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Christian Persecution in India "Very Troubling" Franklin Graham Says, But Backs Trump Friendship

Source: Newsweek

Christian support organizations have expressed unease at President Donald Trump's warm reception for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, given that the latter has overseen a surge in anti-Christian violence since coming into office in 2014.

But prominent evangelical leader Franklin Graham—a close confidant of Trump and the son of the late preacher Billy Graham—has argued that the president must befriend Modi to encourage improved conditions for the country's 65 million Christians, recommending that in the meantime devotees pray for Modi to change his ways.

Read more: https://www.newsweek.com/christian-persecution-india-very-troubling-franklin-graham-1461042

Sorry, Indian Christians, it doesn't look like Franklin is going to acknowledge your existence any more. I guess you won't be getting thousands of boxes full of dollar store junk this Christmas.

Venezuela comparison more like Trump than Sanders


I like this comparison. Venezuela is what it is because of its corrupt government, not because of a socialist economy. Had Venezuela been a stable democracy, it has oil resources that, equitably distributed, could build infrastructure, handle utilities and support a variety of government service that would keep the population prosperous and the government stable and productive. But it never has been politically stable and it doesn't matter whether it is capitalist or socialist, greed and dishonesty rob it of stability. It has nothing to do with its economy which really isn't socialist, but which is an oligarchy of the rich. It's where the US is headed if Trump gets four more years.

I've given up on the idea of any kind of health care reform in the US that will knock the profit margin out and actually make health care a basic human right. Even a Sanders presidency wouldn't succeed at getting that through Congress. My hopes for this election have narrowed down to just getting rid of Trump. It doesn't look like the Democrats are going to behave or coalesce in such a way as to get much more done everywhere else than that. We need a big time voter registration drive to get dormant segments of the electorate out to the polls and a boots-on-the-ground effort prior to the election to motivate and move anyone who is breathing to vote straight ticket Democrat. But everyone is too concerned with themselves and putting everyone else down.

Handing Trump a Second Term


Trump's campaign staff got a good night's rest last night, perhaps their first in months, after the boxing match in Las Vegas. Let that happen again, candidates, and it won't matter who's nominated because Trump will be re-elected.

Time for a Show of Unity


Love the idea.

OK, You can stop this now!

Come on people. Get a clue. All this snarky trash talk, backbiting and hostility has to stop. You are handing the orange headed buffoon in the White House campaign fodder that he doesn't need. The reality is, we do not need four more years of Donald Trump! But unless the character assassination and the fighting going on among Democrats right now doesn't stop, that's exactly what we are going to get and we will only have ourselves to blame for it.

The Democratic party has the best opportunity to recapture the White House and the Senate, on top of more gains in the House, all because the "blue wave" that kicked off almost immediately after orange hair got elected has snowballed with each incompetent, inept, stupid thing this buffoon has done. Support among his own party has dropped, the head to head polling so far is good news for Democrats all the way around and that's without any major investment in attack advertising by the DNC (though Bloomberg isn't restraining himself in that department and good for him!). Every stupid tweet, every lie, every inept move, costs him support. Look at what happened as the facts were laid out and people made up their minds when everything was on the table during the impeachment, and we haven't even heard the whole story yet. Post impeachment, more stuff is coming out, including his blatant attempts to interfere in the criminal cases against his associates who broke the law. Yeah, there are a lot of deplorables out there who are just like him and who have no values or morals to speak of who continue to support him with grunts and pumped fists, but there are a lot of Americans who didn't go to the ballot box in 2016 who are regretting their decision.

The Democrats will offer the only viable alternative. I believe every Democrat who has tossed their hat into the ring understands what is at stake, and understands that they will have to lay out a campaign that Americans will embrace in large enough numbers not only to win the election but to teach the GOP a lesson about this constitutional democratic republic, the rule of law and what happens when you place partisan interests above patriotism. Every Democrat running gets that. And every Democrat running, whether you're on board with the fine tuned details of their health care plan or tax reform plan, understands what they will have to do on the national stage to beat Donald Trump. We will pick one of them, not because we think they have the best plan for selling more corn to China, but because we think they will set this country back on the track toward understanding what it means to live under the RULE OF LAW and have respect for THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION.

The two most meaningful places I have ever visited are Independence Hall in Philadelphia and the National Archives in Washington, DC. The first time I stood in that little corridor in Independence Hall between the courtroom and the legislative chamber where both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written, I couldn't hold back the tears. Same thing at the Archives, though you only get a few seconds to gaze at those faded, blurry pages. In November of 2017, I had the privilege of escorting two high school foreign exchange students, one from Switzerland, one from China, on a tour of both of those places. The Chinese student cried. When we were talking about it at lunch, he said he saw a lot of Americans just take their freedom for granted because they have absolutely no idea what it is like to live without it.

It's time for Democrats and Independents who realize what's at stake to start acting like it. You have the freedom to say what you want, and believe what you want, but you also have the freedom to do something that will help wipe Donald Trump's footprints off the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and retrieve it from the trash can where he threw it. That requires a step up and "going high" as President Obama would say, certainly during our own primaries.

O'Donnell points to polling showing all six top tier Democrats leading Trump


From Bloomberg leading by nine and Sanders by seven to Klobuchar and Buttigieg at 5 and 4%, Trump's ineptness and stupidity are costing him support.

There should be no fear of any weakness from any of the Democratic candidates as far as I am concerned. So Bernie is a soclalist and some pig headed, stupid Americans don't know enough about that to vote for him. They wouldn't be any more likely to vote for Bloomberg, Buttigieg, Biden or Klobuchar either because people who have that kind of bigotry and ignorance are going to support Trump no matter what. The Democrats need a candidate who will activate some of the dormant constituents of the party in the deep South to drag senators and congressmen over the line and in the larger, progressive states to win those electoral votes in places like Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and even in North Carolina and Texas. Let the process go and let them nominate whomever. They can all win and I'll bet anyone that we have both a Democratic president and senate to join a larger house majority after November.

Don't blow this


This is good. We're going to get health care reform, economic reform, tax reform and just about every kind of reform you can think about in the US if a Democrat is elected. So the Democrats running need to stop sniping at each other, burying each other under policy wonking and show some unity of purpose so that everyone can fully support the nominee without nasty attack ads showing their words and deeds up to the nominating convention.

Surely Someone in the Democratic Party can figure this out...

We need to beat Trump not make him and his antics the focus of the election. This is a chance that only comes along once in a couple of generations, a sitting President who stirs up hatred and who has high negative numbers. The Democratic nominee has a chance to win 55% of the vote and over 300 electoral votes. So why is there all this bickering, fighting and killing each other off?

Democrats Better Pull it Together Now and Start Unloading


Come on people. Bloomberg is nailing it in his television ads. Figure it out or put me in charge!

Should we get used to this or do something about it?


Wanna bet Trump's campaign or some foreign interference is behind the Iowa glitch?
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