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"Speaking For Us: How Jon Stewart Gave Millennials A Voice In American Politics"

More: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/main/2015/8/7/speaking-for-us-how-jon-stewart-gave-millennials-a-voice-in-american-politics
We are products of our times. Growing up, we all have a vague sense of history but that sense cannot help us understand the times in which we live. Baby boomers would have no idea how their world would be shaped by post-WWII policies. Generation X would have no idea how their world would be shaped by the Vietnam conflict. Generation Y would have no idea how their world would be shaped by Reaganomics. And currently, we millennials had no idea how our world would be shaped by the events of September 11th.

We try to understand our situation in its historical context, but for each situation there had been no historical context with which to draw comparison. We had never had to rebuild after a second global conflict. We had never had to unite against an unpopular war. We had never had to adapt to top-down economic theory. And we never had to experience a terrorist attack on American soil. With each of these situations, we were left without a blueprint for how to feel, how to act, or how to live our lives in the most meaningful way. Each situation briefly brought us together and then each situation inevitably drove us apart.

As a sixteen-year-old, I remember watching the Twin Towers fall. I had no idea what it meant. I had no idea America even had enemies. When a student in my math class asked to vote for which country attacked us, I raised by hand for Iraq because I vaguely knew we were involved in some kind of war over there a decade earlier. The names Al Qaeda or Bin Laden were foreign to all of us. In the coming days, as our nation struggled to deal with the terrorist attack, I did what everyone in my small New Hampshire home town did: Bought a miniature flag and duct taped it to my car. At the time, it was the only way I knew to fight terrorism.

In the immediate aftermath of the attack, American patriotism was at an all-time high. George W. Bush's approval rating soared to 90%, the highest in Gallup history. Comedian Will Ferrell, appearing as George W. Bush for the Concert for New York in October of that year, remarked that he could smoke the terrorists into caves, then out of caves, then back into caves because "My approval rating is, like, 106% right now." We saw the president as a beacon of hope in an otherwise uncertain world and we knew what he was doing was right. Our nation knew that justice must be served for those horrific acts on September 11th, and so we supported the Bush administration when it said it had evidence that Iraq under Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and that war was our only option.

"For the Community Organizer, the Struggle Continues for A More Perfect Union"

More: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/main/2015/8/7/for-the-community-organizer-the-struggle-continues-for-a-more-perfect-union

Watching President Barack Obama explain and defend the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group, I was struck by how fragile are the attempts at peace, and how inertia – be it short-sighted stubbornness, ideology, political partisanship and expediency, or a lucrative status quo invested in armaments, brinksmanship, and a permanent war footing – often tends to lead us to disunity, lawlessness and chaos.

I was also struck by how this president, derided by his critics as dangerously naïve, feckless, a mere “community organizer,” embodies no less than the spirit and the vision of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who lifted this country out of the worst economic disaster in its history by first providing work, hope and inspiration to an impoverished nation and then, faced with the prospect of a holocaust engulfing Europe, organized the U.S. and other countries into an allied coalition which succeeded in turning the tide of history, liberating Europe and Asia from fascism, and ensuring decades of good relations between our former enemies.

Similarly, President John F. Kennedy sought to overcome the Cold War nuclear stalemate, brokering the historic Test Ban Treaty with the Soviets and staring down Premier Nikita Khrushchev during the Cuban Missile Crisis – but heroically avoiding war, over the objections of opponents who loudly urged him to show “leadership” and “strength.”

JFK also worked to promote American well-being and optimism through a widely shared prosperity and an emphasis on scientific, educational and cultural achievements, sought to community-organize through health care initiatives and civil rights reform, and promoted a sense of national purpose through initiatives such as the space program and the Peace Corps.

"How Black Lives Matter forced campaigns to toss their strategies on black voters"

More: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-campaign-black-lives-20150731-story.html#page=1

The Black Lives Matter campaign is seeing to it that the rules they relied on for courting the vote no longer apply.

The potent social media-driven movement, sparked in the aftermath of Florida teen Trayvon Martin’s 2012 shooting death and reignited in the racial unrest in response to the deaths of other unarmed African Americans at the hands of police over the last year, has 2016 contenders scrambling to adjust their strategies. The protesters involved are proving masterful at refocusing the spotlight.

Candidates who might otherwise have been complacent, given their high marks on legislative report cards from the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People and endorsements from an older generation of black leaders, have had to more directly confront uncomfortable questions of racial inequality and the mistreatment of blacks by the criminal justice system.

“We want to ensure that these candidates will actually deal with the issues that black people face,” said Patrisse Cullors, a movement cofounder from Los Angeles. “The reality is that it’s still not legal to be black in this country.”

Ron Paul: Donald Trump a ‘Dangerous Person’

More: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/ron-paul-donald-trump-a-dangerous-person/

Appearing on Alan Colmes‘ Fox News radio show, the former Republican congressman indicated he isn’t concerned with whether Trump is a force for good or bad within the party. However, he added, “I think he’s is a dangerous person. And a lot of people find him sort of funny, and love him, even libertarian types.”

Beyond dangerously resembling a half-rotted canteloupe, how exactly is Trump a “dangerous person”?

“He’s so disruptive to the party system, and I enjoy that too,” Paul explained,” but I think he’s a man that if conditions deteriorate — which they can, see I work on the assumption that the world is no more stable than Greece, and if those conditions come — people want to be told what to do.”

"People listen to him, and believe he may be raising white horses someplace and he’s going to ride in. Because he is almost the opposite of a libertarian, because it’s not like ‘I want to give you your freedom and your liberty to run your life as you choose. Your civil liberties are absolutely yours, you can’t hurt anybody, it’s your own money you can spend it any way you want.’ But he sounds like the person: ‘I know the answers and I’m going to do this and I’ve done this, I’ve done this, this and this."

You know what they say about the pot and the kettle...

"Delete Your Account"

Imagine having a president who is thin-skinned enough to respond to every single ugly thing someone says about him/her online.

Albert Pujols is still part of the Cardinals, apparently:


"Sez Who?!"


"This letter was sent to SC House Minority Leader Rutherford yesterday" (WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE)

Link: https://twitter.com/TylerMJones/status/618770934867062784/photo/1


"Rick Perry, Republicans, and the African-American Vote"

More: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/07/rick-perry-republicans-and-the-black-vote.html

If you ask most conservatives why African-Americans vote overwhelmingly for the Democratic Party, they will typically reply that black people are either lazy moochers who want “free stuff,” or else they’ve been duped by a massive lie that the Democrats have become the party of civil rights. Rick Perry delivered an interesting speech last week, which continues to reverberate among conservative thought leaders, in which he made an important, if not unprecedented, concession. The historic defection of the black vote, Perry admitted, reflects the failings not of African-Americans but the Republican Party itself. Perry conceded that his party’s obsession with states’ rights, including his own, alienated a constituency that has depended on the federal government to protect its rights. This is an important admission about the Republican Party’s history. What Perry has failed to display is any grasp of how African-Americans have been turned away by the Republican Party’s present incarnation.

Perry makes two important, persuasive points in his speech but fails to see how they collide with each other. The first point is that states' rights is a dangerous doctrine for African-Americans, who rely on the power of the federal government to protect them from abuses by states. Perry frames this as a confession that he has overemphasized the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, which reserves for the states or the people powers not delegated to the federal government, rather than the 14th amendment, which prevents states from denying any citizen equal protection of the laws. “There has been, and there will continue to be, an important and a legitimate role for the federal government in enforcing Civil Rights,” Perry said, “Too often, we Republicans, me included, have emphasized our message on the 10th Amendment but not our message on the 14th.”

Perry’s second point is that urban policy often works to the detriment of the disadvantaged. “In blue state coastal cities, you have these strict zoning laws, environmental regulations that have prevented buildings from expanding the housing supply. And that may be great for the venture capitalist who wants to keep a nice view of San Francisco Bay. But it’s not so great for the single mother working two jobs in order to pay rent and still put food on the table for her kids.”

Perry frames the latter as an indictment of government in general. But it is actually an indictment of localized government regulation. This is an aspect of government policy where Perry can legitimately boast that his state has outperformed the blue-state model. Deregulated zoning has allowed Texas to create affordable housing that is denied residents of big coastal cities.

"Administration Announces New Initiative to Increase Solar Access for All Americans"

More: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/07/07/fact-sheet-administration-announces-new-initiative-increase-solar-access
The Obama Administration is committed to addressing climate change, promoting clean energy, and creating good paying jobs. That is why the Administration is announcing a new initiative to increase access to solar energy for all Americans, in particular low- and moderate- income communities, while expanding opportunities to join the solar workforce.

Last year, the United States brought online as much solar energy every three weeks as it did in all of 2008, and the solar industry added jobs 10 times faster than the rest of the economy. And since the beginning of 2010, the average cost of a solar electric system has dropped by 50 percent. The executive actions and private sector commitments that we are announcing today will help continue to scale up solar for all Americans, including those who are renters, lack the startup capital to invest in solar, or do not have adequate information on how to transition to solar energy. The key components of the initiative that the Administration is announcing today are:

-Launching a National Community Solar Partnership to unlock access to solar for the nearly 50 percent of households and business that are renters or do not have adequate roof space to install solar systems, including issuing a guide to Support States In Developing Community Solar Programs;
-Setting a goal to install 300 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy in federally subsidized housing and providing technical assistance to make it easier to install solar, including clarifying how to use Federal funding;
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