…Hello … that’s “The Donald’s” background and real world life experience…

…Hello … that’s “The Donald’s” background and real world life experience…

Donald Trump Simplistically—and Dangerously—Sees the World as One Big Reality Show

By Neal Gabler, BillMoyers.com …The line between politics and entertainment blurs, and America suffers. ……  READ MORE»

…This is merely a continuation of a story which began after the Pilgrim first stepped foot on Plymouth Rock…

…This is merely a continuation of a story which began after the Pilgrim first stepped foot on Plymouth Rock…

Dakota Access Pipeline Fight Opens New Chapter of Indian-Federal Conflict

Trump’s signature on an executive order could reignite the clashes between Native Americans and their supporters—and their historic adversaries.

By Gabrielle Gurley / The American ProspectDonald Trump hung a portrait of Andrew Jackson in the Oval Office on the same day that he signed an executive order to expedite construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The chilling symbolism of giving pride of place to the man who presided over the Cherokees’ expulsion from their Eastern lands in one of the largest forced migrations of America’s indigenous people was hard to miss. The Army Corps of Engineers followed up on the order by granting an easement to the Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the pipeline project, to complete the last segment of the $3.8 billion, nearly 1,200-mile underground project.

Disempower Institutions

Why Trump Wants to Disempower Institutions That Protect the Truth…

President Trump is attacking the very institutions that are meant to expose lies: universities, the media and the judiciary. Democracy is impossible without them.

By Lawrence Douglas / The Guardian  February 9, 2017

plan it guarantees another

…IF… this be Hillary’s plan it guarantees another Republican victory…

Is Hillary Clinton hoping the third time will be a charm?

2/12/2017 6:31:46 PM  Taylor Millard  …..There’s speculation (not three months after the November election) that Hillary Clinton will try again for the presidency. Former George W. Bush speechwriter Matt Latimer writes at Politico how Clinton is probably laying the groundwork for a third
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Such an endeavor undertaken without an exhaustive calculated thoughtful articulated consensus generated plan will unleash horrific repercussions upon Americans

...Such an endeavor undertaken without an exhaustive calculated thoughtful articulated consensus generated plan will unleash horrific repercussions upon Americans…

To Halt the Slide Into Authoritarianism, We Need a General Strike

 

The Shutdown Collective, Truthout: To make a general strike possible, we must organize in concrete ways to mitigate the risk and harm that all striking workers will endure. This includes building a strike fund to support those who cannot afford to walk off their job sites without worrying about how their families will eat the next day. ..Read the Article 

 

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/39449-to-halt-the-slide-into-authoritarianism-we-need-a-general-strike

…Actually it’s time for a NEW political party as both Democrats & Republicans are merely arms for Wall $treet & Corporate interest…

…Actually it’s time for a NEW political party as both Democrats & Republicans are merely arms for Wall $treet & Corporate interest…

Time to Change the Democratic Party: How Not to Spend $1 Billion, Lose More Than 1,000 Elections and Have the Least Power in 75 Years

The heated race for DNC chair exposes Beltway media consultant control and disdain for the grassroots.

By Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet ….The race for Democratic National Committee chair is not just about who has the glamour and skills to turn around a party that spent more than $1 billion last year, lost more than 1,000 statewide and congressional seats during Obama’s presidency, and has the least power in 75 years. It’s about how that turnaround will be done.

What’s emerging at candidate forums en route to a late February vote among 447 DNC members is a revealing conversation into the nuts and bolts of campaigns and elections—and not what has been portrayed in mainstream media. The biggest splits aren’t between Berniecrats and more tenured Democrats, who comprise most members as state officials, party leaders and key allies. Nor is it clear whether one candidate, due to race or gender, is the obvious standard-bearer, because all of the candidates are diverse and committed to progressive values.

The issue is whether there’s one candidate who is compelling and capable of changing what’s broken about the DNC—not just naming it in public forums, which many of the candidates have done in eyebrow-raising fashion. So far, at least among longtime party activists, no one stands out as the perfect choice

…R U catching that to identify those of a different persuasion the “press” refers to them as liberals to differentiate from the run of the mill democrat/republicans…

…R  U  catching that to identify those of a different persuasion the “press” refers to them as liberals to differentiate from the run of the mill democrat/republicans…

What Liberals Don’t Get About Free Speech in the Age of Trump

The Berkeley protest against Milo Yiannopoulos raises questions about what a right to free speech is — and is not.

By Katherine Cross / The Establishment  Nothing proliferates speech quite like a debate about a white man’s inalienable right to it.

Ever since a bit of lighting equipment was set on fire at UC Berkeley, causing the cancellation of a planned rally by Breitbart editor and professional crypto-fascist troll Milo Yiannopoulos, we’ve seen endless handwringing and finger-wagging defending his right to free speech and chastising of the evil, violent protesters. Interestingly enough, there wasn’t anywhere near this much speech surrounding the attempted murder of an anti-fascist protester at the University of Washington by one of Milo’s supporters. Apparently, a right-winger trying to shoot someone to death matters less than an anarchist smashing a Starbucks window, but I digress.

There are other confounding details as well. Were the violent actors at the Berkeley protests even students, or Black Bloc agitators from outside? Why do all accounts of the protest ignore the many months of peaceful work, operating entirely through speech, that had been dedicated to pushing back against the hate Yiannopoulos was spreading? Why is there less emphasis on what Yiannopoulos was actually at Berkeley to talk about — i.e. providing a training to Young Republicans on how to identify and report “illegal immigrant” students on Berkeley’s campus, a form of harassment that is nothing if not chilling on the speech of those students and potentially damaging to their prospects? Why have so few talked in detail about Milo’s specific acts of hate, from sexual harassing a blogger and supporting the abuse of Gamergate, to using derogatory slurs and anti-Semitic symbols, playing a role in the rise of hate crimes against Jewish people?

Why was there no battalion of op-eds in major newspapers about Adelaide Kramer, the trans woman Yiannopoulos harassed off of UW’s campus after he devoted the better part of his address there to attacking and slandering her? Whither her free speech, or her right to the education at UW that she had earned on her merits? Coverage of her story was limited mostly to online opinion outlets and Teen Vogue. Yiannopoulos warranted an editorial from the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board.

We could even go more broadly and ask where these noble defenders of liberty — from eggs on Twitter to carefully manicured beards at TheGuardian — were when it emerged that US Customs and Border Patrol were searching the phones of certain people of color to see if they had criticized Trump on social media?

This entire essay could simply be comprised of questions like this — all the things that are not asked loudly enough or from lofty-enough platforms because they do not involve the rights of a photogenic right wing man, a “provocateur” that allows certain liberals to morally posture about how superior they are because they “tolerate” him.

But more should be said on what a right to free speech is, and is not, made of, and why so many nominal liberals (and leftists) routinely allow themselves to be seduced into defending the rights of fascists while ignoring the speech rights of the less powerful.

A common refrain is this: A right to free speech is not a right to a platform. But this statement needs to be unpacked a bit more because it is often misunderstood.