Tag: Democrats

Will Manchin and Sinema Sabotage Biden? | The Smirking Chimp

The only question, then, is whether or not that makes any sense to the centrist Democrats like West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin or the two senators from Arizona, Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly. Sadly, there is a fair chance that other than the hardcore Trumpers who will believe anything they’re told, these Democratic senators will be the only people in America to whom it does. They must be persuaded that now is the time, while the Republicans are ideologically spent and the economy is set to blast off, to do something real and meaningful for the American people. These occasions don’t come very often. It would be a crime if the Democrats let this chance slip from their grasp.

Source: Will Manchin and Sinema Sabotage Biden? | The Smirking Chimp

‘Shameful’: Millionaire Senators Vote Against Popular Minimum Wage Raise That Would Lift Millions Out of Poverty | Common Dreams News

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), worth more than $10 million, was one of eight Democrats to vote against including a federal minimum wage increase in the Senate's coronavirus relief package. (Photo: Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post/AFP via Getty Images)

“It is despicable and unacceptable that there is not unanimous support among Democrats in Congress for a $15 minimum wage,” said Rep. Jamaal Bowman.

‘Shameful’: Millionaire Senators Vote Against Popular Minimum Wage Raise That Would Lift Millions Out of Poverty | Common Dreams News

Why Trump’s Takeover of the GOP is Great for Biden and the Democrats (but a Potential Disaster for America) | The Smirking Chimp

As the Trump Party takes over the GOP, anti-Trump Republicans are abandoning the party in droves – thereby weakening it for general elections while simultaneously strengthening Trump’s hand inside it. It’s great news for Democrats and Joe Biden.

Why Trump’s Takeover of the GOP is Great for Biden and the Democrats (but a Potential Disaster for America) | The Smirking Chimp

Biden Should Repudiate Espionage Act Prosecutions of Whistleblowers and Journalists

U.S. Capitol Police officers walk by the Department of Justice (DOJ) building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. A bulletin this week from the FBI and other agencies warned that extremists may exploit the aftermath of the Capitol breach by conducting attacks to destabilize and force a larger conflict in the U.S. Photographer: Pete Kiehart/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Before Donald Trump began his run for president, there was a war against journalism in the United States. President George W. Bush used the Espionage Act and sought to jail reporters who refused to give up their sources, not to mention killing journalists in war zones. When President Barack Obama, a constitutional law scholar, came to power, he did so claiming that he and Joe Biden would represent the most transparent administration in history. But then reality set in.

Biden Should Repudiate Espionage Act Prosecutions of Whistleblowers and Journalists

Noam Chomsky: “If you don’t push the lever for the Democrats, you are assisting Trump” | Salon.com

Noam Chomsky | Biography, Books, & Facts | Britannica

Noam Chomsky, one of the world’s foremost public intellectuals, has provided the international left with wisdom, guidance and inspiration for nearly 60 years. Proving that he operates at the locus where argumentation and activism meet, he demonstrates indispensable intellectual leadership on issues of foreign policy, democratic socialism and rejection of corporate media bromides.

Noam Chomsky: “If you don’t push the lever for the Democrats, you are assisting Trump” | Salon.com

Unlike Republicans, Democrats Can Govern. But Can They Fight? | The Smirking Chimp

The Democratic Party is basically a governing party, organized around developing and implementing public policies. The Republican Party has become an attack party, organized around developing and implementing political vitriol. Democrats legislate. Republicans fulminate. In theory, politics requires both capacities – to govern, but also to fight to attain and retain power. The dysfunction today is that Republicans can’t govern and Democrats can’t fight.

Unlike Republicans, Democrats Can Govern. But Can They Fight? | The Smirking Chimp

Why Democrats share the blame for the rise of Donald Trump | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian

Donald Trump speaks in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Great Divider knows how to pit native-born Americans against immigrants, the working class against the poor, whites against blacks and Latinos, evangelicals against secularists, keeping almost everyone stirred up by vilifying, disparaging, denouncing, defaming and accusing others of the worst. Trump thrives off disruption and division.

But that begs the question of why we have been so ready to be divided by Trump. The answer derives in large part from what has happened to wealth and power.

via Why Democrats share the blame for the rise of Donald Trump | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian

Trump Accuses Jewish Americans Who Vote Democrat Of ‘Disloyalty’ | HuffPost Australia

Anti-Semitism Trump shows how.(ODT)

via Trump Accuses Jewish Americans Who Vote Democrat Of ‘Disloyalty’ | HuffPost Australia

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https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/trump-slammed-jew-voting-democratic-disloyal-190820205832592.html

 

After Tlaib & Omar are Barred by Netanyahu, why would any Self-Respecting Dem Congressman do the AIPAC Tour Again??

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If the democratic party had any backbone it would stop participating in the humiliating annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) propaganda visits to Israel, as a form of protest.

via After Tlaib & Omar are Barred by Netanyahu, why would any Self-Respecting Dem Congressman do the AIPAC Tour Again??

Will Israel’s treatment of Omar and Tlaib finally wake Democrats up? | +972 Magazine

U.S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. (Leopaltik1242/CC BY-SA 4.0)

Now that Israel has banned entry to Democratic Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, will Democrats affirm the right to boycott and hold Israel’s feet to the fire? Five takeaways.

Will Israel’s treatment of Omar and Tlaib finally wake Democrats up? | +972 Magazine

How a Socialist Latina Millennial Beat a Wall Street Favorite

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic primary winner in the U.S. House race in New York’s 14th Congressional District. (Ocasio2018.com)

It might seem unbelievable that after Bernie Sanders’ immense success in the 2016 Democratic primaries, running a grass-roots campaign that condemned Wall Street’s influence and called for social justice, Democrats can still be caught off guard by progressives unseating party heavyweights.

And yet, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s win in New York’s 14th Congressional District primary was nothing short of incredible. The victory stunned even her, as the video below illustrates.

 

A 28-year-old socialist Latina running against Joe Crowley, the fourth most powerful Democrat in the House of Representatives, probably didn’t raise many alarms within a political establishment that seems hellbent on ignoring a growing desire for the Democratic Party to move left.

via How a Socialist Latina Millennial Beat a Wall Street Favorite

Tone deaf? Trump warns ‘mere’ abuse allegation can shatter lives

Trump cautioned on Saturday that lives can be shattered by a "mere allegation".

Trump, in a pointed response to the uproar over charges of domestic violence by two top aides, cautioned on Saturday that lives can be shattered by a “mere allegation” and asked whatever happened to “due process?”

Self serving Trump seems to forget due peocess begins with ‘allegations” and the presumption of innocence. That presumption is squandered when 13 ++ persons are called liars  as in the case of Wienstein and the even the President. Trump has the option and the wealth to take his accusers to court but it seems under advice he never will.

via Tone deaf? Trump warns ‘mere’ abuse allegation can shatter lives

Trump Revels In Positive Ratings After Deal With Dems: ‘Press Has Been Incredible!’ | Crooks and Liars

To Trump, getting good press is the most important thing in the world. He is all about ego, reputation, adulation. Being praised in the press is a big deal to him. Seeing how well his decisions were received after working with Democrats could encourage him to work with them oven more, which will surely infuriate the very Republicans who helped elect him.

Source: Trump Revels In Positive Ratings After Deal With Dems: ‘Press Has Been Incredible!’ | Crooks and Liars

Time to celebrate Hillary Clinton’s victory (and get ready for the backlash) – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Many women will allow themselves a moment to celebrate Hillary Clinton’s claim of victory as the Presumptive Democratic nominee for President of the United States. And yes, some of us will do so in the full and certain knowledge that we will be lambasted, patronized, lectured (and endlessly mansplained) for being so bold.

Source: Time to celebrate Hillary Clinton’s victory (and get ready for the backlash) – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Robert Reich: Hillary’s values aren’t the problem The former secretary of labor examines how she can win the election — and win over the American people

Robert Reich: Hillary's values aren't the problem

Robert Reich
This originally appeared on Robert Reich’s blog.

It’s a paradox.

Almost all the economic gains are still going to the top, leaving America’s vast middle class with stagnant wages and little or no job security. Two-thirds of Americans are working paycheck to paycheck.

Meanwhile, big money is taking over our democracy.

If there were ever a time for a bold Democratic voice on behalf of hardworking Americans, it is now.

Yet I don’t recall a time when the Democratic Party’s most prominent office holders sounded as meek. With the exception of Elizabeth Warren, they’re pussycats. If Paul Wellstone, Teddy Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, or Ann Richards were still with us, they’d be hollering.

The fire now is on the right, stoked by the Koch brothers, Rupert Murdoch, and a pocketful of hedge-fund billionaires.

Today’s Republican firebrands, beginning with Ted Cruz, blame the poor, blacks, Latinos, and immigrants for what’s been happening. They avoid any mention of wealth and power.

Which brings me to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

In declaring her candidacy for President she said “The deck is stacked in favor of those at the top. Everyday Americans need a champion and I want to be that champion.”

Exactly the right words, but will she deliver?

Some wonder about the strength of her values and ideals. I don’t. I’ve known her since she was 19 years old, and have no doubt where her heart is. For her entire career she’s been deeply committed to equal opportunity and upward mobility.

Some worry she’s been too compromised by big money – that the circle of wealthy donors she and her husband have cultivated over the years has dulled her sensitivity to the struggling middle class and poor.

But it’s wrong to assume great wealth, or even a social circle of the wealthy, is incompatible with a deep commitment to reform – as Teddy Roosevelt and his fifth-cousin Franklin clearly demonstrated.

The more relevant concern is her willingness to fight.

After a devastating first midterm election, her husband famously “triangulated” between Democrats and Republicans, seeking to find a middle position above the fray.

But if Hillary Clinton is to get the mandate she needs for America to get back on track, she will have to be clear with the American people about what is happening and why – and what must be done.

For example, she will need to admit that Wall Street is still running the economy, and still out of control.

So we must resurrect the Glass-Steagall Act and bust up the biggest banks, so millions of Americans don’t ever again lose their homes, jobs, and savings because of Wall Street’s excesses.

Also: Increase taxes on the rich in order to finance the investments in schools and infrastructure the nation desperately needs.

Strengthen unions so working Americans have the bargaining power to get a fair share of the gains from economic growth.

Limit the deductibility of executive pay, and raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Oppose trade agreements like the Trans Pacific Partnership designed to protect corporate property but not American jobs.

And nominate Supreme Court justices who will reverse “Citizens United.”

I’m not suggesting a long list. Democratic candidates too often offer mind-numbing policy proposals without explaining why they’re important.

She should use such policies to illustrate the problem, and make a vivid moral case for why such policies are necessary.

In recent decades Republicans have made a moral case for less government and lower taxes on the rich, based on their idea of “freedom.”

They talk endlessly about freedom but they never talk about power. But it’s power that’s askew in America –concentrated power that’s constraining the freedom of the vast majority.

Hillary Clinton should make the moral case about power: for taking it out of the hands of those with great wealth and putting it back into the hands of average working people.

In these times, such a voice and message make sense politically. The 2016 election will be decided by turnout, and turnout will depend on enthusiasm.

If she talks about what’s really going on and what must be done about it, she can arouse the Democratic base as well as millions of Independents and even Republicans who have concluded, with reason, that the game is rigged against them.

The question is not her values and ideals. It’s her willingness to be bold and to fight, at a time when average working people need a president who will fight for them more than they’ve needed such a president in living memory.

This is a defining moment for Democrats, and for America. It is also a defining moment for Hillary Clinton.

Robert Reich, one of the nation’s leading experts on work and the economy, is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. Time Magazine has named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the last century. He has written 13 books, including his latest best-seller, “Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future;” “The Work of Nations,” which has been translated into 22 languages; and his newest, an e-book, “Beyond Outrage.” His syndicated columns, television appearances, and public radio commentaries reach millions of people each week. He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine, and Chairman of the citizen’s group Common Cause. His new movie “Inequality for All” is in Theaters. His widely-read blog can be found at www.robertreich.org.