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The GOP’s Hidden, Unspoken “Big Tent” Agenda

  • “We Don’t Want No More Niggers in the White House”
  • What's The Matter With White People ~ Joan Walsh

Gary G. Kohls, MD, Duty to Warn, Evergreene Digest

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Anyone who watched the two national political conventions last month couldn’t help but be impressed with the nearly total lack of racial diversity at the (“White’s Only”) Republican National Convention. The large number of racially-diverse delegates at the Democratic National Convention was truly impressive. It should be obvious that white racism will be a huge factor in this November’s elections.  
 
Oh, I admit that there were a few token blacks and Latinos on the Tampa convention center stage from time to time and a proportionally far smaller percentage of non-whites in the audience; but the TV cameras, probably under the direction of the RNC itself, often focused on those few, trying to give the impression that the GOP’s “Big Tent” was something other than a total fallacy.

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What's The Matter With White People ~ Joan Walsh, Joel Whitney, San Francisco (CA) Chronicle

  • The editor at large of Salon and MSNBC commentator pens an enlightening personal journey through the prevailing "us" vs. "them" narrative of US politics. Walsh confronts the vexing divisions that occur when working-class whites are egged on by the GOP to resent what they consider government handouts to minorities advocated for by social liberals.
  • Labor and the Struggle Against Racism
     

Noam Chomsky On How Progressives Should Approach Election 2012

  • Professor Chomsky said, “I think they should spend five or ten minutes on it -- seeing if there’s a point in taking part in the carefully orchestrated electoral extravaganza."
  • He said he will probably vote for Jill Stein for president in effort to push a genuine electoral alternative.
  • How Do You Take Your Poison?
  • Yes, I’m Voting Third Party. No I’m Not Wasting My Vote.

Matthew Filipowicz, AlterNet

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Noam Chomsky has been awarded the Sydney Peace Prize. (photo: Ben Rusk/flickr)

September 28, 2012  |  Recently, on the Matthew Filipowicz Show, I had the privilege of speaking to Professor Noam Chomsky at his MIT office.  We discussed many aspects of activism including how he felt activists and progressives should approach two party politics and specifically the 2012 election.

Chomsky stated “I think they should spend five or ten minutes on it. Seeing if there’s a point in taking part in the carefully orchestrated electoral extravaganza.  And my own judgment, for what it’s worth, is, yes, there’s a point to taking a part.”

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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.

Yes, I’m Voting Third Party. No I’m Not Wasting My Vote. Devon DB, Global Research

  • Voting for Obama or Romney and knowing that both of them don’t care about average Americans will only continue pushing the pendulum that is American politics, to either the Republicans or the Democrats, with there being no substantial change in how the system itself works and who is benefits and oppresses.
  • The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction
  • The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can?
     

What We Still Don’t Know About Mitt Romney’s Taxes

  • The Romney campaign seems unlikely to release any more information about his finances, but that hasn’t kept reporters from digging it up.
  • Mitt Romney’s Tax Mysteries: A Reading Guide

Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica

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Pat Bagley

With the documents Mitt Romney released [1]recently, we know a bit more about his taxes.

We know, for instance, that Romney paid a rate of 14.1 percent on $13.7 million in income on his 2011 tax return [2], which he achieved by purposely overpaying [3]. Though he was entitled to deduct $4 million in charitable contributions, Romney deducted only $2.25 million to keep his tax rate above 13 percent.
(Romney, it has been [4] pointed out [5], could file an amended return to claim the full deduction after the election. We've contacted the Romney campaign, and Michele Davis, a spokeswoman, assured us he would not do so.)

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Mitt Romney’s Tax Mysteries: A Reading Guide, Cora Currier, ProPublica

  • Ironically, it was Mitt Romney's father, George, who set the precedent for the kind of comprehensive disclosure that's standard for most presidential candidates: During his 1967 bid for the Republican nomination, he released 12 years [9] of tax returns, saying [10] that just one or two seen in isolation could be misleading.
  • Ryan's 'Secret' Tape Is Even More Extreme Than Romney's
     

The Lie Factory

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

Jill Lepore, New Yorker

The field of political consulting was unknown before Leone Baxter and Clem Whitaker founded Campaigns, Inc., in 1933.

September 24, 2012 “I, Governor of California, and How I Ended Poverty,” by Upton Sinclair, is probably the most thrilling piece of campaign literature ever written.
Instead of the usual flummery, Sinclair, the author of forty-seven books, including, most famously, “The Jungle,” wrote a work of fiction. “I, Governor of California,” published in 1933, announced Sinclair’s gubernatorial bid in the form of a history of the future, in which Sinclair is elected governor in 1934, and by 1938 has eradicated poverty. “So far as I know,” the author remarked, “this is the first time an historian has set out to make his history true.”

It was only sixty-four pages, but it sold a hundred and fifty thousand copies in four months. Chapter 1: “On an evening in August, 1933, there took place a conference attended by five members of the County Central Committee of the Democratic party, Sixtieth Assembly District of the State of California.” That might not sound like a page-turner, unless you remember that at the time California was a one-party state: in 1931, almost all of the hundred and twenty seats in the state legislature were held by Republicans; not a single Democrat held a statewide office. Also useful to recall: the unemployment rate in the state was twenty-nine per cent. Back to that meeting in August, 1933: “The purpose was to consider with Upton Sinclair the possibility of his registering as a Democrat and becoming the candidate of the party for Governor of California.” What if Sinclair, a lifelong socialist, ran as a Democrat? That’s one nifty plot twist.

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How the phantom of ‘socialized medicine’ came to be, Trudy Lieberman, Columbia Journalism Review
A Laurel to the New Yorker for exploring the roots of modern political consulting

United States of ALEC, Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers & Company

  • Learn about the most influential corporate-funded political force most of America has never heard of -- ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council.
  • Think you know ALEC?
  • Corporatism is Killing America
  • Bill Moyers | Chris Hedges on Capitalism's 'Sacrifice Zones'
     

United States of ALEC

  • Learn about the most influential corporate-funded political force most of America has never heard of -- ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council.
  • Think you know ALEC?
  • Corporatism is Killing America
  • Bill Moyers | Chris Hedges on Capitalism's 'Sacrifice Zones'

Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers & Company

September 29, 2012 | Moyers & Company presents “United States of ALEC,” a report on the most influential corporate-funded political force most of America has never heard of — ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. A national consortium of state politicians and powerful corporations, ALEC presents itself as a “nonpartisan public-private partnership”. But behind that mantra lies a vast network of corporate lobbying and political action aimed to increase corporate profits at public expense without public knowledge.

Using interviews, documents, and field reporting, the episode explores ALEC’s self-serving machine at work, acting in a way one Wisconsin politician describes as “a corporate dating service for lonely legislators and corporate special interests.”

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Think you know ALEC? Bob Edgar, Common Cause

  • ALEC writes "model bills," spoon feeds them to our elected representatives and gets them passed in state after state – and leaves behind no fingerprints.
  • Special Report | American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC): Week of May 6

Corporatism is Killing America, Rob Kall, OpEdNews

  • They have already killed people. They have already put millions of people, millions of family into havoc, chaos, misery and ruin.
  • How The American University was Killed, in Five Easy Steps
  • Walmart did WHAT now?

Bill Moyers | Chris Hedges on Capitalism's 'Sacrifice Zones' Bill Moyers, Moyers and Company

  • There are forgotten corners of this country where Americans are trapped in endless cycles of poverty, powerlessness, and despair as a direct result of capitalistic greed.
  • Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco: drawing America's invisible poor
  • Mitt Romney on "Freeloaders," Mideast, and Why He's Scared of the Women on 'the View"
  • Obama’s Vision versus Economic Reality
     
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A Culture of Delusion

  • The endless lies have created a culture of delusion. And this is why America is lost. The beliefs of many Americans, perhaps a majority, are comprised of lies. These beliefs have become emotional crutches, and Americans will fight to defend the lies that they believe. The inability of Americans to accept facts that are contrary to their beliefs is the reason the country is leaderless and will remain so. Unless scales fall from Americans’ eyes, Americans are doomed.
  • Rev. Dr. King versus Frightening And Deadly Hypocrisy In Obama's UN Address

Paul Craig Roberts, PaulCraigRoberts.org

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

September 27, 2012 | A writer’s greatest disappointments are readers who have knee-jerk responses. Not all readers, of course. Some readers are thoughtful and supportive. Others express thanks for opening their eyes. But the majority are happy when a writer tells them what they want to hear and are unhappy when he writes what they don’t want to hear.

For the left-wing, Ronald Reagan is the great bogeyman. Those on the left don’t understand supply-side economics as a macroeconomic innovation that cured stagflation by utilizing the impact of fiscal policy on aggregate supply. Instead, they see “trickle-down economics” and tax cuts for the rich. Leftists don’t understand that the Reagan administration intervened in Grenada and Nicaragua in order to signal to the Soviets that there would be no more Soviet expansion or client states and that it was time to negotiate the end of the cold war. Instead, leftists see in Reagan the origin of rule by the one percent and the neoconservatives’ wars for US hegemony.

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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
     

Is Alzheimers Just Another Form of Diabetes?

  • How Our Diet May Be Destroying Our Brains
  • There is a strong and growing body of evidence showing a link between the dreaded disease and our high sugar consumption.
  • Watch the ad that exposes false science throughout history: Tobacco, DDT, GMOs

George Monbiot, Monbiot.com / AlterNet
 
September 18, 2012 | When you raise the subject of over-eating and obesity, you often see people at their worst. The comment threads discussing these issues reveal a legion of bullies, who appear to delight in other people’s problems.

When alcoholism and drug addiction are discussed, the tone tends to be sympathetic. When obesity is discussed, the conversation is dominated by mockery and blame, though the evidence suggests that it can be driven by similar forms of addiction (citations 1,2,3,4). I suspect that much of this mockery is a coded form of snobbery: the strong association between poor diets and poverty allows people to use this issue as a cipher for something else they want to say, which is less socially acceptable.

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Watch the ad that exposes false science throughout history: Tobacco, DDT, GMOs, Jonathan Benson, Natural News
In a new television ad, the Yes on 37 campaign to mandate GMO labeling on foods sold in California exposes the dirty history of deceptive chemical marketing in America,

 

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