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TomDispatch | Rebecca Gordon, No "New Normal"

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  • Life Under Trump
  • Night Terrors and Daytime Hopes

Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Rebecca%20Gordon%20%7C%20American%20Nuremberg.jpgNovember 20, 2016 | At 72, I experienced election night with a 103-degree temperature, so it was literally a fever-dream for me.  And in a certain sense, it’s remained so ever since.  Now that a white supremacist has just been made the next president’s closest White House adviser, and the president-elect has called conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of Infowars to thank him and his followers for their part in his election victory, we have reasonable confirmation that we are indeed in a fever-dream America. 

Hate incidents are on the rise.  It’s easy enough to imagine the Bundy brothers being let loose in the West.  A climate change denier is running the Trump environmental policy transition.  The candidate himself will arrive in Washington with an enemies list already in formation (beating Dick Nixon to the punch by years).  The mainstream media have tied themselves in apologetic knots for believing the pollsters on Hillary’s “victory” and not bothering to talk enough to the white working class voters who came out for Trump (and whom Clinton abandoned for white millionaires and billionaires).  And the new president is being normalized by the old one, who previously excoriated him in the name of democracy, while mainstream pundits and journalists desperately look for signs that Donald Trump will be a pragmatic, recognizable American president once he takes the mantle of power. 

Rebecca Gordon, a TomDispatch regular, teaches in the philosophy department at the University of San Francisco. She is the author of American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes. Her previous books include Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-9/11 United States and Letters from Nicaragua.

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Class: Social Dynamite for Trump's Gang

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  • Part 1: Trump era confronts organized labor with gravest crisis in decades
  • The crisis for unions is a combination of direct threats from Trump's agenda and the knowledge that many rank-and-file workers are sympathetic to his populist message.
  • Part 2: Western PA Labor Leader Offended By Trump Attack On Steelworkers
  • "I don't have a Twitter account but, if I did, I'd give him my number and address," (Tony) Tepsic (president of the United Steelworkers Local 1212 in Midland, PA) said. "If he wants to boast about saving jobs, I got a plant in Midland we can talk about."

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Part 1: Trump era confronts organized labor with gravest crisis in decades

The crisis for unions is a combination of direct threats from Trump's agenda and the knowledge that many rank-and-file workers are sympathetic to his populist message.

Steven Mufson, Washington (DC) PostLeftLinks

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Dec 8, 2016 - President-elect Donald Trump's Twitter attack this week on a union official, followed by his choice of a labor secretary who has criticized new worker protections, has rattled leaders of the American labor movement, who fear unions may be facing their gravest crisis in decades.

On Thursday, Trump announced that he would nominate as his labor secretary Andrew Puzder, a fast-food executive who has opposed additional overtime pay for workers and expressed skepticism about increasing the minimum wage. That followed a pair of Twitter messages Wednesday evening in which Trump attacked an Indiana union leader who had criticized him, saying the official had done a "terrible job representing workers."

Steven Mufson covers energy and other financial matters for the Washington (DC) Post. Since joining the Post, he has covered the White House, China, economic policy and diplomacy. 

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Part 2: Western PA Labor Leader Offended By Trump Attack On Steelworkers

"I don't have a Twitter account but, if I did, I'd give him my number and address," (Tony) Tepsic (president of the United Steelworkers Local 1212 in Midland, PA) said. "If he wants to boast about saving jobs, I got a plant in Midland we can talk about."

Jared Stonesifer, Beaver County (PA) Times / LeftLinks

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Dec 9, 2016 - MIDLAND, PA -- Tony Tepsic doesn't have a Twitter account but, if he did, he would tell Donald Trump just when and where to find him.

Tepsic, president of the United Steelworkers Local 1212 in Midland, PA, took offense to the fact that the president-elect earlier this week attacked a fellow United Steelworkers local president in Indiana.

The feud started when Trump claimed he helped save 1,100 jobs from leaving Indiana. Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers Local 1999 based in Indianapolis, called Trump a liar and said the real number of jobs saved was around 800.

Jared Stonesifer: Energy, business and transportation reporter for the Beaver County (PA) Times.

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The 4 Syndromes Of Passivity In The Face Of Pending Tyranny

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  • And how to pull yourself out.
  • Related: Time to Fight Like Hell 
  • Related: What you — yes, you — can do to save America from tyranny.

 

Robert Reich, Huffington Post

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12/16/2016 | As the era of Trump approaches, some of you are succumbing to the following four syndromes:

1. Normalizer Syndrome. You want to believe Trump will be just another president – more conservative and pompous than most, but one who will make rational decisions once in office.

You are under a grave delusion. Trump has a serious personality disorder and will pose a clear and present danger to America and the world.

Robert Reich: Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley; author, ‘Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few.’’

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Time to Fight Like Hell, Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones

  • http://www.motherjones.com/files/imagecache/imagecache-2400x1350/files/421_clara_a_2000x1124.jpgDecember 15, 2016 | There is no way to sugarcoat it. The election of Donald Trump is a brutal affront to women, people of color, Jews and Muslims, and all who value kindness and tolerance. a road map for a lasting presence as a disruptive opposition … . (W)e have … handed (white nationalists and other political predators) the keys to the Oval Office, and the nuclear codes.
  • The threat of authoritarianism requires all hands on deck.
  • Related: Here’s What Has To Happen (By December 19)

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What you — yes, you — can do to save America from tyranny, Timothy Snyder, Dallas (TX) News

Here are 20 lessons from across the fearful 20th century, adapted to the circumstances of today.

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Dangerous Americans: The Trump Nominees in Full

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  • They are only nominees for now, but given that the Senate is owned by the Republicans and the Republicans are owned by Trump, the possibility of thwarting any of them -- much less all of them -- is murderously slim. Bannon wants to tear everything down, and Trump enjoys making people suffer. They will both get their wish ere long.
  • Chef Lecter is sounding better by the minute.
  • Related: Here’s What Has To Happen (By December 19)

William Rivers PittTruthout

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Monday, 12 December 2016 |  Newsflash: A spokesperson for Donald Trump announced today that Dr. Hannibal Lecter, former psychiatrist and avid foodie, will officially join the upcoming administration as White House chef. The choice of Dr. Lecter seems an odd one, given his highly publicized brushes with law enforcement and his taste for lightly seasoned string players, but the president-elect assured everyone that it will be great, really great. In response to a request for comment, Dr. Lecter said, "Ready when you are, Mr. Trump. Love your suit."

Seriously, though, would it surprise you at this point? Not me. I left shock behind weeks ago, and now greet these appalling cabinet nominations with what could be called a feeble grunt. Andrew Puzder hates workers? Labor Secretary! Scott Pruitt hates the EPA? EPA Secretary! Tom Price hates contraception? Health Secretary! Betsy DeVos hates public schools? Education Secretary! It's like "Opposite Day" around here. Anyone at the inauguration party who sees fava beans and a nice Chianti on the menu should run for their lives.

William Rivers Pitt is a senior editor and lead columnist at TruthoutHe is also a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of three books: War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You to Know, The Greatest Sedition Is Silence and House of Ill Repute: Reflections on War, Lies, and America's Ravaged Reputation. His fourth book, The Mass Destruction of Iraq: Why It Is Happening, and Who Is Responsible, co-written with Dahr Jamail, is available now.

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Here’s What Has To Happen (By December 19), Roger Wolfson, Huffington Post <http://www.huffingtonpost.com>

  • Clearly, there is little chance that (the electors) will (vote their consciences) if Americans don’t demand it. The Constitution allows for, and requires, civic involvement. We need to stand up so profoundly that the electors feel protected and supported for voting their conscience. By December 19th, those who feel an itch to speak up, but haven’t done so, are going to regret it.
  • Fortunately, resources exist to help us, right now. 
  • Related: What you — yes, you — can do to save America from tyranny.

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Can and Should the Electoral College Be Rebooted To Stand Against Racism - And Stop Donald Trump? (2)

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Donald Trump; Four generations of a slave family, Smith's Plantation, Beaufort, South Carolina, circa 1862. (Credit: Getty/Mandel Ngan/Wikemedia)

  • Part 1: Electoral College: Time For a Reboot?
  • Can it be reformed? Should it be reformed?
  • Part 2: Born of slavery, the Electoral College could stand against racism in 2016 — and stop Donald Trump
  • Part of the Electoral College's original purpose was to protect slave-state power. Will it redeem its history now?

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Part 1: Electoral College: Time For a Reboot?

Can it be reformed? Should it be reformed?

Independent Voter Network (IVN)

December 6, 2016 | IVN discusses the merits and faults of the electoral college after public opinion supports abolishing the system and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer proposes a bill to do just that. Can it be reformed? Should it be reformed?

We call ourselves the Independent Voter Network because the platform is open to anyone who wants to participate in a civil dialogue, including you — whatever ideological tendencies you hold.

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Part 2: Born of slavery, the Electoral College could stand against racism in 2016 — and stop Donald Trump

Part of the Electoral College's original purpose was to protect slave-state power. Will it redeem its history now?

Chauncey DeVega, Salon

Thursday, December 15, 2016 | History often comes full circle. It can be darkly ironic as well. The Electoral College, an institution that helped to protect the white supremacist ignominy of black chattel slavery could now become the instrument used to stop Donald Trump, the avatar of contemporary white racism.

Politics and history are messy and complicated. Many people prefer simple stories about America’s past and present. In the flat version of history, the Electoral College was created in the 18th century by the Framers as a council of elders who would serve as a check on the passions of the public, because they understood how such feelings could all too easily sweep through a democracy like a forest fire if left unchecked.

Chauncey DeVega is a politics staff writer for Salon.

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