That freedom of speech and thought stuff is all very well, but nowhere near as important no how as the ultimate Victory of the Glorious People’s Revolution.
Kos himself is consequently laying down the Party Line. Hillary is going to be the democrat (aka communist) party nominee. You will all support Hillary, and you will all refrain from criticizing Hillary, or else!
[O]n March 15:
I will no longer tolerate malicious attacks on our presumptive presidential nominee or our presidential efforts. What does that mean?
No attacks on Hillary Clinton using right-wing tropes of sources. Sheâ€™s had 30 years of bullshit flung at her from the Right, thereâ€™s no need to have Daily Kos give them an assist.
Constructive criticism from the Left is allowed. Thereâ€™s a difference between constructive and destructive criticism. Do I need to spell it out? Itâ€™s the difference between â€œWe need to put pressure on her to do the right thing on TPPâ€ versus â€œsheâ€™s a sell-out corporatist whore oligarch.â€ In general, if youâ€™re resorting to cheap sloganeering like â€œoligarchâ€ or â€œwarmongerâ€ or â€œneoconâ€, you might want to reframe your argument in a more substantive, issue-focused and constructive matter. Again, Iâ€™m not interested in furthering the Rightâ€™s hate-fueled media machine. If thatâ€™s what you want, might I suggest Free Republic?
Saying you wonâ€™t vote, or will vote for Trump, or will vote for Jill Stein (or another Third Party) is not allowed. If thatâ€™s how you feel, but have other places in which you can be constructive on the site, then keep your presidential feelings to yourself. Those of us who care about our country and itâ€™s future are focused on victory. If you arenâ€™t, then itâ€™s a big internet, I suggest you find more hospitable grounds for your huffing, puffing, and stomping of feet.
If you are going to be pessimistic, you better support it. Thereâ€™s a difference between â€œClinton canâ€™t beat Trumpâ€ and â€œClinton canâ€™t beat Trump in Alabamaâ€. There is also a difference between the blanket â€œClinton canâ€™t beat Trumpâ€ and â€œLooking at the polling, Iâ€™m worried that Clinton is falling behind Trump because X, Y, and Zâ€. Obviously, that also applies to races and issues down the ballot, not just the presidential. If you are going to be a Debbie-Downer, you better have a damn good reason to justify your pessimism. Rank, unsupported pessimism is anathema to our data-driven, reality based culture.
No re-litigating the primary. I donâ€™t give a shit what Clinton or Sanders said in the primary anymore. Itâ€™s over. Move on. Again, if itâ€™s not over on March 15 because Sanders has narrowed his delegate deficit, then this doesnâ€™t apply. But once this primary is over, itâ€™s over. Anyone who is interested in keeping our primary divisions open and festering can go do that somewhere else (and be as relevant as the 2008-vintage PUMAs were).
Battle â€œthe establishmentâ€ where it makes sense. So you are angry at the establishment? Go stick it to the man in downballot races where there good anti-establishment candidates on the ballot, like the Maryland Senate race and
Donna Edwards. To be clear, Daily Kos will depart from recent practice by endorsing all Senate candidates that want our help, because the Supreme Court is just that important. But you, as individuals, have choices, and you can direct your energy and money to those candidates who are more closely aligned with your values. And we will battle the establishment together on things like the primary calendar and superdelegates. But we pick our battles, and in many places, the establishment will be our allies. Or to paraphrase some dumbfuck, we go to election season with the party we have, not the one we wish we had.
We are really in this together. I know there have been rough fights, and some community members have been terrible to each other. But consider this a sorts of amnesty period. Let bygones be bygones. Donâ€™t bring in comments from past battles into new ones. Wipe the slate clean, and letâ€™s move forward together as allies, not enemies or, at worst, frenemies.
When Kos and his friends really win, deviationists will be taken to State Security Headquarters and executed with a pistol shot to the back of the neck.