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Why the DNC Is Fighting WikiLeaks and Not Wall Street


#1

Why the DNC Is Fighting WikiLeaks and Not Wall Street

Norman Solomon

Exactly 200 days before the crucial midterm election that will determine whether Republicans maintain control of Congress, the Democratic National Committee filed a 66-page lawsuit that surely cost lots of money and energy to assemble.

Does the lawsuit target purveyors of racist barriers to voting that block and deflect so many people of color from casting their ballots?

No.

Well, perhaps this ballyhooed lawsuit aims to ensure the rights of people who don’t mainly speak English to get full access to voting information?

Unfortunately, no.


#2

Excellent analysis from Solomon, a breath of sanity amidst the madness…


#3

I’d advise Assange to start buying Powerball lottery tickets. A big win would enable him to win the hearts of the DNC, where things having no monetary value, such as truth and personal principles, always fail.

And speaking of failure, Mr. Perez, what’s your follow-up plan after this lawsuit is dismissed with prejudice? Going after Jimmy Dore and that self-hating feminist Susan Sarandon?

A richly-deserved oblivion awaits.


#4

“Act of War”, eh?
Maybe just a coincidence this was announced on 420, but it sounds like a drug-addled hallucination.


#5

The DNC is systemically corrupt. Almost two years into Trumps reign of horror and it hasn’t even made the slightest attempt at redemption. Nor has the left even tried to coalesce in another form. It seems we are so far down the rabbit hole we will never see daylight again.


#6

Is there a 12 step program to shake corporate money addiction ?


#7

I’d prefer a 12-gauge program, but that’s just me.


#8

I think most Democrats and perhaps all support Dodd-Frank. But both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton said we need to go beyond that. A recent study reported what is driving white rage is a sense of loss of status, not economic problems. The Democrats should consider this. But it is a tough issue. How do you support the rights of minorities without many whites feeling they are getting short end of the stick? Another problem for Democrats is Evangelicals. They are on board with Trump. How do keep the separation of church and state and still get votes from Evangelicals? Reports from experts on cybersecurity suggest the Russian problem is very serious. Recently it was reported that the Russians have gained entrance into routers. This is threat not only to government, businesses, and various institutions, but homes as well. Experts can only speculate on the motive of the Russians. They may be aiming to have the ability to shut things down in the US should there be a conflict. The idea that Democrats are using the Russian threat as a way to deflect from their own failing in the last election is laughable. You really have to be gullible to take that reasoning seriously.


#9

We’d have to be really gullible to take your reasoning seriously.


#10

How many more elections will be wasted by the same failed leadership and their allegiance to institutionalized corruption? They aren’t an opposition party to the republicans, they are a competitor for the graft and nothing more.


#11

Calling an idea laughable without presenting any reason to do so doesn’t mean much.


#12

It would be very easy to satisfy everyone from minorities to the people who never understood “All in the Family” was making fun of Archie.
You find things they have in common like having to work for a living, spending lives existing paycheck to paycheck or being victimized by Vulture Capitalism.
That’s what the party did before the New Democrats sold out the base to Wall St. and what could happen if the Vichy democrat Qvislings were dethroned and run out.


#13

Well, well - another fine article from Norman Solomon.

I am thinking that the gulf between the neoconservative-neoliberal so-called “centrist” Democrats and the “left” wing of the party concerned with peace, civil rights, and economic inequality has opened so fast and wide that it is hard to keep track of goals and coalitions and the usage of terms related to these.

It is hard after decades of regarding the Democratic Party as a somewhat viable compromise option to recognize that it is not as though these DNC people went through years and decades of politics retaining lovely egalitarian values and then were suddenly corrupted one fine day. No, the nature of anti-egalitarian values is itself the attitude of driven by this sort of conception of exigency. It is just such considerations that drive sociopaths to speak of realpolitik. Because they conceive of people as fundamentally foolish and dangerous, they see violent and coercive exclusion to maintain power as a reasonable alternative.

Of course corporate money is central to that. and Solomon is right to point it out. But part of the reason that the party could be purchased is that it was for sale–not by people like Solomon or by its rank-and-file voters, to be clear, but by the mavens of its centralized power.

As an alternative to or a compromise with oppression, it has never looked more thoroughly deceased. Not even Donald Trump seems to be able to embarrass himself fast enough to stay ahead of these guys.


#14

I don’t know why any progressive is more willing to believe the FBI, CIA, NSA or any of the rest of the alphabet soup of agencies over Wikileaks? We need a few more stories about the history of COINTELPRO and the Church Committee hearings of the 1970’s to clue in people about the Feds untrustworthiness.


#15

Yes. It’s called socialism. The first step is to admit the U.S. body politic is addicted to the Duopoly Kabuki Dance. Step 2 is to take a deep breath and look for sane alternatives.


#16

This just shows you how absolutely corrupt progressivism and even the “left” in the U.S. are. It starts with being clear about what you stand for, articulating the principles of where you stand, and acting upon those principles in public and with pride.

Anyone who uses the police state to do their dirty work is not only a enabler of fascism, they have become fascists themselves.

Long Live Fred Hampton and Mark Clark!!! (And so many more U.S. Police State victims)


#17

Trump, in fact, is helping the Dems survive longer than they should. As long as the Tweeting Idiot of Orange is at the helm of the Duopoly game, the Dems can claim (falsely) they are not functionaries of the patriarchal white supremacist thugs of the capitalist oligarchy who actually run things.

Just when it looked like the Red Queen may have awakened Dem “progressives,” Trump comes in a spreads his orange bile dust around the land as the Dems sing like a chorus of Harpies: “We’re not as bad as him…we’re not as bad as him…”

So it goes, as Kurt the Great One (of many) so aptly put it.


#18

Julian Assange has stuck by his principles of not revealing a source, but offered $20,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of Seth Rich’s killer. I think this is no accident. The DNC is doubling down to not have info of this incident come to light.


#19

We need alternatives to the DNC. Food for thought:


#20

Unfortunately it’s not just the DNC, but also ‘progressive’ Dems who have bought into the “It’s all Russia’s fault” crapola. And of course, like the neoliberal war criminal Obama, they want to bring Ed Snowden to the dock in the U.S. so they can smear him with charges of ‘espionage’ and other such shit and bury him in the U.S. Gulag forever – unless he recants every ‘crime’ under the sun and swears multiple paths of allegiance to the good ole USA and turns in all his computers, etc and hacks the Russians for the NSA, etc., etc., etc…

This is what the patriarchal white male supremacist capitalist imperial Duopoly is and DOES.

Don’t get over it.