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Ralph Nader: The Democrats Are Unable to Defend the U.S. from the “Most Vicious” Republican Party in History

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Ralph Nader in Washington, D.C. in 2008. Photo: Stephen Voss/Redux

There are some people who think the Democratic Party can be reformed from within by changing the personnel. I say good luck to that. What’s happened in the last twenty years? They’ve gotten more entrenched. Get rid of Pelosi, you get Steny Hoyer. You get rid of Harry Reid, you get [Charles] Schumer. Good luck.

Jon Schwarz, the Intercept

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https://theintercept.imgix.net/wp-uploads/sites/1/2017/06/ralph-nadar-button-1498254164.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&q=90&w=1024&h=680 June 25 2017 | The Democratic Party is at its lowest ebb in the memory of everyone now alive. It’s lost the White House and both houses of Congress. On the state level it’s weaker than at any time since 1920. And so far in 2017 Democrats have gone 0 for 4 in special elections to replace Republican members of Congress who joined the Trump administration.

How did it come to this? One person the Democratic Party is not going to ask, but perhaps should, is legendary consumer advocate and three-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader.

https://theintercept.imgix.net/wp-uploads/sites/1/2018/03/Jon-Schwarz_avatar_1521505999-1521505999..jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&q=90 Before joining the Intercept, Jon Schwarz worked for Michael Moore’s Dog Eat Dog Films and was Research Producer for Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story.” He’s contributed to many publications, including the New Yorker, the New York Times, The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones, and Slate, as well as NPR and “Saturday Night Live.” In 2003 he collected on a $1,000 bet that Iraq would have no weapons of mass destruction.

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Special Project | A 4th of July Holiday Reader, Week Ending July 7, 2018

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  • Part 1: What Are You Actually Celebrating This Fourth of July?
  • What if the entire system — elections, protections, legislation, adjudication, militarization, all of it — were rigged beyond the people’s ability to reform it?
  • Part 2: Put Away The Flags by Howard Zinn
  • These ways of thinking — cultivated, nurtured, indoctrinated from childhood on — have been useful to those in power, and deadly for those out of power.
  • Part 3: America Celebrates Lateral Transition From Monarchy To Corporatist Oligarchy
  • Today America is celebrating your lateral promotion from housekeeping to laundry staff. 

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: What Are You Actually Celebrating This Fourth of July?

What if the entire system — elections, protections, legislation, adjudication, militarization, all of it — were rigged beyond the people’s ability to reform it?

Claire Bernish, Mint Press News

July 4, 2018 |What if people, sickened by tyrannical control, threw off the shackles of bloated governance in favor of leading themselves? What if the erosion of fundamental freedoms — guaranteed not by a document, but by being human — were actually intolerable as so much grumbling intimated? What if government intrusion into people’s bedrooms, communications, sovereign corporeal decisions — of vice, health, and more — means of subsistence, financial choices, business, education, and innumerable other aspects, were utterly unacceptable?

What if even the revolutionary roots, the foundation, of the nation were soaked in the blood of countless individuals and peoples — a likely sign no tangible freedom would last beyond lip service?

Claire Bernish is an activist and journalist who focuses on government and corporate corruption, freedom of speech, censorship, law enforcement accountability, and human rights. Her work can be seen on TheFreeThoughtProject.com, theAntiMedia.org, and multiple other outlets.



Part 2: Put Away The Flags by Howard Zinn

These ways of thinking — cultivated, nurtured, indoctrinated from childhood on — have been useful to those in power, and deadly for those out of power.

Howard Zinn, Dandelion Salad

https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6235/6327281448_3ecaaffef7.jpgJuly 4, 2017 | On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

Is not nationalism — that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary so fierce it engenders mass murder — one of the great evils of our time, along with racism, along with religious hatred?

Howard Zinn: historian, activist, writer and speaker

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Part 3: America Celebrates Lateral Transition From Monarchy To Corporatist Oligarchy

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‪Caitlin Johnstone‬, Medium

July 4, 2017 | Today America celebrates its liberation from the shackles of the British Crown and the beginning of its transition into corporatist oligarchy, which is a lot like celebrating your lateral promotion from housekeeping to laundry staff. Fireworks will be set off, hot dogs will be consumed, and a strange yellow concoction known as Mountain Dew will be imbibed by patriotic high-fiving Yankees eager to celebrate their hard-fought freedom to funnel their taxes into corporate welfare instead of to the King.

Spark up a bottle rocket for me, America! In trouncing King George’s red-coated goon squad, you made it possible for the donor class to slowly buy up more and more control of your shiny new government, allowing for a system of rule determined not by royal bloodlines, but by wealth bloodlines. Now instead of your national affairs being determined by some gilded schmuck across the pond, they are determined by the billionaire owners of multinational corporations and banks. These oligarchs have shored up their rule to such an extent that congressional candidates who outspend their opponents are almost certain to win, and a 2014 Princeton study found that ordinary Americans have no influence whatsoever over the behavior of their government while the will of the wealthy has a direct influence on US policy and legislation.‪

https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/fit/c/60/60/1*ZVXYCWfCPhsF5l-4EFhAIQ.jpegCaitlin Johnstone‬: Rogue journalist. Bogan socialist. Anarcho-psychonaut. Guerilla poet. Utopia prepper.

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The Democrats' "Blue Wave" ... of Accommodation and Collaboration

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  • The Democratic Party is part of the problem, not part of the solution. Voting for the Democrats and their so-called "blue wave" is not voting to stop the great crimes the Trump/Pence regime is carrying out. It's a vote to continue these crimes, accommodate to fascism, and legitimize the whole putrid system that carries out monstrous crime after monstrous crime, and gives rise to fascists like Trump and Pence.
  • The "blue wave" isn't the answer. It's a poisonous polluted wave of slime and sh*t that will only leave people drenched in disappointment, accommodation, and complicity.
  • Related: Wrong-Way Democrats: Will a 'Blue Dog' Blue Wave Pave the Way for Future Disaster? 

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https://www.opednews.com/populum/uploaded/revcom-icon-02017_09_07_00_55_14-0.jpg May 21, 2018 | The Trump/Pence regime is targeting immigrants as "animals," robbing women of basic reproductive rights, threatening war on Iran, celebrating while Israel massacres Palestinians, and more--all part of hammering into place a vicious, "make America great again" fascist regime.

Millions are shocked, outraged, sick at heart, and they're being told that their best and only realistic hope is a so-called "blue wave" of Democratic victories in the November 2018 midterm elections, because if the Democrats take back the House and perhaps the Senate, this will begin to stop the horrors the Trump/Pence regime is raining down day after day.

Revolution Newspaper, the voice of the Revolutionary Communist Party, provides the foundation, guideline, and organizational scaffolding for the whole process of carrying out our strategy for revolution.

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Wrong-Way Democrats: Will a 'Blue Dog' Blue Wave Pave the Way for Future Disaster? Paul Rosenberg, Salon / AlterNet

https://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/conor-lamb-800x430.jpg?itok=A90pne0mMarine veteran and former federal prosecutor Conor Lamb speaking at Democrats' nominating convention. Photo Credit: Pennsylvania Democratic Party

Democrats will win big this fall (probably). But are they just repeating the mistakes of the Clinton-Obama era?
Related: Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 5 - What have the Democrats learned since Trump's election?

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