Former US president Jimmy Carter called Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal a
strong proponent of the peace process Saturday, and said he wasn’t
meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because it would be “a
waste of time.”
Deportations and the Death of the ‘Loyal Latino Voter’ in 2016
“They’re no better than the Republicans,” says Ramón, my 92-year-old Salvadoran immigrant father, while watching another local news report featuring a family sad and angry at the deportation of the male head of the household. “If this continues, I’m not going to have a reason to go vote next year.”
Such refrains from Latino voters like my father aren’t really news in an era in which some are trying to make deporting people an all-too-normal occurrence, much like the failing (thank goodness) efforts to continue normalizing police violence and murder. But when you consider that such statements are coming from Papa Mon, a lifelong Democrat who has not missed a vote since becoming a citizen many years ago, the dimensions of the crisis facing immigrants, political parties and the entire country are clear.
Though he has known of deportations since before the Bracero era, when more than 500,000 people were deported over several years, my father has never accepted or liked deportations—or the politicians that execute them. Polls taken in the Obama era —an era defined by more than 2 million deportations, most of whom were Latinos with no criminal record— indicate that the majority of Latino voters will share my father’s lifelong repudiation of deportations. And therein lies the crisis facing us all, especially the Democrats: the deportation crisis and how it will kill the “loyal Latino voter” of times past.
2015 will be the year Liberal Tumblr learns to hate me because I am going to take every opportunity to call out its hypocrisy. And don’t take that as support far rightwingers, I just know you are all a part of the problem.
Hillary Clinton announces her second run for the presidency, starting her campaign as the Democrats’ best hope of fending off a crowded field of lesser-known Republican rivals and retaining the White House.
The overwhelming favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination, Clinton will nonetheless face multiple challenges as she returns to the campaign trail seven years after losing the nomination in 2008 to Barack Obama. (Reuters)
Liberals might not like hearing this, but it’s going to be Hillary Clinton or a Republican in 2016. It really breaks down to these two options:
1. Either get on board with Hillary Clinton, even if she’s not everything you’ve dreamed of.
- or -
Whine and cry because Elizabeth Warren isn’t going to run, become apathetic, then let Republicans win the White House in 2016; likely replace four Supreme Court Justices over the following 8 years; start a war with Iran; ruin the planet; destroy our economy again; and undo all the good that’s been done these last 6 years.
Those are your choices. Period. No one else has a chance of winning. Every vote you idealistically hand over to the Green Party or your favorite independent is a vote the Republicans were praying wouldn’t go to Hillary Clinton. The two party system sucks. The Electoral College is ridiculous and needs to be done away with. However. If either of the major parties even has the possibility of fracturing, it will happen to the GOP first. The Batshit Crazy Terrible Republicans will split from the Just Regular Terrible Republicans and neither will have enough support to win an election. Then the Left can split into Actual Save The Country Democrats and Wall Street Democrats like Hillary Clinton. Until that happens, it’s just not safe to vote for a candidate who has no chance of winning because the alternative is a Republican.
So if you are one of those “but I want to vote with my heart!” people, save your bleating. Not here for it. I’m more concerned with you helping Jeb Bush or Scott Walker into office because you voted Green than hearing your list of grievances against Hillary that prevented you from pulling her lever. If the Republicans put someone in the White house in 2016, it won’t be because the majority of the country wanted them there. It won’t be because they ran the better campaign. It will be because too many people with an idealistic view of Democracy voted for their favorite candidate instead of casting a vote against the GOP. When I vote next year, I won’t be voting for Hillary Clinton. I’ll be voting to keep the least terrible option far away from the White House.
Nothing shows you have something important to contribute than standing on a car, grabbing your crotch, with both middle fingers in the air. Only the stupid burn the neighborhood in which they live. It’s their own neighborhood, if they want to torch it let them, and when the dust settles in a few days they can live in it. Nothing’s achieved destroying your own community. That’s just creating a cycle - you loot and destroy businesses, and then you complain about poverty and rundown neighborhoods and government not funding enough for your neighborhood revival.
Bernie Sanders is an old leftist crank — we mean that in the best possible way — from Brooklyn. You can tell that he is from Brooklyn if you listen to any word that he says. We will be hearing a lot more about the MILLIONAYUHS AND BILLIONAYUHS over the next year or so, and we’ll be hearing it from someone who didn’t just arrive at his opinions yesterday after commissioning a few focus groups.