2020 Dems Not to Duplicate DNC, Fate of Sanders’ Our Revolution Uncertain.

2020 presidential candidates agree not to try and duplicate what requires no duplication- the Democratic Nomination Committee, or DNC.

The Association of State Democratic Committees had some very good news for us on Tuesday. According to their announcement, every leading presidential contender has vowed not to create “any organizing or messaging infrastructure that is parallel or duplicative” to the DNC or state parties. According to Politico, the signed pledge also binds candidates to publicly call on their supporters not to launch outside groups on their behalf.

That leaves the fate of Bernie Sanders-created PAC Our Revolution uncertain at best. Probably their days are numbered.

It’s a good thing too. This organization is a hornet’s nest. Nina Turner is one of the bigwigs over there, and she’s a vicious cannibal through and through, an eater of guests beneath her roof. She told all her supporters to go and vote Jill Stein in 2016, and they did. Now look where we are. They have our children on the border in dog cages, and none of it could have happened without that set of crazies from Bernie’s old camp, back then.

Many disasters have taken place involving the DNC since 2016, and most are the fault of the so-called progressives. Here at Millennial Democrats, we’ve been charting out the story now for years. The biggest coup they scored was his just over three years ago, the Russian-facilitated Wikileaks dump of illegally acquired DNC emails.

Now-prisoner Julian Assange got together with Russia, now-prisoner Roger Stone, and now-prisoner Paul Manafort to plan out what surely ranks as one of the most effective non-military blows ever struck by one country at another. Russian disinformation manipulated American opinion just as our intelligence used to do to small Third World powers back in Reagan’s time and before. It was like living in a banana republic.

Their efforts, as it happened, prepared an abominable toxin for blue chances in 2016. Insane members of the Bernie or Bust cult rioted in the streets of Philadelphia outside Hillary Clinton’s nomination ceremony, Bernie said nothing at all to calm them down, and America was watching. In a bizarre twist of fate, as they did, the first song of the ceremony inside was beginning, Paul Simon’s Bridge over Troubled Waters. Clinton’s campaign never really recovered. We lost the election that night.

And yet, the emails were nothing! Many of us vetted them thoroughly, all twenty-eight thousand of them. They ended up proving Debbie Wasserman Schultz (DWS) did some fussing about the Sanders’ campaign’s inability to file FEC forms out properly. Bernie had to have known they didn’t even hint at anything improper. He also had to know how great the peril of Donald Trump actually winning that fall’s general was afterward.

Why didn’t Bernie go speak for hours in the rain to calm them down? That’s what he’d been doing for himself, according to one post I read back then. The great altruist, St. Bernard, friend of the little man.

It should never be forgotten that without should-be-prisoner Tad Devine, the senior strategist in Bernie’s camp, Sanders might have calmed down enough to actually do that. But Tad, who had worked with Paul Manafort for years in Ukraine cooking up elections for Putin, Tad who had made his crisis his brand (literally; Our Brand is Crisis is a slogan of his and the name of a documentary about him), was not about to let that happen, even when other campaign officials such as manager Jeff Weaver would have liked to see him go a different way.

Tad Devine and Paul Manafort together with Konstantin Kilimnik, the shadowy Ukrainian figure wanted for questioning by the special counsel Robert Mueller. Tad is seated, if you’ll note, at Manafort’s immediate right; his right hand.

This connection struck us as the absolute height of fishiness back then, but nobody listened, least of all Bernie and his bots. When Manafort went on trial last year right around now, Tad was the first witness. What did the line of questioning require of him? To answer for what he knew about cooking those elections up in Ukraine for then-president Viktor Yanukovych and Vladimir Putin!

When this came out, Sanders was silent, and so were his followers, many of whom later rejoiced when Trump got off the hook in the Mueller investigation. They never wanted to hear anything about Russia back then, even though half of the admins in their groups were Macedonian and other Eastern European infiltrators only around to spread disinformation and foment rancor in the hearts those they were paid to attack- the American left, both moderate and progressive. Bernie or Bust has betrayed its every cause at every turn.

Going forward, it’s incumbent on us not to forget why we’re doing this, what our cause is. The cause is the service of the United States and its people. It’s about making progress de facto instead of just de jure on issues like health care or climate change, both major targets of the libertarian right, which we can never do without being in power. You can forget about holding ICE accountable, too, much less stripping it of funding.

In this case it was about protecting American elections from foreign manipulations. It wasn’t just about getting Donald Trump; or, at least, it shouldn’t have been. Russian interference in the Sanders campaign was hardly covered at all by Robert Mueller; that’s why Tad was a witness instead of being just another jailbird. The mainstream media said hardly a word. Raising awareness about this is still very difficult, given the frightful dearth of information available to the busy citizen who would just the same be informed if it were possible. That is simply wrong. It is not best for America.

Our Revolution, the group currently under the scope, is an outgrowth of that same cancerous 2016 Sanders campaign, a topsy-turvy landscape where nothing had value and truth did not even pretend to exist. Having done well for oneself financially became a crime unless you were the millionaire Bernie Sanders. He wouldn’t show his tax returns back then, just like Trump.

The same energy still floats around it;  It is a good thing for us to strongly advocate the new 2020 candidate agreement not to try and duplicate the DNC be made to include the complete and total dissolution of Our Revolution, a political action committee (PAV) created by Sanders himself. It has to go.

As an aside, this is not in our opinion the deserved fate of all pro-Sanders groups. No matter how annoying they may be, no matter how toxic their socialistic brand, we will stand for their right to speak just as fervently as we would our own or even a libertarian’s, though not a Nazi’s.

If only there were a way to do the same to the Justice Democrats! would be a logical first thought, but of course, that would involve getting rid of Millennial Democrats as well. God bless our dear good country, that bothers to protect our rights to speak. All of us.

Returning to our thread, try and contemplate the unthinkable for a moment (this should NOT be attempted by sane Democrats with heart or blood pressure conditions; we’ll take one for the team, folks). Imagine if Bernie did win the candidacy, his rape fantasy essays and all. In a general election? Has the whole world gone crazy?

Having all these metric tons of crap hung over our heads like a big brown Sword of Damocles would be a disaster. It’ll be Eugene McCarthy all over again. A thorough and outright joke. Trump will laugh himself back into the Oval Office, and the looks on all our faces will be the punchline.

I don’t want to be a punchline!

Going forward, it seems clear that we have got to stand together strongly to beat Trump. The whole left, not just the moderates or progressives. A house divided can never stand for long. If we are to win next year, if things are going to improve for any of us, we have got to show some unity right now. One family, one leadership, one nomination committee. The DNC must remain in command of strategical coordination, they are going to need our help, and only one solution serves all needs.

Our Revolution must go, and the rest of us must stay.

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The Russians are Coming- Mueller Indictments and New Cyber Threats.

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Robert Mueller’s investigation took a dramatic turn on Friday, as grand jury indictments were handed out to 12 different Russians, all formally associated with Russian intelligence, for their hack of the Democratic National Committee in 2016.

On the same day, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warned America in the direst of terms to watch out for Russian cyber-thugs this fall. Coats told us to expect “Unprecedented levels of cyber-hacking,” and said, “The warning lights are blinking red again.”

These two issues are directly tied together. The Mueller indictments laid out detailed allegations of how Russia sought to manipulate Americans through social mediaexploit computerized state voting systems and hack the email accounts of Democratic committees and party leaders.

The part of the story these indictments have shed light on focused on how Russian cyber-thugs took cues from the orange malignance in the White House himself, as the Russian government laid out its plan to boost Trump’s bid for the White House.

The court documents also highlight alleged collaboration between Russian hackers and “Organization 1”, clearly fitting the WikiLeaks profile, to steal data from and harm the campaign of Hillary Clinton. We have given some examples below.

“For example, on or about July 27, 2016, the Conspirators attempted after hours to spearphish for the first time email accounts at a domain hosted by a third-party provider and used by Clinton’s personal office.”

July 27 2016 was the night of the first 2016 presidential debate. During that debate, Trump memorably said “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing… I think you will probably be rewarded mightily…”

Barton Gellman, a leading intelligence reporter, responded to this revelation in a tweet: “This is OMFG material. Trump explicitly asks ‘Russia’ to hack Clinton, and Russian intelligence starts trying *the same day*. We look for secret evidence of ‘collusion’ but Trump’s end was always in plain sight. Now we know Russia took his request as a guide to further crimes.”

The indictment also made specific mention of “a person who was in regular contact with senior members of the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump,” seeking to “help u.”

That got people talking. Right away. And not long after, the conversation came around to Roger Stone.

Stone has admitted that he is the unnamed Trump campaign regular who corresponded with Russian hackers such as Guccifer 2.0, now known to be a creation of the Russian intelligence services.

Stone previously boasted screenshots of the conversation online, in which Guccifer 2.0 wrote, “please tell me if i can help u anyhow… it would be a great pleasure to me.” That was back in the good old days before the indictments started coming down and dozens of people started going to prison.

Since then, his tone has changed a little.

“My 24-word exchange with someone on Twitter claiming to be Guccifer 2.0 is benign,” he pleaded in a text to Rolling Stone.

You’re entitled to your opinion, Rog, but the rest of the world does not agree.

In related news, photos have been circulating the Internet of Roger Stone’s old partner and possible future cellmate Paul Manafort, disheveled and miserable and inside of a prison cell. It might not be as spiffy as the office of their old lobbying firm, but it will have to do.

Regular readers of Millennial Democrats will not require many reminders of how the Russians pulled off this act of cyber-warfare against the world’s most powerful country. We lived through it and were on the front lines of the battle against it.

There is a certain sense of vindication, in seeing what we all have been warning people about these last two horrible years laid right down in black and white. Roger Stone is almost certainly going to prison, and that too is a decent consolation prize.

But there’s also a tremendous frustration at the lack of an appropriate response coming down from the White House.

Russia openly prepares to hack us once again, the American alt-right vows to help him do it, and what is being done by our President? Nothing.

Our top cyber-security expert was sacked and his department gutted months ago. Trump has opened the doors for new Russian hacking, just as he called for their help on the televised debate two years ago.

Trump is still meeting with Putin on Monday, and he’s still holding rallies for his base on a regular basis. History will revile him for this and for everything else. Until the Blue Wave comes in November, we must draw our comfort from that.

In the meantime, we’ve got hard fighting up ahead, and we are ready for it. This is what we’ve been training for, ever since the elections.

In the weeks to come, we’re going to be focusing a lot on cybersecurity measures we can take, and on key Democratic primary races that the Russians or Republicans may target. Gaslighting is likely to be the least of it.

The Mueller indictments tell us how the Russians did this to us last time. The Coats warning tells us that it’s coming again. Going forward, we’ll be filling the need to study the first carefully so that we’ll be ready for the second. The Russians are coming, and we’ve got to hold the line.

A Great Primary For The Democratic Party-Congress Braces for Blue Wave!

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June 5, 2018, the “Super Tuesday” of the 2018 primary election cycle, was a great day for the Democratic Party.

The Blue Wave is gathering more momentum than ever, as our battle for control of Congress saw us pave the way for retaking the House of Representatives in several impassioned struggles to retake House seats in California and New Jersey.

Democrats also claimed victory in a Missouri state Senate seat Tuesday in our 42nd red-to-blue since Donald Trump took office.

There were also revealing elections in the Midwest and the South, underscoring the depth of Trump’s corrupting of the Republican Party and the different ways Democratic strategists intend to break their grip on red-state America.

Democratic women continued taking America by storm; it could not be more clear that 2018 is the year of the Democratic woman! After Hillary Clinton was cheated out of her rightful place in the White House, we needed leaders, and we got them. We are very proud of them.

The primaries, which took place in states all over the country, also underscored once and for all the defeat of the Bernie Sanders wing of the party. They’re done.

The New York Times said this morning that the results in yesterday’s primaries were a big win for the Democratic Party at the expense of the extreme left, and that pretty much says it all. They put up a good fight a few times, we’d like to congratulate them on that, and now it is time to move on. We need each other.

A big part of these victories came down to due diligence. Democrats have been working very hard, every single day, ever since the 2016 elections came to their catastrophic end. We dug our foxholes deeply, and we shored up our trenches well. We were ready for this.

All along, we’ve been concentrating our efforts on the construction of both devices and teams to run them. This serves the purpose of strengthening the larger Democratic coalition. Incidentally, this is how and why Millennial Democrats was born.

The goal is to get people to understand that they’ve got family ties with the other members of this resistance. We have fought a war together. We have worked hard to get out our message and to create teams capable of disseminating solid information.

Last night we proved what we can do when we all work together, by succeeding admirably in that goal in races all over the nation.

Democrats don’t need fake news. The real facts are universally in our favor. All we have to do is raise awareness. We have good answers to tough problems and have all along. We have a fantastic, progressive platform, and we have the means and expertise needed to achieve our goals. That is the difference.

For eighteen months and a week, we have all had to suffer through the daily pandemonium that is life under Donald Trump, and people are getting fed up. They are looking for a sane and decent alternative. That is what we have to offer.

When we show up at the polls next fall, we’re going to get our chance to show the world. I’m proud to be a part of that.

Democratic Women Sweep Primaries! No Revolutions, Please.

Lizzie Fletcher wins in Texas!

Voters went to the polls across four southern states on Tuesday to vote in Democratic primary elections, and brought with them a sharp refutation to radical leftist narratives from earlier in the election cycle.

Candidates favored by the national Democratic Party establishment did very well. Their more extreme competition, in most cases, did not.

These primaries were overwhelmingly swept by moderate Democratic women and were key to a number of congressional districts considered critical for our chances to win back the House.

They are also significant, in that they are highlighting the general trend of Democratic women emerging as leaders, and of the American people finding their way back to political moderation.

This fall’s races in these four Southern states will have a lot to say about whether or not we Democrats will be able to complete our task of redefining regional politics, in preparation for the battle to come this fall.

Our ability to do that is what retaking control of the House of Representatives will depend on.

Progressive ideas have flourished in the post-2016 Democratic Party, and real changes are coming. But it’s real Democrats who are making them happen. The ones who are members of the party.

The people who say the word “progressive” most are the ones now running groups like Our Revolution, an apparatus created after the election for bringing Bernie Sanders’s political revolution down-ballot continues to struggle to establish itself as a real difference-maker.

This group has done so badly since that we’re about done even mentioning them. They’re withering on the vine on their own. Most of their candidates bombed out terribly today.

Politico recently did a piece on the Sanders-inspired organization. It’s no longer merely withering. It’s going down in flames. They are not helping and they are not the ones spearheading the drive toward tangible change.

The Democratic Party as a whole is moving leftward along the political spectrum, in terms of policy and temperament. A recent survey by the Pew Research Center, which takes a periodic look at partisanship on various issues, indicates that to be true.

That’s a good thing, so long as we don’t push too hard and blow it like the radical left insists on doing. Most everyone is sick of “revolution”. We’ve been headed left for more than twenty years. And it has nothing to do with Bernie Sanders and his proxies.

There has never been a set of midterms so crucial. Everyone on every side knows this. The best chance we’ve got of getting rid of Donald Trump before 2020, except maybe for the 25th Amendment, is to turn the Congress blue.

We need Democrats in the legislative branch to get this country turned around again, and to get rid of Donald Trump.

We need each other right now more than ever, and in spite of all this, there’s a certain element on the left that refuses to care about any of this and instead insists on fighting their own people. That has to stop.

I saw a good point in an article a while back about progressive energy at the local level; awesome. It takes us all. Working together, and not against each other.

It’s not about rejecting progressive ideas; just the opposite. Democrats are all progressives. The 2016 platform was progressive to a magnificent degree.

But in order to be truly progressive, you’ve got to demonstrate that you can make progress. Our Revolution has shown no ability to tip a major Democratic election in its favor, despite possessing Sanders’ prized email list, and can claim no major wins in 2018 as its own.

This has reportedly left many Sanders supporters feeling disillusioned. The group was designed to harness the senator’s grass-roots movement and carry it forward in his name. Many true believers have seen that it is failing in its mission.

Either way, while the top brass of the aforementioned organization is eating each other, the rest of us have a lot of work to do.

It’s time to start focusing on the positives and putting the past to bed, and this finally brings us around to some good news. Some news about unity.

In Georgia, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Our Revolution all supported Stacey Abrams in her primary race for governor, and she won!

Her win was historic, as she will be the first black woman to be a candidate of a major party to run for Governor in Georgia. It marks the beginning of a new direction for the party. This is truly the year of the Democratic woman.

Bernie Attacks Obama For MLK’s 50th! Calls Democrats Failures.

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Bernie Sanders is at it again. This guy never quits. He’s like a zombie on the Walking Dead.

This time, he has triggered a backlash by verbally savaging Barack Obama on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King.

The senator for Vermont went after the first black US President as he branded the Democratic Party a “failure”.

Here’s Bernie, speaking in Jackson, Mississippi.

“The business model, if you like, of the Democratic Party for the last 15 years or so has been a failure,’ said the Vermont Senator.

“People sometimes don’t see that because there was a charismatic individual named Barack Obama. He was obviously an extraordinary candidate, brilliant guy. But beyond that reality…”

Sanders’ comments were immediately called out as being “patronizing” and “deplorable”, but he wasn’t finished yet.

He then went on to say that Democrats had lost a record number of legislative seats.

Unbelievable! Even the likes of Corey Lewandowski are waxing biblical about how many seats we’ve taken back from the GOP since Trump was elected.

“The Democrats are highly motivated,” Lewandowski told the crowd at Dolphin Aviation.

“They are winning elections in places where they shouldn’t. We’ve seen them win state House races in Wisconsin. We’ve seen them win big mayor’s races in New Hampshire. Fifty seats have already changed hands from the Republicans to the Democrats since Donald Trump was elected.”

Politifact points out that as of February the actual number of recaptured seats was 39, but the trend is clear as day- to everyone except Bernie Sanders, the perpetual sour grape.

He’s always there to run down anything we do and to make light of all our accomplishments. That’s what you do when you haven’t got anything of your own.

Next time we need a post office renamed, Senator Sanders, we’ll give you a call.

In reality, of course, it’s Bernie’s pets that can’t win an election, and why? Because his endorsement is like the kiss of death!

Just in the first few post-election months, Sanders formally endorsed candidates in many different races.

Keith Ellison for chair of the Democratic National Committee, James Thompson for U.S. Representative, Tom Perriello for the position of VA Governor, Heath Mello for Omaha Mayor, Steve Zimmer and Imelda Padilla for Los Angeles School Board, as well as Rob Quist for US Representative.

Every candidate lost, and that trend has continued. Jon Ossoff of Georgia nearly won, and might have, if Sanders hadn’t waited until the last minute to endorse him, and had he not sneeringly referred to him as “no true progressive.”

The guy was 29, and had never held office before. Just how much chance had he received, to make any progress?

Bernie, you didn’t even vote until you were 40! And that was for yourself!

 In addition, a group created to continue the progress Sanders made in the 2016 primaries called “Our Revolution” endorsed 25 candidates that lost their 2017 elections and only endorsed 12 winning candidates, giving the group a 32 percent success rating.
And yet he wants to point the finger, labeling us as unsuccessful. If that’s true, Bernie, then why have real Democrats kicked the can with your boys, all the way around the whole country?
That fact always seems to get ignored, though, as do most facts in the wonky world of Bernieland.
Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat. It all comes down to that. Everything he does makes perfect sense, once you’ve considered that he isn’t on our side. This attack on President Obama, who gave us the best eight years that anyone in the world could have, is certainly disgusting. But it’s hardly the first time.
In 2016, the primary started out well enough. Both sides were respectful and willing to dialogue. Both agreed that they had more in common than not, and that the entire thing basically amounted to a quarrel between family.
We had a passionate, issues-focused, ideologically driven primary. It exemplified all that is right with the American political system. Everything was going fine.

Then Bernie started losing.

April was the turning month. On the seventh, he reviled Hillary Clinton in a speech in Philadelphia, calling her “unqualified” to be President, a blatantly sexist and stupid thing to say. It drew him a monstrous backlash from across the country, and from that day forward things began to change.

By July it was too late. His overzealous devotees rioted in the streets of Philadelphia, over a lot of nothing contained in criminally acquired documents dumped by the Russian mouthpiece Wikileaks, and the rift thus torn was permanent.
It has continued to widen, ever since.
So-called progressives have continued getting together all over the country, hijacking local chapters of the Democratic Party. They are attacking our candidates everywhere.

There has never been a set of midterms so crucial. Everyone on every side knows this. The best chance we’ve got of getting rid of Donald Trump before 2020, except maybe for the 25th Amendment, is to turn the Congress blue.

In spite of all this, there’s a certain element in the party that refuses to care, and insists instead on fighting their own people.

When Bernie Sanders reviled Barack Obama the other day, he made it clear he’s still wanting to lead the charge. Not for ideological reasons, but because he’s a sore loser. We’ll never be able to please him and he won’t come to terms with us.

Yesterday Paul Waldman wrote something in the Washington Post that sums the whole thing up perfectly.
“No matter how much the party moves to the left — and it has moved a great deal in the last few years — there will never be a point where Sanders says, “I’m really pleased with where the Democratic Party is right now.”
“Because once he said that, there would cease to be any need for Bernie Sanders to exist.”

A Case Study in Fake News- Uranium One, The Scandal That Wasn’t.

The Uranium One story is a prime example of fake news.  It is a GOP talking point known to be false. That knowledge, however, is not very important to the Republicans, who have gone to great length to keep America talking about it this week.  The opposition has spent an awful lot of money to kick off the conversation.

The whole thing is a cheap attempt to shift the Russiagate narrative by blaming it all on Hillary Clinton.

As this was being written, the first news came back that Paul Manafort and his sidekick Rick Gates were indicted on money crimes going back to their Ukraine days. A jubilant Trump tweeted out a statement distancing himself from these activities.

But Mueller wasn’t finished. The true bombshell was yet to come.

It turns out that former foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, had admitted lying to the FBI about contacts with foreign officials close to the Russian government who discussed “dirt” relating to emails linked to Clinton. He was quietly arrested on July 27. He’s been fully cooperating with the government ever since. 

This is why we’ve spent the week hearing about the Uranium One deal.

The relation of truth to a given subject is not a considered factor when we’re talking about the Trump administration. This story was manufactured conservative disinformation from beginning to end. It has been threaded back into the national narrative as a political countersuit against Democrats.

It’s just Trump’s old Manhattan real estate strategy in his new role as president. This is the political equivalent of a countersuit. The ghost of Roy Cohn has got to be gnashing its teeth in glee, down there in hell.

Joy Reid recently summed up the Trump strategy by quoting from the presidential debate last summer. “I’m no puppet. You’re a puppet”.

The idea is that to relieve the pressure on him, Trump will attempt to shift the nation’s attention and anger toward Hillary Clinton.  Accuse your enemy, of that which you are guilty of. The concept is called swiftboating. Its purpose is to scare Democrats into shutting up and going home. To make us tap out due to fear for the safety of our leader. “You leave me alone, and I’ll leave you alone. If not, there will be trouble.”

This is the face of fascism.  Manufactured excuses. Rampant what-aboutism. Legitimate science is either discarded or adapted. It all becomes part of the new authoritarian ideology. It is then gradually dripped into the heads of the people by the likes of Boris Epshteyn and Sebastian Gorka.

This concept is not abstract, or something that only happens elsewhere. Companies like the Sinclair Broadcasting Company, which is said to be in talks with conservative TV show host Bill O’Reilly, will be threading pro- Trump messaging into every aspect of television. Their virulent brand of right-wing commentary and so-called “classic propaganda” may soon reach three-quarters of US households.

Insofar as Democratic involvement is concerned in the U1 deal, there’s nothing controversial at all. It’s an attempt to shift the national narrative back against Trump’s enemies and give his supporters some new and soothing lie to hold on to.

The important issue here is why this ordinary transaction was cooked up into a scandal in the first place; and the troubling implications that it has for the future of American democracy.

As to the details of the controversy surrounding Uranium One, they are not very controversial.

The company is a subsidiary of Rosatom, Russia’s state-owned nuclear technology corporation. In 2010, while Hillary Clinton was secretary of State, Rosatom wished to acquire a majority share of Uranium One. In order for it to share in the control of uranium mines in the United States, the sale had to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment In the United States (CFIUS).

Because the deal would ultimately place Uranium One in control of 20% of U.S. uranium production capacity, the transaction required federal approval. During the 2016 election campaign, Trump asserted that Clinton “gave 20% of our uranium — gave Russia for a big payment.” This is untrue on every level.

The mining licenses remained with U.S. subsidiaries controlled by U.S. persons. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission reviewed the transaction and gave its approval. All nine members of the CFIUS board voted for it with a clear conscience and say today they’d do the same again.

Uranium One does not hold the proper export license, so none of its uranium can be exported. It can never be taken to Russia and turned into nukes.

All the committee members have told everyone Clinton was not involved in the decision.

This “scandal” consisted of a Canadian company, the Northern Uranium Corporation,  selling a Russian company some stock in uranium.

The nuclear recycling angle, specifically the Koch Industries interest in the valuable uranium that comes out of them, is likely of tantamount importance here. The educated guess of one expert who spoke with Millennial Democrats under the conditions of anonymity is that the Kochs did not want the competition from recycled uranium.

Most likely, this was why they needed a reason to keep recycled uranium politically unpopular. They also needed a reason to keep Hillary Clinton unpopular. It would seem they put two and two together.

These two things have nothing to do with one another, but it proved easy to make it seem otherwise. This is where the slanderous spin on Uranium One came from.

This libel has no basis in any historical record. It comes out of a wingnut book called Clinton Cash. Its production was financed by an organization called the Government Accountability Institute. This is a conservative nonprofit founded by the book’s author, Peter Schweitzer. They teamed up with Breitbart’s Steve Bannon to conduct the research for the book. Billionaire Robert Mercer, the same guy who is still paying the bills for Breitbart News, signed the check on this one, too.

Needless to say, it has been thoroughly dismantled by experts.

The story was ridiculous and crooked back then, but its revival in the national dialogue at this particular time is troubling in the extreme. It means the RNC is willing to drag a private citizen into government affairs, for no reason other than to deflect attention from the truth. You don’t prosecute your political opponents using show trials and Congress in order to attack anything but the fabric of our democracy.

Going forward, the Uranium One slander serves as an excellent case study for the examining and reverse-engineering of Republican propaganda. There will be more of this to come than we can imagine; Russian ads alone reached over 120 million on Facebook this year.

By thinking critically and staying alert, however, we can spot these things as they come. We can dismantle them, dissect them, and lay bare their innards to the light.  In this manner, we will come to see how they work.

Then we hold them up as examples of the disingenuity of our opponents. Our job is to expose lies and bear witness.

There’s still a lot we can do. We still have everything it takes to fight the attempts of Trump and Putin at tyranny. The time-honored power of the vote can still save us. Make a specific plan for voting, and do what you can to get others to do the same. Once we take back the Congress, we can rid ourselves of Trump. In short, #RiseAndOrganize.

#WeWillEmbraceYou- Our Answer to Far-Left Hatred.

The cause of leftist unity suffered a disappointment on Tuesday, when Senator Bernard Sanders(I-VT)  announced that contrary to earlier statements, he will not be running as a Democrat in future elections.

In November 2015, Sanders made a point of making clear that in fact he would run as a Democrat in future elections, after the subject came up during an interview.

“In future elections, potential future elections, will you also run as a Democrat?” the reporter asked Sanders as he campaigned in New Hampshire.

“Yes,” Sanders replied.

It seemed to make sense at the time. Bernie has had an on-again, off-again relationship with the DNC for decades. But he does vote with us more often than not. The DNC has hoped that he would join us for many years.

Bernie Sanders was elected to the House of Representatives in 1990. He was not long in establishing the contrary M.O. that so alienated allies and colleagues, during his first year in Congress and all the ones that followed. The first indicators of what we were in for were not to be long in coming.

Sanders introduced the “Health Care as a Right for All” bill on March 4, 1993, in the middle of Clinton’s push for health care reform, because after painstaking research she decided that his single-payer option was not feasible. It was an unfortunate diversion, at a time when we needed total focus. This plan of Bernie’s has failed many times.

As a result, when the Clinton administration-backed Health Security Act, was introduced in the House on Nov. 20, 1993, it had 103 cosponsors. Sanders was not among them. At a time when every vote was needed, he abstained for all-or nothing reasons. And so, America was to need nearly another quarter of a century to start filling this basic human need of the people.

In 2016, it was more of the same. We held out a hand to Bernie Sanders and his followers time and again, only to be rebuffed. It was tiring and it was frustrating. 1 in 10 Sanders voters ended up voting for Trump anyway. It was hard to resent the time we’d wasted trying to convince people who did not want to be convinced. This is the truth.  Rebuilding trust has to start with an acceptance of truth.

The anger and despair caused by the 2016 election opened a door. The smear job on Hillary Clinton represented a quarter- century’s work and God only knows how many millions of dollars on the part of the GOP. They had long ago ensured there was no end of mud to sling. And trusty Wikileaks was always around to make sure there was no shortage of new ammunition, straight from the Russians like Kalashnikov rifles.

The last month of the Democratic primary was a very horrible time filled with chaos and division. That acrimony caused a schism in the Democratic Party that ended up not being fixable. It cost us the election.

That schism has been terribly visible over the last few days, when many Bernie supporters regarded an invitation to Bernie to join the Democratic Party as an attempt to force him out of the Democratic Party. It is not clear how to correct these sorts of misconceptions.

This rabidity and overzealousness on the part of a dangerously high percentage of far-left supporters of Bernie Sanders made for an extremely nasty cocktail of filth for Putin and the Russians to fling about on social media, amplifying their messages through a mixture of robot armies and highly targeted advertising. The campaign was more successful than even the Russians expected. It directly paved the way for Trump’s “Crooked Hillary” attacks.

Since then, the gap between the Democratic Party and the rogue Sanders element has widened continuously. The 2017 Democratic National Committee chairmanship election between Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota was the first contested DNC chair election since 1985. It gave us a solid look at the discord brewing in the party.

The Unity tour that Bernie and the DNC undertook together was a disaster as well. Many Sanders supporters even went so far as to boo and curse our party chairman, Tom Perez, while on the tour. One reporter asked at the time, if Bernie considered himself a Democrat.

“No”, said Bernie.

And as recently as this month, Bernie caused nationwide outrage by accepting an invitation to speak at the 2017 Inaugural Women’s Convention. We did not ask for much, to remedy the situation, only that he publicly state that he’ll endorse in the future only those candidates with an ironclad respect for the reproductive rights of women.

Sadly, rather than fully embrace this long-hallowed progressive moral, Bernie chose to decline the invitation.

The pattern is clear, and it is widening all the time. The natural response on the part of most Democrats, who after all have been lied to for years by Senator Sanders, is outrage. This is only to be expected, but we have to keep in mind that more fighting will get us the opposite of what we all are after.

The author of this article struggles with this personally and is honest enough to admit it. Just the same, Millennial Democrats realizes the necessity of coming together. The only thing that matters, for as long as he’s in office, is getting rid of the maniac Donald Trump. We will therefore make a sincere attempt to put that behind us and offer a handshake. That is what the situation requires. That is what the lot of us owe our country.

The Sanders camp started a number of rather insolent and aggressive political organizations in the aftermath of the country’s heartbreak over the disastrous result of last year’s election. This is inexcusable, but also understandable. Everyone was really angry at the time, and pointing fingers is always easy. Everyone makes mistakes.

But even among these heavily radicalized organizations, there is one that stands out particularly for the sheer ugly brazenness of its slogan, a hashtag called #WeWillReplaceYou. This is another supposedly liberal or progressive group looking to take out sitting Democrats from Congress in 2018.

Instead of focusing their attention on the Republicans who are ravaging our federal government, they are instead choosing to pose a threat to elected Democrats.

This kind of idea goes beyond obnoxious. It’s actively dangerous. The last hope of the nation is that most people, on both sides of the fence, will somehow come to realize this. Acrimony on the left is exactly what Donald Trump and the Koch network are really after. We have got to perceive their strike, and pull back before it is too late.

While this squabbling goes on, the Republicans are halfway to passing the most brutally corrupt tax plan in American history. We have got to come together before it’s forever too late.

Both sides have now had ample chance to air grievances and get them out on the table. It is now time for us to move past it. Honesty is the only way to meaningful unity between the Sanders camp and real Democrats. We hear you out, you hear us out, and then we all shake hands and get back to work.

It is for that reason that we’ve decided to promote a counter-hashtag, #WeWillEmbraceYou. We don’t want to fight. One way or the other, this internecine war has got to end. It does nothing but rip us all up. The discord between our two camps still amounts to a quarrel between brothers.

So when they shriek at us, “We will replace you!”, we will respond calmly and say “Well, we will embrace you.” This is easy for us, because we are Democrats. The Democratic Party is strong. And the strong are always kind. It will come naturally to be magnanimous.

What it means to be a Democrat, is to be on the side of the people. All the people. Even the ones you don’t always agree with. In order to call yourself a progressive, you have got to show you can make progress. That takes cooperation and communication. All or nothing will not suffice.

At the end of the day, our message to our natural allies to the left of us is simply this- Even if you insist on wanting to be our enemies, we are still your friends.

We will not give up, on attempting to open dialogue with you. We will always be willing to work with you. Should you ever decide to return to the fold, you will hear no I-told-you-sos or recriminations. What you will find, is a dignified welcome, and a place on the bench. Please keep this in mind.

Democratic Dedication in the Age of Trump- A Call For Help.

Living in Donald Trump’s America has been a lot like living in a pressure cooker.

The time leading up to the election was not the worst year in American history, but it may well have been the most stressful. Around 2014, ominous signs began popping up, in strange form and large number, that we had a real problem on our hands. The forces of radicalism are always given a shot in the arm by economic recessions, i.e. the Great Depression and the rise of Adolf Hitler. On the left and the right alike, people started getting really out there.

By the time it was widely realized that Bernie Sanders was actually going to not only be taken seriously, but held up as an example and idolized, it’s not hard to think looking back that it was already too late. If I would have started organizing sooner, worked a few more hours, shared to a few more Groups, tried a little harder to reach people, etc. It’s a wistful feeling, looking back on a great battle lost.

It started to become clear that a great many, a terrible many people, were not going to embrace Hillary Clinton as a candidate, no matter how good a President she would be, and she would have been great. The biggest tragedy here is the scale of the missed opportunity.

We’re talking about a person who had on-the-job approval ratings that were through the roof in every job she had. Those are the only kinds of polls that really matter; the others are nothing but a photograph, one second’s popularity contest. Rational people know that. So when it had clearly started falling by the wayside, in favor of emotional considerations poorly expressed and ill-conceived of, it became darkly evident that things were not going to continue managing themselves.

In our lives, when we come up against a wrong too big to be ignored, it forces us to make a choice. We either take a side or turn a blind eye. We are given a voice for a reason. The time had come to use it, for every American. We were, and are, in the midst of facing a major existential crisis, one to set the direction for the entire nation’s paradigm. Simply stated, the question is: Do we want to keep being a democracy?

A terrible shame is self-claimed by anyone who was fortunate enough to grow up in this country, and still attempts to justify answering that question in the negative. The very fact of people being able to run around on the streets spouting off in that manner is in and of itself a tremendous luxury, one that was paid for and made possible by the success of American democracy. In the days of fascism and communism, things were otherwise to a very horrible extent.

Stalin’s gulag system held nearly 3,000 to 100,000 of its citizens at any given time.  Most, like author of the Gulag Archipelago Alexander Solzhenitsyn, were there for speaking out against the government. The Tiananmen Square incident in China was a murderous repression of democratic protesters. It is not yet thirty years old. The Nazis had a whole interior of labor camps, such as Dachau or Mauthausen, reserved exclusively for German “political criminals” until the final days of the war.

There have never been such things in America. We have plenty of prisons, but no concentration camps. Foreign radicalism has never taken deep root over here, because for the most part, people have had the good sense to know how lucky they are to have the chance to participate in this. To risk all that because you are angry is insane. Recessions and depressions are a part of human life on Planet Earth, and that is not going to change to suit anyone.

At this stage in our history, the entire global economy is already deeply interconnected. Wherever you live, they are going to come and go.

If you think that’s a good reason to start down the road toward a second Dark Ages, you might want to read up on the first ones. There are many problems in this country. We are not a perfect nation. But for all our faults, we are the linchpin of the entire global order. Every life in the world will feel it, should the lights go out again.

All through the year of 2016, we heard a great deal about a revolution. Why is it we never heard any of this under Bush, when it was necessary? Back when the world really needed that power, it was found lacking and largely absent. All these brave revolutionaries waited for a kind and tolerant President Obama to come in and start actually making America great again, to start screaming about a revolution. They gambled with the utmost recklessness with the future of the whole human race. Why?

It’s been like this all throughout history. Tightly repressive regimes are rarely overthrown. It’s only after the restrictions are loosened, that the people tend to break levees. We see this all the time, in the Middle East. Its hallmark was all over the place in Syria. It was also this way when the French Revolution felled the monarchy in 1789, and again when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Just as soon as a system starts to mature, it suddenly collapses.

The events of American life since the year 2000 have indeed been nauseating; it’s worth remembering that Hunter S. Thompson took his own life just after the second Bush was reelected. Times have been hard since Bill Clinton left office.

Still, after Obama got elected, and particularly when compared to the past, we had things really good. We suffered for eight years under Bush, but after that things started getting better.

The economy started recovering, we got universal health care in the form of decades worth of work with the Affordable Care Act, and we started getting back to work. We were once again having the time to worry about things other than base survival. To risk that, on the gambler’s promise of some screaming demagogue, was the absolute height of stupidity. How anyone could have been so foolhardy as to risk our tangible, hard-fought gains on a pack of ridiculous pipedreams will never be explainable by any sort of logical standard. Everyone is trying somehow to get to the answer. Yet for all we have learned along the way, the governing dynamic still manages to elude.

As we approach the midterms in 2018, the Republicans have been killing us in terms of small donors. That’s an ugly fact. For Republicans to be outdoing Democrats, on a grassroots level, is the very worst case scenario. They have taken the strategies of the Bernie Sanders campaign and turned them into a juggernaut.

For all the ugliness and chaos surrounding his presidency, Trump is getting stronger. And not a day goes by that he doesn’t use that strength to chip away further and further at the bedrock of our democracy. Koch Industries has had an unprecedented opportunity to pass through their long-sought Libertarian agenda. The star of fascism is clearly on the ascendant.

What is it going to take? That’s the question we keep coming back to, ever since November of last year. What can we possibly do, to pull back from this chasm we are heading toward? A disturbing percentage of us are behaving like nuclear powered lemmings. There is no one on the horizon at this time who can do much about any of this, except possibly for Robert Mueller, the Obi-Wan Kenobi of our whole drama.

Think as well, about Bob Mueller himself. His good, kind, honest face. How hard he is working, and in his retirement age, no less. All the years he was the director of the FBI, the best one that we ever had. He chose James Comey as his successor. He spent many years training him. He made sure he was the best man to head up the Agency.

Trump threw Comey away like the garbage, and it makes me want to vomit. All the best people in the country right now, are completely excluded from its government, while the worst are getting away with bloody murder. Putin is laughing at us. The Russian media laughs and boasts about the way he’s made a toilet out of Trump. And rock bottom is still nowhere in sight. Surely some revelation is at hand.

In the interim, the author of this article is in Facebook jail, over sharing the articles we recently published regarding the Zapad war games in Russia and the fact of Russian Stuxnet viruses being found in over a hundred American power grids. Facebook Jail is slang for when you get blocked from various Facebook features by its robots, because the Russians and their proxies have figured out how to game its Report as Spam/Abuse buttons.

Sixteen other Democratic activists I know are in jail also. Meanwhile, Zuckerberg does nothing with the greatest of industry. As a good friend and mentor of mine wrote recently, Congress must reform Facebook.

Posting is way down. Russian ads are everywhere. People are scared, and actively exploring other platforms. We are being stopped from participating in the political process of America, as Americans, by foreign agents and agitators who have effectively conquered our entire section of cyberspace, while the people able to handle it have their hands tied behind their backs. The indignance I feel at this state of affairs cannot be adequately expressed by language.

The only clear way forward for us is to get serious about education. Education is the key to it all. That’s why the Kochs and the DeVos’s and all the other Tea Party monsters have been paying so much money to destroy and withhold it. It’s why Betsy DeVos was chosen for the Secretary of Education post. They know knowledge is power, and they don’t want reliably Democratic voters to have any- which includes every single at-risk part of our population, including all persons of color and women.

That’s what this is all about for the opposition. Power, dominance, and money. The Republicans have no actual social agenda. They can only whip up enthusiasm among their supporters by lying about and otherwise savaging ours. It’s become a trench battle, and it threatens every day to break out into another wild fight.

In the end, is it really possible for reason to understand emotion? Because when we analyze the 2016 election, that is the task that faces us. Donald Trump is not something most people wanted, but they chose him all the same, out of desperation.

We’ve got to find a way to address the pain that caused that desperation, because it is severe in the extreme. In the midst of it all, heroin use has gotten so bad that our children are in prison and dying. And Jeff Sessions wants to go back to locking us up for weed. People are looking for a release valve, and if they do not get it, then one should fear wholeheartedly for the future of our beloved, hopeful, wonderful country.

Shortly before he was murdered, Robert Kennedy had these words to say.

“What I think is quite clear is that we can work together in the last analysis, and that is what has been going on within the United States—the division, the violence, the disenchantment with our society; the divisions, whether it’s between blacks and whites, between poor and more affluent, or between age groups or on the war in Vietnam-is that we can start to work together. We are a great country, an unselfish country, and a compassionate country.”

Those words are still true, but it’s going away. If we don’t fight for it, with all that we have got, it will be too late before much longer. Millions have lived and died, for the future of a great America. We cannot disgrace our ancestors, and we cannot let down our descendants.

This is the purpose of Millennial Democrats. This is the task that lies before us. It is largely up to us now. We have to get our peers to see the light and get active in their own fates and futures. Remember when we were kids, and we all watched the NeverEnding Story on the big screen? It is like when the Nothing came. It has eaten everything, and the last glowing seed held by the Empress is ours to blow life into. We must somehow find the courage to dare what we dream.

 

Acknowledge Black College! Trump Downsizes HCBU Conference

In particularly disgusting and cavalier fashion, the White House released a statement hinting that the administration will be looking to downsize Trump’s meeting with the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HCBUs). It gets harder for Americans to stomach by the day. People are starving for normal and strong.

Donald Trump and historically black colleges are not a match made in heaven. Many higher education experts have long found Trump’s interest in them troubling. “I would rather have Trump do nothing with HBCUs -not even know they exist,” University of Pennsylvania professor Marybeth Gasman told The Washington Post in May.“ He will see them as a handout. He doesn’t understand that he was given a leg up by his rich father. He doesn’t see that other people need help from programs because of past discrimination and inequity.”

A bit over a month into his presidency, Trump signed an executive order, signed to boost federal funds for HCBUs. However, the placatory legislature these schools were promised never materialized. And it left many worried.

This threatened attack on their funding has strained an already uneasy relationship between Trump and black communities in general. His slimy equivocation following last month’s bloodthirsty attack in Charlottesville, and his reputation for getting involved in blatantly racist crap like “birtherism”, These fears are widely believed to be justified. A recent poll concluded that most of us realize the obvious, e.g. Donald Trump doesn’t care about black people.

The black community are not the only ones with Trump troubles. The Hispanic community is still reeling from the slap in the face Trump gave them with the Arpaio pardon. In spite of this, our neighbor to the South, Mexico, has offered to help us in these desperate times of post Hurricane Harvey recovery. They came to our aid when Hurricane Katrina pummeled the Gulf Coast 12 years ago, and they were a big help. Although they likely won’t, the Trump administration should accept their help again.

Instead of treating our allies and neighbors like they haven’t any worth or value, let us work with them, and offer them thanks and gratitude! Maybe that can be some sort of a starting point, later on down the road when Trump is gone. One can only hope.

All of us need to heal. Racial discord has broken more hearts this year then it has since the 70’s.

Think of all these regular people, our countrymen and our neighbors! Ordinary folks, like us, trying to get by and get along with all this crap raining down on them. They have every reason to be bitter. Instead, they offered help to the guy handing out all this insult and abuse.  It’s a heartbreaking scenario by any standard, to a thinking person with a conscience. That leaves Trump out on both counts.

Even Trump’s own staff has had enough of him. John Kelly keeps him locked in the Oval Office, like a madman in the attic. The family shame. Keith Schiller, the retired NYC detective who has been his closest hatchetman for decades, made it known yesterday he’ll be returning to private life soon. He’s been reduced to sneaking phone calls out to the ousted Steve Bannon– when Kelly’s not around, that is.

While the Pentagon is managing the disaster that is our 45th President, Democrats have been busy. We have got many a plan in the works. It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that anyone wanting to help the cause, can start by simply Googling the hashtag, #RiseAndOrganize. We are loaded up for bear in 2018. And an amazing amount of money has been raised for the struggles to come. The new Democratic senator Kamala Harris raised more than $100,000 on Monday night this week.

.Harris’s political action committee is paying the consulting firm that built and managed Bernie Sanders’s small-dollar juggernaut, Now that we’re putting real effort into promoting our ideas to raise funds in this way, we will handily defeat him. Our platform is practical and realizable. Bernie’s platform would have bankrupted the country 10 times over. As his wife’s did to Burlington College in Vermont.

Across the nation, we are now fielding candidates in districts we were previously not contesting, and with every cause. We have all the momentum in the world. We have steadfastly provided a sane and decent alternative to the pandemonium created by this White House. We could not be more proud, of the heroes of the Democratic Party currently serving in our Senate.

We have certainly received assistance from the boasting and foolishness of Trump. But ultimately, we have done this for ourselves. The contrast between our quiet competence and their circus appears in the starkest possible relief. Every one of our guys has done their duty with the utmost professionalism. They saved Obamacare. They have stymied Trump’s worst efforts at every turn.

While the walls close in around Donald Trump, and the handwriting on them begins darkly scrawling of treason, we are getting ready. Everything that is humanly possible is being done to see to it that we clean this thing up. Before 2020, and after.