Staring Into The Void

I woke up the other morning in a cold sweat. I’d had massive, vivid dreams throughout the night, and woke up with the following thoughts screaming in my head.

What the fuck is wrong with the DNC, Democratic voters, and the American media? We are standing on the precipice, staring into the void, and no one is asking a couple of frighteningly important questions, slamming us in the face, and threatening to push us over the edge!

Since the day Senator Elizabeth Warren ended her bid for the Democratic nomination for president, we’ve seen the media simultaneously and ever so “coincidentally” end their misogynistic hit job on her. With the assistance of Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell, and her own surprise appearance on last week’s Saturday Night Live, the American people have had the opportunity to see just what we’ve lost — the smartest, wittiest, most honest and compassionate candidate we had.

Likewise, over the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to watch Vice-President Biden and Senator Sanders go on stages, with Biden stumbling to get out coherent thoughts — not stuttering, mind you — he was having trouble stating straightforward, coherent thoughts! Likewise, every time Sanders gets in front of a crowd, he looks like he’s about to have another heart attack.

So here’s my question, one I alluded to in my recent podcast — why is NO ONE demanding we see medical records for both these candidates. Four years ago (and ever since) we were outraged and apoplectic (as well we should have been) the Tangerine Turd currently occupying the White House, refused to release his tax returns. In the ensuing period, we’ve also stated our concerns about the legitimacy of the results of his medical examinations.

Well for Christ’s sake, don’t we have the right to see the medical records of our own candidates? Don’t we need to see them? Bernie Sanders is going to be 79 this year, Biden 78. They both look frail and seem to be having physical or mental problems. Either would be the oldest person to become president in American history.

Why isn’t the American media — those stellar “journalists” who crucified Hillary Clinton four years ago because of a bunch of stupid, fucking emails that, in reality, meant nothing, and this year, turned their collective misogyny on a candidate who’s done nothing but spend her entire career educating and working for the people of this country — demanding the right for the people to know just what we’re getting?

Why aren’t they demanding to see medical records that could, in the end, mean everything. Not just to Democratic voters, but Independents and disaffected Republican voters, as well? Why aren’t the DNC telling these two old white men they need to do this? And why the fuck are Democratic voters — ALL Democratic voters — not demanding the release of these records?

And while we’re at it, why hasn’t it dawned on one “journalist” with access to both candidates, to ask what could be a really important question — if you win the nomination, who would be your dream running mate. First choice — who would it be? Everyone knows how the job of president ages people. Is it unreasonable to ask who the candidates want as their number two? Their potential replacement?

Are we really that self-destructive? Are we so arrogant and/or blind, we’re willing to play right into the teeny, tiny hands of that Bloated Bloviating Blowhard in the White House, and his Rethuglican enablers? ‘Cause if you don’t think they’re going to bring this up ad nauseum during the campaign — whichever of these two is the Democratic candidate — you’re hallucinating.

This has nothing to do with policy stances, or personal animus. As with most candidates, both these people have mixed records, supporting good and bad legislation, being on the right side of policies and the wrong side. Under normal circumstances both have a lot going for them. These aren’t normal circumstances.

Ultimately, the 2020 presidential election is not about Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden or their respective egos. It’s not about the nasty and childish “If I don’t get what I want, I’ll take my ball and go home” attitude of the Bernie Bros, nor is it about the desperate narrative continuously pushed by the wealthy leaders of the DNC and Democratic party, telling us we need a “centrist” candidate to appeal to Independents and disaffected Republicans, completely disparaging the entire Progressive wing of the party.

Neither is it about narcissistic assholes like Jill Stein, playing upon the anger of disillusioned Progressives, the way the Bloated Bloviating Blowhard in the White House plays upon the anger, fear and racism of his beloved MAGATS.

As Elizabeth Warren understands and has stated so eloquently, this election is about us, the American people. It’s about nothing less than the survival of our nation, democracy, and our ability to move forward from the selfish, destructive path our current “leaders” have put us on.

As I’ve said time and again, I don’t believe in purity tests for politicians (or anyone else, for that matter, ‘cause we’d all fail). This is about simple, basic practicality, and, eventually, electability. If we don’t wake up — and quickly — and demand answers to some very important questions, we’re going to be getting a really good look at that void, as we fall head-first into it.

The Myth of the Need For Democratic Unity Right Now!

Democrats need to stand together and fight the real foe, the Tangerine Pinhead still occupying the Oval Office.

I’ve been thinking about that statement a lot lately, and have come to the conclusion, I disagree. So, at the risk of pissing off and/or alienating some of my friends, I thought I’d toss my opinion in the ring. What the hell, everybody else has.

Whether there’s already a candidate you support, or are still looking at everyone, the idea that it splits the party to look deeply at each candidate is complete and utter horseshit. For example, take Mike Bloomberg — billionaire, and former REPUBLICAN Mayor of NYC — he has a lot to answer for. Shame on that bitch, Elizabeth Warren, for standing up to him on the debate stage he bought and paid for out of his own pocket, putting him in a somewhat awkward position!

But wait! What about Bernie Sanders (who I happen to like, and who I supported in 2016)? Bernie doesn’t seem to believe the public should be allowed to see his medical records. Let’s forget the fact this is an 80-year-old man who had a recent heart attack, running for (what was, before Twitler got his hands on it) the most important office in the world. Heaven forfend people believe they have the right to that information before stepping into a voting booth. Today I heard someone say, asking Bernie to release his medical records was akin to Birtherism. If one was to accept that analogy, then Twitler could contend the same thing about his tax returns (as well as his medical/psychological records). It’s childish nonsense.

Primaries, by their very nature, are shitstorms. There are real differences between the candidates. Why shouldn’t they be debated, and argued over? What is a debate for, if not only to show who you are, but also show the people who the other guys really are? Confrontation is the name of the game.

How about Tulsi Gabbard, whatever the fuck she is? Are we allowed to look at her record, listen to her voiced opinions, which run slightly to the right of Mussolini? Are we allowed to question her Democratic bonafides?

As Senator from Delaware, the credit card capital of the country, Joe Biden — Uncle Joe — supported bankruptcy laws that fucked most Americans in credit card debt, putting billions of extra dollars into the hands of those poor, behometh credit card companies. Senator Warren was once a Republican. And the list goes on and on — every candidate has a closet with something in it.

Can we all get real and accept the fact, if we insist on these stupid fucking purity tests so many of us demand our leaders pass, we’re not going to have any leaders. Dig into your own life, or mine, or anyone’s, and chances are you’ll find garbage that will make other people shake their heads. It’s an impossible standard for anyone to live up to, especially politicians.

Well, damnit! Do we want to beat that fuckhead in the White House, or what? Of course we do! Do we want to send our best candidate out there to fight that walking/talking/tweeting Tangerine Blob of Shit! Absolutely! But no matter what you say, hear or read, the only way we’re going to see who these people are, is to let them duke it out in public.

“But Democrats must stand united. Don’t criticize any of the candidates.” Oh, please. Gimme a break. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been told, tell me what your candidate is for, not what they’re against. These are the same people who, in the next sentence, will tell us the enemy is Twitler (true), and we can’t fight among ourselves if we’re to beat him.

If you truly want to know who a candidate is, don’t be as lazy or stupid as Rethuglican voters, who, as we know, can’t (or don’t) read. Do your own research. Go to their fucking websites and read their plans. Almost every candidate has described their vision for the country, and how they plan to implement that vision. And, for those who haven’t, well, that should speak volumes, too.

The reality is, no matter the warnings, Democratic voters are being conned, manipulated and controlled by the mainstream media, pollsters, television and radio talking heads, Rethuglican propaganda, the Russians, and our own DNC. We are told on a daily basis only a moderate (this week they’re pushing Bloomberg — last week it was Amy Klobuchar; the week before, Joe Biden) can take on Shitler. Only a moderate can unite all the Democratic factions, as well as disaffected Republicans who loathe Benedict Donald.

I know, I’m not supposed to criticize the DNC, or their hard-working, nice guy leader, Tom Perez. It would be a lot easier to keep quiet if I didn’t see the DNC refuse to change their methodology in dealing with Democratic voters, presidential election to presidential election.

For example, the other day I heard someone defending the concept of “Super Delegates,” those party leaders whose votes count more than yours or mine in nominating a candidate. According to this defense, we’re supposed to bow to their superior knowledge & understanding because, after all, they work within the party & know better than the rest of us. The reason they work within the party is a) they’ve got enough money and are willing to spend it; b) they’re politicians; c) it’s their job; d) their desire for power & control over others; e) any combination of the above. As for the rest of us normal, everyday Democrats, we’re peasants who should shut the fuck up & listen to our betters.

The concept that only a moderate can beat Lil’ Donny Moscow is the standard bullshit we’re supposed to accept, election cycle after election cycle, all proof to the contrary. After all, what’s wrong with the status quo?

The simple fact is, there are a shitload more Democrats than Republicans. We get our asses to the polls, they lose. We come out and vote for the Democratic candidate — we win. And Vote Blue No Matter Who, runs both ways. Progressive Bernie and Warren supporters need to be willing to support the nomination of a candidate we know will not fight for everything we want. By the same token, Biden, Bloomberg, and Klobuchar’s moderate supporters need to be willing to support Senator Warren or Bernie, the Democratic Socialist (not Socialist, people! Stop drinking the Kool-Aid and understand what you’re talking about! This Socialist line of bullshit negates the fact Social Security, the cops, firemen, public libraries, interstate highways are all forms of socialism). This, if my candidate doesn’t win, I’ll vote third party crap is like a grown adult having a temper tantrum (kinda like Cadet Bone Spurs does on a daily basis — do you really want to mimic him?).

If you’re sucker enough to believe we’re handing The Tangerine Turd the election by being cantankerous now, please allow me to remind you of a MUCH more cantankerous primary. the year was 2008. The opponents were former First Lady and then, Senator from NY, Hillary Clinton, and the first term Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama. That was a vicious campaign. The anger and vitriol engendered by both camps in that campaign, make this year’s “battles” seem like a ride at an amusement park. But even so, once we had a candidate, everyone got behind him and, lo and behold, on January 20, 2009, Barack Obama was inaugurated president!

Oh, and whatever happened to Obama’s primary nemesis? Eventually she became Obama’s Secretary of State, and winner of the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election. Not too shabby a recovery (although, if she was currently sitting in the Oval Office, as she should be, there would be no need for me to write this blog).

So, can we please get over this bullshit that by engaging in standard primary season debates and vitriol, we’re helping Agolf Twitler, by not presenting a united front, get over it. We won’t be a united front until our candidate is chosen. And remember — whoever wins the Democratic nomination will have been vetted as well, if not better, than any Democratic candidate in history. And that’s a GOOD thing to take into an election. We come together at the time of the nomination.

As for now, this is the time for each of us to fight for what, and who we believe in.

 

A Message To My Fellow Democrats — Wake the Fuck Up!!!

Over the past few days, numerous articles have appeared on Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets, “warning” us about the perils of supporting Elizabeth Warren for President. These articles attempted to “taint” Senator Warren, by utilizing some of the same misogynistic language employed against Secretary Clinton in the 2016 campaign. Naturally, this led the Liar-In-Chief, to join in, reiterating his earlier, oh so clever, “Pocahontas” taunts of Senator Warren.

Given Senator Warren’s progressive cred, not only as a second term senator from Massachusetts willing to take on those who would destroy the American middle class, but as the driving force behind the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was created to shield consumers from shady practices by mortgage lenders, student loan servicers, and credit card companies, permanently earning Warren the enmity of Republicans in both houses of Congress, this is somewhat insane. Even so, some of these articles have attempted to paint Senator Warren as, either a tool of the DNC (surely you jest), or, in an attempt to stir conflict between Sanders and Warren supporters, they refer to her as “Bernie Lite.”

But here’s where my brain began to explode. Minutes after these stories began to appear, Democrats began reposting and retweeting this bullshit propaganda, leading to even more negativity toward someone who should be considered a progressive hero. Forget the fact there is no basis in reality for any of this bullshit. All you have to do, it seems, is throw a little shit to Democrats, call it red meat, and watch them crawl over each other to snatch it up like a pack of voracious wolves. Democrats, it would appear, have a difficult time learning from the past.

At the same time, we know the only reason Agolf Twitler (yes, I still refuse to utter or even type the name appearing on the scumbag’s birth certificate) resides in the White House is due to a combination of Republican dirty tricks — including massive voter suppression — with an assist from their buddy in the Kremlin. No matter — we’re Democrats, so we prefer to blame the past two years on Sanders supporters, the vast majority of whom, we’re told, either sat out the election entirely, or voted for Jill Stein (full disclosure: I was a Sanders supporter during the 2016 primaries, who had no problem voting for Secretary Clinton in the generals. I’m a native New Yorker and all too familiar with the walking Cheeto, so I knew what was at stake. I don’t think I’m in the minority of Sanders supporters, most of whom, I believe, did the same).

The fact Hillary Clinton won the election by almost 3,000,000 votes, losing only because of the unbelievably outdated Electoral College — which allowed 80,000 questionable votes, from three Republican-controlled states — to place a criminal and traitor in the Oval Office, doesn’t fit the narrative that allows us to eat our own, so we, being Democrats, ignore that minor trivial bit of reality. This, even though we all know the voter suppression tactics, as well as Russian interference, were still alive, well and active into the 2018 election.

Why then, has it not occurred to those among the Democratic faithful, that Russian bots and Republican dirty tricksters are, more than likely, behind this early campaign to smear and delegitimize one of the most proven, progressive voices we’ve got? Instead what we see is our own people giving voice and validity to this bullshit, proving, yet again, Democrats are as gullible, and easily swayed, as the worst of Twitler’s sheeple.

Does it have something to do with the dichotomies within our own rank and file? Or, maybe, it’s that we fall in love with candidates, becoming so enamored, we have to believe in their flawless perfection, while seeing (and, all too often, magnifying) every flaw in the other candidates. So much so, we sit, pout and rail at the universe if our candidates name isn’t on the ballot in the general election. We see all too clearly when lower and middle-class Republicans vote against their own self-interest — not so much when it’s us.

Yesterday, former Virginia Governor, and  old, rich, white guy, Terry McAuliffe, wrote an op-ed, published in the Washington Post, in which he criticized some of the more progressive Democratic hopefuls (including Senators Warren and Sanders) for offering “unrealistic ideological promises,” like a $15 minimum wage, federal jobs guarantee, universal free college and downplaying the reality of the U.S. being able to afford universal health care.

On the plus side, McAuliffe’s arrogant comments may have done us a favor by killing his own presidential aspirations, before he even announces. What the overly self-entitled ex-Governor views as “realistic” is a continuation of policies that have put this country exactly where we are now, with a system that benefits the ultra-rich, as well as multi-national corporations, to the detriment of the rest of us, including the implosion of the American middle class. It also demonstrates there are still people in the hierarchy of the Democratic party to whom “reality” means, don’t fuck with the status quo — we like things the way they are.

His stated disdain for Twitler notwithstanding, the truth is, McAuliffe would rather see a foreign agent in the White House, as opposed to a liberal/progressive Democrat, who might actually work to alter the status quo. A Warren, Sanders, Harris, Brown (etc.) led White House, would leave a prick like McAuliffe, holding his own in his hands (where, in my less than humble opinion, it belongs).

But, c’mon kids! Forget all that! Let’s buy into all the crap being pushed. Let’s help get those bots and propaganda pieces reposted and retweeted. Better yet, why not add a few insults of our own. And while we’re at it, let’s help the Republicans continue to control the narrative and messaging — as Democrats have allowed them to do so well, for years. Let’s get that famous Democratic in-fighting going full steam, and then, in November 2020, we can all sit here, blaming each other (again), while the next Republican/Fascist gets ready to take this country even further back into the Dark Ages.

That’ll show ‘em!

Democrats, Beware the DNC!

Please sign petitions demanding the DNC allow the Sanders campaign access to Democratic Voter Lists at the following links:

Left Action

Democracy for America

 

Okay, I’m pissed. I don’t mean a little bit put off, or somewhat annoyed. I am head of steam, slam shit against the wall, pissed off!

I woke up this morning to find an email from my brother Richard (who is also pissed off). The email contained a link to an article in today’s Washington Post, entitled, DNC Penalizes Sanders Campaign for Improper Access of Clinton Voter Data.

The article goes on to explain that four Sanders staffers, viewed proprietary Clinton campaign data they shouldn’t have been able to access. The Sanders staffer in charge was fired for this breach.

What is most pertinent, however — at least as far as I’m concerned is — the Sanders staffers did not go searching for this information, or hack into it.

The DNC maintains a master list of likely Democratic voters (with proprietary information about each individual campaign), which the DNC then rents to individual state and national campaigns. This list is managed by an outside vendor, NGP VAN, which somehow made a boo boo, allowing the Sanders staffers to view proprietary Clinton information they shouldn’t have been able to access.

To punish the Sanders campaign, the DNC immediately shut off the Sanders campaign access to the likely voters list, a move that could have disastrous effects on the Senator’s campaign — if you don’t know who your voters are, you can’t contact or communicate with them.

Interestingly, while the DNC decided to punish the Sanders campaign, what it did not do, is fire the company responsible for allowing the Sanders campaign to see this information. Not only that, it seems this is not the first time NGP VAN’s software has screwed up, allowing one campaign to see another’s proprietary information.

Now call me cynical, but the DNC is Chaired by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a long-time Clinton supporter, Co-Chair of her 2008 campaign (and the individual single-handedly responsible for the decision to limit the number of Democratic Presidential debates, not to mention scheduling of them at times fewer people will watch them — Friday and Saturday evenings, the weekend before Christmas, etc.). The DNC, run by a cabal of long-time Clinton supporters, has made it very clear to anyone looking, Hillary is their anointed nominee. As far as they’re concerned, Bernie Sanders is a nuisance, and they are doing everything they can to suppress his campaign.

And isn’t it funny how, only when something like this happens, does the Sanders campaign finally receive the headline national coverage it has been denied to date.

I may believe in miracles — I don’t believe in coincidences.

Up until now, it’s fascinating how the media has done a superb job of ignoring the campaign of the Number Two Democratic contender, a man with higher numbers than Donald Trump, who received 81 times the coverage of Sanders on the ABC television network (this, despite polls showing Sanders beating Trump handily).  And I do not buy the “oopsie” on the part of CBS News, who somehow managed to display a graph reversing Harvard poll numbers that, had they been displayed correctly, would have shown Sanders leading Clinton among Millennial Democratic voters.

As Goldfinger said to James Bond: Once is happenstance; twice is coincidence; the third time is enemy action!

There is not one shred of doubt in my mind, the Clinton campaign is getting nervous about Sanders popularity, especially among the Progressive wing of the party, and Independents. There is also no doubt in my mind, the DNC had NGP VAN “accidentally” leak the Clinton information to the Sanders campaign, in order to then penalize it for this supposed breach of ethics.

I am calling for all Democrats — including the fair-minded among Mrs. Clinton’s supporters — to stand up for our party and, not only demand they allow the Sanders campaign access to the information they have a right to, but allow this Primary cycle to play out fairly, and let the people decide — not a bunch of the entrenched and entitled members of our party. I am also calling for a boycott on donations to the DNC until they reverse their position.

Otherwise, the Democratic Party will demonstrate they are no different than the Republicans, and make a far stronger case of the need for a third party in this country — one that actually puts the needs and rights of the citizenry, first.