Posted in Analysis Democracy

November 2022: The Anti-Democracy Coalition

If such lethargy prevails this time, the outcome of a few key contests for secretary of state in November 2022 could lead to tragic consequences for American democracy in 2024 and beyond. by Steven Harper Sunday,…

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Posted in Analysis Corporate Influence Politics

5-Minute video summarizes Joe Manchin’s obstruction

The West Virginia Democrat “repeatedly timed his key attacks on Biden’s agenda to occur at events with his largest corporate donors,” according to the video. by Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams February 4, 2022 Although Sen. Joe…

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Posted in Democracy Wade Rathke

Is the military the last stronghold of US institutional values?

by Wade Rathke January 02, 2022 New Orleans    We have an extended family WhatsApp group, as many families have. These things are a hodgepodge of advice and, usually, good will, attempts at humor, sports talk,…

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Posted in Columns Politics Wade Rathke

All politics are local. All issues are national?

by Wade Rathke December 4, 2021 Little Rock    Tip O’Neil, the iconic old Boston pol, and former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, once famously expressed the dicta, “all politics are local.” Even as…

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Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) walk in the U.S. Capitol hallway on November 16, 2021. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
Posted in Filibuster Voting rights

Sinema digs in on Filibuster defense amid GOP’s assault on voting rights

Republicans and a pair of Senate Democrats are “using the filibuster to destroy and undermine the life of this democracy and the daily lives of people,” warned Rev. Dr. William Barber II. by Jake Johnson, Common…

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Posted in Democracy News Race for the White House 2020

120+ Retired US Generals and Admirals pen ‘disturbing’ letter parroting Trump election lies

“This should bust the myth that generals automatically deserve our respect,” said Joe Cirincione of the Quincy Institute. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, May 12, 2021   More than 120 retired U.S. generals and admirals…

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Then-U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr holds a news conference at the Department of Justice on December 21, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Michael Reynolds-Pool via Getty Images)
Posted in Abuse of power First Amendment Freedom of the Press News

‘Direct attack on the First Amendment’: Trump DOJ secretly obtained Washington Post journalists’ phone records

“When the government spies on journalists and their sources, it jeopardizes freedom of the press,” said the ACLU. by Kenny Stancil, staff writer   Advocates for press freedom responded with outrage after the Washington Post reported…

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Posted in Democracy Guest Column Opinion

Congress must fight for a better democracy and pass the For the People Act

Republicans and Democratic voters agree: We need to make sure leaders actually represent “we the people.” by Ben Jealous Thursday, February 25, 2021 More than 230 years ago, the founders of the United States enshrined their…

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Posted in Columns Sustainability Vandana Shiva

Reclaiming our common home: expand the commons to include everything we need

Ecological civilization is based on the consciousness that we are part of the Earth, not her masters, conquerors, or owners. by Vandana Shiva Thursday, February 18, 2021 The path to an ecological civilization is paved by…

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Posted in Analysis Politics

Marjorie Taylor Greene and the death of the public political apology

by Edwin Battistella, Southern Oregon University Tuesday, February 9, 2021 Is ‘expressing regrets’ the equivalent of sticking air quotes around apologies?  Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images When Georgia representative and sometime QAnon enthusiast Marjorie…

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Posted in Democracy News

Leading digital rights group warns section 230 reform bill will boost Big Tech while crushing smaller sites

“This bill, as written, would have enormous unintended consequences for human rights and freedom of expression,” warned Fight for the Future’s Evan Greer. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Saturday, February 6, 2021 A leading digital rights…

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Posted in Columns Hightower

The other Capitol mob

Much to the embarrassment of major corporations, their political donations were traced to the mayhem of January 6. By Jim Hightower January 20, 2021 You can’t poke into any issue in Congress without stumbling over sacks…

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Posted in Democracy Opinion Race for the White House 2020

What Trump’s doing Is crazy and dangerous—and it ain’t over yet

Opinion Trump still threatens us, and discussing the election in the past tense is stupid. by Jeffrey C. Isaac Friday, December 11, 2020 Ever since November 7, when the election was more or less authoritatively “called”…

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Posted in Common Dreams Democracy Elections News

The Elders, founded by Nelson Mandela, warn ‘baseless accusations’ of voter fraud by Trump threaten democracy worldwide

Calling on American president to “accept the verdict” of voters, group warns of “far-reaching consequences” beyond U.S. borders. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday, November 12 A group of prominent former world leaders on Thursday expressed…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter News Pro Publica Voter suppression

Why do nonwhite Georgia voters have to wait in line for hours?

Their numbers have soared, and their polling places have dwindled. The state’s voter rolls have grown by nearly 2 million since the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013, but polling locations have…

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Posted in Common Dreams Elections News Race for the White House 2020

Secretary of Defense won’t rule out deploying troops during election

Democratic Lawmakers Raise Alarm  “We have not received a direct commitment from Secretary Esper that he will refuse commands from an illegitimate president,” lamented Rep. Mikie Sherrill. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday…

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Posted in Columns Policing Wade Rathke

Scary police crowd control tactics

by Wade Rathke October 13, 2020 New Orleans   My ears perked up as I was listening to a radio broadcaster in Austin relate a story about a novel and dangerous police crowd control tactic used…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Right Wing Militias The Conversation

Plot to kidnap Michigan’s governor grew from the militia movement’s toxic mix of constitutional falsehoods and half-truths

by John E. Finn, Wesleyan University The U.S. militia movement has long been steeped in a peculiar – and unquestionably mistaken – interpretation of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and civil liberties. This is true…

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Posted in Analysis Democracy Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

Dominance or democracy? Authoritarian white masculinity as Trump and Pence’s political debate strategy

Although some commentators cheered Pence’s ostensible civility during the vice presidential debate, Pence persistently ignored the rules to which his campaign had assented, speaking past his time limit, refusing to answer many of moderator Susan Page’s…

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Posted in Common Dreams Elections News Race for the White House 2020

Federal Judge bars Ohio from limiting ballot sites to one per county

‘GOP Loses a Big One in Their War on Drop Boxes’ “Drop boxes have proven to be a secure method of collecting ballots, and are crucial in allowing voters to safely cast their vote during this…

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Posted in Common Dreams News RGB SCOTUS The People Speak

1 Million+ people in less than 3 days sign petition demanding RBG seat not be filled until 2021

Ginsburg’s dying wish was that her Supreme Court seat not be filled until a new president was installed. “With less than 50 days until the election and voting already underway in many states, it’s important that…

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Posted in Common Dreams Election Tampering Elections News Race for the White House 2020

Trump says he Is ‘Counting on the Federal Court System’ to declare winner on Election Night—before many ballots are tallied

“This is an open admission that Trump hopes to use the Supreme Court to steal the election.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, September 21 President Donald Trump said during a campaign rally over the weekend…

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Posted in Citizen Power Columns Community organizing The People Speak Wade Rathke

Old and New Social Movements

by Wade Rathke Sunday, September 13 Pearl River   Every month in the 50th anniversary year of ACORN, I’ve been talking on the radio to veteran organizers and others with unique perspectives on the organization, its history,…

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Posted in Columns Democracy Safety Net Wade Rathke

Can democracy work for the poor?

by Wade Rathke Thursday, September 10, 2020 New Orleans   We can answer the question of whether or not democracy can work for the poor, or we can ask why democracies are failing the poor? Either…

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