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6. Those of us who pay attention noticed a BIG change in the so called "Independet Progressive Media"
Tue Mar 11, 2014, 05:25 PM
Mar 2014

... in late 2008.

This explains it:

[font size=3]Rahm Emanuel's Think Tankers Enforce 'Message Discipline' Among 'Liberals'[/font]

Over the past several weeks, independent journalists and anti-war activists have tried to shine a spotlight on how groups like the Center for American Progress and MoveOn, which portrayed themselves as anti-war during the Bush-era, are now supporting the escalation and continuation of wars because their guy is now commander-in-chief.

CAP has been actively pounding the pavement in support of the escalation in Afghanistan, the rebranding of the Iraq occupation and, more recently, Obama's bloated military budget, which the group said was "on target." MoveOn has been silent on the escalation in Afghanistan and has devoted substantial resources to promoting a federal budget that includes a $21 billion increase in military spending from the Bush-era.

What is clear here is that CAP and MoveOn are now basically psuedo-official PR flaks targeting "liberals" to support the White House agenda. This, though, should not come as a shock to those who have closely monitored these groups. They were the primary force behind Americans Against Escalation in Iraq (AAEI), "a coalition that spent tens of millions of dollars using Iraq as a political bludgeon against Republican politicians, while refusing to pressure the Democratic Congress to actually cut off funding for the war."

Now, according to John Stauber, executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, the Center for American Progress is now running "Progressive Media which was begun by Tom Matzzie and David Brock in 2008 and now 'represents a serious ratcheting up of efforts to present a united liberal front in the coming policy wars....' [These groups] are working hard to push Obama's policies, including rationalizlng or defending his escalation of the wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan as "sustainable security."


There has been unending pressure at DU to have this site united behind Obama Policy.
The problem is that Obama himself has said that on policy,
he can be considered a 1980s Moderate Republican.

I was a committed DEMOCRAT back in the 1980s.
I fought HARD against the Republicans
BECAUSE I didn't support "Moderate Republican Policy", especially Moderate Republican Economic Policy
(Free Trade, de-regulation, "Market Based Solutions", Privatization of the Commons, and low taxes on the RICH)

WHY should I start supporting 1980s Moderate Republican Policy NOW?

I want to vote for someone who would have been considered A DEMOCRAT back in the 1980s.
That is WHY I was a DEMOCRAT back in the 1980s.

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