By Robert A. Vella
Throughout American history, there have been all sorts of politicians in the Democratic Party. Andrew Jackson embodied its aggressive and violent side, as he vigorously went after the British, Native Americans, Wall Street bankers, and anyone else who stood in his way. South Carolina’s John C. Calhoun, and the Dixiecrats of the mid-20th century, represented the party’s domination by racist white supremacists. William Jennings Bryan and Jimmy Carter projected religion into the Democratic Party. Franklin Delano Roosevelt espoused its economic populist sentiments, Huey P. Long its left-wing radicalism, and George McGovern its liberal anti-war and egalitarian side.
However, all these myriad politicians were Democrats first. Their despised opponents were Republicans. Political warfare in those days was mano a mano, party versus party, and no civil quarter was given.
Now, there is another kind of Democrat – one who wears the party label, but acts like an establishment Republican. His name is Andrew Cuomo, and he is the current Governor of New York – one of the bluest states in the nation. Cuomo has repeatedly expressed contempt for the populist base of the Democratic Party, which twice helped him get elected, and his actions as governor have been unabashedly corporatist.
The latest news from this political wolf in sheep’s clothing is astounding. From the Daily Kos – Cuomo: New Yorkers have all the health care they need:
Remote Area Medical was founded in 1985 to provide medical care in developing nations. But now, the need here at home has grown so great that more than 80 percent of their work is in the U.S. They’ve held more than 700 three-to-five day clinics offering medical, dental, and vision services at no cost to hundreds of thousands of patients. They were ready to bring their clinic to serve more than 7,000 people in New York City on November 28, an event that would have been RAM’s large clinic ever held. But just two weeks before it was scheduled to open, the clinic had to be cancelled. Why? Because Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it’s unnecessary.