I wish I had time thoroughly to go through the trove of John Podesta emails released by Wikileaks, but just a few I’ve seen reveal the deep disdain by which liberals regard the American people, American traditions and institutions. Everyone recalls how Hillary had to backtrack quickly from her remark that half of Trump’s supporters are “deplorables” and “irredeemable” (though her apology only really regretted saying “half”). The Podesta emails show that this “slip” probably represents her true feelings.
One of the Podesta emails that has received a lot of attention reads: “I know she [Hillary] has begun to hate everyday Americans, but I think we should use it once the first time she says I’m running for president because you and everyday Americans need a champion.”
This reads pretty badly, but as has been pointed out, Podesta meant the campaign slogan“everyday Americans”—not that Hillary actually hates middle class Americans. To be clear the slogan ought to be set off in quotation marks—“everyday Americans”—and like mics onAccess Hollywood buses, you should always assume these days that your emails might be read by the public some day, so pay attention to punctuation and language.
Of course, the alternate explanation is that this was the kind of “slip” that reflects reality?
One that is less easily explained as sloppy wording or missing punctuation is aMarch 2015 email from Bill Ivey to Podesta that includes the following passage:
And as I’ve mentioned, we’ve all been quite content to demean government, drop civics and in general conspire to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry. The unawareness remains strong but compliance is obviously fading rapidly.
It’s hard to put a generous construction on this passage, which seems to admit that liberalism depends on the ignorance of citizens for them to be “compliant,” but darn these dumb Americans, they just don’t want to behave.
Even more outrageous is the email from Sandy Newman, identified as the president of “Voices for Progress,” that demands Roman Catholics give up their beliefs and just become liberal Democrats. John has already noted their disdain for “Thomism” in the following post, but this one is even worse:
There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic church. Is contraceptive coverage an issue around which that could happen. . . Even if the idea isn’t crazy, I don’t qualify to be involved and I have not thought at all about how one would “plant the seeds of the revolution,” or who would plant them. Just wondering . . .
There you have it folks, today’s Democratic Party and their respect for “diversity.” Here they admit a deliberate intent to interfere with a private religious institution because it doesn’t conform to the dictates of liberal identity politics.