Don’t Lash Out At Bernie Sanders (The Messenger) Because You Don’t Accept The Truth Of His Message

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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/bernie-sanders-obama-anger-martin-luther-king-death-assassination-jackson-mississippi-a8289456.html

Yeah, this commentary is very similar to the one I posted 2 days ago. But the news article is more vitriolic in its attack on Bernie Sanders and I will not let that go by, especially when it’s so wrong-headed and incendiary and because…Bernie and his words should not be the subjects of these attacks. Once again, blinkered people are lashing out in the wrong direction and at the wrong person. Trump and his admin, Mitch McConnell, and Paul Ryan are legitimate targets for wrath and outrage. Once again, if these black critics of Bernie are Democrats, all they’re doing is further polarizing and weakening the Democratic Party. Yes, Bernie is an Independent. Yes, Bernie’s weak spot has alway been in effectively discussing black issues. But compare his record on civil rights with that of many white Democrats in Congress. And of the first black president of the United States.

And that’s why this article is full of crap. Just because Obama was the first black president he should be exempt from criticism? He gets special dispensation on observance (I won’t say anniversary) of the date of MLK Jr.’s assassination. What does one have to do with the other?

John F. Kennedy was the first Catholic president–yet every year on and around the date of his assassination there are documentaries both praising and criticizing him and his presidency. There is much to criticize his presidency about. And something else that this writer so all in a huff didn’t mention. MLK Jr. was assassinated because he had become so a strong voice for equal civil rights for blacks. Yet black men are being murdered by cops–both white and black–several times a week right now. Poverty and unemployment remain endemic among the black population and the Dems and Obama when they had the chance and the power did nothing to alleviate it. In 2014, the Dems helped pass and Obama signed the Farm Act of 2014 which slashed SNAP benefits over 10 years by $8.7 BILLION.

So, I don’t want to hear from all the outraged “Barack Obama supporters” black celebrities how Bernie was out of line to make the speech he did. Black celebrities should join his outrage that 50 years later on the date King was killed, not a lot has changed as far as civil rights. And currently, even the most important civil rights have been and continue to be eroded. In other words, not much as changed and the Trump admin–especially Attorney General Jeff sessions–is working to reverse as many civil rights gains and advances as executive orders and policies can achieve.

Only the limited thinkers and close-minded loudly call for the death of the messenger when they refuse to accept the truth of his message. And the truth supersedes everything, including the messenger and the day the message was delivered. And while you black celebrities are at it, please show me another white politician who has so vehemently defended civil rights for EVERYONE and in turned lashed out and fought against those who have dedicated themselves to depriving all Americans who aren’t “them” of these constitutionally-mandated civil rights. You can’t. You need Bernie’s voice out there. Stop trying to shut him up.

 

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Bernie Sanders Tone Deaf? It’s Not All Black And White

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https://www.buzzfeed.com/rubycramer/bernie-sanders-revolution-needs-black-voters-to-win-but-can?utm_term=.au5DEG8dr#.faQ8wvEW9

What do you think? Does Bernie still remain tone deaf to what he says or fails to say to black audiences? Bakari Sellers, one of Bernie’s critics here, was a Hillary Clinton supporter so his criticism can be discounted and discarded The very fact that he supported Clinton shows his own ignorance as to which politicians support black issues and which ones don’t. He totally gets it wrong about Bernie dismissing Obama’s presidency “with utter arrogance and lack of self-awareness.”

Joshua DuBois, is an Obama loyalist whose comments can also be discarded as partisan, being obviously loyal to Obama who really didn’t do that much for black families and individuals during his neoliberal, Bill Clinton 2.0 presidency.

Yes, Obama was the first black president. But please show me all the initiatives his admin pushed that would have benefited black people. What did his attorney general, Eric Holder–a black man who previously worked for Bill Clinton, to do stop mortgage lenders from redlining first time black home mortgage applicants or black homeowners attempting to refi their homes? And how about Obama’s failure to order the DOJ to extract FULL financial retribution for all the homeowners–owned by all ethnicities alike–defrauded out of their homes after the 2007-2008 financial meltdown. And how about Obama’s refusal to make the banks and investment banks (like Goldman Sachs) REALLY pay for decimating retirement accounts through illegal and unethical investment deals? t was Obama’s CEO buddies at Bank of America, Citibank, and JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, and others behind those actions who emerged legally and personally financially unscathed

How strongly did he have Holder fight all the Republican Voter ID laws that discriminated heavily against black voters? Or against the Republican-gerrymandered congressional districts that effectively neutralized the black vote in many Red states? Any how many of you remember that Obama signed into law the 2014 Farm Bill, passed by both parties in both houses of Congress, the cut $8.7 BILLION from the SNAP program over 10 years?

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/obama-signs-food-stamp-cut

THIS is the President Obama that Bernie is tell black people about, if he could only get his message past his tone deaf and partisan black critics? And on a day observing Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination 50 years ago, it’s an even more important point to make. The point is that there was finally a black man elected president of the United States, and it didn’t change a thing. So must one be aware of what day it is before one tells the truth? Bernie’s speech in no way denigrated the memory of Dr. King. Just the opposite: it was the perfect day to make his comments, as I’ve already explained.

Another crucial point is that black voters just can’t blindly vote Blue. They–and all Democratic voters–most first demand and then vote for actual liberal politicians and candidates with the vision and guts to make changes to this country that must be made. No more Republicans in Democratic clothing. And the final point, which is a question: why IS it a white politician has to be the one to stand up and say all this to black people?

The NRA And Fox: Trying To Bridge The Cowardly Bullies Logic Gap

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Fox hosts–and other such far right wing pundits–prey upon the minds of the stupid and gullible. The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School survived a shooting where they either witnessed friends and teachers being shot to death–and in one case pulled the body of a dead student on top of them to hide from the shooter–or heard the loud, percussive shots through doors and windows, living in fear of the shooter finding them in their hiding place and killing them.

The survivors who decided they’ve had enough, that they would step out into the glaring media spotlight and start a campaign to demand national gun laws that would finally begin to end this madness have struck terror into the heart of the NRA. And when the NRA is struck with terror, it strikes back.

Through it’s little servant surrogates like Ted Nugent, Frank Stallone, Laura Ingraham, etc. are given their marching orders to attempt to have their lemming-like devoted core of minions bridge the following Logic Gap: turn the brave survivors of a devastatingly lethal shooting spree into…cowardly bullies. Does this make sense to you? If you have a modicum of intelligence and a discerning thinker, no. If you are a Fox fan…well, that brings us back to the stupid and gullible. Anyone who believes that David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez are cowards and bullies also believes that Vladmir Putin is an honest but misunderstood benevolent ruler of Russia, a huge friend of Donnie’s–I mean, the United States of America, and should be welcome in Donnie’s White House to receive congrats on well-deserved honest presidential victory.

Speaking of Ted Nugent, it is said he intentionally pooped in his pants to avoid the Vietnam draft. According to Snopes the story is unproven, but then the only people who could have broken this story would either have been Nugent bragging to his buddies who then spread the story, the draft doctors who examined him, or the military personnel who typed up his 4-F draft classification. Some say that Nugent allegedly pooping in his pants, whether intentionally or unintentionally, to avoid being drafted was a supreme act of cowardice in itself, especially since no one was shooting at him yet. So, some ask, who is Nugent to call anyone a coward? It takes one to know one? In this case some say the only cowardly act in question was allegedly perpetrated by Nugent.

The NRA is trying to sell a bill of goods to the lowest common denominator of people who will buy anything. They’ll buy that only Fox is to be trusted to report real news because Donnie tells them so. They’ll buy that Donnie’s bloodstained hands aren’t all over the dead body of DACA. And they’ll buy that Donnie didn’t allegedly assault/harass and just sexually misconduct all over the place with at least 50 women, despite being married through most if not all of it.

I wish the morons who accept anything Fox says as gospel (isn’t one of their slogans “God talks to you through us”? If not, just give it time) would step back JUST a bit and actually look at that Logic Gap with a clear, discerning mind: “OK, over here you got teenagters deathly afraid for their lives and most grieving while still going through PTSD and positively directing their anger at assault rifles and high-capacity magazines…and over their these same teenagers being coward and bullies to Fox employees pulling in tens of millions of dollars a year, causing them to live in fear of these high school student cowardly bullies. Nope, still doesn’t make any sense. But then it’s never made sense to get news from Fox. But then that brings us full circle again back to stupid and gullible who watch Fox regurgitate talking points written and handed down by the NRA. Break the NRA, break Fox, break the little surrogate servants, you break the circle. Then maybe we can start to fix this country.