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La Lioness Priyanka

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Name: Priyanka
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Hometown: NYC
Home country: United States
Member since: Tue Jul 8, 2003, 12:35 PM
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The Dangerous Myth That Hillary Clinton Ignored the Working Class

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/12/hillary-clinton-working-class/509477/




The more frightening possibility for liberals is that Clinton didnít lose because the white working class failed to hear her message, but precisely because they did hear it.

Trumpís white voters do support the mommy state, but only so long as itís mothering them. Most of them donít seem eager to change Medicare or Social Security, but theyíre fine with repealing Obamacare and its more diverse pool of 20 million insured people. Theyíre happy for the government to pick winners and losers, so long as beleaguered coal and manufacturing companies are in the winnerís circle. Massive deficit-financed spending on infrastructure? Under Obama, that was dangerous government overreach, but under Trump, itís a jobs plan by a guy they know wonít let Muslims and Mexicans cut in line to get work renovating highways and airports.....

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After the election, some people called for an end to ďidentity politicsĒ that promotes niche cultural issues over economic policy. But any reasonable working-class platform requires the advancement of policies that may disproportionately help non-whites. For example, hundreds of thousands of black men stay out of the labor force after being released from prison sentences for non-violent crimes. For them and their families, criminal justice reform is essential economic reform, even if poor whites see it as a distraction from that ďrealĒ issues that bedevil the working class, like trade policy.
Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Mon Dec 5, 2016, 02:36 PM (14 replies)

There are many norms that got broken this election cycle, that ultimately lead to an EC loss

and I don't think we should normalize these things. Part of us running around like headless chickens trying to fix the democratic party, is normalizing many things that went wrong this election, and not having a plan for them in future elections

1. How do we hold the FBI accountable for interfering in the Democratic process?

-- Comey should not have editorialized when he chose not to indict. That was breaking a norm
-- He shouldn't have sent a vaguely worded letter to congress a few days before the election. That was breaking a norm

2. How to we ensure foreign governments do not interfere in our elections?

--Russian hacked the DNC and Podesta's emails. That's breaking a norm. It ended up with a complete asymmetry in transparency between both candidates.

3. How do we ensure both parties candidates release tax returns before an election? DJT did not. That was breaking a norm since Nixon.

4. How do we ensure the media covers both D and R candidates as though both could be president? The media covered HRC as though she was PEOTUS already and therefore needed severe vetting, whereas they covered DJT as a celebrity who occasionally did eccentric things. This is especially true of TV media, less true of print media.

That's breaking a norm.

5. The proliferation of fake news and fake news websites by both conservative propagandists and random foreigners. Even some Democrats started citing from these propaganda cites to claim that the primaries had been stolen. Not to mention how many said absurd things like paid protesters, Hillary killed enemies etc.

That's breaking a norm.
Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Sat Dec 3, 2016, 01:30 PM (3 replies)

Clinton won majorities among voters in the rust belt who said the economy was their PRIMARY issue

So much for us not having an economic message.

Check it for yourself.

http://edition.cnn.com/election/results/exit-polls/michigan/president

http://edition.cnn.com/election/results/exit-polls/ohio/president

http://edition.cnn.com/election/results/exit-polls/pennsylvania/president

Now, tell me again she didn't have an economic message.
Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Fri Dec 2, 2016, 01:25 PM (65 replies)

On World AIDS day, a reminder that HRC had a plan to usher in an AIDS free genereration

whereas Mike Pence enabled an HIV outbreak in his state spurred by public health cuts and his stance against needle exchange. People who try to tell you that Democrats and Republicans are just the same, it does not matter who is in power, are lying.

No, they are not just exaggerating or mildly distorting the truth. They are lying.

https://www.hillaryclinton.com/briefing/factsheets/2016/08/02/an-aids-free-generation-is-within-our-reach-hillary-clintons-plan-to-tackle-hiv-and-aids-together/




http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mike-pence-indiana-hiv_us_57f53b9be4b002a7312022ef

With the exception of a brief detour into Indiana Gov. Mike Penceís (R) anti-abortion beliefs during the vice presidential debate on Oct. 4, the night centered around foreign policy, not public health.

Itís a shame, since lackluster public health efforts are what led to the defining moment of Penceís one-term Indiana governorship: a massive HIV outbreak spurred by public health funding cuts and Penceís moralistic stance against needle exchanges.

A timeline of the HIV outbreak, the worst in state history, reads like a roadmap of what to do if you want to create a public health crisis.




Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Thu Dec 1, 2016, 11:16 AM (5 replies)

Prior to the Civil Rights Act, Democrats used to have some of the most virulent racists

in their party. After the CRA passed, these racists slowly moved on.

When some white men start saying things like 'we need to ditch identity politics' the rest of us begin to wonder what Democratic party are you trying to build?

one whose motto is 'stronger together' or one that attracts the white working class while pushing every other working class person out of the door?

People need to think more carefully about the type of coalition they truly want and who they are willing to shove out for it.

1964 was not that long ago.
Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Tue Nov 22, 2016, 02:17 PM (39 replies)

This was an election about identity politics: white identity politics

to see so many supposed liberal white men then turn around and state that identity politics do not win elections, is really laughable.

They do win election. In fact just did win an election.

I suspect a lot of these 'no more identity politics' people, are just against the rest of our identities taking center stage or having equal voice.
Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Tue Nov 22, 2016, 11:52 AM (35 replies)

The incredibly invisibility of WOC over 30 & also why I wish Trump wasnít imploding

There are several reasons that this election has been incredibly frustrating as a woman of color over 30. I was listening to the 538 podcast where one of the hosts (Harry Enten, maybe?) asked why we donít hear as much about HRC supporters. Here is the simple answer, women of color over 30 donít matter and maybe all older women donít matter, and we have been her most enthusiastic supporters. So this entire election has been about Trump voters and Bernie voters, even though Hillary has way more voters. This was already frustrating and is about to be more frustrating as Trump implodes.

You would think a hard core supporter like me, would love this Trump implosion but I am actually really upset about it. Apparently, so is the Brooklyn team if NPR is right. One, his most recent comments about women are disgusting, and generally brings down the whole national conversation. It compels the people who are voting for him to support these comments, and try to normalize this behavior. It reinforces the incredibly misogyny in society. And mostly, I hate it because it will allow the media and the pundits to discount us again. I can almost see the narrative that Hillary didnít win, her voters donít really like her, they are not enthusiastic about her, they only voted for her because Trump is a disaster. This will be the narrative post-November.
I think Hillary could have defeated any one of those GOP assholes running for president. It sucks that she got such a shitty opponent. It sucks because it gives a whole narrative to the media that continues to discount female leaders.

Hillary Clinton, is the most qualified person to run for this office and her historic victory will not be about her. It will not be about her supporters. It will be about a man, a disgusting gross man and his deplorable supporters. And this is just incredibly frustrating.
Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Sun Oct 9, 2016, 01:42 PM (7 replies)

Yes, I am a strong Hillary partisan, and no I am not ashamed of it.

If you are an immigrant, a person of color, a foreigner in any sense in this country (even in the sense that you are born in Hawaii, but because of the color of your skin, a significant part of the country thinks you are from Kenya), this election feels like an existential threat. So yes, I am more likely to snap at people who I believe are not supporting her, whether here or IRL this election is a threat to me, and I am reacting to it as a threat.

There have several posts on DU wondering why people are not more gracious about attacks (which inevitably they think are constructive) on HRC, people under existential threat should not be expected to graciously deal with your hand wringing nonsense.

I support her, I want her to be president, i already think the media criticizes her way too much, and I don't want to deal with such nonsense on DU.
Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Wed Sep 7, 2016, 11:46 AM (44 replies)

If the Clinton Foundation Closes, People Will Die


Due to the lack of adequate recognition of the breadth and success of the Clinton Foundationís many HIV and AIDS initiatives, we at Gay Menís Health Crisis, the worldís first and leading AIDS service organization, felt it was time to speak up.

GMHC is not a partisan or political organization. We have one singular mission ó end the AIDS epidemic. To that end, GMHC has sought to raise public awareness of the epidemicís continuing, harrowing impact and to press government officials to devote the resources needed to accomplish this goal.

We both condemned President Reaganís failure to address the HIV crisis and praised President Bushís expansion of federal HIV treatment programs; we have criticized President Clintonís HIV and AIDS strategy while in office and applauded President Obamaís policy response to the epidemic. GMHC has a long history of speaking up when we have felt that our elected officials and public figures are not doing enough, and an equally long history of praising our leaders, nonprofits, and other organizations when they introduce initiatives or plans that bring us closer to finding a cure.

Thus it is crucial that we recognize the Clinton Foundationís efforts toward eliminating HIV and AIDS around the world and acknowledge the dangers in discontinuing these initiatives.


http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2016/9/02/if-clinton-foundation-closes-people-will-die

Honestly, I detest every liberal and every person in the media who has demanded that the clinton's shut down the foundation.
Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Fri Sep 2, 2016, 12:30 PM (48 replies)

Everyone I personally know who is voting for Jill Stein

Does not have a single right that may be taken away from them if the Supreme Court falls to Republicans or if the Republicans pursue the same sort of agenda as the last Republican administration.

Not a single one.

Must be nice.

And therein lies the reality of the Jill Stein voter.
Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Mon Aug 8, 2016, 12:48 PM (42 replies)
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