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Hometown: Northern California
Member since: Mon Oct 13, 2003, 06:47 PM
Number of posts: 68,539
I cook, paint, write, read, decorate, garden, and volunteer. I'm also a business owner, a mother and a wife. I love you.....no matter what you think of me.
***********WARNING - *Primary Partisan* Poem ************
What White Male Privilege
Gets you in 2016 America
You can run for President
walking around at 75,
screaming Political Revolution,
with a heavy Brooklyn accent.
Hailing from a small blue state,
promising to raise your taxes,
and re-fight the healthcare battle,
even though this one's not done.
Pushing 30 trillion in spending,
and that's just for early starters,
with no FP bonafide besides a vote,
in a time of global terror,
while appearing disheveled,
waving hands around.
Having a family history
that's quite complicated,
and being non religious
(even if he was born Jewish)
and not being the slightest worried
how that might go down.
With only a BA in Political science,
and Socialist affiliations
promises to redistribute the wealth,
with documented speeches orating
to turn capitalism upside down.
Promising everybody Free everything,
knowing damn well Congress' gerrymandered
to stay that way for years to come,
without an actual answer to HOW
any of it will get done!
Have some folks truly believing
he can win many Primaries
to go on to the general election
and beat the other running
to become the President!
So I disagree with the premise
that White males are suffering,
because all one needs to have going on,
is White Skin, male parts, and a microphone.
Posted by FrenchieCat | Wed Feb 24, 2016, 11:24 PM (5 replies)
= White Politician Bringing up Welfare only while courting the AA Vote
= Classic case of blatant obnoxious Pandering
= Amazingly Clueless approach
As stated in a thread which prompted me to write this one.....
I'm kinda of extra pissed right now, so please excuse me!
today's Sanders is pointing the finger at Bill Clinton in reference to 1994 Welfare reform...
without any context to that time period or anything else!
A time when our economy was booming, and it was called "Welfare to Work"....not "taking Welfare away right now"!
adding further injury, that Bill and Hillary are just so totally interchangeable, they might as well just do a merger,
right f*cking NOW!
It's like Sanders think if he promises us "Free stuff"....
we are supposed to like him better,
because Bill Clinton, that very bad man, took away our "Free stuff"/welfare away from us....
So how could we possibly "like" his wife??
THE REALITY is so many more White people took advantage of Welfare,
that it ain't even funny,
but somehow, the word "Welfare" is never mentioned when Sanders deals with those other
groups in the Democratic party, just the AA community
but only when he's attempting to gain the Black vote!
And so Sanders simply perpetuates the insulting and dangerous stereotype
that is still with us today, to try to gain some votes?
As written in this piece that anyone can read when asking context as to why
a majority of AAs give face palm to Bernie Sanders, especially older Americans
who seen it all play out before like one continuous loop!
This term “Political Revolution”, for some of us who have lived that long, harken back to the days of the 1960’s “War on Poverty”. It is a war that we are still fighting today, and in so doing, we are also forced to fight race based stereotypes it put upon us, which have stubbornly lasted to our detriment since. It is the tried and untrue slur of how people of color always seem to want something without working for it, aka, something for nothing. The War on Poverty, while perhaps well-meaning in its intent, left an ugly-spirited stain upon, that we have been trying to wash out ever since. The whole racist connotation of the “Welfare Queen” has, in fact, won many elections, year after year. It is a legacy that may have hurt us more as an entire race of people, than the benevolent benefits it ever intended.
Posted by FrenchieCat | Wed Feb 24, 2016, 07:09 PM (68 replies)
On your endorsement, love you BernieBro...but you've got nothing to lose!
I'm with the mothers of Trayvon, Eric, Sandra, Jordan, Dontre,
who have already lost everything!
They lost Trayvon, Eric, Sandra, Jordan, Dontre. Now these mothers are with Hillary.
SUMTER, S.C. — As rain pelted the rooftop of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist church on Monday afternoon, five mothers — united both in their grief and their purpose — came to share their stories.
The women, from five different cities, had each lost a child to a high-profile case of violence. And each had thrown her support behind Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
"I got up and turned my mourning into a movement, my sorrow into a strategy," said Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, who was killed by police on Staten Island in July 2014.
Though their faces and voices have been on loop on cable news and their names chanted at protests around the country, the women said they didn't want to be activists, but the deaths of their children had changed them.
"I was Dontre's mother turned activist turned a mother of the movement," said Maria Hamilton, whose son died after he was shot by a former Milwaukee police officer.
Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Travyon Martin, said she and the other four women were "doing what we have to do."
"We're doing what we do as mothers," she said. "We're filling the gap."
Posted by FrenchieCat | Tue Feb 23, 2016, 05:19 PM (18 replies)
“Before the rally Sanders invited the three West Texans to meet with him privately, and the Texans eagerly agreed. The meeting was no longer than Sanders’ attention span - when it comes to Sierra Blanca. “He didn’t listen,” Curry said. “He had his mind made up.” Afterward, Bernie was giving his pro forma campaign speech, never mentioning nuclear power or nuclear waste. Sierra Blanca activist Bill Addington, who’d arrived just that morning to join the march, along with his neighbor María Méndez, had had enough, and he yelled from the crowd, “What about my home, Bernie? What about Sierra Blanca?”
Several others joined in. “What about Sierra Blanca, Bernie?”
Sanders left the stage, which surprised no one in the small Texas delegation. Earlier, he had told them, “My position is unchanged, and you’re not gonna like it.” When they asked if he would visit the site in Sierra Blanca, he said, “Absolutely not. I’m gonna be running for re-election in the state of Vermont.”
Posted by FrenchieCat | Tue Feb 23, 2016, 02:23 AM (23 replies)
West said 10 days ago.....
I just read about it though.
Like who are you Cornel West, and what have you done for the Black Community recently?
Posted by FrenchieCat | Tue Feb 23, 2016, 02:16 AM (74 replies)
The lawsuit was initially filed in state court in Connecticut in December of 2014, two years after 20 children and six adults were gunned down at the elementary school in Newtown, Conn. It then went to a federal court before being shifted back to a state court last fall, in what's seen as a possible advantage for the plaintiffs, who are acting on behalf of 10 victims.
The lawsuit seeks damages and an injunction against selling the AR-15 rifle; it names Remington and its related corporate entities, including Bushmaster Firearms, which manufactured the weapon used by Adam Lanza.
Remington and its parent company say they can't be sued for the criminal use of their products, citing immunity rendered by the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce and Arms Act.
Is this the law that Bernie voted for cause it wasn't "fair" to gun manufacturers?
Posted by FrenchieCat | Mon Feb 22, 2016, 11:57 PM (6 replies)
What was that about? I don't get it....
Where did all of the actual Black Folks go?
Edited 2/19 to add video link.... https://twitter.com/maryaliceparks/status/699351962471505920
Is this some kind of joke? Or is this what we called "trying to Bamboozle"?
Edited to update & add: And I thought the place was 4500 there.....
but capacity for this particular venue is 2900 or something like that...,
and it doesn't look full....
so I don't know what "image" the media is trying to create here? Answer me that!
Posted by FrenchieCat | Thu Feb 18, 2016, 09:17 PM (208 replies)
Perfect moment to give a PREVIEW to the country of how the Revolution can bend the will of a Majority Republican Congress.
If they can get Republicans to approve a Democratic Bench replacement, then the Revolution will be acting, not just talking!
Posted by FrenchieCat | Sat Feb 13, 2016, 06:40 PM (1 replies)
Sanders is making grand promises of great programs in every speech he makes,
but his only answer when he is asked HOW will you get anything passed under a
gerrymandered congress, he replies that he will be leading a Revolution.
But thus far the fact is that voting by Democrats was down in both Iowa and NH,
than it was in 2008... The last year that a sitting President wasn't running
2016 total Republican votes 284,127 vs. Democratic votes 250,747 in New Hampshire
In the New Hampshire Primaries of 2008, the Democratic vote tally was 287,557
In 2008, Barack Obama won New Hampshire in the general election with a margin of 9.61 percentage points.
In 2012, Barack Obama won New Hampshire in the general election with a margin of 5.58 percentage points.
So if the Revolution ends up not being televised....
What is Sanders' Plan B to make good on his grand promises?
Please note that there are many Black Folks who understand exactly what the word "Bamboozled" means.....
(note) This is not a thread about Hillary Clinton.
and thank you!
Posted by FrenchieCat | Thu Feb 11, 2016, 05:33 PM (93 replies)
SOCIAL CHANGE doesn't happen swiftly as those who have participated in movements to change the status quo will testify. “Change is Gonna Come” isn’t a song that mentions quick fixes and easy times, but rather emphasizes that change is “a long, long time coming”. As minority groups have learned when looking back at their history, change takes enormous struggle, perseverance, and often time sacrifice just to take a few steps forward.
What most successful social movements of the 20th and 21st Century share; Whether the Civil Rights Movement, the Gay Rights Movement, the Feminist Movement, the Labor Movement, or the Environmental Movement, the simple truth is, none of these movements are finished yet. Most took decades of painstaking organized work, sweat, tears and even death before being able to claim a respectful piece of victory.
Newly freed slaves were once promised 40 Acres and a Mule, but most received nothing more than words, and little else. We can also recall during the Great Depression, Americans were promised a chicken in every pot. Unfortunately, these promises, if we care to remember, rarely worked out as they had been packaged, sold and bought. Even one of the most progressive Presidents, FDR, still compromised Black people right out of the Social Security Act that he championed. Domestics (read Black women) and Agricultural workers (read Black men/sharecroppers) were originally excluded from the bill as it passed into law. In so doing, they were also excluded from various attached programs, e.g., Aid to Dependent Children which passed under the act in 1935 as part of the “New Deal” (for whom? Some may have asked). There are those who defend FDR by pointing out that Black people were not specifically omitted, neglecting to acknowledge that Domestics and Farming were the primary work available to that minority group.
Now in 2016, we hear of wonderful promises made this election year. Who wouldn’t want Free Health Care, Free College, Free Childcare, and a living wage for every person working? Many of us would also love to get big money out of our politics as we are aware of how it diminishes our vote. The big banks certainly took us for a ride, and it would be great compensation to watch them sliced and diced into tiny pieces. The issues are excellent; a liberal’s dream! So then, what's the catch? Is this really truly possible, we ask? Because as a people, we learned long ago that there is no such thing as a Free Lunch, even once you are permitted to sit at the lunch counter.
When Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic Socialist, running as President is queried on how all of these promises will be fulfilled, his answer is eerily consistent; there will be a radical Revolution that he will be leading. This term “Political Revolution”, for some of us who have lived that long, harken back to the days of the 1960’s “War on Poverty”. It is a war that we fight today, and in so doing, we are also forced to fight race based stereotypes it put upon us, which have stubbornly lasted to our detriment since. It is the tried and untrue slur of how people of color always seem to want something without working for it, aka, something for nothing. The War on Poverty, while perhaps well-meaning in its intent, left an ugly-spirited stain upon us, that we have been trying to wash out ever since. The whole racist connotation of the “Welfare Queen” has, in fact, won many elections, year after year. It is a legacy that may have hurt us more as an entire race of people, than the benevolent benefits it ever intended.
As earnestly as Bernie Sanders may believe in his promises of these great programs to voters, upon closer inspection, there is a solid barrier in achieving the legislation needed for his goals, if he were to be elected. It is an odd but old term called gerrymander. Every decade there is a census taken, and at this time district maps for each state are redrawn. The last Census election was in 2010, which happened to have been the year that Democratic politicians all over the nation suffered steep losses countrywide. Pres. Obama used a not so delicate term in describing the loss; a “Shellacking”. Each map is demographically drawn by those in power, and affects exactly how electoral districts within each state are decided. As expected, the Republican majorities in many State Houses managed an artful job of making sure to give Republicans a ridiculous advantage in maintaining their majority. It is an advantage tight as a whistle.
If one is frank and anchored in reality, while reading the fine print of the changes Bernie Sanders offers, it should be known that they do not have any realistic chance of passage until the year 2020, after the next census election (which is a presidential year election, so there is hope there). When asked about the unlikely passage of any of Sen. Sanders’ promises, he does then admit that most likely nothing will likely get through any Congress in his first term. The 75 year old politician does allude to a possible 2nd term and that is when the Revolution, we have to figure, will be in full blast?
It’s hard to believe that those supporting Sanders aren’t aware of this BFD detail, although it may be that some just don’t care. You see, these third party Independents, and Green Party types Liberals (btw, thank you Nader) are ardent supporters who believe deeply in what Bernie Sanders says, regardless of the immediate future outcome.
But what about voters who don’t follow politics closely? Those who simply don’t know the consequences of a gerrymandered Congress and what that truly means; or how it will impact the true realities of this “New Deal”? The working stiff trying hard to make ends meet, but unknown to him/her that their vote won’t change their status anytime soon. They should know the devil in the details, but indeed most are largely unaware of the caveats attached to Bernie Sanders’ plans. Especially since the Media isn’t talking about it? (ask yourself… why?) Guess the corporate media is too busy with Trump’s hair, and Hillary’s emails.
The real question is when hearing all the promises, will the "Revolution of 2016" actually move a Republican Congressional majority to demand that their government administers their constituents’ health care, while doing away with Insurance Companies and Big Banks? Will a Republicans House vote to give young people free college? Because that is who will decide, not Bernie nor his voters. If Healthcare reform was easy to pass, it would have been done long before Obama! Hillary tried it, and they have hated her ever since. Even President Barack Obama couldn’t even get his own party to vote on his original vision, let alone any Republicans! The healthcare fight, as it currently is started in 2009, and generously gifted us with the Tea Party, and is a fight not yet finished, It virtually separated Americans into various groups. Those who are glad to finally get it; those now want something totally different, and those who have attempted to repeal Obamacare 7,000 times, and took it twice to the Supreme Court! Well guess who has the power in congress since 2010, and will most likely have it after the election of 2016?
If, in support of the Revolution, folks are willing to March day after day, while the reportage on Television omits you from our lives, as they did the many marches against the War in Iraq, or the invisible Million Man March just this summer. Are you willing to take a chance to elect a man with flaws not yet uncovered (and there are many, I’ll tell you) nor exposed by either the GOP or the media, only to have to wait until maybe 2020, when he will be nearly 80 years old, or maybe never? Are you willing to hand over your healthcare that we are still fighting for? Are you willing to see the Supreme Court hang in balance? If you are, and you know what you are getting into, then by all means go for it!
In conclusion, ask yourself if there is a lesson learned from past movements and past promises? Back in the days when irresistible offers of 40 acres and a Mule and a New deal was proposed to us? I know what I learned; that progress doesn’t happen overnight, and that anything promised or said is never a given, and that nothing is ever free.
PS: This was written for some different forums, but though I'd post it here as well.
Posted by FrenchieCat | Wed Feb 10, 2016, 12:58 PM (31 replies)