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It ceases to become patriotism. As a child, I remember reading about post-revolution farmers laying down their plowshares to serve a year or two in government. It was understood that serving one’s government was a patriotic, albeit temporary, duty, not a career. Growing beans, potatoes, and corn made you a...

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  • October 5, 2022

Trumpites were fond of saying promises made, promises kept at the end of his disastrous administration. They could not say that the promises made to the middle class and the poor were kept. The public is still awaiting his secret health care plan—promised a week into his presidency. Infrastructure became...

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  • August 15, 2022

Former Republican and still conservative Steve Schmidt is a real patriot. He has put country over party with this imploring statement. Steve Schmidt is a real patriot x x YouTube Video Watch Politics Done Right T.V. here. I am sure I can't entirely agree with Steve Schmidt on economics and...

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  • February 15, 2022

The predictability of the Republican party is as thinly veiled as the Trump presidency, made of tissue paper, and lies. The tissue, because the former President was full of it and flush with lies. At the height of Hillary Clinton’s popularity, flip-flopping Kevin McCarthy, the now House minority leader, said...

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  • June 4, 2021

When people who are supposed to be governing, half of the country is being abused.    I know some personal things happening from deep red republican judges also allowing things to happen that is not upholding the law.   I can’t even go into what is happening personally from even judges...

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  • May 29, 2021

As usual, Ali Velshi delves deeper into the flesh. While most laugh at Alabama yoga silliness, he used Jennifer Rubin to explain the reality. This is why Velshi is must-see TV See full episodes here. Ali Velshi highlighted a story that proves the lengths the GOP would go to in order...

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  • May 23, 2021
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It depresses me to acknowledge this, but the Republicans’ commitment to blatant and serial lying, and Orwellian “make believe” governing, pose a real threat by overwhelming the public debate and individual’s efforts to stay grounded.  While a bit well-worn (and of uncertain provenance), this quote is fundamentally true: “A lie can travel halfway around...

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  • May 15, 2021

Here’s the latest news today out of New Jersey courtesy of Monmouth University’s latest poll: x NEW JERSEY POLL: @GovMurphy job approval still significantly higher than his pre-pandemic ratings.57% approve (71% in April 2020)35% disapprove (21%)  8% no opinion (8%) APPROVE By PARTY:88% – DEM (92% in April 2020)48% –...

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  • May 5, 2021

Peak cynicism has arrived. Tucker Carlson pimps a version of the nanny-state with more police confrontations because he thinks cops should stop children from wearing masks by enforcing child abuse laws. Apparently making a child wear a mask is like punching them in the face or the equivalent of exhibitionism....

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  • April 27, 2021

Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) was born in the heart of the old Democratic south. He is a devout southerner, born in Mississippi, and attended college at both the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt in Tennessee. At age sixty-nine, I believe it is safe to say that the one-time southern Democrat,...

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  • April 23, 2021

By way of a baffling and contradictory threat in explaining his position, Senator Mitch McConnell, in his best southern drawl, warned “Co-cola” to not be “stupid.” Addressing a gaggle of reporters in Kentucky,  McConnell said, “It’s quite stupid to jump in the middle of a highly controversial issue,” he went...

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  • April 7, 2021

A physical Trump library may never come to pass except as some money-laundering real estate scheme. The tweets don’t take up space, and planning for a library would suggest “Trump’s done being president” and that’s not something he’s ready to concede, Anthony Clark went on to predict that Trump’s presidential...

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  • April 5, 2021

Republican Strategist says it plainly. The GOP has nothing to offer other than suppressing the vote of those unlikely to vote for them. Republican Strategist comes clean See full episodes here. Rick Tyler has always been partisan. To describe his former Republican Party as he is defining it now explains the...

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  • March 29, 2021

Apparently John (no relation) Kennedy (R-LA) may endorse those sober drivers who run over demonstrators in Oklahoma, because a guy who “went to Oxford” should know something about logical fallacies. x Hours after America's second mass shooting in a week, Sen. John Kennedy downplays the gun problem by noting that...

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  • March 26, 2021

In September of 2013, Republicans attempted to curtail full funding of the Affordable Care Act but their efforts came to an absurd end. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) spent just over 21-hours regaling the public with a tale penned by Dr. Seuss, the wisdom of Ashton Kutcher, and the World Wrestling...

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  • March 24, 2021

The mainstream media as usual allows the Right to dictate the narrative. Jen Psaki dispatched this reporter on his McConnell-induced question perfectly. Jen Psaki dispatches the reporter’s silly bipartisan question. See full episodes here. Recently Mitch McConnell, in an effort to disparage President Joe Biden, claimed that he had barely spoken...

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  • March 24, 2021

The measure passed by 398 to 14, with one voting “present.” All of the “no” and “present” votes came from Republicans. 14 House Republicans voted against a resolution condemning the military coup in Myanmar, per @kristin__wilson:Lauren BoebertAndy BiggsMatt GaetzTom MassieKen BuckMary MillerChip RoyJodey HiceAlex MooneyScott PerryAndy HarrisTed BuddBarry MooreMarjorie Taylor...

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  • March 19, 2021

Senator Ron Johnson said the blatant part out loud, that he fears black people and not white people. When confronted about his remarks, surprise, surprise, he accused his detractors of playing the “race card.” Mr. Johnson uttered one of the most overt racist statements in recent political history. Johnson recognized...

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  • March 17, 2021

Chuck Todd schools a willfully naive Senator Joe Manchin about the filibuster. He reminded the Senator of something many may not know or realize. The filibuster has nothing to do with Founding Fathers See full episodes here. Chuck Todd tried to feel out Senator Joe Manchin. He wanted to see if there...

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  • March 7, 2021

Last night, I happily threw out any notion of nutrition and ordered dinner from a fast-food restaurant. I am far from being a foodie or a snob. I enjoy a good cheeseburger and fries just like the next plumber named Joe. Watching what I eat, as I get older, is...

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  • March 5, 2021
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The sparse number of actual carbon capture and sequestration projects plus weak carbon markets amplify the problems of the climate crisis yet to be revisited, post-Trump. Two heartland examples in North Dakota and Texas show how there are several interlocking problems addressing the climate crisis that must be included in future environmental policy. More specifically...

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  • February 28, 2021

I’ve always admired Naomi Klein since reading her terrific and insightful book “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.”   She has a NYT editorial column up yesterday, expounding on her prior theme in relation to Texas’s recent disaster, titled “Why The Republicans Fear The Green New Deal,” in which she...

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  • February 22, 2021

I took a day to think about the death of radio personality Rush Limbaugh. My immediate thoughts were snark-provoking. Although Limbaugh spent over 30 years mining the cavernous depths of cruelty, I wanted to suppress the urge to welcome the death of his brand of political divisiveness—but who am I...

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  • February 19, 2021

The not-guilty verdict ending the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump was as expected, but it revealed something even more sinister about the Republican party. After the Senate trial ended, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, made a public display of the hypocrisy in the GOP. He prattled on about the former...

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  • February 15, 2021

From November 1994 to October 1995, the so-called trial of the century took place. It centered around murder, race, sex, athletics, and hero-worship. America was drawn to it like a badly made tv melodrama. We were subjected to constant tv break-ins, with breathless reporters recounting every gasp, sigh, and eye-roll...

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  • February 8, 2021

Ben Sasse is still a RW member of the GQP, but he can still afford to offend his state party. x Sen. Ben Sasse to the Nebraska GOP State Central Committee: “You are welcome to censure me again. But let’s be clear about why this is happening: It’s because I...

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  • February 6, 2021

These past Dispatches were obviously a Trump-era commentary.  Maybe I need to to come up with a new name. But since the Biden presidency is only weeks old, I thought I would continue this for a bit.  So, in the spirit of a new beautiful day, below are some interesting rea...

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  • February 1, 2021

Jim Clyburn to Republicans: Tell the truth. Stop lying to the Americans Profiling was almost fatal to our nation—two interesting talks on race. Let’s have some truth. x x YouTube Video Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0 9091 Topics:...

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  • January 15, 2021

It’s not so much “when you’ve lost the National Review…”, but the attempt to ensure that there might be an autonomous, conservative GOP rather than a Trumpist party. Aside from fanciful premises about “process” repeated during the House floor debate, the National Review still supports impeachment. He urged a crowd to...

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  • January 13, 2021

Americans are in pain as most of the media devote most of their time to the coup. Ezra Klein has timely advice for Democrats; Help people fast. He also has advice for Joe Manchin. Message Democrats better heed x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. After the Trump administration's...

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  • January 10, 2021

Some big news today out of Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman says he is taking “a serious look” at another run for the U.S. Senate in 2022, an ambition he plans to share with supporters on Friday. “The 2022 cycle in Pennsylvania is going to be one of the...

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  • January 8, 2021

M-i-c-k-e-y, Why because we like it. M-M-MMT. “We collectively decide just what counts as a resource, economic base, or productive work.” OTOH, it could all be trippin’ on bong hits. The superlative science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest novel, The Ministry For The Future, is essentially about using MMT to...

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  • January 2, 2021

Yesterday, Pence (well, the DOJ) responded, as required, to Loony Gohmert’s lawsuit by saying the Vice President doesn’t have the power to do what Gohmert wants, and anyway he picked the wrong target to sue. The court required Gohmert to respond by 9 AM today. Clearly the court didn’t think...

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  • January 1, 2021

There are now so many pardon requests there’s a spreadsheet for them, but Trump’s so angry at the lost loyalty, the list could be smaller. Trump just sees no evil, even in a mirror. There may be a firing spree, among other irrational acts by a Trump now confronted by...

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  • December 16, 2020

Then Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican minority leader, had a strategy for his party: use his extensive knowledge of Senate procedure to slow things down, take advantage of the difficulties Democrats would have in governing and deny Democrats any Republican support on big legislation. Now “If I’m still the majority...

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  • December 11, 2020

Donald Trump is the grift that keeps on grifting. And he has 42 more days to embarrass our country and everyone in it. And, damn, is he ever obliging. He’s almost completely given up on governing so he can focus 100 percent on keeping the job he has no interest in...

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  • December 9, 2020

The Georgia Senator runoff elections are critical to the country’s ability to move forward, and to move out from under the heavy thumb of Moscow Mitch. But they are critical to the GOP’s return as a legitimate force in American politics — which can only happen if they lose in...

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  • December 5, 2020

Now that Grampa Rage Diapers is on his way to becoming a private citizen without his own attorney general mob consigliere paid for by the taxpayers, we can begin to unwrap all the DJT-focused lawsuits and Trump family criminal mischief like so many magical Christmas gifts. And today brings even...

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  • December 4, 2020

If you do not understand the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dennis Kosuth, a Chicago RN, makes it abundantly clear. Dennis Kosuth is a hero. x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. I saw Dennis Kosuth on MSNBC as they interviewed him about the poor state of mitigating the...

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  • December 1, 2020

1-22 record in legal challenges as GOP loses again, this time on the watchers of vote counting in Philadelphia. x Breaking: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected the Trump campaign's claim that Republicans lacked access to Philadelphia's vote count proceedings. The ruling was 5-2 against the campaign.https://t.co/tdNwajyk0Q — Kyle Griffin...

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  • November 17, 2020

Charlie Sykes, a Right-Wing Republican radio host, was not kind to Donald Trump. One hopes more enablers revolt before it's too late. Charlie Sykes defines Trump precisely x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Donald Trump, like a child, is pouting because he lost the election. It is as if...

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  • November 14, 2020

Spend any time talking to a Republican and eventually you will hear emotional complaints about the Participation Trophy — trophies given to every kid who participates in Little League or similar games regardless of whether they win.  A number of Republicans believe this is destroying the American character. It occurred to...

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  • November 12, 2020
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Some very encouraging news today courtesy of Morning Consult’s latest poll: x #NCsen:Cunningham (D) 47% (+6)Tillis (R-inc) 41%.#AZsen:Kelly (D) 49% (+8)McSally (R-inc) 41%.#MIsen:Peters (D-inc) 49% (+9)James (R) 40%.#COsen:Hickenlooper (D) 50% (+10)Gardner (R-inc) 40%@MorningConsult, LV, 10/2-11https://t.co/7AsGqSmIR8— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 13, 2020 And in the presidential election: x COLORADOBiden 54%Trump 40%...

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  • October 13, 2020

A new analysis by Moody’s Analytics definitively demonstrates to those predisposed to conventional economic analysis that Trump is a loser, especially in terms of the economy. Biden’s economic plans aren’t even radical, simply democratic and less inequitable. Trump’s short-attention-span policies have always been wham-bam, wait for two weeks, there’ll be a new...

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  • September 24, 2020

There’s a lot going on but I wanted to make sure the biggest toss-up Governor race of this cycle still gets some attention. The Huffington Post has a great piece out profiling gubernatorial candidate, Rep. Greg Gianforte (R. MT) and his long record of being very anti-Science which is very...

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  • September 22, 2020

Trump just said, and I quote: “absentee good, mail-in very very bad.” (Orange man… bad) President Donald Trump said the quiet part out loud, admitting he’s intentionally withholding money from the U.S. Postal Service to undermine its ability to handle mail-in voting in the 2020 election. “They need that money in...

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  • August 14, 2020

The Supreme Court in June released a flurry of opinions some of which were applauded by myself and many others as we braced ourselves for the worst.  For example, LGBT rights being upheld. But since the summer recess, they have issued many important decisions. What they are doing is hiding...

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  • August 14, 2020

The Supreme Court in June released a flurry of opinions some of which were applauded by myself and many others as we braced ourselves for the worst.  For example, LGBT rights being upheld. But since the summer recess, they have issued many important decisions. What they are doing is hiding...

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  • August 14, 2020

From Chris Cillizza at CNN: North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis has a theory about the 2020 election that you need to hear. “The stakes are very high this election, but you know why I know we're going to win?” Tillis said in a speech at the North Carolina Republican virtual convention...

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  • July 13, 2020

Haberman calls it “A re-election effort adrift, at once paralyzed by Mr. Trump’s erratic behavior yet also dependent on him to execute his own Houdini-like political escape.” And Yet Tucker Carlson may be planning his ascendancy to the 2024 GOP nomination only partially assuming Trump’s loss this year: “The moment Trump leaves, they will...

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  • July 3, 2020
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