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I was watching a demonstration for Free Palestine outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center this week surrounded by police officers in shorts and on bicycles, the women officers’ ankle tattoos showing, when a delegate in a suit and tie came out and stood taking it in. I asked him what he thought of the demo and he said, “It’s a lot of noise, but we need to give them a space to be heard, and they’ll calm down. We are unified.” Then he set off smartly down the street.

I didn’t see the unity. The spirit of the Democratic convention was Soft Chicago 68. The forces that tore apart the Democrats in 1968 were arrayed in Philadelphia, but the party and the police (the establishment!) were determined to defuse the destructive energies this time round without riots or rage.

Whether or not they succeed we will know in November, of course, but I found it painful to be in Philadelphia, because of the psychic-spiritual chasm before me: two political realities that have very little intercourse with one another and both of which claim to represent the American liberal-left.

In fact the two sides seem to hate one another; they need couples counseling. They would then have to admit that even though one side is truly more popular (Hillary) than the other (Sanders), they need one another and so far the Hillary side has sold out the Sanders side on many issues of great importance to the Sanders side, leaving the Sanders people with the seething passive-aggressive belief that they can blow things up. Ala 1968.

This alienation was sadly visible throughout Philadelphia. The fence around the Wells Fargo Center, where the televised convention was taking place, was like a wall in an ancient city, though it was constructed out of the most modern materials. Outside it was a hazy torchlit under-civilization of hipsters, freelance internet journalists, Bernie bros, bikers, space travelers, pop-up-gas-grillers making Jiffy Pop, and buckskin Johnny-Appleseed types shouldering boxes of clementines. Inside was the scrubbed and adoring scripted public that you saw on television.

And never the twain shall meet. “At 6 we burn the flag,” a skateboarder/activist in dreads informed me and another web reporter.

I found this atmosphere painful because it produced in me (loosely affiliated with the Sanders camp) such an intense range of feelings of guilt and shame and alienation. “Tell the Bernie or Bust people to fuck themselves and the horse they rode in on,” a New York media friend wrote to me when he heard I was at the convention. My mother’s emails about the New York Times giving airtime to the “Hillary haters” and Ralph Nader starting the Iraq war were just as angry.

Black Lives Matter march, with Hillary Clinton poster

Black Lives Matter march, with Hillary Clinton poster

The people outside the convention feel all this hatred and return it. It’s not a happy vibe. Three engaged and attractive youngpeople demonstrated Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy in a way that I can only diminish by attempting to describe it. See picture below:

Bloodstained hands of liberals

Bloodstained hands of liberals

“Demexit,” a sign said, advising Bernie that his revolution would go  on without him. T-shirts argued the interchangeability of Clinton and Donald Trump. The most creative poster was “White Lies Matter” with Clinton’s face.

Trump and Clinton tshirt, sold outside City Hall, Philadelphia

Trump and Clinton tshirt, sold outside City Hall, Philadelphia

My issue – Palestine – is now a big and organic part of this leftwing activity. Excluded from the convention, Palestine was alive in the Philadelphia streets. At a Black Lives Matter demonstration on the south side of City Hall, one speaker after another addressed Palestinian conditions with knowledge and eloquence. Susie Abulhawa explained that colonial expansion is conducted on a religious apartheid basis. Joe Catron read a letter from Mahmoud Kayed, the brother of hunger striker Bilal Kayed. Forgive me for believing that his writing is more important than my own:

My brother Bilal, as some of you know, spent 14 and a half years in Israeli jails, and when he was scheduled to be released on June 13 – on that date, instead, they sent him to jail for six months under the law of administrative detention. This criminal colonial law is used by the occupation state, “Israel,” in order to keep the Palestinian leaders and activists isolated from their families and their loved ones and the masses of their people. Today, there are more than 700 Palestinians in detention under this unjust law.
Bilal Kayed posters at City Hall demonstration, July 26

Bilal Kayed posters at City Hall demonstration, July 26

The kid at the top of this piece was on a lamppost at City Hall 10 feet up connecting Gaza and Ferguson. Code Pink was storming into the Marriott Hotel lobby chanting Not another Nickel Not Another Dime, We Won’t Pay for Israel’s Crimes.

The tragedy of Philadelphia, for me, is that these issues were utterly suppressed by the organizers of the convention with the complete confidence that it would not hurt the Democratic Party in the fall. Former under-secretary-of-state Wendy Sherman’s confession at a Jewish event that Hillary Clinton herself had directed her to stuff the “settlements” and “occupation” language in the platform was exactly analogous to former L.A. Mayor Anthony Villaraigosa’s confession in 2012 that President Obama was “absolutely livid” at the fact that the Jerusalem is Israel’s capital language had not been put in the platform, and the necessity of getting it in. The one achievement of our side from one cycle to the next is that the corruption that is at the root of that demand – Obama and Clinton’s need for Haim Saban’s millions – is now transparent to everyone.

And mainstream people do feel defensive about Palestine. Chris Matthews approached the Code Pink Palestine demonstration on Wednesday in Center City and got in an argument. “You think I’m pro-Israeli, you don’t watch me,” he said (according to songwriter Dave Lippman and another demonstrator who witnessed it). Geraldo Rivera passed a group of Jewish Voice for Peace demonstrators outside City Hall wearing Palestinians Should be Free t-shirts and said unprompted, “I agree with you” (according to Matt Berkman), right after someone had dunked him with a water bottle.

Geraldo Rivera, post dunking at City Hall, Phila, July 26

Geraldo Rivera, post dunking at City Hall, Phila, July 26

Palestine stands for the larger divide in the party. The Sanders folks have been railroaded. Many are angry. They feel that their issues will never be addressed by Clinton, and that she does not stand for anything, apart from a mix of diversity and corporatist neoliberalism and hawkish foreign policy and I’m-not-Trump-ism. That hollowness was surely evident to a lot of mainstream voters who watched the convention, and seems to be reflected in Clinton’s weak poll numbers.

While the folks outside feel that they are the soul of the progressive energetic movement in American political life, and the future of the party, the ones inside regard them as a force to be cabined off and suppressed. They tried to do the same thing with the counterculture 40 years ago, and everyone ended up losing.

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  1. wondering jew on July 30, 2016, 2:16 pm

    In Congress, how many democratic congressmen and senators agree with this movement on foreign policy or on Wall Street corporatism? A movement that can get a few thousand for the convention when the Bernie people were predicting 100,000 and cannot elect more than 10 congressmen and more than 3 senators is still in its infancy and the frustration that you are advocating for has not done the leg work to call itself betrayed. they ran a candidate in one election and they could not build bridges to the black community in order to achieve victory. (any white movement that claims that it is better for blacks, but infers that they are just too backward to realize it, is an immature movement.) it is an insular movement that does not know how to make allies or build bridges. It is in its infancy. It has not mastered various key skills in politics and thinks, “we are pure and whoever opposes us is corrupt”.

    The movement will be happier with a Trump presidency, because it believes in “get worse before gets better” and because then on November 9th their goal will be clear.

    • annie on July 30, 2016, 4:38 pm

      any white movement that claims that it is better for blacks, but infers that they are just too backward to realize it, is an immature movement

      how ironic you would write this under an article taking place during a black lives matter march outside the convention. do you think these are token blacks flown in by the sanders campaign? you can’t force the idea palestine does not matter to the black community, it’s ahistorical also.

      • Blaine Coleman on July 30, 2016, 9:37 pm

        Exactly! It goes against recorded history to ignore the long history of Black solidarity with the Palestinian and Arab masses who are regularly massacred by Israel.

        For example, the 1970 full-page ad in the New York Times you can see here:

        It’s entitled “An Appeal by Black Americans Against United States Support for the Zionist Government of Israel”.

      • wondering jew on July 31, 2016, 6:06 am

        I actually think the activist left does not need to do much planning over the next 8 years, if their goal is to gain the white house rather than gain control of the congress. assuming a hillary victory i suspect one term hillary. but tho’ the left should launch a vigorous primary attempt to dethrone hillary in 2020, it will fail and it will be left for the GOP to grab the presidency. after one term of a republican the left will then have their opportunity for a mcgovern democrat to win the nomination and to win the white house.

        to win congress would require strategy and hard work, compromise and alliances, respect for the voters and not just the activists. the deck is stacked against the democrats with gerrymandering and two senators from every state no matter how small and nondiverse the population. raising money from millions at $27 a pop, can this be replicated in senate and congress campaigns. the short answer is, no. only a presidential campaign can attract the audience and excitement for contributions, whereas senate and congress campaigns do not excite.

        street demonstrations are “great”. winning elections: that’s what democracy looks like.

      • annie on July 31, 2016, 10:48 am

        winning elections: that’s what democracy looks like.

        winning elections is not always about democracy. not when the system is rigged.

        if their goal is to gain the white house rather than gain control of the congress.

        why would you think a goal of the left wouldn’t be to gain control of congress?

        btw yonah, here is your so called “white movement”:


        “Should African-Americans, given our country’s history of oppression, have any particular responsibility for recognizing the suffering of Palestinians?”


        Yes! The short answer is yes. Black people like all people have a responsibility to fight for justice and struggle against injustice, wherever it is. I think that the historic connection between blacks and Jewish Americans during the civil rights struggle has created a cultural connection that has, combined with the hasbara (propaganda) approach to representing the conflict, obscured the conflict for African-Americans and made them view it in a certain way. So if you already have a natural connection to Jewish brothers and sisters, and then the conflict is misrepresented, it makes it easy for black people to unreflectively attach themselves to Israel. Now, I’m not advocating that black people switch teams. We should still be interested in fighting anti-Semitism and be on the side of justice when it comes to Jewish people, because they matter. But at the same time we have to open our eyes and recognize that the kind of historical struggle that black people often liken themselves to – dislocation, marginalization, state violence – is the struggle of Palestinians. We’re much closer to where Palestinians are right now than where Israelis are. But again, that doesn’t mean that we dismiss Jewish suffering or Israeli suffering. What it does mean is that we don’t have to conflate Jewishness with Israeli state practices, and we don’t have to choose between fighting anti-Semitism and for Palestinian rights. We can do both.

        btw, i noticed you didn’t respond to my criticism regarding your accusations/hasbara of sanders supporters of being a “white movement” — when there’s ample evidence to the contrary.

    • Mooser on July 30, 2016, 6:30 pm

      “The movement will be happier with a Trump presidency, because it believes in “get worse before gets better” and because then on November 9th their goal will be clear.”

      And “get worse before gets bettter” is a direct quote from “the movement”.

      Or it could just be “Yonah” lying again. I wonder which it is.

    • wondering jew on July 31, 2016, 3:38 pm

      annie robbins- If my words seemed to imply that Bernie Sanders’ movement was a white movement, as in that it excluded black people or made a conscious effort to alienate black voters, then my words were imprecise. I meant simply this. If there had been no black voters in the democratic primary, Bernie would have won. The reason Hillary won, and she won by some 3 and a half million votes, was because of the black vote. She won the states with large black populations and that is a fact that you are not willing to face and that those who wish to focus on the “rigged” theory/explanation/whiny crybaby nonsense are not willing to face. If not for the black vote the candidate now would be bernie and not her and that is a fact, that you are unwilling to deal with.

      I think there are a few reasons why she won the black vote. Blacks never heard of Bernie before a few months ago and they vote for the familiar candidates who have been in the trenches with them, like voting for Humphrey over McGovern in 72. Hillary worked for Obama and was viewed as an Obama loyalist and Bernie was viewed as an outsider and thus the 70 to 30% victory of Hillary over Bernie in the black vote.

      There are times when the Palestine issue and the black issue line up precisely as in the candidacy of Jesse Jackson, then there are times when loyalty of Hillary to black causes and the black president was repaid with loyalty by black voters despite her stand on Palestine.

      (there were many voices in the Sanders campaign some in this very comments section who scolded the blacks for voting against Sanders and it was those voices that led me to label the Sanders movement as white. Sanders came from Brooklyn, but he won office in a white state: Vermont.)

      (I think the anger of the pro Trump movement is very much a racial anger: as in the fact that most whites supported Republican candidates in the past 52 years makes the whites who feel as if they run the country, as in the economy is in fact controlled by whites, that they should run the country, as in their candidates should be elected to run the country and the only reason that Obama was president was because of identity politics, blacks voting for a black man, minorities voting for a minority. and i think that anger is very relevant in this election and it will be the cause of much turmoil in hillary’s one term presidency.)

      (of course the left wants to elect a left congress, but it is not nearly as easy electing a democratic, let alone a left, congress, than it is to elect a democratic president. it will require hard work. much harder work than occupying zucotti square and marching down the streets and blocking traffic. it requires knocking on doors and listening and talking to people. i don’t think the left is anywhere near the place where it is up to listening and talking to the people. let alone the type of compromises involved in governing, the type of alliance building involved in governing. i think the left is tres tres immature, only marginally more mature than trump’s right wing and that means quite immature.)

      • annie on July 31, 2016, 5:00 pm

        She won the states with large black populations and that is a fact

        that’s as far as i got because i can tell you didn’t watch the video.

      • Mooser on July 31, 2016, 10:10 pm

        “The reason Hillary won, and she won by some 3 and a half million votes, was because of the black vote”

        Good for her! “What’s wrong with winning “the black vote” Yonah”?

        Once again “Yonah’s” ‘Poddy training’ is giving him a problem with “seminal” emissions.

      • biggerjake on August 4, 2016, 12:20 am

        What exactly do you know about elections in the US? From your long and vacuous diatribe, I would have today: NOTHING!

        If there is a large turnout of Hillary voters, the Democrats may well take a majority in the Senate. Democrat voters mostly vote Democrat up and down the ticket.
        There are 34 seats up for re-election in 2016, of which 24 are Republicans. Using all of the polling averages, the prediction is that the Democrats will take the Senate by a seat or two.

        The Democrats have had a very sophisticated campaign with focused ground games and well thought out internet operations. The younger generation, especially the younger Jewish voters are all in for Palestinians…so it is only a matter of time before the game changes completely.

        BTW…I’m sick of reading your B.S.

        and I’m sure I’m not the only one….

    • Citizen on August 1, 2016, 1:32 pm

      Translation of yonah freeman: U $27 folks are no match for the AIPAC matrix, plus the likes of Soros, Saban, Adelson & other billionaire IsraelFirst types who view America as a cheap tool to enhance Israel’s hegemony in the most strategically key Middle East. Bill Kristol loves yonah.

      • wondering jew on August 4, 2016, 5:15 am

        Citizen- Another man who can’t spell.
        I did not endorse the current system or my predictions. They are predictions, not prescriptions. Citizen loves David Duke.

    • jd65 on August 1, 2016, 2:27 pm

      @ yonah:

      street demonstrations are “great”. winning elections: that’s what democracy looks like.


  2. JLewisDickerson on July 30, 2016, 3:06 pm


    “Georgia’s Landmarks, Memorials, and Legends, Volume II”, By Lucian Lamar Knight (1914), pages 235-238

    CHAPTER XXIX ~ How Mr. Bryan Secured His Nomination in 1896

    AS the result of a single speech delivered with marvelous oratorical effect, at an opportune moment, in the famous Chicago convention of 1896, William J. Bryan made himself the standard-hearer of the National Democracy in three separate Presidential campaigns, and shaped the history of the Democratic party in the nation for more than a score of years. But it was due largely to the prompt initiative and to the bugle-toned eloquence of a gifted Georgian that his nomination for the high office of President. in 1890, became an accomplished fact. The distinguished member of the Georgia delegation who presented his name to the convention was the late Judge Henry T. Lewis, of Greensboro, afterwards elevated to a seat on the Supreme Court Bench. Hon. Clark Howell, for years a member of the National Democratic Executive Committee, took a prominent part in the proceedings of this convention; and, in a racy article which he afterwards wrote for his great paper, he tells the story of Bryan’s nomination. Says Hr. Howell:

    “The Democratic convention of 1896 was fruitful of dramatic episodes. The second Cleveland administration was drawing to a discredited close when the 1986 convention met. The opponents of Cleveland and the friends of free silver were in control. It was a crusading lot of Democrats who gathered in Chicago that year to nominate a President and to sail the Democratic ship into unknown seas.

    Several men were candidates for the nomination, among them ‘Silver’ Dick Bland and ‘Horizontal Bill’ Morrison. The man who snared the nomination had never been thought of in that connection, save by himself and one member of the Georgia delegation. The man who thought he would be nominated, and who was nominated, was, of course, William J. Bryan. The member of the Georgia delegation who had thought of Bryan in connection with the nomination was Hal Lewis, an ardent free silver man, as were all the members of the Georgia delegation, and he had been attracted by some speeches Bryan had made while in Congress. . .


    • JLewisDickerson on July 30, 2016, 3:56 pm

      RE: “The second Cleveland administration was drawing to a discredited close when the 1986 convention met.” ~ from above

      CORRECTION: I meant 1896 instead of 1986, of course. My dyslexia is really off the charts today. Might be all the chocolate.

      • MHughes976 on July 30, 2016, 5:54 pm

        I believe that Bryan was the original of the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz. We haven’t half had cowardly lions and scatterbrained scarecrows among Western politicians when it comes to the ME.

      • Mooser on July 30, 2016, 6:33 pm

        “My dyslexia is really off the charts today. Might be all the chocolate.”

        Chocolate gives me two left (But oh, so neat) feet, too.

      • JLewisDickerson on July 31, 2016, 4:34 am

        I can’t help but wonder about ‘Horizontal Bill’ Morrison.

        William Ralls Morrison –

        ● Personality
        Morrison was an unpretentious figure on the House floor. Weak-voiced (the shot through the lungs he sustained in the war never wholly lost its effect and his inveterate cigar smoking did not help much, either) and wholly lacking in personal magnetism, he was no orator and only a tolerable parliamentarian. A Washington correspondent likened him to “a village lawyer. He has all the airs of one, and his ten years in Congress and as long a time in the Illinois Legislature, have failed to make anything else out of him as far as personal appearance goes. He is a brawny, country-looking man, and you can almost fancy that you see the hayseed in his hair. He is slouchy in his dress, his black broadcloth coat being, as a rule, anything but new in appearance, and anything but a compliment to the tailor who was its author and finisher. He delights in a soft black hat, a ‘slouch,’ not in the newest fashion either, though to a friend who was chaffing him on it the other day he remarked that he had a good silk one at home.”[4] One onlooker complained that wherever he stood, even when he addressed the House, he kept his hands in his trouser pockets. “He seems to be eternally suffering from cold,” he remarked. “Or maybe he is looking for thoughts in his pockets instead of his head. He is the most restless man on the floor of the House. He never occupies his own seat. He is constantly moving about, dropping into this seat, then another, suggesting an incarnation of the principle of perpetual motion.”[5]

      • JLewisDickerson on July 31, 2016, 5:01 am

        P.S. RE: “I can’t help but wonder about ‘Horizontal Bill’ Morrison.” ~ me (from above)

        Enquiring minds mimes desperately want to know more!

    • JLewisDickerson on July 31, 2016, 4:59 am

      P.S. RE: “Hon. Clark Howell, for years a member of the National Democratic Executive Committee, took a prominent part in the proceedings of this convention; and, in a racy article which he afterwards wrote for his great paper, he tells the story of Bryan’s nomination.” ~ Lucian Lamar Knight, “Georgia’s Landmarks, Memorials, and Legends, Volume II”


      Clark Howell (1863-1936)
      Original entry by Wallace B. Eberhard, University of Georgia, 08/04/2007
      Last edited by NGE Staff on 05/03/2016
      Clark Howell was a prominent state politician and, for fifty-three years, an editorial executive and owner of the Atlanta Constitution. . .

      ■ Clark Howell –

  3. Bandolero on July 30, 2016, 4:13 pm

    “Dem establishment and outsiders need couples counseling if Clinton wants to win”

    I do think Clinton wants to win, and she would do whatever she can to make it happen, couples counseling included. However I don’t want Clinton to win, whatever she may do to get it.

    I’m very sure Clinton means more war, death & destruction. Her top choices for defense are already in high gear to do war for regime change in Syria, calculating in a potential war against Russia as a side effect.

    I do think Trump is better for peace, he will get along with Russia and fight ISIS instead of doing war in cooperation with Al Qaeda to reach regime changes wanted by the Israeli lobby.

    • RoHa on July 31, 2016, 2:28 am

      Interesting article about Clinton and Syria.

      • Kay24 on July 31, 2016, 12:05 pm

        It is very interesting. I think we have come to a stage where nothing these politicians do or say is surprising. Drumpf will be an insane dictator, and Hillary will be yet another pawn of Israel, her record shows she has had unwavering dedication for it, and she will invite Israel’s lunatic PM access to the WH, and be “controlled” by him and the zionists thugs of Israel.

        We are the Unfortunate States of America.

  4. Keith on July 30, 2016, 4:24 pm

    PHIL- “In fact the two sides seem to hate one another; they need couples counseling.”

    No, they need a divorce. It has gone on far too long as it is. Failure to hold these neoliberal warmongers accountable has facilitated both war and neoliberalism.

  5. JWalters on July 30, 2016, 6:13 pm

    Thanks for this thoughtful article.

    Elizabeth Warren told a tale of two Hillaries in her interview with Bill Moyers several years ago. White House Hillary wanted to help her resist some bank predation. Later, Senator Hillary voted with the banks on the same issue. Which Hillary will show up if she becomes president? Maybe the first Hillary went undercover in the Senate, and means what she says about embracing Sanders’ goals – a new Glass-Steagall and getting money out of politics, for example. Those would be foundation reforms.

    If necessary, Hillary can potentially be shamed on these and the Palestinian issue in a way that George W, for example, could not.

    It seems to me Matthews, Rivera, and MANY others in the media are ready to dive into the Palestinian issue if they get adequate cover and support. Many in Congress, too.

    I agree today is much like the late 60’s, with its strong resistance to the corrupt, war profiteering, financial oligarchy. In the 60’s the oligarchy eventually suppressed the main public dissent. Getting Nixon elected helped a lot.

    But the ideas lived, and many people kept them alive in smaller ways. Today the internet is a new and powerful tool for exposing the corruption. There is more widespread awareness, beyond the college campuses. Though the campuses remain centers of research and information, as Bernie’s campaign showed.

    And today BOTH Republican and Democratic candidates at least acknowledge the serious problem of a wealthy “elite” rigging the system. And both are at least claiming an intention to take it on. Their base audiences require different types of appeal, pro wrestling for Trump and civility for Hillary. But they will be fighting over who will be worse for the financial oligarchy.

    It’s a momentous time. The oligarchy will fight claw and fang to save themselves. Their victims need to fight equally fiercely for their collective liberty.

    • Nicholas on July 31, 2016, 2:02 pm

      “Hillary can potentially be shamed”?

      LMAO. When, ever, over the last 25 years has Hillary demonstrated one little bit of ever having been shamed? Not that she shouldn’t have been ashamed, but for God’s sake, if there is anything that she has demonstrated throughout her husband’s perjury trial(aka impeachment), the Travelgate firings, the extensive financial misconduct of influence peddling, more recently WikiLeaks, and blatantly lying to both the public and the FBI about her email setup….it is that she is completely pathologically not shamed.

      There is a word for people such as Hillary, SOCIOPATHIC. She desperately needs handcuffs and a jail cell to overcome this affliction.

      • xanadou on August 1, 2016, 2:19 pm

        Hilary is an accomplished lawyer. In order to become one, she had to embrace the system’s realistic definition of fiduciary duty of lawyer-liar. On the one hand the duty binds attorneys to faithfully rep their clients, and on the other hand, if one elects to become a lawyer for the powerful and wealthy, that MO will inevitably corrupt the psyche and degenerate into a pathocratic mindset.

  6. JLewisDickerson on July 30, 2016, 6:40 pm

    RE: “This alienation was sadly visible throughout Philadelphia. The fence around the Wells Fargo Center, where the televised convention was taking place, was like a wall in an ancient city, though it was constructed out of the most modern materials.” ~ Drizard

    AS TO HILLARY CLINTON AND THE DNC: “You may know a man by the company he keeps.” ~ proverb

    FROM WIKIPEDIA (Wells Fargo):

    [EXCERPTS] Wells Fargo & Company is an American international banking and financial services holding company headquartered in San Francisco, California, with “hubquarters” throughout the country.[5] It is the world’s largest bank by market capitalization and the third largest bank in the U.S. by assets.[6] In July 2015, Wells Fargo became the world’s largest bank by market capitalization, edging past ICBC.[6] . . .

    ● Controversies

    • Higher costs charged to African-American and Latino borrowers
    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed suit against Wells Fargo on July 31, 2009, alleging that the bank steers African Americans and Latinos into high-cost subprime loans. A Wells Fargo spokesman responded that “The policies, systems, and controls we have in place – including in Illinois – ensure race is not a factor…”[56] According to Beth Jacobson, a loan officer at Wells Fargo interviewed for a report in The New York Times, “We just went right after them. Wells Fargo mortgage had an emerging-markets unit that specifically targeted black churches, because it figured church leaders had a lot of influence and could convince congregants to take out subprime loans.” The report goes on to present data from the city of Baltimore, where “more than half the properties subject to foreclosure on a Wells Fargo loan from 2005 to 2008 now stand vacant. And 71 percent of those are in predominantly black neighborhoods.”[57]

    • Failure to monitor suspected money laundering
    In a March 2010 agreement with federal prosecutors, Wells Fargo acknowledged that between 2004 and 2007 Wachovia had failed to monitor and report suspected money laundering by narcotics traffickers, including the cash used to buy four planes that shipped a total of 22 tons of cocaine into Mexico.[58] . . .


  7. echinococcus on July 30, 2016, 8:32 pm

    Weiss is still nursing the illusion that making nice to the Clintons or anyhow agreeing to “couple therapy” and their “winning” is in any way positive. The Democratic party is the main administrator of the occupation and genocide in Palestine. The party as the whole machine, not just the “establishment”.
    People inside the “party” who agree with Palestinian resistance are like eaten and already digested small animals in the stomach of a snake trying to protest against its eating more small animals.

    • oldgeezer on July 31, 2016, 1:05 am


      I tend to agree. The dems have been as great a disaster in terms of Palestinian rights as liberal zionists. Yhey ate worse than the right wing racist scum in terms of results.

  8. silamcuz on July 31, 2016, 1:19 am

    In the US, just as in Israel, there are two major camps of left-wing ideology. First is the liberals whose concerns primarily revolves around the interests of urban white males and their associates while still supporting the preexisting system of white supremacy. The second is the liberals who are pro-liberal values without specific focus on identity or exclusionary socio-economic labels.

    The first form of liberals are known as White Liberals. These folks are not concerned on the liberal values of anti-racism, inclusiveness, gender equality, power balance, etc but adopted the term liberal in order to separate themselves from the more bashful, more rural white populations that do not share their individualistic hedonism cultural outlook. White Liberals are just as problematic as racist conservatives, as Bill Clinton has proved.

    True progressives embraces values that are dear to all of humanity across the spectrum of political ideology, such respect for each other, the pursuit of truth and liberty, love, courage, honesty, and loyalty. True progressives don’t attach themselves to meaningless identity or labels, but only to their words and actions. Hillary is a true progressive,

    Bill is a White Liberal yet both are husband and wife, distinguished members of the Democratic Party. This goes to show that we shouldn’t be so quick to condemn the whole party for accommodating White Liberals. They represent only a part of the Party, and is been constantly flushed out at every opportunity to make way for more true progressives to take their place.

  9. Danaa on July 31, 2016, 2:18 pm

    Left unstated in this article is the very high likelihood that the democratic primary was not only rigged in Clinton’s favor (which we know for sure now thanks to the hacked e mails) but was also outright fraudulent.

    the below is an extensive article written by highly reputable people that goes over all the bizarre discrepancies and shenanigans that happened during the primary:

    It was mentioned and used as the basis for lee camp’s program above brought in by Annie – an absolute must watch.

    Another article just came out goes over some of the pros and cons in some of the arguments over exit poll discrepancies, early/absentee votes etc., crediting the many other writers on the subject such as Palast, Harris, Simon and many others

    This article ends with the very obvious question: with so much smoke how could there not be some fire?

    If indeed, as is highly likely there was a concerted campaign on the part of the DNC anbd the Hillary camp to cheat and defraud the voters so she could be coronated, where or how would “couple counseling” come into that? were athletes caught cheating not disbarred from competing? are criminals allowed to run for office?

    the one and ONLY reason Hillary is running for office is because she feels entitled and wants it. Does she have a single idea she promotes on her own or is her campaign speech consists of “I am not Trump”?

    Right now, most progressives are little by little congregating under the jill Stein and the Greens flag, and that is as it should be. Jill Stein is a good and worthy candidate. hillary is a corrupt corporate creature who is in all likelihood a criminal who is every bit as dubious as Nixon ever was.

    The question i have is – how weird is it that the republicans, despite attempts by the establishment, managed to have a clean primary while the democrats managed to have a dirty campaign centered around a lousy super-unpopular candidate?

    I heard the arguments about the Supreme court and found them unconvincing. The entire “lesser evil” as a democrat slogan is beyond questionable. Should hillary, by some hook or crook (probably both) win the presidency, the Palestinians are certainly in for a world of pain.

    IT is time for #DemExit, Folks. that is if anyone still has any real conscience left.

  10. Ozma on July 31, 2016, 7:09 pm

    Hillary is not a Democrat. Her partner in coups, Victoria Nuland, overthrew an elected democracy in the Ukraine and replaced it with a civil war and a government at least partially run by Neo-Nazis.
    There has been a regime change in the Democratic party. It’s now a neocon party. See “Robert Kagan and Other Neocons Are Backing Hillary Clinton”.

    Getting Hillary elected could lead us into WW3 no matter how much couples counseling Hillary and her neocons get. Putin and the Russians are terrified that she will start a nuclear war. The coup Nuland started in the Ukraine has already taken 4,000 lives, a greater number than died in Operation Protective Shield. Former Ukrainian prime minister and imprisoned oligarch Yulia Tymoshenko said in a phone call that she wanted to nuke Ukrainian ethnic Russians along with their leader. What if Nuland and company install a base in the Ukraine and unleash Yulia?
    Vote for Jill Stein, at worst, vote for Trump, but don’t support the neocon war machine and vote for Hillary.

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