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Are We Monsters?

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  • We are a failed country because we have lost our compassion and sense of community.
  • Related: America’s Descent Into Madness

Neal Gabler, Moyers & Company

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May 11, 2017 | Warner Brothers and Universal have both been dusting off an inventory of classic monsters — King Kong, Godzilla, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, etc. — which prompted New York Times film critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott to speculate whether this was a reaction to a contemporary America, where monstrousness now seems to run rampant. When you add a film like the mega hit Get Out, about human monsters, you get the feeling that maybe Hollywood is onto something.

Monster films have always dealt with anxieties — the Depression in the ‘30s, the Soviet threat and nuclear threat in the ’50s, technological change in the ‘60s and ’70s. But today, the  danger is different. Today the danger is us.

Neal Gabler is an author of five books and the recipient of two LA Times Book Prizes, Time magazine's non-fiction book of the year, USA Today's biography of the year and other awards. He is also a senior fellow at The Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California, and is currently writing a biography of Sen. Edward Kennedy.

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America’s Descent Into Madness, Henry Giroux, Counterpunch <http://www.counterpunch.org>

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  • America has entered one of its periods of historical madness, but this is the worst I can remember: worse than McCarthyism, worse than the Bay of Pigs and in the long term potentially more disastrous than the Vietnam War. – John le Carré
  • The Politics of Cruelty
  • The Corporation as Psychopath

 

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Constitutional Crisis

Donald Trump plunged the nation into a constitutional crisis this week.

Related: Dan Rather Just Gave The BEST Response To Trump’s Comey Firing.

Ruth Conniff, the Progressive

http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/screen_shot_2015-05-06_at_10.41.19_am_0.png?itok=r5Y8N1gN May 13, 2017 | Donald Trump plunged the nation into a constitutional crisis this week when he fired FBI director James Comey in the midst of Comey’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia to tip the 2016 election to Trump.

The parallels to the Watergate crisis are “undeniable,” one Nixon scholar told me.

When President Nixon fired Archibald Cox, who was investigating Watergate, The Progressive called on readers to exert “immense and unremitting pressure” to convince Congress to impeach Nixon. “Public opinion, forcefully applied, can move the requisite number of Representatives to embark on the process of impeachment,” we editorialized at the time.

We are in the same situation once again. And public pressure is building.

Citizens are packing town hall meetings to demand answers on the Comey firing and to express their worry about Republican plans to roll back the Affordable Care Act.

Meanwhile, Trump has launched yet another cynical attack on our democracy. Our publisher, Norm Stockwell, spoke with Greg Palast this week about Trump’s new voter fraud commission, led by one of the chief architects of the phony claim that there are millions of illegal voters in the United States.

Ruth Conniff is an American progressive journalist who serves as editor-in-chief of the Progressive. In addition to the Progressive, Conniff has written for the Nation and the New York Times.

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http://occupydemocrats.com/wp-content/uploads/danrather-trumo.pngDan Rather Just Gave The BEST Response To Trump’s Comey Firing, Robert Haffey, Occupy Democrats 

In the wake of Trump’s self-serving removal of James Comey from his role as Director of the FBI, many Americans have been left reeling, struggling to make sense of the undemocratic move. As has become increasingly the case, journalist Dan Rather offered one of the most articulate assessments of the situation.

Related: We’re heading into dark times. This is how to be your own light in the Age of Trump

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Special Report | Disability: Republican health plan undermines special education, too

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  • At a certain point, congressional Republicans stop looking like American policymakers and start looking like villains from a Dickens novel.
  • Related: Epic Plea to GOP: "You are the single greatest threat to my family."

Steve Benen, MSNBC

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05/04/17 | At first blush, it may seem counter-intuitive to think the Republicans’ regressive health care plan would affect education policy. It’s bad enough to realize GOP lawmakers are prepared to take away health care coverage for tens of millions of Americans, but if they’re going to target schools, they’ll have to do so in a different bill, right?

Wrong. The New York Times reports:

"With all the sweeping changes the Republican bill would impose, little attention has been paid to its potential impact on education. School districts rely on Medicaid, the federal health care program for the poor, to provide costly services to millions of students with disabilities across the country."

Steve Benen: Producer, The Rachel Maddow Show

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Epic Plea to GOP: "You are the single greatest threat to my family."  Trump Resistance Movement (TRM), act.tv

GOP Representative Tom MacArthur was not ready for this. This man brought the house down speaking his mind.

Dan Rather Just Gave The BEST Response To Trump’s Comey Firing

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  • In the wake of Trump’s self-serving removal of James Comey from his role as Director of the FBI, many Americans have been left reeling, struggling to make sense of the undemocratic move. As has become increasingly the case, journalist Dan Rather offered one of the most articulate assessments of the situation.
  • Related: We’re heading into dark times. This is how to be your own light in the Age of Trump

Robert Haffey, Occupy Democrats

May 9, 2017 | “Future generations may mark today as one of the truly dark days in American history, a history that may soon take an even more ominous turn.

President Trump’s sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey is a matter that should deeply concern every American, regardless of party, partisan politics or ideological leanings.

Robert Haffey is a journalist and winner of the Screencraft Writing Fellowship. 

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We’re heading into dark times. This is how to be your own light in the Age of Trump, Sarah Kendzior, The Correspondent

  • Having studied authoritarian states for over a decade, I would never exaggerate the severity of the threat we now face. But an American kleptocracy is exactly where president-elect Trump and his backers are taking us. That’s why I have a favor to ask you, my fellow Americans.
  • A president-elect who wants to strip our country down for parts
  • Related: Dan Rather Just Released Heartbreaking Statement Against Trump 

 

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Special Project | Money in Politics: Here’s how much health insurance companies paid Republicans to flip their vote on Trumpcare

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If the list of the 12 (or 13, depending on the source) members of the Senate working group writing a new Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill is any indicator, the new healthcare bill is very likely to be just as punishing, if not more, than the bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

Tom Cahill, Resistance Report

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If the list of the 12 (or 13, depending on the source) members of the Senate working group writing a new Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill is any indicator, the new healthcare bill is very likely to be just as punishing, if not more, than the bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

Tom Cahill is a senior editor for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. 

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The Democratic Party Is a Ghost, Tone-Deaf and Gross

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  • Part 1: The Democratic Party Is a Ghost
    • Democratic Party elites don’t have ideals. They just need you to be scared of the Republicans.
  • Part 2: Democrats’ Reaction to the Trumpcare Vote Was Tone-Deaf and Gross
    • Come on, Democrats. If you really believe that Republicans are voting to hurt vulnerable Americans—that this bill would cost people their lives if passed—then you can’t act like the joke’s on the GOP. And, as a rule, if your whole strategy is to take the high road, then you’d better not turn around and take a moral-victory lap on the low one.
  • Related: Democratic Leaders are a Craven Bunch of Idiots Bent on Self-Destruction

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 



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Democratic Party elites don’t have ideals. They just need you to be scared of the Republicans.

Jacob Bacharach, Jacobin Magazine 

05.06.2017 | I’ve said before that the Democratic Party isn’t really a political party at all, but rather something closer to a think tank — a kind of failed academic enterprise whose principal output is dubious research written in the style of a press release and the occasional bemusing and ineffectual appearance on cable news.

Although they endlessly carp that dastardly Republican gerrymandering has locked them ever out of real legislative power, in point of fact it’s the institution of the Democratic Party that’s benefited. The GOP gave birth to a feisty swamp monster of Tea Party activism. Convince yourself all you want that this was the result of Koch Bros astroturfing; in reality, it’s the Republican Party that’s been roiled by primary challenges to established teat-suckers; it’s the Republican Party that’s tossed out its goldfish-mouthed leadership in favor of a class of politicians really committed to exercising power.

Jacob Bacharach is the author of The Doorposts of Your House and on Your Gates.

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Part 2: Democrats’ Reaction to the Trumpcare Vote Was Tone-Deaf and Gross

Come on, Democrats. If you really believe that Republicans are voting to hurt vulnerable Americans—that this bill would cost people their lives if passed—then you can’t act like the joke’s on the GOP. And, as a rule, if your whole strategy is to take the high road, then you’d better not turn around and take a moral-victory lap on the low one.

Will Oremus, Slate 

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May 4, 2017 | There’s principled opposition, and then there’s political gamesmanship, and today’s Democratic Party has a remarkable knack for choosing the wrong one at the wrong time.

In the moments after it became clear that House Republicans had passed the Trump-endorsed American Health Care Act, a handful of legislators began to sing. The voices rose up from the House floor: “Na na na na / hey he-hey / goodbye.”

Will Oremus is Slate’s senior technology writer. 

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Democratic Leaders are a Craven Bunch of Idiots Bent on Self-Destruction, Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch

  • A party that is that detached from the wishes and demands of the electorate, and of its own discouraged and angry base, is not a party that’s going to be around much longer.
  • At least one can hope.
  • Related: Establishment Democrats Beg for Party Unity, (but) Progressives Aren't Buying It

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