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A Revolution of Democracy

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  • An effort that seeks … a profound re-envisioning in the ways we make every decision in our lives is nothing short of a revolution. We must gird ourselves for the struggle if we ever wish to seegovernment of, by, and for the people, all of us, together.
  • Related: Special Report | The Worst Part About Election Day- The Voters Lose
  • Related: A Call For An American Mass Uprising

Rivera Sun, Dandelion Salad

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November 8, 2018 | What do we do when we finally understand that the elections really are stolen? Or rigged? Or thrust out of our reach by the manipulations of rich and powerful people? Corrupted by corporations? How long does it take before we call the bluff? Another disappointing election cycle? Two? Three? How much more gerrymandering, corporate buying of elections, voter disenfranchisement, and outright fraud can we stand? When will we take seriously the necessity of change?

This is not a democracy of, for, and by the people. And, at the rate we’re going, it never will be.

  • Author/Actress Rivera Sun syndicated by PeaceVoice, is the author of The Dandelion Insurrection and the sequel, The Roots of Resistance. Website: http://www.riverasun.com
  • The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection and the sequel, The Roots of Resistance.

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Special Report | The Worst Part About Election Day- The Voters Lose. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Story 1: The Worst Part About Election Day: Somebody Wins * Story 2: The Midterm Elections Were A Stress Test For Democracy And It Did Not Go Well * Story 3: The Midterms Revealed the Power of Partisanship and Whiteness * How Democrats — And Republicans — Made 2018 A Blue Wave (When It Almost Wasn’t) * Story 5: Half of white women continue to vote Republican. What's wrong with them? * Story 6: Democrats Exit Midterms Facing An Uphill Battle And A Looming Constitutional Crisis

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A Call For An American Mass Uprising, Rainer Shea,  Ghion Journal
 

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  • I don’t think the American people are cowards compared to the French. We just haven’t reached the stage where we fight our overlords on a large scale. That stage is close, and the catalyst for it could come as soon as enough people decide they’re ready to take action in this way.
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Special Report | George Herbert Walker Bush: A Perspective

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Story 1: I Will Not Speak Kindly of the Dead. Bush Was Detestable. * Story 2: Crimes of the Bush dynasty * Story 3: George H.W. Bush Empowered Atrocity Abroad and Fascists at Home. * Story 4: George H.W. Bush, Icon of the WASP Establishment—and of Brutal US Repression in the Third World * Story 5: George Herbert Walker Bush and the myth of the 'good' Gulf War * Story 6: The Media Is Erasing George H.W. Bush’s Catastrophic Harm To LGBTQ People. * Story 7: George H.W. Bush’s Decency Is What Republicans Hope You’ll Remember Him For

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Week Ending December 8, 2018 |

Story 1: I Will Not Speak Kindly of the Dead. Bush Was Detestable. Michael I. Niman, Truthout
December
4,2018 | Sanitizing George H.W. Bush's legacy amounts to historical revisionism.
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Story 2: Crimes of the Bush dynasty, David Zirin, SocialistWorker.org
December
3,2018 | The Bush family … (is) one of the ugliest faces of the system … a political establishment in the U.S. that is committed to promoting the interests of the rich and powerful.
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Story 3: George H.W. Bush Empowered Atrocity Abroad and Fascists at Home. William Rivers Pitt, Truthout
December
 4,2018 | “One may smile, and smile, and be a villain.” –William Shakespeare
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Story 4: George H.W. Bush, Icon of the WASP Establishment—and of Brutal US Repression in the Third World, Greg Grandin, the Nation
December 4, 2018 | Bush famously had to counter the image of being a “wimp.”
Obituaries have transformed the terror that Bush inflicted, depicting it as heroism.

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Story 5: George Herbert Walker Bush and the myth of the 'good' Gulf War, Nora Eisenberg, AlterNet
December
5,2018 |This story draws on articles about the 1991 Gulf War that the author wrote for AlterNet that drew on the writer's extensive research for her 2008 novel, "When You Come Home" (Curbstone)-- which chronicles the lives of young veterans returning home from Desert Storm
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Story 6: The Media Is Erasing George H.W. Bush’s Catastrophic Harm To LGBTQ People. Michelangelo Signorile, HuffPost
12/02/2018 | (Bush) left the presidency having paved the way for his own son’s even more anti-LGBTQ administration, firmly ensconcing religious conservative power within the Republican party.
And that, of course, is the same party that now proudly claims Donald Trump as its leader.

 

Story 7: George H.W. Bush’s Decency Is What Republicans Hope You’ll Remember Him For, Peter Birkenhead, HuffPost
December
 4,2018 | It might be impossible to count the number of times the flagrant liar, pardoner of cronies and employer of virulent racist tropes has been called ‘honorable’ in the past few days.
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E. coli outbreaks point to lagging implementation of landmark law.

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  • Leverage technology to improve food safety by using produce traceability.
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November 30, 2018 | The emptied-out produce shelves greeting consumers at grocery stores after the recent romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak show just how much work lies ahead to modernize the nation's food safety laws.

In retrospect, passing a landmark regulatory overhaul eight years ago was the easy part. That law, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), was signed into law in early 2011. It was rightfully heralded by the Editorial Board and other observers as providing some of the most important new consumer protections in decades. The previous food safety regulations too often dated from the horse-and-buggy era.

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The Chickenpox Vaccine Is Safe. Avoiding It Is Not. There Is No Argument. These Are Facts. Jack Holmes, Esquire

  • https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/vaxx-1542642240.jpg?resize=768:*Apparently, the percentage of kids under two who go unvaccinated in this country has quadrupled since 2001, because yeah, your doctor says they're safe, but did you read that email with the subject "FW:FW:FW:FW:FW: vaccine DEATH??"
  • Not vaccinating your kids is still a thing, somehow.

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America Is on the Brink of a Nervous Breakdown

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“As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air – however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.” ― Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

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Oct 30, 2018  | Yet another shooting.

Yet another smear of ugliness, hatred and violence.

Yet another ratcheting up of the calls for the government to clamp down on the citizenry by imposing more costly security measures without any real benefit, more militarized police, more surveillance, more widespread mental health screening of the general population, more threat assessments and behavioral sensing warnings, more gun control measures, more surveillance cameras with facial recognition capabilities, more “See Something, Say Something” programs aimed at turning Americans into snitches and spies, more metal detectors and whole-body imaging devices at so-called soft targets, more roaming squads of militarized police empowered to do more stop-and-frisk searches, more fusion centers to centralize and disseminate information to law enforcement agencies, and more government monitoring of what Americans say and do, where they go, what they buy and how they spend their time.

Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute, where this article first appeared. His new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People  (SelectBooks, 2015) is available online.

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Special Report | Democrats Cave-in to GOP After 2018 Mid-term Elections

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  • Part 1: 'A Staggeringly Bad Idea': Outrage as Pelosi Pushes Tax Rule That Would 'Kneecap the Progressive Agenda'
  • "This is a very bad idea, House Democrats. It makes no sense whatsoever to give Republicans veto power over progressive legislation."
  • Part 2: 'This Is Political Cowardice': Fury at Schumer for Offering $1.6 Billion for Trump's Anti-Immigrant Agenda
  • "We need Democratic leadership who are going to have a goddamn backbone and reject this racist ideology."
  • Part 3: Left Winger Barbara Lee Loses Contested House Democratic Caucus Chair Race
  • "We are for strong border security," Schumer declared when asked about Trump's request for $5 billion in border wall funding.

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Part 1: 'A Staggeringly Bad Idea': Outrage as Pelosi Pushes Tax Rule That Would 'Kneecap the Progressive Agenda'

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"This is a very bad idea, House Democrats. It makes no sense whatsoever to give Republicans veto power over progressive legislation."

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

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According to a list of Democratic proposals obtained by the Washington Post, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)—who is currently fighting back against efforts to prevent her from becoming House Speaker—is pushing for a rule that would "require a three-fifths supermajority to raise individual income taxes on the lowest-earning 80 percent of taxpayers."

Jake Johnson, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Part 2: 'This Is Political Cowardice': Fury at Schumer for Offering $1.6 Billion for Trump's Anti-Immigrant Agenda

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"We need Democratic leadership who are going to have a goddamn backbone and reject this racist ideology."

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/headlines/ds4gcjgvsaahn7p.jpg_large.jpg?itok=vwtLS7EeWednesday, November 28, 2018 | With the brutal consequences of President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant agenda on full display after U.S. Border Patrol fired tear gas at asylum seekers in Mexico, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) sparked fury from progressives and immigrant rights groups on Tuesday by telling reporters that he is perfectly willing to cede ground to the president's xenophobic policies and offer up $1.6 billion for "border security" funding in upcoming budget talks.

"We are for strong border security," Schumer declared when asked about Trump's request for $5 billion in border wall funding.

Jake Johnson, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Part 3: Left Winger Barbara Lee Loses Contested House Democratic Caucus Chair Race

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The congressman from New York beat fellow Congressional Black Caucus member Barbara Lee of California.

Matt Fuller, HuffPost

11/28/2018 | In perhaps the most contentious battle for House Democratic leadership, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.) beat out fellow Congressional Black Caucus member Barbara Lee (Calif.) to take the Democratic Caucus chairman position, the No. 5 spot in Democratic leadership in that chamber.
Jeffries won the race with a vote of 123-113.

With the top Democratic leadership positions uncontested, the caucus chairman position became somewhat of a proxy election for calls of new blood in leadership.

Matt Fuller, Congressional Reporter, HuffPost

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