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Guns

Category: Guns
Posted: 05/17/18 01:58

by Dave Mindeman

The United States is the only developed country in the world that has a 2nd Amendment right to firearms. We are also the country that has the most mass shootings, most gun deaths per 100,000 population, and the most guns per capita.

I do not advocate the end of the 2nd Amendment, but I do think we need to acknowledge that the two statements above have to be related.

Our Constitution has guaranteed us the right to bear arms. That is a fact. But, like the other amendments to the Constitution, that right is not absolute. Public safety demands that we temper this guarantee with some common sense.

Gun rights advocates have fought against any kind of gun regulation put forward. Any of them. They fight background checks. They fight assault weapons bans. They fight the banning of bump stocks. They fight any piece of legislation that has gun restriction in the language.

To them, guns are more important than people. More important than the kids at Sandy Hook. More important than the 58 people killed in Las Vegas. More important than those kids and teachers at Parkland.

Like I said before, I do not want to repeal the 2nd Amendment. But I do want all the citizens of the United States to be able to live in safety, as free as possible from gun violence.

State Rep. Erin Maye Quade, DFL-Apple Valley, tried to bring gun safety to the attention of the House floor. The Democrats in the Senate tried to propose universal background checks; something that 90 percent of Minnesotans agree with and want to see. But Republicans blocked that vote and Republicans did nothing after Maye Quade ended her sit in.

These are not extreme positions, and it is time that public safety have a voice that is equal to that of the gun advocates.

Remember in November.
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Promises Made....

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 05/14/18 12:29, Edited: 05/14/18 12:30

By Dave Mindeman

Promises made - promises kept?

Build the wall - not built; but if it is, the money will be paid by us.

Drug Prices - big Pharma is still happy.

Immigration - kept his promise to destroy families. There's one.

Infrastructure - Non-existent.

Keeping Jobs - Well, I'm not sure saving jobs at ZTE in China counts.

Iran Treaty - Oh, he kept that one - and we will pay for it.

Paris Treaty - Kept that one also - and the world will pay for it.

Drain the Swamp - The swamp got bigger instead, and it includes him.

Middle East Peace - Fixed it by ending all possibilities.

Foreign Trade Deficits - Anyone know what the hell he is doing?

Stock Market - Well, he is raising the price of oil.

Sue all the women accusers - They are suing him.

"Only I Can Fix It" - He broke it!




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It Is About Competing

Category: Norm Coleman
Posted: 05/10/18 12:47

by Dave Mindeman

Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino magnet, cut a $30 million check to the Congressional Leadership Fund, under the watchful, encouraging eye of Norm Coleman.

$30 million.

Democrats have to compete with that. If they don't, we could once again be relegated to the minority in the House of Representatives.

Let me talk to the Progressive Wing of the Democratic Party. Listen up. I agree with your assumption that until we get big money out of politics, nothing of value for the working class can be done. You are right - everybody on the left agrees with that.

But when you self righteously sneer at Democratic candidates who raise enough money to compete with well funded Republicans, you are giving guys like Sheldon Adelson a free ride.

Money raising Democrats are not the problem. They are not the enemy. It is the unlimited spigot of cash that Republicans can draw on that is the culprit. Remember that. Focus on that.

We cannot get that problem addressed until we have enough Democratic votes in Congress to move for change. It really is as simple as that. We will have to have well funded Democrats win these seats this fall to have any hope of getting campaign finance changed to a more fair and accountable system.

Too often, progressive voices chastise Democrats for raising large sums of money. This is hopelessly short sighted. Dems raise money to compete - Republicans raise hordes of money to bury us.

I, personally, hate the idea of money in politics. It is not free speech when wealthy donors can drown out the rest of us as if we do not exist. Corporations are not people, either, but until we can muster enough votes in Congress and the State Legislatures to get a Constitutional amendment change in that regard, we are stuck with it.

It all comes down to winning elections - and for the time being, unfortunately, it takes money to win elections.

So hold off on the self righteousness. When we have a majority of Democratic votes in Congress then you can shame them into doing the right thing.

And I believe they will - if we support them now.
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