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Series | The Obama Legacy, Part 7: Obama’s Failed Presidency

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Here, then, is Obama’s astounding record of failure.

 

 

Eric Zuesse, Strategic Culture Foundation

 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Change%20You%20Can%20Believe%20In%20Redacted.jpg 31.12.2016 | I’m a former lifelong Democrat, stating here a clear and incontestable fact: Barack Obama is a failed President.

It’s true not just because of the sad realities such as that «Top Ex-White House Economist Admits 94 % Of All New Jobs Under Obama Were Part-Time» — or, as the economists Alan Krueger and Lawrence Katz wrote in the original of that study: «94 percent of the net employment growth in the U.S. economy from 2005 to 2015 appears to have occurred in alternative work arrangements». («Alternative work arrangements» referred there to Americans who were involuntarily working only part-time jobs — they simply couldn’t find full-time, though that’s what they wanted.) In other words: Obama’s failure isn’t just because of America’s increasingly sales-clerk, and burger-flipping, workforce.

And Obama’s failure is also not just because «Poverty Rose In 96 % Of U.S. House Districts, During Obama’s Presidency». (However, that reality turned out to be decisive in Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump on November 8th, as Nate Cohn pointed out in The New York Times on December 23rd, headlining, «How the Obama Coalition Crumbled, Leaving an Opening for Trump». Hillary was running on Obama’s poor record.)

Eric Zuesse: American writer and investigative historian

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Shocking Truth: This Is How Barack Obama Was Able To Prop Up The U.S. Economy, Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse / the Daily Sheeple

  • A day of reckoning is fast approaching, and I am not sure if Donald Trump even realizes that he will soon be faced with some incredibly heartbreaking choices.
  • Related: Capitalism's war on climate science

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This piece is part of a series on Obama’s legacy that The Huffington Post will be publishing over the next week. Read other pieces in the series here.

 

On Trump, McCarthyism, and the Russia Hacking Charges

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Chief Counsel for the Army Joseph Welch (left) being questioned by Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy during the McCarthy-Army hearings in 1954. credit - Wikimedia Commons / US Senate // The Nation

  • One legacy of the McCarthy era is the cloud of suspicion that still hangs over anything connected with the former Soviet Union. If Trump or his associates were indeed guilty of collaborating with the Russians by interfering in the American election, then they broke the law and should be held accountable. But in a world threatened by nuclear weapons, ISIS, and climate change, it seems to me more important than ever that we talk to our adversaries and work toward détente.
  • Related: If We’re Gonna Impeach Trump, Let’s Make Sure We’re Clear on A Couple Points.

Victor Navasky, The Nation / Portside

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https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/800/1*ruwNn1LCyLKCeXOXpxVH-g.jpegApril 6, 2017 | So Peter Beinart in The Atlantic writes an article on “The New McCarthyism of Donald Trump.” Simon Jenkins in The Guardian informs us that “Donald Trump on terror is just McCarthyism for a new age.” Jonathan Chait in New York magazine argues forcefully that “Donald Trump Is the Perpetrator of McCarthyism, Not the Victim of It,” and Trump himself famously tweets, “Terrible! I just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Even the Russians chime in, with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov observing that the uproar over Jeff Sessions “strongly resembles a witch hunt or the times of McCarthyism, which we thought were long over in the United States as a civilized country.”

The charges of McCarthyism are important because (a) McCarthyism indeed had such a profound impact on our country, our culture, and beyond; and (b) because some of its consequences may still be with us.

Victor Navasky has served as editor, publisher and now publisher emeritus of The Nation. He teaches at the Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where he chairs the Columbia Journalism Review.

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If We’re Gonna Impeach Trump, Let’s Make Sure We’re Clear on A Couple Points, Thugz n Kisses, Medium 

We should be careful what we wish for.

 

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How the Left’s Long March Back Will Begin in the States

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The State Innovation Exchange (SiX) was founded in 2014 as a progressive answer to ALEC. It works with state legislators in a variety of ways to advance legislation, educate lawmakers and build a progressive power base in the states. (Blackbird Film Co./ Flikr)

  • 'For too long, we’ve been very focused at the federal level. And we’re seeing what happens when you put all your eggs in that basket and suddenly the basket breaks.'
  • Progressives’ answer to ALEC is helping to build power from the ground up.
  • Related: A Tough-Love Letter to the Left

Theo Anderson, In These Times

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February 6, 2017 Since the 2010 election, in which the GOP won power in a majority of statehouses, progressives have often lamented the influence of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which creates template bills that allow legislators to easily replicate right-wing laws across states. It’s been a driving force, for example, in the spread of “right-to-work” legislation as the GOP’s strength in the states continues to grow.

The State Innovation Exchange (SiX) was founded in 2014 as a progressive answer to ALEC. It works with state legislators in a variety of ways to advance legislation, educate lawmakers and build a progressive power base in the states. Last year, staff members met with groups of legislators in about 20 states, to help them establish their policy priorities and understand the issues better. SiX’s priorities include climate change, predatory lending, criminal justice reform, education, election reform, and worker wages and benefits.

Theo Anderson, an In These Times staff writer, has contributed to the magazine since 2010 and is currently a Schumann Center writing fellow. He has a Ph.D. in modern U.S. history from Yale and is working on a book about the intellectual and religious origins of conservatism and progressivism.

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A Tough-Love Letter to the Left, Sam Adler-bell, New Republic / Portside 

  • A new book urges activists to avoid insularity and purism--and to focus on winning.
  • Related: The silence of the pseudo-left on the danger of war

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Constitutional Crisis

Donald Trump plunged the nation into a constitutional crisis this week.

Related: Dan Rather Just Gave The BEST Response To Trump’s Comey Firing.

Ruth Conniff, the Progressive

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The parallels to the Watergate crisis are “undeniable,” one Nixon scholar told me.

When President Nixon fired Archibald Cox, who was investigating Watergate, The Progressive called on readers to exert “immense and unremitting pressure” to convince Congress to impeach Nixon. “Public opinion, forcefully applied, can move the requisite number of Representatives to embark on the process of impeachment,” we editorialized at the time.

We are in the same situation once again. And public pressure is building.

Citizens are packing town hall meetings to demand answers on the Comey firing and to express their worry about Republican plans to roll back the Affordable Care Act.

Meanwhile, Trump has launched yet another cynical attack on our democracy. Our publisher, Norm Stockwell, spoke with Greg Palast this week about Trump’s new voter fraud commission, led by one of the chief architects of the phony claim that there are millions of illegal voters in the United States.

Ruth Conniff is an American progressive journalist who serves as editor-in-chief of the Progressive. In addition to the Progressive, Conniff has written for the Nation and the New York Times.

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http://occupydemocrats.com/wp-content/uploads/danrather-trumo.pngDan Rather Just Gave The BEST Response To Trump’s Comey Firing, Robert Haffey, Occupy Democrats 

In the wake of Trump’s self-serving removal of James Comey from his role as Director of the FBI, many Americans have been left reeling, struggling to make sense of the undemocratic move. As has become increasingly the case, journalist Dan Rather offered one of the most articulate assessments of the situation.

Related: We’re heading into dark times. This is how to be your own light in the Age of Trump

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Epic Plea to GOP: "You are the single greatest threat to my family."

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Rep Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) Town Hall

 

Trump Resistance Movement (TRM), act.tv

 

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May 11, 2017 | Trump Resistance Movement (TRM) added a new video: What would you say to the man who wrote the preexisting condit...

GOP Representative Tom MacArthur was not ready for this. This man brought the house down speaking his mind.

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Dan Rather Just Gave The BEST Response To Trump’s Comey Firing

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  • In the wake of Trump’s self-serving removal of James Comey from his role as Director of the FBI, many Americans have been left reeling, struggling to make sense of the undemocratic move. As has become increasingly the case, journalist Dan Rather offered one of the most articulate assessments of the situation.
  • Related: We’re heading into dark times. This is how to be your own light in the Age of Trump

Robert Haffey, Occupy Democrats

May 9, 2017 | “Future generations may mark today as one of the truly dark days in American history, a history that may soon take an even more ominous turn.

President Trump’s sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey is a matter that should deeply concern every American, regardless of party, partisan politics or ideological leanings.

Robert Haffey is a journalist and winner of the Screencraft Writing Fellowship. 

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We’re heading into dark times. This is how to be your own light in the Age of Trump, Sarah Kendzior, The Correspondent

  • Having studied authoritarian states for over a decade, I would never exaggerate the severity of the threat we now face. But an American kleptocracy is exactly where president-elect Trump and his backers are taking us. That’s why I have a favor to ask you, my fellow Americans.
  • A president-elect who wants to strip our country down for parts
  • Related: Dan Rather Just Released Heartbreaking Statement Against Trump 

 

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The Democratic Party Is a Ghost, Tone-Deaf and Gross

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  • Part 1: The Democratic Party Is a Ghost
    • Democratic Party elites don’t have ideals. They just need you to be scared of the Republicans.
  • Part 2: Democrats’ Reaction to the Trumpcare Vote Was Tone-Deaf and Gross
    • Come on, Democrats. If you really believe that Republicans are voting to hurt vulnerable Americans—that this bill would cost people their lives if passed—then you can’t act like the joke’s on the GOP. And, as a rule, if your whole strategy is to take the high road, then you’d better not turn around and take a moral-victory lap on the low one.
  • Related: Democratic Leaders are a Craven Bunch of Idiots Bent on Self-Destruction

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Democratic Party elites don’t have ideals. They just need you to be scared of the Republicans.

Jacob Bacharach, Jacobin Magazine 

05.06.2017 | I’ve said before that the Democratic Party isn’t really a political party at all, but rather something closer to a think tank — a kind of failed academic enterprise whose principal output is dubious research written in the style of a press release and the occasional bemusing and ineffectual appearance on cable news.

Although they endlessly carp that dastardly Republican gerrymandering has locked them ever out of real legislative power, in point of fact it’s the institution of the Democratic Party that’s benefited. The GOP gave birth to a feisty swamp monster of Tea Party activism. Convince yourself all you want that this was the result of Koch Bros astroturfing; in reality, it’s the Republican Party that’s been roiled by primary challenges to established teat-suckers; it’s the Republican Party that’s tossed out its goldfish-mouthed leadership in favor of a class of politicians really committed to exercising power.

Jacob Bacharach is the author of The Doorposts of Your House and on Your Gates.

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Part 2: Democrats’ Reaction to the Trumpcare Vote Was Tone-Deaf and Gross

Come on, Democrats. If you really believe that Republicans are voting to hurt vulnerable Americans—that this bill would cost people their lives if passed—then you can’t act like the joke’s on the GOP. And, as a rule, if your whole strategy is to take the high road, then you’d better not turn around and take a moral-victory lap on the low one.

Will Oremus, Slate 

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May 4, 2017 | There’s principled opposition, and then there’s political gamesmanship, and today’s Democratic Party has a remarkable knack for choosing the wrong one at the wrong time.

In the moments after it became clear that House Republicans had passed the Trump-endorsed American Health Care Act, a handful of legislators began to sing. The voices rose up from the House floor: “Na na na na / hey he-hey / goodbye.”

Will Oremus is Slate’s senior technology writer. 

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Democratic Leaders are a Craven Bunch of Idiots Bent on Self-Destruction, Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch

  • A party that is that detached from the wishes and demands of the electorate, and of its own discouraged and angry base, is not a party that’s going to be around much longer.
  • At least one can hope.
  • Related: Establishment Democrats Beg for Party Unity, (but) Progressives Aren't Buying It

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