Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Bernie Sanders Was Awesome And Won The Third Debate No Matter WTF Corporate Media Is Reporting!

Third Debate
After watching the third Democratic debate Saturday night, the very first thing that popped into this writer's mind was scheduling a debate on Saturday night the weekend before Christmas was as dumb as dumb can get. However, we know why the DNC did this. If you don't know the DNC is doing everything they can to hide away and limit the exposure of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. There is no doubt that Martin O' Malley was a big loser Saturday night. He should just go ahead and pack it up. His performance was shocking and his demeanor did him in.

The clear winner of the third debate was Sen. Bernie Sanders from Vermont. In fact, he won by a long country mile. This debate lacked energy overall and there may be some reasons for it being so. For starters the moderators of the debate were awful. They lost control of the debate and the questions they asked were terrible. For example, why at a Democratic debate was there not one question about climate change? Yet, they focused on terrorism for almost an hour. Maybe more.

ABC and their moderators must have thought they were at a Republican debate. We know that ISIS is a major problem, but there are other domestic issues that are a problem as well and affect more Americans on a daily basis than ISIS ever will.

And, why in the hell was the question about presidents spouses even asked?

That question had no business being asked nor does it have any relevance to the issues facing our nation. We are not voting for a potential president's spouse are we? Just like the “Star of Bethlehem" shown bright on the night of the birth of Christ it's clear who the DNC and corporate media have picked as their choice for the Democratic nomination. If you can't see it you are blinded by the light itself.

According to Slate polling, Bernie Sanders won a huge victory Saturday night. However, mainstream media declared Hillary the winner no different than previous polls from the store bought mass media polls. [See Source

The Candidates

Martin O'Malley

Third Debate
Martin O'Malley
O'Malley sounded very much like a "wind-up doll" in the third debate. In fairness, O'Malley did not stand a chance from day one.  O'Malley's incessant bragging about his record as the Maryland Governor wears a bit thin in a third debate. His [O'Malley] comments sounded empty and uninspiring. O'Malley's comment about being a candidate from another generation implying that the age of both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders was an issue fell flat on its face. In retrospect, O'Malley had the dumbest moment in the debate when he stated we should not replace capitalism with socialism. Bernie Sanders is not advocating replacing capitalism with socialism. This comment was a dig at Sanders he borrowed from the Republicans. Martin O'Malley, I have some news for you any person elected president from the Democratic Party will be called a socialist. Republicans called Barak Obama a socialist. It was an idiotic comment. 

Bernie Sanders

Sanders did an awesome service to his campaign by calling out the DNC and for apologizing to Hillary Clinton for the data breach issue. Sanders comments about Saudi Arabia and Qatar needed to step up to the plate in the fight against ISIS was spot on and was very well received by the debate audience. Now, what Sanders needs to do moving forward is give us more details how he would bring about this much-needed coalition in the fight against ISIS. Sanders comments were correct when he stated that overthrowing these Middle East dictators has been an aggressive tactic that has proven to be a complete failure. Bernie Sanders proved in the third debate he is no rookie when it comes to foreign policy. We must remember it was Bernie Sanders that got it right back in 2002 concerning the war in Iraq and it was Hillary Clinton that was wrong who has admitted the mistake. 

Third Debate
Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders showed that he is more than a one-dimensional candidate and that his 25 years in Washington has made him a very well rounded and qualified candidate for the presidency. The best most down to earth honest comment in the whole debate was delivered by Sanders when he stated that corporate America would not like him over Hillary Clinton. Sanders did himself a big service by pointing out who the donors to the Hillary Clinton campaign are it was a strong factual point. Moreover, Hillary Clinton had no rebuttal because it was a true statement. Also, it was Bernie Sanders who lead the fight against Bill Clinton removing of Glass-Steagall which many economists claim was a major factor in the 2008 bank bailout debacle. In the third debate, Sanders did an excellent job of pointing this factoid out. Sanders also did a great job of explaining the link between health care and campaign finance reform. He made the point that Hillary Clinton who was for universal health care at one point in her career but now is against it and that she [Clinton] has received major donations from the medical insurance companies. The point that Clinton is now a bought and paid for tool of the medical insurance industry has merit based on those donations and Clinton subsequent flip-flop on the issue of universal health care. Sanders goal of making college tuition free for all Americans is a noble one. What this writer would like to hear more of from Sanders is how to deal with the issue of people with current student loan debt because in my view more could be done than just lowering the interest rates. Sanders did a very good job of responding to Hillary Clinton attack that Bernie Sanders health care plan would raise taxes. What Clinton is not telling people is that our current system is costing taxpayers upwards 30 trillion dollars already and that Bernie's plan would be a reduction in that cost. Sanders comment that with a single payer system we would not need to be paying the 30 trillion the private healthcare system is currently costing us. So the raise in taxes would be offset by the savings from the five times the rate of inflation our current private healthcare system invokes on Americans now. Sanders did a great job of showing how Hillary Clinton comments are misleading. 

Sanders was exceptional in his comments surrounding one of the biggest problems we face in this country "Institutional Racism." Sanders set himself apart from Hillary Clinton on this issue. Sanders addressed the "Black Lives Matter" movement with grace and style and most of all his comments were genuine. Bernie Sanders has a proven record for fighting for civil rights in America. Other words, he has the record to back up the rhetoric. 

Hillary Clinton

Third Debate
Hillary Clinton
For starters Clinton comment about no one cared about the "Bernie Sanders Scandal" concerning the DNC data breach came off phony as a three dollar bill. In fact, the day before the debate Clinton and here machine was condemning the Sanders campaign. You cared about it the day before why not 24 hours later in the debate? Clinton did a good job of bringing up her three-point foreign policy plan. But, where the vagueness comes in is when she stated her plan would do more to keep us safe. That sounds like a Republican talking point. What does that mean and what will be its cost? Clinton was correct in her comment saying we do not need a ground war in Syria. But, the problem is people trusting her to live up to the comment. Like it or not hard-line Democrats Hillary Clinton has a trust deficit with the American people from the left, right, and center. [See Source]

Clinton argument for a "Syrian No-Fly Zone" was in a word terrible. When asked would she shoot down a Russian plane that violated the no-fly zone her reply "I don't think it would come to that," not only made no sense it's wrongly presumptuous and quite frankly irresponsible. Hillary Clinton are you not aware of what Vladimir Putin has been doing that last several months? The bottom line she made a lousy case for the no-fly zone that would do nothing but trust our nation into another full-scale war in the Middle East. 

It's no secret that Clinton and Putin do not like each other and Hillary's no-fly zone is her way of flexing her political muscles at Putin who in the House of Public Discourse view would tell Clinton to stick her no-fly zone policy where the sun doesn't shine. According to her, remarks at the third debate Clinton purposes fighting Assad and ISIS at the same time. This may have been the second dumbest remark in the third debate. In practice, Hillary Clinton proposal would have us fighting both sides of the war. ISIS and Assad are at war with each other and what Hillary Clinton suggest is not only preposterous current U.S. President Obama disagrees with this approach and the no-fly zone as well. 

Hillary Clinton No-Fly Zone Policy Is A Republican One

What blows this writer's mind is someone who is a lifelong Washington insider former first lady U.S. Senator and Secretary of State could be so ridiculous to even advocate such a hawkish policy in the first place and begs the question of her objectivity for real coalition building suggested by the Sanders campaign. 

What the reality of a Hillary Clinton presidency suggest her words not mine that we would be fighting a war in the Middle East against the factions who are in fact fighting against each other which puts us slap dab in the middle. Clinton lost points in the debate on her foreign policy approach among a wide demographic of potential voters both in the primaries and general elections. Just like economic issues, Hillary Clinton looks more like a Republican in her foreign policy than a Democrat. Iran being in Syria has nothing to do with her beloved Israel and their Jewish lobby money that the Clinton campaign would love to have.[See Source]

Hillary Clinton true intentions here are written all over her face. Moreover, it's evident that Hillary Clinton has not learned a lesson from her previous foreign policy blunders. When you arm rebels there is no telling whose hand these arms end up in. 

America Needs To Help Support Coalition Building In The Middle East And Stay The Hell Out Of It Militarily! 

On economic issues, Clinton was not strong at all in the third debate. Bernie Sanders message is resonating with ' We the People" leagues ahead of the Clinton campaign. Anytime she is asked about economic issues she defers to her plan on her website instead of answering the question and then quickly pivots to the Republicans. She doesn't want to answer questions about her being in the pockets of Wall Street. Clinton 5000 dollar tax credit idea concerning healthcare will not only do very much it is status quo politics at its core and is a proven failure. 

What this proposal proves to this writer is that you really don't know the real problems facing the average American regarding healthcare issues or you don't care. Maybe that "Medical Insurance Industry" money means more? Most people who are in debt due to medical bills are in debt way more than a measly 5000 tax credit would provide. You can run up a 5000 dollar medical bill in less than a day if you have to be hospitalized or have a serious ongoing health condition. The 5000 dollar tax credit idea by Hillary Clinton is not only a joke it's an insult. 

In closing, the one big glaring reality that shine forth in the third debate is that Hillary Clinton is nothing more than a moderate Republican. There are conservative Democrats who undoubtedly support Hillary, but her positions and policy proposal go way beyond anything remotely progressive or liberal. There is a term being bandied about in social media " Republican Lite."Hillary Clinton fits its mold to a tee. How anyone who considers themselves a liberal can support Clinton is a mystery to this writer.

Hillary Clinton Is Hungry For War

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

All America Has To Fear Is Fear Itself!

America Has Become A Culture Of Fear!

Franklin D. Roosevelt
On March 4,  1933, a newly elected president Franklin Roosevelt delivered a speech on the steps of our nation's capital that instructed American's not to live in fear. That by doing so fear wins. 

The Speech

The Culture Of Fear

If Franklin D. Roosevelt was right all we have to fear is fear itself. Then there should be nothing left for American's to fear. What happens frequently is when problems go away undoubtedly other problems arise to take their place. When the Cold War went away instead of people and their politicians breathing a sigh of relief other problems in the form of terrorism rose up. Certain segments of America's population seem to always be in a consent state of fear. 

Is America a safe place to live today? To look at our daily news feeds and all the mass shootings, murders suicides, and police shootings many American's would probably answer the given question with an emphatic no!  Fear in America is promoted by so many different factions. There is a culture of fear in America and the trend is getting worst. Why? Because fear is profitable and many organizations and the politicians they own have a real stake in promoting fear in this country. 

Politicians like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Ben Carson, and Donald Trump win elections by creating the politics of fear and anger. Corporate owned media outlets like CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC to name a few profit in spreading the politics of fear and anger. These for-profit media echo chambers may be the worst of the worst in spreading fear. Their motto and business model seems to be “if it bleeds it leads."

The culture of fear in the United States is unusual. In fact, the culture of fear in America is not only at an all-time high its extreme in its nature. This fear that abounds in America is quite remarkable. Of all the countries in the world, the United States is far and away the most privileged and secure. The way we have used the news to promote fear in America and the way politicians feed off it has become a horror movie in which "We the People" can't go home or get away from. Fear mongering has become a 24/7 business in today's America. The mainstream media delivers around the clock fear. There are fears that cater to every demographic. These 24-hour news networks are always filling their news lineups with the reasons we need to be afraid. 

One of the challenges we face living in modern day America is because of the mass media, not a day goes by we are not made aware of some tragic event happening somewhere. There is always something to get depressed, upset, or angry over. There is an army of invaders coming across our borders to steal our jobs and change our culture. Apparently in the Republican Party this fear mongering works. Hence, Donald Trump being the parties current front runner. Every day on any assorted news media outlet we are inundated with news-feeds from all over the world. These mass media pundits are standing by to inform us of all the things we must be afraid of and fear. We are always made aware that there are bad people out there and they mean you harm so go buy a gun to protect yourself. 

In America today the truth is of little consequence. People are indoctrinated on a set of beliefs that no matter if they are true or false changing their belief patterns based on the real truth would derail their lives. People support their faulty indoctrination's because they are a crutch to their entire being as a human being. Mom and Dad could never be wrong! In today's world, it is often times the truth that is phony and not the lie. People are manipulated by fear and propaganda. 

Millions of American's have fallen prey to this onslaught of fear to the point of becoming helpless sheep. And it’s the politics of fear and anger and their associated media echo chambers that are the sheepdogs to keep them in line. Humans attempt to keep other humans in line and they do it by ridiculing and condemning anyone who commits the crime of being different.

There is a conscious and intelligent manipulation of people's habits enhanced by political mechanisms like the “Patriot Act" that allow corporations and other organizations privy to this information to be the real invisible ruling powers in the world today. We are governed by this information, our minds are molded, and largely by people we have never heard or seen. Propaganda has played a major role in how our present day Democratic society is organized.

People in the business of profiting from the politics of fear and anger have become masterful at finding ways to dip into people's greatest desires and fears. They use this for their own purposes and benefit. It is ludicrous to think these factions have a reliable judgment on what's best for the individual or our nation as a whole. Large segments of the American population vote against their own interest based on them being manipulated by the politics and propaganda being shoved down their throats on a daily basis. 

In closing, there becomes a time when the operation of the machine becomes so unbearable that it makes one sick to the heart that we must rise up as a group and say we are mad as hell and we will not take it anymore. We must as a collective and concerned society say enough is enough. We all must become an activist in our own special and unique ways. We must send a message to these invisible forces behind the machine that we will do whatever it takes to destroy your machines of manipulation and conquest. We must all become that man standing in front of the tanks in Tienanmen Square. Let's be afraid no more. Because just like FDR said in 1933 “All We Have To Fear Is Fear itself."

1989 Raw Video: Man vs. Chinese tank Tienanmen Square

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Fight for Voting Rights Continues In North Carolina (Video)

NAACP Seeks to Block 2016 Voter ID Requirement

The NAACP and others challenging changes to North Carolina’s election law overhaul in 2013 are seeking to block the photo ID requirement for the March primaries.
The challengers filed a request in federal court on Tuesday seeking a preliminary injunction that would keep the current law in place until their legal challenge can be fully heard.
Attorneys for the state lawmakers standing behind the ID requirement have voiced opposition to the NAACP request. In court documents filed earlier this month, attorneys for the state said they think the legal challenge can be heard and decided before the March primaries.
When lawmakers added the requirement that voters have photo IDs by 2016 to vote, they contended that the measure was necessary to prevent voter fraud.
Few voter fraud cases have been brought and prosecuted in North Carolina and elsewhere in the United States.[Click Here To Read More]

We Fight in the Courts, the Streets, & at the Ballot Box

North Carolina is ground zero in the fight for voting rights in the United States. House Bill 318, the monster voter suppression law passed in 2013, is the first and the worst voter suppression law since the 2013 Shelby v. Holder decision that gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965. We have less voting rights today than we had in 1966. The people of North Carolina refuse to surrender the most fundamental right of a democracy: the right to vote.

We will fight in the courtsNC NAACP v. McCrory, our voter suppression lawsuit, will return to trial in January to hear the Voter ID portion of the case. Visit our website and ourFacebook page for updates so you can join us in Winston-Salem to pack the courthouse and show the nation that HB 318 is NOT the will of the people.

We will fight in the streets. On Saturday, February 13th, we will hold the 10th annual Mass Moral March on Raleigh & HKonJ People's Assembly in downtown Raleigh. One month before the 2016 Primary and nine months before the General Election, we will hold the largest Get Out The Vote rally North Carolina has ever seen grounded in the voices of those who have been impacted by the extreme and immoral policies of the NC General Assembly. RSVP on Facebook and click here for updates on the Moral March.

We will fight at the ballot box. On December 1st, the NC NAACP, Democracy NC, faith leaders, and other coalition partners are launching the It's Our Time | It's Our Vote voter empowerment campaign. This long-term, issue-based, non-partisan voter registration, education, mobilization, and protection campaign will work across North Carolina and will build a foundation for meaningful participation in our Democracy long after 2016. To get involved in the It's Our Time campaign, click here.

Help us spread the word by using the hashtags #forwardtogther #itsourtime and #moralmarch. 

North Carolina's new Voter ID law prompts legal opposition: Judith Browne Dianis on News Nation

Monday, November 30, 2015

The Politics Of Fear And Anger Have Gone Viral In America

The Politics Of Fear And Anger

The politics of fear and anger have gone viral in America. You can't turn on your television or read your newspaper today without seeing or reading something about fear. We live in a culture of fear and anger. There are SWAT teams kicking down people's doors for simple possession of Marijuana and individuals picking up assault weapons and shooting up the public square in the name of GOD and country. 

Our politicians and news media outlets are packaging fear who tell us to fear terrorist, neighbors, immigrants, refugees, and liberal social institutions established to help poor and elderly people.  There is a consistent cry by politicians proclaiming that war is the only solution. Since 9/11 we have had a government agency[NSA] monitoring our phone calls and collecting other data about our daily lives. The Dept of Defense has been selling billions of dollars of military equipment to local police forces which have turned our police forces into a military force[See Source]

Our police forces have been getting away with murder shooting and killing unarmed civilians while their departments have been receiving tanks, armor vehicles, flat jackets, helmets, and other military equipment as well. 

As we saw in the 'Occupy Movement" peaceful protesters were shot with rubber bullets and sprayed with mace. Enter the war on terror. The war on terror is the logical entry point for constructing governmental policy based on fear. How will they strike us next? The politics of fear has resulted in " We the People" losing our rights of privacy and has culminated in a mentality of fear cultivated by the political elite and the " Military Industrial Complex."

Criminal Justice Plays A Role In The Politics Of Fear And Anger

There is no denying the role judges play in our society. Having fair-minded unbiased judges is critical to a free Democratic society. Judges are tasked with protecting our most cherished right to freedom and basic values. To the point, Judges are the guardians of liberty in America. Judges are the custodians of all the things that matter in terms of evaluating civil liberties. The decisions Judges make matter most of all to people with less power or none at all. The poor. The disfavored and people who have been marginalized. Our Judges must take this role seriously. 

However, this writer fears that judicial independence in our nation is at risk. There are efforts to undermine the integrity and functions of our Judges. There is much to lose if this independence is compromised. The decisions and precedents that Judges make effect our lives in a myriad of ways. 

For example, it was judicial decisions that desegregated our schools and allowed equal voting rights to minorities. It took a political movement to persuade politicians to act on these egregious violations of our civil liberties. If the everyday person had not acted by forming groups which soon became a movement, these legislative changes would not have happened. 

In today's political climate of fear and anger, the progress of the "Civil Rights Movement" in the 1960's has come under attack by right-wing conservative politicians in the Republican Party. They wish to take us back in time when the white man was the only race entitled to these cherished civil liberties.[See Article]

The United States today is a very different place than it was 40 years ago. In the early 1970's when you think about criminal justice in America, there were 350, 000 people in our jails and prisons. Today there are over two million people locked up in our correctional system. There are another six million people on probation and parole. Mass incarceration has affected the lives of millions of Americans. What most people don't appreciate is the collateral effects this has on people’s lives.

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We Must End The Politics Of Fear And Anger

There is a board political reality in America today that suggest we are a nation of fear and anger. Over the last several decades, there have been politicians and their “Christian Right" allies preaching to us to be afraid and be angry. When people are afraid and angry they reconcile themselves to violating the basic human rights of the people whom they are afraid.

If a group or race of people is perceived to be an out-group it's okay to ignore them and their rights to basic human dignity. There are many historical examples of horrific abuse genocide, holocaust, and slavery. 

All of these institutions were created and sustained by a political vision fueled by fear and kept in place by anger. When you listen to politicians on the right today there is no real search for the truth there is only the dynamic of fear and anger. What has resulted is mass shootings on a monthly basis and innocent causalities all based on fear expressed by anger when an individual acts out. 

In 1996 the Clinton administration passed a “Welfare Reform Act" that allowed states to bar citizens from public benefits food stamps, housing, and medical services if they have a prior drug conviction. In this writer's lifetime, the politics of fear and anger has created a cast system in the United States. And, anyone with a criminal record is considered an “Untouchable."

There are scores of American citizens living beneath the public benefits system many who are homeless. There are single moms with children who cannot get public assistance because they have prior drug and other criminal offenses. It's the poor who have suffered the most from the politics of fear and anger. We have a criminal justice system that has become wealth dependent. No matter how innocent you are no matter how strong your alibi the mere fact you did nothing wrong doesn't shield you from arrest, prosecution, conviction, and long-term incarceration. 

Our present criminal justice system treats you better if you're rich and guilty than if you're poor and innocent. 

Wealth, not culpability shapes the outcomes of many judicial decisions today. The poor are being destroyed by this reality. The mentality ill have been locked up in our correctional system. There is very little help for the mentality ill in poor and minority communities. We just throw them in jail or prison. We do not help children who are dealing with these developmental issues we jerk them out of schools because they can't deal with cultural norms we call them criminal we put them in juvenile detention centers they are stigmatized and put on a pipeline leading to criminal behavior. 

There is a sense of hopelessness in our minority communities today. Most African America males feel their lives will be lost due to drug violence or racist cops. Many African males believe they will be incarcerated by the age of 21.  It's high time we engage these children and communities and fight against these feelings of hopelessness. It is the duty of any conscious citizen to help empower our brothers and sisters. 

One of the biggest challenges we face as a society is that most of us have doubts as to what we as individuals can do to affect positive change in our communities. What this writer has learned from my childhood and adult years is you can't buy what you can't sale. If you as a single person have no hope you cannot give hope to others. 

We must end the war on drugs. Stop the modern day equivalent to Jim Crow which has led to mass incarceration of minorities and the poor. America is the only country in the world where a 13-year-old can be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. There is no question that large segments of our society in America have been held hostage to the politics of fear and anger. Now is the time to stop this scourge on our citizens and end the politics of fear and anger once and for all. 

Study: Conservatives have larger 'fear center' in brain

Friday, November 20, 2015

Hillary Clinton Thinks She Has It In The Bag, Hold Up Wait A Minute!

Hillary Clinton Thinks She Has It In The Bag, Hold Up Wait A Minute!

A new era in American politics began in 2008 with the election of the first person of color to the White House. Some in America are ready to vote for the first female president ever in 2016. Does Hillary Clinton have the political dash to make it so? Many have pre-ordained Hillary Clinton as the winner we here in the House of Public Discourse say " Hold Up Wait A Minute."

Hillary Clinton has been a master of the 21st-century media she is the darling of mainstream media however that can be a double edge sword. Huge new and powerful voting blocks, and scores of American citizens have had it up to their ying-yangs with mainstream media. While many older voters still struggle with the concept of social media younger voters not only except modern day politicians to understand the digital age but also they expect politicians to embrace its power. 

The news of today does not revolve around mainstream media it comes from We The People on various social media platforms like Facebook. Nowadays, it's not cool for political candidates to detach themselves and simply rely on mainstream media to deliver their message. No matter how many corporate polls say Hillary Clinton is winning social media polls say different. At this point, Hillary Clinton has failed miserably to convey any coherent message that a Hillary Clinton presidency would help young people or the everyday hard working low and middle-class American. This failure to connect with this crucial voting block could derail Hillary Clinton ambition to be the first female president. 

As a follower of politics for most of my adult life, one thing you can expect from politicians in the hip pocket of corporate donors, special interest, and now Super PACS is a rhetoric full of smoke and mirrors. 

There is a game that corporate owned politicians play in today's politics. What is sad they proclaim it must be played to be successful. This game is often overlooked by voters and especially those casual observers of politics. However, the interjection of social media is helping to combat this overlook by electors, and while many Americans remain in the dark, the light is slowly beginning to shine through for more and more Americans. 

Hillary Clinton comes from a wealthy family. She is the wife of former President Bill Clinton. In the current 2016 race, Hillary Clinton is trying to portray herself as a regular American, who is in touch with the poor and middle-class. There is documented proof she tries to adapt her accent for political appeal. 

It's true that many voters will not pick up on this smoke and mirror political tactic by Hillary Clinton, but an ever increasing knowledgeable voting base will. Hillary Clinton image team needs a makeover because active voters are not buying for one second this run to the left I,m a populist candidate Clinton. In fact, it's an insult to one's intelligence.

The name Hillary Clinton in politics may hold more weight than what her actual accomplishments do. 

Hillary Clinton was the most-traveled Secretary of State in the history of the office. It has been widely acknowledged Hillary Clinton was not responsible for any significant strategies during her time holding the position. No matter the witch hunt that became known as the Benghazi Hearings were Hillary Clinton did say she was responsible for some security lapses.[See Article]

No matter how hard the Hillary Clinton handlers try to spin it, Hillary Clinton has a ton of political baggage hanging over her head. There are millions of Americans who do not see any real accomplishments from the former first lady and see this negatively and equate this negativity as inactivity. 

No matter Hillary Clinton achievements or lack thereof her high name recognition does not guarantee her a win in November 2016. In fairness, to Hillary Clinton she has made a lot of enemies in her day that has made her a target for nasty news media sound bites. However, there is an argument to be made that her evolving political image is disingenuous, deceitful, and manipulative to the lower and middle-class voter. Facts show by her record and who here donors are that Hillary Clinton is not a populist candidate she is perceived by many Democratic voters as a corporate tool and that her promises on the campaign trial are just that promises. 

There is a current change going on in the Democratic Party. There is a persistent move from the center right to the center left. There is a corporatist wing and a populist wing. Hillary Clinton has a voting record that does not sit well with the growing progressive wing in the party. Many experts say, and Barack Obama pounded it home in 2008 that Hillary Clinton voted for the war in Iraq. 

Corporate Democrats and other rank and file party members are giving Hillary Clinton a pass on this huge blunder that she has admitted. With that said, there are others in the Democratic Party who have not given Hillary Clinton that pass and have made it known to the world they will not vote for Hillary Clinton.

This issue poses a significant problem for Hillary Clinton, who already is battling a poll that suggest 60% of Americans find her untrustworthy and dishonest.[See Source] This factoid coupled by young voters who are not buying into the Hillary Clinton public relations efforts and the growing number of Democrats who don't adhere to her beliefs or excuse her voting record Hillary Clinton may be in for some surprises in her second quest for the highest office in the world.
" I was surprised because these women were pushing for Hillary until they found out about the Monsanto connection, and then they dropped her like a hot potato. " [Source: James Berg-Chairman Democratic Party Fort Worth County, Iowa]
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It's all about big businesses for Hillary Clinton. Who can refute that once you get a look at who is feeding money into her campaign? Unlike her primary opponent Bernie Sanders who refuses to take influence peddling money, Hillary Clinton has accepted it with open arms. 

Hillary Clinton may not be a new name in the political public sphere, but her bogus attempt at being a populist candidate to uninformed voters is not working. Why? Because when the rubber hits the road it's the issues that matter to her campaign donors that shine forth like a beacon of light from a seashore lighthouse. 

A growing number of Americans both young and old are sick and tired of the wealthiest Americans influencing our democracy. Like it or not Hillary Clinton has over the years gained the reputation as a Washington-Wall Street insider who does the bidding for her corporate buddies. So, when she tries to peddle back to a populist stance, those untrustworthy stats reach up and take a bite. 

Americans Proved In 2008 They Were Done With Bushes And Clinton's.

Americans in 2008 and the early polling of Jeb Bush show that We The People are suffering from dynasty fatigue. America is not a Monarchy. Before the 2008 election, there was either a Bush or Clinton in the White House. This period span was 25 years. This dynasty fatigue factor gets no mention in mainstream media, but this factor is a very real issue with millions of Americans. Americans love an underdog, and Hillary Clinton has been the pre-ordained choice of the Democratic Party hierarchy that many experts have cited as losing touch with the changing progressive tide of the party. 

The Feel The Bern Revolution Is Real

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders has captured the heart of not only Progressive Democrats, Millennial Voters, Independents, but Republican voters as well. The surge and growing popularity of Bernie Sanders is a genuine grassroots populist movement. Hillary Clinton and her corporate Democrat buddies can kiss the nomination on a silver platter idea goodbye. Bernie Sanders has done an outstanding job of messaging, and his campaign of embracing the power of social media is paying huge dividends for the growth of his name recognition and his consistent progressive record as a 25-year public servant. Sanders natural candor is ringing true with a board and diverse group of Americans. It is not only arrogant to claim Hillary Clinton has the nomination in the bag it's foolish. With Bernie Sanders, there is no question of his authenticity or his trustworthiness factors the Hillary Clinton campaign cannot rely on.

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Democrats Selling Out Refugees?

BREAKING: 47 House Democrats just joined Republicans to pass a shameful anti-refugee bill, with a veto-proof majority.

Our last chance to stop this xenophobic anti-refugee backlash is in the Senate

The Paris attacks have sparked a massive wave of anti-Muslim bigotry. We need to speak out against this racist, xenophobic backlash. Now. At least 29 Republican governors—and even one Democrat—say they want to close their states to Syrian refugees. Indiana's governor has already turned a family away. Presidential candidates are talking about shutting down mosques and discriminating against refugees on the basis of religion. A state senator in Tennessee is proposing rounding up all Syrian refugees in the state.

And now Republicans in Congress are threatening to cut off funding for refugee assistance while 4 million Syrian refugees are begging for help.

This is immoral. And stupid. Because shutting out refugees doesn't make America safer—just the opposite: it fuels hatred at home, and resentment and extremism around the world. 

The first thing we need to do is hold governors accountable for attacking refugees. We've launched rapid-response campaigns in all 30 states, calling their governors out for this xenophobic pandering. More than 115,000 MoveOn members have already joined the call to stop attacking refugee families.
Second, we need to block Republicans in Congress from defunding refugee resettlement. This is the most cynical, immoral act you could imagine in response to a refugee crisis of this scale, and we're flooding Capitol Hill with phone calls and petition signatures to stop it.
Finally, we need to show the world that the hate mongers and racists don't speak for us. So we're teaming up with allies on college campuses and mobilizing MoveOn members on social media to show the world that we are a welcoming nation—and to push back against anti-refugee and anti-Muslim vitriol.
But this xenophobic anti-refugee backlash has intensified fast, which is why we need to raise at least $150,000 to enable all this work. 
This is an incredibly dangerous moment for America. If we don't push back against this outpouring of hate, it could spiral out of control into a wave of hate crimes like what we saw after 9/11—or get us stuck in another foolish war.
Republicans are telling people to be afraid of refugees. But over the past 40 years, America has taken in 2.5 million refugees. Not one terrorist attack has been committed in America by a refugee. Even the reports that the Paris attackers included a Syrian refugee are likely false.
The truth is, attacking refugees makes America LESS safe by feeding extremist propaganda as a massively chaotic situation spills from Syria into Europe.
But the American people are scared. And they're being misled by shameless politicians pandering to hate. That's why we need to fight back now, before this gets out of control.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Bernie Sanders Defends Democratic Socialism, Calling It Route to Economic Fairness

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Origin Of ISIS And How The United States Played A Role In Its Creation

The United States And Its Allies Created ISIS

ISIS is without question the most violent terrorist group in modern history. ISIS is not a long time established terror organization they[ISIS] are a newcomer on the terrorism scene. ISIS is newly formed, armed, and funded. Where did ISIS come from how are they sustained and after the recent terror attack in France where are they headed next? 

The origin of ISIS began in 2003 when the United States and the Bush Administration invaded Iraq to overthrow Saddam Hussian. The "Shock and Aw" war. Not only was America successful in removing Saddam from power we also were successful in destroying much of Iraq infrastructure. America dismantled and tried to rebuild the Iraqi army. 

Furthermore, we installed a puppet government that proved to be unresponsive to the Iraq citizens. We imprisoned Iraqi citizens who we[America] deemed as radicals. Most importantly we left Iraq a destabilized and weak country. So, how does ISIS come into play from these facts? ISIS formed itself in 2006. It was at the time a small group of radicals. ISIS tried to create problems for the U.S. military right away but had no money or real ability to recruit. 

 Syrian President Bashir Al-Assad
In 2009, ISIS changed its focus from Iraq and turned their attention to Syria. By 2011, the Syrian Civil War was expanding rapidly. This escalation gave ISIS its opportunity. In 2013, a northern general for the "Free Syrian Army" proclaimed if international forces did not send weapons the rebel forces fighting Syrian President Bashir Al-Assad they[Free Syrian Army] would lose the war in a month.[See Source

Shortly after this proclamation the United States, Saudis, Jordan, Qatar, Turkey, and Israel started providing weapons, training, and money to these rebel groups. Even though these arms were not American made they were funded and organized by the CIA. Here is where the whole plan no matter how well intended fell apart. The facts clearly show that these arms ended up in the hands of Jihadist groups like ISIS. 

In fact, there was a mass exodus of fighters from this so-called " Free Syrian Army" to the terrorist group we now know as ISIS.[See Source] It was at this time that the terrorist group ISIS began to make headlines. However, President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared that ISIS was nothing to be worried about. By 2014, it became apparent that the United States had underestimated the power and influence of ISIS. In a period of just one year, ISIS catapulted from a no-name group in Syria to one who crossed back into the Iraq. The main reason for ISIS rapid emergence was the simplicity of getting their hands on American military gear and the stunning amount of wealth they have been able to accumulate. 

Most of this wealth has been obtained by seizing oil fields in both Syria and Iraq. 

In response, the Unites States military have conducted air strikes to destroy these oil fields. In this writers view this policy does not make sense. Because we will defeat ISIS and who do you think will pick up the tab for rebuilding these destroyed oil fields the American tax payer, and you can put that in your peace pipe and smoke it. 

No matter how much we bomb or put sanctions on buying this oil in the hands of ISIS, they have been able to sell and expand their operations because countries like Syria and others need the oil and could care less about the wishes of the United States and its allies.[See Source] Just like other products there is a huge demand for oil on the " Black Market." The purchasing of petroleum on the " Black Market" is nothing new it has been going on for decades. This reality makes it almost impossible to control. The bottom line here is there's no way to effectively sanction countries who buy oil from ISIS. 

Iraqi Oil Field On Fire

The result and facts are that ISIS is the most well funded terrorist group the United States has ever had to confront. Oil is one of the most difficult commodities to track. Some of our sources here in the House of Public Discourse estimate ISIS is making as much as one million dollars a day smuggling oil on the " Black Market." ISIS now controls a vast amount of territory in both Iraq and Syria. There is a robust demand for oil in the Middle East region. There are some six million people who live in the area controlled by ISIS. These citizens require oil for their cars, generators, homes, and businesses. Much of the oil sold by ISIS is purchased by these individuals living in the ISIS occupied territory. 

ISIS sales on the oil are cash deals that make it extremely hard to track. Some sources say that the oil is being smuggled into neighboring countries like Syria, Turkey, Iran, and Jordan.  All of this begs the question what can America and its Allies do to stop this smuggling and purchasing of ISIS-controlled oil? 

There is one reality that rings true concerning the rise of ISIS. The destabilization of Middle-East governments like Iraq, Libya, and Syria have made it easy for terrorist groups like ISIS to get a foothold and to grow both in arms and people who sympathize with their extremist dogma.  The unrest in these countries has provided the perfect storm for recruiting individuals with extremist viewpoints and joining terrorist groups like ISIS gives that person a sense of solidarity with other like-minded individuals who share their views. 

What we have learned from 20/20 hindsight is that the Army we left in control in Iraq was powerless to stop ISIS when they reentered that country. When America left, they allocated thousands of military vehicles and other equipment to the Iraqi army. Sadly, most of this equipment has been taken over by ISIS.[See Source

For many Americans and other citizens around the world, this reality came as an enormous shock. How could an army trained by the United States just fold up to a terrorist group like ISIS? America spent 25 billion dollars of taxpayer money on training and arming the Iraqi Army. The answer is not a simple one, in fact, it's a complicated one. Considering that the entire Iraqi Army under Saddam Hussein was disbanded in 2003 and with this army gone there was no longer any real organization. There were no experienced leaders or soldiers to fall back on. The integrated security of Iraq had to be started from scratch. 

Nouri al-Maliki
Also, no sooner than the American overseers left Iraq there came allegations of corruption in the Nouri al-Maliki administration the puppet leader set up by the Bush administration. The Maliki government wasted no time alienating the Sunnis. This led to low morale in the Iraqi security forces that created a rotten edifice from the start. Once these Iraqi security forces started to turn tail and run, ISIS began recording one strategic victory after the other. ISIS forces took control of a major dam in that country and threaten to flood major Iraqi cities. Next, ISIS robbed an important Iraqi bank and stole 425 million dollars. And, lastly they confiscated large amount of U.S. armaments left behind by the weak Iraqi security forces. 

ISIS Must Be Stopped They Must Be Opposed But Are They A Direct Threat To The United States?

What should the role of the United States be in taking on ISIS? There are no questions that containing ISIS now will be a difficult one. In this writers view it would be wrong for America to withdraw its hand and proclaim it's no longer our problem. Especially since our foreign policy has helped to create ISIS. There is no denying the fact that America is the blame more than any other country in creating the current mess in Iraq and the Middle East in general. 

America's nation-building foreign policy led by the Republicans has left huge power vacuums in Iraq, Eygpt, and Libya. What has transpired in the present and brought to light by last week's terrorist attack in Paris is now an almost necessity for Ameican military involvement. By leaving these countries destabilized, there is no solid foundation for these countries to defend themselves. 

America is paying dearly for the war crimes of Bush and Cheney. America was in Iraq for ten years and its the view of the House of Public Discourse no matter how long we occupy these countries as soon as we pull out these extremist militant groups are going to move right back in just like we see right now in Iraq. Nobody in their right mind would say Saddam was not a monster. Maybe the Reagan administrations should have realized that before enabling Saddam to gain power in Iraq. [See Source

 American patriotism may not want to admit it but no matter the evil that was Saddam Hussein Iraq was a functioning society. That claim is no longer valid in present day Iraq. 

To look at the current situation in the Middle East one must ask themselves the question how did the evil dictators become evil dictators? The answer is these evil dictators were able to fend off other potential evil dictators in a region of the world that has been in turmoil since the recording of secular world history. The idea that you can implement a foreign policy of regime change and somehow put a responsible government in its place is not only irrational its dangerous for world peace in general. The history of the region tells us this type thinking just won't work there. To think that it could have ever worked is the biggest failure and blunder in the history of foreign policy in the United States. Current presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been spot on in calling it like it is. 

The American involvement in the Middle East has been a massive failure from start to finish and a lack of understanding of how the Middle East is structured. The reality is today wars are fought much different than in the past. Imperialism no longer works. 

When you have factions in the United States and politicians like John McCain(R-AZ) and current presidential candidates like Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, who advocate war, bombs, arming rebel groups, and regime change as the answer to every problem there will never be a war that should not be fought. 

The failures in Iraq, Eygpt, and Libya should have been an education for the Warhawks in America. But, obviously not because any quick glance of the current newsreels and rhetoric coming from Washington is to attack ISIS and bomb the living hell out of them. Has this worked in the past? No! Will it work in the present? No! Will it work in the future? Absolutely not! 

With the recent terror attack in Paris fresh in our minds, we are seeing the same old debates emerging from Washington. Should we just bomb, bomb away or should we send ground troops in? The truism here whether one wants to face it or not America has had a severely flawed foreign policy in the Middle East since the end of World War II, and the current situation in the Middle East is a train wreck.[See Source

It's time for America to take care of our issues at home and stop trying to export our democracy to other countries. Yes, we must work with other countries especially those Muslim countries in the region to find a sustainable solution that will result in a lasting peace. But, just as Bernie Sanders has suggested its high time they[Middle-Eastern Countries] take the lead in the matter. Trying to spread American democracy to the Middle East has been a complete failure. 

America needs to tell Israel we will no longer support any preemptive strikes against Muslim nations like Palestine. The foreign policy of preemption has done nothing but cause countless death and destruction to not only military personal but to innocent civilians including women, children, and elderly. This behavior is not what America is supposed to be and nor do most Americans want it to be.

Written By: Johnny Hill

Friday, November 13, 2015

Bernie Sanders Gets Important Endorsement From Postal Union

Bernie Sanders Gets Important Endorsement From Postal Union

The endorsements of unions are necessary and significant. Union endorsements are important because union workers do many tasks in an election cycle like working phone banks, social media, and put boots on the ground. They knock on doors and help bring awareness to a particular candidate. 

Having the endorsement of unions creates a solid infrastructure of support for a given candidate. In a time when we have seen operatives like Karl Rove and other conservatives work so hard to destroy workers rights who know by doing so, you ruin this infrastructure that generally support liberal candidates. 

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In fact, labor unions are a bastion of support for the Democratic Party and the progressive movement in this country. The AFL-CIO has stated they are not coming out with their endorsement until later on in the political process. 

Recently, the American Postal Workers Union has thrown its support to Bernie Sanders. The " American Postal Workers Union" like all unions members are made up from all walks of life. These unions members share a gambit of political views. This union[APWU] is very concerned about the future of the postal service. Their members care about having a good working living wage. Under this criterion according to APWU leadership Bernie Sanders stood head and shoulder above any other candidate from any political party. 

 The APWU made this determination based on Sanders record and his vision moving forward. Bernie Sanders has been a long time fighter for the postal service and wants to expand its service in a new world economy. The foundation of this endorsement is based on Bernie's history of fighting for the Postal Service and other broader issues as well. 

One important factoid here is the United States Postal Service is not funded by the American tax dollar. The problems the Postal Service have had are not the result of poor management. The problems have been caused by Congress by this pre-funding of retirement mandates and health care benefits ten years in advance. Bernie Sanders has introduced legislation to get rid of these mandates. 

The Postal Service Has To Win The War On Messaging Why It Is Having Financial Woes!

Bernie Sanders has been a leader in getting the truth out to the public about the problems facing the United States Postal Service.[USPS] The issues facing the USPS are manufactured problems by Congress. The USPS is not broke regarding its operations. The internet and email are not killing the post office. Yes, it has changed mail but has created a myriad of new revenue streams for the USPS. 

No one has fought harder and told the truth about the problems facing the USPS and its workers than Bernie Sanders. Sanders has a long record and a present one of taking the lead on important issues facing the working Americans like postal workers and others. In this writers view this is why there is so much excitement about his campaign. 

Bernie Sanders is an authentic person. Sanders has a no-nonsense approach to politics. He is the face of the new political revolution in America. Americans are tired of the 1% controlling and putting our democracy up for sale. 

We need to protect the common good and to protect the USPS, and the APWU is part of the goal. Many Americans and businesses rely on the postal service each and every day. Bernie Sanders have stopped Congress from appointing people who would work to privatize the postal service. The primary fight the USPS has on its hands is fighting the mechanism in Washington who want to see the service privatized. Privatizing the postal service would lead to a lesser product without the long-standing guarantees now provided by the USPS. 

Privatizing the USPS would cost workers their jobs and facilities will close all across America. Bernie Sanders has led the fight to stop this from happening. Bernie Sanders has long been a fighter for a viable productive and profitable postal service and his getting this critical endorsement is fitting. Bernie Sanders has earned this endorsement.