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Seen on Reddit: a new name for GOP: CRPT--Cut Rich People's Taxes (pronounced CRyPT)

This guy should get a campaign consultant job.

We call them the GOP, for the Grand Old Party. However, I'd would rather like to call them the CRPT (pronounced "crypt"--the association with death and decay being a very deliberate one) to stand for Cut Rich People's Taxes.

Perhaps a rallying cry could be "Let's keep our country out of the CRyPT!" or something of the like.

After all, there's nothing so consistent about the Republican Party's agenda in the past 30 years as their desire to cut taxes for the rich, so let's call a spade a spade and make it harder for them to throw a smokescreen over it.


DAVE LINDORFF: Real Russian Threat--invading or trading with neighbors?

Why would Russia be planning to invade their neighbors when they are investing heavily in trade infrastructure with Europe, which likely would want nothing to do with them if they invaded other countries?

The realpolitik of what's going on with Russia is our government doesn't want to see the economic integration of Eurasia from China to Europe that make the US a regional power without the ability to control and profit from the largest landmass on Earth.

Henry Kissinger, now a Trump advisor, thinks we can break that up by turning Russia against China while Democrats seem to want put Russia in the doghouse (but apparently still demonize China too).

The reality is sanctions, covert action, and even wars don't change the course of history--they just delay or accelerate it.

We fought two wars in the 20th century to keep Germany from being the dominant economic power in Europe and won both.

Today, Germany calls the shots in Europe (albeit as our junior partner for now).

America "lost" the Vietnam War. Today, they make our Nikes for 50 cents an hour.

We can slow down the integration of Eurasia for a few years or even decades, but at what cost to us and them in lives and wealth?

And what will it gain the average American?

At the height of the British Empire, the average Brit was working sixteen hours a day, seven days a week, living in filthy slums.

We are at peak empire right now and how is that helping average Americans?

Most people here know Nazi leader Hermann Goering's quote about how to gin up a war, but fewer know what he prefaced it with:

"Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece?"


Those who are selling conflict with Russia do not have the best interest of average Americans at heart.

And before someone bothers to call me a Putin or Trump lover, corporate Democrats have agreed with Republicans on far more and far more damaging issues than me from privatizing public education to starting unnecessary wars.

Democrats have one, maybe two elections to get their shit together and be a real opposition party to the Republicans.

Demonizing Russia and anyone who doesn't do the same is a recipe for beating the GOP to the ash heap of history.

This is all by way of getting to a larger point. The hysteria about Russian hacking of the US election an action which while it might have happened, is by no means proven is a meaningless diversion, because there is no evidence at all that Russia is an aggressive nation. While the US is moving Abrams battle tanks and nuclear-capable mobil artillery up close to the Russian border in the waning days of the Obama administration, forcing Russia to respond by beefing up its own national border defenses, no one could argue seriously that Russia and its leader Vladimir Putin, have any interest whatsoever in invading any country of Europe, however small and weak.

What possible advantage could come to Russia from such an action? Even if Russia could succeed in invading Poland and grabbing a piece of that country, or invading one of the Baltic countries that were former Soviets, such an action would make developing trade relations with the rest of Europe impossible, and would force Russia to engage in a costly occupation which it can ill afford.

Why, one has to ask, would Russia be building, with up to $100 billion in Chinese financing, a bunch of super high-speed rail lines from eastern China and eastern Siberia all the way to rail hums in Germany and other European countries, to facilitate vastly expanded trade overland, if it were also secretly planning to conquer and occupy parts of Europe again, as it did in the pre-1990 era?

A cynic or realist might suspect that it is precisely this goal of economic integration of Europe and Asia, with Russia at the center, which lies at the root of US antipathy and hostility towards both Russia and China.
If the US continues to cling to the insane, megalomaniacal idea of maintaining strategic dominance military and economic at all costs over all current and potential rivals around the globe, there is a certain logic to trying to ruin this grand plan for economic convergence on the Eurasian continent.


Why would they threaten Eastern Europe when US alone has a military 5 times bigger?

TOON: Dems stategize for 2020


Will DU return to a transparent jury process with comments?

If you want moderators to have veto power over the jury, you could still make allowances for that.

The secret jury process can make the outcome look like a thumb is on the scale even when it is not.

KERRY: "if the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or Democratic, it cannot be both."

Kerry's speech was still advocating for the two state solution, but he said if Israel tried to ignore that and de facto absorb the Occupied Territories, it comes down to this.

Can America support a multi-ethnic state where one ethnic or religious group has far more rights than the other?

Bernie might have been right about a revolution, but it could come from Trump over-reaching

and same people within the government refusing to follow his orders.

A moment that will stick with me for the rest of my life was during the collapse of the Soviet Union during the hardline communist coup. Protesters surrounded the parliament building, and the coup government called out the troops. When the tanks arrived, they joined the protesters, and that was the end of the coup.

If Trump and inbred, entitled, trust fund babies he is turning out to actually represent vastly over-reach, the same could happen to them.

could someone rig the Bible to burst into flames when Trump puts his hand on it for oath of office?

If it could burn 666 into his hand, that would be even better.

If racism, sexually assault, fraud, cronyism, etc. isn't enough to turn off his followers, that might do it.

Which would hurt GOP more in the long run: electors dumping Trump or keeping him?

A lot of people think any radical action by the Electoral College voters is unlikely, but I wonder what people think the consequences would be long term.

If you live in a Trump state, give electors NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE POLLS for their state:

The National Popular Vote website has all of them in one place by state.


Maybe it won't do anything, but I don't see too many states on the list that dip much below 70%.

If you've got 70% of your state on your side, it might seem like a smaller step to break with your party.
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