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Mon Feb 1, 2016, 10:48 AM

Enough.

One of my favorite writers on Daily Kos is Dallasdoc and he has outdone himself with a recent diary called Enough. Here is a tiny sliver of that piece, but please go to the diary and read in its entirety. It has close to 700 recs which is pure awesomeness.

Hillary Clinton and her backers explicitly believe that in this Citizens United world, the best way to fight corrupt money in politics on the Republican side is with more corrupt money on the Democratic side. How else can we win? Actually, fighting fire with fire only creates a lot more ashes. The best way to fight fire is with water. The best way to fight corrupt money in politics is not more corrupt money in politics. The best way is to make corrupt money poison to any politician accepting it. That means weaponizing corruption as a political issue, and taking advantage of the anger in the country at politics.

This seemingly obvious point has been ignored because of the fact that in order to wield the weapon of corruption as an issue, you have to be perceived as not tainted by it yourself. This requirement has left it unused in our political culture. Bernie Sanders is one of the very few politicians in national politics who has not been generally corrupted by Washington. Just like Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption, he swam through a river of shit and came out clean. Bernie can wield the weapon of corruption, and has been doing so to increasing effect. Even Donald Trump has been able to swing it a few times, despite his obvious deep involvement. Apparently to Republican voters, it’s better to be a buyer than a seller at the politician market. Nobody else in the race has a chance of using corruption to their advantage as an issue.

Hillary Clinton’s long record (the downside of “experience” is that it leaves a record) leaves her defenseless against the weapon of the corruption issue. And Republicans know it. Donald Trump has already fired a shot across her bow by mentioning her association with him. It is not unlikely that one of the reasons the Republican establishment has begun cozying up to the Donald is that they see a possibility he can beat Hillary. If they’re right, corruption will no doubt be the main feature of their general election campaign. Another endless round of accusations and scandals surrounding a Clinton, this time with a lot more evidence than was available to those pushing the Vince Foster conspiracy nonsense. Should Clinton win, the drumbeat would continue as long as she maintained office. Anybody who remembers the Nineties should be tingling in anticipation of that prospect.

We cannot roll back the corruption of our political system with more corruption.The Democratic party can only win a corrupt contest by trying to be just as corrupt as the Republicans, but they have more billionaires than we do. The only way to win is with asymmetric warfare, by not playing according to their rules. Hillary Clinton cannot do this. Bernie Sanders can. The American people have had enough with the corrupt status quo. Anyone who calls him or herself a Progressive should not tolerate it, for historical reasons if nothing else. Who will fight this corruption if we don’t?

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/1/31/1477674/-Enough

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Oilwellian Feb 2016 OP
cali Feb 2016 #1
Oilwellian Feb 2016 #7
sabrina 1 Feb 2016 #29
tk2kewl Feb 2016 #2
Oilwellian Feb 2016 #8
daleanime Feb 2016 #3
Half-Century Man Feb 2016 #4
H2O Man Feb 2016 #5
JudyM Feb 2016 #6
Oilwellian Feb 2016 #9
JudyM Feb 2016 #10
Fantastic Anarchist Feb 2016 #16
JudyM Feb 2016 #17
A Simple Game Feb 2016 #45
bbgrunt Feb 2016 #11
Gregorian Feb 2016 #12
stillwaiting Feb 2016 #13
SheenaR Feb 2016 #25
retrowire Feb 2016 #14
greiner3 Feb 2016 #15
Oilwellian Feb 2016 #37
hifiguy Feb 2016 #18
certainot Feb 2016 #19
JDPriestly Feb 2016 #32
certainot Feb 2016 #33
bvar22 Feb 2016 #34
hifiguy Feb 2016 #38
certainot Feb 2016 #41
Enthusiast Feb 2016 #20
Bubzer Feb 2016 #21
NeoGreen Feb 2016 #22
Kip Humphrey Feb 2016 #23
hifiguy Feb 2016 #39
dragonfly301 Feb 2016 #24
Oilwellian Feb 2016 #40
Arazi Feb 2016 #42
SheilaT Feb 2016 #26
Oilwellian Feb 2016 #36
SheilaT Feb 2016 #47
me b zola Feb 2016 #27
Uncle Joe Feb 2016 #28
JDPriestly Feb 2016 #30
MisterP Feb 2016 #31
beam me up scottie Feb 2016 #35
Arazi Feb 2016 #43
Paka Feb 2016 #44
cui bono Feb 2016 #46
hopemountain Feb 2016 #48

Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 10:50 AM

1. An astounding 888 recommends

 

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Response to cali (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 11:10 AM

7. Oh, wow

That's amazing. One of the highest rated diaries on Kos that I can recall. The entire piece is so excellent. I hope everyone takes the time to read it.

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Response to cali (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 01:34 PM

29. Dallas Doc rarely writes diaries, but he has been always been one the most highly rated commenters

there for many years. He is highly respected there, never attacking, always factual, his comments receive hundreds of recs themselves sometimes.

Doesn't engage in the usual nonsense that goes on there like here, just keeps on telling the truth. He's a great poster and it tells a lot about that site that some of their worst writers have been appointed to the FP while Dallas Doc has not.

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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 10:56 AM

2. he swam through a river of shit and came out clean

 

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Response to tk2kewl (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 11:11 AM

8. I know, he has such a way with words

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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 10:58 AM

3. Yes, it should be obvious. The only way to not see it....

is to close your eyes.

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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 11:03 AM

4. Fighting fire with fire simply creates more ashes.

A brilliant observation.
Fits in so well in so many places.

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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 11:05 AM

5. Powerful.

Recommended.

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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 11:09 AM

6. Your link is to a 404 error. Can you fix?

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Response to JudyM (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 11:13 AM

9. Done, sorry about that n/t

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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 11:30 AM

10. Great, hitting nail on the head article. Thanks for posting.

"Bernie Sanders will be attacked as a socialist, and a Red Commie, and a Godless atheist, and who knows what the fuck else. But Bernie Sanders is a moral man who has spent his life working for and fighting for the people. He also has Kryptonite against the Republican smears: the awesome, shameless, historic corruption of today’s Republican party. He can parry their thrusts with the Koch brothers and climate change denialism and Social Security privatization and tax cuts for billionaires and the Iraq war debacle. He knows how to stay on message and present a vision to the American people through all the fog and distractions of the media courtiers. "

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Response to JudyM (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 12:20 PM

16. He can also attack them for being socialists ...

... socialists for the uber-wealthy.

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Reply #16)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 12:24 PM

17. Yes! And corporate socialists!

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Response to JudyM (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 05:53 PM

45. Bernie handles the media's "gotcha" questions so well

it makes you wonder if he planted the questions himself.

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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 11:35 AM

11. well said! k and r.

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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 11:42 AM

12. Alright. I get it. Keep on fighting. Keep on working.

Right now I'm flabbergasted at what is going on in our party. On the eve of the starting line gun, it's difficult to be cheerful with the direction our party is going.

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Response to Gregorian (Reply #12)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 11:47 AM

13. We have a lot of work to do. Those who are in control want us to feel overwhelmed and to give up.

We can't.

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Response to Gregorian (Reply #12)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 01:11 PM

25. We can control

Where the party goes. We keep taking it left in large numbers, they will be forced to fall in line. Or they can just cross the aisle since it's closer than where we are.

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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 11:50 AM

14. Absolutely. nt

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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 11:55 AM

15. Out walking the dog will read the 'novelette' later

 

But haven't read any nay posts. Yet

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Response to greiner3 (Reply #15)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:27 PM

37. LOL...it is almost a 'novelette'

and I promise you will cherish every sweet word. There can't possibly be a nay anywhere.

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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 12:28 PM

18. That sums it up, and brilliantly!

 

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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 12:33 PM

19. republicans start with a 4$BIL/yr advantage in talk radio

what dems/left NEVER figure in is $$$4BIL + worth of free talk radio per year working for the republicans
(1200 stns x 15 hrs/day x $1000/ hr)

trump and cruz are riding 25 years of that now, while limbaugh likes them and not bush. that is the only explanaiotn needed for why bush's big money isn't working.

the gymnastics dems go through when it comes to money in politics look trivial in comparison.

and no wonder we can't re-regulate anything and keep losing no brainer elections all over the country.

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Response to certainot (Reply #19)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 01:41 PM

32. Bill Clinton signed the Telecommunications Bill. Go figure!

It allowed consolidations in the media that have squeezed all but a few publicly financed stations out. And most of the remaining publicly financed, non-NPR stations that are left are struggling desperately.

NPR, of course, just stopped struggling and allowed itself to float in a mass of (insert four-letter word here).

I can't even stand to listen to the tone with which the NPR spokespeople drone along, sing-songy and cute. Very annoying. But that is just my opinion. NPR = NTR in my book: National Trivia Radio.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #32)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 03:02 PM

33. i agree on npr but the telcom act was not the decider.

reagan killed the fairness doctrine in 87 and the radio monopoly- was already very successful by ten years later when the telcom act came along and that was pushed by talk radio and the republican congress it was instrumental in electing. the talk radio base was pushing hard for deregulation and looked like a legitimate popular base of support for deregulation because the left /dems paid it no attention, it was very loud, well misinformed, and well coordinated. talk radio was already doing great for them, like with trashing anita hill, selling reagan and iran contra excuses, obstructing clinton, stopping single payer, etc.

even if they couldn't own all those stations they'd be owned by more republicans and the same few headliners like limbaugh on hundreds of stations and their local wannabes would all be singing the same chorus on all major issues.

the tel com act helped but i'd credit loss of the fairness doctrine for much of the decline of democracy the last 25 years.

talking about npr, limbaugh just played a clip of an npr reporter calling this a talk radio election with trump and cruz, if trump won it'd be the first talk radio presidency, etc.

that is the first time in 25 years i've heard on any national media talk radio getting the credit it deserved.

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Response to certainot (Reply #33)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 03:36 PM

34. Yes. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was just Bill Clinton...

...cleaning up for Reagan.

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Response to bvar22 (Reply #34)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:33 PM

38. indeed it was.

 

Reagan killed media sanity, but Bill came along and buried the corpse just for good measure.

And then there's NAFTA, welfare reform, letting the banksters run amok, doubling down on the "war on drugs". Yeah, he was a real pip, he was.

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Response to bvar22 (Reply #34)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:36 PM

41. i vaguely remember limbaugh and sons pushing that deregulation

cause it was going to save money, improve news, create jobs, help control the 'liberal media', etc - whatever they could think of- a smorgasbord of rationalizations to choose from to make it easy for the average citizen to want it.

just like apposing single payer and then public option - same techniques, same invisibility to the left, and same successful results

here's a long description of what happened right after tel com passed passed http://www.enquirer.com/editions/1997/08/24/bus_jacor.html

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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 12:36 PM

20. Kicked and recommended to the Max!

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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 12:41 PM

21. Fantastic piece.

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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 12:53 PM

22. I regret I have but one REC to give this post! (nt)

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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 12:53 PM

23. Hillary could never rely on small donations to finance her campaign . She is too disliked and too

much enamored of being part of the 1% to run her campaign on public assistance.

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Response to Kip Humphrey (Reply #23)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:35 PM

39. I don't think she is too fond of having to mingle with

 

the great unwashed, either. She's far more comfortable in the salons of the billionaire class, where we commoners are kept well at bay.

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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 01:02 PM

24. I used to be a regular at DKos

and will say that what I like about Dallasdoc is the same thing I like about Bernie Sanders - authenticity. Also during the years I was there I never once received an email to please rec this diary from him - ca't say the same for Teacherken.

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Response to dragonfly301 (Reply #24)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:35 PM

40. That's very interesting

I've been a member there for years but mostly just read and recommend what I like. There are many great writers there, (as is the case here as well) and Dallasdoc is at the top of my favorite list. I find it very interesting who has to beg for approval. LOL

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Response to dragonfly301 (Reply #24)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:39 PM

42. Lol for Teacherken reference



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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 01:12 PM

26. For some reason, when I click on that link

 

or any DailyKos link, all I go to is a list. Even when I navigate around the site and find that specific entry, the link still doesn't open up that particular one, but takes me back to the useless link. I wish I could figure out how to read Daily Kos.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #26)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:22 PM

36. That's really weird and hope you can find a way to read all of it

I could just copy and paste it to you via email, if you'd like. Just PM me your addy. There's also a great computer forum here that could maybe help you figure it out. Just post your problem here and someone will respond.

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Response to Oilwellian (Reply #36)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 06:27 PM

47. It started a few weeks ago, this

 

problem with Daily Kos. It doesn't happen with any other forum I visit, nor with links to anything else.

I've sent a PM.

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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 01:28 PM

27. Wow~WOW!

Powerful and insightful

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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 01:29 PM

28. That's an outstanding diary, well worth going on the link to read!

Thanks for the thread, Oilwellian.

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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 01:36 PM

30. K&R.

Best article yet on this election and how to decide who to vote for.

Thanks for posting.

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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 01:39 PM

31. jeesh, can you IMAGINE the campaign without Sanders?

Iowa's party'd be like an occupied and invaded country, just gray and grimy with enforcers roaming the edges

she'd be juking left and right so fast we couldn't keep up, playing off Trump and then trying to woo his backers back

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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:07 PM

35. K & R!


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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 04:40 PM

43. Kicked and recced!! eom

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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 05:51 PM

44. K&R

Thanks for the post.

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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 06:12 PM

46. k n r

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Response to Oilwellian (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 09:28 PM

48. he writes like one who

has been to the darkside and back and sees things very clearly and plainly. this is shamanic writing. shamanic perception of issues can be applied to many circumstances that need "healing" or "fixing" or "changing" or "transcending". hallucinogenics are not required - but an open ego free mind is paramount.

thank for the share, oilwellian.

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