DINO alert-conspiracy theorists take note

Submitted by PAAMember on January 19, 2006 - 7:00pm. ::

I got the following essay from someone who found it on Mark Crispin
Miller's blog at http://www.markcrispinmiller.blogspot.com/ It's
about 1/3 of the way down on that long page.

Josh Mitteldorf's hypothesis is that perhaps the reason why the
Democrats are not functioning as an opposition party is that maybe
the party has been infiltrated with Republican operatives, as
candidates and/or as advisors and staff for candidates. Mitteldorf
admits that he has no evidence for this, but it makes a lot of sense.
It would certainly seem to fit with the method of operation of people
like Karl Rove.

Of course, we know that historically, especially in states like
Texas, the Dem. party was controlled by very
conservative/rascist/power-hungry people who wanted to keep control
and maintain the status quo no matter what. In the 1970's
(especially in 1972 when many of us George McGovern supporters went
our precinct conventions and elected delegates who changed the rules
of the party), progressives made major improvements, and many of the
ultra-conservatives left and moved to the Republican party. But some
still remain, and perhaps others have moved back in stealth mode in
recent years. We all know of DINO's like Lieberman, and others here
in Texas, who support Republican policies and take lots of money from
the same folks who fund the Republicans. Kerry took lots of money
from them and seemed to listen to their advice, too. But maybe there
are other so-called Dems, working for and advising them, who don't
have their origins or hearts in the Dem. party at all. Maybe that's
why Kerry, and Hillary Clinton, and elected representatives like
them, won't stand up and fight for the issues that the majority of
people want.

Read Mitteldorf's essay below, and then tell me if this is this
paranoia, or a valid concern. And most importantly, should this
change what we are doing?

Comments?

Bill

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DINO alert

That's "Democrats In Name Only."

Here is an important email from Josh Mitteldorf, urging that we take
a long hard look into the "opposition party," to find out why it's
not an opposition party.
MCM

Dear Mark,
The reason our republic is in crisis is not that we have a ruthless,
criminal administration in power; it is not that the press is
controlled by self-serving corporations; it is not because rampant
bribery has overtaken the Congressional agenda; and the massive,
devious and sinister program by Repuglicans to subvert democracy is
still not adequate explanation for the crisis. The reason our
republic is in crisis is that we have no opposition party.

Without proof, I offer the following hypothesis as a possible
explanation for softness of the Democrat opposition: the Democratic
party is thoroughly infiltrated by well-paid, under-cover agents of
the Right.

It is awfully convenient for the junta that controls America that
mainstream Dems are not screaming, "Crisis! Crisis!" In abandoning a
great mass of disaffected voters on the left to pursue a tiny sliver
of swing voters at the ever-shifting right, the Dems have forsaken
their majority status. With their silent acquiescence to election
theft, they have helped Repuglicans hollow out the foundation on
which Democracy is built.

Perhaps the Democratic surrender should not be attributed to
stupidity or incompetence. Rather than puzzle about all this behavior
that runs dramatically counter to the Democrats' self-interest, we
should be asking, In whose interest are these policies being pursued?
This line of reason leads to the hypothesis that the Democratic party
has been deeply infiltrated. Many of the weak candidates that run and
win in Democratic primaries are posing in this role in order to
subvert the party; and trusted advisors who are whispering in the
ears of top Democratic leaders are double agents, generously funded
by the Right to infiltrate and subvert the Democratic strategy
machine.

We know that the "conservative" takeover of the Repuglican party and
the American government which we have witnessed in recent years was
masterminded and meticulously planned decades ago by a handful of
rich fascists: Irving Kristol, Nelson and Bunker Hunt, Richard Mellon
Scaife, Joseph Coors
(http://hnn.us/roundup/comments/11377.html ). We know that their plan
allowed for initiatives in the media, for think-tank facades, which
fabricate the appearance of an intellectual base for the movement.
There are paid ideological agents of the Right posing as journalists
(Armstrong Williams, James Guckert) as scientists (global warming is
a myth), posing as economists (deregulation; supply-side stimulation)
and as policy theorists (the dangerous neocon notion of American
hegemony). Why would they not have thought to pose as Democrats as
well? Infiltration of the Democratic party is easy, legal, and cheap
compared to these other strategies. Indeed, if they hadn't done it we
should be surprised, because the tactic is so effective: they can
blunt opposition to their initiatives, and promote weaker candidates
to oppose Repuglicans. They can whisper in the ears of prominent
Democrats, warning them that they risk losing support in the
"political center" every time they call a spade a spade. Why wouldn't
the diabolical masterminds have thought of this?

We have read about Theresa Le Pore, the butterfly ballot lady whose
Repuglican loyalties were discovered too late to save the Florida
election. Harris Miller is a former Diebold lobbiest running for US
Senate as a Democrat (http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00002254.htm).
Tom Reilly is running for governor of Massachusetts on an "inclusive"
platform, despite the fact that Democrats hold solid majorities
throughout the state
(http://news.bostonherald.com/opinion/view.bg?articleid=120778). When
Katherine Harris ran for Congress in Florida, her "Democratic
opponent" was a Republican running a sham campaign
(http://www.democraticunderground.com/top10/02/85.html). Joe
Lieberman regularly gives bipartisan cover for the Bush War on Iraq.
Innocuous small-town peace groups are being watched by Federal agents
posing as activists (as Michael Moore has shown us
http://www.michaelmoore.com/books-films/f911reader/index.php?id=21).

But what if these examples are only the tip of an iceberg? There may
be many more "Democratic" candidates whose only interest is in
tugging the party to the right for cold cash. Perhaps party leaders
(Hilary Clinton? John Kerry? even Howard Dean?) are getting advice
from people who wish them no good.

I don't know that this is true, but it's a hypothesis that ties
together a number of strange trends. The challenge I'm throwing out
is for someone with the means and the skills to set about
investigating the subject, to trace past histories of suspect
political advisors, and to ask questions of campaign insiders who may
have first-hand knowledge. I'd love to know for sure.

-Josh Mitteldorf
josh at mathforum.org


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Submitted by PAAMember on January 21, 2006 - 10:00am.

so-called Democratic Leadership[sic] Council.

Maybe someone forwarded one of my email-rants to Mittledorf.

BTW: their smiley-face name is "Blue Dogs"


Submitted by PAAMember on January 19, 2006 - 7:00pm.





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In a message dated 1/18/06 10:07:21 P.M. Central Standard Time,
writes:

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this report is dead on accurate and, as such, is a very valid
concern! I
bet every one of us on this list can name at least one (probably
more) Dems
that have admitted to previously being a Republican. Now ask
yourself, how
many Dems do you know that left and joined the Repugs? (You
can't really
count the D to R conversions that occurred when folks left
college and got
their first true tax bill. It's just not the same!)

I think we need to
take specific action on this issue and, I think a good
place to start would
be to truly watch/observe the actions and words of not
only our politicians
and party leaders but, all of their advisors, staff,
and volunteers as
well. We need to stop assuming that simply because someone
suits up and
shows up and wears the right T-shirts, buttons, and pins, that
they agree
with our beliefs and support our positions. We need to talk to
each other
more and find out what people truly think and what their values
truly are.
Just because we are all wearing the same uniform does not
necessarily mean
we are all playing for the same team or desire the
same
outcome.

Once we start to identify the DINO's (aka moles) among
us we need to expose
them for who and what they are and take them out of
(or prevent them from
going into) power!

What else do we need to do
on this critical issue?

~Create
Peace~
Brenda


My first reaction to this was that it sounds like pure paranoia but on
second thought, there may be something to it. I have signed up to run for the
Railroad Commission on the Green Party ticket (again) this year, assuming
the Greens can conduct a successful ballot access petition drive - a daunting
task, to say the least. Was hoping there would not be a Dem in the race (the
incumbent is a Repub, of course) but it turns out that there is one.

 

However, an Austin Green has advised me that he thinks the Dem candidate -
a fellow named Dale Henry - is the same K. Dale Henry who ran in the Repub
primary for the RRC against the Repub incumbent in 2004. I'm not totally sure he
is the same person but have done a few quick checks and it sure looks
likely. I guess it's possible he has had a change of heart and become a
progressive Dem but you have to wonder. Does anyone have any information
about this, or other such conversions? Maybe we should research it more.

 

Charlie Mauch


Submitted by PAAMember on January 19, 2006 - 7:00pm.

I think this report is dead on accurate and, as such, is a very valid
concern! I bet every one of us on this list can name at least one (probably
more) Dems that have admitted to previously being a Republican. Now ask
yourself, how many Dems do you know that left and joined the Repugs? (You
can't really count the D to R conversions that occurred when folks left
college and got their first true tax bill. It's just not the same!)

I think we need to take specific action on this issue and, I think a good
place to start would be to truly watch/observe the actions and words of not
only our politicians and party leaders but, all of their advisors, staff,
and volunteers as well. We need to stop assuming that simply because someone
suits up and shows up and wears the right T-shirts, buttons, and pins, that
they agree with our beliefs and support our positions. We need to talk to
each other more and find out what people truly think and what their values
truly are. Just because we are all wearing the same uniform does not
necessarily mean we are all playing for the same team or desire the same
outcome.

Once we start to identify the DINO's (aka moles) among us we need to expose
them for who and what they are and take them out of (or prevent them from
going into) power!

What else do we need to do on this critical issue?

~Create Peace~
Brenda


Submitted by PAAMember on January 19, 2006 - 7:00pm.

I think it's both dinos and punk dems who just wanted a job in the first place.
j