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MCconnel’s obstructionsim


The obstructionists are at it again. From day one, Republican majority “leader” (I use that in quotes because all that he’s lead is a consistent, childish movement in his party to make Obama fail–to make him a one term president). It’s shameful that the Senate Majority Leader (Holder of one the highest federal offices) has reduced our national dialogue to a petulant, vindictive, and an undemocratic plan to simply refuse to compromise and maintain a sense of civility. Never has a president, since Abraham Lincoln, been faced with such withering, brutish attacks from the right. Yet what makes him a great man, is the fact that these attacks do not slow him down; they do not stop him from doing the next right thing; they are unable to engage him at that childish level.

It is obvious with all the talking heads on the press circuit this weekend, that Mitch McConnel will continue to behave as a petulant child. He will do everything possible to deny the majority of the voters their right to have the president that they voted for to use his Constitutiional right to appoint a new Supreme Court justic. Yet these hypocrites have the audacity to say that President Obama has no respect for the Consitition–a man that has dedicated his life to Constiutional Law. A complete absurdity and evil hypocracy. Take a look at all the judges that have been blocked from their appointments due to Republican filibustering and refusal to compromise. That is what most would call sever abuse of the Constitution and the democratic principles we subscribe to as Americans. We will not let the McConnel pack dictate who the next SJC will be.

Which candidate will be the Lord of The Flies?


We have a Lord of The Flies situation in our presidential politics. We have “Jack” in Donald Trump. Jack is the character that declares himself chief by being the most loud and obnoxious. Then you have “Ralph”–the rationalist, the utilitarian–who is chosen as the leader of the marooned boys because of his leadership abilities and his intelligence. I see Bernie as the most Ralph-like character. Then you have the Twins, Eric and Sam. The Twins become the prisoners of Jack and his ululating tribe of savages. They are tied up with rope and are impaired from emiliorating the deteriorating situation. They remind me of  the Hillary Clinton folks, so tangled up with corporate interests that it makes is impossible for them to do battle with the institution at the root of the problem: Corporate America. 

In Lord of the Flies, the whole island is burnt down–society fails. We have the opportunity to conduct a non-violent, political revolution by electing a candidate with no ties to the corporate elite–a way of changing things before the island is consumed by the conflagration that surely is to come if we do not do something about economic injustice right now. 

If Hillary wins the nomination, she’ll have a tough road ahead of her and a lot to answer for: Benghazi, personal email use as Secretary of State. Republicans will have a field day if she is nominated. She is what they expect, and they are ready to destroy her and any hope for the Democrats to win back the White House. Let’s give them something completely unexpected. Let’s see them try to do battle with the political revolution that is the Bernie Sanders Campaign.

Econonic Injustice, African-Americans, and Bernie Sanders


We are never going to forge ahead in this country if we do not realize that we are all part of the story. There is no “my story.” There is no “our story.” It is “the story.”

And the story is that corporate plutocrats have created economic injustices in this country. The only candidate that is willing to stand up for all of us is Bernie Sanders. How can working class people–both black and white–expect a person who is a part of the plutocratic elite to fight for us against these economic injustices? 

I think many African-Americans are still unsure about Bernie Sanders because he sees it as “the story” and not the African-American story. However, he has plainly made it known that he believes that African-Americans are suffering disproportionally at the hands of the plutocratic elite. 

We have a rare opportunity here for poor blacks, whites, and Hispanics to come together and actually do something about economic injustice. This revolution will not take place without one of the most important demographics of the winning Democratic Coalition: African-Americans.  Bernie Sanders believes (and I can see how this can be taken the wrong way by some) that all of our stories are important, but to be a true progressive, to be a compassionate human being,, we cannot see this as my story; we cannot see this as your story; to win, to get ahead, we have to see this as the human story! 

Can Rubio Save The Republican Party?


The number of candidates in the Republican Field has the Party establishment a bit worried. A dinner party was held a couple of weeks ago ostensibly to discuss what the Ohio convention would look like if none of the candidates reaches the required 1237 delegates needed to secure the nomination.

How many political junkies are really falling for that spin? One doesn’t have to be a “James Carville” to know what was being discussed over the filet mignon. The quandary that Republicans face is not a contested convention; it is figuring out how to save the historic GOP and the two-party system from the malady that is the Trump campaign. And that was by far the most important topic discussed at the dinner party held by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus for his 20 guests that together make up the “Who’s Who” of the Republican Establishment. 

The oddity of Trump’s success as a candidate for an office that would make him the leader of the free world, frightens both Democrats and Republicans alike (and the Free World). Republicans know they cannot win national elections by relying on the vote of the “angry white man” demographic, and Trump’s message does not appeal to the demographics Republicans must garner support from in order to be a party that can win national elections.

For the past 8 years, Republicans have been courting the Latino vote. It is the only demographic that Republicans can peel away from the winning Democratic coalition. There has not been much courtship between African-Americans and the GOP. And the Republican attacks on Planned Parenthood have not endeared the Party to young women. The Latino demographic is socially conservative on issues like abortion and gay marriage, making them the only segment of the Democratic Coalition not completely at odds with the GOP.

Trump is the antipode of what a Republican Presidential candidate needs to sound like in 2016. If the GOP wants to remain a viable national party in the years to come, they cannot have their leading candidate spewing xenophobic insults at Latinos. Trump’s antics, his racism, his ignorance, and his unfortunate decision to interpose his crude and arrogant “Apprentice” TV personality into the Republican Primary process, might have extirpated years of hard work by The Republican Party to win over Latinos, who sympathize with a number of conservative principles. Trumps loud, obnoxious, shock and awe style of campaigning consumes Network TV’s earned/free media time and makes it difficult for the actual conservatives (Trump is not a conservative) in the Republican Field to get any traction with Latinos or even the electorate at-large.

The one conservative candidate that Democrats are truly fearful of is Senator Marco Rubio. Not only is the youthful Marco Rubio a moderate who can appeal to the “undecideds” in the general election, he is Latino. And his moderate conservatism is palatable to his fellow Latinos who might have voted Democrat in the past couple of presidential elections, but are socially conservative enough for Rubio to win over in this 2016 presidential bought. The fact that he hails from Florida is another glaring strength of a Rubio general election ticket.

A Rubio/(name of a prominent Evengelical/Tea Party candidate that won’t scare off moderates and undecideds) ticket would put the GOP within reach of taking back the executive branch. Republicans would officially become a big tent party with a winning national coalition that could usher Rubio into the Oval Office. As dreamy as this sounds to my conservative friends, a dream is all this scenario is right now. Rubio’s potential second place finish in NH could very well be his best showing in this 2016 Republican Primary. Real Clear Politics has Rubio down by 7 points in South Carolina—not 7 points behind Trump, but 7 points behind the second place Cruz. The story is the same in the most important Super Tuesday states: Rubio a distant third, Cruz a distant second, Trump a commanding lead. 

Can Republicans still save their party from the embarrassment and ruination of a Trump Republican Primary victory? If New Hampshire and South Carolina thin out the herd enough for Republicans to coalesce around their best candidate–Senator Marco Rubio–then, yes, it is conceivably possible for Rubio to start competing seriously with Cruz and Trump on Super Tuesday and beyond. However, it is difficult to envision the Republican Party pulling off such a rational and winning strategy in the face of such an irrational election year in which the conservative ideology of the Republican Party is being replaced by fascism.

Clinton is not a Progressive


Boston Progressives

The notion that Hillary, a cog in the corporate machine, is the answer to the decline of the American middle-class is not only paradoxical but comical. She is indeed a soldier of the American plutocratic, corporatocracy. A well-camouflaged soldier of the plutocratic class, her social liberalism makes her palatable to the folks who do not realize that Progressivisms’ most important battle lies in economic justice. Can we achieve gender equality, racial equality, LGBT equality without any form of economic power in a political system in which legislations is written by the the lobbyists of the special interest groups (corporations) that finance “our” public officials’ campaigns?

Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, and the DLC (The Democratic Leadership Counsel) are not Progressives. Their so-called “progressivism” is a facade. Sure, they’ll appear socially liberal, but when it comes to economic justice, they “triangulate”. The DLC, the Clintons, after taking control of the Democratic Party…

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Clinton is not a Progressive


The notion that Hillary, a cog in the corporate machine, is the answer to the decline of the American middle-class is not only paradoxical but comical. She is indeed a soldier of the American plutocratic, corporatocracy. A well-camouflaged soldier of the plutocratic class, her social liberalism makes her palatable to the folks who do not realize that Progressivisms’ most important battle lies in economic justice. Can we achieve gender equality, racial equality, LGBT equality without any form of economic power in a political system in which legislations is written by the the lobbyists of the special interest groups (corporations) that finance “our” public officials’ campaigns?

Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, and the DLC (The Democratic Leadership Counsel) are not Progressives. Their so-called “progressivism” is a facade. Sure, they’ll appear socially liberal, but when it comes to economic justice, they “triangulate”. The DLC, the Clintons, after taking control of the Democratic Party, ceded the fight for economic justice. They marched in lock step with their corporate sponsors, and de-regulated the banking industry and implemented welfare reform that resulted in more children living in poverty. Their progressivism was a sham, and continues to be a sham.

The Clinton years did lead to explosive economic growth, but did the working class receive any benefits whatsoever? No, in fact the “triangulated” Clinton economic policy, which included the promulgation of NAFTA, was another blow to the working class/middle class of America.

Bernie’s critique of Wall Street’s picuniary influence of our political process during the most recent debate, which did not seem like a direct attack on Clinton, led to quite a cantankerous and sharp retort from Clinton (guilty conscience, Hillary?):

 But time and time again, by innuendo, by insinuation, there is this attack that he is putting forth, which really comes down to, you know, anybody who ever took donations or speaking fees from any interest group has to be bought.

Well, Clinton’s economic policies have proven that if she is not bought, she at least shares the plutocratic ideology of her corporate funders.

The heart and soul of the Democratic Party and the country are at stake. We will continue to allow the corporate elite and their politicians–even the politicians who masquerade as progressives–continue to destroy unions and the middle class? Or we will join the revolution and put the people back in charge of our government? Feel the Bern