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Thursday, July 2, 2015

WHAT IF WE STOPPED CLUTCHING OUR PEARLS AND ACTUALLY STARTED SUPPORTING BERNIE SANDERS? (more than just a weekend at Bernie's at stake...)



             A funny thing seems to happening on the way to Hillary's coronation... 

             People are starting to pay attention to a guy who calls himself a Democratic Socialist. Who would have thought that possible in this Red Scare country?  Bernie Sanders is drawing rock star worthy crowds of enthusiastic supporters all over the country, and the more America sees and hears from the guy, the more his support grows.  Republicans don't have a bad thing to say about the man, because they hope he'll win the Democratic nomination.  They're sitting with their lily white fingers crossed, hoping upon hope that it's Bernie on the debate stage, and not Hillary Clinton.

             The only people freaking out about Bernie Sanders' early momentum are his fellow Democrats.  Liberals and progressives are terrified that Bernie is going to screw up our chance to retain the White House, handing the government over to the knuckle-draggin', mouth-breathin', science-denyin' troglodytes of the GOP who want to drag America back to the 19th century.  And maybe they're right.  Maybe Bernie Sanders is a bridge too far for this country. Maybe we can't expect people to hear the word "socialist" and NOT think of Mao or Lenin.  It's been tossed around like a slur for so long, most of the folks using the word don't know there's a difference between a Socialist and a Democratic Socialist.  Maybe they'll never need to know the difference, 'cause it's a LONG time between now and the nomination.

              But maybe Democrats should stop clutching their pearls, put on their big girl panties, and start listening to the message Bernie is trying to convey.  Once you've heard the message, you might not be so timid.

               I've gotten into some heated discussions with fellow liberals on social media, progressives who support everything Bernie Sanders stands for.  Like Bernie (and me) they think the ACA is an improvement, though fatally flawed, and want a single payer system similar to the ones being employed to provide medical care for citizens of every other industrialized western nation. They want the Congress to write and pass a law overturning Citizens United, in order to reduce the influence of the billionaire class on America's democratic processes.  They want this country to seriously invest in a jobs program that not only funds and repairs America's infrastructure, but puts millions of skilled tradesmen back to work in high paying jobs.  They want to limit the influence of K Street lobbyists on our elected representatives.  They want a Pentagon budget that reflects our modern defense needs, and not one that is stuck preparing for intercontinental nuclear wars.  And like me, they want us to invest in our schools, reduce our obscene prison population, and make higher education a national right instead of a lifelong financial burden.


                The people who argue Bernie Sanders is just too liberal for today's America are basically settling.  They're willing to cast a vote for someone who plays nice with Wall Street, sucks up to the corporate tit, and supports an ever growing Pentagon budget, simply because they don't think a man with their own ideals can be elected president.

                And maybe they're right.  Maybe Bernie's just too good to be true for most Americans.  The Faux News talking heads would love nothing better than to chant "Socialist" for the next eighteen months, scaring the piss out of the sheeple.

                But maybe, just maybe, there's a sea change of political movement taking place in this country today.  Maybe it's because the Supreme Court handed down a couple of reasonable decisions in the past weeks, and that surge of surprising good news has some of us more optimistic than usual.  Maybe it's time we noticed that the wind is blowing in a progressive direction, and instead of hunkering down in the galleys with oars in our hands we should run up the sails and go while the going's good.

                 I'm pulling for Bernie Sanders.  Hope you are too.  And if his campaign falters and Hillary is the eventual nominee, I'll sure as hell cast my vote for her next November.  An unenthusiastic vote, but they all count the same.

                 Meanwhile, there's a guy out of Vermont who's got a lot of us smiling, and it might be nice if his fellow Democrats stopped bashing his chances and listened to what he's saying.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

IF YOU KNOW A REGULAR VIEWER OF FAUX NOISE CHANNEL (as opposed to the irregular ones) BE KIND... THEY'VE HAD A BAD WEEK...



            We'll be traveling to east Tennessee in a few days, and plan to spend a little time with relatives who are devoted Faux News addicts.  I hope I can remain humble and remember not to gloat too broadly about recent events, but... I'm terrible at self restraint these days.



             More than anything else, I hope the wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth doesn't get in the way of our visit.  They've had a really bad couple of weeks, those folks.  Gays are getting married.  Obamacare is the law of the land.  Legislative redistricting and gerrymandering has been curtailed in some states.  Some voter suppression tactics have been overruled.  Abortion clinics are staying open in Texas.  And not only that, but Confederate flags are being taken down across the country, The Donald has been fired by NBC for his intemperate remarks about immigrants, and the President's approval ratings are higher than they've been since his overwhelming reelection.  Like I said... it's been a tough week for knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing troglodytes and their ilk.

              

Friday, June 26, 2015

SCALIA'S TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD WEEK CONTINUES...



            Reading Justice Scalia's dissent screed was a lot like listening to a six year-old having a meltdown in front of the candy aisle in the grocery store because his mom won't buy him a sack of Gummy Bears.


            When this petulant gasbag gets through with his little shit fit concerning the tyranny of the majority in this latest ruling, maybe he can take a few minutes to reflect upon the damage done by HIS majority decisions in the Gore v Bush and Citizens United cases.  Until he's done a little self-examination on those rulings, maybe he should shut the fuck up about this one.

            This is a great day for equal rights in this country.

            Not only that, but just think of all the new clients attorneys are going to get when they start processing gay divorces!  Capitalism at its best!  



            

Thursday, June 25, 2015

ANYTHING ELSE YOU CRYBABIES WANT TO TAKE TO THE SUPREME COURT?



                 If you think conservative heads are exploding today, just wait until next week when the Supreme Court strikes down gay marriage bans nationwide.  

                 Get the popcorn ready, it's gonna be epic!


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

IF ONLY THERE WERE A CONFEDERATE FLAG LOBBY DONATING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO POLITICIANS!

             

                                                    Guns don't kill people, flags do...