25 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-1-16

  1. This is the comment from another friend of mine about the above.

    “While there are bigots in the Republican party, Democrats are mistaken in thinking they are any better. Just ask BLM what they think of Bernie Sanders and take a look at how white his rallies were. The riots and protests we have seen in our inner cities are against Democrats who have controlled those cities for decades. How is that possible?

    Compare the diversity of a Democrat Presidential debate vs. a Republican Presidential debate this year. Consider the liberal bigotry of low expectations towards minorities. And then there is the growing antisemitism in the Democrat Party. Just visit a college campus – you would be shocked by what you hear from progressive students about Jews and Israel.

    As far as the “big switch” goes, Jimmy Carter won EVERY state in the South in 1976. The South’s electoral switch to the Republican party happened in 1980 as a reaction to Carter’s failed policies and dismal presidency”.

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  2. Treat people according to their political beliefs is to treat people as a caricature and very few people fit the criteria of a caricature.

    America is purple

    The imaginary polarization is due to;

    – first past the post which is a winner take all system allowing in a two-party system to ignore 49% of the voters. Even worse in a three-party system where I live it can possible ignore 65% of the population.

    – gerrymandering which if done effectively can isolate or disperse 49% of the population so they have a marginal influence on vast number of districts. Organize districts to conform to lower gov’t boundaries or natural boundaries and suddenly they become far more competitive. When the other party doesn’t bother running candidates and the primary is the de facto election, gerrymandering is a problem. Imagine how competitive the vast number of district elections would be if they were grouped by counties. And imagine how much better the rep would be as a listener to the populace rather than a party follower.

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  3. You do wonder what is wrong with Trump sometimes.

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2016/08/amateur-hour-in-the-presidential-race.php

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    The Republicans had a strong and widely-watched convention, and Donald Trump got a substantial bounce as a result. Now he has blown whatever momentum he had with an incomprehensibly stupid response to Khizr Khan, the Muslim father who spoke at the Democrats’ convention. The Democrats can hardly believe their good fortune, as Trump’s duel with Khan dominates the headlines. …

    … For how many more news cycles will the Democrats and their press minions be able to beat up Trump with his own unforced error, rather than talking about the issues he is trying to run on? This is what comes of nominating an amateur to run for president. …

    … In some respects, Donald Trump is an impressive person. In other respects, he doesn’t have the sense to come in out of the rain. The Republicans sent an amateur to do battle with professionals, and so far, the results aren’t pretty.
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  4. Donna,

    Oh please. The problem is the press. Sorry, but it is. They’re the ones who want to talk about the spat, not Trump. Why? For the same reason they always do, to aid the Democrat candidate. It’s only an issue because the press chooses to make it one.

    Just another SQUIRREL!

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  5. From Hugh Hewitt:

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/its-the-supreme-court-stupid/article/2598256
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    … If Hillary Clinton wins, the Left gavels in a solid, lasting, almost certainly permanent majority on the Supreme Court. Every political issue has a theoretical path to SCOTUS, and only self-imposed judicial restraint has checked the Court’s appetite and reach for two centuries.

    That restraint will be gone when HRC’s first appointee is sworn in. Finished.

    This is not hyperbole. I have the advantage of having taught Con Law for 20 years, of having argued before very liberal appellate judges like Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the very liberal Ninth Circuit, of practicing with the best litigators in the land, and I know what a very liberal SCOTUS means: conservatism is done. It cannot survive a strong-willed liberal majority on the Supreme Court. Every issue, EVERY issue, will end up there, and the legislatures’ judgments will matter not a bit. …

    … Donald Trump, like it or not — like him or not— is the imperfect messenger of the perfect storm in American politics. He is the shuddering, convulsive conclusion to decades of perceived indifference to the American middle class combined with a conviction that the GOP is spineless, and if he is not to your tastes, too bad.

    If the charges of elitism and weakness are unfair, too bad. He won fair and square. No one stopped him because he could not be stopped. And he picked a genuine, deeply principled conservative to partner with on the ticket. …

    … I would not have picked Donald Trump as my party’s nominee. But he is that nominee. …

    … In short, there is too much at stake to spend August fanning yourself and the fall fuming about foiled plans for a better nominee.

    It is Trump or Clinton. …
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  6. Anonymous — but Trump should know that by now, yes? Don’t hand them the ammunition at every turn, they will use it.

    And let’s face it, that was a stupid response, either way. Trumps remarks are simply not defensible. In fact, they’re embarrassing. Sheesh.

    This is the real world of big league politics, and knowing the media is part of growing up. It is what it is. He needs to learn how to deal.

    How hard is it?

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  7. And what’s scary is it does perhaps give us yet another glimpse of Trump the man.

    This whole race is just a mess, I’m happy to stay out of it, frankly. Yet there is so much potentially at stake.

    But don’t blame the press, his response was simply stupid and obtuse — and, yes, disconcerting.

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  8. Trump just seems to open his mouth to insert foot. Then the other foot. Over and over and over again. Leaving most of us to just shake our heads.

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  9. Let’s look at how the media has treated opposing grieving parents.

    Donna says Trump’s remarks are indefensible. OK, but why wan’t it when Hillary did it 2 weeks ago? They not only accused the RNC of exploiting Pat Smith (who’s son is dead thanks to Hillary) but they attacked her in some instances too. The same MSNBC reporter who ran a headline for both shows the obvious bias here.

    For the RNC and Trump the headline was

    “RNC manipulates the pain of a grieving mother for partisan gain.”

    Yet for Hillary and the DNC it was

    “Khizr Khan’s words won’t soon be forgotten.”

    Of course they won’t, the press will ensure it. But where was the coverage on the numerous parents of Benghazi victims and those who lost children at the hands of illegal immigrants? That coverage was lacking, or non-existent.

    If the muslim’s grief matters, why not the rest? Because the rest make Hillary look bad, and the press just can’t have that.

    So yeah, SQUIRREL! and nothing more.

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  10. From another conservative writer in an earlier post on powerline:

    “Khizr Khan’s speech at the Democratic National Convention has turned him into an overnight celebrity a la Barack Obama, or Wendy Davis. (Surely you haven’t forgotten Wendy Davis.) The mainstream media have gone into a frenzy about the speech, and Trump’s response helps the media keep it going. … I think Trump’s instincts on this are all wrong, and I mean wrong in every respect, but who am I to judge? He’s gotta be him — an embarrassment and disgrace to the issues he purports to care about. ..”

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  11. I guess my point is that the national media isn’t going to change between now and November. It’s up to Trump to be smart enough to know how to campaign in this reality. Apparently he’s not.

    Wisdom is clearly not his strong suit.

    You can call it a squirrel if you want. But it’s still going to (thanks to Trump) dominate the headlines when it simply didn’t have to.

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  12. The “media” is a huge beast of many dimensions. For whatever reason, most reporters are liberal. They just are. They live and breathe among other liberals, for the most part. So it affects their world and political views.

    Trump is deemed a scary candidate (not only be liberals, by the way). It is seen as something of a moral “mission” to bring him down.

    Many in the media will consciously or subconsciously be doing this.

    It’s a given. Time to move on.

    Right now, the Trump campaign should be focused on discipline and strategy, not allowing the candidate to just run his mouth and say embarrassing things. It only feeds the narrative.

    I blame Trump for this one, he could have and should have been smarter to avoid the trap, if nothing else.

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  13. You can’t blame the press in the era of Twitter. Trump lives and dies by his Tweets and the latter more frequently. The Republican party should change the pass word to his account and not tell him until after November.

    Squirrel?? Trump’s entire campaign is a squirrel — a rhetorical device full of meaningless rhetoric and diversions. He has no real platform or policy book which is why he is loath to debate Hilary who for all her many faults does know what she is talking about. Trump would rather debate using only 140 characters.

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  14. Bottom line, this was a self-inflicted wound that could have been avoided (if nothing else by some silence? Oh, I forgot — this is Trump).

    The media isn’t a monolith and can’t be just singularly shamed or changed. I think that’s been proven already. I just think it’s an exercise in futility if that stays the focus — the argument, btw, already has been won anyway judging by the polling of “trust” in institutions (media is nearly last, perhaps just above organized religion?).

    The media may be culpable in keeping the story going. But that’s to be anticipated. The story itself was handed to them — on a silver platter — by Trump himself.

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  15. Christian social conservatives aligned themselves with a party that since Reagan promoted the individual’s right to make their own economic decisions yet want the Supreme Court to make moral decisions for an individual. Its this intellectual contradiction which has led to a loss in the culture wars.

    When individuals are given the right to make moral decisions they may or may not agree with social conservatives. With abortion, the social conservatives have won the argument without repealing Roe vs Wade. The abortion rate is lower than it has been since the Supreme Court passed its decision. Left alone with information and arguments from both sides, Americans generally moved to pro-life. With gay rights, its obvious 35 years of right wing economic liberty propaganda has moved to the social side of the equation. People should be allowed to make decisions regarding their sexuality similar to the way they approach economic choices and hence Americans have adopted a laissez faire approach to sexuality.

    When social conservatives insist on supporting a man who is not a social conservative but an opportunist who appeals to our basest nature simply to control the Supreme Court and enforce morality through the strong arm of the state, they ironically lose the moral argument — the argument they won in the abortion debate. Hewitt is arguing for a deal with the devil and one if Trump loses will end much of the political leverage the social conservatives have for the future. After all, if they are willing to support Trump, it really doesn’t matter what they think of future candidates the Republicans put forward.

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  16. I’ve already said I’m not voting.

    But I do think Clinton and another 4 years under Democrat rule would be disastrous. Be that as it may …

    A reminder that our redemption (either as individuals or as nations) doesn’t lie ultimately in politics or armies or supreme courts. Back to basics for us, perhaps. And that’s a good thing (not that we don’t continue to do battle on the cultural front out of love for God and our neighbor).

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  17. And it’s easy for me as I live in a blue state — and since states technically “elect” our president — my vote won’t likely make any difference at all anyway.

    I do find some of the arguments put forth by Prager and Hewitt somewhat compelling. It’s a choice between evil and less evil, essentially, with the hope (slim though it may be) that Trump would call on knowledgeable advisers — and trust them enough to follow good advice.

    Also — Trump has made these kinds of outrageous blunders throughout the campaign and never seems to suffer long for them. So maybe this will prove to be the case here, too. But now that the general election is in full swing, all guns are aimed and the press & voters may be less forgiving from here forward.

    But it truly pains and saddens me to think of a Clinton presidency.

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  18. Then you are the perfect person to vote for a 3rd party just to let them know for those of us who are unsatisfied. NOTE I have SWORN to all of you that I would never again waste a vote by voting for a 3rd party, but I am thinking Trump will take my state….

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  19. Donna J, You can call call Trump’s actions “blunders” and they are tactically stupid. However, taken as a whole they reveal the basic nature of the man. In addition to being a lying con man, he is a foul jerk.

    I listened to Hillary’s interview with Chris Wallace yesterday and was astonished by her brazen dishonesty, but Trump’s character is as bad as hers.

    It is really sad when Trumpkins try to defend his repulsive comments toward POWs, Gold Star parents, host governors, fire marshals, women reporters, disabled reporters, etc. Trump is slime. Everyone in the world has recognized this except for the blind Trumpkins.

    Bloomberg questioned Trump’s sanity over the weekend. It is an interesting question: Can a sane person be that big a jerk?

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  20. I haven’t really seen a 3rd party I particularly like, to be honest. And voting 3rd party is tantamount to not voting in my mind (I know some disagree). If I LIKED a 3rd party or a 3rd party candidate, I might do it. But I just don’t, not really.

    It’s just a sad state of affairs all around.

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