Sunday, July 17, 2016

Jill Stein and HA Goodman Should be Ashamed of Themselves

This is the year when you have the right to breach Godwin's Law. It may not be 1933 in every sense, but enough in terms of who Trump is as a candidate and what he represents.

And the response of the Bernie or Busters is similar to how the Stalnist Marxists of 1932 responded to the rise of Hitler. Sure, he's a bad guy but, then, the Social Democrats are just the 'lesser of two evils.' They are 'Social Fascists.'

We hear HA Goodman laughably claim that Trump is the racist version of Noam Chomsky.

Now Jill Stein is trying to reach out to the Bernie or Busters by telling them not to be afraid of a President Trump. Just as HA is doing.

Charles Pierce:

"Damn them all now."

"Damn the delegates who will vote for this man. Damn the professional politicians who will fall in line behind him or, worse, will sit back and hope this all blows over so the Republican Party once again will be able to relegate the poison this man has unleashed to the backwaters of the modern conservative intellectual mainstream, which is where it has been useful for over four decades. Damn the four hopeless sycophants who want to share a stage with him for four months. Damn all the people who will come here and speak on his behalf. Damn all the thoughtful folk who plumb his natural appeal for anything deeper than pure hatred."

"Damn all the people who will vote for him, and damn any progressives who sit this one out because Hillary Rodham Clinton is wrong on this issue or that one. Damn all the people who are suggesting they do that. And damn all members of the media who treat this dangerous fluke of a campaign as being in any way business as usual. Any support for He, Trump is, at this point, an act of moral cowardice. Anyone who supports him, or runs with him, or enables his victory, or even speaks well of him, is a traitor to the American idea."

He doesn't name names but by this standard we should say 'Damn HA Goodman and damn Jill Stein.'

To tell people that Trump is not that bad is almost criminally irresponsible. Let's be honest: at this point Stein and Goodman are working to help Trump. Stein has no chance at being any more than a protest candidate.

She is working to be 2016's Ralph Nader. As for Goodman and friends, they are not even for Stein but just against Hillary.

Thankfully, the Bernie supporters at Netroots are not this blind.

“I’m going to hold my nose and vote for Hillary,” said Missouri state Sen. and congressional candidate Maria Chappelle-Nadal—who also endorsed Sanders during the primary. “I’ll do the right thing. Trump shouldn’t be responsible for the American people.”

“Of course I’m supporting Hillary,” said Ryan How, a Sanders supporter and ESL teacher at Gannon University in Pennsylvania who came with his partner to St. Louis. “What else can I do?”

"The lingering bitterness among many activists, candidates and elected officials who backed Sanders wasn’t far from the surface. But in more than a dozen interviews, nearly all of these progressives mentioned the urgency of defeating Trump. They’ll worry about Clinton later."

"For most of them, the idea of sitting out the election wasn’t an option — a promising sign for Democrats who worried that many of Sanders’ supporters might not return to the party fold after the contentious primary,"

"Trump is just so bad,” said Netroots Nation Executive Director Raven Brooks. “Everyone recognizes what a clear and present danger he is to the country, and then you look at what’s going on around us; the police are essentially executing black men right now. People just realize that there are more important things to do than fight over a couple of candidates.”

"Progressive changes to the Democratic National Committee platform helped generate some goodwill toward the Clinton campaign, with many activists here pointing to Clinton’s leftward movement on everything from trade to higher education reform. Sanders on Friday said he’d create three new organizations to continue advocating for progressive issues and candidates who he supports."

“Bottom line is I believe I can work with Hillary Clinton especially with the wide-awake movement that’s present,” said Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, one of the first elected officials to support Sanders and an appointee to the DNC platform committee. “If we have these young people who are like ‘it’s not about the person, it is about the platform, it is about the issues,’ and if we can get some unity on the issues, then Clinton has to deal with the issues.”

Ellison, who now supports Clinton, also pointed to the prospect of the presumptive GOP nominee.

“Trump is a danger to the republic,” he said.

"The experience of President Obama’s historic election — and the ensuing disappointment about his agenda among many progressives — has in some ways worked to Clinton’s advantage. Several activists here said they know now that an attractive and charismatic candidate is not enough. They are learning to live with her because they want to be in a position to hold her feet to the fire when she takes office — in terms of her Cabinet appointments or what she will do during her first month in office. And if Trump captures the White House, they’re going to need to “stop the apocalypse,” as one progressive leader bluntly put it."

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Sometimes you just have to toughen up and stop the apocalypse-though as Ellison says, she has committed to a pretty progressive platform. Much more than Obama's in 2008.

This is the irony. Hillary really is LBJ 2.0. She just can't get the love of the professional Left just as he never could even though LBJ demonstrably did more for liberals than JFK every tried to do.

Civil rights. the Great Society-Medicare, food stamps. It's not for nothing that Trump attacked LBJ by name yesterday for what he did for immigration reform.

Yet, the Eastern liberals never loved LBJ and Hillary seems to get the same unfair treatment.

After I pointed out this to an old RFK guy-Jeff Greenfield-he blocked me.

Typical Camelot cultist.

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