Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Alt-Right is Dem-speak for deplorables

Having been called "alt-right" it behooved me to learn the precise definition.

Courtesy of The Week:
What is the alt-right?
It's a weird mix of old-school neo-Nazis, conspiracy theorists, anti-globalists, and young right-wing internet trolls — all united in the belief that white male identity is under attack by multicultural, "politically correct" forces. Alt-righters are primarily active online, where they taunt progressive and mainstream conservative opponents with anti-Semitic, misogynistic, or racist emails, tweets, and other social media posts[.]

Yet when I search for "alt left" or Democrat code words I find... nothing.

Hillary Clinton said half of Trump's supporters were deplorables.

From CNN, September 12 2016:
The Democratic presidential nominee sparked an uproar late Friday when she described Trump's supporters at a fundraiser.
"To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables," Clinton said. "Right? Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it."
She added: "And unfortunately, there are people like that and he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people, now have 11 million. He tweets and retweets offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric."
Clinton then said some of these people were "irredeemable" and "not America."

And this was a message she honed, having the previous night said much the same thing in an interview with an Israeli television station.

When pounced on by the Trump campaign, and likened to Romney's "47% of America don't pay taxes" gaffe:
"Last night I was 'grossly generalistic,' and that's never a good idea. I regret saying 'half' -- that was wrong," Clinton said in a statement in which she also vowed to call out "bigotry" in Trump's campaign.
It doesn't seem the press corps pressed her to be more exact: is it more or less than "half?"

And in my case, I was put in the ALT-RIGHT basket because I called Hillary Clinton a warmonger.
This is not boding well for those Dems supporting Hillary.
The Republicans are not as susceptible to group-think as Dems are - the Chicago Tribune endorsed Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson.
There were Dems foaming at the mouth that god-forbid the Trib ever endorse a Dem for President.

But are there Democratic press outlets endorsing Green Party candidate Jill Stein for President?

From Foreign Policy, July 27 2016: Hillary the Hawk: A History
The lead is:

2002 - Sen Clinton (D-NY) voted for authorization of military force in Iraq.
After getting pushback on that vote she claimed I thought it was a vote to put inspectors back in.
She has also said I believe in coercive diplomacy.

2007 and 2008 - Sen Clinton (D-NY) disagreed with Pres Obama about striking Al-Qaeda targets in Pakistan.

2009-2013 - the Obama Administration would conduct 300 drone strikes in Pakistan.
Clinton's Department of State opposed two (2) of the strikes.

2009 - Sec of State Clinton supported the Afghanistan surge. Reportedly Clinton was more hawkish than Sec of Defense Robert Gates.

2011 - Sec of State Clinton was a strong proponent of regime change in Libya.
A primary justification she offered was to pay back allies for Afghanistan:
"We asked our allies, our NATO allies, to go into Afghanistan with us 10 years ago. They have been there, and a lot of them have been there despite the fact they were not attacked... When it comes to Libya, we started hearing from the UK, France, Italy, other of our NATO allies. This was in their vital national interest."

2011 - Sec of State Clinton endorsed Navy SEAL raid into Abbottabad that killed Osama bin Laden.

2012 - Sec of State Clinton proposed a covert program to provide arms to groups fighting Assad in Syria. Later there was a Congressional investigation into the Benghazi attack in which a "consulate" was suspected of funneling arms from Libya to Syria. The lack of any State Dept emails from Sec of State Clinton led to the discovery of her using private email exclusively for govt business.

Foreign Policy concludes with this:

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