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Rustrian (approaching Ryan): Umm… I a DACA student

Ryan (backing way from Rustrian): Oh, wait, I’m not doing DACA student protesting today, I apologize, here you go. They’re going to have to take you.

Female voice: So we’re going to go right up this way…

Male voice: This way, m’am…

Rustrian (walking away): Thank you so much

Other voice: We’re going to ask you to exit right this….

Just in case you aren’t sure, even listening politely to immigration advocates is kryptonite for Republicans. Just ask the lonely half of Rand Paul’s hamburger:

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A few weeks ago, Tom DeLay joined Rick Scarborough and others for a “Give Me Liberty” event at a church in Florida. While Scarborough used his time on stage to declare that God would be entirely justified for destroying America with a nuclear bomb for its tolerance of homosexuality, DeLay used his time to urge the crowd to “go on the offensive” against the Marxist President Obama by imposing a “revolution for the Constitution” on our political system in order to put Jesus back into our public policy, just as God intended when He wrote the Constitution.

We’ve got to rewrite the federal government,” DeLay proclaimed. “Let’s bring Jesus Christ back into our political system and stand for him unashamedly because none of this is going to happen without God … And secondly, demand a revolution for the Constitution … let’s impose that on our political system, let’s bring it back, the way God intended it and the way God wrote it
The result of all this polarization is that the ideologically rigid have come to dominate the electoral process, taking a more active role in elections out of enthusiasm for their own side or hatred for the other side. They elect candidates who are more attuned to partisanship and less open to negotiating. Voters who want moderation and compromise become disillusioned and withdraw from politics, which further strengthens the hand of the hyper-partisan voters.
What is the end game on all this? It’s tough to say. Self-reinforcing cycles like this are hard to break, and so long as each side has a reliably large base of voters, the cycle will keep on churning. The Republicans, though, are already pushing the extremes of ideological purity — they just kicked out their conservative majority leader in favor of a libertarian crank whose policy positions are rooted in Ayn Randian fantasy. It’s possible they’ll isolate themselves so badly (they’re base is aging and emerging voter demographics are trending against them) that they’ll achieve rump party status and undergo a forced recalibration. You can only lose so many presidential elections before realizing something’s wrong.

 (via Extremist lunatics are ruining Congress — and a new report says it’s our fault - Salon.com)Didja catch what Malloy did there? He gave you solid analysis from inside the Two Parties Are All That the USA Can Handle paradigm box.
For the sake of honesty, working in support of any political party when you are not either donating or being paid money is a waste of your time. The system is not responsive to needs of people who don’t pay (damn, I don’t know where to find that academic study that proves it). It’s also constructed to prevent real partisan plurality. That’s why I suggest that anyone who wants to see things work needs to fix the system, not the symptoms, first. The media and content generators (consider the secondary role that political officials, partisan hacks and spin doctors have) have a stake in the stasis of the political hegemony, too.
Pundits and journalists will always scoff at the notion at any more than 2 parties in the USA because 3+ parties mean more work for journalists to do an adequate job on covering politics. Pols will scoff at it because it would mean losing power and more work for them to legislate.

The result of all this polarization is that the ideologically rigid have come to dominate the electoral process, taking a more active role in elections out of enthusiasm for their own side or hatred for the other side. They elect candidates who are more attuned to partisanship and less open to negotiating. Voters who want moderation and compromise become disillusioned and withdraw from politics, which further strengthens the hand of the hyper-partisan voters.

What is the end game on all this? It’s tough to say. Self-reinforcing cycles like this are hard to break, and so long as each side has a reliably large base of voters, the cycle will keep on churning. The Republicans, though, are already pushing the extremes of ideological purity — they just kicked out their conservative majority leader in favor of a libertarian crank whose policy positions are rooted in Ayn Randian fantasy. It’s possible they’ll isolate themselves so badly (they’re base is aging and emerging voter demographics are trending against them) that they’ll achieve rump party status and undergo a forced recalibration. You can only lose so many presidential elections before realizing something’s wrong.


Didja catch what Malloy did there? He gave you solid analysis from inside the Two Parties Are All That the USA Can Handle paradigm box.

For the sake of honesty, working in support of any political party when you are not either donating or being paid money is a waste of your time. The system is not responsive to needs of people who don’t pay (damn, I don’t know where to find that academic study that proves it). It’s also constructed to prevent real partisan plurality. That’s why I suggest that anyone who wants to see things work needs to fix the system, not the symptoms, first. The media and content generators (consider the secondary role that political officials, partisan hacks and spin doctors have) have a stake in the stasis of the political hegemony, too.

Pundits and journalists will always scoff at the notion at any more than 2 parties in the USA because 3+ parties mean more work for journalists to do an adequate job on covering politics. Pols will scoff at it because it would mean losing power and more work for them to legislate.


On Thursday half a million  “IMPEACH OBAMA FOR LEAVING AN AMERICAN BEHIND IN AFGHANISTAN” signs were found by sanitation workers next to a dumpster behind the Washington-based headquarters of the Republican National Committee.G.O.P. chairman Rence Priebus said,” We know nothing about the litter found in the alley behind our national office. We suspect this is part of an orchestrated mainstream media smear campaign. For the record, we are opposed to littering.”

 (via Fitz: 500,000 “Impeach Obama for leaving an American behind in Afghanistan protest signs found in dumpster behind RNC)This is how useless talking points die.

On Thursday half a million  “IMPEACH OBAMA FOR LEAVING AN AMERICAN BEHIND IN AFGHANISTAN” signs were found by sanitation workers next to a dumpster behind the Washington-based headquarters of the Republican National Committee.

G.O.P. chairman Rence Priebus said,” We know nothing about the litter found in the alley behind our national office. We suspect this is part of an orchestrated mainstream media smear campaign. For the record, we are opposed to littering.”



This is how useless talking points die.

I ain’t no Democrat, but JohnFugelsang nailed it here.
So this is what Planned Parenthood saw the House Majority do today.

So this is what Planned Parenthood saw the House Majority do today.

Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said that contraceptive coverage proves that Democrats think that women are helpless and can’t control their own libidos without help from the government.  
 
How ridiculous! Of course women aren’t helpless. But birth control is expensive. The Obama administration’s no-cost birth control policy makes contraception affordable, and it’s not funded by the government.  
 
We’re going to hear this lie and these inexcusable stereotypes from now until Election Day if we don’t call our opponents on it. Tell Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to reject Huckabee’s false and offensive statement.

Sign the Petition

Mike Huckabee’s comments about the contraceptive-coverage policy were way out of line and false—and you should reject them. Ninety-nine percent of American women use birth control at some point in their lives to be responsible and be healthy. And let’s be clear about the facts: the contraceptive-coverage policy is covered by premiums collected by insurance companies and isn’t related to government spending.

Two right-wing Senators are blocking a bipartisan mental health bill that would provide 40 ­million dollars to extend funding for mental health courts for five years, establish more crisis intervention teams to cooperate with law enforcement officers, and provide more extensive mental health screening for ­veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress. The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act, co-sponsored by Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and Representative Rich Nugent (R-FL), enjoys broad bi-partisan support. However, according to the Minneapolis Star & Tribune, an unnamed source reports that the legislation is being blocked from going to a floor vote by right-wing Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.

House Majority Leader Brushes Off Young Girl As She Asks Him To Help Her Undocumented Father | ThinkProgress

As House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) was walking down a Congressional office hall on Wednesday, a girl identified by the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) as 9-year-old Liz Maquez attempted to ask him to help move immigration reform forward on behalf of her undocumented father. Without allowing Liz to ask her question, Cantor immediately responded that he couldn’t help her.