#NotMyPresident

If I suspend commonsense & critical thought I guess Id be as excited about Trump as the folks on his FB page …but unfortunately I dont see an American hero. I see the man that made fun of a disabled person, says vulgar things about women, vulgar things about his own daughter, pats himself on the back because someone gave him a Purple Heart as a gift…this is NOT a man who cares about everyone, or anyone really. This campaign was little more than a nationwide ego tour for him full of rallies cheering for him. Becoming President was not a job for him, it was an accomplishment for his resume & ego. He clearly has NO clue how to run a country & this was obvious when he had no real concrete ideas, just snappy one liners via being a reality star. His ideas have no real basis or reality and yet conservs are sadly eating them up. Has America truly become land of the ignorant?

This year & past year in particular have motivated me to be more mindful of my time online & how I spend it. I un”like”-d a lot of pages that are just “noise” in my opinion. ….I’m more diligent about where I get my info from & I try to get news from a variety of places (NPR, PBS, plus Al Jazeera & BBC so I can see how the same events are reported elsewhere, plus the New Yorker which is lengthy usually but far more in depth than other news sources , my op, post.)… I actually got a subscription to the New Yorker. …That said I’m not afraid of alternate views but I will automatically disregard anything steeped in ignorance or hatred or the person has a sole source of information & its a random FB page, in which case I try to question in a way that might make them think ab where THEY get info from. Also, anyone that uses words like “libtard” either is in elementary school or not mature enough for an adult discussion, pass.

During the debates pre-election, it was clear he was far less qualified than Hillary. She had facts. She had ideas. He had…catchphrases and one liners. He enjoyed the spotlight and attaining a something & “winning” but he still has no concrete plans, just..one liners and catchphrases. Is anyone actually surprised? I’m not.

I watched a video a conservative friend of mine posted of Trump, speaking to a cheering crowd. In it he was talking about “Building that wall” and how Mexico was going to pay for it, how we were going to “bring back jobs” from people that outsource to other countries & “immigrants” and how we were going to rebuild hospitals, building etc with American materials from American businesses with American labor…and the crowd cheered.

There’s so much in this one short speech that is unbelievable that its flooring how anyone could wholeheartedly accept ALL of it as true. First of all, someone ought to inform DT that he wont be President of Mexico. He cant make them do anything. Nor has he made any deals with their government to do so.

As far as bringing back jobs (quote-unquote) will he be doing that within his own companies first? His own family’s? Ivanka for instance manufactures clothes in China, Indonesia & Vietnam (source: New York Times, Teen Vogue, New York magazine and the Daily Mail) Additionally, his own hotels and businesses were built on the backs of illegal immigrant labor (source NBC, Hillary Clinton, Time Magazine). He in no way strikes me as genuine in anything he says but he’s clearly pandering to the agenda of the far right with the knowledge that it will get eaten up. Hes the man they’re carrying on their shoulders and cheering all the way to the White House without any regard for what they’ll do once they get there. His Cabinet nominees are older almost entirely Caucasian corporate people & fellow wealthy elite. (which his transition team director shockingly called “the most diverse” of any cabinet” ????? Maybe he has vision problems.)  Not a single one so far has any experience relevant to the position they are being appointed for. So far it seems DT is surrounding himself w/ other clueless fools so he wont feel left out.

On another note, the conservatives calling for respect of leaders, telling others to accept it, make the best of it, etc are nothing short of hypocrites. How quickly their minds fade and they forget their own behavior when Obama was elected, and re-elected. The evidence is all over the internet including DT’s own tweets. These people would do well to stop commenting and embarrassing themselves, but sadly ignorance is bliss. Wouldn’t it be nice if the people calling for people to “respect leaders” in regards to Trump, did so w/ the awareness that Barack Obama IS still President, and has been even after Election Day? Hmm.

I will not respect this leader. I will turn my back on this government and work to help others,  however I can. I’ll donate to Planned Parenthood. I’ll join the ACLU (already have) . I’ll call Senators (I have called every one of them regarding the ACA. Every.Single.One.) this is my country. But he is not my President.

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Bernie Sanders for President!

Earlier this year I was asked if “women were going to vote for Hillary regardless of what she stands for on issues” just because she’s a woman. My answer to that person was an unequivocal, no. Don’t get me wrong. I’d love to see a female president in office for many reasons. I think the country needs to break the glass over that White House ceiling. I think it would change the dynamic of the military and Congress to learn to adjust (sooner rather than later) to answering to a female leader. I think other countries who are far more advanced than us in this area would respect us. I think children growing up in this country now need to see that ANYONE can be president. (And really how cool would it be to follow up the first African American president with the first female one?). That said, Hillary does not reflect me or my views. Women don’t all agree with other women on what we need as a society or hold similar values even if we are of the same gender.

I DO think Hillary is qualified to be President. She has more experience than a lot of the other candidates. She has the unique experience of having LIVED in the White House already and seen firsthand how the job of President works. She has no illusions about what she can or cant do as President. She likely will not make false promises. She knows our leaders and our Congressional representatives. She is definitely a qualified candidate. Unfortunately the candidate I want to support for President will be someone whose values reflect mine, whom I feel can address concerns that I have about our present society. I feel that candidate is Bernie Sanders.

There is a lot of criticism towards Bernie as being a “socialist.” Bernie is an independent, probably more a democratic socialist but all the same. Even if he were a “socialist” I think far too often people need to stop treating this like a bad word or equating it with communism (the two are different you know).  Bernie has ideas that help us become a better First World country (and more i line with other First World countries). Bernie sees the big picture and doesn’t cater to the wealthy corporations that can further his career just to add another notch in his political tool belt. Another common argument I have heard and read is that Bernie Sanders “cant win.” Well, he can if we support him. If we vote in the primary election and appeal to others to support him too. There’s no realistic reason he CANT win if we support him and vote for him.Our votes DO Matter. Our voices DO matter only no one will hear them if we act in a defeatist way by choosing to do nothing.

A criticism from the Pro-Bernie set is the lack of TV coverage about him. There’s references to a “blackout” since most major news organizations focus on Hillary Clinton and other candidates. I definitely advocate pressuring news outlets and cable companies to change this and to reflect ALL candidates that people are supporting. In reality, we know the news media is owned by a few corporations. I am sad to see the lack of Bernie coverage but not surprised. And honestly, maybe I’m underestimating the importance of cable in 2015, but I’m not tat concerned either. Cable is dying. It seems cable TV debates are things viewed by old people. In last years list of things that will be dead by next year (put out by Yahoo!) cable was in the Top 10.   I think Bernie has a lock on social media which will be more important than prior election years. Maybe this seems ignorant, and I hope not, however history tells us of a similar election and time when media was at a crossroads. In the 60’s, radio was the prevailing form of media for most households. Television was a hot new thing that was emerging. The Presidential debate between Richard Nixon and JFK was broadcast on both platforms, and in an interesting twist, audiences of both had completely different takes on who “won.” Audiences listening in on the radio came away with the impression that Richard Nixon was the better candidate. He made good points. He was an articulate speaker. By contrast, television viewers saw a nervous man, with sweat coming off his brow. Television viewers saw a young candidate with charisma and a comfortable demeanor engaging with Nixon. Television viewers thought JFK was the better candidate. Granted in this example both candidates were equally broadcast in both platforms, but I think we can see this as an example of how difdferent media can affect a different outcome. True it would be great for Bernie to be covered on TV but with TVs relevance dwindling, and social media accessible and prevalent virtually everywhere, I’m not worried about it either. #HeresHoping #FeelTheBern #BernieSandersForPresident

Hillary Clinton for President!…Or Bernie Sanders

The Democratic party has seen an exciting past few weeks between Hillary Clinton announcing her candidacy for President, followed by Bernie Sanders. I wont lie, I would be very excited to see a woman in office. I think it is long past due and Hillary probably has the best shot of anyone right now. She is a go-getter, shes an experienced Senator, cabinet member of our current President, not to mention shes BEEN IN The White House. She has firsthand observations from inside the White House as well as direct secondhand observations that no other candidate can compete with. She also has a spouse with more than enough experience at the same gig. Win win! Other than his philandering ways, I really liked Bill.

Now Bernie…I really like Bernie too. I love his views and the issues he supports but I will vote for whomever wins the primary because the current frontrunners from the GOP are terrifying (not that I would vote for any of them in all likelihood anyways). I say “whomever wins the primary” with optimism here. The GOP has a history of banding together to push out one major candidate. Whereas us more liberal minded folks can splinter among candidates when there’s not one clear frontrunner…ie the 2000 elections between Bush, Gore & Nader. (*without getting into the ballot controversy) I do not want to see liberal votes split between Sanders & Clinton, leaving a majority of conservatives to vote for their one guy (and lets face it, it will be a male candidate in all likelihood. Sarah Palins VP run was a PR ply. John McCann didn’t pick her for her smarts lets say. There ARE however plenty of smart articulate women in the GOP & I hope they consider running too.

Cross fingers! And lets see where this goes…..