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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Looks Like It’s Still Lose-Lose For Democratic Voters And The Democratic Party In Chicago

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/20/politics/holocaust-denier-gop-illinois-third-district/index.html

This congressional race encapsulates all that is wrong with the Democratic Party. Here you have a Nazi (his denial is laughable) who got the GOP nomination only because this is Deep Blue district no legitimate GOP politician wanted any part of. Dan Lipinski, yet another Republican in Democratic clothing–being pro gun and anti-abortion–won election to this seat only because it used to belong to his dear departed daddy for 12 years. Daddy had the same views so maybe voters in that district are Democrats only because they still fear if they register as Republicans they may find themselves accidentally falling out of a 20-story window five or 6 times.

The thing is, Lipinski is proudly a Blue Dog Democrat and those guys worked hand in hand with the Republicans to block almost anything Obama tried to do that was good and even faintly liberal. Lipinski’s opponent is a true liberal Democrat named Marie Newman who has been endorsed by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and a bunch of liberal groups. The word on the Chicago street is that she doesn’t stand a chance. The DNC should be stuffing her campaign with enough funds to drown Lipinski’s reelection changes in a very large bathtub. But I don’t think they are. If Lipinski wins again, the Democratic Party loses again. And, so do we.

Only Uneducated People Favor Arming Classroom Teacher With Weapons–Concealed Or Otherwise

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https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/again-the-question-could-armed-teachers-stop-shootings/ar-BBJr9Lk?li=BBnbcA1

Here are the problems with this very old and discredited NRA idea, which of course is now being pushed by the extremely-limited capacity of Donnie’s brain (we’ll pay teachers bonuses if they agree to conceal carry in the classroom!):

1. Most shootings start outside or in the halls outside of classrooms. How many would-be gunfighter teachers will actually get sufficient training to calmly take out their concealed piece and calmly wait for the actual shooter to enter their classroom? How many teachers don’t even have enough time for basic lesson planning and grading papers now and parent-teacher conferences now? What if the teacher has their gun pointed at the door and they not so calmly shoot the first person(s) who comes through the door–like a panicked student frantically attempting to find a safe place to hide from the real shooter? This WILL happen.

Picture this: you’re a teacher in a classroom. Outside you hear the string of loud, concussive cracks of high velocity rounds being being fired outside your door from an assault rifle. You hear people screaming, crying, moaning in pain, or dying. You fear that shooter will either fire through your classroom door (or through the door of the classroom closet you’re hiding inside) and then burst in spraying bullets across the classroom or into that closet. He quickly points the rifle barrel at you and it’s still smoking and you know he’s already killed unknown numbers of people. And you’re holding a six-shot revolver or a semiautomatic handgun and in your stress and panic and fear maybe your aim is off and you shoot the door or walls and windows or students not hiding under their desks, but the shooter doesn’t have to be so accurate with his semi or fully automatic weapon and he kills you and others in an indiscriminate spray of high velocity bullets in less than a second. Are you willing to bet that there’s a 100% chance in that instant that you’ll take the shooter down before you’re taken down? You could lose a ton of money in Vegas along with your life in that classroom taking that bet. And what’s more, the chances are excellent you’ll miss the shooter but hit and kill other students in the classroom in your panic and rush to fire your weapon. And just imagine if you’re an elementary school teacher…

2. Stats say that it’s more likely a barely-trained teacher who got their Donnie bonus for carrying a concealed weapon in the classroom is more likely to be shot and and have their weapon taken by the shooter or some other untrained student,. In either case, innocent people will still die and you more than likely will be one of them.

The clearly sane and adult answer is that all assault weapons and high capacity clips and magazines must be banned and those bans strictly enforced. Background check laws must be strengthened and enforced. All weapons and ammo dealers and sellers MUST be federally licensed, All records of gun sales must be entered into both BATFE and FBI computer systems for future accessing for crosschecks and ALL private weapons and ammo sales banned, including at gun shows. In this way if it’s discovered that a weapon previously legally purchased was sold illegally to someone who committed murder and/or wounded people with it.

3. Remember how George Zimmerman got away with killing Trayvon Martin using the Stand Your Ground defense–or how countless white cops get away with killing unarmed black people with the officially-sanctioned law enforcement version of that law? Think of the classroom shootings of students by teachers that WILL occur because an armed teacher felt physically threatened by a loudmouthed teen who stood up a their desk–or made a move to stand up?

4. Teachers are overloaded with work now. In addition to their teaching responsibilities they’re now required to be psychological diagnosticians, behavorial counselors required to enforce and update individual learning plans or individualized educational plans for SpEd students or for those with acute behavioral problems to different state agencies and departments.

And now idiot Donnie and the others on the NRA payroll have the BRILLIANT idea to add being an armed security guard to their classroom duties? Yes, the top 1% have paid out A LOT of cash to have the lunatics running the asylum that once was the United States. This is an election year. We have to come out in numbers high enough to offset the GOP election fraud and Russian hacking that will be out in full force come November

 

 

 

 

Me Too–The New McCarthyism

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/two-more-women-accuse-sen-al-franken-of-inappropriate-touching/ar-BBFvYfm?li=BBnb7Kz

If your goal is to drive a Democratic senator from office, you don’t get to be anonymous. What a coincidence that there are two of you and somehow you both decide to contact HuffPo on your own at the same time while insisting you remain anonymous.

The first accuser claims to be “a liberal person…I voted for him after this happened.” This sounds more like a government-ordered propaganda whispering campaign of the type used in Nazi Germany or the USSR than a “liberal person”.

This isn’t freedom of speech, this is libel when written, slander when spoken. When this country gets to the point where anonymous sources contacting an online newspaper can make accusations with absolutely no shred of evidence, then Trump has indeed won.

“In a statement to HuffPost, Franken said, “It’s difficult to respond to anonymous accusers and I don’t remember those campaign events.”

Damn right, Al. You don’t respond to anonymous accusers. Let them step forward and identify themselves and exactly which campaign events those alleged events occurred. There’s a thing called the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution and it covers anyone accused of sexual misconduct–or worse–so that their lives are not destroyed by unfounded accusations or innuendos. It gives every single person in this country the right to face their accusers in a court of law, to have all evidence presented, and to have their case decided by a jury of their peers. This whole Me Too thing has turned into a lynch mob with the media supplying the rope and torches. There are men who appear to be legitimately guilty of some accusation and some of them have admitted their guilt. Some of voluntarily quit their careers while others have had theirs ended by a unilateral decision by their employers based entirely by accusations totally unsupported by evidence, other than those men who have in part admitted their guilt.

This is the new McCarthyism and it has to stop. This has to stop now. Our country is being run by men who have complete disregard for the rule of law, for our Constitution. We cannot afford to allow ourselves to follow suit or the last shred of democracy that still faintly breathes on life support will die. And to be brain dead would make us all like the orange-headed moron in the White House.

So ladies, if you set out to ruin a man’s career and life, you better have the guts to step up and identify yourself and provide proof. Otherwise, you have the credibility of that orange-headed moron in the White House.

The Buying Of The Democratic Presidential Nomination And The Selling Out Of The Democratic Party

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/brazile-hillary-rigged-dnc-against-bernie/ar-AAumfqZ

It really doesn’t matter how Donna Brazile is framing her role in how last year’s Democratic primaries went down, and I’m not giving her a pass in that role. She helped Clinton attain the nomination as surely as the DNC did, which in fact Brazile took over as interim chairwoman in July 2016. Facts is facts. though, and the facts (OK–allegedly) are these: Hillary Clinton through her campaign bought and paid for the Democratic presidential nomination, along with funds provided by the DNC (via Debbie Wasserman Schultz). How ironic that Donnie essentially did the same thing on his side but using other people’s money and virtually none from his own campaign finances, which were relatively minuscule.

Clinton’s problem was that she didn’t have enough money to buy the election, which is besides the point because the Russians wouldn’t have sold it to her at any price. But now Bernie’s motive in knuckling under to the Clinton campaign now becomes understandable and forgivable. After Brazile told him about that August 2015 which gave Hillary Clinton control of the DNC and therefore the entire party and nomination, Bernie saw the game was rigged against him. He had no choice but to fall in line like the good foot soldier they had made him, throw his support and voter base her way, and hope for the best. Unfortunately for him and all of us, the election was already rigged for Trump by the Russians. (If anyone still doubts this, continue to view and listen to that vile scum. There is no way someone that inarticulate and that stupid could ever be elected president because NO ONE that inarticulate and stupid has EVER been elected president in our lifetime. And that includes George W. Bush, who was appointed president in 2000 by the Supreme Court and beat out John Kerry in 2004 by some very questionable vote tabulating in Ohio. But that’s a whole other story I’ve written about at length over the past years.

I have no idea whether Bernie was surprised, gratified, or dismayed by the number of us liberal Democratic voters who refused to march behind him last November. But in an un-rigged election Clinton had more than enough popular–which also translated into electoral votes–to win the election. Show me where in modern times the candidate with three million more votes lost in the electoral college fair and square. It didn’t happen because it’s never happened.

But I admit that all of this is as may be, which means meaningless. Bernie is once again an Independent, as he always intended to be had he lost the nomination. The Democrats are as polarized in fractionated (yes, the definition of that word provides the exact imagery I’ve intended) camps as the Republicans. The difference being, the GOP virtually controls the entire political process and the corporate media in this country. And the GOPers who oppose Trump are dropping out of their political careers like flies on a rotting corpse. But the ones who take their place will continue to march in goose step, I mean, LOCKstep behind whoever is in the White House. So don’t be expecting any major Democratic victories next year or in 2020, much less a unified Democratic Party. That was the price we all paid for the Clinton presidential nomination.

Trump Is A Sideshow Distraction, The Kochs And Their Ilk Are The Real Danger To Our Democracy

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http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/kochs-want-to-kill-this-senate-rule-heres-why/ar-BBDKsge?li=BBnb7Kz

I’ve been saying this for months now. The Republicans already control Congress, the White House, SCOTUS, and have gained virtual control of the election process nationally and in most states.

Now their bosses, the Koch Brothers and others like them, having targeted the federal judiciary system. If they are successful, the Democrats will never, ever win back anything again and no “liberal” laws will ever be enacted. Those in effect now that the Kochs oppose will be struck down in the lower courts or be declared unconstitutional by the Koch employees on SCOTUS.

Stop focusing exclusively on the idiocy of Trump. It’s now clear he was intentionally put into office not only to do their bidding but mainly as a sideshow distraction.

The Kochs and their ilk have been pursuing this complete takeover for the past 45 years. They’ve been unwittingly aided and abetted by the neoliberals who seized control of the Democratic Party: the Carters, the Clintons, the Obamas, the Nacy Pelosis, the Debbie Wasserman Schulltzes, the Chuck Shumers, the Harry Reids, the Heidi Heitcamps, the John Warners, the Joe Manchins, the Jon Testers, the Chris Dodds, the Barney Franks, the congressional Black Caucus who backed Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders, etc.are all responsible for this. All the center of right gutless wonders who converted the Democratic Party into the Republican Lite Party.

We’re now paying for the fixation on building their own financial success as they pursued business-friendly legislation and warmongering at the expense of working to help make this country and the lives of the people who voted them into office better. If the Republicans are successful in further marginalizing and castrating the Democratic Party into total governmental impotence, then it will be our children and the ensuing generations to come who will continue to pay the price as well. I place full blame for the current state of this country, not on the Republicans but on the Democratic Party who enabled this to happen.

 

When It Comes To The Democratic Party I’m Beating A Dead Donkey

I just reviewed my most recent Farlefty.wordpress.com blog posts. I’ve been doing a lot of Democratic Party bashing. The reason for this is that I am unmitigatingly hostile towards them because they–Pelosi, Reid, Wasserman Schultz, Obama, the Clintons–got us into this mess where the Republicans have taken over and Trump was enabled to gain the presidency by election fraud and voter suppression. Bernie Sanders never had a chance, not with the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign running the show. The Dems have been so focused on being Republican Lite with the veneer of liberalism that it turned off the Liberal wing and never, ever gained traction with Republican voters, and way too briefly with Independent voters.
Obama squandered his opportunity to unite and fix this country by just being another neoliberal Democrat. Most voters felt he was elected in a bait-and-switch campaign and never forgave the Democrats for pulling such a mass deception on them. Doubt my word? What happened in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016? Obama was reelected in 2012 only because most voters hated Mitt Romney more. But the Dems continued to lose out on regaining the House in 2012 and then lost the Senate in 2014. The massive political hemorrhaging of the Dem Party continued in 2016 when they finally lost it all. So, in essence, I continue to beat a dead donkey.
ALL of this could have been avoided if the old guard Dems were tossed by power enabling the Party to finally turn Left and start pushing and passing LIBERAL legislation that the polls continue to say that most Americans want passed into law. The Dems failed us by continuing to fail themselves. And now they’re history, folks. The GOP controls the entire political game for top to bottom, from the corporate media to how elections are run and how votes are counted–or left uncounted or even uncast. It even controls the Supreme Court. And this is why I will remain hostile to the Democratic Party. The Republicans are now the only game in town and you can bet they will never allow any other party to set up a winning game of their own.