PROGRESSIVE POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “Waiting for the Barbarians” / truthdig / Chris Hedges / 11.27.2016 ☮

Chris Hedges

We await the crisis. It could be economic. It could be a terrorist attack within the United States. It could be widespread devastation caused by global warming. It could be nationwide unrest as the death spiral of the American empire intensifies. It could be another defeat in our endless and futile wars. The crisis is coming. And when it arrives it will be seized upon by the corporate state, nominally led by a clueless real estate developer, to impose martial law and formalize the end of American democracy.

When we look back on this sad, pathetic period in American history we will ask the questions all who have slid into despotism ask. Why were we asleep? How did we allow this to happen? Why didn’t we see it coming? Why didn’t we resist?

Why did we allow the corporate state to strip away the rights of poor people of color and force them to live in terror in mini-police states? Why did we build the world’s largest system of mass incarceration? Did we not see that the rest of us would be next? Why did we agree that those defined by the state as terrorists could not only be deprived of their rights but be assassinated? Did we think the state would restrict itself to persecuting and murdering Muslims? Why did we remain silent as the state arrogated to itself the right to detain and prosecute people not for what they had done, or even for what they were planning to do, but for holding religious or political beliefs that the state deemed seditious? Why did we stand by and permit the state to torture? Did we not see that once rights became privileges the state would one day revoke them?

The failure of our capitalist democracy was collective. It was bred by ignorance, indifference, racism, bigotry and the seduction of mass propaganda. It was bred by elites, especially in the press, the courts and academia, who chose careerism over moral and intellectual courage. Our rights as citizens were taken from us one by one. There was hardly a word of protest.

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CANNABIS: “Republican Fearmonger Chris Christie Makes Stuff Up About Weed” / Secular Talk / Kyle Kulinski ☮

On Monday night, New Jersey Governor and Donald Trump transition team member Chris Christie did his monthly “Ask the Governor” radio show on WKXW-FM in Trenton. Never one to mix words, the governor made a number of colorful comments, but none more so than when a caller asked him about his role as New Jersey’s foremost obstacle to the legalization of recreational marijuana. Christie not only had no qualms about admitting that he’s standing in the way of the pro-marijuana efforts, but admonished his opponents for pushing legislation that would bring in “blood money.”

CANNABIS: “‘Good People Don’t Smoke Marijuana’ – Trump’s Attorney General Pick” / Secular Talk / Kyle Kulinski ☮

As a close ally and early supporter of President-elect Donald Trump, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions has recently been nominated as attorney general. His record on race is so alarming that it’s not at all surprising to see him on Trump’s team.

CANNABIS: “Big Victories for Marijuana, Minimum Wage and ‘Right to Die’ Laws” / RT America / Manila Chan ☮

Donald Trump wasn’t the only big winner on election night: Several states passed major ballot measures that are raising eyebrows. Four states voted to both legalize recreational marijuana as well as to increase the minimum wage. Colorado passed a “right to die” law which legalizes assisted suicide in the state and Nebraska voted to repeal their ban on the death penalty. RT America’s Manila Chan has the report.

CANNABIS: “Weed Won BIG in the 2016 Election” / Secular Talk / Kyle Kulinski ☮

American voters widely backed loosening marijuana laws across the country on Tuesday, permitting recreational use on both coasts, and dramatically expanding the number of people who can use pot as medicine or just for fun.