Before the last presidential election, America was great. Now, we are abandoning our leadership position in the world, and destroying or repudiating everything that makes us great. Our president and his cabinet have contempt for the Constitution and the courts, no respect for workers and their needs, no respect for the planet, no respect for our agencies, no respect for our allies, and no respect for people in general.
For the purpose of the upcoming primaries, we need to abandon the arguments that Trump stole the election in the electoral college owing to the email scandal and help from Russia, and accept that we, the opposition, put him there. It was an election that should have been a landslide, but we, by supporting Wall Street democrats instead of the democrats who speak for all of us, gave voters who were dissatisfied with the status quo nowhere to go but to Trump.
Wall Street Democrats are democrats who take money from the rich—the one percent—and who, as a result, support anything that Wall Street supports to the detriment of the People. The definition also includes those who follow them. Wall Street democrats hedge on everything: they want to tweak rather than fix healthcare, they want to increase taxes, but they won’t commit to taxing the one percent as the rich were taxed in the 1970s, they don’t want to raise the minimum wage to a livable wage because they say that might destabilize things, they don’t want free college tuition because that’s going too far (even though crippling college debt is often as much as the cost of a house), they support the environment but see good uses for fracking, they won’t commit to withdrawing from Middle East entanglements and using some portion of the military budget for other things because we have to continue to “lead” over there, and most importantly, they won’t support regulations to curb Wall street abuses, because Wall Street is a major funder of their campaigns.
Hillary Clinton lined her pockets with millions in speaking fees from Wall Street firms while she was talking about running for president and claiming that she would rein in Wall Street. Many democrats in the House and Senate are heavily supported by Wall street, and make the same claim.
This is what happened. Voters who were not committed democrats, but who wanted to vote democrat, did not vote democrat, because we only gave them Wall Street democrats instead of a choice for change. Those uncommitted voters ruled out republicans and Wall Street democrats because they are both funded by the rich to help the rich get richer and neither group wants to make changes to the status quo. The view among many is that neither party represents the People. Trump and Sanders were the two forces for change—change from the left and from the right. Once Bernie was out of the running and Hillary was in, we left them nowhere to go. They fell into the arms of Trump.
As a candidate, Trump oozed corruption, but promised something different. Honest hardworking educated intelligent voters voted for Trump knowing his flaws, but thinking he was who he said he was, that he would bring about some kind of change in a country desperately in need of change, and that he was the lesser of two evils. It’s hard for democrats to hear this, but to many Americans, especially the independents and dissatisfied republicans, both candidates, Hillary and Donald, were seriously flawed and corrupt, but Trump was the only choice left for change once Bernie was out. Bernie or Elizabeth would have cleaned up in that election, because they offered change without hypocrisy.
How can we stop this from happening again? The answer is we can’t let Wall Street democrats reach the general election, because the base won’t show up to vote, and the independents and disillusioned republicans will vote again for right-wing change. We want the general elections to pit liberal democrats with vision, who represent change, against main stream republicans, or against republicans who want change, because their message is change for the one percent, and our message is change for the 99 percent. Those are battles we can win, and take back America.
Stop the Wall Street democrats by showing up at the beginning of the primary process, and by working hard to select and support candidates who are not Wall Street democrats. Show up, step up and save America. Make America great again.
In the sea of blue candidates running for office, how do you identify the Wall Street democrats, especially when they all claim that they will rein in Wall Street?
First, see who is donating money to the particular candidate. If it’s a PAC, see if they will disclose the source. If they claim not to know, it’s probably Wall Street.
Second, does the candidate support the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act? The original Glass-Steagall Act was a Great Depression Banking Act from the Roosevelt era, that kept our savings banks and our deposits safe from being used for speculation by commercial banks. It prevented major economic crashes from 1933 until Bill Clinton killed it during his presidency. Since then savings and commercial banks play with our savings, and we have major economic crashes every few years.
Elizabeth Warren and John McCain have been trying for years to pass a 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act to reinstate those protections, but without success because republicans and Wall Street democrats are beholding to Wall Street and to the one percent, and neither Wall Street nor the one percent want this bill to pass.
Candidate Hillary Clinton was on record as being against passage of the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act. In contrast, candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders supported its passage, but President Trump has quietly reneged on his promise.
If a democratic primary candidate does not enthusiastically support passage of the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act, you don’t need to know anything else. That’s either a Wall Street democrat or a confused candidate. If you can’t educate the candidate to support Glass-Steagall, vote for the other candidate in the primary. Better yet, get involved early, and ensure that a candidate is running who supports the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act, and who will not take money from Wall Street. If no candidate meets those criteria, run for office yourself. Take back America in 2018 and 2020. Make America great again.
And remember, don’t demonize or criticize Trump supporters. Unless they are making over $250,000 per year, their interests are our interests, and they should be voting democrat. Let’s bring them into the fold by giving them credible candidates, and let’s show them that our issues are their issues.
“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”
“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”
“The future depends on what you do today.”
My favorite: “Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.”
Let me begin by saying I am a Bernie Sanders supporter who voted for Hillary Clinton for president.
Many of my friends have interpreted the election of Donald Trump as a message that almost 50% of America is racist and anti-women, but that’s just wrong. It’s true that President Elect Trump has said and done many things that are racist and anti-women, and even with that knowledge, something like 50% of America voted for him. My friends argue that those who voted for Trump at least condone, if not agree, with Trump’s racist and anti-women statements. This “guilt by association” argument does not make sense in the light of day. The argument masks and shifts responsibility for the Trump victory away from those who contributed to his victory. Trump has a core of anti-immigration supporters (and supporters of other right-wing causes), but that core group was not enough to elect Trump president. He won because the Democrats chose Hillary Clinton as their candidate in a political climate in which much of America wanted someone who was not beholden to Wall Street and to the status quo.
2008 brought America a recession that put many Americans out of work because Wall Street lost billions in the “sub-prime loan” fiasco in an investment world without checks and balances. The abandonment of checks and balances happened years earlier, when Wall Street successfully lobbied Congress to kill laws and regulations that prevented banks from engaging in reckless investments—laws like the Glass–Steagall Act—which had prevented affiliations between commercial banks and securities firms, which many believe prevented serious economic crashes from the 1930s until it was repealed in 1999. Glass–Steagall was repealed under Bill Clinton, not under a republican president. During the primaries, Bernie Sanders (and Donald Trump, yes Trump) argued for bringing back Glass–Steagall. Hillary Clinton argued against reinstating Glass–Steagall, and continued to do so as the democratic nominee.
Hillary Clinton made hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaker fees from the same big Wall Street firms that had lobbied hard for the repeal of Glass–Steagall—the same Wall Street firms that caused the 2008 world-wide recession doing just what Glass–Steagall had prohibited. This caused a financial crisis that affected all but the wealthiest in America, and many Americans still link Hillary Clinton to the cause and continued suffering from the 2008 recession, because of her ongoing links to Wall Street. It goes without saying that when someone who is considering a presidential run is paid hundreds of thousands of dollars as a “speaking fee” to chat behind closed doors with powerful company leaders who spend millions of dollars lobbying to obtain or eliminate particular laws or regulations, there is reasonable cause for the rest of the People to be worried that the person being paid, if elected, will favor those companies down the road over the interests of the People who have not paid that money.
During the campaign, Hillary Clinton refused to release information about what she said in closed door meetings with Wall Street firms, but those negatives did not deter me from voting for her on a “lesser of two evils” argument. Voting for Hillary Clinton does not mean that I condone or support her view of the world, which allows her to think these speaking engagements, and the lack of transparency about these speaking engagements, are not problematic. I am against graft and the appearance of graft in politics, and I think her conduct at least has the appearance of graft. Yet, I voted for Hillary Clinton nonetheless.
Many of my friends love Bill Clinton even though he is responsible for the repeal of Glass–Steagall, even though he was suspended from practicing law in Arkansas for five years for giving false testimony (he agreed to a five-year suspension of his Arkansas law license in order to head off any criminal charges for lying under oath about his relationship with Ms. Lewinsky), even though he resigned from the U.S. Supreme Court when faced with disbarment there, and even though he was held in contempt of court for lying under oath in the Paula Corbin Jones sexual harassment lawsuit. Clinton also cheated on his wife, and he is making millions each year from hobnobbing with billionaires. My friends overlook his weaknesses, and focus on the good things they perceive about him.
It’s safe to say that most Bill Clinton supporters do not share his negative side, and would be incensed to be accused of having the moral and ethical lapses of Bill Clinton. Yet many of my friends make the link to pro-Trump voters as being racist or anti-women for choosing Trump. Trump supporters would be just as incensed if such charges were made against them. It’s equally safe to say that most Trump supporters do not share Trump’s moral and ethical lapses. They did what I did. They voted for their choice of the lesser of two evils.
We want those Trump supporters who are not a part of Trump’s core to become Bernie Sanders supporters, supporting Bernie, or a Bernie true believer, in four years, because they want reform just like we do, and if they are making less than $250,000.00 per year, they have much more in common with Bernie Sanders than with the rich and the powerful who support the traditional republican ticket or the democratic rich and powerful who represent Wall Street’s interests over those of the People.
Don’t alienate Trump voters. Build a platform of reform that attracts them to us, and don’t throw stones in a Glass–Steagall house.
PS—Elizabeth Warren has written and spoken widely on the benefits of Glass–Steagall. Google “Elizabeth Warren” and “Glass-Steagall”.
This is the First Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Freedom of speech, religion, the press, the right to assemble, and the right to petition—these fundamental rights are the essence of America.
Who would be so unpatriotic as to criticize Mr. Kaepenick for exercising a fundament right under our Constitution?
Carry your flag proudly, say your pledge proudly, proudly stand for the Star Spangled Banner, but tolerate those who do not, or you are disrespecting the very ideals and symbols you think you are protecting. In Countries less great that ours, such speech could bring imprisonment or death. Applaud this young man for having the courage to exercise his free speech rights knowing that to do so would bring criticism, but also knowing that in America it is his right, and he may feel it’s also his moral duty.
Mr. Kaepernick does not offer a solution to police shootings of unarmed black men and children. But he does offer his opinion. And he does help promote the dialog that will offer solutions, because he states his opinion by sitting down with millions watching. America is great because of these fundamental rights, and because the People feel free to exercise these rights, which promotes the dialog that keeps us strong and free. The day we cannot do so is the day America loses its greatness.
Stand up against those who would diminish our rights, and support Mr. Kaepenick’s right to speak his mind through action, even if you disagree with the message and the means.
Good for you Mr. Kaepernick!
Bernie’s efforts at reconciliation on the first night of the Democratic Convention didn’t so much let down his supporters as miss an opportunity to inspire and energize them to keep on fighting for change. I think this is what Bernie should’ve said:
I want to thank you all for a great campaign. You are changing the world. You are at this convention to vote for the next president, and I want you to proudly exercise that right. I humbly hope you will vote for me. But you know and I know that in the end, Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee. And that’s alright. She differs from you and me on many important issues–first and foremost is that voters who support me don’t believe politicians should be funded by billionaires, because we believe it has a corrupting affect on our leaders. But we love this republic, we love this country, and we believe we need to continue this fight, so we can and do accept that this time around we didn’t convince enough of our brothers and sisters that we are right. We came close, but not close enough.
We freely accept that the majority has spoken, and we commit to turning out in droves in November to vote for Hillary Clinton for president. Too much is at stake to stay home. But that does not not mean we are selling out or mean that we are done. We have just begun.
In four years we’ll do it again, and if need be we’ll do it again and again until we persuade the majority that the status quo is not good enough. In fact, it’s bad and anti-democratic. But for now, let’s congratulate and embrace those Hillary delegates here tonight, because they are our friends and allies, and they represent the majority that we have to convince. The alternative is too ugly to contemplate.
Having said that, I also want to congratulate Donald Trump’s supporters for rejecting the Republican status quo, but I respectfully suggest that they are going the wrong way if they want increased opportunity and a higher standard of living. I want to say to each of them that if you make less than $250,00 a year you belong with us not with Trump.
I say to those Trump supporters, we will protect you and elevate you. Trump and his wealthy friends will crush you. Join us. Take a look at the Republican platform and you will see it’s about protecting the wealthy on the backs of the rest of us. Then run. Run to us.
It’s not over, and it’s not time to rest. Let’s spend the next four years focused on our local politicians who take money from billionaires–the senators, the governors, and the legislators. Within reason, let’s vocally support and turn out to vote for those candidates who reject billionaires’ money. Let’s identify those candidates, and then aggressively fund their campaigns with small donations, and get them elected so they can fight for us on campaign finance reform and on the other issues we have advocated. We are more powerful than the billionaires, but only when we unite in the fight. They are afraid of the People, and they should be. When the People turn out to vote, we are unbeatable.
We will take back America from the billionaires, and put governance back in the hands of representatives who put the People first. Just watch us!
Today, eating lunch in a Japanese restaurant here in Seattle, my table was next to two older Caucasian men who were exercising their First Amendment rights loud enough for me to hear. They seemed well-informed and likely democrats. One said that Bernie Sanders could be president if he can overcome the “S” word, meaning socialist. He said that Sanders needs to come up with a clever approach and go head-on after his critics like Carl Rove did against John Kerry’s war record.
As I thought about those comments, I realized that those two fellows are well behind the curve, but no less so than the media and both political parties. They don’t realize that calling Sanders a socialist or Trump a fascist means nothing to the segment of the People (perhaps the majority) that thinks either Sanders or Trump is the answer.
Those two fellows, the media, and the political parties don’t realize that the People have left them behind and moved on, and that they are only relevant to themselves. I would say it happened about two years into President Obama’s first term. Obama was trying to do the things he campaigned on, and the republicans were having none of it. About that time, the Supreme Court decided Citizens United and gave unlimited power to the powerful. The People realized that government wasn’t working, and that the problem was the candidates, chosen by the parties (not the People), and those they appointed after getting elected. Then in Obama’s second term, he appointed Wall Street to his cabinet. It looked like the one-percent was in charge and would remain in charge forever.
Do you remember that scene in “Jurasic Park” in which the Jeff Goldblum character, commenting on the scientists’ efforts to keep the dinosaurs from multiplying by genetically engineering them to be all girls says, “life will find a way”? In the movie, life did find a way and ate most of the cast in the sequel.
I think we are seeing democracy finding a way. The People know that Hillary Clinton and the republican field take money from Wall Street, corporate America, and the rich—Bernie and Donald do not. That’s all the People need to know. The People also know that the mainstream media is owned by the very same powerful forces that give money to the candidates.
The People know that the powerful give money to candidates to buy influence, and that it doesn’t matter how loudly a candidate protests his or her independence, the money givers keep on giving, so they must think their “donations” are having an affect.
The 2016 presidential campaign shows that there has been a paradigm shift. The People are taking back our country. The People will pick our leaders from candidates who are not beholden to the money givers. Calling Bernie or Donald socialist or fascist is fruitless. We know that by any name they are not beholden to the money givers. That doesn’t mean they are perfect, but perfect or not, it is from that candidate pool the People will choose a president. Then the People will come looking for the congress, and then state and local governments. In the near future, taking money from the money givers will be a career ending decision.
The People will take back our country. Just watch. That’s democracy finding a way, and the People, united, will never be defeated.
Embrace The Fact That You Are Going To Die
Follow Your Moral Compass
Accept That Life Is The Ticket That Lets You Ride The Train That Is This Earth, And Accept That You Have No Control Over Where That Train Is Going
*Private companies publish outlines of law school courses, which track individual law school class curriculums like Constitutional Law, Contracts, Family Law, Wills, Torts, etc.
A famous American songwriter wrote that, “Love’s the finest thing around.”* And he was right.
We can’t count on the Supreme Court to Protect the People, so it’s time for a Constitutional amendment that says corporations are not “persons.” The reason we need it is because the Supreme Court, not the Constitution, has said that corporations are persons and have First Amendment rights. Following that line of reasoning, the Supreme Court now says that corporations can make unlimited donations to political campaigns. This was never intended by the framers of the Constitution. It is judge-made law that has haunted our democracy since the 1800s. Let’s end it.
Here is my proposed amendment. Paragraph 2 is taken from Justice Stevens’ book.
*Excerpt From: Stevens, John. “Six Amendments.” Little, Brown and Company, 2014-04-22. iBooks
What is said about Love?*
WHAT IS LOVE?
We can see love
We don’t know what love is…
Marriage is Serious Business
Saying “Forever” is a mistake
It’s easy to lose your way
What’s the Key to Success?
What Is A Special Day?
The End of Every Day
It All Adds Up
Let’s get you married
The Final Statement
By Jack Sheridan (aka “Dad”)
*following four quotes borrowed from www.offbeatbride.com
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes (and others) with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including symptomatic concussions as well as asymptomatic subconcussive hits to the head. See www.bu.edu.
I’m done with football.
CTE, traumatic brain injuries, suicides, spouse and child abuse, the list goes on. I won’t watch any more football because if we watch, the NFL makes money, and the athletes will continue to play and continue to die long sad deaths because the game is deadly. Many of those athletes will lead violent lives that spill over into their family lives, sometimes with suicidal or criminal consequences. The NFL has no plan to prevent head injuries, so concussions continue. We know that the helmets protect against skull fractures, but not against concussions. To stop these deadly injuries, football would have to change dramatically, but the fear is no one would watch. The players are making so much money that they will never stop playing even in the face of strong evidence that football is inherently dangerous and often deadly. So we as a nation have to stop watching, and find another sport to watch.
Parents: don’t let your children play football. We can’t protect them.
What is it that we love about football? We have to come to grips with the fact that we love the violence–the big hits are repeated over and over in the news. The bigger the hit the better. We want to see them, but don’t want to hear that they are deadly. The Romans also had to come to grips with the violence of gladiatorial contests, which finally came to an end, and maybe we could learn from that.
Here is a list of football deaths and injuries. It only scratches the surface, but the list will keep growing until we stop watching football.