The Issues of 2016: Caring For Our Veterans

The sacrifices made by veterans are far reaching. The pain of leaving one’s family to go overseas is only compounded by the uncertainty he or she faces while away. Many veterans return emotionally scarred and/or physically injured, and are often expected to re-adjust to life at home seamlessly.

Once at home, many veterans turn to the VA for their physical and mental health care needs. The VA is the largest integrated health care system in the US. Recent proposals – coming mainly from the right wing – have made claims about the benefits of privatizing VA hospitals.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald says that privatizing VA health care would put veterans at risk and be a loss to the American public:

 If I’m sending a veteran to the private sector and that doctor does not know the military culture, does not understand how an explosion creates traumatic brain injury, that’s dangerous for that veteran…

Veterans as a group do not want VA hospitals privatized, with 54% strongly opposing the idea.

Candidate for President, Hillary Clinton, sides with our country’s veterans. She says:

I believe in making sure that people who sacrifice for us are given all the care and the benefits and support that they need. And I believe strongly that taking care of our veterans is part of our solemn duty as Americans.

On Veterans Day, we officially honor the brave men and women who have fought for America.  But it is not sufficient to simply remember (and thank!) our veterans for one day each year.  As a country, we owe it to our veterans to provide them with the best health care possible, at no future cost to them. They have given us more than enough. To any veterans reading, I say … THANK YOU.

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Ben Carson’s Supporters Don’t Care About Religion

I don’t understand Ben Carson’s supporters. There are two major issues that should send RWNJs running to other candidates:

  1. There are so many lies. Ben Carson is a big bullshitter. He’s the crazy uncle that says he was in the CIA. He’s the odd coworker who goes on about a “girlfriend” who has never been seen and can never make it to parties. Even Ted Nugent tells the truth about the time he shit his pants and didn’t shower for days to appear crazy and avoid the Vietnam War draft. Carson would have dodged the draft, claimed he was a war hero, wore military medals reserved for real heroes, then blamed the media for exposing his lie. And the radical right would still support him! Does anyone believe we’ve seen an end to the lies? How many right-wingers are going through the rest of his books and speeches hoping to get in front of more lies?
  2. This, I don’t get, at all. From Mojo:

    With Carson faring so well in the GOP contest—especially among evangelical Christians who admire his Christian faith..

    How is this even possible? Carson believes in the Seventh Day Adventist prophecy that other Christian religions, including Evangelicals and especially Catholics (which the Adventists believe are in league with Satan), will, upon the return of Jesus, work with Satan to destroy Jesus and the Adventists simply because Adventists call Saturday the Sabbath. RWNJs will make semantic arguments from every angle as to why this is false but this explanation is accurate and can’t be twisted into something else.

It was actually one of the Adventist church’s founders who had the harshest words for the Catholic Church and other churches that practiced the Sabbath on Sunday. From Mojo (with my emphasis):

Ellen White, one of the founders of the religion who, according to church doctrine, was a prophet, dwelled on the persecution of Seventh-day Adventists for Saturday worshiping in many of her writings, and repeatedly claimed that the Sunday Sabbath was the “mark of the beast”—that is, Satan’s doing. In one of her books, Love Under Fire, she charged that the Roman Catholic Church had changed the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday and that this had led to Christians “worshiping the beast and his image.” had this to say about the Seventh-Day Adventists (my emphasis):

Seventh-day Adventists agree with many Catholic doctrines, including the Trinity, Christ’s divinity, the virgin birth, the atonement, a physical resurrection of the dead, and Christ’s Second Coming. They use a valid form of baptism. They believe in original sin and reject the Evangelical teaching that one can never lose one’s salvation no matter what one does (i.e., they correctlyreject “once saved, always saved”).

Unfortunately, they also hold many false and strange doctrines. Among these are the following: (a) the Catholic Church is the Whore of Babylon; (b) the pope is the Antichrist; (c) in the last days, Sunday worship will be “the mark of the beast”; (d) there is a future millennium in which the devil will roam the earth while Christians are with Christ in heaven; (e) the soul sleeps between death and resurrection; and (f) on the last day, after a limited period of punishment in hell, the wicked will be annihilated and cease to exist rather than be eternally damned.

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Many Catholics who do not frequently come in contact with Adventists or their literature do not realize just how hostile they can be toward the Church.

Trying to give others the benefit of the doubt, Catholics may suppose that anti-Catholicism is part of Adventism’s radical fringe. Unfortunately, this is untrue. Adventists who are moderate on Catholicism are a minority.

Worst of all for Evangelicals and Catholics, Carson had this to say just last year (my emphasis):

I don’t know what role the Lord has for me in all this. I do know—and looking at prophecy—that the United States will play a big role, that there has to be a return first to a religious awakening, and, more than likely, any persecution, particularly of the Sabbath, will come from the right, not from the left.

And he’s right about that – the left could care less which religion you belong to, or if you are agnostic or atheist. To each his own. Historically, its the religious right that insists on a religious purity that’s in line with their beliefs. But its the hypocrisy coming from today’s religious conservatives, who are constantly using their “superior” religion to attack other religions (read: Muslims), who now care as little about Carson’s religion and the church’s severe view of Evangelicals and Catholics as they cared in 2012 about Romney’s Mormon religion and the church’s teachings about multiple Gods on multiple planets. The religious right used to call things like this “blasphemy”. Now, its called “winning, at all costs”. Just say you’re a conservative and, literally, anything goes.

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GOP Imploding Before Our Eyes

I don’t know if the GOP’s “professional” campaign managers decided to sit the 2016 election season out or what, but it sure seems like a bunch of amateurs running things this time around.

Jeb-2016-630x420jebLet’s start with Jeb!’s campaign. Maybe he thinks it’s his due, like he’s next in line or something, but he seemed dumbfounded when he didn’t skyrocket to the top of the heap. Then, somebody got the bright idea to lose the name Bush, like Americans are so STUPID they’d forget his lineage.

His campaign sort of muddles along, about as exciting as watching a sloth climb a tree, then another great idea: A Twitter hashtag, #jebcanfixit. You know what’s coming next, don’t you… here are but a few gems:

jebcanfixitThen NPR ran a piece yesterday on the Jeb! campaign’s ineptitude:

On the campaign trail, he’s lagged in the polls, been criticized for low-energy debate performances and then there was a book dredging up questions about his father’s and brother’s years in the White House. This week on the road, though, he seemed to be fighting to turn some of that criticism around.

But a lot of the Internet doesn’t like Bush no matter what he says or does…

1. Jeb and the French

This one started last week, during the GOP debate hosted by CNBC. When criticizing opponent Marco Rubio’s attendance and voting record in the Senate, he accused Rubio of working something similar to a three-day, French work week.

2. #JebCanFixIt

Over the last few days, Jeb Bush has attempted a campaign reset of sorts. He’s toughened some of his rhetoric, using words like “damn” more frequently, and telling audiences that he eats nails before breakfast. And, he unveiled a new slogan, “Jeb Can Fix It.” Almost immediately, it all went south. The jokes rolled in, including some about Jeb Bush fixing his brother’s election in 2000 (remember the Florida recount?) There were comparisons to Bob the Builder. It was bad.

3. #ThisPsychMajor

At a town hall meeting last Saturday, Bush said the following: “Universities ought to have skin in the game. When a student shows up, they ought to say ‘Hey, that psych major deal, that philosophy major thing, that’s great, it’s important to have liberal arts … but you realize, you’re going to be working a Chick-Fil-A.'”

That got psych majors riled up of course, like these two:

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Yeah, that didn’t work out so well… Now, Pittsburgh’s WTAE reports:

… while sitting in a booth on his campaign bus… Bush maintained an almost brash certitude that he would win the nomination. The previous week may have been difficult, he acknowledged, but he is staying on message, insisting he’s thinking about the long game, especially in New Hampshire. Voters, Bush says, will eventually nominate the person they view as the most electable and experienced.

“At the end of the day, places like New Hampshire make up their mind based on who they want to see as the party’s nominee to president of the United States. Not to prey on their fears. Not to fulfill their angst,” he said. “And when we get to that decision point, I feel pretty good about my chances, to be honest with you.”

Good luck with that Buddy… Moving on to Ben Carson:

carsonNever has a candidate for President raised such serious questions about mental competence as this guy. Aside from the information coming out daily on his biographical fabrications, there are certain way-out-there-beliefs that have prompted a deluge of memes; far be it from me to deprive you:

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carson wall of china

carson pez

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And my personal favorite:


If you’re shooting for the insane asylum demographic, this is your man. Besides having embellished his biography, i.e. claiming to have been offered a full scholarship to West Point, when there is no such thing, he believes the pyramids were built by Joseph to store grain; that Americans “have a right to any type of weapon that they can legally obtain in order to protect themselves”; and while declaring his personal bravery with this statement about mass shooters:

“Not only would I probably not cooperate… I would not just stand there and let him shoot me. I would say, ‘Hey, guys, everybody attack him! He may shoot me but he can’t get us all.”

he told this story about actually being confronted by a gunman:

“I have had a gun held on me when I was in a Popeye’s organization. Guy comes in, put the gun in my ribs. And I just said ‘I believe that you want the guy behind the counter.”

Not exactly President Marshall from Harrison Ford’s Air Force One. Hopefully Carson is enjoying himself in his quest to be President, and selling lots of books, because he’s quickly destroying his reputation, and becoming a walking joke.

trumpFinally, there’s Donald Trump; I’m long past being sick of hearing about this guy. The media falls at Trump’s feet for some reason, granting him more free airtime to campaign than anyone I can remember. He has so far weathered the blow back from his racism, sexism, and dissing of POWs among other things, because “journalists” prefer to write about his appearance on SNL as opposed to his lack of any clear cut policies.

The Wall Street Journal did at least explain Trump’s naivete on the issues in a September piece titled: “Donald Trump Policy Plans Raise Concerns, Critics Argue“. They point out:

Donald Trump, amid all the hype and slights against his rivals, has homed in on a handful of substantive issues that he regularly highlights in his stump speech, beyond his signature plan to deport nearly 12 million illegal immigrants.

He decries the loss of U.S. jobs to international competitors, the Iran nuclear deal and the costs of providing security for European and Asian allies…

Yet while Mr. Trump is identifying concerns, his prescriptions for addressing them sometimes ignore the roles of other branches of the government, the limits of presidential authority and existing global commitments by the U.S.

In plain-speak, he hasn’t got a clue how government works.

So let’s recap: The establishment guy/assumed candidate is barely registering in polls, and their two front-runners exist in an alternate reality, to put it politely. This is all of Republicans’ own making; they unleashed the Tea Party on the country and it ended up biting them in the ass.

I have to have faith that mainstream America will not allow any of these Yahoos near the White House.

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Sanders Explains a Basic Truth of American Life

Bernie Sanders to ABC News:

Hillary Clinton will be an infinitely better candidate and president than the Republican candidate on his best day.

Sanders makes a point here that applies to pretty much every aspect of American life; Anyone is better than a Republican on his best day. Especially today’s racist, sexist, homophobic teabag/libturd/Republicans.

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Sanders’ Take on Ben Carson’s Lies

Personally, I think Carson’s bullshit stories, which are clearly designed to make himself look like some kind of hero in the eyes of racist RWNJs, are a very serious matter. But I can also see Sanders’ viewpoint.

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This Week’s Anti-Immigrant Stories from the Radical Right

rwnj misspells anti-immigrant signHannity’s against natural born citizenship in the U.S. … if you’re brown-skinned.

Marco Rubio, once for a path to citizenship until it became inconvenient for him, now says a President Rubio would discontinue Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Republican Steve King is “circulating a bill titled ‘Ending the Sanctuary Capitol Policy Act of 2015,’ which would authorize the Capitol Police to turn over undocumented immigrants protesting or rallying on Capitol Hill grounds for potential deportation proceedings“.

Ben Carson mixing bigotry with crazy talk this week: Citizenship was not intended for “anchor babies”.

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Elections: Vote “Democratic” Today

dems changeAs polls are drawing to a close on the East by 8:00 or 9:00 pm in most districts, you voters in Central, Mountain and West Coast time zones still have ample opportunity to express your political power………
Take the time to endorse, fight for working Americans, and the nation’s future. Conservatives prove daily they’re inept at governing. Extending from the inability to competently conduct themselves civilly  on a debate stage, devoid of rational ideas or conveying a succinct policies, they’re deficient in every aspect of functional leadership. Their only ability lies in accepting government checks, licking the boots of plutocrats for campaign handouts and blocking legislation from improving the quality of life for ordinary Americans.


Regardless, if the elections and campaigns are local, state or federal, “LEFT” leaning candidates depend upon your support to send them to legislative bodies in the fight for your interests. Make a change forward, stand firm and go to the poles. And in case you haven’t yet determined your polling location, the link below can assist you…..

DEMOCRATS want to ensure you can cast your ballot.
Go! don’t miss the opportunity to regain our Democracy and advocate our values: FAIRNESS, EQUALITY, KNOWLEDGE, CARE, JUSTICE & PEACE.

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GOP Debate Rules

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GOP Begs Latinos to Vote Democrat

After the GOP lost the 2012 Presidential election, they called for an “autopsy”, or “comprehensive post-election review” of how and why they lost. RNC Chair Reince Priebus explained one aspect of the final report this way:

reince priebus“We need to campaign among Hispanic, black, Asian, and gay Americans and demonstrate we care about them, too. We must recruit more candidates who come from minority communities…

Fast forward to 2015: After candidates’ complaints about moderators and questions at the GOP’s CNBC debate, Priebus backed out of a scheduled debate on Telemundo, NBC’s Latino network. And what do you think happened? As Liberals Unite reports:

Enter the Democrats. Telemundo is now in talks with the DNC to fill that time slot with a Democratic forum, giving the three challengers another chance to connect with the Spanish-speaking public. Not to mention the rest of us.

This will give the Democratic candidates a second opportunity to address Spanish language voters, the other being on Univision and scheduled for an airing in March.

This, on top of Donald Trumps ignorant statements about Mexican immigrants, is not about to win them the Latino vote; and honestly, I’m not even sure they care. Considering their roster of candidates, they may have already thrown in the towel for the 2016 election.

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Can Jeb Can Go Back In Time And Fix This?

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The Countdown to 2016

I have been absent from here for almost two months now. I plan to get back on track posting Hillary 2016 news, updates, and of course, blogs! So much has happened during the past two months for Hillary’s campaign – it is really taking shape! But, what we have seen so far is just the beginning.


We are now just over one year away from Election Day 2016… LET’S WIN!

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