It’s time to move beyond right versus cleft.

When we give credence to Republicans who blame Democrats and Democrats who blame Republicans for our nation’s ills, we’re missing the point.

Republicans and Democrats both feel like “strangers in their own country,” according to a New York Times report. Is it no coincidence that feelings of alienation exist amid the most partisan, tribal politics we’ve seen in a lifetime. To understand why we feel estranged from our own government, we must move beyond the outdated view of a right-cleft political spectrum and look at the real chasm. Power, more than partisanship, is what is truly dividing this country.

When we give credence to Republicans who blame Democrats and Democrats who blame Republicans for our nation’s ills, we’re missing the point. Regardless of which party holds political power, the opinions of average Americans have essentially no impact on public policy. In fact, according to a remarkable Princeton University/Northeastern study, “The preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact on public policy.”

The voting public is becoming increasingly more frustrated because they no longer have the political capital to influence government action. That is why anti-establishment progressive and conservative candidates are winning upset elections. While media narratives often focus on how these candidates are pulling their parties away from the center and making Democrats and Republicans more different, the reality is that several popular candidates with wildly different political views had similar paths to success.

In 2016, Sen. Bernie Sanders called out political corruption and then-candidate Donald Trump rallied voters to “drain the swamp.” In 2018, winning candidates from both sides of the aisle have furthered the trend. Rep. Mike Braun, an anti-establishment conservative running in Indiana, says he will “break the stranglehold career politicians have on the federal government.” On the left, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shocked the political establishment when she ousted a 20-year incumbent in her Democratic primary, running, in her own words “To create an America that works for all of us, not just a wealthy few.“

In each of these campaigns, the anti-establishment candidates became the vehicle for wrestling power away from elites and party bosses and transferring it to the people. These candidates also called out the corruption of the system itself. Fixing our corrupt political system was a winning focus for these candidates. It just might be the one issue that could repair our country’s deep political wounds.

It’s challenging for media and voters alike to see unity in this trend because our narrative and mindset are built on America’s binary, right-left rubric. The reality is that voters at all places on the political spectrum correctly believe the system is rigged to protect the status quo and the privileged few it serves. A recent Kaiser Health poll reinforces that Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike rate “fixing corruption” as the top political priority for 2018. They increasingly understand that it is the most determinant cause of polarization, corruption and tribalism -- and that unrigging politics is the greatest hope for restoring sanity and civility to America’s great experiment in self-governance.

Some have called for a return to “centrism” to bridge the partisan divide. But most voters are still sore from four decades of corporatist centrism that bailed out big banks while millions lost their homes and life-savings, and held no major banking executives to account.

Today, big banks are still filling campaign coffers of both Republicans and Democrats in a bid to return to those pre-2008, establishment-centrist days. Across industries, the top-spending corporate PACs, including those affiliated with well-known giants like AT&T, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and New York Life Insurance, contribute to Republican and Democrat candidates alike. They care less about who wins, and more about securing access to a winner beholden to them.

So, let’s stop plotting candidates on a right versus left axis. Instead, let’s focus on which candidates are with the people, and which are against us. Not in their rhetoric, but in their actions. On one side of the new axis are candidates who prioritize an anti-corruption agenda aimed at creating a system that increases the power of the American people. They fight for new voting and election systems that foster civility, break the two-party duopoly, and ensure integrity. On the other are candidates who stand for the status quo and the handful of billionaires and special interests who profit off of it. In this context, right versus. left may still matter to many voters, but for the millions who are ready to prioritize fixing the system, this new spectrum is the one that matters most.

This November there will be more than two dozen political reform measures on ballots in cities and states around the country. That’s more than any other time in American history. There is anti-corruption momentum building in D.C. on both sides of the aisle. This is the moment to take back the narrative, stop dividing the country by partisan ideology, and start putting the American people first. This is the moment to rebuild democracy and save our Republic.

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On April 20, 1889 at the Braunau am Inn, in Upper Austria Salzburger located at Vorstadt 15, Alois and Klara Hitler brought a son into the world. They named him Adolph.

Little did they know he would grow up to be one of the greatest forces of evil the world has ever known.

The Hitlers moved out of the Braunau am Inn when Adolph was three, but the three-story butter-colored building still stands. It has been the subject of controversy for seven decades.

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The building was a meeting place for Nazi loyalists in the 1930s and '40s. After World War II, the building has become an informal pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis and veterans to glorify the murderous dictator.

The building was a thorn in the side to local government and residents to say the least.

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For years it was owned by Gerlinde Pommer, a descendant of the original owners. The Austrian government made numerous attempts to purchase it from her, but to no avail. The building has served many purposes, a school, a library, and a makeshift museum.

In 1989, a stone from the building was inscribed with:

"For Peace, Freedom

and Democracy.

Never Again Fascism.

Millions of Dead Remind [us]."

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For three decades it was home to an organization that offered support and integration assistance for disabled people. But in 2011, the organization vacated the property because Pommer refused to bring it up to code.

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In 2017, the fight between the government and Pommer ended with it seizing the property. Authorities said it would get a "thorough architectural remodeling is necessary to permanently prevent the recognition and the symbolism of the building."

Now, the government intends to turn it into a police station which will surely deter any neo-Nazis from hanging around the building.

Austria has strict anti-Nazi laws that aim to prohibit any potential Nazi revival. The laws state that anyone who denies, belittles, condones or tries to justify the Nazi genocide or other Nazi crimes against humanity shall be punished with imprisonment for one year up to ten years.

In Austria the anti-Nazi laws are so strict one can go to prison for making the Nazi hand salute or saying "Heil Hitler."

"The future use of the house by the police should send an unmistakable signal that the role of this building as a memorial to the Nazis has been permanently revoked," Austria's IInterior Minister, Wolfgang Peschorn said in a statement.

The house is set to be redesigned following an international architectural competition.

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Tonight's Democratic debate is a must-watch for followers of the 2020 election. And it's a nice distraction from the impeachment inquiry currently enveloping all of the political oxygen in America right now.

For most people, the main draw will be newly anointed frontrunner Pete Buttigieg, who has surprisingly surged to first place in Iowa and suddenly competing in New Hampshire. Will the other Democrats attack him? How will Elizabeth Warren react now that she's no longer sitting alone atop the primary field? After all, part of Buttigieg's rise has been his criticisms of Warren and her refusal to get into budgetary specifics over how she'd pay for her healthcare plan.

The good news is that Joe Biden apparently counts time travel amongst his other resume-building experience.

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Chick-fil-A is the third-largest fast food chain in America, behind McDonald's and Starbucks, raking in over $10 billion a year.

But for years, the company has faced boycotts for supporting anti-LGBT charities, including the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Paul Anderson Youth Home.

The Salvation Army faced criticism after a leader in the organization implied that gay people "deserve to die" and the company also came under fire after refusing to offer same-sex couples health insurance. But the organization swears it's evolving on such issues.

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The Fellowship of Christian Athletes explicitly announced it was anti gay marriage in a recent "Statement of Faith."

God instituted marriage between one man and one woman as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman.

The Paul Anderson Youth Home teaches boys that homosexuality is wrong and that same-sex marriage is "rage against Jesus Christ and His values."

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In 2012, Chick-fil-A's CEO, Dan Cathy, made anti same-sex marriage comments on a radio broadcast:

I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, "We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage". I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.

But the chicken giant has now decided to change it's says its charitable donation strategy because it's bad for business...Not because being homophobic is wrong.

The company recently lost several bids to provide concessions in U.S. airports. A pop-up shop in England was told it would not be renewed after eight days following LGBTQ protests.

Chick-fil-A also has plans to expand to Boston, Massachusetts where its mayor, Thomas Menino, pledged to ban the restaurant from the city.

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"There's no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are," Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos told Bisnow. "There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message."

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Instead, the Chick-fil-A Foundation plans to give $9 million to organizations that support education and fight homelessness. Which is commendable regardless of the company's troubled past.

"If Chick-Fil-A is serious about their pledge to stop holding hands with divisive anti-LGBTQ activists, then further transparency is needed regarding their deep ties to organizations like Focus on the Family, which exist purely to harm LGBTQ people and families," Drew Anderson, GLAAD's director of campaigns and rapid response, said in a statement.

Chick-fil-A's decision to back down from contributing to anti-LGBT charities shows the power that people have to fight back against companies by hitting them where it really hurts — the pocket book.

The question remains: If you previously avoided Chick-fil-A because it supported anti-LGBT organizations, is it now OK to eat there? Especially when Popeye's chicken sandwich is so good people will kill for it?

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The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) dropped a bombshell on Tuesday, announcing it had over 900 emails that White House aide Stephen Miller sent to former Breitbart writer and editor Katie McHugh.

According to the SPLC, in the emails, Miller aggressively "promoted white nationalist literature, pushed racist immigration stories and obsessed over the loss of Confederate symbols after Dylann Roof's murderous rampage."

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