Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Tea Party Has Sucked The "Soul Out Of The GOP"

The Tea Party Has Sucked The Soul Out Of The GOP!

The Tea Party has a major hold on the Republican Party. Let’s take a moment to close our eyes and think of a cigar smoke-filled room in a local Georgetown bar. The time is early November in the year 2008. Inside this room are some of the most influential members of the Republican Party with many of their deep-pocketed supporters. Then comes the historic proclamation for the first time in the history of these United States: a person of color by the name of Barack Obama is declared the winner of the presidential election. What happens next has been widely reported and from the perfect vision of hindsight, the only word that was spoken was short and sweet and to the point, “Obstructionism”.

Regardless of its harmful effects, the Republicans, led by the radicalized Tea Party faction began what was a full-scale attempt to block every legislative initiative put forth by this President. Even if it were policies, that were at some time prior supported by the Republican Party. In short, if Obama was for it,  they were against it. Within this struggle, the main pushback from the GOP was over the Affordable Care Act, which at some point was coined Obamacare. To many,this was an offensive racial slur itself.

With the election of Barack Obama, we saw the emergence of a so-called grassroots movement known as the Tea Party. This group attack President Obama claiming he was not born in the USA. He was a Muslim. Obama was Hitler reincarnated. These Tea Party radicals claimed Obama was the " Anti-Christ."

Fast forward, the time is early November 2012. The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land.  And, after much compromise and litigation to the highest court of the land, and, more importantly put to the people of this nation, Barack Obama was re-elected President of these United States. With the Republican party now being called the “party of ‘no,'” drastic action was in order. This point has not been widely reported, but many have suggested that these same aforementioned Republican adherents gathered once again. The order of the day from this gathering became very clear get rid of Obamacare or shut the government down.

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“Tea Party Republicans and their rich supporters have sucked the last bit of soul from the Grand Old Party of Abraham Lincoln, turning them first delusional, then rabid, with the aid of conservative mouthpieces like Fox News and "multi-millionaire fabulous’" Rush Limbaugh."[Bill Moyers]

Moyers added:

“At least let's name this for what it is sabotage of the democratic process. Secession by another means, and let's be clear about where such reckless ambition leads. As surely as night must follow day, the alternative to democracy is worse. When the president refused to buckle to their extortion, they threw their tantrum. Like the die-hards of the racist South a century and a half ago, who would destroy the Union before giving up their slaves, so would these people burn the place down, sink the ship of state, and sow economic chaos to get their way.”
We heard all kinds of terms during the shutdown sabotage, hostage, terrorism, ransom, “gun held to our heads,” and yes, finally, sedition. However, there is one term that comes to this writers mind radicalization. First, what is radicalization? Radicalization simply means to make radical. The measures the extreme right took to defund Obamacare to the point of a government shutdown is the very essence of radicalization. To call what happened "Sedition" may fall a bit short, in that the keyword for there to be sedition is " A force." With that said, however, there has been a force not of violent radicalization least not yet but one of ideologically based violence. Ideologically Based Violence is the planned use, or threatened use of force or violence by a group or individual to promote the group or individual’s political, religious, or social beliefs. With many News outlets spewing misinformation and the onslaught of social media one of the chief concerns is that this type of ideology can bring one to violence and give birth to homegrown terrorist organizations that many have labeled the current Tea Party.

In keeping with Mr. Moyers’ sentiments. The Tea Party has “sucked the soul from the GOP,” everything I have written here and then some should give us pause to ask just what does that mean over and beyond shutting down the government. Many are concerned that this radicalization that we see that has mostly for now been more of the ideological nature. Evolve to a more violent radicalization that would empower homegrown terrorist groups. Who would, in fact, use violence and threat of violence, which does involve force that would then constitute sedition. Let’s all give the energy of thought that cooler heads will prevail and that we don’t see this type of behavior from our citizens.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

White Men with Guns Welcome in Ferguson...(Thom Hartmann)

Thom Hartmann comments on news that the Oath Keepers 

militia is on patrol in Ferguson, MO during the One year 

anniversary of the police killing of Michael Brown. 

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Four civilians carrying automatic rifles and sidearms patrolled a riot-torn street in Ferguson, Missouri, early Tuesday, saying they were there to protect a media organisation but drawing swift criticism from police and protesters alike.
The appearance of the four men, all white, quickly drew stares in the mostly black neighborhood, which exploded into violence again on Sunday night as protesters marked the police killing of an unarmed black teen a year ago.
The men identified themselves as part of a group called “Oath Keepers,” which describes itself as an association of current and former US soldiers and police who aim to protect the US Constitution.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit civil rights organisation, has described the “Oath Keepers” as a “fiercely anti-government, militaristic group,” and St Louis County Police ChiefJon Belmar condemned their appearance in Ferguson.
“Their presence was both unnecessary and inflammatory,” he said, adding that police would work with county prosecutors to see if the men had broken any laws.
Journalists and protesters posted images on social media platforms.
Led by a man who gave his name only as John, the group, whose members wore bulletproof vests and carried sidearms in addition to combat-style rifles, said they had come to protect a journalist from the conservative “Infowars. com” Web site.
“There were problems here, there were people who got hurt. We needed to be prepared for that,” said the man, who noted that Missouri state laws generally allow the open carrying of heavy weapons of the kind that his group were brandishing.
InfoWars could not be reached for immediate comment.
Ferguson has seen months of violent protest since the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer a year ago. Sunday night’s protests were punctuated by gunfire, with police shooting and critically wounding a man who they said had opened fire on them.
Monday’s protests were less chaotic, with about nine people arrested in skirmishes with police that saw protesters throw rocks and bottles at officers.
But many in the crowd questioned the wisdom of openly carrying such heavy weapons into an emotionally charged situation.
“You’re going to bring some uncommissioned citizens, white citizens, into a black community like this? It’s disrespectful,” saidTalal Ahmad (30) who is black and has been a fixture of the last year’s protests, which prompted a Justice Department review that found Ferguson’s police department routinely violated city residents’ civil rights.
“Here, in a black neighborhood, we’re already living in a state of terror,” Ahmad said.
Just what needs. A bunch of guys carrying assault rifles. Legally. 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Russia Claims North Pole, Plants A Small Flag On The Ocean Floor : Trending News : ISchoolGuide

Russia Claims North Pole, Plants A Small Flag On The Ocean Floor : Trending News : ISchoolGuide

Russia has called on the United Nations for an exclusive economic control of the Arctic Region, including the North Pole. The area over 463,000 square miles may have valuable deposits of  nearly 5 billion tons of oil and gas, as well as valuable minerals. The Arctic has become more accessible as it continued to melt in an unprecedented rates. It could also be a potential important northern shipping route as glaciers slowly melt due to global climate change.

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CNBC reports that Russia is invoking a rule because it "can demonstrate that the continental shelf on which it sits actually extends farther than 200 miles. In such cases, the law recognizes a 350-mile limit."   The 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea states that each nation is entitled to an exclusive economic zone that extends 200 nautical miles into the ocean from the nation's baseline.
It can be recalled that the United Nations rejected a similar claim by Russia in 2002 because of lack of scientific evidence. In an effort of Russia to claim the North Pole, leaders have sent a mini-submarine to collect scientific evidence. According to the New York Times, the sub planted a small Russian flag on the sea floor beneath the North Pole.
Russia's North Pole claim puts Canada into an uncomfortable position to negotiate over the Arctic region. Five countries including Russia, the U.S., Canada, Denmark and Norway are negotiating with the United Nations to define the jurisdictional boundaries in the Arctic Region.
"To justify Russia's rights in this area, a vast array of scientific data collected during many years of Arctic research has been used," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement according to Vice News.
In the recent years, Russia has constructed military bases and repaired installation in the North Pole. The Russian Federation has built ten search-and-rescue stations, 16 deep-water ports, 13 airfields, and 10 air-defense radar stations.

Friday, August 7, 2015

It Starts Here In The House Of Public Discourse

America is an ongoing experiment and we are still striving to form a more perfect union. But the arguments and debates of the 21st century began centuries ago in Virginia’s Colonial Capital—Williamsburg. George Washington is embarking on a campaign to reintroduce himself to his country and to remind his fellow citizens of the sacred duty to choose their own leaders. It starts here. It starts with your participation, your debate, and your vote.