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5 Reasons Donald Trump Still Won’t Be President — And 1 Way He Could

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Julian Raven, a supporter of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, holds his artwork at the Public Square in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Donald Trump should enjoy July because it’s probably not going to get any better than this.

While he still trails in polling averages nationally and in key swing states, he has closed the gap with Hillary Clinton and is heading into the Republican National Convention with the wind at his back, mostly do to the thrust of years of congressional Republican investigations weaponized by FBI Director James Comey “legitimizing,” as Gene Lyons wrote, “what can’t be proven.”

Trump starts out with the same problem any Republican would face: He needs to win over a huge chunk of Americans who voted for Barack Obama twice, or at least convince them to stay home or vote third party. And as a demagogue with an unprecedented appeal to bigots and more experience exaggerating or lying about his charitable donations than serving anyone, his problems only multiply from there.

Here’s why he’s still losing:

  1. He’s about to take on a “generic Republican.”
    Donald Trump is the most unpopular presidential nominee ever, right? Right. But you know what’s even more unpopular than Donald Trump? The Republican Party. Trump has actually sidestepped some of the party’s biggest liabilities by largely avoiding red meat ranting about abortion and LGBT rights — while sending clear winks to evangelicals that he will back their anti-choice, anti-equality agenda in the most important way possible: letting the Heritage Foundation pick his Supreme Court Justices. That’s over now. Mike Pence looks like what a child would come up with if you said, “Draw a generic Republican. Or, draw an unfunny Steve Martin.” But he nearly destroyed his career and his state’s economy by embracing a far-right bill as governor of Indiana that allowed businesses to discriminate against gay people. He then lost most of his conservative cred will by caving to the liberal position that gay people should be able to buy things with money. In the state house and in Congress, he was virulently anti-abortion rights and anti-Planned Parenthood. Plus he limits Trump’s ability to stray from GOP dogma with his widely publicized lust for privatizing Social Security and his warm embrace of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. And, unlike Trump, he can’t pretend that he was ever against the Iraq War because he proudly voted for it, over and over again.
  2. Trump is expanding the map — the wrong way.
    Two words encapsulate Donald Trump’s problems with an electoral map that has elected a Democrat in four out of the last six elections: North Carolina. Clinton is up in the Tar Heel state, which is increasingly diverse and went Democratic in 2008. Look at this map if Clinton takes North Carolina, along with all of Obama’s safest states.
    CnZtKTVWIAEgPHr (1)She could lose Iowa, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida — states Obama all won twice — and still win. Trump has bragged about expanding the map — sometimes into the Rust Belt, sometimes into the West Coast, sometimes into New York. He trails in all of these places. But there are signs that Clinton is competitive in Arizona, Georgia, and possibly even Kansas, South Carolina, and Utah. If Trump is forced to compete in any of those states, he’s starting at a disadvantage Mitt Romney would never face.
  3. He’s stepped into a demographic trap it will be tough to get out of.
    Trump’s next biggest concern should be Pennsylvania, the graveyard of Republican presidential campaigns. We’re told that Trump’s white identity bluster and anti-trade stance has special appeal in the withered towns of the Rust Belt. But a recent poll shows that he’s winning 0 percent of the African American vote in the state. But Trump has an even bigger problem. His sour appeal to working-class white voters is alienating college-educated Republicans. In a recent poll, Clinton is up 15 percent with college-educated white women, the biggest lead for any Democrat since 1980. This is the “demographic trap” Democratic strategist Ruy Texeria first told the Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent about in January: “If Republicans run a whites-oriented, hard core conservative campaign, swing-ish, moderate, college-educated whites in the GOP coalition may desert to the other side. And it could also drive up the minority vote for Democrats.” Trump hasn’t don’t anything to wiggle himself out of it. Usually, especially in the case of Judge Curiel, he’s just making it worse, which is why he’s getting killed in the Philadelphia suburbs. And now he has Mike Pence’s help. And as you see from the map below, if Trump loses Pennsylvania, there’s almost no way he can win:
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  4. He continues to reaffirm Americans biggest fear about him.
    According to Trump campaign chair and advisor to star war criminals Paul Manafort, Trump delayed the announcement of his running mate on Thursday because the candidate had an “emotional” reaction to the horrific terror attack in Nice, France, which required the billion dollar baby to call up several TV shows and call for a world war. According to research backed by MoveOn.org, Americans’ single biggest fear regarding Trump “is that as President he would escalate the likelihood of catastrophic violent conflict from without and within, posing a serious threat to the future of the United States.” He seems petty, churlish and erratic. In the Republican Primary, this — along with his bigoted bluster — passed as strength. But for many Americans it just reads as a serious case of stranger danger facilitated by a collapsing and desperate Republican Party.
  5. Clinton has a Obama-like machine while Trump has outsourced his entire campaign.
    Mitt Romney raised a shitload of money and ran a half-decent campaign. He lost by about 5 million votes. Since then demographics have only gotten worse for the GOP and no one is quite sure what Donald Trump is doing. “Having worked in GOP grassroots politics for more than 20 years I can honestly say I have never seen a Republican presidential campaign with this weak of a field presence,” one Florida Republican told Politico. Trump claims that he’s just getting started building up his field operation, though most of it will be outsourced to the Republican National Committee, which would be great news if this weren’t a presidential election and Trump weren’t inspiring a surge in new citizens registering to vote.

And here’s how Trump wins.

President Obama’s campaign manager David Plouffe coined the term “bed wetters” to describe Democrats tendency to express their fears in messy ways. That map above would be an electoral tie if Trump wins one electoral vote in Maine, which he likely would if he won Pennsylvania and Ohio. There are reasons to be scared. Trump is scary. But only if we let him.

Democrats could lose if they don’t register voters and get them to polls. But there’s a much bigger danger facing this nation.

Two things consistently win elections: donations and volunteers. The best way to depress either is by killing enthusiasm with a narrative of false equivalence. This is exactly what the White House Correspondents Association indulged when it seemed to equally criticize Trump’s approaches to the press.

Yes, Clinton hasn’t done a press conference in a while. But Trump is actually banning and harassing press outlets. Not only that, he’s promising to abridge the First Amendment with stricter libel laws to target news organizations that present negative information about him.

Presenting these two approaches as equal offenses affirms the “lesser of two evils” narrative, when the truth is that Trump is the greatest potential evil we’ve faced on a presidential ballot in generations or, possibly, ever.

Trump is an historic threat to democracy. He lies to sow racial bigotry and he refuses to be held to the norms of our politics — such as releasing tax returns — designed to prevent fraudulent, lawless individuals from taking power.

This man a unique threat — and failing to make that clear is how this election could be lost.

 

Photo: Julian Raven, a supporter of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, holds his artwork at the Public Square in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 17, 2016.  REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

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  1. FireBaron July 18, 2016

    What still amazes me is how anyone can still accept Trump’s declarations of what he will do without a single explanation of how he hopes to accomplish it. Outside of asking for laws that abridge the 1st, 4th and 5th Amendments, he really has not said how he will tackle the outsourcing of US Jobs, such as he is very accomplished at; the reduction of immigrant flow, without which he will actually have to hire US Citizens for what they are worth, not what he is willing to pay; and he really won’t be able to “fire” Congressional leaders who disagree with him, because the “work” (well, they sort of get paid to sort of show up and sort of vote) by someone else, namely their constituents.
    So, all-in-all, his entire campaign is smoke-and-mirrors with little or no substance.

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    1. plc97477 July 18, 2016

      Unfortunately most of our country has no idea how our government works. I think educators used to teach this stuff but either they no longer do or our students have stopped listening.

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      1. AgLander July 18, 2016

        No…they still “teach” it. But it is taught in the form of progressive propaganda and revisionist history in order to fill the incomplete minds of students with useless mush of radicalism and anti-American rubbish that dominates “repressive-progressive” thought.

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        1. charleo1 July 18, 2016

          Anti-American rubbish, revisionist history. That’s very rich, coming from a group of anti-government nihilists, and know nothing political insurgents. That seem to no longer care for anything America was founded upon, or has traditionally stood in defense of since our beginning. Now, recently having being scared out of their wits into adopting the idea of giving up their Civl Rights for some obscure promise of “law, and order.” They are ready to eagerly to cast their lot with an obvious liar, and completely unfit, Fascist leaning demagogue. I’m with sane, and frankly horrified people everywhere on this, in wondering, when, and how many lives will be wasted on this buffoonery before it ends?

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          1. itsfun July 18, 2016

            Just what civil rights do you say we will lose when Trump wins. This administration has threatened anyone who disagrees with climate change with fines and jail time. What happened to free speech there? One thing America was founded on was freedom of religion. Now the administration says you can have freedom of religion if you put us above your freedom of religion and defy what your religion teaches. People came here for freedom, not to have this administration tell them what their children can eat for lunch.

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          2. dpaano July 18, 2016

            No, it was the Florida governor, I believe, who threatened everyone with fines and jail time for discussing climate change…..maybe you need to get your story straight or do your homework instead of just bloviating on things you have NO idea about! As for “free speech,” what about your buddy, Trump, saying he’s going to stomp on journalists if he’s elected and keep them from doing their job…..isn’t that part of the 1st Amendment?

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          3. AgLander July 18, 2016

            “The Intimidation Game” by long time respected journalist Kim Strassel……read the book and then come back and tell me where the organized political intimidation and suppressing of First Amendment Rights is coming from! The book is richly researched and lays out the facts. Progressives, dare you read it?

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          4. charleo1 July 18, 2016

            I think what dpaano pointed out is correct, and the exact opposite of what you wrote. As was on display in Florida, when a member of the States own DERM. (Department of Environmental Resources Management,) was suspended without pay, for mentioning the effects of global warming on rising ocean levels in a report. This is the blatant promotion of fossil fuel propaganda ideology over scientific fact. Something we might expect out of a third world country, run by a tin horn dictator. So why is it religion on the Republican Right?
            So you want to try that global warming/climate change thing again?
            You want polluters fined, and the most egregious to go to jail? Or you want to just blindly trust that corporations will forgo the larger profits, and do right by America’s natural resources without regulations that mean something? Yes, what you think about what has been the case in the past of corporations following voluntary guidelines, vs. the Obama more muscular mandatory compliance approach, and which of the two has been shown to be the more effective, matters a lot. It matters to our country, and mostly to the next generation.

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          5. AgLander July 18, 2016

            “The Intimidation Game” by Kim Strassel……read it, or have someone read it to you. Then come back and let’s talk.

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          6. charleo1 July 19, 2016

            They oughta write a book on the Right’s proclivity for transference. That’s where whatever the Right is doing, they blame it on the Left.
            High deficits? Well, it must be the tax and spend Democrats. But, just look at the record, and it says just the opposite. The Left, or so says the book, has promoted the unlimited, and dark monies flowing into our political system. Or the Obama Administration used the IRS to go after T-Party groups. Both patently, provable lies. For example: Was the Supreme Court a Conservative one, or a Liberal one, that found money to be the physical equivalent of speech? Or that a corporate entity was entitled to the same Constitutional Protections, and Rights, as a person? Handing big business a bull horn in the public square, to drown out the voice of the less funded grassroots organization, or the common person. But the Left we are led to believe in the book, in spite of the contrary evidence, is truncating free speech?

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          7. itsfun July 18, 2016

            Do a little research and you will find that Lynch has threatened people with fine and/or prison

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          8. charleo1 July 18, 2016

            balcony

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          9. itsfun July 19, 2016

            Charlie: She has done that.

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          10. charleo1 July 19, 2016

            Who has gone to prison that Lynch has threatened? Other than Don Blankenship, I’m not aware of any CEO going to jail lately. And the Massey Energy case was not prosecuted in Federal Court. So, in light of the total lack of credibility on the Right, due to their extensive propagandizing, and promoting one conspiracy, one hit job, on one Obama official after the next, without a shred of proof. I have to ask. Which corporation, and on what case her DOJ prosecuted were a specific individual, or entity been abused, or was threatened, or fined extra-Constitutionally by Lynch? These are not impoverished cos. or down on their luck individuals, if they’re on the AGs radar. They have wonderful lawyers that most of us could’t afford. You say, she has done that. I’m saying if it don’t make sense, it’s probably not true.

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          11. itsfun July 19, 2016

            I didn’t say anyone has gone to prison yet. I said she threatened prison and/or fines. This is the kind of imitation that shuts up critics.:

            http://dailysignal.com/2016/03/10/attorney-general-lynch-looking-into-prosecuting-climate-change-deniers/
            Justice Department

            Investigating Climate Skeptics. U.S. Attorney General Loretta
            Lynch acknowledged the Department of Justice (DOJ) has asked the
            Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to look into whether climate
            skeptics’ denial of the theory humans are causing dangerous climate
            change
            merits prosecution for fraud. Lynch’s admission of the DOJ’s
            investigation came in response to a question asked by Sen. Sheldon
            Whitehouse
            (D-RI) during Senate Judiciary Committee hearings that discussed DOJ’s
            operations on March 9. In 2015, Whitehouse, among other
            individuals and groups, called for the Obama administration to
            investigate companies in the oil and gas industry, trade organizations,
            nonprofits organizations, and scientists under the Racketeer Influenced
            and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), a law written and passed
            to combat the mafia and similar criminal gangs.

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          12. charleo1 July 19, 2016

            Well, one thing we know for sure, 98% of the science says, if they are lying and collaborating in saying CC is not significantly contributed to by man, they are harming the Nation, and should be investigated. If they have a reasonable case, they have nothing to worry about.

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          13. itsfun July 19, 2016

            I didn’t say one word about what was right or wrong, just said Lynch threatened people that disagreed could be put in prison or fined. Charging people with crimes just because you don’t agree with them goes against everything this country stands for. What has happened to free speech?

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          14. charleo1 July 19, 2016

            I think it was a Congress member, Whitehouse, that asked for an DOJ investigation AG Lynch turned over to the FBI… A thing we know Republican Congress people have never done, nor would never do.

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          15. itsfun July 19, 2016

            It was a congress member that asked her for the investigation. She is the AG and turned her responsibilities over to the FBI. When we have the AG threatening citizens with prison over what they believe and/or say, we have just tossed freedom of speech out the window.

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          16. charleo1 July 18, 2016

            When a man starts proposing religious tests and mass deportations and we have those so in thrall, alarm bells that should be ringing off the wall have fallen silent, I think we should all be very concerned about our Civil Rights. When we become willing to trade our freedom for security, for law, and order, it becomes then only a question of how much security must we have to feel safe. And for how many of our Rights is Trump going to demand we give up to obtain it?

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          17. itsfun July 18, 2016

            He has proposed deporting ILLEGAL immigrants. What kind of American citizen rights are you giving to law breakers? He has proposed a temp ban on Muslims until they can be properly vetted. Isn’t that suppose to happen according to our immigration laws. Who said anything about trading our freedom for anything?

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          18. charleo1 July 19, 2016

            You speak as if these people have no Rights. And that is wrong on so many levels, I must ask you what has become of your moral compass?
            Yes, they broke the law in a system that’s build on scofflaw. The employers that hired them broke the law. The sub-contractors that printed their bogus documents broke the law. But Trump says only the immigrants, who’s only real crime was being born poor, and searching for work where is was readily available, must pay the price. And worse, he’s proposing that America be the Country that doles out this injustice on an industrial scale. It’s disgusting to me to witness how many dim witted dolts aren’t capable of identifying an obvious con, an obviously unworkable, unaffordable, and immoral scheme when they hear it. And to think they support it because it sounds easy. And they decide they don’t care what happens to any of these people, because Trump says they are all common criminals, mostly rapists, and drug dealers anyway.
            Hardly even human. So, what was it that Hitler said in demonizing the Jew, the Homosexual, the Gypsies? It’s all the same ugly crap, coming from the same ugly dehumanizing place my friend. Just a different day, with a different scapegoat, with a different hate spewing Demagogue.

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          19. itsfun July 19, 2016

            They came here illegally, are criminals and have not earned any rights of American citizens. Trump did not say they are all rapists and drug dealers. He said that Mexico was not sending us their best. He said some were rapists and drug dealers. Have you ever heard to the Mexican drug cartels? You just made up him saying they were hardly even human. He never said that, another made up story by you. How many more Americans need to murdered by illegals for you to want to stop that. How many more drug addicts do you want in our society before you want to end drug cartels? You make up things Trump has said or tell half truths of what he said, then compare him to Hitler. That is the con job you are trying to pull.

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          20. charleo1 July 19, 2016

            Trump is an habitual liar. As current law says, they need not be citizens to have Rights. Again, what is wrong with you, that you’d allow yourself to be so misled? Trump doesn’t call them sub human, but he implies that’s it is fine to treat these people as chattel by proposing we create this oppressive police apparatus that seeks them, and their families out.

            Be it in their homes, their businesses, churches, or schools. And summarily lock them up, and without a hearing, because there is not now near the capacity in the system to hold a hearing for each of these millions of detainees. Then ship them back to countries where many of the younger immigrants do not even speak the language. But that’s not the extent of the Rights such a round would necessarily infringe. Not by a long shot.
            There would also be the stops on the street of persons of color, to check their papers. The necessary combing of bank accounts, and property records, employer’s records of workers with Hispanic/Latino, sir-names, rent logs, and school records would be checked, as well as hospital emergency rooms, and nursing home facilities would be other sources to be checked where illegal immigrants might be located.

            I could go on. But the hell of all this is, at it’s core, this is an adm. problem that is the responsibility of this Country, and Congress to fix. Yet, here we have these sanctimonious hypocrites, that can’t say enough sweet things about our American greatness, and our wonderful “exceptionalism.” Except in reality, we evidently can’t bring ourselves to take on the various big money corporate lobbies, or our drug abuse problem, and deal with the broken sieve of an immigration system.
            No, the great America, the World’s bastion of freedom, and respect for the inalienable Rights of all mankind, according to Trump, has to become “that country.” That abuses human rights, takes babies out their cribs in the middle of the night. Creates a giant police state, kicking down the random doors, looking for contraband that turns out to be nothing but otherwise hard working, overwhelmingly law abiding, Christian people, just trying as best as they know how to take care of their families. It’s sickening is what it is, to see fellow Americans make such immoral fools out of themselves, while claiming to be such devout religious people.
            And, we haven’t even started to calculate the costs of what the buffoon is selling. Those 100s of billions annually, I’ll leave for another discussion. This was only about the tremendous hypocrisy, and inherent immorality of Trump’s immigration proposals.

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          21. itsfun July 19, 2016

            Why are you making up so many stories? Illegal is illegal. That means they are breaking the law and you want to reward them for that. Immigrants have always been required to come through proper channels. Ever hear of Ellis Island? Like I asked how many more American citizens have to be murdered by illegals before you will want them stopped? Who ever said they wouldn’t get the hearing? I don’t care how they get shipped back. There are criminals, not innocent by standers. The first thing to do is stop them from illegally coming here. How many of our young people have died earning the rights you talk about giving to criminals?

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      2. Joan July 19, 2016

        They have not taught Civics for some time. Some of the basics are taught in History and Social Studies. Citizens knowledgeable about how our political system works would be hazardous to re- elections. It would make it much harder to deflect blame or to set up that straw man credibly.

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  2. I of John July 18, 2016

    We dare not turn our full attention from defeating Trump. No matter how cartoonish he may seem at times. Remember GW Bush? What harm could he do, we thought? Two sour wars and an economic collapse told us what.

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    1. charleo1 July 18, 2016

      What harm could he [Bush] do, we thought. And that’s exactly the point that seems lost on what we’ve seen is an ever more reckless, desperate as a stage four cancer patient, Republican Base Voter. Speaking of Ginsburg’s comments the other day. One Righty says to me. So he’s [Trump] a faker. Why is that all that bad? He asked incredulously. That we should elect a man that often lies, who’s entire campaign is based on lies to present a demagogic, and divisive message that many on the Right know for themselves by their own experience is not true? Not so much, if he can save a Country that’s on the brink of destruction? That seems to be the calculation. Caution to the winds, we’re going down here! Any port in a raging storm, Thus, the politics, and the power of fear.

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  3. TZToronto July 18, 2016

    @LOLGOP, please try to get your spelling correct. One thing that takes credibility away from discussions such as this one is poor spelling. In this case, due has been spelled do, and sow has been spelled sew. I suggest that you go back and make some corrections. Then the astute examination of Trump’s chances will carry a bit more weight.

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    1. dpaano July 18, 2016

      Just shows what kind of people are graduating from our colleges these days and the lack of basic spelling and grammar that has now taken over our country. It seems we’re just going backwards instead of moving forward!

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      1. Jim Samaras July 18, 2016

        Is it not the liberal policies that have created this very situation?

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        1. charleo1 July 18, 2016

          Oh yes it is! It’s not the Left that’s made a political battleground out of our public education institutions. It’s a tack the Right has used over and over these past few decades. Cause things or institutions they would like to make over, to fail. Then blame the Left, and government’s involvement for the failure. Even as they often sit in control of the very seats of the government they are accusing of incompetence. Don’t you think to time we stopped letting them get away with this hypocrisy? Obviously you’re fine with it.

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          1. Jim Samaras July 18, 2016

            If you’ve read my previous posts you’ll see I’m not happy with either side. Common core is one example, I believe, that has had a direct result in the dumbing down of America. Forcing schools to adapt to the remedial standards of the federal government or lose funding because the slower thinking students can’t keep up.

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          2. charleo1 July 18, 2016

            Well good, you’re not happy with either side, so you have the perfect license to be an equal opportunity bitch-er, but it doesn’t make you correct. And, after reading a few of your contributions here, I see it is usually in fact the left you reserve for your most hyper critical musings. Asserting as you just did, it has been Liberal policies that have created a retro effect in America. And I’m here to disagree with that. To say on education that kids all across the Country are unquestionably best served by having an overriding authority like the Federal Government setting minimum educational standards in core subjects. So the kid in a poorer Mississippi, has a somewhat equal chance when that kid grows up to compete with kids from a richer States. That such policies are in effect unifying, and making the Country stronger, and more productive. And that is a good thing. That to oppose such standards, are just part of the Right’s down the rat hole backward, anti-intellectual mindset that defies obvious logic. And this is done usually because it serves the narrow interests of a faction of their minority constituency, as opposed to benefiting the larger public good. Now to the extent the Right has been successful in their anti-intellectual/educational efforts, we can attribute a good part of the dumbing down effect over the years of a portion of the general public to that. Which is a far cry from falsely claiming that setting minimal educational standards has dumbed down America. In fact, if both political factions had the best interests of maintaining the highest standards in education at heart, minimum standards would not be necessary.

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        2. dpaano July 18, 2016

          No, actually it’s the states with Republican governors; i.e., Wisconsin, Louisiana, Texas, etc. who have taken money from education and put it other places. But, once again, the so-called “liberals” get blamed for this. Not exactly sure what you consider to be a “liberal” since I know many Republicans AND Democrats who are liberals.

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        3. Eleanore Whitaker July 18, 2016

          Check the GAO…the top states that get back more than the $1 they pay in federal taxes are ALL Republican states. There may be some Americans who fall for the idea that 65% of every US budget “coincidentally” ends up in Republican states when there is a Republican majority. I don’t.

          Right now, KS, IA, WVa, MI, TN, FL and Ok are closing hospitals and schools. Let’s hear your excuse for why states who get back MORE than the $1 they pay should EVER be in any kind of financial trouble. Out with it.

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        4. SecludedCompound August 4, 2016

          It is not, you blithering nitwit.

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      2. plc97477 July 19, 2016

        Guess which party is, as we speak, trying to cut spending on education again.

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  4. Eleanore Whitaker July 18, 2016

    Trump isn’t even the candidate du jour of the GOP and they know it. The GOP right now sliced itself down the middle the minute they allowed the Koch Tea Party to infiltrate their party.

    I was a Republican woman for 33 years. I left the party in 2004 when I realized I couldn’t vote for crooks, liars and the most deceptive men in the US today. These are your real enemies in this country.

    Look at what they managed to accomplish in the 8 Bush years. All manner of slashing, bashing and spending on corporations who don’t need our tax dollars. And we all sit by doing nothing.

    Do you all think that’s what your grandparents would have tolerated? Look backward at Teddy Roosevelt. HE wasn’t afraid of these Big Business partisans. Neither was FDR or Truman. These are men whose ONLY concern was the entire country, not a 1% corporate welfare class eroding all we work for and want for our children’s futures.

    Now, you have Road Warriors acting out with military style warfare and weapons and all because they want to show YOU who is boss.

    Get rid of the Republican Party if they cannot grow up and become a party and not an arm of corporate Big Business. If that’s all they care about, maybe it’s time to start parceling out these corporations. When anything gets too big, it becomes the 8,000 lb gorilla in the room.

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    1. plc97477 July 18, 2016

      When the Roosevelts and Truman were around we also had a real fourth estate. We no longer have real journalists.

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker July 18, 2016

        That’s very true. But back when Reagan was president he did what all Republicans all love to do…loosen common sense regulations in place to protect citizens of this country from biased brainwashing.

        The backroom Republicans who always operate covertly and do not allow ANY GOP president to make ALL his own decisions, gutted the 1949 Fairness Doctrine that required holders of broadcast licenses both to present controversial issues of public importance and do so in a manner that was—in the Commission’s view—honest, equitable, and balanced. The main agenda for the doctrine was to ensure that viewers were exposed to a diversity of viewpoints.

        Reagan’s FCC eliminated the Doctrine in 1987, and in August 2011 the FCC formally removed the language that implemented the Doctrine.

        Now, there is NO media that is fair, unbiased or regulated because it is owned by 6 billionaires who demand all media publications be according to their express opinions and desires.

        Smart Americans now learn to read between the lines with every bit of media claptrap that’s out there. They know that there is a strong desire by these billionaires to brainwash the public through coersive journalism.

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      2. neeceoooo July 18, 2016

        We all need to remember to get out and VOTE!!!

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      3. dpaano July 18, 2016

        That’s probably true since most of the newspapers, etc. are owned by conservatives. But, Trump has pissed even these people off by bashing journalists and threatening to cut them off once he’s in the White House. That’s not something you want to do as a serious candidate. He seems to think he’s so important that it won’t matter what journalists think…..that could be a downfall for him.

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    2. Buford2k11 July 18, 2016

      YES!! you got me up and giving you a standing ovation…

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      1. AgLander July 18, 2016

        Ellie doesn’t get men “up” too often, if ever, so you are an anomaly!

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        1. iamproteus July 18, 2016

          Idiot!

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  5. dpaano July 18, 2016

    I can’t help but HOPE that the American people are not that stupid!! This man has given NOTHING as to how (yes, how, not what) he plans on doing to get things done in the Oval Office. He has NO idea what running this country entails and he thinks he will be able to just go in and do anything he wants without understanding that he isn’t going to be the king of America and he has to answer to the Congress. And, if a lot of people vote Democratic on the down ballots, the Congress may be regained by the Democrats, which would put him in a seriously bad place. I can only hope that the GOP realizes that this individual is NOT the one they want to lead their party and may be thing about not voting for him. We can only have faith in the people of this country.

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  6. AgLander July 18, 2016

    What a clear contrast and obvious choice. Donald Trump, the strong law and order candidate versus Hillary Clinton, the candidate who just escaped facing law and order over her national security/email scandal. Voting for Crooked Hillary, a modern day version of O.J. Simpson, would require the suspension of disbelief in order to overlook her total lack of character and integrity. Is anyone really that stupid? This may be a Reagan over Mondale type landslide by the time we hit November and Trump/Pence have finished taking her apart. Hold on to your pants, Hillary, because they make take those too!

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    1. zorro037 July 18, 2016

      Did you read the piece on The New Yorker about Trump and the guy who really wrote The Art of Deal? It could be a good reading for many of those who think Trump is a “nice” guy. Read it that way you don’t have to say later: I didn’t knew it.

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker July 18, 2016

        AgLander doesn’t know how to read..He only learned how to use a computer keyboard while sitting on the toilet suffering from brain constipation.

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        1. AgLander July 18, 2016

          Hey, I’m a male which is more than enough to get you blowing spit bubbles through your poorly fitting dentures because, let’s face it Ellie, you are a man hater.

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    2. dpaano July 18, 2016

      Law and order candidate??? Are you kidding? This man has been indicted so many times for non-payment of bills owed to contractors, etc., frauds, etc. And to compare Hillary to O.J. Simpson is purely ridiculous! You’re talking about apples and broccoli!!! They don’t even compare. The only person lacking character and integrity is your candidate, but of course, no one will EVER be able to convince you otherwise because you don’t WANT to admit the truth.

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  7. itsfun July 18, 2016

    The writer forgot another reason Trump will win – HILLARY

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker July 18, 2016

      Trump isn’t even going to be in the race in about 2 weeks. Now..do you want to admit that or continue your compulsive/obsessive Hillary Hater BS?

      First of all, there is NO WAY Trump could EVER handle the mess in the Middle East. What the hell does a casino and hotel owner know about foreign policy other than how to hire the cheapest foreign employees he can get in those hotels and casinos.

      You forget that I live in the state that allowed Trump to build not one but 3 casinos in AC and now we are paying the price. He closed the casinos when he got those money laundering fines. Now he and his sons and daughters are under investigation for tax evasion.

      This is what a nut like you considers Presidential material? Let me clue you in…you are a tiny little rabble rousing minority. The world knows Trump is a liar, a cheat and a crook. The only ones who don’t are you. That’s the ONLY reason you are desperate to make Hillary look as corrupt as Trump.

      You won’t get your way this time like you did with Bush and Cheney. 8 years of their secrecy BS is enough for a lifetime. Get a brain. Will you?

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      1. itsfun July 18, 2016

        Hillary is a proven liar, who allowed classified documents to be hacked and kept on a unsecured server. How many people that her and Bill didn’t get along with have died in questionable manners. She deliberately allowed 4 Americans to be murdered in Benghazi because she wanted to be PC and not piss of any of the murderers. She lied to the victims families and you have gull to believe she is Presidential material. You need to get a brain!

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        1. Eleanore Whitaker July 18, 2016

          Here you go moron…some FACTS about YOUR lies about Hillary: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/28/hillary-clinton-honest-transparency-jill-abramson

          From FactCheck.org:

          Question: Did Hillary Clinton volunteer in 1975 to defend a rapist, who was found not guilty, and laugh about it in an interview in 1980?

          A: Clinton defended an accused rapist, but she did not volunteer. He pleaded guilty to a lesser offense. She laughed when recalling unusual aspects of the case.

          How did she lie? Come on. Now I am calling your liar bluff. Here’s more from FactCheck:

          At his July 5 press conference, FBI Director James Comey said a “very small number” of emails sent and received by Hillary Clinton over her private server “bore markings indicating the presence of classified information” — contradicting Clinton’s claims that she “never received nor sent any material that was marked classified.”

          But now we are learning more about those emails from Comey, who testified before the House Oversight Committee on July 7, and State Department spokesman John Kirby, who addressed these emails at press briefings on July 6 and 7:

          Comey said three emails had “portion markings” on them indicating that they were classified, but they were not properly marked and therefore could have been missed by Clinton. He said the emails were marked as classified with the letter “C” in the body of the email.

          Kirby said the State Department believes that at least two of the emails were mistakenly marked as confidential. He could not speak to the third email, saying ​the department didn’t have​ “all of the records and documents that the FBI used in their investigation.”

          Comey told the committee he is “highly confident” that FBI investigators consulted with the State Department about the marked emails. But he said he did not know that the department believes that any of them were marked in error.

          Now get your lazy, lying butt busy and read these in entirety. Because you make a fool of yourself when YOU can’t back up what YOU post. Hillary is a liar, Hillary is a Liar. Hillary is a liar. You know why you repeat that same BS over and over? Because your MANHOOD is at stake. Isn’t it? You know that if Hillary who is the ONLY woman who stands up to men like you and won’t back down can’t be scared off with your BS Mr. MAN smears and she is the only woman who won’t run for the hills which means, she opens a door to screwing up your manhood when other women follow her. Go find a job. A real job. Hillary bashing won’t get you freebies like welfare or unemployment.

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        2. dpaano July 18, 2016

          No, it’s not proven that she’s a bigger liar than Trump….as I’ve said before, several fact-checking groups show Trump as lying 59% of the time vs. Clinton’s lying only 12%. I’ve given you this info many times, but apparently, you don’t understand it or you don’t want to understand it!!!

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          1. plc97477 July 19, 2016

            Maybe you are using words of more than 3 letters. That could explain itsy’s problem with comprehension.

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      2. zorro037 July 18, 2016

        Mathematics of the casino: the house has 95% chance to win and casinos who Trump managed went broke. That’s like a shark loaner going broke.

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        1. Eleanore Whitaker July 18, 2016

          Everyone here in NJ knows he refused to pay his casino workers. Now they are all on strike. But it gets worse. He also refused to pay those business owners who supplied his casinos.

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          1. AgLander July 18, 2016

            “Everyone here in NJ knows……”
            For someone who claims to be a writer, you must have skipped class on the day they warned you about using such absolute terms. Also your statement does not qualify as a proof source, only a semi- hysterical claim, but then, real writers already know that.

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  8. zorro037 July 18, 2016

    Glad to read a well organized text about this guy named Trump. No doubt that he went to Wharton but his English is so poor that you or we have to remember the fourth grade English Teacher telling you that’s not right.

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker July 18, 2016

      Wharton boys are notorious for paying others to do their school work for them. These are the rich boys Daddy Warbucks tries to educate. The only education they EVER get from their Daddies is how to steal, cheat, lie and distort facts and truth they never want to hear or see.

      They’ve made poverty a new discrimination so they don’t have to admit their theft is why there are so many living just above today’s poverty line.

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      1. AgLander July 18, 2016

        Misandry Alert!

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        1. iamproteus July 18, 2016

          Your arguments are getting weaker and weaker, Aggie. Shows desperation setting in. This is kinda fun watching you and itsfun self destruct….just like your phony hero, Grump,eh..Dump, er, Frump, er,,,Drumpf…..dammit, what’s that name again?

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  9. Eleanore Whitaker July 18, 2016

    The only way to piss off ALL the “right” people is to hand Hillary a landslide. And from the looks of things, that’s exactly what the GOP nightmare is all about.

    Men in this country have gotten all too used to having way too much power. Now, they are fighting just like the men back in the days of Suffragettes to stop women from getting ahead. It’s not about Hillary. It’s about their MANhood. One woman becomes president and like the Suffragettes who fought for the right of women to vote, you now have millions of women voters. So you bet the Geezer Disease today is women following Hillary’s lead to the presidency.

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    1. AgLander July 18, 2016

      Eleanore the misandrist as her usual self. She must have had her heart broken too many times by her poor choices in men to explain such get-even type venom!

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    2. Oddworld July 18, 2016

      Eleanore, Hillary won’t be able to change the male vs. women power landscape any more than President Obama was able to change the racism landscape. We need more women in Congressional and Senate seats before that change can occur. If Hillary is elected POTUS she may be able to inspire more women to get involved and run for public office
      and then we will see those changes take place. One major thing she does have over Trump is her first hand experience
      in international affairs which is critical at
      this time. And also consider that Trump has made it his mission to court a very small, very radical group of Americans.
      He is managing to isolate and repulse many conservative and moderate Republican voters who view him much the same as you do. I would be surprised if he wins.

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      1. plc97477 July 19, 2016

        President Obama did bring the horror of racism to the front where it can be seen and hopefully fixed. I think there are a lot of people that noticed the racism who denied it before.

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        1. Oddworld July 19, 2016

          Yep! If you recall, President Obama had the Beer Summit, he caught a lot grief for that. He also spoke openly about healing the nation from it’s racist past and present while trying to unite all of us. Now to the big question, were people trying to deny racism is still going on or do they simply not care? And remember, racism isn’t the only bigotry and discrimination we are facing. For instance, gay marriage, gay rights, LGBTs, female equality and the list goes on. What galls me the most is that if it were a white, hederosexual male talking about these issues people would be more apt to pay attention. Get what I’m saying?

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  10. Sir Farty Fartsalot July 19, 2016

    Donald Trump is the type who would start a WW3 due to the fact that he insulted how a foreign leader’s wife looked. He’s a tit.

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  11. Sir Farty Fartsalot July 19, 2016

    Donald Trump is the type who would insult a foreign leader’s wife & start a WW3. He’s a tit.

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