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Why a 2018 Mid-term vote for the GOP is a vote for al Qaeda's Most Valuable Party (MVP)

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In his September 5, 2006 speech to Military Officers Association of America, President George Bush revealed al Qaeda's goal to create a wedge between the American people and their government.

No thoughtful voter can question that the American People are not more divided in October 2018 than when al Qaeda declared war on the United States on August 23, 1996, to the delight of our enemies.


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The importance of dividing us as a nation was emphasized by retired Navy admiral William H. McRaven in his August 16, 2018 open letter to President Trump which included the following remarks regarding President Trump's leadership: "Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation."

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Evidence of a wedge between the American people and their government is best depicted by issues where a super-majority (60%) or more of those polled favor changes that the leadership one of our political parties more than the other chooses to resist. Seven issues where the GOP has chosen to resist change that a super-majority favor are:

1. Citizens United. A May 2018 study from the University of Maryland and nonpartisan research group Voice of the People found that Three-fourths of survey respondents -- including 66 percent of Republicans and 85 percent of Democrats -- back a constitutional amendment outlawing Citizens United. The study also indicates that most Americans -- 88 percent overall -- want to reduce the influence large campaign donors wield over lawmakers at a time when a single congressional election may cost tens of millions of dollars.

2. Gerrymandering. According to a 2013 Harris poll cited by the Brennan Center for Justice, 7 in 10 Americans believe that "those who stand to benefit from drawing electoral lines should not have a say in the way those lines are drawn." This includes 74% of Republicans and 73% of Democrats.

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3. Minimum Wage. According to a Spring 2018 poll conducted by GOP pollster Frank Luntz's firm LuntzGlobal on behalf of the National Restaurant Association found that 71 percent of people surveyed support raising the minimum wage to at least $10 an hour, even if it means higher menu prices.

4. Medicare for All. The vast majority of Americans, 70 percent, now support Medicare-for-all, otherwise known as single-payer health care, according to an August 2018 Reuters survey. That includes 85 percent of Democrats and 52 percent of Republicans. Only 20 percent of Americans say they outright oppose the idea.

5. Merrick Garland Senatorial Confirmation Hearing to the SCOTUS. Following President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to fill the open seat on the Supreme Court, a CNN/ORC poll found that two-thirds of Americans wanted the Senate to hold confirmation hearings on his candidacy.

6. Stricter Gun Laws. Data from Gallup's October 2018 survey shows sixty-one percent of Americans favor stricter laws on the sale of firearms, down modestly from March, when 67% said this shortly after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting on Feb. 14.

7. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017. By a 2-to-1 margin--61 percent to 30 percent--respondents said the law benefits "large corporations and rich Americans" over "middle class families," according to the survey, which was completed on Sept. 2, 2018 by the GOP firm Public Opinion Strategies and obtained by Bloomberg News. Even though the TCJA title refers to Jobs, no quantification of the number of jobs to be created could be found in the TCJA's CONFERENCE REPORT.

Conclusion:

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Many U.S. voters believe there are hundreds, if not thousands of issues, that divide Americans, yet if the aforementioned seven were resolved in favor of the super-majority of voters; the wedge between the American people and their government would be significantly reduced and the achievement al Qaeda's political goal would be reduced, accordingly.

 

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Virtually all U.S. officeholders vilify the divisiveness that has become ramped over the last two decades in America; but few if any, have identified specific issues that have most contributed to this division and how to reduce it.

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Well Hugh I don't see much of a division between the two parties as both have voted overwhelmingly in favor of all our money grubbing wars for the last 50 years and more. Trying to make it seem the Dems are better than the Repugs is a lost cause until the money comes out of the equation and all our representatives are not bought off by the MIC. Your points about what needs attention are pretty basic and I agree with most but the main thing we are doing is slaughtering human beings all over the world under the Flag of both Dems and Repugs. Until that changes nothing else will because it is all about the elite keeping and getting more money no matter who they have to kill..... including our American citizens who have been thoroughly brainwashed. All to make big bucks and stay in power longer so they can make even bigger bucks. I want to throw up! Doesn't make me want to vote that is for sure!

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And the gun control freaks are the worst. How the hell can you impose gun control on a country that lives and dies by the guns of "foreign Policy". Our country has taught us, no brainwashed us into accepting the use of force and that is what our gun crazed population is copying. Stop the military's murdering of innocent humans and then give us about 50 years of sensible foreign policy with NO Wars and then we can sit down and talk about gun control for citizens.

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Perhaps if we had a candidate devoted to government being for, of and by the people it would be vastly helpful in getting you out to vote. I share your disgust. Trouble is, we don't seem to have many those kinds of candidates AND if we did, we'd have to find Congressional candidates of the same mind. As long as Corporations are considered people, that's going to be difficult to do, especially because the Corporations are going to freely fund candidates (i.e. 'buy them'). It's genuinely a crappy situation...which wasn't always that way. In my youth, campaign ads were public service announcements, as well they should (still) be, but then the stations discovered they, too, could make big bucks if they charged for political ads. Capitalism at its finest....


Every item on this author's list reflects what the majority of people want. The fact that we don't have any of them reflects just how deaf our government is...and not just deaf, but greedy, and certainly not in sync with what their constitutionally mandated responsibility is. A case could be and should be made to vote them all out of office. A true "house-cleaning" is necessary.

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Is the title of your article clickbait, or are you serious? Al Quaeda was virtually created and has been armed and funded by the US permanent state since the days of Carter's presidency and since then under the watch of administrations both Democrat and Republican. And the current Democratic Party leaders need to be ready to reap what they sowed just as the Republicans do. And that includes being abandoned by an entire stratum of their electorate who are sick of the Military-Financial Complex's stranglehold over the planet. And trying to bully and blackmail those people into voting for More of the Same instead of... More of the Same is reprehensible.

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Agree. It was Hillary Clinton's influence on Obama that turned Libya into a training grounds for jihadists of every stripe after its stable government was obliterated, which of course was the objective. Once the Middle East begins a descent into diminishing returns for MIC, Africa will become the next military theater. Every big money heavyweight bout needs a challenger like Al Queda as well as the celebrity favorite. The stronger the challenger, the longer the bout and the greater the profit for the sponsors and the favorite.

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