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While I believe we need to continue to fight, I really think it makes little difference

for issues other than social justice issues, who gets elected president.

IMHO the president and Congress have little power in the areas of Foreign Policy, National Security and our Economy. When the president walks into office he/she will find that everything in these areas are under control and will be told that if he/she messes with anything important, it could lead to disaster and that would be on them.

And the move to global capitalism/corporatism can't be stopped. Capitalism relies on the perception of continues growth. The capitalists must continually increase their wealth and there are two ways to do it. One is exploit the earth, which is increasing and can't be reversed. The second is to take wealth away from others (also known as increasing the wealth gap). And since the Capitalist/Corporatists have the power, we really can't stop them.

Someone talk me down plez.

There needs to be a better way. Maybe AI can help us because I don't think humans

can help themselves. As things are going now, humans will become extinct and become just another species that came and went. Our nature has evolved to use any and all the resources on the planet for our benefit (?). This can't continue as we are running out of resources, trying to support and ever increasing population, and our energy use is destroying our environment. Nature has seen species come and go and doesn't care about our plight. When we go we will take many other species with us but some will survive and it will be a new era. Even if it wasn't too late, human nature won't permit us to live sustainably with nature. The only hope is that we can convince AI to take care of us, force us to live sustainably.

It's time to eliminate the control of Big Money Fat Cats in our government.

Some are terrified to fight for our freedoms and liberties apparently more comfort in their bubble of denial. They need to wake up and smell the class war. Every day more and more of the wealth and resources of the 99% are being transferred via taxing laws/regulations to the 1%.

There are two candidates, Sen Sanders clearly favors the 99% while Clinton whose own wealth puts her and Bill comfortably in the 0.1% of wealthiest and they got it from the 1% class. They represent the 1% as the Koch Bros have recently admitted.

It's one thing to be terrified to go against the Wealthy but it's another to turn backs on those struggling among us just so Goldman-Sachs and the Clinton Family can amass more and more wealth.

Of course you'd like to ban anyone that doesn't agree with conservative values.

The mission statement for DU states: "Democratic Underground is an online community where politically liberal people can do their part to effect political and social change"

It doesn't say politically conservative or politically Third Way.

Those that side with the wealthy 1%, gloat when their side buys elections.

Progressives have long fought for the safety nets and benefits for the 99% while the conservatives have fought for more corporate profits.

I don't know what the big deal is. The transcripts simply say:

"I will never support any legislation that will reduce the profits of (fill in the name of the corp paying for the speech). Make the check out to ClintonCash and have my car brought around."
Posted by rhett o rick | Sat May 7, 2016, 10:11 AM (0 replies)

With Regard to the Crime Bill, Sen Sanders tried numerous times to get the parts of the bill removed

that pertained to the harsh sentencing that was supported by the Clintons. You can see him on youtube arguing against.

The House version of the Crime Bill included a ban on semi-automatic assault weapons. Sanders had supported the ban since 1988. The conference committee version included not only the assault weapons ban but also the Violence Against Women Act provisions. Sanders supported these efforts to protect women. Shame on that try to smear him.

As far as Hillary Clinton let's review what Black Lives Matters has to say about her:
"Make no mistake, Hillary Clinton's efforts to push these policies resulted in the continued destruction of Black communities and the swift growth of our mass incarceration crisis.”


The policies that she pushed filled the Prisons For Profits that in turn were very generous to her. Did she personally profit from these "tough" policies? Do her followers believe toughness is more important than empathy?
Posted by rhett o rick | Sat May 7, 2016, 12:34 AM (1 replies)

Interesting how you guys now have changed your tunes and embrace the Corp Media

as well as embracing Citizens United. But if one wants to be on the winning side, and that's all that matters, the odds are the side with the backing of the billionaires, banksters and Wall Fracking Street crooks. You do know that if you lay with the dogs or lie with the dogs you will get fleas. Can we send Frontline?
Posted by rhett o rick | Wed May 4, 2016, 08:35 PM (0 replies)

Why do the Clinton supporters want Sanders to quit? Are they afraid to continue the race?

Do they fear that Clinton may stumble? Tell us she supports the Reagan's position on AIDs?

We are fighting for the American children, 2,500,000 homeless, 16,000,000 in poverty, 16,000,000 more living in low income homes, as well as the highest infant mortality rate of all modern countries.

We are fighting for the 4,000,000 homeless and 50,000,000 living in poverty.

We are fighting to save our family members from death and being wounded in the neocon's wars for profits.

We are fighting to save SS and Medicare that Wall Street wants to cut.

We are fighting for better health care for all Americans.

We are fighting to save our drinking water from the pollution for oil profits.

We are fighting to reduce the numbers of Americans imprisoned for profits.

We are fighting to spend our tax dollars on infrastructure in lieu of war machines that don't work.

We are fighting the Oligarchy made up of Citibank, Goldman-Sachs, Koch Bros, and all that would allow them to continue to loot the 99% of wealth and resources.

All Democrats should be fighting with us instead of supporting obscene profits for the banksters and Koch Bros.

Even if the Oligarchy steal the election for Clinton we will continue the fight.

Well said. And political correctness and condeming dissent as conspiracy theories

are tools of the "passive and obedient."

Here is someone else that doesn't agree with Joy.

“Far from resisting the emergence of the new caste system, Clinton escalated the drug war beyond what conservatives had imagined possible a decade earlier. As the Justice Policy Institute has observed, “the Clinton Administration’s ‘tough on crime’ policies resulted in the largest increases in federal and state prison inmates of any president in American history.”99 Clinton eventually moved beyond crime and capitulated to the conservative racial agenda on welfare. This move, like his “get tough” rhetoric and policies, was part of a grand strategy articulated by the “new Democrats” to appeal to the elusive white swing voters. In so doing, Clinton—more than any other president—created the current racial undercaste. He signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, which “ended welfare as we know it,” replacing Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) with a block grant to states called Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). TANF imposed a five-year lifetime limit on welfare assistance, as well as a permanent, lifetime ban on eligibility for welfare and food stamps for anyone convicted of a felony drug offense—including simple possession of marijuana.”
― Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow
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