THE EVIDENCE IS CLEAR: SUPPORT PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATES, GET OUT THE VOTE, ARTICULATE A DEMOCRATIC AND SOCIALIST VISION

Since 2016 we have been deluged with a variety of empirical studies that should give us some sense of the political and economic realities of life in the United States. The data makes clear what progressive strategies should be as well, at least over the next two years.

THE CHANGING POLITICAL ECONOMY IN THE UNITED STATES AND FLORIDA: a repost after the primary victory of Andrew Gillum

Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS)

A Presentation at Fort Lauderdale, Occupy Labor Outreach, March 15, 2014
 

The hatred of the poor, is it guilt gone rancid? That the rich have so much and still conspire to steal a baby's medicine, a woman's life, a man's heart and kidney. When those Congressmen talk of people who are counting their last change for gas or eggs choosing between cold and hunger they snarl. How dare we exist? (From Marge Piercy, Who has little, let them have less, Monthly Review - January 2014)

DEVOS WANTS TO USE TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO ARM UNWILLING TEACHERS.

Betsy DeVos is forging ahead in her efforts to make American schools less safe.

NONPARTISAN GAO SLAMS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S ACA SABOTAGE.

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report today lambasting the Trump administration for its ACA sabotage.

Pentagon can't account for $21 Trillion - enough to solve the entire planet's miseries

The Struggle Over the Future of Cuba is a Global Struggle

Trump Reverses Modest Improvements in US/Cuban Relations

With God’s help, a free Cuba is what we will soon achieve…I am canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba.” (Donald Trump in “Trump Outlines New Cuba Policy in Speech in Miami’s Little Havana,” USA Today, June 16, 2017.)

Religion, Social Justice And Medicare For All

These are difficult days for genuinely religious folks–the ones who understand their theologies to require ethical and loving behaviors.

The 2016 election highlighted the glaring hypocrisies of Evangelical Trump supporters; more recently, it’s Catholics who are cringing. In Pennsylvania, a grand jury found the Church had concealed 70 years of sexual abuse by over 300 priests. Here in Indianapolis, the administration of a Catholic high school learned that a longtime, much-loved guidance counselor is in a same-sex marriage, and demanded that she divorce her wife or resign.

Journalists Are Not the Enemy

The Boston Globe and 300 Newspapers Across the Country 
August 16, 2018
Boston Globe

Kleptocrat Or Theocrat?

Frank Bruni had a recent column headlined “Mike Pence: Holy Terror,” with a subhead asking “Do you really want to get rid of Donald Trump?”

There are problems with impeaching Donald Trump. A big one is the holy terror waiting in the wings.

That would be Mike Pence, who mirrors the boss more than you realize. He’s also self-infatuated. Also a bigot. Also a liar. Also cruel.

SILENCING DISSENT IN THREE EASY STEPS.

A hallmark of a corrupt administration is a need to keep secrets and avoid accountability. It’s probably no coincidence that as the walls close in around Trump, all of his tactics to silence dissent are on full display.

1. Demonize the press. Attacking free press is a theme for this administration:

Melania Trump’s Parents Become U.S. Citizens, Using ‘Chain Migration’ Trump Hates

President Trump has repeatedly and vehemently denounced what he calls “chain migration,” in which adult American citizens can obtain residency for their relatives.

On Thursday, his Slovenian in-laws, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, became United States citizens in a private ceremony in Manhattan by taking advantage of that same family-based immigration program.

2018 Is Shaping Up to Be the Fourth-Hottest Year. Yet We’re Still Not Prepared for Global Warming.

It’s hot. But it may not be the new normal yet. Temperatures are still rising.

A Tick Invasion Spreads North

Tick- and mosquito-borne diseases, some potentially lethal, are emerging in places and volumes not previously seen across the U.S. Climate change almost certainly is to blame, according to a 2016 report by 13 federal agencies. 

Yet in Maine, Gov. Paul LePage — a conservative Republican who has questioned global-warming science  — won’t acknowledge the phenomenon. Former government officials say his administration has suppressed state plans and vetoed legislation aimed at limiting the damage.

Savers Alert: Tens of Billions of Higher Interest Dollars are Yours for the Asking

American bank customers are losing billions of dollars in higher interest payments because they’re not being “frugal shoppers” and making a telephone call or sending an email to compare interest rates. If they did, they would find out that the Federal Reserve’s three years of gradual interest rate increases have finally pushed the banks—traditional and online—to make ten times more in interest payments to savers than millions of bank customers are now receiving.

Trump’s Supreme Betrayal

[…] Kavanaugh is, to put it bluntly, an anti-worker radical, opposed to every effort to protect working families from fraud and mistreatment.

Five Years on a Pile of Rocks:  Defending Against an Americus (IN) Quarry

I’d like to you to consider any aspect of your life which has consumed over five years. Chances are you’re considering something major – your education, your career, your marriage, your mortgage, your children.  These are common human experiences to which we can all relate; we expect these milestone events to absorb our efforts and energies. 

I never expected to spend over five years on a pile of rocks. 

SECURING OUR ELECTIONS: VERIFIABLE BALLOTS

Dr. Linda Hanson Board Member, League of Women Voters of Indiana

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SITUATION IN INDIANA

Noam Chomsky: Russia Isn't Influencing US Elections—But Israel Definitely Is

In a recent interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, Noam Chomsky said:

We’re All Endangered By This Administration

Is there a single environmental measure that the Trump Administration isn’t willing to ditch in order to benefit their cronies bottom lines?

Why Not Tell Us Their Names?

In elementary school they taught us the names of inventors. Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, Robert Fulton the steamboat, Alexander Graham Bell the telephone, and Thomas Alva Edison the electric light bulb. Nowadays we rarely know the names of the inventors of modern technology—think biotechnology, nanotechnology, pharmaceutical technology, safety technology. Not every breakthrough is invented by a single person, but there are still clusters of people inventing new things each year.

Trump Administration Mulls a Unilateral Tax Cut for the Rich

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering bypassing Congress to grant a $100 billion tax cut mainly to the wealthy, a legally tenuous maneuver that would cut capital gains taxation and fulfill a long-held ambition of many investors and conservatives.

End War in Afghanistan

To Donald Trump

Berenice A. Carroll - Member of the Lafayette Independent Advisory Board 1932 - 2018 Obituary 

Lafayette - Berenice A. Carroll, an outstanding scholar and activist who worked for world peace and stood up for women, people of color, workers, and victims of injustice everywhere, died on Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Lafayette, Indiana     She was born on December 14, 1932, in New York, the daughter of Margaret and Morris Jacobs. She did her undergraduate work at Queens College in New York and earned her doctorate from Brown University in 1960.

A Plea from James Fallows of The Atlantic, 7/16/18

[...] I am old enough to remember Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon telling lies on TV, about Vietnam in both cases, and Watergate for Nixon. I remember the travails and deceptions of Bill Clinton, and of George W. Bush in the buildup to the disastrous Iraq War.

But never before have I seen an American president consistently, repeatedly, publicly, and shockingly advance the interests of another country over those of his own government and people.

REVISITING "AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM" AGAIN

Continued study and research into the origins of the folk music of various peoples in many parts of the world revealed that there is a world body-a universal body-of folk music based upon a universal pentatonic (five tone) scale.

Fox News Top Former Political Correspondent says that Trump is STILL colluding with the Russians

[...] Former Fox News Channel chief political correspondent Carl Cameron has a warning for America: “The Trump team were colluding with the Russians in 2016 – and they are still colluding.”

Pence family left a $21+ million environmental disaster in Indiana

The entire Trump enterprise is a gigantic environmental disaster, but who knew Vice President Mike Pence and his family were a walking superfund site all on their own.

Sabotage

While the media and the country are being distracted by the daily crazy/sleazy coming from Washington, the Trump Administration is working feverishly behind the scenes to dismantle the rules: rules that protect us from dirty air and water, from discrimination in housing and education, and rules that guarantee us access to health care, among others.

Why Is a Retired Accountant from Texas Risking His Life to Sail to Gaza?

On the heels of the Great March of Return in Gaza, when Israeli soldiers killed 112 Palestinian protesters and wounded thousands more, a four-ship Freedom Flotilla will set sail for Gaza this month from a port in the Mediterranean Sea. Although it is an act of piracy for Israel to confiscate ships in international waters, the Israeli military will most likely do just that. The very first Freedom Flotilla boats traveled to Gaza in 2008, and four managed to get there—the first international boats to do so in over 40 years.

Whose Fake News?

Psychiatrists define “projection” as a defense mechanism employed by people who are having trouble coping with difficult emotions. They project their feelings of inadequacy or remorse over shameful behaviors onto someone else–accusing other people of undesirable or reprehensible actions of which the accuser is actually guilty.

For example, Donald Trump and “fake news.”

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