Congressman Ro Khanna Announced As A New Member Of The "Justice Democrats", And The Sectarians Pounce
The Justice Democrats, founded by Kyle Kulinski of "Secular Talk", and Cenk Uygur of it's umbrella network "The Young Turks", has added Congressman Ro Khanna (CA's 17th) to their ranks. The announcement, made on May the 10th on TYT's nightly news commentary show, has been met with some "resistance", albeit not of the sort I generally write about.
Outspoken ally of the Green Party and progressive YouTube vlog "The Sane Progressive" went on the attack with regard to Ro Khanna, and apparently so did many of the members of Jimmy Dore's email list, who complained that this move somehow "corrupted" the group, naively acquiescing to a trojan horse article written by by none other than H.A. Goodman, who authored a hit piece in "CounterPropa" blasting Khanna for taking individual donations from the securities and investment industry (not to be confused with "The Securities And Exchange Commission", a corporation). The total $480,500 was raised by individuals within that employment sector. California's 17th district is home of Silicon Valley, and quite likely to be home to many in these industries. The individuals donating to his campaign were in every sense his constituents. The primary goal of the Justice Democrats is to remove money from the electoral process, and the fact that Rep. Ro Khanna is an ally of this concept is well documented on Wikipedia's article and on "Open Secrets", a website which investigates financial ties in the political world.
An excellent rebuttal of these critiques was released by Jimmy Dore, who not only discussed Khanna's financial ties (or absence of them), but likewise defended quite well the concept of "purity tests", proceeding on to detail some of the progressive policy positions claimed by Khanna. Such positions include "Glass-Steagall..., breaking up the big banks..., free public college..., a wealth tax". Such positions were detailed in his defense by a letter from him to Jimmy Dore, which Dore shared on his own program, then commenting that "If we could [remove corporate finances from politics] we could have a more authentic conversation and debate about the issues".
Another point of possible concern (and quite frankly, the only issue that may indirectly be an issue) is a Wikileaks release of an email sent from Steve Spinner(Khanna's campaign manager) to John Podesta entitled "Thanks and Next Steps", where Spinner (Not Ro Khanna) apparently shows us his desire to help the Clinton campaign acquire the "enthusiastic support" of the Silicon Valley constituency. It is unclear (though admittedly slightly perturbing) why Spinner thought that support for Khanna meant a boost for Hillary Clinton. It certainly isn't his policy positions... Although it quite possibly may be due in part to desperation from the democratic establishment to gain the support of the leftier "Bernie or Bust" groups, and until Ro Khanna takes a dime from Wall St., or adopts corporate-friendly positions, he should be judged on that basis.