The Midterms And Beyond- A Democratic Future.

Millennial Democrats- The Future Is Ours!

Polls are showing that we Democrats are in a good, strong position going into the midterms. There are some problem areas, but we’re getting them worked out. By all indicators, we’re on track to retake at least the House of Representatives, something the nation’s future depends on.

In fact, it has become increasingly clear that the future of the nation depends largely on the future of the Democratic Party, since only Democrats seem to care about it. It has become critical for us to ask some questions about ourselves and where we’re going, after the midterms and beyond.

What is the nature of Democratic ideology? What does it mean to be a Democrat? This is something many of us have thought about a lot, especially since 2016. It has changed quite a bit over the years. Experience and study both have taught us to be wary of any ideology that requires a true believer. Thus, although it does not exist as a crystalline and brittle dogma, incapable of change, it does still have a form. And although it is profoundly sickening to dignify Trump’s raving with a well-thought out response, 

That form is not called socialism. It has nothing to do with socialism. And it will never have anything to do with socialism, regardless of the slanders of Trump aimed at us that we’re all radicals. We are not. 

The time-honored policies we’ve been using since Franklin Roosevelt, like that of nearly everyone in the western world, belong rightly to the tradition of Social Democracy. That is profoundly different from being a socialist, which even the most reputable and intelligent of leftist publications, Jacobin Magazine, is in total agreement with us on this matter; one headline of theirs we came across while researching this read simply, Democratic Socialism Isn’t Social Democracy.

The difference is simple. We want to retain our free market economy, and not hand it all over to bureaucrats. We also wish to see it tempered of its harshness by a social net of citizen relief. 

That’s not what everyone wants, and I get that, although it’s hard to accept, especially now, when the stakes are so high. Democratic ideology means having respect for others, which means a certain amount of agreeing to disagree. We cannot try to force it! People must come around on their own. We’ve got to use reason, not ugliness. We don’t want to hurt anyone over the way they think, just the opposite. We need their help to do our share to ensure that our government is healthy and to be sure we remain realistic about its prospects.

Everybody’s got a set of ideologies these days, one sometimes feels, and many are meant to deliberately waylay and mislead. Many seem artificial. Others seem insensitive, and still others downright stupid. While utopian thinkers are thinking about their utopia, the world outside is going right along as it always has, regardless of anyone’s thoughts or ideas. Current events do not suggest it’s the right time to retreat into philosophy and get lost in obscurity.

We need to get out there and fight.

Revolutionary-minded people have their talking points in order. They will not take long in getting around to Robert Owen or the Paris Commune or what have you as examples that things might be otherwise because a few people wanted them to be; a few words about the former seem in order here. In 1825, Owen bought the town of New Harmony, Indiana and established a utopian colony there-or tried to.

New Harmony prospered at first. But it wasn’t long before the residents fell to quarreling about politics and religion. By 1828, it had failed. Sound familiar? If they’d have been short on resources it would have gone the way of the Donner Party. This why Sir Thomas More chose the word Utopia to describe his 1516 vision of a perfect society.

The word “utopia” is the Greek word for “nowhere”.

Socialists do not understand the nature of capitalism. They believe it to be a system of government. It is not. Capitalism is an entity! It is the raw, naked force, the self-governing force, of the free market itself. Economist Adam Smith called it the Invisible Hand, and observed the patterns it arranges society into.

Those patterns are the trouble with socialism, which asserts itself along unrealistic principles that are inconsistent with human behavior, which is not going to change overnight. Humans are heavily pattern-based creatures. We do the same things in every generation. Bees don’t just wake up one day and start building pyramid shaped hives, no matter how talented the beekeeper.

We have got to find a way to bring this realization home to all of our fellow Millennial Democrats before it’s too late. It’s as if some of us have been in a bubble ever since the 2016 primary election and Bernie Sanders, repeating the same slogans to each other left and right. It has led to other generations slandering us and considering us to be unintelligent and unrealistic.

This is incredibly wrong and unfair. Once the dialogue begins, most of us are fair and decent, just as much so as anyone else. We are capable of thinking with reason. How dare we be held accountable for the conduct of the six-hundred-year-old Bernie? We’re going to be fine, thank you very much.

All we have to do is point out some basic things to one another.

We have to understand that socialism means state ownership, which is synonymous with public ownership but doesn’t sound as nice. It means to build an apparatus so huge that people can hardly fill it, and then hand over the keys to completely untested and radical persons. This has not gone well in the past. The entire systemic concept makes socialism, by its very nature, highly subject to despotism. We must come to thoroughly understand this.

Although the two terms sound alike, a massive gulf exists between the socialistic nightmares of Franz Kafka and social democracy, the highly decent governmental system that made the meatpacking industry in Chicago clean its act up after Upton Sinclair wrote The Jungle.

Social democracy, by the way, is the free-market model used by Nordic nations such as Sweden. Another term for it is Nordic capitalism. There is no socialism involved. Period. Bernie’s praise of their system’s accomplishments was just and correct but he didn’t understand what he was praising. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t either, but we believe there’s hope for her. She’s got a good heart. She’s just got to cut out all this nonsense about socialism.

The process of trade and money started up in society right away. It was the reason society was necessary. Capitalism is raw desire, and without society, it walked around in the hearts of cavemen, snatching from the others where it could. It was brutal, but it also allowed us to compete with more powerful forms of life. We realized back then that what makes us great is also what makes us dangerous. The human being is a sword with many edges.

There’s certainly no getting rid of capitalism. It exists and appears to be an integral part of human culture. So what to do with it? This has been the question since before humans wore pants. It came at the cost of two World Wars and a galaxy of other atrocities, but at this point, humans have channeled capitalism and made it work for us, and it has given us everything we have, problems and progress alike. 

Every form of social organization, every form of government, is an attempt to give capitalism a saddle and riders. In America, we have the strength of the Roman Republic shoring up the walls of Greek democracy. Six thousand years of societal evolution has combined to give us the advantage we enjoy, as a nation. All we have to do is just take care of it.

And we’re going to give that up for- what, exactly? The half-baked regurgitations of Marx and Lenin that the far left has been shouting for these last few decades? Their “plan” is equivalent to cutting the basket ropes of a hot air balloon you are in because the sun is getting in your eyes. Destructive and ineffective. For all the disasters you cause in the process of cutting those ropes, the sun will still be in your eyes.

In the last analysis, regardless of who tries what, our nations and empires follow the same cycles of death and rebirth that our bodies do. During those cycles, the same things have happened in every generation. Most of them are not very nice.

Howard Zinn’s People’s History of the United States does a great job of illustrating just how ugly those struggles can get. Hundreds and hundreds of pages, and on each a grocery list of vivid atrocities. Yet still, somehow amid the dung-pile, he finds grounds to claim that humans can just unlearn it all, that we can just lay down and retire the entire concept of a State since people in a mob are so obviously capable of being objective and fair.

Most of us can’t even quit drinking caffeine.

Discussions about the nature of government have become much more common and much more critical for millennials than ever before. We must succeed where Bernie failed, and learn to correctly identify not only socialism, but also capitalism and understand its nature as an entity.

I ask you, readers- Have you ever read or seen Dune? The book, by Frank Herbert, the movie by David Lynch? If not, consider the recommendation made. It provides a perfect metaphor for the relationship between government, capitalism, and society.

Society is the Fremen sandriders. Capitalism is the sandworm. The government is the hooks they used to control where the sandworm goes.

The socialists want to act like the sandworm is not there, even while its jaws snap shut around them. They’d like it all to be theories and talk, and they ignore the grim realities behind many of their ideas. They think it’s just people waving hooks around and desert. They are slowing down the rest of us, in our quest to keep from being eaten.

On the other hand, the Republicans think that letting the sandworms go about without the hooks is good, which is so ridiculous and crude as to make a man throw up. In essence, both the right wing and the far left wing, are completely nuts. We need the government to regulate things, and this is why. We just don’t want to give it all the power. We’ll get by all right, we just have to keep moving forward together. Like Hillary Clinton said.

As John Locke said, the goal of government is not to restrict or negate the rights of man. It’s to ensure them. Even the most cursory glance at our sad yet vibrant history is enough to explain why we must have one. So let’s cut out all the nonsense and pining for the hunter-gatherer days and big revolutions and get to work cleaning our backyards. We can argue over terminology after we take back the House of Representatives.

There’s an enormous amount of work to do before a meaningful change will come to America, and most of it will not be done in our lifetimes. We can’t change that, but we can carry our load as best as we’re able, and we can be the change we want to see in the meantime. In a Democrat’s ideology, that is good enough. We don’t need to rise up in revolution; random acts of violence are not the answer. The answer is to look at the world in a spirit of love and kindness and to vote a straight Democratic ticket. In this election, and in every other.

To Taylor Swift, Millennial Democrat: Thank You, With All Our Hearts.

#ThankYouTaylor

On Sunday night, Taylor Swift stunned the world with her ringing endorsement of the Democratic Party. She called Marsha Blackburn(R-TN) to account for not sharing American values, and gave a shout out specifically to Democrats Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper of Tennessee.

Within the next 24 hours, more than 65,000 people had registered to vote, just in Tennessee.

It was a beautiful moment. The sense of betrayal Democratic women are feeling over the confirmation of alleged molester of women Brett Kavanaugh to our nation’s Supreme Court is obviously gigantic. It was a disgraceful moment for the world. But out of the aftermath, a movement began rising.

One of the first ones to come out and speak for it was country music legend Taylor Swift.

It was a huge moment, thematic in the extreme. In the year of the Democratic woman, this has happened. God bless this woman. Swift’s silence on the issue of politics has been conspicuous since before the election. Silence has been code for assent this whole time.

Many who would never talk about their support for Trump went out and voted for him. Taylor Swift had not used her power to condemn what was going on around her. That led many to believe she condoned it.

On Sunday night, Taylor blew the dust off that belief.

Taylor Swift’s power to reach out and touch other people is obviously massive, but it’s worth taking a look at just how massive. Her Twitter following alone is 114 million. That is more than Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders all put together. The fact that she has used that kind of power for the cause of helping us Democrats has left this contributor speechless with gratitude.

As Kamari Guthrie, director of communications for Vote.orgtold Buzzfeed on Monday, “Thank God for Taylor Swift.”

So what led to this massive turnaround? It certainly has cost her some backlash. The alt-right is furious. “A Betrayal Beyond Words,” read one headline I saw.

Early reports, given to US Weekly by an anonymous source, told us that the pop star had broken her long silence because “She doesn’t care about haters anymore”, and wanted to use her platform for good. But earlier today, in a lengthy Instagram post, Swift gave us the story.

It was her love for the people that did it. Gender orientation and racism were both given as specific causes that drove her to speak out.

“I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love,” Swift said.

Well said.

In fact, that’s what’s driving a lot of us to speak out, haters or not. All of us Resistors, who have been put through the ugliest times in recent history as the sore winner alt-right trolls have come on threads all across the internet boasting and spouting filth in jubilance over Kavanaugh. Speaking to them is kind of like cleaning up vomit.

Swift is not the first country music star in recent history to break ranks with their conservative base. The Dixie Chicks received a huge backlash in 2003 when their lead singer, Natalie Maines, said they were ashamed that George W. Bush was from Texas just after the Iraq War began. Their base was outraged. They bulldozed their CD’s.

In the eyes of the rest of the world, they were superstars.

Taylor Swift will undoubtedly face all manner of slander and revile for this. It will be misogynistic, and it will be hateful. People will be ugly and unfair and cruel.

And none of it will touch her. 

This powerhouse of a woman does not need the approval of a bunch of alt-right crazies! For one thing, she’s a Millennial Democrat. Her number is many. For another, she’s one of the biggest names in music in the world. If you’re going to bulldoze all of her CD’s, you’d better be ready to dig some new landfills. Knock yourselves out.

So anyway, Taylor Swift, thank you. Thank you very much. We really needed your help. Bless your heart on behalf of the entire human race, welcome to the Blue Wave, and know that this will never be forgotten.

Decades of Disgrace With Kavanaugh- Collins Soils Her Legacy.

Alleged rapist Brett Kavanaugh got a big step closer to confirmation today.

It sickens me to even have to write this. Can’t we do better? Is a drunken slob like this really the best that America can offer its highest seats of jurisprudence? What implication does that have for our country?

These questions lack satisfactory answers completely.

Where are we going with this? That is what I’d like to ask Flake and the others this week who allowed that whitewashed FBI investigation to self-delude about a decision of such monumental import.

The FBI didn’t talk to Kavanaugh or his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, and the Trump administration refused to even let them discuss Julie Swetnick, the third accuser.

They even ignored the testimony of Kenneth Appold, one of the most respected theological professors in the nation who said he could personally corroborate that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted Deborah Ramirez in high school. That “investigation” was a total sham. It was a sick joke. It reminded me of a dying goldfish I had as a little kid.

Don’t they see? If things keep along the way they are, the progress made in the last one hundred years will be lost. We’ll be right back in the good ol’ boy days, the days of cronyism and graft and corruption.

And then I remember- That’s exactly what they want.

I’m good and disgusted this morning. I keep seeing the twisted up rage in the face of the whiner Kavanaugh, threatening and storming, screaming up the 40-year-old Virgin defense. He looked like a cartoon character of somebody sniveling.

I compare that with the dignity on the face of Christine Blasey Ford, who risked every aspect of her safe and quiet life to get up there on that podium and tell that humiliating story. Who wants to be a victim?

The people who go around spouting that “false accusation, men are the victims” lie always manage to leave that part out. It’s a miserable, embarrassing thing to have someone come along and do unto you. Nobody wants to think of themselves that way.

This was not a person likely to be bought off; if she was, the Republicans would have outbid us anyway. They would have paid anything to jam that guy through. The only hope we had was that some decency would rise up in the hearts of a few of the Republicans, and in one case, it did.

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted no, and Susan Collins has still yet to declare officially, we’re waiting on that to come through in an hour. But he passed this hurdle, and there’s no mistaking it.

Regarding the lone Democratic yes, that of West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, even if he had voted no, Mike Pence would have broken the tie. It would not have slowed down Kavanaugh’s path to confirmation at all, and it would probably have cost Manchin his bid for reelection. He’s currently beating his primary opponent,

If the opportunity opens for Joe to use his vote to stop Kavanaugh, he will do it, and all true Democrats know this. If it doesn’t, then who cares who he voted for? Usually, only purists from the far left who live in progressive states. Easy for them to say. Red-state pragmatism is necessary. In the end he’s one of us.

We have seen this kind of thing before. It’s all an eerie repeat of 1992, and the Anita Hill hearings on Capitol Hill. Again, it was because the Republicans were trying to force a loathsome sex offender, Clarence Thomas(who has used his power to make one ruling in the last twelve years, shortly after media publicity revealed that he had not bothered to do so in ten years) down our throats and onto the Supreme Court bench.

Going forward, it’s important to remember that cloture is not the same as confirmation. We still have hope of a last minute change of heart, and even if he’s confirmed ultimately, it’s still not the end of the world. It’s just really disgusting. The fight was still worth it. We’re thirty-two days from the election, and this whole ordeal has empowered the Blue Wave beyond anything we have seen so far. 1992 saw Thomas get in, regardless of what he had done to Hill, but it saw a few other things also.

Televised images of a committee, composed exclusively of white males, sharply questioning African-American law professor Anita Hill disturbed many women, and of a sudden, they became galvanized en masse. It became known as the Year of the Woman.

Not long after, on January 3, 1993, for the first time in American history, California became the first state in the nation to be represented in the Senate by two women- Barbara Boxer, and Dianne Feinstein, who of course was the one to blow the whistle on Kavanaugh in today’s saga.

History repeats itself constantly, and the events of the 1980’s and 90’s have played an odd role in all this, with the sitcom stars and professional wrestling videos, and all the rest of it. If the past is any indication, the Year of the Democratic Woman, 2018, is going to crash into the Republicans with the force of a nuclear tsunami.

Go ahead and push it through, Republicans. Ruin your names for all of history. That’s what we want you to do. Because when we get back in power, we’re going to dismantle you with this.

Kavanaugh: The Final Hours- Jeff Flake Forces Delay!

Jeff Flake Forces Delay!

As these words are written, we’re in the last minutes of the fractious but historical confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh, Trump nominee and alleged molester of women.

It saddens and sickens me to see it, but the nomination has been approved. It now heads to the floor.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has not yet voted yes. He may not say it, either. It will cost him nothing to say no; he’s retiring, and he has to know this whole thing isn’t right.

He’s been playing both sides all along, but he’s got one last chance to use his power for something decent. That Kavanaugh guy is a nut. How are we supposed to trust a guy who threatens and yells at Senators?

He has made his consent contingent on a floor vote delay and a one week FBI investigation. However, Flake has been given no such commitment by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Unless he gets them, he is supposed to be voting no.

Yesterday our Joe Manchin took Flake along with Republicans Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski into a meeting, a meeting in which I have no doubt whatsoever that he did all he could to convince them to resist the bullying of Lindsey Graham and others. That last guy dared Republican senators not to vote for Kavanaugh.

Or what, Lindsey? You’ll come over to their houses and beat them up? Toss them to the Nazis and watch them be eaten alive? What happened to you, man?

Graham used to seem like a decent guy to me. But not anymore.

Update: Flake has used his conscience and his vote to delay this for a week! Bless his heart!

We’ll be covering this until the bitter end- an end that has not yet come. American democracy has lived to fight another day.

Desperate For Disaster, The GOP Holds On To Kavanaugh- Vote Set Friday.

Kavanaugh's Denial.

The saga of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings has ventured from the unsound into the realm of the bizarre.

A Fox News interview the other night saw Kavanaugh trying desperately to regain his momentum, using what a chess player or movie buff might call the 40-year old Virgin Defense. Remained a virgin well into his twenties, according to him.

Are we supposed to feel sorry for him?

It was weird. Real weird. Here’s a guy who is about to be serving in the highest court in the land, the United States Supreme Court, and he’s on TV listing off all the sexual stuff he did as a young man. Creepy. Gross. Nobody cares, dude. T.M.I.

Kavanaugh’s own feelings about his conduct have receded into insignificance at this point. It’s out of his control completely. Trumpism is about to get hit with #metoo head on. This is the year of the Democratic woman; I wouldn’t be on the other side of this for all the money ever made by man.

Trump himself has launched into a full-blown assault on the attackers. That’s what rape culture is, in case anyone reading this has ever wondered. The victims are the ones who end up on trial because the powerful men the attackers resemble can see it happening to them. They think they’re fighting for their right to party.

One person who vehemently took sides with no facts used to be a decent sort of guy, Lindsey Graham, the Republican Senator from North Carolina. Trump has been chumming him up since the start. Looks like it’s working.

Graham went beyond what is publicly known about the Christine Blasey Ford accusation that Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her as a teenager, saying “everybody named in regard to being there said it didn’t happen.”

Not quite, bud.

Kavanaugh “said it didn’t happen, that much is true. But he also said he was never even in the room, or at the party.

His ex-roommate Mark Judge said otherwise. He was quite clear about Kavanaugh’s having been at the party, and in the room with Dr. Ford. He just denied the events took place within them.

There were another two witnesses also, but they also didn’t go so far as to say, as Graham suggested, that nothing ever happened. Mr. Patrick J. Smyth, and Ms. Leland Ingham Keyser both said they had no recollection of the party that Ford described.

But they didn’t say it never happened.

In fact, Keyser told the Washington Post that she believes Ford. So do Democrats, who understand that bringing an end to rape culture requires that women who come forward with their stories be believed.

That is why former Minnesota Senator Al Franken resigned last year when he was accused by conservative talk show host Leeann Tweeden in a smear operation cooked up by Roger Stone.

All he ever did was to make a tasteless joke, but even so, he was willing to give up his seat in Congress to set an ethical example for the rest of us, and to be a good ally to women. He is missed, and so is his sense of decency, growing thinner by the day in the nation’s fair capital.

On Monday, the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein bomb was dropped. Trump wants to fire him, because, in the words of one headline I read the other day, “The strategy was to try and do something really big,” if it was going to save Kavanaugh.

Trump, in his petty rage and blind arrogance, is threatening to take away the Mueller probe and throw even more disorder into the country if we don’t give him his Kavanaugh.

To this man, the fate and future of the country are just poker chips in his casino- and it went out of business long ago.

Meanwhile, the other Republicans are still clinging to Kavanaugh for all that they are worth. Rush Limbaugh said Republicans can “Kiss the Midterms Goodbye,” if they don’t confirm Kavanaugh. They fear to dampen the enthusiasm of their voters by ditching him before the midterms.

The thought of the harm it might do the country to have a potential pervert in our highest judiciary is not considered at all, so long as he will vote like a crony in the future and put his name on all their lousy schemings. That is their M.O. these days. Ask Roy Moore. Sex offenses and the Senate don’t mix, and the Supreme Court is not a better match.

Understandably, we will fight like a drowning man to save ourselves and our nation from that fate, and this too the Republicans know. That is why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a shout out to the Resistance in the form of a bitter revile. “Whatever it took– whatever the truth really was- they were going to do whatever they could to stop this…”

You better believe it.

One key Republican holdout, Lisa Murkowski, has already signaled her support for Kavanaugh’s accusers. Senator Susan Collins is said to be wavering also.

To them both, we would like to say this: It is not too late to make the right decision, and to use your power to stop this. Resist party pressure. Vote with your heart. Do what it takes to keep our country great, like it always has been.

Help us to stop this man.

Kavanaugh’s Catastrophe- Accuser Set to Testify on Thursday.

#StopKavanaugh

Back in the day, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, was apparently a real party animal.

According to Mark Judge, his old college compadre, Kavanaugh was a highly motivated student, with dreams and goals and a clear path to pursuing them- by drinking 100 kegs of beer by the end of senior year.

Strippers. A guy who fell through all the ceilings in the frat house at a party. The saga of the 100 Keg Quest. These are the characteristics of the man they’re trying to put in our judiciary.

These are new details coming to light in Mark Judge’s descriptions of his days as a Georgetown Prep student. In his new book, “Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk,” he regales us with tales of joyful sloven. Judge was an alcoholic who now has his sobriety, we wish him well in keeping it.

But it’s not going to be easy, now that he’s got to cover up for his pal Kavanaugh’s grotesque behavior. It will keep you up at night, stabbing your own country in the heart. Easy to say to hell with it, I need a drink.

Meanwhile, Kavanaugh’s alleged victim, Christine Blasey Ford, is bravely readying for public testimony on Thursday morning. Some elements of the hearing still remain unresolved in talks with the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to her lawyers.

Ford’s lawyers held a second call in two days on Sunday with bipartisan staff on the Judiciary panel, continuing to iron out those details. The hearing is going to be huge. The consequences of it darkly shadow not only the prospects not only of Kavanaugh’s confirmation but also of the midterms up ahead. The Blue Wave is coming.

In the meantime, Trump, who currently disgraces the office of president, could not keep his mouth shut on this.

Unsurprisingly, he has taken the side of the offender, as he did with former judge and Alabaman Senate candidate Roy Moore before him. He is now on the warpath against Ford, who has been receiving death threats from crazed Trump supporters, and in fact, has been forced out of her home..

“Why didn’t she go to the cops in 1982?” he screams.

Probably because she knew the death threats would begin as soon as she did!

Anyone who has ever taken thirty seconds out of their life to look into this subject can tell you: Victims of sexual assault often do not turn it in. They know they themselves will be in effect put on trial, every bit as much so as the accuser. In fact, by defying powerful men, they put their very lives at risk. Trump’s abusive behavior is a great big festering neon example.

This creates a nightmare scenario for Republicans in Congress, who according to a former counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, “had a strategy” to “keep him under wraps.”

They don’t appear to have a strategy anymore. But we do.

Going forward, we’ve got to keep the pressure on as hard as we are able. It’s the new school year, vacation is over, everyone is busy, it’s true. But just the same. Now is the time to raise awareness about this as far as we can.

See you in the trenches.

The Last Nail-Manafort To Cooperate With Mueller in Trump-Proof Deal.

Paul Manafort and his adoring public.

Paul Manafort, the man who has been seen as the key to understanding what Donald Trump’s role in Russia’s interference in our 2016 presidential election was, has finally figured out he’s not getting a pardon and agreed to cooperate with Robert Mueller, according to Kevin Downing, his attorney.

Last Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson formally accepted Manafort’s guilty plea, to two felony conspiracy counts.

This news was not unexpected, and in fact, probably represents the last nail in the coffin of the Trump presidency. It comes on the heels of Manafort’s courthouse defeat in Virginia last month, in which he was convicted on eight more felony charges. A mistrial was declared on the other ten counts, but the government reserves the right to retry them.

Manafort seems finally to have had enough. He has tapped out.

Ken Starr, the semi-pornographer who led the investigation into President Bill Clinton, said Sunday he was not surprised to see the former Trump campaign manager cooperate. “He was under tremendous pressure,” said Starr, a former judge.

No doubt, buddy.

White House Special Counsel for Ethics and Government Reform in the Obama administration, Norman Eisen, has predicted that Trump will not survive Manafort’s testimony.

Eisen, the Obama ethics lawyer, said there is a possibility Manafort will lead prosecutors to Trump. T.S. Ellis, the presiding judge in Manafort’s Virginia trial, reproached Mueller’s team last spring for trying to “get something on President Trump”, and implying that was the goal of prosecuting Manafort for tax and bank fraud in the first place.

Ellis took a sympathetic stance viz. Manafort many times during that trial, in our opinion, but he was found guilty on eight counts anyway, and he was facing yet another trial this month. Trump’s pat on the head for his “bravery” was not, apparently, worth doing life in prison for. Manafort has finally had enough.

And thus did the lone holdout, the one man perceived beyond all others to hold the key to understanding all of this, finally collapse. With it, Trump’s presidency is almost certain to fall as well.

Here at Millennial Democrats, we weren’t quite around to report on it last year when Donald Trump Jr.’s infamous meeting at Trump Tower with Kremlin-linked attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya to get dirt on Hillary Clinton, which Mueller is said to have taken a keen interest in, was discovered.

But we were around when the New York Times reported last September that Manafort was informed of his impending indictment in August, during an early-morning raid at his Virginia home.

We were present a third time when the special counsel Robert Mueller gave Trump an early Christmas present, by way of getting the cooperation of Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn, a man who was at another famous meeting, this one in Russia with Manafort and Jill Stein– and Vladimir Putin.

All of these were nails in the coffin. After that, they started falling like rain. Rick Gates, Sam Nunberg, and so on. This time, however, we’re not just discussing another nail. We’re discussing the final nail.

If you were online and using social media, particularly Facebook, in 2016 and saw this whole thing taking place before your eyes, you probably tried to tell people.

The people you told probably rolled their eyes, especially when you told them about Bernie Sanders‘ campaign being involved(Bernie’s old manager Tad Devine was the first witness called at Manafort’s trial), and you got that. You knew you probably sounded paranoid, but just the same. Something was going on, and sooner or later, the authorities would get involved.

We just hoped it would be in time to salvage the election. It was not.

Manafort’s agreeing to cooperate represent the culmination of nearly two years worth of effort, at this point, and for those of us who have followed the Russiagate developments, nothing could ever possibly come as a better piece of news.

Later on Friday, we saw Mueller’s plea agreement with Manafort on Friday take all-but-unprecedented steps to undercut Trump’s ability to pardon his former campaign chairman. He Trump-proofed it by making sure Manafort knows that if he does accept a pardon, the government will take everything he owns.

To the kind of guy who would spend twelve grand on a pocketwatch, no punishment could be worse.

Good bye, Donald.

The Kavanaugh Confirmation- Two Minutes to Midnight.

#StopTheConfirmation

Last week Senator Dianne Feinstein referred information regarding a claim of serious sexual assault committed by Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh’s alleged victim had intended to remain anonymous, but on Sunday morning, she stepped forward. “I was in fear for my life during that encounter,” she said.

On Sunday, psychologist Christine Blasey Ford came forward as the author. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations- but it’s not really looking very good for him. Years of psychotherapy notes confirm it, and she even went so far as to have a polygraph done on herself.

She passed, too. One wonders if Kavanaugh will have the same amount of guts.

Senate judiciary proceedings relating to the confirmation hearings of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, got off to a rough start for the Republicans on their first day, and things have not improved for them. Our Democratic leadership has been out there in full effect the whole time.

Rising star Kamala Harris led the first round of protests, making sure Chuck Grassley was unable to continue moving the hearing along until Kavanaugh cut out his weaseling and answered her question. She was great and we are very proud of her.

Senator Patrick Leahy did an op-ed piece for the Washington Post on Thursday, eloquently stating his case for why he will never support Kavanaugh for a seat on our Supreme Court.

He brought to light a number of instances of Kavanaugh’s involvement in old e-mail scandals that predated Hillary Clinton, back when a bunch of them got stolen from Democratic senators during the W. Bush administration, and said he “cast aside truth in pursuit of raw ambition.”

“Unimpeachable integrity must never be optional,” Leahy wrote in a powerfully worded op-ed published by the Washington Post.

Our issue with Kavanaugh not only that he may very well repeal Roe vs. Wade and make abortion illegal again- which would kill many women. It’s also that they’re covering up his background so we can’t see who he is. It’s bad enough when they do that with people who are running for President or Congress. Supreme Court justices serve for life.

It’s obviously important, regardless of the petty attempts on the part of Lindsey Graham and others to label our patriotic instincts as sour grapes.

It certainly is a bad thing that Russia and our domestic radical right got together and broke every law there is to steal the election and leave an illegitimate wreck in the White House, but this has nothing to do with that except to note it as a side effect.

The issue of how powerful the American judiciary is cannot be overstated. Of the three branches of our government, it is by far the strongest. The Supreme Court has the power of judicial review, meaning they have to approve any legislature before it becomes law. They can shoot holes in anything any president or Congress tries to do.

The supreme power in the land is the judiciary, hence the term Supreme Court. We don’t want this guy to have it.

Kavanaugh has done a lot of partisan work in Washington- for the Republicans. He was even in on the cheap trick that was Kenneth Starr’s attempt to take down Bill Clinton. And he’s replacing Anthony Kennedy, who had a special place in the heart of Trump and his pals.

Kennedy’s son was leading a real-estate division of Deutsche Bank at the time it gave Trump over a billion dollars in loans to finance his projects when other banks wouldn’t.

It seems clear that raised eyebrows are not out of place here.

Kavanaugh is yet another old white male conservative who will drag the Supreme Court even further right than it is already. This is already the most conservative Supreme Court in American history. They recently held up one of Trump’s travel bans. Kavanaugh will make it worse. That is why we are fighting this so hard and will continue to do so.

On Thursday California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee released a statement regarding her referral of information regarding Kavanaugh’s nomination to the FBI, who conducts background checks on potential government employees.

Turned out it was a sexual assault allegation. What a surprise. What a pack of jackals like this is doing in our government is beyond me. It’s bad enough we’ve got to share a planet with them.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin called for a delay, saying the Judiciary panel should not vote on Kavanaugh “until all the information is before the committee.” Thank heaven some of our leaders have sense.
Even if he gets in, we’re going to keep fighting, and sooner or later we’ll think up a way to figure something out. In the meantime, we’ll just keep raising awareness. Kavanaugh is not to be trusted.

Anonymous Op-Ed- “Senior Trump Official” Goes For Deep Throat 2.0.

Trump's Anonymous Official.

So by now, everyone knows about the anonymous op-ed published by the New York Times by an unnamed White House senior administration official describing inner resistance to Trump and his policies, from deep within the innards of the White House. Days later, it’s still causing plenty of trouble.

Trump wants our Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, to investigate it with the Justice Department- but that might be a little strange, as Sessions is in second place in the battle for frontrunner as to who wrote it.  is that wrote the article.

Mike Pence is first.

Highlights from the piece include the unsurprising news that many consider the president to be “amoral.” Bob Woodward’s recent book on the inner workings of the Trump administration, Fear, makes an identical claim.

The writer of the piece says there’s a few of them, all working against Trump from within, “to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”

It does appear to be the case that nobody working for Trump much enjoys it. John Kelly reportedly said it’s the worst job he’s ever had and opined sadly that “God must be punishing me for something.” There are little kids in dog kennels on the border that might give you an answer to that question, General, but that’s another story.

Bob Corker called the piece “unsurprising“, and said that anyone could have written it. That also seems clear. Op-ed is op-ed, and this whole thing has caused some reflection in the heart of this Millennial Democrats contributor.

I’m not sure I like this whole thing so much. I don’t like how that guy was talking, really. It reminds me of a lot of things I’ve heard Trump complain about, deep state resistance to him and his policies. Republicans believe it has backfired, and pushed Trump into an even more paranoid and conspiracy-minded state.

There are too many sources for it to be a conspiracy, of course, or the Times would never have published it. It just seems awfully convenient for the nutty theories of Trump supporters.

They’re all denying it left and right, but at this moment, Mike Pompeo seems like the guy to me. It’s the way he talks. Boastful, big proclamations. Earlier this year he testified before the Senate. “We’re not soft on Russia! Killed a couple hundred Russians, just last February“- as if dead people is what we want instead of fair elections.

That’s just like now. Way to feed the conspiracy theory machine, buddy.

At any rate, people in Washington, DC are actually betting on this, and there are theories floating around about identifying the guy based on his language.

There’s been some talk about the word “lodestar” as making this a shoo-in for Pence, but I doubt it. I’m guessing they have all picked up each other’s verbiage by this point, that tends to happen with people you’re around with a whole lot, especially when you all are pretty much in a bubble compared to the rest of the world.

I know that from the 2016 elections.

It seems like the guy who wrote that article was trying to reassure himself more than he was trying to reassure us, the ostensible purpose of the article. It’s obvious that he’s going through some changes about it, but what are you going to do?

To whoever it was who wrote that article, we would like to say this to you: You work for the Trump administration, dude. You’re not coming out of this a hero.

You should not have taken the job, to begin with. You should have pitched in with the real Resistance, the one you mocked in your paean to self-apology, to help stop the man in the first place. Ask yourself what you did to ensure the victory of Hillary Clinton in 2016. That’s the only thing that really matters.

We may not know who wrote this yet, but even amidst all this confusion, one thing is crystal clear. From the tone of the article, you can clearly hear that they’re feeling the pressure worse than we are. That is the big takeaway here, and its true significance in regards to the election.

If even “senior Trump administration officials” are wavering so badly, then now is the time for us to reach out and link hands with the Never Trump conservatives, not to mention everybody else who’s on the fence. People are waking up.

They will be more open to the raising of awareness in the aftermath of all this than they ever have been before, and our message for all of them is this: It’s not too late. You cannot change the past, but you can still help avert the disaster looming before us in the future. We will gladly work with you to Make the United States America again.

Blue Wave Looms Above Trump Era’s Second Labor Day.

#BlueWave2018

Happy Labor Day, from Millennial Democrats! This is our second one. We’d like to thank you all for sticking by us. It’s been a great first year for our young organization.

Too bad for Donald Trump that he can’t say the same. A strong Blue Wave is about to knock him right over.

By now talking about what a disaster this illegitimate and infantile White House occupant is won’t be necessary to explain why the values of Labor Day are grotesquely violated by his era. He still hasn’t even been in office half a term, and he’s already made it clear that there never was a worse president.

Last year Trump gave America an actual Labor Day present, by way of reassuring us as to what a sane and balanced man we had running our country.

“Hurricane Harvey was wonderful”, Trump said, in the following statement regarding the survivors of the storm he’d met at the disaster relief center he visited.

They were just happy,” Trump said, referencing the disaster in a speech that included a bizarre list of phrases. “We saw a lot of happiness. It’s been really nice. It’s been a wonderful thing. It’s been beautiful.”

Unreal as it seems looking back, he really said it. That’s who he is, that’s how he is. But for that same reason, we got another Labor Day present. Donald’s disastrous showing in the polls.

Ever since George Gallup first invented his public opinion polling system, back in 1937, annual collections of this data have been assembled and compiled. Approval polls are still considered a reasonably valid indicator of the public mood.

Trump’s approval ratings, on average, are the worst any president has ever had. By far. It’s below 40%, which pretty much fits what we all know- He isn’t fit for the job.

Still, we’ve seen this before, and we don’t want to overestimate it. Things that would have finished anyone else seem not even to affect Trump, because he was such a misfit in the first place.

Everyone knew who and what he was after the Access Hollywood “Grab ’em by the p***y” tape, and they made their choice back then. So many of the people who stump for him say he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue in broad daylight and they’d be fine with it. It’s the Sunk Cost effect on full display.

When the Washington Post/ABC News poll released last week showed President Trump’s approval down to 36 percent, they cautioned that more polling over a longer period of time would be needed to tell if this was simply a blip or if Trump’s disaster life and the scandals that fall from it like scabs have finally taken their toll.

Now we have yet another poll giving us those same numbers as feedback, and also explaining why.

“Trump lost significant ground on job approval with Republicans this month, which fell from 83% last month to 76% this month. Among independents, Trump’s approval dropped 4 points to 33%.”

Yes, the old rating machine, DJT, is getting just precisely what he deserves.

I was particularly pleased to note Democratic approval has never been above the low single digits. Democrats are smart and tough and the country’s only hope.

If it were not for us, democracy would have fallen in the 1970’s after Watergate, under Richard Nixon. This should never be forgotten. Anytime you get a chance to speak up for the Democrats, do so.

It’s been a long and awful ride, from last Labor Day to this one, and it’s been a long year. It’s hardly possible for anyone to forget that the last twelve months have seen little children locked en masse in dog kennels.

I predicted before the election that if Hillary Clinton got robbed of her rightful place in the White House, it would be nothing but indignity for America. Those words have come true beyond anything I feared at the time, although not by much. It was pretty obvious, really.

Starting with the hundred people killed in the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, many have died, fighting to secure the rights that Americans now enjoy. We pay homage to their sacrifice on Labor Day.

Last year, I wrote about what it means to celebrate a day dedicated to America’s working people, in a time so filled with corruption and despair as the Trump era.

I hoped we could honor the fallen ones by getting rid of Trump and all his cronies, and I was not the only one.

Last year, all of that seemed very far away. Now we’re 63 days from a Blue Wave coming along and Making America Clean Again.

As this article was being written, the news came through that Trump will try to block the Mueller report from public view. It seems clear there is plenty of labor ahead, and we’ll be here beside you for all of it.

 

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