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      http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/dem-blame-g...

      Whether Sanders would have won where Clinton failed is a question that will give progressives sleepless nights for a long time. The Vermont senator's wife, Jane Sanders, said in the days after the election that he would "absolutely" have had a better chance of vanquishing Trump. But, she added, "it doesn't matter now."

      Behind the scenes, Sanders partisans believe that his platform would have had a greater appeal to voters in the Rust Belt states that Clinton lost. They also think he could have energized young voters, as he did in the primary, which could have offset Trump's unexpected strength.

      But the sniping frustrates some Democrats allied with neither camp, who see it as self-destructive and pointless - even as they also agree there is plenty of blame to go around.

      "Hillary Clinton deserves all the blame she gets for the candidate she was and the campaign she ran," said one Democratic strategist who requested anonymity to speak candidly. "But it is incredibly disingenuous for Bernie Sanders and his team to suggest they would have done better. He couldn't win the f--king primary!"

      To suggest that Sanders would have done better in the general election against Trump is to buy into the argument the "white working class" voters were more concerned about economics than racism and bigotry. I say that is pure bs. "White working class" voters are in better shape than any other working class voter in the country, because they get first choice at everything, regardless of their ability. THAT'S A FACT!

      They ONLY way Democrats would have won in 2016, and the ONLY way Democrats will win in the future is if people who are not racists, bigots and misogynists get involved and stay involved in politics AND FRICKING GO VOTE! Even with 49% of registered voters not voting at all, more people who actually did vote, voted for Democrats than voted for republicans. THAT'S A FACT!

      Republicans have fixed, rigged or whatever term floats your boat, House districts such that they are guaranteed to win those elections, regardless of what Democrats do, other than become racists, bigots and misogynists. The House districts were structured the way they are for a reason. And it has nothing to do with economics for "white working class" voters. It has everything to do with bigotry for "white working class" voters. If Democrats continue to deny that, they will continue to lose elections, EVEN to characters such as Donald Trump.

      Yes, the primary campaign Bernie Sanders ran hurt Hillary Clinton. Why? Because most of what Sanders campaigned on in the primaries were the same lies the press and republicans have been promoting for 25 years. Where Sanders disagree with Clinton on policy was and should have been fair game. But to build a campaign on lies and the ignorance of young people who can easily be swayed by promises of free stuff in disingenuous, at best.

      We, Democrats, need to jump naked with the reasons we are losing elections. You hear people talking about how many House and governors seats Democrats have lost since Obama became president. WHY did that happen? No, Obama was not and is not perfect. No one is. Especially ANY republican that comes to mind. The truth is that rather than the election of O being a post-racial demarcation point in our history, it was when racists came out of the woodworks to oppose racial progress. The republican congressional caucus made a pact with the devil to sabotage the entire country in order to make Obama a one-term president. ON THE DAY OF HIS INAUGURATION! More attempts were made on Obama's life than that of any previous president. The CURRENT president-elect, who said with his ownself's mouth that he has never felt a need to ask God for forgiveness, promoted the notion that President Obama was not a US citizen, was a Kenyan Muslim and had perpetrated the biggest scam on the USA than ever before in our history. A sitting member of Congress shouted out at a State of The Union Address that the President of the United States of America was lying in his speech. The First Lady was called an ape.

      NONE of these things have anything to do with "white working class" economics! They have everything to do with "white working class" racism. PERIOD!!!!



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      Climate Change Deniers--and Trump

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          Possibly the biggest threat of an incoming Trump administration is regarding global climate change (there are plenty of others, too--but all may be obliterated if climate change threats are fully realized). A deeply scary essay on the subject from Tom Englehardt (I'll post a link soon) lays out the heavy risks of this. But a shorter letter to the editor, in today's Marietta Daily Journal from Ryan L. Bays sums up a major point on it regarding deniers quite effectively:

          Dear editor:

          If I could use one word to describe the letter to the editor from Mr. Montcalm (“Climate change is nothing for us to worry about,” MDJ, 1/29/2016), I would use “irresponsible.” Of course climate change happens naturally, no one disputes that. And of course man-made climate change is something to worry about, no reasonable person disputes that either.

          There is a very good reason why people like retired General Anthony Zinni, former commander of the U.S. Central Command, and retired Admiral Samuel Locklear, head of the Pacific Command until 2015 said that “the current trajectory of climatic change presents a strategically-significant risk to U.S. national security, and inaction is not a viable option.” The reason is because it’s a very real threat.

          If the fact the U.S. military takes climate change seriously enough to “war game” climate threats doesn’t convince you, maybe look at what science says. Read the statements on climate change from every major scientific research organization on the planet. Google the National Science Foundation, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society, the American Chemical Society, the American Geophysical Union, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the American Meteorological Society and the list goes on. Remember, these organizations are comprised of the best scientists in the world. Are they all wrong? No.

          Finally, I’m not sure where Mr. Montcalm and other deniers are reading their science news, but they need to expand their sources to include at least some that are fact-based. Go straight to the peer-reviewed science and read journals such as Nature, Science and Geophysical Research Letters as a start. If one can take all of that together and still remain unconvinced, then they are simply immune to facts.

          Ryan Bays

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          Trump Spoke With Taiwan President In Break With Decades Of U.S. Policy

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              I'm wondering how this will affect our trade relationship. The article seems to suggest war is possible. I'm wondering if Trump even realizes the implications of taking this call.

              http://www.wsj.com/articles/donald-trump-spoke-wit...

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              PTSD: Assaulting The Guarantees In The 1st Amendment

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                  With a little over a month until Donald Trump takes office, the president-elect and his allies have already begun to attack the guarantees of the First Amendment, signaling how imperiled the fundamental freedoms of the Constitution could be under a Trump presidency.


                  A NEW DEFINITION OF THE "BULLY PULPIT"

                  As it has been used in reference to the Office of the President the term "bully pulpit" refers to a conspicuous position that provides an opportunity to speak out and be listened to. It was first used by Teddy Roosevelt, explaining his view of the presidency, in this quotation -- "I suppose my critics will call my exhortation as preaching, but I have got such a bully pulpit!" The word bully itself was an adjective in the vernacular of the time meaning "first- rate," somewhat equivalent to the recent use of the word "awesome." or "terrific". Roosevelt often referred to the White House as his "bully pulpit", by which he from which to advocate an agenda.

                  What is most worrisome is that in Trump's case the word "bully" seems better defined in by its contemporary context as the use of use superior strength, position or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants.

                  Assaulting and Blocking the Media

                  Trump has long shown contempt for the media that disagrees with him or criticizes him and, as he prepares to take power, he and his allies haven’t held back.

                  Corey Lewandowski, who is Trump’s former campaign manager and expected to have a role in a Trump White House, said that New York Times editor Dean Baquet should be in jail because the paper published parts of Trump’s tax return during the campaign.

                  Even after winning the presidency, Trump has had an almost myopic focus on the Times, criticizing the paper’s coverage of him. He has pledged to sue the newspaper.

                  Trump has undermined the press by limiting its access to him as surrogates have made the absurd claim that facts simply don’t exist anymore. Throughout the campaign, Trump denied press credentials to a range of news organizations, from local newspapers and electronic media to BuzzFeed to Politico to the Washington Post. He has said that he thinks media outlets should have to earn their seats in the WH press room. He has not held a press conference since July. And his walks and talks with media that were trademark have all but disappeared.

                  The New York Observer, which is owned by Trump’s son in law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, also published an op-ed this week calling on the FBI to investigate nationwide protests ― a form of constitutionally protected free speech ― following Trump’s victory.

                  His rise was “the most distressing campaign in memory, from the perspective of press freedom,” says Suzanne Nossel, the executive director of PEN American Center, which advocates for free expression. In short, there has probably never been a presidential candidate so openly and publicly hostile to the press.

                  Now that he’s won, “there's definitely reason for concern,” Nossel says. “If the campaign and his past history are any indication, this will be a president who is dismissive of the role of the press. Accusatory. Punitive in his treatment of journalists. Arbitrary. Secretive when he wants to be.”

                  Trump has also tried to bully and intimidate the press more directly and publicly. He regularly pointed out reporters at his campaign rallies to rile up his crowds. He has done so three times since getting elected making it clear that his tactic was not a campaign-mode behavior but something he intends to use from the WH bully pulpit.

                  On the internet, the vitriol from Trump fans that is clearly bullyng. In April, the journalist Julia Ioffe received a barrage of anti-Semitic abuse and death threats after she wrote a critical profile of Trump’s wife Melania for GQ magazine. In October, a Trump supporter sent Newsweek ’s Kurt Eichenwald ( who has been vocal about his epilepsy) a video that triggers seizures. Other Newsweek staffers have received anti-Semitic slurs on Twitter and memes about hanging journalists from trees. Since his election the barrage of hateful e-mails, letters and tweets has ebbed and flowed depending in ways that appear to be linked to Trump's own tweeting.


                  Overturning the Right to Burn the U.S. Flags

                  The incoming commander in chief has also suggested that Americans who burn flags should lose their citizenship and do jail time. That would be a clear violation of the constitution, as the Supreme Court ruled in in two cases making it clear that flag burning was constitutionally protected speech. The late Justice Antonin Scalia, who Trump has lauded as a judicial hero and model for his future nominees, was a crucial vote supporting the majority in each case.

                  Trump's attacks on news organizations, including CNN and The New York Times, have also worried those who fear he has the First Amendment in his sights. He warned during the campaign that he would "open up" libel laws to make it easier for him to sue news organizations if he was elected president.

                  Banning Muslims: A Religious Test

                  Trump’s statement that Muslims should be banned from entering the United States is also an attack on the First Amendment. Trump's call for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. would violate the 1st Amendment's establishment clause “by explicitly disapproving of one religion and implicitly preferring others.”. While he backed away from the proposal in the last months of the campaign and has not mentioned it in the transition the very idea that he proposed it in the first place and made it a centerpiece of his campaign remains very disturbing to many.

                  A Nixonian Principle: Whatever the President does is Legal

                  The oft quoted statement from Richard Nixon during the Frost interviews has been spotlight recently in terms of Trump's understanding of limitations on the presidency: "When the president does it, that means it is not illegal." In particular here’s been logic emerging from the Trump team that anything Trump does is protected by the office of the presidency from public examination. When he explained the potential conflict of interest with his business, for example, Trump said “the law’s totally on my side, the president can’t have a conflict of interest.” Trump has also said that he will use Executive Orders is a far more expansive and far reaching fashion fashion than any president in history, except perhaps Abraham Lincoln.

                  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-f...

                  http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/29/politics/donald-trum...

                  http://www.thewrap.com/will-president-donald-trump...

                  http://www.newsweek.com/2016-election-donald-trump...

                  http://billmoyers.com/story/trumps-threat-first-am...

                  * Until Mr. Trump has earned the title, I will refrain from referring to his as President Trump, or The President, or Mr. President. While I respect the office, my complete lack of respect for him overshadows that historic sentiment. I am open to being surprised. I am also going to bring the same level of energy and purpose to my critique of him that opponents of President Barack H. Obama did during his 8 years as our President.

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                  With Trump, Affluenza Rules The Country

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                      The Rightwing was angry and they showed their anger at the voting booth and helped to get Trump elected because of Trump's so many promises. Many on the Right assumed that Trump was going to be the Champion of the working/middle class and wasn't going to be just another establishment politician. Now reality is beginning to set in and what do we begin to see unfold? Trump moving our Country back to the worst of the Bush era with his policies and placement of those wealthiest people into very critical Cabinet positions (Mnuchin-Sec. of Treasury and Ross-Head of the Commerce Dept.) If that isn't bad enough lets look at who Trump is relying upon for his economic policies. Tom Barrack-Runs an Investment firm in ten countries, Andy Beal-Owner of largest group of private banks, Beal Bank, Steve Feinberg-founder of Cerberus Capital Management, Howard Lorber-President and CEO of Vector Capital, Lorber, just to name a few. All of Trump's advisers are extremely wealthy, most being billionaires. Do you see a pattern here? Then if that isn't bad enough, Trump the Champion of the masses wants to roll back Dodd-Frank, wants to once again deregulate the banks, and continue to give the wealthiest greater tax breaks so they can continue to accumulate even more wealth. Anyone see how Trump's agenda is shaping up to help the working/middle class?

                      Trump got his base to vote for him because his base was outright angry at establishment politicians and wanted change. So, what happens now when Trump becomes the establishment and in order for Trump to Make America Great Again he moves right back in the direction of the worst days of the Bush Era which almost brought our Country down. If anyone thinks the gap in the disparity of wealth is going to shrink then I have some really prime ocean front property in South Dakota I am willing to sell you for a very cheap price.

                      https://trofire.com/2016/12/03/trump-affluenza-rul...

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                      Twitter War With President Elect

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                          This young lady very loudly opposed the president elect via Twitter, due to his outbursts about SNL. I believe that Trump needs to curb his tweeting or grow a thicker skin. But, it is interesting that the common folk have such unprecedented access to the leader of the free world. Personally I agree with Danielle and would like to high five her, but find myself a bit worried about her. What do you think?


                          http://news.groopspeak.com/a-woman-just-stood-up-t...

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                          Trump’s Taiwan Gambit

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                              Trump’s Taiwan Gambit

                              Blunder or Tactic?


                              Bull in a China shop: Trump risks diplomatic blowup in Asia - Getty

                              By Ray Cunneff

                              12-3-2016

                              We’ve all heard the story by now. Or have we?

                              President-elect Donald Trump rattled foreign policy experts Friday by speaking directly by phone with the president of Taiwan, a break with more than 35 years of U.S. policy that was certain to infuriate China more than a month before he assumes office. Headlines proclaimed: "Bull in a China Shop".

                              Predictably, on Saturday the Chinese government lodged a formal protest with Washington over Trump’s phone call with President Tsai, the first such contact in breach of the “One China” principle that has served as the basis of the U.S.- China diplomatic relationship since 1979. And in this instance, the Obama administration could rightly claim "plausible deniability".

                              The United States and Taiwan have a strong but unofficial relationship and Trump's phone call was assumed by many to reflect an inadvertent breach of protocol by a businessman unfamiliar with delicate diplomatic formalities.

                              It was unclear whether the president-elect intended to signal a policy shift that could antagonize Beijing even before he takes office or simply to expand a business market.

                              And while Asia watchers were still scrambling to process the extraordinary breach of diplomatic protocol, conflicting narratives emerged over just who contacted whom? Trump tweeted on Friday evening, "The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency".

                              Without a hint of apology, Trump tweeted, "Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call."

                              Although Trump insisted that they called him, that’s apparently not quite true.

                              The Taipei Times reported the call had been scheduled, its purpose pre-determined, arranged by Trump’s “Taiwan-friendly campaign staff after his aides briefed him on issues regarding Taiwan and the situation in the Taiwan Strait.”

                              The reporting suggested that the conversation between Tsai and Trump could “prompt the establishment of a direct communications channel between the two sides”, thereby reducing misunderstandings and benefiting the relationship. In the same article, it was announced that Stephen Yates was scheduled to visit Taiwan from Tuesday to Sunday next week.

                              Wait, what?

                              Under what authority is Stephen Yates meeting with President Tsai, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the National Security Council Secretary-General (apart from being a good friend of Reince Priebus)? He has no official position with either the Obama administration or the Trump transition team, although it's believed he will eventually find a place in the new administration.

                              Stephen Yates was deputy security adviser to former Bush VP Dick Cheney, so this does not appear to be a Trump business overture or a trade-related poke at China after all. He's not a business or trade representative, nor is he meeting with business or trade people.

                              So what's really going on here? (And who's behind it?)

                              It's beginning to look like Trump's inexperienced businessman persona is being used as geo-political "cover" for a strategic agenda involving Taiwan whose purpose is as yet unclear. It's a particularly dangerous game to be provoking China right now, since we may soon be relying upon them in dealing with North Korea's nuclear missile threat.

                              There's something else going on here, something Trump himself may not fully grasp.


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                              CARRIER DEAL IS A MEDIA STUNT!

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                                  Now that people have had chance to think about it, it becomes clear that the Carrier deal isn't what initially it was cracked up to be. In fact, it seems likely to backfire big time!

                                  http://theweek.com/speedreads/665041/indiana-givin...

                                  When will the voters get it?
                                  The deal was "hammered out by" Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the vice president-elect, who seemed as surprised as Trump that Carrier agreed to reverse itself on outsourcing the jobs. Not everyone thinks $7 million (spread over 10 years) in tax breaks is a good trade for 800 jobs, especially since 1,300 United Technologies jobs are still leaving for Mexico (Carrier also gets credit in the deal for keeping 300 white collar jobs in Indiana that were not leaving). And the criticism comes from both the right and left.

                                  In essence, United Technologies took Trump hostage and won. And that should send a shock wave of fear through all workers across the country.
                                  Trump's "Carrier shakedown is a short-term political victory that will hurt workers and the economy if it becomes the norm for the next four years," says The Wall Street Journal in an editorial. Along with his Ford bullying, "Trump has now muscled his way into at least two corporate decisions about where and how to do business. But who would you rather have making a decision about where to make furnaces or cars? A company whose profitability depends on making good decisions, or a branding executive turned politician who wants to claim political credit?"

                                  In other words, we've been "played"!


                                  And Mr. Trump? Welcome to the big big time. Time will tell who gets fired and who doesn't! Presidents who take on the corporations and win are few and far between. You're not destined to join that group. You've pre-staffed your cabinet with people who're already laughing behind your back.

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                                  The Enemy Of Populism Is The Untold Truth.

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                                      The constant and the continuous line or lie depending upon your viewpoint about the rise of Populism within Western Societies is the idea that a way of life, the white diaspora and that settled culture is somewhat under the most deadly of threats to its very existence. Centuries of History seemingly forgotten or more accurately Ignored by those swept up upon the promises of being listened to, being heard, being recognised as important.

                                      What we see with today's Populism isn't based upon anything other than what can be mass produced as Truth when in fact Truth in a Populist world is the first victim. From that decimation of the truth the Populist Mindset is free to cause havoc to the Facts and more importantly allows the apportion of blame to anyone and everyone. But again, this is History already written.

                                      In Europe Populism is sweeping across the continent, then again with a Refugee crisis and the images of thousands seeking shelter from those very nations who for Centuries had played critical roles at critical times in History that had seen the old powers of Europe benefit greatly with little regard for what was left behind.

                                      Look at the Arab Spring when country after country fell to the weight of protests and in instances deadly violence against the remnants of the Puppet powers that filled the vacuum of vacated once European Territories.

                                      Most of those who watched on from Europe and the rest of the world with fear of and loathing towards the Humanitarian Crisis and that the Continent of Africa is providing many of those who make the treacherous and dangerous and often deadly journey to those old Rulers.


                                      Just over 100 years ago.....Here's who controlled what can be described as one of the largest departure lounges for today's refugee crisis....

                                      Most of those who utterly despise this result of human suffering will almost certainly ignore their own Nation's hand in creating the continent we all see and witness today. Most will ignore the arrogance and the brutality their own nation visited upon those who did not invite those Empire Builders and more importantly were left with Despots and Dictatorial minded who if anything learned that out and out brutality and subjugation as demonstrated by their former Colonial Rulers.

                                      Populism doesn't recognise this history because populists believe that the Contemporary always usurps Historical. Of course this is one of those almost fatal flaws in Populist 'thinkers'. Those who take great pride in their rich western mindset and love their nation and its flags show a monumentally deficiency in even understanding their own nation.

                                      The Populism that is at its very core simple Racism and fear of Brown or Black human beings ignores these settled historical facts......It needs to if it wants to survive the age of information. Although as is with false populism, the actual facts are there to be shot at, figuratively and literally. Old labels that still stand are given a makeover where Bigots, Racists, Xenophobes are referred to by different names.

                                      Populism and its greatest folly is ultimately the realities that are deliberately ignored by those swept up in a fervent anger based upon little else but long held hatred of others, an idea that if enough rise up or as is the case with this current populist rise across Europe and the US the ideas put out there will ultimately fail. It is easy to fear a spectre of sheer ignorance in massed numbers particularly when they engage political systems and democracy in order to destroy these political systems and democracies by showing up to vote, a one off ''F*** You'' to the man.....whilst voting for that man and that man's Political Party.

                                      The Un-Establishment Establishment Disestablishmentarianism Types....

                                      Those who manipulated the masses into believing that the UK leaving the European Union was for the good of the Little Islanders fed fears of the Establishment allowing massive numbers of Immigrants into the Uk. Promises made are promises that they knew could simply not be kept.

                                      In fact as it is with the Brexit Pre Article 50 Invocation, the flaws of Populism and more importantly the realities of Populist Planning rarely goes beyond a winning margin. Right now there are Supreme Court Judgements pending upon how Article 50 will be triggered.

                                      All the while it is clear that the EU won't go quietly into the night as the UK should it leave will have to pay a fee for entry to the free market, whilst being outside of EU, in essence the lie of the millions that could be brought back to the UK will be duly sent back for a piece of the free market pie that was rejected by those who campaigned to leave.

                                      All the realities that were held back behind a Dam of false media, false figures and of course the worst of all the lies that are believed, the lie that it will be better for everyone when in fact those who peddle ill thought out ideas and plans have nothing to offer.......the Dam of Lies bursts and reality soon refocuses minds.

                                      The hangover of Electoral or Referendum victories with these waves of Populism is the painful reality that with great promises of a better future are obliterated by the lies the Populist movement feed off.

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