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America's Reckless War Against Evil: Why It's Self-Defeating And Has No End

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  • Oh, no! Not another American war against evil! This time, it's the Islamic State (IS). After the attacks in Paris, Barack Obama, spokesman-in-chief for the United States of America, called that crew “the face of evil.” Shades of George W. Bush. The “evildoers” are back. And from every mountaintop, it seems, America now rings with calls to ramp up its war machine
  • How Western Militarists Are Playing Into the Hands of ISIS

Ira Chernus, TomDispatch.com / Countercurrents.org

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This time, it's the Islamic State (IS). After the attacks in Paris, Barack Obama, spokesman-in-chief for the United States of America, called that crew “the face of evil.” Shades of George W. Bush. The “evildoers” are back. And from every mountaintop, it seems, America now rings with calls to ramp up its war machine.

By the way, George W., how did that last war against the “evildoers” work out for you? Not quite the way you expected, right? I bet you didn't imagine that your Global War on Terror would plant the seeds of an Islamic State and turn significant stretches of Iraq (and Syria) into fertile soil in which IS would grow into a brand new, even more frightening enemy.

Ira Chernus, a TomDispatch regular, is professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado Boulder and author of the online "MythicAmerica: Essays."

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How Western Militarists Are Playing Into the Hands of ISIS, Max Blumenthal, AlterNet

After Paris, politicians and pundits clamor for more force and repression -- just as ISIS wants them to.

 

Just let the Republicans win: Maybe things need to get really bad before America wakes up

  • A GOP victory would bring disaster. Perhaps that's necessary to destroy their credibility -- and wake up Democrats.
  • "Experience keeps a dear school," wrote Benjamin Franklin, "but a fool will learn in no other."
  • From the Archives | Chris Hedges: The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction

Shane Ryan, Salon

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Sunday, Dec 6, 2015 | “The Democratic Leadership Council, the organization that produced such figures as Bill Clinton…has long been pushing the party to forget blue-collar voters and concentrate instead on recruiting affluent, white-collar professionals who are liberal on social issues. The larger interests that the DLC wants desperately to court are corporations, capable of generating campaign contributions far out-weighing anything raised by organized labor. The way to collect the votes and—more important—the money of these coveted constituencies, “New Democrats” think, is to stand rock-sold on, say, the pro-choice position while making endless concessions on economic issues, on welfare, NAFTA, Social Security, labor law, privatization, deregulation, and the rest of it…. Democrats no longer speak to the people on the losing end of a free-market system that is becoming more brutal and more arrogant by the day.” —Thomas Frank, What’s the Matter with Kansas, 2004

Lately, we’ve witnessed a rash of Bernie Sanders supporters declaring that they refuse to vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election. Some are defiant, and some are surprised at themselves — they never expected to be so turned off by a Democratic candidate. This has, in turn, produced a backlash from Democrats of all stripes who are terrified of a progressive revolt that divides the left in 2016 and leads to a Republican presidency. They paint the Sanders heretics as selfish and petulant — a bunch of sore losers who are prepared to destroy the country by omission. What they don’t consider, and what I hope to argue, is that there may be a rational, tactical justification for abandoning Hillary in the general election.

Shane Ryan is a British social activist, writer and currently the chief executive of Working with men since 2010, a charity supporting men and boys in the UK and also secretariat for the all-party parliamentary group On Fatherhood.

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From the Archives | Chris Hedges: The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction, Chris Hedges, Truthdig 

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If the left wants to regain influence in the nation’s political life, it must be willing to walk away from the Democratic Party … and back progressive, third-party candidates until the Democrats feel enough heat to adopt our agenda. We must be willing to say no. If not, we become slaves.

 

 

The San Bernadino Shooting Victims: “Just another day in the United States of America, another day of gunfire, panic and fear.” --BBC

  • So far in the year 2015, there have been more than 350 shootings in the US in which four or more people are harmed or killed, according to shootingtracker.com, a website that tallies gun violence in the US. And in what may be considered an insensitive yet also accurate opening, BBC began its coverage of the San Bernadino shootings Wednesday with the tagline: “Just another day in the United States of America, another day of gunfire, panic and fear.”
  • Part 1: These Are The Victims Of The San Bernardino Shooting
  • Part 2: The other victims of San Bernardino shooting: families left waiting in terror
  • Special Report | The US Gun Culture: Week Ending December 5, 2015

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 



Part 1: These Are The Victims Of The San Bernardino Shooting

On Thursday afternoon, officials began identifying the 14 people killed.

Michael McLaughlin, Willa Frej, and Jade Walker, the Huffington Post

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December 3, 2015 | Late Wednesday morning, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik stormed a holiday party at a San Bernardino, California, social services facility, slaughtering 14 people and wounding another 21. As authorities work to determine the shooters' motives, the San Bernardino County Coroner's office released the names of all the victims on Thursday afternoon. 

Here's what we know so far about those who lost their lives at the Inland Regional Center. 

Michael McLaughlin, Reporter, the Huffington Post
Willa Frej, Reporter, the Huffington Post
Jade Walker, Overnight Editor, the 
Huffington Post

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Part 2: The other victims of San Bernardino shooting: families left waiting in terror

While media outlets and law enforcement have developed a routine response to mass shootings in the US, families and friends of the victims in San Bernardino are still battling their own confusion and grief.

Story Hinckley, Christian Science Monitor

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Sherry Esquerra desperately tried to reach her daughter after learning of an active shooter in the same social services office as where her daughter works for children with disabilities. “Nothing, I just get her message,” Ms. Esquerra tells the Associated Press. “Straight to voicemail.”

Story Hinckley joined the Christian Science Monitor staff in 2015 as a Rapid Response Intern.

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Special Report | The US Gun Culture: Week Ending December 5, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • America is living under the gun. America has lost its mind.
  • 7 New Items including:
    • The Colorado Shooting Comes Amid an ‘Alarming’ Escalation of Anti-Abortion Violence
    • The Second Amendment Was Never Meant to Protect an Individual’s Right to a Gun
    • Take Action: Condemn Act of Terror and Stop Empowering White Supremacists
    • The terrifying consequences of open carry: Neighbor’s pleas for help go unheeded before gunman kills three
    • The Myth of the Good Guy With a Gun
    • Wrong, NRA! Right-to-Carry Laws Actually Increase Gun Violence
    • Gun extremists’ ghastly new low: A fight over “open carry” turns vulgar and scary

 

The Second Amendment Was Never Meant to Protect an Individual’s Right to a Gun

  • “The idea that the founders wanted to protect a right to have a Glock loaded and stored in your nightstand so you could blow away an intruder is just crazy,” says Saul Cornell, a leading Second Amendment scholar.
  • How the Supreme Court upended the well-established meaning of the Second Amendment.

Dorothy Samuels, the Nation

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September 23, 2015 | In common with the other big rightward swerves by the Roberts Court, the 2008 ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller was an aggressive exercise in mendacity. By upending the well-established meaning of the Second Amendment, the Court made the country less safe and less free. It did this under the guise of a neutral and principled “originalism” that looks to the text as it was first understood back in 1791 by the amendment’s drafters and their contemporaries.

Heller’s 5–4 majority decision, written by Justice Antonin Scalia and joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito, was less in sync with the founding generation than with the top priority of a powerful interest group closely aligned with the Republican right. The National Rifle Association had been waging an intense 30-year campaign to secure an individual’s constitutional right to keep and bear arms by winning over members of the public, high-level politicians, and, ultimately, the Supreme Court. Mission, to an alarming degree, accomplished.

Dorothy Samuels, a senior fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, served as a member of the New York Times editorial board from 1984 to 2015.

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Mein Trumpf

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  • The seeds Trump is sowing are poisonous indeed. Violent white nationalism has not been so effectively mainstreamed since the 1920s. It's time to start taking this seriously.
  • Part 1: Donald Trump's alarming skid toward outright fascism
  • Part 2: Trump, the New Hitler

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Part 1: Donald Trump's alarming skid toward outright fascism

The seeds Trump is sowing are poisonous indeed. Violent white nationalism has not been so effectively mainstreamed since the 1920s. It's time to start taking this seriously.

Ryan Cooper, TheWeek

I made the case just a couple months back that Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is a sort of fledgling Mussolini, nurturing an incipient fascist movement. As the first primaries approach, and Trump's lead in the polls is actually widening, his development toward outright fascism is progressing faster than I feared.

As of August, Trump had most of the ingredients for a fascist movement: the victim complex, the fervent nationalism, the obsession with national purity and cleansing purges, and the cult of personality. He was missing the organized violence, a left-wing challenge strong enough to push traditional conservative elites into his camp, support for wars of aggression, and a full-bore attack on democracy itself. He's made much progress on all but the last one.

Ryan Cooper is a national correspondent at TheWeek.com. His work has appeared in the Washington Monthly, the New Republic, and the Washington Post.

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Part 2: Trump, the New Hitler 

Seriously, this nation is scaring the shit out of me with the support of this guy. I keep thinking I'll wake up and it will all be a joke played on us.

Michele, Political Hotwire

November 25, 2015 | As of August, Trump had most of the ingredients for a fascist movement: the victim complex, the fervent nationalism, the obsession with national purity and cleansing purges, and the cult of personality. He was missing the organized violence, a left-wing challenge strong enough to push traditional conservative elites into his camp, support for wars of aggression, and a full-bore attack on democracy itself. He's made much progress on all but the last one.

It's clear now that the Paris attacks enormously energized the Trumpist movement. He's now speculating openly about invading Syria. Trump's proposals have gone from overt prejudice to things literally taken out of late Weimar history — closure of mosques and a national Muslim database. The rank-and-file have both fed off and stoked this behavior. When a lone protester started chanting "black lives matter" at a Trump rally, Trumpists jumped him (he was luckily not badly injured). Trump later said, "Maybe he should have been roughed up." Hours later he lied about witnessing Muslim crowds celebrating 9/11, and retweeted nonsense racist garbage from a literal neo-Nazi.

Michele is a contributor to Political Hotwire

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