RVD President’s Corner

RVDC President Karen Moscato

Letter from the President

Hello Fellow Democrats:

I hope you are not despairing over last night’s wake up call. We are grateful it wasn’t the midterms and that we have time to learn and react and communicate a better vision than the one the GOP are espousing. But what did last night mean and what are the voters trying to tell us?

I found this excerpt from the Hartman Report today and it fits the narrative of today’s voter. Lets be sure we learn the lessons and on to 2022!!!

Reflection from Thom Hartman

What the election yesterday showed us is that is that Americans are so desperate to once again have politicians — even corrupt ones like Trump — who they believe care about them and act on their behalf that they’ll overlook almost any character flaw and even major felonies.

Americans are sick and tired of politics as usual in this new world defined by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. They want populist politicians who think about their needs, talk to them about solutions to the country’s problems, and are unafraid of taking on the rich and powerful.

Progressive populist politicians like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna, Mark Pocan, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the rest of the Congressional Progressive Caucus have figured this out and stepped into that space.  About half the Democratic Party is with them, and the populist progressive movement is vibrating with energy across the country.

Even President Joe Biden has figured this out, putting Bernie Sanders in charge of writing the Senate legislation for his Build Back Better program, promoting unionization, and championing programs to help average working families instead of the bankers Clinton favored or Obama’s insurance companies.

But the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United “new rules” of politics are still in place, and there are still politicians completely on the take. On the Republican side, it’s pretty much the entire Party; On the Democratic side, it’s most obviously Sinema and Manchin in the Senate and Schrader, Rice, Peters, Gottheimer and a large handful of others in the House.

If these Citizen’s United piglets in the Democratic Party continue to suckle on the teat of Big Money and block genuine progressive change, we’ll be right back where we were in 2016, as last night’s Virginia election proves. 

And Republicans know it: “Senator raised-fist” Josh Hawley, who wants to be America’s first fully open fascist president so badly he can taste it, just published an op-ed in The New York Times calling for a reversal of the Reagan/Clinton neoliberal “free trade” agenda.

“Now we must change course,” Hawley wrote.  “We can rebuild what made this nation great in the first place by making things in America again.”  As Bob Dylan once said, it doesn’t take a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

If Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema continue to echo the neoliberal rightwing talking points of the Koch Network, Big Pharma, and Big Oil/Coal/Gas, Biden’s repudiation of neoliberal Reaganism will go down in flames. 

With it will go the chances of the Democratic Party in 2022 and 2024. 

Instead of progressive populism bringing this country back to its core values of fairness and a government that meets average people’s needs, we’ll be looking face-to-face at the monster that has now consumed Russia, Hungary, The Philippines, Brazil and Turkey (among others): fascist populism. 

Neoliberalism is a wounded, dying animal; America is returning to populism, whether our politicians want it or not.  

The question now is whether it’ll be American progressive populism like that championed by Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, LBJ and now Biden, or a new American version of fascist populism like the movement led by Donald Trump and Glen Youngkin.

Our votes will determine the future……

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