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April 3, 2016

Bernie: The Life of the Party?

Maybe not. Especially for Hillary supporters. For other young Democrats, Bernie is the "life of the party". This article discusses the cultural challenges millennial Hillary supporters face when so outnumbered by their peers. Clinton supporters are grounded in reality, pragmatic and focused on policy compared to their Bernie counterparts. Hillary's young supporters deserve tremendous admiration and respect. They keep going in the face of constant opposition politically and socially. They steadfastly embrace the smartest, most experienced candidate with a progressive plan for getting things done!

Excerpts here:

During one week last month, Christopher Ray, a San Francisco tour guide, attended three Sanders DJ parties: Bern Baby Bern, Weekend at Bernie's II and Bernhole.

"It's given me something else to do other than get wasted at a bar," said Ray, who has tattooed "Feel the Bern" on the inside of his right wrist....

"This is a whole generation that has grown up with disruption," Cain said. "They like the idea that Sanders wants to disrupt the banking system and the election system."

But Cain said Sanders and his young supporters have one other thing in common. "Neither of them," Cain said, "has any idea how to do it without the support of Congress.

"I tell them this daily, but they're going to vote their "consciences."

The differences between Clinton and Sanders supporters are clearest when they're explaining candidate preference.

Clinton supporters typically stress her policies and experience. "I think it's better to be pragmatic than to be idealistic," Arrieta-Kenna said.

Aldinger noted that Clinton was the only candidate with a plan to address sexual assault on college campuses..........

Angie McKee, a 30-year-old nonprofit manager, found herself being lectured to on Facebook by friends who backed Sanders. The most annoying comments, she said, were from people saying she would be truer to herself as a gay black woman if she supported Sanders, who has supported same-sex marriage since the 1990s.

"They kept trying to mansplain it to me," McKee said. "I literally told myself that I have to start exercising so my heart can be stronger."

Still, Clinton supporters think they're going to have the last laugh. Their candidate is well-positioned to win the nomination. And not only do they have each other, they have lots of new older friends who are backing the former first lady.

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April 3, 2016

Clinton Campaign Says Sanders 'Rejected' New York Debate Dates -Stop Playing Games

Hillary Clinton's campaign said Saturday that rival Bernie Sanders has rejected three proposed debate dates ahead of the New York primary on April 19 — marking the latest dustup in an increasingly heated fight for the Democratic nomination.

But Clinton told NBC's "Meet The Press" that "I'm confident we will" have a debate.

"Our campaigns are trying to reach an agreement about that. We've offered dates and we've done it over the last several weeks, so we've been trying to figure out when we could do this. But there's a lot to talk about," Clinton told moderator Chuck Todd. "I'm confident that there will be," she said in the interview.

Clinton's campaign said in a statement Saturday that it offered April 4 as the first potential date, but the Sanders team wanted instead to schedule the debate after the Wisconsin primary on April 5. Clinton officials then suggested April 14 and April 15 as possibilities and are hopeful Sanders will come to accept one of these dates.

"The Sanders campaign needs to stop with the games," Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon wrote. "The Sanders campaign needs to stop using the New York primary as a playground for political games and negative attacks against Hillary Clinton. The voters of New York deserve better."

April 3, 2016

Hillary Clinton Attacks Misogynist, Homophobe, Bigot Rebecca Bradley Saturday Night

Edited to add: Rebecca Bradley is truly a piece of work from the Trump mold. This is the woman who blames college girls for date rape. And has no sympathy for people with AIDS. That this person has the power to influence to Wisconsin Supreme Court is a disgrace and threat to civil rights. Kudos to Hillary for calling her out!

"Clinton also criticized Bradley's track record and compared it to the speech used in the Republican primary, especially by national GOP front-runner Donald Trump, according to an aide for the Democratic front-runner.

"There is no place on any Supreme Court or any court in this country, no place at all for Rebecca Bradley's decades-long track record of dangerous rhetoric against women, survivors of sexual assault and the LGBT community," Clinton said.

She added, "No to discrimination, no to hate speech and no to Bradley."


April 3, 2016

In Wisconsin, Hillary says Sanders is a Democrat-Come-Lately


Hillary Clinton wants voters in Wisconsin to know that she has been a Democrat for much of her adult life. Why? Bernie Sanders hasn't been.

Clinton said her near-lifelong membership to the Democratic Party was "important" in the nomination contest while campaigning here on Saturday, two days ahead of Wisconsin's Democratic primary.
"I am also a Democrat and have been a proud Democrat all my adult life," Clinton said. "And I think that is kind of important if we are selecting someone to be the Democratic nominee of the Democratic Party."
March 31, 2016

Yes, Being Perceived as a Liar DOES Have a Sex

and often a color. Women and minorities are routinely assumed to be behaving in underhanded ways when they attempt to be part of the social arena in ways that encroach on the comfort of white men.

Ingrained sexism permeates our culture's assessment of women's honesty, particularly when a male is being challenged. That is the reason Hillary always has extremely high favorables until she decides to run for office. Not a word needs to be said, the numbers drop and steepen precipitously as soon as there is a viable male opponent in the race.

A very glaring example of this "male challenge" phenomenon is the rape case of Bill Cosby. Despite more than 50 women coming forward to describe their attacks and a civil case in which he admitted to assault, they are still being discounted as liars, opportunists or looking for attention. Most rape victims do not come forward because they know they will not be believed and that their reputations will be tarnished. They will be victimized again.

The untrustworthiness belief extends to characterizations of single mothers as "welfare queens" who must be simply gaming the system so they can take public funds at their leisure.

It extends to women who are targeted because they produce "anchor babies" to dodge immigration laws.

It is implicit in every characterization of a woman who marries someone of means as a "gold digger" who is selfishly taking advantage of a man for her own materialistic purposes.

It is embedded in most of our major religions which preclude women from leading a service because they are incapable of interpreting "God's word" in a reliable way. Women being untrustworthy is the running narrative in virtually every Judeo/Christian/Islamic story and actually holds women accountable for the "sins of man".

It is the unabashed core of the Madonna/Whore narrative that is alive and thriving in every sphere of our culture from boardrooms to bedrooms. It is what gives rise to memes about "hoes" and "whores", women who are tainted and have a bankruptcy of character never attributed to men. It is the same impulse that allows people to see "dishonesty" in a woman who is the victim of a philandering husband and hold her accountable for decisions she makes in reaction thereto.

When are women considered reliable, good, honest and trustworthy? When they are virginal or motherly or in professions that cater to the welfare of others, particularly children.

It was not that long ago that women were not considered rational or trustworthy enough to vote.

Sexism is not limited to dialogue that is focused on the physical attributes of women but also those which impugn their characters for behaving in far less egregious ways then men. That said, every time anyone references a vagina with respect to voting is reducing candidates and half the voters to anatomy, much like those who reduce Obama and PoC to the color of their skin. The fact that there are people with whom both these candidates, by virtue of their gender or race minority status, share histories that compels them to recognize their own lived experiences in them, can in no way can be reduced to "reverse" racism or sexism. Those terms cannot even be considered legitimate in a culture in which the odds are so steeply stacked against them.


March 18, 2016

Hillary is Rattling Her Saber at Trump with Possible VP Perez!

There are rumors going around that Hillary may choose Secretary of Labor Tom Perez as her running mate. The Hill buzz on media outlets like Yahoo, CNN, Politico, Gawker, etc are hinting he may be the one. If he is, it looks like she would be gearing up for the fight against Trump and all he stands for. Perez is the anti-Trump! Most Right Wing opposition is of the particularly virulent, racist kind, a partisan attack from the Republican Oversight Committee or involves using his "email!"

What is this RW obsession with email anyway? Do we need to have FBI investigations and congressional hearings into the content of their email exchanges?

Perez is definitely a superb candidate. His CV is stellar!

Tom Perez is the son of first generation Dominican immigrants. Father was a WWII veteran and physician, his mother was Dominican's Ambassador to the US. He attended Brown University with scholarships and by working as a trash collector and the Rhode Island Human Rights Commission. He received his law degree from Harvard and clerked for Attorney General Edwin Meese.

From 1989 to 1995 he worked as a prosecutor with the Dept. of Justice's Civil Rights Division fighting against white supremacists, etc. He also chaired the Worker Exploitation Task Force.

He has prosecuted predatory/sub prime loan brokers, opposed the privatization of non profit health insurers, set up voluntary organizations to import lower cost prescription medicines, led efforts to target companies engaging in workplace fraud and imposed penalties for corporate tax evasion.

He was appointed by Obama for Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division and worked to revamp protections for Americans with Disabilities and stopping discrimination against individual with HIV/AIDS. He oversaw the implementation of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act and prosecuted the racially motivated murder of James Craig Anderson. He has prosecuted several cases on behalf of LGBT discrimination and harassment.

He has worked as investigator/prosecutor in the hate crime cases of Trayvon Martin, Eric Holder, led the investigation and lawsuit against Maricopa County and Sheriff "tent city" Arpaio, led investigations and blocked voter ID/suppression efforts in SC and TX.

He was appointed as Obama's Secretary of Labor, supported by the AFL-CIO, NAACP, UFW and the National Women's Law Center and opposed by some in the GOP for efforts to increase the minimum wage and his support of the rights of immigrants.

His wife is a lawyer with the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.





March 9, 2016

I Know Why Young Voters Don't Get It - Time to Flip the Script!

One of the tactics Sanders has used has been to be unremittingly negative about all things Democrat, Clinton and Obama. He has effectively blamed Hillary for virtually everything that has gone wrong anywhere on the planet for the last 20 years. Whether she was in office or not, whether she voted or not, it hasn't mattered. Despite his claim of having run a pristine campaign, he has been intensely negative and has ramped up his efforts. Sanders message has been consistently, "Blame Hillary!". I watched that message escalate and saw it in its full glory at the debate in Flint. He blames Hillary for every questionable policy or decision made by Obama or President Clinton and hangs it around her neck to weigh her down with negatives that do not even belong to her. Hell, he even blames her for votes HE made when she wasn't in office!

What a familiar refrain! it is one challengers have perennially used to discredit Hillary for even having the audacity to run for office. To me, Sanders message about Hillary and Democrats isn't radical, he is more of the same of what we got before but at that time it came from Republicans.

Why is it working?

Because people under a certain age simply do not know all of the fantastic things both President Clinton and Obama have done. And if Hillary is to "blame" for policies that might not have worked out well, she is damn sure entitled to claim credit for those that did.

What are some of those things?

I think it behooves us to educate younger voters about exactly why Democrats have much to be proud of. Why we remember the Clinton years as a massive improvement over what we had. How Bill turned this country around and led us in peace and prosperity. How Obama has ushered in an entirely new trajectory of civil rights and positive changes.

Here are just a few of the remarkable achievements of the Clinton Presidency:

The Clinton Presidency: A Historic Era of Progress and Prosperity

Longest economic expansion in American history

More than 22 million new jobs
More than 22 million jobs were created in less than eight years -- the most ever under a single administration

Highest homeownership in American history
A strong economy and fiscal discipline kept interest rates low, making it possible for more families to buy homes.

Lowest unemployment in 30 years
Unemployment dropped from more than 7 percent in 1993 to just 4.0 percent in November 2000. Unemployment for African Americans and Hispanics fell to the lowest rates on record, and the rate for women is the lowest in more than 40 years.

Raised education standards, increased school choice, and doubled education and training investment

Since 1992, reading and math scores have increased for 4th, 8th, and 12th graders, math SAT scores are at a 30-year high, the number of charter schools has grown from 1 to more than 2,000, forty-nine states have put in place standards in core subjects and federal investment in education and training has doubled.

Largest expansion of college opportunity since the GI Bill.

President Clinton and Vice President Gore have nearly doubled financial aid for students .

President Clinton and Vice President Gore's new commitment to education technology, including the E-Rate and a 3,000 percent increase in educational technology funding

Lowest crime rate in 26 years... the longest continuous drop on record, and is at the lowest level since 1973.

Enacted most sweeping gun safety legislation in a generation.. Gun crime has declined 40 percent since 1992.

Family and Medical Leave Act for 20 million Americans
To help parents succeed at work and at home, President Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act in 1993.

People on welfare today are five times more likely to be working than in 1992.

Higher incomes at ALL levels.
After falling by nearly $2,000 between 1988 and 1992, the median family's income rose by $6,338, after adjusting for inflation, since 1993. African American family income increased even more, rising by nearly $7,000 since 1993. After years of stagnant income growth among average and lower income families, all income brackets experienced double-digit growth since 1993. The bottom 20 percent saw the largest income growth at 16.3 percent.

Lowest poverty rate in 20 years
Since Congress passed President Clinton's Economic Plan in 1993, the poverty rate declined from 15.1 percent to 11.8 percent last year — the largest six-year drop in poverty in nearly 30 years. There are now 7 million fewer people in poverty than in 1993. The child poverty rate declined more than 25 percent, the poverty rates for single mothers, African Americans and the elderly have dropped to their lowest levels on record, and Hispanic poverty dropped to its lowest level since 1979.

Lowest teen birth rate in 60 years

Lowest infant mortality rate in American history

Deactivated more than 1,700 nuclear warheads from the former Soviet Union.

President Clinton has protected more land in the lower 48 states than any other president. He has protected 5 new national parks, designated 11 new national monuments and expanded two others and proposed protections for 60 million acres of roadless areas in America's national forests.

Paid off $360 billion of the national debt.

Converted the largest budget deficit in American history to the largest surplus.

Lowest government spending in three decades.

Lowest federal income tax burden in 35 years.
President Clinton enacted targeted tax cuts such as the Earned Income Tax Credit expansion, $500 child tax credit, and the HOPE Scholarship and Lifetime Learning Tax Credits. Federal income taxes as a percentage of income for the typical American family have dropped to their lowest level in 35 years.

Most diverse cabinet in American history
The President has appointed more African Americans, women and Hispanics to the Cabinet than any other President in history. He appointed the first female Attorney General, the first female Secretary of State and the first Asian American cabinet secretary ever.


In short, it got wayyyy better, despite what Sanders would have people believe.

March 8, 2016

2016: When Identity Politics Refused to Sit in the Back of the Bus


It is an alarming pattern to see current 'progressives' using that term in a dismissive and even pejorative way. When did 'identity" issues become relegated to being the ugly stepchild of the Democratic platform? That dismissal stands in stark contrast to years of progressive activism that recognized that minorities of all kinds are subject to insidious and pervasive injustices, independent of and in addition to their economic challenges.

It is even more unsettling because it sounds exactly like the defenses used by the Republicans to deny the real, deeply entrenched prejudices facing all POC and minorities. They call them, "wedge issues" because to them, they are not real or as important. Republicans have traditionally been the ones to use economic issues as the only metric. They approach social issues as if all things are otherwise equal when they are most decidedly not. They insist that all the problems facing minorities are solved and subsumed by economic reform. Sound familiar?

Now we are hearing that identical position repeated by 'progressives' on the left. In some cases, that view is now even being used as a reason to deny the possibility of the first woman President because reaching that milestone is somehow no longer 'progressive'. The undercurrent of disenfranchisement in the present election is strikingly apparent to many minorities who are pushing back virtually unanimously. They are using their votes to challenge what they rightly perceive as reinforcement of the status quo. They will not sit in the back of the bus.

Economic reform simply does not address all the cultural and systemic discrimination faced by minorities. Justice reform, education and health reform are critical improvements but they do not go far enough. That is the point POC and all minorities keep trying to make and the one that seems to be falling on deaf ears. Senator Sanders is not an unhinged racist nor are the vast majority of his supporters . If Senator Sanders were to win the nomination and Presidency, it is vitally important that he truly and deeply understand what all minorities face and are trying to tell him. President Obama instinctively gets it and that is why minorities instinctively trust him on these issues.

What is happening is that the chronic daily grind of micro, macro and systemic aggressions to which POC and minorities are subject is lost on some people. And those people are not limited to Senator Sanders nor his supporters. Unseen privilege is endemic in our culture by those, by accident of birth and no effort of their own, happen to be beneficiaries of more rights than others.

It matters not that an economy is robust if minorities are routinely 'redlined' out of opportunity in nearly every sphere: education, employment in every field, housing, medical services, media and historical representation, cultural and social acceptance, inclusion in nearly every facet of the public arena and significant day to day safety and protection under the law for all its citizens.

These 'identity' issues that are becoming routinely disparaged by some of the left, cut across every single strata of class in minority communities. All POC (and women, LGBT and disabled for that matter) are subject to a culture that views them as 'other' than the default white, straight, able bodied white males. They are disproportionately always subject to judgment and a far more rigorous and punishing metric. They are routinely dismissed, erased, lectured, and have their constant safety concerns (no matter their 'class' standing) accepted as the status quo.

That this disenfranchisement is being promoted by those who are currently disproportionately represented and beneficiaries of an unequal system: straight white males who do not have to contend with all those challenges, comes as a surprise to no one. That it is coming from those who claim they have modern, progressive sensibilities is shows how far we still need to go.

We still have a dream. We will not sit in the back of the bus. Lets keep going!

March 7, 2016

Bernie: "When You Are White"

"When you're white, you don't know what it's like to be living in a ghetto," Sanders said. "You don't know what it's like to be poor. You don't know what it's like to be hassled when you walk down the street."

Bernie got this wrong on white, black and all minority accounts. It is when he says things like this that I realize yet again that he doesn't speak for so many people. Maybe that is why he is always talking about Wall Street. Apparently his wife Jane said that they make a great team because "he handles the issues and she handles the people." Makes sense every time I hear him talk.

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