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#1

Turn Left on Main Street

Bill Moyers, Michael Winship

Congressman John K. Delaney, what the hell are you talking about?

In a recent Washington Post op-ed piece, headlined, “The last thing America needs? A left-wing version of the Tea Party,” the Democratic congressman from Maryland scolds progressives and expresses his worry “about where some of the loudest voices in the room could take the Democratic Party.”


#2

George Orwell noting "In an era of universal deceit, anybody telling the truth is labeled radical" summarizes the content of this article and could even be used as a title for the article.

The tea party is a contrived grass roots organization that is heavily funded by the 1%. Since the left will never get on board with the 1%, the 1% will never fund them, making the concept of "a left-wing version of the tea party" total BS.


#3

Congressman Delaney proves Democrats as well as Republicans are for sale. He has obviously been bought off and is doing the bidding of his corporate handlers. I doubt he actualy wrote the piece in question...he just signed a statement prepared by his overlords for publication. Any time a politician says some segment of the population should shut-up and go home, he/she has been co-opted into the fascist agenda.


#5

Yes, there are issues progressives and the tea party agree upon. Examples include both supporting reining in the Federal Reserve including Ron Paul's auditing the Fed., and both oppose Obama's ACA setting a scary precedent requiring us to purchase a defective corporate product. I would hope both are against the TPP and TTIP that, like NAFTA, will kill many small businesses abroad forcing their owners to show up here in the US looking for work.

I take no responsibility for Koch brothers funding making tea party members feel "demeaned".


#6

The progressive agenda isn't left wing. Its liberal.


#7

Marx was left. Marx thought that a violent revollution that overthrew capitalism would result in a classless society. Orwell then lampooned the leftwing Stalinist Soviet Union in "Animal Farm": "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."


#8

The tea party is mindlessly anti-tax (TEA = Taxed Enough Already). Some tea pary morons actually show up at rallies packing heat.

The tea party members ought to read the history of this country. The Constitution states that Congress has the power to tax to pay the nation's debts (Article 1, Section 8). Our first debt was incurred fighting the Revolutionary War. Alexander Hamilton proposed an excise tax on grain used to make whiskey to pay the debt. The reason for this tax is that there was no income tax and Hamilton realized you must tax the wealthy because they have the money to pay the tax (the grain farmers were wealthy because the people drank a lot of whiskey in the good old days).

The grain farmers (like the modern tea party) used their 2nd Amendment right to foment revolution against the tyrannical government (the Whiskey Rebellion). President Washington called out the militia to quell the rebellion. So much for the 2nd Amendment right to overthrow the tyrannical government.

Tea party members are only allies of others like them who stupidly don't understand that we the people have a duty to pay taxes so that the government can establish justice and provide for the general welfare.


#9

Only libertarians want to abolish the Fed. Alexander Hamilton proposed a national bank because he understood what Jefferson did not: the US could only grow and prosper if it industrialized and it would take a national bank to accomplish this. Jefferson and Jackson wanted to keep the country agrarian and small. Jefferson did hypocritically make the Louisiana Purchase that massively increased the size of the government.

Are you aware that the Militia Act of 1792 mandated that all able-bodied white males purchase a musket and supplies and serve in a militia? This is a precedent for the mandate to purchase health insurance. The militia protected the country from all enemies domestic and foreign, so the mandate to purchase a musket was part of the general welfare. Similarly, a healthy population is part of the general welfare, so the mandate to purchase health insurance from a private insuance company is certainly something our government should be doing.


#10

Nobody mentioned ABOLISHING the Fed.

Jefferson would have supported state banks of the main street variety like North Dakota has. When Woodrow Wilson started the Fed. in 1923 it reflected Hamilton's Wall Street Bank version.

When Jefferson sent James Monroe to Paris to purchase New Orleans from Napoleon, Napoleon was so desperate for more money (that he planned to use to fight the Brits) that he threw in the Louisiana Purchase for little more than the price that had been agreed upon to purchase New Orleans. Doubtful that you, me or any other CD readers would have passed up on that deal, right ?

When the SCOTUS ruling came down on the ACA was the 1792 law cited as a precedent to justify the individual mandate ?
Not the the Republicans suing against the ACA would be concerned since the individual mandate was their baby during the 1990s, stillborn until Obama revived it.


#11

"These are Republican policies, bought and paid for by plutocrats".

Yoo-hoo, Bill - you forgot to mention that they are Dem policies, too ...

All that great stuff you mentioned early in the piece came during the era pf your father's/grand fathers Dem party, which bears NO resemblance to the DP party of today ....same name, 2 different animals ....the former may have been a donkey, the latter is definitely a jackass .... that Repres. is a perfect example - he is not an outlier in the Party - he represents the "heart" of it -

If you want policies of the kind you talk about and which, as you point out, the majority of folks want - you have to go Green ...

It never ceases to amaze me how folks can express their desires in all these opinion polls and then apparently develop amnesia in the electoral polls and vote for folks that have no intention of giving them any of them, while ignoring those on the ballot who do - shucks, if folks voted the same way in both sets of polls, we;d have a Green gov't by now - or pretty damn close ....


#12

Blame voters nonsense-pabulum... a frame that totally disregards the built-in systemic default that guarantees that one of the two parties' candidates WILL win.


#17

If there is a far Right there is always a Far Left. As for the Democrats, the fact that Goldman Sachs has thrown all of their influence behind getting Hillary elected should tell everyone something..


#20

Am a bit curious about history. Did the British government approve the 1792 Militia Act. Something i haveever heard of so please advise


#21

"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." You can add whatever "ism" you like.


#22

The only problem with that is that the government as we now know and experience it, would levy those taxes on the wealthy, then use it to build more carrier battle groups (we only have seven or eight right now) paying that tax money right back to the uberwealthy they took it from, in payment for the military construction and supply. The Military-Industrial-Congressional-Complex (MICC) wins again!
* Can you spell kabuki?
;-})


#23

7 more nuclear subs, new generation nukes, space weapons, updated missal systems... the U.S. is now the leading weapons seller in the world. And, Israel is moving up the list, doing quite well, in the U.S. small arms market. Both countries use enormous amounts of oil just in the military components of their respective economies. And, murder thousands every year, just to keep the orders coming in. But, Mr. Delaney is selling a " guns and butter " economy or " Keynesian militarism ". which supports the status quo. At the expense of everything and everyone else except stockholders and those workers lucky enough to be employed in those quasi-governmental jobs. The Democratic Party's right flank ( 3rd Way ) is indistinguishable from the hyper-patriotic paranoia of the Nixon Adm. We've seen the Delaneys of the world before and they were run out of the party, finally. Cleaning house is a full time job for someone. Maybe Bernie is the cleaning component needed to make the Democratic house inhabitable, again. Or, maybe that house is so infested with disease and toxins it has to be torn down. Let's play this out and see if Delaney is as big a stooge as Moyers paints him out to be.


#24

A government that does not honor the will of the majority can not be called a democracy. I look forward to the day when Sanders stands as president, looks to Wall Street, and, as FDR did, says: "I welcome your hatred."


#25

Let's set aside theories about where we're going to examine where we're actually at right now. "Left" primarily designates a socioeconomic philosophy and agenda that has been virtually absent from the public discussion for many years. America's liberals remain solid "free market" capitalists.Our progressive media implicitly promote the notion that our corporate state is now so successful that everyone is able to work, there are jobs for all, therefore no need for poverty relief.

In reality, America has a poverty crisis, the result of grave flaws in our socioeconomic system. Consider that the overall quality of life in the US went from #1 when Reagan was first elected, launching the long campaign against our poor, down to #43 by the time Obama was elected, and we can no longer adequately compete in the modern world market. The US shipped out a massive number of jobs since the 1980s, ended actual welfare in the 1990s, and have grown increasingly tough on the disabled who are not of use to employers. How do liberals respond to the obvious consequences? By putting their faith in the corporate state to (eventually?) create enough jobs. Until then, they continue to ignore those in desperate poverty today.


#26

We don't know who the majority is, much less what they want. Our current media reflect only the ideas of the middle class, those who (at this point) benefit from our current system -- consumers and campaign donors.


#27

Israel remains the red herring of the liberal bourgeoisie. Put things into perspective. Israel is a tiny country, the sole Jewish nation, surrounded by vast, oil-rich Arab nations. Each of these Arab nations is heavily armed by Russia, China AND the US. Israel's sole use to the US is as a vital landing base for troops fighting our periodic oil wars. In the US, political careers depend on ensuring an abundant supply of fairly affordable fuel available to our middle class.

That said, American WASPS, who continue to dominate, have always been anti-Jewish, and we watch this generation twist itself into pretzels to redefine tiny, struggling Israel as a behemoth with a foot across the neck of America. In our culture, prejudices have always been used to simplify tremendously complex issues in ways that "justify" the worst of our American character.