I used to get on the air and rail against the false patriotism that the Republican Party used to hide its real agenda and fool the rubes who allow themselves to be conned by its lies. After watching the Democratic convention and its constant stream of faux patriotism, I now know that we have a new set of rubes and new con artists in our country. The Democrats have finally realized that it is very easy for demagogues to hide bad intentions behind the flag. They now realize that they can get away with any manner of bad behavior as long as there are a few convenient American flags waving in the background. We have got to gin up some new political parties quickly because except for the Green Party, which needs to grow its grassroots operations if it want to be viable, we don't have a party that represents us!
If you were expecting some balance and fairness in Hillary Clinton's V.P. Choice, you have to remember that Hillary Clinton never fails to disappoint. Her selection of Tim Kaine seems to follow that dictum faithfully. She seems to have consulted a pandering checklist to choose her V.P.
What does the above prove?
That the Clinton/Kaine team highlights everything that's wrong with American politics.
Forget about the lesser of two evils this year, both choices stink. Vote your conscience, vote third party or write in Bernie Sanders.
Happy Birthday America!
The founding fathers didn't give us the guarantee of freedom and democracy, they gave us a framework on which to build or destroy one. Having the "freedom" to choose the lesser of two evils, isn't part of any democracy anywhere, but it is part of many totalitarian nations. Voting based on being given a choice of one of the two candidates provided by two corporate controlled parties isn't voting, it's validating the preferences of big corporate campaign contributors and media moguls. The only way we can get our country back is to break the two party duopoly by spawning more parties that represent our interests and supporting them. Making Bernie Sanders a new party's standard bearer would be a great start.
Remember folks, we won't lose freedom and democracy in any war but we could easily give it away when we vote. Before you cast that vote, ask yourself if you are doing so based on the merits of a candidate or are being coerced into it by fear tactics used by your political party and a corporate controlled media.
The multinational corporations that own most of the world's career politicians know that a citizenry's will to vigorously protect their nation's sovereignty makes the difference between its workers making a decent living or going into a race to the bottom wage competition with third world nations whose workers make pennies a day. That's why "free" trade hurts workers and helps billionaires, it is an attack on sovereignty! I congratulate the British people for making a wise decision that preserves their national identity, their dignity and eventually, their prosperity! That's also why I condemn the Democratic Party and by extension, its presumptive standard bearer, Hillary Clinton for not putting vigorous opposition of the TPP on their platform! They need to be reminded that the taxes that pay their salary are not paid by workers in third world nations, they're paid by our workers, who incidentally also vote!
I was just watching a Hillary Clinton speech that she made in Raleigh, NC, where she vehemently stated that she is opposed to the TPP. She called it “a bad deal.” Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't she support the TPP when she was Secretary Of State? Didn't Bill Clinton foist job killing NAFTA on us, stating that it would bring jobs and prosperity to our nation? As a matter of fact, didn't she present herself as carrying on the legacy of President Obama, a.k.a. The Disappointment In Chief? Isn't President Obama a major proponent and the driving force behind the TPP?
The facts answer the above questions, I present them here for your enlightenment. Hillary covered many areas in her speech, I decided to focus on the Trans Pacific Partnership because labor issues are my strongest area of expertise. Her speech was loaded with similar inconsistencies, read that as out and out lies and weaselly half-truths. If you had the “pleasure” of hearing her speech, I'm sure that you have your own “favorite“ parts, let me know what they are.
For the sake of integrity, America still needs Bernie Sanders in the White House!
Hillary Clinton is an old hand at playing identity politics. She dissects a populace into disparate groups, panders to them and tries to use them as her surrogates. This is commonly referred to as "divide and conquer." Hillary Clinton is a destructive divider, Bernie Sanders is a constructive uniter! If you are a union member, minority group member, a woman or a member of any other group that Hillary's handlers have identified as being useful to her campaign, don't be flattered, be highly insulted that you are being USED! Let her know by your votes and your words that you are not falling for her scam.
OK folks, I'm still trying to process this. The Koch Bros. find Hillary Clinton to be preferable to any of the Republican candidates, yet there are still totally dysfunctional morons out there who are preaching that "if you don't vote Democrat, you'll get a Republican in the White House." Think about the tortured logic those people had to use to come to such a brilliant conclusion. They had to use a great deal of rationalization to protect themselves from life's realities.
Their reasoning or lack thereof, is analogous to a person who loves a particular brand of cereal. The flavor of it is superb and is set off by wonderful freeze-dried fruit that enhances it and is the signature taste of the eating experience. The cereal's brand name paints an accurate picture of the delight that awaits the happy consumer and all is well. Suddenly, the manufacturer decides that fruit is too expensive and in a cost cutting measure, replaces it with freeze-dried excrement which it calls dingleberries.” The hapless person looks at the box and wonders why the fruit he or she loves so much was replaced by something called dingleberries? The soon to be victim is reassured by the familiar brand name on the package and takes it home along with the other groceries. He or she gets it home, pours it into a bowl, adds milk, notices a strong odor, now realizes what dingleberries are and swears never to buy it again.
The moral of this story is that a political party that is devoid of its original ideals becomes a brand name that at best, stands for nothing, but at worst stands for nothing but evil. If the Democratic Party nominates a standard bearer like Hillary Clinton who apparently has the Koch Bros. Seal of approval, it has replaced its wonderful freeze dried fruit, people like FDR and LBJ and yes, the possibility of electing Bernie Sanders, with dingleberries. Believe me, if it happens, I won't be sampling that odor!
A couple of hours ago, MSNBC had a person on the street interview segment where some human interest story reporter asked a group of hipster type Brooklynites who were waiting to get brunch who they were voting for? ALL of them said Hillary Clinton. Then he asked each of them what they think of the Democratic Party's Super Delegate system? NONE of them had even the slightest idea about what a Super Delegate was!!! What I derive from that little TV vignette is:
If you saw the segment, draw your own conclusion!
I'm noticing a perverse form of stereotyping and anti-semitism that was probably engendered by the Hillary Clinton camp. Basically, I keep hearing a snide inference oozing out of the various slime pits that comprise the mainstream media that either Bernie Sanders isn't Jewish enough or is ashamed of his Jewishness. The Jewish faith, like any other faith consists of a full spectrum of observance ranging from Orthodox to non-practicing secular people who are Jewish in heritage. To try to slur Bernie by inferring that he is a self-hating Jew is hitting an all time low that puts the accuser in the same league as the propaganda ministry of Hitler's Germany.
Let me know what you think!
As the most solemn Christian Holy Day passed and we approach Easter, I can't help but see a modern day biblical story of betrayal play out. As Democrats, we have always expected our party to stand for a set of values that protect the interests of ordinary folks. It's been the party of the little guy and gal and was made so by the strong actions of moral giants like FDR, JFK and LBJ. Those political icons helped hammer out legislation like Social Security, Medicare, civil rights laws and labor laws that protect workers' rights. They are things that now form the fabric of everyday life. The values that helped those giants of the Democratic Party forge that legislation out of blocks of moral steel were held sacrosanct until Ronald Reagan occupied the White House.
When Bill Clinton was elected, the needle of the Democratic Party's moral compass started spinning wildly in the direction of corporate money! Clinton's answer to Reagan Republicans was to “triangulate” (his word) Democratic ideology, compromising so much of what we hold near and dear. Clintonistas always like to boast that Bill Clinton left the White House with a budget surplus, but at what cost? His administration helped to pass and sign enough deregulatory pro-corporate legislation to make a Republican blush! The damage that his legislation caused was like a toxic time capsule that is hurting us today!
Barack Obama has continued the Clinton legacy of corporatism by appointing Wall Streeters and industry insider CEO's to his cabinet and key regulatory positions. One of the troubling aspects of his administration is that no matter how altruistic they look, there is always something in his legislative initiatives that benefits corporations. Passing and signing The Affordable Care Act, instead of a medicare for all national health plan, is a prime example of that. I like to call it life support for insurance corps and big pharma. Can you say trickle down? Another example is his support of “free” trade agreements. Can you say NAFTA II? He even gave FDR a little zinger when he tried to institute stealth cuts to Social Security by championing the chained CPI method of calculating the cost of living. How Republican of him!!
In keeping with the selling out of Democratic ideals, certain leaders of the Democratic party have been trying to pre-ordain Hillary Clinton as their Presidential nominee. As such they have in subtle and not so subtle ways thrown the kitchen sink at the Bernie Sanders campaign, probably because he is a corporatist's worst nightmare. If Hillary does become their nominee, it will be an empty victory because either thinking Democrats will become independents in droves or a new third party will emerge that truly represents the ideals of FDR Democrats.
What it boils down to is that the Democratic Party can only continue to collect its thirty pieces of corporate silver at the expense of its soul which happens to be its identity as the party of the little guy and gal! Party leaders have to take a lesson from this quote from scripture; For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? - Matthew 16:26
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