2016 election

I, Virginia Bergman, pledge not to vote for a male presidential candidate in 2016 just because he's male.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Trump incites Americans to violence

The face of hatred. Photo via Wonkette.
Come on, people! Are we so desensitized by politics as usual in the US of A that we brush aside Donald Trump's casual suggestion that it would be okay to shoot Hillary Clinton or maybe her appointees to the Supreme Court?

Do Americans have no recourse in this situation as the nominee of one of our two major political parties encourages murdering his opponent? .

Are we not even surprised or shocked? How on earth did Donald Trump get as far as he has in our supposedly developed nation? Or maybe if we look a little deeper, we're as underdeveloped as those nations we like to hold up as examples of those backward folks.

My fellow Americans, is there no defense in our supposedly civilized culture against incitement to violence, even murder?

It's past time for Republicans to take action and boot the Donald out of their camp. Dan Rather has the right idea:

Former anchorman Dan Rather has issued a challenge to his colleagues: "This cannot be treated as just another outrageous moment in the campaign." 

Rather is talking about Donald Trump's remark that "Second Amendment people" might be able to stop Hillary Clinton's appointment of Supreme Court justices.

The comment raised the specter of political violence and earned widespread condemnation, though Trump supporters denied that he was encouraging violence.

"To anyone who still pretends this is a normal election of Republican against Democrat, history is watching. And I suspect its verdict will be harsh," Rather wrote on Facebook shortly after it happened on Tuesday afternoon.

Related: New York Daily News calls for Trump to end his campaign
Rather -- who covered the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas -- called Trump's "Second Amendment people" remark "a new low," unprecedented "in the history of American presidential politics."
Writing about political figures who have reluctantly endorsed Trump, he said, "Many have tried to do a side-shuffle and issue statements saying they strongly disagree with his rhetoric but still support the candidate. That is becoming woefully insufficient. The rhetoric is the candidate."
Fellow journalists were the other audience for his Facebook post.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Hillary's lead over Trump grows post DNC Convention

Hillary Clinton arrives on the final night at the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016.
 Photo by Jim Young, Reuters, via CNBC.
My hope for the America I've known throughout my life has been nearly restored. You understand, I've been seriously worried by the apparent support Donald Trump has -with his ethics of  bigotry and "me first" -
philosophy that he has received from those apparently blind folks who have followed in line behind little Donnie. Hopefully the news of Hillary's bounce from the Democratic Convention will inspire others to check out her years of public service, keeping in mind that relentless attempts by the GOP to take her down have failed. Never once has Hillary been charged of willful wrongdoing and that includes the fake Benghazi and email scandals.

And get this dear readers, little Donnie's response to the above breaking news is to name HRC "the devil" FYI Donnie, Hillary is a saint compared to you. Here's the latest on the general election race between little Donnie and Hillary who has continued to comport herself from a centered position of compassion, respect for others, intelligence, and overall ethical values  throughout her longtime service to her country. Now hear this from NBC:

Following the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton now leads Donald Trump by 8 points — 50 percent to 42 percent — up from a single-point difference last week, according to the latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll.

Clinton's gain also comes after a series of controversial comments made by the Republican nominee this past week regarding the family of a fallen American soldier and Trump's suggestion that Russian hackers should seek out deleted Clinton emails. (graphs included below.)

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump?

Trump and Clinton, photo via http://www.eonline.com.
Research Professor of Education, New York University,
Diane Ravitch, and I reached voting age in the early 1960s. I'm pleased to report that both Ravitch and I plan to vote for Hillary Clinton this November. Hey, it's either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. I'm hoping no self-respecting Democrat will vote for Trump.  
To be clear, Ravitch just published her well thought out reasons why she is voting for Hillary, and I'm with Ravitch on this:

I cast my first vote in 1960, when I was 22. That was before 18-year-olds were allowed to vote. I voted for John F. Kennedy, and I worked in his campaign. I was thrilled when he visited campaign headquarters, and I got to shake his hand. He was exciting and dynamic.

At the time, critics said he was no better than Richard Nixon.

They talked about his father, his money, his privilege, his Roman Catholicism; rumors swirled about his private life but were never reported by the media. 

Public opinion was so divided about JFK, even among Democrats, that Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. felt compelled to write a short book called Kennedy or Nixon: Does It Make Any Difference? Of course, he argued that Kennedy was infinitely preferable to Nixon. Kennedy was elected by a razor-thin margin. Some people said that the corrupt Daley regime in Chicago put him over the top.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Commonalities of Bernie and The Donald

Personally, I wish Elizabeth Warren would call out Bernie Sanders, in addition to her tough talk about Donald Trump.  As far as I know, Liz hasn't been upset over some of Bernie's recent demands. Bernie, the losing candidate for the Democratic nominee position, having been a Democrat for about one year, has claimed the right to appoint members of the Party's platform committee, and he's currently demanding a voice in Hillary Clinton's presidential appointments, even though he's warning her not to declare herself the nominee just yet.

Warren needs to acknowledge that Bernie, her favorite for the nominee position, boasts some very superficial claims to authenticity: uncombed hair, rumpled suit, fist raised, perpetual scowl, etc. And yes Bernie does have some things in common with the Trump, for example, both of these grown men frequently throw temper tantrums when they don't get their way.

In the meantime, I'll give Liz due credit for publicly standing up to Trump:

WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), amplifying her her recent attacks on Donald Trump, admonished the presumptive GOP presidential nominee in a no-holds-barred speech on Tuesday, calling him “a small, insecure money-grubber who doesn’t care who gets hurt.”

Warren recounted the story of a Nevada family whose home was foreclosed at the height of the 2008 economic crisis while accepting an award from the Center for Popular Democracy, an economic justice organization. The story served as a segue into an excoriation of comments Trump made before the crisis, hoping the housing market would crash so he could profit from it.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sanders' outrageous demands

 (Tracie Van Auken / European Pressphoto Agency)
Bernie Sanders calls to mind an expression I learned years ago in childhood: "Give him an inch, and he'll take a mile."  The Democratic Party that he has maligned daily, after it embraced him in April 2015, has allowed him to appoint members to its Platform Committee. Having been given an inch, Bernie is now demanding his mile: he wants a say in Hillary Clinton's presidential appointments. The Democratic Party should be on the alert as it looks as if the loser in the election of its 2016 nominee will continue to increase his demands. By the way, Bernie is accusing the party of rigging the election in favor of Hillary Clinton. Talk about sour grapes.

Susan Madrak at the Blue Nation Review writes:

Jonathan Martin, NY Times national political correspondent, told CNN that Bernie won’t be satisfied with symbolic platform committee spots, he wants a say in Hillary’s presidential appointments.

When I heard this, I thought, not for the first time, that Bernie’s actions have become deeply undemocratic. He truly believes his opinions are more important than that of the, what, three million more voters whose support Hillary has earned — so far.

When I voted for Hillary here in Pennsylvania, I was voting for her choices. She’s smart, principled, and good at moving the levers of power. I want her judgment, not his.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Sanders' problem in facing reality

Bernie's angry face is all over the Internet, photo via the New Yorker.

Senator Bernie Sanders stepped on the national stage with a halo around his head, proclaiming he was above politics and holding up his flag of idealism for all to see. He roused the college kids with his notions of starting a revolution and leaders on the ultra Left, old enough to know better, were also stirred by Bernie's inflammatory rhetoric. The Democratic Party welcomed Bernie into its fold as he non-idealistically needed its cash and support for his presidential run.

What has Bernie done for the Democratic Party since it embraced him? Well, he sued the DNC for penalizing his team for hacking Hillary Clinton's files. He has repeatedly accused his newfound political home for rigging the election of its nominee in Clinton's favor, and among other things, he's threatened to depose Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC Chair, when he's elected.

Then there was his response to the Nevada episode where his supporters - the Bernie or bust folks - got a little out of hand, as noted by New York Times columnist Paul Krugman who titled his recent post: 'Questions of Character:"

Like a lot of people, I was shocked by the statement Bernie Sanders put out about Nevada. No hint of apology for his supporters’ behavior, lots of accusations about a “rigged” process when the issue in Nevada was whether Clinton should get more delegates in a state where she won the vote. And the general implication that the nomination is somehow being stolen when the reality is that Clinton won because a large majority of voters chose to support her.

But maybe we shouldn’t have been shocked. It has been obvious for quite a while that Sanders — not just his supporters, not even just his surrogates, but the candidate himself — has a problem both in facing reality and in admitting mistakes. The business with claiming that Clinton only won conservative states in the deep South told you that; and even before, there were strong indications that he would not accept defeat gracefully or even rationally.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

American politics: it's nothing but a game of cards

Craig Barritt via Getty Images 
 Gloria Steinem at the May 4 premiere of Viceland’s “WOMAN.” 
Photo via the Huffington Post.
Card playing in American politics is a big deal. Standing up against racism means you're playing the race card. If you support Muslims, you gotta be playing the religion card. And lately you're either playing the man card or the woman card. Who else but Donald Trump would come up with the woman card in his feeble attempt to put Hillary Clinton in her place. The Donald should have known better, but then he repeatedly demonstrates that he's not very bright; whereas, Hillary is known for her intelligence, knowledge, experience, and grasp of the important issues in the political arena. She's also a sharp card player. "Deal me in," she chided Trump, reminding him of the strong positions she's taken in support of sisterhood, which Robin Morgan continuously reminds us is a powerful force to be reckoned with. Yes, indeed, Donald:  Sisterhood is powerful!

Since attacking Hillary the other day, Donald Trump has been introduced to the powerful sisterhood of Hillary and Gloria Steinem - Steinem didn't miss a beat in suggesting that Donald plays a number of cards, including the masculinity and testosterone cards - she backed off that one as she recalled that both genders have testosterone - I didn't know that until I read this article by Emma Gray,  Huffpo's executive women's editor:

Gloria Steinem has strong feelings about Donald Trump, and unsurprisingly, they’re not glowing.
During the Wednesday night premiere of her powerful new docu-series for Viceland, “WOMAN,” Steinem did not mince words about Trump’s misogyny. The feminist icon responded to the presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s assertion that Hillary Clinton plays the “woman card.”

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