This Is What Democratic Party Propaganda Looks Like

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Above Photo: Ben Garrison

Note: A sit-in on the Capitol Hill steps seemed to happen organically when “civil rights icon” Rep. John Lewis and Wall Street’s own Sen. Corey Booker sat on the steps and did a livestream about the terrible senate healthcare proposal put forward by the Republican leadership. Then, others started to join them — how exciting! — then more. Even Democratic leader Sen. Chuck Schumer joined the “sit-in”. Wow — something was really happening. MoveOn’s leader was there to promote it — as it happened — what a coincidence, he just happened to be walking by! Then, Occupy Democrats, another Democratic Party propaganda site, promoted it on social media. Some unknown journal, the Washington Journal, did an article about the whole thing “reporting” that the event was “something remarkable” and how it gave them faith in democracy. When you look at the about us page of the Washington Journal there is nothing to identify who they are, no biographies of reporters, nothing about their funding but they do say “In an age of fake news, we are a trusted source with a track-record of honesty and integrity.” Well that is reassuring.

Usually Democratic Party propaganda is more sophisticated than this but even smart people fell for this propaganda ploy.  Other examples: New front groups like Indivisible are created after the election with resources on how to stop Trump’s agenda and incredible nationwide organizing capability from out of nowhere, or the myth that a massive Women’s March is planned because of a Facebook post by one woman resulting in hundreds of thousands coming to DC.

We know many people who are working with local Indivisible groups; some are becoming active for the first time. Many are getting a lot out of the protests. We are pleased to see people violating Indivisible’s guidance to only go negative on Trump and not put forward positive solutions, such as advocating for improved Medicare for all. Many Indivisible “Protect the ACA” events have turned into improved Medicare for all rallies.

We also know that many people really enjoyed participating in the Women’s March after Trump’s inauguration; that it was a very positive experience for them. So, we are not saying do not participate but we do think it is important to realize that a march of hundreds of thousands of people was not because of one Facebook message generating a massive response. This event was organized by a massive organization and it was not a coincidence that many Democratic Party elected officials were on stage. This was an anti-Trump, pro-Democratic Party event.

People should know the truth that giant rallies are not spontaneous. They take a lot of time to plan and organize. We need to point out when Democrats create fake resistance events — where Hillary Clinton can even say she is a member of the resistance. We need to make fun of it and laugh at it knowing it is all designed to mislead us, focus our attention on Trump and not focus on the deeper system-wide political problems including the neo-liberal, Wall Street and war Democrats who are at the center of the many problems the country faces — including healthcare. And, we need to realize our job is to build a mass, transformative movement that is independent of both Wall Street funded parties. Transformative change needs to challenge the system; and that means also challenging the Democrats.

Then, there is Resistance Summer which the Democrats describe in this poorly designed marketing video. Eleanor Goldfield explains the fraud of the Democrats’ Resistance Summer by reviewing the history of the Democratic Party and how they mimic and undermine real people’s movements. KZ

Something Remarkable Just Happened On The Capitol Steps In Response To Trumpcare

It began with two Democratic legislators, both deeply concerned about the threat from the Republicans’ Trumpcare bill, sitting on the steps of the Capitol — Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representative John Lewis (D-GA), the Civil Rights legend himself. What began as a conversation shared on Facebook grew organically into a powerful moment of truth.

Ben Winkler of MoveOn.org happened to be walking by in the early moments and chronicled the evening as the crowd and emotion swelled.

I’ll let Ben’s words speak for themselves, but this should serve as a reminder that despite everything there are genuinely good people working passionately to make Americans’ lives better, and magic can happen when a concerned citizenry gets involved.

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  • eight.of.wands

    That’s funny, i also happened to be just walking by the Capitol Bldg at that very same moment as well, what a coincidence!!….i wasn’t aware of who the ppl sitting down were, but i clearly heard someone say, “Cory, it’s all you, baby!….Barrie shit and grinned for 8 years and folks LOVED it, ate it up, couldn’t get enough, as he fckd them over on every single campaign issue he fed them damn fools…..you got the look, Cory….you got the grin, my man!!….and you got the lyin-thru-yr-teeth thing DOWN!!…..Hillary as your VP will totally deliver the white AND the women’s vote….Dude!, seriously, this is pure g-e-n-i-u-s, you can’t lose, no way!!”

  • bilerga

    So what is the “massive organization” that organized the women’s march?
    Also, I think the democrats do need to learn some theatrics to counteract the republican efforts and faux-news propaganda, so even if the happening on the capitol steps yesterday was kind of planned, I don’t understand what’s so bad about it.

  • AlanMacDonald

    Excellent Graphic!!!

    This is exactly what EMPIRE does to orchestrate TYRANNY “at home” and murderous/looting Empire “Abroad”.

    As Hannah Arendt warned her own German people:

    “Empire abroad entails tyranny at home”.

  • kevinzeese

    Behind the scenes the Democratic Party and its funders, above ground a whole series of unions and other Democratic Party allied nonprofits. https://www.womensmarch.com/partners/

  • Steve1027

    This ploy is very reminiscent of Mr. Booker’s time as Newark mayor. He’s good at coming off as the nicest, most thoughtful corporate serf you’ve ever met.

  • Mary Lawrence

    Ben don’t knock the Indivisibles! Indivisible St Johns, one of the first, long ago transitioned to not just resisting Trump’s agenda but to joining forces with local groups, teacher’s union, NAACP and LGBTQ, not just to protest but to start advocating for good policy and politics. We learned early on that just going negative solves nothing and incites the Tea Party in this very red county in NE Florida. We’re not blindly following Indivisible but are holding open community education events and supporting local progressive issues. Our people are finding their voices and they’re educated about the issues. It’s a good thing.

  • bilerga

    I don’t see the problem. What is wrong with the Unitarians of Buffalo and Girls Who Code signing on? I watched this even grow organically -I was on the facebook page from day 1. This was not pre-planned by the Democrats. Maybe I am missing something – am a supporter of many ideas on this website- but the article above strikes me as paranoid.

  • kevinzeese

    Good point, Mary. It is always important to distinguish between the grassroots activists and the leadership of groups like Indivisible and MoveOn. Often the grassroots has the right instincts and does the right thing despite the leadership. We see this with the town hall events that Indivisible has helped to organize. While Indivisible says just protest Trump, do not put out a positive solution; activists have turned many of those town halls into rallies for improved Medicare for all. It is easy to do since 2/3 of people want Medicare, so once it is brought up it tends to dominate the discussion.

  • Lorraine Heth

    The

  • Lorraine Heth

    the true measure of their seriousness would be to bring hr676 to the floor.

  • chetdude

    Alas…

    1) No Senator has introduced it.
    2) In the House bringing a bill to the floor is COMPLETELY under the control of the execrable Paul Ryan(R-death panels)
    3) In the Senate, if there WERE a bill, bringing a bill to the floor is COMPLETELY under the control of the execrable man-turtle, Mitch McConnell..

  • kevinzeese

    It will be introduced in the senate. It is just a question of timing and that is mixed up with the Republican attack on the ACA. Once that is over single payer will be represented in a senate bill.

    We understand the politics of the moment, but we are building for a different political moment. Our campaign for single payer — Health Over Profit for Everyone, http://www.HopeOverProfit.org — is a multi-year campaign. We are in the stage of building power to win this struggle and we have a strategy to do so.

    Nancy Pelosi has promised the House will pass $15 an hour minimum wage if the Dems take back the House. She needs to be pushed to pass HR 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act. Well over half the Democrats in the House are co-sponsoring it and Pelosi claims she supports single payer — like to say she supported it before you were born!. So, we need to be pressuring her.

    We also need to be pushing Repubs to co-sponsor. That is a breakthrough we will need to make on the path toward victory.

  • Wacanta

    Just as I LOVE to see the rethugs eating their own and the nazi’s fighting with the alt reich, I’m sure they all LOVE it when the Dems fight amongst themselves and can’t seem to get their shit together. I hate a lot about the establishment Dem party, from their wall st contributors to their “compromising” on everything to their support of wars without end, but I’ll continue to vote for them until a viable progressive third party comes along, so as not to enable a fucker like trump to be elected.

  • Lorraine Heth

    It’s the long game I’m in…as reflected in Kevin’s response.

  • chetdude

    I agree…

    We (some) of the People have been at this for over 7 decades…

    History shows us that often it’s darkest just before the dawn…

    I was just pointing out the painfully obvious that pertains at this moment…

  • chetdude

    As have I been – for decades…

    I was just pointing out the painful reality of this moment — I definitely don’t believe that there’s no hope for the future…

    In fact, I believe that forms of single-payer, universal health care are inevitable in the better, more rational and compassionate regions that will remain as and after the commercial fiction that is the United States disintegrates…

  • DHFabian

    Sounds like it was a jolly good event, and who could be more representative of the “masses” than some rich Clinton-wing Democrats?

  • DHFabian

    No one knows what “equality” means today. The middle class wants to reduce the gap between themselves and the rich while maintaining thechasm between the poor and the middle class, workers and the jobless.

    Did you know that we already stripped the US poor of list of basic civil and human rights — fascism, by definition? Anyone who learned about 20th Century history in school knows how, once fascism takes root, it quickly grows and spreads like kudzu, choking out everything else.

  • DHFabian

    No, many of us do know that Medicare for All amounts to health care coverage for some. It is not universal health care. Low-income seniors and the disabled, for example, rely on dual benefits, Medicare/Medicaid. Medicaid covers such things as needed prescriptions, treatments, etc. It also goes toward rent subsidies for assisted living apartments and nursing homes. Without Medicaid, many will die, obviously.

  • DHFabian

    Meanwhile, to my knowledge, the Dem Party is still under the control of the Clinton wing, who have worked so long to shred the “safety net.” while successfully splitting apart those who aren’t on the right wing.

    Some history trivia: From FDR to Reagan, the US had implemented policies and programs that actually took the country to its height of wealth and productivity — everything from regulating corporate and financial interests to establishing a legitimate safety net. When Reagan was first elected, the overall quality of life in the US was rated at #1 — far from perfect, a work in progress. From Reagan to Clinton, we reversed the policies, ended the programs. By the time Obama was elected, the overall quality of life in the US had already plunged to #48.

  • DHFabian

    Democrats know why anything resembling universal health care wouldn’t make sense, and isn’t going to happen. We have a lot of poor people today. What would be the logic of providing anything more than emergency room services to the poor, just to dump them back on the streets? Lack of adequate food and shelter take a very heavy toll on human health. In fact, since we ended actual welfare aid, the overall life expectancy of the US poor has plunged below that of every developed nation.

  • DHFabian

    For so many, that darkest hours has already lasted decades. I think the US is approaching the point where that darkest hour just means the end of the line.

  • DHFabian

    What do you mean by “forms of universal health care?” It’s something that either exists, or doesn’t. The middle class want free or low cost coverage only for those who are fortunate enough to be of current use to employers. In the real world, not everyone can work, and there aren’t jobs for all.

  • kevinzeese

    We are not Dems so we are not “Dems fighting among themselves.”

    Your analysis – that you will continue to vote for Dems to keep people like Trump out – shows how voters are manipulated into voting for Wall Street and war candidates. Every Democrat nominated since 1992 has been a Wall Street and war candidate which is why even when they win, things get worse for almost everyone except the transnational corporations, weapons makers and the wealthiest. So, keep voting away your power rather than building power. You create a Catch 22 — when there is a viable third party you will change. Of course, with people voting like you (as most do) there will never be a viable third party so we will continue on our path of corporate power and growing wealth divide.

    Voting like this makes you part of the problem. I know you will point the finger at me, since I refused to vote for Hillary Clinton (or Trump), but the truth is if we had Clinton we would still have mass deportations, war escalation in Syria, growing conflict with Russia, continue domination of healthcare by the insurance industry etc. In fact, on all these issues and more she might have been worse than Trump because unlike Trump, she knows how to make the government work so she would be even more effective at putting in place Wall Street and war policies. She has been doing so for more than 30 years. Trump is a klutz compared to her and therefore less effective for the Wall Streeters and militarists.

  • kevinzeese

    You have made this same hateful comment multiple times. It is because so many are poor that we need universal, publicly funded healthcare. It would solve a major problem for the poor. Then, we can sole other problems — like income, food security, housing — all of these need to be confronted. Yet, your advice — do nothing let the poor suffer. You pretend to care but that is always where you end up.

  • DHFabian

    Quick bit of history: The Reagan Democrats of the 1980s merged with the Clinton wing in the 1990s. Democrats split apart their own voting base, middle class vs. poor, and the past eight years confirmed that this split is permanent.This is why Democrats are probably over for the foreseeable future.

    In 2016, we got stuck with two big party candidates who were opposed by much of their own voting bases, for some of the same reasons. This is why roughly half of all voters either voted third party or withheld their votes. In the end, Clinton won the most votes, Trump got the electoral vote, so that’s what we’re stuck with.

  • DHFabian

    Out here, that women’s march was seen as just another pep rally for the bourgeoisie, standing in solidarity to protect the advantages of the middle class, the worthy servants of the corporate state.

  • DHFabian

    Nothing’s necessarily wrong with it, as far as pep rallies go. Just keep in mind that that’s all that it was. It had no connection with the realities of life for the masses out here.

  • DHFabian

    Barrie? I assume that you’re referring to Obama, as that was his nickname back in his school years. He’s grown up now, and uses the name given to him at birth, as seen on his (demanded) birth certificate: Barack Obama.

    Incidentally, did you know that it was the Clinton wing that split apart the Dem voting base, as they threw the poor off the cliff in the 1990s, and took the first steps to similarly “reform” Social Security (targeted the disabled)? Or that the majority of US poor are white, and the majority of these are women?

  • Wacanta

    Doesn’t sound like you read my post and my critique of the Dem party, and I was a Bernie supporter from day one, and also a supporter of the Working Families Party (although they’re only local so far). One look at Stein’s stock portfolio should disabuse anyone of the thought that she’s “green”. Yes, you’re correct that under Clinton we’d have all kinds of shit happening that is currently happening with drumpf, but I have a feeling that if you asked the Muslim, LGBTQ, Black, Hispanic, and undocumented communities, you’d find overwhelmingly that they’d disagree with your saying things might be worse under Clinton. I don’t think we’d see voter suppression, gorsuch as a supreme, the dismantling of the EPA and the selloff of National Monuments, the threat of millions being denied healthcare (I refused to partake in Obamacare and paid the penalty, but the ahca is far worse and will literally kill tens of thousands every year if it’s enacted), the return of MTR, the further degradation of the VRA, the repeal of Dodd/Frank (maybe), the denial of climate change, the gutting of all safety nets for the poor, elderly, and the “other”, the denigration of alternative energy to the pushing of fossil fuels, the theocratic takeover of our government, and the complete mockery of everything that America used to stand for, as well as much more, under drumpf. We live in ameriKKKa now, and the only positive thing that I see happening is the mobilization of the progressives to fight drumpf and his minions. I spent a week at Sacred Stone Camp, and I saw firsthand the power of We the People, and I’ll continue to fight to make my country better, but voting for Clinton was the only possibility for me, and if only 77,000 people in 3 states had made the same choice, we’d not be living the nightmare we’re living now, but perhaps just a bad dream, that we could improve on by nominating true progressives, if it’s not too late.