Friday, July 29, 2016

Maher's convention edition

They discuss Clinton's speech, consensus being it was her best ever. They also discuss how long and hard she's been demonized to the point that even so-called progressives participate instead of seeing her humanity. I personally connected to her humanity last night, but online I'm seeing the hate spewed from the more fanatical liberal contingent. I must admit I've been there but now recognize how my own ideology blinded me to so much of the good and humane things she's done. Then they made the obvious comparison with the other convention, a stark contrast.

Clinton gets my support

Very good speech last night. I found myself relating to her as a caring, decent and committed human being. I am also guilty of demonizing her due to a few of her policies. But having looked over here entire body of work and voting history she is quite progressive in a number of areas. So despite still having reservations about those few areas she gets my vote and support. She is far  better than the alternative.

I'm also really tired of the frothing so-called liberal ideologues who can't see the forest for the trees and are blinded by their hate. Love trumps hate on both sides of the isle.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Maher on the Bernie Bros

Continuing from the last post, Maher said last night (22:35): "This disease on the left of purity gotcha. That going after your friends who are a little bit different than you, as opposed to [for example Trump] [...] You cannot be pure enough for so many people. Unless you're complaining you don't exist." The other liberal guests compared them to armpit-braiding, petulant children.

There is a real choice and a big difference

Maher's DNC edition on the very real difference between the candidates.

Colbert on the evil of two lessers: werd

Starting at around 3:40 of the video below. Given the choices, one needs to make a choice on who is worse. If not, things will get far worse.

President Obama on the collaborative commons

Following up on this post, and indicative of the emerging collaborate commons and P2P, this is an excerpt from President Obama's speech last night. The full speech is in the video below.

"And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump. In fact, it doesn't depend on any one person. And that, in the end, may be the biggest difference in this election – the meaning of our democracy. [...] We're not a fragile people. We're not a frightful people. Our power doesn't come from some self-declared savior promising that he alone can restore order as long as we do things his way. We don't look to be ruled. Our power comes from those immortal declarations first put to paper right here in Philadelphia all those years ago: we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that we, the people, can form a more perfect union. [...] America's never been about what one person says he'll do for us. It's about what can be achieved by us, together, through the hard, and slow, and sometimes frustrating, but ultimately enduring work of self-government."

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Progressives make progress in the Dem Party

At 2:20 Hartmann and guest discuss the leaps and bounds progressives are making in the Party.

Bernie Busters have gone insane

I'm still arguing with these ideologues on FB. I've long agreed that the establishment Dem Party is corrupt; I can't stand them either. My point is that they are the lesser of the two evils. At least progressives like Sanders and his movement can have some effect on that Party. Trump and the GOP will have nothing to do with progressive ideals and will make things much worse. Just the few examples I provided on the Dem Party promising the breakup of big banks and separating speculative from regular banking could prevent another crash. There is no doubt Trump and the GOP will not do those things and their continuing deregulatory frenzy will lead to the next crash.

Hillary is not a leader, she is a follower

So said Rosario Dawson in her pre-DNC speech to Sanders delegates. Even though Clinton did not originally support a number of Sanders issues, our people's movement led by Sanders got her to follow on those issues due to our numbers. The Dem Platform is another example of our power. So we need to keep Clinton's feet to the fire from now on to implement this agenda. This is our movement, and it's up to us to see this through.

Our Revolution

The next phase in the Sanders'/people's movement, Our Revolution. An excerpt from this article:

"The Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. senator [...] told USA Today in an exclusive interview published Friday that he plans 'to launch educational and political organizations within the next few weeks to keep his progressive movement alive.' Additionally, according to the newspaper:
Sanders plans to support at least 100 candidates running for a wide range of public offices—from local school boards to Congress—at least through the 2016 elections. And he'll continue to raise funds for candidates while campaigning for them all over the country. He said he probably will campaign for Tim Canova, a progressive primary challenger to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, who chairs the Democratic National Committee.