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From the Archives | Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change.

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  • The people we elect aren’t the ones calling the shots, says Tufts University’s Michael Glennon.
  • Related: A Deep State of Mind: America’s Shadow Government and Its Silent Coup

Jordan Michael Smith, Boston Globe  

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October 19, 2014 | The voters who put Barack Obama in office expected some big changes. From the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping to Guantanamo Bay to the Patriot Act, candidate Obama was a defender of civil liberties and privacy, promising a dramatically different approach from his predecessor.

But six years into his administration, the Obama version of national security looks almost indistinguishable from the one he inherited. Guantanamo Bay remains open. The NSA has, if anything, become more aggressive in monitoring Americans. Drone strikes have escalated. Most recently it was reported that the same president who won a Nobel Prize in part for promoting nuclear disarmament is spending up to $1 trillion modernizing and revitalizing America’s nuclear weapons.

Jordan Michael Smith is a contributing writer at Salon and The Christian Science Monitor.

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A Deep State of Mind: America’s Shadow Government and Its Silent Coup, John W. Whitehead, Counterpunch 

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So the next time you find yourselves despondent over the 2016 presidential candidates, remember that it’s just a puppet show intended to distract you from the silent coup being carried out by America’s shadow government.

Related: From the Archives | Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change

America, We Are Better Than This

This is not the time to give in, it is the time to find what has always called us to be just a little bit better, rise above what serves to drag us down and soar above our basest of instincts. We can do this America, please, don’t give up and don’t give in.

David A. Miller, Huffington Post

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Sep 11, 2016 | “Four score and seven years ago.” “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” “I have a dream.” These are not just lines from people in history. These are not just words designed to appeal to the latest poll. These are not test ideas to be debated by pundits as they balance advertiser’s dollars against the truth. These phrases carried more to them. They were a call to a vision of something just off the horizon but always something that we tried to keep in sight, something that drew us to move forward, something asking us to be just a little better than we are.

The rhetoric of the current political climate, built over years of PACs and Super PACs, dredged up from the bottom of what drags us down into the depths of human individualism and self-serving divisions, has brought us perhaps the most frightening presidential candidate in our history. There have been others who have risen from what fear and anxiety can produce, but this candidate is a product of a perfect storm of capitalism, democracy and shifting culture mixed with a generous portion of threat to the systems that have always kept us thinking small, have kept power concentrated in the few and appeal to the worst patterns of who we can be.

David A. Miller, Unitarian Universalist Minister, Huffington Post

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Veterans Hammer Draft-dodging Trump

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  • Trump says veterans with mental health issues aren't strong. Living with mental illness takes more strength than he will ever know.
  • Apparently, Donald Trump could not even bear going into the service. He couldn’t handle it.
  • Part 1: Veterans Are Hammering Draft Dodging Trump for Calling Soldiers Who Get PTSD "Weak." 
  • Part 2: Wife Of Veteran Who Committed Suicide From PTSD Hits Trump, President Obama Responds

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Part 1: Veterans Are Hammering Draft Dodging Trump for Calling Soldiers Who Get PTSD "Weak." 

Of course, Trump knows all about combat. Well, maybe he would if he didn’t need to get 5 draft deferments.

Michael Hayne, IfYouOnlyNews.com

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After crapping on veterans on three separate occasions, Trump decided the best way to avoid a bombshell story on his tax evasion over the years was to crap on veterans….again. At a town hall and in front of a room full of vets, Trump implied that soldiers with PTSD were weak.

Michael Hayne is a comedian/VO artist/impressionist extraordinaire who co-wrote an award-nominated film, contributed to NY Times Laugh Lines, guest blogged for Joe Biden, appeared in Nat Geo's Drugged: High on Marijuana (where apparently he battled herbal terrorists). He's written pretty much everywhere.

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Part 2: Wife Of Veteran Who Committed Suicide From PTSD Hits Trump, President Obama Responds

Apparently, Donald Trump could not even bear going into the service. He couldn’t handle it.

Gloria Christie, Bipartisan Report

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October 4, 2016 | A Gold Star wife, Amanda Souza told her tearful story about her husband, a man who developed PTSD during his deployment. 

She stood in a presidential town hall meeting and related, that as a result of his untreated PTSD, he tragically committed suicide.

Gloria Christie founded Gloria Christie Reports, a common sense column about liberal politics. She has a masters in Radio-TV-film and an MPA in business/government relations. She is particularly interested in liberal politics, high-tech, complex systems, and change.

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John Cena Just Schooled Every Conservative, Bigoted, Flag Waving ‘Patriot’ On Patriotism

  • Cena starts out by calling for an end to divisiveness. This post and its title are therefore contrary to his wishes. It cannot be ignored, however, that the things Cena talks about are all liberal ideologies and that it at least appears that he is addressing the Islamophobes, bigots and homophobes of the right. I watched it and there was an emotional response and a lot of head nodding in agreement. I have a neighbor who thinks the Muslim Obama is stockpiling ebola in the Lincoln bedroom who would see the same video with contempt and hatred.
  • Cena fans on the right should be turning in their “Hustle, Loyalty and Respect” shirts and hats any day now.

Busta Troll, Gopocalypse

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July 5, 2016 | John Cena’s wrestling career is more impressive than most not because of how well he reads a script or how many titles the writers of the show have awarded him, but for what he contributes to humanity in general. Cena, who is credited for fulfilling more Make-A-Wish Foundation wishes than anyone else on the planet, is a role model for children and adults alike.

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He volunteers his time to work with veterans groups, wrestles for free aboard aircraft carriers and donates more money to charitable organizations as a percentage of income than all of the owners of Walmart combined. That’s why when this video came across my newsfeed I couldn’t help but share it, because John Cena has once again lent his voice to a very good cause.

Busta Troll: After 2 years of trolling and goating I retired to become a professional clickbait whore. The time has come for Busta to return to what Busta does best: Making conservatives look stupid. Grab your goat memes and come along for the ride.

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Special Report | New Economic Perspectives: America Is In Terminal Decline.

 

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  • Greg Mannarino of TradersChoice.net says that our economy is in serious trouble and if there’s anyone out there peddling fiction to the American people … It’s President Barrack Obama … It's Hillary Clinton.
  • “People don’t even know what freaking bathroom to use under this President.”

Mac Slavo, SHTFplan.com

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The government is trying to overpower us… Someone out here is peddling fiction… It’s President Obama… It’s Hillary Clinton… Anyone else who is saying that this economy is doing good, well, they have an agenda and it’s not in your favor.

Mac Slavo is the Editor of SHTFPlan.com

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Series | 2016 General Election Guide, Part 4- Lesser-Evil Math Doesn't Compute

 

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  • There is one action that could put a stop to our downward political slide within four or eight years. We could all refuse to support candidates that make things worse than they were in the past, even if it risks allowing the greater of two evils to win an election or two. "Are You In?" they will ask us. "Are YOU Insane?" we will respond.
  • Freedom Plaza Has the Same Name as Tahrir Square
  • The left has lost its nerve and its direction

David Swanson, Truthout

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October 3, 2014 | In an electoral system corrupted by money, media, and parties, the US people are offered a choice every four years between two hideously awful candidates for an office that increasingly resembles an imperial throne. And increasingly the primary motivation of voters is to oppose the candidate they believe is the greater evil.

Thus, we chose Obama over McCain in 2008. But Obama in 2008, as the lesser of the two evil candidates, was arguably a greater evil than George W. Bush had been four or eight years earlier, or Bob Dole 12 years back, or certainly Bush senior 16 years before. None of those previous candidates campaigned on as militaristic, corporatist, plutocratic or power-abusing a platform as Obama did in 2008. Sure, he's worse in office than his campaign rhetoric suggested, and so were they. But, whether you compare campaign promises to campaign promises or actual performance to actual performance, we are on a downward slide that continues whether or not we elect the lesser evil candidates.

David Swanson is an American activist, blogger and author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union."

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Part 3: Third Parties Are Not Spoilers

Part 2: At Some Point, Progressives Need to Break Up With the Democratic Party

Part 1: The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction

 

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