Saturday, March 11, 2017

No Main Topic

Monday, February 27, 2017

They Keep Saying...

People who claim to be progressive yet support the Democratic Party Leadership keep saying the same things...

They say that liberals and progressives need to back the moderate/conservative Democratic candidate because they can beat the Republican.

They say that there needs to be more moderate/conservative Democrats to show that, "We have a big tent."

They say that these same Democrats who end up vote for Republican legislation did so because they were tricked or manipulated.

They say these same Democrats who vote for the cabinet and judicial picks of Republican presidents did so because either "something worse was coming" or "they must respect the office of the POTUS."

They say that progressives should not say anything disparaging about elected Democrats who vote against their base's interests.

They say that Democratic candidates with conservative economic policies should still be endorsed because they supported civil rights.

They say that it's the fault of progressives and liberals if a conservative Democrat loses to a conservative Republican.

They say that everyone in the Democratic Party needs to unify against the GOP...but only after the progressive candidate loses.

I say this: until the Democrats begin to embrace progressives instead of dismissing them, they will continue to be GOP-lite.

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Thursday, February 09, 2017

Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged

Who cares if one judge blames rape on the Internet and another is blatantly racist? It's all about them being the "umpire!"


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Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Trump Is Too Much For South Park to Handle, But Not SNL!

South Park on their reasons for "backing off" of Trump:

 “We were really trying to make fun of what was going on [last season] but we couldn’t keep up. What was actually happening was way funnier than anything we could come up with. So we decided to just back off and let [politicians] do their comedy and we’ll do ours.”

Meanwhile, Saturday Night Live seems to have no shortage of material to use.

It's almost like one group is made up of comedic actors who know how to find humor in everything, and the other group are political/social contrarians who may actually agree with the ideals of the latest target.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Nancy Pelosi is WEAK.

She just undercut Maxine Waters, one of the few Democrats who came close to mimicking this so-called "resistance" to President Trump's more dangerous policies.

Now, has Trump done anything to warrant impeachment? In a world where Bill Clinton was impeached because he lied about oral sex, I really can't be sure myself.

But to take that weapon out of the picture, much like she did when the Democrats regained Congress under the Bush Administration, handicaps the Democrats.

When Obama was president, Republicans dropped impeachment threats all the time. We all knew they weren't going to do anything (either their case was flimsy or the person making it had little credibility), but the threat served three purposes:

  1. It let the President know that they will be watching his every move for screw-ups;
  2. It let the party's base know that they are worth being in the majority;
  3. It let the opposition party know that they should play nice (whether they were in power or not).
Pelosi gave all that away with her back-peddling. Sure, the Democrats can't authorize a birthday party right now (on both the state and federal level) but the GOP has shown us that lack of numbers does not mean that your voice can't be heard.

If the Democrats don't start barking and balking soon, the media will go back to "Republican Prism" mode, and all the Democrat-friendly and left-leaning outlets will bemoan why (once again) all the political shows are chick full of Republicans.

(Here's a hint: it's because Democrats like Pelosi would rather act like Republican-lite and play nice-nice instead of being the opposition party, and that just isn't as entertaining as a guy rambling about being walls and starting a war with Australia).

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Saturday, February 04, 2017

Around the Internets

  1. Will this be Trump's "Benghazi?"
  2. First they came for the Mexicans, then the Muslims, then...
  3. Being broke versus being rich: Budget Edition


Thursday, February 02, 2017

No Main Topic

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The "Senate Soccer Mom" Strikes Again.

When she first came on the scene, progressives loved her. But I always thought, she's gonna eventually do/say something to show her true colors.

You can usually tell a politician's true nature when they aren't in power. The GOP stalled on and resisted pretty much everything Obama did (we still only have eight Supreme Court Justices). So far, all the Congressional Democrats seem to be doing is wagging their finger and saying, "Naughty, Naughty."

If Trump gets every position in every cabinet filled, his agenda will have both the momentum and resources he needs. And the Democrat will have no one to blame but themselves.

(and oh God, please tell me their strategy isn't, "What for Trump to Screw Up So We Can Take Back The White House and Congress." UGH)

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

"Are Both Parties The Same?"

I hear this often, either as a question or a statement of fact. It is usually directed towards American politics. There are two answers; the "simple" one and the relevant one.

The "simple" answer is..."Yes." The Democrats and the Republicans have differences; but the most important one, the one that is hard to dispute, is this: the GOP cater to their (conservative) base, the Democrats ignore their (liberal) base. If you've seen the most recent primaries (or any of the previous ones) it's very noticeable. Not to mention the fact that while just about every elected Republican can say the word "conservative" with pride, you will probably die before hearing more than twenty elected Democrats declare themselves "liberal" (or even "progressive" for that matter) with the same feeling.

Now given that this past summer Hillary Clinton was courting Henry Kissinger and just recently Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders were on the same side of a piece of legislation (that would have given Americans the chance to purchase cheaper drugs), there will be occasions where the two parties will come to agreement. It's dangerous for anyone to thank that the parties should never, ever work together when the result can benefit the American people. That said, both have been guilty of (at the least) being selfish and (at the worst) catering to a small percentage of the country. And it is primarily because of those instances that your average person would say that the "simple" answer is..."No."

But that leads me to the "relevant" answer: It doesn't matter. Why? Because both parties have shown that they are susceptible to compromising whatever they espouse in public for private gain. They promise that will not to be the world police then invade a country for oil. They promise to stand up for the working class only to sit on their hands when unions are threatened. They promise to fight for the people, but allow various institutions and industries to run rampant with little in the way of punishment when they are caught.

See, Republicans can push for the repeal of the ACA as well as outlaw abortion, and while their base cheers they won't notice that more jobs are being sent oversees. Democrats can string their base along and convince them that being beholden to Wall Street is a necessary evil because campaigns are expensive and besides, where else are they going to go?

The better question, the one that needs to be asked from here on out is, "Are you holding your party accountable?" If the answer is, "No," then the follow-up question is, "Well, why the hell not?"

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Dinosaurs Never See The Meteor

The Democratic Party needs to fire Donna Brazile, and replace Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.

Pandering to rich people who are less odious than their more conservative counterparts is not going to win elections; listening to the needs and concerns of the working class will.

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