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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


 

A Call For An American Mass Uprising

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  • I don’t think the American people are cowards compared to the French. We just haven’t reached the stage where we fight our overlords on a large scale. That stage is close, and the catalyst for it could come as soon as enough people decide they’re ready to take action in this way.
  • Related: A Revolution of Democracy

Rainer Shea,  Ghion Journal

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December 10, 2018 | This is a call for all working-class Americans to move towards a vast protest effort. There are many ways to contribute to this project; a few options are helping civil disobedience organizing groups like the Poor People’s Campaign and Extinction Rebellion, directly organizing sit-ins and traffic blockades, and simply spreading the word about the need for mass revolt. But however people can help, I believe that this kind of mass uprising is our only option for defeating the corporate oligarchy.


We know that we won’t be able to meaningfully affect change by working within the system. The leadership of the new Democratic House majority is essentially just as pro-war and pro-Wall Street as the Republicans are.



They’re going to continue to assist in passing Trump’s policies while blocking progressive change. Democrat Richard Neal, who’s soon to become chair of the Ways and Means Committee, has said that Medicare for All is “not realistic,” with Neal’s donors in the health insurance industry no doubt having a say in his position. Nancy Pelosi also refuses to support single-payer health care and has proposed a plan that would make it almost impossible for the House to pass an increase on the individual income taxes of the bottom 80 percent of taxpayers.

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A Revolution of Democracy, Rivera Sun, Dandelion Salad

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  • An effort that seeks … a profound re-envisioning in the ways we make every decision in our lives is nothing short of a revolution. We must gird ourselves for the struggle if we ever wish to see government of, by, and for the people, all of us, together.
  • Related: Special Report | The Worst Part About Election Day- The Voters Lose

 

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U.S. Electoral Politics: The Biggest Delusion Of All

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  • Part 1: The Biggest Political Delusion Of All Is In The U.S. Electoral Politics Itself
  • The United States is full of ... people mired in political ignorance and delusion.
  • Part 2: Nobody to Vote For
  • candidates are campaigning as and being presented as nothing, as empty figures with no positions on anything.
  • Part 3: Politicians Robbing Us Blind
  • The Peace Report on Oct 17, 2018
  • Related: A Revolution of Democracy

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Part 1: The Biggest Political Delusion Of All Is In The U.S. Electoral Politics Itself ~ Paul Street

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The United States is full of ... people mired in political ignorance and delusion.

Paul Street, Dandelion Salad

October 22, 2018 | The United States is full of personally decent and caring, often highly intelligent people mired in political ignorance and delusion.

A smart and liberally inclined family doctor I know recently expressed concern over her high-income husband’s support for the malignant narcissist and pathological liar currently occupying the White House. “I can understand him being a Republican,” the doctor says, “but I just don’t get him backing Donald Trump.”

Paul Street, Writer, Dandelion Salad

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Part 2: Nobody to Vote For ~ David Swanson

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/vote1.jpegThe most likely place to find what scraps exist remains candidates’ own websites. In some cases, this can be augmented from speeches and interviews. Even after doing that research yourself, you will almost certainly still lack an answer to any of these 20 basic questions.

David Swanson, Dandelion Salad

October 22, 2018 | When I say there is nobody to vote for, I don’t just mean the familiar complaint that the candidates may be different shades of evil but are all too evil to support, that the earth’s climate does not recover one iota because some even worse policy has been averted, that sadistic bombings and humanitarian bombings actually look identical. I do mean all of that. But I also mean that candidates are campaigning as and being presented as nothing, as empty figures with no positions on anything.
What is the most common foreign policy position on the websites of Democratic candidates for U.S. Congress? Quick! It’s not hard
!You got it? You’re wrong. It was a trick question. Most of their websites do not admit to the existence of 96% of humanity in any way shape or form — although one can infer that the world must exist, because so many of them express such deep love for veterans.

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson’s books include Curing Exceptionalism: What’s wrong with how we think about the United States? What can we do about it? (2018) and War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org.

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Part 3: Politicians Robbing Us Blind

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The Peace Report on Oct 17, 2018

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  • An effort that seeks … a profound re-envisioning in the ways we make every decision in our lives is nothing short of a revolution. We must gird ourselves for the struggle if we ever wish toseegovernment of, by, and for the people, all of us, together.
  • Related: Special Report | The Worst Part About Election Day- The Voters Lose

 


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A Challenge to the New Blue Congress: Govern as Progressives

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, joined by House Democrats, leaves the podium after delivering remarks during a DCCC election watch party at the Hyatt Regency on November 6, 2018, in Washington, DC. Zach Gibson / Getty Images

Tuesday's election results made clear what surveys have been showing: Voters are hungry for genuinely progressive policies in response to the dire problems we face. The grassroots enthusiasm that energized young voters and people of color was not driven by a desire to "reach across the aisle" or appeal to "compassionate conservatives," yet the mainstream media and Democratic leadership seem oblivious to that fact.

Normon Solomon, Truthout 

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November 8, 2018 | Election results were still pouring in Tuesday night when pundits on cable news channels began to revive a media refrain that conventional wisdom has been aiming at Democratic Party leaders for decades: Stay away from the left and move toward the center.


The midterm election results have made Nancy Pelosi the likely next House speaker. Although habitually bashed by Fox News and other right-wing outlets as an ultra-liberal villain, Pelosi has declared allegiance to fiscal centrism and ongoing militarism that forecloses implementing a progressive political agenda.


We should expect plenty of such advice during the months ahead as Democrats take control of the House for the first time in eight years. It may sound prudent to urge “affordable health care” instead of Medicare for All, or “subsidies for community colleges” instead of tuition-free public college. But such positions easily come across as wonky mush that offers no clear alternative to a status quo that played a role in driving populist anger into the arms of the right wing in the first place.

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Special Report | Democrats Cave-in to GOP After 2018 Mid-term Elections. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: 'A Staggeringly Bad Idea': Outrage as Pelosi Pushes Tax Rule That Would 'Kneecap the Progressive Agenda'
  • "This is a very bad idea, House Democrats. It makes no sense whatsoever to give Republicans veto power over progressive legislation."
  • Part 2: 'This Is Political Cowardice': Fury at Schumer for Offering $1.6 Billion for Trump's Anti-Immigrant Agenda
  • "We need Democratic leadership who are going to have a goddamn backbone and reject this racist ideology."
  • Part 3: Left Winger Barbara Lee Loses Contested House Democratic Caucus Chair Race
  • "We are for strong border security," Schumer declared when asked about Trump's request for $5 billion in border wall funding.

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A Revolution of Democracy

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  • An effort that seeks … a profound re-envisioning in the ways we make every decision in our lives is nothing short of a revolution. We must gird ourselves for the struggle if we ever wish to seegovernment of, by, and for the people, all of us, together.
  • Related: Special Report | The Worst Part About Election Day- The Voters Lose
  • Related: A Call For An American Mass Uprising

Rivera Sun, Dandelion Salad

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November 8, 2018 | What do we do when we finally understand that the elections really are stolen? Or rigged? Or thrust out of our reach by the manipulations of rich and powerful people? Corrupted by corporations? How long does it take before we call the bluff? Another disappointing election cycle? Two? Three? How much more gerrymandering, corporate buying of elections, voter disenfranchisement, and outright fraud can we stand? When will we take seriously the necessity of change?

This is not a democracy of, for, and by the people. And, at the rate we’re going, it never will be.

  • Author/Actress Rivera Sun syndicated by PeaceVoice, is the author of The Dandelion Insurrection and the sequel, The Roots of Resistance. Website: http://www.riverasun.com
  • The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection and the sequel, The Roots of Resistance.

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Special Report | The Worst Part About Election Day- The Voters Lose. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Story 1: The Worst Part About Election Day: Somebody Wins * Story 2: The Midterm Elections Were A Stress Test For Democracy And It Did Not Go Well * Story 3: The Midterms Revealed the Power of Partisanship and Whiteness * How Democrats — And Republicans — Made 2018 A Blue Wave (When It Almost Wasn’t) * Story 5: Half of white women continue to vote Republican. What's wrong with them? * Story 6: Democrats Exit Midterms Facing An Uphill Battle And A Looming Constitutional Crisis

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A Call For An American Mass Uprising, Rainer Shea,  Ghion Journal
 

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  • I don’t think the American people are cowards compared to the French. We just haven’t reached the stage where we fight our overlords on a large scale. That stage is close, and the catalyst for it could come as soon as enough people decide they’re ready to take action in this way.
  • Related: A Revolution of Democracy


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Special Report | George Herbert Walker Bush: A Perspective

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Story 1: I Will Not Speak Kindly of the Dead. Bush Was Detestable. * Story 2: Crimes of the Bush dynasty * Story 3: George H.W. Bush Empowered Atrocity Abroad and Fascists at Home. * Story 4: George H.W. Bush, Icon of the WASP Establishment—and of Brutal US Repression in the Third World * Story 5: George Herbert Walker Bush and the myth of the 'good' Gulf War * Story 6: The Media Is Erasing George H.W. Bush’s Catastrophic Harm To LGBTQ People. * Story 7: George H.W. Bush’s Decency Is What Republicans Hope You’ll Remember Him For

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Week Ending December 8, 2018 |

Story 1: I Will Not Speak Kindly of the Dead. Bush Was Detestable. Michael I. Niman, Truthout
December
4,2018 | Sanitizing George H.W. Bush's legacy amounts to historical revisionism.
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Story 2: Crimes of the Bush dynasty, David Zirin, SocialistWorker.org
December
3,2018 | The Bush family … (is) one of the ugliest faces of the system … a political establishment in the U.S. that is committed to promoting the interests of the rich and powerful.
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Story 3: George H.W. Bush Empowered Atrocity Abroad and Fascists at Home. William Rivers Pitt, Truthout
December
 4,2018 | “One may smile, and smile, and be a villain.” –William Shakespeare
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Story 4: George H.W. Bush, Icon of the WASP Establishment—and of Brutal US Repression in the Third World, Greg Grandin, the Nation
December 4, 2018 | Bush famously had to counter the image of being a “wimp.”
Obituaries have transformed the terror that Bush inflicted, depicting it as heroism.

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Story 5: George Herbert Walker Bush and the myth of the 'good' Gulf War, Nora Eisenberg, AlterNet
December
5,2018 |This story draws on articles about the 1991 Gulf War that the author wrote for AlterNet that drew on the writer's extensive research for her 2008 novel, "When You Come Home" (Curbstone)-- which chronicles the lives of young veterans returning home from Desert Storm
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Story 6: The Media Is Erasing George H.W. Bush’s Catastrophic Harm To LGBTQ People. Michelangelo Signorile, HuffPost
12/02/2018 | (Bush) left the presidency having paved the way for his own son’s even more anti-LGBTQ administration, firmly ensconcing religious conservative power within the Republican party.
And that, of course, is the same party that now proudly claims Donald Trump as its leader.

 

Story 7: George H.W. Bush’s Decency Is What Republicans Hope You’ll Remember Him For, Peter Birkenhead, HuffPost
December
 4,2018 | It might be impossible to count the number of times the flagrant liar, pardoner of cronies and employer of virulent racist tropes has been called ‘honorable’ in the past few days.
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E. coli outbreaks point to lagging implementation of landmark law.

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  • Leverage technology to improve food safety by using produce traceability.
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November 30, 2018 | The emptied-out produce shelves greeting consumers at grocery stores after the recent romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak show just how much work lies ahead to modernize the nation's food safety laws.

In retrospect, passing a landmark regulatory overhaul eight years ago was the easy part. That law, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), was signed into law in early 2011. It was rightfully heralded by the Editorial Board and other observers as providing some of the most important new consumer protections in decades. The previous food safety regulations too often dated from the horse-and-buggy era.

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The Chickenpox Vaccine Is Safe. Avoiding It Is Not. There Is No Argument. These Are Facts. Jack Holmes, Esquire

  • https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/vaxx-1542642240.jpg?resize=768:*Apparently, the percentage of kids under two who go unvaccinated in this country has quadrupled since 2001, because yeah, your doctor says they're safe, but did you read that email with the subject "FW:FW:FW:FW:FW: vaccine DEATH??"
  • Not vaccinating your kids is still a thing, somehow.

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America Is on the Brink of a Nervous Breakdown

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“As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air – however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.” ― Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

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Oct 30, 2018  | Yet another shooting.

Yet another smear of ugliness, hatred and violence.

Yet another ratcheting up of the calls for the government to clamp down on the citizenry by imposing more costly security measures without any real benefit, more militarized police, more surveillance, more widespread mental health screening of the general population, more threat assessments and behavioral sensing warnings, more gun control measures, more surveillance cameras with facial recognition capabilities, more “See Something, Say Something” programs aimed at turning Americans into snitches and spies, more metal detectors and whole-body imaging devices at so-called soft targets, more roaming squads of militarized police empowered to do more stop-and-frisk searches, more fusion centers to centralize and disseminate information to law enforcement agencies, and more government monitoring of what Americans say and do, where they go, what they buy and how they spend their time.

Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute, where this article first appeared. His new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People  (SelectBooks, 2015) is available online.

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