But as you point out they can and have spoiled. I think many of them have reached the conclusion that centrist Democrats have a "like it or leave" attitude. If centrist Democrats can't find a way to work with the progressives we must face continued electoral losses.
As you point out, centrists outnumber the more left leaning side. Looking at it from the left side, it seems like the centrist Democrats enter all negotiations by leaving out all the lefts positions. That is a negotiate from the center to the right stance. I imagine it's pretty hard for a left leaning person to argue that the Democratic party has any progressive wing from that perspective.
I'm not arguing that the left doesn't need to compromise, but I am arguing that the center should look at how they act and decide if their position is "compromise" or "submit."
Glenn Greenwald is an absolutist. He isnt wrong that our government does bad things too, but in his mind doing bad things means were no different than the Russians.
Being aware of the skullduggery the US has engaged in is not a reason to support attacks on the US. It is a reason to try and change the way we behave. From my observations Id say that the GOP has never thought covert invasions, interfering with other peoples elections was wrong, and its not wrong to say that Democrats hands are far from clean. On the other hand if I want to change that, do I try to elect people who will listen and I might be able to influence or people who are going to double down on the bad behavior.
Were still dealing with a party run by people who think the US should thrash some small country every now and then just to show the world we can. Perfection is the enemy of the good, but it seems willing to tolerate evil.
Im not a skeptic, but I also wasnt surprised that the Mueller didnt contain an outright statement of collaboration between Trump, his campaign and the Russian government. That last phrase seems critical to me, Russian government. We talk about oligarchs, but dont seem to understand what that means. If a small cartel of extremely wealthy people are pulling the strings of the government, would they let the government get its hands dirty when it found a kindred spirit running for election in a hostile country?
Donald Trump has come out as being opposed to the Foreign Corrupt Practices laws. He is a white collar criminal the Trump Tower Moscow was a kickback scheme. This is more about institutionalizing kickbacks to the oligarchs, which Trump believes himself to be.
As such I wasnt surprised that there was nothing to convict him of collaborating with the Russian Government, he was working with the governors of the government. Legally its not the same thing.
Now weve established that he didnt collaborate with the government, how about the Foreign Corrupt Practices. There wasnt any word of him not being guilty of those. Should I assume that Bill Barr put out what he did because there was ample evidence of that?
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