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    jaredsxtn Wrote:
    Dutch Wrote: Yeah, it must be the Oregon climate and not much to do except clean the guns and collect wood for the stove. So no wonder it is exiting to vote, then you hope you meet some other lonely people. Wow

    Not really sure what this means. Portland is quickly becoming the most progressive cities in the United States. We are experiencing a population boom and also have one of the most highly educated populations thanks in large part to Nike and Intel being headquartered here.

    This educated and progressive population is becoming the envy of the rest of the country. Our state government recently passed laws that automatically sign up residents to vote when they get a state ID, a mandatory background check for anyone wanting purchasing a weapon via a private purchase (we already have very strict background checks for licensed gun sales), mandating that all businesses provide paid sick leave to their workers, and we "banned the box" so applicants with a misdemeanor or felony aren't automatically disqualified from getting a job.

    Oh, and we also made community college tuition free for students starting class within six months of graduating high school and gave women the ability to purchase birth control over the counter and without a doctors prescription. We also passed a law legalizing marijuana, and greatly reduced the prison sentences for people caught selling large quantities of other narcotics.

    I can give you dozens (seriously dozens) more progressive policies my state has passed, but hopefully you've gotten my point. When people vote in local and state elections then good things happen. When they don't then you get what you have in Florida.

    Beautiful!! You fell for it!! So get your hip waders and gun as well bible and go hunt some rabbits for the stew. You're a lot of fun for sure!!
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    Dutch -- Sorry. As much as I complain about how our politics divide us, with every election there is hope. The American people as a whole are good people. My Republican neighbors are good people. As I see it, we have two big problems in America. One is that a highly vocal minority in the Republican Party has been able to capture the emotions of a large segment of the population using fear anger and hate, and dare I say ignorance. They have the bully pulpit not because they represent the majority view of the American population, but rather because that "silent majority" is just that. They don't vote. Some choose to sit on the sidelines and bitch; others choose to live in their own cubicles and let the world pass them by. If Bernie Sanders and/or Hillary Clinton can energize that majority to vote, then there is always hope. I guess I'm still an Obama "hope and change" kind of guy.
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    Schmidt Wrote: Dutch -- Sorry. As much as I complain about how our politics divide us, with every election there is hope. The American people as a whole are good people. My Republican neighbors are good people. As I see it, we have two big problems in America. One is that a highly vocal minority in the Republican Party has been able to capture the emotions of a large segment of the population using fear anger and hate, and dare I say ignorance. They have the bully pulpit not because they represent the majority view of the American population, but rather because that "silent majority" is just that. They don't vote. Some choose to sit on the sidelines and bitch; others choose to live in their own cubicles and let the world pass them by. If Bernie Sanders and/or Hillary Clinton can energize that majority to vote, then there is always hope. I guess I'm still an Obama "hope and change" kind of guy.
    Did you see that an ex-Mexican President called Trump: Hitler? I'm sure by now that Trump read "Mein Kampf"
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    Hello again: I may owe you all an apology, since I sometimes celebrate Freedom of Speech, a little bit too much. (ha) Sorry about any problems, if anyone took my words too seriously. I think this last few months has shown a deep interest in our democracy -- that maybe we are strong enough to FIGHT to keep it. If we don't we may find out what true Fascism is, & the problems included in it. But I have seen some marvelous things that are quite inspirational. Wow, it makes me think that maybe it is not all hopeless, after all. Millions of people are coming to hear "Politics" --- from Bernie, & Hillary, & Trump. And guess what? It is NOT boring!! Democracy is supposed to be loud, raucous, humorous, extremist, inspirational, and controversial. It is our life's blood -- the eternal struggle to be Free. We must make it alive, and Real. Use any tactic that is legal to inform, captivate, amuse, cajole, & arouse people to Vote. Maybe we'll invent more modern ways to do it, like Mail it in, or send it strapped to your pet frog -- trained to find the polling place, even in a blizzard. ---& what about drones?
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    Dutch Wrote:
    Schmidt Wrote: Dutch -- Sorry. As much as I complain about how our politics divide us, with every election there is hope. The American people as a whole are good people. My Republican neighbors are good people. As I see it, we have two big problems in America. One is that a highly vocal minority in the Republican Party has been able to capture the emotions of a large segment of the population using fear anger and hate, and dare I say ignorance. They have the bully pulpit not because they represent the majority view of the American population, but rather because that "silent majority" is just that. They don't vote. Some choose to sit on the sidelines and bitch; others choose to live in their own cubicles and let the world pass them by. If Bernie Sanders and/or Hillary Clinton can energize that majority to vote, then there is always hope. I guess I'm still an Obama "hope and change" kind of guy.
    Did you see that an ex-Mexican President called Trump: Hitler? I'm sure by now that Trump read "Mein Kampf"
    How many Pre War Germans were pressured and talked into supporting somebody that recognised their problems and promised to do something about it. Now the establishment conservatives are awakening to the bad job they have done and are trying to shame people into disavowing Trump. These are the same politicians that paved the way for the income gap and stock market rip offs. Now instead of making amends they are calling for status quo protection. Just like the bailout. Instead of creating conditions that would have precluded a Trump they are trying to shame people into giving Trump the dump. Another bailout. Back to the OP. In the very beginning of the Trump candidacy I said on here that Trump is speaking the mind of those left behind. He is talking and acting like they talk. Pretty good understanding. That is why he is popular . Nothing in the water, just simple logic. And the fact that eludes his supporters is if you are not a good looking athletic successful in your field person, you are a loser in Trump's mind. Somehow the Democratic party has evolved into an elitist wine and cheese beurocracy placing human rights low on the list. If the Democratic party had focused on people there would be no Trump to undermine our Democracy.
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    People say Bernie Sanders is so far out there, yet we see these things are happening in Oregon, now! I too see Clinton as nothing more than the same old same old. Of course she's better than Trump, but she is not an agent for change. I am mad about this super delegate crap that the Democrats have. Why aren't Americans entitled to an election by the people with no strings attached? No super delegates, no super pacs, no electoral college, no laws to prevent citizens from voting, just Americans voting for their candidates of choice. Until we get major campaign finance reform, life for the average American will continue to go downhill.
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    FreedomFighter Wrote: People say Bernie Sanders is so far out there, yet we see these things are happening in Oregon, now! I too see Clinton as nothing more than the same old same old. Of course she's better than Drumpf, but she is not an agent for change.

    Welcome to the Hub, fellow Portlander!

    I love Bernie and the vast majority of people believe in his message, but unfortunately the vast majority of people don't understand what a Democratic Socialist is.

    FreedomFighter Wrote: I am mad about this super delegate crap that the Democrats have. Why aren't Americans entitled to an election by the people with no strings attached? No super delegates, no super pacs, no electoral college, no laws to prevent citizens from voting, just Americans voting for their candidates of choice.

    I don't necessarily disagree with you that the process is flawed, but I always remind people who disparage super delegates that they are a big part of the reason why we have had President Obama for the past seven years and not President Clinton or McCain.

    I would love to get rid of the electoral college, but we will need to change the language of Article II, Section I of the Constitution for that to happen. If we can get two-thirds of both houses of Congress and then three-fourths of the states to ratify it then the electoral college will be history.

    The same goes with Super PAC's, although the Supreme Court could technically overturn it themselves if they decide to. That's a highly unlikely scenario though because the Court very rarely overrules itself.

    That's not to say that I agree with any of this. I'd love nothing more than the electoral college to be history and Citizens United to be ripped to shreds, but we are a nation of laws and those are the laws now.

    FreedomFighter Wrote: Until we get major campaign finance reform, life for the average American will continue to go downhill.

    The ultra rich have always pulled the political strings in this country. It's not like corruption and backroom deals materialized out of thin air after the Citizens United ruling. There was Tammany Hall, mob bosses in Chicago, and smoke filled rooms of rich people brokering deals for nearly two hundred years. The term "smoke filled room" didn't come out of nowhere.

    How do you define the average American? I consider myself an average American and I'm actually quite happy. I have a great job, great fiance, and wonderful friends. I'm not rich and I'm not poor. I just work hard and live a happy life.

    I live in what I consider the best part of the country both politically speaking (we're going through a progressive revival in Oregon that is the envy of Democrats around the country) and I also live in what I consider the most beautiful part of the country. That's better than average if you ask me.

    Now Americans living in rural Alabama and Louisiana who constantly vote against their better interests may have a different opinion on things, but I hardly have sympathy for people who vote for politicians who rail against the government and then get angry when their lives get worse because that politician cut the government benefits they were dependent on to survive.