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Obama Was A Horrible President, And Progressives Need To Stop Pretending That He Wasn't.

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All the Biden bro memes in the world won't change the fact that Obama is a terrible human being and a lousy president.

Caitlin Johnstone, Newslogue

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https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2016/02/14/15/18/barack-obama-1199638__340.jpg21 Nov 2016 | I haven't picked on Obama enough lately, which is a shame because if the progressive revolution is to have a fighting chance we need to be crystal clear about how very much he stands against everything we're fighting for. You can't win a war if you don't know where your enemy is, and you can't overthrow the evils of the establishment if you're not clear where it starts and ends. Nobody who stands by the horrible things Obama did during his presidency is on our side. Period.

There are still a lot of progressives who woke up during the Sanders movement, and as a result are still suffering from the delusion that President Hillary would have been awful, but Obama wasn't so bad. The lie that his horrible decisions were the result of an obstructionist congress is still largely subscribed to by the political left, and, perhaps due to sexism, perhaps due to white guilt, or perhaps due to sheer ignorance and short-sightedness, many progressives who recognized Hillary's evil still feel as though Obama did okay.

Caitlin Johnstone is a journalist, author, feminist thinker, cage rattler, giant woman, and mother of two.

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In the Name of Humanity, We Refuse To Accept a Fascist America

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  • Rise Up... Get Into The Streets... Unite With People Everywhere to Build Up Resistance in Every Way You Can. Don’t Stop: Don’t Conciliate ... Don’t Accommodate ... Don’t Collaborate.
  • Related: Mourn, Then Wage Popular and Class Struggle 
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Revolution Newspaper / The World Can't Wait 

http://www.utne.com/~/media/Images/UTR/Editorial/Articles/Online%20Articles/2016/09-01/Dissent%20A%20History%20of%20American%20Revolutions/American-Flag-Crowd%20jpg.jpg?h=550&la=en&w=550&hash=CB460F6A3799DC1DEFA07A6B36C6E5BD98796EF9 November 11, 2016 | Donald Trump has now won the presidency. Under the slogan “Make America Great Again,” he has viciously attacked Mexicans and Muslims, threatened to deport millions and boasted that he will build walls and close borders.

He incites people to fear and hate those who are “different,” or who come from other countries or nationalities, or practice different religions. He crudely demeans and degrades women, and openly boasts about molesting them. He’s a champion of white supremacy who has insulted and threatened Black people, and whipped up a racist lynch-mob mentality. Trump has mocked the disabled.  He is an aggressive and unapologetic militarist, who threatens to use nuclear weapons and will have his fingers on the nuclear codes. He openly advocates war crimes and crimes against humanity—including torture and killing the families of people accused of terrorism. He plans to pack the Supreme Court with justices who will gut and reverse the right to abortion, gay rights, and other important legal rights. He calls climate change a hoax and his policies will wreak further devastation on the environment. He has attacked and threatened the press and stirred up his supporters to do the same. Trump has utter contempt for facts and the truth, and consistently lies to advance his agenda. As for the rule of law, Trump went so far as to openly threaten his opponent, Hillary Clinton, not only with jail, but even assassination. Donald Trump is an outright fascist. And he is now the president-elect.

Revolution NewspaperThe Voice of the Revolutionary Communist Party

The World Can't Wait: a national movement formed to halt and reverse the terrible program of war, repression and theocracy that was initiated by the Bush / Cheney regime and the ongoing crimes that continue to this day.

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Mourn, Then Wage Popular and Class Struggle, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Unite for 'National Healing'? No Thanks, We're Waging Popular and Class Struggle

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Part 2: Mourn. Then Organize.

This nation has survived political crises before, and it will again if progressives refrain from pointing fingers and start organizing.

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We Cannot “Give Trump a Chance” Kshama Sawant, CounterPunch

  • https://www.popularresistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/People-have-the-power-Ferguson-City-Hall-protest-101-13-14.jpgWe have a historic responsibility to fight back against this administration.  On January 20th and 21st, activists will be organizing protests and student walkouts across the country. Hundreds of thousands will gather for the Women’s March on Washington DC and to “Occupy Inauguration,” to send a message to the new president that there is no space whatsoever for his bigoted agenda in America.
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We Cannot “Give Trump a Chance”

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  • We have a historic responsibility to fight back against this administration.  On January 20th and 21st, activists will be organizing protests and student walkouts across the country. Hundreds of thousands will gather for the Women’s March on Washington DC and to “Occupy Inauguration,” to send a message to the new president that there is no space whatsoever for his bigoted agenda in America.
  • Related: Searching for Solidarity in Trumpland

Kshama Sawant, CounterPunch

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Many messages were from middle- and working-class people who had voted for Trump because they hated corporate Democrats and Hillary Clinton, and mistakenly believed that Trump was going to stand up for the ordinary Americans. Many were also racist and misogynist, saying things like, “You don’t belong here with the bull***t you spew from your c***su**er,” or “Drop dead and go back to turbanville.”

Kshama Sawant is Seattle City Council Woman and member of Socialist Alternative.

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Searching for Solidarity in Trumpland, Lydia Howell, Evergreene Digest

  • It's up to us to build a new progressive political party. For that to happen, all of us need to practice far more solidarity with one another. Let's start with protecting everyone being targeted in hate crimes and coming together for the next big battle to stop the TPP trade deal that harms us all.
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The Skeletons in Keith Ellison's Display Case

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Who would I propose instead (for DNC Chair)? The first name that comes to mind (and I have not discussed this with him, it's possible he has no interest, and he certainly wouldn't sanction my criticizing of Ellison) is Dennis Kucinich. You want change? Hope even? Try him.

david swanson, Let's Try Democracy

 http://www.islamophobiatoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Keith-Ellison-4-248x300.jpg November 16, 2016 | Congressman Keith Ellison, candidate of progressive Democrats and many regressive Democrats for chair of the Democratic National Committee eagerly urged the illegal and disastrous violent overthrow of the government of Libya in 2011, which he celebrated as a success despite what it meant for the rule of law, despite all the death and suffering, despite the predictable instability and weapons proliferation to follow.

Ellison moved on to pushing, and using his perch as co-chair of the Progressive Caucus to push, for a similar war on Syria. For years now he has advocated for the illegal and murderous creation of no fly zones and "safe zones" -- what Hillary Clinton admitted only to Goldman Sachs would require that you "kill a lot of Syrians." Ellison was an early backer of bombing Syria in 2013. He met with peace activists but rejected their appeal.

david swanson is an American activist, blogger and author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union."

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Special Report | The Troubling Genius of the Electoral College

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Part 1: The Electoral College is Genius

It is one of the Constitution’s accidentally great procedural features for deterring the concentration of political power.

Part 2:  The Troubling Reason the Electoral College Exists

The Founding Fathers had something particular in mind when they set up the U.S. presidential election system: slavery

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 



Part 1: The Electoral College is Genius

It is one of the Constitution’s accidentally great procedural features for deterring the concentration of political power.

Sean J. Rosenthal, Intellectual Takeout

http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/electoral_college.pngNovember 15, 2016 | Through the electoral college, Donald Trump will win the presidency even though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. In response, many people have called to abolish the electoral college and have the presidency decided by a popular vote, including several hundred thousand MoveOn.org petitioners.

In contrast, I support the electoral college. Though I would find unobjectionable changes in the way the electoral college is calculated, I generally approve of the electoral college because it is one of the Constitution’s accidentally great procedural features for deterring the concentration of political power and the resulting abuses of such concentration.

Sean J. Rosenthal is an attorney in New York.

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Part 2:  The Troubling Reason the Electoral College Exists

The Founding Fathers had something particular in mind when they set up the U.S. presidential election system: slavery

Akhil Reed Amar, Time Magazine

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Nov. 8, 2016 | As Americans await the quadrennial running of the presidential obstacle course now known as the Electoral College, it’s worth remembering why we have this odd political contraption in the first place. After all, state governors in all 50 states are elected by popular vote; why not do the same for the governor of all states, a.k.a. the president? The quirks of the Electoral College system were exposed this week when Donald Trump secured the presidency with an Electoral College majority, even as Hillary Clinton took a narrow lead in the popular vote.

 

Some claim that the founding fathers chose the Electoral College over direct election in order to balance the interests of high-population and low-population states. But the deepest political divisions in America have always run not between big and small states, but between the north and the south, and between the coasts and the interior.

Akhil Reed Amar teaches constitutional law at Yale University. This essay borrows from his recently published book, The Constitution Today.

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