Democrats & Liberals

The Rise and Fall of the Alt Right

Posted by phx8 on August 26, 2016 at 3:50 PM

Recently a new description has emerged to the new philosophy that has taken over the Republican Party. This philosophy, being new, is still only loosely defined. Hillary Clinton described it as "a paranoid fringe in our politics, steeped in racial resentment." Terms applied to the Alt Right include racism, racialism, white supremacists, and white nationalists. The Wall Street Journal describes it as a movement that "rejects mainstream conservatism, promotes nationalism and views immigration and multiculturalism as threats to white identity." Unlike traditional conservatism or republicanism, the Alt Right sees the most fundamental conflict being between globalism and nativism (or nationalism). As a result, it can contribute to militarism and imperialism, which created the toxic stew that led to previous world wars.

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Equivalent

Posted by oraoghaile on August 26, 2016 at 3:19 PM

Equivalent:

A person or thing that is equal to or corresponds with another in value, amount, function, meaning, etc.

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz Resigns

Posted by Warren Porter on July 25, 2016 at 12:20 PM

The Florida Congresswoman commonly known by her initials, DWS, will not be chairing this weeks' Democratic National Convention. Her tenure as Chair of the Democratic National Committee will end soon shortly thereafter. All this is the result of fallout from a leak of private DNC emails onto Wikileaks.

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The Establishment vs The Base, A Football Analogy

Posted by TreyL on July 23, 2016 at 6:23 PM

In the game of American politics, there are two teams. The Red Republicans and the Blue Democrats. The players on the field are the politicians and candidates for office, the establishment is represented by the coaching staff on each sideline, and the base is represented by the fans in the stadium. Today, we'll visualize a football game to put into perspective the looney left's reaction to Tim Kaine's announcement as Hillary Clinton's vice presidential pick, and why the fringe base must always and forever be contained and prevented from having any meaningful say in the nomination process.

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The end of a week full of news

Posted by Warren Porter on July 23, 2016 at 6:20 PM

Oh my what a week! Rather than write an individual essay, I have opted to create this space to discuss several recent events.

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Scores Perish in Nice

Posted by Warren Porter on July 14, 2016 at 11:35 PM

In an apparent act of terrorism, a lorry has been driven into a crowd of people watching Bastille Day fireworks from Le Promenade des Anglais. The local press has reported at least 80 deaths and perhaps 100 injured (40 seriously, 18 critically). While no one has claimed responsibility. The havoc wreaked on the English walkway was an impressive feat for one man, but experts already speculate that DAESH may be responsible and the hunt is on for any possible accomplices.

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Lawful gun owner killed by police

Posted by Warren Porter on July 8, 2016 at 10:46 AM

Police in Minnesota shot a licensed CCW permit-holder. It is not yet clear why, but it appears that the fact that he was armed was a factor. Shockingly, gun rights groups have refused to comment on what is clearly a violation of their interpretation of the second amendment.

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The Balance of Our Lives

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on July 8, 2016 at 8:52 AM

Either we are all free, or none of us truly are. Yet we accept some degrees of legal restriction of our overall rights in order to sleep at night. The question is, what happens when we ask too much of some, and not enough of others?

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Antisemitism or Incompetence?

Posted by Warren Porter on July 6, 2016 at 10:45 PM

On June 15, an image was uploaded to the twitter account named "@fishbonehead1". The image featured an unflattering photo of Hillary Clinton plastered in front of $100 dollar bills as well as a hexagram containing the words, "most corrupt candidate ever"! The hexagram resembled the outline of the Magen David, a common Jewish symbol and the piles of money alluded to the common antisemetic claim that the money of Jewish financiers corrupts our government.

The resemblance to the Magen David was not a coincidence. The @fishbonehead1 twitter account had a long history of publishing anti-Semitic imagery including the doctoring of photographs to elongate the nose of a Jewish journalist and doctoring a photograph of President Obama to resemble Hasidic attire.

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FBI: Clinton not recommended for prosecution

Posted by Warren Porter on July 5, 2016 at 11:23 AM

James Comey delivered remarks today announcing that the FBI would not recommend criminal prosecution against Hillary Clinton. Even though she violated policies and procedures meant to safeguard American secrets, there was no intent or malice behind her poor decision-making. Rather, carelessness seems to be the theme.

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On Transgender Issue, We're Making Fools of Ourselves

Posted by TreyL on June 29, 2016 at 4:18 PM

Recently, 51 families whose children attended a school district in Palatine, Illinois had to sue the Department of Justice and the Obama Administration because they objected to their daughters having to change in the same locker room as a biological male. The school district offered to allow the male student to use a partitioned area of the locker room, but the Obama administration said that wasn't good enough, and that Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination, mandates that a male with all the plumbing to prove it, must be allowed into a women's bathroom upon request. You have got to be kidding me.

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Benghazi Nothingburger

Posted by Warren Porter on June 29, 2016 at 12:33 PM

The House Select Committee on Benghazi released its report. It doesn't say much that we didn't already know.

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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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