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The Christian Bible–A Communist Manifesto? Socialist Propaganda? Where is the Gestapo of Righteousness When You Need ’em?

So… the Christian Bible. Do you believe what it says is true? Are you a communist? A socialist? A rebel? A reader of this blog? Wow! That’s impressive!

I’m always amazed by the many people who refer to themselves, and rather sanctimoniously indeed, as ‘Christians’ while they continue to advocate ideas and actions that defy what the Christian bible actually teaches.

I’m no biblical scholar, nor am I the most devout. In fact, I’m rather agnostic these days–unsure about everything. Is there a God? Are humans basically good? Or evil? Are Americans more selfish than the rest of the planet, or are we just playing out the dark side of human drama–human nature at its worst. We’re one of the richest countries in the world but that doesn’t motivate us to make the world better. Our wealth as a nation has just made us greedier, more selfish. So is it better for the spirit to just remain poor? Can you be a good person and be rich? Possibly, the love of money is the root of all evil? Well, that’s what the Christian bible says anyhow…

Whew! That’s too heavy, even for me right now. (It is the holiday season, after all…)

Ehem.

Yet I remain surprised (heck, I’m flabbergasted!) when I meet so-called Christians who support ideas like these:

“Money is great! Ya’ gotta love money, or you’ll be poor! Selfishness is good! Don’t share/Don’t care!  And power over other people too–that’s great! We need to control others. God wants us to be rich! Greed is good! We should want more, more and more! The homeless choose to be homeless, so we shouldn’t help them. We shouldn’t provide safety nets to help the poor because the poor are lazy, don’t want to work, are making bad choices, etc. ”    __the propaganda machine, a.k.a., various mainstream media sources in the usA… (sic)

(And then I meet people who are not Christians, sometimes are atheists, and they can be the kindest most loving people without a big, strong hyper-masculinized god to bully them into being nice ’cause otherwise they’ll go to hell! How do they do it?)

Oh yes, there’s lots more propaganda I could discuss here, but just for the sake of saving time and space, let’s talk about the poor, the homeless, those who are suffering economically. Should we help them? Should we budget cut programs to help the poor while continuing to give to the rich? ‘Cause ya’ know, the rich are so nice. They want to make money so that they can help us. They don’t make money to enrich themselves and their families. They don’t have selfish motives. They make money so that they can give some back to the rest of us, right?

Yeah, right. That’s why they keep trying to get out of paying taxes ’cause they just love giving back to the society that provided them with the resources they needed to get rich in the first place.

Hmm…

But goshly gosh, it’s Christmas/Kwanzaa/Chanukah/the holiday season/an Atheist’sNightmare, so shouldn’t we all come together as a people and share? At least for now? Share the wealth among each other?

Got plenty of money to go to college? Well, then why not  give someone else a scholarship so that he/she can go?

Got plenty of money and then some, for food? Well, why  not go out and give food to those who need it?

Got plenty of energy and physical strength to do work? Well, why not find an elderly or disabled person who can’t and needs help then mow their lawn, trim their hedges, shovel their snow, cook them a meal, etc.

Why not? Why not help someone else? It’s a great way to meet new people. Think of the new friends you could meet. Think of the many ways that person might end up helping you, might become a shoulder you can one day cry upon when there’s a death in your family, or a person you could go to for advice when you’re facing a problem you can’t solve. We never know how we might help each other (and sometimes in small ways that don’t involve money.) Yes, it may take up a little of our time, but may also enrich us on a spiritual level and make our lives worth living. That is both priceless and timeless.

What are you saying? Are you promoting communism? Socialism? Goshly gosh, don’t you like capitalism?

Nope, I’m talking about kindness, fairness, peace and love. I’m talking about what the Bible that you claim to have read actually does teach:

–that at the end of times, the least among us will move to the top:        “…the last will be first and the first will be last…,”  _Matthew 20:16

that we should give and give willingly, be willing to give the shirt off of our backs:  “Give to anyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.”  _Luke 6:30

“If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone takes your cloak, do not withhold your tunic as well.”  _Luke 6:29

“If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too.” Matthew 5:40

Just be happy with basic necessities. Don’t strive for massive amounts of material wealth:

“But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to be rich, however, fall into temptation and become ensnared by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.” _1Timothy 6:8-9, New Int’l version

The Lord will provide, so don’t worry about money and material possessions: “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field,  which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you–you of little faith.”  _Luke 12:28

The way we treat the least fortunate among us is the way we’re treating God himself. Can’t give to the poor? Then you are snubbing God himself!: “Truly, I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” _Matthew 25:45, New Int’l version

“Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter–when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”   _Isaiah 58:7

But my own personal favorite is this one: “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” _1 Timothy 6:10, New International version

Draconian Measures Used to Penalize Student Loan Debtors

Draconian Measures Used to Penalize Student Loan Debtors

People, student loan debtors are being treated differently from other debtors. Is this fair? Why the emphasis on penalizing people for going to college? Is this an effort to prevent poor and middle class people from getting an education?

Read on…

Do you think it is okay for the government to use draconian, i.e., cruel and life-destroying, soul-defeating methods to punish student loan debtors for not being able to pay off their loans?

Aw… am I using hyperbole here?

Nope. (But gotta love that word “hyperbole.” Makes me feel so special whenever I use it…)

In 21 US states, your driver’s license can be taken away from you if your student loans have gone into default. That’s nearly half the country. And this includes states such as California (once a “liberal” state) where a car is practically a necessity for getting around and for getting a job. In fact, some employers require a driver’s license and proof of auto insurance as a prerequisite for certain jobs.

In some states, your professional license can be taken away. So… if you have a license to practice law, medicine, to cut hair, to teach, to fix the plumbing, etc., you can lose your license to work!

Does this make sense? How would debtors pay off their debts if they’ve lost their licenses to work and to drive?

If someone is having trouble paying their bills, and our primary concern was to try to get them to pay those bills (not to destroy that person’s life,) wouldn’t it make more sense to assist them with finding a better-paying job so that they’d be in a better position to pay off their debts? How does it benefit our society to ruin the lives of college graduates by penalizing them for life for simply not having the money to pay off their debt? Immigrants who come to the US usually receive assistance in finding work and housing. Why not provide that same assistance to our very own, fellow US citizens?

Why do we emphasize punishing the poor people who can’t afford to pay their debts? Why aren’t we punishing the employers who refuse to pay their employees a decent, living wage? Or the landlords who charge unreasonably high rents, thus preventing their tenants from paying their other bills on time?

Student loan debt is the ONLY debt that cannot be written off in bankruptcy. Is this fair? Why are billionaires, such as Donald Trump, allowed to declare bankruptcy for debts accrued due to foolhardy and reckless decisions while student loan debtors–who come from poor or middle class families–are not? In fact, gamblers can write off their debts via bankruptcy. Does this make sense? Do we want to reward people for being irresponsible with their money but punish people for trying to make their lives better by obtaining an education?

Student loans are a form of financial assistance. Wealthy students don’t need them because their families can afford to pay their college tuition. It’s those of us who come from poor or middle class families who apply for financial assistance to attend college and are offered student loans.

Scholarships and grants that cover the entire cost of tuition are rare these days. Most students will not be able to obtain scholarships or grants that cover all of their tuition costs and are forced to take out loans in order to go to college.

Increasingly, many jobs require a license or certificate, if not a degree. Either way, that means, going to school and taking some classes. Does it make sense to penalize people who have financial  need (otherwise they wouldn’t be applying for financial aid) by taking away their bankruptcy protections, driver’s and professional licenses, etc.? Do we really want to discourage poor people from going to college and trying to pull themselves out of poverty? Again, while at the same time, we’re encouraging gambling and financial irresponsibility by offering bankruptcy protections for gamblers, millionaires and billionaires?!

Is that really what we want to do as a society?

Seriously?

Being a college student is hard work. It requires countless hours of studying, researching, writing papers, taking exams, and having one’s work  scrutinized and graded. It can be a stressful time for students who take their studies seriously. Why is this hard work not respected? Do we want to send the message to students that their hard work will not be rewarded?  Have we become such an idiocracy that we want to discourage people from not only thinking and learning but for trying to make their selves and their lives better by working hard to achieve a dream?

Student loan debtors can have their wages garnished, their tax refunds confiscated and–get this–their social security benefits taken from them. Is this fair? Does it even make sense from a practical standpoint? Does the punishment fit the “crime?” What is the crime exactly? Trying to obtain an education?

In a few years, we will have a huge population of elderly people who will no longer be able to work yet won’t be obtaining social security benefits in their retirement, won’t have money saved in the bank, won’t have children to help them–because they never started a family due to this oppressive debt–won’t have a home to live in, because they postponed buying a home and starting a family due to this debt, and our society will have a massive crisis on its hands.

What will we do with all these disenfranchised student loan debtors whose entire lives were spent dealing with an impossible to pay off debt so that they never accrued any nest egg, savings or family unit of their own? These will be broken, damaged people who wanted to contribute but were not allowed to fully contribute to society and not allowed to achieve their dreams. People who never really lived but spent their lives struggling financially. Are we going to just kill them off like the Nazis got rid of its “undesirables”? Or are we going to attempt to pay for their health care and basic living needs (while we continue to fund war and the surveillance state?)

Whether we decide to suddenly become a compassionate nation that takes care of its elderly or we continue to be a cruel, heartless, sociopathic nation that that rewards selfishness and greed, we’re going to have a crisis once a critical mass of people grows old with this massive debt. Why are we creating this crisis right now?

Even from a practical standpoint, does it make sense to create a huge population of disenfranchised, broken, defeated people who wanted to contribute but instead will be disabled and damaged from years of impoverishment? These are people we’ll need to take care of eventually. These are people who were our best and brightest who we chose to crush with massive debt and draconian punishment of it. We can, in fact, head back in time. We can go back to the days when poor people had no chance of ever bettering themselves, when only the rich had access to decent health care and education, when cruel and unusual punishments or torture were implemented by the wealthy and privileged against the disadvantaged whenever they dared defy the social order or status quo. Wait a minute, would that involve going back in time? Or are we there right now?

What’s truly heartbreaking is that this country could change over night. In fact, instantly, we could truly be a great America again. It doesn’t matter who’s president, really. What matters is us, we the people, and what we want. As long as we stick together and stand by each other, we can make our politicians bend to our will. (Problem is, we are not sticking together. We are out to get each other–dog-eat-dog!)

But like all of our nation’s problems, the student loan debt issue is a solvable problem. In a heartbeat, we can solve this problem. We can restore bankruptcy protections for student loan debt starting NOW. Then we can start working on other solutions, such as, restoring scholarships and grants that cover tuition costs, eliminating the student loan program altogether (because poor people can’t ever guarantee they will be able to pay off debts–they’re poor dammit!,) lowering or even eliminating the cost of college tuition. Offering free educational programs, especially job-training programs, so that people really will have opportunities to learn and grow and potentially increase their income potential.

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Fake Liberals, Fake Journalists, Fake News… It’s All One Big Fake!!!

Heck, maybe this blog is “fake” too…

Hmm…

In any case, there’s been a lot of discussion in the media about so-called “fake” news, i.e., some people are saying things that some other people just don’t like, don’t agree with, and so those things they say must be “fake.”

It was disappointing, though not so surprising, to hear political comedian, Stephen Colbert, rant about so-called “fake news” on the Late Show recently. In full disclosure, I am a rather bleeding-heart liberal, and Stephen Colbert is one of my favorite comedians. He’s talented and may very well be a nice person, generally speaking. But he’s also a millionaire who is, like most entertainment  industry  higher ups, completely out of touch with the average person’s daily experience. As a wealthy, white male, Colbert is what many of us would call a “limousine liberal.” He cares a lot about climate change. He expresses concern about racism. He wants to save the trees and probably the whales too. But does he want to save the average American? Most likely, he doesn’t even know that a cry for help has been screamed loudly in the form of a presidential election–and the empowerment of Donald Trump…

But in the end, our current system benefits millionaires like Colbert, so he can’t condone any radical changes to it because radical changes to our system will not benefit him at all. Knowing this, I suppose it is not that surprising that Colbert has actually resorted to condoning censorship on his show:

In typical limousine-liberal, condescending fashion, Colbert instructs his audience:
“…I really hope you don’t get your news from me because–news flash!–this isn’t news…”

No sh*t, Sherlock. You mean to tell me that the Late Show isn’t a news show? Oh dear, how will I ever carry on? So I can’t learn about current events from watching your show, dear Stephen? Oh, you heartbreaker, you!

But if I watch your show and hear you joke about a current event, Monsieur Colbert, that may be the first time I’ve learned of that event, so you have informed me of something and, in essence, I’ve gotten the news from you. Now, if our mainstream media wants to hire real journalists and allow them to thoroughly investigate current events uncensored by large-big-money corporations or by government interests, I’m all for it. I’d love to be able to watch the news and to actually learn something new–the raw, unbiased, uncensored truth!

Whew! Is it possible for journalists to report the news accurately in the mainstream media anymore?

Unfortunately, this is not the case. Time and again, we are exposed to propaganda more often than we are informed of current events by our mainstream media sources. This is why so many of us turn to social media, to the Internet, to alternative sources for information. Do you have a problem with that, Stephen Colbert?

Uh yes, apparently you do. Because, you see, many Americans voted for Donald Trump, and he is not the person Stephen Colbert wanted Americans to vote for, so now he’s preaching to his viewers that they’d better pay attention to his propaganda…er… I mean, “news” sources ’cause the ones they’ve been listening to have lead them in the “wrong” direction.

Look, I am not–and never will be–a Donald Trump supporter. But then again, I’m not a Hillary supporter either. (It’s disappointing because there was a time when I was a HUGE admirer of the Clintons until I found out that they were wealthy, priviliged people whose goal is just to maintain the status quo because–news flash!–the status quo benefits them.

(See, Stephen, I have my own news flashes too. Oh, I’ll bet you think I’m writing out “fake” news here, but I’m not. I’m writing an opinionated blog, a political rant, if you will. I’m exercising my right to write because I know I may not have that freedom for much longer.)

Nothing in this blog entry should be news to anyone reading it. I think we Americans all know by now that the status quo doesn’t benefit most of us but that it does benefit those who are already at the top. They want to stay on top so they need to stop us from having access to information so that we can’t take them down from way up there. Knowledge is power, people! That’s why college tuition is so outrageously expensive; they overcharge us for the books; they overcharge us for housing; many colleges are segregated from the communities within which they reside to prevent the dripping of fresh knowledge out into the local community.

But Colbert goes on:

“This is entertainment. If you want news, go to CBS’s John Dickerson or maybe the ‘Wall Street Journal,’ but don’t go to some anonymous guy on social media ’cause a lot of the news on social media is a lie…”

Yes, true that. We certainly can’t believe everything that is posted on the Internet. But Colbert conveniently doesn’t mention Fox News, probably because he doesn’t agree with much that network reports as “news.” Maybe even he agrees that Fox News is Faux News. Possibly Stephen Colbert would agree that we can’t believe what Bill O’Reilly tells us. Or what Sean Hannity reports as news.

But can we believe everything that is said on CBS? In the “Wall Street Journal”? Apparently, Stephen Colbert can. CBS is his boss and as a millionaire, I’m sure Colbert learns a lot from reading the WSJ.

“There’s so much fake news out there. The fake news is having such an influence on our lives that today–and this is true–Pope Francis said that ‘media that focus on scandals and spread fake news to smear politicians risk becoming like people who have a morbid fascination with excrement…’

Oh, I see. Maybe you want to reserve your position within the entertainment industry as political comedy guru? Maybe you want to make sure that not just anyone can report the news just like not just anyone can be on TV and not just anyone can run for President and not just anyone can go to college and not just anyone can even obtain decent, quality health care.

In fact, not just anyone can live in a safe, clean neighborhood anymore. Not just anyone can afford to eat healthy, nutritious food. Not just anyone can pursue their dreams. Most of us have to work at jobs we hate and barely make ends meet, hoping all the while that maybe someday things will get better.

In so many ways, the United States of America has become a monarchy, like the old-school British class system monarchy. We don’t call them “kings” or “queens,” but we have our celebrities and our powerful figures that we admire, and we do not like upstarts. How dare Jill Stein run for political office! Don’t you who we are?!

Don’t you know the Clinton dynasty?!

And that’s the real reason so many Americans voted for Trump. Trump is a wealthy, privileged, white male. Americans worship men who fit into that category. Americans like their billionaires. For all his liberal rhetoric, Colbert’s comedic tirade proves that he shares a similar elitist mindset. He didn’t vote for Trump, but most likely, voted for Hillary, who was simply the other side of the same coin: business as usual/status quo–keep us at war, keep taxes low for the wealthy, keep college expensive, keep quality health care expensive, keep poor people from working their way up the social ladder, keep the masses ignorant and voting against their own interests, etc.

Nothing in this country ever changes really.

Colbert goes on to talk about “Pizzagate,” which he claims is a lie. Of course, this is after he informed us that we should not get our news from him. So which is true, Stephen Colbert, do you want us to get our news from you or not? Why are you discussing current events on your show and attempting to influence public opinion while admitting that you are not a journalist and are not qualified to disseminate information? Do you know for a fact that “Pizzagate” is a lie? Who are your sources for this information?

Now, again, in full disclosure, I personally do not believe the “Pizzagate” story myself. It probably is a lie. My point is, that Colbert has admitted to not being a newscaster yet he follows that disclosure with a lecture on what we should/should not believe.

I dislike the term “white privilege.” It’s racist and drives people apart, BUT I can’t avoid calling Stephen Colbert on his own privileged status. Obviously, he believes that he is better than the rest of us, and that his opinions contain more value. He’s a millionaire, so he knows better. In that sense, he’s no different from Donald Trump (and only in that sense. I don’t believe Stephen Colbert is a bad person, just a little misguided and out of touch on this particular issue.)

No, I didn’t vote for Trump because I don’t believe that how much money a person has determines his/her worth. I voted for Jill Stein because I believe she genuinely cares about the American people. She was the only candidate who stood by her beliefs consistently.

So I don’t worship you either, Stephen. Love your comedy. You’re talented, for sure. You deserve your success, agreed. But don’t sit there on your televised throne and lecture to us Americans what news sources we should/should not listen to. You are, as you’ve stated, a comedian. That’s all. (And even though I know you probably worked incredibly hard to get where you are today, there are probably thousands of other comedians just as talented and hardworking as you who just never had the chances you had.) It just so happens that our society will compensate some comedians–the lucky ones–with millions of dollars. Apparently, selling out to the establishment is the first step in acquiring the millions. Possessing talent helps too, but selling out is a requirement.

“A lot of uninformed, gullible people fell for the Clinton-Podesta sex ring theory…”

A lot of uninformed, gullible people believe everything Stephen Colbert tells them too…

One thing I do know for sure is this:  a large percentage of Americans voted for Donald Trump. I didn’t. But a lot of Americans did. Many Americans agree with Trump, like it or not. This is something we need to think about. Why did so many Americans vote against their own best interest? Why do Americans listen to people like Donald Trump and, yes, Stephen Colbert? Where does this worship of the wealthy, white guy come from? Can we reach the “alternative right”?

Yes, I believe that those of us on the so-called “left” can have rational intelligent discussions with those on the so-called “right.” But certainly not by referring to them as “folks with spider eggs hatching in their brains.”

I mean, considering the fact that those “folks” comprise a large percentage of our population, we need to reconsider listening to Stephen Colbert’s propaganda. (Yes, I’m referring to his blathering as propaganda because that’s exactly what it is.)

Fact is, many Americans believe the conspiracy theories because they’re unhappy with the way things are. And the so-called “real” news journalists aren’t giving them accurate and complete information, so they don’t know where to turn for an explanation as to why the country is suffering. When limousine liberals talk about what a great country this is because, don’t ya’ know, a woman finally was considered for the presidency, many Americans saw right through it. First of all, many countries around the world have long since elected women leaders. The USA has fallen behind many other countries in terms of women having political power. Second, many Americans are struggling, so they know that the USA is not the greatest country in the world. They know that the “American Dream” is just nonsense.

People have no choice but to turn to the alternative news sources because the mainstream sources aren’t reporting the news accurately but a censored, dumbed-down version of the news that doesn’t offend large corporations and powerful political figures. Yes, alternative news sources can also be wrong. In fact, some of them might also be bought and paid for by wealthy insiders using the Internet to influence the population. Alternative news reporters make mistakes and are sometimes inaccurate, but so is CBS, and so is, apparently, Stephen Colbert…

So what’s an American to do?

What we need to do as Americans is to start listening to each other. Forget about what CBS, the WSJ or Alex Jones has to say. Listen to your neighbor, your coworker, your friends, your family, the people chatting across from you on the subway, even your enemies. Let’s listen to each other and find out from each other what’s really going on in our community. When we turn on the TV news, we’ll see someone’s version of the events, but when we talk to people in the community we’ll hear the community’s version and we’ll see that the televised version often doesn’t match up with that of the witnesses–those who were actually there and witnessed the event.

Let me inform you of a little something, Mr. Colbert (limousine liberals, et. al.) Americans voted for Donald Trump because they want change. They don’t want to maintain the status quo, i.e., Hillary. I don’t agree with that choice, but I’m better informed than most Americans when it comes to politics. I don’t read the WSJ, don’t watch CBS, stay away from TV in general. Yep, most of my “news” comes from the Internet but I’m very skeptical, very critical in my thinking. I’m lucky in that I have an education. (My life is ruined as a result since I have mortgage-sized student loan debt that’s long since defaulted.) But unlike most Americans, I value education.

And somewhere in this lengthy rant lies the point: Americans want change but aren’t educated enough on politics, history and sociology to have an idea of what exactly is happening to our country. They just know they’re unhappy, that the quality of life is deteriorating for most of us with each passing year. Some Americans blame immigrants. Some blame women–feminists. Some blame the Jews. Some blame blacks. Some blame whites and “white supremacy.” There’s always a scapegoat, right? Because when one knows little of history and political science and has very little understanding of human nature and how social systems function and are created, it’s easier for that someone to just find a scapegoat and hurl blame at it.

Solution? Stop watching TV. Start reading, thinking, meditating. Start listening and talking with others about current events. Learn more about history and current events. Study politics, sociology and human psychology. Form communities and bring people together to discuss issues DIPLOMATICALLY. Don’t assume people who think differently from you have spider eggs in their heads. Give them the benefit of a doubt. Try talking. Maybe, just maybe, YOU are the one who can learn from them about some things. Maybe those other people have some knowledge they could share with you.

And I’ll end this lengthy rant by repeating myself here. I enjoy Stephen Colbert’s comedy. Yes, yes, he’s very funny. I myself tend to be a bleeding heart liberal as well. But propaganda is propaganda. “Fake news” is just a new term created to excuse censorship and to distract the masses from the real problem–lack of access to accurate and complete news coverage and analysis. People believe the “fake news” because they want to believe it and because they’ve lost faith in the establishment. Censoring it will only add fuel to the fire. Let’s not forget the value of freedom of speech. Many people around the world cannot speak freely. We don’t want to give up one of the few remaining freedoms we still have left, the freedom to express our opinions–regardless of whether or not someone in power agrees, do we?

Do we?

Why I’m Voting for Jill Stein…

(I’ll edit this later. Because it’s so close to election day, I’m posting this even though it needs some editing… Let’s hope I have time to clean it up before the big day… )

Voting for Jill Stein… Am I voting for Jill Stein?

Wait… What?! Whoa! A vote for Jill Stein is a vote for Trump! You’re voting for Donald Trump! How could you—a known radical—vote for Trump?!

Uh no. I’m not voting for Trump. Actually, a vote for Jill Stein is a vote for…

Okay, everyone hold your breath because the punch line is coming soon—in about 3 seconds. Drum roll, please…:

Jill Stein! Yes, a vote for Jill Stein is actually a vote for Jill Stein! That may seem like common sense, but in this Orwellian double-speak universe we currently live in, apparently, it is rocket science. These days, up is down, bad is good, black is beautiful, white is privilege, millennials are struggling while the rest of us have it good, and rich people know better than we do what is best for the rest of us.

So… we’re supposed to vote for Hillary (bad) except that that bad will also be good because Trump (also bad) won’t get elected if we all obey orders (good)… Uh, what I mean is, if we all do what the Democrats (and many Republicans) want us to do and vote for Hillary. Sorry, but that makes absolutely no sense to me. Does it make sense to you?

Here are some more reasons why I’m voting for Jill, and, if you’re seeking real change in our country, I hope you will too.

 

 

— I’m against terrorism. I don’t appreciate being bullied, intimidated and threatened into voting against my own best interests. In fact, I thought it was against the law to bully someone into voting a certain way. Terrorists use fear (terror) to get people to give them what they want. And that’s exactly what the Democrats are doing right now. Give us Hillary or we’ll sick Donald Trump on you!

No. No. No. I will not be bullied, intimidated or threatened into voting for someone I don’t agree with. We’ve lost a lot of civil liberties since George W. Bush and now Obama have taken office. Have we also lost our right to vote for whomever we want?

–Voting for the “lesser evil” doesn’t work. I’ve been there. Done that. Obama was the lesser of two evils when he ran for office, so I voted for him. I wanted to vote for a Green Party candidate then too. As a writer, I was well aware that “hope” and “change” were just a part of Obama’s rhetoric, but I voted for him anyway, and I hoped for some sort of change.  Did he create change? No, of course not. He needs to please his wealthy constituents. Obamacare was a nice bailout for the insurance companies. Those of us who went to college continue to languish in student loan debt. Some sources tell us that half of Americans live in poverty and the media continues to tell us that the economy is getting better.

To my horror (but not to my surprise) Obama extended the Patriot Act (which soon will become a permanent law), and allowed other undemocratic legislation on top of it, including the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act). He’s now advocating for the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership Act), and he hasn’t, to my knowledge, shut down the torture prisons nor am I aware of his having denounced torture. Torture is worse than slavery. It is the effort to control a person’s mind and spirit as well as their body. Torture is pure evil. And anyone who advocates torture, no matter how pretty their smile or how eloquent their rhetoric, is also pure evil, as far as I’m concerned.

–Electing Hillary then putting pressure on her (“holding her feet to the fire”) to get the policies Bernie proposed implemented won’t work.  Like Obama and George W. before her, Hillary will need to keep her wealthy donors happy. If it were possible to get Hillary to implement Bernie’s policies then it would have been possible to get Bernie nominated. Fact is, the Democrats plotted against Bernie’s campaign because they have no intention of implementing any of his policies. Heck, I’m not sure that Bernie even intended to implement those policies. He was quick to drop out of the race then back down on pretty much everything he said to support Hillary. Come on, Bernie, you can fool most of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all of us all of the time…

–I won’t be responsible for Donald Trump being appointed US President, and I won’t be responsible for Hillary getting “elected.” But people who vote for Hillary will be responsible for the evil she enacts as president. The TPP, renewal of the Patriot Act, the NDAA, more imprisonment of poor people, the widening gap between the rich and the poor, endless war, suicide becoming a top cause of death by injury in the US. I won’t take responsibility for the many problems resulting from neoliberalism in the US. But those who follow orders from the Democrats and who vote for Hillary will need to take that responsibility.

–Accountability over power no longer exists. At least, not from the point of view of the people. “Vote for Hillary and hold her feet to the fire! Put pressure on her to implement Bernie Sanders’ ideas!” Look, dumbass, if Bernie’s ideas had a chance then he’d have a chance. The fact that he withdrew from the race says it all. No one in power—democrat or republican—is going to implement Bernie’s policies. Those policies don’t benefit the wealthy few, so they will not be implemented. The closest we will get to accomplishing any change will be something like Obamacare (a.k.a., the un-Affordable Care Act.) I think most Americans, even the lesser of two evil advocates, now realize that Obamacare has changed nothing.

 

We Americans have had the right to purchase health insurance. We don’t need the government to force us to do it. What does forcing people who are already struggling to purchase insurance they can’t afford accomplish? Oh, that’s right. It helps the insurance companies to stay in business. Yes, the insurance companies got the bailout they were seeking. I for one had to go on Medicaid. It took over a month to get accepted—even when I had a serious health issue. Then I discovered that no doctors in my area would take me as a patient because I was on Medicaid!

But I digress.

–Voting (on the federal level) doesn’t matter, in terms of creating change. No matter who is president he or she will need to follow orders issued by the managers of large corporations. Politicians who refuse to do what Big Money/Big Business tells them to do end up with ruined careers or lives. If they can’t be bribed or blackmailed, they can be gerrymandered out of office or imprisoned. Read about Dennis Kucinich, Cynthia McKinney and Don Siegelman for example. We also know that the elections were fixed in many different ways to make sure that George W. Bush would be appointed president. Some people try to claim that a large percentage of Americans voted for Bush anyway and that the fixed election didn’t make much of a difference. That’s wishful thinking, my friend. Many voters, particularly black voters, were disenfranchised. Polling places were relocated, some voters were made to wait in unusually long lines at their polling places, voter registration forms were altered or discarded, electronic voting machines were fixed, etc. Republicans paid actors to pretend to protest the recount to prevent the recount from taking place. Then the electoral college stepped in and placed the final nail in the coffin. George W. Bush would be president and the American people could not stop that from happening. Yet Americans remain as naïve as ever. Perhaps optimism and hope are the greatest enemies of freedom in the USA. We need to face the fact that our votes don’t count. The powers that be decide whom they want “elected” and Americans will be placated into submission as usual. Business as usual.

 

I’m tired of Limousine Liberal hypocrisy. Yep, I’m talking about wealthy, privileged people, most of whom are white and living in affluent, predominantly white neighborhoods who like to rant about racism. It never ceases to amaze me. From the bay windows of their huge, sprawling mansions they can’t even see black people from a distance, so far removed are they from urban life. “Black lives matter!” they’ll shout from Yuppieville, sipping their lattes and making sure to pay their black janitor the smallest wage they can get away with. Sometimes they’re millionaires who talk about poverty or economic inequality while they complain under their breath that good “help” is hard to find, and they “can’t afford” to pay their housekeepers $15 per hour. Nope, raising the minimum wage isn’t doable for most of them. (Might need to forgo that second trip to Europe this year.)

Some of them claim to be feminists and they’re obsessed with abortion options but they’ve never had the experience of not getting hired because of their gender, or of standing at a bus stop late at night in a dangerous neighborhood because they can’t afford a car, or living with an abusive husband because they can’t afford to move out. Racism, sexism, classism—it’s all politically correct talk that makes them look good to the outside world. “Don’t hate me ‘cause I’m rich,” they seem to be pleading with their bleeding heart liberal pretense. They like pretending to care. Makes them look good. But what really irks me about these hypocrites is their sweeping “white privilege” statements. In one simple phrase, they disenfranchise all of us who are poor or struggling and who happen to be white. In fact, not all poor people are black. Not all victims of police brutality are black. Not everyone who is disenfranchised is black. Yes, I understand that a larger percentage of blacks than whites live in poverty. Disproportionately, blacks are poor and often imprisoned by law enforcement. However, there are, in fact, a lot of people who are poor and who happen to be white too. Why is this important? Well, in terms of social change—if that really is what some of us want—we need to come together. Black, white, male, female, immigrant, native born, millennial or non-millennial—all of us who are struggling under this corrupt system need to come together to speak truth to power. And we can’t do that when we’re divided. Racist statements like “white privilege” put white people who are struggling on the defensive. Because you’re white, your rich may ring true for millionaires like Stephen Colbert or Michael Moore but it doesn’t ring true for the janitor or the construction worker struggling to make ends meet who may very well be driven into the unloving arms of Donald Trump as a result of such propaganda.

—I was a Jill Stein supporter before Bernie ran. For me, the lesser of two evils has dropped out of the race. I’m speaking, of course, of Bernie Sanders. Yep, Bernie was the lesser of two evils for me. Not that Jill Stein is evil, mind you. But electing someone to have power over us is sort of a necessary evil in a sense.

What? What the… How did you know who Jill Stein was?

Well, you see, I am a very progressive person. I actually voted for Jill Stein in the last presidential election. But when I saw Bernie getting the hUge support he was getting, I decided he had a better chance of actually getting elected, so I reluctantly supported him.

Reluctantly?

Yes, well, you see, Bernie was running as a Democrat and he indicated from the beginning that he would back down and support Hillary if she became the chosen Democratic candidate. This seems rather dishonest to me and I was initially reluctant to support Bernie for that reason and a few other reasons. (Bernie’s stand on the Israel-Palestine issue, for example.)

I’m not wealthy. It appears to me that millionaires overwhelmingly are supporting Hillary. So-called “progressives” such as Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Michael Moore, Robert Reich, to name a few. I very much appreciate Cornel West, Chris Hedges, Susan Sarandon, Russell Brand, etc., who have stuck to their beliefs. Funny how people reveal their true character during times of trouble.

Okay, now that I’ve gotten all the nastiness out of the way, let me tell you the real reason I’m voting for Jill Stein:

She stands for the things I believe in: a real, living minimum wage, free college tuition, forgiveness of student loan debt to stimulate the economy, addressing the needs of low-income and middle class people, climate change, etc. I’m not voting for Jill Stein because everybody else is. I’m not voting for Jill Stein because she has a good chance of getting elected. I’m voting for Jill Stein because I agree with most of what she has to say, because her ideals most closely match mine. Voting is my one chance to express my opinion. My one and only opportunity to let those in power know what I think, what I want. They don’t care of course. They don’t give an iota for what I think or feel. But they will be forced to realize that there are a lot of people like me here in the USSA—oops, I meant USA. (I certainly don’t want to compare the USA with the former USSR. We’re very different. We’re much more advanced. Our spy systems are much more complex and advanced. Our government is much more ruthless and diabolical. We have drones. Our president who claims to be a democrat and was the lesser of two evils has a “kill list.” Also the American population is much more dumbed down than the Soviets ever could be. The former Soviet Union had nothing on the USA. We’re much better at keeping our people in a state of inertia.)