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Trump's immigration & voter suppression could be related

Republicans know they are dying demographically, so to postpone the inevitable, they are trying to keep non-whites from voting.

They can't stop immigrants who are already here and legally in the pipeline for citizenship from eventually becoming citizens and voting, but they can make the country a lot less attractive for legal and illegal immigrants.

One side effect of the child separation policy is illegal immigrants being less likely to bring their kids with them, but since families still need the money & businesses LOVE exploitable cheap labor, dad and/or mom will still come but more likely for limited stays instead of setting down roots.

I don't think it will work long term because minorities are too large a percentage of our population unlike Jews in Germany who were less than 1%.

But to fight back, we need candidates motivated more by principle than the big payday at the end of their time in elected office.

This American Life nailed the problem at core of Democratic Party

A Democratic voter who had worked for the State Department and was a high school teacher was looking for someone to back in the primary against his Republican congressional rep and noticed that one of the candidates was a CEO of a medical devices company who outsourced jobs and another was a lawyer for a top lobbying firm, so he got into the race himself.

Some of his friends were politically connected and tried to hook him up with big donors.

I was shocked that he said there were upfront demands about changing his policy positions before they would donate. He didn't call it quid pro quo, but I sure as hell would.

Maybe this in inescapable, but we need candidates who will say no to people with money on at least a few key issues like not privatizing public education, not saying free higher education is pie in the sky when you give twice the cost of that in defense spending increases, and making healthcare truly affordable by either single payer or putting a choke chain on insurance companies at minimum.

Every Democrat on both sides should listen to this.

It's My Party and I'll Try If I Want To

But often things would take a turn. One major democratic donor, a former Goldman Sachs guy actually, he told Beals Medicare for All is a handout. And it's a political loser. Lots of big donors saw it as this lefty thing that could sandbag the party in general elections. They remember the backlash to Obamacare. Another guy, an investment banker type, he says, sure. I'll contribute.

Jeff Beals
I'll contribute to your campaign. But you have to change your website because it says "rigged economy." And you need to change, "rigged economy" on your website. I don't like that. And it's just a distortion. And I said, well, I can't change that.

Ben Calhoun
He couldn't change that because that would mean giving up the main argument he thinks Democrats should be making right now.

Jeff Beals
I think that a lot of democratic politics has been about trying to find the least offensive cause to the donor class to rally people around while stepping on the fewest toes. And there are worthy causes you can rally people around. Guns-- you can rally people around that. And you could maybe get to 51-49 and win.


Mueller? Mueller....?

What will centrist Democrats do to undo Janus if they regain power?

When Republicans briefly held power in Congress after World War II, they passed the Taft Hartley Act that substantially weakened unions. Half of Democrats in the Senate voted to override President Truman's veto and pass the law.

Once Democrats regained control, they had DECADES to undo it, but let it stand.

My concern with Janus is not that it can't be undone, but that it won't.

What are centrists saying they are going to do about this, and what evidence if any is there that they will actually do it?

I believe Justice Garland would have voted against it, but Democrats seem unwilling to play hardball with Republicans when needed, which might lead many to conclude they don't mind what they are doing that much.

MJ Hagar for Texas: Doors (powerful video by a military vet candidate)


PIC: AMBER ALERT for Trump admin

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