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How The Democratic Party Stole The Primary From Sanders In 2016-Then Tried To Cover Up Their Crime

How The Democratic Party Stole The Primary From Sanders In 2016-Then Tried To Cover Up Their Crime

The Democratic leadership, the mainstream media, and likely most of Hillary Clinton’s supporters will never address the sabotage of American democracy that they were complicit with in 2016.

I disagreed with Obama. But what Trump has done makes those differences insignificant. – The Washington Post

Opinion | Obama’s presidency will be hailed as transformative. Trump’s will be viewed with scorn.

As it was with George W. Bush and every other president who preceded him, Barack Obama made policy decisions I found troubling. Obama once described the driving principle of his foreign policy as little more than “don’t do stupid s—.” That reflexive reaction to Bush’s military adventurism led to U.S.

Beto O’Rourke Is the Candidate For Vapid Morons :: Politics :: Beto O’Rourke :: Paste

I think the article title might be a little harsh but still I tend to agree. I think Beto O’Rourke is surely the beneficiary of the “bright shiny object” condition. There isn’t as “much there there” as I would like to see.

Beto O’Rourke Is the Candidate For Vapid Morons

Let me draw your attention to the most horrifying paragraphs of this Vanity Fair profile of Beto O’Rourke, the Texas congressman who announced his presidential campaign Thursday morning: O’Rourke is careful to pay homage to progressive icons, crediting Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren with advancing the national conversation on health care and consumer protections, but sells himself as something slightly different: a youthful uniter, willing to listen and learn from the most recalcitrant right-wing voters and work with Republicans.

Socialism Isn’t the Enemy—Corruption Is, According to Noam Chomsky, James Galbraith, Richard D. Woolf, and Anat Admati – Pacific Standard

It’s Corruption, Not Socialism, That Brought Down Venezuela

These days it seems you can’t talk about socialism without being required to talk also about Venezuela-largely because certain people on the right bring up the failures of Venezuela every time the word “socialism” appears. Right-wing pundits claim incessantly that socialist policies are to blame for the terrible conditions that Venezuelans are now living through.

Brexit and Trumpism Failed. Conservative Populism Is a Lie.

Brexit and Trumpism Have Failed Because Conservative Populism Is a Lie

“They will soon be calling me MR. BREXIT!,” announced Donald Trump in the summer of 2016. Before long, Trump was calling himself that, after appearing at a rally with Nigel Farage, one of its champions. The association with Brexit burnished Trump’s self-styled (and utterly fabricated) reputation as a soothsayer.

Socialism vs. Corporate Socialism vs. Democratic Socialism

What follows is the text of a FaceBook meme I see floating around from time to time attributed to DividedWeFall.com (DividedWeFall.online)…


The government owns most of the major industries. This is an extreme position that seems to fail.

Corporate Socialism (our current system):

The government mostly benefits wealthy corporations. Most major industries are privatly owned (capitalism), but still receive massive handouts, bailouts and other benefits at the expense of the tax payer. It is driven by corporations ability to influence the laws with large amounts of money that results in legislation that favors their abilities to make even larger amounts of money. In this system the wealthy become more wealthy at the expense of the lower classes. This is essentially a Plutocracy (ruled by the wealthy)

Democratic Socialism:

The government mostly benefits the citizens. Most major industries are privatly owned (capitalism), but they have to stand on their own without handouts from the government. The tax burden previously funnel to the wealthy corporations is used to improve the lives of citizens instead. This enables the government to help fund improvements to public services such as Police, Firemen Libraries, Roads an Interstates, Eeducation and Healthcare. The system is driven by people working together and lifting each other up. In this system the middle class thrives and poverty decreases. This system is more Democratic (ruled by the people) than our current system.


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