March 4, 2007

Anti-Liberal Democrats Clinton, Ford and Gore

I noticed that the defeated Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford has been made President of the DLC, so don't be surprised if he's Hillary's secret weapon against Obama - the very right-wing Dixiecrat African-American Harold Ford for Vice President! I certainly think Clinton has John Edwards for backup, as well (poor John, always the Veep, never the Prez). Next we'll have an East Coast female president pretending to give a damn about the impoverished South with one of these two knuckleheads for Veep - ain't that progress!

I thought it's worth reprinting an article from on the DLC/New Democrat Movement. The link for Al Gore on the NNDB site leads to another on Armand Hammer. Together they point to Al Gore buying from his dad a zinc mine sold cheaply to Gore Sr. by Armand Hammer, who later bought Occidental Petroleum. Al Gore then recommended in 1995 that the oil reserves in the Elks Hills be sold by the Federal government to Occidental Petroleum. Hammer also apparently donated to a Nixon slush fund used in Watergate. Does the bloody trail ever end?

Now you can all get angry at me for bringing up Gore's sordid past, but I'll have to see a lot more than "An Inconvenient Truth" before I believe Gore has given up his DLC roots.

(link here for original article and list of members Copyright Soylent Communications).
New Democrat Movement

The right wing current of the Democratic party, characterized by its neoliberal economic policies, support of Israel, desire to increase defense spending, and links to heavy donors and fundraisers.

Believes that "left-wing" positions are not politically viable. Describes itself as "moderate and pro-growth". Probably responsible for erosion of the Democratic Party's historical labor and minority base due to support of treaties like NAFTA, lack of support for affirmative action and poverty programs, and their siphoning away of campaign funds from minority groups.

At the national level, the movement was founded by the Democratic Leadership Council (501c4 educational non-profit, founded 1984) and includes the House New Democrat Coalition (founded 1997), the Senate New Democrat Coalition (founded 2000), the New Democrat Network PAC (founded 1996), the misnamed Progressive Policy Institute (501c4 think tank, "Bill Clinton's idea mill", founded 1989), and the umbrella funding group The Third Way Foundation (501c3 non-profit, founded 1996).

Since coming to power within the Democratic Party with Bill Clinton's presidency, the New Democrats/DLC have worked towards "essentially the same purpose as the Christian pull a broad political party dramatically to the right" according to John Nichols of The Progressive.

DLC operatives actively worked to sabotage Howard Dean's candidacy for the US Presidency in 2004, claiming that the "far-left" Democrat was wrong to attack George W. Bush's tax cuts and national security policies.

Corporate contributors to the DLC and New Democratic Network include Bank One, Citigroup, Dow Chemical, DuPont, General Electric, Health Insurance Corporation of America, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Philip Morris, RJR Nabisco, Chevron, Prudential Foundation, Amoco Foundation, AT&T, Morgan Stanley, Occidental Petroleum, Raytheon, and many other Fortune 500 companies.

The New Democrat Movement is sometimes referred to as the Dixiecrat movement due to the DLC's origination in the southern states, their desire to get rid of affirmative action, and their membership's overwhelming whiteness.

"[Democrats should] shift the primary focus from racism, the traditional enemy without, to self-defeating patterns of behavior [among blacks]" --Chuck Robb, 2nd DLC Chairman, Governor & Senator of the Great State of Virginia, White Man, 1986.

"I'm from the democratic wing of the Democrat Party" --Paul Wellstone, progressive Democrat, criticizing the New Democrat Movement.

"Democrats for the Leadership Class" --Jesse Jackson, progressive black Democrat, describing the DLC.

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