Class Warfare Blog

June 9, 2019

I Have Said It Before . . .

. . . and I will say it again. Say what?

The Guardian ran a story today “Can Trump win in 2020? This Pennsylvania county may be an indicator.” The subtitle for which was “Northampton county, Pennsylvania voted twice for Barack Obama before flipping for Trump – and could decide whether Trump gets a second term” What? A county in Pennsylvania voted for Barack Obama for president . . . twice . . . and then voted for Trump? What Red-Blue scenario, what White-Black scenario, what Rural-Urban scenario makes sense of that?

I’ve said it before . . .

The voters in this country were so fed up with the status quo (the rich get richer, the middle class and the poor get ground under their boot heels) that they voted in our first Black president. That should change things, no? Apparently not enough as Republican-Democrat infighting made sure “Hope” and “Change” were both little and infrequent. So, if that message didn’t get through, maybe the message of Donald Trump would.

Why don’t we try offering what the voters want? Candidates who aren’t bought and paid for by Wall Street and the major corporations and who will identify the will of the people and act upon that.

Novel idea, eh?

27 Comments »

  1. At this time, who are your favourites?

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    Comment by john zande — June 9, 2019 @ 9:03 am | Reply

    • I have sent money to Bernie and Elizabeth (I know them best). I could support some of the others. but I am not going to bother until the field has been “weeded out.”

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 9, 2019 @ 9:26 am | Reply

      • Warren is an outstanding choice.

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        Comment by john zande — June 9, 2019 @ 9:48 am | Reply

        • So far, her industrial policy and education policy are things we can do, that shouldn’t have opposition based upon reality (as opposed to politics), etc. I like her ideas best.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — June 9, 2019 @ 10:42 am | Reply

  2. What do you think of the democrats not allowing even one debate to be about climate change?

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    Comment by maryplumbago — June 9, 2019 @ 9:47 am | Reply

    • What? Is this for real?

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      Comment by john zande — June 9, 2019 @ 9:49 am | Reply

    • What elephants in what room?

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      Comment by jim- — June 9, 2019 @ 10:32 am | Reply

      • What room?

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        Comment by john zande — June 9, 2019 @ 10:39 am | Reply

        • The climate change room. Why are they purposely avoiding this? Sounds like they’ve already given up? I would think not talking about this debate would certainly favor trump.

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          Comment by jim- — June 9, 2019 @ 10:42 am | Reply

          • Yep. Have a debate, and let Greta moderate it.

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            Comment by john zande — June 9, 2019 @ 10:43 am | Reply

            • The key to finding a solution is brainstorming an idea that lets the wealthy have their money, and mitigates emissions at the same time. The go-to solution is always taxes, but perhaps the best way is to make it a cash cow to go clean. I’m no expert, but we’re going to have to settle for something. That won’t budge when it comes to cash.

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              Comment by jim- — June 9, 2019 @ 10:48 am | Reply

              • Renewable energy sources are now on par with traditional sources (coal, oil, gas) and are going to get cheaper. Conservatives will get in line when the “traditional energy sources” prove to be costly. Expect in the interim, however, some sort of cost supports for using those traditional sources from the GOP, after all it is the campaign donations from those industries that are driving their support.

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                Comment by Steve Ruis — June 9, 2019 @ 10:52 am | Reply

    • The Powers than Be in the Democratic Party will soon be the Powers that Don’t Be. Talk about tone deaf.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 9, 2019 @ 10:41 am | Reply

  3. Um, no. The donkey gang and the elephant gang are just the two sides of the very same war party coin.
    Bernie is not a socialist and Warren lies far too often, I cannot trust her.
    Hey, the good news, at least better news is that it is highly unlikely that I’ll be here when it comes time to vote. I really want you all to get much, much better than we’ve had for decades as POTUS.

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — June 10, 2019 @ 12:57 am | Reply

    • Re “Warren lies far too often, I cannot trust her.” Politicians are required to lie by their positions. The questions is: about what and how often? I find Ms Warren to be honorable and concerned about the right things. Her lies in quantity and topic are nowhere near the standards set by our current POTUS. If you are concerned about her claims of Native American descent, I claimed “Hispanic” status a number of times before realizing that I wasn’t helping anyone by making that claim. (My grandfather was from Spain via Mexico/California and whom I never met. My Hispanic heritage consists of a penchant for enchiladas for breakfast.) Just sayin’.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 10, 2019 @ 8:04 am | Reply

      • Steve, you raise an interesting thought. I was adopted and learned in later years that my birth mother was Mexican heritage (my father was German). I have wavered when asked about ethnicity on health and other forms as to how (or if) I should answer.

        Is the purpose simply for statistics? Or does it make a difference somewhere along the line? I’ve never really known.

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        Comment by Nan — June 10, 2019 @ 11:40 am | Reply

        • Apparently it makes a difference in policy matters. I stopped being “accurate” as I felt that I had suffered no negatives from my ethnicity, nor did I feel that I should improve the statistics of any particular subgroup. I switched to “Declines to State” or the equivalent.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — June 10, 2019 @ 12:45 pm | Reply

  4. Oh nuts. I forgot the most important comment. Global Warming MUST be discussed/debated/talked about. Not just during the donkey gang “debates”, but years ago, seriously. It MUST be seriously talked about.
    As for what passes as POTUS debates, in my opinion (not in any way humble) is the last real POTUS debate was 1960—Nixon vs Kennedy.

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — June 10, 2019 @ 1:00 am | Reply

  5. Just curious. What do you think of Marianne Williamson? Can you get beyond the “syncretic spirituality”?

    “At a time when the leftward drift of the Democratic Party is regularly in the news, she is by any measure the most rigorously progressive candidate in the field of 23. That she wraps her progressivism in a syncretic spirituality instead of socialist materialism may even be an advantage for a politician in this God-haunted country of ours.”

    http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/05/marianne-williamson-is-a-lefty-with-soul.html

    She certainly meets the qualification of “candidates who aren’t bought and paid for by Wall Street and the major corporations and who will identify the will of the people and act upon that”.

    I completely dismissed her at first but saw a very brief interview with her and I thought she did really well.

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    Comment by James Cross — June 11, 2019 @ 4:38 am | Reply

    • I wasn’t aware that she was running. I tend to agree with all of her political ideas but attributions such as ““At the deepest level,” she says, America is engaged in “a spiritual contest” between demonic and angelic forces. “The separation of church and state is one of the most enlightened aspects of our country,” she says. “But the founders were not seeking to suppress religion. They were seeking to liberate and protect it.”” (from the link you supplied) give me pause.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 11, 2019 @ 9:48 am | Reply

      • I think she does say some good (as well as “iffy”) things, but the field is soooo big and she is definitely not known in political circles — that I doubt she’ll make it very far. Although, I have read where her political contributions are quite sizeable. I guess time will tell.

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        Comment by Nan — June 11, 2019 @ 10:18 am | Reply

      • I love that expression “God-haunted country” in the article. Just a perfect expression of the political religious complex.

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        Comment by James Cross — June 12, 2019 @ 7:31 am | Reply

  6. For all the “hope and change”, “vote the bums out” and so on, Americans voted for the status in ever other election for a pretty long time – the sitting president was reelected in 2012, 2004, 1996, 1988 (a VP of term-limited sitting president), 1984, 1972, 1964, 1956, 1948, 1944, 1940…

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    Comment by List of X — June 14, 2019 @ 9:27 am | Reply

    • Yep, slow learners … every one of us. We finally woke up to the vacant political promises. Part of this I lay in the laps of social media which has elevated the new sources on the fringes (for good and ill). The system currently only allows two candidates and both parties turn it into a horse race and a desire to “win” or not “lose” the election. This benefits no one but the elites who determine who the candidates will be. I think Trump blind sided the elites because none of them thought he had a chance. If Trump had been a reformer and not a charlatan, the knives would have come out and he would have been slaughtered in the election.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 14, 2019 @ 11:55 am | Reply


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