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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.