Iranian and American Hardliners--More Alike Than You'd think

After reading this article about what Iranian hardliners are saying on social media, I was struck by how much the hardliners in Iran and the hardliners in the U.S. mirror each other and feed off each other. The hardliners in Iran (inadvertently) strengthen the hardliners in the U.S. by giving them something to point to and say, "See, we can't trust the Iranians--they are going to violate the JCPOA and build missiles that threaten us." Meanwhile, hardliners like John Bolton (inadvertently) give the Iranian hardliners something to point to and say, "See, we can't trust the Americans". The similarity between American and Iranian hardliners even extends to their alarm at our trade imbalances with China. Our hardliners and Iranian hardliners might actually get along if they took their collective heads out of their asses and tried--really tried-- to see things from each others' point of view. But if they were accustomed to trying to view the world from other countries' points of view they would probably not be hardliners in the first place. Here are some excerpts from the article, but I recommend reading the whole thing.

How Democrats Can Win By Asking Republicans To Save Their Party

The Republican party has become thoroughly corrupt, possibly treasonous, and dangerous to our democracy and to the world. By this, I do not mean every Republican is corrupt. I do not mean that every Republican is treasonous or turns a blind eye towards treason. And I do not mean every Republican is a danger to democracy. There are some Republicans like Jeff Flake, Mitt Romney, and John McCain who have acted honorably. But the party as a whole has done little if anything to stop the corruption or to protect our democratic institutions. The Republicans must be crushed in the next few elections for our national security and for the continued existence of our democracy. I don't expect a single Republican to pay attention to me. After all, I am what many of them would call a "libtard". I have opposed Trump since May 2016, and in October 2016 I wrote a blog post predicting that Donald Trump would be an existential threat to our democracy. So I expect Republicans to react to this by holding their hands over their ears and saying, "LA LA LA  I CAN'T HEAR YOU!"  So if you are a Republican, I don't expect you to listen to me. But I do want you to consider two articles by your fellow Republican and one article by two strictly nonparitsan authors. I will post excerpts from each of these articles, but reading these highlights is no substitute for reading these articles in their entirety. 

Did Donald Trump Disparage Haitian Immigrants And Call Countries In Africa "Shit Hole Countries"?

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin has said that President Trump definitely did scorn immigrants from Haiti and "shit hole countries" in Africa. Donald Trump just posted a tweet that mocked "Senator Dicky Durbin" and called him a liar.

Republican Operative Steve Schmidt Tweets About the Tax Bill

This series of tweets by Steve Schmidt, a former spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee who led the day-to-day operations of John McCain's 2008 Presidential campaign, is so outstanding that it deserves its very own blog post

 

Judge Roy Moore and the Case of the Forged???? Signature

Roy Moore's supporters will point with glee and shout that , Beverly Young Nelson lied about her claim that Roy Moore attempted to rape her in a car by a dumpster when she was only 16. During her November 13 press conference, Nelson and her lawyer, Gloria Allred, claimed that Moore's signed note in Nelson's Yearbook was proof that the two knew each other in 1977. (Note below that the note was signed "Love".)

 

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

 

The GOP Tax Bill: A Disaster of Trumpian Proportions

No matter how you slice it, both the House and the Senate versions of the tax reform bill pose a grave danger to our economy for decades to come.  The Congressional Budget Office estimated the House bill would increase the deficit by $1.7 Trillion over the next 10 years.  House Republicans have objected to this estimate because it doesn't account for the job growth that will result from the tax cut.  The Republicans might not have liked that estimate, but they were in such a hurry to pass their bill that they refused to wait for the CBO to calculate a dynamic score. However, dynamic scoring from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Tax Foundation both indicate that the deficit will increase by over $1 trillion.

An Open Letter to Congressman Tom Reed-Vote "NO" on the Tax Bill

Life is unfair. Some babies are born to billionaires and will never have to worry about working for food and shelter for the rest of their lives. Others are born into grinding poverty and may be homeless or unable to obtain enough food or medical care. The tax reform bill under consideration will increase the unfairness of the system by eliminating the estate tax. As you know, eliminating the estate tax benefits only those with estates worth over $5.49 million for a single person or $10.98 million for a couple.  Why would you want to make life more unfair than it already is?

A Plea To Form a Unity Pact Against Tom Reed

On October 10, John Hertzler, a candidate running to unseat Congressman Tom Reed, announced that he was planning to drop out of the Democratic Party to run as an Independent.

Wouldn't It Be Great If People Would Just Stop Fighting The President?

I saw a Trump supporter comment that it would be great if people would just stop fighting the President. The following is my response to this suggestion.

Can Donald Trump and Tom Reed Block Their Constituents On Social Media?

Can Tom Reed Legally Block His Constituents On Facebook?

 

My Congressman, Tom Reed, has two Facebook accounts. The first is his “Politician” Facebook page.  The second is his official government Facebook page.  Tom Reed (or an assistant) blocked me from posting on his “Politician” page well over a year ago and all my comments on that page have been deleted.  I am not sure exactly why he blocked me.  It might be because I have posted a comment or two that he didn’t like about the Iran nuclear deal.  I imagine he didn’t appreciate my column in the Ithaca Journal last year that criticized his bashing of the deal.

Or it might be because he made a post saying something that was bashing President Obama (I forget what it was, probably something about ObamaCare) and then said something like “Everyone who agrees with me, like this post.” I responded by saying, "I wish Facebook had an Unlike button".

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