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Hillary gun control (loophole and background checks) ad.

The GOP certainly likes to spread the meme that environmentalists and scientists are just creating

jobs or contracts for themselves with the whole global warming thing. I've noticed that they impune the character and motives of liberals (who are voting for the basic needs of others) all the time. We need to hit back on that whenever we see or hear it.

Why Does the (White) Lower Middle Class Vote Republican?

Why Does the (White) Lower Middle Class Vote Republican?

by Leon Friedman at the Huffington Post



This paranoid style in American politics is still alive today. We have a questioner of Donald Trump telling him that we have to get rid of all the Muslims in the United States. Almost all of the Republican candidates for President seem to support the idea - similar to the platform of the Know-Nothing party -- that immigrants are the true source of evil in our society. They do not speak our language, take away our jobs, pollute our neighborhoods with their dirty ways, spread diseases, murder our children and rape our wives and daughters.

The Tea Party is the true successors of the Know Nothing Party. The origins of the name came when a correspondent on CNBC, Rick Santelli, complained about a government program to make payments to homeowners who could no longer make mortgage payments. He condemned the idea that the government would "subsidize the losers" and asked for a tea party to be formed to object to government social programs. So the "losers" the poor, the racial minorities, the immigrants, the 47% are the problem, not the owners and bosses who demand and receive the biggest cut of the pie and refuse to share their wealth with the middle class.

But all of this plays into Republican hands. Rather than accurately explain the true economic issues facing the middle class, they invent bogus tax plans that have no basis in reality -- shrinking the tax code to three pages and reducing taxes to everyone (mostly those on top) which will somehow trim down the national debt and bring untold benefits to everyone. When these benefits do not emerge, Republican leaders barrage the lower middle class with attacks on the bad people (immigrants, Muslims) who do not look or talk like them and threaten their lives and jobs. They play on the lower middle class' impulse to believe themselves better than some other group which becomes the basis for their own self-esteem. The Republicans insist that the presence of Latino immigrants and Muslims are the reasons for the lower class' dissatisfaction with their life. Such arguments divert the middle class from insisting on higher wages and better programs that will adversely affect the rich supporters of the Party.

The Democrats must counter this nonsense with concrete programs that would improve the lives of the lower middle class. Since family values count very much for this group, Democrats should emphasize how the social programs supported by them - health care, free college education - would improve the lives of their children. And they must counter the paranoia that is so much a part of the Republican program.


Putin is doing what ISIS has done: trying to make themselves

INDISPENSABLE to people in their sphere of influence. Psychopaths love to run into a vacuum, a vacuum they may or may not have caused, and take over the Big Man/government role and become the 'source' of security to the local people. Indispensability is soon POWER. Poor Syria.

I don't think they are too timid. I think they have figured out that Donald Trump is a person who

gets energy and ideas from being attacked. He even attacks himself in his speeches, quoting others who have attacked him in the past. That is his entire shtick.

The GOP has taken democracy for granted. They've messed with people's heads. They assumed democracy

would work for their interests. They made people stupid to reach this goal. Now look at them. Trump, who wants to stop trade and crash the economy by deporting 11 million people, is leading by a greater degree every time a new poll comes out. Democracy should be cherished. It is hard work and should work for all, not be a ticket to easy street for the rich. They've used it. And they are destroying it.

Tonight Trump said he'd take down the barriers between states for health care

insurance. Then he said he'd be great for women's health organizations. He's smashing through the wedge issue structure the GOP build over 'the base'. This is great news. He's a populist and is deconstructing the GOP platform in parts. He may inadvertenly let them out of their cages. Run free gop base.....run free.

Another reason why Trump is so popular with the people:

They have not been allowed to connect with Obama in any way. They are starved for leadership. They've done their own dam selves in on the right. If they were allowed to follow Obama's successes, when they were America's successes, they would not be so needy and stuck on the first 'big man' who came along.

Black Lives Matter is a new movement based on longstanding grievances. For sure, in this social

networking age, so much about how and when and why people gather has changed. Things are much more fluid. So events are much more fluid. I'm sure organizational structure will develop. But for now we need to urge BLM on. As their friends. Because African Americans have not had the luxury of negotiating with government and/or the powers that be for long. And in a authentically fair way...maybe never. White people have been negotiation with government and/or the powers that be for 500 years in one way or another. We should understand the GOP has been baiting Black Lives Matter with the words "All Lives Matter" to take the wind out of their sails. So we should not use those words. We should understand that a good, clear, new relationship between African Americans and the multicultural police is the last thing the GOP want. Then they will not be able to use fear of the wild inner cities to scare their base. So we should not fall for this manufactured outrage between Bernie fans and BLM people tonight on the DU. Bernie went to an event. Things happened. His security whisked him away. That happens. Especially when some new movement is born. This is an old story of almost any social movement. And since when have Bernie supporters been against social movements?

All news sources make mistakes. Let's hope the NYTimes learns from this and doesn't fall for the

Benghazi two step again. A headline, in this day and age of massive amounts of data out there, cannot be taken back. Nobody will ever hear the retraction. The GOP know this. So should the NY Times. Especially if it has anything to do with Benghazi. One thing all these leaks do tell us...if you add them all up, the GOP have got nothing on Hillary. But the GOP will stir the pot. And make it 'feel' like there is something she is hiding. And that feeling can feel surer than sure if psychopaths are involved in spreading the meme. You may feel more sure of the 'feeling that Hillary is hiding something' than you have ever felt about anything else in your life. That is how psychopaths get people to act on their behalf. That surer than ever sure feeling. In this day and age of the GOP using all the tools of the psychopath be wary of anything compelling.
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