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  • A Crisis of Democracy: Trump's block of Dem Response to Nunes
    • save the nation 02/13/2018 at 12:05 pm

      With release of Nunes memo, let alone refusal to release the D response, Reality Winner legitimately may be considered a political prisoner. If she should be jailed, why not the various Congressmen responsible for the release of this memo. Moreover, there is crisis point at which release of all the information overrides security interests warranting classification of any of the intelligence bearing on this question. This article raises a very valid point. Excessive classification enhances the ability of the government to manipulate intelligence to further hidden agendas. Excessive classification is inimical to democracy and legitimate representative government.

  • US, having Destroyed Iraq, won't give a Dime to Reconstruction
    • save the nation 02/09/2018 at 1:15 pm

      Women wailing on American TV while bombs falling, ancient artifacts destroyed, too many killed and maimed (Iraqis and Americans), and US soldiers standing by at public hangings. A very sad chapter in US History. Carol Moseley Braun spoke of obligation that might arise to fix something once you have broken it. A good argument against the breaking, and for repair of things that have not been broken beyond repair.

  • Even conservatives are resisting Trump’s radical assault on the environment
    • save the nation 02/07/2018 at 10:32 am

      Cabinet a disgrace.

      EPA Head is for dirty air and water.

      Labor Sec is against Labor.

      Education Sec is against pubic education.

      Now they want military parades.

      Need civilized civilians in the cabinet.

  • Bannon's Game: White Supremacist takeover of GOP
    • save the nation 01/04/2018 at 7:15 pm

      Bannon or no, the country would do well to consider white supremacists as more than a fringe element in American politics.

  • What does the Muslim Scripture say about the Birth of Jesus?
  • Fascism’s return and Trump’s war on youth
    • save the nation 12/19/2017 at 3:52 pm

      It is true that the seeds of fascism already have been sewn. This looting of land and people embodied in R Tax Bill is evidence that the Rs and backers foresee unrest and reversal, and are trying to take what more they can as fast as they can. When more pain kicks in, as it inevitably will, the excuses are already built in. It will be the fault of the immigrants and minorities, and those of a non-traditionalist cultural points of view. Clinton represented a last chance at fragile consensus. Instead of rule with message of inclusion, there is rule by division, cultural warfare. Without corporate welfare in 2008, there could have been broader unrest. Back then Rs already had been courting danger, with appeals to nationalism and prejudice. Such appeals are even more explicit now. It also is more likely that economic distress emanating from this tax bill will generate unrest, this in the near future, years not decades. The forces of plutocracy are poised to deal with this likelihood, to repress opposition, and to embark upon a kind of warfare that is more than just cultural. It may not even take unrest to unleash some repression, as the fear of the sheer consequences of the vote could well be enough.

  • If the Trump Revolution Is Possible, So Is a Progressive One
    • save the nation 12/12/2017 at 11:43 pm

      Why it is so vital to provide a quality education for many of the young. Another part of the right wing agenda, suppress and limit education. There have been hard times before, times when it had to get worse before it got better, when all kinds of deceptions in the main held sway. Unfortunately, Americans have let an important chance at fragile consensus, and moderate change, slip away. Energy is at the fringes, in unreality, with myths of permanent revolution counter-weighing convenient myths (at the service of the powerful) of the threatened individual (who would be a millionaire if not for government, and the less rugged, the needy, dragging him down). It may be that consensus will not emerge, and there will be rule by repression, and restriction of access to information and the means to get it out. It may be that these are the last days of effective republican government. The hope is with the young, who, in the main, are less weighed down by prejudices, even as the world grows harder for them. Let's not give up on them, they are more valuable than any asset, and still can lift the nation up. They are what is at stake in this struggle, as two generations worth of poverty and ignorance can eliminate all potential for enlightened self government.

    • save the nation 12/11/2017 at 9:39 pm

      Rs have been using divisive appeals to worst elements, old confederacy, white supremacy, patriarchy. Trump, a more direct mouthpiece, perfected it, turning it on the others and making them look like lambs, though the populism always was a con, a false populism predicated in significant part on the false premise that white (especially white male) grievance, rooted as it is in privilege, is more justified. Trump and Rs fast showed their fangs in unison, with policies designed to loot the land and the people, even if there might be pretense at populist appeal. They correctly perceive that they entail a last stand of white supremacy, seeing the dead end of their strategy; and that the majority will see light and demand more power and justice, even if they, the Rs, have attempted to occlude matters with cynical sunset provisions and the like. It is very likely that the more ruthless, wanting in institutional inhibition, will emerge, if only to guard power more jealously, and be a drought to any American spring. The article suggests the reasonable question of whether the nation would better or worse off with Trump (a win at all cost person interested largely in personal victories) gone, with the likes of Pence and Ryan (win at all costs persons who are ideologically hard, espousing ideology that serves self and donor interest) waiting in the wings. In any case, there is determination on the right to leave a large footprint, so that the damage they do will last for decades. 2008 was a transitional moment, which, without corporate welfare, could well have led to crisis before. This was held at bay, and what emerged eight years later was a soft coup rooted in the dark forces of hatred. There is a price to pay when consensus is lost; the risks are high. More power to populist women (not Trump apologist double talkers like Haley). They at least represent some hope on the horizon, however distant.

  • Congress' Tax Plan is a give-way to the Rich, not a Reform
    • save the nation 11/06/2017 at 7:34 pm

      Very unfortunate. Elections have consequences, and the republicans have no shame. They will seek to cut even more after inevitable revenue shortfalls. And there is no requirement that in exchange for tax breaks companies do anything to help families. The need not pay higher wages; they need not keep jobs in the county; and they need even do business in the US. It is simply a reverse Robinhood Act. And there is a fine hypocrisy to it, as Rs profess that this is for the people's benefit. This is in keeping with their false piety in any number of other realms.

  • There’s No ‘Free Market’ Solution to Health Care
    • save the nation 07/29/2017 at 11:56 am

      Article is good corrective to myth of free market. It is always an issue of degree. Rs have managed to sell a lot of this neo-liberal fluff to people, but most of those purveying it do not believe it themselves. It is propaganda. Ideology promulgated for expediency, designed to occlude unkindness, as what policy maker would state explicitly that he/she is about harming people. They sin more than by omission, but by commission as well.

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