Well, first I was volunteering for Bernie Sanders because he is an actual liberal who represented me and all the people on the true Left, all the actual progressives, who have spent the last 26 years voting for the lesser of two evils.
We all saw how that went.
Being in North Carolina, the swingiest of the swing states, I could not risk a “protest vote.” I swallowed my bile and voted for the neo-liberal and let’s face it, Republican manufactured “scandals” aside, she is corrupt just like the entire system is corrupt, but at least she was experienced and sane, Clinton.
We all saw how that went.
So my commentary on the few months is:
The Clinton Camp is going through the same grieving process the Sanders camp went through four months ago. Last I checked they were in the “denial” stage: Everything was all Bernie Sanders’ fault. Never mind *he* was not the one running against a sexist, racist, bigoted, arrogantly ignorant, narcissistic baboon who had difficulty with words over two syllables, and yet could not inspire people enough to win.
I mean, Trump is a sick joke. If your candidate can’t win against a sick joke, you picked the wrong candidate.
(You know all those pictures of Trump NYC Penthouse, am I the only one who ever noticed there is not a single bookcase in *any* of those pictures? Am I the only person horrified by that?)
Not that isn’t *plenty* to be horrified by.
On the upside I have been extremely pleased by my University’s response to this election and the administrations’ re-affirmation that this is a safe campus for all. I wear a safety pin, not because I’m trying to show off…well, whatever it is people accuse us of showing off, but because we have students who may need to be assured that staff members here provide a safe space.
On the downside, we’re *still* waiting for the result of our gubernatorial election. Given that McCrory not only sponsored and passed that heinous “Bathroom Bill….”
Which, BTW, the bathroom part of just the dog whistle. The real insidious nature of it is in Parts, which allows businesses to discriminate against the LGBTQ community, and Part 3, which refuses people the right to file an employment discrimination lawsuit in court.
…O.K, so not only did this epic douchebag pass this bill, he has earmarked $500 million from the state’s disaster relief fund to fight for this piece of legislative obscenity….
I mean, gee, who could have ever predicted that a state with a low lying coast and eastern floodplains that was regularly hit with hurricanes could *ever* be in need of disaster assistance?
I’m *really* hoping Cooper, our State Attorney General who actually knew the Constitution enough to not waste his time and our tax dollars fighting for the Same Sex Marriage ban or HB2, wins.
Otherwise, I won’t think my vocal chords can take it.
P.S. Why is it all the people so concerned with “draining the swamp” of corrupt Washington D.C. did not do so on their own? They could have by voting everyone out of the 460+ seats up for re-election in Congress…but they didn’t. And now they’re finding out that Trump’s version of “draining the swamp” is replacing the alligators with crocodiles.
The Supreme Court case the host is referring to is this one:
“The Supreme Court seems poised to overturn the conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnall on political corruption charges.”
“Chief Justice John Roberts said it was “extraordinary” that dozens of former White House attorneys from Democratic and Republican administrations submitted legal papers saying that upholding McDonnell’s conviction would cripple the ability of elected officials to do their jobs.”
Get that? “If you stop us from being bribed, we can’t do our jobs!” That’s both Republicans and Democrats. Can you believe it? Can you believe that corruption in this country has become so blatant that any elected official would make, not side comment when they thought the mike was off, but an official position paper to the Supreme Court of the United States demanding the “right” to be bribed.
We have legalized corruption so much it would make Richard Nixon stretch his eyes.
All the shenanigans around voting rolls and polling places and such across multiple states is proof that voters are losing what little power remains to them.
Arizona (And this is on top of the greatly reduced polling places in minority-heavy counties)
And I can tell you that people in California have also found they have been purged from the rolls. A couple weeks ago a friend of mine in Culver City, who has lived at the same address for 16 years as a registered Democrat and voted in every election in that time (he used to work for the city, so he keeps his eye on all elections down to the municipal level), checked his registration status and found he had been dropped from the rolls.
Is Hillary Clinton going to fight to end the oligarchy and return the government to the hands of the people?
No, she’s not. (And mind you, those are just the campaign contributions. Not the speech money.) She is way too invested in the system.
Only one candidate will.
This is some powerful shit:
Leaving the modern social commentary, which is completely valid, to the side for a bit, pedantically, it likely that Jesus looked more like this: The Semitic Galileans he was born and raised among. But I think that even if Jesus was not a man of African decent, he was a man of colour and the poem she speaks (and I usually hate spoken poetry, but this is really good) to the general “white washing” of history.
American children have one of the most insular educations in the world. The fact that many states do not require their students to learn a foreign language, and those that do wait until high school, is bad enough. But what is really damaging is that when we learn “world history” in K-12 education, it’s really only European History. Until they are 18, our kids are taught a completely White ethnocentric view of the world. Which I’m sure sucks if you do not happen to be white.
We have to go to college to learn about history of the rest of the planet. And even then, some of it is pretty badly presented. I took a History of Africa class that was more of a class on African activism than it was a history of African nations and regions.
Granted, the Instructor’s heart was in the right place. My Gods yes, the exploitation of their natural resources and people by European and American corporations, with so little wealth getting down to the people because of the manipulations of their governments is sickening. The lack of global power African nations have is appalling. They have some richest deposits of natural resources in the world, yet they are some of the poorest countries in the world because they are constantly kept destabilized by interior and exterior forces. And why isn’t an African nation on the U.N. Security Council?
But it was a history course, and I did not actually learn much of the history of Africa and its nations which I would have liked very much.
And then there is the very-much-still-alive racism in this country that this poem talks about. The same people who feel that the shooting of Tamir Rice was justified are the same people who encourage putting real guns in the hands of even younger children…so long as those children are white. Despite all the evidence, they call Sandra Bland a “drug dealing thug who got what was coming to her.” Say Dajerria Becton and the girl attacked for refusing to leave her desk in South Carolina (plus the one subsequently arrested for filming and speaking out against what was happening) were “mouthy” and “got what they deserved” (I guess they think the First Amendment is reserved for “White People Only.”)And these cases are the tip of the Travon Martin/Freddie Grey/Eric Garner iceberg of police brutality on and profiling of African Americans that too many Americans are o.k. with.
And every February we all hear the same round of complaints, “Why is there a “Black History Month! Why isn’t there a White History Month? That’s racist!”
Because the other 11 moths of the year are “White History Year” you twat. There has to be special times set aside to celebrate African American, American women, Hispanic/Latino Americans, Asian Americans, AmerIndian histories because all the rest of the time it is the History of Americans of European Decent ie. White people.
And yeah, having a Black History Month, Women’s History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month, etc. sucks. But only because we aren’t teaching it entwined with the rest of American History where it belongs. We have to put it where it belongs, right alongside the history of Americans of European descent. Until we do that, getting rid of those periods of ethnic focus is just trying to ignore their part and contributions to history altogether.
Not fully integrating subcultures and ethnicities that were a part of our nation’s history into teaching that history helps create a culture of exclusion. Not teaching it at all creates a culture of devaluation. If we want to take some real steps in eliminating racism, we need to create a culture of inclusion by teaching the history of all Americans together. And when we teach World History, we have to teach an overview of *all* the world’s history, not just one continent.
And the claim that Jesus was white? Well, unless you are claiming that Jesus is the bastard offspring of a Roman , it’s fucking moronic. Your savior looked like a Palestinian. Get over it.
PayPal backs out of building a center in North Carolina. The North Carolina government does not move.
The Entertainment Industry threatens to take their filming elsewhere. The North Carolina government does not move.
A major Pharmaceutical company threatens to back out of building a development center/factory. The North Carolina government does not move.
The Governor of New York bans all unnecessary travel to North Carolina. The North Carolina government does not move.
Bruce Springsteen cancels a concert. The North Carolina government does not move.
He’s not touching the most visible aspect of the “Bathroom bill,” which is the unenforceable “Bathroom by genetics at birth” law, but he is gutting the bill of its most dangerous parts such as businesses being able to discriminate based on sexual preference and gender identification.
I’m sure it’s a coincidence; a buildup of business pressures which would significantly affect the North Carolina economy. Still, the timing is immensely amusing.