This week, as Britain broke with the EU, some in the U.S. media broke with reality by continuing to normalize the unreal candidacy of Donald Trump. After a speech on Wednesday focusing on economics and attacks on Hillary Clinton, many pundits gave Trump the gift of analyzing the speech as if it had been delivered by someone other than the most dangerous and unstable nominee in modern history. "That's called the pivot," said Joe Scarborough, while Mark Halperin allowed that "the themes Trump chose... were well chosen," the speech "decently written," and that Trump is "better on prompter." In other words, focusing on weeds in a forest of demonstrable lies: the U.S., for example, is not "the highest taxed nation in the world." As noted by Politifact, which has debunked this claim three times, the U.S. is "nowhere near the top." Meanwhile, Democrats broke with House rules and staged a sit-in on the House floor to demand votes on gun control legislation. The effort was labeled a "publicity stunt," by Paul Ryan -- a break from irony from a man who endorsed Donald Trump.
This is not a British phenomenon by any means. It is something that is sweeping Europe and China. It is also present in the United States.
Structurally, something similar seems to be happening in reverse. That is, instead of a situation in which structural disparity results from some sectors failing to develop while other sectors raced ahead, we now are fostering structural disparities owing to sectors that are falling backwards, out of the modern (or post-modern) world.
If they reverse themselves, the first vote will have been enough of a shock so that the EU reforms itself -- with Britain on the inside shaping those changes. For everyone's sake, let us have a Brexit do-over.
Congressman Marc Veasey,
Restore The Voting Rights Act,
Veasey v. Abbott,
Voting Rights Act,
Protect The Vote,
Shelby County v Holder,
Voter Photo ID Laws,
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With today's third anniversary of the Shelby v. Holder decision, I am reminded of two poll tax receipts hanging in my Congressional office. On January 31, 1949, my grandparents traveled to the tax assessor's office in Jack County to pay their annual poll tax.
David, instead of quitting like a quitter, why not instead act like the professional politician that you claim to be and walk it back like any self-respecting politician would?
After 43 years of membership, the UK electorate has voted to leave the European Union. A UK exit from the EU is scary and leads us to unchartered territory. The implications are massive.
The recent Brexit vote and the support for Donald Trump largely stem from a similar kind of Immigrant Anxiety -- close the borders, control your borders, build that wall, leave the EU and so on.
As the product of an exceptional staffing tree of the Democratic Party, the one thing that I have heard over and over about our Republican friends is that one man stands above them all: Ed Rollins.
Change in gender perceptions must be effected everywhere, from schools to workplaces to boardrooms to the White House, and that change is more pervasive and meaningful when it happens at all levels of society.
On this week's episode of Scheer Intelligence, Robert Scheer sits down with acclaimed Canadian actress, musician and author Barbara Williams.
America will soon face a similar number of temptations to renege on all kinds of international agreements that it signed in good faith with other nations. Supporters will promise all kinds of benefits they can't deliver. Learn from the British and the Baptists.
2016 Presidential Election,
Does Hillary Clinton get it? The Democratic presidential candidate, for whom Bernie Sanders now says he will vote in November, reacted to the British referendum to withdraw from the European Union in much the same fashion as, well, the EU bureaucrats just rejected by voters much like those driving Trumpism...
Make America Great Again,
On August the 21st, 1858 Abraham Lincoln said: Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed. Consequently, he who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions. Donald Trump and the pro-Brexit politicians such as Boris Johnson...
Crazy Uncle Donald,
Friday Talking Points,
House Sit In,
Make America White Again,
Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week,
Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week,
No Fly No Buy,
Stairway To Heaven,
Underage Marijuana Use Colorado,
Universal Background Checks,
What Does Bernie Want,
Donald Trump's name lends itself to all sorts of mashed-up words, but we find it doesn't really work with the big story of the week. British voters decided to take the so-called "Brexit" (or "British exit") from the European Union.
Defeating Donald Trump is only half of the problem; it's time to move democracy into the 21st century. It's time to leave the past in the past and realize that the leaders who created the status quo, will never be inclined to change it as long as they are in charge. Mr. Sanders, we must keep fighting on. We've had your back thus far. Please don't give up on us now.
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Weekend Roundup 123,
Worldpost Weekend Roundup,
When politics divides instead of unites, walls off instead of embraces, what, or who, can bind fractured societies? (continued)
American Civil Liberties Union,
March On Washington,
Mildred Loving Letter,
Supreme Court Case Loving v. Virginia,
U.S. Attorney General,
U.S. Supreme Court,
Virginia Racial Integrity Act,
Protect Children Not Guns,
Vote To Reaffirm Marriage Equality,
Weapons Of War,
A celebration of Latin Night at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando turned into a killing field fueled by intolerance, hate and weapons of war. Now is the time to remember those who stand up and stand together in love.
At our meeting I expressed the hope that Congressman Chaffetz would not imitate his predecessor, Congressman Darrell Issa, the mega-millionaire show-boater who reveled in mostly useless partisan hacking of Obama's executive branch. Alas, no such luck.
The Kansas Supreme Court is threatening to shutter schools across the state - unless the legislature shells out another $38 million in K-12 funds. If the legislature fails to appropriate these additional funds, the state high court will put a hold on $4 billion in school funding as of July 1, invariably triggering widespread school closures.