July 14, 2019
The Real Issues

As usual itís hard to argue with Noam Chomsky on this. I would only add that in our outrage over Russiaís interference with our election we seem to forget that interference with foreign elections is what our own CIA does for a living.

And, I should say, the Democrats are helping Trump. They are. Take the focus on Russiagate. Whatís that all about? I mean, it was pretty obvious at the beginning that youíre not going to find anything very serious about Russian interference in elections. I mean, for one thing, itís undetectable. I mean, in the 2016 election, the Senate and the House went the same way as the executive, but nobody claims there was Russian interference there.

In fact, you know, Russian interference in the election, if it existed, was very slight, much less, say, than interference by, say, Israel. Israel, the prime minister, Netanyahu, goes to Congress and talks to a joint session of Congress, without even informing the White House, to attack Obamaís policies. I mean, thatís dramatic interference with elections. Whatever the Russians tried, itís not going to be anything like that.

And, in fact, thereís no interference in elections that begins to compare with campaign funding. Remember that campaign funding alone gives you a very high prediction of electoral outcome. Itís, again, Tom Fergusonís major work which has shown this very persuasively. Thatís massive interference in elections. Anything the Russians might have done is going to be, you know, peanuts in comparison. As far as Trump collusion with the Russians, that was never going to amount to anything more than minor corruption, maybe building a Trump hotel in Red Square or something like that, but nothing of any significance.

The Democrats invested everything in this issue. Well, turned out there was nothing much there. They gave Trump a huge gift. In fact, they may have handed him the next election. Thatís just aóthatís a matter of being so unwilling to deal with fundamental issues, that theyíre looking for something on the side that will somehow give political success.

The real issues are different things. Theyíre things like climate change, like global warming, like the Nuclear Posture Review, deregulation. These are real issues. But the Democrats arenít going after those. Theyíre looking for something else, the Democratic establishment. Iím not talking about the young cohort thatís coming in, which is quite different. Just all of that has to be shifted significantly, if thereís going to be a legitimate political opposition to the right-wing drift thatís taking place. And it can happen, can definitely happen, but itís going to take work.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at July 14, 2019 08:02 PM
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