This Country Is a Living Nightmare–William Rivers Pitt

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    • #493375
      eridani
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      https://truthout.org/articles/this-country-is-a-living-nightmare/

      There is a revolting irony in this. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, along with President Joe Biden, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, former Secretary Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama and others — most certainly Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia — represent the institutionalist wing of the Democratic Party. In their passive, crouching, one-step-forward-nine-steps-back way, the institutionalists have spent every day since the rise of Ronald Reagan running scared, clinging to the scraps of “bipartisanship” even as the wolves gnaw their ankles. All they know how to do now is fundraise, and it must be said, they are quite good at it.

      Thanks to the presidential campaigns of Bernie Sanders, however, a progressive faction within Congress has grown muscular. The Congressional Progressive Caucus enjoys nearly 100 members, and no legislation leaves the House without their support. Yet their most sought-for goals — real gun control, real effort at pushing back on the climate crisis, and now a real defense of Roe — have been thwarted by the filibuster championed by Joe Manchin with the blessing of the Democratic leadership.

      Through all this, the congressional progressives are demonized as being too grasping, too eager, for seeking too much too quickly, even as the bullets fly and the waters rise. Herein lives the irony: The institutionalists who are bereft of policy ideas beyond fundraising disdain the progressives, while those same progressives fight for the policies that first created and later sustained the institution to begin with.

      Leading progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called for a massive congressional push to defend what is left of freedom in this country. Her plan includes expanding the Supreme Court, establishing women’s health care clinics on federal land where they would be free from state obstruction, and holding floor votes to support several existing cases the high court may soon choose to overthrow the way they did Roe. “And if you are a lawmaker who, in the time between the leak & ruling, spent more manpower on a fundraising plan than a policy response, then I highly recommend rethinking your priorities,” she tweeted. “Our job right now is to protect people. Doing so will drive the vote more than browbeating.”

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

    • #493383
      Dunatus
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      AOC and the rest of the progressive caucus we’re coopted and bought out just like the rest of them. They could have used their leverage a year and a half ago, but chose not to for scraps that were never pushed off the table to them.

    • #493386
      tk2kewl
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      Manchin: “The filibuster is the only protection we have in from democracy,”

      • #493448
        Voltairine
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        is a vital protection against the dictatorship of the majority.

        Aloha!

    • #493387
      djean111
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      and someday there will be lots of progressives!  Um, doubties.  Always just enough for the credulous, IMO.  Vote for good intentions!  Vote for stirring tweets!  Vote for strongly worded letters!   Vote for sequined slogans on pampered derrieres at expensive parties!  Yes, I would cast a ceremonial vote for Bernie, but then again, the Dems will always pull a Lucy van Pelt on him, so not really a thing.  More and more like a badly scripted TV reality show.  Except we the people are actually fucked over.

      we risk becoming in full what Hunter S. Thompson said we were 50 years ago: “just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.”

      So, did Pitts crib his famous description of Obama as a POSUCS from Hunter S. Thompson?  That got Pitts booted from SV, I do believe.  The Democratic Party, as a whole, is nothing but a clot of POSUCS.

      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      "Sometimes when I try to understand a person's motives, I play a little game. I assume the worst. What's the worst reason they could possibly have for saying what they say and doing what they do? Then I ask myself, 'How well does that reason explain what they say and what they do?'" GRRM

      A YouTube comment – we need new conspiracy theories – the old ones have all come true.

      • #493416
        chknltl
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        But if he got himself booted from SV, I like him even better.

        • #493469
          djean111
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          fucked over by Obamacare.  That’s when the POSUCS post appeared.   Looks like he is back in the VFTB corner now.

          “The current leadership must be completely replaced”.  The Democratic Party is a privately owned corporation, reserves the right to name anyone it wants to name, and thinking that voting blue is ever going to accomplish that is either delusional or disingenuous.

          America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

          "Sometimes when I try to understand a person's motives, I play a little game. I assume the worst. What's the worst reason they could possibly have for saying what they say and doing what they do? Then I ask myself, 'How well does that reason explain what they say and what they do?'" GRRM

          A YouTube comment – we need new conspiracy theories – the old ones have all come true.

    • #493396
      David the Gnome
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      But some times I think he writes fiction.


      @dunatus

      The point you make is very apt and I agree.  Yes, I think our congress – and even most of the so called progressives – are bought and paid for.  It is not entirely their fault, there are three lobbyists for every member of Congress on any given day.  And the system they have to work with is a shitty one.

      When a somewhat different Supreme Court made institutionalized bribery legal – when they made hard and soft money the laws of the land..

      In one fell swoop, they fucked us all and removed from themselves and from Congress any remaining legitimacy.

      Change will not come from within the system.

    • #493400
      Ohio Barbarian
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      BAWAHAHAHAHA!

      Just another liberal multimillionaire in a bubble without a clue.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      rudycantfail
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    • #493442
      Babel 17
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      That effects everything.

      Don't Kill the Whale
      Don't feed the trolls

    • #493451
      closeupready
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      (until he got reinstated) seem to forget it, just like that. Setting that aside, he’s just not really persuasive.

      The Democratic Party feathers his nest, and this is simply him doing his part of that arrangement. Corruption lives. Trying to corral progressives. But he has to lie to do that, and he thinks we are all either children or stupid people who can’t figure it out. LOL Um, most of us here can figure it out.

      But what do I know.

      The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

      • #493472
        chknltl
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        He basically potty-mouthed the lot of us.

        He sounded drunk.

        Hell, he may have been right for all I know. We weren’t SV yet.

        Other than that I do not recall why he got booted.

        • #493474
          closeupready
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          “vicious” and SV … I mean, isn’t that par for the course now? When it started, with blondeatlast or redqueen or sapphocrat (and of course this website’s namesake), you had thoughtful, supportive, intelligent THINKERS, critical thinkers. Blonde passed, and red and sappho left on their own. But none of them or us would sign up there now, to be spoonfed talking points from the DNC’s online surrogates and groupies, lol, critical thinking be damned. Anyway, who cares, sorry to hijack the discussion.

          I didn’t like what he did. Regardless, he never seemed very bright to me, just used a lot of swear words and … well, a LOT of words, most needless. Bor. Ing. No accounting for taste, as they say, I suppose. Just ignore me. If you like him, like him. I just don’t.

          The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

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