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Do you socialize with misogynistic racists for fun? I don't.

Hillary and Bill Clinton do. Maybe Donald Trump isn't really that bad?

https://img.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=&w=480

I know -- blasphemy, right? On a DEMOCRATIC message board? Implying that socializing with "Donald the Devil" is acceptable? I mean, if an OBNOXIOUS MISOGYNISTIC RACIST invites you someplace, obviously you graciously decline -- maybe you have to wash your hair or something, right? I mean, unless it's a relative or a friend or something...

Or something like money?

Donald Trump Says His Money Drew Hillary Clinton to His Wedding, ABC News, Aug 7, 2015
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-money-drew-hillary-clinton-wedding/story?id=32936868

Donald Trump’s millions have snagged him favors from several prominent politicians -– including Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, he said tonight.

“Hillary Clinton, I said be at my wedding, and she came to my wedding," the reality-star-turned-politician said at the first GOP presidential debate in Cleveland. "She had no choice because I gave to a foundation.

(snip)

The Clinton campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri said Trump's comment "hurts (Sec. Clinton's) feelings."

"He invited her. They’re acquaintances. This is long, long established," she said. "It hurt her feelings, I’m sure, to hear him suggest that he didn’t actually want her there for her company."

Well, the guy with the money is under the impression it bought him access to power and thus preferential treatment, but Hillary thought there was a friendship -- a long lasting one, because he's given her campaigns thousands, and is a large Clinton Foundation donor. So what's a little racism and misogyny compared to friendship and cash deposits? It's not like anyone thinks there is a "perception of problems" with large donors using their money to influence politicians in bad policy, right?

Seriously, if Donald Trump is good enough for Hillary Clinton's friendship and emotional support at a wedding, maybe we need to stop demonizing him. That's not going to be easy, but unless he suddenly had a lobotomy, he has undoubtedly held some crazy views for a long time, and the Clintons were able to look past it, so I guess we should, too.

Okay. Now that we've got that one out of the way, what about Rupert Murdoch? Yes, he started FOX News (aka "FAUX News" and we all know about that "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy" that is hell bent on destroying America, but really, aren't we just being MEAN? After all, they are REALLY more "Clinton Friends" who have contributed to the many benevolent and charitable works of the Clinton Foundation --

The Fox News Connection To Clinton Foundation Donations That Chris Wallace Forgot, Media Matters, May 17, 2015
http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/05/17/the-fox-news-connection-to-clinton-foundation-d/203674

But the non-profit arm of Fox News' then-parent company donated to the Clinton Foundation. The News Corp. Foundation, the charitable arm of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., which at the time was the parent company of Fox News, donated between $500,001 to $1,000,000 to the foundation. James R. Murdoch, the co-chief operating officer of Fox News' current parent company, 21st Century Fox, and son of Rupert Murdoch, donated between $1,000,001 to $5,000,000.

Chump change! And it's not like there are any OTHER good charitable foundations out there doing good works these folks could have donated to -- it was about the relationships of trust everyone had built.

And once you understand that FOX News is totally cool with the Clintons, it makes it easier to understand that NewsMax has really been misunderstood by the people on this site, too. Those good people aren't just spreading lies, innuendos and misinformation - they spread cash, too!

https://www.clintonfoundation.org/contributors?category=%241%2C000%2C001%20to%20%245%2C000%2C000&page=1

Right there below James Murdoch is "NewsMax Media" -- they've donated between $1 million and $5 million. And people who do charity like that -- how can we say mean things like how untrustworthy and dishonest their efforts are?

So we've now determined that Trump isn't really so bad, and FOX News and NewsMax aren't either. I mean, if they were horrible people (like criminals or nasty or had bad reputations or something) the people heading the Foundation would have rejected the funds the way good people do.

Now, this next one is a tough one, but it is time to accept that President George W. Bush Jr. maybe WASN'T an incompetent president and war criminal who won the 2000 election through election fraud. I won't lie -- that is a difficult pill to swallow for me, but apparently Hillary and Bill have long since moved on and have a positive relationship with him, so maybe it's time the rest of us got over it, too? Bill and George even started a Charitable Foundation together in 2010 (disbanded in 2012) --

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinton_Bush_Haiti_Fund

The Clinton Bush Haiti fund raised $54.4 million from more than 2,000,000 individuals, businesses, and organizations. It dispersed funds to more than 50 organizations through grants, loans, and equity investments. As of December 2012, the Fund estimated that its programs sustained or created 7,350 jobs, trained 20,050 individuals, and had an additional positive impact on the conditions of more than 311,000 Haitians.

In a country where teachers make "good money" at $35 a week/regular people make $2 a day, $54M in two years probably uplifted the whole country, right? (Don't google current conditions because you'll get depressed, and adding "corruption" to any "Clinton Haiti" search is not good for the blood pressure.)

After all the hard work helping Haiti, plus Hillary being so supportive of the Bush Jr. Agenda while she was in Congress, how can one question the friendship?



Yes, HILLARY CLINTON has moved on from any actual dislike of Republican leadership and money (do we even have to look up the voter registration rolls of the Wall Street people she gave her little "talks" to?), so I can only believe it is time for the members of THIS BOARD to follow her example. The woman is a Democrat, for heaven's sake -- she bravely served on the Board of Walmart while they actively busted unionization efforts, opposed marriage equality efforts until it was the law of the land, and is open to discussing constitutional restrictions on abortion -- and as leader of our party, we need to do what she has done:

Embrace all things Republican.

It's the only way to save America!

I just hope a jury understands I am not promoting these things -- it looks like TOS to me, but if Hillary says it's okay....

Hillary's Incompetence is an Actual Comfort.

I started actively looking for *anything* accomplishment wise that would make me think "she's a leader" and really, there isn't ANYTHING except one amazing speech to the United Nations back in the 90s where she said "women's rights are human rights".

Other than that, nothing except fundraising and speeches.

She jumps on "already accomplished stuff" where other people do the heavy lifting, and seriously,

NOTHING.

Al Gore made climate change into something non-scientists could talk about. Princess Diana helped AIDS victims by being photographed hugging them, and worked tirelessly to ban and remove land mines. Jesse Jackson is front and center when it comes to African Americans dealing with discrimination.

Hillary Clinton -- got Bush Junior to give $20B to New York after 911 and then played cheer leader for an unnecessary destabilizing war. As a legislater, she joined in on efforts to "pass" things but never had the power or influence to actually PASS ANYTHING that would benefit people. As Secretary of State, her failures outnumber her successes and that doesn't even include the illegal stuff with her "private server". My personal favorite? Using the Clinton Foundation to "rebuild Haiti" - millions of dollars raised, nothing actually accomplished, and children starving in tents seven years later while charges of corruption are ignored.

Her signature issue -- women's rights -- is another nothing. Access to abortion has dramatically decreased in the US in multiple states and do we want to discuss how women are doing in the non-European world between the refugee crisis she helped create and ISIS and the African AIDS crisis? We have more poor and homeless children than we did twenty-five years ago, because the policies she advocated for were absolute disasters in dealing with real world issues (but by cutting services, money was saved).

Even her attacks on Bernie Sanders have by and large utterly failed due to their stupidity -- PopeGate? WifeRudeness? Misogynist/Racist/Scammer/Spoiler -- if it comes from the Hillary camp, at this point you know they are lying. Don't even get me started on the Obama campaign -- Kenyon Muslim?

In summary, I can't find anything where she pulled a "point and shoot" to actually successfully solve a problem.

And oddly enough, that is a comfort to me. I make no secret that I believe she will be the recipient of an FBI recommendation for indictment fairly soon, but knowing she is an actual incompetent, and the more she talks, the less she is liked, the more her background is examined as a serious candidate, the more obvious it becomes she doesn't support core Democratic principles in practice, the more her financial interests are examined, the more obvious the cronyism and corruption become -- this comforts me.

My resolve is strengthened. I will not despair. We are not choosing "management" but Leadership and I support Bernie Sanders.

I've been binge watching "The West Wing" lately.

I find the show to be absolutely educational and inspiring, and this isn't the first time or three I've watched it. I just finished Season 3: Episode 19 "The West Wing Special Episode" where they interview former Presidents (Ford, Carter and Clinton) and staffers from Kissinger to Rove (who liked that he was making decisions that influenced lives) with everyone talking about what it was like -- the honor and the stress and the dedication -- to work in the White House.

President Bill Clinton talked about how "everybody" missed working there, and it was obvious to me he was one of the people missing it. President Ford talked about having to make tough decisions that other people didn't approve of "for the good of the nation" when he pardoned Nixon, and President Carter about how "being patient" allowed him to get all the hostages in Iran safely home but cost him the election. The staffers talked about being able to speak "truth to power" and the importance of a moral compass with a willingness to sacrifice electability to do the "right thing for the country" like when Harry Truman desegregated the military "because it was more important than getting re-elected".

I found the "moral compass" argument to be extraordinarily compelling. Bernie Sanders is the only current candidate that I believe uses one.

"The West Wing" is an amazing show, and it has once again reminded me of just how high the stakes are -- not just with the "face" of the winner, but also the caliber of the people they will surround themselves with. So much has changed, and yet, so much still needs to be done....

ABC: Clinton Remained Silent As Wal-Mart Fought Unions

Clinton Remained Silent As Wal-Mart Fought Unions, ABC News, January 31, 2008
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/clinton-remained-silent-wal-mart-fought-unions/story?id=4218509

In six years as a member of the Wal-Mart board of directors, between 1986 and 1992, Hillary Clinton remained silent as the world's largest retailer waged a major campaign against labor unions seeking to represent store workers.

Clinton has been endorsed for president by more than a dozen unions, according to her campaign Web site, which omits any reference to her role at Wal-Mart in its detailed biography of her.

Wal-Mart's anti-union efforts were headed by one of Clinton's fellow board members, John Tate, a Wal-Mart executive vice president who also served on the board with Clinton for four of her six years.

Tate was fond of repeating, as he did at a managers meeting in 2004 after his retirement, what he said was his favorite phrase, "Labor unions are nothing but blood-sucking parasites living off the productive labor of people who work for a living."

(snip)

An ABC News analysis of the videotapes of at least four stockholder meetings where Clinton appeared shows she never once rose to defend the role of American labor unions.

(snip)

The tapes show Clinton in the role of a loyal company woman. "I'm always proud of Wal-Mart and what we do and the way we do it better than anybody else," she said at a June 1990 stockholders meeting.

(more at link)


My favorite bit in the article (which has accompanying video at the link) is where President Clinton defends her actions because:

"We lived in a state that had a very weak labor movement, where I always had the endorsement of the labor movement because I did what I could do to make it stronger. She knew there was no way she could change that, not with it headquartered in Arkansas, and she agreed to serve."

That's pure Hillary Clinton - totally THERE for you, UNLESS she thinks there is no way she could change that which explains her stance on everything from LGBT marriage to $15 minimums to peace in the Middle East.

She can't CHANGE opinions, which is what a LEADER does -- instead, she does the "if you can't beat them, join them" thing, which makes her totally ineffective as a positive force for change.

I used to think it was just a lawyer thing - she supports what her PAYING CLIENTS want - but now I think its Not JUST that - she's a FOLLOWER, and the people SHE FOLLOWS are leading US into destruction.

Bernie is a Public SERVANT. Hillary wants to be the Queen.

It's not over until it's over. I know which one I support.

Trump: “If Hillary Were a Man, I Don’t Think She’d Get 5 Percent of the Vote”

This is from Slate - http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/04/26/donald_trump_says_no_one_would_vote_for_hillary_if_she_were_a_man.html

After nearly a week of endless media coverage on the subject of whether a new, more “presidential” Donald Trump would emerge in the final months of the Republican primary, the New York businessman had his chance to appear just that on Tuesday night. Standing amid supporters at Trump Tower after five overwhelming primary victories, Trump presided over a rambling and pointless news conference, which managed to rehash all of his other news conferences, but at greater length. The personal attacks were still there, although his hatred of Ted Cruz seems to have abated at least a little bit; this time it was John Kasich who took more sustained fire. On the whole, Trump was the same as he has always been: unfocused, compelling, mean, and utterly absurd.

But there was still one moment, near the end of the event, that stood out. Trump was asked a question about Hillary Clinton, and he replied as follows:

"I think the only card she has is the woman’s card. She’s got nothing else going. And frankly: If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she'd get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card. The beautiful thing is, women don’t like her."


That is exactly how Bernie Sanders has been talking - I can't believe I missed what a sexist pig Bernie is!!!



With Hillary and The Donald being such good friends (after ON EDIT: HER SUPPORTERS started the birther nonsense, he carried that water for a long time), I can only imagine the acrimony started maybe because the Clintons went off-registry for his latest wedding gift?

https://img.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=&w=480

Either way, it looks like the presumptive front runners are now going to turn their rhetorical skills on each other for a while - will Hillary's battle cry of "I'm not Trump!" win out over the guy with fourteen seasons of carefully crafted he-who-has-the-gold-makes-the-rules "reality television" entertainment?

What is a Democrat? And why do Hillary people think they own it?

I don't see Hillary as a real Democrat. From her opposition to gay marriage, career on the Walmart board, war mongering in the Middle East and my personal favorite, "willingness to compromise on constitutional restrictions on abortion", if you don't know that she was married to a Democratic president, she looks like a Republican to me.

She even has an email scandal and FBI investigation that is pretty much an instant replay of the George Bush Junior 2007 one - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bush_White_House_email_controversy - EXCEPT the FBI has been able to recover the ones she thought were permanently deleted.

I understand she's pretty much bought and paid for her nomination with her massive fund raising and close ties to Wall Street (again, Democrats are usually LABOR people - not executive management), so what I want to know is

Why do her supporters have the NERVE to accuse people of pointing this out of being Republican?

Do you understand that this battle is really about what a real Democrat is?

It's not Hillary Clinton. And if it is, I think the party is doomed to split.

Maybe that is a good thing. The admins can copy the site, call one "Democratic Underground" and the other "Progressive Underground" - problem solved.

Until that happens, I'm a Democrat, these are the primaries, and we can all get through it.

Politely. Without insulting each other. In theory.

Fun DU Factoids

Hillary Group:

Subscribers - 405
Blocked - 846
Trashed - 410
Number of posts, 30 days: 32,725
Number of posts, All time: 114,479

Bernie Group:

Subscribers - 1,034
Blocked - 349
Trashed - 177
Number of posts, 30 days: 27,266
Number of posts, All time: 184,155

GD:

Trashed - 14
Number of posts, 30 days: 64,880
Number of posts, All time: 7,778,849

GDP:

Trashed - 203
Number of posts, 30 days: 254,475
Number of posts, All time: 1,825,811

DU Lounge:

Trashed - 34
Number of posts, 30 days: 9,498
Number of posts, All time: 860,805

Make of it what you will.


I am at the Great Lakes National Cemetery.

I am hanging with one of my favorite veterans waiting to join other veterans and their families in cleaning the headstones of our veterans in preparation for Memorial Day.

ON EDIT: Did I say veterans enough?

The Gold Star Mom manning the Registration table has already brought tears to my eyes. Wish me luck holding it together today!

Oh, and to all of our DU members who served --

THANK YOU!!!!

PS Please say hello to Melinda - she served in the Army during Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
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