From the moment a founding father ever even used the term "democracy" among his peers there have been those who so despise the concept of government by the people that they have continually fought against it. The current outrages are the contemporary versions of their objections and excuses. It was never a given that one man would have one vote. But it is a fundamental truth that the principle of "one man one vote" defines democracy. All the problems our nation has had and continues to experience stem from persistent perversion of voting principle and process. The good thing is that since the problem is so basic it makes it just that much easier to repair. There is no currently pending legislation that holds a candle to the importance of federal election standardization. I expect there will also be no legislation so passionately fought against since the freeing of the slaves. The deafening noise we hear in the background is the echoing roar of ancient compromise.
with "China War" scenarios using some oxygen in the fear-o-sphere.
Military types calling for additional troops and technologies deployments in the western Pacific. Some worry about China swallowing Taiwan at some future point in time. Others worry that China will occupy the pedestal of super-est superpower and that the US has got to beef up to keep up. Haven't seen any concern about corrupt totalitarianism in the Philippines though or the threat of Japan's continued dependence on nuclear power to meet their energy needs.
I know there are some A-class thinkers at DU and would like to read their 'knowledge of' or 'take on' this stuff. Anybody know anything or is this just neo-con fearmongering celebrating the fact that a Democrat is POTUS and they still own the media? Like the Pacific itself, these are big questions. Are they legitimate?
The GOP representatives and senators already setting up their position to oppose the President's agenda, the Democratic agenda. It's kinda cool really since Trumps not around to foul the air. With republicans it's ALWAYS about what's best for the wealthy. If they smell a tax increase for the top 10% or a fair shake for the working class they go to their standard anti-socialist/communist diatribe. But to be clear. It's American (and international) billionaire donors and their corporations which guide their conscience.
I would like Democrats to steer the conversation toward value for cost. A common sense, check-book-balancing sort of concept. I believe the American people, at this point in time, may be able to understand the conversation when it's laid out like: How valuable is the statistic of having more billionaires per capita? Does it make for a more powerful military? A more secure economy? A healthier society? Better healthcare? Better quality of life? Better highways and bridges? More secure elections and better government? Does it make your neighborhood more sociable? Does it help the fellow down the street whose wife is in the hospital more likely to receive your offer of assistance, your voice of concern? Does it make your relationship with your family stronger, more loving? Do your children have a real chance at higher quality education?
From the political perspective, it's downright "Bill Clinton" simple. Give the people a chance to weigh the facts and they'll ALWAYS make the best choice. We're basking under a new sun. These are Democrat's moments to outline the facts and provide the choices. There will be NO quarter given by the republicans. Nor should they receive any since already their tireless propaganda machine cranks out their dishonest and disingenuous spin on the issues.
The worst person Trump inflicted on this country was Betsy Devos. The worst person "W" inflicted on us was her brother, Erik Prince.