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Trump says it was 'my decision' to try to overturn 2020 election results

Source: CNN

Former President Donald Trump said that he received counsel from numerous people shortly after the 2020 election but that it was his decision to push the false claim he won the presidency and try to overturn the results.

"You know who I listen to? Myself. I saw what happened," Trump said...

Trump says he supports mental competency tests for presidency amid concerns over age
The former president said he didn't listen to his attorneys who told him he lost the election because he didn't respect them.

"You hire them, you've never met these people, you get a recommendation, they turn out to be RINOs (Republicans in name only), or they turn out to be not so good. In many cases, I didn't respect them," Trump said. "But I did respect others. I respected many others that said the election was rigged."

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2023/09/17/politics/trump-election-results-decision/index.html

Basically he just confessed. This should guarantee a guilty verdict if justice is blind.
Who are the "many others" who agreed the election was rigged? They are are almost certainly his yes-men-and-women co-defendants in Georgia.

Biden parallels: Reagan's age was a problem until it wasn't in 1983-4, inflation changed everything

Ronald Reagan was the oldest President elected up to that point in history. He faced a strong negative public perception of his "advanced" age (73 in 1984) which he even joked about during a debate with Mondale. Back then, people did not quite live as long (life expectancy was several years less) and perceptions of what was old was set at a younger age.
In 1983, Reagan was polling at 43% favorability and Mondale and other Democrats were leading him in potential match-ups. However, the real problem then was high inflation, gas prices and interest rates. The era of stagflation had not quite ended in 1983, but was soon to end due to Fed Chairman Paul Volcker's hawkish monetary policy which started in 1979--he was appointed by Jimmy Carter. Volcker's policies caused sky high, interest rates and a recession, but eventually created the lower inflation high growth economy that Reagan took credit for this with the in reality ineffective "Reaganomics."

In 1984, inflation was under control, interest rates and gas prices were coming down and Reagan got the credit. Reagan's age was significantly downplayed and became a non-factor because people felt things were going well. Reagan won in 1984 in a landslide. The party in power gets the credit or blame for the economy.

I believe that we are in a similar situation, and Joe Biden is setting himself to take credit for the improving inflation by touting Bidenomics. If interest rates and gas prices come down next year, Biden gets credit and his age becomes a non-factor for many Americans.

Echoes of 1917 Russian military collapse that led to the Revolution or the failed coup ending the SU

Russia has had historic potential for instability and the rebellion against Putin and his war in Ukraine could have far reaching consequences. One lesson is that those who begin the destabilization may not be around to benefit in the end, and that how things end is not easily predictable.

Ukraine may significantly benefit from the chaos, especially if the Russian military is distracted for too long.

What would Trump's MAGA defense look like?

He might claim he is entitled to those documents because he is the "rightful" President. Will that help him? No, because he is of course not President. But that's a guess of one reason he kept the documents in the first place, as props to prove he is "really" President to others.

Jimmy Carter to begin receiving hospice care

Source: CNN

By Aaron Pellish, Shawna Mizelle and Betsy Klein, CNN
Updated 6:31 PM EST, Sat February 18, 2023

Former US President Jimmy Carter will begin receiving hospice care at his home in Georgia, according to a statement from The Carter Center on Saturday.

"After a series of short hospital stays, former US President Jimmy Carter today decided to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care instead of additional medical intervention. He has the full support of his family and his medical team," the statement said.

Jason Carter, a onetime Democratic state senator in Georgia and the former president's grandson, said he visited Friday with his grandparents and that "they are at peace and - as always - their home is full of love."

Jimmy Carter, who turned 98 last year, became the oldest living US president in history after the passing of George H.W. Bush, who died in late 2018 at 94. The nation's 39th president has kept a low public profile in recent years due to the coronavirus pandemic but has continued to speak out about risks to democracy around the world, a longtime cause of his....

This story and headline have been updated with additional information.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2023/02/18/politics/jimmy-carter/index.html

Perhaps our most underrated President. Jimmy Carter brought a breath of fresh air with insisting on the highest ethical behavior from the USA. He was far-seeing in his promotion of solar energy, and he knowingly sacrificed his own career to appoint Volcker as Fed Chairman to tame stagflation, which eventually led to the low-inflation, economic growth of the 80's. He is a Nobel Peace prize winner who played a key role in the Camp David Accords. Ahead of his time, Carter began the deregulation of over-regulated industries like trucking.

Good talking point for talking with independents: Republican tax cuts are very bad for inflation

as they potentially stimulate demand which will only make inflation worse as "supply and demand" drives prices. Tax cuts are the centerpiece of their limited policy wishes outside of the culture wars. Meanwhile the Fed is raising interest rates to stop inflation by trying to slow the economy in order to reduce demand.

Basically use their own brand against them. It goes without saying that deregulation to the extent it stimulates business activity is also bad for inflation.

This counters the thinking that has been held since Reagan that the GOP is somehow always good for the economy, which has been helping the GOP in the polls.

Free speech-our most powerful constitutional right, but dangerous, and independent of etiquette

The ACLU has defended the free speech rights even of Nazis to express themselves as they did in Skokie Illinois in the 1980s. Democrats like Mike Dukakis were called out for supporting the ACLU. This aspect means that government is not supposed to regulate speech in any way, but for example, there are laws that prevent calling for imminent lawless action. These invoke the "harm" principle which can be an exception, even legally in the USA. But potential harm legally does not appear to extend beyond physical threats.
See these link for a detailed explanation:

That kind of free speech (based on the Constitution) defines what's legal especially with regard to government intervention, but not what social etiquette or norms demand. There is a huge battle in the US over what constitutes proper social etiquette in speech. That is why there are debates about what words should be allowed in normal public discourse. Many find emotional harm in the some speech, but limiting their use is social, not legal. Some people even dedicate their lives to determining which words should be allowable. In the US, there are the culture wars, part of which center on which words are socially acceptable and to whom. Here too the the harm principle is employed, but the harm is typically not physical, but social, emotional etc. Some of these debates play out on DU, but they are widespread in academia and society, having political overtones.

The danger of unabated free speech is that it allows conspiracies to proliferate and demagogues to arise that could cause serious harm and mischief-- QAnon is one example and allowing fascist nationalists to achieve political power is another. Trump is easily an example of the latter. How to counter manipulative speech and disinformation is a major problem of our times given the technical advancements that allow mass communication for all.

Idea: He took the documents because he considers the Presidency to be his personal possession

The documents help assure him he is still the real President in his own addled, self-centered mind, even though I'm sure he knows he lost, he could never accept losing, as Mary Trump has stated. The possession of the documents are to him "proof" he is the real President and that he "owns" them. He clearly has a strong sense of ownership from Mary Trump's book. Why nuclear documents too? Because only a real President could have access to such things in his childish mind. They are a talisman.

Since he thinks they belong to him, I could envision that he could sell them at some point as a matter of course, but don't think that is the main reason.

A question is would he attempt stupidly show off by gifting some secrets to US enemies who he considers to be friends like N Korea's Kim-- that would not be beneath him. Showing off is his secondary motivation IMO.

Evidence here-- it's a small leap for someone like Trump for the idea as to his believing he owns the documents, to the idea he owns them because he remains President.

Abortion views by state suggest possibility of Democratic gains in some red and purple states

if legal abortion is emphasized as an issue. Take a look here

Red states where legalized abortion "Legal in all/most cases" has greater support than illegal abortion include:
Kansas (tied at 49%)
It's almost even in Wyoming as well 48:49% and South Dakota 48:50%

Purple States where abortions should be "Legal in all/most cases" has greater support than illegal abortion include:
New Hampshire
North Carolina

Every blue state supports legalized abortion and the rest of the red states oppose it, some very strongly such as WV (35% legal: 58% illegal).

Newsom attacks DeSantis for taking away freedoms (video)


Video from CNN article I posted in Editorials and Other Articles
Please repost wide and far.
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