IT'S TIME TO ABANDON JIM CROW MANCHIN'S DEMOCRATIC PARTY
The DINO That Is Joe Manchin
What times these truly are. Today’s Republican party, which has clearly lost its
mind to the whims and ramblings of Donald Trump, is up against a Democratic
party that currently holds sway in Congress, just, and also the Oval Office
(although with a drastic slump in its approval rating for the president after just
one year). After four years of conservative chaos, or just simply chaos, the
Democrats now find themselves in a precarious position where they can
fundamentally alter the political direction of the country. Which sounds
wonderfully refreshing after the misery years of Donald Trump.
that point (cue the drum roll), enter one Joseph Machin III, senior senator from
the coal state of West Virginia. Aka, DINO – Democrat in Name Only,
Manchin is what one might call an “old school” southern-style Democrat.
More Dixie than progressive, he is true to his conservative DNA first and
foremost. His Democrat party membership card is nothing more than a pass to
poison the growing American progressive movement. That he holds get-
togethers in his spare time with the likes of Lindsey Graham is more than
telling. After all, you judge the character of someone by the company that
they keep and is this case the judgment is both cringeworthy and damning.
On top of that, Manchin has just declared that he will not be supporting the
Build Back Better program, thus condemning the will of the majority of the
American people who want actual, tangible government funded improvements
and enhanced socio-economic safety nets across the length and breadth of the
land, but now seemingly can’t have that. Manchin is one of the many reasons
in an ailing American society that we can’t have nice things. And here’s how
he is allowed to get away with it in such a bare-faced, shame free fashion.
The US has long prided itself on being the paradigm of democracy, a beacon of
what is supposedly politically righteous to the rest of the world. And while its
democratic intentions are clear, its actions are far from. Pretty much from the
get-go, American democracy has consisted of a two party, two sides of the
same coin, set up. It now oscillates back and forth between Republican evil
and Democratic evil-lite. But then, beneath that rotten veneer, there is the
Congressional potential fault-line of a single Senator exploiting a razor thin
party majority for his own specific gain.
As is the case with old coal boy Joe.
Manchin, despite his supposed Democrat credentials, hails from the
conservative leaning state of West Virginia. He holds many political points of
view that are more conservative than anything else. That’s because he has one
eye on his majority conservative West Virginian electorate more so than he
does of the needs and wants of the nation at large. To state the obvious,
Manchin only holds his Senate position because of the votes of West
Virginians. And here’s the real kicker – West Virginians make up approximately
0.75% of the population of the USA.
Manchin knows all too well, that with a Senate split 50 – 50, Democrat /
Republican, he can play merry hell in the Senate and effectively insert his
conservative will, or withhold his support, regarding national legislature as he
sees fit. Yet, his decision to not back Build Back Better not only damns
Manchin himself, but also the current “broad church” approach to policy that
the Democratic party stands for.
All of this is clear as day evidence that Black, Brown and Progressive Americans
should abandon the Democrats, if they have not done so already, because the
Manchin situation is simply another intolerable display of conniving political
gamesmanship. If you voted for a particular party because of the ideals of AOC
or Rashida Tlaib but end up with the conservative DINO take of Joe Manchin
and Eric Adams above all else, then just what sort of democracy do we labor under? Why on
Earth do we continue to endure this sort of nonsense?
We have to stay focussed on breaking the mold of the outdated, outrageous
American two-party political system that not only allows the likes of Donald
Trump to run amok for four years, but also allows for tunnel-visioned
reactionaries such as Joe Manchin to foil actual meaningful change in a country
that is screaming out for something different, something better.
The Democrats are never going to change. But we can change. We can stop keep
holding our noses, voting Democrat and hoping for something better that
always, inevitably never comes.
Let’s do something better and dump the Democrats for good.