This Week in Politics 2018–05–06

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen

“No, the national debate over gun laws can’t be summed up as a “cultural divide” between folks who hunt and grew up around guns, and folks who feel like they can “just call 911 and the police will come,” as U.S. Sen. John Cornyn claimed in Dallas the other day.

The real obstacle is elected officials who perpetuate such myths, and fall back on us-and-them caricatures to score political points.

That’s what Cornyn seemed be doing when he made the comment Friday to reporters at the National Rifle Association annual meeting in Dallas.

“Trying to find consensus is not easy to do,” Cornyn said at the event, where more than 80,000 gun enthusiasts gathered for a four-day convention. “The solution is not to restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens.””

Source: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/columnists/falkenberg/article/Politics-is-skewing-our-common-sense-gun-debates-12889296.php.

“In last year’s general election everything changed, but no one won. In this year’s local elections everyone won something but nothing changed. The Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens all had vote and seat gains to cheer about, as all parties took a share of the electoral windfall from the dramatic collapse in Ukip.

The Conservatives went into Thursday night hoping to avoid the traditional anti-incumbent swing endured by most governments in midterm local elections, but instead came away with morale-boosting seat gains across England. Voters seemed more focused on Brexit than bin collection in this year’s local contest, with strong links between Brexit voting and Conservative performance, just as were seen in last year’s general election. The Conservatives advanced by an average of 13 percentage points in authorities which recorded a 60% plus vote for Leave in 2016 — and all of the four Tory council gains came in strong Leave areas.

The Conservatives also gained most from Ukip’s collapse, with larger advances in areas where Ukip did best in 2014. However, there was a lot of variation in how the purple cookie crumbled. Labour gained relatively more from the Ukip collapse in places where they were stronger prior to Ukip’s surge, resulting in the restoration of the status quo previously, with Ukip seats in councils such as Basildon.”

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/may/05/local-election-results-all-parties-gain-political-deadlock.

Donald Trump finally found a federal judge to whom he could relate. Judge T.S. Ellis III on Friday blasted prosecutors from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office as using their case against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort to get at the president for either an indictment or an impeachment. Trump declared Ellis to be “really something very special” in showing that this is nothing more than a “witch hunt.”

While reluctant to say so publicly, many lawyers would find Ellis’s comments “special” in the sense of being especially problematic from a federal judge. There is a legitimate concern in how Mueller has treated different cases, but the judge seemed to focus more on the special counsel’s motivation than on his mandate.

In the hearing in Virginia, Ellis cut off the prosecution by declaring, “Come on man!” and “You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort. You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment, or whatever.” There are times when a judge legitimately can raise the motivations of prosecutors in addressing cases of possible prosecutorial abuse or selective prosecution. However, Manafort is accused of a myriad of fraud and other crimes. Even if he is viewed as a means to another end, it would not change the basis for the charges that he faces.”

Source: http://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/386409-mueller-puts-politics-above-the-law.

“President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has reiterated the reasons he is into politics and why he recently declared his intention to seek a second and final term in office.

According to the septuagenarian who has been in power since 2015, he was in politics to make a difference in the lives of Nigerians. Buhari’s party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been conducting local level polls known as Ward Congresses through this weekend.

Buhari who returned from an official visit to the United States, is in his native Katsina State where he participated in the process in his village of Daura.”

Source: http://www.africanews.com/2018/05/06/i-am-not-in-politics-for-fun-or-to-amass-wealth-nigeria-s-buhari/.

“Beirut, Lebanon (CNN)Showered with rice, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri takes the stage on the last day of campaigning.

In a predominantly Sunni area of West Beirut, he is received more like a rock star than a politician. Young and old decked out in the blue of his party’s flag stream in from every street.

“Beirut! I love you!” Hariri bellows from the stage.

A celebrity for many on the Sunni street, the 48-year-old politician is seen as the man staving off Shia dominance in a country where Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Shia group, has grown rapidly in power. His Mustaqbal, or Future, bloc is going head-to-head with Hezbollah’s political wing in a hard-fought election cycle.”

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/06/middleeast/lebanon-hezbollah-hariri-elections-intl/index.html.

“Former Wildrose interim leader and Progressive Conservative cabinet minister Heather Forsyth called feminism the “f-word” and dismissed the idea that women face barriers in politics as “socialist crap.”

In a speech about women in politics at the United Conservative Party founding annual general meeting in Red Deer Saturday, Forsyth expressed disbelief that women face structural barriers and are marginalized.

“How the heck do you expect to get women involved in politics and get them excited when you have to read that socialist crap,” she said as a number of UCP members hooted and clapped.

“When I ran in the nomination, which was one of the most hotly-contested nominations in the province, I didn’t play the ‘oh, poor me’ card. Nor did I play the ‘I’m a woman and they should provide me with a hand-up.’ “”

Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/ucp-general-meeting-women-in-politics-1.4650388.

(Updated September 28, 2016)

Scott Douglas Jacobsen founded In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. He authored/co-authored some e-books, free or low-cost. If you want to contact Scott: Scott.D.Jacobsen@Gmail.com, Scott.Jacobsen@TrustedClothes.Com, Scott@ConatusNews.Com, scott.jacobsen@probc.ca, Scott@Karmik.Ca, or SJacobsen@AlmasJiwaniFoundation.Org.

He is a Moral Courage Webmaster and Outreach Specialist (Fall, 2016) at the UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality (Ethics Center), Interview Columnist for Conatus News, Writer and Executive Administrator for Trusted Clothes, Interview Columnist for Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), Chair of Social Media for the Almas Jiwani Foundation, Councillor for the Athabasca University Student Union, Member of the Learning Analytics Research Group, writer for The Voice Magazine, Your Political Party of BC, ProBC, Marijuana Party of Canada, Fresh Start Recovery Centre, Harvest House Ministries, and Little Footprints Big Steps International Development Organization, Editor and Proofreader for Alfred Yi Zhang Photography, Community Journalist/Blogger for Gordon Neighbourhood House, Member-at-Large, Member of the Outreach Committee, the Finance & Fundraising Committee, and the Special Projects & Political Advocacy Committee, and Writer for Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Member of the Lifespan Cognition Psychology Lab and IMAGe Psychology Lab, Collaborator with Dr. Farhad Dastur in creation of the CriticalThinkingWiki, Board Member, and Foundation Volunteer Committee Member for the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation, and Independent Landscaper.

He was a Francisco Ayala Scholar at the UCI Ethics Center, Member of the Psychometric Society Graduate Student Committee, Special Advisor and Writer for ECOSOC at NWMUN, Writer for TransplantFirstAcademy and ProActive Path, Member of AT-CURA Psychology Lab, Contributor for a student policy review, Vice President of Outreach for the Almas Jiwani Foundation, worked with Manahel Thabet on numerous initiatives, Student Member of the Ad–Hoc Executive Compensation Review Committee for the Athabasca University Student Union, Volunteer and Writer for British Columbia Psychological Association, Community Member of the KPU Choir (even performed with them alongside the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra), Delegate at Harvard World MUN, NWMUN, UBC MUN, and Long Beach Intercollegiate MUN, and Writer and Member of the Communications Committee for The PIPE UP Network.

He published in American Enterprise Institute, Annaborgia, Conatus News, Earth Skin & Eden, Fresh Start Recovery Centre, Gordon Neighbourhood House, Huffington Post, In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, Jolly Dragons, Kwantlen Polytechnic University Psychology Department, La Petite Mort, Learning Analytics Research Group, Lifespan Cognition Psychology Lab, Lost in Samara, Marijuana Party of Canada, MomMandy, Noesis: The Journal of the Mega Society, Piece of Mind, Production Mode, Synapse, TeenFinancial, The Peak, The Ubyssey, The Voice Magazine, Transformative Dialogues, Treasure Box Kids, Trusted Clothes.

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen is the Founder of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. Jacobsen supports science and human rights.

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen is the Founder of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. Jacobsen supports science and human rights.

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