Attention, all Democrats and anyone else who likes to think of themselves as good Americans. The 2020 presidential election is in peril already, and not by the usual suspects; or, at least. We now have every reason, both in terms of good sound common sense and in terms of evidence, to state categorically that China has been making large-scale and highly threatening moves toward taking over the job of hacking our democracy into the ground from Russia.
Needless to say, the news is dire. These guys are ten times as strong as the Russians. Smarter, more disciplined, more subtle. Please, folks. Look through this carefully and then go raise awareness. We’re on our own out here, against the worst of the worst. This guy Xi Jinping, prime minister of the People’s Republic of China (who locked up a million Muslim without cause last year), has called Putin his “best, most dearest friend”, but actually, he’s pretty much made him into a butler. We hardly need to revisit how often we’ve received a sniveling display of Trump’s pathetic need to suck up to them both.
The Chinese, doing the dirty digital work for the Russians. Makes sense, plenty of supporting evidence, Chinese hackers everywhere. It all fits, except for one thing:
What is China going to get out of the deal?
Tough question to be sure, and no certain answers, but just the same. Maybe we can take a shot at this one, too. Follow the money, you all know the game by now.
The Nikkei Asian Review gives us a major clue into the state of all this wheeling and dealing, and it’s consistent with the pattern we’ve been seeing. Russia and China are doing a lot of business but it’s not really good for Russia, which is trading its oil- the lifeblood of the country and the source of Putin’s personal fortune- away at a real steal for China.
“China is now the largest overseas market for Russian oil, gobbling up a quarter of all her northern neighbor’s oil exports.” -Yohei Ishikada, Nikkei Asian Review.
That’s what China’s getting out of the deal to prop Putin up like Hitler did Mussolini. Cheap oil. What a surprising motivator, in today’s world. How is it going for these two old bosom friends? They hardly seem to know themselves.
His partner Putin can strut around like Trump is doing now (oh, and so much for white supremacy, you two bastions of Occidental pride. Way to make us look real slick. This man you’d probably refer to as a celestial is taking you both for a ride, not to mention the rest of us. God, way to go, you pair of sloppy jokers. Jesus.), doing his best Foghorn Leghorn impersonation, telling everyone loudly and repetitively that both men are, in fact, roosters. I guess we’ll have to give them that much, at least, even if they are only a banty and a tom in ill health.
Meanwhile, Xi waltzes off with the world hegemony, laughing all the way to his new personal bank- the nation of Switzerland. It’s possible that the Chinese have bought out the Russian interest in all this altogether. History will know, one day.
This has now breached the level of a conspiracy theory. We’ve been waiting for this ever since they began trying to hack us, more than a year ago. America, I am begging you all for help, this is about us all. Raising awareness is always the goal, but this time it’s more critical than ever before since I’ve been writing. Produce original content every way you can. Posts, memes, articles, whatever you can think up. It’s all for the sake of catching eyes and winning hearts for good!
Returning to our unbelievably important topic, it will not be Russia but China who will do Trump’s campaign work this time. China has already been the main offender of hacking, both around here and around the nation and the western world for more than a year. They are also giving off nationalism in waves, like the spray of a skunk. An inherent contempt of the American progressive (a real progressive, not a fake Bernie Bot neoprog) permeates their policy toward us.
Think of their racist slogan for us, ‘baizuo’ (white left). Real nice. They have no respect for us at all and think none of us will know enough to think to look for them. Power grid hacks like we’ve been exchanging with the Russians, theft, and disinformation. Recent-and mammoth- leveling up of sheer numbers of attempts.
With thousands of hours of research on this topic under my belt and over a thousand pieces of photo/email evidence indicating in this direction, it finally dawned on me. They’re cooking something big up this time, and it seems to be working.
Trump’s recent decision not to approve funding for the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) indicates that he’s on board. Probably this is a Russian-hatched plot, but strongly augmented by an unfathomable amount of Chinese muscle who’s been coming in and pulling the triggers. I have had a Russian try and hack me once in this whole entire year and even he seemed like a honey trap. Look how clumsy he was.
It will not be the Russians spearheading the main branch of the effort as they no longer possess the element of surprise although my guess is that strategical guidance will continue to come from the Kremlin, Putin is always the creative one. He’s just making rock soup, is all, same as George Patton, taking it as it comes like the blackjack player he is.
On some levels Putin appears to have hit the jackpot again, even though it’s showing signs of getting out of control on him. He found a rich resource, in manpower one hundred percent of the riches because China has so many people, and he’s got an angle that no one would ever see unless they happened to stumble across it as I did. The Chinese have been the primary culprits for more than a year now, I have kept records and made many copies to place with friends-in case. Who knows what they would do, we hardly even know what they are after. When they first attacked me I was totally befuddled. It didn’t really seem to be their fight; after all, I’d never written a word about them.
It’s only once you look at the financial sector, which naturally includes hacking and energy, that it becomes obvious why Xi got interested in this. And now here we are, on the verge of their being our new Public Enemy #1.
“The wider energy sector has found itself front and center in the hybrid cyber warfare campaign that has extended the battlefield. In recent months, Russia has been the archvillain of those campaigns. But China plies its hacking trade widely, and so this latest disclosure comes as little surprise.
Well, knowing is half the battle, at any rate. Man, oh, man, where is GI Joe when you need him? I guess he’s hanging out with Joe DiMaggio someplace listening to Simon and Garfunkel (just please, no Bridge over Troubled Waters; thanks a whole lot, crazy Bernie or Busters, for spoiling that song for me for life.)
See, this right here is the thing. They’re the ones planning it all out, they got the best of us before, and they seem fully aware that our intelligence communities have not put this together all the way yet.
That means we’re on our own, Democrats. Tell everyone you know, show them this article. We have less than five hundred days to save the country. We have got some work to do. We have some really good opponents to catch up to; good thing they’re Communists or they might actually win.
The only way we can catch up is through diligent training and education, and we had better start now. We have to adapt the cadre training model into something a free thinker can use without turning his stomach. We have to learn technology, finance, law, political strategy, and history.
And we have to know them well! Better than the opposition does. We are currently up against the three most powerful men on Earth according to Forbes Magazine, and they will certainly have some competent personnel lying around who can give us a very tough fight as we currently are. We must improve! The cause demands it. That is what they do; that is what we need to do.
That last, by the way, learning history, is a lot more than being able to sound good at a bar or display a pretentious wordiness. It’s the most critical step in all this to a member of a cadre who is there to fight and win, because it provides the basis of a foundational understanding to all the rest, plus every other major science. The Romans would have called it a sine qua non, an indispensable condition, and they would have been one hundred percent correct.
In the last analysis, as a takeaway from this voluminous article, the British publication The Economist points out another insight that might prove key at some point later on. At one point writing this article, I decided to do a Google search for “what does China really want from Russia?”
As I mentioned earlier. Cheap oil.
Oil is all Putin has, and all he’s getting back for it is Xi’s help backing his play. It now becomes obvious that Xi needs Putin far less than Putin needs Xi (neither needs Trump as anything but a big orange golem to do some mental defective’s task now and again) and argues all of Russia is being weakened as a result. Perhaps the Chinese are permanently preparing to take over the powerful cyber-assets that Russia can hardly use anymore; again, without the element of surprise, Russia’s size-of-Italy economy can never hope to be more than a paper tiger.
Quite the opposite for Xi, whose economy is the second strongest in the world, and who has ten times as many people as Putin-literally. 150 million to 1.42 billion. Putin is not a paper tiger at all if he can command the might of China, but that does not seem to be how things are working out in practice. Putin may find that he himself can have a personal Mephistopheles, not just be Trump’s. They’re like three Russian babushkas crossbred with voodoo dolls.
It’s definitely a fitting comeuppance for the both of them, but as tempting as it might be to leave a couple of true and utter villains in the desert to die of thirst, letting China snatch the World Island is not what’s best for the world; just look at what they’re doing to us! We will have to fight the Chinese tooth and nail, here at Millennial Democrats, and it’s actually thinkable that for a time the domestic and Russian opposition may end up being allies to resist what would amount to a second Mongol invasion of Europe. Wouldn’t it be terrible if we ended up having to stand with Putin and Trump to keep China from overtaking all? Yes, absolutely, but stranger things have happened.
In any possible scenario, don’t forget to vote a straight blue ticket next year.
In the end, it’s got to be useful to realize that, as with everything else going on these days, this is not about Trump, he’s just Putin’s donkey (now quite possibly on loan to Xi Jinping).
It’s about geopolitics and finance long term. This hacking transition between our two most dangerous global adversaries is a part of it; we’re in a transitional phase of the game, a chess master might say. And I tell you this, world, I shout it from the rafters! They are up to something right this very minute, laying the groundwork and pipelines for whatever scumbag plot they’ve dreamed up for next year. That’s what all this hacking and setting up of disinformation and preparing to create their own troll farms is about.
The Chinese are a notoriously subtle people, they’re far more sophisticated than the Russians. They’re going to hit us as hard as they can, as suddenly as they can, from an angle they think we will not expect, and unless we can wake people up in time somehow they’ll succeed. They’re doing it as we speak (probably literally, I’ll check my email to see if there are any fresh Bruteforce Attacks that have come in even while I wrote this article here in a minute).
They’re talking about a Chinese troll farm, an Internet Research Agency China! The Epoch Times has already started to become this very thing, that’s why Facebook yanked their adds three days after it was discovered that they’re owned trolls themselves have prototypes already, they’re called 50 Centers for the amount of money they get paid to do what they do. The MSM has not yet fully put this together yet, only bits and pieces, who knows what their rationale would be for not raising the rafters on this one.
Maybe some of them want to be cautious, journalistic standards and all; okay, we can dig it, I like to think I live by them too- just not to the point of embracing cowardice.
Maybe, like last time, they’ll want to wait until all the facts are in- when the next Mueller Report comes out in 2022.
We don’t have that luxury, America, and more specifically you Democrats who are the only ones at all who have set their minds and hearts toward guarding her, our beautiful mother and fatherland. but we at Millennial Democrats have known now for over a year because the enemy hackers themselves were our instructors. Our WordPress blog has now been the target of more than six hundred bruteforce hacking attempts, and now they’re making larger moves. Even Facebook has had to do something (which it only ever does if it gets dangerous to Zuckerberg’s bottom line not to), that being the suspension of Epoch Times ads-which were all Trump ads! That can only mean Facebook is concerned about it too, but everyone is being quiet-
Except for us.
Start watching for this; it is NOT incredible. Would that it were! We are up against an enemy this time who is ten times stronger than Russia; Xi has forced Putin to be his donkey boy. They’ve got some new tricks, and some old tricks with new faces. Keep your eyes on it, Democrats! Record the tendency. Take screenshots! Save emails. We have to be able to prove this six ways from Sunday, or the big boys in our intelligence community, a la 2016, will just keep ignoring it right up until the bitter end.
What are some of these new tricks, you ask? What got me on this line of thought today? Something quite at random, as it works out. I was just sort of absently scrolling through my timeline on Facebook, and here I find being shared and Liked by leftists a story that did not belong in the newspaper it belonged to- The Epoch Times, half ultra-conservative and half conspiracy factory. I had to check it out, and as usual,
The far-right disinformation rag known as the Epoch Times has been running this story on a black woman who has just been made a general. That’s fantastic in our eyes, and in the eyes of many others also on the left.
So why would the Epoch Times be running it? They’re somewhere between Breitbart News and the Russian disinformation office- both of whom also were taught ritualistically to exploit racial issues in America. I guess I’d have to say my DissectFake button went into overdrive right about then. Sure enough, the only story I could find about a black woman colonel being made a general, Lorna Mahlock, was a year old (that’s a real article, folks, back there in the link, NOT the Epoch Times).
Readable or not, why would the Epoch Times not only run such a story but dig it up and revive it and recirculate it after a year? It was really quite a puzzle and still is, other than that it’s clearly a honey trap, meaning they’re hoping to draw in and reprogram a few disgruntled leftists. Strange.
What sort of weird plot is this? I asked myself, puzzled- as puzzled as I was the first time the Chinese tried hacking into this blog. China? Hm, thought I. It didn’t seem to make much sense. For the likes of this guy to be hacking the blog was one thing; after all, I did articles on him and his boss all the time.
Upon looking it up I could not find a word about this woman anywhere else. So I Googled it with the words “epoch times” in quotation marks (which whittles down the search engine optimization [SEO] down a great deal; good way to get answers quick, folks. Know this stuff! They do! We cannot let them get ahead of us in anything).
And when I did, the most bizarre article came up. It’s a piece by the New Yorker on this other magazine that’s made to lie to Chinese people living abroad from China (members of the Chinese Diaspora, a term we will revisit), specifically students. Upon reading a ways into that, I saw what the relevance was. The New Yorker article was talking about the Epoch Times and a recent discovery regarding it made by NBC, just twelve days ago on August 20.
The Epoch Times is owned by the Chinese.
Unbelievable. Right on the cusp of the biggest week of cyber-assaults in MD’s proud history, we note that Facebook also seems to have taken action. They canceled the Epoch Times’s ads three days after this was discovered. A “Czechoslovakian” hacker sent a virus in a message to all kinds of people I know on the same day that some weirdo from France-who, as it works out, lived in an area where a very large portion of France’s three-quarters of a million Chinese emigres live- kept trying to hack me all day long. Circumstantial evidence keeps mounting up and intensifying.
Researching this, incidentally, we found out that a Czech IP address can be bought quite easily, usable from any point in the world. It may use NordVPN to do it as they have forty-five servers in the Czech Republic, and many people at this point know that’s the very VPN hackers like to use the best, especially those who like to use Tor Browser a lot, accessing the deep web and firing off shots at me from. This a
One guy actually managed numerous times to attempt his hack through Tor nodes themselves, which was interesting because the Geolocation feature came up grey.
Tor makes you anonymous, of course, but even still the timestamps told on the guy. It told me it had happened many hours before, and I just had I have no proof that would hold up in court proving this guy is Chinese, but certainly, the reviews left about his IP address on whatismyIPaddress.com labeling him a hacker at least ten times made me wonder. He was using the very same techniques like the ones who try and get me all the time from Hangzhou, XML exploits, trying to log in here as ‘admin’ over and over,
The big one, though, is that all of these guys with all these hacking complaints-from many, many different websites including some that are innocuous- seem to have gotten started the same week- the one Donald Trump took office in or later that year, 2017. Not one of them has a single complaint from before then. Not a one.
I read this one book on cadre training regiments that Chinese Communist Party schools use to indoctrinate and prepare their recruits for ideological warfare with, which hints at why this might be; they call it party entrepreneurialism. It’s a decentralizing sort of strategy and a useful one because it’s not likely they’re even being specifically, personally asked to sign a contract per se for any of this. Although past a certain point no Westerner can know exactly what they do, in a state-run capitalist society. Basically, they know there’s going to be money in it for them anytime they can get anyone the boss
This has only been known for eleven days. We are not far behind, folks, we got lucky. I really just chanced across this quite per happenstance, it wasn’t doing opposition research or anything like that. I was just reviewing my timeline on Facebook. Hardly even thinking about politics and certainly not Chinese politics.
Who knew this would literally lead to what may very well be the most critical single factor in next year’s election!
They’ve got this college newspaper aimed at Chinese students abroad, College Daily. It’s being called by this stupid new term of a “post-truth” paper; Let’s here in America not be afraid to call a lie a lie! Those are lie papers, not post-truth. They’re blatant falsehood papers, so let’s meet their falsehoods with a sternly repeated truth- It turns out the Epoch Times, right-wing disinfo paper, is Chinese!
The ones operating the paper are emigres, part of that Diaspora thing we were just talking about. It’s called the Golan Fang sect. Back in the 1980s, it was little more than a public workout program for Chinese people. But after 1999, for reasons Western outsiders are not privy to (although sooner or later, the reason why will turn up, it always does) it fell out of Beijing’s favor and was ruthlessly suppressed. Its leaders were chased into exile, some ended up here, and from that fact alone they’ve been assumed by our intelligence communities to be anti-China’s government.
However, things are not always as simple as they seem.
Turns out these Golan Fangs here, religious cult types like Tulsi Gabbard, ran 11,000k Trump adds last year alone. That is more pro-Trump adds put out by them than anyone else. No other group in all the world, not Russia nor the RNC nor the Kochtopus, ran that many ads for Trump last year. Fishy? You bet your life. Here at Millennial Democrats, regular readers will already know that in politics, and when up against this shifty segment of the global elite especially, things are almost never like they’re being put out there as. This is no different and a stellar example besides. It’s just another con. #FakeLeftIsAltRight.
Don’t be fooled by the anti-Chinese reputation this lot has got. The Epoch Times is as dirty as they get and it’s performing a task China’s government needs with great enthusiasm and alacrity. They’ve been a highly persecuted sect for the last twenty years. That’s why they’re over here now. They have every reason to cut a deal with Xi. Maybe if they can make him happy, they can all go home, fish one another out of the labor camps, and take each other out for beers and sake.
All they’ve got to do is a nice hard and dirty number down on us.
You can take it on faith the dear Epoch staff is controlled opposition by this point even if they started out genuine. If they’re pushing Trump this hard, forget it. 11,000+ Trump ads in a year? That is not the work of a hobbyist unless it was a peculiar sort of autist like me. It’s too big and too expensive for that by a damn sight. At the College Daily, the other spreader of perfidious untruth, they’ve got trained teams learning how to use clickbait- just as we’ve seen more and more these last four years and even prior. They are organized, fanatical, and pretty good. We have got to catch up now. Soon it will be too late.
It’s just like Lenin said, “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” It’s this man and his legacy we’re up against, folks, in terms both of his philosophy and his iron political doctrines. Direct lineage. China’s Mao learned from Russia’s Stalin whose mentor and master was Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union, the evilest empire the world has ever known, and also to that most evil and merciless system, Leninist Communism, the variety that starved to death five million of its own people in the first five years it had the power to.
For a thought toward what we’re really up against here, let’s briefly discuss how much more lethal and cruel Communism was than even fascism (which in large part justified itself by pointing at the Soviets without one single word). Even if we include the Nazis, we are still talking about the most lethal system ever. These people killed FAR more people than the Nazis. There’s a reason why we’re so anti-socialism around here.
We might not have any cadre training; hell, many of us never went to college. It doesn’t matter. The free thinking activist who takes on such rigorous training for the love of God and country alone will always defeat the mechanical drudgy Communist. They have no choice but to murder their people into doing what they want.
As an aside, Democrats would never be forced into such a foul unnecessity. Why? Because we have a philosophy, and a good one. With a core made of decency and strength and light. The people we’ve got are all here by choice. For free. Because we see what’s going on and we have set out in grim earnest to stop these savages in their tracks.
God bless the American Democratic Party, that is blessed with such amazing personnel.
In the Black Book of Communism, Stephane Courtois lays the numbers out flat and stark. The Nazis, deliberately bestial and murderous animals that they were, even so were not able to even get near the body count of the Communists. 20-25 million taken out by Nazis, and 80-100 million killed by Communism.
When I hear that, I see the moronic face of Bernie Sanders, chuckling like a zombie ghoul in some restless awful corner of my brain. “To me, democratic socialism means democracy, basically,” said our dear old St. Bernard.
STOP DRAGGING IT THROUGH THE MUD, THEN! DROP THE SOCIALISM! It’s advocating for mass murder and the Gulag Archipelago. Statistically, as we have seen- and still see now in places like Venezuela- I could tell you all to volunteer at Auschwitz with a better conscience that I’d tell you to Feel the Bern, all because of that reckless vicious socialism. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Here’s that video again where he’s getting drunk with the Soviets on his honeymoon, howling out Woody Guthrie in a shirtless and not quite presidential manner.
These days the cult of Mao is dead; there’s not much to be gained by inspiring people anymore with Enlightenment liberty or Revolutionary utopia. Both are a total joke to the people we are up against. But the society he started, the party schools and cadre training and endlessly fanatical disciples, is alive and well on Planet Earth- just like Satan.
This means that China is, even more, a threat this year than Russia! They are going to be our chief adversary next year while we are all still watching for Macedonians and Russians- right after the Federal Election Commission has been shut down! They are counting on their ability to catch us off guard again even as we look for it.
We have to tell everyone we can! This is BEYOND critical! Raise awareness! The country is depending on our ability to care about it. Right now the whole world is on a precipice, anything could happen to set things off. World War I started because people were bored and they still are. We are cleaning up that mess to this very day, and it’s about to get a whole lot worse.
Here are some screenshots, taken just today. Even as I finished doing my homework, I realized this was something really big. Nobody has seen this yet so far as I know. We have to raise awareness this time; it’s not just a moral imperative. There is something big about to happen, and everyone is looking in the wrong direction. Look at how obvious the Russians are these days.
Sound the alarm! Tell everyone you know! Call your Senator, your Representative; call the White House if you’ve somehow gotten the impression he’s not part of it, he brings you up to speed in word and deed, constantly. The Chinese are ten times more dangerous than the Russians ever were. We have to get ready. Now.
Donald Trump is at it again, and he is not alone. It’s just like professional wrestling. Heel, vs. Hero. This feud he’s got going with the Squad, that being the famous and infamous four-person bloc of socialist junior Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and to a lesser extent Ayanna Pressley (who somewhat unfairly is often lumped together with the rest, even when she herself did nothing wrong) is the single most difficult problem facing Democrats today. Donald Trump has turned the four of them into his own personal Goldstein a la 1984, a bogeyman to stir up his base with. They themselves stir the pot at every turn.
And we’ve got to clean up the slop; a Democrat’s due.
As if that lot needed any more stirring! We won’t need to remind anyone of the slaughter in El Paso, Texas recently, or in Dayton, but one day it could be useful to note this was written in the aftermath of those shootings. It all ties together, rather horribly so.
To support these four women, strong and intelligent though they be, in a proportion commensurate both with their own behavior and with the significance they bear to all this in mind is not easy, even though you’d think it would be. I want to support them. I support many others like them who get little press because they don’t go around attention-grabbing, grandstanding about grand political theories; eighty-four women received congratulations and articles of support from me, including the Squad. They’re Millennial Democrats, after all, same as me. It is natural that I would want to support them. And yet, their entanglements with socialism, Bernie Sanders, and their own unfortunate tendency to flap off at the gums whenever it suits them make that impossible.
It’s a real nightmare, and no mistake; the only thing in this whole entire shebang that I have really had to think about very much. It presents a philosophical problem, an actual problem, and a strategical problem. Plus plenty of personnel problems. But the big problem, the deal-breaker problem, is with these guys, the Justice Democrats, like Cenk Uygur down there in the picture, and their sister organization the Democratic Socialists of America, not to be confused with Nordic social democracy no matter how many times they try to trump it up.
This is close to the heart of the problem and is good to talk about in heading toward the root of the rot. We cannot fully accept AOC and the other Squad members without fully embracing their often-insane policies, statements, and socialistic views. All of them are close to the heart of the problem, which is good to talk about in heading toward the root of the rot. This is not arbitrary, nor do we have anything less than the most compelling reasons for crafting our policy
The campaign of Bernie Sanders was even more infested with insincere infiltrators and acidic agents than Trump’s was. In fact, his campaign manager, Tad Devine, was the first witness called to testify at the trial of Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort. Turns out they’d been working together for a dozen years, fixing elections at Putin’s behest in Ukraine. Along with Rick Gates, that makes three major strategists involved in opposing Hillary Clinton’s run for the presidency who had been doing Putin’s bidding in this regard for more than a decade.
This is a shame because they are adding relevant and important topics into the national dialogue. They are also women of color who got elected on the tide of the Blue Wave in the Year of the Democratic Woman, which we wrote about every day for months. And even when Ilhan Omar shot her mouth off in the most insensitive manner (referring to 9/11, the greatest tragedy in our country’s history, as ‘something’ people did, without a single word spoken in condemnation of Islamic terrorism, which is every bit as despicable and criminal as white nationalist terrorism), we stood with her because Trump was shooting off his mouth so bad we were afraid some ‘lone gunman’ would kill her. That’s the exact truth, and God forgive this country that it should be so.
That is why I’m writing this, even now, to explain why I won’t support her to half my team while explaining to the other half why I won’t join in to crush her.
This is not a half-measure, either. It’s just assorting elements and factors and weighing them. There’s a lot of danger being presented to those girls, and while they may feel exhilarated and invulnerable now, there’s a lot of crazy people out there. Making them front line targets like this is a pretty cold-blooded strategy, even if it does work. But that didn’t much seem to bother the so-called “Democratic” socialists who made them, and who are guiding their hands as they craft policy going forward. Heedless and reckless, and more work for us. One disaster after the next.
Surely, you say, this must be a small price to pay for such energetic new young allies- would that it were true! That would indeed be the case if they didn’t want to spend all their time attacking Democrats. AOC’s first act after getting elected was to go start a protest in Nancy Pelosi’s office- across the nation from them, on the taxpayer’s expense- over climate change which we were doing anyway. She seemed disappointed when she found that out, as if she’d really been looking forward to a good fight-with her own people, during the Trump era.
That is the kind of trouble we have had with the Squad, ever since the Blue Wave hit home hard last November and even before. They want to sit on the sidelines, voting with the Republicans unless we will insanely join them on calling for the abolition of ICE. Ocasio-Cortez did that first when the government needed to be reopened. She said she had made a ‘tough, nuanced call’. ICE funding wasn’t even on the bill! No one had a clue what she was talking about, and that was bad enough. So were dozens of other times she’s shot off her mouth, like when she went on Firing Line and talked about the Israeli “occupation of Palestine (sigh).
But then when it came time to vote on whether or not little children on our southern border, the ones locked in DOG CAGES, ought to receive basic amenities like soap and toothpaste, the socialists stood against us in a bloc and voted no, I was so disgusted I could barely speak for days.
This is how it’s gone for nearly four years now; we try to build something, like a more accurate public portrayal of Democratic sanity and they undermine and destroy it for no reason at all. Now we can’t even come together on little kids being treated not like animals.
We have been stabbed in the back until there’s no more room for fresh scars by the people who promoted and created the Squad in the first place. That means organizations like the Justice Democrats, Brand New Congress, and the Democratic Socialists of America. Each is owned and operated by radical left extremists who hated Hillary Clinton worse than Trump and all but said so every day, as loud as they could. We are not going to forget that, over here. Count on it.
I will never forget.
Ocasio-Cortez got her start in politics working on the Bernie Sanders campaign. All her top strategists were previously his. They were underestimated by Crowley, he got slammed; maybe he had gotten complacent and his time was meant to be over, that’s what they’re saying, but when you’re talking about the seats of high power in the world? The United States Congress? I will take decades of experience and a bad judgment call born of inertia over a bartender socialist who worked for Bernie Sanders, any day of the week, month, or year. I say we got the worst deal imaginable, and the Squad had better own up to that fact and do something to change things drastically, while they still can.
These are the Bernie or Bust believers who rioted in the streets of Philadelphia, without a single regard for ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ as Paul Simon played it outside. That is the problem. Their rioting and nonsense made all this possible. It was done on purpose, and it was done for a cause. That cause is to replace Democrats by taking them out from below. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was discovered and created by these people, savvily rabid promoters, for this purpose and this alone. She was used as a poisoned dart to get rid of Joe Crowley, one of the best Democrats we had in the House of Representatives, and she continues to allow herself to be employed for this terrible purpose.
So while we welcomed her arrival on the scene- we wrote her a congratulatory article, along with some good advice- it’s been a risky bet from the get-go. AOC’s presence thus far has caused more trouble than it’s worth. We look forward eagerly to a day where this statement can be recanted- but when that day is coming, who can say?
Whether this trouble has been done at her behest or in her name really doesn’t matter. So long as she’s got her name in their roster, so long as they’ve got the unnecessary and random “Justice” on their scrolling marquees and business cards, so long as she is advocating for this repugnant new hybrid system of state called “democratic” or corporate socialism but is really just state capitalism like in China, we are never going to get to a point where we can take the Squad in as we might like to.
This could change, of course. It wouldn’t really take much, either. Tell all your people to quit acting like lunatics and make sure they’re registered to vote Democratic. We genuinely would like nothing better than to see the Squad mend their wicked ways, God knows we need the help. But it’s help we can’t accept if they won’t quit acting up.
No one candidate or set of candidates can ever be worth letting either yourself or your Party become polluted, a vector for the plague that is socialism. That will destroy us for 2020 and maybe leave us flat on our backs forever afterward if democracy really does collapse all the way here. We’re not living in a full democracy now, according to the World Freedom Index, and haven’t been since 2016. If we want to see our way of life recover, we had really better come together now.
Going forward, it’s going to be more and more important that we’ve got a solution to the problem posed by the Squad. It just keeps coming up, so we’ve got to have a clear answer. So here it is.
We support them as people, as millennials, and as Democrats. When it comes to their socialistic nonsense and their ravening friends, however, it should be separated from them neatly, packaged like a diaper, and thrown down a well so deep it has no bottom. The political moderate will feel the truth in this approach.
We have to draw a clear line between sticking up for them as human beings when attacked by a cowardly bully and accepting their poisoned bait, a type of ideological Trojan Horse of a time bomb, too deep in the fold to avoid lethal damage should it go off. The stakes are too high for all this messing around. Hopefully they see that before it’s too late.
In the end, you’ve got to take one day at a time, resolve to be fair, and make the best of it. The Squad is who and what they are, and we’ll have to make room for them anyway, so we might as well at least let them know there’s a spot for them on our bench, waiting, one that would be bigger had they themselves not been so impetuous and quick to blow atomic with their mouths.
I just hope I am not doing wrong myself in refusing to throw any boots into the stomping. Socialism!! Socialism, no less. Never ever shall I see the day. You Squad, you! Stop landing this crap on us!
Although even Socrates has argued strongly for the State taking a benevolent stance toward gadflies, this cannot be expected to apply to the African tsetse fly which carries sleeping sickness. You’ll end up looking like Bernie Sanders if you get a bad enough case of that stuff.
It is with a great many emotions contending in my heart that I wrote this eulogy, commemorating the life of one of the bravest, kindest, and most determined people I have ever had the privilege of knowing, Democratic activist and organizer Roneen A. Henn. Sorrow, loss, relief that her pain is over, and a lifelong resolve to carry on her work and make the dream she fought for whole.
When the disaster of 2016 happened to us all, when hearts were down and the trenches were emptying, Roneen stayed. When the going got rough, especially in 2017 when the troll invasions began and the hard fighting was constant, she knew she was needed and she stepped up to the plate without even being asked. That’s who she was. She helped everyone who asked her, she brought cheer, she was there every day when a lot of others were not. She was more than just another colleague. She was my friend, and many others as well; I really miss her. It was hard for me to write this. Regardless of our views on politics or anything else, a great many people who she counseled and cared for and loved are bowing their heads, united in our Democratic Memoriam, one at last. That’s what she would have wanted.
Roneen is survived by her mother, Noreen Peters, and many that she took under her wing over the years, and the cause that she gave her entire life to. She passed down a great deal of accumulated knowledge and wisdom, and her method of running a big-tent organization such as one of our most venerable and lively institutions She was one of us. Although she was many years my senior, she was a Millennial Democrat with all her heart. We would not be where we are right now without her because she helped to shape the debates that have crafted our philosophy, and helped to visualize the worldview that we now represent, and have come to the national discourse to offer.
Each one of us matters, we are stronger than we know, and the work we do endures. Roneen was passed a torch and she never dropped it, but rather handed it to us, who will forever be honored by her trust and by the love she bore for all. As we resolutely approach the task of carrying that torch forward, we will have her in our hearts and minds.
I went to sleep on Saturday night with a troubled spirit, thinking about Donald Trump and Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, thanks to a soon-to-be-forgotten Trump-supporting scumbag terrorist who shot more than forty people in El Paso, Texas. A mother of three, an army veteran, a teenage kid. That’s who he was killing.
When I woke up and heard about another double-digit shooting committed by a maniac from deep within Trump country, this time in Dayton, Ohio, I took a deep breath and realized. It may well be beginning.
Folks, they’re killing us out here. Keep your eyes open, and be ready. It’s coming down like hailstorms all around us.
We tried to tell them, back then. The Jill Stein bots, the Bernie or Busters, etc. You people, I say to them, are the biggest morons to have ever disgraced God’s green earth, by the way; this is just as much your fault as it is the ones who support Trump outright. Vote for Hillary Clinton, or none of this will be stoppable. The strength of our coalition will only last so long without money or leadership. At this point, it’s just the sheer guts and toughness and endless determination of the people committed to Resistance keeping this alive.
Anyone out there thinking of dropping the torch ought to remember that. And Ilhan Omar, please remember next time your Party needs you all the times we’ve had to #StandForIlhan because you shot your mouth off and made yourself a Nazi target doing so. We’re just as against socialism as anyone else, probably more so. But you don’t want to be that guy who said nothing when they came for the Communists. That mistake has already been made. We’re all in it together, at this point. Up to our necks.
Speaking of Nazi-like mistakes, like support for Donald Trump, which wasn’t something you could be open about in 2016. It wasn’t safe to be an openly white nationalistic Nazi pig, and that’s how it should be. Nazi symbols and propaganda are illegal in most of Europe, and it ought to be here. While we don’t condone or advocate for people doing things like vandalizing cars or refusing to help Trump supporters stranded on the road, we can sure understand them. They were done to deter what is happening now.
Anyone who heard how Trump was talking leading up to the November disaster that was his illegitimate victory, coincidentally sharing its date with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles ninety-eight years prior, could not help but think of Adolf Hitler and his Nazis- and the Holocaust.
Back then, there was a particularly vile Nazi who went by the name of Julius Streicher. His newspaper was sexually perverse and went by the name of Der Sturmer- the Stormer.
These days a model of originality called The Daily Stormer exists in sour tribute to that one.
Andrew “weev” Auernheimer is one of the key contributors to the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer. He wrote in the comments of a post on The Daily Stormer called “Full Text of Alleged Manifesto of El Paso Shooter” that violence against non-whites is “desirable.”
“Random violence is not detrimental to our cause, because we need to convince Americans that violence against nonwhites is desirable or at least not something worth opposing anyways, because there’s no way to remove a hundred million people without a massive element of violence,” Auernheimer wrote.
Back in the days of Nazi Germany, it was all unacceptable, right up until it wasn’t. Adolf Hitler was no billionaire like Trump, nor was he much like Trump in other ways, stupid, slow, slovenly. He was a pervert and a psychopath, but it must be conceded by any metric that the man was incredibly able. Intelligent, ruthless, and cunning. I worry every day about someone like him taking up the Trumpism torch.
But he did have the same sort of man-of-the-people air about him that Trump does, which is why-much like here- the political elites of Germany didn’t find it thinkable to accept him as the leader of the country. His movement was noisy, loud, common, and led by a former bum from the streets of Vienna. To call such a man their leader was not, in the beginning, quite the plan.
The final president of the Weimar Republic, Paul von Hindenburg, used to refer to him contemptuously as “that Austrian corporal”, and would not until the final days of his life even consider the idea of making him the Chancellor, the second-highest position in the German government. But Hindenburg was old, disorder ruled the day. Democracy had never held a high place in the hearts of the German people, who grumbled about jobs and the trains running on time. Hitler used this to overthrow the social order entirely.
Hindenburg died not long after changing his mind, and when he did Hitler acted with a ruthlessness history has not often seen, purging the members of his own Party as well as other internal enemies in the Night of the Long Knives and setting himself up as Fuhrer, Supreme Leader of the German People. In just over a year and a half the Republic was no more.
In the process, Hitler laid out a set of blueprints that every dictator in the world has studied since. How to destabilize, terrorize, and coerce a country’s people into going along with things that should have been unthinkable. The Holocaust is the term for the slaughter of six million Jews. No one in history before had ever thought to wipe out an entire race of people. But now they have, and it’s on the mind of all these mass-murdering swine here in America, who are using the same propaganda tricks and lies to raise support and enthusiasm for a similar race war on North American soil.
Conventional wisdom since the war ended has said that it could never happen again. People know what the costs could be, whereas in the past they did not. Besides which, this is America. Land of the free and the home of the brave. No way would people ever be so cowardly here as to think they had to pick up weapons and set out to slaughter their neighbors. The Stanford Prison Experiments? Stanley Milgram’s Obedience to Authority studies? Ah, only eggheads know about that stuff, what a bunch of weirdos.
Look where we are now. So much for conventional wisdom.
The Washington Post ran an article entitled ‘Shoot them!’: Trump laughs off a supporter’s demand for violence against migrants.”
A policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics this week warned of racism’s devastating effects on children. It showed another study proving the stress of Trump’s rise to power caused more high schoolers to start doing drugs that year. Conventional wisdom is not doing America any good. It’s time to change our conventions.
The El Paso massacre began just as the fatal attacks earlier this year at mosques in New Zealand and a San Diego-area synagogue did. A racist manifesto and an announcement on the anonymous message board 8chan, one of the Web’s most venomous refuges for extremist hate. It’s as clear as anything ever has been in the history of all mankind this place is a terrorist recruiter’s dream come true. Our reasons for not treating it like one? The cops don’t want to. ‘
There is a direct correlation between then and now, and that is what this article is saying.
This can all be viewed as having taken place on a timeline. After Germany lost World War Two, American democracy was up against a group of thugs and criminals who had murdered even more people than the Nazis had, the Soviet Union, of which Russia was the central state (So clearly, we get it, but still).
On the way to that period of time, we got to take a trip through the wonders of Watergate and the Richard Nixon presidency. We went all over this during Robert Mueller’s Russiagate investigation, which had a sad end. Mueller went before Congress and said that Trump knew the Russians hacked our election, welcomed their help, and expected to benefit from it. Total disregard of morality in the pursuit of power is the key at the heart of fascism.
The kinds of things that were done by Nixon’s thugs from the Committee to Re-Elect the President (CREEP) were no different, and many of the same characters were involved, e.g. Roger Stone. All were from the Nazi playbook. Agent provocateurs, break-ins, blackmail, the political dirty trick campaigns known by Karl Rove’s old mentor, Donald Segretti, as “ratf*cking, as in, f*cking a DemocRAT.
G. Gordon Liddy, the guy who actually executed the break-in, was a neo-Nazi himself. The case study of this one guy will spin your head about what’s going on with the Nazis in our government, who have almost always made their home in the Republican Party.
I read his biography, WILL. He admits openly his inspiration for the title was the famous 1934 Leni Riefenstahl film that became hugely influential as a propaganda film for Hitler and the Nazis, Triumph des Willens, or The Triumph of the Will. Apparently, his mother used to sing it to him as a child. He also boasted of having walked naked down the tier in the Washington, D.C. country jail while singing the Horst Wessel song, Raise High the Flag, which made a national martyr out of a Nazi pimp. Yet for all that he was a tough guy and supposedly trusted by Nixon, he was beaten like an animal by two men who got right out of jail again, shortly before announcing he would never, ever testify. He didn’t mention that part.
It goes on and on. Operation Bluebird and MK-Ultra were mind control experiments done with the hope in the mind of creating super-soldiers known as Manchurian candidates. We can’t even rule out that the CIA may have actually invented crack cocaine to fund Nicaraguan armies of contras.
How do you shoot yourself twice in the head with a shotgun? I don’t know, but Gary Webb does. He was the investigative journalist who broke the story. Supposedly that’s how he took his own life.
Obviously in the mind of this president, it still is.
We don’t have all the answers as to what is going on in this country. It remains to be seen if there is anyone alive who does. Only one thing is beyond doubt. Things have to change. America has become a powder keg, and Donald Trump’s rhetoric looks more like a fuse every day.
The name of Bernie Sanders did not appear on the ballot in a single 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.
The Bernie or Bust movement was a nightmare, the blatant racism and sexism shown by his campaign were a worse one. But in terms of national security, however, worst of all was the Russian support, particularly on social media, that kept his campaign alive long past the point of reason.
Using illegally acquired data from Wikileaks, emails that suggested little wrongdoing, the Russians successfully goaded Bernie, and his supporters showed his anger on the streets of Philadelphia, while inside the Democratic National Convention, Paul Simon played the first notes of “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”.
Bernie’s conduct, when questioned about this, has been defensive and rude, and this reaction has added to the number of raised questions that linger to this day about where the senator stands on the shadowy foreign figures who were once involved with his campaign.
The evidence is clear that Sanders became the Ralph Nader of 2016, peeling off just enough votes from the Democratic candidate to spoil the election. All the chaos he created on the left drained just as much support away from Hillary Clinton as it took for Donald Trump to win. By this point, the proof is huge and glaring that he, and to a less well-known and effective extent, Jill Stein, allowed themselves to be used as Putin’s other puppets.
We had hoped he would be smart enough not to split the whole left by running again, but that is not going to be the case. So now that Bernie Sanders has formally declared his candidacy, a bad but not unexpected move, we’re coming across a lot of different questions regarding what manner of man he is.
Is he a socialist? Yes. He’s been calling himself a “Democratic Socialist” since the 1960’s. The word “Democratic” is not a qualifier; it is better off deleted. He means he’s a socialist, plain and simple.
Is he less than one hundred years old? We’re not sure, but he claims to be. Birth records support this claim, technically, but not by much.
Is he an escaped Walking Dead extra? No one can say for certain, either way.
All of these are good questions, and the disturbing answers to them raise serious concerns about his viability to compete in a general election. But the big questions are these. How much damage did Bernie Sanders do in 2016, and how bad were the Russians infested in his campaign apparatus?
In the three states that put Trump in the Oval Office, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, a high number of voters who voted for Sanders in the Democratic primary in those states crossed over and voted for Trump in the general election.
One in ten, to be exact. We’re talking thousands of people here. Registered Democrats who went so far as to actually vote for Trump.
Is it true that he and his campaign were involved in the Russian plot to interfere with our 2016 presidential election? The one that Trump says was fake news, but was actually so real it’s truly awful?
The answer to that question is a resounding yes, and we’re going to make the case for it thoroughly.
Let’s start by taking a look at the Russian motive, means, and modus operandi for giving Bernie Sanders a hand against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary.
Motive: Vladimir Putin wanted to cost Hillary Clinton the election, by any means necessary. The most effective, obvious, and accessible ways for him to do it was to give her opponents a hand.
One of these opponents was Donald Trump, the obvious recipient of most of Putin’s goodwill. Another, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, was physically present at the infamous December of 2015 dinner meeting with former National Security Adviser and Retired General Michael Flynn. The third, and the focus of this article was Bernie Sanders, her primary opponent.
Former U.S. officials who worked on Russia policy with Clinton have laid out the reasons for this in detail. Vladimir Putin, of course, is the multibillionaire dictator of Russia who paid for all this to take place.
Hillary Clinton strongly condemned the validity of Russia’s parliamentary elections in December of 2011. This made Putin very unhappy. He had his anger communicated directly to President Barack Obama.
“Former U.S. officials who worked on Russia policy with Clinton say that Putin was personally stung by Clinton’s December 2011 condemnation of Russia’s parliamentary elections, and had his anger communicated directly to President Barack Obama. They say Putin and his advisers are also keenly aware that, even as she executed Obama’s “reset” policy with Russia, Clinton took a harder line toward Moscow than others in the administration. And they say Putin sees Clinton as a forceful proponent of “regime change” policies that the Russian leader considers a grave threat to his own survival.”
“He was very upset [with Clinton] and continued to be for the rest of the time that I was in government,” said Michael McFaul, who served as the top Russia official in Obama’s national security council from 2009 to December 2011 and then was U.S. ambassador to Moscow until early 2014. “One could speculate that this is his moment for payback.”
He ended up getting it, but not without a lot of domestic help. It came from the far left, and it came from the alt-right, suggesting strongly what we strongly believe: The alt-right and the far left are one.
A spokesperson for the publication told Town and Country Magazine that was because they haven’t been able to figure it out. “While Forbes has been able to track money tied to Putin’s allies, we have not been able to come up with a defensible, provable estimate of his net worth.”
For a guy like this, throwing a few tens or even hundreds of millions into manipulating the elections of other countries to make them more amenable to Russian interests is nothing. It would almost be strange if he didn’t do it.
Putin has paid for “destability” campaigns worldwide. The far right is not alone among radicals in getting plenty of Russian assistance. The far left, which has shown just as strong a resurgence as its counterpart since the Great Recession happened, is also getting more than its fair share. Russia, it seems, is never short of rubles to spend on troublemaking.
Director of the Political Capital Institute Peter Kreko has been recently involved in research regarding this matter. He concluded two facts about the intentions of Putin. First, that he is becoming the frontman of a worldwide anti-human rights movement, and second, that he is investing in, stirring up, and inciting radicals on both ends of the spectrum that are trying to “sabotage democracy in Europe”.
Kreko describes Russian tactics focused on destabilizing the EU and advancing Moscow’s ideology. This includes supporting parties and candidates on the margins, such as Bernie Sanders, or Jill Stein and the Green Party.
In America, we are experiencing many problems with so-called progressives who are still insisting, in the face of the overwhelming evidence that keeps piling up, that “the Russia thing” is simply a distraction from the main issue, that in their view being how the DNC cheated Bernie Sanders (it didn’t). These people are doing the entire human race a grand disservice.
By turning a blind eye to the machinations of the most nakedly aggressive power to arise in the world since Hitler’s Third Reich, for the sake of stoking a petty grudge, they are in fact helping to make possible the same specific chaotic social conditions that in the past allowed far-right populist movements like Germany’s National Socialism to thrive.
They don’t understand that they are being duped by people who long ago grew cynical and full of boredom regarding the sorts of dreams and theories Bernie Sanders is espousing. After all, they invented most of it, and more a hundred years ago.
The left’s affiliation with the Kremlin can be explained better via the “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” principle. Marx long taught that Communists should make any such alliances as are helpful toward the ultimate goal of dissolving the State. Russia’s state-controlled economy, which promises to keep “big capital” in check, has proved attractive as a model for many anti-capitalists.
Democratic Socialists, such as Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have clearly labeled themselves as anti-capitalist. This would have made them extremely valuable to Soviet propagandists working from inside the KGB. It still does.
Modus Operandi: Hiring hackers to spread dirt and lies around to influence elections is part of the Russian toolkit. The 2016 plan was not a new strategy, but rather a direct descendant of the original Cheka Disinformation Office, founded by “Iron” Felix Dzherzhinsky in 1923. Working both ends of the radical spectrum, left and right, to destabilize the interior of an enemy country. That is what they do.
Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs has a researcher named Ben Buchanan working for them, also a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The focus of his research lies in examining how nations use their capabilities for attack and espionage in cyberspace against one another and examining the strategies that drive this usage. His words in their unaltered form may help to shed some light.
“There is a demonstrated pattern of Russian cyber operations stretching back several decades. One major early case, dating from the late 1990s, is commonly referred to as Moonlight Maze. In that case, Russian hackers penetrated a wide range of American networks for espionage purposes. Since then, Russian cyber operations have continued to expand greatly, hacking into key military, political, and economic institutions.”
“These operations show adeptness in several ways. Perhaps most significant is that they demonstrate how the Russians have developed new digital methods to accomplish old tasks. A series of espionage cases show the Russian aptitude for gathering information using computer hacking. The 2007 attack on Estonia and 2008 attack on Georgia are an exhibit of how Russia uses cyber operations against democratic states. Though we have somewhat less information about it, the 2015 blackout in Ukraine—the first ever publicly known case of a power outage caused by cyber-attack—shows the potency of cyber-attacks that appear to be Russian in origin. And the 2016 election interference demonstrates that the Russians have married their longstanding history of influence operations with their more recently developed capacity for hacking.” -With thanks to the Wilson Center.
The particulars of how these political digital influence campaigns worked out in practice in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary will be only too memorial to any Democratic activist who was around in 2016. We’ve included an anecdote that sums up what they were trying for precisely.
Around September 14 in 2016, for example, one “account specialist” of a Russian-controlled Facebook group called “Secured Borders” was reprimanded for having a “low number of posts dedicated to criticizing Hillary Clinton.”
The specialist was also told, “it is imperative to intensify criticizing Hillary Clinton.”
Later on, Russian operatives used accounts they controlled — including an account called “Woke Blacks” and “Blacktivist” — to urge Americans to vote for third-party candidates or not to vote at all. “Choose peace and vote for Jill Stein,” one such message read. “Trust me, it’s not a wasted vote.”
Not for Russia, anyway.
No, indeed, Donald Trump was not the only candidate the Russians tried to help during the 2016 presidential campaign. One other name was mentioned specifically. Senator Bernard Sanders, I-VT. The Mueller indictments of a year ago offer solid confirmation of what we have been saying all along. The specific mention of Trump and Sanders shows that the Russian government decided early on to oppose Clinton.
A personal anecdote, that I’ll admit to having shared before. The editor of Millennial Democrats was online alongside legions of others, out there for HRC from 2015 onward, every day, for many hours. Anyone who was there back then can tell you. It can be stated categorically that there was a tangible, palpable disinformation campaign going on against Hillary Clinton. It worked, too. The Bernie Bots truly hated us, and their viciousness knew no bounds at all.
It still doesn’t.
In my experience, this blog and its affiliate Millennial Democrats Facebook Pages and Millennial Democrats Twitter account, which is a fifty state plus nationwide apparatus, has been attacked by Trump trolls maybe one out of ten in the ratio of how often it has been attacked by Bernie trolls. This has little to do with what side of the country we are talking about. It goes right across the board.
I’ve written in a 3 to 1 ratio of pieces targeting the right rather than the far left, although it is my deeply-held conviction and the conclusion pointed to by evidence that they are the same entity. But even when the week of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation is taken into account this remains true. Any moderate Democratic activist online will tell you the same.
You would go into groups and talk to people, who were steadfast in their refusal to listen far beyond the bounds of reason or even fanaticism. These guys were professionals.
It was like they were getting paid per response. They all seemed to be equipped with the same list of hit points about Hillary Clinton. This became clear after a while because the very same slanders would be laid out every time, in sequential order. In many cases the wording was actually identical, although most took the time to switch about at least a thing or two. And they were just as prevalent on the left as on the right.
It got especially bad during the last month of the Democratic primary, which was a very horrible time filled with chaos and division.
During this time, we were savagely attacked. Anything we posted would be Reported as Spam/Abuse by political adversaries from both the alt-right and radical left. We were barraged with nasty messages and threats; as a matter of fact, we continue to get them. They just keep rolling in, day after day, month piled on top of month. It’s called gaslighting; they want to wear you down so you give up.
One particularly rabid group of Bernie Sanders supporters told one of our contributors that they hoped she was gang-raped.
The list is long, sick, and sordid. Drop by drop, it has convinced us to take an unequivocal stance of #NeverBernie– and stick to it.
During the 2016 electoral cycle itself, nobody wanted to listen. Most Bernie supporters still will not listen; many today will actually go so far as to claim that Russia is participating in the campaign against Bernie.
This is the equivalent of a mugger calling for help as he snatches an old lady’s purse.
“Looks like we finally know for sure why Bernie would not vote to sanction Russia,” I wrote at the time, still in a state of shock at just how surreal it was for Bernie to reinforce all this by being one of two senators who refused to pass the bill for new sanctions in 2017.
He just called in sick for the vote to lift sanctions on close Putin ally Oleg Deripaska’s aluminum company recently. And this from a guy who very rarely misses work. Of the new crop of presidential candidates, only Elizabeth Warren has missed fewer votes than Bernie.
Bernie’s people have never wanted him to touch “the Russia thing”, and most even to this day will make claims about how “it’s not all about Russia” and we need to “Talk about the issues”. They want to laugh it off, even while when it comes time to talk about what Trump was doing. This is hypocritical. When Trump does it, it’s a big threat. But when Bernie does it, it’s as though it is just a little fun.
This gives you a look at how it was back then. It’s a Russian Twitter account called “Missouri News” (@MissouriNewsUS), which sent out pictures of Sanders and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt with the line “Bernie Sanders is basically a New Deal Democrat, #feeltheBern.”
Our entire intelligence community unanimously agrees that they’re targeting us. We know that they’ve been able to get malware into our power grids. We know also that they’re considered a complete menace in Europe, where they have demonstrated their ability to turn off the lights on huge swathes of Ukraine and take Estonia offline completely. But Bernie will not talk about it, so they simply will not look at it.
They will physically squirm in real life conversations. They remind me of Fox News devotees.
“A guy who was on my staff … checked it out and he went to the Clinton campaign, and he said, ‘You know what? I think these guys are Russians,’” Sanders said.
A former Clinton campaign staffer told Politico it was nonsense that Sanders’ campaign had reached out to Clinton’s about potential Russian interference. “No one from the Sanders campaign ever contacted us about this” — not in September, and not in “April and May.”
They never said or did a thing of that nature. Nothing of the sort ever happened. Not once. Not even after Bernie had offered his weak, half-throated endorsement of Hillary Clinton.
Guy on your staff, eh, Bernie? And just to think. All of this is before we’ve even mentioned Tad Devine.
Devine was Bernie’s chief campaign strategist, the most senior of advisers to the 2016 Sanders campaign. He was also the good friend and colleague of decades of Paul Manafort, who at the same time was running the Trump campaign. Devine was the first witness called at Manafort’s trial. Here is a picture of Tad Devine with Paul Manafort and the man suspected to be his contact within Russian intelligence, Konstantin Kilimnik, himself wanted by Mueller’s team for questioning and likely more.
The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank did a piece at the time, titled “The Deep Cynicism of Bernie Sanders’ Chief Strategist“. It pointed out how during his run as chief strategist for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, Devine was always the first to scream and howl about the corrupting influence of money in politics. He said “our economy is rigged,” that “special interests” buy politicians, that “all of the new wealth is going to the top of America,” that there is a “corrupt system of campaign finance” of which Hillary Clinton offered an “egregious” example.
Sanders, by contrast, “supported the little guy.”
But as we know by now, Devine had worked repeatedly to secure the election of one of the world’s most corrupt political figures and then his allies, Ukraine’s Viktor Yanukovych, a crooked pro-Putin autocrat.
Thanks to Mueller’s prosecution of Paul Manafort, who earlier this weekend saw a heavily redacted- to the tune of eight hundred pages- sentencing memo presented to the court on his behalf, the former Trump campaign chairman and business associate of Devine, we now have the glimpse of Devine’s possible role in organizing Russian help for Bernie.
Though he is hardly the first to grab cash from foreign leaders, the ease Devine had in making the switch from cold-blooded profiteer strategist to social reformer firebrand strategist seems reptilian to us in the very extreme. It’s exactly that type of bold callousness that the Russians would look for in an asset.
Tad Devine is a figure of great interest in the Russiagate investigation, in our opinion. We’ve been expecting the special counsel assigned by the Justice Department to look into Russian meddling in our 2016 election cycle, Robert Mueller, to get around to him sooner or later.
Put it this way: If Manafort is the key to understanding exactly what the Russians were doing for Trump, and Kilimnik is the key to understanding what Manafort did for the Russians, then Devine, their old friend, is the key to what the Russians were doing for Bernie. He is by far the most likely connection between the Russians and the Sanders campaign. It is our view that this connection has not been explored anywhere near thoroughly enough, and we encourage our readers to write in with what they know. We would make responsible use of it.
Radio Free Europe provides some light on the situation by providing a March 31, 2014 email from Tad Devine to Rick Gates, who in 2016 was the chief aide to Manafort, and later became a star witness against him.
There we find that Devine was the one to write Yanukovych’s 2010 victory speech. That detail was found attached to his email to Gates, in the form of a draft agreement for Manafort’s firm to work on another Ukrainian’s campaign.
That all these people know each other so well cannot be a coincidence. No wonder Trump the other day said “I like Bernie”, all atwinkle in his smiling eyes.
By the time the Fourth of July rolled around in 2016, the Federal Election Commission had repeatedly contacted the Sanders campaign with warnings that hundreds of his donors exceeded the $2,700 contribution limit. They further warned him that hundreds more may have been foreign nationals illegally giving Sanders money. The Sanders campaign, however, did not take any action.
It bears repeating that it’s a very convenient coincidence, that three of the top strategists who ran against Hillary Clinton has been doing Putin’s bidding in this capacity for longer than a decade.
Last Thursday afternoon there was a meeting of the Senate Intelligence Committee on the subject of Russian meddling into our 2016 election cycle.
During it, Retired Gen. Keith Alexander, former director of the National Security Agency, said that Russian operatives targeted both liberal and conservative voters in its disinformation campaigns during the 2016 election.
Democratic committee co-chair Sen. Mark Warner (VA) asked the panel if they had any doubt that Russia had attempted to interfere in some aspects of the 2016 election. Alexander said not only did he have no doubt, he could get very specific.
“Senator, I think what they were trying to do was drive a wedge within the Democratic Party between the Clinton group and the Sanders group,” said Alexander. This seems clear at this point to everyone but the willfully uninformed and the fanatically indoctrinated (and disingenuous Republican and other conservatives/libertarians).
The supporters of Bernie Sanders were ruthlessly taken advantage of by the Russians, who used their genuine zeal and idealism as a hammer for smashing Democratic unity to bits. They were duped by false information that came from within the Kremlin itself, and thus unwittingly became Putin’s other puppets.
The man who was in the best position to act as a conduit between the headquarters of the Sanders campaign and the Kremlin was Tad Devine.
This picture provides a vivid reminder of what Democratic activists on Facebook and Twitter have been warning everyone about in the direst of terms since 2015, namely, that the Bernie Sanders campaign was just as lousy with Russian entanglements as the Trump campaign was.
Devine may well hold an important piece of the puzzle here, which undoubtedly lies within the Sanders campaign. As Robert Mueller continues his journey to this discovery, our prayers will be with him.
By now this article has grown to prodigious length, and we applaud the reader who has followed the line all the way home. In his Rise of the Roman Empire, the ancient Greek Polybius said that the most important reason to learn history is so you have a chance to make good predictions about what may happen in the future. Russian interference is heating up for 2020 like never before, Trump has given no funding to the new national cyber-coordinator job, which basically leaves us on our own again, and we’ve got to be prepared for new forms of the same old tricks. Check out our article on Defense for Democrats.
Since this electoral cycle began, Sanders supporters have been joined and even overshadowed by the Tulsi Gabbard trolls.
One allied group of our friends recently created a Facebook page, Tulsi Gabbard Must Go. It’s been around all of a month, and yet, hundreds of trolls have fallen on it since then, like wild dogs. Some of them have shown up to troll the blog, also, like this charming lady.
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This wasn’t written by a millennial. This was obviously written by a neo-liberal, 3rd Way Baby Boomer and stinks of David Brock. Reply
As for David Brock, we have good things to say about him and every other dedicated Democrat, but we don’t personally know the guy. What I will say, is that I like the smell of my hair pomade. The pleasing fragrance is half the point.
Getting back to Tulsi and Bernie and the rest of the fake left, none of this is very surprising. They’re collecting paychecks for it. Check out the amount of fake activity that accompanies everything she tweets. Keep in mind, Twitter is fighting this. Facebook is not. There are two billion people using Facebook. How incomparably worse must it be!
From this, we can see that the fake left has found a new stronghold in Bernie’s close ally.
Going forward, raising awareness on all this will become more and more important, and although the story is long and multifaceted, the narrative is clear throughout. Russia and Vladimir Putin were definitely feeling the Bern. Look for them to feel him some more as we head into the next presidential cycle.
Despicable cowards tried to murder all our greatest Democratic leaders today.
Having typed that sentence, I could finish the article here. Sometimes the facts argue themselves; that sentence and a headline tell you all you need to know about this whole situation, something the whole nation ought to be outraged about.
A similar device was sent to philanthropist and lifelong enemy of fascism George Soros, according to the pair of law officers who gave the statement. How rotten, to do a thing like this to that old man, a man who lost his parents to the Holocaust.
Way to pay back a guy for his lifetime of good works by making him the center of a million nutty theories(for example, we do not write for Soros, no matter how many times we are reviled for it) and then sending him a bomb. We are living in a country full of real sickos. That much has become all too clear.
More bombs were sent to CNN, forcing the evacuation of its NYC offices. CNN journalists courageously kept the cameras rolling from the Manhattan sidewalk below.
Donald Trump has been inciting his followers to violence for years. He smirked during the debates as he made reference to the Second Amendment, and how “maybe there is something you can do,” a clear incitement to political assassination!
The GOP statement deploring violence is just another sickening deplorable lie. It makes no sense to believe them. The right wing wants us dead. They’ve been out for physical, literal blood for years, at least since Barack Obama’s election.
They will never, ever forgive the people who dared to put a black man in a White House.
The first article this blog ever published was called Chaos in Charlottesville, written in response to the sickening lowlife who murdered Heather Heyer, a disgusting footnote to the modern era- like these bombs. Or James T. Hodgkinson, the wingnut Bernie Sanders supporter who shot up the Congress last year.
Make no mistake. These days, fascism is rearing its head. “We will kill you…”
It is our opinion that people should stop taking the survival of American democracy for granted.
We are not invincible. It can happen here, “it” meaning a fascist takeover. Trump, to all appearances, is actively signaling “it”, and his followers are preparing for it. And they are making progress like no right-wing nationalist has since Adolf Hitler.
We have got to get people to realize that we have got to wake up now, or we could end up flat on our backs for the rest of our lives- or worse.
If Nazi Germany was reborn today on American soil, it would be us all to suffer.
Some as members of unwanted groups, some as political prisoners. Some of us would go to American style Dachau type camps, while others will be forced into silence or shot. They would take all our data off of Facebook and use it to round us up. These things have happened elsewhere. It is time to ask ourselves the question, What if?
Here at Millennial Democrats, we’ve been covering all this since the start. We have seen this develop, we have spoken out at every turn. We will be here as long as we can, spreading the word and raising awareness.
This is our country, which we value and love. We will not abandon her.
Things have reached the point where it’s becoming normal. The bar of expectations set by our citizens for our leaders is having to be lowered by the day, and that is very dangerous to our democracy.
Most recently, it’s been his decision to start stripping people who criticize him of their security clearances, starting with former CIA director James Brennan.
Axios recently tweeted that Trump has become enamored with the unchecked powers of the presidency. “What he enjoys most about this job is finding things he has absolute power over,” said one source who’s worked closely with Trump.
Sources recently told Mike Allen that Trump “got a kick out of pardons, that he could pardon anybody he wants and people would come to him to court him and beg him.”
60 former CIA officials have signed a letter responding to the removal of Brennan’s security clearance, pointing out that “The country will be weakened if there is a political litmus test applied before seasoned experts are allowed to share their views.”
Of course it will, but that is not what Trump cares about.
Trump’s attack on John Brennan is meant to distract us from his crimes, starting with the fact that he and his crew are almost certain to be proved guilty of agreeing to conspire with a shady Kremlin plot to help Trump win the 2016 presidential election.
Even at this minute, he is aiding and abetting Putin’s attack on the election by denying it was happening. He’s still doing it.
Meanwhile, his old campaign manager Paul Manafort’s trial drags on, because the jury is still deliberating. Why? There is enough evidence against that guy to throw him in the can for a million years.
The jurors must be at least as aware of it as we are, which is what makes it fishy that they’re still in there arguing with each other about it. T.S. Ellis, the judge, who has been threatened himself, says they’re scared. Who can blame them?
All the while, Trump is talking about how sad it is that a guy who stabbed America like Manafort did is on trial at all.
Not very democratic of him, but that’s the kind of guy he is.
The bottom line is that democracy is an impediment to Donald Trump. He does not find it useful, so he holds it in contempt. To him, the natural order of things involves debauched old white guys on top of every power structure, shouting orders and bossing everybody around.
Democracy has been in the process of rejecting this worldview for more than a hundred years. So why respect it? It’s an albatross around his neck.
If he can manage to whip up a sort of spit-polished authoritarianism, some form of rule that would retain a veneer of democracy while skewing the contest to ensure its result, that would be ideal for Trump, and also for his right-wing nationalist buddies all throughout the world.
Trump wants Erik Prince to build him his own private army. he was talking about building him a private spy network a few months ago. They want to privatize the war in Afghanistan.
He’s been talking up his dictator buddies, like Putin and Kim and Maduro, right from the start. As long ago as 1989, he was making public statements deploring the “lack of control” the Soviet Union had over its people. He wants to do whatever he wants to do, and he can’t completely disregard the rights of others because he lives in a democracy.
How then to get rid of it?
In the clouded and foggy mind of Trump, these notions are not well conceived. They are murky impressions at best, addled further by the dementia Omarosa says he’s got. But other authoritarian leaders, like Putin, understand them very well and would like nothing better than to see them take place here.
America is the center of the current, liberal world order that has given us everything since the conclusion of World War Two, a struggle over these same ideas that nearly finished us. In order for that to change, America must abandon its values. That is why Trump, a man who values nothing he can’t stain his T-shirt with, was so favorable a candidate for other despots to support.
Going forward, we have got to come together strongly to affirm that we will not give up our values for anyone or anything. That is what the Resistance is for. Preservation of all we have in America depends on our success.
We have received numerous requests for a focus piece regarding cyber-defense for Democrats, especially right now as we are going into the midterms. In it is an introduction to a number of the techniques we can use to defend ourselves going forward. Knowledge is power. Pass it on.
Regular readers of Millennial Democrats will not require a lot of explanation as to how and why the threat of Russian hacking is real. We have been up against it for years. The time has come to soberly and objectively assess Russia’s cyberwarfare capabilities, and examine how we plan to fight back.
In 2016, America was caught off guard and we got a bloody nose. Guys like Roger Stone’s buddy Guccifer 2.0, or the guys in Fancy Bear pulled a fast one, to be sure.
They had the element of surprise back then. Most people had no idea what they were doing(and rolled their eyes at those who were trying to warn them, but that’s another subject). These days things are very different.
Regardless of the lies of the great orange malignance, America knows the Russians are out to get us. Trump is sticking his head in the sand on this and will do nothing to help us, so we’re going to have to learn to help ourselves, and each other.
It’s too bad we’ve got no national leadership on this, but it is what it is. We’ll get by on our own.
In starting out, the most important thing to keep in mind is this: Hackers rely on our mistakes, and mistakes are most often made when we don’t know we are making them. They need to catch us off guard, and their job is to find creative ways to use their tools to get us to slip up.
The first place a smart hacker will look is outside the box, so to speak. They’re always looking for ways to burrow in that you wouldn’t think to look for.
Employing a given system, be it a human being or a PC, for a purpose it wasn’t designed for is what hacking means. However, if you’re careful, neither you nor your computer will end up thus employed. It’s all about being careful.
Hackers are clever, be they Russian or from elsewhere, but they are far from invincible. We’ve already stopped a number of Russian cyber-assaults directed at Democrats this year, such as the ones aimed at our Claire McCaskill.
Without the element of surprise, hackers have many limitations. It’s not that easy to brute-force open a website. Just ask these guys:
Basic cyber-hygiene techniques would cut down on more than 80 percent of cyber attacks and cyber thefts, according to Herbert Lin, senior research scholar for cyber policy and security at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. It will benefit us to learn a few.
There is a great deal of white-hat(ethical hacking) work that can be done to defend America in this realm, and most of it has to do with how careful we are.
We repeat- It’s all about being careful. This cannot be repeated too often.
In this piece, we’re going to talk about a few common mistakes made by end-users(that means us, the consumer) and how they are exploited by criminals. We’re also going to talk about some of these cyber-hygiene measures and assign them three rules of thumb.
Don’t open strange emails.
Don’t click on strange links.
Don’t accept chat messages from people you don’t know, particularly on Facebook.
Before we get started, think for a second about all your other social media accounts. Are they just as secure as your Facebook or Twitter? Make sure they are! That’s the first place a hacker will go to collect more data about you. You’re particularly vulnerable to having your account on the ones you don’t often use pried open.
As an aside, this is also why you don’t want to use the same passwords for everything. Passwords are obviously critical, as somebody who’s got them has got all your information at his fingertips. Be careful!!
A great deal of a hacker’s job revolves around getting the passwords of their victims. Their most popular tools are all various ways to apply “spear-phishing” hacks, designed to steal passwords and personal data. The unlucky “phish” who opens one has become a victim and is now open to all kinds of trouble.
There are all kinds of ways to go spear-phishing. A brand new one showed up not long ago when U.S. government agencies recently received letters via snail mail.
One example that all readers of this blog will vividly recall took place on March 10, 2016, when the first volley of malicious e-mail messages hit the inboxes of thirty people who were closely associated with the Hillary Clinton campaign. Inside them were links that were actually viruses, like worms on a hook.
Nearly all of them were failures. All but one, actually. But one was enough.
Within nine days, a horrendous amount of critical data had been stolen and passed along to Wikileaks, to be strategically released in a way they figured would hurt us. It did.
Those leaked e-mails, in which Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was seen to be fussing over Bernie’s lack of ability to fill out campaign finance forms correctly, were spun up into a narrative that Bernie(who lost by four million popular votes) had been cheated.
Bernie or Bust bought it, there were riots in the streets of Philadelphia, and a rift was torn in the Democratic Party that still has yet to heal.
All of that was made possible, with just a few phished passwords.
To combat phishing is to make sure everyone knows how common and damaging these attacks can be. Everyone should keep their guard up when checking emails, and they should report any email they find suspicious.
It’s necessary to point out here that Facebook phishing in particular is horrendously easy. They can hack you right through your chat box. We recommend in the strongest possible terms that you put as little of your personal information as possible on Facebook.
Facebook presents about a million added vulnerabilities to all of us that use it. When Edward Snowden was asked what to do to keep your data safe on that platform, his response was, “Delete your account.”
We can’t recommend that, as Facebook gives us access to 2 billion people, but we can recommend this much. If people you don’t know send you strange messages on Facebook, don’t accept them.
“We are looking at just some of the malicious material that already may be circulating or will be released before the midterms. It also bears repeating that we know the campaign of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) was targeted.”
Cyber-intelligence experts see this as being major, and with clear reason.
Moving on, it isn’t only Facebook and social media you’ve got to be careful with. Websites too are vulnerable.
Anecdotally, the webmaster of this site has seen hackers from all over the world try to take us down, from Beijing, China to Lviv, Ukraine, from Adelaide, Australia to Beauharnois, Quebec. They use all kinds of tricks, but they’ve never gotten in and they never will.
This is not because I’m a cyber-genius who speaks binary code, but because WordPress is awesome.Sucuri, the plugin that keeps safe all of us Millennial Democrats, is likewise excellent. They care about their clients and they hold the same liberal values sacred that we do.
Wordpress users should strongly consider using Sucuri, not least for the reverse IP trace it automatically performs. This has the benefit of letting you know a lot more about who’s trying to hack you. Sometimes it will tell you everything.
Once a flower store owner from Adelaide, Australia tried to hack us. By using a reverse IP trace, Sucuri let us know who she was as soon as she had done so. Then we went to a site called WhatismyIPaddress.com, put it in, and voila.
We were able to get the name of her business by looking at the name of her domain. We then used that to look her up, and jackpot. We found the store’s address, website, and owner. We also found far-right garbage smeared all over her life.
I could put her on blast right here with a screenshot like this one:
Luckily for her, I’m not that mean. But the next guy might be. It’s a dangerous game for newbies (noobs- learn your hacker-ese) to play. It’s easy to run into trouble.
Change your life, would-be hacker flower store owner! Mend your wicked ways, before it’s too late.
Speaking of WordPress, using the two-factor authentication feature they offer as part of their platform is another good idea. This is a highly effective security measure and is available for Facebook, Gmail, WordPress, and many other major platforms.
Using this feature means a second device’s input will be required to access email accounts or websites on new computers, usually by prompting you and sending an SMS code to your phone or whatever. This can prevent scammers from accessing compromised accounts.
In addition to good cyber-hygiene, which amounts to common sense, caution, and our three rules of thumb, there are some tools we can use to make our online experience safer still. You may find this necessary, from time to time.
Guccifer 2.0 recently made a mistake and forgot to turn his VPN on, and we connected him to an IP address connected to Russian intelligence. Now his whole identity is blown because he didn’t use his VPN.
We strongly recommend getting one of these, specifically IVPN. They take protecting their customers super seriously and they are located on the Rock of Gibraltar. That fortress strikes me as a good place to keep anything valuable.
HotspotShield is another good one, and also NordVPN. There’s a lot of them; shop around and find one that’s right for you. We feel it’s worth repeating that they are a very good investment.
Additional tools include TOR(The Onion Router), which offers a former naval encryption system that we can now all use. Tor takes all your internet traffic and routes it through its own network, providing total anonymity.
The DuckDuckGo browser, which Tor employs, is good to know about also. It has a number of different features that keep you safe, including a “Flame” feature that burns up all your cookies in a second. Pretty cool.
Now, just as then, there is a need for deterrence, to defend the nation and hopefully prevent a further escalation of tensions. There is more at stake than we can even put into words. We need to be ready.
There are bigger dangers here than the usual America vs. Russia, liberal world order vs the new world order that the extremist crazies keep screaming that they want kind of thing. This is different completely.
One superpower actively destroying the democratic process of another is new and very dangerous, especially since Russian destability tactics rely heavily on disinformation and a systematic devaluing of the truth.
Contrary to the ongoing narrative regarding the politics of our millennial generation in the media, not all millennials are in for socialism, or Bernie Sanders. Most of us are not. That narrative might have had some truth to it, once upon a time, but not anymore. Millennials have learned.
Hard and painful experience has taught us not to invest in a gambler, or his roulette table.
Since the upset victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over New York Democrat Joe Crowley last month, there has been a lot of talk about this, and most of it has revolved around the question of socialism. The concept has come to be notoriously misunderstood, and most of the reason why is thanks to Bernie Sanders.
The prime minister of Denmark said it best when he pointed out that Bernie did not understand socialism in the context of Denmark; he could have added any other context and been equally right. Bernie didn’t understand socialism at all.
The Nordic countries have excellent social services, which to be fair were adapted from socialist theory. Governmental regulation and social work are both taken seriously there. But their economies are free-market, which means that they are capitalist. Completely capitalist.
The only countries that can legitimately lay claim to being socialist are those countries that have fully planned, one-size-fits-all, Big-Brother-is-watching style economies. Like Venezuela.
The mixup comes from a confusion over two terms, Social Democracy and Democratic Socialism. They sound a lot alike, but that is where the similarity dies.
Back when it was just an archaic, discredited system, I thought it was kind of neat. I used to think about it while jogging. It was kind of like a Sudoku puzzle for me.
Once people started to take it seriously again, though, I stopped musing and started figuring out how to explain the inescapable truth- that socialism is a disaster, completely incompatible with human freedom and dignity.
Why can’t we learn from all the times it failed? All the horrible revolutions that produced even worse regimes? The thousands who had to die because of someone who wanted to apply ideas from a political theory to the real world?
Mark Perry, the creator of the popular economics blog Carpe Diem, referred to socialism in 1995 as “The Big Lie of the 20th century”. He reported in 2016 that he was shocked at its resurgence, such a short time after the fall of the Soviet Union, the so-called “Worker’s Paradise”.
“I perhaps assumed the failures of socialism were so apparent and obvious it would be forever considered only as a discredited system of the past, and never as a viable option going forward into the future!”
“Given the recent resurgence of socialism, especially as it is now being embraced by young Americans, I thought it might be a good time to review why socialism: a) failed in the 20th century, b) is failing in the 21st century (e.g. Venezuela, see photo above), and c) will always fail. And that’s because it’s a flawed system based on completely faulty principles that aren’t consistent with human behavior and can’t nurture the human spirit.”
This has always been the case. People are people. And while the socialists do join us in believing society can do better in many areas than it is doing now, the transcendental human change required as a prerequisite for socialism shows no sign of taking place next week.
Socialism does not mean Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders. It only begins there. It ends with Hitler and Stalin. Going forward, we’ve got to raise awareness about this until people understand. Socialism is a universal failure.
Thebalance.com did a piece called “Socialism and its Characteristics”, telling us that there are eight types of socialism, but really, the distinctions are semantical. There is only one type of socialism. The evil kind.
Today is the Fourth of July, our second in the Trump era, and it’s worth taking a look at what that means.
The Fourth is the day we celebrate both our first Continental Congress’s unanimous approval of the resolution for independence from Great Britain and their approval of the Declaration of Independence two days later on July 4, 1776.
In the beginning, reasonable people sat in Philadelphia and declared their unwillingness to be subject to an authoritarian rule, due in no small part to the conduct of their mentally fragile and dangerously unfit ruler, Mad King George the Third.
The architects who built our nation put lifetimes worth of effort, planning, and design into the framework we all now live within, and it’s a good thing they did.
In the age of the would-be dictator presently occupying the White House, we find the United States Constitution, the blueprint provided to us by our founders for the maintenance of that system, under assault at every turn.
It’s not all barbecues and fireworks out there today. There’s a lot of people who aren’t feeling independent at all, and there are others who’ve been stripped of their independence by a United States government that has grown cold and callous and stupid under the reign of Donald Trump.
Do not ever underestimate the lengths to which people will go for freedom. Whether it’s our own or someone else, it doesn’t matter. Freedom is freedom. That means either everybody has it, or that no one really does.
The Trump era is not going to be the end of us. It’s going to be the end of the Republicans. This is a dying gasp from the forces of reaction. It’s a small bump in the road we have to surmount, on our way to doing away with Republicans and right-wing conspiracies that defy good sense and reason.
The Republicans have swallowed poison bait and are dead already. They just don’t know it yet. This is the last thing they are ever going to see.
Going forward, we’ve just got to make people understand. As long as we see to it with hard work and endurance, we’re going to win. We’re right there. We’ve just got to hold it together.
Right now, civil unrest has swept the country, but recent reports of a second Civil War beginning thankfully proved to be false, like every other word ever spoken by Alex Jones. All is far from lost.
It’s only if we give up and go back to sleep that we’re going to lose. If that happens we’ll never get back up again, but it isn’t forced. We’ve got to keep ourselves together and wait for our chance to counterattack and have faith that it will come.
Last year, I wrote that by this time next year, we’d be digging new trenches again, as we embark on the struggle to retake the Congress and go about the business of setting things back to right. That is indeed what we are doing now, and the stakes could not be higher. Independence will live on, but only if we insist.