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Author: Thom Hartmann

A complete lie: Understanding the propaganda behind the political meme that “America is a 50/50 nation”

Three republican presidents did it, in every case to hold onto a Republican Senate. Lincoln did it. Grant did it. Harrison did it. It is getting close to time for Biden to do it. Mitch McConnell was recently on TV telling wealthy donors to a fundraiser in Kentucky, “We’ve got a 50-50 Senate right now. We’ve got a 50-50 nation.” I was listening to an NPR news segment, as I recall, and a reporter or commentator said, “America is a 50/50 nation.” I waited for the host to confront him, but not a word. An hour later I heard...

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Rewriting our Constitution: Why the wet dream of Billionaires to cripple democracy is nearly a reality

If you think the Supreme Court overturning abortion rights in this country was radical and shocking, you have not seen nothing yet. There was a recent convention in Denver, funded by some of the wealthiest men and foundations in America, that has received altogether too little publicity. Imagine if most public schools in the country closed and were replaced by for-profit charter and private academies — often racially segregated and only serving families who could afford their tuition — because the Constitution required federal compulsory education laws and federal funding for education (at all levels) to end. Imagine if...

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Freedom Ride North: Why Abbott and DeSantis are playing with human lives like a racist sport

They came off the buses and planes hoping for a promised new life, a home, and paying work. They brought their children, on their best behavior, excited to meet American kids and enroll in school. Hungry from the long trip, they were wondering what their first meal would be like in their new homes in their new country. Instead, they faced Fox “News” cameras and hack “reporters” shouting questions at them in a language they didn’t understand. Blinking back tears, they asked in Spanish what they had done wrong. It turns out what was “wrong” was their skin color...

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Renewal of the Middle Class: An uncertain transition from fatcats and fascists to unifying our nation

It is easy to get lost in despair and outrage over the state of affairs in America. Women and queer people are being forced back into the kitchen and closet, climate change is killing scores of Americans every week, our schools and public areas are under constant assault by armed Republican gangs and GOP-sanctioned mass shooters. Over the past decade more than a million American lives have been lost to “deaths of despair” as a result of our 40-year experiment with Reagan’s neoliberalism. And it is not just domestic bad news coming out of the GOP’s open opposition to...

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Designed to deceive: Politically driven industry profits from tracking pregnancies and lying to women

When the Dobbs decision came down from six Republicans on the Supreme Court, many folks were wondering how long it would take before vigilantes and GOP-controlled states might start tracking women seeking abortion services. After all, pregnant women in Republican-controlled states didn’t just lose the right to an abortion with that decision. They can now legally be the victims of any man — be he a nosy neighbor, bounty hunter, or police authority —who wants to harass or control them. And there is no shortage of such men. We are there. It is now. Between corporate data brokers and religiously affiliated...

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Corporate Personhood: When egregious businesses should be removed from society like human criminals

“The prevalence of the corporation in America has led men of this generation to act, at times, as if the privilege of doing business in corporate form were inherent in the citizen, and has led them to accept the evils attendant upon the free and unrestricted use of the corporate mechanism as if these evils were the inescapable price of civilized life, and, hence to be borne with resignation. Throughout the greater part of our history, a different view prevailed. Although the value of this instrumentality in commerce and industry was fully recognized, incorporation for business was commonly denied...

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