The Big Blue Wave Coming in November

Americans - lots of them; at least a plurality and possibly a majority - are worried about the possibility of America becoming a “non-democratic, authoritarian country.” This is according to a poll commissioned by the following organizations:

Freedom House

The George W. Bush Institute

The Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement

These are not radical nor conservative (sorry GWB Institute) groups. These are centrist and largely establishment organizations. But the polling they commissioned does raise the fact that many Americans are unhappy with the state of politics in their homeland and this suggests that change, whether it's the change one expects, will continue to 'shake your windows and rattle your walls', as Robert Zimmerman famously wrote in a previous, turbulent period of America's history.

The poll also suggests strong views about the importance of democracy in America and indicates what will likely be above-average voter engagement in the mid-terms and perhaps for more than a few years to come.

But what exactly is Democracy? Aside from rule by the demos or people?

In other words, for those who feel that Trump's administration is eroding democracy in America, one wonders what solutions they would provide to this apparent problem? Universal healthcare? Mandatory minimum wages? Ironclad Identity Politics quotas everywhere and always? Open borders with little control over who enters the country? Criminal reform that abandons that oh-so-archaic practice of "warehousing" criminals who have engaged in violent crimes? An expanded common core that turns a simple math problem into an excuse to denigrate math itself as a white-supremacist endeavor?

All of that and maybe some more perhaps, if Tuesday's primaries are any indication. The Sanders' wing of the Democratic Party had a good night with Crowley's defeat being compared to Cantor's ousting a couple of years back. Yes there is a blue wave coming and it's tinted a rainbow of progressive colors and the party is being snatched out of the hands of the Clintons and their cronies. Ok, the snatching has been happening since Sanders started his epic, quixotic and outrageously successful run at the presidency. This is the continuation of that process. One more step towards a Democratic party that is no longer the home of working white men and women. Women, yes. White men who kowtow to the new diversity and know their place in a structure that is all about who you are and what you look like and who you sleep with.

Of course, cash still matters, especially if you can magically combine high-tech, sexuality and hardcore progressive views, like Colorado's Jared Polis (Democratic Representative) who won the nomination for governor for the Democrats. Polis is a wealthy man, having sold several internet start-ups and apparently put up $10 million of his own cash in the race. But his agenda is pure Bernie Sanders: Medicare-for-all, Universal Pre-K, Transitioning to Renewable Energy in a state with a fair bit of oil and gas production.

You can also be a more typical wealthy Democrat. Consider the case of David Trone - wealthy owner of Total Wine & More - who won the Democratic primary for Maryland's 6th district. He also is rumored to have spent $10 million on this race, having dropped over $13 million in a previous failed bid for Maryland's 8th. While he's a bit more of a centrist than Polis, environmental concerns are high on his list of issues, and he's take a stand on opioids as a feature issue of his for this race.

Take note, an electoral district race may cost you 8 figures. But as long as you're a progressive, that's fine.

And let us not forget Ben Jealous, former NAACP President who now has won the Democratic nomination for governor of Maryland. He's of course a full-blooded progressive whose policies include Medicare-for-all, greater funding for public schools, and criminal justice reform, and unsurprisingly he's been endorsed by Sanders and Kamala Harris.

So yes, there is a big blue wave coming in November, and it's going to swamp the Democratic establishment and proudly raise the progressive rainbow flag over the DNC's headquarters. Maybe that's also why Hillary is so annoyed. It's no longer her party, never mind her husband's. Hell, Bill just gave a shout-out to Sarah Sanders praising her for how she handled the Red Hen Incident. He knows he's had the door slammed shut in his face as well.

Posted by Keeley at June 28, 2018 10:31 AM
Comment #428500

Here is a Trump tweet from today, 6/28/18:

“Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election! Where is the DNC Server, and why didn’t Shady James Comey and the now disgraced FBI agents take and closely examine it? Why isn’t Hillary/Russia being looked at? So many questions, so much corruption!”

Traitor Trump is going to Helsinki to meet his handler, Putin.

Trump is treason.

The Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, “said he had already seen evidence Russia was targeting U.S. elections in November, when Republican control of the House of Representatives and Senate are at stake, plus a host of positions in state governments.

“Frankly, the United States is under attack.”

Traitor Trump continues to call the Russia probe a witch hunt, hoax, and so on. Meanwhile, Trump’s 2016 Campaign Chair is in jail. His Deputy Campaign Chair, facing a raft of similar indictments, made a plea bargain. So far there are about 100 indictments, including 13 Russians, 3 Russian companies, and the supposedly ‘former’ Russian intelligence contact for Manafort, Peter Kilimnek.

Btw, the Mueller investigation just added four more prosecutors. They will handle the Russian Internet Research Agency part. Whether this means they found even more, or the replaced prosecutors are needed elsewhere, is something we do not know.

Posted by: phx8 at June 28, 2018 1:42 PM
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Pretty difficult to diagram the sentences in the author’s article.

“He’s of course a full-blooded progressive whose policies include Medicare-for-all, greater funding for public schools, and criminal justice reform, and unsurprisingly he’s been endorsed by Sanders and Kamala Harris.”

(IOW, jew and n-word) I guess no one else is endorsing that candidate, Mr. Buchanan.

“Shady James Comey and the now disgraced FBI agents”

If wishes were fishes, he would be rotting from the head. I liked the fake story about King William Alexander of The Netherlands tweeting Tramp a picture of The International Court of Justice at The Hague. See, we can make up stories too.

Right wing filth, dirt, and slop don’t understand that their guy is boxing himself into a corner. He keeps getting a higher percentage of support in a dwindling base. Only further criminal activity can save him, so “law and order” has become crime and grime.

putain: “restore full-fledged relations on the foundation of equality”

FU and the horse you rode in on, petty dictator and big time thief, you are not our equal.

In other news, Ireland will soon be a tropical island. Unfortunately, yields from traditional agricultural crops will probably be down by 50% this year due to the heat.

Posted by: ohrealy at June 28, 2018 2:28 PM
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Several billionaires with deep ties to Russia attended exclusive, invitation-only receptions during Donald TrAmp’s inauguration festivities, guest lists obtained by ABC News show.

These powerful businessmen, who amassed their fortunes following the collapse of the Soviet Union — including one who has since been sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department — were ushered into events typically reserved for top donors and close political allies and were given unprecedented access to Trump’s inner circle.

“This reflects a Russian strategy of gaining access to our political leaders at a time when they are just forming a government,” Olsen said. “They don’t need to be spies in the James Bond sense. They are powerful people with significant wealth who are in a position to exert influence on U.S. policy makers. And they’re in a position to report back to Russian intelligence services on what they’re able to learn.”

Posted by: ohrealy at June 28, 2018 2:45 PM
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The abc article details links between a number of Russian oligarchs and the Trump campaign. Lots of rich Russians donating $1 million each to the Trump inaugural. At the most exclusive event, the inaugural lunch, which not even million dollar donors get a seat, oligarch Vekselberg sat next to Michael Cohen. Vekselberg was the one who sent a lot of money through Essential Consulting.

Posted by: phx8 at June 28, 2018 3:55 PM
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Infrastructure Improvements at North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Research Facility

Satellite images show North Korea upgrading nuclear research facility:

Posted by: ohrealy at June 28, 2018 8:16 PM
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In Colorado the Trump clone running for Governor was shutdown with only 30% of the repub/independent primary voters voting for him. The GWB clone received 60% of the vote. As an independent voter in Colorado I voted for the Trump chump hoping to have him run against the dems in the election. But it just wasn’t to be.

I know my motives weren’t pure as I thought the guy to be a horses a**, but I thought it would be interesting to see how far we have came as a state since 2016. It seems in 2016 43% of the voters went to Trump but this time around it was 30% with the Trump chump. A good job by Colorado in spotting the problem and dealing with it at the voting booth.

Anyway if Colorado is any sign then things should improve in DC after January, hopefully McConnell will show some integrity and delay the SCOTUS vote until the will of the people is heard in 3 months.

Posted by: j2t2 at June 29, 2018 12:42 PM
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j2t2, did they ever put the road back through Big Thompson Canyon from Estes Park to Loveland after that flood years ago? I’ve skied Vail, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, A-Basin(in a blizzard with zero visibility). My sister in law is from Grand Junction.

Maybe the Tramp with appoint Douglas Bruce to the SCOTUS:
“The defendant has absolutely no regard for the rule of law. His behavior during trial was reprehensible,” Denver District Judge Anne Manfield said. (would show up tardy to trial and introduced evidence by throwing documents onto the floor)

Conservative=convicted felon

Posted by: ohrealy at June 29, 2018 2:01 PM
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Every time we shake a conservative tree, a Russian falls out.

Anyone believe in coincidences? When no American bank would loan to Trump because of all his bankruptcies, Deutsche Bank stepped in with a billion dollar loan. Guess who was the CEO of the corporate real estate division? Justin Kennedy, the son of the Supreme Court Justice.

Deutsche Bank was fined $630 million because of money laundering for the Russians.

Posted by: phx8 at June 29, 2018 2:23 PM
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one of Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy’s greatest hits: We now conclude that independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption. …The fact that speakers [i.e., donors] may have influence over or access to elected officials does not mean that these officials are corrupt. … The appearance of influence or access, furthermore, will not cause the electorate to lose faith in our democracy.


Justin Kennedy heißt der Mann, der möglicherweise ein bisher unentdecktes Kapitel in TrAmps mutmaßlicher Russland-Affäre aufblättert. Doch die Sache ist verzwickt: Justin Kennedy ist der Sohn von Anthony Kennedy, der als Richter am Oberstern US-Gericht seinen Rücktritt angekündigt hat. Der 81-jährige Jurist, selbst eher liberal, macht mit dem Schritt Platz für einen Nachfolger, über dessen Besetzung nur der US-Präsident entscheiden wird. In den USA sind diese Supreme-Court-Personalien von enormer Bedeutung, weil die obersten Richter des Landes auf Lebenszeit ernannt werden. Jede Entscheidung des Präsidenten prägt die Rechtsprechung der USA daher auf Jahrzehnte

New Republic:

The connections between Kennedy and TrAmp, per the New York Times report are surprisingly deep, given the president’s general lack of DC experience—and TrAmp and his allies exploited them to perfection, encouraging the swing justice to retire before the 2018 midterms, which could return control of the Senate back to Democrats. Trump nominated Neal Gorsuch, a former Kennedy clerk, to replace Scalia shortly after assuming office. Ivanka TrAmp visited the Supreme Court a week before Kennedy’s retirement as the justice’s guest. Kennedy has, over the last two years, sided with the Trump administration in a number of narrow rulings.
…. these ties coincided with “a quiet campaign” to ensure Kennedy’s retirement and give Trump a chance to fill a spot on the Supreme Court.

Financial Times guards their content.

Posted by: ohrealy at June 29, 2018 2:57 PM
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FoxConn building a $4B plant and will hire 13k workers in Wisconsin. Georgetown Steel building in SC. Highest black employment in history. Highest Hispanic employment in history. Highest women employment in 65 years.

I was out in the county (one flashing light) this morning and one fellow noted that he worked in construction and companies couldn’t find enough skilled or unskilled workers. Saw/read somewhere today that trucking companies were paying out the gazooo because they couldn’t find enough truck drivers to deliver all the stuff.

Better off debating the weirdo’s that sign on to WB touting love potions and magic stuff. Would be more ssnsical,IMO.

Posted by: Roy Ellis at June 29, 2018 4:10 PM
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The Russian bot that posts under roy ellis can’t read English well enough to respond. Of course, he might be American, just an especially traitorous one.

The story about Justice Kennedy, his son, Deutsche Bank, and Trump is jaw dropping.

It makes sense, though, from a Russian perspective. To pursue their own interests, they need to influence the United States government. There is no reason that effort should be limited to Trump in the Executive Branch or GOP legislators. Being able to influence a Supreme Court Justice or two would be a good investment. Decisions like Citizens United allow the Russians to funnel millions of dollars into the election through shell corporations into the NRA. When caught, there is enough distance for plausible deniability. 5-4 decisions allowing racial gerrymandering in TX keep the GOP in power. People like Michael Cohen and Elliott Broidy, former Deputy Finance Chairmen of the GOP, provide yet another conduit via Essential Consulting, the Trump inaugural committee, and elsewhere.

It is a cheap an incredibly effective way to pursue foreign policy goals. The machine for doing it- the right wing echo chamber fostered by Limbaugh, FOX, Hannity, and others, provided a ready-made vehicle for inserting Russian priorities into the GOP.

We were under attack in 2016, as all of the intelligence heads will tell us- people appointed by Trump. We are still under attack. And the midterm election will certainly be attacked again, and Trump will let it happen without a word of criticism to Putin.

The US is hanging on the threads of the Mueller investigation and the midterm elections, and that is starting to look like a very thin thread. If Trump can fire Rosenstein and prevent any report from becoming public, and if the Russians can help the GOP hold onto the Senate and House, it is pretty much game over for the American experiment in democracy.

Posted by: phx8 at June 29, 2018 4:28 PM
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Good news is breaking out all over the nation Roy. In Texas, oil field truck drivers are needed at over $70 grand per year. I spoke with my sister in Wisconsin a few days ago and the state is desperate for skilled workers in construction.
My county in Texas has unemployment of just over two percent.

With millions more working and paying payroll taxes; the Social Security board of governors estimates that four more years have been added to extend the date at which SS taxes will equal SS payouts. The trust fund surplus will last longer because of nearly full employment.

Despite all the good news which working and retired Americans welcome, out Liberal/Progressive/Socialist Pals still yearn for a return of the Obama economy.

Obama did nothing…absolutely nothing; to lift women, blacks and Hispanics out of poverty and into meaningful work. Shame on him. He promoted racism, distrust, and hatred for America.

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 29, 2018 4:38 PM
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This is the 93rd consecutive month of job growth. That means 16 months belong to Trump, and 77 to Obama. The number of jobs created in the last 16 months of the Obama administration is more than the first 16 months under Trump, so job growth has actually slowed.

These are widely available statistics. Check the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It is not some sort of secret.

About the only thing this proves is that you have no idea what you are talking about. It is just partisan gibberish. The economy was good under Obama and it is good under Trump. There have been only two major changes under Trump: tax cuts and the Trade War. Tax cuts sent the stock market up last year. This year it is actually down ytd, mostly on Trade War fears. By the way, the stock market under Obama’s first 16 months outperformed the stock market under Trump. As to the larger effects of the Trade War, it is still too early to tell. We will know more in a week.

Posted by: phx8 at June 29, 2018 5:42 PM
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“It is not some sort of secret.”

Really phx8? Please provide the link to the Democrat running for national office that is promoting a return to higher taxes, more regulation, and higher unemployment for women, Blacks, and Hispanics.

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 29, 2018 5:47 PM
Comment #428554

phx8 refuses to consider the situation when he tries t brag about Obama’s job performance. I’ll use an empty bucket analogy to explain.

When Obama took control of the bucket(economy) it was empty. He really didn’t have to do anything for the bucket to begin filling up. As it was filling up, phx8 claims it is progress when it is actually just returning to the status quo (full bucket)

Trump isn’t filling up the bucket, he’s making the bucket bigger and creating greater volume. That’s the difference between Obama’s 8 years of tedious stagnate growth and Trump’s increased economic activity and growth.

Posted by: Weary Willie at June 30, 2018 11:54 AM
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No one, Democrat or Republican, is calling for higher taxes, but they should.

Regulation? Not sure what that refers to, but if anyone thinks deregulating the financial industry was a good idea, especially at a time when they were already earning record profits… But it takes years for the disastrous effects of deregulating the financial industry, as we saw with the S&L bailout after Reagan, and the cat strophic economic failure after Bush. Remember, he inherited a surplus. There were debates at the end of the Clinton administration about whether to eliminate the national debt. After the Bush tax cuts, the War in Iraq, and the economic crash we found ourselves with almost no net job creation after 8 years, a budget deficit of $1.4 trillion, and the doubling of the national debt to $10 trillion.

The bucket didn’t just miraculously ‘fill up’ under the Obama administration. The economic crash was a scary time. No one knew for sure what would work. We faced deflation, 600,000 jobs lost per month, a stock market crash, and a housing market crash worse than 1929.

The Obama administration turned in one of the great economic performances in American history.

Trump has done nothing to change the size of the bucket; or if you insist on that analogy, the size of the bucket is expanding slightly slower than it did under Obama, as measured by the non-farm payroll numbers and stock market.

The idea that the economic performance under Obama- TARP, the stimulus, quantitative easing, the GM bailout- just happened, is ludicrous. Trump is the beneficiary of what Obama did with the economy. There is nothing wrong with that. Yet conservatives keep insisting that something changed with Trump. No statistic backs that up.

Now we get to see what happens with tax cuts, deregulation, and a Trade War. We will know more by the end of the week, when the sanctions against China go into effect, and the Chinese retaliations hit us.

Posted by: phx8 at June 30, 2018 12:53 PM
Comment #428558

I expect phx8 to tout accomplishments he credits to President Obama. However, on the economic front, and in jobs, figures he uses don’t tell the entire story. I suggest reading the article linked to find some interesting comparisons.

How Good Is Job Growth? The Chart Obama Doesn’t Want You To See

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 30, 2018 2:14 PM
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Let’s have a show of hands. Who supports eliminating ICE? Why?

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 30, 2018 2:23 PM
Comment #428560

The reputation of ICE has been fatally damaged. The separation of children from the their parents, shipping them around the country without telling anyone where they are being taken, putting kids in steel cages, with a mattress and a mylar blanket… Next comes entire families in detention centers for indefinite detentions.

It is completely unacceptable and un-American. Like I said, the reputation of ICE has been fatally damaged. It looks like the formative stages of an American Gestapo. The reputation of the country has been considerably diminished in our own eyes and the eyes of the world, although white supremacists are certainly delighted.

Having said that, ICE is a really big organization which fulfills many important roles. It was formed @ 15 years out of dozens of other agencies, and brought under DHS. The part that looks like an early stage of an American Gestapo is only a small part of the larger organization.

A good administrator could address this- excise the portion that ran amok, rename the remaining organization, and inform Sessions and Trump that America is a nation of immigrants, and the replacement for ICE will not go along with a minority’s racist, bigoted agenda.

Posted by: phx8 at June 30, 2018 4:16 PM
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I appreciate your thoughts on ICE phx8. Sadly, the defects you mention, if true, occurred on the watch of other presidents as well.

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 30, 2018 4:49 PM
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There is no ‘whataboutism’ that will save Trump and his supporters from owning this stain on the American character. It was the doing of Trump, CoS Kelly, and Sessions. Sessions and Kelly stated in interviews they would use family separation as a deterrent to immigrants. Sessions even claimed it was justified by the Bible.

This was the direct result of the zero tolerance policy, which was instituted on May 7th. The problem did not exist prior to that. This was the choice of the Trump administration. it will join the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the Immigration Act of 1924 and its Asian Exclusion Act, and the 1944 Koretmatsu decision by the SCOTUS permitting Japanese internment, and the Dred Scott decision as one of the darkest moments in American history.

It was intentional. It was self-inflicted. And it is entirely 100% owned by Trump, Sessions, Kelly, and Trump supporters.

ICE will be forever associated with this blot on the American character. ICE went down a road NO American should ever have traveled, ever. They need to go.

Posted by: phx8 at June 30, 2018 9:41 PM
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Btw, a federal judge ruled the Trump administration must rejoin young children with their families in 15 days, and the rest of their children within 30 days. I hope they successfully comply, but a lot of people do not think they will be able to do it.

Hard to believe this happened in America.

Posted by: phx8 at June 30, 2018 9:43 PM
Comment #428566

News Corp AU, June 29, 2018:

A TOP North Korean army official has been executed upon orders by Kim Jong-un after he was accused of providing his troops with extra rations of food and fuel.

The high-ranking official was publicly executed by nine military death-row convicts who made up the firing squad, riddled with 90 bullets.

Lieutenant General Hyon Ju-song was put to death after being found guilty of charges of abusing authority, profiting the enemy and engaging in anti-Party acts.

He was shot at the firing range of the Kang Kon Military Academy located in the Sunan District of the capital Pyongyang.

Online newspaper NK Daily said his “crime” had been to redistribute extra supplies to his men at a satellite launching station in April.

The high-ranking officer told soldiers to send out the food and fuel as they were no longer tightening their belts to pursue Kim’s weapons program.

Posted by: ohrealy at July 1, 2018 12:16 AM
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“Hard to believe this happened in America.”
Posted by: phx8 at June 30, 2018 9:43 PM

I know it is; for me as well. When did “policy” become more important, and overrule laws passed by congress and signed by the president?

Posted by: Royal Flush at July 1, 2018 3:57 PM
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