• Schmidt is the guy who have the country Palin. Who the fuck cares what he has to say?
    He is just another partisan hack, open to the highest bidder, in this case the resident MSNBC contrarian.

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post Obama To Announce Executive Action On Immigration

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    As much as I liked Kucinich, I don’t think that a soul in DC ever took him seriously during all the years he was in Congress.

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post Obama To Announce Executive Action On Immigration

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    I guess we can get into drone strikes, but as far as I know, Obama has never started a preemptive war with a country that never attacked the US. But then if we want to cavalierly throw the term “war criminal” around, in the last 15-20 years there are just too many to count. There would be over crowding in The Hague.

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post Obama To Announce Executive Action On Immigration

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    “it’s supposed to be for the people, by the people.”

    LOL! What country are you living in? This is grade school stuff. Throughout this country’s history, we have had pols who are bought and paid for. It’s “for the peopl, by the people” on that charade they call election day.After many years I have come to the conclusion that the electorate in this country, with the decades long dumbing down of the population, doesn’t deserve a representative democracy. You can only have a semblance of that when people are engaged in what’s happening around them. That doesn’t describe the American public. Mencken knew it, George Carlin knew it, and many of us have finally seen the light.

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post Obama To Announce Executive Action On Immigration

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    Two things it will do is make for great cable ratings with all the talking heads, and maybe a handful or so of race riots for some prime time viewing pleasure.

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post Obama To Announce Executive Action On Immigration

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    I don’t buy impeachment. We had a war criminal in the WH for 8 years and there was never any talk of impeachment, so get real. You may not like it, but any use of executive action here is not setting precedent, and those that know the law much better than us, seem to think it’s his perogative.

    BSbafflesbrains is correct. Obama will do,as any WH occupant would, what he is told by those that run the country. It’s not us or the Congress. The GOP Congress could have voted on a Senate immigration bill a long time ago, but Boehner is too gutless to have a vote. They know that any bill signing in the Oval Office would rebound in Obama’s favor with the Hispanic community. The GOP already knows they have lost those voters, so they want to stem the bleeding.

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post Keystone XL Fails In Senate

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    Sometime during the next session, the Canadians, and the GOP and the corp Dems will get their Keystone. Obama will threaten a veto and the GOP will throw a few bags of shells his way by budgeting a little for alterate energy projects in return for his signature. Then Obama will go out and tell the slob public that “we now have bi-partisanship that works for all Americans.”

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post Democrat’s Demographic Fatalism Facing Critiques

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    Mulp doesn’t seem to understand that “we are all in this together.” The corporate paid for pols and the MSM do everything they can to separate people.Since the 1980s they have succeeded beautifully in this endeavor.

    Damn right FDR saved capitalism, and at the same time saved this country by going the way of Germany – but wait, we now have Ted Cruz, wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.
    None of us are going to live long enough to see some sort of socialist worker’s paradise here. Frankly, the best than can be done under the present circumstances is a highly regulated capitalist structure (along with strictly defined spending on political campaigns). The breaking of which would be a felony. A perp work for a few dozen one percenters will have a salutory effect, since most of them are wimps. Want to do something radical – Let’s start with liquidating all of the oil and gas companies and having the govt. take over energy extraction with the profits being divvied up among the populace. The concept of private property stops with the ownership of our (all of ours) natural resources.
    The decades long battle over this would make for great entertainment.

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post Democrat’s Demographic Fatalism Facing Critiques

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    “Prediction: Hillary will lose. She’s every bit as arrogant and bubble-bound as the current occupant of the White House, and she’s a terrible campaigner to boot.)”

    Ahhh, let’s not forget that the GOP is filled with jackbooted nutcases, who once, when displayed on the national stage will frighten the 60% or so of the population who are ideologically neutral and who don’t favor extremes. The trump card is the other Bush brother, who would keep the Bush crime familia in control – the people who brought us the current Supreme Court.

    The electoral map is close to be an electoral lock for any moderate Dem who runs for the WH. I look for Hillary and the Dems in 2016 to track slightly to the left of center (like having Sherrod Brown as VP) to pick up enough disaffected Dem voters. Also, I think by talking about health, welfare, a women’s right to choose and equal pay for equal work, Hillary will pull in a whole bunch of suburban GOP hausfraus.

    Mind you, this isn’t what i want, but since we are talking about predictions now, that’s mine.

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post Democrat’s Demographic Fatalism Facing Critiques

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    It seesm to me that the only way you ever get a meaningful Left (eg. European social democracy left) in this country would be through a major economic catastrophe on the level of 1929,or worse, where all of the previaling myths of so-called “American Exceptionalism” are laid to waste.
    This would also entail a seismic hit to the world economy.

    There is no transformative figure the likes of FDR in our midst. What we have are 535 Lilliputians and a laid back law professor in the WH. With the slow spiraling towards the bottom that we have seen in the last 25-30 years, it will take another 30 years before people wake up. In the meantime, the economoc crumbs tossed out by the 1%, and the bread and circuses provided by the corporate media keep most people passive enough and waving their finger about being number one.

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post Approval of Obamacare Hits a New Low

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    I may be mistaken, since it has been 6 years, but I don’t recall Obama in 2008 ever coming out for single payer. Please enlighten me if I’m wrong.

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post Approval of Obamacare Hits a New Low

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    The clear path to the WH for Hillary would be to talk about, on a dailey basis, scrapping the current ACA for a universal system of healthcare, but as long as the Dems are beholden to the same corporate forces as the GOP, the odds that she has the guts to do it are slim. It certainly would be something big and bold, and we need big and bold. It’s never going to happen with a Third Party, unless you want to wait 40 years, and many of us can’t wait that long.

  • Maybe the fix is already in to get Jeb in the WH so the Bush criminal family can continue to protect the Saudis. If a shred of what Moussaoui is saying is true, I suspect that he will be put away in the loony bin and never heard from again.There are too many people still living whose lives depend on the truth behind 9/11 never coming out. Of course, if it did, it would allow for the seismic paradigm shift we need in American politics. We could only be so lucky.

  • For Harold politics wasn’t beanbag. He would have had Boehner for breakfast and McConnell for lunch.

  • All good points. Rahm is a BFF of the new GOP governor – color me unsurprised. He doesn’t really have a broad constituency base of support in the city. His strongest support is from the corporate criminal a-hole class. Unfortunately, there isn’t another Dem in Chicago who can beat him right now. The teacher’s union prez, who was contemplating running against him, has cancer, so she is out. If there was another Harold Washington around, then this DINO corporatist would be toast.

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post Get Ready for Legislative Jenga

    2014-11-14 12:43:20View | Delete

    Barbara Mikulski in a wet T shirt? The mind boggles. No thanks:-)

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post Get Ready for Legislative Jenga

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    How can you have extensive campaign finance reform with the DC pols voting on an issue that they have a deep self interest in keeping things as they are? The present system of pols representing various corp entities instead of their constituents is ingrained in this country’s history. I can’t buy retiring a SCOTUS member at 75. A 55 year old right wing corporatist would have 20 years to screw us over. I say to just offer them one 10 year term that cannot be renewed by the WH occupant.

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post Democrats’ Brand Sinks to Record Low

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    I’m no liberal, nor either am I a leftist. I’m more of a left out – totally alienated from this democracy for sale society we live in. I also somewhat reluctantly voted for Obama in 08 and sat out 2012 as I will in 2016. I just can’t see a progressive pol who eviserates the 1% the way FDR did. The MSM and their brethren on Fox would slime this individual to the point where their head would be put on a pike. The Dems won’t dump their paymasters, because under the financial campaign system we have, they need these people. Frankly,if ever a true progessive makes an impact would mean a good deal of blood, violence and turmoil. Those who control the agenda have a good thing, and they won’t give up easily Dobbsy.

  • guiltybystander commented on the blog post Democrats’ Brand Sinks to Record Low

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    Basically what you are saying is that he was a twice elected dictator, and if you think one person can enter the WH and get done all the things you would like, then It seems to me you would be just fine with a dictator in charge. That’s not how it operates. Everyone who enters the WH gets a whole lot of people to screw us over. It’s never done by one guy.

    Bush (or should I say Cheney) invading Iraq without provocation, along with fathering the Patriot Act, and fiddling while Wall St. burned millions of us, and Clinton’s support of Nafta is worse than anything on your litany.

  • “Not store bought hacks or unjust men and women seeking to line their pockets while leveraging those they are to represent into corporate servitude?”

    Butthis is the way it has always been. It’s just more flagrant and transparent today.

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