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The Liberal Apologies for Obama’s Ugly Reign

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  • U.S. liberals and progressives might want to learn something about how they’ve been manipulated by Democratic politicians and presidents again and again and decide to invest their hopes and energies in a different kind of more genuinely progressive and democratic politics beneath and beyond the big money-big media-major party-mass-marketed-candidate-centered presidential “electoral extravaganzas” that are staged as “yet another method for marginalizing the population” (Noam Chomsky, October 27, 2004) once every four years.
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  • Special Project | President Obama, Change we can believe in? Week Ending February 21, 2015

Paul Street, CounterPunch

Obama_Nope.jpgMay 15-17, 2015 | So this is how Barack Obama is moving into the final 20 months of his dismal neoliberal presidency, which he once (proudly) described as ideologically akin to the Eisenhower White House. He is nauseating much of his own Wall Street-captive party’s electoral base by trying to push through the absurdly regressive, secretive, eco-cidal, and global-corporatist Trans Pacific Partnership treaty – a massive investor rights measure that promises to reduce wages, deepen inequality, undermine popular sovereignty, and assault already endangered livable ecology in the name of (what else?) “free trade” and “growth.”

The treaty is so toxically capitalist and transparently authoritarian that even the leading right-wing corporate Democrats Bill and Hillary Clinton – champions of the arch-neoliberal North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – have to keep their distance from it in accord with Mrs. Clinton’s presidential ambitions.

Paul Street’s latest book is They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy (Paradigm, 2014)

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  • "We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." --Barack Obama
  • 8 New Items including:
    • Obama Is Leading the Way Toward Economic Catastrophe
    • Comparing MLK and Obama
    • How Obama is Making the World More Dangerous
    • Obama’s Narrative of Deceits
    • Our National Security State: A Self-Perpetuating Machine for American Insecurity
    • White House Forms Task Force to Address Police Brutality, Appoints Brutal & Abusive Cop to Lead
    • Ken Burns' 'The Roosevelts' Reveals Everything Wrong With Our Current Political Class
    • Cornel West: “(Obama) posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit
    • How Obama Administration-Controlled Media Is Used to Avoid Scrutiny from the Press

Do Republicans Suffer From Mental Illness? 12 Points To Consider

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  • “The Republican Party is not a political party – it’s a mental condition. And I mean that seriously because if you are for crushing the poor, unprovoked wars, there is no climate change, immigrants. It’s like ‘who are we’?”  --Actor and comedian Richard Belzer
  • How to Diagnose Climate Change Denial Disorder

Samuel Warde, Liberals Unite

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50-Signs.jpg?resize=750%2C400November 21, 2014 | Back in 2005 psychiatrist James Whitney Hicks published a book entitled 50 Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health which was designed as a user-friendly, alphabetical guide to psychiatric symptoms and what you should know about them.

We have taken the liberty of selecting 12 of his signs to demonstrate our belief that many Republicans potentially suffer from some form of mental illness.

Samuel Warde: Satirist and publisher of Liberals Unite

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How to Diagnose Climate Change Denial Disorder, Cole Mellino, EcoWatch <http://ecowatch.com> 

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  • Do Republicans Suffer From Mental Illness? 12 Points To Consider

Henry A. Giroux: Liberalism's Failures in a Time of Increasing Violence, Racism, Inequality and State Terrorism

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Giroux argues that the country is in the midst of a counter-revolution, one that cannot be understood simply by pointing to police brutality. He claims the left needs a larger theoretical and political framework to understand the uniqueness of the current historical moment, one that has forged a number of fundamentalisms, including educational fundamentalism, military fundamentalism, economic fundamentalism and religious fundamentalism, which together have given rise to a new form of financial and cultural totalitarianism or more broadly a pernicious and unique brand of authoritarianism.

Henry A. Giroux, E-Socialist

img.pandawhale.com/post-62524-Henry-A-Giroux-Liberalism-s-Fa-qhPc.jpegMay 4, 2015 | In these two far-reaching interviews on the “Soap Box” with Eric Poulin, Henry Giroux talks about the failure of liberalism in a time of increasing violence, racism, inequality, state terrorism, and the rule of the financial elite over every commanding social, cultural and political institution in the United States. He elaborates on the failure of many liberals to move both beyond the call for weak reforms that do not challenge the fundamental structures of domination and their willingness to often align themselves with repressive policies that benefit the rich and powerful. He points, for instance, to liberalism’s refusal to name the corruption and misery produced by neoliberal capitalism and its willingness to align itself with policies of the right such as the Iraqi War, state torture, a health-care program that largely benefits big insurance companies, and the massive suffering caused by the growing inequality in wealth, income and power. He also points to the refusal on the part of liberals to protest a grotesque and dangerous incarceration and surveillance state, and the failure to address the issue of what it takes to reinvent politics so as not to serve the interests of the rich and powerful – the failure in short to name a counter-revolution politics that has corrupted both political parties. He argues that liberals are more afraid of the left than the right and have consistently, especially under President Obama, gone out of their way to compromise with the right while moving the Democratic Party into more conservative territory, all the while refusing to bear responsibility for destroying the conditions that make a real democracy possible.



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Liberals and conservatives represent a social formation in the service of big money, and by chasing after power, they have become corrupt and morally irresponsible. He argues that liberals fail to address the obvious, which is that capitalism and democracy are not the same thing and that the economic and ideological elements of the current capitalism system are ever more powerful in their ability to destroy the lives of the poor, the middle class, public servants and others who now make up the expanding web of the precariat. All the while, liberals are either silent or complicitous in the ongoing systemic evisceration of social provisions, the war waged against poor minority youth, the militarization of everyday life, the devaluing of the commons and the public good. At the core of their beliefs in capitalism is a bankrupt notion of self-interest that is antithetical not only to those social formations, values, and relationships that sustain a real democracy, but also supports a failed sociality and American society’s descent into a form of social death.

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies Department and a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Ryerson University.

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Real left tells Sanders to fuck off

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  • People are finally getting tired of the duopoly manure in the United States, and the betrayals of even the Democratic party’s most “populist” voices. Here’s a newsflash you’ll enjoy by two fine social media scouts, Thomas Baldwin and Lydia Katt. 
  • I'm not Ready for Bernie Sanders, May 6, 2015

TGP Staff, Greanville Post

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RepublicratNOsign.jpgMay 10, 2015 | Wow! The Left conference participants tell Sanders to fuck off!

Bernie Sanders writes to the participants of last weekend’s Left Politics conference saying that his campaign compliments their efforts; this is their response.

Dear Senator Sanders:

As participants in the Future of Left and Independent Politics conference held in Chicago May 2-3, we sincerely appreciate your declaration of support for our efforts. Nonetheless, we must express our regret that you have chosen to forgo independent political action and instead enter the primaries of the Democratic Party, which is entirely beholden to Wall Street and the corporate interests you have fought throughout your career. And while we do appreciate the support you have offered to a few independent campaigns in Richmond, Madison and Chicago, we cannot condone your indirect funding of corporate Democrats such as Sens. Mary Landrieu, Mark Begich and Kay Hagan, or your failure to criticize Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin’s recent betrayal of the campaign for single-payer health care in your home state of Vermont.

The Greanville Post, part of the Cyrano’s Journal group of counter misinformation sites, seeks to spotlight the outrageous but increasingly common intersection of induced stupidity, high-handed political fraudulence and domestic and international criminality which characterize life in the American Empire in the early part of the 21st century.

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I'm not Ready for Bernie Sanders, May 6, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • I'd rather have him running than not. But … 
  • Part 1: Invest in Activism, Not Bernie Sanders
  • Part 2: The Problem with Bernie Sanders
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  • From the Archives | Let's Not Be Fooled By Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren

 

Special Project | I'm Not Ready for Any Candidate: Week Ending May 9, 2015

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  • “When one may pay out over two million dollars to presidential and Congressional campaigns, the US. government is virtually up for sale.” --John W. Gardner
  • 9 New items including:
    • I'm not Ready for Bernie Sanders, May 6, 2015
    • From the Archives | Let's Not Be Fooled By Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren
    • Rand Paul And The Nasty Campaign To Turn Pro-Choice Women Into Monsters
    • The Crazy World of Tom Cotton
    • The Romanticization of Elizabeth Warren
    • I'm Not Ready for Ted Cruz, March 25, 2015
    • I'm Not Ready for Hillary, March 24, 2015
    • Ukraine oligarch ‘top cash contributor’ to Clinton Foundation prior to Kiev crisis
    • Forget Hillary’s Emails, Here’s Her Real Scandal That Nobody is Talking About

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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I'm not Ready for Bernie Sanders, May 6, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • I'd rather have him running than not. But … 
  • Part 1: Invest in Activism, Not Bernie Sanders
  • Part 2: The Problem with Bernie Sanders
  • From the Archives | Let's Not Be Fooled By Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren

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From the Archives | Let's Not Be Fooled By Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren, Thomas Scott Tucker, Popular Resistance

  • Let’s not be fooled by “progressives” who can’t find their spines when the colonial regime in Israel bombs the crowded ghetto of Gaza.
  • Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week Ending August 17, 2014

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Rand Paul And The Nasty Campaign To Turn Pro-Choice Women Into Monsters, Tara Culp-Ressler, ThinkProgress

  • Here in the United States, hundreds of existing policies create barriers to abortion services at every turn. It’s no easy feat to end a pregnancy in many parts of the country.
  • Overturn the conviction against Purvi Patel

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The Crazy World of Tom Cotton, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Wherein the bobble-throated slapdick junior senator from Arkansas is making the rounds of the echo chamber again, where he is allowed to say almost anything without any pushback whatsoever.
  • Part 1: Tom Cotton Says Discrimination Is All Relative As Long As Hanging Is Not Involved
  • Part 2: Tom Cotton Says Something Dumb 
  • The 2015 GOP Clown Car: Bigger, Meaner, and More Dangerous Than Ever

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The Romanticization of Elizabeth Warren, China Okasi, TruthDig

  • The ideal leadership starts with us. No matter whether we choose Clinton, Warren or even Fiorina, we are in charge of the social culture that brews underneath our idealistic selections for president.
  • Let's Not Be Fooled By Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren

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I'm Not Ready for Ted Cruz, March 25, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • If Cruz is different … it's because of how boldly he claims things that aren't even remotely true. His vacations from reality take on a gleeful exuberance, like a college freshman on his first trip to Daytona.
  • Part 1: How Ted Cruz Won His Senate Seat With Just 632,000 Votes in a State of 27 Million
  • Part 2: Ted Cruz's Biggest Liability Is Probably His Constant Lying

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I'm Not Ready for Hillary, March 24, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: The Warmongering Record of Hillary Clinton
  • Part 2: Ukraine oligarch ‘top cash contributor’ to Clinton Foundation prior to Kiev crisis

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Ukraine oligarch ‘top cash contributor’ to Clinton Foundation prior to Kiev crisis, RT

  • Between 2009 and 2013, the very period when Hillary Clinton was serving as US secretary of state, the Clinton Foundation appears to have received at least $8.6 million from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.
  • That places Ukraine as the leading contributor among foreign donators to the Clinton Foundation.

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Forget Hillary’s Emails, Here’s Her Real Scandal That Nobody is Talking About, Nick Bernabe, Anti-Media

  • Maybe you don’t know the story, so I will quickly try to paint a picture of Libya for you.
  • How Obama is Making the World More Dangerous

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