Articles and excerpts June 26 to July 3, 2014

As You Celebrate the 4th, Remember Why America’s Working Families Need Unions to Stay Strong By Brigid O’Farrell, AlterNet July 2, 2014 

Lone Star Crazy: How Right-Wing Extremists Took Over Texas by Mark Binelli, Rolling Stone magazine, JULY 01, 2014

How Republicans Made Congress Stupid By Paul Glastris and Haley Sweetland Edwards, Washington Monthly

Whose Security? How Washington Protects Itself and the Corporate Sector By Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch, July 1, 2014

Karl Rove and the Modern Money Machine By KENNETH P. VOGEL, www.politico.com, July/August 2014

The Myth of America’s Golden Age  By JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ, www.politico.com, July/August 2014

The First Iraq War Was Also Sold to the Public Based on a Pack of Lies by Joshua Holland,  billmoyers.com, June 27, 2014

The Chairman of the Largest Private Company in America Just Told the 1 Percent to Worry About Climate Change by  Robert S. Eshelman, The Nation, June 2014

Inequality Is Not Inevitable By JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ, New York Times, June 27, 2014

Gun Nuts Are Terrorizing America: The Watershed Moment Everyone Missed By Rick Perlstein, Salon, posted on Alternet.org, June 26, 2014 

FCC Internet Proposal: The Contemporary Pillage of the Commons By Rivera Sun, Truthout, June 29, 2014 – The contemporary battle for net neutrality must be understood as the front line of a 10,000-year battle between avaricious elites and the average citizens’ struggle for equality. The efforts of the corporations to control the internet reflect ancient patterns of conquest and control.

10 Big Fat Lies and the Liars Who Told Them, interview by Bill Moyers with Chuck Lewis, author of 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity billmoyers.com, June 27, 2014 The title of the book refers to the number of times President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and other top administration officials made false statements in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. But the book has a far greater scope, looking at how lies have shaped American policy over several decades. 

The Leading Edge of Peace: Our Evolutionary Path Forward by Matthew Albracht, Common Dreams, July 1, 2014   

Democrats have an enthusiasm problem. Big time.  The Obama coalition is so over this whole voting thing. by Aaron Blake, The Washington Post, June 26, 2014

Mirror, mirror on the wall who is the most useless of them all? Obama rated WORST president since WW2 in embarrassing poll By Francesca Chambers, July 2, 2014 |

Don’t Put Much Stock in That Poll Calling Obama the Worst President Bush was the “worst,” too by Danny Vinick, newrepublic.com, July 2, 2014

Checks & Imbalances — Memo: From Nick Hanauer To: My Fellow Zillionaires, www.politico.com, June 2014 – You probably don’t know me, but like you I am one of those .01%ers, a proud and unapologetic capitalist.…people like you and me are thriving beyond the dreams of any plutocrats in history, the rest of the country—the 99.99 percent—is lagging far behind. The divide between the haves and have-nots is getting worse really, really fast.…If we don’t do something to fix the glaring inequities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us.…It’s not if, it’s when…Revolutions, like bankruptcies, come gradually, and then suddenly.… If inequality keeps rising as it has been, eventually it will happen. We will not be able to predict when, and it will be terrible—for everybody. But especially for us…Capitalism,…can be managed either to benefit the few in the near term or the many in the long term. The work of democracies is to bend it to the latter.…We should never forget that…the United States of America and its middle class made us, rather than the other way around. Or we could sit back, do nothing, enjoy our yachts. And wait for the pitchforks.

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When the Republicans Really Were the Party of Lincoln by John Nichols, The Nation, posted on BillMoyers.com, July 2, 2014 The Republican Party was, for a vital century, the American political party most closely aligned with the cause of civil rights…Well into the 20th century, Republicans took seriously their history and their responsibility that went with it…declaring in the party’s 1960 platform that:… racial discrimination has no place. It can hardly be reconciled with a Constitution that guarantees equal protection under law to all persons. In a deeper sense, too, it is immoral and unjust. As to those matters within reach of political action and leadership, we pledge ourselves unreservedly to its eradication…True to their word, top Republicans in Congress provided advice, counsel and support that was essential to the development and passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964...When the key votes in the House and the Senate came 50 years ago, Republicans were significantly more supportive of the Civil Rights Act than were Democrats….When President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law on July 2, 1964, he is said to have told an aide, “We (Democrats) have lost the South for a generation.” But that statement did not just apply to the Democrats. Republicans were, necessarily, part of the change equation. The change came quickly. Two weeks after the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, the Republican National Convention in San Francisco nominated for the presidency Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, one of the handful of Republican senators who had opposed the measure…Two months later, a key Democratic foe of civil rights, South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond, switched his party affiliation and began working to remake the Republican Party so that it could appeal to Southern white voters. Thurmond was an essential backer of the campaigns of Goldwater in 1964, Richard Nixon in 1968 and Ronald Reagan in 1980. His influence on Nixon, who developed a so-called “Southern strategy” to help realize Thurmond’s vision of a transformed political map…At the same time, civil rights advocates within the Republican Party either left or were defeated…Two weeks after the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, the Republican National Convention in San Francisco nominated for the presidency Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, one of the handful of Republican senators who had opposed the measure. The senators who were rejected did not lose merely because of their civil rights advocacy but because of their Lincolnesque vision of a progressive Republican Party that, in Kuchel’s words, “brought to politics the philosophy of governing for the many.” That philosophy was replaced by a more rigid and divisive politics. “The Republican Party that had been ceased to be sometime in the 1980s, and the modern party — the radical conservative party — not only has little or no interest in honoring its history, it is actively hostile to it,”Geoffrey Kabaservice, the author of the brilliant 2012 book…For a time in the 1950s and 1960s, enlightened Democrats and Republicans competed to be the party of civil rights. And the Republicans were in the lead through much of the period.…The tragedy of the Democratic Party through much of its history was an unwillingness to stand strong against its Southern wing and to clearly align itself with the cause of social and economic justice. The tragedy of the Republican Party is that, when Democrats began to do the right thing, key figures in the GOP welcomed Thurmond into its fold and began to craft not just a “Southern strategy” but a politics of reaction…But as one of the great Republican advocates of civil rights, John Lindsay, noted when he left the GOP in 1971, “Today the Republican Party has moved so far from what I perceive as necessary policies… that I can no longer try to work within it.”…

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