Trivia time. How long is our border with Mexico verses U.S. borders surrounded by ocean? Times up. The number: 95,471 miles of ocean front property vs. 1,989 miles with Mexico. And that is often left out of our national security and immigration discussion.
On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere for his Midnight Ride is said to be given the signal by lantern, “One if by land, and two if by sea.” As seen in the steeple of Boston’s Old North Church relating to Colonial Militia taking up arms against King George’s Red Coats and how they would arrive.
Today that “signal” can be related to our coastline’s foaming porous borders, with a world in disarray that an underfunded and undermanned U.S. Coast Guard is mandated to protect.
Again and again, people argue a “wall” is the be all, end all, answer to the U.S. border problem; yet, how many of us have stood barefoot in the wet sands of that other border making up the Manifest Destiny of America? Read More…..
Citizens from across the country jammed the Senate phone lines in recent weeks, making their voices heard on President Donald Trump’s Cabinet appointments. But a new report suggests there are more effective ways to influence legislators.
The Congressional Management Foundation on Monday released a new report that highlights more than a decade worth of its surveys that show how citizens can make their voices heard. Their research showed that citizens who showed up in person, and are well-prepared with facts and arguments, can have a sizable impact on undecided legislators.
“Unfortunately, most Americans believe their voices don’t make a difference. This research proves that their voices do make a difference, and they can magnify their voices by using more effective advocacy techniques,” wrote the authors, Bradford Fitch and Kathy Goldschmidt of CMF, in the report.
Between August 2004 and July 2016, the foundation conducted nine surveys of congressional staff and four surveys of citizen advocates, generating more than 1,200 responses. Read Full Article…..
Today the world is experiencing “the largest migration of displaced people in the history of the world.” How big of a forced migration? The number is approximately 65 million. A sickening commentary when one thinks back to the horrors of WWII.
This catastrophe, which has been ongoing for years now, sees persecuted people moving across homeland borders due to violence, starvation, bigotry, genocide (something Obama ignored) and a host of other evils. Each night when Americans tuck their families into bed, millions are traveling or sleeping in a new location having no permanent residence to call home – they are refugees. Read More….
“If she really cared about the outcome of Wisconsin, she would’ve campaigned there,” Krauthammer said, calling the millions of dollars she raised over the past week a “fundraising scam” for the Green Party.
Krauthammer said her own candidacy caused Hillary Clinton to lose Michigan and Wisconsin, two of the states– the third of which is Pennsylvania– where Stein is seeking recounts.
If one-fifteenth of the people who supported her in Michigan and one-quarter of those in Wisconsin both voted for Clinton, the former secretary of state would’ve beaten Trump in those states.
He said Stein is the “Ralph Nader of 2016, now cashing in” on her candidacy.”
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In a 21st century world filled with modern technological marvels that spread information far and wide instantaneously, a campaign’s physical ground game is still the surest way for a candidate to win at the ballot box.
During the 2016 primaries, many of the candidates, including Sanders, Trump, and to a degree even Clinton, were forced to accept that their huge rallies and high-tech deliveries were not connecting with the voters in a way that got them to the polls.
Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz used almost exclusively the traditional campaigning techniques of television ads, mailers, phone calls, and door-to-door messaging — and outlasted most of the better-funded competition.
The campaigns, learning as they went, started to really see that a blend of ground game and technology were key to winning over voters.
But really, how important is the ground game in politics?
A recent academic journal examined, post mortem, the 2012 election between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. View Original Article Here
My friend Chuck Warren ran an ad for his company on Facebook. Chuck is a businessman with decades of political experience. His clients include Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), Carly for America, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, and Senator Ted Cruz’s super PAC, Keep the Promise.
Nothing really edgy.
The ad he bought on Facebook is for campaign services targeted to folks running for office — strictly a business ad, no preaching or issues mentioned.
Facebook slapped a warning on it saying it had “graphic content” that “may shock, offend or upset” viewers.
Here’s the warning:
Here’s the video:
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