US Politics in Trump era Public date: 19.09.2019 21:40:40

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25 Mar 2019

Mueller Report Ends a Shameful Period for the Press

The Mueller report’s categorical statement that Donald Trump and his campaign did not collude with Russia ends one of the most shameful periods in modern American journalism, one that rivals the mindless cheerleading for the Iraq War by most of the press. It further erodes and may prove fatal to the credibility of a press that has steadfastly rendered most of the country invisible and functions as little more than an array of gossiping courtiers to the elites.
The Mueller report’s categorical statement that Donald Trump and his campaign did not collude with Russia ends one of...

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28 Jan 2018

The Useful Idiocy of Donald Trump

The problem with Donald Trump is not that he is imbecilic and inept—it is that he has surrendered total power to the oligarchic and military  elites. They get what they want. They do what they want. Although the president is a one-man wrecking crew aimed at democratic norms and institutions, although he has turned the United States into a laughingstock around the globe, our national crisis is embodied not in Trump but the corporate state’s now unfettered pillage.
The problem with Donald Trump is not that he is imbecilic and inept—it is that he has surrendered total power to the...

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12 Nov 2016

It’s Worse Than You Think

Widespread social unrest will ignite when Donald Trump’s base realizes  it has been betrayed. I do not know when this will happen. But that it will happen is certain. Investments in the stocks of the war industry,  internal security and the prison-industrial-complex have skyrocketed  since Trump won the presidency. There is a lot of money to be made from a militarized police state.
Widespread social unrest will ignite when Donald Trump’s base realizes  it has been...
17 Jul 2019

Thousands of Children Will Be Made Homeless Under Trump’s New Plan

In 1968 — just a week after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination — Congress passed the Fair Housing Act, or FHA. The law secured everyone’s right to housing regardless of race, national origin, disability, familial status, sex, or religion. The FHA protects people from discrimination when they’re renting, getting a mortgage, or seeking housing assistance — including applying for public housing or housing vouchers. Now the Trump administration is going against that legacy, proposing a regulation that will target immigrant families living in government-subsidized housing.
In 1968 — just a week after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination — Congress passed the Fair Housing Act, or...

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26 Nov 2016

Noam Chomsky: Those Who Failed to Recognize Trump as the Greater Evil Made ‘a Bad Mistake’

With an argument similar to the one made by political scientist Adolph Reed prior to the election, Chomsky insists that voters did not have to ignore Clinton’s  serious shortcomings in order to recognize Trump as the much more  serious threat.
With an argument similar to the one made by political scientist Adolph Reed prior to the election, Chomsky...

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27 Jul 2016

Chris Hedges and Robert Reich Debate the Future of the Progressive Movement

Hedges and Reich debate the choice for this election. Reich argues that we need to elect Clinton and work to build a third party in the next 4 years and Hedges thinks we need to support the Green party now since both candidates are equally disasterous. Great debate.
Hedges and Reich debate the choice for this election. Reich argues that we need to elect Clinton and work to build a...

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16 Jul 2019

History Holds the Antidote to Trump’s Fascist Politics

Education, both in its symbolic and institutional forms, has a central role to play in fighting the resurgence of fascist cultures, mythic historical narratives and the emerging ideologies of white supremacy and white nationalism. Moreover, as fascists across the globe are disseminating toxic racist and ultranationalist images of the past, it is essential to reclaim education as a form of historical consciousness and moral witnessing.
Education, both in its symbolic and institutional forms, has a central role to play in fighting the resurgence of...

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26 Nov 2018

Trump Is Forging His Own Gaza on the Southern Border

When President Donald Trump announced that he would be deploying soldiers to the southern border, in numbers that seemed to swell in direct proportion to the fever of his campaign rallies, the media eagerly enabled his hysteria, treating the arrival of a few hundred refugees as an impending alien invasion. And while Nicholas Kristof has since acknowledged that The New York Times allowed itself to be manipulated ahead of a midterm election, few appear willing to confront the darker reality this assault has laid bare: The Trump administration has sought to militarize the region from the start.
When President Donald Trump announced that he would be deploying soldiers to the southern border, in numbers that seemed...

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16 Jun 2016

This Is Not a Democracy: How the Sanders-Clinton Contest in California Failed Voters

It is probable that a Sanders win in California would have made a difference in the national contest. Yet while millions of voters turned out for Senator Sanders across the nation, millions of our votes in California were never counted. In case you thought voter suppression went out in the year 2000 when we had “hanging chads” in Florida’s Gore-Bush contest, I have bad news for you: voter suppression is still in full swing.
It is probable that a Sanders win in California would have made a difference in the national contest. Yet...

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8 Aug 2018

Europe, Russia and China Defy Trump on Iran Sanctions

The European Union has signaled that it may impose substantial fines on European firms that pull out of Iran deals over fear of Trump’s unilateral U.S. Treasury Department sanctions. It is likely that smaller European companies that trade with Iran but have no relationship with the U.S. will continue their relationship with the Islamic republic, using euros and non-U.S. banks. But large firms, such as French oil giant Total S.A. and Renault, have signaled that they will get out of Iran to avoid American fines.
The European Union has signaled that it may impose substantial fines on European firms that pull out of Iran deals...

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21 Dec 2017

Why U.S. Threats to U.N. Over Jerusalem Are Empty

The right wing in the United States has long spread around the false story that the US government gives away enormous amounts of money to other countries. Opinion polls show that many Americans think it is as much as 25% of the $4.094 trillion budget, which would be a trillion dollars in aid. That is hilariously absurd. The actual US foreign aid budget is $41.9 billion, about one percent of the Federal budget.
The right wing in the United States has long spread around the false story that the US...

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14 Mar 2018

Mike Pompeo’s Mission Is to Destroy the Iran Deal

All you need to know about Mike Pompeo, the four-term congressman  from Kansas who is actually from California, is that most of his life he  has been in business with the Koch brothers. His appointment as secretary of state puts a seal on President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. More dangerously, Trump was straightforward: He put Pompeo in to replace Rex Tillerson in order to destroy the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action treaty between the United Nations Security Council and Iran.
All you need to know about Mike Pompeo, the four-term congressman  from Kansas who is actually from...

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14 Jan 2018

Democrats Help Republicans Take Away Your Constitutional Rights

Dem Support For Trump Surveillance Powers Proves “Resistance” Is Bull*hit - 55 Democrats voted against your constitutional rights and opposed the  USA RIGHTS amendment. Among them are Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff.
Dem Support For Trump Surveillance Powers Proves “Resistance” Is Bull*hit - 55 Democrats voted against your...
16 Jul 2019

The Numbers Are In, and Trump’s Tax Cuts Are a Bust

This tax bill was constructed on a foundation of lies. To cite one obvious example, the real U.S. corporate tax rate has never been near the oft-cited 35 percent level. As recently as 2014, the Congressional Research Service estimated that the effective rate (the net rate paid after deductions and credits) was around 27.1 percent, which was well in line with America’s international competitors.
This tax bill was constructed on a foundation of lies. To cite one obvious example, the real U.S. corporate tax rate has...
26 Sep 2017

How the Pentagon Paid for NFL Displays of Patriotism

A key component is missing from the current controversial discussion surrounding football players and the national anthem. In the recent days  of argument over whether NFL players have the right to protest racial inequality and systemic injustice in the United States, few have brought up the fact that less than a decade ago, professional football players didn’t even appear on the field during the national anthem.
A key component is missing from the current controversial discussion surrounding football players and the national...

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22 Aug 2018

Elizabeth Warren’s Anti-Corruption Stance Shifts When Foreign Policy Is Raised

I found that Warren’s tenacity when ripping things like corporate lobbyists’ “pre-bribes” suddenly evaporated when dealing with issues like the enormous military budget and Israeli assaults on Palestinian children.
I found that Warren’s tenacity when ripping things like corporate lobbyists’ “pre-bribes” suddenly evaporated...

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