We Are Still A Long Way From ‘The Russians Hacked the Election’

We Are Still A Long Way From ‘The Russians Hacked the Election’

As much as it seems to pain mainstream Democrats, Donald Trump didn’t win the presidency because of a vast Russian conspiracy.

He won because, for one, his message of protectionism and economic nationalism happened to appeal to many people in critical states, especially in the Rust Belt. And two, Hillary Clinton was a horrible candidate who turned off progressives.

Clinton embodied everything wrong with mainstream politics. Among other things, Hillary Clinton was just another corporate Democrat who supported the Wall Street bailouts while millions of ordinary Americans suffered, and she was a warmonger who voted for the war in Iraq and supported continued military interventionism across the planet.

Weakened by this history and revelations that the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee rigged the Democratic primary against Bernie Sanders, it’s not hard to figure out why Clinton lost and how Donald Trump pulled off the win.

But rather than work to correct this, establishment Democrats and the pundits who support them have instead latched onto the idea that Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election made a meaningful difference in the election so as to undermine the legitimacy of the Trump presidency.

They have used hysterical language in support of this claim. As journalist Glenn Greenwald has recently pointed out, there is no shortage of wild assertions by Democrats (and hawkish Republicans like John McCain) comparing Russian meddling, to whatever extent it existed, to an act of war, the Pearl Harbor attacks and the September 11 attacks. Clinton herself has referred to Russian meddling as “cyber 9/11.”

This is the language of neoconservatives and war hawks. While the presidency of Barack Obama all but silenced the anti-war movement on the left in this country, any principled liberal or progressive still committed to peace ought to reject such warmongering rhetoric.

Read the rest at the Orange County Register.

We Are Still A Long Way From ‘The Russians Hacked the Election’

We Are Still A Long Way From 'The Russians Hacked the Election'

As much as it seems to pain mainstream Democrats, Donald Trump didn’t win the presidency because of a vast Russian conspiracy.
He won because, for one, his message of protectionism and economic nationalism happened to appeal to many people in critical states, especially in the Rust Belt. And two, Hillary Clinton was a horrible candidate who turned off progressives.
Clinton embodied everything wrong with mainstream politics. Among other things, Hillary Clinton was just another corporate Democrat who supported the Wall Street bailouts while millions of ordinary Americans suffered, and she was a warmonger who voted for the war in Iraq and supported continued military interventionism across the planet.
Weakened by this history and revelations that the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee rigged the Democratic primary against Bernie Sanders, it’s not hard to figure out why Clinton lost and how Donald Trump pulled off the win.
But rather than work to correct this, establishment Democrats and the pundits who support them have instead latched onto the idea that Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election made a meaningful difference in the election so as to undermine the legitimacy of the Trump presidency.
They have used hysterical language in support of this claim. As journalist Glenn Greenwald has recently pointed out, there is no shortage of wild assertions by Democrats (and hawkish Republicans like John McCain) comparing Russian meddling, to whatever extent it existed, to an act of war, the Pearl Harbor attacks and the September 11 attacks. Clinton herself has referred to Russian meddling as “cyber 9/11.”
This is the language of neoconservatives and war hawks. While the presidency of Barack Obama all but silenced the anti-war movement on the left in this country, any principled liberal or progressive still committed to peace ought to reject such warmongering rhetoric.
Read the rest at the Orange County Register.

Manufactured Opioid Crisis: a Ploy to Salvage the War on Drugs

Manufactured Opioid Crisis: a Ploy to Salvage the War on Drugs

In case you haven’t heard, there’s an opioid crisis in America.

With majorities of Americans now clearly supportive of marijuana legalization, opioids, a class of drugs used for thousands of years to treat pain and other ailments, have become the latest target of drug warriors and do-gooders alike.

“Our nation is in the throes of a heroin and opioid epidemic,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday. “Overdose deaths more than tripled between 2010 and 2014.  According to the CDC, about 140 Americans on average now die from a drug overdose each day. That means every three weeks, we are losing as many American lives to drug overdoses as we lost in the 9/11 attacks.”

Indeed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 33,000 Americans lost their lives in 2015 due to opioid-related overdoses, including 12,989 deaths associated specifically with heroin.

Candidate Donald Trump suggested, of course, a border wall would help solve the problem, while President Trump has complained America is a “drug-infested” country where “drugs are becoming cheaper than candy bars.”

On the other side of the aisle, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has gone so far as to call for a new war on drugs to combat apparent problem of opioid use, abuse and overdoses.

With so many Americans dying, it’s important to clarify a few things about opioids, the folly of knee-jerk government reaction and the need for harm reduction.

Read the rest at Counterpunch.

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