Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader: A Postmortem on the 2022 Midterm Elections

The End Of The Government Shutdown 2013

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Nov 25, 2022

The midterm elections are over, and two more years of Congressional gridlock are likely in store. Republicans have taken a narrow majority in the House, while Democrats have held the Senate. What do we make of the current political landscape, where rhetoric runs so hot but so little gets done? And what can we expect from the 2024 presidential elections?

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Chris Hedges and Lee Camp: War—That’s How Empires Die

The Greatest Evil is War by Chris Hedges

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“They going to have to negotiate in the end. It’s not about Ukraine, it’s not about democracy, it’s not about freedom, it’s about degrading Russia.” — Chris Hedges

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Political Violence is the Currency of Fascism, by Kenn Orphan

Election Gothic

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
November 1, 2022

Whatever one thinks of the politics of Nancy Pelosi, American Democratic Speaker of the House, the violence perpetrated against her husband was nothing short of terrifying, and for many reasons. No spin can erase the fact that this was political violence. And it is becoming normalized in a country that has been rapidly unraveling for several years.

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If We Can Find Just 238 More Congress Members Who Don’t Want Us All to Die…, by David Swanson

22-02-05 08 Say No War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Oct. 24, 2022
October 25, 2022

When an election has been very close, many factors can be pointed to as each having been enough to make the difference. One of those in 2016 was very suggestive and very much ignored by, as far as I know, every single major media outlet except this one. I mean the phenomenon of military families voting against Hillary Clinton, believing her more likely than Donald Trump to get their loved ones killed. It seems this factor decided the election.

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Ralph Nader: How to Fix Democracy

Democracy Is For People, Not Corporations

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With Ralph Nader

Bertelsmann Foundation on Oct 25, 2019

Consumer advocate, lawyer, and former U.S. presidential candidate Ralph Nader believes that democracy is about civic organization, not just public opinion.

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The Chris Hedges Report: The Bankrupt Liberalism and Gilded Absurdities of the Democratic Party, with Paul Street

Graffiti on the wall with the message "Fight Fascism"

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with Chris Hedges and Paul Street

TheRealNews on Sep 9, 2022

What are we to make of a Democratic Party that has embraces an election strategy that includes demobilizing the majority working-class non-Republican electorate; legitimizing right-wing agendas and narratives; seeks bipartisan cooperation with right-wing politicians such as Liz Cheney; refuses to attack archaic minority rule institutions including the Electoral College and the Senate filibuster; repeatedly backs down from hauling Donald Trump into court and funds far-right Republican candidates in this year’s primary elections, repeating the disastrous Hillary Clinton campaign’s “Pied Piper” ploy of promoting the supposedly “more beatable” Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries?

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The Far-Right Crusade Against Human Sexuality, by Kenn Orphan

"Enough is enough – Open your mouth!", Demonstration against homophobia in Russia

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
August 23, 2022

It has become impossible not to notice the trend. Whether it is banning the word “gay,” or banning books that contain topics related to human sexuality, or the Supreme Court decision to overturn a woman’s federal right to an abortion, the war on human sexuality and those who are sexually divergent is ramping up on multiple fronts. Even I’ve been a target of this war. Because of my outspoken advocacy for LGBTQ+ youth, I have been labeled a “groomer” by a few figures on the far right.

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PSL Statement: Victory in Defense of Abortion Rights: Kansas Votes NO

Keep Your Theology Off My Biology and other abortion rights signs at a Stop Abortion Bans Rally in St Paul, Minnesota, May 22, 2019

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by Liberation Staff
LiberationNews.org, Aug. 2, 2022
August 3, 2022

In the first referendum since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and eviscerated abortion rights nationwide, Kansas voters have turned out to emphatically defend abortion rights.

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The Chris Hedges Report: Splinterlands’ Climate Dystopia, with John Feffer

Abandoned Factory

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Jul 8, 2022

In his dystopian novel Splinterlands, John Feffer looks ahead to life on planet earth in the year 2050. The signs of societal breakdown in the not-so-distant future, if we look, are already apparent in our world today. Feffer follows them to their logical conclusion.

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This Is What It Looks Like When An Empire Cannibalizes Itself, by Rainer Shea

Smash fascism

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea’s Newsletter, June 30, 2022
July 2, 2022

In front of us, something is unfolding that we don’t want to properly see, but that we subconsciously recognize. The warning signs for a fascist crackdown in America have been here for years, if not decades. It’s now that they’ve become too big for much of this country’s complacent left to ignore. We’re accelerating towards a level of direness which people living under fascism so often can’t perceive at first, until the reality of their situation has finished creeping up onto them. By George Jackson’s definition of fascism, which is when capitalism forcibly maintains itself through reform, we’ve already been living under fascism for generations. With the Supreme Court’s decision and its ramifications, this is becoming more visible to more people.

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A Post Roe World: Fascism Has Never Needed A Majority To Create A Hell-Scape In The Nations Where It Rises, by Kenn Orphan

Rebellion Becomes Duty

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
June 25, 2022

The overturning of the landmark Roe v Wade case providing federal protection for a woman’s right to choose is both appalling and enraging. Now, several conservative states have already begun outlawing abortion rights. It is undeniable that women’s rights have taken an enormous blow, and the effect will have repercussions around the world.

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Abby Martin: Millions Will Be Forced Into Motherhood + US Supreme Court Overturns Landmark Abortion Ruling + Expand the Supreme Court!

Keep Your Theology Off My Biology and other abortion rights signs at a Stop Abortion Bans Rally in St Paul, Minnesota, May 22, 2019

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Effectively Ends Abortion Access in Much of the United States

Democracy Now!
June 24, 2022

Shortly after 10am E.T. this morning, in a devastating decision, the Supreme Court officially and effectively ended abortion access for people in about half of the United States.

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Under His Eye in the Republic of Texas, by Kenn Orphan

White Supremacy and Christian Nationalism are Evil | Glendale United Methodist Church - Nashville Sign

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
June 23, 2022

If you’ve never traveled around the state of Texas, you won’t really get an accurate picture of this odd land of extremes. The cities, especially Austin and Houston, are islands of relative sanity surrounded by a sea of crazy. All this considered, the unveiling of the Texas GOP’s platform should come as no surprise. They have merely tapped into the paranoid, hyper-nationalist, fascist zeitgeist so prevalent among a large swath of its white, Christian population.

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U.S. Senate – From Partisan (GOP) Swamp to a Bipartisan Graveyard for Democracy, by Ralph Nader

Washington DC - Capitol Building

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, June 17, 2022
June 18, 2022

Since January 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed 412 bills (See: Congress.gov) and sent them to the Senate. Unfortunately, the Senate hasn’t acted. “What?” you say, “don’t the Democrats control both Chambers of Congress?” Sure, by the barest of margins. Handcuffed by the filibuster, a Senate rule (not a federal law) requires 60 votes to pass legislation in what Senators of yore called the “world’s greatest deliberative body.”

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