Trump: “Believe Me”

by Tom Suhrbur

Trump has many numerous outlandish statements during the Republican primary races. The millions of people who voted for him apparently believe that…

  • “Having a low minimum wage is not a bad thing.”
  • Climate change is “a global warming hoax.”
  • The U.S. should abandon its non-proliferation policy and encourage Saudi Arabia, Japan and South Korea to develop nuclear arms (other nations then would likely want nukes too).
  • President Obama was born in Kenya.
  • Mexico will actually pay for Trump’s great wall along the U.S. border.
  • Trump will deport 11 million people.
  • Undocumented Mexicans entering the U.S. are mostly drug smugglers, criminals and rapists. He said: “And some, I assume, are good people.”
  • There should be “a total and complete shut down of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what’s going on.”
  • “Laziness is a trait in blacks.”
  • Mocking a disabled reporter is ok.
  • John McCain “is not a war hero.”
  • On 9/11 in New Jersey City “thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down.”
  • Public bragging about his manly prowess is appropriate.
  • Referring to women that he does not like as ‘bimbos’, ‘fat pigs’, ‘dogs’, ‘slobs’ and ‘disgusting animals’ is ok.
  • Name-calling, vulgar language and sexual innuendo are appropriate public responses to critics by a presidential candidate.
  • Trump’s countless flip-flops on issues and pandering to whatever audience he is addressing does not matter.

Will he make America great? Or not?

This list is just the tip of an iceberg of foul language, rumor-mongering, personal insults and utterly false statements made by Trump during the primaries.


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Talkin’ Socialism

FIRE: From Boom to Bubble in Chicago Recorded July 20, 2016. That’s Finance Insurance Real Estate, the sector of the economy that many observers assert dominates the politics of many cities. Does demand and supply accurately describe how commercial real estate markets function? How are development decisions made? Can you tell whether you’re in a boom or is it a bubble? Chicago DSA’s Bill Barclay interviews Professor Rachel Weber about the political economy of urban development and about her new book, From Boom to Bubble: How Finance Built the New Chicago.

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YDS-CC Statement on Bernie Sanders’ Endorsement of Hillary Clinton

The Young Democratic Socialists understands, but does not follow, why Senator Bernie Sanders ultimately made the political maneuver to endorse Hillary Clinton for President in the face of a Trump candidacy. Regardless of our agreements and disagreements with the Sanders endorsement, or continuing to debate the presidential candidate to vote for, now is the time to consider what we as a movement will do to make real change happen. We are in a pinnacle moment where we can direct our Bernie energy where it matters. It is time to put our feet on the ground and do some real grassroots organizing.

YDS believes that organizing on the ground for fundamental social movement growth and building political power with progressive and left wing politicians, is more important than the presidential campaign. The upcoming months provide an opportunity for this political combination. Our struggles should be aimed at seriously intersecting the Movement for Black Lives, the eminent threat of climate change, feminist struggles beyond breaking glass ceilings, and the ongoing fight against the 1%.

The power is in the hands of the people.

DSA in the News

compiled by Bob Roman

Okay, it barely mentions DSA… a reference to YDS in a photo caption… in an article by Dylan Matthews interviewing Bhaskar Sunkara about where socialists go post-Sanders at Vox. In a long analysis of the opportunities and failures of the Sanders campaign, Nathan Fisher mentions DSA at Truthdig. At The American Prospect, Jake Blumgart mentioned DSA in passing in his account of demonstrations ahead of and organizing outside of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Meredith Keller quoted DSA member Mark Maxey and mentioned an upcoming DSA meeting in covering a pro-Sanders demo in Oklahoma City at KOKH-TV (Fox). Tom George followed up by covering that meeting at KOKH-TV. Occupy alumnus Arun Gupta used DSA as a prop in an argument that the probably-waste-of-time Sanders movement is (or should be) falling apart at Counterpunch. Tom Benning at Dallas Morning News mentioned DSA as a home for refugee Sanders delegates, post-convention. At Philadelphia Magazine, Jared Brey made extensive use of DSA in an account of the Socialist Caucus meeting at the DNC. Elizabeth Nolan Brown at libertarian Reason Magazine had her own take on the Caucus (“organized by the Democratic Socialists of America”). Reason Magazine’s Anthony L. Fisher also mentioned DSA in passing. Jesse Myerson included DSA in an report from the convention floor at Dissent Magazine. Jessie Myerson also included DSA in a post-convention article at Dissent Magazine. Christopher Hooks made DSA a part of his “What’s Next?” essay at Texas Observer. E. Tammy Kim used a Baltimore DSA meeting as a way of exploring attitudes of Bernie supporters at The New Yorker. David Weigel at The Washington Post included DSA in a “What’s next?” article. Weigel’s account (including DSA) was excerpted, combined with other accounts by the AP, this example being at the Tampa Bay Times. Siobhan Hughes mentioned DSA in conclusion in a Wall Street Journal account of DNC delegates from Ohio. In an account of the Connecticut delegation, Russell Blair mentioned DSA in passing at the Hartford Courant. Paul Elliott mentioned DSA in his account of the DNC at The Villages Suntimes (an Aussie site, actually). Lorenzo Gonzalo mentioned DSA in a DNC account at Radio Miami. At Junior College, Bill Blare mentioned DSA in his DNC account. Molly Knefel quoted DSA member Christian Bowe in a what’s-next article at Truth-Out.

Ryan Cooper mentioned DSA in passing in an article about the Working Families Party at The Week.

DSA was mentioned in passing by Stephen Magagnini in an article about revisions in public school curriculum at the Sacramento Bee.

Carly Hoilman used DSA as an identifier for Cornel West at The Blaze.

Socialist International Council

The SI Council met at the United Nations in Geneva on July 1 and 2. DSA was not represented, among many other absentees. You can read about it HERE.

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Waging Class War: Donald Trump’s Attack on Equality

At Democratic Left, Bill Barclay writes:

The driving force behind both the decision of Bernie Sanders to seek the presidency and the firestorm that his campaign unleashed is the same as that of Occupy Wall Street: the 1% vs. the 99%. The unifying theme of Sanders rallies, speeches and policies has been the denunciation of “the billionaire class.” Sanders understands better than most that the obscene level of income and wealth inequality in the U.S. — we’re No. 1 among wealthy countries — makes all other problems more difficult to solve.

Sanders made inequality an issue — the issue — in the presidential campaign. But many pundits and even many voters seem to have forgotten this.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump hasn’t — but he isn’t interested in fighting inequality. In fact, his proposal for “reforming” taxes is a blatant attempt to increase inequality.


Personal PAC

Illinois’ pro-choice political action committee Personal PAC will feature controversial DSA Honorary Chair Gloria Steinem at its 23rd Annual Awards Luncheon. This will take place on Thursday, October 13, at the Chicago Hilton International Ballroom, 720 S. Michigan in Chicago. Tickets are really really expensive, though if you want any serious money out of a downtown hotel fundraiser, the event’s minimum is… reasonable. You can find out more HERE.

Two Towns, Two Americas: The Story of Rev. Edward Pinkney

At ReImagining Magazine, Paul Sakol writes:

The problems in Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, Michigan are not only racial. They are also problems of class. This article is about these two towns. It is about Reverend Edward Pinkney and his organization, BANCO (Black Autonomy Network Community Organization), fighting Whirlpool Corporation and other big corporate and political powers. It is about being imprisoned twice on false charges of voter fraud — and what this says about our criminal justice system.


Chicago Board of Election Sued

At Progress Illinois, Ellyn Fortino writes:

A federal lawsuit was filed last week against the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, alleging “discrepancies and improprieties” occurred during the audit of the March 15 primary returns.

The law firm Gregory E. Kulis & Associates, Ltd. brought the lawsuit Thursday on behalf of five individuals with the Illinois Ballot Integrity Project who were credentialed to monitor the audit, plus an early voter whose ballot was cast at a downtown Chicago polling site with an electronic voting machine subject to the audit.


Petitioning Fails

Dr. David Gill previously ran for the U.S. House in Illinois’ 13th District and did well, losing by about a thousand votes, a fraction of a percent. This year he decided to run as an independent, but enough of his petition signatures were ruled invalid to cause him to be short of the 8,593 required. He is planning an appeal. MORE HERE.

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The Cooperative Option in Supporting and Rebuilding Rojava

At Grassroots Economic Organizing, Alexander Kolokotronis writes:

Amidst the onslaught of the Daesh (otherwise known as ISIS or ISIL) and the wide media coverage of refugees pouring into Europe, a major event remains tremendously underreported. This underreporting has occurred among both corporate media and Western Left outlets. This turn of events — which is underway in a region of Syria — is most often referred to as the Rojava Revolution. Within, and because of this silence, there is very little discourse on how the Left can offer mass-solidarity and support. Furthermore, the need for solidarity and support is only bolstered by the fact that the revolution has unevenly extended into Turkey. Also, with the ousting of the Daesh from parts of Northern Syria, many in Rojava have turned their eyes towards reconstruction. Yet, as Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine has shown, reconstruction and redevelopment efforts, in any part of the world, can easily take on a neoliberal character.


More Than Just Delivering the Mail

An interesting proposal for the Canadian postal service that could be applied in the States: See Delivering Community Power.

European Social Democracy and the Roots of the Eurozone Crisis

At Dollars & Sense, Alejandro Reuss writes:

In the wake of the crisis, criticism of the “design” flaws in the foundations of the eurozone has become widespread. If we take this to mean that the structure of the eurozone left the region vulnerable to a crisis, this is surely correct. The language of “design” flaws, however, is off in an important way. The problems of the eurozone were not merely the result of a technocratic design failure, but rather a political failure. There is plenty of blame to go around, and plenty of culpable parties should share in it — including industrial and financial capitalists, economists who spun appealing fairy tales about the benefits of “free markets,” and mainstream politicians who bought into an agenda of economic “liberalization.” Part of the blame, however, belongs at the feet of Europe’s mainstream social democratic parties.

The political failings of these parties — whether they go by the name Social Democratic, Labour, Socialist, or whatever — should by now be plain to see. In hard-hit “peripheral” countries, like Spain and Greece, the mainstream socialist parties not only failed to lead a resistance against austerity policies, but actually administered these policies. Meanwhile, the German government — one of the main villains in pressing austerity policies — includes the Social Democrats (SPD) in a “grand coalition” with the parties of the Christian Democratic right.