Donald Trump has proposed a grocery list full of bad ideas as legislature since taking office thirteen unlucky months ago. This newest one is actually going after groceries.
The fattest president in the last hundred years of American history is trying to take away half of the people’s food stamps and replace them with a revolting government food box complete with shelved milk.
Another particularly vile specimen we happened to notice recently was that he’s made it legal for hunters to shoot hibernating bears.
Since Trump took over, we’ve been beset on all sides. Every aspect of our rights, needs, and value systems is being systematically discarded and trampled underfoot. Far from getting all the cool free stuff that Bernie Sanders was promising back then- $30 trillion dollars worth– we’re fighting a losing battle on every front, just desperately trying to hold on to what we’ve got.
Things are not improving, and will not improve until the Democrats are back in power. There has never been a time when this wasn’t so during our lifetimes, but it has never been truer than now.
An analysis of the events leading up to these events is provided in the form of this anecdote from one of our contributors, as well as a warning, from a Millennial Democrat who cares. The opinions thus expressed are the views of this contributor, and are not necessarily the views of the organization by and large(although they’re pretty close.)
I never wanted to get involved in politics.
Politics were boring. Plans, charts, talking heads- I couldn’t stand a bit of it. Made my head hurt. I figured that America the Great could take care of itself and did not really need my help.
One day, though, around the year 2000, a filthy animal named Ralph Nader crawled out of a toilet somewhere and burned all that to the ground, at the behest of his Republican masters. Soon after, just when I’d started to think the world wasn’t as bad as I’d thought, that the days of Bush and Reagan were behind us, that maybe we at last were close to making some kind of progress, it was all smashed to bloody bits by 9/11.
After that, everything was different.
Bill Clinton had worked hard for eight years to balance the budget and had even added a surplus to it. That was all squandered in ten months. The feeling of progress and decency that had been growing since the Berlin Wall collapsed was gone. Soon it was the Patriot Act and war with Afghanistan. A completely pointless and random war with Iraq was to follow.
Ever seen the HBO series, Generation Kill? With the American soldiers in Iraq just riding around the country, randomly blowing things up? That is how it was. We had no objective and no clear purpose. We knew perfectly well that democracy was not really threatened by Saddam Hussein. But Bush had sent us over, so there we were. It was really stupid. It messed up a lot of my friends.
After that, nothing was the same. Everyone hated Bush, but he was a Bush, after all, and we were at war. People felt like he would be a good wartime president because his father had resembled The Terminator on a number of different levels. Remember the old legends about the leaders of men being giant lizards, loose under the earth? The alien theorist guys always show a clip of the good old H.W. licking his lips in support of their theory. There can be no doubt he looked reptilian.
Unfortunately, W. was not the equal of his father, who in turn had not been the equal of Ronald Reagan. He bungled it at every turn. No weapons of mass destruction, no Middle Eastern democracy in Iraq, no launching pad for us to slowly take over everything else from. It was all for a great big nothing.
By the time the second Bush was gone, we had a mess to clean up on every corner of the globe. And even though his historical successor Barack Obama proved to be a genius, he couldn’t do more than get the country pointed back in the right direction. No one could have, in eight years. It’s much easier to destroy than create.
At length, Obama succeeded in his Herculean task and reoriented the country toward something decent. ALL WE HAD TO DO, WAS WALK FORWARD TOGETHER.
Telling this part of the story is where I always start to get mad.
There is no way to throw eight years of effort into a few sentences. Suffice it to say, what Obama had achieved was worthwhile, and it should have been stood up for. And of course, those of us who fought hard for Hillary Clinton did do our best to stand up for them. I’m here to tell you, it was not easy.
To you who reads these words- Did you ever try to have a rational debate about policy or legislature with a member of Bernie or Bust? Because I have, and I am here to tell you. It was impossible.
By the time 2015 was drawing to a close, I had a really bad feeling about what the left was up to. Signs of an impending communication breakdown were everywhere.
People who didn’t know a thing about any of it were of a sudden fervently expert in the field. All the mountebanks and pseudo-intellectual theorists in the country crawled out from under the rocks of their coffeehouses. And the moronic faces of either Trump or Bernie were everywhere you looked.
By the time 2016 came around, it had become frightfully obvious to me that things were NOT going to simply continue to take care of themselves.
People were going nuts. Free college, free healthcare, free everything. To listen to these guys tell the story, money itself would soon be obsolete in the brave new Bernieverse. In fact, previous success in the financial world was enough to disqualify your entry.
Within these circles, reality became more and more distant from the discourse as the year went by. And by the time I realized that having started out fresh after New Year’s of ’16 was not going to be able to do much more than scratch the surface, that I had started out too late, it was too late everywhere. The schism in the Democratic Party was a fait accompli, and Trump went on to win because of it.
Jill Stein, the leader of the Green Party for that election cycle, proved a worthy successor to the legacy of Nader. Once again, the loony left stole just enough crucial swing state votes to cost us the election.
The Libertarian Party won out big, taking more third-party votes than any candidate has since 1996.
And the Republicans took control of every part of the government.
Nor was that the end. Even the ultimate disaster of Trump being elected was not enough to bring those people around. They’re out there even now, knives in their teeth, savaging people at the local level. They go by lofty-sounding names like Our Revolution and the Justice Democrats, but they’re just as noisy and insolent as when they were Bernie or Bust. They’re not fooling anybody.
Thanks in large part to them, every American on every side of the conflict got screwed. Putin was victorious. The way things are now, we can’t even agree to keep the air clean, since Trump pulled us out of the Paris Accord.
We’ve got a babbling baboon, strutting around like an obese rooster, with people calling him Mr. President. They will never get the stink out of the showers.
Every bathroom in the White House will have to be redone, at the taxpayers’ expense.
They’re all running wild in there, beating their wives and molesting one another like chimpanzees. And me? The guy who wanted nothing to do with politics? It looks like I’m in it for the long haul. Because until the day comes when things calm down again, and politics go back to being boring, I don’t have a choice.
This is about my future. It’s about the future of my children, who I don’t want having to join the Trump Youth. It’s about the future of my parents, who they want to throw out in the cold by snatching Medicare away. These things are not just important. They are life and death. See you in the trenches.
Millennial and most Democrats have made plans tomorrow evening.
A growing number of Democrats say they plan to boycott and otherwise protest Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address.
When Trump goes through the usual presidential motions, it’s important that we always are there to boycott it. We have resisted, and are going to keep resisting any tendency to normalize or accept his rhetoric and politics. The causes are innumerable, but some of the examples cited were reports this month that Trump questioned why the U.S. accepts so many immigrants from “s—hole countries” in Africa and that the U.S. didn’t need more people from Haiti.
More than 60 Democrats skipped Trump’s inauguration.
Several Democratic lawmakers, like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, are planning to wear black, in honor of the #MeToo movement. Others have decided to boycott the address altogether.
Democratic Representative Gregory Meeks of New York said the following. “At every opportunity, he’s disrespected me and individuals who look like me,” Meeks told MSNBC on Sunday. “I cannot respect him.”
Neither can we, sir.
Democratic Representative Maxine Waters of California had the following contribution to make to the discourse.
“Why would I take my time to go and sit and listen to a liar?” Walters said on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes on Jan 12.
“I don’t appreciate him and I wouldn’t waste my time sitting in that House listening to what he has to say. He does not deserve my attention,” Walters added.
Nor that of the rest of us, for that matter.
Democratic Representative Barbara Lee of California’s press secretary told KQED that Lee decided to miss the State of the Union even before Trump’s “shithole” countries comments.
There was ample reason to avoid even sitting in the same room with the man, long before he ever took office. Now that he is there, however, it has become an imperative.
Sean Spicer apologized to Trump for embarrassing himself in an interview today, and it’s true that he was spectacle during his time there. But it’s not his fault entirely. There was only so much he could do. Ultimately, his great failing was not being able to lie with audacity enough to fill the position’s demands.
There’s no shame in having a soul.
Trump is his own shame, of course, except that he’s too brazen to know it. He couldn’t even manage to print out his tickets right. Invitations nationwide were thus rescinded, to President Donald Trump’s State of the Uniom Address– yes, you read that correctly.
None of this is news to anyone, of course, and that’s the biggest reason of all why this is necessary. We can’t allow Trump to be normalized because he has done nothing to normalize himself. He shows no signs at all of wanting to get himself right. It’s unlikely he’d even be able to.
Democratic Representative Joseph Kennedy III, D-Mass., has been the one chosen to deliver the Democratic Party’s formal response to whatever Trump decides to spout out tomorrow night. Perhaps a happy glimpse of the future waits for us in that contest.
Until Donald Trump has been removed from the Oval Office, the State of the Union will be an obscenity. Those who know it must use this opportunity to speak out. If we all get together, we can make a statement about America that the world needs to hear. It’s clear the time has come.
A year ago, millions of people turned out for the Women’s March, taking to the streets en masse to protest Trump’s inauguration.
On the one year anniversary of that grotesque event, millions of demonstrators gathered on Saturday in another Women’s March, galvanized by the national resistance to Donald Trump and his administration’s policies.
2017 was a year that saw a deluge of revelations about powerful men abusing women. Ultimately it led to the creation of the #MeToo moment.
The disaster that is Donald Trump has pushed activists across the board to demand deeper social and political change. It is happening. It is spectacular. It’s one of the strongest outpourings of social engagement this nation has ever seen, and it’s a good thing, too. We need this power now more than ever.
There were millions of good people out there this weekend, marching for the rights of women everywhere on Earth. Magnificent. Unfortunately, wherever there is power, there will always be those who seek to divert it toward some partisan purpose.
It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that to co-opt something so crucial for unsavoury political purposes is just scummy. And make no mistake- that is what they are doing.
The people who are running this Women’s March need to go. It’s as simple as that.
In a column Tuesday bearing the headline “When Progressives Embrace Hate,” New York Times editor Bari Weiss took a close look at the women who organized the effort. The picture thus painted isn’t pretty.
These are some of the opinions espoused by Ms. Sarsour as collected by the New York Times.
“Nothing is creepier than Zionism,” she wrote in 2012.
The article showed Ms Sarsour speaking of women’s issues in the most crude and cruel terms one can imagine. They were worthy of Donald Trump, only he couldn’t do as well. He’s not smart enough.
The comments were utterly vile and do not bear repeating, so we’re not going to repeat them.
Instead, let’s give particular attention to this sentence, drawn from another New York Times article written earlier today.
“Progressive women are eager to build on the movement and translate their enthusiasm into electoral victories in this year’s midterm elections.”
Sure enough. Earlier this year, when we found out their 2017 Women’s Convention was going to feature Senator Bernard Sanders at its keynote speaker, we knew what they were up to.
What they want to do is use the momentum they’ve built up at the Women’s Marches to switch the focus from legitimate women’s issues to their chosen candidates at the ballot box.
Those candidates are all to be so-called progressives. Many will be entering politics not to compete with Republicans but to primary out Democrats, which is an old Republican trick by now.
Analysts were quick to note that in so doing, women’s march organizers are following a Tea Party strategy, attacking Obamacare and the president himself to help the Republican Party win control of the House of Representatives in 2010.
“There’s a deliberate attempt by women on the left to take a page out of the same playbook,” said Melissa Deckman, a professor of political science at Washington College who has studied the Tea Party.
Those are Libertarian techniques. The Tea Party arose from the John Birch Society, the centre of radical right politics in America. Their playbook features every dirty trick on the Republican itinerary.
Taking pages from a playbook means you’ve got to have been reading it pretty closely. That’s a big red flag.
We have noted the similarities between the far left and the far right on many occasions here. Their convergence can be seen clearly from the results of the 2016 election. Hillary Clinton said that Bernie Sanders laid the groundwork for Trump’s later “Crooked Hillary” attacks, and she was right.
It seemed strange to have any man be the keynote speaker at a national convention for women, but we’ll leave that aside for now. If that’s what you want, fine.
But can we at least not pick someone whose lurid essays on rape fantasies made us want to vomit? Can we pick someone who isn’t willing to compromise on reproductive rights? Isn’t there somebody around who did not build a literal army of misogynists last year, to constantly attack his female opponent with? Remember when he said she wasn’t qualified to be the president?
The results of our election were compromised by Bernie’s rabid fanaticism. And one of the things he was best at was appealing to the baser instincts of men.
Tamika Mallory, co-founder of Women’s March, thought otherwise.
“I think that right now, no one can deny that Bernie Sanders is probably one of the most powerful U.S. senators … on progressive issues, women’s issues, mobilizing millennials. He is really in line with the principles of the Women’s March,” Mallory said in an exclusive interview Wednesday night.
This point of view can only be described as moronic.
It’s admirable that the organizers of Women’s March are willing to stand up and get involved. It’s also true that no organization or even individual can escape being political, in the wake of Donald Trump. But come on! Bernie Sanders? He’s been on the wrong side of every single issue this year. He did not endorse either of the Democratic governors that started off #TheBlueWave this last November.
That choice was an insult to every woman everywhere, many of whom were dragged savagely through the mud last year by his maniacal supporters. One of our contributors was told that they hoped she was gang-raped, due to her refusal to support their chosen master. And on the subject of rape, look at what Bernie himself wrote on the subject! Just don’t look right after lunch. They might as well have invited Harvey Weinstein.
Women got so mad, so fast, that Bernie backed out as fast as his legs would carry him.
But he left his proxies behind. And they were quick to announce their intent.
Linda Sarsour, for example, tweeted out late in the primary season that “Bernie had changed her life” along with a picture of her framed with the Sanders family.
The aforementioned Tamika Mallory, Women’s March co-president, said at that time she felt Sanders was the perfect fit for the convention, describing him in a statement as a “fierce champion of women’s rights” and someone who has bolstered “female voices throughout his career of public service.”
Tamika Mallory’s statement was the absolute height of idiocy. Her invitation to Sanders was a travesty. Feminists nationwide were outraged by it. And they had every right to be.
As usual, our task will be to raise awareness. The magnificent success and noble principles of the Women’s March are being co-opted for the use of Bernie Sanders and the Justice Democrats. We have to let people know.
People aren’t always doing good things for good reasons. It’s important to credit the organizers of the March with the tremendous and crucial successes they scored today.
It’s equally important to realize that they intend to cash in on those successes, to the tremendous and crucial detriment of the country and the Democratic Party.
Going forward, our strategy is simple. We’ve got to Occupy the Women’s March.
There’s nothing like constant reminders of how Nazis all over the world are out to get you to fill one’s heart with joy and fancy-free, especially when such hatred is your reward for writing for free for a third of every day.
Today, people from as diverse a location as Brussels, Wales, Provo, Utah, and “General Location, Russia” tried to hack the site; I get emails on them from all over the world. This is nothing new, it’s an everyday event. My Sucuri plugin lets me know their IP addresses. It looks just like this:
Then, we go to a place called WhatismyIPaddress.com, and take a look at where they’re from. It looks a lot like this:
And so it goes. Every day. The threats just keep rolling in. “If you back off, then nothing will happen”, one guy wrote to us. How creepy.
On the subject of cyber-woes, let’s not forget Facebook. More than 120 million Americans were reached by Russian ads through their platform in 2016.
Regarding Facebook’s treatment of Democratic activists, there are exactly two possibilities. Either they are unfair, unethical, and unfit, or they are absolutely incompetent.
Either way, hundreds of loyal and hardworking Democratic activists are in what we refer to as Facebook Jail, as these words are being written. This has been the case for at least six months; there’s countless documentation. Nobody listens.
One young lady who always goes out of her way to spread our articles around on Facebook has been mass-reported and algorithmically defiled to the point where a single post is now enough to have her sent back to jail.
That’s exactly what happened yesterday. One week’s worth of restriction, for sharing our post on the fake left and the so-called Justice Democrats. She’d just had her last restriction lifted, two hours prior. As soon as she hit the Share button, she was given another week’s restriction.
It just plain sucks, when you’re stopped for months at a time from even commenting in Facebook groups that you created, because of Russian agitators gaming their stupid robots. The data just keeps rolling in, as to how good they’ve gotten at doing it, and how Facebook just keeps letting them.
Facebook must be reformed. It must stand up, show some transparency, and hold itself accountable.
That’s exactly what it hasn’t done.
It makes you wonder if someone hasn’t managed to shake up Zuckerberg.
I haven’t even tried to organize this article. It’s just raw today.
Julian Assange, that scruffy little rat, has been rewarded for his treason to the species with a citizenship in Ecuador. He’ll be out partying tonight, thanks to his buddy Vladimir coming through for him.
Earlier today, the president labelled Dianne Feinstein “Sneaky” and a criminal, for doing her job well, showing the world how the Republicans have been covering up for Trump as he covers up for Putin by revealing the Fusion GPS testimony.
Where has justice gone?
What has happened in this country, when following the precise dictates of the law has become something only outlaws do? When did patriotism become uncool? What has happened to the Republicans? Exactly when did the party of Ronald Reagan start letting the Russians waltz all over us?
Trump threatened Feinstein in the same bullying, childish tone about the “Tough Primary Challenge” she’ll be facing. It’s as if he’s saying, “Oh yeah, lady. That “Justice Democrat” (how much more do we need that these people are not on the level?)coming after you this year? It’s me you’re really up against.”
“If you back off, nothing will happen…”
That piece of trash didn’t know how right he was. If you back off, if you back down, if you go back to sleep and be silent, then nothing will happen. Nothing will EVER happen. So that is the absolute last thing that we will ever do!
Millennial Democrats will not be intimidated, and we will not be pushed around. Petty attempts to harass or frighten us will do nothing but strengthen our resolve. With every challenge they force us to find our way around, we expand our capabilities further.
Our message to the bullying little nobodies who’ve been putting all this effort into silencing us is merely this: We will bear witness anyway. Actually, we appreciate your help. All of your harassment is a sign of our success.
While you’ve been so desperately trying to destroy us, we’ve had readers in nearly every country in the world, in less than six months.
So hack away, you bunch of whackers. Once you finish failing, the only thing you’re good at, hit a treadmill and get some girlfriends. Thanks for the digital lessons, too. We’ll be sure to come and show you what we’ve done with them, some sunny day.
The worst thing is that we cannot count on our president to protect us from these foreign assailants. That is indeed a terrible feeling. But it won’t always be this way. We won’t always be on the receiving end.
This whole Trump thing, all the alt-right nonsense, the Richard Spencers and all the rest of it, amounts to nothing more than the final death-throes of reactionary fascism. It’s a fish in a dried-up pond. Casting one’s lot with that pack of nincompoops is the worst imaginable wager.
When the end comes for Donald Trump and his whole rotten way of life, there’s going to be a lot of people out there who’ve been wearing those stupid red hats of his who are not going to be forgiven.
They’ll be like Sudeten Germans in 1945. Outcast from society forever. No matter what you do, no matter what you say, you will never be trusted again. And you will never be welcome again. Our message to Trump supporters is simply this: TURN BACK NOW. Before it is forever too late.
I find myself physically shaking my head as I think about 2017.
What can we say about it that has not been said before? Obscenities? Pleas to God? Somehow, words run dry.
Since the 20th of last year, we have been beset on all sides, as if a dam had burst its floodgates. Back then, I felt like a croaking soothsayer in a Shakespeare play, shouting into the wind.
Above all, defeat was stifling. It left us with little to do except sit around in groups and think tanks, trying to figure out where it all had gone so wrong. And by March, many brave warriors from the election cycle were sick of the whole debacle. Extended trench warfare is a terrible thing psychologically.
We lost people here and there in trickles. It was hard to see them go, but it was awesome to watch a hardcore form until only the most dedicated remained. We cleaned up the Groups and we started to tighten bonds. Our foxholes we dug deep, and our trenches we shored up well. We slowly built the infrastructure we will need to build this movement. And now, we’re seeing those people trickling back.
It was around April or May that the anti- Democrat cyber-invasions started on Facebook. When you get fifty, sixty new members requests a day, in a Facebook Group that’s got six hundred members, it makes you start to wonder. And when you see the same thing happening to every single group in your whole network, you know for sure. We’ve passed the point of thinking it might just be paranoia.
It was clever how they did it. They noted that Americans tend to lose interest in politics a few months after a big election and expected our groups to be sitting ducks for sleeper cells. They were organized and they were motivated. It showed up pretty clearly that for the opposition, there’s no such thing as an offseason. So we took no days off either.
I can hear the fireworks of the New Year crackling and booming in the distance, and I wonder what this particular new year is going to bring with it.
I hear the explosions and I think of Kim Jong Un in North Korea, triggering seismic shifts on his own land as a Fourth of July gift to the world.
One thing only is certain. We have got to make serious headway in cleaning this mess up, and we have to do it this year. Last week Doug Jones of Alabama was officially certified as the victor of the Senatorial race he fought against Republican Roy Moore. He will be sworn in officially on the third of January.
The victory of Jones has given us Democrats a plausible path to taking control of the Senate again next November. It did not exist before then. That combined with #TheBlueWave that started building this November when we won in Virginia and New Jersey has given us a very real momentum. Our job as activists is to help that momentum grow in every way we can.
The key now is to find new ways to tie ourselves together. The stronger our bonds are, the firmer our solidarity. People stay true to their convictions when they can still draw strength from those who share them. It’s when they cut us off and make us feel small, that people start to shake loose from the coalition. But we’re not going to let that happen. We’ve got a no-man-left-behind policy, and we are not accepting any casualties.
The clock has turned, and we have entered 2018. Very soon now, we will be coming out of the trenches, and rushing to the battlefield with everything we’ve got.
This is bigger than America. It’s bigger than Russia, and it’s bigger than Trump and Putin. This is a world war between ideologies. It’s the age-old struggle between authoritarianism and democracy and must be fought anew in every generation.
As we go forward into the New Year, we have got to assume it’s going to get worse before it gets better. A lot worse. The first obstacle is going to be fending off more than four hundred primary challenges from the so-called Justice Democrats, people who ought to be our natural allies, at a time when every dollar is needed to take the Congress back from the Republicans.
It’s unbelievable and it doesn’t make sense unless you assume their intent is to hurt loyal Democrats as badly as they can. But nevertheless, that is our situation. We must make the best of it.
Our plan is simple. We intend to take back our own ideas from the radicals who have usurped them. We will meet our opposition on every battlefield we can find.
This will be a historic year for the Democratic Party, no matter what. This will go down in the books as the year we rallied, came together, and cleaned up our country’s backyard.
The path ahead is finally clear. We will simply make a New Year’s resolution. We will keep the faith and work as we have never worked before. Next week, the whole circus starts up again in earnest.
This is likely to be a midterm year like no other in history. It’s going to be a mess, and it will take every bit of us all to get it done, but it is possible. Momentum and midterm tradition both favour us. Happy New Year, fellow Democrats. We’ve survived the first year of Donald Trump. We’ve earned it.
Two different Senate committees probing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election have formally requested documents and material related to Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s campaign.
Jill Stein played a gigantic role in denying the presidency to Hillary Clinton, who Putin hated, blamed for all his domestic woes, and was determined to ruin.
Any Democratic activist present on Facebook for the 2016 election cycle will tell you. There were people online among the Green left and the Bernie or Bust crowd who you simply could not talk to.
They were so full of hatred and lies for Hillary Clinton that you really had to be there to understand. It was as if they were living underwater. It was only after we learned about what Russia had been doing that any of it started to make sense.
Stein posed as the true progressive champion during the campaign, reaching out to Bernie Sanders supporters with a message declaring Clinton more dangerous than Trump. It stands to reason to conclude that her votes came from the left side of the political spectrum.
Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin were the three Rust Belt states that Trump was able to steal from Clinton. In each state, the difference between Trump and Clinton was less than the total Stein received.
This is clearly the role she was meant to play, and is probably why she was at that famous luncheon with Putin, Manafort, Flynn and the rest two years ago this month.
And so it came to pass that the left fringe of American politics cost the Democratic Party the White House, for the second time in sixteen years.
It struck a younger me as being very odd, that even though the Greens had a set of goals that were so similar to ours, we always ended up at odds. In 1999, I read their platform, agreed with most of it, and cheered for Ralph Nader– in the early days.
I wanted to see the Greens get their 5% of the vote and make it onto the ballot in all 50 states. It struck me as democratic. Democracy is a magnificent, vital, living thing, evolving according to the will of the collective- It all struck me as a worthy underdog cause to root for.
But then, Nader kept campaigning in Florida, and other swing states, in a race so close that a few hundred votes in Florida ended up deciding it. Nader got nearly 100,000 votes in Florida. He ruined us.
I remember that I couldn’t understand it. Couldn’t he try for his 5% in less crucial areas? He had only to win popular votes, not electoral ones. Why was he not out in California, where the Green Party’s base- and an eighth of America’s citizenry- might have easily given that to them, while still remaining comfortably blue?
Why would any man of sense and progressive values possibly be so foolhardy as to risk the coming to power of another Bush? It only made sense under one scenario- that he was not fully sincere, and that he valued power over policy.
When we found out Karl Rove’s PAC had been paying to run ads for his campaign in swing states in 2004, nobody was really surprised.
But how does this tie into the Russian plot? Why have Robert Mueller’s investigators become interested in the Green Party and Jill Stein?
It reads like a grocery list.
“The Russian embrace of Jill Stein was anything but subtle,” said Andrew Weiss, a Russia expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “Russian state propaganda outlets like RT had a field day with her strident attacks on the U.S. political establishment, and they seemed to work hand in glove.”
Even her running mate, Ajamu Baraka, has been known for years as someone on the fringes of pro- Russian conspiracy theories. He has repeatedly appeared on infamous Holocaust denier Kevin Barrett’s Truth Jihad radio show.
“Someone wrote about three weeks ago that we should expect false flag, a major false flag operation in eastern Ukraine that’s going to be blamed on the Russians. And that’s exactly what has happened,” said Baraka at the time.
For all these reasons and probably others we don’t know about yet, Stein has been a Kremlin favourite since her first run as the Green Party’s presidential candidate in 2012.
Her radical base and her love of castigating our government seem to have made her a choice selection to the Russians, whose strategy all throughout Europe has been to finance and incite both ends of the radical spectrum.
They seek to add polarity to our liberal Western atmosphere to destabilize it and take at its expense. Radical groups like the Green Party are their bread and butter.
Clint Watts, an NBC News analyst who has been tracking Russian election interference at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, said that Russia’s intelligence agencies “sought to play both sides of the political spectrum to elevate Trump and turn down turnout for Clinton.”
Added Watts, “On the left politically, they sought to dissuade Bernie Sanders voters from turning out to the polls and increase turnout for Stein.”
Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia and an NBC News analyst, said that Stein “most certainly influenced the outcome of [the 2016] election, given the outcome was decided in three states and by 78,000 voters.”
Despite receiving only 1.07 percent of the national vote total, her showing in the crucial states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan was greater than Clinton’s margin of defeat and arguably denied Clinton an Electoral College victory.
It was Ralph Nader and the 2000 presidential election all over again.
I think about that picture of that gala banquet in December of 2015, and in my mind’s eye, I just keep seeing that cunning look on Stein’s face as she held up her champagne glass.
It was the look of someone who feels they’ve finally made it. Someone who, at long last, is getting the importance and recognition they have so long felt unduly denied, is loving it- and doesn’t want to think about the Faustian bargain made in the process.
In this world, there comes a time when we all have to realize that the sum of our choices defines who we are. Time to wake up, Jill. Reality has arrived at your front door. You are out of time.
It was never about Donald Trump. It took me until this morning to realize that, but I finally did. Trump did not beat us last year. We beat ourselves.
This is why they speak of the impermanence of a house divided.
Over the last eleven months, an outsider would have come along and concluded that a Manichean struggle of epic proportions was taking place within our troubled borders. A pure, unadulterated, good vs. evil type of question.
On the one hand, you’ve got the greedy, wicked ogre-king, Donald Trump, grabbing for everything, eating up all the people. And on the other, his foes in blue stand small but brightly arrayed to do battle with him. Surely, in the end, justice and God will prevail, and the obscuring cloud will no more blot out stars.
In real life, things are never this simple.
Unfortunately, in our story, the truly terrifying one does not even live within our borders. The ogre-king proves nothing more than a defective robot- and it turns out there are Trojan Horses among the brave armies of blue.
It has been a week to try our souls, and there is no doubt about it. Once again, we find ourselves in the miserable position of being fragmented and disrupted by the enemy, while at the same time losing Senator Al Franken, one of the best guys we had in the Congress. It’s a sickening state of affairs. They’re laughing at us.
The Democratic Party that Millennial Democrats have been fighting for has always valued due process and due diligence, rather than hasty and emotional throwing of our own to the wolves.
The great thing about being a Democrat is knowing that other Democrats can be counted on to take your back when the enemy throws a low blow at you. If we lose that, we lose everything.
This is exactly what Senator Al Franken was not able to count on recently, and everyone has seen it. As a result, there has been a massive backlash against the leaders of the party responsible. And rightly so.
Furthermore, when we take a look at that specific group of personnel, we’re seeing some familiar names on the list.
First and foremost, you guessed it, was none other than Rape Fantasy Bernie, who did not follow Franken into resignation.
“Sen. Franken has said that he will be making an announcement about his political future tomorrow. The right thing is for him to resign,” Sanders, I-Vt., who ran for president as a Democrat in the 2016 elections, said in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon. This from a guy who won’t even stand up for abortion.
At times like this, it is hard to hold one’s temper.
Other prominent figures aligned with the Sanders camp have also called for replacing the beleaguered Senator Franken with a fellow Minnesota Democrat, Rep. Keith Ellison, as support grew Friday for the senator’s resignation. Ellison, of course, was Bernie’s choice for DNC chairman last fall.
The so-called Justice Democrats, a group of former Sanders campaign staffers and other radical leftists, launched a petition asking Franken to resign following the release of a photo showing him gesturing crudely toward conservative talk show host Leeann Tweeden.
It was one of the greatest disappointments of my life to see names I respect join that list. It’s a stain on what has otherwise been a very heroic year for us.
Democrats have stood together in a bloc during this whole nightmare, and saved us from the worst of Trump’s tendencies time and again. Up until now, we have been really proud of all of them. They have represented the will of the people to the utmost extent of their considerable abilities.
Bernie Sanders has not. He wouldn’t even vote to sanction Russia, and that too was a small wonder, considering his campaign was near as tied in with them as Donald Trump’s.
Bernie Sanders has been on the wrong side of every one of the domestic problems encountered by the Democratic Party. From the day the election ended onward. He’s always got his nose into everything we do, all the while making sure everyone knows he isn’t one of us. It would be a joke if it was funny.
The 2016 DNC chairmanship election featured the eventual victor, Tom Perez, running against Bernie’s chosen man, Keith Ellison. It was a mess. It was the primary all over again. Acrimony, screaming, division.
Shortly afterwards, Bernie and Perez set out across America, on the Unity tour that spotlighted how ridiculous the very concept was. That tour did a great job showing everyone we had no Unity whatsoever.
Bernie’s supporters repeatedly booed Tom Perez. Bernie refused to say he was a Democrat. And Bernie used the opportunity to ask for money- for himself.
While he did pay his share of the bill for the Unity tour, he still has yet to raise a single dollar for the DNC’s crucial midterm races. It’s just the same as last year. During the 2016 presidential race, Sanders set up a joint fundraising committee with the DNC — but no money ever passed through it.
There’s no need to recite the whole grocery list; it’s a slow and frustrating process even thinking about it. Everyone involved already knows.
Bernie lied for all he was worth, during the 2016 election cycle. He was promising things that he knew there was no way to deliver. He swore up and down and all around, that in future elections he’ll be running as a Democrat, but has rebuffed invitations to join the Party time and again. He’ll be running as an independent in 2018.
And all the while, as he smiles and nods and plays the part of a kindly old Mr. Rogers, the splintered fragments of Bernie or Bust have been slowly recollecting into razors. #WeWillReplaceYou? Brand New Congress? Arbitrary purity standards to enforce mandatorily on Democratic candidates? Where does it end?
It has to be understood that the radical left hates Democrats far more than they hate Republicans.
Policies and plans don’t enter into the equation in the slightest regard. Even self-interest, or goodwill towards their fellow man, is not enough to change their minds. We have seen this time and time again since Ralph Nader cost us the 2000 election.
During wildfire season, you will sometimes encounter blazes so huge that no amount of water dumped can possibly hope to drench them. Because of the sheer amount of flammable material in its path, the fire will burn and burn until there is nothing left to burn.
For this reason, firefighters will sometimes employ a technique to put it out called a backfire. This term refers to a fire set intentionally to arrest the progress of an approaching fire by creating a burned area in its path, thus depriving the fire of fuel. While the two fires battle, the firefighters come in from behind and mop up from the other side.
It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that the opposition has used the Sanders wing of the party as a backfire, in the hopes of smothering the #BlueWave that started building in November.
Once again, we are going to desperately implore these people- our ideological brethren!- to desist from the destructive course of action we have started on the road toward when we threw Al Franken under the bus, on their insistence. If all that it takes to chase Democrats- or anyone- out of the Congress is an unproven accusation, then we have embarked on a very dark course indeed.
“What you saw today was a lynch mob,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Wednesday on Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show after at least 35 Democratic Senators called on Franken to step aside. “Let’s not have due process. Let’s not ask anybody any questions. Let’s not have any chance to have a hearing. Let’s just lynch him, because when we get done lynching him, we’ll be so pure.”
Can we not even all agree that it’s bad when Newt Gingrich is speaking on us and making sense? Is this what we want? Has Newt Gingrich become the only voice of reason speaking for Democrats?
If the answer to these questions is yes, then God help us all.
We have something to say to the leadership of the Democratic Party in general. Our trust in you- our faith in you- is the only hope you have of success, next year or any other. It is your job to convince us that our votes will be doing something good.
Your decision to abandon Al Franken in the hopes of winning over lost causes has left your entire base feeling hopeless and left floundering. How do you trust a party that will eat its own, even when they’re really good people? Which way does that leave us to go?
We suggest that you find a way to achieve these goals satisfactorily. While the Democratic Party remains the wholesome institution we have known, we will fight for it. But we will not fight for a shell. Do not be so eager to win the new blood, that you neglect the people who have brought you to the dance. Fix your mistake, and do what it takes to convince Al Franken to stay. This is what Democrats want. And if you break faith with us, we shall not rest.
That’s a question that the whole world is asking.
It’s hard to believe anyone can doubt it. We’ve been subjected to every indignity conceivable over the course of this last year. Remember when Trump was too old and fat to walk with the other leaders at the Paris Summit earlier this year, and had to ride along behind the rest in a golf cart?
It really seems inconceivable that anyone capable of pulling on pants in the morning could be so unaware as Donald Trump. The man is a complete disgrace. He has eroded American prestige within a single year. Russia, which is only a regional power, has assumed the mantle of leadership in the minds of many. We haven’t been providing it.
Respect. They say you have to give it to get it. Donald Trump doesn’t respect anybody but himself.
We had a chance last year. We had one of the most competent politicians this country has ever seen, ready to take the reins from one of the most beloved politicians the country has ever seen.
It took Barack Obama eight years to get us pointed in the right direction again after the eight years of unending nightmare that was George Bush’s tenure in office, but he did it! Health care was resolved, we were out of Iraq, and the economy had substantially recovered. All we had to do was walk forward together.
That did not happen, for a number of different reasons, and the scale of the missed opportunity is the worst.
Perhaps we should consider what might have been, the what-ifs of a Hillary win, what has been lost and what opportunities were squandered this year. But when we do, we must realize it will be painful.
Since Trump was elected, millions of Americans have been living with constant worry about losing their health care. President Hillary Clinton was the person who first laid the plans for an American public health system.
She had a lifetime of working with Congress and was a Senator herself for eight years. Her technical skill and consummate mastery of her topic gave her an ideal skill set to fine-tune Obamacare with and place it on firm footing for the future. There was no one else on Earth so uniquely qualified.
It is wisely said that Barack Obama’s greatest gift to Donald Trump was the economy. By nearly every conceivable metric, we are significantly better off now than we were in 2008. We’re still feeling the effects of his wise policies, although Trump tries taking credit for them all he can. He’s selling himself a dream, though. The Center for American Progress put together a list called 100 Days, 100 Ways, that Trump Has Hurt Americans. That was back in April.
Perhaps the biggest difference comes from what they intended to do with American resources. Speaking of Trump’s new tax plan, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that he thought the bill would go down in history as one of the worst budgets Congress has ever passed.
In direct contrast, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 economic platform focused on raising middle-class incomes to increase growth. It was lauded by economic experts around the world for its depth and its realism.
Clinton’s plan was well-thought out and detailed. She was the only 2008 candidate to advocate a balanced budget. The tax credit, health insurance, and retirement plans would have funnelled cash to consumers.
Her retirement plan would have addressed the looming Social Security crisis. Her proposal to fix the Alternative Minimum Tax has been a problem long overdue. In short, this platform would have benefited the U.S. economy.
All of these things are huge, of course. Every one of them should have been enough to lay Trump down for good. At the end of the day, the implications of her defeat are very serious.
The 2016 election proved to us that in many ways, our electoral process amounts to a popularity contest.
It wasn’t anything rational that led to such a self-destructive decision on the part of the American people last year. It was anger. People stopped listening to each other. The lines of communication broke down. In this highly polarized, explosive environment, the collective reason of America failed her, to the eternal detriment of at least the reputation of the country.
Would the United States have been more respected today, if Hillary Clinton was our President? As surely as the sun will rise in the East and set in the West.
Our national conduct would befit that of a superpower, instead of a bumbling infant. Our economy would have stayed strong. We would not be internationally reviled for pulling out of the Paris Accord. In short, we would have been making strides toward the future, doing good for as many people as we can, for as long as we can.
Hillary Clinton is one of the most competent living Americans, and the fact of her exclusion from the halls of power in Washington is to the detriment of every man, woman, and child who calls this country home.
There will come a time when we get to try again. America is an empire of magnificent strength. It was built to survive a great deal worse than Donald Trump. In the meantime, however, in our hearts, we know that she was robbed. That single fact alone has done more to disrespect this country than anything that has happened since Bush vs Gore.
To Hillary Clinton herself, Millennial Democrats would simply like to say, We miss you, Madam President. The Clintons will always be the First Family, to many of us. We were kids when you guys ran the country, and you took good care of us.
Hillary Clinton would have brought the country honour, at all the same junctures that Trump has debased it. She will be sorely missed.
On Tuesday night, the Democratic Party began taking back our country. Today, you could feel it in the air. People have hope again. I could see it on their faces, as we walked down the street. Everyone was excited and happy, chattering in line at the Starbucks about it. It was the first good day we’d had in exactly 365. Democratic victories provided some much-needed vigor and relief to some people who have really deserved it. It’s huge.
The Democrats need to get back into power before things will start making sense again. We’re the only ones who’ve got the plans and skills. Trump has made people sad and tired. Many feel beat up by it all. But rather than sulk in despair, or let it sap our strength, we Democrats have been working. Day and night. Like bees building honeycombs, we have worked endlessly to strengthen bonds, build bridges, and create an infrastructure that is sleek, slick, and sexy.
Last night, things started coming back to sanity. We won. We finally have the momentum again.
Last year this evening, we were all of us devastated. Beyond all hope, beyond all reckoning. The editor of Millennial Democrats literally sat down and cried, speechless with shock. It was one of the worst days our times have ever seen. Not only because we realized how bad Trump was going to be; that was predictable. Even his voters knew it.
Fortunately, however, a combination of incompetence and our legal system protects us from a lot of Trump’s worst ideas. He doesn’t really understand how things work. He’s a very limited man. I have a neighbor from New York who’s got Alzheimer’s disease. The first time I heard Trump at a debate, I was stunned by their verbal similarity.
Another guy who sounds just like Trump is Bernie Sanders. It is hard to believe the nerve of that guy. He pretended to be so pure and holy last year. Like he had all the answers. For a holy man, though, he sure took losing badly, and so did his supporters.
I saw in the paper today that Bernie refused to endorse Phil Murphy in New Jersey. The reason why is petty in the extreme. Murphy has long been the favorite in the race, thanks to a Democratic electorate and New Jersey backing Hillary Clinton in 2016, and not him. That’s what really matters to Bernie these days, not things like progressive values or voting records.
Otherwise, why not support Murphy? The New Jersey Democrat supported markedly similar issues that Sanders touted during his 2016 presidential campaign. Murphy campaigned on a single-payer health-care system, a minimum wage hike to $15 and free tuition to public college and trade schools.
That set of goals is right out of Bernie’s playbook. He should be ecstatic to see a bright young guy picking up his ideas and winning with them! Why won’t he be happy for us? For himself? For the world? None can say exactly.
Clinton supporters, at least before last June, would have gladly voted for Bernie if he would have won. We all wanted a lot of the same things. The only difference was that Hillary Clinton could explain how she was going to do them. Bernie couldn’t. Therefore the choice as to who to support was clear.
But as I made my decision, I also realized that Bernie had touched a nerve, and I understood why.
The turn of the millennium was a very hopeful time for us elder millennials, those born closer to 1980 than 2000. From the time we were little kids on, it was all we could ever talk about. We all believed so strongly, with our little hearts, that it would be an amazing time to be alive.
When George W. Bush got into office, we saw all that ripped to pieces within a year.
We were mad. We grew up wearing Che Guevara shirts, listening to Rage Against The Machine, and listening to our parents talk about the great social struggles of the 1960’s. We knew what the word revolution meant. Remember in 2003, when they locked up Chong for selling bongs on the Internet? Operation Pipedream, John Ashcroft called it. That phrase was better applied to their whole pointless War on Drugs.
I can get how a lot of us would have gone for Bernie’s spiel back then.
Instead, they all waited until things had gotten better under Obama before they started making all that mess? It was a disaster.
Bernie also refused to endorse Governor Ralph Northam’s campaign in Virginia. Again, we have to ask why?
Tthe only answer is sour grapes. Northam easily beat his primary contender, Bernie’s man Tom Perriello. He, of course, was for Bernie last year.
Perriello, however, is far from an ideal progressive. He’s another one of Bernie’s anti-abortion candidates, like Nebraska’s Heath Mello, guys perfectly willing to compromise on woman’s reproductive rights.
A woman’s right to choose is an absolute core value of progressive ideology. Bernie’s career-long disregard of it is one of many things to make him unpalatable to me after I did my research.
It was also not so long ago that Perriello boasted of his A rating from the National Rifle Association, which was a result of his opposition to an assault weapons ban.
Let’s get real here. Bernie didn’t endorse Perriello because of his policies. He did it because Perriello is one of his cronies. Murphy and Northam were not.
Bernie Sanders has a really mean and overcompetitive side to him. That was clearly visible by last June, by which time he had ceased to resemble Mr. Rogers.
It is that unfortunate tendency that keeps him from helping real Democrats. He thought he was just going to show right up and start taking over the show. Unfortunately for Senator Sanders, we made it quite clear to him that he and his fanatic followers are not at all going to waltz in here and take us over, regardless of Cenk Uygur’s insolent hashtag, #WeWillReplaceYou.
Time for some real talk. He is bitter about losing. He tried to hijack the Democratic party. He never intended on joining us for a second, although he lied all the way through both 2015 and 2016 and said he would. He hates Democrats and always has. He once said that JFK made him nauseous.
Well, you can’t please everybody, and there’s no real sense in trying, at least past a certain point. We recently extended a formal invitation to Bernie to join us, and he laughed it off as a “distraction”. That’s too bad. Even after everything that’s happened, to both Bernie and his followers, the offer of reconciliation is open-ended. It’s on the table for life.
We know Bernie and his people are not the real enemy, even if they do insist on slandering us as such. We’ve got a counter-hashtag for Mr. Uygur, respectfully- #WeWillEmbraceYou. If you ever come around, our doors will still be open.
In the meantime, however, Bernie Sanders has proven every way he can think up that he is no friend to us and our causes. That leaves us with little choice but to exclude and ignore him. We don’t need any spoilsports moping along behind us right now. We don’t have the time for it.
After last night’s sweeping victories, Democrats are riding the crest of a gigantic Blue Wave. It is a miracle. It is pure electrical momentum. It’s going to hit the hapless and bumbling Republicans with the rush of a terrible storm next year. And 2020 is going to be a massacre like never before.
Bernie and the Justice Democrats seem determined to continue their futile flailings, but they’re just wasting their money and time. It’s too bad they won’t join forces with us, but we’re done letting it slow us down. We’ve got a lot of work to do. As Bob Dylan sang, once upon a time, “Your old road is rapidly fading. Get out of the new one, if you can’t lend your hand, for the times, they are a-changin”.
Bernie Sanders is the one leading progressive in America still sulking on the sidelines, rsentful and mad because he feels like the Democrats won instead of him. But we don’t see it that way. It could have been his victory too, had only he given the help he was begged for.
We feel this to be a victory for all of life on Earth! This is a highly significant time for us. We have got to grab this momentum we’ve built up, and run with it as far as we can. We’ve got no time for spoilsports. Bernie and the Justice Democrats can do as they please. We’ve got work to do, and anyone who’d like to lend a hand is welcome. The view from up atop this #BlueWave is truly glorious. You might just like it here.