The “Democratic” primaries were rigged from the beginning. Sanders said he was running against the entire Democratic Party establishment, and he wasn’t lying. There was never any impartiality. Under Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the DNC thoroughly abused it’s authority to prop up Hillary Clinton.

And yes, I know: “But Trump…”

Here’s the thing: Wrong is wrong. Rational adults can acknowledge the more than obvious dangers of a Trump Presidency, and simultaneously be aware of and criticize the widespread cheating by the Clinton campaign, superdelegates, and the DNC, headed by Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Clinton’s former 2008 campaign manager.

If you pay attention, over the coming days and weeks, you’re going to learn quite a lot about journalism and so-called Clinton “progressives” (aka neo-liberals), but most importantly, you’re going to learn something about integrity. Watch for the journalists, pundits and surrogates who either won’t talk about the leaked DNC emails, or who will try to minimize the enormous implication that the presidency can be bought and sold.

People and news organizations who reject serious discussions on the ethical breaches - especially “liberal” outlets like MSNBC - are revealing that they care more about a lone candidate than transparency, fairness and basic democracy. If the Republican Party did what is evidenced that the Democratic Party has done, Democratic politicians and pundits would be in a hysterical clamor. But because it’s Hillary Clinton, there’s little or no hand wringing?

Using the might of the DNC to maliciously malign opponents, and to squash fair critiques & honest disagreements in a political primary is undemocratic. Lots of honest people, especially reporters, should have a very big problem with that. 

The DNC uses tax dollars, so it’s almost a foregone conclusion that federal laws were broken.

Here are some of the revelations from the Wikileaks email dump, so far:

  • The “impartial” DNC repeatedly colluded with the Clinton campaign and actively worked against Bernie Sanders throughout the entire primary season  
  • The DNC successfully pressured a major news outlet to change the tone of their unfavorable coverage on Hillary Clinton
  • The DNC colluded with corporate media and encouraged (if not payed) reporters to plant false stories in the news to smear Sanders and his supporters
  • The DNC was prepared to use Sanders’ religion against him, or more accurately - they were preparing to use his still alleged lack of religion against him
  • Many DNC superdelegates picked Clinton as the Democratic nominee before any opponents could announce their candidacies, and before the primaries hed even began
  • The DNC may have facilitated skirting campaign finance laws, if not outright broken said laws
  • The Associated Press sought the approval of the DNC prior to releasing it’s story about Clinton being the presumptive Democratic nominee before the California primaries
  • The DNC helped push the false narrative about “thrown chairs” at the Nevada caucuses, even though it knew these stories to be false  
  • The DNC intentionally mis-labeled contributions from doners as contribution from LBGT supporters, when they obviously were not 
  • The DNC was making contingency plans to sabotage Sanders’ political career

And that’s just for starters…

Finally, before anyone misinterprets this as an attempt to sway people into not voting for Hillary Clinton, let me be very clear: Donald Trump is a racist and a fascist. That goes without saying. But Trump doesn’t control the DNC. This has absolutely nothing to do with Trump. So whether you vote for Hillary or not, this is still a serious problem.

You can be as pro-Hillary as you want, and also admit that the DNC has been run like an organized criminal empire. No one’s best interests are served by ignoring this.

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anonymous asked:

Tim Kaine is actually for deregulation of the banks.. he basically said 'just because they're big, doesn't mean they need more regulation". He's a corporatist and I'm not really sure why Hillary would choose him if she wants to win over independents and progressives.

idk which brogressive rumor mill you got that from (imma guess intercept) but that’s not accurate.

This is what he did on the issue of deregulating regional (NOT BIG) banks:

Kaine (D-Va.) signed a bipartisan letter Monday urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to “carefully tailor its rulemaking” regarding community banks and credit unions so as not to “unduly burden” these institutions with regulations aimed at commercial banks. At issue are compliance rules under the post-recession banking law known as Dodd-Frank.

Kaine was also one of four senators to sign a second letter Monday on behalf of regional banks seeking relief from a daily reporting requirement of liquidity. Activists said the request to Federal Reserve Chair Janet L. Yellen and other officials to lengthen the time between reporting would allow some very large banks too much leeway. Liquidity can be a measure of a bank’s health and risk-taking. 

There are fair criticisms to his position, one is seen above and more on the article linked, but it’s a stretch to say he’s for deregulation of big banks. Here’s what he said on regulating big banks:

People are going to say whatever they want, but I’m strongly for the regulation of the financial industry,” Kaine said.

“It’s important you don’t treat every financial institution the same,” he said. “It wasn’t credit unions that tanked the economy, it wasn’t local community banks that tanked the economy, generally wasn’t regional banks that did things that tanked the economy.

Kaine spokeswoman Amy Dudley said Kaine is “a strong supporter of Dodd-Frank.” He backed the proposed changes, she said, as a way to draw distinctions between types of banks and to train federal oversight where it is most needed.

Kaine “believes it’s important that the rules are tailored to the character of individual institutions so that we don’t accidentally choke off capital access to the families and small businesses in our communities,” Dudley said. “The toughest regulation should be on the biggest and riskiest institutions. Credit unions, community banks and regional banks need to be carefully regulated, but the nature of the regulation can be different to ensure scarce resources are efficiently spent allowing regulators to focus on the bad actors.”

Dodd-Frank allows the CFPB to grant some reporting and compliance exemptions.

Also friendly reminder that wasn’t it Bernie Sanders during the debates said to support credit unions and community banks over big Wall Street banks, and what Tim Kaine is advocating for here is in line with that. 

85% of progressives who supported Bernie Sanders already supported Hillary even before he endorsed Hillary, her VP pick, no matter who it was, wouldn’t move more towards the dem ticket. She could have picked Elizabeth Warren, my first choice to be her VP, and progressives will still have issues with that pick.

Why she picked Tim Kaine? simple, she wants someone who can be President on Day One. Among all the contenders, he is the most experienced in governing and most well versed in foreign policy and national security. He’s a popular senator from a battleground state. A politician who proved democrats can make inroads in conservative southern states. 

More importantly, his senate seat won’t be replaced by a republican governor, which was the biggest issue going against Sherrod Brown, Cory Booker and Liz Warren.

He was also picked for his strong liberal and progressive record and for getting proven results, not just spew platitudes. Kaine’s ratings from key progressive groups: Brady Campaign 100%; Human Rights Campaign 100%; Planned Parenthood 100%; AFL CIO 96%; NAACP 96% 

He’s also the original sponsor of the Equality Act, co sponsored the Women’s Health Protection Act, against death penalty, signed the Dream Act, supports DACA & DAPA and comprehensive immigration reform.

He took on the NRA in a gun state, the tobacco lobby in the tobacco state, fought the coal lobby on climate change and won on all three accounts. So much for a corporatist. 

He has a strong record on education (increased pre-K by 40 percent in his state) and healthcare (supported ACA) and has good relationship with his constituents, esp among African Americans and Latinos. As a civil rights lawyer he fought against housing discrimination that targeted minorities, he was a strong advocate for black students in Richmond Law, he was the first senator who delivered an immigration speech on the senate floor in full spanish, he pushed back against Arizona’s SB1070 immigration law when was DNC Chair. 

Heck, he’s not my first choice or even second choice for VP either. But there’s plenty to like about Tim Kaine and I see why he is picked, even if he’s not the favorite choice for VP. 

When Trump-Pence is the alternative, picking Tim Kaine is one of the smartest decisions Clinton has made. She picked a VP that can help her govern the country, not just someone to help her appease the base. 

And really, if him being boring or not passing some disingenuous progressive purity test that narrowly focused on Big Banks and Free Trade is what holding back independents or progressives, especially after we’ve just seen the fearmongering apocalyptic shit show that was the GOP convention, that’s putting their privilege and “ideological” tantrums over what’s at stake in the future of our country and letting their egos gamble with the fates of the marginalized and minorities. 

Wikileaks reveals Democrats influencing mainstream media

Among leaked DNC e-mails it is revealed that DNC’s establishment was furious over MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” being too sympathetic to Bernie Sanders

From https://wikileaks.org/dnc-emails/emailid/13718:

This is the LAST straw. Please call Phil a Griffin. This is outrageous. She needs to apologize.

Since you already went to Chuck I’ll wait for his response.

I think we need to speak to both of them. I’ve been talking to Phil about this since our breakfast.

Mentioned in conversation “Chuck” is the political director of NBC News Chuck Todd. The conversation with Chuck Todd also leaked.

From https://wikileaks.org/dnc-emails/emailid/10945:

Subject: Re: Chuck, this must stop

Chuck, see below.  I would like to discuss this with you today. Can you reach out to Luis to schedule a call? Thanks.

To what Chuck Todd responds:

Avail anytime between 1130 and 430

Politicians: It’s enough. We get it. You want us to think you are just a normal local and you know all the down-home places to eat. But Yelp isn’t a secret only your campaign manager knows about, and you are not fooling anyone.

It’s gotten to the point where even diner owners themselves can’t take it anymore. During the 2012 primaries, a diner in New Hampshire put up a sign letting politicians know that they weren’t welcome, and when interviewed, one employee compared them to hobos.

But if politicians want us to believe that they are men and women of the people because they mingle with us commoners at diners, then maybe they should make sure to treat those places well. Clinton had a terrible news cycle in 2008 after a waitress claimed she had not been left a tip when the candidate visited. When Romney and his team went to a diner in Iowa, they ripped tablecloths, broke a truck they borrowed, and even smashed a picture of the owner’s father. And virtually every owner complains that the incessant campaign stops slow down their service, annoy their customers, and keep them from making money.

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Thousands of Bernie Sanders Supporters Are Suing the DNC in a Massive Class Action Lawsuit
It's on.

Millions of Bernie Sanders’ donors may now have legal recourse against the Democratic primaries they saw as rigged.

Beck & Lee Trial Lawyers, a civil litigation firm based in Miami, Florida, is announcing the filing of a class action lawsuit against the DNC early next week, alleging fraud and collusion with the Hillary Clinton campaign. While roughly one hundred people have officially signed on as plaintiffs, partner Jared Beck told US Uncut that thousands of requests for legal paperwork have come in within the last 48 hours.

“Signed agreements are coming in steadily and we continue to get new requests by the minute,” Beck said.