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The Real Conservatism of the "Liberal Establishment"

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The "Liberal" Establishment Is Far From Progressive,

And Isn't Even Authentically Liberal: It's Just Corrupt.

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I received flak from readers for pointing out that Hillary Clinton has a long record of corruption, and that Chris Christi is similarly corrupt. Especially some of my fellow Democrats didn't like to have Hillary's corruption pointed out and documented. Republicans don't seem to mind that Christi is corrupt, or at least they're not contesting that (at least not yet), but Democrats responded with statements such as "Hillary is one of the most vetted Americans ever," as if there had been any authentic investigative journalism examining her record, which isn't the case at all (though I'm starting it). People seem to think that because Republicans focus on the petty Benghazi matter, there's nothing much else, nor more serious, to criticize about Hillary Clinton's record in public office. That's a false assumption. 

In fact, because of Hillary Clinton, a fascist regime today controls Honduras, and it's a regime that was championed also by the Republican Koch brothers and by their agent Jim DeMint. Also because of her, a fraudulent State Department environmental analysis recommended construction of the Kochs' destructive Keystone XL Pipeline project, which still awaits Obama's approval, though he knows that environmentally concerned Democrats will be furious at him if he finishes off the deceit that Hillary started there. And when I acknowledge "Obama's rot," the common response from many Democrats is similar incredulity, such as, "Obama's rot? Please the gop is the only thing that is ROTTEN in American politics today" -- as if Republican lies against Obama are the only argument that can be cited against Obama's performance as President. However, actually, the real arguments against both Hillary Clinton  and Barack Obama aren't available for Republican politicians to use against them, because, with both Clinton and Obama, it's a "Democratic" politician whose corruption has been chiefly in service to big Republican donors, such as to the Kochs and Wall Street -- and Republicans therefore simply cannot afford to go after that corruption, even though it's done by "Democrats." That corruption, in service to big Republican donors, is thus beyond the reach of Republicans, and they won't charge it against them, because they must protect their donors.

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I have pointed this out in several previous articles, regarding Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, but apparently few people seemed to have noticed the mechanism here: Republicans ignore -- they don't bring up -- the real rot in the records of deceptive conservative Democrats, such as Clinton and Obama, who have actually been serving to protect Republican big-money donors. For Republicans to expose that would be for them to expose also their own corruption, and that of their paymasters, whom they were paid to protect. That's out of bounds.

For example, when Barack Obama twists the arms of European Union trade negotiators, and tries to force them to reduce their anti-global-warming regulations so as to allow into the EU the world's dirtiest and global-warming worst oil, from the two million acres of Alberta Canada's tar sands that are owned by the Koch brothers, how can this sneaky operation by Obama be publicized by Republican politicians, who are heavily indebted to the Koch brothers, the biggest of all Republican "bundlers," besides being the biggest financial backers of Republican think tanks (and thus crucial to t he "research" behind Republican Party propaganda)? They can't do it, so they don't -- but I and a few other progressive journalists can expose it, and we did (though you won't read about it in places such as  The New York Times  or  Washington Post ).

And when Hillary Clinton served as the key person getting President Obama to not declare a "coup d'etat" (and thus to cut off U.S. funding) the fascist putsch in Honduras on 28 June 2009 that removed that country's popular progressive democratically elected President and that installed dictators in their stead, and thus enabled the U.S. to prop up the fascist regime there, even though the regime made clear that they were going to turn their nation into a narco-state, how could Republicans in Congress expose this to the public, since their own far-right leader, Jim DeMint -- the former South Carolina Senator recently installed by the Kochs as the head of the Heritage Foundation -- was actually leading the battle in Washington to declare the Honduran fascists to be the legitimate rulers of that country and thus deserving of continued U.S. aid? The Honduran aristocrats who were behind the coup had far more support from Republicans in Congress than from Democrats in Congress; Republicans are favorable to fascism, just as they were "isolationists" about Hitler before FDR forced their hands on the matter and they voted shamefully against supporting England when crucial Lend-Lease aid came up for a vote on 8 February 1941, and Democrats overwhelmingly passed that historic bill into law despite the Republicans voting 135 to 24 against it; and Hillary Clinton now was leading the Republican battle for the fascist Honduran kleptocrats inside the Obama Administration -- and she ultimately won Obama's support for their junta.

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Furthermore, even though her husband, Bill, the former President, wasn't as corrupt as Hillary, and instead he waited until only late in his Administration to deregulate derivatives securities, and to terminate FDR's crucial Glass-Steagall Act, and so to set the stage that enabled the ultimate 2008 financial collapse and the resulting enormous taxpayer bailouts of Wall Street investors, Bill Clinton too was no progressive. However, who can publicize that this was the case -- the Republicans who get even more money from Wall Street? Can Republicans charge such a thing as that "Bill Clinton was too favorable to Wall Street, and to deregulation, and that's why he wasn't a good President"? Hardly. Only progressive journalists can,  even if "Democrats" don't want to know it.

When a "Democrat" is catering to the mega-sources of Republican campaign money (such as Obama, and Hillary, and even Bill, have done), who will there be to point out the actual reasons that such a "Democrat" (now Hillary) ought not to become the Democratic Party's nominee? It won't be Republicans who will point things like this out. It won't be Fox "News," or the Wall Street Journal, or Rush Limbaugh, or others in America's fascist party, because they'd then be attacking especially their own chief sponsors. And it certainly won't be Establishment "liberal" newsmedia such as The New York Times, which covered for George W. Bush's blatant lies about "Saddam's WMD," and which now covers for the Koch brothers' campaign to deceive the public about global warming.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They're Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010,  and of  CHRIST'S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that (more...)

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