Originally posted by finnegan
.... or has Third Way politics under the Clintons made Democrats perfectly open to fascism and incapable of principled opposition?
I think the incremental push to the right that gained momentum under Reagan, exacerbated by Clinton's Third Way, turbocharged by 'W's' neocon activism and entrenched by the debt strapped incrementalism of Obama presented Trump fertile soil to capture the hearts and minds with fascist rhetoric.
For 30 years the victims of poverty and a lack of opportunity have been vilified as the cause of their failure, while those who have benefited from the economies great wealth have been increasingly convinced that you can receive greater benefit while contributing less. Within this context it's inevitable that a populist like Trump could sweep the board with his nationalistic jingoism that will further dissolve the middle class and accelerate the social divide till the fascist shift his policies will engender, will see the ruin of the American Empire and give rise to a failed post Peron-like Argentinian State, in the aftermath.
The media has much to answer for because they have followed the money, a few steps behind the leading neocon edge to be sure, but nevertheless turning away from their function of talking truth to power.
I am not sure when it happened but at some point people got tired of having a social conscience and of being reminded they were their brother's keeper. Yet in searing their conscience of any social commitment, in terms of the politics they willingly subscribe to and support, the people have by their abrogation of social responsibility laid themselves bare to be manipulated and played, while they have been made witness to the destruction of the strength of their middle class values built on notions of meritorious rise through hard work and conservative management of personal wealth. Their once unnasailable position, has been eroded by fiscal treachery that has seeded the plough of the grass roots populism that Trump if unapposed will prove to be the final nail in the coffin of the ordinary American.