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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

David Horsey

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


 

US Election Meddling: Smoke and Mirrors with a Biker Gang Subplot

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  • Part 1: US Election Meddling: Smoke and Mirrors

Actual evidence has not surfaced.

  • Part 2: The Russia Scandal Was Desperately Missing a Biker Gang Subplot. Well, Here It Is. 

Paging Hunter S. Thompson.

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Part 1: US Election Meddling: Smoke and Mirrors

For a magician, the greater the illusion attempted, the more showmanship that’s required to distract audiences from that fact that it is indeed just an illusion. For US politics, something very similar applies, particularly regarding the latest, ongoing narrative surrounding alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

Ulson GunnarGlobal Research

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/electionMachines-NEO.jpgJune 16, 2017 | Having concluded over half a year ago, had there been actual evidence of state-sponsored election interference by Russia, it would have surfaced and the necessity for a lengthy and dramatic public spectacle would not only be absent, it would obstruct real measures needed to protect America’s political process from future foreign influence.

However, actual evidence has not surfaced.

Instead, complex conspiracy theories buttressed by the most tenuous documentation have been spun and promoted in the midst of public hearings, political rearrangements in the White House and other theatrics designed to keep the public engaged and convinced of the notion that Russia’s government actually attempted to manipulate the results of America’s presidential election.

Ulson Gunnar is a New York-based geopolitical analyst and writer especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

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Part 2: The Russia Scandal Was Desperately Missing a Biker Gang Subplot. Well, Here It Is. 

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  • "The most amazing story ran in the Miami Herald last Thursday. It involves the Trump organization and a Russian official deep in the dark side of shady, because all of the amazing stories do these days. But it also involves a Russian motorcycle gang that has staked a claim in this country and that once had its gang colors hoisted in outer space."
  • Paging Hunter S. Thompson.

Charles Pierce, Esquire

Jun 26, 2017 | The most amazing story ran in the Miami Herald last Thursday. It involves the Trump organization and a Russian official deep in the dark side of shady, because all of the amazing stories do these days. But it also involves a Russian motorcycle gang that has staked a claim in this country and that once had its gang colors hoisted in outer space.

But the tale of Igor Zorin offers a 21st-century twist with all the weirdness modern Miami has to offer: Russian cash, a motorcycle club named after Russia's powerful special forces and a condo tower branded by Donald Trump. Zorin is a Russian government official who has spent nearly $8 million on waterfront South Florida homes, hardly financially prudent given his bureaucrat's salary of $75,000 per year. He runs a state-owned broadcasting company that, among other duties, operates sound systems for the annual military parade that sends columns of soldiers and tanks rumbling through Moscow's Red Square.

Charles 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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Henry A. Giroux | War Culture, Militarism and Racist Violence Under Trump

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Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a campaign rally in Prescott Valley, Arizona, on October 4, 2016. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

 

We must disrupt the "common sense" that is produced in mainstream cultural apparatuses and that serves as glue for the rise of right-wing populism. This is not merely a call for a third political party. Any vision for this movement must reject the false notion that capitalism and democracy are synonymous. Democratic socialism is once again moving a generation of young people. We need to accelerate this movement for a radical democracy before it is too late.

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Graphic%20%7C%20Arms%20at%20the%20Statue%20of%20Liberty.jpg Wednesday, December 14, 2016 | When history repeats itself with a vengeance, it generally signals a crisis of memory, historical consciousness and civic literacy. The ghosts of the past disappear in a comforting somnolence and a deadening market-driven culture of consumption, privatization and individualization. As a mode of moral witnessing, memory withers, lost in forms of historical and social amnesia that usher in the dark clouds of authoritarianism, albeit in updated forms.

Albert Camus understood this as well as anyone, and viewed fascism as a deadly virus that could reappear in new forms. For Camus, the disease of fascism could only be fought with the antibody of consciousness -- embracing the past as a way of protecting the present and the future against the damage now forgotten. The words that appear in the concluding paragraph of The Plague are as relevant today as they were when they were written. Camus writes:

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department and the Paulo Freire Distinguished Scholar in Critical Pedagogy. His most recent books are America's Addiction to Terrorism (Monthly Review Press, 2016) and America at War with Itself (City Lights, 2017). He is also a contributing editor to a number of journals, including Tikkun, the Journal of Wild Culture and Ragazine. Giroux is also a member of Truthout's Board of Directors.

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Ossoff defeat proves Dems would rather piss away money than shift to the left

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Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel (Photo by ajc.com)

 

  • The Democratic Party will continue to lose, even in the age of Trump, if it continues to offer voters centrist, uninspiring, do-nothing candidates like Ossoff.
  • Related: Don’t let the Democrats censor the real resistance

Yvonne C. Claes, Medium

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Jun 21, 2017 | As a Progressive, I am pleased that Democrat Jon Ossoff lost to Republican Karen Handel in Tuesday’s special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

I’m glad because Ossoff’s defeat proves to the Democratic Party what Progressives have been saying all along: It’s about the issues, assholes, and you won’t win when you offer candidates who oppose single-payer healthcare and a $15/hour national minimum wage.

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Don’t let the Democrats censor the real resistance, Gloria La Riva, Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) 

  • https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/psl/pages/713/attachments/original/1491013353/17499584_10154643405722515_5895804635282924565_n.jpg?1491013353 Left side: The censored version of the PSL poster from the Democratic Party's tweet 
  • Building the Anti-Trump Resistence
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America has a corruption problem. And it's not just Trump.

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  • All this badly erodes the public confidence in America's national institutions. If it seems like the game is rigged, that's because it is.
  • Related: Corrupt and Deranged

Ryan Cooper, The Week

June 16, 2017 | Corruption.

For some time now I've been mulling how one might concisely summarize President Trump's sprawling scandals around Russia and his various shady business practices. And that one word, I think, does the trick better than any other: corruption.

And yet, America's corruption problem is far bigger than Donald J. Trump.

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Corrupt and Deranged, Robert Gore, Straight Line Logi

Truth can awaken minds and rouse people to action, posing an obvious threat to the corrupt and deranged. Should Trump win the election, he will assuredly be presented with the same choice as the child in the story: get with the program or die. Odds are he folds, in which case those of us rooting for meaningful change will be left with the hope that the inevitable collapse occurs before we die.

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Paul Street | Beyond the Madness of King Donald

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By this point in George W. Bush’s term, Bush had travelled to twenty-three states and a foreign country. Trump has visited just nine states and has never stayed the night. He inhabits a closed world that one adviser recently described to me as ‘Fortress Trump.’

Paul StreetTruthdig  / Rise Up Times 

May 17, 2017 | President Frankenstein, Donald Trump, has been pretty much the bizarre “insane clown president” (Matt Taibbi’s phrase) that I and many others expected. He’s only shocked me twice: his weird Twitter meltdown alleging that Barack Obama wiretapped his phones and his appallingly timed firing of FBI Director James Comey on grounds that seemed to take us all for complete idiots.

‘Banana Republic’ President

Does Trump’s dismissal of Comey prove that the president is in cahoots with Russia? No, it shows that Trump was incensed with Comey for cooperating with the Senate investigation into alleged ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, for ramping up the FBI’s inquiry into the same matter, for drawing too much media attention and for contradicting Trump’s wacky wiretapping charge.

http://www.truthdig.com/images/staff/Paul_Street.jpg Paul Street is former vice president for research and planning of the Chicago Urban League. Street is also the author of numerous books, including “Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis” (2007), “The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power” (2010), and “They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy” (2014), and a regular contributor to Counterpunch, Z Magazine/ZNet, Black Agenda Report and teleSUR English. He has taught American history at several Chicago-area colleges and universities.

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No, We Can’t Rely On The Special Counsel To Uncover The Cover-Up

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  • There’s no guarantee that Mueller will be allowed to complete his investigation, or that his findings will be disclosed if he does.
  • If we want real answers, it’s up to an engaged public (to) force Congress and the press to keep pushing for the truth.
  • Related: Constitutional Crisis

Philip Rotner, Huffington Post 

http://i.huffpost.com/gen/209360/thumbs/s-SCALES-OF-JUSTICE-large.jpg 06/12/2017 | In the aftermath of former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony last week, we’re hearing a lot of people say that it’s time to let Special Counsel Robert Mueller sort it all out. Everything else is “just noise.” This is coming primarily from Republicans, but it is also a line we hear regularly from the cable television talking heads.

The idea is that when the special counsel, with all of his investigatory and prosecutorial powers, finishes his investigation and writes his report, we will find out definitively whether President Trump, or those around him, broke laws, obstructed justice, or simply lied and acted unethically.

Philip RotnerHuffington Post  Contributor,  is an attorney and an engaged citizen who has spent over 40 years practicing law. 

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Constitutional Crisis, Ruth Conniff <info@progressive.org>, the Progressive <progressive.org>

  • Donald Trump plunged the nation into a constitutional crisis this week
  • Related: Dan Rather Just Gave The BEST Response To Trump’s Comey Firing

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