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Democrats Need to Embrace Progressivism or Else Move Out of the Way

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  • “Democrats: Are we the party of the donor class or the working class? This is value clarification time. It’s now or never!” –Nina Turner, former OH State Senator
  • It’s time to clean house.
  • Related: Much More Than Trump

Steven Singer, Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/views-article/sandersandclinton.jpeg?itok=DwLerpQZ Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) participate in the Democratic Candidates Debate hosted by NBC News and YouTube on January 17, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina. Ultimately, both Sanders and Clinton lost, but only one of them showed the way for progressives to win. (Photo: Getty)

Democrats, liberals and progressives of every stripe – you’re not going to want to hear this, but hear it you must.

We’ve gone around for too long thinking we’ve got all the answers, but obviously we don’t.

Hillary Clinton lost. Donald Trump won. There’s something seriously wrong with what we’ve been doing to get that kind of result.

Steven Singer is a husband, father, teacher, blogger and education advocate. He often writes at his own blog here.

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Much More Than Trump, Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic, Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

  • https://i1.wp.com/crooksandliars.com/files/primary_image/14/07/ballotsorbullets-702x336.jpgIf the idiot class and its rabble subvert (Trump), a quote from John F. Kennedy, recently featured on Straight Line Logic, will surely come back to haunt them: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
  • Related: We Are All Deplorables

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Much More Than Trump, Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

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  • If the idiot class and its rabble subvert (Trump), a quote from John F. Kennedy, recently featured on Straight Line Logic, will surely come back to haunt them: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
  • Related: Chris Hedges | We Are All Deplorables

Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic 

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Straight Line Logic (SLL) Editor's Note: This article was first published on SLL March 3. It received more comments than almost any article SLL has posted. Two days before the election, a repost is appropriate.

November 6, 2016 | It started in Vietnam. The men who chose to fight for America on Vietnam’s front lines did so for honorable reasons. While there was no immediate threat to the US, some were concerned about falling dominoes and the march of communism. Some were animated by an idealistic desire to secure democracy and liberty in a land that had never known those blessings. Some went believing that if the leaders of the country said this war was in America’s best interests, it must be so. For those who were drafted, they did, perhaps reluctantly, what they perceived to be their duty.

Whatever their motivations, those who fought found their idealism shattered. Many of the South Vietnamese they thought they were fighting “for” despised the US as the latest in a succession of imperial powers using a corrupt, puppet government as the cat’s paw for its domination. Short of total immolation of both friend and foe—it was often impossible to differentiate the two—there was no effective strategy against guerrilla warfare waged by the enemy fighting on its home turf. The Viet Cong proved as difficult to vanquish as hordes of ants and mosquitos at a picnic. The victory the generals and politicians insisted was just another few months and troop deployments down the road never came, and the soldiers knew it never would, long before reality was acknowledged and the troops brought home.

Robert Gore is a writer, investor, attorney, and former bond trader. 

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We Are All Deplorables, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

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  • Liberals have no moral authority to preach to a dispossessed white working class about racism, multiculturalism, identity politics or diversity. The abject failure by liberals to fight for economic justice triggered the protofascist backlash embodied by Donald Trump’s election victory.
  • Related: Dan Rather Just Released Heartbreaking Statement Against Trump 

 

 

We Are All Deplorables

  • Liberals have no moral authority to preach to a dispossessed white working class about racism, multiculturalism, identity politics or diversity. The abject failure by liberals to fight for economic justice triggered the protofascist backlash embodied by Donald Trump’s election victory.
  • Related: Dan Rather Just Released Heartbreaking Statement Against Trump 

Chris Hedges, Truthdig

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Monday, November 21, 2016 | My relatives in Maine are deplorables. I cannot write on their behalf. I can write in their defense. They live in towns and villages that have been ravaged by deindustrialization. The bank in Mechanic Falls, where my grandparents lived, is boarded up, along with nearly every downtown store. The paper mill closed decades ago. There is a strip club in the center of the town. The jobs, at least the good ones, are gone. Many of my relatives and their neighbors work up to 70 hours a week at three minimum-wage jobs, without benefits, to make perhaps $35,000 a year. Or they have no jobs. They cannot afford adequate health coverage under the scam of Obamacare. Alcoholism is rampant in the region. Heroin addiction is an epidemic. Labs producing the street drug methamphetamine make up a cottage industry. Suicide is common. Domestic abuse and sexual assault destroy families. Despair and rage among the population have fueled an inchoate racism, homophobia and Islamophobia and feed the latent and ever present poison of white supremacy. They also nourish the magical thinking peddled by the con artists in the Christian right, the state lotteries that fleece the poor, and an entertainment industry that night after night shows visions of an America and a lifestyle on television screens—“The Apprentice” typified this—that foster unattainable dreams of wealth and celebrity.

Those who are cast aside as human refuse often have a psychological need for illusions and scapegoats. They desperately seek the promise of divine intervention. They unplug from a reality that is too hard to bear. They see in others, especially those who are different, the obstacles to their advancement and success. We must recognize and understand the profound despair that leads to these reactions. To understand these reactions is not to condone them.

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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Dan Rather Just Released Heartbreaking Statement Against Trump, Nicole James, Truth Examiner

  • http://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/views-article/99_percent.jpg?itok=uNrMcv2THistory will demand to know which side were you on. This is not a question of politics or party or even policy. This is a question about the very fundamentals of our beautiful experiment in a pluralistic democracy ruled by law.
  • Now is a time when none of us can afford to remain seated or silent. We must all stand up to be counted.
  • Related: Frightened by Donald Trump? You don’t know the half of it.

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You Can Keep Studying White Working Class Voters, But We Know the Answers.

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  • This story has been unravelling for decades.
  • Related: Missing from election debate: Unions key to economy, democracy

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Money%20Pie.jpg Nov 18, 2016 | In the current issue of the magazine incarnation of Tiger Beat On The Potomac can be found yet another anthropological study of People With Whom I Empathize But Do Not Understand. It's a fine piece of reporting and writing because it's by Mike Kruse, who's as good as it gets. However, again, I am baffled by the gaping chasms of cognitive dissonance from the people therein quoted, and I am again overwhelmed with dread over what's going to happen when these people realize they've been so completely played.

This expedition takes us to eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania, and it features the kind of people who gave Donald Trump his margin of victory in the electoral college, and many of whom, quite sadly, seem to be resigned already to the fact that he's not going to be able to deliver on many of his more baroque promises. The steel jobs are not coming back. Coal is a dying industry, unless the people making billions on fracking can be convinced to trade us new earthquakes for old respiratory ailments. The opioid drug problem in places like Johnstown isn't going away even if you dig a 100-mile moat between Texas and Mexico and fill it with piranha and burning oil.

Charles P. Pierce has been a working journalist since 1976. He is the author of four books, most recently 'Idiot America.' He lives near Boston with his wife but no longer his three children.

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Missing from election debate: Unions key to economy, democracy, Larry Rubin, People's World 

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Unfortunately, once the election season began, no candidate has stressed how central building union bargaining strength is to the solving of many problems facing America.

Related: What Punch Pizza learned from raising its wages

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None of This Is Normal. All of It Is Un-American.

  • "The presidential campaign and now the election results have further allowed the pinheads of society to let their racist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic and Islamophobic freak flags fly."
  • Hate crimes after Donald Trump's election and his appointment of Steve Bannon to the White House aren't the way to bring America back together.
  • Related: The Normalization of Evil in American Politics

Michael Winship, Moyers & Company

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November 18, 2016 | A friend of mine who has dual Israeli-American citizenship tells the story of entering an elevator in Jerusalem shortly after a bullying right-wing government had taken over the country.

The other passenger was ostentatiously puffing on a big cigar. My friend pointed to the no smoking sign and politely, in Hebrew, asked the man to douse his smoke.

“Eff you,” the man replied. “We’re in charge now.” Only he didn’t say, “Eff.”

Sound familiar? Well, it’s a tiptoe through the tulips compared to what’s going on in the United States right now.

Michael Winship is the Emmy Award-winning senior writer of Moyers & Company and BillMoyers.com, and a former senior writing fellow at the policy and advocacy group Demos. 

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The Normalization of Evil in American Politics, Adele M. Stan, American Prospect / AlterNet 

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  • The misogynist, racist, nativist, anti-LGBT right wing that took over the GOP in 1980—of which (Family Research Council President Tony) Perkins himself is evidence—has much to answer for, not least of all, the rise of Donald Trump as the party’s standard-bearer. Trump may not have been the first choice of right-wing leaders, but they created the conditions that cleared his path to the nomination, and most have lined up behind him since he won it.
  • Related: Black Lives Don’t Matter to Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton
  • Related: Greasing The Outstretched Palms Of The Candidates

 

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Special Report | More Confessions of an Economic Hitman: This Time They’re Coming for Your Democracy.

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It used to be all we had to worry about was our local community, maybe our country. But we didn’t have to worry about the world. But what we know now is that we can’t have peace anywhere in the world, we can’t have peace in the U.S., unless everybody has peace.

Sarah van Gelder, Yes! Magazine / Siasat

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April 30, 2016 | Twelve years ago, John Perkins published his book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, and it rapidly rose up The New York Times’ best-seller list. 

In it, Perkins describes his career convincing heads of state to adopt economic policies that impoverished their countries and undermined democratic institutions. These policies helped to enrich tiny, local elite groups while padding the pockets of U.S.-based transnational corporations.

Sarah van Gelder is co-founder and editor-at-large of Yes! Magazin. Sarah writes articles and conducts interviews for YES! Magazine, and speaks regularly about solutions journalism, grassroots innovations, and social change movements. She is the editor of several books.

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For a socialist alternative to the ‘Two-Party Racket’

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Part 1: The ‘Two-Party Racket’ Is Incapable of Dealing With Our Present Crises

To understand what we’ve lost under the two-party racket, compare the cringeworthy Clinton-Trump debates with Green nominee Jill Stein’s rebuttals.

Part 2: For a socialist alternative to the parties of austerity and war!

We call on all our readers to join us in this struggle against war and barbarism, against inequality and dictatorship. While the dangers are immense, so too is the strength of the working class, united in revolutionary struggle. The task is urgent, and no time can be lost. 

Compiled by David Culver , Ed., Evergreene Digest 

Part 1: The ‘Two-Party Racket’ Is Incapable of Dealing With Our Present Crises

To understand what we’ve lost under the two-party racket, compare the cringeworthy Clinton-Trump debates with Green nominee Jill Stein’s rebuttals.

Truthdig 

http://www.truthdig.com/images/eartothegrounduploads/4641045212_9f043cb017_z.jpg Oct 26, 2016 | “Indications that Clinton is heading towards a solid win” might suggest that 2016 is “the safest year ever to vote Green, right?” No, say Democrats.

“Dems will never admit it’s a good time to go Green,” writes Scott McLarty, media coordinator for the Green Party, at The Hill. “They want a field permanently limited to two parties of war and Wall Street.”

TruthdigNews site providing expert coverage of current affairs; thoughtful, provocative columnists, presented from a progressive point of view.

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Part 2: For a socialist alternative to the parties of austerity and war!

We call on all our readers to join us in this struggle against war and barbarism, against inequality and dictatorship. While the dangers are immense, so too is the strength of the working class, united in revolutionary struggle. The task is urgent, and no time can be lost. 

Socialist Equality Party, World Socialist Website 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg 

30 July 2016 | With the conclusion this week of the Democratic National Convention, the two major capitalist parties in the United States have formally selected their presidential candidates. In the face of an immense economic, social and political crisis, neither Democrat Hillary Clinton nor Republican Donald Trump has anything to offer but austerity, war and the continued assault on democratic rights.

The conclusion of the two conventions makes all the more clear the critical importance of the campaign of the Socialist Equality Party and its candidates, Jerry White for president and Niles Niemuth for vice president. The SEP is fighting to build a socialist leadership in the working class to prepare for the inevitable social upheavals and struggles that will follow these elections, whoever is elected.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Socialist%20Equity%20Party%20logo.jpgSocialist Equality Party (SEP) is a Trotskyist political party in the United States, one of several Socialist Equality Parties around the world affiliated with the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI). The ICFI publishes daily news articles, perspectives and commentaries on the World Socialist Web Site.

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

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

Caitlin Johnstone, Newslogue

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Many people are helping. Most are not.

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https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2016/02/14/15/18/barack-obama-1199638__340.jpg21 Nov 2016 | I haven't picked on Obama enough lately, which is a shame because if the progressive revolution is to have a fighting chance we need to be crystal clear about how very much he stands against everything we're fighting for. You can't win a war if you don't know where your enemy is, and you can't overthrow the evils of the establishment if you're not clear where it starts and ends. Nobody who stands by the horrible things Obama did during his presidency is on our side. Period.

There are still a lot of progressives who woke up during the Sanders movement, and as a result are still suffering from the delusion that President Hillary would have been awful, but Obama wasn't so bad. The lie that his horrible decisions were the result of an obstructionist congress is still largely subscribed to by the political left, and, perhaps due to sexism, perhaps due to white guilt, or perhaps due to sheer ignorance and short-sightedness, many progressives who recognized Hillary's evil still feel as though Obama did okay.

Caitlin Johnstone is a journalist, author, feminist thinker, cage rattler, giant woman, and mother of two.

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