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Kenneth Campbell
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If your dreams do not scare you they are not big enough.
If your dreams do not scare you they are not big enough.

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Thoughts: Poll finds that 67% of Americans think the Democratic Party is out of touch.

Most Americans supported the Democratic Party's platform when they voted for president in November. While the poll is disappointing, it isn't entirely shocking. Not at all surprised that voters are displeased with the party that lost the presidential election. Presumably, voters want Democrats to win, fight back harder and speak truth to power. And, quite frankly, the DNC has been pretty quiet in recent months. And, to be fair, at times, understandably so.

The fact remains that most favor Democratic policies instead of those offered by Republicans. More Americans support Democrats' policies at face-value than they do when it comes to Republicans' policies that do more to weaken the middle class than strengthen it.

People are hurting. The consequences of our neighbors voting for Donald Trump in November are tangible. People feel less safe, less confident in the federal government's ability to be straightforward (Trump and his aides' comments counter what the US military and our allies say) and interested in the welfare of the majority.

So, while the poll is disappointing, it is sobering. Democrats have a lot of work to do in speaking truth to power and creating an internal culture at its HQ in Washington that Americans can stand behind. The Democratic Party must invest more time in issues than it does on candidates. People err and people fail – but our ideas remain. 

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Can We Talk About LONDON SPY?

I just watched the BBC 2015 series LONDON SPY. It's only 5 episodes (and the show has been tabled at BBC -- not renewed, not canceled). It is a solid 10/10 on all marks: casting, performance, writing, direction, editing, location, set design.

The series revolves around the life of a man who falls in a love with a stranger, who he later discovers was a genius and a British government spy, who had uncovered major secrets that threatened the interests of major players in the international community. He is framed for his partner's murder, though he is supported along the way by his best friend, his best friend's close friends, and later, his late partner's family.

I have been a big fan of Ben Whishaw since I saw his performance in LGBT hit Lilting. He exceeds expectations in every episode. His emotion easily becomes the audience's. He connects so deeply to his character that it is hard to look away.

The series also stars Edward Holcroft, Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter, and Charlotte Rampling.

The final 10 minutes of the series, features a raw conversation between Whishaw and Rampling's characters, deserves substantial praise. It is so authentic and so original. I wish that the BBC will one day produce a series 2, if only to tie up the loose ends and show viewers what happened.
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Why President Trump's new #TrumpCare plan is disgusting!

- 130 million Americans have a pre-existing condition – Trump wants to allow insurance companies to charge those people more money (often prohibiting them from getting insurance altogether)

- his plan would remove essential health benefits (like prescription drugs, maternity care, birth control, etc.)

- his plan moves to reduce subsidies that enable people to buy their own health insurance at more affordable/discounted rates--otherwise, they can't buy it.

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Congress is still in recess. And, with just a few days until the US government is forced to shutdown, Congressional Republicans are going to hold a conference call from their homes tonight to decide how to repeal President Obama's Affordable Care Act–in the dark of the night and away from the public.

Congressional Republicans: shame on you!

President Trump last week said that he would hold the government hostage until Congress repeals the #ACA, despite the idea failing just weeks ago. He said that tax reform and other major reforms won't happen until he can strip health care away from millions of people and make cuts to programs that American families need to survive.

#AffordableCareAct #ObamaCare
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Hopefully, on her birthday today, Her Majesty's Government grants her this wish: Donald Trump is not allowed to parade down The Mall in her gold chariot, as his team has requested.

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Love one another. #hhny
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Great idea–check this out: Is Trump at Mar-a-Lago? 💅 💅

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Part of the problem with charter schools in New York is that they force out kids with disabilities or experience problems learning, profile students and their families, manipulate media, lack public transparency, are influenced by wealthy political elite, and abuse communities.

In this instance, a deplorable charter school founder suspended a disabled 7-year-old for 45 days after she called him a "danger" to the school. Meanwhile, she's the danger to our country's public education system.

FYI: Hours after this story was announced, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released a statement praising the network that owns this school and its deplorable founder/developer #PublicEducation


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FOR SALE: President Trump's education squad: Betsy and Eva, selling equity in poor and low-income kids' education at a subsidized rate at your nearest Republican campaign HQ.
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Betsy DeVos is an embarrassment–she rolled back loan protections for American citizens because her family benefits from student loan debt collectors torturing struggling American families. What's at stake for her? More than $100 million.

Let them eat cake, eh?
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