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Mike Lofgren | How Democracies Die

  • "Picture a country at the height of its international power and prestige. It has military forces stationed around the globe. It is an intellectual leader...." It's not the one you're thinking of.
  • How Do You Take Your Poison?

Mike Lofgren, Truthout

(Image: Lance Page / Truthout; Adapted: Sean McMenemy, Paula Bailey)

October 25, 2012  | Picture a country at the height of its international power and prestige. It has military forces stationed around the globe. It is an intellectual leader. Its citizens are pleased to insist that the national idea, their country's way of life, is a beacon of enlightenment and human rights for the rest of the world. Indeed, they are wont to harp on the notion that the country embodies the very concept of Western Civilization.

But beneath the façade of greatness there is creeping rot. The rich (who are accustomed to getting their way in all things) corrupt the system and buy the people's representatives in this venerable democracy. The country lurches towards political polarization and, predictably, the machinery of orderly governance becomes gridlocked. The politicians of the right, who take every opportunity to bellow for increased spending on the military, refuse to raise the revenues to pay for it. Why?

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How Do You Take Your Poison? Chris Hedges, Truthdig
You can dismiss those of us who will in protest vote for a third-party candidate and invest our time and energy in acts of civil disobedience. You can pride yourself on being practical. You can swallow the false argument of the lesser of two evils. But ask yourself, once this nightmare starts kicking in, who the real sucker is.

 

Ohio Voting Machines Owned by Romney Business Campaign Contributors

  • A candidate for the presidency of the United States, and his brother, wife and son, have a straight-line financial interest in the voting machines that could decide this fall's election.
  • Does the Romney family now own your e-vote?
  • If media does not report this they are aiding and abetting election fraud in the U.S.
  • Ohio Needs International Election Observers


Gerry Bello, Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman, the Free Press

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

A Hart e-Voting Machine. (Photo: Joe Hall / Flickr)

October 19, 2012 | Will you cast your vote this fall on a faulty electronic machine that's partly owned by the Romney Family? Will that machine decide whether Romney will then inherit the White House?

Through a closely held equity fund called Solamere, Mitt Romney and his wife, son and brother are major investors in an investment firm called H.I.G. Capital. H.I.G. in turn holds a majority share and three out of five board members in Hart Intercivic, a company that owns the notoriously faulty electronic voting machines that will count the ballots in swing state Ohio November 6. Hart machines will also be used elsewhere in the United States.

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Ohio Needs International Election Observers, Rob Kall, OpEdNews
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Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

A pastor in MD thinks LGBT people like me should be killed.

  • That's right -- the man leading the charge to take away rights from LGBT Marylanders thinks there is nothing wrong with the assertion that LGBT folks and our allies should be killed.
  • Add your name to the petition.


Heather Cronk, GetEQUAL

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October 25, 2012 | I was watching the local news yesterday evening and saw video footage of a Maryland pastor making the argument that LGBT folks should be put to death -- and allies of LGBT folks should also be put to death. I nearly fell off the couch! I live in Maryland, and the fight here to keep a law in place that grants civil marriage equality to LGBT Marylanders is getting pretty nasty -- but this was really too much.

Can you send a clear message to Derek McCoy that this kind of rhetoric is harmful, shameful, and inappropriate for a campaign to condone? We'll deliver your signature next week to show that there's no place in the debate for this kind of hatred.

Add your name to the petition.

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On the 10th Anniversary of the Strange Death of Paul Wellstone

  • A Tribute to Paul Wellstone
  • Paul Wellstone: 10 Years After His Death, He Still Sets the Bar for a Politics of Conviction
  • George McGovern Dead at 90

Gary Kohls, MD, Duty to Warn / Evergreene Digest

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October 22, 2012 | October 25th, a week and a half before 2012’s election day, was the 10th anniversary of the death of Paul Wellstone. A number of commemorative events during the week and, sadly, the loss of this courageous patriot will soon be forgotten by voters who should care enormously that his death, very likely, according to all the evidence available, was planned by evil proto-fascist forces deep within Vice President Dick Cheney’s office.

Cheney and many other Bush-era Republicans that are still in positions of power in the Republican Party particularly the Ryan, Rove, Koch Brothers’, FoxNews, Tea Party obstructionists in the GOP, hated, with a passion, the liberal Jewish Wellstone and his progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

His death changed the course of American and even world history. And just like most of the secretive conspiracies that have been carried out for decades by covert operatives within the CIA, FBI, the various National Security Agencies, the Pentagon and any of the dozens of obscure military groups and assassination squads that are so well-funded by us tax-payers in the covert black budget, which is estimated at costing 50 to 60 billion dollars a year on covert operations and weapons research and weapons development.

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Paul Wellstone: 10 Years After His Death, He Still Sets the Bar for a Politics of Conviction, Peter Dreier, In These Times
He cast his last vote against a resolution authorizing President George W. Bush to use force against Iraq. Soon after he died, cars in Minnesota and elsewhere began sporting green bumper stickers that read, “W.W.W.D. What would Wellstone do?"

George McGovern Dead at 90, David Browne, Rolling Stone

  • Although long dismissed or reviled by people within his own party for his 1972 campaign, McGovern and his supporters had something close to a last laugh. Roughly a year after that Election Day, during the unfolding Watergate scandal, his supporters printed up bumper stickers that read, "Don't blame me – I voted for McGovern."
  • On War and Peace, George McGovern Will Die Vindicated
  • Russell Means Has Left Us to Fight on for Ourselves
     

George McGovern Dead at 90

  • Although long dismissed or reviled by people within his own party for his 1972 campaign, McGovern and his supporters had something close to a last laugh. Roughly a year after that Election Day, during the unfolding Watergate scandal, his supporters printed up bumper stickers that read, "Don't blame me – I voted for McGovern."
  • On War and Peace, George McGovern Will Die Vindicated
  • Russell Means Has Left Us to Fight on for Ourselves

David Browne, Rolling Stone

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October 21, 2012 | George McGovern, the longtime anti-war congressman from South Dakota who notoriously suffered a devastating loss to Richard Nixon in the 1972 presidential campaign, died early Sunday morning at the age of 90. McGovern had suffered a head injury from a fall last December and was hospitalized this spring after several fainting spells. With his focus on peace and world hunger, McGovern was one of the leading liberal voices of his era – and the repercussions of his unsuccessful campaign for the White House were felt for decades to come.

Although he had been a Senator and Representative in his home state and had worked for John F. Kennedy's administration, McGovern was largely unknown by the time of the Democratic primaries in early 1972, Described by the New York Times as "a baldish former minister and rural radical," McGovern was a modest, low-key and reflective man, the antithesis of the savvy politician. "Above everything else," he said at one early campaign stop, "the citizens of this land are concerned about a restoration of credibility in the political life of their country."

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On War and Peace, George McGovern Will Die Vindicated, Conor Friedersdorf, the Atlantic
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell
The former presidential candidate warned of the folly of the Vietnam and Iraq Wars. Americans came to agree with him -- but only when it was too late.

Russell Means Has Left Us to Fight on for Ourselves, Dave Nalle, Blog Critics

  • His spirit will stalk the land like a giant so long as we remain strong in our belief in liberty and continue to take the fight he championed to the halls of power in every state and in the nation's capital.
  • Activist Russell Means a True Native Catalyst
  • George McGovern Dead at 90
     

To Zygi Wilf: Time for you to help us

  • In 2011, the Wilf Family Foundation spent $5.5 million on a vast number of charities all over the world. But it donated only $22,500 or 0.4 percent to nonprofits here in the Twin Cities.
  • An open leter to Zygi Wilf
  • Lileks | Can't they just be happy with that lobby?

Marlys Harris, MinnPost

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

October 19, 2012 | I hope this letter finds you healthy and happy. For certain you should be happy because we Minnesotans have done some heavy lifting to make your dreams come true. If all goes well, in 2016, the Vikings -- your team -- will be moving into a spanking-new $975 million stadium to which we taxpayers will be contributing nearly $500 million, plus interest.

Yes, I realize that much of the money will come from a tax on electronic pull-tab gambling, something the state never had before. But you know as well as I do that we could have put that money to use for our own citizens, for schools, transit, housing, health care and parks. With that kind of dough, we could have transformed desperately poor North Minneapolis into a garden of the gods or rerouted I-94 so that it didn't slice St. Paul in two.

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Lileks | Can't they just be happy with that lobby? James Lileks, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune
Here's an unsolicited message to the Minnesota Orchestra management about the lockout.

 

 

Special Report | The 2012 Campaign Lying Machine: Week of October 21

  • Every campaign is guilty of exaggerations, embellishments, distortions, and half-truths. But lying is another thing altogether.  Why do they do it, and how can they get away with it?
  • 10 New Items including:
    • The New New Romney Is a New Kind of Mendacious Liar
    • Rigged Presidential Debates Amidst the Supine Media
    • Presidential debate fraud exposed as sponsors withdraw
    • Obama by the Numbers
    • The Lie Factory
    • Rev. Dr. King versus Frightening And Deadly Hypocrisy In Obama's UN Address
    • Obama’s Double-Speak at the DNC
    • 8 Falsehoods, Lies and Misstatements From Romney Fundraising Video
    • Wingnuts Falsely Claim Obama Administration Forbade Marines From Carrying Live Ammo
    • Corporate bribery and political corruption on display at Republican, Democratic conventions

David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Dana Summers

The New New Romney Is a New Kind of Mendacious Liar, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

  • All candidates lie or or flip-flop with something like abandon in order to win. But what Romney is saying to the electorate now is so deeply cynical that it seems unprecedented.
  • Media credibility aside, the GOP message is bereft

Rigged Presidential Debates Amidst the Supine Media, Ralph Nader, Nader.org

  • This year voters are not allowed to know about the current backroom fix between Obama and Romney.
  • The Three Most Popular False Post-Debate Memes
  • Presidential debate fraud exposed as sponsors withdraw

Presidential debate fraud exposed as sponsors withdraw, Liberation News

  • Petition demands third-party candidates be admitted to debates
  • Sign the Petition: Open the debates to third-party candidates! 
  • Expanding the Debate Exclusive

Obama by the Numbers, Mark Warren and Richard Dorment, Esquire

  • Here, as a service to clarity and sanity, is the story of the Obama administration in raw, irreducible numbers. The unspun numbers sometimes benefit the administration, and sometimes they do not, but they always act as a corrective to the serial crimes against the truth that are playing out daily in the ongoing election fight — served up by the White House, the campaigns, the billionaires and their unaccountable super-PAC money, a million screaming blogs, and the unholy propaganda machine that is Fox News.
  • The New New Romney Is a New Kind of Mendacious Liar

The Lie Factory, Jill Lepore, New Yorker

  • How politics became a business
  • How the phantom of ‘socialized medicine’ came to be
  • United States of ALEC

Joe Heller

Rev. Dr. King versus Frightening And Deadly Hypocrisy In Obama's UN Address,  Jay Janson, Countercurrents.org

  • Passages are quoted from Obama's address to the 67th UN General Assembly alongside passages from  Martin Luther King's world shocking sermon Beyond Vietnam - a Time to Break Silence. From the sour feeling in one's own gut while listening to the absurdities, one assumes that the President himself must have a strong stomach to be able to speak such preposterous untruth with a straight and stern face. Obama's falsifications noted.
  • Obama’s Double-Speak at the DNC

Obama’s Double-Speak at the DNC, Daniel Kovalik, Counterpunch
Sounding very much like his predecessor, George W. Bush, President Obama engaged in a very calculated act of misdirection and obfuscation at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to continue justifying his unprovoked acts of war abroad.

8 Falsehoods, Lies and Misstatements From Romney Fundraising Video, Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet
(September 17, 2012) The real Mitt Romney speaks his mind; and he's as twisted as he is misinformed.

Wingnuts Falsely Claim Obama Administration Forbade Marines From Carrying Live Ammo, Adam Weinstein, Mother Jones

  • The Marine Corps has confirmed to Mother Jones that a military blogger's popular conspiracy theory about the embassy attack in Egypt is wrong.
  • Full text of the memo from the Marine Corps' congressional liaison
  • Romney Jumps the Shark: Libya, Egypt and the Butterfly Effect

Corporate bribery and political corruption on display at Republican, Democratic conventions, Barry Grey, World Socialist Website

  • Away from the minutely scripted and orchestrated proceedings in the convention hall—with all their hokum and stupidity—the serious business of peddling influence and selling votes will take place in what has become known as a “parallel convention.”
  • Former GOPer: How Republicans Went Crazy, Dems Lost Their Mojo, and the Middle Class Got Shafted
  • 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils"
     

Voting Records & Stands on Issues of Candidates for US President, Senate, & House

  • Wouldn't it be nice if instead of responding to a mind-numbing onslaught of attack ads and smear campaigns, every American sat down, thought about where they stood on issues, and then instantly discovered which candidates actually agreed with them?
  • Includes voting records for presidential candidates of the Justice, Consttitution, Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, and Green parties.

Project Vote Smart

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

Wouldn't it be nice if every American knew about, and used, votesmart.org before going to the polls? Wouldn't it be nice if instead of responding to a mind-numbing onslaught of attack ads and smear campaigns, every American sat down, thought about where they stood on issues, and then instantly discovered which candidates actually agreed with them? (Try VoteEasy!)

With early voting starting up, we're just a few weeks away from the big day. If every one of our supporters told just 50 people about Project Vote Smart, that would be 1.5 million more people Voting Smart on election day. And if those people told 50 people that would be over half the people who voted in 2008. And if those people told 50 people...you get the idea.

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