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Trump isn’t the Problem; the Republican Base is

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  • Don’t worry about Trump, worry about his supporters: It’s not Trump who is attacking people, sometimes trying to kill anyone looking Hispanic or Muslim in public or at his rallies. It is his supporters; these are the people we really need to worry about. Because if Trump falls out of the Presidential race you better believe those people still exist in our nation.
  • Don’t get me wrong, there would be a lot of worry if Trump became President. However, if he fails, remember those racist, bigoted, and otherwise stupid people who supported him are only going to wait for another Trump.
  • Related: Trump Is the Symptom, Not the Disease

Johnny Silvercloud, Afrosapiophile <https://afrosapiophile.com> 

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https://i.imgur.com/wn7S0O2.jpg 10/08/2016 | Friends Who Like Trump. Facebook has made it possible to find out what your friends like and follow.  Headlines all over the internet point you to use this feature to find out which of your friends like Donald Trump.  So yeah, I tried it out.  Honestly, I am nowhere near surprised; every friend of mine who loves Trump as a politician are those whom I expected.  Call me crazy, but I am not going to delete these guys.  I would rather keep such folks in close quarters to observe and understand them.  Being that many of these people are folks I have known for years, most of them know they can be radically honest with me.  And yes, when I ask questions I want real answers.  Why would a reasonable healthy person support a fascist?  At least I am in a good position to ask.

Trump fans hate “political correctness.” One of the biggest reasons my friends give me on why they  love Trump is because “he doesn’t give a damn about political correctness”.  So let us talk about that for a second.

Johnny Silvercloud: The Soul Brother #1 of a Kind. Consequentialist street photographer abolitionist writer/speaker who stands for any oppressed peoples. I do it because every man and woman deserves freedom of thought -- especially black folks.

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Trump Is the Symptom, Not the DiseaseJeff Schweitzer, Huffington Post

  • It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into philanthropy and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character. --Joseph Heller, Catch-22
  • American Crossroads: Reagan, Trump and the Devil Down South

Series | 2016 General Election Guide, Parts 8 & 9

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  • Part 8: Ralph Nader explains how voting for the ‘least worst’ candidate corrupts democracy
  • Part 9: 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils"
  • Parts 8 & 9 in a Series

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Part 8: Ralph Nader explains how voting for the ‘least worst’ candidate corrupts democracy.

  • You’re desperately supporting the least worst candidate because the other guy is worse. So you lose your bargaining power, and they don’t have to give you the time of day the minute you indicate you’re a least worst voter.
  • The left has lost its nerve and its direction.
  • Yes, I’m Voting Third Party. No I’m Not Wasting My Vote.

Eric W. Dolan, Raw Story

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Vote.jpg Monday, March 25, 2013 | Consumer advocate Ralph Nader on Monday decried the lack of choices at the ballot box and predicted super rich candidates would run in 2016.

Speaking on C-SPAN, Nader said the influence of money on the political process along with the weakening of unions had prevented candidates from addressing certain controversial issues. Voting for the lesser of two evils had also allowed candidates to skirt around particular topics.

“As voters, we get too satisfied with least worst choices, so we’ll vote for the Democrats because we think the Republicans are worse, or we’ll vote for the Republicans because we think the Democrats are worse,” he explained. “And every four years both of them get worse, because if you’re a least worst voter you don’t pull the least worst candidate. You’re desperately supporting the least worst candidate because the other guy is worse. So you lose your bargaining power, and they don’t have to give you the time of day the minute you indicate you’re a least worst voter.” 

Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of San Diego, California. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost.

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Part 2: Part 9 | 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils"

  • If somebody you love is addicted to the "lesser" of two evils, please refer them to the following 12 step program.
  • Step 12: As a result of these steps, you can now carry the message to those who still suffer from an addiction to the Democratic Party. Nothing is as liberating as resisting an evil when you know it's wrong.
  • The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction
  • The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can?

Debra Sweet, OpEdNews

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Are you unsatisfied with Obama but stay with him out of fear of Mitt Romney becoming president? If you answered yes to more than one of these questions, you are probably in a self-destructive relationship with the Democratic Party.

If somebody you love is addicted to the "lesser" of two evils, please refer them to the following 12 step program.

Debra Sweet is the Director of World Can't Wait, initiated in 2005 to "drive out the Bush regime" by repudiating its program, forcing it from office through a mass, independent movement, and reversing the direction it had launched. Debra says, "Stop thinking like an American, and start thinking about humanity!"

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The real Clinton Foundation: Joe Conason is out to tell the true story behind Bill Clinton’s career in philanthropy.

Joe Conason set out to profile Bill Clinton and ended up setting the record straight on the Clinton Foundation.

Amanda Marcotte, Salon

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Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 | No one has been able to produce real evidence of corruption at the Clinton Foundation, but the relentless media chatter falsely implying otherwise has had its effect: Few voters know about the good work that the foundation does. Americans are instead more likely to believe false stories about corruption than know about the foundation’s work.

Journalist Joe Conason wants to change that. In his new book, “Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton,” Conason profiled Bill Clinton’s post-presidency career in philanthropy. Through his work for the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and other activities, former president Clinton has devoted himself to fighting against poverty and for greater access to education, nutrition and health care around the world. I recently spoke with Conason over the phone. The interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Amanda Marcotte is a politics writer for Salon who covers American politics, feminism, and culture. She's based out of Brooklyn.

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The Great Leap Backward: America’s Illegal Wars on the World

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  • Neither military nor economic war on the sovereignty of nations has yielded anything close to a stable, prosperous, and peaceful world. It had delivered death, destruction, debt, market crises, tidal waves of refugees and displaced persons, and concentrated masses of wealth in a few but powerful hands.
  • Related: You Must Be Kidding!

Luciana Bohne, CounterPunch

https://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/if-war-is-the-answer.jpg?w=540   May 13, 2016 | Can we face it in this election season? America is a weapons factory, the White House a war room, and the president the manager of the neoliberal conspiracy to recolonize the planet. It exports war and mass poverty. On the economic front, usurious neoliberalism; on the military front, illegal wars. These are the trenches of America’s battle for world domination in the 21st century.

If not stopped, it will be a short century.

Luciana Bohne is co-founder of Film Criticism, a journal of cinema studies, and teaches at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania.

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You Must Be Kidding! Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

  • War, Peace, and Absurdity
  • Adventures in an American World of Frustration
  • Related: Why the US Can’t Break Its Addiction to War 

 

Tomgram: Nick Turse, Killing People, Breaking Things, and America's Winless Wars

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  • If you’ve ever wondered how those inside the planet’s self-proclaimed mightiest military force assess their handiwork over these last 15 (or for that matter 50) years, it’s fortunately no longer necessary to guess. Thanks to TomDispatch’s Nick Turse, we now have a document from within that military which will answer your every question on war, American-style, even if those answers beg questions all their own.
  • Related: You Must Be Kidding!

Nick Turse, TomDispatch.com

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And then, of course, there’s Iraq.  Where even to begin to count?  You could start perhaps with the military aid and assistance that Washington gave Saddam Hussein in the eight-year war that followed his invasion of Iran in 1980, including crucial information that the Iraqis could use to target Iranian troops with their chemical weapons.  Or you could start with that victory of all victories, the first Gulf War of 1991, in which the U.S. military crushed Saddam’s troops in Kuwait, showed off the snazzy techno-abilities of the mightiest force on the planet... and er, um... somehow didn’t unseat the Iraqi ruler, leading to years of no-fly-zone air war until that second, ultimate victory, the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which led to... er, um... a disastrous occupation, various insurgencies, and finally the withdrawal of American forces in 2011 before... er, um... the Islamic State emerged triumphantly to smash the American-trained Iraqi army, taking over major cities, and establishing its “caliphate.”  That, of course, led to America’s third Iraq War (or is it the fourth?), still ongoing.  In other words, at least a quarter-century of conflict and possibly more with no end in sight.

Nick Turse is the managing editor of TomDispatch, a fellow at the Nation Institute, and a contributing writer for the Intercept. His book Tomorrow's Battlefield: U.S. Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa recently received an American Book Award. His latest book is Next Time They’ll Come to Count the Dead: War and Survival in South Sudan

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You Must Be Kidding! Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

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  • War, Peace, and Absurdity
  • Adventures in an American World of Frustration
  • Related: Why the US Can’t Break Its Addiction to War 

Michelle Obama's Speech: As Personal As Political Gets

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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"

Lynn Sherr, Moyers & Company

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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.

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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

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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

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/LoLlamanDemocracia.jpgMay 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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