No Country for Messiahs

After Ilhan Omar reported receiving a death threat, President Trump made a point of repeating the same types of remarks that encouraged previous threats against her life.  He may as well have gone after her himself.  Our president is a vicious bully and irredemable gutter brawler.  Congratulations establishment!  Congratulations for putting him there and congratulations for leaving him there.

Fortunatley, he may not be there much longer.  Last week I was given the following revelation: “I will show that he is not the messiah.”

I wasn’t given a name, but Donald Trump is the only person I know of whose supporters believe he is the messiah.  On the other hand, if it turns out that some other messiah is waiting in the wings, you can consider this an all-purpose not-a-messiah revelati0n. (This sentence was my own speculation, and I’ve decided that it goes too far. Hope in the coming of a messiah is an important part of three major religions.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Link for Sanders Donations

I don’t know if the link I gave to you previously was correct.  The one I received by text, supposedly the one I posted in the last article, is different.  It was: https://usnot.me/deadline-ad

I donated at the first link, but it doesn’t show up in my Act Blue activity, and now the link doesn’t work. There’s a different link provided today in a tweet from Sanders.  It seems to go to the right place, but who knows?

If I go to Bernie’s ‘official website’ which is probably more trustworthy (https://berniesanders.com) the donation link is: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bern-site?refcode=splash-top-right.

If it stops working, go to http://berniesanders.com and click on the ‘donate’ link.  If berniesanders.com stops working, manually type it in to the address bar.

 

Bernie’s March 31 FEC Deadline (Updated)

The Sanders campaign is working toward a record number of donations in this period.  I’ve decided to talk about it here because I think strong donations could counteract misleading poll numbers, like those recently published by CNN and Morning Consult.  We knew that Joe Biden was not as strong as his numbers indicate but it’s gratifying to know how they come up with the numbers. Jordan Charitan has been reporting on the contrivance behind these numbers.  For example, a major problem with the CNN Poll is that it didn’t poll Bernie’s base.  Subsequently, Morning Consult seemed to learn from CNN’s ‘mistake’.  That may be why they ommitted the background information about how the poll was constructed.

Of course this is nothing new.  Before the 2016 election Hillary’s poll numbers in the rust belt states were astronomical as polls go–in the high 90s–and it turned out the rust belt states were her downfall.

I also want to talk about another concern I have.  Gmail has been sending Bernie’s fundraising emails to my Promotions folder instead of the Primary folder.  I can’t seem to fix it from my end and if I don’t remember to go the Promotions folder I don’t see his emails.  I assume this is happening with all of his supporters.  If you want to donate go to https://b2020.me/deadline-a

This link is apparently not the right one.  I think it has been changed.  See the next article New Link for Sanders Donations or go to https://berniesanders.com and click on the ‘Donate’ link.

 

Fake YouTube Channel Taking Donations for Bernie

I noticed on Bernie’s previous rallies that another channel was broadcasting the rally and getting the sound all mixed up.  Today I watched his LA rally and the same channel was asking repeatedly for donations.  Another comment said it was not an official channel and not to donate.  I asked for further guidance but the person didn’t answer.  Then someone started deleting my messages, so I assume they deleted her messages as well.

I am more concerned now than ever about those apps I mentioned before.  It is very possible they are fake.  If they are fake that would be a great way to steal voter info.  That would allow them to ask for donations by email as well.  Someone has to deal with this now.

Celebrating Our Revolution

I decided before Bernie announced his candidacy that I would not let the opposition get to me this time. It didn’t occur to me that if I ignore all the silliness I won’t have anything to talk about. Then I realized I’m missing an opportunity. Probably the best use for the fake candidates and their outrageous lies is comic relief.

I don’t know what the establishment has up its sleeve with its unbelievable pols and fundrasing numbers and I’m not going to waste my time worrying about it, but I am a little curious. Can fake poll numbers decide a presidential race? Sometimes I wonder if they think they’re actually fooling us with their stupid tricks, or if they’re just trying to be annoying. Either way, it’s bizarre behavior for people who presume to run a country.

And about those polls, this is the first time I’ve seen poll numbers for a guy who isn’t in the race. We have a ghost candidate running for president. I hesitate to say his name on the chance that it will summon him from the underworld. Clearly, our fearless leaders have gone around the bend. What’s next? Dress up the Flying Spaghetti Monster in a suit and tie and give him a super pac?

On a serious note, I do have two concerns about Bernie’s campaign.  First, my emails from Bernie are going to the Promotions folder in Gmail.  I tried to move them to the Primary folder, but it didn’t work.  I don’t see his emals unless I remember to go to Promotions and look for them.  Second, there are a few apps out there that claim to organize volunteers for Bernie.  I tried one  two days ago.  It never had any assignments and it messed with my phone so I had to delete it.  I just found an article about Field the Bern https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/bernie-sanders-app/ but I don’t think they have one for an android.  Has anyone used this app?  My main concern is that there are unofficial apps  that are just there to gather voter information from Sanders supporters.  .

Green New Deal Mass Action

Young people from Kentucky, Mitch McConnell’s home state, are confronting McConnell in DC today. Anyone who is close to DC is invited to join them. Everyone else can join today’s effort by flooding the Senate with calls. You can watch today’s action here:http://bit.ly/sunriselivemcconnell

Tomorrow will be a National Day of Action. “…[Activists] will be storming into offices, singing, dropping banners, rallying outside and making it clear that young people are ready to hold our politicians feet to the fire if they don’t co-sponsor the Green New Deal.”

If you have a plan for the 26th, you can put it on the map, here. https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/nationwide-day-of-action-for-a-green-new-deal

Venezuela Update

The Venezuelan military has again rejected the Trump administration’s offer to join the forces of Juan Guaidó. The military is an important part of the government in Venezuela and its show of support for Nicolás Maduro is a bad sign for Trump’s regime change plans. Some readers may think the following video is too unapologetic in its support for Maduro, but there doesn’t seem to be a middle ground in this conflict. There are a few exceptions however, including Bernie Sanders .

As I said, this video is extremely pro-Maduro, but even Sanders’ more moderate analysis was met with screams of anguish from Democrats who support regime change in Venezuela. Here’s Bernie’s Univision interview with Jorge Ramos. The questions concerning Venezuela are toward the end.

The most vocal criticism of Sanders’ stance on Venezuela has come from members of Congress who represent Venezuelan communities in the United States. However, it’s important to be aware of the makeup of these communities, as a 2018 editorial in the Houston Chronicle makes clear.

This editorial is not sympathetic to Maduro, but it expresses concern about the effects of sanctions on the Venezuelan people. One problem is that sanctions hurt the country’s main source of revenue, which directly affects the people. Another problem is that the Trump administration’s sanctions ignore Venezuelan oligarchs who are living in the United States, largely in Houston and Miami. The majority of Venezuelans living in the United States have nothing to do with the oligarchs, but law enforcement officials believe that some of them have made fortunes by scamming the government and its oil company, PDVSA. The Justice Department only started prosecuting them in 2015. https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/How-can-the-U-S-help-Venezuelans-Prosecute-12945314.php

Sanders calls for a fair election in Venezuela rather than sanctions and military action. In his view, the choice of president should be left to the Venezuelan people.

Roast AIPAC #3

You may have already seen these videos and articles, but because this week is Roast AIPAC week I’ll take the opportunity to list them here together. They make it clear that Ilhan Omar’s criticism of the Israel lobby was too mild. AIPAC’s reach goes further than we would like to think, and AIPAC is not the only organization that influences American opinion and policy in favor of Israel.

The Washington Post published an informative article as well. This seemed surprising at first, given the Post’s previous support of the lobby, but maybe it wasn’t so surprising after all. The article did not criticize AIPAC. It praised the Democratic Party for supporting a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict–a stand that had a negative impact on Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Netanyahu’s ‘wedding’ together of Israel with the Republican Party has hurt the prospects of peace in the Middle East, the article claims. As for Reps. Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), it identifies them merely as the new members of Congress who have attracted attention with ‘toxic tweets’ and support for boycott and insists that they represent a minority of Americans. Not only that, they have both endorsed the BDS movement. The Post argues that this behavior is not representative of the majority of Democrats who think the United States should support Israel. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/the-democrats-israel-problem-is-not-ilhan-omar-its-netanyahu/2019/02/17/db624298-306c-11e9-86ab-5d02109aeb01_story.html?utm_term=.3c51127e756f

I think the Post’s criticism of Netanyahu merits a place here, but US support for Israel was not the point of Omar’s tweet, was it? She was making a comment on the undue influence of AIPAC. She was right too. Shortly after Omar’s tweets, The Nation Magazine published an article outlining the extent to which AIPAC has been able to influence American politics.

We do, in fact, have a growing anti-Semitism problem in America. But Omar and Tlaib are not a part of it. They are allies of mine and of Jews across this country who are fighting for peace, racial justice, immigrants’ rights, and the defeat of fascism. The anti-Semites are the Nazis and white supremacists who marched and murdered in Charlottesville, whom Donald Trump called “very fine people,” and the MAGA supporter who massacred worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

https://www.thenation.com/article/ady-barkan-aipac-ilhan-omar/

The last video ends with Sam Seder wondering why it was left to the new Muslim members of Congress to call out AIPAC.

Seder’s point is appreciated, but by now we have a pretty good idea why the Democratic establishment keeps its collective mouth shut about AIPAC.

Roast AIPAC

Rep. Illhan Omar (D-Minn) has been under pressure since she suggested that US support for Israel has something to do with money from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).https://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/business-a-lobbying/430054-furor-over-omar-puts-spotlight-on-aipac Although AIPAC’s influence in the United States is no secret, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded that Omar apologize. Omar did apologize, but she remained firm on her criticism of the lobby. She has subsequently been harrassed by journalists and politicians alike. However, I’m not writing to join the ranks of her defenders. It is increasingly clear that she can handle the pressure. I’m writing because I was personally offended that so many people felt free to dole out this treatment on an elected member of the Congress of the United States.

Some assumed that Democrats were pressured by Republicans to discipline Omar, but it’s more likely they were pressured by AIPAC directly. Maybe the rumors of Israel’s influence in our elections are true. Is it possible that both Domocrats and Republicans know that if they offend AIPAC they could lose their next election?

I propose that we exact a cost for AIPAC’s arrogance. Progressives who object to the undue influence that AIPAC demonstrated this week should spend next week criticizing Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. This would inform AIPAC that there are costs for bad behavior.