Chuck Schumer sure has balls to demand a “fair trial”…after his counterparts did everything EXCEPT, a fair Impeachment!
The 6th Amendment of the Constitution demands Due Process for anyone accused of a crime. So what’s the crime Trump is accused of?
Due process calls for an accused to be allowed to face, confront and cross examine his accuser ,please read the 6th Amendment! This House of Democrat Congressmen, led by Schiff, denied the President the right to even know who his accuser is, the right to cross examine his accuser and denied the Right to a lawyer and to call witnesses. In any court in the United States…this case would be laughed out of court by any Judge and not allowed to move forward!
Put yourself into the President’s position…someone was told by your neighbor who told a friend who told the Police that you are a “child molester”, and you are arrested and charged with “child molestation”. You cannot know who your accuser is, you cannot have an attorney nor can you cross examine your accuser. You are not allowed to call witnesses. That is exactly what the liar Congressman Schiff did to the President and the Republicans who tried to defend him, because President Trump was NOT allowed to defend himself. Yet this piece of human excrement, Schiff, has the gall to go before the Senate and claim the president was allowed to call witnesses…sure…he called them but if their name was NOT on Schiff’s list of allowed witnesses ,they were denied!!! How many of the witnesses that the President, through Republican Congressman Collins, asked for… were allowed? NONE! That’s the “fairness” Schiff allowed and Schumer claims he wants in the Senate!
There is no crime that rises to the level of High Crime or Misdemeanor. What the President is accused of doing is using his Presidential Authority as defined by Article 2 of the Constitution…and abusing his authority. The last “charge is funny”…that’s exactly what Hussein Obama did twice ,and was so egregious that the Supreme court Justice Scalia, admonished Obama for overstepping his authority, twice …and two weeks after the 2nd admonishment, Scalia died” naturally” fully clothed, at a remote hunting camp, with “suspicious” marks on his body, the remains scurried off by Washington “officials”, for a full day and then cremated at the Funeral parlor that rented these “officials” the hearse they drove all over Texas with Scalia’s remains.
That was very normal…nothing suspicious there?!
Now ,what is the crime this President, who was never admonished by any Judge for overstepping his authority, committed…what’s the Crime, Schumer?
It truly is a shame that neither Schumer, Pelosi nor Schiff read the US Constitution!
How Sen Schumer can tell the American public that he demands a fair trial, is hysterical?! If you can’t beat him…Impeach him! That’s Schumer’s type of fairness. He seems to think all
Republicans are as dumb as he is!
Please believe me America, with the evidence the House used to Impeach (Indict) the President, they could not make a $100 small claims case in Judge Judy’s Court. She would throw it out…it’s all hearsay! Why do you think the Constitutional Scholar Allan Dershowitz, says this Impeachment by Schiff and Pelosi is not legal…violates our Constitution?
Schumer wants John Bolton, Trump’s UN National Security Advisor and the President’s personal Attorney to testify…is he nuts? Obama claimed Executive Privilege when Eric Holder was caught with his pants down on Fast and Furious, why?
If this President allows Bolton or any of his staff to testify he needs his head examined!
There should be NO trial, based upon all the hearsay evidence! The Senate should issue a dismissal due to the lack of substantive evidence and the fact that the President was not only denied his Constitutional Rights under the 6th and 14th (Equal Rights) Amendment, all the
FREAKING EVIDENCE IS HEARSAY!
This is the Schiff/ Pelosi circus and NOT an Impeachment!
When they cry foul, play back the video of Tliab saying, “I/we will impeach the MF’er” and the other comments that go to “intent” that Schumer and Pelosi made before the President was sworn in, before the new Congressmen and the new Speaker were sworn in and then after Trump was JUST sworn in. What evidence did Tliab have when she shot off her mouth…put every one of those “fair trial” loud mouths, on the Senate stand! Ask, “What was the evidence against the President elect that made you want to Impeach him before you even became a Congressman?
Allowing these House clowns to make a trial into a circus is foolish, thoughtless, and about as dumb as anyone can be because their “Impeachment” is not legal…there are no crimes, therefore this Impeachment is VOID!
Members of the Senate; Do you not understand this is a GAME according to these Congressmen… a way and means to harass, disrupt and try to overthrow a duly elected President that they dislike, for no other reason…why should you succumb to their illegal and unethical demands? therightsidejgarydilaura.com
Florida’s 20 major military installations, three combat command centers and numerous research grant recipients support 914,787 jobs and generate an annual economic impact of $95 billion, making national defense one of the Sunshine State’s most important industries.
According to the "2020 Florida Military & Defense Economic Impact Study," defense-related expenditures in Florida have increased by $10 billion and employment by 113,040 since 2017.
“The results of this study demonstrate that maintaining and protecting military bases and industry in Florida is a win-win for both Florida and the United States,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a statement following the release of the report by Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) and the Florida Defense Support Task Force (FDSTF).
“Florida offers unmatched conditions for training air and sea forces with access to some of the highest quality test and training ranges in the country,” added DeSantis, a Navy veteran.
“Florida’s military and defense industry has never been more vital to the economic success of our state.”
According to the report, Florida’s 73,000 defense contractors garner the fourth-largest sum of defense spending among all states and, with nearly 135,000 active duty military, National Guard and reservists, the state ranks fifth in the number of military personnel stationed or living there.
Direct military spending was nearly $44 billion in 2018, which the report calculates via a “multiplier effect” translated into $95 billion of overall economic impact in 2019.
By comparison, tourism, the state’s leading industry in 2017, contributed $85.9 billion to the state’s economy and supported 1.5 million jobs.
According to the report, the defense sector has the greatest impact on Northwest Florida, where one-third of the regional economy comes from military spending.
Additionally, the report states, defense manufacturing has nearly doubled since 2015 with the aerospace and engineering sectors centered in Brevard and Orange Counties leading the way.
One example of that growing economic influence is the Department of Defense’s Industrial Base Analysis & Sustainment office's $20 million contract awarded in 2019 to BRIDG, a public-private partnership in Osceola County “to provide a new technology for next-generation microelectronic multi-chip systems that will strengthen national security and cyber resiliency for the
United States defense industrial base.”
The report also notes that Florida, with 1.6 million residents who are veterans, has the nation’s second-largest military retiree population and the third-largest veteran population.
The report follows a 2018 research paper by Connor James of the Tallahassee-Based James Madison Institute that documented the state’s 17,900 defense-related companies and military spending accounts for 9.2 percent of the state’s gross domestic product.
“In 2016, the Florida Chamber Foundation said that the military and defense industry’s total economic impact may be over $100 billion by 2030,” James wrote.
That $100 billion estimate by 2030 may have been a bit conservative.
“Today’s announcement is great news for Florida,” said Florida Secretary of Commerce and Enterprise Florida President & CEO Jamal Sowell, a former Marine officer. “Enterprise Florida and the Florida Defense Support Task Force will continue to maintain Florida’s reputation as the most military-friendly state in the nation by strengthening our state’s support for military members and their families and ensuring our bases remain resilient.”
The Center Square
Genetic testing through companies such as 23andMe.com and Ancestry.com provide people inexpensive and often illuminating access to their DNA and family histories.
At the same time, the increasing popularity of genetic testing kits is fostering fears about how the data is used, who “owns” it and raising questions about how to balance access with privacy.
In 2019, Florida lawmakers pondered bills to prohibit life insurers from denying policy coverage based on genetic tests and from requiring DNA tests. All stalled.
Companion 2020 House-Senate bills seek to prohibit life, disability and long-term care insurers from canceling, limiting, denying coverage, or charging more for Floridians based on genetic information.
House Bill 1189, filed by Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor – who will succeed Jose Oliva as House Speaker in 2021 – passed the Health & Human Services Committee, 17-0.
HB 1189 now goes before the House Commerce Committee, it’s final stop before a floor voter. As of Monday, the panel had not scheduled its next meeting.
Its Senate companion, Senate Bill 1564, was filed by Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland. SB 1564’s first stop is the Senate Banking & Insurance Committee. It also faces hearings before theJudiciary and Rules committees.
The Senate Banking & Insurance Committee meets Tuesday but, as of Monday afternoon, SB 1564 was not on the agenda.
During HB 1189’s Thursday Health & Human Services Committee hearing, Sprowls said adopting the measure is among his top 2020 priorities and would make Florida the first to adopt such a genetic privacy law.
“There’s nothing greater for our privacy than our genetic code,” Sprowls said. “Handing that over to large insurance companies is bad public policy.”
Life insurers are aggressively seeking access to people’s genetic information, he said. “Insurance is about spreading risk, not guaranteeing the outcomes or rewards to the characters.
Affordable life, disability and health insurance should not be available simply to the genetic elite.”
“I’m glad Florida’s going to be the state that leads the way on this issue,” committee chair Rep. Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, said.
The bills are endorsed by the Florida Association of Genetic Counselors, the AARP and Protecting Our DNA, an advocacy group financed by Floridians for Economic Freedom, a political committee chaired by Sprowls, which previewed a minute-long television ad during the hearing.
“Jane thinks her DNA is private, but it’s not,” the narrator states. “Insurance companies want to invade Jane’s privacy and get a look at her genetic code. Why? The more they know about Jane, the more they can profit off her DNA. Raising her rates, reducing their risk, padding their profits.”
The bills are opposed by the Florida Insurance Council (FIC), the American Council of Life Insurers and the James Madison Institute, who argue they will allow customers to hide important information to secure lower rates than those they should pay.
During November’s Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Insurance Summit, FIC President Cecil Pearce compared the use of genetic data in insurance rates to the way auto insurance rates are calculated.
Drivers with clean records are in one pool while those with traffic tickets and offenses are in another, making it “fair” for “good” drivers not forced to subsidize “bad” drivers.
“Imagine,” he said, “if insurers didn’t have access to driving histories” to distinguish between “good” and “bad” drivers.
James Madison Institute Vice President Sal Nuzzo said an outright ban on using genetic test data could have unforeseen circumstances.
If such a ban were adopted, he predicted, insurance salesmen nationwide would be advising clients to “take a weeklong vacation in Florida and buy a $1 million life insurance policy while you’re there.”
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A district encompassing Greater Seattle is set to become the first in which every voter can cast a ballot using a smartphone — a historic moment for American democracy.
The King Conservation District, a state environmental agency that encompasses Seattle and more than 30 other cities, is scheduled to detail the plan at a news conference on Wednesday.
About 1.2 million eligible voters could take part.
The new technology will be used for a board of supervisors election, and ballots will be accepted from Wednesday through election day on Feb. 11.
"This is the most fundamentally transformative reform you can do in democracy," said Bradley Tusk, the founder and CEO of Tusk Philanthropies, a nonprofit aimed at expanding mobile voting that is funding the King County pilot.
But the move is sure to polarize the elections community as democracy-watchers across the country debate the age-old push-and-pull between voting access and voting security.
The U.S. trails most developed democracies when it comes to its election turnout rate, and local races typically lag far behind presidential November elections.
The board of supervisors election in the King Conservation District, for example, in past years has drawn less than 1% of the eligible population to the ballot box.
Tusk says low turnout contributes to dysfunction in government because candidates aren't forced to craft positions that represent the entire population.
"If you can use technology to exponentially increase turnout, then that will ultimately dictate how politicians behave on every issue," he said.
But just four years ago, Russia used cyberattacks to disrupt the presidential election, including targeting and hacking into election infrastructure.
There's no evidence that the attacks changed any votes or data, but intelligence officials, election experts and even former special counsel Robert Mueller have warned that adversaries would target elections again.
Because of that, security experts have been nearly unanimous in their opposition to mobile-voting expansions in recent years. Some say that technology has not advanced enough yet, while others say the Internet will never be safe or transparent enough for something as important as democracy.
In its bipartisan report on Russian election interference, released last year, the Senate Intelligence Committee said, "States should resist pushes for online voting."
Many outside specialists continue to agree.
"There is a firm consensus in the cybersecurity community that mobile voting on a smartphone is a really stupid idea," said Duncan Buell, a computer science professor at the University of South Carolina who specializes in election technology. "I don't know that I have run across cybersecurity experts whose mortgages are not paid by a mobile-voting company who think it's a good idea."
How it works
King County voters will be able to use their name and birthdate to log in to a Web portal through the Internet browser on their phones, says Bryan Finney, the CEO of Democracy Live, the Seattle-based voting company providing the technology.
Once voters have completed their ballots, they must verify their submissions and then submit a signature on the touch screen of their device.
Finney says election officials in Washington are adept at signature verification because the state votes entirely by mail. That will be the way people are caught if they log in to the system under false pretenses and try to vote as someone else.
The King County elections office plans to print out the ballots submitted electronically by voters whose signatures match and count the papers alongside the votes submitted through traditional routes.
While advocates say this creates an auditable paper trail, many security experts say that because the ballots cross the Internet before they are printed, any subsequent audits on them would be moot. If a cyberattack occurred, an audit could essentially require double-checking ballots that may already have been altered, says Buell.
"If you're doing phone voting or Internet voting, it's pretty much 'garbage in, garbage out.' You don't really know what you're getting in or what's coming out the other side," said Joseph Lorenzo Hall, the former chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, in an interview with NPR last year.
Voters who use the smartphone portal also have the option to not submit their ballots electronically. They can log in, fill out the ballot and then print it to either drop off at designated drop-off locations or put in the mail.
Glimpse of the future?
Voting online has had a bumpy history over the past decade.
In a widely publicized incident, Washington, D.C., saw an online voting pilot program get hacked in 2010. The project was scrapped.
And the Democratic National Committee decided to nix a plan this year that would have allowed voters to caucus remotely in Nevada and Iowa. Precinct and party officials in Iowa, however, do intend to use a smartphone app to report results from their level.
Other states and counties also have shown a willingness to experiment to chase better voting turnout.
Before the King County announcement on Wednesday, however, that experimentation had been limited to populations that tended to have more difficulty getting to the polls.
West Virginia used a mobile app in the 2018 midterm elections to allow military voters and voters living overseas to cast ballots. One county in Utah allows the same for disabled voters.
All the recent developments have one thing in common: They've been funded by Tusk Philanthropies. Bradley Tusk told NPR that he hopes to fund between 35 and 50 mobile-voting pilots over the coming five years and then campaign for even wider use based on the data compiled from those programs.
Tusk took on the security worries directly. "Everyone who doesn't want this to happen is never going to say, 'We oppose mobile voting because we don't want higher turnout,' Tusk said.
"They're going to say, 'It's not safe.' And if we have proven 30, 40, 50 times over that it is safe, it's a lot harder for those objections and arguments to fly."
Buell, the University of South Carolina computer science specialist, admits that mobile voting probably will continue to expand this decade. That is due in part, he says, to a miscalculation by advocates and the public about how insecure the Internet and mobile phones are.
"Until we have a total collapse of some election, I think this sort of thing is going to continue," Buell said. "People want to believe that they can do everything on their phones."
The US Navy is to name its new aircraft carrier after a black sailor who fought in World War II.
Doris Miller earned the Navy Cross for his actions during the Japanese attack on Hawaii's Pearl Harbor in 1941.
At the time, the US military was strictly segregated on racial grounds. Miller became an icon for black Americans in the
Naming the ship after the heroic sailor comes more than 78 years after the events that made his name.
It will be the first time an aircraft carrier has been named after an African American. Until now, they have been named after famous battles, military leaders and US presidents.
The official announcement was scheduled for last Monday - Martin Luther King Jr's birthday - at Pearl Harbor. The bay is the site of a massive US naval station and the base of the country's Pacific Fleet.
Who was Doris Miller?
Miller was born in 1919 in Texas, the third of four sons. He was named Doris, as his mother had thought she was having a girl, but often went by the nickname "Dorie".
Jim Crow laws - a system of policies that denied black Americans their rights and segregated them from their white neighbours - dominated in the south at the time. After dropping out of high school and struggling to find work, Miller joined the Navy in 1939 at the age of 20.
"Navy policy at that time limited blacks to those duties that were manual, that they thought didn't require a whole lot of intellect,"
historian Regina Akers told CBS News.
After training, Miller was made a mess attendant - someone who took care of the white officers - and in 1940 was assigned to the battleship West Virginia.
He was sorting laundry on the ship one morning when a Japanese torpedo slammed into the vessel.
It was the first of nine torpedoes which would hit and sink the West Virginia on 7 December 1941.
The Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor killed more than 2,300 people and brought the US into World War II.
Miller ran to help his fellow sailors. He first moved his mortally wounded captain to shelter, before manning an anti-aircraft gun - strictly against regulations, as a black sailor - and firing back at the hundreds of Japanese aircraft .
"It wasn't hard. I just pulled the trigger and she worked fine," he said afterwards, "I think I got one of those [Japanese] planes. They were diving pretty close to us."
He fired until he ran out of ammunition, before helping his wounded shipmates. He abandoned ship with the survivors as the West Virginia sank to the bottom of the harbor.
In January 1942, the US Navy announced a list of commendations for US servicemen on Pearl Harbor - including one for an unnamed black man.
Two months later, the Pittsburgh Courier revealed the sailor to be Doris Miller. "No longer is his name unknown," the report read.
Soon after, a senator and a congressman launched separate bills in both houses of Congress calling for Miller to receive the Medal of Honor - the highest military honour in the US. African
American rights groups also campaigned for Miller to get an award for his actions, while the media hailed him as one of the "first US heroes" of the war.
Other groups however campaigned against any recognition for Miller on the grounds of his race.
In May that year, President Franklin Roosevelt ignored the controversy and awarded him the Navy Cross - at the time the third highest honour awarded by the US Navy.
Miller went on a speaking tour and became a nationwide celebrity, but returned to sea aboard the aircraft carrier Liscombe Bay. He was killed when the ship was sunk by a Japanese submarine in the Battle of Makin in November 1943.
But his legacy has lived on as one of the first African American heroes of World War II. Cuba Gooding Jr played the role of Doris Miller in the 2001 film Pearl Harbor, while Waco unveiled a statue of Miller in 2017.
Now a new aircraft carrier will be built and eventually launched in 2028 bearing Miller's name.
"It is tremendous," historian Regina Akers told CBS, saying the decision showed "that heroism is in no way limited by race, by gender, by background, by rank or rating."
On 31 December 2019, WHO (Workd Health Org.)was alerted to several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. The virus did not match any other known virus. This raised concern because when a virus is new, we do not know how it affects people.
One week later, on 7 January, Chinese authorities confirmed that they had identified a new virus. The new virus is a coronavirus, which is a family of viruses that include the common cold, and viruses such as SARS and MERS. This new virus was temporarily named “2019-nCoV.”
WHO has been working with Chinese authorities and global experts from the day we were informed, to learn more about the virus, how it affects the people who are sick with it, how they can be treated, and what countries can do to respond.
Because this is a coronavirus, which usually causes respiratory illness, WHO has advice to people on how to protect themselves and those around them from getting the disease.
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) is also closely monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (named “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which continues to expand. Chinese health officials have reported thousands of infections with 2019-nCoV in China, with the virus reportedly spreading from person-to-person in many parts of that country. Infections with 2019-nCoV, most of them associated with travel from Wuhan, also are being reported in a growing number of international locations, including the United States.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS and SARS.
Chinese health authorities were the first to post the full genome of the 2019-nCoV in GenBank, the NIH genetic sequence database, and in the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID) portal, an action which has facilitated detection of this virus. CDC posted the full genome of the 2019-nCoV virus detected in the first and second U.S. patients to GenBank.
2019-nCoV is a betacoronavirus, like MERS and SARs, all of which have their origins in bats. The sequences from U.S. patients are similar to the one that China initially posted, suggesting a likely single, recent emergence of this virus from an animal reservoir.
Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by 2019-nCov in Wuhan, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. Later, a growing number of patients reportedly did not have exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread. Chinese officials report that sustained person-to-person spread in the community is occurring in China. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses.
Imported cases of 2019-nCoV infection in people have been detected in the U.S. No person-to-person spread has been detected with this virus at the time, and this virus is NOT currently spreading in the community in the United States.
Both MERS and SARS have been known to cause severe illness in people. The complete clinical picture with regard to 2019-nCoV is still not fully clear. Reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. Learn more about the symptoms associated with 2019-nCoV.
There are ongoing investigations to learn more. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.
Outbreaks of novel virus infections among people are always of public health concern. The risk from these outbreaks depends on characteristics of the virus, including whether and how well it spreads between people, the severity of resulting illness, and the medical or other measures available to control the impact of the virus (for example, vaccine or treatment medications).
This is a serious public health threat. The fact that this virus has caused severe illness and sustained person-to-person spread in China is concerning, but it’s unclear how the situation in the United States will unfold at this time.
The risk to individuals is dependent on exposure. At this time, some people will have an increased risk of infection, for example healthcare workers caring for 2019-nCoV patients and other close contacts. For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV is considered low.
More cases are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the United States. Given what has occurred previously with MERS and SARS, it’s likely that person-to-person spread will occur, including in the United States.
While the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:
The following resources are available with information on 2019-nCoV
"Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician." So says Hillary Clinton of her former Senate colleague and 2016 rival for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders.
Her assessment of Sanders' populist-socialist agenda?
"It's all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it."
Does that assessment still hold with Sanders now running strong in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada, and having emerged, according to The New York Times, as "the dominant liberal force in the 2020 race"?
"Yes, it does," said Clinton, who left open the possibility she might not support Sanders if he became the nominee.
In her interview with The Hollywood Reporter to promote a documentary that premieres Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival, Clinton also tore into Bernie's backers.
"It is not only him. It's the culture around him. It's his leadership team. It's his prominent supporters. It's his online Bernie Bros and their relentless attacks on lots of his competitors, particularly the women," said Clinton. "It should be worrisome that he has permitted this culture -- not only permitted (he) seems to be very much supporting it."
From her own words, Clinton regards Sanders as a nasty man running a misogynistic campaign and a political phony whose achievements are nonexistent and who lacks the temperament to be president.
As Clinton describes Sanders, he seems to fit nicely into her Trumpian "basket of deplorables." Reflecting the significance of Clinton's attack, The New York Times put it on Page 1.
This comes one week after Elizabeth Warren, at the end of the last debate, confronted Sanders, who had denied ever telling her a woman could not win the presidency.
"I think you just called me a liar on national TV," said Warren, twice. Sanders assuredly had. He then accused Warren of lying.
This is "a part of a pattern," says Clinton, noting that Sanders said in 2016 that she was not qualified to be president.
What is Hillary up to? She is "hellbent on stopping Sanders," says Obama strategist David Axelrod.
The bad blood between Bernie and two leading women in the Democratic Party calls to mind the battle between Nelson Rockefeller and Barry Goldwater, which did not end well for the Republican Party in 1964.
While the eventual GOP nominee, Goldwater, lost in a 44-state landslide to Lyndon Johnson, the liberal Republican establishment that Rockefeller led would never again be able to nominate one of its own.
It is difficult to see how this acrimony inside the Democratic Party -- over the character, record, ideology and alleged sexism of Sen. Bernie Sanders -- ends well for the Democrats.
Already, Bernie's backers believe the DNC "rigged" the nomination in 2016 by feigning neutrality while secretly aiding Clinton. If Sanders now fails in the first primaries and loses his last chance for the Democratic nomination because of the Clinton-Warren's attacks, it is difficult to see how Bernie's backers enthusiastically support Warren.
As for Bernie backing Biden, the raison d'etre of the liberal-radical wing of the party to whom Sanders is a hero is that the Democratic establishment consistently sells out progressive values.
Sanders' crowd consists of true believers, a trademark of whom is militancy. Such folks often prefer defeat behind a principled leader to victory for a corporatist Democrat they regard as the enemy within.
Assume Bernie defeats Warren in Iowa, bests Biden in New Hampshire, and then goes on to win the nomination. Would women, a majority of whom vote Democratic, and who are indispensable to party victory, surge to the polls to install a president whom Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren describe as a sexist who ruined their own presidential hopes?
Would Democratic women come out to vote for a candidate who was responsible, in two successive presidential elections, for keeping the glass ceiling firmly intact over the heads of the
Democratic Party's leading female candidates? Bernie has made some bad enemies.
Ten days before the Iowa caucuses, the great unifier of the Democratic Party remains Donald Trump. But now, with Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina dead ahead, the
Democrats' focus is becoming: Who should replace Trump?
The rival claims of the constituent elements inside the party are rising to the fore. And what they reveal is a Democratic Party that is a coalition of groups that seem to be dividing along the lines of ideology, politics, race, class and culture.
Consider the most loyal of Democratic constituents in presidential elections: African Americans. They are 13% of the electorate but a fourth of the national Democratic vote.
Yet, of the six candidates for the nomination on stage in the last debate, not one was African American. Not one was Hispanic or Asian. Four were white men, and two were white women.
The lone outsider rising in the polls is another white man, a multibillionaire who is willing to spend a billion dollars to buy the presidential nomination of the party of the common man.
Patrick J. Buchanan
While heads turn away and don't see Democratic corruption and "Crimes and Misdemeanors"
Trump must be punished .... for What?
What crime did he commit.
I still have yet to see any crime committed.
The directed killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Iran's blood-soaked field marshal in the "forever war" of the Middle East, has begun to roil the politics of both the region and the USA.
A stunned and shaken Iran retaliated by firing a dozen missiles at two U.S. bases in Iraq. Yet, before launching the attack, Iran leaked that its retaliation would be strictly
proportionate, to avoid an escalation.
U.S. forces were able to be warned where the missiles would hit. Result: zero U.S. casualties in the two strikes.
Hours after the Iranian missiles hit the U.S. bases, however, an apparently panicked Iranian officer at an air defense missile battery launched and shot down a Ukrainian airliner leaving Tehran airport with 176 people aboard.
For days, the ayatollah indicated he did not know the cause of the disaster had been one of Iran's own surface-to-air missiles.
Thus, while hundreds of thousands had been marching last week in nationalist solidarity to honor the dead general, today, thousands of Iranians are marching against the ayatollah, accusing his regime of having known the truth but lied to the nation.
In Iraq, a nonbinding vote has been taken in parliament to demand a full U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq for the execution of Soleimani. President Donald Trump is threatening the Iraqis with sanctions if Baghdad follows through and expels the 5,200 U.S. troops still there.
NATO allies with units in Iraq are silently seething, as they received no warning we were about to take down the general.
Here, the political fallout from the execution of Soleimani has only just begun.
Democrats, after denouncing Soleimani as a war criminal and serial killer of American soldiers, are accusing Trump of carrying out, without the consent of Congress, a premeditated act of war on a nation on which Congress hasn't authorized war.
Trump's claim that the general had to be taken down to abort an "imminent" attack on Americans, including attacks on not one but four U.S. embassies, is being derided. The justice of killing the general seems less the issue now than the wisdom of the act, and a storm is brewing over whether Trump and his aides have been dissembling.
Nancy Pelosi has already pushed through the House a nonbinding resolution asserting that Trump has no authority to carry out acts of war against Iran without Congress' consent. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Trump supporter from Florida, stunned the president by voting for the Pelosi resolution.
Sen. Mike Lee broke with Trump to denounce the briefing that Congress received, about attacks on Americans being imminent, as both contemptuous and the worst briefing he ever had.
The general may have gotten the justice he deserved in that SUV departing Baghdad airport, but the unintended consequences of his execution are now coming in.
Trump has elevated the Middle East wars as a major issue in 2020, not his strong suit. For, as the military says, "The enemy gets a vote!" as to how much blood, including American blood, will be shed in 2020.
Also, by sending the 82nd Airborne to Kuwait and Iraq, Trump underscored the truth: We are still mired in the "endless wars" of the Middle East despite his promise to extricate us.
Fractures have appeared in the conservative-populist coalition that put Trump in office. War Party interventionists, who have long sought to have the United States do to Iran what Bush 43 did to Iraq, are exhilarated by what they believe the Soleimani killing portends -- an inevitable war with Iran.
Trump has also energized the anti-war majority in the Democratic Party, specifically the candidacy of Bernie Sanders, whose anti-war and anti-interventionist credentials are as long-standing and solid as is his fidelity to socialism.
Sanders voted against both the Bush II Iraq War that Sen. Joe Biden voted to support, and George H.W. Bush's Desert Storm expulsion of the Iraqi army from Kuwait.
With the killing of the general and the possibility of a U.S.-Iran war rising, Bernie is the Democratic candidate whose anti-war credentials are the longest and strongest and whose position of avoiding war with Iran is most in sync with the majority of the party he seeks to lead.
Sanders could ride anti-war sentiment to victory in Iowa and New Hampshire and have the wind behind him going into South Carolina and Super Tuesday.
His socialism may be a bridge too far for most Americans, and an insuperable obstacle to his ever becoming president, but should he win the nomination, he could occupy in 2020 the space Trump occupied in 2016, as the anti-interventionist, anti-war candidate.
And if Bernie ran a "Come Home, America" campaign, half a century after the slogan's author, George McGovern, lost in history's largest landslide, Sanders could change the face and future of American politics.
Patrick J. Buchanan
Ed. Note: Now with the impeachment trial in the Senate, Bernie will need all the help he can get now as a juror to that trial Senators Sanders, Warren and Klobuchar will have to find alternate ways to campaign as they will be stuck in D.C.
Here are some interesting points to think about prior to 2020,
especially to my friends on the fence, like moderate Democrats, Libertarians and Independents
and the never Trump Republicans and those thinking of "walking away" from the Democratic party.
Women are upset at Trump’s naughty words -- they also bought 100 million copies of 50 Shades of Gray. (125 million in sales ...80% sales were to women)
Not one feminist has defended Sarah Sanders. It seems women’s rights only matter if those women are liberal.
No Border Walls. No voter ID laws. Did you figure it out yet? But wait... there's more.
Chelsea Clinton got out of college and got a job at NBC that paid $900,000.00 per year. Her mom flies around the country speaking out against white privilege.
And just like that, they went from being against foreign interference in our elections to allowing non-citizens to vote in our elections.
President Trump’s wall costs less than the Obamacare website. Let that sink in, America .
We are one election away from open borders, socialism, gun confiscation, and full-term abortion nationally. We are fighting evil.
They sent more troops and armament to arrest Roger Stone than they sent to
defend Benghazi .
Russia donated $0.00 to the Trump campaign. Russia donated $145,600,000.00 to the Clinton Foundation. But Trump was the one investigated!
60 years ago, Venezuela was 4th on the world economic freedom index. Today, they are 179th and their citizens are dying of starvation. In only 10 years, Venezuela was destroyed by democratic socialism.
Nancy Pelosi invited illegal aliens to the State of the Union . President Trump Invited victims of illegal aliens to the State of the Union . Let that sink in.
A socialist is basically a communist who doesn’t have the power to take everything from their citizens at gunpoint ... Yet!
How do you walk 3,000 miles across Mexico without food or support and show up at our border 100 pounds overweight and with a cellphone?
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez wants to ban cars, ban planes, give out universal income and thinks socialism works. She calls Donald Trump crazy.
Bill Clinton paid $850,000 to Paula Jones To get her to go away. I don’t remember the FBI raiding his lawyer’s office.
I wake up every day, and I am grateful that Hillary Clinton is not President of the United States of America
The same media that told me Hillary Clinton had a 95% chance of winning now tells me Trump’s approval ratings are low.
“The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money.”— M argaret Thatcher
Maxine Waters opposes voter ID laws; She thinks that they are racist. You need to have a photo ID to attend her town hall meetings.
President Trump said — "They’re not after me. They’re after you. I’m just in their way."
Now, go Back & Read this Again like you Future Depends upon it.......
Because it Does.