Hopelessly Divided?

August 6th, 2016 No comments

“…the problem is less that we’re gridlocked along partisan lines and more that we’ve allowed the power of private wealth to lock up our public problem-solving process — i.e., democracy itself.”

Hopelessly Divided? Think Again. – BillMoyers.com

Democracy & Government Instead of lamenting our divisions, let’s celebrate what we agree on and find candidates willing to address what’s blocking cooperation. By Frances Moore Lappé and Giulio Caperchi | August 5, 2016 “We are a divided nation!” Donald Trump tweets, while Hillary Clinton bemoans “the divisions” that are keeping “our people apart.”

Why facts don’t matter…

August 5th, 2016 No comments

I guess I vaguely sensed this all along but it doesn’t change that I want to pull my hair out when I see seemingly reasonable people cling tenaciously to lies and absurdities. I don’t mean assertions that can’t be proven true, I mean statements that can easily be shown to be false.

Why facts don’t matter to Trump’s supporters

How did Donald Trump win the Republican nomination, despite clear evidence that he had misrepresented or falsified key issues throughout the campaign? Social scientists have some intriguing explanations for why people persist in misjudgments despite strong contrary evidence. Trump is a vivid and, to his critics, a frightening present-day illustration of this perception problem.

Trump’s America

August 5th, 2016 No comments

I’m just going to post this here without comment and ask Trump supporters to respond to it. Please make your response using respectful words in meaningful order (not memes or cartoons), and please confine your comments to the topic: the behavior depicted in this video. That means: it’s not about what happens at anyone else’s rallies, it’s not about Hillary. Off topic and offensive posts (I get to decide, “I paid for this microphone.”) will be deleted and violators banned from the page.

Trump supporters are no longer just stupid

August 2nd, 2016 No comments

Trump supporters are not just stupid anymore. They are despicable.

Khizr Khan Is a Muslim Brotherhood Agent?

Claim: DNC speaker Kzhir Khan, father of fallen Army Capt. Humayun Khan, is a Muslim Brotherhood operative. WHAT’S TRUE: Khzir Khan is a Muslim-American. WHAT’S FALSE: No credible evidence supports the assertion that Khan is an operative of the Muslim Brotherhood.

“I find Trump deeply flawed in endless ways.”

August 2nd, 2016 No comments

Secretary Clinton has issues that depending on where one stands can be viewed as great or small. But she stands and has stood for causes bigger than herself for a lifetime. That matters. Mrs. Clinton has promoted many of the issues I have been committed to over the years including expanding education and supporting women’s health care.

While I disagree with her on many issues, I will vote for Mrs. Clinton. I will be hopeful and resolute in my belief that being a good American who loves his country is far more important than parties or winning and losing. I trust she can lead. All Republicans may not like the direction, but they can live to win or lose another day with a real candidate. Our response to the public’s anger and the need to rebuild requires complex solutions, experience, knowledge and balance. Not bumper sticker slogans that pander to our disappointment, fear and hate.

Rep. Richard Hanna letter: We should all be done with Donald Trump (commentary)

By Richard Hanna Our country is desperate for a functioning two-party system. A system that understands that compromise is the sweet spot of peace in a pluralistic society that values tolerance and inclusiveness. Not these endless attempts to run the table in two- and four-year cycles that produce few results and parties that seem to regard gridlock as an accomplishment.

I’m not with her.

July 31st, 2016 No comments

A short interview with Bill Maher 7/29/16 where Bernie discusses next steps for #OurRevolution.

“Have you even read it?”

July 29th, 2016 No comments

This is the kind of thing you used to expect from Republican Conventions. I can imagine Ronald Reagan highlighting this kind of patriot. I am not a Hillary fan and I may not vote for her, but I will never vote for Trump.

True to their word…

July 29th, 2016 No comments

While the lamestream media gleefully pronounces our #PoliticalRevolution dead, this article, an interview with the amazing Jane Sanders, shows us why it’s not. It’s ain’t over. It’s just beginning.

“[It’s gratifying] how committed they are to the issues they believe in, and to bettering this country, and how a lot of them, really, are very pure at heart. And that’s what’s hard for them right now. To recognize that, yeah, you know, we didn’t get the presidency, but we made a lot of progress, and we’re going to keep fighting, and the world doesn’t change overnight.

We didn’t change the world overnight, but that’s never happened. And the amount that we have changed already — we have changed the trajectory of this country and the Democratic Party. So, good work everybody!”

Jane Sanders: Why Bernie Voters Shouldn’t Get Over It

On Tuesday, Bernie Sanders formally nominated Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic nominee for president, officially drawing to a close a hard-fought, 14-month campaign that brought him within spitting distance of the White House.

It ain’t over…

July 28th, 2016 No comments

While the lamestream media gleefully pronounces our revolution dead, may I just interject that it ain’t over. It’s just beginning.

Jane Sanders: Why Bernie Voters Shouldn’t Get Over It

On Tuesday, Bernie Sanders formally nominated Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic nominee for president, officially drawing to a close a hard-fought, 14-month campaign that brought him within spitting distance of the White House.

I might vote Hillary if…

July 27th, 2016 No comments

bernie victory

I wrote all of this down to try to grok what’s happening at the DNC.

History only makes sense in retrospect. When we look back on historical events, we can say, “Sure I can see how that happened.” Of course, there’s every possibility that the narrative we tell ourselves to make sense of things only satisfies our need for certainty. As Nixon once wrote, “The judgment of history depends upon who writes it.”

But I sure never saw this coming. My expectation was that the DNC would meet in Philadelphia, continue to diss and dismiss Sanders supporters, nominate Hillary, and set out on a campaign founded on the inspiring principle that at least Hillary isn’t Trump. Of course, all that did happen, but against a backdrop I don’t think anyone expected, and that is confirmation of what we really knew all along, which is that the primaries were rigged in Clinton’s favor. Given that the entire party apparatus opposed him, Bernie is quite justified in pointing to his showing in the primaries with enormous pride.

What difference does it make that what we felt was true has been confirmed? Does it make us dislike HRC and her cronies any more? Not really. If we knew the process was rigged, Bernie must have known (he said as much just this last weekend), and yet in the last two weeks Bernie has gone all in for Clinton, to the dismay of many of his supporters and the bewilderment of others, like me. Bernie raised the hopes of the people with the prospect of putting a semblance of integrity into our national government. He told us he wouldn’t abandon that goal, and yet now he’s advocating for tweedle-awful on the proposition that at least she’s not tweedle-awfuller.

Bernie Sanders has a decades long record of integrity and consistency in his views. He has stood up for his beliefs even when it has been politically difficult for him. He promised his followers that he would not betray us or the principles of his (our) political revolution. What could Hillary Clinton and the DNC possibly offer him that could persuade him to give all that up and sell out to the establishment? The answer, of course, is nothing. So what’s up?

Well, here’s something. On the day that Bernie announced, absolutely nobody thought he stood a snowball’s chance, probably including the Senator himself. I sent in my $10 donation (I never could afford the $27, but at the same time I had never donated to any other candidate) knowing that there wasn’t much hope; only a fool’s hope. What he did next electrified. He mobilized millions of people with a vision of an America that is truly as great as we tell ourselves it is (but isn’t). He showed us that you can run a campaign backed by just the people and not the fat cats. He gave us hope and unity in response to fear and division. And even with the whole system rigged against him he won 22 states and almost 50% of the vote. That is a testament to the strength of his (our) ideas.

Bernie told us from the start that the revolution wasn’t about him or the presidency, but rather about recovering our democracy. I, and I know millions of my brothers and sisters, are heartbroken that he wasn’t allowed to win the nomination. But given where we started, he has still won an amazing victory. And I’m not saying that just to make us feel batter. Our agenda is part of the national conversation now. And if we don’t blow it, we have the beginnings of a movement that can bring progressivism back to the center of American politics. Bernie has set in motion grass roots organizations that can fundamentally transform American politics from the ground up. None of that would have ever happened if Bernie hadn’t run, and we hadn’t stuck with him, hoping against hope. Us.

Politics as usual is dead. The Republican Party has been hijacked by the lunatic right, led by a narcissistic and probably deranged demagogue. The Democratic Party is in the midst of collapsing under the weight of its own corruption as demonstrated in the leaked DNC emails. If you watched Bernie’s speech at the DNC, you will notice he put Hillary on the hook for his (our) entire agenda. Hillary is slippery and can’t be trusted, but backtracking now will only hasten the collapse of the Democratic Party establishment. In short, Hillary and her stooges and Paul Ryan and his stooges and the whole political establishment is collapsing. It is on the verge of being swept away. If I vote for Hillary (still not decided, and since I live in California it won’t matter either way), that will not be a vote for the arrogant contemptuous dishonest shill, it will be a vote to accelerate Bernie’s (our) revolution. I might be able to do that with a clear conscience.

I feel much better now.

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