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Peacetrain

Be afraid my friends.. it is time to be very afraid..

Over the many years I have posted here.. I usually try to post what we can do in the positive.. fear shuts people down..but sometimes we just have to understand there are some things to be very afraid of.. and Trumpism is one of those things.. People walking into the Trump rally today are throwing white powers signs.. we tuned into the rally for a few minutes and if you had taken the color out of the picture so that it was sepia or black and white, and changed the language to German or Italian.. you could swear you were looking at something out of the 30's.. those movements from Mussolini to Hitler to Stalin started in a perverted form of populism we see in Trumpism, Brexit etc.. This is a time to work hard and pull together.. If he wins again.. we are truly in the deep stuff.. and it will be that much darker than it is now..

malaise

The one question for which I really need an answer

How is someone who had to pay $25M for defrauding people about a fake university allowed to run for office?

And let me add that Mother's Boy was involved in using campaign money for himself and mother.

Both of these should be reasons to ban a person from running for office or holding cabinet positions. The same should apply to child abuse, domestic violence. and some other disqualifying past actions.

global1

I'd Be So Embarrassed To Be Seen At A Trump Rally.....

I'm watching all the hub hub around Trump's rally today and am seeing all the people lining up to attend and listening to the comments that they are making when being interviewed by the MSM. I'm totally blown away at the blinding stupidity of the people that attend these rallies.

First I wouldn't attend such a rally and I can't understand why the people that do attend aren't mortified being seen at such a rally. Truly embarrassing on their part - yet they flaunt their presence....

kentuck

Instead of impeachment, let's talk about Mitch McConnell...

You know him.

He's the Republican Leader of the US Senate. He has blocked everything coming out of the US House, which is run by the Democrats. His primary goal has been to approve as many conservative judges as possible....

Snake Plissken

I still don't understand, why Trump's tweets are considered news, when almost all of them turn out

to be completely meaningless distractions

I wish the media would go back to reporting news instead of chasing Trump's laser pointer around.

kentuck

The economy is not as great as some might think...

...and all the "great" things that Donald Trump brags about were "great" for very few. In the big picture, he and his supporters have done great harm to our country.

For example, cutting regulations that protected our air, land, and water, did not help the common person. It helped those who wanted to drill or exploit the land for its natural resources....

marble falls

Survivor's Guilt ....

I am fortunate, I am blessed. I have single payer, national health care. It is an "unintended consequence" of my wanting to be able to express my antiwar opinions at the dinner table by enlisting in Navy in in Feb '72 two years after my exposure to the lottery.

When I got out of the navy, I got a job at the Brecksville VA hospital. The first day home from work I asked my wife that no matter what that I would never end up in a VA hospital.

Insurance was no problem: at that time every employer offered some sort of health insurance....

Poiuyt

If Speaker Pelosi doesn't think the House is ready to begin impeachment hearings, it's because

she hasn't done a proper job of motivating and persuading the her colleagues. She's great speaker when it comes to political strategy, but she has not shown the necessary leadership in this crisis in America.

Nobody here doesn't feel that Trump is not worthy of impeachment, but apparently, there aren't enough votes in the House to impeach him. That's because there hasn't been enough calls from their constituents. I feel that it's Pelosi's responsibility to inform the public of the extent of trump's crimes and corruption. Once people see that in a clear, articulate manner, then she would need to convince her colleagues of the benefits of impeachment. I say this because everyone behaves in their own best interest. Marketing 101. As much as we want to believe that politicians will do what's best for America, that's not true. They will do what's personally best for them. Pelosi will need to use all her (or a surrogate's) rhetorical skills to convince the public and the House of the need to impeach Trump....

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