We are the moderates

Sean Hannity recently screamed about the dreaded socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s radical left-wing platform, posting it verbatim on Fox News in order to scare his viewers (average age: 68).

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All those policy positions that Hannity pointed out as being outrageous socialist left-wing extremism? Yeah, they’re pretty much all supported by the majority of Americans.

For instance:

Medicare for All has the support of 63 percent of registered voters.

Tuition-free public college has 63 percent support.

A majority of Americans support Obamacare.  (This is especially true if you call it “the Affordable Care Act.”)

A majority thinks gay marriage,  abortion and marijuana should be legal.

A majority supports more gun control.

A majority wants to raise taxes on the wealthy and do not believe that “corporations are people.”

A majority want to raise the minimum wage and do something about campaign finance reform.   (And a majority support amending the Constitution to overturn the Citizen’s United case).

And let’s not forget that in 6 of the last 7 Presidential elections, the Democrat received more votes than the Republican.

We’re the moderates. We’re mainstream.  We’re the majority.

The right has done such a good job of demonizing liberalism and moving the window to the right that we seem to be extremists only by comparison to their far-right agenda. In most of the rest of the civilized world, our positions are even supported by the “conservatives” in those countries, because they’re mainstream views.

We need to stop acting like we’re asking for outrageous things.

Hannity and the Attorney/Client Privilege

To clear a few things up:

You have attorney/client privilege even if technically you never hire the attorney. If you come in to see me and we discuss your case and you later decide to hire someone else, everything you said to me is still privileged.

So when Hannity says he has a privilege and he was never Cohen’s client, that is certainly possible.

I don’t believe a word of it, of course.

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Here’s a nice picture of Hannity posing with Cohen, a man he hardly knows, and giving a thumbs up approval to him for no reason whatsoever

I mean, come on. Why would Cohen be trying so hard to keep his third client secret? And why would he name Hannity if he didn’t consider him a client — which meant he had paid him? And don’t we all think some of the files the FBI had would clearly show that?

Since Cohen is known as a “fixer” (think of Robert Duvall’s lawyer in “The Godfather” if that helps), my biggest concern now is wondering what in the world he was supposed to “fix” for Hannity?

Strap yourselves in; it’s going to be a fun ride.

Patriot Act Hypocrites

When it comes to the Patriot Act, there are just too many hypocrites to deal with.

The Patriot Act allows the NSA to listen to phone conversations and emails for certain key words, at which time they can get a subpoena to get all the records (a subpoena which has never been denied by the court — great oversight, huh?). It certainly appears to be a complete violation of the 4th Amendment to me and many Constitutional scholars, but until the Supreme Court says so, it’s the law and allowed.

For some reason, this is now a big issue, even though it’s been going on for about ten years. This has brought out a gaggle of hypocrites.

First, you have the ones on the right, who defended George W. Bush when he did this but call Obama’s use of the same law a gross violation of their rights. (These pundits and politicians, centered mostly at Fox News, are part of the same gang that said criticizing GWB during wartime was “treason” but doing the same to Obama during wartime is their patriotic duty.)

The clip below is a great example, showing Fox’s Sean Hannity’s position flipping 180 degrees based on whether this was done by a President Fox supported or one they oppose.

But this is not limited to the right. There are hypocrites on the left as well (though not as many) who opposed this under Bush but approve it under Obama.

The biggest hypocrite on the left is Obama himself. He’s ignored his campaign promises in this regard.

His view is apparently that he is against the abuse that can come from the Patriot Act — but doesn’t see that he is abusing it. In other words, he thinks “In the hands of a bad President, this would be a huge violation of our rights, but I’m not a bad President, and I have used it for good.” I think he is feeling some guilt over this and has recently began to talk about getting rid of it (again) because he is worried about who might hold that office after him.

So he doesn’t see himself as a hypocrite; he sees his position as changed based on the circumstances. How very convenient for him.

The good news is that there are those on both the right and the left who have been consistent in their views on this issue, and they should be congratulated and acknowledged.