Enjoy the Catharsis of Elizabeth Warren While it Lasts

by lizard

Below is today’s edition of Democracy Now. At 5:27 you can watch Elizabeth Warren utter one of the most forceful statements against a specific entity—Citibank—I have ever seen. Set aside that well-justified cynicism for just a moment so you may enjoy the pure catharsis of Warren delivering this direct hit:

“There’s a lot of talk lately about how the Dodd-Frank Act isn’t perfect, there’s a lot of talk coming from Citigroup about how the Dodd-Frank Act isn’t perfect. So let me say this to anyone who is listening at Citi: I agree with you. Dodd-Frank isn’t perfect. It should have broken you into pieces.”

Watch it below. I’ve found Warren’s tone enhances appreciation of her words.


Contrast Elizabeth Warren with Obama’s language, which you can watch at 6:47 in the clip:

This by definition was a compromise bill. This is what’s produced when we have the divided government that the American people voted for.

Obama sounds a little miffed that his party got roundly trounced last month. So I guess it’s your fault, American (Democrat) voters, that you will once again be responsible for providing public welfare when those Wall Street gambling addicts (who should have been thrown in jail the first go-around with their fraudulent derivative schemes) blow up markets one more time, because they can.

Man, things might get so bad that even conservatives will be forced to acknowledge their ideology appears incoherent when free market consequences can be suspended for big banks.

Things are really simmering beneath the surface right now. For those who don’t choose ignorance, America’s true nature is being exposed on a number of fronts; evidence of injustice is piling up faster than the mechanisms of social control can spin away.

Not even Darth Cheney invoking the terrorist death star of 9/11, on Meet the Press, has any real influence anymore, save fodder for snark and parody on social media.

Is there enough loosening to warrant another shock from the master class? I think it depends on how uppity the peasants get. We shall see.

  1. You underestimate Darth Cheney. A suggestion.

    • lizard19

      I possibly suspended my disbelief long enough to believe something that isn’t true, if this WP article is accurate:

      The Senate intelligence committee’s big report on CIA interrogation techniques (what many label “torture”) has landed with a thud.

      Despite detailing what are some pretty controversial practices — up to and including “rectal feeding” — Americans didn’t pay much attention to the report, and they still support the CIA’s practices by more than a 20-point margin.

      A big reason for the lack of a backlash: They think torture works, period.

      Many opponents of the program contend not only that the United States should not be torturing people, but also that torturing people simply doesn’t work. They say it provides information that is often wrong, because the subject of torture (or “enhanced interrogation techniques,” in Bush administration-speak) will say anything to make the treatment stop.

      Americans don’t believe it.

      A Pew poll shows Americans say, by a two-to-one margin (56-28), say the CIA’s interrogation methods after 9/11 “provided intelligence that helped prevent terrorist attacks.”

      I guess movies like Zero Dark Thirty really do amazing, magical things to American minds.

      • People mostly follow authority figures in forming their opinions. No outrage above, none below.

        As I suspected, the Torture Report was a limited hangout, now followed by closure. Even as torture is going on as we speak, in the mind of the public, that period is over. Pretty clever, these opinion managers, eh?

  2. Warren can speak freely on DN! as only some diehard liberals tread there. If she were on CBS, she’s sing a different tune. DN! itself is a gatekeeping operation, kept alive by Ford Foundation. Liberals need somewhere to go, to vent, to feel good about themselves, and the money people like to keep them quarantined and keep an eye in them. That’s why the shows exists. DN! and Amy Goodman drain every dollar they can from Pacifica, neutralizing that outlet.

    The New Repiblic and the Nation used to perform the same function prior to cable TV. With Internet it is so diffuse, very hard to know what’s real and not, but most people flock to the big outlets like Daily Show and HuffPo and MSNBC. They keep the rabble in line.

    Inquiring minds go elsewhere.

    • Warren has spoken “on key” everywhere I’ve heard her. Your sarcasm is blinding you.

    • So, I watched it on Democracy Now.

      After your stupid comment, I watched it again: 10 minutes worth on C-Span with no punches pulled. Do you think she was hiding out, making those remarks where no one could hear them?

      • CSPAN? Who knew? What next?

        It’s not that crude a censorship system. It’s a little more elegant. People who talk like that are relegated to places where only a few people hear those words. I Warren is for real, she’ll be consistent, and marginalized. If not, she’ll not be invited to the big leagues.

        Chomsky has been on network TV once in the last fifty years, for about five minutes and drowned out on a panel. Once. Nader is out in the cold. These folks beat a path to DN!, where they can speak a little more freely, safe since so few people go there.

        Voices of dissent are pushed to the margins in our media.

      • I meant to say that if Warren is for real, and who ever really knows in politics, she’ll not be invited to the big leagues, the Sunday shows, PBS, NPR, and will have to vent her spleen in the minors, like DN and CSPAN.

  3. Jon Stewart on the Daily Show did a great job on Darth Cheney tonight. I should be up on the website tomorrow, I think.

  4. steve kelly

    Think we have banking problems?

    Headline: “Putin´s Confident: Putin to Nationalize Rothschild´s Central Bank and Purge “Collaborators” with West. “War till One Side Collapses inevitable”’


    I know, we should stay focused on the blue light.

  5. Turner

    As one of the peasants, I’d love to know how to help my fellow peasants become more uppity. They appear to be pretty content with their lot.

    • steve kelly

      There is no “they.” Just begin. Place popular things on the general election ballot. Start small, grow organically. You know, the numerous no-brainer things now being held captive by party politics. Non-military police. Living wage. Single-payer health care. Tax policy. Direct democracy gives people at least one reason to vote for good public policy and against corrupt lawmakers/gatekeepers. A twofer.

  6. I think that Sen. Warren should come out immediately and refuse money from banks or any other finical institutions or employees.

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