I knew Richard (never call him Dick) Viguerie years ago when I was in the junk mail business. He was a simple broker of mailing lists consisting of conservative donors to various causes over the years. One of his employees told me once that Viguerie had exclaimed early-on that he had found a political hotbed of data that would someday help sway history. He was right. Using his names to fight what he considered the mainstream media then, Republicans were able to reach individuals that supported conservative causes and win elections. In my early days of junk mail, fund raising, as it was called then, was looked on as a step child and Viguerie was just another philanthropic data broker trying to make a living.
Richard began to put all those right-wing mailing lists together in a database that grew gradually in the beginning and then, once the GOP discovered the gold mine that Viguerie was creating, got on the band wagon while at the same time making the man very rich. Viguerie was one of the earliest in junk mail to discover just how valuable personal data could be in targeting the right household. Things like age, income, job description, where you lived as only a few. By using several of these selection factors, you could determine how much a person would give, when was the best time to reach them and how many times you could come back asking for more money.
But now he is taking on the mainstream Republican Party similar to how the Tea Party has reacted to House Speaker John Boehner and his gang of misfits. He claims their Presidential strategy is “insanity” and calls the GOP “the Party of Stupid.” Rave on Richard and take the Grand Old Party down with you in 2016. Hey, 2014 was not a win for Republicans, rather a vote for change when no other choice was available. And Mr. Viguerie, who do you think Fox News supports, liberals? No matter that a majority of what they spew out is without fact, they are a huge voice in the media world. Did you forget them?
The conservative guru whines over Jim Lehrer’s handling of the 2012 Presidential debates as if Mitt Romney would have been a debating challenger for Barack Obama under any circumstances. Viguerie has a new book out I will not help promote, thus, this new found publicity. It is noteworthy that a big promoter of the book is Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder and president of Tea Party Patriots. Now that does it for me and the millions of progressive thinking Americans who want this kind of political garbage placed in the landfill. With a brief spurt of fame Richard (not Dick) Viguerie will go back to fund raising obscurity.
Adam Winkler is a Constitutional Law Professor at U.C.L.A. and author of the book “Gunfight.” He is an expert on the legality of gun rights and I have corresponded with him regularly on this subject. I asked him two questions recently: 1) Is there any constitutional law validity in the premise that based on the many revisions of the 1st Amendment, that the same could apply to the 2nd Amendment? I refer you to Barry Lyga’s “Second Amendment Loopholes.” 2) Do you see any loopholes in the 2nd Amendment that people like the Brady Organization or CSGV, or the individual American could pursue legally? His answer was not a direct response to the questions but more pointed to the issue of gun control.
First, he says he “wouldn’t call them loopholes, but the Second Amendment does include space for legitimate gun control.” I used the term “loophole” for its obvious meaning, “a means of escape or evasion; a means or opportunity of evading a rule, law, etc.” However, Adam’s answers are much more directed at the need for gun control. He continues: “There’s some reference to gun owners being ‘well regulated’ in the text itself. Well, it’s government that does the regulating. And we know that the founders who wrote the Second Amendment supported gun regulation, including gun bans, gun registration, and safe storage laws.” Two direct hits on gun rights so should we call it quits here? No way!
Adam Winkler confirms the legal possibility of gun control with, “More importantly, the scope of the right as it has been shaped over the course of American history permits government significant leeway to regulate the right so long as the right is not nullified or destroyed.”
Seems to me like prohibiting assault rifles, requiring universal background checks and limiting open and concealed carry to only those with a specific need does not nullify or destroy the right of an individual to have a weapon in his or her home for protection as the Supreme Court recently ruled.
With these hard facts and a Constitutional Law Professor like Adam Winkler to back them up, why haven’t the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence gone to court?
Did you vote? Because if you didn’t and you are a Democrat, you sure helped cause one hell of a mess! But then, 2016 is just around the corner.
If you are of a mind, go to the polls and vote DEMOCRAT! if you aren’t of a mind, at least go to the polls and vote!
YOU HAVE TO VOTE. That’s right, you have to get off your duffs and go to the polls tomorrow and vote. That is if you haven’t already sent a mail-in ballot. I am a pessimist when it comes to Congress doing the right thing for the country, but whatever happens, the U.S. will be in much better hands with a Democratic Senate. Some surprises in the House would be nice to help put John Boehner in his place. It is beyond me how an American public can make its decisions on who to vote for with all the negative advertising backed by dark money. Of course the more sophisticated voters can see beyond this trash but most of us need some hard facts to decide and we’re not getting them. Rome didn’t fall in a day but I’ll bet there are several similarities here in its decline.
|DON’T elect Joni Ernst
I lived in Iowa and know the majority of people who live there are not daft enough to vote for Joni Ernst. Yet, she is up 7% in the current polls and that is frightening to anyone that has both oars in the water. Some think the results could be based on assumed Republican votes that plan to vote for her opponent, Bruce Braley. I have done three blogs on this Tea Party lunatic you can see here, here and here. Ernst is a complete disgrace to Iowa talking about the ages-old Agenda 21 Conspiracy where the UN is planning to take away farms from Iowans and her idea to take up arms against the government. If there is any justice in the political system, and with the help of all the common-sense voters in Iowa, please send Joni Ernst packing and elect Bruce Braley to the senate.
Get out and VOTE tomorrow!
|V.P. Joe Biden
Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight has forecast some great results in past elections predicting Obama would beat John McCain in march of 2008. His prognosis has been correct significantly more than wrong, making him someone you want to follow into next week. He recently talked of the possibility of November 4, ending in a senate tie between Democrats and Republicans. And if that happens, who comes to the forefront to break that tie? Vice President Joe Biden. Joe may be outspoken and have gotten off some zingers, but he’s solidly Democrat and staunchly backs the President. The Dems don’t want to and may not have to settle for a split but should it happen, this is their cushion.
VOTE NOVEMBER 4!
Michael Tomansky in the Daily Beast says, “How Can Dems Be Losing to These Idiots?” in an article that expresses amazement that, “They are running against a party that is as intellectually dishonest and bankrupt and just plain old willfully stupid as a political party can possibly be, and they have developed no language for communicating that to voters.” I have said it repeatedly in this blog, citing the Tea Party as the leaders of this revolution of idiocy. Tomansky points out the fact of how few ideas the GOP has to make the country better like nothing on the economy, on immigration or healthcare. For months their only campaign was to get rid of Obamacare, until they realized it wasn’t working. Even then, a brainless Tea Party didn’t give up on the issue.
Why haven’t the Democrats gotten this across to voters? My thoughts are that they have been reluctant to come out of the shadows of a party and its electorate that are bulldozed constantly by the Republican fear, hate and negativity onslaught against a President who is different. Play that any way you’d like. From Mitch McConnell’s statement he wanted to make Obama a one-term president to John Boehner’s support of a Tea Party that outwardly hates Obama. Look back in history and it’s tough to find this kind of bitterness toward any other President. Now, the election is only two days away and it’s too late to get the ball rolling.
EXCEPT, if the progressives admit just how lax they have been about the whole situation and come out on November 4, in a crush of voting power that not only retains the Senate but takes back, or at least cuts the majority of the House to manageable numbers.
VOTE ON NOVEMBER 4!
|Apple CEO Tim Cook
This is what Tim Cook told Bloomberg BusinessWeek, “Let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.” I do not know his professed party affiliation but there must be some liberal leanings there and hopefully this will send the LGBT community to the polls next week to support progressive candidates. There are 9 Democratic Senate seats up this year at risk: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina and West Virginia. Losing the senate wouldn’t be a catastrophe for Democrats but would certainly put a current bungling Congress on the way to potential disaster.
Nate Silver in FiveThirtyEight says if the Dems win all the states they’re supposed to, and lose four seats in Alaska, Louisiana, Montana and West Virginia, plus picking up Georgia, they would maintain a 51 to 49 seat majority. Should it end up 50/50, there is V.P. Biden for a tie-breaker. Some long shots perhaps but it all comes down to whether a sluggish group of progressives decides to buck past trends and out vote Republicans.
The Tea Party email headline said, “BREAKING NEWS! Obama May Have Been Elected With Illegal Votes…” Further, “Blockbuster study backs claim illegal ballots behind Obama’s 2008 victory.” All typical TP bullshit! It concerns a study from Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES) that evaluates non-citizens that vote, which, of course, is illegal. The inference from the Teapublicans is that Obama would not have won the 2008 election without the votes of this group. The study says nothing of the sort but does point out just how close some congressional elections might be with these illegals voting. The total in question based on 11 million illegal immigrants in U.S. is 700,000 (6.4%), and even if all had voted for John McCain would not have swung the election to his favor.
Read Jim Geraghty in The Campaign Spot and you’ll see how blatant the Tea Party can be with outright lies.