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Friday Talking Points -- Democrats' Closing Midterm Argument

As usual, there was all sorts of idiocy in the political news last week. But, for a change, we're only going to skim lightly over most of it in an abbreviated weekly roundup, because we've got a special talking points section at the end, where we try our hand at writing a "closing argument" speech for all Democratic congressional candidates to consider using. So there's that to look forward to. Before that, though, let's take a very quick look at the week that was.


Voters are going to fire Republicans because they have not done their job.

They have failed to provide any oversight of the Executive Branch and have put us on the brink of crisis on several fronts. They have destroyed our reputation around the world.

They love to brag about all of their great accomplishments, such as a booming Wall Street, the huge taxcuts, massive de-regulation, etc....

Kajun Gal

Any person who supports Donald Trump and covers for him and/or his family is just as

evil as he is. Never in my life have I seen this type of danger from an American. Children separated from their parents, put in basically, prisons. Kashoggi and the blatant coverup for money. Backing hate groups. The blind eye to demogogs. Taking the country to a place it's never been. Liars. Brutal people. All for money. All for power. I am so ashamed because most of my family is republican. I am the black sheep in the family, yet I am on the side of goodness, peace and love. Old hippie gal. I have never been more proud to say I am in the democratic party. And I will continue to pray for the lost souls of the republicans.

May the good Lord bless us and keep us safe.


Wow. Just wow.

just finished watching the cnn town hall with beto. Listening to him speak brings tears to my eyes. I'm a 42 year old man, but there is just something about him. It's Obamaesque. There is hope for our future. Not just in Texas, but i believe nationwide. I know he said he has no plans for running for prez, but i believe it's inevitable. Right now, i feel damn proud to be a Texan. It's been a long time since I've been able to say that.


my sister is running. do you want to support progressive radio?

we are fortunate here in chicago to have held on to our former air america affilliate, wcpt.

they have a combination of syndicated talent like stephanie miller, thom hartmann, bill press, and local talent like ben joravsky. ben is a long time investigative journalist from the chicago reader, and a great repository of local political lore.

his show has been visiting each of the collar counties, talking to the dem candidates that are popping up all through the area. recently, they had my sister on the show, along w the rest of the blue wave at the bottom of the ticket in formerly solid red dupage county...


I'm Still Fuming about Kavanaugh!

Am I the only one that still believes Christine Blasey Ford??! I feel like the turd got voted into the Senate and everyone is just wiping their hands clean of the issue! No one seems to be out there saying that Kavanaugh is unrighteously on The Supreme Court! It's like everyone believes him... not just Republicans but EVERYONE! I've seen some Democrats on TV who seem to have bought into the Republicans claim that this whole thing was a democratic hoax!...


If you listen carefully, when a Trump supporter is asked WHY they support him, you will never hear

facts. You will hear unsupported conclusions ( "He's the greatest president ever!" ), unwarranted speculation ("He'll bring back our good paying factory and coal mining jobs!" ), outright lies ("He's started construction of The Wall!" ), and utter nonsense ("He won the popular vote if you don't count the five million 'illegals' who voted!" ).

These are not "alternative facts", because ---Damn it! --- there is no such thing. All of these different types of responses are simply different "flavors" of bullshit---'cause that's all they've got.

More of us need to start telling them that to their faces whenever they even begin to "explain" their Trump worship.


It's hard to believe but we must accept the truth. It's no longer Democrats vs Republicans.

Its democracy vs fascism and it's staring us right in our face. We are in danger and we must recognize it and call it out. We are at war, a war of ideas. It is a war that over 400,000 Americans fought and died for in the 1940s.

Voter suppression and rigging elections is an act of fascism.

Trying to destroy the free press and replacing it with a government run propaganda press (Fox News) is an act of fascism.

Trying to take over and control the entire justice department, the courts is an act of fascism....


Had my final hearing about the validity of my US Citizenship

Last summer my wife and I were going to work in a refugee camp in Greece. Just as we were leaving, I was inofrmed that I was on the no-fly list and also informed that my citizenship was being challanged.

I made my ctizenship via testing when I was 15 years old.

I had to go to three hearings on the citizenship challenge and two on the no fly status. Yesterday I won both and can breathe again....


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