Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Why the Republican Party Must be Held Accountable for Donald Trump Fiasco

by Nomad

Trump debates

If Donald Trump loses the election, as it appears likely, there's one thing we can be sure of: we are going to hear a lot of Republican excuse-making in the following weeks and months. And there will be blame thrown in every direction. 
Sadly, soul-searching isn't really a Republican virtue. Looking back and learning from mistakes just isn't something the Grand Old Party is very good at. But the question is: will the voters accept the inevitable excuses from the republican establishment or this catastrophe?

Between Palin and Trump

To trace back the story of the Trump disaster, we have to begin in the election of 2008.
The failure of the selection process of McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin should have set off alarm bells that there were some serious flaws in the vetting process. Misplaced priorities, for want of a better phrase.

PalinBack then, Palin was hot stuff for the Republican establishment. The erratic and eccentric woman from Wasilla was popular- at least in the beginning- and she was entertaining. She was, early in the campaign, a plus for the party. A particular demographic  (older white male) found Palin a treat to look at if not to listen to. She had a certain charisma and a vibrant spirit, they said. 

Proud Ms. Palin called herself a "rogue" but nobody in the GOP bothered to check the dictionary for the precise meaning of that word: "a dishonest, knavish person; a tramp." A check of the adjective form provides even more of warning "no longer obedient, belonging, or accepted and hence not controllable or answerable."

Still, it was only a vice-presidential slot, the Republicans explained. All that "a heartbeat away" chatter was just a lot of fearmongering by liberals. McCain wasn't that old. What could go wrong?

Monday, October 24, 2016

Tom Hayden- Radical Protest Marching into the Mainstream

by Nomad

Tom Hayden Protest Quote

Famed '60s anti-war activist Tom Hayden died on Sunday after a long illness. 
Once denounced as a traitor and a dangerous radical by his detractors, Hayden went on to serve in the California State Assembly and State Senate. For almost two decades, Hayden was a progressive voice on issues such as the environment, education and animal welfare. 
He once wrote about his days as a protester:
"I didn't want to go from beating to beating, jail to jail... There was an entire generation to arouse, primarily about civil rights but also about the larger issues."
Click here for his complete biography.

Saturday, October 22, 2016