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It's Official, We Are Off To The Races

500 days out and the 2020 elections are off and running. Trump held a coming out rally in Orlando a couple of days ago with some 20k attending and some 120k requesting to attend. Trump announced he wants to “Keep American Grea” for 4 more years.

Another sign the race is on is that within 3 days of his announcing the administration makes it known that some 2k illegal families will be rounded up and deported , starting this weekend. Promises made being kept , and so on . . .

President Trump is tightening the screws all around which is very evident what with the reactions of nations feeling the brunt of Trump's reign.

Chine is dispatching fighter aircraft to at least one of their manufactured islands in the S. China Sea, sinking some neighbors fishing vessels and has been shooting laser beams at US military aircraft from their co-located military base in Djibouti. China's president just visited N. Korea which last happened some 14 years past. N. Korea back to pestering Trump with underground nuclear explosions. Russia is running pestilence flights along the coast of N. Alaska and their navy is sailing dangerously close to U.S. navy vessels. Iran recently downed a U.S. drone over the Straits of Hormuz with a missile in a desperate attempt to draw the U.S. into a fracas.

And, I say . . . more sanctions Mr. President. More 'THOR' construction Mr. President. Like, anytime a Chinese soldier in Djibouti eats pork and beans we want our sensors to pick him up and record him, and so on . . .

Trump is on these guys ass so bad, I am confident that more foreign money will go into the DNC this election than the dims can raise nationally. The dim party is mortally wounded, dead, for4 all practical purposes but foreign money may keep them alive long enough to get thru the election.

A good number of folks have, and are leaving the dim party as they can't take it anymore. And, come June/July, 2020, when AttnyGen Barr releases his investigation findings into Russia, Russia, Russia, a floodgate will open with dims bailing out. This will be a lopsided election of historical import, IMHO.

The only action that might impede or slow a Trump runaway is for the GOP Trump Haters to mount a 3rd party effort to shunt some votes from Trump. They might get a quarter to a third of the vote but, not enough to thwart Trumps 2nd term.

Further, the GOP will lose some Trump haters and will take over the House. Trump 'unhinged' for 4 years. Roll that around tween yore ears for a while. 28th in education . . . my, my, my . .
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First up, after the election, will be accountability, followed by funding of a border wall and immigration reform.

I'd better quit. Is this a dream or, is it real? You tell me. . .

Posted by Roy Ellis at June 22, 2019 8:40 AM
Comments
Comment #445185

So far, the 20+ Democrat line-up for president (www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/us/politics/2020-presidential-candidates.html) looks dismal, and most are trying to buy votes by promising lots of free stuff.
In addition to that, they will do anything for more votes.
For example, consider the common-thread in ALL of the following, which explains the reason why many Democrats are also choosing to (despicably) pit U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants against each other:

  • (01) because many Democrats despicably pit U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants against each other for votes, by pandering to illegal immigrants for 30+ years for more electoral votes (via more representation in the House based on higher populations based on the decennial CENSUS counts that include illegal immigrants), via more U.S. House representatives, via re-apportionment of representatives (i.e. more electoral votes, and more federal funding, because the CENSUS does not verify U.S. citizenship); therefore, districts, counties, and states with higher decennial CENSUS numbers, receive more electoral votes, and more federal funding, based on population (of which many tens of millions are non-citizens), and it is also a way to turn RED states to BLUE states.
  • (02) because many Democrats are also fighting against a [x]check-box on the decennial CENSUS, despite the check-box being totally inadequate to prove citizenship. Democrats disguise their desire for power (for THEIR party) as compassion for illegal immigrants, while despicably pitting U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants against each other for votes and money.
  • (03) because many Democrats and most of the main stream media, lie about crime by illegal immigrants, and refuse to report the 2,000 homicides per year by criminal non-citizens; and about 32% of everyone in federal prison is a criminal non-citizen;
  • (04) because many Democrats, and most of the main stream media, lie about how massive illegal (or legal) immigration is costing U.S. tax payers hundreds of billion$ per year ($296 Billion per year by this estimate) in net losses (which does not include all costs, and does not include the cost of crime by criminal non-citizens); that is a net loss of about $2,349.00 per year per household (126.22 Million households in 2017; U.S. population=323 Million in 2017); also see this daily ticker (at OANN.com, KlowdTV.com) of the daily cost (about $0.74 Billion per day) due to rampant illegal immigration (excluding the cost of many crimes and about 2,000 homicides per year by criminal non-citizens );
  • (05) because many Democrats are calling for open borders, and refuse to adequately fund the building of more border barriers;
  • (06) because many Democrats are calling to abolish I.C.E. (Immigration and Customs Enforcement);
  • (07) because many Democrats want another shamnesty, like the shamnesty of 1986;
  • (08) because many Democrats refuse legislation to (a)require employers to use eVerify (to verify eligibility for employment); (b)to stop the abuse of asylum laws; and (c)stop the abuse of birth-right citizenship (women from all over the world are booking vacations to the U.S. to give birth, so that their child will have U.S. citizenship);
  • (09) because many Democrats want to give illegal immigrants drivers’ licenses, and also automatically register them to vote; illegal voting by non-citizens is widespread in all states;
  • (10) because many Democrats want more mayors like Libby Schaaf (Oakland, CA), who warns illegal immigrants (including criminal illegal immigrants) before an ICE raid to arrest criminal illegal immigrants;
  • (11) because many Democrats want more sanctuary cities and states, like California, where Democrats have passed sanctuary city and sanctuary state laws that protect criminal illegal immigrants (such as an illegal immigrant by the name of Garcia Zarate murdered Kate Steinle (who had already been deported 5 times, and convicted 3 times for felonies for manufacturing narcotics), and was then acquitted for that murder, despite Zarate admitting to shooting the weapon that killed Kate Steinle, which should have been, at the very least, manslaughter);
  • (12) because many Democrats want to abolish the 2nd amendment, but many Democrats and many on the left call for restricting or eliminating 2nd Amendment rights, and say it is worth it “even if it saves only ONE life”, but hypocritically ignore about 2,000 homicides per year by criminal non-citizens (source: www.gao.gov/assets/320/316959.pdf ; site2data.com/homicides1.html ; www.KlowdTV.com);
  • (13) because many Democrats want (including Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, etc.) to pass new laws to allow criminals to vote (including murderers, rapists, child molestors, etc.), because they know that a vast majority of criminals will vote Democrat (because the Democrat party is essentially famous for pandering for votes, as they have also done by pandering to illegal immigrants). Is there no low that Democrats will not stoop to in order to acquire more power?
  • (14) because many Democrats are promising reparations for black people (including Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, etc.). Nevermind that it would be punishing people that have harmed nobody. It is yet another item in the long (and growing) list of things that Democrats will do for more votes and power. In fact, many Americans’ ancestors had nothing to do with slavery, because they immigrated to the U.S. after slavery was abolished. Reparations are unconstitutional, since the 13th Amendment states “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States …”. Since no living Americans can be convicted of slavery, it would be unconstitutional to subject Americans to the economic “involuntary servitude” of paying reparations;
  • (15) because many Democrats in many sanctuary states, allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition, while U.S. citizens from other states must pay higher out-out-state tuition; Democrat-controlled New York state legislature passed a law giving financial assistance for college to illegal immigrants in U.S. high-schools; several sanctuary states passed legislation to allow illegal immigrants to attend tuition-free community colleges; again, the Democrats will do anything for more votes, and power;
  • NOTE: Non-criminal illegal immigrants merely looking for work are not the true villains. The truly despicable villains are many Democrats and similar ilk, who despicably pit U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants against each other for more votes, money, and power.
That’s low, but Democrats have sunk lower in the past, when Democrats:
  • (1) sought to continue slavery (source: www.britannica.com/topic/Democratic-Party);
  • (2) created the KKK (source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ku_Klux_Klan);
  • (3) created Jim Crow laws (source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Crow_laws);
  • (4) and imposed racial segregation (source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Democrats).
Many thanks to those Democrats running for president, and being the gifts that keep on giving.
It’s unlikely the majority of U.S. voters are going to fall for all the free stuff being promised to them by Demcorats, because the majority of voters know that they will be paying dearly for it, and that it will be another total disaster.

Roy Ellis wrote: China is dispatching fighter aircraft to at least one of their manufactured islands in the S. China Sea, sinking some neighbors fishing vessels and has been shooting laser beams at US military aircraft from their co-located military base in Djibouti. China’s president just visited N. Korea which last happened some 14 years past. N. Korea back to pestering Trump with underground nuclear explosions. Russia is running pestilence flights along the coast of N. Alaska and their navy is sailing dangerously close to U.S. navy vessels. Iran recently downed a U.S. drone over the Straits of Hormuz with a missile in a desperate attempt to draw the U.S. into a fracas.
Yes, they are not happy. Especially China. Apple, and other corporations, are leaving China. China uses N.K. as an irritant and leverage against the U.S. Russia is upset because Trump moved thousands of troops to Poland. Iran is suffering from sanctions. And N.K. is starving, and the Chinese are trying to keep thousands of North Koreans from immigrating into China.
Also:
  • An executive order was issued to keep the detention facilities at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay open.
  • $700 billion in military funding for FY 2018 and $716 billion for FY 2019.
  • Ordered a Nuclear Posture Review to ensure America’s nuclear forces are up to date and serve as a credible deterrent.
  • Released America’s first fully articulated cyber strategy in 15 years.
  • New strategy on national biodefense, which better prepares the nation to defend against biological threats.
  • announced that it will use whatever means necessary to protect American citizens and servicemen from unjust prosecution by the International Criminal Court.
  • Released an America first National Security Strategy.
  • Put in motion the launch of a Space Force as a new branch of the military and relaunched the National Space Council.
  • Encouraged North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies to increase defense spending to their agree-upon levels.
    • In 2017 alone, there was an increase of more than 4.8 percent in defense spending amongst NATO allies.
    • Every member state has increased defense spending.
    • Eight NATO allies will reach the 2 percent benchmark by the end of 2018 and 15 allies are on trade to do so by 2024.
    • NATO allies spent over $42 billion dollars more on defense since 2016.
  • Executive order to help military spouses find employment as their families deploy domestically and abroad.
  • Withdrew from Iran deal and immediately began the process of re-imposing sanctions that had been lifted or waived.
    • Treasury has issued sanctions targeting Iranian activities and entities, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force
    • Since enacting sanctions, Iran’s crude exports have fallen off, the value of Iran’s currency has plummeted, and international companies have pulled out of the country.
    • All nuclear-related sanctions will be back in full force by early November 2018.
  • Historic summit with North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, bringing beginnings of peace and denuclearization to the Korean Peninsula.
    • The two leaders have exchanged letters and high-level officials from both sides have met resulting in tremendous progress.
    • North Korea has halted nuclear and missile tests.
    • Negotiated the return of the remains of missing-in-action soldiers from the Korean War.
  • Imposed strong sanctions on Venezuelan dictator Nicholas Maduro and his inner circle.
  • Executive order preventing those in the U.S. from carrying out certain transactions with the Venezuelan regime, including prohibiting the purchase of the regime’s debt.
  • Responded to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime.
    • Rolled out sanctions targeting individuals and entities tied to Syria’s chemical weapons program.
    • Joined allies in launching airstrikes in April 2018 against targets associated with Syria’s chemical weapons use.
  • New Cuba policy that enhanced compliance with U.S. law and held the Cuban regime accountable for political oppression and human rights abuses.
    • Treasury and State are working to channel economic activity away from the Cuban regime, particularly the military.
  • Changed the rules of engagement, empowering commanders to take the fight to ISIS.
    • ISIS has lost virtually all of its territory, more than half of which has been lost under Trump.
    • All Iraqi territory had been liberated from ISIS.
  • More than a dozen American hostages have been freed from captivity all of the world.
  • Action to combat Russia’s malign activities, including their efforts to undermine the sanctity of United States elections.
    • Expelled dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle, WA.
    • Banned the use of Kaspersky Labs software on government computers, due to the company’s ties to Russian intelligence.
    • Imposed sanctions against five Russian entities and three individuals for enabling Russia’s military and intelligence units to increase Russia’s offensive cyber capabilities.
    • Ban on HUAWEI.
    • Sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs, and 12 companies they own or control, who profit from Russia’s destabilizing activities.
    • Sanctioned 100 targets in response to Russia’s occupation of Crimea and aggression in Eastern Ukraine.
    • Enhanced support for Ukraine’s Armed Forces to help Ukraine better defend itself.

    So, yes, China, Russia, Iran, and N.K. are not happy, and it is due to their own belligerance. That might have worked with Obama (who promised “more flexibility after the election”), but (based on all of the above) it doesn’t seem to be working today, eh? For someone who is supposed to be colluding with Russians, it doesn’t appear that the Russians have much to be happy about?
  • Rank ______ Country _______ MilitarySpending ___ %_of_GDP

    • 1 _____ United States ___ $649 Billion_______ 3.2%
    • 2 _____ China _________ $250.0 ____________ 1.9%
    • 3 _____ Saudi Arabia ____ $67.6 _____________ 8.8%
    • 4 _____ India _________ $66.5 _____________ 2.4%
    • 5 _____ France ________ $63.8 _____________ 2.3%
    • 6 _____ Russia ________ $61.4 _____________ 3.9%
    (worldpopulationreview.com/countries/countries-by-gdp/)Rank ______ Country ________ 2019-Population ___ GDP($USD)
    • 1 _____ United States ___ 329,093,110 ____ $21.410 Trillion
    • 2 _____ China __________ 1.42 Billion ____ $15.54 Trillion
    • 3 _____ Japan __________ 126,854,745 _____ $5.4 Trillion
    • 4 _____ Germany ________ 82,438,639 ______ $4.4 Trillion
    • 5 _____ India __________ 1.37 Billion ____ $3.16 Trillion
    • 6 _____ France _________ 65,480,710 ______ $3.06 Trillion
    • 7 _____ U.K. ___________ 66,959,016 ______ $3.02 Trillion
    • 8 _____ Italy __________ 59,216,525 ______ $2.26 Trillion
    • 9 _____ Brazil __________ 212,392,717 _____ $1.8 Trillion
    • 10 ____ Canada _________ 37,279,811 ______ $1.53 Trillion

    Posted by: d.a.n at June 22, 2019 10:04 AM
    Comment #445192

    Wouldn’t a map like that be tantamount to treason?

    Posted by: Weary Willie at June 22, 2019 12:38 PM
    Comment #445193

    We know what happens after a map like that comes to be fact. Say good-bye to the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 9th, and 10th amendments. They won’t have to worry about the 6th because trials will be exceedingly swift. The 7th doesn’t actually state a jury of his peers, just a jury. The 8th is all relative.

    If Texas is willing to make that map a reality then may God have mercy on their souls.

    Posted by: Weary Willie at June 22, 2019 12:48 PM
    Comment #445211
    Weary Willie wrote: If Texas is willing to make that map a reality then may God have mercy on their souls.
    I live in Texas.
    Royal Flush lives in Texas.
    We don’t want Texas to become like CA., NY., WA., AZ., NV., CO., IL., FL., D.C., NC., GA., and MA. The problem is that border states (and some other sanctuary states like such as NY, WA) are being overrun by illegal immigrants, which is costing many hundreds of billions in losses per year ($0.75 Billion per day for border security; see: KlowdTV.com), not to mention over 2,000 homicides per year by criminal non-citizens.

    The majority of U.S. voters in Texas are opposed to illegal immigration, but most politicians have ignored the majority of voters, until Trump came along, and it resonated with many U.S. voters.

    Unfortunately, a year-long investigation involving the Texas Department of Public Safety revealed that 95,000 non-citizens are registered to vote in Texas, and that 58,000 non-citizens voted in one or more elections in Texas between 1996 and 2018 (an average of 2,636 per year).
    Source: www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/article225094315.html

    However, the Democrats can’t win fair-and-square, so they are trying cheating in many ways, including these despicable 15 ways, in order to turn RED states into BLUE states.
    Non-citizens are voting in our elections (source: site2data.com/voting1.html ; see map at bottom of page).
    81% of voter fraud is by Democrats.

    84+ overrun hospitals closed near the U.S./Mexico border.
    One illegal alien in Santa Barbara, California infected 56 other people with tuberculosis (reported on April 24, 2004, by the Santa Barbara Press-News, “Anatomy of an Outbreak”; source: www.veoh.com/videos/e143139mKtgs87s?searchId=7568362616461630851&rank=7).
    30% of all people incarcertated in federal prisons are criminal non-citizens.

    70% of all babies born at Dallas Parkland Hospital are by illegal immigrants (source: www.snopes.com/politics/immigration/parkland.asp ).

    That’s the Democrats game-plan, and it seems to be working.

    Many Republicans are culpable too. They also liked the cheap labor.
    Mr. “No Nation Building” George W. Bush (who got us in an unnecessary war in Iraq) was soft on illegal immigration, stated many times that illegal immigrants were only “taking jobs no one else wanted”, and ignored the crime and cost (site2data.com/victims1.html).
    And Ronald Reagan signed the “Shamnesty” of 1986.

    However, like Royal Flush stated once, Democrats had better watch out, because enough illegal immigrants are voting and being counted in the decennial CENSUS (which gives those cities, districts, and states more electoral votes), they may have no use for Democrats as they exist today.
    Already, the moderate Democrats are disappearing, and the radical Democrats are trying to take over, and part of that strategy is to demonize I.C.E., the Border Patrol, and our laws, and they have perverted the existing immigration laws to the point that we have to release illegal immigrants into the U.S. after 20 days.

    Republicans had better pull their heads out and understand the Democrat’s game plan, fix the abused asylum laws, and get control of the borders.
    IF Texas flips BLUE, the Republicans will be history, and Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, which should be a wake-up call to Republican, conservative, and moderate voters.

    Posted by: d.a.n at June 23, 2019 1:03 PM
    Comment #445215

    I think the culprit in all of our problems as a nation is the 17th amendment. It made the states subservient to the federal government instead of them monitoring and checking the federal government. The 17th amendment made the state governments moot as far as controlling the federal government is concerned.

    Of course, the 16th amendment gives the federal government too much power over the individual. It gives the IRS the ability to confiscate property without due process. They’ve actually killed people for not paying tribute to the federal government. The 16th and 17th amendments and the Federal Reserve Act doomed our country to the very thing you’ve described, d.a.n. Tinkering with laws without addressing those three time bombs is pointless. More laws will lead to more of the same. That’s already apparent.

    Posted by: Weary Willie at June 23, 2019 2:14 PM
    Comment #445218

    It would probably be best for the 17th Amendment to be repealed (and put back to the way it was), and the federal Senator of each state should be appointed or elected by the State Legislature.

    The 17th Amendment violates the very Article setting up the amendment process. For example:

    “…no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.”

    Each Representative of the federal House is supposed to represent the people.

    Each Senator of the federal Senate are supposed to represent their state.

    The 17th Amendment took control away from the state Legislature of each state, and gave it to the people (who already have representation in the House, and the executive branch via electoral votes).

    The 16th amendment gives Congress the power to tax. Governments need money to operate, but it is way, way, way out-of-control (e.g. site2data.com/bloated1.html).
    Taxes are far too high, and the tax system is regressive (because personal tax rates are much higher than capital gains taxes).
    Spending
    is also way, way out-of-control.
    Despite the trillion$ collected each year, there is a $22.4 Trillion national debt ( USDebtClock.org ).
    The government takes too much, and spends too much, and has created of nightmare proportions.
    The 16th amendment needs to be modified to limit the percentage that government can tax, but it is useless without a “Balanced Budget” amendment that must be obeyed except in time of national emergency such as a major war.

    The Federal Reserve, and the 1-to-9 reserve ratio is a huge Ponzi scheme. The 1-to-9 reserve ratio only requires the bank to have 10% of a loan in reserves, and the other 90% is created out of thin air. As a result, incessant inflation erodes the currency, and a 1950 U.S. Dollar is now only worth 9 cents.

    So, as a result (as of SEP-2018):

      A 2018 dollar has a loss of value of 43% since 2000, 85% since 1990, and 733% since 1960).
    • A 2015 dollar is now worth only 94 cents.
    • A 2010 dollar is now worth only 87 cents.
    • A 2000 dollar is now worth only 70 cents.\__30% loss of value
    • A 1990 dollar is now worth only 54 cents./
    • A 1980 dollar is now worth only 34 cents.\__113% loss of value
    • A 1970 dollar is now worth only 16 cents./
    • A 1960 dollar is now worth only 12 cents.
    • A 1950 dollar is now worth only 10 cents.\__40% loss of value
    • A 1940 dollar is now worth only 06 cents./
    • A 1933 dollar is now worth only 05 cents.\__25% loss of value
    • A 1913 dollar is now worth only 04 cents./
    The only caveat is that most other nations around the world have worse, and much worse inflation, and higher reserve ratios (some as high as 1-to-20).

    While there are problems with the 16th and 17th amendments, and the Federal Reserve, those do not seem to be obviously related-to or to-blame for massive illegal immigration.
    Also, we may not have time to change the 16th and 17th amendment, and fix the Federal Reserve Ponzi system.

    The major problem today, which could be resolved very easily by Congress (if they wanted to) is to resolve the perverted asylum laws.
    The shamnesty of 1986, open-borders policies of numerous sanctuary cities and states, and the executive branch have failed at their primary duty to protect U.S. citizens (i.e. instead of allowing 2,000+ homicides per year by criminal non-citizens).

    The main problem today behind illegal immigration is many Democrats and similar ilk, who are the most despicable of the culprits behind open-borders and the perverted asylum laws, and there are 15+ glaring reasons ( site2data.com/despicable1.html ) for their despicable and treasonous behavior, which explains why they couldn’t care less about the 2,000+ homicides per year by criminal non-citizens.
    They will try to tell you that non-citizens commit fewer crimes, and there are no net losses due to illegal immigration, despite the massive and growing evidence to the contrary (i.e. higher percentages of homicides by criminal non-citizens, and massive losses of many hundreds of billions per year due to illegal immigration).
    Sources:

    • KlowdTV.com
    • site2data.com/democrats1.html
    • site2data.com/homicides1.html
    • site2data.com/victims1.html
    • site2data.com/voting1.html
    • site2data.com/welfare1.html
    • site2data.com/weaponization1.html
    • site2data.com/border1.html

    Posted by: d.a.n at June 23, 2019 4:47 PM
    Comment #445219

    If the federal government stayed within it’s constitutional boundaries it wouldn’t need an income tax. With that said, I see no prohibition on the states to collect an income tax from it’s citizens. States can tax their own citizens and pay for their own welfare, SS, healthcare programs.

    Perhaps if the states were obligated to provide for their own citizens the immigration crisis would evaporate. It’s a common belief the cradle to grave hand outs, subsidized by the federal government, attract those who cannot fend for themselves.

    Posted by: Weary Willie at June 23, 2019 5:28 PM
    Comment #445220

    This thread approaching what used to be normal debate/dialogue some ten years ago on WB. Maybe after the 2020 we can get back to more critical thinking…

    Seems we have to consider gov’t in the context of the today’s politics. I agree with d.a.n. in that we have to address those near critical issues first and foremost.

    It’s clear to me, the critical issue is immigration reform. Left unimpeded, as it is, the country will definitely turn to socialism. It is a definite that when other country’s economies are dour people will look for a better way, a better life for themselves.

    We have to have immigration control and reform of the immigration system for our gov’t/country to survive as we know it. We can’t continue to have U.S. population driven by immigration instead of U.S. women having babies.

    Following reforms we can, once again, turn our debates toward improving gov’t.

    Could be the 16th and 17th need to be repealed. But, no way in hell is it going to happen as long as the U.S. senate can smack down any/all repeal proposals. People with the power are not going to give it up.

    So, seems we are back to Article V, part II, which, I believe, has been ratified by some 30 states at this point.

    Until the U.S. gov’t is forced to follow Article V, Part II, nothing major will change relative to campaign finance reform, how long legislators can stay in office and a host of issues people would like to address.

    The U.S.gov’t is violating the Constitution by refusing to follow the Constitution. We should start there first, IMO, following immigration reform.

    Posted by: Roy Ellis at June 23, 2019 7:23 PM
    Comment #445261

    I believe candidates should receive donations from the citizens that vote for them. House candidates shouldn’t receive money from people outside their district. Senate candidates shouldn’t receive money from people outside their state. That’s my idea for campaign finance reform.

    We already have term limits. It’s called the vote. For instance, why should Trump be limited when he’s doing a fine job? He should vacate the office when he’s done, not because of some arbitrary limit. Jimmy Carter didn’t need a law saying he could only serve one term. The people said it, as it should be.

    A balanced budget amendment with qualifiers will be an excuse to raise taxes, not to promote responsible government. We are in perpetual wars, so a BB amendment with that qualifier would be useless. It would soon turn into an exercise in listing the ways to avoid a BB and anything not listed would be used as an excuse.

    I don’t trust the federal government to write laws. It’s not their job to dictate to individuals what they can and can’t do. Roy Ellis is correct to say it is the U.S. government violating the Constitution that is the problem. The first step in problem solving is to identify the problem. Putting the teeth back into the Constitution is the solution to many of the ancillary problems we suffer from today.

    Posted by: Weary Willie at June 24, 2019 7:31 AM
    Comment #445263

    Yes, Congress is ALREADY violating the U.S. Constitution, because
    34+ states (i.e. two thirds) have ALREADY submitted applications for an Article V Convention, and Congress has ignored it.

    The states need to pull their heads out and get control of the out-of-control federal government.
    The federal government continues to grow and grow like a cancer that grows and grows, until it finally kills the host.

    However, a more immediate problem that needs a solution now (ASAP) is massive illegal immigration, which is turning RED states to BLUE states (per the despicable Democrats grand-scheme / game-plan; see map at the bottom of the page to get an idea of what’s happening, geographically and geopolitically).
    Congress (if they wanted to) could solve the asylum abuses that are forcing the release of illegal immigrants into the U.S. population (most of which never return to court, and most of which are never deported).
    Democrats are to blame.
    Democrats have blood on their hands.
    Consider the hundreds (or thousands), lured to the U.S. by Democrats’ promises (of free healthcare, education, food stamps, free housing, Medicaid, welfare, etc., etc., etc.) that die along the way.
    The Democrats only care about the votes, money, and power.
    That makes Democrats despicable.
    But this isn’t the first despicable thing the Democrats did.
    In the past, Democrats also:

    • (1) sought to continue slavery (source: www.britannica.com/topic/Democratic-Party);
    • (2) created the KKK (source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ku_Klux_Klan);
    • (3) created Jim Crow laws (source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Crow_laws);
    • (4) and imposed racial segregation (source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Democrats).
    Pressure needs to be put on the Democrats in Congress who are refusing reforms to abused asylum and immigration laws, and the true reasons why Democrats are encouraging massive illegal immigration (i.e. for the votes, money, and power;
    site2data.com/despicable1.html ).

    Over time, some people ALWAYS find ways to abuse the system.
    Article V is the solution to that problem, so that abuses can be addressed.
    However, even Article V is hopeless as long as Congress is allowed to violate the Constitution (despite the fact that 2/3 of the states have already submitted applications for an Article V Convention).

    Posted by: d.a.n at June 24, 2019 8:08 AM
    Comment #445264
    Consider the hundreds (or thousands), lured to the U.S. by Democrats’ promises (of free healthcare, education, food stamps, free housing, Medicaid, welfare, etc., etc., etc.)

    None of which are authorized by the constitution. What government can give us, government can take away. What we’ve taken for granted is government’s authority to give. It’s a myth. The federal government is not constitutionally empowered to take from the rich and give to the poor. We’ve bought that pig in a poke for far too long and it’s harm is growing daily.

    I don’t think the vast majority know what Article V is! Man on the street interviews point out people don’t even know how many amendments are in the Bill of Rights! People are sinfully ignorant and they’re starting to make things up. Abortion is not a constitutional right. Welfare is not a constitutional right. Social Security is not a constitutional right. Most of what the federal government is involved in is not authorized, yet there are no YouTube videos pointing this out. There are no “Special Reports” in the media explaining this. We’re bombarded with minutia that dominates the very thought process of the population. Half the country won’t even vote! In many cases I’m glad they don’t. Can anyone imagine what a true democracy would do to the villain of the week in today’s environment?

    Posted by: Weary Willie at June 24, 2019 8:39 AM
    Comment #445265

    Yeah, you’re right.
    Many things are not in the U.S. Constitution.
    Many things violate the U.S. Constitution.
    Congress is violating the Constitution (i.e. ignoring Article V is one example).
    Yes, it seems like the U.S. has been growing more and more ignorant. The U.S. used to rank 1st in education, but has fallen to 17th or worse.
    95% of the Main Stream Media —>(FAKE NEWS MEDIA) is pathetic, and merely the left arm of the Democrat party.
    Yet, information is easier to find today than ever before (though you have to be careful about FAKE NEWS, which is not too difficult with adequate research).

    Regarding the Federal Reserve:

    • Woodrow Wilson (one of the worst presidents in U.S. history) signed an Executive Order that created the Federal Reserve. He later regretted doing that.
    • Woordrow Wilson signed the 1% income tax into existence [WOW! Too bad it isn’t still only 1%].
    • U.S. Postal Service started parcel post deliveries.
    • Ford Motor Company institutes world’s 1st moving assembly line for the Model T Ford.
    The Federal Reserve is now a huge, upside-down debt pyramid scheme.
    In many cases, the Federal Reserve has caused, and/or worsened economic conditions (e.g. The Great Depression, which many economists admit).
    Also, as a result, we have incessant inflation (as of SEP-2018, a 2018 dollar has loss of value of 85% since 1990, and a loss of value of 733% since 1960).

    A 1% income tax seems VERY reasonable by today’s standard (compared to a ridiculous top income tax rate of 52.3% (i.e. 37% + 7.65% for S.S. & Medicare + 7.65% S.S & Medicare matching paid by the employer); not counting up to 15%-to-20% income tax on capital gains).
    Too bad we can’t return to a 1% income tax.
    How did the U.S. get by from 1787 to 1913 (126 years) without that 1% income tax?

    When the Federal Reserve gained control the volume of money, it became our absolute masters, and the Federal Reserve had to get the Gold away from our grandparents. This was accomplished in 1933 with the threats of fines and imprisonments by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and with the help of his aide, Harry Hopkins, who said:

    • “Elect, elect, elect, tax, tax, tax, spend, spend, spend, for the people are too damned stupid to understand”.
    Few (if any) will dare speak above a whisper in condemnation of the Federal Reserve:
    • “Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.” — Woodrow Wilson, President of the U.S. 1913-1921;
    • In a letter to Edward M. House (President Woodrow Wilson’s closest aide), dated November 23, 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt said: “The real truth of the matter is, and you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson.” — Woodrow Wilson;
    • “I sincerely believe … that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity under the name of funding is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” — Thomas Jefferson;
    • “Of all the contrivances for cheating the laboring classes of mankind, none has been more effective than that which deludes them with paper money.” — Daniel Webster;
    • “All the perplexities, confusion and distresses in America arise not from defects in the constitution or confederation, nor from want of honor or virtue, as much from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation.” — John Adams;
    • “There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.” — Lord John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), renowned British economist;
    • Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr., in 1913 said: “When the President signs this bill, the invisible government of the monetary power will be legalized….the worst legislative crime of the ages is perpetrated by this banking and currency bill.”
    The U.S. National Debt (federal government debt) is $22.4 Trillion (as of JUN-2019; see: USDebtClock.org).
    Americans owe about $13 Trillion to the Federal Reserve.
    Debt owed by the U.S. Federal Government to the Federal Reserve skyrocketed from about $0.5 Trillion in 2008 to $2.8 Trillion (as of 2018).
    About $8 Trillion of the U.S. National Debt was money borrowed from Social Security, and is still owed to Social Security.

    Posted by: d.a.n at June 24, 2019 9:01 AM
    Comment #445266

    UPDATE: Those events above (i.e. Regarding the Federal Reserve: shown above) happened in 1913 (when Woodrow Wilson signed the executive order that created the Federal Reserve).

    Posted by: d.a.n at June 24, 2019 9:05 AM
    Comment #445268

    https://youtu.be/UFY_8Rwr2-0

    Posted by: Weary Willie at June 24, 2019 9:37 AM
    Comment #445269

    Thanks for the video.
    How depressing?

    Posted by: d.a.n at June 24, 2019 11:25 AM
    Comment #445270

    Just saw in news that a popular knitting website bans users from posting support for Trump.
    There’s a good example of lack of respect for the 1st Amendment.

    Posted by: d.a.n at June 24, 2019 11:33 AM
    Comment #445273

    Beyond depressing, it’s frightening. I don’t see how a country could last long if hose folks are the norm. Of late, its been the Constitution that has kept us from going in the tank. How long can that last. Recall that Ben Franklin said “a republic, if you can keep it”, meaning it’s up to the people to support the Constitution.

    Well, if the people don’t know what the Constitution is or could give a shit less, how can we make it.

    And, how sad it is that the liberals have destroyed the educational system in this country. What a sad, sad thing to witness …

    Well, maybe Article V could save us. Do we know what the President thinks about Article V? d.a.n. wouldn’t it be nice if we could get Trump on board in supporting Article V PII for his second term?

    This 4th of July there should be a float trailer in every parade across this country with speakers blaring out the questions asked by the lady in WW’s youtube site. How many ammendments … . what is the 1st, 45h and so on . .. followed up by ‘if you can’t answer some of these questions then you need to vote for Donald Trump for President …

    Posted by: Roy Ellis at June 24, 2019 11:57 AM
    Comment #445281

    And massive illegal immigration is not helping, since illegal immigrants are not educated in the U.S. and they couldn’t care less about U.S. laws (except for ways to break and abuse those laws), and they have already chosen to violate U.S. laws in numerous ways:

    • illegal immigration; 1st trespass is a misdemeanor; 2nd trespass is a felony;
    • 2,000 homicides per year by criminal non-citizens;
    • illegally voting in U.S. elections;
    • driving without a license or insurance; drunk driving;
    • illegal use of fake ID; fake driver licenses;
    • fraudulent use of Social Security numbers;
    • 30% of all incarcerated in federal prisons are non-citizens;
    • 70% of all births at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX are by illegal immigrants; now the illegal immigrants have an anchor baby they can used to also collect welfare; now they can abuse immigration laws to bring all of their relatives to the U.S. too;
    • border security is costing $0.75 Billion per day (KlowdTV.com);
    • abuse of asylum laws (which Democrats like, since that will give them more votes, money, and power since decennial CENSUS doesn’t confirm citizenship);
    • drug and human trafficking;

    Posted by: d.a.n at June 24, 2019 2:43 PM
    Comment #445282

    Democrat debates start on 26-JUN-2019.
    It ought to be interesting (i.e. a real cluster****).
    Bet they all gang up against the current leaders in the polls (Biden, Sanders, and Warren).

    Posted by: d.a.n at June 24, 2019 4:23 PM
    Comment #445283

    That knitting site stepped in it. They could have said, “No politics, it’s a knitting site”. Instead they said, “No Trump, because he’s a white supremasist”. That’s cheap and disingenuous. I hope their subscribers make a choice.

    Getting Donald Trump to support an Article 5 convention is a great idea. I’ve learned that to get an idea noticed on these high volume sites you have to repeat your comments over and over in a short period of time and hope someone notices. We could do that.

    We could get on Trump’s twitter feed and routinely point links to d.a.n’s https://www.foavc.org . If we do it without looking like spam perhaps we could get him to notice, or at least someone in his administration that supports him.

    Posted by: Weary Willie at June 24, 2019 4:54 PM
    Comment #445284


    How to watch the first 2020 Democratic presidential debate

    Wow, I guess I don’t know how to watch TV! They have to tell me how to watch the debate.

    The candidate’s attendance day will be randomly selected. That will be interesting to see how that ends up. Will they be flipping coins? We know Bernie won’t be complaining about his position, will he?

    Posted by: Weary Willie at June 24, 2019 5:02 PM
    Comment #445285

    What are the odds of there being 3 top contenders with 7 from the bottom on both nights and those 3 dominating the conversations?

    Posted by: Weary Willie at June 24, 2019 5:07 PM
    Comment #445326

    Ha ha! Not sure who will dominate the debates, but Biden and Bernie will probably be the main targets, as they all try to out-do each other as to who is more socialist than the other, and who was the original socialist.

    Posted by: d.a.n at June 25, 2019 9:40 AM
    Comment #445329

    Do you think Bernie and Biden will be present on the same night?

    I’m curious if there is going to be manipulation of the “random” selections as to who is present on what day. I truly think this is an opportunity for the Democratics to eliminate the chaff by isolating the front runners from each other and ignoring the lesser exposed candidates.

    I’m looking for Biden to be placed with candidates with much less experience so his longevity can be used against them. I think Bernie will be placed up against the less radical candidates so his free stuff mentality can dominate.

    In other words, I am looking to see the current front runners coming out of this debate without the opposition of the 16 or 17 other candidates. That’s how it’s supposed to work, but the front runners have already chosen. We’ve seen that from the Democratics time and time again.

    I also think every candidate will be bashing Trump instead of each other. They will all agree to ignore each other to show “unity” and make Trump the focus.

    Posted by: Weary Willie at June 25, 2019 10:52 AM
    Comment #445331

    The ‘debates’ are a waste of time. The democratic party has already decided who their President and VP candidates will be and barring some major gaffe, it will be Biden/Harris.

    All of these radical leftist, America hating, anti-Constitution candidates and mouthpieces have been put in place to make a far-left progressive like Biden look like a moderate.
    To ensure that they are on the ticket, the democrats are colluding with the media to influence voters in order to get the results they want. Just like they always do.
    This is why we are being bombarded with the lies about Trump, the propaganda about those on the right being Nazi’s, and all the nonsense about free stuff and evil whitey.
    Harris is why the left has already trotted out Biden’s creepy behavior with females and his supposed ‘racism’. In their minds, picking her for VP justifies their own hypocrisy.

    Posted by: kctim at June 25, 2019 12:06 PM
    Comment #445334

    We need to get the moderator to add the word “escort” to the spam list.

    Biden will win all the coin tosses. Bernie will continuously nod his head in resignation. AOC will be on the sidelines tripping anyone running past. Harris isn’t black. Her father is from Jamaica and her mother is Indian, but who knows? There’s a lot of black white people and white Mexican people, so, really, who knows!?


    Posted by: Weary Willie at June 25, 2019 2:54 PM
    Comment #445335

    https://youtu.be/u7iQAAN-zXk

    Posted by: Weary Willie at June 25, 2019 3:08 PM
    Comment #445341

    I haven’t used twitter. Maybe you fellas could work that angle. What about putting the suggestion for Article V on Hannity’s FOX forum? Maybe we could get his ear.

    You could be right, kctim. Can they raise enough money to run in all 50 states? The dims are so daid, IMO.

    I’m assuming that with the signing of the executive order revamping healthcare yesterday that will put the nail in the dims coffin for two or three terms.

    Trump is giving the dims more rope to hang themselves by implementing a two week delay before ICE begins rounding up illegal aliens. If they don’t negotiate they deserve no mercy and so on …

    Posted by: Roy Ellis at June 25, 2019 5:13 PM
    Comment #445342

    I find it hard to understand how anyone could stand for open-borders and free-everything, until I remember what the Democrats’ game-plan is, and then it is crystal clear as to why THIS is the Democrats’ platform.

    I need to update that list, because the Democrats are now also trying to:

    • to abolish the electoral voting system via the National Popular Vote (NPV) movement.
    • keep Trump off of the voting ballot in some sanctuary states.
    • pander for votes by trying to get statehood for Puerto Rico and D.C., which will assure Democrats get 4 new Senators and more representatives;
    • change the number of justices on the Supreme Court (FDR tried this and it failed).
    • allow Democrats to register to vote in multiple states, per their motto: “Vote Early and Vote Often”.
    • gerrymander, with Obama’s help, with his old analytic team to work on the upcoming census, which will be used to redraw state and legislative district lines to help Democrats win in 2020. (via Dennis Michael Lynch) Civis Analytics is a pro-Democrat data company that was built on the principles developed for Barack Obama’s successful reelection campaign in 2012. Civis Analytics will work as a subcontractor with Young & Rubicon to conduct the 2020 U.S. Census after winning a $415 million advertising contract. Their work will form the basis of future redistricting. The Democrats are playing for keeps and there is no low that they won’t stoop to for more votes, money, and power.
    • promise everything under the sun to win votes.
    • more voter fraud.
    How much more proof does anyone need to prove that there is no low that Democrats will not stoop to for more votes, money, and power?
    The 2020 election will hopefully prove that the majority of U.S. citizens are not falling for all of the promises of free stuff and the socialist myth that we can all somehow live at the expense of everyone else, in a nanny-state that will take care of them from cradle-to-grave (at least, until it fails miserably like it did in:
    • Venezuela,
    • East Germany (ended 1990),
    • Poland (ended 1989),
    • Romania (ended 1990),
    • the USSR (ended 1991),
    • the U.S.A. (i.e. the Un-Affordable Healthcare Act),
    • and other nations struggling with inherent problems with socialism).
    Regarding Article V, I’ll send a letter to Trump about it. Who knows? It might get some attention, or perhaps none?

    Posted by: d.a.n at June 25, 2019 6:38 PM
    Comment #445343

    https://youtu.be/ugz403y1p-o

    Listen to the way this woman talks. She sounds like Pelosi, honest. Just listen to her!

    Posted by: Weary Willie at June 25, 2019 8:10 PM
    Comment #445344

    d.a.n, we have to get to the root of the problem. It all started with Teddy Roosevelt and his Progressive party. All of the sudden the federal government was responsible for national monuments and parks. Then society was more important than the individual, and the U.S. Constitution became a “living” document. (I wonder how the media portrayed that takeover?

    This all started with the Progressive movement. It’s been a continuation of the Progressive movement from Teddy till now. Only now are the people seeing it for what it really is, but the soul of the Democratic party is shrouded with the myths built around it. They try to make people believe Lincoln was a Democratic. They claim SS and Medicare are the savior of this country, and we can’t survive without them. The states have succumbed to the bribery made possible with our own money!

    None of the founders thought this way. If they did they would have embraced Jolly Ol’ England, and King George would still be King.

    Posted by: Weary Willie at June 25, 2019 8:21 PM
    Comment #445345

    Roy Ellis, how about something like this:

    We accumulate the email addresses of the people we want to support an Article 5 Convention. In the subject line we make our statement and in the body we put a simple link to www.foavc.org and the other database sites.

    Post a list of sites we can put in the body of our email, d.a.n

    In the subject line, the first thing they will see:

    The Time is Right for an Article 5 Convention! Don’t waste it!

    If we can flood an email box for a day or two someone will get curious.

    Maybe we can get some attention that way!

    Posted by: Weary Willie at June 25, 2019 8:30 PM
    Comment #445346

    If an actual Article 5 Convention came to fruition I would not sit back and say, “Finally!”. I would propose my amendments and defend them throughout the process.

    I would propose these three amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

    1. Campaign Finance Amendment.

    No entity will contribute to a political campaign if that entity cannot vote for the candidate receiving the contribution.

    2. Repeal the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

    The 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is repealed.

    3. Repeal the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

    The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is repealed.

    All my flags will have these amendments on them along with these:

    It’s already been proven to work!

    It was fine before the Democratics got a hold of it!


    Posted by: Weary Willie at June 25, 2019 8:54 PM
    Comment #445347

    Here’s another:

    Freedom of Choice!
    Abort the Democratic Party!

    Posted by: Weary Willie at June 25, 2019 9:02 PM
    Comment #445395

    Ha ha! Joe Biden won’t be in first debate.

    Some amendments I’d like to see:

    • (1)Campaign Finance reform; government shouldn’t be FOR-SALE; ban contributions by persons and entities not eligible to vote for the candidate; Do something about lobbying during and after government employment;
    • (2)One purpose per BILL; Do something about pork-barrel;
    • (3)Balanced Budget;
    • (4)Term Limits for Congress;
    • (5)Amend the 16th Amendment: IF income is going to be taxed, all forms should be taxed the same rate, there should be no income exemption caps, and all federal taxes should not exceed XY% (e.g. 17%; unlike the regressive tax system that exists today, and taxes up to 52.3%); all regressive tax systems should be prohibited;
    • (6)Repeal the 17 Amendment; put it back the way it used to be; Senators should be appointed or elected by the State Legislatures;
    • (7)Do something about limiting Congress’ exorbitant benefit systems (for themselves) funded by tax payers, while Congress severely mismanages existing benefit systems;
    • (8)Do something about sanctuary cities and states; fines and/or withholding federal funds;
    • (9)Amend Article V to force Congress to keep record of Article V applications from states, and make it clear that the applications do not have to be about the same subject; and applications do not have to be contemporaneous;
        Article V states: The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight [1808] shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.
    • (10)Reform the apportionment of representatives, and the CENSUS should only count U.S. citizens, U.S. citizenship should be verified, the CENSUS should not include non-citizens, and there should be fines/punishment for non-citizens submitting falsified CENSUS documents; Texas has the fewest representatives per eligible U.S. voting citizen; California has the most illegal immigrants (of all states) and the CENSUS currently does not verify U.S. citizenship;
    • (11)Prohibit birth-right citizenship for non-citizens; 70% of babies born at Parkland Hospital are by illegal immigrants, and once they give birth, they can now collect welfare, get a blue passport, and invite all of their relatives;
    • (12)Require a tracking and apprehension system to enforce immigration laws; implement a system to track and deport visa-over-stayers;
    • (13)Supreme Court Term Limits;
    • (14)Do something about H-1B, H-2B, green card, and other visa/work-permit abuses;
    • (15)Require eVerify, and fine/punish greedy violators, with escalating fines/punishment for repeat offenders;
    • (16)Reform asylum laws which are currently abused and creating a national security risk, and the abuses have forced the release of millions of illegal immigrants into the U.S. population, and most never return for their court hearings;
    • (17)Make the first offense of illegal immigration a felony. Currently, the first trespass of the U.S. border is only a misdemeanor;

    Posted by: d.a.n at June 26, 2019 9:09 AM
    Comment #445396

    I think many of your suggestions are too detailed to be explained in an amendment to the constitution. For instance, immigration. The federal government is responsible for immigration standards being set by law. Immigration quantities should be determined by the states and individuals willing to sponsor immigrants. The federal government should only be responsible for determining if the immigrant is law abiding and not mentally or physically ill and able to support themselves.

    Supreme court term limits is a good idea. They should be structured in such a way as to have every president replace 2 supreme court judges each 4 year term. A two term president will replace 4 judges.

    My views on a mandatory balanced budget and term limits have already been presented. I’m not in favor of either as a constitutional amendment. Elected officials should be held accountable. Those amendments are a cop out for our apathy.

    There must already be a record of applications for a convention or amendments. These need to be brought into the light of day and explained to the American people. The article states an application for a convention doesn’t require a specific amendment attached to it. It simply states a convention to be called for the purpose of proposing amendments. Congress must call a convention to propose amendments. It doesn’t require an amendment to be considered. It is convened to “propose” amendments, not to ratify them.

    Posted by: Weary Willie at June 26, 2019 9:59 AM
    Comment #445403

    Not sure about too much details; more likely there’s not enough details for some (e.g. Do something about H-1B, H-2B, green card, and other visa/work-permit abuses;).

    Debt is a growing problem in the U.S.A.
    49 states (Vermont not included) have balanced-budget amendments, and/or balanced-budget statutes.
    The interest ($479 Billion) on the $22.4 Trillion national debt is a huge drag on everything (about 20% of every tax dollar goes to pay interest alone on that debt).
    Many (if not most) voters don’t care about the $22.4 Trillion national debt, so an amendment (like 49 of 50 states) might help (it can’t hurt).
    However, ALL states still have debt, and many states have ignored their balanced-budget laws.
    Debt per capita by state is as follows:


    ##: ST |RANK| DEBT per CAPITA (FY:2012)
    ==:====================================
    00: DC | 00 | $18,521
    01: NY | 01 | $17,405
    02: MA | 02 | $14,517
    03: AK | 03 | $13,066
    04: AZ | 03 | $13,066
    05: CT | 04 | $11,928
    06: NJ | 05 | $11,623
    07: IL | 06 | $11,369
    08: RI | 07 | $11,362
    09: CA | 08 | $11,094
    10: WA | 09 | $11,022
    11: NV | 10 | $10,617
    12: TX | 11 | $10,472
    13: PA | 12 | $10,149
    14: HI | 13 | $10,137
    15: CO | 14 | $9,972
    16: KY | 15 | $9,716
    17: KS | 16 | $9,274
    18: MN | 17 | $9,033
    19: DE | 18 | $9,023
    20: OR | 19 | $8,902
    21: SC | 20 | $8,597
    22: NE | 21 | $8,170
    23: NH | 22 | $8,159
    24: VA | 23 | $8,020
    25: NM | 24 | $7,933
    26: MD | 25 | $7,865
    27: LA | 26 | $7,834
    28: MI | 27 | $7,729
    29: MO | 28 | $7,692
    30: FL | 29 | $7,651
    31: WI | 30 | $7,627
    32: IN | 31 | $7,593
    33: VT | 33 | $7,306
    34: SD | 34 | $7,066
    35: OH | 35 | $7,033
    36: UT | 36 | $6,957
    37: ND | 37 | $6,845
    38: ME | 38 | $6,504
    39: AL | 39 | $6,127
    40: IA | 40 | $5,920
    41: WV | 41 | $5,886
    42: TN | 42 | $5,764
    43: MT | 43 | $5,746
    44: GA | 44 | $5,656
    45: NC | 45 | $5,235
    46: OK | 46 | $4,944
    47: MS | 47 | $4,891
    48: AR | 48 | $4,742
    49: WY | 49 | $4,191
    50: ID | 50 | $3,930

    Posted by: d.a.n at June 26, 2019 11:56 AM
    Comment #445404

    CORRECTION:
    32: AZ | 32 | $7,537

    Posted by: d.a.n at June 26, 2019 12:00 PM
    Comment #445406

    This is disturbing shocking:
    https://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKCN1TR1DK

    And, it appears that a top executive at Google is caught on tape stating Google’s Plan to try to prevent Trump from winning again in 2020:
    https://www.projectveritas.com/video/insider-blows-whistle-exec-reveals-google-plan-to-prevent-trump-situation-in-2020-on-hidden-cam/#fvp_Insider-Blows-Whistle-Exec-Reveals-Google-Plan-to-Prevent-_Trump-situation_-in-2020-on-Hidden-Cam,26s

    Posted by: d.a.n at June 26, 2019 12:15 PM
    Comment #445410

    Yes, who elected Google?

    You say 49 states have balanced budget amendments, but you list every state with debt. How is that balanced? There should be no debt and states should live within their means. They are not businesses. They don’t need debt. They tax. They should do their job and raise taxes, not put every citizen in debt against their will.

    Do you think the 2nd amendment is “too short”? Compare the 2nd amendment to the 25th. Do you think the tax code should be included in the 16th? What would be the difference between immigration code and tax code?

    The beauty of the Constitution is it’s brevity. The problem with it is we don’t follow it, not that it isn’t defined enough. The more you define something the more exclusive it gets. By ruling something in, you’ve ruled out everything else. The right to bear arms says it all. The right to bear knives and muskets and clubs and slingshots and snares… just wouldn’t have worked, right?


    Posted by: Weary Willie at June 26, 2019 1:38 PM
    Comment #445413

    It was inevitable that anyone with power (such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) would abuse that power.

    Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
    Funny that Google, Facebook, and other social-media-sites don’t want Russian meddling in U.S. elections, but those social-media-sites are actually meddling with U.S. elections by controlling who and what can be communicated on thier sites.

    Regarding the 2nd Amendment, and Article V, and a few other Amendments, I wish they had been explained in more detail, in order to eliminate ambiguities that can be abused.
    For example, it would have been nice IF the 2nd Amendment did not introduce the ambiguity that leads some to want to interpret it to mean that only the people in the militia could bear arms (despite the remainder of the sentence that follows: “… the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”).
    For another example, it would have been nice if Article V had stated that amendment applications from the states did not have to be contemporaneous, nor the same subject.

    As a result, cheaters try to interpret the constitution in ways that are contrary to the spirit of the law, and the common-sense intentions of the law.

    So, I do not see the harm in more clarity, and I believe too much brevity can lead to too much ambiguity, because it would not requre a lot more words to clarify Article V by also stating “Article V does not require contemporaneous or same-subject applications”, which would have ended the debate that cheaters use to avoid calling an Article V Convention.
    And it would not require a lot more words to clarify the 2nd amendment by stating “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of -the—> all people (including non-criminal citizens that are not members of the militia) to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”. Or, that could be a potential change to the amendment. That would have ended the debate that cheaters use to interpret the 2nd Amendment only applies to the people in the military.
    That is, clarity is a good thing, and can avoid ambiguity that cheaters can use to misinterpret the laws.

    But, fortunately, there is also legal precedent, and many of ambiguities have already been settled by previous legal challenges.

    However, as you say, we are not following the U.S. Constitution in numerous ways, and the 2nd Amendment is a good example.
    For example, in Texas (and several other states), it is legal to carry a loaded gun or rifle in your own vehicle (without a weapon license), but it is illegal to carry a knife with brass knuckles (see Sec. 46.05(2) of the Texas Penal Code). It was not long ago that many types of knives, and knives longer than 5.5 inches were illegal to carry in public in Texas.
    It makes no sense at all, and demonstrates the stupidity of some laws.
    Also, a knife is a weapon (an “arm”, which is the word used in the 2nd Amendment), and the 2nd amendment states “to keep and bear arms”, which in my opinion should include knives, tasers, machetes, axes, chains, etc. (as long as the mere existence of the arms or weapons do not pose a threat to innocent bystanders in the vicinity, such as could occur with someone with powerful and volatile explosives, or biological weapons, or chemical weapons, or radioactive weapons, or a nuclear bomb, etc.).

    Posted by: d.a.n at June 26, 2019 4:21 PM
    Comment #445414
    Weary Willie wrote: https://youtu.be/ugz403y1p-o
    Listen to the way this woman talks. She sounds like Pelosi, honest. Just listen to her!
    Yeah, sort of. But a bit crazier perhaps?
    Posted by: d.a.n at June 26, 2019 4:25 PM
    Comment #445416

    A lot of ambiguity would be gone if the words “people” and “person” would be replaced with “citizen”. The 2nd, and 14th would be much clearer if it pertained to citizens. Aliens, certainly illegal aliens, do not need weapons, or the protections Citizens enjoy. The idea that someone only has to drop a foot on American soil to be eligible for the same luxuries Americans have built for and by themselves must be abolished. The idea the U.S. Constitution is a living document and can change at the whim of 9 gods is ridiculous. A stranger to this land shouldn’t be able to come here on vacation and manufacture a U.S. Citizen. None of all that makes sense. It’s contradictory to the idea of a sovereign nation.

    I was under the impression the states only have to petition the federal government to call a convention “to propose amendments”. “Call an Convention of the States!”. That’s what the petition should say. That direct order must be honored and the states take it from there.

    Posted by: Weary Willie at June 26, 2019 5:36 PM
    Comment #445455

    I agree. Congress and/or the States were supposed to have already called/formed the Article V Convention.
    Article V states:

      The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.

    Federalist paper (#85) is worth reading, which states (about Article V):

      “By the fifth article of the plan, the Congress will be obliged ‘on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the States … . The words of this article are peremptory. The Congress ‘shall call a convention.’ Nothing in this particular is left to the discretion of that body. And of consequence, all the declamation about the disinclination to a change vanishes in air.”
    After 2/3 of the states submit Article V applications, Congress “shall call a convention for proposing amendments. After that, it is up to the states to decide on which amendments to propose for ratification by the States.

    Since 34+ (i.e. 2/3) of the 50 states have ALREADY submitted applications, Congress is in violation of their oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution.

    Congress is violating Article V of the U.S. Constitution.

    Posted by: d.a.n at June 27, 2019 7:57 AM
    Comment #445458

    Sad that Tulsi has jumped on the government health care and anti Second Amendment bandwagon. A democrat who is actually pro-choice would stand out among that crowd of anti-America candidates.

    She is definitely making a strong push for the VP slot.

    Posted by: kctim at June 27, 2019 9:50 AM
    Comment #445464

    I was surprised Beto O’Rourke preferred to allow people the choice to keep their private health insurance.

    How can banning private health care insurance companies possibly be constitutional?

    It is amazing that so many Democrats don’t find it fascist, controlling, and oppressive to ban private health insurance (such as Bill de Blassio, Kamal Harris, Bernie Sanders, etc., etc., etc. are proposing).
    What happened to freedom to choose ?

    Bill De Bassio doesn’t have a clue about “freedom to choose”, unless you’re referring to abortion, eh?
    Does they’re hypocrisy know no bounds?

    Besides, who do you think would provide the best healthcare insurance?:

    • (1)government-run healthcare insurance?
    • (2)private healthcare insurance (for-profit)?
    • (3)private healthcare insurance (non-profit)?
    Why ban private healthcare insurance, IF these Democrats are so certain that private healthcare insurance is so bad?
    Also, you can rest assured that the government-run healthcare insurance will not operate on any kind of budget, nor only on revenues collected ONLY for healthcare insurance (i.e. it will get subsidized, and run up federal debt far beyond the already nightmare proportions).

    The Supreme Court just ruled against a [x]Citizenship checkbox on the decennial CENSUS.
    How is a [x]Citizenship checkbox on the decennial CENSUS not allowed?
    They Supreme Court kicked it back down to a lower court.

    I hope, when Mueller testifies (), that he gets questions about:

    • Why did you delete evidence of Strzok’s and Page’s emails and text messages? Isn’t that illegal?
    • Why did you select only lawyers and analysts that were all Democrats? In 2016, 84% of all donations from people in the Department Of Justice went to Democrats (source: thehill.com/homenews/campaign/302817-government-workers-shun-trump-give-big-money-to-clinton-campaign).
    • Why did you wait an entire year before reporting “no collusion” (i.e. after the 2018 elections)?
    • Why did you not investigate improper FISA warrants?
    • Why did you not investigate the fraudulent Steele Dossier, and the people that were pushing it and using it for political purposes?
    • Why did you not investigate Comey’s violations, leaking, lying, and pre-planned exoneration of Hillary Clinton’s violations?
    • Do you agree that neither you nor the attorney general can release grand jury or “Rule 6(e)” material to the public or to Congress?
    • Why did you not investigate Loretta Lynch’s planned meeting with Bill Clinton at Phoenix Arizona (which Loretta Lynch lied about)?
    • Why did you not investigate the obvious conspiracy to exonerate Hillary Clinton for crimes that many people have been incarcerated?
    • Did you look at our own government, and did you look at what many Democrats were doing to put their finger on the scale, to influence a U.S. election (such as pre-planned exoneration of Hillary Clinton by Lorrety Lynch and James Comey, Peter Strzok’s backup-plan, a fake Steele dossier used to spy on a political opponent, a fake Steele dossier used fraudlently to obtain FISA warrants, etc., etc., etc.)?
    • Do you believe Barr and Rosenstein violated DOJ policy in reaching a conclusion on obstruction and, if not, why didn’t you follow their requests and reach such a conclusion yourself?
    • In your report, you quote a voicemail message from November 2017 from Trump’s attorney, John Dowd, to counsel for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying that “we need some kind of heads up. Um, just for the sake of protecting all our interests if we can … .” However, you deleted the rest of the line where Dowd says “without you having to give up any … confidential information.” That obviously is material to what he was asking and left a more sinister impression of the call. Why did you cut out the exculpatory language?
    • Why did you not investigate any of this ?
    • You found no evidence of collusion or obstruction (how do you have obstruction, when there was no crime?), but why did you ignore numerous instances of Democrats trying to interfere with our election, and why did you delete evidence of Strzok’s and Page’s emails and text messages? Why does everything you did appear to be politically biased?
    • What areas of investigation were authorized in former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s Aug. 2, 2017 scope memo? Why did Rosenstein wait more than two months to lay out the scope of the investigation?
    • When did investigators figure out that the Steele dossier’s claim that Michael Cohen visited Russia was inaccurate?
    • IF you could not find sufficient evidence of a crime, then why did you try to leave the impression that you believe crimes were committed, instead of simply reporting that “no evidence of crimes were found” ?
    • Why is it you chose NOT to investigate numerous potential crimes by Democrats? Wasn’t it illegal for you to delete evidence of Strzok’s and Page’s emails and text messages? Isn’t that illegal? Do you not see the political bias and legal issues by doing that? How can you claim concerns about meddling with elections, and ignore all of they ways Democrats were putting their finger on the scale (see long list here)?
    There are lots of other questions that should be asked, but it is unlikely Mueller will provide answers to most of those questions.

    Posted by: d.a.n at June 27, 2019 11:00 AM
    Comment #445477

    Stupidity and absurdity reigned at the Democrat debate last night.

    Does anyone imagine or believe that Hispanics who don’t understand English were watching this dismal performance?

    We all understand why a couple of candidates found it necessary to speak in Spanish. Does the word “pandering” come to mind?

    I managed to watch about half of the debate and turned it off. I knew I would learn nothing new about the Socialist/Progressive folks on that stage.

    Tonight should be a treat. We have the two main clowns on stage. Dumb and dumber.

    Posted by: Royal Flush at June 27, 2019 3:48 PM
    Comment #445483

    Democratic logic: Be inclusive by excluding the majority of your audience by speaking Spanish.

    How does that make sense? Why are people who think like this taken seriously when they say they want to be inclusive?

    When a limb is severed and reattached the nerves sometimes reroute themselves to make their final connection. I think this may be the reason Democratics think speaking a foreign language is considered being inclusive. Their synapse have rerouted through, perhaps weaker or denser, tissue and it acts like a resistor or something. We don’t know how they think. Like a woman doesn’t know how a man thinks, it is that way with the political parties.

    Perhaps my vision of the universe is correct. We are a zygote in the womb of our God, being made in her image. We may be an egg, unfertilized, waiting for the alien to puncture the shell we call the Milky Way.

    Does that sound inclusive, also? I’ll put in my first campaign appearance speech.

    Posted by: Weary Willie at June 27, 2019 4:53 PM
    Comment #445484

    I stopped watching about half way through also.

    When they started speaking Spanish, my wife looked at me and shook her head in disgust at such blatant pandering.
    She is disgusted by all of this, which is the Democrats’ platform for 2020.
    But there are people that are attracted to that platform.

      QUESTION: What sort of people are attracted to that sort of platform?
      ANSWER: People that think they are going to get a lot of free stuff.
    These people don’t understand that there is a major malfunction in their thinking and values, and it is all fueled by excessive selfishness, which makes them selfish extremists.
    They also don’t understand, despite ample examples, that it will fail miserably when they finally run out of other peoples’ money.

    Posted by: d.a.n at June 27, 2019 5:08 PM
    Comment #445485

    The weak-minded, and those with heads full of mush, will find the Democrat political message attractive.

    Our Founders were learned men. They were aware of, and knew much about, all the various forms of government that existed for millennia.

    They chose, for us, among all the forms available, a Democratic Republic. Most of us are thankful for their wisdom.

    Today, we have a gaggle of ignorant and arrogant Democrat politicians who believe they know more about good governance than our Founders.

    They should be shunned or ridiculed.

    Posted by: Royal Flush at June 27, 2019 5:31 PM
    Comment #445486

    I was talking to a guy in a bar and the subject was welfare. This lady interrupted to say, “So you’re going to take the food out of my baby’s mouth!”.

    I looked at her and said, “You’re saying that to me when you’re sitting here drinking a beer?”.

    She didn’t have much to say then, but about 2 weeks later she got a job working on the machine right next to me at my job. Coincidence? That she was working with me? Yes. That she got a job? No.

    I’m not afraid to criticize what I think is bad behavior. We shouldn’t be afraid of the loud mouths that are controling the candidates on that stage last night.

    Dense tissue: Call a law The Equal Rights Amendment and tailor it around specific groups.

    Posted by: Weary Willie at June 27, 2019 5:33 PM
    Comment #445487
    Weary Willie wrote: Perhaps my vision of the universe is correct. We are a zygote in the womb of our God, being made in her image. We may be an egg, unfertilized, waiting for the alien to puncture the shell we call the Milky Way.
    LOL !
    This is the state of the Democrat party.
    Never underestimate the lack of virtue of some people, who will stoop to almost any low for more votes, money, and power (i.e. blatant pandering for more votes via promises to illegal immigrants, promises of amnesty, voting rights for non-citizens, and more electoral votes, federal funding money, and power based on higher CENSUS population counts, since the CENSUS does not verify [x]citizenship).

    Democrats don’t give a damn about those being pandered to; they only want the votes, money, and power, and they’ll promise ANYTHING to get it, such as promises of:

    • a free income;
    • free college tuition;
    • eliminate all college loan debt;
    • allow non-citizens to vote;
    • allow non-citizens to be counted in decennial CENSUS;
    • allow people to vote at age 16;
    • allow convicted and incarcerated felons to vote (including murderers, rapists, pedophiles, etc.);
    • promise reparations for black people;
    • promote sanctuary cities and states;
    • call for abolishment of I.C.E. and CBP;
    • call for open borders;
    • conveniently ignore 2,000 homicides per year by criminal non-citizens (source: site2data.com/homicides1.html);
    • promise another amnesty like the shamnesty of 1986;
    • refuse legislation to (a)require employers to use eVerify (to verify eligibility for employment); (b)to stop the abuse of asylum laws; and (c)stop the abuse of birth-right citizenship (women from all over the world are booking vacations to the U.S. to give birth, so that their child will have U.S. citizenship);
    • promote to give illegal immigrants drivers’ licenses, and also automatically register them to vote; illegal voting by non-citizens is widespread in all states;
    • promises of statehood for Puerto Rico and D.C.;
    • prmoises to change the number of Supreme Court justices with hopes of packing the court with more extremists like themselves;
    • promises to abolish the 2nd amendment, but call for restricting or eliminating 2nd Amendment rights, and say it is worth it “even if it saves only ONE life”, but hypocritically ignore about 2,000 homicides per year by criminal non-citizens (source:
      www.gao.gov/assets/320/316959.pdf ;
      site2data.com/homicides1.html; www.KlowdTV.com);
    • promise free college tuition for non-citizens; already, some sanctuary states give free tuition or in-state college tuition to non-citizens, but charge higher college tuition rates for out-of-state citizens.
    That’s a LOT of pandering!
    Only a moron can’t see it, and only a selfish extremist would defend it.
    With all that free stuff, it’s no wonder millions if people are rushing to get to the U.S. (many of which die along the way; the Democrats have blood on their hands).

      Posted by: d.a.n at June 27, 2019 5:35 PM
      Comment #445488

      Thanks to d.a.n. for his list of Democrat “pandering”.

      The Left has now determined that everything on their government shopping list are “rights”.

      When did health care become a “right”?

      Can we find that right in our Constitution? Can we find that right in our laws? Can we find that right in our religious teachings?

      Can anyone on the Left identify from exactly where this supposed “right” originated?

      We also hear the rabid Left speak of housing, clothing, and food as “rights”. Where in hell does that right come from?

      Do we know what are not considered “rights” among the Lefties? Yes, we do. We who work and save do not have a “right” to refuse to share our wealth.

      They say we have “obligations” to fund their “rights”.

      They are all fuc*ed up.

      Posted by: Royal Flush at June 27, 2019 5:48 PM
      Comment #445489

      I almost forgot, didn’t the candidates on stage last night talk about “rights” for the LGBTQRSV crowd too?

      Posted by: Royal Flush at June 27, 2019 5:52 PM
      Comment #445490

      Yes, they are all F***ed up, and there is a mountain of evidence that reveals the motives for their greed and selfishness.

      Posted by: d.a.n at June 27, 2019 5:54 PM
      Comment #445491

      There’s an old saying, “If you ask if you’re crazy, you’re not crazy.”

      Democratics think this should be normal. They remind me of a 4 year old demanding ice cream for ever and ever and ever!

      Their entire thought process revolves around getting someone else to give them what they want. Never do they think to get it for themselves because they’ve been brainwashed into thinking it’s impossible for an individual to get what they want. They’ve been brainwashed into thinking if one has it everyone must have it. They call it equality. That must be Spanish because it doesn’t means what they think it means.

      Posted by: Weary Willie at June 27, 2019 6:22 PM
      Comment #445521

      Our rights, a home as long as you work and pay for it, clothing as long as you work and pay for it, medical as long as you work and can pay for it, education as long as you work and pay for it, anything else the left deems as a right as long as you work and can pay for that right. If you can’t work because of physical or mental problems then you have the right to ask for assistance. If you are physically and mentally sound get off your A$$ and work for your rights.

      Posted by: Rich KAPitan at June 28, 2019 2:26 PM
      Comment #445522

      WOW; at first I thought this was a joke.

      Scarborough apologizes for ‘disaster’ of 2020 Democratic debate on MSNBC

      https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/450841-scarborough-apologizes-for-disaster-after-2020-democratic

      Based upon what I have heard and read over the past two days, the Democrats will be running on

      A. open borders
      B. free health care for all
      C. reparations
      D. higher taxes

      Will any of our Liberal Pals explain why they believe these are positions sufficient to win the presidency. Facts only please.

      Posted by: Royal Flush at June 28, 2019 2:40 PM
      Comment #445523

      I agree with KAP regarding working for the things we desire.

      Politicians have finally discovered human nature.

      We all believe we deserve more than what we are willing to work for.

      Human greed is universal.

      We want to believe political lies when we like what is being promised.

      I could barely believe my ears when I heard Dem candidates talking about health care in the same way they talked about Obamacare. You like your doctor and hospital, you can keep them. We will save you money and provide better care.

      Who believes that crap?

      Posted by: Royal Flush at June 28, 2019 2:47 PM
      Comment #445524

      I could not bear to watch the entirety of the 2nd debate either.

      It was nothing more than PANDERING And BUYING vote with promises of all kinds of free stuff (even for non-citizens!).

      Maybe Joe Scarborough isn’t as stupid as he looks, IF he is calling the 2020 Democrat candidates running for POTUS: “clowns”
      Even if it is true? : )

      It was pathetic how Kamal Harris waffled on whether private healthcare insurance would be banned, played the race card, and blurted a few (obviously rehearsed in advance) prepared zingers.
      Yet, the talking heads on the FAKE NEWS MEDIA claim she was the winner of the debate.

      Bernie Sanders is a rude, grouchy, loud-mouth old fart (aside from being an self admitted socialist). Like Joe Scarborough said, “he was yelling” all night long.

      It will be a VERY SAD day for the U.S.A. IF any of these pandering socialists get elected as POTUS.
      They don’t have a clue.

      Eric Swalwell is a hypocrite of the Nth degree
      for basing his campaign on gun control.
      Many Democrats want to abolish the 2nd amendment, but many Democrats and many on the left call for restricting or eliminating 2nd Amendment rights, and say it is worth it “even if it saves only ONE life”, but hypocritically ignore about 2,000 homicides per year by criminal non-citizens (source: site2data.com/homicides1.html).
      And what about abortion, if it “even if it saves only ONE life”?

      This is what I hope to see after the NOV-2020 election.
      However, Republicans had better pull their heads out, and understand that Democrats are buying and pandering for votes, and Republicans had better find a way to communicate the seriousness of the situation to U.S. voters, and clearly communicate how Democrats are despicably pitting U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants against each other, in order to turn RED states to BLUE states (i.e. pandering and promising ALL sorts of FREE STUFF; promises that can’t possibly be kept without destroying the nation, and balooning the $22.4 Trillion debt FAR, FAR beyond the already nightmare proportions).
      And they say they will pay for all of this free stuff by taxing corporations more and taxing the wealthy 70%.
      IF that happens, you really will see corporations and people moving out of the U.S. ASAP.
      It’s amazing that this is the best the Democrat party has to offer, but it is disturbing that so many voters are such lazy cheaters and parasites that they would fall for the promises of all the free stuff by this group of master-panderers and master parasites.

      Posted by: d.a.n at June 28, 2019 3:48 PM
      Comment #445526

      I’m still trying to get through the first debate. Are you saying NBC screwed up both debates? What happened in the second one, a streaker?

      Posted by: Weary Willie at June 28, 2019 4:02 PM
      Comment #445527

      It’s safe to say NBC and all of the 2020 Democrat candidates screwed up both debates.
      And many of the FAKE NEWS MEDIAs news sources are saying Biden and Bernie and other Demcorat candidates would beat Trump IF the election was held today.
      The problem with ALL the pandering by all 2020 Democrat candidates, NOT all Democrat voters are for all of the free stuff they are promising, because many Democrats know that they’ll be the ones paying 70% (or higher) tax rates.
      Only the lazy parasites who think they’re going to get a bunch of free stuff (who hopefully don’t make up the majority of Democrat voters), are attracted to the 2020 Democrat candidates, who are master-parasites, based on their shameful promises and pandering and this despicable platform.

      Posted by: d.a.n at June 28, 2019 6:07 PM
      Comment #445529

      Do you think Mic Obama will get into the race once it’s been whittled down?

      Posted by: Weary Willie at June 28, 2019 7:16 PM
      Comment #445530

      I hope so.

      Posted by: d.a.n at June 28, 2019 7:23 PM
      Comment #445531

      Everyone contributes to their favorite of the 22. They go through all the debates rooting for their candidate. Then, at the last minute, Michelle walks in with her scepter, crown, and fur cape, and gets anointed with the nomination.

      Will everyone play a Bernie and just let it happen, again? Will they bow to the One? Is it her turn, because she deserves it? …again?

      Did you notice the most cheered statement in the entire first night of the debate was when the Governor said the greatest threat to the U.S. is Donald Trump? It was so shallow.

      Posted by: Weary Willie at June 28, 2019 8:15 PM
      Comment #445532

      Yeah, Jay Inslee (Governor of WA.) is a real winner, eh?
      But, that could be said of ALL of them 2020 Democrat candidates running for POTUS.
      It’s a sad line-up.
      ALL of them are trying to out-pander each other with promises of free stuff (including free stuff for non-citizens).
      That’s because those Democrats are Master-Parasites, and they know how to appeal to the Regular-Parasites, who think they’re going to get a lot of free stuff (at least, until they all run out of other peoples’ money).
      This is the saddest lineup of Democrat candidates, and the most despicable platform I’ve ever seen in 60+ years.

      Posted by: d.a.n at June 28, 2019 8:37 PM
      Comment #445533

      I agree. It’s like they’re pulling out all the stops to placate every “group” they’ve created. They should rename their party mascot to be the Pander Bear.

      Posted by: Weary Willie at June 28, 2019 8:50 PM
      Comment #445534

      Do you think, that if the 17th amendment was repealed, the states, and citizens of the states, would return to referring to themselves by their nickname? What do the citizens of Texas call themselves?

      Posted by: Weary Willie at June 28, 2019 8:56 PM
      Comment #445535
      Pander Bear
      LOL !
      Perhaps Democrats should rename their party to the PP ?
      The Pander Party ?
      Or perhaps the CTGP (Cradle-To-Grave-Party)?

      IF the 17th Amendment was repealed, and senators were appointed (or elected) by their respective state legislatures, the states might have better representation.

      Texas is the “Lone Star State”, because it became its own country (an independent republic) in 1836, until it became the 28th state (December 29, 1845). Before 1836, Texas belonged to Mexico and Spain (until Mexico pushed Spain out of Mexico in 1821). The cause of the Texas Revolution was the refusal of many people (both Anglo and Mexican), to accept the harsh governmental changes mandated by “Siete Leyes” which placed almost total power in the hands of the Mexican national government and General Santa Anna (who once described himself as a “dictator”).

      General Houston attacked Santa Anna’s army, and afterward, no one could find Santa Anna. He had redressed as a a common Mexican soldier, but was caught trying to escape. Santa Anna surrendered to General Houston, and agreed to grant Texas independence.

      Although Santa Anna was disgraced after the Texas Revolution, Santa Anna staged a political resurrection and served as president of Mexico 7 more times between 1839 and 1855.

      Posted by: d.a.n at June 28, 2019 10:08 PM
      Comment #445562

      Or, perhaps the Democrat Party should be renamed to “BAPP” (Bribery and Pandering Party)?

      These 2020 Democrat candidates are the gifts that keep on giving.

      In my 60+ years, I have never seen such blatant attempts to pander and bribe voters (with promises of all kinds of free stuff), which proves again that many Democrats and these 2020 Democrat candidates will do ANYTHING for more votes, money, and power. Amazing and disgusting !?!!

      Posted by: d.a.n at June 29, 2019 7:48 AM
      Comment #445580

      Many thanks to d.a.n. for the brief history of Texas.

      Thanks to Weary for the “pander bear” laugh.

      Frankly, with an “ass” for party symbol, merely adding the word “holes” would do to describe today’s Liberals.

      Posted by: Royal Flush at June 29, 2019 1:21 PM
      Comment #445582
      Weary Willie wrote: They [Democrats] should rename their party mascot to be the Pander Bear.
      d.a.n wrote: Perhaps Democrats should rename their party to the PP (The Pander Party)? Or perhaps the CTGP (Cradle-To-Grave-Party)?
      Royal Flush wrote: Frankly, with an “ass” for [the Democrat] party symbol, merely adding the word “holes” would do to describe today’s Liberals.
      L O L !!! Royal Flush wins the contest. “Ass” followed by “holes” is perfect !
      How about Pandering “Ass” followed by “holes” (i.e. PAHs) ?
      Or, should that be hyphenated perhaps?: “Pandering Ass-Holes” ?
      Surely, there are enough U.S. voters that are not dumb enough to fall for all the promises for free stuff, and realize it will all crumble when the parasites finally run out of other peoples’ money?
      Look what happened in Greece, Venezuela, and many other countries when more people were riding in the wagon than were pushing the wagon.
      Also consider that many trillions of dollar$ have already been borrowed from Social Security (and replaced with worthless I.O.U.s); and Medicare has about $70 Billion per year in waste and fraud; and illegal immigration is already costing U.S. citizens about $300 Billion per year in net losses (i.e. at least $0.75 Billion per day for border security, other costs and losses, not to mention 2,000 homicides per year by criminal non-citizens; $135 Billion since 01-JAN-2019), and there is already a $22.4 Trillion national debt which is already beyond nightmare proportions!!!???!!!
      Now throw in the “New Green Deal” and we will be seriously FUBARed for good!
      Posted by: d.a.n at June 29, 2019 1:58 PM
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