Elizabeth Warren as Hillary's running mate is a terrible idea. Warren has repeatedly proven that she has tremendous power to impact policy in the Senate. She will not have that power as Hillary's Vice-President. Technically the Vice President has 2 duties - to cast the tie-breaking vote in the event of a Senate deadlock and to watch and certify the official vote count of the U.S. Electoral College. The unspoken duty of the vice president is to agree with the President and to support the president's policies. Vice president sounds good but it's a lame duck position, little more than window dressing, and will only serve to muzzle the brilliant Elizabeth Warren and the economic and social justice policies for which she stands. Warren and Clinton are not on the same page politically except in the area of reproductive choice. Economically and environmentally they are most definitely NOT on the same page.
No question the Democratic Party is split, between old school democrats — the party or die and that dreadful Debbie Wasserman Schultz — and new school democrats — we need to change the party, money out of politics, humanity and earth first. As per the narrative, if the party is split, Trump cannot be defeated. As per the narrative, that’s why Bernie needs to drop out and drop out now. Oh for heaven’s sakes. Bernie is staying in for one reason and one reason alone – “ I am going to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia with as many delegates as possible to fight for a progressive party platform that calls for a $15 an hour minimum wage, an end to our disastrous trade policies, a Medicare-for-all health care system, breaking up Wall Street financial institutions, ending fracking in our country, making public colleges and universities tuition free, and passing a carbon tax so we can effectively address the planetary crisis of climate change."
No question Hillary needs progressives to win. She knows it and the party knows it. Ergo the DNC, which is and has been firmly behind Clinton from the beginning, has offered Sanders a position of real structural power crafting the democratic platform. This is absolutely unprecedented. In case you didn’t know, the 2016 drafting committee of the democratic platform came into being as a result of negotiations between the Sanders and Clinton campaigns and Democratic National Committee leaders. The committee will be composed of five members chosen by Sanders, six chosen by Clinton, and four by the dreadful DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Bernie is not going to turn his delegates over unless the progressive agenda he supports, and has never waivered from, is solidly represented in the platform.
The narrative tells us the way to unite the party is to forget our differences — political differences that have devolved into a vicious personal attacks — and unite behind Clinton. People are incredibly angry – and well they should be. No one likes voting for the lesser of two evils and historians are in fact going to look back on this election season and call it rigged. I agree to disagree with people who think it wasn’t, but I’m not particularly interested in a vicious I’m-right-you’re-wrong kind of fight. I’m more interested in strategizing for the future. I’ve said all along I will vote for Clinton if Bernie doesn’t get the nomination and because of this Sanders supporters hate me. As a Sanders supporter I’m been roundly hated by Clinton supporters and because of the vitriol from both parties I’ve pretty much stayed out the conversation for almost a year because the smack back wasn’t worth it. However, the idea of a Trump presidency is so appalling it makes it hard to breathe. I do not for one-minute think the country would better off with the anti-choice, racist Trump as president, rather than pro-choice, inclusive Clinton, and I think the perspective that it would be, is in some instances remarkably childish and in others, smacks of liberal elitism.
Live loud, love fierce, and suffer no fools. Katherine Manaan
Kissinger was beyond evil; truly a terrifying figure in the structural power game that is killing humanity. For the life of me I couldn't understand why Hillary mentioned Kissinger. Surely there are enough people my age who remember what he did and what he stood for. Are we going to praise Robert McNamara next? And while I'm on the boneheads advising Hillary...who thought it was a good idea to trot out Madeleine Albright to scold young women into voting for Hillary? Last time I saw Madeleine on T.V., she was supporting President Bill Clinton bombing Iraq in the midst of his impeachment trial. I was not for impeaching Clinton because he diddled Monica. I thought the whole thing was ridiculous, redolent of Cotton Mather, but in the midst of the trial, when Clinton decided to bomb Iraq, clearly to take the focus off said trial, then I thought he should be impeached. I digress. Back to the boneheads advising Clinton.
To reduce the battle between Sanders and Clinton to women versus men was, and is, a stupid idea, as stupid as Al Gore hiring Naomi Wolf for thousands of dollars to re-work his image to make him more appealing to female voters. Earth colors and flannel shirts were the result and the annoying habit of cocking his head to the side when listening to a question. He looked like he’d done half a Quaalude. Again, I digress. I was watching Bill Maher the night Gloria said, that young women voters prefer Bernie Sanders because “the boys are with Bernie.” I was in the middle of doing my sit-ups and I stopped, wondering if I’d really heard what I’d just heard. Even Bill Maher was wondering if he’d really heard what he’d just heard. I re-watched the entire show just to make sure and was appalled to find out I’d heard correctly. I wasn’t taking a phrase out of context; Gloria really said it. She may as well have said, the clit’s driving the bus. What a remarkably effective way of alienating young women voters; as effective as Madeleine’s comment that you’re going to hell if you don’t vote for Hillary.
Live loud, love fierce, and suffer no fools. Katherine Manaan MAWT
To the reader who wrote and told me she was leaving my page because as a Bernie supporter I was a traitor to my sex:
To call someone anti-woman because she is not a Hillary supporter boggles my mind. I would never vote for someone, or not vote for someone, because of his or her sex. I vote based on a candidate's voting record; I vote based on my experience with a particular candidate; and I vote based on my interpretation of what a candidate has done and will do. Again that's my interpretation, not some talking heads, based on my own research. I have several friends who are die-hard Hillary fans; we are all intelligent women, in our 60’s, feminists, marched through the 60’s and 70’s, and yes, we disagree. Grown up people disagree, but the sane among us don’t have to bomb each other or engage in bloviated Trump type responses because of a difference of opinion.
Like most of the women who support Bernie, I have every intention of voting for Hillary if he loses the primary. I am done with the vitriol coming from both sides—and that means the Clinton and Sanders camp. Done. When I post something positive about Hillary, and I have on numerous occasions, I am excoriated by Sanders’ supporters; when I post something positive about Sanders I am excoriated by Hillary supporters. And in the MAWT newsfeeds people are ripping each other new assholes for not supporting their candidate. That was never what this page was about; this page was supposed to be a place for nuanced conversation among progressives. I expected disagreements; I did not expect what I’ve been reading recently.
It’s so ugly out there right now. People are feeling so powerless and rather than admit it, they’re screaming at each other. There’s an ever growing polarization between progressives that scares the crap out of me because no matter who wins, Hillary or Bernie, we still have to come together and continue to work and push for structural and policy change. Structural and policy change that will be next to impossible if the states don’t vote democratic. Right wing Republicans have proven to be brilliant at taking over state legislatures and have quite successfully eroded a woman’s right to an abortion, replaced some public education with vouchers, and severely weakened unions with purposely-misnamed right-to-work-laws. The pitched battle between the Hillary and Sanders camps has quite literally erased any and all focus on state elections.
I can’t help thinking that it’s on purpose. I can’t help thinking that the-powers-that-be are busy throwing gasoline on the fires of divisiveness so they can continue to do exactly what they’ve been doing, exactly how they’ve been doing it.
Live loud, love fierce, and suffer no fools. Katherine Manaan MAWT
I kind of lost it after the Paris attacks; I couldn’t write, I couldn’t read, I couldn’t put a thought together. I needed time to grieve, and though I did know about what happened in Beirut, and hold true that no one person’s death is more important than another, I tend to edit the horrors I witness in order to emotionally survive. I grew up in Paris; my father was stationed in Paris, so yes Paris has a special resonance for me. The fact that some atrocities resonate more with me than others doesn’t negate or devalue my horror of the depraved acts against global humanity, which I am witnessing with increasing frequency.
ISIL is an extreme faction of Islam. I’m tired of the back and forth argument of whether its real Islam or not; as tired as I am of the back and forth argument of whether right wing Christianity is real Christianity or not. ISIL has their own interpretation of Islam just like right wing Christianity has their own interpretation of Christianity. The point is both sides think their interpretation of the word of God is correct and it is their holy mission to impose it on non-believers. Any means, from outright lies to acts of terror, justifies the end. That being said, the majority of Muslims do not support ISIL, just like the majority of Christians do not support right wing Christianity.
When I heard the Paris attack referred to as an act of war, I had the same response I had to Hillary the day after 9/11, when she referred to the bombing of the world trade center as an act of war. Neither the bombing of the world trade center nor the attacks in Paris was an act of war; they were acts of terrorism. Terrorism is a method, you don’t know when, where, or how the terrorist is going to attack; the only thing you can be sure of is that they will attack when you least expect it, in the most profoundly, hurtful way they can think of. Military force and the threat of ever more powerful military force does not work against terrorism. Terrorists don’t give a flying fig how big your bombs are and they certainly don’t care if you bomb their country and innocent people.
ISIL is funded by the profits of their oil fields, taxes they impose on the people who live in the territories they control, and private funding. The majority of the private funding comes through Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, all three allies of the United States. We give Saudi Arabia lots of money and weapons to encourage them to step up to the plate and stop the flow of money to terrorists and extremist groups. Between 2010 and 2014 we sold Saudi Arabia $90 billion dollars worth of arms. On Monday, November 16th, 2015, Obama signed yet another billion dollar arms deal with them. These weapon sales are called diplomacy. You scratch our backs; we’ll scratch yours. This is the same reasoning behind not bombing ISIL’s oil fields because the men, who can ostensibly pressure the men to stop funding ISIL, will be mad at us if we do. If they get mad at us, funding for terrorism will increase and horrific acts of terror against humanity will become a daily, global, occurrence. Since the weapons the United States, France, Russia, and England have sold the Saudi’s continually end up in the hands of terrorists, and given the growing number of terrorist acts, it makes no sense whatsoever to continue this diplomatic tact.
When I step away from the media controlled narrative—the reasons we can and can’t stop the flow of monies to ISIL; the reasons we can and can’t stop people from buying their oil; the reasons behind Middle Eastern governments giving little more than lip service to stopping the growth of ISIL—all I can think is follow the money. No one percenter would funnel huge amounts of money into any activity without expecting a sizable return on their investment. The value of the money of the global 1% is completely interdependent; what reduces the value of money on one side reduces the value of money on the other. This is why the U.S. government bailed out the banks—the American dollar was about to become worthless because of reckless speculation by the big money boys —and because of the interdependency of the economic system, it would have taken down the entire global economy. In other words the worldwide super rich would have awakened super poor and the super rich no matter what side they play for, aren’t about to let that happen. They have the money, which gives them the structural power to do whatever they want including determine a diplomacy and foreign policy that protects their profits at any cost.
ISIL is a direct result of Bush’s war: a pre-emptive war that had nothing to do with Iraq. Chris Hedges calls ISIL, our Frankenstein. Clearly ISIL is a very real and present danger if Obama and Putin—two men who really don’t like each other—have decided to work together to militarily stop them. I hold true that ISIL must be stopped but the fact is ISIL is not in the least bit scared of America or anyone in the western world and nuking them isn’t going to scare them either. If anything it will get them more fanatic followers than before. We are programmed to believe that bigger bombs and bigger guns and sneakier drones will protect us but clearly that’s not true. There has to be another way. There has to be more effective diplomacy, there has to be a way to destabilize the super rich, ruling bullies on both sides playing life and death games with the earth and humanity but that’s not going to happen unless people across the globe, come together en masse, accept the reality of what’s going on, and vote in officials that serve the needs of humanity before the crass desires of profit. I am feeling a lot like a pawn on a chessboard these days and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t think we’re being marched into war.
Live loud, love fierce, and suffer no fools.
Katherine Manaan MAWT
Lefty, feminist, progressive, pro-choice, pro-humanity, pro-environment, anti-corporation, resister.....