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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?

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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


 

Dammit, Democrats! Organize a Climate Debate! Act Now or Face a Cataclysm!

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  • Part 1: Dammit, Democrats! Organize a Climate Debate!
  • The DNC has made a morally and practically wrong choice with its rejection of proposals for a debate on the existential issue of our time.
  • Part 2: “We Are Facing an Existential Crisis”: Gov. Inslee Slams DNC for Refusing to Hold Climate Debate
  • We will not have another chance after the next administration. We will either act now, or it will be cataclysm.

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Part 1: Dammit, Democrats! Organize a Climate Debate!

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The DNC has made a morally and practically wrong choice with its rejection of proposals for a debate on the existential issue of our time.
 
John Nichols, the Nation

June 7, 2019 | Nothing about the Democratic National Committee’s approach to organizing debates featuring the several dozen contenders for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination inspires confidence. But something about the party’s approach should inspire fury.

The DNC is refusing to organize a debate on climate change, and it is clinging to rules that could effectively block candidates from participating in independent debates on the issue.

This is morally wrong and practically foolish.

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Part 2: “We Are Facing an Existential Crisis”: Gov. Inslee Slams DNC for Refusing to Hold Climate Debate

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Juan Gonzalez and Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

June 11, 2019 | Juan Gonzalez: The Democratic National Committee is facing criticism after the committee rejected calls for the party to host a debate solely focused on the climate crisis. The DNC is also threatening to blacklist any candidate who takes part in a non-DNC debate on the issue. DNC Chair Tom Perez recently told climate activists that it is not practical to hold debates on specific issues. Washington Governor Jay Inslee was the first Democratic presidential candidate to call for a climate-focused debate. Last week, he accused the DNC of attempting to silence the voices of those who want to debate what he described as the, quote, “existential crisis of our time.”

Amy Goodman: USA Today reports a number of other Democratic candidates have since backed the call, including former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, former Obama Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, along with Senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand and Michael Bennet. Meanwhile, more than 50 voting members of the Democratic National Committee have submitted a resolution supporting a climate debate.

Juan Gonzalez has been a professional journalist for more than 30 years and a staff columnist at the New York Daily News since 1987.

Amy Goodman is an American award-winning broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author. Goodman's investigative journalism career includes coverage of the East Timor independence movement and Chevron Corporation's role in Nigeria.

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D Is for a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy ~ John W. Whitehead

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  • Played out on the national stage and eagerly broadcast to a captive audience by media sponsors, this farcical exercise in political theater can, at times, seem riveting, life-changing and suspenseful, even for those who know better.
  • Related: Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy

Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

May 8, 2019 | “When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; a culture-death is a clear possibility.” — Professor Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Discourse in the Age of Show Business

What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theater. And what political theater it is, diabolically Shakespearean at times, full of sound and fury, yet in the end, signifying nothing.

Robert Gore is a featured writer on The Savvy Street, an online magazine.

Constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead is an author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. Whitehead’s aggressive, pioneering approach to civil liberties has earned him numerous accolades and accomplishments, including the Hungarian Medal of Freedom.

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Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy, Brendan James, Talking Points Memo

This is not a new development caused by, say, recent Supreme Court decisions allowing more money in politics, such as Citizens United or this month's ruling on McCutcheon v. FEC. As the data stretching back to the 1980s suggests, this has been a long term trend, and is therefore harder for most people to perceive, let alone reverse.
 

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Land of the Free? Harvard Study Ranks America Worst in the West for Fair Elections

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  • Though reasons why the United States has reached this new low in fair elections are complex, critics often point to the tidal wave of corporate cash after the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United. But this may be somewhat misguided.
  • Related: Special Report | It should be easy for every citizen to vote. Republicans have made it way, way harder.

Claire Bernish, the Free Thought Project

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April 15, 2016 | As if further proof could possibly be needed of the sorry state of the American electoral process, a new study just ranked the United States dead last in electoral integrity among established Western democracies.

The Electoral Integrity Project (EIP)’s 2015 Year in Elections report is an independent research project by 2,000 elections experts from Harvard University and the University of Sydney in Australia assembled to examine the world’s elections.

Claire Bernish began writing as an independent, investigative journalist in 2015, with works published and republished around the world. Not one to hold back, Claire’s particular areas of interest include U.S. foreign policy, analysis of international affairs, and everything pertaining to transparency and thwarting censorship.

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Special Report | It should be easy for every citizen to vote. Republicans have made it way, way harder. Jim Hightower, the Hightower Lowdown / OpEdNews

  • https://hightowerlowdown.org/wp-content/uploads/2018-10_featured-750x400.jpgOutright voter suppression has quickly become the core component of the GOP's electoral strategy. Many of their repressive tactics have been in play for decades, but recently, their expansive plan has grown more urgent (i.e., desperate) as their man Trump has grown more obviously unhinged and unpopular.
  • Read on for what you need to know this election-- and what you can do to save the vote.
  • Related: Overcoming Voter Suppression

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Endgame at the Minnesota Legislature has many unhappy with closed process.

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On the day after, left-out legislators, interest groups and the public say lack of transparency in late-session deals must end. 

Jessie Van Berkel and Torey Van Oot, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

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The board in the House Chamber says the House is adjourned until February 11, 2020. A special session still looms to finish much of the work that was not completed before the session came to a close at midnight Monday night.

May 22, 2019 | Minnesota’s three most powerful politicians huddled behind the wooden door of a Capitol conference room Tuesday to hold court on reams of disputed budget matters left unresolved a day after the Legislature’s regular session ended.



it was not the image of open democracy that was promised in January by a new crop of state leaders.



Committee chairs and state agency heads filed in and out of what some jokingly referred to as the “tribunal” room. Meanwhile, the working triumvirate of Gov. Tim Walz, Democratic House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Senate GOP Majority Leader Paul Gazelka offered few updates on what was being decided inside.

Jessie Van Berkel and Torey Van Oot, Star Tribune staff writers

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Special Report | It should be easy for every citizen to vote. Republicans have made it way, way harder. Jim Hightower, the Hightower Lowdown / OpEdNews

  • https://hightowerlowdown.org/wp-content/uploads/2018-10_featured-750x400.jpgOutright voter suppression has quickly become the core component of the GOP's electoral strategy. Many of their repressive tactics have been in play for decades, but recently, their expansive plan has grown more urgent (i.e., desperate) as their man Trump has grown more obviously unhinged and unpopular.
  • Read on for what you need to know this election-- and what you can do to save the vote.
  • Related: Overcoming Voter Suppression

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Most Senate Democrats are War-Mongers.

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  • Part 1: Senate Democrats, with Few Exceptions, are a Gang of War-Mongers
  • Those calling themselves democratic socialists are perpetrating a fraud on the voters.
  • Part 2: When It Comes to U.S. Militarism, Elizabeth Warren Is No Progressive.
  • There’s one important issue on which Warren has not veered far from the Democratic establishment.
  • Related: U.S. War Drums Beat Louder and Louder!

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Part 1: Senate Democrats, with Few Exceptions, are a Gang of War-Mongers.

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That’s no “revolution,” and it’s not even an “opposition” worthy of the name. It’s craven collusion and gutlessness, and by not speaking out against it, those calling themselves democratic socialists are perpetrating a fraud on the voters.

Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch

August 7, 2018 | Democrats in the US Senate showed themselves to be just another war party this week, with 40 of their number out of 47 voting to pass a record $717-billion military budget for FY 2019. Only seven Democrats (Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, D-MA, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, D-OR, Kamala Harris, D-CA, Dick Durbin, D-IL, and Kirstin Gillibrand, D-NY) and independent Bernie Sanders, who caucuses with the Democratic Party, voted against the bill (Sen. Angus King, an independent from Maine who also caucuses with the Democrats, neutralized Sanders’ vote by voting for the measure).

For those who may have hoped that perhaps the growing number of self-described “democratic socialist” candidartes running for seats in Congress might call out this war-mongering by the Democratic Party establishment, there was just silence.

Dave Lindorff is a founding member of ThisCantBeHappening!, an online newspaper collective, and is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press).

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Part 2: When It Comes to U.S. Militarism, Elizabeth Warren Is No Progressive.


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There’s one important issue on which Warren has not veered far from the Democratic establishment.

Sarah Lazare, In These Times

May 17, 2019 | Massachusetts Senator and 2020 presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has been widely celebrated in liberal and left-leaning press for churning out progressive policy proposals on the domestic front, from child care to housing. Articles have hailed her as the “intellectual powerhouse of the Democratic party,” the person who “has the plans” and the “progressive policy anchor in the 2020 field.” One Guardian piece from late February asks, “Why vote for Sanders when you can have Elizabeth Warren instead?”



The fire and passion with which she goes to bat for economic justice issues simply does not apply to the war machine.



Yet, none of these articles take a close look at Warren’s track record on war and militarism, despite the fact that the realm of foreign policy is where presidents have the most power to act without Congress (thanks in part to Obama’s unfortunate expansion of presidential powers to make war). It’s as though the United States existed in a vacuum, with only domestic matters to attend to; in reality, we are the biggest military empire in human history, with 800 military bases around the world and U.S. commandos deployed to 75% of countries.

Sarah Lazare is web editor at In These Times.  She comes from a background in independent journalism for publications including The Intercept, The Nation, and Tom Dispatch.

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  • Related: The War On Venezuela Is Built On Lies.

 



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Special Report | It should be easy for every citizen to vote. Republicans have made it way, way harder.

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  • Outright voter suppression has quickly become the core component of the GOP's electoral strategy. Many of their repressive tactics have been in play for decades, but recently, their expansive plan has grown more urgent (i.e., desperate) as their man Trump has grown more obviously unhinged and unpopular.
  • Read on for what you need to know this election-- and what you can do to save the vote.
  • Related: Overcoming Voter Suppression

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Oct 31, 2018 | Like a mad Roman emperor, the man in the White House paces the dark hallways in the wee hours, cursing all who defy him and screeching at the gremlins torturing his mind. “Where’s the collusion?” he bellows through his thumbs. “Witch hunt!” the emperor shrieks, blaming the dreaded Mueller, the craven Sessions, traitorous Democrats, the fake news media, the rotten Rosenstein, and so many other diabolic forces ruining his reign with accusations that his 2016 Electoral College victory was boosted by Russian meddling. “It is all a big hoax,” he mutters manically, pointing out that he’s been told by Putin himself that Russia did not interfere.



Our elections are being stolen from The People.



In fact (a place Trump never wants to visit), election meddling was rampant in 2016, and his campaign’s blatant collusion in it corrupted America’s democratic process and perverted our nation’s public policies for the benefit of those behind the rigging. Moreover, the riggers are doing it again, with the goal of stealing the November midterm elections. But Putin and his Kremlin trolls are the least of it. The chief US election meddlers are not Russians. They’re Republicans.

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Overcoming Voter Suppression, the Progress Report, Center for American Progress


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