Bernie Sanders For President


As Bernie Sanders campaign for Democratic presidential candidate builds steam, I find myself pondering why America needs a social democrat president. America is at a crossroads, one littered with flotsam of contentious bickering and abysmal direction. Realities of twice elected Barrack Obama falling victim to obliterating waves of right wing propaganda, can’t eradicate a simple truth. Convoluted as the American political system may be, a majority of citizens voted to elect a Democrat for president. Not once but twice – in my mind that speaks volumes.

Obama failed to smarten America up because right wing alarmists had a field day with trivial diversions. Substance mattered less than hysterical fear mongering accusations. Despite majority’s voice, Obama didn’t stand a chance. Right wing media convinced scores of citizens their president was actually Muslim, a man with secret agendas aimed at introducing Sharia law. Propaganda convinced lunk-heads to dig trenches, to bluster asinine anti Obama rhetoric – for no other reason than he was black, with Hussein as his middle name.

That same majority faces a critical decision – Hillary or Bernie?  Majority must consider repercussions of screwing up, majority means squat if the outcome ignites a replay of Obama’s fate. Electing Hillary guarantees a presidential term clouded by frivolous controversy. Right wing hot heads are poised for a repeat performance of diversionary tactics. A majority vote for Clinton, amounts to handing good intentions to nincompoops on a silver platter. Already they’re calling for impeachment of Clinton (if elected ) based on the email scandal and Benghazi.

Democrats can elect the next president, but it has to be one without baggage. It isn’t enough to vote Democrat. America is in serious trouble, majority recognized this by twice electing Obama. Time has come for majority to retake a floundering nation, to stand up and say I want change, a majority willing to radically alter right wing ideology by daring to embrace unfamiliar territory. What’s wrong with socialized policies, what harm comes from breaking free of antiquated shackles? Be fearless, take a leap of faith and nominate Bernie Sanders.

 

 

Obama Trumped


It’s hard to think of anything conservative America hasn’t blamed on Barrack Obama. I’ve often wondered what might have been if America’s first black leader wasn’t shackled with “Hussein” as a middle name. “Hussein” is a terrifying moniker, punctuate that with “Obama” to witness battalions of righteous “patriots” clucking over the demise of a nation.

Donald Trump wasted no time, collecting his indignant bouffant long enough to  offer $1 million for Obama to produce his birth certificate. Trump managed to grandstand a percolating sentiment grumbling in the belly of disgruntled America – holy crap, our President is Muslim. Overnight, a nation built on principles of inclusion, freedom and constitutional rights, locked their doors anticipating certain implementation of Sharia Law. Truth no longer mattered, Obama’s fate was sealed.

Conservative America managed to wriggle away from George W. Bush’s excruciatingly long fart by blaming Obama. Never mind Obama’s re-election – conservatives claimed is was part of some insidious horror. Petulant right wing bullies spun asinine tales of failure – the economy, foreign policy, education, racial tension – in their minds, Obama stood to take down a nation of reasonable patriots.

As the Baltimore riots elevated racial tensions, Donald Trump took an opportunity to open his vacant mouth. Perhaps encouraged by Lou Dobbs at Fox News..

“I think there is a war on law enforcement in this country, and it was corroborated if not condoned by this administration.”

Or Keith Ablow..

“If you want to tear down the system, you might be taking your cues, by the way, from a president who has given the appearance that there is every justification for any level of anger at our country because we’re such despicable people.”

Trump wrote in a mocking Tweet…

“Our great African American president hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are happily and openly destroying Baltimore.”

How dare Trump call himself an American? How dare legions of “talking heads” at Fox blither righteously over failure of a black man to right civil wrongs orchestrated by decades of abuse and white entitlement? What is wrong with you America – can’t you see what’s happening?

 

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http://thedailybanter.com/2015/04/trump-conservatives-blame-president-obama-for-baltimore/

Pondering Cuba


Yesterday morning began as any other – reaching for the remote, instinctively allowing a news station to transport me from semi-conscious to reality. Almost immediately I heard this….

“Today, America chooses to cut loose the shackles of the past, so as to reach for a better future for the Cuban people, for the American people, for our entire hemisphere and for the world,” – Barrack Obama

http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/17/world/americas/united-states-cuba-deal/index.html

Leaping from bed with alarming intensity, I nearly stepped on the dog trying to reach my phone. Texting my husband and daughter “Obama just lifted the embargo on Cuba”. “I KNOW!” instantly shot back from my daughter. My husband called a few minutes later – “Holy craps” were exchanged, as we parted to investigate further.

Miniscule shreds of conscience capable of acknowledging Obama’s bold (reasonable and about freakin’ time) announcement, quickly succumbed to overwhelming selfishness. Cuba sole my heart – a remarkable country, full of remarkable people. Proud, stoic, resourceful, artistic, joyous people who persevered despite insurmountable odds. Horrified at the prospect of American business homogenizing “my Cuba”, I found myself spiraling towards a full on tizzy fit.

Allowing a day to ponder implications of Barrack Obama’s policy shift eradicated my fears. Caught up in the historic American “about face”, I almost forgot how U.S. politics worked. I could have spared considerable grief, hours of self loathing for putting the Cuba I love before the people who struggle with rations and shortages, if I’d been quick enough to remember the Republicans.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida was first out of the gate…

“This entire policy shift announced today is based on an illusion, based on a lie,” Rubio, who is the son of Cuban immigrants, told reporters on Capitol Hill. “The White House has conceded everything and gained little.”

“I’m committed to doing everything I can to unravel as many of these changes as possible,” he added.

As of January 6, 2015 the U.S. Senate will be controlled by the Republican party – icing on the cake, Marco Rubio will be the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee’s subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere (complete with oversight responsibility for the region).

“This Congress is not going to lift the embargo,” Rubio declared at the end of his news conference.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/17/marco-rubio-cuba-obama_n_6342348.html

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) also slammed the change in policy, saying it “emboldens all state sponsors of terrorism.”

“Relations with the Castro regime should not be revisited, let alone normalized, until the Cuban people enjoy freedom -– and not one second sooner,” Boehner said in a statement. “There is no ‘new course’ here, only another in a long line of mindless concessions to a dictatorship that brutalizes its people and schemes with our enemies.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), one of the most outspoken Republicans in Congress on matters of foreign policy, threatened to do everything in his power to block funding from being used to set up a U.S. embassy in Cuba. “Normalizing relations with Cuba is bad idea at a bad time,” Graham said on Twitter.

Now I’m mad – who do these nincompoops think they are? Cuba is lovely without Starbucks or McDonalds, the Cuban people however deserve a little respect. America spews blustery rhetoric on how compassionately the “greatest nation in the world” views global issues. All hot headed Republicans see is a Communist nation. Pig headed “over my dead body” gobbley gook emanating from a gaggle of close minded pin heads.

Kudos to you Barrack Obama – never let it be said you didn’t attempt righting an enormous wrong.

 

Notes and daughter in Havana

 

 

 

Bowe Bergdahl Nonsense


Obama bashing erupted with giddy vengeance following news of a prisoner trade with the Taliban for American soldier Bowe Bergdahl. Hardly able to contain themselves, right wing hot heads wasted no time calling foul on Obama and the Democrats. How dare the administration “negotiate” with terrorists?  Allegations Bergdahl was captured after deserting his post, fueled in no small part by Bill O’Reilly’s asinine statements – Bergdahl was a un-American deserter,  converted to Islam, and his father looked like a member of the Taliban.

http://www.salon.com/2014/06/06/fox_news_new_transformation_how_bowe_bergdahl_went_from_pow_to_terrorist/

Bowe Bergdahl survived years of unimaginable abuse. Torture, beatings, months held inside a metal cage in total darkness. His father claims he grew the beard in solidarity for his son, learning regional dialects in hopes of talking to the captors. Sgt. Bergdahl and his family have endured more than any of us could fathom.

Pondering reactions of opportunistic right wing trash talkers, a depressing and sobering prospect – a prospect close to eroding my few remaining shreds of optimism. In this case, optimism is defined as my hope average Americans can resist over blown anti-government grand standing, in favor of finding a crumb of decency to welcome Bergdahl home while allowing the truth to be determined.

Attempting reason with a pack of rabid dogs is futile. All I can offer are some facts – if nothing else, throwing them at America makes me feel better.

Soap box hysteria claiming  Taliban men exchanged for Bergdahl are poised to eradicate America’s way of life – alarmist propaganda at best. Statistically only 29% of detainees released  from Guantanamo make their way back to the Taliban. Compare that to the 2/3’s of American citizens who find themselves back in jail within 3 years of release from American prisons.

Your red faced indignation over Obama ignoring a perceived “America will not negotiate with terrorists” policy – stop listening to Fox News and spend a few minutes pondering reality. Jimmy Carter bargained for release of Iranian hostages. Ronald Reagan bargained for hostages held in Lebanon by agreeing to send arms to Iran – come on people, brush up on your history and remember a secret deal by Republican Ronald Reagan to use Israel to ship weapons to Iran, resupply Israel and come off smelling like a rose. Has America forgotten the disintegrating plan which ultimately led to funds from arms sales to Iran being diverted to support anti-Communist Contra rebels in Nicaragua?

What I find most disturbing is a willingness to seize upon blind  “discredit Obama” sentiment.  Claiming Obama destroys American values, using Bowe Bergdahl’s release as fuel for right wing campfires. Void of compassion, oblivious to “no soldier left behind” values, bereft of common decency, let alone intentions to stand behind your soldiers.

I have no doubt the “gotcha Obama” crew are mighty pleased with themselves. You must be patting each other on the backs, high fiving your good fortune, lost in a hazy delusion of righteous victory. All I can tell you is how pathetically un-American you are. How you dishonor the military, mock fundamental codes of conduct – all for the sake of your twisted political agenda. Using Bowe Bergdahl to bolster anti government propaganda is shameful – believe me when I tell you, no one is buying your embarrassing diversion.

Berdahl is an American soldier – his service and conduct, not the business of narrow minded lunatics bent on discrediting the government. Those of you calling him a deserter, making death threats against his family, claiming he converted to Islam (thus has become a terrorist) – while gleefully attacking Obama for bringing him home – know that you are the reason America struggles. You’re acting like petulant children – children in need of a “time out”.

Give it a rest Bergdahl haters. We all know you’re Obama haters – show us you’re capable of putting this issue in perspective by acknowledging your bias. Stop playing games and admit you care more for slamming Obama than waiting for actual facts in the Bergdahl case. Allow the military to sort out Bergdahl’s circumstances. Until such time as concrete proof exists in support of your hysterical accusations – put your claws away and allow an American soldier to come home.

nypost.com

 

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/us-taliban-prisoner-swap-five-points-the-critics-are-ignoring/article18983098/

 

Bush Comment


I wrote this in response to a comment received yesterday on my post “Bush League Ponder”.

 

You and I will never see eye to eye on Obama. You state the only “proof” available to you regarding his idiocy and destruction of America is what news media tells you. The only way I can describe my reaction to this is sadness and depression. I respect the right of any individual to follow their conviction – all I ask is these conclusions be reached independently – the result of thoughtful and individual weighing of the facts.

You couldn’t be bothered to read this post yet used it as an opportunity to remind me of your intention to “vote against every single Democrat I can” provided “Obama and his minions haven’t taken away our right to vote”.

I could remind you – the people voted, they elected Obama not once but twice. Democracy works this way – the people decide, a majority wins. It may be futile to ask you this but my ever optimistic curiosity can’t help itself. Are you angry with Obama or destined to be angry with any duly elected official deemed “un-American” by poor losers masquerading as legitimate, honest news media?

There are two sides to every story. I beg you to resist temptation of covering your ears and chanting “La,La,La ” when your mind collides with my next statement. I’ll be brief, hopefully delivering my message as painlessly as possible. Brace yourself, be brave and stay with me for the sake of your country….

The post you had to comment on but couldn’t be bothered to read described a new exhibit at the George W. Bush Library. An interactive installation where visitors pretended to make decisions as Bush – in particular his response to Hurricane Katrina. The primary “decision point” being “how to restore order”. (Geez – who knew Negroes would get a little uppity if left to stew for 3 or 4 days under lakes of brackish water without food, water, or hint the government gave a damn) Yep – a plethora of Bushganda, ( a play on propaganda not Uganda in case I confused you) a mecca for those clinging to “King George”, the last great American. On the off chance you’re still with me – the exhibit doesn’t allow for any scenarios or decisions not taken by Bush.

Being you’re adamant about gleaning facts from news media – I remind you, Rachel Maddox is a card carrying member of that club.

I have no illusions this response will scratch your “I loath Obama” armor or shed light on your part in undermining democracy in America. Your “news media” must have wet their delighted pants when Barrack Obama dared a middle name like Hussein. You’ve told me in the past he is a Muslim, hates God and is selling America to Islam.

Not that it will make a lick of difference, I’m going to sleep a whole lot better after saying this….

Bat shit nonsense, iron clad protestations and robotic lack of self determination will destroy America. We don’t have to agree. Diversity is something to cherish and learn from – I have nothing but respect for those who take the time to weigh both sides of any debate before making their point intelligently. On the other hand – those who can’t be bothered to look at both sides, those preferring to bully, pout and point fingers – frankly, it just makes you look silly.

https://notestoponder.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/bush-league-ponder/

 

Biblically Hostile Mindblower


I see Barrack Obama as a great American – a man of conviction, integrity and desire to move America into the future. Duly elected in spite of a convoluted system, he swore an oath of office to uphold the Constitution and protect America. A Constitution guaranteeing separation of church and state, promising religious freedom and individual rights.

What he got was a hysterical “conspiracy” ass kicking, hand delivered by knuckle headed fundamentalists. Fundamentalists crying foul and pointing righteous fingers at the man responsible for destroying America. Red faced whiners claiming Obama hated God – people anesthetized by years void of independent reason. People convinced the only good American was a God fearing one. People claiming to fight for the same Constitution  Obama apparently loathed. People like those who author this site…

http://www.wallbuilders.com/libissuesarticles.asp?id=106938

I didn’t want to include the link, but it had to be done – if for no other reason than to state; I now understand why America is doomed. It lists in chronological order – attacks on religious persons or organizations, hostility towards biblical faith in the military, attacks on biblical values, and preferential consideration towards the Muslim faith. A few examples…

February 2012 – The Obama administration forgives student loans in exchange for public service, but announces it will no longer forgive student loans if the public service is related to religion. [4]

April 2009 – When speaking at Georgetown University, Obama orders that a monogram symbolizing Jesus’ name be covered when he is making his speech. [16]

April 2008 – Obama speaks disrespectfully of Christians, saying they “cling to guns or religion” and have an “antipathy to people who aren’t like them.” [19]

October 2013 – A counter-intelligence briefing at Fort Hood tells soldiers that evangelical Christians are a threat to Americans and that for a soldier to donate to such a group “was punishable under military regulations.

July 2012 – The Pentagon, for the first time, allows service members to wear their uniforms while marching in a parade – specifically, a gay pride parade in San Diego. [62]

January 2009 – President Obama’s nominee for deputy secretary of state asserts that American taxpayers are required to pay for abortions and that limits on abortion funding are unconstitutional. [80]

April 2010 – The Obama administration requires rewriting of government documents and a change in administration vocabulary to remove terms that are deemed offensive to Muslims, including jihad, jihadists, terrorists, radical Islamic, etc. [87]

The list is long, I’ll spare anymore examples. Here’s the thing America – separation of church and state is a constitutional right. Abortion is legal. Homosexual soldiers are no different than any other soldier, they’re recognized by the military and given equal rights.

Undermining America because someone had the balls to respect all Americans – throwing tantrums because your “God” has to sit beside Allah, or perish the thought – a Lesbian atheist soldier who had an abortion after she was raped in the barracks – put your money where your mouth is and start acting like an American.

Obama isn’t an enemy of the American way of life, he hasn’t a secret agenda, or any desire to take away your bible. All he wants is a nation of people willing to respect and honor freedom. Get off your high horse and understand once and for all – your God isn’t the nation’s God. Religion is no longer a matter of state, religion can’t bully the courts, dictate lifestyle or poison democracy simply because you say so.