Posted at Raw Story on Sep. 23, 2020

Republicans ruthlessly reshaped America to hold onto power — can Dems do the same thing to save it?

In the power grab to fill the Supreme Court seat announced the same evening as the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mitch McConnell didn’t do anything new. The GOP has a long history of playing hardball power politics. In the late 19th century, Republicans added four states (Nevada, Colorado, North Dakota, and South Dakota) purely to gain eight new Republican senators, a trick Democrats could duplicate today by bringing statehood to Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico (and maybe even Guam).
Posted at Raw Story on Sep. 18, 2020

Trump’s destruction of America started with Ronald Reagan

Donald Trump and his billionaire buddies are letting America die. The billionaires who make their money from fossil fuels have bought off Trump and Republicans so that they’re denying climate change while a dozen states in the West burn and the Gulf Coast is repeatedly ravaged by hurricanes. Firefighters are using dogs to identify the remains of homes where people died by the smell of burnt human flesh.
Posted at Common Dreams on Sep. 14, 2020

How Should America Respond When Its President Commits Negligent Homicide?

Bob Woodward interviewed Donald Trump back in January and February and now tells us that, way back then, Trump realized that the coronavirus was not only quite deadly and would infect even children, but also was airborne and highly contagious. Right now it's fashionable to attack Bob Woodward for having sat on all that information, and debate whether he had a "duty to warn." It's a reasonable discussion, but it misses the larger picture.
Posted at Alternet.org on Sep. 11, 2020

How big money controls the stories the media tells

"Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost." —Thomas Jefferson in 1786, to his close friend Dr. James Currie In 1983, 90% of the American media landscape (including magazines, books, music, news feeds, newspapers, movies, radio, and television) was dominated by 50 conglomerates.
Posted at Alternet.org on Sep. 8, 2020

Is a second American civil war really possible?

The cover story of the December 2019 edition of The Atlantic magazine, founded itself in the years just before the Civil War, was ominously titled, “How to Stop a Civil War.” If we are, indeed, on the brink of a second Civil War, it’s already being waged as a “cold war,” with the occasional armed skirmish being provoked by the so-called Alt-Right movement, which, as of summer, 2020, had murdered thousands of Americans since Tim McVeigh kicked off the modern “boogaloo” white supremacy era.
Posted at Common Dreams on Sep. 1, 2020

Why Are So Many Americans Willing to Support Hate and Division?

Donald Trump has falslely told us that only 9,000 people have died of the coronavirus in the United States, that shooting an unarmed man in the back seven times is like a bad putt at golf, that protests are being led by an airplane full of black-jacketed "thugs," and refused to condemn a vicious murderer who killed two people and blew the arm off a third. Now, he is threatening the Mayor of Portland with federal troops again. Which raises the question, is this the America the majority of voters want to live in?
Posted at Common Dreams on Aug. 27, 2020

Is the Trump Death Cult Growing or Shrinking?

Donald Trump just guaranteed more Americans will die. Trump has been saying for some time that he wishes there was less testing for coronavirus in America, because that would reduce the number of cases that we find, which would improve, in his mind, his numbers compared to other countries. So yesterday the Centers for Disease Control, under pressure from the White House, revised their guidelines to say that you should only be tested if you were physically sick. They made the decision while Anthony Fauci was unconscious under general anesthesia having minor surgery on his throat.
Posted at Common Dreams on Aug. 18, 2020

Republicans Struggle to Reboot Their “Small Government, Personal Responsibility” Scam

Joe Scarborough, on his morning TV show, had a roundtable with George Will and David Frum in which these three old conservative war horses discussed the possibility of the Republican Party returning to its "conservative values." Those values they identified included balanced budgets, personal responsibility, and small government. It's important for Americans to understand what conservatives mean when they use these words.

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