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A Republican Meltdown Won’t Make the Democrats Better

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The impending breakup of the Republican Party will not create more favorable conditions for Black and progressive electoral politics. Instead, it will compel the Democrats to build a “big tent” party, after the convention this summer. The strategy will “push Blacks and progressives back to the margins, smothering them with newly categorized ‘moderates’ who, before Donald Trump’s intervention, were Republicans.”

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

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http://www.blackagendareport.com/sites/default/files/styles/image-400x300/public/GLEN_Hillary.jpg?itok=kv8BEN5Z Wed, 03/09/2016 | “The Democrats are likely to escape such an implosion, unless Hillary’s inner witch makes it impossible for the Sandernistas to quietly acquiesce to her coronation.”

 

Bernie Sanders’ surprise victory in Michigan – and his best showing yet among Black voters, at 30 percent – increases the odds that Hillary Clinton will at some point in this primary season lose discipline and allow her inner witch to emerge, cackling insults at the Sandernistas and driving substantial numbers of them out of the Democratic Party.

The pollsters made their biggest miscalculations in decades in Michigan, where they had predicted Clinton would swamp Sanders by as much as 20 percentage points. Instead, the Vermont senator won 50 to 48 percent. However, most numbers-crunchers project that Sanders will himself need to pile up winning margins of 20 percent in a bunch of large states, plus win in Florida, to stand a chance of beating Clinton in pledged delegates – not to mention the overwhelmingly pro-Clinton “superdelegates.” Sanders cannot capture the nomination, but the longer he stays in the fight, the more his supporters will think of themselves as a movement that cannot coexist in the same party as Wall Street.

Glen Ford: Executive Editor, Black Agenda Report

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Trump Is the Symptom, Not the Disease*

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  • It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into philanthropy and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character. --Joseph Heller, Catch-22
  • American Crossroads: Reagan, Trump and the Devil Down South

Jeff Schweitzer, Huffington Post

http://i.huffpost.com/gen/4081666/images/n-TRUMP-PLEDGE-628x314.jpg03/08/2016 | The media frenzy surrounding Donald Trump has inverted the nature of our problem. That a demagogue will come along to foment dissent is no surprise; that his despicable views find such gleeful resonance with so many of our voters is the frightening story, not Trump. Trump is that ominous lump we first feel in our collective breast, an ill-omened warning of a more virulent disease about to attack our body politic. Trump's ascendancy is nothing more than the visible symptom of the underlying disease, a metastasizing cancer of ignorance and hate consuming our society. Trump is not scary - he is a buffoonish Mussolini with bad hair; but those who wish to vote for him are truly terrifying.

The media have either missed or ignored the central shift that should be the focus of reporting: Trump's supporters bring to light the fact that right wing theology has moved from traditional conservative values to the full embrace of authoritarianism.

https://global.oup.com/academic/covers/pdp/9780199964277 Jeff Schweitzer: Scientist and former White House Senior Policy Analyst; Ph.D. in marine biology/neurophysiology

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Related:

American Crossroads: Reagan, Trump and the Devil Down South, Ben Fountain, Guardian

How the Republican party’s dog-whistle appeal to racism, refined by Richard Nixon and perfected by Ronald Reagan, led inexorably to Donald Trump.

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Democrats and Republicans Are Quietly Planning a Corporate Giveaway — to the Tune of $400 Billion

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Why isn’t anyone talking about it?

William Greider, Moyers & Company

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/The%20facts%20are%20obscure%20...%20failing%20democracy%20text.jpgMarch 7, 2016 | Young people are the good news of 2016. They see the stressful realities of American life more clearly than their elders and are rallying around the straight talk of Bernie Sanders. Meanwhile, the big hitters back in Washington politics are working on an ugly surprise not just for the kids but for all of us — another monster tax break for US multinational corporations.

The bad news is that key leaders of the Democratic Party — including the president — are getting on board with Republicans, despite some talk about confronting income inequality. Influential Democrats intend to negotiate with Republican counterparts on the size and terms of post-facto tax “forgiveness” for America’s globalized companies. This is real money they’re talking about — a giveaway of hundreds of billions.

William Greider, a prominent political journalist and author, has been a reporter fo,r more than 35 years for newspapers, magazines and television. He is the author of the national bestsellers One World, Ready or Not, Secrets of the Temple and Who Will Tell The People. Greider’s most recent book is The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to A Moral Economy.

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American Crossroads: Reagan, Trump and the Devil Down South

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How the Republican party’s dog-whistle appeal to racism, refined by Richard Nixon and perfected by Ronald Reagan, led inexorably to Donald Trump.

Ben Fountain, Guardian

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Phony%20American%20Politics%2C%20Americans%20Voters%20as%20Suckers.jpgSaturday 5 March 2016 | How did it get to Trump?

To put it in Trump terms: you could say it started with a deal. Or more precisely, a big deal with various side deals attached, all of it amounting to one grand, dark bargain whose payment may be coming due at last. If one was inclined to reach for metaphor, you could say it was a deal with the devil. Or you could say it started with this, a plank adopted by the Democratic national convention of 1948:

The Democratic party commits itself to continuing efforts to eradicate all racial, religious, and economic discrimination.

That was enough to bring the devil howling out of his hole, that foot-on-the-neck-of-the-b

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lack-man devil of the Jim Crow, hookworm, lynch-prone south – “the solid south” that reliably delivered its votes to the Democratic party every four years.

Ben Fountain is the author of Brief Encounters With Che Guevara and Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

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Related:

8 Sneaky Racial Code Words and Why Politicians Love Them, Jenee Desmond-Harris, the Root 

  • A guide to manipulating bigotry to support an agenda, while insisting you didn’t mention race.
  • Ian Haney López on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race

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