The Big Lie: Mark Penn on How to “Fix” the unDemocratic Party

by Scott Creighton

Adolf Hitler: “The great masses will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one”

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Back in November of 2010, former Clinton administration advisor and former Hillary campaign advisor Mark Penn said what then president Barack Obama needed was a “right moment” like Bill Clinton had in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing to bring the people back to him and help his sagging poll numbers. Six months later, Barack and Hillary sat around in a clearly staged meeting watching a live feed of Seal Team 6 pretend to capture and execute Osama bin Laden.

Here are a few more of Mark Penn’s career highlights:

Mark Penn is more than just a repeat loser when it comes to elections: he’s a heartless, opportunistic neoliberal fake-Dem who’s sole purpose is to help other fake-Dems “move” the unDemocratic Party further and further to the full on fascist Right which they call “centrist”

As if you couldn’t see this coming and as Lee Fang pointed out the other day in an article posted at the Intercept, Mark… wait for it… WAIT for it…. “invests in Republican advocacy firms — and profits from the electoral defeat of Democrats.”

“In March, Penn’s investment firm Stagwell Media LLC announced that it had acquired a minority stake in Targeted Victory, a major Republican digital consulting company. Targeted Victory, founded by personnel from Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, was provided consulting services for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. More recently, following Penn’s investment in the firm, Targeted Victory assisted Republican Karen Handel in her successful campaign against Democrat Jon Ossoff in the Georgia special election last month.” Lee Fang

Not surprisingly, Mark Penn has gotten together with one Andrew Stein to scribble a little Op-Ed for the New York Times on how the unDemocratic Party needs to fix itself… by moving further to the “center” and go full-on neoliberal fascist as a response to their flailing popularity ratings.

“The path back to power for the Democratic Party today, as it was in the 1990s, is unquestionably to move to the center and reject the siren calls of the left, whose policies and ideas have weakened the party.” Mark Penn, Andrew Stein New York Times 7/06/217

You know (who or what) Mark Penn is. How about Andrew Stein? He’s a Democrat as well right? Democrat in name maybe… like Penn… and Clinton… and Obama… and Pelosi… and Schumer… you get the picture. Stein was married to Lynn Forester de Rothschild for 10 years from 1983–1993. Yep. He was a Rothschild by marriage. In 2011, Stein was convicted of tax evasion in a money laundering scheme. And he dated Ann Coulter.

According to Penn and Stein, what the unDemocratic Party needs is to go back to it’s sell-out neoliberal roots, the ones woven in the tapestry of American politics back in the good old days of Bill Clinton in the 90s when he was “compromising” with the reactionary Right and selling out progressive institutions like he was getting paid for it. Oh wait, he was getting paid for it.

“After years of leftward drift by the Democrats culminated in Republican control of the House under Speaker Newt Gingrich, President Bill Clinton moved the party back to the center in 1995 by supporting a balanced budget, welfare reform, a crime bill that called for providing 100,000 new police officers and a step-by-step approach to broadening health care. Mr. Clinton won a resounding re-election victory in 1996 and Democrats were back.” Mark Penn, Andrew Stein New York Times 7/06/217

Welfare reform gutted that social safety net program and forced tens of thousands of single mothers to work for free for Big Business. The crime bill Mark and Andy seem to like so much increased the populations of prisons across the country and opened them up to privatization… again, so Big Business could make a profit off sticking poor people in prison for as long as possible. And the “healthcare” program he was “broadening”… well, we all see how that morphed into Obama’s version of RomneyCare complete with the unconstitutional mandate and huge profit margins for… you guessed it… Big Business.

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Trump Pushes Neoliberal Infrastructure Plan Via Demagoguery (AE video)

Graham: We can’t go forward as a nation ‘until we punish Russia’

(Neocon war-monger Lindsey Graham channels fake progressive New McCarthyite Rachel Maddow calling for Trump to “punish” Russia for doing NOTHING. Says they didn’t change outcome of election but “they tried’ so they must be punished. And like Hillary and Madcow, he doesn’t need any stinking proof. What Russia did actually do is start the last stage of the Turkish Stream pipeline and prevent us, so far, from regime changing Turkey. THAT is what Russia did and THAT is why Clinton, Graham and Maddow want blood.)

from The Hill

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday said the Russians need to be punished for their meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

“I do not believe we can go forward as a nation until we punish Russia,” he said during an interview on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”

Graham said he does not need additional proof to confirm that Moscow attempted to hack the election.

“I’m 1,000 percent certain that the Russians interfered in our election,” he said.

“They did try to undercut Clinton. I don’t think they changed the outcome,” he said of the presidential vote that put President Trump in office. “Russia didn’t change the outcome of the election but they sure as hell tried and I want to punish the Russians and I hope the president will see their interference as a threat to our democracy.”

Graham said he has bipartisan support for sanctions against Russia for interfering in the presidential election.

“And my goal is to put it on the president’s desk and I hope he would embrace it,” he said…

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On the Russia Lunacy & Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Leak of CIA Hacking Force (Sane Progressive video)

Trump nominates ultra-right justice to US Supreme Court

by Patrick Martin, WSWS

President Donald Trump has chosen an ultra-right acolyte of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to fill the vacancy created by Scalia’s death a year ago, nominating Neil Gorsuch, a federal appellate judge from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Denver, Colorado.

Trump unveiled the nomination in a prime-time television production Tuesday night that had been hyped for several days but seemed anticlimactic, lasting only 15 minutes. The former reality television impresario sought to build suspense for the event by inviting the two “finalists” to Washington for the occasion, although he did not complete the degrading spectacle by forcing the runner-up, Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit in Pennsylvania, to make an appearance.

Gorsuch has all the right-wing credentials to be Trump’s selection. He is a reliable vote against abortion and for all manner of legal privileges and exemptions for religious groups and institutions; he is a proven defender of the police against democratic rights; and he has sided with businesses against consumers and workers in the vast majority of such cases he heard.

The judge comes from right-wing Republican stock. His mother, Anne Gorsuch Burford, was appointed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1981 by Ronald Reagan, and given the task of dismantling antipollution regulations. When the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives sought EPA records of how money in the so-called Superfund for cleaning up toxic waste was being spent, Gorsuch defied congressional subpoenas, was cited for contempt and was eventually forced to resign…

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Bernie Delegates ASSAULTED By Hillary Supporters at Michigan Democratic Meeting

Democracy Wins: Electoral College Voters Cast Votes in Line With Their State’s Wishes

by Scott Creighton

First of all, stop saying Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 2.8 million votes. It’s simply not verified in my opinion.

All of those additional votes came well after the election was finalized and almost every single one of them came from one state, California, where Killary “won” by a whopping 4.3 million votes (most showed up well after the election)

Alex Padilla is the Secretary of State in California and as we know, the Sec. of State overseas the elections of a state. He’s a Democrat who also just happens to have two Mexican parents and when he took office his primary concern was to “modernize” voting in California.

“Padilla said his priorities include upgrading the state’s voting systems to use modern technology and making the act of voting more accessible and convenient..” LA Times

That’s right. He brought in more electronic voting machines.

Some of you might have forgotten the massive election fraud that took place in California during the 2016 Democratic Party primary elections, but I didn’t. Millions of likely Bernie supporters found their party affiliation suddenly switched from Democrat to Republican or Independent come election day which meant they had to ask for a certain special type of ballot or vote via an provisional ballot which were later shredded before they were actually counted.

There has been no recount of the general election results in California. Jill Stein wasn’t interested in asking for a recount in states where Hillary clearly stole the nomination from Bernie Sanders this year. In fact, she didn’t seem all that interested in doing recounts in states where Hillary won the general… for some reason.

So this story that Hillary won the popular vote is bunk because it is based entirely on a state where we know election fraud was already committed on behalf of Hillary Clinton this year. Stop making that claim.

Why would they pad the numbers in California after Hillary clearly lost the election? It’s simple: because they needed her to “win” the popular vote in order for John Podesta to run “install Hillary no matter what” campaign.

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