verities & balderdash
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and any other things that cross my mind.
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Before you discount Bernie as a cranky little Brooklyn Jew who does a helluva’ Larry David impression, do a little reading up on him. I see posts saying how horrible ALL of the choices are for president – from Trump and Cruz to Hillary – and lumping Bernie Sanders in with them. Do the research ! Not from FOX media or even MSNBC.
Yes, read about this man, who, for 30 years, has brokered MORE legislation by reaching across the aisle to BOTH parties to get something done in Washington than any other politician. Read his history on Civil Rights, when he was chained to other protesters in the street to fight against segregation while Hillary was working for the Young Republicans and Barry Goldwater. Read that Gloria Steinem anointed him an “Honorary Woman” because of his fight for equality in the workplace for women.
Read what he predicted in 1999 when the Glass Steagall Act was repealed – a prediction which came true in 2008: the crash of our economy. Read that 170 noted economists support his economic proposals and believe they will lead to a stronger middle class and sustained economic growth for our country. Read that, in 1972, he supported equal rights for the LGBTQ community -- a full FORTY YEARS before Hillary finally changed her mind and supported same-sex marriage.
“He’s a socialist,” they lie (They know better but they are very sure you don’t.) “He wants to plant magic trees which grow free stuff so everybody can have free college and a purple pony,” they spout, forgetting that the current taxes the US collects are the CITIZENS’ to spend the way we wish. (Maybe educating our workers so they can get better-paying jobs is a wiser choice than spending the money carpet-bombing the Middle East – After all, how has that worked out over the past 25 years?)
“He’s not electable,” they say, despite winning OVERWHELMINGLY in caucus states. “He wants to raise taxes to 62%,” proving they have not actually read his tax proposals . “Hillary is our nominee,” the #DNC and #DebbieWasserman tout, making sure the #DNC debates were in obscure time slots.c
“His supporters are naïve college students who don’t vote,” they discount, even though he won three states with nearly 80% of the vote. It’s not just Millennials who believe in his message.
In fact, if he wins Oregon and California, he will only need to win 40% of New York’s votes to pass Hillary in delegates, and then the pressure will be on the Superdelegates (another way the DNC has rigged the election) to win the nomination.
Despite all the obstacles both the GOP and the DNC have thrown in front of him, Bernie Sanders’ momentum is building. Why ? Because his message is simple, clear and honest: Stop ripping off the middle class and turning our country into an oligarchy controlled by only the richest Americans. It is resonating with all age groups, in diverse neighborhoods, and he is the worst nightmare of politicians who have sold out to their donors’ interests and gotten rich through insider trading, Super Pacs, lobbyists, banks too big to fail and Wall Street manipulators.
Read … and learn … what a Democratic Socialist is (like FDR, JFK and LBJ), and how enormously different it is from a totalitarian socialism like Lenin’s or Stalin’s. Understand that economies like Germany and the UK are Democratic Socialist governments, based on CAPITALISM which works for ALL people, not just the richest few.
But the bottom line is this: Do you want an HONEST man for President who has lived his message for a half century, fighting for the poor and middle class, or do you want one of the other choices who are arguing over who has smaller hands (and other anatomical parts), where the e-mails are, or whose wife … oh, never mind.
Rest assured, if you post a response which labels him a commie or socialist (He is a Democratic Socialist – you know, like FDR, JFK and LBJ were), or that he is some tutti-fruiti magical thinker, your post will be deleted because it is clear you are too lazy to really examine his proposals and are simply parroting the GOP / FOX / MSNBC nonsense.
That’s MY First Amendment right.
First, I thank my partner in life for coming up with this idea for a new project. I am writing a poetry book with an example of every type of poem that's out there. So far, I've written one of Ginsberg's concoction (The American Sentence), the Japanese invention (haiku), a soon to be a recorded (Spoken Word) piece loosely based on James Joyce's truly iconic form: the (Stream of Consciousness).
What lies below is a sort of old poem. I wrote this 3 years ago, and it came up on Facebook as a memory post. After working it over and over, I feel fairly confident in this liberal version of a (Shakespearean Sonnet), the only difference being in the rhyme scheme.
Oh, and this second Poetry and Song Lyrics Booklet should be released with my first solo music album at the end of 2016 / beginning of 2017. We'll have more on this story as the situation develops.
"Tired of Trying"
The ground massages his tried, tired feet
travels unbound upon barren concrete
All of this reminds him tread lightly
if he wants words to come out politely.
It would mean a lesser pain born nightly
But oh, the times he tried to give and take
only made worse his troubles and heart ache.
And then when he cursed and swore at it all,
it only slightly slowed his certain fall,
leaving only crumbling stones from his wall.
And so he asks of me with final breath:
"Perchance, I solve the riddle before death ?"
These are the words of a Latino American professional woman. She went on a rant about how Trump is wrongfully and ruthlessly being attacked by the media. Fasten your seat belts; it's going to be a bumpy night.
Donald Trump did not steal your money. Donald Trump did not raise your taxes. Donald Trump did not quadruple the price of food. Trump is not stirring a race war. Trump did not leave any US soldiers in Benghazi to be slaughtered and desecrated by Muslims. Trump did not send the US Navy to fight for Syrian Al-Qaeda. Trump did not arm ISIS and systematically exterminate Christians throughout the Middle East. Trump did not betray Israel. Trump did not provide financing and technology to Iran's nuclear weapons program. Trump did not give our military secrets to China. Trump did not remove our nuclear missile shield in Poland at the behest of Russia. Trump did not shrivel our military, and betray our veterans. Trump did not cripple our economy. Trump did not increase our debt to 20 trillion dollars. Trump did not ruin our credit, twice. Trump did not double African American unemployment. Trump did not increase welfare to a record level for eight years. Trump did not sign a law making it legal to execute, and imprison Americans. Trump did not set free all of terrorists in Guantanamo bay. Trump did not steal your rights, violate US Constitutional law, or commit treason, hundreds of times.
Here is my picking apart and responding to her accusations, misinformation, and misgivings about Trump, different and most politicians currently running for office or who already have achieved some position of power.
Trump used tax loopholes to run his businesses, which he bankrupted 4 times, costing 1,000's of jobs. He has said that he will continue to use the system like only he knows how, as the most powerful man in the world.
Trump not only is stirring a race war against Mexicans, calling them drug dealers and rapists, but also a religious war against anyone who "looks Muslim",promising he'll establish detainment camps and deport both Mexicans and Muslims.
Hillary Clinton has taken part in several investigative committees which Republicans fully admit were all fueled entirely by intentions to weaken her presidential chances. She was fully exonerated of having committed any criminal activities in Benghazi.
Obama signed an executive order this past year to expand and fully fund the VA.
The Republican Congress and Obama worked hand in hand to arm ISIS and systematically exterminate Christians throughout the Middle East.
Trump has been extremely vocal with his intentions to "bomb the shit out of ISIS", escalating and beginning several additional wars in the middle east for almighty oil. That will cost 10,000's more American soldiers' lives and trillions more of dollars for defense.
Every congress and President for the past 35 years have grown our defense budget, with more than 50% of every dollar going toward defense funds.
Obama and almost all members of a Republican Congress signed into law indefinite detention.
Obama didn't set free any inmates from Gitmo when he closed it down. Rather, he moved them to extremely secured prisons within the USA.
The Republican Congress is the group who committed treason by subverting a treaty that has successfully kept Iran from developing nuclear weapons. In this manner, Republicans have been systematically undermining peaceful negotiations, which threatens Israel's security in the region.
Okay now throughout this rant of hers, there are points where she's just being ridiculous. Just because Trump didn't do something heinous doesn't mean that Obama, Hillary, or Sanders did commit the said act.
I am registered as having no party affiliation. No matter who the nominees may be, I'm voting for Bernie Sanders.
p.s. knock off the "Hussein" bit. It's trivial and utterly contrived.