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Obama Was A Horrible President, And Progressives Need To Stop Pretending That He Wasn't.

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All the Biden bro memes in the world won't change the fact that Obama is a terrible human being and a lousy president.

Caitlin Johnstone, Newslogue

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https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2016/02/14/15/18/barack-obama-1199638__340.jpg21 Nov 2016 | I haven't picked on Obama enough lately, which is a shame because if the progressive revolution is to have a fighting chance we need to be crystal clear about how very much he stands against everything we're fighting for. You can't win a war if you don't know where your enemy is, and you can't overthrow the evils of the establishment if you're not clear where it starts and ends. Nobody who stands by the horrible things Obama did during his presidency is on our side. Period.

There are still a lot of progressives who woke up during the Sanders movement, and as a result are still suffering from the delusion that President Hillary would have been awful, but Obama wasn't so bad. The lie that his horrible decisions were the result of an obstructionist congress is still largely subscribed to by the political left, and, perhaps due to sexism, perhaps due to white guilt, or perhaps due to sheer ignorance and short-sightedness, many progressives who recognized Hillary's evil still feel as though Obama did okay.

Caitlin Johnstone is a journalist, author, feminist thinker, cage rattler, giant woman, and mother of two.

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We Cannot “Give Trump a Chance”

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  • We have a historic responsibility to fight back against this administration.  On January 20th and 21st, activists will be organizing protests and student walkouts across the country. Hundreds of thousands will gather for the Women’s March on Washington DC and to “Occupy Inauguration,” to send a message to the new president that there is no space whatsoever for his bigoted agenda in America.
  • Related: Searching for Solidarity in Trumpland

Kshama Sawant, CounterPunch

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Many messages were from middle- and working-class people who had voted for Trump because they hated corporate Democrats and Hillary Clinton, and mistakenly believed that Trump was going to stand up for the ordinary Americans. Many were also racist and misogynist, saying things like, “You don’t belong here with the bull***t you spew from your c***su**er,” or “Drop dead and go back to turbanville.”

Kshama Sawant is Seattle City Council Woman and member of Socialist Alternative.

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Searching for Solidarity in Trumpland, Lydia Howell, Evergreene Digest

  • It's up to us to build a new progressive political party. For that to happen, all of us need to practice far more solidarity with one another. Let's start with protecting everyone being targeted in hate crimes and coming together for the next big battle to stop the TPP trade deal that harms us all.
  • Related: Gazing Into the Abyss

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Searching for Solidarity in Trumpland

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  • It's up to us to build a new progressive political party. For that to happen, all of us need to practice far more solidarity with one another. Let's start with protecting everyone being targeted in hate crimes and coming together for the next big battle to stop the TPP trade deal that harms us all.
  • Related: Gazing Into the Abyss

Lydia Howell, Evergreene Digest

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First, white people---regardless of party affiliation---have a huge responsibility to face racism and in this moment loudly oppose the hate crimes perpetrated under the banner Trump Won.

Second, Face reality. The Clinton and the DNC failed and should be held responsible for Trump's victory.

Lydia Howell is a Minneapolis-based journalist, producer/host of “Catalyst” on KFAI Radio.

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  • The business of the American republic is not business, and that’s why we have to rely on the institutions of civil society — the churches, the civic associations, the WMCAs and Little Leagues, the colleges and schools — that are being destroyed by omnivorous markets and casino-like financing.
  • Both parties are to blame and it has cost all of us a republic.

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Mourn, Then Wage Popular and Class Struggle

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Part 1: Unite for 'National Healing'? No Thanks, We're Waging Popular and Class Struggle

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Part 2: Mourn. Then Organize.

This nation has survived political crises before, and it will again if progressives refrain from pointing fingers and start organizing.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



 

Part 1: Unite for 'National Healing'? No Thanks, We're Waging Popular and Class Struggle

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Part 2: Mourn. Then Organize.

This nation has survived political crises before, and it will again if progressives refrain from pointing fingers and start organizing.

Peter Dreier, American Prospect

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November 9, 2016 | At a time like this, many liberals and progressives will recall the words of labor activist Joe Hill: “Don't mourn, organize.”

But let's be honest. We're in shock. We need time to mourn. To recover from the trauma of this election.

I feel awful for my 19-year-old twin daughters, who voted for the first time this year and now have to spend their college years with Trump as president. They're upset. They talked about moving to Canada. They were half serious. We talked and texted all night, trying to console ourselves. It was tough.

Peter Dreier teaches politics and chairs the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. His latest book is The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (Nation Books, 2012).

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Freedom Comes at a Price–And We Don’t Want to Pay It

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Plebeians of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your liberty.

"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." --Andrew Jackson, Farewell Address

America’s Face Down Moment: Trump’s Silver Lining

Joseph PearceJoseph Pearce's blogIntellectual Takeout

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October 21, 2016 | There might be few things on which most people agree but freedom is one of them. Although we might differ over what we understand freedom to be, we all think freedom is a good thing. And yet, truth be told, most of us don’t care as much about it as we say we do or as we think we do. The truth is that freedom comes at a price and most of us don’t want to pay it.

We live in a world where government has been inexorably getting bigger and more distant from the individual and the family. If nothing is done to halt and reverse this process we will have a World Government, serving the interests of global corporations and global financial organizations, which will be utterly unresponsive to any of us or to any of the rest of the powerless people of the world.

Do we really care?

Joseph Pearce: Joseph Pearce is an English-born writer, and as of 2014 Director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee.

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America’s Face Down Moment: Trump’s Silver Lining, Katy Farber, Huffington Post

  • These are dark times for our nation. Our democracy is splintering.
  • Related: Dylan, the American Left, and What We Have Lost

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Three reasons the US doesn’t have universal health coverage

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  • As long as these facts remain, there is little reason to expect universal coverage in America anytime soon, regardless of who becomes president.
  • Related: Health Care Is A Right, Not A Business

Timothy Callaghan, Raw Story

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26 Oct 2016 | Amidst the partisan rancor and the unusual tilt toward questions on civility during the second and third presidential debates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump drew the attention of health experts when they articulated their path forward for health policy in America.

Responding to questions about the lack of affordability in the Affordable Care Act, the candidates detailed how they would address the increasingly glaring flaws in President Obama’s signature policy achievement. Mr. Trump, who called the ACA a “disaster,” has pushed for repeal of the law. He wants to replace it with block grants for Medicaid and the sale of health insurance across state lines.

Timothy Callaghan, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University

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Health Care Is A Right, Not A Business, Richard (RJ) Eskow, Huffington Post   

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  • Government’s first obligation is to protect rights, not profits. When the Declaration of Independence proclaimed our “unalienable rights” to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” it even put “life” first.
  • Related: Bullying executives won't result in lower prescription drug costs.

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The Skeletons in Keith Ellison's Display Case

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Who would I propose instead (for DNC Chair)? The first name that comes to mind (and I have not discussed this with him, it's possible he has no interest, and he certainly wouldn't sanction my criticizing of Ellison) is Dennis Kucinich. You want change? Hope even? Try him.

david swanson, Let's Try Democracy

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Ellison moved on to pushing, and using his perch as co-chair of the Progressive Caucus to push, for a similar war on Syria. For years now he has advocated for the illegal and murderous creation of no fly zones and "safe zones" -- what Hillary Clinton admitted only to Goldman Sachs would require that you "kill a lot of Syrians." Ellison was an early backer of bombing Syria in 2013. He met with peace activists but rejected their appeal.

david swanson is an American activist, blogger and author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union."

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Series | Middle East Policy Changes Part 1; Promised Democracy: The Future of Iraq

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Long-term, generational focus and investment in Iraq’s future is the only way US policy can effectively engage in the democracy promotion it claimed to support 13 years ago.

Ryan J. Suto, Foreign Policy in Review

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Photo: Iraqi boys listen to instructions from their teacher during a practice session in the Taek Won-Do dojo of the Mujamma Youth Center, Mujamma, Iraq, Courtesy of United States Forces Iraq via Flickr.

 

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September 7, 2016 | Democracy is not illusive in Iraq. To help the war-torn country get there, however, the United States must finally engage in long-term thinking. In a departure from the policies of past administrations, the next president should support the democratic potential of Iraqi youth by exploring policy options geared toward the health of the country’s next generation.

At present, a central problem with the potential for democracy in Iraq has been the ethno-sectarian divisions that have become hyper-pronounced since the end of the Saddam Hussein era in 2003, encouraged by the demographically based institutions of Iraq’s 2005 constitution. The US-led invasion of Iraq weakened the state apparatus, which was further crippled by the policy of de-Ba’athification. These shortsighted policies rendered the Iraqi state unable and—under former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki—unwilling to continue basic social services, maintain an adequate security sector, or administer justice in a fair and nonsectarian manner. State service deficiencies created an opportunity for non-state actors, such as terrorist groups, to gain the support of significant numbers of Iraqis by offering protection and community support via sectarian polarization. If the US continues to support sectarian groups, such as the Hashd al-Shaabi, to counter other sectarian groups perceived as more extreme, such as IS, that policy risks further entrenching civil strife in the country.

Ryan J. Suto is a writer on the United States and the Middle East. He graduated from Syracuse University’s Law and Public Diplomacy program, where he received certificates in Middle Eastern affairs, international law, and post-conflict reconstruction.

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