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California's Attorney Xavier Becerra says:
 
"The president admitted that there's not a basis for the declaration, he admitted there's no crisis at the border, he's now tryinng to rob funds that were allocated by Congress legally to the various states and people of our states...The separation of powers is being violated, were going to out there and make sure Donald Trump cannot steal money from the states and people who need them, since we paid the taxpayer dollars to Washington, D.C. to get those services."
 
And of earlier today, and of the 13 states-- each has indicated that these respectives states will be initiating litigation in federal court and which will become the premise for challenging the Trump administration.  Thus, the initial effort by California and Oregon, has become a collective legal front and which has been further expanded, and with the expectation that more states will join and actively participate.   
 
Jaango--posted on February 18, 2019
 

 

 

The Politics of "la mantequilla de pastoso" Is Upon Us...

On this President's Holiday, the Republican approach to politics, has moved to the new level of a nexus for what is beyond their insightfulness and what is today's conservative right and to the 'deep' reseach being conducted on potential Democrats for next year's election cycle. Thus, "socialism" is now the context and the presumptive content that will be forthcoming over the next eighteen months, has become quite apparent. Therefore, the 'greasy butter' of a non-fresh butter ball is being spead across the political arena, effectively demonstrates this and if one  were to listen to what is being compiled, "the propaganda campaign against high-profile non-white, non-male, non-Christian freshman Democrats" has begun.  
 
And this behavior is best described as the starting point for what's taking place in Minnesota.

To wit, “Socialism is the greatest vulnerability by far that the House Democrats have,” Representative Tom Emmer of Minnesota, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said in an interview, adding that he had also instructed his team to spotlight “all the extreme wild ideas” that Democrats espouse, “on a daily basis, on an hourly basis if it’s available.”

However, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois is having none of this nonsense.  His response is saying much in support of the targeted 55 Democrats now serving in the House chamber.  
 
And Durbin says:  “We are not going to abandon socialist policies like Social Security — or is that ‘socialist security,’ is that what they call it?”
 
And here in the Sonoran Desert, we call it "privatized security" when we keep in mind that Bush43, after his re-election, attempted to privatize social security and failed and which we opposed vigorously.

Jaango--posted on February 18, 2019
 
 
 
 

 

 

Today's Grave Stone Monument "honoring" Valentine's Day
 
Earlier today, I was reminded that I suggested to my beloved wife of many years that when I died and deserved to be buried appropriately, she reminded me that my gravestone would carry her premise of "Decency Personified Existed Here." 
 
And further, I had suggested that shortly after my death, I should be wrapped up in a blanket, taken out to some irrelevant location in our wonderful Sonoran Desert and buried without any fanfare.
 
Thus, a 'quiet' death that had no public value to anyone.  Thankfully, not to be, if tomorrow's history is properly addressed.
 
 Happy Valentinie's Day!
 
Jaango--posted on February 14, 2019 
 
 

 

 

Odds & Ends
 
Given that the final vote is expected to be taken on federal funding and including any monies for Trump's border wall, by Friday evening, much has been ongoing between the Democrats and the Republicans.
 
1.  A Free Pass on the Wounded Knee Massacre and the Trail of Tears. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the third-ranking House Republican, shrugged off President Donald Trump’s tweets that jokingly referred to Native American genocide to mock Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) over her ancestry claims. 

2.  Arizona State Senator Juan Mendez has introduced two bills that would regulate the issuance of specialty license plates.  As such, one plate titled "In God We Trust" has raised over a million dollars for the benefit of an anti-LGTBQ organization.  

3.  Like New Mexico's Governor, California Governor Greg Newson has removed his state's National Guard from the Mexico border, and has done so on the premise that the border "emergency" is a manufactured crisis.  

4.  Governor Northam of Virginia is not going to resign.  And the latest polling has the results that approximately 50% of whites say he should resign and with remaining white respondents say that the Governor should not resign.  As to the African American respondents, the overwhelming majority say that he should not resign.

5.  The politics in the State of Maine.  Shortly and after her affirming vote in the Senate for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Senator Susan Collins and her premise was that he would support Roe V. Wade legislation. Thereafter, she raised several million dollars in campaign contributions.  However, with Kavanaugh's latest vote in SCTOTUS, she is now facing a sizable "push back."  It seems that now she will be facing considerable animosity at the ballot box by Maine voters, and the the Pro-Choice groups and and collectively with Democrats, are now raising a sizable amount of money to support their anti-Collins campaign.

6.  From Axios.  The 5 largest conglomerates combining health insurance and pharmacy benefits are on track this year to be bigger than the 5 preeminent tech companies. The big picture: Anthem, Cigna, CVS Health, Humana and UnitedHealth Group cumulatively expect to collect almost $787 billion in 2019, compared with $783 billion of projected revenue for Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google.

7. Texas Senator Ted Cruz is espousing that El Chapo should pay for Trump's border wall.

8.  Elliot Abrams gets burned.  Congresswoman and Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ilhan Ombar (D-Minn), suggested to Abrams, "I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony that you give should be truthful?" And by way of background, Abrams has lied to Congress and abetting war crimes by U.S. allies relevant to the funding of terrorists in Nicaragua.  He was pardoned by President George H.W. Bush in 1992.

9.  Howard Schultz of Starbucks fame, and now on a his book-selling tour, has espoused his intention to run for president in 2020 and as an Independent, is stipulating that the New Green Deal is both "immoral" and "not realistic."

Jaango--posted on January14, 2019
 
 

 

 

Another View on anti-semitism...

Our good friend of many years, is Ed Kilgore, and writes the  following over at the web site that is the New York Magazine's 'the intelligencer' and subsequently, a differing look at this subject matter relevant to anti-semitism.

And titled, "The Christian Right, Not AIPAC, Drives the GOP’s Pro-Israel Stance" and dated, February 11, 2019

Here are a couple of salient paragraphs and with the internet link to follow for a more in-depth reading and understanding.

"The resulting firestorm has mostly been composed of critics from both parties accusing Omar of consciously promulgating the ancient smear of wealthy Jews buying influence, and some defenders suggesting she’s accurately describing AIPAC’s vast power.

"I very recently defended Omar and her fellow Muslim representative, Rashida Tlaib, against McCarthy’s attacks, but I cannot countenance her attribution of pro-Israeli attitudes, within and beyond the Republican Party, to the “Jewish lobby,” however it’s defined. And while her remarks about AIPAC don’t necessarily show she’s anti-Semitic — some of AIPAC’s best friends have good reason to exaggerate its importance as well — she is playing into stereotypes that aid Republican efforts to suggest that any criticism of Bibi Netanyahu’s policies exist on a slippery slope that leads to passing around copies of Protocols of the Elders of Zion. She should not have gone there, because in fact there are much greater and simpler explanations for general and very specific pro-Israel attitudes in this country that bely the claim that it’s “all about the Benjamins.”

AND

"The idea that it’s “Jewish money” or “the Jewish lobby” or AIPAC that’s the main reason Republicans have moved in this direction is an absolutely ideal distraction from the real reasons, and one that furthers the argument that you have to choose between Netanyahu, settlements, and Greater Israel on the one hand, or anti-Semitism on the other. To the very limited degree that AIPAC really matters, it does not do so by deliberately alienating Democrats or insisting that any criticism of the current government of Israel or of the United States is rooted in anti-Semitism. This Republican party line, which I’d argue is as perilous for Israel as it is for Palestinians, comes from other sources. If Ilhan Omar understands that, she should make it clear before she inadvertently becomes a casualty in the war of anti-Muslim extremists against anyone seeking peace and justice in the Middle East."

Here's the link: 

nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/02/christian-right-bigger-deal-than-aipac-in-gop-israel-policy.html

However, other writers, and some with overly-endowed smartness, speaks to this subject matter as well.  Take, for example, Nancy Letourneau, writing for the Washington Monthly Magazine has this to say in her article, titled, "A More Twisted Form of Anti-Semitism" and dated, February 12, 2019.

As such, she goes on to quote Jonathan Merritt and where he goes on to 'explain'  his particularized view on religiosity,as it pertains to a much larger world.

"For evangelicals like us, the Bible was not just the story of God’s involvement in the past or a guide for righteous living in the present. It also served as God’s blueprint for the future. We believed that the sacred scriptures, and the book of Revelation in particular, foretold a day when Jesus would return to earth to obliterate evil and offer his followers a prized place in God’s kingdom. We collectively clamored for this day to arrive.

"Liberty University was a hotbed for a popular theology among evangelicals called “dispensationalism,” which divides history into distinct ages or dispensations. According to this teaching, when first-century Jews rejected Jesus, a new “church age” began in which Christians would act as “God’s chosen people.” This dispensation will continue until God takes Christians to heaven, leaving the “unchosen” behind for a period of turmoil. This is known as “the rapture.”

"While dispensationalism teaches that God is currently focused on the Christian church, believers in this theology assert that when the last days arrive, God will draw the Jewish people back to Israel where they will rebuild the temple and eventually accept Jesus as the rightful Messiah. This will trigger the return and reign of Jesus."

Therefore, Nancy Letournea is correct when she closes out her writing with the following paragraph:

"In a way, this is actually a somewhat twisted form of anti-semitism. Rather than relying on old tropes about Jews, the state of Israel and its people become simply pawns in the mythology evangelicals have constructed about the end times. And, of course, Trump is willing to use all of that to maintain his own power and ego. None of this will end well for the Jewish people, or the rest of us."

Jaango--posted on February 12, 2019
 

 

 

 

Does a "discourse analysis" Miss the Basic Premise for Context and Content? 
  
Of course it does! 
 
And here's why.
 
Thus, my two intersecting points, as in President Trump's "Trail" in one of his latest tweets, and secondly, on the tweet by Congresswoman and Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.  As such, she pointed out that the 'influence' of AIPAC is widespread and premised on the needs espoused by Israel, and further, later added that "monies" or "benjamins" is what this political interaction is all about within both chambers of Congress.
 
From Trump:  Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President. Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!
 
Of course, Trump was referencing the "Trail of Tears" AND consequently, the genocide of Native Americans, writ large.  And how did this 'escape" the attention of the Democrats, writ large, as well?  Or when you're dumb, you're just dumb. Or is it 'intentional ignorance/"
 

However, the wrath of the leadership of the Democratic members in Congress, has caused Omar to apologize to anyone who perceived her tweet as for being another tangent of a critique that bee another premise for being of "anti-semitism." 

Therefore, should I take my yardstick out of my back pocket, this measurement tool registers that Trump's expressed racism is far more important than is a tweet that speaks to the undue influence that Israel has long adopted and utilized, and very effectively.  
 
Perhaps, I'm a tad too cynical, but our history continues to be quite adamant, and nonetheless, relevant in its importance..  Take, for example, in 1985, the Chicano Movement issued it Agenda of Unmet Needs, and where one item addressed the national sovereignty between Palestinians and Iraelis, from the standpoint of our nation's national security and defense systemic and where the first priority was to address our first and foremost foreign policy conundrum..  And needless to say, but I will, the Reagan, Bush, Clinton,  Obama and Trump administrations have known of this, of our many years of our advocacy from here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert.
 
Jaango--posted on February 12, 2019
 

 

 

Is It The Green New Deal...or The Brown New Deal?

Despite all the political furor over the Green New Deal and where the "socialists" are demonstrating heft of their political persuasion and with the advent of the new Democrats into the House chamber, seems to be quite 'conservative' and in accordance with 'yardsticking' the Freedom Caucus.  Thus, the "Green New Deal Caucus" versus the "Freedom Caucus" will add considerable luster and excitement to our politics over the next two years.  
 
Of course, I am using a tad of satire here and as intended, but the larger and more focused satirists are helping me to easily comment and done in a far better fashion.

As such, our good friend, Kevin Drum over at the Mother Jones Magazine, does a more expanded version.  As such this is his listing and consequently, easily earns my Tip of the Hat.

 
* Commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions within ten years
*  Provide “millions” of good, high-wage jobs
*  Repair and upgrade US infrastructure
*  Provide everyone with access to clean air and clean water
*  Repair historic oppression of indigenous peoples, communities of color, migrant communities, deindustrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, women, the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, and youth
*  Protect against extreme weather events
*  Eliminate pollution and greenhouse gases “as much as technologically feasible”
*  Meet 100 percent of power demand via renewable and zero-emission sources
*  Upgrade to smart grids
*  Upgrade all existing buildings for maximum energy efficiency
*  Invest in public transit and high-speed rail
*  Mitigate the long-term health effects of pollution and climate change
*  Restore fragile ecosystems
*  Clean up hazardous waste sites
*  Provide higher education to all
*  Invest in R&D of new energy technologies
*  Build wealth, community ownership, and good jobs in marginalized communities
*  Create union jobs that pay prevailing wages
*  Guarantee living wage to everyone
*  Guarantee family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to everyone
*  Improve union bargaining strength
*  Strengthen labor and workplace safety standards
*  Enact trade rules that increase jobs but don’t transfer pollution overseas
*  Reform the use of eminent domain
*  Ensure that all business are free from unfair competition
*  Provide all people of the United States with high-quality health care
*  Provide all people of the United States with good housing
*  Provide all people of the United States with economic security
*  Provide all people of the United States with healthy and affordable food
*  Provide all people of the United States with access to nature

This is really more of a social democratic manifesto than a climate change plan. Perhaps instead of Green New Deal, it should just be called “Finish Up the New Deal”?
 
____

NOTE ONE:  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward J. Markey introduced a resolution Thursday to advance the goals of the so-called Green New Deal, a progressive overhaul aiming to curb the effects of climate change. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she had not yet read the resolution, but that she welcomes her caucus’ enthusiasm.

NOTE TWO:  From Trump's Misjudged/Misguided Teleprompter:  "Since the founding of our nation, many of our greatest strides--from gaining our independence to abolition of civil rights, to extending the vote for women--have been led by people of faith started in prayer." (oops!)

Need more be said?

Jaango--posted on February 9, 2019
 
 
 

 

 

Odds & Ends

With this week's attention focused on this past Tuesday's State of the Union speech, not much has grabbed our attention, other than the 'opinions' being expressed by the silliness that passes as being informed, despite the impact of misguided politics and policies that have been around for the past several years.  Thus, the 29 subject areas that was the Trump 'consensus' speaks to what we can expect in the future, despite what the House Democrats will deter and as well as what the Senate Republicans will deter, all during the next two years or until the 2020 presidential election cycle, has been complete and taken effect.  Now, do we need to fasten our seat belts due to this expected street fight? And my reference to a 'street fight' is equivalent to the Wall Street "fight" that will be inflicted on our Elected Officials via campaign contributions and Citizens United.

1.  Trump says:  "Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence — and not government coercion, domination and control. We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country."

2.  From the Wall Street Journal:  "Is President Trump losing control of the foreign-policy agenda?  Last week the administration suffered a stinging political defeat as the Senate voted 68-23 to advance a bill that criticizes his plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan."

3.  John Bolton's "troika of tyranny." The administration is attempting to advance a presumptive aggressiveness of an hemispheric strategy, not only at Venezuela, but to include the participation of Cuba and Nicaragua in President Maduro's current self-inflicted economic meltdown, is now becoming quite apparent. In the meantime, over 1 million Venezuelanos have been moving into the surrounding nations in order to survive this economic disaster.  

4.  Trump tax returns.  The House Ways and Means Committee is now taking testimony on national tax policy, and in an unwanted fashion by President Trump, this Committee has the authority to collect and make public the IRS documentation.  And for some with bated breath, the release of the tax returns, will prove that not much has been learned via this all-encompassing effort.

5.  The Big Subpoena.  The House Judiciary has issued it "big subpoena" for the Chairman's use should the Acting Attorney General refuse to attend his hearing on Friday, and further, should the Acting AG refuse to answer questions regarding 'executive privilige', the subpoena cand and will be utilized.  Additionally, the Republican members attempted to include the Deputy AG, and that was voted down by the Democratic majority.

6.  The Good News.  The Joint Chamber of both  House and Senate members are expected to achieve their Grand Compromise on border security issues, and as being demanded by House Leader Pelosi and subsequently, avoiding another government shutdown on February the Fifteenth.  And whatever is being achieved, President Trump will have his final say and before or after he utilizes his Veto Pen.

7.  The Argumentation on "fact checking" has turned the corner from Unassailable Facts and turned this behavior on its head.  Thus, the immediate "urgency" for fact-checking is now perceived as thoroughly non-error free, since the immediacy for 'correctness' is not so assured.  Therefore, 'fact-checking' is a supreme waste of time. Now, can the punditry find any "socialism" or "neoliberalism" element that defies the Unassailable Facts.  If so, bring it on!

8.  The "privatized wall".  The supplemental elements on the Far Right are circling their wagon for a potential political payoff.  As such, the latest crew consists of  "former chief strategist Steve Bannon; voter disenfranchiser Kris Kobach; notorious Blackwater founder Erik Prince; controversial former sheriff David Clarke; immigration hardliner and former Congressman Tom Tancredo; and offensive meme spewer and former baseball great Curt Schilling."  Is the latest meme on 'national security'?

9.  The Governor of New Mexico, Michelle Lujan Grishamhas removed her state's National Guard from the New Mexico-Mexico border and accomplished on the premise that Trump's border crisis does not exist.  Kudos to her!

10.  In Nogales, Arizona, the City Council unanimously approved a Resolution that requires that Homeland Security and its Border Patrol to remove the four strands of concertina wire from its Border Fence.  Citizens testified that unrivaled Fear must be addressed since many residents do nol lock their doors at night. Thus 'decency personified' is being practiced. 

Jaango--posted on February 8, 2019
 
 
 

 

 

Is the House Intel Committee the 'nexus' for the ongoing Mueller Investigation?

In his State of the Union speech, President Trump stipulated that any congressional investigation was unwarranted and from earlier today, he said that the House Intelligence Committee's new and larger investigation is "presidential harassment." 
 
However, the Chairman, Representative Schiff, is now releasing the closed door testimony taken under the former Chairman, Devin Nunes, and subsequently, this testimony will be submitted to the Mueller Investigation.  To wit, Schiff will be 'opening' another but wider investigation and premised on the following statement: 
 
“The president’s actions and posture towards Russia during the campaign, transition, and administration have only heightened fears of foreign financial or other leverage over President Trump and underscore the need to determine whether he or those in his administration have acted in service of foreign interests since taking office”  

And when Schiff was the Ranking Member, he could not get Chairman Nunes to permit the taking of closed door testimony from 27 persons that would have had an expected and impactful result, despite the final report's conclusions voted on by the then majority of Republicans. Further, the transfer of the existing House testimony is being premised on possible "perjury" charges being crafted.

And again, President Trump espoused that Congressman Schiff is the equivalent to, “He has no basis to do that. He’s just a political hack who’s trying to build a name for himself."

Jaango--posted on February 6, 2019
 
 
 

 

 

Can Mama Sanita's Common Sense Be Refuted?

When a political writer starts and titles his 'column' of the traditional 500 words with an inglorious Question Mark, it's best to consider such a column as part and parcel to more Click Bait, or for some self-serving self-aggrandizement that flows quite sensationalized into the realm of "propaganda and 'pooper-ganda'" writ large. 
 
Thus, Mama Sanita's Common Sense challenges this toxic political behavior and which encapsulates "denial, deflection and diversion" that is the premise of the Three D's in our public discourse.

And as such, a few pundits, sages and gurus, understand well this 'mixed stew' for any political consumption, and forthwith, permits me to enter into this obvious Argumentation.  Therefore consider the following, knowing full-well that we, the Chicanos and Native Americans are far ahead of the 'pander' that is being preached to us  from the likes of the advocates continuing to deliver this "marketing and sales" behavior, and with an expection that such a delivery vehicle is an actualized opportunity for 'closing the sale.'  And not so, of course.

And with this thought in mind, Les Leopold's latest and published effort via Common Dreams, caught my attention due his ability to 'capture' a newer or perhaps, a view that best describes the "moderate"  in Democratic Party politics.  As such, he concentrates his focus on a public opinion poll that expands further, the traditional 1000 responders to a much larger responder base that consists of over 8,000 responders and to which a greater assessment for accuracy, is possible.  And in doing so, he describes the following far more accurately:

***start***

Let’s take a look at the eye-popping data from the 2016 presidential election, put together by the Voter Survey Group, which polled 8,000 Americans (a very large sample which is eight to fifteen times larger than most of the surveys we usually see in the news.) A study of these voters showed that they could be divided into four major groups.  (See Lee Drutman, “Political Divisions in 2016 and Beyond.” Note: the title names used below are mine not his.).

The first group, Left Populists, are those who are both social and economic progressives. They support immigration, women and minority equality, LBGTQ rights and immigration. They also worry about rising inequality and support proposals that would attack it.

The second group, Nativist Populists, also worry about rising inequality and support proposals that attack it. But they are more comfortable with traditional gender roles, have qualms about abortion, see immigration as a problem and are not particularly supportive about LBGTQ rights.

The third group are the Arch Conservatives who are not interested in reversing economic inequality or social inequality.

And finally we have the Socially Liberal/Fiscal Conservatives. This is the home base for the “moderate” politicians who are wooing Wall Street and see themselves as the sensible alternatives to the extremist populists.

So more or less, that’s who we are.  If the electorate were equally divided among these four groups, the “moderates” might have an argument. 
 
The facts tell a different story:

Left Populists account for 44.6 percent of the electorate according to this study.

28.9 percent are Nativist Populists. This means that nearly three-quarters of all voters fear runaway inequality and want to reduce it. But these economic populists are divided on identity issues.

Arch Conservatives account for another 22.7 percent.

And that leaves a miniscule 3.8 percent for the Socially Liberal/Fiscal conservatives.

***end***

And for my ease of understanding, I have long-argued that there are two categories of Democrats, that being the Progressive-oriented Democrats at a consistent 43% ratio and with the Status Quo-oriented Democrats consistent with a 57% ratio, and the above statistics have proven me to be correct, over these many years.  Therefore, my long-held Argumentation is predicated on the heightened levels of demographics, thusly, the political realm of Progressives will come to fruition, hence, in 20 years. Furthermore, our patience for our "long game" ccmmenced with the Chicano Movement and which originated shortly after World Two and by our returning military vets, is now visible on the political horizon.

In closing, today's advent of the Millennials will adding much to the leadership of today's Five Co-horts of Progressives.  Be so advised in which Coalition-Building is of paramount importance.

Jaango--posted on February 4, 2019
 
 
 

 

Odds & Ends...

1.  Democratic billionaire, Jeff Bezos, and owner of both Amazon and the Washinton Post was quietly investigating the transition of his 'rough texts' between him and his mistress.  And the National Inquirer was the media outlet.  And the National Enquirer is part and parcel to the Trump Dump.  So, go figure?

2.  Sarah Huckabee Sanders went on the Christian Broadcasting Network and espoused that God wanted Donald Trump to the President of the United States of America.  Thusly, a godly devination works in today's Republican politics.

3.  Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) jested that he was an admirer when he touted, "I aspire to be an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez" and "I can't dance for shit."  And the satire on the internet came forward in the form of "Republicans can't dance" and that's just for starters.

4.  Meghan McCain, the daily show of The View criticized Senator McConnell for his hostility toward voting rights.

5.  There are now 'leaked' documents that contradict the NRA's trip to Moscow was arranged by Maria Butina.  Thus, the historical denial by the NRA now is butt-biting the NRA and the next question is what did the NRA do with the multi-million dollar donation made to the NRA from Russia?

6.  In Virginia, the Republicans are in a tizzy over third-third trimester abortions should be considered infanticide.  And the Democratic Governor Ralph Northam, and whom is medical doctor had this to say:  “[Third trimester abortions are] done in cases where there may be severe deformities. There may be a fetus that's nonviable. So in this particular example, if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen.”
 
And  “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that's what the mother and the family desired. And then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”
 
 So … he said that "if a baby was born, despite the pregnancy being compromised to the point where a third-trimester abortion was necessary, because labor had started, and a baby with severe abnormalities was born, it would be cared for as appropriate, with the mother and and doctor making that decision together. 
 
7.  In Michigan, one of latest public opinion polls does not bode well for his re-election. By a 21-point margin, a majority of respondents also oppose a Southern border wall, with 58 percent saying the government should reopen without spending Trump's requested $5.7 billion on a wall and 37 percent in favor of spending the $5.7 billion. 

8.  Democratic Representative Jaquin Castro of Texas, speaks on the following:  :"the Families Belong Together Act seeks to bring a modicum of justice by helpinng parents and children."

Jaango--posted on February 1, 2019
 
 
Kudos to LULAC in  Texas!!

In its latest story on election shenanigans, The Texas Tribune, is quite emphatic with its title of "Latino civil rights group sues over Texas voter citizenship review, calling it an "election-related 'witch hunt'" and dated January 29, 2019.

Thus, the three initial or primary paragraphs are as follows:

"A Latino civil rights group is suing top Texas officials over what the organization says is an “election-related ‘witch hunt’” designed to intimidate legitimately registered voters by asking them to prove their citizenship.

"In a lawsuit filed in federal court in San Antonio, lawyers for the League of United Latin American Citizens' national and Texas arms alleged that Texas Secretary of State David Whitley and Attorney General Ken Paxton violated a portion of the federal Voting Rights Act that prohibits the intimidation of voters.

"They point to an advisory issued Friday in which Whitley’s office said it was flagging individuals who had provided the Texas Department of Public Safety with some form of documentation — including a work visa or a green card — that showed they were not citizens when they were obtaining driver’s licenses or ID cards. The state put the number of registered voters who fell into that category at approximately 95,000 — 58,000 of whom had voted in one or more elections from 1996 to 2018."

And from my perspective here in Arizona, the Elected and Appointed Officials in Texas failed in their constititonal duty for sending out their letters to the affected voters and consistent for their congratuations for achieving their naturalized citizenship as well as for demonstrating their constitutional perogative for voting. 

Therefore, "decency personified" as per our national Constitution, was achieved by these voters and of course, Texas' Elected and Appointed Officials failed in the American essence that is to be consummated via  for "decency personified".
  
Further, Florida is now following in the footsteps of Texas, and premised on the Republican's animosity toward Latino voters for interfering in their Neoliberalism Dream of a Continuing Greatness for spending the taxpayer's endowed wealth

Jaango--posted on February 1, 2019
 
 
 

 

 

Two Stories That Deserve Our Attention...

Given the dizzying amount of information now readily available to us, here are two 'stories' that will have serious consequence for all of us, while knowing that 'moving' the ongoing public discussions that are challenging the Super Wealthy regarding their philanthrophy, is now in play.

Part One:

Jack Schneider at The New Republic writes—Betsy DeVos Is Fabricating History to Sell a Bad Education Policy:

In a speech last week to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made her latest pitch for a radical transformation in the nature of public schooling—one that would place vocational education front and center. 
 
“There are over seven million unfilled jobs in the United States,” she told her audience, because “there is a disconnect between education and the economy.” She declared that civic leaders need to “disrupt” education, or at the very least “rethink” it.
 
Over the past several years, DeVos has laid the groundwork for this position by telling a very particular story about the history of American education. Schools, she has argued, were modeled after factories, and “students were trained for the assembly line.” But as the economy shifted over time, schools failed to keep pace. As she has repeatedly insisted, schools remain “stuck in a mode” from 100 years ago.

The solution, then, is seemingly quite simple. Schools need to be overhauled so that they focus on preparing young people for the jobs of the future. According to DeVos, “You have to think differently about what the role of education and preparation is.”

If schools are out of date, it seems entirely reasonable to rethink what they do and how they look. But DeVos’s solution is misguided in part because it’s based on a fabricated story. The actual history of workplace training in American schools is far less convenient for her reform agenda. [...]
 
Part Two:

Lucian K. Truscott IV at Salon writes—Mueller closes the circle of Russian collusion on Trump:

A reasonable analogy to the underlying crimes committed during the 2016 election would be this: Suppose someone over in Russia sends an agent to the United States to steal a pistol to be used in the crime of robbing a bank. They hide the pistol somewhere in the U.S. and go back to Russia. 
 
Then they contact an intermediary in London and tell them where the pistol is hidden. The intermediary contacts an American citizen in the United States, tells them where the pistol is, and the American takes the pistol and uses it to rob a bank in the United States.

Voila! You have the heart of the Trump-Russia investigation. The Russians, from Moscow, electronically steal the Democrat’s emails by copying them. They transmit the address where the emails are hidden to WikiLeaks in London. 
 
WikiLeaks takes the address of the stolen emails and transmits it to American media outlets. The Trump campaign uses the stolen emails to rob the United States of America of a free and fair election.

Jaango--posted on January 31, 2019
 

 

 

Cybersecurity and Latino Voter Behavior....

In this past election cycle, the "influence" or "undue influence" from such efforts from either China or Russia or Iran to interfere from in this past election cycle and which had no direct or indirect influence or of an even direct impact on Latino voting behavior, is quite obvious. 
 
Consequently, the latest effort by the intelligence community via Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, to encourage the Senators via his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, and where he had this to say:

1.  “probably already are looking to the 2020 U.S. elections as an opportunity to advance their interests.”

2. “U.S. adversaries and strategic competitors almost certainly will use online influence operations to try to weaken democratic institutions, undermine U.S. alliances and partnerships, and shape policy outcomes in the United States and elsewhere.” 

3.  He added that the U.S. intelligence community expects those adversaries “to refine their “capabilities and add new tactics as they learn from each other’s experiences, suggesting the threat landscape could look very different in 2020 and future elections.”

4.  "aggravating" social and racial tensions and striking back at anti-Kremlin politicians. Moscow may also seek to spread disinformation, launch cyberattacks and manipulate data.

5.   "directly manipulate or disrupt election systems — such as by tampering with voter registration or disrupting the vote tallying process — either to alter data or to call into question our voting process."

And at the end-of-the-day, there is no "report" consistent with data compilation that China, Russia or Iran had any seminal or sizable impact on this past election cycle, even though several persons in the Trump orbit had contact with Russian nationals.
 
Now, should we, the Chicanos, take the National Director of Intelligence, nonetheless, his latest congressional statement, seriously?

Jaango--posted on January 29, 2019
 
 

 

 

"College isn't for everyone"?

With yesterday's seminal freak-out by the well-noted Tom Brokaw on Sunday's Meet the Press, effectively demonstrates that "Hispanics need to assimilate" can only be accomplished via education, both from K-12 and through an accomplished success via a college and university systemic for acquiring a four-year college degree.

And its in this regard that I enjoyed her column of recent vintage and published by the website of RealClearPolitics.Com and titled, "This College President Is Willing To Tell You College Isn't For Everyone" and dated January 23, 2019.  Thus, Joy Pullman from the Federalist Society and an expert in education, causes me to disagree with her advocacy relative to her tout of Hillsdale College President's Larry Arne.

And as a quick summary, President Arne stipulates the following:

"The purpose of education — to teach people how to live, to introduce them to the great questions that shape a good life and the variety of robust answers people throughout human history have given to such ultimate questions. This gives the young the mental equipment they need to pursue their own good life, rather than leaving them, as our education institutions largely do now, adrift in the ocean with no food, no water, no map, and no rudder."

Therefore, I disagree with Arne as well as Pullman, and done so, from today's three stereotypes that exist in today's political arena, and as such:

1.  The Native American Stereotype..."He's just another white guy!"
2.  The Latino Stereotype..."El gringo quere componer todo con su... 'I'm sorry!"
3.  The European American Stereotype:  "I don't care...I'll be dead...So what's your point?"

And it's from this standpoint that we should consider even more and as to the following:

"Back in 1985, the Chicano Movement issued its  Agenda of Unmet Needs, and of the 10 elements addressed was the formulation and implemention of the Academic-Military Draft.  To wit, a high school graduate or a high school dropout could enlist for a 3-year term, and while engaged,  50% of time would be spent on 'soldiering' and the remaining amount of time spent in a classroom and where college-level general studies were to be conducted.

"After three years and at separation, each person would hold in one hand, the Honorable Discharge and in the other hand, each person would hold a two-year college degree and equivalent to an Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies.  Consequently, Self-Discipline, Hard Work, and Ambition would become the starting point for our nation's "equality at the finish line."

"And if one harkens back  to the Bush/Cheney administration, the implementation of this Academic-Military Draft, today, we would have a young population of over 30 million millennials under the age of 36, each being a military veteran and  for having accrued a four-year college degree.  As such, Common Sense would dictate that taxpayer supported colleges and universities would be standing in line to recruit these former enlistees and where Affirmative Action would not be on today's Roster of Characteristics for Enrollment. In short, decision-makers would adjust the requisite use of scholarships and other related tangibles/intangibles for insuring that these military veterans/students would become outstanding successes.

"Now, white America knows about the Academic-Military Draft and has since 1985, and which begs the question  of white America knows about the Academic-Military Draft of an 'unmet need'--still borne--of a systemic continuation  for more criminal stupidity, albeit, a quiet segregation."

And to take it one step further, we all know that federal and local law enforcement agencies do not collect their data compilation of criminal statistics and where miltiary vets demonstrate a criminal behavior that directly impacts military vets on the receiving end of this criminal behavior.  And that is an intentional behavior that is conveniently dismissed, otherwise, law enforcement agencies, writ large, would be demanding greater amounts of monies for addressing the context and content of this potentially or perceived criminal behavior. 

However, since military vets don't inflict much if any criminal behavior, today's incarceration rate could be sizably reduced and thusly, saving taxpayers millions upon millions of dollars annually.  And given that current level of congressional spending of over $1.5 trillion annually on National Security and Defense, the cost of this implementation of an Academic-Military Draft, would lead to the taxpayers in  each state, a sizable drop in spending for taxpayer-supported colleges and universities.  And these neglible costs could and possibly should be shifted onto the curriculum for third and fourth year academics as well as expanding the graduate schools where needed. 

In closing, the wealth of participants among the pundits, sages and gurus, have yet to address this subject matter and which is equivalent to the academics, i.e., economisits and where an approximate 50% of the economists are correct in their predictions and where the remaining approximate 50% of economists are wrong.  Thus, these wrong-headed economists continue to be employed, and regardless of their continuing and thunderous rationales.

Jaango--posted on January 28, 2019
 
 

 

 

From the Los Angeles Times...
 
"Customs and Border Protection allocated $60.7 million to Accenture Federal Services, a management consulting firm, as part of a $297-million contract to recruit, vet and hire 7,500 border officers over five years, but the company has produced only 33 new hires so far.
 
"On Jan. 25, 2017, five days after Trump was inaugurated, he signed executive orders to hire 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, vowing to beef up border security and crack down on illegal immigration….Today, Customs and Border Protection — the Border Patrol’s parent agency — has more than 3,000 job vacancies, according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. That’s about 2,000 more than when Trump signed the orders, according to a Government Accountability Office report on CBP’s hiring challenges."
 
And to further your reading, here's the internet link:
 
www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-border-patrol-hiring-20190126-story.html
 
And needless to say, 'border security' needs well over 1,300 new agents each year due to retirements and further, the agents seeking new employment due obviously to the low pay structuring. 
   
Jaango--posted on January 28, 2019
 

 

 

Is Being "short-listed" So Terrible?
 
With four formally announced presidential candidates for the Democrats, and with a pending 20 possible candidates to further announce their Ambition, within the next six months, not much attention is being given to those persons who would much prefer their promotion onto the short-list of "nominees" for the position of Vice President.  
 
And a good friend of longstanding had this to say regarding Ambition: 
 
"A few days ago, Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego said that when it came to a potential Senate bid against appointed GOP incumbent Martha McSally, he was “basically making the final decision and we'll have that in the next couple weeks,” which made it sound like we’d be getting an announcement soon. However, unnamed sources tell The Hill that, while Gallego is likely to decide whether to run in the next few weeks, he probably wouldn’t be announcing anything before Phoenix’s special election for mayor takes place on March 12. 
 
"Kate Gallego, the congressman’s former wife, is the frontrunner in the mayoral race against Daniel Valenzuela, another former city councilor and a fellow Democrat. The Gallegos reportedly still have a strong relationship, and it sounds like these unnamed sources believe that the congressman doesn’t want to do anything that might disrupt Kate Gallego’s campaign. 
 
"Astronaut Mark Kelly and former GOP Attorney General Grant Woods have also talked about seeking the Democratic nod, and they’ve each reportedly met with the DSCC. However, one name we haven’t heard from recently is freshman Rep. Greg Stanton. Last month, Politico reported that Stanton was eyeing this race, but there haven’t been any reports about him meeting with national Democrats since then. The Hill writes that Stanton is “keeping his options open” for a 2022 run for governor, when GOP incumbent Doug Ducey will be termed-out, but he’s “unlikely” to run for the Senate next year."
 
Jaango--posted on January 24, 2019
 
 

 

 

Is it "propaganda" or is it "pooper-ganda"?
 
One of the many worthwhile joys in demonstrating a skill set for writing, is found in having  the opportunity express oneself in the English language and for creating "words" that properly or appropriately describe today's political nonsense and further, where some consequentlial writers craft words that truly are nonsensical.
 
Take for example, on Laura Ingraham's pod cast, she took great effort in her denigration of New York's Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and where she benighted the status of 'minority privilege" onto Ocasio-Cortez, and of course, she gave credit to conservative-oriented Victor Davis Hanson for his authorship of this pooper-ganda, thusly, establishing "minority privilege" into today's lexicon of political savagery.
 
In short, Ingraham's tout of "“That’s privilege...I think Victor Davis Hanson called it ‘minority privilege’ in his piece that he just wrote, that the people who are the most protected are the people who are the first to say ‘white privilege’ because then, you can’t ever criticize them again.”   
 
And in inserting Hanson, she was justifying that she has a wealth of support among her fellow conservatives for her misguided "pooper-ganda."
 
And yet, from  my standpoint, that being Yaqui/Apache/Chicano/ Military Vet, I take Ingraham's rant in the manner and within her ideology as intended.  To wit, her intellectual gravitas is quite deficient.  More so,  and from my standpoint that being called a "second class citizen" by non-military vets espousing this ineffective Agrumentation, is consistent with having been asked and repeatedly as in "show me your papers!"
 
In closing, Arizona's infamous Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio,  for having been given a Trump 'pardon,' has been there and back for the entirety of his political career, and as such, Ingraham still has many years remaining toward an effort for the constant denigration of 'racial and ethnics.'  And which means that her intellectualized Argumentation, has yet to be fulfilled and from the standpoint of an iconic approach to today's Mama-Sanita of Common Sense.
 
Jaango--posted FOR Monday's Holiday, January 21, 2019
 

 

 

Democrats Introduce $15 Minimum Wage Bill 
 
Laura Clawson, a writer over at the web site of DailyKos, had this to say of the legislation introduced in the Democratic-controlled House Chamber. 

Congressional Democrats introduced $15 minimum wage legislation on Wednesday. That would more than double the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, which hasn’t risen since 2009. As years have gone by and workers have organized around a $15 minimum wage—which has been passed in California, Massachusetts, New York, and the District of Columbia, as well as in several cities—Democrats’ ambitions for a minimum wage increase have gone from $9 to $10.10 to $12 to, now, $15. 

The new legislation would provide an immediate boost to $8.55 an hour, then rise gradually to $15 in 2024, at which point it would be linked to the median worker’s income, providing automatic gradual raises so that there wouldn’t be any more 10-year plateaus. The plan would also give tipped workers a raise from the $2.13 an hour they’ve been getting for nearly 30 years.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2024 would give 41 million people an average $3,500-a-year raise. Nearly two-thirds of the people who’d get raises work full-time, 56 percent are women, 47 percent have some college education, 28 percent have children, and more than half are between the ages of 25 and 54. Forty percent of African-American workers and 34 percent of Latino workers would get a raise. It’s not just service workers who would be affected, either: 
 
Substantial percentages of manufacturing and construction workers would also benefit. 

Jaango--posted on January 18, 2019
 
 

 

 

Odds and Ends

Now that the House chamber consensus is that the annual State of the Union speech has been delayed until the federal government has been 're-opened' the behavior of our Elected Officials will come under greater scrutiny, and that's this week's good news.  And here are other items that call forth our attention.

1.  Today's joke is that Limbaugh, Hannity and Coulter are the jefe-in-chiefs, and more so, since all three use the platform at Fox News, as their stalking horse and thusly, making President Trump's political life miserable.

2.  Congressman Steve King (R-IA) is expressing himself via his anger that the House chamber's Republican Caucus has stripped King of all committee assignments and traditional responsibilities, and King is not happy.  And King's latest statement is challenging McCarthy and Cheney, on this usage of the inherent leadership that's required to be used toward members who have demonstrated their high level of moral turpitude for advancing white supremacy. Needless to say, racism didn't disappear with the FDR's New Deal or LBJ's Great Society's days.

3.  Now a publicly recognized CNN Contributor, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is stipulating that White House employeers are "grifters, amateurs and weaklings."  Of course, Jared Kushner and who contnues to remain angry at Christie for having prosecuted and convicted Kushner's father for his criminal behavior, is implicitly being included in Christie's espoused statement. And Christie remains bitter?

4.  The Catholic Church's Pope is now demanding that his  Bishop's learn how to punish his priests who abuse children.  Of course, the first step would start with the public de-frocking his priests, and followed by contacting law enforcement personnel for reporting this criminal behavior.  Or is Common Sense absent?

5.  Obviously, Rudy Giuliani's latest series of statements on the Mueller Investigation, demonstrates that he-Guiliani wants the general public to remain focused on the political elements of a possible impeachment, and yet, the more critical element to to be considered is the criminal behavior that will actualize an impeachment trial in both the House and Senate chambers.  And by way of a comparison, Clinton's impeachment investigation commenced with the perceived criminal behavior that occured in a real estate 'deal'.  And of course "collusion" is neither a legal definition nor an apt descriptor of a crime but the Emoluments Clause does.

6.  "Ditch Mitch!"  Today's latest GOP meme will become that Senator McConnell's re-election bid in 2020 may face a serious level of either apathy or  frustration by his state's voters due to his and Trump's wholesale unwillingness to re-open the federal government.

7.  Today's "shift" on Pooperganda:  Vice President Pence is stipulating that President Trump is not going to be deterred by the Democrats obstruction.  Obviously, House Democrats have rejected "the  wall" and which leaves Trump, if he so desires, will have to declare a "national emergency."  Of course, Pence knows this to, but his cheerleading from the back bench, is an apt description for his latest tout.

8.  More on Arizona's Arpaio.  "Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is asking the Supreme Court to block a judicially appointed special prosecutor from arguing against Arpaio in a legal fight over the scope of the pardon President Donald Trump issued to him last year."

9.  Not Unusual.  The now former Elected Officials in Congress, having retired or lost their last re-election opportunity, are now searching for work as K-Street lobbyists.  Of course, they now have to rise to a higher level and where their 'influence' can overcome any potential "veto" from President Trump.

10.  By a voice vote, the House chamber voted affirmatively  to 're-open' the federal government.  And shortly thereafter, the Republicans demanded a  formal tally, and which is expected to take place next week.  And further, FOX News is reporting:  "I got a phone call from the President, who was studiously monitoring the vote on FOX News," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy later explained. "He told me 'Steve, I want a list of all the traitors.' That's why we're demanding the formal tally."
 
Jaango--posted on January 18, 2019
 

 

 

Today's Inadvertent "distraction'" and "deflection"
 
At some point in the future, today's minority will become the majority, and this comprehensive shift in demographics, should demonstrate that tomorrow's "better" Democracy will occur.  But then, I am infernal Optimist.
 
Thus, my Optimism is premised on the intended effort that the ideology of neoliberalism, or is now coming to be viewed as the "smash and grab" of gross capitalism that is as old as the past 500 years, particularized, but the ever-present detractors speak of faux academics for any consequential Argumentation that our history should be preached from the standpoint that the 3-D's of "denial, distraction and deflection," should continue apace.
 
Thus, this conservative view arrived onto my doorstep, once again, and in the form of the following and as performed by the Editor of the Editorial Page at the Arizona Republic and by Phil Boas. (note: my bold.)
 
"Dear liberals, please do us all a favor and jettion this term
 
Here's a little warning for the left.  Keep using this expression "white privilege" over and over and you will get more Donald Trumps.  "White priviliege" is a creation of leftist academics who decided to turn white people into the villains of their morality play.  It's a way make today's white people keep paying for the sins of yesterday's white racists.  I've used it ironically in quotes, but it is purely toxic, will lead to greater division among the races and is the jet fuel for demagogues like Trump."
 
However, and from the view poinr of Native Americans and Chicanos, or as we, the Indigenous persons, writ large, Boas' "deflection and misdirection" speaks volumes, and relative to the past 500 years of history.  Correspondingly, the next 500 years of tomorrow's history, will have effectively demonstrated that demographics challenging the standardized "smash and grab" of neoliberalism--that being in defense of a conservative orientation, means that a transition from an amoral self-governance model and leading to a financially bankrupt ruling class, will have to be effectively addressed, particularly, when today's majority of  eligible voters don't vote.
 
In closing, Editorial Chief, Phil Boas is one my favorite member's on my list of 25 conservative-oriented writers, and yet, none of these 25 writers have yet to 'write' of what will make for a "better" Democracy when today's minority becomes the majority.  And until these writers take their time, energy and effort to detail what will make America a 'better' nation when compared and contrasted with today's and yesterday's national ongoing effort, only then will I have to diminish my effort for challenging these competent and cowed writers of mainstream media outlets and for their continued diminshment of a "decency personified" embedded inherently in the Constitution.
 
Jaango--posted on January 15, 2019
 

 

 

 

 

A Meme of Failure From President Trump's "Decency Personified"...

It's indeed depressing to hear that President Trump, upon his return from the Texas border, has stated that our nation is being "invaded" by immigrants from Central and South America due their escaping from the ravages of capitalism.

Consequently, the fear of an onerous burden of today's capitalism being visited on any Indigenous person residing in differing locations within this Indigenous hemisphere, has become obvious.  And more obvious, is that President Trump is laying the political groundwork for his specious national emergency, and of course, his national declaration of an emergency, albeit, challenged in the courts by the Democrats, will fail when the courts come to the realization that 'decency personified' is inherent within the Constitution.

In constrast, my favorite president since President Johnson, has and continues  to be President Jimmy Carter.  And by way of comparison between President Trump and President Carter, first, President Carter denied the 'heaping' of crappola that President Trump espoused and where he siiptulated that Carter counseled him in favor of building a Border Wall.

And secondly, history has a way of refusing to be rejected, even by the most staunch of advocates in any Argumentation of past and current toxic levels of politics.  And as such, Carter's Speech in 1979, and titled "A Confidence in Crisis" and which was denigated or even downsized to the description of a Malaise Speech.  

And as a poignant and current reminder, here is President Carter's speech in its entiretly.

***Start***

.Good Evening:

This a special night for me. Exactly three years ago, on July 15, 1976, I accepted the nomination of my party to run for President of the United States. I promised you a President who is not isolated from the people, who feels your pain, and who shares your dreams, and who draws his strength and his wisdom from you.

During the past three years I’ve spoken to you on many occasions about national concerns, the energy crisis, reorganizing the government, our nation’s economy, and issues of war and especially peace. But over those years the subjects of the speeches, the talks, and the press conferences have become increasingly narrow, focused more and more on what the isolated world of Washington thinks is important. 
 
Gradually, you’ve heard more and more about what the government thinks or what the government should be doing and less and less about our nation’s hopes, our dreams, and our vision of the future.

Ten days ago, I had planned to speak to you again about a very important subject -- energy. For the fifth time I would have described the urgency of the problem and laid out a series of legislative recommendations to the Congress. But as I was preparing to speak, I began to ask myself the same question that I now know has been troubling many of you: Why have we not been able to get together as a nation to resolve our serious energy problem?

It’s clear that the true problems of our nation are much deeper -- deeper than gasoline lines or energy shortages, deeper even than inflation or recession. And I realize more than ever that as President I need your help. So, I decided to reach out and to listen to the voices of America.

I invited to Camp David people from almost every segment of our society -- business and labor, teachers and preachers, governors, mayors, and private citizens. And then I left Camp David to listen to other Americans, men and women like you. It has been an extraordinary ten days, and I want to share with you what I’ve heard.
First of all, I got a lot of personal advice. Let me quote a few of the typical comments that I wrote down.

This from a southern governor: “Mr. President, you are not leading this nation -- you’re just managing the government.”
“You don’t see the people enough anymore.”
“Some of your Cabinet members don’t seem loyal. There is not enough discipline among your disciples.”

“Don’t talk to us about politics or the mechanics of government, but about an understanding of our common good.”

“Mr. President, we’re in trouble. Talk to us about blood and sweat and tears.”
“If you lead, Mr. President, we will follow.”
Many people talked about themselves and about the condition of our nation. This from a young woman in Pennsylvania: “I feel so far from government. I feel like ordinary people are excluded from political power.”
And this from a young Chicano: “Some of us have suffered from recession all our lives.”

“Some people have wasted energy, but others haven’t had anything to waste.”

And this from a religious leader: “No material shortage can touch the important things like God’s love for us or our love for one another.”

And I like this one particularly from a black woman who happens to be the mayor of a small Mississippi town: “The big shots are not the only ones who are important. Remember, you can’t sell anything on Wall Street unless someone digs it up somewhere else first.”

This kind of summarized a lot of other statements: “Mr. President, we are confronted with a moral and a spiritual crisis.”
Several of our discussions were on energy, and I have a notebook full of comments and advice. I’ll read just a few.

“We can’t go on consuming forty percent more energy then we produce. When we import oil we are also importing inflation plus unemployment.”

“We’ve got to use what we have. The Middle East has only five percent of the world’s energy, but the United States has twenty-four percent.”

And this is one of the most vivid statements: “Our neck is stretched over the fence and OPEC has a knife.”

“There will be other cartels and other shortages. American wisdom and courage right now can set a path to follow in the future.”

This was a good one: “Be bold, Mr. President. We may make mistakes, but we are ready to experiment.”

And this one from a labor leader got to the heart of it: “The real issue is freedom. We must deal with the energy problem on a war footing.”
And the last that I’ll read: “When we enter the moral equivalent of war, Mr. President, don’t issue us BB guns.”

These ten days confirmed my belief in the decency and the strength and the wisdom of the American people, but it also bore out some of my longstanding concerns about our nation’s underlying problems.

I know, of course, being President, that government actions and legislation can be very important. That’s why I’ve worked hard to put my campaign promises into law, and I have to admit, with just mixed success. But after listening to the American people, I have been reminded again that all the legislation in the world can’t fix what’s wrong with America. So, I want to speak to you first tonight about a subject even more serious than energy or inflation. I want to talk to you right now about a fundamental threat to American democracy.

I do not mean our political and civil liberties. They will endure. And I do not refer to the outward strength of America, a nation that is at peace tonight everywhere in the world, with unmatched economic power and military might.
The threat is nearly invisible in ordinary ways.

It is a crisis of confidence.

It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will. We can see this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our nation.

The erosion of our confidence in the future is threatening to destroy the social and the political fabric of America.

The confidence that we have always had as a people is not simply some romantic dream or a proverb in a dusty book that we read just on the Fourth of July. It is the idea which founded our nation and has guided our development as a people. Confidence in the future has supported everything else -- public institutions and private enterprise, our own families, and the very Constitution of the United States. Confidence has defined our course and has served as a link between generations. We’ve always believed in something called progress. We’ve always had a faith that the days of our children would be better than our own.

Our people are losing that faith, not only in government itself but in the ability as citizens to serve as the ultimate rulers and shapers of our democracy. As a people we know our past and we are proud of it. Our progress has been part of the living history of America, even the world. We always believed that we were part of a great movement of humanity itself called democracy, involved in the search for freedom; and that belief has always strengthened us in our purpose. But just as we are losing our confidence in the future, we are also beginning to close the door on our past.

In a nation that was proud of hard work, strong families, close-knit communities, and our faith in God, too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. But we’ve discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning. We’ve learned that piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose.
The symptoms of this crisis of the American spirit are all around us. For the first time in the history of our country a majority of our people believe that the next five years will be worse than the past five years. Two-thirds of our people do not even vote. The productivity of American workers is actually dropping, and the willingness of Americans to save for the future has fallen below that of all other people in the Western world.
As you know, there is a growing disrespect for government and for churches and for schools, the news media, and other institutions. This is not a message of happiness or reassurance, but it is the truth and it is a warning.

These changes did not happen overnight. They’ve come upon us gradually over the last generation, years that were filled with shocks and tragedy.

We were sure that ours was a nation of the ballot, not the bullet, until the murders of John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. We were taught that our armies were always invincible and our causes were always just, only to suffer the agony of Vietnam. We respected the Presidency as a place of honor until the shock of Watergate.

We remember when the phrase “sound as a dollar” was an expression of absolute dependability, until ten years of inflation began to shrink our dollar and our savings. We believed that our nation’s resources were limitless until 1973 when we had to face a growing dependence on foreign oil.

These wounds are still very deep. They have never been healed.

Looking for a way out of this crisis, our people have turned to the Federal Government and found it isolated from the mainstream of our nation’s life. Washington, D.C., has become an island. The gap between our citizens and our government has never been so wide. The people are looking for honest answers, not easy answers; clear leadership, not false claims and evasiveness and politics as usual.

What you see too often in Washington and elsewhere around the country is a system of government that seems incapable of action. You see a Congress twisted and pulled in every direction by hundreds of well-financed and powerful special interests.
You see every extreme position defended to the last vote, almost to the last breath by one unyielding group or another. You often see a balanced and a fair approach that demands sacrifice, a little sacrifice from everyone, abandoned like an orphan without support and without friends.

Often you see paralysis and stagnation and drift. You don’t like it, and neither do I. What can we do?

First of all, we must face the truth, and then we can change our course. We simply must have faith in each other, faith in our ability to govern ourselves, and faith in the future of this nation. Restoring that faith and that confidence to America is now the most important task we face. It is a true challenge of this generation of Americans.

One of the visitors to Camp David last week put it this way: “We’ve got to stop crying and start sweating, stop talking and start walking, stop cursing and start praying. The strength we need will not come from the White House, but from every house in America.”

We know the strength of America. We are strong. We can regain our unity. We can regain our confidence. We are the heirs of generations who survived threats much more powerful and awesome than those that challenge us now. Our fathers and mothers were strong men and women who shaped a new society during the Great Depression, who fought world wars and who carved out a new charter of peace for the world.

We ourselves are the same Americans who just ten years ago put a man on the moon. We are the generation that dedicated our society to the pursuit of human rights and equality. And we are the generation that will win the war on the energy problem and in that process, rebuild the unity and confidence of America.

We are at a turning point in our history. There are two paths to choose. One is a path I’ve warned about tonight, the path that leads to fragmentation and self-interest. Down that road lies a mistaken idea of freedom, the right to grasp for ourselves some advantage over others. That path would be one of constant conflict between narrow interests ending in chaos and immobility. It is a certain route to failure.

All the traditions of our past, all the lessons of our heritage, all the promises of our future point to another path -- the path of common purpose and the restoration of American values. That path leads to true freedom for our nation and ourselves. We can take the first steps down that path as we begin to solve our energy problem.

Energy will be the immediate test of our ability to unite this nation, and it can also be the standard around which we rally. On the battlefield of energy we can win for our nation a new confidence, and we can seize control again of our common destiny. 

In little more than two decades we’ve gone from a position of energy independence to one in which almost half the oil we use comes from foreign countries, at prices that are going through the roof. Our excessive dependence on OPEC has already taken a tremendous toll on our economy and our people. This is the direct cause of the long lines which have made millions of you spend aggravating hours waiting for gasoline. It’s a cause of the increased inflation and unemployment that we now face. This intolerable dependence on foreign oil threatens our economic independence and the very security of our nation.

The energy crisis is real. It is worldwide. It is a clear and present danger to our nation. These are facts and we simply must face them.

What I have to say to you now about energy is simple and vitally important.

Point one: I am tonight setting a clear goal for the energy policy of the United States. Beginning this moment, this nation will never use more foreign oil than we did in 1977-- never. From now on, every new addition to our demand for energy will be met from our own production and our own conservation. The generation-long growth in our dependence on foreign oil will be stopped dead in its tracks right now and then reversed as we move through the 1980s, for I am tonight setting the further goal of cutting our dependence on foreign oil by one-half by the end of the next decade -- a saving of over four and a half million barrels of imported oil per day.
 
Point two: To ensure that we meet these targets, I will use my presidential authority to set import quotas. I’m announcing tonight that for 1979 and 1980, I will forbid the entry into this country of one drop of foreign oil more than these goals allow. These quotas will ensure a reduction in imports even below the ambitious levels we set at the recent Tokyo summit.

Point three: To give us energy security, I am asking for the most massive peacetime commitment of funds and resources in our nation’s history to develop America’s own alternative sources of fuel -- from coal, from oil shale, from plant products for gasohol, from unconventional gas, from the sun.

I propose the creation of an energy security corporation to lead this effort to replace two and a half million barrels of imported oil per day by 1990. The corporation will issue up to five billion dollars in energy bonds, and I especially want them to be in small denominations so average Americans can invest directly in America’s energy security.

Just as a similar synthetic rubber corporation helped us win World War II, so will we mobilize American determination and ability to win the energy war. Moreover, I will soon submit legislation to Congress calling for the creation of this nation’s first solar bank which will help us achieve the crucial goal of twenty percent of our energy coming from solar power by the year 2000.

These efforts will cost money, a lot of money, and that is why Congress must enact the windfall profits tax without delay. It will be money well spent. Unlike the billions of dollars that we ship to foreign countries to pay for foreign oil, these funds will be paid by Americans, to Americans. These will go to fight, not to increase, inflation and unemployment.

Point four: I’m asking Congress to mandate, to require as a matter of law, that our nation’s utility companies cut their massive use of oil by fifty percent within the next decade and switch to other fuels, especially coal, our most abundant energy source.

Point five: To make absolutely certain that nothing stands in the way of achieving these goals, I will urge Congress to create an energy mobilization board which, like the War Production Board in World War II, will have the responsibility and authority to cut through the red tape, the delays, and the endless roadblocks to completing key energy projects.

We will protect our environment. But when this nation critically needs a refinery or a pipeline, we will build it.

Point six: I’m proposing a bold conservation program to involve every state, county, and city and every average American in our energy battle. This effort will permit you to build conservation into your homes and your lives at a cost you can afford.

I ask Congress to give me authority for mandatory conservation and for standby gasoline rationing. 
 
To further conserve energy, I’m proposing tonight an extra ten billion dollars over the next decade to strengthen our public transportation systems. And I’m asking you for your good and for your nation’s security to take no unnecessary trips, to use carpools or public transportation whenever you can, to park your car one extra day per week, to obey the speed limit, and to set your thermostats to save fuel. Every act of energy conservation like this is more than just common sense, I tell you it is an act of patriotism.

Our nation must be fair to the poorest among us, so we will increase aid to needy Americans to cope with rising energy prices. We often think of conservation only in terms of sacrifice. In fact, it is the most painless and immediate ways of rebuilding our nation’s strength. Every gallon of oil each one of us saves is a new form of production. It gives us more freedom, more confidence, that much more control over our own lives.

So, the solution of our energy crisis can also help us to conquer the crisis of the spirit in our country. It can rekindle our sense of unity, our confidence in the future, and give our nation and all of us individually a new sense of purpose.

You know we can do it. We have the natural resources. We have more oil in our shale alone than several Saudi Arabias. We have more coal than any nation on earth. We have the world’s highest level of technology. We have the most skilled work force, with innovative genius, and I firmly believe that we have the national will to win this war.

I do not promise you that this struggle for freedom will be easy. I do not promise a quick way out of our nation’s problems, when the truth is that the only way out is an all-out effort. What I do promise you is that I will lead our fight, and I will enforce fairness in our struggle, and I will ensure honesty. And above all, I will act.

We can manage the short-term shortages more effectively, and we will; but there are no short-term solutions to our long-range problems. There is simply no way to avoid sacrifice.

Twelve hours from now I will speak again in Kansas City, to expand and to explain further our energy program. Just as the search for solutions to our energy shortages has now led us to a new awareness of our nation’s deeper problems, so our willingness to work for those solutions in energy can strengthen us to attack those deeper problems.

I will continue to travel this country, to hear the people of America. You can help me to develop a national agenda for the 1980s. I will listen; and I will act. We will act together.
These were the promises I made three years ago, and I intend to keep them.
Little by little we can and we must rebuild our confidence. We can spend until we empty our treasuries, and we may summon all the wonders of science. But we can succeed only if we tap our greatest resources -- America’s people, America’s values, and America’s confidence.

I have seen the strength of America in the inexhaustible resources of our people. In the days to come, let us renew that strength in the struggle for an energy-secure nation.

In closing, let me say this: I will do my best, but I will not do it alone. Let your voice be heard. 
 
Whenever you have a chance, say something good about our country. With God’s help and for the sake of our nation, it is time for us to join hands in America. Let us commit ourselves together to a rebirth of the American spirit. Working together with our common faith we cannot fail.

Thank you and good night.

***End***

Jaango--posted on January 14, 2019
 

 

 

 

Do You Have a "book" In You?

For many years now, my favorite books are books styled by political cartoonists that are found or located on the political pages of wide-ranging newspapers and where these end-of-year books are the compilations of these cartoonists' hard work of each past year.

Further, the PBS News Hour developed a 'news' component in  which their attention grabbing was focused on their viewship and where the viewers were encouraged to 'select' their favorite books, and accomplished in partnership with a national newspaper that, for me, was a seminal behavior beneficial to those of us and who are interested in the Argumentations that always blaze forth in our affective political arena.  Moreover, a friend of longstanding and owner of his political blog, raised the question of "Do you have a 'book' in you?" and where his blogging community responded with some amazing ideas.

And given that President Trump went to the Texas border to further demonstrate his determination to establish his wall despite the far more important 'value' in re-opening govement, I took the decsion to sit down at my computer keyboard, and respond accordingly.  Thus, what follows is my smallish effort to respond to the question of "Do you have a book in you?"

***Start**
 
"Working" Book Title:  "The 'smash and grab' Behavior of Neoliberalism AND the Challenge Facing Today's Progressive-Oriented Indigenous Person"
 

1.  Introduction

As a political writer/journalist for these past twenty years, I have been fascinated by my detractors and where the premise has been based on "faux academics," thusly, I have attempted to address this behavior, and starting with the prevalent standpoint of the history of this Indigenous hemisphere and where this history, continues to be the catalyst for today's toxic politics.  To wit, the proverbial quiver of a handful of arrows, performs the myriad tangents and where Hate manifests itself.

Of course, this Indigenous history of these many thousands of years of civilization, and perhaps, more appropriately, during these past five hundred years since the "importation'" of a European-body of knowledge that  percolates into today's economics, politics and religion, seems quite appropriate and as  it competes for the public's attention.  Thus, the ideology of this Neoliberalism, is my starting point and my nexus is found in the governmental policies adopted when yardsticked via National Security and Defense Schematic.

Take, for example, today's history simply does not effectively demonstrate the value of Chicano Studies in our college and university systemic of public education and when it does, these Studies Program is perceived as another tangent for recruitment by the ever-encompassing academic leadership, writ large.

And long story short, the history of our nation's National Security and Defense, contains several glaring examples of where our interaction in these three primary arenas, are carefully circumscibed by the 'movers and shakers'--from Wall Street, through governmental spending and successfully achieved via the religous aspects of evangelicalism and which continues to maintain the behemoth of institutions.such as the continuing enhancement of the Society of Jesuits within the Catholic church.

Conseequently, this book is focused not on this fascinating Indigenous history nonetheless, but focused on the my future and to include the future of my ever-evolving behavior that improves our America into attaing a "better" America that supercedes our national five-hundred year history that commenced with insertion of the Columbus and Cortez Constructs. 

And add  into this fractious behavior, the languages of Yaqui, Apache and even Spanish, adds a dimension that will continue to persevere as well as percolate for the next several millenia.   As such, "new" Ideas will be valued at an utmost premium in our self-governance model of Democracy, and equally important as the incline of demographics continues apace and where today's minority becomes tomorrow's majority, hence, Decency Personified!

However, I am confronted on a daily basis of today's Three Stereotypes and when my determination to perform my civic engagement despite my being confronted by my ever-present detractors for their espousal of my "faux academics."  As such, my realization for addressing, albeit, in a cheerful manner for the recognition of and is for the following:

1.  The Native American Stereotype and which is..."He's just another white man,"
 

2.  The Latino Stereotype and which is..."El gringo quere componer todo con su 'I'm Sorry.'"

3.  The European American Stereotype and which is..."I don't care...I'll be dead...So what's your point?"

Therefore, this book will focus on the "new" ideas that will evolve over the next twenty years and where today's advocates for Neoliberalism cannot compete. As such, a meted-out 'second class citizenship' is not in tomorrow's deck of cards for the Indigenous Person.

2.  Table of Contents

***End***

Consequently or summarily, the above is my distraction from having to engross myself with President Trump's effort at 'tripping-out' on his self-serving propaganda of yesterday.

Jaango--posted on January 11, 2019
 

 

 

From ABC News and titled,  "America's veterans said to be disproportionately affected by government shutdown" and authored by Elizabeth McLaughin:
 
***Start**
 
As the partial government shutdown continues for a third week, veterans groups are sounding the alarm because of what they say is the disproportionate impact on America's veterans and a growing fear that financial uncertainty could lead to self-harm. 
 
An estimated one-third of the federal workforce is made up of veterans, according to the Office of Personnel Management, meaning that more than 250,000 veterans are not currently receiving paychecks. 
 
"This shutdown has consequences that go beyond loss of pay," the Union Veterans Council said in a statement this week. "Financial instability is one of the main cause of suicides among the veterans’ community. These hard-working men and women who sacrificed so much for their country should not have their families held hostage by lawmakers that cannot relate to living paycheck to paycheck."
 
Edward M. Canales is a local union president with the American Federation of Government Employees and a veteran liaison officer who serves as a resource to veterans working in the U.S. Bureau of Prisons west of the Mississippi River. 
 
He told ABC News that he's received numerous calls from veterans who aren't able to support their families during the shutdown and express "no positive outlook on the future." 
 
"If this shutdown does not stop, we are going to have fatalities. We're going to have suicides," he said. 
 
Canales, a U.S. Army veteran himself who deployed to Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, said he is referring calls to the Department of Veterans Affairs hotline out of concern that a veteran will self-harm. 
 
He called the shutdown "shameful," saying its "slapping every veteran in the face who has served their country." 
 
As a special investigative service technician who worked in the federal prison system for 26 years, Canales is currently not receiving his retirement pay. 
 
Toby Hauck, a six-year Air Force veteran, is an air traffic controller in Aurora, Illinois, who has gone without a paycheck since Dec. 31. He told ABC News that his father and grandfather served in the U.S. military and now his son and daughter-in-law are deploying overseas at the end of the month. 
 
Hauck and his wife, a neonatal intensive care unit nurse, will be looking after their two-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter during the ten-month deployment, and the continued lack of pay causes added stress to their already hectic jobs, he said. 
 
"We are hardworking, proud American employees doing a job for the American public that is essential as an air traffic controller," said Hauck, who is also a representative for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. "It's not acceptable as a veteran, as a federal employee, as an air traffic controller to use my profession and my livelihood as a political football." 
 
"[Veterans] are very proud of our heritage and what we've done for the country. And those of us who continue to serve the federal government as a federal employee continue that pride throughout their careers," he added.
 
***End***
 
Jaango--posted on January 10, 2018
 

 

 

"He is the wall"...
 
In his excellent opinion piece and published by the New York Times, Jorge Ramos, of Spanish-language television fame, and titled, "Jorge Ramos:  Trump is the Wall", goes on an eloquent speechifying tirade that Trump and his supporters are displaying their obvious version of Hate and which has now been incorporated into our nation's body politic.
 
And here's the internet link:  
 
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/09/opinion/jorge-ramos-trump-wall.html
 
And from our standardized rhapsody on Anti-Hate, as military vets and whom were subjected to the "draft" of many years ago, and with the termination of the 'draft' from over 30 years ago, these self-same white men would have been subjected to a "blanket party" while in Basic Training.  Thus, the espoused racism, would not have been tolerated.  And yet, almost thirty-five years later and where white men were no longer subjected to the 'draft,' these men are now in the early fifty years of age, and consequently, their Hate of today, is a seminal moment in the projection of an Undue Indecency, has now been familiarized and concretized.   
 
Need more be said?
 
Jaango--posted on January 10, 2018
 

 

 

A Presidential Speech And One Lie-a-minute...

With a massive number of Fact Cheekers anticipating President Trump's national speech from the Oval Office, and afterwards, with no one holding with bated breath, their effort for quickly defining the 'value'  of this speech, was quickly delivered.

As such, our  Good Friend Kevin Drum over at Mother Jones Magazine, had this to say, earlier today.

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"1.  At the request of Democrats, it will be a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall.”
This is just flat wrong. Democrats never asked for any particular kind of wall, and anyway, a steel bollard fence is what we’re using right now for the hundreds of miles of border barriers already constructed. It’s what the security professionals have wanted from the very start.

“2.  The border wall would very quickly pay for itself. The cost of illegal drugs exceeds $500 billion a year, vastly more than the $5.7 billion we have requested from Congress.”
Illegal drugs are almost all smuggled in through legal ports of entry, not hauled across the desert. Building a wall would be unlikely to have any substantial affect on drug smuggling.

“3.  America’s heart broke the day after Christmas, when a young police officer in California was savagely murdered in cold blood by an illegal alien who just came across the border….Day after day, precious lives are cut short by those who have violated our borders. In California…In Georgia…In Maryland….I’ve held the hands of the weeping mothers and embraced the grief-stricken fathers. So sad. So terrible.”
This is trickier. Trump’s examples are real crimes, but the clear implication of all this is that unauthorized immigrants commit violent crimes on a grand scale. A pretty good recent study suggests this is untrue:

"4.  “The wall will also be paid for indirectly by the great new trade deal we have made with Mexico.”
This falls into Wolfgang Pauli’s famous category of being so ridiculous that “it’s not even wrong.” It’s like saying the wall will be funded indirectly from the taxes paid by the workers who build the wall. That’s not how it works.

“5.  Last month, 20,000 migrant children were illegally brought into the United States, a dramatic increase. These children are used as human pawns by vicious coyotes and ruthless gangs.”
According to Daniel Dale of the  Toronto Star, child trafficking across the border is pretty rare, and he seems to be right. Even the official statistics are fairly modest, and they’re almost certainly overstated anyway. Many of the children taken away from the adults who accompany them turn out to be related after all, or are being looked after by a friend. Actual cases of child trafficking seem to be very uncommon.

6.  “There is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border.”
There might be a growing humanitarian crisis at the border, but it’s mostly of Trump’s own making. As for a security crisis, that’s just flatly untrue. The number of illegal crossers apprehended by the Border Patrol is a small fraction of what it used to be, and has been declining for the past two decades:
There’s just no way to spin this into a security crisis, especially since 700 miles of fencing has been built since 2000; the Border Patrol’s budget has expanded considerably; and the number of agents patrolling the border has doubled—with another 5,000 on tap for future expansion.

“7.  It strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages. Among those hardest hit are African Americans and Hispanic Americans.”
This is highly questionable, and the bulk of the evidence suggests that illegal immigration is a net wash in terms of wages. However, there is some evidence that it affects the wages of the lowest income workers and of workers who don’t speak English well. So….

8.  “Democrats in Congress have refused to acknowledge the crisis, and they have refused to provide our brave border agents with the tools they desperately need to protect our families and our nation. The federal government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: because Democrats will not fund border security.”
This is untrue. Democrats have acknowledged everything except the need for a wall. The one and only reason for the government shutdown is Donald Trump’s obsession with spending billions of dollars on a wall that would have little to no effect on border security.

***End***

And here's the internet link:  
 
https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum

Jaango--posted on January 9, 2019
 
 

 

 

For the People Act

In the House chamber, the Democrats introduced their first bill, as of last week, and which will attempt  to redesign our national politics, and should it pass both the House and Senate chambers and achieve the affirming signature of President Trump, will be somewhat surprising.

And here are the basic elements of this legislation:

1.  Automatic voter registration and same-day voter registration, as well as online voter registration.

2.  Fifteen days of early voting.

3.  End gerrymandering by requiring non-partisan redistricting commission to draw congressional maps.

4.  Voting rights for post-release felons.

5.  Prevent voter purges by the states.

6.  Public financing for House candidates who don't take big donations.

7.  Tighten rules on dark money.

8.  Force disclosure on digital campaign ads.

9.  Expand the definition of lobbyist to close loophole recent members of Congress frequently exploit.

10.  New powers and disclosures for the Office of Government Ethics.

11.  A code of ethnics for the Supreme Court.

12.  Require presidential candidates to disclose ten years of tax returns.

13.  Apply conflict-of-interest rules to the President and Vice President.

14.  Prevent the President and Vice President from contracting with the government.

And as more legislation is introduced in the House chamber, the Democratic leadership will come under relentless anger, given that the Senate chamber and controlled by the Republicans, will become unrelenting in their opposition.

Jaango--posted on January 8, 2019
 
 

 

 

Odds and Ends

With the installation of the Democrats taking control of the House chamber from this past Thursday, the national "conversation" has now changed for the next two years, and yet, the Republlicans in the Senate chamber have become more strident in their opposition to any perceived Democratic agenda.  And that's the good news.  Therefore, the political stridency commences anew.  And here are a few items that caught our national attention.

1.  Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib is being taken to task for her statement of "Impeach the motherf**cker".  And yet, Speaker Pelosi blew off the statement, when asked, and her response was in the form of she doesn't control free speech since President Trump has said worse.  And albeit, President Trump said in a speech in Las Vegas, using the same identical language in addressing the Chinese behavior during a speech in Las Vegas.

2.  At times, "politics is personal" and which makes me a "criminal" for my opposition to Trump's Wall.  And as to Trump's Argumentation, he continues to make a fool of himself, and which after two years, his salience in the arena of public policy, is self-ingrating, given that a public park located next to his hotel on the East Coast, remains open, despite the his federal shutdown. In short, his administration found the monies to enable his hotel to operate successfully, or so it seems.

3.  Two college student journalists accessed over several thousand emails of neo-nazis and thusly, exposed over 40 citizens of Montreal Canada and where now, this 'story' has caused the law enforcement authorities to initiate an investigation, with criminal warrant in hand, that will further this investigation.  Our kudos to these 'new' Journalists conducting their civic duty, especially, when no one was paying attention.

4.  The advocates, both for and against PayGo, are premised on a lack of self-restraint.

5.  In Arizona, the GOP Chairman has issued his demand that all Republican office holders are beholden to President Trump and must 'stand-up' for the President.  Of course, this notification was premised on the Utah's Senator for writing and for his criticsm of Trump being published in the Washington Post.

6.  Trumps Press Spokesperson, Sarah Huckabee Sanders posited that over 4,000 terrorists entered the United States by crossing the southern border.  And yet, she was not embarassed when Chris Wallace stipulated that the 'terrorists' entered America at via the airports.  His correction did not faze her, one iota.  Thus, the administration's propaganda remains unvarnished with Unassailable Facts.

7.  The editorial board of a Vermont newspaper.  "Bernie Sanders should not run for president. In fact, we beg him not to." 

8.  Of the four living ex-presidents, "some" have told President Trump that they supported the building of the "wall."  Of course, exaggeration has its place in politics,  but this is one 'item' that has no grounding in Common Sense.

Jaango--posted on January 7, 2018
 
 

 

 

 

The Intersectionality of a National Municipal News Network?
 
When it comes to the reading of one particular tea leaf that addresses our future, the uselesness of the traditional White House's Friday Night Dump of the federal government's preferential news releases that reinforces the 'thinking' in the White House, does not bode well for the voters to consider for the next election cycle.  And from our political perspective, the always ongoing battle between the federal government and our municipal governments, the municipal governments have an 'unmet need' to address the concerns of voters on a local basis, but can be accomplished more constructively via a Municipal News Network.
 
Thus, the establishment of this Municipal News Network consisting of an approximate 50 municipalities that are, for the most part, urban-oriented and operating with a small budget and consisting of a half-dozen journalists operating locally, would provide a comparison and constrast vehicle that would permit local voters to determine for themselves, and without the floozery or boozery of 'fake news', what's proven constructive in addressing our 'unmet needs.'  
 
Take, for example, municipalities East of the Mississippi River and to the West of the Mississippi River, would give to each of us the opportunity to 'yardstick' the Ideas that best enable greater civic engagement that personsifies the Unassalable Facts versus the Propaganda of Self-Interest and which manifests itself via Citizens United.
 
Consequently, the establishment of this Municipal News Network would diminish the ability of the the well-paid intermediary or middle man that is dedicated to 'influcencing' the outcomes that have proven to be somewhat detrimental to the middle class even from the continuing and unrelenting advocacy of the local Chamber of  Commerce. 
 
And furthermore, the voters need to know more about how races and ballot propositions are crafted and advocated, otherwise, we are subjecting ourselves to the determination of the less than stellar public policy initiatives as evidenced in today's Great States of Grizzle and easily identified as Wisconsin, Michigan and North Carolina.  Further, public laws that prohibit the disclosure by non-profit organizations that are conduits to and from 'dark money' as the stimulants for political operatives, have to be challenged by Progressives. 
 
Jaango--posted on January 4, 2019
  

 

 

 

 

Our Latino's New Year's "demand" and not of a "resolution"
 
Congratulations to Senator Warren for announcing her establishment of the Warren Exploratory Committee as the first effort among the many, to establish her run for the Democrats' nomination as the first requirement in her search for the presidency.  And of course, this announcement demonstrates that she is desiring to 're-introduce' herself while adddressing the concerns of why the voters have taken a good liking to her brand of politics.  Therefore, this seminal feature is like many of the Democratic Senators that will be seeking the self-same nomination, she will be among the Roster of the Twenty and which twelve are former or current members of the Senate Chamber.
 
And which brings forth the Question of "What do each have in common among these presumptive candidates?"
 
First and foremost, each have called themselves "progressives" on the occasion when they pander to us, the Chicanos.  However, I am being somewhat petty in addressing this ongoing behavior, and yet, their ongoing behavior effectively demonstrates that they are NOT "progressives" since none, while serving in the Senate chamber, established a "progressive caucus"  along with the attributable Progressive Caucus Foundation for both fundraising and agenda setting.  Consequently, these candidates will be responding to the challenges being provided by the Republicans, writ large, while failing to address our progressive-oriented agenda. 
 
And when this occurs, the arrogance of these candidates will be on full display for their obviously much larger "more pander agenda" targeting Chicanos with a lonely or inadvertent subset that are Chicano and Native American military vets, will remain conspicuously silent on our current agenda of Unmet Needs.  Or with more rhetorical precision that being the Chicano Movement...Circa 2019.
 
And since Latinos are the much larger cohort among our nation's progressive cohorts, writ large, we will  be required to attempt to address this "leadership vacuum and expectation" for our Progressive Agenda, and while expecting the four additional cohorts espousing any perceived issues that mobilizes the progressive-oriented voter on Election Day, to join our overt effort at both advancing this political nuance and building a seminal cooperative effort.
 
And here's the "demand" and delivered in a short order and not for consumption in a full course meal or repast:
 
1.  Comprehensive Immigration Reform and equivalent to the 2013 version and which passed the Senate chamber with 78 affirming votes.  
 
2. Mandatory Voting and which eliminates the 29-state version of voter suppression.
 
3.  The National Debt Tax Surcharge.
 
4.  The Academic-Military Draft.
 
5.  "Health Care for All" and in the form of Medicare,  the VA Medical Systemic and the Indian Health Services Systemic.
 
6.  The Indigenous Free Trade Agreement that encapsulates all soverign nations in this hemisphere.
 
7.  A woman's reproductive rights personified in the form of legislation and which is as follows:  "Governments--federal, state, county, and municipal, shall  not interfere in a woman's reproductive rights."
 
And needless to say, progressives will be in high  demand by these 'listed' candidates, even though the status accorded both Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders don't fit comfortably within this political matrix of ours, since Biden is a former Senator and Sanders is an independent that does caucus' with the Democrats. And of course, we know each's history well as NOT being a self-acknowledged progressive.
 
In the next few weeks, the recruitment and retention of the staffing scheme for all these potential nominees, will not be fully addressed, given our "demand" but then, we understand well that our multi-million votes can not denied, diverted or deflected onto the specific agendas inclusive of the commendable rhetorical flourishes delivered to us or so we believe. 
 
Jaango--posted on January 1, 2019
 

 

 

 

Happy New Year:  Do I "bite my tongue" or "grit my teeth"?

Given that today is New Year's Eve, and having read the 'suggestions' the credentialed journalists have made of their thoughts readily available to me, both from off-the-internet and on-the-internet, I come away with these suggestions being premised on propagand and outright bull shit.  Thusly, I am addressing my angst, anger and frustration with these presumptive  pundits and who should've known better, but then Chicanos are not part of their 'suavaismo'.

And yet, I am reminded that what all these writers are manifesting is their ability to wage a political war for more click bait for their risible attention.  As such, the old-fashioned adage that "all politics is personal" is a resounding behavior not effectively addressed. And when not effectively addressed, I am speaking of the Common Sense that is not visible as Unassailable Facts and which has been absent since 1976.   

In contrast, I too have my detractors. 

And needless to say but I will, the challenge comes in form of or of the first and foremost, the context and content that is my "faux Academics."  And yet, America's Third Stereotype among the larger portion of  European Americans and is easily understood as "I don't care...I'll be dead...So, What's Your Point?" stands me in good stead and which contravenes my use of the assorted Argumentations identifiing yesterday's and today's usage of a continued "criminal stupidity" that exemplifies both "basis ignorance" and "intentional ignorance."  Education adddresses this basic ignornance,  but the SCOTUS decision supportive of United Citizens, just means that the grifters and grafters have their brand of comparable salience and where one-third of the population purports their self-evolving and continuing Hate. 
 
And despite my anger and angst, I recognize that tomorrow's "The Chicano Movement...Circa 2019," will further endow my mindset for our self-empowerment for a "better" future, given that today's Unofficial Count of over 8,000 Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, will continue to expand into our Community and with even larger numbers over the next 20 years and as required via this ever-increasing demographics.

And the latest batch of 18 conservative writers, are telling us of which manner we should address our national politics.  And which makes or which generates my expanding opportunities to challenge these conservative writers that have grown up into adulthood, and where the Chicano dependence on Unassailable Facts animating our Common Sense, does not bode well for their conservative-oriented mind-speak.  And as Chicanos, we will continue to and coordinate with our fellow citizens to defend our Wall of Common Sense, and against all these  political 'dilitantes.' 

Happy New Year! from my self-esteemed Big Mouth and our Public Policy Board.

Jaango--posted on December 31, 2018
 
 

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Of the Mattis Resignation...

Much has now been written of the  letter submitted to President Trump from the Secretary of Defense, and interestingly, not much mentioned is that the letter did not contain the "Respectfully Submitted  and which tells us much
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And in this vein of thought, the consequential Requim from Professor Cohen:

At The Atlantic, contributing editor Eliot A. Cohen of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies offers a requiem for the tenure of James Mattis as Trump's defense secretary. Mattis, who announced his resignation this week, is "animated by sentiments Donald Trump could not understand," Cohen explains, a warrior known for saying, “Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.” From a generation that signed up first to serve and wound up leading, and finally struggled to affirm "values of fairness and legality" in an administration that respects neither.
 
"Henceforth, the senior ranks of government can be filled only by invertebrates and opportunists, schemers and careerists. If they had policy convictions, they will meekly accept their evisceration. If they know a choice is a disaster, they will swallow hard and go along. They may try to manipulate the president, or make some feeble efforts to subvert him, but in the end they will follow him. And although patriotism may motivate some of them, the truth is that it will be the title, the office, the car, and the chance to be in the policy game that will keep them there.
 
"They may think wistfully of the unflinching Sir Thomas More of Robert Bolt’s magnificent play about integrity in politics, A Man for All Seasons. But they will be more like Richie Rich, More’s protégé who could have chosen a better path, but who succumbed to the lure of power. And the result will be policies that take this country, its allies, and international order to disasters small and large."
 
Jaango--posted on December 22, 2018
 

 

 

 

Has Mandatory Voting Come of Age?

For these past many years,  I have long 'agitated','agravated' and 'advocated' for Mandatory Voting as public law and where in the inclusion of "under medical care" would be sole exception.  And yes, many of my fellow citizens have distanced themselves from me, despite the ongoing efforts of voter suppression efforts by either the Republicans or the Democrats.

Consequently, my vindication for this view for Mandatory Voting is one of several vehicles that can be effectively used to tamp down today's Hate or what I call as dumpster-diving.

Take for example, the report prepared and submitted to the Senate that speaks eloquently to the Russian Government's participation in our 2016 election  cycle and where Donald Trump was their much-favored presidential candidate.

And in this vein of thought, the Russian Government's interferance with our election process is being eloquently  described by Mark Sumner, the staff writer for the web site of the DailyKos, and thusly, now has this fateful article on this subject matter.

And his latest, of which was yesterday, Monday, December the 17th and titled "Senate report on Russia's social media effort shows how racism drove results on both right and left" speaks to each of us and done forthwith, rationally and intentionally.  

Here's the internet link:

 https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/12/17/1819647/-Senate-report-on-Russia-s-social-media-effort-shows-how-Racism-drove-results-on-both-right-and-left?_=2018-12-17T06:38:21.747-08:00

And here are the first three paragraphs from the notable Mark Sumner

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The report prepared for the Senate shows that Russia’s social media effort was enormous, with millions of posts spread across dozens of accounts. Accounts that both Google and Facebook were willing to accept as generated by real Americans even though they were all coming from the same place and many were paid in rubles. Because, sure. Americans do that.

That report also shows that the largest part of the Russian social media effort was specifically centered on racism. And it wasn’t all on appealing to racist voters on the right. The largest single effort was in suppressing the votes of African American voters by spreading a message that the Democratic Party, and Hillary Clinton in particular, did not respect their issues or pay attention to their communities.

Those efforts mirrored the more familiar efforts on the conservative side of the line. Russia created fake social media stories of Clinton’s disrespect for black voters, ran ads on black radio stations, even arranged actual boots-on-the-ground protests that were scheduled and promoted straight from St. Petersburg. They also used the tools provided by social media corporations to target voters in specific districts with their “walk away” message.

***End***

Jaango--posted on December 17, 2018
 

 

 

 

 

Is Another Apt History Lesson Deemed Appropriate For Federal Funding Done Uselessly?
 
With last week's Oval Office meeting between Trump, Pence, Schumer and Pelosi, informed us that their continuing Argumentation over the perceived futility of funding for Trump's Border Wall between the United States and Mexico, went nowhere, and yet, earlier today, Monday, President Trump  took to twitter and where his  "public policy" came in the following format of an obvious rant:

"Anytime you hear a Democrat saying that you can have good Boarder Security without a Wall, write them off as just another politician following the party line. Time for us to save billions of dollars a year and have, at the same time, far greater safety and control!"

Since the Mid-1980s, the Chicano Movement addressed these human migration flows that have continued for these past many years, and therefore, the "solution" was to be found in the implementation of a TransNational Technology Center, established and implemented in the following manner and within each embassy and consulate:

1.  Applications for citizenship

2.  Applications for Asylum

3.  Applications for Employment relative to companies based here in the USA.

4.  Crafting Economic Development Initiatives by our local municipalities interacting with the local municipalities located throughout our Indigenous Hemisphere.

Unfortunately, the application of this Decency Systemic has not yet achieved its fruition, and which our rejection of the continued determination for a Hate-based political behavior continues to remain "front and center." 

Consequently, our politics of dumpster-diving will continue  for the next two years, at least, or until the Trumpista acolytes recognize that the wrath of voters will be delivered via "la resistencia" at the ballot box.  Hence, America's future should be the "incoming" behavior for a much better Democracy and thusly, the Chicano Movement  continues to exist, circa 2018.

Now, need  more be said?
 
Jaango--posted  on December17, 2018
 
 

 

 

 

 

My Differing View From Dr. Josh Marshall...

When anyone compares the 'reality' that is today's NAFTA, our unencumbered "history" that is our Indigenous Hemisphere, is yet to be written, albeit, will come to fruition within the next 20 years, as "progressives" take the reins that is today's National Security and Defense systemic. 

Back in the days of the Bush41 administration and into the Clinton administration, NAFTA was viewed as not likely occuring, but if so, would become quite successful for all the three nations engaged in Capitalism.  In contrast, we, the Chicanos come to this subject matter that is National Security and Defense consists a three-part Triangulation that is 1) Authoritarianism, 2) Capitalism,and 3) Religionism.  And from  our standpoint,  this apt view of a 'reckoning' is likely.

Further, as NAFTA was being addressed and with Mexico quite unsure that NAFTA would be achieved, Mexico's "back-up" Plan was consistent with Mexico's "unmet needs" that could and would be achieved via a Mexico-Ukraine Trade Agreement. To wit, Ukraine was the breadbasket of the former Soviet Union, and in today's context, an unredeeming lost cause due to the Crimea being incorporated into Russia and with not one peep from the European Union or NATO. 
 
And of course, no mention has ever been made of this Mexican Effort even though one of the 'originating' documents can be found in one of the half dozen computers located in the basement of the CIA.    And needless to say, but I will, a set of the originating documents were 'leaked' from inside Mexico and to our nation's intelligence gathering agencies.  
 
Consequently, did the President's Daily Brief inculcate this Mexico-Ukraine Trade Agreement in to any further decision-making (Bush and Clinton) and further, the question has never been asked in a public setting which demonstrates that the journalism biz was practicing its lack of any due diligence, and which isn't surprising to us here in our  wonderful Sonoran Desert.

And when measuring with our political yardstick, an Indigenous Free Trade Agreement comprised of all the nation-states in this Hemisphere will occur within the next 20 years.  Once accomplished via congressional approval, this 'new' Trade Agreement will become "married and integrated" into the European Union.  And today's supplemental politics when viewed through the prism of the 'Brexit Moment' this political self-skewering by the voters in Great Britain will become Prime  Minister May's legacy for the Era of the Brexit Failure and of an inconsequential status leading to an economic orphan, is just another false reality of this political perspective of the Triangulation that continues to animate our National Security and Defense systemic.

As to here in the United States and after two years of daily drivel of an iconic experience, the Trump  legacy will become known as the Era of El Trumpudo.  And as such, "all mouth and no brain" that represents and animates today's leadership skill set.

Now, to Dr. Marshall of TalkingPointsMemo fame, he is addressing our nation's "old history".at least from the political standpoint of the Chicano's future and as crafted by the current or presumptive roster of the 2020 presidential candidates in the Senate and in particular, the 'camouflaged' non progressives that are incapable of announcing their proclivites for establishing a Progressive Caucus on the Democratic side of the aisle in the Senate.  Thus, today's ongoing Great Pander!

And here is the internet link to what Dr. Marshall has written and titled, "It's really a thing" and dated, December 14, 2018

 https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/its-really-a-thing  

In closing, it's easy to forget that the 'numbers' of Progressives are Latinos and which outnumber the European Americans, and thusly, the 'normal' is to ignore that the strength of the Latino voters are where the majority of votes can be found, and therefore, the ongoing 'pander' is understandable and yet, not acceptable to us by the candidates representing the Democratic Party, writ large, hence the Status Quo Democrats. 

Jaango--posted on December 15, 2018
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Is Senator Rubio Drafting His "daft"?
 
In his essay for the Atlantic, Senator Rubio is delivering more of his 'daft' thinking, and in particular, the ability of employees to negotiate with employers, and premised on the systemic that is currently in use in Germany.  And if you know much about Germany, Germans have gained very little over the past thirty years or starting when the Berlin Wall came down.
 
And he starts with the following:
 
Unions: The backbone of labor law remains the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, and many of the law’s major provisions have remained unchanged since 1947. It enshrines a model of labor relations that pits worker against manager….Federal labor law should be reformed to make possible a more productive relationship between workers and employers.
 
Obviously, Senator Rubio is more interested in 'downgrading' economic activity while continuing to ignore raising the education level via the Academic-Military Draft for all of our fellow citizens, and in particular, the next generation that being the millennials.  Consequently, he's still catering to his voters, the  older generation of retired workers. Thus , Senator Rubio continues to embarrass him, as per his usual behavior.
 
And more so, when Senator  Rubio takes his Ideology much further, and where Millennials must be damned when recognization become his reality for Older Folks voting in larger numbers than do Millennials. As such, Milliennials are the next generation and much to his political detriment.
 
 Jaango--posted on December 14, 2018
 

 

 

 

 

More Good News...

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The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is holding a Wednesday hearing on the "silent crisis" of missing and murdered people in Indian Country: Among the witnesses will be federal law enforcement officials and Native woman. The hearing comes after the Senate passed S.1942, known as Savanna's Act. The bill is named for Savanna Marie Greywind, a 22-year-old woman from the Spirit Lake Nation who was murdered after she went missing in North Dakota last year. If the House approves the bill and it’s signed at the White House, the Department of Justice would be required to provide annual reports on how many Native women go missing and/or murdered each year. It also mandates improved access to national databases to make sure the cases of missing women don’t also go missing. The original sponsor of the act, Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, said, "As we remember the life of Savanna and the unimaginable pain of those eight days of friends and family searching for her, this legislation will help law enforcement agencies better collect and maintain data on those missing and help our criminal justice system take stronger action against those who traffic in exploitation, abuse, and murder." 

***End***

Jaango--posted on December 11, 2018
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

The Absolute of an "authoritarian" Life Science 

The science fiction that informs public indecency is the storyline of where a political grifter practices a 'brand' of political engagement and where the federal govenment's financial largesse is there for the taking.  And that's today's presumptive behavior. Therefore, having a difference of opinion and the behavior that supports such an opinion, is clearly visible and viable.  And President Trumps speaks of this loudly relative his Border Wall.

Take, for example, earlier today, the 'conference' between President Trump and the two Democrats, Pelosi and Schumer, advanced this 'griftiness' and to the point where the diference between $1.3 billion for 'border security' and $5.0 billion for a border wall that supposedly Mexico  would pay for, tells much of this iconic political story, one more time.  And more so, when Trump is advancing his storyline that the military should be responsible for 'building' and maintaining such a border wall and where Homeland Security has no obvious role, and which, in its totality--this Fear is aptly addressed.  As such, the general public would be expected to acknowledge that "government can do good things" when it comes to challenging the over-the-border terrorism.
  
Unfortunately, President Trump's special pleading to Pelosi that she has the responsibility to enlist the minimalist of 10 democratic votes in the Senate to support his border wall.   And from accepting the reality that Senate's Democratic Senators, failing to support his border wall, just means that Pelosi must accept her responsibility and duty for having failed President Trump and his "trump-base."
 
Consequently, this next two-year argumentation will be played loudly and eventually the success or failure will be determined and consummated in the next presidential election cycle of 2020. is completed. 

In closing the 'fireworks' of a deepening politics will become inherent in our short term future.
  
Jaango--posted on December 11, 2018
 
 
 

 

 

 

The Institutional Bullshit That Was Personified Differently By the Diversity Officer...And Her Self-RetirementThat Followed
 
It's just too damn depressing that the political rafters at the VA took their politics and which hovered around the Five Percenters for their desire to privatize the VA and yet, their politics could not be uplifted to the  level of 50% or 60%, given that the younger-reprobates in management and administration for their politics felt required to challenge the nation's common sense, and which was accomplished out of a fear of President Trump failing to achieve his proscribed self-adulation.
 
To wit, Laura Clawson, an excellent DailyKos writer,  had this to say and her article is titled,
"After Charlotteville, Trump appointee blocked VA diversity officer from condemning Nazis" and dated December 8, 2018. 
 
 As such, the following:
 
After neo-Nazis rioted in Charlottesville in 2017, the head of diversity at the Department of Veterans Affairs wanted to strongly condemn it. She was blocked by a top Trump appointee in the department, as Trump himself was both-sidesing white supremacist violence.
 
Georgia Coffey, the deputy assistant secretary for diversity and inclusion at the time, drafted remarks saying that Charlottesville was “a tragic reminder that our work in civil rights and inclusion is not finished,” and highlighting federal anti-discrimination policies. She was told that John Ullyot, the assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs, “does not want to post the message.” Coffey pressed the issue, and Ullyot tried to get her to water down her message. She pushed back again. In the end:
 
 === "Coffey’s staff worried that she would get in trouble if she disregarded Ullyot’s guidance, according to other emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by the Project on Government Oversight, a watchdog group that first publicized the episode last year. The staff suggested that she should tone down her remarks, but Coffey declined. She posted the full remarks under her name in the monthly newsletter posted online by VA’s diversity office. Agency officials removed it and reprimanded her. She retired soon after."===
 
They reprimanded the diversity and inclusion officer for pressing for diversity and inclusion in the wake of white supremacist violence. That doesn’t say anything we didn’t know about the Trump administration, but it’s a good one-sentence summary of where they stand. 
 
And we offer our Kudos to Laura Clawson for her comprehensive 'due diligence' and to include the Good Judgement by the Diversity Officer.
 
Jaango--posted on December 8, 2018
 
 

 

 

 

Another Commendable Tributary of a River Flow for Our Nation's Ship of Fools

Now that the Democrats will have 'control' of the House of Representatives come this January, the primal issue that is Compehensive Immigration Reform and which thoroughly defines our nation's Character, the Democratic Leadership Team will revert to what transpired many years ago.  Take for example, while seeking out a vein of humor, I aggravated, agitated and advocated that "dumping"  all the used refrigerators should be placed or seen for being at the bottom of our Deep Hole, and for our lesser citizens consumed with their addressing their victimization and for the pending attack on priviilege, should be focused appropriately, starting with our Grand Canyon, otherwise, China will asking for the repayability of their portion of our national debt, thusly, the political comprise is that China will be rewarded with  the  ownership of Grand Canyon, and utimately, China will craft their embedded Nuclear Arsenal, accordingly.

Therefore, the historical migration patterns in this Indigenous Hemisphere continues to lack any 'credability' when our latest Icon, The Tariff Man, a man of self-adulation, confronts his brief history and where Mexico will pay for the Wall between Mexico and the United States.

And to wit, I argue that filling the Grand Canyon  with our used refrigerations would seem to be quite appropriate.  And once the Grand Canyon is in receipt of the used refrgierators and where, once filled to the brim, this  'dumping ground' should be extended within the Colorado River and when completed, to the Sea of Cortez. Trump's "Wall" will have been achieved and virtually at no cost to the paypayer and thereby, requiring no 'action' to be taken in either the House or Senate chambers.  Consequently, funding 'security' at the border at a minimalist level of $1.5 billion as per the pending appropriation bill and the "demand" from the Tariff Man at $5.0 billion, becomes inconsequential, at a minimum. 

However, I am not remiss in discounting the History of the Chicano Movement from years ago.  And back in 1985, when the Chicano Movement issued its Agenda of Unmet Needs, one of the  10 elements included the establishment and implementation of the TransNational Technology Centers (TNCs).  Thus, these TNC's would be added to our embassies and consulates and made readily available to foreign nationals.  And the appropriate Three Doors would consist of 1) Applying  for Citizenship, 2)  Applying for Asylum, and 3) Seeking Employment in the USA.  

And to  this date, neither the Democrats nor the Republicans can effectively demonstrate their 'concern' for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, and therefore, the continuation of the historical migration patterns will continue for time memorialized, given the level for vote-pandering when their attention is focused on how best to recruit and utilize non-European American voters on Election Day.

Consequently, our Sense of Humor by describing today's Ship of Fools and the apt description being self-applied to and by the Tariff Man, demonstrates that Mexico will pay for his Wall when Mexico's water-rights to the Colorado River is no longer available to Mexico and are no  longer available to the Great States of  Nevada, Utah, California and Arizona.  

And with his latest rewind on the National Debt, President Trump personifies the European American Stereotype, and that being "I don't care...I'll be dead...So, what's your point?"

Jaango--posted on December 7, 2018
 
 

 

 

 

 

Will Pelosi's Tenure as House Speaker Become Fruitful  for Today's Public Policy Incrementalism?

As staunch Democrats we wish her Good Luck and when measured by the political Yard Stick of these past 40 years, commencing with the Reagan administration, we are reminded by Kate Aronoff, a contributing  writer for the Intercept and where she covers both climate change and politics.  And her latest article, titled, "A Mandate for Left Leadership" has been published at the website of the Nation Dot Com and dated  December 5, 2018, delivers cogently her Political Philosophy and Thought. 
 
As such, she reminds us of our nation's history and with the following three paragraphs:

"The small pack of advocates who pioneered the neoliberal revolution after the oil crisis and the inflation of the 1970s weren’t selling lower corporate tax rates or rollbacks of labor protections on their own merits; they were selling freedom and small, responsible government, realized through markets and the sage guidance of American business leaders. Their ideology placed profits before people and markets before democracy, though in the United States at least, they never put it that way to the public. So to get the word out, they built institutions like the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI); cultivated promising talent for higher office, including Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan; wrote and published books; and founded magazines and radio shows, like National Review and The Manion Forum, aimed at spreading the doctrine of the free market. 

"In addition to a small army of wealthy backers (something that today’s left still lacks—largely by design), what allowed the right to become dominant in the second half of the 20th century was its ability to tell a compelling story about how the economy should work and who it should work for—and then repeat and tweak that story ad nauseam for anyone who would listen over the better part of half a century. As William Baroody Sr., the conservative activist who built AEI into a force to be reckoned with, noted: “This is no overnight miracle-passing operation… It will take time, financial resources, and the exercise of good brain power.” 

"It also took decades—but the hard work paid off. As Reagan settled into the Oval Office in 1980, he handed every member of his prospective cabinet a copy of a 1,100-page Heritage Foundation document that detailed some 2,000 conservative policy priorities. The document, which would later be published as the Mandate for Leadership series, served as the cornerstone of right-wing leadership; in his first year alone, Reagan would take up nearly two-thirds of its proposals."

And from therein, has been our "challenge" and where our future has been delivered for these past 40 years.  However, being infernal Optimists, Reagan's conservative mantra or meme is being trashed by today's conservatives and where their neglect of Latino voters are becoming a risible majority of votes in their carefully crafted schematic, is front and center via today's 'caravans,'  Subsequently, this neglect adds much to the quicker demise of the GOP, as evidenced in this past election cycle and attendant to the results in both Florida and Texas while moving into our future and the contemplated results despite today's toxic politics, As such, Latino millennials are voting  for Democrats writ large.  More so when one takes a gander at the demographics, and where these Latino millennials are voting with their feet.  And when appropriately measured, these 800,000 Latino millennial voters are undercutting the Republican candidates, that were supported by the older generation of Latinos, i.e., the older generation of Cuban Americans in Florida, for example.  The same can be said of the older generation of Latinos in Texas. 
 
Consequently, with the death of former President George H.W. Bush, he served for 8 years as the Vice President and with four years in the Oval Office.  As to his presumptive second term, he lost to Clinton because the Third Candidate, Ross Perot, captured 19 percent of the vote, Bush's achieved less than stellar numbers and of course,  while Clinton received 43% and which was tantamount to Clinton's victory.  Of course, Perot was probably far more 'conservative' than was Bush. And had he been successful, Perot would have easily"adapted" to the Heritage Memo.

Thus, Kate Aronoff uses her wide-ranging skill set for addressing our pending future, but from a somewhat and differing view from we, the Chicanos and Native Americans here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert.  

Therefore, grab a Cold One and Enjoy since her article is both lengthy and quite informative.  

And here's the internet link:

https://www.thenation.com/article/green-new-deal-neoliberal-socialism/  

Jaango--posted on December 6, 2018
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Progressives & The Old "Fly-on-the wall" Intelligence-Gathering Service That Will Animate the Pending Blue Tide 

For these past many years, Congress has defined our 'intelligence-gathering" vehicle as a cadre of 17 agencies and to include their dearth of sub-contractors  and where collectively, they are mandated to gather information about our fellow citizens as well as of the foreign nations that may or not have a disparaging impact on our national security and defense.

First and foremost is the the failure among the 9 current senators on the "most wanted" list for the presumptive presidential candidates at the next presidential cycle, continues unabated.  Thus, these relevant candiates cannot bring themselves to establish a Progressive Caucus and followed by a Progressive Caucus Foundation with the responsiblity to accomplish the requisite fundraising as well as the crafting of a nationwide Progressive Agenda. 
 
And for those of us here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert, the 'names' under consideration, is the prime examplar that identifies the self-applied camouflage paint that 'panders' to Latinos and Native Americans since the majority of Democrats--that being the Status Quo mechanism that dearly loves to insert itself into our progressive-oriented politics for both national security and national defense and to include the much wider pander that is easily attributed by and from our Elected and Appointed Officials, writ large, continues to co-exist.

Now, utilizing the Patriot Act as well as the designation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation into a primary mandate for 'intelligence-gathering' is indicative that our national spending which is now for over $1.5 trillion annually, is indicative of where we have gone wrong when it comes to 'informing' the general public and where our Elected and Appointed Officials have 'sequestered' themselves from us and as to the much larger spectrum of the angst and anger of the voters among progressively-oriented voters.
 
Consequently, when I read or hear of today's pundits, sages and gurus advising me that the politics of the Progressive Movement is commencing, I quietly shake my head in response to this unkempt Belief and Behavior that continues to conveniently ignore the Chicano and Native American communities . 

And this European American behavior is comparable to one of the Three Stereotypes of these many years past, and as it pertains to  to the this self-limiting European American Stereotype and which is appropriately practiced as "I don't care...I'll be dead... So, what's your point?"  And from therein, is our high hurdle that must be constantly overcome, and even through the use of this vehicle, the internet or the imflammability that resides with the 'free' and published material.

And of course, I use the word sequester somewhat advisedly and for two reasons and how this applies directly to this Indigenous Hemisphere  
 
Take for example the  following absence of the applicable knowledge as this pertains to the readily availble information at our local and taxpayer subsidized libraries, is quite obvious too.  As such, the appropriate, or seems to be appropriate to me, the absence or lack of the following books being readily available:

1.  Canada and the United States:  National Security and Defense

2.  Mexico and the United States:  National Security and Defense

And therefore, the Nation-States of Guatamala, Columbia, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Venezuela, Equador, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Uruguay, Belize, Panama,  and Guyana, must be effectively addressed and in an identical manner.

And as per the usual, none of the educational institutes and think tanks, will spend the appropriate monies to hire the cadre of investigative journalists necessary and leading to the compilation of both the data and underlying premises that move the respective decision-making within these nation states when it comes to the particularized self-interest of these affected Elected and Appointed Officials.  Subsequently, the "insiders" operate within this acknowledged "vacuum" that adds and expands the rigorous interaction for today's "denial, diversion and deflection" while keeping the likes of the general public from having their national 'common sense' being effectively addressed via the general population, and in particular, the consequential decision-making that takes place at the ballot box.

And why is this important?

Back in the day when the NAFTA was created and pending before Congress and for its formalized decision-making approval, Mexico had reached a tentative 'back-up' agreement on their quietly and pending Free Trade Agreement with Ukraine, the then and former bread basket of the imploded Soviet Union.  And that's yesterday's history, and tomorrow's history will be crafted over the next twenty years, and which will become known as the Indigenous Free Trade Agreement for this hemisphere. 

And one of the side notes, will be Great Britain's Brexit effort--successful or otherwise, since this Indigenous Trade Agreement will become married to the European Union, and when accomplished, this economic behavior will prove beneficial to all these sovereign nations in this hemisphere with the sole exception to this is that of the inconsequential Brexit having taken place, and where the investment wealth of the Persion Gulf and China, will take precedence in this Indigenous Hemisphere, as well.

Of course, I am not attempting to "pile-on" on to today's "status-quo" Democrats, thusly, I am not speaking of the pending demographics that is in the future of the Latinos, but I am cognizant of the obvious exemplar of what occurred in this past mid term cycle, especially in Florida, a perceived blue state that is awaiting just around th corner in both date and time.  Thus, a look-back at the voting patterns of Latinos, is both indicative and educational.  Thus, Senator Nelson was never in the forefront for addressing immigration reform, and Gilliam got a flawed and late start in courting Latinos given his lack to any substantive access to the deep pockets of Democratic donors. As such, Mayor Gillum considered himself a progressive and yet, there was no Senate Caucus Foundation that could have stepped-up and effectively provided a much greater response from progressive-oriented Latinos that would carried him successfully across the finish line even with a somewhat depressed voting pattern in this election cycle.

And needless to say but I will, both a success in Florida and Texas, among Democrats, albeit the Status Quo or Progressives, demonstrates that not a blue wave will occurr but what will occur, is 'that' of a Blue Tide.  And of course, the current and nascent Military Vets Movement will prove fortuitous, as well.

Jaango--posted on December 5,2018
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Migration Patterns:  Where My "community" Challenges My "DNA"

When I see the dearth of television ads seeking my potential invested pocket monies to determine  my history as allocated by the DNA 'experts,' I come away seldom impressed since this 'history' is predicated on electrical-oriented algorithms of somewhat disrepute, And more so, when a sense of humor has to incur in my opinion-making, otherwise, daily life becomes boring as hell.

Take for example, my history is inclusive of Yaqui, Apache and Chicano from here in my wonderful Sonoran Desert and thusly, these electrical algorithms will coalesce into the vantage point that is stereotypical 'confusion' and that's just from the obvious scientific standpoint.  Consequently, another 'long haul' that resides in the re-interpretation of my history and where various archeologists and anthro-apologists have designated my "community" for being either 19,000 years-old or 9,000 years-old.  And needless to say but I will, and being somewhat contrary on my part, I much prefer that my "natural" democracy commenced with the relevation that is "La Cueva de Manos" and which further, signifies that the Community of Life defined this wealth of "left hands" of palm prints, solely from women and which crafted our "history" and that being the history that is our Big Mama, and IS the Universal Matriach of Truth-Telling. And today's "nana-ship" moves my history forward onto our succeeding generations that elevates these migration patterns. Thus "caravans" are another "historical" iota predicated on fear.

Of course, I am not alone in my opinion-making and as defined into today's latest effort being provided to us by Aliva Chomsky, and whom is a Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American Studies and where she resides at Salem State University of Massachussets.

Here is her latest article is titled, "How DNA Tests Make Native Americans Strangers In Their Own Land” and originally published at TomDispatch, and dated November 30, 2018.

And for your reading enjoyment, here is the internet link:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/making-native-americans-strangers-in-their-own-land_us_5c00601ce4b0ee1b06c83176
 
Jaango--posted on December 1, 2018
 

 

 

 

Odds & Ends
 

With his latest news conference of Thursday, President Trump addressed the White House press corps and prior to his expected trip to Argentina to attend the G-20 Summit, and not much was addressed when it comes to news media 'value.'

However, the 'stories' that are adding value, via advertising, continues to make a headway toward profit-taking.  And therefore, consider the following as attention grabbers.
 
1.  The Blue Tide did arrive.  The Democrats picked-up 40 seats in the House chamber.  
 
2.  Trump attorney Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to congress, and President Trump labels Cohen a 'weak  person.'
 
3.  Ouch!  Deuctsche Bank is now being investigated for millions of Euros via money laundering, and yet, this investigation has been ongoing many years. What's new now is that the revelation of the Panama Papers is speaking to hundreds of millions in Euros were transferred to 'safe havens' and complicit with hundreds of investors.
 
4.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell became embarrassed for having  to pull the nomination of a soon-to-approved judge after the Judiciary Committee could not reach a majority for a final vote on the Senate floor.  Enter Arizona's Senator Jeff Flake with his opposition now concretized, or until the Senate votes to approve his co-sponsored legislation that protects the Muellar Investigation from political cronyism.
 
5.  In Texas, the Tarrant County GOP's Executive Committe members are expected to take a vote on dismissing its Vice Chair due to his being a Muslim.  Further, a GOP precinct member, married to a Muslim, is being considered for having his title stripped from, as well. As such, four cases are being considered for action from these Executive Committee Members.  As such, this decision-making is expected to place on January 10th of next year.
 
6.  Former Attorney General Sessions jokes that his "pink slip was more public than most."  And that about says it all.
 
7.  Muslim, Christian, Jewish and secular groups announced their demand that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whttaker resign and due to his preference for Christian judges.
 
8.  Editorial Opinion. The New York Times is touting their 'latest' and for describing the voting caucus among the Democrats was not a pleasant experience for Nancy Pelosi, but it was a pleasant experience for the former Speaker Paul Ryan when he sought his votes amongst  the Republican caucus. Thus, the NYT's sheer propaganda can be mind-boggling, and at the appropriate time.
 
9.  The Sinclair news media outlets are defending the use of tea gas against migrants and their small children attempting their transit into the United States.  Of course, each outlet must show this corporate-generated propaganda to their viewers. 
 
10.  South Carolina's Republican Senator Tim Scott voted to reject the nomination of Thomas Farr and consequently, denied Farr his appointment to the federal judiciary.  Scott joined his fellow Republican colleague Senator Flake, in denying Farr and the Democrats voted unanimously in their opposition to Farr.
 
Jaango--posted on November 30, 2018
 

 

 

The Death of a Good Friend...

Early yesterday morning, the family announced that former Arizona Congressman Ed Pastor had died early morning of a heart attack after being transferred to a local hospital for further medical care.  And his death is representative of a long political career that spanned over thirty-five years, from his start as "rabble rouser",  a County Supervisor and to his election to the United States House of Representatives, and where he served for 25 years on the House Appropriations Committee. 
 
 As such, he retired four years ago in 2014 and due primarily for having to commute from Arizona to our nation's capitol, and which we recognized and attributed to his "long haul."

In the coming days, much will be acknowledged and written about his consummate 'history' for this civic engagement.  His behavior will be directed at the expansion of the airport and the civic railway, but these two items will be discounted since his 'engagement' with the local voters was indeed consequential, as well as his large impact on our community, writ large.  
 
And not lost in all this 'history', his grandkids, will come to recognize that he 'changed' politics relative to Si Se Puede and for the much better, given that the large number of his Mentorship students will define our future for the many years to come.

And we extend our condolences to the Pastor family.

Jaango--posted on November 29, 2018
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

More Good News...

Here in Maricopa County located in Phoenix, Arizona, is now facing a Republican challenge and being espoused by the Republican-led majority  of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.  Long story short, in this past mid term cycle, the Democrats won largely and which led to the elevation of Democrats to statewide office, including the Senate, the State's Public's Chief Instructor for Public Schools and the Secretary of State.  And it's from this result that the Republican operatives are angry and expressing themselves and loudly.  Consequently, these Republicans are seeking to utilize their myriad avenues for greater political consolidate in their attempt to "revoke" the legal authority of the director of County Recorder's Office, or in this instance, Adrian Fontes, and whom was elected two years ago.

And with the political dynamic shifting among Chicano and Native American voters in Arizona's largest county,  the new Elections Director, a Democrat got himself elected to this office and thereby  having replaced the 25 year plus established Republican.  As such, the new director, is now on record for having said the following:

"I am a veteran of the Marine Corps;  I wont' shy away from a fight. But it's got to be an appropriate fight and it's got to be a worthwhile fight.  My fight is against disinformation, it's against voter suppression."

And our Kudos to Adrian Fontes for his well-defined hard work.
 
Jaango--posted on November 29, 2018
 
 

 

 

 

One of the Joys for Being a Political Writer Here at Our CVO...

For all these many years, I have yet to express myself, and I do so now,  despite my somewhat related meme of "forgetfullness" Moments.  And in this vein of thought, there have been times that the Cactus Juice Commentaries, is a simplified reminder to me that that there have been times where a "shot of tequila" before hitting the computer keyboard would have been quite helpful.  However, I much prefer the obvious and readily available Cold One.

And with this in mind, the toxicity of today's politics can be somewhat confusing, especially when Common Sense and Ambition can coalesce under the same roof and where the results can be inexplicable.  And by definition, this 'roof' pertains mostly to the Democrats and their interactions for advocating  the 'better' public policies, that at times, are indeed lacking and due to the consensus building that is required for success.  Hence, my focus on the "progressive-oriented" Elected and Appointed Officials.  More so, if I were to focus exclusively on  or more on just our over 7,000 Latino Elected Officials, I would be remiss.  And yet, our voting behavior has led us forward from our voting behavior, to the concretized  successes of these Officials, is neither distracting nor ignored since we too follow their political careers on a regular basis and regardless of the geographical locations.

Further, the "progressive" vote, a la "minorities" and the welcomed demographics had a distinct impact on this, the Democratic Alliance and where, long time strategist and voting analyst, Mark Gersh of the National Committee for an Effective Congress, had described his vision and where 38 Democrats would be elected to the House of Representatives. 
 
As such, he is indeed perceptive, and he speaks  of the following results.  Even if his targeted number of "38" achieves "39" or "40" for this past election cycle.

"In districts where the voting-age population that is more than one quarter non-white, Democrats won 15 Republican held seats, or almost 40 percent of their 39-seat gain, nationally.  Of the 100 largest non-white districts, Republicans now hold only seven.  Of the top 200, Democrats hold 154."

And

Gersh says, "As the United States turns more diverse, the current version of the Trump-Republican Party coalition is headed for extinction, or at the very least an unsuperable disadvantage."

And need I say more about the 'competition' between the "status quo" Democrats and the "progressive-oriented" Democrats?

Jaango--posted  on November 27, 2018
 
 
 

 

 

 

Robert Kuttner & With the Obviously Failed Descriptor...

The obviously gifted political writer of these past many years and one of my 'favorites' when it comes to today's political lexicon, but in this instance, he has encountered his "failure."  

And by way of background, Professor Kuttner is the co-editor of The American Prospect and a professor at Brandeis University’s Heller School. His new book is "Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?"

In his latest article and titled, "With Glut Of 2020 Candidates, Progressive Democrats Need To Get Their Act Together," and dated, November 26, and publlished at the web site of Huffinton Post Dot Com.

And here's the internet link:
 
  https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-progressive-democrats-2020_us_5bfb7effe4b0771fb6ba6fc5

Of course, Professor Kuttner touts the presumptive presidential candidates as he sees them,  that being "progressive."  Of course, Kuttner ignores the Chicano view and where a "progressive" must stand tall for being a self-avowed progressive amongst his acolytes.  As such, none of these candidates being given his 'view' are not, even quaintly, progressive, in the slightest since his tout of his rhetorical flourish, does neither justify nor factually addresses this behavior.

However, our Chicano history amply demonstrates that the long streak of Democratic candidacies, from Bill Clinton and John Edwards, were thoroughly indoctrinated by the Wall Street Crowd, and which is today's recognition for the obvious and unrepentant behavior of the Status Quo.  
 
To wit, no Latinos would invite to a Chicano Conference the likes of former  President Bill Clinton.  For in doing so,  the quiet chuckle for having to keep the door open and the windows raised at half mast, just means the 'stink' would have to be permitted to waft out and into the daylight.

As such, the pending political onslaught of Democratic presidential candidacies, will be further addressed and in greater detail during these oncoming weeks and months.  And no, there are no Progressives seeking this self-perceived 'open nomination.'

Jaango--posted on November 27, 2018
 
 

 

 

 

 

Who Is Today's Presumptive Democratic "powerhouse"?

With the political cognoscenti firmly convinced that progressive-oriented Democrats don't have much, if any, sway or leverage amongst the Status Quo Democracts, and which brings to attention, the latest tout by the national columnist, Juan Williams, via his effort and titled, "My picks as 2018's top politicians" and published at the conservative-oriented web site, and of the highly regarded, The Hill.

Of course, his two choices are Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for the Republicans, and as for the Democrats, his choice is Democratic Senator Kamala Harris of California.  

As per my usual, I disagree, and with my obvious exception, not to Senator McConnell but when Williams describes Senator Harris as his favorite.  Thusly, my 'favorite' is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.  

Now, and  for those of us and who diligently follow our discourse on national politics, there is much to be addressed and less on what's not adddressed given the level of the news media's effort to deny, destract and divert the subject matters that enable the voter's decision-making process on any Election Day.

Of course, the Internet-enabling web sites that pointificate the reams of opinion-making, holds considerable sway or leverage that is the daily target of our Elected Officials in Congress.

Therefore, addressing the 'needs' of the Progressive Coalition, the usual "by the numbers" tells an interesting story when addressing public policy.  For example, Latinos and Native Americans are the largest cohort and followed by European Americans, African Americans and Asian Americans. Consequently, the Latino/Native American cohort is the presumptive "leadership cabal" and yet, in today's environment, Latinos/Native Americans are not recognized for their leadership skill set.  And this lack of acknowledgement is evidenced in two forms: 

On the internet media outlets, the top 50 websites, are neither "managed or operated" by this, our Latino Leadership Cohort.

And the second element of a lack of leadership, can easily be found within the Democratic leaderhip in the Senate.  Today, there is no Progressive Caucus, even though the likes of Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachussets, Kristen Gillibrand of New York, Bernie Sanders and whom is not a Democrat, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota,  and Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, and taken together, these Senators have evidenced their respective distaste for establishing a Progressive Caucus in the Senate.  Obviously, their 'gusto' is predicated on our unwillingness to recognize their overt and covert effort at our "leveraged" votes.

To wit, these nine Senators are in their obvious or midst of an intent to "pander" to the Latino and Native American communities writ large.
 
Moreover, these Senators announce their 'progressive' inclination at an approximate ratio of one out of forty issues that they face with respect to the viable issues that confront them, and thusly, and approximately, their well-recognized 'pander' and as to our being on their receiving end, is today's reality and for which we have to continue to contend with. 

In closing, the Democratic 'powerhouse' from any individual currently serving in the Senate, does not exist.  Therefore, the support for the Bernie Sanders candidacy in 2016, was borne out of a sizable effort and easily measured in the anxiety of our frustration.    And needless to say, the alternative was in voting for Hillary Clinton, and when she served in the Senate, she too could not bring herself to establish a Progressive Caucus in the Senate.  And which leaves us at our Commencement Status, relative to  the End of World War Two, at our "long game" and for being played out during the next twenty years and with our ever-increasing demographics. and where over 7,000 Latino Elected and Appointed Officials will continue to expand and to be accomplished exponentially.

Jaango--posted on November 26, 2018
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

When Low-Riding Grifters Wallow in the Political Gutter...

When it comes to such acolytes as myself and in my advocacy for Mandatory Voting, the news media outlets, and in this instance, NBC's lack of thoroughness in addressing the national political norm, I become somewhat disappointed that the Journalistic Biz, continues to embarrass itself.

Thus, over at the websit of the Talking Points Memo, Dr. Josh Marshall posts his obvious frustration, as well, but the majority of this frustration is located behind his pay wall, that being the Prime integration.  However, here is first page of his editorial with his dissatisfaction with NBC News.

"Any discussion of voting rights, voter ID laws, voter suppression efforts and related matters requires journalists who have some understanding of the issue. So it was disappointing to see NBC News publish this piece by a reporter who seems to have not even the most passing familiarity with the issues involved. This isn’t just journalism criticism. These pieces, uninformed and tendentious, have real consequences in building political support to take away people’s ability to vote. The NBC story is tied to a scam in which a group of people allegedly went to Los Angeles’ ‘skid row’ district and paid homeless people either money or cigarettes to sign bogus voter registration forms and petitions to place referendums on the California ballot. This part of the story is real, as we can see from this report from a real news organization, The Los Angeles Times."

In a parallel track of national politics and how this convenient aberration, is further defined, is accomplished by our our Good Friend and Indigenous Brother for Truth-Telling, Meteor Blades, an iconic writier, does recognize that today's Journalism Fest can be and is conveniently ignored.  As such, he writes of the following:

"Day after day after day after day, Donald Trump fabricates, falsifies, deceives, invents, concocts, manufactures, misrepresents, equivocates, and prevaricates. In short, along with all the other destructiveness he’s brought to the office of the presidency, he has normalized lying. Not that other presidents haven’t also told lies, sometimes very big ones. But Trump is clearly shooting for a record, to be a tremendous liar, the best liar ever to lead the nation. At the rate he is going, by the time he leaves office, even if that should occur next year, No. 45 will have lied more times since taking the oath of office than all 44 previous presidents combined. "

Obviously, neither the Democrats nor the Republicans can bring themselves to take the "higher road" to citizenship and yet, much prefer to ignore Mandatory Voting and where the negative attributes to voting and which can be easily addressed and quite effectively.  And with the Democratic-control of the House chamber over the next two years, will House Speaker Nancy Pelosi deign to address the political machinations that deminish our "property rights" and which starts with "voting rights" first and foremost?

Jaango--posted on November 24, 2018
 
 

 

 

 

 

Muellar's "open book" Test for Trump...
 
Our good friend for these past many years,  Emptywheel and over at her web site, refutes Trump's attorney and which is Rudy Guiliani, and where Guiliani 'cooperated' with Muellar's Russian Investigation.  And not so,when history is invoked and from the standpoint that President George W. Bush 'cooperated' with a formal investigation that went to the heart of his presidency.
 
As such, the following:
 
***Start***
 
If a President makes an expansive new claim to Executive Privilege and the press reports the opposite, did it really happen?
 
That’s a question presented by the coverage of yesterday’s news that after a year of resistance, President Trump finally provided the answers to his open book test to Mueller. That’s because a slew of journalists repeated Rudy Giuliani’s claim, made in his official statement, that Trump has provided “unprecedented cooperation” with Mueller’s team, without noting that the claim is objectively false.
 
I showed back in February — when the press first started parroting this claim credulously, which was first made by John Dowd — that it was not true.
 
A simple comparison of the Bush White House’s cooperation the CIA leak case, which investigated events that occurred in a more narrow period two month period of time, showed Dowd’s claim about cooperation on discovery and witnesses was overblown.
 
More importantly, a key detail distinguished George W Bush’s cooperation from Trump’s: Bush sat for an interview with Patrick Fitzgerald and answered questions about the orders he gave, while President, to at least one of his Assistants and the Vice President about an exclusive executive authority, declassification.
 
Bush sat for an interview in June 2004, and Cheney — who himself made some grossly false statements in his tenure — sat for one in May 2004 and a little-known follow-up that August. According to Cheney’s autobiography, “[T]he second session was conducted under oath so that [his] testimony could be submitted to the grand jury.”
 
[snip]
 
[Randall] Samborn, the Fitzgerald spokesperson who was famously reticent during the whole CIA leak investigation, offered an expansive rebuttal to Dowd’s claim that this White House has offered unprecedented cooperation. “Trump’s team can claim all the cooperation it wants, and whether justifiably so or not, it seems to me that it all gets negated, if at the end, he personally refuses to be questioned when so much substance depends on what he knew and did, as well as his state of mind.”
 

Any refusal to sit for an interview, Samborn said, was central evaluating the level of cooperation.
“That’s sort of the ultimate in noncooperation,” he explained, “especially after saying he looks forward to being interviewed and under oath.”

By limiting his cooperation to an open book test, Trump has stopped far short of the cooperation Bush offered.
 
And yet, because Rudy included the claim in the statement he released to the press, many news outlets are repeating that false claim, uncontested. The outlets that subscribe to the AP feed are propagating false claim today, because Eric Tucker repeated that line from Rudy’s statement with no correction to it.  Unsurprisingly, Fox News parroted Rudy. But so did some more credible outlets, like NBC, ABC, CNN, and Reuters. Even the WaPo’s otherwise superb report from Carol Leonnig and Robert Costa repeated the claim in the last line of their story.
 

NYT’s Maggie and Mike, incidentally, avoided repeating Rudy’s claim, choosing to include the part of his statement that provided quasi-factual numbers, but leaving out the superlative claim.

It’s bad enough that most of the press has repeated Rudy and Dowd’s claim uncritically since January. But for yesterday’s stories, it is all the more important to get it right. That’s because Trump is not just refusing to answer questions on Mueller’s obstruction investigation, he’s also refusing to answer questions about the transition period, before any claim of Executive Privilege should kick in. While that’s consistent with what Trump did with Hope Hicks’ and Corey Lewandowski’s testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, it nevertheless represents an expansion of accepted claims to executive power.
 
The emphasis, here, should be on Trump’s claim to be above the law even before he took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution.
 
Instead, a bunch of copy and paste journalism has made it the opposite.
 
***End***
 
Jaango--November 24, 2018
 

 

 

 

Can Sentient Beings Maintain Their Reasonableness?  Or is this the Table Manners Expected for the Thanksgiving Day Dinner...

When the Republican-oriented Commentariat reviews the aftermath of the results from this mid term  election, the 'voices' introduce their 'history' and that will surely conflict with the 'history' that will be codified into public law.  And forthwith, will this Commentariet align itself the the anticipated failures in House governance when defending itself for the many failures that was intentional, given that the Republican s had tight control of both the House and the Senate chambers.
  
So, when I read of what I call the Great Tout, I am not surprised at this latest review of what the Democrats "are" today.  Take, for example, and from the American Spectator and as represented by Steven Baldwin and in his article titled, "The GOP Agenda for the Next Two Years," and dated November 20, 2018.  As such, consider the the following:

"Indeed, there are no more moderate Democrats in any key party positions whatsoever and those who today set the party’s agenda have a socialist orientation, despise capitalism, and support identity and group politics over merit and individual accountability. They have rejected the traditional norms that undergird the Christian-based value system America was founded upon. They defer to globalist institutions over U.S. constitutional law and don’t even support basic governing principles such as sovereignty and the concept of citizenship."

And further, 

"The best thing the GOP can do for the next two years is to embrace gridlock and ignore the “compromise” rhetoric being spouted by both the Democrats and establishment Republicans. The real agenda of the Democrats is to use the next two years to create phony narratives that will feed right into their 2020 presidential campaign themes. The Democrats have made it quite clear that they care far more about accumulating political power than pursuing good policy, so everything they will do in the next two years will be about setting the stage to recapture the White House. Every act by the Democrats will be about creating and promoting a narrative that Trump is evil, corrupt, controlled by the Russians, etc., etc. The incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Congressman Adam Schiff, will grossly exaggerate the Russian collusion narrative and is already spreading the conspiracy theory that “the Russians may have laundered money through the Trump organization, and if that’s the case, then we need to be able to look into it.”"

Thus, our national "character" should be a characterization  personified appropriately when the House leadership tossed the Gang of Eight legislation into the political dumpster, and this "nothing" continues to remain as "nothing."

However, more unstantiated 'reasonableness" is on the horizon, and as defined as now permissible:

"On the immigration issue, the Senate should send to the house a border security bill that authorizes the construction of a few hundred miles of border wall in heavily populated areas and funds more border patrol officers and immigration judges. With thousands of people heading toward the border in what now appears to be an endless number of “caravans,” border security will be a hot issue for the next few years. It would be very short-sighted not to force the House Democrats to vote on such border security issues. Ditto for bills addressing our broken asylum system, our visa process, chain migration, and anchor babies."

And to further your reading pleasure, here's the internet link:

https://spectator.org/the-gop-agenda-for-the-next-two-years/
 
And don't forget the Cold One for tomorrow's enjoyment.

Jaango--posted on November 21, 2018
 
 

 

 

 

Are Progressives Challenging the Status Quo Democrats?

As the House Democrats are utilizing any perceived "leverage" to achieve their overall ambition, the Progressives are vying for more acceptability despite having to circumvent the Gate Keepers and the Compartmentalization Analysts, into one of  four most ostensible Committee assignments, and that being Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, Financial Services and Education and the Work Force.  However, the Progressives are waging an uphill battle.  Thus, accessing Donor Dollars is the 'starting gate' and which is viewed as the 'connect' to Wall Street's deep pockets or the readily acknowledged purveyors of the Status Quo.  

Despite the gusto that is being attributed to today's House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, she's garnering an approximate 84% of the Caucus vote and yet, at the end of the political day, she will achieve the gavel for the Majority Leader title, given that she raised well over $130 million via her Democratic Conference fundraising vehicle.  And that type of funding and further distribution to Democratic candidates accrues a considerable amount of gusto in support for her well-intended success.  As such, she will 'earn' her leadership  gavel.

At the end of the political day, a sizable portion of Progressives will achieve their seats on either of the four major committee assignments.  Complementary to this membership assignments, none are permitted to serve on a second committee.  Therefore, the anticipated and wide-ranging public agenda of the salient issues, are somewhat self-restricting.

Jaango--posted on November 20, 2018
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 Nancy Pelosi — a proven leader for America’s veterans

NOTE:  By Joe Violante, Steve Robertson and Dennis Cullinan, Opinion Contributors — 11/20/18 11:45 AM EST ,The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill.

***Start*** 

As veterans, we have each spent over two decades of our lives advocating for America’s Veterans on a bipartisan basis. In all those years, no Speaker of the House fought harder or accomplished more for Veterans than Nancy Pelosi. That is a fact. While other members of Congress supported veterans with their words, Pelosi supported veterans with her deeds, with her strong leadership. We know because we saw it first-hand.

When veterans’ health care and mental health care were shamefully underfunded over a decade ago, it was Nancy Pelosi who successfully passed a VA budget that for the first time ever matched the request of the Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) coalition, the Independent Budget, co-authored by Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Paralyzed Veterans of America and AMVETS. It was a new day for veterans after years of broken promises from Congress.
 
When Veterans were facing reduced college education benefits, Pelosi, as Speaker, championed the passage of the Post 9/11 GI Bill in 2008, an historic achievement that was the largest investment ever in higher education. Since its passage, over 2 million Veterans have been able to pursue their dream of a college education. American Legion National Commander Marty Conatser said in 2010, “We applaud Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi…Thanks in large part to her committed leadership, this momentous piece of legislation will resonate as a landmark in American history.”

When the VA faced budget uncertainties and potential government shutdowns, Speaker Pelosi passed the first-ever two-year advanced appropriations bill for the Department of Veterans Affairs, unlike any other federal department. Deserving Veterans, their dependents, survivors and caregivers have since benefited greatly from this innovative budget reform. Speaker Pelosi was also responsible for securing the largest increase in Veterans funding in history—including historic increases to mental health, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. In addition, she led legislative efforts to improve access to gender-specific health care for women veterans, create new tax credits for businesses that hire veterans, and quadruple the travel reimbursement for veterans traveling to receive care.

When American servicemen and women gave their lives in duty to country in Iraq and Afghanistan, Speaker Pelosi personally pushed the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Act into law in 2009. This law provides a full college scholarship and GI education benefits for every child who has lost a mother or father in service to country since Sept. 11, 2001. Pelosi understood that our nation could never repay our debt of gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much, but thanks to her leadership, these families of the fallen can know that all their children will have an opportunity to attend college. And, the Fry Act now extends college benefits to surviving spouses.
 
 In passing the Fry Act, Speaker Pelosi didn’t just prove her effectiveness, she showed us her heart for those who have served and sacrificed for our nation.

Unlike any Speaker before or since, Speaker Pelosi met multiple times a year with dozens of VSOs. For hours at a time, she would listen to our concerns and priorities, and discuss solutions. She didn’t just listen, she then took historic action. Even in the minority, she has continued those roundtables and her work across the aisle to pass bipartisan legislation, including expanding caregiver benefits to all war eras, better aligning VA health care with care in the community, modernizing the appeals process for disability claims, updating the Post 9/11 GI bill, and holding VA accountable.

It is not our place to tell newly elected or current members of Congress who they should support to be the new Speaker of the House—this is their right and responsibility. But, with so many newly elected members of Congress, including veterans, we felt it was our responsibility to share the incredible legacy of Nancy Pelosi’s leadership in behalf of our nation’s veterans and their families. If she becomes the next Speaker, we are confident as veterans, community leaders, and Americans that Nancy Pelosi will ensure that Congress honors our Veterans not just with words and speeches, but with actions and deeds.

Joe Violante was the National Legislative Director for the Disabled American Veterans from 1997 to 2015. Steve Robertson was the National Legislative Director for the American Legion from 1993 to 2010. Dennis Cullinan was the National Legislative Director for the Veterans of Foreign Wars from 1997 to 2009. 

***End***

Jaango--posted on November 20, 2018
 
 

 

 

 

Lacking in the "best of both worlds"...

Is Armstrong Williams another of the widely discredited members of the Commentariat residing on the political right and located at the news outlets easily viewed on the internet?  
 
As such, you should be your own judge, and not 'listen' to what I have to say.

However, Williams has espoused the following on Immigration:

"While Europe is reckoning with the impact of mass migration, in the United States the Trump administration has taken another, arguably much wiser, approach. A strong insistence on immigration enforcement and reform was a pillar of President Trump’s 2016 campaign and continues to be a central component of his vision to enact sensible policies that protect our citizens and our right to sovereignty.

"His is a practical, commonsense approach — a prime example of how the president is unwilling to simply go along with the status quo in Washington. However, based on exit polls and the results of the 2018 midterm elections, some might argue that had the president focused more on his messages about health care reform and the booming economy, Republicans might not have lost control of the House to Democrats."

Of course, Williams is overly concerned that the "caravan" will jeopardize our nation's 'weak' immigration policies, and yet, he expresses very little in our understanding of a historical significance toward the Latino's advocacy for TransNational Technology Centers and which if implemented, would reduce the in-flow of migration into the United States. 
 
Consequently, this double-edged sword by Williams in the form of Fear and National Security and Defense, should be seen as furthering a political and culminating stunt, and as in sending over 5,000 soldiers to our southern border with Mexico. And now advocated by the White House as a "training metric."

As such, having access to a computer application located at any geographic region in any sequestered (for privacy purposes) office at our consulate or embassy, would permit a potential Undocumented Immigrant and to include the children to apply for Asylum due to domestic violence or potential loss of life from organized crime salivators, should be made readily available.

And from therein, taking any view toward migration flows into the United States, requires that we readily discount the commentariat from the likes of the pundits, sages and gurus, especially with those having little if any familiarity or thoughtful response to the likes of TransNational Technology Centers. 
 
Of course, a Dumb-Ass does not need to be a Dumb-Ass.
 
Need more be said?

Jaango--posted on November 19, 2018
 
 
 

 

 

Mandatory Voting:  Part One Is For Historical Relevance

Our good buddy, Joshua Alvarez, writing for the Washington Monthly Magazine provides us with a gentle reminder of where the today's politics, did not commence with Donald Trump but did with the late President Nixon's Southern Strategy.

And by way of a normalized skill set, his background consists of the following:

Joshua Alvarez is a contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal. He edits syndicated opinion columns at the Washington Post, and can be reached at joshuaalvarezmail@gmail.com.

And his article is titled, "How Trump Adopted Nixon's Southern Strategy" and dated November 17, 2018

And here's the Internet Link:  https://washingtonmonthly.com/2018/11/17/how-trump-adopted-nixons-southern-strategy/

***Start***

It’s been a recurring motif lately among conservative columnists. Both Never Trumpers and Trump apologists have argued that the country will survive Trump because it survived Nixon. It isn’t obvious to me that the country has yet emerged from the 37th president’s shadow.

For right-wing pundits, Nixon’s presidency is a mere relic, safely dead and buried. So, too, is his Southern Strategy. Most fair-minded conservatives admit that one of Donald Trump’s regular gambits is to demagogue about racial and cultural issues. But, they tell themselves, Trump’s ploys are nothing compared to Nixon, who created a whole campaign in 1968 based on rallying Southern whites who were reliable Democratic voters until the Democratic Party supported Civil Rights legislation for African Americans.

These whites had voted for politicians like Strom Thurmond, a Democrat who vociferously opposed the Civil Rights Act and desegregation policies. As the Democrats made these initiatives a priority, Thurmond became a Republican, and his supporters followed. The good people of South Carolina elected him to the Senate from 1954 to 1996. They probably would’ve continued voting for him had he not retired in 2002. He died in 2003.

Nixon recognized that a huge chunk of Americans was incurably infected with racism. They were overflowing with gnawing resentment toward the coalition of college students, urban liberals, intellectuals, and black activists who dared to fight white supremacy. Understanding this reality, Nixon saw a clear path to the White House. He coined slogans that the Republican Party has routinely used since: law and order; the silent majority; states’ rights.

Here’s the uncomfortable truth: Nixon was absolutely right. His two successful elections are evidence of that. Appealing to the prejudices and resentments of the Confederacy’s grandchildren works as an electoral strategy. And no Republican presidential candidate has ever forgotten that.

That’s why Ronald Reagan spoke of a mythological “welfare queen” in 1976 and kicked off his 1980 campaign just outside the site of the Mississippi Burning murders–not to honor the three civil rights workers who were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan, with the cooperation of local police, but to declare his belief in “states’ rights.” That’s why George H.W. Bush, in the final weeks of the 1988 campaign, found one last turnout boost by airing the Willie Horton campaign ad. 
 
That’s why Bill Clinton, as the governor of Arkansas, ordered the execution of a lobotomized black man during the 1992 election. And that’s why, as George W. Bush was trailing John McCain in the 2004 primary, he tapped right-wing Christian fundamentalists to start a rumor that the Arizona lawmaker had fathered a black child.

Is it really any surprise that another Republican presidential candidate won in part because of his explicit attacks against today’s African American civil rights activists? Or that his trotting out Nixon’s exact slogans was greeted with unreserved enthusiasm from the GOP base?

Perhaps you noticed how pundits—including liberal ones—often talk about “Trump’s base” as if it were something wholly new and distinct from the traditional Republican base. Either historical illiteracy has broken out across editorial rooms or, more likely, the concern for a “return to civility” has superseded looking at where Donald Trump’s rise really came from.  

***End***

Jaango--posted on November 19, 2018
 
 

 

 

 

 

Our New Series:  Mandatory Voting
 
Over the next 30 to 60 days, we are going to exercise our fetish for Mandatory Voting, and thusly, there are well over 100 differing tangents and relative to public policy where Mandatory Voting would detail the decision-making of our fellow citizens and where this insightful decision-making would add to our anticipated Better Future during the next twenty years.  And of course, "anything" that addresses public policy beyond this time frame of 20 years, borders on nonsense, and yet, our attention to the pending demographics, challenges us too via the lack of "new" Ideas.
 
And given that the 1985 issuance of the Chicano Movement's Agenda of Unmet Needs remains in our constant attention, and further, the historical 'vision' as per the Voting Rights Act, is our starting point for addressing this belief  in Mandatory Voting.  Consequently, our  Series has a starting point, and the ending point remains to be crafted, therefore, the constant question posed for us, "Is Mandatory Voting the political assist necessary or are we left with the "statnus quo" continuing to define and dismiss our Unmet Needs?"
 
As such, we will be addressing Mandatory Voting in a seriers of articles and where our advocacy for such, will be given the appropriate attention.
 
Jaango--posted on November 19, 2018
 

 

 

 

 

Is It 'over-weaning' Ambition?

From the Democratic side of the political aisle, the 'big' names are quietly talking to political donors, and subsequently, the perceived Presidential Candidats willing to challenge President Trump in 2020, is getting much larger.  And here are a few 'names' that are attempting to raise a pile of cash in order to advance their Ambition.

1.  Vice President Biden
2.  Senator Bernie Sanders
3.  Senator Kamala Harris
4.  Senator Sherrod Brown
5.  Congressman Julian Castro
6.  Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard
7.  Congressman Joe  Kennedy
8.  Congressman Beto O'Rourke
9.  Governor Andrew Cuomo
10. Former Governor Deval Patrick
11  Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg
12, Cory Booker
13. Former Attorney General Eric Holder
14. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
15.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
16.  Senator Tim Kaine
17.  Senator Amy  Klobuchar
18.  Senator Jeff Merkley
19.  Senator Mark Warner
20.  Senator Elizabeth Warren
21.  Congressman John Delaney
22.  Congressman Seth Moulton
23.  Congressman Tim Ryan
24.  Congressman Eric Swalwell
25.  Governor Steve Bullock
26.  Fomer Mayor John Hickenlooper
27.  Governor Jay Inslee
28.  Former Governor Terry MacAuliffe
29.  Former Governor Terry O'Malley
30.  Former Mayor Eric Garcetti
31.  Former Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu

Of course, the above list of names is just the first tranche of much larger list that is expected to arrive into our public discourse and relative to our civic engagement.

Jaango--posted on November 17, 2018
 
 

 

 

 

 

Odds and Ends

With the Democrats achieving their Congressional victory and where 37 seats are now in the 'blue' column, Democrats have an abundant opportunity to demonstrate their leadership in moving our nation forward and in the direction that is much preferred by voters and where the displeasure of voters revolved around an anti-Trump Movement, means that we don't have to hold our breath for a pending better future.

In the mean time here are a few tidbits of the 'crazy.'

1.  Lou Dobbs continues to maintain that Undocument Immigrants voted in large measure.  And taking Dobbs serious, is indeed a waste of time.

2.  President Trump suggests that 'buying cereal' can be accomplished with Voter I.D..

3.  Another 'bad' Joke.  Senator Hyde-Smith of Mississippi espoused that suppressing the 'liberal' vote is a good thing.  And an upheaval of anger from the general public, she's now stipulating it was a joke.  And her other joke is that she would be sitting in a front row seat at a public hanging.  Unfortunately, her 'jokes' aren't anywhere humorous but she likes to espouse her 'crazy'.

4.  In a speech before the Federalist Society, Senator Lee of Utah, espoused his belief that the "left" will bring forth a second civil war unless our nation eliminates the taxpayer-supported freeways, as well as 'workforce regulation' and the 'glut of federally-owned lands.'  Of course, he's one of the extremists in the Senate and whom panders to the 'property rights' cabal.  As such, he masks himself as a 'libertarian' while being a conservative-oriented Republican. 

5.  The television show, "The View" mocks "President Grumpy Man-Baby" after a federal judge--appointed by President Trump--rules in favor of CNN and where the White House must lift the ban on CNN's White House Reporter, Jim Acosta.
 
And the above is a shorter version of this "odds and ends" and due to our attention to on "Mandatory Voting" and which challenges "voter suppression" as is being practiced, particularly in the Lesser State of Georgia.

Jaango--posted on November 17, 2018
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

The Stark Contrast of a Political Challenge:  A Top Down Versus a Bottoms-Up Approach and As Applied to the Voters' Decision-Making Schematic 
 
When the annualized budget spending occurs, members of Congress 'hear' only the latest version of what's been deemed important by the cadres of lobbyists, and with very little attention focused on military veterans.  And to date, military vets (18 million multiplied by 4), their spouses, friends and neighbors, 'valued' at a collective 72 million votes, have no justifiable rationale for expressing themselves, given that the acknowledged Third Stereotype is conveniently adddressed.  This Stereotype, as applied by the majority of our fellow citizens, the European Americans, is equivalent to "I don't care...I'll be dead...So, what's your point?:  And it's at this point in our continued toxic politics, we cannot equivocate in our 'demand' that Common Sense must be achieved. otherwise, intransigence wins over inclusiveness and cultural assimilation and further, leading to a continued advocacy of an ever-expansive Identity Politics Movement, i.e., the Military Vet Movement following in the footsteps of today's Women's Movement and where reduced federal funding for the likes of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid must be significantly reduced, otherwise, our National Security and Defense is seriously eroded and our lives are placed at risk.  Not so, of course, but today's Crappola or Propaganda is unabated and is neither challenged via Common Sense by the 'insiders' nor by the more enlightened pundits, sages and gurus.
 
And today's latest iteration is being defined and as stipulated per the National Defense Strategy Commission.  To wit, consider the following:
 
"The United States and its NATO allies must rebuild military force capacity and capability in Europe…. U.S. military posture in the Middle East should not become dramatically smaller…. The Army will need more armor, long-range fires, engineering and air-defensive units, as well as additional air-defense and logistical forces…. The Navy must expand its submarine fleet and dramatically recapitalize and expand its military sealift forces…. The Air Force will need more stealthy long-range fighters and bombers, tankers, lift capacity, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance platforms…. The United States must maintain the Marine Corps at no less than its current size…. It is urgently necessary to modernize the U.S. nuclear triad and much of the supporting infrastructure…. DOD should invest in a robust R&D program to anticipate future threats, operate effectively from space, and enhance resiliency…. DOD must ensure a substantial, sustainable, and rapidly scalable supply of preferred weapons such as Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER), Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM), and a longer-range High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM)…. DOD must invest in a more resilient and secure logistics and transportation infrastructure…. Congress should eliminate the final two years of caps under the BCA."
 
And my 'translation' from Yaqui to Apache and further, from Spanish to English, just means that a reduced spending of ourSocial Security, Medicare and Medicaid and moreso, the social safety net as understood and where the continued application of new tax increases must be replete, will alleviate our Ideology of Fear.
 
And today, consider the following elements as well:
 
1.  11 carrier strike groups compared to 1 each for China and Russia
 
2.  12,000 aircraft compared to about 4,000 each for China and Russia.
 
3.  14 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines compared to 13 for Russia and 4 for China.
 
4.  51 nuclear-powered attack submarines compared to 22 for Russia and 5 for China
 
5.  Several hundred fifth-generation stealth fighters compared to approximately none for Russia and China
 
6.  84 Aegis guided missile destroyers and cruisers compared to about a dozen for Russia and 30 for China
 
7.  About 6,000 nuclear missiles compared to 6,000 for Russia and 300 for China.
 
Now, Welcome to our World, the World of Rant-by-Rote, and consequently, consider the following and from our differing perspective.
 
Oh Hell!  And Where Do I Start?
 
Back in 1985, the Chicano Movement issued its Agenda of Unmet Needs, and one of the 10 elements addressed was the  formulation and implementation of the Academic-Military Draft.  To  wit,  a high school graduate or a high school dropout could enlist for a 3-year term, and while engaged, 50% of time would be spent on "soldiering" and the remaining amount of time would be spent in a classroom where college-level general studies were conducted.
 
After three years and at separation, each person would hold in one hand, the Honorable Discharge and in the other hand, each person would hold a two-year college degree and equivalent to an Associate Arts Degree in General Studies. 
 
Consequently, Self-Discipline, Hard Work, and Ambition, would become the starting point for our nation's "equality at the finish line."
 
And if one harkens back to the Bush/Cheney administration, the implementation of this Academic-Military Draft, today, we would have a young population of over 30 million millennials under the age of 35 years of age, with each being a military veteran and for having accrued a four-year college degree.  As such, Common Sense would dictate that colleges and universities would be standing in line to recruit these former enlistees and where Affirmative Action would not be today's Roster of Characteristics for Enrollment.  
 
In short, the decision-makers would adjust the requisite use of scholarships and other related tangibles/ intangibles for insuring that these military vets-students, would become outstanding successes.
 
Now, white America knows about the Academic-Military Draft and has since 1985, and which begs the question of "unmet need"--still borne--of an unacknowledged Systemic Continuation for more Criminal Stupidity, albeit, a Quiet Segregation.
 
Jaango--posted on November 16, 2018
 
 

 

 

 

 

Pelosi For President...
 
Despite the widespread displeasure organized by the FiveGrouping that is the announced opposition to Nancy Pelosi becoming the House Majority Leader among the Democrats, to date, no one has announced his or her opposition to any public-recognized  opposition to Pelos.  And this non-existent and un-announced opposition, is just another game of political "leverage" and which won't go very far within the Democratic Caucus.
 
Thus, the news of this "fizzle" shall arrive as an embarrassment, especially to new and incoming members for this mid term cycle as just another 'pander' vehicle.
 
And for my being an infernal Optimist, it would be quite nice to "hear" that Nancy Pelosi will announce her presidential candidate status some where in May of June of next year.  And if she should, the leadership team could easily pick up and further the  poltical agenda for the Democrats.  Thus, transfering her Majority Speakership Status onto the Democratic Caucus, would solve today's dilemma among the perturbed members of her formally constituted Caucus, and therefore, she would bring forth another national perspective into the consolidated politics of 'reform' for the ever-expanding Center-Left.
 
Moreover, given the perceived level of wealth of information on the numerous candidates, Pelosi would quickly see that virtually all candidates would quickly go silent in their challenge of a Pelosi candidacy.  Thus, today's Big Names would quietly withdraw their somewhat subtle behavior, given the Pelosi history for having delivered Obamacare, and that's just for starters.  And the Biggest Name, that being former Vice President Biden would no longer seek to challenge Pelosi.
 
In closing, a Pelosi candidacy for challenging President Trump, would solve two issues of concern, first, transitioning the House Majority Leadership title, and second, bringing together the Progressive Coalition, as well furthering the "influence" among white women in particular, and for crafting the subtle and nuanced Military Vet Movement, that is  yet to be fully addressed effectively on a national basis given that Arizona's Senator-Elect Krysten Sinema, did quite successfully, albeit, somehat quietly and which led to her success.  To wit, military vets disowned Sineima's Republican competition.
 
Jaango--posted on November 15, 2018
 

 

 

 

 

Did the Blue Tide Overcome the Blue Wave?
 
Where the politico Cognoscenti goes, should we follow and it's from answering this question, we shall and will arrive quickly in recognizing that this past mid term election, did not elevate a "blue wave"  but did elevate a "blue tide." 
 
As such, a blue tide is incorrigible in that it remains constant and a blue wave enters and leaves at it own discretion.  And like climate change, the blue tide will remain with us for many years to come.  And no, I will not bring the pending demographics into this analogy.
 
And in closing, will the Blue Tide incorporate the Military Vets Movement that will soon be arriving and which will become comfortable in challenging the Trumpistas for their refusal to acknowledge that the Arts and Sciences of People Trending, will be become relevant to our daily decision-making?  And now that I have left you somewhat confused, I too am attempting to respond to this Blue Tide that is taking over our America or even here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert, as well.  And further, we are not scrambling the eggs and bacon, as it's not necessary to disguise the Progressive Coalition with its now deemed abundance of success at the ballot box.
 
Jaango--posted on November 14, 2018
 

 

 

The "out to lunch" Historians...
 
When it comes to the "potency" of the Pundits, Sages and Gurus, my poking fun of these political junkies can be quite fun, but, then too, I am poking fun of myself as well.
 
Therefore, when I can't find any 'commentary' regarding Amazon and where Amazon announced that it was opening two offices, Virginia and New York, I did have a 'quiet' chuckle.  A chuckle that continues to be a reminder that to this date, and for these past fifty years or so, no Fortune 500 company has considered opening either an "office" or an "operations center" on any one of the over 500 federally designated Native American Rez.  
 
And finally, our National Academy of Historians have failed to address this repellent behavior and which signifies that economics far out weighes voter choices, and Amazon continues to stand in the 'short line' and in the obvious forefront for receiving taxpayer subsidies from our Elected Officials and with considerable support from our Appoiinted Officials, as well.
 
Jaango--posted on November 13,  2018
 

 

 

For An Easy Win in the House...

For the Democrats in the House, the first piece of legislation should be Comprehensive Immigration Reform as passed by the Gang of Eight in the Senate.  Thus, taking the legislation out of the House's Republican trash can, the Democrats would come forth in the form of solving several elements for a comprehensive and inclusive agenda.  

However, the Democratic leadership is now in a position that "ethics and election reform" will encourage the Democrats, writ large, and thus, a larger approach to 'reform' will animate the Democrats for the oncoming presidential election of 2020.

And here's the latest on "ethics and election reform" and well-described by Fred Wertheimer of Democracy 21:
  
"We have a system of campaign finance that takes us back to the Gilded Age and the robber baron era, a voting system that takes us back to the poll tax and voter suppression era and a redistricting system that allows representatives to choose their voters rather than voters choosing their representatives…The very health of our democracy is at stake in this fight to repair our political system for all Americans."

And here are the particulars:

"The proposed voting rights reforms include reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act, with constitutional language to restore federal preclearance (stripped by the Supreme Court’s Shelby v. Holder decision) for changes to voting laws in some jurisdictions. The bill would also institute automatic voter registration across the country and provide funding and expanded oversight power to the Election Assistance Commission. And the measure would require that nonpartisan commissions redraw congressional district maps.

"Ethics reforms in the proposed bill would cover the executive and legislative branches. The measure would include extending the cooling-off period before a government official may become a lobbyist, expanding conflict-of-interest laws to cover the president and vice president, give more compliance and oversight power to the executive branch’s Office of Government Ethics and bar lawmakers from sitting on corporate boards.

"The planned legislation would create a public financing system for congressional elections and provide matching funds for small-dollar donations raised by participating candidates…Additional reforms would include increasing disclosure for dark money and digital advertising, strengthening laws prohibiting coordination between candidates and super PACs and barring lobbyists from bundling campaign contributions."

And yet, today's political reality is that the Republican-controlled Senate would not pass such legislation, and even if passed by the Senate, President Trump would not sign and possibly even veto such legislation.  To wit, until the Democrats regain control of the Senate, there would be no "leverage" that could challenge the Oval Office.for a 'sign-off' in the affirmative.

And since all politics is "personal," I cannot envision that the House leadership  would pander to my elemental inclination, and if so, I already have to contend with Republicans doing so and  for my having experienced this behavior for these past several years.  

Therefore, I revert to Comprehensive Immigration Refom legislation as being the"first" for an Agenda of Impending Successes.  

Jaango--posted on November 13, 2018

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Chicanos Are Doing "The Crazy" In Texas
 

When it comes to Latino voting in Texas, 10 years ago, the winners always had safe Port in the Storm of over 1.2 million Republican-oriented votes squirreled away.  This past election cycle Congressman Beto O'Rourke's loss was attributed to Senator Ted Cruz's victory that was compiled with a much diminished 200,000 surplus of Republican votes.  And "times are a-changing."

And when history is included, and looking to the future of this election cycle in Texas, Latino votes went a long way toward changing Texas from a conservative-oriented state to today's evolution and well into a 'purple' political environment. 
 
 And further, with the 2020 election cycle, Texas voters may turn their state into a "blue" state, if today's prognosticators are to be proven correct.  Consequently, both voter registration and GOTV efforts will  mean that these sizable efforts for this past election cycle, will repeat itself in the 2020 presidential cycle.  
 
However, with California and New York in the Democratic column, adding Florida and Texas into this 'new' Democratic column, the Electoral College will provide a differing result in which a Republican candidate seeking to change the "republican-death-spiral" will require a mindset that "must" take into consideration of the votes of college-educated white women as well as the ever-increasing 'racial and ethnic' voters.  And will Republicans toss into their trash can of Hate, the Nixonian Southern Strategy?  And if not, this 'death-spiral' will continue unabated.
 
However, the journalists--Obed Manuel and Dianne Solis, writing for Dallas News Dot Com, and titled, "Latinos could turn Texas blue in 2020 if enthusiasm holds, some say."
 
So, grab a cold one and enjoy this article, despite its lengthiness.  And our Kudos to these two journalists for their concentrated effort and hard work.
 
And here's the internet link: 
 
 https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2018-elections/2018/11/11/latinos-could--texas-blue-2020-enthusiasm-holds-say  
 
Jaango--posted on November 13, 2018
 
 

 

 

Her Arizona Concession Speech
 
Here in Arizona, the Republican candidate for the Senate, Congresswoman Martha McSally delivered her concession speech to the Democratic candidate for the Senate, Congresswoman Sinema and accomplished via a telephone call.  As such, the 150,000 ballots still uncounted would have required that McSally achieve 100,000 votes to make up the difference in total numbers since Sinema was leading by over 30,000 votes as announced yesterday evening.  As such, the majority of votes being tallied were from Maricopa and Pima counties, considered a 'newer' bastion for Democratic votes.
 
Jaango--posted on November 12, 2018
 

 

 

 

 

 

Shifting the "conversation..."

Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, has espoused that any "oversight" conducted by the Democrats or the House majority, is now "presidential harassment, and further, he goes on to admit that during the Clinton era,  his version of executive branch oversight was practiced as "presidential harassment."  Long story short, the Republican-led House oversight was their lack of responsibility  and duty since executive oversight is the constitutional duty of Congress and a critical behavior for our nation's checks and balances.

Jettisoning "old" history while creating a new future...

The milestone story of this election cycle is now fortuitous for Native communities throughout our nation.  And this has come about with the election of two Native Americans to Congress.  As such, civil rights attorney Sharice Davids of Kansas has been elected in the Third Congressional District of Kansas.  And simutaneously, Debra Haaland won her Conressional seat in New Mexico's 1st Congressional District.

Further, Davids is correct when she opines "It's just disbelief, like, really?  We have a lot of educated Native women who are active in politics...It feels like it's about time."

Furthermore, Shira Tarlo from Salon Dot Com, reminds us that 'more' has arrived. 
 
"In a night of historic firsts, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar won their races in Detroit and Minneapolis to become the first Muslim-American women in the House of Representatives — a stunning response to the wave of anti-Muslim rhetoric that helped thrust President Donald Trump into the Oval Office in 2016 and has only festered since then."

Today's ongoing 'feudal' systemic...

In the House, Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California will be taking over the gavel of the House Financial Services Committee, and her and Trump's feud will be further expanded, in particular, and within her capacity to exercise her subpoena power.  

"Waters said she’s prioritizing efforts to expand affordable housing, undo the Trump administration’s weakening of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, snuff out predatory financial products and bolster federal shelter support for struggling Americans.

"But she is also expected to launch probes into Trump’s personal finances to look for possible connections with Russian nationals. As chairman, she’d be legally authorized to subpoena documents from the Treasury Department and Deutsche Bank that could illuminate those ties."

And more to come, time permitting.

Jaango--posted on November 8, 2018
 
 

 

 

 

 

The Election "wrap-up" and which is ongoing...

Now that this election is being completed, less the vote counting in a variety of geographical locations, the "results" of this election cycle will  be written from a variety of perspectives, and of course, having a perspective that is much more insightful and as provided by Mark Summer, speaks well for itself.  Thus Dailykos has an excellent wrap up from Summer's and titled, "Winning the House is not a consolation prize.  It's the prize."  As such, grab a cold one and enjoy Summer's somewhat lengthy article.

***Start***

There was a lot about Tuesday night worth smiling over. A lot. Kris Kobach lost big in Kansas as Democrats took over not just the governor mansion, but a House seat. Scott Walker went down in Wisconsin to a school teacher who ran on a platform of improving education and expanding health care. Bruce Rauner’s reign in Illinois ended so definitely that networks made the call the moment the polls officially closed. These guys were Republican stars, ambitious guys who definitely felt that Donald Trump is just keeping that chair warm for them. And they’re out.

And it wasn’t just Kobach and Walker, Kansas and Wisconsin have been the go-to examples for Republicans, the test beds of their efforts to destroy labor, trash environmental rules, reward the wealthy, and surrender government services in the name of jobs, jobs, jobs. Both of those efforts are now in abject retreat. If America’s states are the laboratories of democracy, Kansas and Wisconsin have demonstrated that all the conservative mix produces is an explosion. Boom. In fact, Republicans blew up Kansas so well that the blowback from that effort is likely to still be echoing for several elections to come.  

There were big state legislative wins in Maine, New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Minnesota, Colorado and elsewhere that, together with the gubernatorial flips, mean that Democrats will likely have a chance to address some of the structural issues that have meant that a 5 percent vote advantage from Democrats wasn’t even enough to draw even.

But … there’s no getting around it, the Midterm elections brought record turnout that was—not enough. Or rather, it brought numbers from Democrats that in red states were met by an equal enthusiasm from Republicans. If enthusiasm is the word. It’s impossible to have a real “wave” election unless the other side is caught napping, and Fox News, Donald Trump, and a host of right-wing radio hosts have been screaming in red ears every minute since November 2016, making sure that didn’t happen.

Still, Democrats took the House. They took the House. That’s not a consolation prize. That’s an enormous brake on Republican plans to race America down the failed Kansas path. That’s an end to Republican schemes to destroy Social Security for profit, or the nine hundred and ninety-ninth effort to repeal the besieged ACA. No one has to be a hero in the Senate to stop the next vote. Because Democrats have the House.

And that’s just the start.
 
Democratic control of the House means that Devin Nunes moves to an impotent tooth-gnashing position while Adam Schiff gains the power to subpoena the documents that Democrats wanted to see during the first aborted “investigation” that Republicans terminated so they could hand Donald Trump a free “no collusion” report. It means they can call the over thirty witnesses who were on their list who Republicans refused to call. It means that the era of writing heartfelt, but essentially useless letters demanding access information are over. They’ll just … demand access.

Sure, Trump is already threatening to use the Senate to investigate the House. But, though the even more Trump dependent Republican Senate may be ready to engage in a little Capitol Hill Civil War reenactment, that effort is unlikely to be effective. Instead, Republicans in the Senate are likely to find that they have to devote their time to another less-than-glamorous battlefront: Investigating Hillary Clinton.

Republicans in the House started no less than three investigations into Clinton-related incidents last year. It’s safe to say that those waste of times are over. No matter how the survivors of the House fire for Republicans fume, the Uranium One club and the Hillary’s Emails Are the Worst consortium have had their last meeting. 
 
Hopefully, forever. If Trump wants to continue the pointless support for his Lock ‘er Up chant—which, really, don’t require any anchor in reality—Republicans in the Senate will have to take up that charge. It’s likely the Senate will do just that, stepping in to play back up to failed Nunes/Gowdy/Meadows efforts in the House.
 
 That’s a service that up and coming Reeks like Josh Hawley will be happy to provide for Trump. But Republican senators who are facing elections in blue or purple states in 2020 are going to be much less happy about how they spent the last two years asking people “now, about that server...”
 
On the House side, it’s not just that Adam Schiff can execute a stack of subpoenas that have surely been drafted for weeks. It’s that Oversight can now return to the job of Oversight, rather than greasing the rails for corruption. It’s not just Don Jr. who can expect to spend more time appearing before Congress, Ryan Zinke and Kirstjen Nielsen and Andrew Wheeler can all expect to appear behind name tags to regularly explain WTF they’ve been up to to people who won’t take “doing thy master’s bidding” as an answer.

Would it be better to have it all? Of course it would. Does the failure to capture the big offices in Florida and the loss of Senate seats represent a harsh reminder that the structure of our government means that even a demonstrable madman is a threat to our democracy, so long as that madman can keep his lever-pulling hoard enraged. Republicans are going to turn the Senate into a processing system for conservative judicial appointees so efficient they may need to hire some robots from Jeff Bezos just to move nominees among bins. That is not good. But ...
Everything else on Tuesday night was icing. The House was the cake. Take a slice. It’s still good.

Also, Kris Kobach lost. Sorry, I just wanted to write that again.

***End***
 
Jaango--posted on November7, 2018
 
 
 

 

 

Odds and Ends

If you've already voted, feel free to pat yourself on the back for 'taking back Democracy."

Nonetheless, the 'crazy' continues apace.

1.  President Trump challenges his Reporting Contingent by suggesting that the questions being asked of him, perpetuates "violence" in the public realm..Thus, both a distraction and a distortion as per the daily usual from President Trump.

2.  An avowed Theocrat and an Elected Official in the Great State of Washington, published an outline on how to kill non-belivers, and subsequently, establishing a seminal Theocracy.  And the FBI is investigating.

3. The sufferance of grifters.  In Georgia, a federal judge rendered her decision that Brian Kemp, overseeing the voting process, has to include voters who have been precluded from voting due to the state's continuing effort at voter suppression.  In the meantime, over 53,000 voters are awaiting notice of their voting viability.

4.  "Running out the clock."  With a population of 12,000 residents in Dodge City, Kansas, and where the overwhelming number of citizens are Latino, a federal judge refused to 'instruct' the City to re-establish the original location for voting, and yet, the City established the only voting location at one mile outside the city limits.  And our thanks goes out to the ACLU of Kansas for this legal challenge to another manifestation of voter suppression.

5.   Is Green, Green?  Arizona's GOP has went all-in, and are thereby encouraging Democrats to vote for the candidates representing the Green Party.  And yet, the Green  Party candidate for the U.S. Senate, announced last week that she was supporting Congresswoman Krysten Sinema, the candidate representing the Democratic Party.  And not to be out  done, the Democratic Party in Indiana, is spending its monies on Facebook ads encouraging Republican voters to vote for the Libertarian Party's candidate.

6.  From Bill Maher:  "A guy sent pipe bombs in an attempt to decimate the upper ranks of one of America's major political parties, and it turned out he is exactly what you thought: an angry asshole in a red hat. … He's a typical Trump loser: blames everybody else because his life sucks. That's who he is. That's the profile. Trump's biggest supporters are always some middle-age guy whose package doesn’t work."

7.  Our Kudos to DailyKos contributors, Monique Teal, Jen Hayden, and Neeta Lind, who traveled to North Dakota to report on the actions of Four Directions and North Dakota Native Votes in fighting GOP voter suppression against Native Americans.

8.  In four years, the Democrats have increased their level of women voters and which is now measured at 58 percent while Republican women is now measured at 32 percent.   And this trend will continue apace and well into the next presidential cycle of 2020.

Jaango--posted on November 3, 2018
 
 

 

 

Can The Democrats' Non-Financial Advice To The GOP, Be "actualized" Via Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

Now that the Republican Party has converted itself to the Trump-Oriented Republican Party, this political outfit has taken to utilizing the worst of any political orientation and has moved Hate, and thusly, Racism to the top of their agenda for this mid-term election.

Despite their lack of Common Sense, the mainstream news media has been on rampage that the Latino segment of voters, will not out number the European American segment, and consequently, the Trump Party will retain control of the Senate Chamber.  However, given the careful scrutiny of this institutional news media's "opinion" much has been determined well in advance of next week's election cycle, and where the Democrats should regain control of the House chamber.

If so, the 'new' House Speaker will be Nancy Pelosi, and if she's determined to become quite insightful, she will bring onto the House floor and for a vote on the now discarded legislation passed by the Senate from a couple of years ago.  And again, and if so, the Democrats would pass this now stale Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislation, and she will have, and waiting in the wings, is a stellar number of votes in affirmation. 

In closing, and as an inveterate Optimist,  I can envision that a large number of Trump-oriented Republicans would join the Democrats in passing such legislation, much to their well-recognized political credit.  And perhaps, this "meeting of the minds" would go a long way toward reducing today's existing toxic partisanship, sans the Freedom Caucus.  As such, a first "large" step to recharging our national Character.

Jaango--posted on November 2, 2018
 
 

 

 

Is There a Circular Firing Squad on the Left?

In raising this question as per Kathy Pollitt has at the Nation Magazine, I find that Senator Elizabeth Warren's DNA is not a circumstantial element in her or today's perceived presidential campaign for 2020, is 'over the top' among the Democrats and well "under the top" from my perspective here in my wonderful Sonoran Desert.

Therefore, the  label of "pocohontas" is uniformly mild when I consider my political yardstick and relative to her long career in politics and now that she has acquired considerable national fame and particularly among Democrats.

As and  aligned Democrats, I continue to revert to  my progressive view of politics and  where the presumptive Senators and whom, on perfected instances, will call themselves "progressive" at the best of their opportune times.

Therefore, my attention is focused on the failure of all these Democratic Senators and who still refuse to acknowledge that they are "formal" progressives in their poltical lives.  And this behavior is "measured" in each one's failure to establish a Senate Progressive Caucus, despite their respective ample opportunity to do so.  Add in to the mindset and in such furtherance, a Senate Progressive Caucus Foundation and which would set the table for  a much more robust Agenda, and leading to a collectived or infantile "the Left."

And of these past two years and which led up to Donald Trump's successful effort at presidential politics, our understanding that a  registered "independent" in the name of Bernie Sanders did not establish a Senate Progessive Caucus, either.  
 
And as such, our good friend at the Mother Jones Magazine and as an inveterate and artful pundit, sage and guru of our national politics, Kevin Drum, he defines today's politics, in his latest effort and titled, "Make Democrats Again--Without  Pandering to Trump's Angry Base" and which can be found in Mojo's November/December issue.

As such, here are his three salient paragraphs:

"(With) Spock ears in place, then, there are three main lessons. First, although the 2016 outcome was unquestionably a dismal and depressing affair, especially for women and people of color, the data suggests the election was always likely to be close based on the fundamentals. Second, there was a pair of black-swan events: Russian interference during the final three months of the campaign, and then-FBI Director James Comey’s letter 11 days before Election Day. Third, Hillary Clinton was an unusually unpopular candidate, and the contentious primary with Bernie Sanders made her flaws even more conspicuous. But this perfect storm—certainly this specific perfect storm—won’t happen again. So forget it. At this point, the only thing that matters is figuring out what kinds of big-picture trends are dominant and what that means for the crucial elections to come in 2018 and 2020.

"By far the trendiest of the trend explanations for the 2016 outcome—like the soccer moms of 1996 or the NASCAR dads of 2004—is that economic anxiety among the white working class was responsible for Donald Trump winning Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, thus handing him the presidency. According to this hypothesis, Democrats need to win back these whites to stand a chance in 2018 and 2020. Trump has kept the white working class loudly in the center of the political conversation ever since his election, but a closer look at what really happened in 2016 suggests this conventional wisdom is critically wrong.

"First things first: The white working class didn’t lose its identification with the Democratic Party in 2016. From 1992 to 2008, as the party nominated candidates as different as Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, and Barack Obama, party identification bumped up and down but essentially held fairly steady. It was only a few years after Obama was first elected that white working-class identification with the party plummeted by 12 points. By 2016 all the damage had been done, and none of it had anything to do with Trump or Hillary Clinton. It happened before either one ever participated in a primary debate."

Furthermore, as the Democrats commence and express the aspirations for  a presidential run that will culminate in November of 2020, thusly, the Democratic-oriented candidates will never establish a Senate Progressive Caucus in the Senate chamber, and for those of us that are likeminded in our progressive politics, we first, must acknowledge that none of candidates are "progessive" even in the least iota, and second, reaching out to Latinos, will come to naught when their respective 'status  quo" politics of a centrist and current alignment with Wall Street, is either touted or espoused  and with the best of our intentions for their self-fulling success should not be denied, even when pandering is included. Of course, being a Team Player, less said on this score, is prudent in our politics.

Now, need more be said?

Jaango--posted on October 30, 2018
 
 

 

   

  

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