1) Relative to a point that came up in mistermix’s fun Energized thread, while I get that the phrase “corporate whore” needs to be retired, especially relative to female politicians, the issue of corporate money corrupting our politics is a serious one and not going away. There will also be more “Bernies” (and “Trumps,” alas) as the traditional political parties continue to lose power and the grassroots continues to gain it.
2) Related to BLM, I want to clarify something that came up yesterday. Tom expressed a concern that when I wrote that Bernie supporters get that: “Black lives matter, Iraqi lives matter, also Honduran, Libyan, and Palestinian” I meant that “the realities of Black life must wait while we, once again, reach for the promised land of revolution.”
I would never say that. I strongly support BLM and agree that it’s an urgent domestic priority.
However, we also have urgent foreign priorities, and I would say reducing our propensity for warmongering is one.
I linked all of those “lives” rhetorically because of the common thread of violence–and it’s also no coincidence that the foreigners I mentioned are all people of color. Also, there are some concrete links, with at least some of the threat to American black lives being traceable back to the militarization of our society and cops.
I hope that clarifies, and sorry the original wasn’t clearer. Thanks to Tom for raising the point, which is an important one.
3) Since we’re talking about helping communities at risk, however, let’s not forget whom else the Clintons have taken millions from – the odious for-profit college industry. The only ones who could possibly make even the Wall Street speculators look like decent and productive members of society.
It’s a predatory industry that specifically targets poor people at the very moment they’re trying to better themselves. (And rips off taxpayers by forcing us to repay millions each year in defaulted student loans.) Graduates of these awful programs often wind up with broke and in debt, with sham degrees and none of the promised career assistance.
This one’s personal for me. When working at a Boston nonprofit serving mainly inner city and immigrant populations I wound up steering several people away from these rip-offs and to our excellent community college. (The For Profits’ marketing and sales are so targeted and “effective” that for many underinformed people they’re the presumptive choice.) And later, one of my foster kids wound up in the clutches of one. Thankfully Massachusetts has an enlightened Lemon Law policy for these schools and so we were able to help him cancel the contract.
I wonder how many Juicers would work for such a predatory organization. And if you wouldn’t, why support a candidate who would?