In watching the Our Revolution online event tonight supporting Keith Ellison, who is being put forward to head and implement past due reform in the Democratic Party, there remained the proverbial 800 lbs gorilla on stage with Ellson in the person of AFT President Randi Weingarten.
Weingarten, whose career heading AFT exemplifies the same contradictions in supposed values versus actions that now plagues the Democratic Party, while continuing to remain unaddressed even after the recent drubbing at the poles.
Weingarten and AFT have systematically abandon falsely targeted teachers and cooperated with their removal on false charges and the premeditated dismemberment of public education without objection, while tacitly supporting the 1% corporate agenda of the exclusively profit motivated corporations in their incessant move to privatize public education for profit and the further dumbing of America.
Tonight at the AFT sponsored event, no notice was ever taken by Sanders, Ellison, or any other person of good will, who truly wants to fix the Democratic Party, but seems inexplicably blind to the open and obvious corruption that a Randi Weingarten or other members of the traditional Democratic establishment's leadership that has continued unabated, while selling out the supposed Democratic Party's core values enumerated by Sander in his speech tonight.
This has gone on for so long now that the Democrats core constituencies- those who voted for Obama twice- have now seen too many cross over in disgust and support Trump and a Republican agenda, which in reality is completely antithetical to their true interests. And none of these "reformers" wonders why, when the Weingarten answer is standing next to them?
Although Bernie Sanders eloquently laid out what the Democratic Party platform has been about in the past and should be about in the future, which the vast majority of all American of either party support and which a Republican Party is completely and utterly in opposition to, it seems that none of those wanting to reform the Democratic Party seemed willing to address the blatant 5th column within the Democratic Party represented at the event by the likes of a Randi Weingarten, whose career, like much of the existing leadership of the Democrats has always put their personal self-interest ahead of either the rank and file of their union or the best interests of the average working person.
This is why Republicans now continue to dominate all levels of both state and federal government, not because they are liked, but rather because of the blatant hypocrisy that still continues to run the Democratic Party, while habitually only offering its voters the lesser of two evils.
As much as I like Sanders, he never seems to address or reconcile this contradiction, even though the personification illustrating why Democrats lose and Republicans win was standing right behind him on the stage in the person of AFT President Randi Weingarten.
It is my contention that Democrats will continue to lose the vast majority of state and federal elections, because those like Randi Weingarten remain in Democratic Party leadership and in the pocket of the 1% they really serve in their move to privatize public education and any other area of our economy where the profit of the 1% continues to take precedence over the will and needs of the majority of people in this country.