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“The Khans’ Grief Is Being Used by a Party That Is Treacherous”

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  • “What Trump says is rhetorically belligerent. But what Clinton and the Democrats actually did, it killed people. Why was the Khans’ son in Iraq?” --Cindy Sheehan
  • Will the Democrats fail the Khan family the way they failed Cindy Sheehan?

Brendan James, Slate

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http://www.slate.com/content/dam/slate/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2016/08/160802_POL_CindySheehan.jpg.CROP.promo-xlarge2.jpgCindy Sheehan, whose son Army Specialist Casey Sheehan was killed in Iraq, on Aug. 26, 2005 near President George W. Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Aug. 2 2016 | One after another, reporters and pundits, hacks and flacks all began circulating George W. Bush’s response from more than a decade ago to the protest of a dead soldier’s parent. It was a lesson in manners for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who had just attacked Khizr and Ghazala Khan, themselves the parents of a dead soldier, for having denounced the candidate as an unpatriotic bigot at the Democratic National Convention. “Compare Trump to Bush addressing Cindy Sheehan,” tweeted a Daily Beast editor, echoing dozens of others.

Cindy Sheehan’s son was killed in the same war that later took the life of the Khans’ son, and like them, Sheehan in 2005 was both a living rebuke to the Republican Party’s vision and an asset to the Democrats in their mission to take back the House. A California soccer mom turned anti-war activist, Sheehan had set up camp outside of Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, where she’d planned to stay until Bush had granted her a meeting.

Brendan James is a freelance writer living in New York. He's written for the Guardian, Newsweek, Vice, and Salon. He also produces the podcast Chapo Trap House. 

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By Virtue and Liberty shall you know America: Beyond Bernie to the Revolution

  • The worst thing to come out of all this is that Bernie Saunders threw away the best chance in the last century to launch a progressive third party in America. We still need to do that, with or without him. -Saunders delegate to the Democratic National Convention, July 27, 2016
  • "I do not want you to follow me or anyone else; if you are looking for a Moses to lead you out of this capitalist wilderness, you will stay right where you are. I would not lead you into the promised land if I could, because if I led you in, some one else would lead you out. You must use your heads as well as your hands, and get yourself out of your present condition." --Eugene Debs, Socialist Party of America Presidential Candidate, 1908

Kevin D. Annett

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Washington%20with%20His%20Men%20at%20Valley%20Forge.jpgJuly 31, 2016 | Pundits high and low have already whipped out their political scalpels to dissect the perhaps not unexpected collapse of Senator Bernie Saunders and his more naïve followers into the entrails of the Democratic Party. Such an operation is not only premature but misdiagnosed, for it dwells on a figurehead and not a phenomena.

 

Forget about Bernie Saunders. What compelled him to betray the hopes of thirteen million progressive Americans is anybody's guess, and no doubt will be critiqued to death for years by internet commentators who would rather talk than act. What matters to us is what those thirteen million men and women represent, and the future they may embody.

Kevin D. Annett, author and publicist, was re-nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015. 

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John Nichols: Democrats Toughen Trade Stance—but Reject Formal Opposition to the TPP

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  • By leaving the party’s position in doubt, Democrats have created an opening for Trump.
  • Related: $%@*! this deal! 

John Nichols, the Nation

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July 10, 2016 | “The majority of Democrats, like the majority of Americans, are against the TPP. Hillary is against the TPP. Bernie is against the TPP. Let’s not be bureaucrats, let’s be leaders,” declared former NAACP president Ben Jealous as he urged the Democratic Party’s platform committee to amend the document to include specific opposition to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

But despite the fact that the party’s presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton, and her chief rival for the nomination, Bernie Sanders, have expressed explicit opposition to the deal, despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of congressional Democrats oppose it, despite the fact that Democratic and Republican primary results suggest that is a big issue for 2016 voters, the bureaucratic approach prevailed. The platform’s language was strengthened to express general opposition to trade policies that have stirred fervent opposition in industrialized states such as Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin. But proposals to add anti-TPP language to the document were rejected Saturday at the platform committee session in Orlando, as Clinton backers (and most uncommitted members of the committee) generally opposed the amendments, while Sanders backers supported them.

John Nichols is The Nation’s national affairs correspondent. He is the co-author, with Robert W. McChesney, of People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy, published in March 2016 by Nation Books.

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$%@*! this deal! Paul, Emma, Anne and the team at SumOfUs.org 

  • https://sumofus-production-media.s3.amazonaws.com/a/img/0910fe1e-bad0-4777-95ee-1d0770be0318.jpgWhose interests is Obama looking out for with these deals?
  • There is plenty of information available on TPP -- a genuine disaster in the making.  Please contact your members of Congress, regardless of who owns them, and tell them TPP is intolerable.
  • Special Report | Stop the TPP, Week Ending February 13, 2016

 

Why Donald Trump Could Be the Next President of the United States

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  • As we move on to the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, let’s be clear: The great tragedy of the moment is not rooted in the Republican Party’s self-cannibalization. It’s with a Democratic Party that “successfully” suffocated responsible answers to the crises consuming our world. Indeed, as Hillary Clinton’s selection of the milquetoast Tim Kaine as her vice president shows, the Dems have put forward a candidate who embodies an establishment widely recognized as having betrayed the majority of the American public.
  • All of which leaves us with the very real possibility of President Donald Trump being inaugurated on Jan. 20.
  • Related: Cornel West- Why There Is a Serious Danger of a Right-Wing Revolution in the US

Alan Minsky, Truthdig

http://www.truthdig.com/images/reportuploads/Donald_Trump_for_2016_President_590.jpgDonald Trump called the GOP convention in Cleveland “a tremendous success.” (Dennis Van Tine / STAR MAX / IPx)

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 This is madness. Fully predictable madness. One archetype of the American experience is now realized. We’ve always had our carnival hucksters and itinerant preachers and snake oil thieves. P.T. Barnum put on a good show. All sought wealth and power.

But never before has one risen so high as Donald J. Trump, with so vast an audience of willing dupes and sleepwalking accomplices—the balance of the liberal establishment included.

Alan Minsky is the Program Director at KPFK Radio Los Angeles; and the executive producer of the Ralph Nader Radio Hour, and producer of the Nation Magazine podcast Start Making Sense.

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Cornel West | Why There Is a Serious Danger of a Right-Wing Revolution in the US, George Souvlis and Cornel West, OpenDemocracy / Black Agenda Report

“We must choose between a neo-fascism in the making (Trump), neo-liberalism in the decaying (Clinton), and a neo-populism in the ascending (Sanders).” So says Dr. Cornel West, the nation’s most influential Black public intellectual and a key Bernie Sanders supporter. Not only are “the establishments in both the Democratic and Republican parties disintegrating,” says West, but “the neo-liberal sleepwalking in Black America is coming to an end.”

 

Series | Presidency 2016, Part 1: All Third Party & Independent Candidates

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  • President Obama is barred by constitutional term limits from seeking re-election in 2016. A large crowd of candidates will likely compete for the Democratic and Republican nominations. Plus there are LOTS of likely third party and independent P2016 hopefuls. So, if a person is running, or thinking of running -- regardless of party, ballot status, or chances of winning -- we have him or her listed below. Incumbent party first, following by the main opposition party, then the third party candidates, and finally the independent and write-in hopefuls.
  • First in a series

Ron Gunzburger, Politics1.com

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  • Third Party Candidates on 20+ State Ballots
  • Other Third Party and Independent Candidates 
  • Other P2016 Resources

Ron Gunzburger is publisher of Politics1.com and one of america's most dedicated students of elections.

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