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This year the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to grow larger than ever. Oceanologists predict the lifeless expanse of water below the Mississippi River Delta will swell to an area bigger than the state of Vermont, an aquatic ecosystem despoiled by industrial fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, oil leaks and the lethal effects of a warming climate. But the desolate waters of the Gulf pale next to the electoral dead zone now confronting the Democratic Party, which seems to occupy about two-thirds of the geographical area of the Republic—a political landscape deadened by the Party’s remorseless commitment to neoliberal economics, imperial wars and open hostility toward the working class base which once served as its backbone.

The latest political zombie offered up as a vessel to freight the electoral asperations of the Democrats was a pious former congressional staffer called Jon Ossoff, whose name sounds like one of those creepy Svengali-like characters from a Tod Browning horror film of the 1930s. But the candidate wasn’t as scary as all that. In fact, Ossoff scared no one, which was both his campaign theme and his problem. One of his problems, anyway. Ossoff presented himself as an anodyne candidate, a nowhere man, a quiescent emissary for a return to civility in politics. He was the white Rodney King, who plaintively asked why we couldn’t all just get along. Of course, who really wants civility in politics, when you’re working two jobs, can’t pay the power bill, have a kid with asthma and just had your Ford Focus repossessed.

Ossoff proved much more popular outside the sixth congressional district of Georgia, than within it, which is only fitting for a candidate who didn’t even bother to reside in the district he was running to represent. Ossoff was an interloper, a carpetbagger, who refused to promote even the trickle-down benefits of a second Reconstruction for a South that has been ravaged by a 30-year-long exodus of good-paying jobs.

In an age crying out for a new kind of politics, Ossoff campaigned directly from the Clinton playbook (Hillary version), apparently hoodwinked into believing that absent Russian interventionism this stale platform was a winning strategy. His main opponent was Trump, not even Trumpism, which might offend some of the Republican voters he was targeting. In what became a kind of daily ritual on the campaign trail, Ossoff repeatedly scrubbed himself clean of any taint of populism or progressive inclinations. Ossoff denounced single-payer health care, kept himself at arm’s length from Bernie Sanders and never uttered even a minor critique of American imperialism. Think of him as a prettified Tim Kaine.

Ossoff dutifully punched one item after another on the checklist of neoliberalism. He wanted to end waste in government. He wanted to trim burdensome regulations stifling the old entrepreneurial spirit. He wanted to reduce the deficit and hectored struggling black families to demonstrate “personal responsibility” if they wanted to get their federal benefits. He pledged his loyalty to Israel, decried nasty dictators from Putin to Assad and vowed to eradicate the scourge of Islamic terrorism from the face of the earth. He sedulously avoided any mention of radioactive subjects such as hunger, homelessness, drone warfare, the death penalty or police shootings. The fate of entitlement programs from Social Security to Medicaid was much too thorny for Ossoff to deal with on the campaign trail. Prosecuting Wall Street criminals somehow escaped his attention. He remained opaque on the subject of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Bernie Sanders himself questioned whether Ossoff could be considered a “progressive,” but that warning sign didn’t stop progressives across the country from flooding his campaign coffers with cash. By the end of the campaign, Ossoff had raised more than $24 million, six times the amount raised by his Republican opponent Karen Handel.

After Ossoff’s ignoble defeat, Margaret Kimberly, the fiery columnist for Black Agenda Report, quipped, “What did they expect? It was a reactionary district in Georgia.” Good point. But these are precisely the kinds of districts that the Clinton Democrats (who have yet to melt into a steaming pile of ectoplasm like most vanquished zombies) see as fertile terrain. The Georgia Sixth occupies the northern suburbs of Atlanta. It’s been solidly in Republican hands since the late 1970s, when Georgia’s segregationist Democrats had largely completed their migration into the Republican Party. For many years, the Georgia Sixth was the domain of the white-haired gnome Newt Gingrich. Later it passed into the hands of Dr. Tom Price, the errand boy of Big Pharma who views his obligations under the Hippocratic Oath with the same animosity that his ancestors once reserved for the Emancipation Proclamation. Price was reelected last November by a 23 percent margin over his Democratic challenger.

Demographically, the Georgia Sixth is populated by voters who are predominately white, suburban, middle-class and educated. In other words, it qualifies as the Democrats’ new field of dreams: cul-de-sac after cul-de-sac of houses which once proudly sprouted Romney signs from their immaculately manicured lawns. And living inside those pastel-colored split-levels and golf course condo units are thousands of housewives, quietly bristling at the misogyny of Donald Trump and his Republican enablers. These are Chuck Schumer’s women, the soft-Republican matrons he predicted would flock to non-threatening, well-groomed Democrats in the age of Trump. These were the thoughtful, silent female majority who would have yielded Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania to Hillary had not Putin monkey-wrenched the vote. In order to seal the deal, the DNC orchestrated conveys of UberBlack towncars to shuttle Hollywood celebrities around Dekalb and Fulton Counties proclaiming the virtues of Ossoff.

So how did it all go so terribly wrong? How did the new wonder boy of Democratic politics crash-and-burn, when he had the looks, the money and the analytics all working in his favor? The answer is pretty simple. Most of the voters in the Georgia Sixth saw Ossoff as a manufactured candidate, a fraud, in a time when people are craving at least a hint of authenticity. Ossoff may have come by his timid neoliberalism honestly, but he struck many as a political cross-dresser. If you’re going to vote for a conservative, why not vote for the real thing?

The attack ad that really doomed Ossoff wasn’t the grotesque smear that ludicrously tried to link him to the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise, but a relatively routine spot that predicted he’d become the political automaton of Nancy Pelosi. In a region that understands the relationship between master and slave, this ad rang true. Throughout the entire campaign, Ossoff had shown not the slightest impulse toward independence of thought or character. He was a creature of a party establishment which had long since auctioned off its soul to the same Wall Street predators that had looted the garment factories, fields and ports of the Southland as ruthlessly as General Sherman during his incendiary march to the sea.

There are Pyrrhic victories, where the cost of winning a battle is so great that you lose the war. The Ossoff campaign might be considered a Pyrrhic loss, where so many financial and psychic resources are invested into a relatively minor skirmish that the defeat dooms the course of the larger war, when ultimate victory was well within your grasp. The loss is compounded by the lessons the Democratic elites have drawn from the post-mortem. That Ossof’s campaign was too progressive for the region. That the Democrats need to turn away from populism and return to the corporate-friendly conservativism of the Bill Clinton years, with a little of the old Lester Maddox race-baiting thrown in where needed. Thinking like this all but ensures that the next made-for MSDNC centrist cipher will be even more feeble than Ossoff.

The real engineers of this debacle, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Tom Perez, shield themselves from any culpability. They did their part. They raised truckloads of money off of Ossoff–$24 million, a record for any congressional campaign. The long-held view from the DNC suites is that it’s fine to lose as long as you lose profitably. Those floods of cash keep the electoral-industrial complex fueled, regardless of its win-loss record. The four consecutive defeats in the special elections this spring had their programmatic upside. The tragic stories of those failed campaigns will help generate even more desperately worded fund-raising appeals from the DNC in the weeks and months to come, warning of the fascist schemes of the Trump Monster and his puppet master Vladimir Putin. Even Bernie Sanders has fallen for the scam, investing $100,000 last month from his Our Revolution account into the repositories of a party which views his political agenda (and its adherents) as an anathema. And thus the Democrats—left, right and center–sink deeper and deeper into an hypoxic doldrums of their own design.

(Republished from Counterpunch by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. RobinG says:

    DEMOCRATS & REPUBLICANS: ONE BIRD, 2 WINGS…. SAME SHIT

    UKRAINE meddled in US 2016 election. In conspiracy to blackmail Trump, Ukraine provided DNC with false accusations against Manafort, hoping to derail Trump and install Deep State figurehead Hillary Clinton.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjZ5gI9GaM UNREAL: The real election interference scandal HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT

    See the timeline, and smoking-gun email from Alexandra Chalupa. To steal election, DNC fabricated Trump-Russian collusion stories which have poisoned US-Russia relations in this administration and stoked impeachment fever. Anti-Russian hysteria serves Israel by killing Syria & Iran diplomacy. Great journalism by Lee Stranahan.

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  2. Wally says:

    fact:
    Ossoff supports strict Israeli immigration laws which specify JEWS ONLY, while he demands massive 3rd world immigration into the US & Europe.

    Perhaps he should have tried NY or CA, but GA? No chance.

    Trump Was Right: New Study Reveals Up to 5.7 Million Illegals Voted in Election

    https://www.infowars.com/trump-was-right-new-study-reveals-up-to-5-7-million-illegals-voted-in-election/

    Study: More Noncitizens May Have Voted Illegally in Elections Than Previously Thought

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/06/22/study-noncitizens-may-voted-illegally-elections-previously-thought/

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  3. Lefty Jimmy Dore explains why the corrupt corporate Democrats keep losing elections, including this one:

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  4. The fabricated collusion stories strike me as efforts to force Trump to put the US on an aggressive war footing against Russia in Syria and elsewhere. As such the constitute war crimes efforts and are not only criminal, but stupid in light of the unnecessary risk they put us to.

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  5. Bill Clinton and his New Democrats wrote off the working class in favor of Corporate Bucks. It worked well for them in terms of graft. But writing off the white race while endorsing the meme that all white people are inherently racist was a big mistake. Trying to convince us there is no such thing as boys and girls was another big mistake. Stealing the nomination for Hillary – fatal mistake number three. Finally, blaming their loss on the Russians, repudiating free speech and the current attempt at a soft coup makes them unacceptable to anyone not totally brain washed by the Corporate Media, Hollywood and Academia. The Republicans are no less corrupt and they get no credit for Trump’s win. But by dumb luck, they have emerged as the lessor evil.

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    • Agree: Stonehands
    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
    " but by dumb luck, they have emerged as the lessor evil"

    Pure Bullshit: The outcome had nothing to do with "Luck" rather common sense, and the awareness that the crazies, the sjws, leftist academia, that the dissolute media people, that hollywood, that lunatics like NP, are ripping the country apart, and ignoranti such as yourself are unable to grasp this reality.

    Authenticjazzman "Mensa" Society mitglied seit 1973,. airborne qualified US Army vet, and pro jazz artist.
    , @Liberty or Death
    Excellent and concise WorkingClass.

    And you are correct, it is only by dumb luck (R) has emerged as the lessor evil. It is NOT by dumb luck Trump won. (I think Authenticjazzman missed your point here.)

    In the event, Trump is merely the first iteration of repudiation of the cult of multicultural political correctness and evil permeating nearly all US institutions; i.e. education, religion, entertainment, financial, mass media, politics, recreation, government, and on and on.

    Since Wilson, gradualism worked for the statists but Obama was like an accelerant to the Reichstag fire turning their secular globalist collectivist agenda into a raging inferno thus being exposed for all to see. Well, alternative web based media played a fortuitous hand exposing them too.
    , @Rod1963
    Excellent summation.

    The GOP certainly gets no credit for Trump, since they hate him and want him gone. They couldn't say enough bad things about him during the primary and run-off. Hell their idea of a solid GOP candidate was Jeb Bush or creepy Cruz both avowed globalists and no friend of white blue collars and the middle-class.

    The sickening thing about the GOP, Ryan was ready to pass TPP and amnesty had Trump lost. Ryan is one of those sickening globalist stooges no different than Pelosi or Schumer. They have no use for America or Americans.

    The fact if it wasn't for Trump, the GOP would be in a terrible position today.
    , @MBlanc46
    Unfortunately, the groups that you mention are the dominant groups in society. They won't make the sames mistakes on 2018 or 2030.
  6. Bernie Sanders himself questioned whether Ossoff could be considered a “progressive,” but that warning sign didn’t stop progressives across the country from flooding his campaign coffers with cash.

    You seem to use the word progressive in a positive sense, but it seems to me that since the Democrats started using it as the replacement for ‘liberal’ it’s been discredited just the same. “Progressive” is now the same as “liberal” – banksters-owned identity-politics monger.

    Also you apparently believe that “Bernie Sanders himself” is something other than a clown recruited by the Democrats to provide an appearance of competition and eventual triumph for Clinton.

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  7. Ossof still got 48% of the vote, with all the drawbacks this article describes. A couple more election cycles and reliable Democratic voters (Negroes, Hispanics and Asians) will combine with the remaining white liberals to win such elections. Demography is electoral destiny in a mass participatory, universal suffrage democracy.

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    • Replies: @Wally
    Woulda' coulda', shoulda'. You lost.

    Your "reliable" are becoming rather unreliable.

    Black Voters Aren’t Turning Out For The Post-Obama Democratic Party
    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/black-voters-arent-turning-out-for-the-post-obama-democratic-party/

    , @Joe Franklin
    Feminist and queers are fairly reliable democrat voters too.

    Not much difference between a democrat and a neocon, both are left wing ideologies.
  8. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    One of the biggest LIES around is that the USA has two different party’s, the Dems and Repubs, but that is laughable.

    Both lavish money on the Pentagon, even though that outfit has stolen, oops ‘lost’ at least 9 trillion in the last twenty years, and neither utters a word about investigating that stolen loot. Both lavish money and weapons on Israel and both sound like a flock of parrots whenever Israel goes on a bombing rampage against Gaza, “Squawk, Israel has a right to defend itself, Squawk.”

    Neither pay any attention to Wall Street’s plundering, until the con artists steals so much money that the economy collapses and then they’re all tears, promising to do a better job of oversight, until it happens again.

    The Dems gave us the rapacious Obamacare, which has fractured many a household budget and the Repubs want to make it worse with their version of ‘loot the people’. Both versions benefit the insurance companies, not We the People.

    Neither have any problem with the FED carnivores, who keep inflating the USD to oblivion, while letting those jackals pay a measly 1/5 of ONE PERCENT to our savings accounts, while those TBTF Wall Street banks get to borrow huge sums of money at basically zero percent interest rate.

    And both vote for these endless, illegal wars, which benefit no one except Wall Street and Israel, so let’s dispense with the outdated notion of two party’s. The side issues, like abortion and guns, are just distractions to keep up peons snapping and snarling at each other while BOTH party’s keep open the Treasury gates to the Wall Street looters and our troops keep destroying ME nations for the glory of Apartheid Israel and Wall Street investors.

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  9. Maybe one day folks will wake up and realize that there are no political solutions for degenerate souls.

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    • Replies: @Ben Banned
    The "folks" have to grow out of credulity, if possible. St Claire et al work hard on delivering op-eds that appear to be outside the status quo but serve as more effective agitprop for target audiences.

    It is far more important to monitor - in real time - the public's consideration of the fraudulent Democracy.

    Most folks are able to call bullshit on honeypot political hate sites and the long standing worthless proselytism of so-called left or right hacks. So, by all means don't shoot the messenger, ignore them or know when you are being fooled.
  10. Ma Laoshi says:

    Weren’t we taught that the US of A was a forward-looking place? Wasn’t the ideal for mass consumer goods that they were *supposed* to be disposable? You guys even dump your religious revivals when the cool new thing comes along–what’s with this sentimental attachment to a party that lost its purpose decades ago? Do you want to write the same sad pieces twenty years from now? Just get on with it. And do it respectfully but ditch Sanders as well: he gave more than most, but his well got exhausted a year ago for all to see.

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    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig
    The problem is that, even after they have long outlived their purpose, the parties are permanent - they cannot simply be gotten rid of. Neither American party has ever been replaced since the demise of the Whigs in the 1840s. The nature of the Electoral College makes it pretty much impossible.
  11. DanCT says:

    Am I correct in that the Wikipedia puff piece on this guy mentions he was self-employed from 2013, producing videos at an outfit significantly named Insight TWI, including one video on ISIS atrocities for BBC in 2016? If so that would suggest a nobody like Ossoff with no access to anything but secondhand information was probably being run by SITE Intelligence, who actually produced that ISIS video. Any thoughts on this?

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    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig
    I don't know about that, but I do know that Thierry Meyssan thought Ted Cruz was a deep-state psyop: http://www.voltairenet.org/article190187.html
  12. themann says:

    Anybody want to count the number of times that Authorial Asshat gratuitously insulted the South?

    Democrats are losing because they are trying to destroy southern whites in particular, and whites in general. And we are on to them.

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    • Replies: @jimbojones
    Yep, the hatred seeps between the lines. The guy just couldn't help but spoil a decent article with venomous bigotry. Stuff like this: "a region that understands the relationship between master and slave." Wow, bro! 1860 was a long time ago.
  13. @WorkingClass
    Bill Clinton and his New Democrats wrote off the working class in favor of Corporate Bucks. It worked well for them in terms of graft. But writing off the white race while endorsing the meme that all white people are inherently racist was a big mistake. Trying to convince us there is no such thing as boys and girls was another big mistake. Stealing the nomination for Hillary - fatal mistake number three. Finally, blaming their loss on the Russians, repudiating free speech and the current attempt at a soft coup makes them unacceptable to anyone not totally brain washed by the Corporate Media, Hollywood and Academia. The Republicans are no less corrupt and they get no credit for Trump's win. But by dumb luck, they have emerged as the lessor evil.

    ” but by dumb luck, they have emerged as the lessor evil”

    Pure Bullshit: The outcome had nothing to do with “Luck” rather common sense, and the awareness that the crazies, the sjws, leftist academia, that the dissolute media people, that hollywood, that lunatics like NP, are ripping the country apart, and ignoranti such as yourself are unable to grasp this reality.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” Society mitglied seit 1973,. airborne qualified US Army vet, and pro jazz artist.

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    • Replies: @Wil-E-Coyote, SUPER GENIUS
    I am more impressed by authentic jazzman and vet, than you Mensa society club 'credentials'.
    Can't your opinion be seen as intelligent on its own merits
    Without this stuff?
    Still insisting you are intelligent by association eh?
  14. Che Guava says:

    St Clair may be the chief editor of Counterpunch, but is generally one of the most boring of their writers, though there have been exceptions. This is not one.

    Anybody who continues to proclaim Sanders as the great, even after he was using campaign funds to set up a nice million plus lakeside mansion (which is big, so will require servants) needs to think a little more.

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    • Replies: @nsa
    Every jooie trotskyite needs a second dacha on a lake.....
    , @jim jones
    Bernie Sanders & Wife Under FBI Investigation For Bank Fraud:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-24/bernie-sanders-wife-under-fbi-investigation-bank-fraud
  15. @WorkingClass
    Bill Clinton and his New Democrats wrote off the working class in favor of Corporate Bucks. It worked well for them in terms of graft. But writing off the white race while endorsing the meme that all white people are inherently racist was a big mistake. Trying to convince us there is no such thing as boys and girls was another big mistake. Stealing the nomination for Hillary - fatal mistake number three. Finally, blaming their loss on the Russians, repudiating free speech and the current attempt at a soft coup makes them unacceptable to anyone not totally brain washed by the Corporate Media, Hollywood and Academia. The Republicans are no less corrupt and they get no credit for Trump's win. But by dumb luck, they have emerged as the lessor evil.

    Excellent and concise WorkingClass.

    And you are correct, it is only by dumb luck (R) has emerged as the lessor evil. It is NOT by dumb luck Trump won. (I think Authenticjazzman missed your point here.)

    In the event, Trump is merely the first iteration of repudiation of the cult of multicultural political correctness and evil permeating nearly all US institutions; i.e. education, religion, entertainment, financial, mass media, politics, recreation, government, and on and on.

    Since Wilson, gradualism worked for the statists but Obama was like an accelerant to the Reichstag fire turning their secular globalist collectivist agenda into a raging inferno thus being exposed for all to see. Well, alternative web based media played a fortuitous hand exposing them too.

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    • Agree: jacques sheete
    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
    " I think Authenticjazzman missed your point here"

    No I did not miss his point,I simply disagree with him, and with a tested IQ upwards of 150, there are not very many points which I could possibly "Miss".

    Authenticjazzman " Mensa" society member since 1973, airborne qualified US Army Vet, and pro jazz artist.
    , @jacques sheete
    Working Class always gets it right and he knows how to express himself well.

    The "genius," on the other hand...
  16. Wally says:
    @Diversity Heretic
    Ossof still got 48% of the vote, with all the drawbacks this article describes. A couple more election cycles and reliable Democratic voters (Negroes, Hispanics and Asians) will combine with the remaining white liberals to win such elections. Demography is electoral destiny in a mass participatory, universal suffrage democracy.

    Woulda’ coulda’, shoulda’. You lost.

    Your “reliable” are becoming rather unreliable.

    Black Voters Aren’t Turning Out For The Post-Obama Democratic Party

    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/black-voters-arent-turning-out-for-the-post-obama-democratic-party/

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    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
    My comment was a warning, not a boast.
    , @boogerbently
    Why do the Dems spend such an inordinate amount of time and money on such a small % of the population that has such a meager turn out (to vote) ratio.
  17. @jacques sheete
    Maybe one day folks will wake up and realize that there are no political solutions for degenerate souls.

    The “folks” have to grow out of credulity, if possible. St Claire et al work hard on delivering op-eds that appear to be outside the status quo but serve as more effective agitprop for target audiences.

    It is far more important to monitor – in real time – the public’s consideration of the fraudulent Democracy.

    Most folks are able to call bullshit on honeypot political hate sites and the long standing worthless proselytism of so-called left or right hacks. So, by all means don’t shoot the messenger, ignore them or know when you are being fooled.

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  18. @Wally
    Woulda' coulda', shoulda'. You lost.

    Your "reliable" are becoming rather unreliable.

    Black Voters Aren’t Turning Out For The Post-Obama Democratic Party
    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/black-voters-arent-turning-out-for-the-post-obama-democratic-party/

    My comment was a warning, not a boast.

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    • Replies: @Wally
    I understood that, but wanted to make a point for others.

    Cheers.
  19. nsa says:
    @Che Guava
    St Clair may be the chief editor of Counterpunch, but is generally one of the most boring of their writers, though there have been exceptions. This is not one.

    Anybody who continues to proclaim Sanders as the great, even after he was using campaign funds to set up a nice million plus lakeside mansion (which is big, so will require servants) needs to think a little more.

    Every jooie trotskyite needs a second dacha on a lake…..

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    • Replies: @Che Guava
    Every Jewish Bolsheviki boss needed a nice dacha, but they changed hands at a dizzying pace once they turned on each other, and non-Jews also rose.

    I recommend to you, please read MIkhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, if you have not. it is almost certain that, in the published form, his wife made many interpolations, but they only make it better.

    If you are a reader, you will love it.

    I love many USSR relics, the other one I would to strongly recommend is the last major USSR SF film, Kin Dza Dza.

    It is very brilliant. It is also, in a way, prophecy.
  20. @Ma Laoshi
    Weren't we taught that the US of A was a forward-looking place? Wasn't the ideal for mass consumer goods that they were *supposed* to be disposable? You guys even dump your religious revivals when the cool new thing comes along--what's with this sentimental attachment to a party that lost its purpose decades ago? Do you want to write the same sad pieces twenty years from now? Just get on with it. And do it respectfully but ditch Sanders as well: he gave more than most, but his well got exhausted a year ago for all to see.

    The problem is that, even after they have long outlived their purpose, the parties are permanent - they cannot simply be gotten rid of. Neither American party has ever been replaced since the demise of the Whigs in the 1840s. The nature of the Electoral College makes it pretty much impossible.

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    • Replies: @Ma Laoshi
    Yeah the US has built-in structural problems. But it's also self-fulfilling: a way of saying that, even after millions of Americans lost their homes, the moment of pain still hasn't arrived yet. In all fairness, the US didn't get on top without knowing a thing or two about divide & conquer -- being the official successor to the British Empire and all that. How could you not use that at home as well.
  21. This is a good column. I’ve been looking for a new Democrat leader. Maybe Tim Ryan from Ohio?

    A minor nit to pick:

    “the DNC orchestrated conveys” should probably be “the DNC orchestrated convoys”

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    • Replies: @willieskull68
    Conveyances are transfers of property. No nit to pick here, just a revelation of intent.
  22. @DanCT
    Am I correct in that the Wikipedia puff piece on this guy mentions he was self-employed from 2013, producing videos at an outfit significantly named Insight TWI, including one video on ISIS atrocities for BBC in 2016? If so that would suggest a nobody like Ossoff with no access to anything but secondhand information was probably being run by SITE Intelligence, who actually produced that ISIS video. Any thoughts on this?

    I don’t know about that, but I do know that Thierry Meyssan thought Ted Cruz was a deep-state psyop: http://www.voltairenet.org/article190187.html

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  23. @Liberty or Death
    Excellent and concise WorkingClass.

    And you are correct, it is only by dumb luck (R) has emerged as the lessor evil. It is NOT by dumb luck Trump won. (I think Authenticjazzman missed your point here.)

    In the event, Trump is merely the first iteration of repudiation of the cult of multicultural political correctness and evil permeating nearly all US institutions; i.e. education, religion, entertainment, financial, mass media, politics, recreation, government, and on and on.

    Since Wilson, gradualism worked for the statists but Obama was like an accelerant to the Reichstag fire turning their secular globalist collectivist agenda into a raging inferno thus being exposed for all to see. Well, alternative web based media played a fortuitous hand exposing them too.

    ” I think Authenticjazzman missed your point here”

    No I did not miss his point,I simply disagree with him, and with a tested IQ upwards of 150, there are not very many points which I could possibly “Miss”.

    Authenticjazzman ” Mensa” society member since 1973, airborne qualified US Army Vet, and pro jazz artist.

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    • Replies: @The Scalpel
    "...with a tested IQ upwards of 150, there are not very many points which I could possibly “Miss"".


    I feel embarrassed for you. Maybe you have Asberger's syndrome.

    , @Stonehands
    You are a pedigreed asshole.
    , @Seamus Padraig
    Nobody blows their own horn quite like Authenticjazzman.
    , @bluedog
    Everyone stand up and applaud for we have a genius among up,or so he says...
  24. @Diversity Heretic
    Ossof still got 48% of the vote, with all the drawbacks this article describes. A couple more election cycles and reliable Democratic voters (Negroes, Hispanics and Asians) will combine with the remaining white liberals to win such elections. Demography is electoral destiny in a mass participatory, universal suffrage democracy.

    Feminist and queers are fairly reliable democrat voters too.

    Not much difference between a democrat and a neocon, both are left wing ideologies.

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  25. Don’t feel too sorry for Mr. Ossoff. He’ll probably wind up with a well paying job as Goldman, Sachs just like Eric Cantor.

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  26. Wally says:
    @Diversity Heretic
    My comment was a warning, not a boast.

    I understood that, but wanted to make a point for others.

    Cheers.

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  27. @Si1ver1ock
    This is a good column. I've been looking for a new Democrat leader. Maybe Tim Ryan from Ohio?


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PblzdwwCzIU


    A minor nit to pick:

    "the DNC orchestrated conveys" should probably be "the DNC orchestrated convoys"

    Conveyances are transfers of property. No nit to pick here, just a revelation of intent.

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  28. jim jones says:
    @Che Guava
    St Clair may be the chief editor of Counterpunch, but is generally one of the most boring of their writers, though there have been exceptions. This is not one.

    Anybody who continues to proclaim Sanders as the great, even after he was using campaign funds to set up a nice million plus lakeside mansion (which is big, so will require servants) needs to think a little more.
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    • Replies: @Che Guava
    Thanks.

    It is funny.

    BTW, your uname also is, unless it is real.

    I would bet that the investigation will go nowhere, but it seems they have much to investigate.
    , @Seamus Padraig
    Yet still no investigation of Hellary? WTF is Trump smoking?
  29. @Liberty or Death
    Excellent and concise WorkingClass.

    And you are correct, it is only by dumb luck (R) has emerged as the lessor evil. It is NOT by dumb luck Trump won. (I think Authenticjazzman missed your point here.)

    In the event, Trump is merely the first iteration of repudiation of the cult of multicultural political correctness and evil permeating nearly all US institutions; i.e. education, religion, entertainment, financial, mass media, politics, recreation, government, and on and on.

    Since Wilson, gradualism worked for the statists but Obama was like an accelerant to the Reichstag fire turning their secular globalist collectivist agenda into a raging inferno thus being exposed for all to see. Well, alternative web based media played a fortuitous hand exposing them too.

    Working Class always gets it right and he knows how to express himself well.

    The “genius,” on the other hand…

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  30. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    More proof that Homo Worship is the new religion of the West. Homos first said ‘gay rights’ was a secular struggle for the freedom of homosexuals to live they way they want.

    Now, homos are demanding that CHURCHES bless ‘gay marriage’. Homo Stuff is no longer secular. Its aim is to replace Christianity as the new holiness.

    So, we are now supposed to associate holiness with men with penises up their anuses, lesbians who use dildos as substitutes for penises, and trans-gender freaks who cut off penises and testicles to get fake vaginas.

    What is called ‘gay rights’ is really Homo Worship.

    https://www.rt.com/viral/393867-sweden-gay-marriage-priests/

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    • Replies: @Wally
    Well said, actually.

    Too many people want substitutes for the real thing.

    And why do men hating lesbians try to look like men?
    , @Che Guava
    This sounds like a Priss post. I cannot see why you post as Anon, you must have your reasons.

    However, agreeing with the sentiments.
  31. Rod1963 says:
    @WorkingClass
    Bill Clinton and his New Democrats wrote off the working class in favor of Corporate Bucks. It worked well for them in terms of graft. But writing off the white race while endorsing the meme that all white people are inherently racist was a big mistake. Trying to convince us there is no such thing as boys and girls was another big mistake. Stealing the nomination for Hillary - fatal mistake number three. Finally, blaming their loss on the Russians, repudiating free speech and the current attempt at a soft coup makes them unacceptable to anyone not totally brain washed by the Corporate Media, Hollywood and Academia. The Republicans are no less corrupt and they get no credit for Trump's win. But by dumb luck, they have emerged as the lessor evil.

    Excellent summation.

    The GOP certainly gets no credit for Trump, since they hate him and want him gone. They couldn’t say enough bad things about him during the primary and run-off. Hell their idea of a solid GOP candidate was Jeb Bush or creepy Cruz both avowed globalists and no friend of white blue collars and the middle-class.

    The sickening thing about the GOP, Ryan was ready to pass TPP and amnesty had Trump lost. Ryan is one of those sickening globalist stooges no different than Pelosi or Schumer. They have no use for America or Americans.

    The fact if it wasn’t for Trump, the GOP would be in a terrible position today.

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  32. The Scalpel says: • Website
    @Authenticjazzman
    " I think Authenticjazzman missed your point here"

    No I did not miss his point,I simply disagree with him, and with a tested IQ upwards of 150, there are not very many points which I could possibly "Miss".

    Authenticjazzman " Mensa" society member since 1973, airborne qualified US Army Vet, and pro jazz artist.

    “…with a tested IQ upwards of 150, there are not very many points which I could possibly “Miss””.

    I feel embarrassed for you. Maybe you have Asberger’s syndrome.

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    Asperger
    , @Liberty or Death
    Indeed.....were it so would one prance around bragging about it?
  33. A region that understands the relationship between slave and master? That’s laying it on thick! The 6th isn’t the same district that elected Newt Gingrich, physically or demographically. The whole Atlanta metro area has large enough numbers of transplants and immigrants that it can’t really be considered Georgian or Southern (or even American in some areas) in any real sense, and certainly not politically or culturally, not that most Georgians and Southerners would have any idea about what St. Clair calls their politics or culture. I’d bet that for large numbers of voters in the 6th, the only thing they know about Lester Maddox is that there is a bridge named after him on I-75, and they only know that if they venture another part of the city.

    It’s also funny that St. Clair mentions Hillary Clinton’s politics without mentioning her blatant anti-white, pro-immigrant and pro-minority agenda. It looks like at least some white women are waking up to the fact that they are white, as are their fathers, sons, husbands, etc. I bet the Democrats haven’t considered that.

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  34. @Authenticjazzman
    " I think Authenticjazzman missed your point here"

    No I did not miss his point,I simply disagree with him, and with a tested IQ upwards of 150, there are not very many points which I could possibly "Miss".

    Authenticjazzman " Mensa" society member since 1973, airborne qualified US Army Vet, and pro jazz artist.

    You are a pedigreed asshole.

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  35. @RobinG
    DEMOCRATS & REPUBLICANS: ONE BIRD, 2 WINGS.... SAME SHIT

    UKRAINE meddled in US 2016 election. In conspiracy to blackmail Trump, Ukraine provided DNC with false accusations against Manafort, hoping to derail Trump and install Deep State figurehead Hillary Clinton.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjZ5gI9GaM UNREAL: The real election interference scandal HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT

    See the timeline, and smoking-gun email from Alexandra Chalupa. To steal election, DNC fabricated Trump-Russian collusion stories which have poisoned US-Russia relations in this administration and stoked impeachment fever. Anti-Russian hysteria serves Israel by killing Syria & Iran diplomacy. Great journalism by Lee Stranahan.

    I got this far:
    “and the lethal effects of a warming climate.”
    The FIRST sentence !

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    • Replies: @RobinG
    WHY..ARE.. YOU.. LYING.. ???????
    [Very strange invention. Climate isn't mentioned in any way.]

    What is there about this report that you don't want [certain] people to see?

    Haven't noticed you, but must be some kind of TROLL. (On the bright side, maybe we hit a nerve. Is the booger a Clinton Democrat?)
  36. @Wally
    Woulda' coulda', shoulda'. You lost.

    Your "reliable" are becoming rather unreliable.

    Black Voters Aren’t Turning Out For The Post-Obama Democratic Party
    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/black-voters-arent-turning-out-for-the-post-obama-democratic-party/

    Why do the Dems spend such an inordinate amount of time and money on such a small % of the population that has such a meager turn out (to vote) ratio.

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  37. Wally says:
    @Anon
    More proof that Homo Worship is the new religion of the West. Homos first said 'gay rights' was a secular struggle for the freedom of homosexuals to live they way they want.

    Now, homos are demanding that CHURCHES bless 'gay marriage'. Homo Stuff is no longer secular. Its aim is to replace Christianity as the new holiness.

    So, we are now supposed to associate holiness with men with penises up their anuses, lesbians who use dildos as substitutes for penises, and trans-gender freaks who cut off penises and testicles to get fake vaginas.

    What is called 'gay rights' is really Homo Worship.

    https://www.rt.com/viral/393867-sweden-gay-marriage-priests/

    Well said, actually.

    Too many people want substitutes for the real thing.

    And why do men hating lesbians try to look like men?

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  38. RobinG says:
    @boogerbently
    I got this far:
    "and the lethal effects of a warming climate."
    The FIRST sentence !

    WHY..ARE.. YOU.. LYING.. ???????
    [Very strange invention. Climate isn't mentioned in any way.]

    What is there about this report that you don’t want [certain] people to see?

    Haven’t noticed you, but must be some kind of TROLL. (On the bright side, maybe we hit a nerve. Is the booger a Clinton Democrat?)

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  39. @Authenticjazzman
    " but by dumb luck, they have emerged as the lessor evil"

    Pure Bullshit: The outcome had nothing to do with "Luck" rather common sense, and the awareness that the crazies, the sjws, leftist academia, that the dissolute media people, that hollywood, that lunatics like NP, are ripping the country apart, and ignoranti such as yourself are unable to grasp this reality.

    Authenticjazzman "Mensa" Society mitglied seit 1973,. airborne qualified US Army vet, and pro jazz artist.

    I am more impressed by authentic jazzman and vet, than you Mensa society club ‘credentials’.
    Can’t your opinion be seen as intelligent on its own merits
    Without this stuff?
    Still insisting you are intelligent by association eh?

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  40. MBlanc46 says:
    @WorkingClass
    Bill Clinton and his New Democrats wrote off the working class in favor of Corporate Bucks. It worked well for them in terms of graft. But writing off the white race while endorsing the meme that all white people are inherently racist was a big mistake. Trying to convince us there is no such thing as boys and girls was another big mistake. Stealing the nomination for Hillary - fatal mistake number three. Finally, blaming their loss on the Russians, repudiating free speech and the current attempt at a soft coup makes them unacceptable to anyone not totally brain washed by the Corporate Media, Hollywood and Academia. The Republicans are no less corrupt and they get no credit for Trump's win. But by dumb luck, they have emerged as the lessor evil.

    Unfortunately, the groups that you mention are the dominant groups in society. They won’t make the sames mistakes on 2018 or 2030.

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  41. anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @The Scalpel
    "...with a tested IQ upwards of 150, there are not very many points which I could possibly “Miss"".


    I feel embarrassed for you. Maybe you have Asberger's syndrome.

    Asperger

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  42. Ma Laoshi says:
    @Seamus Padraig
    The problem is that, even after they have long outlived their purpose, the parties are permanent - they cannot simply be gotten rid of. Neither American party has ever been replaced since the demise of the Whigs in the 1840s. The nature of the Electoral College makes it pretty much impossible.

    Yeah the US has built-in structural problems. But it’s also self-fulfilling: a way of saying that, even after millions of Americans lost their homes, the moment of pain still hasn’t arrived yet. In all fairness, the US didn’t get on top without knowing a thing or two about divide & conquer — being the official successor to the British Empire and all that. How could you not use that at home as well.

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  43. annamaria says:

    Democratic triumph in California: “DEMOCRATS Kill Single Payer Healthcare In California,” The Jimmy Dore Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfYfjQEqg58

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  44. Che Guava says:
    @jim jones
    Bernie Sanders & Wife Under FBI Investigation For Bank Fraud:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-24/bernie-sanders-wife-under-fbi-investigation-bank-fraud

    Thanks.

    It is funny.

    BTW, your uname also is, unless it is real.

    I would bet that the investigation will go nowhere, but it seems they have much to investigate.

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  45. Che Guava says:
    @Anon
    More proof that Homo Worship is the new religion of the West. Homos first said 'gay rights' was a secular struggle for the freedom of homosexuals to live they way they want.

    Now, homos are demanding that CHURCHES bless 'gay marriage'. Homo Stuff is no longer secular. Its aim is to replace Christianity as the new holiness.

    So, we are now supposed to associate holiness with men with penises up their anuses, lesbians who use dildos as substitutes for penises, and trans-gender freaks who cut off penises and testicles to get fake vaginas.

    What is called 'gay rights' is really Homo Worship.

    https://www.rt.com/viral/393867-sweden-gay-marriage-priests/

    This sounds like a Priss post. I cannot see why you post as Anon, you must have your reasons.

    However, agreeing with the sentiments.

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  46. @Authenticjazzman
    " I think Authenticjazzman missed your point here"

    No I did not miss his point,I simply disagree with him, and with a tested IQ upwards of 150, there are not very many points which I could possibly "Miss".

    Authenticjazzman " Mensa" society member since 1973, airborne qualified US Army Vet, and pro jazz artist.

    Nobody blows their own horn quite like Authenticjazzman.

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  47. @jim jones
    Bernie Sanders & Wife Under FBI Investigation For Bank Fraud:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-24/bernie-sanders-wife-under-fbi-investigation-bank-fraud

    Yet still no investigation of Hellary? WTF is Trump smoking?

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    • Replies: @Ma Laoshi
    Investigate Hillary? Oh please. Did you notice Kosher Barbie the other day pocketing $100m in Saudi cash? Still holding out hope that these people will drain the swamp?

    Let's face it, Trump's priority is keeping his own ass out of papa Kushner's luxury jail cell. A more... forgiving climate at the top serves that priority; "locking her up" does not.

  48. Che Guava says:
    @nsa
    Every jooie trotskyite needs a second dacha on a lake.....

    Every Jewish Bolsheviki boss needed a nice dacha, but they changed hands at a dizzying pace once they turned on each other, and non-Jews also rose.

    I recommend to you, please read MIkhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, if you have not. it is almost certain that, in the published form, his wife made many interpolations, but they only make it better.

    If you are a reader, you will love it.

    I love many USSR relics, the other one I would to strongly recommend is the last major USSR SF film, Kin Dza Dza.

    It is very brilliant. It is also, in a way, prophecy.

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  49. @The Scalpel
    "...with a tested IQ upwards of 150, there are not very many points which I could possibly “Miss"".


    I feel embarrassed for you. Maybe you have Asberger's syndrome.

    Indeed…..were it so would one prance around bragging about it?

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  50. bluedog says:
    @Authenticjazzman
    " I think Authenticjazzman missed your point here"

    No I did not miss his point,I simply disagree with him, and with a tested IQ upwards of 150, there are not very many points which I could possibly "Miss".

    Authenticjazzman " Mensa" society member since 1973, airborne qualified US Army Vet, and pro jazz artist.

    Everyone stand up and applaud for we have a genius among up,or so he says…

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  51. Agent76 says:

    May 23, 2017 Seth Rich BOMBSHELLS Will Bring Hillary & Podesta To Their Knees — Bix Weir

    The Seth Rich bombshells that are being dropped now are earth shattering, and according to sources, there is absolute panic at the highest levels of the DNC in Washington.

    https://youtu.be/clhke0lHm0Q

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  52. Jimmy Dore’s replay of Ossof’s political ad was priceless. Given the public’s disgust with the managed establishment narrative it couldn’t have been more out of touch.

    Trump took the working class vote and the democrats are still shitting all over them. Puting in this plastic phony chirping about how the key to understanding the economy is that things are “connected” – lol.

    Leg bone connected to the thigh bone, thigh bone connected to the hip bone. Hip bone connected to the back bone – everyone vote for me.

    You’re just calling the voters stupid.

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  53. […] “Democrats in the Dead Zone” (St. Clair).  Inauthenticity.  The Dems doubled down on every single one of their standard mistakes in an almost robotic way. […]

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  54. joef says:

    When a working class individual votes for the modern Democrats (the real Democrat party died with JFK & the real Republican party died with Reagan), they are voting against their own rational self interest!!

    When they vote Democrat, they are voting for:

    >> Free Trade promotion of cheap labor, which transforms the working class into an underemployed consumer;

    >> Higher & higher government taxes/fines/fees/forfeitures/tolls to pay for an unsustainable welfare state, that you are not part of;

    >> Affirmative Action that takes away the ability to obtain a job based on merit;

    >> Accusations of White Privilege;

    >> Accusations that everything you achieved is through some type of misbegotten gains, that was somehow stolen from the Black man;

    >> The encouragement of Afro Americans to Hate Whitey (thats you!!, even if you are Hispanic or Asian);

    >> The encouragement of White Guilt, for acts that took place multiple generations before you were born, and one that most of our ancestors had nothing to do with;

    >> The forced acceptance of higher violent crime rates (with no sympathy for the victim);

    >> The reduction in your right to defend yourself (which todays overzealous, politically ambitious, District Attorney will prosecute you for);

    >> The taking away of your home through civil forfeiture, by being unable to afford the ever increasing property taxes;

    >> Gun Control: The constant threat to your 4th Amendment Rights, by the forced removal of your personal property (guns), without due process, for acts that you yourself did not commit.

    >> Attack on your religious liberties;

    >> An Education system that cares more about social engineering of your children, than the learning of math, science, literacy;

    >> Debt: liberals believe in saving resources for future generations, but they don’t apply it to money… they do not understand that money is suppose to represent something (labor or a commodity), and it is a limited resource (just like any other)… by giving ourselves free lunch benefits today without restrictions, we are going to use up these resources, and they will nothing left available for our children, and their children;

    >> The eventual bankruptcy of your country from catastrophic unsustainable debt levels (think of Venezuela, Haiti, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Cyprus, Cuba, Weimar Republic, or even present day Japan: none are the economic ideal, and one of them can be our future.

    THIS IS WHAT YOU ASKED FOR IF YOU VOTE FOR THE CURRENT DEMOCRAT POLITICIAN!!

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  55. @themann
    Anybody want to count the number of times that Authorial Asshat gratuitously insulted the South?

    Democrats are losing because they are trying to destroy southern whites in particular, and whites in general. And we are on to them.

    Yep, the hatred seeps between the lines. The guy just couldn’t help but spoil a decent article with venomous bigotry. Stuff like this: “a region that understands the relationship between master and slave.” Wow, bro! 1860 was a long time ago.

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  56. Ma Laoshi says:
    @Seamus Padraig
    Yet still no investigation of Hellary? WTF is Trump smoking?

    Investigate Hillary? Oh please. Did you notice Kosher Barbie the other day pocketing $100m in Saudi cash? Still holding out hope that these people will drain the swamp?

    Let’s face it, Trump’s priority is keeping his own ass out of papa Kushner’s luxury jail cell. A more… forgiving climate at the top serves that priority; “locking her up” does not.

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