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Sunday, 6 March 2016

The Seven Stages of Establishment Backlash: Corbyn/Sanders Edition

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Editor:

This is from late January, but it still has tread and cred. Note the hysterical reactions of the Hilly/Billy clan to Sander’s continued strength. Remember this… the Clintons ushered in the present neocon aggression aiming at global hegemony. No decent person wants that. What does that tell you about their supporters? A meaty reflection, no?

BMD

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The British political and media establishment incrementally lost its collective mind over the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the country’s Labour Party; its unraveling and implosion show no signs of receding yet. Bernie Sanders is nowhere near as radical as Corbyn; they’re not even in the same universe. However, especially on economic issues, Sanders is a more fundamental systemic critic than the oligarchical power centres are willing to tolerate; they find his rejection of corporate dominance over politics and of corporate support for his campaign particularly menacing. Thus, they regard him as America’s version of a far-left extremist, threatening establishment power.

For those who observed the unfolding of the British reaction to Corbyn’s victory, it’s been fascinating to watch the DC/Democratic establishment’s reaction to Sanders’ emergence replicate that, reading from the same script. Personally, I think Clinton’s nomination is extremely likely, but evidence of a growing Sanders movement is unmistakable. Because of the broader trends driving it, this is clearly unsettling to establishment Democrats… as it should be. A poll last week found that Sanders has a large lead with millennial voters, including young women; as Rolling Stone put it, “Young female voters support Bernie Sanders by an expansive margin”. Yesterday, the New York Times trumpeted that, in New Hampshire, Sanders “jumped out to a 27 percentage point lead”, which is “stunning by New Hampshire standards”. Also yesterday, the Wall Street Journal, in an editorial titled “Taking Sanders Seriously,” declared it’s “no longer impossible to imagine the 74-year-old socialist as the Democratic nominee”. Just as was true for Corbyn, there’s a direct correlation between the strength of Sanders and the intensity of the bitter and ugly attacks unleashed at him by the DC/Democratic political/media establishment. Roughly speaking, there were seven stages to this “establishment revolt” in the UK against Corbyn, and the American reaction to Sanders closely follows the same script:

STAGE 1:

Polite condescension toward what they perceive to be harmless (“We think it’s really wonderful that you’re airing your views”).

STAGE 2:

Light casual mockery as the self-belief among supporters grows (“No, dears, a left-wing extremist won’t win, but it’s nice to see you excited!”).

STAGE 3:

Self-pity and angry etiquette lectures directed at supporters upon realising that they aren’t performing their duty of meek surrender, flavoured with heavy doses of concern trolling (“Nobody but nobody is as rude and gauche online to journalists as these crusaders; unfortunately, it’s hurting their candidate’s cause!”).

STAGE 4:

Smear the candidate and his supporters with innuendos of sexism and racism with falsely claims that only white men support them (“You like this candidate because he’s white and male like you, not because of ideology or policy or contempt for the Party establishment’s corporatist pro-war approach!”).

STAGE 5:

Brazen invocation of right-wing attacks to marginalise and demonise, as polls prove the candidate is a credible threat (“He’s weak on terrorism, will surrender to ISIS, has crazy associations, and is a clone of Mao and Stalin!”).

STAGE 6:

Issuance of grave and hysterical warnings about the pending apocalypse if the voters reject the establishment candidate, as the possibility of losing becomes imminent (“You’re destined for decades, perhaps, even generations, of powerlessness if you disobey our decrees about who to select!”).

STAGE 7:

Full-scale and unrestrained meltdown, panic, lashing-out, threats, recriminations, self-important foot-stomping, overt union with the Right, and complete fury (“In good conscience, I can no longer support this party of misfits, terrorist-lovers, communists, and heathens!”).

Britain is well into Stage 7, and may even invent a whole new level (anonymous British military officials expressly threatened a “mutiny” if Corbyn won a democratic election as Prime Minister). The Democratic media/political establishment has been in the heart of Stage 5 for weeks and is now entering Stage 6. The arrival of Stage 7 is guaranteed if Sanders wins Iowa.

21 January 2016

Glen Greenwald

The Intercept

https://theintercept.com/2016/01/21/the-seven-stages-of-establishment-backlash-corbynsanders-edition/

Editor:

There are well-known Hilly Fans amongst we Orthodox… we all know who they are. The one that mystified me is one with Serbian ties… they do know how Bill and Hill hate Serbs with a passion (they do pal with Biden the Ustašha lover, after all) and how they spat on our bishops in ‘99! That one is odd, is it not? The world IS full of contradiction…

BMD

Gallup Poll Shows American Citizens Think that Hillary Clinton is a “Liar” and “Dishonest”

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According to a new nationwide Gallup poll on both Democratic presidential hopefuls, Hillary Clinton and her rival Bernie Sanders, “dishonest” and “liar” were the words that came to the minds of American citizens when asked about Hillary Clinton. The poll revealed that the next closest word associations for Clinton were “dislike her” at 9 percent, “like her” at 8 percent, and both “criminal, crooked, thief, belongs in jail” and “capable of being president and qualified” at 7 percent. It seems that Clinton always inspired negative reactions; in 2008, Gallup said “dishonest” was also the most frequent response when they asked the same question about Hillary. In the same poll, 12 percent of those asked described Sanders as “socialist”, 6 percent said “older, aged”, whilst “favourable” and “fresh face, new ideas, change for the better” both received 5 percent. Gallup surveyed 1,014 adults between 13-14 February with a 4 percent overall margin of error.

Meanwhile, other polls of the Democratic race also showed that most viewed Sanders as trustworthy; whilst others saw Clinton as more qualified. A new poll of 18-26-year-olds sponsored by Snapchat and news outlet Politico showed that most participants saw Sanders as the USA’s “most trusted and respected” political leader with 31 percent support. US President Barack Obama and Hillary received 18 percent and 11 percent, respectively, in that same category. The survey held between 11-14 February polled 1,000 young Americans. The Snapchat poll showed that 66 percent thought that Corporate America “embodies everything that’s wrong with America”, whilst 58 percent believe socialism is the “most compassionate political system”. The recent polls came as Clinton and Sanders brace for another battle in South Carolina Saturday, where black voters are a determining factor in the race. Clinton barely won the Iowa caucus with less than a 1 percent lead over Sanders. Last Saturday, the former first lady also won Nevada with less than a 5 percent lead. Meanwhile, Sanders secured a big win in New Hampshire with at least 20 percent more votes than Clinton.

24 February 2016

Telesur

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Poll-Shows-US-Citizens-Say-Hillary-Clinton-a-Liar-and-Dishonest-20160223-0035.htmbl

Editor:

This isn’t new, but it shows that Chilly Hilly has little support outside of black voting blocs controlled by insider pols and Affluent Effluent Upper Middles lusting for crumbs from her table. Feel the Bern… they did in Nebraska and Kansas yesterday…

BMD

Friday, 20 February 2015

Gallup Sez Texas Might Turn to the Left… God Bless America!

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For decades, pollsters counted Texas… for better or worse… as one of the reddest of red states. Therefore, it may come as quite a shock to learn that, as demographics shift, it isn’t amongst the most Republican states anymore. Gallup, as a part of their annual States of the States series, recently conducted a poll based on party affiliation. Some results were less surprising… New York, California, Delaware, and Massachusetts still show solidly Democratic. Others, such as Louisiana and the Lone Star State itself, revealed themselves more politically split. Gallup asked people about their party membership, or which way they leaned if they identified as Independent. Turns out, the Texas Republican advantage shrunk to 3.9 percent, below the 10 percent that’d indicate a Solid Republican lead and the 5 percent that’d indicate a so-called Republican lean. The small percentage still means millions of voters. Thus, Gallup reclassified Texas as a competitive state, one of 18 in the country… it classified 15 states as solid or leaning Republican, and 17 as solid or leaning Democrat. Gallup noted a “significant move away from the Democratic Party” across the country since 2008, when 29 states were solidly Democratic and another 6 were Democrat-leaning. Pollsters say Democrats still have the advantage nationwide because of densely populated left-leaning states like New York and California; many solidly Republican states are more sparsely populated. The survey revealed that the most Republican states are Utah and Wyoming.

20 February 2015

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/politics/20150220/1018510798.html

Editor:

Greedy GOP businessmen are bringing in Mexican illegals and treating them like shit. However (as Chukcha the Wise would say)… their kids are citizens and they saw how the Republican greedster “biznessmen” treated Mom and Pop and Tío and Tía. As a result, they’re NOT voting Republican… Ted Cruz, payback IS a motherfucker… did you forget that? Proof positive that the GOP is, indeed, “The Stupid Party”.

BMD

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Poll Sez Most Americans Opposed to Closing Gitmo Gulag

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According to a Gallup poll, held from 5 to 8 June, involving 1,207 adult American residents, after the exchange of an American soldier captured in Afghanistan for five Taliban commanders, the majority of Americans don’t support ​​closing the Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba. According to the survey, only 29 percent of Americans want the prison closed, whilst two-thirds (66 percent) oppose closing it and transferring its prisoners to American prisons. Gallup. The margin of error was +/- 4 percent. According to US National Security Council, over the past 13 months, the USA released 13 prisoners from the facility. Thus, now, there are 149 prisoners at Gitmo. In 2008, then-presidential candidate Obama promised to close the prison in 2010. However, in March 2011, the military courts for terrorism suspects resumed their work. In addition, Obama president signed a decree that established special procedures to allow holding detainees at Gitmo without charge if they pose a serious threat to national security. In 2013, Obama announced in a keynote speech that the USA should close the prison, and that suspected terrorists should face trial in the USA.

Editor:

Nothing like the Gitmo Gulag existed in the Cold War… the Americans feared that the Sovs would run with it and ruin their image abroad. In any case, Gitmo is extralegal… it’s illegal as all get-out, and that meant something prior to the time of Slobberin’ Ronnie. Reagan defied legality (look at PATCO), Bush I was a former CIA director (need I say more? What about Neil Bush and Silverado?), Clinton was the last of the Good Ol’ Boy Dixiecrats (and the last of the “conservative” Democrats), Bush II was a spoilt brat crony crapitalist, and Obama won’t face down Republican filibusters in the Senate (the true source of the gridlock in our government today). In short, Gitmo is a symptom of a dysfunctional, crank, and ultimately systemically unlawful American “conservatism”. Trust me… Bismarck and Stolypin wouldn’t call Rush, Ann, Boehner, McConnell, and the Tea Party conservatives (after all, Bismarck was the Father of Single-Payer Healthcare and Stolypin favoured prosperous smallholders over aristocratic landowners)… they’d call ’em what they are… Nihilist Radical Right Anarcho-Capitalists (Slobberin’ Ronnie is God and Ayn Rand is His Prophet). American “conservatives” make UKIP and Marine le Pen look LEFTIST (they’re not… but they ARE traditional conservatives, not rightwing greedsters like the Americans are). Leftists and True Conservatives can dialogue and find common cause… Radical Right Nihilists, like those in the US Republican Party, are the enemies of all decent people.

Orthodox people… I have a word for you… SYMPHONIA. The Church blesses the state and it curses anarchy of any sort (not all anarchists are bearded and toss bombs… most are “respectable” and quote Ayn Rand). It does NOT bless “deregulation” or “libertarianism”, as it believes that fallen man is unable, inherently, to police himself adequately. That means that you spit on the Lord Christ and His Church if you vote Republican. Think on that.

BMD

14 June 2014

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_06_14/Most-Americans-oppose-closing-Guantanamo-poll-8216/

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