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There is No Alt-Left

A Response to Gil Troy and Time Magazine

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Time Magazine published the worst post-election article of the 2016 cycle. Gil Troy, a Professor of History at McGill University and visiting scholar at the Brookings Institute, penned a screed about the fictive “alt-left.” What he meant is the American Left (the majority of the country) that prefers left-leaning legislation and is tired of the donor class calling the tune. Time also made President-Elect Donald Trump Person of the Year. That speaks for itself.

Troy claims that the “alt-left” is full of mean people that disagree with his Neoliberal leanings. The embodiment of pure evil, equivalent to the alt-right (or whatever Nazis call themselves nowadays). Neoliberalism has failed everyone that is not in the top 10% of earners in the country. The ideology has brought us inequality in wealth and income disparities not seen in the modern era.

What our friend Gil has neglected to mention is that he is nicely tucked under the Clinton umbrella, with all the perks afforded to the rest of the sycophants – power and position. He also neglects history. The history that tells us that the Clintons, using the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), have been dragging the Democratic Party to the right since the 80s, to the detriment of Labor and Civil Rights gains. They wanted to become the legislative wing of the liberal elite and Wall Street. That is exactly where we are now – in the grips of oligarchy. The Left has no true voice in national politics.

“Don’t believe me? Ask an establishment Democrat what their plan is to stop losing.”

As the Democratic Party shifted to the right, they abandoned voters for wealthy donors. Because of this, they are getting slaughtered electorally by the GOP at every level – from local school boards to the White House. They are uninterested in righting the ship. Not even an Electoral College drubbing from Agent Orange is enough for them to wake up from their cash-induced slumber. Don’t believe me? Ask an establishment Democrat what their plan is to stop losing. That will tell you everything that you need to know.

Here comes Gil with his tone-deaf finger pointing. Blaming ultra-popular lefty platform positions for Hillary’s loss. What?! She lost because she failed in the Rust Belt – bad Electoral College strategy. She did not speak enough to working class issues. When she did, no one believed her. She lost the most winnable election in our lifetime. Let’s not forget that she lost to a Black guy with a funny name in 2008. No one but Hillary could have lost these two contests. It’s time to come to grips with the fact that Hillary is a bad politician. For the excessively dense, the popular vote does not count in this race. Congrats! You win second place in what was essentially a two-person race. Translation: She lost. She is bad at this.

What Really Happened

She lost Rust Belt swing states. Racism and sexism played a role. But, let’s scratch the surface:

  • Couldn’t get white women to vote for a white woman (How is that possible!?!)
  • 9% of Democrats voted Trump
  • Many Obama voters did not vote for Hillary

While some try to pin the blame on Bernie Sanders, in reality, more Bernie supporters shifted to Hillary than Hillary supporters moved to Obama in 2008.

This is an epic fail by any standard. Hard to avoid these numbers. Unless you really don’t want people to understand what happened. That is why Gil gets the big bucks. He gets paid to obfuscate and redirect your attention. He is also in place to provide a soothing balm for the souls in Pantsuit Nation. They can grab their couture pitchforks and torches to storm the non-existent alt-left castle.

And Here We Are

Now Donald Trump and the Legion of Doom are headed up Pennsylvania Avenue. The GOP has the White House, the Senate, and the House. Soon they will have control of the Supreme Court. The only thing between them and us is the weak-kneed Neo-liberals and Bernie.

What’s worse is that Gil’s terrible piece, along with others to come, signal one thing – Democrats are going to make sure we suffer for Hillary’s loss. They are going to join forces with Trump’s minions to demonize us and attempt to destroy our movement. Because we are the clear and present danger to the status quo. They fear us.

The Progressive Left

Let’s be crystal clear about who and what Progressives are. We are a broad coalition of writers, thinkers, activists, and regular folks that want the country, especially the economy, to work for all of us. We all deserve Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness!

A multi-racial, multi-ethnic, non-denominational movement from the Left is the only thing they fear. We need to come together right now! My thoughts were summarized in one tweet.

For more, follow/contact me on Twitter – @blupfront or look for me here at ProgressiveArmy.com.

Written by Michael Graham

Michael Graham

Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Veteran, Social Justice Warrior. City by birth, Country by default.

Michael Graham is a Senior Writer for Progressive Army.

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