Ms. Mary Mancini, I will again urge you and the democrats to find out why you have pissed off working and middle class white males, and what you all can do to bring them back into the democrat party.
This fair warning, I'm stealing your joke.
Does medical marijuana cause folks to crave mass quantities of hospital food?
I will have to consult with Michael Jordan.
But we can still have Dennis Rodman as ambassador to N Korea?
CL, that's nice. And while you're at it, can you toss me over one of those brews you have on ice?
Also, while re-reading your last post, the first point, banning anyone running for running for office whose name starts with cli, I think you should also have added rod. You can never be too careful.
LoveBC and Grove,
In the spirit of bi-partisanship, I'm sending vitamins to Ginsburg and McCain
GroveReb. Good points. In Tennessee over the past several election cycles, we went from Blanton to Alexander, Alexander to McWhiter, WcWhirter to Sundquist, Sundquist to Bredesen, and now Haslem. I don't see a state democrat taking control of the state big house, but I also believed that Trump would never win the Republican primary or the presidency so that shows you what I know. I cast my first vote for Alexander back when I was finally old enough to vote, and voted for each of the winners since. Yes, I have voted for democrats.
With Hillary probably out of the way, the dems may actually have a chance of winning the WH in four or eight years.
No doubt about it, most national Republicans are nervous about Trump. Some quietly, some not so quietly. Politicians probably understand the fickleness of the electorate more than the average bear. Personally, I think the establishment Republicans want him to fail sooner rather than later to keep your theory from coming true.
CL, I actually agree with most of those. Based on my government experience, with gigs in the Army, Federal civil service and state civil service, I have learned that the government has the gift to screw up all most anything. The Vietnam War, LBJ's Great Society, and the War on Drugs come immediately to mind.
I see the main problem as the insurance companies literally owning politicians at all levels of government. Obamacare was heavily influenced by the insurance companies, and that is a huge understatement. Gerry Spence, the Jackson Hole lawyer once opined that a US Congressman can be bought for $15,000, or the price of a used Mercedes. He further added a paid for congressman is one of the best investments a business can make.
Insurance companies and their paid for cronies would never allow nationalized health insurance.
One problem is the insurance companies stifle competition among themselves and the paid for politicians of both parties allow this to happen. No honest person can deny there is not collusion among health insurance providers, that drives up the price of insurance. We don't even come close to having a free market for health insurance. Until this is addressed, no nationalized insurance plan would ever be successful. I believe it would be a debacle like the guaranteed student loans which only encourage universities (collusion) to overcharge for tuition doing more than harm than good for our young people.
You, and me, and others allowed this mess to happen since we fail to hold politicians accountable for allowing the insurance companies to make politicians their bitches.
I seem to remember this publication, just a few short years ago, touting the strength of the Democratic party and the fact that it was going to reign for possibly even decades due to demographic shifts in the population.
While I still think demographics don't favor the Republicans long term, I said at the time that things don't ever shift one way for very long.
The reason for that is because you just can't please that many people. The Dems have become synonymous with social justice issues, gay rights, racial issues, immigration, etc., and in doing so, they largely left may of their labor union and working class friends behind.
The Republicans capitalized on that.
That's always going to be the case. It looked like things were going to be heavily Republican for a while through the 80s. Demographic shifts and ideological shifts within the parties changed all that, ushering in the Clinton era of Dem control. Follow that with the swing the other direction, and then back again with Obama.
I will say it again. There will NEVER be a run where one party controls this country for an extended period. I don't care what demographic patterns say or how those demographics are voting today. It won't stay that way.
Even when the Dems had a lengthy period of controlling both the House and Senate during the 50s, 60s, and 70s, the White House still never stayed in their possession for more than 8 years consecutively.
No party will ever be able to please a majority of the country for that long of a period of time. You'll eventually alienate parts of your base by favoring other parts of your base in ways that hinder others.
Since 1980, there have been only 4 years where the Dems controlled the House, Senate, and Presidency (1993-1995 , 2009-11). Likewise, there have been only 4 years when the Republicans have controlled all 3 (2003-2007), though the Republicans will at least be able to add 2017-2019 now too. The Dems will regain control of the White House soon and probably the Senate/House at some point soon too, but the potential era of Dem domination is not on the horizon. It's not on the horizon for the Republicans either.
First, I would ban anyone whose name began with a cli.
Second, nationalized health care.
Third, universal conscription with some leeway as to when the 2 years is served.
Fourth, jobs in lieu of welfare.
Fifth, if armed conflict is called for all effort must be made to kill heads of state rather than collateral damage/murder.
Sixth, eliminate tax exemptions, write offs, corporate welfare etc. Run businesses like a business.
There is a few more, but I got a beer on ice.
So CL, if you were a political consultant, how would you fix the democratic party?
2 out of 6 ain't bad for you.
I guess you're gonna pick and choose the laws you want enforced. If the prosecution of six officers in Baltimore wasn't incompetent, wouldn't they be in jail. Whose side are you on?
Lack of ethics as opposed to .....
Lack of leadership means you never went to a Bernie rally.
No direction? It's near the bottom of Manhattan, ya can't miss it.
I think we all know why the democratic party is in the ICU, but just to be sure, I will jot down a quick list of what is ailing them:
1. Disrespect of the working class, especially the white working class that Hillary referred to as a list of deplorables.
2. Losing focus on family economic issues. Wasn't it Bill back in '92 that came up with the slogan, "it's the economy, stupid?"
3. Anti law enforcement at best, and a flat out war on law enforcement at worst. Think Ferguson, (Ferguson effect), totally incompetent prosecution of six officers in Baltimore, etc.
4. Lack of leadership in all levels of the democratic party.
5. Lack of ethics.
6. Total splintering, with no core direction.
There is a few more, but I got a meeting to go to.
It is Cohen and his left wing ilk that have destroyed the democratic party. The dems have lost track of, or just do not care about unglamorous working people, but just love those poor misunderstood criminals.
The dems have lost control of the presidency, house and senate. They had better huddle up soon and start coming up with solutions.
Haslam wil use the Tax increase to pad his pocket. He owns MAny Gas stations thousands. The extra tax daily will pocket him interest money.
"For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." Whattya expect?
@Grove - There's no hope of slowing them down on the hyperbole. They're in the middle of an orgasm of hate. While carrying signs that say 'Love' on them.
Trump's cut out the middlemen. Like Cohen, and HRC, and the MSM.
No wonder they're pissed.
Grove, the threat has been from Trump and a large portion of the majority party. In the intervening two years before the mid terms, people are faced with the loss of health care whether ACA or Planned Parenthood. The radical right Trump has surrounded himself with are poised to gut Social Security. These are disastrous situations that will wreak havoc during the next two years and beyond. This isn't like the Republican hissy fits about birth locales, misconceptions of what socialism is or that police are going to take time out from shooting innocent black folk to seize the guns of nice white folk.
Waiting for shit to hit the fan guarantees shit hitting the fan.
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