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Plutocrats Win Control of Congress

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The mainstream media is spinning last night's election results as a "victory for Republicans." In fact it was a victory for the plutocrats who financed the Republican campaigns.

From the electoral maps it looked like a red state uprising. In reality, it was a "white state" uprising. White fear again rules the day in American politics. Not that those who financed the winning campaigns care a bit about the best interests of the white voters in red states -- they don't.

The Democrats say they are the party of the people. But in truth they are largely backed by one-percenters as well. There are some exceptions, but for the most part, the reason the Democrats decline to field candidates who would actually challenge the status quo is that the DNC, like the RNC, is awash in status quo money.

In fairness, the billionaire movement favored the Republicans in this election to a significantly greater degree than it did the Democrats, continuing a pattern that has emerged over the past several decades.

It's easy to say that the Democrats who lost last night were not dynamic or progressive enough, and there may be some truth to that. But there were some pretty good Democrats who lost as well. Alison Lundergan Grimes, Mark Udall, Kay Hagan, and Michelle Nunn are a few examples. Not firebrand progressives by any means, but light years better for their states and the country than the candidates they lost to, certainly.

Since the DNC had a decent budget and overall better candidates, you have to take a look at their game plan. Sure, white fear of a black president had something to do their losses, but you really have to wonder if the Democratic message was clear and strong enough.

Right now Wall Street continues to be more important to the Democrats than Main Street, and they are dying because of it.

Time to put up a fight.

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