So. This guy has already placed at least one gun in the hands of a criminal and now he can't stop playing with the replacement; resulting in the shooting of a toddler. Is that about it? Will a bunch of RWNJs show up to tell us why there should not be a federal law that would prevent this guy from ever legally possessing another gun?
I'm doing $5!
So if Trump polls at 1.2 percent of the vote, and Ben Carson is tied with him in Iowa... that means absolutely nothing!! Wow, a balloon animal horse race!!
That happened to a friend once. We were in a junker loaner because his car was being repaired. On the freeway a cop pulled us over, made him get out, and frisked him. Then the cop got in the car, fiddled with some things and stomped on the brakes. When he got out he said, "I stopped you because you have no brakes." My friend asked how that could be, since: 1) he was driving, not stopping; and 2) he stopped the car when pulled over. Then the cop asked me what I had hid in the glove compartment. I said I wasn't hiding anything, but looking for the registration. Then the cop told me to get out and pawed thru the glove compartment. He didn't find anything.
The cop wouldn't let us drive away, since he said we had no brakes. He called a tow truck and had the car towed to a garage conveniently located across from the station. The garage said it would cost $500 to fix it (this was in 1973). My friend called the man we were driving to meet, who came to get us. As it turned out, he knew a lot about cars and when he looked at the car he said that when the cop stomped on the brakes he had blown a hole in the brake line. He also said he could fix it and $500 was an absurd amount to charge. He asked the garage owner for some tools; the owner refused and refused to tow the truck to another garage.
The man called a different tow company, had the car taken to his mechanic, used his tools, fixed the car and it cost $50 for parts. He told us that the cop and the garage owner most likely were in cahoots; the cop would stop old cars, find something that needed repair, insist it was too dangerous to drive, have it towed, the garage would charge a ridiculous amount, and split the money with the cop.
Bernie said something very insightful about what happened after Obama got elected. He was left...or chose to...handle the nation's problems at an administrative level instead of at a populist level.
Obama was elected in 2008...with a mandate from voters...to change the way the country is run, but after he took office, a major "disconnect" seemed to happen between his administration and the people who voted for him.
Was this "disconnect" his administration's fault...by undervaluing voter's intelligence on the intricate matters of economics and foreign policy? Or was it our fault, by sitting back and expecting the Obama administration to be our "saviors"?
Once the elections are over, people seem to forget that the hard work of getting politicians to do our will is just beginning...and Democrats are worse at this than the angry "neocon faithful". We don't turn out for mid-term elections and then complain when neocons win Congressional majorities that make it impossible for our president to further our agenda.
We're always talking about the "status quo" or "politics as usual", but we should take a page from the Tea Party manual and flood the mid-term polls to get our Congressional majority back, since Supreme Court appointments will be a major issue for future administrations. We don't want another lifetime Thomas or Alito appointment, do we?
Our first mandate to a new Democrat president, whoever he...or she...may be, should be to make voting mandatory...either by "carrot" or "stick". No citizen of this country who expects to reap all the benefits that a first-world country like America provides for us should be able to sit on their dead @sses and not bother to vote for our political leaders.