Is One Term Enough?

The news these days….is mostly speculation….

Trump has been beaten…..what can we say about his one term presidency?

President Trump is a commanding presence in the public arena of 2020, but what about a century from now? In a New York Times op-ed, NPR’s Steve Inskeep takes the long view and suggests that Trump’s presidential legacy will be relatively minor. Trump appears on track to be viewed by future historians less as a proactive president in his own right than as “the reaction to a game-changing president—Barack Obama,” writes Inskeep, the author of books on 19th-century American history. “Something like this is true of many presidents,” he adds. “A relative handful enact lasting change, while others respond to them.” In Trump’s case, he rose as a candidate with fierce attacks on Obama and continued them as president.

Trump, of course, will leave his imprint on the nation, including with his tax cuts, his Supreme Court picks, and his unprecedented use of social media. Controversies such as his efforts to ban Muslims from entering the country will surely be dissected in future history textbooks. But Trump’s failure to win a second term doesn’t bode well in terms of his place in history. “In those same textbooks, President Trump may be a minor player in the larger story of a democracy grappling with demands for a more equal society—an era marked by the election of Mr. Obama, the first Black president,” writes Inskeep. (Read his full column.)

What can we say about the one term presidents?

Donald Trump is officially a one-term president, the first to fail a reelection bid in nearly 30 years. But history shows his loss isn’t surprising, given the circumstances.

One-term presidents used to be a lot more common. Take the period between 1837 (when Andrew Jackson’s second term ended) and 1860, for example — no president served more than one term. And between 1900 and 1932, we had seven presidents, only one of whom served two full terms. (Some died in office, some lost reelection, and some chose not to run for another term.) But in the modern era, presidents have increasingly left office because term limits prevent them from staying, not because the voters have turned them out.

What Makes A One-Term President?

I have heard a rumor that Joe Biden would only serve one term and give his VP a chance to continue the Obama legacy…..the talking point is his age…..how creditable is this gossip?

We can go to the words of the nominee himself about a second term…..

President Trump has suggested Joe Biden has slipped mentally. Age is a fair issue, Joe Biden says in a new interview. “I think it’s a legitimate question to ask anybody over 70 years old whether or not they’re fit and whether they’re ready,” the Democratic presidential nominee says. Trump is 74, and Biden would be taking office at age 78. Biden’s answer to doubters: “Watch me.” Biden addressed the issue in an interview to be broadcast Sunday night, ABC reports. Interviewed with his running mate, Kamala Harris, Biden said, “Look at us both, what we say, what we do, what we control, what we know, what kind of shape we’re in.” Asked what it meant when he suggested he’s a transition candidate, Biden said it didn’t mean he would be a one-termer. He “absolutely” is open to serving two terms, he said.

The “transition” reference was about Democratic failures in “building the bench” in state offices, Biden said. The nominee said his goal is to “make sure when this is over, we have a new Senate, we won back statehouses, we’re in a position where we transition to a period of bringing people up to the visibility that they need to get to be able to lead nationally. And that’s about raising people up.” Harris laughed off Trump’s insults in the interview, per the Guardian, as attempts to distract from “the harm” he’s doing to the country. In an recent opinion piece on CNN, Lincoln Mitchell pointed out the dangers of coming into office as a lame duck. If Biden makes clear he’s only in for one term, Mitchell writes, Harris becomes the frontrunner for 2024, and “Democratic unity will not last long.”

Oh Joe!  Please do not run in 2024….after four years the country will have had enough of the dinosaur policies of the Dems.

And Kamala will be not that much better either……she is just an extension of the Old Fart policies of Bubba Clinton.

Can we please get some fresh ideas for 2024…..PLEASE!  Before it is too late!

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A Democratic Mandate

A few days after it was apparent that Biden had won the 2020 election all the pundits were clamoring about a Dem mandate and that the country could go about healing from the Trump years.

Personally I think it was BS I did not believe the prediction and still think it was nothing more than a vote against Trump not that the country was ready for a change.

The questions that arise now are simple enough: what caused Trump to lose the election, and to what extent did Americans vote for Biden, as opposed to voting against Trump? Answers to these questions emerge from a careful examination of pre-election polling and Edison’s national exit polling, the latter of which surveyed both in-person and mail-in/absentee voters to collect information on voters’ demographic backgrounds and their political and economic motivations. What we find is that mass anger at racial injustice, the disaster of Covid-19, and the depressed economy that accompanied it, were all chief difference makers in the election outcome.

Election 2020: a Democratic Mandate or a Vote Against Trump?

The closing days of the campaign the polls were showing that Biden had  a large lead over Trump in most states….and yet when the counting is done it is about the same as usual….candidates in about n5% of each other…..

So the polls were massively wrong yet again.

Again these so-called “momentary looks” at the election cycle…are made up crap to drive the news reporting not an accurate look at the campaign.

And millions are spent trying to convince the viewers of whatever paradigm they are pushing……

My thought is there is NO mandate…..and unless the Dems change their path they will go down in defeat in 2022 and in 2024…..

Bookmark this post and check me to see if I have indeed predicted the election outcome in the next two votes.

Sadly this nation is in poor shape and I do not think that it can be healed in 4 years….if not then we can start this silly cycle all over again….unfortunately Biden is doing very little to change this country for the better…..

Today, after a contentious election and with the results of the presidential race still uncertain, we are all now looking down at the ground. It’s been four years since Donald Trump dropped the buttered toast of our democracy onto the floor.

After four years face down in the dirt, can our democracy be picked up, dusted off, and restored to some semblance of integrity?

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/11/04/us-democracy-four-year-rule

I know…I know….we got that idiot out of the White House…..great….but what will the new guy bring to the country?

So far I see NOTHING new and appears he is trying to remake the Obama years with his personnel….Under Biden we’re set to experience four years (if he lasts that long) of negative creep, a steady recrudescence of the same policies–economic, social, environmental and military–which led us to into the very quagmire where nearly all of us are now inexorably sinking.

Biden is a politician who is unlikely to disappoint his followers for the simple reason that he has few truly devoted adherents and offers them little of substance. Mostly, he delivers on small things, tiny symbolic acts that serve to mask the broader betrayals of movements and aspirations he claimed to represent but never had any real interest in. Unlike Obama, idealism was never Biden’s calling card. His entire career he has sold a brutal brand of pragmatism behind a dental implant smile.

I agree it is early….but the outlook gets dimmer by the day…and we still over a  month from the new dude taking the oath.

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Nothing Changes With Democrats

The world owes Donald Trump thanks. But for him, our next president would be Donald Trump, and “moderate” Democrats – spineless defenders of the pre-Trumpian status quo and of the interests of the kinder-gentler wing of the ruling class — would have done even more harm than they did.

Needless to say, this is not how liberal media see it. As soon as the election was called, they went on the offense. Within a day or two, watching MSNBC and CNN became unbearable, worse even than listening to NPR or reading the drivel of most New York Times and Washington Post columnists.

Stephanie Rule, Claire McCaskill, Dana Bush and a few others were among the first to go on the attack, but within hours and with very few exceptions, they all followed suit – blaming not themselves and their politics, but the politics of leftists within the Democratic fold for the fact that the “blue tsunami” they were all expecting failed to materialize.

Damn Moderates

As I type the Dem candidate, Joe Biden, is winning the presidency….but to be fair it is not over yet……that is not over in Trump’s tiny mind…..

The Dems have proven that they remain spineless after 50 years of snuggling up to corporate cash…..gutless and spineless to the end.

The Dems are once again looking for someone to blame because they lost some seats……like in 2016 it was my fault because I voted Green that Hillary lost…..not that she was a horrible candidate that had NO feel for the voter just a sense of entitlement…like her crooked husband.

The public overwhelmingly supports Medicare For All…..the Green New Deal….Minimum wage increase…..etc etc…..even FOX News is reporting that …..Election Day exit polling showing that 72% of voters favor transitioning to a “government-run healthcare plan.”

That is Progressive and yet the Centrist keep trying keep the health industry in the loop and profitable.  Once again these Centrist illustrate why Hillary lost and why they are becoming a political dinosaur that is due for extinction.

But the Centrists are whining and blaming….

In a heated caucus-wide conference call on Thursday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other centrist Democrats in the U.S. House reportedly blamed lost congressional seats on the redistributive agenda advanced by the party’s progressive members, with Majority Whip James Clyburn warning that running on “socialized medicine” will result in losing the two runoff races in Georgia that could give the party a Senate majority.

“Polls consistently show a majority of the U.S. electorate [is] considerably to the left of both party leaderships… on issue after issue—the environment, electoral reform, [and] Medicare for All,” said Jacobin’s Luke Savage, less than 72 hours before the Democratic Party establishment recycled its attacks on popular progressive policies following a underwhelming showing at the ballot box. 

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/06/centrist-house-democrats-attack-medicare-all-fox-news-poll-shows-72-voters-want

The Progressives in the House are pushing back on the attacks from the do-nothing Centrists…..

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did not directly address comments made in Thursday evening’s House Democratic caucus call on Friday, but in an extensive Twitter thread the congresswoman discussed multiple reasons for rejecting centrist Democrats’ claims that the embrace of progressive policies led to lackluster election results for the party. 

Support for broadly popular policies like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All and relentless canvassing by progressives in the House—even when Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign declined to campaign in key states—were among the factors which helped unapologetic progressives win elections this year, the New York Democrat tweeted, while centrist candidates lost or came close to losing. 

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/06/ocasio-cortez-dismisses-centrist-attempts-blame-left-dem-losses-calling-party-listen

This is why I like these Reps…they do not mince words and go to the heart of the problems.

Keep in mind that Progressives worked hard for Biden and if he does what I think he will and turn his back on them then they will make them, Centrists,  pay in 2022 and 2024.

The evident defeat of Donald Trump would not have been possible without the grassroots activism and hard work of countless progressives. Now, on vital issues—climate, healthcare, income inequality, militarism, the prison-industrial complex, corporate power and so much more—it’s time to engage with the battle that must happen inside the Democratic Party.

The realpolitik rationales for the left to make nice with the incoming Democratic president are bogus. All too many progressives gave the benefit of doubts to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, making it easier for them to service corporate America while leaving working-class Americans in the lurch. Two years later, in 1994 and 2010, Republicans came roaring back and took control of Congress.

From the outset, progressive organizations and individuals (whether they consider themselves to be “activists” or not) should confront Biden and other elected Democrats about profound matters. Officeholders are supposed to work for the public interest. And if they’re serving Wall Street instead of Main Street, we should show that we’re ready, willing and able to “primary” them.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/11/06/progressives-made-trumps-defeat-possible-now-its-time-challenge-biden-and-other

Centrists are pussies that have their corporate handlers best interest at heart not the people of this nation….and yet they blame everybody but themselves for their poor showings at the polls.

As usual Dems were cocky and overconfident and blew their advantage by embracing the wrong policies……by basically shrugged off all policies with the exception of “Beat Trump”……they, Centrist, need a message….something they have not had for decades…the Progressives have that message and maybe it is time to pull Centrists heads out of corporate asses and embrace some true issues.

A memo to the Democratic Party from four progressive organizations outlines how through a number of unforced errors in an attempt to appeal to conservatives and moderates rather than the more forward-looking Democratic base, the party allowed the loss of a number of congressional seats—and now risks further alienating the racial justice organizers and working-class voters who helped deliver President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. 

The memo (pdf) from Justice Democrats, the Sunrise Movement, New Deal Strategies, and Data for Progress comes a week after centrist Democrats including House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.), and Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Penn.) explicitly blamed progressive policy proposals such as Medicare for All, far-reaching police reform, and a fracking ban for congressional losses.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/11/memo-democrats-2020-elections-show-progressive-vision-not-centrist-restraint-winning

Since the Centrists will be in control we can look for NO progress on any issue that means anything to the nation.

A memo to the Democratic Party from four progressive organizations outlines how through a number of unforced errors in an attempt to appeal to conservatives and moderates rather than the more forward-looking Democratic base, the party allowed the loss of a number of congressional seats—and now risks further alienating the racial justice organizers and working-class voters who helped deliver President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. 

The memo (pdf) from Justice Democrats, the Sunrise Movement, New Deal Strategies, and Data for Progress comes a week after centrist Democrats including House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.), and Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Penn.) explicitly blamed progressive policy proposals such as Medicare for All, far-reaching police reform, and a fracking ban for congressional losses.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/11/memo-democrats-2020-elections-show-progressive-vision-not-centrist-restraint-winning

You asked for a policy-less DNC and now you have it…..

Do Not Bitch And Whine….this is what you wanted.

BTW…I will be cruising blogs and looking for those that supported Biden when they start bitching…I will be there to remind them that I TOLD THEM SO!

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Blame The Progressives

This time around Dems cannot blame the Green Party for their loss…..but they will look until they find someone to blame to their lack of a real plan for this nation.

The Dems lost some seats in the House and failed to turn the Senate blue so as per usual the Moderates started blaming everybody for the losses and the “Progressives” take the brunt of their attacks.

They say that issues like Medicare For All and the Green New Deal were labelled by Repubs as “socialism” and the moderates lost their edge…..

AOC made some excellent points about the allegations by the Gutless Centrists….

  • Progressives aren’t to blame for the party’s congressional losses, a narrative centrists have argued. The election showed that “progressive policies do not hurt candidates, Ocasio-Cortez said, adding the example that “every single candidate that co-sponsored Medicare for All in a swing district kept their seat.”
  • The party’s operation deserves blame. “There’s a reason Barack Obama built an entire national campaign apparatus outside of the Democratic National Committee,” she said, adding that “the party—in and of itself—does not have the core competencies, and no amount of money is going to fix that.” When Obama’s organization faded away, she said, “we lost House majorities.”
  • Republican success in the messaging battle can be traced to Democrats’ weak online presence. In fact, “Our party isn’t even online, not in a real way that exhibits competence,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I don’t think anybody who is not on the internet in a real way in the Year of our Lord 2020 and loses an election can blame anyone else.”
  • Joe Biden’s transition decisions will show how open his administration will be to progressives. If it’s not, “we’re going to lose,” she said. “It’s really hard for us to turn out nonvoters when they feel like nothing changes for them.”
  • The significance of Biden’s election is that “we aren’t in a free fall to hell anymore.” But that doesn’t mean the nation is out of the woods yet. “Whether we’re going to pick ourselves up or not is the lingering question,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “We paused this precipitous descent.”

I agree with her thoughts…..Progressives are not to blame….Centrist Dems are terrible candidates and cowards.

First the Moderates/Centrists are so lame they could not defend themselves and now they want to blame others for the pussy ass campaigns….typical Centrist cowardice.

But let’s look at the issues that they are blaming for their losses…..M4A and Green New Deal……

Here are the facts:

►112 co-sponsors of Medicare for All were on the ballot in November. All 112 of them won their races.

►98 co-sponsors of the Green New Deal were on the ballot in November. Only one of them have lost an election.

Bernie has written an op-ed in USA Today shooting down all the accusations by the gutless spineless Centrists…..

You’re reading the Opposing View, one of two perspectives in Today’s Debate.

I am very proud of the hard work that the progressive community put into electing Joe Biden as our next president.

And let’s be clear: This election was not just a normal election between two candidates. It was much more important than that. It was an election about retaining our democracy, preserving the rule of law, believing in science and ending pathological lying in the White House. And with a record-breaking turnout, the American people voted to reject President Donald Trump’s racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, religious bigotry and authoritarianism. That is very good news.

Even so, truth be told, the election results in the House and Senate were disappointing. Despite Joe Biden winning the popular vote by more than 5 million votes, the Democrats lost seats in the House and, so far, have only picked up one seat in the Senate.

Now, with the blame game erupting, corporate Democrats are attacking so-called far-left policies like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal for election defeats in the House and the Senate. They are dead wrong.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/todaysdebate/2020/11/11/bernie-sanders-dont-blame-so-called-far-left-policies-editorials-debates/6258716002/

I agree with Bernie….the DNC needs to pull it’s head out of corporate America’s ass and start representing the people that vote for them and not the free lunches they get with the wealthy.

Then there is the Media…..they have been pushing Biden even before he announced and gave Centrist candidates far more exposure than any of the true progressives…..and they continued their assault on progressives by helping the cowards centrists blame others fir their failures…..

In a write-up about the call, the Washington Post‘s Rachael Bade and Erica Werner (11/5/20) quoted and paraphrased 14 sources blaming those who “endorse far-left positions” for Democrats’ losses, counterbalanced by only four sources defending the left. All of the progressive sources were named; half of the establishment sources were either quoted anonymously or presented as unspecified “moderates”—or, twice, simply as “Democrats,” committing the exasperatingly common journalistic sleight-of-hand that erases progressive Democrats as legitimate members of their party.

In addition to quoting a handful of participants on the call, Bade and Werner interviewed numerous “moderates” for the article (“Several moderate Democrats said in interviews…”), but only managed to interview two progressives: Alexandra Rojas, head of the leftist PAC Justice Democrats, along with Rep. Jared Huffman, a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus—who took the side of the centrists.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/11/11/when-centrists-lose-corporate-media-blame-left

The MSM is still NOT a source for accuracy and facts….

Before some lame Centrist tries to equate me with a Bernie supporter……you are WRONG.  I like some of his ideas but he is too damn old…..if I were going to vote for an Old Fart I would have chosen Biden…..BTW I dd not vote for him (before they ask)…..

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Democrats Have Screwed Themselves

Will they or won’t they…..win the presidency in the 2020 election…..I have always stated that the Dems have great ideas but cannot translate those ideas into action…..for instance……In the midst of a killer pandemic and mass unemployment, the Democrats could have offered the nation a universal health care plan, a moratorium on evictions and a guaranteed basic income. Instead, they believed that the key to victory over Trump was to meld neoliberal economics with a neoconservative foreign policy.

If Biden wins and the Senate stays in GOP hands then any “Progressive” ideas will be dashed on the rocks of progress…there will be NO minimum wage increase……nor any substantial action on climate change……health care will be the same f**ked up mess it was in the Obama years…..I really do not see much happening with criminal justice reform either…..just a Congress that goes through the exercise so they can claim they are working….

And after “Progressives” broke for Biden….and they will get nothing in return…..my thought is screw them!….from this point on keep progressives ideals in the forefront and stop showing your lack of spine.

All in all nothing about a Biden win should be applauded….other than a change in the executive bathroom in the White House….however the Dem strategists are making like the election was all blue skies and unicorns…..spin at its best!

It was a disaster……Dems lost Latino voters…..Black voters…..lost female votes as well…..gained a few white men…..

But there were plenty of complaints to go around—over faulty polling, Republican attack ads, and more—as expectations had been raised sky high for election night gains and that made the setbacks all the more disorienting. Rather than bolstering their majority, as planned, Democrats lost a handful of freshman lawmakers who had just won in a 2018 midterm election backlash against the president. Among the shortcomings lawmakers complained about in the Thursday call:

  • They focused too narrowly on health care, when voters were also worried about the economy.
  • They failed to fight back when Republicans labeled them “socialists” aligned with the party’s most liberal firebrands.
  • They didn’t knock on doors to meet voters, focusing instead on phone calls, digital outreach, and TV ads, due to the health risks of campaigning during the pandemic.
  • They lost Latino voters in some places, and white, working class men in others.
  • They did not pass more COVID aid through Congress when Americans needed help most.

Other Democrats argued it was always going to be difficult to defend the House majority. It was won in 2018 with more women and minority candidates in history, reaching into districts Trump had won in 2016. Holding onto those seats would be tougher once the president was back on the ballot. Democratic freshman Rep. Elissa Slotkin, who won re-election in Michigan, did so with a more narrow margin than she did in 2018. “With President Trump on the ballot, it just drove enormous turnout that was almost impossible to surmount” in some areas, she said.

“We did not win every battle but we did win the war,” Pelosi said.

Winning the war would be a livable minimum wage…..health care for all….climate actions…..but none of those ill be possible because these dinosaurs control the Party and the Party owes too much to money to be effective……oh Nancy you guys have failed miserably!

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The Issues That Divide

Tomorrow is the big day…will it be Trump or will it be Biden?

There are those issues that divide our people….but in reality those issues are not all that ….

Here is a look at some of the more pressing issues and the so-called “divide”…..the site fivethirtyeight.com takes a look at the divisions….

  • A public health insurance option: 45 percent of Republicans supported a government-operated health insurance plan that all Americans could enroll in, while 47 percent opposed this idea, according to the New York Times/Siena poll. This was also a popular idea overall — 67 percent of Americans, including 87 percent of Democrats, supported a public option.
  • State and local government policies to limit the spread of COVID-19, such as requirements to wear masks: 56 percent of Republicans said state and local governments are taking “reasonable steps to protect people,” while 43 percent said those moves are “unreasonable attempts to control people,” per PRRI. These policies were broadly popular — 76 percent of Americans, including 94 percent of Democrats, said state and local governments were taking reasonable steps.
  • A mini-Green New Deal: 46 percent of Republicans opposed a “$2 trillion plan to increase the use of renewable energy and build energy-efficient infrastructure,” and 45 percent of Republicans supported it, according to the New York Times/Siena survey. The question referred neither to Biden nor to the “Green New Deal.” (The former vice president has a $2 trillion proposal that focuses on both improving America’s infrastructure and reducing the nation’s use of fossil fuels. It’s basically a shrunken-down version of the Green New Deal.) It’s quite possible that support for this proposal would be much lower among Republicans if the question cast it as, say, “Joe Biden’s version of the Green New Deal.” But it’s interesting that the concept of a more modest Green New Deal is not that unpopular with Republicans. Sixty-six percent of Americans, including 89 percent of Democrats, supported this idea.
  • Getting a COVID-19 vaccine: 54 percent of Republicans said they would “probably” or “definitely” get a vaccine for COVID-19 if it were approved by the FDA, and 40 percent said they “probably” or “definitely” would not get it, per the New York Times/Siena survey. Sixty-one percent of Americans, including 69 percent of Democrats, said they would “probably” or “definitely” get the vaccine.
  • The levels of discrimination Black and Hispanic Americans face: About half of Republicans (52 percent) said that Black Americans face “a lot” of discrimation, and about half (47 percent) said that they don’t, per PRRI. Forty-five percent of Republicans agreed that Hispanic Americans face a lot of discrimation, compared to 53 percent who disagreed. Most Americans overall (75 percent) and Democrats (92 percent) said that Black Americans face a lot of discrimination. The numbers were similar but slightly lower for discrimination against Hispanic Americans: 69 percent of Americans and 86 percent of Democrats said that they face a lot of discrimination.
  • Immigration policy: Republicans are about equally split on allowing the separation of families at the border (45 percent supported, 53 percent opposed), protecting people who were brought to the U.S. as children but are not citizens from deportation (45 percent supported, 54 percent opposed) and creating a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants (48 percent supported such a pathway, 38 percent said they should be deported, and 14 percent said they should be allowed to become legal residents but not become citizens). A clear majority of Americans overall opposed separating families at the border (76 percent) and supported a pathway to citizenship (64 percent), as well as granting legal resident status to immigrants who would benefit from either the DREAM Act or DACA, commonly referred to as “Dreamers” (66 percent).
  • A universal basic income: 52 percent of Republicans supported guaranteeing all Americans a minimum income, compared to 48 percent who opposed such an idea, per PRRI. Seventy percent of Americans overall, including 88 percent of Democrats, supported a UBI.

Take a closer look….there is more room for compromise than you are lead to believe by the MSM…..

The next question is…..if the two political philosophies are that close together then why is the stupid allowed to continue?

Time for the parties that depend on donors cash and not the people to find their inner decency and start working for the people that they pretend to care about…..if they cannot do that then it is time to send them into retirement…..permanently!

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SCOTUS: A Future Battle

All the noise around the newest attempt to pack the court with conservs to lead the fight on rights looks certain to move forward……(but the GOP is not packing the courts)…..

Then there has been noise about a Biden attempt to make the Supreme Court more in-line with typical America (whatever that is)……

Biden has said what Dems always say…..he will appoint a commission to study reform…..that means that they will drag their feet and accomplish NOTHING….as usual.

In an interview airing Sunday on “60 Minutes,” Biden told O’Donnell that if elected he would put together a bipartisan group to provide recommendations within 180 days on how his administration should work to reform the U.S. court system.

“If elected, what I will do is I’ll put together a national commission of, a bipartisan commission of scholars, constitutional scholars, Democrats, Republicans, liberal, conservative. And I will … ask them to over 180 days come back to me with recommendations as to how to reform the court system because it’s getting out of whack … the way in which it’s being handled,”

(thehill.com)

The House Dems have offered up a bill that I covered recently…..https://lobotero.com/2020/09/28/to-make-scotus-better/

Looks like law experts have jumped on the Dems bandwagon…..

Over two dozen constitutional law experts on Friday endorsed legislation recently introduced by a trio of House Democrats that would establish 18-year term limits for U.S. Supreme Court justices.

The endorsement letter (pdf) signed by professors and scholars across the country, along with a former U.S. senator and a former chief justice of the Utah Supreme Court, comes as the Senate GOP is trying to confirm right-wing Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s third nominee to the high court, before the November general election.

The ongoing political battle over the Supreme Court vacancy that resulted from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death has elevated discussions and proposals to reform the high court. The term limits bill (pdf) was unveiled last month by Reps. Khanna (D-Calif.), Don Beyer (D-Va.), and Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.).

“We can’t face a national crisis every time a vacancy occurs on the Supreme Court,” Khanna said while announcing the Supreme Court Term Limits and Regular Appointments Act (H.R. 8424), which would allow presidents to nominate two new appointees per four-year term.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/10/23/constitutional-law-experts-endorse-democrats-bill-create-18-year-term-limits-supreme

I like this proposal.

I do not think that partisan agents like Federalist Society should be consulted on judge nominations……NO political partisan group should have anything to say on nominations other than op-eds in support or opposition.

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Why Are The Dems So Timid?

I have been watching the Dems since the 1980s and I have not seen any true political fire in their actions or rhetoric.

We can always point to Trump’s first State of the Union when Pelosi had her silly “Kodak” moment with her applause antic….and then all her rhetoric over the lapses in the Trump agenda….but all that is just words…I still have seen nothing that would make me believe that Dems are anything but cowards and wimps.

They bow, thanks to the spineless leadership, to just about everything the GOP desires….I know they have had few successes but think back to 2008….Dems controlled Congress and the White House and their agenda was stifled at every turn by the GOP and the Dems just did not have the fight in them.

And this trend has continued through today…..the fight or should I say the lack of a fight over replacement for Ginsburg just brings their, Dems, pathetic spineless actions back to the forefront.

Trump’s efforts to prepare an electoral coup are a clear statement of intent for what he would do if he manages to hold on to power, which he would see as a mandate to transform the United States into a presidential dictatorship.

But the response from Trump’s nominal political opponents is a combination of fecklessness and prostration. Far from calling for Trump’s immediate removal from office or the convocation of a congressional investigation into Trump’s coup plots, the Democrats have offered nothing but pathetic moral appeals to Trump and the Republicans, while dropping all opposition to his efforts to pack the court ahead of the election.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi practically begged Trump, “Why don’t you just try for a moment to honor your oath of office to the Constitution of the United States.” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, for his part, directed his appeal to the Republican Party: “At this perilous moment, every Republican in this chamber should stand up.”

Pelosi and Schumer know full well that neither Trump nor his Republican co-conspirators are going to have a change of heart as a result of their moral exhortations. Such statements constitute an abandonment of any effort to oppose Trump’s preparations to launch an Election Day putsch.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/09/25/pers-s25.html

Dems offer no opposition just pathetic theatrics….seems they, Dems, do not have time for the political battles that we need to keep this country moving forward….however they do have time to rush out of town constantly to meet with their true owners……big dollar donors…..

To watch the games played by these people and one will see why discerning voters will look elsewhere for a candidate….those are the true patriots.

When will we ever learn?

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Dems Play Games

I have often said that I think our Congress is a waste of time and money…..they spend more time running to a camera or massaging the genitals of donors or playing silly games.

The newest game is by the Dems on the SCOTUS committee vote…..

The Senate Judiciary Committee is due to vote Thursday on advancing the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court—but the panel’s 10 Democrats will not be present. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the Democrats on the committee said Wednesday that Democrats will boycott the hearing to protest the “sham process” of rushing Barrett’s nomination through, the Hill reports. “We will not grant this process any further legitimacy by participating in a committee markup of this nomination just twelve days before the culmination of an election that is already underway,” they said in a statement.

The Democrats said Republicans were violating the “promises and rules” they established in refusing to grant Obama nominee Merrick Garland a hearing in the nine months before the 2016 election. The Democrats said Judiciary Committee rules require two members of the minority party to be present when business is conducted, but committee chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham said he would proceed without them, NPR reports. “I will move forward,” the Republican said. “She deserves a vote.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled that he wants to hold a full Senate vote on Barrett’s nomination Monday, which would install the conservative justice on the court in time to rule on election-related cases.

The Dems are by NO means the only game players…..

This theatrics will accomplish nothing…..the nominee will go to Senate for a vote……and the Dems will look like pouty little brats.

It is stunts like this that I say the Congress is a pack of tired old political d/bags.

And the GOP is just as guilty….McConnell is playing a game for this nomination as well…..but he is playing with lives…..

Senate Majority Mitch McConnell told his Republican colleagues Tuesday that he has privately been urging the Trump White House not to strike a coronavirus relief deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before the November 3 election, warning that an agreement could interfere with his chamber’s plan to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court early next week.

McConnell’s remarks, first reported by the Washington Post, came during a closed-door Senate GOP lunch just ahead of a Tuesday evening deadline for a relief deal set by Pelosi and agreed to by the Trump administration. While the deadline came and went without a deal, the House Speaker told Democratic lawmakers late Tuesday that the two sides “have been making some progress” and continued to voice optimism that “we can reach an agreement before the election.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/10/21/mcconnell-admits-hes-been-working-sabotage-covid-relief-talks-behind-scenes

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Closing Thought–02Oct20

If you do not have an opinion on the round of protests then you are either stupid or live under a rock in a magic garden somewhere….

One of the big debates is that the police do not need military gear to “protect and serve”…if that is truly their intention (some of us doubt the slogan)….

I for one do not believe they need this equipment makes them feel they are above the law and invincible.

The Dems in Congress have offered up a bill to cut back on the military hardware police departments can get from the Pentagon….

Dozens of congressional Democrats are urging committee chairs to limit the types of military-grade equipment sent to local police departments amid ongoing protests over racial injustice.

More than 40 Democrats signed a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees calling on them to include the restrictions in the final version of the annual defense policy bill.

“As House and Senate conferees negotiate the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), we encourage you to ensure that the conference report includes provisions requiring reform of the Sec. 1033 Program by imposing additional conditions and limitations on the transfer of Department of Defense property for law enforcement activities,” the lawmakers wrote.

The letter, a draft of which was obtained by The Hill ahead of its release, was sent to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.), House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.), top Senate Armed Services Democrat Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.) and top House Armed Services Republican Rep. Mac Thornberry (Texas).

The letter was organized by House Armed Services Committee member Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.), Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and co-signed by 41 other House Democrats. Several outside groups, including the progressive group Demand Progress, also backed the letter.

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/518203-democrats-push-for-defense-bill-restrictions-on-transferring-military-grade

A damn good idea to de-militarize the police departments…..an idea that has been a long time coming……

WAIT!

Did not the Dems try something like this in 2015?

Why yes they did!

It was a waste of time and another plank in their attempt to look like they care for the upcoming election in 2016.

But do not take my word for it…I have the post here…..https://lobotero.com/2015/05/11/dems-launch-effort-to-demilitarize-police-thehill/

A familiar tactic.

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