you should move to america and run for president i would vote for you

anonymous asked:

What do you think about Bernie still standing and fighting for what he believes whilst Hillary has seemingly vanished from the face of the earth?

1) Bernard is a sitting senator. He doesn’t get extra plaudits for doing his job.

2) Hillary has been front and centre in politics for 30 years. As a lawyer, as First Lady of Arkansas and then the country, as New York senator and as SecState. From April 2015, she WAS the front line against Trump and all he stood for. She was out there every single day for a year and a half offering a viable, experienced, informed, dedicated and - yes - progressive alternative to Trump. When you ask the question “What was this person doing to fight Trump?”, Hillary Rodham Clinton was standing up and saying “PICK ME. I’M 69 AND I WILL FORGO A CALM AND HAPPY RETIREMENT IN ORDER TO SPEND EVERY DAY OF HOPEFULLY THE NEXT EIGHT YEARS OF MY LIFE FIGHTING FOR YOU AGAINST THIS KIND OF BULLSHIT. PICK ME. I’M READY. I’M WILLING. PLEASE.”

And what did she get for it? The same patronising, sexist bullshit she got the 30 years prior. A primary opponent who falsely introduced an entire generation to her as ‘The Goldman Sachs Lady’. A legion of “concerned liberals” in key swing states voting for Jill Fucking Stein in numbers that made up the vote-difference and more. Twitter Eggs and Facebook Bros saying “She’s just as bad if not worse than Trump.” WORSE THAN TRUMP. SERIOUSLY. And that wasn’t enough. As a final slap in the face, despite winning 3 million more votes than THAT opponent, despite being educated and capable and experienced and diligent and caring and ready, she was denied the office she respected so deeply, (in contrast to the coward who sits in it now), denied the opportunity to serve the country she was willing to sacrifice her Golden Years for on a technicality, through an arcane, archaic system. And just to make sure she wasn’t allowed to end this farce with even the faintest shred of dignity, faithless electors stripped her of electoral college votes she DID win, instead voting for the male primary opponent she FAIRLY beat by every democratic metric, a woman who didn’t even run for President, and a Republican. Oh, and then be told “Bernie would have won.”

If Hillary had been elected, Bernard wouldn’t HAVE to be “still standing and fighting.” Sure, he’d be working. He’d be doing his damn job. He’d be making sure the progressive wing of the Democratic party was heard.

But would President Hillary Clinton have signed a Muslim ban? Would President Hillary Clinton have moved to repeal the ACA on day one? Would President Hillary Clinton have appointed an Education Secretary who literally hasn’t got the first clue about the education system? Would President Hillary Clinton have picked an Attorney General who actively tried to withhold voting rights from Black America? Would President Hillary Clinton have named to her inner circle, and to high-ranking governmental positions, people with strong, evidential ties to hostile foreign powers? The answer to those questions and more would be a resounding “HELL FUCKING NO.” But she was never given the opportunity to prove that. Because she gave a few speeches. And because she sent a few emails. And because her husband was the figurehead of a charitable foundation.

So if, as a private citizen, Hillary wants to walk her dogs in the woods for a bit, so she should. Lord knows she earned it. She played her part, and she was burned for it. She deserved better than the vitriol to which she was subjected in the election, and she deserves better than the scorn with which she’s now treated by people who chose not to tick the box because they wanted to cling to their vain, ill-measured notion of ideological purity. She’s not the one who should be paying the price for the fucking godawful cock up swing state voters made.

Thank you SO much for asking what I’m sure you intended to be a purely innocuous question, and my apologies that you got the brunt of my intense frustration - I’ve been holding that inside for rather a long time. It feels good to get it out.

Oh. One final thing. Please might I direct your attention to Hillary’s twitter feed - I think you’ll find she’s far from ‘vanished’.

THE RESISTANCE

THE RESISTANCE
How to take down Donald Trump.


Donald Trump, the racist misogynist demagogue denounced by all former Presidents but enthusiastically endorsed by the KKK, is going to be the President of the United States. His collective of 500 buiness entities, The Trump Organization, is valued anywhere from $3-$10 billion. The Trump Organization is being put into a blind trust. As President, it is a conflict of interest with political and legal ramifications for Trump to manipulate the trust through the entire length of his term.

That’s 4 years to destroy the Trump Organization while Trump is incapable of doing anything about it.

In that time, you could hit all his businesses and we’ll bankrupt him (again). And there’s nothing he can do. He said he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and still get elected, but now he’s no longer dealing with voters but the law. As he has successfully gamed the system, we can in return game him. If he improperly runs his business while President, his lost-the-popular-voters can’t help him. He’ll be impeached and jailed.

Here’s a thought experiment. A five point plan to bring Trump down. This is essentially a hack into the fundamental weakness of Donald Trump as President and break his dangerous con - he has a business to run that conflicts with running America.

1)  PROTEST ALL HIS PROPERTIES

Right now in New York, the block around Trump Tower  headquarters has been barricaded as protestors disrupt the area. That’s bad for business inside the tower. Residents are inconvenienced, businesses within it can’t operate normally. Protest there for 4 years and force businesses and residents to leave. Others may replace it but at much lower rates.

He has properties ranging from towers to golf courses all around the world. Protest at everyone of these properties. Make the name Trump synonymous with PROTEST. Rich people will prefer quiter properties for their vacations and meetings. Investing partners will distance themselves from the toxic baggage of his name.

Keep the protests going for his entire term. Fund these protests. Kickstart them. Whatever it takes. Be relentless. Kill his profits.

2) DESTROY HIS BRAND

The core of Trump’s business is his name. He doesn’t even own many of the properties with his name on it, often just licensing his name for millions. Make his brand worthless.

Let’s be clear about this, everything I am saying should be legal. So hotel critics legally write a legitimate review of how terrible his hotels are, which they are. Wine critics legally write about how terrible and cheap tasting his wine is. Customers legally buy his ties but return them online after you test them because they’re horrible and legally make them pay for shipping. Let’s reveal how horrible this name is to the licensees and distributors and then boycott these crappy products, so that no new licensees would dare take him on.

Meanwhile anywhere Trump moves organize a protest. Literally anything he does, protest. The name Trump should be associated with protest. While a President may survive 4 years of protests, a business brand cannot.
 


3) BOYCOTT BUSINESSES THAT SUPPORT TRUMP

New Balance shoes issued a statement 6 hours after Trump was elected praising him and shading Obama. Boycott them and any company that supports him. His supporters will promise to buy any product that we boycott, but we hold the advantage. They have to spend money, we don’t have to do anything. And he’ll only gain a small fraction of alt-right Republicans inside America while the rest of the world joins us. And the more companies we ban, it will be basically a ponzi scheme for his supporters that doesn’t pay them back. New Balance and Home Depot are a good start.

Total destruction of the economic ecosystem that feeds him.

4) FLOP IVANKA

She’s gotten a pass. No more. She is not a friend of women or minorities, otherwise she would have denounced her racist, pussy grabbing father with 20 current sexual assault lawsuits. She was used as a humanizing tool in the Trump campaign to soften his image, and she was complicit in this deception. Every argument how someone could vote for a racist misogynist xenophobe without being one themselves applies to her. She knows how insane her father is and chose to get him into the White House instead of psychiatric counseling. She didn’t sit by, she actively campaigned in the ugliest Mexicans-are-rapists campaign ever. 

Shut the backdoor entrance to normalizing this family. They’re Trumps. They’re all rotten. Boycott all her products. Spray it with Raid. Complete the absolute and final extermination of brand Trump.

5) INVESTIGATE

This is where it all pays off. Journalists, DO YOUR JOB. Even without this theoretical riff, get those tax returns, report his lies, report his shady ties with Russia, and we wouldn’t need 1-4 anyway. But we’re here, so as his empire gets squeezed and create losses, they’ll need capital. They’ll need financing from foreign banks, and this is where the conflict intrinsic to the Presidency will come in. There will be no more scrutinized business on earth than The Trump Organization over the next 4 years. Every influx of capital to cover his losses is open to investigation, lawsuits, and blocks from the Justice Department. We’re shaking his rotten sandbox and his hands will be tied as his Trump Organization gets exposed. As we disrupt it into major losses and the brand goes to shit, Trump will be faced with a real question - does he want to be President, or billionaire?

4 years or less and he’s out.

Michael Moore just officially endorsed Bernie Sanders for POTUS.

My Dear Friends,
When I was a child, they said there was no way this majority-Protestant country of ours would ever elect a Catholic as president. And then John Fitzgerald Kennedy was elected president.
The next decade, they said America would not elect a president from the Deep South. The last person to do that on his own (not as a v-p) was Zachary Taylor in 1849. And then we elected President Jimmy Carter.
In 1980, they said voters would never elect a president who had been divorced and remarried. Way too religious of a country for that, they said. Welcome, President Ronald Reagan, 1981-89.
They said you could not get elected president if you had not served in the military. No one could remember when someone who hadn’t served had been elected Commander-in-Chief. Or who had confessed to trying (but not inhaling!) Illegal drugs. President Bill Clinton, 1993-2001.
And then finally “they” saId that there’s NO WAY the Democrats were going to win if they nominated a BLACK man for president — a black man who’s middle name was Hussein! America was still too racist for that. “Don’t do it!”, people quietly warned each other.
BOOM!
Do you ever wonder why the pundits, the political class, are always so sure that Americans “just aren’t ready” for something — and then they’re always just so wrong? They says these things because they want to protect the status quo. They don’t want the boat rocked. They try to scare the average person into voting against their better judgment.
And now, this year “they” are claiming that there’s no way a “democratic socialist” can get elected President of the United States. That is the main talking point coming now from the Hillary Clinton campaign office.
But all the polls show Bernie Sanders actually BEATING Donald Trump by twice as many votes than if Hillary Clinton was the candidate.
Although the polls nationally show Hillary beating Bernie among DEMOCRATS, when the pollster includes all INDEPENDENTS, then Sanders beats Trump two to one over what Clinton would do.
The way the Clinton campaign has been red-baiting Sanders is unfortunate — and tone deaf. According to NBC, 43% of Iowa Dems identify themselves more closely with socialism (sharing, helping) than with capitalism (greed, inequality). Most polls now show young adults (18-35) across America prefer socialism (fairness) to capitalism (selfishness).
So, what is democratic socialism? It’s having a true democracy where everyone has a seat at the table, where everyone has a voice, not just the rich.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary recently announced the most looked-up word in their online dictionary in 2015 was “socialism.” If you’re under 49 (the largest voting block), the days of the Cold War & Commie Pinkos & the Red Scare look as stupid as “Reefer Madness.”
If Hillary’s biggest selling point as to why you should vote for her is, “Bernie’s a socialist!” or “A socialist can’t win!”, then she’s lost.
The New York Times, which admitted it made up stories of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq & pushed us to invade that country, has now endorsed Hillary Clinton, the candidate who voted for the Iraq War. I thought the Times had apologized and reformed itself. What Is going on here?
Well, the Times likes its candidates to be realistic and pragmatic. And to them, that means Hillary Clinton. She doesn’t want to break up the banks, doesn’t want to bring back Glass-Steagall, doesn’t want to raise the minimum wage to $15/hr., doesn’t want Denmark’s free health care system. Just not realistic, I guess.
Of course, there was a time when the media said it wasn’t “realistic” to pass a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote. They said it would never pass because only all-male legislators would be voting on it in the Congress and the State Legislatures. And that, obviously, meant it would never pass. They were wrong.
They once said that it wasn’t “realistic” to pass a Civil Rights Act AND a Voting Rights Act back to back. America just wasn’t “ready for it.” Both passed, in 1964 & 1965.
Ten years ago we were told gay marriage would never be the law of the land. Good thing we didn’t listen to those who told us to be “pragmatic.”
Hillary says Bernie’s plans just aren’t “realistic” or “pragmatic.” This week she said “single payer health care will NEVER, EVER, happen.” Never? Ever? Wow. Why not just give up?
Hillary also says it’s not practical to offer free college for everyone. You can’t get more practical than the Germans – and they’re able to do it. As do many other countries.
Clinton does find ways to pay for war and tax breaks for the rich. Hillary Clinton was FOR the war in Iraq, AGAINST gay marriage, FOR the Patriot Act, FOR NAFTA, and wants to put Ed Snowden in prison. THAT’S a lot to wrap one’s head around, especially when you have Bernie Sanders as an alternative. He will be the opposite of all that.
There are many good things about Hillary. But it’s clear she’s to the right of Obama and will move us backwards, not forward. This would be sad. Very sad.
81% of the electorate is either female, people of color or young (18-35). And the Republicans have lost the VAST majority of 81% of the country. Whoever the Democrat is on the ballot come November will win. No one should vote out of fear. You should vote for whom you think best represents what you believe in. They want to scare you into thinking we’ll lose with Sanders. The facts, the polls, scream just the opposite: We have a BETTER chance with Bernie!
Trump is loud and scary — and liberals scare easy. But liberals also like facts. Here’s one: less than 19% of the USA is white guys over 35. So calm down!
Finally, Check out this chart — it says it all: (Note: Hillary has now changed her position and is against TPP)
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I first endorsed Bernie Sanders for public office in 1990 when he, as mayor of Burlington, VT, asked me to come up there and hold a rally for him in his run to become Vermont’s congressman. I guess not many were willing to go stump for an avowed democratic socialist at the time. Probably someone is his hippie-filled campaign office said, “I’ll bet Michael Moore will do it!” They were right. I trucked up into the middle of nowhere and did my best to explain why we needed Bernie Sanders in the U.S. Congress. He won, I’ve been a supporter of his ever since, and he’s never given me reason to not continue that support. I honestly thought I’d never see the day come where I would write to you and get to say these words: “Please vote for Senator Bernie Sanders to be our next President of the United States of America.”
I wouldn’t ask this of you if I didn’t think we really, truly needed him. And we do. More than we probably know.
Sincerely Yours,
Michael Moore

Dear Hillary Clinton, I'm so proud of you.

Because I grew up under eight years of your husband, eight years watching you in the news serving New York, four years as Secretary of State, and another four years inevitably planning this campaign, I don’t know if my feelings toward you as a politician are based predominantly on fact or on a skewed narrative as presented by the media.  I’ve never been 100% Team Hillary, but to be fair, I’ve never been 100% Any Politician.  I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect any person serving in our government to agree with us on each and every issue, because it’s their job to know more about them than we do.  For you though, because of your long history in the government as the most high-profile politician we’ve had during my lifetime, I hold more against you than the average liberal politician.  Part of that is because you’re an old white person whose history contains more than a few hiccups that affect people who look like me, but part of that is because the country decided they hated you long before I was old enough to pay attention to politics, and I’ve been affected by it on some level.  For me, that Hillary vs. America narrative wasn’t enough for me to withdraw support, but it was enough for me to never be overly excited about the prospect of having you in the White House in the pilot’s chair.  All of this is too fresh for me to fully wrap my head around what part of my hesitance is warranted because of your politics and what part is a reaction to Hillary The Monster as spoonfed to me by the news media, but that’s not why I wanted to write this.

I like you as a person.  Aside from politics, I think you are a formidable woman, a passionate patriot, an exceptionally intelligent politician, and a thoughtful humanitarian who really does want the best for everyone.  I feel so disappointed in America, but that’s a given.  Everybody is writing about it, everybody is feeling it, everybody is frightened about the next four years.  But just on a human level, my heart breaks for you.  I can’t imagine spending fifty years working toward a goal that was pushed just out of your reach by an actual monster.  You love America so much more than I do because I would’ve given up on us the first time we told you we hated you, and then the second time, and the third, and the fourth.  The fact that you never give up has been used as evidence of a personality defect, even though we tell our children to work hard for what you want, and if you don’t succeed, try and try again.  

You tried so many times.

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Today, as we stand in the twilight of 2016 and Obama’s presidency, and we stare into the dark, soul-sucking abyss of white patriarchy politically reasserting itself, I feel the need to tell you about my children.

My son turned eleven years old this summer. He was three when Barack Obama came into office. I voted for Obama both times he was up for election, even though I grew up in an incredibly conservative Southern family, and the only election I’d ever voted in before Obama, I voted Republican. In 2008 as I watched the election unfold, I felt a transcendental moral calling to vote for Obama regardless of his political party - because years earlier, although I came from a wildly racist family in the deepest depths of the Deep South, my mother had broken social ranks. When I was growing up in the ‘80s and ‘90s, my mother made sure we kept in touch with our gay relatives, even though our extended family shunned them. We invited black friends to our house for sleepovers, even as my aunts and uncles spoon-fed my cousins lessons about “bluejays that don’t mix with cardinals.” 

I am so grateful that my two children live in a world where they have never known anything but a black president. That is normal to them - that is right. It’s the way things can and should be. The idea of a white man as president is foreign to my kids, as foreign as the idea of a black president was to my own 11-year-old self in the late 1980s.  

Now more than ever, representation matters. Not just politically, but in our media. 

Both of my children have spent their formative years with a black First Family, and watching television shows chock full of diverse casts. They see black women as heroes, and latino men as role models. They have multiple friends at school with two moms or two dads, and nobody says a peep about it because this is normal to them. 

The other day during The Flash, a cosmetics commercial featuring a transgender model aired. My son hit pause to ask me about it, and we talked about transgender people the same way my mother talked to me about non-white and lgbt people in the 1980s and 1990s: These are our friends. This is normal. They are us, and we are them. I love you, and this is a safe space to share your questions and feelings. 

It’s important that you know that so many children in America have been raised with the understanding that a black president is normal, and a white president is unnatural and foreign. As a country we are moving – sometimes the progress is agonizingly slow. But we are moving, and changing, and growing. 

More than anything else, as a woman in my late 30s with a family and kids, I’m sorry it isn’t happening faster. My kids deserve more. Every single one of you deserves more, and I am so, so sorry. I am wildly desperate for more for our country. I am raising my children to demand more. A week after this election, tears still literally run down my cheeks as I type this, because my 8-year-old daughter deserved to see the first female president give an acceptance speech last Wednesday. She deserved it; we all did.

But it’s also so important that you know that my 70-year-old mother still voted for Hillary Clinton, in the sea of racist Trump-supporting Southern white folk she has always been a part of and stood apart from. I would never try to to excuse the horrible choices of my extended family, but I need you to know that my mother, raised in a racist hellhole, chose to step away and raise her own two socially aware daughters because she wanted more for us and for her country. We have both embraced that choice of hers, and kept marching forward from the new starting block she created for us, making our own progress with the generation that comes after.

There is hope. This was not our year, but all is not lost.

Please keep creating. Keep creating media for my children that represents the America we are and should be, because I make sure that my little ones are watching. Sometimes parents like me talk with them about it; but sometimes other people’s children watch it alone and feel understood even when their parents reject who they are, and what they are. They need you. We all need you.

Our children deserve to grow up in a radically more understanding, more accepting place than we stand today. As a parent raising young children, I appreciate you, and the work that you are doing. I make sure my little ones see it. 

YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE. 

anonymous asked:

As a complete idiot re: foreign news I don't really ~get what's happening, but how do you feel about the brexit?

Oh lord almighty.

(Warning: if ranty politics posts are not your thing, or you don’t care about the EU referendum or anything of that nature, I would stop reading now.)

Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin with this shitshow. Let me see if I can make an analogy for you. Let’s say a Republican president called for a vote on whether or not America should leave NATO or the UN or another major international organization it had been part of for most of the post-WWII world, as part of a strategy for vote-grubbing among the far right of his base. There hadn’t been an explicit call for it beforehand, but the right wing made it into one, the president went with it to get votes from the Tea Party faction in Congress, and the campaign immediately became about ugly, dog-whistle politics, nationalism, thinly veiled racism, fear of those Scary Immigrants, and supposedly the “economy.” Democrats and Republicans are split on whether they support it or not. The Republican president and the Democratic Speaker of the House both campaign for Remain, but there is no consensus on how to do it or how to actually educate the public on why this is happening (because as I said, vote-grubbing ploy among the right wing). The Leave campaign plays on the usual scapegoats people turn to when the economy is bad: immigrants, foreigners, people who are Not American (or in this case, Not British). Most scientists, educators, and economists warn that this is a terrible idea. They are dismissed as “just trying to scare us into obeying Big Brother ™.” Nobody thinks it will actually happen.

Then it does.

Now you have the equivalent of the Republican president resigning, the Democratic Speaker of the House facing a no confidence vote, the dollar crashing, Alaska and Texas want to secede (because Scotland and Northern Ireland both voted overwhelmingly for Remain and will probably have new independence referendums, thus likely breaking up the UK) the country is in complete political meltdown, no semblance of a coherent opposition party or actual plan to implement it, the likelihood of the lunatic fringe stepping into the President’s office (ie if George W. Bush resigned just so Trump could take over) and crashing knockdown effects on the entire global economy. (Oh yeah, and a Democratic senator/Labour MP got shot and killed for saying we should stay.) When, once again, this in no way actually needed to happen. David Cameron (UK prime minister who just resigned) essentially gambled the UK’s entire future on courting the right wing (UKIP/Nigel Farage/Boris Johnson), evidently thought the referendum would be a bluff, we’d vote to Remain, and then he could say that he gave it due diligence and they would march in step with him. Except no, Brexit actually passed. So Cameron’s bluff just basically politically blew up the entire country.

Nice going, Dave.

Every astute political commentator has already picked up on this, but the irony is ludicrous that Great Britain colonized most of the world, ran one of the longest-lasting (and most notoriously brutal) imperialist regimes, and now is actively destroying itself over the fear that, gasp, we had 183,000 immigrants come to the country last year. (I am not making that figure up; that is literally the number that caused this panic. One hundred and eighty-three thousand). Karma is a bitch, apparently. And the sad thing is, people treated this like an opinion on the status quo, which sucks, because hey, in case anyone hasn’t noticed, the global economy is a massively and ridiculously rigged carnival shell game designed to benefit the super-rich and systematically and completely defraud those who are already the poorest. Of course people are fed up with that shit. So…. the Brexit campaigners spun it into “let’s blame the immigrants. They’re what’s wrong with the country. And the immigrants are because of the EU. We can’t control our own borders and keep them out. Also, the Poles are taking all your jobs.”

Now, I’m not saying the EU is perfect, or the best way to go about everything it wanted to do. There were justified reasons for wanting a renegotiation or reconsideration of how Britain operated within that system. But we basically want all the perks of being a member (access to the European Economic Area/single market/trade/freedom of movement) with none of the costs. The Leave campaign claimed there would be £350 million extra a week to “fund the National Health Service” that we were supposedly paying to the EU and getting nothing back in return. Wonder of wonders, they’re already admitting that was a total lie and no, there’s not actually that money. It played on people’s worst instincts and forced them into isolationism and economic self-sabotage. It baffles me, literally completely fucking BAFFLES ME, how Brexiters could dismiss warnings of the economic impact of leaving the EU as just scare tactics, when they were the ones running the identity-politics, dog-whistle, “you will die because ISIS will kill you if we don’t get out of the EU” campaign. And yeah. The pound hit a 30-year low overnight. So… clearly no physical costs at all.

Idiots.

Obviously, as an American living in the UK, this is different for me. The one fucking grim bright side is that now hey, my money will be worth more. But if the only benefit is that the economy tanked in re: an international currency, that is BAD. If the European far-right/neo-Nazis and fucking ISIS are applauding the result, maybe that’s a hint this was a BAD GODDAMN IDEA? I still want to stay here when I’m done with my Ph.D. But since the new political movement that the far right nurtured into existence apparently doesn’t take such a great view of immigrants, I don’t know what my chances of that will be now. Common-sense immigration regulations are the LAST thing I expect to actually come of this, even after that was ostensibly what the campaign was about: “regaining control of our borders” (again, because of that super scary 183,000 extra people coming in, and a net migration of something like 300,000 – that is, counting people who moved here and who moved abroad). Once again. This is coming from the longest-running colonial empire on earth.

Irony.

Also, the facts are that older and less educated voters were the ones in favor of Brexit. Younger and college-educated voters were overwhelmingly against it. And yet, we’re the ones that get stuck with it. If I do get to stay here, this is the country that my future children would have. And frankly, it makes me never want to hear another goddamn word about how millennials are a “lazy” and “entitled” generation destroying the world, when the only reason I still have any hope for the future is that everyone my age thinks this is a terrible fucking idea, and that maybe, just maybe we can survive the older generation and, again, their ludicrously rigged carnival barker game of an economy that has only been working for the super-rich, long enough to actually save the world before it goes completely to hell. That’s why people voted for Brexit: they thought they were complaining about the fact that most of the global population is screwed by the current global economy. Instead – surprise!!! – it does absolutely nothing to address that actual issue, and gives rise to a backward politics, not a forward one. It says a depressing lot that I trust the EU leaders who insist they’ll find a positive solution despite this setback, far more than I trust anything from any UK politician of any stripe. It makes a Trump presidency eminently possible, if this is the political instinct that people are operating from, and that scares the shit out of me. And that’s what people are reacting against – a corrupt and self-serving political system – by further enabling the corrupt and self-serving political system that created this mess in the first place.

My best friend in England, someone who has been a wonderful friend to me for a long time, is a Lithuanian immigrant who lives here because of the EU. What the hell happens to her? She gets to stay. Probably. Who knows?

Basically from here, the UK can trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which gives us two years to negotiate an exit from the EU and a new trade agreement. That means two years of economic uncertainty and likely recession. That will be the responsibility of the new Prime Minister – almost certainly someone from the Leave campaign, which as I said was the breeding ground of a lot of right-wing wackos and Nigel Farage (the UK version of Trump). It could still theoretically be blocked in Parliament or by a coalition of Remain MPs from the Tory (Republican) and Labour (Democrat) parties, but this is not very likely and would probably be political suicide since the referendum was by popular vote and anyone opposing it would have a target painted on their back for “going against the will of the people.” And basically, the UK has also lost all shred of ability to complain if (God fucking forbid) Trump then gets elected in November.

I’m going to cross my fingers and hope this somehow fucking works out. Maybe the Leave campaigners are right and Britain can really do better out of this. For everyone’s sake, let’s hope so. But right now, it’s a giant flaming shitshow mess, I’m upset and angry and depressed about what this means for the world and for the country I love and made my adopted homeland, and I don’t know what the hell is going to happen now.

(EDIT: Just to clarify, these are MY words, MY thoughts, MY opinions. NOT Candice’s. I should have made that clear when I posted this. I am not speaking on her behalf. Please do not hold anything against Candice if you do not agree with what I have to say. Thank you.)

Wherever you live in this world, I’m sure you heard about the results of yesterday’s 2016 United States Presidential Election. I would just like to take this moment to use this platform that I have on the Internet to say a few words about what this means for the future of America and the world at large.

As with every election, there are people who are happy with the outcome and there are people who are not. But this time, the level of disappointment, despair, and fear is unlike anything many of us have seen before. 

I will openly say that I voted for Hillary Clinton. In the words of First Lady Michelle Obama, she was the most experienced and qualified person -male or female- to ever run for presidency. And besides Donald Trump, she was the only candidate who had a real shot at winning this election. (Third party voters: whether you knew it or not, you must have known that the likelihood of your candidate winning the election was practically zero. And I hope you understand the consequences of voting for your desired candidate, so I shall digress). But as we all know, and as much as I have trouble accepting it, she did not win. And now we have a man who has made some of the most disgusting comments about various groups of people (e.g. women, POC, Muslims, LGBTQ+, the disabled, etc.) and who has absolutely NO political experience moving into the White House and leading the most powerful country in the world with an incredibly homophobic and misogynistic vice president by his side.

It is a terrifying thought for those of us who did not vote for him, and even more so for women and the minorities he has targeted. The fact that we now have to accept this is a reality is beyond painful. We thought we lived in a country that welcomed and embraced people of all backgrounds. And with Trump’s victory, it seems like that is no longer the case. After all the progress that this country has made in the last 240 years, it’s almost impossible not to feel that we may very well be going back in history.

The bottom line is that there shouldn’t be anyone who genuinely fears their future president; there shouldn’t be anyone who feels afraid to be themselves because of the things he or his supporters could potentially do; and there shouldn’t be anyone who has to worry about their basic human rights being taken away, especially in a country that was founded on and represents hope, opportunity, and freedom.

So I just want to remind you all who did not want Donald Trump to win, that it’s okay to feel sad, angry, or confused. But we must remain strong and hopeful, and become open-minded because I do believe that there are better days ahead and a bright future for America. And for those of you who did, all I ask is that you show respect for our loss and try to provide assurance that your candidate will lead our nation in the right direction.

The fact is, there will always be disagreement and dissatisfaction in a country. But we as Americans must look beyond our differences, learn to tolerate one another, and work as one so that we can move forward and be the best country that we can possibly be for ourselves and generations to come.

The Republican debate is beginning. I’ll be liveblogging on this post—refresh it for updates.

  • They all come out smiling a little. Ben Carson looks confused as usual. The other smiles are all thin-lipped, reptilian.
  • Moment of silence for Scalia. Everyone bows their head and looks down at the floor… except for Trump. Marco Rubio crosses himself. Maybe he’ll cry a little during the debate to try to show he’s not a robot. 
  • Scalia question! Trump says Obama is going to replace Scalia and hopes Mitch McConnell can “delay delay delay”. 
  • John Kasich takes the wussy approach and says he hopes Obama won’t replace Scalia, or will replace him with someone “everyone can agree on”. Fat chance. What a stupid-ass answer.
  • Ben Carson moans about people like me making nasty remarks about Scalia. Drifts off into vagueness.
  • Marco Rubio praises Scalia to the rafters, goes off on the Constitution and gets a big cheer. Non-substantive answer.
  • Jeb Bush talks about appointing someone with a proven record… thinks they can get someone with a “proven conservative record” like Scalia in as a replacement. To get that judge over Democratic opposition they’ll have to “fight fight fight”. 
  • Ted Cruz gets in a weird pissing match with the moderator over a Supreme Court appointment date. Some of his supporters boo the moderator. 
  • Foreign policy: who will kill more Muslims? The answers are so depressing I’m not even going to bother summarizing this section. Ben Carson drifts off as usual.
  • Trump and Jeb get into it with each other over Putin, who Trump likes more than Jeb. There are definitely some anti-Trumpers in the crowd… he’s getting booed as much as cheered.
  • Jeb is really excited! “I’m sick and tired of Barack Obama blaming my brother” “I’m sick and tired of Trump going after my family” “my dad is the greatest man alive” “my mom is the strongest woman I know”… Dang!
  • Trump is yelling “Well maybe your mom should run then! Your brother is a loser! Bush lied about WMDs in Iraq!”
  • Kasich says “this is just nuts”.
  • Marco Rubio pumps up George W. Bush. “He kept us safe!”
  • Trump: “how did he keep us safe when the World Trade Center came down?” HUGE BOOS FROM THE AUDIENCE
  • Marco Rubio: “The World Trade Center came down because Bill Clinton didn’t kill Osama bin Laden!”
  • Alright now we’re moving to economics. All of their solutions are ridiculous. Trump makes wild promises, bashes Mexicans and Asians. Cruz calls Trump a magic pixie dust waver and claims his own flat tax idea is going to fix everything… which is just as much magic pixie dust as Trump.
  • Mario Rubio talks about his child tax credit and helping parents. “The family is the most important institution in society”. This sort of natalism strikes me as creepy but gets big cheers from the audience.
  • Kasich is sounding like a moderate Democrat, talking about saving money while helping people. So of course he gets almost no response from the crowd.
  • Jeb Bush brings it back to bashing Obamacare. Cheers result.
  • Who will kill more immigrants? Who hates “amnesty” more? Another part that’s too depressing for me to summarize. 
  • RUBIO AND CRUZ ARE SHANKING EACH OTHER. Cruz said Rubio went on Univision and supported amnesty “in Spanish”. Rubio says “I don’t know how Cruz knows that because he doesn’t speak Spanish!”  Cruz gets pissed and yells at him in Spanish (I can tell his accent is not very fluid though). There’s a lot of interesting stuff about Republican Latinidad to unpack here. For a second the debate turned into a Miami Cuban bar fight.
  • Trump bashing Jeb, implying he’s weak on Latinxs because he’s married to one. Oooh. He’s methodically attacking every member of Jeb’s family, if the debate was longer he probably would have gone for the kids too.
  • Trump is going after Cruz now. “He’s a nasty man! He’s a nasty man!”
  • Lots of yelling “liar liar pants on fire” at each other. Man. This is rough.
  • Ben Carson is trying to pretend like he’s above it all.
  • John Kasich makes a strong appeal to his electability in the general election. Blue-collar Democrats are going to vote for him, he claims.
  • Trump promises to stop cussing so much. Let’s see how long that lasts.
  • More Jeb vs. Trump barking. “You went bankrupt!” “No you bankrupted Florida!”

WRAP UP TIME

  • Kasich invokes the Lord. He’s hoping to appeal to evangelical voters, who aren’t his natural constituency. Kasich “knows what the Lord wants”.
  • Carson invokes Stalin. Stalin wants America to fail—Carson wants it to succeed.
  • Jeb invokes pure fear. When the zombie apocalypse hurricane pandemic asteroid hits, who do you want as President? Him, obviously. He drops a mention of his “servant heart” to appeal to evangelicals.
  • Rubio invokes cats and dogs living together. “Wrong is considered right and right is considered wrong!” Rubio is going to turn things the right way around again. Gets the biggest cheers out of any candidate so far with an optimistic vision and a mention of defending Israel.
  • Cruz invokes the Constitution–his closing statement strikes me as a bit generic though. Not much talk of God, he doesn’t need to talk about God because he already has the evangelicals.
  • Trump says the same shit he always says. He’s only entertaining when he’s attacking other Republicans.

Well that was something.

Quick reactions:

  • Trump got a lot of boos going after the Bush family so hardcore and deviating substantially from conservative orthodoxy, but who knows if it will hurt him? He still has a twenty point lead in South Carolina.
  • Jeb fought back, but he had to spend so much time doing it that he still looked weak.
  • Cruz and Rubio really really really hate each other. But Rubio did pretty well tonight, so perhaps he’ll recover his position, at least until the next time he breaks down and panics.
That moment when Bernie Sanders slayed the debate but you still votin’ for Hillary Clinton.

Grampa Grumpykins shut it down last night, and I was pleasantly entertained by the debate as a whole.  At this point, who is really tuning in to find out where Hillary or Bernie stand on an issue anyway?

It’s more about “who is making a better case that they should be President” and if you’ve already cast your lot with Bernie or Hillary, a debate isn’t likely to change your mind.

1) You’re probably familiar enough with the issues to have already taken a stance if you’re willingly tuning in to the debate.

2) Either you believe in Bernie’s passion for a revolution or you believe in Hillary’s pragmatism to maintain the current direction of the country.

Or you’re like me and you’d love to see a revolution but have absolutely no faith in Bernie’s ability to change the entire direction of American politics on a hope and a prayer and a strong moral center.

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Obama on U.S. Gun Violence

People often ask me what I’m proudest of and what my biggest frustrations are as President. My biggest frustration is that this society hasn’t been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do damage. We’re the only developed country where this happens. And it happens now once a week. And it’s a one day story. There’s no place else like this.

A couple of decades ago Australia had a mass shooting, similar to Columbine or Newtown, and Australia just said “well, that’s it, we’re not seeing that again” and imposed very severe, tough gun laws. They haven’t had a mass shooting since. Our levels of gun violence are off the charts. There is no advanced, developed country on earth that would put up with this.

Now, we have a different tradition. We have the second amendment. We have historically respected gun rights. I respect gun rights. But the idea that, for example, we couldn’t even get a background check bill in to make sure that, if you’re going to buy a weapon, you have to go through a fairly rigorous process so we know who you are - so that you can’t just walk up to a store and buy a semi-automatic weapon - it makes no sense. If public opinion does not demand change in Congress, it will not change.

Most members of Congress are terrified of the NRA. The NRA and gun manufacturers are very well financed; they have the capacity to move votes. If you’re running for office right now, that’s where you feel the heat…

Until there is a fundamental shift in public opinion in which people say this is not acceptable, this is not normal, this isn’t the price we should be paying for our freedom. That we can have respect for the second amendment and responsible gun owners, sportsman, and hunters can have the ability to possess weapons BUT that we are going to put some common sense rules in place that make at least a dent at what’s happening.

A lot of people say this is a mental health problem. The United States does not have a monopoly on crazy people. It’s not the only place that has psychosis. And yet we kill each other in these mass shootings at rates that are exponentially higher than anywhere else. The difference is that these guys can stack up ammunition in their houses and that’s par for the course.

This is becoming the norm and we take it for granted. Right now it’s impossible to even have this conversation in Congress and it’s unacceptable.

(Watch the full interview here)