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Mitch

When Wall Street wanted trillions of dollars to cover their bad investments, Mitch McConnell came running. When rich people wanted a tax break to make themselves even richer, he was happy to oblige. When corporations realized they could make even more money by compromising worker safety and destroying the environment, he rushed to get his …

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“The Science Of?”

“The left will have to understand the science of ‘meet you in the middle.’”  ~Matthew McConaughey (source) I’m going to need some details before I take this line as anything but condescending. How do I meet racism “in the middle?”  How do I meet science denial in the middle?  How do I meet homophobia in …

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Burn It Down

From Chris Rock: I had my father get sick when I was 22. And I was poor, alright. And my father had an ulcer, and it exploded and you know all these toxins get in your blood. And basically, my father died, whatever, 50 days after his ulcer. So I had a father get sick …

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And That Applies to Anyone

“The reason women are critiqued for being too loud or too meek, too big or too small, too smart to be attractive or too attractive to be smart, is to belittle women out of standing up publicly. “The goal is to ‘critique’ into submission– and that applies to anyone challenging power.” ~Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Or All Four

“However sugarcoated and ambiguous, every form of authoritarianism must start with a belief in some group’s greater right to power, whether that right is justified by sex, race, class, religion or all four. However far it may expand, the progression inevitably rests on unequal power and airtight roles within the family.” ~~Gloria Steinem (1980)

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Beginning to Look Black

Excerpted from The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien, ©1954: “But last night I told you of Sauron the Great, the Dark Lord. The rumours that you have heard are true: he has indeed arisen again and left his hold in Mirkwood and returned to his ancient fastness in the Dark Tower …

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Strict

The Supreme Court ruled that you have to let Black kids go to school. They ruled that you have to let Black people vote. They ruled that women get to decide for themselves whether or not to bear children. And that’s when conservatives began touting the idea of “strict interpretation” of the Constitution. If the …

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The Lesser Of, Still Is

“The Truth of the matter is, you all, you all know what has to be done. We can disagree in the margins but the truth of the matter is it’s all within our wheelhouse and nobody (meaning the wealthy) has to be punished. No one’s standard of living will change. Nothing will fundamentally change. Because …

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In Defiance of All That Is Bad

Excerpted from A Power Governments Cannot Suppress by Howard Zinn, ©2006: Even when we don’t “win,” there is fun and fulfillment that we have been involved, with other good people, in something worthwhile. We need hope. An optimist isn’t necessarily a blithe, slightly sappy whistler in the dark of our time. To be hopeful in …

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Here Lies

I didn’t know this existed until I heard Donald Trump complaining about it.

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Bamboozle

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a …

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Not “doctors,” “Germ Warriors!”

Can America do anything without couching it in military jargon?  Donald Trump is not a “war president” fighting an “invisible enemy.” He has a health crisis, and he’s floundering.

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