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Hopelessly Divided?

August 6th, 2016 No comments

“…the problem is less that we’re gridlocked along partisan lines and more that we’ve allowed the power of private wealth to lock up our public problem-solving process — i.e., democracy itself.”

Hopelessly Divided? Think Again. – BillMoyers.com

Democracy & Government Instead of lamenting our divisions, let’s celebrate what we agree on and find candidates willing to address what’s blocking cooperation. By Frances Moore Lappé and Giulio Caperchi | August 5, 2016 “We are a divided nation!” Donald Trump tweets, while Hillary Clinton bemoans “the divisions” that are keeping “our people apart.”

Why facts don’t matter…

August 5th, 2016 No comments

I guess I vaguely sensed this all along but it doesn’t change that I want to pull my hair out when I see seemingly reasonable people cling tenaciously to lies and absurdities. I don’t mean assertions that can’t be proven true, I mean statements that can easily be shown to be false.

Why facts don’t matter to Trump’s supporters

How did Donald Trump win the Republican nomination, despite clear evidence that he had misrepresented or falsified key issues throughout the campaign? Social scientists have some intriguing explanations for why people persist in misjudgments despite strong contrary evidence. Trump is a vivid and, to his critics, a frightening present-day illustration of this perception problem.

Trump’s America

August 5th, 2016 No comments

I’m just going to post this here without comment and ask Trump supporters to respond to it. Please make your response using respectful words in meaningful order (not memes or cartoons), and please confine your comments to the topic: the behavior depicted in this video. That means: it’s not about what happens at anyone else’s rallies, it’s not about Hillary. Off topic and offensive posts (I get to decide, “I paid for this microphone.”) will be deleted and violators banned from the page.

Trump supporters are no longer just stupid

August 2nd, 2016 No comments

Trump supporters are not just stupid anymore. They are despicable.

Khizr Khan Is a Muslim Brotherhood Agent?

Claim: DNC speaker Kzhir Khan, father of fallen Army Capt. Humayun Khan, is a Muslim Brotherhood operative. WHAT’S TRUE: Khzir Khan is a Muslim-American. WHAT’S FALSE: No credible evidence supports the assertion that Khan is an operative of the Muslim Brotherhood.

“I find Trump deeply flawed in endless ways.”

August 2nd, 2016 No comments

Secretary Clinton has issues that depending on where one stands can be viewed as great or small. But she stands and has stood for causes bigger than herself for a lifetime. That matters. Mrs. Clinton has promoted many of the issues I have been committed to over the years including expanding education and supporting women’s health care.

While I disagree with her on many issues, I will vote for Mrs. Clinton. I will be hopeful and resolute in my belief that being a good American who loves his country is far more important than parties or winning and losing. I trust she can lead. All Republicans may not like the direction, but they can live to win or lose another day with a real candidate. Our response to the public’s anger and the need to rebuild requires complex solutions, experience, knowledge and balance. Not bumper sticker slogans that pander to our disappointment, fear and hate.

Rep. Richard Hanna letter: We should all be done with Donald Trump (commentary)

By Richard Hanna Our country is desperate for a functioning two-party system. A system that understands that compromise is the sweet spot of peace in a pluralistic society that values tolerance and inclusiveness. Not these endless attempts to run the table in two- and four-year cycles that produce few results and parties that seem to regard gridlock as an accomplishment.

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