Sunday, January 31, 2016

What Next for the Left?

The Weekly Standard ^ | JAMES W. CEASER 

A strange period has now passed into history. Captivated by a presidential campaign in 2008, Americans by the millions came to believe that a new leader would be able to produce more than a transformed society and an era of world peace. Politics could be extended beyond its ordinary boundaries and bring about a spiritual renewal. This exhilarating prospect fed on its own spiraling expectations, surprising even its original purveyors.
Faith in this political religion eventually dissipated. Four years into the experience, many ceased to believe. Today most have forgotten. Politics has retreated to its more usual limits, focusing on the harder core of ideology.
Modern progressivism has driven much of American politics for the past seven years. It now fully owns the Democratic party. President Obama failed to achieve the general electoral realignment that many anticipated after 2008, but he succeeded in creating an ideological realignment within his own party. The result was attained by subtraction. Advocates of rival positions - New Democrats, "blue dogs," pro-lifers - were either sacrificed or induced to sacrifice themselves. The Democratic party is now divided between a progressive wing and a more progressive wing, one that openly wears the label of socialist.
Modern progressivism is a combination of three components: theories inherited from the original progressives of the early 20th century; ideas introduced since the 1960s by the intellectual movements of the left (the New Left, multiculturalism, postmodernism); and the practices and patterns of behavior that have resulted from progressivism's central role in shaping American politics and culture.
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Republican Activists Think Donald Trump Is Their Best Shot To Win

You Gov Poll ^ |  01/29/2016 03:11 pm ET 

The most politically active members of the Republican Party have warmed to Donald Trump’s bid for the party’s presidential nomination since last summer, according to a new YouGov poll, which finds 68 percent now think he could win the general election.
While most surveys attempt to reflect the entire electorate, this one is the latest in a trio of polls focusing solely on Republican activists: well-informed party stalwarts who've run for or held office, served as party officials, worked on campaigns or volunteered their time before elections.
They provide some insight into the role of GOP political leaders in an election cycle where public opinions have repeatedly flouted the establishment. With days until the Iowa caucus and only a scattered handful of endorsements coming from elected officials in Washington, there are increasing signs that the Republican establishment is losing its grip on its activist base.
The latest survey, conducted Jan. 14-20, finds that activists now see Trump as one of three candidates, along with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who are capable of delivering victory in November.
As in national polls, Donald Trump leads as the activists' first choice, taking 29 percent, with Cruz at a relatively close 25 percent, and Marco Rubio at 17 percent.
A gap persists between two groups: volunteers, who've donated significant time or money, and "semi-pros," who've worked in politics or run for office themselves. The volunteers split solidly for Trump, while the professionals are close to evenly divided between Trump and Cruz.
While there's little precedent for candidates who lack political experience winning a nomination, let alone the presidency, a 68 percent majority of the activists surveyed now say that Trump is capable of winning a general election.
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Obama (the Muslim) to visit U.S. mosque with terrorist ties!

Daily Caller ^ | 1/30/16 | daily caller 

The Baltimore mosque President Obama has chosen as the first U.S.-based mosque to visit during his presidency has deep ties to extremist elements, including to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The White House announced on Saturday that Obama will visit the Islamic Society of Baltimore (ISB) on Wednesday. He has visited several mosques overseas as president but has resisted visiting one in the homeland. The purpose of the trip, according to the White House, is to “celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation and reaffirm the importance of religious freedom to our way of life.”
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Hillary: A Lie Wrapped Inside Deceit, Inside a Crime

US Defense Watch ^ | January 30, 2016 | Ray Starmann 

Oh, what a web we weave, when we practice to deceive…
Hillary’s really not very good at her main job; that of a professional liar.
Every time Hillary Clinton is asked by the media about her involvement in the Email Scandal, she continually states that she did not receive or send any information marked classified at the time.
When pressed on this, she comments that the information might have become classified at a later date, after it flowed through her non-secure server and into the hands of Putin, ISIS, Xi, Kim Jong-Un and the maniacal Mullahs of Teheran.
Anyone who knows anything about the storage and proper dissemination of classified information knows that this comment is an outright falsehood, or what they call in Texas a crock of s**t. Classified information is not an egg. It doesn’t sit unclassified under glass and an eighty watt bulb and eventually hatch to classified status one day.
Hillary has been trying to con us all since the Golden Age of Slick Willie and midnight cocaine runs in Arkansas. She’s been a little too clever this time though. Her legalese comments about not receiving or sending anything mark classified, bounce right back to her army of minions at the State Department. They were obviously following orders to liquid paper, delete and tape mask anything marked classified before it was scanned and sent to her email address,
Hillary’s answers are so rehearsed that they’d almost be laughable, if the national security crisis she’s caused wasn’t so serious. I’m sure she’ll be trying to put on a glove that’s too small and announcing to the world, that if the glove doesn’t fit, you must aquit.
The latest revelations concerning Madam Secretary saturated the media yesterday. In addition to the 1600 classified emails that Hillary mishandled, the State Department revealed that 22 above top secret, special access program emails were sent through Hillary’s non-secure server. That’s the server that was hidden behind a 12 pack of Charmin in the closet of a Boulder, Colorado, john. Of course the two pot-smoking, Whole Foods shopping, Uncle Ho sandal wearing, Taliban bearded hipsters running the computer company had no clearance to handle that information, which is another issue that hasn’t been mentioned by the media.
Hillary’s Heroes were quick to come to her defense. State Department spokesman, Rear Admiral Kirby looked like he had been pumped with embalming fluid, while the press used him as a human dart board. His previous job description at the Pentagon included lying to the world about our Five O’Clock Charlie air campaign against ISIS. He’s probably wondering how he got himself into being the front man for the wilderness of mirrors surrounding Ma Barker Clinton.
The Clinton campaign staff was trying to calm the media by stating that those Top Secret/Special Access Program documents, revealing human intelligence sources and operations all over the globe were all over-classified. According to people like Brian Fallon, her campaign manager, the system is at fault for making what should be just a standard government memorandum, above top secret information.
Uh huh…
White House spokesman and compulsive liar, Josh Earnest stated that the focus of the FBI investigation, you know the one with 100 agents, isn’t Hillary Clinton.
Who then is the focus of the investigation Josh, Yogi the Bear?
No doubt Hillary is the focus, but the FBI is surely targeting Hillary’s staff, aka the Liquid-Paper Team. I have always wondered about Huma Abedin? Born in Michigan, but raised in the Middle East to Indian and Pakistani parents, she is the perfect mole to be filtering information to Damascus and Moscow and Teheran and whoever else.
On the other hand, with the Cannabis Crew running Hillary’s non-secure server was a penetration agent even needed? The Russians probably have a harder time cracking Ashley Madison passwords then they did getting Hillary’s server information.
Obviously, anyone else who did what Hillary has done would already be on the Christmas fruitcake mail list at Leavenworth. But, maybe Hillary’s days of skating by the law have ended.
GOP sources claim that the FBI will recommend that she be indicted. The question is what will Loretta Lynch and the Justice Department do after that? What will Obama do in that case?
Socialist Bernie Sanders knows he has a chance to take New Hampshire and Iowa and to go on a Bolshevik Super Tuesday steamroll. He’s more energized now than Doctor Zhivago on a three day weekend pass in a dacha with Julie Christie. As the bad news builds for Hillary, his campaign money and followers increase.
But, if nothing happens to Hillary and she does win the election, she would be the biggest crook to reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue since Dick Nixon, John Mitchell and G. Gordon Liddy with his burning candle tricks lit up the White House.
How much more evidence does the nation need? Hillary Clinton is a liar. Hillary Clinton is a fraud. Hillary Clinton is a criminal who has escaped indictment time and time again.
Hillary, in her self-induced cloud of narcissistic delusion has forgotten one supreme fact. The mills of God grind slowly, but exceedingly fine.

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