PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “The DNC and RNC are Soulless: Is it Time to Move on?” / TYT Politics / Dylan Ratigan ☮

TYT Politics Reporter Dylan Ratigan (https://Twitter.com/DylanRatigan) discusses how ridiculous it is that we are constantly told we have to pick our poison when it comes to voting for the most powerful leader in the free world.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “As Last Confederate Statue is Removed in New Orleans, Will School Names, and Street Signs Follow?” / Democracy Now! / Amy Goodman and Juan González ☮

New Orleans has removed the last of four Confederate statues in recent weeks. Workers wore bulletproof vests and face coverings to conceal their identities as they used a crane to remove the statue from its pedestal. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said threats and intimidation necessitated the overnight work and extra safety precautions. White nationalists have staged a series of protests and issued threats in the lead-up to the memorials’ removals. Though the four most prominent Confederate monuments have been removed, activists are calling for New Orleans officials to remove all monuments, school names and street signs in the city dedicated to white supremacists. We speak with Malcolm Suber, co-founder of Take ’Em Down NOLA.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Trump Isn’t a Toddler — He’s a Product of America’s Culture of Impunity for the Rich” / MUST READ! ☮

Ross Douthat’s column arguing for the superiority of “25th Amendment remedies” to impeachment for Donald Trump’s various misdeeds is impressive in its ability to actually find something new and interesting to say about the president. But its premise — shared with a David Brooks column from earlier in the week — that we should understand Trump’s behavior as resembling that of a little kid is fundamentally wrong.

 “It is a child who blurts out classified information in order to impress distinguished visitors,” Douthat writes. “It is a child who asks the head of the F.B.I. why the rules cannot be suspended for his friend and ally.”

The truth is that Trump is no child. He’s 70 years old. And he’s not just any kind of 70-year-old. He’s a white male 70-year-old. A famous one. A rich one. One who’s been rich since the day he was born. He’s a man who’s learned over the course of a long and rich life that he is free to operate without consequence. He’s the beneficiary of vast and enormous privilege, not just the ability to enjoy lavish consumption goods but the privilege of impunity that America grants to the wealthy.

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PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Donald Trump’s Affluenza Has Fueled His Corruption” / Ring of Fire / Farron Cousins / MUST WATCH! ☮

Donald Trump has lived a life without consequence, much like the drunk driving Ethan Couch who killed several people but was let off easy by claiming “affluenza.”  And Donald Trump’s “affluenza” is what has created so many of the scandals that are quickly sinking his presidency. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.