Members of a focus group of “undecided voters” organized by Frank Luntz, described by Politico as a “veteran Republican pollster,” were asked to describe, in one word, last evening’s Presidential “debate.”
Their descriptives of Democratic Party nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden were damning: “compassion” and “coherent.” A few people bent the rules and went beyond one word: “better than expected” and “nice guy lacking vision.”
As for the Oval Office’s current occupant,…Continue
Added by Mark Small on September 30, 2020 at 7:17pm — No Comments
Tonight former Vice President Joe Biden and the current occupant of the Oval Office (trump) will have the first of their Presidential debates. I’ve never cared for the format of these events because they really are not debates.
I was a debater in high school and in college. Dr. Weiss was our coach at DePauw. He instilled in us respect for reasoned discourse - what he called “rhetoric.” Later, after law school, I coached the IUPUI debate team for several years.
In college debate…Continue
Added by Mark Small on September 29, 2020 at 8:45am — No Comments
On September 22 at 7 p.m. the candidates for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District (INCD5) from the Democratic Party, Christina Hale, and the Republican Party, Victoria Spartz, will participate in a virtual town hall meeting.
Spartz uses buzz words & phrases to stoke her campaign: “socialism” (bad); “trump” (good in her view, unless one of the 200,000 dead (unnecessarily) from Covid is a loved one); “gun rights” (good - unless you or a loved one have been harmed by gun…Continue
Added by Mark Small on September 15, 2020 at 9:28pm — No Comments
Two towers - one red and one blue - rise to the sky and rule the land. Built by the same hands and of the same immutable substance, the towers are impregnable. No more than two towers may stand. No other structure is allowed to utilize those same hands or that same substance.
The rulers occupy the top floors of both towers and assure all the people that, if a group of them joins together, they can build their own tower, from the ground up, and thus have one of the two towers. This, of…Continue
Added by Mark Small on September 9, 2020 at 5:31am — No Comments
“Anarchy!” trump, and other of Putin’s minions, claim Dems - or those who oppose racism or oppression or oligarchy, etc. - are anarchists, but of the two “major” political parties, the Republican is closer, in both past and present, to fostering “anarchism.”
First, we should define “anarchy”: “(1) Absence of government; lawlessness. (2) The political belief that there should be no government and that instead ordinary people should work together to improve society...” Black’s Law Dic.,…Continue
Added by Mark Small on September 7, 2020 at 2:36pm — No Comments
People have wondered what will happen if, after November 3 & a record loss at the polls, trump refuses to leave office. Usually trump is depicted as seated in the Oval Office refusing to depart. In scenarios I’ve read, all the players are domestic.
Most commentators are confident members of the U.S. military - the most powerful in history - even though under the command of the head of the executive branch - i.e., the President - would obey the oaths taken when they joined the…Continue
Added by Mark Small on August 28, 2020 at 8:17am — No Comments
Friends of mine and folks who know me through social media, please read through to the end of this blog - or thread on social media - before you shut it off. In 2010 the far right grabbed one half of our political structure by “primarying” Republicans deemed not sufficiently far right.
They - or their leaders - knew that by taking over one of the two “major” political parties, they effectively grabbed the mechanisms written into statutes. “Third party” and independent candidates have…Continue
Added by Mark Small on August 18, 2020 at 8:42pm — No Comments
I received another “funder” e-mail from trump’s campaign. Since it is stated in the 3rd person, trump did not write it (or anything else in his life; the books over his by-line, like the answers on his SAT, were ghost-written.
To whomever the trump campaign assigned to draft this E-mail:
I only want to address a couple of items. You say, of VP Biden and Sen Harris “Both of them are corrupt career politicians who LOVE anarchy and HATE America. ...” The current occupant of the…Continue
Added by Mark Small on August 18, 2020 at 12:17pm — No Comments
It’s one thing to receive solicitations from the current occupant of the Oval Office, but today I received a similar e-missive from Numero 2 - the former Governor of the Hoosier State. Mike Pence lacks an understanding of “vice” to be VP.
In #2's view, the Democratic Party’s (apparent) nominee had the gall to name, as his running mate, a person who is not an old, white male. Of course the man who exited Indiana before the voters could turn him out can’t say THAT.…Continue
Money can’t buy everything? It can buy a GOP nomination for Congress, specifically Indiana’s 5th Congressional District (INCD5). Victoria Spartz probably brings a sparkle to the eye of the man who runs the USA.
Spartz never has won a general election - ever. The office of State senator was bestowed upon her by GOP caucus. Her website displays, overall and on specific issues, a depth of knowledge on a par with another GOP House Rep who comes to mind - Louie Gohmert.
Added by Mark Small on July 30, 2020 at 8:30am — No Comments
Victoria Spartz was the highest bidder for GOP votes in the June 2 GOP primary for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District (INCD5). Her position guns is amongst her worst: “We must preserve our 2nd Amendment freedoms against the tyranny of the government...”
A greater tyranny is that of domestic violence carried out each day by people who, if they lacked the more-easily lethal means of a gun at hand, would not kill. I have yet to see anyone brandish a firearm to deter the Federal or a…Continue
Added by Mark Small on July 10, 2020 at 4:05pm — No Comments
Dear Mr Neil Young: As Republican Party precinct committee person (“PC”) for Washington Township, 21-02, Marion County, Indiana (on the north side of Indianapolis), I must express my displeasure.
Your reaction to the trump campaign’s use of several of your songs is unfair and, because of your recent acquisition of U.S. citizenship, an expression that belies ignorance of the American way of life.
First, if not you, to whom would trump’s campaign turn to plagiarize? Given the…Continue
Added by Mark Small on July 4, 2020 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Indiana’s 5th Congressional District (INCD5) is viewed as “flippable” by both major political parties. Victoria Spartz spent a ton of money to buy the June 2 GOP primary. Ms Spartz’s stand on one set of issues is particularly troubling.
From Ms. Spartz’s website, under “National Defense and Military”: “A strong national defense is one of the main functions of the federal government. We must keep our military strong and provide better services to our veterans.”
A good first step…Continue
Added by Mark Small on July 1, 2020 at 8:38pm — No Comments
Kyle Hupfer, Indiana GOP chair, sent out an e-mail this morning seeking to raise funds for Victoria Spartz, who already made a huge down payment, via the June 2 primary, toward final purchase of a seat in the U.S. House, INCD5.
Hupfer said: “If we have any hope of winning back the House and FIRING Speaker Pelosi once and for all, we have to support Victoria and get her across the finish line.”
This e-mail disgusts me. I am GOP precinct committee person for Washington Township…Continue
Added by Mark Small on June 30, 2020 at 10:58am — No Comments
Cookie jars must be very big in Ukraine. Victoria Spartz socked away enough money to buy a seat in Congress via the June 2 GOP primary for INCD5. Her issue stands are ill-founded and make little sense, like her views on “Business Regulations.”
From Ms. Spartz’s website: “Free enterprise is the foundation of our country. We must limit regulation powers of the executive branch and maintain a vibrant business environment, so entrepreneurs and small businesses can strive and compete with…Continue
Where did Victoria Spartz obtain so much money that she could buy the GOP nomination for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District (INCD5) in the June 2 primary? Her issue stands are absurd. To pick one at random let’s look at what she says about budget deficits.
From Ms. Spartz’s website: “Our national debt is unsustainable. We must cut spending, reform welfare to empower, not suppress low income individuals, and balance the budget.”
Let’s skip over, for a moment, “cut spending”…Continue
Added by Mark Small on June 27, 2020 at 9:07pm — No Comments
Victoria Spartz successfully purchased the GOP nomination for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District (INCD5) in the June 2 primary. Her positions on issues are abhorrent. One of the worst is her position on guns.
On her campaign website Ms. Spartz states: “We must preserve our 2nd Amendment freedoms against the tyranny of the government...” There have been no encroachments on “2nd Amendment freedoms.” On the other hand, we see tyranny advance each day.
“The accumulation of all…Continue
Added by Mark Small on June 27, 2020 at 7:56am — No Comments
Victoria Spartz successfully bought the Republican nomination for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District (INCD5) in the June 2 primary. Her positions on issues are deplorable. We should begin with her misunderstanding of The Constitution.
“Our constitutional republic was created with limited government functions to protect the individual rights to Life, Liberty and Property,” she states on her campaign website.
The word “property” appears once in The Constitution of 1787: “The…Continue
Mundane aspects of existence can be galling. I’m lucky - I’m a white male born in the USA in the mid-1950s. I saw a person in an unmarked car with cop plates pull quickly the wrong way on a one-way street.
The driver exited the vehicle - sorry if I start to write like a person who authors a probable cause affidavit, but I see a lot of those in my job - wore shorts and a t-shirt. That person walked to the opposite side of the vehicle.
The person who exited the passenger side…Continue
Rev Al Sharpton today was quoted as saying NFL owners should offer Colin Kaepernick a QB roster spot. I agree with the sentiment - Kaepernick is talented was right to take a knee, but I hope very much that he not take such a job.
For far too long young people have played football, the main dynamic of which is full contact explosive violence against one’s opponents. In the early 1980s the Monday Night Football half-time highlights featured the ugliest plays of the week.
Added by Mark Small on June 9, 2020 at 9:14pm — No Comments