Why did they -- perhaps I should say We (the People and Democracy) -- get our butts kicked?
It seems that Reich and I almost see eye to eye on this one. I'm only 5'2" -- so in my case this is relatively easy.
In my words, not his:
(Reich's article on truthdig is linked below)
The Freakin' Democrats didn't campaign on the real issues:
$$$ Abuse of Power $$$
the unlimited money corrupting our democratic process
$$$ Propaganda and Mind Control $$$
mass media dominated by huge corporations
and advertising dollars
(READ MORE LINK TO Truthdig ARTICLE)
Of course, many, if not most, of the elected folks among the current Democratic Party are feeding at the same trough as their Republican brothers and sisters. It's something that left leaning lovers of America's experiment in democracy have been clamoring about for a long, long time. We've been hurtling toward hell in a handbasket since Clinton/Gore took the Democratic Party to the Right and Bet on Wall Street to keep cooking the books throughout the Dot Com bubble by gutting Glass Steagall and packing the SEC with corporate foxes. They'd drunk the neo-liberal kool-aid of Free Trade and unfettered corporate capitalism. Reich, a member of that team as the Secretary of Labor, saw the light. (at least, mostly...).
Yet, beyond the obvious fact that a political economy dominated by the rich is rapidly destroying any semblance of what's left of democracy, I think it's also destroying our souls -- big time.
When we are increasingly enslaved to Mammon, blinded by a propaganda network and culture that promotes the top three deadly sins (Lust, Gluttony, and Greed) there'll always be hell to pay --right?
Most of us would do well by looking up from our cell phones and realizing that a lot of folks are REALLY suffering out there, that the sustaining network of life on this planet itself is being messed with, and that EACH of us gotta be getting our act together and doing something about it.
But, I digress. Here's Robert Reich' take on it.