election policy

We can relitigate over and over why we lost in 2016, and but no reason is more compelling than the gutting of Voting Rights Act in 2013, and yet it’s the least talked about and the least we have taken action on. French elections prove the best weapon against fascist propaganda and mainstreaming of far-right populism is a free and fair elections that encourages voting, makes voting easy for everyone, and that one person equals one vote.

The “magic trick” to high election turn out every time is not simply having an exciting revolutionary candidate who vows to shake up the system (not to mention elections should be about policies not personalities), it’s fighting voter suppression.




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The new New York Times piece titled "And Jesus Said Unto Paul Ryan" is a masterpiece

Before I launch into this, I want to state up front, this is not directed at you, anonymous. Thank you for thinking of me, and the article is a funny read. 

But I also read the article on the train to work this morning (before I ever got this ask) and it has been bothering me all day. I thought about it at lunch. It niggled at me during my healthcare policy class, because the Social Security Act is boring and so was the view out the window. And on the train ride home, I went huh.

I don’t give a fuck whether Paul Ryan is a good Christian. 

I was surprised too! But it turns out, I don’t give a fuck whether any of my elected leaders’ policies are consistent with their professed Christianity. I don’t care whether their policies are consistent with my or anyone else’s Christianity. If the Second Coming happened tomorrow, and Jesus came down on a cloud and handed me the ACA replacement bill, I would still want to see the Congressional Budget Office report about it.

It’s fun to condemn our political leaders for hypocrisy. (God knows most of them are, and so deserve it.) But at the same time, I feel like we keep circling the same fallacy—”well, you know Ryan and his ilk aren’t real Christians; real Christians would [insert political viewpoint here].” It’s a fun fallacy! You pull it out at parties and it gets you off the hook entirely. You might be a thing, but you’re not that thing, so it’s all okay!

The problem with this is that…..well, real Christians are, and have. Real Christians have had slaves or been complicit in slavery, they’ve started wars and genocides and simony and scandal. Real Christians had a vested interest in the oppression of women and the conversion of all people on earth to Christianity. Real Christians killed Jews and Real Christians killed Muslims and Real Christians in the US today have decided to continue that 2000 year unbroken tradition of hate. Real Christians scream outside of abortion clinics. Name it, Real Christians have done it, or been complicit in it. You can’t divorce the words of Jesus from the bits of history or politics you don’t approve of—or at the very least, you can’t pretend as though “Real Christianity” is a totally separate animal, innocent in comparison with its ugly political cousin.

At the end of the day, the Christian Bible has been used to both support and condemn all sorts of political activity since….before the ink of the canon had a chance to dry. And I’m sure that in two hundred years, there will still be thinkpieces arguing that the senator isn’t a real Christian, because a real Christian would have issued a statement welcoming the sentient moss of Zebble-gor to Congress.

But I don’t like it. Because—well, because we’re not a theocracy. Whether someone is a good Christian or a hypocritical Christian is irrelevant. Our elected leaders need to be good leaders. Full stop. They should be guided by honesty and innovation and civic-mindedness and compassion and intelligence; they should be ethical and make choices with integrity, take their position and its obligations seriously, listen to their constituents. If those qualities come out of their commitment to Christianity, that’s fine! But they don’t have to, and I don’t think it’s productive—even within the Christian community—to go back and forth about someone’s religiosity.

I don’t care if Paul Ryan is a good Christian. He can settle that one up with our Lord and Savior when the time comes. But he’s the principal sponsor of a frankly shitty piece of legislation, which offers significant federal savings at the expense of poor and elderly individuals. 

And that’s the sin I’m not ready to forgive.

Listen, I know you all like to say “this is just a distraction” every time there’s some horrible Trump administration-related news but it’s not “just a distraction,” it’s real policy that will actively hurt people. His health care proposal, the travel ban, his immigration policies, etc. aren’t there to simply distract from his conflicts of interest and other shady shit. This is policy that he has spoken about during the election, policy that will fucking harm people and alter their lives. 

Not everything exists to be a distraction, multiple bad things can be happening at once. There’s not just one issue we should be focusing on, it’s a ton. Like…? 

There was an interview with Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell in Vice a few years ago where they said ‘getting political representation is important, but change comes through using direct action, campaigning, and trade unions.‘ Corbyn also said something similar in his chat he had with JME.

The Labour party is deeply flawed, of course. A lot of people will likely face the choice of voting for some awful slug blairite who would love to oust Corbyn at the first opportunity. The alternative though is to hand the Labour Party back to these people. The type of people who, as the UN was investigating the Conservatives for violating the human rights of disabled people with its welfare reform, said they would be ‘tougher on benefits’ than them. The kind of people who carve ‘control on immigration into giant tablets and sell it on mugs. 

The struggle within the Labour party and outside of it will go on whatever happens on June 8th but I would sooner have these people on the backbenches of a government than being the official opposition, nodding along to whatever brutal anti migrant, anti working class narrative the tories were setting.

It is because politics is about more than government policies that electing Jeremy Corbyn is important.

like Lowkey said in his video, what we have in Corbyn is someone who is receptive to the struggles of working class people. I’m not saying Jeremy Corbyn will deliver socialism of course. That will always be on us. what he’s offering is only Keynesianism but it is still a break away from neoliberalism and at least offers us and millions in this country living precarious, alienated lives a chance for some breathing room. He offers us a break away from the current narrative of blaming migrants for every problem real and imagined.

Our dreams will always be too big for the ballot box but if we can recognise that things can get worse after a general election we should at least admit that things can get better after them too, and Corbynism has within it those seeds of radicalism. This is, after all why the establishment media has been so against him- not for his own policies but what he might inspire to come after him.


Trump calls for “major” investigation into voter fraud after stating that over 3 million people voted illegally in the Election. #AlternativeFact

Like, I can’t get over it. Maybe it’s petty but I can’t get over this really visceral indignance and hurt over the fact that Hillary deserved to win

Like, set aside whether or not you like her policies or not. That’s not the point. Hillary Rodham Clinton has 40 years of public service under her belt. She’s proven herself to be efficient, smart and good at the job. 

Not only that, but as the former First Lady, and as Secretary of State, she probably has as much knowledge of what being the President entails as one can possibly have while not actually having been President. 

Like, I don’t think POTUS is a job you can really be overqualified for, but if it was, HRC is it. 

She’s worked so hard for so much of her life, and she’s done so much, and she lost to a man who has literally NO experience in politics, a man who rarely (if ever) gave any concrete answers on what he would actually do if elected or laid out policy plans, a man who lied to the American public time and time again, pretended he never said things he absolutely said, a man who is probably at this moment still panicking over the fact that he won and has no idea what to do now.

They say a woman has to work twice as hard to be half as respected as a man, but goddammit, HRC must have worked like twelve times harder than Trump ever has in his life, and he still got handed the Presidency because of an outdated system, because other Republicans were too chickenshit to stand up to him (@ PAUL RYAN) and most of all because people who opposed him still hated HRC so much they couldn’t be fucking bothered to show up.

And I know we have bigger problems but I can’t wrap my head around the injustice of it all, all I can think is that it’s not fair. HRC deserved to be president, she deserves the White House, she deserves the title, she deserves the respect. I know that’s not why she ran (unlike Trump, whose entire campaign was an ego stroke and we all know it). I know the presidency isn’t like, a medal you get for working hard, it’s a job. I know that, but it still pisses me off so much. 

Like maybe if she had lost to someone who was at least remotely qualified to lead this country, it wouldn’t bother me so much, but she didn’t. She didn’t even lose to Trump; she won the popular vote. She lost to 40 years of misogyny and mud-slinging and conspiracy theories and slander and flat-out lies, and now it feels like that misogyny won. 

She worked so hard, she’s done so much for a country that spat on her time and time again, and she’s still working despite it, even now, and she deserves better than this. 

  • 2016: Trump wins both Republican primary and general election.
  • 2017: In a few months, tensions with China escalate because of Trump's fierce anti-China rhetoric. Trade relations between the two countries deteriorate. Trump uses this to push his popular mercantilistic schemes on the public. The American populace loves it.
  • 2020: Trump consolidates all power by turning the GOP into a centrist party that both the Republicans and Democrats have a hard running against. He wins a second term.
  • 2022: Our relationship with China deteriorates to the point where the US is again in a cold war. Trump, starts his own project called 'Trump Shelters' which he promises, will keep the American populace safe.
  • 2023: Trumpite GOP senators control both the senate and the house. They vote to expand the Presidential term limit.
  • 2024: Trump wins a third election against the Democratic and Republican remnant parties.
  • 2025: With tensions between China and the U.S increasing, Trump elects a new 'cultural policy', to bolster American moral. Architecture, style and culture will be returned to the style of the American 50's. While there are protests, the American populace largely accepts the new measures.
  • 2027: Chinese are considered enemies of the state and Chinese Americans are taken and put into internment camps.
  • 2027: Under the Trump administration, genetic experimentation goes further. The Chinese largely focus their efforts on stealth technology
  • 2028: President Trump tries running for a fourth term, but dies of natural causes in office.
  • 2029: A large private industry called 'Vault Technologies' buys up Trump shelters.
  • 2032: Trump's cultural incentive has been taken up by the vast majority of people and becomes the foundation of culture for the era. The entire world looks like something straight out of 'Leave it to Beaver'.
  • 2040: Europe, which has also been affected by Trump style leadership, starts persecuting the growing Muslim population.
  • 2044: Under the pressures of the times, Coca-Cola changes its name to 'Nuka-Cola'.
  • 2050: European economies collapse causing Europe to invade the Middle East for resources.
  • 2070: China invades Alaska.
  • 2072: US annexes Canada.
  • 2074: US reclaims Anchorage.
  • 2077: Total Nuclear war breaks out between the US and China, destroying civilization as we know it. The only people who survive do so in great underground vaults. Fallout is real.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London decides to interfere with Scottish politics and to all intents and purposes, say that Scottish nationalism is the same as racism.

Really? Fucking really??

We’re not trying to divide on the basis of background, race, or religion. We do not wish to be ruled by parties that we do not elect, and have policies we do not want thrust upon us.

But hey, Labour, keep up the ‘save the union at every cost’. It seems to be working out well for you, what with you falling behind the Tories in Scotland.

There were some deeply painful losses in the ongoing battle for women’s rights and equality [in 2016]. There’s no way around that. But Trump’s victory didn’t vanquish feminism. It just clarified the challenges that feminism is really up against — even now, still, in America in 2016. And the important part is this: 2016 proved that feminism is up to the challenge. And it’s steadily winning battles in a very, very long war against something even bigger than Trumpism.
—  Emily Crockett: Why feminism didn’t lose in 2016
Man arrested for protesting against Theresa May
A man has been arrested for protesting at Theresa May's visit to Wrexham. The activist was attempting to protest against fox hunting, in response to Ms May's suggestion that the practice is going to be legalised again. When the Prime Minister drove up to the community centre, he played a hunting bugle and shouted "save our wildlife, kill May".

this is what a May kind of democracy looks like 

“During the 1964 elections Indians were talking in Arizona about the relative positions of the two candidates, Johnson and Goldwater. A white man told them to forget about domestic polities and concentrate on the foreign policies of the two men. One Indian looked at him coldly and said that from the Indian point of view it was all foreign policy.”

Custer Died For Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto — Vine Deloria, Jr.

If ever there was a time to vote Labour, it is now | George Monbiot
I’d rather live with Jeremy Corbyn’s gentle dithering in pursuit of a better world than give May a mandate to destroy what remains of British decency
By George Monbiot

Yes, Jeremy Corbyn is disappointing. Yes, his leadership has been marked by missed opportunities, weakness in opposition and (until recently) incoherence in proposition, as well as strategic and organisational failure. It would be foolish to deny or minimise these flaws. But it would be more foolish still to use them as a reason for granting May a mandate to destroy what remains of British decency and moderation, or for refusing to see the good that a government implementing Corbyn’s policies could do.

George Monbiot gives his reasoning to support Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour in the upcoming general election on 8th of June, 2017.

While noting the untidiness of Labour currently George Monbiot does give needed reasons to stop the Tories from deploying a new mandate that would cause the UK to decline more so, while also highlighting the need for Labour to work with other progressive such as the Greens, while also talking of Labour’s policies for this election.

As to be summed up by Monbiot himself:

The choice before us is as follows: a party that, through strong leadership and iron discipline, allows three million children to go hungry while hedge fund bosses stash their money in the Caribbean and a party that hopes, however untidily, to make this a kinder, more equal, more inclusive nation. I will vote Labour on 8 June, and I will not hold my nose. I urge you to do the same.