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Red States: Do You Enjoy Getting Hurt?

In the previous post, I talked about the reality that while Republican governors and legislatures have succeeded in implementing their political philosophy in their states, that philosophy has been a miserable failure when it comes to actually delivering what they think it will.  In fact, it has been a disaster for their states.   Besides that, while we like to talk about the economic recovery that the country has seen under President Obama, the sad reality is that it’s been an uneven recovery, particularly for those same states.  That has led to a lot of very angry people who are upset with the Republican Party for not delivering the economic boom they were told they’d have, and as result have been the reason why Donald Trump has had so much support in the primaries.

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The Republican Party’s Other Problem

In my last post, I talked about how the Republican Party’s establishment has been watching in horror as their formerly (badly) hidden encouragement of racism and bigotry has exploded in their face.  While true, and definitely attention-grabbing, it’s distracting from their other big problem.  Three years ago, I talked about how the Republicans needed to “check their assumptions,” and sadly, they haven’t.  The end result is that their basic philosophy of government has been a complete failure.

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If You Play With Fire, You’ll Get Burned

Over the past month and change, I’ve watched various factions within the Republican Party have a meltdown over Donald Trump’s success in the Republican primaries.  While he was once seen as a fringe candidate, someone who was running for to stroke their own ego and gain publicity, his winning primaries and delegates to the point where he is likely to be the party’s nominee is causing real panic.   There’s now talk of a brokered convention, or massaging the rules to deny him the top  spot on the ballot.   The party establishment is horrified by him, not just because they think he’s not a “true conservative,” but because he’s saying things that are outrageous.  In “normal years” those would be a campaign killer, but instead it only builds his popularity with primary voters.   They shouldn’t have been surprised by that. Continue reading

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Just A Reminder: Elections Have Consequences

Over the past several weeks, I’ve been getting lectured to by various members of the purity left.    According to them, I’m not really a progressive, I’m actually a Blue Dog, or some other worse name they’ve come up with.   Why?  Because I’m a pragmatic liberal, not a hardcore liberal like they are.  Somehow, they’re under the assumption that they are the majority of the party (they’re not), and they are the base of the Democratic Party (they’re not).   I’ve been chastised for explaining why “real progressives” don’t – and can’t – win in many areas, which according to them, is only because our candidates aren’t “exciting” enough.   All of which falls under “the usual” stuff when dealing with them, but here’s the thing that’s truly infuriating:  They’re also saying that if their preferred candidate doesn’t get the nomination, they’ll stay home or vote for the other party’s candidate, and encourage others to do the same.   What that shows me?  They either don’t care about the consequences, or they don’t think there will be any.

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Civics 200: The Talk Of A Third Party Versus The Reality

Over the years, I’ve heard a lot of people complain about the two major political parties, and then start saying that there should be a third party, which would be more in line with their beliefs.  I’ve been hearing it a lot recently on the national side from both die-hard liberals and die-hard conservatives, both groups absolutely convinced that “their” party has gone badly astray.  In the case of the Republican Party in this year, they have a point.  What all of these complainers fail to recognize is that this country already has a number of third parties.  There are currently a number which are on the ballot in almost all states, and three of them are fairly large.

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