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those darn socialists !

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    For some reason, today's Republican Party seems to think that "socialist" is a bad word - so let me set the record straight.

    Two of our relatives (both of whom voted for Trump because of the abortion issue) attend mass every single week, and read a variety of Catholic newspapers, one of which is the St. Paul based Wanderer.

    The main reason people voted for Trump is not that they were driven not by economic matters, but the fact that the vast majority of them are CONSERVATIVE.

    As I have always said, nobody's opinion is wrong, simply because it is THEIR opinion. They may be getting their information from unreliable sources like FOX or talk radio, but their opinion is correct - for them - even if it does not make sense to us.

    One of the many Catholic newspapers published in this country is The Wanderer, which is published in St. Paul, Minnesota.

    https://thewandererpress.com/

    A quick review of the newspaper raises a number of red flags, starting with the masthead, which says "no one at the same time can be a sincere Catholic and a true socialist".

    Socialism has become a dirty word for the Republican Party. The Daily Kos a while back published the SEVENTY FIVE ways that socialism has helped America. The most obvious are things like Medicare and Social Security, but there are 73 other items on the list.

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2012/3/29/1078852/-75-Ways-Socialism-Has-Improved-America

    The happiest countries in the world, incidentally, are all socialist countries, and most of them are the Nordic countries. The United States comes in at #18.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Happiness_Report

    Dexter Dugan had a few "words of wisdom" about the 2016 election:

    Democrats were bitterly disappointed when their very corrupt, very pro-abortion Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential race to multibillionaire Manhattan Republican Donald Trump. Desperate for explanations, they quickly tossed together a theory that Trump won by colluding with Russian government manipulators. (editors note - This happened to be the same conclusion as 17 of our intelligence agencies, and it also conveniently ignores the fact that a Republican nominated by Trump, Rod Rosenstein, appointed Robert Mueller after Trump fired James Comey).


    Trump’s supporters correctly recognized this assertion as highly unlikely if not outright nonsense. But, being the tough political players that Dems are, before long special counsel Robert Mueller officially was tasked with investigating the shocking claim that the new president was a traitor.


    After a wide-ranging probe lasting nearly two years, the Justice Department announced on March 22 that Mueller had finished looking. And Mueller’s report finished off the collusion nonsense.


    One reaction came from Sen. John Kennedy (R., La.) on March 25: “After 22 months and 2,800 subpoenas, Mr. Mueller and his team of 19 lawyers and 40 FBI agents found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians and declined to prosecute anyone for obstruction of justice. It’s time to move on.”

    Christian Manion took a shot at the socialists, and included a picture of AOC, who all the Republicans seem to hate because she asks tough questions.

    First comes the destruction of public education in recent decades at the hands of ideological school unions (Republicans really do not like unions)

    Ultra conservative Patrick Buchanan simply called Russiagate a bright shining lie.

    FR. Michael Orsi passed judgement on "the death party":

    This has become increasingly difficult as the Democratic Party has embraced abortion as its salient cause, becoming unrestrained in its advocacy, and dropping its longstanding claim to wishing the practice might be “safe, legal, and rare.”

    Ray Flores reviewed an anti-abortion film titled "Unplanned".

    Mike Manno passes judgement on same sex marriage and birth control. (he is not in favor of either) ..

    the paper also included these tidbits:

    Pro- LBGT archbishop .. may be new archbishop of Washington

    Catholic priests in Poland burn alleged sacreligeous books, including Harry Potter

    — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced March 26 an expansion of the pro-life Mexico City Policy and the slashing of funds to the Organization of American States in response to its abortion advocacy. These new policies are designed to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to…Continue Reading

    "Transgenerism - the next terrible step in the sexual revolution"

    You're never convince Trump voters that they made a very bad choice in 2016, but trying to understand their reasons for their thoughts is the first step in helping them understand YOUR position.

    Next week, The Nation will be publishing an article that details when socialism was tried in an American city - and was a smashing success. Milwaukee's ideas were so compelling, in fact, that FDR adopted them for the New Deal.

    https://www.thenation.com/article/socialism-milwaukee-democrats-2020/

    Since Milwaukee has been selected as the site for the 2010 Democratic convention, Democratic leaders may find it wise to pay homage to its socialist past.

    If giving aid to your former enemies would be considered a socialist idea, then the Marshall Plan (signed by Harry Truman on this day in 1948 certainly was a "socialist idea". However, it has done more to promote peace in the world than any other idea that I can think of:

    https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/president-harry-truman-signs-marshall-plan

    There was a time, of course, when a Republican president pushed for a program than would DEFINITELY be called a socialist program. In 1990, it is officially re-named the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, but it is more commonly known as the Interstate System.

    https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/interstate/brainiacs/eisenhowerinterstate.cfm

    So ...

    If anyone asks you if you are a socialist, the correct answer is "hell yes!".

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    60 years of Republican propaganda crowned by Better Dead Than Red have built a support base for the top .001% very similar for respect for the nobles and monarchy. The poor have been propagandized to suffer and die for the right wing propaganda. It works well. When I went in the service all I could think of was going to Viet Nam and killing communist. The same 60 years the Democratic Party deserted the poor and working class for any wine and cheese cause that crossed the Social Agenda. Kennedy didn't help at all with "Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country". Worked well on poor people but fell on deaf ears on the top 1%. Trump and a whole lot of other people are using Socialist interchangeably with better dead than red.

    Is there possibly anything in this world more communistic than how nuns are treated by the Catholic Church. The rich are the epitome of using Socialist solutions for their problems. 2008 is the hallmark of a socialist solution for a disastrous problem. The top % are expert for privatizing or socializing for profit. Capitalism is the best business plan for success and too bad it isn't in the United States. Our plutocratic system robs in the name of capitalism.

    Font forget that Trump is on record saying nobody would be denied healthcare under his plan if the couldn't pay.

    Trump vows 'insurance for everybody' in Obamacare replacement plan

    Washington Post


    trump promises healthcare if you can't pay from www.washingtonpost.com

    Jan 15, 2017 · “There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can't pay for it, you don 't get it. That's not going to happen with us.

    Socialism for fun and profit by Donald Trump.

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    The term socialist is thrown around quite freely by those on both the right and the left. As everyone knows our society and indeed those of communist countries are a blend of socialism and capitalism. The Chinese are some of the biggest capitalists in the world. And yes America also is home to many socialistic practices.

    Over the years we have reached a sort of equilibrium where the pendulum swings slightly left in one election and back slightly right in the next election. Presidential elections seldom deviate much from a 4 point swing: 52-48 or 48-52 without accounting for 3rd party candidates. That's the reality. Gallup polls show that the country as a whole leans slightly more conservative.

    Gallup: U.S. Still Leans Conservative, but Liberals Keep Recent Gains

    That's a fact. We should remember that fact when the party is trying to win in red and pink states in 2020. Selling Bernie's brand of socialism is a recipe for disaster in 2020.

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    I should add that for anyone who wants a hefty dose of realism, join a campaign and knock on the doors of unaffiliated voters. Have conversations with them on a whole host of issues. In my canvassing, I picked out houses by age groups hitting the over 70s in the afternoon (retirees) and hitting the "working class" after 5:00 pm. I would often catch blue collar workers coming home in their coveralls and have a conversation with them in their driveways.

    These blue collar workers are proud of what they have achieved in life by their hard work. When I mention free college to them they push back saying they were able to send their kids to college by working hard and don't see why any liberal "elitist" should get anything free. Tax payers like themselves, they say, ultimately end up paying for everyone's free stuff. I have paraphrased that sentiment, but rightly or wrongly it was a common message I heard from the blue collar working class.

    Oh and they voted for Trump, and plan to do so again. As the Democratic Party moves further left, don't expect to pick up any of these unaffiliated workers.

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    I should add that for anyone who wants a hefty dose of realism, join a campaign and knock on the doors of unaffiliated voters. Have conversations with them on a whole host of issues. In my canvassing, I picked out houses by age groups hitting the over 70s in the afternoon (retirees) and hitting the "working class" after 5:00 pm. I would often catch blue collar workers coming home in their coveralls and have a conversation with them in their driveways.

    These blue collar workers are proud of what they have achieved in life by their hard work. When I mention free college to them they push back saying they were able to send their kids to college by working hard and don't see why any liberal "elitist" should get anything free. Tax payers like themselves, they say, ultimately end up paying for everyone's free stuff. I have paraphrased that sentiment, but rightly or wrongly it was a common message I heard from the blue collar working class.

    Oh and they voted for Trump, and plan to do so again. As the Democratic Party moves further left, don't expect to pick up any of these unaffiliated workers.

    Canvassing is an excellent idea. In canvassing the use of language is critical.

    Question: What do you think of free college?

    Answer: Why should “my tax dollars” pay for some liberal elitist’s kids to go to college.

    Question: What would you think of a program that helped YOUR kids get ahead by paying for their education?

    I don’t know the answer but I would bet it would be different than the first one.

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    Sorry, but it is no longer an "party" vote; due to the fact that an Hitler like "cult" has taken over the GOP. Their fanaticism is solid in place; Trump is "god". Also due to the fact that the economy is not yet all that bad and we don't have the "black plague" it will be very difficult to have an "strong" agenda for the Dem's. Not too many care about what Trump does. like most think he deals correctly with the "border", while refusing to see the real truth. As long as they have an job and can pay their bills who cares. They want their "guns", "church", FOX news and Bud; and love the "mob" mentality. So why vote Democratic; they always complain and they "nag" about everything our "god sent" leader does.

    So how are you going to fight such? Handing out "red" caps works; who wants an "blue" cap which is not handed out?

    Even "paper towels" seem to work for Trump, as well being on TV all day; (Obama was only once a month visible).

    Shaking my old head, sorry this country will never be the same again. Amen.