Closing Thought–02Jul18

Think back to the campaigns of the 2016 silly season….if you were a Dem then you will remember the battle that was fought between the Clinton people and the Sanders people (I was in the later) if came down to the Dem convention as to the nominee would be and it basically came down to the “super delegates” and those delegates were lining up before the convention behind the high dollar Clinton camp…..of course we claimed that the process was fixed in favor of Clinton and her big dollar supporters……Bernie lost the bid and the “super delegates” were one reason and Bernie has been fighting against them ever since.

Well some good news for us Bernie supporters…..

In an important and long-overdue step toward making the Democratic Party more accountable to voters and less captive to the interests of establishment insiders, the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) Rules and Bylaws arm voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to drastically curtail the influence of superdelegates by barring them from voting on the first ballot of the presidential nomination.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has long criticized the party’s superdelegate system as undemocratic, congratulated DNC chair Tom Perez and the Rules and Bylaws Committee for the move in a statement following the 27-1 vote, saying the “decision will ensure that delegates elected by voters in primaries and caucuses will have the primary role in selecting the Democratic Party’s nominee at the 2020 convention.”

“This is a major step forward in making the Democratic Party more open and transparent, and I applaud their action,” Sanders added.

http://theantimedia.com/bernie-sanders-democratic-party-superdelegates/

This is a small victory for candidates….but candidates also lost some of their appeal when they made sure that people like Bernie could not run again…..

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) adopted a new rule on Friday aimed at keeping outsider candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) from trying to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

The new rule, adopted by the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee, requires all Democratic presidential candidates to be a member of the Democratic Party, Yahoo News reported.

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/391459-dnc-panel-adopts-rule-requiring-candidates-to-run-serve-as-a-democrat

This is nothing but a way to make sure that the Democrats continue to be a party of wealth and cowardice…..what happened to the Dem Big Tent?  New ideas and candidates not wanted….in other words Clinton-esque candidates…..losers!

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We Told You So

The circus in DC these days is not something of a surprise.  For decades us hard core leftist have been telling the population that their vote matters not….that the voter was factor that must be tolerated to give the appearance of a country of the people, for the people and by the people…..it was a lie then and remains a lie today.

It has taken the powers 50 years of work but now they are very close to eliminating the vote altogether.

Watch Congress are they doing the work of the peoples desire or are they doing what suits their idea of what a government is all about?

The Reps refuse to meet with the voters of their districts unless they are the ones that will whitewash their unpopular stands.  They refuse to talk with the voters back home.

Today there is nothing democratic about the pulse of DC.  Candidates tell the people what they want to hear and not what they need to hear.  The lie and pass around disinformation to make it appear as if they are working for some greater cause other than their own personal agendas.

The will allow a minority of the population to dictate the agenda of government.

People like myself have been saying that the MSM has lulled the population into a false sense of security…..that the media has made this country an country of sheep without a voice…..

8 Reasons Young Americans Don’t Fight Back: How the US Crushed Youth Resistance” was originally published in 2011, then republished on several Internet sites, and has become one of my most viewed articles. The eight reasons include: student-loan debt; various pacifying effects of standard schooling; the psychopathologizing and medicating of noncompliance; surveillance; television; and fundamentalist religion and fundamentalist consumerism. Over the last seven years, many young people have told me that they appreciate that article, but they have urged me to detail a hugely important pacifying source which I had not included.

First, to be clear, not all young people are completely broken. The general state of acquiescence by young people was recently interrupted by their short-lived burst of dissent in the form of large rallies for gun control, in reaction to fears of being murdered in their classrooms. But that was an exception to the general rule of resignation to eating shit.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/14/another-reason-young-americans-dont-revolt-against-being-screwed/

Time for the young to wake up and take their place alongside those young of our past….time to start acting like this country matters again.

Closing Thought–22May18

I am posting this because there way too many people that think I hate everything that our president does….that is not accurate…..just as I did not agree with everything Obama did…..

I have been a staunch opponent of the Electoral College for many years….I really started bad mouth this archaic practice after the 2000 election.

Recently Trump has made a comment about the EC……a comment that I can agree with……

Pres, Trump argued that he’d rather see the presidential election be determined based on the popular vote than the current Electoral College system, claiming it would be “much easier to win.”

“They also like to always talk about [the] Electoral College. Well, it’s an election based on the Electoral College. I would rather have a popular election, but it’s a totally different campaign,” Trump said during an interview with “Fox & Friends.”

“It’s as though you’re running — if you’re a runner you’re practicing for the 100-yard dash as opposed to the one mile,” he continued. “The Electoral College is different. I would rather have the popular vote, because it’s — to me, it’s much easier to win.”

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/385022-trump-i-would-rather-have-presidential-election-based-on-the-popular

Given his track record lately he may change his tune next week….but for now I can agree with what he has said…

May your day be good and safe…..chuq

How About Facebook?

Ever sine I have been writing a blog (a total of 12 years) visitors would comment and send me a link to a Facebook post….I would thank them for the link but tell them that I was not on Facebook for I did not trust them to keep my info secure…

Looks like my fears were well founded…..

Facebook is reeling from a series of revelations about private user data being leaked to Cambridge Analytica, a shadowy political consulting firm that did work for the Donald Trump campaign.

Last Friday, reporters from The New York Times and The Observer of London told Facebook that Cambridge had retained copies of private data for about 50 million Facebook users. Facebook says Cambridge promised in 2015 that the data would be deleted. Facebook responded to the new revelations by banning Cambridge and several of its associates from Facebook.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/03/facebooks-cambridge-analytica-scandal-explained/

Recently I was told that this breech was no big deal….apparently the markets do not agree…..

Facebook shares fell nearly 7 percent Monday amid controversy over how Cambridge Analytica, which was hired by President Trump’s 2016 campaign, was able to harvest personal data from more than 50 million Facebook users.

The 6.8 percent drop lopped nearly $40 billion off Facebook’s market value.

Equity analysts with Raymond James said in a report to clients that “continued concerns over Russian targeting and data misuse are clearly weighing on the shares.”

Facebook says it initially gave out the data to a researcher who claimed it would be used only for academic purposes. Facebook claims the researcher then “lied to us” and passed the content onto Cambridge Analytica. That firm then used the data to build “psychographic profiles” about voters.

Investors are worried about the fallout for Facebook from prosecutors, regulators, and advertisers.

I realize that followers on Facebook add to the number of total followers for the blog….but my security is more important than the number of followers to feed my ego.

Security measures are important to all us bloggers only some of us are a bit sharper than others.  I can state that none of my info was compromised by Facebook….can you?

Dear Democrats……….

It is closing in on the 2018 mid-terms and many seem to think there will be some sort of “Blue Wave” that will sweep Dems into offices at all levels.

I have my doubts but I am NO political strategist so what do I know…..I recently read a great letter that was sent to the DNC about Dems in general and their stands in particular…..read the letter it is very telling…….

Dear Democrats:

That was no government shutdown. It was a long weekend. It was a snow day.

Don’t get me wrong. I am no fan of shuttering the federal government as a tactic of political negotiation. In the first place, it inflicts hardship on the people you’re sworn to serve. In the second place, it confirms the U.S. Capitol building as the world’s most majestic day care center.

Shutting down the government is almost always the wrong thing to do. But as my pastor likes to say, if you’re going to do wrong, at least do wrong right.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/01/24/dear-democrats-you-just-dont-have-clue-do-you

Like I said…great questions and great points for Dems to consider before they step before the American voter.

But they will beat the same horse that lost them their majority…..I do not think they have learned anything…..the old…..doing the same thing over and over…….

The Terrifying Underbelly

For years pundits have been trying to explain the habits, voting and others, of the rural Southern voter…..I live among these people and I really cannot explain their habits…but I have read something that may clear it up just a bit…..

I have tried to understand how these voters can vote against their own interests…..time and time again……

As the election of Donald Trump is being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides: “Democrats failed to understand white, working-class, fly-over America.”

Trump supporters are saying this. Progressive pundits are saying this. Talking heads across all forms of the media are saying this. Even some Democratic leaders are saying this. It doesn’t matter how many people say it, it is complete BS. It is an intellectual/linguistic sleight of hand meant to draw attention away from the real problem. The real problem isn’t East Coast elites who don’t understand or care about rural America. The real problem is that rural Americans don’t understand the causes of their own situations and fears and they have shown no interest in finding out. They don’t want to know why they feel the way they do or why they are struggling because they don’t want to admit it is in large part because of the choices they’ve made and the horrible things they’ve allowed themselves to believe.

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/insider-explains-rural-christian-white-america-dark-terrifying-underbelly/

Did this help?

Dems Need To Stop Dreaming!

Surprise the Dems won an election in deep red state of Alabama and they won a few months back in Virginia and now they, Dems, are having visions of grandeur……that they can take back the House in 2018 and have a lock on winning in 2020…..please stop!

A Dem won in Alabama because black voters came out to vote and both black men and especially black women….whites went overwhelmingly for the child molester Moore….they, Dems, will not hold this state when re-election comes around for Jones the voter will revert to old habits.  Whites vote for the extreme and blacks will stay home…..that is unless the Dems have a message and then it is iffy at best.

A Dem won recently in Virginia…why?  I have no idea the only explanation I have is every voter was drunk….I live in Mississippi and could care less about Virginia.  But the Dem leadership is thump their chest like a crazed primate on  meth spouting all kinds of confidence that they have the message America has been waiting on….a “Better Deal” or  a NEW something…..they always have a “New” something.

http://www.businessinsider.com/democrats-unveil-better-deal-plan-but-boost-to-jobs-wages-unclear-2017-7

The Dems are convincing themselves that they have the in-road to power covered….they are kidding themselves.

If they run on some scandal and the economy is booming…they will lose.

Dems missed a real opportunity to make good on their promise on a “Better Deal” with the recent tax bill…..they placated their wealthy donors at the expense of the poor and middle class.  Americans did not like the tax bill but instead of building on the dislike the Dems rolled over and crushed the middle class.  How can they in good conscience used the bill when passed as a recruiting tool when they would not take it on at the time.

Trump has the lowest approval rating of any president ever.  The Dems have jumped on this and started pushing their same line they always push….but this is not something they need to harp on for it could change on a dime and if they are all in it will come back and bite them in the ass.  Do not make a big deal out of this….a mention will suffice then move on.

The newest member of the Senate illustrates what is wrong with Democrats…..

Political conditions are looking extremely favorable for Democrats. In special and off-year elections across the country, they have drastically improved on Hillary Clinton’s margin almost everywhere — most astoundingly in Virginia, where Ralph Northam won the governorship by a comfortable 9 points, and in Alabama, where Doug Jones knocked off Roy Moore for the open Senate seat.

But over the weekend, both victors revealed the danger of milquetoast centrist liberalism at this moment in history. In an interview with The Washington Post, Northam seemingly discarded his campaignpromises to push for the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion, suggesting that it needs to have Republican-style means tests and work requirements instead. Jones, meanwhile, suggested that he might vote with the GOP, and said that it was time to put President Trump’s numerous sexual harassment and assault allegations behind us

http://theweek.com/articles/743990/great-danger-milquetoast-liberalism

But sadly I do not see them moving past the high dollar Democrat that Clinton brought into the party.  They need an economic message but not the one they have now….they are NO better than the GOP.  They have NO plan they have slogans…..

Site 538 takes a look at their chances in 2018……

After Democrat Doug Jones won a stunning victory in Alabama’s special election for the U.S. Senate last month, lots of smart people whose work I read and follow, such as The New York Times’s Nate Cohn, declared that the battle for Senate control in 2018 was a “toss-up.” Prediction markets largely concur; after Jones’s win, the betting odds of Democrats taking over the Senate shot up to about 45 percent.

I think this might be premature. Winning in Alabama certainly makes the Democrats’ path easier: They could now gain control of the Senate by retaining all of their own seats, plus picking up the Republican held-seats in purplish Nevada and Arizona. But they’re probably still the underdogs.

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/are-democrats-senate-chances-overrated/

Dems need to do a lot more work……just my thought….anybody care to add anything?