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Putin’s Puppet, Moscow Mike Johnson, and their MAGA CULT are standing in the way of providing the necessary weapons that Ukraine has to have to defend itself against a DICtator! The refusal of House Republicans to support Ukraine has serious global implications.

Other NATO countries can and do provide funds to support Ukraine.

However ONLY the U.S. has enough of the required weapons Ukraine so desperately needs! Ukraine’s troops don’t have enough ammunition to fend off Putin’s Russian invasion!

Just like the people of Israel who are disgusted with Bibi Yahoo the Russian people are opposed to the invasion of Ukraine but they have no freedom to protest against it for fear of being incarcerated or killed! That’s what Trump wants here in America. Absolute control of everyone!

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

Abraham Lincoln

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“The mighty oak withstands all storms but dies from a rot that creeps within.”

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Christopher--That tree is known to fire fighters as a "widow maker."

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Long before I was a wildlfire fighter/controlled burner, I heard the phrase used by woodsmen in New England. It's of course a bit old-fashioned, as nowadays many wildfire folks are women. It's the dead standing snags you have to be careful around (we would saw them down before firing)— the rotten-hearted trees were a problem to put out, as the fire got up inside them. That what T is now, a fire burning inside, hard to put out.

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It's unlikely women and girls will vote for a system that tells them they have to bear a pregnancy under any circumstances, under some circumstances, or at all.

To name just one reason people will vote against Trump in the general election.

The fact that Republicans now have a roadmap (Project 2025) that makes a president free of all oversight, with the ability to do anything, will give most people PAUSE.

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There are two excellent reasons to vote against Trump and the rest of the Republicans the abortion issue is a big one along with the IVF business in AL. The second is the Project 2025 that the Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society cooked up to take away all of rights including changing the Constitution. The Democrats need to push this all over the place showing exactly what the Republicans want to do if they get the WH. But it needs to be front and center on billboards, and all over the internet.

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They’ve more than just a roadmap to make a present free of all oversight. They have a roadmap for installing a president who didn’t win the election.

Basic idea is Mike Johnson will refuse to swear in the number of Democrats who have one positions in the house due to supposed “irregularities“ in the voting in their states. Meaning, when it comes time to certify the electors, the House will still be in the hands the Republicans. They refuse to do so and the election will be thrown to the House which will, of course, decide Donald Trump is the one who wins.

Trump then immediately follows their 2025 roadmap that they’ve already publicized and issues executive orders, purging department of justice in the entire government and installing people who have sworn loyalty to him.

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I wish I understood why this isn't in the news more

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Isn’t that insurrection?

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Enough pause to vote against him?

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We need a crown fire of voters to wipe the mother from the planet

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Maura--I've seen them firsthand.

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Melania is waiting for the chainsaw

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Steve--I have an electric one she can use, much quieter.

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Awesome 😎

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The mighty cedar -- Marcus Aurelius..

Not a good time to be a stoic.

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Thanks! I knew I’d heard the quote somewhere but couldn’t remember the exact wording or author.

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I am watching the same events taking place in Israel Never did I expect the equivalent of a soft Civil War there.

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The Poisoned Well . . .

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Feb 26Liked by Robert Reich

Keith, that quote from Lincoln sums up exactly what we are facing today! Those that are blindly following that narcissistic, bloviating buffoon are trying to destroy what has been carefully built for 200 years. The majority of Americans can see that and will not allow that man anywhere near the White House. When President Biden begins his second term, I sincerely hope we will have placed Democrats in Congress that will help him get the aid for Ukraine. If putin is allowed to take Ukraine, it will not stop there and we all know it. Vote Blue, America!!

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The people who live in the South are suffering from a condition derived from an over exposure of too much sun. To admit that they would support Trump even if the fool was convicted of a crime should be considered a criminal act in itself. Throw the entire bunch in the gray bar motel.

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Feb 26Liked by Robert Reich

I'm from the South, Donald, but I make sure to use plenty of sunscreen so that the MAGA idiots can't penetrate!! It is extremely sad that my part of the country looks as though it drowned in the Kool Aid, but I also know there are a lot of us that haven't fallen for that little orange man's lies and treasonous acts. I tell my neighbors and friends to vote Blue in November!!

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Donald Hodgins

Donald’s Substack

just now

The fascist gesture given by Trump signals his weakening power while over 20% of the current Republican party wouldn't vote for him again even if he gets the Republican nomination. The man continues to lose supporter by the truck loads. Donnie Boy lost the last election by almost 8 million votes and that margin has done nothing but widen. To save embarrassment of yet another loss maybe Donnie Boy should fold his tent like the Arabs and silently sink in the desert sand. Wouldn't that be a treat.

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Donald: Here is what worries me.

There are 226 electoral votes in blue and blue leaning states

235 electoral votes in red and red leaning states.

270 votes to win.

There are only five swing states this season. GA and NC were in 2020 but not in 2024, because of the voter suppression and voter nullificagtion laws passed in those states, and in fact an many states.

The consequence is that there are only five swing states.

Arizona with 11 votes

Michigan with 15 votes

Nevada with 6 votes

Pennsylvania with 19 votes

Wisconsin with 10 votes

For a total of 61 votes

Biden needs 44 votes

Trump needs 25 votes.

If Biden loses Michigan he can still win

If Bien loses Pensylvania , but keeps Michigan he loses to Trump

Here is the problem. If Trump wins, then it is over for the Muslims in America, I've heard the representatives of Wayne Co, MI say, they need to teach the Dems a lesson, and there is always 2028.

They live in an alternate reality, because Trump has already said what he is going to do, and I believe him, everyone should. He is going to round up and deport Muslims, and the U.S.. of Awill become a dictatorship and there will be no 2028, unless it is a copy of Putin's Russia.

If Michigan goes to Trump it will in fact because the Muslims of Michigan have elected him,by default, and they will reap the reward for their obstinancy and short sightedness,not to mention the opprobrium of non MAGA America.

They don't want to be blamed if Trump wins, they want the blame to fall on Biden and the Democrats for standing by Israel, but reality is that it is the Muslims obstinancy and religious loyalty (yes it is a religious war,something that everyoneis in fact ignoring)

Pennsylvania is threat to Democracy as we know it.

There is Pittsburgh in the West, Philadelphia in the East and Kentucky in between hence the apt Pennsyltucky.

Philadlelphia is majority minotrity, and the largest majority in Phillie are blacks,46% of the population.

I have heard blacks mention that young black males are going to show their displeasure with the inability of Democrats to give them everything that they want, ignoring that there are racist Republicans standing in the way, but voting third prty (Cornelll West) or not voting, some idiots said that they will vote for Trump.

There is something amiss in the American mentality. people seem to think, that this election is just another normal election, and that mistakes made can be rectified in 2028..

Very few people, especially in the media, which seems to be populated with cowards, if not journalists then editors, take Trump seriously, they normalize him, and chalk all of hiis threats and blatherings up to politics.

I am with Maya D;Angelou, Trump showed me who he was when he came down the golden escalator, and I believed him, and I believe him when he says he will deport Muslims and non citizens and even 1st generation Americans. And he can he appointed 1,500 federal judges and basically has SCOTUS as his chain dog.

If Trump gets elected the Muslim community deserves its fate, it earned it, as did the angry, recalcitrant blacks.

Myself I live close enough to Canada to hope they accept me as a political refugee, because I am one of those people whom the Christofascists want to get rid of.

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Sorry but it's the straight facts in play today. All of us who can have to vote big time blue as though our lives depend upon it.

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Argh, Lee. I hope you’re wrong. Please, please be wrong.

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Lee--It isn't that farfetched to imagine the states breaking up and realigning themselves according to their wants and needs. At that point the idea of states would give way to individual little countries, each catering to their own and governed by the same. Then all hell would break loose.

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If Trump developed a similar condition to what affected Mitch McConnell's ability to speak, the election process in this country would be eased satanically. When was the last time that Trump stated anything that made any sense? Maybe his balls did travel 9 times as far, it would explain a lot.

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Pray tell - on what basis do you conclude that Donald Trump "continues to lose support"? It appears to me that every time he gets a legal setback he picks up political support. It's as though his base grows because of the obvious political persecution, i.e., the "lawfare" being perpetrated by Democrat prosecutors and judges at the state and federal levels.

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The former is a criminal. His criminal history is plainly clear and it began long before he occupied the White House. The wheels of justice are turning and he will go down. Is there anything that he could do that would convince you that he is unfit for office?

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Paul--After listening to that fool ramble on incessantly about nothing, what group would stay with a loser like that. Trump has done nothing but lose support. Trump's base isn't growing it's shrinking. Not all Republicans are stupid.

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The false image of political persecution was simply fostered by the slowness of the judiciary. Your "lawfare being perpetrated by Democrat(ic) prosecutors and judges" is the product of a compendium of multiple personalities and persuasion that numbers in the several hundreds from many directions and venues. The large number of people involved in this process speaks to the diversity of opinions and veracity that stems from differing vantages. This is not a dictator going after a political rival, but rather a democratic process that is cumbersome and imperfect, seeking to deal with a destructive force on the verge of getting out of hand.

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Feb 26·edited Feb 26

Peggy : It seems that the South is still fighting the Civil War. The 14th Amendment Section 3 should be invoked to clean both houses! and while we are at it ; The Supreme court, and other federal courts with traitors sitting on those benches, should be cleaned, too! Spring Cleaning!

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I know!! Boy, talk about sore losers!!

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Peggy ; They are not sore enough! Kick their sorry asses out!

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Identity and ego Peggy. Much of the white south, identifies with the confederacy, in part because family myths portray ancestors and distant relatives as "victims of a lost cause".

There ego's can not suffer loss, thus they are hell bound to win the war, they consider the civil war , which they call the War of Northern Aggression, merely a battle in the war

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Yes yes yes, Laurie! You tell ‘em!

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Paula B : The truth will set US free!

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Yes, vote Blue. But do plenty of research first. We don't want another Tricia Cotham betraying the NC Democratic Party by switching to GOP after the election. Research thoroughly.

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It is not betrayal, but the latest Republican tactic Cyrano.

Realizing they can't get elected as a Republican in their district, they run as a Democrat, then switch sides.

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Absolutely, Cyrano! Ask the questions that matter and if the answers don't measure up, find a different Democrat to support. We definitely do not want anyone in those positions that will hamstring our agenda that will help American people.

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Cyrano and Peggy, but what about in a general election? If given the choice between a D and an R, isn’t a vote for the R, or even not voting (which in many cases is in effect a vote for the R) the worst and most dangerous choice?

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Hi Peggy,

I have often thought about people like you. I wish you the strength, determination and courage that will be required to maybe help bring around the lost souls enthralled by Trumps hate. It’s inexplicable, but here we are. Thank you 🙏

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Thank you, Brian!! All of us determined to keep our Democracy and defend it against wannabe dictators need strength. We have determination and will continue to press on. I spoke about courage earlier and I will say again. We do not need to be afraid of the little orange man. Courage is continuing to speak truth and encourage others to do the same. The truth never hurt anyone, but lies on top of lies can and will bring down a great country. We must never let that happen!! Vote Blue, America!!!

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Well said! I’m with you, Peggy! Also, a born Southerner now living in the West. Louisiana’s (my home state) elected representatives are an embarrassment to me and indeed to the world. Perhaps the women of this nation need to rise up, followed by the men, and purge the rotten T trees before the wildfire spreads any further.

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To that I say:

🙏❤️💪🏼✌🏾🌅

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We need u Peggy just where you are.

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Thanks, Ann! I have no plans to go anywhere except the polls in November!!!

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Thank you, Peggy! But look, we are all “Peggys” – we just need to rise up and use our voices and our votes.

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Brave you are Peggy. Telling your neighbors to vote blue, and you are still walking around.

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Why thank you, Lee!! I don't think bravery has much to do with it though. I have republican neighbors and friends and we can still discuss politics without it becoming a heated argument or fist a cuffs!! I proudly tell people I am a Democrat and I will vote for President Biden because he has proven in his first four years that he will definitely work for the American people. Vote Blue, America!!

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I think it is great what you are doing, but to be honest, I don't think you live in MAGA territory, cause you are still breathing and not in hospital.

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Peggy--Naturally I was referring to only those who voted for the loser in question.

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I know, Donald! Thanks anyway for the clarification!!

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Thanks Peggy..

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Peggy - Do you really go around telling your neighbors and friends how to vote? You must annoy a lot of people and, anyway, does so doing really do any good? I enjoy politics and my wife and I are political news junkies and will discuss politics with anyone expressing an interest in so doing. I do not recall ever changing anyone's mind about politics, such that I have concluded it is a waste of time talking about politics with people.

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I go around telling people Trump is absurd- it’s not about being popular - it’s about doing the right thing and stopping a psychopathic liar from destroying a great country - hers the one thing that stops their speak for Trump - I say name just one thing Trump did for the poor, elderly or homeless? These people then walk away quietly.

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Feb 26·edited Feb 26

Still trolling, huh Paul?

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Good one, Laurie!! I just laugh and scroll past his ignorance!!

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Pet--I recently found an orange in my vegetable compartment that had been forgotten for what appears to be a lengthy period of time. Its appearance was the right color, but the fruit had lost its fragrance as well as its freshness. The outer skin had become withered and scaly. Although free from any signs of mold the fruit was basically pathetic in nature and there was absolutely no desire by anyone here to consume it or vote for him in the Fall.

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Hahahahahaha!! That was fantastic!!!

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Peggy--I'm glad to give your Monday morning a little boost.

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You’re really on a roll, Donald!

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You always give my morning a boost, Donald. Love your humor!!

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Not just the South. Maggats are everywhere, literally millions infesting CA, among other places. And a majority doesn't matter with the slave-state-appeasing Electoral College and a USSC controlled by religious fanatics.

2024 had better be a landslide. The ghosts of 2016 are still out there. The USA was stupid, racist and venal enough to put Reagan and Bush 2 in twice, and Rump once- with our MSM cheering a 'horse race' and spreading Kremlin maskirovka...etc

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Succinct and to the point. Correct on all accounts.

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Don--I think I agree with that.

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John--What sane person would ever vote to have a criminal who wanted to destroy our democracy. It was just a humorous attempt to find an explanation for their stupidity.

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Southerners aren’t the only MAGA idiots. I vehemently protest, Sir.

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John--It is evident you don't fall into the abbess that has swallowed so many in the recent past. My point is how do you explain MTG and the others who fell into our political system where they surely don't belong. My statement wasn't all inclusive.

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Ahem. You do mean the abyss, don’t you, Donald.

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Paula--I believe I do.

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John--I never said they were. Minds Against Greater Awareness are everywhere.

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I’ve been saying the same for years!

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I wouldn't say they are trying to destroy 200 years of democracy. They don't realize they're doing it.

You can't change people's minds by giving facts. They don't believe them and don't care. They have been told so many lies, so many times that 91 charges against Trump are bogus...and seeing the majority of the Republican party still supporting him is reason enough for them to believe the charges are a fabricated witch hunt.

Reading Professor Reich's comments about how much trouble Trump is in doesn't quell my uneasiness in whether we can retain Biden.

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Dave, I understand your uneasiness. Please believe me when I say Professor Reich's comments are spot on. Trump is bleeding supporters because they are waking up to his grifting and lies. I have read many interviews with previous trump supporters who said they would never vote for him again!! The younger voters do not want a dictatorship or authoritarian regime and do not like the ugliness the republican party is showing right now. We simply need to encourage voters to go to the polls in November. Vote Blue, America!!

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Peggy, thanks for the comment. The reason I said what I did, is because I am still talking to people I KNOW who think this country NEEDS Trump. They ALL feel that Biden is way too old and will probably die while in office. I've tried to explain that Trump is only a few short years behind Biden in age, and he's showing lots of examples of slurring speech, forgetting, etc., but, for some reason, it doesn't seem to change their mind. I THINK it may be because they see Trump as much more charismatic person and speaker, while Biden not only looks much older, but doesn't have that charisma to engage people. It's a crying shame because if you put the two of them together and give them an oral test on current events, anything related to our Constitution, history, etc., Biden would so outshine Trump that I believe THAT would change people's minds. BUT, an oral test would almost have to be set like a Jeopardy game where people can see right away that Trump doesn't have a clue.

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Dave, that would definitely be an interesting test! It would certainly open a lot of peoples' eyes to the fact that President Biden knows, understands, and can interpret issues affecting all of us. He is totally aware. I take comfort in knowing that while trump is out there spewing word salads, my President is doing the work the American people put him in office to do. He's not old, he's bold!!

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Peggy! I couldn't have said that any better!! :-)

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I don’t think Biden looks older. At least he combs his hair.

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You need to find smarter friends!

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:-) LLOL (My term, for taking LOL to the next level, which is Literally Laughing Out Loud!)

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For the life of me, can’t help think having America choose between T and B is the very definition of insanity.

Need a Plan C.

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Peggy, I wonder if some of “his” voters are reacting as much to his escalating cognitive decline as to disgust at his criminal behaviors. (And I hope many are reacting to the Dobbs decision!) If he gets more chances to go off script and demonstrate his word salad, he will continue to lose voters.

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Agreed, Marge!

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@ Dave Schwartz. Try Trump hates dogs.

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Anyone who hates dogs will NEVER get my vote!!!

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Talking of dogs. The News is that Major bit a secret service agent 24 times, or bit 24 secret service agents.

What I know about dogs is that they have a 6th sense, they can sense the aura around a person.

There is no doubt that Major sensed that the secret service agents were no good Trump Humpers, I don't think Major has bit others, just the secret service agents.

And LEO, including SSA, are by disposition conservative, even to right wing extremist.

Major was warning Joe that his safety depends on people who wish him ill, and are loyal to Trump.

Biden should have replaced the entire secret service staff., not rehomed Major who was guilty of protecting his friend.

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Lee - finally! a voice of perceptive reason. too much of the secret service is rotten and should be replaced, maybe marshalls service? also, Major deserves at least a gold shoe to chew on.

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“Waking up to his grifting and lies.”

How long does it TAKE to wake up? How many years has this guy been force-fed to us? Why have people in this country put up with ANY of it?

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Some prefer to drink the Kool Aid. The rest of us are just plain sick of being "force-fed" trump 24/7!

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Dave in a nutshell it's called Dunning Kruger Effect

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The following is a quote from my Dad, Vernon Leroy LaVerdure, who had a Master’s degree in history from Boston University paid for by the GI Bill :

“Arguments wouldn’t last long if the truth were only on one side.”

I’ve been disturbed by the incredulity of many avid liberal thinkers as to why so many voters are supporters of what they label as “extremism and divisive politics” without understanding what drives these citizens into the arms of populist politicians. Ever since the 1980s when “Trickle Down” economics was introduced, and ‘government’ was identified as “the problem” the income and wealth gap in America has been accelerating.

Guess who they left behind?

This was not a quirk or failure of the policy but the desired outcome of the

uber-rich conservative individuals and corporations who set out to enrich the supply-side of the economy at the expense of the workers who were losing their grip on the American dream. Good paying union jobs went overseas where corporations no longer had to deal with the health, safety and labor laws in the USA. Family farms were bought out by corporations and many small-town economies failed as mom & pop stores succumbed to the big box store advantage to sell cheaper. Monopolies rule most commerce now and can set prices without any serious competition and pay less taxes than ever before.

Educational opportunities nationwide and especially in poor rural communities have been unable to keep pace with the demands of the information economy and graduates leave for the cities or the military where jobs and training have been available.

Then with the Supreme Court’s disastrous decision in the Citizens

United case money flooded into the political arena wiping out the concept of 1 citizen 1 vote. Money was free speech and the disenfranchised became second class citizens with only a whisper of political speech available to them.

They still have Social Security and Medicare but if you were working for the federal minimum wage your Social Security doesn’t amount to much after inflation.

If you went to college and had a good salary you are in a privileged class that is nevertheless shrinking and if Social Security is curtailed many more Americans will fall into poverty.

According to the Pew Research Center…” the rise in economic inequality in the U.S. is tied to … technological change, globalization, the decline of unions and the eroding value of the minimum wage.”

Household incomes have not kept pace with inflation. Under-funded public education has been unable to provide the skills needed to participate in the information economy to struggling rural communities where good paying union jobs have been globalized leaving many rural communities mom & pop stores unable to compete with big box outlets like Walmart where, since 2009, the $7.25 federal minimum wage is the starting pay rate except in states with a higher minimum wage.

The living wage in the US in 2022 was $25 per hour. The discrepancy between the federal minimum wage and the living wage is almost $18 per hour. Minimum wage values require legislative action and don’t keep pace with inflation.

If you were invisible to your government like these people have been you would be angry 😡 and anyone who sees that anger and honors it would be “your vindication “! Biden is trying to reach the underserved with his IRA and the build back better infrastructure bill. Most MAGA supporters are hoping for resurrection.

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And a National voting rights and restoration of women's rights

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Starting last month, I've been dividing my Social Security payments into direct donations to various Democrat candidates. I do my research at Ballotpedia and Open Secrets. Some candidates already have plenty of money and don't need mine. Others have solid platforms but are silent on reproductive freedom, which is a distinct warning to me. I don't want to inadvertently back another Tricia Cotham of North Carolina who switched from Democrat to Republican after the state elections, thereby giving the NC GOP a veto-proof majority.

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So true, Cyrano! We must do our research and we must talk to one another about the things we learn about our candidates. It can be so easy to support a candidate that runs on those issues you want addressed only to find they lied. Don't be duped!! I haven't checked out Open Secrets but I will today.

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I have donated sparingly to a number of election appeals, but I am getting more cynical about doing so. This goes along with my growing mistrust of our electoral system. As Cyrano pointed out, the major candidates have plenty of money. But it may never be known where exactly this money goes or how much of it is actually going into any candidates' war chest. Or for that matter, into the begging organizers pockets to cover 'expenses'. Or are these 'pity me' pleas merely efforts to keep their candidate's names in our faces?

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I've donated to candidates then get a receipt from Vote Blue, making me wonder if the donation is going to the candidate of my choice or into a Vote Blue fund, and then disbursed where they see fit.

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How about the millions who are blindly endorsing genocide in the Middle East?

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You mean the genocide of Jews by Muslims.The entire Muslim world is dedicated to the obliteration of Jews. It says so in their holy text. The chant free Palestine from the river to the sea is a call to genocide.

Muslims have 57 countries from Africa, the Levant, Arabia to Indonesia and Pacific Islands and the Jews, only one tiny sliver of desert, but for Islam that is too much, they have to finish the job that Muhammad started in Medina, when he has 600 Jews of the tribe Banu Quaryza beheaded, six at time in the market place

HAMAS is trying, from their 1988 charter which has not be repudiated,

Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it" (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory).

"The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews." (related by al-Bukhari and Moslem).

6 months after the UN recognized Israel, the surrounding Arabs tried to genocide the Jews, they attacked it and lost, they kept coming back again and again, each time time they lost, each time they lost more land.

Doing the same thing again and again, expecting different results is insanity, then again Islam is insane, or it drives people to insanity .

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Like Netanyahu and all his right winger 'settlers'!?

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Netanyahu is to Israel as is Trump to America, brothers from another mother

The settlers are to Israel as the MAGATs to America.

As horrendous as these thieving murders are, there is no genocide in their actions, and in fact the idea that a handful of Jews is going to or trying to Genocide Muslims is ridiculous.

There is a fact about the present conflict in the Levant that is not even addressed, it is a religious war and has been a religous war since 1948,

It is Islam vs Judaism, and the war goes back to the foundations of Islam, when Muhammad, had 600 Jews, of the entire tribe of Banu Quarayza beheaded in the market of Medina.

And it continues with the sacred text of the haddith of al Bukhari, which is quoted in para 7, article 7 of the 1988 HAMAS covenenant

"The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews." (related by al-Bukhari and Moslem).

How about a more blatant call to genocide of the Jews, from the preamble of the HAMAS covenant

Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it" (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory).

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HEY! I know some perfectly LOVELY "buffoons" and I will NOT sit here and let you ASSASSINATE their character like that!

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Important to note that the failure to provide funds for Ukraine hurts the US military by denying funds to modernize. Weaponry that would go to Ukraine is older US military hardware. The spending of billions of $$ would go toward the production of new hardware for the US, with the added benefit of supporting US military contractors/businesses boosting the economy at home.

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There is an article on this. Out of the aide package, 60% of what the USA gives as aide, will come back from orders for arms. Europe is ordering more munitions from us. A big boost to our economy. Is media reporting this? No

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The War Street Journal reported on this a few days ago. A glowing assessment of prosperous arms manufacturers at the expense of Ukraine's people.. Sick!

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That’s just a great guiding principle. Let’s fight unnecessary wars so that we can continue to fund better weapons.

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Yes, understand, I don’t like war, violence, and indiscriminate killing but unfortunately the bullies of the world would take full advantage of any lack of defensive strength. We are a violent species. History is testament to that.

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It's not that we're violent by nature. We're just stuck in the fourth paradigm. War is a reality in our evolution, and we will continue to evolve toward tendencies that are more peaceful—the fifth paradigm; however, the fourth is very tenacious. It's the same place where we build large institutions, which are designed to prevail, ad infinitum.

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Dogma; defending Democracy is necessary.

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What democracy are we defending, exactly? What kind of democracy is it if our options on the November ballot allow us to choose between fascism and genocide? Is that a real choice?

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Sez the Putin troll.

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I so admire articulate responses such as this.

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I merely followed your example.

How is this for articulation?

Bugger off fool.

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It would be so emotionally gratifying to respond in kind, but personal and ad hominem attacks are ultimately masturbatory, do not impress (well, they do impress those not worth the trouble, I will concede that), and ultimately fail to persuade minds. Persuasion: isn’t that the point of forums like these? I’m reporting you.

https://bigthink.com/personal-growth/how-to-disagree-well-7-of-the-best-and-worst-ways-to-argue/

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unreceivedogma ; What is your remedy? You should be addressing Netanyahu about the genocide. This is an attempt to hurt President Biden, and if you are not a Russian bot, you have been duped by one. If you think what is currently happening is bad; What we will get with the orange fascist will be much worse! Troll!

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I don't like unnecessary wars either. The one in Ukraine is necessary, however, and I support it. The pitch to show us how our aid is good for our economy is actually an attempt to answer the knee-jerk naysayers who think we're spending money foolishly or too generously. We should have been giving Ukraine our old GOOD stuff, earlier. They need weapons that reach farther into the woods, so they don't have to fight at close range.

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Victoria Nuland, under Hilary Clinton in Obama’s state dept., started the Ukraine war by promoting and aiding an insurrection, not dissimilar to Jan 6. It was called the “Maidan Revolution”. Revolution when we support them. Insurrections when we oppose them.

If Obama and Biden respected “What Gorbachev Heard” (it’s A Thing) from Jim Baker, there would be no Ukraine War. Don’t expect to hear that from the neoliberal camp in The War Party, otherwise known as the Democratic Party.

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Good to see someone with a knowledge of history. I lost my place but one comment lamented the fact that there was no reporting about the economic benefits of our military aid to Ukraine. Knowing about Nuland and 2014 and what led up to that informs us that our way more imperialistic government than Russia's is demented.

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Joe, There are some traitorous idiots, and hide bound Marxists, that see the deconstruction of the military as a good thing. These people will criticize America as Imperialist, yet are silent or acquiescent as regards Russian (Putin) imperialism. And of course the treasonous MAGAts like Carlson, Trump and his cult.

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Right on Joe I see you have been paying attention.

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Israelis definitely have the right to protest; Netanyahu gained his position by properly playing the Parliamentary system--he will not survive the next election without an incredible change in the situation.

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Not in the US alone, The Netherlands PVV party is evenly pro Trump and Putin, although for coalition purposes Geert Wilders has now put his pro Ukraine aid cards on the table, and has already given in to so much of his party position, that his credibility is at stake. The majority of the Dutch support Ukraine, with a ten year defense support agreement about to be finalized.

I trust that a majority of the American people are also willing to support Ukraine, so I guess that at the end Trump will be the LOSER again. To be continued

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Unfortunately, many Americans rather deal with the Mexico boarder than Communism. Putin's goal is to restore Russia as it was after WWll..Putin has forgotten his history. It wasn't Russia's land...if we become complacent in our commitment to Ukraine, Lutin wins again and will be ready to attack another country. Wake up America and smell the coffee

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Putin is Stalin's heir, and he came to power as a Major or Lt Colonel in the KGB, after the deconstruction of the USSR. Communism is an ideology, to mask totalitarian rule.

Stalin used communism as a tool to achieve and maintain power, Putin is doing the same under the auspices of Democracy.

The west is under the fatal illusion that simply having elections and votes is the stamp of democracy.

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Please remember that communism is just a design for placing groups of people into situations that will (re)form communities. The community has existed since tribal times (2nd paradigm), but the last two centuries have devastated millions of naturally formed communities, primarily because of the industrial revolution combined with the New Kind of War. Karl Marx was simply just trying to come to terms with this incredible change in our world culture, as he saw it in his lifetime. Communism was presented as a primarily economic issue but it seemed weak in the area of governance. So it merged with totalitarianism, since that was the flavor of the day in central and eastern Europe, at the time. All over the continent the royal families were losing power in various ways and for a long list of reasons, and Europeans had to experiment to replace the rule of the monarchies. Democracy sprang up in Scandinavia and France, and it evolved in Great Britain over a longer period of time. In Eastern and parts of Southern Europe there was the tendency to prefer some familiar form of top-down government, and the result was totalitarian dictatorship. We have continued to merge communism with dictatorship, and we have not adequately examined pure communism, which actually could also be democratic, if conditions allowed it to be. In fact, communism could be very democratic, because it's structured in an egalitarian form, when despotism stands aside. Nobody that I know of has seen this potential since the early 20th Century, mostly on the streets of Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. Remember, anarchy is SELF-control.

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Janem7234: The Majority of Americans have been awake, and have voted against those who support Putin, and his 'plant' : Mr tRump.

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And vote the MAGA crowd out of Government

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If that doesn't work , invoke the 14th amendment Section 3 ; tell your representatives!

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Lauire: Never mentioned except in outlying corners of the web is that Trump's porn model wife is the daughter of a Communist apparatchik

Her parents are US Citizens and traveled frequently on AF1 and Marine 1.

I checked wikipedia and her article has been cleaned, as has all articles on Right Wingers, especially Reagan and Nixon.

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Very true

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Not mutually exclusive.

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Agreed and have said so many times.

Capitalism thrives better in a Communist society (China for example) where it is protected by the state, than in a real democracy where there is no state protection, then again money in politics and regulatory capture

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Why would Trump change now? He’s always been a loser!

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Remember. The billions for weapons to fight Putin in Ukraine are spent in the USA and employ Americans. I’m not proud of our military industrial complex, but it should compete with Europes. Imagine if the European leaders echoed Trump and said that if the USA doesn’t pay its share they will not support us.

The Republicans and Trump are costing our economy and destroying our alliances that keep us safe. It isn’t just about Ukraine.

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So well said DK. You better believe our allies are watching, like a hawk, what the House is doing to our country. They are as anxious as we are!

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watch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T44PY7bcyZ4

Both of my Missouri senators Josh Hawley and newly elected Eric Schmitt voted against aid for Ukraine. What do you call people who give aid and comfort to our ememies?

I have seen 2 polls that say Americans are weakening in their support for Ukraine over the last few months, down to about an even split.

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Yes we need to replace hawley with Lucas Kunce in the Senate in 2024.

https://lucaskunce.com/ if you want to support.

Even 3 bucks makes a difference. It all helps.

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How can one man be so stupid and have enough power to put a hold on our military men and women getting their due ???

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I think the plan from the Trump group (Johnson) is to not vote or secure the border so that USA is not thinking about Ukraine anymore and gives advantage to Putin - purely pro Russian that Trump and his minions - WTF are we doing here people … letting this bastard Trump thats not even in office control our tax money ? If Trump tells Mikey to invite Putin to Capitol Hill to speak will everyone go along with it??? I can’t even write to my congressperson because she’s a gerrymandered placement TrumpTard supporter … I live in a 3million population county … things are scary … vote 💙speak up, put out yard signs

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Do not trust the polls! Most are owned by the far 'right', who also own the media!

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I take it you think that voting against aid for Ukraine at this juncture is traitorous to this country. If so, why do you think that? I have listened carefully to both sides of the debate on Ukraine. For example, Tucker Carlson is skeptical of further aid. I give the weight of all the arguments to the side that says we should force Ukraine to negotiate a settlement with Russia rather than continuing to encourage them to keep fighting what appears to be a hopeless war against a far superior foe. If you have not listened to Tucker Carlson's interview with Vladimir Putin, I recommend you do so. I did and came away concluding that Putin will never give up and if Ukraine goes on fighting they will just lose more and more territory. It's important to know wheb to hold 'em and when to fold 'em. So, back to you point on what a traitor is -- I don't think it's traitorous to want a negotiated settlement in Ukraine, which we could have had two years ago, but was nixed by our president and his State Department.

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Tucker Carlson should retire. To think that a conservative Republican personality would sit down and throw soft ball questions at Putin and let him wax on about the evils of our country is akin to Edward R. Murrow having a chit chat with Hitler after Hitler invaded Poland. Never happened. The media had backbones back then. Before we get to your “”negotiated settlement” let’s give Ukraine the means to stand their ground and perhaps push back a little more.

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Did you watch the interview? If you have not, I recommend it, if only to hear the other side of the story from its source. On what to do now regarding aid to Ukraine, I think it's too little and too late to do any good. All that we will accomplish by providing more military aid is to have more Ukrainians killed and their country further hollowed out. For whatever reason, over the past two years, the Biden Administration slow walked the aid -- and, I would like to know why, but we will never know. This situation is a travesty and the US giving more aid will just draw the misery out for the Ukrainian people. This is just my opinion, of course. But, I don't like it when people who hold my opinion on this matter are called "traitors" by people on this thread. President Biden has gotten us into three proxy wars during his time in office, while President Trump got us into no new wars. This is something to think about when deciding whom to support in the next election.

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Does the President of Ukraine have any standing in your “settlement ?Biden does not run Ukraine ! President Zelensky has been to NATO to beg, to the Congress of the USA to beg, and the Republicans are linking his aid to our border ? Is not the “Wall” working ? Has not our constant discussions with Mexico helped ? No ! We need a united bipartisan effort to solve this problem and we do not have it. And believe me, Paul, every dead Republican before MTG and DJT surfaced are whirling in their graves.

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Wars always have their own schedules. Only aggressors determine their inception.

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Sandra - In your first post you mentioned Neville Chamberline and a negotiated peace, but I would like to point out that WWII was ended by the total defeats of Germany and Japan. Same with the U.S. Civil War. As for when a war begins being easier to pinpoint than the end of a war, I'm not so sure about that unless your measure for the beginning is simply when shots have been first fired. The genesis of wars is usually a complex web of events and WWII and the US Civil War are good examples of that. The U.S. having overwhelming military and economic power against most other countries on the planet is a negotiating advantage. But, I'm not sure why you brought this up.

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That doesn’t mean he won’t if re-elected. He yearns to be a dictator.

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"Negotiated settlement" is what was accomplished by Neville Chamberlain with Adolph Hitler. A few weeks later, Hitler's tanks rolled right over it. You gotta' know when to hold 'em.

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This is exactly what I’ve been telling friends and family - your freedoms are at risk !!!

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MOSCOW MAGA CULT !!! No mercy.

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Keith Olson - You say, "The refusal of House Republicans to support Ukraine has serious global implications".

It does indeed have serious implications! It means that the Republican Party has swung behind Donald Trump and advocate a negotiated peace deal with Putin - not just over the fate and future status of Ukraine but over the assymmetrical strategic situation on the Europe-Russia border where NATO members are standing on Russia's porch, as Putin put it. This situation is destabilising - all assymmetrical strategic situations are unstable - and Putin is not being unreasonable in insisting that it needs an adjustment.

Just as Khrushchev had to back off during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, so NATO will have to back off sometime in the future. The solution will involve the mutual right to close inspections of the areas on both sides of the border. This will leave neither Russia nor NATO happy, but the sign of a fair argeement is just that: no-one is left entirely happy.

The "serious implications" is that NATO will learn that, unlike on Francis Fukuyama's thesis, liberal democracy does not represent the 'End of History' and NATO cannot ride the triumphalist wave of the 1990s forever.

See Ukraine standoff: Putin tells Macron that West 'ignored' Russia's security concerns • FRANCE 24 - YouTube - AND: 'NATO Expansion Was a Big Mistake' - Fmr Austrian FM to RT - YouTube

And last but not least: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/feb/15/rate-of-russian-military-production-worries-european-war-planners

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So the will of the people should not be considered in deliberations with Putin.

The personal wishes of Putin are paramount? Putin wishes to maintain power and if democratic countries are on the border with Russia, Putin will eventually be replaced with a democratically elected government.

It seems to me that you wish to do anything that will appease Vladimir Putin. Do I understand your position correctly?

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Frank - You write, "So the will of the people should not be considered in deliberations with Putin ... It seems to me that you wish to do anything that will appease Vladimir Putin. Do I understand your position correctly?"

Regrettably not. The will of the majority of the American people is unclear. Many agree broadly with Trump's MAGA policy plank. The people of Europe are also divided, even in those countries that officially support the war effort against Russua in Ukraine. And inside Russia the vast majority supports Putin's stance even if they'd like to see an end to his 'special military operation'.

I say this to remind you that the war is controversial in the West. The propanda in Britain is competely silent on the fact that Putin called for strategic negotiations during the end of 2021 and before the war's beginning in 2022. In Britain we are no longer reminded that Zelensky wanted to negotiate with Putin but was prevented from doing so by Boris Johnson. May I also remind you that Bush Junior went to war against Iraq in 2003 against significant domestic and international opposition from the people and the press. I don't hear you mention this. Does this mean that you were pro-Bush Junior's war back then?

My point is that I don't support Putin war any more than you supported Bush Jr.'s war in 2003. I do support a negotiated peace settlement. This does not mean that I consider "Putin's wishes as paramount", as you so delicately insinuate.

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Well said, Gunnar. I find most of the comments on this thread disappointing in how they reveal a lack of knowledge of the balance of power situation in that part of the world, including Vladimir Putin's strategic interests. Tucker Carlson's interview with Vladimir Putin was good and I think everyone on this thread should watch it.

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Good interview - a bunch friggin lies ?

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I didn't hear any lies from Vladimir Putin, but he does have his opinions. It's a two-hour long interview and worth your time to at least understand where Putin is coming from.

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Putin is coming from a mindset of power and destruction of the voice of his people. He, like Trump, craves power and control...just "like" a Dictator.

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Am I to think that you do not see that in today’s Democratic Party?

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This is interesting. The world seems to be spiraling toward military confrontation. As Putin acts aggressively, Europeans act protectively. But their protective action is a trigger for a trigger-happy, paranoid dictator. I don’t know how we reach a fair and safe detente.

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Marge - Putin is not "trigger-happy" - any more than various U.S. presidents since 1945 have been trigger-happy. Putin invited us to sit down and talk, and NATO chose to ignore and reject the invitation. von Clausewitz once said that "war is the extension of politics (diplomacy) by other means". This is often true, and when NATO refused to negotiate, Putin decided that Russia could not afford to lose Ukraine to NATO instead of keeping Ukraine as a non-alligned buffer protecting Russia's southern flank. Now, it's not just Putin who believes this; every Russian strategic expert and advisor believes it, too.

Now, this is strategic thinking - no different that our strategic thinking in the West. Both sides seek national security on their borders; there is nothing unusual in this. John Kennedy did so in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Khrushchew had to back off. This time it's NATO's turn to back off; NATO has been too greedy and swallowed more than it was wise to do.

To call Putin "paranoid" is to repeat our own propaganda - and believing it.

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You don't negotiate with tyrants . Period

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these 2 are fools or plants . I would not engage them.

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Jen - Well, you do sometimes. It's happened many times in history. Besides, the U.S. has a long history since 1945 of actively supporting tyrants: Syngman Rhee in South Korea, and various tyrants installed by the U.S. in South Vietnam during the 1960s. We could go back to 1949 when Portugal - a tyranny ruled by Salazar - was admitted as one of the "founding members" of NATO.

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A little adjustment here, a little adjustment there. Yes I think I see things squarely now.

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Steve - Yes, the real world involved adjustments, from time to time. Unfortunately, NATO made no positive adjustments when Gorbatchev invited us to to dissolve NATO as he was dissolving the Warsaw Pact. Gorbachev made huge adjustments, we did not.

See also: Accusing Russia and Listening to History – Consortium News

And: NATO Expansion: What Gorbachev Heard | National Security Archive (gwu.edu)

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I heard someone on TV suggest the money secured by the recent 500 sanctions on Russia and partners should be used to buy weapons that can be sent to Ukraine. This sounded like a good idea and might not need Conservatives to chase around in circles fighting with each other. We can do it without them? Are their any other Russian assets we can seize to buy Ukraine weapons?

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Trump, Putin, Netanyahu, Kim Jong.. Ouch! My fingers are burning!

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You’ll have more than that burning if 45 gets back in the White House!

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I admire you dedication to getting on to website early every day ( almost always first ). When I grow up I want to be just like you. Keep it Up !!!👍

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Thanks. Early bird gets the worm! Sorry that’s a really old saying! I get up early. Being retired has advantages.

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Feb 27·edited Feb 27

Oy vey iz mir. Read “What Gorbachev Heard”. Please.

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Are you talking about NATO and referring to “not one inch eastward” from the Secretary of State James Baker in 1990?

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we need a different name for Mike Johnson. Moscow is already taken due to MoscowMitch

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Feb 26Liked by Robert Reich

Jeez, Robert, I read the election results and thought to myself, Wow, this sucks for Trump. He's not getting 40% of the Republican vote when he's sown up the nomination? And then I read all the headlines and punditry and they were all Trump Is The Big Winner. And I'm saying to myself, What The Holy F is wrong here? There is a freaking disconnect from reality in American political reporting when it comes to our 45th POTUS, and I've gotten pretty sick of it.

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Kerry, the media is owned by right-wing nutters that tell their journalist what to promote. If you want news that is just reported - truthfully and correctly - check out 1440 news or PBS. trump thinks he is a big winner in his own mind. Come November, he'll find out the truth! Vote Blue in November!!!

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The truth which he'll refuse to accept .

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Come November he will start the Steal Story all over again. But I suggest reading news from overseas. The media problem started after President Reagan changed the way the media reports. This side of the Pond news and current affairs must have Balanced interviews at the same time. Gets a bit rowdy at times but at least the viewer/reader gets both sides. Also important is that the Interviewer must remain impartial.

In both the UK and Ireland the Speaker is elected by his/her Peers and then automatically becomes Independent. At the next election because the Speaker is Independent he or she is automatically returned to Parliament. Then Parliament can vote to either re-elect or elect a new Candidate. None of this Looney business of a minority firing the Speaker or the Speaker acting in a rotten Partisan manner.

And read History people, But Prof your daily musings are being only noticed by the Converted, similar to the priest or Rabbi preaching to a small congregation. Just as you write in the Guardian (UK newspaper) get writing Op-Ed’s in the papers that you think are not promoting President Biden’s achievements. Or get on the Campaign trail.

Good Luck United States of America.

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Thank you! It is so nice to know there are people in other countries rooting for us!! I know that the little orange man made us the laughing stock of the world, but hopefully President Biden has restored some faith to global leaders. In the future, I believe we will be a global people accepting everyone and eliminating wars. I like to think that for my grandchildren.

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There will have to be big changes in the USA to eliminate wars! Giving nearly 800 billions to the military is insane!

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And reading history shows that the vast vast majority of conflicts have their root in Religion.

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Was WII religious?

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True!

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Boys and their toys.

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Actually WHY is it insane? Most of that money is spent in the USA, on research to protect you, and a load of jobs both military and civilian. Next time you see a military aircraft just stop and think of how much havjj in no the aircraft in the air is contributing to the local economy. Or are you suggesting that the Govt should DEFUND the military.

And what about all the Vets who put their lives on the line for You and your neighbours. Wake up Ms Reis

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Such massive defense spending supports a lot of families, but it also deprives many more of desperately needed resources. So there needs to be a balance. It's widely reported that we're already spending more than the next 10 countries combined. When will it be enough?

How is it that many House Republicans are rejecting we use even 5% of that budget to defend Ukraine and more broadly Europe against Russian aggression? What is the defense budget for (beyond defense contractor salaries and profits)?

In a democracy, setting priorities through honest dialog matters. It's OK to disagree as long as we can do so respectfully.

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Do you realize how much money that is? It is way larger than any country spends on their military. It is more than the next large countries combined spends! It is the military/industrial complex that Eisenhower warned us about. Other countries provide free healthcare, childcare, education for their residents, but we just provide military. Lovely!!!!

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Peggy - Exactly and agree!!

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I also would love to think that, but human greed will prevail. Think why all the wars?

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When W won reelection a major newspaper’s headline in England in the boldest print “How can 38,000,000 be so stupid”. (Don’t recall exact numbers)

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If you want to eliminate wars you should vote for Donald Trump. The last couple of Democratic administrations how sown misery around the world and cost hundreds of thousands of lives, especially in the Middle East plus the Ukraine. When I was a young man (I'm 80 now.) I used to think the U.S. was a force for good in the world, but this view has been badly shaken. At least we had n new wars during Trump's time in office, but since then three proxy wars have sprung up at the hands of the Biden Administration. Think about it.

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Geez, Covid might have been a distraction for way, huh? Do you ever listen or read other news than FOX or Trump made up lies?

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The Covid pandemic response is an interesting case where the Biden Administration doubled down on some wrong-headed policies of lock downs and sole concentration on the vaccines to deal with the virus begun by the Trump administration. Based upon Donald Trump's later comments, I think he would not have continued on and doubled down, like the Biden Administration did. A very good book on our government's unholy alliance with Big Pharma is "The Real Anthony Fauci" by RFK Jr. It's a slog to get through it, but worth your time. It's the best documented and foot-noted book I have ever read on a complex subject. If you read it, you may conclude (as I have) that Dr. Fauci and Bill Gates should go to prison.

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Apologies Mr Bjarnason but Trump!! And please enlighten me as to how the Democratic govt had what you describe as having sown misery in the Mid East. I could swear that the stupid invasion of Iraq (twice) were the Bushes, and they are to my memory STILL Republican Party members. Apologies I know Bush Snr is RIP.

And in case you are worried I am the same age as you Sir, but the difference just might be that I read or listen to “Balanced” news.

How in Gods name did the Democratic Admin have anything to do with the ILLEGAL invasion of Ukraine even back in 2014 and again in 2022. It was Trump’s PAL who governs the Russian Federation. And who also poisioned his fellow citizens in the UK (United Kingdom/ England and also his opposition Alexii (twice) The Thug succeeded the other day..

Please get real and look at the record of the former Pres. Trump, and realise that he is totally unsuitable to be President.

Remember he plans on putting family in charge of the RNC, the current head of it which he has forced out.

His language is what we here term “Un-Parliamentary” good day.

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He doesn't "think". Lack of critical thinking skills in addition to Dunning Kruger Effect

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And Putin became stronger - would you really want to live under a regime ?

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He’s already starting the steal story with criticizing mail voting. He started the steal story in the summer of 2016 when Biden’s poll numbers were getting high.

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I have noticed that from over here. The word THUG and henchmen comes to mind. I see the head of the RNC has been forced out so he can put the family in instead

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founding

It’s always his MO. Whenever he doesn’t win he cries foul. What a loser.

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Peggy - where do you get the idea that the mainstream media leans heavily to the right?! I find that notion baffling based upon their coverage of "the Laptop from Hell", Russiagate and the 6 January riots and the Select Committee (i.e., the Kangaroo Court). For example, the WaPo and NY Times are totally Left-wing biased, to the point where I don't bother reading them much. Even Fox News has shifted to the Left. I have shifted over to Newsmax. Best. Bj

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What view do you represent ?

What are you in favor of ?

Only owners of homes over $500,900 are allowed to vote?

Are you petitioning for a return of Slavery ?

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