The Indictment began as follows:
Having discovered that Markos Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA, founder of DailyKos) has a long history of participation in and support update the "Ïndictment,"of the Republican Party and, moreover, trained with the US Central Intelligence Agency in 2001, now research into the life and history of Markos Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑiGA has revealed and established the following facts and, therefore, justice and history now bring this twenty-four count indictment of Markos Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA [MAMZ]:It was subsequently necessary to update the "The Indictment", to include new sources, discoveries and citations, particularly as members of the blogging public, including Stu Piddy, read the transcript of MAMZ's speech to the Commonwealth Club and realized that if MAMZ's activities were as he said they were in the speech, then he must have trained and worked at the CIA for as much as two full years, between 2001 and 2003. These discoveries all began with my gnawing desire to understand the man who said he was "Crashing the Gates" of the Democratic Party and the mainstream media in order to remake them in his own image.
I don`t think any of us expected to discover that he was doing so only after having been trained by the United States' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). However, since the biography that MAMZ offered the world made no sense, it became necessary to research and explain the truth to the blogging and general public, by driving over eight hundred thousand Google hits that would be impossible to ignore. (Some of the hits at Google for "Kos" and "CIA" relate too MAMZ's own statements on other issues rather than his professional involvement with the CIA.)
The Rehabilitation of Markos Moulitsas
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Today, Markos Moulitsas, is the doctrinaire leftist publisher of the DailyKos â€œprogressiveâ€ anti-war blog, railing against the moderation of candidates like Hillary Rodham Clinton and Harold Ford. But in the 1980â€™s, Mr. Moulitsas was an unabashed Reagan Democrat, even working as a campaign aid to George H.W. Bush in the 1992 Presidential election. http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2006/0601.wallace-wells.html http://francislholland.blogspot.com/2007/01/markos-was-republican-states...
Last year, in a piece Markos wrote for the Cato (libertarian) Institute, Markos acknowledged that the spent the 1980's as a Reagan Republican. http://www.cato-unbound.org/2006/10/02/markos-moulitsas/the-case-for-the...
How did Markos achieve this stunning metamorphosis in just a few short years? Actually, nobody knows and Markos isnâ€™t telling. He has told interviewers, improbably, that he last voted for the Republicans in 1992, because he suddenly realized that they didnâ€™t support â€œstates rightsâ€ as strongly as he would have liked. (See articles above.)
"We can fondly look back to a time [during the 1980's Reagan Administration] when Republicans spoke a good game on libertarian issues . . .[including] fealty to state rights . . ." The Case for the Libertarian Democrat (by Markos Moulitsas)
â€œStates rightsâ€ is the right-wing proposition that the federal government lacks the Constitutional authority to oblige the states to integrate schools, oblige restaurants to serve Black patrons and mandate equal rights for the disabled. States rights was the clarion call of southern segregationists against integration of schools and restaurants.
Considering that, for Markos, part of the Republicans "speaking a good game" on libertarian issues consisted, in Markosâ€™ words, of "fealty to states rights", clearly Markos is saying that he stopped supporting the Republicans because they stopped supporting statesâ€™ rights.
But, Markos' rejection of the Republicans today doesnâ€™t make sense, because Republicans' dedication to statesâ€™ rights has not deminished. One would have thought that George H.W. Bushâ€™s appointment of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court would have satisfied Markos thirst for states rights jurisprudence on the US Supreme Court. Clarence Thomas is among the foremost proponents of states rights on the US Supreme Court. http://www.acsblog.org/equal-protection-and-due-process-in-clarence-thom...
E. J. Dion says,
What was once obvious is becoming painfully obvious again: The doctrine of states' rights, so often invoked as a principle, is almost always a pretext to deny the federal government authority to do things that conservatives dislike. These include expanding claims to individual rights, increasing protections for the environment and regulating business. http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A39141-2002Jun24?language=print...For example,
In the ground-breaking 2000 case, United States v. Morrison, the Supreme Court was presented with a constitutional challenge to 42 U.S.C. 13981, the provision of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) that gives victims of gender-motivated violence a private right of action against their assailants. In a 5-4 decision, the Court struck down the law, holding that the Commerce Clause did not provide Congress with the authority to enact the civil remedy portion of VAWA, since the provision was found not to be a regulation of activity that "substantially affected" interstate commerce; and secondly, because the enforcement clause of the Fourteenth Amendment did not provide Congress with authority to enact the provision . . .With Clarence Thomas appointed to the US Supreme Court to uphold statesâ€™ rights, it hardly seems logical that Markos would have abandoned the Republicans who had done so much to revive â€œstates rightsâ€ in the post Civil Rights era, particularly with the appoint of Clarence Thomas, the foremost advocate of statesâ€™ rights.
With Thomas and four other justices declining to extend the enforcement clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to enact VAWA, "the unfortunate consequence of a series of political decisions harking back to Reconstruction" occurred, said Jack Balkin, a law professor at Yale. The 14th Amendment is arguably the natural home of civil rights legislation, as it guarantees equal citizenship, and it gives Congress power to enforce equality rights. Balkin elaborates, "We should recognize what the framers of the 14th Amendment intended: Congress has an independent power and obligation to promote and protect equal citizenship and civil rights." Therefore, if Congress believes that a law is necessary and proper to promote equal citizenship, it should have the power to pass it "without using the fiction that inequality affects interstate commerce."
. . . The effects of Morrison have undermined civil rights generally and women's safety issues in particular. "The Rehnquist Court's ruling in U.S. v. Morrison is a setback for women's rights and a triumph for those that seek to roll back 30 years of federal civil rights law under the guise of states' rights," said Kathy Rodgers. "The Court has slammed shut the courthouse door, wished women good luck, and sent us back to the states for justice." http://www.acsblog.org/equal-protection-and-due-process-in-clarence-thom...
And therein lies the mystery of Markos. Why is he a Democrat at all, if he still supports statesâ€™ rights? http://www.cato-unbound.org/2006/10/02/markos-moulitsas/the-case-for-the...