commented on The Green Party Responds to Dan Savage, Says He's "Dead Wrong"
Excellent response from the Green Party.
Dan Savage subscribes to what I call the "Rahm Emmanuel Doctrine." This doctrine states that to advance a progressive agenda, progressives should sit down and shut up and surrender unconditionally to the center-right leadership of the Democratic Party; that we should cheerfully go along with the Patriot Act, the invasion of Iraq, extrajudicial execution/kill lists, double-tap drone strikes, the imprisonment of whistleblowers, prosecution of child soldiers (using evidence obtained through torture), slaughter of Palestinian children, warrantless surveillance, etc, etc; and that by proclaiming our unconditional devotion to the proponents of these policies (as long as they have that magical "-D" after their name), and letting them know we will vote for them no matter how savagely they trample upon human rights and civil liberties, we will somehow be advancing progressive ideals.
Of course, Rahm Emmanuel doesn't really believe in this doctrine; he simply espouses it as part of his agenda to shut down progressives. I suspect Dan Savage is the same way.
commented on Dan Savage on Jill Stein: Just No.
@23 here's some more of Clinton's platforms:
--supported the bombing of schools and hospitals in Gaza in 2014, singing the praises of the IDF as they murdered 500 Palestinian children. Criticized Obama for expressing concern about the slaughter
--has vowed unconditional support for the openly-racist Netanyahu regime
--supports the coup regime in Honduras, which is currently hunting down and killing environmental activists
--supports the imprisonment of whistleblowers
--supports warrantless surveillance, government secrecy, and the patriot act
commented on An Actually Reasonable Email From an Actually Sane Sanders Supporter
Suppose Clinton expressed support for the Orlando shooter. Suppose she asserted that the killing of 50 innocent people was not only acceptable, but appropriate and good. Suppose she vowed unconditional support for the shooter, including funding for more weapons and ammo. Would it still be "reasonable" to vote for her?
Of course, she would never do that... not unless the victims were Palestinian. And, in fact, when the IDF slaughtered 1500 innocent people in Gaza in 2014, including 500 children, Clinton was full of enthusiasm. When Obama expressed concern about the IDF's targeting of schools and hospitals and places of refuge, Clinton criticized him for it. Since then, she has vowed unconditional support for racist psychopath Netanyahu.
1500 innocent people: that's Orlando times 30. 500 children dead; 3000 children wounded, 1000 of whom were maimed for life. And Clinton thought it was the greatest thing ever.... which is why I will never, ever vote for that racist, genocidal monster.
commented on How I Learned To Stop Worrying About Bernie-Or-Busters and Love the Polls*
The more Sanders is able to wield his influence towards a progressive agenda, the better off Clinton will be in November. For instance, last week Sanders was pushing hard for opposition to the TPP as part of the official platform at the convention. Sadly, he was overruled by Clinton's people (Clinton was temporarily opposed to TPP during the primary, but now she's pivoting back like a good DLC dem). Trump has immediately seized on this issue (which will be huge in places like PA, OH, MI, etc), and since then Clinton's lead in the polls has shrunk. Clinton's worst enemy here is not Sanders; it's her own neoliberal/neocon tendencies. If Sanders and progressives lie down and surrender immediately like Dan Savage so desperately wants them too, they'll only be helping Trump.
Savage would realize this if he were capable of independent thought. Sadly, the DNC seems to have taken over his brain, with their overriding message: "PROGRESSIVES BAD!!!"
commented on Emails From Reasonable Bernie Supporters Pour Into My Inbox
Wow, Dan Savage is really consumed with hatred for progressives these days. That's all he seems to talk about anymore: the evil of Bernie Sanders; the evil of anyone who likes Bernie Sanders; the evil of anyone who has qualms about voting for someone who actually cheered on the mass-murder of Palestinain children... I guess that's what happens when you let the DNC do your "thinking" for you. Don't worry, Dan: no matter who wins in November, it won't be a progressive. You have nothing to worrry about.
commented on You Can't Always Get the Populism You Want
A "divided American left?" Clinton has nothing to do with the left... and neither does Eli Sanders, which is why he's so eager for progressives to surrender their cause.
If you're really concerned about Trump and the threat of right-wing populism, you should focus less on demonizing Sanders, and worry a bit more about Clinton, whose opposition to TPP seems to have disappeared now that she has the primary sewn up: