Saturday, September 24, 2016

You're a chump if you support Trump...

Trump's stuuuuuuuuuuuu-pit base doesn't see that he isn't an "outsider", fighting the establishment:  he IS the 1%, and not a nice, philanthropic, fair-minded member of it like Warren Buffett, who wants a fair taxation system and economy--no! Trump wants pure, despicable, unethical, unsustainable, country-ruining, environment-ruining "trickle-down", laissez faire economics. In other words, he wants to poop on the 99% to make his own little penthouse garden grow.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

9.11 Fifteen Years Later: Keeping It Real

It's hard to fathom that 9.11 was 15 years ago. I won't go into where I was that day, what I did, or how it impacted me, as I've written about that before. This year, I will just say that it is hitting me that we now have newly minted adults, 18 years old, in this country, who were three years old at the time, in 2001. They don't remember.

It is hitting me that, the older you get, the more you understand the importance of history, and that history is real. It isn't just a bunch of books about dead white men who fought wars, which is how it seemed to me as a child. I thought history class was the most boring, removed-from-reality, dry subject going. You see, it is so important to have a good teacher. It is so important, especially for young people who haven't lived through that much "history", to have teachers who help them understand that this stuff really happened, this was living, breathing, real stuff. And we need to learn from it.

As I got older, I did have better teachers and I did have a great history teacher and I was totally absorbed by the class and learned a lot (this was now 10th or 11th grade, by that time). I learned about the Holocaust and was horrified. There were films. Horrible, awful films. That made it more real. More real than the books about dead white men fighting far off, long ago wars that I read about in elementary school and that seemed as flat and one-dimensional as the pages I was reading. It's all about how the books are WRITTEN, too. I loved reading as a child and I have an extraordinarily vivid imagination. Had the books been written better, I would have been interested, I would have been gripped, I would have maybe understood more that this was real stuff that happened, and it was relevant to me somehow. But in elementary school, like I said, I thought history was boring, a bunch of dry, lifeless dates and facts, and all about war and white men conquering stuff and I'd rather be outside playing.

There will be more than books about 9.11. There are videos. They make it more real. Even when everyone who lived through 9.11, all of us, are dead, the videos will likely still be around. And the museum, the memorial. But we still need good teachers for history. We still need teachers that help put things in context, that make history come alive instead of seeming like a bunch of dry, faraway dates and facts on a page, and that help children understand how real things that happened before they were born were to the people living then. And how those people were just like them. And last but not least, how human history tends to repeat itself, unless we learn.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Stronger Together

As I listen to Hillary Clinton give an excellent stump speech in Johnstown, PA, I want to make an appeal to my fellow Berners. The ones of you who are thinking of not voting for Hillary: Bernie fought hard to get a lot of our issues into the Democratic Party platform. Hillary has said that she has heard us and that she will work to implement it. Now, you may or may not believe her, but at least with a Democratic administration in the White House, we will have a voice, and we can keep pushing them to the left. With Trump in there? It will be more failed trickle-down economics as, listen to me: he is in there SOLELY to benefit the 1% at the expense of the rest of us, our economy, our infrastructure, our EVERYTHING.

Hillary will fight for at least some of our agenda: infrastructure, the environment--she is up there talking about climate change AS WE SPEAK. Talking about infrastructure. Talking about unions. Etc. Etc. Etc. Trump is ALL about cutting taxes for the rich at the expense of the rest of us, and cutting regulation on business at the expense of the environment, period.

So, take on the DNC? Heck yes, we need to do that. But at the same time, we need to do what Bernie himself has passionately and sincerely urged us to do: put the country first and vote for Hillary-Kaine, so that we have a sympathetic administration in the White House. We can't afford 4 more years of Republican obstructionism. Think how bad it was, even with Obama trying to get something done from up top. Think how much WORSE it will be with TRUMP at the top!!!

Bernie wants us to vote blue so that we can GET CHANGE DONE, so that we can implement things that we all--he and you and I--fought hard to be heard on and to actually get into the platform. To not vote for it is to ensure that it won't happen--none of it will happen. We will go back to the darkest elements, the most destructive elements, of the Reagan era. Do NOT let your outrage blind you to that fact. Vote for Clinton-Kaine! Do not make me pull this car over! Seriously: as Hillary's slogan says, we are stronger together!!!

She's on our side, folks. She's not perfect but she's pretty damn good.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Thank You, President Obama

Holy harmonic convergence, Obama has his GREAT stuff tonight!!!

The audacity of hope!

You know, I've been mad at him since 2007 over some stuff that I won't bore you with at this breathtaking moment, as he walks off the stage after his BEST SPEECH EVER, and one of the best speeches I've ever, ever heard.

Obama: All is forgiven. You have been a steady hand steering the ship through very stormy seas. I have not always agreed with you. But I've come to appreciate you. And at this moment, it is hitting me: you've been great. It's hitting me that I want to say a deep, heartfelt: Thank you, President Obama. Thank you.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Get a Piece of It

Sanders just tore it up on "State of the Union" with Jake Tapper!

Bernie is SO great: Tapper asked the question that the press just seems obsessed with, namely: why don't you get out, why don't you NOT go to the Convention? You've gotten some concessions on the platform this week, why not just endorse Hillary and get out?

He said "Nope, no." He said that yes, we did make some progress on the platform this week, but in two weeks, the platform committee meets in Orlando and we still don't have--and, emphasis mine, we ***NEED***--single payer health care, a carbon tax, an anti-fracking plank, etc. So we go to Orlando and we fight, and we go to the Convention and we fight for what America needs.

Why is the press and why are Hillary people so incapable of understanding that we are in a democratic PROCESS right now, and Bernie has built a movement behind him, so why oh why on earth would we just quit now?! WE ARE GOING TO THE CONVENTION.

Get used to it, Hillary supporters. Get used to it, media. We are the base of this party. If you would turn your eyes from wooing the 2016 iteration of the so-called "Reagan Democrats", which don't even exist and never have, and which are actually called REPUBLICANS, and also turn from wooing your corporate masters, you would see that you have a yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge base that is waiting to embrace the party if the party would only embrace US. Embrace the PEOPLE instead of the 1%, and the clueless voters (a.k.a., most Republicans) who support the interests of the 1% because they are easily confused.

Your base, on the other hand, is NOT easily confused. We are HERE, we have been here all along. All the decades that you have tried to be Republican Lite, Reagan Lite. WE DON'T WANT THAT. And we are not going to stand for that anymore without a fight.

As Bernie said during this campaign season: "democracy is messy". We're in there and we're scrapping. Like successful baseball hitters, we don't give up when we are at the plate! We just keep trying to "get a piece of it"! It ain't over 'til it's over: we are still trying to get hits and hopefully a home run...we are, to borrow a phrase from Clinton's 2008 campaign, in it to win it. What is "it"? Well, ideally the whole enchilada, platform-wise, PLUS the nomination, but we definitely are in it to win the "it" of getting what this country desperately needs on the Democratic platform!

‪#‎SeeyouinOrlando‬ ‪#‎SeeyouinPhilly‬ ‪#‎Getapieceofit‬!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Bernie Supporters Do Not Want "Free Stuff"

Republicans and DINOs are saying that Berners want "free stuff". This is not the truth.

Under trickle-down Reaganomics, which has dominated our country since 1980, it has been 36 years of "free stuff" for the 1% on the backs of the 99%. We are not the ones who don't want to pay our fair share of taxes. We want to pay our fair share, and have been paying it all along. The 1% don't want to pay theirs, and have not been paying it, for 36 years. They've been freeloading for 36 years. They don't want to invest in the people, infrastructure or environment.

Republicans and DINOS do not want the tax structure changed so that everyone--all of us--are paying our fair share.  They want to continue with unfair tax breaks for the very rich and for corporations.  They want a society that, as Bernie says, is rigged, in which the fix is in and all the money actually trickles UP to the top.

Bernie and Bernie supporters want a society that is for the people--for all the people.  It is a question of priorities, not of "free stuff".  We want our tax money to be invested back into the people, in the form of health care for all, child care, maternity and paternity leave, college education, and other things that benefit our entire society in so many deep, enduring ways.  We want to invest in our infrastructure and our environment, instead of in wars for oil so that private corporations can get richer at the expense of our kids getting killed, and our blood and treasure being spent for no reason other than to explode the deficit and enrich private corporations.

So please understand:  it is the Republicans and DINOS who truly want "free stuff":  they don't want to pay their fair share of taxes.  They have proudly stated this for 36 years--this is what their candidates run on:  lowering taxes.  Not only is this "trickle-down" model that we have been living under for 36 years unfair, it is very unhealthy for our society, both ethically and economically.  It exploits and essentially makes the 99% slaves to the 1%, and it is also not sustainable, as it explodes the deficit when you have the richest among us not paying their share of taxes.

Meanwhile, while the Republicans and DINOs want "free stuff"--no taxes, no regulations, just allow the rich to hoard everything, on the backs of the workers of this country--by contrast, Bernie supporters DO want to pay our fair share, and we want our money to go toward making things so much better for all of us, for everyone.  That is what democratic socialism is.  It is ethical and it is economically sustainable, two things our current system is not.

While Bernie and Berners say: "Not me, us.", Republicans (and DINOS) say "Not us, ME."

Berners are the true patriots!!!!!!!!!  It doesn't get more patriotic than Democratic Socialism:  everyone pays their fair share of taxes, and that money gets invested back into the people and society, for the greater good.  It is far more ethical and economically sustainable than our current tax structure and set of national priorities.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Bernie Has Always Lived the Change I Wish to See in the World

Bernie and his campaign move me to tears, in a very good way.

He hasn't had to evolve; he's always fought for respect, dignity and equal rights for all people. In the segretated '60's, he put himself (physically) on the line in the civil rights movement.  He has always stood up for LGBTQI Americans, LONG before it recently became politically correct to do so.  He stands up for the earth, which has no voice.  He stands up for the poor, reminding us that our government is supposed to be by the people and for the people, not by the corporations and for their profit.  He stands for children, for college students and for senior citizens.  He stands for families--for policies that embody and empower true family values, like maternity and paternity leave, child care, and health care for all.  He has always stood up for what is right.  He has always seen it.  He has always known it.  He has always lived it.