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Michelle Obama's Speech: As Personal As Political Gets

US First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during a campaign rally in support of Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH on Oct. 13, 2016. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

  • I listen to all of this, and I feel it so personally. The shameful comments about our bodies. The disrespect of our ambitions and intellect. The belief that you can do anything you want to a woman. It is cruel. It’s frightening. And the truth is, it hurts. It hurts. — First Lady Michelle Obama
  • In her speech, the first lady didn't just go high: She soared, making her case against a serial abuser personal as never before in the public arena. 
  • Related: Donald Trump: "This Isn't A Joke Anymore"

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October 14, 2016 | “This … has been a week of profound contrast,” said Michelle Obama, in a moment of sublime understatement during an emotionally raw speech on Thursday that squished Donald Trump like a cockroach without ever mentioning his name. Her unusually personal and passionate condemnation of his gutter politics and garbage behavior sent her to the top of the trending list on Twitter as grateful fans high-fived the most outspoken defense of moral authority by a first lady since Hillary Rodham Clinton equated women’s rights with human rights in Beijing in 1995.

It was, of course, a campaign stump for the Clinton-Kaine ticket, and the popular first lady delivered a rousing and committed articulation of why Hillary Clinton should and will be elected president. But the speech began with that contrast between Trump’s sleazy conduct and her good works. Sherr is an award-winning journalist and has been covering politics and women’s issues for more than 40 years, mostly at ABC News, where she was a correspondent for World News Tonight and 20/20. Her best-selling books include Swim: Why We Love the Water; Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space and Failure is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words. Sherr currently freelances

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Donald Trump: "This Isn't A Joke Anymore", Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • If that isn't The Line, then what in the hell is The Line? Actually doing it?
  • “This cannot be treated as just another outrageous moment in the campaign.”
  • Part 1: The Moment You Realize Trump Finally Crossed the Line
  • Part 2: Dan Rather Warns Donald Trump Supporters: ‘History Is Watching’

Series | 2016 General Election Guide, Part 7: The Democrats’ New Fake Populism

It’s doubtful that many people have been fooled by the “left turn” of the Democratic Party. But on a deeper level the politics of “lesser evilism” still haunts labor and community groups, and keeping these groups within the orbit of the Democratic Party is the ultimate purpose of this new, more radical speechifying. Until these groups organize themselves independently and create their own working class political party, the above politics of “populist” farce is guaranteed to continue. 

Shamus Cooke, Workers Action Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: To help our readers vote responsibly we are re-publishing as a stand-alone series those articles we think will help. These articles will appear frequently between now and the November 8 election. Watch for them in the Government & Politics section <> (and simultaneously in other sections) under the searchable title "2016 General Election Guide". 30, 2014 | It would have been hilarious were it not so nauseating. One could only watch the “New Populism” conference with pity-induced discomfort, as stale Democratic politicians did their awkward best to adjust themselves to the fad of “populism.”

A boring litany of Democratic politicians — or those closely associated — gave bland speeches that aroused little enthusiasm among a very friendly audience of Washington D.C. politicos. It felt like an amateur recital in front of family and friends, in the hopes that practicing populism with an audience would better prepare them for the real thing.

Shamus Cooke is a social service worker, trade unionist, and writer for Workers Action.

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Previously in the 2016 General Election Guide:

Series | 2016 General Election Guide, Part 6: Has the Left Surrendered?

  • An independent left must never plead with Democratic leaders to be heard, as too many liberals have been wont to do. That way lies continued irrelevance – and continued contempt. The future left must be willing to say “no” to … Democrats, with all that the word “no” implies.
  • Chris Hedges | The Left Has Lost Its Nerve and Its Direction
  • Sixth in a Series

Richard Eskow, LA Progressive Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: To help our readers vote responsibly we are re-publishing as a stand-alone series those articles we think will help. These articles will appear frequently between now and the November 8 election. Watch for them in the Government & Politics section (and simultaneously in other sections) under the searchable title "2016 General Election Guide".


Sunday, 2 March, 2014 | Has the American left ceased to exist as a viable political force by surrendering its power to a corporatized Democratic Party? That’s the argument put forward by political scientist Adolph Reed Jr., first in an essay for Harper’s magazine and then in a televised follow-up interview with Bill Moyers.

Reed’s essay, “Nothing Left: The Long, Slow Surrender of American Liberals,” has a blunt message which might be summarized as follows: The fault, dear liberals, lies not in our political stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings. It’s not necessarily a new thought, but it packs a punch, especially as Reed has organized and expressed it.

Richard Eskow is a former executive with experience in health care, benefits, and risk management, finance, and information technology. He is a Senior Fellow with the Campaign for America's Future and hosts The Breakdown, which is broadcast on We Act Radio in Washington DC.

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Previously in the 2016 General Election Guide:


From the Archives | Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change.

The people we elect aren’t the ones calling the shots, says Tufts University’s Michael Glennon.

Jordan Michael Smith, Boston Globe Yes We Expect 1% of Our Subscribers to Donate

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October 19, 2014 | The voters who put Barack Obama in office expected some big changes. From the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping to Guantanamo Bay to the Patriot Act, candidate Obama was a defender of civil liberties and privacy, promising a dramatically different approach from his predecessor.

But six years into his administration, the Obama version of national security looks almost indistinguishable from the one he inherited. Guantanamo Bay remains open. The NSA has, if anything, become more aggressive in monitoring Americans. Drone strikes have escalated. Most recently it was reported that the same president who won a Nobel Prize in part for promoting nuclear disarmament is spending up to $1 trillion modernizing and revitalizing America’s nuclear weapons.

Jordan Michael Smith is a contributing writer at Salon and The Christian Science Monitor.

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America, We Are Better Than This

This is not the time to give in, it is the time to find what has always called us to be just a little bit better, rise above what serves to drag us down and soar above our basest of instincts. We can do this America, please, don’t give up and don’t give in.

David A. Miller, Huffington Post Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter <>. Martinuz via Getty Images 

Sep 11, 2016 | “Four score and seven years ago.” “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” “I have a dream.” These are not just lines from people in history. These are not just words designed to appeal to the latest poll. These are not test ideas to be debated by pundits as they balance advertiser’s dollars against the truth. These phrases carried more to them. They were a call to a vision of something just off the horizon but always something that we tried to keep in sight, something that drew us to move forward, something asking us to be just a little better than we are.

The rhetoric of the current political climate, built over years of PACs and Super PACs, dredged up from the bottom of what drags us down into the depths of human individualism and self-serving divisions, has brought us perhaps the most frightening presidential candidate in our history. There have been others who have risen from what fear and anxiety can produce, but this candidate is a product of a perfect storm of capitalism, democracy and shifting culture mixed with a generous portion of threat to the systems that have always kept us thinking small, have kept power concentrated in the few and appeal to the worst patterns of who we can be.

David A. Miller, Unitarian Universalist Minister, Huffington Post

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Veterans Hammer Draft-dodging Trump

  • Trump says veterans with mental health issues aren't strong. Living with mental illness takes more strength than he will ever know.
  • Apparently, Donald Trump could not even bear going into the service. He couldn’t handle it.
  • Part 1: Veterans Are Hammering Draft Dodging Trump for Calling Soldiers Who Get PTSD "Weak." 
  • Part 2: Wife Of Veteran Who Committed Suicide From PTSD Hits Trump, President Obama Responds

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Part 1: Veterans Are Hammering Draft Dodging Trump for Calling Soldiers Who Get PTSD "Weak." 

Of course, Trump knows all about combat. Well, maybe he would if he didn’t need to get 5 draft deferments.

Michael Hayne, 4, 2016 | Despite trying to present himself as a hero among our active and retired troops, our uniformed men and women are about as impressed with Trump as Megyn Kelly is. And he just pissed them off even further.

After crapping on veterans on three separate occasions, Trump decided the best way to avoid a bombshell story on his tax evasion over the years was to crap on veterans….again. At a town hall and in front of a room full of vets, Trump implied that soldiers with PTSD were weak.

Michael Hayne is a comedian/VO artist/impressionist extraordinaire who co-wrote an award-nominated film, contributed to NY Times Laugh Lines, guest blogged for Joe Biden, appeared in Nat Geo's Drugged: High on Marijuana (where apparently he battled herbal terrorists). He's written pretty much everywhere.

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Part 2: Wife Of Veteran Who Committed Suicide From PTSD Hits Trump, President Obama Responds

Apparently, Donald Trump could not even bear going into the service. He couldn’t handle it.

Gloria Christie, Bipartisan Report Photo Credit: Robert Adrian Hillman/ 

October 4, 2016 | A Gold Star wife, Amanda Souza told her tearful story about her husband, a man who developed PTSD during his deployment. 

She stood in a presidential town hall meeting and related, that as a result of his untreated PTSD, he tragically committed suicide.

Gloria Christie founded Gloria Christie Reports, a common sense column about liberal politics. She has a masters in Radio-TV-film and an MPA in business/government relations. She is particularly interested in liberal politics, high-tech, complex systems, and change.

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John Cena Just Schooled Every Conservative, Bigoted, Flag Waving ‘Patriot’ On Patriotism

  • Cena starts out by calling for an end to divisiveness. This post and its title are therefore contrary to his wishes. It cannot be ignored, however, that the things Cena talks about are all liberal ideologies and that it at least appears that he is addressing the Islamophobes, bigots and homophobes of the right. I watched it and there was an emotional response and a lot of head nodding in agreement. I have a neighbor who thinks the Muslim Obama is stockpiling ebola in the Lincoln bedroom who would see the same video with contempt and hatred.
  • Cena fans on the right should be turning in their “Hustle, Loyalty and Respect” shirts and hats any day now.

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July 5, 2016 | John Cena’s wrestling career is more impressive than most not because of how well he reads a script or how many titles the writers of the show have awarded him, but for what he contributes to humanity in general. Cena, who is credited for fulfilling more Make-A-Wish Foundation wishes than anyone else on the planet, is a role model for children and adults alike.

He volunteers his time to work with veterans groups, wrestles for free aboard aircraft carriers and donates more money to charitable organizations as a percentage of income than all of the owners of Walmart combined. That’s why when this video came across my newsfeed I couldn’t help but share it, because John Cena has once again lent his voice to a very good cause.

Busta Troll: After 2 years of trolling and goating I retired to become a professional clickbait whore. The time has come for Busta to return to what Busta does best: Making conservatives look stupid. Grab your goat memes and come along for the ride.

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