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The Democratic Party has a long history of fighting against Modern Progressives. It even started before Modern Progressivism became a distinct movement in 1946, when Henry Wallace became editor-in-chief of The New Republic, a magazine founded in 1913 by the original Progressives.

In 1916, Woodrow Wilson co-opted the language of Teddy Roosevelt's Progressive Party platform, and then promptly forgot all about that when he was reelected.

In 1940, when FDR was running for his third term as president, he wanted to pick Henry Wallace as his vice president, and the establishment Democrats were very much opposed, but FDR threatened to not run for reelection unless he got Wallace as a running mate, so the Democratic Party establishment backed down. In 1944, FDR, weakened by illness, didn't have the strength to fight them again, and they forced him to replace Wallace with Truman. FDR then named Wallace as his Secretary of Commerce, in which position he remained under Truman until 1946, when Truman fired him. Wallace then became editor-in-chief of The New Republic, in which capacity he criticized Truman relentlessly, and organized a new Progressive Party, on the ticket of which he ran for president in 1948.

In 1968, the struggle between Modern Progressives and the Democratic Party resulted in a police riot in the streets of Chicago during the Democratic National Convention. =

In 1972, Grassroots efforts on the part of modern progressives managed to secure the Democratic party nomination for president for George McGovern. The results of that were that 1. establishment Democrats formed a group called "Democrats for Nixon" and helped to defeat McGovern, and 2. the Democratic Party revised its charter and bylaws in 1973 in an effort to prevent any grassroots reform or takeover of the party, and to prevent Modern Progressives from every nominating another Progressive on the Democratic Party ticket. The Democrats have not nominated a Modern Progressive for president since then.

In 1982, the Democratic Party voted to establish the superdelegate system, which they then implemented in 1984.

Following the 1988 election, Democrats, having been too spineless to defend the term "Liberal" from Republican attempts to turn it into an insult throughout the 1980s, saw some of their membership begin calling themselves Progressive, an odd choice, since the Social Liberals and Modern Progressives have engaged in rather tumultuous struggles since the two movements came into existence (or grew out of earlier movements, to be more accurate) after the end of World War II, the most famous of which was over the Vietnam War, with Modern Progressives opposing the war effort and Social Liberals supporting it.

It was around the same time, 1989, that the ideas of Tony Coelho began to become the mainstream of the Democratic Party establishment. Tony Coelho was the person who pushed Neoliberalism in the Democratic Party, and with the election of Bill Clinton in 1992, Neoliberalism secured more than a foothold in the party. I'm sure I don't have to tell any of you that it is now the economic policy of the Democratic Party establishment.

Of course we all know what happened in 2016, with the Democrats rigging their own primary against Bernie Sanders in favor of the Queen (Wanna)Bee.

We also know what happened in 2017, with Progressive being purged from positions of leadership in the Democratic Party, and replaced by sycophants.

And we know what shenanigans the DNC pulled this year with their new rules about loyalty and who can run for office as a Democrat and so forth.

And I guess we all remember how they told us they didn't need us, after the convention in 2016. What some of you may not know, however, is that David Cobb of Jill Stein's campaign then wrote an op-ed piece in The Hill, reproduced on the Jill Stein for President 2016 campaign website, in which he called upon Progressives to come help build and own the Green Party.

The choice is ours; it's in our hands: keep beating our heads against a brick wall, hoping that we'll be able to reform the Democratic Party in spite of all the evidence to the contrary, in spite of how obviously rigged the entire party apparatus is, or come join the Green Party of the United States:
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/presidential-campaign/304577-a-call-to-progressives-help-build-and-own-the-green
mirrored at Jill Stein's campaign site:
https://www.jill2016.com/cobb_oped

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"The Jerusalem Post briefly published an article earlier this month stating that the Israeli army has now admitted “that it provided large amounts of cash, weapons, and ammunition to Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights.” I say “briefly” because it was not long before the article was summarily deleted from the newspaper’s website, without any editorial note or explanation."
It’s official; Israel has armed extremists in Syria to extend its control of occupied Golan
* Israel is a state of criminals

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* Israel is a state of criminals
Israel intends to kill civilians and medical staff deliberately, says new report

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We're still unearthing skeletons in our backyard, it seems.
The CIA on Tuesday released dozens of documents detailing its torture and rendition program under the Bush administration, from the horrific treatment of detainees to the agency's 2002 plan to ask the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) not to prosecute interrogators.

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