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Don midwest
Don midwest

when have the republicans gone too far?

is the attack on health care going to be the turning point?

they have been getting away for decades by attacking women

and Gaia has been under assault

as someone pointed out, the Trump favorable ratings continue at the same level with the ideological supporters holding strong

so far….

and the dems help move the country backwards by holding fast to their power ….

Don midwest
Don midwest

oh what the heck, I am going to do it

I posted this on dailykos

I have to learn that when I am posting something at the growing edge of my knowledge that few if anyone will get it

but since you are a small group and understanding of my strange ways I will go ahead and link it here

of course, it involves Bruno

and the word Heteronomy

I have only had one philosophy course, political philosophy, in 1963, but have been reading lots of it, mostly it, since about 1966.

The philosopher Kant brought autonomy into philosophy. Before that it had been a political term. And autonomy is freedom, the highest political value …

Then a philosopher wrote a NYT article and used the word Heteronomy. But she used in in the context of the racists – Kant, Hume, and others of that period. I am going to write her and send her the Bruno link.

in any case, here is what I wrote


you may have to scroll down to get to it

the take away is pledging allegiance to Gaia, … very rough paraphrase

Gaia is a secular deity

Bruno has been working on that for years and continues to write about it

I had no intention of bringing up antisemitism, that is the context of the NYT article

it is history about the superior whites as they colonized the world in the 1600 and 1700 and Jews were not free like Christians, those who could follow Kant’s categorical imperative. I have never understood all that stuff but know it is out there and important.

and Kant was using the tactic of disregard of “the other”




I still have him as my #1 on Bernie’s VP slot at the moment:



Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Sunday that he’s “not sure that one incident alone” disqualifies Joe Biden from running for president after former Nevada state assemblywoman Lucy Flores (D) accused the former vice president of inappropriately touching and kissing her without her consent in 2014.

“That’s a decision for the vice president to make,” Sanders, a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” when asked if the allegation disqualifies Biden. “I’m not sure that one incident alone disqualifies anybody.”

Sanders added that he has “no reason not to believe” Flores, who said in an essay published Friday in New York Magazine’s The Cut that Biden touched her shoulders and kissed the back of her head before a Nevada campaign rally.

“I have no reason not to believe Lucy,” the Vermont senator said on Sunday. “And I think what this speaks to is the need to fundamentally change the culture of this country and to create environments feel comfortable and feel safe.”



Former vice president Joe Biden defended himself on Sunday after a Nevada Democrat accused him of unwanted touching and kissing in 2014, saying in a statement that he does not believe he has ever acted inappropriately.

Lucy Flores, a former assemblywoman who was Nevada’s 2014 Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, said Friday in an essay published by the Cut that Biden touched and kissed her without her consent before a rally to support her campaign. She said the experience mortified, embarrassed and confused her.

Biden is expected to announce soon whether he will pursue a 2020 presidential bid.

On Sunday, he said he had offered “countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort” during his years in public life, “and not once — never — did I believe I acted inappropriately.”

“If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention,” Biden said in a statement. “I may not recall these moments the same way, and I may be surprised at what I hear. But we have arrived at an important time when women feel they can and should relate their experiences, and men should pay attention. And I will.”

He pointed to his history of hiring “trusted women advisers who challenge me to see different perspectives than my own.” And he touted his record of work on behalf of women’s rights, pledging to “continue to speak out on these vitally-important issues where there is much more progress to be made and crucial fights that must be waged and won.”

Flores said Sunday that Biden’s new statement was an improvement and that she is glad he is “willing to listen.” But she added that it was concerning that he does not think he has ever acted inappropriately.

“Frankly, I think that’s a little bit of a disconnect . . . Of course I want him to change his behavior, and I want him to acknowledge that it was wrong,” Flores said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Asked whether Biden’s behavior should disqualify him from the presidential race, Flores replied, “For me, it’s disqualifying. I think it’s up to everybody else to make that decision.”


Saw a woman defending Biden on MSNBC earlier, described herself as a “disaffected Republican”, said Joe shouldn’t change a thing, he’s just very “affectionate”. Said she’d vote for him and that this me too thing will ruin happy hours (she said that) because men will be afraid to go out drinking with women around..


Lucy Flores doesn’t have much cred with me. She’s a troublemaker and did the Bernster no favors in NV. Devils Advocate here: this #MeToo business can get out of control and already has in some cases. I don’t like Biden, but Flores’s timing is suspicious.



Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Sunday that “thousands of people will literally die” if President Trump can successfully do away with the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.

“If Trump gets his way, the cost of health insurance … will be so high that many people literally will not be able to afford it. Thousands of people will literally die. That’s Trump’s health insurance plan,” Sanders said during an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“My plan is just a little bit different. I think we should join the result of the industrialized world, guarantee health care to all people as a right,” Sanders added.

Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, was an early proponent of “Medicare for All.” He said Sunday that he plans to introduce his newest Medicare for All plan “within the next couple of weeks.”

“When we do that, what we understand is that it is just not acceptable that 30 million Americans have no health insurance and even more are underinsured with high deductibles and high co-payments,” he added.



Democratic presidential contenders Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar expressed support Saturday for strengthening antitrust laws and enforcement to break up big agriculture monopolies.

“You’ve got these giant corporations that are making bigger and bigger profits … and they’re putting the squeeze on family farms and small farms,” Warren said at the Heartland Forum, which was focused on rural issues.

The US senator from Massachusetts called for breaking up some of the biggest farming corporations “so that they not only do not have that kind of economic power, so that they’re wiping out competition, so they’re taking all the profits for themselves … but also so that they don’t have that kind of political power.”

While supporting an antitrust approach, Klobuchar, a senator and Minnesota Democrat, also proposed putting a fee on corporate mergers to help investigate noncompetitive practices.

“If we stifle competition through monopolies, we’re not just going to bring up the prices for consumers, we’re going to stifle entrepreneurship,” she said.


The ever-increasing monopoly agri-corps is a huge concern. So glad it’s being discussed.


Glad to hear the gals making noize about the abuse of these corporate monopolies. The Agri-one is also dangerous cos it is our food supply and threatens the environment big-time!


More support for a Democrat (although, I think he would probably prefer a corporate one) in 2020. What I do like about his statement is that he is telling Republicans that there IS a choice.

Jeff Flake: Better a Democrat win in 2020 than Trump

Former Republican Sen. Jeff Flake would prefer a Democrat win the 2020 election than have President Donald Trump serve a second term, saying that “four years is difficult enough to unravel some of the damage” done internationally by the administration.

. . .

During the question-and-answer portion of the debate, an audience member asked Flake if he had any messages of hope for anti-Trump Republicans if Trump wins the 2020 election.

“One message of hope, if he wins again, is that we have limited the President’s terms to two. But that’s a long time,” Flake joked. [emphasis added]

I don’t hold with Flake’s message of hope. I have said since 2016 that if Trump gets a second term, there might not be a 2024 election. His actions since then has made it clear that this possibility continues to grow.


A study I recently read indicates that Trump’s hard-core supporters make up 25% of the electorate. That leaves a lot of the electorate who can be swung to vote for a Democrat. this is where the huge field of candidates may actually work in Bernie’s favor.

Thinking out loud: Let’s say that an anti-Trump Republican decides that they can live with Kamala Harris or one of the other corporate Dems. As those people start to drop out, these Republicans are already conditioned to accepting a Dem, so they will quite possibly move on to a Dem who is still running but a tad more to the left. Rinse and repeat.

Those anti-Trump Republicans could also very well stay home during 2020 with Bernie as the Democratic nominee as going that far to the left (actually the pre-Clinton center) might be a step too much for them, but this is a good thing. Some will actually vote for Bernie though, just as some Bernie voters cast a ballot for Trump to keep HRC out of the White House.


Beto O’Rourke returns to Austin, now as a presidential candidate

But, by the time O’Rourke ascended the ersatz stage that had been constructed on Congress Avenue for his return to Austin for the first time as a candidate for president at just after 10:30 p.m., thousands of people had filled the streets in every direction, and the former congressman from El Paso, removing his jacket and rolling up his sleeves, seemed buoyed higher than ever.

“Austin, how you doin’?” O’Rourke asked. “We love you Austin. It is so good to be back here in Austin, the source of what is good for Texas and for the United States of America.”


The three rallies Saturday were in the campaign’s description, kick off rallies, the official launch of his presidential campaign. But that came with a tweeted video way back on March 14, a seeming eon of political time ago, and these three rallies in the friendly terrain of his hometown of El Paso, in Houston, and in the shadow of the Capitol were homecomings for a favorite son who, after enduring a loss, had contemplated what that meant and what to do next and decided to reach higher.

Here was O’Rourke, saying that he wanted to serve them now as “the next president of the United States,” and, in the line that drew the most thunderous applause of the night, saying he wanted to defeat Donald Trump, that that was now to be his job.

But it was state Rep. Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin, who said that they owed it to O’Rourke.

“What we started last year was a movement, a movement that brought Beto O’Rourke closer to being elected to the Senate than any Democrat of our generation,” Hinojosa said.

Hinojosa said that after what for Democrats were the devastating, shocking results of the 2016 election, O’Rourke, undaunted, put himself forward as a candidate for Senate.

“Beto just got back up and threw himself into the fight and gave it everything he had,” Hinojosa said. “Beto believed in us before anyone else believed in us, even before we believed in ourselves.”

“That was Beto,” Hinojosa said. “I stand with Beto today because Beto stood with us. He lifted us up, he propped us up until we remembered to stand on our own two feet.”

“It’s time to throw down and fight with Beto,” Hinojosa said. “Because of the work you did in the last year, Texas is the battleground for 2020.”

Hinojosa’s father, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa, has in recent years had the thankless task of trying to lead the long-suffering party out of the electoral desert, thankless until 2018, the near-miss election of O’Rourke, and, as O’Rourke noted, the residual victories of Democratic candidates down ballot — flipping two congressional seats, a dozen state House seats, two state Senate seats, and a raft of judgeships.

“What you did in 2017 and 2018 was nothing short of a miracle,” O’Rourke told his faithful.

Julie Cordero of Irving was there with her granddaughter, Madison Chargo, 9, her political compatriot and companion at women’s marches in Washington, D.C., and Las Vegas and, Chargo said, “five or ten” O’Rourke events during his Senate campaign.

“It’s his energy,” said Cordero, who works for Customs and Border Enforcement at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. “He listens to the people.”

Cordero had wanted O’Rourke to run for the Senate again, against U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R- Texas, in 2020. She thought he was the only hope of “turning Texas blue.”

Beto O’Rourke’s 2020 presidential campaign rally in front of the Texas Capitol. This is his third and final rally across Texas today.

Posted by Austin American-Statesman on Saturday, March 30, 2019


He does not have the experience for POTUS. If he wasn’t so arrogant, he would run for Senate against Corwyn. That would be a public service for Texas voters. This ain’t. Not supporting nor voting for him.


Not going to quote anything from this, another Bernie hate article from the obsessed Jennifer Rubin. But hey Jen, FU.



x100 on the FU


For JR.


Tulsi edging closer to the 65k she needs as shes over 54k now.



Michael Pratt, Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s finance director, is in the process of leaving Warren’s presidential campaign as a result of the senator’s recent decision to swear off soliciting money from wealthy donors during the primaries, according to a Warren campaign aide.

The aide told CNN Sunday morning that Pratt was “still a consultant but winding things down and transitioning out since we made the decision not to have (Warren) do high dollar events.”

News of the departure came at the close of the first quarter fundraising deadline. In the coming days, a more complete picture of the Warren campaign’s fundraising efforts is expected to come into focus. Her team has so far not released any early fundraising numbers, raising speculation that she is lagging behind her competitors.

The New York Times reported Sunday that Pratt resigned after a Valentine’s Day meeting in Washington that eventually “grew heated,” in which Pratt “noted that campaigns often collapse when they run out of money and pleaded with her not to cut off a significant cash stream.”

“He pointed out that winning over wealthy fund-raisers across the country helped build networks that could translate into political support, not just checks,” the Times said. “But Mr. Pratt lost the argument to two of Ms. Warren’s closest advisers, Dan Geldon and Joe Rospars, who made the case about standing apart from the field and freeing up her schedule.”

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