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Will The Sanders ‘Revolution’ Fuel Voter Turnout This Fall?

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During this primary season, Democratic turnout has been stagnant at best, often underperforming the 2012 cycle. If Bernie Sanders is leading a revolution, it’s not at the polls. There’s no question Senator Bernie Sanders has led a “campaign revolution” that has energized millions of young Americans. Unfortunately this revolution has not translated into real votes, at least not enough to swing the delegate count in favor of Sanders. Now that it has become increasingly clear Sanders will not win the Democratic nomination, we have to ask, what’s next? Bernie Sanders has every right to keep his campaign going. He has…
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Why Do Conservatives Call It The ‘Democrat’ Party?

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Ever notice conservatives insist on “Democrat Party” over “Democratic Party”? There’s just something disparaging about the way it sounds, and I think I’ve figured out why. Aside from the fact that they sound like simpletons when they say it, there’s a couple reasons conservatives call it the “Democrat” Party. The most obvious reason is to disassociate their opponents from the word “democratic.” But I also think there’s another reason, and it relates to the phonetic connection “Democrat” has to another word. A long time ago in a dark smoky room, no doubt there was a cabal of crack conservative think-tankers  who “focus grouped” the…
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Tell It Like It Is: Donald Trump’s Bloodsport Appeal

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Keyed-up patrons of the bloviating orange-hued candidate regularly say Donald Trump “tells it like it is.”  But what does that even mean? Taken at face-value, a person who “tells it like it is” should be a person speaking the truth, right? But given Trump’s propensity to turn reality to a putty his tiny hands find malleable, why do his defenders continue to insist he “tells it like it is”? In the ten months Donald Trump has been on the presidential campaign trail, his ignorance has proven limitless. It’s not just that Donald Trump is objectively (and often) wrong, fact-checking has shown him to be alarmingly misguided. Nonetheless, Trump…
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15 Promised Outcomes By Candidate Donald Trump

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If you move beyond the nationalism and xenophobia fueling his rise, another reason Donald Trump has been so successful is because he doesn’t get bogged down in the details. He refuses to get into the weeds because he knows that is not the purview of his audience. Donald Trump instead promises outcomes like an authoritarian strongman. All of his campaign speeches, once you get past his personal congratulatory rhetoric, revolve around a set of results absent any explanation for how they will be achieved. Here are 15 “explain it as a child” outcomes The Donald promises during his stump speeches. 1….
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The Conservative Zero-Sum View Of Social Democracy

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In the United States of America, any talk of expanding the social safety-net is met with ardent opposition from conservatives. In their view, a growing welfare state is antithetical to freedom and liberty. They believe it’s a zero-sum game. Before Medicare passed, Ronald Reagan warned of the dangers of what he called socialized medicine. “[B]ehind it will come other government programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country until one day as Norman Thomas said we will wake to find that we have socialism.” Never mind that Medicare was not and is not by any definition…
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