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AND
had sufficient education to separate it from propaganda.
A goal of this site is to provide unbiased access to the truth. This section, in particular, is devoted to helping readers recognize the truth, in the midst of all the propaganda.

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Debunking the Lesser-of-Two-Evils Voting Theory

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  • Ultimately, the lesser-of-two-evils voter theory wrests on a backwards principle — that voters should vote against their least-favorite candidate rather than voting for their favorite candidate. It is not the voter’s job to win the election for a political party or candidate. Candidates and political parties must earn the support of voters by choosing positions that will convince them to travel to a polling location and pull the lever in the voting booth.
  • The Lesser of Two Evil Game of Pretend Must End
  • Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 9: 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils"

The Truth In Media Project, IVN

http://ivn.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/ross-perot.jpg?fc7bd8 Anyone who has ever supported a third-party presidential candidate in an election has likely had to defend their decision from partisans who endorse the lesser-of-two-evils voter theory. By the logic offered by proponents of the theory, anyone who votes for an independent candidate is at best wasting their vote, and at worst handing the election over to their least-favorite major-party candidate.

With as many as four potential Supreme Court replacements looming during the next presidency, partisans will doubtlessly wield the argument with ferocious intensity during the run-up to the 2016 presidential general election.

The Truth In Media Project, founded by award-winning journalist Ben Swann, is the source for uninfluenced, reliable and fearless news.

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The Lesser of Two Evil Game of Pretend Must End, Sane Progressive / YouTube 

  • Find Your Courage
  • Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 8: Ralph Nader explains how voting for the ‘least worst’ candidate corrupts democracy.
  • Ignorance Is Not Bliss: The Need for Civic Education in the United States

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Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 9: 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils" Debra Sweet, OpEdNews

  • If somebody you love is addicted to the "lesser" of two evils, please refer them to the following 12 step program.
  • Step 12: As a result of these steps, you can now carry the message to those who still suffer from an addiction to the Democratic Party. Nothing is as liberating as resisting an evil when you know it's wrong.
  • The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction
  • The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can?

These People Think Martin Luther King Jr. Endorsed Donald Trump

  • Now this would be huuuuuge.
  • MLK's dream just became a nightmare.
  • Anti-Intellectualism and the "Dumbing Down" of America

Bill Bradley, Huffington Post 

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01/19/2016 | MLK's dream just became a nightmare.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jimmy Kimmel sent a camera crew out to ask people what they thought about the announcement that Dr. King was endorsing Donald Trump.

Obviously, there are a lot of reasons that's not true -- mostly because Dr. King died in 1968 -- but that didn't stop some of these people from totally buying into it. 

Bill Bradley, Entertainment Editor, Huffington Post 

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Anti-Intellectualism and the "Dumbing Down" of America, Ray Williams, Psychology Today

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  • There is a growing anti-intellectual dumbing down of our culture
  • Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week of October 6, 2013
  • Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week of June 1, 2014

The Gunning Down of Logic

  • Ten thousand children are killed or shot by guns every year. That's 192 per week, 27 per day, over 1 every hour for no goddamn good reason at all, save for our ignorance, apathy, and barbarity!!!
  • #StateActionNow

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http://readersupportednews.org/images/stories/article_imgs6/6213-bible-gun-flag-032412.jpg  01/08/2016 | As the president treads softly on the eggshells he's standing on during CNN's Town Hall Meeting on gun violence, the pro-gun audience members continue to miss the point. The only point they can make is in the form of a gun pointed at the enemy. But who is the enemy? None of the pro-gun audience seems clear on that. Not one of them brought up responsibility. Maybe because nobody is taking any.

We have seen what has happened in states with Stand Your Ground laws, which has been a disaster and seems to have given mostly white people the freedom to shoot mostly black people. But putting that aside, if your weapon is going to save your life, you must have it at the ready, loaded, and a few feet from you if not on your person. In the case of George Zimmerman, that worked, accept he killed an innocent, unarmed teenager. But he was acquitted of all responsibility at trial, and gun devotees supported him.

Nora Dunn, Actress and author

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#StateActionNow, Center for American Progress (CAP)

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  • 28 ideas for state executive action to prevent gun violence and fight gun crime
  • The Gunning Down of Logic

Anti-Intellectualism and the "Dumbing Down" of America

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  • There is a growing anti-intellectual dumbing down of our culture.
  • Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week of October 6, 2013
  • Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week of June 1, 2014

Ray Williams, Psychology Today

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Jul 07, 2014 | There is a growing and disturbing trend of anti-intellectual elitism in American culture. It’s the dismissal of science, the arts, and humanities and their replacement by entertainment, self-righteousness, ignorance, and deliberate gullibility.

Susan Jacoby, author of The Age of American Unreason, says in an article in the Washington Post, "Dumbness, to paraphrase the late senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, has been steadily defined downward for several decades, by a combination of heretofore irresistible forces. These include the triumph of video culture over print culture; a disjunction between Americans' rising level of formal education and their shaky grasp of basic geography, science and history; and the fusion of anti-rationalism with anti-intellectualism."

Ray Williams is President of Ray Williams Associates, a firm based in Vancouver, providing executive coaching and professional speaking services. He has been interviewed by or written for such publicaitons as the Washington Post, USA Today, the Huffington Post, the National Post, the Financial Post, Entrepreneur, MacLeans, and Salon.

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Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week of October 6, 2013

Karl Rove, the architect of Bush's career, privately said 'Fuck the truth; all that matters is the reality that we make people swallow.'

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Paul Krugman | Moment of Truthiness
  • Welcome to This Generation's Joseph McCarthy
  • Life Lessons in Fighting the Culture of Bullshit
  • 10 ‘Chained CPI’ Facts the White House Doesn’t Want You to Know
  • The Death of Truth
  • Ralph Nader explains how voting for the ‘least worst’ candidate corrupts democracy
  • Human Stupidity Is Destroying the World
  • Further Thoughts on Japan...and America

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Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week of June 1, 2014

Fighting the Culture of Political Bullshit OR Karl Rove, the architect of Bush's career, privately said 'Fuck the truth; all that matters is the reality that we make people swallow.'

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

8 New Items including:

  • America dumbs down
  • Age of Ignorance
  • #BringBackOurCriticalThinking
  • How Republicans became the “stupid” party
  • Has the Left Surrendered?
  • Libertarian Writings that Read Like Comic Books
  • Conservatives Oppose Minimum Wage Increase. Wow. Really?
  • William Rivers Pitt | Supply-Side Jesus and the Death of Shame

 

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