On Tuesday, the Senate narrowly advanced a bill giving President Barack Obama—and the next president—"Fast Track" or Trade Promotion Authority to ram through the Trans Pacific Partnership with almost no democratic oversight. The vote is a major victory for multinational corporations and the global one percent.
Jill Stein announced that she is running for President on the Green Party ticket. She made the announcement on Amy Goodman's "Democracy Now" on the summer solstice.
And Bernie Sanders, technically an independent is seeking a groundswell of public activism AWAY from the corporate/Wall St. "politics as usual" game.
Why no mention of these two individuals who are attempting to set into motion, what this article's authors describe?
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Party faithful always vote Democrat just because a candidate is Democrat, no other qualifications required. Lesser of two evil progressives come out of the woodwork every four years, after bitching and moaning about the Democrats and vote Democrat, also just because a candidate is Democrat. (We should be seeing articles from them here on CD, shortly.) These are the gutless voters who gave us the Clintons and Obama and will give us more of the same in the future.
Good luck building a new left pole via the corporate campaign donation bank known as the Democratic party.
Our laws are not laws anymore
On May 18th the World Trade Organization (WTO) issued a final ruling in favor of Canada and Mexico in a case involving a US law requiring country-of-origin labels on packages of beef, pork, chicken and other kinds of meat. The WTO three judge panel estimated economic damages of more than $3 billion. These will be meted out by Canada and Mexico as retaliatory tariffs on a potentially wide array of U.S. industries, from “California wines to Minnesota mattresses,” as Gerry Ritz, Canada's Minister of Agriculture predicted.
Expect more of the same.
Uh-huh. It's ALWAYS up to the people .. swift-boating and Dean Screaming don't work unless the people allow it. Don't allow it and tell others not to as well. That's the power we now have with social media. Want to know what Sanders thinks? Frikkin YouTube him. Then pass the link 'pon the left hand side ....
Wow! Turns out the cats aren't the friends and protectors of the mice after all. Who could have seen that coming?
Bernie Sanders is technically an independent but is a Democrat in every way that matters, and he has said that he will endorse the Democratic Party nominee, no matter who that is--which is to say, he will endorse Hillary Clinton. So from where I stand, he appears to be very much a part of "politics as usual", and will have no trouble supporting a Wall Street candidate who runs as a Democrat.
And that's how Democrats get to be the More Effective Evil, as Glen Ford explained:
Doesn't running as a Democrat make Bernie Sanders technically a Democrat?
Progressive Democrats could form a coalition with Greens, Socialists and left Libertarians, rally around Bernie, and win. Why they won't is beyond me.
Herding liberals is like herding cats.
If congress wants to give the executive branch their job they should be de-funded and shut the "f" down. Why should they be paid not to do their constitutional assigned job.
Seriously? Democrats have been selling the people out since the 1990s, from the bottom up. It was the Clinton administration that threw the poor off the cliff. Liberals responded by more vigorously waving the banner for middle class elitism.
Know what we did? America looked at the policies and programs implemented from FDR to Reagan, which took the country to its height of wealth and productivity, and decided to do the opposite. The inevitable has been happening. Our own 20th century history shows why it's impossible to save (much less, rebuild) the middle class without shoring up the poor. Too bad. We're stuck with reality. Not everyone can work (health, etc.) and there aren't jobs for all. The US shipped out a massive number of jobs since the 1980s. Besides signing onto NAFTA, Clinton ended actual welfare in the 1990s -- fewer jobs, more people absolutely desperate for any job at any wage. Our middle class demand, "No crumbs for the poor!"
Today, the media marketed to liberals ignore the fact that VP Joe Biden will be running, and have put 100% into trying to sell Hillary Clinton. Before launching her pre-campaign speaking tour, H. Clinton was hard at work selling the TPP. After ending welfare, Bill Clinton still had time to begin dismantling Social Security, targeting the disabled. Any question that H.C. would finish it off? Looks like some of the media marketed to libs have been selling the people out as well.
Depends on what one means by "liberals." The left is deeply opposed to this "New Democrat" agenda, and have been opposed to it since the Clinton administration.
It took a bit of work for me to come up with exactly how the vote on fast-track went, but as nearly as I can tell it was like this
Republicans: 47 for fast track, 5 against and 2 did not vote
Democrats: 13 for fast-track, 30 against and 1 failed to vote
Independents: 2 against
To put the blame entirely at the feet of the Democratic Party is understandable if that is the party you happen to detest above all others; however, the numbers would point to the Republican Party as the ones responsible for fast-track.
Maybe what we need to do is focus on getting more Republican defections. Perhaps we could point out to Republicans that under TPP, a corporation - say one that produces agricultural products, sues the U.S. in the TPP court to invalidate the immigration laws of the U.S. on the theory that restricting farm workers from entering the U.S. or even denying them health care or food stamps cuts into the profits of the company.
Maybe they never thought of that kind of eventuality under TPP; maybe they need to think about it.
What progressive groups? Progressive politics, by definition, is centered on socio-economic issues. Progressives can recognize the grave failings in our deregulated corporate corporate that make a legitimate poverty relief system necessary -- not only for humanitarian reasons, but for the restoration of the US economy, itself. I'm somewhat aware of the "basic income guarantee" movement in Europe, but as seen in liberal media, the socioeconomic discussion of this generation has actually been well to the right of Eisenhower, Nixon and even Reagan.
The message from US liberals has been clear for years. They so strongly believe in the success of the corporate state that they think everyone is able to work, there are jobs for all, therefore no need for poverty relief.
No, one needs to register by party. Sen. Sanders was an Independent, but as I understand it, then switched back to being a Democrat. Only Democrats can run on the Dem Party ticket.
Which reminds me: Usually, the VP goes on to run for president, and Joe Biden will be launching his campaign later in summer. (As you probably know, his son died in May.) Any Dem pol can then challenge him for the nomination, and the primaries will determine which one goes on to run for president in 2016. Some of the media marketed to libs (MSNBC, etc.) have done a stunningly poor job of refreshing the public's knowledge about our political elections process.
A liberal is not necessarily of the left, unless you would call Stalin, Pol Pot, Kim and Mao "liberals".
Actually, for purposes of this election, Sanders is technically a Dem and he routinely caucuses with them, so fo all intents and purposes. he is an indy in name only ...
I saw Jill's announcement on DN - and AG used a chunk of her interview time on featuring an extended video of - Sanders ...
As for CD - well, no mention of Stein at all ...