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A Hard Look at Where We Are After the 2016 Election

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  • Because I have been observing these trends for quite awhile, I wanted to take a breath after the election and take a hard documented look at where we are going and how we got here.
  • Related: Living In The Illusion Of Democracy

Ed Griffith, New Progressive Alliance

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Lincoln%20Memorial%20Statue%20Beheded%20b%26w.jpgNovember 17, 2016 | 1. The Democrats are as Evil as the Republicans

We would all like to have the Democratic Party be a large strong party defending progressive ideals. It has not been such for decades. For documentation see The Democratic Party is the More Effective of Two Evils.

As a reminder the Democratic Party voted for the following in its 2016 platform.

Ed Griffith, now retired, has been Georgia lawyer, teacher, pilot in Civil Air Patrol, and Naval Officer.

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Living In The Illusion Of Democracy, Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance 

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Illusion%20of%20Democracy%20Day%20Glow%20and%20Fireworks.jpgIt does not have to be this way. Everyday more people are seeing that democracy is an illusion. The fraudulent two-party debates are an example so blatant that when people understand it, then they also understand that the elections are manipulated. Once people understand that the government is illegitimate, because it is designed not to represent people, then they will have the spark to organize and mobilize in order to take action to create the future we want to see.

Related: Jimmy Carter: The US Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery"

Related: Democracy Doesn’t Exist: Here’s Why Voting Doesn’t Change Anything

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The Issue is Not Trump. It is Us.

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  • When will a genuine movement of opposition arise? Angry, eloquent, all-for-one-and-one-for all. Until real politics return to people’s lives, the enemy is not Trump, it is ourselves.
  • Related: The President America Deserves

John Pilger, CounterPunch

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January 17, 2017 | On the day President Trump is inaugurated, thousands of writers in the United States will express their indignation.  “In order for us to heal and move forward …,” say Writers Resist, “we wish to bypass direct political discourse, in favour of an inspired focus on the future, and how we, as writers, can be a unifying force for the protection of democracy.”

And:  “We urge local organizers and speakers to avoid using the names of politicians or adopting ‘anti’ language as the focus for their Writers Resist event. It’s important to ensure that nonprofit organizations, which are prohibited from political campaigning, will feel confident participating in and sponsoring these events.”

Thus, real protest is to be avoided, for it is not tax exempt.

John Pilger is an Australian journalist and documentary maker. One of only two to win Britain's Journalist of the Year Award twice, his documentaries have received academy awards in Britain and the US. Based in London, he is known for his polemical campaigning style: "Secretive power loathes journalists who do their job, who push back screens, peer behind façades, lift rocks. Opprobrium from on high is their badge of honour."

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The President America Deserves, Abel Cohen, Counterpunch

  • Like George Carlin said: “They call it the American dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.” Our vacuous and vicarious cult of five-minute fame, popup clickbait ads, and rehab has finally reached its hideous, waking apogee in the election of a vacationing reality star.
  • Related: Chris Hedges | We Are All Deplorables
  • Related: Chris Hedges | The Mafia State

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The Enemy Is At Home by John Catalinotto

Not just the Trump forces but Democratic Party leaders are also the foes of the workers and oppressed peoples in the U.S. and in the world. The enemy is at home.

John Catalinotto, Workers World / dandelionsalad

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January 11, 2017 | As the inauguration of the president-elect approaches, the popular movement that has arisen to oppose his reactionary program is facing a vital political decision.

The most important first step for this movement is to reject the attempt to focus the criticism of the new president on the alleged “outside intervention” in the U.S. election.

The question facing anti-racist and anti-war activists who side with the working class is how to work with this new movement to keep it from being diverted by powerful forces within the capitalist system in a pro-militarist direction.

John Catalinotto teaches mathematics at City University in New York City. He was a civilian organizer for the anti-war, anti-racist American Servicemen's Union during the U.S. war in Vietnam, since 1982 managing editor of Workers World weekly newspaper.

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Series | The Obama Legacy, Part 1: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy Leaves Behind An Uneasy World

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  • Holding firm in his view that the U.S. should do less, the president proved that inaction can have major consequences.
  • This piece is Part 1 of a series on Obama’s legacy that Evergreene Digest  will be publishing over the next weeks. 

Akbar Shahid Ahmed, the Huffington Post

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01/09/2017 | The bombs kept falling after they had destroyed all the hospitals.

They kept coming as international aid agencies warned about the thousands of Syrian children they could hit.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag.jpgThey didn’t pause as temperatures fell below freezing, threatening families with no shelter, or as pro-regime fighters came close enough to civilians to start killing them execution-style, in the streets and in their homes. An “evacuation” was in the offing, the government promised. Residents knew what that meant: abandoning their homes, risking arrest and torture and being shuttled to an unfamiliar region that the regime would eventually target even more brutally.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed, Foreign Affairs Reporter, the Huffington Post

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A Year Of U.S. Militarism, Marjorie Cohn, Huffington Post

Here is a rundown of U.S. foreign policy in 2016.

The Scandal and Shame of the 2016 Election

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  • Part 1: The Massive Election-Rigging Scandal the Media Ignored
  • Republicans denied 7 million their right to vote, and no one seems to care.
  • Part 2: There’s No Way ‘Back’ To Civility After This Election
  • We never had it to begin with.

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Part 1: The Massive Election-Rigging Scandal the Media Ignored

Republicans denied 7 million their right to vote, and no one seems to care.

Thom Hartmann, Richard Greene, AlterNet

January 6, 2017 | The election of 2016 may well have been stolen—or to use Donald Trump's oft-repeated phrase—"rigged," and nobody in the media seems willing to discuss it.

The rigging was a pretty simple process, in fact: in 27 Republican-controlled states (including critical swing states) hundreds of thousands (possibly millions) of people showed up to vote, but were mysteriously blocked from voting for allegedly being registered with the intent to vote in multiple states.

Thom Hartmann is an author and nationally syndicated daily talk show host. His newest book is "The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America — and What We Can Do to Stop It."

Richard Greene is the author of "Words that Shook the World: 100 Years of Unforgettable Speeches and Events."

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Part 2: There’s No Way ‘Back’ To Civility After This Election

We never had it to begin with.

Mirah Curzer, Huffington Post

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01/04/2017 | I’ve seen a lot of hand-wringing about the incivility of the 2016 presidential election. And yes, it was the ugliest election in living memory. Donald Trump has bragged about assaulting women, called for his opponent’s assassination, and slandered immigrants of all origins as terrorists and rapists.

Trump ran on an “anti-PC” platform, a platform that not only excuses but encourages open expressions of sexism and racism.

Mirah Curzer: Lawyer. Feminist. Photographer. Slurper of noodles and drinker of scotch.

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The Mafia State

  • What comes next, history has shown, will not be pleasant. A cruel and morally bankrupt elite, backed by the organs of state security and law enforcement, will, as the Eupatridae did in sixth-century-B.C. Athens, bankrupt the citizenry through state-sponsored theft, war, austerity and debt peonage. They are barbarians. We will remove them from power or enter a new dark age.
  • Related: The CIA’s Cult of Death

Chris HedgesTruthdig / OpEdNews

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12/5/2016| Systems of governance that are seized by a tiny cabal become mafia states. The early years -- Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton in the United States -- are marked by promises that the pillage will benefit everyone. The later years -- George W. Bush and Barack Obama -- are marked by declarations that things are getting better even though they are getting worse. The final years -- Donald Trump -- see the lunatic trolls, hedge fund parasites, con artists, conspiracy theorists and criminals drop all pretense and carry out an orgy of looting and corruption.

The rich never have enough. The more they get, the more they want. It is a disease. CEOs demand and receive pay that is 200 times what their workers earn. And even when corporate executives commit massive fraud, such as the billing of hundreds of thousands of Wells Fargo customers for accounts they never opened, they elude punishment and personally profit. Disgraced CEO John Stumpf left Wells Fargo with a pay package that averages nearly $15 million a year. Richard Fuld received nearly half a billion dollars from 1993 to 2007, a time in which he was bankrupting Lehman Brothers.

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society. 

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The CIA’s Cult of Death, Kim Petersen, Dissident Voice

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  • Review of Douglas Valentine’s The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World
  • Related: 2016: How Truth Was Destroyed So You’d Buy The Government’s Propaganda

 

The CIA’s Cult of Death

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  • Review of Douglas Valentine’s The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World
  • Related: 2016: How Truth Was Destroyed So You’d Buy The Government’s Propaganda
  • Related: The Mafia State

Kim Petersen, Dissident Voice

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http://dissidentvoice.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/valentinecover-400x600-200x300.jpgDecember 23rd, 2016 | Do you desire intellectually stimulating, need-to-be-aware-of information as a stocking stuffer in the time crunch just before Christmas? Look no further. Douglas Valentine’s The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World fits the bill splendidly.

Taking on the CIA as a subject is a monumental task, as its tentacles delve into myriad facets of empire and society. The CIA operates as a mafioso on a grand scale, an imperial scale. Valentine’s depth of knowledge on the subject is very apparent. The CIA is known as a surveillance and information gathering apparatus of the USA that engages in various international intrigues. That view of the CIA is superficial. The CIA as Organized Crime presents the CIA as much more and in decidedly more sinister shades. Among these shades, the CIA is a war criminal, torturer, assassin, arms smuggler, drug smuggling kingpin, media network, business empire, and more. The CIA is steeped in capitalism, girded in racism, masterminds and carries out “regime change,” has hands on the control of information and its communication, is creepily immersed in law enforcement and justice, and has a deeply corruptive influence on foreign governments, the DEA, NSA, military, and Justice Department, as well as on US members of Congress.

Kim Petersen is a former co-editor of Dissident Voice.

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In the very near future — without hawk-like vigilance — dissenting opinion and reports accurately depicting corruption endemic in government may become a thing purely of the past.

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The Mafia State, Chris Hedges Truthdig / OpEdNews 

  • What comes next, history has shown, will not be pleasant. A cruel and morally bankrupt elite, backed by the organs of state security and law enforcement, will, as the Eupatridae did in sixth-century-B.C. Athens, bankrupt the citizenry through state-sponsored theft, war, austerity and debt peonage. They are barbarians. We will remove them from power or enter a new dark age.
  • Related: The CIA’s Cult of Death

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