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New Hillary Ad Focuses on Reshuffling the Deck for the Middle Class

Clinton wants to reshuffle the deck for the middle class while the Republican cabal, led by Trump, just want to destroy them and then blame the Mexicans…
Hillary-ad (1) In her latest TV ad, a 30-Second spot which enters rotation in New Hampshire and Iowa this week, Hillary Clinton promises to ‘reshuffle the deck’ in favor of hard-working Americans. You can contrast this with the Donald Trump approach of first destroying the middle class and then blaming it on the Mexicans.
In the ad, Hillary speaks directly to the camera, “interspersed with archival photos of Clinton’s family and footage of her interacting with workers at their jobsites.”
When you see that you’ve got CEOs making 300 times what the average worker’s making you know the deck is stacked in favor of those at the top.
I want it to be back where it was when I came of age. Where my mom who never got to go to college could see her daughter go to law school.
We need to have people believing that their work will be rewarded. So I’m going to be doing everything I can to try to get that deck reshuffled so being middle class means something again.
The ad begins running this week in New Hampshire and Iowa and will run for five weeks. As of Wednesday, when the ad was posted to her YouTube channel, a CNN/ORC poll showed that Hillary’s lead over Bernie Sanders continues to diminish.
Clinton is an American success story, who herself comes out of the Middle Class. She remembers a time many of us remember, when Middle Class Americans had a reasonable shot at the American dream.
This is a theme Bernie Sanders is also hitting hard, with his oft-heard “collapse of the American middle class.” In fact, that’s all Sanders says he wants to talk about, not Hillary Clinton, which is all the media wants to talk about.
What Jason Horowitz wrote in The New York Times yesterday to describe the different approaches of Clinton and Sanders, is that “If Mrs. Clinton’s pitch to voters is that she can make the system more effective, Mr. Sanders is arguing that Mr. Obama was naive to even bother with a system that needs to be fundamentally changed.”
They each have different challenges as well. Obama being a black man in the White House when black men who are assertive are seen as “angry black men,” and Hillary as a woman in the White House when assertive women are seen as “bitches,” and Sanders finding support to make those fundamental systems in an entrenched system.
Republicans also hearken back to the 50s, but as a time when white 'christians' had unique access to America. When they look back, they don’t see economic hardship; they contrast that America with the imagined persecution of today’s white 'christians' now finding themselves on equal footing with people at whom they could once look down their noses.
If you wanted an honest campaign video from the Republican cabal, rather than the images used by Hillary, you would see KKK in hoods, crosses burning, people being bludgeoned in the street, and masses of Confederate flags on parade through black neighborhoods. You would see a mighty wall stretching across the Mexican border from sea to shining sea, and drones swooping in low for the kill, leaving human wreckage in their wake.
By comparison, Trump’s only mention of the middle class comes with his claim that immigrants are destroying the middle class. Not rich tycoons like him who send our jobs to Mexico and China, but immigrants who are coming here to find a better life.
And Trump doesn’t want to help the middle class. In fact, his recent proposal for saving the American auto-industry got him branded by the UAW president as “an enemy of the middle class.”
Trump just wants to hurt immigrants by blaming what people like him have done to the middle class on immigrants, and then hurt immigrants some more just because he can.
Those are the differences between Democrats and Republicans this campaign season. There is nothing in the Republican message for the American middle class but further loss of opportunity, nothing for the poor but continued poverty, and only fear and violence for immigrants.

Don’t Focus On Trump – He Is A Distraction From Seriously Dangerous Republicans

The vile remarks Trump made about Mexican immigrants during his campaign kickoff speech were staples of Republican cabal candidates going back to 2010
Donald Trump
In literature, and the theater arts, a primary component of any captivating story is having a villain-antagonist as a counter to the hero or main character; there just always has to be a bad guy to oppose or there is really no story. In politics, and governance, each side of the political spectrum chooses a representative ‘bad-guy” as a central character to rally against, something Republicans have been particularly effective at. Past ‘bad characters’ Republicans used to great effect to advance their agendas include Osama bin Laden to represent all terrorists and war, Saddam Hussein to represent a nuclear threat to America and more war, and over the past six years it has been President Barack Obama representing socialism as a threat to democracy; likely due to his race and political party. Even though Republicans know full well that Barack Obama is at best a Centrist Democrat, Republicans have branded him a Muslim, un-American, a socialist, a tax and spend liberal, and a warrior against 'christianity'. Of course none of the accusations are remotely true, but Republicans stole control of Congress and a majority of state governorships by being anti-Obama; something their base considers pro-America.
Democrats, liberals and progressives (there is a difference), have recently found their villain in reality television star Trump and the attention they are heaping on Trump, although possibly warranted, is misplaced. Make no mistake, Trump is worthy of the villain role he is being given by the left, but he is simply playing a part written specifically by teabagger Republicans and championed by establishment Republicans. Trump is an opportunist, a nasty opportunist, but he is an opportunist all the same. In fact, nothing in Trump’s campaign rhetoric is novel; he has simply distilled the last six years’ worth of Republican propaganda into an agenda that a well-conditioned base believes is the only solution to “take their country back.” That base, the one scientists and several studies filled with empirical data prove is inherently ignorant, innately cruel, and fundamentally racist, love Trump more than the other Republican candidates for pretender because he is the only one saying first and loudly what all Republicans believe. It is time for the left, all of the left, to start lumping the wingnut delusion, in its entirety, into a cabal representing the worst of humanity their supporters firmly believe is what makes American exceptional and stop focusing solely on Trump.
It was interesting to learn that Trump is getting pushback, as well as significant credit, from the left over the vicious beating of a homeless man in Boston by two thugs because they thought he was illegally in America. They are reported saying that “Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported,” so naturally Trump gets brunt of criticism when he is just parroting a shrieking point Republicans have campaigned on since 2010. It is true that Trump said that “Mexican immigrants are criminals, they are bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists” during his campaign kickoff speech, but those statements have been repeated ad nauseum by all manner of Republicans, and wingnut shrieking heads, for the last fifteen years.
Now, when Trump heard about the Boston attack, he said “I will say that people who are following me love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate.” It is part of his “we gotta’ take this country back” spiel that he ripped off from teabaggers panting to return to 1860 America. It is the same slogan Republicans have used for the past six years to attack women’s rights, voting rights, public education, the federal government, regulations, and gays, and it really should surprise no-one that brash loudmouth Trump is benefiting from a purely Republican agenda. What is surprising is that the left has made Trump the object of their undivided attention when they should be assailing, with extreme prejudice, the entire Republican delusion because all the credit and criticism for inciting hatred belongs to the Republican cabal; it has been part and parcel of the Republican cabal’s agenda for the past six years and not only during election season.
It is unclear if the left understands that, just because Trump is out saying what the base wants to hear and what the Republican cabal represents as one of two major political parties, the rest of the Republican cabal field is equally hateful and every bit as dangerous as Trump; they are just attempting to appear moderate. Every one of the Republican candidates are anti-government, anti-women’s rights, anti-taxes, anti-immigrant, anti-democracy and anti-science; they are also all, save Trump, fierce advocates for imposing fundamentalist 'christianity' on the nation. However, make no mistake that when Trump realizes he may be alienating the evangelical religio-wingnut voting bloc, he will be the loudest advocate for the bible as law of the land.
Right now Trump is making inroads to the wingnut base with his blatant anti-immigrant rhetoric, even though three years ago he claimed Romney was “crazy and mean-spirited” for proposing self-deportation as a viable immigration reform policy. But the vile remarks he made about Mexican immigrants during his campaign kickoff speech were staples of Republican candidates and sitting congressmen and governors going back at least to 2010.
Everyone needs a villain to hate and rage against and Trump certainly fills that role very nicely; he is a very easy Republican to despise. However, he is just playing a role written by and for seriously nasty wingnuts who want to be enraged against their own set of villains whether they are gays, immigrants, women, non-christians, the government or the poor. It is what they have come to believe is necessary to “take their country back” to pre-Civil War days and why all Republicans, not just Trump, need to feel the rage of the left. Establishment Republicans, and their funding machine the Koch brothers, are never going to allow Trump to be the Republican nominee, but they will continue allowing him to incite the base and take the heat from the left while their equally vile candidate(s) appear moderate. The left has to stop focusing on a reality television hack just because he is the only one saying what all Republicans, including the seriously dangerous ones, advocate.

Women Roar With A Silent Protest Against Cruz At Iowa State Fair

ted cruz sign iowaAs Cruz vowed to investigate and prosecute Planned Parenthood while speaking at the Iowa State Fair, a silent protest that was visible throughout Cruz’s speech reminded Republicans that payback is coming on Election Day 2016.
A sign was visible over Cruz’s shoulder during his entire speech that said, “1950 called. They want their workplace policies back.”
Cruz joked that Hillary Clinton was a “wild-eyed socialist who has policies that are dangerous for America and the world.” The woman that visible holding up the sign that protested Republican positions that reinforce gender inequality in the workplace, along with millions of other men and women would strongly disagree.
Progress in catching up with what much of the rest of the world is already doing is not socialism. Hillary Clinton is not an extremist liberal. In fact, the debate among some Democrats is centered around whether Hillary Clinton is liberal enough.
Cruz threw the word liberty around a lot during his speech, but it is clear that when he speaks about liberty he doesn’t mean freedom for all. Cruz like the rest of his Republican colleagues is most concerned about liberty for millionaires and corporations.
The Republican definition of liberty remains straight out of the show Mad Men. Rich white males have all the liberty, and the rest of the country is a blind spot to be ignored.
One woman who was holding one sign sent a powerful message. Women who believe in gender equality are always there. They are watching, and on November 8, 2016, those women and men who are fighting for progress will be voting.

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Ann Coulter Calls Bill O’Reilly ‘Stupid’ For Correctly Interpreting The 14th Amendment

Image via TwitterCoulter and O’Reilly are feuding over the 14th Amendment, but O’Reilly isn’t the pinhead in this argument.
Granted, O'Reilly IS strupid. but by some weird quirk of fate he is correct in this case - yeah, we know, who thought it possible.
It is still hilarious to see two idiots fighting over which one of them is an idiot and which one is not.

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