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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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Hello, This is TheNewDeal on Twitter. I've been a political tweeter and blogger for some time now, but sadly times have been tough and I haven't been able to be engaged like I use to be. This year I've had to endure personal problems that have slowly taken their toll. Now due to financial troubles, I may not be able to tweet at all....

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Monday, October 10, 2011

The American Spring


President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali had ruled Tunisia since 1987. He was a strict and oppressive leader who ruled with an iron fist.

Tunisia was plagued with high unemployment, food inflation, corruption, poor living conditions, and lack of political freedoms for it's common people.

In December of 2010, the people of Tunisia decided that they've had enough.

Hundreds of young Tunisians took to the streets to take their country back. As they rushed the capital in a display of democracy rarely seen in Tunisia, they were met with tear gas and brutality from the police.

This did not stop the people of Tunisia. The hundreds of protesters turned into thousands. The thousands turned into tens of thousands. Tens of thousands turned into hundreds of thousands.

During the protests, 300 Tunisian protesters were killed, 700 injured.

On January 14 2011, the protests had forced Ben Ali to flee Tunisia. The people, joined by the Tunisian military, had overthrown their oppressive government.

They fought back and Won.




In early 2011, the people of Egypt grew tired of their 30 year President, Hosni Mubarak.

He planned to have his sons take his place after his reign, which upset many of the Egyptian people who did not want a dynasty or inheritance of power.

He then extended an emergency law that gave total power to the police and suspended constitutional rights. As a result, between 5,000 and 10,000 people were arrested without charge or trial. Police brutality also rose dramatically thanks to the emergency law.

So in January of 2011, the people of Egypt decided to do the forbidden and revolt against their militant government.

At first, it was hundreds of young activists. They were greeted with whatever the police had to throw at them.

Once again, hundreds turned into thousands. Thousands turned into tens of thousands. Tens of thousands turned into hundreds of thousands.

846 Egyptian protesters were killed, over 3,000 injured.

On February 11 2011, due to unstoppable demand, Hosni Mubarak resigned as President. The people of Egypt removed their leader and his radical agenda.

They fought back and won.




Muammar Gaddafi has been the de-facto ruler of Libya since he led a military coup that overthrew King Idris I in 1969.

Gaddafi was a ruthless dictator that ruled Libya by the barrel of a gun for 42 years.

Gaddafi and his family took over most of Libya's business enterprise. The Gaddafi's lived a lavish Hollywood lifestyle while most of the Libyan people lived in poverty.

Libya became the most censored country in the Middle-East and North Africa under Gaddafi. Being found guilty of organizing or founding a political party in Libya was met with execution.

Despite knowing it could mean their deaths, the people of Libya decided to fight back against their oppressive dictator.

On February 15th 2011, between 500 and 600 protesters took to the streets. Police met them with violence and arrests.

Inspired by the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, the people of Libya asked that all Libyans who oppose Gaddafi meet on February 17th for a "Day of Rage". The next day, police and army personnel withdrew from the city of Benghazi after being overwhelmed by protesters.

The protests and protesters kept growing until Libya broke out into a full on civil war between the Pro-Gaddafi government and anti-Gaddafi citizens. Peaceful revolution was not possible in Libya with Gaddafi in charge. 10,000 to 30,000 died in what would become the Libyan civil war, at least 50,000 wounded. Gaddafi even had his own soldiers executed who refused to fire at protesters.

By March, the U.N. issued a  no fly zone over Libya and began to take the side of the rebels. NATO eventually came in and started building up rebel forces to topple Gaddafi.

Over the next few months, the Libyan rebels made great strides and moved in on Gaddafi one city at a time. By late August, rebel forces seized Gaddafi's compound and ran their tyrant out of Libya. Gaddafi's whereabouts are still unknown at the time of this post.

The people of Libya removed their dictator from his 42 year reign.

They fought back and won.




On September 17th 2011, Americans fed up with a system set up to increase income for the rich at the expense of the poor, met in the belly of the beast, Wall Street, to bring attention to our broken economic system.

The plan was to occupy Wall Street and refuse to leave until their voices were heard and action was taken. They represent the working-class, which is the majority class in America.

They've seen their income redistributed to the top 1% as they're asked to sacrifice even more. They've been laid off in times when the company they worked for was raking in record profits, so that company could make even more money sending that job to another country. If they still have a job, they've seen their benefits, pensions, and wages cut while millionaires and billionaires are doing better than ever before in history.

They watched as the same financial institutions that crashed our economy and sent us into a brutal recession that we are still hurting from, were given a $700 billion welfare check. They watched as they lost their homes, jobs, and savings as they were told it was their fault for not working hard enough, or being lazy.

They watched poverty and unemployment skyrocket as the wealthiest among them were richer than ever before.

To make up for the cost of 2 wars, $700 billion in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, and the Wall Street Bailout/Welfare Check, they were told that they, the taxpayers, would have to tighten their belts and not to dare suggest that the rich sacrifice with them. That would be class warfare.

They were told that it was the unions, teachers, public workers, poor single mothers, and their own desire to have a decent job that caused this mess. That working class people living paycheck to paycheck somehow had enough power to crash the economy on their frozen wages and vanished savings. Don't even start thinking that Wall Street bankers had something to do with this, blame your neighbor instead.

Those in power bought by the corporations suggested cuts in education, protective regulations, pensions, health care, NPR, PBS, medicare, medicaid, VA healthcare, workers rights, voting rights, disaster funding, and women's rights. Anything but asking the richest people on Earth to pay a fair share of the taxes.

This didn't go over well with most of the 99% of Americans who aren't filthy rich.

On September 17th, several hundred Americans stormed Wall Street and occupied it in a brave effort to save a country from itself.

The police blocked off most of Wall Street and used pepper spray, nightsticks, and overall brutality on the protesters, similar to protests in the Middle-East.

The corporate-owned mainstream media mostly ignored the protests.

As days went by, the protests grew and grew. Hundreds turned into thousands.

Then in the second week of the protests, protesters were ushered onto the Brooklyn Bridge by the NY police and mass arrested. 700 Americans were arrested that day. Images of police pepper spraying innocent bystanders and beating people unnecessarily were being seen all over America.

Thousands turned into Tens of thousands.

As I'm writing this, there are now occupy events in almost every major city in the United States. The ground zero for the protests on Wall Street had to expand in location to fit the growing number of people coming out to join the fight.

The media has been forced to cover the Occupy Wall Street protests due to it's rapid growth. Since the media is mostly corporate owned, some outlets attempt to smear the movement in hopes of marginalizing it to death. So far, this is not working. It is only growing.

The only violence in this movement have been from the police. The protesters remain peaceful as it is part of their overall message.

Unlike examples in the Middle-East, this movement is not looking to overthrow it's government or any elected officials by force or demonstration. This will happen at the ballot box.

They are simply asking to have more of a voice and input in the politics and policies that effect their lives. They cannot afford lobbyists or PACs. They feel that their congress is bought and their voice has been silenced in the name of money. They just want economic fairness and an opportunity at an American dream they grew up hearing about, but haven't seen in reality and now feels completely out of reach.

Over the next few months, the Occupy Wall Street movement will continue to grow all over the country. They will eventually show so much power in numbers that it will be impossible not to hear their voice. They will peacefully take their country back and Washington will be forced to act on behalf of the people.

Failure is not an option. When you put people in a position where they have nothing left to lose, it backfires on you. They have nowhere to go but up. They fight with a desperation and purpose that the rich and selfish could not possibly muster up.

Even when the protests come to an end, the powers that be will know that they are there, they are watching, and they are not going to take it.

They will think twice before messing with the working-class, the 99% majority of this country.

The people of America are waking up and refusing to take part in a system that sacrifices them to the richest 1%.

They are fighting back and they will win.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Occupy Cincinnati: Day 1 (With Pictures)


I just returned from Occupy Cincinnati.

It was a great event with great people. I'm not a professional surveyor, but I'd say there was about 400-500 people there. Not a bad start at all, and I hope this is just a start. I hope it keeps growing just like the movement itself has over the past three weeks.

There were about 4 Ron Paul/Wall Street supporters there. They were heckling until one of the speakers neutered them. I Felt compelled to confront them, but then realized their congregation of four standing beside a congregation of 400-500 said more than I ever could.

There's just not that much support for Wall Street these days.

I've always urged people to take part in this nationwide movement since day one, but now that I've been to an event, I suggest it more than ever. If there is an event near you (I'm sure there is) You should attend. You won't regret it!

Here's a few pictures of the event today courtesy of Jessy Hicks























This is NOT litter. They had an area of materials to make your own sign. 









Solidarity! 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Thank You: A Message to My Twitter Followers


Dear Followers,

As of this week, I have over 14,000 of you. When I came to twitter to vent my political frustrations and promote causes I'm passionate about, I never dreamed I would get 1,000 followers, let alone 14,000. It is overwhelmingly refreshing to know that so many of you feel the same and that I am far from being alone. Even though it is impossible for me to thank and talk to each one of you individually, I am humbled and honored to have each and every one of you as followers. I may not be able to respond to you as much as I would like, but I know you are there and I hear you. I don't just do this for me anymore, I do this for us. Every one of you keep me going and inspire me to keep doing whatever it is that I'm doing. As long as your listening, I'll keep talking.

From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!

I don't mean to sound like a sappy cornball. I know it is just another social media site and I'm just some guy on the internet, but on the other side of the screen are real people with real voices. The internet can be a powerful thing, we are proving this. The internet allows us to connect from anywhere in this world to share our ideas and act upon them. We have more transparency and communication than ever before. We would be fools not to use this tool to make our voices heard and organize for action. From what I see, we are doing just that.

What I like about twitter the most is that, despite the occasional censoring, people make the conversation and report the news and not the corporate media. On twitter, people set the dialog and narrative, not political spin machines and cable news hosts. Some are famous, some not. Some are rich, some are poor. But on Twitter, we are all opinions presented in 140 characters or less.

As long as I'm on Twitter, I will use it to push facts over fear, love over hate, and humanity over corporatism. I have made mistakes and will make mistakes. I can be very brash and sometimes go overboard. This is a result of being human. I have offended many of you, but please know that this is not my goal. We may not always see completely eye to eye, but I am who I am and I believe what I believe and while I will apologize for comments made that even I admit were off the deep end, I will not apologize for who I am or what I believe in. Hopefully you wouldn't either.

With that being said, I want to hear more from you.

You all have been kind enough to follow, retweet, and recommend me to your friends. So I feel the least I can do is ask for your input and opinion. Basically, How am I doing? I want to hear from you.

Tell me if there is something you would like me to tweet about more or less? Do I tweet too much? Too little?

Is there an issue effecting your life personally or a local issue you would like me to spread awareness for?

I want your opinion. And don't be shy, let me have it if need be. You won't offend me. Constructive criticism is always welcome.

I can't promise that I'll meet every demand or be able to fulfill every request, but I will do my best.

No offense, but I am not looking to promote your business, music, product, or your account, but if you have a local or national issue, cause, or event you would like me to promote, I would be glad to help spread awareness if I can.

So let me know what's important to you and what you would like to see from me as we take over the world one tweet at a time.

I'm just some opinionated guy from the midwest who has a lot of great followers on twitter. I'm not a leader and I hold no power whatsoever. But thanks to all of you, I do feel that I have a voice and I want all my followers to feel the same. If no one else listens or cares, I will. I will hear you.

So once again thank you all! I can't say it enough. But you've heard enough from me, now I want to know what you have to say.

You can do this by leaving a message right here in the comment section of this post or in my messages on Twitter. Try to refrain from responding to this via a mention. It gets hard to keep track of them at times and I could lose it or not see it.

And if you have something to say, please say it. This is no time to be quiet.

Actually, I hope we're just getting started.

Be safe, live long, and keep fighting the good fight!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Strategy of Racism


By posting this, many of you on the right and even some of you on the left will accuse me of playing something called "The Race Card".

This is a term often used by conservatives when liberals bring up what we view to be racism coming from the right. They say we are using racism to try and smear them.

Basically, when they say or do something racist, they feel it is wrong for us to hold this against them and call them out on it. If we do, it's because we can't argue the facts and issues. They attempt to marginalize us as a group who cries racism at our political opponents as a motor reflex.

They spin it as hard as they can to make you appear like the crazy one for saying the R word. You're just another one of those pinko hippies who hates grown-ups and America. You'll understand when you get older.

It's like being sued by your rapist for slander.

They say that you are a racist for calling them racist. Even when they say undeniably racist things, if you call them on it, you are worse for bringing race into it... even though they did first...and then it gets confusing. The whole point is to confuse you.

Republicans never admit fault alone, they grab you on the way down and take you with them. They start the "both sides are wrong talk". If they hate anything more than President Obama, it's being wrong and knowing it.

But I don't care.

I'm not saying that all republicans are racist. This is a moronic notion and I know for a fact that not all republicans are racist like I know all muslims aren't terrorists.

What I'm saying is that racism exists on the right and drives their social agenda.

But I'll let you decide for yourself. I'm not going to play "The Race Card". I'm going to let republicans talk and you decide if the left is just being slanderous and paranoid, or if the right really does have and has always had a problem with diversity and race.


In 1980, Ronald Reagan told biographer Laurence Burrett the 1965 Voting Rights Act was a "Humiliation to the South"

"If an individual wants to discriminate against negroes or others in selling or renting his house, he has the right to do so" - Ronald Reagan, 1966

In 1980, Ronald Reagan said Confederate President Jefferson Davis was "A hero of mine"

Michele Bachmann Signed a Pledge that Stated "A black child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African American baby born after the election of the USA's first African American President"

"I hate those gooks. I will hate them as long as I live" - John McCain

 "Now I don't want to even be associated with Obama, it's like touching a tar baby" - GOP Rep. Doug Lamborn

"There are times when abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white, or a rape" - Richard Nixon

"Hugo (Chaves) is a nice little Guatemalan man who is doing some painting for me" - GOP Senator Conrad Burns

"If you belong to an organization called La Raza, in this case, which in my point of view anyway, is nothing more than a Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses" - Former GOP Congressmen Tom Tancredo

"Figure this out, Madame Speaker: We have a very, very urban Senator, Barack Obama, who has decided he's going to run for President, and what does he do? He introduces legislation to create a whole new Pigford claim" - GOP Rep. Steve King

"And Barack Obama says no. Well if human life is not a person then I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say 'now we are going to decide who are people and who are not people'" - GOP Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum

"And if private lunch counter owners want to prevent blacks from eating there, that's their right" - GOP Senator Rand Paul

"Do you have blacks, too?" - George W. Bush to Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso

"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this-this (Slight Chuckle) is working very well for them" - Former First Lady Barbara Bush on Black Hurricane Katrina Victims

"I have been nervous about this interview with you because what I feel like saying is, 'Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies'" - Glenn Beck to Muslim US Congressman Keith Ellison


And if expressing their racism vocally is not enough, they also use pictures to express their hatred for anything other than white culture.

Like this gem, mass emailed from top California Teaparty Leader Marilyn Davenport...



Or this lovely image from the Chaffey Community Republican Women...



And this classy image from Conservative activist Dr. David McKalip...


These pictures did not come from random people, they came from leaders of the teaparty and GOP. Immoral behavior breeds immoral behavior. When your leaders act like this, your followers will follow...

Ladies & Gentlemen, Meet the Teaparty...







I have a few questions... what does the teaparty mean when they say they want to take their country back? And who exactly do they want to take it back from? And why did it start when a black man became president?



The radical right also has other means of pushing their racist agenda. The Republicans that are racist but don't want to be seen as racist, or just know that it will ruin their chances of getting re-elected will use a different strategy.

This is where Birtherism comes in.



Birthers are a group of Republicans that do not believe Obama was born in America, but that he is a Kenyan citizen invading the US. This movement got stomped to the ground when Obama released his birth certificate. No other President in history has been forced to release their birth certificate to calm public speculation. No other president has been black.

Just think about it though, the Birther fad was a strategy to use Obama's race against him. To paint him as this foreign entity invading America, a country he doesn't belong to and knows nothing about. This was not just a Teaparty talking point. McCain/Palin ran on this notion of Birtherism in 2008 and that "Obama doesn't see America like you and I do".

Whether Obama was born in the US or not was never their concern. They know he was. The point was to convince their base that Obama is a foreigner and out of touch with American values.


There was also the notion that Obama had a gripe with white America and was out to punish them. That his goal was to enact white slavery through taxation. This was no real concern either. The right learned that the best way to thwart off claims of racism is to label your opponent as racist. This is what they do with Obama, the NAACP, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, etc. They label any black group that opposes them as racist. They paint them as bitter black bigots who get paid to cry racism.

Remember when he went to speak at a school to give a "Stay in School" speech and the right freaked out and called it indoctrination of our youth? The White House had to release the speech transcript before the speech to show right-wing America that their children would be safe after Obama spoke. No children were brainwashed that day.

No other President in history has ever been accused of attempting to indoctrinate children by giving a speech at a school. All the other Presidents were white.



Then there's what I like to call the Teaparty Hit-man Squad.

Don't worry, these hit-men don't use guns. They use edited videos and slander.

In 2009, a video was released that appeared to show workers at ACORN helping a Halloween costume pimp and whore by giving them information on how to set up a brothel.

ACORN is a group of community organizers who help poor black people stay in their homes. They also helped Barack Obama win in 2008 by registering voters and GOTV work.

The right immediately claimed that ACORN was stealing the election for Obama through their voter registration efforts. It doesn't matter that not one account of voter fraud was reported or found, the meme stuck. The real problem was that ACORN helped bring out the poor black community for Obama and poor people voting is really, really bad for the GOP. This had to be stopped.

So when this edited video came out that made it seem like ACORN workers were helping people dodge taxes for illegal brothels and showed a woman talking about killing her husband, the right used it as an atomic bomb. Of course Democrats didn't question it and standing up to the GOP is a big no-no. So ACORN was defunded and fell shortly after.

If congress and the President would have took a deep breath and did a little research, they would have found that they have been had. This video was clearly edited and no evidence of ACORN doing anything illegal has ever been proven.

The reality was that most of the workers filmed by Conservative hack-journalist with editing software, James O'keefe thought it was all a big joke. I mean, wouldn't you? Does this look like a real pimp to you?


A real-life actual pimp would pimp-smack this guy, take his money, and tell him to get back on the corner. No one would take him seriously, including the employees at ACORN. This didn't matter though, all O'Keefe had to do was go home and edit a video to feed to a party hungry for anything to justify their racist point of view.

If I film you for long enough, I can manipulate a video to make you sound like anything I want you to, or just use tidbits of what you say against you. This is what hack-journalist and tabloid magazines do. This is what con-artists do.

Which brings me to Andrew Breitbart.



Breitbart runs BigGovernment.com (Yes. This site is a mock site but I actually bother with facts). Breitbart is really good friends with James O'Keefe. He even stood by him when he broke into Senator Mary Landrieu's office in an attempt to tap her phone. Which is illegal.

Breitbart was also the first to report the ACORN hoax. He then moved on to Georgia State Director of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture, Shirley Sherrod. Breitbart used the same method of editing a video to say what he wants it to and pinned Sherrod as a black government employee who hated white farmers.

What Breitbart does is very simple. In fact, it takes absolutely no talent at all.

Here is the video Breitbart released to paint Sherrod as a racist...


Now here's the 40 minute video he edited 3 minutes of footage from...


This was a smear job. Another attempt to take out black people who hold power in government.

Breitbart didn't have the luck he had when he falsely accused ACORN of illegal events. Sherrod did lose her job for doing absolutely nothing wrong, but she is currently suing Breibart.

And if you're still not convinced, let's hear from the white farmers that Sherrod discriminated against according to Breitbart...


My point is that the right, in their attempt to prove to you that black America is dangerous and racist against whites, will go to any means to succeed in this message. To prove to you that they are not the racists, but that black groups are, they will make fake videos and flaunt them all over their outlets. They don't care if it's real or not. The point is to make you fear and hate black America so you'll run to them to protect you.

They know it is politically unpopular to be identified as racist. This is why they play these games. If they can convince white American that black America is racist and out to punish them, they can sit back and look like the victims instead of the aggressors. You can see this strategy when teabaggers talk about Obam enacting "White Slavery" or when they talk about "Reparations" or when Glenn Beck says things like "He (Obama) has a deep seeded hatred for white America and white culture".

By the way, I wonder what Obama's white mother and grandmother thought about his rampant racism against white America?


Then there's some Republicans who don't mind wearing the racist pin. They don't care if you know it. There's one who says so many racist things I had to give him his own section in this post. He has around 20 million listeners a day, conservative politicians love and fear him, and no republicans in congress ever condem or deny him.

Ladies and Gentlemen.... Rush Limbaugh...

"Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?"

"The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons"

"The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies"

"They're (Blacks) 12 percent of the population, who cares?"

"(To an African American female caller) "Take that bone out of your nose and call me back"

Repeatedly plays a song of his show titled "Barack the Magic Negro"

Has called Obama a "Halfrican American"

"We need segregated buses...this is Obama's America"

"Obama's entire economic program is reparations"

"Colin Powell will vote for Obama. Melanin is thicker than water"

And there's many more where this came from... Just Google it!

Rush Limbaugh has been called the voice of the Republican Party. 20 million listeners a day is nothing to shrug at. Although many on the right will brush this behavior off, saying that he is just a radio host and he doesn't speak for the GOP. Even though GOP congressman and governors are on his show all the time, conservatives will say that he's "just some guy" when he shows his true racist colors on an almost daily basis.


And another thing that bothers me...

What is the rights obsession with the confederacy?



I know you've seen it too. Cars with confederate flags, mostly next to an old McCain/Palin sticker. You've seen confederate flags at numerous teaparty rallies. It's a symbol the right holds proudly. I'd like to think they don't know any better or are just uninformed like usual, but they know exactly what the confederate flag means and stands for. We all learned about this in grade school.

Incase you don't know, the confederacy was the South during the civil war. Yes, the side that fought FOR slavery.

Why is this celebrated on the right? I understand recalling things like the confederacy and Nazi Germany in a historical sense, to bring attention to these horrible times in history so they never happen again, but this is not in the same context. They are calling for the south to rise again. They long for the confederacy.

While I find it very sad, it doesn't shock me that the teaparty supports the slave owning confederate south. What does somewhat shock me is the fact that several prominent GOP politicians openly support a movement which fought and died for the right to own black people as slaves.

Like when Virginia GOP Governor Bob McDonnell made the month of April "Confederate History Month" in Virginia.

Or when Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour refused to condemn a proposed state license plate to honor Nathan Bedford Forrest, a confederate general and former KKK leader.

These incidences are not from back when, they both happened within the past 2 years.


Another example of what I feel is racism within the Republicans party, I'd like to introduce you to a man named David Duke.



David Duke is a former KKK Grand Wizard. A top dog. A leader of racist.

Duke has been leading the charge against non-whites & non-christians since 1974. However, being a professional racist was not enough for the ambitious white supremacist. He soon decided he wanted to get into politics. Lovely.

There's no need to worry though, there is no way a former KKK leader could be elected in the United States of America... right?

Duke ran in 1975 for the Louisiana State Senate as a Democrat and failed.

Duke ran again in 1988 for the Presidency as a Democrat and failed.

Democrats overwhelmingly did not want to elect a racist. Duke never made it our of a primary as a Democrat. I'm really not sure what he was thinking there...

Then in 1989, Duke ran for the Louisiana House, this time as a Republican.

And guess what... he won.

Louisiana Democrats wanted nothing to do with Duke. Louisiana Republicans welcomed him with open arms.

The good news here is that Duke has not been successful since.

The bad news is that Duke has found a new pocket of support in the teaparty. Thousands of teaparty supporters have urged him to run for President in 2012.

If he did run for President, maybe he could get Kentucky GOP Senator Rand Paul to stump for him. After all, Rand does owe him a favor. Duke donated over $2,000 to Rand Paul's 2010 campaign.

I wonder if Paul's views on allowing businesses to racially discriminate had anything to do with it?

Another one of Rand Paul's contributors in 2010 was a group called Stormfront.

Stormfront is a proud white nationalist group that is heavily entwined with the Republican Party.

Stormfront has also donated to Rand's father, Texas Congressman Ron Raul.

Actually, Stormfront and the Republican Party are so close that the Florida Republican Party made the founder of Stormfront's 19 year-old son their party committeeman.


In closing, I'll repeat myself. I do not thing all conservatives are racist. I do think that racism exists within the Republican Party where it is openly tolerated and defended.

The Republican Party as a whole could purge these groups if they wanted to. They could wipe their hands clean of them and have nothing to do with them. They could not take their money, they could condemn Rush Limbaugh, they could denounce birtherism, they could kick David Duke out of the party, they could tell their teaparty base to knock it off with the racist signs. They could do a lot of things, but they don't.

They allow the racist wing of their party to exist. They use them when they need them or when they help, but when they slip up and let their racism shows enough to piss off the general public, they back away.

Many may not fully support the views of the hardcore racists in their party, but many do sympathize with them. They feel that minorities are out to get them, suck up their tax dollars, and destroy white culture. They may not really hate people different from themselves, but they do feel threatened by them and what they will do to the country they love.

If you happen to be a white conservative reading this, I want you to do me a favor.

I want you to sit back and imagine that African Americans have been the majority of the population and the ones in charge of America since it's founding. Imagine if after centuries of African American Presidents, a white man won the Presidency.

Now imagine if black people all over America started protesting him for things they let black president after black president get away with, but NOW it's a problem. Imagine if they accused him of not being born in America, and therefore not an American. Something they never accused a black president of ever in history.

Imagine that they gathered in the streets and chanted things like "We've come to take our country back" and held up signs showing this white president with pictures of Wonder Bread and crackers.

How do you think this would be perceived? How do you think whites would translate this?

Exactly.

Fox "News" would explode in excitement. If you don't believe me, just recall how they freaked out over 3 black guys who hung out and harassed people in front of polling locations, calling themselves "the New Black Panther Party".

There were literally 3 of them and Fox "News" acted like the whole African American community was lashing out at white America to protect their militant leader Barack Obama.

Was "The New Black Panther Party" of 3 in the right for doing what they did? Of course not, but this is exactly what I'm talking about. The "scary minorities" meme that will forever exist on the right. Teaparty groups did the same thing but worse and Fox never said a word. Do I have to tell you what the difference was and why one story got covered and another didn't? I think you know.

The Republican Party could end this stigma anytime it wants to. They could purge the racist wing of their party anytime and no rational American would blame them for it.

In my opinion, the right knows that being racist is not popular in a growingly diverse America. They cannot just come out and say it. They have their means of doing it without saying it. They never will admit to it unless the American pubic is on their side. Since this will never happen, they have to scare you. They have to make you afraid of them and say "look, it's not us, it's them!". Other times they just stay quiet and let the racist radicals in their party do the talking for them.

The only thing that's more disturbing than the racism that exists on the right is that fact that they do nothing about it. I'm not sure what's worse, what they do or what they don't do.

It just amazes me that a party that can't bare to muster up the tolerance to accept Muslims, Hispanics, Gays, and Minorities as being just as much Americans as white Christians can easily and effortlessly tolerate the racists that exist in their party and will eventually be their ultimate downfall.

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Ultimate Liberal Fact Sheet and Debate Aide - Pt. 1


JOBS

Barack Obama Created More Jobs in 2010 Than Bush Did in His Entire Presidency

Bill Clinton Raised Taxes on the Rich and Created 23 Million Jobs

George W. Bush Cut the Tax Rate for the Rich and Created Only 3 Million Jobs

Jimmy Carter Created 7.5 Million More Jobs Than George W. Bush

Bill Clinton Created 7.1 Million More Jobs Than Ronald Reagan

Tax cuts for the Rich Do Not Create Jobs

Spending Cuts Do Not Create Jobs

Consumer Demand Creates Jobs

The Federal Government Does Create Jobs, Over 2 Million to Be Exact

Government Does Create Private Sector Jobs

More Private Sector Jobs Were Created Than Government Jobs So Far in 2011

The Financial Crisis Started in 2008 Under Bush, Not Obama

The Recession Started in 2007 Under Bush, Not Obama

Obama Did Not Make the Recession Worse, it Ended in 2009

Republicans Support the Outsourcing of American Jobs

Republicans Voted to Repeal the Minimum Wage

Many Republicans Support Repealing Child Labor Laws

Many Corporations Lay Off Thousands of Employees in Times of Record Profits

The House GOP has Created 0 Jobs and Voted to Kill Over 1.9 Million Jobs Since Winning Control of the House in 2010 on the Promise of Job Creation

The Average Income Growth Rate is Much Higher Under Democrats Than Republicans

Over the Past 60 Years, Democratic Presidents Have Created More Jobs Than Republican Presidents


DEFICIT

President Eisenhower was the Last Republican President to Balance the Budget and/or Create a Surplus.

Ronald Reagan Tripled the National Deficit

Bill Clinton was the Last Democratic President to Balance the Budget and/or Create a Balanced Budget

Bill Clinton Created the Largest Budget Surplus in American History

The Republican Congress in the 90's was Not Responsible for the Budget Surplus in the Mid/Late 90's. Clinton's Deficit Reduction Bills that were Passed Before Republicans Took Congress and Clinton's Tax Reforms were Main Reasons. The Deficit was Decreasing Before Republicans Took Control of COngress.

Bush Inherited a $286 Billion Surplus and Left Office with a $1.2 Trillion Deficit

Tax Cuts Add to Our National Deficit

Since 2001, War has Added Over $1.2 Trillion to Our National Deficit


TAXES

Under Obama, Taxes are Currently at the Lowest Levels in 60 Years

The Stimulus Bill Contained the Largest Tax Cut in American History

Ronald Reagan Raised Taxes 11 Times

Unemployment Soared After Ronald Reagan's 1981 Tax Cuts for the Rich

The bottom 50% DO Pay Taxes, They Pay Payroll Taxes, The Rich Do Not. The Rich Pay Income Taxes.

When You Look At Taxation Based On Income and Percentage, the Bottom 50% Pay More in Taxes of Their Income Than the Rich

The Bottom 50% Also Pay Sales and Property Taxes

The Rich Paid 90% in Taxes During WWII and Throughout the 50's. They Were Still Rich.

Ronald Reagan Cut Taxes for the Top 1% in Half over 8 Years

The US has the Largest Income Gap in the World

The Richest 400 Americans Have More wealth Than Half of All Americans Combined

Less Than 1% of Americans Make $1 Million or More a Year

Most Corporations Pay No Taxes at All

Closing Tax Loopholes is Not New Taxes or Taxation

Raising Taxes Creates Jobs and Increases Revenue

Over 1,400 Millionaires Paid No Taxes in 2009

Your Taxes are Used to Build and Maintain Our Entire Civilization


SPENDING

Republicans Spend More Than Democrats when in Office

The States That Cut the Most Spending, Lost the Most Jobs

The US military and Defense is Americas Biggest Expenditure

If the Government Did Not Spend, the Country Would Shut Down (Do I Need a Link for This, or Does Common Sense Pretty Much Cover it?)

Bush Signed TARP Into Law, Not Obama


SOCIAL SECURITY

Those Making Over $106,800 a Year Do Not Pay Social Security Taxes

Social Security Does Not Add One Cent to the Deficit

Social Security Currently Has a $2.6 Trillion Surplus

Social Security is Solvent Until 2037

Ronald Reagan Expanded Social Security by Raising Taxes

Social Security Benefits Represent About 41% of Income for the Elderly

In 1940, the Life Expectancy of a 65 Year Old was Almost 14 Years, Today It's Almost 20 Years

9 Out Of 10 Seniors Over 65 Receive Social Security Benefits

Social Security Covers Over 8 Million Disabled Americans


HEALTH CARE

50 Million Americans Do Not Have Health Insurance or Coverage

Americans Pay More for Healthcare Than Any Other Country

Medical Bills are the #1 Cause of Bankruptcy in America

America is Ranked #37 in Health Care Worldwide by the World Health Organization

America is One of the Only Nations That Does Not have Guaranteed Health Care for It's Citizens

45,000 Americans Die Every Year from Lack of Quality Health Care

Single Payer Health Care Would Save Businesses Millions by Not Having to Provide Their Employees with Health Care

Insurance Companies Deny Paying Customers Care in Times of Record Profit

Insurance companies Spent More Than $2.5 Million a Month Fighting Heath Care Reform (This could have bought a lot of health care for their clients they denied care to because they claimed they couldn't afford it)

Americans Pay More for Prescription Drugs Than Any Other Country

Canada Made the Man Who Founded Their Universal Healthcare System a National Hero

The Majority of Citizens in Countries That Have a Universal Health Care System Like It

Health Care Reform Reduces the Deficit by $1.3 Trillion Over 20 Years

Health care reform cut waste from medicare, not service. This made medicare more solvent by 12 Years and reduced drug costs for half a million seniors

health Care Reform will Cover Over 34 Million Uninsured Americans

Members of Congress Have Taxpayer-Funded, Government-Subsidized Health Care.

Medicare, Medicaid, and the VA are Forms of Government Health Care

Government Health Care is More Efficient and More Cost Effective than Private Health Care

No Government Funding is Used for Abortion

Health Care Reform Does Not Cover Illegal Immigrants

Health Care Reform Does Not Create 'Death Panels'

Private Insurance Companies DO Have Death Panels


EDUCATION

Public Education Cuts Weaken Education, Schools and Resources for Students and Teachers

Public School Teachers Make an Average of $35,000 a Year

States That Allow Public Teacher's Unions Have Better National Test Scores Than States That Do Not.

More than 500,000 Students Have Defaulted on Their Student Loans Since 2008

7,000 Students Every Year Begin Their Adult Lives Over $100,000 in Debt Due to Student Loans

Private Schools are Too Expensive for Most American Families

Bush's 'No Child Left Behind' Education Plan was a Complete Failure and Hurt Public Education


MUSLIMS

Al-Queada and the Taliban Have Killed More Muslims Than Non-Muslims

Muslims were Killed in the 9/11 Attacks

There are 1.6 Billion Muslims Worldwide

Al-queada and the Taliban are Religious Extremists, Not Traditional Muslims

Islam is a Religion of Peace

There are 1,209 Mosques in the United States.

The US Constitution Guarantees the Right to Freedom of Religion


GUNS

In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act that for the first time, required background checks to buy a gun. Since then, fire-arm related crime has plummeted dramatically. Proving rational gun control measures are effective.

Murderers such as Jared Lee Loughner ,despite being mentally ill and the Columbine killers , Despite being underage, were able to obtain guns in the US.

Al-Queada Leader Told Members in the US via Video to Buy Guns at Gun SHow to Avoid Background Checks and Then "Shoot People"

Gun Shows Have Found Loopholes That Allow Them to Sell Guns Without Performing a Background Check

America has More Gun Related Deaths Than Any Other Industrialized Nation


UNIONS

Unions Built the Middle-Class

Unionized Workers Have Higher Wages and Benefits

Unions Do Not Drain Business. Unions are Good for the Economy.

Labor Unions Improve Employee Turnover Rates, workplace Productivity, and Workplace Safety.

Between 1945-1973 unions were at their peak and more American workers belonged to unions. This period was one of economic growth, fair wages, and prosperity.

Union Members Fought and Many Died Fighting for Worker's Rights Like Weekends, Lunch Breaks, 40 hr Work Week, Sick Days, Minimum Wage, Benefits, etc.


THE ENVIRONMENT

40% of America's rivers and 46% of America's lakes are too polluted for fishing, swimming, or aquatic life

Every year, U.S. factories spew 3 million tons of toxic chemicals into the air, land, and water

Animals are Currently Becoming Extinct at the Fastest Rate in History

The Earth's Climate is Increasing

1980-2000 were the Hottest Decades in 400 Years

11 of the Past 13 Years have Seen the Warmest Temperatures Since 1850

The Arctic Region May See it's First Ice-Free Summer by 2040

In 1910, Montana's Glacier National Park had 150 Glaciers. Today it has 30

Based on reports from over 2,500 scientists from more than 130 countries concluded that humans caused most if not all over the planet's rise in climate


WELFARE / UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

The Average Welfare Payment is $500 a Month for a Family of Four

The Average Unemployment Payment is $300 a Week

More White People are on Welfare Than Black People

While collecting unemployment insurance, you must apply for jobs and prove you are seeking work to continue to receive benefits

Unemployment insurance, welfare, and food stamps help stabilize and resume demand in a down economy.

Those Who Receive Unemployment Insurance Pay Taxes on It


PART 2 COMING SOON..............

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

5 Ways Common People Can Compete with Corporate Cash


Corporate cash has flooded into our democracy and political system ever since Citizens United broke the levee.

Billion dollar corporations are using their monetary muscles to plaster your TV with smear ads about Democrats and make your $20 donations irrelevant and unable to compete with their infinitely deep pockets.

As a result, the GOP controls the house, governorship, and most statehouses across America.

Let's face facts...money talks... And in politics, it's heard loud and clear.

And now that they've got the power, they are going after any and every group that donates to Democrats in an attempt to weaken the Democratic Party through it's donors.

Most notably, they are waging a full on war against labor unions. I believe this is for two reasons. First being that unions bother their corporate donors with demands of worker's rights, better wages, benefits, and silly stuff like that. Second, unions are the top donors to the Democrats. In a country where money wins elections, bringing down labor unions means bringing down the Democratic Party.

This is nothing new, politics has always been a game of money and special interest, sometimes getting around to doing what the public asks.

The difference now is that republicans are tired of playing the game and are going in for the kill.

You and me don't have millions of dollars to compete with the corporations that aim to rule America because being rich and successful in it is just not enough, but this post isn't about that...

This post is about what we do have and how we can use it.

I don't know about you, but I still believe in the human soul and spirit. I realize that while money is power in our society, it is still just an object. Money is only powerful because of the meaning we put behind it.

Money can buy a lot of things, but it can't buy me and it can't buy you.

We as people have more power than money.

And here is how we prove it...

1) Make Your Own Political Ads

GOP groups use corporate cash to flood the airways with negative ads to smear Democrats in an attempt to sway voters. They spend millions to make sure the ad is ran in the area of interest all throughout the day.

You can do this as well for next to nothing.

Of course you can't afford to buy ad time on major networks, but that's okay... we have another tool. In fact, you're on it right now...

The Internet is one of the greatest ways to get a message out to millions of people. So why not make your own ads and advertise on the Internet?

Making and editing a video is simple. Many computers these days come with easy to use editing programs like like Imovie, etc. If not, you can find or download decent program for relatively cheap or even free.

You can even do this without filming with a camera. Most political ads are just edited footage and voice overs anyway. You can find footage of candidates, events, news clips, and debates all over the Internet. Just be creative and have fun!

Who cares if it looks a little raw or organic, people will understand and some will even like that style. Besides, message and substance is more important than quality.

Then post it to YouTube.com and/or other video sites and start advertising it on your twitter, facebook, etc.

And there you have it! You just made a political ad that has the potential to be seen by millions of people!

I know this may seem small compared to million dollar campaign ad buys, but many people are now famous from the Internet and many viral videos are now more famous than some TV shows. You have a chance of your video going viral and really making an impact.

Overall, I think most political ads are kind of lame, redundant, and boring anyway. I would love to see what everyday people can do with a little creativity. Make the ad you would want to see.

And even with all their money, they can't control the Internet....yet.

So make a video supporting your favorite candidate, issue, or cause!

If they are going to flood our TVs with their ads, we can flood the Internet with ours!


2) Not a Boycott... a Boycott Movement!

Corporations are giving republicans unlimited amounts of cash from their company profits.

One effective way to limit that is to stop giving money to the corporations that fund republicans. The less they make, the less they can give. Or God forbid they may even get the hint that their customers don't like what they are doing with the money they give them and stop... but don't hold your breath.

Boycotts don't work most of the time because they are never formed into a movement. People scream boycott all the time and then never do anything about it other than not supporting that business.

To effectively boycott, you must stop buying from that business and inform others on why they should join you and what better alternatives there are. Treat it like a political campaign. Advertise and build a case against your target.

Also, try and keep it to one target at a time. Keep it simple, stupid. One simple target to boycott. Too many will overwhelm and cause confusion. Stick with one and hammer on.

Along with this, "buycott" or support businesses that do support your causes.

Corporations make their money from you. You have more power over them than you think.


3) GOTV: Tap the Group No One Else Does, Non-Voters!

I know, this is standard protocol in any election.

But my point here is about improving on this.

The Democrats and their groups/orgs have some of the best ground game in the world. We destroy republicans in this department. However, due to the tidal wave of money, we have to step it up a notch or two.

Money cannot knock on doors and win over voters with information and charm.

Money cannot sit down with our friends, family, community, and talk about the issues that are important to us and get them interested and active.

Money cannot call voters and have a person to person conversation about why they should vote.

Money cannot walk into a voting booth and make a choice.

Only we can do these things.

It's our obligation to everything we stand for to get more people involved, expand our ground game, and win elections the good old fashioned way.

We must take our fight to main street and make our case to the people who are most harmed by conservative policy. We must also go beyond that. We need to go into the streets that have been forgotten. The places of economic and social ruin. The places most people are afraid to walk down at night yet never question why it is this way.

We must go to the places in our communities most harmed by republican policy and recruit for our cause to turn it around for good.

While making sure voters vote is greatly important, I feel we must also focus more on expansion through informing and turning on non-voters and the under informed.

Too many American aren't interested in politics and don't care. Even though politics effects their lives and sometimes for the worst, they feel there is nothing they can do about it and don't bother. Republicans thrive and even win on this apathy.

Without being preachy or pushy, we must try to turn on those who feel this way and do not vote. We must make a case to them on how politics effects their lives and that they can do something about it.

The more registered and informed voters, the higher the turnout.

This is why republicans fight hard to suppress the poor and disenfranchised from voting. This is why we must make sure they vote.


4) Don't Just Write Your Congressmen, Write the Corporations That Own Them!

Many people write their congressmen to express their thoughts and concerns about issues or their performance. Rarely do people ever write the corporation that funds their congressmen.

The truth is, you as taxpayers pay your congressmen only so much money a year. Corporations give them much more than you do to enact policy to fit their needs, not yours. Sadly, the corporation's needs and wants are heard over yours because they gave your congressman ten times more than you do.

As they say, money talks.

We can change this by electing congressman that will actually serve the public interest and cannot be bought, but until then, we can call and email the corporations that bought our congressmen. Since they want to have such a big hat in our political system, they can deal with hearing our concerns as well.

We can tell them that as customers, we don't like what they are doing with the profits they made from us and we will be happy to take our business elsewhere if they don't stop.

You know what they say, the customer is always right!

Might as well cut out the middle man.

Since the whores in congress listen to their pimps over us, we'll just take it up with the pimps.If they want to buy our democracy, they are going to have to listen to us bitch and complain.


5) Run for Office: If You Want Something Done Right, Sometimes You Have to Do it Yourself!

I mean... why not?

So you didn't go to a great school. So you don't have the best track record on Earth. So you don't own any nice suits.

Screw it! If you think you have what it takes, run for office! The worst thing that can happen is you'll lose.

This may seem bold, but hear me out...

You don't have to run for president, senator, or even congressman. Start small. Run for your local city council, run for mayor, country clerk, treasurer, etc.

At this time, people in general are tired and fed up with politicians. Maybe it's time that people who are not politicians run for office. Most politicians try to run as your next door neighbor or the common man candidate. Maybe your next door neighbor should just run?

Most people who have aspirations or dreams of running for office and have great ideas never do because they feel that you must have a perfect track record, have gone to Harvard or Yale, and have lots of money to run for office. So they feel intimidated and never attempt it. While these things do help, I see a clear advantage to not having this.

While your opponent is going out of their way to convince their constituents that they are just like them despite being a millionaire and that they can relate to their problems despite having none of them, you are the real deal.

You can tell your constituents that you have trouble paying your bills, just like them.

That you work everyday for a paycheck, just like them.

That you buy gas everyday and pay house payments, just like them.

That you know what it's like to go without health care and without a job, just like them.

Call me a dreamer, but I think this message and real people running for office would be welcomed with open arms in a country that is growing more skeptical and frustrated with Washington every day.

One of the best ways to stop the corporate takeover of our democracy is to elect people who still have principle and morals that cannot be bought. If that's you, you should step up. You'll only live once.

Besides, we are more effective working on the inside than protesting on the outside.


These are just a few effective ways we can fight back.

It's ironic that the Supreme Court ruling that allowed unlimited corporate cash into our democracy is called "Citizens United" because that's exactly how we will beat them... the citizens will unite.