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Wanna know how to move the Democratic Party (and our country) to the left?

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  • (The Tea Party) moved their party to the right not by withholding votes on Election Day, but by getting out their votes on Primary Day.
  • That's the lesson we progressives need to learn. And remember.
  • Has the Left Surrendered?
  • We are all right-wingers now.

Ian Reifowitz, Daily Kos

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Progressive_values.png?1385100731Monday, March 10, 2014 | It's real simple, folks. We do it the way the Tea Party did in moving the Republican Party to the right. And it has nothing to do with denying our votes to "centrist" candidates on Election Day. You know how to do it?

Win some primaries. It's not hard to grasp. You think some Democrats aren't left enough? Beat 'em. Did someone you believed was a strong progressive end up voting or governing more to the center than the left? Back a primary challenger. Beat 'em. Knock out the Democrats you don't like and replace them with someone to their left. That's how you move the country left. Then work yourselves to the bone so that those progressives you helped win that primary beat their Republican opponent on Election Day. Because every election, whether the primary or the general, is about a choice. The way to advance progressive values is to back the most progressive candidate who can win. That's not always easy to figure out, but we have to try.

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Has the Left Surrendered? Richard Eskow, LA Progressive

  • An independent left must never plead with Democratic leaders to be heard, as too many liberals have been wont to do. That way lies continued irrelevance – and continued contempt. The future left must be willing to say “no” to … Democrats, with all that the word “no” implies.
  • Chris Hedges | The Left Has Lost Its Nerve and Its Direction

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We are all right-wingers now, Thomas Frank, Salon

  • What the Hell is Barack Obama's Presidency For?
  • Is the left enjoying a moment of triumph -- or has a president with no bearings left the Tea Party in charge?
  • How Fox News, ineffective liberals, corporate Dems and GOP money captured everything
  • Has the Left Surrendered? 

John Nichols | Vermont Votes for Public Banking

  • "When the prairie populists of the North Dakota Non-Partisan League swept to power a century ago, with their promise to take on the plutocrats, one of the first orders of business was the establishment of state-run bank." 
  • The Stone That Brings Down Goliath

John Nichols, The Nation

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7234-capitol-money-black-white-071512.jpg March 9, 2014 | When the prairie populists of the North Dakota Non-Partisan League swept to power a century ago, with their promise to take on the plutocrats, one of the first orders of business was the establishment of state-run bank.

They did just that. And in just a few years the Bank of North Dakota will celebrate a 100th anniversary of assuring safe stewardship of state funds, providing loans at affordable rates and steering revenues toward the support of public projects.

John Nichols writes about politics and media issues for The Nation magazine as its Washington correspondent. He is a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, WI. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and dozens of other newspapers.

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The Stone That Brings Down Goliath, Ellen Brown, Web of Debt

  • cover-thumb.jpg?w=160&h=235 Wall Street banks are deemed “too big to fail” only because there is no viable alternative – but there could be. Local governments could form their own publicly-owned banks, on the model of the state-owned Bank of North Dakota. They could then put their revenues, their savings, and their newly-acquired real estate into those public utilities, to be used to generate interest-free credit for the local government (since it would own the bank) and low-cost credit for the local community. For more on this promising option, which has been or is being explored in almost half the state legislatures in the U.S., go here
  • The end of "Too big to fail."

 

What Are the Gobshites Saying These Days?

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  • The Well-Known Zombie War Criminal Dick Cheney
  • The Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

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March 10, 2014 | Welcome back to our weekly survey of the state of Our National Dialogue which, as you know, is what Charles Mingus would have come up with, had he composed "Goodbye Beanie With The Propeller On Top."

We shake up the usual order today and begin over at CBS. Onetime Louis Napoleon national security correspondent Bob Schieffer had the week off, and Charlie Rose, deprived of his Big Table of Sycophancy, sat in for him. The producers decided that who the country really needed to hear from concerning the situation in the Ukraine was well-known zombie war criminal Dick Cheney. He was joined on the show by James (To Hell With The Jews) Baker, and Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny starver from Wisconsin and most recent First Runner-Up in our vice-presidential pageant. Hilarity, naturally, ensued.

Charles P. Pierce is a writer-at-large of Esquire magazine.

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The Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight, Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

  • Former GOP congressional analyst Mike Lofgren talks to Bill about America’s “Deep State,” in which elected and unelected figures collude to serve powerful vested interests.
  • Bill Moyers Essay: The End Game for Democracy

Special Project | President Obama, Change we can believe in? Week Ending March 16, 2014

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  • "We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." --Barack Obama
  • 9 New Items including:
    • The Leader Obama Wanted to Become and What Became of Him
    • We are all right-wingers now
    • What the Hell is Barack Obama's Presidency For?
    • Kirsten Gillibrand’s sexual assault bill derailed
    • Heard The One About Obama Denouncing A Breach Of International Law?
    • Obama’s low-wage “recovery”
    • Obama White House targeting American for drone murder
    • Obama’s State Of The Union Address: An Empty And Reactionary Charade
    • American State of the Union: A Festival of Lies

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The Leader Obama Wanted to Become and What Became of Him, David Bromwich, TomDispatch.com

  • The fatal strategic flaws that undermined the potential for a transformative presidency
  • How Obama Became a Publicist for His Presidency (Rather Than the President)
  • What the Hell is Barack Obama's Presidency For?

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We are all right-wingers now, Thomas Frank, Salon

  • Is the left enjoying a moment of triumph -- or has a president with no bearings left the Tea Party in charge?
  • How Fox News, ineffective liberals, corporate Dems and GOP money captured everything
  • Has the Left Surrendered? 
  • What the Hell is Barack Obama's Presidency For?

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What the Hell is Barack Obama's Presidency For? Gary Younge, The Guardian

  • "If there was a plot, he's lost it. If there was a point, few can remember it. If he had a big idea, he shrank it. If there's a moral compass powerful enough to guide such contradictions to more consistent waters, it is in urgent need of being reset."
  • His ascent to power had meaning, but now his interventions are too rare and too piecemeal to constitute a narrative
  • Obama’s State Of The Union Address: An Empty And Reactionary Charade

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Kirsten Gillibrand’s sexual assault bill derailed, Darren Samuelsohn, Juana Summers, Anna Palmer, Politico

  • If Obama had weighed in, Gillibrand said he could have helped tip the scales in favor of her proposal.
  • When a scandal becomes a cause
  • Republicans Block Bill to Expand Healthcare and Education for Veterans

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Heard The One About Obama Denouncing A Breach Of International Law? Norman Solomon, CommonDreams.org

03 March, 2014 |  Today, Uncle Sam continues to preen as the globe’s big sheriff on the side of international law even while functioning as the world’s biggest outlaw.

Breaches of international law are a serious matter... when some country other than the United States is accused. 

International law is suddenly very popular in Washington. President Obama responded to Russian military intervention in the Crimea by accusing Russia of a “breach of international law.” Secretary of State John Kerry followed up by declaring that Russia is “in direct, overt violation of international law.”

Unfortunately, during the last five years, no world leader has done more to undermine international law than Barack Obama. He treats it with rhetorical adulation and behavioral contempt, helping to further normalize a might-makes-right approach to global affairs that is the antithesis of international law.

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Obama’s low-wage “recovery” Jerry White, World Socialist Website

  • The experience of the Obama administration, which has overseen the greatest explosion of social inequality in US history, while accelerating the attack on democratic rights and war-mongering policies of his Republican predecessor, has provoked widespread disgust and anger. The president’s election-year rhetoric about “equality” and his proposals for token “reforms” is largely falling on deaf ears.
  • Mass unemployment in America

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Obama White House targeting American for drone murder, Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site

  • 11 February 2014 | Unnamed “senior US officials” have told the Associated Press that the Obama administration is “wrestling with whether to kill [a US citizen] with a drone strike and how to do so legally under its new stricter targeting policy.”
  • This extraordinary AP report publicly announces and justifies a drone assassination of an American citizen before it takes place. It has all the hallmarks of a deliberately orchestrated leak. Its evident aim is to lend a veneer of “transparency” and legality to a conspiratorial and unconstitutional program of state murder, all the better to institutionalize it as a permanent arm of dictatorial presidential power.

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Obama’s State Of The Union Address: An Empty And Reactionary Charade, Joseph Kishore, World Socialist Website

  • Joe Kishore is the current National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (United States). Writer for the World Socialist Web Site, http://wsws.org 
  • 29 January, 2014  | US President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday was, perhaps even more than his previous addresses, a cynical and reactionary charade. Empty rhetoric was combined with a complete disconnect from the reality confronting millions of people and an assertion of executive power.
  • The thrust of the speech was a mixture of pro-business nostrums, militarist jingoism and a jumble of penny-ante proposals. The media’s attempt to promote the speech as a major address on inequality was a deliberate falsification aimed at drumming up interest among a generally indifferent and hostile population.

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American State of the Union: A Festival of Lies, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

  • Before the nation and the world, President Obama pledges to take “action” against “economic inequality,” while simultaneously holding secret negotiations on a Trans Pacific Partnership trade scheme that will quicken the pace of the global Race to the Bottom, deepening economic inequalities. “Lies of omission are even more despicable than the overt variety, because they hide.”
  • “When you say ‘jobs,’ he says tax cuts – just like the Republicans, only Obama first cites the pain of the unemployed, so that you know he cares.”
  • Obama’s State Of The Union Address: An Empty And Reactionary Charade

 

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