In 2016, Republicans have to defend a lot more seats than Democrats in the Senate and the consensus seems to be that Republicans are going to lose the majority there. Mitch McConnell knows this. So when he's making a promise to bring up some vote in 2017 he's not doing it expecting the wrath of conservatives, he's doing it knowing he can laugh at how stupid Republicans are.
Maybe we shouldn't elect a Republican president. After watching Obama get (historically) rolled by the Iranians on the nuke deal, I realize he's not exactly a good negotiator. But watching Republicans cave to Obama over and over, should we really expect any better with a Republican?
When Democrats win majorities their leadership pushes legislation that reflects the base even though it hurts members in purplish areas. When Republicans win majorities their leadership pushes legislation that hurts the base.
Maybe Obama really is a master negotiator. Maybe we're just forgetting which side he's negotiating for.
There's only one reason why Fox News has been number one for so many years, ideology. And no I'm not talking about Fox News's ideology. Where else in Hollywood/TV/Entertainment/Art would you let someone succeed without copying the formula and watering down their success while picking up a few bucks?
"In our constitutional democracy, as the majority recognized, the constitutional rights of minorities are not subject to the whims of the majority." But apparently it's perfectly fine to allow the majority to be ruled by the whims of the minority.
You can't expect a secular state (and a Supreme Court appointed by that secular state designed to protect that secularism) to care about the rights of the religious.
I seem to remember someone saying the reason civilized countries have periodic elections is because assassinations are the only other alternative. Given that we're not really given a choice of candidates with America's best interests at heart maybe we shouldn't be surprised if the alternative comes sooner than later.
The first step to fascism or shariah or whatever is not a Hitler-y figure seizing power, but the loss of the will of citizens not just to defend people who think differently, but to even tolerate different points of view.
(I don't know why I wrote this or what it was in reference to, but I like it. It may even become my new motto.) I wasn't aware that the chimpanzee was our model for behavior but if that's the case then a whole lot of people are about to get brained with a big stick because I want their stuff.