This is not a personality over policy thing. Yes, both Trump and Bernie have chrisma, which is lacking among many of their opponents. But it is not the only thing their opponents lack. They are also both proposing radical solutions to real modern problems. Yes, their proposals are very different policies -- but they are also very different from the establishment preferred policies.
There is clearly a large demographic group that feels alienated by the common policies of the "established" Republican and Democrat parties. Trump won the primary on the basis of proposing radical solutions his party previously gave lip service to without actually accomplishing. In that year, the Democrats nominated Hillary and "establishment" politics were supposed to prevail with her coronation. That did not happen.
Colorado goes for intrusive firearm storage felony law
It should be up to you how you want to store your guns. After all, only you know your own circumstances best. Only you know whether you have kids, and whether you can trust your kids with firearms or whether you need to restrict access to them. It should be up to you whether you want a safe, a locked case, or a drawer by your bed. It should be up to you whether you store your gun loaded and ready for use in self defense, or empty and with the ammunition stored in a separate and locked compartment were you cannot get to it when you need it to save your life.
The judiciary appears to believe that massive surveilance is ok when conducted by a computer and a camera. I think we're going to have to put some legal limits on how technologies like this are used at some point.
I don't see how requiring the AG to sign off before surveiling government officials will prevent the CIA, NSA, DOJ, and FBI from spying on candidates in order to prevent them from becoming officials. Or protect the privacy rights of ordinary people at all. This may be better than a clean renewal, but not by much. Hopefully the Senate can make it stronger.
Not sure what changes are being proposed yet. But since it is being moved quietly, I suspect it is just a clean renewal, no reforms. Contact your representatives in the House and tell them no renewal without real reforms.
Virginia gives illegals driver's licences, passes gun control
Following in the footsteps of California and New York, the Democratic government in Virginia is pulling out all of the steps to secure their grasp on power by allowing illegal immigrants to get drivers' licenses. And under current federal law, you know what happens when you get a driver's license? They ask you if you want to register to vote... without checking your citizenship status.
McCarthy: strange to prioritize individual liberty?
It's strange that prioritizing civil liberties of individuals is NOT Andrew McCarthy's first thought after Obama demonstrated repeatedly (starting with IRS abuse of the Tea Party in 2010-2012 and continuing to 2019 with SpyGate) that national security agencies cannot be trusted to resist politicization by at least one side of the debate. Well, perhaps strange is not the best word. McCarthy was only reluctantly brought around to the view that the FBI, CIA, et all, abused their power for political purposes. It's not really surprising that he would prefer to go back to his default position of trusting even agencies proven untrustworthy.
But the rest of us should refuse.
Elements of the FISA law have been abused. Trump has declared he will not sign a renewal of the law that does not contain reforms. We should stand with Trump and demand reforms to protect our rights. Yes, even if that costs some degree of security -- and the track record of the programs at issue here is pathetically bad. You can't find a needle in a haystack, but you can sure find a lot of straw that looks like a needle, especially if it associates with a political campaign you don't like.
Pentagon tries to blame its' own failures on lack of gun control
The Pentagon failed to vet a Saudi military student who turned out to be a terrorist, but they are blaming that failure on so-called loopholes in gun control laws. Let's get serious here. He's a military student. He's here in the US to get trained on military matters. Some of the people in that category are going to need training with firearms, and they certainly should be trusted individuals rather than terrorists.
The Pentagon is just trying to pass the buck here.
Translator at Trump Tower meeting said nothing happened
FBI 302s associated with the Mueller team are starting to come out. One of the latest and most important releases is the interview with the translator at the infamous Trump Tower meeting which was used to paint Trump (via his son who attended) as being in cahoots with the Russians. The meeting was actually almost certainly a setup by Fusion GPS (who met with the Russian representative shortly before and after the meeting).
What's news is that Mueller's team interviewed the translator less than four days after the news of that meeting leaked -- and found out that nothing untoward happened at the meeting, the only topic of discussion was sanctions under the Magnitsky act, and all of that from a man who didn't like Trump and had ties to Hillary and the State Department.
And the Mueller team continued to investigate and allow the Russian Collusion myth to persist for 2 years (and, not coincidentally, a midterm election) before finally releasing a report.
Because we evidently can't trust DOJ and FBI even under a friendly administration and AG, we need to repeal the Patriot ACT to stop abuse of national security and intelligence tactics for political abuse. Legislative reform is absolutely necessary here.
The renewal date is March 15th. Write your Congressmen and tell them not to renew. It's a small step, but a necessary one.