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History Lesson: Trump’s Rise Might Signal the Collapse of the Republican Party, with Sean Wilentz

History Lesson: Trump's Rise Might Signal the Collapse of the Republican Party, with Sean Wilentz

Princeton historian Sean Wilentz says that from a historical perspective the rise of Donald Trump signals the end of the Republican Party as we know it — and a worrisome new politics. Wilentz’s new book is “The Politicians and the Egalitarians: The Hidden History of American Politics” (http://goo.gl/eZNJVT).

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Transcript – The Reagan coalition was based on an alliance between on the one hand small government for big business conservatives on the one hand and the kind of cultural resentments, especially among white working-class Americans, on the other. They held those together. It was a very reliable way for the Republican Party to retain national power. I think that’s come unglued. It’s come unglued for a variety of reasons, 2008 being one of them because the Republicans had not much to offer their working class followers except what, more tax cuts? Cut Social Security? Donald Trump understood that. That was one of the reasons that he was able to come in and take the nomination for himself.

He understood the class aspects of all of this in a way that the Republican establishment just did not. They were coming for all the old bromides and he came along and said no, no, no. He had the tax issues – but can we can even compromise on the tax stuff. Minimum wage, maybe not such a bad idea, but free-trade, free-trade, free-trade. I’m going to be the man who can make the deals. Now, that is not the typical Republican establishment or even typical Republican line.

So he was able to move to the left, if you will. So he’s on the left of the Republican Party, he’s more like Bernie Sanders in many ways on some issues than he is like in the Republican Party. And at the same time he’s doing all the xenophobia, the racism and all of that. So where is the center to all of that? I don’t know, which is really what makes him I think, and this is where the Clinton people have to be very concerned, it makes him a very unpredictable candidate. It makes him very difficult to gauge. You kind of knew what you were getting with, certainly if Jeb Bush had gotten the nomination or if Ted Cruz had gotten the nomination, two very different people, you kind of knew what was there. With Trump, who changed position that he held at 9:00 in the morning with great fervor, can change it all by 4:00 in the afternoon. I mean this makes it – we’re not dealing in a fact-based universe here, we’re dealing in reality television. It’s something that no political consultant I think has quite figured out.

If he becomes president will he be able to do everything that he says he’s going to do? No. We do still have a constitution. If he suspends the constitution, as you might imagine in some fantasy, we were under great attack or something and he suspends the constitution, then there we have a crisis that we’ve never faced as a country before except possibly in the case of secession in 1860 to ’61 where that was a constitutional crisis that ended up in with 750,000 a military dead. I don’t want to go through that again.
But can Trump do whatever he wants as president? Can he become a dictator? Only by suspending the constitution of the United States. Under the constitution of the United States there are plenty of checks and balances on him. Not as much as you might like it though, from the military he is commander and chief so it would be a crisis presidency. Read The Full Transcript Here: http://goo.gl/hzBwwE.
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Trump’s conflicts are unprecedented, but not unique A short history of Republican corruption

Trump’s conflicts are unprecedented, but not unique A short history of Republican corruption

Trump Breaking News Network -Trump’s conflicts are unprecedented, but not unique A short history of Republican corruption.

President Trump’s conflicts of interest are so vast and ubiquitous (and transparent) that it has almost become a platitude just to mention them at this point. Everyone with common sense knows that Trump’s separation from his multi-billion dollar business — currently being run by his children, who are in regular contact with their father — is a charade. Yet only Democrats (and a tiny handful of principled Republicans) seem to care in Washington.

Trump’s dissociation from his business is analogous to the farce of modern campaign finance law, in which political campaigns are technically prohibited from coordinating with corporate-funded Super PACs, yet do it with impunity because Republican commissioners on the FEC refuse to enforce the law. In a speech at the Brookings Institution last month, Walter M. Shaub Jr., director of the Office of Government Ethics, asserted that Trump “stepping back from running his business is meaningless from a conflict of interest perspective,” and that “limiting direct communication about the business is wholly inadequate. … There’s not supposed to be any information at all.”

According to a recent New York Times report, however, it turns out that Trump isn’t “limiting direct communication” as much as he had suggested. The president will “receive reports on any profit, or loss, on his company as a whole,” write Times reporters Susanne Craig and Eric Lipton, and can revoke the authority of his eldest son and his CFO, Allen H. Weisselberg, “at any time.” In addition, the purpose of the “Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust is to hold assets for the ‘exclusive benefit’ of the president.”

So Trump’s separation from his business empire is even more of a farce than previously thought. It would be naive to expect Republican politicians to change their tune in the near future. The GOP’s attitude towards corruption was made clear last month when Shaub’s uncontroversial remarks cited above, which only stated the obvious, prompted Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who chairs the House Oversight Committee — and who never flinched at investigating the exaggerated misdeeds of Hillary Clinton — to threaten an investigation of Shaub himself, rather than the president. It should be obvious by now that opposing corruption has become a partisan issue in Washington, and that the vast majority of Republicans simply do not care about people in power breaking the law — unless, of course, such people happen to be Democrats.

Some liberals and Independents have been shocked at how shamelessly Republicans appear to disregard the endless conflicts of interest and open corruption of the new president. They shouldn’t be. Republicans have long been tolerant of powerful elites breaking the law — in government and the private sector — just as they have long been receptive to “alternative facts.” A politician who lies as blatantly and frequently as Trump does could only succeed in a party where falsehoods have become the rule, just as a politician as openly corrupt and hostile to the rule of law as Trump is could only succeed in a party that has become completely tolerant of corruption and unethical behavior by those in power.




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Donald Trump GOP Weekly Address – Time To Close the History Books on the Clintons – 11/5/16

11/5/16 – Donald Trump GOP Weekly Address – Time To Close the History Books on the Clintons. TRANSCRIPT: “For the past seventeen months I’ve travelled across this nation and met the amazing people of our country. Their hopes have become my hopes and their dreams have become my dreams.

This is not just a campaign, it’s a movement. It’s a once in a lifetime chance to take our government back from the donors and the special interests, and return the power to you, the American people.

Fifteen days ago, I proposed my Contract with the American Voter—a 100 day action plan to bring real change to Washington. We need change so badly. If we win on November 8, and elect a Republican House and Senate, we can finally deliver the change the American people deserve.

My Contract includes a plan to create 25 million new jobs. We will cut taxes on the middle class Americans by 35 percent, and we will repeal and replace the total disaster known as ObamaCare – it doesn’t work.

We will also immediately fix our terrible trade deals and stop the jobs from leaving our country. My Contract includes a pledge to end illegal immigration, and end it rapidly, cancel federal funding for sanctuary cities, and suspend the admission of Syrian refugees into our country. They’re coming in by the thousands, and Hillary Clinton wants to increase that by 600 percent.

We will rebuild our badly depleted military, and take care of our great, great veterans.

We will give every parent in America the right to send their kids to the school of their choice, including millions of low-income African American and Hispanic children who have been failed, so long—for generations in fact—by the Democratic politicians like Hillary Clinton. They just haven’t been able to do the job. They’ve treated African Americans and Hispanics horribly in so many ways.

We will undertake a national effort to reduce crime and poverty, and bring jobs and safety to our inner cities—finally, at last.

We will restore the Constitution and nominate Supreme Court Justices who will do the same.

At the center of my Contract is my plan to end government corruption. Hillary Clinton is the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency of the United States, and if she were to win it would create a constitutional crisis like no other. She’s under multiple federal investigations, has committed many crimes, including perjury, and she’s now facing the prospect of a federal indictment.

It’s time to close the history books on the Clintons, and to open a bright new chapter focused on the great citizens of our country.

I’m asking for your vote and your help in electing a Republican majority in Congress, so that we can finally change this broken system and Make America Great Again. And when I say great, I mean great for everyone. Thank you very much.”
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CBS News’ Juliana Goldman and pollster Frank Luntz discuss Donald Trump’s presidential victory and the impact of the GOP maintaining control of both houses of Congress.
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Gun Control: History, Philosophy and Ethics

Sources: www.fdrurl.com Did you know that 90 years ago, America still had 12 times the murder rate of the United Kingdom? Did you know that criminals using guns are less likely to hurt their victims? Did you know that citizens use guns to protect themselves against criminals over two and a half million times a year? Freedomain Radio is the largest and most popular philosophy show on the web – www.freedomainradio.com
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US Gun Law Part 1: History, Legal Precedent, & Reasons to Own Guns (BO2 Gameplay Commentary)

Part 1 of a 3 part series on gun laws, gun control, and gun violence in the United States. The part focuses on our nation’s history, culture, current laws, and good reasons to own weapons. Part 2 will focus on good increases to increase gun control or ban firearms. Part 3 will explode the link between firearms and violent crim. The gameplay is just some Black Ops 2 Gameplay. Sources: 1) www.americanheritage.com 2) www.jstor.org 3) en.wikipedia.org 4) scholarship.law.duke.edu

The History Of Tattoo Guns

Anyone that has had a tattoo before or that has even just been inside a tattoo studio will usually be able to easily recall the sound of a tattoo gun as it whirs and deposits ink into someone’s skin. Tattoo guns are the devices used to deposit ink into someone’s skin, and tattoo guns hold the needles that disburse the ink. Often tattoo guns are also referred to as tattoo machines, and they’ve been used for many years by both amateur tattoo artists and professional tattoo artists to create beautiful tattoos, and of course there have been many improvements and advancements for tattoo machines.

Tattoo guns were first developed in the late 1800’s, and people are often very surprised to find out that tattoo guns were actually invented by the same person that created something that almost everyone all over the world uses everyday: Thomas Edison, who invented the lightbulb. However, when tattoo guns were first invented, they were not the same machines that are found if you were to buy tattoo kits today. Instead, the device he invented was to be used for engraving, and at the end of the 1800’s, a few years later, another inventor took Edison’s design and figured out that it could also be used as a tattoo gun.

Since tattoo guns were created, they have continued to evolve into the guns we find in tattoo kits today. Modern day tattoo guns actually use electromagnets, which permit the tattoo artist to take complete control of the entire tattooing process. With electromagnetic force, the artist is given the ability to moderate how much depth the tattoo needle actually makes into a person’s skin, and also helps them control how fast the needle moves, thus allowing control over the overall tattoo process.

Tattoo machines are available in a variety of different sizes, and there are particular machines made for specific tasks. For example, some machines are made to work with just one color of ink, like using a specific one for tattooing with black tattoo ink, while some can be used to apply multiple colors at different times.

No matter what size or the purpose, taking care of the guns and also buying one that is well made is of the utmost importance, and before ordering a single gun or tattoo kits, make sure to research the brand and read some reviews. Who knew Edison was making so many varying contributions?

If you want to buy well made tattoo guns, visit ToxicTwit.com, an online tattoo supplies store that offers a great variety of tattoo kits, inks, needles, designs, and more. Their products are made with great quality and yet are also still very affordable, so stop by today for all your tattoo supply needs!