Showing posts with label political thoughts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label political thoughts. Show all posts

Friday, May 6, 2016

Sanders: We'll Force As Many DNC Floor Votes This Summer

......pass the popcorn, folks!
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has written a letter to Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to warn that any moves by the national party to stack convention committees with supporters of opponent Hillary Clinton will result in fights on the floor of the convention.
“I believe that the composition of the standing committees must reflect the relative support that has been received by both campaigns,” Sanders wrote. “That was why I was so disappointed to learn that of the over forty people our campaign submitted at your request you chose to select only three of my recommendations for the three standing committees. Moreover, you did not assign even one of the people submitted by our campaign to the very important Rules Committee of the Democratic National Convention.”
Sanders has won roughly 45% of pledged delegates during the Democratic nomination process, and has demanded similar representation in the committees that craft the convention’s rules and help form the Democratic party’s platform.
“If we are to have a unified party in the fall, no matter who wins the nomination, we cannot have a Democratic National Convention in which the views of millions of people who participated in the Democratic nominating process are unrepresented in the committee membership,” Sanders continued, saying that such a makeup “sends the very real message that the Democratic Party is not open to the millions of new people that our campaign has brought into the political process.”
“Fairness, inclusion and transparency should be the standard under which we operate.”
If committee assignments aren’t allotted proportionally, Sanders warned, the disparity could result in floor fights at the party’s national convention in Philadelphia. “If the process is set up to produce an unfair, one-sided result, we are prepared to mobilize our delegates to force as many votes as necessary to amend the platform and rules on the floor of the convention,” Sanders concluded. (The Guardian)
 Long story short here: this is sounding a lot like sour grapes on the part of the Sanders campaign in that, assuming the DNC runs its' presidential convention in roughly the same way as the RNC does, typically a floor fight doesn't generally happen...and when they do happen - think Ted Kennedy's efforts to force floor fights in 1980 - they usually don't end well for both sides. The reason is simple: the convention floor committees are typically staffed with people from both the respective national committees' and supporters of the winning candidate's campaign.

Now, Sanders does make a point here - and I'm going to dip into my nearly 2-decades worth of liberal memories to explain this point here - and that point is that, unlike the RNC primary process, which - for better or for worse, stacks the deck in favor of the winning candidate as campaign's end - if the Democratic Party is going to use a roughly proportional method of allocating delegates (pledged delegates, that is; not the superdelegates), then shouldn't the convention committees' roughly represent the will of the voters? In a sense, this is the revenge of the masses for the changes the DNC made following the 1968 convention, after which they created the current system (proportional allocation of pledged delegates, unpledged superdelegates, etc.), which begs the question: would those masses prefer the previous system instead?

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Sorry, Jazz Shaw...With All Due Respect, #NeverTrump Really Does Mean #NeverTrump

You know, there's times where I really like some of the things that Hot Air's Jazz Shaw writes...and then there are times where I have to seriously wonder what grade of hi-test marijuana he's smoking; this is one of those times.

Case in point: an article of his over at Hot Air where he tries - and fails, in my opinion - to make the case that all of us #NeverTrump'ers, now that the Donald is the effective GOP nominee, need to get with the program and support Donald Trump, using the evil spectre of Hillary Clinton as a boogeyman to do so.

Well..in a sense, he's right, but its' the reverse opinion that matters. Yes, Hillary Clinton's an evil bitch who probably belongs at Leavenworth - among other places - for some of the things she's either done or has been alleged to have done over the years....but you see, Mr. Shaw, here's the thing: for all that, Hillary Clinton, to borrow, is a known quantity: we know the evil that she is. We don't know, by contrast, what Donald Trump is...and that's what scares a lot of us conservatives out here in the hustings; we don't know what positions he's going to take or what his dealings with foreign leaders will be or what comments he'll make and that makes him dangerous.

Take his comments towards women, John McCain, the disabled, political opponents...and Hispanics, for instance...can you imagine, given those remarks, what his administration would look like there? Or look at his comments towards NATO and the post-WW2 international order; can you just imagine the evil smiles on the faces of Russian and Chinese leaders who, after hearing those remarks, might be tempted to push the boundaries of acceptable international norms to their very limits? After all, Mr. Shaw, NATO, for instance, is just an obsolete organization made up of deadbeat countries who won't pay their share of the operating costs, an organization which kept the peace in Europe from 1949 to the end of the Cold War...but I guess that don't matter, huh?

Here's the other major point of contention, Mr. Shaw....as someone who used to be a liberal for nearly 2 decades, I can honestly say with a straight face - no pun intended there - that if you think the media haven't been hard on the Donald, just wait until its' Donald vs. Hillary; as bad as Hillary is, Donald makes her look an absolute, virginal paragon of virtue on par with Jesus and all the freakin' angels in Heaven...and given the crap HRC's been accused of over the years, that's saying something.

So that begs the question: now that Trump is the GOP candidate in all but official word, what do those of us #NeverTrump'ers do now? Well, as I look at it, it's a very simple choice: do you vote for, (a) the evil we know (a/k/a Hillary) or (b) the evil we don't know (a/k/a the Donald)? And with all due respect, Jazz Shaw, you are an idiot to suggest that #NeverTrump simply means #ImWithHer; it would not surprise me if there is a record amount of ticket-splitting as conservatives of all stripes - myself included - pull the lever for Hillary and for down-ballot Republicans, gambling that Congressional Republicans will do everything in their power to put the brakes on an HRC administration...to do anything else, sir, is to risk putting this Republic in the hands of a xenophobic, bigoted, charlatanistic proto-fascist...and if you (and others, for that matter) want to do that, then sir, the consequences of that are on you. Not us #NeverTrump'ers....on you.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Seared Music: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - "Woodstock"

....the way things are going at present, the 2016 Republican Convention might end up looking a lot like Woodstock....sans' the music, though.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Glenn Beck's Open Letter To Donald Trump

Quoting Glenn Beck's open letter to Donald Trump from over on the Beckster's FB page in regards to Trump's continued attacks towards Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly because...well, because it deserves to be read in full - and because Donald Trump's a son of a bitch, pure & simple!
An open letter to Donald Trump.
Donald,
I read your string of really sad and sick tweets against Megyn Kelly. First let me say this:
Leave Megyn Kelly ALONE.
She is brilliant, honest and brave.
I can only imagine the amount of security this mother of three now needs because Donald Trump has gone over the edge with some revenge drama just because she asked a fair question almost half a year ago!
Should a presidential candidate be so thin skinned that he must belittle, abuse and threaten women?
Will we really vote for you? A man who abuses anyone who doesn't kiss his ring?
I know I will not.
Donald, she is a journalist. This is what they do.
You don't like her questions? Fine. Grow up.
Many of us have problems with the press. I have been asked questions much worse than what you were asked. For years. The people know bias, and I am afraid in your case, eventually, the people recognize sickness.
Get ahold of yourself and stop preying on the worst in man. A real leader lifts people up, he doesn't tear them down.
I know what I will get from you and your supporters because I dare speak out against you. I know that your followers will write vile and hateful lies about me for this post. They will claim, I am a sellout or I have a vendetta against you. Read the posts below and see if they don't belittle and deflect.
So be it.
I will gladly take a stand against bullies and men who abuse women. I will happily stand in line to protect anyone from abuse.
I have done it before. And the abuser and enabler said that the entire family was wrong and that we had a vendetta. It is what always happens in cases of domestic abuse.
It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but I stood up in my own family. And someone needs to do it now.
You see, Don, I know who you are because I have seen your type before. Verbal abuse is just as bad as physical abuse. But men like those who abused the women in my family were smarter, like you, than the man who used to beat my mother.
Words, most think, don't leave marks. But maybe you don't care, because you deliver your beatings in broad daylight and in full view, daring us to stop you.
We don't because our country is sick.
We, as a nation, have battered spouse syndrome. We no longer know who we really are, many have given up and a few are about to light the bed on fire.
We have been told that we are no good, hateful, bigots, worthless and powerless by more subtle abusers before you.
Those in Washington and in the media have been verbally and sometimes physically abusing the American people for years. Mostly to cover the trail of who they have been sleeping with while lying to us.
We are weak, but those of us who see it must begin to stand and offer help and healing for the abused and abusers.
"America, you are better than this", is what she needs to hear. But as always, the abused always breaks it off with an abuser only to find a bigger abuser. It is their comfort zone.
You, Mr Trump, know this. It is why you chose this time and this party. You also know that some of us are on to you. It is why you poison the enablers against us and isolate the victims.
I am not a doctor. But I am a survivor and I would bet a specialist in domestic violence would agree that the pattern is here.
Your rage is terrifying to some.
You should know:
---you don't frighten me and my guess is you don't frighten Megyn.
We know what a little man you are. Women are more than a "tight piece of @ss!" As you have called them.
Megyn is a mom, wife, and someone's daughter. And if I may, the Bible that you so cherish also explains that she is a daughter of God.
Are we as a people not going to stand up for women being abused? I am not sure, but I want you to know, Mr Trump, that I will stand against abuse and my guess is millions of survivors will as well.
Mr. Trump, what would you do if someone obsessively stalked your daughter on Twitter for months after a minor disagreement as you have had with Megyn?
Wouldn't you question the man's mental health and advise your daughter to get a gun and a restraining order if that very powerful man stalked, reached out to her boss to get her fired, tried to turn her work friends in to enemies and then turned his friends into stalkers as well?
What would you tell one of your beautiful daughters about that man?
Would laugh it off? Tell her she was wrong for doing her job?
Would you tell her he was qualified for the position of the highest honor and trust?
Your followers will say "she deserved it" or words of that meaning.
But, if Ivanka were Megyn, would you tell them to stop their defense of the stalker and harassment of Ivanka.
Of course you would as many say you are a good father.
I know that any man with as much success and power as you have, to spend any of his limited and valuable time, tweeting all night and day after day for months, like a 14 year old boy, means, to me,
that someone must have hurt you badly in your past.
I have been there Donald. I know.
No one will say it, and you certainly won't admit it, but my guess is, you were deeply hurt or abused when you were young.
It explains your entire act.
It is as if you stopped maturing in the 8th grade. You are a 14 year old boy trapped in a 70 year old body.
I don't know what your pain is. But it is okay Donald. No one can hurt you anymore and you need to see that in your effort of trying not to be hurt you have become the abuser.
What frightens me, is what America is teaching you. By excusing your behavior, we are only making you more bold and once you "marry the nation" I fear what you will become.
We have become enablers.
If this is the behavior when we are "dating", what will you do once you have the ring?
I know you love Putin.
You have said you want to open up the First Amendment to curb the speech of the press you don't like.
You bully, harass, and teach your followers to do the same.
But at least, unlike your idol in the east, Putin, you haven't shot any reporters in the elevator.
Yet.
I will protect and defend against all enemies foreign and domestic, and to me, there is now a new meaning of domestic abuse.
‪#‎istandwithmegyn‬
‪#‎istandwithfreespeech‬
‪#‎stopabuse‬
‪#‎megynkelly‬
‪#‎donaldtrump‬ (Glenn Beck, 19 March 2016)
 First off...."Well said, sir; well said, indeed!" And here's how I feel about both Donald Trump and his millions of Trumpite minions...


Friday, March 11, 2016

Seared Music: Graham Nash - "Chicago"

.....given the events of tonight in Chicago, does this song really need an explanation?

Trump On Protester: "I'd Really Like To Punch Him In The Face"

You know, the more I read this, the more unkind thoughts that come to mind here....
Las Vegas (CNN) - Donald Trump unleashed tough rhetoric against his rivals as well as a protester at a Monday night rally, the eve before the Nevada caucuses.
"I'd like to punch him in the face," Trump said, remarking that a man disrupting his rally was escorted out with a smile on his face. "He's smiling, having a good time."
The GOP front-runner also ratcheted up his attacks on Sen. Ted Cruz, calling his Republican presidential rival "sick." (CNN)
....with all due respect, Mr. Trump, fuck you and fuck your supporters very much. #NeverTrump