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Can and Should the Electoral College Be Rebooted To Stand Against Racism - And Stop Donald Trump? (2)

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Donald Trump; Four generations of a slave family, Smith's Plantation, Beaufort, South Carolina, circa 1862. (Credit: Getty/Mandel Ngan/Wikemedia)

  • Part 1: Electoral College: Time For a Reboot?
  • Can it be reformed? Should it be reformed?
  • Part 2: Born of slavery, the Electoral College could stand against racism in 2016 — and stop Donald Trump
  • Part of the Electoral College's original purpose was to protect slave-state power. Will it redeem its history now?

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Part 1: Electoral College: Time For a Reboot?

Can it be reformed? Should it be reformed?

Independent Voter Network (IVN)

December 6, 2016 | IVN discusses the merits and faults of the electoral college after public opinion supports abolishing the system and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer proposes a bill to do just that. Can it be reformed? Should it be reformed?

We call ourselves the Independent Voter Network because the platform is open to anyone who wants to participate in a civil dialogue, including you — whatever ideological tendencies you hold.

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Part 2: Born of slavery, the Electoral College could stand against racism in 2016 — and stop Donald Trump

Part of the Electoral College's original purpose was to protect slave-state power. Will it redeem its history now?

Chauncey DeVega, Salon

Thursday, December 15, 2016 | History often comes full circle. It can be darkly ironic as well. The Electoral College, an institution that helped to protect the white supremacist ignominy of black chattel slavery could now become the instrument used to stop Donald Trump, the avatar of contemporary white racism.

Politics and history are messy and complicated. Many people prefer simple stories about America’s past and present. In the flat version of history, the Electoral College was created in the 18th century by the Framers as a council of elders who would serve as a check on the passions of the public, because they understood how such feelings could all too easily sweep through a democracy like a forest fire if left unchecked.

Chauncey DeVega is a politics staff writer for Salon.

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Craig Murray: Russia Played No Role At All In The Email Leaks, interviewed by David Swanson

Murray explains that he has met the leaker of either the DNC or Podesta emails and that both sets of emails were leaked by one or more people at either the NSA or the Democratic Party, that Russia played no role at all.

David Swanson, Talk Nation Radio / Dandelion Salad

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https://c6.staticflickr.com/7/6203/6046478725_b06ac48520_z.jpgDecember 13, 2016 | Vincent Emanuele joined the United States Marine Corps as a squad automatic machine gunner in 2002. After two combat-deployments in Iraq, he refused orders for a third and immediately began organizing with Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War. In 2008, Vince testified to Congress at the Winter Soldier Hearings on Capitol Hill, where he provided detailed accounts of war crimes, atrocities, drug abuse and sexual assault within the military. See www.facebook.com/vincentjr.emanuele

Emanuele is just back from Standing Rock and discusses environmental and antiwar strategy. This show contains half our discussion. The second half will appear next week.

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 War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. War Is A Lie: Second Edition, published by Just World Books on April 5, 2016.

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Alexander Hamilton explains the Electoral College: A way of opposing “cabal, intrigue, and corruption.”

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Foreign powers, Hamilton warned, might seek to raise "a creature of their own" to the presidency.

Alexander Hamilton,  the New York Packet / Salon

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Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 | The Mode of Electing the President
From the New York Packet.
Friday, March 14, 1788.

To the People of the State of New York:

The mode of appointment of the Chief Magistrate of the United States is almost the only part of the system, of any consequence, which has escaped without severe censure, or which has received the slightest mark of approbation from its opponents. The most plausible of these, who has appeared in print, has even deigned to admit that the election of the President is pretty well guarded. I venture somewhat further, and hesitate not to affirm, that if the manner of it be not perfect, it is at least excellent. It unites in an eminent degree all the advantages, the union of which was to be wished for.

Alexander Hamilton was an American statesman and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was an influential interpreter and promoter of the U.S. Constitution.

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Instead of 'hope and change' Obama gave progressives Trump

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  • Obama’s presidency helped set the trends for Donald Trump to amplify, with relative impunity, the oligarchy and corruption that has come to embody the federal government.
  • Related: Obama Was A Horrible President, And Progressives Need To Stop Pretending That He Wasn't.

Michael Sainato, the Hill

 

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12/05/16 | President Obama’s overall presidency was a letdown for progressives expecting the hope and change his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns promised. In many areas, where Obama had the opportunity to deviate from the status quo, he fully embraced it instead.

Under his watch, the United States maintained an interventionist foreign policy spearheaded by Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. In Obama’s first 5 years the United States exported $30 billion more in weapons to foreign governments than George W. Bush did in 8 years. These weapons fueled unrest and violence in the Middle East.

Michael Sainato is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, the Guardian and the Huffington Post.

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Obama Was A Horrible President, And Progressives Need To Stop Pretending That He Wasn't, Caitlin Johnstone, Newslogue

All the Biden bro memes in the world won't change the fact that Obama is a terrible human being and a lousy president.

 

Series | Trump Nation, Part 2: How the Vote Broke, in Historical Perspective

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https://cdn.theatlantic.com/assets/media/img/posts/2016/11/ElectoralCollege2016.svg/e96bbf380.pngNovember 21, 2016 | From the inbox, an engineer who is directly involved in the technology for tabulating votes in a number of states sends this report on the historically unusual gap between Hillary Clinton’s popular-vote lead and Donald Trump’s electoral college margin. (Andrew McGill has been covering this issue for us since the election.) The engineer wrote over the weekend with this summary:

It looks as if Hillary Clinton will top the popular-vote margin in percentage points of President Carter in 1976, also JFK in 1960, three elections in the 1880s and James Knox Polk in 1844. And I should include the 2000 election as well.

James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. His latest book is China Airborne.

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Related:

Part 1: How to Deal With the Lies of Donald Trump: Guidelines for the Media

 

Fascism with a Democratic Party Face

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  • “At this moment in history, the corporate Democratic fascists are the more aggressively warlike brand…”
  • “Fascism looks like Democrats and Republicans; it operates through the duopoly, the political apparatus of the ruling class.”
  • Related: A Media Unmoored from Facts- Washington Post’s ‘Fake News’ Guilt

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report (BAR) / Greanville Post

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Greanville Post Editor's Note: Black Agenda Report and 12 other leftwing web sites have been put on a hit list publicized by the Washington Post. Fascists of the Democratic [party] kind are responsible. “Had Clinton won the election, she would have begun a campaign of repression against the Left along the same national security lines as the Washington Post article, with that paper probably leading the propaganda charge.” Donald Trump isn’t the only fascist to worry about.

December 1, 2016 | If anyone thought that BAR was being shrill when we said that a late-stage capitalist variety of fascism was brewing in Hillary Clinton’s Big Tent, the “fake news” offensive proves our point. On the heels of President Obama’s outburst on his farewell tour of Germany, where he twice whined about the dangers of well-packaged “misinformation” on the internet, the Democrat-friendly Washington Post conveyed legitimacy to the propagators of a list of 200 web sites designated as “Russian propaganda outlets and sympathizers” – including Black Agenda Report, the only Black outlet to make the cut.

If anyone thought that BAR was being shrill when we said that a late-stage capitalist variety of fascism was brewing in Hillary Clinton’s Big Tent, the “fake news” offensive proves our point.

Although totally devoid of substance, the Post article was no overnight wonder, but a methodically crafted facsimile of investigative reporting that was no doubt produced on orders from the paper’s top management, if not the owner, Amazon mogul Jeff Bezos. Bylined reporter Craig Timberg refused to name the people behind his principal “source,” the web site Is It Propaganda or Not [4], in order to avoid them “being targeted by Russia’s legions of skilled hackers” – a new twist on journalistic ethics that no real editor would abide. This piece was boss sanctioned.

Glen Ford, Executive Editor, Black Agenda Report (BAR) 

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A Media Unmoored from Facts- Washington Post’s ‘Fake News’ Guilt, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/propaganda-lies.pngPart 1: Washington Post’s ‘Fake News’ Guilt
    • Exclusive: The “fake news” theme has captivated The Washington Post and the mainstream U.S. media so much that it is stooping to McCarthyistic smears against news outlets that don’t toe the State Department’s propaganda line, says Robert Parry.
  • Part 2: A Media Unmoored from Facts
    • Exclusive: Mainstream U.S. journalism has completely lost its way, especially in dealing with foreign policy issues where bias now overwhelms any commitment to facts, a dangerous development.

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