Daily Kos is a failure. Although it is a vibrant blog community, the logic of its founder has failed the test of political reality. The central assumption of Markos Moulitsas is simply unsound:
This is a Democratic blog, a partisan blog. One that recognizes that Democrats run from left to right on the ideological spectrum, and yet we're all still in this fight together.
The rapid-fire capitulations of the (majority) Democratic Congress in the matters of ending the Iraq War, investigating administration misdeeds, and enabling formerly illegal domestic spying have confirmed that "electing Democrats" does not result in Progressive reform. We are demonstrably NOT "in this fight together." The Democratic party officeholders have repeatedly shown that they will vote against the majority sentiment of the American people. Netroots-supported candidates, like Jim Webb, have voted for repugnant legislation at the command of BushCo. This diary examines why Daily Kos has failed and what options exist for Progressives seeking to effect change.
As the irresistible mendacity of BushCo approaches the immovable wall of physical reality, we are about to witness a classic encounter between untruth and truth. Mendacity is the art that has ruled America since our nation became so prosperous that its leaders found they could deceive with impunity. The wall of reality is made up of energy depletion, climatic change, deficit spending, and productivity loss. In these encounters, the wall of truth always wins.
Although Republicans should bear most of the blame for what is about to occur, the Democrats will not escape unscathed. All will be punished. This diary is an anticipative post-mortem for the American Mendacity Era, and a forecast of its fatal impact with reality.
Slowly and quietly, a generation of killing machines is being born in the laboratories of the American Military Industrial Complex. These robotic killing systems began as remotely-controlled aircraft, but are steadily evolving and expanding their capabilites.
Have a look at one of these cute little critters:
This diary explains why the advent of robotic killing systems is very bad news.
Although I spend a great deal of time following the news online, I have been reduced to helpless frustration by the inability of our Congress to determine and/or explain what the BushCo gang has done in the area of domestic spying. This diary is a plea for clarification. If any of you have an explanation for what is known and not known by the congressional leadership, please post replies. My questions follow.
I used to think that this was a community of well-educated and fairly rational individuals, a respectable part of what a BushCo operative dismissively termed the "reality-based community," but the delerium of party politics seems to be fogging the minds of many participants here.
So let's get to the bottom of this and find out how much reality exists in the consensus judgements of the DKos community. I'll do this with a few poll questions:
What will happen in September regarding BushCo policy in Iraq? Exactly nothing. Son of Surge will be unveiled as the talented General Petraeus requests time for yet another reconfigured, last-ditch effort to win the war. The war will continue, essentially limited by the maximum deployable resources of the US military. Petraeus has been given a counter-insurgency laboratory that affords him great professional satisfaction while giving BushCo perfect cover for extending the war until 2009. The diary explains how this happy marriage of career ambition and political deceit works.
I've been asking myself what's wrong with DKos for a long time, and I have narrowed it down to the irrational denial of what the Democratic Party really supports. The prevailing view here is that the Democratic Party is the Jimmy Stewart character (George Bailey) in Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life." The Republicans are the nasty plutocrat character (Mr. Potter). But the modern Democratic party has gone way beyone Frank Capra; it has given us the pervasive delusional framework of The Matrix.
Unfortunately, this view does not check out with the historical record. The Democratic Party is very happy playing nice with nasty plutocrats. The anger here at Cindy Sheehan's challenge to Pelosi is largely motivated by the painful spotlight it shines on the policies Democratic politicians actually support. Cindy Sheehan is the Red Pill of the Matrix. It's called severe cognitive dissonance, and this diary explains what is causing it.
What the Democratic leadership fears most is that the disastrous administration of George Bush will end before the 2008 election and that a competent Republican caretaker President will take office. This is the only rational explanation for the utterly ineffectual "resistance" to Bush that the Democratic majority in Congress has mounted.
Simply put, the more damage Bush does to America, the bigger the election victory that the Democratic party will enjoy in 2008. This ugly calculation is why a growing number of progressive voters are furious at the Democratic leadership, and why passionate populists like Cindy Sheehan are challenging the Speaker. This diary explores the Democratic Party's dirty deal with the devil in an imaginary dialog.
I am the Lizard King, I can do anything -- Jim Morrison
Short of shouting this memorable declaration, Bush could not have demonstrated more clearly his unchecked power than by rescuing Libby from serving a jail sentence. We now face the prospect of a President who can prevent the punishment of any crime by abuse of his pardon powers. This instantly immunizes the entire BushCo criminal enterprise from accountability to the law.
This is what comes of Nancy Pelosi's deer-in-the-headlights approach to handling the Bush administration. Pelosi and Reid somehow came to the conclusion that the slender Democratic majority in the House would translate into the moderation of BushCo behavior. This diary describes what we can expect from an out-of-control President in the next 18 months.
A few months ago, I observed that the insurgents in Iraq have much more room for improvement in their effectiveness than US forces, and this is becoming evident in the poor results of the current US "surge" campaign. Since the capitulation of the Democratic majority in fully funding the Iraq war, I have become convinced that the only way US forces will leave Iraq is to be forced out by unsustainable losses. We appear to be approaching prohibitive loss levels in Iraq. This diary provides some details.
Thanks to their feeble experiments with blog posting, the US Mainstream "news" media have revealed their decision to fully decouple from public opinion and dedicate their resources to The Party, becoming the reliable mouthpiece of Big Brother. This morning you can go to the Washinton Post online site and read hundreds of comments blasting "liberal" Post columnist Richard Cohen for urging "commutation" of Libby's jail sentence. Joe Klein performed the same service for Libby last week on the Time Magazine blog. Joe received a similar flame-bath.
Note that in both of these instances, the balance of negative to positive blog responses was in excess of 100-to-1. In the face of these overwhelming demonstrations of contradictory public opinion, these "journalists" assert that they are showing good judgement and properly reflecting the sentiments of mainstream America. What is going on?
Cohen and Klein would assert that they are being targeted by angry "Leftists," but it would be a statistical monstrosity for these blog posts not to be representative of public opinion. Something far more ominous is going on. Read more below.
For some time, I have been puzzling over the US insistance on Iraqi passage of the notorious "Oil Law" that grants petroleum extraction rights to US companies on highly favorable terms. What good is such a law, I reasoned, in the midst of an active insurgency that would disrupt the operations of any US energy company attempting to pump Iraqi oil?
The chilling answer became evident to me after considering the magnitude of the refugee flight from Iraq and the increasingly desperate situation of the Iraqi people. America intends to make Iraq uninhabitable. The ultimate counterinsurgency strategy is to drain the ocean of population in which the guerrilla fish swim. This diary explains what a Mad Max post-apocalyptic Iraq might look like.