The Self-Made Man and his Religion

Aug.22, 2016  By Jack Jodell (in association with BURR DEMING, creator of and chief author over at FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column).

Happy start of a new week to all! Today, our podcaster extraordinaire BURR DEMING dons a sort of preacher’s garb, not so much to convert us, but to show how very off-base the hateful Donald Trump is by reaching out to evangelicals, and some of them to him. For Trump has shown time and again that, through his use of hate, exclusion, and division, that he has no real understanding of the tenets of Christianity, and certainly is not practicing them in his campaign. I think even the most committed atheist would understand, and agree with, the logic and reasoning Mr. Deming presents here, as only he can do. 

burrBurr says, in his own words, “Jesus started the original movement for the separation of church and hate…

Mr Trump tells evangelical Christians he is a self-made man.

He invites them to a new form of worship, that many are discovering they have been yearning after for a very long time.”

Podcast

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/?p=2029
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WHY VOTING THE “DOWN TICKET” IS SO VERY IMPORTANT!

Aug. 18, 2016  By Jack Jodell. 

WEYRICH“I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of the people. They never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.” –  plus – 
“”We are different from previous generations of conservatives… We are no longer working to preserve the status quo. We are radicals, working to overturn the present power structure of this country.”
– Paul Weyrich, noted religious far-right conservative commentator –

Today’s post is directed squarely at those who may very mistakenly believe that “my vote doesn’t really matter” or that “Hillary has such a big lead over Trump that I won’t even bother to vote this election.” Sadly, far too many of our countrypersons hold these beliefs and are effectively taking what’s left of our democracy for granted. They are being what I will refer to as “lazy citizens”. If enough of them believe that way, and fail to vote, the end result will be the eventual surrender of all the rights we hold near and dear as Americans. We will become SLAVES, bullied about by whomever decides to grab and reconfigure the electoral, social, legal, and economic rights  we now have.  This is not the voice of a crackpot or alarmist speaking, for I am neither. Rather, I am a critical thinker who evaluates events based on a wide variety of sources: historical, philosophical, social, economic, and scientific, to name but a few.

While I am not an extremist or paranoid type,  I do believe in a cautious and measured approach to dealing with problems I see facing us. I am more of an activist by nature, believing that an ounce of prevention is definitely better than a pound of cure! I would much rather  err on the side of action as opposed to inaction or complacency, so that is why I am posting this piece today. I hope some of you will save or bookmark this post and will use it as inspiration to prompt your own action sometime in the future.

I will start by saying THERE ARE DEVIOUS, MISGUIDED PERSONS OUT THERE WHO WANT TO LIMIT YOUR RIGHTS FOR THEIR OWN SELFISH BENEFIT, OR BECAUSE THEY FEAR THE FUTURE AND WANT TO ROLL THE CLOCK BACKWARD. AND, THEY MUST BE STOPPED!  The quotes I listed at the start of this piece came from just such an individual.  Paul Weyrich rose to fame as the man who coined the term “Moral Majority” that was used by the very narrow-minded televangelist preacher Jerry Falwell to discriminate against those who did not share his authoritarian beliefs. While both Weyrich and Falwell are long dead, their perverse,anti-democracy and exclusionary ideas have existed since the 1980s Reagan years and are being resurrected by today’s backward-looking, Tea Party-infested Republican Party. As these are reactionary ideas which do not reflect progress, or what is needed NOW in the least, they must be overcome and repudiated once and for all, before they are able to enslave the lot of us.  

party of noThe proof of this unsavory attemptt at resurrecting these backward beliefs is all around us, from the strong Republican efforts to disenfranchise as many minority (potentially opposition) voters as possible, to the attempt to cut short polling place hours and reducing their locations, to the attempt to limit registration of new (potentially opposition) voters, and on and on. These are deliberate efforts designed to discourage and exclude as many voters as possible: to  increase the “leverage” and power of Republicans by limiting the number of voters who would vote against them. It is a typical strategy for a party that has become far more interested in delivering perks for the minority and wealthiest 1% of the population rather than for the 99% MAJORITY which sits, by their machinations, far below them on the income scale. They know that if ALL eligible voters were able to freely cast a vote, this wealthy minority’s agenda would be fully REJECTED by the 99% MAJORITY.

greedy gopANGRY Scheming KOCHsOne pair of Weyrich enthusiasts who are firmly anti-democracy are the billionaire libertarian Koch brothers. These modern-day Pharisees prefer to sneakily work behind the scenes to thwart as many projects for the common good as they can. They cultivate a public image of friendly, successful, benevolent neighbor-next-door  types, but in reality, are subversives dedicated to pursuing and obtaining as much profit for themselves as they can – regardless of the cost to everybody beneath them. These self-centered libertarians want NO government intervention in business whatsoever – NO input and definitely NO regulations. They want NO minimum wage and NO government-established safety standards at all. They don’t care one bit as to the struggles students now face paying back horrendously high student loans, or that your wages remain flat while theirs rise tremendously. They don’t care that many Americans must now work 2 or even 3 jobs to make ends meet. They push for even greater tax breaks for the wealthy, partly to increase their wealth but also to starve the federal government, which they view as their enemy.

thumbs downOne of the companies owned by these greedy billionaire brothers is the gigantic paper producer Georgia Pacific, which has been fined MILLIONS of dollars for repeated pollution violations over the years. These arrogant and extremely greedy brothers just pay the fine and keep  polluting – they simply don’t care about public health. All they care about is their profit.

Many years ago, these ever-scheming scoundrels decided to funnel their money into a series of pro-business entities they created, each of which would either spread disinformation, influence public opinion to be in their favor, and /or completely subvert our government to further their aims – all at regular, everyday workers’ expense. They set up “think tanks” like the Heritage no repubsFoundation and the Cato Institute to send out position papers to magazines plus hand-picked “experts” to appear on talk shows to refute truth-telling scientists whose findings on environment and health would adversely affect their profits. They have invested heavily in Republican candidates whom they correctly believed could be bribed or manipulated into doing their bidding. THIS election, they are even spending nearly $900 MILLION to produce TV and radio ads designed to fool the unsuspecting public into voting gop doesn't carefor Republican candidates they support, whose stances may actually differ greatly from what would actually be in the public’s best interest. The Koch brothers meet in secret with other like-minded billionaires to formulate new schemes aimed at further increasing their collective wealth, power, and influence, while shutting all the rest of us out of having any input in what they’re doing whatsoever. They have been remarkably successful in this subversion thus far, as it is easy to win when you operate in secret as they have done. THEY and their allies are behind voter disenfranchisement efforts and attempts to restrict new  voter registration. They are actively trying to steal our democracy away from us right beneath our noses, and they are counting on voter apathy, disinterest, and inattention to help them realize their sordid goals.  These types are not patriots in the least – instead, they should be considered economic terrorists who aim to transform our government from one of , by, and for the people to one which primarily serves THEM! 

There is only ONE DEFENSE against these secretive, scheming, subversive billionaires, and that is for ALL of us in the99% MAJORITY to VOTE, especially in the “down ticket” races, and especially AGAINST their hand-picked reactionary Republican/Libertarian candidates! We must instead commit ourselves to replacing these stodgy do-nothing reactionary Republicans with pro-PEOPLE and pro-WORKER PROGRESSIVES! This is ESPECIALLY important at the LOCAL and STATE  levels, where anti-labor and anti-progress Republicans like Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, Florida’s Rick Scott, Maine’s Paul LePage, and Michigan’s Rick Snyder, plus their reactionary legislatures,  have held a stranglehold on power for FAR too long!

We must UNITE to ensure that the next Congress and all subsequent ones end up passing legislation beneficial to US  rather than acting as a rubber stamp for billionaires who want to enslave us, or block passage of much-needed bills through obstructionist tactics like filibustering. The key word here is, of course, UNITE. For while it is true that one vote means little, a bloc of MILLIONS of UNITED voters can and WILL run these Tea Party-infested, austerity hawk Republicans out of office at ALL levels and for all time!                                                                    

THAT, my friends, is why it is so CRUCIAL for you to vote this fall, and next year, the year after, and EVERY time there is an election for your city, state, and federal government – do NOT allow yourself to be hoodwinked into slavery by billionaires – TAKE BACK the power that you still have while you still can! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Rats

Aug.15, 2016     By Jack Jodell (in association with BURR DEMING, creator of and chief author over at FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column). 

A happy mid-August Monday to all of you! It seems unreal how the once-great Republican Party has sunken so low as to nominate the likes of a fraudulent TRUMP bittercarnival barker named Donald Trump as its endorsed candidate for President  this fall. Even in its present Tea Party-infested, reactionary state, this bombastic, hate-filled bully Trump is over the top and unsupportable for an increasingly larger number of former and current GOP officeholders and supporters. In recent weeks, we have seen the entire Bush family, former Bush II, Bush I, and even Reagan-era cabinet members and appointees all coming out publicly stating they will not vote for Trump. Even a number of sitting U.S. Senators and Representatives have stated the very same sentiments! Rumors are rife about an impending party intervention against their candidate, and party loyalists are scurrying around like panic-stricken rats, totally confused and unsure of just what steps they must take to prevent a massive electoral defeat at the polls this November.

In today’s brilliant podcast, master podcaster BURR DEMING examines this looming Republican fiasco as only he can do: using logic, a clever metaphor and several past and present Republican notables to illustrate his point perfectly.           

burrBurr tells us, “The cynical among us may regard the sudden surge of Republican office holders away from Donald Trump as rats deserting the ship.

There is an alternate view.”

Podcast

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/?p=1944
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DON’T YOU, TOO, HATE EMAIL SOLICITATIONS BY OVERLY GREEDY CORPORATIONS?

Aug. 11, 2016  By Jack Jodell.  

This will be a short post today (actually, a rant). I AM SICK TO DEATH OF BEING BOMBARDED BY EMAIL SOLICITATIONS EACH AND EVERY DAY FROM GREEDY CORPORATIONS!!!! Tuesday morning, I opened my email and there were a much heavier than usual 79 God-damned solicitations from a number of different greedy, unrelenting companies. Yesterday, there were an unbelievable 67 MORE! Today, there were a totally unacceptable 74 MORE! (Normally, I am plagued with 12 – 15 each morning, but the past few days were WAY out of line)! They range from unwanted ads from health and auto insurance companies, old age bathtub manufacturers, hair replacement companies, loan sharks like Zippy Loans, erectile dysfunction drug suppliers, investment companies, health food or vitamin peddlers, mortgage bankers offering low refinancing rates, CNN fake news bulletins all bearing a headline featuring Donald Trump’s name, very unwanted Fox “News” bulletins, 4 or more political bulletins from various special interest groups, invitations from Match.com and eHarmony to sign up with them, and far, FAR, FAR too many others! I contacted Century Link, my ISP, about tips on weeding some if not all of them out, but they were of NO HELP AT ALL! I am FURIOUS  at what I regard, quite correctly, to be an INVASION OF MY PRIVACY! I have been advised to stop buying products online, as often vendors will share email addresses with others. THAT I regard to be a unacceptable option.  I have also been advised to not click on unsubscribe me at the bottom of these solicitations, as, I am told, a number of these jerks will unsubscribe you from their site but will turn around and sell or share your email address with other sites. What, I ask, is my rcourse here? I have much better things to do with my time than weed out unwanted,un-asked for  solicitations from companies that don’t care about ME in the least but just want my money numerous times EACH DAY! GRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!😦thumbs down

I just now returned from lunch to find an additional 17 of these unwanted and unwelcome solicitations, TWO from AIG Direct! How do these greedy predatory creeps  get my email address in the first place?  What gives these bastards the right to prey on me as they do? NOBODY would allow a steady stream of different salespersons to knock on a person’s front door or ring a person’s doorbell constantly many times daily. NO COMPANY would ever be allowed to throw solicitous literature in the back seat of your car. We have do-not-call laws on the books for telephones: why, then, should the sanctity of one’s email be any different? I am urging Congress (in vain, I know) to pass a very stringent law forbidding ALL commercial interests from penetrating one’s email without the owner’s specific permission! I regard this constant invasion of my privacy  as a form of undue online  harassment, and it must come to a screeching halt!!! Don’t give me any bullshit about how these companies have the RIGHT to pester me as they do – they do NOT have that right, just as they do NOT have the right to walk onto my property and dump leaflets all over my lawn! My email is MY personal property, and it MUST be regarded as such! Are there any attorneys out there who would like to adopt this as a cause celebre and file a class action lawsuit forbidding these greedy corporations from wantonly preying on the public in this way? What do you readers think of this situation? Are you with me on this?  Wouldn’t you, too, like to be freed once and for all from this constant, time-wasting irritation and pestering?
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Donald Trump’s Right to Attack

Aug. 8,2016  By Jack Jodell (in association with BURR DEMING, creator of and chief author over at FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column).

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,”
– modified slightly, and attributed to either Patrick Henry or Voltaire – 

Happy Monday, everybody! To say the Republicans have made a controversial DUMB TRUMPpick as their choice this time for President might be viewed as some as an underestimation: the man has been a virtual bull in a proverbial china shop, insulting and infuriating dozens of voting blocs. Clearly, his campaign is faltering, so much so that rumors of an unprecedented Republican establishment intervention have begun to spring up. The man just says whatever he damn well pleases without regard for any consequences whatsoever. His rants and raves offend a great many, but, as master podcaster Burr Deming points out here, like it or not, Trump does have the right to speak as he chooses, and that right is guardnteed in our Constitution. And, of course, each of us has the very same right to respond in kind, as well as to vote AGAINST him and his party on election day…        

burrIn Burr’s own words, “The father of a fallen soldier asks whether Donald Trump has even read the Constitution.
Mr. Trump attacks. The man has no right to ask such a question.

Actually, the Constitution guarantees that right.
It also gives Mr. Trump the right to attack two grieving parents.

And it gives the rest of us the right to call Mr. Trump what he is showing himself to be.
He should read about those rights.”

Podcast link: http://mandrillapp.com/track/click/30659620/jackjod.podomatic.com?p=eyJzIjoiN19GQlVVZ01nODVEZmtuNkQwdUxEQ29TX1g0IiwidiI6MSwicCI6IntcInVcIjozMDY1OTYyMCxcInZcIjoxLFwidXJsXCI6XCJodHRwOlxcXC9cXFwvamFja2pvZC5wb2RvbWF0aWMuY29tXFxcL2VudHJ5XFxcLzIwMTYtMDgtMDRUMTJfMDJfMjctMDdfMDBcIixcImlkXCI6XCJiMzc3ZTRmODZhZjA0OWQ1YTk1MzQwZDY0NjE1NTQ2ZFwiLFwidXJsX2lkc1wiOltcIjMzOWI2MTNlMjA3N2M1NDFkM2M3NWI2NjNmM2VhOTVjNzU3ZGQ2YzFcIl19In0

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/?p=1847
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LIE AFTER LIE AFTER LIE AFTER LIE AFTER LIE AFTER LIE AFTER LIE…

Aug. 4, 2016  By Jack Jodell.  

We have all known liars in our lives. I knew a few in school I would unhesitatingly refer to as chronic liars. They would overemphasize, distort, misinterpret, and fabricate so many falsehoods that some of us began to question their sanity. In the realms of business and politics,  lies are rampant – even expected. Our culture is permeated with lying, from the advertisements we see vastly overstating a product’s benefits to the myth of uncertainty being constantly fed to women that they’re too fat, too thin, too plain, too wrinkled, too flat-chested, too wide at the hips, and on and on and on, ad nauseam.

In politics, I always thought Richard Nixon was the consummate liar (although his predecessor LBJ told quite a few whoppers himself). But then came the Ronald Reagan administration, which told us that tax cuts for the wealthy would free up their money so they would be able to create a huge number of good-paying jobs: that the “trickle down” effect would reach all of those below them on the income scale. Needless to say, it didn’t. Then came Bill Clinton, who, misled by prominent congressional Republicans of his day, assured us that signing NAFTA into law would reap gigantic benefits and lots of new jobs for American workers. It didn’t, obviously. He also was misled by many of these same Republicans  into repealing a number of important regulations, the biggest of which was the Glass-Steagall Act, which gave giant Wall Street banks free rein to recklessly speculate. This, of course, led to the horrible financial collapse  (The “Great Recession”) of 2008, which many correctly argue that we have never fully recovered from. Then came the trio of George W. Bush, DICK Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld. They were shameless and nearly constant in their lying us into war, and then about renditioning terrorist suspects, torturing them, and forcibly imprisoning them without a trial. Then came the pair known as Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. They latched onto the massive Koch brothers-sponsored lie known as the Tea Party and told such outrageous lies that they defied all logic. I thought we would never top them, but next came Mitt Romney. And, unbelievably, after him, came Ted Cruz. He Pinocchio Trump Rfully deserved the moniker “Lyin’ Ted.” I thought we would surely never be able to top that guy, but then along came DONALD TRUMP, the biggest and most notorious liar of them all! Trump has lied so frequently, so outrageously, and so willfully and brazenly that he has become the standard-bearer for all future liars.  

When I was much younger, there was a popular rock novelty song called “Liar Liar.” A Minneapolis group called The Castaways reached no. 12 on the national charts with it in 1965, and it was based on the legend of Pinocchio, whose nose would grow each time he told a lie. The lyrics to this song went, “Liar Liar, pants on fire / Your nose is longer than a telephone wire…”  (It aired about the same time The Beatles’ Yesterday was a hit, and I believe you can still hear it by going to YouTube). Several PANTS ON FIREelections ago, there arose a fact finding site called PolitiFact which began to analyze  the statements made by public figures and politicians as to how truthful or false they are. Their categories range from True to Mostly true to Half True to Mostly False to False to PANTS ON FIRE. Out of curiosity, I visited the Donald Trump file over at PolitiFact to see what I could find. Not too surprisingly, I found an incredible amount of Mostly False, False, and PANTS ON FIRE listings after his statements, dating back for many years. The exact breakdown for his file was: only 4% True, 11% Mostly True, 15$ Half True, 15% MOSTLY FALSE, a whopping 37% FALSE, and an unbelievable 18% PANTS ON FIRE! (His opponent, Hillary Clinton, has these rankings: 22% True, 28% Mostly True, 21% Half True, 14% Mostly False, 11% False, and only 2% Pants On Fire – just in case you were wondering. I noticed, too, that Bernie Sanders had ZERO  % Pants On Fire – for what it’s worth). A number of Trump’s biggest lies are listed below. My comments follow each of  them in italics. See how many of them you can remember:  

PINOCCHIO TRUMP L“We don’t know anything about Hillary in terms of religion. Now, she’s been in the public eye for years and years, and yet there’s no — there’s nothing out there.”
— PolitiFact National on Friday, June 24th, 2016
I guess being a lifelong Methodist 
constitutes “nothing out there,” hey, Donnie boy?

Pinocchio Trump ROn gift taking, “Bob McDonnell took a fraction of what (Tim) Kaine took.”
— PolitiFact Virginia on Sunday, July 24th, 2016
A pure LIE! The two figures should be REVERSED!

PINOCCHIO TRUMP L“I don’t know anything about David Duke.”
— PolitiFact National on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
Then how could you have disavowed him two days before, Trump? That’s what happens when you talk out of both sides of your mouth, Trump! 

Pinocchio Trump R

Under the Iran deal: “If Israel attacks Iran … we’re supposed to be on Iran’s side.”
— PolitiFact Virginia on Friday, September 4th, 2015
That is COMPLETELY u
ntrue, and shows how little Trump knows (or even cares about) important foreign policy issues!  

PINOCCHIO TRUMP L“Don’t believe those phony numbers when you hear 4.9 and 5 percent unemployment. The number’s probably 28, 29, as high as 35. In fact, I even heard recently 42 percent.”
— PolitiFact National on Thursday, February 11th, 2016
Kind of makes you wonder exactly who has been feeding Trump these ridiculous figures (if anyone else is actually doing so), doesn’t it?    

Pinocchio Trump RCommon Core is “education through Washington D.C.”
— PolitiFact National on Thursday, March 10th, 2016
Typical anti-federal government lie that many Republicans like to make. Actually, it is the STATES, and the states alone, who choose take part in this, or to not do so. Washington has no say whatsoever.

PINOCCHIO TRUMP L“The Mexican government forces many bad people into our country.”
— PolitiFact National on Thursday, July 9th, 2015
What a load of bull! It was actually NAFTA, so heavily favored and pushed all by Republican President George H.W. Bush, Democratic President Bill Clinton, and congressional Republicans which ruined many Mexican border farmers and forced them to flee into our country. The Mexican government had nothing to do with it! This Trump attempt to pit Americans against Mexican immigrants is despicable!

Pinocchio Trump R“The Obama administration was actively supporting Al Qaeda in Iraq, the terrorist group that became the Islamic State.”
— PolitiFact National on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
This is a treacherous LIE in that the U.S. has ALWAYS opposed Al Qaeda and similar Islamic terrorist groups! After all, wasn’t it the Obama administration which hunted down and eventually killed Osama Bin Laden?

PINOCCHIO TRUMP L“The people that went to school with (Barack Obama), they never saw him, they don’t know who he is.”
— PolitiFact National on Monday, February 14th, 2011
This nonsense comes from Trump’s “birther” period, when he was doing all he could to cast doubt on Obama’s citizenship. I remember seeing MANY of Obama’s former classmates reminiscing about their time at school with him.What a stubborn, ignorant fool Trump is!  

Pinocchio Trump RThe five Guantanamo detainees swapped for Bowe Bergdahl are “back on the battlefield.”
— PolitiFact National on Sunday, January 10th, 2016
This is a VERY 
reckless statement from one who is obviously CLUELESS about diplomacy and Middle East affairs: the five are still in Qatar, an ally of ours! Fear mongering and rabble rousing like this are NOT behavioral traits acceptable in a legitimate presidential candidate!

PINOCCHIO TRUMP L“Look, we are at war with these people and they don’t wear uniforms. … This is a war against people that are vicious, violent people, that we have no idea who they are, where they come from. We are allowing tens of thousands of them into our country now.”
— PolitiFact National on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
Trump has absolutely no idea what he is talking about, hates needy refugees, and is totally inadequate for the job of running our foreign policy. Stop faking, Trump, and quit insulting our intelligence!  

Pinocchio Trump R“I watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people were cheering” as the World Trade Center collapsed.
— Donald Trump on Saturday, November 21st, 2015 in comments during a speech
This is a LIE and an absolute insult to anyone who had anything to do with the horrendous attacks during 9/11! NOBODY bit Trump remembers “thousands and thousands of people” cheering in NJ at that time – this is a heartless vicious lie 
conceited for some unknown but definitely sinister Trump purpose, and proves beyond the shadow of all doubt that this man is NOT fit to serve as President of the United States in ANY capacity!
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Kaine Lifts the Curtain

Aug. 1, 2016  By Jack Jodell (in association with BURR DEMING, creator of and chief author over at the brilliant blog FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll at the lower right hand corner of this page).  

Happy first Monday of August, everyone! Today our podcaster extraordinaire BURR DEMING weighs in on Hillary Clinton’s selection of former VA governor Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate. He guides us through a fascinating look at how many insurance companies and corporations screw people and use doublespeak saying, 

burr“I don’t yet know much about Senator Tim Kaine.
I’m told Hillary Clinton’s choice for vice President is less progressive than Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders.
Less progressive than am I.

For most of us the ideological spectrum is only some dot on a chart.
We seek leaders who transcend that spectrum.
Most of us don’t look for a position on an ideological yardstick.
We look for leadership and issues and accomplishments.”

Podcast

Transcript:

http://fairandunbalanced.com/?p=1750
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