Writer’s Lounge – Virginia, Pennsylvania, Matt Bevin, Monday Night Football Cat

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Writer’s Lounge 11/7/2019   Considerable hay has been made about the capture by Democrats in Virginia of both state houses in the Virginia General Assembly for the first time since 1994 – and there is plenty of hay to be made of that. Then there is the more than likely win of Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear over incumbent Republican Matt Bevin, of whose re-election, Donald Trump, the night before the election, told supporters “You got to get your friends, you got to vote. Because if you lose, it sends…

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Nothing Good Comes From Trading Patriotism For Nationalism – “Alt-Right” Is Wrong On Every Level

by Oletta Branstiter The Shocking Reality of Nationalism No one should be surprised at the mayhem that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia yesterday. Shocked? Yes. Horrified? Yes. Disgusted? Yes. After the eight years of racial tension and provocation by the Obama administration, Americans without a firm moral compass, historical perspective, and Constitutional understanding chose to endorse a man who campaigned on the premise of vengeful Nationalism. Donald Trump never represented Patriotism. As a demagogue, he used powerful populism to whip up the reactionary emotions of his followers to accept a type…

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Federalism Trumps Nationalism In A Republic – States & Their Representatives Must Retain Sovereignty


by Oletta Branstiter Conservatives have been assailing the trend of populism since Donald Trump entered the 2016 election. As the Trump administration continues to reveal more rings in its circus, those who respect the rule of law can’t help but lament that Nationalism  has been substituted for Federalism. This past week included increasingly troubling revelations about the number of previously undisclosed participants in a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer presumably representing the Putin regime. The spectacle of a President throwing cabinet members under the bus made headlines as well. In…

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