|Union and environmental leaders arrested together over immigration? What’s up? Here is what’s up: Corporate-funded conservatives … “view us as one threat, and fundamentally we are acting like that now, as one threat.”
For decades corporate-funded conservatives have gone after all branches of progressive thinking and even potential progressive thinking. Environmentalists, unions, civil rights advocates, public school supporters, Social Security supporters, consumer-rights advocates, professors, scientists, women’s-rights advocates, students, immigrants, minorities, health and nutrition advocates, good-government advocates, you name it, they have been and are being attacked by the conservative movement. You don’t even have to identify yourself as progressive-aligned to be attacked as part of the socialist/communist/terrorist/anti-American/anti-God/whatever conspiracy. You do not even have to think of yourself as progressive-aligned to suffer an attack.
These groups and individuals typically responded on their own, often staying in “silos” of their own issue-group, and always under-resourced… practically defenseless and wide open to further attacks and eventual defeat. Really, why would a consumer-rights organization — already strapped for funds and trying desperately to get our a message about credit-card fraud or whatever — spend time and scarce resources going to bat for a group that is trying to save an old-growth redwood grove? That’s not what they do.
So they are doing something about it.
Union and environmental leaders were among 41 arrested together last Thursday at a sit-in outside the US Capitol, fighting for action from Congress on immigration. The arrests signify a new phase in the fight against the corporate/conservative takeover of democracy. [...]
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2005—DCCC post-mortem ignores Hackett war stance:
|National Democrats have advised their candidates for two straight cycles to ignore the war and make the campaign about "health care and jobs". Yet the war issue didn't go away in 2002 or 2004, and it won't go away in 2006.
The fact that the DCCC ignores one of the most striking lessons of the Hackett race is mind-boggling. If there was such a thing as "political malpractice," they would be guilty of it.
On today's Kagro in the Morning show, hedge fund DudeBros in Paradise! Greg Dworkin on the new political "hotness" Q poll, the 2016 Gop field, the mostly-unknown campaign of Bill De Blasio, and a gentle reminder that yes, Mitch McConnell is still favored. Also: one "@GOPBlackChick," insists you never hear white people talking about "white pride." Don't Google that, ma'am! Armando segues over to Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Hunter's piece on Ken Cuccinelli's corruption. Josh Horwitz on "The Town the Militia Took Over." The growing problem of "forgotten" guns seized by TSA. And Reuters' emerging bombshell on surveillance laundering.