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Democrats Are Selling Out Both People and Planet

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  • If we want different outcomes, we must look to Main Street, not Wall Street. If we want new leaders, we have to look to ourselves.
  • "When it comes to the fight for people and the planet, almost just isn’t good enough."
  • The American pseudo-left and the Democratic Party

Jacob Swenson-Lengyel, Jessica Juarez Scruggs, Common Dreams

people_profits.jpg?itok=h1Qa465tThough progressives fought hard against the advancement of Fast Track in Congress, "almost" defeating it simply isn't good enough. "We cannot rest content to reinforce the barricades," write the authors, "we must climb the walls and mount our own attacks." (Photo: National People's Action/flickr)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 | On Tuesday, the Senate narrowly advanced a bill giving President Barack Obama—and the next president—"Fast Track" or Trade Promotion Authority to ram through the Trans Pacific Partnership with almost no democratic oversight. The vote is a major victory for multinational corporations and the global one percent. While hundreds of unelected, unaccountable corporate big-wigs literally wrote the rules that will shape our global economy in coming years, our democratically-elected leaders will only be allowed an up-or-down vote on the final agreement. Congress, in essence, has just written the corporate elite a giant blank check.

The vote was a big defeat, that much cannot be denied. But the fight over fast track shows the growing power of populist progressives. Millions of Americans raised their voices and demanded Congress put people and planet before corporate profits. Thousands wrote letters, made calls, and marched in the street. Hundreds of organizations, from grassroots community organizers to environmental groups to unions to food safety activists and internet freedom groups, pushed Congressional leaders to stand by their constituents. Barack Obama and the Republicans were expecting a slam dunk but they had to use every play in the book to squeak through the corporate agenda. What seemed like a foregone conclusion a few months ago passed by just one vote in both the House and the Senate.

Jacob Swenson-Lengyel is a writer and organizer living in Chicago. He is the Communications Lead at National People's Action and National People's Action Campaign.

Jessica Juarez Scruggs, is a Seattle-based writer and policy strategist.  She is currently the Policy and Campaigns Associate for National People's Action and National People's Action Campaign. She has spent her career working on issues including immigration reform, citizenship, voting  rights, workers rights and LGBTQ rights.

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The American pseudo-left and the Democratic Party, TGP Staff, The Greanville Post

  • After eight years of endless war and continued attacks on democratic rights and living standards by the Obama administration, the Democratic Party is becoming more widely recognized as a ruthless a force for war and inequality. The upper-middle class “left” is being called in to prevent workers and young people from drawing the necessary conclusion that the Democratic Party is an organ of Wall Street and the Pentagon, and that a revolutionary party of the working class must be built.
  • America's Electoral Farce

 

 

Afghanistan Veteran on Food Stamps Writes Letter to ‘Caring’ Conservatives

  • Some people measure a society’s condition by the lifestyles of the rich and famous — and those people are usually the rich and famous. For the rest of humanity, a society’s success is measured by the living conditions of the poorest. And who exactly the “poorest” are.
  • This letter, posted on September 19th by a combat veteran named Jason, speaks volumes of what American poverty looks like on the side streets of our society, and of the people who sleep on them.
  • Disabled Veterans Shatter the Myths of American Warfare

Richard Rowe, Americans Against the Tea Party

13homelessvets01_1324249380.jpgSeptember 23, 2013 | "My name is Jason.  I turned 35 less than a week ago.  My first job was maintenance work at a public pool when I was 17.  I worked 40-hours a week while I was in college.  I’ve never gone longer than six months without employment in my life and I just spent the last three years in the military, one of which consisted of a combat tour of Afghanistan.

Oh, and I’m now on food stamps.  Since June, as a matter of fact.

Why am I on food stamps?

The same reason everyone on food stamps is on food stamps: because I would very much enjoy not starving.

I mean, if that’s okay with you:

Richard Rowe is a full-time freelance writer who has written over 3 million words in the last four years alone -- mostly on automotive and technical subjects. 

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Disabled Veterans Shatter the Myths of American Warfare, Ann Jones, the Intercept

  • The military ambitions of the U.S. will not be restrained by the “true costs of war,” not even those exacted on the bodies of its soldiers.
  • A Trail of Tears

The American pseudo-left and the Democratic Party

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  • After eight years of endless war and continued attacks on democratic rights and living standards by the Obama administration, the Democratic Party is becoming more widely recognized as a ruthless a force for war and inequality. The upper-middle class “left” is being called in to prevent workers and young people from drawing the necessary conclusion that the Democratic Party is an organ of Wall Street and the Pentagon, and that a revolutionary party of the working class must be built.
  • America's Electoral Farce

TGP Staff, The Greanville Post

podemos1-1.pngPodemos, like Syriza, enjoys a great deal of popular support in Spain, but the chances are high it will betray those hopes should it ever come to power, the same way as Syriza did.  The American left, riddled with social democrats and liberals. is singing the same song.  

June 5, 2015 | On May 2 and 3, two hundred representatives of a variety of trade unions, non-profits, Democratic Party-affiliated groups and Green Party leagues gathered for the “Left Electoral Action Conference.”

The event was held in the basement of the Chicago headquarters of the Teamsters Union and was hosted by the International Socialist Organization, Solidarity and Socialist Alternative. Representatives of the Greek Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza) and the Spanish group Podemos were also in attendance.

The gathering was comprised of a series of panel discussions on a range of topics centered around the 2016 US general elections. Titles of panels included “Running for local non-partisan office,” “Elections, Labor, and the Social Movements,” “The Fight for 15 and Electoral Politics,” “Election Skills Workshop,” “Fundraising for the 99%,” and “You’re elected! So now what?”

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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America's Electoral Farce, Chris Hedges, Truthdig <>

  • Every action we take now must be directed at ripping down the structures of the corporate state. This means refusing to co-operate. It means joining or building radical mass movements. It means carrying out sustained acts of civil disobedience,
  • Only in America? The False Dichotomy Between Movement Building and Electoral Politics
  • The Sanders Trap

The GOP circus is no laughing matter.

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Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush (Credit: Reuters/AP/Sara Stathas/Kevin Lamarque/Stephan Savoia/David Manning)

  • A lot can happen between now and Election Day -- and with no GOP adult in the room, that's a frightening thought
  • One of these clowns could actually win it all
  • How Ted Cruz Won His Senate Seat With Just 632,000 Votes in a State of 27 Million
  • America's Electoral Farce

Bob  Cesca, Salon

Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: The writing and publishing of this article is not an endorsement of voting for these candidates' opposites, the lesser of two evils. 

No%20Republicrats.jpgJune 08, 2015 | There was a time when the well-worn “clown car” description of the Republican presidential primary field wasn’t so on-the-nose. But as of right now, not even a few months into the process, it’s impossible to avoid daily news items in which one GOP candidate or another is self-immolating with ludicrous remarks or unforced errors. Frankly, it’d be really fun to observe if it weren’t for a nagging sense of danger. We’ll circle back to that.

Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Friday contributed a fantastic example of the politically deficient nature of the current batch of hacks and frauds running for president on the GOP side. Speaking about the political hot potato of Iraq, Rubio described how he, as president, would approach continued U.S. involvement there: “It’s not nation-building. We are assisting them in building their nation.” Yes, assisting in the building of a nation is distinct from nation-building, according to Rubio.

Bob  Cesca is an American director, producer, writer, actor, blogger and political commentator. He is the Managing Editor of The Daily Banter, a news and opinion site founded by Ben Cohen, where he also writes a daily political column.

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How Ted Cruz Won His Senate Seat With Just 632,000 Votes in a State of 27 Million, Shawn M. Griffiths, Independent Voter (IVN)

Ted Cruz was chosen to be the next junior senator in Texas by less than 4 percent of the eligible voting population by virtue of winning his low-turnout (under 12%) Republican primary. This is a fact about almost all primary elections today that is often missed by media talking heads and politicos.

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America's Electoral Farce, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

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  • Every action we take now must be directed at ripping down the structures of the corporate state. This means refusing to co-operate. It means joining or building radical mass movements. It means carrying out sustained acts of civil disobedience,
  • Only in America? The False Dichotomy Between Movement Building and Electoral Politics
  • The Sanders Trap

 

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