What the Democrats Don’t Get …And Why It Could Cost Them the Election

What the Democrats Don’t Get (And Why It Could Cost Them the Election)
by John Atcheson –  August 02, 2016 by Common Dreams

Maybe the Democratic Party convention looked like a smashing success. But was it? (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

If you’re a Democrat, you probably think the Democratic Convention was a big success.  Not only did they silence the Bernie die-hards, but they dispatched some serious heavy artillery on Trump by calling out his fear mongering and his megalomanic, “Only I can fix it.”

And, yes, the first post-convention polling suggests Hillary got a bump from the convention, and Trump continues to be an idiot. But so far, Democrats have failed to confront the two issues they most need to address, and unless they do, that bump will disappear and it’s likely to cost them the election.

The first issue they neglected is the very real fear and anger most voters are feeling, and the second is the deep distrust the vast majority of voters have for Hillary.  

Network’s Howard Beale Explains It All – “I’m Mad as Hell and I’m Not Going to Take It Anymore.” 

If you want to understand the anger, just go here, and Howard Beale, “The Mad Prophet of the Airwaves” will explain it to you. 

Uploaded on Mar 19, 2008 This is one of my all time favorite scenes from any movie – Peter Finch as Howard Beale is absolutely electrifying. What is chilling to me is how pertinent his rant is today… see for yourselves.

Many people—particularly Trump’s supporters—agree that America is a scary place, because for them it is. Oh, maybe it’s not the wild west dystopia that Trump makes it out to be, but most people are having a hard time making ends meet, and their future looks even worse. They haven’t had a raise since 1980, and if they’ve been laid off, they can’t find a job that pays a living wage. They can’t afford to retire, for the last three decades they’ve been told social security will be insolvent, and for the first time in anyone’s memory, it’s likely that their children will be worse off than they were.  [Read more]

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  • Clyde Duncan  On August 4, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    An Open Letter to Khizr Khan

    Dear Mr. Khan,

    I want to preface this letter by stating that I respect your son’s sacrifice for this great nation. By all accounts, he is a true hero that sacrificed himself in service to our country. For that I am thankful.

    As a veteran, I watched your comments at the Democratic National Convention with a mixture of sadness, and anger.

    The United States has a military comprised of volunteers. Every single member has made the conscious choice to join the military and serve. There is not a single service member who has been forced into service. It is important for all service members (and apparently, their families) to understand that service to this great nation does not imbue one with special privileges or rights. I found your comments troubling when you said: “Have you ever been to Arlington cemetery? Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”

    Does it matter whether Mr. Trump has sacrificed “…nothing and no one?”…has Ms. Clinton “..sacrificed” for this nation? How about Mr. Obama? Your comment stating that Mr. Trump “…has sacrifice no one” is alarming. Are you intimating that YOU sacrificed? Sir, your son willingly sacrificed himself. As a father I cannot imagine the pain you must feel but his sacrifice is his own. He was not forced to serve.

    I am troubled that you would allow a party that has little more than contempt for the US Service Member to parade you into the DNC to denounce Donald Trump.

    Did you watch when protesters at the DNC booed and heckled Medal of Honour recipient Capt. Florent Groberg? Did you notice your party interrupting the moment of silence for slain police officers? Your own hypocrisy in not denouncing these acts and instead using the DNC as a platform to make a political point is disgraceful.

    The simple fact is that whether one served or sacrificed does not give greater power to their statements. One vote is as valuable as another. That sir, is why our Country is great. Your condemnation of one person for a statement while standing idly as your party disparages veterans and police officers is the height of hypocrisy.

    To conflate the need to prevent potential terrorists from entering our country with the belief that ‘all Muslims’ should be banned is simply wrong and disingenuous.

    As a reminder, Mr. Trump said: ” “Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life,” The irony of your son’s own death at the hands of these very people in Iraq should not be ignored.

    I have little doubt that your son would have recognized the need to protect our country from these very people. In fact, he held is own troops back so that he could check on a suspicious car. Your son understood sacrifice and how to protect “his people”…’his soldiers’….’his fellow Americans’…

    As you continue to make the media circuit and bask in the glow of affection cast upon you by a party that has little regard for your son’s own sacrifice, and veterans in general, I would ask you to consider your comments and your position more closely.


    Chris Mark

    US Marine and Navy Veteran.

    **I suppose this veteran, Chris Mark, is entitled to his opinion, as much as Mister Khan. The forum is called a DEMOCRATIC Convention – It is about democracy.

    Delegates are entitled to freely express their opinions – no one gets beaten up, and no one is thrown out of the assembly – they are all allowed to freely express dissent. That is DEMOCRACY in action.

    As readers can imagine, there are several comments in support of Chris Mark’s Open Letter – and some challenging him. Chris has responded to a few and stated that he may NOT vote in the upcoming elections in November 2016.

    Of course, I have an opinion on that position – Life is about CHOICES …. especially if you are a veteran – you must make decisions; being a by-stander is never a good option.

    I am intentionally choosing to share an opinion, with which I agree verbatim:

    Chris, I too am a veteran of both the Marines and the Navy. While I disagree with Mr. Kahn’s political choices he was absolutely correct in stating that Trump has done nothing in service to this nation. Trump has attacked veterans and hero’s several times; where was your outrage then?

    When Donald Trump went after McCain’s service; where was your voice? And so many other vets were all silent. I disagree with McCain’s politics but I recognize the courage and honour that it took to stick it out in the Hanoi Hilton.

    Donald Trump attacked Mr Kahn’s wife who did nothing other stand next to her husband as he delivered his speech – some man to attack a woman who made not one utterance against him.

    Donald Trump feeds his ego by causing these dust ups so that the uninformed will rush to his rescue. Maybe you should learn a little about the candidate you think should be the next leader of the free world. I will ask you the same thing I have asked all Trump supporters “tell me the difference between the two”?

    • De castro  On August 4, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      What a choice…
      Titati or Titata ?
      Wicked witch or Hitler !

      Feel sorry for American voters…
      the one who are registered and
      Vote. The lucky ones are not registered
      and cannot vote.
      Sad times for democracy !
      Que sera
      PS most service personnel
      volunteer to obtain USA green

  • Observer21  On August 4, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    I am not sorry for the Americans, they will get the President they deserve.

  • Clyde Duncan  On August 5, 2016 at 8:40 am

    August 4, 2016
    Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Pseudo-Election 2016

    If you’re of a certain age (as I am), there’s something that should have startled you recently and yet, as far as I know, no one has bothered to mention it:

    Anytime in the last seven decades, any American politician running for any position from dogcatcher to president who had called on Russia’s leaders for help in a domestic campaign (no less for them to release the supposedly cyber-hacked emails of a former Secretary of State) would have been pilloried. His or her career would have instantly been over; his or her reputation turned to ash; his or her future life, rubble. No exceptions.

    Yet the immortal Donald Trump, the Incredible Hulk of present-day American politics, did just that — not once but twice.

    First, he said: “By the way, [the Russians] hacked — they probably have her 33,000 [missing] emails. I hope they do. They probably have her 33,000 emails that she lost and deleted because you’d see some beauties there. So let’s see.”

    Then, assumedly just in case anyone had missed what he was getting at, he put it even more bluntly:

    “Russia, if you’re listening: I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let’s see if that happens.”

    And he lived to tell the tale and threaten to “hit” not Russian President Vladimir Putin, but former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (who dissed him at the Democratic convention) “so hard his head would spin.” It’s true that a little flurry of press accounts reported on the way Trump had inserted himself into an already roiling scandal involving the possible Russian cyber hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computers. It’s also true that various national security state types leapt, in typical Cold War fashion, to accuse him of engaging in acts that were “tantamount to treason,” or of having committed an actual, prosecutable crime. But they, not The Donald, were clearly the dinosaurs of our post-asteroid moment.

    For the first time in 70-plus years, an American politician made mockery of the knowns and givens of the American national security state’s definition of The Enemy and got away scot free.

    So consider Trump’s plea to Putin as an announcement that we’ve all been thrust willy-nilly into a new age, a new era so strange that we need TomDispatch regular Andrew Bacevich, author of America’s War for the Greater Middle East, to begin to unravel it for us. Tom

    The Decay of American Politics – An Ode to Ike and Adlai
    By Andrew J. Bacevich

    My earliest recollection of national politics dates back exactly 60 years to the moment, in the summer of 1956, when I watched the political conventions in the company of that wondrous new addition to our family, television. My parents were supporting President Dwight D. Eisenhower for a second term and that was good enough for me. Even as a youngster, I sensed that Ike, the former supreme commander of allied forces in Europe in World War II, was someone of real stature. In a troubled time, he exuded authority and self-confidence. By comparison, Democratic candidate Adlai Stevenson came across as vaguely suspect. Next to the five-star incumbent, he seemed soft, even foppish, and therefore not up to the job. So at least it appeared to a nine-year-old living in Chicagoland.

    Of the seamy underside of politics I knew nothing, of course. On the surface, all seemed reassuring. As if by divine mandate, two parties vied for power. The views they represented defined the allowable range of opinion. The outcome of any election expressed the collective will of the people and was to be accepted as such. That I was growing up in the best democracy the world had ever known — its very existence a daily rebuke to the enemies of freedom — was beyond question.

    Naïve? Embarrassingly so. Yet how I wish that Election Day in November 2016 might present Americans with something even loosely approximating the alternatives available to them in November 1956. Oh, to choose once more between an Ike and an Adlai.


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