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  • The terrible "balanced budget amendment" didn't pass but we can not ignore the fact that 233 Representatives in the House voted to steal $2.9 trillion from Social Security's surplus.
  • That's our money and we need to vote them out in November.

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Here's Why Self-Indulgent Libertarian Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds

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  • A window into a tempting tendency in human nature.
  • Related: The Myopic Selfishness of Libertarians

Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/David%20Horsey%20%7C%20The%20Spirit%20of%20Libertarianism%20copy.jpg May 11, 2018 | I once had a conversation with a libertarian friend who insisted that freedom was the answer to everything, ironic since he was getting married the following week.

“Freedom to have sex with others while married?” I asked.

“Of course not,” he said.

Jeremy Sherman researches how the living interpret, from their cradle at the origin of life to our current grave situation.  What advice would you give other teachers considering a strike?

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The Myopic Selfishness of Libertarians, David Horsey, Seattle Post-Intelligencer | WA

One way or another, if the problems of a city, a state or a nation are neglected, those problems will spread and eventually end up on everyone's doorstep. Forget empathy, generosity, humanitarianism or Christian charity. Be selfish, but still grasp this hard truth: Taxes are anarchy insurance, the fee we pay to guarantee we don't lose it all.

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Special Report | Message to Trump devotees: The dangerous cult of Donald Trump

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President Donald Trump salutes during a welcome ceremony at U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), on Nov. 3 in Aiea, Hawaii. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)

  • Part 1: The dangerous cult of Donald Trump
  • If Trump's presidency deteriorates further, expect the religious fervor of many of his followers to reach a fever pitch.
  • Part 2: Message to Trump devotees: Cult members don't often fare well
  • I fear that Trump and his cult will encounter a day of reckoning. Let's pray it doesn't come too late to save our cherished democracy.

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Part 1: The dangerous cult of Donald Trump

If Trump's presidency deteriorates further, expect the religious fervor of many of his followers to reach a fever pitch. That poses a risk for the country. Because the only thing more dangerous than a cult leader is a cult leader facing martyrdom.

Reza Aslan, Los Angeles (CA) Times 

Nov 06, 2017 | I am not the first person to point this out: There’s been a cultish quality to President Trump’s most ardent supporters. He seemed to acknowledge the phenomenon when he boasted that he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody” and not lose voters.

Throughout the campaign, and in personal appearances since then, Trump has harnessed the kind of emotional intensity from his base that is more typical of a religious revival meeting than a political rally, complete with ritualized communal chants ("Lock her up!").

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Part 2: Message to Trump devotees: Cult members don't often fare well

Like Aslan, I fear that Trump and his cult will encounter a day of reckoning. Let's pray it doesn't come too late to save our cherished democracy.

Gary Dolgin, Letters to the Editor, Los Angeles (CA) Times

Nov 11, 2017 | Really, has there ever been a time when religious voters have exerted such formidable influence? They seem doubtful of the authenticity and depth of President Trump's palely professed faith. But all's forgiven, so long as he pretends to do their God's bidding.

It's no mystery why Trump, for all his bungling, has seen his approval ratings stay close to 40%. That's about the same percentage of Americans who cling to faith-favored creationism. If one disdains evolutionary evidence to believe that the world, including humans and dinosaurs, was created just 10,000 years ago, then he's credulous enough to believe Trump's lies.

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Republican Insider Explains How Religion Destroyed the GOP, Mike Lofgren, Viking Press / AlterNet

https://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/photo_1365284396401-1-0_0.jpg?itok=Wi4tG-dIRick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, California, speaks on September 26, 2008 in New York. The youngest son of prominent US evangelical preacher Rick Warren has committed suicide after a long struggle with mental illness.

  • In the book, "The Party Is Over," veteran Republican Mike Lofgren writes about the rise of politicized religious fundamentalism and how the GOP devolved into anti-intellectual nuts.
  • Related: Special Report | Barry Goldwater Warned Us - The Danger of Evangelicals.

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Republican Insider Explains How Religion Destroyed the GOP

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  • Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, California, speaks on September 26, 2008 in New York. The youngest son of prominent US evangelical preacher Rick Warren has committed suicide after a long struggle with mental illness.
  • In the book, "The Party Is Over," veteran Republican Mike Lofgren writes about the rise of politicized religious fundamentalism and how the GOP devolved into anti-intellectual nuts.

Mike Lofgren, Viking Press / AlterNet

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Editor%20Comment%20icon_0.jpgAlterNet Editor's Note: The following exceprt is reprinted by arrangement with Viking, a member of the Penguin Group (USA) Inc., from "The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless and the Middle Class Got Shafted," by Mike Lofgren. Copyright © 2012 by Mike Lofgren.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Mike%20Lofgren%20%7C%20The%20Party%20Is%20Over%20jacket%20illus.jpgMay 10, 2018 | Religious cranks ceased to be a minor public nuisance in this country beginning in the 1970s and grew into a major element of the Republican rank and file. Pat Robertson’s strong showing in the 1988 Iowa presidential caucus signaled the gradual merger of politics and religion in the party. Unfortunately, at the time I mostly underestimated the implications of what I was seeing. It did strike me as oddly humorous that a fundamentalist staff member in my congressional office was going to take time off to convert the heathen in Greece, a country that had been overwhelmingly Christian for almost two thousand years. I recall another point, in the early 1990s, when a different fundamentalist GOP staffer said that dinosaur fossils were a hoax. As a mere legislative mechanic toiling away in what I held to be a civil rather than ecclesiastical calling, I did not yet see that ideological impulses far different from mine were poised to capture the party of Lincoln.

The results of this takeover are all around us: If the American people poll more like Iranians or Nigerians than Europeans or Canadians on questions of evolution, scriptural inerrancy, the presence of angels and demons, and so forth, it is due to the rise of the religious right, its insertion into the public sphere by the Republican Party, and the consequent normalizing of formerly reactionary beliefs. All around us now is a prevailing anti-intellectualism and hostility to science. Politicized religion is the sheet anchor of the dreary forty-year-old culture wars.

Mike Lofgren  is a former congressional staff member who served on both the House and Senate budget committees.

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Special Report | Barry Goldwater Warned Us - The Danger of Evangelicals. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://lacatholicworker.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/faith-and-politics-sign.jpgPart 1: The Danger of Evangelicals – It’s Not About Hillary Anymore
  • I see very little of compassion in our President and less of it in my sister and brother evangelicals who claim to share a faith tradition with me.Part 2: Barry Goldwater vs. the Religious Right
  • It's "the Godfather of Conservatism" who said: "Every good Christian should line up and kick Jerry Falwell's ass."

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