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New Representatives Beware

This past November saw Democrats take back the House of Representatives, and a wave of new Representatives coming in from all backgrounds.  In terms of diversity, it was a stark contrast to what you’ll see on the Republican side.  They’re also bringing in a new energy and ideas.  A few of them have attracted a lot of attention from the media and various liberal outlets.  That’s all well and good, but there’s also a big pitfall that can await them.

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A Question For The Progressive Purists – Do You Know What You Want?

The 2018 mid-terms saw the Democratic Party take back control of the House of Representatives.  Among the new representatives are a group who have been pushing a more liberal agenda.    That’s not a bad thing, but their supporters have a bad habit, egged on by the “professional left.”  That is, much like various of the Tea Party on the Right, they’re enamored of catchy slogans than actual nuts-and-bolts policy.   When asked what they think the phrase they’re using means, they come up with a wide variety of answers.  That’s rather difficult to put into legislation, but in one case, it turns out that they don’t understand what they’re asking for.

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My Heart Isn’t Bleeding

Reading through the news over the past month, I’ve seen a lot of stories about worried people.  Texas ranchers are facing difficulty in getting loans, farmers in the South and California are wondering if they’re going to be able to harvest their crops, thousands of people in coal country are worried about losing their health insurance, and farmers in the plains are concerned about losing export markets.  Yes, they’re facing real problems, and they’re not happy.  But here’s the thing:  They all voted for Donald Trump and for Republicans for Congress.

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My Problem Is Not That I Don’t Understand … It’s That I Do

My past three posts have been about the areas that went overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in this past election, and why they’re going to be disappointed, to put it mildly.  Those aren’t the only places like that, and most of them are going to suffer the same disappointment, along with those who are suddenly finding out that the Republicans and Donald Trump meant what they said about repealing or “reforming” various programs and taking certain actions.  Although my nasty side is looking forward to it, at the same time my better side is worried about it.  You see, I live in a place like those.  Very rural, clannish, virtually entirely white, and yes, things have been declining for years.  It’s a place that went 2-1 for Trump, and during the campaign I heard all the reasons and justifications for it.   Most of which were the result of cherry-picking statements, hearing what they believed, and a healthy dose of denial.

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Protests Are Good … But Not Enough

Saturday, there were a number of protest marches being conducted around the country and the world, with the largest one in Washington DC.    They were marching about women’s rights and civil rights, and against the threat being posed to them by the Trump presidency and the Republican Congress.  It’s a very real threat they were marching against, because a great many rights that have up until now been taken for granted are no longer safe.

Every Republican-held state has been busily passing laws to remove funding from Planned Parenthood clinics, and close abortion clinics.  Every one of them has been passing laws that do their level best to remove or drastically reduce things like “equal pay,” maternity leave,  and a host of other protections that women enjoy.

The marches are a start, but they are only a start.

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