PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Has Capitalism and the GOP Destroyed Religion?” / Thom Hartmann Program / Thom Hartmann ☮

The number of Americans who call themselves Christians or even religious has sharply declined over the last decade and it looks like it is big money pushing people away from their faith.

WHITE-WING REPUBLICAN CONSERVATISM: “The Ignored Legacy of George H.W. Bush: War Crimes, Racism, and Obstruction of Justice” / The Intercept / Mehdi Hasan ☮

U.S. President George H. Bush addresses the nation from the Oval Office, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 1991 in Washington, after U.S. forces began military action against Iraq. The action has been code named Operation Desert Storm. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi)[George H. W. Bush] was a public, not a private, figure — one of only 44 men to have ever served as president of the United States. We cannot, therefore, allow his actual record in office to be beautified in such a brazen way. “When a political leader dies, it is irresponsible in the extreme to demand that only praise be permitted but not criticisms,” as my colleague Glenn Greenwald has argued, because it leads to “false history and a propagandistic whitewashing of bad acts.” The inconvenient truth is that the presidency of George Herbert Walker Bush had far more in common with the recognizably belligerent, corrupt, and right-wing Republican figures who came after him — his son George W. and the current orange-faced incumbent — than much of the political and media classes might have you believe.

Consider:

– He ran a racist election campaign.

– He made a dishonest case for war.

– He committed war crimes.

– He refused to cooperate with a special counsel.

– He escalated the racist war on drugs.

Facts–not uninformed opinions–matter!!!

Read here . . .

Headlines have largely glossed over and ignored other parts of Bush’s legacy. We look at the 1991 Gulf War, Bush’s pardoning of six Reagan officials involved in the Iran-Contra scandal and how a racist election ad helped him become president. We speak with Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan.

“Remembering George H.W. Bush’s Inaction on AIDS at Home While Detaining HIV+ Haitians at Guantánamo” / Democracy Now! / Amy Goodman ☮

 

George H.W. Bush died in Houston on Friday night at the age of 94. Bush was elected the 41st president of the United States in 1988, becoming the first and only former CIA director to lead the country. He served as Ronald Reagan’s vice president from 1981 to 1989. Since Bush’s death, the media has honored the former president by focusing on his years of service and his call as president for a kinder, gentler America. But the headlines have largely glossed over and ignored other parts of Bush’s legacy. We look at the 1991 Gulf War, Bush’s pardoning of six Reagan officials involved in the Iran-Contra scandal and how a racist election ad helped him become president.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “How Authoritarians Take Over Democracy Part tWO” / Thom Hartmann Program / Thom Hartmann ☮

How many on the list of how authoritarians take over, has the Trump regime checked off? Part two in Thom Hartmann’s coverage of how Authoritarians Take Over Democracies?

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “How Authoritarians Take Over Democracy Part One” / Thom Hartmann Program / Thom Hartmann ☮

Thom Hartmann has compiled a list of how authoritarians take over democracies as Donald Trump continues to do just that, will we stop him in time or is it already too late?

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Why is Trump Going After Football Players?” / The Big Picture RT / Thom Hartmann ☮

Thom returns from Portland to find out why Trump is spending his time on football players instead of running the country? Could it have something to do with those “nice people” he praised a month ago?