Hillagarchy!

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 06: Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks after being presented the 2013 Tom Lantos Human Rights Prize December 6, 2013 in Washington, DC. Clinton received the award for her work in the areas of women's rights and internet freedom. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 06: Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks after being presented the 2013 Tom Lantos Human Rights Prize December 6, 2013 in Washington, DC. Clinton received the award for her work in the areas of women’s rights and internet freedom. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Hillary rails against the many ludicrous positions on social issues embraced by Republicans, confident that our senses of justice and fairness will be sufficiently offended that we will ignore all the similarities shared by Republicans and her Wall Street Democrat allies.

Rounding up and deporting immigrants, no rape or incest exceptions for abortion, voter suppression schemes, repealing Obamacare, opposing criminal background checks for gun buyers, etc, are all obvious differences between most Republicans and most Democrats.

But on foreign policy, military interventionism, monetary policy, corporate welfare, campaign donations by corporations, appointing industry executives and lobbyists to positions overseeing their industries, agricultural price supports, cruel wild Mustang roundups, and the killing of wildlife for cattle ranchers by the Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services, a virtually wholly owned subsidiary of the cattle industry, there is no appreciable difference between establishment Republicans and establishment Democrats.

A Hillary presidency would mean the continuation of fifty years of corporate control of the US government. Of ownership of legislators and public officials by billionaires, Wall Street and oligarchs.

But if Hillary is defeated, a very real opportunity would arise to build a grassroots alternative from the ashes of the failed Democratic leadership. A populist, democratic socialist party which will end the corporatocracy, provide universal healthcare, require public campaign financing, end corporate welfare, end military interventionism, and end the atrocities of Big Agriculture.

Vote against a Hillagarchy!

 

 

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15 thoughts on “Hillagarchy!

  1. You think Obama has been controlled by corporations? Seriously? You haven’t been paying to much attention the last seven years.

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    • Remember the Wall Street bailout? The auto industry bailout? Treasury secretary from Goldman Sachs? Monsanto executives in the administration? Big Ag shills running Interior and Agriculture? Obamacare is nothing but legalized theft for the insurance industry. And you don’t think Obama’s administration is in league with Wall Street? Not one banker was charged by Obama’s Justice Department with a crime after Goldman Sachs, AIG, Lehman Brothers, etc ripped off the American public.

      It is you who hasn’t been paying attention.

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      • I adored Hillary when she stumped for Bill in 1991. I was very impressed with her during the first term. Her book “It Takes a Village” was brilliant. I applauded her efforts for universal healthcare. Her speech in China on women’s rights was epic. I felt she was continually trying to keep Bill from being a Republican.

        Then she was elected to the US Senate from New York.

        And then she sold out.

        Sold out to Wall Street, the big banks, to Monsanto, to the private prison industry. The tentacles that lobbyists extended into Bill’s White House captured her. Bill organized the bribes and the consultants. She won easily. But was thereafter nothing but a puppet on a string.

        She voted for the Patriot Act. She supported Bush’s Iraq war. She supported Bush’s Afghanistan war. She lost my support and my admiration.

        I worked for Dennis Kucinich in 2004 and 2008. In my humble opinion, Kucinich was the most ethical person to ever seek the presidency. Of course, he hadn’t a prayer of winning. But his candidacy moved the party to the Left.

        Hillary Clinton is pragmatic if she is anything. She has publicly regretted her positions on the Patriot Act and Bush’s wars. She now regrets the War on Drugs, mandatory minimum sentences.

        In 2010 she reversed herself on gay marriage. But she reverses herself frequently. She originally negotiated the Keystone XL pipeline with TransCanada and Canadian officials. Then she refused to take a position on Keystone. Then she said that she would take a position once the Obama administration took whatever action they would take. Then she decided to come out against Keystone while the Obama administration had yet to act.

        Hillary was instrumental in the initial negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), and even went so far as to praise TPP as the “gold standard” of trade agreements. Now she opposes it.

        Her efforts to achieve universal healthcare endeared her to progressive Democrats during Bill’s first term. She was pummeled by the right for her position, and earned her the admiration of the those in the party who saw Bill Clinton as nothing more than Republican Light. Now she opposes universal healthcare!

        Hillary makes decisions based on polling. Bernie Sanders is threatening her from the left, so she tries to sound more like Sanders, but her loyalties are to those who own her soul.

        To be fair, I was impressed when she announced that she was taking on the poaching of elephants as a personal project. And then she actually followed through. She announced an $80 million dollar program to fight poaching and the ivory trade. I haven’t heard a word about the project since, but I will give her the benefit of the doubt that she carried through with her commitment.

        At this point in the campaign in 2007, Hillary led Barack Obama by a larger lead than she now enjoys over Bernie Sanders. And we know how that race ended.

        There is still plenty of time for Bernie to win the Democratic nomination.

        But if Hillary is nominated, she will have to move substantially to the left to avoid a tidal wave of Sanders voters from staying home, writing in Sanders, or voting for Jill Stein of the Greens.

        A word of advice for Hillary: Pledging not to appoint industry executives or lobbyists to positions in your administration would go a long way toward convincing Sanders voters that you are not a corporatist shill, bought and paid for by Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, Monsanto, Cablevision, Skadden, Arps, etc.

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      • Vote for whomever you wish. If Hillary wins the nomination she will have to work hard for voters like myself. Unless she pledges to keep lobbyists and industry executives out of her administration, I’d just as soon we elect the Republican. A Democratic party whose leadership will then be up for grabs will afford us the opportunity to rebuild the party from the ashes of a failed Wall Street candidate.

        The largess she receives from Wall Street, from the healthcare industry, from the private prison industry, from Big Oil, from Monsanto, is more than sufficient cause for liberals to reject her. Only a fool would believe she would not be beholden to them. One need only look at the Obama administration to see what influence has been purchased.

        For those of us who are animal activists, Clinton is as troubling as has been Obama. I see no indication that wild horse roundups would end, no end to live export of horses to slaughter in Canada and Mexico, no end to Wildlife Services murdering million of animals for the cattle industry, no changes in industrial slaughter, no end to battery cages, veal and gestation crates, to puppy mills, etc. While Sanders may not be any better, his opposition to Big Agriculture alone should earn him the votes of every animal activist.

        Hillary is more of the same. The status quo. She is the past. The future of the party and the country can be seen in the young people supporting Sanders. Those under 30 are going for Sanders by 80%! The oligarchy’s days are numbered!

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      • You don’t like capitalists and big corporations, yet you are willing to vote Republican just so you don’t have to vote for Hillary? Remember, there are people in this country besides yourself and your narrow views. You don’t vote for your needs. You vote for the needs of the country, and what is best for the country. Democrats are best for the country. That has been proven.

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      • I agree that Democrats generally are better for the people than are Republicans. But the difference between Republicans and Democrats is now almost exclusively differences on social issues. Control of the government is maintained by Wall Street and the oligarchy no matter which party is in power. The short term angst of tolerating a Republican administration seems are minor trade off against the possibility of reforming the Democratic party onto a democratic socialist one.

        A consideration that should be entertained is how the Democrats would do in 2018 and 2020 if Hillary is the incumbent president. Remember that Republicans own the House because they were able to run the table on state houses in 2010, and with those victories were able to gerrymander Congressional seats during reapportionment after the 2010 Census. In order to undo that damage, Democrats must regain state houses for the 2020 Census. If Democrats cannot fairly reapportion the House, it will remain in Republican hands until 2030!Just imagine the dismal results at the polls we would suffer with a failed Clinton president being voted upon in the 2018 elections. The results in 2014 were a disaster, even with a popular Barack Obama in office. Whoever is president in 2018 will have presided over a gridlocked two years in office. as the House will be Republican and the Senate will be Democratic.

        Ironically, each party would do better in the long term if the other party were to win the White House.

        Except if Sanders is president! Sanders political revolution will bring in millions of new participants to the political system, primarily young voters. Sanders has demonstrated his overwhelming popularity with the young, the poor, the disenfranchised, the disillusioned, and the those disgusted with politics as usual.

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      • A republican in the house always spells longterm disaster for the country and democrats spend their time cleaning up the messes. Look at all the clean up Obama has wasted his time on to clean up all the garbage of the two disastrous terms of the two Bushes. Two wars. A depression. Record high unemployment, etc.

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      • We will have another decade of Republican control of the House unless we are successful in 2018 and 2020 at the state level. I think Democrats would do better in each of those election cycles if we were running against a failed incumbent Republican president than having to defend a failed incumbent Hillary Clinton.

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      • Imagine this scenario if you want to see something scary: a republican president and a republican controlled house. You could kiss this country goodbye. Even the Bushes and the first Clinton had checks and balances. That would disappear if a republican was elected president.

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      • If a Republican gets elected President, I will be forced to make good on that promise to myself to finally move to Europe. Germany, particularly Berlin, is looking better and better.

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