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I'm not Ready for Bernie Sanders, May 6, 2015

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  • I'd rather have him running than not. But … 
  • Part 1: Invest in Activism, Not Bernie Sanders
  • Part 2: The Problem with Bernie Sanders
  • Why the 99 Percent Keeps Losing
  • From the Archives | Let's Not Be Fooled By Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: Invest in Activism, Not Bernie Sanders

Please do not give (Bernie) … or any other candidate a dime or a moment of your life. Instead, join the movement that’s … struggling to create fair elections through steps like automatic registration in Oregon, and pushing legislation to provide free media, match small donors, give each voter a tax credit to contribute, or take the power to establish plutocracy away from the Supreme Court.

David Swanson, Let’s Try Democracy

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May 5, 2015 | Yes, Bernie Sanders would be a far superior president to Hillary Clinton.

That requires a bit of elaboration. Something I just scraped off my shoe would be a far superior president to Hillary Clinton, but Sanders would actually be good in a whole lot of ways. He has numerous imperfections, but the contrast with Clinton is like day to night.

I’d rather have him running than not.

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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Part 2: The Problem with Bernie Sanders 

We need to win the new left born out of Occupy, public-sector union struggles and the Black Lives Matter movement to breaking with the Democratic Party and building an electoral alternative as a complement to struggle from below. Bernie Sanders’ campaign inside the Democratic Party is an obstacle to that project.

Ashley Smith, socialistworker.org

The upcoming presidential contest was shaping up to be one of the most underwhelming in electoral history. An heir to the Bush dynasty, real estate magnate Jeb, looked like the safest bet to become the Republican presidential nominee, and challenge the anointed frontrunner from the Democrats’ leading dynasty, corporate drone Hilary Clinton.

Few people on the left or even among liberals could manage any excitement or conviction about getting “Ready for Hillary Clinton,” the former Walmart board member, regardless of the populist veneer she is trying to put forward as her campaign gets underway.

Ashley Smith is a member of the editorial board of the International Socialist Review, to which he is a frequent contributor. His writing has also appeared on ZNet, Dissident Voice, CounterPunch and Socialist Worker. He helped found the Burlington Anti-War Coalition and is a member of the National Writers Union.

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Related:

Why the 99 Percent Keeps Losing, Robert Kuttner, Huffington Post / Common Dreams

  • Without a potent movement on the ground, mainstream electoral politics is likely to remain stuck with remedies too weak either to rouse public imagination and participation, or to provide more than token relief for today's extreme inequality.
  • I'm not Ready for Bernie Sanders, May 6, 2015
  • America's Economic Crisis: Week Ending April 11, 2015

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From the Archives | Let's Not Be Fooled By Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren, Thomas Scott Tucker, Popular Resistance

  • Let’s not be fooled by “progressives” who can’t find their spines when the colonial regime in Israel bombs the crowded ghetto of Gaza.
  • Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week Ending August 17, 2014

From the Archives | Let's Not Be Fooled By Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren

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  • Let’s not be fooled by “progressives” who can’t find their spines when the colonial regime in Israel bombs the crowded ghetto of Gaza.
  • Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week Ending August 17, 2014

Thomas Scott Tucker, Popular Resistance

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August 17th, 2014 | Bernie Sanders ends his recent column “Let’s Stand Together” with this piece of advice: “Let’s not be fooled.”

Quite right. Let’s not be fooled by any politician appealing to high ideals when they are in the business of war and empire.

Sanders not only defends military contracts that benefit his constituents in Vermont, he also joined the 100 to 0 vote in the Senate to give unalloyed moral and political support to the state of Israel during its most recent bombing campaign against Gaza.

Thomas Scott Tucker is a writer and a democratic socialist. His book of essays, “The Queer Question: Essays on Desire and Democracy,” was published by South End Press (July 1, 1999).

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Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week Ending August 17, 2014, Compiled by David Culver<>, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Fighting the Culture of Political Bullshit OR Karl Rove, the architect of Bush's career, privately said 'Fuck the truth; all that matters is the reality that we make people swallow.'
  • 8 New Items including:
    • Right-wing “populism” is a joke!
    • Henry A. Giroux | Thinking Dangerously in An Age of Political Betrayal
    • At Some Point, Progressives Need to Break Up With the Democratic Party
    • The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums
    • Trying to Feel Patriotic on the Fourth of July
    • Feature Article | GOP Descent into Mindless Meanness,
    • The Dumbing Down of American Politics, June 19, 2014
    • Totally Nuts

Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week Ending May 9, 2015

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  • Fighting the Culture of Political Bullshit OR Karl Rove, the architect of Bush's career, privately said 'Fuck the truth; all that matters is the reality that we make people swallow.'
  • 8 New Items including:
  • The GOP’s destructive Vietnam mythology
  • An Award-Winning Cancer Researcher Says U.S. Science Has Never Been More Imperiled
  • The GOP’s demonic alliance: How the religious right & big business are dumbing down America
  • Christian America is an invention: Big business, right-wing politics and the religious lie that still divides us
  • The Crazy World of Tom Cotton
  • The 2015 GOP Clown Car: Bigger, Meaner, and More Dangerous Than Ever
  • Who Let the Dog Turds In? 
  • Paul Krugman Reveals the Outrageous Con Job Behind the Savage GOP Budget

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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The GOP’s destructive Vietnam mythology, Peter Birkenhead, Salon

  • How the right’s self-glorifying delusions led to decades of avoidable war
  • In 1980, Reagan turned the Vietnam disaster into a faux-patriotic rallying cry. We've paid the price ever since
  • Tomgram | Christian Appy: "Honor" the Vietnam Veteran, Forget the War

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An Award-Winning Cancer Researcher Says U.S. Science Has Never Been More Imperiled, Sam Stein, Huffington Post 

  • "Americans just don’t see a future at this point in time in science, and it has happened pretty quickly." --Dr. Frederick Alt
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson Sounds The Alarm Over Science Illiteracy, And For Good Reason
  • When science yields to freedom of expression

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The GOP’s demonic alliance: How the religious right & big business are dumbing down America, Conor LynchSalon

  • The American writer, Issac Asimov, once said, “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’” Unfortunately, this thread has continued to this day, and individuals like Ted Cruz and Scott Walker are here to remind us that ignorance can be quite competitive with knowledge, as long as there’s money behind it.
  • Christian America is an invention: Big business, right-wing politics and the religious lie that still divides us

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Christian America is an invention: Big business, right-wing politics and the religious lie that still divides us, Kevin M. KruseSalon

  • The idea of "one nation under God" is a modern one -- and does not date back to the Founding Fathers
  • Excerpted from "One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America"
  • The GOP’s demonic alliance: How the religious right & big business are dumbing down America
  • Big Bible vs. Big Business

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The Crazy World of Tom Cotton, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Wherein the bobble-throated slapdick junior senator from Arkansas is making the rounds of the echo chamber again, where he is allowed to say almost anything without any pushback whatsoever.
  • Part 1: Tom Cotton Says Discrimination Is All Relative As Long As Hanging Is Not Involved
  • Part 2: Tom Cotton Says Something Dumb 
  • The 2015 GOP Clown Car: Bigger, Meaner, and More Dangerous Than Ever

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John Cole

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The 2015 GOP Clown Car: Bigger, Meaner, and More Dangerous Than Ever, Richard Zombeck, Huffington Post

  • A (clown) car full of gun loving, poor hating, veteran screwing, climate change denying, Wall Street deregulating, health care repealing, and wealthy old white man loving clowns.  
  • They have the numbers to do what they want and by this time next year we could be having a completely different conversation in a completely different country.
  • Who Let the Dog Turds In?

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Who Let the Dog Turds In? David Culver, Telling It Like It Is! <http://tellingitlikeitisblog.org>

The Peter Principle states that in any hierarchal organization, leaders tend to reach their level of incompetence. In other words, cream sours when it gets to the top. That’s our country: a creamery that stinks!

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Paul Krugman Reveals the Outrageous Con Job Behind the Savage GOP Budget, Janet Allon, AlterNet

  • "The modern G.O.P.’s raw fiscal dishonesty is something new in American politics."
  • Richer and Poorer: How much inequality can a democracy stand?

Special Project | The Progressive: Public School Shakedown, Week Ending May 3, 2015

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Showing what is at stake as the rightwing begins to dismantle public education—to follow the money, expose the privatizers, and help parents, teachers, and concerned citizens understand what is going on and connect with each other to stick up for schools.

Week Ending May 3, 2015 | "One Newark" Exemplifies the Shock Doctrine

Our test-and-punish system under the No Child Left Behind Act has branded the schools in our poorest cities as “failures” and created a crisis atmosphere that has made way for the application of the Shock Doctrine.

Jan Resseger, the Progressive

14513113-mmmain.jpg?itok=tP3UYiPBApril 28, 2015 | In her 2007 book, The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein describes the takeover of the New Orleans schools in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina as a grand experiment perpetrated by policy makers on a city so vulnerable nobody could protect the public assets that should have been rescued.  Klein concludes, “I call these orchestrated raids on the public sphere in the wake of catastrophic events, combined with the treatment of disasters as exciting market opportunities, “disaster capitalism.” (The Shock Doctrine, p. 6)

When we think about the Shock Doctrine applied to education, New Orleans—where the schools were charterized and all the teachers fired—is the example that comes to mind, but our test-and-punish system under the No Child Left Behind Act has branded the schools in our poorest cities as “failures” and created a crisis atmosphere that has also made way for the application of the Shock Doctrine.  Back in 2010, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, working with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, seized such an “opportunity” and set up Newark for an experiment in disaster capitalism; he staged his Shock Doctrine live on the Oprah Winfrey Show, where Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg handed Booker $100 million to fix Newark’s schools. In a recent article Washington Post education writer Lyndsey Layton summarizes what happened as the “One Newark” plan was put in place by Christie and his appointed overseer Newark school superintendent, Cami Anderson. Public schools were closed and charter operators brought in. Union agreements were abrogated. It has been easy to move quickly in Newark, where the schools have been under state control for twenty years and residents have been unable to establish sufficient checks and balances despite the presence of an elected school board that lacks virtually any power. Cami Anderson has not bothered to attend any meetings of Newark’s school board for well over a year now.

Before retiring, Jan Resseger staffed advocacy and programming to support public education justice in the national setting ... working to improve the public schools that serve 50 million of our children, reduce standardized testing, ensure attention to vast opportunity gaps, advocate for schools that welcome all children, and speak for the public role of public education.

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Petition: Mr. President: Stop Lying To Us About Fast Track And The TPP

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  • Mr. President, the more you try to defend the indefensible TPP the bigger your lies seem to get, and just this last Friday you told some serious whoppers.
  • TPP Leak Reveals Extraordinary New Powers for Thousands of Foreign Firms to Challenge U.S. Policies and Demand Taxpayer Compensation.

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We have so many highly informed and articulate citizens on our list, it does us all proud. But even if you can't draft a personal comment every time, please submit every action page on this. It just takes a click, so we can keep maximum heat on.

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Related:

TPP Leak Reveals Extraordinary New Powers for Thousands of Foreign Firms to Challenge U.S. Policies and Demand Taxpayer Compensation, Public Citizen

  • Unveiling of Parallel Legal System for Foreign Corporations Will Fuel TPP Controversy, Further Complicate Obama’s Push for Fast Track
  • Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Deal

 

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