In some ways, it was the highlight of the Democratic debate last night.
For eight months Hillary has been answering questions about the private email server she used when she was Secretary of State. It was not illegal, but she has admitted it was a mistake. Still she found herself answering again last night for the umpteen billionth time, and complaining that it was time to go on to something more substantive.
Bernie Sanders, standing next to her, turned her way. “I think the Secretary is right,” he said, “The American people are tired of hearing about your damn emails!”
I want to hear how the candidates plan to make America great again. I want to know how they are going to create — or promote the creation of — millions of good, high-paying, secure jobs. How they are going to save and expand Social Security and Medicare and provide universal access to healthcare and education. I want to know what they plan to do to keep America and the world safe.
Bernie says the most serious problem facing our country is that “we don’t discuss the most serious problems facing our country.”
I never intended this to be a political blog, but there doesn’t seem to be any choice. This Presidential election is just too weird. And it matters.
I’m afraid of Hillary. It’s not her age; Reagan was her age when he was elected. It’s not her gender. It’s not so much the email thing, although that’s a bit awkward. It’s Benghazi, and the fact that it has never been explained.
I can’t word the basics any better than Wikipedia and still get all the information in:
On September 11, 2012, the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi was attacked by a heavily armed group of 125-150 gunmen, whose trucks bore the logo of Ansar al-Sharia, a group of Islamist militants, also known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,working with the local government to manage security in Benghazi.U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Information Officer Sean Smith, and CIA contractors and former Navy SEALS Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed during a series of raids, commencing at nightfall and continuing into the next morning. Ten others were injured.
It was 9-11 all over again, exactly 11 years later; and here was another attack on the United States by Al Qaeda.
I can’t remember exactly. Was it 14 hours the attack lasted? Or 18? It was all night and part of the morning. Potentially long enough to get them some help before it was over. Maybe before it was too late. They repeatedly called for help, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent them none. Why? We don’t know. She refuses to say.
The former Navy Seals across the street wanted to go help, and were ordered to “stand down.” It’s not clear where the order came from. Hillary? We don’t know. Before long the ex-Seals defied orders and went anyway, but they were too late and too few.
Both Hillary and President Obama have continually refused to explain what happened and why no help was sent. When Hillary was questioned later in Congress, she appeared flustered and asked “What does it matter now?” It matters a lot now, Hillary! It might tell us a lot about your character. Maybe good, if we knew the facts. But it doesn’t appear good at all. How can we know if you won’t tell us what happened from your perspective? How can we elect a Commander-in-Chief who appears to have neglected a very bad situation and let four people under her die unaided?
As far as I know, the information hasn’t even been classified. They just refuse to answer.
The Republicans are worse. Every last one of them. Bill Maher hit it on the head when he described them, but I promised not to use that kind of language here. (Sorry, I lost the link; but if you know Bill Maher, you’ll get the idea.) They’re crazy. They’re not all exactly the same kind of crazy, but pretty nearly. At last count, we have 17 of them. I’d vote for ANY Democrat over any of them.
A President’s influence reaches far beyond his or her own term(s). A President appoints Federal Judges, including Supreme Court Justices, as well as various other officials. Federal Judges and Justices remain in office for life or until they decide to retire. A bad judge can mess things up for a long time. And the next President is likely to appoint two or three Supreme Court Justices.
Every one of those climate change denying, religious nut job, big business loving, rich Republicans want to reduce their own taxes even lower than they already are, raise your taxes to make up the difference, teach religion in your kid’s science class, waste billions of your tax dollars rounding up eleven million immigrants (as if that were even possible) and ship them south, outlaw all abortions just as they were 50 years ago, repeal the Affordable Care Act, keep the disastrous War on Drugs going and keep our prisons overflowing with people who weren’t violent until we locked them up, and go to war with ISIS and maybe Iran. And who knows who else?
We MUST NOT let one of these lunatics get in the White House. They’ll set us back 50 years, if we don’t disappear in a mushroom cloud of radioactive smoke first. Besides the damage they’d personally do in office, if we survive, any Federal Judges they appoint would be likely to carry on the carnage for a generation. We MUST have a liberal in the White House, and Hillary is a liberal. For that reason, if Hillary gets the Democratic nomination, I expect to vote for her.
Bernie is even more liberal.
Bernie Sanders (born September 8, 1941) is six years older than Hillary; but he’s still going strong. He describes himself as “philosophically a democratic socialist.”
Don’t let the S word shake you up. He doesn’t want to turn the USA into Russia or China or Cuba. He wants to create a lot of high-paying jobs in a hurry, rebuild our almost ancient highway system and replace rotting bridges and overpasses, make sure everybody eats and sleeps under a roof, make sure everybody gets free healthcare like they do in every other major Western country and pay for it with half the money, split up any bank that’s “too big to fail” so we won’t have to bail them out again, promote clean energy, make every public college or university in the USA tuition free, and stop corporate executives from taking multi-million dollar annual bonuses from their companies while their workers have trouble buying groceries and paying the rent. And he’ll try not to invade anybody. There’s more, but it’s that kind of thing. I’m for it. Check out his website.
Watch the video and see if he doesn’t sound good to you. He makes startling statements like those below–but about a plethora of different problems; not just money. Then he tells us how he’s gonna change things:
Between 1980 and 2005, 80 percent … 80 percent of all new income in this country went to the top 1 percent.
The top one-tenth of one percent earns 12 cents of every dollar.
The top one-tenth of one percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%.
99% of all new income generated today goes to the top one percent.
There is something wrong with America when one family– the Walton family– owns more wealth than the bottom 130 million Americans.
Today the top 1/10 of 1% owns nearly as much wealth as the bottom 90%.
There is something profoundly wrong when (working people are) working longer hours for lower wages, and yet 90% of all new income goes to the top 1%.
Those statistics stagger the imagination. The middle class is almost gone from this country. That’s not scare talk; it’s factually true. A few billionaires are literally buying candidates who want to reduce their taxes even more than they already are, raise your taxes to make up the difference, and do away with the minimum wage. Otherwise, they want to maintain the financial status quo well enough so the billionaires who finance them will keep getting richer and richer and you and I will keep getting poorer and poorer. If we let them control both Congress and the White House, there’ll be no way to stop them.
A hand-full of billionaires cannot have it all. Consider helping Bernie get the nomination and the White House.
“Between 1980 and 2005, 80 percent … 80 percent of all new income in this country went to the top 1 percent. 80 percent!” Bernie Sanders
Don’t forget Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in November, 2016
“Between 1980 and 2005, 80% … 80% of all new income in this country went to the top 1%.”
Eighty percent of all income in this country goes to the richest one percent of the people. “They want more, more, more. Their greed knows no end.” Furthermore, the “top one-tenth of one percent earns 12 cents of every dollar” earned in this country today. Can you believe it?
Bernie Sanders is fair
Sanders admits there are many reasonable and patriotic rich people in this country that want everybody to prosper. But he says there are many others who only want to accumulate more and more money for themselves while poverty increases and the middle class goes away. They also want (and get) more and more tax breaks.
I’m not against rich people. I admire some of them tremendously. I’m well aware that a few of the richest Americans have given away most of their money to help the poor, and I appreciate them very much.
I’m against rich people getting richer and richer while poor people get poorer and poorer. I’m against more and more tax breaks for the one percent of the population who gets 80% of the money.
So is Bernie. That’s why I like him.
That’s not the only reason I like Bernie. I like him because he’s honest. Because he tells it like he sees it. And because he looks out for the little people.
I’m one of those little people, and I appreciate Bernie being on my side.