Jeffrey Sachs is a well-known economist, not considered to be especially radical. But earlier this week, he told it like it is about the Obama administration:
There has been no change, but rather more of the same: the Wall-Street-owned Democratic Party as we have come to know it.
America needs a third-party movement to break the hammerlock of the financial elites. Until that happens, the political class and the media conglomerates will continue to spew lies, American militarism will continue to destabilize a growing swath of the world, and the country will continue its economic decline.
Green Party mayoral candidate Terry Joan Baum was profiled in the Bay Area Reporter this week. She has also been invited to a major debate, scheduled on August 30 and sponsored by the Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Association.
This week, the Baum campaign launched her new website. She has also hired a campaign manager, Tom Goldkuhle. The campaign is planning a major volunteer mobilization this Saturday in Noe Valley and Upper Market.
Two years after the SF Green Party defended Van Jones when Obama threw him under the bus, Van is (sadly) up and shilling again for the latest corporate-funded makeover of the Democratic Party. Georgia Green Party leader Bruce Dixon writes insightful analysis in the Black Agenda Report:
Rebuilding the Dream seems set to follow in MoveOn's footsteps. Jones has lots to say about budget cuts at home, but nothing to say about ending the $3 billion a week drain caused by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan alone, and less than nothing about the bombing of black civilians in Libya and Somalia or brown ones in Pakistan.
While Pelosi and other liberal Democrats have immediately gone into damage control mode, Greenwald points out that although the liberal wing of the Democratic Party will make noise, they will ultimately fall in line, just like those congresspeople who flip-flopped on the mandatory health insurance bill after signing a pledge not to support it.
Greenwald effectively busts the myth of the "spineless Democrat:"
When I first began writing about politics in late 2005, the standard liberal blogosphere critique -- one I naively believed back then -- was that Democrats were capitulating so continuously to the Bush agenda because they "lacked spine" and were inept political strategists: i.e., they found those policies so very offensive but were simply unwilling or unable to resist them. It became apparent to me that this was little more than a self-soothing conceit: Democrats continuously voted for Bush policies because they were either indifferent to their enactment or actively supported them, and were owned and controlled by the same factions as the GOP.
Greenwald also makes the point that the Democratosphere (e.g., MoveOn, Daily Kos, FDL) will also predictably fall in line after a token protest:
Similarly, those progressive commentators who are first and foremost Democratic loyalists -- who rose up in angry and effective unison (along with actual progressives) to prevent George Bush from privatizing Social Security in 2005 -- will mount no meaningful opposition out of fear of weakening the President's political prospects.
Their ability to neuter opposition to deeply regressive ideas has led other insightful bloggers to conclude that Democrats are worse than Republicans. While Greenwald doesn't go that far, the results may, unfortunately, speak for themselves.
(We expressed some of the same thoughts in our 2010 Green Voter Guide as well, although not as eloquently as GG.)
Greens celebrated Pride and launched our new website on June 25!
In this picture, Terry Baum is collecting signatures to get on the ballot in front of the SF Green Party's booth at Pride, while several volunteers talk to voters. We gathered hundreds of signatures for Terry and registered over 50 new Green Party members from around the state!
Thanks to the many volunteers who helped out this weekend, and also to those who designed and built our new website.