Free speech in the USA, goodbye?


This video from the USA says about itself:

Republican Anti-Protester Laws Killing Free Speech

Republicans have a lot of fascist tendencies. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

“More than 20 states have proposed bills that would crack down on protests and demonstrations since Donald Trump was elected, in a move that UN experts have branded “incompatible with US obligations under international human rights law”.

The proposed laws would variously increase the penalties for protesting in large groups, ban protesters from wearing masks during demonstrations and, in some states, protect drivers from liability if they strike someone taking part in a protest.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said more than 30 separate anti-protest bills have been introduced since 8 November in “an unprecedented level of hostility towards protesters in the 21st century”. Their introduction comes amid a huge increase in activism and engagement, much of it inspired by Trump’s election to the presidency.

The ACLU and the National Lawyers Guild have said many of the bills are likely unconstitutional. “The proposed bills have been especially pervasive in states where protests flourished recently”, said Vera Eidelman, who works in the ACLU’s speech, privacy and technology project.”

Read more here.

If you count on the Democratic party establishment to counter these dangerous Republican tendencies then you may get disappointed.

This video from the USA says about itself:

DCCC [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] Backs Recent Republican Over [left-wing, pro-Bernie Sanders] Justice Democrat

21 April 2018

Cenk Uygur breaks down a Ryan Grim story, which reveals that the DCCC-backed candidate in California’s 50th district, Josh Butner, was a registered Republican before running as a Democrat.

Read Ryan’s piece here.

United States Democrats’ betrayal of Dreamers


This video from the USA says about itself:

Democrats Sell Out Dreamers AGAIN

19 March 2018

Typical corporate Democrats. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

President Trump on Friday blamed Democrats for a lack of progress on saving a program that defers deportation for certain undocumented immigrants known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

“Senate Democrats and the House Democrats have totally abandoned DACA. They don’t even talk to me about it, they’ve totally abandoned it”, Trump said Friday during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

“We want to do something about DACA, get it solved after all these years. The Democrats have been totally unresponsive. They don’t want to do anything about DACA. It’s very possible DACA won’t happen, it’s not because of Republicans, it’s because of Democrats.””

Read more here.

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

Democrats drop DACA recipients from budget talks

20 March 2018

Congressional Democratic leaders have decided that there will be no protection for DACA recipients—the young undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children—in the omnibus budget bill that must pass the House and Senate by midnight Friday night.

The budget bill, appropriating funds for all major federal agencies for the rest of the current fiscal year, which ends September 30, is the last piece of major legislation that Congress must pass before the November 6 election. It is widely expected that there will be no significant legislative action after that, as all members of the House of Representatives and one-third of the members of the Senate concentrate on their renomination and reelection campaigns.

That means if no legal protection for DACA recipients is attached to the budget bill, the issue is likely dead until after the election. President Trump rescinded the executive order establishing the DACA program last year, with the action taking effect two weeks ago, on March 5. But two federal district courts, one in California and one in New York, have blocked this action at least temporarily, issuing orders to the US Customs and Immigration Services to continue renewing two-year work permits for DACA recipients.

The Trump administration sought emergency review by the Supreme Court, but the court refused to take the matter up outside the normal appeals process. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is already taking up the California case, and an appeal of the New York decision is likely to be heard by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

The delayed action on Trump’s rescinding of DACA has given the Democrats a certain political cover, as they can pretend that the issue no longer has the same urgency, since ICE agents are not currently rounding up DACA recipients and deporting them. But an unfavorable appeals court ruling or a change of mind by the Supreme Court could put hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients in immediate danger.

Democratic leaders made statements indicating they had decided that it was impossible to reach agreement with the White House over the terms of an extension of DACA protection, and that they had given up trying.

Last week a group of 84 House Democrats sent a letter to both the Democratic and Republican leaders arguing for inclusion of protection for DACA recipients in the budget. The small size of the group—only a minority of the minority in the House—testifies to the general indifference to the plight of these young immigrants on the part of the US political establishment. They are viewed as a useful prop for electoral purposes—for the Democrats, to pretend to be sympathetic to the concerns of Hispanic and Asian-American voters, for most Republicans, to demonstrate “toughness” in their appeals to anti-immigrant bigotry.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi summed up the position most cynically Thursday, saying, “There’s not a whole lot of reason to negotiate—to do anything that is not already covered by the court decision.” She defended proceeding with a “clean” budget bill—i.e., one that funds the federal government, and particularly the military machine, without any additional non-budgetary provisions like protection for DACA recipients. She argued, “It is necessary for us to pass [the omnibus] to defend our country, to invest in our children’s future, to keep America number one in every respect, to do so in a way that creates jobs.”

On the Senate side, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer rejected one White House proposal, $25 billion for Trump’s wall along the US-Mexico border in return for a 30-month extension of DACA protection. While saying he wouldn’t negotiate in public, Schumer said, “I don’t think the wall is border security. We will fight for real border security, not fake border security.”

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Schumer’s deputy, Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin, was asked whether Democrats were abandoning DACA recipients by not using their leverage in the budget talks—the bill requires the support of at least 10 Democrats in the Senate, and many more than that in the House because of expected defections by ultra-right Republicans.

Durbin equated any fight for DACA recipients with shutting down the federal government, and rejected that course. “We’re not going to have a shutdown”, he said, “but I’m urging leaders to come together and understand there’s an emergency here. We have to move on a bipartisan basis.”

By Monday morning, the well-connected Capitol publication The Hill was reporting that the Democratic leadership had rejected any strategy based on insisting that protection for DACA recipients must be incorporated into the budget bill: “The apparent change in strategy has angered immigrant rights advocates in and out of Congress, who want the minority Democrats to use their rare leverage on the enormous government funding package—among the last must-pass bills of the year—to secure protections for the hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who came to the country illegally as children.”

Congressional negotiators were expected to release the final text of the budget bill late Monday night, in time for the House to vote final passage on Wednesday, and giving the Senate just two more days to pass the bill and avoid a government shutdown at midnight on Friday night.

Typical of Democratic Party thinking was this comment by Representative John Yarmuth of Kentucky, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee and a key participant in the talks. “We got about 80 percent of what we were trying to get, and if you can’t accept 80 percent, then the system can’t function”, he said.

The budget bill is more likely to be delayed by right-wing Republican efforts to add provisions to the legislation extending the Hyde Amendment—which bars the use of federal funds to pay for abortions—to cover subsidies for people who buy individual health care policies under the Affordable Care Act. In effect, such language would prohibit those buying policies on the ACA exchanges from purchasing abortion coverage.

Meanwhile a second group of endangered immigrants faced a deadline Monday. The 195,000 Salvadoran immigrants covered by Temporary Protected Status had until Monday to obtain their last renewal of protected status before the program is shut down by the Trump administration in September 2019. The Salvadoran government said only about 125,000 immigrants had filed for renewals, meaning that as many as 70,000 could become subject to immediate deportation. Most immigrants covered by TPS have been living in the United States for more than 20 years and have US citizen children.

In the face of the Trump administration’s sadistic and illegal treatment of Central American immigrants seeking to apply for asylum at the border crossing between Tijuana-San Ysidro and San Diego, the Democratic Party has said virtually nothing, exposing as a cynical fraud its pretensions of sympathy for the plight of immigrant workers: here.

United States Nunes memo, Russia-bashing distraction from war danger, inequality


This video from the USA says about it itself:

Russiagate is Dangerous, Will Washington Get the Memo?

2 February 2018

The partisan fight over Rep. Devin Nunes’ memo is consuming Washington and even leading prominent liberals to question if Nunes is a Russian agent. Russia scholar Stephen F. Cohen of Princeton University says Russiagate has now become “much more than McCarthyism.”

“This discourse is now the norm, on MSNBC, CNN, New York Times… That people who doubt the narrative of what’s loosely called ‘Russiagate’ are somehow acting under the spell of the Kremlin.”

Read more here.

The text of the, meanwhile released, memo by Republican Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, about the 2016 Clinton and Trump presidential campaigns and the FBI is here.

If the United States Democratic party would be a real opposition party, then they would fight Donald Trump for making the rich richer and the poor poorer, for climate denialism, for warmongering, for attacking civil liberties, for his xenophobic attacks on Dreamers and refugees, etc. Instead, the Wall Street Democrats sell out the Dreamers. And they resurrect Cold War-style brinkmanship towards nuclear war, by drowning everything in cries of ‘Russia! Russia!’ They resurrect the Cold War dead body of the battle against ‘godless Communism’ even though the Soviet Union does not exist anymore, the Warsaw pact does not exist anymore, and the Russian government is neither atheist nor communist. Instead of fighting for transparency, Democratic politicians fight to keep the Nunes memo secret, to keep secret services’ activities as secret as possible. While more state secrets always mean more steps on the road to non-accountability and dictatorship.

One might think it is impossible to be further to the right than Trump. But it looks like the Clintonite Wall Street Democratic politicians are trying that really hard, bring too scared to criticize Trump from the left.

The Democrats responded to the prospective release of the Nunes memo with undisguised hysteria, declaring that it threatened national security and was insufficiently deferential to the US intelligence agencies. Now that the memo has been released, the Democrats’ claim that it contains sensitive national security secrets has been exposed as lies: here.

Democrats defend FBI as Republican memo shows anti-Russia campaign built on illegal spying: here.

The announcement Friday by the US Department of Justice that a federal grand jury has returned criminal indictments against 13 Russian citizens and three Russian companies, charging illegal activities in the 2016 US presidential election, has become the occasion for a barrage of war propaganda in the American corporate media: here.

The Russian meddling fraud: Weapons of mass destruction revisited: here.

United States Dreamers sold out by Clintonist Democrats


This video from the USA says about itself:

25 January 2018

Democrats Cave Again!!! They Give Up On Dreamers!

This video from the USA says about itself:

Sorry Dreamers, Democrats Had “High Anxiety”

23 January 2018

The Democrats rolled over and struck a deal to end the government shutdown without assurances for those covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

Read more here.

In budget talks, Senate Democrats abandon immigrant Dreamers threatened with deportation: here.

Senate Democratic leader seeks to protect Special Counsel Mueller, not DACA immigrants: here.

Students and workers denounce bipartisan attacks on immigrants: here.

Dreamers Speak Out Against Budget Bill With No DACA Protections: here.