Corruption, politics

Reasons why it’s better if Trump beats Hillary for Progressives

Hillary is the candidate of choice for the establishment and directly on the payroll of big-business lobby interests. Trump, although not at true populist, is still an outsider candidate, mostly self-funded and feared by the establishment.

A Hillary victory rewards and justifies election rigging, no correction for the Democratic party.

Clinton’s re-election campaign. Hillary is an 8 year commitment that will be up for re-election in 2020 against yet another Republican. A Trump presidency makes 2020 another chance to elect a better Democrat than Hillary.

The entire House of Representatives and 33/100 Senate seats are up for re-election in 2018. Hillary guarantees they stay Republican just like under Obama. ‘Sanders Democrats’ running for office have a better chance to rise during a Trump presidency than Hillary. Trump forces the Democratic party to become more progressive more quickly.

Trump is to the left of Hillary on foreign policy. Hillary, a bigger war hawk than Trump, is the candidate of choice for the military industrial complex. Clinton’s record on foreign policy is not a good one.

Trump is to the left of Hillary on trade and has always been against destructive trade deals like TPP. Hillary called TPP the “gold standard” and has supported every trade deal since NAFTA.

Trump has repeatedly said he won’t touch Social Security. If truthful, he is a welcome leftward push for the Republican party. Hillary is another Obama, and Obama tried to cut Social Security using the Chained-CPI under the guise of it being merely an adjustment.

“They should have run Sanders, they lost because of Clinton.” -vs- “America just isn’t ready for Sanders Socialism.. Hillary was the pragmatic, correct choice.” We want people to think the former, not the latter.

A Hillary win means the progressive vote will continue to be taken for granted. Bernie or Bust support will be laughed at if Hillary wins.

If Trump loses to Clinton, the Republicans go back to being the party of George W. Bush and Mitt Romney. The populist uprising will be defeated on both sides of the aisle by establishment hero Hillary Clinton.

A Clinton loss means an end to the Clinton/Bush era.

President Hillary Clinton will spend the next 8 years marginalizing and purging anything to do with Bernie Sanders from the party, as the DNC survives under her leadership. A Trump victory means the Democratic party becomes progressive fast, or dies.

 

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Corruption, Media, politics

The media war against Bernie Sanders

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Bernie Sanders is a hot potato the media can’t handle. After a prolonged media blackout failed to stop the Bern, conglomerated media set it’s sights on taking him down. With breathtaking shamelessness corporate media has thrown all scruples overboard to become a one-sided propaganda machine against Sanders.

Media corporations are doling out donations much like the now famous donations of Wall Street, and lets not forget that both media and financial deregulation occurred in tandem from the same president Clinton.

The cast of characters paying for politicians forms the monolith of corporate power in America. Taken as a whole, they are indeed big and powerful; Big Media, Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Oil, Big Finance, and so on, all have interests in direct opposition to the public interest. The Sanders campaign is based on breaking up the power and influence of these forces, the 21st century puppet-masters of American politics.

In the war against Bernie Sanders, media created a series of false narratives along the way, continuously repeated to give living breathing reality to outright lies. Listed below are a few noticed examples.

“There’s nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it.” – William James

The Bernie-bro narrative:

The Bernie-bro suggests that Sanders support comes from sexist men who will not vote for Hillary because she’s a woman. Specifically, the Bernie-bro is an angry male Sanders supporter who goes online to write vile, sexist comments about Hillary Clinton.

The Bernie-bro narrative is used to drive a wedge and deepen the chasm of gender divisions for political purposes.

Sanders supporters are equally male and female, with more younger women supporting Sanders than Clinton. This narrative has no basis in fact. The biggest sexist attacks in the Democratic campaign come from the endless repetition of the Bernie-bro narrative. Bill Clinton even went on a public tirade to battle the elusive Bernie-bro.

The pragmatist narrative:

The pragmatist narrative, with it’s flip-side “pie-in-the-sky,” is an attempt to portray Sanders as impossibly unrealistic, with Clinton portrayed as a pragmatic realist willing and capable of passing policy proposals.

This narrative assumes total belief in Clinton’s progressive credentials, while overlooking Sanders presidential run as being entirely based on pulling the curtain from the Clinton charade.

Also sold is the assumption that Republicans would be more willing to work with Clinton than Sanders. This requires total amnesia of how Obama was obstructed at every turn by a radical party calling him a communist. Those whacky Republicans even obstructed Obama on Social Security cuts when Obama tried to sneak the chained-CPI in as merely an “adjustment.” It’s unlikely they will suddenly warm up to Hillary over Obama.

To pop the “vision” balloon, calling Sanders policy proposals “promises” limits the imagination of discourse. It’s unlikely Sanders believes that every piece of legislation he pushes will be passed within 4 years if elected. The truth is, those issues would never have seen the light of day if not for Sanders campaign.

Sanders signifies a shift in direction and priority for the country, and a call for a new Progressive Era. A newly energized Democratic party could realistically take back the Senate, and what’s impossible today becomes possible tomorrow.

A Hillary administration being obstructed the same as Obama doesn’t equate to pragmatism, and a centrist farther to the right than Reagan isn’t really a centrist.

The single-issue narrative:

Sanders has come to end the Gilded Age; He’s been screaming it from the rooftops: the big banks, campaign finance – our entirely corrupted political system. This problem is the 800lb gorilla of modern politics, requiring a necessarily political solution. Bernie’s big issue is an umbrella under which sit many other issues.

The single-issue narrative is used to characterize Bernie’s passionate attack on a corrupted system as being to the exclusion of all else. Sanders has well thought out positions on all major issues. His perceived weakness on foreign policy is debatable considering America’s self-inflicted mid-eastern quagmire following Iraq.

The single-issue narrative is based on things like debate performances, and is an effort to minimize the 800lb gorilla for those with a limited ability to register complicated, unsensational problems. To many, “wedge” issues are just as (or more) important than the 800lb gorilla. The gorilla requires some political education to be seen and understood. Without that, Bernie must seem an eccentric odd-ball indeed. Instead of media informing the public, we’ve seen them fan the notion that Sanders is some know-it-all kook focused on one bizarre issue that isn’t even important.

The electability narrative:

Bernie is unelectable, he would never stand a chance against the Republicans. Once they call him a socialist it’s all over.

The Republican contribution to this long-standing narrative was sounded by John Kasich during a televised debate:

“We’re going to win every state if Bernie Sanders is the nominee, that’s not even an issue. And I know Bernie. And I can promise you he won’t be president of the United States.”

Assuming that both the Democrat and Republican establishment are sympatico in their fear of Sanders, this can be seen as an attempt to perpetuate the unelectable narrative from both sides. The real view of Sanders from the right, however, comes from Anne Coulter in this revealing comment:

“If you ran Bernie Sanders, it would be much tougher to beat him than Hillary. He cares about the American working class. Hillary doesn’t, she’s like the elected Republican. She cares about the Chamber of Commerce.”

The polls back this up, reversing the unelectable narrative and putting Clinton in the crosshairs. In the polls Clinton is fairing badly against nearly every Republican in contrast to Sanders landslide victories.

The socialist narrative:

The socialist narrative from the Republican side claims that Bernie is of the same ideology as Hitler and Stalin. He’s a communist who will lead us to the gulag and gas chamber.

The socialist narrative from the Democrat side stokes fear of what people might think. The media has pushed a steady drum-beat against the term “socialism” since the rise of the Tea-Party agenda, and with the Clintonian Democratic establishment equating appeasement of the Tea-Party to pragmatism, it’s important to remember that those who disagree with socialism also disagree with Social Security and public education.

The success of the socialist narrative relies on a lack of political education. Thankfully ignorance seems to be losing this battle, as the public has generally understood that Sanders American style democratic socialism stands for New Deal style programs and regulations in the public interest.

Although difficult to quantify, it’s probable that the Bernie-blackout slowed the growth of the Sanders campaign enough to impact this election. With false media narratives, ignorance is fanned rather than informed, and a broken political system is reflected in broken information as the news becomes a mouth-piece for established corruption.

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politics

Return of the Ladies Man

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Former president Bill Clinton has resurfaced to campaign for Hillary, and so returns to the spotlight of a different America from the one he left. Bill represents an America now under scrutiny.

The return of Bill comes with a dirge of sex scandals, distractions from actual policy and relevant mostly to tabloids. My view is that taking the high road in regard to irrelevant scandals from pubic leaders leads to better policy. That being said, these scandals will become relevant in the hands of Donald Trump, the master media manipulator.

With Bill on the trail, this gave Trump a grand opportunity to unearth skeletons, and Donald dove right in using Clinton history to astounding effect. For days internet searches of either Clinton returned scandals and rape accusations. I have no doubt Donald will thrill his audience by bringing unwanted details to a live TV debate. He would be smart to do so, he knows the headlines would eat it up.

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It doesn’t help that Hillary already has one hand tied behind her back, unable to target his biggest weakness, Trump’s populism. Hillary can call him racist and sexist, but this will only energize Trump’s base, his core populist appeal intact.

Far worse than any sex scandal, the betrayal of the American people by their own government is a legacy coming to the fore just as Bill stumps for Hill. Unlike side-show antics, these scandals are dead serious and affect the very nature of the American political system.

The problem isn’t that the Ladies Man swims in sex scandals, it’s that he cheated and betrayed the entire country to a group of Wall Street criminals.

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With Bill Clinton, the rightward push of the Reagan years became America’s direction. Bill is the president who led us into oligarchy, when America lost real democracy in favor of organized money.

Bill Clinton’s legacy as a Third Way Democrat means a total break with FDR. The Democratic party became something sinister; Democrat on social issues but Republican on economy, regulation, safety nets, foreign policy, trade, privatization, on and on. The progressive agenda became a hollow sales pitch told to suckers and idiots, while the Democratic party moved directly into the enemy camp silently and without vote.

With a truly pro-business government, America’s new ruling class was set up to take the reigns of our entire political system. After Bill Clinton, the Democrat agenda followed the Republican agenda, the Republican agenda the Tea Party agenda. The same dark legacy from both political parties.

With the GOP being destroyed by Trump as they vote for him as their populist outsider, was it a bad idea for Hill to bring out Bill to stump, or is Hillary simply inevitable?

 

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Bernie Sanders schlongs Donald Trump

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Bernie Sanders just nailed Donald Trump in an outright lie, and exposed the fallacies of his being a working class populist.

In a recent interview with Sanders, Bernie says about Trump: “Meanwhile, interestingly enough, John, this is a guy who does not want to raise the minimum wage. In fact, he has said that he thinks wages in America are too high. But he does want to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to top three-tenths of one percent.”

Trump went into panic mode after the curtain was pulled on his pretense to populism, in response Trump twitters: “@BernieSanders-who blew his campaign when he gave Hillary a pass on her e-mail crime, said that I feel wages in America are too high. Lie!“

Well, it turns out Sanders did not lie, Trump has said multiple times he believes wages in America are too high.

Here is one example from the first Republican debate: “But, taxes too high, wages too high, we’re not going to be able to compete against the world. I hate to say it, but we have to leave it the way it is. People have to go out, they have to work really hard and have to get into that upper stratum. But we can not do this if we are going to compete with the rest of the world. We just can’t do it.”

Sorry Trump, lowering wages on workers who can’t afford to save for retirement or pay exorbitant medical bills will not “Make America Great Again.”

Score one – a big one – for the true populist: Bernie Sanders.

Oy Donald, what a putz.

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Good Cop Bad Cop – American 21st century politics

Good cops = Democrats. Bad cops = Republicans.

The good-cop bad-cop game is a police interrogation technique, but can be used in other areas where deceptive coercion is desired, like politics.

The idea is that the “bad cop” is out-of-control and threatening, aggressive towards you in getting what they want. You’re supposed to be afraid of the bad cop and what they might do.

The bad cop sets the stage for the “good cop.”

The good cop steps in and holds them back, sympathetic to you and protecting you from that dangerous bad cop. In fear of the bad cop you cooperate with the good cop.

The thing is, both cops are doing the same thing, and the good cop protection is only an illusion. In the case of American politics, both cops are paid for to keep you (the public) fooled and compliant, and always in fear of the bad cop, who keeps getting their way.

This is how things went down during the Obama presidency and the Grand Bargain. The Republicans demand something outrageous, they want to cut Social Security and disability payments, they want to cut SNAP nutrition for the poor, they want to destroy the New Deal and all public service programs to end the menace of socialism.

Obama grudgingly compromises with them, giving them half of what they want. The Republicans come back.. that crazy Tea-Party wing isn’t satisfied, they want more; If Obama compromises, they might be willing to finally work with the president. Obama once again gives them more of what they want, and the game continues.

Thank goodness we had a Democrat as president to hold back those scary bad cops.

In good-cop bad-cop politics, those looking to escape the bad cop vote for the good cop out of fear, believing the illusion, but in the end it’s all a game and the good cop and the bad cop are exactly the same.

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Language, Literature, Media, politics

Language as a weapon

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Lets look at language in politics and media. Language that filters into everyday conversation and thought – thought influenced by the thinking behind the language.

Language can become a powerful tool when you’re trying to brainwash the citizenry. We’ve seen this laid out systematically in Orwell’s 1984. When you’re doing something sinister, use opposite meanings. The Ministries of Truth, Peace, Love and Plenty were actually ministries of lies, war, torture and austerity. Orwell called this doublethink.

In the real world, we’ve seen words attacked over time in coordinated effort and great effect. The word “liberal” has become a dirty word. So successfully, that it nearly has the venom of a racial slur. The embarassment of being called a liberal developed over a 30+ year period of sustained attack.

Perhaps the most sinister language assasination is the demonization of “socialism.” This distortion becomes subtle due to different kinds of socialism, which become important when you see the foodstamp program equated to Communism.  Socialism is an essential part of any organized society. We all depend on one another, and nobody more so than the very wealthy. Corporations don’t exist on desert islands (unless a tax haven.) The wealth of the .01% is entirely dependant on large numbers of people – that is, dependant on socialism. Without all of us, they are left as Thurston Howell III. The demonization of socialism is being directly used to push an extremist agenda, by those who have another form of socialism in mind.

Another twisted word is “reform.” The very people who want to destroy public programs talk about wanting to reform them. A reformer has the best interest of a program at heart, these “reformers” are looking to bring a wrecking ball. The contrast is everything.

Now, how about if we re-reversed doublethink, and somehow the truth crept out from the shadows. What if the media and politicians just spoke the straight-forward honest truth? What would that look like?

How about, instead of the term “liberal” being used to describe Obama, Hillary and the democratic establishment, they used the term “neoliberal.” This would be truthful instead of dead wrong. Neoliberalism being a far right-wing ideology.

How about instead of calling republicans “conservatives” they were called “corporatists.” Its what they really are, and there’s nothing conservative about the republican corporatist agenda.

So we have the neoliberals versus the corporatists (no tangible difference really) battling-it-out over who’s donors get the bigger piece of our pie. Sounds pretty grim, but at least it more accurately describes our current political reality.

Its time we demand our media speak the truth, and reflect that in actual language. If they don’t they need to be replaced with media and politicians that do. Language and media are effectively used to mask the truth of our time, and this is a crime.

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history, politics

To fear Bernie Sanders socialism is to fear 20th century America

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America in the 20th century was a proud social democracy. It can be hard to put history in perspective when politics in America have been pushed – inch by inch – toward extremism by a two-party system running in the same direction.

That direction is the Gilded Age, the America of the late 1800s. The Gilded Age is a term Mark Twain coined meaning a glittering surface with a rotting core – sound familiar? It was America’s closest brush with fascism. An authoritarian age of mass injustice and political corruption, robber barons bought off politicians ensuring a miserable existence and short life-span for the average worker.

This led to bloody strikes and the labor movement. America overcame this period of unregulated greed with common-sense regulation and the New Deal, leading to a social democratic America caring about the quality of life of citizens. Things like Social Security, Medicare, Food Stamps, and the GI Bill all poured from that same fountain. America changed and the world changed with it.

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Where are we now? What has America become? We now have a mass media misinforming the public, labeling the ideas of 20th century America: radical, extremist, socialist, communist, nazi. Like a soviet propaganda machine, this media charade is puppeteered by robber barons, just like during our more primitive gilded age.

The truth is, a complex organized society needs elements of socialism. Without this the law of the jungle prevails, and socialism comes anyway in other forms. Corporate socialism has become increasingly prevalent and authoritarian as the 21st century advances, and may even be called a defining feature.

The excuses given for 20th century America being ripped away – under the feet of the working class and poor – is presented as economic efficiency; They say it costs too much money.

What, then, is the gain? In this age of under-regulated greed, most Americans seem to be poorer in both wallet and spirit. There’s no real economic reason to repeal the New Deal. Its just a hit-job, perpetrated by ever more radical politics forced on us by merciless 21st century robber barons: American fascism.

The story of the 20th century was the story of the triumph of American social democracy.

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