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Chris Hedges: Would the American People be Better Served by a Movement for a People’s Party?

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  • Nick Brana, founder, executive director of Movement for a People’s Party talks with journalist Chris Hedges about the US’ two political party system, the need for third and fourth parties and his experience campaigning for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election.
  • Related: The Unengaged: America's Real Third Party

Chris Hedges, Dandelion Salad

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11 Aug 2018 | Nick Brana, founder, executive director of Movement for a People’s Party <https://www.forapeoplesparty.org/> talks with journalist Chris Hedges about the US’ two political party system, the need for third and fourth parties and his experience campaigning for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election.

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  • Get past the sound bites and get into the the process.
  • Just get out there. Don’t throw away your vote to the Unengaged ticket.

 

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The Unengaged: America's Real Third Party

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  • Get past the sound bites and get into the the process.
  • Just get out there. Don’t throw away your vote to the Unengaged ticket.

Erin Wathen, Irreverin

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August 7, 2018 | The church I used to serve in Phoenix shared space with a preschool. It was also a polling site in every election.
I used to set up a card table in our courtyard area, outside of where people were going in to vote, and I’d have cookies or donuts or something, and





also church brochures and swag, for anybody who wanted to stop and chat about the church. It was always a bit of happy chaos in the mornings, when all the preschool kids were getting dropped off AND neighbors were coming through to vote.

http://2.gravatar.com/avatar/b74f7ca70483103d7b13738306adccf4?s=190&d=mm&r=g Erin Wathen is the Senior Pastor of Saint Andrew Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Olathe, KS. She's a Kentucky native, a long-time desert dweller, and she writes about the sacred thread that runs through pretty much everything.

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Just Shut Up and Quit

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Nobody elected the Anonymous Heroes executing a de facto coup against Donald Trump's presidency*.

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

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Sep 5, 2018 | May I just say, for the record, to hell with this person, whoever it is.

Over the past two days, I've become increasingly annoyed by the careerist bleatings of anonymous sources who would like you to know that, by enabling El Caudillo Del Mar-a-Lago and his long, slow slide into howling madness, they are really keeping him from doing some real damage to the country, and shouldn't we all be grateful for their noble, selfless work.

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Political Swamp Mouths: Minnesota's Jason Lewis and Florida's Ron DeSantis

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  • Part 1:There are new recordings from Jason Lewis’ lightning-rod past as a talk radio host.
  • Will it matter this time?
  • Part 2: Ron DeSantis’s ‘monkey’ comment
  • Just the start of his racist dog-whistling

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Part 1:There are new recordings from Jason Lewis’ lightning-rod past as a talk radio host. Will it matter this time?

Steven Schier, a professor of politics at Carleton College, said the newly-released Lewis comments could have an impact in November if Democrats are able to make the case that they’ve reflected his priorities and actions as a member of Congress.

Sam Brodey, MinnPost

https://www.minnpost.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_detail/images/articles/JasonLewisHeadPointing640.png07/26/2018 | It’s a story that might sound familiar to Minnesotans: Jason Lewis, the one-time conservative talk radio firebrand, is facing intense criticism for his past comments about race and women — and he’s unapologetically defending himself.

In 2016, after Lewis jumped into the Republican primary for Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District, his talk radio past became a major issue when released recordings of his syndicated show aired Lewis’ claims that young women were “non-thinking” and that Hurricane Katrina victims are a “bunch of whiners.”

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Part 2: Ron DeSantis’s ‘monkey’ comment was just the start of his racist dog-whistling

Jonathan Capehart, Washington (DC) Post

August 30, 2018 | Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum’s victory in the Democratic primary for Florida governor wasn’t even 12 hours old when his Republican challenger, Rep. Ron DeSantis, hurled a few race cards into the general-election campaign. Of course, he did this during an interview on Fox News, that safe space for conservatives to wallow in demeaning stereotypes and petty grievances.

“Let’s build off the success we’ve had on Gov. [Rick] Scott,” DeSantis said. “The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state.”

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The DNC Vote to End Superdelegates: The Danger of Dirty Dems Becoming Woke

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  • Part 1: This is what was passed, does this sound like a Democracy to you?
  • "Smoke & mirrors" by the Democratic party.
  • Part 2: The Danger of Dirty Dems Becoming Woke
  • The only way Democrats are going to get elected anymore is to hide their true beliefs.

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Part 1: This is what was passed, does this sound like a Democracy to you?

Donna Kosinski Benedict shared a video to the group: Progressives United/American Progressive Party.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/DNC%20Chair%20Tom%20Perez%20on%20Bill%20Press%20Show.jpgAugust 26,2018 | Yesterday’s vote to eliminate superdelegates from the first round is utterly meaningless, but the DNC thinks that we are too stupid to understand this.


✔ 1. Even if a progressive wins, the DNC can force it to a 2nd round vote just as they did with Wallace. The DNC controls the rules of the convention!
✔ 2. If they really wanted to keep progressives, they would do away with superdelegates altogether. They would not have passed the rules they did in June which enable one person, Tom Perez, to disqualify someone for not being a "faithful" Democrat.
✔ 3. The DNC's new loyalty oath rule is potentially more effective than superdelegates in blocking progressives from running for president.

This is just more of the same "smoke & mirrors" by the Democratic party.

Progressives United/American Progressive Party. We are here to discuss ideas for the greater good of the 99%.

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Part 2: The Danger of Dirty Dems Becoming Woke, by Robert Ringer

 

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  • From Robert Ringer at lewrockwell.com

Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

As stupid as they may at times seem, I often wonder if the Dirty Dems will ever become rational enough to realize that the underlying theme of their message — the fundamental transformation of America — will never again get them voted into power.  Too many people who were taken in by the hype that gave us Barack Obama now realize that it was a carefully orchestrated scam.

After being lulled into a white-guilt slumber by the exciting idea of electing America’s first “black” president, millions of voters now regretfully understand the wisdom in the idiom “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”  They are what the social media crowd refers to as “woke.”

https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/805203347f71b4a9606694b65ac317ee?s=100&r=pg&d=mm Robert Gore is a featured writer on The Savvy Street, an online magazine, and has been on websites Zero Hedge, David Stockman’s Contra Corner, Lew Rockwell, The Automatic Earth, The Burning Platform, and Western Rifle Shooters Association. Although he engages in political commentary, he enthusiastically shuns politics.

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The GOP’s New Pre-Existing Conditions Promise Is A Fraud


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Senate Republicans claim their bill will protect people with pre-existing conditions. It won’t — unlike Obamacare, which does.

Jeffrey Young, HuffPost

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http://www.greanvillepost.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/obamacare-healthcare-profits.jpg08/24/2018 | Making sure people who have pre-existing health conditions don’t get screwed by health insurance companies is very popular. So popular that a bunch of Republican senators who are freaked out about the party’s electoral prospects have introduced legislation to guarantee that no Americans may be denied coverage because of their medical history.

At least that’s what the senators say it will do. Here’s the thing, though: That’s bogus.
The debut of this phony bill Friday is the latest installment in Republicans’ long-running campaign to make the health care system worse for anyone who has ever been sick while loudly proclaiming they are doing the opposite.

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Priced Out of Health Insurance, Americans Rig Their Own Safety Nets. John Tozzi, Bloomberg

  • https://assets.bwbx.io/images/users/iqjWHBFdfxIU/iZOqRa.aKFw8/v0/1400x-1.jpgConsumers frustrated by high costs are bypassing the bureaucracy with patchwork plans.
  • “It’s not like I’m trying to say, just go without insurance… . “You have to find something that’s going to work for you.”
  • Related: The GOP’s New Pre-Existing Conditions Promise Is A Fraud.

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American Society Would Collapse If It Weren’t For These 8 Myths

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  • Point is, in order to enforce this illogical, immoral system, the corrupt rulers—most of the time—don’t need guns and tear gas to keep the exploitation mechanisms humming along. All they need are some good, solid bullshit myths for us all to buy into, hook, line and sinker. Some fairy tales for adults.
  • It’s time to wake up.

Lee Camp, TruthDig / Popular Resistance


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July 26, 2018| Our society should’ve collapsed by now. You know that, right?

No society should function with this level of inequality (with the possible exception of one of those prison planets in a “Star Wars” movie). Sixty-three percent of Americans can’t afford a $500 emergency. Yet Amazon head Jeff Bezos is now worth a record $141 billion. He could literally end world hunger for multiple years and still have more money left over than he could ever spend on himself.

Worldwide, one in 10 people only make $2 a day. Do you know how long it would take one of those people to make the same amount as Jeff Bezos has? 193 million years. (If they only buy single-ply toilet paper.) Put simply, you cannot comprehend the level of inequality in our current world or even just our nation.

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Understanding the Immigrant Experience

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  • Part 1: 12 Excellent Books to Understand the Refugee Experience
  • Twelve books touching on the refugee experience to offer you more insight and understanding.
  • Part 2: Public holds false views on immigration.
  • Americans and Europeans largely buy into right-wing stereotypes about immigrants. The reality is much less frightening.
  • Part 3: Refuting the Most Common Arguments Against Immigration
  • I … address these stereotypes and expunge … these untrue arguments used against immigration.

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Part 1: 12 Excellent Books to Understand the Refugee Experience

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Twelve books touching on the refugee experience to offer you more insight and understanding.

Keith Rice, Signature

http://assets.signature-reads.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/refugee-city-of-thorns.jpg February 6, 2017 | The global community is currently in the midst of a refugee crisis unlike anything seen since WWII. The Syrian Civil War has displaced millions, forcing nearly five million civilians to flee the war-torn country and leaving millions more adrift within its border. The United States has generally been at the forefront of refugee resettlement. However, as with so many issues since the inauguration of Donald Trump, our nation’s refugee program has been thrown into disarray. The president’s executive order halting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries for ninety days while also halting refugee resettlement for 120 days and refugees from Syria indefinitely is largely a solution seeking a problem. Since the Refugee Act of 1980 created the current system of Refugee vetting, no refugee has been implicated in a single fatal terrorist attack.

The refugee experience is a well-documented and often heartbreaking one. Given the ongoing crisis and the prevalence of refugees as part of an ongoing national conversation – and the need for more compassion and empathy than ever – we’ve pulled together twelve books touching on the refugee experience to offer you more insight and understanding.

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Part 2: Public holds false views on immigration.

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  • Why people believe Donald Trump’s immigration lies — and why it’s time to fight back with truth
  • Americans and Europeans largely buy into right-wing stereotypes about immigrants. Reality is much less frightening.

Amanda Marcotte, Salon

A big part of Donald Trump's strategy to whip up racist hysteria against immigrants is straight-up lying. Last weekend, for instance, Trump breathlessly declared on Twitter that he has "watched ICE liberate towns from the grasp of MS-13," a lie so ridiculously over the top it would be funny if so many people didn't believe it. Unfortunately, Trump knows his constant stream of tall tales about immigrant gangs controlling American cities will gain traction, no matter how often they're debunked in the media. Research indicates that the public is drastically misinformed about the nature of immigration in the 21st century, making many Americans easy marks for Trump's propaganda.

This week, a new workingpaperfrom Harvard economists was published in the National Bureau of Economic Research that illustrates how dire the situation really is. The researchers surveyed people in six countries — Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the U.S. — and found that native-born people in all six nations had ideas about immigration that were drastically out of step with statistical realities and often much closer to negative stereotypes propagated by the right.

Amanda Marcotte is a politics writer for Salon. Her new book, "Troll Nation: How The Right Became Trump-Worshipping Monsters Set On Rat-F*cking Liberals, America, and Truth Itself," is out now.

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Part 3: Refuting the Most Common Arguments Against Immigration

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Andy Gill, Patheos

Since 1996 the federal government has reportedly deported “at least 1000 people per day.” Personally, I had no idea until I watched this video that ICE has a quota of 400,000 deportations they’re required to meet annually.

Here’s the thing: I’m not saying that immigration is a black and white issue. What I am saying is that we need to be careful to not unnecessarily become self-defeatingly inhumane.

Andy Gill has studied theology for two years in Princeton and graduating from Eastern University stepped into pastoral ministry in southern California. His passion is to communicate on topics such as the pursuit of justice, equality, and how that interacts with one’s faith and theology.Currently he resides in Philadelphia and works with youth. He has been featured on sites such as Relevant  Magazine, Red Letter Christians, ThoughtCatalog, and others.

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