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  • Faking It As They Try to Escape It: Learning not to blink   3 days 11 hours ago

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  • Another Special Election Loss - Is It Time for Democrats To Move Left?   3 days 11 hours ago

    1) Yes, if the Dems want to stay in the 'game', they need to quit acting like .. 'mice'. However, since neither the Democrats nor the Republicans seem to give a rat's ass about "We the People" any longer, we need to stop pretending like we give a rip about them, too. Stop screwing around and present "progressive" ideas -as- -they- -are-! Either get serious or just admit that Americans have become wimps & cowards, and be done with it.

    2) It has become =plainly= obvious that Republicans will do =any=thing they can to disenfranchise voters they even suspect won't vote the way the Repubs want them to do. Illegal? Unethical? The Repubs =literally= don't care. After all, who the hell do the voters think they are, anyway? Did the Dem lose in Georgia? Maybe, and =maybe= =not=! Frankly, until and unless the Dems start screaming bloody murder to have =every= election recounted =and= investigated for possible illegal and unethical activity -- during/after each and every single one -- they :deserve: to be treated like 'doormats'! You know damn good and well the Republicans wouldn't hesitate a nano-second to scream if the shoe were on the other foot! So, either grow/find "a pair", or wimp on home and shut up, period, full stop. I'm sick and tired of the cowardice of the Dems!

  • 50 years ago TODAY Israel ATTACKED American NAVAL Ship KILLING and Injuring 208 Americans   3 days 12 hours ago

    I am glad that we remember those, who died in that terrible day. I agree with you that we must pay tribute to those sailors who have suffered through this shameful attack. I must write a rrview for my ultius blog in honor of these courageous people.

  • Another Special Election Loss - Is It Time for Democrats To Move Left?   3 days 12 hours ago

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    It comes down to this: identity affiliation. Some of us have spent a lifetime relating to the propaganda distributed by our respective parties. It's simpler that way. A binary weighting of values that ring our personal bell. To no small extent we are influenced by the rhetoric pervading family, community or class. How deeply do we examine these “truths”? About half of the American electorate are self described “independents”. Free thinkers, or so we would have others believe. But how free are we from the constant drum beat of the propaganda that washes across the masses? Do we ever really analyze divisive issues in depth, or do we operate on a visceral level? Until we reach a certain level of awareness, through education (self or formal), we can never aspire to be a free and truly democratic society. And it seems that the powers that be are hell bent on preventing exactly that. We need to lose the terms “Democrat” and “Republican” and establish a new direction for the betterment of all, not those afflicted with the “greed gene”.

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  • Another Special Election Loss - Is It Time for Democrats To Move Left?   3 days 14 hours ago

    On health care, what would be the logic of providing anything more than emergency room services to the poor, just to dump them back on the streets? Lack of adequate food and shelter take a very heavy toll on human health. In fact, since the Clinton admin. ended actual welfare aid, the overall life expectancy of the US poor already fell below that of every developed nation. We're stuck with reality: Not everyone can work (health, etc.) and there aren't jobs for all.

  • Another Special Election Loss - Is It Time for Democrats To Move Left?   3 days 14 hours ago

    People have been saying this about the younger generation for decades. Your post gives no clue about what direction you think the country should take, what the leading priorities should be.

  • Another Special Election Loss - Is It Time for Democrats To Move Left?   3 days 14 hours ago

    Many have pointed out the problem all along. It's not complicated. The Dem voting base had long consisted of the poor and middle class, for the common good. The Clinton wing split this base wide apart 20-some years ago. As the overall life expectancy of the US poor fell below that of every developed nation, liberals maintained a rousing pep rally for the middle class. Many knew that the years of the Obama administration marked our last chance to bring the "masses" together, for the common good. We're more divided, pitted against each other by class and race, than we were eight years ago. Democrats divided and conquered their own voting base, and are probably over for the foreseeable future.

  • Another Special Election Loss - Is It Time for Democrats To Move Left?   3 days 14 hours ago

    it seems that the democrats need to get back to the basics so that they can move the fuck along. i believe that the direction of the democratic admitinstration has to be the creation of relationships with everyone in country through strong education of their main goals. some of the more conservative folks are completely shut down; just waiting for them to die has to be enough. the younger generation knows value of education and can be taught about the directions and solutions that the democrats will have (if they get their shit together and agree on a few). these 45 supporters are more open to measured clear communication, possible facts too, delivered in a language that they can understand. it won't be hard to do,

    unfortunately, this direction necessitates the democrats to get off of their "high horses", pulling their heads out of their asses, and relating to their roots. this may be hard for the entrenched, entitled. free thinking (sic), crats. welcome to the new world!

  • Crow-Eatin' Time: The Trump End Times Are Here   3 days 15 hours ago

    Black Lung,

    Coming within a few points of beating the Republican candidate in a district which has not voted in a Democrat before you were born could hardly be characterized as a good conservative omen, unless you are part of a Trump cult.

    By the way, your comment about Trump policies is stunning. What policies? He hasn't done squat as far as any legislation. You seem to be a bullshitter like Don, your moral compass. And, if they pass Trump Care, well, then the defections from his ranks will be tectonic. Wait and see. I would calm down with your end zone dance since you are only on the 50 yard line coach.

    Stay classy and say your prayers,

    Monsignor Phil from Ohio

  • Is This Any Way To Run A Democracy?   3 days 15 hours ago

    We're watching Greg Palast's documentary.
    Thank you for making us aware of it.
    Contrary to Fox News Palast exhibits no
    phony ourage. He tells a dark story with
    humor and irony.

  • Another Special Election Loss - Is It Time for Democrats To Move Left?   3 days 16 hours ago

    I'll bet anything the 49% who did not express support for single-payer are the same citizens who thought Obamacare and the ACA were two different health insurance programs. However most of the polls I've found regarding single-payer support are much higher than 51%. The Hill poll seems way off??? I assume that's the one Thom has used.

    Make government the servant our founders intended, not our ruler. Once the 49% understand this is what government's roll is, they'll realize medicare for all is the answer. Resist Fascism Now!

    BTW: I'm getting reports that the vote was flipped in favor of Handel by 11%, not that anyone cares anymore...this is just accepted now. The Dems are too busy on defense as always.

  • Another Special Election Loss - Is It Time for Democrats To Move Left?   3 days 16 hours ago

    "I don't care who does the electing, so long as I get to do the nominating" William M Tweed.

    IOW, The Democrats and the Republicans are ALL nominated by the money people. That's why we only get to choose from TweedleDumb, and TweedleCrooked. Why would anyone expect that these politicians will vote for, or put up anything other than what benefits their benefactors?

    In my lifetime, I have seen the steady debasement of politics. Since the advent of the obscenely mis-named "Citizens United" SCOTUS decision (should have been "Corporates united"), the quality of Democracy in the US is in freefall along with the tsunamis of dark cash that that decision has unleashed on our elections. The part that really pisses me off though, is that the Conservative judges in the SCOTUS at the time, were warned that this would happen, and blind Freddy could se that it would. IMO, the cons judges knew that this would happen and they believe(d) that politics should only be for the wealthy.

    So how do we get the money out of our elections?

  • Another Special Election Loss - Is It Time for Democrats To Move Left?   3 days 17 hours ago

    Gotta slap my hand. I did the knee jerk $5 donation (many times) to the Ossoff campaign. Wouldn't have done it if I had read up on his platform.

    So why work with the Democratic Party...Why not start a Sanders/Warren/Merkely style Progressive Party?

    Sure, it would keep the Rpubs in power for a couple more terms till the numbers built up...not winning anything currently anyhow...so what's the difference...except you'd eventually leave the Corporate Dems hangin in the wind. My guess it there would be a higher success of winning the low hanging/more local fruit...which is how you build a base. You'd also get rid of that awful 'D' word...(corporate) Democrate.

  • Another Special Election Loss - Is It Time for Democrats To Move Left?   3 days 17 hours ago

    Is America a socialistic country? Are you being sarcastic? Blowing up the world, subjecting your people to what goes with the evils of consumerism, racism and militarism along with creating the realm of loving things and using people as opposed to loving people and using things are hardly socialistic.

  • Another Special Election Loss - Is It Time for Democrats To Move Left?   3 days 17 hours ago

    Brilliant, Professor Dodson. When the wheels come off, I hope someone in a position of authority remembers your suggestion. The odds of getting it past the establishment, as you must realize, are zero. In the shorter term, if the Sanders crowd would just develop the stones to give up on the Democratic Party we might possibly zero in on your suggestion through a process of successive approximation.

  • "Prager U" Misleads, Then Ignores Modern History   3 days 17 hours ago

    I want to thank clutter424 for the research and the clarity with which it is presented.

    Also, I wonder why the webmaster has not removed Benjamin Franklin.

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  • Another Special Election Loss - Is It Time for Democrats To Move Left?   3 days 17 hours ago

    About 10 years ago I reached the conclusion that neither the Republicans nor the Democrats would ever take the steps necessary to rid our society of systemic problems. The two parties are all about the distribution of spoils associated with holding political power. I registered as a member of the Green Party, realizing that the struggle to build enough support for Green Party candidates would be decades in coming.

    A few years ago, as I was preparing to teach a course examining the socio-political arrangements and institutions most likely to yield justice in any society, I introduced the idea that we should build support (via Initiative and Referendum options) to eliminate all elections to our legislative bodies. Instead, we should choose our legislators by lottery.

    Any citizen willing to serve on a city or town council, in the state legislature or in the U.S. House of Representatives would have to take and pass what amounts to a civil service examination to demonstrate competency. The person's name would then go into the lottery. If chosen, one would serve a 4-year term (subject to recall by the simple measure of 51% of citizens in the jurisdiction electronically declaring dissatisfaction), then returning to one's private life.

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  • Another Special Election Loss - Is It Time for Democrats To Move Left?   3 days 17 hours ago

    I disagree that it would be better to run "as if" the Democrats were Progressives. The problem here is that this is what we have had in the past; people who pose as one thing when they are actially another and once in office they then fly their true colors. I think it would be better if we get rid of the posers and run actual Progressives who (1) won't take corporate or PAC money, (2) who are not looking to genuflect before the 2%, (3) who actually care about working class people and the environment, (4) who aren't sociopathic personalities with a pathologic need to lie about everything even when it's not necessary to lie, (5) get their funding from small donations from the public, (6) who will never become lobbyists or executives of corporations after their time in office, and (7) have the chutzpah to stand up to the bad guys and get the job done.

    This country has been running on crooks and criminal behavior for FAR too long. We need a deep house cleaning and a fresh start getting back to the days of FDR with peace and prosperity for all. ***

  • Another Special Election Loss - Is It Time for Democrats To Move Left?   3 days 17 hours ago

    As Republicans chortle and Democrats sulk, keep in mind that Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District is red as hell. (The Democrats lost the seat to serial-philanderer Gingrich in 1978 and have not regained it since.) Also keep in mind that Georgia is a badly gerrymandered state, notorious for voter suppression, even going as far as locating polling places in police stations in predominately black neighborhoods, among many other underhanded tactics.

    In fact, as a fanatically partisan Secretary of State, Karen Handel worked long and hard to make sure that everybody but white Republicans had a most difficult and unpleasant voting experience -- that is, if their names were not already purged from the registration lists. Don't forget that her buckets of out-of-state, secret PAC cash also pushed a last-minute hysteric ad that turned the Steve Scalise shooting into violent political rhetoric and that shamelessly lied about how Democrats "praised" the incident. (Never happened anywhere!) Ignorant, bigoted Republican voters deserve their low-life candidates -- a good match.

    IOW, this election is further proof that America does not conduct fair and honest elections and therefore is not a democracy. If everyone was properly registered and required to vote -- and if all the votes were counted -- we wouldn't be top-heavy with undeserving billionaires, Jon Ossoff would be representing Georgia's 6th, Rob Quist for Montana, and Karen Handel would be scraping mushy dog turds off hot sidewalks along with Greg Gianforte, a job most suitable to their talents.

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    https://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/3/6/1640743/-Spooked-Georgia-GOP-re-gerrymanders-Atlanta-suburbs-revealing-worries-over-House-special-election

  • Another Special Election Loss - Is It Time for Democrats To Move Left?   3 days 17 hours ago

    Thomm,

    Do we even HAVE any Democrats with enough guts that will run on the platform that you stated? Or are they afraid that they will lose?

  • Another Special Election Loss - Is It Time for Democrats To Move Left?   3 days 18 hours ago

    Why are we NOT sueing over electronic voting machines that can't be certified? This drives me mad!

  • Another Special Election Loss - Is It Time for Democrats To Move Left?   3 days 18 hours ago

    Certainly past time to give up on status quo. Obama tapped the youth movement but since then they have lost their way to corruption. Youth are no dummies and see what has taken place. Clinton and Wasserman-Schultz corrupted the process and it cost them the election, not Russian hacks, but Democrat failure to listen to youth.

The Secret On TrumpCare Is Now Out


The Senate Republican healthcare bill is secret no more.

There's just one problem - it's not really a healthcare bill.

Don't let Mitch McConnell fool you.

Contrary to what you might have heard - Senate Republicans DID NOT unveil a healthcare bill yesterday.

They unveiled a tax cut for the rich DISGUISED as a healthcare bill.