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I’m really glad to see Indiana protesters calling out the state GOP and all, but Indiana voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 and voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in 2016. You can’t be surprised that the face eating monkey is now eating your face.

NEWS FLASH for anyone who is *still* voting for Republicans: YOU’RE the problem. YOU are the reason why America can’t have nice things like Universal Healthcare.

Thanks, Obama!

Talking to a friend who had general neuro service a few weeks before I did. This is her story:

A patient had to get insurance because of the ACA. So they went to the doctor for their first physical in at least 20 years and were diagnosed with pretty bad myasthenia gravis. Soon thereafter they had a bad flareup and had to go to the hospital and were put on a ventilator for a few days, you know, so they wouldn’t die because their diaphragm couldn’t do its job. After the ventilator was removed the patient was super pissed about this whole thing and ranting about how it’s all Obama’s fault they have myasthenia gravis and had all these tubes in their throat and needles in them and take pills and stuff.

It’s all Obama’s fault.

All of it.

Ok so when Obama ran for a second term I was really young, and my dad took me to a voting place for the first time. Apparently when he put his vote in I yelled “YOU VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY??” Really loudly and in retrospect that was a really cool move fuck mitt romney

anonymous asked:

um #11 #13 #14 #18 (sorry I'm asking alot)

no prob man I live for asks

11. would you ever date someone who owned rodents or reptiles?

yes! I want a snake but its a lot of work I’m not willing to put in

13. what is a misconception you had about lgb people before you realized you were one?

tbh in middle school when I learned about the fight for gay marriage and shit I thought that gay people who were in the closet were cowards because they could do something and didn’t (obviously I learned its much more complicated than that lmao)

14. what is a piece of advice you would give to your younger self?

don’t blindly listen to your dad because you’ll regret voting for mitt romney in the pretend middle school election also you’re gay stop pretend you like guys lmao

18. who is one person you would “go straight” for?

ya know when I see andrew rannells I’m like you know what straight girls? I kinda get it

Millenials Are Getting Fucked

And your apathy is making it worse.

Before we get started with the harder stuff, let’s look at the time period which gave birth to millennials, and what the future looked like for them then.

Millennials, or Generation Y, broadly defined, is the generation born between 1980 to 2000.



If you’re one, as you likely are, the above video may tug on your heart strings a bit.

You may remember the feeling of broad optimism that accompanied this time period, a sort of can-do attitude. And why shouldn’t we have been optimistic? We had a cool president presiding over a booming economy. The internet and technology continued to dazzle us with new innovations every day. Our eyes were firmly set on the future, and it was reflected in our music, our fashion, and our culture. What sort of things would the year 2000 bring? We weren’t entirely sure, but the vast majority of adults (81%) were relentlessly positive about the future.

From the same 1999 Pew survey on American attitudes:

There was a booming dot com business, amazing new technology suddenly in everyone’s home, a lively space program, radical new fashions, rising living standards… The list goes on.



Even our decor and fabrics reminded us of our bright future.

Unfortunately, things changed. Many of the predictions of the time did come to pass, but our optimism waned.




Where did things change? What went wrong?



The dotcom bubble burst. Growth slowed to a standstill. NASA retired the space shuttles. Few people standing in Times Square on New Year’s Eve of 1999 could imagine that just two years later, a few blocks down, a terrorist attack would bring the Twin Towers crashing down. George W. Bush was elected in a contentious, bitter election. Two new wars were started, one after the other. Another massive financial crash set us back even further.

What else changed between then and now? Let’s begin.

This is Old Economy Steve:


Funny, right? Well, if you’re reading this, probably not. Or if you’re between the age of 16-25, for that matter. The unemployment rate among 16- to 24-year-olds is more than twice the national unemployment rate, which is currently 6.3 percent, and they hav have been in double digits for nearly six years. Though young adults represent only 13.5% of the workforce, they now account for 26.4% of unemployed workers.

Having a summer job used to be the norm for teens, which put them on a path towards gainful employment later in life. Not anymore.

Millennials are more stressed, earning less income, more indebted, less trusting, more underemployed and have worse employment prospects nationally, overall than at any time since World War 2. The number of millennials living at home is at record highs and rising. Gen Y’s diminished economic prospects, wealth and income prevents them from buying large assets which can become more valuable over time, like houses or mortgages, which damages the broader economy and recovery. Of the few millennials that have jobs, most are part time, and pay worse wages than they would have in 1980. 4 in 5 recent college grads did not have jobs lined up after graduation, regardless of their degree.

As these charts succinctly illustrate, the average net worth of generation Y/X is down or stagnant and takes us longer to achieve, millennials are the most poorly prepared for retirement, have higher levels of debt, had their net worth hit the hardest by the Great Recession, and that young people in America have not really gained in net worth over time.

The Vox chart is from June 3, 2014, for the record. Date your charts, Ezra Klein.




It’s cold comfort that the price of consumer electronics etc have plummeted while college tuition has risen astronomically. At least you can play Candy Crush while working at Starbucks to pay off your student loans! This is great news! For debt collectors.


A recent poll of more than 500 H.R. managers found that they were three times as likely to hire older workers as millennials. There’s been a rebound in the housing market, but it’s left millennials behind. A similar trend can be seen in the stock market, as recession-scarred millennials have grown more risk averse at the exact time in their lives they SHOULD be taking more risk, further depriving them of lifetime economic gains. The economic age disparity is especially prevalent among the long term unemployed (those who have been unemployed for 27 weeks or more). Long term unemployment can be difficult trap to escape, as employers openly discriminate against those unemployed for 6 months or longer. More than a third (36%) of recent college grads with jobs are working in positions that don’t require a degree (AKA mal-employment). In 2000, the mal-employment rate was less than 28%.

All of this has long-lasting damage on both the individual job-seeker and the market they hope to fit into. Early unemployment leads to decreased wages for the individual, and decreased spending on the consumer side, deflating the economy. By one calculation, young Americans aged 20 to 24 will lose about $21.4 billion in earnings over the next 10 years. That’s roughly $22,000 less per person than they could have expected had they not suffered through the recession. The average net worth of someone 29 to 37 has fallen 21 percent since 1983; the average net worth of someone 56 to 64 has more than doubled. And they’ll likely never earn them back.

Or, in TL;DR, easily consumed chart form:

The impact of this is plain and obvious to see. Young people across the world are either protesting in the streets, or dreaming more modest, more cautious dreams. 40 per cent of jobless young people have faced […] suicidal thoughts, feelings of self-loathing and panic attacks – as a direct result of unemployment. Nearly 10,000 people followed through on those thoughts, by one estimate. Among all 18- to 34-year-olds, fully half (49%) say they have taken a job they didn’t want just to pay the bills, with 24% saying they have taken an unpaid job to gain work experience. And more than one-third (35%) say that, as a result of the poor economy, they have gone back to school. Their personal lives have also been affected: 31% have postponed either getting married or having a baby (22% say they have postponed having a baby and 20% have put off getting married). One-in-four (24%) say they have moved back in with their parents after living on their own.

There is a real danger of a lost generation, not just in America, but all over the world.

If you were born in 1988 and graduated in 2008, the financial odds are just not on your side. And it’s all due to an “avoidable” recession you likely had no part in creating, but endured the negative effects of nonetheless. And if you’re younger or even a bit older, you’re still likely suffering from reduced pay and economic prospects due to nothing more than the timing of your life.


Or, in other words:



So where’s all the outrage? The fanfare? The media attention? The politicians addressing this issue? The talking heads on the news paying it lip service? Don’t they know how much is to be gained, or lost, from millennials’ involvement in this economy, or lack thereof?

Oh, people have been paying attention alright. Just not how you might think. Or who.


Indeed. Far from being understanding and sympathetic, many of those in the news media have taken to branding millennials as “the me me” generation. And Time is still at it.




Even Dr. Phil gets in on the fun:



In a single year, the NYTimes devoted no less than 30 none-too-friendly articles covering the legendary millennial. Far from being sympathetic to the uniquely terrible economic circumstances millennials are expected to carve out a life for themselves within, much of popular media turned instead to the tired tropes of the dangers of coddling, narcissism and decrying dreaming big dreams as “deluded”. And don’t forget the whole thing about trophies. Big beer struggling? Fucking millennials.

So what has the response been? Surely no generation could take this insult and injury lying down, right?





Sadly, you’d be exactly wrong. The response has been utter civic and political abdication. A landmark national survey by University of Texas at Austin journalism professor Paula Poindexter found that millennials couldn’t care less about the news. Going a step beyond even apathy, millennials describe the news as “garbage, lies, one-sided, propaganda, repetitive and boring.” The majority of millennials do not feel being informed is important. Pew corroborates these findings:


Indeed. A disproportionate amount of young people have taken leave of politics and interest in government completely, becoming “bystanders”, 38% of which are under 30. From the same survey: “64% of Bystanders are interested in celebrities and entertainment (vs. 46% of the public). And, in a sign of their youth, they are drawn to video games: 35% call themselves a “video or computer gamer” (vs. 21% of the public).

Even during the insane media circus that was the 2012 election, which saw $2 billion spent ostensibly on voter outreach, only 37% of Americans said they were following closely. In an election that we were told time and time again was historic, 94 million people simply stayed home. Barack Obama ended up winning with 65,915,796 vote. Mitt Romney with 60,933,500. A little less than 5,000,000 people made the difference for the entire election. Miraculously, young peopled turned out. In a slight increase from 2008, 19% of young people voted in 2012, up from 2008’s 18%. That was enough to prove decisive and hand Obama the election. If young people hadn’t shown up in the numbers they did, America would have a different president today.

Indeed, is it any question why our politics naturally trend towards policies which benefit the old when they vote at such higher rates? 

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The average age of Congress is at all time highs as well. The average Senator is 62 years old - and the average Representative 57. And despite polling better with young people, the older party of the two, is, on average, the Democrats.

On January 3, 2013, nine members of the House were in their 80s, 32 members in their 70s, 137 in their 60s, 141 members in their 50s, 82 members in their 40s and 33 members in their 30s. The current youngest Senator is in his 40s. The majority are in their 60s and 70s.

It should come as no surprise that this same Congress consistently votes down measures that would benefit the young. Homeowners can refinance their loans, students can’t. Attempts at changing this have died in this same Senate. Same with attempts to raise the minimum wage. Notice a trend here?

Millennials, and indeed all of America deserves better than the current Congress. But they’re not likely to get it. Despite record high frustration with Congress, the presidency, both political parties, the status quo, the way things are headed, and nearly all facets of American civic, political, social and economic life, America is on the verge of re-electing its most hated Congress in decades.

How is that possible?

The sad truth is that every politician is exactly as craven, as numbers-driven, and cynical as you likely believe they are. Why address issues that largely inconvenience and debilitate the young when they’re not likely to vote anyway? Or even read about it in the newspaper? Social Security cuts have proven to be a "third rail” of American politics. Funding for education on the other hand, is an entirely different story. The AARP, a 37-million-strong interest group representing retirees, has been referred to as “the 900 pound invisible gorilla in the room”. Only the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Exxon Mobil spent more on lobbying in 2008, clocking in at a healthy $27,900,000.

There are clear financial and political gains to be made by reaching out to America’s seniors. Their priorities are better represented simply because they show up on election days in higher numbers, and more consistently at that. This simple concept extends across the American political spectrum. There is an enormous gap between the views of who *can* vote in America, and who actually does.



In January of 2014, billionaire and venture capitalist Tom Perkins made headlines with a letter to the editor published in (where else?) The Wall Street Journal, which read: “Writing from the epicenter of progressive thought, San Francisco, I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on the "one percent”, namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the “rich”.

On a separate occasion, a month or so later, Perkins advanced some ideas regarding the reformation of the American voting system.

“The Tom Perkins system is: You don’t get to vote unless you pay a dollar of taxes,” Perkins said.

“But what I really think is, it should be like a corporation. You pay a million dollars in taxes, you get a million votes. How’s that?”


What a ridiculous idea! It was met with widespread criticism and scorn from across the political and journalistic spectrum. The company which he cofounded was quick to distance themselves from him.

Well, in a way, this is already happening. Millionaires are disproportionately well represented amongst our representatives: “If millionaires in the United States formed their own political party, that party would make up just 3 percent of the country, but it would have a majority in the House of Representatives, a filibuster-proof super-majority in the Senate, a 5 to 4 majority on the Supreme Court and a man in the White House. If working-class Americans — people with manual-labor and service-industry jobs — were a political party, that party would have made up more than half of the country since the start of the 20th century, but its legislators (those who last worked in blue-collar jobs before getting into politics) would never have held more than 2 percent of the seats in Congress.” In the 2008 presidential election, turnout among voters making $150,000 or more was 78%. Turnout among voters making less than $15,000 was 41%.

In the United States, voter turnout for the top 20% of the population is an estimated 75%, whereas the participation rate of the bottom 20% is an estimated 53%. This 22 percentage point difference is much higher than the OECD average difference of 11 percentage points and points to shortcomings in the political mobilization of the worst-off. 


Studies show that people of color, young people, and lower-income people move more often, leaving them more vulnerable to not being properly registered to vote. This could be remedied by better election practices which streamlined the process such as making election day a national holiday (and not on a Tuesday), enacting same day-registration, but these will never happen and never be enacted because of the demographics. The fact that we don’t have a universal system of voter registration essentially renders American democracy “opt-in,” rather than “opt out.” Opting out is the default setting.

As a matter of fact, by nearly every single metric, the wealthy engage more in American politics. Is it any wonder the problems of the poor, the young, the and others who were especially hard hit by the financial crash have gone ignored for so long? These are the stakes; Millennial unemployment is almost 50% higher than the national average. The wealth that the middle class accumulated after the 1940s is gone, after shrinking for three decades. In a single generation college has gotten twelve times more expensive. The recovery young people should be benefiting from has largely created terrible, low wage jobs. The jobs reports sound sunny, but an examination of the demographic breakdown is positively gloomy. Student loan debt is on the brink of becoming a national crisis. The Labor Department allows for-profit companies to take advantage of unpaid labor in the form of internships through inaction. Internships, which, by the way, might actually make you less employable. Unpaid internships and unemployment are such a core part of the millennial experience that cynical art has been made merely to cope.

The “sharing economy”, often held up as a symbol of millennial resourcefulness and ingenuity was born out of one simple thing: desperation. And if the best we can do is a gig economy, things are quite grim indeed. A job site for running small errands for $20 or less is no way to build a future. For all the talk about start ups, the US is significantly less entrepreneurial than it was over a decade ago. This is an era of growth without jobs. How can people be so surprised that the national conversation seems so distant when such an enormous portion of the country willfully chooses to exclude themselves from it? The discussion around inflation makes it seem an imminent, pressing crisis when the reality couldn’t be further. Corporations have more cash than ever, and yet, are instead paying off their shareholders rather than reinvesting it into the economy. It would take the world’s richest man 220 years to spend his wealth. The number of billionaires in the world has doubled since the 2008 financial crash. Yet, where is the discussion of any of the topics mentioned in this post? They’re not happening, because the people who it would address (and the likely readers of this post) are outside of the room where it’s being held. And they are tragically uninformed and disengaged.


And, it’s consistent with a decades long trend:

This mirrors another trend, although obviously correlation does not imply causation.


Even in more exciting, higher budget presidential elections, the trajectory for participation of young people is down:


And people that are more partisan/fixed in their beliefs are also more likely to vote, and donate to campaigns, giving them disproportionate influence:

You can literally watch the middle ground erode within your own lifetime:

As our politics grow increasingly dysfunctional and mismatched, apathy increases.


It’s not just the middle ground that is disappearing, either.

One might be inclined to argue that voting only endorses a broken system, and while there is merit to that argument, it also makes the most ideological, partisan voices that much louder.

Some people don’t need to be convinced to vote. They will vote every single year, in every single election, rain or shine, and even if you stop voting, they will not. Ever. And those people are disproportionately partisan. The above poll, for the record, references the upcoming November 2014 midterms. And if the generational turnout trends keep in line with those of the 2010 midterm, well…


No third party is coming to the rescue. Often, third party candidates aren’t even allowed to enter the debate. Besides, how many Americans are even familiar with one? Although Americans have consistently claimed they want a third party, nearing all time high levels of support. However, the system itself, lacking direct proportional representation keeps them from gaining traction. And most people simply don’t pay attention to their existence, or call themselves supporters.

If you were truly concerned about how much your vote mattered, it would be logical to vote in the election in which the fewest people are likely to vote. Or in the election that most directly effected your immediate area, state and county elections for example. Yet, the exact opposite is true. Politics and the news move in cycles, and so does interest.

A perfect example of this is here, revealed through Google’s trustworthy Trends tool:

Midterm elections may not be as sexy, but they matter just as much, if not more than, presidential elections. The fact that there is open speculating about 2016 contenders with the November elections around the corner shows how much more attention goes towards presidential elections. And putting your favorite candidate in the White House isn’t going to change much.

It’s a self-reinforcing doom loop. Shared ideals and goals disappear. Productivity nosedives. Government becomes a bad word. The conversations grow more fruitless. Attempts at changing things go nowhere. Failures are brutal, public and visible. And people just tune out. As more and more of the country stays home on election days, ideological voices grow louder and louder, and politicians must increasingly rely on them to win election, and reelection.

And it certainly doesn’t help that those whose voices need to be heard the most are often some of the least informed.

Uninformed? Excuse you! I’ll have you know I–

Save it. Few people take well to being challenged directly on their political beliefs. Unfortunately, that’s exactly the problem. You are biased. You likely believe things which are incorrect. Even your memories are probably wrong. The dawn of the information age and the penetration of the internet hasn’t changed this, and in fact, has made it worse in some ways. We know the basic story, but don’t bother with the specifics. We are all confident idiots.

This is a worn narrative, but that just goes to show how long it’s been left unaddressed.

When it comes to personal finances, history and civics, science, income inequality, laws on the books…. 64% of Americans do not own a valid passport. Hence, more than half the country has never even seen the world outside of America. This is due to geographic AND scheduling purposes. And the sad truth is, that if you’re young, you likely aren’t consuming much news either. And if there’s roughly the same amount of millennials as baby boomers, why don’t millennials wield the same political power or media influence? The sad truth is that even if given a position of power and influence, or even just a soap box, many young Americans wouldn’t have very much to say. They simply don’t care. In 2010, over half of the youth polled in advance of the midterm elections didn’t register to vote because they weren’t interested.



That’s at least 38.5 million young people who simply did not care enough to register. Given that the second biggest reason is deadline-oriented, it would be reasonable to implement same-day registration across the nation to remove this excuse. That being said, when 38.5 million people willfully prefer exclusion and apathy from politics, the system can only be blamed so much. And in a time when their national unemployment rate is 40%-50% above the national average, you really have to wonder why. To a degree, our increasingly dysfunctional system shapes the views of those who bear the brunt of its mistakes. But that’s not the only reason.

Most people claim they care about “real,” hard news, but their reading and viewing habits say otherwise. CNN’s ridiculous coverage of MH370 saw their biggest ratings of the year, and some of the broadest interest in a news story in years. Broad ignorance is desirable for some.

The reality is that most people treat serious hard journalism as a niche hobby, akin to watching NASCAR. 30% of Americans can’t name a single right protected by the First Amendment. Only 53% correctly identified the Democrats as being in control of Congress, with 15% picking the GOP– and 32% not even able to venture a guess. This may be explained in part due to the large and growing pay gap between journalists and PR people. Also, that PRs outnumber journalists in the US by a ratio of 4.6 to 1, though I imagine that’s more a reflection of priorities than anything else.  Despite the fact that telling you this is likely to cause you to disagree even more intensely, these are issues that affect all of us, together.



One report from a youth advocacy group called the Young Invincibles, measuring only lowered tax revenue and safety net costs, found that high unemployment among millennials, ages 18-34, costs the U.S. more than $25 billion annually. What little recovering this economy has done is lbeing undone by this unaddressed economic calamity. And it’s being left unaddressed because its a unsexy, uninteresting, not imminently-life threatening issue.



The worst thing? All this can change.

If young people in America voted at rates of even 40-50%, we would be living in a different country today. The same is true across demographics. It doesn’t stop there, though. Being an active, educated, informed, vigilant citizen, and dare I say running for office would make big changes too. Unpaid internships could be a thing of the past, as they already are in many other similar countries. Congress wouldn’t dare go on recess with their constituents in such a sorry state, if they knew it would mean their jobs. Why can you refinance a mortgage but not a student loan? How come attempts to rectify this die quiet deaths, out of the headlines? How can you change Washington without meaningfully interacting with it? Textbook price gouging could end tomorrow. It could be significantly easier to file taxes. With crumbling infrastructure, idle workers, and low interest rates, some see nothing but opportunity. Corporate subsidies could end. This “lost generation” could get back on track. America could get a much-needed raise. NSA surveillance could end. Voting is not the only step, but it is an important first one, and it is habit forming. And it would change things, especially in midterm elections where less people vote overall. The obscene and growing inequality holding back America’s growth will never get addressed with our current rates of engagement. Growth without jobs and profits without prosperity could end. The stock market may be booming, but most of us know better.

Simply put, your priorities could be reflected in your government. It looks grim, but those of us who grew up in and lived through the 90s know that nothing lasts forever. And that our government, and indeed, all world governments, can accomplish some truly great things. And honestly, it’s not as bad as it looks.


We know things are bad. But we also know that they were once better.

Ronald Reagan once said “all great change in America begins at the dinner table.” Voting too much trouble? Just pick up a newspaper and read a few stories. That too time consuming? Just try and start a conversation with some friends, or even strangers, about their politics, and see what they think is right. Too difficult to sort out good journalism from bad? I’ll do it for you. All it takes is a few small gestures and actions, and a bit of reading and conversation to get your political consciousness forming. And once you’re informed, active, and organized, you will be unstoppable.

And hey, maybe if done quick enough, we can stop this 90s revival dead in its tracks. It really wasn’t that cool of a time anyways.

See you in 2018.

You want to know what makes me angry?

BARELY 50% of the people in the U.S. voted. Think about that. We have been condemned to four years of that racist fucking cheese puff. We have MILLIONS OF PEOPLE whose rights and livelihoods are in jeopardy and half of this country doesn’t even care. Couldn’t even be bothered to vote.

Men and women have fought and died for that right and they just threw it away. If I ever meet an American who tells me they didn’t vote this year (if they were eligible), I’m going to just fucking deck them.

THERE ARE LIVES AT STAKE.

Donald Trump won the presidency with 59,480,726 votes.

That’s 1,452,778 votes FEWER than Mitt Romney lost with.

It’s 467,597 votes fewer than John McCain lost with. 

(And 200,372 votes fewer than Hillary Clinton lost with. Just saying.)

This was the WORST VOTER TURNOUT since the 2000 election. A full TEN MILLION PEOPLE fewer voted than in 2008. Over ONE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE didn’t vote when they were eligible to. 

You know what? Correction. I’m not angry. I’m fucking livid.

“Back in 2008, and in 2012, we were told that we must vote for Obama to stop McCain or Romney; that if we allow a Republican in the white house we will have poverty, war, and a string of problems. Almost every reason cited as why we need to stop the Republicans even if we do not like Obama’s policies, happened with Obama’s policies. We are still in Iraq, still in Afghanistan, and now we are also in many countries like Syria, where Obama recently added hundreds more troops. We toppled countries we were not in, before Obama’s presidency, directly or indirectly, like Libya and Honduras. We are in countries like Somalia, Pakistan, and Yemen doing inhumane acts of destruction and mass murder. We killed Osama and now we have ISIS. Things did not get better. We, in particular Hillary Clinton, sent weapons to dictators like the Saudi kings, Hosni Mubarak, and Abdullah Gül. “You have to vote to stop McCain/Romney from destabilizing the world!”  —  we got the same thing anyway by voting for a Democrat. The world has remained and continues to be destabilized, not because Bush messed up so badly, but because Obama’s policies mimic Bush’s policies of imperialism and militarism. The problem with George Bush’s policies were not that they were “too militaristic”, “too imperialist”, etc, but they were imperialist, militarist and jingoistic. It is necessary to realize the difference between the Democrats and Republicans is not in fundamental differences; it is in very marginal ways. Democrats do coups and small military invasions; Republicans just go all out, but we get the same results of death, destruction, imperialism, colonialism and chaos.”

– Debunking The Bullshit Claim: “You’re Privileged If You Don’t Vote For Clinton”

pragmatic-supervillain  asked:

Donald Trump is going to be the next president of the United States and all you can do is sit there and crank out the same bullshit that turned people off to your party in the first place!

I’m going to get my feet on the ground and do all the shit I can to stop him from turning this country back 50 years. They’ve already said Pence, his VP will “take care of domestic and foreign policy” and considering Pence’s actions literally resulted in an HIV outbreak in his state of Indiana, considering his official statements on his website state that “homosexual’s [sic]” shouldn’t be treated as a minority with rights, considering that Pence’s first goal is to repeal Roe v. Wade and Trump has a supreme court justice pick and a Republican Congress to help him do it, considering they want to take down my insurance and that of all my coworkers and other working class people who rely on Obamacare, and cut funding for education and roll back all the environmental progress we’ve made, I’m going to fight like hell against him.

Children I teach literally cried yesterday at the news. One of my students’ friends is getting married first thing out of high school to avoid being deported. Coworkers of mine and teachers I know called in sick. I’ve never seen anything like this before. Where I live, people are educated enough, and aren’t mostly white and heterosexual, so they know the horrible impact this is going to have. Believe me, I’m not just going to sit here and let this shit happen.

Also, Trump won less votes than Romney and McCain during their losing campaigns. Trump won through the suppressed PoC vote in the south, since this is the first election after the Voting Rights Act was overturned. But yeah, it’s just Democratic bullshit that made Clinton lose. Trump, just like Bush, is going to show people like you who supported him for the idiots you are, except this time it’s worse because this man is beyond the pale. He not only has the temperament of an unruly child, but he has the support of the alt-right abroad and KKK and white supremacist groups who have applauded his victory. Even if all you care about is the economy, that’s currently in free fall like after Brexit and Trump has no workable plan. If you like white supremacy and are against equality or progress or even stability in this country, this is a victory. Otherwise, this is a huge blow–you might be too ignorant to see that now, but in time, like Bush, Trump will reveal himself to be the disaster he is, and you’ll be eating crow just like last time.

To Everyone Wondering How This Happened

Never forget the DNC took money from down ballot races to prop up Hillary’s campaign. They cost us Congress when we were favored to take AT LEAST the senate.

Never forget that the DNC promoted Trump as the GOP nominee because they figured he’d be easier to beat in the general. They didn’t care that this endangered us with the possibility of a Trump presidency. They GAVE US Trump.

Never forget that the DNC cheated and colluded with the media, leaking debate/town hall questions to Clinton, while minimizing Sanders’ exposure so that less people would know about him. The DNC rigged the debate schedule to give Sanders less exposure and planned to attack Sanders’ Jewish heritage and perceived atheism. The media colluded to smear Sanders supporters as well, and Clinton surrogates derided them often (including millennials, women, and minorities). Don’t forget about the voter suppression in places like Nevada, which the media and Clinton surrogates LIED about and claimed Sanders supporters were violent when really they’d had their votes taken away from them. The media repeated this false story for weeks before quietly taking it back after the damage had been done.

Never forget that the Clinton campaign called POC a “loyal brand” and assumed they didn’t need to do too much outreach for them or women. Yet they continued to insult Sanders supporters.

Never forget that the Dems supported the TPP, and refused to do proper outreach to poor, working class Americans, the way Bernie did. Instead Clinton and the DNC ran a fear based campaign about the dangers of Trump, rather than the positives of Clinton. This didn’t bolster Clinton, it just disillusioned potential voters from participating.

Never forget that Trump got less votes than either Romney or McCain. 3rd parties didn’t lose this for Clinton, low turnout did.

Don’t let the Dems and the DNC blame the voters or we will never see a true progressive party. Get mad. Demand better. We deserve honesty and better candidates.

The DNC gave us Trump. Now it’s time for us to force them to clean house for the midterms and 2020 or it’s over for us.

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

Stereotypes

I’m not just talking about race stereotypes by the way.

Music

Everyday a person gets judged by what they wear or what they listen to.

You’re weird if..

You’re not a Blonde, but you listen to Country

You’re not Black, but you listen to rap/r&b Music

You’re not Punk Rock, but you listen to rock music.

You’re a Guy, but you listen to Justin Bieber or One Direction.

If you don’t fit into your “correct” category or genre of music you’re most likely to get that one sentence “Why do you listen to them? You’re (blonde,white,black,a guy,etc.).”

What people don’t know that music is music ,no matter what genre, is made for fun and to make people happy. If a person listens to certain music because it fits the mood then who cares. A white person can listen to rap/r&b music just like a black person can listen to country/rock music. NO this isn’t just for them. I mean all races. Bullying or talking about someone because they don’t fit into a music category is..

Clothing/lifestyle Has to fit your race?

So another thing similar to what I said before is what you wear or how you live.

Stereotypical people say..

If you’re white you live in a big house

If your something other than white you live in small houses or you’re homeless.

If you’re White you wear uggs, blue jeans, flannels, combat boots, beanies, Nike shorts, Nike shoes, Under Armour and “real” things.

If you’re Black you wear Jordan’s, basketball jerseys, short shorts, pencil skirts, snapbacks, and “fake” things.

If you’re Asian you wear knee long skirts with button ups. you wear flats with your hair up all the time.

I know a lot of people who wear these things but don’t fit in their “stereotype” category and I hear people whisper “What is he/she wearing?“ 

A lot of people get teased because of that.

Political View

Another thing is politics..

Every person other than black assumes black people will pick a black president even if it didn’t fit their political category and vice versa.

Everyone is going to vote on whoever they think will make the country a better place. Not based on race that’ll be very stupid.

You can’t just assume that every black person voted for Obama. Last time I checked Scarlett Johansson isn’t black.

You can’t Just assume that every white person voted for Romney. There are some black Republicans.

You can’t just go up to a person and argue with them about how they are only voting for so and so because of their race.

That was my mini rant I guess.

Don’t try to start stuff.

If you look at the world through stereotypes..

like..

 beh beh @putasizzrup (new @)

i feel the need to preserve this important piece of fandom history from 2012, because the OP seems to have deleted and wank like this is too good to be forgotten

I’m going to give you “social justice” bloggers a choice and give you a deal. I don’t roleplay Jim for nothing, and now I have a hostage.

The hostage is my right. My prerogative. I am 19 years old and eligible to vote. Let’s carry on.

As I see, a lot of “social justice” bloggers on Steven Moffat’s tag are obsessed with a couple of things. One is “feminism”, the other is LGBT rights, and to a lesser extent I see other “liberal” values (like yelling racism) being touted about. Over a fucking TV show. Well since you guys want to be in a position of changing the world so badly, I decided I’ll go ahead and give you something else. That isn’t complaining about Steven Moffat in your sad, desperate lives.

I am sick of seeing people call Steven Moffat sexist when we have so many more sexist people. Sick of seeing these “Social Justice” bloggers treat his writing like he’s a domestic violence criminal. Sick of seeing “queer” people act like he’s homophobic because he likes lesbians when they go on and on about Sherlock and John fucking in every position and every straight character (male) takes it up the ass on their blog.

So I’m going to give you guys a choice. I have my hostage. I AM GIVING YOU 24 HOURS TO SHUT UP, AND FOR 24 HOURS, I WANT THE MOFFAT TAG TO BE FREE OF ANY HATE.

And if I see any hate on the Moffat tag at all, I will vote for Mitt Romney.

I would like to see how you feel knowing you have lost one vote to your dreaded enemies.

All because you tried to be “social justice” when you didn’t have to be and didn’t give a shit about the bigger picture or real social justice.

This is a threat.

Female!Jim out.

*Plus I’m a cis woman myself and capable of having children, obviously I don’t WANT to vote for Romney but it’s like the Moffat haters don’t really care if he wins?

The fault lies not in our stars, but in our selves:

Clinton total vote 2016: 58,909,774

Obama total vote 2012: 65,446,032

(NOTE: Romney got more votes in 2012 than Clinton did in 2016. Trump, of course, won even fewer.)

Elections are won by the team that shows up.

Bernie Sanders: A Man On Fire

EXETER, N.H. — There was a man with a “Stop Puppy Mills” T-shirt and another whose shirt read “National Sarcasm Society.” There was a woman, dressed entirely in white, holding a banner reading “Lead Us to Clean Energy.” There was a man with an Apache haircut. There was even a little old lady in tennis shoes.

This could only be a Bernie Sanders rally.

And the lady in tennis shoes? She was here mainly out of curiosity. She voted for Mitt Romney in the last two New Hampshire primaries.

Then there was the candidate himself. He wore a dress shirt, open at the neck, and his speech started early and ended late. He used the word “billionaire” more than half a dozen times, and he sprinkled his talk with references to “Corporate America.” He spoke about big campaign contributions (he has none, wouldn’t take any) and the “grotesque level of income and wealth inequality in America” (he deplored it) and won his biggest applause when he said, “This is a rigged economy, an economy that is not sustainable, and that is not an American economy.”

But he wasn’t done yet. In the sweltering confines of the Exeter Town Hall — every seat filled, the back of the hall five deep with standees, the balcony jammed and every one of the seven granite steps outside occupied with the devout, the devoted and the determined, all drenched in heavy perspiration — he launched into his speech: full employment, the Citizens United decision, gay marriage, voter suppression, the Trans Pacific Partnership, student debt, climate change, acidification of the oceans, access to abortion, energy efficiency, the criminal justice system, prison reform, mental health and crumbling infrastructure. In one sentence he crammed in the words “racism,” “sexism” and “homophobia.”

But wait. We’re not nearly done yet. Elimination of tuition at all public colleges. Guaranteed single-payer health care. Assuring that police are no longer an “oppressor force.” Paid family leave. Paid vacations.

“This,” he said at one point, not remotely finished, “is some of what we have to do.”

anonymous asked:

Yo, Trump got less votes than Romney; any claims of a "surge in support" from angry rural voters is bullshit. Maybe they were excited, but they didn't win the election for him. Meanwhile, Hillary ALSO got less votes than Romney--and about 5 million less than Obama. The rise of Trump means nothing but what we already knew: partisans vote for their party, and turnout is all that matters. This year I failed to help get out the vote, but i sure as hell won't next time around.

I did a worse job turning out the vote. I got a little lazy and a lot overconfident. It’s a hard lesson to remember, but find a way to be this mad in a year and a half during the midterms. And be as active as you can outside of politics, making sure to fucking TAKE CARE OF THE VULNERABLE PEOPLE who will be hurt by Trump.

Ever wonder why Republicans want voter ID.?

* In 59 voting districts in the Philadelphia region, Obama received 100% of the votes with not even a single vote recorded for Romney. (A mathematical and statistical impossibility).

* In 21 districts in Wood County Ohio, Obama received 100% of the votes where GOP inspectors were illegallyremoved from their polling locations - and not one single vote was recorded for Romney. (Another statistical impossibility).

* In Wood County Ohio, 106,258 voted in a county with only 98,213 eligible voters.

* In St. Lucie County, FL, there were 175,574 registered eligible voters but 247,713 votes were cast.

* The National SEAL Museum, a polling location in St. Lucie County, FL had a 158% voter turnout.

* Palm Beach County, FL had a 141% voter turnout.

* In one Ohio County, Obama won by 108% of the total number of eligible voters.

NOTE: Obama won in every state that did not require a Photo ID and lost in every state that did require a Photo ID in order to vote . Imagine that…..