Friday, October 14, 2016

The Lamentations of the Progressives

A Citigroup executive had the Obama administration's cabinet picked out in October 2008.

The Most Important WikiLeaks Revelation Isn’t About Hillary Clinton
Michael Froman, who is now U.S. trade representative but at the time was an executive at Citigroup, wrote an email to Podesta on October 6, 2008, with the subject “Lists.” Froman used a Citigroup email address. He attached three documents: a list of women for top administration jobs, a list of non-white candidates, and a sample outline of 31 cabinet-level positions and who would fill them. “The lists will continue to grow,” Froman wrote to Podesta, “but these are the names to date that seem to be coming up as recommended by various sources for senior level jobs.”

The cabinet list ended up being almost entirely on the money.
One might consider this good preparation, but for the progressives, it means they're really spectators in American politics. The Democrat Party lets them stomp on the faces of the religious, conservatives, white people and men, but that's it. There's no real power for them.
Many liberal pundits have talked about the need to focus exclusively on Donald Trump, and the existential threat he presents, in the critical period before Election Day. And there is a logic to that idea: Trump would legitimately be a terrifying leader of the free world. But there are consequences to the kind of home-team political atmosphere that rejects any critical thought about your own side. If the 2008 Podesta emails are any indication, the next four years of public policy are being hashed out right now, behind closed doors. And if liberals want to have an impact on that process, waiting until after the election will be too late.

Who gets these cabinet-level and West Wing advisory jobs matters as much as policy papers or legislative initiatives. It will inform executive branch priorities and responses to crises. It will dictate the level of enforcement of existing laws. It will establish the point of view of an administration and the advice Hillary Clinton will receive. Its importance cannot be stressed enough, and the process has already begun.
I have news for you buddy, the Clintons have been in power a long time. Not only is it already decided, much of it was probably decided in 2007.

The progressive foot soliders are the tools of the regime, but have no real power. Sure, they can get things like gay marriage passed, but the elite don't care. Hillary is anti-gay marriage. All she cares about is clearing out opposition to Empire. And progressives are cheaper than slaves. No chains or overseers required, no food or clothing. They pay progressive soldiers with 50 retweets and 100 likes.

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