace & Justice, and sponsoring grassroots empowerment tours like “Organize, Mobilize, and Deliver the Progressive Vote,” in California, Arizona, Ohio, NY, Pennsylvania, and MA, and aligning with California Nurses Association, Physicians for a National Health Program, and National Nurses Organizing Committee, and War is A Crime, and CODEPINK. The ultra right wing threats against Social Security and Medicare have galvanized PDA into greater action with new coalition partners, including Jobs with Justice, United for Peace & Justice, U.S. Labor Against the War, the New Priorities Network, Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare, and Job Party.us.

Thus, progressives all across America from grassroots organizations in cities and counties to a national front within the Democratic Party are coalescing behind policy initiatives for the nation as a whole, a return to the wide-open legislative days of LBJ and FDR versus right wing Republican Party coalescing behind secretive closed-door machinations to gain, and keep, more profits for a select few so the Gilded Age II can perpetuate within its hollow, artificial shell of morality, making select, token donations to humanitarian causes to gain smart-looking optics for bookshelves while contriving to undermine the sanctity of governmental programs that effectively support an entire country. Whew!

It is really not at all remarkable or surprising that the country voted against the dictates of Citizens United, the Supreme Court, and a select handful of ultra right wing operatives lurking behind a campaign that stood for lowering taxes on the rich, increasing defense spending, and axing the country’s social safety net.

After all, so far, it’s still a democratic republic… Stupid!
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(Robert Hunziker (MA in economic history at DePaul University, Chicago) is a former hedge fund manager and now a professional independent negotiator for worldwide commodity actual transactions and a freelance writer for progressive publications as well as business journals. He can be contacted here. Read other articles by Robert).

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Progressive Democrats of America PDA also on en.wikipedia;

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