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  • The Rise of a Left-Wing Tea Party?   2 days 3 hours ago

    @ ikeberltersen:

    Right on! Either way, the rank and file Republicans, who will need healthcare as much as anybody else, will inevitably realize they've been totally had by their politicians, who only care about their wealthy donors and how to stay in power.

    Sure, largely due to "Buckley v. Valeo" and "Citizens United v. FEC," Democrats also have to play the money game to play the political game. At least most politicians in the Democratic party, the traditional party of the common man and woman, fight for legislation that benefits struggling workers, as opposed to most politicians in the Republican Party, the traditional party of the comfortable wealthy, who only fight for legislation that benefits their donor class.

    It's high time we reverse the economic and political paradigm in this country and regain power of, by, and for the People. We need to realign the system so that it more fairly (to borrow a phrase from humorist, Finley Peter Dunne) "...comforts th' afflicted, afflicts th' comfortable..."

  • The Rise of a Left-Wing Tea Party?   2 days 3 hours ago

    Deepspace - I don't know when common sense and human love of fellow man began to degenerate

    Was it ever there unless in my idealistic mind

    Got a strange feeling Trump is not going to be able to regenerate

  • Are Americans closet NAZIS   2 days 4 hours ago

    Quote" The goons will start a war with Russia, Trump will get impeached as a Commie symp, and so on. "

    that is one very important aspect of a Hillary win that worried all of us , something that wasn't a concern with Bernie. But that's all water under the bridge now, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz made sure that never was to be, the traderous bitch.

  • The Rise of a Left-Wing Tea Party?   2 days 4 hours ago

    There are numerous, non-partisan, credible analyses -- statistical studies clogging up the non-fiction sections of the internet, university, and public libraries -- that reveal clearly most of the so-called "free stuff," which common working people pay for through their taxes, ends up in the pockets of the corporate "welfare queens" at the top of the self-dealing, fascistic pyramid scheme called "unregulated American capitalism."

    Should not most of the hard-earned taxes return to the workers and regular citizens in ways that help themselves and their families, rather than mostly to the wealthy one percent dynasties and their heirs? And what is more important in our society than the life, health, and general welfare of the People?

    The question becomes: What is the purpose of our government and of our economy -- to enrich the few or the many?

    Tsultrim Melong nailed it! Trolls are not solving the problem; they are the problem! And not just on this forum, but across the entire political landscape of America. Thus, we now have fouling the Oval Office an egomaniacal sexual predator and pervert, an immature, rapacious greed-head with his cabal of racist advisors, war-mongering generals, and billionaire scavengers.

    FYI: The vast majority of the "working class" -- including but not limited to: Native Americans, Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Muslim Americans, Immigrant Americans, and most White Americans -- voted overwhelmingly for the Democratic Party, even if you exclude the seven million who were disenfranchised by Republican voter suppression schemes (which is the main reason why Democrats -- of many stripes -- "lost" the severely limited, undemocratic Electoral College).

    What the good doctor (assuming by his moniker that he is) apparently means is that Democrats "quit speaking" to white racist Americans and lost their vote. Well, good riddance!

  • The Rise of a Left-Wing Tea Party?   2 days 4 hours ago

    Republicans have made the repeal of the ACA the very reason for their existence. Now that they are in power, Republican congresscritters feel they must go through with this or Americans will have a 'moment of clarity' when they realize that Republican politicians are con artists who stand for absolutely nothing except smoothing the way for their very rich patrons. Some of them also realize that there is no plan that will continue providing coverage to the people who got first time coverage under the ACA, once they remove the revenue sources that tax their wealthy patrons. A few of them may also realize that there is a very real chance that once the ACA is brought down, that the health care system in this country will soon follow.

  • The Rise of a Left-Wing Tea Party?   2 days 5 hours ago

    It is now less than 18 hours to Trumpocolypse, and I have resigned myself to the inevitable - Mr. Trump will become Mr. President. I still have hope that Trump will prove to be a sheep in wolfs clothing and will do more to help the average American, and stand up to, and oppose, the Republican agenda.

    The iceberg is on the horizon, the rudder is broken, and the engines are turning over at full speed. What will happen next?

  • Are Americans closet NAZIS   2 days 5 hours ago

    This may appear as a blog as well but what the hell:

    I'm following the Trump saga with interest. Yes, it does appear to me that the U.S.'s intelligence services, at the Neocon's bidding, have - however tentatively - begun to set the stage for a coup. If they do it well people won't even recognize it as a coup. The goons will start a war with Russia, Trump will get impeached as a Commie symp, and so on.

  • The Rise of a Left-Wing Tea Party?   2 days 6 hours ago

    @Drrichardpaul, I'm so sick of you trollers. I'm sick of it. The Republicans are dismantling our government as we speak and all you can do is blame Democrats. This kind of trolling shuts down dialogue, but you know that, don't you. You know that by spewing more hatred you can divert attention away from what the GOP are doing. That is the point, isn't it. Fortunately, you will be left behind. Those of us with intelligence will find solutions and responses that are relevant and adult, and you can just stay home and sulk. I live in the Midwest. I'm not uninformed about you people. Go home and watch TV and sulk. Stay out of the way of the adults.

  • The Rise of a Left-Wing Tea Party?   2 days 6 hours ago

    We can start showing up en masse at all their offices, day in and day out. We can tie up the phones all day everyday with complaints and opinions. We should pester them incessantly, never letting them off the hook. They chose to run for office. Now let them reap what they have sown.

  • The Rise of a Left-Wing Tea Party?   2 days 6 hours ago

    That's irrelevant considering democrats voted for a known cheater and liar. They have become illiberal, demanding fealty alone to their brand of identity politics. This election showed one consistent fact. Democrats quit speaking for the Midwest working class. Instead, Democrats, almost entirely all Democrats, demand the working class take it in the.... so they can get paid. Even Howard Dean became a lobbyist for big PhRMA. Democrats are not to be trusted, ever. They will lie, cheat, and steal to hurt the working class, and line their own pockets.

  • Are Americans closet NAZIS   2 days 6 hours ago

    PhilfromOhio

    My friend that is absolutely a great post and a very fine reply .

  • The Rise of a Left-Wing Tea Party?   2 days 6 hours ago

    I read today that some Republican congress members are going to start holding "town meetings" on YouTube or Facebook instead of in person. They know dems are taking a page out of the tea party playbook that worked so effectively and are running from them. Let's keep the pressure on these Republicans

  • Zen world piece?   2 days 6 hours ago

    Nice paly on words.

  • Why Chelsea Manning Is Going Free   2 days 6 hours ago

    "The lady doth protest too much, methinks."

    Subjective definitions of "leftie/socialists" and "rightie holier-than-thou wack jobs" and the "middle group" (Trump voters are still a minority of those who voted, regardless of how many times the alternate reality is repeated.) are all just opinionated labels that don't really mean much, unless supported by outside reality and actual facts -- not cherry-picked snippets, bumper-sticker slogans, and wishful thinking.

    ...but, by all means, keep on trying...:-)))

  • The Rise of a Left-Wing Tea Party?   2 days 6 hours ago

    i fear that the republicans are willing to play with fire because they are the best congress money can buy, they are brave and they have great faith, faith in the koch brothers actually, and faith that a complacent electorate will continue to believe a well crafted message that equates health insurance for everybody as vouchers and believe that the republicans are merely saving the system from itself. my question is, is there a streamlined way to recall our congress that is selling us out, before it is too late? i would certainly be willing to volunteer for that endeavor.

  • The Rise of a Left-Wing Tea Party?   2 days 6 hours ago

    Please don't take our Free Stuff!!

  • Are Americans closet NAZIS   2 days 8 hours ago

    Zap,

    The average German was just an average Wulf or Kurt or Diane or Stoneage, who bought into a manipulative campaign of lies, deception and fear. Americans have no permanent immunity to that vulnerability. After all, many of us whities are European transplants and are working with the same genetic arsenal as Germans and other continentals. People are people. Despots are despots. There is this shallow Hollywood image about American exceptionalism personafied by John Wayne, Audie Murphy, and Dirk Pitt (dating myself I guess--pick your American hero). Most people ride the coattails of this image. We don't have any innate wisdom and have become isolated from the real world outside of the reach of Arby's and Appleby's. We have a lot of ignorant dumb shits here, just like a lot of other countries--maybe more. We are sappy, trigger happy and spoiled. We have a sense of superiority and entitlement and can be snarky. We punch down on the weakest among us. We aspire to be billionaires and buy a bunch of lottery tickets because subconsciously we know that we mostly are going to enjoy the notion only in their head, rather than the reality. But they insist on dreaming that bullshit. Many equate great wealth with having brains. A lot of that big wealth is from screwing other people and spawning negative externalities. Like Leona Helmsley said years ago (before she went to prison for tax fraud). "only the little people pay taxes." Get the picture?

  • Why Chelsea Manning Is Going Free   2 days 8 hours ago

    "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." -- Lord Acton

    All governments become corrupted, because all politicians become corrupted. It's human nature and the abiding plight of our history. It's just a matter of degree. Shakespeare's Macbeth was an extreme example.

    Too much power in the hands of too few, especially of one individual, invariably leads to the exploitation and persecution of the common people. That is why our Founders and the world's succeeding democracies tried to disperse power to as many disparate institutions and entities as possible -- primarily to the People -- and still have a functioning government.

    Of course, at this late date, because of the corrupting influence of money in politics, the effort of civilization to evolve enlightened democracies has almost completely failed. Fascism in America -- where the interests of the wealthy elite are coupled to the power of the state -- controls (not yet totally) the most influential aspects of society: the military; the economy; the press.

    That's why the whistleblowers who expose the malevolent actions of the government are so vital to the People -- if we are to claw back the power that rightfully belongs to us. They are the heroes, and the tin-pot "authorities" who seek to jail them are the cowards.

    The difference between Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange is not in the overall principle of exposing truths that need to be exposed, but in their motivations. Manning did what she did (however flawed and naive) because she honestly tried to do right by the People. Assange (in this case, anyway) allowed himself to be manipulated by Putin's Russia to influence our election because they both personally hated Clinton. That was nothing but crass, partisan selective leaking (no dirt on the Republicans) to accomplish a selfish, short-sighted goal, which played right into the hands of the fascists in both countries and was extremely detrimental to the People and to the integrity of their electoral process.

  • WORLD WIDE right CONSPIRACY to SILENCE SCIENCE   2 days 8 hours ago

    You and Legend don't believe in science. If you did, you could not support or accept transgenderism as it clearly goes against science/biology.

    You never guessed you were just like some of the more right wing radical climate change deniers. As the old saying goes..."birds of a feather"....

  • Women's March Could Be Bigger Than Trump Inauguration   2 days 9 hours ago
    Quote Kilosqrd:

    Coalage,

    Because nothing screams feminism more than the ability to kill an unborn child.

    K2

    You only seem upset when you don't profit on abortions. As long as your Trump'd up profit wars, chemical hazards in the factory or fields like the 90 million pounds of poison sprayed onto the Bible Belt cotton crop. You never mention it. Pro Life My Ass is more accurate. While most of the OpResQ also protest organic Hemp that wouldn't make kids sick as the cotton crops do. But then it seems you actually take pride in your Hypocrisy. As if it was a badge of honor.

    Why are the anti choice never protesting in the inner cities? Wrong color to save eh? You do realize at the end of the day shutting down clinics will only provide Big Pharma more profits treating symptoms after they progress from lack of attention. Due to not having a clinic. Planned Parenthood doesn't use Federal funds for abortions which is a small 3% of their total care given. To many women regardless of color or bank accounts. I take CP patients there since PP is not afraid of taking Medicare as the get rich quick doctors are.

    Also at the end of the day when you harass the women enough to scare them into conceiving. You abandon the child as you do the disposable Veterans coming home wounded. Oh maybe you think the fetus should live to be put into Koch profit prison? Or evangelical trailer park foster care? Child labor profits, plus a govmint check of $1000/head.

    Ganjawar and Child Protection Racketeering

    As with most selfish GOPer non-women preaching on what a woman can do with their own bodies. Maybe society should adapt a policy to castrate all men who impregnate a woman after she says no? Or any woman seeking an abortion should have the father there to sterilize and prevent it from happening again. What about Trump Golf Coarse abortions eh? Booze and cigarettes cause birth defects leading to abortions while cannabis has been used safely for pregnant women for thousands of years and yet which substance does the so called misnomered pro life ban? This cuke has been pickled... Next!

    Fetal alcohol syndrome is a leading cause of mental retardation. Tobacco and alcohol use by pregnant women has adverse effects on the fetus. Tobacco use causes an increase in SIDS and miscarriages. It is estimated that 3700 children die by the age of one month because of complications from the mother's smoking during pregnancy.

    According to the U.S. EPA, MSMA "can reasonably be anticipated to cause cancer in humans" and is converted in the environment to inorganic arsenic, a known human carcinogen. About 4 million pounds of MSMA is applied every year to golf courses and cotton fields in the United States to control weeds. The pesticide has been banned in India and Indonesia.

    The timing and types of pesticide exposures are critical determinants of reproductive outcomes, according to a recently published study by Canadian researchers. The study examined pesticide exposures based on recall by farm families and reported histories of spontaneous abortions among women living on the farms. The study found strong evidence that a woman's exposure to pesticides in the three months prior to conception or in the month of conception significantly increased her risk of spontaneous abortion.

    Pro Life? Not even anti abortionists...
    ☛ Wall Street's Spontaneous Abortionists
    ☛ GOP's "A War on Women"
    ☛ Scotts Miracle-Gro Will Pay $12.5 Million for Violations
    ☛ The story that nobody talks about....
    ☛ GOPerversion, another Prohibition! On Women...

    ☛ Boehner and Cantor wasting taxpayer money on DOgMA
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/631

    Ganja Mothers, Ganja Babies

    Using Pot During Pregnancy

    Prenatal Marijuana Exposure and Neonatal Outcomes in Jamaica:
    An Ethnographic Study

    There were no significant differences between exposed and nonexposed neonates on day 3. At 1 month, the exposed neonates showed better physiological stability and required less examiner facilitation to reach organized states. The neonates of heavy-marijuana-using mothers had better scores on autonomic stability, quality of alertness, irritability, and self-regulation and were judged to be more rewarding for caregivers.

    Conclusions. The absence of any differences between the exposed on nonexposed groups in the early neonatal period suggest that the better scores of exposed neonates at 1 month are traceable to the cultural positioning and social and economic characteristics of mothers using marijuana that select for the use of marijuana but also promote neonatal development.

    U.S. Women Increasingly Using Pot During Pregnancy
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/1140
    Pot can be safely used during pregnancy, and can help with several of the discomforts/problems associated there with a fact little known by the medical community, and even much of the herbalist community.
    Pregnancy and Pot
    By "Dr Kate" - Monday, August 31 1998

    Cannabinoids occur naturally in breast milk
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/1780

  • Why Chelsea Manning Is Going Free   2 days 10 hours ago

    @ErinRose. I agree with much of your post. I look at the population as a group with fringes that contain lunacy. Here tend to reside a lot of leftie/socialists. They are spurred on by radio and television talking heads that spend their nights dreaming up way to gin up their listeners by forecasting doom and gloom over and over. Let's face it, reporting good things is boring.

    On the other end of the spectrum are the holier- than - thou rightie whack jobs who promote and broadcast the very same crap with a different slant.

    In the middle sit a hell of a lot of the population that just got tired of the same old promises from mainstream politicians. Trump was the only outsider and the people in that middle group clearly voted for, or in a form of protest, just plain did not vote and Trump was the victor.

    Trump won based on the shake things up platform. Leftie/socialists and rightie holier-than-thou wack jobs can both blow it out their behinds. Both groups hate soon to be president Trump with a vengence. Big deal, more power to Trump to disassemble the DC system.

    Unfortunately, there is not a supply of hardcore holier-than-thou rightie's on this forum but there certainly is a plethora of leftie/socialists and I will continue to point out their hypocrisy.

  • Will anyone watch the Trump inauguration   2 days 10 hours ago

    Are you a closet nazi TomDorr, because the supporters of nazism knew precisely what was to happen under Adolf Hitler, but they made a bargain with the devil, ' bring Germany prosperity and we agree to look the other way and accept the inevitiable'. But in the end that 'bargain with the devil' cost the lives of millions of young Germans and the total destruction of their country and decades of horrific shame as to what was done under their name.

  • OLIGARCHAL MEDIA...hey lefties...words matter!   2 days 10 hours ago

    Agreed...Franken is but another TOOL working in the behest of ANOTHER COUNRY...that's my point...that's Hollywood's point...another country!

    And rich liberals are nothing more than republican's dressed in "blue drag". Its just that the "ologarchs" who run both parties [and almost everything else], get together and make sure that "some of them" hold up a liberal banner and dress in "blue" thus convincing the BRAIN DEAD LEFT that we have a democracy...when we don't. We have an oligarchy as Carter so states in the beginning of this thread.

    So, why should Soros et al, buy media when their true messages are being carried out well by their right wing oligarch friends every day!

  • WORLD WIDE right CONSPIRACY to SILENCE SCIENCE   2 days 10 hours ago

    coalage the right wing science denier putting down people who believe in science, that's rich. Coalage the blogger who cheerleads the use of coal, as seen by his name, who refuses to accept the overwhelming evidence, that all fossil fuels are driving our planet to total destruction.

  • Will anyone watch the Trump inauguration   2 days 10 hours ago

    Agreed k.allen. In many ways we may not be as far apart as one might think.

China - Neoliberalism’s Last Hope?

Just two days before the inauguration of Donald Trump as president, China was trying to position itself as the leader of the neoliberal world.

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