Ernest Canning: Prohibition, whether applied to alcohol or to other “narcotics” has, at best, repeatedly proven to be an inordinately expensive abject failure that is destructive of the lives of those who partake of the forbidden fruit.
Ernest Canning: The Prop 61 proponents may have truth on their side, but as of Aug. 16 the $9.4 million they raised to convey that truth has been dwarfed by the $70.2 million PhRMA amassed to deceitfully defeat the measure.
Ernest Canning: California’s death penalty system has operated at a cost of $5 billion or $384 million per execution. At present 748 men and women remain on death row, waiting to die.
Ernest Canning: The path that thoughtful progressives choose should be guided by both their understanding of the scope of the Sanders-led political revolution and the wisdom behind Otto von Bismarck’s astute observation that “politics is the art of the possible”…
Ernest Canning: The scourge of gun-related mass murder in this country cannot be resolved by either counterterrorism or by the expansion of gun ownership.
Ernest Canning: The “ballot clutter” argument suggests that voters lack the ability to distinguish this monumentally important ballot proposition from the numerous corporate-funded special interest ballot measures that frequently appear during general elections in California.
Ernest Canning: If party’s elites follow-up their cynical manipulation of the nomination process with a decision to shut out the voices and democratic aspirations of millions via the exclusion of Sanders delegates from the Democratic National Convention’s Committees, they will court disaster for the party and for our nation.
Ernest Canning: Last August, the DNC and the Clinton campaign initiated their effort to rig the nominating process via a joint fundraising effort known as “The Hillary Victory Fund.”
Ernest Canning: Wherever the vote becomes an electron and touches a computer, that’s an opportunity for a malicious actor potentially to make bad things happen.
Ernest Canning: For politicians, like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the emergence of what has become known as the Panama Papers could prove to be the largest political scandal since Watergate.
Ernest Canning: Bernie is the only person out there who is talking about those fiscal stimulations and banking rules that will get the banks lending.
Ernest Canning: We need to break through the fog of the corporate media, which does everything that they can to keep us entertained without addressing the real issues.
Ernest Canning: Hillary Clinton may well succeed during this election cycle in masquerading as a faux progressive while she secretly strives to serve the interests of what Noam Chomsky describes as “the substantial people.” But the core yearning for a more just and democratic society is not going to dissipate.