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(3,363 posts)
Sun Jan 26, 2020, 02:53 PM Jan 2020

Jeff Bezos corruption party at his DC house.


Disgusting. Bill Gates, Elaine Chao, Kellyanne, Jared and Ivanka, Paul Ryan, Norah O'Donnell of CBS, Jim Mattis?

It's a giant party of rich, corrupt monsters. What's happening in this country is a giant corrupt game to these people. They relish in Trump's destruction of Democracy.
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Jeff Bezos corruption party at his DC house. (Original Post) OliverQ Jan 2020 OP
the oligarchy at work... dhill926 Jan 2020 #1
Bezos is no friend of Democrats or democracy. dalton99a Jan 2020 #2
Never has been a friend of anyone outside Wellstone ruled Jan 2020 #3
The pearl-clutching class need to get off their fainting couches and do some homework. lapucelle Jan 2020 #4
Thanks. obnoxiousdrunk Jan 2020 #6
Norah O'Donnell is a journalist. So maybe members of the press do go, and why journalism Tech Jan 2020 #7
She has always been a right-wing hack rockfordfile Jan 2020 #14
Oh, poor Elaine. She had to go solo as 'Lipless Fuckstick' was 'working.' CurtEastPoint Jan 2020 #5
Post removed Post removed Jan 2020 #8
Just curious... PandoraAwakened Jan 2020 #11
I believe this view of the world lacks critical balance Hortensis Jan 2020 #12
So, are you saying the poster is a "Trumpster"? PandoraAwakened Jan 2020 #13
DISGUSTING. Grasswire2 Jan 2020 #9
Oh, to have been a fly on the wall... WestLosAngelesGal Jan 2020 #10
I wouldn't get too tied up about this DFW Jan 2020 #15
Excellent post, on point. Blue_true Jan 2020 #17
The hardest thing is to put yourself in someone else's shoes DFW Jan 2020 #19
Yes. Blue_true Jan 2020 #20
There were some pretty strong democrats there, Jay Carney and others. Blue_true Jan 2020 #16
Disgusting!! nt LAS14 Jan 2020 #18


(18,620 posts)
4. The pearl-clutching class need to get off their fainting couches and do some homework.
Sun Jan 26, 2020, 03:15 PM
Jan 2020
The Alfalfa Club has been in existence since 1913. Jim Mattis is currently its president. The Bezos dinner party was held after the annual event.

The Alfalfa Club is a social club that exists only to hold an annual black tie banquet on the last Saturday of January at the Capital Hilton in Washington D.C., with an after-party at a local restaurant. The banquet, which lasts 4 hours, features music by the United States Marine Band as well as a political roast.

There are approximately 200 members of the club, all of them influential politicians and business executives. The club has an invitation system; members are required to be invited to join. Invitations are extended to prospective members annually to fill the spots of recently deceased members. Several Presidents of the United States have been members of the club. The press is not allowed to attend the banquet.

The club was named in reference to the alfalfa plant's supposed willingness to "do anything for a drink."



Many guests were seen wearing a special gold medallions around their neck designating them as Alfalfa Club members.

The group had attended the Alfalfa Club dinner, a club that holds an annual black tie banquet and political roast on the last Saturday of January every year. The event is only open to the 200 members of the club and has an invitation system. The exclusive event is not open to the press.

While several presidents have been members and former presidents including George W Bush and Barack Obama spoke at the Alfalfa banquets in the past, Donald Trump is yet to be invited.



In 1994, after a boycott by President Bill Clinton over a lack of women in the club, the club admitted its first women members, Sandra Day O'Connor, Elizabeth Dole, and Katharine Graham, whose father, Eugene Meyer, had also been a member. [Ruth Bader Ginsburg is also currently a member.] Clinton's boycott had been the first by a U.S. president since Jimmy Carter.



(1,789 posts)
7. Norah O'Donnell is a journalist. So maybe members of the press do go, and why journalism
Sun Jan 26, 2020, 04:10 PM
Jan 2020

is slanting rich and republican. I don't really know anything about this, just commenting based on what is written here.

Response to OliverQ (Original post)


(58,785 posts)
12. I believe this view of the world lacks critical balance
Sun Jan 26, 2020, 05:02 PM
Jan 2020

and perspective.

Trumpsters who see all politicians except their own heroes as corrupt monsters, who can reel of lists of Democratic names and claim "They relish destruction of democracy," suffer from it also.


(54,842 posts)
15. I wouldn't get too tied up about this
Sun Jan 26, 2020, 07:38 PM
Jan 2020

This kind of gathering happens in Washington all the time. And not all attendees are corrupt oligarchs. Don't forget, after trashing each other during the day, Tip O'Neill and Reagan used to do cocktails together at the White House.

With TV cameras and microphones on 24/7 everywhere else, something like this might be a substitute for the type of O'Neill-Reagan chats. I was at a thing over New Year's (where I was hanging with Al Franken, among others). I was also hanging with Richard Viguerie, who, apart from being a nice guy, is a total right-wing nut case--a very intelligent, twisted, dangerous, influential nut case. He wouldn't be caught dead chatting with the likes of me in public. But we do--when the cameras and microphones are off. He learns where I come from, I learn (again) where he--and thus the lunatic right wing fringe--come from. It's a setting where no one expects us to shout because no one is listening.

Washington is strange like that, but it's a reality, and there aren't many settings left these days, especially in an election year, where white flags can be raised, and dialogue can take place uncensored. Maybe nothing will come of it, but the chances are better in such a setting than during shouting matches on Fox Noise. I'll never be asked to attend anything like that, but I don't condemn it out of hand. It's better than gunfights across the Senate aisle, and from where I stand, that's the next phase.


(31,261 posts)
17. Excellent post, on point.
Sun Jan 26, 2020, 08:06 PM
Jan 2020

I very recently had a much younger relative die suddenly, that caused me to think even more deeply about what life means and how fragile we are. Kobe Bryant and at least one of his children died suddenly today, given that I was already deeply thinking about the meaning of life and how I need to deal with people, those deaths added fuel to that process. Life is just too fragile and precious and I have a lot of good things happening for me, along with some bad, I just have too much going right to frame my life through the lense of what I hate.


(54,842 posts)
19. The hardest thing is to put yourself in someone else's shoes
Sun Jan 26, 2020, 08:17 PM
Jan 2020

If you‘re 32, can‘t get a job that rewards you financially nor intellectually, drowning in student loan debt, have insufficient health insurance and few long term prospects for an improvement, you are looking at the world from a vastly different perspective from someone who has managed to overcome that set of obstacles.


(31,261 posts)
20. Yes.
Sun Jan 26, 2020, 08:28 PM
Jan 2020

We may not agree on the best way to solve problems, but we need to learn to listen to other people's problems, evaluate their legitimacy honestly and then work toward solutions that take into account something on all interests. In a world where we are increasingly defining our success by how many "losers" we overcome, looking for some common ground is increasingly being seen as a weakness, and that is sad.


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16. There were some pretty strong democrats there, Jay Carney and others.
Sun Jan 26, 2020, 07:52 PM
Jan 2020

Relationships can be tricky. I am in the process of rethinking a lot of how I react to certain people, it is possible to disagree strongly with people without treating them like they are not human beings. I have to swallow hard at times, but I think that if more of us try that, maybe we can begin to chip away at divisions in the country. NEVER give up our values, but realize that people disagree with us and a lot of them are decent human beings.

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