“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Sunday, June 21, 2015

More on Bernie Sanders Last Night In Denver Colorado

Bernie Sanders drew a bigger crowd than any Republican candidate, as 4,500 supporters filled his event in Denver.
According to the Sanders campaign:

Thousands of cheering and chanting Coloradans – one of the biggest crowds for any presidential candidate so far this campaign – showed up here on Saturday night to hear Bernie Sanders tell them they were sending a message to the billionaire class that “‘You can’t have it all. This is our country too.'”
By the university’s count, 4,500 people were in the gym, atrium and lacrosse field to see Sanders, the candidate for the Democratic Party presidential nomination and a U.S. senator from Vermont.
When the crowd chanted his name, Bernie stopped them. “This campaign is not about me,” he said. “It is not about Hillary Clinton or any other candidate,” he added. “This campaign is about you, your kids and your parents. It is about creating a political movement of millions of people who stand up and loudly proclaim that this nation belongs to all of us and not just a handful of billionaires.”
Sen. Sanders drew the second biggest crowd of the entire campaign in Denver. The only bigger crowd by official count wasHillary Clinton’s rally in New York last weekend. Sen. Sanders is pulling off the most impressive feat of the campaign. People are excited and showing up for his events. 
Unlike Ted Cruz who drew a big crowd for his campaign launch by holding it a university event that students were forced to attend, the enthusiasm for Bernie Sanders is real. He doesn’t pay actors to come to his rallies and support him like Donald Trump did. His supporters are excited about their candidate.
The media and Republicans drone on about the depth of the Republican field, but early on in 2016, one trend continues for Democrats. Democratic candidates have the enthusiastic supporters. Republican candidates didn’t draw large crowds in 2008 or 2012, and the lack of GOP grassroots support is continuing in 2016. 

Bernie Sanders are outdrawing Republican all across the country, and this is a good sign for the Democratic Party as the nation gears up to elect a new president.



  1. Bernie Sanders will scare the shit out of all the usual suspects.

  2. Let The US Supreme Court dare to overturn Obamacare.

    1. .

      It shouldn't be up to SCOTUS to 'dare' anything. It's not their do anything but see if the law is constitutional. They shouldn't be interpreting what Congress probably meant.

      If Congress doesn't like the judgement, they have it in their power to revise the wording of the law.


    2. Quirk has this exactly right, and if the Supreme Court acts as they ought, they will find 'against' ObamaCare, that is to say, they will say that the language clearly means what it clearly says.

      Then Congress can fix it.

      Nancy should have read it before passing it, rather than passing it and the reading it.

      Otherwise they are legislating from the bench, again.


      Go, Bernie !

      The perfect candidate to lead the US of A in the footsteps of Greece and Venezuela.

      We'd get there a little sooner with Bernie than with Hillary.

      Wonderful little concert out in the fields here today.

      It is a once a month thing now.

      Next up, The Popular American Music of the 60's and 70's !!!

      Whoa !!!

      One lady I talked with today had the cutest little Icelandic Miniature Greyhound mutt. Never knew there was such a critter.

      Seven years young.....well behaved.....about as large as a really large cat.....

      No wolf/coyote mix to be seen today......

  3. If you don’t have the time to listen to the entire second video watch the last 12 minutes of it. Tell me which Republican will beat Bernie Sanders. By the way, Rick Santorum scheduled a speech where one person showed up.

    Sanders will get out the vote and the vote will be Hell No. Get it on.

  4. The Republican Party under George W. Bush set up the movement. Probably the only thing the asshole ever did right in his entire life. And this family think we need a third Bush? Likewise, we do not need another Clinton or another Christian Conservative.

  5. Ted Cruz is a Goner

    Rafael Cruz, Ted Cruz’s father, is an evangelical pastor. He is a Cuban-American who is 76 years old and fled Cuba and the Batista regime during the 1950s.

    He is a very practiced speaker who can bring evangelicals up to their feet, which is a powerful weapon for son Ted in one of the biggest battles within the GOP nomination contest: the fight for the religious right vote.

    Rafael Cruz said Americans have the responsibility to elect righteous leaders, it is time we become once again Biblically correct rather than being politically correct.

    His son’s campaign could carry some risk relying on his father. Rafael Cruz’s Bible laced passionate rhetoric and the provocative barbs of conservatism could upset some swing voters the senator from Texas needs for his appeal to be broadened.

    In one speech, Rafael Cruz compared U.S. President Barack Obama to Fidel Castro the former Cuban President. He said that social justice was a concept of the Marxist. He linked violent crime and teen pregnancy to the Supreme Court decisions that took the Bible and prayer from public schools.

    He is one big fireball said a conservative pastor who is not committed yet, as he said he is not that comfortable with some of his hyperbole.

    During an interview, Ted Cruz said he was not concerned in the least about negative reactions to his father. He said that the Democrats as well as other critics were only trying to turn his father into one big political lightning rod through quotes taken out of context.

    Cruz is not the only GOP candidate whose profile has been influenced by family ties.

    Former governor Jeb Bush has a close relationship with two former presidents – his father and his brother, which gives him access to a huge network of fundraising and prominence.

    However, he is also burdened by questions about the unpopular policies of his brother, such as the involvement of the U.S. in the Iraqi War.

  6. Some 55% of white evangelicals hold a favorable view of Mr. Bush—a larger share than for any other GOP candidate tested by the Pew Research Center.

  7. .

    Democratic candidates have the enthusiastic supporters. Republican candidates didn’t draw large crowds in 2008 or 2012, and the lack of GOP grassroots support is continuing in 2016.


    We will see when the primaries begin. Given the candidates out there, in both parties, I don't know how anyone can really get 'enthusiastic'. Hold your nose and vote, sure. Entusiastic? Not so much.


    1. Just go ahead and mumble your mantra, O'Mumble, you know you want to, are conditioned to:

      "They're all dicks"

    2. .

      The is no need. I now have you conditioned to do it for me.

      Silly man.


    3. Just keep on goin', O'Mumble -


  8. Poll: Carson, Fiorina, Huckabee gain ground in 2016 race
    The Hill
    The Hill
    Mark Hensch
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    Barack Obama. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP
    Obama seems increasingly resigned to spinning his wheels
    Developer Donald Trump delivers remarks during his announcement that he will run for president of the United States, in the lobby of Trump Tower, New York, Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Trump, the 12th high-profile Republican to enter the 2016 race, announced his candidacy in a free-ranging 40-minute speech in which he boasted about his ability to fortify the border with Mexico to prevent "rapists" from entering the U.S.
    Trump has ignored 5 jury summonses in past 9 years: Exclusive
    Poll: Carson, Fiorina, Huckabee gain ground in 2016 race© Provided by The Hill Poll: Carson, Fiorina, Huckabee gain ground in 2016 race

    Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Mike Huckabee have each earned more support from GOP primary voters since launching presidential campaigns last month, a new poll finds.

    Republicans’ support for one of those candidates has risen since a similar sampling in April, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey released on Sunday.

    It said that Fiorina saw the biggest jump in GOP primary voters’ backing.

    The former Hewlett-Packard CEO now has 31 percent of Republicans saying they would support her, up from 17 percent in April, it said.

    It added that those results are roughly even with the 29 percent who would not back Fiorina’s candidacy.

    Carson, the poll said, now commands 50 percent approval from positive voters.

    That number, it added, is up from 41 percent in April for the retired neurosurgeon.

    The survey additionally saw Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, nabbing 65 percent of positive voter support in June.

    He is thus up 13 points from a similar poll in April, it said, where he earned 52 percent instead.

    All three Oval Office candidates formally launched their runs in May, just after the previous Wall Street Journal/NBC News sampling.

    Their latest sampling found bad news for Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), another 2016 contender.

    Paul now receives 49 percent support from potential voters, a 10-point drop since April.

    He previously received 59 percent backing during a similar sampling taken that month.

    Paul’s drop in popularity comes after he publicly battled over Republicans over the National Security Agency (NSA) last month.

    The Kentucky lawmaker fought his own party tooth-and-nail against the NSA’s bulk, warrantless collection of individual phone record metadata.

    The Wall Street Journal and NBC News conducted their latest sampling from June 14-18.

    It polled 1,000 adults with a 3.1 percentage point margin of error.

    Of the 236 GOP primary voters questioned, it had a 6.38 percentage point margin of error.