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The Politics of Betrayal Failed

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[Col. Recorded 11/17/02]

Democrats, stunned by recent electoral results, are walking around dazed, heads hanging, hearts heavy. There should be little surprise at the results, for they follow, as night follows the day, from the party’s recent strategies to become a kind of Republican-light party. They’ve become so similar, that millions must have wondered, why vote for ‘em? What’s the diff? Given it’s corporate heavy funding and its deep core of betrayal of various constituencies, every policy adopted by the Democrats has been designed to show how much they are like the “other guys”. They are just barely, the loyal opposition. But they aren’t loyal to those who most consistently vote for them. But they are loyal to the corporations. That’s where the money comes from and that’s where their loyalties lie. The Clinton strategy of Black faces in high places, leaves the poor and working class out of the loop, and still like aliens in the land of their birth. In the waning days of the campaign, some prominent Democrats found their way to Carl McCall’s gubernatorial campaign headquarters after assiduously ignoring him for months. The same old tired program of kissing Black babies, while jailing juveniles, of singing in Black churches while sending congregations to the hell of prison, or the equally bitter hell of poverty. Ain’t gonna cut it. The brave outspoken Cynthia McKinney, a Democrat from Georgia, was sold out by the bigwigs of the Democratic Party. A strong Black opinionated woman was apparently too much for them to support. These bigwigs, wealthy, rightward leaning corporate Democrats, have tried to out-republican the Republicans, and in the process, they have consistently abandoned their core constituencies. As a logical response, their core constituencies are abandoning them. The politics of betrayal don’t seem to be working anymore.

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[Recorded 11/17/02]
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