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Saturday, February 03, 2018

There are images that come to mind when we imagine a democracy's end. Democracies fall in coups and revolutions, burn in fires and riots, collapse amid war and plague. When they die, they die screaming. Not anymore, argue Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt in their new book, How Democracies Die. In most modern cases, "democracies erode slowly, in barely visible steps." They rot from the inside, poisoned by leaders who "subvert the very process that brought them to power." They are hollowed out, the trappings of democracy present long after the soul of the system is snuffed out ... Demagogues and authoritarians do not destroy democracies. It's established political parties, and the choices they make when faced with demagogues and authoritarians, that decide whether democracies survive.


Saturday, January 20, 2018

The federal government shut down at midnight Friday as senators continued to scramble to reach a deal to fund the government. This is the first modern government shutdown with Congress and the White House controlled by the same party, and it comes on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration. Trump's White House however immediately blamed Democrats for the shutdown. ... "It's almost as if you were rooting for a shutdown," [Democratic Sen. Chuck] Schumer said from the Senate floor. "And now we will have one. And the blame should crash entirely on President Trump's shoulders. This will be called the Trump shutdown. This will be called the Trump shutdown because there is no one, no one, who deserves the blame for the position we find ourselves in than President Trump."


Monday, December 18, 2017

Fox News is facing fierce backlash on social media after host Jesse Watters suggested that a "coup" might be underway in the U.S. Watters on his show Saturday night stepped up his attacks against special counsel Robert Mueller, claiming that now that there's proof at least some agents on Mueller's investigative team were biased against President Trump, there may be evidence of a "coup." read more


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Texas Rep. Joe Barton has announced he will retire, after a nude photo of him circulated online and it was revealed he had exchanged sexually charged messages with a supporter. The announcement Thursday by the veteran Republican came after a Texas newspaper revealed the Facebook conversations Barton had with tea party activist Kelly Canon in which Barton sometimes steered the chats to inappropriate topics, such as asking if she was wearing panties. read more


Monday, November 27, 2017

President Donald Trump revived his derogatory nickname for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on Monday, referring to her as "Pocahontas" during an event honoring Native American veterans at the White House.

Trump told the veterans: "You were here long before any of us were here. Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas." read more


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FTA:

"2017 was the best year for conservatives in the 30 years that I've been here," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said this week. "The best year on all fronts. And a lot of people were shocked because we didn't know what we were getting with Donald Trump."

The best year on all fronts. Think about that for a moment. If you want to know why congressional Republicans are opening an assault on the FBI in order to protect Trump, it can be found in that comment. This was a year in which Trump undermined the press, fired the director of the FBI, cozied up to Russia, baselessly alleged he was wiretapped, threatened to jail his political opponents, publicly humiliated his attorney general for recusing himself from an investigation, repeatedly claimed massive voter fraud against him, appointed a raft of unqualified and occasionally ridiculous candidates to key positions, mishandled the aftermath of the Puerto Rico hurricane, and threatened to use antitrust and libel laws against his enemies.

And yet McConnell surveyed the tax cuts he passed and the regulations he repealed and called this not a mixed year for his political movement, not a good year for his political movement, but the best year he'd ever seen.

How Democracies Die argues that to survive, political systems need parties who place fundamental values above immediate political or policy gain. America's democracy is currently operating without that protection. History shows that leaves us vulnerable.

Sorry Trumpsters but you're the turds in this punch bowl.

A certain amount of drift in a political party's views/platform is to be expected ove periods of time.

But the three things that have been consistent in the GOP's platform in my lifetime have been:

A. First and foremost, love, undying adulation and worship of the one true almighty God, money.
B. Obsession with a boogeyman, whether it be the Russians (LOL...not anymore!), blacks, gays, intellectuals or just plain ol' libruls.
C. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, else is negotiable under the right circumstances.

Seriously, the rate at which you guys declare your own as "RINOs" is on par with a drunk bipolar schizophrenic who accidentally took acid while snorting meth while a needle magically sticks into their arm claiming those around them are out to get them. Lately, you've been just as paranoid too.

The rate at which you guys throw Jesus and his teachings under the bus is enough to make a good Conservative blush. (But that's how you know who the good Conservatives are *wink*)

The frequency with which you defend, deny or deflect from adultery, sexual predation, lying, cheating, stealing and ACTUALLY damaging the country you so frequently claim to love is mind boggling.

In other words, the only thing consistent is money, hate and immediate political or policy gain.

All the while claiming to be the party of values.

Hey, I guess I just found another consistency-you tend to be the polar opposite of what's good and best for this country and its people.

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