janan.ganesh@ft.com on Trump , The Republicans and the rise of ‘a coherent populist’ . Old Socialist comments

Mr. Ganesh is almost back to form, almost. As he describes the American political landscape of August 2018, it resembles the political present, yet his quick travelogue or just a history made to measure, lacks a complete description of the American political scene from Nixon to the present.  With a quick walk on by the Great Man Ronald Reagan, who was so admired by the ersatz ‘Progressive’ Obama, that he gave a speech about him. FDR was politically disappeared from Obama’s encomium, he is and remains to the New Democrats an impediment to the  Neo-Liberal Project.

Erased from Mr. Ganesh’s ‘history’ is Nixon’s ‘Southern Strategy’, an embrace of the Dixiecrat wing ,that migrated from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party, after the passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts of the mid 1960’s. And Reagan’s 1976 campaign against  ‘Welfare Queens driving Cadillacs’ and his first speech made at the Neshoba County Fair  of his 1980 campaign.

I believe in state’s rights; I believe in people doing as much as they can for themselves at the community level and at the private level. And I believe that we’ve distorted the balance of our government today by giving powers that were never intended in the constitution to that federal establishment. And if I do get the job I’m looking for, I’m going to devote myself to trying to reorder those priorities and to restore to the states and local communities those functions which properly belong there.


These ideological inspired lacunae of Mr. Ganesh’s ersatz history are verifiable by the absence of a reality based examination of the Republican Party. The case of the Central Park Five shows that Trump shared the racial animus demonstrated by both Nixon and Reagan:

There are no heroes in Mr. Ganesh’s political fable , neither the re-closeted Randian Paul Ryan, about to be employed by American Enterprise Institute or some other Corporatist Think Tank. And the Koch Brothers, minus one, who represent the Oligarchy in all their greed ridden mendacity.

Mr. Ganesh opines on the possible rise of ‘a coherent populist’ : the reader is somewhat dumbfounded by his myopia:  the political fact of Bernie Sanders, the rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cynthia Nixon,  Abdul El-Sayed and others: the fact that these candidates are part of a New Deal Tradition, that was once the very center of the Democratic Party, eludes his thought, that produced this  ideologically fueled polemic. 

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