Ernest A. Canning

Ernest A. Canning

Ernest A. Canning is a retired attorney, author, Vietnam Veteran (4th Infantry, Central Highlands 1968) and a Senior Advisor to Veterans For Bernie. He has been a member of the California state bar since 1977. In addition to a juris doctor, he has received both undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science. Follow him on Twitter: @cann4ing

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Democratic presidential hopeful former US Representative for Maryland's 6th congressional district John Delaney (C) speaks flanked by former Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper (L) and Governor of Montana Steve Bullock during the first round of the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by CNN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on July 30, 2019. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, August 08, 2019
Step One of Closing the "Democracy Deficit": Stop Referring to Corporatists as "Centrists" or "Moderates"
In his book Failed States , preeminent linguist Noam Chomsky described the significant gap between the policy positions of the U.S. electorate and their elected "leaders" as a "democracy deficit." That gap, he concluded, is the product of the deceptive manner in which "elections are skillfully...
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top 15 countries for military expenditure:chart Views
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Why We Must Restore the Title, “War Department”
Every gun that was ever made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed - President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953. The Pentagon is like a black hole; what goes in is forever lost to us,...
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Former Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Dick Cheney shake hands Views
Sunday, July 07, 2019
"Civility" Should Not Be a Priority for a Democracy Under Threat
As an abstract principle, civil discourse is regarded as a virtue. However, one should neither mistake a façade of respectability for civility nor be prepared to sacrifice core democratic principles to achieve civility.
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Audience members stand and clap as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) delivers remarks explaining democratic socialism at a campaign function in the Marvin Center at George Washington University on June 12, 2019 in Washington, DC.  "President Trump and his fellow oligarchs hate democratic socialism because it benefits working people, but they absolutely love corporate socialism." Views
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Bernie Sanders Delivered the Most Profound Speech Since We Lost MLK
We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of the few, but we can’t have both. – Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis It is not hyperbole to suggest that Senator Bernie Sanders's June 12, 2019 Democratic Socialism Speech was as profound as any...
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Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Revolution at a Crossroad
After agreeing to serve as a Senior Advisor to the Veterans for Bernie organization over the past year or so, I have refrained from writing articles about the Presidential primaries here at The BRAD BLOG , so as to avoid any potential conflicts of interest for the site. With that disclosure out of...
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