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There's some good news to look forward to for the 2020 elections.

The good news for 2020 is that the situation the Democrats faced this election, with 24 seats up for election compared to 9 Republican seats at risk, is reversed. In 2020 there will be 20 Republicans and 11 Democrats whose seats will be up for election, and two seats to be determined in the 2018 elections. That puts a lot more Republican seats at risk.

Another positive factor lies within the numbers that go beyond the actual election wins. While the Democrats won 222 seats in the House the NYTimes reports that out of 435 congressional districts, 317 shifted to the left, though only 30 shifts flipped seats. But if the trend continues and the Democrats demoronize their leadership, and find a strong presidential candidate, they could build on that momentum and pick up a lot more seats in the house and senate.


I believe that Nancy Pelosi is bad for the party and a poor, weak leader. She builds her claim to fame on her fundraising and the reality is that progressives won with bottom-up small donation money. The big loser Democrats were the ones who went Republican light. It didn't work very well for McCaskill to call progressives crazy.

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While I've voted Green the past two elections, I will hold my nose in the next election (since I don't think Bernie will be allowed to run-- the Hillbots virulently hate him) and vote Democratic. It is too important that Trump be kept from winning a second term. The good news is that progressives are on a roll and there is a great chance that we will pick up even more solid candidates in 2020. One thing we need to do is challenge the DNC to stop rigging primaries, and that includes supporting incumbents. Every election should have an open primary, without Democratic leaders putting their thumbs on the scales-- their arrogant, hubris-ridden belief that they know better than the people. We must demand that Democratic leaders keep their hands off primaries and let the people decide. That means totally getting rid of superdelegates-- a top-down, hierarchical, elitist, toxic policy that as totally anti-democratic.

What do you think are some of the good things to hope for and expect?

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The DNC largely DID get rid of super-delegates. See this article.


The way to push the Dems to the left is NOT to constantly denounce them as the lesser of two evils or hopelessly corrupted-- like many of the radicals on OpEdNews do (e.g., Chris Hedges). Rather, the aim should be to work with the progressive Dems to push out the corporate militarists. That almost happened in 2016. Bernie almost won the nomination. Tens of millions of Democrats are progressives. Many Republicans love progressive policies. But the Democrats will continue to lose if radicals promote socialist or extreme candidates and if they continue to deal in the sort of hate-mongering that they did against Hillary in 2016. She's a centrist (yes, a neocon centrist), but she was good on many issues and excellent on a few (such as women's rights).

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Please Don, do not promulgate such disinformation. I wrote about this shortly after the DNC excreted their bullshit fake policy. My characterization of your statement is harsh, but you are, by defending the DNC, functioning as a dupe for their deception.

The DNC Superdelegate Rule Change Is Not Enough



Here's a key excerpt from the article:


During the 2016 election superdelegates declared their allegiance early on. When a state primary was held, the mainstream media always included the count of superdelegates from the state in the results. So, if Bernie won by two votes but there were two or more Clinton superdelegates, then his win would be nullified.

Worse, as the primary election proceeded, the MSM would include the full count of all committed superdelegates, which gave Hillary a huge lead. That definitely had an effect on voters. Some didn't bother to vote. Some just went with who they thought was the "obvious" winner.

Just remember how many times the Clinton-owned Hillbots in all the MSNBC time slots discussed the primaries in strictly in terms that included the superdelegates in the counts.

Long before the Democratic convention the superdelegates were playing a major role in influencing the outcome of the Democratic primary.

If superdelegates can announce and declare their support for a candidate early, then they will still retain much of the influence and power they had in 2016. That will make the DNC's new rule rather toothless.


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Bob, the super-delegates' votes won't be counted unless the convention is deadlocked. I saw a (former) super-delegate at an election night party. I called her a "super-delegate" and she stopped me and said, "No, I'm no longer a super-delegate really."


As the NBC News article says, Bernie Sanders said ",Today's decision by the DNC is an important step forward. This has been a long and arduous process, and I want to thank Tom Perez and all of those who made it happen."

The rules can't change much what happens in states: it's up to individual states Democratic Parties to control that.


Maybe we agree: the change was partial progress but was a definite improvement. I don't see why you call me a dupe. You quote what happened in 2016, but the rule was passed in 2018.


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While the SuperDelegates are prevented from voting on the first round, it isn't clear to me that the number of votes required to achieve the nomination do not include the count of Super Delegate votes. If the nomination depends on those votes even though they aren't counted on the fist ballot, it practically guarantees that the first ballot will be deadlocked.


I've asked the question many times but haven't received a response. I recognize that this would be a "dumb way to run a vote", but it is also a smart way to bamboozle the Democratic Base.


As an example of how uninformed that Base is, when questioned at a Kauai Town Hall about her vote for Clinton despite the fact that 70% of Hawaii went for Sanders in the primary, Mazie Hirono confessed to being a super delegate and that she was proud of it, now let us do away with the electoral college.


She received applause.


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Bernie Sanders did not hire David Brock to run "Correct the Record". The hate-mongering came from the Clintonistas. The voluminous comments on Daily KOS basically screaming at anyone who said "I'm voting for Bernie" is a confirming symptom.


The "hate-mongering" against Clinton was most often based on analysis of her "accomplishments" which included the overthrow of the elected government of Honduras which then led to the murder of Berta Caceres. Like her loss to Trump in Wisconsin and Michigan, it was self-inflicted.

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THANKS for an ebullient expectation.


I expect Trump to be increasingly frightened and humiliated, and so unhinged that he will finally overstep himself in such a big way, that it won't be shooting himself in the foot, but in the mouth.



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Usually, the Party that "impeaches stays in power" - the Democrats could possibly keep the House, take back the Senate, win the White House in 2020 if they "impeached Trump".


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Indeed, Trump would become "increasingly frightened and humiliated" and possibly even resign before 2020 rather than face another day of Democrat Impeachment Hearings and a potential "YAY Vote" by the House Judiciary Committee and on the House Floor.

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Thanks, agreed.

In addition I see two good news pieces.

The Democrats did not get enough power to mess up things. This country will have a crisis in 2019/20 range. They would be blamed and Trump would claim that this crisis is because Republicans were not in charge (in reality, the crisis is the result of his stupid measures that will rebound).

Republicans will show more of their bad attitude and small guys will see that Trump did not bring them the goods that he promised (hopefully they will understand that).

There may be good candidates in 2020 and, surprise, I would vote for a billionaire, Tom Steyer, if he jumps in (he is environmentalist too).

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The bad news is that the U.S. might not last as a nation til 2020. See this scary article: America's Next Civil War.


If the Supreme Court rules that the House can't investigate Trump -- such a ruling is more likely now that Kavanaugh was confirmed and will be even more likely given 85 year old Justice RBG's fall -- that will cause a constitutional crisis and result in massive civil unrest.


The right is so deranged, living in a fantasy world. I fear for the future of the nation.

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There could be a nuclear war, which the Democrats are willingly funding by voting for ever increased military spending (it was Obama himself who put forth the $1 trillion nuclear upgrade after all) by overwhelming supporting Trump's military budget, and antagonizing Russia. In which case, the good things that 2020 coulda brought won't really matter. Both parties are pushing for war. Which seem to me are pretty extreme. We need to build a movement to clip the wings of the duopoly War Party.

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I agree completely.

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Me too.

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Sh*t! I was born in R.I., so that makes me a Yankee, but I grew up in Carolina, so I guess I'm a Rebel, and then I live in the Northwest, so who knows what-the-f*ck! I guess I will have to K*ll everybody!!! Sorry! Very sorry! I should probably head back to Varnisi.

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There are no real progressives in the Democratic Party. Watch what they do, not what they say.

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lol, lois. Tulsi Gabbard? Dennis Kucinich? Elizabeth Warren? The members of the Progressive Caucus? The hundreds of (largely) female, young candidates who ran for office this year? They might not be perfect but they're progressives.

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While I certainly support Tulsi Gabbard I need to point out that the Hawaii State Teachers Association lobbied heavily against her for her trip to Syria (with Kucinich).


You want to label Hillary as a centrist, so I kind of question your choice of labels for any politician.


Referring to your earlier comment about "lesser of two evils", that was what Hillary supporters were selling to voters and precisely what you are still selling.


As far as "extreme" candidates, who is to say what is "extreme". I kind of think running ex-CIA/ex-Intelligence/ex-Military as the Democrats take over the House is kind of "extreme". But I need to temper that opinion with my unwavering support for Tulsi. Being a former member of the group I list should not disqualify that individual for my support. Yet, my distrust of the DNC, especially after the 2016 fiasco, but going back to their treatment of Howard Dean, will make me look 3 or 4 times at those DNC recruits. (Tulsi was not a DNC recruit, and she took to heart the Hawaii Primary vote for the Presidential Nomination and supported Sanders by voting with her Super Delegate vote -- as opposed to the rest of the Hawaii Democratic Congressional Delegation -- who I did not, and will not, vote for.)


in the end, as long as America plays the role of (Dylan's) "Neighborhood Bully", it is difficult for me to choose whether or not any given candidate is "progressive" or not.

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It's silly. You set up rules so no-one can be defined as progressive. I am so tired of people demanding 100% perfection. They gerrymandered the best progressive member of congress out of office-- Dennis Kucinich. And another great one, John Conyers, was very imperfect with his serial misbehavior with women. Al Franken was a great progressive and should not have been driven from office. Sherrod Brown is a progressive, Occasio Cortez, Maxine Waters, of course, Bernie Sanders.


But then, perhaps you require that to be a progressive a person must walk on water. Then again, Jesus was unemployed for a few years-- a regular bum. So he's flawed too.

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And I'm so tired of people telling me that I have to accept less because they are "so much smarter than me."


I totally support your list of progressives given that you've provided no qualifications on what this list represents.


I can only imagine that you object to my impartial reporting on the position of the HSTA. Naming names of people you like doesn't mean others are going to believe you. You need to have answers to the right-wing objections. BTW, "the truth" didn't matter. Nothing I did changed the thinking of the HSTA.


I'm all-in for a Gabbard run for President. Just don't go in blind.


As far as gerrymandering is concerned, what does holding office have to do with being known as a progressive? Nothing.


On the other hand, if you don't hold office who cares what you think?

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Yes, here in New Mexico we have two new members for the house, both are Native Americans who are very liberal and want medicare for all. I have the feeling NM will become very progressive!

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Seriously 🙄. You don't get that high in the Dem Party and remain progressive. In case you didn't notice, it's no longer the party of the working man.

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"What do you think are some of the good things to hope for and expect?"

Editorials that make sense and don't promote our incremental descent into Hell.

Might be expecting too much.

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Why am I not able to up vote?

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Happened to me once....turned out I wasn't logged in.

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"Consolidated democracies don't die from the rise of a demagogue. They die when the demagogue successfully co-opts the institutions and political parties that would otherwise resist authoritarian-style politics." -- Brian Klass

But rather than regarding "demagogue" solely as an individual, it woulld be more useful to consider the concept as a committee of individuals -- like the duoploly's conjoined RN and DN Committees. It is they who have done the co-opting, and in the US, CO-OPTION is the principal activity of capitalist commerce, governance and media. Every aspect of our life has been co-opted. Nothing really new here.

Citizens Untied's authoritarian grasp did more to undermine "democracy" -- or what generously passed for democracy -- than anything the moron in DC is doing. And Citizens Untied became law right under the nose of Obama who apparently is made out of teflon as it is now conveniently forgotten how he trashed the Magna Carta, invaded 7 nations (Jack White was prescient) and created a virtual national Gestapo by militarizing police departments from coast to coast. Yet in our desperate attempt to keep hope alive and preserve the myth of a benevolent nation we create individual pinatas to shield all of the other associated evils from our wrath. The pinatas deserved to be smashed, yes, but they're just accessible means of expiation where deeper fundamental overhauls should be the real focus.

For 2020, the best solution may be pushing all chips across the table and back a candidate like Tulsi Gabbard, who -- unlike the rest of the "progressives" -- is the only one who could pull off the necessary hat trick of appealig to young women, Sandernistas AND -- considering the recent importance of the electoral college -- the rural voter base of dissilusioned Trump voters. To grab that last faction, she would have to drop out of the democratic party after the convention (she will never be allowed to win by the DNC anyway) and run as an independent. Doing so would prove she has no allegiance to the elites -- which is how the majority of rural voters have come to view the democratic party.

Sanders showed us this footpath to the White House in 2016...he just punked out from following it. Gabbard, on the other hand, has a steel spine. She also has a media savvy persona, because her integrity is immediately reognizable as genuine -- regardless of the audiences' political identities.

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Since Tulsi is my Congressperson, and since I find myself totally enthralled in her presence, (although, I'd like to think not as a giddy schoolgirl) -- I would be ecstatic to see her run for President.


But I am aware that there are many groups who feel she has quite a few skeletons in her closet. The Hawaii State Teachers Association was virulently against her in the Primary. They were apoplectic about the trip she made to Syria with Kucinich to see Assad. (I apologize to those who may have already read this point on a different column). Whenever I see Tulsi, "The Who" starts playing in my head, "won't get fooled again". I think it is leftover from "John Edwards". I do a lot of stuff that I think I'm going to like and then later regret. But, if Tulsi runs, "I'm all in".


I object to you saying Sanders "punked out". He's a politician.


Your "committee of individuals" meme is absolutely correct. I think of it as a consortium of "crime families": "Its just business".


While others will forgive Obama by saying "Citizens United" was the Supreme Court, not Obama -- I agree with you "who cares". Heck, he knew McConnell was going to sabotage that last Supreme Court appointment. Why did he choose a "almost"-Republican (Garland) to play the Judas Goat?


Last, if you really care about "Citizens United", please recall there are two web based groups combating it. "End Citizens United" is a construct of the Democratic Consulting Group "Mothership Strategies". Mothership makes a lot of money off of "End Citizens United"


Before them though was "Move to Amend". This is truly a grassroots organization. If you want to support the Democratic Establishment, support the former. If you want to support the "you and me" organization, then "move to amend.



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"I object to you saying Sanders "punked out". He's a politician." Interchangeable pejoratives, JZ.

The last time I worte about Gabbard, you made thee same comments -- notably how the Teachers Association came out against her. Shortly afterwards I wrote the following to a friend:

Last week Tulsi Gabbard won the Hawaiian democratic primary in a landslide (84%) despite the money and support of the DNC for her opponents and despite the uninformed opposition from liberal groups who have zero understanding of foreign policy and parrot the official line of the "humanitarian" murderers in the DNC. Unsurprisingly, just before the primary the establishment apologist, HuffPo, featured an article that breathlessly applauded the Teachers Union for opposing Gabbard because she spoke out against US support for regime change in Syria and identified the US backed groups as the actual terrorists: click here

THAT is why Gabbard may be the one that real progressive have been waiting for. She truly understands who the bad guys really are and how US policy works to advance imperialism and ultimately human misery across the planet. Apparently voters agree and have noticed that Gabbard alone stands by her convictions in the face of overwhelming push back from all sides and they appreciate her for doing so. The rest of the democrats, like their republican counterparts, are too cowardly to dig deep and face the horrible truth about the all too real consequences of american exceptionalism and how their party enables it to continue. They simply go along to get along, and stand on their party's faux moral high ground vis a vis the republican platform" an action which is nothing more than self deception.

Fortunately, a growing majority of independent-thinking people no longer pay attention to the brain numbing of MSM mouthpieces like Fox, CNN, The NYTimes and WaPo and look to independent sources for guidance that comports with common sense and reason, and that feature true investigative journalists -- like John Pilger, Seymour Hersh, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein and Jeremy Scahill -- who don't bend investigations to fit duopoly narratives that support the financial establishment or the goals of imperialism.

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I agree John, "too cowardly to dig deep and face the horrible truth about the all too real consequences of american exceptionalism" and "how their parties enable it to continue which is nothing more than self-deception".

As to "progressive Democrats like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and now Ms. Ocasio Cortez, remain silent" which is it, are they the "statesman?" or one of "every man that will be glad of those conscience-soothing tactics"?

"Mark Twain devoted his later years to: Imperialism?"

"Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing tactics, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception." --- Mark Twain

As to Philip A. Farruggio's "To protect us from the crooks and scoundrels". He also said something that resonates so strongly today: "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really believe it." -- Mark Twain

In either case this leaves no doubt of the resulting condition!"No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session." -- Mark Twain

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RIGHT ON THE 'MARK' (Twain), George!

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FWIW: folks who read my post about the HSTA, misinterpreted my point. I was not supporting HSTA.

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Speaking for myself, I know you didn't support HSTA. It was clear then, as it is now. I hope my comment didn't suggest that you did, as we both are on the same page regarding Gabbard!

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You only say that it is like it is, John, superb response.

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Your idea that many of the "the rural voter base of dissilusioned Trump voters" would support Gabbard seems unrealistic. Rural voters tend to be diehard Republicans. A majority of white female voters voted for Trump.

Gotta agree that Obama was a huge sellout. Sad, because he's charismatic, smart, and a brilliant orator.

Sanders ALMOST won.

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You might want to take the time to understand why rural voters are die-hard Republicans. I'd tell you, but the answer is practically unique to everyone you might ask. When I "boil down" the answers I get, it comes to an implausible conclusion that I can hardly accept. I couldn't possibly sell it to you. Yet, at the same time, I'm absolutely sure this is right.


Perhaps you might stop treating "rural voters" as one homogeneous group. If you started to appeal to their issues, rather than the issues you think so important, perhaps you could recruit them to your side.


Oh My! What was I thinking. You already know what is best for all of us. After all you hold "us" responsible for Clinton's loss. Is there any recognition, any at all, of the fraud perpetrated on the members of the Democratic Party by the DNC?


Surely there is a lot of gaslighting going on here.


My group of the 'rest of us" is a tiny minority, yet we are the ones responsible for Clinton's loss. And because of that fault you refuse to listen to our issues and promote our priorities.


Yeah, the Republicans are much much worse than the Democrats when they hold office. Your problem is, both have made my life worse and both have made my life better -- personally. I want more. Until I get it, don't count on my vote.

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"Yet, at the same time, I'm absolutely sure this is right." You are. 100%.

I live in a rural area (my town has less than 2K residents). Famers work on my land, and I often work with them sharing thoughts and ideas in so doing. They'reecent people, most will listen to new ideas when presented by someone they trust... yet they would rather eat cow flop than vote for an elitist. Gabbard comes across as a plain speaking, articulate and calm. The twin facts that she was a decorated officer and isn't perceived as cozying up to DC power brokers resonates with these voters and at least grants her their ear. The rest is up to her. She can give them the opportunity to vote for once in their own interests. Something Trump promised but failed to deliver.

Hillary did more than just castrate Gadaffi...she disembowled the enitre f*cking democratic party by alienating the critical blue collar and rural demographic. I think Don Smith needs to get out in the open air more often instead of going to "election night parties" with pasty political stiffs.

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IMHO Gabbard comes across 10x to that of Obama. Like Reagan, you just want to believe her. Whenever she shows on Kauai, her audience is overflowing and practically in awe. I think she motivates voters as much as Beto did.

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Gabbard is a Truth Teller. She has no problem speaking Truth to Power and has earned the credibility through her actions to actually serve her country & citizens as well as other citizens throughout the world.

A win-win modus operandi in action. If anyone could pull it off against the odds, Gabbard could by running as an Independent. What not Green? No, according to the latest Gallop Poll ( Independents?) 39% said they were for neither party and led both Republicans 28% and Democrats 30% who declared a party. Independence Party has a nice ring to it.

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Tulsi Gabbard is awesome, but she's a Hindu. I don't have any problem with that at all, but that would be a tough sell, particularly to the many Baptist Democrats.

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You're right, Rob, she's awesome enough. But I'm afraid the usual litany of reasons to dismiss her is being drawn up by democrats.

It seems now that a candidate like Gabbard with an easily perceptible sense of integrity finally appears, liberals will find away to steal defeat from the jaws of success. She hasn't even announced she's running and already the chorus has begun creating reasons out of the ether on how it will fail: too leftist, too rightist, too young, wrong religion, wears blue dresses with brown shoes. For one thing, the rural Americans that only she among non-republicans can resonate with could give a sh*t about her religion. Most wouldn't know a Hindu from a Shinto. Bernie Sanders slapped the road map right in our faces and yet it remains invisible. And he's Jewish. Believe me if Appalachians could vote for a Jew, a Hindu is a shoe-in. There's an out of touch sense of reality behind the strategy for those on the left that will guarantee failure again as it has every year since WWII: inter alia, no understanding of marketing, no recognition of who their allies really are, false sense of their own importance -- they live in a bubble.

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If you are sharing thoughts and ideas on your farm, with your...they called them serfs in Nikolai Gogol's Dead Souls, then you are surely living the Russian Bourgeoisie dream (f'ing hard word to spell)...Ok, I'm kidding!...It's a joke! The book is outdated, anyway...prob 1840 or so. However, those people knew how to cook a good chicken dinner.

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Funny. Except these "serfs" show up with their $80K Kubotas.

My recollection is that Dead Souls was more a repudiation of rural Russia, turning one and all into deplorables for the urban bourgeoise to snicker at...just like today's suburban douches who voted for Clinton. Though I'm sure it was consulted often by Richard J. Daley in 1960.

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What Trump policy do you expect DINOs not to exactly enact if they get the Presidency?

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They'll allow same-sex couples to be combat together when we invade Russia and start a nuclear war with China over sand bars in the South China Sea.

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!!! And don't forget preserving the newly coined "Troika of Tyranny" and "Triangle of Terrorism" (Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela) subtexts for war. Remember, it was neoliberal Obama, Clinton and Kerry that had the hots for returning Latin America to a state of peonage, whereas Bush and the republicans were primarily focused on the neocon annhilation of Iraq. Now both heads of the duopoly are focused on America's backyard. Our revitalized Orthrus respects no boundaries.

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I am under no illusions about the Democrats, I've written about the duopoly, but they are better than Trump and his Republican party.


-protection of social security,

-advocacy for single payer health care, which many newly elected candidates ran on

-re-embrace of the Paris Climate accord.

-prevention of further deregulations of worker, people and environmental protections.



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Well, Rob, just remember that almost all of the Democrats, even the most "progressive" ones like Warren or O'Rourke are owned by the Israeli lobby. Seems like only Greens are willing to talk about that, but if you think the plight of the Palestinians is to be sweep under the rug, then vote Democrat.

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David:

Could you provide some evidence of your Israeli claim against Warren and Beto. There is a lot of obvious evidence against various Republicans and Schumer and Pelosi.

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Excuse that it took a few days to get around to doing research you could have done yourself. But since you called it "my claim", instead of something I read about, here then: click here


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doweiss.net/2018/06/expect-elizabeth-critical/

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I've written and published enough on my stand on Israel.And I voted for Jill Stein in 2016, But voting green in 2020 is a suicide wish for the future of Humanity and democracy. I'm all for a third party, but first we need instant runoff voting or something similar, like Maine has. Before then, it is a disastrous idea.

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Really? Humanity and democracy will not be saved by the Democratic Party. They'll pay attention to their constituents (the ones who cast votes for them) more, but will still be in the thrall of multi-national corporations. Until that ends, humanity and democracy are doomed.

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The Democratic Party is becoming younger, more progressive, and more female. Those are the people who won lots of seats last week. Stop wasting your time on the Green Party, which has never won a federal election and has delivered the White House to the two worst presidents in U.S. history. Gore was an environmentalist for Chrissake. That vote ain't looking very smart now. Though Hillary was a neocon, on many issues she was excellent (women's rights) or passable. The U.S. political system is simply not set up to favor third parties. In any case, the Democratic Party is on the roll!

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unfortunately, you don't get to choose between Green and Democrat. The Republicans are also a part of the equation.

You create a false dichotomy, or you see an illusory one. Yes the Democrats stink, but we made progress this election bringing in better representatives and there is hope that in the next election there will be more. We need to put massive pressure on the Democratic leadership to keep the hell out of primaries and stop backing Republicans-lite. But until there is ranking voting, voting Green is not going to work.


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It's Brilling in America.

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I recommend this article. It clearly outlines monetary policy in just a few short paragraphs. If we could understand this version better it would go a very long way to solving many of our problems.


The very point is that money in itself is an abstraction that constitutes an IOU. It isn't real. Even gold does not represent anything "real" since if I have the only steak on the island and there's no other food, no amount of gold is going to persuade me to give it to you. (Although, I'd like to think I'd share.)


Bottom line, just like WWII, if the government wanted to build it, they could.

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Check Doc Stvwe Jonas,Greanville, too.

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