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Are Democrats really going to vote for fewer jobs, lower wages, and open borders?

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Are Democrats really going to vote for fewer jobs lower wages and open borders

The Trump Presidency has brought both hope and fear to Americans on both sides of the political aisle. The fear he brings to Democrats and the hope he brings to Republicans are obvious, but there are opposing feelings on both sides. He has brought hope to hundreds of thousands of Democrats who had trouble finding good jobs under President Obama. He has also brought fear among many Republicans who see his leadership style as unnecessarily confrontational with everyone, even his allies.

This is why President Trump controls the ballots even if he’s not on it. Democrats will vote against his agenda by trying to help their party win control of Capitol Hill. Republicans who normally wouldn’t vote in midterm elections are excited about proving the Democrats and mainstream media wrong once again.

It’s the former that is most confusing. It’s definitely understandable that Republicans would vote for other Republicans to support the President’s agenda (even if they don’t support the President himself) because there’s no tangible reason for them not to do so. But Democrats who have reaped the benefits of Republican control of the House, Senate, and White House may still vote Democrat despite their increased prosperity.

This makes no sense.

Democrats who are doing better now than they were two years ago (and that means most of them) should refocus their hatred towards President Trump. To vote against his policies during the midterm election is to vote against their own successes. They don’t need to openly admit it. They can continue to hate President Trump. But to push for gridlock that will harm the economy and reduce their own potential for increased fiscal success is ludicrous. Will they cut off their noses to spite their faces?

If they want to vote against a man they believe to be a fascist, racist, misogynist, or any other type of -ist, they should do so starting the day after the midterms. They should work their butts off to oppose President Trump in 2020. I didn’t vote for him in 2016 (no, I didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton, either), but I’ll definitely be voting for him in 2020. Why? Because I’ve learned to tolerate his antics for the sake of the sound policies he’s enacted. They haven’t all been sound, but compared to his previous four predecessors, they’ve been downright splendid.

I’m not so foolish as to believe Democrats will quietly vote for Republicans in Congress in order to preserve their own prosperity. That requires admitting that they were wrong about the GOP’s ability to help them, and that is asking too much. However, Independents and even Trump-hating Republicans simply need to look at the economy, the jobs market, and the threats coming from south of the border to realize anything that jeopardizes the Republican majorities on Capitol Hill also jeopardize their own futures.

Like it or not, the policies are working. If Democrats take control of the House or Senate, these policies are in jeopardy.

If you want to continue opposing Trump, that’s fine. You have your reasons. But if you help Democrats take control of the House or Senate, you’re not hurting Trump alone. You’re also hurting yourself.

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Andrew Gillum concedes to Ron DeSantis in Florida gubernatorial race

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Andrew Gillum concedes to Ron DeSantis in Florida gubernatorial race

It was arguably the most watched gubernatorial race in the nation this past midterm election season and it didn’t disappoint. It took a recount and multiple lawsuits to finish, but in the end Republican Ron DeSantis defeated Democrat Andrew Gillum.

The mayor of Jacksonville finally conceded for the second time today, nearly two weeks after election day. He already conceded once on election fight.

Andrew Gillum concedes in Florida governor’s race for second time

https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2018/11/17/andrew-gillum-concedes-florida-governors-race-second-time/2041301002/In a four-minute video posted live on Facebook, Mayor Gillum stood with his wife R. Jai, a Tallahassee park in the background and both dressed in Florida A&M University orange and green. Gillum first thanked his supporters. Then, he officially acknowledged Republican Ron DeSantis as the winner.

“R. Jai and I wanted to take a moment to congratulate Mr. DeSantis on becoming the next governor of the great state of Florida,” Gillum said in the video posted at about 5 p.m.

DeSantis Tweeted acknowledgement of the concession.

Florida is a bellwether for the 2020 presidential election. The closeness of the race and the apparent corruption in the state means both parties have a lot of work to do. The state needs to get their act together before then as well.

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Stacey Abrams doesn’t concede in her non-concession speech

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Stacey Abrams doesn't concede in her non-concession speech

Republican Brian Kemp will be the next governor of Georgia. He defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams by receiving 50.2% of the vote, negating the possibility of a runoff election.

Abrams isn’t happy about it. She said today she’s unwilling to concede but acknowledged that Kemp would be certified as the winner. In a strange political doublespeak way, she fought back against a system that prevented her from rightfully winning.

Or something.

Bottom line: She lost. She, President Obama, and Oprah Winfrey failed to get her enough voters to win the election. Whether she actually concedes or not is irrelevant.

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Kamala Harris pushes fraudulent ‘petition’ to build her 2020 fundraising spam list

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The worlds of marketing and political campaigning have many things in common. Their intention is to persuade people. They’re both selling something. They employ tested colors, designs, and buzzwords to get people excited. One of the keys to their success is something called “list-building.”

With ballots from the 2018 elections still being counted, Senator Kamala Harris is wasting no time building her 2020 list. To do it, she’s employing a deceptive technique, promoting an online “petition” that’s really nothing more than a way to get people to willingly give her campaign their contact information. These people will be targeted with campaign fundraisers later.

No official announcement has been made about her 2020 presidential run, but it’s hard to believe she’s not running after purchasing 1,100 Facebook ads to promote these “petitions.” A Facebook ad doesn’t have a set cost, but we can assume big money is being put into these list-building ads because of the sheer volume. To put it into perspective, Beto O’Rourke spent around $5 million on Facebook ads for his Senate campaign. Presidential campaigns can easily spend 25 times as much as an expensive Senate campaign.

Unlike a valid petition people often sign to get a candidate or proposition on a ballot, these list-building petitions don’t actually do anything. People are told they’re demanding this action or that, but in the end they’re just giving over information. Some go so far as to ask for everything, including name, address, phone numbers, email, and occasionally even income. These lists grow much more slowly because of the depth of the information requested.

A more common technique is to ask for minimal data to encourage people to fill it out. At the end of the day, all a campaign really needs is an email address they can later use in fundraising campaigns. Here’s an example of an ad Senator Harris’ campaign recently put out:

Kamala Harris Petition

The meta data reveals the page was titled, “Acquisition: 180822 Mueller FB.”

“FB” means it was a Facebook campaign. “Mueller” was the topic. “180822” is the tracking number for A/B testing. “Acquisition” is the goal. Anyone who signed this “petition” has just had their contact information acquired. Mission accomplished. They will soon be receiving emails asking them to donate to the Kamala Harris 2020 presidential election fund.

As for the results of the “petition,” they will go nowhere. There won’t be a Congressional action that is enabled by the thousands of people who “signed” it. You won’t see Kamala Harris standing in front of the White House reading off the names of the people who participated in the “petition.” She couldn’t do that even if she wanted to because the “petition” only asks for a first name. Are there really people out there who believe signing a petition only requires a first name?

Senator Harris is promoting fraudulent petitions with the sole purpose if building her 2020 fundraising spam list. Anyone who “signs” it believing they’re demanding protection for Robert Mueller is a sucker. That’s exactly who she wants to target.

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