Biden and the Blue M.A.G.A.

Listen, I want to make it clear, I don’t judge people who are going to vote for Biden, I really don’t, because I get it. You want Donald Trump out and you’d probably vote for a raw turnip if it won the nomination. I can respect your desire to make Trump into a one term loser.

But the fact is this, to support Joe Biden you do have to either ignore or excuse the rape allegations against him, and that I think warrants scrutiny.

“I am liar, a pig, and a rapist” – Joe Biden

Now, many liberals are resorting to the same exact tactics the right wing used to defend Trump in 2016 when they are defending Joe Biden.

When you scream, “You’re a Russian agent.” Or “You want Trump to win!” when someone scrutinizes Biden, that is no different than when Trump supporters say, “You hate America!” when you challenge Donald Trump. It’s an illogical false equivalency and a non-sequitur.

Two things can be true at the same time, you can hate Donald Trump AND you can believe Tara Reade. It would behoove liberals to get that through their heads.

Some Biden supporters today are demanding that Chris Hayes resign for doing his job as a journalist and talking about the allegations. Is that not just the same as MAGAts calling every exposé on Trump “fake news”?

If you can’t handle scrutiny of your political opinion then go buy a MAGA hat, or at least admit you don’t look at politics based on material realities of the poor and working classes but instead that you treat it like a sports team you’ve attached your identity to.

This is exactly why Trump got elected, even republicans who didn’t like Trump voted for Trump because to them politics is about party identity, not about material reality.

Democrats are showing themselves to be no different that the GOP when they go after Tara Reade or the people who believe her. If you support Joe Biden, then address the allegations against him and tell the truth, that you either excuse or ignore the allegations. Don’t insult my or any other intersectional feminists’ intelligence by doing otherwise.

Bernie Isnt Going To Unsuspend, Unless…

The calls for Biden to quit the race are growing and so is the amount of evidence corroborating Tara Reade’s allegations. Evidence including a 1993 clip of Reade’s mother calling into Larry King to discuss the accusations has emerged and mysteriously vanished from CNN’s website. Anecdotal evidence from Reade’s former neighbors has also been found.

As the call for Biden to step out of the race grows, so grows the calls for Bernie Sanders to unsuspend his campaign and retract his endorsement of Joe Biden.

The odds of this happening are incredibly low and they shrank even more today when it was announced that the presidential primary in NY is cancelled and that Bernie’s name will not even be on the ballot.

Here is the issue, the demands for Bernie to rejoin the race are only coming from one place, his base. It is not coming from anywhere else and Bernie’s base alone is not enough to get him to rejoin the race because Bernie needs more than the votes of Leftists to win the nomination. It will take pressure from outside his base to get Bernie to even consider rejoining the race, especially now that he isn’t even on the ballot for one of the most populated states’ primary.

We shouldn’t just pressure Bernie to rejoin the race, we should be pressuring other people to pressure Bernie.

So, where is our pressure would be the most effective:

1. The Democratic National Committee

The DNC needs to be flooded with pressure from registered democrats if we want them to press Biden to step down. Biden isn’t going to leave the race as long as the DNC is standing by him.

One of the arguments the establishment is using against #NeverBiden is that the calls for Biden to step down are not coming from actual Democratic Party members but from a fringe of the party and outsiders who support Bernie. It is on pro Bernie registered Democrats to email, call, tweet and message the DNC with the following script.

“I, ___________, a party member since _____________ , demand that Joe Biden abdicate the nomination for president. I believe the rape allegations against him should be investigated and the party must draft a new candidate to replace him.”

If the DNC can’t log online without being bombarded with this input, they will eventually have to listen.

Contact DNC https://democrats.org/contact-us/

DNC twitter: https://twitter.com/DNC

DNC Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/democrats/

Tom Perez (DNC CHAIR) twitter: https://twitter.com/TomPerez

2. Call Gov. Cuomo of New York

The establishment needs to see that people still want to vote for Bernie and that keeping his name off the ballot is a miscarriage of democracy. As we flood the DNC with our complaints so must we do so in New York.

If you live in NY:

Find Your Assemblyperson https://nyassembly.gov/mem/search/

Gov. Cuomo’s Offices Phone Number 15184748390

Contact form for Gov. Cuomo https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form

It is important to remember that getting Tara Reade justice and getting Bernie to rejoin the race are not the same thing and should not be equated to each other. However Reade is more likely to get justice if Biden is removed from the race and Bernie is the only politician who polls high enough with independent voters that insure Donald Trump will be defeated in November. Remember, you don’t need to win over democrats or republicans to win in US politics, you need to win over independant, no party preference voters. They are the largest voter demographic in the country and the majority of them do lean left on the most vital issues of the day, especially the 69% of the country who support Medicare for All.

This is a small time blog with only a few hundred followers, I don’t expect a movement to be started here. I am just pointing out that if people want Bernie back in the race this is where they need to put their energy, not just on Bernie himself to rejoin but on the institutions that pushed Bernie out in the first place.

Update: Patreon Posts are free until end of Quarantine

Hello Dear Readers!

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Bernie is Out, What Should I Do Now?

Now that Bernie has suspended his campaign for president, the campaigns for a Green New Deal and Medicare for All might seem like even more of a pipe dream than ever, especially when you get lost in the doom and gloom hanging over us thanks to the current pandemic.

This is not the case however. While Bernie suspending his campaign is a setback the fight for genuine material gains for the working class lives on. It was here before Bernie and it will live on long after him until everyone becomes employed, sheltered, and fed.

With Bernie suspending his campaign we do however need to shift gears. It might feel easy to give up now but we cannot. A game does not end because one player has to sit out, the team carries on and tries to win anyway, and that is what we must do.

And even though Bernie himself had to pull out of the race, his ideas are still winning. Most Democrats do support things like a Green New Deal and Medicare for All, so do not think we have no leverage anymore without Bernie as a candidate.

So here are some of the things you can do now to keep the momentum going and growing:

1. Join DSA.

If you are disillusioned by the lack of democracy in the so called “democratic” party and want to organize for these progressive campaigns in a space that is democratic not just in name but in practice, then you should join DSA. The only organization that is campaigning for these issues in a serious, nuanced manner is the Democratic Socialists of America. The Democrats will cede nothing to us without consistent pressure from collective outside organizing. This outside organization can mobilize members to pressure elected officials to vote one way or the other without being restrained by internal party limitations. Which brings me to my second point.

2. Phone Blast your representatives

Whenever anything related to housing for all, medicare for all, college for all, jobs for all etc comes up in congress, state legislatures, or your city councils, a phone blast campaign is one of the most powerful ways you can pressure your elected officials to vote. If enough calls are made and their staff is over worked to the point where all they do in a day is answer constituents calls, then your elected official is likely to vote in line with that public pressure, even if it goes the vote against their party. Consider the first vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act in 2017 when Trump first took office, those efforts were defeated because Congressional offices received an average of 1000 calls a day demanding they vote against the repeal. As a result even the most hardcore anti Obamacare republicans voted against the repeal and the ACA remained in tact.

3. YOU CAN STILL VOTE FOR BERNIE

You might wonder “what is the point of voting for Bernie if he’s ending his campaign and already endorsed Biden?”

One word, DELEGATES!

When candidates get your votes they are pledged a certain number of delegates. Those delegates go on to vote at the convention, where the nominee is officially chosen. If by some miracle Biden drops out, (which he should because of sexual assault allegations) and a new candidate needs to be drafted, so the more delegates Bernie has the better case the party has for drafting him as the replacement candidate. Keep in mind this his a highly unlikely scenario given that Bernie has already publicly endorsed Biden.

But it is also important to remember is that the more delegates Bernie has going into the convention the more progressive votes we have to set the party agenda. The convention is not only where the nominee is made official, it is where the party platform is written. The more progressive votes we have on the convention floor the more we can push the democratic party agenda to the left, the more we push it to the left the more Joe Biden or who ever is nominated is obligated to answer to us once in office. It will be easier to pressure and hold Biden accountable if he is seen to be in opposition to his own party platform once in office.

4. Vote

Just because Bernie isn’t running for president anymore does not mean you should skip voting all together. There are several down ballot democratic socialists and progressives running in local and congressional elections across the country, such as Shahid Buttar in San Francisco. Local and Congressional races actually have more material impact than any presidential election. Think of it like this, the Feds decide who gets how much money, but it is your local elected officials who decide how that money is spent. It is also important to remember, as stated above, that while Bernie lost his ideas are winning and there is a call for democratic socialist candidates. In Sacramento the DSA was successful in elected Katie Valenzuela, a dues paying member, to the city council, ousting two term incumbent and anti rent control champion Steve Hansen.

I am not enthused by electoral politics now that Bernie dropped out, but I will not abandon the chance to get people who can push for our agenda elected.

Plus, strictly hypothetical, lets say we flip Congress from GOP to Dem controlled and do it with a majority of Democratic Socialist and Progressive Dems. Biden has maintained his opposition to Medicare for All, even saying he would veto it if a bill made it through Congress. This does not mean the bill is permanently defeated, because the Constitution states that Congress can override a presidential veto with a 2/3 majority vote in both houses. There is also historical precedent for this as this was how congress functioned under the presidency of Andrew Johnson. Johnson would veto most of the reconstruction measures put to him and because congress was controlled by his opposition his vetoes were over ruled.

If we can gain the majority in both houses of congress and gain it using Democratic Socialist candidates, whoever is President will have to answer to that Congress.

It is a mathematical long shot however, but it is an important aspect of constitutional law that socialist agitators cannot take for granted.

5. Support Mutual Aid Projects And Strike Actions

No doubt that if you volunteered in a DSA campaign for Bernie or with the Bernie campaign itself you have also connected with other organizers and activists related to other projects. The campaigns for Bernie have built networks across the country that can and must be utilized to organize for local material needs. The campaign network created by Bernie and DSA to turn people out to canvass can be used to turn coordinate direct action, or it could be used to rally support and fundraise for causes like immigrant support, resources for the unhoused, materials for quarantined seniors, the possibilities are almost endless. The campaign networks set up to elect Bernie must not be dismantled but retooled and campaign volunteers should take the initiative to connect to the network they have built and support their local material demands.

Yes, these are sad days my dear readers, but none of the organizers who have fought the hardest ever gave up. Not Nelson Mandela, Not Martin Luther King, Jr, not Eugene V Debs, and not Bernie Sanders. Don’t call yourself a socialist if you are going to throw in the towel after one electoral defeat.

Bernie and the Allegations Against Biden

Let me make two things abundantly clear,

I do not blame Bernie for endorsing Joe Biden, and I still believe Tara Reade.

It is not my place to speak for victims of sexual assault and I am not trying to do so here. I do think however we need to acknowledge the huge elephant in the room that Bernie’s endorsement created.

Biden has 8 accusations of sexual harassment against him and one accusation of sexual assault. A core aspect of Bernie’s support came from socialist feminists and a core aspect of socialist feminism is believing survivors.

Bernie has been silent on the allegations against Biden and Bernie’s supporters have noticed it.

We can’t blame Bernie for endorsing Biden when Bernie pledged to endorse the Democratic nominee no matter who it was. We can’t blame Bernie for staying true to his word, that’s why many of us fell in love with him in the first place.

But unless we are ready to piss away the gains made by the Me Too movement we cannot pick and choose when to believe survivors, or at least pick and choose which cases to investigate. Bernie is endorsing Biden for fair enough reasons, however Bernie does risk alienating a huge chunk of his base and is dangerously close to perpetuating rape culture with the decision to endorse Biden and not address Reade’s accusations.

If the case against Biden gains the traction that it should and we force Biden out of the nomination, as we should, then Bernie can still rescind his endorsement. In any case however we cannot ignore what this election will be doing psychologically to survivors of rape.

I am not trying to speak for victims here, I am just calling it like I see it, and the way I see it Bernie endorsing Biden is another case of Bernie keeping his promises, BUT Bernie will have to reconcile with what this election means to survivors and to his socialist feminist base.

The allegations against Biden will not and should not be forgotten, and all who endorse Biden will have to face them eventually, including Bernie.

Drop Out Biden

Joe Biden was accused of sexual assault by Tara Reade. Reade came forward to Krystal Ball and explained, in graphic detail, how Biden violated her.

Last year, 8 women came forward against Biden after Lucy Flores alleged that Biden inappropriately touched her and forcefully smelled her hair. Video montages, memes, and tweets have gone beyond viral, showing clips of Biden inappropriately touching women and young girls and making them noticeably uncomfortable.

Biden did apologize and promised that he would be more “mindful” about people’s personal space, though these women who have come forward feel his apology fell short of taking full responsibility.

While Biden has had a problematic policy record when it comes to some issues vital to women’s rights, such as abortion, he has quite vocal about violence against women for many years now. Biden introduced the Violence Against Women Act to Congress in 1990 and in 2016 he wrote an open letter to Chanel Miller (then referred to as Emily Doe), who was the victim of notorious rapist Brock Turner.

In this strongly worded letter, Biden made it clear that he believed the victim and thanked her for her bravery coming forward. Biden even made it clear that it is vital we believe survivors when they come forward they way that she did.

 I join your global chorus of supporters, because we can never say enough to survivors: I believe you. It is not your fault.

Biden now faces sexual assault allegations, and as someone who has established an extensive political career “believing women,” he has a moral obligation to step out of the race for president.

If Biden becomes the Democrats’ nominee then it will be a contest of two men who both have sexual assault allegations against them. This would not only be detrimental to women, but to the entire #MeToo and Time’s Up movement. We are in the middle of an unprecedented shift in our culture when victims are actually believed, and if Biden carries on to receive the nomination we are saying that we should only believe victims when it is convenient for our own agendas. If Biden continues to pursue the nomination he is demonstrating that his words to Chanel Miller and to all survivors where exactly that, just words.

I know some will intellectualize why it’s okay to not believe Tara Reade and some will point to Biden’s record of supporting survivors as proof of his innocence. “He can’t be a rapist, he has always supported women. He wrote VAWA!”

We need to remind these people that it is common for predators to use survivors and good causes as a cover for their horrible deeds. Remember, Louie CK and Harvey Weinstein were both vocal Hillary Clinton supporters, and the Penn State pedophile Jerry Sandusky found his victims through a children’s charity that he created. It is very easy for predators to hide behind their prey in our culture and this must be addressed, we need to do more than just believe survivors we need to dismantle the systems of power that allow predators to exist in the first place.

But in all of the previously mentioned cases, justice, to some degree, was served. Sandusky and Weinstein are both now in prison and Louie CK’s career is in the toilet compared to where it was 10 years ago. Biden however is still in the race for the nomination and is still being treated as the presumptive Democratic nominee by the media.

The media has been virtually silent about Tara Reade, the story has been viral for days now and yet sources like CNN and MSNBC have said next to nothing.

What are we telling survivors if we pick and choose the ones we believe? Even if Biden denies the allegations, as he has, that does not change the reality that allowing him to continue in the race sends a message that we only have to believe survivors when it fits our personal narrative. That can never be the case.

I believe the women who came forward about Donald Trump, I also believe the woman who have come forward about Al Franken. I do not ask “what is their motives for coming forward now?” I do not care what Reade’s politics are and I do not care. She is a victim and deserves to be heard, period.

Keep in mind there is also a significant degree of evidence to support that Biden would actually do something like this. It is not just her word against his, because along with Biden’s history of creepily touching girls and sniffing women’s hair, in 2014 Secret Service agents went into detail about how Biden would skinny dip in front of female agents, much to their discomfort.

Oh, and we also can never forget about what he did to Anita Hill.

Another thing to keep in mind, Donald Trump is ridiculously good at using fodder against his opponents, especially when he can validate that fodder. Just look at how he rallied all of the women who have allegations against Bill Clinton so swiftly and look at how it helped legitimize his campaign in the eyes of his supporters. This one allegation is enough fodder for Trump to use in any number of debates and attack ads. It is beyond a political risk to run Biden at this point, it is political suicide.

With evidence mounting against him in the middle of such an important cultural shift and at a time when we have a president accused of sexual assault, we cannot allow victims to be belittled by Biden’s candidacy.

Biden, as the person who wrote the Violence Against Women Act, who publicly and adamantly believed Emily Doe, who has said that we should believe survivors “no matter how long it takes them to come forward,” has a moral obligation to step out of the race. It is an insult to all survivors of sexual assault if the two choices for president in 2020 both have assault allegations against them. Choosing between two predators for the highest office of the land is a decision no one should have to make.

Biden needs to drop out now. For the sake of survivors everywhere, for the sake of integrity, for the sake of defeating Donald Trump, Biden must drop out.

Bernie Should Stay in the Race Until The Convention

The results from yesterdays primaries in Illinois, Florida, and Arizona should be considered void and another election should be held and held remotely with absentee ballots.

The Biden campaign and the DNC both demonstrated a blatant disregard for people’s safety by encouraging people to still show up and vote in person while in the middle of a pandemic. There is a term for this, voter intimidation.

The DNC and Biden campaign both completely disregarded the severity of this pandemic, and as a result I guarantee you that we will see a spike in Coronavirus cases in these three states within the next two weeks.

While Bernie is behind in delegates, to allow these results to go uncontested is a middle finger to the people who could not vote in person without risking spread of the disease or infecting themselves. The only chance these voices might be heard now is at the Democratic Convention. Tom Perez’s lack of regard for peoples lives is infuriating and blatantly undemocratic.

While Perez has since encouraged remaining states to switch to absentee and remote voting, it is far too little to late, and he only did so after Biden was assured to be declared the victor in these essential yet grossly mishandled primaries. This just adds to the list of reasons why Tom Perez should resign.

Normally I would not favor a contested convention however when multiple states have what can only be deemed illegitimate results then we must do everything we can to challenge the authority being called on to justify those results.

Bernie should stay in the race until the convention.

Postpone the Primaries

Louisiana postponed their primary election date to June 20th as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Other states that have yet to vote or caucus, such as Georgia and Wyoming, are also taking precautionary measures. The Georgia primary was postponed until May 19th and Wyoming has canceled the in-person meetings of their caucuses.

However the states slated to vote on Tuesday March 17th; Ohio, Arizona, Florida, and Illinois seem to be going forward with their votes as planned. This is a bad idea.

To hold elections in the middle of a pandemic is grossly irresponsible and dangerous. Some leftists worry that the postponing of the primaries creates a dangerous precedent, that party and state officials in the future will just move election dates around whenever they want to. I am sympathetic to those concerns, however I think postponing the primaries is the smart and safe thing to do. I also feel the dangerous precedent that is set up by moving the primary dates so suddenly creates a better argument for having all primary votes on a single national holiday. It is a dangerous precedent, but it is also one of the many ways the Coronavirus has exposed the faults in our system.

In any case, when health officials are demanding self quarantines and social distancing and large gatherings in tight spaces are being discouraged, to also have an election in that time is a complete middle finger to all voters of all demographics. It doesn’t matter who you support, both Biden and Bernie supporters should be outraged about this.

Party and state officials that are carrying on with business as usual are putting lives at risk, charts have shown that the spread of the disease curbs the sooner places initiate social distancing. The fact that elections are still going on is officials telling voters that they need to risk exposing themselves to viral infection in order to practice their constitutional right to vote, that is disgusting.

Further, it disregards the safety of the most vulnerable of voters, especially the elderly and auto immune compromised, both of whom are likely to vote in mass in this election since so much is riding on issues related to healthcare and social security.

Yes it is worrisome that states can just switch up election dates whenever they choose, but to do so in order to reduce the risk of exposure is the right thing to do and more states, especially the states expected to vote on Sunday, should follow Louisiana’s example.

If they plan to carry on with the election despite the health warnings, then for the love of good, take every precaution you can. We have so much riding in this election that we cannot allow anything to reduce voter turnout, but we cannot allow officials to force vulnerable voters into this “damned if you do or don’t” situation.

Fellow Class Warriors, Despair is Not an Option

Friends, Comrades, Berners, and My Dear Readers;

I know things look rough at the moment, we are not sweeping the elections like we hoped we would and the media is doing everything in their power to squash our spirits, to make us give up and accept Biden as our fate.

I know that we are tired and weary, and sick of the up hill battles we keep having to fight in this election.

The moderates and the establishment are telling Bernie to drop out, that our movement is failing, and that we should give up now because Biden has won a few of the primaries.

I know that it is disheartening, even disillusioning, to see a candidate who has no ground game and a problematic past be crowned as an inevitable victor by an out of touch elitist class. I know our feet are sore from walking from door to door and our hearts are broken from hearing so many tragic tails of rationed insulin, sky rocketing rents, and career crushing student loans.

I know it is maddening to see the media and our misinformed Boomer relatives say things about Bernie that are genuinely, factually, and mathematically not true. That his loss is inevitable, that he is either racist or sexist, that Trump is somehow his and our fault.

We are so tired of it all.

I am here to tell you something though, it may sound harsh, it may sound like I am being mean, but it needs to be said.

Buck up soldier!

This is class war, and in war you may lose a battle or two, but you do not surrender until the last soldier falls, and you hold your head up high until the end when you can crush your enemy once and for all.

We want this to be easier than it is or has been because we are sick, dying, panicking about our burning Earth and weary from living day to day, paycheck to paycheck. We want this to be easy because we have put in so much work, made so many calls, sacrificed so much time.

When we see someone like Bernie who has been so consistent, so integral, so engaging to the electorate, so ready to be on the right side of history, even when it’s not a popular side to be on, not be anointed with the highest office in our government but instead be smeared by people who will never in their lives understand the degree of privilege they have, it is heartbreaking, especially when we see them rally behind a genuine racist and senile sexist like Joe Biden.

But let us remember a few things that I think will help put this all into perspective;

Neither Bernie nor Biden has half of the delegates needed to lock the nomination, and there are 26 states left to vote, including New York and Pennsylvania.

Votes and delegates are still being counted in California and multiple counties in Texas are doing recounts.

Biden and Bernie are about to debate each other, ALONE! Just Biden and Bernie! The DNC is so nervous about it that they actually announced there will be no live audience at this debate. Biden will have to go against Bernie alone, no Klobuchar, Pete, or Bloomberg to hide behind

And this is the part I really want us to remember, because while I am sympathetic to the doom and gloom, I genuinely think we are really being pathetic if we give up just because a few out of touch pundits and capitalist party insiders are telling us to.

Here is some more perspective for you;

Nelson Mandela had to wait 27 years until he could live as a free man.

Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Freedom Riders were dragged and beaten by angry mobs with baseball bats.

How many times were the police and thugs called out to beat down striking laborers until unions got respect in this country?

Did the suffragettes not suffer beatings and rape just to cast a ballot one day?

Nothing historic or revolutionary ever happened easily. Many Freedom Fighters who came before us have endured much more than we will ever be capable of imagining, and you are telling me we are going to call it quits after a couple of primaries didn’t go our way?

No, that is not what this movement is about. I may be tired and weary, but I am not one to surrender to the likes of the capitalist class, I am not one to bend to their whim nor one to swallow their rhetoric.

They say go away, I say no way!

Bernie has never given up, why the hell would you?

Buck up soldier, this is class war, if we can’t handle a few primary losses, then the boomers are right, we are too soft.

I refuse to validate that fodder. You may be hurt and tired, but I am here today to say you are also strong, and you need to muster up every drop of that strength now.

To quote our dear Brother Cornel West, “Don’t be afraid of despair. Those who have never known despair have never lived!”

Do not fear the despair, use it as fuel, and carry onward like the Class Warrior and Freedom Fighter I know you are!

Bill Palmer, the Worst Liberal Hack on Twitter

Bill Palmer, political “analyist” and blogger, is one of, if not the most, insufferable “writers” to ever disgrace the twittersphere.

His contrived blog, The Palmer Report, masquerades as journalism when it is in fact nothing but unorignial lazy slaps against an easy target (Trump) and a continued intellecutalization (if it can so be called) as to why the Democrats need to stop Bernie, putting this “Democrat” in company with the likes of Jennifer Rubin and Bill Kristol.

First of all, I do not know who still needs to hear this, but “Donald Trump is bad,” is not a radical nor cutting edge take.

Palmer also uses his blog to perpetuate disproven conspiracy theories about the 2016 election. He blames Russia for the low voter turnout, to the point he actually claims Russia rigged the numbers!

The thing is, we’re getting very close to learning from Robert Mueller just how Trump and Russia altered the the 2016 election result. In fact we already have a big piece of it from the Senate.Palmer Report, November 18, 2018

Later in this same article, Palmer doubles down on the hopes that Mueller would be the nations savior;

Mueller will expose that not only did Donald Trump not really win the 2016 election, he and his campaign committed a form of treason by conspiring with the Russians to rig the results. Palmer Report, November 18, 2018

Yes, Russia interefered in 2016, but not only did Mueller’s report NOT confirm any of Palmer’s claims, to blame Russia for everything arong in the 2016 election is a nearsighted take that erases the painful material reality of the working class. People didn’t vote in 2016 because of disillusionment with a corrupt, oligarchical system. The American oligarchy is not even on Palmer’s radar.

Palmer not only stands by his idiotic Russia theories but he doubles down on them, claiming the popular vote numbers were “rigged and manipulated” as if it was not possible for people not to turn out to vote, which is the fact, it has been proven that the real winner of the 2016 election was neither Trump nor Clinton, it was not voting.

He has posted multiple articles about Russian interference, all of them based on conjecture, a conjecture which he masquerades as sound political analysis.

Liberals have another term for this, fake news.

Yes, liberals are guilty of fake news to, and Bill Palmer is proof.

Palmer is also bad at math.

Thanks to his thirty point massive blowout win in South Carolina last night, Joe Biden is now in the driver’s seat in the Democratic primary race. Palmer Report March 1, 2020

Umm Bill, Bernie won the first 3 primaries in a row and the entire state of California, the worlds 4th largest economy. For someone so obsessed with “fake news” you would think he would be capable of acknowledging the truth.

Palmer is not only a bad writer and with a reductionist analysis, he is a narcissist. His twitter bio is “Political analysis ahead of the curve,” yet all of his blogs articles read like they were written by 13 year olds who watch the news for a social studies project.

Not only this, Palmer will continuelly retweet the people who retweet his own articles, meaning he will retweet the same article he just posted multiple times in a row, as if he needs to brag about getting retweeted, and they are always articles about junk that does not need analysis. We do need some schmuck to tell us why Donald Trump is bad and why the Democrats shouldnt nominate the guy who is actually winning the popular vote.

People like Bill Palmer hold back the left, they bastardize what the working class is fighting for and they intellecutalize why they are right about everything instead of humbling themselves to listen to the material needs of the working class. Palmer does not care about feeding the poor or providing us with health care, no, his privileged white ass wants us to believe that it is okay for the democratic party to interfere with the election of the clear front runner of the popular vote and that all the nations woes will heal when Trump is gone.

The man is a hack, an opprotunist, and overall, a bastard. His content is pathetic, his analysis is lazy, and all in all he is a waste of space. If you follow him on twitter, stop, if you give money to his website, cut off the funds, all you are doing is giving validation to an over priveleged man who thinks that he should speak to the electorate instead of listening to them.

Bill Palmer, you are a terrible writer, a delusional narcissist, and a waste of space on twitter, you need to find a new job.

Why is Warren Losing?

Elizabeth Warren is on track to lose the presidential primary in her home state of Massachusetts, and she is on track to lose the popular vote overall. She finished 4th in Iowa and New Hampshire and 5th in South Carolina. In Nevada, a state that is 50% non white, Warren never got higher than 8% support from people of color.

Let us also not forget the biggest campaign promise she broke, accepting Super-PAC money.

Also, since Bernie became the front-runner Warren has gone on the offensive and in turn offended people from wanting to support her campaign. She tried to smear Bernie as sexist and attacked his supporters, only to tank in the polls.

But what is killing her campaign is her willingness to let super delegates steal the election from Bernie.

Warren was a strong front-runner before she went on the offensive against Sanders, and the more she goes on the offensive and resorts to establishment politics the faster she falls and the faster she loses her progressive street cred.

Why is Warren making so many awful political decisions? Why does she think people want her to pursue a brokered convention? Why does she keep thinking that attacking Sanders will help her? Why is she making all the wrong chess moves?

The answer lies in her staff.

If you are wondering why Warren is making all the wrong moves, it is because she is listening to all the wrong people.

Warren has hired multiple people who were apart of the debacle that was the 2016 Clinton campaign, the same people who told Hillary she did not need to campaign hard in battleground states, the same people who told Hillary to be on the offensive with Sanders, these are the same people now whispering in Elizabeth Warren’s ear “No, of course they would support a brokered convention.” And “Go after Sanders, you need to bring him down if you want to win.”

Here are just some of the former Clinton people that Warren has hired.

Liz Wester – Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Political Director.

Janice Rottenberg – Regional organizing director for the Clinton campaign as well as director of the Ohio Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign for Clinton. If you recall, Ohio is one of the states Clinton neglected that went to Trump (He won 80 out of 88 counties).

Richard McDaniel – Warren’s nation organizing director and Hillary Clinton’s primary states regional director, he was also the field director for conservative Democrat Doug Jones.

Tracey Lewis – DNC figurehead and head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, while I find no record of her working for Clinton, their twitter profile is one with the long dead #StillwithHer tag and both the DNC and DSCC have long put up the resistance to pushing the party farther left.

Roger Lau – Warren’s campaign manager, he actually was a state director for Clinton’s campaign for president in 2008, another losing campaign! This might also explain Warren’s strategy to stay in to gain delegates until a brokered convention. In 2008 Clinton pursued a similar strategy, when it was clear Obama would be the nominee Clinton, stubbornly, stayed in the race hoping to gain enough delegates for a brokered convention. It should be no surprise that a campaign staffed by people who used this strategy before would advise their candidate to do it again.

So if you can’t figure out why Warren, a person who once marketed themselves as a progressive and Bernie’s “friend” would shift away from progressive messaging, look no further than the people she hired to run her campaign.

Remember what Buddha said, “To judge someone, look no further than the company they keep.”

The Professional Protester’s Super Tuesday Endorsements – California

Here is the list of my endorsements for the California Primary Election happening on March 3rd, 2020. I am a proud Californian who lives in Sacramento, it is important to note that I cannot vote for all of these individuals myself but I encourage all voters who read this to vote for these candidates wherever possible.

National

President – Bernie Sanders Because… well, in case you can’t tell from previous posts, I kind of like the guy. Lol.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles District Attorney – Rachel Rossi

At the recommendation of my favorite sex work author, Siouxsie Q James, I recommend voting for Rachel Rossi. Rossi is a public defender with a track record of standing up for black lives and she demonstrates the most nuance out of the field of candidates on issues vital to progressive values, such as sexwork. I lived in L.A. for three years, I miss it, I want what is best for it, and I want the incompetent monster that is Jackey Lacey to be out of work ASAP. I do wish Rossi was further left and do not agree with her on all issues, but we cannot allow the immoral and incompetent tenure of Lacey to continue. I recommend voting for Rossi for Los Angeles District Attorney.

Sacramento (My home town)

Sacramento City Council District 4 – Katie Valenzuela

Katie is a qualified candidate who supports rent control, a vital issue in Sacramento, and has the endorsement of multiple organizations, such as ACCE and my own DSA chapter. Katie has extensive experience organizing her community and a professional level understanding of community land trusts, which could serve as a vital instrument in ending the Sacramento rent crisis. Katie also has the endorsement of Sacramento county’s Democratic Party, something her opponent, incumbent Steve Hansen, does not. In fact it should be noted that Steve Hansen was expelled from the Sacramento County Democratic Party because he endorsed Republican District Attorney Anne Schubert, the woman responsible for letting off the officers who killed Stephon Clark. I whole heartedly endorse Katie.

Sacramento County Democratic Party Central Committee – Ian Lee

Ian is a personal friend of mine and one who I cannot recommend enough for this position, he is running on a slate of candidates (called the Progressive Labor Alliance) to infiltrate the Democratic party with pro-labor, class oriented progressives. I voted for the whole slate but I give my personal endorsement to Ian Lee more than anyone else, especially since I signed the petition to get his name on the ballot. Ian Lee is a professional labor organizer who has been on the front lines of the fight in more ways than I am capable of describing. He was a part of the historic Occupy UC Davis camp where he was brutally attacked by police, and I can honestly say he has done many favors for the Sacramento DSA chapter to the point that we would not have a chapter without his efforts and contributions. If I could only vote for one person on the slate, it would be Ian Lee. It should be noted that you can only vote for Lee if you are receiving a Democratic Party ballot.

San Fransisco

Congressional District 12 – Shahid Buttar

Shahid Buttar is another DSA member and the first candidate to challenge Nancy Pelosi for office to have an actual chance at defeating her. His politics are solid, his campaign is well run and does its homework, he is an adamant Bernie supporter and supports the issues that speak to the electorates material needs; he is pro medicare for all, pro green new deal, and is running a truly intersectional campaign. I cannot think of a better representative for San Fransisco than Shahid.

Dear Left/Alt Media : Give David Wright Work

ABC reporter David Wright has been suspended after right wing propaganda group, Project Veritas, released a heavily edited video of him criticizing his network’s lack of journalistic integrity and for admitting that he is a socialist.

Wright was recorded without his knowledge, this would not be the first time Project Veritas arranged a sting against journalists under false pretenses.

ABC announced that when Wright returns, he will be moved away from political coverage, despite his Peabody Award and commendable coverage of war-zones like Afghanistan and Darfur.

Journalists from all ends of the political spectrum are objecting to the suspension, most pointing out that there is nothing wrong with having private opinions as a journalist. For ABC to cow to a line of neutrality based on a video from an organization that is anything but neutral is an act of cowardice, especially in the eyes of journalists.

As a victim of heavily edited right wing attacks (google James Jackson DSA convention then enjoy the Fox News fodder against me) I sympathize whole heartedly with the situation, and I implore all left leaning and alternative medias to consider employing David Wright.

Wright is being robbed of his job for having a personal opinion and for speaking truth to power, in a conversation he did not consent to having recorded. More importantly he was suspended for challenging ABCs coverage of the election and for admitting he is a socialist.

Wright needs solidarity right now, and the left needs more mainstream journalists to come into our fold and bring our message to the masses.

The ultimate act of solidarity would be for outlets like Democracy Now, Means TV, or Status Coup to employ Wright. Wright is one of the first victims of a brewing new Red Scare, and the smears on socialists will only continue as Bernie gains power.

We cannot let an unethical group like Project Veritas receive this level of validation, we cannot let ABC get away with firing people for having opinions go unchallenged, and we as socialists have a duty to stand in solidarity with other socialists.

I implore all leftist and alternative media to consider giving David Wright work during his suspension. Wright deserves better than this.

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