thelionslamb asked:

Hi! What advice would you give to someone who is young and wants to be involved in politics?

I’m just joshing you.  No, it’s good to be informed and getting started at a young age is fine so long as you educate yourself on our political system and founding first rather than try to immediately jumping into it and start advocating to “fix” things.  So many people want to fix things that are not even broke.

Most young liberals get sucked into bad political movements early on without fully understanding the concept behind them nor the repercussions that the cause they are championing will actually bring about.  They are suckered in by false platitudes and over-dramatic issues that are not even a problem to begin with.

For example, I hear progressives all the time bring up ‘income inequality’ as  one of the most concerning political issues are our time.  I simple ask them why that is an issue at all and 75% of them can’t give me an answer, about 20% try to answer with more bromide they’ve heard, and the last 5% actually have read some actual semi-professional study on the matter and can give me a coherent yet unsatisfactory answer.  This isn’t just on the left either, those on the right have told me they hate Obama but really can’t point to a valid reason either.

So, when it comes to American politics, I would explore our founding documents like the Federalist Papers, the Founders’ notes from their debates and conventions, and their correspondence to one another.  Then really get familiar with the text of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Memorize it and refer to it.  These are amazing documents for their time and today.  

Then when you have a great understanding of where we’ve come from, then you can start paying attention to where we are today.  Watch the news and listen for the facts and learn to look past the opinions.  Read where candidates stand on the issues and how their solutions affect you and others directly.  Absorb as much information on a subject without making a decision.  It’s hard to see things from a different perspective, but it is important to try.

I highly also suggest reading into the science of economics.  Even a simple understanding of basic economics goes a long way when discussing policy and cause and effect from major political decisions.

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Gay voter confronts Marco Rubio in New Hampshire

Need to know the 11 words that can get Sen. Marco Rubio to run away? Try these: “Why do you want to put me back in the closet?” New Hampshire voter and gay man Timothy Kierstead asked Rubio just that when they came face to face at the Puritan Backroom diner early Tuesday morning, the day of the state’s primary. Rubio’s answer doesn’t align with his policies.

The men who met in Philadelphia in 1787 to write a new constitution designed it to prevent someone like Donald Trump from ever becoming president. One of their great fears was of a populist demagogue who would promise the people everything and respect nothing. As Alexander Hamilton, the key theorist of executive power during the Founding, warned in Federalist 67: ‘Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honours of a single state.’
The Case for Cruz

The primaries have officially begun, and a lot of voters are at a loss for who to choose. As voters narrow down their options, it’s important that they don’t allow their decisions to be dictated by media caricatures. If I was asked why someone should consider voting for Ted Cruz, I wouldn’t stop talking until the general. Instead, I chose to address many of the hesitations I’ve heard expressed about the Texan senator. If you don’t like Ted Cruz, you don’t have to. But it’s important that you choose or reject candidates based on fact, not misinformation. This will be available as a permanent installment on my blog for as long as Ted is in the race.

Marco Rubio’s campaign centers on the idea that he is the GOP’s bridge to young and brown voters, despite the fact that he votes against the interests of both young and brown voters.
—  Levi Olson

It’s Tuesday night, the night of the New Hampshire primaries, and if you haven’t been sick of all of this election nonsense for a couple of month already you’re probably mentally and emotionally unstable. 

Watch and chat with the 7pm ET broadcast at www.zenlive.tv

Topics (but never limited to these):

- Hillaryous Clinton is staring into the abyss

- I’m going nuts

- Your calls, and more

Donald Trump promises the impossible by promising to make the military great again while simultaneously vowing to bring back torture saying “I would bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.” These two things could not be more incompatible with each other. The military is deeply concerned with how its actions represents the country its supposed to defend. purposely inciting animosity abroad, tarnishing America’s reputation as an honorable and just nation, and destroying the military’s own legitimacy as a global force for good is counter productive.
—  Levi Olson

vroni asked:

What would you say is (if there is one) the difference between national socialism and democratic socialism?

Well, democratic socialism is really just progressivism in which, through democratic means, the majority permits the government to confiscate more more wealth and gain more control over the private sector to redistribute to the public.  (e.g., if implemented on a school playground, the majority of the students would force a small minority of the students to cough up their lunch money to give to lesser fortunate students.)

National socialism is an ideology of national priority, authority, and superiority using centralized government to control and confiscate the production of private enterprise in order to provide for the common good of the country.   (e.g., on a school ground, a central group of the toughest school bullies makes all the students cough up some of their lunch money and uses it to build a better playground for all the students to play on.  They also take over the adjacent school’s playground and then force that school’s students to help build their new playground for free.)

Both reject freedom of the individual by forcing them to adhere to the centralized government’s intentions for the nation’s good as well as control private enterprise to participate in their national redistribution schemes. Democratic socialism is just national socialism lite.

dhampirdarling asked:

BLACK LIVES MATTER. Beyoncé was in no way being "racist" she was highlighting a serious issue which is police brutality and the targeting of the Afro-American society within America by police. By the way, racism towards white people doesn't exist, as it involves the oppression of a society or culture, and white people are in no way oppressed.

Hello.. I’m going to divide my response into two sections for you.. as always, it’s long. Enjoy.

Beyoncé’s performance, Black Lives Matter and Police brutality:

This nation is moving backwards at a ridiculous rate. It’s turning into a complete joke. The black community is mad that there were no black people nominated for the Oscars, but you have all black awards like the BET awards or the Image Awards. I’ve seen statements where black people think that white people should apologize for slavery. Slavery happened over 100 years ago.. It happened with and in MANY cultures, but you don’t see them demanding apologies and turning it into a race war. The Black Lives Matter movement is encouraging hatred of police. It is idolizing criminals. Michael Brown robbed a store and attacked a police officer, yet he was portrayed in the media as a saint even though he was in fact a criminal.

People like Obama and Beyoncé, who are in positions of great power and influence because of their following, are encouraging and going along with this racist movement. Beyoncé’s Super Bowl performance is boosting racism and violence against police, yet she used an armed police escort while there. That is what you call hypocritical. She is using her fame as influence to further cultivate the racism issue in our country. Having her dancers dress in reference to Black Panthers is racist. That would be like taking a bunch of white dancers and dressing them as the KKK. Not even last year, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) sponsored a group discussion on ‘Policing, Race, and Injustice’, which featured a talk by former NEW Black Panther Party chairman, Malik Shabazz. Do you know who that is? He is a man who openly fortified a race war in America.. A man who encouraged black people to get revenge on police shootings by creating funerals in the police community… a man who refers to ‘the white man’ as the black community’s ‘common enemy.’ He refers to our founding fathers as a despicable pack of ‘Indian killers, slave traders, and slave owners.’ A man who praised Osama Bin Laden after 9/11 as a man who ‘bravely stood up for his beliefs’ and is ‘bringing reform to this world.’ Yeah, sounds like Beyoncé was definitely representing a great group by signifying the Black Panthers. (Source for Malik if you would like more information)

Have you noticed that the supporters of BLM are able to recite the names of their sainted martyrs—Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, Timothy Russell, Malissa Williams, etc.—as easily you can name the members of your own immediate family? Notably, however, they can’t name any of the 6,000 black Americans whose lives are snuffed out each year by black killers. Those unfortunate, anonymous souls, you see, aren’t worth a damn to the BLM crowd, because their deaths can’t be exploited to gin up hatred against white cops, or to spark race riots in the streets. So while the names and likenesses of Trayvon, Eric, Michael, Freddie, and the rest are emblazoned on t-shirts, hoodies, and banners bearing the “Black Lives Matter” slogan, BLM views victims of black crime—whatever the race of those victims—as worthy of adorning nothing more than a roll of toilet paper. “Black Lives Matter” is a contradiction. A more accurate name would be “Black Lives Matter if They’re Terminated by a White Person or a Cop; All Other Black Lives Can Go to Hell.” It doesn’t roll quite so easily off the tongue, but it’s exactly what BLM believes.“ Paragraph written by John Perazzo.

Racism against white people IS real:

I have posted on this issue already, but I will further the discussion for you as I am assuming you have seen my previous post already.

Your comment is lacking any understanding of what systematic and/or institutional oppression is. You also are misunderstanding what racism is. You integrate the two, but you fail to realize that there are differences between the two things and pretending they are identical terms is just deceitful.

Neither systematic nor institutional oppression are solely driven by race. It can be gender based, religion based, wealth based, etc. and yes raced based as well. Not all oppression is racist, just as not all racism is systematic/institutional oppression. 

Definitions:
Institutionalized Oppression: Occurs when established laws, customs, and practices systematically reflect and produce inequities based on one’s membership in targeted social identity groups. If oppressive consequences accrue to institutional laws, customs, or practices, the institution is oppressive whether or not the individuals maintaining those practices have oppressive intentions.
Systemic Oppression: Same as above, except it is specifically enforced by the government, laws, and police. (Jim Crow laws, Civil Rights era, The Holocaust.)
Racism: Poor treatment of violence against people because of their race, the belief that some races of people are better than others.

Racism does not require oppression to occur. It happens in day-to-day interactions. For example: glaring, using offensive words, refusing to hire someone, etc. based on your identity group. In America, our associations are nominally set up to avert racism. We have hate crime and equal protection laws. When someone treats you like crap because of your race, then that is racism.. But that is not oppression. This means that yes, white people can experience racism.

You need to learn what this terminology means because saying that you cannot be racist towards white people is incorrect. Yes there are cases of racist oppression, but racism is not caused by oppression. The hate is either there or it is not. If there is hate, then it can cultivate to become oppression given enough time and power.. But persisting ignorance of racism towards people with white skin is not going to resolve or stop racist tendencies.

“If you want a post-racial society, then stop judging people based on race. You don’t get points that excuse bad behavior or racism just because your skin is darker than mine and I’ll judge you based on your actions. In other words, a racist asshole is a racist asshole…no matter how much melanin they were born with.” - Paragraph written by meredithancret

vine

He’s throwing you the facts. That’s how he beat Shaq.

I mean Hillary Clinton.

Watch Bernie Sanders play basketball before his victory speech here.