Imagine your family living in a world with freedom and justice for all.
Stockholm native Greta Thunberg first heard about climate change when she was 8 years old. She absorbed the solutions adults threw at her — recycle paper, study the data, train to be a climate scientist. None of it felt like enough. “What’s the point of learning facts in the school system,” she asks, “when the finest science from that system means nothing to our politicians and society?” In this passionate call to action, Greta explains why, in August 2018, she walked out of school and stood firm outside the Swedish parliament in an effort to prompt change. As she says: “We have all the facts and solutions. All we have to do is wake up and change.”
“I was struck by the genuineness of the man; his candor, humility and empathy for others,’ Wexner said of Obama. Read the brief article on HuffingtonPost.com here.
Democrats are in the majority but Republicans control all branches of government. How this kind of thing happens has been known for hundreds of years. I wish we lived in a world where kindness and truth would inevitably win, but what does win is power. So those of us who value kindness and truth will either learn how power works, or continue to let the greedy win.
The Poor People’s Campaign: “A National Call for Moral Revival is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality.”
What else is there to say? Darth Trump! Really good starting at 25 seconds.
I just received the DNC’s (Democratic National Committee) survey and I suddenly get why Republicans control most of government in spite of the fact that the majority of Americans believe in Democratic ideas like fairness, shared responsibility, and care for our fellow citizens. So instead of mindlessly taking the survey, I decided to send my insight to where I hope it can do some good. Please copy any parts of this article, and send your own letter to the DNC. I’ll include their address at the end. If enough of us do this, the DNC will have to listen.
Brian Resnick‘s article on Vox.com describes the challenges all of us face in coming to a balanced view of the world. His bullet points are below, and you can read the whole article here. Continue reading “9 essential lessons from psychology to understand the Trump era”
To find a Walkout in your area, visit the National School Walkout website here.
‘If this is America, with a cabinet of terrorized toadies genuflecting to the Great Leader, a vice president offering a compliment every 12 seconds to Mussolini’s understudy, and a White House that believes in “alternative facts,” then it is time to “keep your head when all about you are losing theirs.”’. Read Roger Cohen‘s article at nytimes.com.
Watch this two minute video from the Conan O’Brien show.
The Liberal Redneck has a message for the decent people of Alabama: You don’t have to let the nasty stereotypes prevail on Tuesday. Watch at CrooksAndLiars.com. About 3 minutes
We progressives have to improve the way we communicate our messages. Our facts are so good that it’s tempting to rely on them. But people are busy with their lives so we have to communicate those facts so they’re easy to understand. Author Drew Westen is one of the foremost authorities on exactly this subject. Below are some samples of his writing from one of his YouTube videos. He starts talking at about 3:30 and his talk is about an hour. His book “The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation” was published in 2008 but is still very relevant today. His website is here.
“The best way to bring jobs and prosperity back to this country is also the best way to Continue reading “Progressives Must Improve Communication”
The White House continues making up Fake News to raise funds and build its list of supporters. Read more at HuffingtonPost.com
“It’s the missing chapter: a key to understanding the politics of the past half century. To read Nancy MacLean’s new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, is to see what was previously invisible.” Read more at TheGuardian.com
David Brooks says “If politics is going to get better we need better myths, unifying ones that are built on social equality. But we also need to put politics in its place.” Read more at Ames Tribune
“Nothing Trump ever says has a second paragraph. His whole shtick is just a first paragraph … Every box just marks an applause line he needed somewhere to get elected.” Watch at MSNBC.com About 8 minutes.