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Michael Moriarity wrote:

alan smithee wrote:

Welcome back,1952.

If only. In 1952, the marginal tax rate for the highest earners was 90%. A high school graduate could get a job that would allow him to support a family, and live a decent life. Unions were a powerful factor in the U.S. political system, and they improved life for all workers. None of that will be brought back if Trump wins.

Sorry. I meant 1932.

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Aristotleded24 wrote:
What Trump realizes (as does Jill Stein) is that Bernie Sanders will decide who the next President is. 

I'd love to believe that.

Bernie has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton. Do you mean to say his supporters will decide, or do you mean it's all over since he's made his pick?

I mean his supporters will decide.

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I wish! 

Trump's Appetite for Destruction

Disastrous Republican National Convention doomed the GOP and made a joke of American democracy

RNC Trump Taibbi

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/trumps-appetite-for-destru...

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How America Made Donald Trump Unstoppable

He's no ordinary con man. He's way above average — and the American political system is his easiest mark ever

 

Trump; GOP Primaries; Cruz; Rubio; 2016; Rolling Stone Cover

 

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/how-america-made-donald-trump-...

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Tim Kaine Wouldn’t Do Much To Help Clinton Win The Election

But he could make a small difference.

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/tim-kaine-probably-wouldnt-win-clint...

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By the time I discovered Yellow Ostrich last year, they had already disbanded. But I have enjoyed listening to their work, and I just realized that one of their songs, Neon Fists, is a perfect anthem for the people cheering Trump's speech last night.

Yellow Ostrich wrote:
When I wake I feel tired in a new, strange way.
When I rise I barely notice the neon fists in my way.
And it all keeps turning, all keeps turning, all keeps turning round.
And it makes me nervous, makes me nervous, makes me nervous now.

There are walls and there are windows, but I'm not afraid of them.
Cause I get stuck trying to tear down all the doors to my head.

So tell me you're in control, tell me you've got my backup.
Tell me you're on a roll, tell me you'll never let up.
Tell me you fucked it up, but you can make it all better.
Tell me you're on a roll, tell me you've got my answer.

Say it.

Cause I'm fighting through the walls and doors and I'm trying to get up off the floor.
Cause I send my love across the room.

So tell me you're in control, tell me you've got my backup.
Tell me you're on a roll, tell me you'll never let up.
Tell me you fucked it up, but you can make it all better.
Tell me you're on a roll, tell me you've got my answer.

Say it. (x8)

Tell me you're in control.

edited to fix layout only

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It is history now but Sanders complaints about the DNC favouring Clinton were valid
The DNC Chair should resign

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/07/23/leaked-emails-show-democra...

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There is something not right about Trump who just oozes evil no matter what he does

http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/donald-trump-awkwardly-hug...

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The Next Trump

The GOP nominee is totally unhinged. But a better, cooler, more polished demagogue could rise in his wake.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2016/07/trump_w...

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Mother of Slain US Diplomat Wants Trump to Stop Using his Death for Political Attacks

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/mother-slain-us-diplomat-trump-stop-death...

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[url=http://commondreams.org/views/2016/07/23/5-reasons-why-trump-will-win]5 reasons Trump will win:[/url]

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Midwest Math, or Welcome to Our Rust Belt Brexit.  I believe Trump is going to focus much of his attention on the four blue states in the rustbelt of the upper Great Lakes – Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Four traditionally Democratic states – but each of them have elected a Republican governor since 2010 (only Pennsylvania has now finally elected a Democrat). In the Michigan primary in March, more Michiganders came out to vote for the Republicans (1.32 million) that the Democrats (1.19 million). Trump is ahead of Hillary in the latest polls in Pennsylvania and tied with her in Ohio. Tied? How can the race be this close after everything Trump has said and done? Well maybe it’s because he’s said (correctly) that the Clintons’ support of NAFTA helped to destroy the industrial states of the Upper Midwest. Trump is going to hammer Clinton on this and her support of TPP and other trade policies that have royally screwed the people of these four states. When Trump stood in the shadow of a Ford Motor factory during the Michigan primary, he threatened the corporation that if they did indeed go ahead with their planned closure of that factory and move it to Mexico, he would slap a 35% tariff on any Mexican-built cars shipped back to the United States. It was sweet, sweet music to the ears of the working class of Michigan, and when he tossed in his threat to Apple that he would force them to stop making their iPhones in China and build them here in America, well, hearts swooned and Trump walked away with a big victory that should have gone to the governor next-door, John Kasich.

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The Last Stand of the Angry White Man. Our male-dominated, 240-year run of the USA is coming to an end. A woman is about to take over! How did this happen?! On our watch! There were warning signs, but we ignored them. Nixon, the gender traitor, imposing Title IX on us, the rule that said girls in school should get an equal chance at playing sports. Then they let them fly commercial jets. Before we knew it, Beyoncé stormed on the field at this year’s Super Bowl (our game!) with an army of Black Women, fists raised, declaring that our domination was hereby terminated! Oh, the humanity!

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The Hillary Problem. Can we speak honestly, just among ourselves? And before we do, let me state, I actually like Hillary – a lot – and I think she has been given a bad rap she doesn’t deserve. But her vote for the Iraq War made me promise her that I would never vote for her again. To date, I haven’t broken that promise. For the sake of preventing a proto-fascist from becoming our commander-in-chief, I’m breaking that promise. I sadly believe Clinton will find a way to get us in some kind of military action. She’s a hawk, to the right of Obama. But Trump’s psycho finger will be on The Button, and that is that. Done and done.

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The Depressed Sanders Vote. Stop fretting about Bernie’s supporters not voting for Clinton – we’re voting for Clinton! The polls already show that more Sanders voters will vote for Hillary this year than the number of Hillary primary voters in ’08 who then voted for Obama. This is not the problem. The fire alarm that should be going off is that while the average Bernie backer will drag him/herself to the polls that day to somewhat reluctantly vote for Hillary, it will be what’s called a “depressed vote” – meaning the voter doesn’t bring five people to vote with her. He doesn’t volunteer 10 hours in the month leading up to the election. She never talks in an excited voice when asked why she’s voting for Hillary. A depressed voter. Because, when you’re young, you have zero tolerance for phonies and BS. Returning to the Clinton/Bush era for them is like suddenly having to pay for music, or using MySpace or carrying around one of those big-ass portable phones. They’re not going to vote for Trump; some will vote third party, but many will just stay home. Hillary Clinton is going to have to do something to give them a reason to support her  — and picking a moderate, bland-o, middle of the road old white guy as her running mate is not the kind of edgy move that tells millenials that their vote is important to Hillary. Having two women on the ticket – that was an exciting idea. But then Hillary got scared and has decided to play it safe. This is just one example of how she is killing the youth vote.

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The Jesse Ventura Effect. Finally, do not discount the electorate’s ability to be mischievous or underestimate how any millions fancy themselves as closet anarchists once they draw the curtain and are all alone in the voting booth. It’s one of the few places left in society where there are no security cameras, no listening devices, no spouses, no kids, no boss, no cops, there’s not even a friggin’ time limit. You can take as long as you need in there and no one can make you do anything. You can push the button and vote a straight party line, or you can write in Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. There are no rules. And because of that, and the anger that so many have toward a broken political system, millions are going to vote for Trump not because they agree with him, not because they like his bigotry or ego, but just because they can. Just because it will upset the apple cart and make mommy and daddy mad. And in the same way like when you’re standing on the edge of Niagara Falls and your mind wonders for a moment what would that feel like to go over that thing, a lot of people are going to love being in the position of puppetmaster and plunking down for Trump just to see what that might look like. Remember back in the ‘90s when the people of Minnesota elected a professional wrestler as their governor? They didn’t do this because they’re stupid or thought that Jesse Ventura was some sort of statesman or political intellectual. They did so just because they could. Minnesota is one of the smartest states in the country. It is also filled with people who have a dark sense of humor — and voting for Ventura was their version of a good practical joke on a sick political system. This is going to happen again with Trump.

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Leaked DNC Emails Confirm Democrats Rigged Primary, Reveal Extensive Media Collusionby Tyler DurdenJul 23, 2016 12:44 

There are three key findings to emerge from yesterday's dump of leaked DNC emails released by Wikileaks:

  • There had been a plot designed to smear Bernie Sanders and to hand the Democratic nomination to Hillary on a silver platter 
  • There has been repeated collusion between the DNC and the media
  • There has been questionable fundraising for both Hillary Clinton and the DNC

First, a quick recap for those who missed the original report, yesterday Wikileaks released over 19,000 emails and more than 8,000 attachments from the Democratic National Committee. This is what the whistleblower organization reported:

WikiLeaks releases 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments from the top of the US Democratic National Committee -- part one of our new Hillary Leaks series. The leaks come from the accounts of seven key figures in the DNC: Communications Director Luis Miranda (10770 emails), National Finance Director Jordon Kaplan (3797 emails), Finance Chief of Staff Scott Comer (3095 emails), Finanace Director of Data & Strategic Initiatives Daniel Parrish (1472 emails), Finance Director Allen Zachary (1611 emails), Senior Advisor Andrew Wright (938 emails) and Northern California Finance Director Robert (Erik) Stowe (751 emails). The emails cover the period from January last year until 25 May this year.d

 

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Disgraceful

Trump will be exploiting this to the max which could undermine Clinton's legitimacy as the duly elected Democratic candidate

Schultz needs to resign

Is CNN complicit in this?

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/22/politics/dnc-wikileaks-emails/index.html

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Geoff

No leaks about the Republicans?

Cody87

Even if there are, it won't hurt Trump. It's well-known the RNC was colluding against Trump, trying desperately to prevent his nomination.

The DNC leaks are awful for Hillary because it shows that they were working with Hillary from the very beginning, and so Hillary is vulnerable to all of the dirt as she is a close DNC ally. But any RNC leaks will either be neutral or maybe even help Trump, because Trump was their adversary.

Not sure that any possible RNC leaks should get much airtime, because it should not be further advertised that Trump can win against the establishment. That said, Hillary and the DNC are hilariously inept at campaigning, so I do need to emphasize that I'm saying "should not", and not "will not."

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This is the worst possible timing for Clinton and my impression is the Liberal media in the USA will try to deflect these DNC problems by focusing on the crashing and burning of Fox News

Did this cost Sanders the nomination?

http://www.newsmax.com/t/newsmax/article/740184/16

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Could Sanders have won if the DNC had been neutral?

We will never know for sure but I thought Sanders could have won if the DNC had been neutral and if the so-called liberal press had not done a number on him

This is sickening

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Sanders today asked for Schultz to resign and Sanders has previously said he will support Schultz's opponent for the democratic nomination in Florida

Why is there an all-white Democratic ticket in today's world?

Carl Bernstein just said that Clinton & Sanders have to meet before the convention otherwise demagogue Trump will get in

SeekingAPolitic...

When i say the fellowing I no supporter of Trump.  I made statements in middle Feb, that bernie will lose and trump will win.  I still believe trump will win, just because he considered the more trusted candiate.  The gentleman that Tim k. chose to be VP in my mind does really bring little to the table, aside from being spanish speaker.  Thats nice have but it does very little today, 20 years done the road I think some of red states on the Us border will go Dem but thats in the future.  Hillary had a chance to pick populist VP that may have brought over some young voters, that not fully true I meant to say maybe populist VP could bring non tradtional voters for hillary.  I believe non traditional voters will turn out for Trump especially those states that here been ravaged by trade deals, automation, and free movement of capital.  The 4 states i mentioned in my above post.

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This comes from micheal moore, and many other election watchers.

 

And this is where the math comes in. In 2012, Mitt Romney lost by 64 electoral votes. Add up the electoral votes cast by Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. It’s 64. All Trump needs to do to win is to carry, as he’s expected to do, the swath of traditional red states from Idaho to Georgia (states that’ll never vote for Hillary Clinton), and then he just needs these four rust belt states. He doesn’t need Florida. He doesn’t need Colorado or Virginia. Just Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. And that will put him over the top. This is how it will happen in November.

Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin i am going to watch these states from now on.  I looked at states are lock in for both Dems and Reps and moore says it true.  I heard it before from other people in press but was to lazy to look at the numbers.  I guess real politics is the way to watch these states.  I know that media is playing up the national number but thats not going to win election, hillary can run her numbers in Dems safe states all see wants but the 4 states are key.  The key stragety unless does something crazy(change mechanics of the red states.) these for states will be key.   Starting on Monday I am open thread that will contain posts to these states and polling data.

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SeekingAPoliticalHome wrote:

This comes from micheal moore, and many other election watchers.

 

And this is where the math comes in. In 2012, Mitt Romney lost by 64 electoral votes. Add up the electoral votes cast by Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. It’s 64. All Trump needs to do to win is to carry, as he’s expected to do, the swath of traditional red states from Idaho to Georgia (states that’ll never vote for Hillary Clinton), and then he just needs these four rust belt states. He doesn’t need Florida. He doesn’t need Colorado or Virginia. Just Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. And that will put him over the top. This is how it will happen in November.

Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin i am going to watch these states from now on.  I looked at states are lock in for both Dems and Reps and moore says it true.  I heard it before from other people in press but was to lazy to look at the numbers.  I guess real politics is the way to watch these states.  I know that media is playing up the national number but thats not going to win election, hillary can run her numbers in Dems safe states all see wants but the 4 states are key.  The key stragety unless does something crazy(change mechanics of the red states.) these for states will be key.   Starting on Monday I am open thread that will contain posts to these states and polling data.

I think that's an optimistic assessment. I think the mood in the US is so volatile that long-time "safe" blue states could go Republican as people jump from the sinking ship that is the Democratic Party.

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Aristotleded24 wrote:

SeekingAPoliticalHome wrote:

This comes from micheal moore, and many other election watchers.

 

And this is where the math comes in. In 2012, Mitt Romney lost by 64 electoral votes. Add up the electoral votes cast by Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. It’s 64. All Trump needs to do to win is to carry, as he’s expected to do, the swath of traditional red states from Idaho to Georgia (states that’ll never vote for Hillary Clinton), and then he just needs these four rust belt states. He doesn’t need Florida. He doesn’t need Colorado or Virginia. Just Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. And that will put him over the top. This is how it will happen in November.

Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin i am going to watch these states from now on.  I looked at states are lock in for both Dems and Reps and moore says it true.  I heard it before from other people in press but was to lazy to look at the numbers.  I guess real politics is the way to watch these states.  I know that media is playing up the national number but thats not going to win election, hillary can run her numbers in Dems safe states all see wants but the 4 states are key.  The key stragety unless does something crazy(change mechanics of the red states.) these for states will be key.   Starting on Monday I am open thread that will contain posts to these states and polling data.

I think that's an optimistic assessment. I think the mood in the US is so volatile that long-time "safe" blue states could go Republican as people jump from the sinking ship that is the Democratic Party.

That quite the prediction, the distrust of the status quo is big.  But turn blue states red that will represent political earth quake.(pundits are talking about opposite to happen but I agree  with you on general path of logic, I think blue states go red before red states will go blue)  The status quo is just millsone on hillarys back, it could happen.  I watch CNN with a critical eye, it was on the 7:00 time slot where the presenter said something to the folllowing effect.  I hope we will she Hillarys daughter run agaisnt Trump daughter in 20 years down the road.  These pundits have no idea what is happening at the street level.  People have a an averison to hillary following up bill as sort dynansic government.  People sick of that today.  To think of another Clinton 20 years later is viable is just willful blindness what mood is on the street.  The Rep. were quite clear no more Bushes in government.  Clinton fatigue builds daily.

 

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http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/25/politics/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-poll...

Donald Trump bounces into the lead

 

The new findings mark Trump's best showing in a CNN/ORC Poll against Clinton since September 2015. Trump's new edge rests largely on increased support among independents, 43% of whom said that Trump's convention in Cleveland left them more likely to back him, while 41% were dissuaded. Pre-convention, independents split 34% Clinton to 31% Trump, with sizable numbers behind Johnson (22%) and Stein (10%). Now, 46% say they back Trump, 28% Clinton, 15% Johnson and 4% Stein.

 

this is the snap shot in time.  Collecting 46% of independents is significant.

 

Cody87

Kasich may cost Trump Ohio. If he "caves" and endorses (which I don't expect to happen, but he may look at Cruz and change gears), Trump will easily win Ohio. Otherwise Ohio may go to Hillary, and Trump needs to make up those electoral votes somewhere else....which at the rate things are going, won't be an issue for him.

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SeekingAPoliticalHome wrote:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/25/politics/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-poll...

Donald Trump bounces into the lead

 

The new findings mark Trump's best showing in a CNN/ORC Poll against Clinton since September 2015. Trump's new edge rests largely on increased support among independents, 43% of whom said that Trump's convention in Cleveland left them more likely to back him, while 41% were dissuaded. Pre-convention, independents split 34% Clinton to 31% Trump, with sizable numbers behind Johnson (22%) and Stein (10%). Now, 46% say they back Trump, 28% Clinton, 15% Johnson and 4% Stein.

 

this is the snap shot in time.  Collecting 46% of independents is significant.

 

 

Tied at 42 in CBS poll.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/poll-hillary-clinton-and-donald-trump-tied-g...

 

SeekingAPolitic...

josh wrote:

SeekingAPoliticalHome wrote:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/25/politics/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-poll...

Donald Trump bounces into the lead

 

The new findings mark Trump's best showing in a CNN/ORC Poll against Clinton since September 2015. Trump's new edge rests largely on increased support among independents, 43% of whom said that Trump's convention in Cleveland left them more likely to back him, while 41% were dissuaded. Pre-convention, independents split 34% Clinton to 31% Trump, with sizable numbers behind Johnson (22%) and Stein (10%). Now, 46% say they back Trump, 28% Clinton, 15% Johnson and 4% Stein.

 

this is the snap shot in time.  Collecting 46% of independents is significant.

 

 

Tied at 42 in CBS poll.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/poll-hillary-clinton-and-donald-trump-tied-g...

 

I Looked at the critical 4 states I that were mentioned in a post before today, 3 had Hillary ahead I believe 1 was tied.

 

Debater

It's good that Debbie Wasserman Schultz is stepping down as DNC Chair.  She should have left a long time ago.

But I hope the Bernie supporters realize the importance of defeating Donald Trump.  Some of the Bernie supporters don't even seem to be listening to Bernie these days.

Bernie speaks at the DNC tonight, along with Elizabeth Warren.  Hopefully the progressive voters will listen to Bernie & Elizabeth Warren and unite to defeat Trump.

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Trump, Clinton, and the Realignment of Battleground States

The GOP nominee has seen surprising success in the Rustbelt, and Democrats have realized that the historically right-leaning Sunbelt states could go to Clinton.

 

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/07/trumps-path-through-...

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Finally some common sense. Brilliant!

The Trump-Putin Fallacy

Imagine that your teenage child has built a bomb and has just set it off in your house. The house is falling down all around you—and you are blaming the neighbor’s kid, who threw a pebble at your window. That’s what the recent Putin fixation is like—a way to evade the fact that Trump is a thoroughly American creation that poses an existential threat to American democracy.

Though no direct connection to Putin, let alone Trump, has yet been shown, the hacked DNC emails have played into a growing theory in the American media that Trump is an instrument of Putin. In recent days and weeks there has been a series of articles that seek to link Trump to the Russian leader. In Slate, Franklin Foer described Trump as Putin’s “plan for destroying the West” and listed all available evidence of Trump’s ties to Russia: he has pursued a series of aborted construction projects there; he has attracted dirty Russian money; and two of his operatives, campaign manager Paul Manafort and adviser Carter Page, have connections to Russia (Page has business interests there and Manafort has worked for the ousted pro-Moscow Ukrainian president). Foer did not claim to show that Putin actually has a hand in Trump’s campaign: he was merely listing the connections that align with Putin’s evident interest in seeing Trump become president. But if one looks at these connections within the overall activities of Trump and his advisers, activities that would include all of Trump’s other unsavory partners and Manafort’s other unsavory clients, it would look like a mere subsection of a tycoon’s checkered international business career.

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This is precisely what makes the Trump-as-Putin’s-agent line of reasoning so unhelpful. Trump’s foreign policy statements are perfectly consistent with his character and thinking. The man is uninterested in anything he doesn’t understand. He is incapable of strategic planning, and he has a particular distaste for paying debts. Of course he doesn’t see any reason for the United States to fulfill its obligations to other countries and organizations—just as Trump personally wouldn’t fulfill his obligations to other people, or to organizations. Yes, that happens to be exactly what Putin would want him to say. But the idea that Putin is somehow making or even encouraging him to say these things is a work-around for the inability to imagine that the Republican Party’s nominee is saying them of his own accord.

Trump is not a foreign agent. This gets me to the second common trope: that Trump is like Putin. Yes, he is. As Timothy Snyder has pointed out, Trump seems to want to be Putin: “Putin is the real world version of the person Trump pretends to be on television.” That may well flatter Putin. More to the point, Putin is on record as hating Hillary Clinton and blaming her for much of what ails Russia, so there is little reason to doubt that he would prefer to see Trump win the election. But that tells us nothing about his actual ability to influence the election or Trump himself. Trump is also like Mussolini and Hitler. All of them are fascist demagogues who emerged from their own cultures and catered to them. In fact, Trump is less like Putin, whose charisma is largely a function of the post to which he was accidentally appointed, than he is Mussolini or Hitler.

In the middle of the last century, a number of thinkers whose imaginations had been trained in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany tried to tell Americans that it can happen here. In such different books as Erich Fromm’s Escape from Freedom, Theodor Adorno and his group’s The Authoritarian Personality, and Herbert Marcuse’s One-Dimensional Man, the great European exiles warned that modern capitalist society creates the preconditions for the rise of fascism. America doesn’t need Putin for that.

Not that there are no lessons to be learned from Putin’s reign: there are, and these lessons concern the imagination. I have spent a good third of my professional life working to convince the readers—and often editors—of both Russian and American publications that Vladimir Putin is a threat to the world as we know it. I was not alone in this, of course: the task was taken up first by a few journalists and academics, then by a few more. Making the case was easy: in his speeches, decrees, and, most of all, in his actions, Putin provided ample and easily obtained evidence. And yet for years—while Putin started two wars, took over the media, canceled elections, seized and appropriated assets, amassed a fortune, sent his most prominent critic to jail, and had at least one person killed (and this was just the uncontested evidence against him)—many readers found this case unconvincing. To get from evidence to conclusion and understanding, one needs more than logic: one needs imagination. Both Russians and Westerners simply could not imagine that Putin was as bad as all that. He had to prove it over and over again.

Lack of imagination is one of our greatest handicaps as humans and as citizens. Mikhail Khodorkovsky, one of the richest men in the world, could not imagine that Putin would put him in jail, and this was one of the reasons he ignored repeated warnings and stayed in Russia. Then he spent ten years in a Russian prison. David Cameron could not imagine that his fellow citizens would vote to secede from the European Union, so he called for a referendum. Soon after the vote last month, pundits in both the UK and the US regrouped and started reassuring themselves and their audiences that the UK will not really leave the EU—because they can’t imagine it. I have spent much of this year arguing with my American friends about Donald Trump. Even after Trump had won enough delegates to lock up the Republican nomination, reasonable, well-informed people insisted that some Republican savior would swoop in and reclaim that party. There was little, if any, evidence in favor of that kind of outcome, but for a brief moment many Americans seemed to believe in the unlikely rather than the obvious. Why?

 

 


http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2016/07/26/trump-putin-fallacy-failure-of-i...

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iyraste1313

Politics is a reality show, America’s favorite form of entertainment, dominated by money and profit, imagery and spin, hype and personality and guaranteed to ensure that nothing in the way of real truth reaches the populace.

After all, who cares about police shootings, drone killings, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture schemes, private prisons, school-to-prison pipelines, overcriminalization, censorship or any of the other evils that plague our nation when you can listen to the croonings of Paul Simon, laugh along with Sarah Silverman, and get misty-eyed over the First Lady’s vision of progress in America.

But make no mistake: Americans only think they’re choosing the next president.

In truth, however, they’re engaging in the illusion of participation culminating in the reassurance ritual of voting. It’s just another Blue Pill, a manufactured reality conjured up by the matrix in order to keep the populace compliant and convinced that their vote counts and that they still have some influence over the political process.

Stop drinking the Kool-Aid, America.

The nation is drowning in debt, crippled by a slowing economy, overrun by militarized police, swarming with surveillance, besieged by endless wars and a military industrial complex intent on starting new ones, and riddled with corrupt politicians at every level of government. All the while, we’re arguing over which corporate puppet will be given the honor of stealing our money, invading our privacy, abusing our trust, undermining our freedoms, and shackling us with debt and misery for years to come.

Nothing taking place on Election Day will alleviate the suffering of the American people.

The government as we have come to know it—corrupt, bloated and controlled by big-money corporations, lobbyists and special interest groups—will remain unchanged. And “we the people”—overtaxed, overpoliced, overburdened by big government, underrepresented by those who should speak for us and blissfully ignorant of the prison walls closing in on us—will continue to trudge along a path of misery.......

  ......................priceless from John Whitehead of Rutherford Institute

 

Cody87

Not sure where to put this, so I'll just put it here.

It's fairly well known that DWS was Hillary's national campaign co-chair in 2008. This makes it not that surprising that, as head of the DNC, she would rig the 2016 nomination in Hillary's favour.

Of course, she had to become head of the DNC first.

Who was the head of the DNC before DWS?

Hint: It's a white male from Virginia who is "personally against" abortions.

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..jill stein makes a solid argument in this excellent debate.

Jill Stein vs. Ben Jealous: Should Progressives Reject Hillary Clinton & Vote Green?

After a tension-filled opening day of the Democratic National Convention that saw Senator Bernie Sanders endorse his former rival Hillary Clinton, we host a debate between Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein and Ben Jealous, former NAACP president and CEO and a Bernie Sanders surrogate.

 

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Bill O'Reilly of Fox News doesn't know what the fuss is about as the slaves that built the White House were well fed and had good accommodations.

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Let's hope he is correct.

A Republican intellectual explains why the Republican Party is going to die

http://www.vox.com/2016/7/25/12256510/republican-party-trump-avik-roy

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Nights 1 and 2 of the DNC got higher ratings than nights 1 and 2 of the RNC. Sad!

http://www.vox.com/2016/7/26/12293208/dnc-ratings-higher-rnc

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Democrats Fear Cyber 'October Surprise' That Could Sink Clinton   Ha! Ha! Ha!

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/democrats-fear-cyber-october-surpris...

Rev Pesky

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...In fact, Trump is less like Putin, whose charisma is largely a function of the post to which he was accidentally appointed, than he is Mussolini or Hitler.

The person who wrote this article (Masha Gessen) was obviously writing for people who have never done any of their own research.

 

bekayne

https://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/watch-donald-trump-just-gave-his-most-f...

WATCH: Donald Trump just gave his most f*cking bonkers press conference yet

NorthReport

Here we go again, and again, and again. What trust issue! Frown

Clinton friend McAuliffe says Clinton will flip on TPP, then walks it back

Terry McAuliffe tells POLITICO the Democratic nominee will support a deal with tweaks that Sanders' supporters hate. But the Clinton campaign calls the comments 'flat wrong.'

 

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/terry-mcauliffe-hillary-clinton-tp...

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Get out the popcorn! 

Melania Trump's professional website vanishes as her college degree gets questioned

http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Melania-Trump-website-disappear-c...

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