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The listing and the shuffling of Presidential candidates are great theater. We all figured Republicans to dance and change stage positions. Far more fascinating has been the quick and deep Elizabeth Warren-ization of Democrat hers-to-lose nominee Hillary Clinton.
Pardon the parochialism, but Sen. Warren is hot stuff...and he's ours in Massachusetts. Well, my favorite ex-hick became a Harvard Law professor (likewise her non-hick husband) and wealthy. Yet, she emerged as a major voice for the new populism. She's even more outspoken than Sen. Bernie Sanders.(I-VT).
Having had to tell supporters, worshipers and the media that she definitely won't run for POTUS, Warren is still in the raxe — as the touchstone for liberals, progressives, and well, sensible folk.
I'll hit on how Hillary as cannibalized Warren's policy, to good effect. After all, it's her one chance to sway lefties and indies who have been indifferent at best to her candidacy.. Meanwhile, poor Republicans run hither and yon putting o the varioua costumes of different troupes of right-wingers.
Democrats need a debate about where their party goes next. Obamacare's passage marked the rough completion of the social safety net that liberals began constructing during Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency. The end of the Iraq War drained Democrats of their foreign policy fervor. The rapid acceptance of gay marriage has robbed them of the next civil rights fight. There is work left to be done in all these arenas, but over time, the party will need to discover new dreams, much as Republicans have found the Ryan budget
Al Gore offers a genuinely different view of what the Democratic Party Populism(Populism is a political doctrine that appeals to the interests and conceptions (such as hopes and fears) of the general people, especially contrasting those interests with the interests of the elite. Wikipedia) — and, by extension, American politics — should be about. vOX
Under Obama, rural poverty has slipped off the national agenda as presidential candidates, pundits, and the press focus on the needs of big cities – the very places making the countryside poor.
The fate of upstate New York is a small scene in a larger story enveloping rural areas across the United States. As the balance of population shifts to cities, urban elites are increasingly favoring laws and regulations that benefit urban voters over rural ones. The result is the "Detroit-ification" of sparsely populated areas so that the countryside increasingly resembles the inner city. This trend fuels the intense populism and angry politics that has shattered the post-WWII consensus and divided the nation.
William Tucker is Senior Reporter with the American Media Institute. He is a veteran journalist who has written for the New York Times, Harper's, National Review, WSJ and others.
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We will look back at some of my American Thinker posts from the last week.
On Monday, we wrote about "populismo" in Brazil and its negative impact on the economy;
On Tuesday, we looked at a new CNN poll giving Hillary Clinton a 15-point lead over her GOP rivals;
On Wednesday, we wrote about Senator Durbin playing the race card;
On Thursday, we commented on Hillary Clinton cracking jokes about her "missing emails" in front of reporters; and
On Friday, we remembered how Iraq looked in 2010 compared to today; and
today we said "good riddance" Senator Harry Reid who is retiring next year.
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What are these issues and what is behind them?
Climate change, it is now shoved in our faces.
NGOs, are they really what they say they are?
Republicans, Democrats, and the new populism.
Critical issues are what we need to be focusing on. It is time to leave those behind who have not seen the ball since the kickoff.
So Walmart in its utter benevolence has decided to raise wages. Their CEO in a rather cult-like video announced all the great things Walmart will begin doing to enhance the growth of their employees. One wonders why now. We all really know why.
That is what we will talk about today. Populism wins everytime it is used effectively.
What are your thoughts? Let’s talk. I will also be following our hash-tag#PoliticsDoneRight on Twitter. Give me a call.
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Is this current populism in America something new and how should progressives,leftists,and other radicals respond to the "Tea Party"?
Continuing last week's show,we ask what motivates this current populism in America?What influences this populism and what influence does it have? How should progressives, leftists,and other radicals respond to the "Tea Party"? Featuring the talk "Understanding the Tea Party Threat" from the 2011 Left Forum with Paul Street,Glen Ford and other speakers.
Few Americans know that there was a moment in American history where an organic movement arose that challenged the corporate power structure that enslaved average Americans following the Civil War. The Populist movement developed during the 1880s among American farmers and grew to encompass a wide swath of Americans who demanded economic justice. The movement was a great influence in preparing Americans to demand that the government intervene to help them in the wake of the Great Depression.
We are now going through a depression that would dwarf that if the 30s were it not for the social safety net that Roosevelt began to build in an effort to not only save capitalism but to help millions of suffering Americans. The New Deal was the embodiment of much of the Square Deal that FDR's cousin Teddy fought for in a period that marked the rise of political power of Populism. Now the social safety net is being shredded, threatening to impoverish even more millions of Americans who have already been made poor by the bankster devastation of the economy in 2008 that was largely the result of the destruction of the Glass-Steagal Act by a Republican Congress and a Democratic President in 2003.
The banksters are still the enemy and the People must rise again to stop them, using lessons learned from the Populists applied with 21st Century tools. That is the topic of this interview with economic and political analyst Karl Eysenbach.
This show was rebroadcast on July 12 at 9 AM PST/ 12 PM EST on the Star Com Radio network.
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“From Day One, Nixon and I talked about creating a new majority,” what we talked about, basically, was shearing off huge segments of F.D.R.’s New Deal coalition, which L.B.J. had held together: Northern Catholic ethnics and Southern Protestant conservatives—what we called the Daley-Rizzo Democrats in the North and, frankly, the Wallace Democrats in the South.” Pat Buchanan (The Fall of Conservatism Have the Republicans run out of ideas? by George Packer May 26, 2008)
Thomas Frank explained why the mainstream Democratic Party rejects populism, the succes of the rights toxic social populism and how our economic debates are no longer empirical. Sam and Thomas reminisced about Rick Santelli’s rant at the Chicago Stock Exchange … Continue reading →
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