The Real Story of the 2012 US Presidential Election – the story the mass media missed altogether – And the critical lessons from history that we must learn now “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” – anonymous “Evil can flourish only when good people do nothing.” – anonymous “Repeating [...]
I was in a bar/restaurant near my house on election night, trying to get some work done and watching the results come in. At first it seemed like a nail-biter (though I was convinced that it would be a fairly easy sweep for Obama) and people were texting and Facebooking their fear that Romney the snake might win. Of course, he didn’t.
I must say that there was a palpable sense of relief.
2008 Electoral College
With opinion polls ahead of next week’s election showing the two candidates for President approximately tied, but giving Barack Obama a slight edge in the Electoral College, there now exists the real possibility that the latter could be reelected despite losing the popular vote. In other words, we could have a reversal of 2000.
Now perhaps this occurrence is less likely than it appears, but in some ways, it could be an ideal outcome. First, Mitt Romney would not be President, so yay! Second, the sight of an Obama win despite his second-place finish in popular
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Everybody’s biting their nails and holding their breath. What’s going to happen? Who’s going to win? The “Hollywood liberal” machine is out in full force with clever ads by luminaries like Joss Whedon of Avengers, Buffy and Firefly fame and hipster filmmaker Lena Dunham chiming in. There’s no doubt that this is a dramatic finish and I’ve been reading coverage and watching the videos as avidly
Tea Party protest
Every four years, the American airwaves are saturated with pundits claiming that the upcoming Presidential election is the most important in the nation’s history. Partisans — both official and unofficial — paint dire pictures of apocalyptic disaster should the wrong candidate be voted in. Ever-escalating stakes seem an indelible feature of the American political game.
This framing has always struck me as somewhat silly, especially since everyone knows that Republicans and Democrats are one and the same. Yes, there is the “polarization” people have long complained of, but this seemed more a matter of tone and symbolism
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SS Republican aka Titanic
The Tea Party is winning the battle to be captain on board the good ship Republican, but just as they are about to grasp the wheel and heel the ship even more over to starboard, some in the party have noticed one startling fact: There is an iceberg on the horizon. And it is a huge one. The party seniors have suddenly realized that the Grand Old Party really is a party of and for white Americans. Don’t believe that? Then consider this: 87% of its voters are white:
The numbers tell the tale. Minorities
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One of the most fascinating things about the race for the Presidency currently underway down south is the dearth of enthusiasm shown Obama and Romney by their respective supporters. Nobody is excited about their guy; rather, what motivates them is how horrible the other guy is.
Perhaps I am deceived by the political amnesia we all fall victim to from time to time, or by my relatively young age. (Yes, I may be thirty now, but I’ve only lived through seven Presidential elections. “Just a pup,” as I was recently told.) Perhaps this lack of hopey-changey passion is precisely
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The Republican Tampa outing was like an outsized town hall meeting compared to the Democrats’ mega-convention in Charlotte. The DNC audience was like a sea with no horizon… a microcosm of America. Speech after barn burner speech electrified the audience with high minded talk of values, calls to action and chants of “four more years.” But behind the fine words and noble sentiments lurked shadows that not even the power of rhetoric, the chants and the cheers could entirely exorcise.
The DNC spectacle rang hollow to those of us who have watched the administration embark on actions that call
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Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker will keynote the Heartland Institute's 28th Anniversary Benefit Dinner this evening at Navy Pier in Chicago, IL.
Walker recently won the Kochtopus-funded Americans for Prosperity George Washington Award. Now, two months after his recall election steamrolling of Democrat Tom Barrett, the climate change denying group famous for its Unabomber billboard will embrace Walker with much fanfare.
Heartland, whose internal documents were published this past spring by DeSmogBlog, sings praises for Walker's union-busting agenda and his recent recall victory in promoting the event:
This year’s keynote speaker, Wisconsin Gov. Scott
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When business-friendly bills and resolutions spread like wildfire in statehouses nationwide calling for something as far-fetched as a halt to EPA regulations on greenhouse gas emissions, ALEC is always a safe bet for a good place to look for their origin.
In the midst of hosting its 39th Annual Meeting this week in Salt Lake City, Utah, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is appropriately described as an ideologically conservative "corporate bill mill" by the Center for Media and Democracy, the overseer of the ALEC Exposed project. 98 percent of ALEC's funding comes from corporations
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The financial and economic collapse of 2008 in the United States precipitated two “revolutionary” movements: one on the right, the Tea Party, and one on the left, the Occupy Movement. If we now ask what each has accomplished, the answers are straightforward: the Tea Party a great deal, the Occupy Movement not much.
Both did their demonstration thing, but the Tea Party didn’t stop there. After
Warren Buffett, the third wealthiest man on the planet (net worth: $44 billion), often referred to as the "Oracle of Omaha," is the target of a May 5 action called for by Stop Coal B.C. Well, not Buffett directly, but a rail company he owns through his massive holding company, Berkshire Hathaway: Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway.
BNSF Railway is the second largest freight rail company in the United States and the exclusive carrier of thermal coal from coal basins in the northwestern U.S. to docks in British Columbia,
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In what can only be regarded as a perversion of the Occupy Movement, a couple in Long Island, New York has paid a $975 patent application fee to turn the phrase “Occupy Wall Street” into a brand for a line of coffee mugs, T-shirts, bumper stickers … . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Capitalism Tries To Turn Occupy Wall Street Into A Commercial Venture
Some people are now calling for Obama and the Democratic Party to get behind (or is that take over or co-opt) the Occupy Wall Street movement; this at best a strategically unwise misdirection of energies, I would argue, and at worst, a dangerously naiv… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Why Occupy Wall Street does NOT need the Democratic party
This has been a summer of discontent in American politics. According to The Pew Research Center, 79 per cent of the U.S. public are dissatisfied with the way things are going in their country and even more are frustrated or angry with their federal go… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Americans pissed at politicians, particularly at the GOP
As radical as they think that they are, the Tea Party follows a pattern of attempts to create a third party in the US political duopoly – which, let’s face it, is a one party state with two factions. The constant pressure to put aside “partisan” politi… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Ross Perot, the Tea Party: Why Are Third Party Politics In the US So Crazy?
Tea Party Republicans: ready to go all the way Republican House Speaker John Boehner must be wondering at this moment what to do with his rather large embarrassment of riches – with the emphasis on embarrassment. The mid-terms swept Republicans into … . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Could US Debt Debate Fragment The Republicans?
There’s a fairly decent chance that the morons who run the American Empire will let the country slip into default at the beginning of August, causing a cascade of penalties and blowback that will kill the barely breathing recovery. Greek politicians ca… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Obama’s Phoney Budget War