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Lobbyists Stand Ready To Help Donald Trump Drain The Swamp

Lobbyists Stand Ready To Help Donald Trump Drain The Swamp

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 POLITICS

 What would they be draining it of, exactly? Themselves?

 11/10/2016 06:07 pm ET | Updated 3 hours ago

WASHINGTON ― Donald Trump ran as an outsider with a populist message, promising to shake up Washington and remove the corrupt insiders and “drain the swamp.”

And lobbyists, those notorious swamp creatures, are ready to help him do it. 

“Trump has pledged to change things in Washington — about draining the swamp,” former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), who now works at the lobbying firm Squire Patton Boggs, told The New York Times. “He is going to need some people to help guide him through the swamp ― how do you get in and how you get out? We are prepared to help do that.”

Few people know the swamp better than Lott. He served in Congress from 1989-2007. 

The New York Times reports that K Street is thrilled that Trump and Republicans did so well Tuesday, “seeing great opportunity to shape the agenda after an extended period of frustration over gridlock in Congress.”

Lobbyists could hold a significant amount of power in a Trump administration. Trump has no government experience, and since much of the GOP establishment opposed his candidacy, many of his closest advisers are also outsiders who don’t know much about Washington. That leaves a big opening for lobbyists to influence his agenda. 

Trump has also proposed term limits for members of Congress as part of his effort to drain the swamp. But as Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who was Hillary Clinton’s running mate, told The Huffington Post, what proposals like that do is make lobbyists more powerful since they know the system better than anyone else: 

I interact with a lot of state legislators who are in states where there’s term limits. And here’s what they say to me: “OK, it sounds good, but boy, I tell ya, you do term limits, then the only people who don’t have the terms are the lobbyists.”

And so the permanent institutional expertise class is now no longer the legislators, it’s the lobbyists who don’t have term limits and are there forever. 

It sounds good, but I think if you do term limits, you would really increase the power of lobbying. If you want to decrease the power, you can do revolving door stuff or you can do campaign finance reform, which is what we really want to do. And that would be more likely to check lobbyists’ power than term limits.

There are also plenty of lobbyists on Trump’s transition team, according to an organization chart obtained by Politico.

To learn more about what you can do visit Change a Law.

Hillary Supporters Stage Massive Anti-Trump Election Protests in Cities Across the Nation

Hillary Supporters Stage Massive Anti-Trump Election Protests in Cities Across the Nation

 The Wildfire is an opinion platform and any opinions or information put forth by contributors are exclusive to them and do not represent the views of IJR.

Liberals have absolutely lost it. On media, at businesses, in colleges, and now on the streets nationwide.

After being whipped up into a frenzy by a media desperate to further demonize the GOP candidate into losing to the unpopular and flawed Hillary Clinton, her supporters are not coming to grips with the prospect that America is not going to be run “the liberal way” much longer.

One of the issues is that city residents tend to be much more liberal, and there is a major disconnect with the rest of the nation, which overwhelmingly voted for the Republican Party and for Trump.

In any event, they’re not happy. In cities across the nation they are hanging Trump in effigy, burning American flags, showcasing vulgar signs [profanity warning], and cursing Donald Trump before he’s even had a day in office.

NEW YORK

Protesters marched on Trump Tower, shouting epithets like “Fuck your tower! Fuck your wall!”

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 9: Hundreds of protestors rallying against Donald Trump gather outside of Trump Tower, November 9, 2016 in New York City. Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election in the early hours of the morning in a widely unforeseen upset. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Image Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

A demonstrator waved an upside-down flag, which is typically reserved for military distress signals in times of grave danger.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 9: Hundreds of protestors rallying against Donald Trump gather outside of Trump Tower, November 9, 2016 in New York City. Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election in the early hours of the morning in a widely unforeseen upset. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Image Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Classic messages like the civil rights-era slogan “We shall overcome” were brought out in opposition to Trump’s victory.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 9: Hundreds of protestors rallying against Donald Trump gather outside of Trump Tower, November 9, 2016 in New York City. Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election in the early hours of the morning in a widely unforeseen upset. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Image Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

While more vulgar and direct messages were sent to the president-elect.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 9: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains profanity.) Protestors rally against Donald Trump outside of Trump Tower, November 9, 2016 in New York City. Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election in the early hours of the morning in a widely unforeseen upset. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Image Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton backers ironically couldn’t accept that Donald Trump had won, after the candidate was savaged by the liberal press for not conceding during the third presidential debate that he would necessarily accept an election defeat.

People take part in a protest against President-elect Donald Trump in New York City on November 9, 2016. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)Image Credit: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images)

These protesters in New York City gathered around to burn an American flag.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 9: Protestors burn an American flag on Fifth Avenue outside of Trump Tower, November 9, 2016 in New York City. Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election in the early hours of the morning in a widely unforeseen upset. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Image Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

While others hanged Donald Trump in effigy, arguably suggesting that the presidential candidate be lynched.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Anti-Trump protesters gather in a park as New Yorkers react to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States on November 9, 2016 in New York City. Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in an upset to become the 45th president. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)Image Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Ironically, there were some in attendance at the protests that made the argument that “Love Trumps Hate.”

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Anti-Trump protesters gather in a park as New Yorkers react to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States on November 9, 2016 in New York City. Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in an upset to become the 45th president. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)Image Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Feminist protesting was a common theme at the political demonstration, in opposition to a candidate who was accused of sexual assault and groping several women. Those charges were tried in the court of public opinion as a media-launched “October surprise” against the candidate.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains profanity) Anti-Trump protesters gather in a park as New Yorkers react to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States on November 9, 2016 in New York City. Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in an upset to become the 45th president. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)Image Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Women held hands and chanted in New York, some of them holding sassy references to Trump’s line, “Grab ’em by the pus*y.”

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 3: A group of protestors, comprised mostly of women, rally against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outside of Trump Tower, November 3, 2016 in New York City. Election Day is less than a week away in the United States, where citizens will choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to become the next president. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Image Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Some women held variations of the tea party-favorite Gadsden Flag with the new slogan, “Don’t Grab on Me.”

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 3: A group of protestors, comprised mostly of women, rally against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outside of Trump Tower, November 3, 2016 in New York City. Election Day is less than a week away in the United States, where citizens will choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to become the next president. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Image Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Some protesters apparently brought their babies to the wild demonstration.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 3: A group of protestors, comprised mostly of women, rally against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outside of Trump Tower, November 3, 2016 in New York City. Election Day is less than a week away in the United States, where citizens will choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to become the next president. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Image Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

SEATTLE

In Seattle, Washington, protesters flooded the streets to express their dismay at Donald Trump’s election.

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 09: Chelsea Crispin (C) of Seattle, Washington, joins thousands of protesters marching down 2nd Avenue on November 9, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. Demostrations in multiple cities around the country were held the day following Donald Trump's upset win in last night's U.S. presidential election. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)Image Credit: Karen Ducey/Getty Images

There were screams of primal rage as liberals poured into the streets to vent their frustration.

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 09: Sasha Savenko (C) and Sydney Kane (C, Right), both students at the University of Washington, join thousands of protesters march down 2nd Avenue on November 9, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. Demostrations in multiple cities around the country were held the day following Donald Trump's upset win in last night's U.S. presidential election. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)Image Credit: Karen Ducey/Getty Images

A street-level look at the protests:

Hundreds gathered at the anti-Trump demonstration.

DENVER

In Denver, Colorado, there were peaceful protests in opposition to the Trump election.

It appears that the spates of protesting are largely in solidarity with the major U.S. protests in New York, Seattle and Chicago.

CHICAGO

Thousands of Chicagoans “shut down” the city, according to reports. Chanting on the Loop proceeded to the Trump Hotel on Wabash Ave.

The protest was so massive it significantly blocked traffic.

It was sprawled across the entire downtown area of Chicago.

Chants of “Not my president!” rang out into the autumn air.

Once again, demonstrators wielded feminist themes against the candidate.

The protesters’ march was reportedly a mile long on the Loop.

These protests were in addition to walkouts across California, mobs at numerous college campuses, and planned protests for tomorrow, such as in Baltimore.

It’s only just beginning, folks.

via Hillary Supporters Stage Massive Anti-Trump Election Protests in Cities Across the Nation

Hillary Supporters Stage Massive Anti-Trump Election Protests in Cities Across the Nation

 The Wildfire is an opinion platform and any opinions or information put forth by contributors are exclusive to them and do not represent the views of IJR.

Liberals have absolutely lost it. On media, at businesses, in colleges, and now on the streets nationwide.

After being whipped up into a frenzy by a media desperate to further demonize the GOP candidate into losing to the unpopular and flawed Hillary Clinton, her supporters are not coming to grips with the prospect that America is not going to be run “the liberal way” much longer.

One of the issues is that city residents tend to be much more liberal, and there is a major disconnect with the rest of the nation, which overwhelmingly voted for the Republican Party and for Trump.

In any event, they’re not happy. In cities across the nation they are hanging Trump in effigy, burning American flags, showcasing vulgar signs [profanity warning], and cursing Donald Trump before he’s even had a day in office.

NEW YORK

Protesters marched on Trump Tower, shouting epithets like “Fuck your tower! Fuck your wall!”

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 9: Hundreds of protestors rallying against Donald Trump gather outside of Trump Tower, November 9, 2016 in New York City. Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election in the early hours of the morning in a widely unforeseen upset. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Image Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

A demonstrator waved an upside-down flag, which is typically reserved for military distress signals in times of grave danger.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 9: Hundreds of protestors rallying against Donald Trump gather outside of Trump Tower, November 9, 2016 in New York City. Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election in the early hours of the morning in a widely unforeseen upset. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Image Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Classic messages like the civil rights-era slogan “We shall overcome” were brought out in opposition to Trump’s victory.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 9: Hundreds of protestors rallying against Donald Trump gather outside of Trump Tower, November 9, 2016 in New York City. Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election in the early hours of the morning in a widely unforeseen upset. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Image Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

While more vulgar and direct messages were sent to the president-elect.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 9: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains profanity.) Protestors rally against Donald Trump outside of Trump Tower, November 9, 2016 in New York City. Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election in the early hours of the morning in a widely unforeseen upset. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Image Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton backers ironically couldn’t accept that Donald Trump had won, after the candidate was savaged by the liberal press for not conceding during the third presidential debate that he would necessarily accept an election defeat.

People take part in a protest against President-elect Donald Trump in New York City on November 9, 2016. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)Image Credit: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images)

These protesters in New York City gathered around to burn an American flag.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 9: Protestors burn an American flag on Fifth Avenue outside of Trump Tower, November 9, 2016 in New York City. Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election in the early hours of the morning in a widely unforeseen upset. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Image Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

While others hanged Donald Trump in effigy, arguably suggesting that the presidential candidate be lynched.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Anti-Trump protesters gather in a park as New Yorkers react to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States on November 9, 2016 in New York City. Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in an upset to become the 45th president. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)Image Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Ironically, there were some in attendance at the protests that made the argument that “Love Trumps Hate.”

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Anti-Trump protesters gather in a park as New Yorkers react to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States on November 9, 2016 in New York City. Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in an upset to become the 45th president. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)Image Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Feminist protesting was a common theme at the political demonstration, in opposition to a candidate who was accused of sexual assault and groping several women. Those charges were tried in the court of public opinion as a media-launched “October surprise” against the candidate.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains profanity) Anti-Trump protesters gather in a park as New Yorkers react to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States on November 9, 2016 in New York City. Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in an upset to become the 45th president. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)Image Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Women held hands and chanted in New York, some of them holding sassy references to Trump’s line, “Grab ’em by the pus*y.”

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 3: A group of protestors, comprised mostly of women, rally against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outside of Trump Tower, November 3, 2016 in New York City. Election Day is less than a week away in the United States, where citizens will choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to become the next president. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Image Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Some women held variations of the tea party-favorite Gadsden Flag with the new slogan, “Don’t Grab on Me.”

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 3: A group of protestors, comprised mostly of women, rally against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outside of Trump Tower, November 3, 2016 in New York City. Election Day is less than a week away in the United States, where citizens will choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to become the next president. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Image Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Some protesters apparently brought their babies to the wild demonstration.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 3: A group of protestors, comprised mostly of women, rally against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outside of Trump Tower, November 3, 2016 in New York City. Election Day is less than a week away in the United States, where citizens will choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to become the next president. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Image Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

SEATTLE

In Seattle, Washington, protesters flooded the streets to express their dismay at Donald Trump’s election.

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 09: Chelsea Crispin (C) of Seattle, Washington, joins thousands of protesters marching down 2nd Avenue on November 9, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. Demostrations in multiple cities around the country were held the day following Donald Trump's upset win in last night's U.S. presidential election. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)Image Credit: Karen Ducey/Getty Images

There were screams of primal rage as liberals poured into the streets to vent their frustration.

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 09: Sasha Savenko (C) and Sydney Kane (C, Right), both students at the University of Washington, join thousands of protesters march down 2nd Avenue on November 9, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. Demostrations in multiple cities around the country were held the day following Donald Trump's upset win in last night's U.S. presidential election. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)Image Credit: Karen Ducey/Getty Images

A street-level look at the protests:

Hundreds gathered at the anti-Trump demonstration.

DENVER

In Denver, Colorado, there were peaceful protests in opposition to the Trump election.

It appears that the spates of protesting are largely in solidarity with the major U.S. protests in New York, Seattle and Chicago.

CHICAGO

Thousands of Chicagoans “shut down” the city, according to reports. Chanting on the Loop proceeded to the Trump Hotel on Wabash Ave.

The protest was so massive it significantly blocked traffic.

It was sprawled across the entire downtown area of Chicago.

Chants of “Not my president!” rang out into the autumn air.

Once again, demonstrators wielded feminist themes against the candidate.

The protesters’ march was reportedly a mile long on the Loop.

These protests were in addition to walkouts across California, mobs at numerous college campuses, and planned protests for tomorrow, such as in Baltimore.

It’s only just beginning, folks.

via Hillary Supporters Stage Massive Anti-Trump Election Protests in Cities Across the Nation

Hillary Supporters Stage Massive Anti-Trump Election Protests in Cities Across the Nation

 The Wildfire is an opinion platform and any opinions or information put forth by contributors are exclusive to them and do not represent the views of IJR.

Liberals have absolutely lost it. On media, at businesses, in colleges, and now on the streets nationwide.

After being whipped up into a frenzy by a media desperate to further demonize the GOP candidate into losing to the unpopular and flawed Hillary Clinton, her supporters are not coming to grips with the prospect that America is not going to be run “the liberal way” much longer.

One of the issues is that city residents tend to be much more liberal, and there is a major disconnect with the rest of the nation, which overwhelmingly voted for the Republican Party and for Trump.

In any event, they’re not happy. In cities across the nation they are hanging Trump in effigy, burning American flags, showcasing vulgar signs [profanity warning], and cursing Donald Trump before he’s even had a day in office.

NEW YORK

Protesters marched on Trump Tower, shouting epithets like “Fuck your tower! Fuck your wall!”

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 9: Hundreds of protestors rallying against Donald Trump gather outside of Trump Tower, November 9, 2016 in New York City. Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election in the early hours of the morning in a widely unforeseen upset. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Image Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

A demonstrator waved an upside-down flag, which is typically reserved for military distress signals in times of grave danger.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 9: Hundreds of protestors rallying against Donald Trump gather outside of Trump Tower, November 9, 2016 in New York City. Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election in the early hours of the morning in a widely unforeseen upset. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Image Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Classic messages like the civil rights-era slogan “We shall overcome” were brought out in opposition to Trump’s victory.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 9: Hundreds of protestors rallying against Donald Trump gather outside of Trump Tower, November 9, 2016 in New York City. Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election in the early hours of the morning in a widely unforeseen upset. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Image Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

While more vulgar and direct messages were sent to the president-elect.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 9: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains profanity.) Protestors rally against Donald Trump outside of Trump Tower, November 9, 2016 in New York City. Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election in the early hours of the morning in a widely unforeseen upset. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Image Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton backers ironically couldn’t accept that Donald Trump had won, after the candidate was savaged by the liberal press for not conceding during the third presidential debate that he would necessarily accept an election defeat.

People take part in a protest against President-elect Donald Trump in New York City on November 9, 2016. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)Image Credit: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images)

These protesters in New York City gathered around to burn an American flag.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 9: Protestors burn an American flag on Fifth Avenue outside of Trump Tower, November 9, 2016 in New York City. Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election in the early hours of the morning in a widely unforeseen upset. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Image Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

While others hanged Donald Trump in effigy, arguably suggesting that the presidential candidate be lynched.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Anti-Trump protesters gather in a park as New Yorkers react to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States on November 9, 2016 in New York City. Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in an upset to become the 45th president. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)Image Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Ironically, there were some in attendance at the protests that made the argument that “Love Trumps Hate.”

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Anti-Trump protesters gather in a park as New Yorkers react to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States on November 9, 2016 in New York City. Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in an upset to become the 45th president. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)Image Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Feminist protesting was a common theme at the political demonstration, in opposition to a candidate who was accused of sexual assault and groping several women. Those charges were tried in the court of public opinion as a media-launched “October surprise” against the candidate.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains profanity) Anti-Trump protesters gather in a park as New Yorkers react to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States on November 9, 2016 in New York City. Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in an upset to become the 45th president. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)Image Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Women held hands and chanted in New York, some of them holding sassy references to Trump’s line, “Grab ’em by the pus*y.”

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 3: A group of protestors, comprised mostly of women, rally against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outside of Trump Tower, November 3, 2016 in New York City. Election Day is less than a week away in the United States, where citizens will choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to become the next president. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Image Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Some women held variations of the tea party-favorite Gadsden Flag with the new slogan, “Don’t Grab on Me.”

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 3: A group of protestors, comprised mostly of women, rally against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outside of Trump Tower, November 3, 2016 in New York City. Election Day is less than a week away in the United States, where citizens will choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to become the next president. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Image Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Some protesters apparently brought their babies to the wild demonstration.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 3: A group of protestors, comprised mostly of women, rally against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outside of Trump Tower, November 3, 2016 in New York City. Election Day is less than a week away in the United States, where citizens will choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to become the next president. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Image Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

SEATTLE

In Seattle, Washington, protesters flooded the streets to express their dismay at Donald Trump’s election.

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 09: Chelsea Crispin (C) of Seattle, Washington, joins thousands of protesters marching down 2nd Avenue on November 9, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. Demostrations in multiple cities around the country were held the day following Donald Trump's upset win in last night's U.S. presidential election. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)Image Credit: Karen Ducey/Getty Images

There were screams of primal rage as liberals poured into the streets to vent their frustration.

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 09: Sasha Savenko (C) and Sydney Kane (C, Right), both students at the University of Washington, join thousands of protesters march down 2nd Avenue on November 9, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. Demostrations in multiple cities around the country were held the day following Donald Trump's upset win in last night's U.S. presidential election. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)Image Credit: Karen Ducey/Getty Images

A street-level look at the protests:

Hundreds gathered at the anti-Trump demonstration.

DENVER

In Denver, Colorado, there were peaceful protests in opposition to the Trump election.

It appears that the spates of protesting are largely in solidarity with the major U.S. protests in New York, Seattle and Chicago.

CHICAGO

Thousands of Chicagoans “shut down” the city, according to reports. Chanting on the Loop proceeded to the Trump Hotel on Wabash Ave.

The protest was so massive it significantly blocked traffic.

It was sprawled across the entire downtown area of Chicago.

Chants of “Not my president!” rang out into the autumn air.

Once again, demonstrators wielded feminist themes against the candidate.

The protesters’ march was reportedly a mile long on the Loop.

These protests were in addition to walkouts across California, mobs at numerous college campuses, and planned protests for tomorrow, such as in Baltimore.

It’s only just beginning, folks.

via Hillary Supporters Stage Massive Anti-Trump Election Protests in Cities Across the Nation

 

Politics and Policy

Dear Democrats, Read This If You Do Not Understand Why Trump Won

Dear Democrats, Read This If You Do Not Understand Why Trump Won

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The “conspiracies” were true, and the mainstream media lied to you to about everything. Wikileaks has a 10-year record of never releasing a single falsified document, and is not connected to Russia. Everything they released were the actual e-mails of Hillary Clinton and her campaign staff.

via Dear Democrats, Read This If You Do Not Understand Why Trump Won

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How to Change a Law (Menlo Park: iLobby, 2016)

How to Change a Law
The Intelligent Consumer’s 7-Step Guide – Improve Your Community, Influence Your Country, And Impact The World

99-design-screen-shot-150x194This book is a do-it-yourself manual for voters, small business owners, lobbyists, and policy advocates who want to take political action, influence leaders and change laws.

This book is for you if you ever…

  • Wanted to change a law.
  • Thought a law was unfair or unjust.
  • Felt confused by bureaucracy.

 

Thibault provides a better understanding of policy change and political persuasion (also known as lobbying). Once you understand the power of lobbying, you will be able to improve your community, influence leaders, and impact the world.

How To Change A Law offers insight, actionable tools, and strategies that will lead you to becoming an active Citizen Legislator who realizes that their participation in public policy matters.

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We are at a turning point in our politics; everyone needs to get involved, come together around issues, build coalitions, fund their initiatives, and intelligently pursue their agenda.

The Party is Not Much of a Party

The Party Is Not Much of A Party

The party is a brand. But all brands need to evolve. As brands, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party do not adapt and change quickly enough to meet the needs of their audience. Also, because we only have two brands we flip back-and-forth between (R) and (D).

Since neither one satisfies effectively, we have a lot of independents. I saw today on CNN where someone started a party called the “Party Party.” But every party needs a platform. If you ask anybody who is an advocate for an existing establishment party what their top issues are, they probably can’t list very many. And the issues that they can list are probably only vague generalities.

The key here is that issues are dynamic but parties are not. If the party is a brand, then it needs to adapt to the changing issues. The party usually puts out a policy platform on a periodic basis. This is a high level think tank paper that people are expected to believe in and follow. But since the party doesn’t adapt well to the needs of every individual, it only sort of fits the things that you want, but not entirely. The one thing it is sure to do however, is leave you out.

And maybe you’re not sure why.

Often the party is not connecting with you specifically. There are several reasons for this. For example, the party platform may not encompass the issues that you think about or are concerned with. Or maybe the party only covers issues that occur on the national level but doesn’t capture issues on the state or the local level where party is much less relevant. Sometimes even when the party names some of the issues that you care strongly about, it does not clarify or identify where you stand. So what does this mean?

Your position on an issue is the point of view or side that you support.

And this is where the whole party platform thing begins to break down. The party has a general idea of what their position is on a particular issue and for your allegiance; they demand that you adhere to their same position. However not all issues are black-and-white anymore. Times have changed. Science continues to advance, new facts emerge, technology is changing and the economics underlying most of the issues we face have a complexity that goes beyond what the parties’ issues are.

So you could have people in Washington supporting the party platform but nobody really gives a damn.

Does that mean you should create a new party that has its own fixed ideas about what the top issues are and a general idea of where it stands as far as positional alignment?

Not necessarily.

As I said earlier, parties need to adapt.

Why are they called parties anyway? Isn’t a party supposed to be fun, engaging, interesting, and community oriented?

But the parties of today are none of this.

The political parties of today want strict allegiance and accordance to their policy platform. You do this by giving them money so that they can continue to propagate the same message they have been delivering for the past 25 years.

If that doesn’t sound like much fun, it isn’t.

If this sounds like a reason for people not to be affiliated with a party, well then I think you’re really onto something here.

Certainly, issues and granularity are important. Nuance is also important but a party, like any brand, must adapt to the consumer.

In this case, the consumer is the voter. We hear again and again that the party does not care that much about the voter, only that the voter votes along party lines. And of course many voters do this because they have very little choice. The rules are stated in a particular way so that you have to vote either Party A or Party B. There’s really no other choice.

Today you can either wear a black dress or a white dress, but nothing else. You can either paint your house blue or red, but no other color. You can eat cereal or eggs but nothing else. Now think about this. Does that comport to your view of the world? Does that match up with the way you live your life?

In Russia years ago, they only had two color choices of cars: black or black.

Well in America we have diversity. We have unlimited options of colors, brands, sizes, features etc. As an advanced culture we actually prefer having choices.

So isn’t it about time that parties begin to recognize that they are dynamic brands? And that dynamic brands live and die based on the appeal of their brand to the population? But more importantly, don’t brands open the opportunity for newer brands to emerge, come up with new ideas, stimulate creative thinking and bring in a cross pollination of ideas and cultures that can find new solutions?

Without this in American politics, we really only have a two-way dead end system that is unable to compromise, adapt, change or provide political efficiency to the consumer/voter.

So if you run a party, become a dynamic brand; learn how to adapt, listen to the voter and let’s start solving some of these ignored problems!

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How Laws Are Made

How Laws Are Made

Have you ever noticed that there is no real instruction for people on how laws are made? When you search on the Internet for how laws are made, you will usually find diagrams. These diagrams show where the laws start, usually in one chamber of a legislative body, and then how they go from committee to sponsor to legal counsel for review and a vote etc.   However, nowhere in these diagrams does it show where the voters are involved in the process, except sometimes at the very beginning. So basically you are not included in the lawmaking process, if you’re an average person.

Why is that?

Well for starters, the passive wording, “How Laws Are Made” makes it sound like an anthropologist is studying the Argentinian beetle in 1805. For example, “Please observe how these laws are made.” It makes it seem like the laws have feet, get up on their own and walk from committee room to committee room and scream out “please vote on me.”

That’s what these diagrams show us. But that’s not how the process works.

So don’t you think we need a place where citizens can come together to come up with ideas for improvements that they think the government should implement? I think so. The title should not be “How Laws Are Made” but instead “How Do I Make A Law?”

Or change a law, fix a law or repeal a law… You need to be in the picture.

Right now, all the power is left to whoever is familiar with the process and is on the inside. However, an individual voter can affect most of what needs to happen.

Imagine making laws was like the Kentucky Derby. Instead of only showing the horse race from the track on the day of the race, what if we showed how the horse owners, trainers and everybody else spent years developing their horse for the big race? In other words, instead of just showing the bill once it enters a government legislative chamber, what if we showed the entire process from the beginning to the end; how an individual needs to nurture an idea, build a coalition, gain followers, refine and debate the idea, and then finally move it toward a sponsor or representative?

Then you don’t come in at the last minute with a half-baked idea. We know that when people are involved in a process early on, they are much more likely to support and nurture the idea to which they have contributed.

No contribution, no interest.

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So is it any wonder that when a 2000 page omnibus bill is passed and then implemented, such as the Affordable Care Act, that the citizenry looks at it in complete disbelief and wonders why they were never involved in the process.

The government on the other hand thinks that if they have a few meetings with a couple of special interest groups, that all of the people in the country have been included. Well no, that’s not actually true. The only people who were involved were a few special interests like the healthcare providers, insurance companies, doctors, medical staff and maybe some of the underwriters. Furthermore, the government most likely uses leading questions like “Don’t you agree with page 35?” when sharing the proposed legislation with the special interest groups.

That’s what bad writers do. “Don’t you think this is the best movie you’ve ever seen?” “Didn’t you love that particular scene on page 87?” “Don’t you think I have a great character here?” The answer ultimately to all these questions is no.

If you do not consult the individual voter, member, audience listener or reader early on, then the likelihood of engaging them later on is very remote.

So to the legislators I say get your people, the voters, involved early on. And to the citizens and voters I say go further than just learning how laws are changed. Instead learn about your personal role in the process and how you can change a law. And to everyone else, isn’t it about time you cared more and took some interest in the governance of your own life? After all you’re paying for it.

 

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Hillary or Trump?

Generally the people who are the least empowered are the ones who are the most agitated and in need of the answer to the big question. Are you voting for Hillary or Trump?

I was questioned and pressed by a woman yesterday who took me aside and told me Trump was the worst possible candidate and Hillary wasn’t much better. But, who will I vote for?

I told her it didn’t matter because a delegate in the Electoral College would determine the outcome. It didn’t matter how many ways I said this, she still couldn’t get over it. In the past few weeks I have encountered several other people with the same compulsive behavior and line of questioning.

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They have fallen prey to the myth of what Elliott Wave’s Robert Prechter calls the “omnipotent director.” They believe that one man (Superman) will save them. All I know is no one is up to the task. This kind of thinking is a projection of the “I am helpless” myth and “someone should save me” but there’s no one good enough so I should just remain a victim forever.

So what I’m saying is, people who are further away from the center of power are more likely to experience this affect and phenomena. It’s like some medical condition of the brain when as Dr. Daniel Amen says the Cingulate Gyrus can’t stop obsessing about one side of an equation and the rational frontal lobe does not interfere or help calm them down. So the prefrontal cortex stays out of the equation. They just can’t get over it.

But there is a group not bringing this up because they seem to understand the subtleties of the political system. Who are they? Well naturally they are informed, engaged and closer to the center of power, politically speaking.

They are the 1%. They are the donor class because they know what’s going on. They are not preoccupied by who the president will be six months from now. They have bets on both sides because they understand policy and are simply positioning themselves for the best outcome regardless of who is chosen.

So who is involved in this human drama on the outskirts of town? Who is constantly obsessing over how the next president is going to affect their life, take away the right to choice, take away their business and all their opportunity or make sure that they have no money left after he/she is in office?

Who are these people? Well you would think they would be the people who have something to lose but in reality they have nothing to lose. In fact the strangest thing about this is that some of these people are actually not even citizens or US registered voters. I know for a fact that some of them are green card holders who do not vote at all. Yet they are incredibly obsessed with this question and they need an answer from everyone they know right now.

And that is a problem.

The media picks up on this and shows that they are victims. Like Lilliputians on a spinning bowl shaped on lathe, as the curves of the outer extreme on the circumference are molded, these people are falling out over the edge into nothingness as it spins faster and faster.

They have the least to lose. They are the most susceptible and therefore the media focuses on them because they seem to present a good tragic story. They are falling off the spinning bowl as it goes faster and faster, and we have to help them. I think.

The least powerful are the most concerned and the least effective, yet the most powerful are the least concerned yet they are the most effective.

The key?

Get away from the edge before centrifugal force throws you off. Move toward the center and once you arrive at the center all will be still and every choice will be equidistant from you and nothing will seem extreme.

Once you’re there, you will know who to vote for. Let me know in November.

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