A Revolution of Democracy

"Stop Bitching - Start a Revolution"

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 8, 2018

What do we do when we finally understand that the elections really are stolen? Or rigged? Or thrust out of our reach by the manipulations of rich and powerful people? Corrupted by corporations? How long does it take before we call the bluff? Another disappointing election cycle? Two? Three? How much more gerrymandering, corporate buying of elections, voter disenfranchisement, and outright fraud can we stand? When will we take seriously the necessity of change?

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There Is No Democracy In The US Empire!

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 3, 2018

The empire has no clothes. Be the boy who dares to speak the truth: there is no democracy. All around you, the courtiers are clapping and cheering, but their trembling hands are showing. They are terrified to admit the truth. There is no democracy in the US empire; rich people and corporations run the show. Study after study has shown this. The courtiers of power have been applauding the empire for so long, they’re afraid to speak the truth. But you cannot afford to let yourself be fooled. The empire has no clothes. There is no democracy in the Unites States.

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The Indispensable Movement Can Cure Fake News: By Becoming the News by Patrick Walker

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by Patrick Walker
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 22, 2017

It’s Party Time on the Titanic–and Screw the Slobs in Steerage

“So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.” — Bob Dylan, “All Along the Watchtower”

Introduction: The Party to (Literally) End All Parties

Without hyperbole, this article will make a case for organizing a political movement—appropriately called “Indispensable”—that could literally save civilization. So, I wish to state my thesis up front, so that crucial thesis doesn’t get lost amid my arguments and documentation supporting it. That would be the worst conceivable case of readers—by a writer’s own fault—not seeing the forest for the trees.

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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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End Plutocracy by William John Cox

used with permission, image copyright by Helen Cox

used with permission, image copyright by Helen Cox

by William John Cox
Writer, Dandelion Salad
williamjohncox.com
January 25, 2017

The U.S. Voters’ Rights Amendment: Explained

The 2016 election just cost $5 billion and produced two major candidates who were despised by a majority of the People. Given the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, 45 percent of voting-age Americans did not cast a ballot, and only 46.5 percent of those who did vote choose Trump. Almost three million more voters selected Clinton over Trump, who prevailed only because of the archaic Electoral College. Elected by only one-quarter of the People, his policies, successes, and failures will affect everyone—including the 75 percent of voters who did not hire Donald Trump to be their CEO.

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Two Poles of an Evil Duopoly by Keith Rosenthal

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by Keith Rosenthal
socialistworker.org
December 8, 2016

Why do the Democratic and Republican Parties seem to take turns as the dominant force in mainstream U.S. politics?

THE DEMOCRATS and Republicans are not identical evils. But they are complementary evils. These two timeworn political institutions form distinct but dialectically interconnected parts of an oppressive whole. Each one simultaneously opposes and reinforces the other. The ascendance of one conditions the eventual ascendance of the other.

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Chris Hedges: Vote For Jill Stein + Jill Stein Challenges Lesser Evilism and Safe-State Strategy

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with Chris Hedges

Earth Lab on Nov 5 2016

Journalist and activist Chris Hedges, on Facebook, with Jill Stein.

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Does The Lesser Evil Lead To Less Evil?

Unfortunately...the debate

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Editorial Staff
socialistworker.org
November 4, 2016

We urge our readers to vote against Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton by voting for the independent left alternative to the two-party status quo: Jill Stein of the Green Party.

IF HILLARY Clinton is declared the next president on Tuesday, it won’t be on the basis of the enthusiasm she generated during her years-long campaign. In the end, will be because so many millions of people feel revulsion toward Donald Trump.

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Jill Stein: Outrageous That We Have To Choose Between A Proto-Fascist and A Corruption Queen

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RT America on Nov 1, 2016

With only a few days to go until Election Day, Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein joins RT America’s Lindsay France in the FishTank to discuss her campaign strategy. Dr. Stein says, “It is outrageous that we have to choose between a proto-fascist and a corruption queen” and “our strategy is to get to 5 percent.”

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Abby Martin and Ralph Nader: The Rigged Corporate Two-Party Dictatorship

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Previously posted on Dec. 19, 2015

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teleSUR English on Dec 19, 2015

On this week’s episode of The Empire Files, Abby Martin interviews American political figure Ralph Nader about the 2016 presidential race—from the “Brown Shirt” Trump movement to “corporate criminal” Hillary Clinton—and the reality of who has power in America.

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Time to Boycott the Democrats by Mara Ahmed

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by Mara Ahmed
socialistworker.org
October 24, 2016

IT’S LIKE clockwork–every four years, the U.S. presidential elections kick in and unleash a spate of summary unfriendings on social media. This year in particular, the country is seized with a paroxysm of fear, and any sign that a so-called leftist is implicitly supporting Donald Trump by not voting for Hillary Clinton leads to colorful displays of righteousness by keyboard warriors.

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Chris Hedges: We Have To Step Outside This Corporate, Two-Party Duopoly + Jill Stein on Donald Trump’s Psychosis and Hillary Clinton’s Distortions

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with Chris Hedges

Democracy Now! on Oct 20, 2016

http://democracynow.org – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and Eddie Glaude, chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, debate the issue of strategic voting and the role of third-party candidates.

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Ralph Nader Interviews Jill Stein: We Need To Cut The Military Budget By 50% + Transcript

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein spoke Sept. 21 at Penn State.

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Ralph Nader interviewed Jill Stein on September 17, 2016. Ralph and Jill discuss the corporate ownership of the media and the duopoly of the Democratic and Republican parties, preventing public disclosure of third-party candidates and their proposals for a better America.

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Chris Hedges: Corporations Have Seized All Levers of Power + Rap News Special

Overthrow Your Capitalist Masters

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with Chris Hedges

Redacted Tonight on Sep 22, 2016

In this episode of Redacted Tonight VIP, Lee Camp interviews Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges. They jump right into it concerning startling evidence about how the US has become a corporate totalitarian state, compared to the democracy it claims to be. They go on to discuss how the two-party system duopoly is leading to the demise of our country. Hedges also explains just how dangerous it is for leftists to vote for Hillary Clinton, even with the specter of Donald Trump looming in the background. This information is explosive. Enjoy and share.

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“Progressive”: Does its Meaning Depend on Whatever the Clintons Think is “Progress”? by Rob Hager

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by Rob Hager
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Older version published February 10, 2016
September 20, 2016

The battle between Sanders and Clinton over the term “progressive” presented an opportunity to discuss some history. Now that Sanders is supporting the very person who misappropriated the term it is even more important to define what does progressive mean, if it is more than a euphemism for the vague term “liberal.” This article argues on the contrary that “progressive” has a very precise meaning conferred by its history.

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