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Updated Special Report | 2010 Mid-term Election Guide

  • Walk away from the Democratic Party and back progressive, third party candidates until the Democrats feel enough heat to adopt our agenda. We must be willing to say no. If not, we become slaves. -- Chris Hedges
  • 2010 Elections: Why Have the Democrats Lost Popular Support?

David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Eight False Things The Public “Knows” Prior To Election Day, Dave Johnson, Campaign for America's Future

  • If the public votes in a new Congress that rejects the idea of helping to create demand in the economy because they think it didn't work, then the new Congress could do things that cause a depression.
  • This stuff really matters.
  • Five Things People "Know"
  • People Are Allergic to the Facts

Duty to Warn: Lessons from History to Guide AntiFascist Voters, Gary Kohls, Evergreene Digest

  • What Can Happen if We the People Let Down our Guard and Vote for Our Future Oppressors
  • Excerpts, without comment, from Milton Mayer’s “They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45”
  • Advice for citizens who still have hope for America

Duty to Warn: Don't Vote for Your Future Oppressors, Gary Kohls, Evergreene Digest

  • Who should freedom-loving people vote for?
  • Advice for citizens who still have hope for America

Advancing the Progressive Agenda in November: Don’t Vote Dem! David W. Culver, Evergreene Digest
Walk away from the Democratic Party and back progressive, third party candidates until the Democrats feel enough heat to adopt our agenda. We must be willing to say no. If not, we become slaves.

The left has lost its nerve and its direction, Chris Hedges, Philadelphia Inquirer | PA
If the left wants to regain influence in the nation's political life, it must be willing to walk away from the Democratic Party, even if Barack Obama is the (president), and back progressive, third-party (officials) until the Democrats feel enough heat to adopt our agenda. We must be willing to say no. If not, we become slaves.

U.S. Midterms: Political Freak Show, Cliff Schecter, Huffington Post
I'm you, dear readers. Well, actually, I'm not. But I'm also not a witch, so at least I've got that going for me.

Ignorance as Authenticity, Joe Klein, Swampland

  • There is something profoundly diseased about a society that idolizes its ignoramuses and disdains its experts.
  • People Are Allergic to the Facts

Empire of Illusion, Jeff Dietrich, The Catholic Agitator

  • It's all about spectacle and debauchery. People are so disconnected from reality that they don't know how to read what is happening--they cannot grasp that the walls are tumbling down--and so they retreat into absurdities. This is the disease gripping American society today.
  • Building a Nation of Know-Nothings
  • Lady Gaga: Pop Star for a Country and an Empire in Decline

Lessons of the Obama Debacle, Walden Bello, Foreign Policy in Focus

  • The failure of progressives (is) to translate their vision and values into a program that is convincing and connects with the people trapped in the terrible existential conditions created by the global financial crisis.
  • Our side has been derailed (but) ... we can fight back to political relevance.

Anti-tax fervor undermines the common good, Neal Peirce, Syndicated columnist, Seattle Times | WA

  • Facing yawning deficits, many years of tough sacrifice and reckoning lie ahead of us. But to use that as an excuse to eviscerate government functions left and right, or push down taxes just when government needs them to remain solvent, represents a strange kind of patriotism.
  • The Myths of Austerity
  • Hey Tea Party-Republicans: The Founders Are Not Your Guy

2010 Elections: Why Have the Democrats Lost Popular Support?, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Tikkun.org<http://www.tikkun.org/>

  • What the Democrats Could Have Done
  • Scaring Us To The Polls


 

Agency-by-agency highlights of Trump's 2019 budget. Stark Vision of GOP Reality

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  • Part 1: President’s New Budget. Stark Vision of GOP Reality.
    • A massive increase in the military budget and war preparations comes at the expense of slashing all kinds of social programs.
  • Part 2: Agency-by-agency highlights of Trump's 2019 budget
    • Highlights from President Donald Trump's budget for fiscal year 2019, released Monday, Feb 12.

 

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: President’s New Budget. Stark Vision of GOP Reality.

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The President's budget is a reflection of the administration's priorities. And this administration and their GOP co-horts in Congress want to slash over a trillion dollars with cuts to programs for some of the nation's most vulnerable. A massive increase in the military budget and war preparations comes at the expense of slashing all kinds of social programs.

Robert Greenstein; Ryan Koronowski; Brett Samuels; Fred Kaplan, Portside

February 15, 2018 |

• Trump Budget Offers Stark Vision We Cannot Afford to Ignore - Robert Greenstein (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

• Trump’s budget cuts Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, breaking core campaign promise - Ryan Koronowski (Think Progress)

• The 22 agencies and programs Trump's budget would eliminate - Brett Samuels (The Hill)

• All Guns, No Butter - Trump’s budget is a return to the let-’er-rip era of defense spending - Fred Kaplan (Slate)

 

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Part 2: Agency-by-agency highlights of Trump's 2019 budget

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February 12, 2018 | International Space Station

The Trump administration wants NASA out of the International Space Station by 2025 and to have private businesses running the place instead.
Under Trump's 2019 proposed budget, U.S. government funding for the space station would end by 2025. The government would set aside $150 million to encourage commercial development.

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Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 1 of 5

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Barry Goldwater. Photo: Newsroom

The Series: As the country approaches the 50th anniversary of one of the most controversial, volatile, and important years in our country’s history, We the People of the United States of America find ourselves facing many of the same issues that led us to the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel, the bloodiest year of the Vietnam War, screams of “the whole world is watching” at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, the floor of the Ambassador Hotel, and Black fists being raised in the air at the Mexico Summer Olympics. So much has changed, true. We’ve come so far, but in a lot of ways, we’re right back where we started and even further behind.
Part 1: Depending on how you feel about Donald Trump and his approach to politics, either the worst or best is yet to come. Over time, Goldwater’s message and methods became mainstream, and with time, so will Trump’s.

John Fisher, Medium

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Dec 12, 2017 | It was eight years after John F. Kennedy crushed Nixon’s presidential aspirations—for good, many people believed—in 1960. The campaign of another Republican hopeful, however, paved a path for Nixon to the White House and every other conservative victor since then.

His presidential campaign was one of the most controversial in American history.

Even his own Republican brethren feared the consequences of his political strategies and what were then considered extreme beliefs for the party’s future and for America.

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Obama Called Libya A Sh*t Show, Trump Called Haiti A Sh*thole, But The US Ensured Both Are True


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  • U.S. foreign policy decisions in both Haiti and Libya have been far cruder than the comments made by Presidents Trump and Obama.
  • Related: Trump Isn’t Another Hitler. He’s Another Obama.

Rachael Blevins, Free Thought Project / The Daily Sheeple

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January 12, 2018 | The mainstream media is horrified by the idea that President Trump would refer to Haiti as a “Shithole” country—but they seem to have forgotten that President Obama referred to Libya as a “Shit show,” and that the United States has had a hand in ensuring that both countries continue to be plagued with problems.

The media launched a firestorm after a report from the Washington Post claimed that during a meeting with lawmakers in the Oval Office on Thursday, Trump said, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” 

Rachael Blevins, Contributor, Daily Sheeple

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Trump Isn’t Another Hitler. He’s Another Obama, ‪Caitlin Johnstone‬, Medium

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Rand Paul and the Sleepover Shutdown: A Three-Act Farce

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Sen. Rand Paul, who made a move to block Thursday's budget deal, walks back to his office after a TV interview at the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill February 8, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images)

 

It was quite a morning, yeah? The federal government shut down, the Senate passed the budget bill, the House passed the Senate's bill, the Dreamers were abandoned and the Tea Party movement evaporated like a wholly unnoticed fart. Oh, and Rand Paul is a hypocritical tool. All in a day's work here in the dysfunction capital of the western world. What does all this mean for the future?

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout


Friday, February 09, 2018 | It was quite a morning, yeah? Let's see: The federal government shut down, the Senate passed the budget bill, the House passed the Senate's bill, the Dreamers got screwed and the Tea Party movement evaporated like a wholly unnoticed fart. Be glad you slept: Watching these chowderheads try to govern is a sad, debasing experience in broad daylight. In the dungeons of 3 am, it's an existential crisis.

Why did this spectacle play out the way it did?

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Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 2 - The Trump presidency and Europe's dilemma

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  • The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
  • Part 2: Trump's election has probably led to a permanent change in transatlantic relations. If the U.S. is missed in the international community, the loss may be felt in the leadership role it assumed, in spite of its flaws, fighting for human rights and the freedom of information.

Antoine de Tarlé, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)

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Nov 2, 2017 | When Donald Trump was elected president of the United States last November, the European governments treated this unforeseen event with an embarrassing silence. Only politicians from the far right such as Marine Le Pen in France or Brexit partisans in Britain expressed their delight at seeing the victory of a populist leader who had stated many times his despisal for the European Union.

Later on, some European leaders tried to build a relationship with the new head of the most powerful country in the world. Theresa May, the British prime minster, made a well-advertised trip to Washington, as she hoped to get Trump's support for her difficult negotiation with Brussels. The Polish government, which is eager to show that its only reliable ally is America, invited Trump to Warsaw, where he delivered an ambiguous speech.

Antoine de Tarlé is a regular contributor to the French Jesuit monthly Etudes.

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Previously in this Series:

Part 1 - What has the GOP learned since Trump's election? 

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