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Bob Edgar: A Tainted Democracy

Friday, 26 April 2013 11:23 By Laura Flanders, GritTV | Video
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Bob Edgar died suddenly from a heart attack on Tuesday morning, age 69.  A vigorous opponent of the insidious influence of money in politics, Edgar represented the 7th District of Pennsylvania for 12 years 1975- 87,  the first Democrat to hold the position in 35 years. As General Secretary of the National Council of Churches he took the organization in a progressive direction, working against homophobia, racism, and US wars abroad. Most famously, as the CEO of Common Cause, Edgar worked to hold those in power accountable to the public.

Whether it's for requesting that the Justice Department investigate Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas for a conflict of interest in the Citizens United ruling which allowed unfettered corporate spending in election campaigns, or for bringing aid to the Palestinian town of Jenin after the 2002 Israeli bombardment, Edgar is remembered for his lifelong commitment to social justice and his belief that government can be made to work for and with the people. In the spring of 2011, he talked with Laura Flanders about democracy, past and present. 

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Laura Flanders

Best-selling author and broadcaster Laura Flanders interviews forward thinking people from the worlds of politics, business, culture and social movements on her internationally syndicated TV program, "The Laura Flanders Show." It airs weekly on KCET/LinkTV, FreeSpeech TV, and in English and Spanish in teleSUR. Flanders is also a contributing writer to The Nation and YES! Magazine ("Commonomics") and a regular guest on MSNBC. She is the author of six books, including The New York Times best-seller, BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species (Verso, 2004) and Blue GRIT: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians (Penguin Press, 2007). "The Laura Flanders Show" first aired on Air America Radio from 2004 to 2008. You can find all her archives and more at Lauraflanders.com or via Twitter @GRITlaura.


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Bob Edgar: A Tainted Democracy

Friday, 26 April 2013 11:23 By Laura Flanders, GritTV | Video
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Bob Edgar died suddenly from a heart attack on Tuesday morning, age 69.  A vigorous opponent of the insidious influence of money in politics, Edgar represented the 7th District of Pennsylvania for 12 years 1975- 87,  the first Democrat to hold the position in 35 years. As General Secretary of the National Council of Churches he took the organization in a progressive direction, working against homophobia, racism, and US wars abroad. Most famously, as the CEO of Common Cause, Edgar worked to hold those in power accountable to the public.

Whether it's for requesting that the Justice Department investigate Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas for a conflict of interest in the Citizens United ruling which allowed unfettered corporate spending in election campaigns, or for bringing aid to the Palestinian town of Jenin after the 2002 Israeli bombardment, Edgar is remembered for his lifelong commitment to social justice and his belief that government can be made to work for and with the people. In the spring of 2011, he talked with Laura Flanders about democracy, past and present. 

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Laura Flanders

Best-selling author and broadcaster Laura Flanders interviews forward thinking people from the worlds of politics, business, culture and social movements on her internationally syndicated TV program, "The Laura Flanders Show." It airs weekly on KCET/LinkTV, FreeSpeech TV, and in English and Spanish in teleSUR. Flanders is also a contributing writer to The Nation and YES! Magazine ("Commonomics") and a regular guest on MSNBC. She is the author of six books, including The New York Times best-seller, BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species (Verso, 2004) and Blue GRIT: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians (Penguin Press, 2007). "The Laura Flanders Show" first aired on Air America Radio from 2004 to 2008. You can find all her archives and more at Lauraflanders.com or via Twitter @GRITlaura.


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