I have watched bits and pieces of this spectacle on my local PBS television station and I have to say that when democrats laid out clearly what they believe are unlawful and unconstitutional acts of Trump, I understood where they're going.
When lawyers for Trump spoke, it was as if they were speaking in another language, one I could not understand, and I am still trying to figure out their angle and defense of a president who clearly broke the rule of law.
I didn't know a turtle could smirk. But anyway, it's looking like a quick rush to acquittal in the senate, I hope they pay for their inactions at the polls.
When Obama held town hall meetings across the country, the gun nuts would show up loaded for bear, when gun nuts show up at Trump rallies, they confiscate their guns, go figure.
When Iran struck the airbase in Iraq with missiles or rockets, Trump lied and told the world that the US suffered no casualties or injuries, as it turns out, the pentagon is now saying many soldiers were injured and evacuated to hospitals for critical care. Trump claimed that all was good, when all wasn't good. When will his base turn on him for lying?
By now, everyone knows that the party of democrats has a very large tent, we'll just about allow anyone who has democratic ideas and an ideology of democratic reforms into it.
This had a profound effect when Trump won in 2016. Sanders ran as a democratic socialist, but we all knew he was a progressive. Presently, there are at least 3 progressives in the field of democrat candidates for 2020, and if the democrats want to see another election slip away to Trump, the DNC should kick those progressives out of the tent and make them run their own party. After all, there are many factions of parties, there's the green party, possibly a labor party and some others, and these parties other than the democrat party tends to split the votes intended for the D party, but in reality, these split votes splinter the democrat's intended vote.
Here is a good example, a candidate for the D party hasn't even been chosen yet, and this lawmaker from Wisconsin is already endorsing Sanders even though Sanders IS NOT a democrat, he is a progressive or socialist. jsonline.com/story/news/politics/electi...
This lawmaker is making a huge mistake endorsing Sanders, since the nominee hasn't even been elected yet. These people or candidates that call themselves democrats are what most would call DINO's, but they have a progressive or far left agenda. I wonder if Pocan will support the nominee? Even if it isn't Sanders. Take note here, Pocan didn't support any candidate in 2016, which probably hurt Wisconsin and the nation. Democrats need everybody on board and everybody on the same page to take back government. It would be nice if the democratic party would return back to center instead of being far left or fringe.
Something I could have predicted, knowing that Trump won Wisconsin by 20 some thousand votes, a poll conducted at UWM about impeachment of Trump, 6% undecided, 49% say acquit, and 44% say impeach. Just shows the world how ignorant and out of touch Wisconsinites really are, after knowing or hearing about the evidence and articles of impeachment, Wisconsinites are dumbed down. This is a state where the state minimum wage is still $7.25 per hour. Wisconsin is also the state that has the drunkest cities in America, what does that say about the citizens who live and work here?
In the city where I reside, Kenosha, there is literally a bar on every corner. It's nothing to read local news about someone on their 6th. or 8th. DWI, DUI, or OWI. Maybe too much alcohol is affecting the average Wisconsin resident's thought process. According to a Bing search I conducted, my city has 172 bars. The estimated population is around 100,000 people, most must be drunk or on drugs and having either dead brain cells or too inebriated to make informed decisions.
I wished I had cable/satellite television, so I could watch on CSPAN, I'll get my news briefings from Lester Holt on NBC nightly news. I wonder which senators will be disruptive and out of order first? Lindsey Graham?
Now think about this for awhile, the situation which I am going to lay out.
Imagine that our homeland (America) has been invaded by a foreign force, could be Russian, Could be Chinese or whoever.
They performed a successive coup on our government and are going city by city bombing, killing and rooting out what they believe are the resistance (us). We're trying to fight back, we have tons of small arms, but no aircraft or missiles, but we're using ingenuity we've obtained by other countries, like roadside IED's, we won't win, but we'll keep trying to beat them back to where they came from, we have a strong animosity toward them and we won't stop until we kill them all and kick them out of our country.
Now imagine this have been going on for decades and decades, with no end in sight. They've overthrown our democratically elected government and installed their own. Think about it. Not just for 5 or 10 minutes, give this situation long and hard thought.
Now just think about how Iraqis and Iranians feel. What about the Afghans?
Why would any American hate the people of these countries? Because it's been drilled into our heads by politicians who are on the wrong path?
Now, I know and realize the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, and the USA retaliated too, civilian deaths totaled between 50 and 55 million people in WWII. Total deaths, military and civilian combined totaled between 70 and 85 million people.
Thoughts of an Iranian American: vox.com/first-person/2020/1/8/21057052/...
Schmidt Wrote: Reference: Eleanor Bader, Alternet: Why Is the Federal Government Supporting Evangelism?, Dec 9, 2009
Bader highlights the tax exempt status of Liberty University and their teachings...
Thrice weekly chapel attendance is mandatory and it is here that the collision of faith and conservatism comes to the fore, with sermons delivered by such rightwing luminaries as Dinesh D’Souza, Fox TV personalities Sean Hannity and Shannon Bream, and LU alum, Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council.
A strong commitment to political conservatism, total rejection of socialism, and firm support for America’s economic system of free enterprise.
All students are required to take GNED101 and GNED102...designed to aid the student in the development of a biblical worldview.” Among the lessons... “is an affirmation of absolute truth.”
Most LU students finance their coursework with Virginia Tuition Assistance monies and federal Pell, Supplementary Educational Opportunity, Teach and Smart grants.
Liberty University is not alone. The Evangelical churches and ministries and their affiliated groups like the Family Research Council have "pushed the envelope" in support of Republicans and the Republican agenda. Is it time to reexamine the tax exempt status of these churches and groups? I have no problem in tax deductions for charitable causes, but when they spend most of their money on land, building mega churches, recruiting more people, and perhaps most of all, promoting poltical causes, I think they should be taxed like ordinary Americans. Agree or disagree? Am I wrong?
I agree, religious institutions should be taxed, none of this no tax stuff anymore because some have become the mouthpieces for the right wing. A charitable cause to me would be an entity that does help the poor and needy without the attached strings and without conditions. I had a friend, who is gay BTW, asked for help years ago, and when he told the people he was gay, they all but refused to help him, and informed him he should join their congregation for getting help to become straight. I won't name that organization here on this forum, but I do boycott the org.. Just as I boycott organizations and corporations that are affiliated with the Koch Bros.. It would be best if we all knew a charitable organization's political leanings before we open our wallets to them.
@ TJ, we shouldn't tell those voters that their vote doesn't count then, let's keep the electoral college factor a secret so they really are kept in the dark.
Where are those stats? The uneducated voted for the GOP and Trump, while the educated voted for democrats because they know the penalties of voting for right wing candidates. The GOP loves dumb people.