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20 Questions/Statements

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 10/05/17 13:05

by Dave Mindeman

So many issues. So little time. The list that rattles around my brain....

1) How does a party that calls our national debt a disgrace - keep coming up with policy after policy of tax cuts? David Stockman, the OMB director under Ronald Reagan, says it is Republican policies that are the real culprit leading to the national debt we have now.

2) Conspiracy nuts run wild on everything else - but they won't accept the real facts on the Russia/Trump investigation.

3) Every time there is a mass shooting incident - Alex Jones and Infowars claims it is a "false flag" government conspiracy. Tin foil hats?

4) Why is it so difficult to believe that Trump is our President because of a massive propaganda campaign from Russian operatives? Especially when Trump refuses to criticize anything about the "bear"?

5) At some point, Democrats will have to realize that we need to think strategically and not just progressively.

6) Republicans have passed through so many electoral advantages without much challenge. Gerrymandering. Voter suppression. Legislative gimmicks.

7) When you promise to drain the swamp, making it worse should be a problem that is emphasized.

8) The electoral college makes for a lot of interesting political discussion - but it is an archaic method of electoral democracy.

9) Climate denial in the face of what is happening now has no place in the EPA - never did.

10) Puerto Rico's American citizens should not be treated as some kind of foreign entity worthy of only half measures. Can we please move ahead on statehood here?

11) Please remove Jared and Ivanka's security clearances.

12) There is enough evidence for an impeachment right now. But Trump is fortunate to be in a party without a spine or moral compass.

13) Cutting Medicaid and Medicare should be beyond any consideration anymore. It is the social safety net.

14) Tax cuts = debt. I will just keep saying it.

15) Cutting corporate taxes would actually mean something if corporations really paid any taxes. Few do.

16) The wealthy do not need more disposable income. The evidence lies in the amount of non-deductible political contributions they make.

17) As we move to electric car mobility in the future, are we going to make the same policy mistake propping up oil and gas, that we did with coal?

18) People deserve to have a full and complete light rail transit option in Mpls/StPaul.

19) Marijuana needs to be a legal option for pain and anxiety disorders. Period.

20) Why do seniors consistently vote for their own interest - but the poor do not?
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Coup D'etat

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 09/27/17 19:13

by Dave Mindeman

We are only touching the surface of the Russian attack on our democracy. The social media assault was way more effective than we care to believe, but its scope and reach are now coming into view.

Because of our electoral college system, you can win an election with a minority vote. You simply have to target key states that can make that path to 270. If you have a social media strategy which "looks" like it is coming from a grass roots level, you can forge a false coalition that can win key voting areas. With social media you can micro target - something that has never been done on such a large scale.

You won't see the Facebook ads appear in any campaign finance report, because the Russians disguised them as coming from local individuals (it was a feeble attempt to disguise).

The key is that without the knowledge of the quantity of these ads and where they were being targeted, it became a one sided propaganda campaign. And worse, the massive number of fake sites sucked people in with unrefuted lies and false stories.

We, as a people, are as susceptible to propaganda as any Russian electorate. Madison Avenue will show you the proof. But when the narrative has two sides and can be challenged, we can usually discern what is true. In areas of the Midwest, that narrative was only coming one way.

Facebook may have realized their error here because they eliminated hundreds of fake sites during the German political campaign. This type of strategy is just as much of an attack on our system as any computer hack or voting machine anomaly.

We have an illegitimate President. Bought and paid for by Russian interference and very possibly, all of it could be a conspiracy in which Trump or at least part of his campaign colluded for a false result.

If you look at an election in which one candidate can garner 3 million more votes then the opponent - and still not be President - you have an attack of such magnitude that it could be compared to a coup d'etat.

Trump wants to shut the Russian investigation down. That cannot be allowed. We have to find out the truth - no matter where it leads.
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Trump's Russian Collusion - I No Longer Doubt It

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 09/13/17 01:26

by Dave Mindeman

Well, I am convinced.

Trump and his campaign colluded with the Russians to steal the election. The evidence is there, it just has to filter through all the lies and deception.

But it is real.

Not only did this campaign collude, but each and every one of his campaign members agreed to keep their Russian contacts secret and lie about it if necessary.

The list gets long...Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, Donald Jr, Kellyanne Conway, Michael Flynn were the inner circle; while Mike Pence, Devin Nunes, Hope Hicks, and Sean Spicer were the second tier who were told later.

But this is all Trump. He has been courting Russian connections for a long time. The facts about his near deal for a Trump Tower in Moscow in 2015 (which he denied directly) while the campaign was gearing up was the reason that Trump could not say one bad thing about Vladimir Putin - Trump was trying to cajole a deal that he needed Putin to approve.

I don't know how much detail Robert Muller has uncovered or how much more he needs, but this is a much bigger conspiracy than anything ever cooked up by the alt-right. And this one is real.

And the lengths to which the Russian covert machine went to make this happen are becoming extraordinary as they come to light. The fake news, the facebook ads, the facebook pages, the rally organizing...it gets worse and worse.

Republicans still ignore the facts. They still want it to just go away. But this kind of election tampering will continue unabated until it is confronted. And now, more than ever, we need to stand up to a President who was willing to plot with a foreign adversary just for the sake of winning.

This national nightmare needs to end.
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