Hello, John Bolton? This Is History Calling

Is former National Security Adviser John Bolton going to sell it, or give it away? (It, of course, being his birds-eye view of the president putting his own interest, in getting an advantage in the 2020 election, over the interests of his country.) Will he or wont he? is the drama that remains after the pause, if not the end, of House Intelligence Committee hearings into impeachment. In a series of volleys after he wrested control of his Twitter account back from the White House, Bolton President Recep Trayyip Erdogan to turn against our Kurdish allies because of his business interests in Turkey, as Trump trumpeted a fakecease fire and a Russian flag was being raised over an abandoned base …

This Is Why Black Voters Dont Trust Mayor Pete Buttigieg

When South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg first entered the race, to be honest, I was mesmerized. He struck me as young, but brilliant. He spoke with compassion for the least of these and, led by his faith, he invoked the kind of Christianity long missing from the national discourseone that is inclusive, wrapped in love and equality, and that believes the test of us brings out the best in us. That he is gay and married was of no consequence to me, although I knew it would be for some. I wanted to believe that he would be the sort of candidate who challenged us to higher ground, but met us at our point of need. He has spent nearly …

Plutocrats, Please Stop Running These Selfish, Stupid, Quixotic Presidential Campaigns

At least on paper, Democrats talk tough about the importance of protecting the democratic process from a flood of billionaire bucks. Big money is drowning out the voices of everyday Americans, the released their own campaign finance reform proposals. Bernie Sanders put forward a bold plan that would claiming the title of single largest donor in American politics on several occasions. Whether you think that honorific is worthy of praise depends largely on whether or not your name is Tom Steyer. I was watching how this campaign was going, and in my opinion, the overriding issue today is that the politics of our country, the government, has been taken over by corporate dollars, Steyer staggering $47.6 million of his $1.6 …

How Gunmakers Dealt Themselves a Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card

Thanks to Congress, gun manufacturers are shielded against lawsuits, an extraordinary gift to a single industry and a tribute to the power that the National Rifle Association has over lawmakers. The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), passed in 2005 and signed into law by President George W. Bush, insulates gun makers from any responsibility for the carnage their product causes. Everybody knew it was shilling for the NRA, says Jim Kessler, who at the time was with Americans for Gun Safety. It was a gift to the gun industry. It was like passing a bill to grant immunity to the pharmaceutical or tobacco industry. It was no better. To understand how this law came about, I asked …

Andrew Yangs Dumb Gimmick Stepped on His Own Important Message

Andrew Yang has been my favorite Democrat to watch this election cycle, partly because hes the candidate I would most like to be friends with. Thats why I was so disappointed to see him resort to a how winners will be determined) actually steps on Yangs own messaging. Thats because Yang carefully avoids framing UBI as a giveaway (indeed, to qualify for the check, youd have to opt out of welfare payments). Instead, he sells it as something youve earnedlike Social Securityby virtue of being a citizen of the richest, most advanced country in the world. So why would an obviously smart entrepreneur squander the best chance he might ever have to make his substantive argument to a large TV …

Democrats Like Pete Buttigieg Who Ignore Identity Politics Are Surrendering Ground to White Supremacists

As the 2020 Democratic field fills with moderate white male candidates, were again hearing the The End of Identity Liberalism. The reality is, there is no such thing as identity politics; the work of ending racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, and other forces of hate is just plain politics. Thats because throughout our countrys history, especially in the last century, conservative political leaders have succeeded in advancing an agenda that widens the gap of economic inequality in part by exploiting the prejudices and fears of low-income white voters, justifying their bigotry in an arbitrary sense of white pride. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways