Once again the political world has been stopped in its tracks as WikiLeaks has released yet another tranche of hacked documents leaked to it, this time from the email account of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 US Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Chairman John Podesta.
Podesta has twice been a top adviser to war criminals of the Democratic Party, having worked for both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. He is now running the presidential campaign of Bill’s wife Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose utter contempt for adhering to basic computer security practices while US Secretary of State led directly to the obtaining of incriminating emails from her staff and “advisors”.
Podesta is also “former president and now Chair and Counselor” of the “Center for American Progress“. Fully representative of the phoniness of the US’ much ballyhooed “democracy”, this supposedly Democratic think tank is funded by many billionaire philanthropists usually associated with the “opposition” Republican Party, such as the multi-multi-billionaire sub-minimum-wage-paying anti-union Walton Family of WalMart infamy.
The Podesta emails, which as of this writing have only begun to be released by WikiLeaks and have undergone but a cursory initial evaluation have already exposed elements of the long-secret speeches given by Hillary Clinton – for over $200,000 a pop – to top members of the US capitalist ruling class. Whenever politicians speak to the filthy rich men and women who finance their campaigns they adopt a very different tone towards the 1% than they do when speaking to a working-class or middle-class audience. While Hillary Clinton and her Democrats pretend to be the “friends of labor” and defenders of the poor in public, in front of a private audience of billionaires and their bankers they adopt the attitude of loyal and humble servants – which in fact is precisely what they are in fact.
In one widely-quoted email from the Podesta Files Hillary Clinton’s servile attitude towards her US billionaire masters is repellently on display. Here are a few examples:
“I am not taking a position on any policy, but I do think there is a growing sense of anxiety and even anger in the country over the feeling that the game is rigged. And I never had that feeling when I was growing up. Never. I mean, were there really rich people, of course there were. My father loved to complain about big business and big government, but we had a solid middle class upbringing. We had good public schools. We had accessible health care. We had our little, you know, one-family house that, you know, he saved up his money, didn’t believe in mortgages. So I lived that. And now, obviously, I’m kind of far removed because the life I’ve lived and the economic, you know, fortunes that my husband and I now enjoy[…]” [From HRC Remarks at Goldman-Black Rock, 2/4/14];
“You just have to sort of figure out how to — getting back to that word, ‘balance’ — how to balance the public and the private efforts that are necessary to be successful, politically, and that’s not just a comment about today. That, I think, has probably been true for all of our history […] I mean, politics is like sausage being made. It is unsavory, and it always has been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be. But if everybody’s watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So, you need both a public and a private position.” [HRC Speech For National Multi-Housing Council, 4/24/13].
See how honest Hillary is… when she is speaking to her “social betters”? How refreshing compared to the usual political platitudes she so boringly and unconvincingly retails in front of a working class audience about how the rich business criminals and the exploited wage-slave workers are natural allies who are “Stronger Together”!
More from the same email: here she explains how she helped take the heat like a loyal whipping girl for her capitalist masters during the outpouring of working- and middle-class outrage that followed in the wake of the collapse of massive fraud in the US housing and stock markets exposed during the US capitalist class-created world economic crisis of 2008. Her own campaign flunkies who put together this compilation of her speeches to the “1%” headlined this section “*CLINTON TALKS ABOUT HOLDING WALL STREET ACCOUNTABLE ONLY FOR POLITICAL REASONS*”:
“[O]ne of the reasons that I started traveling in February of ’09, so people could, you know, literally yell at me for the United States and our banking system causing this everywhere. Now, that’s an oversimplification we know, but it was the conventional wisdom. And I think that there’s a lot that could have been avoided in terms of both misunderstanding and really politicizing what happened with greater transparency, with greater openness on all sides, you know, what happened, how did it happen, how do we prevent it from happening? You guys help us figure it out and let’s make sure that we do it right this time. And I think that everybody was desperately trying to fend off the worst effects institutionally, governmentally, and there just wasn’t that opportunity to try to sort this out [that] came later…” [HRC to Goldman Sachs AIMS Alternative Investments Symposium, 10/24/13]
Here Hillary explains diplomatically (she was, after all, Secretary of State!) to the dullards among the filthy rich who couldn’t care less what the plebes think about anything that adopting that attitude – in public – is potentially very dangerous in the long run:
“[I]t’s important to recognize the vital role that the financial markets play in our economy and that so many of you are contributing to. To function effectively those markets and the men and women who shape them have to command trust and confidence, because we all rely on the market’s transparency and integrity. So even if it may not be 100 percent true, if the perception is that somehow the game is rigged, that should be a problem for all of us, and we have to be willing to make that absolutely clear. And if there are issues, if there’s wrongdoing, people have to be held accountable and we have to try to deter future bad behavior, because the public trust is at the core of both a free market economy and a democracy.” [HRC Remarks to Deutsche Bank, 10/7/14].
Are you beginning to understand the ACTUAL role of pro-capitalist politicians in a bourgeois democracy? It is not to protect the interests of the working class or the small business people but to be the point person for the ruling capitalist class, the one who throws sand in the eyes of the workers and covers up the crimes of the capitalist class that owns and operates the pro-capitalist politicians of Congress as if they were servants in their mansions – which they are, in the final analysis. This is why we say over and over again that if the working class does not create its very own political party, completely funded by and operated in the interest of the working class, the capitalist class will be “running the tables” in local, state and national government for ever!
These talking points have been used by the Hillary Clinton campaign not to be delivered to the public but in private to reassure the top billionaire and multi-millionaire donors to the Democratic party that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party have the interests of the 1% foremost in their hearts, no matter what they say in public to the workers! Here she invokes the name of super-rich imperialist pig and fake “populist” Teddy Roosevelt to indicate that, like Teddy, she knows how to get workers to believe she is fighting in their interests when in fact she is defending the interests of the capitalist ruling class:
“*CLINTON SUGGESTS WALL STREET INSIDERS ARE WHAT IS NEEDED TO FIX WALL STREET*
“Remember what Teddy Roosevelt did. Yes, he took on what he saw as the excesses in the economy, but he also stood against the excesses in politics. He didn’t want to unleash a lot of nationalist, populistic reaction. He wanted to try to figure out how to get back into that balance that has served America so well over our entire nationhood. Today, there’s more that can and should be done that really has to come from the industry itself, and how we can strengthen our economy, create more jobs at a time where that’s increasingly challenging, to get back to Teddy Roosevelt’s square deal. And I really believe that our country and all of you are up to that job.” [Clinton Remarks to Deutsche Bank, 10/7/14]
Back when Teddy Roosevelt was unleashing his “square deal” on the world – invading Cuba and the Philippines and murdering workers by the tens of thousands – the life expectancy of a US worker was less than 45 years – and black workers were being lynched every week all over the USA! THESE are the “good old days” Hillary Rodham Clinton of the “Friends of Labor” Democratic Party yearns for in 2016!
This next one will make you sick (unless you are a 1%-er that is…):
“*Speaking About The Importance Of Proper Regulation, Clinton Said ‘The People That Know The Industry Better Than Anybody Are The People Who Work In The Industry.’*
“I mean, it’s still happening, as you know. People are looking back and trying to, you know, get compensation for bad mortgages and all the rest of it in some of the agreements that are being reached. There’s nothing magic about regulations, too much is bad, too little is bad. How do you get to the golden key, how do we figure out what works? And the people that know the industry better than anybody are the people who work in the industry…” [HRC to Goldman Sachs AIMS Alternative Investments Symposium, 10/24/13]
*Clinton: As Senator, “I Represented And Worked With” So Many On Wall Street And “Did All I Could To Make Sure They Continued To Prosper” But Still Called For Closing Carried Interest Loophole. *In remarks at Robbins, Gellar, Rudman & Dowd in San Diego, Hillary Clinton said, “When I was a Senator from New York [from Jan. 2001 to Jan. 21, 2009, when US housing bubble and banking scandals were being pumped up/ignored by Dems and Repubs in Congress – FoWLChi], I represented and worked with so many talented principled people who made their living in finance. […] I represented them and did all I could to make sure they continued to prosper…” [Hillary Clinton’s Remarks at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd in San Diego, 9/04/14]
“*Hillary Clinton Said There Was ‘A Bias Against People Who Have Led Successful And/Or Complicated Lives,’ Citing The Need To [Divest] Of Assets, Positions, And Stocks.* ‘SECRETARY CLINTON: Yeah. Well, you know what Bob Rubin said about that. He said, you know, when he came to Washington, he had a fortune. And when he left Washington, he had a small — MR. BLANKFEIN: That’s how you have a small fortune, is you go to Washington. SECRETARY CLINTON: You go to Washington. Right. But, you know, part of the problem with the political situation, too, is that there is such a bias against people who have led successful and/or complicated lives. You know, the divestment of assets, the stripping of all kinds of positions, the sale of stocks. It just becomes very onerous and unnecessary.’ [Goldman Sachs Builders And Innovators Summit, 10/29/13]”
“SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, this may be borne more out of hope than experience in the last few years. But Simpson-Bowles […] put forth the right framework. Namely, we have to restrain spending, we have to have adequate revenues, and we have to incentivize growth. It’s a three-part formula. The specifics can be negotiated depending upon whether we’re acting in good faith or not. And what Senator Simpson and Erskine did was to bring Republicans and Democrats alike to the table, and you had the full range of ideological views from I think Tom Coburn to Dick Durbin. [Emphasis added ROFL – FoWLChi] And they reached an agreement. But what is very hard to do is to then take that agreement if you don’t believe that you’re going to be able to move the other side. And where we are now is in this gridlocked dysfunction. So you’ve got Democrats saying that, you know, you have to have more revenues; that’s the sine qua non of any kind of agreement. You have Republicans saying no, no, no on revenues; you have to cut much more deeply into spending. Well, looks what’s happened. We are slowly returning to growth. It’s not as much or as fast as many of us would like to see, but, you know, we’re certainly better off than our European friends…* [Clinton Speech For Morgan Stanley, 4/18/13] [*Emphasis added by FoWLChi]
HRC, when she speaks here of “we” being “better off than” “our” European friends, she is counting herself as being on the side of the audience she is addressing and is expressing the fact that she has been and can be counted upon to continue to be continuously looking out for the interests she shares with the 1%-ers.
Taken together there is no question what side Hillary Clinton is really on. When she refers to Teddy Roosevelt as her example of how to effectively pretend to be “progressive” while actually defending the wealth and “rights” of the wealthiest 10% of the population against any and all attempts by the working class to impose a seriously egalitarian redistribution of wealth she could not possibly speak any clearly. The problem is that an audience of 1%-ers “gets” her message, while the relatively politically clueless working class misses it altogether. Unless it is patiently explained to them by revolutionary socialist Trotskyists like us, that is.
— Friends of WikiLeaks – Chicago