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Series | How America Lost Its Political Sanity! A Cousin’s Unsolicited View of Politics (Part II)

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  • So what did happen with the GOP history rewritten by those who would scuttle the truth and lie?
  • Age of Ignorance

Mickey Walker, The Political Junkies Magazine

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October 11, 2015 | In Part I we saw that America’s grass roots political sanity had run amuck.  Cousins fighting cousins with no idea of what is true or not, just parroting the blasted “talking points” sowed by high-paid political consultants of each party.  It sucks.  And just look at the  big, fat, radio pundits like Rush Limbaugh or television talking heads eat-up-with-dumbass, e.g., Sean Hannity on Fox News (Fair and Balanced, you know)?  Funny how American voters flock to them like flies to repeat and circulate their stupid “talking points” as political facts full of certainty, without a pause to breathe.  And we have seen them shrink and wither when you hold up their ubiquitous notions (presented as fact) to the light and you quickly discover that these talking points are indeed, half-truths, fabrications, and sometimes, bald-faced lies!  Put it to the test next time a neighbor or a cousin invites you to play a game of “ain’t it awful” about how horrible something really is, yet it cannot stand the litmus test of truth in simple fact-checkers like “Truthout.com or Snopes.com.”  Snopes calls these ridiculous notions circulated/perpetrated by some Americans, “Urban Legends.”  Maybe the perps should be called Backyard Bubbas.  That they are so sure of their facts without checking first makes them crazy as a bunch of road lizards with a Roadrunner in hot pursuit. 

You got to wonder about our nation’s own sanity simply because we seem to love to play these games with cards that lie before the pack is even broken and shuffled.  And, pray tell, what does such a deck of cards cost?  The answer is, what is it worth to you or a political party to buy the total demonization of a candidate to bugger him or her and keep him out of office?  It makes you sigh to see these words of broken glass circulate as gospel when the truth is somewhat easy to test by various means available to those who want to check a “talking point’s” authenticity.  Before you wallow in a game of “ain’t it awful” across your neighbor’s fence with him.  Or cast your vote at the ballot box, based on lies and disinformation.

Mickey Walker has written political and outdoor sports articles for several area newspapers and magazines for the past 30 years.  Regular columnist, “The Political Junkies” Magazine for two years.  Now retired, he travels to all points of the globe with wife Andrea and Bichon Frise, Quinn, fishing and chasing the eternal child still within.

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Series | How America Lost Its Political Sanity! A Cousin’s Unsolicited View of Politics (Part I)Mickey WalkerThe Political Junkies Magazine

I mentioned to my dear cousin that Democrats and Republicans are both charlatans who say one thing and do another.  While picking our pockets. 

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Age of Ignorance, Charles Simic, New York Review of Books

  • What we have in this country is the rebellion of dull minds against the intellect. That’s why they love politicians who rail against teachers indoctrinating children against their parents’ values and resent the ones who show ability to think seriously and independently. Despite their bravado, these fools can always be counted on to vote against their self-interest. 
  • Human Stupidity Is Destroying the World
  • George Monbiot | Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left

Time Is Running Out For Pax Americana’s Apologists

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  • Up until 2015, America’s elite had been assured that they possessed sufficient financial, economic, military, and political strength to cripple the rest of the world, while still preserving Washington’s hegemony by depriving everyone, including the American people of any real political sovereignty or economic rights. However, the crisis in Ukraine, which has dragged on much longer than originally planned, Russia’s dramatic surge of military and political energy as she moved to resolve the Syrian crisis and, most important, the progressive creation of alternative financial and economic entities that call into question the dollar’s position as the de facto world currency, have forced a sector of America’s elite that is amenable to compromise to rouse itself.
  • 10 Reasons the U.S. is Declining

TGP Staff, The Greanville Post

http://www.greanvillepost.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/dick-cheney.jpg Dick Cheney’s contorted mien, the face of stubborn American imperialism, leaves no doubt about these people’s unyielding obsession with power at any cost.

November 11, 2015 | The paradox of the current global crisis is that for the last five years, all relatively responsible and independent nations have made tremendous efforts to save the United States from the financial, economic, military, and political disaster that looms ahead. And this is all despite Washington’s equally systematic moves to destabilize the world order, rightly known as the Pax Americana (“American peace”).

Since policy is not a zero-sum game, i.e., one participant’s loss does not necessarily entail a gain for another, this paradox has a logical explanation. A crisis erupts within any system when there is a discrepancy between its internal structure and the sum total of available resources (that is, those resources will eventually prove inadequate for the system to function normally and in the usual way).

There are at least three basic options for addressing this situation.

The Greanville Post (TGP), part of the Cyrano’s Journal group of counter disinformation sites, instruments created to resist imperialism in the infowar sphere, seeks to spotlight the outrageous but increasingly common intersection of induced stupidity, high-handed political fraudulence and domestic and international criminality which characterize life in the American Empire in the early part of the 21st century. (The 20th was no bargain!).

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10 Reasons the U.S. is Declining, Daniel Lattier Intellectual Takeout

  • To simply state that America is exceptional and nothing needs to be done will ensure that we will become a second-rate power.”
  • 10 Ways America Has Come to Resemble a Banana Republic.

The Ungodly, Destructive Power of the Citizens United Decision

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  • What are the gobshites saying these days?
  • Being our semi-regular weekly survey of the state of Our National Dialogue which, as you know, is what Butch Hancock would have come up with, had he composed "Derp Road Song."
  • This Just In: We Are Officially in a New Gilded Age

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

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Oct 12, 2015 | We have a great deal of fun here with certain elements of the content provided by The New York Times—coughDowdcoughBrookscoughDouthatcough—but there are times in which the NYT reminds us that there is one thing it does better than any other newspaper. It can be The New York Times. Over the weekend, courtesy of a team of three NYT reporters, we had one of those moments.

Just 158 families, along with companies they own or control, contributed $176 million in the first phase of the campaign, a New York Times investigation found. Not since before Watergate have so few people and businesses provided so much early money in a campaign, most of it through channels legalized by the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision five years ago.

Charles P. Pierce is a staff writer for Grantland and the author of Idiot America. He writes regularly for Esquire, is the lead writer for Esquire.com’s Politics blog, and is a frequent guest on NPR.

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This Just In: We Are Officially in a New Gilded Age, Justin Miller, American Prospect

  • Just 158 families have contributed nearly half of all the money raised so far for the numerous presidential campaigns. Not surprisingly, these donors are overwhelmingly white, male, old, Republican, and rich—very, very rich. 
  • Jimmy Carter: The US Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery."
  • Democracy Doesn’t Exist: Here’s Why Voting Doesn’t Change Anything.

Robert Reich | What Happened on My Tour Through Red State America

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  • The best way to learn is to talk with people who disagree with you.
  • The Continuing Middle Class Crisis
  • Dick Rowan | Putting the Con in Conservative

Robert Reich, RobertReich.org / AlterNet

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I intended to put into practice what I tell my students – that the best way to learn is to talk with people who disagree with you. I wanted to learn from red America, and hoped they’d also learn a bit from me (and perhaps also buy my book).

Robert Reich has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. His latest book is "Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few."

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Dick Rowan | Putting the Con in Conservative / memegenerator.net

He put the "Con" in conservative (and we fell for it)!

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The Continuing Middle Class Crisis, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • The people are fighting back and the elites recognize it. There is fear in the investor class as they see people organizing and mobilizing. Corporations are now investing more time and money in preparation to protect themselves from investor actions and legal challenges. The actions of corporations and governments against the people are a sign of their fear, and a sign of our unrealized strength.
  • Part 1: Goodbye Middle Class: 51 Percent Of All American Workers Make Less Than 30,000 Dollars A Year
  • Part 2: There Has Never Been an American “Middle Class”.

Four Score and Seven Years Ago ... at Disney World

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The Demobilization of the American People and the Spectacle of Election 2016 

Tom Engelhardt, Tom Dispatch / Rise Up Times

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https://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/393c6-know-any-button-2016.jpg?w=653&quality=80&strip=infoOctober 29, 2015 | You may not know it, but you’re living in a futuristic science fiction novel. And that’s a fact.  If you were to read about our American world in such a novel, you would be amazed by its strangeness.  Since you exist right smack in the middle of it, it seems like normal life (Donald Trump and Ben Carson aside).  But make no bones about it, so far this has been a bizarre American century.

Let me start with one of the odder moments we’ve lived through and give it the attention it’s always deserved.  If you follow my train of thought and the history it leads us into, I guarantee you that you’ll end up back exactly where we are -- in the midst of the strangest presidential campaign in our history.

 

Tom Engelhardt is a co-founder of the American Empire Project and the author of The United States of Fear as well as a history of the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture. He is a fellow of the Nation Institute and runs TomDispatch.com. His latest book is Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World.

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From the Archives | Chris Hedges: The Real Health Care Debate

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“It is not necessary to force Americans to buy private health insurance to achieve universal coverage,” said Russell Mokhiber of Single Payer Action. “There is a proven alternative that Congress didn’t seriously consider, and that alternative is a single payer national health insurance system. Congress could have taken seriously evidence presented by these single payer medical doctors that a single payer system is the only way to both control costs and cover everyone.”

Chris Hedges, Truthdig 

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http://www.kfai.org/files/images/health%20care%20symbol%20screw.jpgApr 9, 2012 | The debate surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act illustrates the impoverishment of our political life. Here is a law that had its origin in the right-wing Heritage Foundation, was first put into practice in 2006 in Massachusetts by then-Gov. Mitt Romney and was solidified into federal law after corporate lobbyists wrote legislation with more than 2,000 pages. It is a law that forces American citizens to buy a deeply defective product from private insurance companies. It is a law that is the equivalent of the bank bailout bill—some $447 billion in subsidies for insurance interests alone—for the pharmaceutical and insurance industries. It is a law that is unconstitutional. And it is a law by which President Barack Obama, and his corporate backers, extinguished the possibilities of both the public option and Medicare for all Americans. There is no substantial difference between Obamacare and Romneycare. There is no substantial difference between Obama and Romney. They are abject servants of the corporate state. And if you vote for one you vote for the other.

But you would never know this by listening to the Democratic Party and the advocacy groups that purport to support universal health care but seem more intent on re-electing Obama. It is the very sad legacy of the liberal class that it proves in election cycle after election cycle that it espouses moral and political positions it will not pay a price to defend. And since we have no fight in us, since we will not punish politicians like Obama who betray our core beliefs, the corporate juggernaut rolls forward with its inexorable pace to cement into place our global neofeudalism.

 

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society. 

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