Democrats Must Unite Behind Nominee

Some Democrats on Twitter are starting to sound like Republicans; adopting the “my way or the highway” mentality. A number of Clinton and Sanders supporters are saying they will not vote at all if their candidate doesn’t get the nomination.

That will be devastating for the country.

Elizabeth WarrenThere is NO group in society right now that will not suffer if Republicans take control in 2016. I’m not talking just the Presidency; The House, Senate, and State Legislatures in the hands of Republicans are just as dangerous. I never thought I’d have to make the case for Democrats to Democrats, but some people seem to have lost sight of the big picture. So let me recap who’s at risk if Republicans succeed in 2016:

Black America will not get Police or criminal justice reform, and the senseless deaths of Black children will continue, if not escalate. Their voting rights will be systematically stripped away and no remedy will be found at the Supreme Court.

Latinos will never see the Dream Act come to fruition, and discrimination will become the norm in Red States. People who have lived here for decades will be deported, and their children will be left in limbo.

LGBT rights will cease to exist. There will be no anti-bullying laws to protect youth, no anti-discrimination policies in the job place, and marriage rights will be rolled back.

College students will see their student loans privatized, current rates will be raised, and loans become harder to get. Soon, only the wealthy will be able to access higher education.

K-12 Education will be dumbed down to the point where it becomes a laughing stock around the world, and an impediment to higher education. They’ll graduate believing Jesus was a Founding Father and rode a dinosaur in the Revolutionary War.

Seniors will be expected to work longer, despite the discrimination against their age group in the workforce. They will lose the lifelines of Social Security and Medicare, leaving them with the choice of dependency or poverty.

Women will become 2nd class citizens, with health decisions being dictated by the government, sex discrimination in the workplace being legalized, pregnancy becoming a reason for termination, and employers controlling what health insurance options they are “allowed”.

Muslims will be discriminated against and threatened, their Mosques vandalized and burned, their children bullied and endangered, with absolutely no legal recourse to prevent it.

Employees will not see a minimum wage increase, in fact some Republicans will attempt to abolish the minimum wage entirely. Unions will be legislated out of existence, which will in turn affect the pay of many others. OSHA will be toothless, and many laws such as overtime will be rolled back.

Veterans will continue to struggle upon their return from service with no job or housing programs, while Republicans declare more wars, creating even more poor and homeless Veterans.

Poor and Middle Class Voters will see a huge tax burden shifted to their backs. The GOP will hand out more tax breaks to  corporations and the 1%. States will compensate for lost revenue by raising sales taxes, and fees for government services, taking bigger chunks of income from the non-wealthy.

ACA Insured will lose the healthcare they’ve finally got, and emergency rooms will become the only medical care many receive. College kids will become uninsured again, and people with life-threatening diseases will end up waiting to die.

And finally: GUNS WILL BE EVERYWHERE: Go out to eat, shop, drop the kids at school, go to the movies, go to work, attend class, go to the park or sporting event, walk your dog, take your baby out in the stroller, wherever you go, you will not know the “bad guys” from the “good guys” until the next person or group is murdered.

Everything this President has accomplished will be decimated by Republicans, and we will be involved in a war again in no time. But by all means, if your candidate isn’t nominated, stay home. I hope you’ll still feel as self-righteous when one of the issues I’ve mentioned hits a friend or your family, because HAVE NO DOUBT, ONE WILL.

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Wishing you a Wonderful Holiday Season

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$100 of Blue States’ Purchasing Power Shifts to Loafer Red Takers

You’d never know it by the whining propaganda spewed by self-absorbed GOP politicians complaining about the tax burdens suffered by their conservative constituents is a hoax. The national map offers an insightful review to the reality of whom the ‘ACTUAL TAKERS’ are compared to ‘ FEEBLE PAYERS’.
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Seems the miserly mid-West & the dirty south get the most bang for their $100 clams. Standing on the tradition of living atop the shoulders of their hardworking, industrious coastal neighbors, they grift a profitable edge. Not surprising, the unsatisfied, regressive gluttons demand to siphon more purchasing power from the diverse, open minded folks. Again the strategy of the Republicans is to sit back, complain, masquerade as victims and pretend they contribute an equitable share to tax burden that they demonstrably skip out on.

How-The-Grinch-Stole-Christmas-Animated-RebootSo, if you reside on the east or west coast and anyone complains about the cheap or skimpy booty of gifts received, point them south & west to collect the rest.

 

 

Priebus Thanks Base For Staying Stupid

We figured Reince Priebus sits at home sweating every time Democrats debate, praying that his base isn’t watching; well, we were right. In one of the most Un-American, Un-Patriotic statements by the head of a major political party, Priebus put out this tweet after Saturday’s debate:

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As usual, this GOP tweet didn’t get the intended response:

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Just the idea that the head of the Republican Party would thank his voters for not being engaged says everything you need to know about the GOP.

The debate is over, your voters are still ignorant; now go change your undies, Reince.

Respect, Honor and Integrity Still Survive in Our Nation

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A rare, public display of integrity of character demonstrated between honorable men. Reminiscent of an age of respect lost in America along with roll up car windows. A sight NEVER demonstrated by ANY conservative. A code of conduct embodied by liberals, Democrats and progressives even to the MOST undeserving, cowards and treacherous i.e. Bush Administration.

Praise and appreciation for President Obama for his service to our country in the face of domestic and foreign enemies. And a heartfelt thank you from our nation to military veterans who live the values of #ServiceAboveSelf.

Another Reason to Adore Icon Michael Moore; He Exposes Trump’s Cowardice Tracks Back Decades

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Yes, I am a Michael Moore fan! In his tradition of exposing ugliness and shining light on issues or people that disgust decent people, his recent target is draft-dodger Trump. Moore reminisces upon the first time the four-time bankruptcy scavenger, quivered and nearly sh*t his pants at the prospect of appearing on the same talk show. The low life confided his fear to the show’s producer ‘….you didn’t want to be “ripped apart” and you wanted to be reassured I wouldn’t “go after you.”
…Figures, Trump ever the bully lacks the courage or wit to confront a MAN in a confrontation, without body guards or a crowd of white supremacist supporters fighting his battles.

Mr. Moore, always the gentlemen, approached the sniveling slug and states,”The producer says you’re worried I might say or do something to you during the show. Hey, no offense, but I barely know who you are. I’m from Michigan. Please don’t worry — we’re gonna get along just fine!” However, the director departed with a flawless assessment of Trump’s character, “struck by how you, a self-described tough guy from Queens, seemed like such a fraidey-cat….and….”What a wuss,”…

Ironic, two decades later, he characterized the entire conservative movement with accuracy: perpetrating gutsy talking, weaklings perpetually turning tail and flees from threats, to let others fight / die in battle.

Conversely, the best and most poignant part of the posting is Michael Moore continues by challenging the insanity of fear. White guys breathlessly snuggle in the bosom of their xenophobia at the changing demographics and electorate. Manifested crazy ideas of raising walls, denying refuge to fleeing victims of violence because they’re ‘OTHER’. So he requests support with a pict & signing his petition to rail against this hate… http://bit.ly/1JeUbmC.. Don’t forget your pict.

Merry Christmas Corporate America

Press Statement from Citizens For Tax Justice, Dec. 16, 2015:

corp greedFollowing is a statement by Bob McIntyre, director of Citizens for Tax Justice, regarding the announcement of $680 billion tax cut package (split between the extenders and omnibus bills) to be considered by Congress in the next few days.

“At a time when we already face a $7 trillion budget hole over the next decade, increasing that hole by $680 billion to pay for a new package of tax breaks is an absolute disgrace. This tax-cut package would lose more revenue than was “raised” by the fiscal cliff package in 2013.

“It is outrageous that lawmakers have fought all year over how to pay for essential public investments like our highway program, yet they have no problem putting hundreds of billions in mostly wasteful corporate tax breaks onto our nation’s credit card.

“In particular, two of the biggest components of this package, making permanent the “active finance exception” for multinational financial corporations and the much-abused research credit, are nothing but ineffective giveaways to the nation’s wealthiest corporations.

“To be sure, the package does include some needed help for working families, by extending President Obama’s improvements to the EITC and the Child Credit. But these good things come at far too high a price.

“As a whole, this tax package is mostly a lobbyist-wrapped Christmas present for our nation’s biggest corporations.”

Why Is Zach Wahls, Iowan And LGBT Activist, A Hillary Supporter?

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Sanders Stands With Muslims At DC Mosque

Bernie Sanders on Wednesday became the second Democratic presidential candidate to visit a mosque. The U.S. senator from Vermont attended an interfaith roundtable at Masjid Muhammad, a mosque located some two miles from the White House in Washington, D.C. Sanders and various faith leaders called for an end to “the anti-Muslim rhetoric and hatred” they say… Continue reading

CNN Debate a Sad Reminder of Politics and Media in 2015

Anyone who watched CNN recently to follow Donald Trump’s antics undoubtedly noticed the clock counting down to the start of the Republican debate along with overdramatic commercials seeming to promise a fight night. CNN basically turns into a sports network for debates, hyping the big event and running pregame coverage all day and especially in primetime. Pundits and partisans make predictions and use spin to ponder such important issues like what zinger Trump will use or how a December 2015 debate will affect a candidate’s mid-December polling for the 2016 election. People also seem to pretend like Trump’s policies are worthy of debate, thus normalizing fringe ideas, especially the similar and same fringe ideas that other Republican candidates use covertly. CNN primes the audience for a debate that, like its coverage, will mostly be style over substance, a debate that could eventually help decide the next president of America.

The debate wasn’t much different from watching Vince McMahon wrestling productions. Last night’s theme was fear, terror, and insecurity, and thousands of people attended live as they could hardly bear the suspense of what exciting thing would happen next. Someone says something that gets a few people to applaud, and then another candidate throws a sharp left hook with a rebuttal that makes the crowd go wild. Now people in the audience are split in who they support and hope their candidate lands the next big blow. If all else fails, the candidate can run out the time in each round to make it sound like he/she gave a good answer and to avoid having to actually answer the question. A more aggressive tactic may be to jump into the ring and start attacking without being called on by a moderator, talking over opponents if necessary. Even the moderators provided some of the entertainment. The audience loved it, but a Republican debate once again makes America worse off than it would have been if it hadn’t watched.

The vast majority of the debate focused on foreign policy and national security, which allowed the candidates to pivot to any terrorism talking point at their disposal regardless of the question. It creates a feedback loop in which polling shows America’s greatest fear is from terrorism stemming from a fundamental interpretation of Islam, the media cover terrorist stories extensively, politicians fear-monger for exploitation, and then the candidates further fear-monger in a debate focused almost exclusively on terrorism. This debate happened a few days after 195 nations reached a historic climate deal in Paris, and scientists continue to urge the need to act now before it’s too late. America’s own military considers climate change a national security threat, and yet CNN didn’t think climate change was an important enough issue. Obama and others (although Bernie Sanders misspoke in the last debate) correctly extrapolated from a study that droughts exacerbated by climate change in the Middle East helped create some of the conditions that allow terrorists to thrive. Instead, the only thing the right does is create a straw man argument that makes Obama look especially stupid. To the uninformed, they make it sound like Obama thinks some bad weather makes people mad enough to become terrorists, which of course sounds ludicrous. The Republicans ignore the actual argument by simply misrepresenting it and dismissing the argument based on their perceived absurdity instead of evaluated evidence.

Everything ties back to style over substance. Talking about the climate deal, infrastructure, Wall Street banks, campaign finance reform, and so on are all boring. The media want exciting because that’s what the people want, and that excitement tends to blind people to the fact that the Republicans don’t want to avoid talking about policy because it’s boring. They want to hide their complete lack of substance, and jumping up and down about terrorism and Obama and Hillary and Benghazi serves as a great distraction. While Governor Chris Christie uses emotional appeals, fear-mongering, ad hominem attacks against Obama and Hillary Clinton while using snarl words, and his experience as proof that he’s correct about what he says, Christie’s state continues to suffer. He released a supposedly bold social security plan that would actually deplete the fund faster than if nothing changed. Yet the New Hampshire Union Leader still defends his social security plan, and there’s hardly any criticism of the paper or the plan. But Christie was in New Jersey and knew people at the towers on 9/11, which is sad and scary, so therefore everything he says about forfeiting our rights to the N.S.A. must be correct.

Christie serves as one example, but every candidate flooded the airwaves with their empty calorie rhetoric last night. Going through the transcripts reveal very little in terms of substance, but when the lights shine right and the crowd jeers and cheers while Trump makes faces, people overlook the lack of substance. When people think terrorism lurks constantly right around the corner and candidates talk like the apocalypse is coming, people overlook the lack of substance, forfeit their rights out of false comfort, and turn on each other in fits of paranoia. After everyone wakes up, media will be back to covering the big lines from last night until eventually moving onto whatever outrageous thing Trump says next. Pundits will grade the candidates on how they appeared and by their appeal to voters because there’s no substance to grade, but everyone will pretend like that’s normal.

At a certain point, people must realize that there’s a whole other major party in America, the Democrats. In fairness to media, the D.N.C. scheduled only a few debates and many at odd times, but the media obsesses over the circus, the clown car. That obsession also distracts people from actual issues. The focus winds up being on the horse race instead of the issues and what politicians are doing about them. It’s also how Republicans slip in outrageous pro-business riders onto must-pass legislation, by keeping people distracted with Ebola and Syrian refugees. That tactic also forces Democrats to spend most of their political capital defeating efforts such as defunding the Affordable Care Act and stopping the acceptance of Syrian refugees.

A number of Republicans barely have any policy positions on their websites, and most of them are nonsense. Many of those policies are never questioned, with most of the focus going to the most absurd policies of Trump. The media ought to visit the Democratic candidates’ websites. The general policy outlines do outweigh the detailed white papers released by Democrats so far, but they’re focused, ambitious, and progressive. Martin O’Malley has his 15 Goals to Build the American Dream. Bernie Sanders outlines 17 issues and Hillary Clinton outlines 24 issues. The candidates collectively have exciting and promising ideas, and as they start to become more detailed, media coverage and public debate could also help shape and detail these ideas. The Democratic debates show what this idea should look like. People may be passionate, but instead of insults, they have actual policy discussion and debate. Everyone learns something, maybe people’s minds change, and maybe some good policies become better and bad policies get rooted out before progressing further. We know that’s not how it will work though. We’ll focus on Trump, ignore the fact that many of the other candidates attend events hosted by fringe and hate groups, ignore the fact that trickle-down economics don’t work, really just ignore reality in general. The only focus on Democrats will be about Clinton and fake scandals, red-baiting with Sanders, or falsely equivocating Sanders with Trump.

The Bernie Sanders campaign sums up the problem in one sad quote.

ABC’s ‘World News Tonight’ has devoted 81 minutes to Donald Trump’s campaign so far this year compared to a mere 20 seconds on Sanders through the end of November. NBC’s “Nightly News” afforded 2.9 minutes of coverage to Sanders since January. The “CBS Evening News” provided viewers 6.4 minutes of coverage on the Vermont senator.

Style over substance and corporate media ratings shouldn’t be more important than truth and substance.

A Prominent Republican On Whether He’ll Vote For Trump If He’s The GOP Nominee: “Not a chance”

One Republican’s Message to Today’s GOP