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From the Archives | At Some Point, Progressives Need to Break Up With the Democratic Party

  • If you're a leftie, the Democratic establishment doesn't care about your opinion. They certainly don't want your input. What they want is your vote -- in exchange for exactly nothing in return. They're political parasites, draining the enthusiasm and idealism of progressives, simultaneously neutering and exploiting mainline libs.
  • It's time to get out of this abusive relationship.
  • Related: Chris Hedges: The Left Has Lost It’s Nerve and Direction
  • Related: Dennis Kucinich: Both Political Parties Have Failed America

Ted Rall AlterNet 4, 2014  | At a certain point, if you have any relationship with dignity, you're supposed to get sick of being used and abused. Speaking of which: liberal Democrats.

Democratic politicians act like right-wingers. Liberals vote for them anyway.

The Democratic Party espouses right-wing policies. Self-described progressives give them cash.

Ted Rall, syndicated writer and the cartoonist for and, is the author of "Snowden," about the NSA whistleblower. His new book is "Bernie" about Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

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The Left Has Lost It’s Nerve and Direction, Chris Hedges, Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer

If the left wants to regain influence in the nation's political life, it must be willing to walk away from the Democratic Party, even if Barack Obama is the nominee, 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.

### Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio engages in debate. AP/Mark Duncan 

Dennis Kucinich: Both Political Parties Have Failed America, Truthdig AV Booth

  • Dennis Kucinich holds politicians accountable.
  • Corporate welfare’s quiet enablers: How democrats pander to big business

Neocons and Neoliberals: Two Masks, One Face

A true opposition party is needed to counter the never-changing American agenda for military and corporate empire.

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November 10, 2016 | Obama might very well be classified as a “neoliberal”. He appears to be appointing leading neoliberals to key positions in his administration.

If you’re a liberal, you might think this is great. Instead of the Neoconservatives who have been in power for the last 8 years, we’ll now have neoliberals. You may assume that “neoliberals” are new, smarter liberals — with liberal social policies, but with a stronger, more realistic outlook.


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The Coming Democratic Crackup

Though the mainstream media is focused on Republican divisions, a more important story could be the coming Democratic crackup, as anti-war Democrats resist Hillary Clinton’s pro-war agenda.

Robert Parry,   Journalism with real independence and integrity is a rare thing. All reader supported Evergreene Digest relies - exclusively!- on reader donations. Click on the donation button above to make a contribution and support our work. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at NATO conference in Munich, Germany, Feb. 4 (Official Defense Department photo)

May 16, 2016 | If the Democratic Party presses ahead and nominates hawkish Hillary Clinton for President, it could recreate the conditions that caused the party to splinter in the late 1960s and early 1970s when anti-war and pro-war Democrats turned on one another and opened a path for decades of Republican dominance of the White House.

This new Democratic crackup could come as early as this fall if anti-war progressives refuse to rally behind Clinton because of her neoconservative foreign policy – thus infuriating Clinton’s backers – or it could happen in four years if Clinton wins the White House and implements her militaristic agenda, including expanding the U.S. war in Syria while continuing other wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya – and challenging Russia on its borders.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. His latest book, America’s Stolen Narrative, is available in print here or as an e-book (from

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Donald Trump Has Given the United States a Great Gift

  • What he has drawn to the surface are various toxins isolated in a boil ready to burst.
  • Related: What Trump protesters can learn from the civil rights movement

Bill C. Davis, Common Dreams Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter. Donald Trump, writes Davis, "has done the country a great service" by exposing those who now proudly embrace the toxic rhetoric he spews. (Photo: Jamelle Bouie/flickr/cc) 

May 06, 2016 | Poultice.

Not quite a homonym, but close.  Trump is a poultice poised to be Potus.

He is a poultice put on the body politic to draw out the poison. Whether or not that is his intention, it is the fact of his presence on us.

What he has drawn to the surface are various toxins isolated in a boil ready to burst. Election day is the lance. It would be an encouraging moment if he were to be shunned soundly on that day. But however unwittingly, he has done the country a great service by calling these elements to the surface.

Bill C. Davis is a playwright.

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What Trump protesters can learn from the civil rights movement, George Lakey, Waging Nonviolence

  • Insofar as we learn from their example we will find that … (o)ur advantage is that their work and that of successor movements enable us to start from a higher place. We can take into account the successes and mistakes of our comrades, and this time move the struggle much farther.
  • Related: How Montanans Stopped the Largest New Coal Mine in North America

The EPA's Ties to Monsanto Could Be Disastrous for the US

It's time to end the revolving door between the private sector and government agencies like the EPA … because the American people deserve government regulators that put public safety ahead of corporate profits.

Thom HartmannSmirking Chimp / Op Ed News Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter <>.'s Tie to Monsanto Could Be Disastrous for Us (Image by The Big Picture RT, Channel: The Big Picture RT

5/11/2016 | Conservative politicians love to talk about how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) only issues "job-killing regulations," especially if they're taking campaign contributions from fossil fuel billionaires like the Koch brothers or from agrochemical giants like Monsanto.

Republican Chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee Lamar Smith, for example, has spent years trying to stop the EPA from conducting any real research about climate change or passing any real regulations in general. But apparently it's true that every once in a while, even a blind mouse finds cheese; it seems like Lamar Smith might actually have a legitimate complaint about an EPA report. (Image: Occupy Monsanto)

Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning New York Times best-selling author, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk program on the Air America Radio Network.

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