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Fools and hucksters are governing this country based on Ronald Reagan lies.

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  • Part 1: Fools and hucksters are governing this country

Their very presence in the White House is a daily debasement of the values and traditions that once made America great.

  • Part 2: Ending the Ronald Reagan lie

A small group of wealthy interests has hijacked the federal government, driving policies that are strongly against public opinion and the public good.

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Part 1: Fools and hucksters are governing this country

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Their very presence in the White House is a daily debasement of the values and traditions that once made America great.

Michael A. Cohen, Boston (MA) Globe  

July 12, 2017 | On Tuesday, America entered a new political world — one in which we now possess incontrovertible evidence that those around the president of the United States (and perhaps the president himself) sought to conspire with a foreign government to win a presidential election. The only thing left to figure out is how deep this goes and whether laws were broken.

But no matter the legal fallout, this is an American tragedy. Not for Donald Trump or his son Donald Trump Jr., or his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, all of whom have consistently shown themselves to be contemptuous of the rule of law, America’s political traditions and values, and the American people themselves. They will get what they deserve. The tragedy is that a man of such ill repute could ever have been elected president and will — with the complicity of gutless congressional Republicans — remain there for the foreseeable future.

Michael A. Cohen’s column appears regularly in the Globe.

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Part 2: Ending the Ronald Reagan lie

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The stunning result is this: A small group of wealthy interests has hijacked the federal government, driving policies that are strongly against public opinion and the public good. Legislation is drafted in secret, pushed without deliberation, and if possible, adopted without regard for the voters. This is obviously the case with the Obamacare repeal, but it’s also true regarding climate change, environmental protection, tax cuts for the rich, antitrust enforcement, and foreign policy.

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Boston (MA) Globe   

July 11, 2017 | As they return from the July Fourth break, the Republican leadership is twisting in agony on the Obamacare repeal and it couldn’t happen to a more miserable bunch. President Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell have been trying to jam through a deeply unpopular and cruel piece of legislation, but for once the public is being heard over the lobbyists. And the public is shouting a loud and hopefully decisive “no.” But the problem is deeper than health care, and goes back to Ronald Reagan’s great lie.

Our current political travails can be traced to Reagan. In his jovial way, Reagan would quip, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” With his sneering disrespect for government, Reagan ushered in nearly four decades of tax cuts, deregulation, and rising inequality that now threaten to devour our future. Trump, Ryan, and McConnell are the scheming and vacuous politicians at the end of a long process of decline.

Jeffrey D. Sachs is University Professor and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, and author of “The Age of Sustainable Development.”

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A Definitive Guide to the G.O.P. Insiders Enabling Donald TrumpSarah Ellison, Vanity Fair

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  • From Paul Ryan to John McCain, Sarah Ellison takes a look at the men—and the motives—that are propping up a Donald Trump presidency.
  • Meet the Washington insiders enabling Donald Trump in the video.
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From the Archives | The Bandwagon of Hate: America’s Cancer

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  • So here I ask that each of us pull our heads out of those fluffy and, mostly white, clouds of privilege and see the world our choices have created. Stop supporting the status quo with silence and quick indictments of the disenfranchised. Stop changing the subject. Stop complaining about our hurt feelings. Stop listening to everyone except the people who are suffering. We either challenge the system and our long held perceptions of the people it harms or do nothing, and thus, contribute to the collapse.
  • Related: White America's Greatest Delusion: "They Do Not Know It and They Do Not Want to Know It"

Odysseus, Angry Humanist

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3rd December 2014This is an exercise in dismantling whiteness, white supremacy racism, race and the ideologies that create the socioeconomic disparities we see between people of color and their European counterparts. For this to work, you must read a lot, not just my whimsical ramblings but the many articles and studies I’ve linked throughout this document. Many of my perspectives come from the content of those works, but there is also a fair of amount of insight to be gained simply by existing within a nation that never really feels like home.

I have put great effort into coupling my opinions with historical references and other sound affirming data, but I am human; so there may be some mistakes here and there. I simply ask that you not dismiss the entirety of what is said for having read something perceived as wrong on your part or said in error on mine. I will, at times use sarcasm, humor, and dialogue to clarify a point, but I do these things not because this topic is in any way something to take lightly. They are tools to soften the blow for you, the reader, and me the bareknuckle writer. I am neither trying to 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=r5Y8N1gNdraw blood or break my hand in the process of dropping some rather heavy accusations, facts, and opinions on some sleeping heads.

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White America's Greatest Delusion: "They Do Not Know It and They Do Not Want to Know It" Tim Wise, AlterNet

  • It is the innocence which constitutes the crime.
  • Related: ‘We Must Actively Stand Up’: John Angelos’ Response to Racism at Fenway Park

 

The Battles Ahead: Meet the Biggest Opponents of Single-Payer

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  • The health industry, not the public, is the constituency not “comfortable” with Medicare for all.
  • Related: Special Report | GOP Health Care Reform: Week Ending June 24, 2017

Michael Corcoran, Moyers & Company

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July 7, 2017 | It has become fashionable to write premature obituaries of the Senate bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, using hyperbolic and misleading language. The Senate bill, according to varying headlines, is “in peril,” on “life support” and “dead on arrival.” These stories should be of little comfort given that the exact same headlines were published prior to the House passing its version of the repeal. That bill was also reportedly “on the verge of collapse,” “in tatters,” “flailing” and even “dead.”

Such sentiment could give Americans a false sense of complacency. There is still a real danger that this contemptible bill, which according to the Congressional Budget Office would lead to 22 million Americans becoming uninsured, will still become law. Considering this, stopping this legislation — which repeals Medicaid as much as it does the ACA — should remain the top short-term priority for advocates of health care justice.

Michael Corcoran is a journalist based in Boston. He has written for the Boston Globe, The Nation, The Christian Science Monitor, Extra!, Nacla Report on the Americas and other publications.

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Special Report | GOP Health Care Reform: Week Ending June 24, 2017, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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We have time to fight back, and it doesn’t matter if you have a Republican or Democratic Senator—you are needed in this fight. Here’s how to fight back.

 

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Are Politicians Too Dumb to Understand the Lyrics to ‘Born in the USA’?

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  • Springsteen’s ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ is an indictment of the government, the military-industrial complex, and the way we treat soldiers. Not exactly an election night anthem.
  • Unexceptionalism
  • Related: The Song that Fooled America

Parker Molloy, The Daily Beast

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11.06.14 | On Tuesday night—widely considered a sweeping victory for Republican political candidates—I sat in my apartment, huddled around my TV, watching as election results rolled in. From my couch, as the local NBC affiliate called the Illinois gubernatorial race for GOP candidate Bruce Rauner, I noticed something. As the local news team cut to Rauner campaign headquarters, I heard something in the background: the familiar drum beat and synth lead of one of 1984's most popular tunes, "Born in the U.S.A."

In 1984, Bruce Springsteen released Born in the U.S.A. The album became an immediate success, and it eventually became one of the most successful recordings of all time, selling more than 10 million copies. This success of both the album and its eponymous single is frequently attributed to a belief that the song is a pro-American anthem. In reality, it's anything but.

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Where Have All the Children Gone? The Age of Grief

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  • “This is a war against normal life.” So said CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward, describing the situation at this moment in Syria, as well as in other parts of the Middle East.
  • A Planet's Future Threatened by the Fate of Its Children

Karen J. Greenberg, TomDispatch / Portside

July 3, 2017 | It was one of those remarks that should wake you up to the fact that the regions the United States has, since September 2001, played such a role in destabilizing are indeed in crisis, and that this process isn’t just taking place at the level of failing states and bombed-out cities, but in the most personal way imaginable. It’s devastating for countless individuals -- mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, friends, lovers -- and above all for children.

Ward’s words caught a reality that grows harsher by the week, and not just in Syria, but in parts of Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya, among other places in the Greater Middle East and Africa. Death and destruction stalk whole populations in Syria and other crumbling countries and failed or failing states across the region.  In one of those statistics that should stagger the imagination, devastated Syria alone accounts for more than five million of the estimated 21 million refugees worldwide. And sadly, these numbers do not reflect an even harsher reality: you only become a “refugee” by crossing a border.  According to the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR), in 2015 there were another 44 million people uprooted from their homes who were, in essence, exiles in their own lands.  Add those numbers together and you have one out of every 113 people on the planet -- and those figures, the worst since World War II, may only be growing.

Karen J. Greenberg, a TomDispatch regular, is the director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School. Her latest book is Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State, out in paperback this May. She is also author of The Least Worst Place: Guantánamo’s First 100 Days.  

Rose Sheela and CNS interns Anastasia Bez, Rohini Kurup, and Andrew Reisman contributed research for this article.

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Trauma Inflicted on Children in the War on Terror Is Clouding Global Society’s Future, Karen J. Greenberg, TomDispatch / Truthdig

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  • The loss of childhood, the crippling effects of trauma, the narrative of grief, and the cruel removal of any sense of hope or of a secure future have been seeping into global discourse about children for many years now. Isn’t it time to begin to see their global crisis for what it is: one of the major threats to a stable future for the planet?
  • Related: From the Archives | Chris Hedges: Pity the Children

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Dear white people: Frederick Douglass explains the Trump resistance in “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”

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The former slave's tribute to the American Revolution — and attack on American hypocrisy — rings loud in 2017.

Chauncey DeVega, Salon 

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Jul 4, 2017 | Every year on this day I read Frederick Douglass’ 1852 speech “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” This apex of American words and letters is a demand for citizenship and freedom. It is also a searing indictment of a so-called democracy in which white-on-black chattel slavery was the rule of the land.

More than 150 years after it was first delivered, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” still resonates because the color line remains one of America’s great contradictions and unresolved projects. In today’s America, white supremacy is like a ghost or shade that still haunts our democracy: Its ominous shadow looms over voting, the policing of black and brown communities, disparities in wealth and income, the labor market, housing, education, the courts and a society where a person’s skin color still impacts how they are marked as deserving full and equal dignity.

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Time to Build a Resistence in More Than Name Only

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  • Part 1: The So-called Resistance, by James Howard Kunstler

James Howard Kunstler asks a critical question: what would a real resistance (as opposed to the crybaby resistance currently wailing) look like?

  • Part 2: Time to Build a Real Resistance! 

The mass protests against (Trump's)  reactionary policies have been inspiring, but they will inevitably ebb and flow because ultimately, protests will not be enough to stop him and the class he represents.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: The So-called Resistance, by James Howard Kunstler

  • http://images.dailykos.com/i/user/116919/fist.jpg  James Howard Kunstler asks a critical question: what would a real resistance (as opposed to the crybaby resistance currently wailing) look like?
  • The so-called resistence 

James Howard Kunstler, Straight Line Logic

May 30, 2017 | Entropy never sleeps. It works remorselessly to transform things of value into useless, dissipated waste and heat. Complexity stokes it especially as the law of diminishing returns multiplies the wheels of futility spinning down to zero. Hence, the intellectual decay of American life in which spin is everything, anything goes, and nothing matters.

The latest manifestation of this dynamic is the curious movement that styles itself The Resistance, lately adopted by the grotesque handmaiden of the Deep State that the Democratic Party became in the regency of Hillary Clinton. Its mission is to undo the results of the last national election by claiming that Russia undid it. It pretends to seek the restoration of something — but what? Of dissipated power relations within the Deep State itself?

James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation.

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Part 2: Time to Build a Real Resistance! 

http://socialistappeal.org/images/SA100Cover.jpg.jpgCountless individuals have come to the conclusion that it is not enough to stand on the sidelines. The mass protests against (Trump's)  reactionary policies have been inspiring, but they will inevitably ebb and flow because ultimately, protests will not be enough to stop him and the class he represents. Much more will be needed: ideas, activity, and organization! In an exciting development, thousands have joined DSA and there is growing pressure among the rank and file to break with the Democratic Party once and for all.

John Peterson, Socialist Appeal 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg

Friday, May 12, 2017 | Publishing one hundred issues of a revolutionary Marxist magazine is something of a milestone in the land of the Red Scare and Joseph McCarthy. Back in early 2002, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the “Neo-Cons” ruled the roost. Dissent of any kind was ridiculed and the Left was in full retreat. But instead of hiding in a hole, a handful of comrades of the International Marxist Tendency decided to throw down the gauntlet in the form of a publication centered on a concrete program and perspective for world revolution. We refused to accept that this was the best of all possible worlds, that the end of history had come, and that capitalism had won.

At the upcoming National Congress of the US section of the IMT, we will be discussing the future of Socialist Appeal with a view towards reaching ever wider layers with our ideas. But one thing is clear: Fifteen years since we first went to press, the fundamental ideas we have always defended are more relevant than ever. We have consistently defended the need to break with the Democrats and to form a mass, class independent labor party based on the unions and armed with a socialist program. Concurrently, we must build a revolutionary cadre organization steeped in Marxist theory and class struggle methods to fight against reformism and for a revolutionary internationalist program within a future mass socialist party.

John Peterson, editor of Socialist Appeal magazine, provides a Marxist analysis of the Trump election and its implications for the class struggle.

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US Election Meddling: Smoke and Mirrors with a Biker Gang Subplot

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  • Part 1: US Election Meddling: Smoke and Mirrors

Actual evidence has not surfaced.

  • Part 2: The Russia Scandal Was Desperately Missing a Biker Gang Subplot. Well, Here It Is. 

Paging Hunter S. Thompson.

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Part 1: US Election Meddling: Smoke and Mirrors

For a magician, the greater the illusion attempted, the more showmanship that’s required to distract audiences from that fact that it is indeed just an illusion. For US politics, something very similar applies, particularly regarding the latest, ongoing narrative surrounding alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

Ulson GunnarGlobal Research

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/electionMachines-NEO.jpgJune 16, 2017 | Having concluded over half a year ago, had there been actual evidence of state-sponsored election interference by Russia, it would have surfaced and the necessity for a lengthy and dramatic public spectacle would not only be absent, it would obstruct real measures needed to protect America’s political process from future foreign influence.

However, actual evidence has not surfaced.

Instead, complex conspiracy theories buttressed by the most tenuous documentation have been spun and promoted in the midst of public hearings, political rearrangements in the White House and other theatrics designed to keep the public engaged and convinced of the notion that Russia’s government actually attempted to manipulate the results of America’s presidential election.

Ulson Gunnar is a New York-based geopolitical analyst and writer especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

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Part 2: The Russia Scandal Was Desperately Missing a Biker Gang Subplot. Well, Here It Is. 

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  • "The most amazing story ran in the Miami Herald last Thursday. It involves the Trump organization and a Russian official deep in the dark side of shady, because all of the amazing stories do these days. But it also involves a Russian motorcycle gang that has staked a claim in this country and that once had its gang colors hoisted in outer space."
  • Paging Hunter S. Thompson.

Charles Pierce, Esquire

Jun 26, 2017 | The most amazing story ran in the Miami Herald last Thursday. It involves the Trump organization and a Russian official deep in the dark side of shady, because all of the amazing stories do these days. But it also involves a Russian motorcycle gang that has staked a claim in this country and that once had its gang colors hoisted in outer space.

But the tale of Igor Zorin offers a 21st-century twist with all the weirdness modern Miami has to offer: Russian cash, a motorcycle club named after Russia's powerful special forces and a condo tower branded by Donald Trump. Zorin is a Russian government official who has spent nearly $8 million on waterfront South Florida homes, hardly financially prudent given his bureaucrat's salary of $75,000 per year. He runs a state-owned broadcasting company that, among other duties, operates sound systems for the annual military parade that sends columns of soldiers and tanks rumbling through Moscow's Red Square.

Charles Pierce is a staff writer for Grantland and the author of Idiot America. He writes regularly for Esquire, is the lead writer for Esquire.com’s Politics blog, and is a frequent guest on NPR.

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