Friday, March 11, 2016

Top 7 Reasons why Bernie Sanders has already won the Democratic Presidential Primary

My last blog post, Top 10 Reasons why a vote for Hillary isthe WORST thing a Feminist could do, reached almost 1000 people so far and I received a great amount of positive feedback from that, so even though it probably made you very mad after you read it, I hope this post will do the exact opposite.

Unless you are voting for Hillary. In that case, you would need to go back and read my blog post immediately.

Okay, where was I? Oh yes, I firmly believe that Bernie Sanders will be our Democratic Presidential candidate and furthermore, his campaign will have a ripple effect across America which will change the way we “do” politics.

So, on with the meat of this argument, the 7 reasons why I know Bernie has won:

1.  History is on our side.  

This new political revolution is a movement which is born of a problem that affects millions of people. History shows that when a movement is created from these circumstances, change is inevitable.

The Civil Rights Movement, LGBTQ Equality Movements, Human Rights Movements, Animal Rights Movements, they all show that when people stand together with clear leadership and direction, change can be accomplished. This is the very core of Bernie’s message and the biggest reason for how I know he’ll win.

He stands with us, and we stand with him and together we make it happen.

The young people who are all coming on board and the many disenfranchised 40-something crowds are willing to keep doing the work, but it takes a solid leader to show us what’s possible. 

Mahatma Gandhi did this, Martin Luther King Jr. did this, even Matthew Shepherd did this (although he had to die to make it happen). 

People see Bernie’s years of experience and call-a-thing-a-thing mentality and want him to lead this next great revolution.

2.  The People are on our side.   

This is probably one of the most interesting democratic primary races in my lifetime. Even with all of our technological advancements, suddenly polls don’t carry the weight they used to.  

We’re seeing more and more political bias in the major news networks. Even National Public Radio, the number one non-biased reporting agency in America, has been biased towards Hillary Clinton, making it hard for the average viewer to be interested enough in Bernie Sanders to do more research. 

The problem with this race is that a majority of his supporters are younger and don’t pay much attention to major news media.

They aren’t fooled like the old folks who started out their television-watching careers with good honest media corporations and have since been sold out. 

A vast majority of Berners are young and wouldn’t take a poll over the phone unless you paid them and even then you’d be lucky to get them to sit still long enough to chat with you. They will hardly pick up the phone for Mom or Dad, let alone a pollster.

I’m not suggesting this is a bad thing, but obviously pollsters need a better method if they want better predictions. But let’s think about why they predict in the first place.

When I was studying political science in school, one of the things I did to support myself was to do phone surveys. I am aware that certain phone surveys can open the door to skewing a participant to think about things they hadn’t thought of before.

This is especially true with political polling.  The more polls they take, the more chance they have to skew people to one side over the other, especially if they are sitting on the fence. 

Since the younger generation is listening to their peers, and their relying on what they see actually going on in the world, they turn to less main-stream media for information and not taking polls, there is less chance for establishment political candidates to scam the system.

This is why you see many of the news media not prepared to show you the YUGE amounts of people turning out at all of Bernie’s events and the smaller and smaller audiences that are attending Hillary’s.

This is also why you might have been surprised that Bernie got a standing ovation after the last Democratic debate, while Hillary stood looking on nervously.

The historical vote in Michigan was significant because it finally showed the establishment that they were no longer in control and could no longer predict Hillary to be the obvious winner of anything.

It’s also another reason why I’m sure we’re much more ahead in this race than we’ve been led to believe.

3.  Fundraising is on our side.

Along with the hordes of people jumping on the Bernie-train is their $27 donation. No other candidate in history has raised as much money from as many individual donations as Bernie has. 

We saw something like this with Obama, but Bernie has blown past Obama’s record in lightning speed and there’s still a lot of time left in this race.  Not only has Bernie broken historic records, he’s also broken Hillary’s record, raising $42.7 million, while the one-percenters and finance industry donors behind the Clinton campaign coughed up $30 million. 

Bernie has taken over 5 million individual donations, with Hillary Clinton’s campaign only taking “hundreds of thousands” of individual donations, most of which were the maximum amount that they were allowed to donate. This means they are pretty much tapped out and while Bernie has lots of new donors lining up to give him money, Hillary’s donor list is getting exhausted.

4. Social Media is on our side. 

 Okay, since I’ve managed social media for clients since 2007, I know a thing or two about the importance of your social media presence and I would be remiss if I didn’t include this as one of the big reasons why I know he’s going to win. 

According to this article in AdWeek, Bernie Sanders overall “chatter” level was steadily increasing while Hillary’s was barely registering. Given the surprise at the polls, perhaps the pollsters should be using this data to determine who will win?

It also mentions the fact that many Gen-X and Baby Boomers are using Facebook, while the younger generation is using Instagram and Sanders seems to dominate both platforms.

Look at these screenshots which show how many fans each Facebook Page has:

Not only that, but look at the YUGE difference in how many events are showing as well as the total number of people subscribing to events.

I thought it was weird that Bernie had so many more rally’s scheduled than Hillary so I went to her website and the only events really registering were small gatherings inside people’s homes.

All of these social signs indicate that people are excited and enthusiastic about sharing Bernie Sanders, but not so much about Hillary and since voter turnout has reflected this social chatter, I think it’s a great argument.

5.  Bernie’s record is on our side. 

With every debate that comes up, Hillary seems to be more and more excited about bringing up Bernie’s record as though it would actually benefit her position.

However, as it turns out, lots of people are calling her out on her half-truths and overall blatantly misleading comments regarding his record.

You know she’s in trouble when the mainstream media can no longer spin things in her favor. Now all anyone can talk about is how she is misleading people with her version of the facts.

During the Democratic Debate on Univision, Hillary tried to say that Bernie Sanders voted against helping the auto industry and if he had gotten his way, we would have lost thousands of jobs.

Excuse me?

Anyone who has access to a computer can find out the truth for themselves. He voted against the Wall street bailout which had a provision in it for the auto industry, but later voted for the auto bailout when it was a stand-alone vote.

All of this leads right into my next point because Bernie’s record is the very definition of Integrity.

6.  Integrity is on our side.

During the Democratic Debate‬ on Univision, I could not believe that Hillary Clinton had the gall to say, “if the values are that you oppress people, you disappear people, imprison people or even kill people for expressing their opinions, for expressing freedom of speech, that is not the kind of revolution of values that I ever want to see anywhere.”

If ever there was a perfect example of projection, this is it. She is accusing Bernie Sanders of the very thing she has done herself.

"Hillary Clinton for years has been one of the world’s most stalwart friends of some of the world’s worst despots and war criminals, making her and her campaign a very odd vessel for demonizing others for their links to and admiration of human-rights abusers."

 Don't believe me? This article's sources speaks for itself.

During the same debate, she defended her support for bad trade deals by touting the creation of the Export-Import bank. She must be counting on the idea that we don't know just how disastrous THAT deal was.

 Many are speculating that she only attacked him this way on the debate stage because she was “running scared” or “nervous” and rightfully so.

It’s gotten so bad that her campaign is continuously getting caught breaking election laws and cheating the DNC debate rules.

7. Time is on our side.

Thankfully, Bernie Sanders is in this race for the long haul, even though he clearly knows that the establishment and mainstream media was stacked against him.  I immediately noticed a small rift in my newsfeed between Bernie supporters and Hillary supporters and I knew the reason they supported Hillary is because of the distorted truths fed to them by our own Democratic party. 

However, over time, I’ve heard from many who have had the chance to actually learn about what Bernie’s campaign is all about, they’re switching sides!

Now that we have momentum there will be no stopping this wildfire of enthusiasm for a better democracy and don’t forget, we have fuel; thanks to the millions of campaign dollars, we now have what it takes to actually make the long haul all the way to the convention and the longer Bernie has the podium, the more likely he has to tell more people the truth.

Hillary, on the other hand, has a dwindling funding pool and combine that with her own mis-truths and poor record, it’s just not holding up under the scrutiny of an ever growing pool of informed voters.

Add to this mix all of the disastrous ways that Debbie Wasserman Schultz is making headlines these days, it’s clear they have a lot more fires to put out than Bernie’s campaign.

I know that given enough time, more and more people are going to see Hillary’s campaign for what it really is, which is more oligarchy and less democracy and it just won’t stand this test of time.

The race has already been won, but even that won’t stop Bernie from stopping in every state to rally the people, to get out the vote and to continue building the momentum because this is a movement, a true political revolution, and it’s here to stay. 

Bernie knows he can’t do it alone; he stands with us and we will stand with him until the whole job is done, not just for this primary. No other political race has brought about the changes we’re already seeing.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Top 10 Reasons Why Voting for Hillary is the WORST thing you can do as a Feminist.
It’s March 6th and the political season is gaining momentum as we move towards November’s election and the whole selection process has become a media circus with "Drumpf" as the ring leader.

I read an article or two from various Facebook friends who are voting for Hillary and I just couldn’t stand it any longer. Many of my lady-friends want to vote for Hillary and I’m so ashamed to say that they are really giving women a bad name… not because they are voting for Hillary, but WHY they are voting for her.

I am a woman, and I have experienced my fair share of sexism in a world that seems pretty fair on the surface. I too have been passed over for raises and promotions and have wondered, “if I had a penis, would that have happened?”

But I have also been passed over and been completely betrayed by bosses who are women and in those cases, the feelings of hurt and injustice were profound. Why is this? Why do we, as women, feel all the more betrayed when it’s a woman doing the betraying to us?

For centuries, women have been raised to believe that we should “stick together” because men are not on our side. It’s a story that has been passed down from generation to generation and only began to fade with the dawn of civil rights for women.

However, since the dawn of civil rights for women, we have tried to teach our girls not to believe that we are “less than” men in our pursuit of life-long goals and the term “feminism” has been tossed around quite a bit.

fem·i·nism (noun) - the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.

Get that? “EQUALITY” to men, not “SUPERIORITY” to men.

I’m a mother, raising two daughters, and my spiritual beliefs allow me to teach them that we are all connected to each other and therefor equal to each other in God’s eyes (or whatever you choose to call that Universal spirit).

As they grow and experience unfairness in their lives, we have worked to reconcile that by understanding that not everyone is being taught that we are all equal and therefore will seek to express their superiority or lack thereof to us in various ways. I believe that those people have forgotten who they are (human beings) and for a brief moment they have also forgotten who we are (also human beings) and since we are the ones who know better, it is our job to be better than that.

My kids understand that the feminism movement has a significant place in our society, alongside the civil rights movement, the animal rights movement, the environmental rights movement, etc. They are all equally important to help us remember our connection to each other.

It is with this same belief that I turn to the Presidential race, the first one to take place where my children can see, hear and taste the energy and understand that something really big is taking place in our Country.

There are ongoing discussions between the kids in their school, all of which are a giant reflection of the conversations happening in their homes with their siblings and parents.

We live in the city, so our voters are primarily democratic and so are the kids in school. There’s a huge consensus that Donald Drumpf is a loser, but there’s no clear choice when it comes to Bernie and Hillary.

Many of the girls are leaning toward Hillary because she is a woman, and this brought up a great question in our house. Should people vote for her because she is a woman?

I did bring up Sarah Palin and Carly Fiorina and mentioned that they are women, but no one really voted for them; so what makes Hillary different? Their 11-year-old answer? Because she is married to Bill Clinton!

I also mentioned to them that she has held political office in the form of being a Senator and also as Secretary of State which means she has met and created relationships with foreign leaders.

Okay, so there you have it. Not only is Hillary a woman, but she is highly qualified because she has relationships with foreign leaders. Are those really good enough reasons to hand the keys to our kids’ futures over to her? 

The POTUS is a huge responsibility. Don’t we owe it to our future generations to really take a look at what they can or cannot do for our children? 

Is it really worth it to just ignore all of the other candidates just because I want my girls to grow up in a world where women can be President? What happens when I already believe that they live in a world where women can be President?

The truth is, because I am a woman who is raising two daughters, it is imperative that my actions are in complete alignment with my spiritual beliefs. This is the same belief that we are all connected to each other and equal. This belief which is actually the ignition for all of the social movements in the world from Feminism to Civil Liberties.

In light of this, I have no choice but to believe that a vote for Hillary is the worst thing a so-called Feminist could ever do and here’s why:

1.  Let’s talk about all the ways that Hillary has supported the feminist movement over the years. The truth is, Sanders' platform and record are far more pro-feminism.

His 30+ years of commitment in public office, from an unwavering commitment to reproductive rights, to the $15 minimum wage, to single-payer healthcare, or a dozen other issues -- it's clear ordinary women stand to gain greatly from what Bernie Sanders has to offer.

Hillary's own political history reveals no such actions. She helped champion Bill Clinton's gutting of welfare funding in the 1990s, which plunged hundreds of thousands of women (particularly black women), into a deadly spiral of intergenerational poverty.

During the debate on Sept. 28, 2015, Clinton made overtures to anti-choice Republicans, saying, "if there's a way to structure some kind of constitutional restriction [on abortion] that takes into account the life of the mother and her health, then I'm open to that."

2. Hillary's actions regarding war which has cost thousands of human lives shows poor judgement. Iraq was a giant mistake that cost (and still costs) thousands of lives. Her vote puts her in the same boat with all the others who need to be held responsible for their actions. This shows how easy it is to manipulate her vote to be the more popular choice.

Another example of bad leadership/judgement- Removing Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi so ISIS can move in. You can thank her specifically (her position as Secretary of State) for the death and destruction that has been caused by ISIS since her decisions were carried out there. This shows how easy it is for her to issue kill orders which horrifies me as a woman and a mother.

Evidence of her mentoring with Henry Kissinger is abundantly clear when you take into consideration her role in the 2009 military coup that ousted the country’s democratically elected president Manuel Zalaya. Again, leaving a giant hole with no support so that gangs and corrupt police can kill innocent people.

How can a woman make so many of these bad decisions and not be called out by other women?

If we truly stood together as women, wouldn’t that also include all of the women in Honduras that have been raped since that coup?

“The homicide rate in Honduras, already the highest in the world, increased by 50 percent from 2008 to 2011; political repression, the murder of opposition political candidates, peasant organizers and LGBT activists increased and continue to this day. Femicides skyrocketed. The violence and insecurity were exacerbated by a generalized institutional collapse. Drug-related violence has worsened amid allegations of rampant corruption in Honduras’ police and government. While the gangs are responsible for much of the violence, Honduran security forces have engaged in a wave of killings and other human rights crimes with impunity.”

She has also made her intentions clear regarding Syria and would follow the same broken patterns that have kept our people at war year after year. It could be my daughter that is killed in the next war that Hillary starts. How can we support such a thing as women?

3.  Let’s talk about corporate and financial policy- Hillary has served on the board of directors for Walmart during a time when labor unions were trying to form and never once stood up for female workers, let alone ANY workers.

She also took thousands of dollars from Goldman Sachs for secret speeches and then says she is going to make sure they don’t get government bailouts again. Why is she so willing to let the entire public read her emails but not her $625,000 speech to Goldman Sachs?

She voted for the Bankruptcy law after fighting alongside Elizabeth Warren to make sure it “never happened”, basically throwing all of her work away at the expense of the American people, many of which are the very same women voting for her this year.

Hillary betrayed Elizabeth even though she is a woman so why should we stand by Hillary for that reason?

4. GMO’s and our RIGHT to KNOW- many of the women voting for Hillary are also sharing anti-GMO content and information. They must be completely oblivious to her ties to Monsanto or her voting record or the fact that in 2014 Clinton was the paid keynote speaker for the world’s largest GMO trade association, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)[9].

Her support for GMOs was evident throughout, and she even schooled the companies on doing better public relations. She famously expressed her distaste for the words “genetically modified” saying, “’Genetically modified’ sounds Frankenstein-ish. ‘Drought-resistant’ sounds like something you’d want.”

She advised her GMO industry audience to “be more careful so you don’t raise that red flag immediately.”

5.  The Environment is big issue for a lot of young people. After all, we are merely borrowing this planet form our children and their children’s children. We have a responsibility to leave it better then when we inherited it and I’ve seen no better activist for the planet than Bernie Sanders.

But this is about the Feminist movement and what has Hillary done for Mother Earth? She has shown consistent disregard, through her political office I might add, for the environment through her actions.

She voted for Keystone until just recently (another flop due to her desire to get elected), she’s also voted for off-shore drilling in 2006 and 4 years later we had a catastrophic oil contamination in the Gulf of Mexico.

The League of Conservation Voters rates her voting history on Environmental issues at an 82%, mostly because she just flat out didn’t take a stand at all. Compare her score card to Bernie’s and there is no denying who the bigger champion for our planet really is. vs.

Oh, and remember Flint, Michigan? Hillary has been bringing it up in all of her speeches and making a big deal about how terrible it was that all the children were poisoned. She must have forgot about joining 14 Republicans and 11 Democrats in voting against the measure to phase out MTBE in 2005. 

6.  Foreign Trade- for most of the population, foreign trade policy makes them yawn, but these policies are at the very heart of what allows corporations to ship many of our jobs overseas, thus contributing the further degradation of the middle class.

The most recent trade policy, the TPP, is so disastrous that it opens the doors to allowing companies to get away with violating environmental restrictions, worker’s rights and even stripping unions of their ability to protect their members. It would allow us to do business with countries that stoned LGBTs to death, etc

In 2012 Hillary said, "This TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field." She immediately reversed her position once she realized what kind of backlash she was getting towards her campaign.

Here is the sad truth. The North American Free Trade Agreement, which was supported by Clinton, cost our nation 850,000 good paying jobs. It cost Michigan 43,000 jobs, Ohio 35,000 and Illinois another 35,000.

Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China, also supported by Secretary Clinton, cost our country 3.2 million jobs, including 80,000 in Michigan, 106,000 in Ohio and 132,000 in Illinois. The agreement exploded our trade deficit with China to a record-breaking $365 billion last year and made it increasingly difficult to find a product that is not made in China.

7.  Let’s talk about the LGBT movement. Hillary says that she stands for Gay Rights and the Human Rights Campaign endorsed her, completely ignoring the fact that up until 2013, Hillary was a proud opponent of Gay Marriage.

They must have completely forgot all about how she didn’t even hesitate when asked if it should be legal (by Chris Matthews) and said resoundingly, “No” in 2004 - 

She also made a speech in the Senate, stating clearly that she believed marriage should be between a man and a woman.

Why is it that most Hillary supporters believe what she says up on the stage when she’s asking for our vote, but not what she has said time and again when she is actually in office?

Oh sure, we are all entitled to “change our mind”, but should we also reward her by voting for her to run our Country? What about all of the LGBT supporters here and in other countries that were persecuting and killed during the years she just stood by and supported it?

So, she does a video in 2013 declaring her support with no explanation at all about why she changed her mind, or even an apology for not doing it sooner and the LGBT community heaves a sigh of relief that they have convinced yet another person that their cause is just.

Okay, my parental alarms are going off and there is no way I can believe that she would fight for LGBT equality more than Bernie Sanders who has ACTUALLY been doing it for 30 years and quite vocally I might add.

8.  Not far behind the LGBT movement is the Civil Rights Movement- while Bernie was getting arrested for demonstrating against segregation, Hillary (born and raised republican) was campaigning for Barry Goldwater who was a strong advocate for segregation and discrimination.

Years later, in 1996, she was interviewed and said, “I’m proud to have been a Goldwater girl” and goes on to explain how deeply her politic are rooted in traditional Republican conservativism that she was raised with. 

Why is this significant? Because it was only recently that she started saying that she didn’t agree with Barry Goldwater’s positions, even though her actions showed otherwise.

Suddenly she claims to stand with the black population, when everything about her over the past few years screams the opposite. I can understand our willingness to forgive her blind judgement but to actually reward it with political endorsements? That seems ludicrous!

9.  Universal Health Care- one of the more confusing components of government policy to the average American is single-payer healthcare. Many thousands of people have gotten healthcare under Obama’s administration as a result of the healthcare reform policies he has passed who otherwise wouldn’t have had it. And with all the Obama-praising Hillary does while on the campaign trail, it’s hard to imagine why she has chosen the exact opposite position in order to criticize Bernie’s robust amendments to this plan.

You see, Bernie wants to take the Single-Payer healthcare to the next level and insure that all Americans will have it. Yet look what happens when American's began to say that this was a great idea:
In January of 2016, when new polls revealed Sanders to be in a dead heat with Clinton in early primary states, Clinton took to the offensive. She began a campaign to attack single-payer, painting it as something that would burden middle-class families, empower right-wing governors and put Americans' health insurance at risk by dismantling every major health-care institution in the country. 
Clinton's claims are either patently false or incredibly misleading. By presenting them to a national television audience during interviews and the debates, she may be doing more damage to the single-payer movement than the pharmaceutical and insurance companies could ever hope to achieve. She is making these claims largely to Democratic primary voters, who support Medicare for All at a rate of 81 percent, but could be misled by a politician whom many of them trust and admire.
"It is conceivable that the continued negative critiques - especially of the fearmongering variety - could have a deleterious impact on popular opinion," Dr. Adam Gaffney, a physician and health-care writer, told Truthout.
Why would Hillary dismantle Obama’s legacy with falsehoods and lies? Well it might have something to do with the fact that she has received more money from the pharmaceutical industry than any other candidate from either party in the 2016 election cycle, or that the health industry paid her $2.8 million in speaking fees between 2013 and 2015.
10.  Scandal-icious – This is a big one for me, because as a Mother, I’m going to have to explain my decisions to two young women some day and I want them to be proud that I voted the way I did. 

Like Bernie Sanders, even though my vote might not matter, at least I voted my conscious. I voted my TRUE MORAL values and I didn’t compromise them at the expense of one group over another.

There are two candidates for president that are under some kind of Federal investigation. Hillary Clinton and Donald Drumpf. If these two end up being the actual presidential nominees, what happens when they are called in for questioning, detained or even arrested? I am truly surprised that there isn’t some sort of law on the books that says you can’t run if you are being investigated.

That being said, Clinton has also made some pretty bad decisions that have caused numerous investigations, like the whole Benghazi situation. 

If you are a good, moral person, as a general rule, I don’t think there is any reason that you would draw such scandals to yourself. How is it that Hillary has had so many of these crop up in such a short period of time?

I can hear the feminists standing up and screaming, “it’s because she’s a woman and people want to pick on her!” but that argument doesn’t stand because Donald Drumpf has also had the same problem.

Meanwhile, there are other equally qualified candidates, like Bernie Sanders, that haven’t had one criminal investigation of any kind, unless you count the time he was arrested for protesting segregation in Chicago.

In conclusion, here is what I believe: If you grow up acting and voting a certain way, and only just recently evolved your position (which happened to coincide with an election year), there is nothing to guarantee to the American people that you wouldn’t de-evolve or change your position again (also with no explanation). She did this to Elizabeth Warren in a very public way and you would be na├»ve’ to think she wouldn’t do it again to all of her supporters.

The stakes are too high to take that risk. Thousands of people have died or have had their lives made worse by her “decisions” as Secretary of State so I can’t even fathom what she would do as President. We can’t possibly know whether Hillary is speaking the truth, but we can certainly hold her accountable for all of her choices leading up to now.

When my kids break the rules at our house, we get a very sincere apology from them. But after a while, the apology becomes a shield, protecting them from overall judgement and being held accountable. So, as parents, we know that without the consequences, the lesson truly won’t be learned and the offense is most likely to be repeated.

In the real world, it isn’t supposed to work that way. If you get caught breaking the law, you can’t say, “I’m really sorry, I didn’t mean it, I’ll try to do better,” and then receive a get-out-of-jail-free card. There is usually a punishment, a consequence, an ACTION to show that we understand what our actions resulted in.

So, as a parent, and a feminist, I can say that Hillary should NOT get our vote because she said she was sorry, because she said she has changed her beliefs after years of actions to show what those beliefs really were.

For one thing, this would show favoritism, superiority for Hillary because she is a woman, which goes against the very definition of Feminism. She is not superior, but equal, and should be treated as an equal by holding her accountable for her actions.

A vote for Hillary, for me, is an affirmation of her actions, which does include killing people by the way; which does include racism by the way; which does include elite-ism by the way; and I simply cannot do that.

I suspect that the thousands of young people who support Bernie Sanders feels the same way. That lesson, “Actions Speak Louder Than Words” still resonate with their young minds and they are still young enough to believe in a post-discriminatory world where people can be held accountable for their actions.