Friday, May 6, 2016

Seared Music: Johnny Cash - "The Man In Black"

...an apt song to describe how I feel in regards to the spectre of Donald Trump as the GOP candidate for President...black is a good color; as long as he's the nominee, that's my color of choice, thank you very much...

Sanders: We'll Force As Many DNC Floor Votes This Summer

......pass the popcorn, folks!
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has written a letter to Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to warn that any moves by the national party to stack convention committees with supporters of opponent Hillary Clinton will result in fights on the floor of the convention.
“I believe that the composition of the standing committees must reflect the relative support that has been received by both campaigns,” Sanders wrote. “That was why I was so disappointed to learn that of the over forty people our campaign submitted at your request you chose to select only three of my recommendations for the three standing committees. Moreover, you did not assign even one of the people submitted by our campaign to the very important Rules Committee of the Democratic National Convention.”
Sanders has won roughly 45% of pledged delegates during the Democratic nomination process, and has demanded similar representation in the committees that craft the convention’s rules and help form the Democratic party’s platform.
“If we are to have a unified party in the fall, no matter who wins the nomination, we cannot have a Democratic National Convention in which the views of millions of people who participated in the Democratic nominating process are unrepresented in the committee membership,” Sanders continued, saying that such a makeup “sends the very real message that the Democratic Party is not open to the millions of new people that our campaign has brought into the political process.”
“Fairness, inclusion and transparency should be the standard under which we operate.”
If committee assignments aren’t allotted proportionally, Sanders warned, the disparity could result in floor fights at the party’s national convention in Philadelphia. “If the process is set up to produce an unfair, one-sided result, we are prepared to mobilize our delegates to force as many votes as necessary to amend the platform and rules on the floor of the convention,” Sanders concluded. (The Guardian)
 Long story short here: this is sounding a lot like sour grapes on the part of the Sanders campaign in that, assuming the DNC runs its' presidential convention in roughly the same way as the RNC does, typically a floor fight doesn't generally happen...and when they do happen - think Ted Kennedy's efforts to force floor fights in 1980 - they usually don't end well for both sides. The reason is simple: the convention floor committees are typically staffed with people from both the respective national committees' and supporters of the winning candidate's campaign.

Now, Sanders does make a point here - and I'm going to dip into my nearly 2-decades worth of liberal memories to explain this point here - and that point is that, unlike the RNC primary process, which - for better or for worse, stacks the deck in favor of the winning candidate as campaign's end - if the Democratic Party is going to use a roughly proportional method of allocating delegates (pledged delegates, that is; not the superdelegates), then shouldn't the convention committees' roughly represent the will of the voters? In a sense, this is the revenge of the masses for the changes the DNC made following the 1968 convention, after which they created the current system (proportional allocation of pledged delegates, unpledged superdelegates, etc.), which begs the question: would those masses prefer the previous system instead?

Founder's Quote, 6 May 2016

My construction of the constitution is very different from that you quote. It is that each department is truly independent of the others, and has an equal right to decide for itself what is the meaning of the constitution in the cases submitted to its action; and especially, where it is to act ultimately and without appeal. - Thomas Jefferson, letter to Judge Spencer Roane — 1819

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Seared Music: Rage Against The Machine - "Know Your Enemy"

...and that enemy, conservatives, is Donald Trump and his minions, otherwise known as Trump supporters...

How Desperate Is Donald Trump For Hispanic Voters?


...this desperate...and yet #Trumpites - like Tim here - still think Donald Trump's a good candidate for President? Ha! Give me a fucking break, dude.

Founder's Quote, 5 May 2016

The rich, the well-born, and the able, acquire and influence among the people that will soon be too much for simple honesty and plain sense, in a house of representatives. The most illustrious of them must, therefore, be separated from the mass, and placed by themselves in a senate; this is, to all honest and useful intents, an ostracism. - John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, vol 1 — 1787

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Sorry, Jazz Shaw...With All Due Respect, #NeverTrump Really Does Mean #NeverTrump

You know, there's times where I really like some of the things that Hot Air's Jazz Shaw writes...and then there are times where I have to seriously wonder what grade of hi-test marijuana he's smoking; this is one of those times.

Case in point: an article of his over at Hot Air where he tries - and fails, in my opinion - to make the case that all of us #NeverTrump'ers, now that the Donald is the effective GOP nominee, need to get with the program and support Donald Trump, using the evil spectre of Hillary Clinton as a boogeyman to do so.

Well..in a sense, he's right, but its' the reverse opinion that matters. Yes, Hillary Clinton's an evil bitch who probably belongs at Leavenworth - among other places - for some of the things she's either done or has been alleged to have done over the years....but you see, Mr. Shaw, here's the thing: for all that, Hillary Clinton, to borrow, is a known quantity: we know the evil that she is. We don't know, by contrast, what Donald Trump is...and that's what scares a lot of us conservatives out here in the hustings; we don't know what positions he's going to take or what his dealings with foreign leaders will be or what comments he'll make and that makes him dangerous.

Take his comments towards women, John McCain, the disabled, political opponents...and Hispanics, for instance...can you imagine, given those remarks, what his administration would look like there? Or look at his comments towards NATO and the post-WW2 international order; can you just imagine the evil smiles on the faces of Russian and Chinese leaders who, after hearing those remarks, might be tempted to push the boundaries of acceptable international norms to their very limits? After all, Mr. Shaw, NATO, for instance, is just an obsolete organization made up of deadbeat countries who won't pay their share of the operating costs, an organization which kept the peace in Europe from 1949 to the end of the Cold War...but I guess that don't matter, huh?

Here's the other major point of contention, Mr. Shaw....as someone who used to be a liberal for nearly 2 decades, I can honestly say with a straight face - no pun intended there - that if you think the media haven't been hard on the Donald, just wait until its' Donald vs. Hillary; as bad as Hillary is, Donald makes her look an absolute, virginal paragon of virtue on par with Jesus and all the freakin' angels in Heaven...and given the crap HRC's been accused of over the years, that's saying something.

So that begs the question: now that Trump is the GOP candidate in all but official word, what do those of us #NeverTrump'ers do now? Well, as I look at it, it's a very simple choice: do you vote for, (a) the evil we know (a/k/a Hillary) or (b) the evil we don't know (a/k/a the Donald)? And with all due respect, Jazz Shaw, you are an idiot to suggest that #NeverTrump simply means #ImWithHer; it would not surprise me if there is a record amount of ticket-splitting as conservatives of all stripes - myself included - pull the lever for Hillary and for down-ballot Republicans, gambling that Congressional Republicans will do everything in their power to put the brakes on an HRC administration...to do anything else, sir, is to risk putting this Republic in the hands of a xenophobic, bigoted, charlatanistic proto-fascist...and if you (and others, for that matter) want to do that, then sir, the consequences of that are on you. Not us #NeverTrump'ers....on you.

Founder's Quote, 4 May 2016

The truth is, after all the declamations we have heard, that the Constitution is itself, in every rational sense, and to every useful purpose, A BILL OF RIGHTS. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 84 — 1788

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Seared Music: Don Meredith - "Turn Out The Lights, The Party's Over"

...the GOP in a nutshell now that Donald Trump's the presumptive nominee...

Political Thought, 3 May 2016

Maybe its' just me, but the more I read Reddit's r/Politics page, the more I get the feeling that once it becomes a straight-up Trump/Clinton general-election fight, that is going to be one very negative page...

Founder's Quote, 3 May 2016

[A]lthough a republican government is slow to move, yet when once in motion, its momentum becomes irresistible. - Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Francis C. Gray — 1815

A Glimpse Of The Dems' 2016 Senate Campaign?

...now, this is but one ad (from Democrat Connor Eldridge, who is running against Arkansas Sen. John Boozman (R) for Boozman's seat) but if this ad were to play nationally against multiple candidates should Donald Trump be the GOP nominee, this could help tip the scales for whoever the Democratic candidate is...