Leid Stories listeners dissect the political situation in the United States, how they are reckoning with it, and what they see as the role and future for progressive politics and independent movements.
Leid Stories continues yesterday’s discussion on a “reckoning” about U.S. politics that is long overdue. What does the political process mean to and for us? What is the nature of the relationship between systems of power and individual/group power? What is democracy? Does is really exist? These are some of the issues up for discussion today.
It’s hard to imagine our political situation getting worse, but it seems certain that it will. No matter who wins this dreadful presidential race, the people will lose. We won’t be able to say we didn’t see it coming; there’ve been plenty of warning signs. But there’ll be lots and lots of analysis around two key questions: “How did this happen to us?” and “What do we do now?”
Of course, by then the duopoly would have chalked up another victory, and such questions would largely be innocuous, having little to no effect on the realities of life in the nation’s “new” political order.
You’d think that Bill and Hillary Clinton would be gun shy about seeking donations for their foundation’s “charitable” efforts in Haiti. But you’d be wrong.
In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Matthew’s Oct. 3 devastation in Haiti, they’ve cranked up the Clinton Foundation’s cash-collecting machine, asking donors to give generously to the “Clinton Foundation Community” while they keep suffering Haitians in their thoughts and prayers. It’s how the Clintons and their foundation amassed billions of dollars in “emergency aid” that was to help rebuild Haiti after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated the country in 2010. Haitians are still demanding to know where the money went.
Financial analyst Charles Ortel, considered the leading expert on the Clinton Foundation—which he calls “the largest unprosecuted charity fraud in U.S. history”—discusses troubling signs that the Clintons and their foundation are continuing to operate illegally.
Really? That was a “debate” last night? No, it wasn’t, says Leid Stories. Rather, it was yet more proof that, politically speaking, we are at a point of no return.
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We continue yesterday’s discussion, predicated on the idea that this stinker of an election year should be a year of reckoning about the political system. Growing dissatisfaction with it over the years has given rise to a spate of popular movements and new parties, but very few of them achieving critical mass or the political heft to beat the system at its own game. This election year, Leid Stories argues, should be a year of massive overhauling—of organization and strategy—for political movements and parties that have the potential to be credible alternatives to the two-party system.
This election year, an absolute stinker for millions of voters who feel compelled, nonetheless, to do their “civic duty” and vote, should be a year of reckoning. It should be the year we answer the question: Why do we continue to play their game?
Leid Stories explores and debates the question with listeners.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, saying there is reason to believe there are major irregularities with the Trump Foundation’s fundraising practices and even with its legal status as a charity, banned the foundation from soliciting funds in New York (where the foundation is registered) until it complies with state charity laws.
Schneiderman, a high-profile Democrat, has not taken similar action against the Clinton Foundation, even though it has been for years the subject of multiple investigative reports centering on massive charity fraud.
Leid Stories, which has been doing an ongoing series on the Clinton Foundation, discusses Schneiderman’s interestingly timed action and the serious questions it raises. Returning as our guide through the Clinton Foundation labyrinth is Charles Ortel, who has been studying and exposing what he calls “the largest unprosecuted charity fraud” for two years.
She had tried to use the Sept. 20 police killing of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.N., as a campaign photo op and backdrop for her proposals for “end-to-end” reforms. But Mayor Jennifer Roberts asked both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Clinton’s main opponent in the presidential race, to hold off on plans to visit Charlotte so as not to further inflame tense reactions to Scott’s death.
But Clinton went to Charlotte , and commiserated for 20 minutes with the flock at Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church, telling them everything they already knew about racism in America. And then she told them how she aims to fix it.
Leid Stories uses Clinton’s speech to illustrate what neoliberalism sounds like.