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This Political Hell was Created by Rigged Primaries and Horrible Establishment Candidates, Not “Protest Votes”

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  • The only way I will ever accept my choice being called a protest vote is if establishment Democrats acknowledge the primary was insurmountably rigged on Clinton’s behalf.
  • Buck the Establishment

Ian Berman, MintPress News <>

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July 11th, 2018 | With the outrage over separating families at the border and the prospect of another conservative Supreme Court Justice, Clinton Pallbearers are once again pointing fingers at Sanders and Stein supporters. Never mind that Gary Johnson Voters (4.49 million)  far exceeded the Jill Stein Voters (1.46 million) in the general election and both establishment candidates generated another abysmal voter turnout with 45 percent not voting at all, the Clintonites primarily blame the “Bernie Bros” for her loss. Therefore, I felt the need to respond to the recently resurrected, all-too-simplistic challenge of whether I still feel good about my Stein “Protest Vote.”

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Unequivocally, yes. It wasn’t a protest vote though. That is the establishment’s self-serving diminution of my vote’s meaning. It is my inalienable right to say with my vote who stood for my principles. Who I trusted with the immense power of running government. I refused to endorse either of the two evil candidates, let alone make the choice of the lesser of the two.

https://www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/anonymous_icon_by_msbermudez_by_msbermudez-d4n566u-118x120.pngIan Berman is an entrepreneur and former corporate banker at leading global banks in New York City. He now focuses on financial advisory services and writing about representative government, equitable public policies and ending American militarism and Israel’s continuing colonization of Palestine. He is the Co-Founder of Palestine 365, the Ongoing Oppression and its predecessor, Palestine 365.

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The Intelligence Community is Neither by David Swanson

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  • and Sam Husseini Dragged out of Press Conference
  • and Debate: Glenn Greenwald vs Joe Cirincione
  • Related: David Swanson Discusses “Curing American Exceptionalism”

David Swanson, Dandelionsalad

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July 18, 2018 | At the big “Treason Summit” “Russopocalypse” “Catastrovent” on Monday, journalist Sam Husseini tried to ask a question about banning nuclear weapons, and was physically hauled out of the room by officials from the “Land of Press Freedom,” Finland. Meanwhile, an Associated Press reporter was permitted to ask a perfectly respectable question pushing a blatant lie that risks nuclear war. Yay for press freedom!

The AP reporter claimed that “every U.S. intelligence agency has concluded that” the Russian government interfered in the U.S. election of 2016. In fact, the report that this common lie always refers to was concocted by a group of “hand-picked” (James Clapper’s description) people from three agencies out of 18 or so. The three were the NSA, FBI, and CIA — none of which ever, ever lie or get things wrong, ever. The INR and DIA were excluded along with all the others.


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. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015, 2016, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

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David Swanson Discusses “Curing American Exceptionalism” David Swanson, OpednewsRise Up Times

  • U.S. exceptionalism, the idea that the United States of America is superior to other nations, is no more fact-based and no less harmful than racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry.
  • Curing Exceptionalism: What’s wrong with how we think about the United States? What can we do about it? 
     

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The Most Incompetent Demagogue In History

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Donald Trump in a joint press conference hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May at Chequers on July 13, 2018 in Aylesbury, England. Dan Kitwood via Getty Images

No one likes us
 /I don’t know why


We may not be perfect / But heaven knows we try


But all around
 / Even our old friends put us down


Let’s drop the big one
 / And see what happens…

- Randy Newman, “Political Science,” 1972

Robert Kuttner, Huffpost

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07/15/2018 | Singer, songwriter and satirist Randy Newman, almost half a century ago, was channeling the know-nothing sentiments that eventually produced a President Trump — a figure who didn’t know much about history or geography, but who knew only that the rest of the world was failing to respect the United States. Trump’s famously thin skin reflects what psychiatrists call a narcissistic wound, a deep sense of rage that is triggered by anything that seems like a slight.

Trump, in turn, channels Americans who feel slighted, disrespected or disdained ― by the turn that the economy has taken and by the globalists in charge. He turns their sense of grudge into a general assertion that America is being slighted.

Robert Kuttner, Columnist, Huffpost, is co-editor of the American Prospect and a professor at Brandeis University’s Heller School. His new book is Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?

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Obstruction of justice, presidential immunity, impeachment: What you need to know

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Richard Nixon in the Oval Office. (National Archives)

Unlike the judicial system, impeachment is ultimately a political process. A majority of lawmakers, rather than a jury or a judge, is charged with determining what constitutes a high crime or misdemeanor. And given that Republicans control both chambers for now, any impeachment of Trump seems unlikely.

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Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 | Americans are hearing a lot of comparisons these days between Richard Nixon and Donald Trump, particularly after news reports revealed the existence of contemporaneous notes taken by soon-to-be-fired FBI director James Comey during his conversations with Trump.

The news reports hinted at further notes that could be subpoenaed by either Congress or law enforcement, fueling speculation that these materials could help lay out a case that Trump committed obstruction of justice by seeking to quash probes  into his campaign’s alleged ties to Russia.

Louis Jacobson is the senior correspondent for PolitiFact and a staff writer for the Tampa Bay (FL) Times.

John Kruzel  is a staff writer at PolitiFact. He previously covered politics at ABC News, where he received an Emmy nomination for his work on 2016 presidential debates. He has written about politics, law and national security, and contributed to numerous outlets, including Slate and The New Yorker.

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Ralph Nader: The Democrats Are Unable to Defend the U.S. from the “Most Vicious” Republican Party in History

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Ralph Nader in Washington, D.C. in 2008. Photo: Stephen Voss/Redux

There are some people who think the Democratic Party can be reformed from within by changing the personnel. I say good luck to that. What’s happened in the last twenty years? They’ve gotten more entrenched. Get rid of Pelosi, you get Steny Hoyer. You get rid of Harry Reid, you get [Charles] Schumer. Good luck.

Jon Schwarz, the Intercept

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https://theintercept.imgix.net/wp-uploads/sites/1/2017/06/ralph-nadar-button-1498254164.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&q=90&w=1024&h=680 June 25 2017 | The Democratic Party is at its lowest ebb in the memory of everyone now alive. It’s lost the White House and both houses of Congress. On the state level it’s weaker than at any time since 1920. And so far in 2017 Democrats have gone 0 for 4 in special elections to replace Republican members of Congress who joined the Trump administration.

How did it come to this? One person the Democratic Party is not going to ask, but perhaps should, is legendary consumer advocate and three-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader.

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Special Project | A 4th of July Holiday Reader, Week Ending July 7, 2018

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  • Part 1: What Are You Actually Celebrating This Fourth of July?
  • What if the entire system — elections, protections, legislation, adjudication, militarization, all of it — were rigged beyond the people’s ability to reform it?
  • Part 2: Put Away The Flags by Howard Zinn
  • These ways of thinking — cultivated, nurtured, indoctrinated from childhood on — have been useful to those in power, and deadly for those out of power.
  • Part 3: America Celebrates Lateral Transition From Monarchy To Corporatist Oligarchy
  • Today America is celebrating your lateral promotion from housekeeping to laundry staff. 

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Part 1: What Are You Actually Celebrating This Fourth of July?

What if the entire system — elections, protections, legislation, adjudication, militarization, all of it — were rigged beyond the people’s ability to reform it?

Claire Bernish, Mint Press News

July 4, 2018 |What if people, sickened by tyrannical control, threw off the shackles of bloated governance in favor of leading themselves? What if the erosion of fundamental freedoms — guaranteed not by a document, but by being human — were actually intolerable as so much grumbling intimated? What if government intrusion into people’s bedrooms, communications, sovereign corporeal decisions — of vice, health, and more — means of subsistence, financial choices, business, education, and innumerable other aspects, were utterly unacceptable?

What if even the revolutionary roots, the foundation, of the nation were soaked in the blood of countless individuals and peoples — a likely sign no tangible freedom would last beyond lip service?

Claire Bernish is an activist and journalist who focuses on government and corporate corruption, freedom of speech, censorship, law enforcement accountability, and human rights. Her work can be seen on TheFreeThoughtProject.com, theAntiMedia.org, and multiple other outlets.



Part 2: Put Away The Flags by Howard Zinn

These ways of thinking — cultivated, nurtured, indoctrinated from childhood on — have been useful to those in power, and deadly for those out of power.

Howard Zinn, Dandelion Salad

https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6235/6327281448_3ecaaffef7.jpgJuly 4, 2017 | On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

Is not nationalism — that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary so fierce it engenders mass murder — one of the great evils of our time, along with racism, along with religious hatred?

Howard Zinn: historian, activist, writer and speaker

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Part 3: America Celebrates Lateral Transition From Monarchy To Corporatist Oligarchy

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‪Caitlin Johnstone‬, Medium

July 4, 2017 | Today America celebrates its liberation from the shackles of the British Crown and the beginning of its transition into corporatist oligarchy, which is a lot like celebrating your lateral promotion from housekeeping to laundry staff. Fireworks will be set off, hot dogs will be consumed, and a strange yellow concoction known as Mountain Dew will be imbibed by patriotic high-fiving Yankees eager to celebrate their hard-fought freedom to funnel their taxes into corporate welfare instead of to the King.

Spark up a bottle rocket for me, America! In trouncing King George’s red-coated goon squad, you made it possible for the donor class to slowly buy up more and more control of your shiny new government, allowing for a system of rule determined not by royal bloodlines, but by wealth bloodlines. Now instead of your national affairs being determined by some gilded schmuck across the pond, they are determined by the billionaire owners of multinational corporations and banks. These oligarchs have shored up their rule to such an extent that congressional candidates who outspend their opponents are almost certain to win, and a 2014 Princeton study found that ordinary Americans have no influence whatsoever over the behavior of their government while the will of the wealthy has a direct influence on US policy and legislation.‪

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