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Emerging Populism
Bursting Washington Bubble

Pittsburgh Tribune Review [PA], by Salena Zito

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Posted By:garnet, 6/15/2014 10:42:10 AM

Pleasantville, Pa. - The homemade sign along state Route 96 in Bedford County could easily be missed if a driver is distracted by the winding curves at the base of the Allegheny Mountains. “Our country is dying. Please pray for all of us,” it says in blue letters on a white board. A bouquet of slightly wilted wildflowers is tied to it with a blue bow. The sign doesn´t blame anyone in particular; no political brand or elected official is named, no familiar tagline from social media or cable news is part of the message. In fact, its poignant words (all lower-case, no wild-hare punctuation) and slightly hidden position in some ways reflect

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Tusker, 6/15/2014 11:01:11 AM     (No. 9886821)

Impeach Bow-Bow and take back the Senate, secure the borders and airlift all illegals back to Honduras now and then flay Mexico.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: M2, 6/15/2014 11:20:07 AM     (No. 9886842)

This article is a bit more important than at first blush. It is easy to miss the message:

What Cantor´s loss should tell Washington is that local politics matter — but Washington tends to listen only to what the pundits, strategists, reporters and experts in Washington say.

That is the seduction of the halls of power in the DC House of Cards. Good intentions bring many reps to DC but there they are thrust into Babylon on the Potomac, where they drown in perqs and hard choices.

A judgment call is being made across the country, and it is this: “Are you one of us, or have you left us for Washington?”

I cannot recall a time when that message has been clearer. Things have gotten so polarized between the two Parties, that the ideologies are diametrically-opposite, or so it seems. You cannot negotiate between such polar opposites. In years past, reaching across the aisle was possible. It no longer is because there is only socialism and capitalism now. No shades of grey.

The elected incumbents who get caught on the wrong side of that question will be upended in this year´s elections. They should serve as a warning to those running for office in 2016, to shed the Washington bubble.

That is why the Tea Party populism got started and it is that same worldview which will sweep unresponsive representatives out of office in the next elections.

If you forget why we elected you, pack your bags. You´re history. And so´s the horse you rode in on.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Susannah, 6/15/2014 11:37:14 AM     (No. 9886854)

Populism is a two-edged sword. There´s left-wing populism as well, as currently represented by Elizabeth Warren, whose mantra is that she´s "fighting for the middle class." Actually, she´s fighting to destroy the middle class, small businesses, and any kind of entrepreneurship. Remember her famous comment: "You didn´t build that."

Warren may well be the next Democratic candidate for the presidency, running on a populist platform. Good old Liz, fighting tooth and nail to restore feudalism.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: TulsaTowner, 6/15/2014 11:47:25 AM     (No. 9886867)

This article, correct to warn beltway politicians dances around the gigantic gorilla in the room, apparently in an effort to avoid blaming the left and also avoid acknowledging the TEA party´s existence.

The gorilla is that the Democrat party has become an all-encompassing criminal organization and is destroying our country at the foundation. More than just a mild-mannered acknowledgment of the American public´s distress is going to be required to remedy this situation. Our liberty and our very way of life are at stake. Revolution, in some form, must take place!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Grampstosix, 6/15/2014 11:53:55 AM     (No. 9886872)

#4 You are spot on calling the Democratic Party a criminal organization.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MattMusson, 6/15/2014 12:12:12 PM     (No. 9886896)

It is not about Democrat VS Republican. It is about DC vs the Rest of Us.

And, Panem will use the LOFO´s shamelessly to offset the middle class.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 6/15/2014 12:32:40 PM     (No. 9886923)

It´s hard to quantify or get your hands around. But it feels like Dec. 6, 1941, late summer 1929, or Sept. 10, 2001. Something menacing is just around the corner.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: chillijilli, 6/15/2014 1:18:58 PM     (No. 9886963)

Great reminder, #6. Perhaps the Pubbies, Conservatives, Tea Party people can stay on this point and stop allowing themselves to be baited by the media on social issues.
DC vs. The Rest of Us. I like that. We could win on that.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: doctorfixit, 6/15/2014 1:59:14 PM     (No. 9886993)

In simpler terms, Washington DC is a cesspool of corruption, and the only cure is to shut off the money supply. Once the cockroaches have skittered away the place can be restored to swampland.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: lil dotty, 6/15/2014 5:44:41 PM     (No. 9887181)

What is menacing around the corner is no surprise. We have met, and we certainly are not on the same side. A house divided cannot stand; nor will this house. The foundation is cracked, the roof is leaking and the walls crumble around us. The country finds itself defenseless against any and all adversaries.



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Reply 11 - Posted by: nonsense, 6/15/2014 9:17:36 PM     (No. 9887304)

I voted against Shuster, a "legacy", who is dependent upon his fellow RINOs. He is not "powerful", just a minor player. Basically a "yes" man for the Republican Establishment.

From his perch as chairman of the House Transportation Committee he was in flavor of taxing citizens for every mile they drove. Of course he denied he said it, and some how managed to get re-elected.

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