Instead, Seattle leans on renters and its mostly middle-class homeowners to fund them with levies.and they wonder why the ever increasing cost of living (taxation) sends folks to the homeless camps,
[TheAdvertiser] Contrary to what we hear, "the energy" in the Democratic Party is coming not so much from the political left as from the geographical center. The most notable victories belong to Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania, Doug Jones in Alabama and Democrats taking statehouse seats in Missouri and Wisconsin. They win because they talk economics, not economic theory, and they avoid sounding radical.
Our last two Democratic presidents, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, spoke to wide audiences. Both hailed from the interior.
Hawaii is not the interior. But Mr. Obama’s political resume was built in Chicago, which is.
Both were elected twice.
The direction the "energy" in the Democratic Party is coming from is irrelevant, in any case. The votes are coming from the political center, and votes are what matter. To win political power, Democrats must take congressional seats away from Republicans. Geographically central Democrats know best how to attract wavering voters.
This is not to take credit from the few very left candidates who have wrested nominations from other Democrats. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won fair and square against a longtime Democratic congressman. She has deep roots in her district covering parts of the Bronx and Queens, organized brilliantly and has not a lazy bone in her body.
But the problem with her and other insurgents is that defeating Republicans often comes second to building their "movement." Ocasio-Cortez is super smart,
...for a given definition of the term that means something else altogether...
but she has a lot to learn.
One of her first post-victory tweets was a battle call for other left candidates to beat the establishment ‐ the establishment being Democrats running elsewhere ‐ rather than the Republicans owning both houses of Congress. Inexplicably, she publicly gushed over the flaky actress Susan Sarandon. During the presidential campaign, Sarandon held that Hillary Clinton was more dangerous than Donald Trump. And she was happy that Clinton lost.
A Democratic Socialist doing well in the Bronx is less impressive than any Democrat polling strong in a West Virginia district that Trump won by 50 percentage points. That would be Richard Ojeda, an Army veteran with 30 tattoos (and counting). He is pro-coal but also pro-teacher and pro-letting people buy into Medicare for health coverage.
Even coastal Democrats are not necessarily enthusiastic about movement-run crusades. Consider Sen. Dianne Feinstein's bumpy bid to represent California for a sixth term.
Leaders in California's Democratic Party, currently under left-wing management, twice rejected the centrist Feinstein for a more fire-breathing progressive, Kevin de Leon. When ordinary Democrats got a chance to vote in the primary, Feinstein buried de Leon ‐ 2.9 million votes for her, 804,000 votes for him. Seems no one in California likes Feinstein except the voters.
The left's list of priorities contains both the attractive and the ridiculous. Sadly, overexposure to all that "energy" has lured old-hand liberals to jump on every shiny new thing the left dangles. How else to explain the spectacle of Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York pushing the politically toxic hashtag about abolishing ICE, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency?
To be fair, the honourable former Harvard professor Senator Warren is only smart for a fake Indian, as real Native Americans have been at pains to point out.
Democrats far from the ocean beaches seem somehow more attuned to ordinary voters and less indulgent of the activists.
A palpable point.
It was thus too bad that Rep. Tim Ryan of northeast Ohio failed in his 2016 quest to replace Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco as House Minority Leader. Pelosi is captive to an identity politics that seems to exclude the white working class, a group Ryan reaches and so should other Democrats.
This November, Democrats will have contenders up and down the political spectrum. That's fine so long as the candidates fit their district. But when it comes to finding an appealing voice for a national electorate, they should look to the center ‐ the center of the country, that is.
Froma Harrop (born March 18, 1950 in New York City) is an American writer and author. Though generally liberal / left-of-center, she is known for her unconventional approach and libertarian streak. The Heartland Institute, a conservative and libertarian public policy think tank, has called her its "favorite lefty."
Doug Jones in Alabama was an aberration due to the GOPe destroying itself by pushing a McConnelll stooge Luther Strange instead of a conservative Mo Brooks, leaving the mob to put Roy Moore up there like a fence post turtule.
Brooks would have run away with the election.
Jones will be out the next time he is up for election unlss the GOPe repeats its stupidity
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[CenterForPublicIntegrity] State legislators are pushing bills in at least 27 states after scores attended an event paid by two activist groups.
The mock convention in Virginia was the creation of two nonprofits operated out of the same office suite in Houston, Texas, run by the same man: Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, an attorney and former Herbalife distributor. The two groups, Citizens for Self-Governance and Convention of States Action, paid at least $130,000 combined for 81 of those lawmakers to attend the trial run. Convention of States Action also promotes model legislation, provides citizen toolkits and lobbies state legislatures to promote a convention of states.
Remember, any amendments coming from a Convention still need ratification of a super majority of states. Same arguments from the last Constitutional convention are going to apply. Over half are not going to surrender their sovereignty or power to an even more powerful central government. The opposite may reign instead with states having seen their sovereignty stolen bit by bit by our defacto aristocracy that sits for life.
Every state except Hawaii has applied for an Article V Convention at one time or another. 12 states currently have active approval for an Article V convention.
The usual response by Congress is to pass the amendments needded before the convention comes into being in order to maintain their ability to do so. The original bill of rights were passed in response to a threat of and Article V convention. And four other amendments (the Seventeenth, Twenty-First, Twenty-Second, and Twenty-Fifth Amendments) have been identified as being proposed by Congress at least partly in response to the threat of Article V conventions.
Term Limits, Balanced Budget amendments come to mind. Perhaps repeal of the 17th amendment to correct that error which has damaged the balance of government and created an permanent political overlord class in the Senate.
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07/30/2018 14:11 Comments ||
This is your only way out of this Leviathan.
Take it to your State Legislature and tell them they have to sign it.
[DAWN] THE spectre of a possible ultra religious right and bully boy right presence in parliament has given way to a wholly welcome first: the election of Mahesh Kumar Malani, a Hindu candidate of the PPP, on a general seat from Tharparkar. Mr Malani is the first Hindu candidate to be directly elected to the National Assembly since the reintroduction of a joint electorate system in 2002; a feel-good story from an election that has otherwise been blighted by controversy, allegations, violence and fear. Mr Malani’s victory follows the election in March of Krishna Kumari Kohli on a reserved women’s seat in the Senate, giving the PPP the distinction of once again leading the way on non-Moslem representation in the elected assemblies. Certainly, Mr Malani and Ms Kohli should be evaluated on their individual records as parliamentarians and politicians, but the PPP is laudably attempting to create fresh space in an otherwise stifling political environment for progressive, non-Moslem voices. Without the support of mainstream political parties, the voices at the margins of the national discourse will not be easily heard.
It is not merely non-Moslem religious groups that are underrepresented in the competition for general seats; women, people with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups are routinely overlooked too. For women and non-Moslems, what was created as a constitutional safeguard may have inadvertently become an impediment to greater political participation. A significant quota for them in all elected assemblies via party nomination and indirect election has perhaps given the major political parties an excuse to not bring more of them into ministerial or decision-making legislative roles. Mere numbers do not translate into true representation, and the country’s mainstream political parties should be encouraged to create meaningful space for all in national politics. The spread of toxic rhetoric and hate speech in recent times in the national discourse will surely have had an impact on non-Moslems groups and their perception of politics. The incoming parliament should consider steps that can be taken to reassure all disadvantaged groups.
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07/30/2018 00:00 ||
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[SultanKnish] The Palestinian Authority’s basic law and draft constitution states that "Palestine" is an "Arab" entity, that "Islam is the official religion", that "Islamic Sharia" is the basis for its law and Arabic is its official language. Unlike Israel’s nation-state bill which defines the Jewish State as Jewish, there’s been no criticism of this PLO document. And the media has not labeled it as divisive or controversial.
The constitution of neighboring Jordan states, "Islam is the religion of the State and Arabic is its official language." "The people of Syria are part of the Arab nation," Syria's constitution declares. "The religion of the President of the Republic is Islam; Islamic jurisprudence shall be a major source of legislation". That means Syria may only be ruled by a Muslim. "The official language of the state is Arabic."
[instituteOfEconomicAffairs] Socialists usually despise marketing, which they see as hoodwinking people into buying tripe they neither need nor truly want. And yet – nobody does it better than them.
Who would have thought that it would be so easy to not just rehabilitate communism, but to actively rebrand it as hip, cool and edgy?
It was not planned. Earlier this month on Good Morning Britain, Novara Media’s Ash Sarkar yelled “I’m a communist, you idiot! […] I’m literally a communist!” at host Piers Morgan. The clip went viral. A couple of hours later, Sarkar had become a minor national celebrity. As she puts it: “Before, I’d maybe get recognised a couple of times per week; now it’s most places I go. […] But everyone’s unerringly lovely and just wants to chat about politics.”
Following in her wake, her Novara colleague Aaron Bastani has also been touring the studios, explaining how communism had never really been tried, and how ridiculous it was to associate it with real-world approximations such as… well, all of them.
T-shirts with the slogan “I’m literally a communist” have gone on sale. “Communism is now all the rage!”, a triumphant Owen Jones declared on his Guardian video channel. And he is right.
Sarkar and her fellow Corbynistas have found, or rather, stumbled across, a way to Make Communism Cool Again. Fair play to them. But given that we won’t be able to eat coolness after the revolution: have they also found a way to make it work?
The answer, as you may have guessed, is no. There is remarkably little substance behind the hype.
Liberalism/progressivism/socialism/communism are all the same thing. The Spartans were the first recorded country to try socialism in 400BC and they went bankrupt just like everybody else who has tried this form of government ever since. It is mathematically impossible to add 2 and 2 and get 5 no matter how many times you try to do it. Likewise when over 45% of the people in a country are supported by rest of the country the system fails because it is impossible for any of the socialistic governments to manage everything with less that 45% drones. The length of time a socialist government can last depends upon the wealth of the country. Once the previous wealth is exhausted the government and the country implode.
I think the technical term is "Banality of Evil"
Congratulations, oh most insufferable of generations ‐ against all odds and confounding the experts, you have still somehow managed to make yourselves even more annoying. Apparently, the hep new jive among your tiresome cohort is "Democratic Socialism," resurrecting a poisonous nineteenth-century political death cult and putting a kicky new spin on it to make it palatable for the suckers. It’s the political equivalent of hipsters who insist vinyl records are superior because they didn’t grow up forced to crank their tunes on that miserable format.
The "Democratic" part is some cunning rebranding. Just stick "Democratic" in front of something awful and it’s good-to-go. "Democratic haggis"? Yummy! "Democratic herpes"? Sexy! "Democratic Nazism?" Hey, what’s the difference? National socialism, democratic socialism? It’s really just a question of who runs the camps because regardless of the particular brand of socialism, there are always camps.
...What the boring old facts, evidence, and history demonstrate, beyond any rational dispute, is that socialism is a bloodstained abomination with north of 100 million corpses to its accursed credit. The It Girl of the current commie/Democrat daisy chain, wide-eyed half-wit Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, doesn’t let bourgeois concepts like "knowing things" stop her from sharing her sophomore-grade insights all over the left-wing media, which is to say "the media." Gulag Barbie is a clown, and even the late nite hack hosts stare back at her adolescent babbling, amazed as she tosses an incoherent word salad about her workers’ paradise.
Re $5, Yes, Humans seems to be hard-wired to a limit on social interactions with about 100-200 other individual partners. Beyond that they need to start appointing a "proxy" to intermediate ... and we all know that those Proxies will be totally selfless incorruptible beings of Love and Goodness, right? Right?
[DivergentOptions] Author and / or Article Point of View: The author is an undergraduate student of defense policies and an Officer Candidate in the United States Marine Corps. This article is written with the base assumption that foreign actions against the U.S political system is a top national security challenge and a continuing threat.
Background: Recent U.S. news cycles have been dominated by the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the U.S political system. Other allied nations such as the United Kingdom, France, Australia, and New Zealand have also recently dealt with foreign political influence campaigns. While historically nations have projected power either through military might (hard power) or cultural influence (soft power), rising authoritarian actors like the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Russia, Iran, and North Korea are resulting to a hybrid mix of classical power projection through emerging technologies with revisionist intent in the international system known as sharp power. Sharp power is more direct than soft power, not as physically destructive as hard power, and does not cause enough damage to justify a military response like Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Sharp power actions are normally covert in nature allowing the perpetrator plausible deniability. Given the combined military and economic power of western democracies, sharp power is the preferred method for disruptive actions against the international order by authoritarian powers. The effectiveness of sharp power is amplified by the open nature of democratic societies, especially in the information age. Other examples of sharp power attacks include the North Korean hacking of Sony Pictures, the Iranian hacking of a dam in New York, PRC surveillance of Chinese students in foreign classrooms, and Russian actions in Ukraine and Moldova.
[SultanKnish] "When you attack a Black woman for speaking out about injustice, and when you call for ’civility’ in the face of blatant racism, you invoke a long history of white supremacist power."
So reads a letter in defense of the call by Rep. Maxine Waters to harass Trump administration officials.
...A New York Times op-ed declares that civility is the "misguided obsession" of "white America." According to a CNN analysis, not being harassed while you’re having dinner is a form of "privilege".
"Civility is a tool of white supremacy," a Samantha Bee writer tweeted.
...White supremacy has been redefined as anything that interferes with the left. Beyond civility, the rule of law, equality, due process and freedom of speech have all been deemed the tools of white supremacy.
Racism is the new witchcraft. Just like witches, it’s everywhere and in everything. For some odd reason, I thought of the recent Florida shooting - how did incivility worked out for Markeis McGlockton.
As Theodore Dalrymple’s work makes clear, Bright Pebbles, the pathology is in the Western underclass subculture, of which American black subculture is merely a local phenomenon. The American black middle class subculture is as law abiding and non-violent as the American middle class culture that surrounds it, because that is what it takes to be in the middle class.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.