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Bloomberg's Error

I think Bloomberg's strategy of skipping South Carolina and focusing on Super Tuesday will ultimately result in his failure. Bloomberg was positioning himself to be the moderate, anti-Bernie candidate. He would be fighting for this crown mainly with Joe Biden. Now, with some polls showing a Biden surge in South Carolina, and no Bloomberg in that contest, Biden has a real chance. If Biden takes the lion's share of the victory there and shows that he can beat Sanders, it will resurrect Biden's flagging campaign after losses in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada.

If this happens, if Biden wins South Carolina and holds Bernie down to low numbers there, Biden's campaign will be re-energized for Super Tuesday. Then it may well turn out to be a contest between Biden and Bernie. If Bloomberg had gotten on the ballot in South Carolina, he might have been able to stop Biden there. Now, with Biden unopposed by Bloomberg in South Carolina, Biden may be positioned for a significant win in that state. And that could propel Biden into the Super Tuesday contest as the Democratic alternative to Bernie. It might be too late at that point for Bloomberg, and the contest will essentially be between Biden and Sanders.
Posted by Progressive2020 | Thu Feb 27, 2020, 10:46 PM (23 replies)

After Trump

When Trump is out of office, what will become of him? My thinking is that there might be civil and criminal investigations into him and what he has done in his corrupt administration. It seems established policy that a sitting President can not be indicted, only impeached.

I think that once Trump is out of office many prosecutors in some jurisdictions will be off of the leash. They will be investigating Trump and his corrupt cronies like Jared Kushner and others for a variety of possible crimes. So Trump might be investigated, maybe prosecuted at some point.

Trump's "administration" has been the most corrupt in American History. He might still have to answer for that corruption. The only figure like him in American history is Boss Tweed, who ran the corrupt Tammany Hall Political Machine in New York City in the 19th Century. It is worth noting that this formerly powerful figure in American politics ended up dying in a jail cell in New York City. So I wonder what your views are on what will become of Trump after he is out of the White House?
Posted by Progressive2020 | Thu Feb 27, 2020, 04:48 PM (6 replies)

Medicare For All

A recent article on Salon shows that Multiple Studies assert that Medicare For All is much cheaper than the Public Option pushed by some Moderates-

https://www.salon.com/2020/multiple-studies-show-medicare-for-all-would-be-cheaper-than-public-option-pushed-by-moderates/

[Sorry, I am having trouble with the link. If you go to Salon and search "Medicare For All Cheaper", you will get the article.]

https://www.salon.com

The point of the article is that Multiple Studies have shown Medicare For All is cheaper than the Public Option (Medicare For All Who Want It), and not just cheaper, but much cheaper. So people harassing Bernie for costs should point out that the Public Option pushed by his opponents is much more expensive than Medicare For All.
Posted by Progressive2020 | Mon Feb 24, 2020, 05:16 PM (9 replies)

Sanders Surging?

Sanders is showing signs of surging in the Dem Primary, and so the knives are coming out. My question to DUers is- if by some chance Sanders is the Democratic Nominee, will you support his campaign in the General Election over Trump?

I myself will support whoever gets the nomination, even if it is someone like Bloomberg, who I despise. Bloomberg wants to bypass democracy and the primaries and use his money to get a brokered convention in his favor. As despicable as this is, it is still better than Trump. I would vote for Bloomberg over Trump. The lesser of two evils.

To those that despise Sanders, I would ask if you will support Sanders versus Trump, if it gets down to that? I will support whoever the Democratic Nominee is, even if I do not much like them, at all, like Bloomberg. Will you do the same with Sanders if by some chance he gets the nomination?
Posted by Progressive2020 | Fri Feb 21, 2020, 04:54 PM (42 replies)

Trump Is Criminal

Trump is a criminal who has Abused the Power of his office. He is surrounded by accomplices and enablers who are engaged criminal cover-ups of the President's illegal activities. The Republicans in the Senate voted against Impeachment Acquittal, and so are now part of the criminal cover-up. Barr is just one of the chief accomplices and enablers of Trump's criminal activities.

Back in the day, when it became apparent that Nixon was involved in crimes, break-ins, and cover-ups over Watergate, many Congressional Republicans sided against Nixon and Nixon resigned before he could be impeached and tried in the Senate. So back then, some Republicans has principles and spines. Now the Senate Republicans have neither spines nor morals. Their vote to acquit Trump in the Impeachment trial amounts to an assistance of Trumps crimes, and so history will judge them as accomplices to the cover-up.

Of course we need to get the criminal Trump out of the office of President as soon as possible, which looks like the election in November 2020. If we do not, we might lose our democracy to a criminal authoritarian Tyrant who is getting away with criminal activity, corrupting and destroying our democracy.
Posted by Progressive2020 | Fri Feb 14, 2020, 03:10 PM (2 replies)

Some Pundits Have Called Trump A King

That is an abuse of the term. Kings are leaders of Nobility. Kings have codes to follow. A good King supports nobility, honor, and justice. Trump is no King. He is a con man, a grifter, a dangerous fool, and an Authoritarian who would like to be a Dictator. He is no King.

If Trump were a King, he would be a bad King, a Tyrant. He is not even that. Even a bad King comes from the nobility. Trump is nowhere near that. He is a gross and garish Nouveau Riche, a cheap social climber/wannabe, and a crude thug. He is a narcissist with no sense of honor, justice, right or wrong. So to the pundits- please stop calling Trump a King. That elevates him too much. He is a two-bit tin Dictator wannabe. Nowhere near being kingly in any sense.
Posted by Progressive2020 | Fri Jan 31, 2020, 03:26 PM (6 replies)

Worst President In History

Trump will go down in history as the worst President ever, beating out Richard Nixon for the title. Trump is corrupt, a liar, a con man, and a cheat. He might be the first President to ever serve jail time.

I think when his taxes and finances are exposed, you will see that his "business" was always built on debt, credit, bankruptcy, and fraud. Trump likes to call media "Fake News", but he is a "Fake Businessman".

I look forward to the day when he and his lackeys are indicted and Trump's name is consigned to the ash heap of history. His name will rank up there with villains like Benedict Arnold, Boss Tweed, and Richard Nixon- all despicable figures from American History.
Posted by Progressive2020 | Tue May 7, 2019, 11:04 PM (44 replies)

Progressives Versus Centrists

I wanted to address the issue of Progressives versus Centrists in the Democratic Party. I used to be Centrist in my youth, but moved more towards Progressivism as I got older and started to feel that measured, incremental change was not good enough. We need larger scale change, in my opinion.

That said, while I consider myself a Progressive and want a Progressive Candidate, I would still vote for a more Centrist Democrat if one were nominated. Also, I would work hard to see that Candidate elected. I am not one of these Progressives who want to burn the house down if their Candidate does not win in a primary.

I bring up the divide between Progressives and Centrists on purpose. I think that this is a real division in the Democratic Party that should be addressed. It does not need to be a weakness, but could in fact become a strength.

Instead of Progressives and Moderates being at each other's throats, we should maybe take a lesson from Parliamentary style democracies such as those multi-party governments in Europe. We should form a coalition. Center Left and Left parties form governing coalitions all the time when no single party prevails in a majority.

I would propose that Progressives and Centrists in the Democratic Party form a coalition rather than be at each other's throats. A united Democratic Party would be the end of the Trump Regime. And the beginning of a government that works for the people and not just the monied corporate interests.
Posted by Progressive2020 | Wed May 1, 2019, 09:36 PM (15 replies)

Change Versus Experience

Some have pointed out that Joe Biden has the experience needed to be President, and point out his electability. Others have noted that people who vote in Presidential elections tend to want Change versus Experience.

The electorate tends to want something/someone that is new and different over what is tried and true. People want change, and change is what motivates people to vote. This is what Obama got elected on: Hope and Change.

I like Joe Biden, but he is the epitome of an establishment candidate. I don't think that he is new in a way that will excite people beyond dedicated Democrats. He will get the vote of the Democratic base, but can he expand upon that and excite others? I don't know.

Sanders, Buttigieg, Warren, are all iconoclastic. Mayor Pete has outside of Washington creds. Bernie has been in Washington for a very long time, but he is the opposite of an establishment candidate. His whole career has been swimming against the tide. There is a reason that Sanders excites so many Millennials. He is progressive, exciting, and different from insider politicians. Warren is wonkish but comes off as an outsider progressive.

So: voters tend to vote for new and different over old and experienced. Joe Biden has certainly paid his dues, but I do not think he will really energize the electorate beyond the Democratic establishment. Your opinion may vary. I am open to discussion.
Posted by Progressive2020 | Wed May 1, 2019, 06:28 PM (113 replies)

Impeachment

I thought I would start a Thread asking DUers opinions about Impeaching Trump. My questions are: should Trump be Impeached, and if so, then according to what timeline?

My feeling is that the House needs to hear directly from Mueller before making an Impeachment decision. I think that Mueller's intent was that since some in the Justice Department hold the view that sitting Presidents can not legally be indicted (a position I do not affirm), then the only remedy for Trump's possible crimes is Impeachment by the Congress. This might be the only way to get at Trump, at least while he remains in office.

I understand Pelosi's caution in regards to Impeachment, as it might not be politically advantageous to do, but I must agree with Senator Warren that this is a moral issue. Since it is not likely that Trump will be charged with anything while in office, it is the responsibility of the Congress to use their oversight powers and meet their constitutional responsibilities by Impeaching Trump.

So, after Mueller appears in Congress, my feeling is that the House should Impeach Trump, subjetc to more info from Mueller.

What do you think? Should we push to have Trump impeached, and what sort of time frame should there be for it, especially in regards to the Primaries and the upcoming election?
Posted by Progressive2020 | Tue Apr 30, 2019, 08:30 PM (7 replies)
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