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The Reagan Myth is Dead

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Ronald-Reagan-Started-Unnecessary-WarsWith the rise of Donald Trump, have we witnessed the final death blow to modern day conservatism and the end of the Reagan myth?

The outrageous Gore Bush decision (that stole an election) occurred at the height of the conservative movement, but it also signaled its decline and imminent death. The myth of Ronald Reagan has fueled the conservative movement for 28 years. What would be the glue that could hold the conservative lie together after the emergence of Donald Trump?

Many would point out that the conservative movement has been on a slow decline, under the heavy weight of growing trends [demographics] and other factors spurring a renaissance of liberalism. Some would point to the election of President Barack Obama as the birth of the liberal movement and since his election; the movement has bloomed with liberal victories on a host of issues ranging from immigration to same sex marriage. Others would say the emergence of Bernie Sanders reigned in the new era of liberalism.

For many conservatives, 1980 would be called the birth of the modern conservative movement, but for many Americans it was also a beginning of a period of decline, deception, and death.

Ronald Reagan is the proclaimed godfather of the modern conservative movement. Reagan had become a [pagan] idol among conservatives and Republicans. Yet… if you search the facts, you will discover that he was a terrible president. The awful truth about him is not a pretty picture and it is why some people hate the Reagan myth. To understand the lie of the myth, you have to examine the facts about the Reagan presidency.

Contrary to conservative myths about Ronald Reagan as a low tax president, he raised taxes eleven times in eight years. He was loved by big business for single handedly crushing organized labor and starting what is now the long decline of wages for the American middle class. When he came into office in January of 1981, the top tax rate was 70%, when he left office in 1989 the top tax rate was only 28%. Reagan gave large tax breaks to all his rich friends and corporations.

Sadly the burden of these tax breaks fell on the backs of the lower and middle class under the birth of Trickle-down Economics. The decline of the American middle class started early in Reagan’s brutal regime. He enacted a series of crippling tax increases including the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act– the largest tax increase in American history – the Highway Revenue Act of 1982, and the Social Security Amendments of 1983. These tax increases most negatively affected those in need – the middle class and the poor.

Ronald Reagan naively believed tax increases on the poor and middle class was the solution to the nations’ economic woes while massive tax breaks to the rich and corporations would generate more revenue. This failed policy was designed to allow the rich to spend more, invest more, create new jobs [false assumption] and the middle class would benefit from the “Trickle-down Economics” crumbs, but there was never “crumbs” relief for the middle class or poor.

Early in his regime, the economy worsened and unemployment rose. He wildly spent on government and military buildup while bashing large government. Reagan took office with a $994 billion debt and left office in 1989 with a $2.9 trillion debt.

The Republican war on unions and the middle class was born on August 3rd, 1981, when Reagan crushed PATCO (Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization) just two days after they went on strike in an effort to get better pay and safer working conditions. He fired 11,345 workers for not returning to work and signaled management that Union busting will be tolerated. As union contracts expired – a wave of strikes rolled across the nation over the next several years.

During this period unemployment swept across America and unemployment rate reached it peaked at 10.8 percent – the highest since 1930s. The pain of Trickle-down Economics was in full swing.

Reagan’s drastic tax breaks for the rich and business did not work and the U.S government was desperate for revenue. He raided the Social Security Trust Fund help fund operations of the federal government, and he replaced the borrowed money with a worthless IOU. Once again, the created pain fell on the middle and lower classes. He was eventually able to lower unemployment with low paying jobs. The good jobs were being exported.

Contrary to myth, he increased the size of Federal Government. During the Reagan administration, government spending increased 2.5 percent per year.

Reagan also negotiated with Terrorists trading arms for hostages by Iranian proxies in Lebanon. Most of this money was illegally raised with arm sales that funded the Nicaragua Contra rebels – something that the U.S. government had prohibited from doing.

He also funded Terrorism by training Osama Bin Laden by the CIA. Osama went on to lead the terrorist group known as Al Qaeda – the same group that committed countless acts of terror including the 9/11 attack on New York City.

In 1981 Reagan greatly increased funding and training to the Afghanistan mujahedeen to fight our Russian enemies. In addition to arms, sophisticated military equipment and advanced weaponry were also given to them to better fight off our enemies. Our top-secret intelligence officers even played a much bigger role in training and arming these militants.

The tactics used to train these terrorists are used today against America, including car bombing and assassinations; and much of the weapons paid for by Reagan, went to one group, now known as the Taliban. Once again, Reagans assistance to terrorist was used against America.

In the summer of 1981, Reagan reduced the federal funding of Community Mental Health Centers. He eliminated most services for people struggling with mental illness. The lack of funds and support from the government led to the closing of many mental state hospitals. The patients were then released on the streets and homelessness exploded. Repercussions from this decision are still a central reason with the problem of homelessness in America today.

In a bizarre twist of fate, Reagan was the first national politician to proclaim himself as “pro-life” – a person who strongly values life. He was even labeled by conservatives as the “father of pro-life movement” yet he totally ignored the AIDS epidemic as growing numbers were dying.

The HIV/Aids epidemic was born in 1980 and during that time, people were scared as they witnessed more and more people dying. The nation and world desperately needed a strong leader to address this growing danger of the epidemic and instead they had Ronald Reagan and he just kept quiet… he did nothing; he even refused to mention the word “Aids”.

Reagan kept silent on the issue until 1987, but it was already too late to stop the disease and by that time, 36, 058 Americans had already been diagnosed with the disease, and 20,849 had died.

Ronald Reagan served two terms and nearly 25 years later he has been held up high by the modern Republican Party. Ronald Reagan did a lot to hurt the United States and the American people, not just while he was in office, but more damage has been realized since he left office for the many years that have followed.

They myth of Ronald Reagan as a “good leader” is finally dying, as the party of Lincoln… the party of Reagan is now the party of Trump. What is really shocking is today Reagan would be considered to moderate to be nominated by today’s conservative [wing-nut] standards.

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.

Democratic Unity?

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

la-et-ct-cnn-ratings-20151014-003The friction between the Democratic presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders looks less of the problem for the party than past contested Democratic primaries. With that being said, Hillary Clinton is 71 delegates from reaching the number 2383 – the number needed to secure the nomination.

Next Tuesday, Hillary Clinton will reach the amount she needs to secure the Democratic nomination but will she close the divide herself and Bernie supporters?

Democrats are suggesting that the time has come to bring the two wings of the party together. Many feel that Hillary should select Bernie Sanders as her Vice-Presidential running mate while others believe she will/should offer Sanders platform concessions.

Putting a fractured party back together again is never easy and unifying the party is the first step to victory in November.

Clinton has to address the lack of excitement of her campaign and she needs the energy that Bernie has brought to the campaign. His large rallies filled with young [voters] people have been impressive. This excitement reminds many of the election of President Obama in 2008 that proved critical to Democratic victory.

Hard feelings between the Sanders and Clinton campaigns are minor compared to the division of the Donald Trump and Republicans. Trump continues his attacks on Republicans and Hillary Clinton but many Republicans are turning a blind eye to Trump’s lack of a moral compass and threat to the GOP in their lust/desire for Republican [victory] power.

Supporters of candidates who loose close races tend to stay home. But many feel the hatred that Trump has stirred will motivate many to get out and vote against his vile brand of hate. Unity occurred rather quickly after the Obama and Clinton 2008 race and many Democrats feel this will be the case again. Since many of Bernie supporters are first time voters with no party loyalty it will be essential that Hillary Clinton and Democrats do whatever is necessary to pull the party together.

Many Democrats are urging Clinton to include planks in the Democratic Party platform that incorporate Mr. Sanders’s popular positions while others feel she should select Bernie as her VP.

Clinton has moved to the left throughout the primary as she has responded to Mr. Sanders’s challenges but many liberals/progressives feel/fear that she will move back to the center in preparation for a general election battle and this will complicate the effort to appeal to Bernie’s voters, who are already leery of Clinton.

Clinton endorsed Obama, in 2008, soon after she dropped out of the race and this united Democrats. But, will Clinton be able to mend fences with Sanders and his supporters?

The horrible thoughts/reality of Trump in the White House will do more to unify the Democratic Party than anything Hillary or Bernie could do.

Democratic Race Enters New Stage: Unification

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

la-et-ct-cnn-ratings-20151014-003The animosity surrounding the Democratic presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders looks less problematic for the party than past contested Democratic primaries. With that being said, Hillary Clinton posted a double-digit victory over Bernie Sanders in New York on Tuesday.

Next Tuesday, Hillary Clinton could win 90% of the amount she needs to secure the Democratic nomination. She is projected to win big in four of the five primaries to be held: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

Democrats are suggesting that the time has come to bring the two wings of the party together.

Putting a fractured party back together again is never as easy as it seems but unifying the party is almost always the first step to victory
Clinton has to address the lackluster feel of her campaign and she could use the raw energy and spirit that Mr. Sanders has brought to this campaign. His large rallies teeming with young first-time voters have been impressive. This excitement mirrors the election of President Obama in 2008 and proved to be a critical part of the Democratic coalition.

Unity is a problem for both parties this election. But, whatever bad feelings may exist between the Sanders and Clinton campaigns, they pale in contrast to the Republicans. Donald Trump has warned/threatened violence in the streets should his opponents or other appointed replacements steal the nomination.

In a CBS News poll this month, 24 percent of Mr. Sanders’s supporters said they would not support Mrs. Clinton should she win the nomination. Among Republicans, 32 percent of Mr. Trump’s supporters said they would not support Mr. Cruz in a general election; 27 percent of Mr. Cruz’s backers said they would not vote for Mr. Trump in November.

History has shown that when a candidate loses a highly contested race, backers of that candidate then to stay home. This was not the case with the Obama and Clinton 2008 race and many Democrats feel this will be the case again. But, many of Bernie supporters are first time voters with no party loyalty and they may feel a sense of disappointment. It will be vitally important that Clinton and Democrats do whatever is necessary to bridge the divide between the two sides. Hillary seemed to realize this and make a move toward that end in her victory speech after the New York primary.

Many Democrats are urging Clinton to include planks in the Democratic Party platform that incorporate Mr. Sanders’s popular positions.
She moved to the left throughout the primary as she adjusted to Mr. Sanders’s challenges but many feel she will move back to the center in preparation for a general election battle, this will complicate the effort to appeal to Bernie’s voters, who are already leery of Clinton.
In 2008, Mrs. Clinton endorsed Mr. Obama soon after she dropped out and Democrats united.

The horrible thoughts/reality of Trump or Cruz in the White House will do more to unify the Democratic Party than anything Bernie or Hillary could do.

Unicoi County Democratic Party to Host County Delegate Convention March 5th

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

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Unicoi County Democratic Party to Host County Delegate Convention March 5

Erwin, Tenn. (February 14, 2015) – The Unicoi County Democratic Party will host its Democratic Party County Delegate Convention on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Erwin Town Hall to select the delegates from each county to the District Convention. The doors open at 12 pm and the event is open to all registered voters in the county, supporters of the Democratic Party, and those who agree to support the nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2016 Presidential election. The doors will close at 1 pm and he Delegate Convention will begin. The party welcomes all who wish to participate in selecting Tennessee’s delegates to the Democratic Presidential Convention to attend.
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Information about becoming a DNC delegate and the rules governing the DNC
Delegate Selection Process may be obtained from tndp.org, or from the Tennessee Democratic Party, 1900 Church St, Ste 203, Nashville, TN 37203, 615-327-9779.

Democratic Primary: Battle between the Left and the Main Stream

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

la-et-ct-cnn-ratings-20151014-003The Democratic primary has become a hotly contested race as Bernie Sanders gives Hillary Clinton real competition in a race between the dreamers who wants to move quickly ahead and doers who want to stay the course.

One major divide has emerged between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton between the idealistic voices in the party, with Liberals and Progressives viewing Sanders as a lightening rod for rethinking traditional politics and policies and those Traditionalists who prefer the approach of governing by pursing practical, achievable goals backing Clinton.

Sanders is getting the support from liberal Democrats while centrists Democrats prefer Clinton.

The battle lines over the party are clearly being drawn. Groups like the Nation and MoveOn want to accomplish policy goals that press for broader political reform. They are intentionally not “part of the system that backs Clinton” and often criticize Democrats who are.

“He has summoned the people to a ‘political revolution,’ arguing that the changes our country so desperately needs can only happen when we wrest our democracy from the corrupt grip of Wall Street bankers and billionaires,” the Nation’s editors wrote this week in embracing Sanders. “We believe such a revolution is not only possible but necessary—and that’s why we’re endorsing Bernie Sanders for president.”

Clinton, the magazine declared, would be limited by her traditional goals of “seeking common ground with Republicans and making deals to ‘get things done’ in Washington.”

Both candidates are aware of a divide in the party, and both candidates are taking steps not to alienate the other’s coalition. Sanders increasingly refers to polls that show him leading in potential match-ups against Donald Trump and other Republican candidates, an appeal to the Democrats who care most about keeping the White House.

Polls suggested after the caucus and primary in Iowa and New Hampshire, where Clinton and Sanders had campaigned extensively, the candidates are unlikely to change voter perceptions of Sanders as the activist and Clinton the experienced statesman.

After Sanders fought to a virtual tie in Iowa and won impressively in New Hampshire, last night, this divide could become an interesting test with minority voters.

Clinton has the backing of many influential African-American political leaders, from state representatives and mayors to major figures. This fact mirrors Clinton’s strong support among whites in the political establishment.

Are African-Americans open to rethinking their position in American politics? The status quo has resulted in blacks having disproportionately low levels of wealth and power. Sanders’ proposal for dramatic changes in U.S. economic policy mirrors how the Black Lives Matter movement is seeking to disrupt racial politics and the status quo.

Clinton currently has a huge lead among minority voters overall in the south and in South Carolina, the first primary that will have a large percentage of black voters.

Polls in South Carolina shifted dramatically in 2008, once Obama won Iowa and proved he was viable. Can the same happen with Bernie Sanders? After all, his message mirrors those of Jessie Jackson and President Obama during their runs, gaining huge black support. Or will the Clinton machine roll once it enters into the south?

Regardless, the Democratic Primary has become very exciting as enthusiastic young people flock to Sander’s message as while the party base embraces Clinton.

Democratic Debate: The Adults Take the Stage

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

15.3 million Americans watched the adults take the stage in the first Democratic debate. Unlike the previous two Republican debates, the five Democratic candidates actually discussed issues and policies. There were no cruel personal attacks or attacks against women and immigrants. They did not call each other liars or make fun of each other’s looks. Who won the debate? The American people won because important issues were discussed.

Hillary Clinton showed a powerful performance. Bernie Sanders also scored points and performed well. Clinton landed strong punches on her opponents. She reminded O’Malley of his past support for her while scoffing at Bernie’s call for revolution and assailing him for being soft on guns. The debate may have solidified Clinton as a front runner but Bernie touted raising over 2 million dollars since last night’s debate.

There is glaring differences between the two parties. While the Republicans face growing divisions, Democrats have few divisions. They may have differences on how to achieve their goals, but they agree on many principles: They want to expand the social safety net, raise taxes on the wealthy, reduce mass incarcerations and use common sense to regulate guns. They also want to fight climate change and expand access to higher education.

The high point was when Bernie Sanders noted that the American people were damn tired of hearing about Hillary’s emails. They want the candidates to discuss the important issues that face the middle class.

So who won the debate? Clinton is the clear frontrunner and most polished candidate on stage but Bernie Sanders has popular star power. It is now clear to see why Republicans created the special tribunal (Benghazi Hearings) to attack her and tear down her high ratings: they fear her and have good reason to do so!

Unicoi County Democratic Party “Make it Blue” Fundraiser

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Erwin – The Unicoi County Democratic Party will kick off the 2016 Presidential Campaign with a “Make it Blue” Fundraiser. The event will occur on Saturday, October 17, 2015, 11:00 am at Erwin Town Hall. The luncheon will include a menu of Chicago Dogs, homemade Chili and Apple Cobbler. The event will include a silent auction of homemade cooked cakes and pies and quality items.

The cost of tickets is $10.00 and tickets will be sold at the door. Half of the proceeds will be donated to the Democrat Resource Center in Johnson City, TN. Representatives of the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sander’s Campaigns will provide those in attendance with information on area events for both candidates.

Bernie Sanders Visits Liberty University

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Bernie Sanders, who’s been rallying liberal Democrats on the presidential campaign trail, spoke Monday morning in an unlikely setting: Liberty University, a longtime haven for conservative Republican Evangelicals, and the University created by Jerry Falwell. But things are changing and there are signs of some shifts in how young Evangelicals are viewing important issues. Bernie made genuine attempts to touch the moral conscious of the predominately young crowd.

He was honest and open in his speech. This was a student body that appears to have diversified somewhat in recent years, with some students reportedly supporting causes that aren’t traditionally associated with Republicans.

Sanders’s courting of young and more liberal-minded Evangelicals was an unusual move but Bernie Sanders has drawn large crowd in all regions of the United States. But his presence at Liberty shines a light on an evolving voting bloc that is perhaps more open to his message of income inequality and social justice than in the past. More importantly, Mr. Sanders made an effort to tread in unfamiliar territory, something few politicians rarely do. More importantly, it was even more unusual to hear a liberal challenge the moral consciousness of young Evangelicals.

Listen to the full speech here.