Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the DCCC- Hope for an Alliance Rises, Fake Left Hates It.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the DCCC- New Hope for an Alliance Finally Rises.

We are extremely pleased tonight to be reporting on two things. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has excellently passed new rules regarding future party business, refusing to transact with outsider organizations who insist on attacking good Democrats in at-risk areas.

The other big news is the recent good decision of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Justice Democrats to form a good working partnership with the DCCC by agreeing that they themselves will no longer be using their power to attack good Democrats stands as an excellent example of this tendency.

It also stands as a good example of people growing up, getting smart, learning to work together so that actual progress can be made instead of just a lot of talk about it.

This, in our opinion, is a significant reason to be hopeful.

Evolution is an interesting process. As with all things, political landscapes dissolve, as Charles Bukowski once wrote, giving place to new forms of organization and new alliances. Tomorrow’s friend might well be an enemy today. New hope for an understanding with this quarrelsome fifth of our party has finally arisen.

The exact opposite has been getting portrayed by the media, however, and as a result of the prodding and attacks AOC and her friends are getting hit with, they are in danger of reversing themselves, when we had been making such progress. We should get out there and let them know that the radical loony left is not their only option.

This story began developing after the Blue Wave hit home last fall, and taught us all some new lessons about how  2018 article from SplinterNews.com-which is back to its usual tricks in more recent articles, not to get it twisted- entitled “Where Does The Democratic Left Go From Here?” We were sincerely happy to report that it indicated good things. It was looking like they actually appeared to be learning from past mistakes and have agreed to no longer attack their fellow Democrats who live in starkly red areas. We can’t lose those moderate red-state people, and we’re not going to risk them to win over the impossible. And may wonders never cease, the Justice Democrats may have seen this too.

“There was this theory of change that was along the lines of, ‘There is a lot of potential for progressive policies to win over rural whites, so we can have a night where we back true progressive in likely R or solid R districts, and the media finally realizes this is how you win,’” progressive strategist and writer Sean McElwee told Splinter. “For two years some of the best organizers I know were running [swing district candidates] Jess King’s and Randy Bryce’s and Leslie Cockburn’s races, and they all lost.”

Yes, they did, Mr. McElwee. Yes, they really did.

That aside, I like that term, thought I. Democratic Left. That makes sense and is good sound strategy. It is of the highest importance that we take every opportunity to affirm Democrats and shed light onto our good party.

At any rate, unlike a usual JD dialogue, here’s been nothing insane said so far! Who could be unhappy? Not me!

Of course, it did not take long before all their old friends on the fake left-the ones who really do just exist to make our lives harder- jumped in to start ripping them up for it.

The negative spin on this quote is due to its origin being from an article published by the Intercept, fake-left sultan Glenn Greenwald’s organization. It’s a clear warning to AOC that she’d better toe the line! Come back to help us destroy the Democratic Party, or else!

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, I ask you: When have we ever treated you with such disingenuousness? Please learn from this. Do not go back to chewing up your own! As for the DCCC primary embargo decision, please do not expect us to actively aid and do business with people who are openly trying to hurt us.

Up until now, we have never, ever had cause to speak a single kind word for the Justice Democrats, because the list of their follies and blunders comprised their whole history. I figured there was a very good chance it would be that way forever. But lately, following Hillary Clinton’s saying four words to her on Twitter, both AOC and the organization that made her, the Justice Democrats, have been acting recently like they just might be getting close to being one of us, so to speak.

We have written good things about AOC before, although admittedly at this point there has been no cause for that in quite a while- just the opposite, in fact.

But just recently, before the phony left started kicking up and prodding them to uproar, they made the one smart decision I have ever seen any of them make in deciding to come to a good-faith arrangement not to use their power cannibalistically against their own people anymore, by trying to primary out good Democrats in red parts of the country. It appears to be a possibility we will not have to engage in a death-struggle after all.

But that means we in the sane center are going to have to get out there and tell them what we want from them before they end up backing off on this and going the other way. We cannot let the fake left be the only ones with voices in this argument. The DCCC has made a good decision, and we need them to accept it and go back to work.

They’ve been talking about good work, too.

“We’re going to be heavily focused on blue districts [in 2020], but we believe these ideas resonate everywhere,” Justice Democrats executive director Alexandra Rojas told Splinter Magazine. This time, a Justice Democrat is making sense.

The tweet from radical leftist and political pundit Ben Spielberg shown above is actually a misrepresentation of what Alexandra Rojas was saying, and a disingenuous one at that. This is what they do, guys! You already know that, because you’ve been joining them for going on half a decade, but now you’re learning what it’s like to be on the receiving end.

When people start ripping you up for making sense, that’s when you know you are becoming a true Democrat! It’s your digital Red Badge of Courage.

“The answer to why not [go after both safe seats and swing seats] is that we don’t have any f*cking money to do both. We can either get another Randy Bryce or Ocasio-Cortez, and please give me Ocasio-Cortez.”, said McElwee later in the article.

On that, at least, we should all be able to come together. Ironstache? Really? Gee whiz.

If the Justice Democrats want to be real Democrats, then sooner or later they’ll have to put their formerly hateful ways behind them and come to work with us side by side. Both of us will then be strong enough to do what we’ve been doing all along-raising awareness gradually, by threading our information into logical places where it counts.

We would absolutely welcome this, and the past be damned.

These were all the things I was thinking about the other day, as I scrolled down my Twitter feed, where I came across an interesting discovery.

How interesting, I thought, that this should be turning up now!

How unbelievably interesting.

Most readers of this blog will already know who the smug fellow talking is. That’s Cenk Uygur, founder of the Young Turks radio show. He’s been an enemy all along, for the reasons we’ve already mentioned. He was one of the most powerful voices the Justice Democrats had until he was forced to resign over the discovery of sexually perverse essays he’d written in the past. He remains closely tied to their organization.

This sure has been happening a lot these past few years! That’s why Glenn Greenwald and his cronies over at The Intercept are the ones screaming most loudly that Russiagate was fake, even though it’s actually their line that is the fake narrative.

Forget it, Lee Harvey Greenwald. This guy lives to shoot down Democrats.

For the record, we still completely agree with the above words.

We Democrats have always been for progressive values; in fact, we largely created and defined them in the more recent half of the Roosevelt project that created them, first Theodore and later Franklin Delano. That has never been our issue here. The difference has always been that we at Millennial Democrats haven’t felt the need to claim we were different, or better than our predecessors in the Greatest and baby boomer generations. We remember the first with our hearts, and we still work closely with the second, and we are very proud of it.

It certainly would be nice if this leftward were actually to happen, speaking for myself, and there’s no doubt that a step has been taken.  I’ll be happy to revise my opinion if things continue on in this way. Many Democrats advocated, in 2016, for a kinder, gentler policy when it came to how to handle the pool in which the Justice Democrats were born, meaning Bernie Sanders and his screaming pack of brats.

I did not.

I thought Hillary Clinton was treating them with kid gloves and I didn’t think their conduct justified that. HRC was a very decent sort, in spite of the three decades worth of manufactured slanders that have been vilely laid upon her, and she seemed to genuinely care about what they thought and how they felt, all the way to the end.

To say the very least, in the mildest possible tone, I did not concur.

It was hard not to conclude that those people truly hated us. There is no way to overstate the hostility we faced. During the election, one of our contributors was told that they hoped she was gang-raped, due to her refusal to support their chosen master.

The editor of Millennial Democrats was written hundreds of hate mail letters, called every foul thing in the book, and falsely reported on Facebook to the point where I could hardly turn around. Yet still, I persisted in trying to reason with them and went around saying Vote Blue No Matter Who. Those efforts were worthless.

These are the reasons why we’re not taking this for granted, either. It may well be just another time they’re going to do us like Charlie Brown missing mean Lucy’s yanked-away football. But we’ve still got to try; even if we know they will just yank the ball away at the last second, we have still got to try for our kick. The stakes are that high, in 2020.

I have always believed that the whole Justice Democrats organization and its people are unbelievably foolish and stubborn and filled with juvenile contrariness. It all goes back to the landslide defeat of Bernie Sanders. They have done nothing but attack their own people, that being us Democrats, so we have rightly viewed them as enemies, kept close tabs on them, and readied ourselves to fight them as hard as we could. Trouble has been raging hot all week over this, and we’re with the DCCC ten thousand percent, just as we’ve always been.

This kind of thing has been an ongoing problem now for well over two years, just with the Justice Dems specifically. Today is the second of April, the day after April Fool’s Day, which seems like a good time to be writing about the fake left. 2019 is already a third over. The 2020 election has taken on a gigantic, all-but-apocalyptic significance, and the primary season looms vast above, like a gathering storm.

All sincere progressives, even the most radical, know that those of us who are on the left and would see us not lose everything we have fought for in terms of every progressive value there is had better come together now before it is too late. Only the insincere infiltrators who are clearly just controlled opposition

Obviously, we are not going to beat Donald Trump in this condition, any more than we did back then.

These are all the reasons why it is to be hoped for in the extreme that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Justice Democrats are sincere. We are not in any way opposed to the idea of a permanent reconciliation, or living in a world where Justice Democrats and Millennial Democrats can both rest easy, knowing one another to be Democrats in more than name only. We will once again reach forth the olive branch. Cooperation and socialism are not the same.

In the end, it seems clear that we all have the most to gain by doing what Hillary Clinton always said, and move Forward Together. A long time ago, when they came up with their insolent #WeWillReplaceYou slogan, we came up with a counter-hashtag expressing our sincere sentiments, #WeWillEmbraceYou.
It was not our most popular article, but we wrote it, and we meant it, and we’ll dust it off if we think it will be worth it. If AOC and the Justice Democrats can be won away from the fake-left Greenwald crazies thoroughly, then maybe for now, their origins don’t so much matter (although you can bet we will not forget them). If she wants to be an asset she will have to prove it, but if she does turn out to be sincere, I can promise we will thoroughly embrace her.

She is, after all, a Millennial Democrat.

The Sarah Palin Of The Left- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is No One’s Face But Her Own.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is No One's Face But Her Own.

It is not without a sense of disappointment that we recognize the newly famous Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic Socialist and ideological successor of Bernie Sanders, has decided to be a liability. We’ve written highly of her in the past. She had some good points to make, but in the process of trying to make them, she has gotten in her own way badly, and in everyone else’s way, too. She has endeavored to make herself a nuisance in every way she can, and the Republicans, of course, are completely overjoyed.

At last, they’ve got someone tangible to point at and yell “See? See? We told you they all were socialists! We told you they all were crazy! That right there is the face of the Democratic Party!”

Let us be blunt and unequivocal- Ocasio-Cortez is far from the face of our party. Very far. We’re not socialists at all. We’re the ones on the front lines of the battle against socialism. The Republicans are the ones who incite and encourage the socialists, in order to disrupt and uncoordinate Democrats. That’s why Donald Trump sided with Bernie Sanders in 2016.

Our thoughts were that she should be given a chance, even though most things about her were far-left and radical. Ocasio came into all our lives by primarying out one of the best guys we had in Joe Crowley, which of course is horrible, and she’s a Democratic Socialist, which is to say, an extremely confused socialist. But even so, we gave her a chance. We congratulated her on her victory, we wrote an article giving her the proper respect she has earned. She ran a heck of a campaign, by every metric, and she is, after all, a Millennial Democrat. We did our best to keep an open mind.

Who knows, we said. Maybe she won’t turn out to be so bad. She does seem smart enough. Maybe she is. Let’s reserve judgment for the time being.

Then she opened her mouth.

Conservative news and opinion site The Daily Caller ran a contest over it. “Vote On The Dumbest Thing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Has Said So Far.”

Now, this hurt us, because all of us are Democrats, and we all want the same kinds of things. We need our allies and our bright minds. Although her wing of the left and ours are often rivals, we are not enemies, and it brings no joy to report on her failings. But we all need to show discipline, represent ourselves to advantage, and realize that whatever we say will reflect on the Democratic Party as a whole.

Ocasio-Cortez is not getting that. And that Daily Caller article ate it up.

They showed her doing an interview with MSNBC’s fantastic Joy Reid, who has had her own problems with the far left. It yielded some remarks that can only be described as gems.

“Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs. Unemployment is low because people are working 60, 70, 80 hours a week and can barely feed their family.”

Politifact ruled in on this one right away. “Americans aren’t working more today than they have been in the recent past. The average number of hours worked in the private sector has hugged tightly to about 34.5 hours a week since 2006, except for a dip during the Great Recession.”

In the very same Joy Reid interview, she blasted this out too, when she said she was in favor of an assault-weapons ban.

“I think that many members of our military need to go through years of training in order to have access to these weapons, and the idea that a 17-year-old can walk into a shop and get one, I think, is unacceptable.”

Seventeen? Federal law prohibits anybody under the age of 18 from legally buying guns, automatic or otherwise.

Around the same time, she appeared on the reboot of Firing Line. Conservative host Margaret Hoover asked her to explain her stance on Israel. The question left Ocasio-Cortez completely baffled. She began to talk about things that don’t exist, like the Israeli “Occupation of Palestine.”

Hoover pounced. “Would you like to expand on that?” she said with utter glee.

“I’m no expert on geopolitics,” said Ocasio-Cortez. Well, if that is the case, then what in God’s holy name are you doing in the government of a global superpower? This kind of thing is really a disgrace. If you don’t have the tools for the job, don’t apply for it.

“We’re gonna flip this seat red in November,”, she said in July during a rally.

Jesus God.

Good thing for her it was the Year of the Democratic Woman.

The first time I heard someone use the term “Sarah Palin of the left”, it was in passing. Sarah Palin, of course, was the infamous 2008 running mate of Republican John McCain, then-governor of Alaska who liked to talk and quickly became a superstar- until she put her foot in her mouth, and kept it there.

I was walking down the hallway of the local library, and I heard a group of people laughing and pointing at a picture. “She’s the Sarah Palin of the left,” said one woman. “That’s the face of the Democratic Party now, guys!” yelled another man present, joyfully.

The face on the screen, of course, was that of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The headline was from RealClear Politics, and it pleaded our case eloquently.

Lieberman: If Ocasio-Cortez Is “The New Face of The Democratic Party,” Party Doesn’t Have “Bright Future”

No doubt. We might not have a future at all, if that’s the face of the party. What a mess, I thought. What a total and complete disaster.

A while back, we did an article about a guy named Don Blankenship, a major felon whose greed and sloven got twenty-nine people killed in a tragic mining accident. He was running for Joe Manchin’s Senate seat in West Virginia, so we were all for him. “Too Far Right”, it was called. “Why It’s Best When the GOP Nominates Their Worst.”

Obviously, it’s good for us when the true face of the Republican Party is revealed by people who are just like that. Corrupt, arrogant, and sloppy.

Just like it’s good for them when our candidates are uneducated, radical, and prone to making constant ridiculous blunders.

In America, you can’t be the President if you’re not at least thirty-five, and this is because all three of those traits, so deadly for a good politician, accompany youth all but exclusively. So it only stands to reason that people are given a certain amount of time to reach maturity and correct those youthful errors. Unfortunately, there is no such law protecting the House of Representatives. So here we are.

For the last several decades, Republican politicians have moved steadily further right, and never has this been so true as now. Candidates of heightening extremity dominate the GOP playing field. They are nominating the wrong candidates all over the country, such as ex-convict Blankenship in West Virginia.

After the election of our 45th President, the strategy of many Republican politicians has depended a great deal on how deeply they can demonstrate their adherence to his destructive policies. The growing trend of Republican extremity has become troubling in the extreme. This has backfired on them badly. The Blue Wave all but knocked them out of the ballpark, which is how Ocasio managed to win her election. If she were in middle America, she’d have been driven across the state line.

This has tempted some on the left to respond with extremity in kind, and that is very dangerous. With every step we take away from the center, the closer we come to getting ripped loose at the moorings as a country. We’ve already had one Civil War. We have to find a way to come back to reason before it is too late.

The likes of Bernie Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez are, to put it mildly, not helping.

Even if you put aside their socialism and their adherence to radical policies that make no sense like Medicare for All, neither Sanders nor Ocasio-Cortez are good candidates, because they do not have the resume. They don’t have records of getting things done, although at least in Ocasio’s case it’s because she has had no career. As recently as last year, she was still working as a bartender, but she’s sure got a lot to say about- well, just about everything..

While there is certainly a lot to admire about a person who can make a good cocktail, when it comes time to pick who’s in the Congress, I’ll take the geopolitical expert every time. All things considered, it becomes all too clear that socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a big mistake on the part of New York’s 14th District. We can help the people who live there by raising awareness on all this so that they will correct it.

A Headless Snake- Cenk Uygur Out At Justice Democrats!

#JusticeHypocrites

Cenk Uygur, who was the first and the loudest to shriek for the blood of former Minnesota senator Al Franken, is no longer a Justice Democrat. His own people ousted him after blogs surfaced in which Uygur and a crony are making some truly repugnant comments about women.

In the posts, Uygur claimed that he was “done” dating any woman if he hadn’t felt their breasts by the third date. There was talk regarding three teenage girls whom he described as “whores in training” and “literally looking for boys to pick them up.”

Women, they said, were “genetically flawed” if they don’t want to have sex often enough.

When the news first broke of the Justice Democrats attacking Al Franken, and Cenk leading the charge, I couldn’t help feeling a bit puzzled. It didn’t quite jive with what I remembered of the Young Turks.

Isn’t this the same organization that featured a reoccurring 2009 segment called “Guess The Camel Toe, with Ana Kasparian”How pure is that?

The whole concept of the organization was an idiotic joke from the start. The organization purported to help the causes of the Democratic Party by getting rid of our best leaders, who invariably are those who refused to line up behind Bernie Sanders in 2016.

Their plan is the administration of “purity tests“(see the Brand New Congress website) to our elected Democratic leaders. Only by way of this, Cenk and his cronies said, can we force the Democratic Party to comply with our directives.

Anyone who wasn’t “progressive” enough for the former conservative is to get in line or face primary challenges from the left, in this most crucial year of midterms.

They know full well it’ll take us all working together to unify and beat back the wave of Trumpism washing over the country. They know we want our country back on its feet more than anything, and that there’s nothing we won’t sacrifice to get it there.

So they used our fervent patriotism to try and strong-arm us into handing them over the reins of power.

This will never happen, as they have proven themselves unfit in every way. Irascibility and an exclusionary attitude will not win you the love of the people. Nor will it win you any elections. But the simple fact remains, that’s what they want.

“It is time for them to step aside and let us lead. If you want unity, we’re ready to lead,” Uygur said on his internet TV show, The Young Turks.

The sheer brazen insolence! How many Presidents have you helped get elected, Cenk? Worthless as can be. Good for nothing but hurting real Democrats.

What kind of sense does it make, to throw primary challenges at Democrats already holding office? None, of course. But that’s what they’re doing.

The Justice Democrats formally came together with the Brand New Congress back in March, with the intent of getting rid of every Democratic candidate everywhere who will not line up behind Bernie. They are the biggest, the wealthiest, and the best organized of the fake-left organizations we will have to fight this year. Of all the splintered fragments of Bernie or Bust, this one is the most dangerous.

Or at least, was the most dangerous.

So the real question now is, how long will the body live on without the head?

The famous French chemist Antoine Lavoisier is often said to have arranged an experiment before his execution by guillotine where he would try and blink as many times as possible before his head finally died. It is said he managed 15-20.

Maybe Cenk ought to hit the medical journals on the subject. He’ll have a lot of time on his hands coming up.

Although it is satisfying to watch a jerk get jerked around, it’s also important to make one thing clear. It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that a few lewd comments made in one’s youth should not be enough, by themselves, to make a person unfit to lead.

The whole incident also provides a sad commentary on the hypocrisy of the entire organization. It is not showing signs of developing adult principles like maturity or forgiveness, or even the makings of their own progressive values which would require believing people can change.

It’s childish to cut down your own leaders over imperfections in their values so you don’t look “hypocritical.”

Liberal activist Carl Benjamin, who previously endorsed Justice Democrats, said such actions ring of a “power play” over the founder they “knocked off.”

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. As a result, there has been a massive backlash against the people responsible, like our good buddy Cenk, whose own past is obviously less than admirable.

At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that all of us are people. We all said and did stupid things when we were younger. If that’s enough to disqualify you as a leader later in life, then no one can have the job. The Justice Democrats and Cenk Uygur are learning this the hard way. And too late.

The Fake Left- Justice Democrats and Other Attempted Hijackers.

Fake Democrats

Robert Mueller, the FBI special counsel, reportedly obtained a search warrant for records of the “inauthentic” accounts Facebook shut down last September, as well as the targeted ads purchased by these accounts during the 2016 election cycle.

The warrant was first disclosed by The Wall Street Journal. We were certainly glad to hear it. There was no end of Trump trolls around to make our lives harder.

But here’s what I keep waiting for.

When is he going to get around to all the inauthentic Russians who were helping out Bernie Sanders?

What about what a friend of mine refers to as the “alternate HRC-verse”?

When will he show us he’s digging equally into those on the left who sold out their country? It’s not like they’ve cut it out.

For example, we have less than 200 days until the most crucial set of midterms in American history. If we don’t retake Congress, we will not be impeaching Donald Trump. Every day that he stinks up the White House is another day that we all risk becoming a cinder.

You’d think anyone with a lick of decency or good common sense would realize we’ve got to come together behind the leaders we’ve got and do what we can to help them.

Maybe so, but not Cenk Uygur, of the so-called Justice Democrats.

“It is time for them to step aside and let us lead. If you want unity, we’re ready to lead,” Uygur said on his popular internet TV show, The Young Turks.

The sheer brazen insolence! How many Presidents have you helped get elected, Cenk? Worthless as can be. Good for nothing but hurting real Democrats.

What kind of sense does it make, to throw primary challenges at Democrats already holding office? None, of course. But that’s what they’re doing. The Justice Democrats formally came together with the Brand New Congress back in March, with the intent of getting rid of every Democratic candidate everywhere who will not line up behind Bernie.

The related organization #WeWillReplaceYou is another splintered fragment of Bernie or Bust, recollected and sharpened into a razor.

There’s also Bernie’s 501 (C) (4) social welfare group Our Revolution, the official outgrowth of the Sanders “revolution”.

Our Revolution and Bernie Sanders were the first to start howling for Al Franken’s blood. Most likely it’s because he was both smart and loyal. He voted with the Party in almost all cases, and he would never have sold out to Bernie. That’s minus one Democrat they’ve got to “replace”.

When Hillary Clinton lost a far closer and equally acrimonious primary to Barack Obama in 2008, she chose to throw all the support she had behind the freshman Illinois senator immediately. That decision to keep intact the integrity of party unity was a crucial factor in propelling him to victory over Republican John McCain.

One might have expected Bernie Sanders, friend to the little people, to do the same. He had to realize how badly we’d get hurt if the Republicans got back in the White House. But his endorsement of his opponent came nearly a month later. And when he finally did it was tepid and dishwater. He hurt us all he could.

Jill Stein and the Green Party serve the same Russian Trojan Horse function here as their analogue Die Linke does in Germany. Stein is the one member of the alt-left to be formally included in the Russiagate investigations so far, due to her attendance at the infamous gala held in Moscow with Putin, Michael Flynn, and Paul Manafort.

However, there’s also a certain Tad Devine who managed the campaign of a certain Vermont senator. He was Paul Manafort’s right-hand man in Ukraine, back in 2004 at a time when both were the property of the thug and ex-convict Viktor Yanukovych, who in turn was the property of Putin.

Turns out he worked on Al Gore’s campaign with Donna Brazile, whose recent anti-Clinton accusations received a great deal of media attention. This might have been how that whole distraction got cooked up last fall.

There’s a clear confluence between the alt-right and the alt-left regarding Vladimir Putin and the ratfucking, (to use a venerable Watergate-era term) performed by Russian hackers, trolls, and bots.

Putin spoke highly of Bernie as well.

And even 2016 Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Gary Johnson pointed out during the cycle that “Interestingly enough, the candidate I most often side with, on 73% of the issues, is Bernie Sanders”.

The name of Bernie Sanders did not appear on the ballot as a candidate for President in any state during the 2016 general election. But a large share of the blame for this disaster that is the current administration lies squarely on his shoulders.

As early as February of 2016, his campaign received a warning from the Federal Election Commission, citing problems with his campaign’s February finance report.

The evidence is clear that Sanders and Stein became the Ralph Nader of 2016. They stole just enough votes from the Democratic candidate to lose the White House for us. Instead, the presidency ended up in the insane hands of Donald Trump. They were used as Putin’s other puppets.

This strategy worked out very well for the Republicans. Trump is a slob and a fool. Even the likes of Steve Bannon are completely dismissive of him. But he was the best they could do. And they managed to push him through- even though nobody wanted him.

That is why they’re trying it again. By attacking our best leaders at the primary level, they hope to force us into a war on two fronts. If they can cause us to split our resources fighting each other, they can hope to retain their power- even though they’ve brought so much hardship to the country with their tax plan and other ruthless legislature.

Let’s not make any bones about what the stakes are.

We have a maniac in the White House, threatening other maniacs with his great big nuclear button.

We have a hostile and malicious foreign power, Russia, putting tendrils and creepers down through every crack in our system’s architecture. 

And we’ve got a domestic problem with fascism that is worsening by the day and has caused fatalities.

The only hope we have is #TheBlueWave.

Bernie, however, wouldn’t endorse any of our winning candidates in the 2017 elections. He did nothing to help whatsoever, and he refused help from the DNC in other key races that he jealously rushed in and claimed as his own, like that of Rob Quist in Montana. He is not our friend, and he is not progressive.

Going forward, our job is to raise awareness of the Libertarian wolves in our midst. Innocuous names like the Justice Democrats can make it hard to tell which is which.

We will need to learn to spot the trademarks of the organizations placing backing and support behind fake Democrats. They fit into regular patterns and these can be spotted and recognized.

For example, there’s the race to unseat Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House. The real Democrat in the race is the very qualified female candidate Cathy Myers. But she has been ignored in favour of a ridiculous man named Ironstache, who is getting his support from organizations like the Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC.

This is the kind of thing that’s going to be going on everywhere. It’s a real shame that we’ve got to waste time and energy fighting people we’d be happy to work with. But that does not change the fact. We are under attack from the left just as much as the right.

If Bernie and Company were capable of making any progress or winning any races, then we would support them. But they should have shown us something by now.

Instead, of the local races and special elections that Our Revolution has supported so far in 2017, a terrible percentage of them lost — many of whom were candidates going up against “mainstream” Democrats supported by the party, including progressive congressman Keith Ellison’s bid for Democratic National Committee chair, which he lost to former Labor Secretary Tom Perez. They are not serious candidates. They show up just to complicate things for us.

As a quick aside, Bernie vs. Trump would have been a joke. Trump has spent his life picking his teeth with guys like Bernie.

When you hear people calling themselves “progressive” all the time, that’s a sure sign of a Bernie Bot. If you see support for a certain candidate from Our Revolution or the Justice Democrats, that’s another guy who is no good.

In closing, we can keep it simple. Bernie’s endorsement is toxic and his candidates are not Democrats. We are going to learn to spot all the red flags so that we can keep the party blue.

A Media Monopoly- Koch Network Funds Time Inc. Buyout.

Wicked adversaries

History has taught us that the media industry in Washington is capable of posing a considerable threat to our democracy. It stands to reason that a sound and empowered federal regulation ought to exist, one capable of holding media outlets accountable. There’s got to be a mechanism overseeing the news, to see it stays within the bounds of reason.

Hardly any such protections exist, however, and haven’t since the FCC disposed of the Fairness Doctrine in 1987. President Bill Clinton observed this is not a topic frequently discussed by the media giants who govern our screens.

The world of American media is currently going through some fundamental changes. As part of this massive transformation, media companies have dramatically increased efforts to wield influence in Washington.

With a massive lobbying presence, and a steady dose of campaign donations to politicians on both sides of the political spectrum, big media has been pressuring the government to allow it more consolidation. A corollary goal involves privatizing and commodifying the internet.

The media controls the information flow. It has acquired an unparalleled power to reach into people’s lives. If consolidated and twisted to authoritarian purposes, it would turn into a weapon of terrifying strength. Any would-be dictator would naturally perceive this as well, and seek to acquire it.

Therefore, it should come as no surprise to see that the Koch Brothers are providing $500 million of the cash needed to buy out Time Magazine.

Meredith Corp., a magazine publisher and broadcast company, will acquire Time Inc. in a deal totalling $2.8 billion, the company announced Sunday.

The Koch brothers are the domestic source of most of the worst indignities we have suffered these last ten years. All of this is a part of their grand strategy to eliminate government interference from the business sector. Anti-monopoly laws, anti-pollution laws, anti-public aid laws. These things cost the likes of Koch Industries a lot of money every year. This is why they are willing to spend so much to get rid of them in the long run.

They are the money behind many Republicans like Scott Walker, for example, the governor of Wisconsin who used a lousy backdoor bill to cripple the school system there. It was a crucial step in breaking the backs of unions nationwide and in inciting conservatives to wickedness.

If the Koch Network comes to dominate the American media, it will probably come to dominate the American government shortly thereafter.

If that happens, all hope of turning humanity back from the road to ruin it has started down is lost.

Stephen Hawking warned in July that if we don’t desist from the course we’ve been on, global warming will become so bad that Earth will “become like Venus, with a temperature of 250 degrees Celsius, and raining sulfuric acid.”

He also predicted that humanity’s natural greed would prevent us from properly addressing the problem.

None of this matters to the Koch brothers, however, whose fervent commitment to libertarianism- laissez-faire, dog-eat-dog capitalism- coincides precisely with their foremost, bottom-line interest: the elimination of government regulations aimed at containing toxic pollution and ozone-damaging emissions.

Koch companies are spewing these everywhere. Around the country, around the clock. And the only power strong enough to hold them accountable is the government.

However, there is one sure way they can succeed in tipping the balance against governmental regulation.

Seizing control of the government itself.

The Kochs have been planning this out for a long time. Their father, Fred Koch, was a co-founder of the John Birch Society, which can fairly be considered the centre of neo-conservative politics.

The trademark tenets of its philosophy include liberalism being the root of all evil, mistrust and hostility toward persons of color and other groups of at-risk persons, and a deep seeded fear of change. It is typified by racism, nationalism, and an ideologically devoid will to power. It carries within it the essence and spirit of fascism.

This is why they are paying so much money to take control of Time Magazine is one of the most highly recognizable and respected magazines in the world. To buy it out and fashion it into a vehicle of their propaganda would carry obvious strategic significance.

The tactic is to manipulate the national dialectic through their control of mouthpieces in the right-wing media. Recent shows like The Young Turks suggest their ideas have begun taking root on the left as well. This reality has to be faced and fully realized before counter-efforts will prove effective.

In 1983, journalist and professor Ben Bagdikian published his groundbreaking book, The Media Monopoly, which revealed that just 50 corporations owned 90 percent of the media. That number has gradually dwindled over the years and eventually led us to our current crisis, where more than 90 percent of the media is owned by just six companies: Viacom, News Corporation, Comcast, CBS, Time Warner and Disney.

To take control of the media once and for all, they have only to conquer these six companies. Here, we can look to Russia for a model. Putin did it in the post-Yeltsin era within a couple of years, with a nearly identical strategy.

The concept of the media they share, however, is a far cry from the First Amendment. For Putin and the Kochs, it’s a simple equation. Whoever owns the media controls what it says.

Putin pursues a two-pronged media strategy. At home, his government clamps down on internal communications while at the same time positioning abroad by deploying RT, the international news agency formerly known as Russia Today to challenge Western ideas and warp the lines of truth.

However, there is one key difference. Putin controls Russia’s government so thoroughly that he basically is Russia’s government.

The Koch brothers do not yet hold such power here.

So that is what they’re after. By way of achieving this goal, they have targeted the center with a political pincer attack. Their plan is to employ both ends of the radical spectrum with candidates in line with their philosophies and take over from within.

2016 Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Gary Johnson pointed out during the cycle that “Interestingly enough, the candidate I most often side with, on 73% of the issues, is Bernie Sanders”.

Putin spoke highly of Bernie as well. And it seems an unlikely coincidence that the Justice Democrats, a Sanders-affiliated organization started by Young Turks founder Cenk Uygur, have targeted Democrats nationwide in primary challenges.

“It is time for them to step aside and let us lead. If you want unity, we’re ready to lead,” Uygur said on his popular internet TV show, The Young Turks.

The sheer brazen insolence! How many Presidents have you helped get elected, Cenk? Worthless as can be. Good for nothing but hurting real Democrats.

Any reasonably intelligent person ought to see this is a time when every dollar should be focused on targeting the GOP and waking our country up from the nightmare we’ve been in since last November. We should be sticking together like the opposition is.

As we prepare to enter the New Year, we’re going to be seeing these themes arise time and again.These are all topics we’ve covered before. Media consolidation. Anti-union sentiment. Attacks of governmental regulation of all kinds. It all comes down to economic slavery gift-wrapped with a fancy word, libertarianism.

2018 is the year that we start taking back our country. The only way we’ve got a shot at cleaning all this up is to retake the Congress. All our energies will be given to keeping #TheBlueWave alive.

There is a reasonable alternative to the pandemonium created by conservative greed and the current administration. Please join us in the task of helping the concept evolve.

 

Trust Matters! The Betrayal of Al Franken and the Future of the Party.

Stand Up for Senator Franken

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.

No Compromise On Choice, Bernie- Stay Out Of Women’s Convention!

This is our message to Senator Bernard Sanders. Either promise to only support pro- choice candidates, or stay out of our Women’s Convention.

This is only decent, especially given his stance on economic inequality. Anti-choice harms black and other women of color in terms of the most extreme disproportion. Overwhelming data supports this fact. The racial politics of abortion are expressed nobly by Dawn Porter in her film series on the subject. Perhaps if Bernie had watched it, he would not have endorsed Heath Mello last year.

You want equality for all, and yet you’re willing to compromise on an issue proven to harshly affect some of the most at-risk groups of people in the nation? These attempts by Bernie and his defenders to find an excuse for his support of anti-choice Mello (and his abhorrent legislation) in Omaha is appalling, and comes off as desperate.

The fact is, there is not a single person of prominence among the Sanders camp addressing or answering the fact of Bernie openly stating it’s okay to endorse and support anti- choice candidates. None of his supporters, no one from his camp and no one organizing the convention.

Instead of addressing the situation honestly, his supporters are rampaging in comment threads all across the Internet, seeking out pro-Bernie arguments rather than objective information on the issue. It is this mentality that has led to anti-choice legislation mills passing laws that harm women and disproportionately impact communities of color. 

Groups of Bernie supporters like the Justice Democrats and the Brand New Congress have taken the unfair and stupid position that real Democrats are corrupt somehow because we value our ability to work with different kinds of people and see value in the great institutions of this country, including great financial institutions such as Wall St.

They have been busy creating a rigorous purity standard to be applied to any politician still in office, and compromising with anyone who doesn’t pass it is enough to make you fail too- except when it comes to abortion rights.

Last week, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would prevent women from obtaining an abortion beyond the arbitrary marker of 20 weeks of pregnancy. Under the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” medical providers who perform an abortion at or after 20 weeks of pregnancy could face a fine, up to five years in prison, or both.

This bill could result in Black women losing access to abortion services during the most desperate of circumstances. 

According to an analysis of a national sample of young women obtaining abortions in 2008, black women, uneducated women, and women who experienced either unemployment or separation from a partner were more likely than others to have a later-term abortion.

Without access to late-term abortions, black women are often forced to carry unwanted pregnancies to term. This tends to be a bad scenario for everyone involved, woman and child and state. It can lead to economic insecurity and poor mental health outcomes for themselves and their families. None of this, however, meant a thing to Heath Mello, Bernie’s choice in the special election for mayor of Omaha, Nebraska, .

Imani Gandy at Rewire gave us the damning list. Mello sponsored a 20-week term limit on abortion in 2010. He voted in favor of eliminating abortion coverage from insurance plans in Nebraska. He voted to ban telemedicine abortion care, which makes abortion less accessible to poor and rural women. For all his good service, Mello was proudly endorsed by Nebraska’s Right to Life in 2010. 

The organizers of Women’s March have infuriated women worldwide with this invitation. Even their apology on the matter was tone deaf. In their latest response, they seemed to apologize for having given a man a place of such prominence in their event. Off the mark completely. It’s Bernie’s weak record on women’s rights and his rape fantasies that we object to, not the mere fact of his gender.

Hillary Clinton recently discussed the culture of sexual assault, following media coverage of a plethora of new lurid complaints against Hollywood film producer and longtime Democratic donor, Harvey Weinstein.

In an interview with the U.K.’s Channel 4 News on Saturday, Clinton said:

“Look, we just elected someone who admitted sexual assault to the presidency. So there’s a lot of other issues that are swirling around these kinds of behaviors that need to be addressed,” Clinton said when asked if she had heard rumors of Weinstein’s behavior before the bombshell reports.

“I think it’s important that we stay focused, and shine a bright spotlight, and try to get people to understand how damaging this is,” she continued. That last bit applies to Bernie just as well as Trump.

Remember those last set of debates last summer? Both presidential contenders were fiery, and passionate, which was only to be expected in what was a highly focused and driven primary. But Sanders was out and out rude. Rather than taking the opportunity to renounce the extremities of misogyny committed by his supporters, his performance gave weight to the concern Paul Krugman expressed back then: “Bernie is becoming a Bernie Bro.”

During the debate, Sanders interrupted Clinton again and again, at one point even throwing out a long “excuuuuse me” while wagging his finger. When not interrupting, he sat there smirking and making faces while Clinton spoke. At one point, he was seen muttering a sarcastic “OK.”

He laughed out loud as she prepared to answer a question on gun control legislation after Sandy Hook. What on Earth is funny about Sandy Hook?

This wasn’t the first time the Sanders campaign showed signs of sexist overtones. Jeff Weaver, Bernie’s head campaign manager, angered many when he complained that Clinton’s “ambition” could tear the Democratic Party apart.

Bernie himself (besides not being a Democrat) was trying to start a revolution. He was also running for President. These are ambitious things to do. The double standard was ludicrous, and typical of sexist relationship dynamics.

Shortly thereafter, in the awful acrimony that was the last month of the primary season, the term “Democratic whores” was used at a campaign rally. Bernie isn’t impervious to valid criticism. But he acted so sure of himself that he didn’t stop to realize how dismissive he came off. He never seems to consider the implications of his rhetoric. There’s always some excuse, like the cheap attempt at red-state pragmatism he tried explaining Mello away with.

If we don’t find a way to make this sink in, then the rape culture that produced Harvey Weinstein and Donald Trump will just keep on keeping on.

Therefore we want to emphasize a specific focus for this piece. We are stressing to event speakers, in the strongest possible terms, the necessity of boycotting this event, if Bernie will not once and for all renounce anti-abortion candidates. He, of all people, ought to appreciate the need for strategic inflexibility on core issues.

This is a core issue for us. We’re not going to compromise on it, and we’re not going to associate with anyone who will. Bernie Sanders must publicly state, with unmistakeable intent, that he will endorse in the future only those candidates with an ironclad respect for the reproductive rights of women. Anyone who will not agree to do that is no friend to our cause. If Senator Sanders wishes to correct the record, we’re all ears. Until then, Bernie, leave our convention alone.