Monday, November 21, 2016
Abolish Both DNC & RNC Create Open Public Establishments
The Wikileaks E-Mails have confirmed what many political junkies already knew.
The system is rigged!
However the strongest evidence for this conclusion was actually public before the leaks. The leaks only show that it's much worse than most people realize; and they provide an enormous amount of evidence to confirm this and show how the elite are rigging the system.
Assuming people actually read these E-Mails.
The traditional media has hyped up a small fraction of them including many that are clearly "smoking guns;" however they follow this up with spin that is repeated over and over again and claim there are no "smoking guns." This is a basic propaganda tactic revealed in an old quote often ironically attributed to Vladimir Lenin, "A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth," or at least it appears to; especially for those that aren't accustomed to checking their own facts or don't have reliable people to do this for them.
The most important evidence indicating that the system is rigged is that only a small percentage of the public are involved in the decision making process. Those that are involved in it come from the same class of people and others can't even influence the decisions about who is hired for many important jobs.
When was the last time you voted directly for the DNC or RNC chair? The majority or minority leaders or many other political offices? When was the last time you voted for a grassroots journalists and demanded that he or she have a fair chance to get competitive views across to the public through the mass media?
Thorough reform can't be limited to handing control of the election process to organizations directly accountable to the public. We also need a much more diverse media that reports on a large variety of subjects from different points of view.
Well over 90% of the media is controlled by six corporations; and these corporations are financed by a semi-hidden propaganda tax that all of us have to pay, yet we have no control of the media or chance to demand that they provide coverage for the most credible research and news, or even a much more diverse selection of news. This semi-hidden propaganda tax comes in the form of advertising revenues collected by the media from the oligarchies that control almost all of the economy. A certain percentage of revenue is routinely spent on advertising for any given business; this money comes from us and we can't avoid paying it if we participate in the economic system.
If there is no way to avoid some bureaucracy controlling the interview process then at least it should be fully open and controlled by the people, one way or another. And instead of treating the rules as trade secrets and allowing back room deals to rig the debates and primaries so that only candidates approved by corporations get any air time or are allowed into the debates there should be disclosure laws requiring all relevant information be made available to the public.
This doesn't mean that the people currently controlling the DNC or RNC shouldn't be able to preserve their organizations like any other private organization; however they shouldn't have control over the election process without accountability to the majority of the public; and they especially shouldn't be able to shroud their activities in secret while they rig the election process for the benefit of their campaign contributors so that only politicians that cater to corporate interests can get into the debates or get any media coverage.
Furthermore the corrupt activities exposed, whether it was by Wikileaks or any other source, is almost certainly enough to consider RICO charges treating both political parties as criminal organizations guilty of negligent mass murder among many other things. They've been rigging the elections for decades so that only candidates that support wars based on lies have a chance; or candidates that support oil companies, look the other way at pollution that is killing people, labor practices that endanger workers around the world, suppress wages so that wealth is funneled to the top; commit epidemic levels of fraud by only providing political or news coverage that enables insurance companies and gaming institutions among many other corporations to deceive the public getting massive profits without giving the public their moneys worth; and many other things that should be considered white collar crimes, which aren't enforced at all, assuming they're illegal at all, can get elected.
If there is any doubt about how corrupt the establishment, including the media, the Commission on Presidential Debates, both the DNC and RNC and other political establishments, is then this should be eliminated by simply considering that two of the most corrupt candidates just got the major Party nominations thanks to enormous amounts of coverage by these institutions while candidates that didn't collect enormous amounts of bribes thinly disguised as campaign contributions weren't able to get any coverage at all guaranteeing that no one would hear about them and they would lose.
Breaking promises has been standard operating procedure for decades if not centuries; now they don't even bother pretending that they're going to keep their promises. In only a couple weeks Donald Trump has already demonstrated that he's going to hire as many politically connected people as past presidents and that he'll probably be almost as corrupt, if not as corrupt as he accused Clinton of being. The only reason he had any chance was because his accusations against Clinton were right.
By nominating the two most corrupt candidates and telling the public they have to chose between them; it should be clear that the system has totally broken down.
Bill Ivey Bill Clinton NEA Chair partially described the indoctrination of the public accurately when, in one of the leaked E-Mails he said, "And as I've mentioned, we've all been quite content to demean government, drop civics and in general conspire to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry. The unawareness remains strong but compliance is obviously fading rapidly. This problem demands some serious, serious thinking - and not just poll driven, demographically-inspired messaging."
As long as they can come up with enough propaganda to fool enough voters to limit their choices to those presented by the political establishment they don't seem to feel the need to respect the rights of many people on any given issue. This will inevitably lead to a deterioration of our society; and this is already happening in many "sacrifice zones," like abandoned inner cities, areas with poor people that are being polluted like Flint Michigan, Chrystal City Texas, North Dakota on Standing Rock territory where they're trying to force the pipeline through and many more places. If they can get away with it in these places they'll continue to expand until the damage is irreversible; and this rigged system has just enabled a Climate Change denier who wants to eliminate most if not all protections for the environment, to be elected, whether you consider it legitimate or not.
Evidence has repeatedly come out indicating that they've been trying to rig the primaries so that the most extreme candidates would have the best chance of winning, supposedly so that Hillary Clinton would win easily, without addressing the interests of the public; however intentionally or not it enabled Trump to win instead; and he clearly has little or no interest in serving the interests of the public either. This includes to following strategy indicating they wanted an extreme right wing "Pied Piper" candidate:
[AGENDA & MEMO] Friday Strategy Call at 8:00 AM ET 04/23/2015 Pied Piper Candidates
This adds to several other E-Mails supporting this including ones described in a Counter Punch article, Elevating Trump 10/11/2016, a Politico article Breitbart coordinated with liberal activist and organizer who disrupted GOP primary campaign events 10/24/2016 and several other E-Mails including Fwd: Urgent: IL call 11/30/2014 which said, "The overall goal is to move the IL primary out of mid March, where they are currently a lifeline to a moderate Republican candidate after the mostly southern Super Tuesday. IL was a key early win for Romney in 12." There were additional E-Mails repeating this and at least one saying that they wanted to keep the California primary as late as possible so that moderates wouldn't have a chance to gain ground.
There should be no doubt that if we had political institutions that were remotely trying to do a good job we never would have come up with two candidates as horrendous as this guaranteeing that we would wind up with the most corrupt president no matter which we choose. These institutions have demonstrated that they have absolutely no legitimacy!
One of these E-Mails even says, "Clinton's won't forget what their friends have done for them." It is hard to imagine how much closer to a "quid quo pro" you can get than that but there's more where that came from and Trump is now openly demonstrating that he's rewarding his loyal supporters, even though it isn't in the best interests of the public to hire people based on loyalty with little or no regard for qualifications.
Wikileaks may have been reporting more on the DNC lately; however the RNC is no better and reports about how they have been suppressing voting rights ahve been coming out for at least four or five years if not since the 2000 election or earlier. Greg Palast has been one of the better reporters investigating this and he has updated his reporting on The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. However even though this may make it appear as if he stole it from Clinton neither of them would have had a chance to get the nomination if not for the obsessive media coverage for corrupt candidates approved by the media without covering honest candidate.
Donald Trump didn't steal the election from Clinton any more than George W. Bush stole the election from Al Gore Jr.; they both stole the election from the people with the help of the media!
The following are some more of the most important E-Mais that show how corrupt this system is and a few more of the best articles; although there are so many it is hard to be sure which are most important:
Podesta Emails Show Hillary Is No Champion of Progressive Causes 10/13/2016
No, Hillary, 17 U.S. Intelligence Agencies Did Not Say Russia Hacked Dem E-mails 10/20/2016
WikiLeaks: Trump Rally Agitator and Clinton Campaign Manager Are ‘Close’ 10/30/2016
The Dallas IRS Office That's Quietly Determining the Fate of the Clinton Foundation 11/03/2016
Re: FW: FLAG: NEWS: Politico Exposes Clinton Campaign ‘Money-Laundering’ Scheme 05/02/2016
The Most Important WikiLeaks Revelation Isn’t About Hillary Clinton 10/14/2016
The Most Revealing Emails from the #PodestaFiles, Separated By Category (Parts 1 - 28) 11/03/2016
A well constructed, if somewhat partisan, list of the "top 100"
From Bill Ivey Bill Clinton NEA Chair: 03/13/2016 And as I've mentioned, we've all been quite content to demean government, drop civics and in general conspire to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry. The unawareness remains strong but compliance is obviously fading rapidly. This problem demands some serious, serious thinking - and not just poll driven, demographically-inspired messaging.
How the Hillary Clinton campaign deliberately “elevated” Donald Trump with its “pied piper” strategy 11/09/2016
The 20 Most Damning Revelations From WikiLeaks 11/08/2016 Most of these are true however at least a couple may be questionable. The Clinton campaign ahs made some subtle racists remarks, and perhaps some not so subtle; however the "Taco bowl engagement" that has gone viral is a derogatory reference to Trump's tweet, not Hispanic's themselves. There are enough legitimate issues to hold against them without exaggerations like this enabling them to argue they're all being taken out of context when only a few are. By correcting the flawed ones it adds credibility to the leaks and how they're used. Stereotyping them either way when many problems exist is a common distortion tactic. I'm also skeptical of claims that she ahd Vince Foster Killed; although claims from other sources that she may have intimidated and bullied him contributing to his suicide seem more credible.
RE: FNS 4-24-16 04/24/2016 Clinton Foundation quid-pro-quo worries are lingering, will be exploited in general .... Yes, Super PAC paying young voters to push back online on Sanders supporters She's forced to continue to appeal to young liberals as opposed to pivoting back to center
DNC Staffer Screams At Donna Brazile For Helping Elect Donald Trump 11/10/2016
Re: John and Roy 03/18/2016 It would give Bernie followers a way to connect that would then be a good gateway to getting them more comfortable with Hillary. We need to keep continuity with them. And the money will be left on the table otherwise.
Re: Vulnerabilities Focus Group Moderator's Guide 02/23/2015 Out of Touch. Should we add that HRC hasn't driven a car in thirty-five (?) years? (The Republicans love that one!). .... cronyism, foreign governments, I would name some of the countries, particularly those in the Middle East .... Something like, "When HRC recently spoke to bankers at Goldman Sachs, instead of holding them accountable for their activities that crashed the economy, she told them that banker bashing was foolish and had to stop. She said "soothing" that we all got into our economic problems together."
Pelosi 03/22/2015 Brent Budowsky BTW be very very very careful about HRC saying how she is all-in with Pelosi. Nancy's game from the beginning was to be in on the fixed game. She lost control of her caucus 2/3 or whom were pissed off at the deal she cut, so she changed tactics. I come out of the House Democratic leadership under 3 Democratic speakers as well as working 6 years for Lloyd Bentsen. I know how the game is played and I know how the fix was in, because I helped fix games under some of the best such as Tip and Jim Wright.
Fwd: disbar + GOP + Amalgamated Bank + One Billion + Racketeering claims against unions 11/25/2015 Brenda Smith John, this is not going to look good for Hillary and the Democrats when almost all associated lawyers have a complaint for them to be disbarred, including you, as well as charges of Racketeering against millions of union members. This could cost the Democrats into the billions from related charges and I suspect the GC's for the GOP candidates will try and find ways to not only have you guys disbarred but also look for every criminal charge possible for Hillary, the unions, the Democrats, all of you and destroy the Democrats. ..... The unions have purposely allowed now millions of current and former members to work with, use and be exposed to NCR paper they knew could cause serious adverse health effects, disabilities, birth defects, cancer and death and have purposely not given warnings going back to 1990 solely in order to collect and use union dues for high salaries for officers and political events such as the current Presidential campaigns. There is no way to tell how many members have already died from cancer and other related problems and there could be criminal charges as well as the huge civil penalties from the members and treble charges from Racketeering.
Re: 01/04/2012 Podesta "I just received a call from a close friend of wjcs who said that cvc told one of the bush 43 kids that she is conducting an internal investigation of money within the foundation from cgi to the foundation The bush kid then told someone else who then told an operative within the republican party I have heard more and more chatter of cvc and bari talking about lots of what is going on internally to people Not smart" Doug Band "I learned from the best The investigation into her getting paid for campaigning, using foundation resources for her wedding and life for a decade, taxes on money from her parents.... I hope that you will speak to her and end this Once we go down this road...."
Re: Cnn poll 07/25/2015 Neera Tanden "I'm reading wolf hall. There is something to be said for the power of torture." ... Podesta "At least we now know why Cheryl didn't want her to run."
Ahead of Andrea - unsolicited advice 09/03/20115 Neera Tanden to Podesta Have her beat the shit out of a punch doll (or maybe a staffer)...so she would be warm and charming in the interview.
Re: Urgent: IL call 12/02/2014 NOTE; TIME IS TIGHT: the bill to change the primary needs to be introduced Tuesday to get through both chambers before the assembly adjourns. .... The key point is that this is not an Obama ask, but a Hillary ask. And the Clintons won't forget what their friends have done for them.
I hope 02/11/2015 Neera Tanden Hillary truly understands now how batshit crazy David Brock is.
Re: input needed 05/03/2015 We recommend not engaging on specific questions related to 1) donors; 2) implementation of the MOU; or 3) HRC's knowledge of donors to the Foundation. These are rabbit holes. Press want us to go deeper into these subjects to try to get us to introduce more facts which will lead to more questions and give the story more life.
Friendly advice. No mercy. 02/22/2016 Bernie needs to be ground to a pulp. We can't start believing our own primary bullshit. This is no time to run the general. Crush him as hard as you can.
Fwd: Urgent: IL call 11/30/2016 The overall goal is to move the IL primary out of mid March, where they are currently a lifeline to a moderate Republican candidate after the mostly southern Super Tuesday. IL was a key early win for Romney in 12.