Sunday, March 26, 2017

How Democrats Killed Their Populist Soul

Via Frank


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In the 1970s, a new wave of post-Watergate liberals stopped fighting monopoly power. The result is an increasingly dangerous political system.

 t was January 1975, and the Watergate Babies had arrived in Washington looking for blood. The Watergate Babies—as the recently elected Democratic congressmen were known—were young, idealistic liberals who had been swept into office on a promise to clean up government, end the war in Vietnam, and rid the nation’s capital of the kind of corruption and dirty politics the Nixon White House had wrought. Richard Nixon himself had resigned just a few months earlier in August. But the Watergate Babies didn’t just campaign against Nixon; they took on the Democratic establishment, too. Newly elected Representative George Miller of California, then just 29 years old, announced, “We came here to take the Bastille.”

4 comments:

  1. So that accursed war helped destroy the Democrats as well. My grandfather always used to say he's a Democrat, though he usually voted Republican.

    Republicans, he'd say, are the party of big business.

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    1. They are both worthless for the most part, sad to say.

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    2. 'Left'wing, 'Right' wing, same vulture.

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