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punklibertarian · a day ago
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US policy under Biden has headed substantially in the same direction Trump set it to. This was maybe most dramatic in immigration, where Trump’s actions had provoked the most sustained, passionate, and vocal outcry. While soaking up positive press for reversing some of Trump’s most high-profile outrages, Biden kept in place others that were widely denounced as cruel, racist, and even fascist and white supremacist: the “Remain in Mexico” policy that condemned asylum seekers to violence and other danger while they waited for a decision; the Title 42 measure that’s effectively (and illegally) ended asylum at the southern border, and which Biden has used to expel more people than Trump; and the ongoing caging of migrant children.
Despite officially “pausing” construction of Trump’s border wall — the most visceral, outrage-inducing symbol of Trump’s immigration vision — Biden has, in reality, kept on building it, and will be passing it on to the next Republican president to finish the job. While deportations have slowed, Americans who have spent their whole lives in the United States are still being banished to “homelands” they never knew, and for relatively minor crimes. At one point, Biden even attempted to keep Trump’s record-low refugee cap of fifteen thousand, having to reverse course upon a rare instance of backlash. He’s doubled that number since, in a similarly rare instance of following through on a campaign promise.
On press freedoms, Biden’s inconsequential rhetorical shift from Trump has distracted from notable policy overlap. Biden continued and saw through the prosecution of a drone whistleblower that Trump had started, and stubbornly continues to torture and prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, an action that, if similarly seen through, will make publishers and journalists on US soil and around the world fair game for imprisonment if they reveal US government secrets. He also quietly intensified a Trump-era effort to seize reporters’ records, even putting out a gag order on New York Times top brass to keep the effort under wraps, only reversing course and ruling it out once reporters exposed it. A highly disciplined set of operatives, the administration has walled the president off from the press and maintains tight control on what information gets out.
One relative bright spot has been foreign policy. What might end up being the most important and long-lasting Biden measure is the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, a genuinely politically courageous act that earned him a major black eye. US airstrikes around the globe have plunged 54 percent under Biden, too, giving the Middle East and North Africa a much-needed respite from endless US bombing. The president has also for the most part resisted the hawkish demands of the press corps and national security establishment when it comes to Russia, though his refusal to limit NATO expansion to Russia’s borders — the root of the current Ukraine crisis — shows how limited the definition of “restraint” is in the context of Washington.
In fact, the dearth of upsides mostly underscores how little foreign policy has changed from the previous four years. Biden has kept up Trump’s intensified blockade on Cuba and maintained his deadly sanctions on Venezuela, and his refusal to pull back from his predecessor’s sanctions on Iran has both poisoned negotiations over reentering the nuclear deal and brought hardliners to power in the country, hurting prospects for a renewed agreement. If you add his vindictive sanctions on Afghanistan, currently causing mass starvation among the people he and Washington claimed to be fighting for, Biden is currently driving humanitarian catastrophes in no less than four countries.
Biden’s pledge to end Trump’s friendliness with autocrats has gone predictably unfulfilled, unsurprising since the only notable thing about Trump’s approach was how much outrage it garnered for what was routine US foreign policy. Biden broke his promise to punish the Saudi crown prince for his assassination of a Washington Post columnist and dissident, continued US military cooperation with the brutal Egyptian dictatorship, and despite a headline-grabbing executive order, hasn’t stopped giving vital support to the Saudi-led genocidal war in Yemen. And for all the talk of restoring trust with US allies, those allies have, amusingly, complained there’s little difference in Biden’s unilateral decision-making from the kind that elicited establishment outrage at Trump.
As usual, the only thing that’s changed is the rhetoric, suddenly peppered with paeans to democracy, largely as a jab at China, with which Biden has enthusiastically pursued Trump’s new Cold War. Hostility to China, once interpreted as a clever strategy for selling Biden’s domestic agenda, turns out to have been an end in itself for this administration, with Biden pushing nuclear proliferation in the South Pacific, passing a record, budget-busting giveaway to the military-industrial complex, and facilitating what could end up a new Red Scare aimed at Asian immigrants. Meanwhile, even with troops out of Afghanistan, the wasteful and counterproductive US “war on terror” shows no sign of ending more than twenty years after it began.
In fact, Biden has used the January 6 Capitol riot to bring this war on terror home, launching a domestic anti-terrorism strategy that’s officially directed at far-right extremists but is quietly taking aim at left-leaning protesters and activists. The Capitol Police were rewarded for their staggering security failure by being expanded into a national anti-terror force immune to public record requests, the FBI has doubled its number of domestic terrorism agents and, consequently, its caseload, and there is talk of more government spying powers and a domestic terrorism statute to come. These will be a major gift to whichever right-wing authoritarian takes power next, with the inflammatory, divisive Trump never mustering the popular legitimacy to expand his powers of repression while in office.
After a summer of breathtaking violence against protesters and journalists outraged at yet another police murder, Biden has funneled yet more money and military equipment to law enforcement around the country while quietly shelving the meager police accountability reforms he promised. Police continue to murder people in extraordinarily high numbers, and mass protest is certain to break out yet again — with the police now even better equipped to brutally suppress it.
The public corruption that both fed into Trump’s rise and which he took to new, brazen heights has carried on unchecked. The Democratic Party is still raising large amounts of money and staffing key posts from business interests, while major campaign promises that threaten those interests — the public health insurance option chief among them — have simply never been spoken of since the election. While the president can’t even bring himself to take a position on whether or not lawmakers should be trading stocks while they legislate, his son has suddenly become a best-selling painter, to the horror of government ethics experts.
Meanwhile, the administration pilfered the ranks of Wall Street, big tech, military contractors, industrial agriculture, and the rest of corporate America to staff his administration. Among such appointees is Jeff Zients, the man in charge of the federal pandemic response, who came out of Mitt Romney’s vulture capitalist firm Bain Capital and once advised CEOs, “The social contract is never coming back, and your employees know it.”
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fuckyeahmarxismleninism · 2 days ago
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Joe Biden was selected by the capitalist ruling class to enact Donald Trump's program with a mandate from the majority of voters, just as Obama was selected to enact Bush's program. That's how the system works.
Republicans come in, push everything to right in the interests of the biggest capitalists. This frightens the majority (workers, oppressed communities, small capitalists, bourgeois liberals). The masses vote for the Democrats to save them, since that's the only sanctioned alternative. Democrats then quietly carry out the very program they were elected to oppose. 
This is the essence of U.S. electoral politics, honed over the last 100+ years. It is a system created and perfected in the context of U.S. global domination and relative economic stability in the post-World War II era.
The U.S. empire is today far past its peak; its political structure is collapsing and ripe for destruction. It can end in one of two ways: 
(1) the growth of class consciousness that the Democrats represent a dead end for the workers and oppressed, and the organization of an independent alternative oriented toward a revolutionary solution to capitalist crisis; or
(2) a fascist takeover that crushes the very limited and hollow bourgeois democracy as it exists in the U.S. today.
Unfortunately,  right now, option (2) seems much more likely in the near future. But the situation can change. Fascist dictatorship historically has been viable only when the working class has been defeated and crushed. So far, the workers in the U.S. in their vast numbers have not been heard from. 
Victory is possible IF the opportunity to develop a militant united resistance isn’t missed, leaving the workers to be smashed in a last-ditch, desperate attempt at self-preservation. Defeat is inevitable IF lesser evilism continues to dominate.
The raw material for a shift in class consciousness exists. We have to fight like hell to make option (1) possible.
- redguard
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politijohn · 2 months ago
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someoneidontknow · a year ago
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leonnamc · 3 months ago
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chris-evans · a year ago
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Please remember to VOTE tomorrow! 
You can register to vote on Election Day in the following states:
Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Illinois, Idaho, Iowa, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Washington, D.C.!
Vote like this country depends on it, because it does!
source: @votesaveamerica
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mysharona1987 · 2 days ago
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aquarianmermaid · 9 months ago
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wallisninety-six · 12 months ago
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Amidst discussion about wealth inequality and race issues, I really wanna hammer into younger Gen Zers minds about how awful Ronald Reagan was I feel like we all got propaganda’d in school on how great he was just because of basic charisma and for the fact that he made some dopey speech at the berlin wall, but looking back he was just pure fucking evil: He caused so many problems that we’re all dealing with today- and problems that made Zoomers become “Doomers”:
He made explicit pleas to segregationists and klansmen when talking about states rights, endangering the lives of POC in the process
he KILLED unions, working class people lost bargaining power against the rich and lost livable wages, starting the end of the middle class, we never recovered
His trickle down economics killed any chance of real progressive tax on the rich & ensured that trillions would go to the rich for *generations*
He demonized the shit out of black people, he literally never saw them as human, especially those that were homeless and struggling with addictions (a problem he made much, much worse)
He *knew* about the AIDS crisis and for the longest time, did *nothing*, he sat by and intentionally let so many Black, Hispanic, Indigenous & Queer people die horrible deaths, with no remorse. The community is still grappling with the effect of that to this very day
All of us are angry about how Rich people are putting down poor people during this Gamestop-Robinhood fiasco, it’s good to remember when that started to get real popular...when people say “Ronald Reagan was the devil”, they’re not fucking around.
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hyliandude · a year ago
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Twitter got me weak
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sassywelder9951 · a month ago
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You guys, Why is it so hard for people to be friends with people who have different opinions?
I had a co worker who is opposite me in every way politically, but we still enjoyed working together and it was always a good time when our squad would get after work snacks.
I currently have a friend who doesn’t like discussing politics but knows where I stand and I know she’s stands more left than I do, and that’s fine! We know we don’t agree, but we know the other wants the best for people at the end of the day.
I understand people become blinded by their anger and sense of supposed justice, but it still blows my mind that there are so many people who can’t handle being around a (reasonable)person who has completely opposite opinions from them. It honestly feels like a Monty python sketch sometimes.
It’s all a bit silly.
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left-reminders · 2 months ago
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politijohn · 2 months ago
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septictankie · 6 days ago
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someoneidontknow · a year ago
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Jorge Gonzalez, suffered a broken neck, and a compressed spine at the hands of 3 sheriff deputies in Texas. He couldn't even hold his head up for this mugshot...so they had to hold it up for him. They actually thought the mugshot was more important than a hospital visit.
After a deputy tripped him he hit his face hard and went unconscious. They tased him couple of times “to wake him up”.
He was left paralyzed neck down, went through a series of surgeries, and was in ICU on the ventilator for over a month after the arrest.
According to the hospital he went over 26 hours in Hidalgo County jail without necessary medical attention that could have saved his life.
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hextechviktor · a year ago
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Just to be perfectly fucking crystal clear --
IF DEMOCRATS WIN CONTROL OF THE SENATE, MITCH McCONNELL CANNOT DO THE SAME EGREGIOUSLY EVIL BULLSHIT HE’S BEEN PULLING SINCE FOREVER.
If Democrats win control of the Senate, they can finally push forward a better healthcare plan, among other important pieces of legislation that will guide the United States to a more progressive and equitable future. The GOP is so partisan that they would rather see us lose our healthcare altogether during a global pandemic than allow a Democratic healthcare plan to pass. They proved that in this past year.
Democrats just need 2 more seats to hold the majority with VP Kamala Harris as the tiebreaker. There are 2 seats up for grabs in the run-off election.
You do the math.
Listen, the presidential race would not have been this close if more young voters had voted. If every young person in America had voted, Biden would have likely swept the election. We HAVE that power, Millennials and Gen Z together. But we didn’t use it. Now Georgia is giving some of us a second chance.
Please do not get complacent, even though it looks as though Biden is going to win. The GOP is still that same party full of sycophantic and opportunistic narcissists who old white republicans put in power, even without Trump to bow and kowtow to. They will pull the same shit they always have. So...
VOTE.
Because, as a wise man once said, the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
EDIT: The image above is a screenshot of a tweet from Cheryl Strayed, November 6th, 2020 at 12:41 AM ET. It reads: “Dear 17-year-olds who live in Georgia: if you’ll turn 18 by January 5, 2021, you’re eligible to vote in the run-off election that will be held on that date. You have until December 7 to register to vote. #FlipTheSenate”
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