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One More Golden Harvest Of Mouth-Watering GOP Bounty!

The GOP’s Crump Cancer




Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are two faces of the same phenomenon—the rise of conservative populism with a mean streak—empowered by the GOP’s purge of the center-right.

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Because Cruz and Trump do not represent different visions of the Republican Party so much as different manifestations of the same kind of conservative populism that gets weak-kneed watching a strongman preach with fact-free certainty from the right side of the “us vs. them” divide.

These Crump voters see incivility and inexperience as political assets. Their candidates are proudly dividers rather than uniters, channeling white populist anger at undocumented immigrants and Muslims as well as President Obama. Amid the emotional blurring of church and state, social-issue litmus tests have moved so far right that libertarians need not apply. The Crump coalition constitutes a majority of the Republican field right now. And they can’t win a general election.

The rise of Cruz and Trump are symptoms of a larger problem in the GOP, a problem of their own making. Because the Republican Party systematically purged its center-right, it doesn’t have the ballast to withstand Wingnuts anymore.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/02/03/the-gop-s-crump-cancer.html?via=desktop&source=twitter

Making Cruz Sound Reasonable....

Carter would pick Trump over Cruz: “I think I would choose Trump, which may surprise some of you”

If he had to choose between them, “I think I would choose Trump, which may surprise some of you,” he said.

“The reason is, Trump has proven already he’s completely malleable,” Carter said. “I don’t think he has any fixed (positions) he’d go the White House and fight for. On the other hand, Ted Cruz is not malleable. He has far right-wing policies he’d pursue if he became president.”

Carter added that he had a “feeling” that Trump's chances for the presidency would “fade away.”

“When people actually get ready to put on a ballot, ‘This is the person I want to lead me for the next four or eight years, I think they’ll have a little different opinion,’” Carter said.

Ultimately, he said he will support whoever is the Democratic nominee, noting he thinks Hillary Clinton “will still prevail” despite rival Bernie Sanders’s “remarkable showing, particularly among young people.”


http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/268146-carter-would-pick-trump-over-cruz

Love the water bottle beside Rubio. LOL.

How can anyone look at those sweet, smiling faces and feel bigotry or fear?

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your GOP today.

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https://twitter.com/owillis

President Obama: The World I Want My Daughters to Grow Up In

President Obama: The World I Want My Daughters to Grow Up In
By Barack Obama
Feb. 3, 2016
Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States.


One of America’s greatest strengths right now is the fact that our young generation—the millennials—is also the biggest, most educated, most diverse and most digitally fluent generation in our history. And one thing my daughters have taught me about their generation is that they’re not going to wait for anyone else to build a better world; they’re just going to go ahead and create that world for themselves.

We can create the circumstances that give them every chance to do that, of course—to make sure they can grow up free from debt and free to make their own choices in a world that’s not beyond their capacity to repair. That’s why my administration has reduced student loan payments to 10% of a borrower’s income, so that young people who choose college aren’t punished for that choice. We’ve reformed our health-care system so that when young people change jobs, go back to school, chase that new idea or start a family of their own, they’ll still have coverage. We led nearly 200 nations to the most ambitious agreement in history to combat climate change.

But my daughters’ generation knew long before Paris that protecting the one planet we’ve got isn’t something that’s up for debate. They knew long before the Supreme Court ruled for marriage equality last June that all love is created equal. They don’t see each of us first and foremost as black or white, Asian or Latino, gay or straight, immigrant or native-born. They view our diversity as a great gift.

In many ways, their generation is already pushing the rest of us toward change.

So for the sake of our future, one thing we have to do, maybe even above all others, is to make sure they grow up knowing that their voices matter, that they have agency in our democracy.

Those of us in positions of power have to set an example with the way we treat each other—not by viewing those who disagree with us as unpatriotic or motivated by malice, but with a willingness to compromise. We have to listen to those with whom we don’t agree.We have to reduce the corrosive influence of money in our politics that makes people feel like the system is rigged. We have to make voting easier, not harder, and modernize it for the way we live now. And we have to encourage our young people to stay active in our public life so that it reflects the goodness and decency and fundamental optimism that they exhibit every day.

The world we want for our kids—one with opportunity and security for our families; one with rising standards of living and a sustainable, peaceful planet; one that’s innovative and inclusive, bold and big-hearted—it’s entirely within our reach. The only constraints on America’s future are the ones we impose on ourselves. That’s always been the case with America—our destiny isn’t decided for us, but by us. And as long as we give our young people every tool and every chance to decide the future for themselves, I have incredible faith in the choices they’ll make.


http://motto.time.com/4199637/barack-obama-daughters/?xid=tcoshare

The Daily Show mocks Marco Rubio's “victorious” third place finish:


http://mediamatters.org/video/2016/02/03/the-daily-show-mocks-medias-declaration-that-ma/208353

Want to feel old? This is what Veruca Salt looks like today

Her daddy started her out with a small $1 million loan to buy an Oompa Loompa.

https://twitter.com/jamiesont/status/694900973005832192/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
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