The Electoral College, Faithless Electors and 2020 – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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by Richard Cameron   The Electoral College, “Faithless Electors” and the 2020 US Presidential Election   As if the uncertainties that loom over the 2020 Presidential election are not severe and sobering enough, mainly featuring the ongoing efforts of the Russian regime of Vladimir Putin to subvert America’s most vital democratic process – another contingency has emerged which might be added to the mix, “faithless electors”. Now – faithless electors, might at first blush, seem like a term of scorn, a badge of disgrace, a political Scarlet Letter, but once…

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Trump’s ‘America First’ Politics is Conceding Global Leadership to China

by Tony Wyman With the mass shootings that left dozens of Texans and Ohioans dead during the first days of August, it isn’t a wonder that most missed two vital international news stories that demonstrated just how far down American global influence has fallen since Donald Trump became president in 2017. The two stories involved vital American allies choosing to establish treaties with other nations excluding America to preserve security in their regions. The first was Australia, without American involvement, setting up a military training unit, called the Pacific Support…

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Military-style Semi-Auto Rifles Are Meant for One Thing: Mass Murder. It is Time to Ban Them

by Tony Wyman There is only one reason the shooter in Dayton, Ohio was able to kill nine human beings in just 30 seconds.  He was armed with a weapon designed to do just that. The manufacturer of the weapon, an AM-15, practically brags about their firearm’s ability to deliver life-ending multi-calibre rounds faster and longer than other comparable models.  The weapon, says Anderson Manufacturing, “…runs cleaner, faster, longer,” delivering “An orchestra of metal and hellfire built by calloused hands, gritted teeth, and passionate hearts” according to a testosterone-drenched video…

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Is Donald Trump a Fascist?

by Tony Wyman The playbook that Donald Trump used to get elected and to maintain a passionate base of support is nothing of his own creation.  Instead, it was borrowed from authoritarian politicians just like him who divided their people into two groups, the virtuous “us” and the corrupt “them,” to take over their countries and reshape them to their liking. The tactics they used were consistent and predictable: evoke a glorious past when their nations were great; use arguments based on emotion, not fact, reason or truth, to inflame…

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America … No, I Won’t Love it Or Leave It

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                                                                                                                            Jennifer Keller Puebla   The whole “not my president” or “he’s still your president” argument is nothing new. It happens every time we have an election. Democrats say…

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California Dems Mobilize Against Hysterical Move To Whitewash “Life Of Washington” Mural

photo of Victor Arnautoff's "Life of Washington" mural, subject to removal or censure by the San Francisco Board of Education

by Richard Cameron     Americans in Red states commonly imagine that Democrats in solid Blue states like California are all monolithic ally situated on the political margins – as in that they are in lockstep with each other.  A recent decision by the San Francisco Board of Education put the lie to that notion. The board voted unanimously in early July to paint over a mural commissioned during FDR’s administration, depicting first president George Washington. The mural, illustrated the artist’s conception of Washington as the prime mover and catalyst…

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Trumpism is Another Step in the Evolution of Conservatism, a Misstep

by Tony Wyman They are foreigners! That’s what they are!  And we want them out by the millions!  And Trump supporters are willing to go to civil war if that’s what it takes to get it done!  – Pro-Trump caller on the Republican line on POTUS Radio, 21 July 2019 Let’s be clear about what is happening to the Republican Party, shall we? The mainstream establishment wing of the GOP that ran the party since its inception is dead.  And with its death goes the principles and values that made…

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How America Chose Christian Nationalism Over Traditional Patriotism

by Jennifer Keller-Puebla   America has finished celebrating it’s 243rd “birthday” and as a nation we have seldom been more divided. Beyond just politics, Nationalism has been growing at an alarming rate dividing people within parties, within churches, and within families. Many would tell you they just love their country, that they are “patriotic”, but patriotism is very different from nationalism. The word Nationalism is relatively new to America, appearing first in the later 1800’s, and is almost exclusively connected to politics. Patriotism is much older and refers more generally to…

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The Russian People Saved Ivan Goluov. Now, Can They Save Russia?

by Kseniya Kirillova The victory of Russia’s civil society in the case of Ivan Golunov* has raised two very important points. Firstly, we have seen that, if provoked, Russians are able to stand up for persons who have fallen into disfavour with police authorities. Secondly, Russian civil society seldom rises to the occasion, especially on such a large scale. (*Ivan Golunov, who works for the independent Russian website Meduza and is known for exposing local corruption, was recently arrested in Moscow on trumped up charges of drug dealing. He was reportedly…

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Why Doesn’t Donald Trump Have a Nickname for Vladimir Putin?

by Tony Wyman Lyin’ Ted.  Little Marco. Little Rocketman.  Pocahontas. 1% Biden. Alfred E. Newman. Animal Assad.  Donald Trump has a nickname for everyone, it seems. Everyone except Russian President Vladimir Putin. No “Sad Vlad” or “Little Putinpie” or “The Murderer of Moskva.”  No “Goober of Gorky” or “Moscow Mule” or “Bald Boris.”  Where President Putin is concerned, Donald Trump has nothing but good things to say. “You know what? Putin’s fine. He’s fine. We’re all fine.  We’re people,” President Trump said in July 2018, responding to press questions about…

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