Wikileaks and Hillary Clinton
The latest emails disclosed by Wikileaks clearly shows
why we must keep building our progressive
movement — to be prepared to confront the
new administration, whoever wins this terribly
Now is the time to ask, what lessons can we
learn from these recent Wikileaks?
First, these latest emails, which involve John
Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman,
reveal the incestuous relationships between
establishment politicians, the mainstream
corporate media, Wall Street, and big business
None of this should come as a
surprise. We saw these same corrupt conflicts
of interest in my recent campaign against
Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
In her well-paid speeches to Wall Street firms,
Hillary Clinton praised the banksters who
created the 2008 financial collapse and then
profited so hugely from the government
She also expressed pride in supporting
the worldwide spread of hydraulic fracturing
(fracking), while at the same time she was
publicly speaking out about the growing dangers
of climate change.
There’s been a tendency among some progressives
to remain silent about the latest Wikileaks
dump, no doubt out of fear of being accused
of helping to elect Donald Trump. However,
if we don’t discuss these troubling emails now, they will surely be swept under the rug after November 8th.
Moreover, the recent Wikileaks show the
responsibility of the Democratic establishment
for the rise of Donald Trump. Even before the
presidential campaign got started, the Clinton
camp was plotting how to get their friends in
the mainstream media, including at MSNBC,
to saturate Trump with television coverage
to help boost his campaign — all because they
knew Trump would be the one person who
could blow up the Republican Party and who
Hillary could defeat in a general election.
Finally, these Wikileaks also show how the
Obama campaign plotted with leading Wall Street
supporters in October 2008 — even before he
was first elected president — to staff his
administration with the same Wall Street
villains who helped to collapse the U.S. economy
and global financial system.
Again, this did
not come as a surprise to me. Although I was
a big supporter of Barack Obama throughout
his 2008 campaign, I publicly broke with him
just days after his election when he announced
the appointments of Timothy Geithner as
Treasury Secretary and Larry Summers as
head of his National Economic Council.
As a law professor and activist, I was well
aware of the roles that both Summers and
Geithner had played in deregulating Wall Street,
abolishing the Glass-Steagall firewalls that
had protected banking from speculation, and
allowing the growth of complex financial
derivatives. Together, these “reforms” had
transformed our banking system into a
global casino, while undermining the
foundations of our democracy.
Likewise, we must be ready to confront and
oppose shady appointments when made by
the next president — most likely Hillary Clinton,
according to the most recent polls.
While others may try to curry favor with
the new administration and be overly
complacent during the dangerous “honeymoon”
period, we know better.
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work of Progress For All to help us lead the
charge against such appointments. You can
count on us to always resist the corrupt
establishment and to look out first and
foremost for the interests of ordinary Americans.
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