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anonymous asked:

You said the Republican party fought against slavery.. That is true, but the Republican party around that time period have more modern Democrat beliefs. They were northerners who believed in equal rights. And the Democratic party in the 1800s had view more similar to modern Republican beliefs. The party's beliefs flip flopped around late 1800s-early 1900s.. The conservative states were always advocating for slavery and oppression. They were also the last states to give women the right to vote.

Originally posted by onemorechapter11

Let’s discuss some history then.

1791 - The Democratic-Republican Party is formed by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson against Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Party. The Democratic-Republicans strongly opposed government overreach and expansion, the creation of a national bank, and corruption.

1804 - Andrew Jackson purchases the plantation that will become his primary source of wealth.

1824 - The Democratic-Republican Party split. The new Democrats were supported by Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren, and the National Republicans were supported by John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay.

1828 - Andrew Jackson is elected President of the United States.

1830 - Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act, whereby the Cherokee and other native tribes were to be forcibly removed from their lands.

1831 - Cherokee Nation v. Georgia, whereby the Supreme Court ruled that Cherokee Nation was sovereign and the U.S. had no jurisdiction over Cherokee lands. Andrew Jackson had already started to enforce the removal of the Choctaw.

1832-33 - The Whig Party is formed in opposition to Jackson’s government expansion and overreach in the Nullification Crisis and the establishment of a Second National Bank. The Whig Party successfully absorbs the National Republican Party.

1838 -  Many Indian tribes had been forcibly removed. Under Jackson, General Winfield Scott and 7,000 soldiers forced the Cherokee from their land at bayonet point while their homes were pillaged. They marched the Cherokee more than 1,200 miles to the allocated Indian territory. About 5,000 Cherokee died on the journey due to starvation and disease.

1854 - The Whig Party dissolves over the question of the expansion of slavery. Anti-slavery Whigs and anti-slavery democrats form the Republican Party with their sole goal being to end slavery.

1861 -The election of President Lincoln spurs the beginning of the Civil War.

1862 - Lincoln writes a letter where he declares he wishes to preserve the union regardless of the morals on slavery. He issues the Emancipation Proclamation, whereby all slaves in Union territories had to be freed. As states came under Union control, those slaves too had to be freed.

1863 - Frederick Douglass, former slave and famous Republican abolitionist, meets with Lincoln on the suffrage of emancipated slaves.

1864 - Lincoln revised his position on slavery in a letter to Albert G. Hodges stating “If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.”

1865 - Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrenders at the Appomattox Courthouse to Union victory. After Lincoln’s Assassination, Democrat President Johnson issues amnesty to rebels and pardons the slave owners of their crimes.

1865 - The 13th Amendment which ended slavery passed with 100% Republican support and 63% Democrat support in congress.

1866 - The Klu Klux Klan is formed by Confederate veterans to intimidate black and Republicans through violence, lynching, and public floggings. They gave open support to the Democrat Party.

1866 - The Civil Rights Act of 1866 is vetoed by Democratic President Andrew Johnson. Every single Republican voted and overturned the veto.

1868 - The 14th Amendment which gave citizenship to freed slaves passed with 94% Republican support and 0% Democrat support in congress. The first grand wizard of the KKK, Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest is honored at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

1868 - Representative James Hinds who taught newly freedmen of their rights is murdered by the KKK.

1870 - The 15th Amendment which gave freed slaves the right to vote passed with 100% Republican support and 0% Democrat support in congress.

1871 - The violence of the KKK grew so savage that congress passed the Enforcement Acts to repress their influence.

1875 - Democrat Senator William Saulsbury speaks out against the Civil RIghts Act of 1875, claiming it will allow “colored men shall sit at the same table beside the white guest; that he shall enter the same parlor and take his seat beside the wife and daughter of the white man, whether the white man is willing or not, because you prohibit discrimination against him.“

1884 - A train conductor orders Ida B. Wells, a black Republican woman, to give up her seat and move to the smoking car. Wells was an investigative journalist who worked for a Republican journal to expose the horror of lynching. She advocated for the 2nd amendment rights for blacks so that they could protect themselves, and she denounced the Democratic Party for treating blacks as property unequal to whites.

1892 - Democrat Benjamin Tillman is re-elected to the Senate. He was a white supremacist who boasted his participation in lynchings. He is quoted saying that “as long as the Negroes continue to ravish white women we will continue to lynch them.”

1915 - Democrat President Woodrow Wilson screens KKK promotion film Birth of a Nation. The film pictured blacks as ignorant and violent savages, and the Klu Klux Klan as rescuers and protectors of the civilized world. The popularity of the movie revived the Klu Klux Klan which had previously gone extinct. Reportedly Wilson said about the film that “[it] is like writing history with lightning, and my only regret is that it is all so terribly true.”

1919 - The 19th Amendment which officially gave women the right to vote passed with 82% Republican support and 54% Democrat support in congress.

1924 - Thousands of Klansmen attend the 1924 Democratic National Convention.

1933 -  The chief Nazi newspaper, Volkischer Beobachter, praised “Roosevelt’s adoption of National Socialist strains of thought in his economic and social policies” and “the development toward an authoritarian state.”

1933 - Democrat President Franklin Delano Roosevelt passes the Agricultural Adjustment Act with the well-meaning goal to help farmers and sharecroppers. Instead, though it aided white farmers, it resulted in increased unemployment and displacement of black farmers.

1933 -  FDR established the National Recovery Administration to stimulate business recovery by forcing employers to pay higher wages for less work. This relief program was enforced on a local level and allowed Jim Crow racism to flourish, resulting in many blacks being fired to be replaced by whites. 

1934 -  The Federal Housing Administration is introduced under FDR. The FHA made homeownership accessible for whites, but explicitly refused to back loans to black people or even other people who lived near black people.

1936 - The Roosevelt Administration finally begins vying for the black vote. Though the relief programs neglected blacks, their communities were bombarded with advertisements. FDR began to garner black support though the vast majority remained economically unchanged and locked into poverty.

1942 - FDR orders American citizens of Japanese ancestry from their homes into interment camps without due process after the bombings at Pearl Harbor.

1953 - Senator Robert Byrd is elected into congress and remains a staunch Democrat until his death in 2010. He was a prominent member in the KKK and praised by Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton.

1955 - Democrat Richard Daley is elected mayor of Chicago. He resisted residential desegregation, defended public school segregation, and used urban renewal funds to build massive public housing projects that kept blacks within existing ghettos.

1957 - The Civil Rights Act of 1957 is passes with 93% Republican support and 59% Democrat support.

1963 - After the assassination of JFK, Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn into office. LBJ was a Democrat remembered by a famous quote: “I’ll have them niggers voting Democrat for the next 200 years.”

1965 - The Voting Rights Act of 1965 passes with 94% Republican support and 73% Democrat support.

1968 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated. MLK voted Republican.

1960-70s - A total of 24 Democratic members of congress switched to become Republican over a 20 year period. The majority of democrats in that time period remained democrats.

1995 - Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama is published. Obama discusses how the urban cities would become the new plantation for blacks under Democrat political bosses: “The plantation, the blacks have the worst jobs, the worst housing, police brutality rampant; but when the so-called black committee man come around election time, we’d all line up and vote the straight Democratic ticket. Sell our souls for a Christmas turkey. White folks spit in our faces, and we reward them with the vote.“

2009 - Hillary Clinton lauds Margaret Sanger, KKK advocate, white supremacist, and eugenicist at the 2009 Planned Parenthood Honors Gala: “I admire Margaret Sanger enormously, her courage, her tenacity, her vision. I am really in awe of her, there are a lot of lessons we can learn from her life.”

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Originally posted by whiteangelxoxo

anonymous asked:

What are your assessment of the current field of potential California Governors?

I think Californians – and I’m one of them – should feel good. There is a deep field of prospective candidates for Governor in 2018, and there is a solid selection of Democrats who might run for Governor or other offices throughout the state. California has some really, really good candidates ready to take the next step in 2018 and beyond. And that “beyond” part is important because several of the leading California Democrats have an opportunity to make a difference not just in next year’s statewide races, but nationally in 2020. Most of the top contenders in California are young and relatively fresh faces, much like Kamala Harris was last year during her Senate run. California Democrats (I’m one of those, too) should be appreciative for what Nancy Pelosi, Senator Feinstein, and, especially, Governor Brown have done for us, the CDP, and our state, but on Election Day in 2018 Pelosi will be 78 years old, Feinstein will be 85 years old, and Brown will be 80 years old, so it’s comforting to know that the younger generation of progressive California leaders are ready to take over.

Rght now, I’m still supporting Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom for Governor, but I’m also still open to other candidates. I’m definitely paying attention to Tom Steyer and keeping an eye on Eric Garcetti, but I think Garcetti is going to just wait and try to make the jump from Mayor of Los Angeles to President of the United States in 2020. And that’s the smart move for him. Garcetti has a chance of making a splash in 2020 if he runs for President, but he would cut himself off at the knees if he ran for Governor in 2018 and lost, and there’s no guarantee that he would win. If I was advising Garcetti, I’d keep him away from next year’s Gubernatorial race and just have him work at raising his profile and being the anti-Trump accomplishing tangible things in the community while building a network of grassroots supporters, loyal donors, and an innovative national campaign.

As I was saying in regards to the 2018 gubernatorial race, I’m currently leaning towards Newsom, but I’m intrigued by Steyer. I think John Chiang, the California State Treasurer, has been very good at the jobs that Californians have elected him to statewide (Controller and Treasurer), but he’s not a terribly exciting guy and he’s going to be facing several rivals for the Governorship who certainly aren’t lacking in the charisma department. I think Chiang would be better off running for Lieutenant Governor, and I think it would be a good fit for him.

I’m not a fan of Antonio Villaraigosa. I’ve never been a fan of Antonio Villaraigosa. I used to get a downright uneasy feeling about John Edwards – even when Edwards was a favorite of many Democrats who wished that the Democratic ticket was reversed in 2004 because they thought Edwards was a better potential Presidential nominee than John Kerry. He wasn’t, and my instincts about him were proven correct when he did a one-and-done term in the Senate, ran for President again in 2008, cheated on his wife as she was dying from cancer, and then tried to get an aide to take responsibility for the baby that Edwards had fathered with his mistress (during the campaign where Edwards’s wife was dying from cancer). Anyway…I get the same feelings about Antonio Villaraigosa that I used to get about John Edwards so I definitely hope he doesn’t get anywhere near the Governor’s office.

I also don’t like Kevin de Léon, who is currently the leader in the California State Senate. He hasn’t announced that he’s running but he’s exploring the possibility. Fortunately, Gavin Newsom dislikes de Léon (and I mean that he genuinely does not like the guy) even more than I do, so if he does get in the race I’m pretty sure Newsom will actively work to take de Léon out.

It’s still somewhat early in the campaign cycle, so there’s a chance that some other candidates will jump in the race, and that’s why I’m keeping my options open. But, like I said, California is in good shape when it comes to the next few elections because there is truly a host of quality candidates ready to make the leap. Besides Garcetti, I’m really keeping an eye on Xavier Becerra, who isn’t running for Governor but is well-positioned to break through nationally. Becerra is a former member of the House of Representatives (in fact, he represented the district that I now live in after moving to Los Angeles), but he resigned from Congress to accept Governor Brown’s nomination to be Attorney General of California. Perhaps more than anybody in California, Becerra has the ability to be President Trump’s biggest headache, and he has an opportunity to raise his profile significantly by leading the fight against Trump’s policies when they adversely affect Californians. Like Garcetti, Becerra has the rare chance to make a huge jump from local or statewide office into something on the national level – possibly the Vice Presidency on the Democratic ticket in 2020. Becerra was strongly rumored to have been one of candidates vetted for the Vice Presidency by Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016. He’s made it clear that he’s seeking an elected term as Attorney General in 2018, but the best-case scenario for him – and for California – would be if Dianne Feinstein decided not to run for a sixth term in U.S. Senate. Feinstein will be 85 years old when she runs for re-election next year, and I feel like Becerra would be perfect if made the jump from Attorney General of California to the U.S. Senate exactly like Kamala Harris did in 2016. It’s time for energetic leadership everywhere, and Becerra could provide that much better than an 85-year-old who has barely been challenged for her seat in a quarter century.

I went a little further than just the 2018 race for Governor of California, but it’s an interesting time in California politics. And for those who might be wondering why I didn’t mention any Republican candidates, it is because California has a jungle primary system (which I’m a big fan of and is one of the reasons why California has developed such strong and fresh Democratic candidates over the past decade). Instead of the leading Democrat facing the leading Republican in the general election, the top two vote-getters face off in the general election regardless of their party affiliation. That’s why two Democrats – Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez – ended up running against each other in the general election for the U.S. Senate in 2016. The jungle primary and the state’s diverse population has resulted in what is very nearly a super majority for the Democrats in California, so the system works really well in the the state since it ensures that the two candidates who truly had the most support in the primaries advance to a much more competitive general election as opposed to a lopsided matchup between a Democratic nominee who would likely crush a Republican nominee for 20% of the vote. There are Republicans running for Governor in 2018, but it’s unlikely that any of them will come close to finishing in the top two of the jungle primary and advancing to the general election. A Republican hasn’t won a statewide election in California since Governor Schwarzenegger was re-elected in 2006. 

Since I’m just as scared and sad and worried about the outcome of Tuesday’s election as many other Americans… I want to imagine what would happen if it was Cassie who won the 2016 presidential election.  When the policymakers lowered the minimum age to run from 35 to 30, it was Jake they had in mind (after all, he received over 50,000 write-in votes for the 2004 election) but most people are just as happy to have Cassie in charge.  

Imagine that she runs on a Democratic ticket, because she has to choose a party if she wants a nomination, but that neither party knows what to make with her.  She makes speeches in jeans and hiking boots, morphs wolf and runs the campaign trail rather than wasting money on a helicopter, and doesn’t so much set up photoshoots as she gets caught accidentally by photographers in her moments of being awesome: feeding pigeons on a bench in Wisconsin, listening intently to little girls who want to be just like her under the Arizona sun, helping one of her own interns change his flat tire midway through Louisana, plunging elbows-deep into a calf birthing gone wrong at an Iowa farm.  

Imagine that she’s a little shy, a little awkward, during her speeches, but that people lean in to listen to her anyway.  Anyone who hears her—either during one of her many informal gatherings or through their home televisions—knows why it is that this short, overweight, soft-spoken young black woman captures American idealism in a way that forty-three tall, bellowing white men never have.  She doesn’t make grandiose promises, and she doesn’t use fancy campaign slogans.  Instead she tells them honestly, in plainspoken language, that she’s angry.  That she’s an idealist who has been battered and shoved around by this harsh, ugly world since she was thirteen years old.  That she’s tired.  Tired of being called an American hero one month and reduced to her gender and race the next month.  Tired of inequality, of loss, of seeing poverty and hatred all around her.  Tired of this country dismissing its poor and ignoring its minorities.  

Imagine that it’s not all smooth sailing and easy wins, because as much as she wants change she still has to live in this world.  So the press tell her she’s too young, too battle-hardened, too uneducated, too well-connected, too unpolished.  People use unrepeatable words when talking about her, and she can’t turn into a polar bear and threaten them all.  People comment on her hair, her body, her fashion choices, and she doesn’t have Rachel there to defend her.  She averages three hours of sleep most nights, and she and Ronnie barely get to see each other in between press events.  People give her pitying looks whenever she mentions one of her boys—Ax and Jake, Tobias and Marco—in the present tense, and unflinchingly declares that until she hears official news of their deaths she’ll keep assuming they’re out there somewhere, thanks.  Conservative pundits make veiled pokes at her competency any time she talks openly about her nightmares, her insomnia, and her other battle scars.  

Imagine she wins anyway.  That she’s the first female president, the first African-American woman to shatter that glass ceiling, that she’s the youngest president in history, that she attracts more conservative voters than any Democrat before or since.  That she makes a short and humble acceptance speech, then rolls up her sleeves and gets to work the instant January 20 rolls around.

Imagine that for four years, she chooses diplomacy over war.  She cuts taxes and brings in thousands of new jobs when she dismantles all the parts of the U.S. military that are unnecessary in light of the new kind of warfare the yeerks brought to this planet, repurposing those resources and those funds and those selfless warriors to building this country up from the inside.  She shatters monopolies and cracks down unforgivingly on racism and classism and religious fear and hatred in all its forms.  She speaks softly and carries a very big stick in the form of the millions of Americans whose lives she has changed for the better—with education reform and new health care policies, with business incentives and job creation—who will defend their president to the death.  

Imagine she gets re-elected by a landslide, even though she spends almost the entire election season helping Florida bring in a new immigrant-citizenship program and all but misses her own campaign.  That her opponent is smiling as he concedes defeat.  That she sits him down the day after the election ends and tells him he had some good ideas for small-business startup incentives, and she’d like to hire him on as her Secretary of Labor.  

Imagine that during her presidency, unity triumphs over division.  That love triumphs over hatred and the common identity of being human triumphs over all other meaningless distinctions between people.  That the economy thrives and human rights move forward in huge bounds of legislation.  That even the people who don’t agree with the president will admit she knows what she’s doing.  

Imagine that as the President of the United States she is one of the first people alerted when the U.S.’s andalite allies spot an unidentified flying object fast approaching Earth’s atmosphere from the outer reaches of the solar system.  Imagine she’s the one who officially accepts the salutation from the craft, tears in her eyes.  

Imagine that she’s standing there on the Washington Mall when the Rachel touches down on the grass and the seven warriors—two of them nothlits, three of them far from where they started, all of them battle-weary but so grateful to be returning at long last—step off the ramp of the fighter and onto the soft grasses of home.  

“Monarchism effectively died for good to give us what we have today.”

no, dumbass, monarchism as the most popular form of government didn’t die, it was fucking killed by, yep you guessed it, revolution and popular uprising. it didnt just die of old age peacefully in its sleep, it was forced out. stop encouraging complacency. stop lying by telling everyone that everything will eventually be just fine so long as they keep electing whatever democrat is on the ticket. thats not fucking working, it wont ever be a longterm solution, and people are starting to realize that

Clinton watches a matinee of ‘Hamilton,’ adds to her campaign treasury (Washington Post) [x]:

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton used a special performance of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” on Tuesday to urge supporters to view the upcoming election through a historical lens.

“Let’s think a lot about history’s eyes on us,” Clinton told the audience at the end of an afternoon show that doubled as a fundraiser for her campaign and the Democratic Party, with tickets starting at $2,700 apiece.

The former secretary of state shared that she had now seen the production about the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton three times — saying she had cried each time — and then turned her attention to modern-day politics.

“We cannot be detoured by those who play to the worst of our feelings, who would divide us, who would scapegoat us,“ Clinton said, referencing presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

“As you can tell, our founders were not perfect people, but they were united in their conviction that they could build this new country from nothing,” Clinton continued. "We are still going strong. … Let’s not throw away our shot.”

Clinton was introduced by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show’s creator and, until recently, its star. Miranda, who gave his farewell performance in the lead role Saturday night, said he was now “a proud member of the alumni association of Hamilton.”

He made no secret of where his allegiances lie in the November election, saying, “the difference could not be more stark,” and introducing Clinton as “the 45th president of the United States.”

Celebrity encounters

So I met a celebrity tonight.

I attended a ticketed Democrat fundraiser tonight at the home of a local party bigwig with actress Kristin Davis (from Sex and City, which I have never watched). I was kind of relieved it wasn’t someone I was super fangirly about because then I’d be…well, super fangirly. I was mostly interested in meeting local people in the Democratic party.

First of all there were about 30 people there in this amazing home in a very posh (but quirky) part of town and all but like 3 were women. A whole crowd of women of varying ages and backgrounds talking politics and being awesome. I knew nobody but everybody seemed super open to just chatting with new people so that’s what I did. I talked to a woman who’s a regional finance chair for the campaign, and a few of the campaign staffers who were there for the event, as well as some local women there for the same reason as me.

Kristin Davis arrived not long after the event began. She was very nice and made sure to get around and meet everyone there. She was very engaged with our political purpose. I didn’t impose, I was chatting with a lot of people - and frankly, while I know who she is, I never really watched SATC so I didn’t feel a lot of urgency. Near the end of the night she ended up chatting with two women I had been talking to. Midway through she said to me “We haven’t met yet! I think you’re the only person I haven’t met!” We chatted for about ten minutes about voter registration and  what we all did for a living and I’m currently having that thing where I look back and wonder if I was being totally conversation-dominating but there’s nothing for it now, heh. We also talked about Christian Siriano a little. Kristin was saying that she had a few dresses from Ivanka’s line and she wasn’t going to wear them anymore, I said “Christian Siriano!” and she went on about Michelle Obama’s dress at the DNC.

Anyway. Of course I had to get a photo.

As we watch the loud, visible protests like the one in Seattle, please don’t forget about us: the liberals living in the red states, surrounded by Trump supporters but quietly voting our democratic tickets; the bleeding hearts who stand by our brothers and sisters of all colors, faiths, and orientations but who cannot risk loud, visible protests because of our families or friends or coworkers or neighbors, with whom we must continue to coexist peacefully and safely for the next four years; those of us who do our part by donating to HRC and Planned Parenthood and the ACLU but have to grin and bear it when the gun-toting rednecks around us start going on about how great Trump will be as president because it’s unsafe to do otherwise. 

We’re here, too. Please don’t forget about us. We’re deep behind enemy lines and it’s a scary place to be right now. 

Last century, Pluto was in Libra from 1971-1984. Libra is associated with relationships, women, art, balance and the law; therefore, these areas are forced intopublic awareness and transformed when Pluto passes through this sign.


Perhaps most significant of the changes which occurred during this time was the Women’s Movement. Pluto in Libra brought to light the inequities between men and women in American society, and tore down the old, restrictive, outworn attitudes about ‘a woman’s place’. In true Plutonic style, issues of power and control were important, and the movement was plagued by extremism, fear, resistance and turmoil. Pluto’s entry into Libra saw the legalization of abortion in the U.S. (January1973), the publication of Ms. magazine (January 1972) and the expansion of the National Organization of Women (NOW) into a formidable political force. By the time Pluto left this sign, a woman had run for vice president on the Democratic ticket and women’s economic, professional, political and educational opportunities had increased dramatically. Most importantly, women’s self-confidence, and their vision of themselves and their role in society, had been transformed by this Pluto transit. Laws concerning things that affected women’s personal and professional lives, such as credit, ownership of property, equal job opportunities and pay, sexual harassment, divorce and medical care, were brought into the light and changed.

-Sky Alexander

9.2 Million Fewer Total Voters In 2016 Than In 2012.

Turnout was down 7 million for those voting Democrat for Obama in 2012 to Clinton voters this year. Trump had 2.2 million fewer Republican than those who voted for Romney. [Totals: 126.8 million in 2012, 117.6 million in 2016]

We failed to sell the Democratic ticket to the zeitgeist of the US. #2016Autopsy

i don’t think people critical of bernie sanders’ foreign policy are….wrong to do so? critics of his critics seem to jump to “oh so you think hillary would be better” and….heck no at all, but i think it’s important to be critical of even the best option. y’know, the way we should treat all politicians. some politicians get great shit done but appreciating the good while rightfully critiquing the bad isn’t…mutually exclusive

like, i’m going to probably vote for whichever democrat gets on the ticket because supreme court justices and all that shit, but i’m not….happy about voting for Probably Hillary. i think it’s weird that criticism of bernie/hillary/obama/whoever is always met with “oh, so you’d prefer jeb bush?” and……..i never said that! that’s not what criticism is. if i complained to my landlord about my shitty locks, they (probably) wouldn’t say “oh, so you’d prefer if you just didn’t have a door?”

on one hand i feel like it’s important to be pragmatic and i feel like voting for The Best That We Can Hope For Right Now is more prudent than making a radical stand against the electoral system (which will likely do nothing other than doubling the power of a republican’s vote, in practice), but also it’s important to go beyond that and be actively critical of The Best That We Can Hope For Right Now in the hopes that they see enough people being critical and decide to be better. if you love someone’s domestic policy but realize that also their foreign policy will, i don’t know, directly result in the murder of innocent people, it’s, y’know, okay to celebrate the good while still holding them accountable for the shitty parts. whatever. The Discourse

anonymous asked:

the number of people in the hillary clinton tag saying they wont vote for her in the general election if she wins the nomination is freaking me out. i understand not liking her, but like... are we seriously going to let a republican become president because our first choice didn't work out? people can argue she's just as bad as a republican, but in the grand scheme of things she really REALLY isn't.

i completely understand your concern. because at this point the republican nomination is either going to trump, or possibly cruz. either way would be an utter disaster and we NEED a democrat in the white house, especially with the supreme court opening that needs to be filled and to limit the effectiveness of the republican congress.

i understand that y’all love bernie. i love bernie. i’ve loved him for a while now. and he’s honestly gotten so many people excited about politics and i get it ok. he’s pretty cool and unlike anything we’ve seen for a while in this country.

but do you know the first thing that bernie’s going to do after he drops out? endorse hillary. he’s going to vote for hillary, y’all, and that’s no big secret. 

from day one, bernie, an independent, said he would run on the democratic ticket to avoid possibly splitting the liberal vote and putting a republican in the white house. because the most important thing is NOT having bernie as president. i assure you, the most important thing is having a democrat in office.

mark my words, if you refuse to vote democrat in the general election, you are effectively voting republican.

if bernie loses and drops out of the race, it’ll sting!! a lot!! but the true victory of bernie’s campaign has already happened. he’s changed the face of american politics forever. he’s forced the democratic party to take a good long look at what they’re been doing for the past few decades. he’s forced hillary to become more liberal. he’s made socialism a topic of discussion in america!!! a decade or so ago, that would have been unthinkable!!!

i know y'all don’t like hillary. but it’s your duty to vote for her if she wins the nomination. a republican president has the potential to wreak havoc for the next 4-8 years and we have to prevent that.

i don’t like hillary either. but i’m going to suck it up, get my ass to the polls, and vote. 

you should too.

if donald trump is elected because ideological purists would rather stay home than vote for a less than ideal democratic ticket i will spend the next eight years hunting down and personally fighting every privileged self-righteous asshole that would rather allow a fascist to be elected than allow their precious idealism to be tarnished 

American followers of voting age - on behalf of my friend whose life was saved by Obamacare, and my friends whose continued access to healthcare depends on it, and my friends who depend on benefits, and for my younger self who got by on food stamps, and my not-so-younger self who got by on unemployment insurance, and essentially everyone who would be fucked if we gave in and let ourselves follow the UK’s lead in how we treat people who need help, I’m gonna ask you to vote tomorrow if you haven’t already, and I’m gonna ask you to vote the straight democratic ticket top to bottom, barring any particularly odious assholes if any should happen to be blighting your district.

This is an act with real consequences.  Policy decisions affect lives, and sometimes end them.  Please vote for the viable party that will acknowledge that global warming exists.  Please vote for the viable party that will acknowledge that trans people have a right to exist.  Please vote for the viable party that you want picking the supreme court justice who’s going to sit and make these macro-level decisions for the next few decades.  Do it even if it’s a hardship, even if you have to wait in line, even if it doesn’t match up with how you think things ought to be.  Here and now, there are lives to be saved and work to be done.

That’s today.  I will be back to talking about hella cartoons tomorrow, and we can start planning the revolution again on Wednesday, or whenever is good for you.

anonymous asked:

Who are you voting for?

I supported Bernie Sanders, I will vote for Hillary Clinton (and the full Democratic ticket). Rationales:

1. Here’s a succinct summary of why i’m not voting for Jill Stein.

2. Here’s the Democratic Party platform, and the Republican Party platform, for comparison purposes.

3. I would still vote this way even if the opposition nominee wasn’t a terrifying xenophobic racist sexist white nationalist and fascist, because there is a chance over the next four to eight years to establish a Supreme Court that could have MAJOR consequences for all marginalized and oppressed people in this country, not to mention our political process (e.g., Citizens’ United); a Supreme Court that might make a tremendous difference for the future of our people, our country, and our planet.