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We Are Not Berniebots: If Bernie Won’t Stand up to Hillary Then We Will

I’m pissed. All day I have been lectured about how Bernie’s supporters will line up behind Hillary. How we will unify because Trump is scary. How we will do the right thing and give in to fear to stand up to Trump.

Here’s the problem: how has Hillary proven to Bernie supporters that she deserves their vote?

The answer is nothing.

Instead, she has picked a Vice President that stands for many things his supporters oppose.

Instead, she brings Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the DNC who led the organization to minimize Bernie and rig the election for Hillary, into her campaign as honorary campaign manager the same day she resigned in disgrace.

Watching the Democratic National Convention so far, I hear why Trump must be defeated but not why Hillary deserves to be President. Instead, the litany of speakers want me to understand that Hillary isn’t as bad as Trump.

Right when the convention started, the DNC, under Donna Brazile now despite her also being complicit in demeaning and keeping down the Sanders campaign, apologized to Sanders and his supporters.

This is not enough. You disenfranchised us. You plotted to undermine his campaign and as such the millions of supporters that fought for him. Now you want us to let bygones be bygones and unite behind the thief that kept us down? Is she really better than Trump? We know she has been dishonest. We have the FBI chief telling us how reckless she is with national secrets.

So, if I’m going to fight against the person who is president because they don’t hold my beliefs for 4 years, why should it be Clinton instead of Trump? Because of Supreme Court picks? Maybe Clinton and Wasserman Schultz should have thought about that.

Hillary and the DNC Must Pay for Disenfranchising Voters and Corrupting our Democracy

Standing at the beginning of the Democratic National Convention and following the Republican National Convention, you would think everyone would be able to unify and stand against Donald Trump.

And then Wikileaks released thousands of emails showing how the DNC colluded with the Clinton campaign as well as the media to elect Hillary. You know, because it was HER turn. Because we need to be with HER.

The DNC did not care who the people wanted. It is obvious in the emails released so far that the cares of the Democratic voter at large meant little to those running the show. In fact, we did not have a Democratic election. We had a choice selected for us that we were just supposed to stand behind. Not unlike those in Communist countries where one party and one choice is given.

And how was this done?

By having moles in the Sanders campaign.

Having MSNBC pull video at the request of the DNC.

Attacking Morning Joe and demanding apologies.

Creating fake protests of the RNC and Trump.

Trying to plant fake stories about Bernie being an atheist.

Having Politico send stories to the DNC to have them pre-approved for publication

And many more… 

And here is the question: If Hillary was such a strong candidate, then why did this all have to occur?

The truth is, she is extremely weak. Even without an indictment from the Department of Justice, Hillary was shown to be an extremely reckless steward of the State Department and our national secrets. Her untrustworthy numbers are growing daily. This was before the DNC Wikileaks. Who knows how much further her unfavorability will go?

Despite all of this, they want us to vote for her anyways because Trump is evil, bad and should never be president. They want everyone to know a vote for Johnson or Stein is a vote for Trump. And they want everyone who decides to vote their conscience against the corruption they recognize from Clinton and the DNC to know they will be responsible for the Supreme Court bed by Trump or whatever else he may do.

But, no, that will fall on the DNC. They did not allow an unbiased election. They did not trust the people to pick the strongest candidate. Instead, they did everything they could to undermine Bernie and prop up the weaker candidate.

And Hillary Clinton’s campaign has decided to try to throw everyone off by blaming Russian hackers. OK, who cares? Whether it was the Russians, Anonymous, aliens or Elvis that hacked the emails, the fact remains they showed the DNC rigging the election against Bernie for Hillary.

And after all this, Debbie Wasserman Schultz has announced she will step down as the DNC Chair following the convention. Donna Brazile will step up to the job, despite her own hostility and complicitness in attacking Bernie in the emails.

Of course Hillary, in a moment of wishing to unify, decided to bring Wasserman Schultz onboard to her campaign “to serve as honorary chair of my campaign’s 50-state program to gain ground and elect Democrats in every part of the country, and will continue to serve as a surrogate for my campaign nationally, in Florida, and in other key states.”

That’s right, Hillary, place the woman that undermined the votes of thousands nationwide to prop up your campaign in your own campaign as a reward.

And despite all of this, Bernie has decided to continue to back her. He can do as he wishes, but so can I.

As such, I have decided that I cannot support her. I will either vote Stein or just support down ticket candidates. I will not, however, vote Hillary Clinton.

We Need to Takeover the Democratic Party

OK, the primary is not over yet but no matter what happens something is clear: We shouldn’t leave the Democratic party, form a third party or anything like that.

No, Berniecrats, progressives or whoever you are out there. It’s time to reclaim the mantle of the Democrats and throw out the Third Way/ New Democrats. In fact, let’s call them what they are: Moderate Conservatives. Heck, Neoconservatives.

I’m sick and tired of being told by the old guard that the ideas espoused and believed in by so many in my generation and the millennials are pie in the sky fantasies. You know what these ideas are called in other modern, first world governments? Policies. Programs.

In the US, these policies are seen as anathema to the ruling class because they do nothing to grow their bottom line and line their pockets.

Look, many things can happen between now and November. People keep saying how the Republican party primary is crazy. The Democratic one has been just as crazy. A national party in the United States has been pushing for a person under FBI investigation to be their nominee for president.

Read that again. We have lost our soul.

Now, I have NEVER been a Democrat. I’ve never been a Republican. I see nothing in either party currently that matches my values. But that can change. Bernie Sanders has taught us that WE must be the change.

And the same goes for if somehow Cruz or Trump become president. If they win, don’t leave. Fight. It’s our country and we must stand up and be the change. Our nations that have lead the push and entered the 21st century did so because people fought for the change. It’s our turn.

And here’s the best part. Bernie has shown us how it can happen. We are able to go outside Wall Street and rich donors and support down ticket candidates. In doing so, we can take over the state legislatures, House of Representatives and the Senate.

We can organize and mobilize online.

We can be a force to be reckoned with.

Hillary Is the Problem, Not Bernie’s Tone

Hillary cannot understand what is going wrong in 2016.

In 2008, she expected to walk away with the presidency. Then, Obama happened.

In 2016, she expected to walk away with the presidency. Then, Bernie happened.

In each of these instances, there is a common denominator.

Today, her campaign, reeling from going 1 and 6 against Bernie in the last 7 elections came out defiant against Bernie’s calls for a debate in New York.

New York, the adopted home where she served 2 terms as Senator…

Wait, wouldn’t she WANT to debate there? Home turf? I mean, she had this to say about New York in one of the debates:

So I represented New York, and I represented New York on 9/11 when we were attacked. Where were we attacked? We were attacked in downtown Manhattan where Wall Street is. I did spend a whole lot of time and effort helping them rebuild. That was good for New York. It was good for the economy, and it was a way to rebuke the terrorists who had attacked our country.

So, why would she be scared to go there. And her campaign’s reason for not wanting to debate Sanders?

“This is a man who said he’d never run a negative ad ever. He’s now running them. They’re planning to run more,” Joel Benenson, Clinton’s chief strategist, said on CNN. “Let’s see the tone of the campaign he wants to run before we get to any other questions.”

Wait. Bernie is attacking on the issues. Come talk to us when he runs ads on something like this:

Federal prosecutors investigating the possible mishandling of classified materials on Hillary Clinton’s private email server have begun the process of setting up formal interviews with some of her longtime and closest aides, according to two people familiar with the probe, an indication that the inquiry is moving into its final phases.

Or this:

The FBI is now trying to determine whether a crime was committed in the handling of that classified material. It is also examining whether the server was hacked.

One hundred forty-seven FBI agents have been deployed to run down leads, according to a lawmaker briefed by FBI Director James B. Comey. The FBI has accelerated the investigation because officials want to avoid the possibility of announcing any action too close to the election.

Or many number of issues. No, he has stuck to the issues. Personally, I wish he had swung at her on these issues. It calls into question issues like judgement and integrity, but Bernie has abstained.

There is a bigger question here, however. What happened to the Hillary Clinton who, in 2008, said this:

“You should be willing to campaign for every vote. You should be willing to debate anytime, anywhere.”

Well, that’s a bit inconvenient. Oh, and that’s part of a longer video where Hillary rose the specter of assassination when discussing staying in the race against Obama. I mean, of course anything could happen and she should stick in. Just like Robert Kennedy in 1968.

I mean, Bernie could use that mud and sling it her way. Or the Clinton campaign sending around the picture of Obama in Somali elder attire, since she is such an ardent supporter of him now. I mean, his campaign could have addressed her “tone” in 2008:

Plouffe said in a statement: “On the very day that Senator Clinton is giving a speech about restoring respect for America in the world, her campaign has engaged in the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we’ve seen from either party in this election. This is part of a disturbing pattern that led her county chairs to resign in Iowa, her campaign chairman to resign in New Hampshire, and it’s exactly the kind of divisive politics that turns away Americans of all parties and diminishes respect for America in the world,” said Plouffe.

Maybe she worry more about her and her campaign rather than the tone Sanders is setting.

How MSNBC Just Tried to Help Hillary Beat Bernie on Super Tuesday 3

MSNBC has spiralled into complete and utter irrelevance tonight. I hear you, you thought that happened when Morning Joe played patty cake with Trump over and over as well as Joe Scarborough was taking questions from Hugh Hewitt about seriously considering being Trump’s VP. Oh, and maybe when the Morning Joe crew went full prostrating in front of Trump to lick Il Duce’s shoes.

No, tonight the Hillary Clinton love fest town hall hosted by Chris Matthew’s was one of the most inept, biased, masturbatory affairs EVER on mainstream media. Matthew’s at one point declared Hillary ready to be commander in chief. Seriously.

And what is so crazy about this is that everyone with common sense (not you, MSNBC, sit down) will recognize that Hillary and Chris are BFFs.  And unless under a rock, you will know that Chris’s wife is running for Congress in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District. And Chris’s guests have also been showing love to his wife:

Using Federal Election Commission data and Hardball transcripts, The Intercept has identified 48 frequent guests of Matthews’s program who have made donations to the Kathleen Matthews for Congress campaign. These individuals, their spouses, or their political action committees donated $79,050 as of December 31, 2015 — about 5 percent of the $1.5 million Matthews had raised as of that time.

I hear you: Why does it matter (other than that people hosting town hall’s should be unbiased during it) that Chris and Hillary are close? Well, a good number of Hillary’s donors are also donating to Kathleen Matthews.

Kathleen Matthews, who worked closely with the Clinton Foundation for four years during her time at Marriott (which she just recently left to enter the congressional race), has blown away her primary opponents in terms of fundraising. By the end of 2015, Matthews had raised $1,569,092, FEC records show. Only one of her eight primary opponents — state Sen. Jamie Raskin — had raised more than $1 million by year’s end.

Many of Matthews’ biggest donors have close ties to either the Clinton foundation or the Clintons themselves. As noted by Bloomberg two years ago, 12 families have donated to every single Clinton campaign and charity. Of the 12 families, the two families that have donated the most to the Clintons are both funding Matthews’ campaign. Four families from Bloomberg’s list of biggest Clinton donors have given to the Matthews’ campaign. None of the four live in Maryland, where Matthews is actually running.

For shame, Chris. FOR SHAME.

And, I’m sure many are wondering how MSNBC treated Bernie. He got hard questions and Chuck Todd at times asked him multiple follow-ups. I mean, if you want to see how each were during their respective town halls you can watch the replays:

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Dammit MSNBC. I mean, really? Keep in mind, Bernie’s town hall was at 6PM and Hillary’s at 7PM. So, shouldn’t they put them in the same order? No, because they want you to see her’s and screw Bernie!

Clinton May Have Stood Out Front Before, But Now Bernie is Literally Standing Out Front

Let’s say you are reading this and supporting Hillary Clinton now. Let’s look at a recent object lesson to prove she has no qualms about tossing you aside when it is politically expedient to do so. The fun part about this story is the horrible gaffe that started it. Let’s set it up. First, Hillary says this:

“I always get a little chuckle when I hear my opponent talking about doing it,” she said at a rally today in St. Louis, Missouri, referring to universal healthcare. “Well, I don’t know where he was when I was trying to healthcare in ’93 and ’94 standing up against the insurance companies, standing up against the drug companies.”

This was quickly refuted by Mike Casca, the Rapid Response Director for Bernie Sanders:

Before moving on, can we just pause for a moment and consider that Hillary is really unravelling. Following the remarks the day before about Nancy Reagan and then this, is there any doubts that she has no filter and will say anything to get ahead.

Anyways, here she is trying to say that Bernie Sanders was absent when she was working for healthcare and then the Sanders campaign proves he was right behind her, supporting her.

Oh, and she sent this:

And for those unable to read what Hillary Clinton wrote to Bernie:

“To Bernie Sanders with thanks for your commitment to real health care access for all Americans…”

Wow. So, any reasonable person seeing all of this would think that Hillary really appreciated the work Bernie did for “real health care access for all Americans.” Well, that was 1993 and Bernie wasn’t standing in her way. Now she is doing this:

Clinton’s communications director Jen Palmieri, however, told reporters it is “ridiculous” to call Clinton’s remark about Sanders today a gaffe and that the video of Sanders behind Clinton “proves our point.”

“He is literally standing behind her,” Palmieri said. “She is literally the one out front.”

It’s actually a bit sad to see Hillary come to this, but it’s also a telling indictment on who she is. Bernie Sanders obviously was a significant advocate, by her admission, in her fight for Hillarycare in 1993-1994. Bernie is advocating to go further and Hillary is literally the conservative in the Democratic primary, fighting to conserve the legacy of Obama. Bernie want to move forward and continue toward the best system possible. Hillary has found herself wistfully looking back and reminiscing about her progressive fight in the 90’s while fighting Bernie’s call for progress today.

But Bernie was supporting her then, backing her up literally.

And Bernie is urging the fight forward now, with Hillary opposing him.

Two things here:

  1. Hillary will not hesitate to cut those down that oppose her, even if they were past allies.
  2. Her gaffe, and yes Jen it’s a damn gaffe, proves that Bernie was there in 1993 and in 2016. She was there in 1993 but is the opposition now.

So, Jen, here’s the problem for you: He is literally the one out front now. And she is standing behind.

Republicans Would Be Overjoyed to Run Against Hillary

Candidate Obama made a very telling observation in a debate on October 30, 2007:

One last point I want to make: Part of the reason that Republicans, I think, are obsessed with you, Hillary, is because that’s a fight they’re very comfortable having. It is the fight that we’ve been through since the ’90s. And part of the job of the next president is to break the gridlock and to get Democrats and independents and Republicans to start working together to solve these big problems, like health care or climate change or energy.

And here we are in 2016 and we still have the same big problems. And Hillary has added all sorts of problems to her litany of scandals. And here is the worst part: it really does not matter whether they are true. Do you believe Trump or Cruz will look at a scandal like Benghazi and say, “Well, she did the best she could in a stressful situation?” Hell no. They will slam her. Trump will rent out theaters and show 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi for hours on end, nonstop. And the press will be giving him all sorts of free air time.

They’re already gearing up to destroy her.

And let’s be honest. If the media wasn’t obsessed over Rubio making small hands jokes and Trump defending the size of his stimulus package, and also they’re infatuation with Hillary as the coronated candidate since 2009, they would be going wall to wall with coverage over the immunity being granted to her former staffer who set up her email server.

And if they still did real journalism they wouldn’t let her get away with the retroactive classification lie. From “Statement from the Inspectors General of the Intelligence Community and the Department of State Regarding the Review of Former Secretary Clinton’s Emails” released on July 24, 2015:

The IC IG found four emails containing classified IC-derived information in a limited sample of 40 emails of the 30,000 emails provided by former Secretary Clinton. The four emails, which have not been released through the State FOIA process, did not contain classification markings and/or dissemination controls. These emails were not retroactively classified by the State Department; rather these emails contained classified information when they were generated and, according to IC classification officials, that information remains classified today. This classified information should never have been transmitted via an unclassified personal system.

This is a huge issue and Clinton supporters and the DNC are naive and playing a very dangerous game with a very damaged candidate. She is not worth it.

Bernie Sanders has shown overwhelmingly he can run strong against ALL the Republican candidates:

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And so far no scandals have come out. Heck, he has had a consistent, verified platform his entire political career. Hillary has evolved constantly.

And Hillary is clearly seen as dishonest, while Bernie is seen as honest.

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And, we still have not seen the transcripts from Hillary’s Wall Street speeches.

The Media’s Candidates: How We Were Given Two Choices for President

From the beginning of the 2016 election, our choices for president were shaped and focused for us. Hillary was a given. She has been the candidate since 2009, and this in and of itself makes her decision to make speeches to all sorts of special interests all the more damning. Jeb Bush was the favorite for awhile, but in June, descending from the most likely gold covered halls of Trump Tower, Donald Trump entered the race.

Now  one of these was pretty much the nominee from the get-go. The fact a few others entered the race was probably seen by the Democrats as a way to legitimize their coronation. Jeb never really seemed to want to run for President, and honestly probably ran out of a family obligation. Trump, however, started becoming more and more bombastic and the news media just started giving him as much attention as they could muster.

So, we have one candidate hand picked by the Democrat’s who gets all the attention on that side. We get another candidate on the Republican side who gets all the attention because they want ratings. Why are we surprised that it is increasingly becoming more likely they will become the nominees? Of course they would be. The media shoved them down our throats.

Bernie has had an amazing campaign. And if you are a millennial or willing to get informed yourself you realized he is speaking to a lot of the issues out there. He draws huge crowds, rivaling those of Trump. He is raising all of his money from small donors. And he did ALL of this with barely any media attention.

I mean, look at the recent news of a DNC vice chair RESIGNING HER POSITION to endorse Bernie.

Flip it, and think of this happening on the Republican side. Imagine Sharon Day, the current co-chairman of the RNC, resigning her post to support Ted Cruz, John Kasich or Marco Rubio. I promise you that CNN, MSNBC and Fox would be completely flipping out and breathless in their coverage.

But Bernie gets this huge endorsement, with court intrigue, and I think over the span of listening for 3 hours straight Sunday I heard little about it. While working today I put on CNN, because why not try to depress myself, and over two hours I heard it mentioned once. Now, I heard Rubio insinuated Trump had a small penis. I heard Trump was claiming CNN gave him a bad headset so he was not aware he had to say the KKK was bad. I also heard Hillary say America was already great and had decided to ignore Bernie since he is hopeless. But they gave Bernie maybe 3 minutes the whole freaking time. Now, I did have to turn it off occasionally, so i’m sure in the 30 to 45 minute gaps throughout the day they gave him non-stop coverage. Right?

Bernie will also probably hit $40 million in small donations in the month of February today. I doubt this will get much airtime either. I mean, he has parades thrown by supporters nationwide that they ignore. Why pay attention to this any more than all the rest? Not like he’s a “real candidate.”

I’ve already wrote how the Democrat’s selection of Hillary is a nightmare. Paste Magazine had a piece today saying the Democrat’s should “Dump Hillary, and Dump Her Fast.” And the problem is not stopping there. Paul Begala notes that the enthusiasm gap between the Democrats and the Republicans keeps him up at night. And all this is enthusiasm stoked by Trump, who even the media seems to now worry about getting the nomination while they continuing to show his rallies uninterrupted. Yes, I realize it’s the car wreck effect, but you are to blame.

And the enthusiasm issue is not an issue for Bernie Sanders. It seems likely that the Democrat elites are trying to keep voter turnout down. Numerous stories about low voter turnout helping Hillary, coupled with stories about how this seems to be part of the plan to secure the election for Hillary:

Hillary Clinton is clearly the establishment candidate for the Democratic Party. Not one U.S. Senator has endorsed Bernie Sanders. Only two other congresspeople have endorsed Bernie — the rest have all broken for Hillary. Almost all of the mayors and state senators from the Democratic party have also endorsed Hillary Clinton.

As much as establishment politicians have broken for Hillary, young people under the age of 35 have broken for Bernie Sanders. Without fail, in each primary so far, in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada, young people under the age of 35 have voted for Bernie by a margin of 85% to 15%. It’s not even close.

Consequently, party leaders (again, that’s code for Hillary supporters) have seemingly hosted fewer voter registration drives. Doing so, would, in essence, be drives for Bernie Sanders. In some cases, party leaders are just skipping them altogether in many states and at college campuses.

That breaks my heart. It should break your heart to. They are committing suicide to secure Hillary the spot. And they are able to justify it by pointing to Hillary winning. And the media, who give her all sorts of attention, are able to discuss how voters just don’t know Bernie, or are unable to connect with Bernie. Well, yeah, that does seem the case. If only there was an unbiased institution that assisted the voters in getting information…

I mean, read this and ask yourself if it seems something to be excited about:

The mood was excited and merry at the Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters at midday, with state official reporting light turnout in Saturday’s Democratic presidential primary that likely helps her score another win.

What the hell are we doing?

I mean, I guess Sanders could start going out calling Hillary names. Or insulting minorities. Or just stop talking about the issues. All these things have helped other campaigns.

And when negatives of either of the media darling campaigns are brought up, they just bring on the respective campaigns spin doctors to wash away the sins. Hillary is seen as dishonest. Here comes someone to blame the Republicans for conspiracies against her. Donald’s racist. Well, here is his press person to say that’s ridiculous. Now, let’s join the Trump campaign to see what crazy insults he is going to say this time! Oh wait, Rubio is slinging mud. Why, we should add him to the rotation. Are we morons? Is our lust for zany antics, what is going to happen next, so high that we need this crap?

I mean, maybe Hillary is seen as dishonest because she used a private email server, something many people just don’t get and think is probably a bad idea. Maybe it’s because she gave speeches to Wall Street for millions while now telling us she’s going to reign them in. Maybe it’s because she spread all sorts of racist crap about Obama in 2008. Who knows. I mean, the American public is told different by pundits, spin meisters and politicians in 5 minute barrages of publicity junkets otherwise believed to be the news.

Earlier today, in a sad moment, Rubio’s campaign had some faceless minion on (I was actively ignoring names because why do I care) and he was asked about the “new Rubio” that insinuates Trump’s penis isn’t “winning” and his spray tan clogs his pores. The Rubio henchman said that Rubio had to do this to get the press to pay attention, and that this was the only way to attack Trump. And he’s right. And that, America, is sad.

Just an update right before I posted this: Turned on CNN and they actually mentioned the Tulsi Gabbard endorsement. They said it was today (no, it was yesterday, but you guys ignored it) and then mentioned he raised $41 million in february, noting it was huge. They mentioned Elizabeth Warren has not endorsed him, and then went to commercial. All this lasted less than a minute. Oh, before this they were watching a Clinton rally. I hate the news media.

We Are the New Scum: How We, the People, are Viewed by the Establishment

They hate us. They want us to stay in our lane, shut up unless spoken to, and show up to pull the lever or punch out the chad when expected. After that, they need us to get back in our place and shut up again.

If we speak, it better be in support of the politics and messages they approve.

They control who is elected. They have measures in place to ensure the right choice is made. On the Democrat side they have superdelegates. Why?

Unpledged delegates exist really to  make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activist.

Wouldn’t want some upstart activists usurping the will of the party, would we?

The Republican side is looking more and more at having a brokered convention to save the party from the billionaire populist Donald Trump.

We are not in a democracy. It’s an oligarchy and they hate you.

You matter some in 2016. You are a firewall. An electorate.

In 2017, you are useless to them.

It became most apparent when Hillary Clinton, at a private $500 a head fundraiser, came face to face with a Black Lives Matter protester. She paid to gain access, which Hillary should understand and respect seeing as she has experience in these matters. She went to hold Clinton accountable. But you don’t get to do that to those in power. You only speak when they let you. Watch the video and see what happened:

Listen to how dismissive she was to this protestor.

Here are the ones hissing at this young black woman that dared to speak against her betters.

And they hate her. They hate you. Why? Because we are the scum. We don’t matter. We can’t afford to be with them, and they work hard to ensure we are never part of them. We don’t belong.

If you follow me on Facebook, or read here, plus know a bit about comics, you may have noticed my avatar. Awhile back I switched it to this:

This is Spider Jerusalem, the protagonist of a series by Warren Ellis titled Transmetropolitan. Set in a dystopian cyberpunkish future, it follows Spider, a gonzo journalist, as he tries to take down a corrupt politician. The one before wasn’t much better. But Transmetropolitan also followed the rise of those that had been oppressed and suppressed by the corrupt masters of this future nightmare. He describes them as:

These are the new streets of this city, where the New Scum try to live. You and me. And here in these streets are the things that we want: sex and birth, votes and traits, money and guilt, television and teddy bears. But all we’ve actually got is each other. You decide what that means.

And in many ways, WE are the New Scum. Hillary and all of these corrupt politicians want to keep us in our place, but we are recognizing what is happening in our country.

And we have a clear, stark choice right now. We can choose the revolution promised by Bernie Sanders to tell these assholes we are done with their crap, or we can choose Hillary Clinton. Spider speaks to this as well, in discussing revolutions:

There’s one hole in every revolution, large or small … people. No matter how big the idea they all stand under, people are small and weak and cheap and frightened. It’s people that kill every revolution.

And he’s right. We are, individually, small and weak. But we can be strong. We can rise up and tell THEM to shut up. Tell them we are tired of being pushed around. Yes, we are the New Scum but we are powerful. We must fight back against them. Why? Spider again has an answer:

Every law that curbs my basic human freedom; every lie about the things I care for; every crime committed against me by their politics; that what’s makes me get up and hound these fuckers, and I’ll do that until the day I die… or until my brain dries up or something.

It’s time to wake up. They are poisoning our kids. They are limiting our health care. They are shooting our future down in the streets. They are kicking us while we are down. And in the media they tell us how great of a nation we are. How we should hate the people over there. And we should hate each other. And they saturate the airwaves with noise and fury and useless blather. And discuss the power we have as a new president enters the scene, and a New America moves forward. Spider discussed that, too:

While you all get hard-ons about the New President and New America, and imagine that the next four years will be blindingly, luminously different from the last four years and the last few centuries and everything will be made right and there’s nothing more important than tax cuts and tits in the movies–

–be advised. This, too, is New America. The people living here are living in America too.

We Need to Talk About Hillary

If you turn the news on it’s been wall to wall discussion about how Hillary has pretty much sewn up the Democratic primary. I mean, she tied one state and won another by 5 points. Bernie one won by over 20 points. It’s essentially a rout. In any case, it’s news that everyone seems to think is amazingly happy for the Democrats. We all need to get behind Hillary. And remember, even if we aren’t for her, she’s for us.

Here’s the thing, however. We should not be happy about this. Democrats, looking ahead to the general election against Donald Trump (let’s be honest, he’s the nominee), a candidate that makes President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho appear reasonable, should realize a hard truth: Hillary is a nightmare candidate. Let’s take a closer look.

Now, let me make a few things clear prior to diving in here. I’m going to discuss scandals that many on the left will puff their chest out and say, “But, that’s not true.” Or, “That’s just the Republicans playing dirty.” Guess what: all bets are off in this election. Do you think Donald Trump is going to give a damn about true? Hell no. He will hit her hard, fast and dirty. Over and over again. The Democratic strategists know what is coming, and are saying Hillary will have to go “scorched earth” because of one of the first issues facing her:

In reality, nobody is that excited about Hillary Clinton, and young voters, women and men — the foot soldiers of any Democratic Party movement — aren’t coming around. She lost a resounding 82% of voters under 30 in Nevada. Her campaign now rests on the hope that voters of color like her well enough, if nowhere near as much as they like Obama. And that means that when she faces a Republican, she will have to destroy him — something the people who will be doing the destroying acknowledged when I asked them earlier this month.
“The slogan is ‘Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid,’” said Paul Begala, who is an adviser to the pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA.

Begala is very right. Hillary is looking to enter the 2016 general election as a candidate most will look at and shrug their shoulders with. In fact, I have a feeling that if there were as many candidates running on the Democrat side as the Republican side that she would have been in a similar position to Jeb Bush.

The Gallup had a recent poll that shows the biggest issue facing Hillary when Americans are prompted with her name and asked to say the first thing that comes to mind. 21% immediately had “Dishonest/ Liar/ Don’t Trust Her/ Poor Character” come to mind. Ouch. Going down the list, things don’t get much better:

In addition to the 21% of responses in the “dishonest/don’t trust her” category, another 7% of Americans use even stronger words in a similar negative vein, including “criminal,” “crooked” and “thief.” Nine percent say they dislike her. Smaller percentages (shown at the end of this article) associate her with Bill Clinton, with the controversy surrounding her use of a private email server while secretary of state and with the Benghazi terrorist attack.

This is not a new issue. Back in 2008, Hillary faced similar issues:

Lost in the Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign’s aggressive attacks on Barack Obama in recent days is a deep and enduring problem that threatens to undercut any inroads Clinton has made in her struggle to overtake him in the Democratic presidential race: She has lost trust among voters, a majority of whom now view her as dishonest.

Her advisers’ efforts to deal with the problem — by having her acknowledge her mistakes and crack self-deprecating jokes — do not seem to have succeeded. Privately, the aides admit that the recent controversy over her claim to have ducked sniper fire on a trip to Bosnia probably made things worse.

Yeah, she lied about that Bosnia sniper stuff. See, Hillary is her own worst enemy and she continues to get in her own way. Tying into the dishonesty issue is that she continues to insist that others should release their paid speech transcripts, including Republicans, before she will do so. This is in the midst of an election where Wall Street is in the crosshairs and people are suffering nationwide due to income inequality. It plays into the conversation of what she is hiding. When 1 in 5 Americans believe you are dishonest, maybe you should be transparent and let them know what you said behind closed doors to the banks that we had to bail out. Just a suggestion.

Then we go to the email server issue. In a move to make herself more comfortable, saying:

In a press conference at the United Nations earlier this month, Clinton explained that she used a personal email because she only wanted to have one phone, not two.

“When I got to work as secretary of state, I opted for convenience to use my personal email account, which was allowed by the State Department,” Clinton said, “because I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two.”

She added: “Looking back, it would’ve been better if I’d simply used a second email account and carried a second phone, but at the time, this didn’t seem like an issue.”

Now, if I was Donald Trump I would hit her hard on that. You mean to tell me you put national security at risk so you didn’t have to carry two phones. He’d probably harken back to asking the audience, “You know what I would tell an employee who did that in my company?” and then build up to “You’re fired!”

That’s if he even gets to debate her on it. Hillary has a slew of legal challenges coming at her over the email server issue. Again, let’s stop for a minute looking at these as critical, well-informed Democratic voters and instead view this like those who are on the periphery just turning on the news and seeing it nightly before watching Big Bang Theory and hitting the sack.  I will lay this out in bullets because this is the case against Hillary on one issue:

Let’s think about this for a minute in terms of a Republican fighting Hillary Clinton. In a year where Donald Trump is pointing to getting tough on America’s enemies do we really want to offer him up a former Secretary of State under FBI and Department of Justice investigation and facing a lawsuit over her use of a private email server she created to not have to carry a second phone. Her use of such a server, which contained top secret emails that referred to special access programs and whose release could cause “exceptionally grave” damage to national security if disclosed, was a target of hacking attempts by China, South Korea and Germany. Oh yeah, I left out this:

The contractor, SECNAP Network Security, identified the attacks, but according to internal emails cited and briefly quoted in the Johnson letter, Clinton’s server may have lacked a threat-detection program for three months, Johnson says.

That’s right, she had it improperly secured.  Oh, she also had them backed up to the cloud. Yes, we possibly had top secret emails backed up not on a secure government server but backed up to a cloud server.

A Connecticut company, which backed up Hillary Clinton’s emails at the request of a Colorado firm, apparently surprised her aides by storing the emails on a “cloud” storage system designed to optimize data recovery.

The firm, Datto Inc., said Wednesday that it turned over the contents of its storage to the FBI on Tuesday.

Raise your hands if you see how this could be a huge problem in a general election. If you raised your hand, you are following along well. But, we aren’t done.

The State Department has issued subpoenas concerning Huma Abedin who was concurrently employed by the State Department, the Clinton Foundation, Hillary Clinton’s personal office and a private consulting firm with ties to the Clintons. This could possibly be tied to criticisms that donations given to the Clinton Foundation allowed special favors and access to the State Department via Hillary. Let’s dig in, again with some bullet points!

So, to sum this part up, there is significant evidence that donations from foreign governments to the Clinton Foundation possibly influenced Hillary’s State Department in granting approvals of weapon deals, sales of uranium and mining concessions. 181 companies who donated to the Clinton Foundation also lobbied the State Department under Hillary. While not illegal, it calls into question if there was overlap.

And under ALL of this is the point at the beginning which is people think Hillary is DISHONEST. Let’s think at how this would play out when Trump attacks her about any of this, even a fraction. A populist candidate with growing support who “tells it like it is” would batter her relentlessly.

Of course, they will bring up even more. Benghazi, Bill Clinton’s past indiscretions and the cadre of women ready to support Trump by pointing out how they never supported them, her Wall Street speeches, and countless other scandals tied to the Clintons. Again, will the Republicans play as fair as Bernie?

Here’s the question we all need to ask ourselves: Are we willing to take the candidate I just laid out a portion of the current issues with into a general election? Is this a gamble we should take with the White House on the line? Are you 100% confident in her ability to stand up to relentless attacks with this baggage behind her in the general election?