Monday, February 15, 2021

Huge Number Of Americans Say Democracy Doesn't Work Anymore

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Feb 15, 2021 
Reshared By: KB72wenty3 aka Vinny G


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Richest 1% own half the world's wealth, study finds
According to an alarming new poll from the Associated Press, only 16% of Americans say that democracy in this country is working just fine, only 16%. Meanwhile, more than 40% say it is not working at all and a little over 30% say it's working, kind of. So a plurality, not a majority, but a plurality say that it doesn't work any more. I agree with the people who say that it isn't working. And if you're watching this video and you're not a member of the top 1%, I have to assume you probably agree that it's not working the way it's supposed to. Again, for the top 1%, you're doing better than ever. I mean, year after year after year, you do better and better and better. Everything works for you and it's because you own the politicians. You own the think tanks, you run them, you fund them, you get them to tell politicians what you want to do. 
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The rest of it, not so much. I mean, we're sitting here in the middle of a pandemic and a recession, begging politicians to not screw us over on a third stimulus check after 12 months of this. Right? That's the situation we're in. We're still begging for bailouts while the wealthiest Americans have added what, a couple hundred billion dollars to their net worth, they're doing better than ever and again, it's because politicians don't call the shots, the wealthy elite do. They don't want us to succeed and that's the bottom line. That is the hard reality that I think a lot of us have to understand at this point. What you have sent to Washington doesn't work, Republican or Democrat, doesn't matter. And I'm sorry I have to go this route. But if you think Nancy Pelosi is working for you, you are delusional. 
If you think Chuck Schumer is, same thing. Same thing with Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy or Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham, none of those people
work for the people. They're all a big part of the club and while they may be on different sides of the club, it's the same club and we're not in it. AOC is outside the

club, Ilhan Omar is outside the club. Bernie Sanders is mostly outside the club. Recently he's kind of been a little bit inside

with the $1,400 check thing, which again is very disappointing from him. But I think he's still outside to be honest. But we don't have enough of those. 

Like that's why we're able to point to these people, Ro Khanna is another one, why, that's why we can point to these individuals saying they're not in the club because there's so few of them that they stand out like a sore thumb, a sore thumb that's sore from working for the American public. But no, for the rest of us, it doesn't work. Capitalism doesn't work for us. 
We continue to be held down by the powers that be, by the powers that be who fund the politicians who tell us, we can't afford a

minimum wage increase. Who tell us that unions are actually bad and the last time we had a strong middle-

class in America is when we had strong union representation. But that all went away

with the Reagan era and never came back and American labor has been under assault since then. It doesn't work. Nothing works for us and it will continue to not work for us as long as we continue to send the same people to DC, every couple of years, that's on us. If you want it to change, then change who you're sending to Washington.


So for a long time, I like many others have been thinking a third party may be the answer to breaking up the bottle necking of our politics, if we have term limits for the President I feel there should be the same for the left and the right, In Fact I think there should be nobody in Office who is over the Retirement age, any of you Folks do your own homework any longer...? What are your Thoughts? There is, or Was talk of Plumpy starting his own party, Odd when both parties are against a third, who could really benefit from such an Action...?


 I really feel bad for this colored Fella....


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Sunday, January 10, 2021

How Trump could be held legally accountable for inciting Capitol riot


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Jan 9, 2021
Reshared By: KB72wenty3 aka Vinny G


-I know that everyone here will soon be marching
over to the Capitol building, to peacefully
and patriotically make your voices heard.
-It's been a pretty interesting 24 hours,
in terms of what Justice Department officials
have said about the possibility of legal jeopardy
for the president over the riot around Congress.
-So... let's have trial by combat.

-So, what happened is, on Thursday, the acting U.
S. attorney for the District of Columbia said --
asked specifically if the speakers at the event --
including president Trump --
might face some sort of investigation
for the things they said leading up to the violence.
The U.
S. attorney said "All"..." issues are being looked at.

We're examining all of this.
We're taking nothing off the table."
He was pressed on it twice, and both times,
he gave the same answer,
which certainly suggests that they were considering
whether any of the speakers had a legal jeopardy,
in terms of incitement to riot, which is a charge.
-If you don't fight like hell, you're not gonna have a country anymore. -DJT
-Officials sent a very strong signal on Friday
that they do not intend to pursue a case
against President Trump or any of the speakers on stage, for comments made, for incendiary remarks made before the violence began. 
-We're going to the Capitol, and we're going to try
and give our Republicans -- the weak ones,
because the strong ones don't need any of our help --
we're going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness
that they need to take back our country. 
-One of the challenges with charging anyone
with incitement to riot is that the First Amendment case law on it is fairly protective of the speaker,
because there's a general understanding that people use rhetoric and hyperbole in political speech,
and you shouldn't necessarily view that as strictly literal.
So, there are some legal cases and standards that would apply that would suggest it is hard to bring such a charge.
And I think -- So, I think what you're seeing
is a kind of delicate walk-back of the notion
that they are pursuing the president in some fashion.
-We're in. We're going in.
-One of the things they described as,
they "need to go after, first, the alligators closest to the boat," 
Is how one prosecutor put it.

And by that, they mean the people
who did the most violence inside the Capitol.
I think what's going on right now is, the Justice Department is doing two things at once.
They are scrambling to gather as much evidence as possible as quickly as they can, to identify them, build a case, and charge them.
And they announced a handful of arrests again today, as they're doing that. 
The other part, though --
and I think it's more sort of the politics of chaos,
in a way -- is that they are trying to show that they are really on top of the ball, now, because there are serious questions about, how is it that, in one of the most well-guarded and secure cities in the world,
such chaos reigned in such an important part of the government? 
It's interesting that,
the last days of the Trump administration,
the Justice Department is doing everything it can to show how seriously it is taking this,
and how aggressively it's pursuing these.
But the reality is, the bulk of this work,
in terms of prosecuting people,
is going to be handled by the Biden administration.



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