biden-joe-hands-together-frowning-croppedFrom the Los Angeles Times:  “As Democrats ponder their future, Joe Biden makes a plea for a focus on the middle class”.  Excerpt:

[Rarely has Joe Biden] trusted anything as much as his own gut instinct, attuned to the middle- and working-class sensibilities of his former neighbors in towns like Scranton, Pa., and Claymont, Del.

And so as he sat in his office one day in October and watched footage of a Donald Trump rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., not far from his childhood home, Biden sensed trouble.

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trump_-bully1.  Respect the People

First, it’s important to note that people have a lot of legitimate concerns that lead them to support Trump.  It would be a serious mistake to write them off as bad or stupid people.  It’s just that Trump isn’t the answer to any of their concerns.

For a brief but academic further exploration of this, read distinguished academic Charles Murray’s piece on the subject.

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The Chicago Tribune endorses Libertarian Gary Johnson for president.

Don’t let others pressure you.  You don’t have to vote for one of the two major parties’ nominees.  You won’t be the only one.

The Chicago Tribune editors make a lot of great points.  On the choice before us:

What should tens of millions of voters who yearn for answers do with two major-party candidates they disdain? Polls show an unprecedented number of people saying they wish they had another choice.

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Sudden Thought, Gang

November 4, 2016

I’m glad the left has finally agreed that it’s unhealthy (for us and for our democracy) to assume bad intentions of/dehumanize/demonize/“other” those we disagree with.

Maybe after the election is over and everyone’s had time to cool down, someone can invite them to consider whether that might have any implications for their own lives.

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I went to see Gary Johnson speak in Cincinnati last night. He addressed the looming entitlement crisis head on:  Reform is non-optional; doing nothing is not an option.  If we do nothing, the programs are already on track to bankrupt themselves very soon; if we continue doing nothing, then they’ll bankrupt the rest of the government as well.

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This is part of why we’re so annoyed about the liberal news media.  (Listen up, those of you who still don’t believe there is such a thing—I know you’re out there.)  This one isn’t just a little biased; this is either gross incompetence (difficult for NPR to plead—they’re not idiots, and they can do very good journalism when they want to) or infuriating, brazen dishonesty in the service of an agenda.

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Ross Douthat makes a very concise case for torpedoing Trump’s candidacy:

All presidents are tempted by the powers of the office, and congressional abdication has only increased that temptation’s pull. President Obama’s power grabs are part of a bipartisan pattern of Caesarism, one that will likely continue apace under Hillary Clinton.

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