VIDEOS and BOOKS

RECOMMENDED “PAY FOR” VIDEOS:

1. “Requiem for The American Dream,” by Noam Chomsky, currently streaming on Amazon Instant Video (free for folks w/ Amazon Prime) SHOULD BE REQUIRED VIEWING IN EVERY HIGH SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES CLASS– Noam shows us how our government was designed to be run by the rich during the framing of the Constitution! He also shows exactly how both the Republican and Democratic Parties reacted to the social gains of the 1960’s as “Too Much Democracy,” and, beginning with the CarterAdministration, began to “redesign the economy” to be more finance-oriented and less production-oriented, resulting in our 40-year slide into oligarchy.
2. Oliver Stone’s “The Untold History of the United States,”currently streaming on Netflix (covers WWII to the present plus 2 extra episodes on the Spanish American War and WWI  (amazing– after watching it I realized our entire foreign policy since 1898 has been based on protecting American BUSINESS INTERESTS around the world!! NO WONDER we’ve had to spend so much on the Military!
3. “Where to Invade Next,”by Michael Moore, currently streaming on both Amazon Instant Video and Hulu – this wasn’t what I expected at all! It’s NOT a bashing of our military, it’s Michael Moore by himself “invading” Western European Countriesand learning in what way each country does democracy better then we do, then planting the American flag and “claiming” that “way” for the USA. I was entertained, instructed, and saddened – at the end I felt like we were the greediest and most selfish nation on earth!
RECOMMENDED BOOKS/READING:
1. “Playing With Fire – the 1968 Election and The Transformation of American Politics”brand new book by MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell that explains the disappearance of “Liberal Republicans” and “Conservative Democrats”
2.Freedom from Fear” by David M. Kennedy
4. “I’m a Brown Woman Who’s Breaking Up with the Democratic Party”article in the Huffingston Post by Sairo Rao, who 2 years ago campaigned very hard for her current “liberal” congresswoman, who she feels then betrayed her, so now in 2018 she’s running against her as a “Justice Democrat.” click here to read the article (huffingtonpost.com). Also click on her YouTube video below.
3. SEE FDR’s “Letter to the 1940 Democratic National Convention”– read it at the bottom of this page
SEE ALSO RECOMMENDED FREE VIDEOS BELOW:

Virtually ANY YouTube Video by Noam Chomsky on Capitalism, Democracy, Income Inequality, and Politics in general

FDR’s Letter to Corporate Democrats Will Blow Your Mind

in 1940 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt wrote a letter to corporate democrats in which he threatened to decline his nomination for a third term if they did not support his progressive Vice Presidential pick Henry Wallace. His sentiments about the need for Democrats to be more progressive applies even more to today’s world.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Letter to the Democratic Convention

July 18, 1940

Members of the Convention:

In the century in which we live, The Democratic Party has received the support of the electorate only when the party, with absolute clarity,has been the champion of progressive and liberal policies and principles of government. The party has failed consistently when through trading and chicanery it has fallen into the control of those interests, personal and financial, which think in terms of dollars instead of in terms of human values.

The Republican Party has made its nominations this year at the dictation of those who, we all know, always place money ahead of human progress. The Democratic Convention, as appears clear from the events of today, is divided on this fundamental issue. Until the Democratic Party through this convention makes overwhelmingly clear its stand in favor of social progress and liberalism, and shakes off all the shackles of control fastened upon it by the forces of conservatism, reaction, and appeasement, it will not continue its march of victory.

It is without question that certain political influences pledged to reaction in domestic affairs and to appeasement in foreign affairs have been busily engaged behind the scenes in the promotion of discord since this Convention convened. Under these circumstances, I cannot, in all honor, and will not, merely for political expediency, go along with the cheap bargaining and political maneuvering which have brought about party dissension in this convention.

It is best not to straddle ideals.

In these days of danger when democracy must be more than vigilant, there can be no connivance with the kind of politics which has internally weakened nations abroad before the enemy has struct from without. It is best for America to have the fight out here and now.

I wish to give the Democratic Party the opportunity to make its historic decision clearly and without equivocation. The party must go wholly one way or wholly the other. It cannot face in both directions at the same time.

By declining the honor of the nomination for the presidency, I can restore that opportunity to the convention. I so do. 

(The Letter was never sent, because Eleanor Roosevelt flew to the Convention in Chicago and convinced the delegates to unite behind Henry Wallace.)

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