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The Democratic Party Is a Ghost, Tone-Deaf and Gross

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  • Part 1: The Democratic Party Is a Ghost
    • Democratic Party elites don’t have ideals. They just need you to be scared of the Republicans.
  • Part 2: Democrats’ Reaction to the Trumpcare Vote Was Tone-Deaf and Gross
    • Come on, Democrats. If you really believe that Republicans are voting to hurt vulnerable Americans—that this bill would cost people their lives if passed—then you can’t act like the joke’s on the GOP. And, as a rule, if your whole strategy is to take the high road, then you’d better not turn around and take a moral-victory lap on the low one.
  • Related: Democratic Leaders are a Craven Bunch of Idiots Bent on Self-Destruction

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Democratic Party elites don’t have ideals. They just need you to be scared of the Republicans.

Jacob Bacharach, Jacobin Magazine 

05.06.2017 | I’ve said before that the Democratic Party isn’t really a political party at all, but rather something closer to a think tank — a kind of failed academic enterprise whose principal output is dubious research written in the style of a press release and the occasional bemusing and ineffectual appearance on cable news.

Although they endlessly carp that dastardly Republican gerrymandering has locked them ever out of real legislative power, in point of fact it’s the institution of the Democratic Party that’s benefited. The GOP gave birth to a feisty swamp monster of Tea Party activism. Convince yourself all you want that this was the result of Koch Bros astroturfing; in reality, it’s the Republican Party that’s been roiled by primary challenges to established teat-suckers; it’s the Republican Party that’s tossed out its goldfish-mouthed leadership in favor of a class of politicians really committed to exercising power.

Jacob Bacharach is the author of The Doorposts of Your House and on Your Gates.

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Part 2: Democrats’ Reaction to the Trumpcare Vote Was Tone-Deaf and Gross

Come on, Democrats. If you really believe that Republicans are voting to hurt vulnerable Americans—that this bill would cost people their lives if passed—then you can’t act like the joke’s on the GOP. And, as a rule, if your whole strategy is to take the high road, then you’d better not turn around and take a moral-victory lap on the low one.

Will Oremus, Slate 

http://www.slate.com/content/dam/slate/uploads/2017/5/4/170505_pol_housefloor.jpg.CROP.promo-xlarge2.jpgSome Democratic lawmakers sang "na na na na, hey, he-hey, goodbye" on the House floor as the bill passed. Screenshot/CNN

May 4, 2017 | There’s principled opposition, and then there’s political gamesmanship, and today’s Democratic Party has a remarkable knack for choosing the wrong one at the wrong time.

In the moments after it became clear that House Republicans had passed the Trump-endorsed American Health Care Act, a handful of legislators began to sing. The voices rose up from the House floor: “Na na na na / hey he-hey / goodbye.”

Will Oremus is Slate’s senior technology writer. 

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Democratic Leaders are a Craven Bunch of Idiots Bent on Self-Destruction, Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch

  • A party that is that detached from the wishes and demands of the electorate, and of its own discouraged and angry base, is not a party that’s going to be around much longer.
  • At least one can hope.
  • Related: Establishment Democrats Beg for Party Unity, (but) Progressives Aren't Buying It

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How Much Does a Politician Cost?

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l-r: Alan Greenspan, Paul Volker, Ronal Reagan, James Baker

  • A groundbreaking study reveals the influence of money in politics. 
  • Related: “The system is rigged against regular people”: Big money has completely warped American democracy

Jon Schwarz <>, the Intercept

May 4 2017 | An ingenious new Roosevelt Institute study on the influence of money on politics begins with an incredible story about how the world actually works:

In the spring of 1987, Paul Volcker’s second term as chair of the Federal Reserve was running out. Volcker had first been appointed by Jimmy Carter in 1979, and was willing to stay for another four years if President Reagan asked. While Volcker had used high interest rates to engineer a crushing recession at the start of Reagan’s first term, he then allowed the economy to expand rapidly just in time to carry Reagan to a landslide reelection in 1984.

Yet Reagan wanted to replace him. Why?

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Related: 

“The system is rigged against regular people”: Big money has completely warped American democracy, Michael Winship, Moyers & Company

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  • Corporations have a stranglehold on both parties. Here's how it happened -- and how we take our government back.
  • Hillary Clinton Is Exposing the Dark Underbelly of the Democrats’ Money Machine

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Don’t let the Democrats censor the real resistance

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Left side: The censored version of the PSL poster from the Democratic Party's tweet 

  • Building the Anti-Trump Resistence
  • Related: Be Wary Of The Democratic Wing Of The Protest Movement

Gloria La Riva, Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) 

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Party%20for%20Socialism%20%26%20Liberation%20%28PSL%29%20logo.jpgApril 8, 2017 | The Democratic Party’s shameful and fake posturing as “the resistance” to Trump hit a new low last Friday when their official Twitter account posted an image that included a photoshopped picture of a PSL poster. As we explained in our official statement:

“The official Twitter account of the Democratic Party sent out a Tweet celebrating the defeat of the Republican health plan, including an image of the mass protest movement against Trump. In the bottom of the photo, taken at the Jan. 21 Women’s March in D.C., they flagrantly blacked out the text of a PSL poster that read, “Trump is the Symptom. Capitalism is the Disease. Socialism is the Cure.” The lines about capitalism and socialism were erased but “Trump is the symptom” was left — which allowed people to quickly identify their falsification.”

Gloria La Riva: PSL 2016 Presidential Candidate

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Be Wary Of The Democratic Wing Of The Protest Movement, John Stauber, CounterPunch / Popular Resistance 

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  • The self-labeled "Progressive Movement" that has arisen over the past decade is primarily one big propaganda campaign serving the political interests of the the Democratic Party’s richest one-percent who created it.  The funders and owners of the Progressive Movement get richer and richer off Wall Street and the corporate system.  But they happen to be Democrats, cultural and social liberals who can’t stomach Republican policies, and so after bruising electoral defeats a decade ago they decided to buy a movement, one just like the Republicans, a copy.
  • Related: Progressives Need A New Party, Not A New DNC Chair

 

Tomgram: Aviva Chomsky, The Criminalization of Immigrants From Clinton to Trump

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Making Sense of the Deportation Debate

Aviva Chomsky, TomDispatch 

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https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.presente.org/images/stopdeportations.jpg April 25, 2017 | From his “big, fat, beautiful wall” to his travel bans, much of Donald Trump's push to isolate America, like so much else in his program, has hit a series of ugly speed bumps. Not only won’t the Mexicans “pay” to build that much-promised wall, but even Congress is unlikely to do so, as its price tag soars by the week. Of course, much of what Trump wants to do when it comes to keeping “them” out, or throwing “them” out, has (as TomDispatch regular Aviva Chomsky writes today) already been done. Our last president wasn’t given the moniker of “deporter-in-chief” by his critics for nothing, and as for that wall, a far more sophisticated, layered version of it is already in place, complete with advanced sensors, cameras, drones, biometrics, spy towers, radar systems -- much of the technology tested on America’s distant battlefields -- as well as actual walls.  Even if there isn’t a single old-fashioned wall along the full length of the U.S.-Mexican border, the construction of the layered “wall” that does exist began in the years of Bill Clinton's presidency and its expansion has continued in a bipartisan fashion ever since.

And yet, even if Donald Trump never builds his wall, his attitude, whether toward Mexicans or Muslims, and the spirit of nativism and authoritarianism he’s released in those who police and bureaucratically control America’s borders, along with a bully-boy language that relies on phrases like “extreme vetting” and on demands to turn over personal passwords for electronic equipment at the border, will go a significant way toward walling this country in.  Take tourism.  Just the other day, Dubai’s government-owned airline, the largest in the Middle East, announced that it was significantly cutting back on its flights to the U.S. because interest among its customers had fallen radically and bookings were way down.  (“The recent actions taken by the U.S. government relating to the issuance of entry visas, heightened security vetting, and restrictions on electronic devices in aircraft cabins, have had a direct impact on consumer interest and demand for air travel into the U.S.”)

Aviva Chomsky is professor of history and coordinator of Latin American studies at Salem State University in Massachusetts and a TomDispatch regular. Her most recent book is Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal.

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