The American ‘Left’

I read the blogs of a lot of Americans. The majority of my followers are from America, and they account for around 60% of the views on my main blog.

Some of them even follow this blog, and for that I thank them.

Since 2016, many of those bloggers have become very political, for obvious reasons. The election of Mr Trump has managed to divide opinion there in a way I have never seen previously.
Much like how Brexit has affected the UK, being for or against the Trump presidency has become a badge of honour for either side.

I tend to stay out of it, as I have little faith in the Democrat opposition to put forward a candidate that will interest me, or even manage to defeat the current President.

I confess that I do laugh at Mr Trump’s hair, every time I see him. I also think his outbursts are childish, and have caused many outside America to lose respect for that country. But my opinion doesn’t matter a jot, as around 40% of Americans support him, and want him to win in 2020.

But do the Democrats offer a real solution for the problems that beset the most powerful nation on Earth? I doubt it.

The Republicans and Democrats are both right-wing parties, with one slightly less ‘lukewarm’ than the other. Both support big business, and both receive funds from big business. Both support the continuation of private health care, whatever nice name they give it. Both support the rich getting obscenely richer too.

Over the past year, I have read a lot of accusations that the Democrats are ‘Socialists’, ‘Left-wing’, even (laughably) ‘Communists’.

Yes, there are people in the US who belong to a Communist Party. Here’s a link.

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And others who are in Socialist parties too. More links to them.

But the chances of any of their members ever being elected into a position of real influence or power is non-existent.
And honestly, the Democrats are nothing like these people, nothing at all.

Take it from me, America. You do not have a single (actual) Socialist or Communist in any position of power over there, however minor that position might be. At the risk of appearing to seem patronising, here is a list of some of what Socialists and Communists believe in, at least as far as the official policies are concerned.

State ownership of all Utilities.
State ownership of manufacturing and distribution.
Stare ownership of Transport Infrastructure.
State controlled education, fair and equal for all.
State provision of free healthcare, on an equal basis.

Before you all get on your high horses, I know full well that all that hasn’t always happened, even in those countries ruled by that political system. Humans are corrupt by nature, and will take opportunities where they present themselves. But you REALLY do not have anyone in the Democratic Party who would advocate such reforms, believe me.

I speak from experience, as I am from Europe, and have had a lifetime of being involved in the politics of what is known here as ‘The Extreme Left’.

So, please calm down.

If the Democrats win in 2020, you will wake up the next morning to find that the only thing that has changed is the hairstyle of whoever became President.


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  2. stalinsmoustache

    From my perspective, there is more continuity than discontinuity between Obama and Trump – as you implicitly point out, Pete. But the polarisation is a sign of a society that has always had a Cold Civil War, occasionally heating up as it is now.

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  3. theshammuramat

    Well I’ll jump in here and directly quote from an article below by Mickey Edwards on Medium that expresses very well what I think.

    Also Pete there are more Democrats in America than Republicans.

    Overall, 40 percent of voters in 31 party registration states are Democrats, 29 percent are Republicans, and 28 percent are independents, according to a new report of July numbers from the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. The states include several with key battles over House seats such as California, New York, Florida, and Pennsylvania.

    The lead is significant, said Rhodes Cook’s analysis in Center Director Larry Sabato’s “Crystal Ball” newsletter, because in the past presidential election the majority party in 24 of the 31 states won, especially among Republican states.

    In 2016, Trump won 11 of 12 majority Republican states, and took six of 19 Democratic states, said the analysis.

    The key for Democrats will be to get out the vote like they did in Virginia, and I am proud to say a good friend led the charge there. She’s a woman and more and more suburban Republican women are swinging to the Democratic side. Not surprisingly since the Republicans health and child care policies are dreadful. In addition their attitudes towards women is equally as bad – they have rarely run minority or women candidates. No we are nowhere near socialism or communism here but the Democrats offer a sane foreign policy that doesn’t allow the Russians to control our elections, decent healthcare, lower taxes on the middle classes and strong support for public education. But most importantly Pete they will protect the environment. Trump has rolled back all the laws that prevent chemicals and other toxins from invading our water and air. For me and for many of the women in America Republican and Democrat the desire for our children to be protected from a toxic environment will rule how we vote in 2020.

    The article below however is a warning that Trump might indeed be re-elected. I intend to go to Maine and work against Senator Susan Collins for her opponent. The Senate holds as much importance as the Presidency and it seems there are some extremely vulnerable Republican Seats. Bring it on!

    “Trump’s early good fortune had nothing to do with politics: born to more wealth than his persistent mismanagement could dissipate; reaching adulthood at a time when television rewarded the vacuous and tabloids were willing to build celebrity out of hype and bluster; gaining recognition at a time when the persistent strain of U.S. anti-intellectualism was reasserting itself, Trump and the culture merged.

    For many voters Trump had become an avatar, the voice of their grievances, the embodiment of a rebellion against being dismissed and insulted for their resistance to new cultural norms about speech, race, gender, and sexual identity. Even more, he seemed to understand the impact of the economic inequality and globalization that had in combination reduced them to second-class citizens. Trump, through little more than outrageous rhetoric and television celebrity, was the man cultural traditionalists and a struggling working class turned to because, furious with political elites who didn’t appear to see or hear them, they were ready to turn to anyone radically different from the norm.

    There was more to Trump’s good luck, however, than just being an angry man who fit the angry mood, and many of the other factors that elected him in 2016 are in play again. Consider how this consummate outsider won the Republican Party’s nomination even though he had long been a Democrat, held no office, and had little understanding of either policy or government.

    Three years ago, Trump was helped by running in a primary in which 16 other more traditional candidates slowly merged into just the different faces of an alternative to Donald Trump. In state after state, large majorities of primary voters voted for one of the non-Trumps: 65% in New Hampshire, 75% in Iowa, 67% in South Carolina. (In all the primaries combined, including the later ones in which most other candidates had dropped out of the race, more than 55% of primary voters wanted someone else). Only the intervention of House Speaker Paul Ryan and RNC chairman Reince Preibus prevented a challenge at the party’s national convention which might well have nominated someone else.

    A Trump re-election remains somewhere between possible and likely.

    Amazingly, much the same scenario is playing out again. This year it’s the Democrats who have an exceptionally large field of candidates, many of whom have honed their attack skills on each other, pitting more traditional Democrats like Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Kamala Harris against the progressive left candidacies of Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, whose demands (“Medicare for All,” free college for all, decriminalizing illegal border crossings) are almost certain to drive away the blue-collar Democrats and independents whose support may be key to the chances of a Democrat winning the presidency. In fact, Warren, who had been surging in the polls, began to see her support slip after her opponents and the news media began to deconstruct her proposals and their anticipated cost.

    At the same time, Democrats are in the process of burying their presidential candidates’ campaign messages under a flurry of daily news reports about the House’s ongoing impeachment inquiry despite polls showing that hearings won’t change their minds about removing the president from office with an election less than a year away. And (in an ironic example of Trump’s luck) it was his efforts to shake down the president of Ukraine that forced Democrats to act despite the damage they may be doing to their own presidential prospects.

    Despite low unemployment and peace abroad, Trump — likely the first president to run for re-election after being impeached — is projected to once again lose the popular vote. But popular vote is not how we elect presidents and so, again, with Democrats forced to step on their own message and torn by a massive generational and philosophical divide, a Trump re-election remains somewhere between possible and likely.

    Three years ago, Trump took advantage of the confluence of factors that in combination produced a working class base that was willing to take a chance on him out of anger and desperation. His victory had precious little to do with any assets of his own (he doesn’t have many); this year he can add to his arsenal a Democratic Party caught up in chasing an impeachment scenario that might backfire, and flirting with nominating again one of the few people Trump could beat. He deserves not a whit of good luck but it seems to find him anyway.”

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  4. wilfredbooks

    I agree about the polarisation of politics, Pete, on both sides of the Atlantic, which I find very disturbing; I think one of the problems for some is that finding a consensus is counter to the individualism [aka self-interest] that is so prevalent now, and I hope your American readers will forgive me, but my own humble opinion is that socialism will probably never gain any traction in the US because the principles you list are contrary [for most] to “the American Way”: it’s “me first, and the devil take the hindmost”. Cheers, Jon.

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  5. GP Cox

    To make one thing clear. Pre. Trump did not divide the nation here, but the democrats have been certainly trying to do just that ever since he got elected. They have also not worked to get anything done in Congress. What other job allows people to protest against their boss, try to get them ousted, refuse to do their job, but still get paid? And frankly, our day-to-day lives have only improved since Trump has been in office and our problems are certainly no different than all the Brexit news we read over here.

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    • beetleypete

      Thanks for you thoughts, GP. As I said, I am only basing it on American bloggers, and statistics we get on the BBC news. It does seem that opinion is divided, if not the country as a whole. The last figures I saw were 40% support for Mr Trump, and less than that for the Democrats. I follow bloggers on both sides of the issue, in roughly equal numbers.
      Brexit is a real mess, so whatever you read about it there is probably true. 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      • GP Cox

        Many liberals like to rant, so it makes news, but asked them straight out – ‘how has your life changed for the worse since Trump has been in office?’ they usually have no answer (including chug)

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      • GP Cox

        Obama did try to start another race war. He put us back decades in that. He also spent far too much. No one can tell me what he did productively during his 8 years either.

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  6. 2581john

    Interesting view of the USA Pete. Most British bookmakers have Trump winning in 2020 at odds of 11/8 5/4 etc so short of an assassination they seem pretty convinced he will win. I will keep my fingers crossed for another four wonderful years followed by an all female ticket of Melania Trump/Candace Owens in 2025. 😁 Go Donald. The God Emperor.

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      • 2581john

        I think the patterns of donations are telling. Not only has he already raised millions in funding, and did phenomenally well in California, from what I’ve read, these donations aren’t big cheques from the super wealthy but lots of small donations. I don’t think they record much data from donations of less than $200 but a lot of Trumps donations are in the $20-$50 mark which indicates lots of support from individuals who donate ‘when they can afford it’ and these eventually hit the $200 mark. He has a grass roots appeal that has been quietly growing since the last election.

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