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wonderful piece by Reich. Have fun, LD! Eeeek! :O)


Nuclear War Is As Great A Threat As Ever, And The Elites Are Playing Games With Our Lives

In a recent interview with Democracy Now (screenshot above), Cohen cites Trump’s recent remark that US-Russia relations are at an “all time low” and pairs it with Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev’s comment after the Trump administration’s cruise missile attack on a Syrian air base, “We are on the brink of war, and American-Russian relations are utterly ruined.” Cohen points out that Medvedev is actually the most pro-American member of the Russian administration, on whom President Obama and Secretary Clinton based their Russian “reset” in 2009. …

“Imagine if Kennedy had been accused of being a secret Soviet Kremlin agent,” Cohen said. “He would have been crippled. And the only way he could have proved he wasn’t was to have launched a war against the Soviet Union. And at that time, the option was nuclear war.”

Cohen added that this raises the question, “Why did Trump launch 50 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian Air Force base, when, God help us, he did kill some people, but was of no military value whatsoever? Was this meant to show ‘I’m not a Kremlin agent’?” …

One government rose above the rest, and the few monkeys who figured out how to steer it just couldn’t leave the rest of the world alone. They had to keep shoring up more and more power and control, making sure none of the other governments got as strong as their government. They keep making up reasons for why they need to be involved in the affairs of the other nations;
“Oh, your country needs protection, you should sign these treaties.”
“Oh, your country has a dictator, let me get rid of him for you.”
“Oh, your country has terrorists, we’ll just come in and fix your terrorism problem by riddling your country with blast craters and bullet holes.” …


PROGRESSIVISM 101: What My Democrat Friends Don’t Want to Understand and The Big Question That They Love to Avoid

I’m a 50 year-old, white professional who grew up in a very racially and socioeconomically mixed suburb of New York City and still live near my hometown. Yaaawwwnnnnn. I know. But here’s why it’s relevant: Nothing could be more stereotypically Democratic than where I grew up and who I grew up with. The very large majority of my friends and I all shared similar values. White. Black. Rich. Poor. Everyone in between. We mostly all agreed on the major issues and have since voted the same way. Political discussions rarely took place because it was just too damned boring to agree on everything. The title of this opinion piece refers to my “Democrat Friends,” not in the euphemistic way that Senators refer to anyone across the aisle, but to my real friends, the people that I have known as a kid and have grown up with and shared my life with.

I still have the same core principles that I’ve always had. My friends do too. It had always been that way. And then 2016 came along. Now, even though we still all have the same fundamental values, we no longer seem to agree on much of anything. As a Progressive who refuses to “fall in line” with the Democrats, I am suddenly ostracized by my friends, and now I’m the fringe lunatic asshole. I’m ok with that. But, I’m tired of explaining to my friends over and over again why I refuse to be a good soldier and why, if nothing else changes, their approach is the simplest path to ensuring more Trump and more GOP domination. …


I’m on old lefty futurist who actually is politically Indie (‘cept at closed primary time in Flori-dumb). This bugs me: it’s Democratic not Democrat when it’s used as an adjective. Grrrrrrrrrrrr…..!


yeah, that bugs me too, but I liked the opinion piece. some of us are dumbfounded at how our friends and acquaintances have embraced the policies, as the author says, of the DLCers.

i find the same thing. the Dems, many of whom i thought were true Berniecrats are not, actually, and are melding in seamlessly with the larger Dem Party here.

There are only a few left from the campaign, if that, that still cannot stomach most Dems. The head of our local county Party is speaking at this month’s Our Revolution meeting, and he said that Nancy Pelosi is one of his heroes! aaarrrrrgh.

I’m considered rude for reminding folks that they were elected into the local party leadership on a Bernie slate. It’s a lot easier to just join the Borg, I’m tellin’ ya.


I refuse to be assimilated by the DNC/RNC Borg 🙂


me, too! :O)


waffle waffle Tom

Yes, you have to say it, Tom.

Link for article: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/19/under-perez-dnc-still-resisting-call-name-enemy

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