The Democrats are helping Trump win.

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Blinded, by hatred for who an individual is,
and prepared to ignore what they themselves are doing.

That is the definition of the democratic party, and before you shout it down, consider the Republican Caucus; Trump Won by 97%. And guess why… By making it about Trump, the rest of the Republican Party is not as much in the spotlight as it should be. While the media focuses on the US President, they shift attention away from some that could be dancing in his shadow. And let’s be honest, Trump has been through such a media circus, it’s nearly been as popular as Game of Thrones. Republicans in Iowa are proof of that.

 

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It still hasn’t dawned on so many that the reality is that the Democrats did this. An ungraceful defeat that infected the democratic party since Hilary Clinton losing the 2016 election has dragged on to the point where the party appears to be desperate to do anything to remove Donald Trump from the oval office.

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Let’s be clear, it’s not the party they want out, its just Trump.  Whether it was the starting with the Russian Collusion allegations that escalated to the Mueller Report that cost $32 million US dollars funded by the taxpayer that concluded that Trump had not colluded.

The result only continued to show the lengths that the Democrats were willing to go with a frightfully wrong approach.

Iowa’s results for Democrats took their time, and the favourites are Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders while the expected favourite Joe Biden flopped out. Now the wild card here is Mayor Pete Buttigieg because Bernie is a socialist, which would undoubtedly make Trump the capitalist and that makes it very clear which way a country that was built on capitalism will vote if it came down to just them.

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg, on the other hand, is the kind of political outsider that many people originally wanted before Trump became involved. Someone not from the political chess game of Washington but a middle-class Mayor. Someone who has an understanding of what it is to be in politics and be in charge, now he just plans to upscale his game a little if he won. If he won, he would also be the first openly gay president of the United States which should have a much more positive effect on society in its treatment of the LGBTQ community. Mayor Pete Buttigieg has surprised many in his rise to popularity while at the same time not surprised others. Let’s be honest, even as a first impression, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is a positive guy… let’s keep being honest, Bernie seems exhausted…just by standing there.

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The shared message that both Pete and Bernie have is that their campaign is there to defeat Donald Trump.  Pete talks about galvanizing the public in what they are voting for when they vote for their future. A message of increasing wages and putting an end to war and all the usual promises.

Bernie described Trump as “the most dangerous (US) President in American History”.  Describing health care as a human right, and making promises of making universities tuition-free and cancelling student debt. Bernie suggested the forming of a coalition of nations that include Russia and China to reduce their nuclear programme and together focus on climate change, just to name a few.

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But it’s their supporters that need to change their approach, there can’t be another Charlottesville.

Very often we can find videos on youtube from both sides of the spectrum that show themselves or their friends being harassed. It is not very difficult to say that the majority of the violence is being committed by groups such as Antifa or even individuals. While their actions only solidify the position of those that disagree with them, that aside, they are also pushing away those who are floaters.

But the whispers have started on what is to come,

….PETE VS TRUMP?

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It needs to be understood that in the same way that an individual has the right to think progressively because they feel that it is the ideal course; so does someone have the right to think conservatively. Labelling people with the word NAZI,  because someone doesn’t agree with you is wrong. I’m not talking about those in power, I mean the guy to your left, the woman at a bus stop, the old couple at the shop. If you see someone wear something that supports a politician you don’t like, you don’t have to comment, you don’t have to say or gesture anything. That individual is exercising a right, 

…a right which you cannot infringe upon.

 

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To shoot or not to shoot?

…not precisely Shakespeare I know, but let us try to ask this question.

Why doesn’t the USA hold a
National Referendum
on the 2nd amendment?

The gun debate continues to rage, with both sides of the argument using a variety of views to justify their stance on gun ownership. It also needs to be clear that both sides make compelling arguments that demand serious consideration. Perhaps the public should answer the question of whether it is a right to own a firearm or not.

Political figures are either pro-gun or anti-gun, but while everyone screams different arguments, nobody is taking the simple question and putting it on display.

And why would they?

It would put a debate to an end.
It would remove a reason for support.
It would remove one of their tools of gaining support.

Think about your position of the debate and see whom you supported because of that, and then look at the same politician’s public policies and tell me if you still agree. Some people will find that their stance on whom they support, rested on an argument of whether it is a right to own a firearm but found the public policies to be shocking.

And oh boy, is it media on board with this debate. Shocking news stories that inspire fear or anger is an excellent way to attract attention

So why not let the public decide? Put forward a vote…

Should people have the right to own a gun?

Let us say we removed guns?

….the pro-gun side ask: “Well what about the guns acquired or owned illegally?”

Everybody agrees that illegally owned weapons should be considered a serious crime.  The problem is that it is not considered one.

Don’t believe me?

In the US, it is a precise statistic that the vast majority of mass shootings take place with the use of a handgun.

Nevertheless, the average maximum penalty of the US for owning an unlicensed weapon is only 3.5 years, except for New York, where their laws state : 

Possess loaded firearm without permit, outside of person’s home or place of business: class C felony, classified as violent felony offense, punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment, with a mandatory minimum of 3.5 years
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So obviously, for some violent individuals, it is not that frightening to risk three and a half years in prison. 

Owning an unlicensed weapon should be a severe crime that should carry a very hefty punishment. Some might argue that this can be applied, but others might feel that it is not good enough. Either way, it would undoubtedly be a better stance at adding deterrents of obtaining illegal firearms. The risk of a mandatory long term sentence would undoubtedly make many individuals think twice about even acquiring the gun illegally, let alone attempting a violent action.

So then we keep the guns, right?

…hold on, should all guns be ok?

 

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This machine gun is perfectly legal to own in the US, as long it is a semi-automatic. However, is it reasonably acceptable to own a weapon that can support such a high quantity of rounds and would permit an offender to spend such a long time in between having to re-load and thereby be a threat for much longer before being vulnerable to being subdued? (Image Source)

 

Well, the gun is useless without bullets. So why not place a cap on how many bullets certain guns owners can own.

This being defined by how much one gun can hold with being fully loaded.

 

You don’t need more than one magazine to protect yourself. Having enough to fire some warning shots and some for the possibility of an actual need for self-defence arising should be enough.

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So do you agree that that the public should decide, once and for all?

Should people still have the right to own a gun?

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Brexit: A New Hope or the beginning of the end.

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From left to right, Josep Borrell, Michel Barnier, Simon Coveney.

What is the EU saying?…

When asked about why he believes that negotiations will run-up to the very end of the deadline Josep Borrell had this to say: “Because in the European Union that’s the rule, the decision came in the last last minute

Irish deputy “the UK will need to move to facilitate an agreement”

Michel Barnier says: “a deal is still possible.”

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“Did Boris Johnson have a stroke of Genius or did he just gamble with the UK’s future in a high stakes game?”

Recently we asked the question  “Did Boris Johnson have a stroke of Genius or did he just gamble with the UK’s future in a high stakes game?”

Well after comments like these from EU politicians, it looks like Boris has (for better or worse)steamrolled ahead with his plan and this still has many people concerned.

The speculation is that the way things are moving, the idea was and still is, to let the pressure build enough to force each side to concede on some issues. Like this, they can both, in a desperate attempt to make a deal, concede on certain issues while winning others.

So where are we on the Brexit Deal?

Between the UK and EU is the negotiations table where the currently tabled deal is being adjusted; but what if Boris’s plan backfires and the UK’s negotiations team is forced to choose between conceding too much and no-deal?

Well believe it or not, but Boris and his team could still make him “look” like a hero if the UK suffers in its deal with the EU. How?

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But back to Brexit, how close are they to a deal? Well, Sky News amongst others reported that “After 90 minutes of talks between Boris Johnson and Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds of the Democratic Unionist Party, the DUP leaders left Downing Street tight-lipped.”

This suggests that some serious back and forth is going on between No10 and the DUP after Leo Varadkar and Michel Barnier leaned to a position that believed in achieving a deal. Now while many will be pleased that a deal could be happening, this could well be the beginning of the end.

Scotland wants a second referendum.

Nicola Sturgeon has announced plans for another Scottish referendum to take place. This is after the recent announcement by Scotland’s Constitutional Relations Secretary Michael Russell that “There is a path open for Scotland to walk into EU membership. There are, of course, things to be done, there is a great deal of hard work, but it can be done, and that is the big issue.”

This complicates matters because Scotland still conducts the majority of

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 its trade within the UK: in 2014, Scotland’s exports totalled £76 billion, of which £48.5 billion (64%) was with constituent nations of the UK. So if Scotland takes independence and joins the single market, the UK could face a similar scenario to the current one taking place over the Irish Border.

Boris Johnson has already stated his opposition to a second Vote as he said, “I think we can cement and intensify the union”.

The final part of this puzzle is the planned protest for a “Final Say” referendum by the public. On the 19th of October, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to descend upon London in a protest to force the government to hold a second referendum. With over a hundred coaches booked to transport people to London, an increase in the number that was booked for the previous protest, on 23 March.

Conclusion:

I think we can expect 2 outcomes, 

  1. A deal will be struck, and the UK will begin all the necessary preparations to leave, with a minor extension to take place to iron out all the legal jargon. This will, of course, set in motion a chain of events that will include the Scottish referendum. The referendum is also significant as it will be a considerable influence on those wishing to see a single, united Ireland.
  2. If the expected emergency Saturday Sitting doesn’t go well for Boris when he presents his new deal to the commons. Then a lengthy extension will be required as will have no choice but to request it. This, of course, will be a significant blow to the Tory leader, which might not be recoverable for the expected upcoming election.

Have your say, comment below and tell us what do you think will happen?

 

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What do you think about the rise of the far-right in Europe?

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When we hear of the far-right in the same sentence as Europe, we picture Matteo Salvini or Marine Le Pen; we certainly don’t need to approach a Scandinavian country like Sweden, or should we?

A recent election in Sweeden nearly saw a far-right party with roots in neo-nazism take power. While this never came to pass, the threat of this was real.

It’s not just Sweeden though…

 

Far-right movements with anti-immigration messages are on the rise all over Europe. Many of the countries are also countries who took in a lot of asylum seekers during the Syrian Crisis.

Spain –

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For the first time since the death of Franco Francisco in 1975, a far-right party has seats in parliament. For the first time, political party VOX has 24 seats in the Spanish Senate.

 

 

Finland –

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The social democrat party defeats the right wind party, the True Finns, by only 0.25%. While relief was a general sentiment, the concern that the gap was so tremendously small and that ultra-nationalists were so close to a victory was eye-opening.

 

 

Hungary

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Whose Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, recently won his third term on a campaign that weighed heavily on the subject of immigration. He believes that Europe is “being invaded” and he is adamant that he won’t let the same happen to Hungary

 

 

Britain – 

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The well known Pro-Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage with a new Brexit Party. Having one of its core foundations firmly set to get the UK out of the EU.

But why the rise of far-right sentiment in Europe? Many supporters of these far-right groups like to highlight three problems they blame on mass immigration.
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Refugees who did not live in communities dominated by asylum seekers like themselves, assimilated well into the host culture, became integral parts of their communities and formed strong friendships with locals. Regrettably, many countries who took in a large volume of asylum seekers and refugees decided to house them all together in the hope of them being more comfortable if they had communities of similar heritage or backgrounds. This strategy, however, has seen ghettos forming and the crime rates are spiralling out of control.

Countries who advocated inclusion are now seeing a rise of hard nationalism at an alarming rate.

Some European citizens, however, are advocating that perhaps, the reason for the sharp increase in those who support anti-immigration policies are not due to racist reasons but for economic ones.

It has been argued that countries who have taken in a large volume of asylum seekers, now have a more substantial burden on the social welfare schemes.

Is Europe concerned about this rise in hard nationalistic sentiment amongst its citizens?
Why are more people showing support for nationalistic policies in a European Climate?
Can it be that these supporters feel that their government has abandoned them?