Further Into the Crazy Zone

Written April 22, 2018…

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The Democrats’ lawsuit proves once again that, not only have they learned nothing from 2016’s embarrassing loss, but they are going further and further into the crazy zone. It also proves that they refuse to change course or actually start acting like the “Left” party they claim to be – which of course they are not.

Even if I was a Dem loyalist, I would be looking at this and thinking, “Is this really where our energy should be going? How is this helping anything?”

I mean, Democrats have lost about a thousand seats in government over the years, and yet they still have not realized that the only way they are going to start winning elections again is to stop trying to act like Republicans. Why would anyone want Republican-lite when you can just vote for the real thing? I don’t vote Democrat anymore because they are way too conservative of a party for my tastes. Way too pro-Wall Street, way too pro-war, way too pro-mass surveillance, way too pro-corporate. But they can’t be what progressives want them to be without being forced to give up all that money, which they are never going to do. So this is the road they are traveling down. Just keep fear-mongering with the “Republicans will eat your babies” type nonsense. Never mind that Dems do almost all the same shit to you as Republicans do. It’s just good cop-bad cop, and they hope enough people keep falling for it indefinitely.

The Dems probably don’t even care if they win this lawsuit. The key seems to just keep throwing as much “Trump-Russia collusion” mud at the wall to see what sticks. If they can paint Trump as a nefarious “foreign agent” (instead of what he actually is, which is nothing more than a rich establishment buffoon), then maybe they can scaremonger enough people to vote their way next time. They also want to keep painting anyone that doesn’t vote for their party as “anti-American/pro-Russian.”

I predict this is going to blow up in their face, just like their scheming did in 2016. It will also turn most of us even more against them than we already were. But go ahead, prove to all of us once and for all that Putin and WikiLeaks literally “made” Trump the president. This should be good for yet another laugh. Except that none of this is the least bit funny anymore.

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Left-Wing: A Dirty Word

Written Feb. 18, 2018…

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It should tell you everything you need to know that the supposedly “left-wing” Democratic Party is terrified of even being seen as “left-wing” – let alone actually acting like a “left-wing” party.

They attack the Republicans for being too “right-wing” but they think the answer to that is to be a centrist party that keeps inching farther and farther to the right. But just as long as they can appear a hair to the left of the Republicans, then people believe the Democrats are still “left-wing.” There is nothing left-wing about them – except maybe in the empty, politically-correct platitudes they still continue to spew.

They have convinced their followers that no Democrat can ever possibly win if they are too far to the left. I guarantee a truly “left-wing” progressive candidate (one who is actually against interventionist wars) can and would win. I say that if the Democratic Party actually had the same exact platform as the Green Party, they could win. That will never happen, though, within the anti-progressive wasteland of a party the Democrats have become over the past three decades. So they smear the Green Party as being way too anti-war, anti-fracking, anti-establishment to ever win. And people believe it and don’t vote Green. So therefore, the Greens never get any bigger. It’s not because people don’t believe in those values though. It’s because the Democrats do everything they can to make sure that progressives stay within their own party, and never go elsewhere. They make sure that a Green Party candidate is not allowed on stage during a presidential debate. They make sure the Green Party never gets to 5%. The Democrats’ very existence depends on keeping the Green Party marginalized, and keeping progressives forever believing that they need to stay with the Dems in order to win. Never mind that the Dems rarely win anymore for the very reason that they act too much like Republicans. Oh, the irony!

Millions of us no longer will accept someone who is only barely more to the left than a Republican. We want someone who is actually “left-wing.” I want someone who is 100% against regime changes and interventionist/imperialist wars. I will not compromise on this issue. The Democrats bought into all that Republican smearing over the past several decades that anyone to the left is a “pinko commie hippie” and is un-American if they don’t worship at the feet of Wall Street, the Military-Industrial Complex and the FBI and CIA. I have gotten accused of “working for Russia” and/or being a Trump-supporter for the very reason that I do not support these institutions. Democrats think the way to win elections is to try to beat the Republicans at their own game, instead of actually representing their own constituents. Hillary was more concerned with trying to lure anti-Trump conservatives over to her side, rather than trying to represent progressives to the left.

Progressives have been vilified as being Russian sympathizers. The same shit that the Nixon-era conservatives tried to say about young liberal Democratic voters. It’s truly sad that people in their 60s and 70s, who were once the so-called “pinko-commie hippie liberals” who railed against the Vietnam War, the establishment, the Nixon administration and the older, conservative generation, have now become conservative voters, Trump supporters and/or neoliberals who refuse to see how right-wing the Democratic Party has become. And they now denounce the younger generation, just like they were once denounced.

In other words, they have become the very thing they once railed against. It is a truly sad thing to watch. I can say that I, on the other hand, have grown more progressively liberal as time has gone on. The farther to the right Democratic voters go, the further left I go.

The establishment propaganda machine has properly done its job. Millions of us have finally stopped falling for their tactics, though. Over the next couple of years, they will try harder than ever to smear us, silence us, vilify us and bully and manipulate us. Even more than they did in the 2016 election. We can never let their manipulation tactics work on us again. We cannot go back to neo-liberal pro-establishment shills like Obama and Clinton. That is what gave us Trump in the first place. If we do, we will only be paving the way for even-worse versions of Trump in the future.

The Crumbling Empire

Written Feb. 13, 2018…

The United States empire is going down quickly – and it is threatening to take everyone down with it. That is why our government, military and corporate media wants to brainwash you into believing that there are evil enemies lurking everywhere you look – Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Syria. They are all out to get us, according to these war merchants. Our government wants you to believe that these countries are out to destroy democracy and the world. Actually, we are the ones who have destroyed democracy, as our nation is nothing but an oligarchy. And we are the nation that the rest of the world looks at as the biggest danger to world peace.

A sign of a dying, desperate empire is when it thinks it can engage in ever bigger, more insane war campaigns, delusionally thinking that this will somehow restore its former glory. Notice how we never even seem to win any of these ridiculous wars we engage ourselves in? For the most powerful nation in the history of the world, we seem to get bogged down in endless, unwinable wars over and over. But then again, isn’t that the whole point? We don’t really care about winning wars. We only care about continuing these wars – and starting new ones. God forbid that we would actually spend money and fix all the problems we have in our nation. Our infrastructure is crumbling. Our law enforcement has turned into a militarized police state. In many cities in America, we have literally become a third world nation, with dirty undrinkable water, raw sewage in the streets and homeless people begging for food. How does this happen in the richest country in the history of the world? It’s very easy when our nation keeps screwing over its citizens – all for greed and profit. They want to make sure we are left with absolutely nothing. So what exactly is the point in fighting these wars? It certainly is not to protect freedom, it’s not to protect some great way of life that no longer exists. It’s just to make rich people richer.

You cannot possibly hold on to world power if you are fighting wars in every part of the globe simultaneously. We are appearing more and more like a dying beast that is flailing around without any real purpose anymore. But that is why we are extremely dangerous. We are causing havoc in every part of the globe. And our allies keep enabling this behavior, instead of standing up to us, and condemning us for our constant war crimes. The same war crimes that we hypocritically condemn our enemies for committing.

Constant war is the new normal. We will keep bombing countries, creating terrorists and then claiming that we need to engage in new wars to “stop” the terrorists – which just creates more terrorists and more reasons to fight wars. And so on. And our nation is falling more and more into absolute shambles, just so a few rich, powerful people can get even richer off of death, misery and destruction.

There is no doubt about it – World War III is just around the corner.

This will not end well.

Exit, Stage Left

Written Aug. 13, 2017…

Millions of progressives have made it known loud and clear that we are no longer happy with the tone-deaf Democratic Party, the neoliberal establishment or status quo politics, in general. In fact, we are enraged, and with very good reason. Millions of us are getting screwed over, and things are getting worse, not better, for people of color. Democrats are doing nothing to address any of this. They just offer empty, worthless platitudes that sound nice but mean nothing.

How does the Democratic establishment respond to our complaints? By smearing anyone who won’t vote for their identity-politic corrupt, warmongering corporate choices, and telling us we are just a bunch of whiners and freeloaders that need to shut up and fall in line – just like we have always done.

In other words, they have given us a huge middle finger and let us know that they don’t give a damn about our concerns. They… just… don’t… care. Well, except for when we don’t vote for them. Then they suddenly seem to notice us. Of course, it’s only to heap more derision on us. It’s all about shaming and blaming everyone else for their own pathetic failures. It is the main reason why 15 million people have exited this party. I predict millions more will eventually leave. The party has learned absolutely nothing from any of this. The only thing they can do is double-down on their ridiculous Russian hacking claims that have never been proven with any tangible evidence.

The Democrats have become far more dangerous than the Republicans, for the simple reason that as long as they keep people on the Left enslaved to them, through intimidation, fear, manipulation and false promises, and they offer no real opposition to Republicans, then Americans have nobody that will protect them from the horrendous, destructive policies of the Republicans. They have become one and the same corrupt evil party. And when progressives keep getting shamed and ignored by the Democrats, so the party can court disgruntled conservative voters instead, we are left with no other choice but to fight their corrupt, useless party even harder than the Republicans that they tell us we need protection from.

Get Ready for the Gaslighting to Commence

Written July 23, 2017…

We already know what to expect over the next three years from the Democratic Party, die-hard Democratic voters and the neoliberal mainstream media.

If Kamala Harris does indeed become the Chosen One that the Democratic Party gets behind, and progressive voters aren’t willing to vote for her, we will not only be called sexists next time, but racists as well. It doesn’t matter if most of us voted for Obama and/or Jill Stein. We didn’t vote for Hillary, so that automatically makes us sexist – and because Kamala is also black, then we will be called racist, as well. Many progressives would probably be willing to vote for Tulsi Gabbard or Nina Turner, but that still doesn’t matter. If you don’t vote for the Clintonites’ chosen woman or person of color, then you are labeled sexist and/or racist. It doesn’t matter that many of us would be proud to call someone like Tulsi or Nina the first woman president – the Dems don’t want those two women anywhere near the White House, so they pretend like they are not really women, and, in Nina’s case, black, as well. Just like they pretended that Jill Stein wasn’t really a woman that you voted for last time, which totally negated their argument that you are “sexist.” The person has to be who they decide you should vote for – not who you decide to vote for.

We also know they will accuse us of secretly supporting Trump and his horrible policies, if we are not willing to vote for anything that may stop him. Never mind that voting for anything was what put him into power in the first place.

All of this is gaslighting and manipulation at its finest. It’s also complete bullshit.

Look, I don’t know Kamala Harris. She seems to be a nice lady, very intelligent, and I even agree with her on certain issues, but I also know she is corrupt, and I refuse to vote for any more pro-war/pro-corporate establishment status quo choices. I just differ on too many important issues to simply bite my tongue and vote for them, simply because Donald Trump will be the opposition. Kamala Harris is just Obama 2.0 meets Hillary 2.0. That might have been acceptable several years ago, but that now is just everything we don’t need. That is exactly the type of “lesser evil” candidate that has lead us to the dire situation we now find ourselves in. We need to stop with these horrible “lesser evil” choices. There is no such thing as a “lesser” evil. Evil is an absolute. Period.

To be absolutely fair, I will try to keep an open mind about this candidate, but I would have to say that my chances of voting for her in 2020 are extremely slim to none. And someone trying to shame me or gaslight me into voting for her will not get me to change my mind if I decide she is simply not someone I can get behind. If they tell me that it will be, once again, my fault if Trump wins, I will say it’s their fault for not pushing for a candidate that all of us could be happy with and rally behind. If Tulsi Gabbard or Nina Turner was the Democratic choice, there is a far greater chance of people who don’t vote Democrat rallying behind them. But you push someone like Kamala Harris, and you are guaranteeing that millions of progressive voters will either stay home again, or take their vote to a third party candidate.

I would love to see this nation’s first woman president. I would love to see a black woman president. I will not, however, just vote for any horrible choice simply because of their race or gender. I don’t vote for candidates simply because they are white and male, and I am not going to vote for them simply because they are black and female. That is identity politics at its worst. Horrible policies don’t suddenly become better because you have a black woman pushing them.

Kamala Harris is not the answer to our problems. She is just another problem. And she will almost certainly guarantee an extra four years of Trump. Don’t say we didn’t warn you – again.

Words vs. Actions

Neoliberal comedian Bill Maher tried to school the great Dr. Cornel West recently on whether black people would be better off with Hillary Clinton as President than under Donald Trump, when it comes to being unarmed and getting shot by racist cops… who then don’t go to jail for their crimes.

You do realize, Bill, that this was going on under a black president?? If Obama couldn’t stop it, what makes you think Clinton would have done any better??? Her and her husband passed policies that increased mass incarceration tenfold. Who suffered overwhelmingly by those policies? Black people.

So spare me with your ignorant argument. Dr. West wasn’t buying that bullshit, and neither should anyone else.

You are talking about how Trump is in favor of cops doing whatever the hell they want, which is true, but Hillary (great liberal that she is) made a speech (oooooh), denouncing these actions by cops. But as Dr. West pointed out, “Hillary gave speeches about a whole lot of stuff… but there wasn’t a whole lot of integrity in it, though.” Of course, Maher just sat there and did everything he could to shill for Clinton, as he always does. He loves gaslight and shame anyone who refuses to vote for a warmongering neoliberal criminal.

For fake “liberals” like Maher, saying nice things is as good as actually doing them. It doesn’t actually matter what your actions are… just as long as you give feel-good speeches. Clinton… Trump… neither one was going to do a damn thing to stop police violence. The only difference is, Clinton would say some harsh words about it, and Trump would say he was in favor of it.

Either way, innocent black people will still keep getting killed by racist cops, regardless of which party is in power. And those racist cops will still get off scot-free. Until we demand that our leaders actually do something about this problem, they can make all the harshly worded speeches they want. If there are no actions to back it up, then the words aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.

Which Road Do We Choose?

Written Jan. 28, 2017…

 

We can either go down 2 roads over the next 4 years:

We can finally realize that, if you are a real progressive (for lack of a better term), then it is time to finally move on once and for all from the Democratic Party and build a true alternative movement that will return power to the people.

Or you can just go running back to the party and vote for any candidate they put up… even if that candidate is the one that led to Donald Trump winning in the first place. You can allow yourself to continue to be manipulated by a corporate-owned, corrupt, warmongering party that does not give a shit about you, but only cares about your vote. But because they talk nicer than Trump, you “feel” better about them. Never mind that their policies may be very much the same on too many big issues (war, Wall Street, fracking, etc). People want the illusion of safety, even if it’s all just a complete sham.

My guess is that the Democrats will continue to do absolutely nothing to reform and make themselves into the party they once were. They will simply put up another corporate, warmongering, corrupt shill, and hope that you will be so freaked out by Trump (because the dishonest corporate media will catastrophize everything he does) that you will vote for anybody to beat him… even if that person is only “better” on the surface, but the same underneath (which I thought Hillary Clinton was). They will spend the next 4 years trying to, once again, bully you, gaslight you and manipulate you, and then blame you if you don’t vote for their next horrible candidate. They will scream, “Look at what Trump is doing!,” even if some of those actions are the exact same thing as what Barack Obama did.

Obama deported millions of people, bombed 7 countries, increased the NSA’s ability to spy on all of us, got rid of habeas corpus, and went after whistleblowers. But because he was a nicer guy than Trump, and didn’t talk crazy like him, then somehow that makes it different?

It amazes me that we are now almost at the point where half the entire voting population in this country is listed as “independent,” yet how many of them still keep voting either Democrat or Republican? How long before we finally break free from both horrible parties once and for all? How long before we finally start holding all candidates (even the ones we like) accountable for their actions, and stop just making excuses for them?

If the Democrats put up someone like Nina Turner or Tulsi Gabbard, then I might be talked into coming back to the party – but not if they are going to put up a corporate shill candidate to run against them, and then just rig the entire primary again, like they did with Bernie Sanders. But if it’s Hillary Clinton (god forbid), Cory Booker or Keith Ellison who is their choice, then I’m sorry, but I’m not falling for that “corporate shill posing as a progressive,” identity politics bullshit. I’m done with that nonsense forever. We had eight years of that. I mean, yes, I’d rather see Ellison in office than Trump, but I refuse to just vote for “anybody who isn’t Trump.” And Ellison has been pushing hard for “no-fly zones” in Syria, which will lead to all-out war with Russia. Does that sound “better” to you? That’s what Clinton pushed for. That’s what Trump is now pushing for. They are all the same in the end. Would you prefer your nuclear war with a Democratic twist of lime, or Republican?

The Democrats are not going to put up Turner or Gabbard, though. Progressives are not going to take back the party, no matter what people like Bernie or Cenk Uygur think. It’s delusional thinking. The establishment will not give up its power to people who want to take that power away. The party is owned and controlled by the same Deep State “shadow government” that owns and controls the Republican Party. But many people are still under the illusion that they are somehow different. They’re not.

You think it’s an accident that we got to a place where the 2 most hated candidates ever were your only real “choices”? It’s that same failed “lesser of 2 evils” strategy that hasn’t worked in forever.

People who never paid any attention to what was going on the past several years are suddenly up in arms over Trump doing some of the same things that Obama did. It took someone like Trump to finally wake them up. Well, hooray! But are they going to stay awake once Trump is gone, or are they just going to vote another Democrat in come 2020, and then go back to sleep under the false illusion that we are “safe” again? If we do that, then this Trump presidency will have taught us nothing.

We need to not just fight Trump for the next four years, but the entire corrupt system on both sides. We need to stop allowing them to lie to us, manipulate us and bully us. We need to stop falling for that “good cop/bad cop” routine that Democrats and Republicans play with us. We need to finally say “enough is enough” and hold strong to our convictions and beliefs. If not, then they will continue to have all the power.

Nobody Owes You a Vote

Written Sept. 24, 2016…

It infuriates me how Hillary Clinton and her supporters are pissed at, and trying to shame and bully, millennials for not supporting her. As if they owe her a vote. Millennials are only the latest group to be shamed and bullied for their refusal to line up behind Clinton.  “Bernie or Bust” voters have also been shamed, as well as Jill Stein supporters. Why don’t they go after the millions of Americans who won’t vote at all in this election, if they want to be mad at someone?

What do people not get that nobody has to vote for anyone they don’t want to vote for? You can’t make them like you. You can’t make them vote for you. Even if you think they hate you for invalid reasons, the fact remains – they have a right to hate you if they choose. Just like we can’t force someone to fall in love with us, no matter how much we might hope. I can’t make anyone like me or trust me if they don’t. People can hate me for this article if they want, and that is their right. If they respond to this and tell me I am completely wrong, that is also their prerogative.

I wish millions of liberals had voted for Bernie instead of Hillary. But if they chose not to, then that was their right. I wish every single Bernie supporter would now vote for Jill Stein, as I think she would have just as much chance of winning as if Bernie would have had. But again, I can’t force anyone to vote for her. And to say that you must vote for one candidate, so that the other candidate doesn’t win, is a ridiculous argument to make. Who are you to tell me that I must vote for someone I don’t want, like, or trust, just because their opponent may or may not be worse? I’m sure some people will miss the point of this article completely and comment, “If Trump wins, let it be on your head.” So be it.

If millions of people hate you, it can’t all be just some huge misunderstanding. When more than half the country doesn’t trust Clinton, there’s a good reason. You know that old saying, “Where there’s smoke… there’s fire.” It can’t just be blamed on a “vast right wing conspiracy.” Especially when you see Republican after Republican lining up to support her now. Don’t think for a second that it’s only because they simply don’t want Trump. They are lining up behind her because her war hawk views are perfectly in line with their own.

I love how, when you say you are going to vote your conscience, people actually get mad at that… and accuse you of being the “selfish” one because it’s gonna be your fault if Trump wins. They tell you that you have to put away your convictions and beliefs, and get in line behind Clinton, and that if you don’t, you are voting out of “white privilege” and/or “heterosexual privilege.” First off, not only do I not have to put my convictions aside, but I refuse to do so. I am not going to sacrifice my lifelong principles just to make sure Trump doesn’t become President. Secondly, there are more and more people of color and/or homosexual persuasion who are turning away from Clinton everyday, so to hell with your shaming tactics. Most minorities have long realized that the Clintons not only were not on their side, but they did irreparable damage to them with their racist and anti-gay policies. She will most certainly return to supporting the horrendous TPP (which Trump strongly opposes), and she is already ramping up the anti-Russia, pro-war rhetoric that may very well lead to another Cold War and possibly World War III. But I’m supposed to be so much more terrified of a racist, cartoon villain buffoon like Trump, who almost has no chance of actually winning anyhow, because of the fact that the corporate powers that actually run this country want Clinton to win. And they will make sure she wins – at any cost.

I vote my conscience. Always have, always will. If everybody did, we wouldn’t get stuck in these horrible situations where we are being told to constantly vote the “lesser of 2 evils.” The lesser of 2 evils is no better than the greater of 2 evils. Evil is evil. Period.

To hell with the lesser evil, many of us will be voting the greater good. And if Clinton supporters and anti-Trump supporters don’t like that, then that is their problem, not ours.

“The Problem of Partisan Thinking”

Written Aug. 20, 2016…

 

The problem these days is that we are becoming more and more partisan in our political views.

If we call ourselves a liberal, then we automatically make excuses for anything bad the Democratic Party does… and instantly dismiss anything coming from the Right as being some “right wing conspiracy” or “witch hunt” against a Democrat. If it’s a conservative news media site, we won’t even look at it to see if there is any validity in whatever they are saying. We don’t even take the time to check out bipartisan news media sites to see if there is any truth in what is being said.

If we are a conservative, we do the same thing in reverse… reject anything coming from the Left.

Too many Democrats will not actually look at the policies and actions of Hillary Clinton to see if they really do represent progressive liberal views. We don’t ask ourselves, “Is this something that I can agree with, and do her past actions actually coincide with what she is claiming she will do once in office?”

Never listen to any promises made by a candidate when they are running for office. Find out what they have already done in the past. That will give you a good idea of what they will do, going forward. Too many people hear her say she will do this and that, and just accept it at face value, without checking at her past record to see if that is actually what she has stood for. If she is saying she is now against the TPP, but then picking a VP who is pro-TPP and picking other people to help with her election that are pro-TPP, that really should give you cause for concern, and tell you where she really stands on the issue.

The problem also is that we hear what Donald Trump says, and it scares us so much that we don’t even care what Clinton says. We are just willing to vote for her out of hand, because “she’s got to be better than Trump.” Well, he just says crazy things that he MIGHT do in office, but will more than likely never get away with. She actually has done some of those things in the past, and will more than likely do them again. But she talks more intelligently and puts a nicer spin on it, so we “trust” her more than we do him.

Don’t be fooled by this!

Getting you frightened of Trump so much that you will run out and vote for Clinton… even if you don’t like her… is exactly what they are banking on, and exactly the strategy they have employed all along.

It’s sickening that if you are a liberal, and actually have grave concerns about Hillary’s record, you are either labeled a “sexist” or a “Trump supporter.” If you choose not to vote for Clinton, because she does not stand for the same things you stand for, you are accused of “helping Trump win” if you vote for Jill Stein. It’s pure manipulation tactics. They are trying to bully you and shame you into voting for someone you don’t want, don’t trust, don’t like and don’t want to vote for, instead of the candidate that actually represents your beliefs. No matter what you say, they will just instantly dismiss you and condemn you. And the ironic part of it is that they try to dismiss you as being a liberal, when you may actually be ten times more liberal than Hillary Clinton has ever been. They also ridicule you for having convictions. They want you to sell out your convictions and beliefs just to make sure Trump doesn’t win. And what happens in 2020 when there is a new Trump bogeyman that is running for the Republican nomination? You will be told, once again, that you have to put aside your convictions and be willing to “compromise” in order to make sure a Democrat you don’t want gets into office.

I consider myself a progressive liberal. But really, we need to stop with all these labels. It keeps us from really looking at the truth of the matter.

There has been tons of racist-based criticisms of Barack Obama. He is the first black President, and some people in this country truly hate that. But does that mean that any criticism of him is to be rejected out of hand, or labeled “racist”? Am I not allowed, as a progressive liberal, to have genuine criticisms about him? I proudly voted for him twice. I have liked some things he has done. I like him as a person. But he HAS done many things that I have strongly disagreed with. He is NOT as progressively liberal as I would like. He is a neoliberal, and has done things that we, on the Left, would never accept if it was coming from a Republican… and, in fact, are Republican-type actions. I find his determination to pass the TPP to be absolutely horrifying. As a progressive liberal, I am appalled at this horrible “trade” deal, and what it will do to the internet, our environment, domestic jobs, etc. I find it to be very much something a Republican would pass. So yes, I am damn well going to criticize him for it. And I don’t give a damn if he is black, white, Asian or an Eskimo. I don’t care what his color is, or his religion, or anything else about him. A bad deal is a bad deal.

There has also been a lot of sexism in our country’s past. But I reject any claims that I don’t want Hillary Clinton as my president because I am “sexist.” I WILL be voting for a woman in this election. It simply won’t be THIS woman. There is almost nothing about this person (regardless of what sex she is) that I like or trust or agree with. I don’t find her very “liberal.” She is extremely hawkish (in a totally Republican kind of way), and she has been involved in a lot of corruption. If you refuse to see that, simply because you want a woman president, then it looks like you are the “sexist,” not me. I am perfectly able to see her for what she is. I really don’t care if she is a woman. That is not even any kind of a factor for why I refuse to vote for her. It’s her actions and words that keep me from voting for her.

Ask yourself this: If Barack Obama was a white man, would you be more inclined to criticize him for things you don’t agree with? If Hillary Clinton was a man, or a Republican, would you still be sticking by “him,” or would you call him out for what he actually is? Or if the last name wasn’t Clinton, would you look at her in a different light?

Too many people are brainwashed in this country into thinking everyone on the Right is bad, and everyone on the Left is good (or vice versa, if you are a conservative voter). I am neither a Republican nor a Democrat. If some people want to say I am not a true liberal, simply because I’m not a Democrat, then so be it. I don’t really care what you label me. I know where I stand on issues. Some people simply have tunnel vision and cannot think outside the box. They believe voting for a third party candidate is “throwing your vote away” or “helping the enemy,” simply because they have been brainwashed into thinking that way by the 2 major parties, and by the media. We need a paradigm shift in our thinking patterns. We need to break out of this horrible “vote the lesser of 2 evils” way of thinking that has never done us any good.

Ask yourself this: If you consider yourself a liberal, and you proudly proclaim yourself to be a lifelong Democrat, what line in the sand does the Democratic Party have to cross to make you say, “No, this is not the Democratic Party anymore… and they no longer stand for what they used to stand for, and I cannot go along with it”?

Does a party that now stands for big business, Wall Street, the TPP, perpetual war, fracking, the fossil fuel industry, big money donors, (etc) actually sound like a liberal party to you??? Does that not actually sound like what the Republican Party used to stand for, before they went Tea Party crazy? If so, is that really okay with you that your own party no longer stands for the poor and Middle Class, except to pay empty lip service to them (because they know they need their vote)?? As an African-American, do you really feel the Democratic Party is looking out for your best interests?? And don’t answer that question, based on whether you think the Republicans are bad or not. We already know they are. But does that mean that anything the Democrats do is “okay” simply because it’s not quite as horrible as what the Republicans are doing?

I can’t stress this enough to people: Stop looking at everything through a partisan lens. Don’t just blindly vote for Clinton because you are scared of Trump. Don’t just vote for Trump simply because you hate Clinton. Actually look at the facts. Stop listening to MSNBC or Fox News or CNN, because they are all biased in their own ways towards one party or the other. Actually look at alternative news sources. Read foreign news articles about what happens in our country. Usually it will be more factual, because it won’t be partisan.

I hear so much misinformation out there. Like, I heard some Democrat repeat the same incorrect statement that the Green Party only runs for office every 4 years, and only for President. That is simply not true. They run for many different offices in America, and they don’t only run every 4 years. I also keep hearing that same tired lie that Ralph Nader is the reason why George W. Bush won the presidency. That is also not true. There were thousands of Democratic voters who actually voted for Bush. So Nader has been used as a scapegoat for Al Gore’s loss, and it’s simply not warranted. People are too lazy to actually go find out the truth.

We need to stop looking at everything that happens in America through a distorted, partisan lens. It’s the reason why we are now in the mess we are in, with 2 candidates that most of America does not trust, like or want. Shame on all of us.

 

 

“Feeling Burned”

Written Aug. 7, 2016…

I realize that threats were more than likely made against him, and perhaps there is no way to defeat such a powerful and corrupt candidate (and an entire corrupt party), but it still does not sit well with me that Bernie Sanders just abruptly seemed to give up and give in.

You can make all the excuses you want for him, but this was not just about him, it was about all of us. Millions of people, who gave their time, their heart, their soul and money they didn’t have, in order to get him elected, and he allowed Hillary Clinton and the DNC to blatantly steal it out from under him… and us.

Bernie is a great man in many ways, and I will always be grateful for what did to bring progressive ideas out into the light, and wake millions of us up. But he called for a “political revolution” and to see him now, not only endorsing her, but agreeing to campaign with her, as well as writing op-ed pieces urging all of us to vote for her, just because he feels Donald Trump is too much of a threat… that really is just very sad and pathetic. I would have expected much more from him, then to just be doing the same thing many others have done for decades: fear-mongering liberals into voting for candidates they don’t want, and who do not govern for the people, simply because the Republican candidate is too scary. We hear this election is just “too important” to allow Trump to become President. First off, we hear that in every election. Secondly, I think Clinton is even scarier than Trump. He just says scary words, she does scary deeds. She will sell us all down the river, and Bernie is sadly trying to lead us all down that horrible path.

He said months ago not to listen to him if he ever told us who to vote for. Well, it’s sad to see that some people will follow him, even though they despise Clinton. Bernie could have shown himself to be a true American hero by calling out the election fraud, and by not endorsing someone who cheated against him. I don’t care what pledge he made earlier in the race. Election fraud should never be rewarded with an endorsement. It means he is now complicit in this.

I don’t think he is acting out of any malicious intent, and maybe he truly thinks he is doing the right thing, but I strongly disagree with his decision. He has legitimized a candidate that did nothing to deserve it. He legitimized a party that showed itself to be deliberately conspiring against him. He keeps wanting to change the entire system. But how the hell can we do that, Mr. Sanders, if you are not willing to stand up against that very system? If they keep rigging every election, and nobody calls it out, then they control who gets elected and who doesn’t. Bernie never once called out the fact that we are using voting machines that have been banned all over Europe for being easy to hack and manipulate. We have overwhelming evidence that there was deliberate cheating and rigging and voter suppression. If Bernie wanted to lead a true political revolution, than he absolutely needed to stand up against these matters. Especially when reports show that he actually would have won this election by a landslide. It looks like Dr. Jill Stein and the Green Party will be the one to carry on the true revolution, as there can be no real change if it’s coming from a Democratic Party that does not act in good faith, and actively conspires against its own constituents.

I’m sorry if any Bernie supporter gets upset with me for saying this, and I certainly take no pleasure in saying it, but Bernie severely let us down. He let America down. And even if the DNC and the media destroyed him for calling out these matters, he damn well should have shown the bravery to do so regardless. Bad things happen when good people stay quiet. And Bernie has remained quiet. That’s the biggest tragedy of this entire election.

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