Lessons We Keep Needing to Re-Learn


There are certain lessons we as a society constantly have to re-learn. Don’t go to war on an iffy premise. Don’t ally with shady characters. Don’t keep away, or take away, peoples’ rights based on religion. And don’t let banks operate without extensive oversight. See also this. And this. And many other things.

That’s Elizabeth Warren, who’s dialogue was apparently written by Aaron Sorkin, reminding us that when banks engage in questionable behavior, the people at the top are the ones who benefit the most while those at the bottom, who lack PR firms, are the ones who suffer the most.

But this is no surprise. The American banking system is shady on almost every level, and while Wells Fargo is pretty bad, I’d lay good money that in the next five to ten years we’ll find someone who is even worse.

It would be nice, it would be very nice, if we could just learn these lessons, understand that these people, who are motivated solely by profit, cannot be trusted. It would be nice if we could pass legislation that would put severe limits on what they could do.

It would be nice, and it’s likely to happen starting next year. Well, provided that Hillary wins. If it’s Trump, I’d start sketching out plans for Trumptowns.

Hillary Hate and How to Cure It – What Have We Learned?


This woman is poised to be our next president, if we all work hard enough to make that happen.

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I’m with her. Are you?

Many liberals and centrists have bought into a very nasty set of narratives about Clinton; that she’s a DINO, that she’s basically the same as Donald Trump, the Republican party’s nominee for President of the United States, that her and her husband are sleazy, evil folk, and that voting for a third party candidate would really be in everyone’s best interests.

But as we’ve seen over the last week, none of this is really true. Far from being a DINO, Hillary has shown herself to consistently be what she presents herself as now: a left-leaning centrist who voted with the Democratic party most of the time, and will work to further liberal and progressive goals, but will do so with a certain amount of pragmatism.

She certainly isn’t the same as Trump. The two differ greatly on almost every issue that you can name. From climate change to minimum wage to health care to foreign relations, the two are as different as night and cheese. If you think otherwise, you’re being willfully ignorant.

As for her and her husband being all sleazy and evil, well, Snopes can go into every one of the myths about them in far greater detail than I can. But bear in mind that her greatest enemies, the Republicans, have spent millions of dollars investigating her and Bill both, and have come back with him lying about sex in a deposition in a civil lawsuit, and her with…nothing. She’s never been indicted, never been charged, never been convicted. So what’s more likely? That she’s genuinely not done the vast majority of the various things she’s been accused of, or that her and Bill somehow have power over the Tea Partiers?

Finally we learned that a third party option isn’t really an option at all, unless your goal is to put Trump into office. You can argue until you’re blue in the face about how a vote for Stein is a vote for Stein, and not tantamount to a vote for Trump, but you’re simply wrong. I’m sorry.

We have learned in the last week that Hillary is the best hope for our nation going forward. She is running against a candidate so dangerously unstable that the Republican party elite have fairly sprinted away from him. Remember that neither of the Bushes, nor the governor of Ohio showed up for the convention in Cincinnati. Remember the various Republican officials who have started coming out talking about how even they intend to vote for Hillary.

If you’re a Jill Stein supporter, can’t you just hold your nose and vote for Hillary? If Republicans can, you certainly can.

This is, without a doubt, the most important election of my lifetime; possibly the most important since 1932, and certainly up there with 1912 and 1860. Trump’s candidacy is an actual, real, legitimate threat to our republic. Our country would be damaged for generations if he became president. You think Scalia was bad? Imagine a court with three of them, if not more. You think the Middle East hates us now? Imagine how much worse that would be after we invade Syria and Iran, and re-invade Iraq. You think the economy isn’t great, that the environment needs help, that sexual and racial and religious minorities need protection?

Do you really believe Trump will do a better job on any of those issues than Clinton?

At the end of the day the choice is simple: do we continue along the path Obama has set us on, making small, but important, and lasting changes, or do we cast it aside and allow Donald Trump to be our president?

I know I’ve made my choice. I know I’ve made the right choice. I hope you have, too.

Hillary Hate and How to Cure It – The Cold Equations


We’ve talked about the myths of Hillary as a crooked liar. We’ve discussed the ways she’s different than Trump. We’ve covered how she’s hardly a DINO, but is more of a left-leaning, pragmatic, centrist.

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We’re going to talk about how, if you plan to vote for someone other than Hillary, you aren’t a liberal.

Yes, I know, it seems like voting Green, or even voting for the Libertarians might be a liberal act. After all, Jill Stein won’t be leading us into any wars, right? And Gary Johnson, well…uh…actually, I don’t get why any self-described liberal would vote for Johnson, so let’s just ignore him and move on.

The nature of our political process is such that it allows for two and only two parties. This isn’t some big plot by the media, but rather, it’s simple mathematics, as this video shows.

The math is pretty irrefutable. Now there are voting systems that allow for more diversity, and I for one would love for us to have single transferable voting as our primary method. But that’s not what we have, most Americans wouldn’t want it (or would just say, “What?”), and no major politician is working toward it.

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Hillary Hate and How to Cure It – The Clintons: Evil Masterminds of Evil!


Say HELLo to two of the most evil people in the world! Bill and Killary Hillary Clinton!

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According to the Clinton hate machine, est 1992, the Clintons are deeply evil. They’ve got a long death list, which includes the murder of a former friend. They’ve committed any amount of fraud and possible treason. They targeted innocent Americans for death at Waco. They are sleazy, they are corrupt, and they need to be kept far, far away from the levers of power.

Even worse than Bill is Hillary. She stole the primaries from Bernie, is in the pocket of the big banks, is a massive war-monger, and can’t even keep her man in line! Not to mention all the secret health issues, the Benghazi thing, and what’s up with those emails, anyhow? She’s not trustworthy, she’s not relateable, she’s a big phony, and really, she’s pretty much just a bitch.

If you find yourself nodding in agreement with any of those things, congrats. You’re buying into the right wing narrative against the Clintons in general and Hillary in particular. You’re buying into the lies, the smears, and the distortions. Karl Rove smiles upon you.

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I’m Still Sick


*cough* I started writing the next of the Hillary Hate articles, but I’m too ill to finish right now. So here’s this much more happy thing! Enjoy.

Hillary Hate and How to Cure It – Playing the Trump Card


For those of us on the left, let us never forget that despite whatever flaws you think Hillary has, this is the man we’re working to keep out of office.

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No caption needed, really.

Somehow there are people out there on the left, and some in the center, who seem to genuinely believe there is no real difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump when it comes to positions on various issues.

Well, those people are what we call, “incredibly wrong”. There’s  a massive difference. It boggles the mind, really. In just about every key area, Hillary is on the side of the left and the people of America, and Trump is on the side of Trump.

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Wherein I Am Sick


Down with a cold. Bah. Too tired from work and being ill to continue the Hillary series, but I’ll be back to it tomorrow. Please keep up the comments and feedback! In the meantime, enjoy this rather hilarious commercial I saw earlier today.