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The Final Days of American Democracy

What have we done?

This morning it was announced that our president elect, Donald J. Trump, has chosen his top two advisors, and it's not funny anymore. It's not bad enough that he has called on serial insider Reince Priebus as his Chief of Staff. This appointment signals to the country that he is willing to work inside the system, as opposed to his campaign promises to his supporters to "shake up Washington". Oh, no. He had to tap Stephen K. Banner, head of the "as far right as you can get" Breitbart "News". The same man who has called for an end to marriage equality, and written an article titled “Hoist it high and proud: the confederate flag proclaims a glorious heritage” just two weeks after a mass killing at a black church in South Carolina. He is a dyed in the wool, self proclaimed proponent of the alt-right movement, a fringe conservative movement saturated with racially insensitive rhetoric and elements of outright white nationalism. If this is what Trump's supporters wanted, they got it. All we need for them to do now is hang the ropes from the trees and it's 1950 all over again.

Reinhold Richard "Reince" Priebus is an American attorney and politician who is Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Reinhold, huh? That alone is scary enough. But look deeper into the man and we see a history of political establishment ideology. In 2007 he was elected chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, and followed that up by becoming the chairman of the Republican National Committee in 2011. He was the mastermind of the campaign to keep President Obama looking like the enemy of the people, all the while helping the RNC and GOP controlled Congress looking like heroes by telling the American public that everything the president stood for was not in their best interests. He is the catalyst that gave birth to the "do nothing Congress".

The Goebbels and Goering of Today

How Trump is turning America into the Fourth Reich

The rest of the hopefuls for the cabinet positions reads like the staff of Auschwitz (see the link below). We, as a country divided, should read the writing on the wall and prepare for the worst. Those who supported Mr. Trump, need to take a long hard look at how he screwed them, gaining their support by telling lies and half-truths to appeal to their dark sides. And, those of us who supported either Hillary or one of the third party candidates, need to get to work, trying to mend fences between all Americans to take back our government. We can't do it as a divided country. We have to work together so that government can be balanced and once again focused on the people, not the special interests.

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Alternative Prime profile image

Alternative Prime 2 weeks ago from > California

Hi Jess ~ Many AMERICANs are Unaware of the FACT that the "REAL Election" takes place on December 19, 2016 when the "Electoral COLLEGE" which is Comprised of Approximately 538 Individuals, Actually "ELECTs" OUR President ~ NOTHING can be FINALIZED until then ~

Yup, it's true, under Prior Precedent NOT Law, OUR Individual VOTE as "WE the PEOPLE" NEVER Actually COUNTED ~ However, we are now in UNPRECEDENTED Circumstances where a Mentally Unsound DANGEROUS individual who JEOPARDIZEs the WORLD, Won the Preliminary ROUND or "PLAYOFF" if U will ~ But now, considering Hillary WON the VOTE of "WE the PEOPLE", the Unprecedented "HONORING" of OUR Vote could be RECOGNIZED by the Electorate ~

There is absolutely NOTHING that could Prevent the "Elite ELECTORs" from VOTING 4 Hillary as our next PRESIDENT, thereby HONORING the Collective WILL of "WE the PEOPLE" ~ Get Active, whether we can CONVINCE them to Inaugurate the Genuine "WINNER" or NOT, your help to REPEL the "Imminent DANGER" Trump & X-tremist Steve Bannon Represent will be Necessary going forward ~


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Alternative Prime 2 weeks ago from > California

P.S. ~ The "ELECTORAL College" was Designed Explicitly as a "FIREWALL " to ENSURE a DERANGED Sociopathic Meglomaniac like Trump NEVER Acquired the IMMENSE "Power & Responsibility" of OUR Presidency ~ Let's make it WORK as its INTENDED Function ~


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lions44 2 weeks ago from Auburn, WA

Jess, have hope. Why? Couple of reasons. First of all, I am a NeverTrump Republican who had been looking forward to a Trump defeat, which would have brought about the expulsion of Priebus from the Party. That said, here is why I think it will be okay:

1. The Office has a way of overwhelming the person. There are already reports that Trump was shocked by the scope of the responsibility. In other words, events drive the Presidency most of the time. There are exceptions for domestic policy initiatives, but his energy will get focused elsewhere. Whether it be a fiscal crisis, terror attack or whatever, events will occur that keep Trump from getting everything he wants.

2. Trump has already indicated a softening on policy (not yet on staff obviously). "I'm okay with Gay Marriage," was his statement over the weekend. He's already spoken with China's Premier. Paul Ryan and McConnell will make him compromise. I can't see either of them, especially Ryan, going along with mass deportations. Ryan is a libertarian at heart, who has expressed a desire for immigration reform throughout his years in Congress (and on the VP campaign trail in 2012).

Overall, Trump sounded really tired yesterday. I think he's a one term President. Nothing of what he says will get done in any meaningful way.


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lovemychris 2 weeks ago from Cape Cod, USA

hes also ok with the repeal of roe v wade.

i guess women's freedom is the sactificial lamb given to evangelicals in return for their vote.


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Bassman54 2 weeks ago from Berlin, Connecticut Author

To lions44 - In his interview with 60 Minutes last night, he stated that he is pro-life and will appoint pro-life justices to the SCOTUS. As far as marriage equality, he has hedged on it, but not said what his official stance will be on it. I'm sure Pence will be very vocal on what the agenda should be, and you know what that means. The fanatical religious right will have their way. We're returning to Puritanism, plain and simple.

To Alternative Prime - Don't bet on the EC to do anything that the voters did, as we don't control the purse strings. They will do just as the DNC delegates did at the convention; make sure that Hillary was coronated as the next president (guess that worked out really well for them), instead of nominating the one REAL candidate in the race, who could have defeated Der Trumpfenfuhrer with out even breaking a sweat. Forgive me if I give a vote of no confidence in our political process now. I've seen too much in my 62 years to believe otherwise.

To lovemychris - First, it's good to hear from you again. Womens' freedom isn't the only thing was the sacrificial lamb. There's LGBTQ rights, Social Security, which is now SURE to be either shut down, or raided to the point of non existance, immigration laws, welfare, in fact ANY social programs. You'll also see an INCREASE in minor drug possession arrests, becoming an even larger profit center for the privatized prison system, military spending will go through the roof, taking the money from those social programs. Education will suffer, since that's what the overlords want; a society of people just smart enough to run their machines but not enough to question it. Forgive me if I can't see the light.


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lovemychris 2 weeks ago from Cape Cod, USA

yes, and the internet! we are losing neutrality. i honestly think everything will be state-run. tv, internet, they already have talk radio...long time on that one. it will be all alt-right, everything. all the time. and i truly am worried about public figures who have spoken out against him, too.

noam chomsky says these republicans are the biggest threat to humanity on the globe. and they have all of america. every single bit.

surely, this cannot be what the founders had in mind. for gods sakes, philly is called the city of brotherly love. love??? where???


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Alternative Prime 2 weeks ago from > California

Bassman54 & lovemychris I Pretty Much AGREE with U ~ I don't think lions44 UNDERSTANDs the FACT that Paul Ryan has been Peddling his EXTREMELY Radical Right WING Agenda for years which includes MASSIVE Tax Cuts 4 WALL Street while "CUTTING" Social Security & Medicare Benefits 4 EVERYONE Else Living on "MIDDLE America Street" ~ NICE Plan ~ He's a CON-Man just like his BOSS ~

Don't let him FOOL U , Paul Ryan is an EXTREMIST, he just doesn't APPEAR that way in Comparison to the ULTIMATE Extremist in "Delusional Donald" ~

"PSYCHO-Conspiracy Theorist" Steve Bannon is NOW in OUR White House as "CHIEF Strategist" while other Positions are being filled with Establishment "LOBBYISTS" ~ Yup, there's your ANTI-Establishment Guy ~ I guess he needs to "EXPAND the SWAMP" before DRAINING it ??? ~

GET Active, Protests EVERYWHERE, a Petition to REQUEST that OUR 538 Electors RESPECT the WILL of "WE the PEOPLE" by ELECTING the REAL Winner Hillary already has nearly 4.5 MILLION Signatures & COUNTING ~ Perhaps an Unconventional Unprecedented Election Cycle Deserves an Unconventional yet JUSTIFIED FINAL Outcome ~

The REAL Election takes place on DECEMBER 19, 2016 ~


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lovemychris 2 weeks ago from Cape Cod, USA

pro russia white supremacist party wins election in moldova....vlad's been busy


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Bassman54 2 weeks ago from Berlin, Connecticut Author

Did any of you see Bernie on Colbert tonight? He certainly doesn't sound like a man who has no intention of running again. The message was the same, but geared even more toward discrediting Trump's choices for advisors. He really let Bannon have it right between the eyes. In the meantime, he so much as said it's time for people to get involved in the political process and work for change from the inside out. I, for one, amd considering a run for State Representative as an independent, and I plan to tell people that I'm running as a Bernie supporting candidate. You have to start somewhere, and it might as well be on a state level.


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lions44 2 weeks ago from Auburn, WA

Good luck, Bassman...although I'm no Bernie supporter I do like it when people involved. Keep up posted on your progress (sounds like a hub).


Alternative Prime profile image

Alternative Prime 2 weeks ago from > California

Running 4 State Representative is an ADMIRABLE Choice Bassman54 GOOD Luck & YES, Hillary Defeated Trump in "Decisive Fashion" this time around & if it does indeed come down to a "Bernie * Donald * SHOWDOWN" in 4 YEARs, of course, Bernie will CRUSH him ~

But let's NOT get ahead of ourselves ~ The "Electoral COLLEGE" which "Meets & Decides" who our NEXT President will be on December 19, 2016 is being Petitioned by "WE the PEOPLE" ~ MILLIONs have SIGNED and Remember, only a Handful of ELECTORs from a few Traditional "BLUE States" like Michigan, OHIO & PA would be required to Support this EFFORT in order to SECURE OUR Rightful President Hillary who actually WON the VOTE ~

Nobody said Trump could WIN, he really didn't, it was handed to him by a SUBVERSIVE FBI Cell Perhaps Inluenced by Communists, but it did happen ~ So NEVER Assume the "Electoral COLLEGE" can't FOLLOW the VOTE which Turned OUT 4 Hillary in a Majority ~ There are ZERO Laws Preventing an ELECTOR from VOTING their Conscience which makes it EASIER when there are NO "Legal Barriers" ~

The Electors should USE their POWER as it was Originally Intended, to Prevent an "UNFIT / Unstable" Individual from Assuming the most POWERFUL Position in the UNIVERSE ~


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Bassman54 2 weeks ago from Berlin, Connecticut Author

I, myself, signed the petition as well.


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Alternative Prime 2 weeks ago from > California

The Petition will EXCEED the Goal of 4,500,000 Sigs & According to the Originator, will be Presented to the "Electoral College" which is NOT Bound by any "Limitations or Legalities" ~

The "ELECTORAL College" is FREE to VOTE their Conscience & in this EXTRAORDINARILY Unprecedented Time, with OUR very Planet at RISK, they should be DEEPLY CONCERNED & Exercise "Serious Consideration & SOUL Searching" for the "GREATER Good" of the COUNTRY ~


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RJ Schwartz 2 weeks ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

Seriously people - take a deep breath and say it aloud - "President Trump." Nothing you do, no amount of signatures on a petition, anything short of Trump dying will keep him from taking office in January. It's easy to debate the Electoral College after the humiliating loss Hillary Clinton just experienced, but there is no way she'll be handed the White House. Challenge if you like, but it will be for naught - remember back in January of 2005, when Ohio’s 20 Electoral votes were challenged. After debate, the Senate and the House failed to agree to reject the votes. Ohio’s 20 Electoral votes for President Bush and Vice President Cheney were counted.

Hate President-elect Trump all you want, but Democracy requires respecting his legitimacy as the next President.


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lovemychris 2 weeks ago from Cape Cod, USA

hmm, i remember trump challenging it when obama lost the popular vote, but won the electoral. he said it was a travesty and we must fix it so this never happens again.

ironic, huh?


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lovemychris 2 weeks ago from Cape Cod, USA

oooops, when romney lost the popular vote


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Bassman54 2 weeks ago from Berlin, Connecticut Author

RJ Schwartz. I wonder, if the shoe was on the other foot, and Hillary won the Electoral College but Trump won the popular vote, would you be saying the same thing? There seems to always be a double standard where conservatives are concerned.


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lovemychris 2 weeks ago from Cape Cod, USA

even more laughable is telling us to repect his legitimacy....mr "obama not born here, wheres the birth certificate" trump.


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lovemychris 2 weeks ago from Cape Cod, USA

pisses me off so much. seeing these repubs so excited about getting to work...after 8 years of doing nothing, just because the prez was a democrat. obama was excited, too. they crushed him like a rock.


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RJ Schwartz 2 weeks ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

No way would I be petty - the law is the law


Alternative Prime 2 weeks ago

Trump had Vladimir Putin Conspiring from the Kremlin for him, Communist "HACKERs" Working Dilligently for him, a Strange Pedophile "Exiled & Relegated" to live the rest of his LIFE in a Dingy Room within the Ecuadorian Embassy on his side, a SUBVERSIVE ANTI-American Terrorist CELL within the FBI who Sabotaged both Hillary & "WE the PEOPLE" ~ All ILLEGAL Acts of "TREASON, Subversion & Espionage" to help him Infiltrate OUR White House & he still FAILED to WIN the Majority Vote ~

Just a few reasons WHY the "Electoral COLLEGE" will be Compelled to Consider the Petitions Submitted ~ One will CONTAIN Signatures of Nearly 2% of the ENTIRE Population of the USA, an ENORMOUS Number of patriotic Americans who REJECT his Insane ANTI-American Posture ~ Everything about "Free-Loader" Trump & his Grifter Family is Repulsive, Un-Patriotic, Subversive, Disgraceful, in many instances Donald has exhibited "CRIMINAL Intent" & the "CONFLICT of INTEREST" his Occupation of OUR White House Represents is nothing less than ASTOUNDING ~ It's nearly IMPOSSIBLE to find a place to START & END with this guy & I'm confident his Campaign of LIEs, Deception, ANTI-American Sentiment, HATE, Evil Behavior, Racist & SINISTER Intent will soon Catch Up with him ~ Especially NOW that we have a Certified NAZI & Communist TIEs Embedded within the Confines of our Presidents Residence ~ SHOCKINGLY Outrageous ~


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lovemychris 2 weeks ago from Cape Cod, USA

did u see this? according to wsj, he has hired frank gaffney....the guy who thinks obama is a muslim. he is islamaphobic in the extreme!

apparently, mike rogers had to be replaced, because he wouldnt go along w the right wing get hillary benghazi story.

he is going on alex jones to thank his audience....

this is bringing right wing counter culture to the mainstream.

no problem, just admit it.

breitbart, jones, bannon, bossi, mercer, guliani, fbi.

9/11 truthers got nothing on these guys.

"court of the borgias!"


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Bassman54 2 weeks ago from Berlin, Connecticut Author

Now, if only Pence would resign......................


Alternative Prime profile image

Alternative Prime 2 weeks ago from > California

lovemychris ~ No Big SURPRISE ~ Trump was NEVER able to find "Qualified Experts" to join his Hate Filled "Pseudo-Campaign" to begin with & he's finding it even more Difficult to attract "Legitimate Candidates' to serve in a Trump Administration so he has to Settle for Whomever is willing to ENGAGE in his ABSURD "MOCK" White House ~ He's already hired a NAZI & has Communist Influence OOZING out of OUR White House, so WHY not bring in more Ignorant & DANGEROUS ANTI-American "Dregs of Society" ?? ~ Would U as a Patriotic American actually work in his administration, if he even gets that far ??

Bassman54 ~ I think the "Pence Situation" will take are of itself ~

Trump always said his "COUNTRY Comes FIRST" before his BUSINESS, which we all know was just another "Mammoth LIE" ~ If true, WHY don't I see any "FOR Sale" signs in front of some of his "SUPPOSED Properties" ?? ~ Legally Speaking, ALL of his Assets must be Transfered into a "BLIND Trust" but that would be impossible to accomplish without LIQUIDATING his Holdings & Placing the Proceeds into said TRUST to be managed by a THIRD Party ~ What's the HOLD Up ??

What until the Attorneys start "UNEARTHING" these Massive Business Entanglements & "CONFLICTs of Interest" ~


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lovemychris 2 weeks ago from Cape Cod, USA

not the least of which is pence using tax exempt religious ideas to remove services from tax paying americans! imagine if biden was against pornography....why there goes melania! (who knew that was acceptable to the christian right!)


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Bassman54 2 weeks ago from Berlin, Connecticut Author

One can only hope that the Pence situation will work itself out.


Alternative Prime 2 weeks ago

Well, I hope everyone's ready to go to "WAR" with Little "Corporate Puppet" Republican Paul Ryan ~ He's already "Frantically PEDDLING" his SCAM to "Dismantle & Privatize Medicare" which would of course Destroy American Workers & OUR SEnior Citizens while "ENRICHING" Wall Street ~ An unconscionable strategy which has always been the "Primary GOAL" of BACKWARD Republicans~

I wonder how Americans who have paid into the system, which is the VAST Majority, feel about that, especially the "RUST Belters" who actually believed Trump would "Strengthen" Social Security & Medicare ~

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