Category: BOUGHT POLITICIANS & PHONIES

Midterms Coming: Antinomy Ahead

ANDREW LEVINE—I have argued against lesser evil voting many times on this site and elsewhere, and I have almost always voted accordingly – either by voting for the Green candidate or, when there was none, by writing in names that would convey to anyone who cared that mine was strictly a protest vote.  Needless to say, no one cared; perhaps no one even knew.

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America’s Public Are Foie-Gras Ducks

ERIC ZUESSE—America’s Democratic Party voters aren’t as politically disaffected as are America’s Republican Party voters, but both groups are reluctant to vote for the politicians whom the aristocracy is offering to them as constituting their final general-election options. And there are now a larger number of unaffiliated or “independent” American voters than the voters of either Party — and America’s independent voters are astronomically politically disaffected. This was shown on 26 October 2016, just before the U.S. election, when Britain’s Guardian bannered 

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Why Do Democrats Want to Sabotage North Korea Talks?

GARY LEUPP—Practically the only good thing the world sees in Trump is his unexpected openness to talks with North Korea.  The prospect of a successful summit delights most people, including the leaders of China, South Korea, and Russia. That Feinstein & Co. should already be throwing cold water on any results shows how out of touch they are with the world, and how much they overestimate the extent of U.S. power. There seems to be a bipartisan embrace of idiocy.

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Andy Levine’s column on the Dastardly Dems elicits comment by senior editor Steve Jonas

STEVE JONAS—Second of all, Democrats must recognize that if they are to win, the DLC-wing must be crushed, once and for all, but gently, by winning on policy, not by having screaming matches.  They do need to mobilize their wing of the ruling class, which does not want fascism, at least not now, against the Trump wing, which is moving fairly quickly in that direction. 

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We Need a Mass Movement to Save and Expand Social Security and Medicare

DAVE LINDORFF—Note that the program is not “going bankrupt,” as hyperventilating talking heads on Fox and right-wing radio will claim. In fact, with no change in taxes or income sources Social Security would still continue to provide retiree and disability benefits at that reduced rate indefinitely from that point on just based on the funds paid into the fund by current workers at that point (which is how the program was intended to work from the time it was established in 1936).

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The Evilness of Today’s U.S. Democratic Party

ERIC ZUESSE—So: though Obama publicly promised prosecution of banksters, he privately delivered protection of banksters — those people thus being the same ones who still occupy top positions of honor and authority, instead of shame and imprisonment, in American society. His promises to the public were lies, but his promises that were made secretly to these top agents of the aristocrats were his actual commitments. That’s how an aristocracy operates. Aristocrats (and their direct agents) are above the law.

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Journalists and academics expose UK’s criminal actions in the Middle East. BBC also exposed.

The group was formed by Frome Stop War, based in Somerset. Working with academics, investigative journalists and other interested parties and individuals, and drawing on the illegal 2003 invasion of Iraq, Media on Trial seeks to “cultivate public scepticism when faced with establishment and corporate media’s partisan reporting at times of conflict.” It held well-attended meetings in Frome and London last year. Its success in exposing the ongoing regime-change operations in Syria, and government/media propaganda to this end, has made its members the subject of an organised media smear campaign.

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