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Bernie People v. Hillary People: A plea

Here’s my observations on the endless battle for progress among liberals:
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Bernie people: “I want Democratic Socialism in one election cycle, Hillary not only says, “no,” she says she wants to ‘help’ us her way… therefore she made a pact with Wall Street Satan and is therefore secretly the devil. But we figured out the secret. Plus … I love bernie, I want Bernie… I love Bernie… oh, wait, he endorsed her? Bernie is a chickenshit sell out!! Vote for a bucket of Chicken!”

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Hillary People: “Those Sanders Supporters are … um.. “Not Democrats” , “sexist bros”… “a cult” … “are lazy or ignorant and don’t understand that you can’t just have free stuff…” & “Hillary is our only realistic firewall against Trump.”

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Me (somewhat ineffectually): Hey. Do you want to keep moving to a socially just and equal-opportunity society with greater wealth and income fairness? yeah? Ok. Democracy is incremental. Now that Bernie helped NAME the goal, how about we get together and let it take a few election cycles.. maybe 10… maybe less? How about we vote for progressives at every level? How about we do what Bernie suggests and continue the move to Social Democracy with the HELP of The Clintons, who match our goals pretty closely? How about we stop with the emotions and conspiracy theories and just embrace good old fashioned Democracy? How about we make progress election by election, candidate by candidate and never let another Dick Cheney ever happen to us again in our lifetimes?

 

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Open-Primaries movement? More democracy?

Open Primaries Movement Interview with John Opdycke of OpenPrimaries.org

From Bradblog (http://bradblog.com/?p=11660)

“What the open primaries movement is pushing for is public primaries, not partisan primaries,” he tells me, citing states like California, Nebraska and Washington that hold “Top Two” primaries (also known as “Cajun” or “Jungle” primaries) for many elected public offices, allowing candidates of all (or no) parties to compete against each other to run in the general election. “This is a fundamentally different conception of what a primary is. It’s a public primary. Not a partisan primary.”

While recognizing that political parties are private organizations with a First Amendment right to organize as they see fit, Opdycke explains how the result blocks people from the process and makes it nearly impossible to change the system. “They control the political process. They control the boards of elections. They control how redistricting is done. They control the primaries. They control voter registration. They control every aspect. They even control the Presidential debates. And we Americans, we’ve participated in that. We have in some ways ceded our power to these political organizations and I think the time has come to take that back. Not abolish political parties, but simply return them to an appropriate place.”

The April 21 BRADCAST is worth a listen! (www.bradblog.com)

 

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Fix War-Capitalism with More Democracy?

Capitalism?
* I care about Wealth Disparity & International Wall Street abuse.
* Less oligarchy and more democracy.
* War-Capitalism. War for money… when we have no major enemy.
* 60% of our tax money goes to war for profit… and not mine.
* A good sufficient education
* Infrastructure, water, power, air and public transportation
* Women’s rights. Pay equity and social equality.
* True LGBT rights… total equality.
* The end of systematic government oppression based on skin color
* Mass incarceration and criminal justice reform. End legalized slavery.
* Union rights and American workers – the crime of outsourcing.
* Banking freedom for the scammers who break the law and get slaps on the wrist, or a big bonus while robbing our families of their savings.
One of the greatest things about 2015 and 2016 is that the idea that war-capitalism can be reset, redone and retired has been mainstreamed. We are all focused and changed by this. People have been overly focused on the White House. That’s how Americans are… “who will be our new parents?” But the IDEAS that we can be free of CORPORATE and OLIGARCH TYRANNY … we have the power of democracy to become free again… is a joyful thing. And I am running into more and more people who are saying, some for the first time, “It doesn’t have to be this way anymore…”
 
They are exactly right.

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Antonin #Scalia Quote of the Day 2

“[Yes! The Devil!] You’re looking at me as though I’m weird. My god! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the devil! It’s in the Gospels! You travel in circles that are so, so removed from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the devil! Most of mankind has believed in the devil, for all of history. Many more intelligent people than you or me have believed in the devil.” – Antonin Scalia, (a Justice of the US Supreme Court… FROM THE BENCH.)

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Why Good Americans Keep Religion Out Of Democracy

Women have never been safe from religion

…but we will keep trying

By Corporations_ate_my_BABY


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Hey, I know this sounds crazy but people’s “deeply held beliefs” are almost always a danger to the women we love.

The reason we all need to be concerned about religion (if we are concerned about our shared society) is because our goals are to have good and beneficial POLICIES.  Politics can lead to enough consensus that we get that POLICY.  Policy leads to societal good.  The goal is what’s good for as many of us as possible.

Religion scrambles the brain and logic with emotions so profoundly that people then have trouble with logic and rational thinking. That’s when they support policies that lead to BAD societal outcomes.  But it gets worse: religious leaders and “experts” can then tell these believers that the policies that harmed them were under-applied… It didn’t work “because we really NEED MORE witch-burning to have happy women…”

They can claim that we need to burn ten or a hundred times more women to have happy women.  And the human brain, when under-informed due to a blindness brought on by religious belief, cannot see the wrong in burning women. Good women are then actually tied up and burned until town after town begins running out of women to burn.  After this puritan holocaust, when people finally come to their senses and decide, oops,  maybe they misunderstood scripture, no one apologizes or gets in trouble – there is no accountability in faith.  In fact, the crazy men who told everyone to burn witches are soon the ones who decide “what god really meant”… and now it’s onto burning kittens and puppies (the female ones, of course).

All over the nation, “deeply held religious beliefs” are causing men to insert themselves between women and their doctors.. and it’s all about punishment. It’s all about today’s new fantasy regarding what is “moral” and that women need to be punished by being jailed “if they endanger the baby by taking drugs (… smoking.. eating sushi… choosing the wrong god..)” – The morality-police next want to separate babies from these evil, immoral mothers s they can discard them; throw them in jail… and feel so faithful to their beliefs.

And so countless women in Tennessee, fearing punishment, will not go to the doctor anymore…especially if they have any trouble with substances. Now that fetus and later that baby gets even less help.  To the believers, there will be even more ‘wicked women… ‘ and it will get worse and worse. This is already happening.

This is where we come in. We can see that religion is metaphor and we can see that law and society is a “here-and-now-reality.”   And as much as the preachers scream, we are tasked.  We must beat them back and say, “Separate our state from your church-beliefs”… and if we fight back hard enough, we stop ANY MORE women from being burned.  In the meanwhile, they who lit the matches and gathered the kindling, go back to plotting their next rise to power.
The day is at hand. Be ever vigilant.  No more women need be burned at the stake of superstition.

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August 2, 2014 · 9:37 PM

Paid* Maternity Leave?

How many weeks of paid maternity leave do Americans Observe?

Look at the chart!

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May 7, 2014 · 10:49 PM

It really is ONE or the OTHER.

One or the Other

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March 4, 2014 · 8:28 PM