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Tyrannocaster

Since it’s an open thread, here’s a very interesting analysis of the Democratic party which tries to understand just WHY they are such friggin’ wimps. It’s long enough and wide-ranging enough that’s it’s hard to summarize with just a quote or two.

Indeed, Democrats discussing society’s ills are almost pathologically averse to putting a name to the face. I remember hearing once about a young Democratic congressional staffer who was carefully admonished by a veteran aide never to call out drug companies by name when talking drug prices. The Democratic Party will acknowledge problems, but not villains.


But even when Democrats deign to declare that they are opposed to Republican rule, it frequently seems forced, as if they’re pandering to their supporters while secretly hoping their nonsupporters won’t get offended. At the heart of this predilection for the flight over the fight is a tacit ideology that is wildly out of step with the political reality of Trump’s America, where villains abound with almost comic ubiquity. And it is an ideology that, for the first time in living memory, is being challenged by an invigorated populist left, not only out of principle, but also out of a sense that the old way is naïve and ultimately self-defeating. The future of the Democratic Party, and by extension the country, may well depend on whether the party is finally willing to ditch its fretful posture of peacemaking and give war a chance.


The celebration of charismatic, conflict-averse uniters in Democratic-led White Houses omits a key, and punishing, shift in Democratic politics from anything resembling a viable effort to build a long-term majoritarian liberal coalition. Over the past two decades, Democrats steadily lost disaffected former supporters, while failing to consistently mobilize young or economically precarious people alienated from the entire political process, as the Republican Party increasingly became a nihilistic, anti-democratic machine designed to bamboozle a white elderly base and thwart the desires of the larger public for the sake of an entrenched oligarchy.


All the while, Democratic leaders continue to campaign and govern from a crouched, defensive position even after they win power. They have bought into the central ideological proposition, peddled by apparatchiks and consultants aligned with the conservative movement, that America is an incorrigibly “center-right” nation, and they have precious little strategy or inclination to move that consensus leftward—to fight, in other words, to change the national consensus; the sort of activity that was once understood as “politics.” 


There’s considerably more.

polarbear4

Alternatively, money and power.

WindDancer13

Science be damned! It is those darn penguins that are causing global warming.

WindDancer13

Your moment of Zen.

WindDancer13

Your moment of scary.

Tyrannocaster

polarbear4

“Iran isn’t Iraq, Serbia, Panama, or an airstrip in Grenada. This country has real military strike-back capabilities that the backwater states we’re used to invading simply do not, meaning war would present a far heightened danger not only to our troops but to civilians in the region. All our recent wars have been stupid, but this one would be really stupid. Just once, could we not do this? Does the script always have to end the same way?“

orlbucfan

Iran’s coastline is the Straits of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf. They will have no problem shutting down the oil shipments from the whole region. tRump is asking for it if he lets Bolton/Pompeo loose. The FRighties’ worse nightmare will get voted in en masse next year.

polarbear4

polarbear4

Warren couldn’t credit Sanders? Worrisome.

humphrey

I have no idea how accurate it is but it is a good read.

https://ejmagnier.com/2019/06/21/iran-and-trump-on-the-edge-of-the-abyss/

humphrey

It is frightening how uninformed Trump actually is.

That he needs a general to inform him that there would be casualties in a war with Iran. 150 people is unbelievably out of touch!

polarbear4

and is everyone ignoring that it could start a much wider conflict, possibly involving Russia? That the United States has been talking about waging a limited nuclear war?

limited being a meaningless word pretty much.

polarbear4

polarbear4

I don’t like even using the MSM as a source, but until we can build up alternative sources, they do have some news that we don’t get anywhere else.

humphrey

Luckily that we have twitter to stay informed.🤩

polarbear4

I had to click on the article, though, to verify. 😜

polarbear4

polarbear4

““The criticism is that it has been corporate captured. The issue is how you redress that balance so that trade is more than just a financial transaction.”

Meltdown: the climate crisis – in pictures
McDonnell said that if Labour held power when the UK next hosts a G7 summit in 2021 it would focus the annual meeting of the world’s most powerful economies on measures to tackle global heating.”

humphrey

An interesting series of videos with regard to regime change in Iran.

humphrey

polarbear4

Coalition of who? Saudi Arabia and Israel? The UK?

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

The UK has all it can handle with Brexit, Israel should lie low but who knows. Saudi Arabia has not been able to beat the Houthis in three years so unlikely to be useful.

la58

polarbear4

🌞🌝🌓🌏🌲🐚🌊🦜

orlbucfan

Amen! 🙂

orlbucfan

Youtube has made this copying a PITA. Hope this works. 🙂

orlbucfan

Hope this works. Talk about a major headache! Nope X 2.

humphrey

polarbear4

Wilkerson has become a significant antiwar voice.

humphrey

polarbear4

from the interview,

“The first book that Ed and I wrote together, Counterrevolutionary Violence, was published by a small publisher that was doing quite well. They published 20,000 copies of it, and were ready to distribute it. The publisher was owned by a big conglomerate, Warner Brothers, now part of Time Warner. One of the Warner executives saw the advertising for the book, and did not like it. He asked to see the book, and when he saw it, he went berserk and ordered them to stop distributing it immediately.

The publisher at first did not agree. They said they would publish a critical volume with contrary views, but that was not enough. To prevent it from being published, in the course of the discussion, he just put the whole publisher out of business, destroying all their stock—not only our book, but all their books.

We brought this to the attention to some civil libertarians at the American Civil Liberties Union. They did not see any problem. It is not government censorship; it is just a corporation deciding to destroy a publisher to prevent them distributing a book.”

la58

https://chomsky.info/counter-revolutionary-violence/

PREFACE

The American public will be slow to connect My Lai to Watergate, and yet that link is embedded in the political consciousness of those who are guiding the destinies of this country. Just as the Watergate burglaries of the Democratic National Committee headquarters were but a stitch in the fabric of illegal and criminal government, so My Lai was no more than a particularly horrible example of the American ‘game plan” in the Vietnam War. The gruesome sequence of atrocity, frantic cover-up, unintended expose, hypocritical expression of humanitarian concern by commanders and rulers, and desperate public relations efforts to confine the blame to the triggermen is manifest in both settings.

Americans are fascinated by the Mafia, but very few citizens of this country believed until recently that the brutalities and deceptions of organized crime were also characteristic of government operations. We can be thankful, I suppose, that the United States government is not yet as efficient as the Mafia (whose skill has been built up over generations and whose personnel have been conditioned from birth) when it comes to hiding the traces of their crimes, cutting short the investigative trail, and screening out the occasional honest and principled operative.

polarbear4

wow.

humphrey

This was likely before Biden’s latest gaff.

polarbear4

this just makes me so sad. I know that I have enough privilege to have had the time and the education, and luckily, the friends and family to have realized, early on about injustice and the media and the government.

My dad died when I was pretty young, but I just recently found out that he introduced MLK At a speech he gave in Tucson. That made me so proud.

WindDancer13

Now let’s see a poll on what age groups among black voters get disenfranchised more often.

humphrey

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humphrey

I suppose that I should have included this.🙄

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/449751-trump-directs-ice-to-round-up-migrant-families-for-deportation

President Trump has directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to begin rounding up migrant families who have received deportation orders starting this Sunday, three U.S. officials with knowledge of the plan told The Washington Post.

The operation, which will kick off with predawn raids, is expected to target up to 2,000 families facing deportation orders in up to 10 cities, including Houston, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles and other cities with high numbers of immigrants.

Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan has reportedly been urging ICE to take a more limited approach to detain a group of about 150 families who had attorneys but dropped out of the legal process and absconded. He warned that the widespread operation could risk separating children from their parents.

humphrey

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

I’m hosting. Ten sign ups so far.

polarbear4

wow! 🔥🙏🦜🦜. Seems like it got here really fast!

humphrey

It should be noted that Joe Crowley has endorsed her opponent.

WindDancer13

Sorry to say this but that is a terrible graphic. Yes, I could detail why, but I am not gonna.

polarbear4

not the most inviting graphic, for sure, but fun. 🌝

polarbear4

The old boys network versus the youth and their allies.

WindDancer13

MSM is apparently actively seeking out people to defend Biden’s stupid remarks.

Civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis defends Biden comments

However,

Asked whether fellow Democrats should drop their criticism of Biden, John Lewis said, “No. I’m not going to judge other people and sit in judgement on others.”

He has judged what Biden has said as appropriate.

Once again, like I said about Clyburn who also said he was able to work with segregationists, did Lewis work with them on anti-black agendas as Biden did?

Joe “No clue” Biden stated in one interview that there is not “a racist bone in” his body. There are many who do not think of themselves as racist because they don’t look deeper into the affect of their actions and words. It is akin to “Well, I am not burning crosses on people’s lawns so I must not be a racist.”

The top of the iceberg: the cluelessness exemplified by bragging about his good relationships with those who so obviously were racist and his lack of understanding about the differences between being called “boy” vs “son” and with his policies that adversely affected the black community.

Biden’s statements encourage the racists in our country who are already gobbling up Trump’s very racist agenda and further normalizes that the type of actions and rhetoric spewed by people like James Eastland. Eastland said some very ugly things. So ugly that Trump has not even come close.

It is noticeable, at least to me, that Biden never denounces the segregationist’s rhetoric; he just talks about his so-called ability to work with them. Part of what he claims as his ability is a lie though. It took several hours to research this the other night, so I am going to repost below the timeline that shows that Biden was not a key element “forcing” segregationists to accept the VRA.

He uses them as as proof of his ability to work across the aisle, ignoring the fact that Eastland was a Democrat. Many people probably just assume Eastland was a Republican because he was a segregationist. Thurmond was a Democrat until 1964. Stennis was a Democrat. Talmadge was a Democrat.

Reality check:

Eastland chair of the Judiciary committee 1956 to 1978
Voting Rights Act passed 1965
Re-authorization of VRA (5 yrs) 1970
Joe Biden elected to Senate 1973
Re-authorization of VRA (7 yrs) 1975
Joe Biden joins Judiciary Committee 1977
Eastland, Chair of Judiciary Committee, retires 1978
Ted Kennedy chair of Judiciary committee 1979 to 1981
Strom Thurmond Chair of Judiciary Committee 1981-1987
Joe Biden ranking minority member of Judiciary committee 1981-1987
Re-authorization of VRA (25 yrs) 1982 . . . in video, suggests he was chairman at this time
Joe Biden Chair of Judiciary committee 1987-1995
Joe Biden ranking minority member of Judiciary committee 1995-2008
Re-authorization of the VRA (25 yrs) 2006

In at least one video, he claims (apparently solely) to have been responsible for the passage of the VRA. Trump also claims credit for things he did not do.

Not one of the bills that Biden sponsored through his entire career had to do with Voting Rights. Co-sponsored, yes, but for someone who claims he was on the front lines of this issue, not one sponsored bill.

polarbear4

thanks for all the research!

Torabs
Torabs

Great post here. Could stand on it’s own as a diary easily, I might add.

John Lewis finding new lows to stoop to, sadly, has been a recurring theme in recent years. Jarring that he’s so out of step with MLK when it comes to the evils of the white moderate.

WindDancer13

Thanks.

Lewis, Clyburn, et al have chosen to ignore MLK’s warnings and have become part of the establishment that he fought against. Where are the black progressive leaders of today?

humphrey

humphrey

polarbear4

Maybe we can take a little moment of joy in that part of this is because we became powerful.

And we’re growing.

polarbear4

humphrey

Joe you had better drop out before your past catches up to you!

There is plenty more like this!

humphrey

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polarbear4

May we impeach her now?

polarbear4

humphrey

humphrey

humphrey

This should not come as a surprise.

orlbucfan

Question: having problems c and p-ing music vids off YouTube on to here but I can do it on other blogs. What gives?

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

And I’m having trouble seeing some videos, particularly from la58 and windDancer13

WindDancer13

I see mine, but videos in tweets are disappearing.

humphrey

Test

It seemed to work for me.

WindDancer13

Blank page

humphrey

It must be the browser. since I often get a blank page when viewing some of your posts.

WindDancer13

Today is the first time that I have gotten blank pages. Sometimes I have seen tweets that are just the links, but first time for this. Also today only, sometimes I see the video or one in a tweet and when I click on it the page goes blank. If it persists tomorrow, I will try a different browser.

humphrey

Things are strange. In your comment “Your moment of scary.” I only saw the quoted words.and the rest of the page was blank. Out of curiosity I clicked on the blank space and The sound of the video began without the video. I am not smart enough to figure it out but it seems like compatibility between browser issues.

WindDancer13

I tried another browser today, and the same thing is happening. And in both browsers (Chrome and Pale Moon) even some of my videos are not showing up today.

PS: I hope you do not mind, but I re-posted one of your comments in today’s thread. I think there is an important message in it that should not be ignored.

WindDancer13

She is so off my list:

WindDancer13

From Politico this is almost treason:

A 76-year-old centrist who spent 36 years in the Senate before serving as vice president, Biden was already out of step with the Democratic Party’s left wing, which wants a fresh face, a woman, a candidate of color or at least an unapologetic progressive torch-bearer. [emphasis added]

polarbear4

at least! 😁

polarbear4

humphrey

It is worth clicking on the video. Mayor Pete is toast!

humphrey

Some of these candidates sure know how to pander.

Bernie is not one of them.👍👌🤩

humphrey

It appears as if this is Biden’s attempt to walk back his call for Booker to apologize.

humphrey

humphrey

Joe Biden: Cory Booker Should Apologize to ME for Saying I Should Apologize

polarbear4

polarbear4

humphrey

humphrey

humphrey

humphrey

I wonder who the crowd will be cheering for?

humphrey

humphrey

humphrey

It conjures up a image of a puppy with its tail between its legs seeking forgiveness having peed on the floor. SAD!

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/20/clyburn-pelosi-hoyer-diverse-staffing-apology-1372702

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn has apologized to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer for his comments about the lack of diversity among their top staff that stirred furor within the upper ranks of leadership.

Clyburn’s swift efforts to recant his criticism of his fellow Democratic leaders are the latest in a string of recent verbal missteps in which the No. 3 House Democrat has been forced to walk back contentious remarks.

Earlier this month, Clyburn had retreated from his comments suggesting that an impeachment inquiry was inevitable. Weeks before that, Clyburn came under fire by some in his own party for appearing to diminish the Holocaust.

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