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  • Commentary: In 2020 Campaign, The Message Is Change

    first_imgCommentary: In 2020 Campaign, The Message Is ChangeJuly 9, 2019  By John KrullTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Amid all the shouting and noise generated by the 2020 presidential campaign, a surprising thing has become apparent.Many Americans – perhaps most Americans – agree on something.And that is that the promise of America – the promise that, with hard work, a person could build a good life – isn’t being kept for too many people.John Krull, publisher, TheStatehouseFile.comThat was the central argument to Donald Trump’s surprisingly successful 2016 campaign. He spoke to the frustrations, even anguish, of largely rural, overwhelmingly white working-class Americans who felt the dream slipping through their fingers and out of their grasp.His was an outsider’s crusade, not a traditional political campaign. He was less a candidate than a rebel chieftain storming the gates of the castle, demanding not just a seat at the table but the throne itself.His victory was even more startling because it involved overthrowing not just one but two establishments.First, he took down the GOP hierarchy, throwing well-heeled and well-educated Republicans who always know which fork to use when dining into a kind of panicked tizzy from which they have yet to recover.Then he tossed Washington, D.C., upside down, discarding well-established precedents, practices and rules as if they were used and useless fast-food hamburger wrappers.Chaos ensued – and normal, even simple functions of government became much more difficult.In some cases, even impossible.But that doesn’t disturb the president’s ardent supporters.They seem happy to see someone take a wrecking ball to the machinery of self-government because they believe the system isn’t working for them.Flash forward to now.If the Democratic presidential debates a few days ago demonstrated anything, it was that the dissatisfaction with the system isn’t confined to white working-class America.Consider many of the candidates who have emerged from nowhere as serious contenders in the race to be the Democrats’ standard-bearer. All represent constituencies that have reason to feel disenchanted, dispossessed and disenfranchised. And all their candidacies would have been unimaginable 15 years ago.Kamala Harris is a first-term senator from California and a black woman. Pete Buttigieg is the mayor of a smallish Midwestern city and a gay man who speaks often of his husband. Elizabeth Warren is a senator from Massachusetts, a former law school professor and schoolteacher who was Republican until she was nearly 50. Julian Castro is a former Cabinet member, a former San Antonio mayor and a man of Mexican ancestry. Cory Booker is a senator from New Jersey, a former mayor of Newark and an African-American man.Like Trump, all these candidates are, to say the least, non-traditional.And, like Trump, a large part of their message and their appeal is that they don’t represent the old system.In some ways, the emergence of these outsider candidates shouldn’t be surprising. Almost every successful presidential contender since Jimmy Carter has won by running against Washington and claiming to be the one who can bring sweeping change to a moribund system and culture.But what’s different now is that many of the old barriers preventing outsider candidates from breaching the walls of power have been swept away.Race was one such barrier. Gender was another. Sexual orientation was still another. Non-European ancestry could be yet another.It’s not that people who weren’t white, male, straight and of European ancestry didn’t want power or at least what they considered a fair shake. It’s just that the system wasn’t set up to allow them to pursue their ambitions.That’s no longer the case.The election first of Barack Obama and then Donald Trump to the White House demonstrates that many Americans who had no realistic prospect of being president can imagine hearing “Hail to the Chief” every time they enter a room.More to the point, the people they represent now have ways to express their dissatisfaction with a system that excludes many and rewards relatively few. They have a way to make their voices heard.The irony, a painful one, is that the Trump supporters and the people who back the non-traditional candidates on the Democratic side might learn something if they lowered their voices.Namely, that they have a lot in common.They’re all unhappy and they all want things to change.FOOTNOTE: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

  • Moe. Announces Quentin Tarantino Theme For Both Nights Of Halloween Run

    first_imgWhen moe. put together a Star Wars themed Halloween last year, fans had high hopes for the band’s return to The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA. Fortunately, the band has delivered another great movie-themed concept for this year’s run: Quentin Tarantino.As Tarantino has an incredible body of work, there’s no shortage of material to pull from his many films. Whether its the infamous Kill Bill theme or the classic “Stuck In The Middle With You” scene from Reservoir Dogs, this two night run is shaping up to be some of the best moe. yet! The band has also said the theme will carry through both nights, making this the band’s first-ever “double feature” Halloween.Watch the video that moe. released to announce their new theme, streaming below.For tickets and more information about the upcoming run, which will be held from October 28-29 at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA, head here.last_img read more

  • Room for improvement found during waves on deck audit on Statoil’s platforms

    first_imgThe Norwegian offshore safety body, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), has found an improvement point during an audit of waves on deck on Statoil’s eight facilities off Norway.The PSA said on Thursday that the audit looked at semi-submersible facilities at Kristin, Åsgard B, Troll B, Troll C, Visund, and Snorre B, as well as the Heidrun and Snorre A tension leg platforms.According to the safety body, the objective of the audit was to monitor the status of Statoil’s follow-up for safeguarding semi-submersible production facilities and TLPs against waves on deck.The PSA wanted to gain an insight into Statoil’s routines and criteria where measures were required for safeguarding the facilities in high sea states.“Desired outcomes were that Statoil was aware of the issue of airgaps, that we gained an insight into whether necessary measures have been implemented, and that the facilities are robust in withstanding wave impact events,” PSA said.The safety body found one improvement point concerning measures for damage limitation and the prevention of hazard situations. No non-conformities were identified during the audit.The PSA told Statoil to report on how the improvement point will be addressed by January 11, 2018.last_img read more


    first_imgThe dogs were abandonedANIMAL welfare charity bosses have penned an emotional open letter to the person who dumped four dogs to die by a lake.The group rescued three of them – but the fourth was knocked down and killed on the Pettigo Road.Donegal Town-based ‘Animals In Need Donegal’ released pictures of the dogs which had been clearly neglected. But they also released a statement aimed directly at whoever dumped the poor animals.It reads:Did you sleep well last night? Your dogs did for the first time in a long time. You know,the dogs you dumped by the lake on the Pettigo road. All alone,cold,wet and hungry.Well we rescued three of them yesterday.We cuddled them even though they were covered in mange and told them they were safe now,everything was going to be ok. Not that you care but the 4th dog you abandoned was killed on the road, probably trying to make his way home. We just can’t understand how anyone could be so callous as to do this to these beautiful, friendly wee souls.Even after all they have been through, they still wag their tails. They have themselves scratched red raw and bleeding from the itch of the mange.Could you not see they were suffering? Did you know and just not want to spend the money on treating them?Well I promised them yesterday they would only know love and kindness from here on in, it’s the least they deserve, nothing that they ever experienced from their time with you…….You can help the charity look after them until they are ready to be re-homed by using iDonate.The pictures below show the condition the dogs were left in….. DISGUSTED CHARITY PENS OPEN LETTER TO CRUEL OWNER OF DOGS DUMPED AT LAKE was last modified: September 14th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:animal crueltyDonegal Townpettigo roadlast_img read more