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A first reckoning with how the hell this happened

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  • A global wave of rage hits America, and I won't pretend I saw it coming. Now we must face the unthinkable 
  • It took massive institutional failures to make President Donald Trump possible, and the ramifications are dreadful
  • Part 1: A nation gone wrong in a world gone crazy: A first reckoning with how the hell this happened
  • Part 2: President Trump: A colossal failure for democracy, and our terrifying new reality
  • Michael Moore: Morning-After To-Do List

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest.



Part 1: A nation gone wrong in a world gone crazy: A first reckoning with how the hell this happened

A global wave of rage hits America, and I won't pretend I saw it coming. Now we must face the unthinkable.

Heather Digby Parton, Salon

http://media.salon.com/2016/11/2016-election-trump.jpeg7-620x412.jpgPresident-elect Donald Trump speaks during an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)(Credit: AP)

Wednesday, Nov 9, 2016 | When I’m wrong, I’m wrong. Yesterday I woke up thinking that the United States would elect a new president and remain a mostly respected world superpower and a reasonably stable global economic leader. I looked at the polls and believed that the chances of Republican nominee Donald Trump winning were so remote that it was not worth thinking about. So I wrote a piece assuming that Democrat Hillary Clinton would win, something I am usually careful not to do. So, of course, the unthinkable happened.

On the news that Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States, stock market futures nosedived, the dollar plunged and the whole world is in shock. We wake up today to a fundamentally different world than the one in which we woke up yesterday. The nation our allies looked to as the guarantor of global security will now be led by a pathologically dishonest, unqualified, inexperienced, temperamental, ignorant flimflam man. Things will never be the same. And we have no idea at the moment exactly what form this change is going to take, which makes this all very, very frightening.

Heather Digby Parton, also known as "Digby," is a contributing writer to Salon. She was the winner of the 2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism.

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Part 2: President Trump: A colossal failure for democracy, and our terrifying new reality

It took massive institutional failures to make President Donald Trump possible, and the ramifications are dreadful.

Simon Maloy, Salon 

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Wednesday, Nov 9, 2016 | It’s impossible to overstate how colossal a fuck-up this is. At every level, across both parties, the media, pollsters — all the democratic institutions that are supposed to prevent something like this from happening, or at least warn us about it. Donald Trump, a candidate who ran an openly racist campaign, who is as proud a misogynist as you’ll find anywhere, who is manifestly ignorant of public policy, who is brusquely authoritarian, who has little respect or understanding of democratic norms, and who embodies every moral failing that’s supposed to disqualify a candidate from higher office, has apparently been elected the next president of the United States.

The markets are collapsing, the globe is reeling, and nobody can quite explain what the hell happened. But here’s what this failure will mean. The climate, which is warming precipitously, is now guaranteed to continue along that trajectory toward global catastrophe. The millions of people who gained health coverage over the last half decade are now at acute risk of being thrown off their insurance and left to the unfeeling mercies of health underwriters. Income inequality, already at dangerously high levels, will only grow worse as tax cuts for the rich and spending cuts for the poor are pushed through the Republican Congress. Unprecedented GOP obstructionism on Supreme Court nominees has been rewarded in the worst possible way. And the foreign policy of the United States will be run by a bona fide ignoramus.

Simon Maloy is Salon's political writer.

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Michael Moore: Morning-After To-Do List, Michael Moore, AlterNet 

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  • We live in a country where the majority agree with the "liberal" position. We just lack the liberal leadership to make that happen 
  • Roll up your sleeves, people—there are fascists to defeat.
  • Related: A first reckoning with how the hell this happened

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Trump Isn't the Only Loser

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  • The Republican presidential candidate has dragged the GOP, the media and the nation down with him.
  • Related: America’s Face Down Moment: Trump’s Silver Lining

Frank Sesno, US News 

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Oct. 24, 2016 | It's over. Donald Trump melted down one last, fatal time.

In the third and final debate, suitably hosted in Las Vegas, Trump showed his desperately losing hand when he said that he might not recognize the results of the election. What a staggering thing to say. For all our flaws, this is a country where we treasure the right to vote. The ballot box is closely monitored, but not fundamentally questioned, and the peaceful transfer of power is paramount. As painful as Bush v. Gore was in 2000, the loser accepted the outcome. We leave vote rigging and political hooliganism to countries like Venezuela and, yes, Russia.

Frank Sesno, Contributor, US News

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America’s Face Down Moment: Trump’s Silver Lining, Katy Farber, Huffington Post

  • These are dark times for our nation. Our democracy is splintering.
  • Related: Dylan, the American Left, and What We Have Lost

 

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America’s Face Down Moment: Trump’s Silver Lining

  • These are dark times for our nation. Our democracy is splintering.
  • Related: Dylan, the American Left, and What We Have Lost

Katy Farber, Huffington Post

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11/04/2016 | So, America. Here’s where we are. It’s 2016.

We have a major party candidate bragging about sexually assaulting women on tape. We have African American boys and men frequently killed by police, and police being the victims of violence themselves. We have American citizens starting up militias to be prepared if their party candidate doesn’t win. We have people claiming that everything that is wrong with America was caused by President Barack Obama (9/11, ISIS, you name it). We have citizens showing a candidate for president’s face with a bullseye and the word “Killary.” These are dark times for our nation. Our democracy is splintering.

Katy Farber: Educator, Author, Speaker

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Dylan, the American Left, and What We Have Lost, Juan Cole, Truthdig 

  • I know the below is too on the nose, and you shouldn’t mess with a classic, but just hear me out and maybe weep a little for how far backward we went from Dylan’s youthful vision of a better future.
  • Related: Are We Living in T.S. Eliot’s ‘Waste Land’?

 

 

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Hillary Clinton: The Major and Deadly Dangers to Come

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  • Journalist John Pilger tells Paul Jay that the very real prospect of another World War is not being taken seriously by the American media. 
  • Nothing can stop the drive to war except the mobilization of the international working class.
  • Part 1: John Pilger | Hillary Clinton May Well Turn Out To Be One Of The More Dangerous Presidents
  • Part 2: The “major and deadly” wars to come
  • Related: Why American Military Doctrine Is Doomed for Failure

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: John Pilger | Hillary Clinton May Well Turn Out To Be One Of The More Dangerous Presidents

Journalist John Pilger tells Paul Jay that the very real prospect of another World War is not being taken seriously by the American media. 

John Pilger, Dandelion Salad

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/US%20Aircraft%20Carrier%20Fleet%20at%20Sea.jpg02 Nov 2016 | Whether Clinton or Trump, tensions will escalate with China and Russia.

John Pilger is an Australian journalist and documentary maker. One of only two to win Britain's Journalist of the Year Award twice, his documentaries have received academy awards in Britain and the US. Based in London, he is known for his polemical campaigning style: "Secretive power loathes journalists who do their job, who push back screens, peer behind façades, lift rocks. Opprobrium from on high is their badge of honour."

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Part 2: The “major and deadly” wars to come

Nothing can stop the drive to war except the mobilization of the international working class.

Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg

https://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/if-war-is-the-answer.jpg?w=540 3 October 2016 | The Atlantic Council, a leading US geopolitical strategy think tank, published a report on September 20 titled The Future of the Army. The document outlines the far-reaching preparations that are underway for the United States, in the report’s own words, to fight “major and deadly” wars between “great powers,” which will entail “heavy casualties” and “high levels of death and destruction.”

The report confirms the warnings made by the World Socialist Web Site and the candidates of the Socialist Equality Party in the 2016 US elections that the world stands closer to war than at any time since 1939.

Andre Damon: national secretary of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US)

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Why American Military Doctrine Is Doomed for Failure, Federico Pieraccini, Straight Line Logic

  • Notwithstanding the rather odd use of the word “Fail” in the title, this is a very good article about America’s military shortcomings, which do not in any way stem from a failure to spend money.
  • Related: You Must Be Kidding! 

Fear, Anxiety, and Depression in the Age of Trump

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Therapists and their patients are struggling to cope amid the national nervous breakdown that is the 2016 election.

Michelle Goldberg, Slate

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http://www.slate.com/content/dam/slate/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2016/09/160922_POL_Trump-Anxiety.jpg.CROP.promo-xlarge2.jpgSeptember 23, 2016 | Carol Wachs, a psychologist in private practice in Manhattan, recently started seeing an old patient again. The client had first sought treatment for anxiety following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. Now she was worried about a new menace: Donald Trump and his zealous supporters. The patient, Wachs says, comes from a family of Holocaust survivors, and “it feels to her like all the stories she heard from her grandparents about how things feel normal and then all of the sudden, oh my God, here we are.”

  • According to Wachs, the election casts a shadow on many of her patients. “If I have seven patients in a day, it comes up in six sessions, maybe five,” she says. “Sometimes I’ll have a session where people will say, ‘Let’s not talk about what’s going on in the election, it’s so upsetting.’ ”

Michelle Goldberg is a columnist for Slate and the author, most recently, of The Goddess Pose.

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Living In The Illusion Of Democracy

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  • It does not have to be this way. Everyday more people are seeing that democracy is an illusion. The fraudulent two-party debates are an example so blatant that when people understand it, then they also understand that the elections are manipulated. Once people understand that the government is illegitimate, because it is designed not to represent people, then they will have the spark to organize and mobilize in order to take action to create the future we want to see.
  • Related: Jimmy Carter: The US Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery
  • Related: Democracy Doesn’t Exist: Here’s Why Voting Doesn’t Change Anything

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance 

 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

https://www.popularresistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Democracy-not-a-market-dictatorship-e1475363994105.jpgOctober 1st, 2016 | The United States is in the peak of the very long election year. The presidential debates are running in full swing. The media is deep into coverage of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. And, the people are feeling unrepresented.

In this environment it can be hard to step back and see the full picture. We’ve published many articles that describe the oligarchic plutocracy – a government that serves the wealthy and privileged – that we live in. In the midst of the presidential campaign, we have an opportunity to see how the 1% maintains control and prevents a government that serves the 99%.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers are participants in Popular Resistance <>, an online daily news and information service for people who want to play a role in improving the country, creating economic and social justice as well as to protect the environment. They also co-direct It’s Our Economy and are co-hosts of Clearing the FOG, shown on UStream TV and heard on radio.

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Jimmy Carter: The US Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery" Jon Schwarz, The Intercept 

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  • Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program that the United States is now an 'oligarchy' in which 'unlimited political bribery' has created 'a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.'
  • Both Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity

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Democracy Doesn’t Exist: Here’s Why Voting Doesn’t Change Anything, Arjun Walia, Collective Evolution

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  • Corporations Are Above The Government: They Dictate Government Policy.
  • “Democrats and Republicans are two wings of the same bird, and the flight path doesn’t change.”  – Unknown.
  • "The only difference between a Democrat and a Republican is the speed with which they get on their knees when corporate campaign contributors show up." -- Ralph Nader
  • Jimmy Carter: The US Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery
  • "It's a big club. And you aint in it." --George Carlin

I’m with stupid: The entire 2016 election has been an insult to our intelligence.

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  • We are going to have to start asking ourselves if we want a nation of extremist thinkers incapable of critical reflection or we want to start recovering our collective brainpower. As Monbiot put it, “Ignorant politicians are elected by ignorant people.” Democracies are only as smart as the people in them. So the real question we have to face is: Are we with stupid or not?
  • Related: The Arrogance of Ignorance

Sophia A. McClennen, Salon

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Classical%20Statue%20Head%20in%20Hand.jpgSaturday, Oct 29, 2016 | Back in 2008 only weeks away from the election of Barack Obama as president, British journalist George Monbiot wondered how U.S. politics had come to be “dominated by people who make a virtue out of ignorance.” Riffing on the rise of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and reflecting on the acceptance of morons like former vice president Dan Quayle, Monbiot wondered how it was that we had allowed our political scene to be dominated by “screaming ignoramuses.”

Eight years later it seems clear that we were only just getting started.

If there has been one constant this election it is that our collective political decision-making process suffers from profound ignorance. And while the award for stupidity goes directly to the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his supporters, it’s important to note that there is plenty of stupid to go around.

Sophia A. McClennen is Professor of International Affairs and Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University. She writes on the intersections between culture, politics, and society. Her latest book, co-authored with Remy M. Maisel, is, Is Satire Saving Our Nation? Mockery and American Politics.

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The Arrogance of Ignorance, Sylvain Lamoureux, OpEdNews 

  • The year is 2016 and we are at war with everything, including ourselves; have we really "advanced" as a "civilization" or "society"? How can we when as a whole we are neither civil nor social.
  • Related: It’s Time to Stand Up for Truth and Intelligence

 

 

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