Establishment Democrats have started to get their well-deserved karma that accrued during the 2016 Presidential Election. It appears that unfortunate events have befallen these corporatist moderates.
Hillary Clinton’s biggest ally, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, currently rots with scandal from being under a criminal investigation for “wide-ranged equipment and data theft” in regards to one of her staff members, Imran Awan, being charged investigated for data theft as well as for wiring $300,000 to Pakistan.
In Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is not likely to win his bid for reelection, as he has lead a scandalous career in Chicago. Emanuel has actively ignored the poorer neighborhoods of the city while funneling millions of dollars in the upkeep of the more touristy parts of the city. Further, Emanuel aided in the cover-up of the police shooting of Laquan McDonald, an unarmed African American teenager, in 2015.
On the national scale, the Democratic National Committee is currently facing a lawsuit by none other than the combined forces of Bernie Sanders’ supporters. The lawsuit comes as a push by Sanders’ supporters for the DNC’s rigging of the primary in favor of Hillary Clinton.
It is easy to see that corporatism is failing the Democratic Party. Corporate Democrats have a long held belief that the American left will blindly fall in line behind them whenever a threat comes to either their power or to the American people.
This belief was proven false in the 2016 Presidential Election when Hillary Clinton lost the electoral vote to Donald Trump. Sure, she won the popular vote, but it was the arrogant thinking of her and her team of corporatists that caused them to think that no work had to be put into winning states like Michigan and Wisconsin, which lead to her downfall.
This all stems down to where the funding comes from for Democrats. In cases like Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard, where PAC and Corporate funding are little to no percentage of their fundraised finances, the beliefs that are held are on the basis of a people’s agenda. However, in cases like Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris, where funds a significant portion of funds raised come from corporations and big business, the beliefs held tend to be more moderate and geared toward the corporate elite.
It is this correlation that shows just how out of touch with the American people the Democratic Establishment really is. Big money must be removed from politics for the sake of the American people. If not, not only will Americans suffer, but the Democrats, as shown through several instances of karma, likely will follow suit.