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'Capitulation' Not an Option: Memo Details How Dems Can Stall or Stop GOP Rush to Confirm Trump SCOTUS Pick

The AFL-CIO of Vermont has just endorsed the Movement for a People’s Party. The membership of the Movement has voted to move forward with establishing a political party with the intent to have a presence on the 2022 ballot and a presidential candidate on the ballot for the 2024 election. Yes, it’s going to be a very hard fight but I believe it’s the most promising movement toward that powerful Progressive Party you want to see. If the people who were so enthusiastic about Bernie’s political revolution were now to support this effort, it would bring a tremendous boost to the already excellent momentum that’s been building since the Movement’s recent convention.

The lesson of the Sanders campaigns and the conduct of the unDems since then is that the unDemocratic Party will never again be the party of the people and that further effort to reform it will be an exercise in futility and a terrible waste of resources. It’s got to be something totally independent from the unDems, who have morphed into the old Republican Party of the 21st century.

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Pelosi and Schumer will continue to deep-six the democrats - as usual.

It’s catching fire surprisingly fast. Huge social media audience already.
I kicked in a few bucks – I’ll play a wait-and-see game on volunteering.

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Unfortunately, as others have noted, the spineless Dims won’t do any of this.

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No, it’s not an option. For Pelosi and Schumer it’s SOP.

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In an amazing display of cognitive dissonance you correctly criticize both the Republicans and the Democrats while never calling for genuine third parties which can challenge the stranglehold which both corporate political parties have exerted over the body politic. If these alternative political parties do not arrive on the scene then nothing substantial will ever change in this less than egalitarian country.

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I don’t care about third parties because politics is broken and power corrupts. I lived in Europe when the Green Party was at first a truly grassroots, radical movement. When it got any kind of power, it quickly morphed into a traitor to its own original goals and principles.
Humans are humans, no matter what they call themselves, and all are corrupt.
We need a street revolution and a different kind of government, free of political parties, including so-called third parties. Political parties aren’t the answer, they’re the problem. Inherently, they’re tribal.
And besides, it would take a decade or more to create a viable third party that was capable of beating Dems and Repubs in important elections.
We don’t have a decade. And politics will always fail you, no matter who you believe in.

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THat’s because the DNC wants to appeal to Republican ‘crossovers’ and to hell with progressives. Some plan - becoming the New Republican Party of Wall Street.

Let’s be clear. The Democratic Party under Bill Clinton transformed itself into the traditional Republican Party, and the Republican Party moved, was pushed, so far to the right it became insane. - Chris Hedges

DCCC to Consultants: Helping to Elect a Republican? Sure, We’ll Work With You.
~https://theintercept.com/2019/12/16/dccc-consultants-republican-with-honor-pac/

Biden - “I’m really worried that no party should have too much power,”
~https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/biden-sharing-power-with-republicans-is-a-good-thing-923669/

The DNC and DCCC Confirm They Won’t Support Progressive Candidates
~https://observer.com/2017/04/thompson-estes-special-election-kansas-democratic-party-progressives/

National Democrats Have Endorsed Three Former Republicans in Key Senate Races
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is continuing a futile party strategy of endorsing moderates over candidates with more progressive platforms.
~https://theintercept.com/2019/12/19/democrats-republicans-senate-2020/

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For one thing, didn’t Dems just agree to a temporary budget agreement
which would keep the government open –

What would Trump and GOP do if the situation were reversed –

I’m going to take this opportunity here to mention that yesterday - 9/24/20 –
the Democrats announced their PROTECTING OUR DEMOCRACY ACT –
it was carried on C-span – and there is video –

~https://www.c-span.org/video/?476145-1/house-democrats-protecting-democracy-act

I will try to do some TEXT from it later –
Sen. Nancy Pelosi introduced the Act giving a general outline –
Reps. Nadler spoke – Rep. Carolyn Maloney spoke – others –

The background to it was the idea that AFTER Nixon, efforts were made to prevent some
of the things he had done – but not that encouraging because think of FISA which was
intended to deal with his many illegal wiretaps on journalists and others – including on
Kissinger – by requiring approval first. But – Wait!! – the Constitution doesn’t say that
you can invade privacy if you just get “permission” from one of your fellow GOP members,
does it?

Also think of W where Obama took no steps – in fact, he gave approval to the EXTENSION
of FISA which was already a violation of the Constitution.
Nor did Obama take any steps to hold W responsible for TORTURE, for instance.
For corruption of lawyers in government to approve that which was already ILLEGAL in
Military law. Nor did he take any steps against the lawyers – John Yoo and Gonzalez.
Or any efforts to rein in the CIA which was responsible for carrying out these atrocious actions
against prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Neither for the CIA having avoided all laws against Torture
by using “Rendition” to ship prisoners off to other countries to be tortured. Tactics here that
are reminders of Iran/Contra. And - NO – the GOP now in the hands of true fascists is not
going to stop. We need government in place which will overturn the work of corrupt and evil
previous administrations and set up government to hold them responsible and accountable.

But this was also sad to see – because Impeachment of Trump failed because no one had
previously noticed before the many ways that Congress could be defied –
the many ways that the nation could be betrayed by a dishonest administration?

The basic thrust was to “Defend the rule of law” – some of the issues it deals with –

PARDONS -
SOLICITING OF FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN US ELECTIONS
PERSONAL ENRICHMENT
RESTORE ACCOUNTABILITY
AND BASIC ETHICS IN GOVERNMENT

TO ADDRESS TRUMP’S STAGGERING LITANY OF ABUSES
AND INSURE THAT THEY CAN NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN

TO RESTORE FOR THE FUTURE, FOCUSED CHECKS AND BALANCES
SACRED – SACRED OBLIGATIONS - FOR THE PEOPLE - TO PREVENT
AN ASSAULT ON OUR DEMOCRACY

AND TO PREVENT RETALIATION
ATTACKS ON WHISTLEBLOWERS
POLITICALIZATION OF THE TOOLS OF JUSTICE
ABUSE OF OFFICE FOR PERSONAL ENRICHMENT

CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS’ OVERSIGHT POWERS
ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE -
INCLUDING LAWFUL SUBPOENA POWER, ESSENTIAL
TO OUR CONSTITUTION AND OUR SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES
THE SEPARATION OF POWER OF EACH BRANCH –
OF GOVERNMENT HAVING A CHECK ON OTHER BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT

FOR CENTURIES, OUR PRESIDENTS HAVE SHOWN RESPECT FOR THE
RULE OF LAW AND THE NORMS AND THE INSTITUTIONS THAT UPHOLD
OUR DEMOCRACY
NOW AMERICANS HAVE A CHOICE TO REPAIR AND STRENGTHEN OUR
DEMOCRACY – OR TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY AND ENABLE ITS ACTIONS –
ENABLING … THAT’S WHAT THOSE WHO SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT’S ACTIONS
ARE – ‘ENABLERS’ OF UNDERMINING THE CONSTITUTION OF THE US.

REP. JERRY NADLER SPOKE –
MANIPULATION OF CENSUS – TO SUBPEONAS -
REQUIRING LAWSUITS FOR FINANCIAL RECORDS -
TO ENSURE PROPER OVERSIGHT – ROGER STONE, FLYNN
THREATENED AND BULLIED

NADLER RELATES THAT AG BILL BAR DID NOT LIKE THE QUESTIONS
HE WAS ASKED DURING HIS APPEARANCE BEFORE THE COMMITTEE –
LATER HE RELATES THAT HE HAD RECEIVED A LETTER FROM BARR…

LOGS AT WHITE HOUSE DISCONTINUED –
CHIEF EXECUTIVE MUST BE ACCOUNTABLE –
REFUSED TO PRODUCE DOCUMENTS –
REFUSAL ALTOGETHER TO APPEAR ON GROUNDS THAT THEY ARE
IMMUNE FROM SUBPOENAS.

IN FACT, ON MONDAY, NADLER RECEIVED A LETTER FROM AG BILL BARR
INFORMING THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE THAT IT WILL NOW CATEGORICALLY
REFUSE TO SEND KEY OFFICIALS TO ______ OEM?

WHEN CONGRESS SUED TO ENFORCE ITS RIGHTS IN COURTS WE HAVE
BEEN FORCED INTO A TWO-YEAR LONG PROCESS TO ENABLE AN ADMINISTRATION
THAT MAY SIMPLY RUN OUT THE CLOCK.
IT’S BEEN MORE THAN A YEAR SINCE WE SUED TO COMPEL THE TESTIMONY OF
DON MCGAHN WHO DETAILED THE PRESIDENT’S PATTERN OF DESTRUCTION OF
JUSTICE THAT CASE CONTINUES TO WORK ITS WAY THRU THE COURTS.

SIMILAR DELAYS HAVE GREETED LAWSUITS FOR RELATED GRAND JURY MATERIALS
FOR PRES. TRUMP’S FINANCIAL RECORDS AND FOR OTHER IMPORTANT INFO
CRITICAL TO OUR OVERSIGHT OF OTHER IMPORTANT OVERSIGHT –
THAT IS WHY THE PROTECTION OF DEMOCRACY ACT INCORPORATES MADELAINE
DEAN’S BILL WHICH PROVIDES A STREAMLINE PROCESS FORTHE HOUSE AND
SENATE TO ENFORCE THE SUBPEONAS IN THE COURTS AND TO ENSURE THAT WE
CAN CONDUCT PROPER OVERSIGHT.

WE ALSO WITNESSED BRAZEN EFFORTS BY THE ADMINISTRATION TO UNDERMINE
THE RULE OF LAW BY INTERFERING WITH PENDING CASES AT THE DEPARTMENT
OF JUSTICE ON MATTERS THAT DIRECTLY IMPLICATE THE PRESIDENT - WHETHER
IT WAS THE ROGER STONE SENTENCING, MICHAEL FLYNN PROSECUTION, OR THE
RUSSIA INVESTIGATION – WHITE HOUSE HAS THREATENED, BULLIED AND
INTIMIDATED THE DEPARTMENT INTO DOING TRUMP’S PERSONAL BIDDING –
AND THAT IS WHY THE LEGISLATION INCLUDES THE FIRST EVER REQUIREMENT
THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL MAINTAIN A LOG OF CERTAIN CONTACTS AT THE
WHITE HOUSE … FOR REVIEW BY THE INSPECTOR GENERAL …
AND IF IG FEELS NECESSARY, BY THE CONGRESS.

THE EXECUTIVE MUST BE ACCOUNTABLE TO CONGRESS, TO THE PEOPLE –
AND ULTIMATELY TO THE RULE OF LAW –
IT IS VITAL THAT WE REASSERT THIS IMPORTANT PRINCIPLE -
THIS BUILDS ON THE LEGISLATION CHAIRMAN JEFFRIES HAD LED THIS CONGRESS.
WHEN THE NATION’S FOUNDERS WROTE THE CONSTITUTION THEY STOOD FAST
TO A KEY PRINCIPLE THAT THE EXECUTIVE MUST BE ACCOUNTABLE TO CONGRESS,
TO THE PEOPLE – AND ULTIMATELY TO THE RULE OF LAW. – OT IS VITAL THAT WE
REASSERT THIS PRINCIPLE.

REP. CAROLYN MALONEY - CHAIR, OVERSIGHT CMTE
WE ARE IN A FIGHT FOR THE SOUL OF OUR DEMOCRACY –

A PRESIDENT WHO RETALIATES AGAINST WHISTLEBLOWERS,
THOSE WHO TESTIFIED, OR OF INSPECTOR GENERALS …
DESTRUCTS INVESTIGATIONS TO ROOT OUT WASTE, FRAUD
AND ABUSE – AND OPENLY MOCKS THE LAW.
IT MUST STOP.

WE ARE OBLIGATED TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO REIN IN THIS
TERRIBLE BEHAVIOR.
STRENGTHEN PROTECTIONS OF INSPECTOR GENERALS BY ONLY
ALLOWING AN IG TO BE REMOVED FOR SPECIFIC REASONS AND
PREVENT THEM FROM BEING FIRED FOR POLITICAL RETALIATION.

INSPECTOR GENERAL INDEPENDENCE ACT, WHICH MAJORITY LEADER HOYER
AND SEVERAL OTHER MEMBERS AFTER PRES TRUMP RETALIATED AGAINST
IG’S AT THE DEPART. OF DEFENSE, DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION, STATE DEPARTMENT
AND OTHER AGENCIES.

THIS ALSO INCREASES PROTECTIONS FOR WHISTLEBLOWERS WHO EXPOSE
WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSES.
TRUMP ADMIN. HAS ENGAGED IN ETHICS ABUSES –
INVESTIGATIONS INTO ETHICS ABUSES AND MISMANAGEMENT AT THE POSTAL
SERVICE AND THE CENSUS DEPART BY ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS.

SUSTAINED ATTACKS ON WHISTLEBLOWERS –
FED WORKERS HAVE BEEN HARASSED, EMBARRASSED, DEMOTED
GIVES WHISTLEBLOWERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHALLENGE
RETRIBUTION IN COURT
AND TO PROHIBIT EXPOSING A WHISTLEBLOWER’S IDENTIFTY –
WHISTLEBLOWER’S HELPED OUR COMMITTEE EXPOSE ABUSES IN THE
WHITE HOUSE SECURITY CLEARANCE PROCESS/? -
THE ADMINISTRATION’S NUCLEAR DEAL WITH SAUDI ARABIA

ALSO CLOSES LOOPHOLE WHEREBY TRUMP INSTALLED UNQUALIFIED PEOPLE
AS ACTING AGENCY HEADS - AND FIRED INSPECTOR GENERALS.

LINE BETWEEN OFFICIAL BUSINESS AND POLITICAL ACTIVITY IS NOT RESPECTED –
HATCH ACT OPENLY MOCKED AND VIOLATED –
USED WHITE HOUSE AND OTHER FEDERAL LANDMARKS FOR PARTISAN POLITICAL
PURPOSES DURING THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION -
WH CHIEF OF STAFF MARK MEADOWS SAID ’ NOBODY OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY
REALLY CARES ABOUT THE HATCH ACT – ’
HE’S WRONG – TAXPAYERS CARE AND THEY EXPECT THEIR MONEY TO BE USED
FOR LEGITIMATE GOVT ACTIVITIES AND NOT FOR PARTISAN POLITICAL CAMPAIGNING

AUTHORIZES OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNCIL TO FINE SENIOR POLITCAL APPOINTEES
UP TO $50,000 IF THEY BREAK THE LAW – AND THE PRESIDENT REFUSES TO HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE – ENSURES NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW – AND THAT ALL EMPLOYEES
ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS.

DIDN’T PICK UP A LOT OF THIS – CHAIR OF BUDGET CMTE –

POWER OF THE PURSE –
TO DECIDE HOW TO RAISE AND SPEND IS SOLE PEROGATIVE OF THE CONGRESS.

PRESIDENTS TAKE A PRE-OATH TO FAITHFULLY EXECUTE THE LAWS OF THE
COUNTRY
OVERSIGHT TO ENSURE PRESIDENT DOES NOT SPEND MONEY NOT APPROPRIATED
BY CONGRESS, NOR TO FAIL TO SPEND MONEY FOR A SPECIAL CAUSE –
DESPITE THE GUARDRAILS – TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS CONTINUED TO CAUSE
THIS TO TAKE PLACE – AND I DON’T THINK THERE HAS EVER BEEN A MORE BRAZEN VIOLATION OF THE POWER OF THE PURSE THAN DONALD TRUMP.

REP. LOFGREN SPOKE BY VIDEO –
SHE SPEAKS OF ACTIONS THAT HAD TO BE TAKEN AFTER NIXON –
FOREIGN ASSISTANCE – LAWLESS PRESIDENT – REFORM NEEDED

CHAIRMAN ENGLE – FOREIGN AFFAIRS
SOKE OF NEED FOR TOOLS TO ENFORCE AND REASSERT POWER OF CONGRESS

RICHARD NEAL –
SUBPOENA –
THE RULE OF LAW APPLIES TO EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN AMERICA -
INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT–
ENSURE GOVT REMAINS ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE

SUSTAINED ATTACKS ON WHISTLEBLOWERS –
FED WORKERS HAVE BEEN HARASSED, EMBARRASSED, DEMOTED
GIVES WHISTLEBLOWERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHALLENGE
RETRIBUTION IN COURT
AND TO PROHIBIT EXPOSING A WHISTLEBLOWER’S IDENTIFTY –
WHISTLEBLOWER’S HELPED OUR COMMITTEE EXPOSE ABUSES IN THE
WHITE HOUSE SECURITY CLEARANCE PROCESS/? -
THE ADMINISTRATION’S NUCLEAR DEAL WITH SAUDI ARABIA
(THINK THIS MIGHT BE PART OF CAROLYN MALONEY’S COMMENTS)

NOTE –
NO MENTION OF SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE WHERE RCC AND
OTHER RELIGIONS HAVE PICKED UP $1.4 BILLION TO $3.5 BILLION OF THE
STIMULUS INTENDED TO HELP THE UNEMPLOYED.
NOR DID IT MENTION THE CORRUPTION OF OUR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
TO TURN THEM ACTUALLY AGAINST THEIR OWN STATED GOALS
HOW ABOUT GAG RULES THROUGHOUT GOVERNMENT –
HOW ABOUT BARRING ELITE/CORPORATE MONEY – RETURNIG NTO
CONCEPT OF ‘BRIBERY’?
HOW ABOUT … ELECTION MUST BE DECIDED BASED ON ACTUAL VOTES
TALLIED – NOT ESTIMATED VOTES.
ALSO A FAVORITE OF MINE … INVESTIGATION OF CIA/INTELLIGENCE
AGENCIES – NSA SPYING ON AMERICANS 24/7 –
RUNNING DRUGS AND GUNS IN OUR SOCIETIES/COMMUNITIES

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Dim Losership HAS ALREADY CAPITULATED. PeLousy took the power of the purse off the table and one of sCHmUCK’s minions took impeachment off the table.

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Third parties cannot succeed in the current system, hence the need for the weathermen

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Some would say the DNCistas lack the courage of their convictions

But they would have to possess the latter to evince the former

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The good thing I see as I look at this list is that many ideas say that “any senator” can do the action. There are some in the Senate with courage and I hope they band together and take up the challenge!

Keep reading these blogs and doing nothing!

Upvoting and Downvoting is Sooooo HARD!

Expecially under information gerrymandering rulez.

I guess we’re about to find out just how spineless my beloved Democratic Party has become.

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I believe that that quote is from Mario Savio which he uttered around 1964 during the Free Speech movement in Berkley, Ca. and he, in turn, probably got it from a speech in the 19th century by Henry David Thoreau.

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I find it rather remarkable when you write that “Political parties aren’t the answer” considering how you seem to think that Joe Biden is going to ride to the rescue of the American people. I do agree that a street revolution is certainly needed and which would probably be quite instrumental in influencing change upon our political leaders. I also think that you are right when you opine that political parties are the problem which is why I favor anarchism which counts upon people and not governments to help societies with their problems. Peter Marshall informs the reader about this issue in his seminal work called Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism and whose history goes back centuries in many different countries and cultures.

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And that is exactly the kind of thinking that the Democrats and the Republicans are counting on as the last thing they want is for any third party or independent candidate to challenge the stranglehold which they have inflicted upon the American people. See Nader, Ralph as proof of this assertion.

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I suggest someone do a deep dive on Nick Brana’s background, lets make sure the location is a coincidence, and nothing more. We wasted 8 years with Sanders, we don’t have time to get sidetracked by the Company.

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Well the GP has put up a “real people’s candidate” several times and folks don’t vote for 'em …