July 22, 2016 May Well Go Down As The Day Trump Won The Presidency

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It is time for progressives to adjust themselves to the very high likelihood of a Trump presidency. We need to begin looking at how we will oppose the fascism about to be let loose upon us.

By Mark L. Taylor
The Daily Call (7/23/16)

It’s gotta’ be Happy Land at the fortified gold leaf penthouse atop Trump Tower this morning.

No progressive with at least one sleepy eye open should be all that surprised by the choice of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as Hillary’s running partner. I was never one who had any desire to see her pick Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The Clinton mafia would have effectively sidelined and silenced one of our most effective progressive voices. With a corporate stooge like Kaine as VP we need as many strong progressive voices in congress as possible.

That is, of course, supposing Clinton and Kaine can find their way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  That, my friends now looks increasingly unlikely.

Striding boldly forward with the status quo

In a year of upset and tumult, revolt and well deserved disgust with both parties and the corrupt economic interests controling them the Clinton camp – not unexpectedly – stayed true to lack of character to play things safe; to hew to the status quo, assuming they could pull the same old triangulating bullshit the Clintons are known for to mollify the Bernie wing of the party as the streets fill with pitchforks and torches. Hillary and the Democratic National Committee are so coked out on speedballs of bankster and hedge fund cash they can’t even begin to comprehend what is happening within the party, much less the hinterlands beyond Washington D.C.’s Lobbyist Land.

If there were any naive progressive Bernie folks out there who had any illusion that Hillary’s new progressive schtick was anything other than a ruse, the announcement of Tim Kaine for the Number Two spot on the ticket should have set that hallucination to flame. While Kaine has done some good work on social justice issues, he is a stone cold loyalist of Wall Street interests. While he has taken on some of the symptoms of the corporate state he has not challenged the illness of the corporate state.

Kaine is just the first of many bitter betrayals progressives can expect from a Clinton administration. But not to worry, the likelihood of a Clinton administration has now dimmed considerably. With her pick of Kaine Hillary once again has proven she is nothing more than a corporate machine Democrat. All that money Goldman Sachs and the rest of Wall Street has been shoveling over to the Clintons and their “foundation” has been a good investment … for the one-tenth-of-one-percent.

Following this column you will find two excellent articles from Common Dreams that provide the rundown on Wall Street’s favorite senator from Virginia.

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How will that sell in the Rust Belt?

The election may well turn on the upper Midwest states of Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan; all sporting corrupt and incompetent Republican governors. Those states also have a restless army of justifiably angry, desperate unemployed and under-employed blue collar folks who have been mugged by corporate trade treaties like NAFTA and been drawn to Trump’s economic populist sales pitch. This is the territory where Mr. Kaine will be expected to excite and rally those same voters. But this is a man who has right up until a few days ago been lobbying for decreased regulation of the corrupt big banks, protection for the abusive practices of payday lenders and been pushing TPP, a corporate trade time bomb that has been accurately described as NAFTA of steroids.

Um, good luck with that.

Trump must be licking his chops. I wonder what his nickname will be for Kaine? How about “TPP Tim”. That should go over well.

Time to adjust to reality,  folks

It is time for progressives to adjust themselves to the high likelihood of a Trump presidency. We need to begin looking at how we will oppose the fascism about to be let loose upon us. Even if Clinton/Kaine eke out a win their hoary old, ossified neoliberal policies will further erode the middle class and gut the economy for the benefit of the elite, laying the groundwork for the next Trump. Unless a meaningful progressive response comes together, and soon, a descent into fascism is inevitable. If Trump represents the modern Nazis the Clinton/Kaine Corp. is the Weimar Republic.

Sorry to be such a drag but denial will get us nowhere other than a detention camp. We need to work harder to change the Democratic party or, failing that, build a new party – perhaps the Greens.

It’s gonna’ be a long, hard and brutal road.

In solidarity and forward.

  • Michael Moore Tells Bill Maher ‘Trump Is Going To Win’ – Wednesday night, Bill Maher aired the first of two special episodes of Real Time in honor of the Republican National Convention. Wednesday night’s panel included MSNBC host Joy Ann Reid, filmmaker Michael Moore, columnist Dan Savage, and Tony Schwartz — the co-writer of Donald Trump’s book The Art of The Deal, who recently said that it would be “terrifying” for the real estate mogul to be elected president. The entire episode can be seen below. Link to Story and 34-Minute Video

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Get Used To Saying “President Trump” – Clinton Goes With Wall Street, Big Bank, TPP-Pushing Corporate Dem For VP

Hillary and Tim get ready to roll out a really sleazy oligarchy rumba. (deadline.com)

Clinton’s selection of a loyal servant of oligarchy. 

By Jon Queally
Common Dreams (7/22/16)

Hillary Clinton’s Friday night announcement of Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia as her vice-presidential running mate stirred immediate disappointment and outrage among the progressive wing of her party and the army of supporters inspired by Bernie Sanders’ historic and visionary campaign.

“I’m thrilled to tell you,” Clinton texted those on her mailing list just before 8:15 PM EDT on Friday evening: “I’ve chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as my running mate.”

Reporting in recent days increasingly signaled that Kaine was Clinton’s top choice, but the official announcement confirmed the worst fears of progressives who warned such a pick would be taken as “a pronounced middle finger” to the millions who voted for Sanders during the primary season. At stake, many critics of the choice indicate, are pressing issues—including reproductive rights, climate change, financial regulation, and corporate-friendly trade agreements—where Kaine holds positions far to the right of where they think the party should be headed.

Up yours, Bernie supporters

Instead of courting the energized progressive base activated and inspired by Sanders, Clinton’s choice was interpreted as a calculated affront to those potential voters.

“Secretary Clinton must know that her choice of Kaine can only inflame rather than soothe her relations with the huge constituency of Bernie supporters,” Norman Solomon, co-founder of the online advocacy group RootsAction.org and national coordinator for the Bernie Delegates Network, told Common Dreams in response to the news.

 

“If Clinton has reached out to Bernie supporters, it appears that she has done so to stick triangulating thumbs in their eyes.”

 

Such voters, he continued, “will understand what it means when their efforts to challenge oligarchy have been met by Clinton’s selection of a loyal servant of oligarchy. If Clinton has reached out to Bernie supporters, it appears that she has done so to stick triangulating thumbs in their eyes.”

Deborah Burger,  co-president of National Nurses United, which had endorsed Sanders, indicated the decision would be deeply troubling for her members and most progressives.

“Hillary Clinton could have sent a strong signal to the millions of people who voted for moving beyond decades of neo-liberal policies that have produced massive inequality in wealth, employment, health care, and education, as well as racial and gender disparities and an escalating climate crisis,” Burger told Common Dreams in a statement. “Selecting Tim Kaine sends the opposite message, continue to accept the status quo and lower your expectations for real change or a future we can believe in.”

According to Ruth Conniff, editor-in-chief of The Progressive magazine was speaking to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes when the news broke on Friday, the choice of Kaine will do nothing to excite people who voted for Bernie Sanders.

Screw progressives

“It’s just a sign that Hillary does not feel like she has to do anything for the progressive wing of the party,” lamented Conniff. “And that’s unfortunate.”

In the last week alone, Kaine is on the record as pushing for new rounds of Wall Street deregulation and voicing active support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement—both in direct contradiction to what grassroots progressives have been demanding.

“This is not a move of any kind towards the left,” Conniff continued. Though its true that this choice feels comfortable to the Clinton campaign and those in Washington, D.C., she continued, “There are all these voters out there and you have to energize them and this is not an energizing pick.”

As Jodi Jacobson, writing for the reproductive rights blog Re-Wire, warned ahead of the official announcement, “The selection of Tim Kaine as vice president would be the first signal that Hillary Clinton intends to seek progressive votes but ignore progressive values and goals.” The decision, she warned, would be “likely at her peril, and ours.”

 

Republicans will run hard against Democrats on trade this year. Unfortunately, since Tim Kaine voted to fast track the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Republicans now have a new opening to attack Democrats on this economic populist issue.”

 

That argument was echoed by Stephanie Taylor, a co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, who told the New York Times that a pick like Kaine will be seen by many progressive and independent voters “as a proxy for how she will govern — boldly, or cautiously?”  Referring to the historic number of small-dollar donors who fueled Sanders’ campaign, Taylor warned the choice “could deflate energy among potential donors and volunteers, hurting Democratic efforts to win the White House.”

Immediately following Clinton’s official announcement, Taylor said Kaine’s support for TPP falls woefully short of what most progressive would have hoped for on the ticket.

“As we saw in Donald Trump’s speech last night, Republicans will run hard against Democrats on trade this year,” Taylor declared. “Unfortunately, since Tim Kaine voted to fast track the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Republicans now have a new opening to attack Democrats on this economic populist issue.”

What a Clinton/Kaine ticket makes clear, according to Jacobson, is that progressives now have a serious “fight on their hands, not only to avoid the election of an unapologetic fascist, but to ensure that the only person claiming the progressive mantle actually means what she says.”

William K. Black, associate professor of economics and law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, lamented Kaine’s choice along economic lines.

By picking Kaine, Black said in a statement, the presuptive Democratic nominee has revealed her preferences when it comes to the financial industry and the economy at large.

It’s not what you say, Hillary

“It’s not what you say, it’s what you do,” said Black. “Clinton can talk about caring about the U.S. public, but this choice cuts through the rhetoric. Kaine, like Clinton herself, is a quintessential ‘New Democrat’—meaning they are allies of Wall Street. They embrace a neoliberal, pro-corporate outlook that has done incredible damage to the vast majority of Americans.”

Though a few pundits in recent weeks attempted to make a “progressive case” for Kaine, those arguments largely fall flat for independent-minded progressives and voters committed to the transformative agenda put forth by Sanders.

Jeff Cohen, co-founder of RootsAction.org and communications coordinator of the Bernie Delegates Network, said Clinton’s choice repeats mistakes of other presidential candidates who misread, or ignored, the political mood of the nation’s electorate.

“Clinton has apparently learned little from the horrific history of 2000, when many progressives had publicly expressed their disapproval of the Democratic presidential candidate, Al Gore – with many rallying to Ralph Nader’s 3rd party bid,” explained Cohen. “Gore basically said ‘F you’ to those voters by choosing a running-mate even more corporate and hawkish than himself: the dreaded Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut. It ended with Bush in the White House.”

By choosing a “corporatist like Kaine,” Cohen continued, “Hillary has ‘pulled a Lieberman.’ God forbid if it puts Trump in the White House.”

Reactions among progressives on social media were equally unforgiving and filled with warnings about what the decision portends:

John Nichols @NicholsUprising Hillary Clinton has chosen Tim Kaine, who headline writers refer to as “a Democrat Wall Street can like,” as her running mate.

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  • Hillary Clinton’s Pick Lets Abusive Payday Lenders & Big Banks Know He’s In Their Corner – …Kaine for VP provides “a perfect example of why the party needs to create policies and pick candidates who reflect the will of the voters, not the will of elites and special interests that the superdelegate system has come to embody.” … Read the Rest
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Leaked Docs Reveal DNC Conspired To Undermine Sanders Campaign

Trove of emails, released by WikiLeaks, reveal how higher-ups in Democratic National Committee sought to boost Clinton’s campaign.

By Andrea Germanos
Common Dreams (7/22/16)

WikiLeaks on Friday published roughly 20,000 leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

The whistleblowing organization describes the trove, which includes over 8,000 attachments, as “part one of our new Hillary Leaks series,” and is just the latest in a series of document dumps that show the DNC—which, as the The Intercept notes, “isn’t supposed to favor one Democratic candidate over another until they receive a nomination”—seeking to bolster the candidacy of the former secretary of state and working against that of rival Bernie Sanders.

It is unclear at this point whether the hacker known as Guccifer 2.0, who claimed responsibility for two previous leaks from the DNC servers, provided the latest documents to WikiLeaks.

The new leaks span from January 2015 to May 2016, and come from what WikiLeaks describes as “the accounts of seven key figures in the DNC: Communications Director Luis Miranda (10770 emails), National Finance Director Jordon Kaplan (3797 emails), Finance Chief of Staff Scott Comer (3095 emails), Finanace Director of Data & Strategic Initiatives Daniel Parrish (1472 emails), Finance Director Allen Zachary (1611 emails), Senior Advisor Andrew Wright (938 emails) and Northern California Finance Director Robert (Erik) Stowe (751 emails).”

WikiLeaks highlighted on Twitter a few of the emails, such as one dated May 21, 2016 from DNC Deputy Communications Director Mark Paustenbach to DNC Communications Director Luis Miranda regarding how to construct an anti-“Bernie narrative” focusing on the fact that he “never ever had his act together.”

Another email dated May 5, 2016 (Subject Line: No Shit) from DNC Chief Financial Office Brad Marshall appears to show that the DNC sought to focus on Sanders’ supposed atheism as a negative point.

It does not call the Vermont senator by name, but states: “It might may no difference, but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief. Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.”

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In another email dated May 19, 2016 from DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Miranda and Paustenbach, she writes, “The Israel stuff is disturbing,” in reference to a linked Washington Post article which states:

Sanders plans an aggressive effort to extract platform concessions on key policies that could prompt divisive battles at a moment when front-runner Hillary Clinton will be trying to unify the party. Among other issues, he plans to push for a $15 national minimum wage and argue that the party needs a more balanced position regarding Israel and Palestinians, according to a Sanders campaign aide who requested anonymity to speak candidly.

Miranda responded by writing, “HFA [Hillary for America ] specifically pushed that part of it. At least that’s what it seems like from when Mark spoke to the reporter.”

Wasserman Schultz then responded by saying, “Wait, you mean HFA pushed that Sanders wants to moderate our Israel plank in the platform or that they do?” to which Miranda responded: “The Israel plank, that they see it as an ideal issue to marginalize Bernie on.”

In another email in the batch noted by Politico, this one from May 17, 2016, Wasserman Schultz writes to Paustenbach that Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager, is a “damn liar,” and in another, dated May 13, 2016, she writes, “He is an ASS,” again referring to Weaver, after being “informed by Paustenbach that Weaver had said the Sanders campaign should continue ‘to the convention,'” Politico adds.

As RT also reports: “Another email shows officials of the DNC—the governing body of the party that is supposedly neutral when it comes to Democratic candidates—using ‘us and them’ language when referring to Sanders supporters.”

Green Party party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s reaction to the documents was along the same lines. They “once again prove the collusion between the Hillary campaign and the DNC,” she stated of the documents.

Sanders, for his part, has previously charged that the DNC was seeking to undermine his campaign.

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Green Party Candidate Jill Stein Agrees With Ted Cruz!

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No kidding! Cruz’s non-endorsement of Trump at the RNC convention, plus his impassioned plea to “vote your conscience”, got a thumbs up from Jill.

“I rarely agree with Ted Cruz. But he’s right that you shouldn’t vote for a candidate just because a party tells you to. Vote your values,” Stein tweeted late Wednesday.

No wonder people–voters with an intact conscience and moral compass like you—are flooding to Jill’s banner.

This past week:

  • We raised nearly $500,000 from individual donations in 7 days

  • Jill’s recent livestream that we posted to the campaign’s Facebook page was viewed over 300,000 times in less than 24 hours.

  • “Jill Stein” has been a trending topic on Facebook for at least 4 of the last 7 days, and over 90,000 new people have liked my Facebook page.

  • We got more new followers in the last week than Hillary Clinton!

  • We “broke” Facebook–At the rate we were growing we would have easily passed 100,000 new followers, if not for the fact that sometime around Sunday Facebook limited our ability to invite friends to like my page. (Not to worry. Apparently this is standard Facebook procedure when a page is growing too rapidly, so don’t panic.)

  • We had an amazingly viral Twitter week too, trending for the first time ever and adding over 27,000 new followers in a week.

This is not rocket science. People are fed up . . . afraid . . . and sick and tired of having 90’s style realpolitik shoved down their throats. We’re stuffed with the politics of fear. If you doubt that, Trump’s acceptance speech last night is proof positive that American politics have become the fine art of trying to scare the electorate into voting for manifestly unqualified or dangerous candidates.

Jill offers real solutions for
the greater good, not the lesser evil.

Yesterday’s old answers and hate-mongering won’t help us.

We must change the 4-year cycle of choosing the lesser of two evils.

With your help we will continue with our aggressive ballot access work in states where Jill needs to be on the ballot.

So here’s the plan. To turbocharge our momentum, we’re starting a weekly “$5 Friday” fundraiser. EveryFriday we’re asking those who can, to give $5.

You can give once or you can give every week. (And of course you can always give more than $5 if you wish!)

Why $5? Because many people can spare $5. We’re all about being inclusive. And $5 piles up quick with relatively few people chipping in.

We have close to $300,000 supporters and we’re growing everyday. We need just one percent–3000 supporters–to say, “YES, I’ll give $5” to pay for a robust expansion to our social media outreach (for example).

Don’t worry, we have plenty of places where we can use the extra cash. And your money won’t be wasted.

In fact, if you give now, your $5 (or more) will double to $10 because of federal matching funds.

Will you help? Will you be one of first “$5 Friday” supporters?

Do not believe for a second that the greater good can’t win.

Do not believe that by supporting Jill’s presidential candidacy you are wasting your vote or making Trump inevitable.

Hillary could be just as bad. When it comes to wars of aggression, probably worse.

She’s got a horrifying track record on militarism, including leading the rush into Libya, her vote for the war in Iraq, and her threat to bomb Iran.

Hillary also supported the deportations of undocumented immigrants—including women and children.

And on climate, incredibly, she even established an office to promote fracking around the world – while she was Secretary of State.

We can do better.

Fact: Every progressive advance our nation has ever enjoyed—from the vote for women to transgender rights—has been won by “outsiders” like us.

Income equality, climate change, racism, mass murders—the solutions will not be found in the insanity of the 2 establishment parties. They will be found in us.

Thank you for supporting the Jill2016 Presidential campaign with your tweets, posts, financial support, and volunteer hours. Please consider forwarding this email to your friends so they can donate $5, too.

Click here to donate $5 TODAY.

Gloria Mattera
Campaign Chair

P.S. We do not take corporate contributions. It’s up to you, me, and people like us.

Link To Jill Stein Campaign Website, HERE.

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Nixon, Hitler & Nationalism: Donald Trump’s Speech Triggers Alarm Bells

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“I don’t know what I’m watching right now but I imagine this is the kind of speech Hitler would make.”

By Nadia Prupis
Common Dreams (7/22/16)

It’s official. Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for president.

Reactions abounded late Thursday after the (racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, and misogynistic) real estate mogul accepted the party’s nomination in a rambling, hour-and-fifteen-minute long speech.

Some noted the parallels to Richard Nixon’s infamous 1968 “law and order” speech; others pointed out the fascist undertones of Trump’s declaration that “I alone can fix this.” Few were thrilled that former KKK grand wizard David Duke praised the speech on Twitter.

 

“When Trump says law and order what he means is shut down #BlackLivesMatter. He meant law and order for whites, martial law for everyone else.”

 

As The Nation‘s John Nichols said Thursday night, the speech ultimately signaled Trump’s “determination to exploit fears of violence as part of crusade to seize the White House from the Democrats.”

Nichols wrote:

Richard Nixon accepted the Republican nomination for president on a Thursday night in the long hot summer of 1968 with a speech that signaled his determination to exploit fears of violence as part of crusade to seize the White House from the Democrats.

[….] The permissive ’60s would end, Nixon argued, with the transition of power from a Democratic administration to a Republican who was prepared to crack down on violence.

“Tonight, it is time for some honest talk about the problem of order in the United States,” declared Nixon in 1968.

“It is finally time for a straightforward assessment of the state of our nation,” declared Trump in 2016.

“The most basic duty of government is to defend the lives of its own citizens. Any government that fails to do so is a government unworthy to lead,” Trump told Republican delegates in 2016.

“When the nation with the greatest tradition of the rule of law is plagued by unprecedented lawlessness…then it’s time for new leadership for the United States of America,” Nixon told Republican delegates in 1968.

Trevor Timm made similar comparisons. In a column for the Guardian on Friday, he wrote:

The parallels with a man who presided over another era in which there were widespread allegations of police brutality and killings of unarmed African Americans seem compelling.

But if you take a detailed look back at Nixon’s 1968 campaign for president, the analogy runs much deeper than his not-so-coded language attacking racial minorities. As each day passes, Trump’s success looks more and more similar to Nixon’s rise to power.

But the alarm bells did not stop with Nixon comparisons. On Twitter, prominent activist and Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza said, “I don’t know what I’m watching right now but I imagine this is the kind of speech Hitler would make.”

“When Trump says law and order what he means is shut down #BlackLivesMatter,” she tweeted. “He meant law and order for whites, martial law for everyone else.”

At The Root, Danielle C. Belton summed up:

Trump said, “[O]ur plan will put America first. Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo.”

Mmm, nationalism. That’s never caused any problems. I hate to bring up the “F” word, but what a fascist thing to say, future “Dear Leader.”

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors said in a statement issued Thursday, “The terrorist on our televisions tonight was Donald Trump. He pledged to fight for Americans, while threatening the vast majority of this country with imprisonment, deportation and a culture of abject fear. His doublespeak belies his true nature: a charlatan who will embolden racists and destroy communities of color. He is a disgrace. White people of conscience must forcefully reject this hatred immediately.”

Yet while the speech seemed “self-evidently absurd to liberal listeners,” writes Richard Eskow of Campaign for America’s Future, “it’s likely to resonate very well among the white, largely male demographic his campaign has targeted.”

Eskow noted the rhetorical trajectory of the speech, which “suddenly pivoted from real-world complaints” like poverty, unemployment, and crumbling infrastructure to “something much more abstract—and nationalistic,” something that would appeal to his “decimated” base that is “desperate and frightened and looking for answers.” Eskow wrote:

Trump spoke to their economic injuries in classic authoritarian style:

“Not only have our citizens endured domestic disaster, but they have lived through one international humiliation after another. One after another! We all remember the images of our sailors being forced to their knees by their Iranian captors at gunpoint.”

For Trump, the sexualized image of humiliation—”to their knees”—is surely no accident. (Remember this?) Weimar Republic comparisons may come too cheaply, but this marriage of economic anxiety and national humiliation is strikingly reminiscent of someone else’s rhetoric—and I think you know who I mean.

That’s what makes Trump’s core message—putting “America First”—so dangerous, Eskow says.

“At the mention of this phrase,” Eskow writes, “born of anti-Semitism and unwillingness to fight Hitler’s Germany, the crowd erupted in wild cheers: USA! USA!”

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  • Watch This Important Interview: ‘Sorry for Buzzkill’: Michael Moore Predicts Trump Victory – Documentary filmmaker and political commentator Michael Moore is “sorry to have to be the buzzkill here so early on,” he said from the grounds of the Republican National Convention (RNC) on Thursday, but he thinks the GOP’s presidential nominee Donald Trump “is going to win. I’m sorry.” Speaking during an interview with HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, 62-year-old Moore likened a Trump victory to the recent U.K. referendum to leave the European Union, stating, “I live in Michigan. Let me tell you, it’s going to be the Brexit strategy.” In the wake of the surprise Brexit outcome, many voters admitted they had cast a “protest vote” in the belief that the U.K. would certainly stay in the E.U. “I think one of the things I’ve been concerned about this week is…that we’re sitting in our bubble having a good laugh at this shitshow, as you say, of a [Republican National Convention], but the truth is that this plays to a lot of people that he has to win to become the next president,” Moore said. “The population of schools has been wrecked, and the news media is just insipid and stupid and doesn’t give the people the facts about what’s going on,” Moore said, adding that American voters are “easily manipulated.” … Read the Rest and 34-Minute Video

Closer Than One Would Hope: The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll, released Thursday, shows Clinton’s national lead at just 4 points, down from 15 points in the same poll a week earlier.

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George Carlin -“Who Really Controls America?”

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“They got you by the balls.”

Pass this on! If there were any video worthy of being passed on it’s this one! And while you’re at it. Help take back our Country!! Stop saying how bad things are and do something about it. You do have a voice in your Government!

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Politics Of Resentment: Trump Is Better At Whipping Up Fear In White People Than Romney – And Understands TV Better Than Reagan Did

“I was looking at the next president of the United States.”

By Steven W. Thrasher
The Guardian (7/22/16)

As Trump was warmed up by a real estate developer, I felt as if I wasn’t living in reality, but inside a virtual reality scenario dreamt up by Ayn Rand. But as I watched Trump bark about “law and order,” obedience, “law and order,” immigration, and “law and order” again, it dawned on me how real this was.

I was looking at the next president of the United States.

Trump’s ginormous face glowering down in condescension from the screen above, tackily framed in by gold, made me think of North Korea. Alas, there’s no escaping how American this Trump phenomena is.

Trump had one goal in his speech: to convince a poorly educated and scared population to imagine him as president. He did that. He was helped by the fact that American society is deeply invested in white supremacy, and his speech was the crowning moment of what looked like a four-day white power rally. He drummed up (fake) immigrant fears, stoked (overblown) dangers to police, and went off his prepared remarks to talk about immigrants. He spoke of refugees fleeing wars, yelling “We don’t want them in our country!”

The crowd loved it, and Trump will win a significant portion of the white vote. The only question now: will that get him to 270 electoral college votes? Mitt Romney won more white votes than Reagan and still lost. Demographics could spare us this bigot.

But Trump is better at whipping up fear in white people than Romney – and he even understands TV better than Reagan did. Regarding “law and order,” Trump sounded as severe as Nixon. If enough voters in Pennsylvania and Ohio want skulls cracked in order to keep the protest chaos of America in 2016 at bay, we may just get a President Trump.

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Emboldened By GOP Fall To Fascism Former KKK Leader David Duke Announces Run For Senate

Former KKK leader David Duke is running for Senate, and his announcement is as horrible as you’d expect. (fusion.net)

“A revolution is coming in the United States of America,” he says.

By Alana Horowitz Satlin
Huffington Post (7/22/16)

David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan leader, is running for U.S. Senate in Louisiana.

Duke is a well-established white supremacist, Holocaust denier and anti-Semite. He has endorsed Donald Trump for president.

In his announcement video, posted Friday morning to Twitter, Duke says he’ll fight for the rights of “European Americans” and that “The New York Times admitted that my platform became the GOP mainstream.” He touts his opposition to affirmative action and immigration, and cites his joy at Trump’s rise to power.

“A revolution is coming in the United States of America,” he says.

Trump disavowed Duke’s support in March, but his campaign has echoed many of the themes Duke’s announcement touched on, such as a distrust of immigrants and anger towards the media. [It’s important to recall that Trump’s disavowal of Duke did not happen immediately; but only after it became and issue. – DC Editor]

Trump and Duke also share common ground in their love of conspiracy theories. Trump has repeatedly suggested that the father of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R), his former presidential rival, was involved in President John F. Kennedy’s death. Duke, meanwhile,believes that “Jewish Supremacists” who secretly control the U.S. are attempting to commit some sort of “white genocide.”

The connection could be problematic for Trump, who recently faced his own anti-Semitism controversy after he tweeted an image of Hillary Clinton’s face next to a Star of a David and a pile of money. The tweet was soon removed, but Trump later insisted that the image ― earlier spotted on a white supremacist website ― was not anti-Semitic and should never have been taken down.

Duke previously served for one term as Republican state representative in Louisiana. He has run unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives and the governor of the state.

“Louisiana voters will be able to choose from several Republican Senate candidates who will have a great impact on the Bayou State and the future of our country. David Duke is not one of them,” said the National Republican Senatorial Committee in a statement. “He will not have the support of the NRSC under any circumstance.”

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  • Ex-KKK Leader Praises Trump’s Speech – Vox.com editor in chief Ezra Klein found Donald Trump’s acceptance speech “truly ugly, but white nationalist leader David Duke had a very different take, saying that even he himself could not have better articulated the vision America needs: “Great Trump Speech, America First! Stop Wars! Defeat the Corrupt elites! Protect our Borders!, Fair Trade! Couldn’t have said it better!” Duke’s enthusiasm for Trump was a big issue earlier in the campaign season, with many Republican politicians professing to be appalled by Trump’s reluctance to denounce the former Ku Klux Klan leader. … Read the Rest
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I Wasn’t Afraid. I Took A Stand In Baton Rouge Because Enough Is Enough

Ieshia Evans protesting in Baton Rouge. (photo: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters)

Ieshia Evans protesting in Baton Rouge. (photo: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters)

The image of me protesting travelled around the world. I was there because the slaughter of people by those employed to protect us had opened my eyes.

By Ieshia Evans
Guardian UK (7/22/16)

It was 1am in Queens, New York. I was 18 years old. My roommate and I just wanted to buy some juice on our journey home from working night shifts in Manhattan. But as we came up to the busy corner store, a white police officer stopped me. He searched me and asked for my identification. I didn’t understand why.

“I just need to make sure that you’re not a prostitute,” he said, projecting his voice so that all the customers in the store could hear. Their jaws dropped. I was so embarrassed. We went home without the juice.

Would this have happened if I were a white woman? I don’t think so. I wasn’t dressed in a provocative way. You have the right to wear whatever the heck you want – in New York, it’s legal for women to go shirtless – but still: I was wearing a knee-length skirt and a dark blazer. I wasn’t hanging on a corner. My head was not stuck inside a guy’s car.

I had been blinded to the fact that this, and so much worse, was going on in America. That racism, whether subtle or blunt, is systemic.

It is in our neighborhoods, which are structured for the failure of our people. Here is your liquor store; here is your church; here are your overcrowded schools with books stuck together with scotch tape. And very little else.

It is in our media, where the light-skinned black woman with the green eyes and softer-textured hair is the one all over the billboards. Where there is uproar over a black man, his white wife and their interracial child featuring in a simple Cheerios commercial.

And it is in the abuse of power, not just by police officers but the entire judicial system, against black people. Abuse that culminates in the deadly shootings of men like Alton Sterling, whose killing in Baton Rouge drew me to Louisiana earlier this month.

When Ferguson, Baltimore and other protests broke out, I would make selfish excuses. I couldn’t travel. I had to work in my job as a nurse, because I had to pay the bills. I remember the guilt of feeling that I should be there.

This time, enough was enough. I had to do something.

Too many people are being slaughtered by those who are employed to serve and protect us. It is becoming the norm. Our government is not doing anything for us. So we’re going to have to do something for ourselves. Baton Rouge was enlightening. It opened my eyes. I had been sleeping for years. I have been sleeping and now I’m awake.

When the armored officers rushed at me, I had no fear. I wasn’t afraid. I was just wondering: “How do these people sleep at night?” Then they put me in a van and drove me away. Only hours later did someone explain that I was arrested for obstructing a highway.

They took our possessions and fingerprinted us. Then they stuck four of us women in a room together and had four officers strip-search us. We were all ordered to take off everything, to bend over, and to cough. There was no privacy, no dignity. We were treated as if we were murderers or child molesters. It was degrading. It angered me. These were black female officers, and they were treating us as if we were criminals.

People call us African Americans. But really we are Africans living in America. How can we call ourselves Americans when what is supposed to be our national constitution did not recognise us as human beings? We were not people – we were property. And despite the amendments, things have not really changed.

White Americans told Africans: “We’re going to kidnap you, we’re going to strip away your identity, then slowly give you back the rights you had from birth, and make you feel like they’re something special. We’re going to keep you stupid by making it illegal for you to read, or write, or go to school. So all you’ll know will be the lies we are force-feeding you.” We were force-fed another culture, another religion, other rituals, another language.

Barack Obama being elected president eight years ago was overwhelming. It was my first time voting. “We actually matter now,” I thought. But it was just a setup. And when that reality hits you, it’s harsh.

It is like being a child on a farm. You have this baby piglet and think it is an amazing thing. Then you have a couple of years with it, and grow to love it. And then finally it hits you that this pig is only on this farm to be slaughtered and harvested for its resources.

When you really think about it, what has Obama done for black people? What laws or rules has he passed for us? When the police kill someone, his first instinct is to try to pacify us. To talk about how we shouldn’t riot, that we should keep the peace, and that it’s a tragedy. Yes, it’s a tragedy, so what are you going to do about it? He’s done so much more for the LGBT community than he has for the Africans living in America.

Obama chose politics over his people, and it’s sad. He has let us down. Where is his uproar? Why isn’t he marching? Why isn’t he protesting? Doesn’t he feel strongly enough about the future of his daughters? Sandra Bland: that could have been one of his children.

I have a six-year-old son, Justin, and I fear more for his life than I do for my own. How should I raise him? To be afraid? To keep his head down and not get in trouble, to not look the police in the eye because they might mess with him? Or do I raise him in strength, to embrace his color, to know his rights and to know that he’s not breaking the law or doing anything unjust, that he’s going to be fine, and that no one should take away any of his civil liberties? Parents have a responsibility to wake the hell up and realize what’s going on.

The presidential election campaign has been disgusting. I won’t be voting; I refuse. It is in Donald Trump that the true colors of much of America are coming out. They hid behind all these veils, inside all these closets, for so long. And now the racism is right there.

And I don’t care what Hillary Clinton does to try to prove that she’s for black people. We are not going to forget it was her husband, blindly supported by a lot of black people, who put in place the system that has taken so many black men from their families and put them in prison for carrying the same weed that states are now legalizing.

Now she wants to disassociate and say, “Well, that was my husband.” Yes, well: you were there in the background, cheering him on.

Justin hasn’t seen the picture of me in Baton Rouge. Explaining what happened was difficult. I told him that Mommy got arrested and he said: “Why? I thought only bad people get arrested?”

I was stumped for a little bit. And then I just said: “You know what? That’s not always the case.”

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A Special Kind Of Crazy: The Most Disturbing Part About The Charles Kinsey Police Shooting

An innocent man got shot, and the police officer couldn’t tell him why.

By Nick Wing
Huffington Post (7/21/16)

For a moment on Monday afternoon, Charles Kinsey said the three gunshot wounds to his leg felt like mosquito bites. Then he realized he’d been shot by a North Miami police officer, as he lay unarmed with his back to the ground and his hands in the air. Kinsey didn’t know why the officer shot him, and when he asked police, it appeared that the officer who pulled the trigger didn’t know either.

“He said, ‘I don’t know,’ and that’s it,” Kinsey’s attorney, Hilton Napoleon, said Thursday in an interview with The Huffington Post. Napoleon said this statement was also “overheard by other officers at the time.”

The incident is the latest in a string of controversial police shootings that have once again put law enforcement’s use of lethal force, particularly against black men, in the national spotlight. Many of these cases have been immediately accompanied by an official narrative that attempts to provide a reasonable explanation for a shooting. For example, suspects were supposedly armed, reaching for their waistband (or wallet), or lunging at police, leading officers to fear for their lives.

While the public may not accept these justifications as valid or even true, they often foreshadow the officer’s defense. In Kinsey’s case, however, the alleged initial response of the officer who opened fire ― as well as the vague statements given by authorities― have only made the incident more concerning.

Miami mental health therapist Charles Kinsey moments before a police sniper shot him in the leg even though he was calling out to the police what the situation was and that his patient was not armed but simply had a toy truck. (From cell phone video of the incident.)

Minutes before the shooting, Kinsey, a 47-year-old behavioral therapist who is black, had rushed out of an assisted living facility in pursuit of an upset resident who has autism. Someone reportedly called the police about a man in the street with a gun threatening suicide. Officers responded and trained their weapons on the duo. In a video obtained by WSVN, Kinsey can be heard telling police that the only object in either of their hands is a toy truck the patient is clutching.

”My client was scared out of his mind, almost to the point of tears,” said Napoleon.

Then came the three shots.

North Miami police chief Gary Eugene offered few details about the shooting at a press conference Thursday.

“Our officers responded to the scene with that threat in mind,” he said. “At some point during the on-scene negotiation, one of the responding officers discharged his weapon, striking [Kinsey].”

The officer hasn’t been identified, but the “I don’t know” explanation got a massive revision on Thursday, three days after the shooting.

“Fearing for Mr. Kinsey’s life, the officer discharged his firearm trying to save Mr. Kinsey’s life,” said Miami Dade Police Benevolent Union president John Rivera. “He missed and accidentally struck Mr. Kinsey. He thought the white male and his actions were such that he felt Mr. Kinsey’s life was in danger.”

If this is the case, it’s unclear why officers felt they needed to handcuff Kinsey as he lay wounded in the street.

Rivera read a statement from the officer.

“I took this job to save lives and help people,” he said. “I did what I had to do in a split second to accomplish that and hate to hear others paint me as something I am not.”

This may be true, but it’s still unlikely to allay concerns from those who see the shooting as the latest example of careless and overzealous policing. And the fact that it’s coming from a police union official only further demonstrates how the system is structured to insulate officers from any legal repercussions for misconduct, whether deliberate or not.

Unions typically ensure that officers have plenty of time to prepare for investigations into their actions. As recently as 2014, interrogations of North Miami police were required to be held at “a reasonable hour, preferably while the accused is on duty,” according to the city’s collective bargaining agreement. Officers are entitled to have legal representation present, and under the 2014 contract, were allowed to delay an interrogation for days if preferred counsel was not available.

In other cities, unions have made it so that cops involved in shootings can always take several days to get their story straight before giving official statements. Critics say officers can use this crucial time to turn an “I don’t know” into a carefully crafted explanation for why they were acting lawfully when they used lethal force.

Napoleon wouldn’t speculate about how this dynamic might affect his case, but said he was encouraged by news that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was taking over the investigation. Still, he thinks the immediate response of the officer could be telling.

“He didn’t know that this would turn into international news,” said Napoleon. “That’s just however he felt at that particular point in time.”

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Jon Stewart Slams ‘Lumpy’s’ Fox & Friends And All The Fake ‘Patriots’ Of The Right

“You don’t own patriotism, you don’t own Christianity, you sure as hell don’t own respect for the bravery and sacrifice of military, police and firefighters.”

By Ed Mazza
Huffington Post (7/22/16)

Jon Stewart is back.

The former “Daily Show” host came out of retirement to join his old colleague, Stephen Colbert, on CBS’ “Late Show.”

He didn’t waste any time getting back to work, ripping into Fox News for now praising Donald Trump for some of the very same traits they condemned in Barack Obama.

And he had a very direct message for the “conservatives” who want to “take the country back.”

He said:

“You feel that you’re this country’s rightful owners. There’s only one problem with that: This country isn’t yours. You don’t own it. It never was. There is no ‘real America.’

You don’t own it. You don’t own patriotism, you don’t own Christianity, you sure as hell don’t own respect for the bravery and sacrifice of military, police and firefighters. Trust me.

I saw a lot of people on the convention floor in Cleveland with their ‘Blue Lives Matter’ rhetoric who either remained silent or actively fought against the 9/11 First Responders Bill reauthorization. I see you, and I see your…”

At that point, the audio cut out ― but you don’t have to be an expert lipreader to make out what Stewart said next.

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Dept. Of Much Needed Humor – Trump: ‘Remember, This Is Your Last Chance To Get Out Before This Goes Any Further’

“Okay, then. Let’s go ahead with this.”

The Onion (7/21/16)

CLEVELAND—After waiting for the cheers and loud chants of his name to die down, Donald Trump reportedly began his headlining speech Thursday night at the Republican National Convention by taking a moment to remind the members of his party this was their final opportunity to get out of this thing before it went any further.

Trump, who stepped onto the stage to officially accept his party’s nomination amid tremendous fanfare, opened his remarks by making it clear that the American people’s last chance to back out of this whole situation had arrived, and that if they did not bow out now, they would be in it with him until the very end.

“Good evening, everybody, and thank you very much—wow, what an incredible night,” said Trump, addressing a frenzied crowd of 20,000 in Quicken Loans Arena and millions of additional viewers watching on television and online. “Before I begin tonight, I just want to be very clear about one particular matter. I want to be certain you fully understand the consequences of what is happening here, because this moment—right here, right now—represents the very last opportunity for you to turn back. This is it.”

“After tonight, you’ll be just as much a part of this whole thing as I am,” he added. “And we’ll be in it together through November, and quite possibly, the next four years after that. You and me. You sure you understand that?”

Trump went on to state that, at this point, he has been campaigning for over a year, so every single voter possessed a sufficient level of information to comprehend what was going on and no one could justifiably claim, later on, that they didn’t realize what they were getting into. The billionaire businessman then added that, if voters and the delegates representing them weren’t completely sure about this, now—right this very second—was the final possible point in this contest at which they could wash their hands of all this, because once he formally accepts the nomination, voting precincts across the country will begin printing ballots for the 2016 election, and his name—Donald Trump—will appear at the top as an actual exercisable option for President of the United States.

In addition, the 70-year-old real estate developer emphasized that every voter needed to be confident about this choice and willing to make their peace with it, observing that for the next several months the words “Republican nominee for president” will appear below his name every time he appears on television, and that he and he alone will serve as the official voice of the GOP in debates with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

“Again, I just want to give fair warning here,” said Trump, who explained that backing out wouldn’t even be that difficult to do as he gestured toward the arena’s exits in a pointed reminder to those in attendance that calling it quits was, in fact, an option that, for a few more moments, was still available to them. “Look, you know me pretty well by this point. You know the things I might say about certain marginalized groups, how I tend to respond to criticism, the kinds of people I have expressed my admiration for. And most of all, you know full well that I’m not going to change any of those things—not even a little bit.”

“And now I will be your nominee, representing you—all of you,” he continued. “I’d just like to pause a moment so everyone has a chance to really think about that.”

Trump then reportedly lowered his gaze and remained silent at the lectern for a full minute, a stoic expression settling upon his face as he allowed the RNC attendees and millions more watching at home to quietly reflect on everything he has said, everything he has done, everything he has proposed, and everything he has insinuated since he entered the presidential race.

Looking up again, the GOP candidate reiterated that voters were now standing at the most decisive moment to date in the campaign, and that if they were still wishfully imagining that some other outcome might present itself, they had a few remaining seconds to stop themselves and bow out before the option to do so disappeared for good.

“One more time, just to clarify: Americans will be going to the polls November 8, their votes will be counted, and if I win, I will become president of the United States of America,” the celebrity billionaire said. “Me. Donald Trump. Is that absolutely clear? Is it?”

“Okay, then,” he continued after a pause of several seconds. “Let’s go ahead with this.”

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Saturday / July 23, 2016

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“If fear and destructiveness are the major emotional sources of fascism, eros belongs mainly to democracy.”

– Theodor Adorno

(See “Nixon, Hitler & Nationalism”, below.)

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Friday / July 22, 2016

Roy Cohn, left and young Donald Trump, right. (www.ascensionwithearth.co)

“Donald pisses ice water.”

– Roy Cohn – One-time adviser to Sen. Joe McCarthy and attonrey for Donald Trump.

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Every Dem Needs To Hear This: Michael Moore Tells Bill Maher ‘Trump Is Going To Win’ On HBO’s RNC Special

You also need to hear the interview with Donald Trump’s ghostwriter Tony Schwartz.

By Arturo Garcia
Raw Story (7/20/16)

On Wednesday night, Bill Maher aired the first of two special episodes of Real Time in honor of the Republican National Convention.

Wednesday night’s panel included MSNBC host Joy Ann Reid, filmmaker Michael Moore, columnist Dan Savage, and Tony Schwartz — the co-writer of Donald Trump’s book The Art of The Deal, who recently said that it would be “terrifying” for the real estate mogul to be elected president.

The entire episode can be seen below:

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  • Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Tells All – Last June, as dusk fell outside Tony Schwartz’s sprawling house, on a leafy back road in Riverdale, New York, he pulled out his laptop and caught up with the day’s big news: Donald J. Trump had declared his candidacy for President. As Schwartz watched a video of the speech, he began to feel personally implicated. Trump, facing a crowd that had gathered in the lobby of Trump Tower, on Fifth Avenue, laid out his qualifications, saying, “We need a leader that wrote ‘The Art of the Deal.’ ” If that was so, Schwartz thought, then he, not Trump, should be running. Schwartz dashed off a tweet: “Many thanks Donald Trump for suggesting I run for President, based on the fact that I wrote ‘The Art of the Deal.’ ” … Read the Rest
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