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Trump Isn’t Another Hitler. He’s Another Obama.

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Nobody wants to hear this. Because of their partisan blinders they will both find reasons to believe they’ve got either a savior or a traitor in the White House despite the fact that their country’s actual policy and behavior remains more or less the same.

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Caitlin Johnstone‬, Medium

Jan 5, 2017 | Not a lot of people remember this, but George W Bush actually campaigned in 2000 against the interventionist foreign policy that the United States had been increasingly espousing. Far from advocating the full-scale regime change ground invasions that his administration is now infamous for, Bush frequently used the word “humble” when discussing the type of foreign policy he favored, condemning nation-building, an over-extended military, and the notion that America should be the world’s police force.

Eight years later, after hundreds of thousands of human lives had been snuffed out in Iraq and Afghanistan and an entire region horrifically destabilized, Obama campaigned against Bush’s interventionist foreign policy, edging out Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries partly because she had supported the Iraq invasion while he had condemned it. The Democrats, decrying the warmongering tendencies of the Republicans, elected a President of the United States who would see Bush’s Afghanistan and Iraq and raise him Libya, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia, along with a tenfold increase in drone strikes. Libya collapsed into a failed state where a slave trade now runs rampant, and half a million people died in the Syrian war that Obama and US allies exponentially escalated.

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Close Encounters of the Racist Kind: A Guide to the Modern Far-Right

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  • Pseudo-scientific research, lost Aryan super-civilizations and biblical giants.
  • Related: Trump and the GOP Fuel Fantasies of White Victimhood, Disregard Black Lives

Alexander Zaitchik, Alternet / Southern Poverty Law Center / Portside 

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January 11, 2018 | On December 6, 1830, Andrew Jackson used his second State of the Union address to defend the Indian Removal Act, the administration’s sole legislative victory. He described the law promulgating the expulsion and resettlement of southeastern Native American tribes as the “happy consummation” of U.S. Indian policy. To his critics who “wept over the fate of the aborigines” — and who, it turned out, accurately predicted the horrors of the forced migrations known collectively to history as the Trail of Tears — Jackson offered an archeology lesson. Any “melancholy reflections” were ahistorical, he said, because the Indians were neither innocent victims nor first peoples, but perpetrators of what Jackson’s modern admirers might call “white genocide.”

Jackson knew this because the evidence was everywhere in plain sight.

Alexander Zaitchik is a journalist living in New Orleans.

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Trump and the GOP Fuel Fantasies of White Victimhood, Disregard Black Lives, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Horace Campbell on U.S. Disregard for Black Lives, from “War on Terror” in Africa to U.S. Army Widow at Home
  • There is a collaboration between the United Nations peacekeeping forces and the government of the Congo to ensure that the situation remain destabilized so that the Congo can be looted.
  • Part 2: Trump and the GOP Fuel Fantasies of White Victimhood
  • Propaganda of conservative activists and politicians flnng around assures white Americans that their racial resentment is valid, despite evidence to the contrary.
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Series | Student Debt Slavery: Time to Level the Playing Field, Part 2

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Historically, debt and austerity have been used as control mechanisms for subduing the people. It is time for the people to unite and take back their power.

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Ellen Brown, Truthdig

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Jan 6, 2018 | The lending business is heavily stacked against student borrowers. Bigger players can borrow for almost nothing, and if their investments don’t work out, they can put their corporate shells through bankruptcy and walk away. Not so with students. Their loan rates are high and if they cannot pay, their debts are not normally dischargeable in bankruptcy. Rather, the debts compound and can dog them for life, compromising not only their own futures but the economy itself.

“Students should not be asked to pay more on their debt than they can afford,” said Donald Trump on the presidential campaign trail in October 2016. “And the debt should not be an albatross around their necks for the rest of their lives.” But as Matt Taibbi points out in a December 15 article, a number of proposed federal changes will make it harder, not easier, for students to escape their debts, including wiping out some existing income-based repayment plans, harsher terms for graduate student loans, ending a program to cancel the debt of students defrauded by ripoff diploma mills, and strengthening “loan rehabilitation” – the recycling of defaulted loans into new, much larger loans on which the borrower usually winds up paying only interest and never touching the principal. The agents arranging these loans can get fat commissions of up to 16 percent, an example of the perverse incentives created in the lucrative student loan market. Servicers often profit more when borrowers default than when they pay smaller amounts over a longer time, so they have an incentive to encourage delinquencies, pushing students into default rather than rescheduling their loans. It has been estimated that the government spends $38 for every $1 it recovers from defaulted debt. The other $37 goes to the debt collectors.

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Series | Student Debt Slavery: Bankrolling Financiers on the Backs of the Young, Part 1, Ellen Brown, Truthdig 

The exponential rise in college costs occurred only after the government got into the student loan business in a big way.

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Trump’s Voter Fraud Endgame by Richard L. Hasen

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Donald Trump stands with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach before their meeting at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey on Nov. 20.

His “election integrity” investigation is a pretext to repeal the National Voter Registration Act. It won’t work.

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Millian%20Fists%20%7C%20Illusion_0.jpgAugust 22, 2017 | Donald Trump’s attempt at voter suppression through his “election integrity” commission is a voting rights nightmare that is being enacted so clumsily it just might backfire.

Both before and after the election, Trump made wild and unsubstantiated claims about voter fraud and the system being “rigged.” Before the election, many of the claims were about voters voting five, 10, or 15 times by impersonating other voters. The ridiculous and unproven charges of voter fraud had a racial tinge, with suggestions the fraud would happen in majority minority communities.* According to the New York Times, he told an audience in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, a few weeks before Election Day: “I just hear such reports about Philadelphia. … I hear these horror shows, and we have to make sure that this election is not stolen from us and is not taken away from us.” He added for emphasis: “Everybody knows what I’m talking about.”

Richard L. Hasen is a professor of law and political science at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law and is the author of Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections.

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There’s a popular groundswell for impeachment — and it’s totally not happening.

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Roughly half the public believes Trump has committed crimes and should be impeached. Don’t hold your breath.

Heather Digby Parton, Salon 

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11.03.2017 | If you live in certain media markets in the country, over the last couple of weeks you may have seen an ad running on cable news channels that features billionaire Tom Steyer making the case that Donald Trump should be impeached. Here it is, in case you have better things to do than watch TV.

I have to admit I love the ad. It expresses my feelings  perfectly, laying out some of the many reasons why it's insane that a man like Donald Trump is president of the United States. Steyer told Newsweek that Trump is "an immediate danger to the health and safety of America, given the president's recent threats to Americans' First Amendment rights, his statements provoking conflict with North Korea, his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, his inadequate response to white nationalist violence and his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement." He added, "This is not a time for 'patience' — Donald Trump is not fit for office. It is evident that there is zero reason to believe 'he can be a good president.'"

Heather Digby Parton, also known as "Digby," is a contributing writer to Salon. She was the winner of the 2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism.

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