Tag: Politics

Oh, WaPo, don’t you go changing

Ah, yes, Washington Post, please tell me some more how “we should totally uphold the existing class system” is such a well-known “progressive” talking point.

Pete Buttigieg is a conservative. He ALWAYS has been. The DNC is running him to mollify conservative, wealthy idiots, as usual.

That he’s got a D attached to his name, or has a husband doesn’t magically make his politics “lefty.”

Just because you and the rest of mainstream, billionaire-owned media want to paint Buttigieg with a progressive brush, that doesn’t have a damn thing to do with making him an actual progressive.

Americans who have a college degree earn more than Americans who don’t. As a progressive, I have a hard time getting my head around the idea a majority who earn less because they didn’t go to college subsidize a minority who earn more because they did.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/04/05/pete-buttigieg-argues-against-free-college-this-is-why-progressives-cant-agree-about-subsidizing-tuition

 

You blocked our “aid” trucks

You blocked our “aid” trucks… so to prove how much we’re about humanitarian aid, we’re going to saddle you with more sanctions. 

U.S. hits Venezuela with sanctions for blocking humanitarian aid

https://www.thedailybeast.com/us-hits-venezuela-with-sanctions-for-blocking-humanitarian-aid

This morning in Miranda state

Ben Norton has been doing some amazing reporting on the ground in Venezuela, and he’s really worth following on Twitter.

I went to a market this morning in Miranda state, Venezuela and I still couldn’t find the “humanitarian crisis” the US gov and corporate media keep talking about.

And this is in a mostly pro-opposition neighborhood. Government-subsidized markets are even cheaper and more popular.

When we say that the Democrats wouldn’t be any better…

When we point out that the Democrats really wouldn’t be any better on progressive issues than Republicans, this is what we’re talking about.

While Hillary Clinton publicly welcomed improved relations with Venezuela as secretary of state, she privately ridiculed the country and continued to support destabilization efforts, revealed her emails leaked by WikiLeaks.

Venezuelanalysis: Clinton Emails Reveal Direct US Sabotage of Venezuela
https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/12104

Where was the outrage?

People: Trump’s choice of Eliott Abrams to be his administration’s point man on Venezuela isn’t a “blunder.”

This will not come back around to bite him on the ass.

Where was the mass outrage when Abrams praised US-trained murder squads and the massacre of subsistence farmers and peasants in El Salvador in 1982?

Right, nowhere. Americans don’t give two shits about the global south unless we can demonize them for coming here and “committing crime” and “selling drugs.” Never mind the facts.

Where was the mass outrage when Bush pardoned Abrams for lying to Congress over his role in Iran-Contra?

Precisely nowhere.

Where was the mass outrage when, as a key architect of the Iraq war, every. single. lie. Abrams came up with to justify that war was proven false?

Nowhere at all.

Picking a convicted-but-pardoned war criminal was hardly a blunder.

It plays right into Americans’ racism and apathy, and it’ll probably work out just fine for the Trump administration.

This is what you’re supporting

The right-wing “pro-democracy” opposition we’ve been supporting for the better part of two decades has burned multiple people alive.

This is what you’re supporting when you claim you want to “help” the people of Venezuela by supporting this shit.

“Democracy champion” Guaido has deleted tweets showing him leading one of the violent “guarimba” street riots that plagued #Venezuela starting in 2014, in which armed right-wing extremists burned public buildings & lynched both police officers & civilians.

Content warnings: torture, violence.

https://venezuelanalysis.com/news/13206

https://venezuelanalysis.com/news/13170

https://www.rt.com/news/389579-venezuela-protester-burnt-alive/

One Million and Counting

Jill Stein, on Twitter: 

Pompeo’s “Hezbollah in #Venezuela” is like the new “Iraq did 9/11”, but way crazier. Who still believes a thing NeoCons say after they lied us into disastrous regime change wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya & more?

NEVER FORGET: their lies have killed 1M people & counting!

No, PayGo is not about fiscal responsibility.

No, folks, PayGo is not the Speaker being fiscally responsible. That’s the lie they’d like you to believe. Speaker Pelosi can get around PayGo and pass any budget bill she wants, simply by using the emergency provision. Declare it an emergency budget proposal, and PayGo is irrelevant.

It’s a rule change, not a federal law. The next House session can suspend PayGo, or adopt new rules with a simple majority. Republicans have done this several times.

The only Constitutional requirement is that the House adopts its rules, or the Senate adopts its rules with a simple majority of the quorum present. Speaker Pelosi could suspend PayGo tomorrow with half the caucus present, provided it was a simple majority of the votes present at the time.

PayGo has nothing to do with “fiscal responsibility.” Not one thing.

PayGo is a poison pill to kill Medicare for All, and any other progressive legislation that would upset Speaker Pelosi’s meal ticket in the health insurance industry. That’s all it’s for.

The US is orchestrating a coup in Venezuela

Santa Clara Green Party:

The US is orchestrating a coup in Venezuela to remove the twice democratically elected socialist President Nicolas Maduro from power and seize control of the country’s oil resources (the largest in the world) and gold reserves.

The US and its allies (among them Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, the UK, Sweden, Columbia, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile) have recognized Juan Guaido, the President of the National Assembly and leader of the opposition, as the legitimate acting president of Venezuela.

They imposed additional economical sanctions on Venezuela while freezing the country’s assets abroad in an effort to further destabilize the socialist regime and topple Maduro. At the same time, the EU, Canada and some Latin countries are calling for new elections and pushing the Military – that is still supporting President Maduro – to cooperate with the opposition to allow the passage of humanitarian aid.

Maduro is resisting, calling this offer and the sanctions an excuse to start an invasion. Meanwhile, the US is mobilizing its armed forces for a possible military intervention.

This scenario, now supported by the EU, follows a pattern of other coups the US has orchestrated in Latin America throughout the 20th century to overthrow democratically elected left-wing regimes and take over their natural resources: Guatemala in 1954, Brazil in 1964, Chile in 1973, Argentina in 1976, and many more.

https://mailchi.mp/77d771f7381a/gpscc-jan19-newsletter-712445?e=3a349e277f