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Although I've stepped back from the primary circus

It's quite evident to me that the true test of this huge revival, some may say that's inspired by Bernie's candidacy, is by how much it also inspires more people to supplant Republicans with Democrats in Congress and in state and local races.

In spite of gerrymandering, the movement, if it's sufficient enough, should shift back to the left in swing states. Unless we see something like this we shouldn't be so cocky as to say that our nominee (whosoever that will be) will convince people who normal vote for Republicans to vote for a Democrat.

For one, in order to get these GOP voters and independents to vote for Democrats we'd have to have a candidate and an overall message that resonates with them. It's going to have to be done in a way that breaks through the negative, nativist ideological wall of right wing identical political messaging.

Also, it needs to counter much of this country's obsessive need to throw a wrench in the works. That will be the hardest part of all, because we're saddled with an overall political infrastructure that lends too much leverage to the side that says 'No!'

The sides that obstructs can shift the balance of power to itself. That's why it's easier to kill legislation than it is too pass it, yet once it is passed, it's even harder to kill it.

So, what kind of momentum are we building here and how far will it work to our favor? It's imperative that we shift the balance. The natural process would indicate that a shift leftward is due very soon. However, we all known that this imbalance of power is not very natural at all, due to the overwhelming influence of billionaires and millionaires.

If the nominee breaks this cycle by influencing more people to vote and to vote for our side, it has the consequence of taking power away from the other side as well. It's important that this happens in order to break the strong influence of the obstructionist right. Otherwise, we'll have another Democratic president hamstrung from the git-go.

Valentine's Day Is Coming!

Recursive Cursor Causes Cursing

Why Did The Salmon Cross The Road?

To spawn on the other side, of course.

My vacay pic from inside the Large Hadron Collider...

R2-Demon-2 is a false god!

Was Tweety having an on air argument with an NBC correspondent on air?

I've never seen that before.

Mark today's date…

When the Wasilla Snow Snooki placed the kiss o' death on The Donald's already doomed to fail campaign.

They’ll never escape white rage: The world embraced Obama and MLK — their countrymen would not


Barack Obama’s speeches are littered with quotations from Martin Luther King, Jr., so it was no surprise to hear the president weave one of King’s phrases into his State of the Union address. Obama said that he gained inspiration from those everyday Americans who showed that the nation could be a place of fairness and inclusion. These were “voices Dr. King believed would have the final word,” Obama declared, “voices of unarmed truth and unconditional love.” King uttered these words in December of 1964, when he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize. He told the Oslo audience: “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”

It is significant that Obama chose to quote from King’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech, and a reminder of the many links between the two men. They are two African Americans who have influenced American history in extraordinary ways, and two giants in the black struggle for freedom. They also became grand figures on the global stage. Their Nobel Peace Prizes were reflections of their glowing international reputations. Yet even as the world embraced these two men, they attracted intense hatred from white Americans.

When King received the Nobel Peace Prize, many African Americans and civil rights supporters swelled with pride. But white southerners were incredulous. J. Edgar Hoover was enraged. New Yorkers welcomed King home to a celebration at the Waldorf-Astoria, but white leaders in Atlanta were divided about whether to honor their native son. Ralph McGill, publisher of the Atlanta Constitution, realized that Europeans embraced King more fully than Americans did. “These Europeans have a view of Dr. King that is clearer than ours,” McGill wrote, “which has become befogged by emotions and prejudices.” Though Atlanta did finally hold a tribute to King, whites’ hatred toward him only increased over the last three years of his life. By the time of his death, King was reviled by a significant number of Americans.

It is a kind of revulsion that Barack Obama knows well. In this way, Obama’s experiences in office bears some striking resemblances to King’s final years.

To watch Republican rallies is to see white crowds fuming with a hatred of their black president – and to see leaders fan that hatred. Ted Cruz’s favored line of attack is to call Obama “lawless.” “Of all the troubling aspects of the Obama presidency,” Cruz declared, “none is more dangerous than the president’s persistent pattern of lawlessness.” Trump took to Twitter to announce: “Sadly, because President Obama has done such a poor job as president, you won’t see another black president for generations!” Martin Luther King confronted a deep-seated racism. And he was called “lawless” more times than he could count.

Come at me, bro...

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