Bernie Sanders – is he a viable candidate?

Senator  Bernie Sanders was in Davenport, IA on Thursday, May 28th.  There were over 700 people there.  Bernie spoke clearly, succintly and passionately about issues that concern average Americans.  We want democracy, not an oligarchy —the people will stand up and we will stand with Bernie to take our country, our government back from the 1% .  Bernie walks the talk.  He is a strong, viable candidate.  The media has not adequately covered Bernie’s candidacy.   My local newspaper made the entry of another Republican candidate for president front page news and did not mention that Bernie was in town that day.  When the media covers Bernie, it is to opine that he does not have a chance.  Who owns and controls the media?  When people hear Bernie and learn what he stands for, what he fights for, who he fights for – They will believe they can make a difference by supporting Bernie.  The millions that will be spend by “establishment” candidates will not change the people’s support because the people want an authentic, courageous person with moral values on poverty, education, climate change and fairness:  the people believe in Bernie, the people want Bernie to be the next President of the United States of America!  Indeed, Bernie has a chance!

Clean Water

Iowa’ s waterways – it’s streams, creeks and rivers are compromised.  Scott County has three creeks listed as being impaired.  The farmers self-regulating is NOT working!  Too much manure, too much  fertilizer, too much herbicide is finding its way to our water.  We need clean water!  We don’t need T.V. Ads from big business/agribusiness telling us that whine, whine it’s so unfair that farming operations are suspected of polluting Iowa’s waters.  They are and farmers need to take responsibility for what they do and don’t do!

Is it R.I.P for the GOP?

In a great post on, author Daniel McGraw outlines why the GOP might be in trouble. Here is a sample, followed by the link.

It turns out that one of the Grand Old Party’s biggest—and least discussed—challenges going into 2016 is lying in plain sight, written right into the party’s own nickname. The Republican Party voter is old—and getting older, and as the adage goes, there are two certainties in life: Death and taxes. Right now, both are enemies of the GOP and they might want to worry more about the former than the latter.

There’s been much written about how millennials are becoming a reliable voting bloc for Democrats, but there’s been much less attention paid to one of the biggest get-out-the-vote challenges for the Republican Party heading into the next presidential election: Hundreds of thousands of their traditional core supporters won’t be able to turn out to vote at all.

The party’s core is dying off by the day.

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(Don’t) Let them eat cake!

Republican Candidate-in-waiting Jeb Bush has some pretty interesting things to say about laww that would allow business owners to refuse service to gay patrons. Here a sample of the Huffington Post article, followed by a link.

Likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said that Christian business owners should not have to provide services for gay weddings if it goes against their religious beliefs.

“Yes, absolutely, if it’s based on a religious belief,” he said when asked by the Christian Broadcasting Network in an interview Saturday if businesses should be able to decline services to same-sex weddings.

The former Florida governor justified his position by claiming that not providing a service does not count as discrimination if business owners feel that it violates their religious rights.

“A big country, a tolerant country, ought to be able to figure out the difference between discriminating someone because of their sexual orientation and not forcing someone to participate in a wedding that they find goes against their moral beliefs,” he said. “This should not be that complicated. Gosh, it is right now.”

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Rubio the War Monger

The Daily Kos posted an excellent article on why Marco Rubio wants to lead us into battle. Here’s a sample, followed by a link.

Presidential contender Marco Rubio is trying his level best to bring back the glory days of the Project for the New American Century, aka The People Who Brought You The Iraq War. Are you the sort of person that misses Dick Cheney and the “one percent” doctrine? Do you wet your pants every time you see an unshaved brown man? Do you like war—a lot—but have the memory of a fruit fly when it comes to the consequences of those actions? Good news, you little addle-brained dullard: Marco Rubio is courting you directly with a drive he calls “NOTHING MATTERS IF WE AREN’T SAFE.”

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