Time marches on, folks. Political landscapes dissolve and reform as new systems with new rules. Objectivity must by necessity govern strategy. Each position must be considered its own reality, weighed care
And with that I will inform you that I’m ready now to shift Our strategy to something reflective of common sense. The for-profit big money calling three front runners and awarding Chief Liz the non-Native and Bern equal status ludicrously with the one man who might win. We like all the rest, except for Tulsi G, and GOD, was it nice to see Gillibrand go! We remember Al Franken, you traitorous crow. Go jockey for influence somewhere below where throat-cutting your friends is a good thing to do. We’re nothing but glad to see no more of you.
It’s time for us with boots on to jump into the fray and land with a stomp with no further delay. So we’re Ridin with Biden at once and for all. He is by far the best of those who heard the call. It’s undoubtedly true that he’s no HRC. He’s also no Trump; that’ll do it for me. The country is weary, and so I will fight. I will fight and I’ll fight with all of my damn might, for Biden and all those resisting the night! I will refuse to quit until we see the light! I decided to declare today using verse so the world will take notice of all we rehearse.
We’re Americans, by God! Take note of our opinions, world; they are taking note of you.
Would be President Biden,
In the name of good sense, man! Please listen to me!
I know where I’m going! We’ve somewhere to be!
Let me speak for Joe Biden! Let me talk to them!
I’m one of these people!
They’re mostly my friends!
They will welcome the sound of my voice.
And I know, For the Bible tells me so!
I will speak for these people, for God only knows
Their voices are not being heard by all those
Who live in golf kingdoms and Ivory Towers
And watch us like beasts in their leisurely hours
Serene in their money, through bulletproof glass!
But it can’t keep the truth out! Now hear our forecast!
I’ll tell, if you’ll listen, the way that it is.
The people are feeling cut loose and adrift.
The people need life that makes sense and a plan.
We are starving for knowledge, and most of all, man
The people need language that we understand!
The people are hurting. The people are tired!
We’re bewildered and mad because we’ve been lied to!
We’re insisting today that you tell us the truth!
The American people are proudest on Earth!
We’ll be damned before demagogues play us like dupes!
Let me be the first, sir, to tell you aright
We don’t mean to waltz gently into that good night!
We the People are getting fed up, sir! We’ll fight!
We will kick down the doors of those hiding the light!
Let me talk to the people. They’ll listen to me.
Their struggles and dreams are the same ones I see.
We love this dear country with all that we are,
And we’re sick in our hearts at what’s happening to her!
The people need someone with stomach and heart
Who will be there for us when life’s looking most dark.
We’ve only got one first rank option, and so
We chose a good man with the good sense to know
That we’re willing and able and raring to go!
We are Ridin with Biden, millennials we.
All of us have been ready. So with no delay
It’s my duty to tell you, dear sir, that today
All us people are waiting to hear what you’ll say.
Attention, all Democrats and anyone else who likes to think of themselves as good Americans. The 2020 presidential election is in peril already, and not by the usual suspects; or, at least. We now have every reason, both in terms of good sound common sense and in terms of evidence, to state categorically that China has been making large-scale and highly threatening moves toward taking over the job of hacking our democracy into the ground from Russia.
Needless to say, the news is dire. These guys are ten times as strong as the Russians. Smarter, more disciplined, more subtle. Please, folks. Look through this carefully and then go raise awareness. We’re on our own out here, against the worst of the worst. This guy Xi Jinping, prime minister of the People’s Republic of China (who locked up a million Muslim without cause last year), has called Putin his “best, most dearest friend”, but actually, he’s pretty much made him into a butler. We hardly need to revisit how often we’ve received a sniveling display of Trump’s pathetic need to suck up to them both.
The Chinese, doing the dirty digital work for the Russians. Makes sense, plenty of supporting evidence, Chinese hackers everywhere. It all fits, except for one thing:
What is China going to get out of the deal?
Tough question to be sure, and no certain answers, but just the same. Maybe we can take a shot at this one, too. Follow the money, you all know the game by now.
The Nikkei Asian Review gives us a major clue into the state of all this wheeling and dealing, and it’s consistent with the pattern we’ve been seeing. Russia and China are doing a lot of business but it’s not really good for Russia, which is trading its oil- the lifeblood of the country and the source of Putin’s personal fortune- away at a real steal for China.
“China is now the largest overseas market for Russian oil, gobbling up a quarter of all her northern neighbor’s oil exports.” -Yohei Ishikada, Nikkei Asian Review.
That’s what China’s getting out of the deal to prop Putin up like Hitler did Mussolini. Cheap oil. What a surprising motivator, in today’s world. How is it going for these two old bosom friends? They hardly seem to know themselves.
His partner Putin can strut around like Trump is doing now (oh, and so much for white supremacy, you two bastions of Occidental pride. Way to make us look real slick. This man you’d probably refer to as a celestial is taking you both for a ride, not to mention the rest of us. God, way to go, you pair of sloppy jokers. Jesus.), doing his best Foghorn Leghorn impersonation, telling everyone loudly and repetitively that both men are, in fact, roosters. I guess we’ll have to give them that much, at least, even if they are only a banty and a tom in ill health.
Meanwhile, Xi waltzes off with the world hegemony, laughing all the way to his new personal bank- the nation of Switzerland. It’s possible that the Chinese have bought out the Russian interest in all this altogether. History will know, one day.
This has now breached the level of a conspiracy theory. We’ve been waiting for this ever since they began trying to hack us, more than a year ago. America, I am begging you all for help, this is about us all. Raising awareness is always the goal, but this time it’s more critical than ever before since I’ve been writing. Produce original content every way you can. Posts, memes, articles, whatever you can think up. It’s all for the sake of catching eyes and winning hearts for good!
Returning to our unbelievably important topic, it will not be Russia but China who will do Trump’s campaign work this time. China has already been the main offender of hacking, both around here and around the nation and the western world for more than a year. They are also giving off nationalism in waves, like the spray of a skunk. An inherent contempt of the American progressive (a real progressive, not a fake Bernie Bot neoprog) permeates their policy toward us.
Think of their racist slogan for us, ‘baizuo’ (white left). Real nice. They have no respect for us at all and think none of us will know enough to think to look for them. Power grid hacks like we’ve been exchanging with the Russians, theft, and disinformation. Recent-and mammoth- leveling up of sheer numbers of attempts.
With thousands of hours of research on this topic under my belt and over a thousand pieces of photo/email evidence indicating in this direction, it finally dawned on me. They’re cooking something big up this time, and it seems to be working.
Trump’s recent decision not to approve funding for the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) indicates that he’s on board. Probably this is a Russian-hatched plot, but strongly augmented by an unfathomable amount of Chinese muscle who’s been coming in and pulling the triggers. I have had a Russian try and hack me once in this whole entire year and even he seemed like a honey trap. Look how clumsy he was.
It will not be the Russians spearheading the main branch of the effort as they no longer possess the element of surprise although my guess is that strategical guidance will continue to come from the Kremlin, Putin is always the creative one. He’s just making rock soup, is all, same as George Patton, taking it as it comes like the blackjack player he is.
On some levels Putin appears to have hit the jackpot again, even though it’s showing signs of getting out of control on him. He found a rich resource, in manpower one hundred percent of the riches because China has so many people, and he’s got an angle that no one would ever see unless they happened to stumble across it as I did. The Chinese have been the primary culprits for more than a year now, I have kept records and made many copies to place with friends-in case. Who knows what they would do, we hardly even know what they are after. When they first attacked me I was totally befuddled. It didn’t really seem to be their fight; after all, I’d never written a word about them.
It’s only once you look at the financial sector, which naturally includes hacking and energy, that it becomes obvious why Xi got interested in this. And now here we are, on the verge of their being our new Public Enemy #1.
“The wider energy sector has found itself front and center in the hybrid cyber warfare campaign that has extended the battlefield. In recent months, Russia has been the archvillain of those campaigns. But China plies its hacking trade widely, and so this latest disclosure comes as little surprise.
Well, knowing is half the battle, at any rate. Man, oh, man, where is GI Joe when you need him? I guess he’s hanging out with Joe DiMaggio someplace listening to Simon and Garfunkel (just please, no Bridge over Troubled Waters; thanks a whole lot, crazy Bernie or Busters, for spoiling that song for me for life.)
See, this right here is the thing. They’re the ones planning it all out, they got the best of us before, and they seem fully aware that our intelligence communities have not put this together all the way yet.
That means we’re on our own, Democrats. Tell everyone you know, show them this article. We have less than five hundred days to save the country. We have got some work to do. We have some really good opponents to catch up to; good thing they’re Communists or they might actually win.
The only way we can catch up is through diligent training and education, and we had better start now. We have to adapt the cadre training model into something a free thinker can use without turning his stomach. We have to learn technology, finance, law, political strategy, and history.
And we have to know them well! Better than the opposition does. We are currently up against the three most powerful men on Earth according to Forbes Magazine, and they will certainly have some competent personnel lying around who can give us a very tough fight as we currently are. We must improve! The cause demands it. That is what they do; that is what we need to do.
That last, by the way, learning history, is a lot more than being able to sound good at a bar or display a pretentious wordiness. It’s the most critical step in all this to a member of a cadre who is there to fight and win, because it provides the basis of a foundational understanding to all the rest, plus every other major science. The Romans would have called it a sine qua non, an indispensable condition, and they would have been one hundred percent correct.
In the last analysis, as a takeaway from this voluminous article, the British publication The Economist points out another insight that might prove key at some point later on. At one point writing this article, I decided to do a Google search for “what does China really want from Russia?”
As I mentioned earlier. Cheap oil.
Oil is all Putin has, and all he’s getting back for it is Xi’s help backing his play. It now becomes obvious that Xi needs Putin far less than Putin needs Xi (neither needs Trump as anything but a big orange golem to do some mental defective’s task now and again) and argues all of Russia is being weakened as a result. Perhaps the Chinese are permanently preparing to take over the powerful cyber-assets that Russia can hardly use anymore; again, without the element of surprise, Russia’s size-of-Italy economy can never hope to be more than a paper tiger.
Quite the opposite for Xi, whose economy is the second strongest in the world, and who has ten times as many people as Putin-literally. 150 million to 1.42 billion. Putin is not a paper tiger at all if he can command the might of China, but that does not seem to be how things are working out in practice. Putin may find that he himself can have a personal Mephistopheles, not just be Trump’s. They’re like three Russian babushkas crossbred with voodoo dolls.
It’s definitely a fitting comeuppance for the both of them, but as tempting as it might be to leave a couple of true and utter villains in the desert to die of thirst, letting China snatch the World Island is not what’s best for the world; just look at what they’re doing to us! We will have to fight the Chinese tooth and nail, here at Millennial Democrats, and it’s actually thinkable that for a time the domestic and Russian opposition may end up being allies to resist what would amount to a second Mongol invasion of Europe. Wouldn’t it be terrible if we ended up having to stand with Putin and Trump to keep China from overtaking all? Yes, absolutely, but stranger things have happened.
In any possible scenario, don’t forget to vote a straight blue ticket next year.
In the end, it’s got to be useful to realize that, as with everything else going on these days, this is not about Trump, he’s just Putin’s donkey (now quite possibly on loan to Xi Jinping).
It’s about geopolitics and finance long term. This hacking transition between our two most dangerous global adversaries is a part of it; we’re in a transitional phase of the game, a chess master might say. And I tell you this, world, I shout it from the rafters! They are up to something right this very minute, laying the groundwork and pipelines for whatever scumbag plot they’ve dreamed up for next year. That’s what all this hacking and setting up of disinformation and preparing to create their own troll farms is about.
The Chinese are a notoriously subtle people, they’re far more sophisticated than the Russians. They’re going to hit us as hard as they can, as suddenly as they can, from an angle they think we will not expect, and unless we can wake people up in time somehow they’ll succeed. They’re doing it as we speak (probably literally, I’ll check my email to see if there are any fresh Bruteforce Attacks that have come in even while I wrote this article here in a minute).
They’re talking about a Chinese troll farm, an Internet Research Agency China! The Epoch Times has already started to become this very thing, that’s why Facebook yanked their adds three days after it was discovered that they’re owned trolls themselves have prototypes already, they’re called 50 Centers for the amount of money they get paid to do what they do. The MSM has not yet fully put this together yet, only bits and pieces, who knows what their rationale would be for not raising the rafters on this one.
Maybe some of them want to be cautious, journalistic standards and all; okay, we can dig it, I like to think I live by them too- just not to the point of embracing cowardice.
Maybe, like last time, they’ll want to wait until all the facts are in- when the next Mueller Report comes out in 2022.
We don’t have that luxury, America, and more specifically you Democrats who are the only ones at all who have set their minds and hearts toward guarding her, our beautiful mother and fatherland. but we at Millennial Democrats have known now for over a year because the enemy hackers themselves were our instructors. Our WordPress blog has now been the target of more than six hundred bruteforce hacking attempts, and now they’re making larger moves. Even Facebook has had to do something (which it only ever does if it gets dangerous to Zuckerberg’s bottom line not to), that being the suspension of Epoch Times ads-which were all Trump ads! That can only mean Facebook is concerned about it too, but everyone is being quiet-
Except for us.
Start watching for this; it is NOT incredible. Would that it were! We are up against an enemy this time who is ten times stronger than Russia; Xi has forced Putin to be his donkey boy. They’ve got some new tricks, and some old tricks with new faces. Keep your eyes on it, Democrats! Record the tendency. Take screenshots! Save emails. We have to be able to prove this six ways from Sunday, or the big boys in our intelligence community, a la 2016, will just keep ignoring it right up until the bitter end.
What are some of these new tricks, you ask? What got me on this line of thought today? Something quite at random, as it works out. I was just sort of absently scrolling through my timeline on Facebook, and here I find being shared and Liked by leftists a story that did not belong in the newspaper it belonged to- The Epoch Times, half ultra-conservative and half conspiracy factory. I had to check it out, and as usual,
The far-right disinformation rag known as the Epoch Times has been running this story on a black woman who has just been made a general. That’s fantastic in our eyes, and in the eyes of many others also on the left.
So why would the Epoch Times be running it? They’re somewhere between Breitbart News and the Russian disinformation office- both of whom also were taught ritualistically to exploit racial issues in America. I guess I’d have to say my DissectFake button went into overdrive right about then. Sure enough, the only story I could find about a black woman colonel being made a general, Lorna Mahlock, was a year old (that’s a real article, folks, back there in the link, NOT the Epoch Times).
Readable or not, why would the Epoch Times not only run such a story but dig it up and revive it and recirculate it after a year? It was really quite a puzzle and still is, other than that it’s clearly a honey trap, meaning they’re hoping to draw in and reprogram a few disgruntled leftists. Strange.
What sort of weird plot is this? I asked myself, puzzled- as puzzled as I was the first time the Chinese tried hacking into this blog. China? Hm, thought I. It didn’t seem to make much sense. For the likes of this guy to be hacking the blog was one thing; after all, I did articles on him and his boss all the time.
Upon looking it up I could not find a word about this woman anywhere else. So I Googled it with the words “epoch times” in quotation marks (which whittles down the search engine optimization [SEO] down a great deal; good way to get answers quick, folks. Know this stuff! They do! We cannot let them get ahead of us in anything).
And when I did, the most bizarre article came up. It’s a piece by the New Yorker on this other magazine that’s made to lie to Chinese people living abroad from China (members of the Chinese Diaspora, a term we will revisit), specifically students. Upon reading a ways into that, I saw what the relevance was. The New Yorker article was talking about the Epoch Times and a recent discovery regarding it made by NBC, just twelve days ago on August 20.
The Epoch Times is owned by the Chinese.
Unbelievable. Right on the cusp of the biggest week of cyber-assaults in MD’s proud history, we note that Facebook also seems to have taken action. They canceled the Epoch Times’s ads three days after this was discovered. A “Czechoslovakian” hacker sent a virus in a message to all kinds of people I know on the same day that some weirdo from France-who, as it works out, lived in an area where a very large portion of France’s three-quarters of a million Chinese emigres live- kept trying to hack me all day long. Circumstantial evidence keeps mounting up and intensifying.
Researching this, incidentally, we found out that a Czech IP address can be bought quite easily, usable from any point in the world. It may use NordVPN to do it as they have forty-five servers in the Czech Republic, and many people at this point know that’s the very VPN hackers like to use the best, especially those who like to use Tor Browser a lot, accessing the deep web and firing off shots at me from. This a
One guy actually managed numerous times to attempt his hack through Tor nodes themselves, which was interesting because the Geolocation feature came up grey.
Tor makes you anonymous, of course, but even still the timestamps told on the guy. It told me it had happened many hours before, and I just had I have no proof that would hold up in court proving this guy is Chinese, but certainly, the reviews left about his IP address on whatismyIPaddress.com labeling him a hacker at least ten times made me wonder. He was using the very same techniques like the ones who try and get me all the time from Hangzhou, XML exploits, trying to log in here as ‘admin’ over and over,
The big one, though, is that all of these guys with all these hacking complaints-from many, many different websites including some that are innocuous- seem to have gotten started the same week- the one Donald Trump took office in or later that year, 2017. Not one of them has a single complaint from before then. Not a one.
I read this one book on cadre training regiments that Chinese Communist Party schools use to indoctrinate and prepare their recruits for ideological warfare with, which hints at why this might be; they call it party entrepreneurialism. It’s a decentralizing sort of strategy and a useful one because it’s not likely they’re even being specifically, personally asked to sign a contract per se for any of this. Although past a certain point no Westerner can know exactly what they do, in a state-run capitalist society. Basically, they know there’s going to be money in it for them anytime they can get anyone the boss
This has only been known for eleven days. We are not far behind, folks, we got lucky. I really just chanced across this quite per happenstance, it wasn’t doing opposition research or anything like that. I was just reviewing my timeline on Facebook. Hardly even thinking about politics and certainly not Chinese politics.
Who knew this would literally lead to what may very well be the most critical single factor in next year’s election!
They’ve got this college newspaper aimed at Chinese students abroad, College Daily. It’s being called by this stupid new term of a “post-truth” paper; Let’s here in America not be afraid to call a lie a lie! Those are lie papers, not post-truth. They’re blatant falsehood papers, so let’s meet their falsehoods with a sternly repeated truth- It turns out the Epoch Times, right-wing disinfo paper, is Chinese!
The ones operating the paper are emigres, part of that Diaspora thing we were just talking about. It’s called the Golan Fang sect. Back in the 1980s, it was little more than a public workout program for Chinese people. But after 1999, for reasons Western outsiders are not privy to (although sooner or later, the reason why will turn up, it always does) it fell out of Beijing’s favor and was ruthlessly suppressed. Its leaders were chased into exile, some ended up here, and from that fact alone they’ve been assumed by our intelligence communities to be anti-China’s government.
However, things are not always as simple as they seem.
Turns out these Golan Fangs here, religious cult types like Tulsi Gabbard, ran 11,000k Trump adds last year alone. That is more pro-Trump adds put out by them than anyone else. No other group in all the world, not Russia nor the RNC nor the Kochtopus, ran that many ads for Trump last year. Fishy? You bet your life. Here at Millennial Democrats, regular readers will already know that in politics, and when up against this shifty segment of the global elite especially, things are almost never like they’re being put out there as. This is no different and a stellar example besides. It’s just another con. #FakeLeftIsAltRight.
Don’t be fooled by the anti-Chinese reputation this lot has got. The Epoch Times is as dirty as they get and it’s performing a task China’s government needs with great enthusiasm and alacrity. They’ve been a highly persecuted sect for the last twenty years. That’s why they’re over here now. They have every reason to cut a deal with Xi. Maybe if they can make him happy, they can all go home, fish one another out of the labor camps, and take each other out for beers and sake.
All they’ve got to do is a nice hard and dirty number down on us.
You can take it on faith the dear Epoch staff is controlled opposition by this point even if they started out genuine. If they’re pushing Trump this hard, forget it. 11,000+ Trump ads in a year? That is not the work of a hobbyist unless it was a peculiar sort of autist like me. It’s too big and too expensive for that by a damn sight. At the College Daily, the other spreader of perfidious untruth, they’ve got trained teams learning how to use clickbait- just as we’ve seen more and more these last four years and even prior. They are organized, fanatical, and pretty good. We have got to catch up now. Soon it will be too late.
It’s just like Lenin said, “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” It’s this man and his legacy we’re up against, folks, in terms both of his philosophy and his iron political doctrines. Direct lineage. China’s Mao learned from Russia’s Stalin whose mentor and master was Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union, the evilest empire the world has ever known, and also to that most evil and merciless system, Leninist Communism, the variety that starved to death five million of its own people in the first five years it had the power to.
For a thought toward what we’re really up against here, let’s briefly discuss how much more lethal and cruel Communism was than even fascism (which in large part justified itself by pointing at the Soviets without one single word). Even if we include the Nazis, we are still talking about the most lethal system ever. These people killed FAR more people than the Nazis. There’s a reason why we’re so anti-socialism around here.
We might not have any cadre training; hell, many of us never went to college. It doesn’t matter. The free thinking activist who takes on such rigorous training for the love of God and country alone will always defeat the mechanical drudgy Communist. They have no choice but to murder their people into doing what they want.
As an aside, Democrats would never be forced into such a foul unnecessity. Why? Because we have a philosophy, and a good one. With a core made of decency and strength and light. The people we’ve got are all here by choice. For free. Because we see what’s going on and we have set out in grim earnest to stop these savages in their tracks.
God bless the American Democratic Party, that is blessed with such amazing personnel.
In the Black Book of Communism, Stephane Courtois lays the numbers out flat and stark. The Nazis, deliberately bestial and murderous animals that they were, even so were not able to even get near the body count of the Communists. 20-25 million taken out by Nazis, and 80-100 million killed by Communism.
When I hear that, I see the moronic face of Bernie Sanders, chuckling like a zombie ghoul in some restless awful corner of my brain. “To me, democratic socialism means democracy, basically,” said our dear old St. Bernard.
STOP DRAGGING IT THROUGH THE MUD, THEN! DROP THE SOCIALISM! It’s advocating for mass murder and the Gulag Archipelago. Statistically, as we have seen- and still see now in places like Venezuela- I could tell you all to volunteer at Auschwitz with a better conscience that I’d tell you to Feel the Bern, all because of that reckless vicious socialism. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Here’s that video again where he’s getting drunk with the Soviets on his honeymoon, howling out Woody Guthrie in a shirtless and not quite presidential manner.
These days the cult of Mao is dead; there’s not much to be gained by inspiring people anymore with Enlightenment liberty or Revolutionary utopia. Both are a total joke to the people we are up against. But the society he started, the party schools and cadre training and endlessly fanatical disciples, is alive and well on Planet Earth- just like Satan.
This means that China is, even more, a threat this year than Russia! They are going to be our chief adversary next year while we are all still watching for Macedonians and Russians- right after the Federal Election Commission has been shut down! They are counting on their ability to catch us off guard again even as we look for it.
We have to tell everyone we can! This is BEYOND critical! Raise awareness! The country is depending on our ability to care about it. Right now the whole world is on a precipice, anything could happen to set things off. World War I started because people were bored and they still are. We are cleaning up that mess to this very day, and it’s about to get a whole lot worse.
Here are some screenshots, taken just today. Even as I finished doing my homework, I realized this was something really big. Nobody has seen this yet so far as I know. We have to raise awareness this time; it’s not just a moral imperative. There is something big about to happen, and everyone is looking in the wrong direction. Look at how obvious the Russians are these days.
Sound the alarm! Tell everyone you know! Call your Senator, your Representative; call the White House if you’ve somehow gotten the impression he’s not part of it, he brings you up to speed in word and deed, constantly. The Chinese are ten times more dangerous than the Russians ever were. We have to get ready. Now.
The Association of State Democratic Committees had some very good news for us on Tuesday. According to their announcement, every leading presidential contender has vowed not to create “any organizing or messaging infrastructure that is parallel or duplicative” to the DNC or state parties. According to Politico, the signed pledge also binds candidates to publicly call on their supporters not to launch outside groups on their behalf.
That leaves the fate of Bernie Sanders-created PAC Our Revolution uncertain at best. Probably their days are numbered.
It’s a good thing too. This organization is a hornet’s nest. Nina Turner is one of the bigwigs over there, and she’s a vicious cannibal through and through, an eater of guests beneath her roof. She told all her supporters to go and vote Jill Stein in 2016, and they did. Now look where we are. They have our children on the border in dog cages, and none of it could have happened without that set of crazies from Bernie’s old camp, back then.
Many disasters have taken place involving the DNC since 2016, and most are the fault of the so-called progressives. Here at Millennial Democrats, we’ve been charting out the story now for years. The biggest coup they scored was his just over three years ago, the Russian-facilitated Wikileaks dump of illegally acquired DNC emails.
Now-prisoner Julian Assange got together with Russia, now-prisoner Roger Stone, and now-prisoner Paul Manafort to plan out what surely ranks as one of the most effective non-military blows ever struck by one country at another. Russian disinformation manipulated American opinion just as our intelligence used to do to small Third World powers back in Reagan’s time and before. It was like living in a banana republic.
Their efforts, as it happened, prepared an abominable toxin for blue chances in 2016. Insane members of the Bernie or Bust cult rioted in the streets of Philadelphia outside Hillary Clinton’s nomination ceremony, Bernie said nothing at all to calm them down, and America was watching. In a bizarre twist of fate, as they did, the first song of the ceremony inside was beginning, Paul Simon’s Bridge over Troubled Waters. Clinton’s campaign never really recovered. We lost the election that night.
And yet, the emails were nothing! Many of us vetted them thoroughly, all twenty-eight thousand of them. They ended up proving Debbie Wasserman Schultz (DWS) did some fussing about the Sanders’ campaign’s inability to file FEC forms out properly. Bernie had to have known they didn’t even hint at anything improper. He also had to know how great the peril of Donald Trump actually winning that fall’s general was afterward.
Why didn’t Bernie go speak for hours in the rain to calm them down? That’s what he’d been doing for himself, according to one post I read back then. The great altruist, St. Bernard, friend of the little man.
It should never be forgotten that without should-be-prisoner Tad Devine, the senior strategist in Bernie’s camp, Sanders might have calmed down enough to actually do that. But Tad, who had worked with Paul Manafort for years in Ukraine cooking up elections for Putin, Tad who had made his crisis his brand (literally; Our Brand is Crisis is a slogan of his and the name of a documentary about him), was not about to let that happen, even when other campaign officials such as manager Jeff Weaver would have liked to see him go a different way.
This connection struck us as the absolute height of fishiness back then, but nobody listened, least of all Bernie and his bots. When Manafort went on trial last year right around now, Tad was the first witness. What did the line of questioning require of him? To answer for what he knew about cooking those elections up in Ukraine for then-president Viktor Yanukovych and Vladimir Putin!
When this came out, Sanders was silent, and so were his followers, many of whom later rejoiced when Trump got off the hook in the Mueller investigation. They never wanted to hear anything about Russia back then, even though half of the admins in their groups were Macedonian and other Eastern European infiltrators only around to spread disinformation and foment rancor in the hearts those they were paid to attack- the American left, both moderate and progressive. Bernie or Bust has betrayed its every cause at every turn.
Going forward, it’s incumbent on us not to forget why we’re doing this, what our cause is. The cause is the service of the United States and its people. It’s about making progress de facto instead of just de jure on issues like health care or climate change, both major targets of the libertarian right, which we can never do without being in power. You can forget about holding ICE accountable, too, much less stripping it of funding.
In this case it was about protecting American elections from foreign manipulations. It wasn’t just about getting Donald Trump; or, at least, it shouldn’t have been. Russian interference in the Sanders campaign was hardly covered at all by Robert Mueller; that’s why Tad was a witness instead of being just another jailbird. The mainstream media said hardly a word. Raising awareness about this is still very difficult, given the frightful dearth of information available to the busy citizen who would just the same be informed if it were possible. That is simply wrong. It is not best for America.
Our Revolution, the group currently under the scope, is an outgrowth of that same cancerous 2016 Sanders campaign, a topsy-turvy landscape where nothing had value and truth did not even pretend to exist. Having done well for oneself financially became a crime unless you were the millionaire Bernie Sanders. He wouldn’t show his tax returns back then, just like Trump.
The same energy still floats around it; It is a good thing for us to strongly advocate the new 2020 candidate agreement not to try and duplicate the DNC be made to include the complete and total dissolution of Our Revolution, a political action committee (PAV) created by Sanders himself. It has to go.
As an aside, this is not in our opinion the deserved fate of all pro-Sanders groups. No matter how annoying they may be, no matter how toxic their socialistic brand, we will stand for their right to speak just as fervently as we would our own or even a libertarian’s, though not a Nazi’s.
If only there were a way to do the same to the Justice Democrats! would be a logical first thought, but of course, that would involve getting rid of Millennial Democrats as well. God bless our dear good country, that bothers to protect our rights to speak. All of us.
Returning to our thread, try and contemplate the unthinkable for a moment (this should NOT be attempted by sane Democrats with heart or blood pressure conditions; we’ll take one for the team, folks). Imagine if Bernie did win the candidacy, his rape fantasy essays and all. In a general election? Has the whole world gone crazy?
Having all these metric tons of crap hung over our heads like a big brown Sword of Damocles would be a disaster. It’ll be Eugene McCarthy all over again. A thorough and outright joke. Trump will laugh himself back into the Oval Office, and the looks on all our faces will be the punchline.
I don’t want to be a punchline!
Going forward, it seems clear that we have got to stand together strongly to beat Trump. The whole left, not just the moderates or progressives. A house divided can never stand for long. If we are to win next year, if things are going to improve for any of us, we have got to show some unity right now. One family, one leadership, one nomination committee. The DNC must remain in command of strategical coordination, they are going to need our help, and only one solution serves all needs.
Our Revolution must go, and the rest of us must stay.
Donald Trump is at it again, and he is not alone. It’s just like professional wrestling. Heel, vs. Hero. This feud he’s got going with the Squad, that being the famous and infamous four-person bloc of socialist junior Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and to a lesser extent Ayanna Pressley (who somewhat unfairly is often lumped together with the rest, even when she herself did nothing wrong) is the single most difficult problem facing Democrats today. Donald Trump has turned the four of them into his own personal Goldstein a la 1984, a bogeyman to stir up his base with. They themselves stir the pot at every turn.
And we’ve got to clean up the slop; a Democrat’s due.
As if that lot needed any more stirring! We won’t need to remind anyone of the slaughter in El Paso, Texas recently, or in Dayton, but one day it could be useful to note this was written in the aftermath of those shootings. It all ties together, rather horribly so.
To support these four women, strong and intelligent though they be, in a proportion commensurate both with their own behavior and with the significance they bear to all this in mind is not easy, even though you’d think it would be. I want to support them. I support many others like them who get little press because they don’t go around attention-grabbing, grandstanding about grand political theories; eighty-four women received congratulations and articles of support from me, including the Squad. They’re Millennial Democrats, after all, same as me. It is natural that I would want to support them. And yet, their entanglements with socialism, Bernie Sanders, and their own unfortunate tendency to flap off at the gums whenever it suits them make that impossible.
It’s a real nightmare, and no mistake; the only thing in this whole entire shebang that I have really had to think about very much. It presents a philosophical problem, an actual problem, and a strategical problem. Plus plenty of personnel problems. But the big problem, the deal-breaker problem, is with these guys, the Justice Democrats, like Cenk Uygur down there in the picture, and their sister organization the Democratic Socialists of America, not to be confused with Nordic social democracy no matter how many times they try to trump it up.
This is close to the heart of the problem and is good to talk about in heading toward the root of the rot. We cannot fully accept AOC and the other Squad members without fully embracing their often-insane policies, statements, and socialistic views. All of them are close to the heart of the problem, which is good to talk about in heading toward the root of the rot. This is not arbitrary, nor do we have anything less than the most compelling reasons for crafting our policy
The campaign of Bernie Sanders was even more infested with insincere infiltrators and acidic agents than Trump’s was. In fact, his campaign manager, Tad Devine, was the first witness called to testify at the trial of Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort. Turns out they’d been working together for a dozen years, fixing elections at Putin’s behest in Ukraine. Along with Rick Gates, that makes three major strategists involved in opposing Hillary Clinton’s run for the presidency who had been doing Putin’s bidding in this regard for more than a decade.
This is a shame because they are adding relevant and important topics into the national dialogue. They are also women of color who got elected on the tide of the Blue Wave in the Year of the Democratic Woman, which we wrote about every day for months. And even when Ilhan Omar shot her mouth off in the most insensitive manner (referring to 9/11, the greatest tragedy in our country’s history, as ‘something’ people did, without a single word spoken in condemnation of Islamic terrorism, which is every bit as despicable and criminal as white nationalist terrorism), we stood with her because Trump was shooting off his mouth so bad we were afraid some ‘lone gunman’ would kill her. That’s the exact truth, and God forgive this country that it should be so.
That is why I’m writing this, even now, to explain why I won’t support her to half my team while explaining to the other half why I won’t join in to crush her.
This is not a half-measure, either. It’s just assorting elements and factors and weighing them. There’s a lot of danger being presented to those girls, and while they may feel exhilarated and invulnerable now, there’s a lot of crazy people out there. Making them front line targets like this is a pretty cold-blooded strategy, even if it does work. But that didn’t much seem to bother the so-called “Democratic” socialists who made them, and who are guiding their hands as they craft policy going forward. Heedless and reckless, and more work for us. One disaster after the next.
Surely, you say, this must be a small price to pay for such energetic new young allies- would that it were true! That would indeed be the case if they didn’t want to spend all their time attacking Democrats. AOC’s first act after getting elected was to go start a protest in Nancy Pelosi’s office- across the nation from them, on the taxpayer’s expense- over climate change which we were doing anyway. She seemed disappointed when she found that out, as if she’d really been looking forward to a good fight-with her own people, during the Trump era.
That is the kind of trouble we have had with the Squad, ever since the Blue Wave hit home hard last November and even before. They want to sit on the sidelines, voting with the Republicans unless we will insanely join them on calling for the abolition of ICE. Ocasio-Cortez did that first when the government needed to be reopened. She said she had made a ‘tough, nuanced call’. ICE funding wasn’t even on the bill! No one had a clue what she was talking about, and that was bad enough. So were dozens of other times she’s shot off her mouth, like when she went on Firing Line and talked about the Israeli “occupation of Palestine (sigh).
But then when it came time to vote on whether or not little children on our southern border, the ones locked in DOG CAGES, ought to receive basic amenities like soap and toothpaste, the socialists stood against us in a bloc and voted no, I was so disgusted I could barely speak for days.
This is how it’s gone for nearly four years now; we try to build something, like a more accurate public portrayal of Democratic sanity and they undermine and destroy it for no reason at all. Now we can’t even come together on little kids being treated not like animals.
We have been stabbed in the back until there’s no more room for fresh scars by the people who promoted and created the Squad in the first place. That means organizations like the Justice Democrats, Brand New Congress, and the Democratic Socialists of America. Each is owned and operated by radical left extremists who hated Hillary Clinton worse than Trump and all but said so every day, as loud as they could. We are not going to forget that, over here. Count on it.
I will never forget.
Ocasio-Cortez got her start in politics working on the Bernie Sanders campaign. All her top strategists were previously his. They were underestimated by Crowley, he got slammed; maybe he had gotten complacent and his time was meant to be over, that’s what they’re saying, but when you’re talking about the seats of high power in the world? The United States Congress? I will take decades of experience and a bad judgment call born of inertia over a bartender socialist who worked for Bernie Sanders, any day of the week, month, or year. I say we got the worst deal imaginable, and the Squad had better own up to that fact and do something to change things drastically, while they still can.
These are the Bernie or Bust believers who rioted in the streets of Philadelphia, without a single regard for ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ as Paul Simon played it outside. That is the problem. Their rioting and nonsense made all this possible. It was done on purpose, and it was done for a cause. That cause is to replace Democrats by taking them out from below. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was discovered and created by these people, savvily rabid promoters, for this purpose and this alone. She was used as a poisoned dart to get rid of Joe Crowley, one of the best Democrats we had in the House of Representatives, and she continues to allow herself to be employed for this terrible purpose.
So while we welcomed her arrival on the scene- we wrote her a congratulatory article, along with some good advice- it’s been a risky bet from the get-go. AOC’s presence thus far has caused more trouble than it’s worth. We look forward eagerly to a day where this statement can be recanted- but when that day is coming, who can say?
Whether this trouble has been done at her behest or in her name really doesn’t matter. So long as she’s got her name in their roster, so long as they’ve got the unnecessary and random “Justice” on their scrolling marquees and business cards, so long as she is advocating for this repugnant new hybrid system of state called “democratic” or corporate socialism but is really just state capitalism like in China, we are never going to get to a point where we can take the Squad in as we might like to.
This could change, of course. It wouldn’t really take much, either. Tell all your people to quit acting like lunatics and make sure they’re registered to vote Democratic. We genuinely would like nothing better than to see the Squad mend their wicked ways, God knows we need the help. But it’s help we can’t accept if they won’t quit acting up.
No one candidate or set of candidates can ever be worth letting either yourself or your Party become polluted, a vector for the plague that is socialism. That will destroy us for 2020 and maybe leave us flat on our backs forever afterward if democracy really does collapse all the way here. We’re not living in a full democracy now, according to the World Freedom Index, and haven’t been since 2016. If we want to see our way of life recover, we had really better come together now.
Going forward, it’s going to be more and more important that we’ve got a solution to the problem posed by the Squad. It just keeps coming up, so we’ve got to have a clear answer. So here it is.
We support them as people, as millennials, and as Democrats. When it comes to their socialistic nonsense and their ravening friends, however, it should be separated from them neatly, packaged like a diaper, and thrown down a well so deep it has no bottom. The political moderate will feel the truth in this approach.
We have to draw a clear line between sticking up for them as human beings when attacked by a cowardly bully and accepting their poisoned bait, a type of ideological Trojan Horse of a time bomb, too deep in the fold to avoid lethal damage should it go off. The stakes are too high for all this messing around. Hopefully they see that before it’s too late.
In the end, you’ve got to take one day at a time, resolve to be fair, and make the best of it. The Squad is who and what they are, and we’ll have to make room for them anyway, so we might as well at least let them know there’s a spot for them on our bench, waiting, one that would be bigger had they themselves not been so impetuous and quick to blow atomic with their mouths.
I just hope I am not doing wrong myself in refusing to throw any boots into the stomping. Socialism!! Socialism, no less. Never ever shall I see the day. You Squad, you! Stop landing this crap on us!
Although even Socrates has argued strongly for the State taking a benevolent stance toward gadflies, this cannot be expected to apply to the African tsetse fly which carries sleeping sickness. You’ll end up looking like Bernie Sanders if you get a bad enough case of that stuff.
I went to sleep on Saturday night with a troubled spirit, thinking about Donald Trump and Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, thanks to a soon-to-be-forgotten Trump-supporting scumbag terrorist who shot more than forty people in El Paso, Texas. A mother of three, an army veteran, a teenage kid. That’s who he was killing.
When I woke up and heard about another double-digit shooting committed by a maniac from deep within Trump country, this time in Dayton, Ohio, I took a deep breath and realized. It may well be beginning.
Folks, they’re killing us out here. Keep your eyes open, and be ready. It’s coming down like hailstorms all around us.
We tried to tell them, back then. The Jill Stein bots, the Bernie or Busters, etc. You people, I say to them, are the biggest morons to have ever disgraced God’s green earth, by the way; this is just as much your fault as it is the ones who support Trump outright. Vote for Hillary Clinton, or none of this will be stoppable. The strength of our coalition will only last so long without money or leadership. At this point, it’s just the sheer guts and toughness and endless determination of the people committed to Resistance keeping this alive.
Anyone out there thinking of dropping the torch ought to remember that. And Ilhan Omar, please remember next time your Party needs you all the times we’ve had to #StandForIlhan because you shot your mouth off and made yourself a Nazi target doing so. We’re just as against socialism as anyone else, probably more so. But you don’t want to be that guy who said nothing when they came for the Communists. That mistake has already been made. We’re all in it together, at this point. Up to our necks.
Speaking of Nazi-like mistakes, like support for Donald Trump, which wasn’t something you could be open about in 2016. It wasn’t safe to be an openly white nationalistic Nazi pig, and that’s how it should be. Nazi symbols and propaganda are illegal in most of Europe, and it ought to be here. While we don’t condone or advocate for people doing things like vandalizing cars or refusing to help Trump supporters stranded on the road, we can sure understand them. They were done to deter what is happening now.
Anyone who heard how Trump was talking leading up to the November disaster that was his illegitimate victory, coincidentally sharing its date with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles ninety-eight years prior, could not help but think of Adolf Hitler and his Nazis- and the Holocaust.
Back then, there was a particularly vile Nazi who went by the name of Julius Streicher. His newspaper was sexually perverse and went by the name of Der Sturmer- the Stormer.
These days a model of originality called The Daily Stormer exists in sour tribute to that one.
Andrew “weev” Auernheimer is one of the key contributors to the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer. He wrote in the comments of a post on The Daily Stormer called “Full Text of Alleged Manifesto of El Paso Shooter” that violence against non-whites is “desirable.”
“Random violence is not detrimental to our cause, because we need to convince Americans that violence against nonwhites is desirable or at least not something worth opposing anyways, because there’s no way to remove a hundred million people without a massive element of violence,” Auernheimer wrote.
Back in the days of Nazi Germany, it was all unacceptable, right up until it wasn’t. Adolf Hitler was no billionaire like Trump, nor was he much like Trump in other ways, stupid, slow, slovenly. He was a pervert and a psychopath, but it must be conceded by any metric that the man was incredibly able. Intelligent, ruthless, and cunning. I worry every day about someone like him taking up the Trumpism torch.
But he did have the same sort of man-of-the-people air about him that Trump does, which is why-much like here- the political elites of Germany didn’t find it thinkable to accept him as the leader of the country. His movement was noisy, loud, common, and led by a former bum from the streets of Vienna. To call such a man their leader was not, in the beginning, quite the plan.
The final president of the Weimar Republic, Paul von Hindenburg, used to refer to him contemptuously as “that Austrian corporal”, and would not until the final days of his life even consider the idea of making him the Chancellor, the second-highest position in the German government. But Hindenburg was old, disorder ruled the day. Democracy had never held a high place in the hearts of the German people, who grumbled about jobs and the trains running on time. Hitler used this to overthrow the social order entirely.
Hindenburg died not long after changing his mind, and when he did Hitler acted with a ruthlessness history has not often seen, purging the members of his own Party as well as other internal enemies in the Night of the Long Knives and setting himself up as Fuhrer, Supreme Leader of the German People. In just over a year and a half the Republic was no more.
In the process, Hitler laid out a set of blueprints that every dictator in the world has studied since. How to destabilize, terrorize, and coerce a country’s people into going along with things that should have been unthinkable. The Holocaust is the term for the slaughter of six million Jews. No one in history before had ever thought to wipe out an entire race of people. But now they have, and it’s on the mind of all these mass-murdering swine here in America, who are using the same propaganda tricks and lies to raise support and enthusiasm for a similar race war on North American soil.
Conventional wisdom since the war ended has said that it could never happen again. People know what the costs could be, whereas in the past they did not. Besides which, this is America. Land of the free and the home of the brave. No way would people ever be so cowardly here as to think they had to pick up weapons and set out to slaughter their neighbors. The Stanford Prison Experiments? Stanley Milgram’s Obedience to Authority studies? Ah, only eggheads know about that stuff, what a bunch of weirdos.
Look where we are now. So much for conventional wisdom.
The Washington Post ran an article entitled ‘Shoot them!’: Trump laughs off a supporter’s demand for violence against migrants.”
A policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics this week warned of racism’s devastating effects on children. It showed another study proving the stress of Trump’s rise to power caused more high schoolers to start doing drugs that year. Conventional wisdom is not doing America any good. It’s time to change our conventions.
The El Paso massacre began just as the fatal attacks earlier this year at mosques in New Zealand and a San Diego-area synagogue did. A racist manifesto and an announcement on the anonymous message board 8chan, one of the Web’s most venomous refuges for extremist hate. It’s as clear as anything ever has been in the history of all mankind this place is a terrorist recruiter’s dream come true. Our reasons for not treating it like one? The cops don’t want to. ‘
There is a direct correlation between then and now, and that is what this article is saying.
This can all be viewed as having taken place on a timeline. After Germany lost World War Two, American democracy was up against a group of thugs and criminals who had murdered even more people than the Nazis had, the Soviet Union, of which Russia was the central state (So clearly, we get it, but still).
On the way to that period of time, we got to take a trip through the wonders of Watergate and the Richard Nixon presidency. We went all over this during Robert Mueller’s Russiagate investigation, which had a sad end. Mueller went before Congress and said that Trump knew the Russians hacked our election, welcomed their help, and expected to benefit from it. Total disregard of morality in the pursuit of power is the key at the heart of fascism.
The kinds of things that were done by Nixon’s thugs from the Committee to Re-Elect the President (CREEP) were no different, and many of the same characters were involved, e.g. Roger Stone. All were from the Nazi playbook. Agent provocateurs, break-ins, blackmail, the political dirty trick campaigns known by Karl Rove’s old mentor, Donald Segretti, as “ratf*cking, as in, f*cking a DemocRAT.
G. Gordon Liddy, the guy who actually executed the break-in, was a neo-Nazi himself. The case study of this one guy will spin your head about what’s going on with the Nazis in our government, who have almost always made their home in the Republican Party.
I read his biography, WILL. He admits openly his inspiration for the title was the famous 1934 Leni Riefenstahl film that became hugely influential as a propaganda film for Hitler and the Nazis, Triumph des Willens, or The Triumph of the Will. Apparently, his mother used to sing it to him as a child. He also boasted of having walked naked down the tier in the Washington, D.C. country jail while singing the Horst Wessel song, Raise High the Flag, which made a national martyr out of a Nazi pimp. Yet for all that he was a tough guy and supposedly trusted by Nixon, he was beaten like an animal by two men who got right out of jail again, shortly before announcing he would never, ever testify. He didn’t mention that part.
It goes on and on. Operation Bluebird and MK-Ultra were mind control experiments done with the hope in the mind of creating super-soldiers known as Manchurian candidates. We can’t even rule out that the CIA may have actually invented crack cocaine to fund Nicaraguan armies of contras.
How do you shoot yourself twice in the head with a shotgun? I don’t know, but Gary Webb does. He was the investigative journalist who broke the story. Supposedly that’s how he took his own life.
Obviously in the mind of this president, it still is.
We don’t have all the answers as to what is going on in this country. It remains to be seen if there is anyone alive who does. Only one thing is beyond doubt. Things have to change. America has become a powder keg, and Donald Trump’s rhetoric looks more like a fuse every day.
First they came for the Communists, wrote Pastor Martin Niemoller during the grotesque misery that was the Third Reich, and I did not speak up, because I was not a Communist. That’s not the end of the poem, of course, but most of you will already know that. It’s been used so often in the last three years that it’s almost become a cliche. Just the same, it’s really been on my mind the last few days, as Donald Trump’s wicked attacks on the four Democratic congresswomen, that being Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley, alternately flip-flops and intensifies.
I have been thinkhe poem’s very last line.
“Then they came for me. And when they did, there was nobody left to speak up for me.”
We’ve all got to learn from history.
Taken from this angle, it becomes clear this is not purely altruistic. It isn’t just about Representative Omar and the others- who are all nonwhite women, by the way, always favored targets of the Donald Trump variety. They have faced terrible odds to get where they are, and that is commendable. There is no question they ought to be safe in speaking their minds! To #StandWithIlhan is to stand for the rights of all humans this time. If we let them send her back, what will we ourselves deserve if and when the going gets rough? It’s unthinkable to leave her to her fate.
For one thing, she’s a human being. She’s received a massive spike in death threats since Trump pinned that awful video on hisYou don’t turn your head when somebody’s in trouble. For another, she’s a Democrat. Until we’ve got reason on a Tulsi Gabbard-level to assume she’s just controlled opposition, she’s one of us. Even if she is a terrible pest (which is only about half true, she is much less shrill than Ocasio and still eloquent), we’ve still got to have her back. It’s about us all when it comes down to it. This is about loyalty, national honor, freedom. Can we be outspoken in this country and have our voices duly heard? Can we disagree without deporting one another? Are we really going to let a big orange demagogue make us forget that in America, we fight just as hard for an opponent’s right to say something dissident as we would for our own?
That’s what it means to stand for a principle such as freedom to speak freely. To fight hard on behalf of those who annoy you, to stand up for people when it’s hard, may not be peaches and cream- but it’s necessary.
So here I am, speaking up for the socialists, even though I am not a socialist, against something that a socialist state would do to me.
Doggone it, man.
When this whole thing came to a head, when Trump’s lunatic supporters started chanting “Send her back!” I took a long, tired sigh, and shook my head glumly. Man, oh, man, I thought, repulsed and dejected. After all the swearing to God and chanting muttered mantras vowing I wouldn’t, here I am just the same, going back on my word completely, because I really have to have to stand for good old Ilhan, again.
How many times is this going to happen? I can’t believe I’m having to do this. Omar has muddied our pond quite habitually by now. After last week, when she and the other socialists voted together in a bloc to deny children toothpaste, I felt completely used. I swore that I would never defend her again. We stood for Ilhan before, after all, the actual day she blew her smokestack with her comments about September in 2001.
I was in New Jersey on that dark backward abysm of a day. On top of a mountain where on clear days you could see right into New York City across the Bay. On 9/11, it was clear as an unmuddied lake, or an azure sky of deepest summer, even with all the smoke. We all sat there silently for hours that day, praying they could somehow save at least the building, it was not to be. We had nothing but each other that day, all but two of us had been strangers before, but afterwards our bond was thicker than a sad, mute despair as we watched the towers fall together.
My dear friend’s fiance was on the top floor and he lost her within seconds. Hearing her refer to the worst day in America’s history so cavalierly made me wonder if she wasn’t really a terrorist, and even when I was satisfied through research that was a slander and told everyone so in my first #IStandWithIlhan article, but’s not like she appreciated it. We gave her a chance the first time, we cheered her victory which took place in the Year of the Democratic Woman, we even ignored her repugnant involvement with the Democratic Socialists and hailed the entrance of a new Millennial Democrat onto the stage of current events in politics. But she keeps on blowing it. With her votes, and with her mouth. “Some people did something” is not the way to refer to 9/11 inside the borders of America. I doubt I was disgusted less than Trump himself was, as the sound of that, but that is not the point. I will still fight for her right to disgust me just as hard as I would my right to disgust myself- like I’d do if I said nothing here and let the Trump crazies do whatever they want.
The strategy Trump is using is pretty basic, actually, it’s the well-worn Remington of Evil Politics textbook tactics- the old Divide and Conquer trick. He knows his base truly hates Omar, almost as much as they hate Ocasio-Cortez. They don’t just dislike these women, or find them pesky (like when Ocasio-Cortez stages a protest in Nancy Pelosi’s office over climate change which we were doing anyway). They hate them. And some of them wish to do violence to them. I’ve seen and heard things on Facebook you wouldn’t believe. We had a guy come on our Facebook Page one day and say “Understand this Democrats. If Trump gives the order I will kill as many of you as I can.”
You can see I too have had to deal with death threats- not to mention more than half a thousand attempts to hack our blog out.
That is what we live with, Americans. That is what we live with, world. Threats of gang-rape, attempts to use doxing by finding our people in real life to lay in wait for them, even people coming to our houses. Taking pictures of our pets. Writing ugly letters to our loved ones! There is absolutely nothing these people will not stop at, and it’s best not to kid ourselves that they’re all just blowing smoke. Remember that James G. Hodgkinson who shot Steve Scalise a few months after Trump took power? He was a crazed Bernie or Buster! We had mutual friends on Facebook.
Trump’s singling out of Omar, in particular, is dangerous because of all the Islamophobia over the last twenty years and before. His twisting of her words out of context puts her actual life in peril. They might kill her over this. Black and white lives have been taken for this kind of thing many times. Most of us remember who John F. Kennedy was; a guy named Martin Luther King Jr. comes to mind as well. I have always hoped to come together with Trump supporters on the need for stopping the spread of socialism, but now they have gone way too far with it. Someone could get killed here. A friend of mine pointed out that Ilhan Omar doesn’t have the kind of security Hillary Clinton does. She’s gotten multiple death threats made against her already. They spiked massively In Trump’s world, where he and his money are untouchable, consequences don’t seem very real. The guy lives in a bubble made of excessive wealth and dementia. He has to be stopped.
I struggled with this. This group of people has given me absolutely no end of trouble. At first, it was just policy points we disagreed on, but soon I came to realize the differences were far more irreconcilable. Socialism is a plague. They’re Bernie Sanders people, and Bernie’s the reason Trump won in the first place. Ever since 2015 they have viciously attacked both us and me personally- and it’s creepy how every time I write an article criticizing the Bern Chinese hackers come in the night and try for many hours to take our site offline. One girl, a charming young thing called Crystal Sproul, said that she and my other millennial peers were all going to get rid of me and “Continue berning your party to the ground.” It does not fill my heart with joy to have to stick up for them.
But that’s exactly when doing it full-hearted really counts.
Omar and I may well disagree on just about everything. But it’s still not right to say nothing while Trump goes around stirring up his people against her. When you go down that road, you’ll end up in the council-fires of the Nazis. An American Dachau is not something we can tolerate, even for those who want to go around lighting things on fire and berning them.
It is sometimes very hard to be part of a team. I wonder if Representative Omar wouldn’t agree. You want to stand by your own principles, but still use what little power you do have to help people out and raise awareness with, that’s what power is for. If Nancy Pelosi, who like Odysseus has been harried for years on end by the freshmen antics displayed by these women, can forgive them for the sake of decency and for the party, so can I. Therefore here we are, standing with Ilhan- again.
The mess on our southern borders continues to get worse by the day, and nobody has quite known what to do. It came as a big relief to everyone genuinely concerned about the fate of our Southern American neighbors, who have come to us for help, that the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives has passed a bill to give these people some relief.
The House voted 230 to 195, mostly down party lines late Tuesday night to approve a $4.5 billion measure to send humanitarian relief to the southern border, addressing concerns about conditions of detention centers where migrant children are being held.
This whole time we have barely heard or seen a thing. Many have feared the worst. Finally CNN got to go inside, and there’s no doubt that it was about time, but still, no one knows for sure what they’re up to; about all we do know is it doesn’t involve mass graves. We know they’re not ordering mass shootings, but other than that there is very little positive to say.
The following observations were made by Clara Long and Nicole Austin-Hillery, the journalists assigned to the story’s coverage by CNN, but they spoke for us all when they published them.
We have been speaking out urgently, since then, about the devastating and abusive circumstances we’ve found. The Trump administration claims it needs even more detention facilities to address the issue, but policy makers and the public should not be fooled into believing this is the answer.
The situation we found is unacceptable. US Border Patrol is holding many children, including some who are much too young to take care of themselves, in jail-like border facilities for weeks at a time without contact with family members, regular access to showers, clean clothes, toothbrushes, or proper beds. Many are sick. Many, including children as young as 2 or 3, have been separated from adult caretakers without any provisions for their care besides the unrelated older children also being held in detention.
These meathook findings leave little room for equivocation and help to shed critical light on a basic fact of critical importance.
We are dealing with the totally awful here, combined with more than a dash of the hideously absurd, although all of us are used to that by now. It’s Trump, after all.
Among other things, we had to actually have a vote about whether or not these little kids should be able to get soap and toothpaste. In the world’s richest country. What an insult to the history of the world’s remaining superpower.
Republicans are boasting about the worst thing they’ve done since Iraq, but even they and Trump seem mostly miserable. They’re not handling this situation well, but they didn’t create it, either. It’s a problem for us all at this point and a highly complex one. It should be noted that the Senate passed relief legislature as well, so that’s good.
Certainly, medieval solutions such as walls are a laughable measure. These people are coming here because our laws allow them to. Unless that changes, the wall would be nothing but a pointless and ugly disaster. They’re coming in through legal ports anyway. It’s almost like the right is starting to see that a wall’s not going to stop legal asylum seekers, but of course, that is probably a pipe dream. Bipartisan is practically a curse word to the modern right wing Party.
Democrats, as usual, are desperately trying to clean up what we can and keep it from getting any worse. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was the one who put this relief bill together, to the surprise of absolutely no one, and her ability to keep her caucus in order has allowed us to keep things up and running. We even got some Republican votes.
Only one group of people in all of this wide nation’s Democratic Party stood in a bloc to oppose a bill that should have been a no-brainer for any progressive.
How unbelievable is that? This is Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar we’re talking about here. Omar’s father was a Somalian cab driver who was able to get in here only at the cost of great difficulty, and now she is a famous Representative with an important voice to be heard in the Democratic Party. She blew it badly here. We gave her a chance before, and wrote “#WeStandWithIlhan-This Time.”
No way are we sticking up for her now. Not on your life.
At least the moderate core of the Party remains decent. I don’t have a thing to say for the rest. I guess Ilhan Omar can’t be outright proven a terrorist, so there’s that. But she sure does have some awful friends, and by this I mean Bernie Sanders, who she just co-authored a bill with, just as much as the Council of American-Islamic Relations. They’ve been right here to undermine us whenever it has counted all along, and look what it could have led to this time! The sheer physical revulsion I feel towards that vote they made is indescribable. Let no one say that we have not reached out; we have. Over and over again. But they just don’t share our values.
Regretting the need to keep this article about the kids and not the endless evils of the socialists, it’s disappointing from anyone to vote for refusing soap to caged immigrant children. Why was it not possible for Democrats of all stripes to come together and pressure Trump into buying these kids some soap and toothpaste? The guy does not mind at all putting on these displays of pettiness, unreal for the richest country in the world, but we do!
So much for Giving me your tired and poor. Our citizens are mostly the types of people who bought into all that Statue of Liberty stuff about the “huddled masses yearning to break free”. They opened up a Japanese internment camp for one particularly lucky huddled mass. I hate the term “masses” anyway and find it smarmily arrogant and superior. Those are people in there, not chewed and processed cud.
That last is a rather dehumanizing metaphor, which brings us to our next troubling observation. These people are not being discussed in the language of respect we should use when we hear of the plight of other humans, wherever or whoever they may be. They’re being referred to as pests and vermin. This cannot be allowed. We’re on a slippery slope at this point.
This really is Nazi-like, and not in the same overdramatic and irresponsible sense that Ocasio-Cortez used to compare what’s going on right now to the Holocaust. It’s in the sense of negating the basic human value possessed by every human.
Respect and kindness from our fellows ought to be a birthright, possessed by all members of our species. It’s always been unequal, and that sucks enough. But now Trump and the right wing are removing it altogether. The next step really could be mass graves and the death camps, and if it does come down to that we’ll be up against it even worse than ever. We now have these four time bomb socialist candidates to deal with on top of the mountainous pile of our other challenges.
Three Republicans voted in favor of the bill, and just four Democrats opposed the vote — they were all freshmen Democrats, and arguably the highest profile freshmen from the 116th Congress: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley. All four said earlier in the week they would vote against the bill due to its funding of Immigration and Customs (ICE), which they have called for to be abolished.
There they are! The usual suspects, on again about the abolishing of ICE. Is this really the time? Make a speech or something, if you want to make a meaningless gesture. This is the same thing they pulled when Ocasio-Cortez refused to vote to help us re-open the government.
Oh, and those pictures of her showing up like a dynamo on the border today like some kind of a Terminatrix? They weren’t even recent! The shame of it all!
How in God’s holy name are we going to get those kids out of those cages, if we can’t even come together on giving them toothpaste? There’s no end to the outrage we ought to feel! It’s like living in a Nazi cartoon! If only we weren’t so beat up and numb already, from the previous three years of traumas! And let NO one forget, not a single bit of any of it could have been possible except with the help of Bernie Sanders!
That is why people now are getting murdered down there wholesale, in many cases by predator Americans who have gone there to act out their violent fantasies.
Removing from the German public their perception of their Jewish neighbors as humans like themselves proved invaluable to the Nazis when they locked down all of Europe and began to hunt them down and kill them off. It needs to be clearly noted that we’re far from saying they’re doing anything like what the Nazis were doing- yet.
We do not wish at all to trivialize the Holocaust, which dwarfed in proportion by far any other human tragedy. AOC made a big mistake there. She then made it obvious that she’s anti-Israel completely by refusing a visit to Auschwitz with a number of survivors, another big mistake. But just because she’s shrill and hysterical doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a wildly overstated point. The longer this goes on, the more vicious Trump will get, and we all know how he looks up to that savage lot. There’s no telling where it all might end.
Sincere people of all political persuasions should be able to get that we need to take care of children. The fact that we can’t just says it all about the state of the nation today. One thing is for sure, and one alone. The radicals are not helping on either side. The Democrats are the only ones who can, so we need to support each other now more than ever. All old grudges should be piled up like fall leaves and lit afire. The stakes are too high.
Going forward, the plan is clear. We have got to do what it takes to link hands with our people down there on the southern border, and we’ve got to do it now. We want you to give us those kids back, Trump, and a rage is growing in us because you won’t. The Point of No Return is now on your horizon. Turn back now, and you may yet reach the shore. History will revile you anyway, there’s no getting around that anymore, but only as Mussolini, not as Hitler. Take it or leave it.
And give those bars of soap to those dog-caged children!
Thank the Lord God above, thought I, upon seeing these polls. At least people have finally woken up about one of the many vile former residents of the neo-Pandora’s Box that is the Trump era. Seeing Bern crash, the one man without whom none of this could have been possible has been the one really good thing on our entire political spectrum. Everything else is just tragedy and chaos, the whole miserable world is on the brink, it’s far from only here. In France, Marine Le Pen is leading Macron in the polls. This is a complete disgrace.
It’s been a long couple of years and no mistake. There’s not a single person in my life doing any kind of well in the slightest way. More than one of these, I am exceedingly sorry to say- like, really, sorry in the absolute extreme- are people I went to school with that bought into Bernie or Bust. They haven’t learned, either. One girl I know who voted Stein in the end just got fired from the Dollar Tree. Prettiest girl in the school, back in the day. God, how depressing.
I remember how hard I tried three years ago to tell people how it would be. Every front will be one on which we’re going to get assaulted, every day will be a fresh indignity, every right we have will be up for libertarian grabs, and every person in the country will soon be broke. They just didn’t care. You couldn’t speak to them. And when they were done, they did all they could to just blend right back in among the real anti-Trump Resistance.
Now, look at us.
Being right is one lousy consolation prize, but it is what it is. How do you like Bust, Bernie fans? Bust is here! We are living and wallowing in Bust, like pigs in slop! Are you really still naive enough to think Bernie Sanders can fix it? He hardly makes sense when he talks! This whole thing would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic. “Curse God and die,” said the wife of Job, who refused.
It’s clear to me Job must have been a Democrat.
They’re saying the 2020 recession‘s going to come next year, but it really seems to me it’s here already. The stock market is showing signs of crashing.Gas prices are up by a dollar a gallon. Productivity is not terrible but the people never see it. The economists can run around with all the fancy words like “macroeconomics” they can find, but they can’t make it so people aren’t broke. When they say the economy is good, they just mean that most people have jobs. This standard terminology ignores the question of how much those jobs pay, or which classes of society reap the gains.
Wages are rising too slowly compared to the cost of living, which means the monopolists and not the workers are to capture the gains from productivity growth. Lower productivity also means less wealth available for the government to redistribute.
In other words, economists and commentators are calling the economy “great” because that’s what they’re used to doing. They just mean that most people have jobs. In fact, it’s a very real problem faced by people in America today, a serious problem that requires a serious solution.
How in the heck is it possible for anyone to conclude the shambling wreck we saw blathering about Franklin Roosevelt on TV Wednesday night is the man to handle it?
The point of having a State of any kind is to protect and administer well the resources possessed by the nation. Bernie doesn’t understand this, which is why his whole speech was so depressing to watch. Some of his ideas are similar to ours, some are blatant thefts, all are ill-explained and murkily conceived of. It’s just a disgrace.
We’ve spent a lot of time since then vetting Bernie, and helping people to understand how insincere and ugly his whole crusade really was. People are listening, too. Bernie is now not only behind Joe Biden in the polls, either. Sincere progressives, serious ones, have begun to coalesce behind Elizabeth Warren, which is fine. Will they end up winning some liberals over to their plans?
If they make sense, of course, they will!
Traditionally, we’ve taken the side of the moderates when writing of Democratic politics. But progressive ideas are a big part of our time-honored Warren was not an enemy back in 2016. She did not fall for the “Run Warren Run” scam the year before, an attempt on the part of Bern’s eventual financers to hamstring Hillary Clinton using another female candidate- they chose Bernie instead! He wasn’t even their first choice. Warren was, and if it ends up being her in the end, she can sure count on my wholehearted support against Trump.
Why? Among many other reasons, I believe she’d do a better job handling economy and infrastructure. So would Joe Biden, obviously. Kamala Harris is a Senator, Pete Buttigieg speaks seven languages, and so on. These are people who could perform the tasks this country needs better than Donald Trump could. All of them are acceptable.
On the other hand, look at Bernie. Just look at him! That blue clown suit! “To me, democratic socialism means democracy, basically,” he said once, hilariously enough. He has got to know what he’s doing, by conflating our system constantly with one of left-wing dictatorship, but what of it? Taking a dump on the lawn is what he does.
The other night’s speech was all about hearing Bernie out while he finally finished giving a coherent definition of the “democratic” socialism he’s been telling us about for all these years.
His supporters do not know what socialism is, and their habit of using the term imprecisely has caused a tremendous confusion on the topic, and everyone has been very excited to hear what he was going to say to clarify.
Those who were expecting something new was to be disappointed entirely. It was the same tired stump speech from one rally after another back then.
We’ve covered this before, on this blog, but thanks to the good old Bern, here we go again.
One of these recommends upkeeping and protecting it, the other wants to light it all on fire.
The former advocates a tempering of capitalism’s harshness with a social safety net. The latter consider it broken already and intends to make sure it’s broke some more. Darn broke, in fact. Wielding the hammer is Bernie’s plan.
The progressive section of the community has two halves, like any other. There’s the rational and serious half, and there’s the Bernie or Busters.
The former knows that social democracy is the term in Europe used to describe adherents of a governmental system designed to augment and improve market-based, democratic societies using techniques derived from socialist theories, e.g the social safety net that gives American citizens the right to basic health care.
Bernie Sanders was lucky to be able to get to the Soviet Union in 1988 and praise all its stunning socialist achievements before the entire system and empire collapsed under the weight of its own spectacular failures. pic.twitter.com/bENmwVKi0g
Left-wing socialist countries like Venezuela, the Soviet Union, and North Korea use the markets as well, but they treat their citizens like captives and place bureaucrats in the places of businessmen. They create captive markets that monopoly capitalists can exploit. Capitalism per se is not the problem. It’s just a power source. The problem is the cancerous appendix it’s developed, the branch we call monopoly capitalism.
It isn’t like the left never has any good ideas or makes any good observations, and this excellent term is one of them. It was Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union, who first argued that laissez-faire capitalism had mutated into monopoly capitalism after World War One, and that the free market was now an illusion. Our answer is that this goes too far, the free market does exist, and the limits of human power often manifest in our inability to control it. But it certainly has gotten sick. We’ve been seeing this more and more in the last few decades.
So make no mistake- Bernie Sanders is one hundred percent right to be talking about economic inequality in the United States. It’s a HUGE problem, and we will figure something out about it. The first step is to know just what we’re dealing with. In that aspect, Bernie is in some ways a bigger hindrance than Trump himself. Confusion swirls after every word he says.
Sanders has made a contribution to humanity by getting people worried about this. It’s just that in refusing to talk about the role the left wing has played in the degenerating of our global order, he is deliberately blinding himself and his people to a critical half of how the whole thing has come to work. Left-wing and right-wing aren’t that important to guys like Putin and the Koch Brothers. They will finance any ideology if it helps them achieve their goals of world domination; a critical component of fascism. The threat is two-pronged, and one head is not less dangerous than the other, big talk from one about helping the “masses” notwithstanding.
The socialist powerbrokers, like Raul Castro or Nicolas Maduro, eat like kings themselves off the deals they do with the capitalists they despise. Left-wing dictatorship is no less loathsome than right-wing dictatorship, and all dictatorships today are totalitarian, meaning Stalin and not the Tsar, for example. But Sanders didn’t talk about them.
We’re in trouble here.
It certainly is true that right-wing type dictatorships are badly on the rise. Sanders was right to bring up Hungary’s Viktor Orban, for example. That’s the guy who came up with the model they all want to use, to get rid of democracy using democratic means. It was disgusting when Trump invited him to speak over here last month.
But why not Nicolas Maduro? Wouldn’t the Venezuelan example have been worth mentioning, as a way for the Bern to establish himself as a thoughtful, generous-minded future crafter of American policy? Would that not have been a good time for a concession statement? The display he made the other night was disgracefully unserious. My English 1A teacher would have failed him. The rubric we use would have done him like a chainsaw.
Sanders didn’t want to talk about Maduro because he calls himself a “democratic” socialist, which suits his agenda. That is unforgivably misleading and deceptive. Bernie owed it to the people to show us he understands that dictatorship of any flavor is equally horrible and wrong. In the timeless accusation of the Big Lebowski, he completely failed to achieve. Sure, Jair Bolsonaro’s presidential victory in Brazil was and is troubling in the utmost. But Venezuela also is collapsing! The crisis on the southern border is largely due to the failure of socialism!
The Trump administration can and should be justly reviled for the methods they have used to deal with the problem, as locking little children in dog cages cannot be considered right no matter what the circumstances are, but they didn’t cause it. This willingness to ignore the other side of the problem was the primary fallacy of his blind-in-one-eye argument, as presented on CNN the other night. It has been all along.
Going forward, look for Bernie’s name recognition and past enthusiasm to fade in comparison to the plans and viable paths to solutions offered by other candidates.
You can’t even squeeze blood from a turnip, let alone a viable political theory we can build a working system from. St. Bernard is not Karl Marx.
If we ever need a President of Post Office Renamers, Bern, we’ll give you a call.
The long-awaited Office of the Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III‘s thorough and explosive Report on the Russian interference into our 2016 presidential election, and the obstruction of justice issues that arose during the subsequent investigations has raised like never before the question of whether or not to impeach Donald Trump for what clearly are extremely serious offenses against our democracy.
It should be understood going in that all of us will be going into the dark together, in what may well prove to be the most consequential decision of our lifetimes. In deciding the question of the fate of our current illegitimate, babyish president Trump, the Mussolini of our times, any discussion of the topic must begin and end with that.
There will be trouble in every last street and bar and coffee shop in the nation; brother will turn on brother. There will be a rage on both sides like nothing we have seen since the Civil War, exceeding by far what we saw in the 70s with Richard Nixon and Watergate. There will be more than one event like Charlottesville, where our sister the martyr Heather Heyer was run down by a cursed soul and dragged to her death behind his van. We’re pleased to report he’s now rotting in prison. But that too is one more link in the chain.
Elsewhere down South, where many people like the men below would rather be Russians than Democrats, internationally known televangelist Franklin Graham is literally telling his followers to prepare for civil war if impeachment proceedings against Trump go through. People listen to that guy down there. If they start giving orders to open fire, it is our opinion that they will do so. Without a doubt.
Anecdotally, we had one sick man named Rene Hollan visit our Facebook Page and say,
“Understand this Democrats. If Trump gives the order I will kill as many of you as I can.”
We gave that to the FBI the following morning.
There were hopes, in the beginning, that the likes of John McCain and Susan Collins and once strident Trump critic Lindsey Graham would eventually realize just how crooked he is when the Mueller Report finally came out and proved he’d benefited willingly from Putin’s help. But neither the voluminous document itself nor the subsequent comments of Robert Mueller that essentially proved Trump a criminal has proved to be the game-changer we had hoped for. This is not the Republican Congress of the 1970s that acted with honor during Watergate.
Insofar as Trump’s sleazy role in it all is concerned, it seems that a lifetime’s worth of doing deals with a wink and a nod allowed him to maintain plausible deniability- barely. On the question of obstruction, the case is far more straightforward, everything from trying to fire the Special Counsel Mueller to trying to get former White House counsel Don McGahn to change his story on a number of particularly ham-handed attempts at co-opting a good civil servant. The web of lies, untruths, and viciousness Donald Trump has spun around himself is like a leper’s shroud, hard to see through.
The common strand of corruption is the only thing obvious and unquestionable.
We all live in the madhouse as a result of trying to come to terms with it all, but at least about one thing, there can be no doubt at all. The man is deeply corrupt, we say again, and he’s been a real disaster for America.
But that is not quite the question we face.
Trump is an unworthy leader in every possible way, yes. He cheated and bullied his way into the White House. But although it was a blatant theft, the unpleasant fact remains. In the end, he did win the election, and his tenure in office is already a fait accompli. Nobody’s talking about the 25th Amendment and removing him due to insanity, more’s the pity. Given that, and from what we know for sure as of this minute, can we really say we’re certain he should be impeached? In lieu of all the chaos and the cost?
All this is to say nothing of the fact that any measure of impeachment we do try would at this time merely be symbolic. It will never, ever, ever pass a Republican-controlled Senate. Impeachment may well be getting considered by our strategists as a nuclear option of sorts, a last-ditch attempt to prevent him from running wild completely between next year and 2024 if the great tragedy strikes a second time. With a Democratic Congress, we could remove him if we had to. But unless we are patient now, that will never happen.
We’ve got to think strategically here, with our heads as well as our guts. Trump wants us to try and impeach him, because he knows it is the one thing we could do to turn him into a pitied figure, one the public might actually view sympathetically. The stakes of this are too high for premature attacks made for the sake of showy idealism.
It may well be that national honor will force our hand in the end, but we ourselves do not have all the facts yet. A vast amount of research and contemplation must go into formulating a workable strategy here, for all of us Americans are now dancing on the razor’s edge together. There’s no need to bother asking me what I’d like to see happen to Trump for all of this as a private citizen; just look around. But in terms of the law, things are somewhat different.
Fortunately, we’ve got the best legal minds in the vast United States of America working on it around the clock as we speak, and under the most competent leader we could ever want: Nancy Pelosi, whose talent for organizing her caucus and keeping track of time is unparalleled, and gave us Obamacare among many other a legislative score.
Having Nancy Pelosi back in the Speaker’s chair was the single most immediately crucial factor in the Blue Wave of 2018.
She got more important bills passed in her first six months in office back in 2008 than the Trump administration has in nearly three years. In short, she’s good. Really good. And that is good for us. Because whoever has to take this on had better be the best. To impeach or not impeach is largely her decision.
In April 1970, while in session, Congressman Gerald Ford raised an old rhetorical question: “What is an impeachable offense?” Ford at this time was the House Minority Leader (Pelosi’s job pre-Blue Wave 2016-2018), and his answer to the question was stark and illustrative.
That majority in today’s House of Representatives belongs to the Democratic Party. We definitely do have the right to start these proceedings.
That is why we are being so careful!
Impeachment is an utterly drastic step, a divisive and frankly tragic one, regardless of the outcome. They do not make the country look good, to say the ludicrous least. Lurid Ken Starr the pornographer wiped slime on the courts that will never come off when he painted his lurid fantasy tales about the sexual exploits of Bill Clinton, the second president to be tried for impeachment in the Senate. The Republicans were annihilated in the next Congressional elections- just as we Democrats were after Nixon.
The reason why? Both Clinton and Nixon were very popular among their respective camps, who judged themselves abused, whether or not this was the case. Retributive backlash in the form of division and strife swept the country twice and left rankling wounds in the hearts of members of both parties. It set the stage for a third one to be totally apocalyptic.
In closing, we must keep in mind going forward that impeachment is nothing to speak of lightly. It rips countries apart. It may well prove necessary to give it a try in the end- but not without first considering every option with meticulous care.
While it is not easy to be patient about this-for surely, We the People have never before had such a surreally egregious cause- it is vastly important to understand how high the stakes are and how dangerous the strategy would be. It’s an incredibly tough call given the circumstances, which is why we at Millennial Democrats haven’t weighed in on it hard either way. It is our opinion that Hillary Clinton’s recent suggestions involving televised hearings and utmost caution provide an excellent roadmap for the future.
This observation leads us to the primary thesis of the article. We have got to stand behind our Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, who is one of the smartest and toughest people in America today.
In closing, Nancy Pelosi has been our choice to be our leader from the Trump era’s Day One. She is by far the person in the best position to make the call, and whatever way it goes, it is our firm opinion that she’ll have made it. We need to support her fully in any case and circumstance.
The one thing we cannot afford right now is for our coalition to dissolve into more fractious squabbling. The world needs our power now more than ever, and to bring it to bear, we must centralize and fully focus it. There is only one person in all of these vast United States of ours who can do it as God knows it must be done, and that person is Nancy Pelosi.
The entity known as the far-right conservative entertainment show Fox News Network has become a big problem for America. Under the reign of Donald Trump, which never would have been possible without them, a new Dark Ages era of falsehood and deception has begun. Their talking heads have become a sort of private-sector State TV, and by the day they become more brazen.
Something has to stop them eventually, and the American people still can if they decide to rise up righteous. We’ve got to raise awareness about Fox “News”. They are not a real news station legally as well as in fact. They are not subject to airwave regulation by the FCC because they are just a cable show.
They can lie whenever they want without any penalty. And they do!
Judging from current events, it’s hard to pick a winner as to which recent event inspired us to write this story now; any other day would have done as well. The now-infamous Pelosi hit video on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” seems a reasonable place to begin.
Facebook, which has resolved on being dishonest and Russian infested itself, refused to take it down, which got a lot of justified heat slung at them, but they weren’t the real culprits this time. Liar Fox hosts were, but that didn’t raise many eyebrows. The whole world has known for years they’re just right-wing talking heads. Most of us have long since gotten used to being lied to by Fox, and we know on whose behalf.
The Republican Party, and the monopoly capitalists worldwide who are footing the bill for them.
The Republican Party, or more accurately its extremist wing known as the Tea Party and Fox “News” have a lot in common. They have the same ostensible values, but more importantly, they share the same financiers. The New York Times did a piece in 2010 titled “The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party.”
Libertarian Rupert Murdoch, the creator of Fox “News”, is a billionaire and was numbered in stone among their ranks before he retired. His fellow libertarians and allies Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries were the other chief culprits, unsurprisingly. Koch-supported lobbyists, foundations and political operatives are at the center of climate-science denial — a cause that forestalls threats to Koch Industries’ vast fossil fuel business.
Which “news network” has been pushing that line the loudest? We don’t even have to tell you.
As we have discussed many times on this blog, “libertarian” is the new word for monopoly capitalist, or fascist. Whenever you think of Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries, that’s who we’re talking about. A total media monopoly has been a Koch agenda item for years. Hawaiian representative Tulsi Gabbard, of all people, plays a strange role in their world. The arch-villains of Occupy Wall St, a dark money private political empire designed to promote far-right causes.
The Murdoch family is one of the biggest players. The amount of money they have formally given to the Republican Party is vast. Who knows what they’ve been up to since Citizens United? One can only speculate, and look at what we know for sure in the meantime.
Kathleen Ronayne at OpenSecrets.org put together the following statistics, leaving no doubt who Fox and the Republicans are getting their bread buttered by.
Since the 1990 election cycle, Murdoch has contributed about $750,000 to federal candidates and political committees, according to research by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Of that sum, 80 percent — or $600,200 — has benefited Republican candidates and committees, including a $250,000 contribution to the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 1990s, when the committee could still accept unlimited “soft money” donations.
These days it’s the son of Rupert, Lachlan Murdoch, who has run the place since 2017, and he is no better than his father.
When he took over, he promptly sold nearly every anti-Trump asset they had to Disney, including the Simpsons, their one contribution to humanity. King of the Hill too, I suppose, but on the other hand, we lost Beavis and Butthead out of the deal.
Speaking as a private citizen, I don’t think it was worth it. Every day, like boll weevils, they eat away at the strands of what Americans believe is going on.
Earlier today, when Robert Mueller made his first public statement regarding the report that bears his name regarding the Russian interference in our election, they swung into action right away. Headlines bearing such trivial names as “Laura Ingraham says Mueller ‘attempting to resuscitate the corpse’ of his report'” and “Mueller statement made for ‘bad day’ for Pelosi, 2020 Dems, Trump campaign manager says” proliferated all over the Internet within an afternoon.
The people claiming that the contents of the Mueller Report are anything but a disaster of the highest scale for America are part of the problem, and as usual, Fox hosts are leading the charge. The wrigglings of Sean Hannity were as loathsome as those of Glenn Greenwald (almost; at least the former will admit what team he’s on). We’re not going to get into that in this article, however. We’re going to stick with Fox and hope that Mr. Mueller won’t mind too much our lack of focus in his work today.
Fox “News”, for never again will we write the very words without using quotation marks, a practice I am hoping will catch on, is not really a news station at all. It’s part of 21st Century Fox, a cable entertainment network, and this is of the utmost importance because it explains why they can lie to us this way so systematically.
MediaBiasFactCheck provides the background.
Founded in 1996 by Rupert Murdoch, Fox News Channel, also known as Fox News, (FNC) is an American basic cable and satellite news television channel that is owned by the Fox Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.
Catch that? Entertainment! This will set the standard for our entire evaluation of this clumsy version of State TV we derisively call “Faux News”. Cable networks are not real news networks, at least not in the sense that the Big Three stations (NBC, ABC, CBS) are, because they do not go out over the airwaves. They are therefore not subject to Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, airwave regulation.
The FCC controls the airwaves. That’s their task. It’s their job. Their only job! And who among us has not asked before, with all the constant misinformation, the innumerable floods of lawsuits over wrong stories, the countless times they have been sued, why doesn’t the FCC do something?
Well, actually, for the same reason Robert Mueller didn’t charge Trump with a crime! They don’t have the legal right! The FCC has no jurisdiction over cable. Neither does CNN, of course, but they adhere to journalistic standards more than three-fourths of the time. Fox can’t even make halfway.
They only tell the truth on the air 42% of the time.
They’ve been using it as State TV, like in Russia, you know; the dictator’s mouthpiece, his most accessible way to lie directly to the people. But actually, it’s just like him, sham to the core and nowhere near the inner circle. We should be telling people this every time it comes up. Fox is NOT a news network because it doesn’t get to use the airwaves. It’s got to crawl through the ground like slithering worms in cables.
Cable television is far less regulated and held to standards far less rigorous than a real television station. They alone are the supreme arbiters of what they can say or not say during their slots of television, and cannot get in trouble for lying, which they do constantly. They are in no way the same as a Big Three airwave station.
To get our neighbors to see how worthless Fox really is, we need one simple equation and to raise awareness about it.
News is “fake news” if it has no journalistic standards, be they chosen or enforced by airwave laws and the FCC.
Those standards are defined by the journalistic tradition, and by national airwave laws.
Fox does not go out over airwaves, nor do they value journalistic standards.
Therefore, Fox = fake news.
Fox will lose all its power to mislead our people with lies if we raise enough awareness about this fact, which is, of course, the goal of this article. Fox But we’ll get back to that. In the meantime, let’s look at how much faith 21st Century Fox, of which Fox “News” Network is just a part, has in the truthfulness of the talking heads it’s hired.
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A little background about the channel itself seems in order. Fox “News” was created by Australian-born American media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who launched it on October 7, 1996 to 17 million cable subscribers. It has gained in power and reach since that time tremendously, and its brazenness has grown beside it twice as fast, a mutated golem made of mis- and dis- information.
The word “disinformation” comes from the Russian “dezinformatsiya”, meaning ” false information given to deliberately deceive”, and so we mostly think of it as something Russian. Certainly, to say the least, disinformation strategies of the type Russia used to interfere in our 2016 presidential election cycle have become a problem in today’s world. But the Russians are hardly the true masters.
Here in the United States of America, we also know a thing or two about getting lied to by our president. We know too that his primary way of doing it has become his own personal, privatized version of State TV- Fox “News”.
What Fox has done over the years, or even just during the election, dwarfs what the Russians did to the point of demonstrating their accomplishment as puny. The Kremlin got a few ads through to people on Facebook and held a few rallies; definitely creepy, but absolutely nothing compared to what domestic mouthpieces are capable of. Russia was able to goad an enormous bull, not become one.
Compared to what Fox is capable of, they’re nothing. Small-time pikers, and no mistake. You don’t have to take our word for it, either. Consider rather the words of Ralph Peters, a former Fox News strategic analyst and a retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Army who left the network last year in March, disgusted with its sycophantic coverage of Trump and the vicious rhetoric of its talking prime time heads.
Peters said specifically that he could not “in good conscience” remain with an organization that, he argued, “is now wittingly harming our system of government for profit.”
He went on letting them have it, too.
“In my view, Fox has degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration,” Colonel Peters wrote in his message, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times.
As a people, we’ve gotten so used to being lied to by Fox that even the most acutely aware of the problem tends to have to shrug their shoulders at this point. But 99% of the slander thrown at Hillary Clinton in 2016 came from that direction. Varying aspects of what we know as the conservative media machine cooked it up over a quarter of a century, which illustrates and highlights the crux of the problem. Here in the land of the free, one of the most double-edged swords there is free speech.
Free speech is why I can write these words without having to fear death or the concentration camp. But it is also why we must tolerate Fox “News”, the Republican mouthpiece, lacking in all credulity- and yet, something I would still fight for their right to do just as hard as I would my own. In a democratic society such as ours, we have no choice but to grin and bear it. . Nothing true or useful comes to the people by way of it. It’s actually the polar opposite of news, which is daily information given by professionals, intending to inform the people about current events. Fox’s intent is to waylay and confuse.
What we, as a nation, have gotten used to accepting as a valid source is really one of the most wicked and egregious disinformation campaigns to take place in all of human history! It has not been by any foreign power that this disinformation has been unleashed on our people, but on our very own television sets, playing twenty-four hours a day nationwide. People are used to it, so they accept it as credible.
Nothing could be more inaccurate.
When world leaders, be they figure of states or high-profile figures from civil society, deliberately employ untruth against their own people, they are without a doubt using a method of repression, and a very costly one at that. In the Donald Trump era, weaponized lying has become easier and more common than ever before. Fox News has become his primary mouthpiece.
This is a disaster for America because such a state of affairs cannot help the inflicting of large-scale corrosion of democracy, regardless of the state it’s taking place in. If a country values its democratic system, its citizens will have to find ways to ward off this threat from time to time.
Otherwise, it will not survive.
I can hear someone asking, off in a parallel universe perhaps, what’s the harm in it? Let them have their pleasant delusions if it helps to keep them at work. Is this really something we have to fear will badly wound America?
That is why James Madison wrote the Federalist Paper 10th.
A stupid and incompetent citizenry is something no nation will long survive, so you better believe it will badly wound America. It already has. Fox News disinformation ends breaking up families, making people permanently angry, and seeing to it they’re uneducated on as many subjects as possible.
Rolling Stone Magazine provides the following sad anecdote to illustrate the tendency’s nature.
Jen Senko believes that her father was brainwashed. As Senko, a New York filmmaker, tells it, her father was a “nonpolitical Democrat.” But then he transferred to a new job that required a long commute and began listening to conservative radio host Bob Grant during the drive. Eventually, he was holing himself up for three hours every day in the family kitchen, mainlining Rush Limbaugh and, during commercials, Fox News.
“It reminded me of the movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” Senko says. “He used to love talking to different people to try to learn their language, but then he became angry about illegal immigrants coming to the country, that they were taking jobs from Americans, and that English was becoming the secondary language.”
Studies have proven an actual physical effect of this by studying the brains of Fox News viewers. Author Daniel Goleman has coined the term “amygdala hijacking” to describe what inflammatory rhetoric and imagery are designed to do: trigger the emotional brain before the logical brain has a chance to stop it. The anger centers of their brains are literally more physically developed than those of healthy people. It’s like benchpresses for a bad temper.
In the year 2000, hosts like Hannity and the now-disgraced and silent Bill O’ Reilly made themselves the champions of the second Bush regime. This made them some friends. They learned a big lesson from it, too, one they’ve been revving up the engine off of ever since.
Misleading your viewers and using base anger to fight with is a quick and easy way to gain support from embittered people-whose numbers grow larger with every war and crisis. Divide and conquer is the oldest trick in the book used by the rich by preying on their fellows, in or out of America.
After 9/11 took place, while all the world was mourning and gearing up for war, Fox was making bigger and bigger bank as a result of their conservative alliance. They experienced a 440% increase in viewers, blowing the doors off comparable news organizations like CNN who don’t use wild speculations and click-bait headlines.
They got so big so fast, in fact, that when now-disgraced former CEO Roger Ailes came right out and said they are not a news organization in 2007, nobody much really heard him. They were too busy listening to Bill O’ Reilly and Sean Hannity instead. Hannity is a particular problem these days, as Trump’s good buddy, people give a lot of undue credibility to the lies told by him- a cable network entertainer, not a journalist.
Why are Big Three news networks like CBS or NBC or CNN so constrained by the truth while Fox is not? Surely the mighty Federal Communications Commission should be able to call Fox News to command, so why doesn’t it?
Actually, though, the FCC has no power over Fox or CNN, because both are cable shows and ultimately designed for entertainment! This is key. The difference between Fox and CNN is ideological. One chooses willingly to use journalistic standards. The other does not. Neither one is forced to! Fox is not legally obliged to tell the truth on the air.
Fox isn’t subject to FCC airwave regulation because it isn’t on the airwaves! Clever, right? Now they can spout all the hideousness they want and still dare to label it the truth. CNN is truthful by choice, but people think it’s because they have to be. That is not true, and it is almost certainly why the FCC doesn’t chop Hannity’s head off.
They nearly destroyed Howard Stern just for being annoying.
Make sure to catch that last part. Fox, the so-called “News” Network is in no way legally obligated to tell the truth about anything! They are a feature offered by the entertainment company 21st Century Fox. Entertainment is allowed to lie! It’s all just part of the show.
Making them tell the truth would spoil the effect, and our system doesn’t force them to. Not any more than USA’s client the World Wrestling Entertainment has to come right out and say pro wrestling is fake. People know it in their hearts, but they want to believe in the wrestlers, so they do. They like a good show. It’s exactly the same with Fox.
Although it should have been, it is not true that Fox has been made to start using a disclaimer saying “For Entertainment Purposes Only”. That was an April Fool’s joke in 2017 circulated by reporters, designed to make readers laugh- and to make them think. But it’s definitely true that entertainment is how they think of themselves. Ailes told The Hollywood Reporter in 2015 that he does not consider the other basic cable news channels — CNN and MSNBC — to be Fox’s competitors.
“We’re competing with TNT and USA and ESPN,” he said.
Discussion about American political issues today-meaning every single facet of life in southern North America- means a debate, unless you’re in a room where everyone agrees with you. Those debates will see a Fox-trained cadre putting forth the opinions of trolls like Hannity as a valid counterpoint to anything, even proven scientific facts. People take him seriously and believe the things he says.
Recently he said the immigration deal we nearly came to with Trump a “Garbage Compromise”. But actually, Hannity himself is an absolute, complete, and total trash can. He didn’t even go to school for this, he was working as a housing contractor when he randomly volunteered for radio and offered himself out as a mouthpiece for rightist nonsense.
If you’re willing to lie without repentance, there’s always some monopoly capitalist hoping to bring down America with your help.
Hannity has paid off for them with some real whoppers over the years. The anti-Obama movement of birtherism, 2016 voter fraud, “deep state opposition” of a “Shadow Government” – a network of government officials that are working to hinder the Trump administration. Conspiracy theories about the Seth Rich murder, and so on, leading up to the biggest lie of all- that Debauched Donald was fit to run this country.
It’s all a big show, not truthful news, but then again it was not meant to be. As the Fox “News” Network’s own CEO Roger Ailes said, they’re really competing with football and pro wrestling. It’s all for ratings and money- money that comes from billionaire libertarians like the Koch Brothers and their founder Rupert Murdoch.
Hannity will say whatever the Murdochs want him to.
That’s a big problem when most of it is not true; a third at most of Hannity’s public statements were rated fully true by Politifact. A recent Fairleigh Dickinson PublicMind Poll revealed that most Americans get their political knowledge from Sunday morning political shows on television. These “do the most to help people learn about current events.” That would seem to confirm their opinion.
However, listen to the rest of the story.
“[S]ome outlets, especially Fox News, lead people to be even less informed than those who don’t watch any news at all.”
Again, this is because Fox is not a news channel. It’s entertainment packaged as news to mislead and stultify the American people. Great misunderstanding and bitterness come from believing things that just aren’t true. Real consequences arise from surrendering our objectivity.
Fox viewers have been getting angrier and angrier for decades, their bitterness manufactured and exploited. And who do their Friends at Fox lead them into feeling bitter towards? Liberals, progressives, anyone who wants to help the people. Anyone who isn’t just like them.
A full 60% of Fox News viewers describe themselves as conservative according to a 2012 survey by the Pew Research Center. According to John Ray at Data for Progress, “Across a variety of political and cultural attitudes, Republicans who report getting their news from Fox are significantly to the right of Republicans who don’t.”
Studies galore have been done to measure these tendencies, which should be well-documented and understood. Every one of the organizations reaching these conclusions is similar to MediaFactChect, a neutral nonprofit organization that exists to classify and track partisan bias levels among political media entities. They do this according to a rated standard political spectrum, going as always from extreme-left to extreme-right.
A related group, PunditFact, measures their commentators’ honesty. These standards are both logical and apolitical, and can reasonably trusted as far as anything else in the written world can.
Fox News is given by MediaFactCheck a Bias Rating very near the extreme end of the pole as Strongly Right, for reasons that are really rather damning. We’ve included them in blockquote below.
These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.
Overall, we rate Fox News strongly Right-Biased due to wording and story selection that favors the right and Mixed factually based on poor sourcing and the spreading of conspiracy theories that later must be retracted after being widely shared.
They also score badly by the standards of PunditFact, a second and related organization’s tool for measuring the percentage of truthful reporting done by political analysts on the stories they discuss and the terms they use to describe them. We decided to include the numerical figures below, as a stark quality comparison between the center and far-right journalists is to be found there.
Currently, at Fox and Fox News Channel, 58 percent of fact claims made by pundits and on-air personalities have been rated Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire. NBC and MSNBC were not great either, but their work still represents a significant improvement versus Fox at 45%.
CNN scored best with only 22 percent of their fact claims not making it through the filters and most of those coming from guests rather than commentators, which is interesting because CNN also is a cable network. They chose to use journalistic standards of their own volition, not because they were forced to by any mean laws or regulations.
Conversely, Don Irvine over at Accuracy in Media showed what Fox thinks of truth as a value.
Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes told The Hollywood Reporter that Fox News has become so big, the network is really competing with cable sports and entertainment networks like TNT, USA and ESPN, not the ratings-challenged CNN and MSNBC.
They laugh because it doesn’t get the ratings that come from anger and savage lying. It also doesn’t get big bucks from the likes of Charles and David Koch.
We have to keep hitting this point until it sinks in. Fox cannot be trusted, and we should immediately go on the attack whenever someone cites them as a source rather than arguing on the merits or flaws of their absurd claims. Fox is not a news network at all. It’s just an entertainment cable network, like TNT or USA. They do not have a record of journalistic integrity, and they do not have to have one. We must attack Fox credibility on these grounds.
On a cable network, or elsewhere, journalistic standards are a choice. Citizens have to know there is a big difference between the quality of the work of those who adhere to them and those who do not. Fox has made its choice long ago, and so we must make ours. We have to start hammering this home immediately. As fast as we can. Fox is LITERALLY-and legally- fake news. They have systematically and for decades mangled truth in the pursuit of power and money.
We are done listening.
All the filth and lies the Bernie supporters were slinging around in 2016 came through their pipeline. They laid the groundwork in the minds of the American people that made them accept the Russian disinformation that convinced Bernie supporters to riot in the Philadelphia streets.
Most of all, they convinced the American people that Donald Trump, a known con man, racist, and bully, was worth entrusting the greatest responsibility in the world. They have put our entire American system at risk. The last pillar in the world holding democracy up
The nonsense the Russians were using was the same old anti-Clinton stuff Rush Limbaugh and his pals have been spouting. The record is clear and the facts are too.
In Trump’s words during the first 2016 presidential debates, somebody better call Sean Hannity.