Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Last Call For A White-In Vote

The white nationalist viewpoint never went anywhere in American history, it just had various times where the country moved away from it a bit, almost always followed by a protracted period of heading right back down that path with often brutal results.  We're at the beginning of such a reversion cycle now, where Trump hasn't even taken office yet and FOX hosts like Bill-O are spouting overt racism on the air.

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly went on a diatribe against calls to abolish the Electoral College Tuesday night, arguing the political left is “all about race” and “wants power taken away from the white establishment.”

Throughout his mind-boggling Talking Points segment, O’Reilly conceded that “Clinton won the popular vote by 2.8 million,” but insisted the “hidden reason” behind calls to scrap the electoral college is actually the desire to marginalize and disenfranchise white working class men.

The O’Reilly Factor host said without the Electoral College, Democrats could campaign exclusively in “large urban areas and blue states” where “minorities are substantial.”

Neutralizing the largely white rural areas in the Midwest and South will assure liberal politicians get power and keep it,” O’Reilly said, adding “this is all about race.

“The left sees white privilege in America as an oppressive force that must be done away with,” O’Reilly said. “Therefore white working class voters must be marginalized.

Very few commentators will tell you that the heart of liberalism in America today is based on race,” O’Reilly declared, presumably offering himself up as one of those few brave speakers willing to make such an asinine argument. “It permeates almost every issue: that white men have set up a system of oppression. That system must be destroyed.

In summation, O’Reilly concluded, “the left wants power taken away from the white establishment. They want a profound change in the way America is run.”

When your FOX show sounds like it was taken from the bullet points on a Stormfront recruitment pamphlet on "white genocide", you might want to reassess things in your life.

But nobody should be shocked or surprised by this. Look at who we elected as president, in response to the man on the way out, and who that new president's closest advisers are.  Trump himself has retweeted this garbage several times during his campaign, that somehow the goal of liberalism and Democrats is to "exterminate" the white race through "breeding".

White nationalism is now the default mode of the federal government.

I look forward to O'Reilly having neo-Nazis on his show on a regular basis.  It'll be educational, I'm sure. 

A Veteran Of The Budget Wars

Next time Republicans scream about how "Obama failed our nation's veterans" and "refused to help our troops" please remember that the Senate GOP just killed a vet benefits bill less than a week before Christmas because "we can't spend that kind of money."

The largest piece of veterans legislation in decades — aimed at expanding health care, education and other benefits — was rejected Thursday by the Senate on a procedural issue after proponents failed to obtain 60 votes to keep the bill alive. 
Wrangling over an issue -- veterans -- that often receives bipartisan support, the legislation died on a vote of 56-41, with only two Republicans voting for it. 
Most Republicans said it was too large, too costly and would burden a Department of Veterans Affairs already struggling to keep up with promised benefits
Sen Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent and chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee who authored the bill, argued that many provisions in the bill have won bipartisan support in other pieces of pending legislation before Congress. 
Republicans complained about how to pay for it. Sanders' legislation had more than 140 provisions costing $21 billion over 10 years. 
Most of that money was to come from billions of dollars the government projected it would be allowed to spend on wars overseas in the fight against al-Qaeda. 
But Republicans argued that this is "phony" budgeting because U.S. participation in the Iraq War is over and operations in Afghanistan are winding down. 
The legislation would have restored cost-of-living increases for the pensions of future military retirees; expanded VA health care by allowing acquisition of 27 new medical facilities and paid for reproductive services for 2,300 troops wounded in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. 
It also would have expanded compensation for family caregivers of disabled veterans — something now provided for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan — to families of veterans of all wars. 
The bill was supported by nearly all veterans groups.

And yes, this is where I give Bernie Sanders credit because passing legislation in the Senate is his job, and this is absolutely a worthy piece of legislation.  But hey, $21 billion over ten years is a fraction of the Pentagon budget, literally less than a half a percent of what we spend on our military over that time period, and that was too much for Republicans.

Literally a fraction of one F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's cost.  Oh well.  Can't actually give the Department of Veteran's Affairs money, because screw them, right?

But military voters overwhelmingly voted for Republicans in November.  Congrats, soliders, sailors and airmen, you got what you voted for.

The Bernouts Are Angry

If you thought Bernie Sanders supporters were done trashing Clinton and wrecking the Democratic party, well, no, they magically believe the guy who couldn't beat Clinton would have magically defeated Trump and they will believe that until their dying days.

Ever since election night—when Hillary Clinton tanked and Donald Trump became the next leader of the free world—the most prominent allies and alumni of Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign have maintained a succinct message for Team Hillary: We. Told. You. So.

In the final months of the brutal and chaotic 2016 campaign, there were plenty of Democratic activists freaking out about Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania (the three states that ultimately cost the Democrats the White House) and Clinton’s fatal shortcomings there. Many of them were envoys of the Sanders camp who wanted to help fix those problems, including Clinton’s difficulties with the block of the mythical “white-working-class,” economically anxious voters who Sanders had championed during the primaries.

“They fucking ignored us on all these [three] battleground states [while] we were sounding the alarm for months,” Nomiki Konst, a progressive activist and former Sanders surrogate who served on the 2016 Democratic National Committee platform committee, told The Daily Beast. “We kept saying to each other like, ‘What the fuck, why are they just blowing us off? They need these voters more than anybody.’”

According to Konst and multiple other people involved with these discussions, the Clinton campaign agreed to a meeting with a cadre of Sanders surrogates during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in July. The purpose of the meeting, which included Clinton’s national political director Amanda RenterĂ­a and Team Hillary’s progressive outreach coordinator (and former Sanders senior aide) Nick Carter, was to address the concerns many Sanders camp alums were voicing about Clinton’s strategy going into the general election against Trump. Carter declined to comment on this story.

“Once we were at the convention, Bernie people were on the ground—we could feel it, people were pissed off, there with their pitchforks ready to fight,” Konst recalled. “But before the convention, after the platform committee meeting that I was on, Bernie surrogates were talking constantly, saying, ‘Oh my god, Hillary is going to lose if she doesn’t address TPP and [free] trade and [all these] other issues. We were looking at the polling and thought that if these people stay home, she’ll lose.”

When their meeting finally happened during the Democratic convention, the progressive activists’ fears were only inflamed.

“We were saying we are offering our help—nobody wanted [President] Donald Trump,” Konst continued, noting that the “Bernie world” side was offering Clinton’s team their plans—strategy memos, lists of hardened state organizers, timelines, data, the works—to win over certain voters in areas she ultimately lost but where Sanders had won during the primary.

“We were painting them a dire picture, and I couldn’t help but think they literally looked like they had no idea what was going on here,” she continued. “I remember their faces, it was like they had never fucking heard this stuff before. It’s what we had been screaming for the past 9 months… It’s like [they] forgot the basics of Politics 101.”

It's weird, because back here in reality Bernie's message lost by 15 points in the primaries, and in November Bernie's favored candidates got their asses kicked. Russ Feingold lost in Wisconsin. Zephyr Teachout lost in New York. Katie McGinty lost in Pennsylvania and Ted Strickland was blown out in Ohio.

If Bernie's message of economic populism was so popular, why did Democrats running on that message lose?

Why did Bernie lose?  Oh I know, the evil DNC rigged the election, right?

Nobody wanted President Trump.  Except for the Midwest voters that voted for turning the country over to him and the GOP in the largest margins they've had in the federal government in generations.

So I guess we'll find out the hard way once the Bernie folks get rid of all us darker than a paper bag types, right?


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