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Series | American Political Tomfoolery, Part 4: Time to Get Real

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  • Make sure the people win this time, not the money.
  • Series | American Political Tomfoolery, Part 3: Outrageous Campaigning
  • Series | American Political Tomfoolery, Part 2: Democratic Shenanigans
  • Series | American Political Tomfoolery, Part 1

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Tom%20Stiglich%20%7C%20Political%20Nausea%20Bag%20copy_1.jpgJanuary 10, 2016 | Now that 2016 has actually begun and actual votes are going to be counted for the purpose of determining the Presidential Candidates from each of the two major American political parties, efforts will hopefully be made to educate voters as to the stark differences in policy that exist making each candidate unique in his or her qualifications for ascending to the position of most powerful politician on Earth. Until now, most of what has passed for political campaigning, at least as far as mainstream media coverage is concerned, has failed miserably in achieving anything resembling a comprehensive listing of candidates’ positions on the issues that will have the greatest impact on us leading up to the election in November and the government it will leave us with next year.

To this point,  the mainstream media has obviously paid way more attention to a few of the Republican candidates than it has to either the rest of them or the Democratic field. To be fair, there are way more GOP candidates, many of whom will not remain in the field past the March Super-Tuesday primaries. However, the differences that do exist among the GOP contenders, as expressed so far in the media, seem to me to be rather trivial and focused more on style than on substance. Little of any substance has been said contrasting the overwhelmingly oligarchic flavor of the GOP candidates to the more working class orientation expressed by the Democratic candidates let alone smaller party candidates. Concrete policy proposals have thus far been big on generalizations and included few specifics on how each candidate intends to achieve what seem to be generally agreed upon goals. What few differences currently being aired on stump speeches and in debates (if they can be called that on the GOP side) seem to focus on perceived shortcomings in personality of some as viewed by their opponents, as opposed to differences in approach to solving specific problems, let alone what policies should be priorities.

Rcooley: Progressive, antiwar, humanitarian, environmentalist, civil liberties, human rights, Down Syndrome (my son). #ConnectTheLeft. 

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Series | American Political Tomfoolery, Part 3: Outrageous Campaigning, Rcooley123's Blog

Bigotry, hate and advocating war or other forms of violence and subjugation of the will of the many to the vagaries of the few will not lead to an improvement in the human condition. Escaping from freedom into the arms of authoritarianism will not yield true progress, safety or security, but their exact opposites. Demand democracy to stave off the threats posed by the demagogues.

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Series | American Political Tomfoolery, Part 2: Democratic Shenanigans, Rcooley123's Blog

Money is not speech and corporations are not people. Put the people in charge for a change and see how society can run if we govern ourselves rather than merely allow others to subjugate us to their will in their own interests.

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Series | American Political Tomfoolery – Part 1, Rcooley123's Blog

The merits of a candidate should be demonstrable by their performance and/or the strength of their ideas, not by the quantity of the lies and distortions they can afford to flood the airwaves with.

While everyone obsesses about Trump, the middle class is still rapidly dying.

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  • The presidential election is certainly important, but in our horse race fervor we've forgotten what really matters.
  • We’re ignoring an American apocalypse.

Roberty Hennelly, Salon

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Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016 | As the actual voting starts for 2016 it is critical we not just fixate on the horse race, but also on just how much socio-economic deterioration has occurred over these last eight years throughout our country.

To name just one example: Democrats can’t ignore the failure of President Obama’s foreclosure prevention program to stop the accelerating decline of America’s cities and the growth in poverty just because he is a member of their party. They continue to ignore the collateral damage done to the victims of Wall Street’s uncharged crimes at the nation’s peril.

Roberty Hennelly

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Are Americans Too Insouciant To Survive?

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  • The inability of Americans to realize that they are being taken into a conflict that benefits only the profits and power of the military-security complex and the ideology of a small group of crazies demonstrates the impotence of American democracy.
  • Losing Our Way

Paul Craig Roberts, OpEdNews

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  http://www.opednews.com/populum/uploadphotos/s_300_i_ytimg_com_12495_F9GrFOH4TUo_hqdefault_884.gif 2/11/2016 | When one looks at the deplorable state of the world, one cannot help but wonder at the insouciance of the American people. Where are they? Do they exist or are they a myth? Have they been put to sleep by an evil demon? Are they so lost in The Matrix that they cannot get out?

Ever since Clinton's second term the US has been consistently acting internationally and domestically as a criminal, disregarding its own laws, international laws, the sovereignty of other countries, and the US Constitution. A worse criminal government has never existed. Yet, Americans remain subservient to the criminals that they have placed in power over themselves.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan Administration. He was associate editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service. He is a contributing editor to Gerald Celente's Trends Journal. He has had numerous university appointments.

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Losing Our Way, Bob Herbert, New York (NY) Times

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  • Series | How America Can Recover from Addiction, Dysfunction,  and Corruption, Part 1: We admitted we were in a hell of a mess, that our country was in a downward spiral

He Broke the Law to Build a Better Nursing Home

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One doctor's radical crusade to change how we think about aging

 

 

Josh Walker, Next Avenue

 

 

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February 3, 2016 Dr. Bill Thomas, a Harvard-trained physician and a 2015 Next Avenue Influencer in Aging, has a message he’d like to share with the world: Growing older is a good thing.

A recent Washington Post story highlighted Thomas’s crusade to change attitudes about aging and encourage people to think of “post-adulthood” as a time of enrichment. “Thomas believes that Americans have bought so willingly into the idea of aging as something to be feared that it has become a self-fulfilling prophecy leading to isolation, loneliness and lack of autonomy,” the article stated.

Josh Walker, Next Avenue Blogger 

Special Report | American Capitalism Has Failed Us

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  • We're Overworked, Underemployed and More Powerless Than Ever Before
  • Denmark, Norway and Sweden are all thriving under democratic socialism.
  • Why is it so difficult for us to embrace?

Ann Jones, Tom Dispatch / AlterNet

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February 7, 2016 | Some years ago, I faced up to the futility of reporting true things about America’s disastrous wars and so I left Afghanistan for another remote mountainous country far away. It was the polar opposite of Afghanistan: a peaceful, prosperous land where nearly everybody seemed to enjoy a good life, on the job and in the family.

It’s true that they didn’t work much, not by American standards anyway. In the U.S., full-time salaried workers supposedly laboring 40 hours a week actually average 49, with almost 20% clocking more than 60. These people, on the other hand, workedonly about 37 hours a week, when they weren’t away on long paid vacations. At the end of the work day, about four in the afternoon (perhaps three in the summer), they had time to enjoy a hike in the forest or a swim with the kids or a beer with friends — which helps explain why, unlike so many Americans, they are pleased with their jobs.

Ann Jones is a journalist, photographer (Getty Images), and the author of eight books of nonfiction, most recently, They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America's Wars—The Untold Story. She writes regularly for the Nation and TomDispatch.com.

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How the Post-9/11 Antiwar Movement Was Erased From History

Today, as Pentagon officials prepare for their next set of forays, interventions, drone assassination campaigns, and special ops raids in, among other places, Libya -- and what could possibly go wrong there? -- next to no one is pressuring or opposing them, next to nothing is in their way. 

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch / Common Dreams 

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016 | Who even remembers the moment in mid-February 2003, almost 13 years ago, when millions of people across this country and the planet turned out in an antiwar moment unique in history? It was aimed at stopping a conflict that had yet to begin. Those demonstrators, myself included, were trying to put pressure on the administration of George W. Bush not to do what its top officials so visibly, desperately wanted to do: invade Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, garrison it for decades to come, and turn that country into an American gas station. None of us were seers. We didn’t fully grasp what that invasion would set off, nor did we imagine a future terror caliphate in Iraq and Syria, but we did know that, if it was launched, some set of disasters was guaranteed; we knew beyond a doubt that this would not end well.

 

We had an analysis of the disaster to come and you could glimpse it on the handmade signs we carried to those vast demonstrations (some of which I recorded at the time): “Remember when presidents were smart and bombs were dumb?”; “Contain Saddam -- and Bush”; “Use our might to persuade, not invade”; “How did USA's oil get under Iraq's sand?”; “Pre-emptive war is terrorism"; “We don’t buy it, liberate Florida”; and so on. We felt in our bones that it was no business of Washington’s to decide what Iraq should be by force of arms and that American imperial desires in the Greater Middle East were suspect indeed. And we turned out to make that point so impressively that, on the front page of the New York Times, journalist Patrick Tyler referred to us as the planet’s second superpower. (“The fracturing of the Western alliance over Iraq and the huge antiwar demonstrations around the world this weekend are reminders that there may still be two superpowers on the planet: the United States and world public opinion.”)

Tom Engelhardt, co-founder of the American Empire Project, runs the Nation Institute's TomDispatch.com. His latest book is, Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World (with an introduction by Glenn Greenwald).

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The Rise of the Unfit: Trump, Cruz and Rubio*

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  • Come November, it appears likely that one of our two major parties will ask Americans to imagine a President Trump or Cruz or Rubio. One can but hope that, in its collective good sense, the electorate will experience a massive failure of imagination.
  • Losing Our Way

Richard North Patterson, Huffington Post

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Breathlessly, Republicans await the outcome of today's New Hampshire primary. In times past, New Hampshire was, variously, a check on Iowa, a force for moderation, a safe haven for front runners, a boon to long shots, and quicksand for the presumably anointed. In this unconventional year, it will likely alter the trajectory of the presumptive leaders -- not least because of Marco Rubio's Saturday night train wreck -- as well as of those in the second tier, muddling the contest for "mainstream" candidate while winnowing the brace of also-rans.

But that death knell we are hearing is not just the mercy killing of walking footnotes like Carly Fiorina. It is for the GOP establishment and, more profoundly, for the very idea of what a president should be. 

Richard North Patterson, novelist and contributing opinion writer, Huffington Post

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