The Democrat's double standards

If these was ever any doubt that Democrats hate leftists more than they hate conservatives, consider who they can forgive. Let's start with George W. Bush.
All it took was for Dubya to start badmouthing Trump, and suddenly a majority of Democrats like him. His massive war crimes are magically forgiven.

Most of Bush's climb back to popularity came from Democrats and independents. His favorability mark among Democrats has soared from only 11% in February 2009 to a majority 54% now.

Torture, domestic spying, illegal wars, it's all water under the bridge.

But do you know who hasn't been forgiven?
Ralph Nader.
Nader's alleged crime?
Helping Bush get elected. You know, the same guy that Democrats now like as president because he once badmouthed Trump (before campaigned for Trump-like candidates).
Even if Nader was guilty of this crime (he isn't), why is it OK to hate a guy for helping to elect someone that you like?

Someone else that Democrats like is the warmonger John McCain. He turned things around by badmouthing Trump too.
Nader has badmouthed Trump a lot more than Bush, but that's different, apparently.

This essay isn't about Ralph Nader. It's about Tulsi Gabbard.

When Bush and McCain badmouthed Trump, Democrats celebrated.
But when Gabbard, an actual leftist who isn't a warmonger, badmouthed Trump, the reaction was totally different.

Her visit to Bashar al-Assad in January 2017, along with former Democratic Congressman and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, was the final straw for enemies whose antipathy toward her had been simmering and craved an attack-line to coalesce around. The meeting was fully in keeping with her broader campaign to discourage reckless regime change misadventures, the same position which caused her to express extreme skepticism of Clinton. Predictably, neoconservatives also joined the rush to denounce her for this apostasy, at which point she was tarred – preposterously – as an unconscionable abettor of Assad’s crimes. Because neoconservatism has slowly ingratiated itself into the mainstream of the Democratic party since Trump’s ascension, the barbs flung by liberals and their newfound neoconservative friends could barely be distinguished.
...Yet even though in this case she was aiming her ire squarely at Trump, liberal journalist types couldn’t help but continue condemning her as a callously unfit messenger due to the Assad episode – as if that had anything to do with her revulsion of Trump’s amoral sycophancy for the Saudi Crown Prince. Again, to equate the two relationships as even remotely on the same moral plane would be absurd.

No one hates Gabbard more than DailyKos, who has created a whole list of easily disproven, slanderous lies about Gabbard.

I’ve been very concerned by the way political opponents of Tulsi have tried to distort her record and in many, cases, accuse her of the exact opposite of what her actual record is. One has to wonder what is the motivation behind that kind of dishonesty.

Yes, you do have to wonder about their motivation.

Of course not everyone feels the same way about Tulsi's comment.

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@gjohnsit

and is trying to push the democrats into doing it.

Things like better health care, lower insurance and prescription costs, free college and the other things he mentioned during his campaign. Someone posted them on DK and whoboy did he get hammered!

But the worst comment I read on it was that he didn't mention anything about doing something for Black Americans or dealing with sexism and misogyny and other identity politics.

"Will breaking up the big banks do anything for racism? No!
"Will raising the minimum wage do anything for misogyny and sexism?' No!
"Will universal health care ever come to America?" No!

"Damn right it won't if I have anything to do with it!" Yay!

Nea

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It is not until the tide goes out that you discover who has been swimming naked.

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Babs and Ellen think that George is just fine to pal around with again because he was seen giving Michelle some candy at McCain's funeral. Sure Babs and Ellen. Let's give George a pass for killing millions in Iraq and Afghanistan because he said mean things about Trump and gave Michelle some candy.

Good lord! The IQ of America has gone down significantly since Trump was elected and history started all over again.

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It is not until the tide goes out that you discover who has been swimming naked.

RIGHT!

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Ya got to be a Spirit, cain't be no Ghost. . .

Explain Bldg #7. . .

If you’ve ever wondered whether you would have complied in 1930’s Germany,
Now you know. . .
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There are Dems and then there are Dems. Most I'd think barely remember who Nader is and that he was a 3d party candidate. The attitude towards Gabbard is amusing and confusing. I think part of the problem is the division of the world into people who think as they do, and the enemy.

I've never seen Tulsi Gabbard on TV, in this topsy turvy environment she could well be the next POTUS. I'm hoping many seldom mentioned candidates get a few minutes to make an appearance on the national stage. She was in the military, something not many politicians have experience with these days, and we spend lots of money and political capital in far flung useless adventurism.

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This guy is talking about two of Bolton's neocon aides are gone from the NSC and he ends his article with this:

So two of the most well-positioned hardcore neocons are gone. It should serve as a reminder that this Administration is far more complex, divided and ideologically split than surface appearances would suggest or Democrats would argue. While the George W. Bush Administration was a haven for neocons and the Obama Administration was a safe haven for humanitarian interventionists, the Trump Administration is team of rivals all contending for the favor of the one and only decision-maker: The Donald.

OMG. Obama's administration was full of rainbows and butterflies, but the Bush administration was full of devils and demons. Good grief. Humanitarian interventionists? Yeah I'm sure that's how people in Libya, Syria and the other countries that saw military action during Obama's tenure see Hillary, Powers, Rice and the rest of his foreign policies staff. SMDH!

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@snoopydawg

Humanitarian interventionists? Yeah I'm sure that's how people in Libya, Syria and the other countries that saw military action during Obama's tenure see Hillary, Powers, Rice and the rest of his foreign policies staff. SMDH!

[snark:]
Of course those were humanitarian interventions!

Let's see: vegetarians are eaters of vegetables. Therefore, humanitarians are obviously eaters of humans. And the Western/USA interventions in Libya, Syria, et al. certainly consumed mass quantities of humans whole, even though most of the meat was left to rot.....

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"US govt/military = bad. Russian govt/military = bad. Any politician wanting power = bad. Anyone wielding power = bad." --Shahryar

"All power corrupts absolutely!" -- thanatokephaloides

@snoopydawg
When folks at Sic Semper Tyrannis use the term "humanitarian intervention", they're not intending it as a compliment.

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Maybe he's the one taking the picture, on his phone.

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We wanted decent healthcare, a living wage and free college.
The Democrats gave us Biden and war instead.

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@Azazello

Only: all the people in this photo are fuckers. We 99%ers are the ones getting fucked.

Bad

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"US govt/military = bad. Russian govt/military = bad. Any politician wanting power = bad. Anyone wielding power = bad." --Shahryar

"All power corrupts absolutely!" -- thanatokephaloides

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@Azazello @Azazello
That picture was taken at Barbara Bush's funeral, which Donald did not attend. If I recall correctly, he was on the golf course that day.

Edited to add: what a nefarious group of people, with the possible exception of Melania Trump. As far as I know, she hasn't committed genocide or destroyed the US economy. I suspect she'd be much happier not being FLOTUS.

(To complete the scene, I'm imagining Ronnie and Nancy Reagan lurking about in spirit.)

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"Don't go back to sleep ... Don't go back to sleep ... Don't go back to sleep."
~Rumi

"If you want revolution, be it."
~Caitlin Johnstone

I think Tulsi would make a good running mate with Bernie. Candidates from small states for a change.

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Vermonter

Tulsi would tweet using language like that.

(although I support her politics in general)

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dfarrah

@dfarrah

Tulsi Gabbard
I am not surprised, from her statements it appears that she is a Hindu nationalist.

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It's simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves that we've been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back. Carl Sagan

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@chambord

so Gabbard can't be a "Hindu nationalist". And can we knock it off with using someone's religion as a club to beat them with? (Accusing them of not living up to the tenets of their religion is borderline, but passable. The US government is infested with people who don't....)

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There is no justice. There can be no peace.

@chambord use of the word 'bitch.'

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dfarrah

@dfarrah @dfarrah
Now they have to go wash their ears out.

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Beware the bullshit factories.

Tulsi, Bernie, Beto, Ojeda, Hillary, Biden and maybe a few more personality challenged corprocrats. The issue will be money in politics and hopefully those candidates on the side of getting big money out of politics will coalesce behind an eventual candidate from their group. We know the same old propagandists will try to divide and conquer again. How else are they going to make a living?

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Beware the bullshit factories.