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The Normalization of Evil in American Politics

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  • The misogynist, racist, nativist, anti-LGBT right wing that took over the GOP in 1980—of which (Family Research Council President Tony) Perkins himself is evidence—has much to answer for, not least of all, the rise of Donald Trump as the party’s standard-bearer. Trump may not have been the first choice of right-wing leaders, but they created the conditions that cleared his path to the nomination, and most have lined up behind him since he won it.
  • Related: Black Lives Don’t Matter to Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton
  • Related: Greasing The Outstretched Palms Of The Candidates

Adele M. Stan, the American Prospect / AlterNet

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September 14, 2016 | Time was when a presidential candidate who played footsie with segregationists and white supremacists would have banished to the fringes of the American political scene. But Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump has changed all that. 

Oh sure, there have been plenty of codes telegraphed to the anti-black base of the GOP’s southern flank: Ronald Reagan’s choice of Philadelphia, Mississippi, as the place to make a “states’ rights” speech in his 1980 presidential campaign; Richard Nixon’s southern strategy and “Silent Majority” framing. But after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, expressions of outright racism were frowned upon in presidential politics. And articulations of misogyny were generally doled out in the form of withering condescension. <>

Adele M. Stan is AlterNet's  senior Washington editor, and a weekly columnist for the American Prospect. 

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Black Lives Don’t Matter to Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Bill Blum, Truthdig

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  • One thing the (Black Lives Matter) BLM analyses don’t do, however, is endorse a presidential candidate. And that’s for an eminently good reason: The candidates of both major parties, in their quests for power, have chosen to snub and malign the movement and the cause it represents.
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Greasing The Outstretched Palms Of The Candidates, Michael Winship, Huffington Post 

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  • (Sen.Elizabeth) Warren believes “personnel is policy.” She and her colleagues have reserved an especially hot place for the Wall Street big shots and corporate nabobs who fancy a job in the Clinton administration. It’s called the “Hell No” list.
  • Attention must be paid to that list or with a Clinton back in office it’s four more dreary years of greased palms and the status quo. That could be a recipe for disaster almost but not quite as horrific as an egotistical know-nothing with his fingers in the piggy bank and worse, near the button.
  • Related: Corrupt and Deranged

Trump is the Symptom, Clinton is the Disease

 

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  • Now is the time to vote for someone who reflects our politics and begin the protracted process of building an opposition movement outside the two corporate parties.
  • “[Voting for] the lesser evil paves the way for the greater evil.” --Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential candidate 

Roger Harris, CounterPunch

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http://uziiw38pmyg1ai60732c4011.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/dropzone/2016/09/trumillary.png September 16, 2016 | I asked you who is the lesser evil when even the Washington Post posits Hillary Clinton to the “political right” of Trump on international issues?

And you responded: “So I guess I should vote for Trump?”

Gimme Shelter: Fleeing Trump to the Democrat’s Big Tent

You are right that there are differences between the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates. No one recognizes that better than the ruling elites who are tripping over each other to join the Clinton bandwagon.

Roger Harris is on the State Central Committee of the Peace and Freedom Party, the only ballot-qualified socialist party in California.

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Greasing The Outstretched Palms Of The Candidates

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Jim Young / Reuters

  • (Sen.Elizabeth) Warren believes “personnel is policy.” She and her colleagues have reserved an especially hot place for the Wall Street big shots and corporate nabobs who fancy a job in the Clinton administration. It’s called the “Hell No” list.
  • Attention must be paid to that list or with a Clinton back in office it’s four more dreary years of greased palms and the status quo. That could be a recipe for disaster almost but not quite as horrific as an egotistical know-nothing with his fingers in the piggy bank and worse, near the button.
  • Related: Corrupt and Deranged

Michael Winship, Huffington Post

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Call it low cuisine. And it doesn’t get any lower than what we’ve seen during this wretched campaign season — a presidential contest that, as one friend in Washington recently said, pits “the unethical versus the unhinged.”

Michael Winship: Senior writer, BillMoyers.com. Former senior writing fellow, Demos. President, Writers Guild of America, East.

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Corrupt and Deranged, Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

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Truth can awaken minds and rouse people to action, posing an obvious threat to the corrupt and deranged. Should Trump win the election, he will assuredly be presented with the same choice as the child in the story: get with the program or die. Odds are he folds, in which case those of us rooting for meaningful change will be left with the hope that the inevitable collapse occurs before we die.

 

Series | Presidency 2016, Part 5: Libertarian Party

 

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Libertarian Party

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America's Heritage

Libertarians believe in the American heritage of liberty, enterprise, and personal responsibility. Libertarians recognize the responsibility we all share to preserve this precious heritage for our children and grandchildren.

Free and Independent

Libertarians believe that being free and independent is a great way to live. We want a system which encourages all people to choose what they want from life; that lets them live, love, work, play, and dream their own way.

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Call for Protest Movement to Demand Open Debates with Four Candidates

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  • 76% Want Four-Person Debates. Why Are Establishment Elites Preventing It?
  • We Are Calling for People to Occupy the Debates

Kevin Zeese

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Millian%20Fists%20%7C%20Illusion.jpg  September 11, 2016 | A recent USA Today poll found 76% of voters want debates with four candidates including not just the two most hated candidates in history, the Republican and Democratic nominees and their vice presidential running mates, but Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka of the Greens, and Gary Johnson and Bill Weld of the Libertarians.

Any candidate on enough ballots to achieve 270 electoral college votes should be in the debates. The people have a right to see all candidates debating the issues who are on their ballots.

Kevin Zeese (with partner Margaret Flowers) are participants in Popular Resistance <PopularResistance.org>, an online daily news and information service for people who want to play a role in improving the country, creating economic and social justice as well as to protect the environment. They also co-direct It’s Our Economy and are co-hosts of Clearing the FOG, shown on UStream TV and heard on radio.

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