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From the time of the French Revolution, when the more radical delegates to the National Assembly seated themselves to the left of the presiding officer, Left and Right have designated relatively stable, though evolving and multi-faceted, political orientations.From the time of the French Revolution, when the more radical delegates to the... more
It's nice to know that the people we've elected to represent us are willing to do whatever they can to earn as much money as they can not representing our interests. When the vast majority of American citizens are ignored by their Representatives in favor of the interest of a large corporation it might be time to consider a change. But then again Voters are notorious for their lack of memory so lets see if they remember when Election time gets here.It's nice to know that the people we've elected to represent us are willing... more
The day will soon come when political issues that appear so important at this time will fade into obscurity. They will pale in comparison to what’s-to-be. The entire planet will bow in unison to survival of the species.The day will soon come when political issues that appear so important at this time... more
What was Rand Paul, a white Republican senator from Kentucky, doing at Howard University, a mostly black campus in Washington DC? Asking black Americans to give conservatism a second look.
Paul acknowledged that some people thought he was crazy to speak to a largely democratic group, who were probably part of the 93% of blacks who re-elected President Barack Obama in 2012. He joked:
“My response is that my trip will be a success if the Hilltop [the campus newspaper] will simply print that a Republican came to Howard, but he came in peace.”
The rest of his speech wasn’t a joke. It was a bold move for a party looking to re-connect with minorities. Founded in 1867, Howard University was one of the few schools where blacks could receive degrees after the Civil War ended. The school also played an integral part of the Civil Rights movement, and its student population remains predominately black today.
At the beginning of his remarks, Paul exhibited grace and humor when two students carrying a sign saying “Howard University doesn’t support white supremacy” stormed the front of the auditorium. He said he wasn’t sure the speech was going to be entertaining, but now it was. Paul told the students he didn’t come to “preach” or “prescribe” a political point of view, but to ask each of them to write their own story in life and perhaps make conservatism a part of it. In other words: develop their own views of him, the Republican Party and their own political beliefs.
Few young minorities know the history of the Republican Party “chock full of emancipation and black history”. He talked about his passion for ending mandatory minimum federal sentencing for non-violent possession of drugs because they ruin the lives of kids who just make bad decisions. It was one of the most heavily tweeted and applauded lines of his speech.
Paul tackled some 30 minutes of tough questioning ranging from Malcolm X to the Environmental Protection Agency. When asked by a former Obama intern how he felt about voter ID laws, Paul said he didn’t think it was a burden for people to show a driver’s license to maintain the integrity of the polls, but didn’t approve of 100-page literacy tests Democrats forced blacks to take during reconstruction to suppress their vote.
To put this in context: many white Republicans would have given their speech, refused questions and run for the hills. George W Bush famously rejected an invite to speak at Howard in 2000. But Paul faced this tough crowd. A student told asked him to clarify his comments about the 1964 Civil Rights Act during his 2010 campaign in which he seemed to imply he wasn’t supportive of the act. “I have never questioned the Civil Rights Act,” he said, but he questioned if the law’s application now requiring restaurants to ban smoking and provide standardized menus with food calorie counts.
Full Story: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/10/rand-paul-howard-university-speech-black-vote-appeal
http://youtu.be/MzwwZFU6_ykWhat was Rand Paul, a white Republican senator from Kentucky, doing at Howard... more
Excerpt: "When I see people talking today about 'protecting Social Security' while (a) starting to dismantle it, and (b) ignoring one of the biggest sources of real revenue — removing the income & salary cap — I can only pick the second choice above, certainly for the post-1980s crowd. Heck, if Clinton had looked at wealth inequality and simply raised the salary cap to its original level — to capture 90% of all income, as it did in 1984 — the Trust Fund would have $1.2 trillion more today. But that wasn’t going to be his solution. Pete Peterson and Alan Simpson were on Clinton’s commission for a reason, and we all know what Peterson and Simpson want — dismantlement and benefit cuts. The knife.
"It’s one thing to say you need revenue and then misallocate it. It’s another to start cutting the program itself. At the level of the deciders today (and them only, not the great economists and experts lower down), this is not at all about Social Security; it’s about the political effect of having and using the Trust Fund, and only that.
"Note that I twice said 'political effect' of the Trust Fund. This is not about numbers either; numbers are just the shell game, the fog. It’s about power, staying in power, keeping people who keep them in power happy. It’s about not raising taxes while screaming about the deficit. Manipulating the Trust Fund has a role to play.
"The Republican Party’s owners (their donors) want to loot the Fund and will say so. Again, recall the Bush Push of 2005. The present owners of the Democratic Party includes Wall Street, and they too would like to confiscate the Trust Fund (by “investing” it for you and depleting it with fees). But Democrats can’t say they are looting, because 'starve the beast' (and feeding on the flesh) has to be sold differently to Democratic voters.
"Democratic voters have to be told they’re 'helping,' serving the interests of the next generation. So from the “left” the idea that cutting benefits (shrinking the program itself) trumps cashing in any of the Trust Fund … that has to look like 'reform,' not just straight theft, or it won’t begin to fly."Excerpt: "When I see people talking today about 'protecting Social... more
discourses on the implicit dissonances embedded in some people’s pleas that we all “just get along” with the Conservoturds. It comes down to this: What will you give up for comity, knowing it will be YOU who DOES the conceding?discourses on the implicit dissonances embedded in some people’s pleas that we... more
Politifact.com and the Tampa Bay Times' loss is academia's gain as editor Bill Adair leaves newspapers to join academia at Duke University! http://www.mrmedia.com/2008/04/bill-adair-politifact-com-st-petersburg-times-editor-mr-media-audio-interview/#.UV8_04IW9MoPolitifact.com and the Tampa Bay Times' loss is academia's gain as editor... more
AMERICA'S LONGEST WAR is a Reason Foundation film about the extraordinary costs of the US government's 40-year war on drugs. AMERICA'S LONGEST WAR will be released in 2013.
http://youtu.be/ok48ebjgOPMAMERICA'S LONGEST WAR is a Reason Foundation film about the extraordinary costs... more
Where do you locate yourself on the political spectrum? Are you liberal or conservative? On “the left”, “the right”, or perhaps you’re a bit of both (“moderate”). It is no secret that American mass culture often blunts the capacity for civic engagement and political awareness. Yet those who pursue an identity in acceptable political dialogue are less aware of how the parameters of American politics have been carefully crafted to elicit vicarious and seemingly meaningful participation for the politically inclined.Where do you locate yourself on the political spectrum? Are you liberal or... more
There are more than a few differences between the two major political parties, some good, some not so much. There’s a popular saying about not arguing with stupid people because they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience. That may be true in most cases but not in the case of some republicans and certainly not with FOX “news” yakkers.There are more than a few differences between the two major political parties, some... more
It's comforting to know that the people we elect to represent us do so in such a manner as to reflect the overall dysfunction in every day life. At least they're consistent in their inability to do anything. Dysfunctional is the new norm.It's comforting to know that the people we elect to represent us do so in such a... more
Sponsors scramble to omit subsection after critical reception.
Democrats in Washington State are in full retreat after it was reported they are working on legislation that would nullify the Fourth Amendment rights of citizens who own firearms designated as “assault weapons” by the state.
“In order to continue to possess an assault weapon that was legally possessed on the effective date of this section, the person possessing shall … safely and securely store the assault weapon. The sheriff of the county may, no more than once per year, conduct an inspection to ensure compliance with this subsection,” SB 5737 states.
If enacted, the law will allow police to search without a court-issued search warrant the homes of owners of legally purchased firearms.
Sen. Adam Kline of Seattle, a Democrat who is described by the Seattle Times as “hyper-attuned to civil-liberties issues,” sponsored the legislation without reading the eight page bill. “I made a mistake,” he told the newspaper. “I frankly should have vetted this more closely.”
The primary sponsor of the bill, Sen. Ed Murray, also a Democrat from Seattle, condemned the bill subsection authorizing police to search homes without a warrant. He said the plan to harass and intimidate legal gun owners is probably unconstitutional.
In order to save face, Washington Democrats blamed staff and promised that a new bill without the police state subsection will be introduced.
Murray said it will take time to condition the public to surrender their Second Amendment rights.
“We will only win if we reach out and continue to change the hearts and minds of Washingtonians,” he said.
http://www.infowars.com/democrats-introduce-bill-to-allow-police-to-search-homes-of-gun-owners/comment-page-3/#commentsSponsors scramble to omit subsection after critical reception. Democrats in... more
A low cost approach. . .
http://latestbloomer.uskoa.com/snapshot-series-the-gops-infrastructure-policy-in-one-picture/A low cost approach. . .... more
It may surprise some but I’m all for Ted Nugent attending the State of the Union speech. Better that than to have to listen to him and his ilk complaining about how his freedom of speech is being violated. Of course if the GOP really wants to re-brand themselves as a kinder gentler party they may want to reconsider who they choose to represent them. O course if they are okay with a Racist, Msogynistic, Homophobe who’s inflammatory language further divides us that’s okay with me. Keep it classy GOP!It may surprise some but I’m all for Ted Nugent attending the State of the Union... more
In this video, the effects of patriotism is discussed. It leads only to statism.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IULlsazhhKI&feature=youtube_gdata_playerIn this video, the effects of patriotism is discussed. It leads only to statism.... more
Republican Sen. John Barrasso said he doubts Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will bring most of Obama’s anti-Second Amendment proposals to the floor this session.
“He has six Democrats up for election in two years in states where the president received fewer than 42 percent of the votes,” Barrasso said on CNN. “And he doesn’t want his Democrats to have to choose between their own constituents and the president’s positions.”
Barrasso said Americans are more worried about the economy and the national debt despite CNN’s Candy Crowley’s assertion that they are fixated on rolling back the Second Amendment.
Although White House senior adviser David Plouffe believes outlawing firearms will be a tough sell, he told CNN it remains at the top of Obama’s political to-do list.
“I think there are 60 votes in the Senate, 218 votes in the House, if the process can just play itself out and we can really get votes on some of these things,” Plouffe said. “But it’s going to be hard work.”
On Saturday, former president Bill Clinton, who forced the first so-called assault weapons ban on the American people, told Democrat insiders Obama’s anti-Second Amendment push may amount to suicide for Democrats.
Clinton told a joint meeting of the Obama National Finance Committee and a group of business leaders that passing the 1994 federal assault weapons ban took out over a dozen Democrats in the 1994 midterms and sent then-Speaker of the House Tom Foley packing.
“Do not patronize the passionate supporters of your opponents by looking down your nose at them,” Clinton warned Democrat activists and financiers. “A lot of these people live in a world very different from the world lived in by the people proposing these things. I know because I come from this world.”
“A lot of these people … all they’ve got is their hunting and their fishing,” he said. “Or they’re living in a place where they don’t have much police presence. Or they’ve been listening to this stuff [advocacy for the Second Amendment] for so long that they believe it all.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YIOApKfUdM8Republican Sen. John Barrasso said he doubts Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will... more
Democrats in Congress have suggested the following agenda for their Republican colleagues:
• Have breakfast paid for by lobbyists
• How to stop talking about “legitimate rape” and insulting women
• Science 101
• Creating tax breaks and tax shelters for millionaire campaign donors
• Math course on counting to 218 votes
• A primer on the stock market crash of 1929 and how you could be responsible for the next one.
• Coup d’etat prevention and planning
• Trust falls
• Big-picture thinking
• Practice interacting with women and minority voters
• How to increase our approval ratings: What root canals, traffic jams, cockroaches and head lice are doing right
• Remedial hurricane recovery
• Your inner Tea Party and you
• Have dinner paid for by lobbyists
Except for the first and last of these (Republicans already know how to get free meals from lobbyists) I'd say classes in these areas would compose the ideal agenda for the GOPs in Congress.Democrats in Congress have suggested the following agenda for their Republican... more
Obama On Debt Ceiling "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy,”Obama is not backing down.
San Diego’s freshmen Congressmen
The USS Antietam leave and the USS Cowpens will return
New shared American / Mexican border inspection station
I never thought I would say this, but I truly respect Governor Christie. He has led well during the aftermath of Sandy. He has shown he cares for all residents regardless of politics. That is real leadership. Take note, Rep Boehner and the rest of you who think you are 'Gods' on Capitol Hill. There is another storm coming and it is aiming right at all of you.
"We've got people down there who use the citizens of this country like pawns on a chessboard. That's the way the people of NY and NJ were treated last night. On a political chessboard of internal palace intrigue politics our people were played last night as a pawn."
Thank you for speaking truth!
Observation about certain postings here: How sad that supposedly grown men had to spend their time on a site they claim to hate waiting to gang up and distract this thread.
Oh, and when you vote down a post that shows the devastation of this disaster you can bet your a&&* I will repost it.I never thought I would say this, but I truly respect Governor Christie. He has led... more