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Death of our Democracy?

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

In this Oct. 18, 2011 photo, traffic passes the New York Times building, Tuesday, in New York.  The New York Times Co. stock rose sharply on Thursday, July 26, 2012 after the media company reported that second-quarter revenue increased more than expected.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

In this Oct. 18, 2011 photo, traffic passes the New York Times building, Tuesday, in New York. The New York Times Co. stock rose sharply on Thursday, July 26, 2012 after the media company reported that second-quarter revenue increased more than expected. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

As the cold winds of fascism sweep across America, fear engulfs Europe while celebrations erupt in Russia. Vladimir Putin has succeeded in dealing a deadly blow to American democracy where Russian leaders Lenin, Stalin and Brezhnev failed. Russia celebrates as their puppet; Donald J. Trump is elected President of the United States.

Trumps successful fascists campaign was aided by Putin, as the ex KGB intelligence officer and head of Russian Foreign Security, hacked the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton supporters, releasing damaging emails that may not have even been true. It was the first time a foreign country meddled in an American election and shockingly the Putin lead attacks of democracy were successful.

Trumps campaign was deemed as fascist early in the Republican Primary by Republican Presidential candidates. Trump’s brand of fascism brandished all the characteristics of fascism, as noted in the New York Times, including creating “a cult of action, a celebration of aggressive masculinity, an intolerance of criticism, a fear of difference and outsiders, a pitch to the frustrations of the lower middle class, an intense nationalism and resentment at national humiliation, and a “popular elitism” that promises every American that they’re part of “the best people of the world.”

Often his rallies were filled with hate; suspicion and violence as the opposition were often beaten by his fascist supporters. His rhetoric and speeches closely reflected the words and speeches of Adolph Hitler. He preached religious intolerance and cast suspicious on immigrants. He proposed bans of Muslims and Mexicans. He was a master at bringing out the worst in the human condition as his supporters wildly and violently embraced his fascist rhetoric.

Since Trump was elected, hate crimes is exploding across America as noted by the Southern Poverty Law Center. On the world stage, the situation is not much better as NATO nations ponder an America that will not defend them against Russian aggression, as signaled by Donald Trump. Concerns also exist over a new arms race with nuclear weapons as an uninformed Trump recently indicated. The world is quickly becoming unraveled as the realization of Trump sets in. Russia and Putin are posed to be the real winners of the election of Trump, while America will be the loser.

In his election, Trump discussed of draining the swamp, in reference to addressing the perceived problems being Washington. Since the election, his betrayal of the American people is becoming clearer as he fills government positions with [creatures from the swamp] billionaires and Wall Street CEOs.

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 2.8 million votes (2,864,978} but Putin’s man [Trump] will be president. It is starting to look like Trump was right; he will make Russia great again and Putin knows it!

Early Voting Begins Wednesday, October 19th

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

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The Unicoi County Democratic Party urges you to vote for Hillary Clinton. She is the only qualified candidate for president. She has spent her life of service working for the poor and middle class. Hillary Clinton will make an excellent president. Go to Hillary Clinton’s website to learn more about her life of service and policies to more America forward.13631554_10202035292160011_573393441831653436_n

Trump Attacks

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

As Trump’s campaign implodes, he is increasing his claims that the election is rigged against him. Trump’s words appear to be designed to prepare his supporters for imminent defeat.

Trump continues to erode support for our democratic system by false claims that conspiracy is underway against him. Today, he twitted, “The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary — but also at many polling places — SAD,”

As is the norm, his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, spent the day trying to undo Trump claims. Pence said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he and Mr. Trump “will absolutely accept the result of the election.”

His mislead supporters appear to believe Trump’s words, as violence continues to grow at his events. It appears he is attempting to dampen turnout and/or cause his supporters to deny the legitimacy of the results if he loses.

American elections are void of fraud at any level, but some fear that Trump’s false charge of fraud is destabilizing the election by encouraging his supporters to monitor the election in areas where opposition support [large cities] will be large. Will violence occur in these areas as a result of stirring up his wing-nut supporters? Will we experience an Election Day fiasco?

The game Trump is playing is very dangerous and poses a threat to our democracy. This is the type of thing that happens in a banana republic under the directive of a third world dictator. This tactic is reminiscent of the threats to jail Hillary Clinton, something dictators do to political opposition. His behavior [much like a dictator] is designed to create disturbance and if played out in polling places across the country, has the potential to destabilize the election.

His conduct continues to place down ballet Republicans candidates in a difficult position as they balance winning their elections by distancing themselves from Trump without a angering many of their voters who fervently support Trump. Trump is creating the perfect storm from the Republican Party.

Republican governors are being forced by Trump’s stump speech warning of election fraud to ensure elections in their states will be conducted fairly. Many Republicans and Americans are appalled at Trump’s claims of widespread fraud, which goes to the heart of our democracy.

Trump’s loyal supporters decry insurrection and revolution should [when] Trump is defeated. Violence at his rallies increases and he incites violence against the press and those who oppose him.

As Trump’s campaign surrogates [Newt Gingrich and Rudy Giuliani] join him in questioning the fairness of the electoral process by suggesting that Democrats tend to cheat in elections and count votes from dead people.

Civil rights groups have begun to express alarm at remarks from Mr. Trump that they see as rallying his supporters to intimidate minorities at the polls. It is very dangerous when Trump promotes “vigilante” poll watching.

Earlier this week, President Obama, pointed blame directly at the Republican Party for the rise of Trump and the hate he incites. By remaining silent they have created the monster that now roams the countryside terrorizing the Republican Party. Trump is the same monster that threatens to tear the Republican Party apart and it appears that he has no problem tearing the United States apart as he uses hatred to rally his supporters against his opposition.

Sadly, our democracy relies on confidence in election results, a confidence that Trump is eroding

The Master Con Artist

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

anopeThe New York Times has discovered that Donald Trump declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns, a tax deduction so substantial it allowed him to legally avoid paying any federal income taxes for almost two decades.

The 1995 tax records disclosed the excessive tax benefits that Trump gained from the financial ruin he created in the early 1990s through mismanagement of his three Atlantic City casinos, his busted attempt in the airline business and his failed purchase of the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.

Tax experts have concluded that Trump’s 1995 records entitled him use his $916 million loss to cancel out an equivalent amount of taxable income over two decades.

Trump has refused to disclose his tax records and his taxable income in subsequent years is as yet unknown.

Trump surrogates have attempted to [unsuccessfully] paint Trump as a “genius” because he played the system and skirted his tax responsibilities while rising from the ashes of ruin to a business success.

It is uncertain how undecided voters will view his failure to pay taxes or truth about his dismal business skills. Recently, Trump criticized middle class and poor people who did not pay taxes. He also falsely touts his business successful as a strength in his presidential run for the White House.

Trump refuses to make his tax returns public, because he said… he is being audited by the Internal Revenue Service. In the first debate, Hillary Clinton suggested Mr. Trump was refusing to release his tax returns so voters would not know “he’s paid nothing in federal taxes,” and when she also pointed out that Mr. Trump had once revealed to casino regulators that he paid no federal income taxes in the late 1970s – Mr. Trump replied, “That makes me smart.” Does not paying taxes really make a rich person smart of just greedy?

In reflection, the truth about the Trump success or lack thereof is best said during his business slump. “Simply put, the [Trump] organization is in dire financial straits,” the casino regulators concluded.

In 1990 Trump’s boasted of success and flaunted his jetsetter lifestyle, but his business consisted of an array of smoking mirrors and failing enterprises. Many top executives had departed the Trump Organization, and those who remained often whispered and worried about the pending doom.

Trump’s business financial failure was a closely held secret until this past weekend, when The New York Times published portions of Mr. Trump’s 1995 tax records that showed massive business losses of $916 million in 1995.

For a single businessman to declare losses approaching $1 billion is the ultimate in business failure. One thing is clear – Mr. Trump at the helm of his business empire since the 1980s led to its nearly imploding. Trump’s self-proclaimed business acumen proves to be yet another scam by the master snake oil salesman.

Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, likes to portray himself now as a self-made man who began life with what he has characterized as a meager $1 million advance from his father. That figure is grossly understated as is the support his father provided him over the years.

But even in his darkest moment, Trump continues to lean on his daddy’s wealth, this time to ride out his personal financial failure.

Trump is a master showman and con-artist. He has scammed his way to the nominee of one of America’s two political parties by playing on the fears and hatred of some and now he is just a victory away from the White House.

One question remains… will he be exposed as the con-artist he is or will he con his way into the White House?

Clinton Prepares for Debate

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

While Hillary Clinton’s prepares for the first debate by seeking insights about Mr. Trump’s deepest insecurities as they devise strategies, Donald Trump stumps on the left coast visiting Washington for a campaign rally and prepares to travel to Mexico to meet the Mexican President.

The Hillary team is also gathering advice from psychology experts to help create a personality profile of Mr. Trump to gauge how he may respond to attacks and deal with a woman as his sole adversary on the debate stage. Trump’s team is reportedly not planning traditional debate preparation as Trump is expected to trash Clinton.

Team H is undertaking a forensic-style analysis of Mr. Trump’s performances in the Republican primary debates, identifying his strengths and weaknesses as well as trigger points that caused him to lash out in less-than-presidential ways. Sounds like a SWAT analysis.

While Clinton dives into voluminous research with her debate team, Trump is reportedly not performing routing debate preparation. Hillary Clinton has a laser focus on debate preparation. Trump said in an interview last week, “I believe you can prep too much for those things.”

Rarely are debate preparations as revealing about the candidates as a debate itself, but the. Clinton and Trump preparation and lack thereof is striking.

Clinton, a strong debater, wants to crush Trump on live television while Trump, a strong communicator and manipulator viewers to see him as a honest political outsider.

He has been resistant to his advisers’ suggestions that he take part in mock.

Clinton hopes to get under Trump’s thin skin and provoke him to rant and rave.

The Clinton team believes that Donald Trump is most insecure about his net worth, intelligence, his image as a successful businessman, and these are the areas Clinton plans to target. Team H believes if she remains calm, deliberate and relentless in attacking Mr. Trump’s character, volatility and readiness to be commander in chief… Trump will erupt.

How will Hillary – who is deeply rooted in facts – respond to possible Trump false charges? This was a downfall for fellow Republicans in the primary debates. How will Clinton respond to a flood of lies and conspiracy theories?

Who will win [Clinton facts or Trump lies] the debate.

Unicoi County Democratic Party Headquarters Opens August 27th

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

a headquartersThe Unicoi County Democratic Party Headquarters will open on August 27th at 5 p.m. at 511 North Mohawk Drive (the same location as 2008 and 2012). We have Hillary Clinton yard signs, bumper stickers and campaign badges. Call 743-7696 to pick up your Hillary campaign items. We will be open 5 p.m. through 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 27th.

The grand opening of our headquarters will kick off with a pool side cookout followed by a wine party and political conversation with like minded Democrats. Tickets for the fundraiser have sold out

Headquarter hours of operation will be announced in the near future.

For more information visit us at Facebook https://www.facebook.com/UnicoiCountyDemocraticParty/ or call 743-7696.

UNICOI COUNTY DEMOCRATS: Party questions official’s use of taxpayer money

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

record-logo-hdErwin (July 27th)– Local Democrats are questioning State Senator Rusty Crowe for transferring Tennessee taxpayer communication funds to Nashville Senator Steve Dickerson in the run up to the August Primary election, according to a press release from the Unicoi County Democratic Party.

“Our Republican State Senator Crowe has unethically funneled taxpayer money to his pal, Senator Steve Dickerson, to use for his re-election campaign,” said Mike Hampton, chair of the Unicoi County Democratic Party.

State law provides legislators with an annual budget for sending mail and using other methods to communicate with their constituents. While the practice of transferring these funds between members is no longer allowed in the House, Lt. Governor Ramsey has allowed, what the press release referred to as “the unethical practice” continues in the Senate. Many good government groups and several Republican legislators have tried to end the practice all together but have yet to succeed.

“Senator Crowe took taxpayer money meant for use communicating with his constituents here in Unicoi County, and instead he gave it away to Sen. Dickerson in Nashville so he can promote himself to voters in his re-election bid,” Hampton continued. “It looks like Senator Crowe feels protecting his political allies in Nashville is more important than letting his constituents know what he’s been doing to make life better for the folks here at home. This Republican culture of unethical behavior is disturbing; sadly their loyalty lies with Lobbyists and special interest and not with the people of Tennessee.”

Unicoi County Democratic Party Meeting Saturday, August 6th

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

UCDP MThe Unicoi County Democratic Party will meet Saturday, August 6th at 9a.m. at Erwin Town Hall. Hillary Clinton signs will be available at this meeting.

This meeting will involve continued conversation about our county party’s path forward. We will be discussing the latest news on Insure Tennessee, Haslam’s push for privatization of state jobs and the decline of the state focus on middle class families in Tennessee. We will also discuss the state legislation focus on bills designed to cater to special interest and lobbyists.

Additional topics will include the Democratic Convention, building the county party, Hispanic Community outreach, and the August 27th Pool side fundraiser.

Discussions will continue on ongoing area activities of the Tri-Cities Tennessee Young Democrats and College Democrats of America at ETSU.

Discussions will also include a vote to approve expenditures for the Unicoi County Democratic Party General Election and finalize plans to conduct phone banking to Tennessee and North Carolina voters for Democratic Voter turnout.

The public is welcome to attend. Get involved and help our county, state and nation move forward. For more information visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UnicoiCountyDemocraticParty to get information on ongoing activities and events.

Court Strikes Down NC Voter Suppression Law

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

jim-crow-songbookYesterday a federal appeals court struck down a voter ID law designed to suppress the votes of minorities in North Carolina.

The court found that state lawmakers intentionally sought to keep African Americans from the ballot box – methodically using voting data to “target African Americans with almost surgical precision.”

The law was one of many discriminatory statutes enacted by states after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013.

The court in this case exposed the charade that such laws are intended to prevent voter fraud – writing that North Carolina’s version “impose[d] cures for problems that did not exist.”

We know that racism is at the root of laws like this. And we know that opponents of equality won’t ever give up.

It is sad and alarming that states controlled by GOP legislations have passed undemocratic voter suppression laws that are designed to prevent Americans from voting. This is attempt to steal elections because the GOP must feel that do not have the policies that people will vote for and support.

We encourage everyone to promote registration and voting in your community.

Democratic Convention Ends in Unity

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

DNC_300X250_REV02Philadelphia – Last night the Democratic Convention ended with Hillary Clinton accepting the nomination for President of the United States. The Convention was a big success as Democrats united for Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump. There was a stark difference in the Conventions. Shockingly, Republicans embraced Trump’s message of doom and gloom, while Democrats put on a flawless display of Americana reminiscent of 1980 Republican [Ronald Reagan] Convention. It was amazing to watch roles reverse as Democrats portrayed a message of hope and reminded Americans that America has always been great!

The Convention began as Bernie Sander’s supporters were given a lot of attention and time to vent their disappointment. Unlike the stop Trump movement in the GOP Convention where dissent was shutdown, the Democrats took great strides to bring the Sander’s supporters on board. According to polls during the Convention, they were successful by the midpoint of the Convention as 90% of Sander’s supporters were saying they would vote for Hillary Clinton.

President Obama started the attack on Donald Trump portraying him as a dangerous unstable figure and a friend of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. Some Democrats suggested Trump has authoritarian beliefs and spoke like a dictator when he said he alone could solve America’s many problems. He speaks as if he is promising to be a one-man ruler.

Hillary Clinton pounded Trump repeatedly for depicting the United States as a nation in decline and declaring, “I alone can fix it.” That sentiment, Clinton said, is inconsistent with democracy. She said that Trump’s proclamation should “set off alarm bells for all of us.”

“Remember,” she said, “our founders fought a revolution and wrote a Constitution so America would never be a nation where one person had all the power.”

On Thursday night, Khizr Khan, whose son, a Muslim and a United States Army captain, was killed fighting in Iraq, stirred the convention crowd as he denounced Trump’s lack of moral character by attacking unjustly attacking Muslims, calling it an offense against the Constitution. “Donald Trump, you’re asking Americans to trust you with their future,” Mr. Khan said. “Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution?” Mr. Khan reached in his pocket and pulled out a copy of the Constitution and offered to let Trump read it.

It is obvious that Democrats and some Republicans intend to keep up their wall-to-wall assault on Mr. Trump’s worldview and fitness for office. During the Convention, Democrats reminded Americans that Trump is “not a normal Republican.”

aaDC Bernie Sanders addresses Tennessee and Minnesota delegations.