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Lance Simmens
Political activist, Author, 'The Evolution of a Revolution,' and 'Fracktured'

Entries by Lance Simmens

Thank You, Bernie

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2016 | 2:45 AM

The primary season is nearing the end and for all intents and purposes, barring any series of extraordinary events, which is not to say they might occur in this extraordinary election year, the presumptive nominees have been decided upon. Now begins the process of acceptance and healing. This should be...

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Progressives Need SMART ALEC Approach to Policies

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 2:34 PM

Politicians and policy-makers love to borrow or steal good ideas. There are organizations that represent elected officials on all levels of government, Federal, state and local where sharing what works in one community or state oftentimes is replicated by colleagues. Oftentimes this may be the result of personal interactions and...

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No Change Is Not An Option

(1) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 2:13 PM

I attended my first Bernie rally yesterday in Santa Monica and was truly impressed by the size of the crowd and the intensity of the passions that ran through it. It was certainly heartwarming to see so many young people genuinely enthused about the prospect that politics might have a...

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Trump's Instincts Are Dangerous

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 2:28 AM

So we now have a glimpse of how President Donald Trump would handle a crisis and as expected he has failed so miserably that it is hard to imagine how anyone who considers themselves rational would see it otherwise. Ready, fire, aim is the mantra of a madman. It may...

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Difficult Political Decisions Ahead For Clinton, Trump

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 9:38 AM

As a veteran political operative involved in campaigns going back to 1976 I can say that each one is different but has similar characteristics. I also feel safe in saying that this year is probably more dissimilar from any campaign I have ever been associated with or witnessed over the...

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Can Berners Become Trumpeters?

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 8:41 PM

Forget Bernie or bust, how about Bernie or bluster? Did you ever hear something that you thought was so preposterous, so outrageously counterintuitive that you immediately dismissed it, and only later on after some deeper reflection begin to see a certain degree of twisted logic that made it appear plausible?...

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Crybaby in Chief

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 3:27 AM

Zoom in, inside-daytime-a large open space-child in shorts, a white shirt, with tie and black socks climbing north of his knee, "not fair, not fair" yells the child, stomping his feet, scrounging up his face to reflect the enormous frustration and anger he is feeling. As he almost brings himself...

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A Complicit Media

(5) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 12:36 AM

The rampant hysteria being generated by Donald Trump's surprising run at the Republican presidential nomination is both needless and potentially destructive. It is being exacerbated by Trump's narcissism, his scorched earth campaign, and the appalling indecency of his incendiary and tasteless style; but also it has been abetted by a...

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When Bigger Is Not Better

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 1:06 AM

As the Republican presidential nominating process degenerates at a dizzying clip and personal recriminations against family members dominate the headlines it might be long past time to change the narrative. So let me offer the following: Note to Donald Trump, bigger is not always better! For instance, being the bigger...

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Bernie Needs to Have a Heart-to-Heart Talk With His Troops

(7) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 12:44 AM

I am tiring of the idiocy of both the left and the right. I detest absolutism on either side of the philosophical and/or political spectrum. And while I absolutely loathe the extreme rigidity, intolerance, and bigotry of the far right as represented by the Tea Party, I am both perplexed...

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The Passing of a Judge and the Party of Paralysis

(18) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 9:11 AM

Let me start off by saying what many folks dare not: namely, I am not sad or sorry that Antonin Scalia is no longer on the Supreme Court. Fact is he should have never been on it in the first place. He played a major role in helping to both...

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Millennials Flexing Their Muscles

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 2:24 AM

Watching the Democratic debate last night illuminated two thoughts: first, how in the world could anyone have thought that limiting the number of Democratic debates was anything resembling a good idea; and second, how fundamentally different the tenor and substance between the two parties is with respect to discussion of...

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Trump Gets Bump in New Hampshire

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 12:41 AM

Donald Trump managed to capture one-third of the Republican votes cast in New Hampshire and that, by virtue of the still crowded field of candidates, guaranteed him a yugge(sic)victory. My post of yesterday, here projecting that Trump could not meet expectations in New Hampshire did not materialize....

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Trump Will Lose in New Hampshire

(751) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 11:13 PM

I want to make sure that you heard it here first: Donald Trump will lose the New Hampshire primary tomorrow. His performances are becoming more and more bizarre as his once seemingly iron grip on the nomination continues to slip from his greasy grasp. I am not saying that he...

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Let Ideas and Issues Trump Ideology

(2) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 12:16 AM

As Republican presidential candidates duke it out to compete for who gets to join in a seemingly endless series of debates (so much so they need two candidate categories) Democrats are worrying about whether or not they will be sanctioned for participating in additional debates. This despite the fact that...

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Democrats Need to Dial It Back a Notch

(22) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 11:54 PM

I am a traditional liberal Democrat and over my six plus decades on Earth have witnessed the wild swings of fortune that have taken my party from Kennedy's Camelot to Jimmy Carter's attempt at public service restoration to the economic resurgence under Bill Clinton to hope and change under Barack...

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Bipartisan Political Dysfunction and a Public Health Tragedy

(2) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 12:12 AM

A recurring theme today among millennials is a critique of the contemporary political system as one not worthy of the investment of time or energy via voting and a concurrent diminishment of the voting franchise itself. To many the political system and by extension government has become the problem not...

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No Fear

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2015 | 11:24 AM


Dear Sirs and Madam,

In advance of tonight's Republican Presidential debate, I would like to offer this open plea to the candidates assembled in both forums: in short, it is a plea to pledge to reject fear as...

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After the Paris Climate Change Conference, Now the Hard Part

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 1:03 PM

The climate accords reached in Paris this weekend are a start, but only a start and they are late, very late. Sure the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, but we have wasted so much time learning to walk that the journey extends beyond a thousand...

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The Trump Doctrine: Dumb and Dummer

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 9:53 AM

I actually thought that Donald Trump was headed for a fall a while back but have quickly come to the realization that rational thought has no place at the Republican table. Despite the rather desperate efforts of what is left of mainstream, establishmentarian Republican orthodoxy and those who are brave...

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