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This Is What Democracy Looks Like

Posted by TreyL on June 23, 2016 at 2:07 AM

As the old protest chant goes, "This is what democracy looks like." It's 2:10 A.M. here in the Eastern Time Zone, the morning of June 23, 2016. C-Span is broadcasting a webcam video from Congressman Eric Swallwell after Speaker Paul Ryan shut down the main House of Representatives cameras. Why? The Democrats are waging a sit-in over the No Fly No Buy bill. This is what democracy looks like.

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College Affordability Is About More Than Managing Tuition Costs

Posted by DanikaK on June 22, 2016 at 4:06 PM

There is bipartisan recognition that students need to be encouraged to attend and graduate from college. Whether the concern is rooted in fears about America's position in the global economy, or founded in reducing systemic inequality--there's a convincing argument to be made that we need more college graduates to move forward as a society.

But while we all agree that a college education will drastically transform the trajectory of our country, there is still the issue of cost to take into account, and the opportunity to attend college--whether you graduate or not--has a lot to do with how much money your parents already have.

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New CIA Torture Documents Released

Posted by KeelanB on June 16, 2016 at 10:31 AM

New documents have been released by the CIA, detailing torture techniques the agency used against terrorism related detainees after September 11, 2001.

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Power at the End of a Gun

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on June 16, 2016 at 10:09 AM

There was a good guy with a gun. I don't mind the idea of having fully qualified, well-trained, certified people carrying weapons. In fact, the more we put the onus on this being a right that carries obligations, the better. But there is something fundamentally naive about expecting a hero to save the day when the bad guy has the jump on everybody else.

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Orlando Nightclub Attacked

Posted by Warren Porter on June 12, 2016 at 9:18 PM

In the wee hours this morning, a man entered The Pulse, an Orlando nightclub catering to the LGBT community. Armed with an AR-15 rifle and a Glock 17 handgun, Omar Mateen committed the worst atrocity on American soil since September 11, 2001. Approximately 50 people are dead and nearly as many injured.

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Muhammad Ali: Rest in Peace

Posted by Warren Porter on June 7, 2016 at 10:15 AM

Last weekend, America lost one of its greatest heroes, a man not scared of controversy. Muhammad Ali transcended the boxing ring, with activism expressing opposition to the Vietnam War and the segregationist policies that dominated much of the country in the mid-twentieth century.

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Feds Investigate Sexism In Hollywood

Posted by KeelanB on May 13, 2016 at 11:42 AM

There's no doubt that Hollywood is a man's world. The most prominent roles go to men, they make more money on average than actresses, and names like James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and Christopher Nolan, dwarf female directors like Kathryn Bigelow, Catherine Hardwicke and Julie Taymor.

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State-Run Internet Lotteries Should Be Shut Down

Posted by TreyL on April 26, 2016 at 5:26 PM

I happened to stumble upon an episode of Frontline from 1990 in which they document America's lottery fever at that time. Lotteries are one of the issues that liberals and conservatives agree on. Almost every state that put the question to a popular vote of the people, liberal or conservative, red or blue, has voted by an average of a 2-to-1 margin in favor of establishing a state lottery. Only Alabama in 1999 and Oklahoma in 1994 (Though voters later approved a lottery ballot measure in 2004) voted down the creation of a state lottery.

Here in Michigan, the ballot measure to create the Michigan Lottery passed with 73% of the vote in 1972. Everywhere from Texas to Louisiana to California, states on every side of the political spectrum all overwhelmingly supported having a state lottery. Florida voted with 63.57% in favor in 1986, Georgia with 52% in 1992, New York with 60.57% in 1964, Iowa with 67% in 1972, Ohio with 64% in 1973.

But as time has gone on and technology become more robust, states have become increasingly shameless in their move away from marketing the lottery as a revenue-generator for education and toward making the lottery the only form of legal online gambling.

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The Hypocrisy of "Family Values Republicans" is Hilarious

Posted by TreyL on March 28, 2016 at 7:13 PM

Last week, Alabama's "Family Values Conservative" Republican governor Robert Bentley was caught having an affair with his top aide. As Republicans call for Mr. Bentley to resign, Mr. Bentley stubbornly refuses to step down, just like every other elected official in Alabama currently facing scandal and indictment. The hilarity of it is that every single one of these scandals involved Christian conservatives who seek to force their religion on the general public at large that won't practice what they preach.

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Scores Perish in Brussels

Posted by Warren Porter on March 22, 2016 at 11:52 AM

Both an airport and a train station in Brussels were attacked this morning. Evidence indicates that DAESH is likely to be responsible although it will be impossible to say for sure for the time being.

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Talonic Law and Vengeful Injustice

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on March 17, 2016 at 8:18 AM

So, let me get this straight: The reason why Obama doesn't get to nominate Scalia's replacement, is that he once temporarily blocked a justice who got on the court anyways? I think it's time to review an often misunderstood notion of ancient law, the one that goes, "An eye for an eye..."

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Merrick Garland nominated to High Court

Posted by Warren Porter on March 16, 2016 at 10:57 AM

Today, Barack Obama fulfilled his Constitutional duty to nominate a replacement for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court formerly occupied by Antonin Scalia.

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Trump Campaign Played With Fire, Now it Got Burnt.

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on March 12, 2016 at 12:15 AM

I'm sure they'll play the victim on this one, talk about thuggish protestors and all that. They may even play up the Chicago angle, and do even more race-baiting about Black Lives Matters. What I'm not sure about is whether Donald Trump has a clue about why, out of all the Candidates out there, he's the one who ran into this. I'm pretty sure he's not about to take responsibility. He should.

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Straight Talk on the Progressive Movement and its Embracing of "Safe Spaces" and Transgenderism

Posted by TreyL on March 5, 2016 at 11:31 AM

"Progressive: favoring or advocating progress, change, improvement, or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain things as they are, especially in political matters."

Anyone who's paid any attention to the race for the Democratic nomination knows that the question 'What is a progressive' has been asked many times and given a number of different answers. But it seems today to have been redefined by "educational liberals" as having to check all sanity at the door to the political arena. From the redefinition of "political correctness" to mean the sanity-free zones called "safe spaces," to the new mass embrace of "non-binary gender identities," the term "progressive" is being morphed into a term synonymous with "hippie." This progressive is saying to his fellow Democrats and those left-of-center that it's time to take our ideology back.

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Iran Votes and Obama Wins

Posted by Warren Porter on February 27, 2016 at 11:41 AM

Last year, Iran and major world powers signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, a deal to terminate Iran's nuclear weapons program. I have previously written about the non-proliferation aspects of the deal. However, an ancillary benefit of the agreement was the promise that it would empower moderates in Iran.

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Corpocracy vs Trump'ism

Posted by Roy Ellis on June 25, 2016 at 4:36 PM

Politics has taken an interesting turn over the last six months and all for the better, IMO. We've seen Trump pretty much go it alone in standing up to Corpocracy (Reganites and company and Clinton's and company). And, now we've seen the Brit's stand up to Corpocracy in that part of the UK. Other EU countries are making waves as well.

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The Brexit Effect

Posted by GregB on June 24, 2016 at 4:30 PM

Now that Great Britain has voted to leave the European Union, markets and world power have just gone chaotic.

Officials from around the world are reeling at the vote and there's no telling how the commodities markets will react. Turmoil erupted almost immediately but only time will tell the true Brexit Effect.

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Mudslinging To The Max!

Posted by GregB on June 22, 2016 at 7:10 PM

Now that the numbers point to both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton having gained their respective political party's nominations for President of the United States, the mudslinging has begun and in all the previous campaigns since elections were first held.

In recent memory there hasn't been a vitriolic candidate for the Oval Office like that of Donald Trump. He speaks his mind, no matter how offensive and idiotic he sounds. He's using the ploy of basically mirroring what millions of Americans want to say but are too afraid to. This has caused great ire among the Republican hierarchy and they're abandoning him like rats leaving a sinking ship. Trump doesn't care because he still has the numbers and momentum to give Hillary Clinton a good run for her money and possibly beat her in a landslide. This is due in great part to Clinton's ties with Wall Street and the Democratic hierarchy that's no better than their counterparts in the Republican hierarchy. People now see Clinton as old skool politics that won't get anything done that doesn't benefit big business first.

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Bar Trump?

Posted by Weary_Willie on June 18, 2016 at 7:59 PM

See how Democratics aim altruism straight toward failure.

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Orlando: Obama Has It Backwards

Posted by AllardK on June 14, 2016 at 8:43 PM

Sorry Jesse Byrnes. Obama arguing his version of semantics like a grouchy linguistics professor trying to browbeat an audience is not "scathing". Scathing is the anger at the terrorist attack in Orlando. Islamic terrorism are words that convey the very real war that America and much of the community of Western nations find themselves engaged in with radical terrorist jihadist islamists. Whether they have the clarity and the conviction to both realize it and state it. Or not.

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It Ain't over Until the Fat Lady Says It's Over

Posted by GregB on June 12, 2016 at 9:41 AM

It Ain't Over Until The Fat Lady Says It's Over

Last week was the long awaited California Democratic vote. Both sides of the top contenders, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders felt they would take the state by a good margin. What finally turned out was that Clinton's preliminary vote theoretically gives her the Democratic nomination for president.. On the other hand, debate is still raging regarding votes that were classed as 'provisional' by mostly independents who changed to Democrat in order to vote for Sanders.

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Bernie Has to Do a Little Dance

Posted by AllardK on June 8, 2016 at 6:38 PM

A delicate minuet? The WaPo has declared that a subtle dance to bring together Sanders' supporters and co-opt them into Hillary's identity-politics machine has begun. Harry Reid - a very delicate dancer himself especially at home doing his workout routine - is leaning, delicately, on Sanders of course.

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What The California Democratic Primary Will Do

Posted by GregB on June 6, 2016 at 9:02 PM

On Tuesday, June 7, 2015 the biggest most populous state in the union will hold its democratic primary and the balance of the presidency itself is on the table. Which of course will have people all next week asking the question: "Who won the Democratic California Primary, 2016?"..

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Who Was Obama Talking to in Colorado?

Posted by AllardK on June 3, 2016 at 2:53 PM

And as Hillary went "nuclear" on Trump as the headline in Politico gleefully proclaimed, Obama gravely warned America not to become isolationist. The BC tag team has finally swaggered into the ring and are flexing their lathered-up rhetoric before El Donaldo has even paraded down the aisle and stepped up onto the canvas.

We're weeks away from the conventions, Sanders is convincing a few superdelegates to come into his corner, California hasn't even voted yet, and La Great Lucha Libre is already ringing the bells.

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Hillary Just Can't Shake Those Emails

Posted by GregB on June 2, 2016 at 7:26 PM

The three big issues that have dogged Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, her husband Bill, Benghazi, email server, just won't seem to go away no matter how hard the media and her team try. Once more the controversy regarding her emails has arisen and this time it's a harder hit.

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Obama Does Vietnam

Posted by GregB on May 30, 2016 at 8:24 AM

President Obama visited Vietnam this month and of course his journey brought both praise and condemnation. It's been a 'damned if you do, damned if you don't' situation and only time will tell if any good comes from it.

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What Couric and Soechtig Didn't Want You to See

Posted by AllardK on May 28, 2016 at 6:22 PM

It's all narrative, right? It's all a construction, according to the progressive view. The news, our views of right and wrong, gender, and as well, a documentary dealing with gun ownership. So there's absolutely no need for Katie Couric, literally the narrator, and Stephanie Soechtig, the director (maybe she should be called the site manager), to apologize for a brazen manipulation of an interview they did with the Virginia Citizens Defense League. Especially the question on background checks for gun owners.

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How Long Before President Trump Gets Impeached?

Posted by GregB on May 27, 2016 at 6:09 PM

Should Donald Trump become the next President of the United States, people are asking how long will it be before his big mouth and outrageous personality will get him impeached.

Trump is going to have to pick a running mate. Possibly one of the hardliners in the GOP in order to satisfy that party that is afraid of him. It might be present Speaker of the House Paul Ryan or some other hardline Republican. That would only turn things into another nightmare because Trump is just advertising that he won't make a full term as President.

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Why All The Hateful Bickering During The 2016 Campaign?

Posted by GregB on May 25, 2016 at 7:20 PM

Today's headlines are full of some of the most rancorous comments and insults in recent memory. The 2016 presidential campaign seems to more of a schoolyard fight than that of well educated adults. Some say it's due to the atmosphere the competition breeds and others say it's the media. In fact, there's nothing new and what we see today actually pales in comparison to presidential campaigns of the past.

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Where Will The Next President Lead Us?

Posted by GregB on May 24, 2016 at 7:26 PM

As the US presidential election moves nearer, the question remains where will the next president lead us? Trump, Clinton, and Sanders all have publicly stated their agendas but what a candidate says isn't always what happens.

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Sit-Ins and the Assault on the Second Amendment

Posted by Keeley on June 24, 2016 at 4:33 PM

History might repeat itself, but when it does, it is often an imitation of a past that no longer exists. So, yes, John Lewis was there sitting-in at Nashville lunch counters nearly 60 years ago. He really is that old, unlike Elizabeth Warren who had she been old enough, would have never been part of such a demonstration. Times change. People change.

But the Democrat House Sit-in is more of a coup than a revolt. A media coup that will cycle for the next little while - even if the cameras and lights are off at the House of Representatives. We Shall Overcome was sung. And make no mistake: We Shall Overcome the Second Amendment is what that out-of-tune singing really meant.

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Omar Mateen's Pledge of Allegiance

Posted by Keeley on June 20, 2016 at 7:28 PM

Did you recite the Pledge of Allegiance in school? Did Omar Mateen? As an apparently restless young kid in elementary school in St. Lucie County, Florida?

Francis Bellamy was part of a campaign in 1891 to place a flag before every schoolhouse in America and "install into the minds of our American youth, a love for their country and the principles on which it was founded." It competed with Admiral Balch's earlier and folksier pledge and then superseded it from 1923 onward. In 1954, the words "under God" were officially added, but had already been part of local recitations of the pledge from at least the late 40's.

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Senator Manchin Spits at the Constitution

Posted by Keeley on June 17, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Everyone is using Orlando to blame someone else for the terrorist attack. Even Senator McCain, who walked back his comments on Obama yesterday. The only one who has. Some still won't call it a terrorist attack, but rather label it a hate-crime shooting. And those that do so - following Obama's lead to avoid at all costs using words like radical jihadist terrorism - often have been taking it a step further, and laying the blame on anyone who does not actively and loudly support gay marriage, transgender bathrooms, and oppose religious liberty. A tipping of the scales against the religious freedoms of Christians, precisely speaking.

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Diamond Donald, Bigmouth Bernie, and Wipe-It-Clean Hillary: a Family Story

Posted by Keeley on June 9, 2016 at 3:39 PM

Just as the Democratic Party brings its firepower to bear on Bernie Sanders ... No. Here's a better way to describe it: just as the Democratic Commission holds a private meeting with Bernie Bigmouth Sanders to convince their brother that he's way outta line - maybe a further meeting in Vegas with Harry The Hook Reid would help convince him - there is talk of insurrection in the GOP family.

Members of Teddy Tea Bags Cruz's outfit are grumbling it seems. They are not happy at all with Diamond Donald's comments on their Mexican cousins, along with a whole list of disrespecting grievances that have been accumulating over the past year or so. There's threats of delegate persuasion in Cleveland, which is next to a big lake, and maybe even a brewing (maybe that should be steeping: it's Teddy Tea Bags after all) revolt.

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Will Trump Change? not Yet

Posted by Keeley on June 7, 2016 at 2:40 PM

In case there was any doubt over whether it was Trump himself or his close circle of advisors like Lewandowski who pushed him to double down on controversies, Trump cleared that up this Monday. A memo sent to Trump campaign staff and supporters by campaign aide Erica Freeman urged his supporters to avoid the Judge Curiel issue. Curiel is presiding over the Trump University case in San Diego and is the son of Mexican immigrants, and an Indiana native.

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Does Douglas Schoen Want to Be a New Republican? or a Socialist?

Posted by Keeley on June 1, 2016 at 7:23 PM

Douglas Schoen was and probably still is a New Democrat: those centrist Dems who emerged in the late 80's and prospered under Bill Clinton's presidency. Schoen worked for President Clinton during much of the 90's as a consultant. He has helped Democrats run for office from Koch to Hillary's failed 2008 campaign. One Democrat who Schoen has never worked for, however, is Barack Obama, whose nomination and successful run for the presidency Schoen vigorously opposed. Both times.

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They Will Shoot at Rick Santorum

Posted by Keeley on May 26, 2016 at 2:22 PM

Some of the NeverTrump crowd have had noteworthy political careers, Mitt Romney being the main example. But most are from the policy wing of the conservative movement. Intellectuals who may have been advisors, but are mostly commentators. And the fiercest critics among the NeverTrump crowd, the most intransigent of them, point accusing fingers at Trump's character above all. The man is not fit to be president. Or, the man is a liar. Or the man is a liberal and so not-conservative. Or the man has no policy spine, only a lust for power. As if that is a disqualifying characteristic in Washington D.C. or any of the state capitals.

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Speaking of Hillary

Posted by Christine & John on May 25, 2016 at 4:43 PM

The news is out that Obama-appointed State Department inspectors faulted Hillary for his bad email practices. I worked for State for more than thirty years and had the pleasure of working with the Hillary teams when she was first lady and Secretary of State. My experience with the Hillary team come from her visits to my posts. It was nearly impossible to tell her political staff anything. They disrespected the professionals. If you stood up to them on a matter of policy, practicality or principle, they just found somebody else to do it. It sounds like this was exactly what they did with the email scandal. I am sure that principled professionals advised them about the ethical and security problems and I am equally sure that these good people just were no longer invited to meetings and the Clinton folks found those with less information or more flexible ethics to do the job she wanted done.

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Whose Convention Will Be Filled With More Angry People?

Posted by Keeley on May 18, 2016 at 5:41 PM

You have to hand it to Ben Rhodes and Bernie Sanders. They don't quit easily. In fact, they don't quit. They finish the job. Right up to the last day. Be it moving day in January 2017 at the White House, or be it the Democrat Convention in Philadelphia. So while the would-be post-modern novelist frames Obama's narratives and mind melds with his boss, all in order to bring to fruition things like The Iran Deal, Bernie keeps fighting against the Democratic Party's establishment.

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Freedom of Association - the next civil rights challenge

Posted by Christine & John on May 12, 2016 at 5:33 PM

Our nation was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. They meant equality before the law and an equal claim to basic human dignity. Nobody thought to enforce equality beyond that since anything more would interfere with liberty. What people did in their private affairs was none of the government's business. Voluntary associations formed the unique base of American freedom and prosperity, as Alexis de Tocqueville famously described. The civil rights movements of the 1960s necessarily abridged the liberty to free association in the cause of greater equality. The difference between a life-giving medicine and a deadly poison often depends on the dosage. We do not need more medicine. Yet the Administration is adding new and ever more imaginative interpretations.

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Making the best of the worst

Posted by Christine & John on May 9, 2016 at 11:31 PM

I have argued against Hillary with passion for a quarter century. I think she is a crook and a liar and not nearly as smart as her supporters say. BUT Hillary is the lesser of the two evils. Trumps is plain batshit crazy. So a Hillary victory is the best likely scenario. Maybe Hillary can dump the Bernie crazies and move more toward the center. With moderate votes and lots of Wall Street money, she can be a moderate.

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Two Unclean Choices Ahead for Conservatives

Posted by Keeley on May 5, 2016 at 7:06 PM

How about conservatives wondering what to do next with Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee think of those limited government libertarians: Green Day? Good Riddance I hope you had the time of your life, could be their wishes for those who voted for Trump. And there is definitely a fork stuck in the carcass of their ambitions. Or more accurately, the scalpels are already digging deep into Cruz's campaign in what will be a few days of endless autopsies.

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Sanders and the Zombie Contested Convention

Posted by Keeley on May 2, 2016 at 9:53 PM

Could Indiana possibly put a contested GOP convention out of reach for Cruz, and Kasich as well? The answer is looking more like a yes than a maybe. But for those who yearn for the drama and dealing of a contested convention, take heart. There will almost definitely be a contested convention.

The only problem is knowing whether it will be Democrat or Republican, or possibly both.

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Trump Steams Kristol Dreams

Posted by Keeley on April 27, 2016 at 1:18 PM

The Trump train has rolled decisively through the Acela corridor. But now, Indiana is no longer a brave last stand by the #NeverTrump forces. It's the beginning of a brave new world, and like all utopias it seems a little wacky - to not say delirious - to skeptical unbelievers.

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What If All of America Suddenly Agreed With Liberals?

Posted by Keeley on April 22, 2016 at 4:52 PM

Would the Acela corridor and Greater LA to the Bay Area really wish for fly-over country to turn towards their urban, mostly liberal values? Imagine if suddenly Harvard professors, Wall Street plutocrat liberals, Hollywood Honchos and Silicon valley progressive techies could zap every individual who dissents from their peculiar platform of open borders, high tech displacement of labor, and zealous identity politics witch (or sombrero) hunts.

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