Articles and excerpts July 15 to 29, 2014

GOP’s 30-year spin job is over: Why we are NOT a center-right nation, July, 2014

Outside Money Drives a Deluge of Political Ads By ASHLEY PARKER, New York Times, JULY 27, 2014

How Capitalism Is Cheating Young Americans by Paul Buchheit for Buzzflash at Truthout, July 28, 2014

Deep in the Tell-Tale Heart of the Texas GOP by Michael Winship,, July 22, 2014 …the official 2014 platform of the Republican Party of Texas, 40 pages of unrestrained, right-wing bluster against you name it — women, minorities, immigrants, Muslims, gays, Obamacare, the Internal Revenue Service, red light cameras, the EPA, the World Bank, vaccinations…No level of government shall regulate either the ownership or possession of firearms.” …we support reducing taxpayer funding to all levels of education institutions.” …Roe v. Wade must be overturned… Climate change is “a political agenda which attempts to control every aspect of our lives. We urge government at all levels to ignore any plea for money to fund global climate change or ‘climate justice’ initiatives.” … what may be the most troubling are the platform planks urging the elimination of virtually any federal authority, the repeal of certain parts of the Constitution or insisting on archaic interpretations that most of us thought were put to bed more than a century ago…ANY federal enforcement activities within Texas “must be conducted under the auspices of the county sheriff with jurisdiction in that county.”…what’s left of the Voting Rights Act would be repealed and more stringent restrictions on who’s allowed to vote would be put in place, further disenfranchising minorities…

A New Wave of Wacko Evangelicals Swept GOP Primaries—and Could Win Several Seats in Washington By CJ Werleman, AlterNet, July 25, 2014 

Motivating Corporations to Do Good by Eduardo Porter, New York Times, JULY 15, 2014

The Coming Democratic Schism by Thomas B. Edsall, New York Times, JULY 15, 2014

Right-Wing Militias Are Thriving — and the Media Won’t Talk About It by Paul Rosenberg, Salon, posted on, July 22, 2014 

What Country Does The Most Good For The World? This Video Has The Answer By Justin Acuff on July 17, 2014  What country does the most good for the rest of the world? Simon Anholt’s “Good Country IndexIreland, Finland, Switzerland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark, and Belgium. The United States comes in at 21st. China is ranked 107th, and the Russian Federation is 95th. In the category of international peace and security, [the United States is] ranked 114, sharply dragging down the rest of our score.

2014: The election about nothing? By Aaron Blake , Washington Post, July 25  …Amid the jumble of timely issues, a funny thing actually happened: Almost all of them became less important to Americans. A new poll from CNN/Opinion Research, in fact, shows not one issue is seen as “extremely important” by a majority of Americans — the first time that’s happened since before the recession. Just three years ago, three different issues were seen as extremely important by a majority of Americans: the economy, the deficit and health care…. And that makes messaging in the 2014 election — as well as predicting what happens — particularly difficult.

Why Today’s Right-Wingers Surpass Wingers of the Past By Bill Moyers, Bill, July 26, 2014 

The Existential Battle for the Soul of the GOP By Norm Ornstein, National Journal, July 23, 2014 What happens when extremism becomes mainstream?

Motivating Corporations to Do Good by Eduardo Porter, New York Times, JULY 15, 2014

The Coming Democratic Schism by Thomas B. Edsall, New York Times, JULY 15, 2014

An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton By Marianne Williamson,, posted on, July 21, 2014   I want a woman president…We only want to vote for you if you run like hell away from that corporate box you’ve landed in…There are the seeds of political revolution in the air — a rebelliousness, a rambunctiousness — that America has been sorely missing. It’s faint, at least on the left, but it is there… The Tea Party, sans a codependent relationship with the Republican Party, is causing a real problem for establishment Republicans. And once progressives break free of their codependent relationship with the corporate Democrats, you’re going to have a real problem on your hands too…
In the final analysis, we really do love democracy — and watching it dismantled as it’s being dismantled, and corrupted like it’s being corrupted, has taken a lot of us from denial to real depression to a collective “Hell, no!” that will have electoral consequences in 2016…Corporate Democrats might have gained some power for the party, but at the cost of its soul…I want to hear what’s true from you…I want you to name the real problems so we can trust you’d provide some real solutions…

Will Americans Set a New Record for Political Apathy in 2014? by Joshua Holland,, July 23, 2014

How All of Us Are Paying a Heavy Price for Corporate Greed By The Thom Hartmann ShowAlterNet, July 23, 2014 

Republicans’ Senate Chances Rise Slightly to 60 Percent, Data Show By Amanda Cox and Josh Katz, New York Times, JULY 27, 2014 

My party has lost its soul: Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and the victory of Wall Street Democrats - A former Clinton aide on how Democrats lost their way chasing Wall Street cash, and new populism the party needs by Bill Curry ,, Jul 27, 2014

Bob McDonnell’s Corruption Trial in Virginia Symbolizes Growing Political Partisanship By TRIP GABRIEL, New York Times, JULY 27, 2014 – In Politics, the ‘Virginia Way’ No Longer Reflects Its Genial Southern Roots – ……. This state, which once took pride in the “Virginia Way,” a plain-vanilla politics of civility, consensus and relatively clean government, has become a setting of national political melodrama ……

What Moderate Republicans? By Andew Sullivan, The Dish, Oct 8 2013  There is effectively no Republican party any more. There is a radical movement to destroy the modern American state and eviscerate its institutions in favor of restoring a mythical, elysian, majority-white, nineteenth-century past. This crisis is proving that more powerfully than even watching Fox. We need to see what is in front of our nose: a cold civil war has broken out between those properly called conservatives, defending the credit of the government, empirical reality, and adjustments to modern life and those properly called radical reactionaries declaring our current elected president and Senate as illegitimate actors, bent on the destruction of America, and therefore necessitating total political warfare, even to the point of threatening to destroy the global economy.

Elizabeth Warren’s 11 Commandments of Progressivism By Emma Roller, National Journal, July 18, 2014   “What does it mean to be a progressive?”

“We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we’re willing to fight for it.”

“We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth.”

“We believe that the Internet shouldn’t be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality.”

“We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage.”

“We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them.”

“We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt.”

“We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions.”

“We believe—I can’t believe I have to say this in 2014—we believe in equal pay for equal work.”

“We believe that equal means equal, and that’s true in marriage, it’s true in the workplace, it’s true in all of America.”

“We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform.”

“And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!”

the main tenet of conservatives’ philosophy, according to Warren? “I got mine. The rest of you are on your own.”

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