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Mark Fiore | A Cartoonist's Apology / https://www.markfiore.com

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November 9, 2016 | Wha’ happened?  What an awful, strange, crazy, mind-boggling election.  Am I missing something, or did we just elect a real estate developer/reality show star who campaigned on xenophobia, racism and bullying while recorded evidence (and scores of accusers) revealed a history of sexual assault?

The Trump victory drives home the fact that there are, oh, sixty million or so people who support this guy.  We might have had a better idea this was about to happen (or been able to do something to prevent it) if we interacted with the red side of ‘Muricah more than we listen to Nate Silver.  (By “we” I mean “me” and many of my bubble-inhabiting friends and family.)  I’ll let the cartoon do the rest of the talking.

Mark Fiore is an American political cartoonist specializing in Flash-animated editorial cartoons, whom the Wall Street Journal called the undisputed guru of the form.

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'You Want Racial Politics? We’ll Give You Racial Politics!'

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  • Liberal Democrats victimized themselves on election night. They need to think harder about whether they really want the kind of culture they have been trying to create: one divided along lines of race and gender.
  • What they found out on election night is that it doesn't always work to their advantage.

Martin Cothran, Intellectual Takeout

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http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/hillbillies_3.jpg November 9, 2016 | CNN commentator Van Jones, clearly upset by the results coming in last night, claimed that Democrats got “White-lashed.” In a way, he was right. But he has only himself to blame. 

The problem with liberals is that they want all the advantages of racial politics and none of the detriments. They have succeeded in weaponizing entire racial groups, but when they find that they have inadvertently weaponized the ones who vote the other way, they get upset.

Martin Cothran is the editor of Classical Teacher magazine, published by Memoria Press, and the director of the Classical Latin School Association.

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Searching for Solidarity in Trumpland

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  • It's up to us to build a new progressive political party. For that to happen, all of us need to practice far more solidarity with one another. Let's start with protecting everyone being targeted in hate crimes and coming together for the next big battle to stop the TPP trade deal that harms us all.
  • Related: Gazing Into the Abyss

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Classical%20Statue%20Head%20in%20Hand_0.jpgNovember 12, 2016 | Awakening to election results on 11/9 echoed feelings of 9/11: a sickening spasm of fear, that momentarily paralyzed...and, yet, on neither day was I surprised. One immutable universal law is actions have consequences.

First, white people---regardless of party affiliation---have a huge responsibility to face racism and in this moment loudly oppose the hate crimes perpetrated under the banner Trump Won.

Second, Face reality. The Clinton and the DNC failed and should be held responsible for Trump's victory.

Lydia Howell is a Minneapolis-based journalist, producer/host of “Catalyst” on KFAI Radio.

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  • The business of the American republic is not business, and that’s why we have to rely on the institutions of civil society — the churches, the civic associations, the WMCAs and Little Leagues, the colleges and schools — that are being destroyed by omnivorous markets and casino-like financing.
  • Both parties are to blame and it has cost all of us a republic.

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Dear Readers,

Please accept our best wishes for a happy and relaxing Thanksgiving Holiday!

Like most of you, we will be on a much more relaxed holiday work schedule this week (Nov 20-27). 

However, there are plenty of new to you articles because you couldn't possibly have read all of the over  23,000 of them archived our site. Also, RSS feeds automatically update things while we're off relaxing.

Our regular operations resume on Monday, November 28.

Thanx for reading Evergreene Digest!

Dave & the Crew

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Freedom Comes at a Price–And We Don’t Want to Pay It

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Plebeians of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your liberty.

"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." --Andrew Jackson, Farewell Address

America’s Face Down Moment: Trump’s Silver Lining

Joseph PearceJoseph Pearce's blogIntellectual Takeout

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October 21, 2016 | There might be few things on which most people agree but freedom is one of them. Although we might differ over what we understand freedom to be, we all think freedom is a good thing. And yet, truth be told, most of us don’t care as much about it as we say we do or as we think we do. The truth is that freedom comes at a price and most of us don’t want to pay it.

We live in a world where government has been inexorably getting bigger and more distant from the individual and the family. If nothing is done to halt and reverse this process we will have a World Government, serving the interests of global corporations and global financial organizations, which will be utterly unresponsive to any of us or to any of the rest of the powerless people of the world.

Do we really care?

Joseph Pearce: Joseph Pearce is an English-born writer, and as of 2014 Director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee.

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America’s Face Down Moment: Trump’s Silver Lining, Katy Farber, Huffington Post

  • These are dark times for our nation. Our democracy is splintering.
  • Related: Dylan, the American Left, and What We Have Lost

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Special Report | The Troubling Genius of the Electoral College

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Part 1: The Electoral College is Genius

It is one of the Constitution’s accidentally great procedural features for deterring the concentration of political power.

Part 2:  The Troubling Reason the Electoral College Exists

The Founding Fathers had something particular in mind when they set up the U.S. presidential election system: slavery

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 



Part 1: The Electoral College is Genius

It is one of the Constitution’s accidentally great procedural features for deterring the concentration of political power.

Sean J. Rosenthal, Intellectual Takeout

http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/electoral_college.pngNovember 15, 2016 | Through the electoral college, Donald Trump will win the presidency even though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. In response, many people have called to abolish the electoral college and have the presidency decided by a popular vote, including several hundred thousand MoveOn.org petitioners.

In contrast, I support the electoral college. Though I would find unobjectionable changes in the way the electoral college is calculated, I generally approve of the electoral college because it is one of the Constitution’s accidentally great procedural features for deterring the concentration of political power and the resulting abuses of such concentration.

Sean J. Rosenthal is an attorney in New York.

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Part 2:  The Troubling Reason the Electoral College Exists

The Founding Fathers had something particular in mind when they set up the U.S. presidential election system: slavery

Akhil Reed Amar, Time Magazine

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Nov. 8, 2016 | As Americans await the quadrennial running of the presidential obstacle course now known as the Electoral College, it’s worth remembering why we have this odd political contraption in the first place. After all, state governors in all 50 states are elected by popular vote; why not do the same for the governor of all states, a.k.a. the president? The quirks of the Electoral College system were exposed this week when Donald Trump secured the presidency with an Electoral College majority, even as Hillary Clinton took a narrow lead in the popular vote.

 

Some claim that the founding fathers chose the Electoral College over direct election in order to balance the interests of high-population and low-population states. But the deepest political divisions in America have always run not between big and small states, but between the north and the south, and between the coasts and the interior.

Akhil Reed Amar teaches constitutional law at Yale University. This essay borrows from his recently published book, The Constitution Today.

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Trump's Cabinet of Deplorables

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Part 1: President Trump's Cabinet Will Be Filled With Deplorables

Those being selected or considered include white nationalist Steve Bannon,  chief strategist, RNC Chair Reince Priebus as Donald Trump's chief of staff, and Sarah "Drill, Baby, Drill" Palin. 

Part 2: Here's everything you need to know about Stephen Bannon.

President-elect Donald Trump recently named Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist and senior counselor. The move to name Bannon — who has a long history of bigotry — to such an important role makes a mockery of Trump’s pledge to be a president for “all Americans.”

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 



Part 1: President Trump's Cabinet Will Be Filled With Deplorables

Those being selected or considered include white nationalist Steve Bannon,  chief strategist, RNC Chair Reince Priebus as Donald Trump's chief of staff, and Sarah "Drill, Baby, Drill" Palin. 

Tessa Stuart, Rolling Stone 

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November 14, 2016 | There are 67 days until Donald Trump's inauguration, a fact that seems to have surprised the president-elect – who reportedly never thought he'd remain in the race past October 2015 – as much as anyone. According to the Wall Street Journal, not only was Trump "surprised by the scope" of the president's duties when President Obama explained them to him in private last week, but his aides were unaware they would need to hire an entirely new White House staff.

On Sunday, his transition team got to work, announcing its first two hires. Unfortunately for anyone still waiting for the mythical Trump pivot, the president-elect is poised to stock his cabinet with many of the same unsavory characters who enabled his unlikely rise. The Trump White House's first two employees are Breitbart News Executive Chairman Steve Bannon and RNC Chair Reince Priebus.

Tessa Stuart, staff writer, Rolling Stone, is a writer, reporter and person generally uncomfortable with talking about herself in the third-person, but willing to do it for you.

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Part 2: Here's everything you need to know about Stephen Bannon.

President-elect Donald Trump recently named Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist and senior counselor. The move to name Bannon — who has a long history of bigotry — to such an important role makes a mockery of Trump’s pledge to be a president for “all Americans.”

Southern Poverty Law Center 

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/SPLC%20logo.pngNovember 15, 2016 | President-elect Donald Trump recently named Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist and senior counselor. The move to name Bannon — who has a long history of bigotry — to such an important role makes a mockery of Trump’s pledge to be a president for “all Americans.”

Before joining the Trump campaign, Bannon oversaw the rise of the Breitbart News Network, a far-right website that caters to white nationalists. There, a former editor says, he "aggressively pushed stories against immigrants, and supported linking minorities to terrorism and crime.”

SPLC Features on Bannon

Read SPLC President Richard Cohen’s statement on Stephen Bannon

White Nationalists Rejoice at Trump's Appointment of Breitbart's Stephen Bannon

Sign our petition and say "No" to Stephen Bannon

Bannon in the News

Steve 'Turn on the Hate' Bannon, in the White House (The New York Times)

Trump draws sharp rebuke, concerns over newly appointed chief White House strategist Stephen Bannon (The Washington Post)

Steve Bannon: Appointment of 'white nationalist' must be reversed, critics declare (The Guardian)

Here's why it's fair — and necessary — to call Trump's chief strategist a white nationalist champion (Mother Jones)

How Donald Trump's New Campaign Chief Created an Online Haven for White Nationalists (Mother Jones)

From the SPLC Archives

Read the SPLC's extremist file on the Alternative Right

View the SPLC's map of hate groups in the United States

Read our report, The Year in Hate and Extremism 2016

Trump Campaign Hires Breitbart Exec Stephen Bannon, Cozies Up Closer to the Alt-Right

Is Breitbart.com Becoming the Media Arm of the 'Alt-Right'?

Whose Alt-Right Is It Anyway?

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Gazing Into the Abyss

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  • The business of the American republic is not business, and that’s why we have to rely on the institutions of civil society — the churches, the civic associations, the WMCAs and Little Leagues, the colleges and schools — that are being destroyed by omnivorous markets and casino-like financing.
  • Both parties are to blame and it has cost all of us a republic.

Jim Sleeper, Bill Moyers & Company

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Tom%20Stiglich%20%7C%20Political%20Nausea%20Bag%20copy_2.jpgNovember 9, 2016 | Long before the final results, many Americans knew that our body politic had suffered a seizure after being injected with a poison that nothing in Hillary Clinton’s politics was potent enough to expel.

The impotence of that kind of politics — its inability to draw from wellsprings deeper than bromides about breaking glass ceilings, “fighting” for families and children, and slashing college tuition — has little to do with Clinton’s character or alleged corruption or even with the undoubted wave of misogyny in this election.

Jim Sleeper, a lecturer in political science at Yale University and a former columnist at the New York Daily News, is the author of The Closest of Strangers: Liberalism and the Politics of Race in New York.

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