Kevin Copeland: Your "Dewey" didn't win

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“A peaceful transfer of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy,” Former President Barack Obama stated this before leaving office. I would like suggest that we all reflect upon this utterance, for it distinguishes our democracy from other governments of the world, and it is truly what it means to be an American.

Granted, this past campaign was contentiously long and decisively nasty from both candidates. Our job, then, as voting citizens, was to filter all the campaign rhetoric, make a logical assumption of which candidate espoused our core beliefs and vote our conscience. Then, as it has been for some 200 years, you peacefully accept the will of the voters represented by each of their state’s electoral vote. Your candidate either won or lost the election, period.

If you failed to vote for whatever reason, you have no say in the matter. For those who voted for President Donald Trump, congratulations. You now have at least four years to hopefully witness his administration succeed and restore the pride we all should have in America. For those who voted for Hillary Clinton and her predecessor’s agenda, you are unfortunately placed on the dissatisfied side of U.S.history.

Those who find this a bitter pill to swallow should accept the fact that, for at least the next four years, Donald Trump is our lawfully elected president, just as we have had to except the past eight years under President Obama. The diatribes of the fringe left, arrogant Hollywood elite, coddled liberal campuses and delusional progressives, who believe it is their divined destiny to change America into their vision of a worldly utopia, are embarrassingly viewed as the emotional tantrums of individuals who increasingly have become accustomed to receiving a participation trophy in lieu of occasionally losing in good old American competition.

You can take solace in the fact that Clinton could lawfully be the president of California. You’re also afforded the freedom to move there.

On Nov. 3, 1948, incumbent Democratic President Harry Truman won an upset victory against Republican challenger, Thomas Dewey. It was no secret at the time that the mainstream media, including the Chicago Daily Tribune, was against Truman and not so subtly favored Dewey. The Tribune even went so far as to write that Truman “had as low an opinion of the Tribune as it did of him.” Sound familiar?

Ironically, the conservatives were the media darlings of the times, and it should be mentioned that Truman won the electoral vote. At one time, he was the least popular U.S. president on record yet is now regarded as one of the 20th century’s more successful leaders. Keep in mind that history does have a way of repeating itself.

To quote Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic minority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives after the election, “We have a responsibility to come together and find common ground. Everybody is sad when their side loses their election. But the day after, we have to remember that we're actually all on the same team ... we're patriots first."

It's just that this time, your “Dewey” didn’t win.

Kevin Copeland

Hayden

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Matt Hannon 2 months, 2 weeks ago

accept not "except the last eight years under President Obama" If Kevin's right then perhaps the 1950's isn't that far off again

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Scott Wedel 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Obama won big in 2008 and 2012 with even a majority of the vote, but the Republicans didn't give up as an opposition party. So why should Democrats not oppose Trump? Trump is the easiest President ever for the other party to oppose because he won despite losing the popular vote by the largest amount ever, he has the lowest approval ratings of any President at the start of his term and he has arguably had the most inept first two weeks of any President. Democrats can hope to win many Congressional seats in 2018.

Meanwhile, Trump and many Republicans with the birther movement did not accept Obama was their lawful President. Trump, not Democrats, is the one claiming massive voter fraud. Democrats accept that Trump was elected President, but that doesn't mean they can't object to his executive orders or cabinet nominations.

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Eric Morris 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I can complain precisely because I didn't vote. All those that voted gave their consent to the outcome, good or bad. Now the "representatives" are in power so you need to let them do their work until you can trudge off to stand in line waiting (perfect examplar of government efficiency) to vote in two or four years. I guess you can petition, but I can (and do) do that, and it has nothing to do with voting.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/actually-its-people-who-vote-who-have-no-right-to-complain-2/

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Brian Kotowski 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Trump has a ton of people to thank. In particular, he might wish to start with trans males and females, neutrals, trans asterisks, gender questioning, gender queer, pan gender, trans masculine, females to males, non-binary, FTM gender fluid, fourth gender, cis gender, dual gender, ecosexuals & androgynous; and the more than 90 different genders presently recognized by the left, and the bathrooms they demand we let them share with our kids.

Trans-gender bathrooms are clearly not the reason Trump won, but as an overall symptom it may be instructive. In academia, where the next generation of American leadership is being indoctrinated, the cultural divide couldn't be more stark. Safe spaces are becoming less the exception than the rule. The president of George Mason University has labeled all Trump supporters “worthless pieces of trash.” Students at Massachusetts University have called upon their administration to expel Trump supporters; a Yale professor excused any student too upset by the election from a scheduled exam; a University of Iowa professor canceled his classes entirely; a University of Rochester professor canceled his scheduled student meetings because the prospect of talking about the election was simply too horrifying.

Beyond academia, we recall the outrage over the Caitlyn Jenner Halloween costume. It was so egregious that the left had it removed from store shelves, despite Jenner's endorsement: “It's great!” Jenner is not entitled to be regarded as anything but a victim. In Virginia last Christmas, the Salem VA hospital decreed that “...trees (regardless of the types of ornaments used) have been deemed to promote the Christian religion and will not be permitted in any public areas this year.” The Confederate flag controversy is just as ridiculous; with calls to outlaw screenings/sales of Gone With The Wind, and the removal of educational Civil War games from iTunes. The list goes on and on.

It will be interesting to see how much of Trump's victory was a backlash against the perpetually aggrieved PC left having way overplayed its hand.

If the pendulum has swung too far in one direction, we must now be vigilant against pushback too far in the other, now that Trump and the GOP control the White House and both houses of Congress. Given Steve Bannon's proximity to the pres, there is tremendous cause for concern.

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Scott Wedel 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Hillary got nearly 3 million more votes so the problem wasn't a PC left picking the unpopular sides of issues.

I find the analysis more compelling that the economic recovery has not been felt by too much of too many swing states. That Dems needed an economic recovery plan for the areas being economically left behind. And that if high tech companies want greater political support then they need to learn from defense contractors and locate offices in more states.

I note how many elected Republicans are willing to be anti-business and don't care that successful large businesses are complaining. Seems to me that high tech businesses have allowed themselves to become sources of resentment for economically distressed areas. That while Apple is spending $5B on a new "spaceship" hq there are swaths of the country having to accept lower paying jobs than their old manufacturing jobs. And so on.

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Fred Duckels 2 months, 2 weeks ago

At this point the Dramacrats don't have a pot to pee In nor a window to throw it out. This statistical drivel is "what's for dinner" until further notice.

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Scott Wedel 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Fred,

True enough if talking about just today, but there are always another election so both parties are trying to figure out what is and is not popular so that they gain seats in the next election.

If Google had a 500 employee facility in Grand Junction then there would be more people complaining to Scott Tipton that Trump's Muslim ban is bad for their company. It wouldn't just be those 500 employees, but the car dealers selling cars to them and so on.

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Melanie Turek 2 months, 2 weeks ago

If you are a Republican, please explain to me: 1) Why are you OK with Trump's desire to increase the national debt, when for the past eight years you've done nothing but moan about how terrible it is? 2) Why are you OK with his Goldman Sachs appointments, and his desire to roll back regulations for bankers (his friends, as he explained in his press conference), after he spent the entire campaign complaining about HRC's ties to Wall Street? 3) Why are you OK with his using a private Twitter account, after he spent the entire campaign complaining about HRC's private email server? 4) Why are you OK with his saying that Russia and the US really aren't all that different? 5) Why are you OK with the taxpayers spending $1 million per day to protect his wife and son in their NYC apartment, after complaining endlessly about the money spent to protect Obama's family when they traveled for government business? 6) Why are you OK with his banning immigrants from seven countries that have not produced a single terrorist on US soil, when he left out the countries that actually have produced terrorists here, and which coincidentally happen to be places where he does business? 7) Why are you OK with his obvious incompetence, when he was supposedly elected because he is an amazing manager? As evidence, look at all the leaks coming out of the WH, the disasterous rollout of his immigration ban, the fact that the GOP cannot get a clear plan in place for dealing with the ACA, and his rollback on anti-gay legislation after it was leaked? 8) Why are you OK with his constant lying? Do you actually believe that there are "alternative facts"? Did you not see with your own eyes the photos of the inauguration? Did you not read that there was no Bowling Green Massacre?

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Brian Kotowski 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Hi Melanie

I'm not a Republican, but I'll take a shot.

  1. I'm not. Wasn't OK with it under W or Preezy, either. Do you agree with Preezy that that kind of debt is "irresponsible" and "unpatriotic"? If you do, then why have you said nothing about the $20 trillion he's saddled us with?
  2. I'm OK with it because I don't think it'll make much difference. As far as Trump saying one thing and doing another, you're preaching to the choir.
  3. I doubt his twitter account provides access to classified national security information.
  4. I am categorically not OK with that reprehensible statement, and anyone on my side of the aisle who doesn't have a problem with it is a raging hypocrite.
  5. I am perfectly OK with security for his family. I'm unaware of any whining he did about similar protections for the Obamas, but I'll take your word for it. As far any resulting hypocrisy, see my answer to #2.
  6. I'm OK with it because both he and Obama are in agreement that those 7 countries pose "extraordinary risks." That list was put together by the Obama administration. Why are you not concerned that Preezy "left out the countries that actually have produced terrorists here" on that list? Or is hypocrisy a one-way proposition in your world?
  7. He's been in office 2 weeks. Get back to me in a year for a ruling on his competence (or lack thereof).
  8. See my answer to #2.
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Melanie Turek 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Brian, thank you for your straight-forward response.

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Lock McShane 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Brian

  1. Trumplethinskin twitters from an unsecured Android phone that is a few years old and is vulnerable to hacking. What if someone is able to turn on the mic and listen in to classified meetings?
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Eric Morris 2 months, 2 weeks ago

How many countries has Russia invaded post-1991? How many US? How far away from current borders were each of these invasions? How many military bases around the world for each country? I will not defend Russian government because it is a government, but Trump is correct in pointing out US using moral high ground to do immoral things is wrong.

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Neil O'Keeffe 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Everyone needs to take a chill pill, Trumpelthinskin won't make it to the midterms. He is making more enemy's every day and has accomplished in 2 weeks what it took Tricky Dick 2 terms to achieve. You heard it here first.😱👍🏾✌️

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Carl Steidtmann 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Richard Nixon actually accomplished a great deal more in his 6 plus years as president than you give him credit for.

He pushed through the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. He established the Environmental Protection Agency. He opened up diplomatic relations with mainland China. He negotiated significant reductions in strategic nuclear weapons with the Soviet Union. He negotiated for the peaceful end of the Vietnam War, a war started by President Kennedy and greatly expanded by President Johnson. He supported Israel in the Yom Kippur War.

Trump has done a lot but he still has a long way to go to approach Nixon's record of accomplishment.

As for impeachment of President Trump prior to midterm elections, it takes 218 votes in the House of Representatives. Democrats currently have 194 seats. Which means that 24 Republicans would have to vote with the Democrats. Not a likely event.

Conviction in the Senate requires 67 votes, Democrats currently have 48 votes. Which means that 19 Republicans would have to vote with the Democrats. Even less likely an event.

Trump is our President, like it or not. Democrats have gone through denial (Hamilton electors, recounts, #notmypresident hastags) and are now in the anger stage as seen by the recent violent riots in Washington DC, New York and Berkeley. We are beginning to see signs of movement into the bargaining stage at least in Congress but we are still a long way from getting through depression to acceptance. The sooner they do, the sooner they can start making progress towards recapturing some of the vast power they have lost at the Federal, state and local levels.

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Carl Steidtmann 2 months, 2 weeks ago

As for the people who really matter when it comes to impeachment, they seem to have a high level of satisfaction when it comes to President Trump's job performance so far.

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/us/politics/mitch-mcconnell-donald-trump-republicans.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170208&nlid=1811197&tntemail0=y&_r=0&referer=

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Scott Wedel 2 months, 2 weeks ago

For a historical comparison, when Nixon's approval ratings was less than 30% then some Republicans starting peeling away and supported impeachment. Not that low approval ratings results in impeachment, but that approval ratings less than 30% means that even members of the president's party are willing to go against the president on major issues.

Obviously, we are not there yet and getting less than 30% requires that a substantial number of people that voted for Trump have changed their minds and disapprove of him.

Though, no President has ever had such low ratings two weeks into office and it is fairly common for a President's approval ratings to drop 15+% from those of when taking office.

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George Hresko 2 months, 2 weeks ago

While I am loathe to argue with prognostications, and perhaps because I have reached a 'certain' age, I am content to wait beyond two weeks, say until mid-terms, and see how that works out. Meanwhile, I see the current president as doing what he said he was going to do, and while that is surprising in current day politics, it is not sufficient reason for knicker-twisting! And again, perhaps because of age, I cannot seem to recall 'protests' (there are those of us who would call them unlawful activities or riots) in January and February 2009 or 1993. The most telling aspect for me is the loss of governorships, congressional seats and state legislature seats by the Dems in the last eight years and what may happen to cause that to be reversed?

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Brian Kotowski 2 months, 2 weeks ago

George is right on the money - Preezy won convincingly when he was on the ballot, and had zero coattails when he wasn't. The Dems have hemorrhaged 10 senators, 14 governors, 31 state houses, & 63 Congressional seats since Barry came to town. They haven't been this anemic in House since the 1920s. Barring some terrorist catastrophe, it'll boil down to the economy. If it tanks, Trump is done. If it's healthy, he shouldn't have too much trouble 4 years hence.

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Brian Kotowski 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm sure our Dem and lefty friends are delighted to see the GOP following Harry Reid's lead; using the nuclear option to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.

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Scott Wedel 2 months, 2 weeks ago

It is always difficult to predict an election nearly two years into the future.

The last election showed that general economic strength is not a decisive factor. Overall unemployment was low. Presumably, economy in same condition as today is not what Trump supporters want. Will Trump/Republicans be judged on whether growth increases to 3-4% or there is substantial wage growth?

And then there will probably be some corruption style scandal regarding Trump's businesses. Might be some Sheik buying influence by renting half the rooms of an otherwise empty Trump hotel or so on.

As for DeVos, the lefties didn't need to defeat her because someone else more knowledgeable but with similar policies would be nominated if she was rejected. The Dems opposition is more of publicly staking out a position of opposition so that if she proposes unpopular programs then they will say that was what they were trying to stop. It is more of a Pottery Barn situation for the Republicans - they now own what they break. Dems are not expecting that she will do a good job and that she will be popular.

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Carl Steidtmann 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Actually, the economy was quite a decisive factor. We went 8 years under President Obama with growth never exceeding 3%. That has not happened since Herbert Hoover.

The unemployment rate fell largely due to a drop in the labor force participation rate. (you are only counted as unemployed if you are actively looking for a job) A lot workers in formerly blue states like Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania gave up looking for a job and went on disability.

Mrs. Clinton promised a continuation of the Obama administration's economic policies. A lot of the displaced workers took note and voted accordingly.

Oh.... and stop disparaging Pottery Barn. The company does not have and never has had a 'you break it you own it' policy.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 2 months, 2 weeks ago

It may behoove the Democrats to start working on policies that would woo back the voters they have lost over the past 8 years.

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rhys jones 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Hi Dan -- It puzzles me how Hillary managed to steamroll a nomination, when sentiment was clearly in Bernie's favor -- pledged delegates or something -- just as it befuddles me how The Don managed to win the electoral vote, while losing the popular vote. Oh the ironies.

Bernie will be back, if there's still a country left.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Rhys, Super Delegates. Power to the party faithful. Trump figured out a way around it (Repubs don't have them.) Bernie didn't. Dems in elected office have been on the down slide since 2008. The trend is not their friend. Bernie will be 79 in 4 years. Hope he is eating his kale.

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rhys jones 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Dan -- It's an idea, not a person. The idea that every person should have the same opportunities, and the Land of the Free is OURS. Somebody will carry the torch -- I'm liking Elizabeth Warren lately.

You can blame the last one on me. I was on the road, didn't get my ballot mailed because I was unexpectedly not in Colorado... but the polls showed Hillary in a landslide, so I left it to my brethren -- and apparently many felt the same way. We'll be out in force next time -- if the loon hasn't declared bankruptcy, martial law, and sold the country to himself, or his buds at Goldman-Sachs...

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Scott Wedel 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Hillary won 349 more elected delegates than Bernie.

I doubt Bernie will run in 2020, but there probably will be other candidates running on his ideas.

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Ken Collins 2 months, 2 weeks ago

For all those Tump supporters, I guess you are getting your wishes. We now have a verifiable liar in the WH, a white supremicist as his Chief of Staff, a Communications Director that has never found a lie unusable, a Sec of Ed that doesn't know a public school from an art museum, an Energy Sec that had no clue he was in charge of the nuclear force, an EPA Sec that shut down his state's office and wants to do the same on the Fed level, Goldman Sachs exes that will let Wall street run over us all, a son-in-law on the NSC instead of our Dir of Intel and the Chrman of the Jnt Chiefs, and just now a racist/bigot who was against the civil rights movement and voting rights and even the Violence Against Women Act. Wow as our top Lawman. You have to be proud of the work he's done in 2 weeks. Even Russia is happy. All the coal miners and steelworkers can't wait to get their jobs back. Good luck.

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rhys jones 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Who let the sheep in the henhouse? Wait -- those aren't sheep...

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Dan Kuechenmeister 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Ken C. I get it. You don't like Trump and odds are you won't ever give him props for any thing he accomplishes. My guess is you rarely, if ever, criticized Obama. As I stated earlier it behooves the Democrats to start working on policies that will encourage the voters they have lost over the last 8 years to reconsider voting for Democrats. What are you doing to promote that idea or is it easier to continue to spew your hateful rhetoric because you lost. It might be better to be a positive voice for change.

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Brian Kotowski 2 months, 2 weeks ago

One of the most positive (& unlikely) reactions to all the bs over the last year would be for ideologues - on both sides - to hold their own just as accountable as they do the opposition.

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Ken Mauldin 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Remember back in 2009 when the Alabama NAACP gave Jeff Sessions an "Award of Excellence" for his "outstanding work" on Civil Rights issues? Good times.

https://americanlookout.com/jpb-flashback-jeff-sessions-was-honored-by-the-naacp-in-2009-with-award-of-excellence/

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Ken Collins 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Nobody seems to be answering the question of Bannon and his white supremist background. Or the clueless Rick Perry. Or DeVos who wants to get rid of public schools in favor of "Kingdom of God" education. Or the fact, not alternative fact, that Trump lies about every other sentence and can be proved wrong by simply playing a news video. How many lies before you folks call "Too many"? Is there a limit? Is it good to have a real estate mogul on the NSC and not the Jnt Chief guy or the Intel guy? The EPA guy is a disaster in the making unless you don't believe science.
And please, don't go into the all politicians lie. It's the quantity that is so obscene here. Answer these specific points without trying to compare past administrations.

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Carl Steidtmann 2 months, 2 weeks ago

You wrongly disparage Rick Perry. For those who are open minded about energy policy I recommend this speech made by Mr. Perry to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco in 2014.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH01VDvTYSE

The Q&A section that follows his talk is worth watching.

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Ken Mauldin 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I disagree with your premise that Steve Bannon is a white supremacist. Bannon went to Georgetown, Harvard and was an Intelligence Officer in the US Navy. Neither Georgetown, Harvard or the US Navy has a reputation for turning out white supremacists. I don't know Bannon personally, but I don't believe for a second he's a white supremacist.

I don't have an opinion on Perry for EPA, but recognize that the previous administration liked regulating energy development and I hope Perry changes that trend. As for education, I think self-interested unions have done a lot of harm to education in America over the last 30 years. The union's organized and hysterical objections to Mrs. DeVos makes me think she's probably just what we need. I'm happy she was confirmed and hope the Trump administration works to lessen Federal control over local school districts and demands that public colleges and universities respect and protect everyone's Rights as a condition of receiving Federal funds or student loans.

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Brian Kotowski 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Hi Ken M

Bannon's website (Brietbart) has declared itself an explicit platform for the alt right. Brietbart, in turn, has identified Steve Sailor and Richard Spencer as among the alt right's intellectual leadership. Spenser in particular is especially vile; a virulent neo nazi.

We know that Bannon described himself to the Daily Beast's Ronald Radosh as a "Leninist." And, “Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal, too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.”

I don't know if Bannon is a white supremacist or a Marxist (although one would think our lefty friends would cheer any administration proximity to that pernicious ideology). The most charitable explanation I can come up with for these disturbing associations is that they're just convenient tools & useful idiots he's using to stir the pot and generate as much chaos as he can.

I think he's a snake. If the media (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the left) had been doing its job en route to the election, I doubt we'd be talking about this now. But the media made a calculation: Trump is a clownshow who can't possibly win, so let's cheer him on and watch him lose. Sadly for them (and, perhaps, the nation) the Democrat nominee was just as repellent as the GOP's.

Bannon's ties - tenuous or not - to douchebags like Spencer & Sailer need to be exposed and condemned.

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Brian Kotowski 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Here's Spencer celebrating the Patriots' win. The text accompanying this tweet: "For the White race, it's never over.#SuperBowl"

I don't even know what the eff that means. But evil is like the famous characterization of porn: Maybe I can't define it, but I know it when I see it. alt text

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Ken Mauldin 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Hi Brian - Thanks for your reply. I don't know anything about the "alt-right" except that the MSM tells me they're terrible racist that probably eats kittens and definitely shouldn't be trusted. As for Bannon's comments (that had no context whatsoever,) I would agree with the sentiment that there are institutional establishments that we would be better served without; a dishonest, biased national media and Federal worker unions are two examples that come to mind. Some people would add the Federal Reserve to that list. To be certain, I'm not here to defend Bannon or anything that he may have said, I just don't think he's a white supremacist and haven't seen much material support for that claim. I think it's more narrative than truth, and it's a narrative that sells, so that's what the left is going with.

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Brian Kotowski 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Hi Ken C

Wapo: Obama's Dept of Ed says Preezy's $7 billion spending spree to fix failing schools didn't work

Seven. Billion.

The American Enterprise Institute is even more blunt: The $7 billion school improvement grant program: Greatest failure in the history of the US Department of Education?

It's a crowded field, but shoveling any amount of cash down that rathole is will always be a contender. I say give DeVos the reigns and see what she does with them. She'd be hard pressed to do any worse.

I love that Rick Perry once proposed eliminating the Dept of Energy, and that Scott Pruitt has suggested the same fate for the EPA. Let's throw the Dept of Ed onto the fire, while we're at it.

If you believe that bloated bureaucracies are the way to go, and that the mangy hordes of unwashed, smelly serfs are not to be trusted with their own care & feeding without Big Bro dictating their every move & taxing every inch, then let's keep on keeping on. Maybe we can double our $20 trillion debt in time for the next presidential election. Hell - why wait for 2020? Let's make it happen by the midterms!

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Dan Kuechenmeister 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Ken C, this Betsy DeVos you trash. Is that the same person that was on the board with then mayor of Newark, now US senator of New Jersey, of an organization that supported charter schools. Now all of a sudden he is against her. Partisan politics. Again I ask you, wouldn't it be better if the Democrats worked on policies to woo back voters.

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Ken Collins 2 months, 2 weeks ago

So Perry can open up, with Pruitt's help, our Natl Parks for developement since the price of oil is so high...oh wait, that's the problem.
DeVos wants our schools to teach "the Kingdom of God"? Get rid of the EPA and let's let the climate change get here faster. Breitbart is a racist org. MSM = far left? Most of America gets their news from FOX. Wouldn't that make it MSM? Three studies have shown FOX viewers are the least fact informed of all viewers AND non viewers of news.

And now we are about to start a ground war with.....Nordstroms. (Her stuff wasn't selling. I'd think free enterprise would explain dropping a line in that case. We still believe in that don't we?) 25th Amendment within a year?

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Scott Wedel 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Brian,

It is very difficult to improve schools. There is also plenty of evidence that charter schools in Michigan, where DeVos was most influential, are no better than the other schools in the area. In particular, where there are bad public schools then the charter schools are also bad.

The basic issue is that the vast majority of schools are as good/bad as the parents want because by far the greatest factor in student success is parent's expectations. Singapore does not spend huge amounts on education, but parents expect their kids to do their schoolwork including a few hours of homework each night. They put a strong social stigma on parents that don't make sure their kids do their homework.

The high school I attended was nothing special when I was there. It was good enough to allow good students take good classes, but it also allowed students that didn't care to just get by. Changing demographics has changed the school to be among the best in the nation. Silicon Valley techies increased the expectations of the school by having higher expectations of their kids. The school got a better reputation so then parents that care most about their kid's education moved to that district. Now people pay $150,000 more to be in that district compared to same house on the other side of the street in the other district. Now the school is winning national academics competitions for economics and engineering because they first have a competitive economics and engineering teams and second, they take it seriously.

Meanwhile, SSSD and SSHS is about what this community wants. We don't have 100+ parents storming school board meetings demanding that SSHS has similar academic results as Cherry Creek. Instead, we has HS Principal on back to school night telling parents that homework load won't interfere with students participating in sports. I'm told by former teacher that school district has conceded to SSWSC parents that don't want their athlete's competitive results or training affected by homework assignments. So we have our HS Principal on back to school night emphasizing that homework will be limited and not assigned over the weekend. That speech is what many parents wanted to hear and there were no audible gasps.

If that speech was given by the Lynbrook HS principal then he'd have a few hundred infuriated parents and the school board would be recalled if they didn't fire him. Those parents expect to hear what is expected of their kids from a school in which average ACT score is 31 which is over 5 points higher than Cherry Creek Their average student is scoring at the 91st percentile.

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Scott Wedel 2 months, 2 weeks ago

If our politicians were honest then they'd tell the public that the schools are nearly always what parents accept. That we have no failing schools, just parents failing to expect better. Hayden schools are a perfect example. It consistently scores terrible for HS school math and it is acceptable as there are not parents packing school board meetings saying this must be fixed and they will do what is needed to fix that. The parents that think it isn't acceptable just send their kids to SSHS.

That is why charter schools generally do no better than the "failing" nearby schools because their students still have the same parents that accept poor academics.

Lastly, all local parents that moved here thinking the schools are so good - they are not that good. You all need to get involved to raise the expectations so that the schools are as good as you thought when moving here.

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Brian Kotowski 2 months, 2 weeks ago

GOP lawmaker proposes abolishing Department of Education

Hear, hear!

It won't happen of course; the GOP doesn't have the spine. But a boy can dream.

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