- Good to be back again folks, purchase new desktop today and needed a much break for a little traveling.
- In the latest arguments over President Trump’s travel ban, a three-judge panel of a federal appeals court in Seattle indicated on Monday that it would continue allowing grandparents and other relatives of United States residents to travel here from six predominantly Muslim countries.
- The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing President Trump over his decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military.
- President Donald Trump declined Monday to tag Russia as a security threat, saying he would put “many countries” in that category instead.By Charles P. Pierce
Aug 25, 2017(Permanent Musical Accompaniment To The Last Post Of The Week From The Blog’s Favourite Living Canadian)
This will be shorter than the usual shuttering of the shebeen, but I wanted to make note that the Democratic Unity Commission is meeting in Chicago and people are being silly in the face of the ongoing catastrophe that is the current administration. There is an actual fight going on over whether the Democratic Party should change entirely to a system of open primaries or, even more horribly worse, a system of caucuses, to pick its presidential nominee.
Point The First: Who cares in 2017? The house is burning down and you’re vetting the firemen.
Point The Second: Don’t do this. A political party that conducts open primaries is a political party just begging to be hijacked by the loudest voice in the room and/or ratfcked by any half-witted operative on the other side. Your party’s nominating process should be kept within your party. And caucuses are completely worthless, both in terms of practical politics and in terms of the basic function of finding a nominee.
The Republicans Are Their Own Worst Enemies
Point The Third and Final: To go to open primaries and caucuses will work in many states to dilute the influence of minority voters, which is the true Democratic base and has been for several cycles now. I realize that the Sanders campaign was a transformative experience for a lot of people. But there is nothing in its history or its outcome that would lead anyone to believe that it was successful at anything except pushing the platform to the left, which was a very good thing. The 2016 Democratic platform was the most progressive of my lifetime.
But times and circumstances are different now. There is an existential threat to the Republic unfolding in Washington. Mass marches are fine; everybody should go to one. But the only actual vehicle with which to confront this political disaster is the battered old Democratic Party, which needs to consolidate itself as a force, and not spend all its time handing out participation ribbons to angry people.
Musings On The Vagina Grabber In Chief:
Since I left on a short break:
North Korea showing how incompetent He is as a leader
Spencer, Bannon, Gorka, Priebus and Scaramouche White privilege flight
The Nazis KKK lovefest he blessed in Charlottesville
Transgender Military Ban
Military Weaponizing the Police again
Trump reversed regulations to protect infrastructure against flooding just days before Hurricane Harvey
29 Republican Reps plus the two Texas Senators voted against Sandy Relief Funds.