Iowa’s Kirkwood Community College Imprisons Its Students In Deference To Hillary Clinton

"This is a great community college, you know?"

“This is a great community college, you know?”

I’m willing to entertain the notion that the exigencies of the situation may have justified Boston’s police ordering citizens to stay in their homes during the dragnet for the Boston Marathon bombers in 2013, Barely. Still, the explosion of extra-legal, unconstitutional abuses of power by national and state governments during the Presidency of Barack Obama is profoundly troubling, and even more so is the complacency of the public and media when it occurs.

Yes indeed, I see this particularly frightening fish-rot as being initiated from the head in the White House, who has embraced the governing theory that if consensus and compromise on desired measures, laws and policies can’t be achieved under the Constitution’s formula, do it anyway. This isn’t strength, you know. It is weakness, the desperate resort of an unskilled executive with contempt for democracy. Under this administration, we have seen a President and a Justice department refuse to fulfill their duties and defend a duly passed and signed law that they just didn’t like (DOMA). Wrong. We have seen a President unilaterally amend his own sloppy health care law because he knows that if he tried to fix it legally, the Congress would gut it. Wrong. We have seen Obama repeal immigration restrictions by executive order, and declare that the Senate was in recess in order to avoid the bother of getting legally mandated  confirmation of his appointments—that one, at least, was struck down by the Supreme Court.

The cumulative effect of all of this is gradually increasing public tolerance for official breaches of the rule of law, at all levels of government, and by private entities too. I believe that that this threatens the democratic culture, and I do not understand why progressives are not as outraged by this development as moderates and conservatives. Do they really think that having allowed Constitutional protections to erode so their precious agenda can be advanced, those protections will be suddenly vigorous again when their adversaries have the upper hand? What utter, utter fools:

The sickening effect of this complacency was on display at Kirkwood Community College in Monticello, Iowa,

Campaign organizers explained later that they tried to cause as little disruption as possible. That’s right, as little as possible: just trample on students’ constitutional rights a little bit, because, come on, what’s flagrant and criminal abuse of power among friends?

This is false imprisonment. It is a crime, and it is a tort. The students have viable actions against the college for permitting it, and against the Secret Service for inflicting it. I don’t yearn for the Sixties often, as it was an ugly and culturally destructive time in out history, but at least the cantankerous, political, angry and obstreperous students of that era wouldn’t have squatted silently like sheep as the ruling class locked them in their class rooms. We would have broken the windows. So should those Iowa students. It doesn’t matter that it was “only” for a few minutes. One minute of illegal restraint is too much.

Hillary Clinton isn’t a queen; she isn’t even an elected or appointed official. She has no right to demand, or accept, the imprisonment of U.S. citizens for a second to expedite her convenience. The pattern is now established: Clinton expects to violate conflicts of interest requirements, engage in naked influence peddling, destroy evidence, skirt government transparency and security rules, and now violate basic citizens’ rights as she chooses without any consequences or complaints at all, with the news media standing silent.

Imagine what she will try to get away with if she gets elected.

I know it is unprofessional, but I have a visceral reaction to this disgraceful incident, I confess. I am disgusted with the Secret Service, disgusted with the Kirkwood Community College administrators, disgusted with its complacent and ovine students, and disgusted with the boot-slurping news media that has largely ignored this incident, because, like the e-mails and everything else Clinton, “it’s no big deal.”

It is a big deal, dammit. The rule of law is a big deal; civil rights are a big deal. This casual infraction is the embodiment of the metaphor of the frog being boiled to death so slowly that he doesn’t jump out of the pot.

And the frog is us.

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Pointer: IJR

Facts: De Moines Register

Graphic: Cityhyd

72 thoughts on “Iowa’s Kirkwood Community College Imprisons Its Students In Deference To Hillary Clinton

  1. “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” – Pogo
    I may be a liberal, Jack, but this disgusts me, too.
    Dear God, help me, I might have to vote… RePUBlican.

  2. Not only is it a crime and a tort, but it probably violated OSHA standards (gasp!)

    But, to be fair, the Sandy Hook shooting taught us how important it is to go into lock down mode when there is a clear and present danger on campus. Can you really fault the administrators for wanting to protect the students?

    -Jut

  3. There is NO ONE who hates having her life interrupted more than me. But how is this different from the million presidential, vice-presidential, ambassadorial, etc. motorcades that stop DC traffic for 20 minutes at a time every single day? I used to work by the White House and was trapped in my car frequently. Or, the closing of streets or buildings if these same people are coming to visit a restaurant? I’ve experienced this for 20 years now under multiple administrations.

    During college, I remember when George Bush and Bill Clinton came to debate. I was denied access to buildings.

    This is how security works. She is a former First Lady and a Presidential candidate. She is entitled to secret service protection. My guess — I’m not in law enforcement — is that this is standard operating procedure. What if the main hall was not shut down and a college student ran into the hall, grabbed a stowed weapon, and killed her? My guess is that you would be writing about another f-up by the Secret Service.

    Simmer down. Either get upset by ALL the security measures that have been in place for as long as I remember or get over it.

        • OK.
          But – “2. Being stalled in traffic may feel like imprisonment, but it’s not.”
          Tell that to someone (me) with claustrophobia.

          • Your neurosis doesn’t change the definition of imprisonment, being stalled in traffic may feel like imprisonment, but it’s not. Sorry.

              • I’d only say that this is Hillary doing what Hillary does. The abject surrender to her security demands by the Kirkwood administrators is also in keeping with modern educators.

                • Say Scott Walker came to campus for the same reason, somehow I doubt the Wisconsin State Police or the Secret Service (if he were an official candidate) would meet with that level of cooperation by either the students or the administration. I think it would be more a matter of “we told them to cancel the appearance. When they wouldn’t, we cancelled it for them,” as happened to Ray Kelly at Brown University.

              • Against Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, or Rubio? In a heartbeat. Against a moderate Republican? I could vote Republican.

                Could you ever see yourself voting Democratic? Even if your party nominated a weirdo?

                • Very good question, Beth. Thanks for asking it. And I agree that I will vote for Hillary if my alternate is one of the 3 you mention, or even just a social conservative (and no, this is not about abortion). And if one of them wins, there won’t be enough anti-anxiety medicine in the world to keep me from abject paranoia toward the government.

                  • Really? You’re afraid the government in the hands of a libertarian-ish candidate? I suppose he might agressively not do anything to you…

                    No comment on the other two, but if Paul is a problem for you the government coming after you almost certainly shouldn’t be why…

                    • I wouldn’t vote for Rand because I think he is stupid. He can’t keep his talking points straight and he already is flip-flopping.

                      Plus, the tea party is too extreme on certain issues.

                    • I think you can discount Paul and Cruz, they don’t have a prayer in the world of getting very far. Rubio may well end up on a ticket, though, since he brings a powerful voting bloc.

                • I have done it. And for Governor. Republicans nominated someone completely unqualified, the Democrats nominated someone of dubious qualifications. I voted for dubious and I wondered if I made the right choice after the dubious evaporated into ‘over his head’. Republicans nominated a dubiously qualified person this last time. I was hoping the Democrats would nominate someone decent. They managed to find the most partisan hack in the world (someone in their mid 40’s who has worked only for the Democratic Party since they were 22). I held my nose and voted Republican.

                  I guess I am going to have to run as an independent next time. If you want something done right…

    • What???

      1. #22
      2. Being stalled in traffic may feel like imprisonment, but it’s not.
      3. Denied ccess to buildings isn’t being locked in a classroom. There’s a difference between being locked in and locked out….like, one is a crime. Guess which?
      4. It’s not standard operating procedure, and it’s illegal whether it is or not.
      5. Campaigning isn’t government business. It’s private business. Wrong.
      6. “What if the main hall was not shut down and a college student ran into the hall, grabbed a stowed weapon, and killed her? My guess is that you would be writing about another f-up by the Secret Service.” I would. The SS, however, has to find legal ways of protecting its charges. This isn’t legal. It just is not.
      7. That’s ridiculous. All or nothing? Wow. Do you take the same approach to searches and seizures?

      • If you read the article, you will see that the students weren’t trapped — they could leave. They couldn’t access the main hallway. Quite the difference.

      • What does a search/seizure have to do with security? Perhaps if you’re talking about the TSA — I hate them too, but that’s the price we pay to fly the friendly skies now. You can thank a Republican administration for that.

        And I am being trapped in my car during these stupid motorcades. If I left, I would get ticketed or even arrested for stranding a car on a DC street. It’s the same thing. I had to stay there until our President, Vice-President, or whichever Grand Poobah was getting from point A to Z.

        I also was once trapped at the White House (I was there voluntarily) by the Secret Service because Mrs. Obama was preparing to leave the grounds. I believe I had to wait for about 20-30 minutes (along with other frustrated parents) with a 3 year-old who was tired, cranky, and wanted to use the bathroom. I was annoyed and I argued with the Secret Service. But never once did I shout “Imprisonment!”

        • 1) the TSA legislation wasn’t bipartisan?

          2) and no, not the same thing. It would be the same thing if you got ticketed or arrested because of getting out of your car in the presence of the motorcade…

        • What Beth did say, as I go back and read it again, and yet again, is:
          Q. “how is this different from the million presidential, vice-presidential, ambassadorial, etc…”

          A. I don’t think someone running for office, no matter how much of a celebrity they are or how sure the SS, the college, and all the media are that she will soon rule the world falls under the category of “etc.”

          • Oops. Just noticed that Jack already said that:
            “5. Campaigning isn’t government business. It’s private business.”

            Maybe I just see the action as a slipperier slope. So here I go: HOP! HOP! Hop!hop! bloop bloop awhoopity HOPPITY SPLASH burble HOP! HOOOP pant–uh-pant-uh HOooPppp[ … oh sorry Kermit, didn’t see you there………

    • She is not yet an official candidate. She is only seeking her parties nomination. She gets Secret Service because she is the wife of a former President. Given that she, at one time, demanded that the Secret Service carry her luggage for her, I’m surprised at how ethically they are acting around her.

    • “What if the main hall was not shut down and a college student ran into the hall, grabbed a stowed weapon, and killed her?” Well, I’d give him a medal and a cash reward.

      • Beth: When you live in the capital city of a major nation, that sort of thing has to be expected! It’s not the same thing as young people trying to get an education, only to be locked down in their rooms because an unannounced political candidate is giving a talk in their auditorium.

        • They are college students with free will. I will bet a paycheck that they had full knowledge of the visit and that one hallway would be shut down. That was the case when I was a college student.

          If they had to be in class anyway — I seriously don’t see the big deal. They either show up for class or they don’t. And I would say that regardless of candidate.

          • That’s not the point, Beth! The point is the superlative security she either demands or accepts, plus her making use of an auditorium that couldn’t help but disrupt the class routine. There’s also the “subtle” insult to the students that all of this represents. Even if we accept that this sort of security might be mandated for a former First Lady, their still remains the arrogance projected by her in this scenario. It’s in keeping with her long standing character.

          • If it’s my class it is a big deal. I have a job to do and not much time to get it done. My job is to get these students ready for their final and the next class. I have limited time to do it. I don’t have time for interruptions. The point of the University is education, Hillary Clinton’s adulation party. If she can’t come without interrupting class, she can come in the evening.

            They tried to bump a class last year due to an invited speaker because there were no other rooms big enough for the talk (meaning no other rooms big enough for the class). I requested 150 folding chairs to be placed in the open area outside the President’s office, along with a data projector, projections screen, and 3 portable whiteboards so class could be held. They found another place for the speaker.

  4. Not “try to get away with,” Jack. WILL get away with. Obama has already pioneered the governing by cult and force of personality backed up with naked force technique here in the US, and let’s face it, it’s worked pretty well for him. No one can level any kind of substantive criticism at him without being slapped down as racist or jealous of a black man’s success by either the media (if a public figure) or by a progressive colleague (if private).

    There was always a slight hint of rule by personality and totalitarianism among the revolutionaries of the 1960s, but it really didn’t get to fully find expression because most of those people didn’t get to high-level positions; they just became gadflies like William Kuntsler or faux-revolutionary performers like Lee Hayes. At this point the next generation, who grew up worshipping Abby Hoffman and Bill Ayers and believing that generation knew best is in power, and they are more than willing to use it because they believe THEY know best. “Question Authority” has become “Don’t Question Authority,” and “Fight the Power” has become “Obey the Power or Else.”

    In 2008 conservatives were scoffed at as “running scared” and having “lost their voice.” That’s probably true, and probably to some degree deserved, GWB and the GOP congress of the 2000s did some good, but also a lot of wrong things and a lot of things that could have turned out better. At this point, however, Obama and the Democratic Congress have racked up a similarly bad record. The difference is they are not only willing to fight to keep power in the electoral arena by the traditional means, but by using any means necessary, including using governmental enforcement apparatus to stymie political opposition. The advantage they have there is that they can say they are liberals attempting to guard people’s rights, and any conservative opposition is made up of right-wingers or Tea Partiers who don’t deserve to have rights because they are trying to take people’s rights away. Therefore it’s ok to shutter conservative students from an on-campus lecture. It’s ok to use heavy handed tactics on a constitutionalist protest. It’s ok to use the IRS or Homeland Security to slow down political participation by those on the other side.

    Those who don’t identify as conservative are all too willing to go along with this. “It doesn’t matter,” says the young woman, “the conservatives want me forced to have a baby if I just have a little recreational sex that goes wrong, they need to be kept from being in a position to put anyone else on the Supreme Court.” “It doesn’t matter,” says the gay man, “the conservatives at best want me not to be able to marry my partner with all the pomp and ceremony we want, at worst want me thrown off a bridge. They need to be driven out of power and kept out.” “It doesn’t matter,” says the Hispanic, “the conservatives want my family shipped back to Ecuador after our kids have grown up here and we know no one back in South America. Screw them, this is our country now.”

    The thing is, once you get enough people or groups to hate one group, it’s pretty easy to forge a permanent majority against them. Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, when all Israel stops where it stands to remember what happened. In 9 days we’ll commemorate the grim centennial of the day the Ottoman Turks began the first wave of murders that burgeoned into the Armenian Genocide. Both these horrible atrocities were preceded by smaller steps – the collecting of weapons, ostensibly for public safety, the barring of targeted groups from political participation or practicing professions, deliberate separation from the majority, etc. Both times the majority populations just shrugged and went along with the program. I will extend the Turks a little more of a break since their government was not yet fully democratic. Yes, it sounds a lot like the tired old “first they came..” trope, but I think this is one more step toward tyranny, albeit a soft tyranny, than I would like to see us take.

  5. Jack,
    My only complaint with regard to this piece is that it took you 3 paragraphs before you even addressed the incident at hand,. I realize you like to draw larger connections in your posts, but you ranted for 335 words before even mentioning Hillary Clinton.

    “Under this administration, we have seen a President and a Justice department refuse to fulfill their duties and defend a duly passed and signed law that they just didn’t like (DOMA). Wrong. We have seen a President unilaterally amend his own sloppy health care law because he knows that if he tried to fix it legally, the Congress would gut it. Wrong. We have seen Obama repeal immigration restrictions by executive order, and declare that the Senate was in recess in order to avoid the bother of getting legally mandated confirmation of his appointments—that one, at least, was struck down by the Supreme Court.”

    Valid points all, but NONE have to do with forced imprisonment or over-reaching security measures. If you’re going to pull ANY example of breaches of rule of law, there are dozens that could have been mentioned which were aimed at both sides and far more apropos. Bush’s illegal use of “enhanced interrogation” and “extraordinary rendition” warrantless wire-tapping, COINTELPRO (liberals and conservatives alike were all over that one), the Echelon program, etc etc etc.

    I don’t understand why something can’t just be about that one thing anymore. Nearly all your recent posts attempt to connect specific ethical transgressions with what you see as larger trends. Perhaps they are, but you can’t prove any of that, so all you end up doing is making untested assertions which are stated as facts.

    Hillary Clinton was indirectly responsible for the illegal detainment of hundreds of students for a span of several minutes — this breach is serious enough, stop trying to turn mountains into fault lines.

    • I think it is a faultline, Neil. I think it’s a trend, and I think it is a theme, for the Clintons and for the Obama administration. I cannnot imagine a candidate doing this before 2008, or anyone other than a Clinton or Obama being arrogant enough to permit it, or a school allowing it, or students tolerating it, or the press ignoring it. I can’t. And I think it is significant.

  6. Just a few years ago, I was finally formalizing my machining skills (it never hurts to have as many marketable skills as possible) at our local community college. One night at about 9 pm, three state cops in plain clothes were at my door. It seems that Dick Blumenthal was scheduled to speak (or just look around; who knows) at the school the following day, and I had been heard to make a disparaging remark about Dick just a few weeks before. Mind you, I did not convey a threat, nor even joke about that sort of thing. It was a joke about his heroic war exploits in Vietnam. This was overheard by a hirsute security guard, who from then on I referred to as Beardo, and when his security detail asked him about whether he’d heard of anyone that might have an axe to grind with the Dick, he mentioned my joke. So, they grilled my for about the next hour or so on my porch. They were particularly interested in my bumper stickers; one said “Please Spay and Neuter your Liberals. Brought to you by the Partnership for a Liberal-free America”, and another that said “NOBAMA: Just Say No to Socialism”. I wish I had thought to put a Gadsten Flag up there too. Most of that conversation was about my political beliefs, and it ended with me making a signed statement that I intended The Dick no harm. The following day, while in Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance class, there was a cop outside the classroom door, and I wasn’t allowed to leave for the next two hours.

  7. Jack,
    Then how is it that people other than Obamas or Clintons have been doing it for decades. What was the Kent State Shooting? What about the gestapo tactics used in Ferguson before the riots even started? Why ANY of the breaches we’ve grown steadily complacent with?

    There is a fault line, but neither Hillary Clinton nor Barack Obama started it, and it has NOTHING to do with DOMA. If you want to draw larger conclusions, use more apropos examples. Any breach of law is not equatable to every other. That’s like saying that a local police department stopped enforcing jay-walking, so they’re likewise to blame for increases in rape or murder.

    • Apples and Oranges, and you have to admit, Kent State and the Ferguson military tactics were resisted by the victims and the press and the public. Those were adversary actions, not abuses of power presented as benign. Surely you see the difference, and why the latter is more sinister.

      • So, now we have not only “Bush was just as bad”, but “Everybody does it”. Wonder what it is with Neil that won’t let him admit that this is just WRONG?

  8. Sad that there are a number of people who are OK with this. If you are so bent on making up unlikely scenarios how about one where a student being held in his classroom dying from a bee sting. Or a crazy taking it into his head to use this golden moment to rape a student trapped in a room with him. We could go on all night. The issue is what people are allowed to do by law and what they aren’t allowed to do. No one is allowed to imprison another person against their will without just cause. (Hillary’s “I’m-just-like-you Scooby Doo” campaign is not just cause. And, just for the record, being stuck in traffic, while not fun, is not even close to being falsely imprisoned.) You’d think even a nutso liberal would agree with that. But in service to a liberal agenda any breach of law by the anointed is not just accepted, but embraced, excused, distorted and spun. I’ll bet they don’t even have to hold their noses when they step in this kind of shit anymore.

    • By the way — I’m not okay with this. My point is simple — this is not a new trend. Don’t make this a Clinton or Democratic initiative.

      • Initiative or not, it’s a trend certain to continue to extremes beyond what we have just witnessed at the college, and all for the benefit of one particular political figure. T. Regina might as well get her campaign slogan up now – the rest of us dare not confuse arrogance with humble confidence:
        “I can get away with ANYTHING. Watch me.”

  9. Jack,

    I agree that the students’ lack of outrage is a small part of the larger cultural shift. It is part of the current environment that emanates from the Left and college campuses that the government is the final arbiter of all rights and privileges. An example of this was shown on a recent CNN debate regarding same sex marriage. An opponent to same sex marriage argued that traditional marriage is a God-given right. Chris Cuomo of CNN, in finest umbrage, strenuously objected to that position, declaring that our Constitutional rights derive from the government and not nebulous idea of moral or natural law. That struck me as a curious position: If Cuomo is correct that individual liberties are not ‘God given’ or derive from natural or moral law, then that means that our liberties subject to government fiat, to be given and taken away at the stroke of a pen. It is ironic that Cuomo (whose very job exists because of the First Amendment’s protections of freedom of speech) does not see the fallacy of his position. If he is correct, the government can censor him at the government’s whim. If the government can take give or away the individual’s liberties (freedom of speech, assembly, protest, and other penumbral rights recognized in various Supreme Court cases), then there is really no hope for the American experiment. Colleges and universities seem to be promoting that position with speech codes,censoring controversial movies, sexual assault panels, and trigger warnings. Consequently, it is no surprise that college-age students complied without any dissent. Gone are the days of Kent State and Jackson State. (Disclaimer: I attended Kent State in the early 1980s. I participated in the May 4th Task Force because I believed that students and, by extension, citizens, should not be shot for exercising their Constitutional Rights to protest against government action. I still believe that. I don’t buy into all the conspiracy theories about why it happened, though. It seemed to be about government overreach and incompetence more than a nefarious war machine, but that is a debate for another day.)

    With respect to Clinton, I also find it interesting that the new ‘Hillary Clinton for President Campaign’ can be so completely tone deaf and image blind, especially in today’s social media environment where every gaffe is caught on a cellphone and immediately broadcast for all the world to see.

    Hillary Clinton attempts to cast herself as just an every day, run of the mill member of the middle class while demonstrating all of the attributes of the top 1 percenters. She rails about the lack of political power for the middle and lower classes and their respective needs for a champion to fight for them (though I am not sure they asked her to be their champion) but she travels around in first class or on private jets and cool limos, charges huge speaking fees to impart her pearls of wisdom, stays at luxury hotels and imprisons college students in their classrooms so she can proclaim her love for the average workers.

    In the modern world of social media, somebody had to think that such a visual would not reflect highly on her down home small town girl fighting the power. Also, it is ludicrous that someone in her position (former First Lady, US senator, Watergate counsel, former Secretary of State) would be talking about how the middle and lower classes do not have political power (a page out of Saul Alinksy’s playbook). Does she really think that people won’t stop and wonder, “Hey, wait! SHE is the power.! SHE is the One-Percent! What does SHE know about economic hard times?” Assuming she is correct, then isn’t that a rejection of the programs and powers promoted by the Democrat party over that last 50 years? Doesn’t that mean she is openly rejecting her husband’s administration, to say nothing about the current administration where she served as a high-rankling cabinet member?

    jvb

    • “If Cuomo is correct that individual liberties are not ‘God given’ or derive from natural or moral law, then that means that our liberties subject to government fiat, to be given and taken away at the stroke of a pen”

      Actually, John, no. Whether these rights are God-given or not, the government cannot take them away with the stroke of a pen. As long as people, young or old, man or woman, of any stripe, race or religion are willing to tell that government “NO”, and mean it; worse, enforce it, those rights will not, CANNOT be taken from us. The Constitution, as wonderful a document as it is, does not guarantee to us any right; it simply enumerates them. Those rights were guaranteed by the brave men who fought at Bunker Hill, suffered at Valley Forge and were ultimately victorious at Yorktown. That we have kept those rights is more a function of the fact that we, as a people, have been willing to do whatever is necessary to stop excesses that threaten to draw away those rights. In order to keep those rights going into the future, we, as individuals, have to be willing to do the same thing. Cuomo and his opinion means virtually nothing, except as an indicator of our lack of willingness to do what is necessary.

      • Dragin_dragon,

        That is exactly my point – the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights clearly state that the individual rights should be free from unreasonable governmental intrusion. Yet, these college students simply complied. Where was the rebel telling the Secret Service that their order was void and of no effect? Where was the outrage? Cuomo’s opinion about what are substantive, unalienable rights should sound all kinds of alarms: political, cultural, ethical, and legal. The acquiescence of college students to an obvious abuse of power indicates that there is a shift in values in this nation. The shrug of the shoulder to a void order is very depressing.

        jvb

    • Don’t you remember how Hillbilly left the White House in tatters and rags, with nary a penny to their name? Also, make no mistake that our kids are being brainwashed into believing that our natural, God-given rights are actually what the government bequeaths upon us, and can be taken away with ” a pen and a phone” if necessity dictates.

  10. Hillary’s presidential run is going to be an interesting litmus test. (In a bad way, I fear.) How many political partisans will hold their noses and vote for someone so completely rotten because they simply can’t force themselves to step outside party lines?

    The means we establish have a nasty tendency to become an end in themselves.

    That clip from A Man For All Seasons perfectly encapsulates the reason why I no longer identify with liberals and will never vote for a Democrat again. If there’s no serviceable Republican candidate, I’d rather “waste” my vote on a third-party candidate (or not vote at all).

    • Ing, yours is also my basic approach to the 2016 POTUS election. If there are truly that many “nose-holders,” then I don’t want my vote to be counted among any of them, be they Democrat or Republican. If the Republican candidate is more-of-the-same-old-same-old, “Democrat-lite,” then I know that means the Democrat, T. Regina, will win. Too bad. I will be voting my way, anyway. Enough is enough. Power to new parties!

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