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A revolution in politics is coming

Technology drives social and political change.
Just as newspapers and magazines are going out of business because of the Internet, and brick-and-mortar store sales increasingly are eclipsed by online shops, the day will soon come when how Americans do politics will also be up-ended.
That’s what long-time journalist Ron Fournier predicts in “The Era of Political Disruption,” in National Journal, Oct. 21, 2014. Below is his article:
From time to time in this column, I predict that the United States is entering an era of great political disruption, a bottom-up revolution on the scale of what upended the music, television, movie, media, and retail industries. Fueled by the radical connectivity of the Internet, abrupt new actors in those fields dismantled the status quo, shifted power downward, and created an explosion of options for consumers.
Consider what just one change wrought. You can now choose any musician’s song from any album, download it instantly and from virtually anywhere on earth for less than the price of a candy bar, and store it on a device with thousands of other tracks from just as many different singers. That’s power.
I ask you, how long until Americans recognized they’re no less equipped to disrupt politics and government? How soon before we stop settling for an inferior product in Washington and at statehouses? When do we demand more and better from the Democratic and Republican parties—or create new political organizations that usurp the old?
I don’t know the answers. I do believe it’s a matter of when, not if. Because, while we may be a presidential cycle or two away from the Great Disruption, you can already spot green shoots of populism emerging from an otherwise bleak midterm landscape.
Unsatisfied consumers: Disruption thrives when the status quo is not serving the needs of a changing public. Netflix, Amazon, and Buzzfeed wouldn’t exist if people had been satisfied with the way the entertainment, retail, and media industries were operating. The same American public that forced change on those industries is equally, if not more, annoyed with the political system.
A majority of Americans hold a negative view of the GOP, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal survey. The Democratic Party’s image is underwater, meaning that more people disapprove than approve of the party. The percentage of Americans identifying themselves as independents is rising steadily, from 31 percent in 2004 to 44 percent in September, according to a Gallup study cited by Democratic consultant Doug Sosnik.
“Americans’ long-brewing discontent shows clear signs of reaching a boiling point,” Sosnik wrote a year ago. “And when it happens, the country will judge its politicians through a new filter—one that asks, ‘Which side of the barricade are you on?’ ”
While many independents will vote Democratic or Republican, they’re doing so out of a lack of choice. Last year, NBC/Esquire commissioned a nonpartisan analysis of the electorate and determined that a full majority, 51 percent, make up a “New American Center,” voters whose attitudes and ideologies leave them without a natural home inside either the GOP or the Democratic Party. These voters share common values that run counter to the polarized, zero-sum ways of the two major parties.
Exacerbating this disconnect between the parties and the people is the public’s sour mood. Huge majorities of Americans say the country is on the wrong track. They see a grim future for themselves, their children, and their country. They believe their political leaders are selfish, greedy, and short-sighted—unable and/or unwilling to shield most people from wrenching economic and social change.
Ambitious disruptors: A handful of politicians are looking over the horizon and offering themselves as an alternative to the GOP and the Democratic Party. Independent candidate Greg Orman threatens to unseat GOP Sen. Pat Roberts in heavily Republican Kansas. Republican-turned-independent Larry Pressler has put the South Dakota race into play. A libertarian pizza delivery man may gobble up enough voters to determine the Senate race in North Carolina. In Alaska, Democrats are backing an independent Republican for governor.
In governor’s races, nearly a dozen incumbents are in various levels of danger; their challengers seizing the mantle of change.
Still, this year’s elections won’t result in a wave of newly elected independents, nor will a record number of incumbents lose their jobs. The Old Guard will conclude that the status quo is safe. But the Old Guard is a ship of fools, living on borrowed time. They remind me of smug newspaper publishers, music moguls, and bookstore-chain operators who were abruptly disrupted out of business.
“Look beneath the surface, and you’ll see this is more of an anti-incumbent, anti-establishment year than people realize,” said Joe Trippi, who helped bring modern technology to the political system while running a 2004 Democratic presidential campaign for Howard Dean. “Change is coming. Big change.”
Young disruptors: The ranks of the congressional candidates include a dozen or so millennials, people who came of age after 9/11. They include Elise Stefanik, 30, a Republican who helped me research a 2006 book about leadership when she was a Harvard undergraduate. Nick Troiano, 25, is running as an independent in Pennsylvania. “If I win, it will send a signal to Washington that you’d better watch out, that there’s a huge generation of millennials poised to disrupt politics as usual,” Troiano told me in April.
Even if the Old Guard defeats Stefanik, Troiano, and every other young candidate in November, they can’t stop the changes millennials would make to the system. This generation of Americans is relatively civic-minded, pragmatic, tolerant, diverse, and less interested in ideology than results. The only thing that can stop millennials from disrupting the system is the generation itself; young Americans are deeply disillusioned with politics and government, and their inclination to solve problems outside of traditional institutions could create a severe brain drain in Washington.
Conventional wisdom argues against even the remote possibility of an independent presidential bid; against the dismantling of old party structures and the creation of new ones; and against any structural reform to government. I get it. There are thousands of reasons why you might place your bets on the status quo.
I’ll put my money on the people. Trippi is right. Change is coming.
~End of Fournier article
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The question, of course, is how this political revolution will come about. We haven’t yet figured out the way.
I propose that we begin by each of us going independent, i.e., registering as Independents unaffiliated with either of the two main parties. I did that 10 years ago.
For conservatives, the Democrats are demon rats. Voting for any Democrat is completely out of the question.
But if you think the Republican Party is the answer, think again. Please acquaint yourself with a curious legal agreement that the GOP entered into with the Dems — the 1982 Consent Decree — in which the Republican Party agreed to neither contest nor combat voter fraud. See my post, Why the GOP won’t challenge vote fraud.”
See also “America’s Bipartisan Ruling Class vs. the People.
~Eowyn

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And It Took A Whole Day. "It's BUSH'S Fault"!!!

DEM TALKING POINT: IT’S BUSH’S FAULT!

US Press Blames George W. Bush for Obama‘s Unprecedented Eavesdropping.

———————————My Head Hurts ~Steve~————————–
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https://www.rushlimbaugh.com      June 06, 2013
RUSH: Have you seen the big news according to the mainstream press?  What do you think the big news is in the mainstream press?  No, it’s not Verizon.  This Verizon story, which we’re gonna get into, by the way, folks, sit tight.  I can’t do it all in the opening monologue.  This Verizon story — and I don’t think it’s just Verizon.  I think that’s just what we know.  But it’s broken by the UK Guardian.  The American media hasn’t broken a single Obama scandal.  The American media hasn’t taken the lead on any of the four major Obama scandals.  They’re just playing follow the leader.
Glenn Greenwald is the guy who wrote the story for the UK Guardian, and he got a leak from somewhere in the Justice Department. Somebody in the government had to leak it to him and they probably leaked it to others in the Drive-By Media in this country who are not interested.  And, in fact, I wasn’t gonna get into this now, but since Snerdley brought it up, our old buddy, Ron Fournier, the former bureau chief of the AP and White House correspondent, now works at the National Journal.
We have in the Obama administration — there’s nobody even close to the violation of privacy and civil liberties, nobody even close.  They can talk about Bush here, but nobody compares to what Obama’s done. In fact, folks, as you know, I read the tech blogs.  And I don’t mean to beat you over the head with that, but we have new people tuning into this program each and every day. I’m sorry if some of this is repetitive or redundant, but it’s quite necessary.  And in all these tech blogs, they just love Obama.
They have bought the myth. They drink the Kool-Aid that Obama’s the greatest civil libertarian, that Obama’s into privacy, that Obama’s just the greatest liberal that’s ever been — and they can’t believe this.  They just can’t believe that Obama would do this! They hated Bush for doing this! They can’t believe that Obama did this.  I don’t expect this to change anything, but our buddy Ron Fournier has this Verizon story with the NSA monitoring.
It’s not monitoring.  What they’re doing is this: They have demanded that, for three months, Verizon turn over the records of every phone call, what is called the “metadata.”  The metadata is the phone numbers, the length of time of each call, who originated the call, but not the contents (supposedly).  The contents are not part of what Verizon has to turn over.  The metadata is analyzed with very various algorithms. They it put through computer, analyze it, and come up with a data set.
Then if there is anything suspicious, the contents might be subpoenaed or requested.  But it is massive.  It is every phone call that Verizon handles. Every phone call!  If you call Domino’s on your Verizon cell phone, that call is being turned over to the NSA. Every phone call.  There’s nothing like this that has ever happened.  And the media, they just can’t believe it, either.  So our buddy Ron Fournier writes: “Welcome to the Bush-Obama White House — They’re Spying on Us.”
Welcome to “the Bush-Obama Era…”  Whose name is first in this story?  Bush! And it’s not just Ron Fournier.  It’s all over.  F. Chuck Todd at NBC says this is all Bush’s fault.  If Bush hadn’t been the guy that started this, Obama and Holder would not be doing it themselves.  (I kid you not.)  “Welcome to the era of Bush-Obama, a 16-year span of US history that will be remembered for an unprecedented erosion of civil liberties and a disregard for transparency.
“On the war against a tactic — terrorism — and its insidious fallout, the United States could have skipped the 2008 election.”  We coulda left Bush in, and everything would have been the same.  I mean, this is utterly embarrassingly shameless.  To bend over backwards or forwards or to pretzel yourself in whatever perverted position is necessary to include George W. Bush in this?  But that’s what they’re doing, because it just can’t be Obama’s fault.
It just can’t be!
They think they are Obama.  They think they’re the same culture, the same education, the same value system, the same pedigree, the same worldview, the same age. All of it! They think they are Obama, and they wouldn’t do anything like this. So it has to be some hidden, sinister force that is tugging Obama in this direction that’s totally against his own instincts — and it has to be that Bush paved the way to make it possible! Anyway, we’ll have more details on this the program unfolds.
But that’s not the big news in the media.  The big news in the media is Paris Jackson has been rushed to the hospital after an apparent suicide attempt, and the Drive-Bys have been exemplary in dropping all the nonsense in the news to give us minute by minute updates even though there aren’t any.  Now, if you don’t know who Paris Jackson is, then congratulations. You’re officially a high-information voter.
But since we are in the midst of our outreach to the low-information voter here at the EIB Network, I thought I’d better lead with the news that matters most to them and to the low-information news media.  That is that Paris Jackson, Michael’s daughter, tried to commit suicide out in California.  But they saved her.  She’s okay, and everything is cool.
RUSH: I want to focus on the NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers every day.  I don’t know that it’s probably just Verizon, but I’ll tell you what: This is the first time that any of this has come up under the Obama regime.  That’s not because Obama hasn’t been doing this.
I have no doubt that Obama has been collecting phone records and data and information on people from the get-go — and I have no doubt because I know liberals, folks.  I know how they are.  I know what liberalism is.  I know that they love exuding power and using it over people.  So I have no doubt that Obama has conducted operations like this on a far more massive scale than George Bush ever did.  The Drive-By Media today is typified by Ron Fournier’s piece: Oh, my God, look what Obama and Bush have been doing!  (In fact Bush’s name appears first in all these stories.)  Look what Bush and Obama have been doing! Oh, my God! How can this possibly happen?  Bush and Obama!
In fact, grab audio sound bite number three.  This is F. Chuck Todd: Unprecedented Obama surveillance is George Bush’s fault.  This is from the Today show this morning.
TODD:  This is part of a secret surveillance — domestic surveillance — program that was first launched during the Bush administration, and in order to do this court order, the Obama administration is essentially exploiting a part of the highly controversial Patriot Act.
Rest of Rush’s Monologue   HERE!!!!
 
 

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D.C. is turning against President Lucifer

Obama sinksMike Allen and Jim Vandehei report for Politico, May 14, 2013, that Washington, D.C. is turning on Obama.
Here are the signs:
1. The Republicans smell blood: One-third of all committees in the GOP-majority House of Representatives are investigating one thing or another of the Obama regime. Top Republicans tell Politico the Benghazi and IRS investigations both will last at least months, and probably until the midterms of 2014 and beyond. Republicans are also working up plans to use the backdrop of government incompetence and over-reach to try to further undermine implementation of Obamacare.
2. Establishment Democrats, never big fans of Obama to begin with, are starting to speak out. One Democrat who likes Obama and has been around town for many years says Obama’s aloofness has alienated many Democrats who think him distant and unapproachable: “He has never taken the Democratic chairs up to Camp David to have a drink or to have a discussion. You gotta stroke people and talk to them. It’s like courting: You have to send flowers and candy and have surprises. It’s a constant process. Now they’re saying, ‘He never talked to me in the good times.’” Black Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Md), a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, calls the IRS scandal “one of the most alarming things” he’s ever seen.
APTOPIX India Obama Inauguration Global Reax3. The liberal media are beginning to turn on Obama over the lies, bullying and shadiness. National Journal’s Ron Fournier, who covered the Clinton and Bush scandals and was once the AP Washington bureau chief, says: “One common thing with Benghazi and the IRS scandal, is we’re being misled every day. We were lied to on Benghazi, on the talking points behind Benghazi, for months. We were lied to by the IRS for months and now they’re sending a clear message to our sources: ‘Don’t embarrass the administration or we’re coming after you.’” Even diehard Obamabot New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd last weekend scolded the White House over Benghazi. The press, after years of being accused of being soft on Obama while being berated by West Wing aides on matters big and small, now has every incentive to be as ruthless as can be.

Whether all this means that the Dems and State Run Media will actually really desert America’s first black president remains to be seen….

~Eowyn
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Romney won, POS lost – The Left in meltdown

The consensus is that Mitt Romney won last night’s first presidential debate in Denver.

Here are the post-debate polling data, followed by the Left’s weeping and gnashing of teeth.

CNN: According to a nationwide CNN/ORC International survey conducted right after the debate, two-thirds (67%) said that Romney won the faceoff, with one in four saying that the POS won.

NewsMax: According to Newsmax/InsiderAdvantage Flash Poll conducted immediately after the debate of 373 likely voters, 52% said Romney won; 45% said the POS won. 3% were undecided/neither. Pollster Matt Towery says “the results largely followed party lines, but independents broke in favor of Romney, moving the dial in his favor.”

The morbidly obese leftwing filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted: “If Romney keeps this up…Obama is going to vote for him!” “Romney is channeling the look and sound of Reagan. Obama is giving a professor’s lecture.” Moore’s last tweet of the evening was to blame it all on John Kerry: “This is what happens when u pick John Kerry as your debate coach.”

MSNBC’s Chris “Tingles” Matthews: “I don’t know what he [Obama] was doing out there. He had his head down, he was enduring the debate rather than fighting it. … Romney, on the other hand, came in with a campaign. He had a plan, he was going to dominate the time, he was going to be aggressive, he was going to push the moderator around, which he did effectively…” Matthews bemoaned to a somber Rachel Maddow, “Mitty beat the ever-loving snot out of him. Obama looked like a retard.” Matthews’ recommendation to the POS is that he should start watching cable TV news, specifically Matthews’ program. LOL

National Journal’s Ron Fournier blamed it on “the curse of incumbency”: “Like many of his predecessors, President Obama fell victim Wednesday night to high expectations, a short fuse, and a hungry challenger. If Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney didn’t win the first of three presidential debates outright, he more than covered the spread. He was personable, funny, and relentlessly on the attack against a heavily favored Obama. The president looked peeved and flat as he carried a conversation, for the first time in four years, with somebody telling him he’s wrong.”

Former Clinton campaign adviser James Carville blamed it on Romney not having”a conversation” with the POS: “Let’s be real. They have run a very good campaign thus far. I don’t think that President Obama did what this campaign wanted him to do. I think he was off his game tonight. But let’s don’t go overboard here. It will be like a big sort of pushback. … My point is this — President Obama came in, he wanted to have a conversation. It takes two people to have a conversation. Mitt Romney came in with a chainsaw. He’s trying to talk to a chainsaw.”

Homosexual “gay marriage doesn’t mean monogamy” pundit Andrew Sullivan: “Look: you know how much I love the guy [Obama] … and I can see the logic of some of Obama’s meandering, weak, professorial arguments. But this was a disaster for the president for the key people he needs to reach, and his effete, wonkish lectures may have jolted a lot of independents into giving Romney a second look. Obama looked tired, even bored; he kept looking down; he had no crisp statements of passion or argument; he wasn’t there. … The person with authority on that stage was Romney – offered it by one of the lamest moderators ever, and seized with relish. This was Romney the salesman. And my gut tells me he sold a few voters on a change tonight. It’s beyond depressing. But it’s true.”

Like the other leftists, Obama’s spokesperson Stephanie Cutter also scapegoated moderator Jim Lehrer, blaming the PBS news anchor for being passive and allowing Mitt Romney to act as the moderator instead. “I sometimes wondered if we even needed a moderator because we had Mitt Romney.”

Well done, Governor Romney!

You thoroughly knew America’s economic problems; was in command of the economic data and statistics, but also presented the human side of our present economic misery; effectively conveyed and explained your proposed solutions (especially why the individual tax rate should be lowered because unlike big corporations, small businesses don’t qualify for the corporate tax rate because they are considered as “individual” taxpayers); firmly disagreed with the POS and explained why; and promptly corrected the POS whenever he mischaracterized your policies.

You were persuasive because you can point to your record of successful governorship of Massachusetts, whereas the POS has only 3+ years of abject failure.

I especially appreciate your resounding reminder to all Americans that the proper role of government, above all, is to uphold America’s Constitution and our founding document, the Declaration of Independence’s promise and commitment to the preciousness of life and liberty, and its affirmation of our Creator.

You did all that without being rude or condescending. On the contrary, throughout the debate, not only did you show respect for B.S. Obama because he holds the Office of the Presidency of the United States of America, you looked at him with a smile and with eyes brimming with kindness. (Romney’s kindness is borne out by his donation of one-third – over $4 million – of his income to charities in 2011.)

The eyes are windows into our souls. It’s your kind eyes that have completely won my heart.

Governor Romney, I will be so proud to have you be my president — the 45th President of the United States of America (2013-2020)!

~Eowyn

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