Prior to casting your vote what do your favorite local candidates (or his/her competition) know about you?
For years, prior to the Internet, data was somewhat difficult to obtain. Of course, candidates had access to voting history, not whom you voted for, but, at least, enough information to determine if you are a likely voter. But now, ever since you have allowed your fingers to do your online shopping, browsing and talking, data has exploded. There’s data from social media, online purchases and so much more.
Despite the usual rants from some of the Fox News “yes folks”, and the likes of Rush Limbaugh and others on the right side of Atilla the Hun, the Blue Wave is alive and kicking.
The Democrats have taken over the House of Representatives and could own a roughly 30 seat advantage. While Donald Trump claims he could not be happier for the victory from Tuesday’s vote, it doesn’t take a NASA Rocketeer to know the truth. The president is scared. He is angry. He is fighting back. As being reported, things are so not-A-OK, his administration is throwing grenades at one another. He is insulting the media. Much of the world, including our allies over the past one hundred years (plus Germany), seems to despise him. And possibly worse, he is at the center of a number investigations already and the House of Representatives, soon-to-be-dominated by angry revengeful Democrats, are about to mount an assault from the ground, the air and the water and from outer space (if that’s possible).
Now that the mid terms elections are over, just where exactly is this nation going under President Trump?
That’s what many wanted to know after the blue tsunami turned out to be more of a blue wave, something that the President’s ego could not take.
Instead, at the press conference, he spun, and weaved and deceived and he even almost claimed total victory.
The title of this column starts with "Trump's midterm". That is what it is. He told us often that the election is about him. He deserves credit. He deserves blame. He is the dominant figure on stage and those winning or losing deserve the supporting awards, nothing more.
For now, other than Mississippi, the midterms voting is essentially history. As I write this column, the Republicans have kept the US Senate and will likely pick up some highly-coveted seats, adding to its majority. The Democrats finally have a seat at the table. No longer can President Trump and the Republicans in Congress railroad legislation without hearings as they did over the past two years. And, of course, there are those investigations that were clearly throttled by Trump, Nunes and other House Chairmen.
Ever more so than before, words of our leaders, our media, political opponents and our own words matter.
So, when I witness the country seeming to come apart, I look to words of those who want radical change.
One of those individuals is people such as David Duke.
Wait, don’t say it. I think I know what you’re thinking.
How did a guy from New Orleans, whose family did not seem to possess any known or public anger against minorities become such a vehement white supremacist and international critic of Jewish people and the State of Israel?
The first time I encountered David Duke was in college. He had begun to make a name for himself on the LSU campus, taking part in its free-speech alley. I was a student at the University of New Orleans and one night, he spoke to an auditorium-packed room on campus. I was personally very impressed with his intelligence, his oratory skills, but very concerned about what I considered to be his outlandish views on race and religion.
The US mid-terms elections are less than three weeks away. The control of Congress and the future of the Trump presidency is in the balance. The President has hit the campaign road telling the crowd that the election is basically about him, although, in an AP interview, he said that should Republicans lose the House, he should not be faulted.
At this moment, it appears to many observers that the Republicans will keep their margin in the US Senate, possibly adding to their margins. The numbers just look overwhelming for the Democrats to essentially run the house, so to speak, in order to win. The possibility that they can pull off a Trump-like sweep at the last moment of states expected to lose probably is too much against the odds.
Last night, I happened to come across the video of the production of We are the World. For those who don’t recall, I post it below
The performers were indeed the greatest hits, from Ray Charles, Dion Warick, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springstein, Diana Ross making up a cast of 46 of the most heralded rock talent to ever congregate in one room. Michael Jackson and Lionel Richey were the songwriters, Quincy Jones and Michael Omaritian were the producers
At the time of this writing, we less than one hour away from US Senator Susan Collins of Maine telling us that she has decided to back Judge Kavanaugh which will tilt the Supreme Court to the right, most likely for the balance of my life time.
There is a sense of desperation in the halls of the Capitol for many Democrats. A thick blue cloud has fallen upon their hopes, choking them, possibly for decades to come. The time for praying is over. It's time to pack up the rights for which they have fought and pack them up, for now. The bright days ahead for them will need to see another moment.
I have been silent on the issue as to whether I believe he should be disqualified on the basis of his politics. Despite what he claims in the Wall Street Journal last night when he said he will be independent, his behavior of the past few weeks and shown anything but. Susan Collins might cite his claims as a reason for her support, but, if she does, not many will believe her.
The nation’s eyes were on US Senator John Kennedy, Republican from Louisiana. In his high-pitched, southern drawl, now institutionalized on cable news interviews, Kennedy asked Judge Brett Kavanaugh, if he believed in God. The other questions were carefully positioned so that Judge Kavanaugh would realize the solemity of the moment and tell the Senator and the world that everything he said, he meant, under the risk of perjury.