Read here: Warren Fundraises Off Wall Street Threats
Seriously Bankers, you want to know what will finally convince Warren to run for POTUS, and convince a bunch of conservatives to throw a vote her way??
(Hint, you just did it...)
DonViejo posted a great Salon article about how Ted Cruz is really running for High Priest of America, here:
In the first paragraph Salon briefly quotes political activist George Monbiot, from his article "America is a Religion", written in July 2003.
The quote was chilling, and the full article more so. From a populist perspective, a separation of Church and State should be a foundational principle of a democracy, placing the power to govern under the authority of the people, not under the authority of a God.
About the Religion that is America, Monbiot wrote:
"Gradually this notion of election has been conflated with another, still more dangerous idea. It is not just that the Americans are Gods chosen people; America itself is now perceived as a divine project. In his farewell presidential address, Ronald Reagan spoke of his country as a shining city on a hill, a reference to the Sermon on the Mount.7 But what Jesus was describing was not a temporal Jerusalem, but the kingdom of heaven. Not only, in Reagans account, was Gods kingdom to be found in the United States of America, but the kingdom of hell could also now be located on earth: the evil empire of the Soviet Union, against which His holy warriors were pitched.
Over a decade old, but with a quick coat of paint the article reads fresh.
Evil empires change over time, and though the Soviet Union is gone and our current face of Satan is Islam, we haven't become less devout missionaries for America. We've become more fervent. Satan is no longer a competing country, Satan is a competing religion.
One final quote:
The saying goes: "When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross" -- but who knew the two items were really one and the same?
America, meet fun Hillary.
A newly relaxed, approachable, and somewhat amusing Clinton was on full display Thursday at the American Camp Associations Tri-State Conference in Atlantic City, where she gave what could be her last paid speech before launching a presidential campaign.
And first policy prescription for the room full of happy campers, before a veiled shot at the current Democratic president?
Have more fun.
Lets pass quickly over the anecdotes that Hillary thinks are fun (camping, her age) and make two observation:
"Fun Hillary" is an obvious attempt to take control of the narrative and switch the media focus away from "Risky Hillary" (comes complete with her own Yahoo email account, and special Kung-Fu Email-Deleting Grip!).
I'm not so concerned with the facts about the email issue itself, I'm concerned with the manner in which Hillary handles the media's perception of this issue. What Hillary does with her little email troubles speaks to her effectiveness as a campaigner, which, we are often told, is one of her strengths. . Her competency and her diplomatic skills are her major selling points. If she's viewed as someone who takes unnecessary risks with matters affecting our national security, she's toast.
Clinton could have went for "Bold" but she didn't. She could have owned the email issue and embraced the fact that she deleted emails with a comment like "Damn straight I deleted some emails - does America want her National Security issues floating around the Internet?" That's how Republicans would have dealt with the story...DARE anyone to challenge them on it. But she didn't.
Instead, Clinton went for "Fun." She was warmish, nearly fuzzy, and somewhat self-deprecating, and though she's never been as folksy as Bill, she was trying. I don't think she hurt herself, but I doubt she helped herself either, because she didn't change the narrative. She joked about her age. How does that inspire confidence again?
Clinton's answers to policy questions tell us more about how she'll act as President than as a campaigner. That's valuable. Let's go back to what Clinton said:
The red cabin and the blue cabin have to come together and actually listen to each other. Wouldnt that be a novel idea? she said. Sort of create this much more open dialog opportunity which I would like to see more of in this country.
Later she stressed the importance of building relationships with the other side of the political aisle.
I dont think there is any substitute for building relationships, I just dont, she said.
Left unspoken was how the head counselor of the blue cabin has been routinely criticized for failing to forge a bond with the campers in the red cabin.
She also painted a rosy picture of Bill Clintons relationship with Newt Gingrich when the latter was House speaker, saying Gingrich would come over to the White House to hash out policies out with the president after he was done trashing them in public. They got stuff done. Politics, she stressed, is for people who know how to talk and compromise, and the red cabin talked to the blue cabin when the Clinton's were in charge.
So. Clinton wants to compromise with the Red Cabin? Really?
Has she NOT been paying attention to all the obstruction over the last 7 years, or is Clinton just hard wired to try to find a way to make Democrats more aligned with Conservatives? That doesn't sound very progressive to me. Doesn't sound "fun" either.
Maybe Hillary thinks there'll be compromise on both sides. If so, then I ask again: has she NOT been paying attention to all the obstruction over the last 7 years?
Remember her words: "Politics is for people who know how to talk and compromise, and the red cabin talked to the blue cabin when the Clinton's were in charge."
Let the "Fun" Begin.
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