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Bernardo de La Paz

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Member since: Fri Jul 16, 2004, 11:36 PM
Number of posts: 31,531

About Me

Canadian who lived for many years in Northern California and left a bit of my heart there.

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I am Canadian

I am Canadian

It is now one year to the 2020 election and I would like to be clear about something I have not spoken about here before. I am Canadian, a Canadian citizen. Because of recent foreign interference in 2016 I want to avoid even the appearance of something I have no part in.

I lived for many years in California and loved it, and began posting on DU while there. Now I live in Nova Scotia and love it. I never took out US citizenship. Canada is a good country to be a citizen of.

In Canada, I have voted Liberal in every election I could since I feel their governance and policies are progressive but more measured than the New Democrats or the Greens. All except for my first vote which was for a woman, way back when. She won.

The Democratic Underground is a wonderful place to hang out. Without trying to be flashy, our site creators and admins have made it run very smoothly and solidly. Of all the sites I post in, and even of all the sites I visit, DU has the highest ratio of civility compared to the rancorous environment around it.

It is kinda Canadian that way. Thank you for having me.

I support Elizabeth Warren. In a field of strongly intelligent candidates she is anyone's equal in that department. I think she has some innovative proposals and has the skills to make some of it happen, in a tough political environment.

2020 is an election year when, because of self-inflicted wounds, the GOP is unlikely to win the Presidency. Therefore, Democrats should choose a candidate that represents their views and vision without regard to "electability". With the party united behind them, and a lot of hard work, any of the top tier of 5 or 7 candidates can win. Simply being not-tRump might lose. Now is the time to go with forward looking vision.

I have changed my avatar for now (couldn't find the Trudeau one) but might change it back in a year because I have always admired Mark Twain's incisive wit.

Be of good courage, Americans. The progressive, liberal, Democratic majority in the United States of America is on the right side of history. America will never be perfect but it will be better. I love you.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Tue Nov 5, 2019, 08:15 PM (66 replies)

Investing in the people is what real governments do. But not kakistocracies & kleptocracies


They deliberately do not say that one of the main principles of business it that you make money by spending money.

A well run government spends taxpayer money to support taxpayers so they can be productive and earn greater prosperity and enjoy life more. Good government spends on:

* Education so people have skills and wisdom (understanding) to be really productive.
* Health care so that illness is prevented, alleviated quickly, and people can spend more time gaining prosperity.
* Environment so that people are not debilitated by pollution.
* Consumer protection so that people don't have their life savings taken by crooks.
* Productive infrastructure such as public transportation for efficient movement of goods and services and people.

When you invest in the well-being of the People of the USA, the country remains competitive and a great place to live.

Also:
Raise taxes and lower spending when the economy is good.
Lower taxes and raise spending when the economy is bad and needs stimulus.

Democrats know this, but Republicons are aways on about lowering taxes no matter what, so they therefore spend up huge deficits.
Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Tue Nov 5, 2019, 07:04 PM (0 replies)

Investing in education is investing in people. THAT'S how you run government like a business. . . nt

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Mon Oct 14, 2019, 09:33 AM (1 replies)

Barr gave speech day/2 ago claiming less christianism cause of mental illness & drug abuse


Barr said that secular militants, including “so-called progressives,” are mobilized in an “organized destruction” of religion. He vowed that his Justice Department will fight for the “most cherished of all our American liberties: the freedom to live according to our faith.”

Because of the decreasing influence of Judeo-Christian traditions, Barr insisted, “along with the wreckage of the family, we are seeing record levels of depression and mental illness, dispirited young people, soaring suicide rates, increasing numbers of angry and alienated young males, an increase in senseless violence and a deadly drug epidemic.”

(Violent crime has decreased significantly over the past quarter century, according to statistics collected by the federal government.)


The deadly drug epidemic was caused by Republicon-enabled greedy Big Pharma.

Soaring suicide rates are due to intolerable stress put on employees by Republicon-enabled greedy companies: part-time only jobs just under the 30 hour bar, no benefits, wages squeezed, tips taken, and so many tactics.

Young people are dispirited because of Republicon-enabled climate inaction.

The increasing number of angry young males is due to Republicon-oriented talk radio, social media bots, and Faux news.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sat Oct 12, 2019, 12:27 PM (3 replies)

If every Democrat mentioned by tRump wrote the same reply it would eat at him, Plus it would


Plus it would be exactly the repetitive type of counter-propaganda needed. And it has to be repetitive to get the media and the trumpanzees and everybody mentioning it. The propaganda is repetitive so the counter-propaganda has to be repeated too. Often. Again and again. Redundantly repetitively redundant.

Counter-propaganda works when it is:

* fast
* clear
* true
* targeted at the audience the propaganda targeted

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterpropaganda

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Wed Oct 9, 2019, 04:36 PM (1 replies)

Yup keep laying facts out as often as they go with fiction. You can't fool all people all the time


The essence of Trump-Republicon propaganda is to repeat thousand of smears against someone. Death by a thousand cuts (they hope).

Eventually people don't like the name but are unable to tell you why.

But facts win out in the end. Be sure they get written just as repeatedly.

Factual stories have bones and hang together.

Lies are self-contradictory.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sat Oct 5, 2019, 06:36 PM (0 replies)

His base can't tell, they are dumber than a basket of rocks


This is called in “your face.... i’m prez...... you dont scare me”
2 posted on 10/3/2019, 11:02:10 AM by kjam22

“Trump’s comments are likely to further fuel Democratic calls for impeachment.”
Because Democrats are above the law.
3 posted on 10/3/2019, 11:02:19 AM by ifinnegan (Democrats kill babies and harvest their organs to sell)

Hahahahaha ... he is driving them to a frenzy. Massive mistakes have alrady been made by the DEMs, and even bigger ones are coming. This is delicious.
4 posted on 10/3/2019, 11:02:59 AM by Cboldt

LOL. What a brass set POTUS has. Brilliant.
5 posted on 10/3/2019, 11:03:09 AM by lodi90

You know damn well there’s a treasure trove of info the WH has where obama was calling on other countries to investigate Republicans, which i’m sure will be released soon.
6 posted on 10/3/2019, 11:03:31 AM by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)


Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Thu Oct 3, 2019, 11:43 AM (2 replies)

Sigh. But there WOULD BE a VP. There will not be simultaneous vacancies.

The line of succession is only when everyone above the current designee is out by reason of death, resignation, conviction in the Senate, or incapacity.

There will not be simultaneous vacancies. The Republicon Senate will ensure the timing such that when one position is in peril, the other is securely filled even if that security is only temporary. They will ensure that their party retains control of the office. They will say "But the { sh electoral college sh } voters elected a Republican!"

And tRump and Pence never fly on the same plane.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Thu Oct 3, 2019, 10:05 AM (0 replies)

Mueller was forbidden by Barr from indicting tRump. Fact. Period.


His biggest conclusion, ignored by so many even here, is that tRump could not be cleared of obstruction. To go further would have been against the law which gives people like Barr the ability to set indictment rules. He went right up to the line and very clearly said that was as far as he could legally go and that it is Congress who have the responsibility to take it further (impeachment).

The reason he could not go farther is that if an official of the DoJ (Mueller) states conclusions that a named person can't fight in a court of law (by reason of not being indicted), then the official has violated the rights of that person.

That's why we have a Constitution.

Rights for people we loathe so that our own rights are protected.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Tue Oct 1, 2019, 12:25 PM (2 replies)

Yes. Especially hearings. But take too long and tRump might actually resign.


In some ways tRump needs to be the one rushed. He is more likely to actually be impeached and face trial in the Senate, wherein the Republicon majority can be forced on record. tRump doesn't want to resign, ever. But even he might decide that is better than actually being impeached.

Much depends on the exact evidence and how convincing it is to the American public. After all the spin. tRump has a habit of trying to spin first and very early.

I trust Pelosi and the Democratic Caucus as a whole on the political calculus.

Peril to the Republic seems to urge expedited hearings, but I have long ago decided to be mostly agnostic about what timings to choose for things in L'Affaire Drumpf.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Thu Sep 26, 2019, 12:24 AM (2 replies)
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