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  • Trump raised more money from small donors than Clinton and Sanders combined. America has a problem.

      The Campaign Finance Institute just released an analysis of FEC filings for the 2016 election. You may remember Bernie Sanders bragging about the money he was raking in from small donors at an average of $27 each. Well, Hillary Clinton beat him in small donations. And Trump beat them both - combined. Not only did Trump raise more small… Read more… 

  • Think About This – Monday 8/8/16

    Here are a few things to think about this week when you are talking politics and policy: • The world grows more peaceful and prosperous everyday. Violence and warfare have been declining since World War II. • Respect for civil and human rights in the U.S. is growing greater every day. More police are wearing cameras, and more are being… Read more… 

  • Haters, Whine All You Want. Hillary’s Nomination Is Unprecedented.

    I just wanted to write a quick note to Hillary supporters with some info for when you hear haters complaining that Hillary is not the first woman to run for president. That is true, however:   • The Clinton campaign is not making that claim. Maybe some in the media have. • Hillary is the first woman to win the… Read more… 

  • A House of Representatives Sit-In? Whatever.

    Today Dems are staging a sit in in the House. Regular readers can probably guess my position on the matter. I don't want to denigrate other people's actions for change, but since the story is being so widely reported and commented on, I feel like I would be remiss in not sharing an opinion.   A sit-in is not legislating.… Read more… 


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Trump raised more money from small donors than Clinton and Sanders combined. America has a problem.

 

The Campaign Finance Institute just released an analysis of FEC filings for the 2016 election. You may remember Bernie Sanders bragging about the money he was raking in from small donors at an average of $27 each. Well, Hillary Clinton beat him in small donations. And Trump beat them both – combined.

Not only did Trump raise more small donor money, after initially financing his campaign himself, small donors ended up paying over two-thirds of campaign expenses, far more then even Bernie Sanders. Further evidence that Trump may have emerged victorious no matter who ran against him.

Trump raised 69% of his individual contributions from small donors, compared to Sanders’ 44% (2016), Clinton’s 22% (2016), Obama’s 28% (2012) and 24% (2008)

America has a problem and President Trump is the symptom. So many have tried to spin Trump’s victory as the failure of one person or another to fight hard enough, or well. Trump’s win was not a failure of any individual or organization. This was a failure of the American mentality.

If Trump’s out sized small donor performance, the Republican electorate’s sudden love for Vladimir Putin,  and the vilification of Hillary Clinton, a woman who has been globally most admired for twenty years, and who left office only a few years before with a record high approval rating aren’t enough to convince you of this, nothing will.

There is a significant segment of the population that is only interested in peace, prosperity, and liberty for those they approve of. Sure, Putin has had people run off the road and irradiated with polonium. You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs.

Constant fear mongering, the denigration of our culture of education, and the creeping pervasiveness of profiteering that demands more hours of work every week to survive, all combine to create a citizenry that is afraid to think, doesn’t know what to think, and anyway has no time left in the day for thinking.

So people rely on tv and their emotions, and we have to listen as people talk about how they “feel” about political candidates. They cling to their religion and their guns, and when someone offers them a value meal candidate that looks familiar, or makes them ‘feel’ good, they choose the #4. Large.

This only works because we have fallen into the habit of excusing the behavior of our own tribe, and focusing on the value meal menu instead of facing the difficult questions about what kind of society we want and where we want to see our country in the future. Pre-packaged candidates and causes. And no one cares really, as long as they help us figure out which side the other guy is on.

You choose Planned Parenthood, I choose a pipeline.

There is only one way forward that holds any hope. Revolution does not start at the Oval Office, from the top down. The only way forward is for those with vision to start locally, find allies, and start doing things the right way. That means building our society on cooperation, education, sustainability, and liberty.

 

 

 

Third white terrorist arrested in less than a week; White Americans: 3, Muslims: 0

Ex-convict and white supremacist Benjamin McDowell, 28, was arrested after buying a handgun and ammunition from an FBI agent for $109.

McDowell had complained on facebook that fellow white supremacists were all talk and no action: “All they wanne (sic) do is stay loaded on drugs the Jews put here to destroy white man and they feast on the drugs. they should be Feasting

| Continue reading >> Third white terrorist arrested in less than a week; White Americans: 3, Muslims: 0

Trump complains about media again

In a midday news conference, the President complained about “dishonest media”, saying he was coming “directly to the American people” because “many of our nation’s reporters and folks will not tell you the truth.”

The President went on to complain that the multitude of reports of turmoil in the White House, and questionable interactions with Russia during the election campaign, were “trying to attack

| Continue reading >> Trump complains about media again

Trump complains about Flynn leaks, still no statement on Russian provocations

During a mid-week joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump complained that the leaks were an attempt to “cover up for a terrible loss that the Democrats had”, and that “It’s a criminal act.”

Trump has called reports about now-resigned National Security Advisor Flynn’s conversations with Russian officials the work of “fake media”, but when Press Secretary Spicer was asked what

| Continue reading >> Trump complains about Flynn leaks, still no statement on Russian provocations

Chaffetz asks for investigation over Flynn

House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz on Tuesday said there was no need to investigate former National Security Advisor Flynn’s conversations with Russian officials because the situation was “working itself out.” On Wednesday, Chaffetz sent a letter to the Inspector General of the Department of Justice requesting “an immediate investigation” not into Flynn’s conversations, but into suspected mishandling of classified information as evidenced by public

| Continue reading >> Chaffetz asks for investigation over Flynn

Polling shows Trump beating Elizabeth Warren in 2020

By now most have heard ad nauseum how ‘Bernie would have won’. Few things are more annoying and disappointing for experienced campaigners and analysts to hear. Not because they are fans of Hillary Clinton, but because the sentiment demonstrates the extreme ignorance of the electorate – a huge obstacle to getting people elected who might actually unify and move the country forward.

Experienced analysts

| Continue reading >> Polling shows Trump beating Elizabeth Warren in 2020

Consumer confidence index slips from thirteen-year high

The University of Michigan reported today that their index of consumer sentiment slipped almost three points from it’s thirteen-year high in January. The consumer expectations index dropped almost 5 points.

Both the stock market and consumer confidence increased after the national election in November, but now the numbers seem to be softening. Consumers who expressed an opinion about the policies of the current administration

| Continue reading >> Consumer confidence index slips from thirteen-year high

Price tag for border wall estimated at $21.6 billion

A Donald Trump for President campaign sticker is shown attached to a U.S. Customs sign hanging on the border fence between Mexico and the United States near Calexico, California, U.S. February 8, 2017. Picture taken February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Reuters reports on in internal Homeland Security review of the costs and timeline for building a wall on the U.S./Mexico border. DHS estimates the

| Continue reading >> Price tag for border wall estimated at $21.6 billion

FLORIDA: Voting Begins This Monday. Here’s What You Need To Know

Florida ballot recommendations: U.S. Congress, Florida State Legislature, Florida State Supreme Court, 11th Judicial Circuit Court, Miami-Dade Questions

Early voting for this November’s election begins in Florida this Monday October 24th. Besides the election of the President, there are 40 offices up for vote. The number of offices on your ballot will vary depending on where you live. By now you may have received

| Continue reading >> FLORIDA: Voting Begins This Monday. Here’s What You Need To Know

Think About This – Monday 8/8/16

Here are a few things to think about this week when you are talking politics and policy:

• The world grows more peaceful and prosperous everyday. Violence and warfare have been declining since World War II.

• Respect for civil and human rights in the U.S. is growing greater every day. More police are wearing cameras, and more are being held accountable for their

| Continue reading >> Think About This – Monday 8/8/16

Haters, Whine All You Want. Hillary’s Nomination Is Unprecedented.

I just wanted to write a quick note to Hillary supporters with some info for when you hear haters complaining that Hillary is not the first woman to run for president. That is true, however: • The Clinton campaign is not making that claim. Maybe some in the media have. • Hillary is the first woman to win the nomination of the Democratic or

| Continue reading >> Haters, Whine All You Want. Hillary’s Nomination Is Unprecedented.

Democrats’ War on Due Process and Terrorist Fearmongering Long Predate Orlando

Even worse was the messaging that came from an operative with CAP, who has become a little Twitter star among the Democratic faithful for his endless Cheneyite exploitation of terrorism fears to attack Republicans and justify gun watchlists. This is how he described Feinstein’s bill:

It’s hard to put into words how appalling that is. This CAP official is not only outright lying about

| Continue reading >> Democrats’ War on Due Process and Terrorist Fearmongering Long Predate Orlando

Florida considering weakening restrictions on discharging chemicals in water

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has proposed revising limits on toxic chemicals that can be released into surface waters, something it’s supposed to do from time to time under the Clean Water Act but hasn’t since the early 1990s.

The agency is updating human-health criteria for 43 dangerous chemical compounds it currently regulates and adopting standards for the first time for another 39.

| Continue reading >> Florida considering weakening restrictions on discharging chemicals in water

Where Does the Islamic State Get Its Weapons?

The new data were collected by a three-year-old, London-based group called Conflict Armament Research, which sends investigators to conflict zones to identify the types and origins of weaponry. Its latest report, financed by the European Union, lists the origins of more than 1,700 cartridges collected in July and August in northern Iraq and northern Syria by investigators working alongside Kurdish forces that had fought

| Continue reading >> Where Does the Islamic State Get Its Weapons?

House Democrats Stage a Sit-in on the House Floor on Gun Control

But members of Congress are among the most powerful political actors in the country, and they are acting on an issue that is endlessly discussed and debated, not one that requires unusual tactics, like subverting order in the national legislature, to air all sides of the matter. When Republicans respond to not getting their way by undermining legislative norms, the press objects.

It should

| Continue reading >> House Democrats Stage a Sit-in on the House Floor on Gun Control

A House of Representatives Sit-In? Whatever.

Today Dems are staging a sit in in the House. Regular readers can probably guess my position on the matter. I don’t want to denigrate other people’s actions for change, but since the story is being so widely reported and commented on, I feel like I would be remiss in not sharing an opinion. A sit-in is not legislating. This is not 1960. Any

| Continue reading >> A House of Representatives Sit-In? Whatever.

Iraqi forces seize most of Fallujah from ISIS

Iraqi special forces swept into Fallujah on Friday, recapturing most of the city as the Islamic State terror group’s grip crumbled after weeks of fighting.

Thousands of trapped residents took advantage of the militants’ retreat to flee, some swimming across the Euphrates River to safety.

Iraqi security forces advance their positions during heavy fighting against Islamic State group militants in Fallujah on Tuesday. (AP

| Continue reading >> Iraqi forces seize most of Fallujah from ISIS

This Is Why Democrats Don’t Win

So Dems are conducting a filibuster in the Senate. I have to tell you this is another major fail, and exactly why Dems prove so ineffective so often. We all know that with a Democratic president the Republicans main objective in the Senate is to do nothing. So far from making an impact on Republicans, a Dem filibuster actually HELPS Republicans. Secondly, once again

| Continue reading >> This Is Why Democrats Don’t Win

How Bernie Sanders Exposed the Democrats’ Racial Rift

This puts a good point on it. But not only did the Sanders campaign downplay the historic accomplishments of the first Black president, hey downplayed all the accomplishments of the millions of Black voters that supported him and other Democrats in their efforts. Sanders may as well have pointed at Blacks and said “You ran twice as fast and got half as far. Not

| Continue reading >> How Bernie Sanders Exposed the Democrats’ Racial Rift

Poll: 61% Percent Concerned about Trump’s Experience

Asked in the new survey about Trump’s experience, only five percent of registered voters said they were enthusiastic about his unconventional professional history, while another 15 percent said they were comfortable with it.

But a combined 61 percent say they have reservations (19 percent) or are outright uncomfortable (42 percent) with Trump’s lack of experience in the kinds of positions traditionally held by American

| Continue reading >> Poll: 61% Percent Concerned about Trump’s Experience