After watching most of Ken Burns “The Roosevelts” I really really miss liberals. I don’t know where they all went. I do know that the current crop of self-described “Progressives” are close-minded, authoritarian and incapable of organizing a one-car parade. Eleanor and Franklin would actually spend time among the poor folks, talk with them and LISTEN to them. Imagine, say, Hillary getting her hands dirty and calling in bigtime political chips to help a few hundred sharecoppers, while actually involving herself in trying to help poor people whose names and stories she knows because she lives there with them. Eleanor did that. Hillary won’t. Not ever.
Liberals made their name in American politics by looking out for the Little Guy, but that was a long time ago. Today nobody is looking out for the LIttle Guy, least of all the Little Guy’s government. One of FDR’s major accomplishments was separating commercial banking from investment banking with passage of the Glass-Steagall Act in 1937. The repeal of this landmark law was signed by alleged Liberal Bill Clinton at the behest of the Wall Street banksters, who promptly ran the entire national economy into the goddam toilet. Again. Just like they did in1929. If we had any real Liberals around, hell would be raised, but as it is: crickets. Nobody went to jail over tanking the economy. Nobody ever will. The corporate malefactors FDR sought to control are now controlling the mass media and buying the legislation they want by buying the legislators they want, and they are as snug as bugs in rugs with the willing cooperation of both political parties. Both political parties. BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES.
Anybody sees a real Liberal, please let me know. I’m pining over here.