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Watching the DNC convention, I can see that most of those in attendance are excited and ready to get to work to try to realize one of the most progressive platforms to be adopted by a major U.S. party. The Democratic platform was in large part based on input from Bernie Sanders and his supporters. This is as much his platform as hers.
Yet, there is still a loud, but vocal minority of delegates who more interested in expressing anger and disapproval at the results. Think of Cornell West who was asked to participate in the development of the platform, yet he walks away and endorses the Green Party candidate. Or, you have Nina Turner getting 15 minutes of fame and then some in order to dutifully play the role of a Democrat still on the fence as to who she might support for President. However, expressions of anger without direction, purpose and, most importantly, only serve to make those who are yelling a part of the problem they are complaining about.
The question I wonder is whether Bernie’s revolution will ultimately be seen as a movement or a moment? Were Bernie’s supporters invested in his ideals, which have now been incorporated into the party’s platform? Or, was Bernie himself simply being used, yes used, by his supporters as a convenient vehicle for expressing rage irrespective of his policies?
Right now. In the midst of a Presidential election with a would-be demagogue running as the Republican candidate, the underlying issues of the election will get overshadowed. The protests themselves often get muddled and create confusion as to what is being advocates as was the case when you had TPP protestors disrupting speeches by Rep. Cummings and Lewis as they addressed the concerns of BLM activists.
However, when it is all said and done, will Bernie’s movement endure? Will Bernie himself remain engaged and continue to try to work to get progressive Democrats elected? Will Bernie’s supporters remain invested in pressuring Congress to pass bills that incorporate the Democratic party’s platform? Or, will they both retreat, disengage, and complain from the distance in elections to come?
In short, the real measure of whether Bernie’s revolution is a movement or merely a moment is where will Bernie and his supporters be during the 2018 midterms. That could be the pivotal year where a movement emerges from the background of a Presidential campaign and transforms Congress. In 2010, a CNBC/Fox inspired Tea Party halted the progressive trajectory of the Obama presidency fresh off the adoption of the ACA, saving the U.S. auto industry, creating a consumer protection agency, and adopting the Dodd-Frank act. Can Bernie’s movement offer a similar change in 2018 albeit in a progressive direction?
Posted by TomCADem | Thu Jul 28, 2016, 11:27 PM (6 replies)
Very interesting opinion from a Republican regarding Michelle Obama's speech along with an implicit put-down of Donald Trump's campaign.
As a Republican who pays attention to how the other side wins, I’ve spent a lot of time fighting to drag my party out of the stone-knives and bear-skins era of politics. America is screen-agnostic, and the accelerating future isn’t about destination television with Mom, Dad and 2.25 adorable scamps watching Family Guy in the blue glow of the widescreen. But even now, the power of a great speech can have real political impact.
Posted by TomCADem | Wed Jul 27, 2016, 10:24 PM (2 replies)
Source: LA Times
Donald Trump reiterated his call for the U.S. to pull back from its commitment to NATO and said the Republican leader of the Senate was wrong to ascribe the proposal to "a rookie mistake."
"He's 100% wrong. OK?" Trump said in an interview aired Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "He's 100% wrong if he said that."
Trump shocked many in the country's defense and foreign policy establishment when he said Wednesday in a New York Times story that, as commander in chief, he would not automatically come to the defense of America's NATO allies if they were attacked.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who had given a less-than-rousing speech in support of Trump's nomination at the Republican National Convention, responded by suggesting the remark showed the political neophyte's inexperience and the need for guidance from more seasoned lawmakers.
Read more: http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-trailguide-updates-1469369642-htmlstory.html
Any coincidence that a Russian hack turns into an anti-Dem disclosure?
Posted by TomCADem | Sun Jul 24, 2016, 09:44 PM (52 replies)
...with a gun.
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” Well, that gun lobby rubbish was again disproved in Dallas.
Posted by TomCADem | Wed Jul 13, 2016, 12:39 AM (4 replies)
The killings in Dallas are one more reminder that guns are central, not accessory, to the American plague of violence. They were central fifty-plus years ago, when a troubled ex-Marine had only to send a coupon to a mail-order gun house in Chicago to get a military rifle with which to kill John F. Kennedy—that assassin-sniper also fired from a Dallas building onto a Dallas street. They are central now, when the increased fetishism of guns and carrying guns has made such horrors as last night’s not merely predictable but unsurprising. The one thing we can be sure of, after we have mourned the last massacre, is that there will be another. You wake up at three in the morning, check the news, and there it is.
Posted by TomCADem | Fri Jul 8, 2016, 11:38 PM (22 replies)
U.S. House of Representatives Republicans want to lower the top individual income tax rate to 33 percent and slash the corporate tax rate, according to a blueprint released on Friday as an agenda for this year's re-election campaign.
The tax reform plan, to be officially unveiled on Friday morning at the U.S. Capitol, is the sixth and final plank of a conservative policy agenda being rolled out by House Speaker Paul Ryan in an effort to unify Republicans after a divisive primary campaign.
Ryan, the country's highest-ranking elected Republican, has described the agenda as a way to offer voters a coherent policy message across key legislative areas for 2017. He has already released segments on poverty, national security, regulation, constitutional authority and healthcare.
Aides describe these issue areas as common ground between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Ryan, who withheld his endorsement of the billionaire businessman until recently.
Read more: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/ryan-house-republicans-to-unveil-us-tax-reform-plan/ar-AAhz54v
Vote Republican in November so that Donald Trump and Paul Ryan can bring the right wing utopia that is Kansas to the rest of the country.
Posted by TomCADem | Fri Jun 24, 2016, 11:07 AM (23 replies)
While the corporate media continues to run stories noting that healthcare costs have continued to grow notwithstanding the ACA, what they frequently ignore is that the rate of growth has not only slowed, but has grown at a slower rate than forecast.
I've written frequently about the fact that the rapid growth in US health care costs has slowed down in recent years. Here's the latest version of the slowdown, courtesy of the Urban Institute:
Posted by TomCADem | Wed Jun 22, 2016, 02:12 AM (0 replies)
It is funny given the lack of specificity of Trump's proposals that Moody had to test Trump’s plans under three scenarios: one in which Trump is taken at face value and his plans are enacted exactly as he has described, a second where his policies are adopted but at a more modest level, and a third where a skeptical Congress scale back Trump’s plans due to “political realities.”
Donald Trump’s economic proposals would isolate the United States, hurt its economic growth, increase the federal deficit and cost millions of American jobs, according to new analysis.
Posted by TomCADem | Mon Jun 20, 2016, 10:55 AM (10 replies)
Trump is courting the evangelical vote noting that his list of possible Supreme Court judges are pro-life.
Seeking to build new bridges to religious conservatives, Donald Trump Friday pledged to nominate antiabortion justices to the Supreme Court and to protect Christians’ religious freedom in a carefully scripted speech to leading evangelical activists.
Posted by TomCADem | Sat Jun 11, 2016, 11:17 PM (6 replies)
When Captain America was originally conceived, he punched Hitler. In Civil War, he was a voice for civil disobedience in opposing the oppression of mutants. However, as the Republican party under Donald Trump rises to prominence with a message of intolerance and hate, Disney and Marvel re-imagine Captain America to represent America today, as an agent of the Nazi terrorist group Hydra. It is a pretty honest and bold move for Disney and Marvel to embrace the America of today where millions of Americans so willing embrace Donald Trump, a man unapologetically makes racist, sexist and religious based attacks on his adversaries. But then again, since Donald Trump's rise has been compared with rise of nationalists and facists, it would be fitting for Marvel/Disney's character to continue to be an ardent opponent of facism.
So, America, we now have a hero who is the proper face of Donald Trump's vision of America.
Posted by TomCADem | Sat Jun 4, 2016, 03:10 PM (2 replies)