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Whether Impeached or Voted Out or Stays Put, Ocasio-Cortez Says Trump 'Symptom of Much Deeper Problems.'

/ "This is the REAL conversation we need to have as a country," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Sunday. "As horrific as this president is, he is a symptom of much deeper problems." (Photo: 60 Minutes/CBS News)

  • Amid new consternation sparked by Mueller report, Congresswoman from New York says key national conversation must go deeper than what becomes of the Republican president.
  • Related: Trump Is Not the Problem.

Jon Queally, Common Dreams

Sunday, March 24, 2019 | Amid widespread speculation over the weekend stirred by the submission of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report to the Department of Justice—and the 4-page summary of it released on Sunday—Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says the most important dialogue at this point should not be about what happens next to President Donald Trump, but one focused on the "root causes" that made it possible for such a person to ascend to the White House in the first place.

Ocasio-Cortez was responding to actor and activist George Takei, who in a tweet on Saturday stated: "Let's say Trump goes down in disgrace from Mueller or the SDNY or Congressional investigations. We're left with a big question: How did a guy like that get elected? Why do so many still support him? We can’t just say 'Fox News' or 'Russians.' We have serious issues to sort out."

"As horrific as this president is, he is a symptom of much deeper problems." —Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)"This is the REAL conversation we need to have as a country," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Sunday. "As horrific as this president is, he is a symptom of much deeper problems."

Jon Queally, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Trump Is Not the Problem. Andrew Bacevic, TomDispatch / Truthdig

  • Trump is not the problem. Think of him instead as a summons to address the real problem, which … is the collective responsibility of the people themselves. For Americans to shirk that responsibility further will almost surely pave the way for more Trumps — or someone worse — to come.
  • The President as Pimple
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Series, Universal Empire | Part 1: American Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante's Vision of Hell

  • The truly remarkable thing about this Cold War psychology is the totally illogical transfer of the burden of proof from those who make charges to those who question them.
  • Related: The Price of Empire ~ Umair Haque, Robert Gore

Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould, Truthdig

Apr 24, 2017 | “Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate. (Abandon all hope ye who enter here.)”
–Dante, “The Divine Comedy,” Inferno (Part 1), Canto 3, Line 9

Before the Tomahawk missiles start flying between Moscow and New York, Americans had better educate themselves fast about the forces and the people who claim that Russia covered up a Syrian government gas attack on Syrians. Proof no longer seems to matter in the rush to further transform the world into Dante’s vision of Hell. Accusations made by anonymous sources, spurious sources and outright frauds have become enough. Washington’s paranoia and confusion bear an uncanny resemblance to the final days of the Third Reich, when the leadership in Berlin became completely unglued.

Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould, a husband and wife team, began working together in 1979 co-producing a documentary for Paul's television show.

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The Price of Empire ~ Umair Haque, Robert Gore, Eudaimonia / Straight Line Logic

  •*Nu0RaDq1QceANFf7oU_QDQ.jpegBut violence and greed and cruelty cannot lead anyone anymore to prosperity in the 21st century. There is nobody left to colonize and exploit left but yourself, your very own society, in a world which is out of easy frontiers and helpless peoples.
  • The price of empire is a nation's soul.

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Fearmongering on the Left

  • Mainstream pundits never seem to say, “We’re in serious danger here. Centrist Democrats had better read the writing on the wall and move further to the left so we can stay unified.” No, it’s always the progressives who have to give in. Always.
  • Related: Caution: Moderate Democrats Ahead.

Johnny Townsend, LA Progressive

Friday, 22 February 2019 | Democrats lament daily the fearmongering generated by President Trump, and with good reason, but fearmongering is just as harmful when done by the Left. Moderates point to the divisions in the UK’s Labour Party, which they say resulted solely from leaders moving too far to the left, as a warning. If Democratic candidates similarly try to be too bold, we’ll break apart, too. We must work together, they insist, and stop fighting each other.

While that conclusion is sound enough, the path to reach it is not the given they believe. / Johnny Townsend is a writer for the Salt Lake (UT) Tribune and the LA Progressive. He is the author of the book Human Compassion for Beginners.

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Caution: Moderate Democrats Ahead. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Beware the Moderate Democrat
  • Why the centrist extremists are an incredibly dangerous political animal
  • Part 2: ‘Socialism surging in Iowa’ gives cold feet to centrist Democrats contemplating 2020 run: report
  • it might be the centrists who are getting cold feet.
  • Part 3: The Last Thing America Needs Right Now is a 'Centrist Independent'
  • Howard Schultz is contemplating a run for president, while Kamala Harris leans into Obama-style rhetoric. God Help Us All.


New Analysis Shows Why Democrats Are Wrong to Fear Bold Embrace of Medicare for All.

/ A new poll finds that seven in 10 Americans believe the U.S. healthcare system is in crisis, while a new analysis argues that promoting Medicare for All is far fromthepolical suicide that corporate Democrats warn candidates against. (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc)

  • Corresponding with its skyrocketing enthusiasm for Medicare for All, the American public reported extreme dissatisfaction with the current for-profit healthcare system in a new poll—and expressed concern that the model has created a crisis for the nation.
  • Related: Biggest Threat to Single-Payer? Democrat Support for a Public Option

Julia Conley, Common Dreams Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Facebook


January 14, 2019 | O‪n the same day a new poll showed an overwhelming majority of Americans think the nation's healthcare system is "in state of crisis," a new analysis shows that Democrats should listen to those Americans—and end their reluctance to run on the promise of a bold solution like Medicare for All while propping up the for-profit system.‬

"Democrats shouldn't fear authentic candidates who articulate our values. Those candidates offer the best path forward for the party." —Sean McElwee, Data for Progress

A new Gallup survey released Monday showed that 70 percent of respondents saw the U.S. healthcare system as having "major problems" or being in a "state of crisis." Eighty-four percent of Democrats expressed these concerns about the system in which many families are forced to pay highpremiumsand and deductibles, with worse health outcomes than in other high-income countries, while 56 percent of Republicans agreed.

Julia Conley, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Biggest Threat to Single-Payer? Democrat Support for a Public Option, Michael Corcoran, Truthout / Despite co-sponsoring Medicare for All, Rep. Brian Higgins is clearly not interested in pursuing the reform any time soon. Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call

The next big fight for single-payer may not be with Big Pharma or the GOP, but rather, Democrats who insist on putting their energy behind weaker policies.