Jul 5 Alden commented on #RezoneSeattle.
I'm curious how the un-reclaimed tidelands at the north tip of West Seattle got zoned for High Rise.
Jul 5 Alden commented on FBI: Clinton "Extremely Careless" With Classified Material, But No Charges.
People's attitude towards the letter of the law seems to correlate perfectly with their attitudes towards Clinton herself. And I don't exclude myself here. Instead, I try to slip the noose with an across the board "screw government secrecy" posture. I think these laws do far more harm than good - used mostly for ass-covering and evil. We'd be better off without them.

FBI and Justice Department are in a tough spot because this case has momentous political implications. This is the best outcome - if the Republicans want to prosecute Clinton, they can do it in an impeachment proceeding after she's in office. They need to stop trying to get the permanent government to do their dirty work.

Jun 30 Alden commented on An Actually Reasonable Email From an Actually Sane Sanders Supporter.
And on that voting record - guess who the 1 Independent AYE vote was.
Jun 30 Alden commented on An Actually Reasonable Email From an Actually Sane Sanders Supporter.
The thing about Clinton and financial regulation is that that President Clinton would sign whatever financial regulation Congress sends to her desk. I can say this because only a Democratic congress would produce such a bill, therefore it would have passed with overwhelming democratic support and therefore Clinton would sign it because she's not going to go to the mat fighting her own party in Congress.

And I would analogize that to the 1994 crime bill the Bill Clinton signed and which people use to attack Hilary Clinton today: just look at the voting record on that law: here's the house votes right here - http://clerk.house.gov/evs/1994/roll416.…. It was mostly Democratic votes that passed it.

The impediment to financial regulation (or other things liberals and progressives want) is not a lack of ardent lefties. Its too many right wingers.

Jun 29 Alden commented on Emails From Reasonable Bernie Supporters Pour Into My Inbox.
This city is afraid of me. I have seen it's true face. The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout "Save us!"...

...and I'll look down, and whisper "no."


Anyways, the impediment to progressive legislation is not insufficient leftiness on the left. It is excessive rightiness on the right. And any political analysis that is not founded in this truth isn't worth a hill of beans.
Jun 29 Alden commented on You Can't Always Get the Populism You Want.
Hillary Clinton is the leftmost candidate for president who has a chance greater than zero of winning. And therefore, she is the candidate for whom a person who cares about policy should vote.

If, on the other hand, one doesn't really care about policy and instead sees politics as an arena in which they can demonstrate their virtue, then whatever. Its your vote, do whatever you want with it.

What's the point of worrying about if Hillary Clinton is or is not properly leftist? Presidents will respond to the political forces brought to bear on them in office - what they personally want or don't want is almost beside the point. Bill Clinton signed that crime bill back in the 90s because he calculated that doing so would improve the fortunes of the Democrats in elections. Was he correct in this? Hell if I know.

Should we punish Bill Clinton by spurning Hillary Clinton and inflicting Donald Trump on the nation? How is doing that "Leftist"?
Jun 27 Alden commented on ICYMI: Gun Advocate Needed Her Guns To Protect Herself and Her Family.
@9 - As a matter of practical politics, what is and isn't "Constitutional" is arbitrary. A strict reading of the "A well organized militia..." part of the second is just a few Supreme Court appointments away. So a sustained trend in public opinion towards gun control will ultimately result in more gun control.
Jun 23 Alden commented on Donald Trump Campaigns in the Swing State of Scotland.
@2 You left out the part about how Obama read that from a teleprompter.
Jun 15 Alden commented on Hillary Crushing Trump In New Poll.
@25 - the most ardent Sandersnistas I know are all former Ron Paul fanatics. i.e. they are not liberals at all. The real mystery is why nominal Libertarians were so into Sanders. I can only speak to the motivations of the ones I know personally but they all have eccentric notions about how politics work in the USA. So maybe the explanation lies there.

The lefties I know who were/are into Sanders are all content voting for Clinton.
Jun 8 Alden commented on Ijeoma Oluo on "Trickle-Down Progressivism".
If the course she charts leads her to power, I hope she uses the power to good ends. And if it does not, there isn't much point worrying about it, is there?

She sure doesn't need my permission to do what she wants to do.