US Domestic Politics

Discussion of US politics and their world impact.

Creating a National Referendum

There are several examples around the world and in the U.S. which are useful to consider when looking for political innovation. Even though improving our operating system is really our number one job, most progressives are not even talking about them. It's as if we are collectively blind to our sovereign right to improve our constitution.

Professor Amar and Levinson have been pointing this out for years, still we persist in believing the central paradigm imposed on us at birth, that we must fit into the system, not change it.

Jeb Bush can't lose. It's an American tradition

If Jeb Bush is nominated for President, he can lose the popular vote and probably the Electoral College vote but he will likely become President anyway. Every time the son or grandson of a previous President has run for that office, that man lost the popular vote but became President.

In 1824, John Quincy Adams (son of John Adams, President from 1797-1801) lost both the popular vote and the Electoral vote. The Congress was so terrified of the populist Andrew Jackson becoming President they threw out some of his Electors and made J. Q. the President.

The Sabotage of Bernie Sanders' Campaign

I thought for sure there would be a topic about this by now. It's been all the rage on Facebook all day and is hitting the news. I see there is a blog post.

Anyway, by now you must have heard the story so all I want to add to that story is the following information that I don't hear mentioned on the news.

The Budget

Budget negotiations are going to lift the export ban on crude oil. What ever the big corporations want. It will be drill baby drill. Leaving nothing but holes in the ground to look at.

Jeb Bush And The Terrorist

https://www.yahoo.com/politics/documents-shed-new-light-on-jeb-bushs-role-in-050405070.html

Documents shed new light on Jeb Bush’s role in freeing a Cuban terrorist

Friendly Fascism

Amazon has some copies but I couldn't paste the link without also pasting my accout, TMI. Anyhow, Reagan offered Friendly Fascism before W offered Compassionate Fascism. Trump's Fascism is marketed as the Real Fascism, none of that pussy footing around with human rights or constitutional rights. Cruz wants to Nuke the whole country of Syria to make the sand glow. War crimes are just the price of fatherland triumph. The author is Bertram Gross.

Republican Presidential Candidates

Violence has erupted in our country and it is directly related to hate speech uttered particular members of the Republican Candidates running for the top office in the US.

Grants and Welfare

I live in a forested rural area. In the recent past there has been wildfires that have burned many homes. This particular area is not as dangerous as the ones that have burned, but burning homes get attention. The state came up with a plan for wildfire mitigation. The state in my area pays 50% to have trees and brush mulched on peoples acreage. It is caled a "grant". This can be several thousands of dollars. In some cases over $10000 on large parcels. My particular parcel was mitigated by me.

Weed Massage, Anyone?

The legalization of weed in several states has spawned countless ganja ventures, and the benefits of topical cannabis have been touted for years.

Weed Massage, Anyone?

"It’s fair to say I was flying high.
My calves turned into putty."

American Political Prisoner

Don Siegelman is being held in solitary confinement after talking to Thom on the radio. Makes you want to move to Alabama.

http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/local/alabama/2015/12/10/...

Bernie Sanders Views On Gun Control

Overall, Bernie Sanders believes in a middle-ground solution in the national gun debate, saying in a recent interview:

“Folks who do not like guns [are] fine. But we have millions of people who are gun owners in this country — 99.9 percent of those people obey the law. I want to see real, serious debate and action on guns, but it is not going to take place if we simply have extreme positions on both sides. I think I can bring us to the middle.”

Antidote to Fanaticism: Knowledge

I was going to write Education but the GOP considers that word elitist. Learning could work but they abhor that too. For one they don't think there is anything they don't know and secondly, they are so poor at learning. Their tribe requires support, trust, and faith. That's why not a single candidate said they would not support Trump if he is their nominee (James Ridge said he would not vote for him in the general).

The Mass Shootings Database 1982-2015

On today's Fresh Air... and interview with Mark Follman on mass shootings. You can listen to it here...

http://www.npr.org/2015/12/09/459056018/the-u-s-has-a-mass-shooting-epid...

Three years ago, in July 2012, journalist Mark Follman heard about the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting rampage that left 12 people dead and felt compelled to learn more — not just about that incident, but about all the mass shootings that were occurring in America.

Latest Headlines

One Iowa Caucus Delegate Comes Down To Coin Toss

The Iowa caucus convener flipped a coin. Bernie Sanders supporters called "heads" and it landed on tails.

Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton by 31 points in N.H.: Poll

Sanders was at 61 percent support in the University of Massachusetts Lowell/7News poll, followed by Mrs. Clinton, at 30 percent

Martin O'Malley suspends presidential campaign after Iowa caucuses

The announcement came after O'Malley barely registered in Iowa against his better-known rivals Clinton and Sanders, failing to meet already low expectations

If You Want to Win, Go Progressive

The big question right now is whether to call Hillary Clinton a progressive, or a "moderate."

And then there's the question of who is more electable in a general election: an unabashedly progressive democrat, like Bernie Sanders; or a "centrist" democrat, like Hillary Clinton.

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