Why I’m A Part of #BernieOrBust

Some voters and other politically informed people seem to be operating the delusion that what is important is that the Democratic Party win over the Republican Party. This is a delusion not because the Democratic Party isn’t better for the country than the Republican Party–the reason this is a delusion is because the operating logic behind this idea is that we should support whichever candidate wins the nomination of the Democratic Party IN ORDER to be sure that the Democratic Party wins over the Republican Party. I’m quite obviously referring to the developing situation between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The common wisdom behind this situation is this: if Bernie Sanders wins the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton should throw her support behind him and get the whole party on that level–on the flip side, Bernie Sanders is expected to throw his support behind Hillary Clinton if she wins the Democratic nomination for the same reason–the Democrats want to be at full strength in the months leading up to the general election. I say that this conventional wisdom is at the heart of the cancer of party politics in America.

First and foremost, Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat. He is an Independent candidate seeking the Democratic nomination in order to get the Democrats to acknowledge the necessity of a new political philosophy for a developing, maturing America. This fact is a reflection of the difference between Bernie Sanders as a candidate and Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders’ ideas and philosophy are fresh, progressive, and insightful–and what’s more, they are devoid of the pandering and backward-looking Neo-Liberal policies of Hillary Clinton. Let me remind you: Hillary Clinton was against Gay Marriage at one time; she was against the 15 dollar minimum wage; she supports fracking; she says she supports breaking up the big banks and yet takes their money to give speeches and yet refuses to tell us what she told them; she does not support the #BlackLivesMatter movement; every major progressive campaign promise or statement that Hillary has made recently have all been in an attempt to parrot Bernie Sanders’ message in order to gain followers and support. The most progressive thing she ever did was more than 15 years ago and that was her push to get UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE for everyone in America–and let us not forget who worked side by side with her on that issue all those years ago…Bernie Sanders. Let me say this clearly: we do not need a Democratic candidate to win the election–WE NEED THE CORRECT CANDIDATE TO WIN THE ELECTION. To say that we need to support whatever candidate gets the nod from the Democrats is to value party affiliation and POWER over the candidate with the right experience, the right attitude, and the right ideas on how to run the country. Our country and its political process has been glutted and slowed for far too long BY THIS EXACT SAME MENTALITY, that somehow the best way to get things done is for us to bunch up into two warring, completely uncooperative parties and sling as much mud as possible to see who ends up looking less dirty and to use that as the benchmark for electing our representatives. It’s complete bullshit and until we as a people realize this, we will always be the ones who lose and the politicians will be the ones who win.

Paris Agreement Signed Today

One day ago, 175 nations from around the world came together at the UN in New York City and signed the Paris Agreement. Earth Day served as the perfect backdrop for the signing of an accord that vows to slow the rising of greenhouse gasses that lead to global warming.

Before the signing ceremony, the UN Messenger of Peace, Leonardo Dicaprio told the UN that The agreement is nowhere near enough to save the planet. He contended that it will not be enough “until fossil fuels are left in the ground” and left there. He went on to say,  “An upheaval and a massive change is required now. One that leads to a collective consciousness. A new collective evolution of the human race, inspired by a sense of urgency from all of you.” Dicaprio makes me wish he was the President, to be perfectly honest. We need more people like him to show us the way.

The UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon told the attendees of the signing that “We are in a race against time…the Era of consumption without consequences is over.” He added that the poor must not suffer for the choices made by the rich. Secretary of State John Kerry signed the agreement while holding his granddaughter, one of 197 other young people that were present to witness the signing. Ki-moon went on to say that the “…young people are our future. Our covenant is with them…This day is for our children and our grandchildren and all generations to come.”

The Paris Agreement sets the commitment to slow the warming of the planet by 2 degrees Celsius (3.4 degrees F) by 2100 as compared to pre-industrial levels. To accomplish this, each nation will set a goal to achieve this, and update the plan each year. Fridays signing sets a record for the amount of countries to sign an agreement on the first available day.

Signing the accord is only one step in the process. The leaders must now go back to their home countries’ governments to ratify and approve the agreement, which could take months or years. The deal goes into effect once 55 countries representing at least 55% of global emissions formally join.

The two biggest emitters of greenhouse gasses, USA and China, both signed the Agreement.

Reactions to the signing were mixed, with some environmentalists praising it as the first definite step toward addressing the issue of climate change. However, others like Mike Duncan, president of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, called the signing “nothing more than a parlor game…lacking consequence or purpose.” Of course, Duncan has room to be worried as head of a company whose wares will be fully phased out eventually as part of a cleaner, more renewable world of energy.

So to conclude, the Paris Agreement is off to a roaring start of being signed. However only one nation has submitted a plan to the UN as to how it will lessen it’s carbon footprint. This is where we need to see movement the most. Now that the lipservice in the form of signatures has been paid, it still remains to be seen as to how long it will take each country to ratify the Agreement and even longer until the magic number of 55% of the signing nations have ratified it. I expect and call on President Obama to act quickly in order to ratify the Agreement with an executive order and then to get to work immediately on a plan to submit to the UN, detailing exactly what will be done to limit the amount of climate change going on at the hands of America.

We are all part of this. Be aware of what you throw away. Be aware of how much you drive your car. Be aware of how much meat you eat. Be aware of how much water is wasted. Call your representatives and find out how you can contribute to do more for the environment. Go out and pick up trash. The animals and the Earth will appreciate you if you show your appreciation. Thank you.

TODAY IN HISTORY – APRIL 22 2016

2016: Earth Day

HAPPY EARTH DAY PEOPLE.

Today is the day to take the time and thank the Mother for sustaining us as long as she has. Take the time to consider what YOU can do to help this world last a little longer. Don’t drive when you can walk. Use less water in
the shower. Plants are wonderful…grow some! Research the products you use and be sure that they participate in sustainability. It’s really Earth Day every day, but today is the day to make noise about it.

“What have we done to the Earth? What have we done to our poor sister? Ravaged and plundered and raped her and bit her. Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn and tied her with fences and dragged her down.”
-Jim Morrison

New York Primary Called in Favor of Hillary–Election Officials Call “Foul.”

Ever since the beginning of the Democratic New York primary, even before the day of the polls opening, we were expecting difficulties with voters being able to cast their ballots. A week before the primary, reports came rolling in of Independents and Democrats alike who were finding out that the record of their registrations had been lost. The irregularities reached even higher on the day of the primary as hundreds of thousands of voters were turned away from the polling place for various reasons. Most of these voters came from parts of New York where Bernie Sanders was polling better than Hillary Clinton–namely in Brooklyn and the more rural areas of New York state. Around 5pm, the New York primary was called in favor of Hillary Clinton. All told, reports are that as many as 3 MILLION VOTERS WERE DISENFRANCHISED EN ROUTE TO CLINTON’S WIN IN NEW YORK.

The Bernie Sanders campaign called the reports of voting irregularities a “disgrace” as local officials rushed to condemn the city Bord of Elections for stripping more than 125,000 DEMOCRATS FROM THE ROLLS. “It is absurd that in Brooklyn, New York — where I was born, actually — tens of thousands of people as I understand it, have been purged from the voting rolls”–Sanders said this during an evening rally at Penn State University.

ELECTION JUSTICE USA, an organization for voter rights, told reporters that it would go to Federal District Court in Brooklyn on Wednesday morning as part of an effort to have provisional ballots from voters disenfranchised by the Board of Elections counted before the primary results are certified. Basically this means that the results will not be final until AT LEAST the provisional ballots from the Primary can be counted. Earlier on Tuesday a federal judge denied a restraining order which would have helped voters vote who had claimed to have been unlawfully listed as Republican or unaffiliated–there were apparently a great number of these instances occurring. At Brooklyn Borough Hall, the polling site coordinator reported that approximately 10 percent of the voters at his polling place were turned away.

New York mayor Bill de Blasio said: “It has been reported to us from voters and voting rights monitors that the voting lists in Brooklyn contain numerous errors, including the purging of entire buildings and blocks of voters from the voting lists…reverse that purge…The perception that numerous voters may have been disenfranchised undermines the integrity of the entire electoral process and must be fixed.” Mayor de Blasio is a Hillary Clinton supporter and even he sees the dirty politics at work in this situation.

The Board of Elections Executive Director denied that there were irregularities–at least not out of line with the normal irregularities seen during elections. However, it’s been reported that the New York voter complaint hotline had received over 700 calls before 4pm, whereas in 2012, it had received less than 150 for the whole day of the primary.

Plainly speaking, this is fucking bullshit. The people are being disenfranchised, taken advantage of by those in power. The Democrats are afraid of losing the status quo, where they can parrot and give lip service to the values they claim to uphold while lining their own pockets with money from corporations and back room dealings. Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat, and he’s not acting like one, and that is why the Democrats are after him. Hillary Clinton is obviously another bought and paid for candidate–a flip flopping liar who is ready to cast her vote and throw her weight into the next war, the next political game to play, the next back room deal to make in order to make her friends and herself even more money. Hillary Clinton doesn’t care about the people electing her–she cares about the people who are paying for her campaign. The Democratic Party is doing all it can to make sure that the special interests in America remain special while the people of America foot the bill for it. As long as there is big money in politics, the only ones who will be served is the big money.

I am so fucking angry about this election, but this primary in particular. Blatant voter disenfranchisement, lying, and manipulating of the electoral system is going on and nothing seems to have changed. Are there seriously people out there who don’t see that as the stakes are heightening and the hour gets later and the more momentum Sanders gets, the more problems there are with people casting their votes?! Is there not enough noise being made to scare these people in their seats of power into doing what is right? What is it going to take to ensure that the right person is elected? An act of God?  Hopefully by the time the dust settles on this issue, the state will be called for  Bernie Sanders like what occurred in Missouri and Nevada. I have to be honest: I pray for the result of this election a lot. Like, a lot more than I’ve ever prayed for anything in my life. I call people for Bernie, I call the delegates and super delegates pledged to Hillary to try and get them to change their minds. I’m angry. And I’m scared. Sometimes I’m more scared than angry, honestly. Hillary Clinton is a felon and a war criminal. A war monger and a corporate puppet. She supports fracking and further damage to the environment. She doesn’t believe in bringing people together. Her latest speech on the state of Israel-Palestinian relations shows that much–her game and her world function on the very basic idea of dividing people rather than uniting them.

If you do anything in response to this, please call your local delegates, the super delegates in your state, sign petitions, share articles about Bernie Sanders or the political race. Sign petitions increasing voter rights and voter access. Google “how can i make a difference in this election” and do what the results say for God’s sake. MAKE SOME FUCKING NOISE. WAKE UP. THIS IS FUCKING IMPORTANT.

Thank you for your time.

-ry

PS: BERNIE OR BUST. WRITE IN BERNIE SANDERS ON YOUR BALLOT IF HILLARY CLINTON WINS THE NOMINATION

DEMOCRACY SPRING PROTESTS CONCLUDE

Yesterday, April 18 2016, was the last day of a week of protesting on the steps of CAPITOL HILL in WASHINGTON DC by Americans to call attention to the problem of corporate money in politics and to bring awareness of the disenfranchisement of voters nationwide.  OVER 1300 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED DURING THIS WEEK OF PROTESTS. The simple fact is that Democracy is in crisis. This was said by Democracy Spring, when asked why the protests were going on. And it’s easy to see without looking too far that this is totally true. From voter disenfranchisement with new bullshit voter ID laws to felons not having a vote to cast, from Citizens United giving unparalleled power to corporations to sway elections to the corporate media hamstringing certain campaigns. DEMOCRACY IS IN CRISIS.

Though the protests that were planned are over, Democracy Spring has no plans on stopping or slowing its pressure on the powers that be.”We will demand that Congress listen to the People and take immediate action to save our democracy. And we won’t leave until they do — or until they send thousands of us to jail, along with the unmistakable message that our country needs a new Congress, one that that will end the legalized corruption of our democracy and ensure that every American has an equal voice in government,” the Democracy Spring website said. Among their ranks — and those arrested — were actress Rosario Dawson and ice cream entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield from Ben & Jerry’s. Democracy Spring is part of a larger coalition of groups including 99Rise and Democracy Matters.

There are 4 demands that Democracy Spring has–and they all relate to Bills for consideration to be made into law. They are: 1)Overturn the 2010 Supreme Court decision about Citizens United which allows corporate money in politics; 2) restore protections against voter discrimination previously afforded under the Voting Rights Act; 3) Democracy Spring wants to make the voting process more transparent overall; 4) make sure anyone can run for office without the support of big money.

The candidacy of Bernie Sanders has changed American politics forever. The corporate stranglehold over America and its politics is not long for this Earth. Please share this page and like this article, talk to your friends about it, research the bills that Democracy Spring is supporting, share articles on your facebook and twitter accounts…THIS MOVEMENT STARTS WITH ALL OF US. And I guess get out of the way if you can’t lend a hand, because the new world is coming.

 

LOVE AND PEACE Y’ALL

-ry

THE BILLS:

H.J.Res.22
The Voting Rights Advancement Act
Voter Empowerment ActFair Elections Now Act

USA S.o.S Visits Hiroshima, Calls for Peace — USA Ramps up Nuclear Arsenal

The United States has a problem. Well, a few problems. The one I’m going to talk about here is the problem of HYPOCRISY. Simply stated, the USA has a problem of going around and telling other countries that they can’t do certain things–and while it goes around doing this, usually with one or two hands behind its back, it launches its own campaign to do basically what it told the other countries not to do. Lately, one of the biggest issues that the USA has been showing a lot of hypocrisy concerning is the issue of Nuclear disarmament. This past year or so, one of President Obama’s major political victories was his success in convincing Iran to slow down its pursuit of nuclear arms, getting Iran to drastically reduce its number of centrifuges, thereby limiting their capacity for nuclear weapons development. We have felt this way about other countries and their nuclear capabilities (or developing those capabilities) as well. North Korea and Iraq (WMDs anyone? Though the actual existence of these can’t actually be verified) are a couple of recent countries that come to mind when discussing America’s reticence about other countries’ nuclear capabilities. The reason why I’m writing this is to bring to light a little known occurrence that happened this past week while John Kerry, the US Secretary of State visited Hiroshima, the site of one of two nuclear detonations that the UNITED STATES was responsible for at the end of the Second World War.

Though many countries have nuclear arms, the United States is the only country to actually drop a nuke on another country. John Kerry is the first Secretary of State to visit Hiroshima and, glaringly missing was the absence of an apology that is still being delayed–actually ignored is a better word for it–on behalf of the United States. Foregoing an apology, John Kerry continued on with his message that he had intended to deliver on behalf of the United States, which was, namely a call for “a world free of nuclear weapons.” It’s such a curious thing, however, in my opinion, and quite stupid to announce a call for nuclear disarmament in JAPAN, of all places. Japan knows how terrible nuclear arms are. Hundreds of thousands of people died in just a few seconds when the nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japan has created an anti-nuclear weapons museum to raise awareness of the carnage and devastation that a nuclear attack brings. Such a selfish and sanctimonious speech from a USA official (especially given from Japan) should have been met by the international community with more scorn than it was. But not only because of where it was delivered from.

Though America calls for nuclear disarmament, it shows its hypocrisy in its own steps its been taking toward nuclear disarmament. Oh, did I say steps “toward”–I meant the opposite of that. Despite Kerry’s remarks, the Obama administration has been quietly upgrading its nuclear arsenal to create smaller, more precise nuclear bombs that will cost upwards of ONE TRILLION DOLLARS OVER THREE DECADES. (PLEASE READ THIS REPORT HERE: http://static1.squarespace.com/static/52311edfe4b0830625de8366/t/570ff2bed210b8a7d566f530/1460662985134/trillion_trainwreck.pdf ) And this from the President who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?! Excuse me, but fuck that. Fuck the hypocrisy, fuck nukes, fuck dishonesty, fuck polluting our planet with the thirst and pursuit of more and more power and money and influence. It’s nothing more than the worst, most diabolical and damaging form of hoarding. Instead of old newspapers and cookbooks, the UNITED STATES IS HOARDING POWER. All for no distinct purpose and aim and purpose than to simply have it. What are we going to do once we have more (I don’t say “enough” because obviously it’s NEVER going to be enough).

John Kerry said in his speech: “Going through this museum was a reminder of the depth of obligation that every single one of us in public life carries, in fact, every person in position of responsibility carries, to work for peace, to continue the efforts that President Obama and other leaders came together to talk about in Washington a few days at the Nuclear Security Summit, to create and pursue a world free from nuclear weapons.”

Sounds about right, doesn’t it? But that all was just more talking out of one side of the mouth and dealing in the exact opposite. The UNITED STATES does not want peace, it wants things done its way PEACEFULLY…if possible. If not I’m sure we’ll try to manipulate in whatever way we can–stage a coup, another public lie about WMDs, maybe even drop another bomb–hell, we’re stockpiling them now. What for some reason this country’s leaders don’t understand is that when you have your bombs finally, the question arises of how you are going to keep them safe and from going off–and more importantly, how are you going to keep the people you’re responsible safe from them!? We have the most disastrous forms of weaponry littered all over our country, with no plan as to how to get rid of them if they’re never used. THIS IS EXACTLY WHY AMERICA NEEDS A PEACE CANDIDATE–someone who has the wisdom and the balls to say when enough is enough. To say that we need a different way. A different philosophy. To say that we are being irresponsible, cowardly, and hypocritical. I’m sick and tired of watching the country I live in puff itself up and talk about how great it is while slinging shit onto every value it claims to hold.

America needs to grow up. We need to realize that in order to play on the playground, one need not be the bully. And as it’s been said, we cannot preach nuclear abstinence from the highest stool in the bar. America should have come to Hiroshima with a firm, concrete plan for how it is going to get rid of its nuclear weapons. America’s new nuclear plan is LITERALLY to upgrade every single part of its nuclear stockpile. That is not what I voted for in 2008. I voted for CHANGE in 2008–real, sustainable, measurable change. Not more of the same philosophy under a new umbrella. The weapons Obama is planning on developing with this plan are beyond nuclear weapons. They are weapons designed to hug the coast of a country and evade radar, thus showing up when it’s too late on radar as a surprise attack–this is not nuclear deterrence and this is not a nuclear attack that is being planned. This is the set up for potentially a literal NUCLEAR WAR. This plan is like the blind man and the elephant…it’s so much larger than what we have our hands on, and we need to acknowledge this fact before it’s too late.

Next month on May 2nd, there is going to be a gathering of nations at the UN in Geneva to discuss the problem of nuclear proliferation, the legal obligations of nuclear disarmament and how to go about it. AND THE UNITED STATES IS BOYCOTTING THIS GATHERING. Why? Because American doesn’t believe that these discussions are useful or productive–but they are obviously the most important discussions on the planet. It’s time America stopped doing so much Double Talking and made use of the vast reach and range of its technology for other countries rather than itself.

What Kind of Candidate America Needs

As I’ve already said on my blog, I am a Bernie Sanders supporter. Out of all the candidates this year, I believe that Sanders has the right idea about where this country needs to go. However, I don’t think that his message is going far enough. And what do I mean by that? I mean that there are certain stances I believe a Presidential Candidate needs to hold in our changing world.

First off, America doesn’t just need a Progressive candidate. America needs a PEACE candidate. A Peace candidate for President would state that not only would America not enter into another war, but that it would also close down its bases across the world, scale down its military spending, and work with other countries toward nuclear disarmament. The world looks to America to set the trends of the coming world, and it is my belief that our humanitarian evolution will not occur while the most influential country in the world seeks to secure it’s empire and maintain a near monopoly on the stores of nuclear and other sorts of weapons.

The Peace candidate should also be willing to heal the wounds this country has created with its wars and expansion of power. He or she should be willing to apologize to various nations, including Japan for the nuclear bomb attack on its two cities in World War 2, Iraq and Afghanistan for the invasion of those countries’ borders under less than truthful circumstances. Not to mention, the Peace candidate should be willing to apologize to the Native American population for the genocide perpetrated by the American government that resulted in around 95 percent of the Native American population being exterminated using various means. The Peace candidate will accept that a legacy of violence only incites more and that to truly begin healing the wounds made by war and violence, an era of peace and understanding and compassion must be underway.

People in the Western world, but more specifically in America, mistake being a strong leader with someone who is willing to start a war or just wantonly bomb a country like Bill Clinton did when he was in office. Let me be clear. THAT IS NOT A STRONG LEADER. That is a dictator. A strong leader is someone who understands the dynamics involved in leading. A strong leader is someone who has the judgment necessary to tell the difference between the effects of violence and the effects of peace. A strong leader is someone who is brave enough to take a risk in believing that the rest of the world will be willing to work with an influential country that believes in peace.

DEMOCRACY SPRING – LABOR SOLIDARITY DAY

Today is Day 4 of the Democracy Spring protests in Washington DC and the arrests are still continuing. 100 more protesters have been arrested. The focus today of the protests was Labor Solidarity Day, showing support for workers with issues like the $15 an hour minimum wage. Today is a perfect day for Labor Solidarity, as 40,000 Verizon workers just walked off the job owing to unlivable wages. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders stood on the picket line in support of the workers and even gave a speech about the nearly omnipresent corporate greed in America and said that the Verizon employees were engaged in a very important fight against that greed. ( http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/04/14/verizon-ceo-bernie-sanders-spar-over-strike/83021704/)

The Labor Solidarity movement is important because of how much pressure has been put on driving unions out of the American economy. It’s basically become a borderline conspiracy to the point where our politicians and leaders are representing the corporate interests and taking power away from the workers. No matter what anyone says, unions GIVE WORKERS THEIR POWER. It’s like we’ve gone along for such a long time with unions that people forgot what things were like when unions didn’t exist. Awful hours and awful pay at the exploitative expense of the workers. Unsafe conditions and no protection for workers state of employment. This is what happened BEFORE unions came along. We’ve forgotten this, it seems. Unions lost 400,000 members last year, according to the Department of Labor. 14.4 million people are in unions at this point, and though this sounds high, this number and percentage of people in Unions is at the lowest it’s been since the 1930s in the Great Depression. As the labor unions have declined, professional corporate managers have formed increasingly powerful guilds of their own. They belong to elite groups, such as the Business Roundtable or the Trilateral Commission, to name a couple. Many are even having a little cabal in Davos, Switzerland this week. What? You thought that was about improving the world? This is how they end up on each other’s boards, approving each others’ compensation packages. Please remember these facts the next time someone tells you that unions hurt the economy. Yes they slow the growth of companies, but they also provide security for the people whose lives depend on those companies.