Strutting Fascism And Swaggering Militarism By Gaither Stewart

Fascism

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
Originally posted June 12, 2008
May 20, 2017

“We work for the moral and traditional values which Socialists neglect and despise….”

–Benito Mussolini

It’s their strutting. That detestable image of the strutting that links them, the strutting and prancing Fascists and their swaggering and parading military cousins, up front for their conveniently concealed corporatist controllers. A strutting and swaggering couple they are, Fascism and the entrenched class of war. Their distorted visions of gallantry and nation come so naturally to both. The spick and span generals, employers of mercenaries and killers, chin in, chest out, and their majors and their colonels (especially the generals in the offices and the majors in the tents), thick chests covered with ribbons and medals and rows of multicolored decorations—awarded for killing. And the political Fascists! Defiant chins thrust forward, hard fists clinched, swaggering and prancing and strutting across the stages of piazzas nations and continents—in support of the killing.

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Left Liberals and Counter-History by Gaither Stewart

Democrats and Republicans

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
May 14, 2017

I read a Facebook post by an American Liberal comparing the refusal of the French Far-Leftist Jean-Luc Melanchon to choose between Emmanuel Macron and the rightist Marine Le Pen as President of France to the Left’s rejection of the German Social Democrats on the eve of WWI, resulting, ultimately, in the emergence of Naziism. He cited other similar cases where Communists of the 1920s and 1930s who refused to distinguish between the far right and those “insufficiently to the left”, ie. Social Democrats, thus paving the way for the fascist right and the rise of Hitler and Mussolini. He cites also the case of Fausto Bertinotti in Italy who withdrew his support for the center-left government of Romano Prodi and paved the road for the disastrous return to power in Rome of Silvio Berlusconi. This indeed sad history is compared to the choice (non-choice) between Clinton and Trump. And thus the nightmare of Trump in the White House.

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Abby Martin and Greg Palast: The Hidden Purging of Millions of Voters

Abby Martin and Greg Palast: The Hidden Purging of Millions of Voters

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with Greg Palast
Writer, Dandelion Salad
gregpalast.com
April 25, 2017

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Apr 25, 2017

With all the discussion of the contentious 2016 election, the most shocking fact is often ignored: that millions of people had their votes stolen through malicious, means. The Republican Party is currently working to purge millions more voters leading up to the 2018 election.

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Crash of Trumpcare Opens Door to Full Medicare for All by Ralph Nader + 2 Video Reports

Single payer healthcare now!

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Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
March 29, 2017

You can thank House Speaker Ryan and President Trump for pushing their cruel health insurance boondoggle. This debacle has created a big opening to put Single Payer or full Medicare for all prominently front and center. Single Payer means everybody in, nobody out, with free choice of physician and hospital.

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The Answer Is: Medicare for All

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Dandelion Salad

Democracy Now! on Mar 27, 2017

http://democracynow.org – On Friday, House Republicans failed to muster enough support to pass the GOP healthcare plan, which some call Trumpcare. In response, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has announced he will soon introduce a bill to create a single-payer healthcare system. Several progressive groups are backing a single-payer system, including the Working Families Party, the Progressive Campaign Change Committee, CREDO, Social Security Works and National Nurses United. For more, we speak with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program. She is a professor at CUNY-Hunter College and a primary care physician. She is also a lecturer at Harvard Medical School.

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Federal Government Squeezes Workers, Bloats Pentagon by Carl Lewis + May Day: Struggle For A Mass Strike!

Mural of workers holding placards

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by Carl Lewis
Workers World
March 23, 2017

A recent hiring freeze for federal employees is one of a barrage of anti-worker laws and executive orders recently put forth by the Trump administration. These serve as a cover-up for gutting the people’s social safety net, on the way to implementing brutal capitalist austerity.

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The Omission of Facts, by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
March 22, 2017

It is not just Donald Trump whose rhetoric is chronically bereft of reality. Politicians, reporters, commentators and academics are often similarly untethered to hard facts, albeit not for narcissistic enjoyment. There are many patterns of fact, relevant to a subject being discussed, that are off the table—either consciously or because they are deemed inconvenient. Rarely are there omissions due to the facts being hard to get or inaccessible.

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Swamping the Supremes Department: No Cloture for Judge Gorsuch by Rob Hager

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by Rob Hager
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 18, 2017

Maine’s Angus King is a swing Independent Senator who caucuses with Democrats. As a former lawyer, like many of his colleagues, he cannot plead ignorance about the historic importance of his vote on the fateful Senate filibuster to deny Neil Gorsuch confirmation as Trump’s first Supreme Court appointee. Confirmation hearings for this far-right, “friendly fascist,” defender of torture, Federalist Society nominee are scheduled to begin March 20. A filibuster will follow. The key vote will come, likely in the first week of April, when Gorsuch supporters vote for cloture (i.e. termination) of the filibuster. The Republicans will need 60 votes for cloture in order to proceed to a vote on confirmation. They only have 52 votes, which is enough for confirmation but not enough to first end the filibuster.

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“Making America Great” at Americans’ Expense by Ralph Nader + 2 Video Reports

Donald Trump - Caricature

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Updated: March 17, 2017, added two video reports

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, Mar. 13, 2017
March 16, 2017

Donald J. Trump was a builder of casinos and high-priced hotels and golf courses. Now he is a builder of a tower of contradictions for the American people that is making “America Great” at their expense.

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Abby Martin Exposes Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Mar 14, 2017

Steve Bannon has been propelled over the last year from fringe media outlier to top propagandist of the U.S. Empire as Trump’s Chief Strategist.

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Trumpcare or Ryancare–Dead on Arrival? by Ellen Brown + Healthcare or Wealthcare?

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
March 14, 2017

“The Canadian plan also helps Canadians live longer and healthier than Americans…. We need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan, as many individual states are doing.”

— Donald Trump, The America We Deserve (2000)

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Ralph Nader: Corporate Crime, Corporate Violence, Corporate Welfare, and Corporate Regulations

Corporate Threat to Liberty (Painting)

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Dandelion Salad

with Ralph Nader

GVFJ on Mar 6, 2017

Ralph Nader, founder of Consumer Protection, gave a talk at University of La Verne on the topic of Empowering People in the Trump Era based on his latest book Breaking Through Power.

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Chris Hedges: Resistance in the Age of Trump

Trump Inaugural

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Mar 4, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses successful strategies for resistance in the age of Trump with activist and attorney, Kevin Zeese. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at how Republican lawmakers are attempting to quell demonstrations across the US.

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Ralph Nader: Trump’s Attack on the EPA and Regulatory Agencies Will be a Disaster

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with Ralph Nader

TheRealNews on Mar 1, 2017

Ralph Nader tells Paul Jay that Trump’s attack on the EPA and regulatory agencies will be a disaster.

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Chris Hedges: The Corporate State’s Assault on the Arts

Chris Hedges and JoAnne Akalaitis: Assault on the Arts

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Feb 25, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the corporate state’s assault on the arts with theater director and writer JoAnne Akalaitis. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil examines calls to defund the National Endowment of the Arts.

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