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All through this election cycle, we have heard Republican Candidates, Fox News, and other conservative media rail against “Political Correctness”.  The fact of the matter is they really don’t hate political correctness, as long as they get to define what that is.

The anti-pro choice, anti-gay, anti-woman agendas they are trying to get America to buy into are all versions of “political correctness” as defined by conservatives.  If you do not believe in their versions of these issues, you are “politically incorrect” according to their talking points.

However, nothing exemplifies this more than the conservative “outrage” over the Super Bowl Halftime show with Beyoncé.

It began immediately after the new day’s news cycle started yesterday.  Steve Doocy thought Coldplay was just OK and Bruno Mars was “fantastic,” he telegraphed his point by noting that Beyoncé “was in there too.”

“I couldn’t really make out what Beyoncé was saying,” host Brian Kilmeade added after the show aired some footage of her performance. “But at the end, we find out Beyoncé dressed up in a tribute to the Black Panthers, went to a Malcolm X formation. And the song, the lyrics, which I couldn’t make out a syllable, were basically telling cops to stop shooting blacks!”

“I think it was outrageous,” Giuliani said. “The halftime show I thought was ridiculous anyway. I don’t know what the heck it was. A bunch of people bouncing around and all strange things. It was terrible.”

“This is football, not Hollywood,” he continued, “and I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive. And what we should be doing in the African-American community, and all communities, is build up respect for police officers.”

So, I guess you can say the main theme in all of this is that a black woman was showing disrespect towards police officers.  If you are a black person and don’t like the police, there is something very “politically incorrect” about that stance.  If you believe that “Black Lives Matter” there is something “politically incorrect” about you.

Yet, on the other side of the country, there are still four domestic terrorists holding a wildlife refuge sanctuary hostage, with guns.  Those four holdouts put out their own video over the weekend.  Fox News doesn’t seem to have any problem with their attacks against “police officers”, maybe because they are targeting the nation’s “police officers” the FBI.

These domestic terrorists are all white.  They are claiming they are only “exercising” their right to free speech.  Yet, they need guns to exercise their free speech.

Many of the original group are under arrest.  These four want to be allowed to leave without any charges brought against them for their terrorist activities.  They have even built barricades and “defensive” positions in preparation for a shootout with the FBI.

“We just got done talking with the FBI,” said 27-year-old Blanchester, Ohio resident. “They consider fortifying a crime.”  Fry said he, Jeff Banta of Nevada, and husband and wife Sean and Sandy Anderson of Idaho have “every right” to defend themselves from the “oncoming onslaught of people with fully automatic rifles (and) armored vehicles.

In another video posted Sunday, Sean and Sandy Anderson are sitting together and the husband says they feel like hostages because they can’t leave without being arrested.

“What are they to do with us?” Sean Anderson says. “They either let us go, drop all charges because we’re good people, or they come in and kill us. How’s that going to set with America?”

Even some politicians are getting in on the act.  A Nevada state Assembly member who is sympathetic to Bundy’s cause, Michelle Fiore, said Monday she and lawmakers from several other states plan to meet in Portland this week to protest the jailing of Bundy and his followers. She said the lawmakers are members of a group called the Coalition of Western States, which opposes federal management of Western lands.

“My folks are prisoners for exercising political free speech. That is not OK,” the Republican lawmaker told the AP.

So, you can see the differences between these two “incidents” and why it is outrageous that Republicans keep talking about “political correctness.”  If you are a white person with a gun, and you commit a domestic terrorist act like seizing a wildlife refuge center, and if you are barricading yourself in order to “survive” a planned shootout with police you are “exercising political free speech.”

On the other hand, if you are a black musician, and you do a video or Halftime Show at the Super Bowl showing support for a non-violent group called Black Lives Matter, you are poisoning the minds of the people.

The term “political correctness” has many meanings.  One is designed to prevent hurt feelings.  One is designed to show compassion.  And, from what we have seen from Fox News and other conservative media, one means you can threaten and/or kill federal officers as long as you are a conservative white person.

And the “shirts” keep marching along!

 

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Last night’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders was the best debate so far, from either party.  It was fiery, it was full of specifics, and it was informative.   It wasn’t perfect in the sense of I wanted more specifics on policies.

Yet, I got a whole lot more specifics on policies than the Republicans have given us in total from their debates.  As a matter of fact, they haven’t given us any specifics on anything.

Maybe this debate was so good because there were only two debaters.  Maybe it was because the two moderators were actually intelligent, asked intelligent questions, and then let the two debate.

There were some dull moments.  I wasn’t too impressed with the “progressive” label fight.  I consider both progressive and each offer more to move the country ahead than any of the other sides’ ideas.

The other day I said I wasn’t sure which of the two I was willing to support.  I still haven’t made up my mind on that, but in honesty, Hillary did more to earn my support than Bernie.

Bernie Sanders sounded too much like a one or two issue candidate.  With all of the problems facing our country, I expected more from him than a repeat of those simple issues.

Yes, I agree Wall Street has too much power.  I agree that we need Campaign Finance Reform, but there are a lot more problems facing us, and quite frankly I thought Bernie had a problem talking about anything else.

Sanders seemed to really struggle when it came to Foreign Policy.  He did point out one thing about veterans that I have said many times here.  The quality of treatment veterans get from the VA is top rated.  The satisfaction rating from veterans about treatment is the highest in the Health Industry.

The problem with the VA is that they don’t have enough resources to treat all of the veterans that need it.  On the reverse side, Republicans are not interested in improving the quantity of health services to veterans by the VA, they simply want to eliminate the agency and give us vouchers that won’t cover the total cost of treatment that the VA does.

A lot of Democrats seemed to be worried about the so-called email scandal hanging over Hillary Clinton.  I am not that worried about it.  Especially when you consider that Colin Powell also used personal email for business.  That came out the other day.

Nor am I all that interested in the “speaking fees” Hillary Clinton received from any group including Goldman Sachs.  She may have been planning to run for office, but she wasn’t in office at the time.  Speaking fees are part of the game.  If a company or organization wants you to speak at a function, they pay you for your time.  Those fees are usually more exorbitant the higher your profile.

Speaking fees are different from campaign contributions.  So, that “issue” isn’t of any interest to me.  That interest may change if Goldman Sachs would throw huge amounts of money at Clinton to win the election.  I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

There are a lot of things that were at least mentioned that you won’t hear tomorrow night.  Things like clean energy.  The Flint Water Crisis.  An actual plan on how to fight ISIS.

You may agree or disagree with what was said, but at least they were said.  There wasn’t any fear mongering going on, and there wasn’t any hate spread.  That was refreshing by itself.

This race is really about what each candidate is going to do.  What policies they are going to follow and what their “agenda” is going to be.  To me, Sanders needs to expound more on other topics about his policies and agenda.  Sanders has an advantage in that he is loved by young voters.  I hope that love continues throughout the full campaign right up through November.

Overall, this was an informative debate.  It allowed us to see how each candidate would try to implement their policies.  It allowed us to see the real differences between the two.  It didn’t give us all of the answers, but hopefully they will come out in the upcoming debates.

What is really important is that the Democrats were finally “forced” to allow more debates and that is to our advantage.  If you plan to watch tomorrow night’s debate from the other side, I am willing to bet you won’t hear as much detail as you did last night.

The Democrat primary race is going to be tough.  I am sure that accusations and attack ads will increase from both sides.  These additional debates will help us determine which candidate should be the standard-bearer for the Democratic Party.  In that vein, we all win.

Finally, kudos to Rachael Maddow and Chuck Todd.  They showed Fox News just how a debate should be conducted.  Not that anyone at Fox News paid any attention.

 

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The way the media swarms around the Iowa Caucuses, you would think it will determine who wins the nomination for their party.  New Hampshire can just close down their primary next week.  The winners have been announced, so don’t waste any money on a primary that doesn’t mean anything.

I don’t actually try to predict results, but on the Republican side I was not surprised to see Cruz win in Iowa.  Nor, was I all that shocked that Rubio came in third, even closely behind Trump.

Iowa after all is an evangelical state and they don’t really care about your politics, they care about your religion.  Remember, Rick Santorum won in Iowa just four short years ago.  He didn’t fare well after that.  Or, remember Michelle Bachmann won the “straw poll” just four years ago.  Those two facts should stifle any Cruz winning the nomination assertions going around.

It is on the Democratic side that I see the most drama.  Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are in a virtual tie.  It appears that Clinton may edge out Sanders in Iowa but Sanders leads Clinton big in New Hampshire.  That is real cause for concern for Clinton.

There is the fact that Obama beat Clinton in Iowa in 2008, a surprise win for the President.  Another loss in Iowa could spell doom for Clinton in he quest to be the nominee.

I am frankly still torn between the two.  Sanders talks a very good game, but he isn’t too keen on real specifics for many of his plans.  He says, for example, that he will ensure veterans will receive the help they need and deserve.  But, I haven’t heard just how that will happen.

On the other hand, Clinton still has a lot of baggage following her around.  I don’t think she did anything illegal while Secretary of State using her private email accounts, but that is still to be determined fully.

So, I will wait and see if I can get more details about the two before I endorse either of them.  There are still too many questions for me to make up my mind.

The one thing I noticed on the Republican side is that a full 75% of Republicans caucused for liars.  I know that is a harsh criticism, but it is true.  None of the top three delegate getters are known to tell the truth.

It is also very interesting that a person who now claims to be a “Christian” but was divorced three times came in second in a very religious state.  To me, that is something that is being missed by the so-called pundits about Iowa.  I was not surprised that Trump came in second, but I must admit I was somewhat surprised that he came as close as he did.

It is true that Rubio will be glowing after last night.  He will claim that he “won” even though he came in third.  His placement wasn’t that much of a surprise, but the numbers he garnered were.  Yet, he was the one “establishment” Republican that the party seems to be willing to back.

As a result, he got a big boost from the establishment wing leading up to the caucus.  It will be interesting just how much that wing of the party will be willing to go to stop both Cruz and Trump by throwing their unconditional support behind Rubio.

To me, the polices that are coming out from the three top runners on the Republican side are the most dangerous in my lifetime.  And that includes Richard Nixon.  I dread to believe that they are the “best” the party has to offer.

In any case, the nomination process has officially opened.  Iowa was no surprise to me, except maybe on the Democratic side.  New Hampshire may be interesting on the Republican side, but I believe Sanders will win on the Democratic side.  But, you never know.

It would be nice, as we proceed down the road, if the media would actually put the candidates feet to the fire and ask some meaningful questions.  Like what are your specific plans and policies if you should win the election.  The problem is that the media has lost focus on what their job is.  They lost focus that their primary duty is to “inform” the population.  They are more interested in “dirt” and “scandals” than the actual news.

There is going to be a lot of talk about winners and losers last night.  But, it is Iowa.  A state with a very small niche population.  All last night has shown me is that the Republicans will nominate some kind of wacko to be their standard-bearer.

The Democrats seem to have a real race on their hands.  Something they had not expected when this all started.  From what I have seen so far, their two choices are far better for America than the whole field of Republicans put together.  At least they have illustrated a capacity to think.

There are a lot of issues that still need to be talked about.  Climate Change is real.  Public Education is in trouble.  Hate is running rampant in too many areas of the country.  The Affordable Care Act is constantly under attack.  Energy needs to be addressed.  We need to wean ourselves off of fossil fuels for a cleaner environment and a better, less expensive energy source for our businesses to compete globally.

These are all things that the top three Republicans want to avoid talking about.  They seem to believe that it is not our responsibility to address them or even try to fix them.

They don’t care if you have lead in your drinking water.  They don’t care if you care about the environment.  They want to protect their biggest investors, fossil fuel companies, and shut down clean energy projects.  They don’t care if you have health insurance or if your children can read and write.  They are perfectly fine with your hating people, but only if they are Muslim, minority, women, or gay.

That is what I took from the Republican side last night.  These are the very things that 75% of Iowa voters voted for!

The determining factor in this whole process, including the general election, will be if Americans actually participate.  If they do, the people may actually be the winners.  If not, we will all lose.  It is up to you, so please vote!

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There are two incidents that conservatives don’t want you to talk about.  One is the terrorists still holding a wildlife refuge hostage, even after their “leaders” have been arrested, and the other is the Flint Water Crisis.

The Flint Water Crisis is something that needs to be talked about.  This could happen again in thousands of cities across America because of our crumbling infrastructure.  Yet, Republicans continue to say that it would cost too much to fix the problem.

The insult comes from the Congressional Oversight Committee.  They recently decided to hold “hearings” on the crisis.  They plan on opening the hearing on Wednesday,  Of course, Republicans are saying the hearing is intended to “get to the bottom” of the crisis.

However, there is one person who is not being called to testify.  The Governor of Michigan Rick Snyder who caused the crisis in the first place.  How can you get to the bottom of something if you are not calling the person who started the whole mess?

Rep. Jason Chavetz (R-UT) is the chair of the Oversight Committee.  A spokesperson for the House committee told HuffPost in an email “Our responsibility as a Committee is at the federal level. We are looking at this from an operational standpoint and our witnesses reflect that.”

But, that isn’t going over very well with Democrats on the committee.  They want Snyder to be called to testify.  “Flint deserves answers from the state on how this terrible water crisis happened and what is being done to make it right,” said Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) in a statement. “Governor Snyder and his administration’s policies led to this man-made crisis and he must testify so that the whole truth can be found.”

Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.), who serves as the ranking member on the oversight committee’s Subcommittee on Interior, put out a statement this week calling for Snyder to testify.

Gov. Rick Snyder was at the top of my list of witnesses due to the central role that he has played in this manmade crisis; from the decision to shift from Flint’s original water source for cost-savings to the appalling delay in response to months of complaints by lead-poisoned residents and their children.  I am deeply disappointed at the Majority’s lack of commitment to a thorough and meaningful hearing. A sincere search for truth and justice requires a full review by the entire Committee of the decisions and policies of all those involved.

Why won’t the committee call Snyder to testify?  Well, the majority makes up the witness list.  If Republicans don’t want one of their own to testify, they simply don’t put him on the list.

May this have something to do with the fact that this is an election year?  May it have something to do with the idea that a “conservative” Governor just poisoned innocent people, especially children, and that won’t look too good for other Republicans?

Not calling Snyder to testify is akin to not calling Hillary Clinton to testify about her email servers and then saying that we want to “get to the bottom” of this.  When Republicans say this is on the “federal” level, they mean they are going to hit the EPA very hard over this, and probably blame that agency for the crisis.

The Regional Director already resigned.  Yes, the EPA drug its feet in the matter and is complicit in the poising.  But, the EPA did not create the crisis, Governor Snyder and his administration did.

Additionally, a full year ago, while telling citizens of Flint everything is fine with the water, the state brought in “bottled water coolers” to the state buildings in Flint so their workers didn’t have to drink the “bad” water.  Ironically, they placed these bottled water coolers right next to water fountains on every floor of their buildings.  So, it seems the “knew” the water was bad and still did nothing for the citizens of the city.

What this really boils down to is exactly what David Holtz, executive committee chair of the Michigan Sierra Club said:

It’s just amazingly inconceivable that the House Oversight Committee would hold a hearing looking into the Flint water crisis and not call the person most responsible for it happening.  It smacks of them trying to divert attention and accountability away from Gov. Snyder, and it sounds like it’s a big partisan effort to get people’s attention focused elsewhere.

Holtz also said that Chaffetz is “abetting Snyder in what some have called criminal acts” by not calling him to appear before the panel.

Here is another attempt by the Republicans in Congress to divert attention from something that they consider a distraction to their policies.  It doesn’t matter to them that children from Flint will have problems the rest of their lives.  It only matters that they distance themselves, and their beloved “conservative” Governor from blame.

Another perfect example of how the Party Of Responsibility” isn’t that at all.  I will bet you right now, when this committee completes its hearing, Governor Snyder will get a “get out of jail free card” and we will be told “there is nothing to see here, please go home”.

And the “shirts” keep marching along

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Even before Barak Obama was elected as the first black President in 2008, the right-wing of the Republican Party was doing its damnedest to figure out a way to win over Americans with their smoke and mirror politics.  Then 2015 came along and Donald Trump decided it would be a nice time to run for President himself.

At first, the media, especially the right-wing media talked about Trump like he was one of their own.  Then something happened that turned the table.  Trump started winning in the polls.  Then, after the first Republican Debate, Trump lashed out at Megyn Kelly as Roger Ailes “hit woman” trying to disparage him.

That was when things began to get interesting.  Fox News and Trump split.  Then Roger Ailes tried to rectify things with Trump, and the two got along for a while longer.  But, Trump kept winning, at least in the polls.  Cruz, the real darling for the right-wing was falling behind, and the establishment candidates were declining so fast you almost didn’t see them.

Now, things got very heated again.  Fox News is hosting the final debate before the Iowa Caucuses and announced that Megyn Kelly will be one of the moderators.  Trump threw a hissy-fit.  He said that if Kelly was at the debate, he might skip it.

Ailes didn’t take too kindly to that threat.  He made sure everyone was clear that Kelly would be at the debate even if Trump didn’t like it.  Trump didn’t like it and announced yesterday that he will not participate in the debate.

The right-wing exploded.  Ted Cruz even went so far as to announce he would face Trump mano-a-mano before the caucus.  He even suggested Levin or Limbaugh could moderate that debate.  Of course, he chose two people that have been crying about Trump for a long time and are out to destroy him.

Trump said he was going to do something for veterans instead of participating in the debate.  He is trying to get Wounded Warriors and a TV network to assist in “raising” money for the Wounded Warrior Project.  I haven’t heard if anyone is interested yet or not.

But, this casts a light on just what is going on in the Republican Party right now.  Two heavy weights are squaring off basically for control of the party and the primaries.  Ailes wants a “real conservative” to win the nomination.  Trump doesn’t fit his definition of a “real conservative”.

It will also be interesting to see if viewership for the debate declines since Trump won’t be there.  To me, that will be the real deciding factor in this battle.  If ratings slip, Trump will be able to say he is more important than Fox News.  If ratings remain as they have been, Ailes can say he is stopping Trump and become the hero of the conservative movement.

The flip side of this is that the conservative movement is in trouble itself.  They spent years trying to build up their smoke and mirror fantasy of Conservative America.  Problem is that Trump is blowing that all out of the water with his constantly leading the polls.

It turns out that their “social agenda” based on the religious fanatic aspirations really isn’t what even their own people are interested in.  Their desires are more primitive.  They want America to remain in the hands of “old white” people.  The rest of the conservative movement really doesn’t matter to them.

Just look at Falwell’s endorsement yesterday.  He said, Trump reminds him of his father.  I find that quite fanciful, but what it really marked was Falwell laughing in Cruz’ face and telling him all of his “religious liberty” bluster doesn’t count.

The Republican Party has been at war with themselves for a long time.  Now, it is getting real dirty and really fierce.  It will be interesting to see just who comes out on top.  For once we have a political fight worth watching.  Problem for Republicans is that it is their internal fight.  That doesn’t usually bode well for elections.

The real problem is that once this war is over a wacko group will declare victory.  Then Republicans will get to choose between Wacko A or Wacko B.

 

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Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  There were a lot of celebrations around the country that showed just what he did for civil rights in America.  Yet, what was not mentioned, enough in my opinion, was that we are nowhere near his vision for this country.

I am not going to mince words here.  This country still has a racism problem.  That problem goes back before we became our own nation, and it continues today.  It is rampant in our labor force.  It is rampant in our society.  It is rampant in our education system.  All because it is rampant in our politics.

I have written before that we all have some bigotry in us.  I also wrote that it is our understanding of that bigotry and overcoming its urges that makes the difference between hating others or loving others.

The problem is that in politics, this racism raises its ugly head way too often.  In politics, it allows those with negative views of another’s race to place blame for everything that is wrong in our lives.  That is total nonsense.

During World War II, millions of African-Americans served in our military.  But, they were segregated from white troops.  They were not allowed to fight in the front lines until near the end of the war.  At the time, not one African-American soldier was awarded the Medal of Honor.  Many have received it recently for their valor during the war, but they were never even recommended for it during the time.

I entered the Coast Guard in 1970.  Even then, there was still some segregation gong on.  When I attended Radioman School immediately after boot camp, I was in a class that contained some of the very first African-Americans “allowed” to attend Radioman School.  Even then, blacks were considered as “not fit” for certain jobs.

In today’s politics you hear the same stupidity all of the time.  The simple fact of the matter is that just as many “white” people are on welfare as non-whites, if not more.  Yet, you never hear a politician blame any whites on welfare or call them “welfare queens”.  That title is reserved solely for African-Americans.

More white people utilize food stamps than non-whites.  Yet, whites are never accused of “skimming the system” as blacks are.  There are even more white people who do not have health insurance.  But, Medicaid is something only blacks need because they are lazy, according to our politicians.

If a black teenager is busted for possession of marijuana, he goes to jail.  If a white teenager is busted for possession of the same amount of marijuana, he gets parole.  Our criminal justice system is flooded with incarcerated blacks for drug possession.  A whole lot more than actual violent criminals.

In 1965, Lyndon Johnson got the Voting Rights Bill passed.  This bill eliminated things like “literacy” tests that prevented blacks from even registering to vote.  There were also “poll taxes” that kept most African-Americans from voting even if they were registered.

In 1964, only about 7% of African-Americans were registered to vote in the south.  After 1965 that number jumped up dramatically.  This bill combined with the Civil Rights Bill that virtually eliminated the Jim Crow Laws seemed to put us on a path to equality.

But, as usual, hate never rests.  It took decades, but the conservative movement has finally struck back.  They have been able to pass laws that basically turn back the clock in an attempt to reintroduce those very same Jim Crow laws.

Their first attempt was to institute what they called Voter ID Laws to “safeguard” the ballot box.  In these laws you must have “certain” state approved ID cards in order to vote in elections.  These ID cards do not include things like student ID cards from state universities.

Additionally, the name on the ID must match letter for letter the name on the registration form.  Meaning, if you are a woman and got married recently and haven’t had time to change your voter registration, you are ineligible to vote because your maiden name is on the registration rolls and not your married name that may be on your driver’s license.

Or, as in the case of a judge in Texas, the maiden name is on her license instead of her middle name because that is just how it was done in the past.  She was refused the right to vote because of that.

Then, in order to make it even more difficult, many states closed down driving license offices in many areas of the state that are primarily poor and minority or elderly.  That has resulted in many people having to travel as much as 250 miles just to get their ID cards.  Plus, they have to pay for their birth certificate in order to “prove” they are who they say they are.

All of these changes in the name of “protecting the integrity” of the ballot box.  Yet, in the last two decades, in-person voter fraud is all but non-existent.  More voter fraud exists through “absentee ballots” than at the polls.  These laws have very little effect on absentee ballots which is mostly used by white people.

Some states have tried to pass laws that say you need to pass a drug test before getting your welfare check.  But, there are no laws that force these very people passing them to undergo a drug test before being allowed to run for office.   Funny, a Wal-Mart cashier needs to pass a drug test before getting hired, but our politicians who pass laws that affect each and every one of us don’t.

Dr. King once said he envisioned a time when all people would be “judged by the content of their character, not by the color of their skin.”  We are not even close to that dream.

As many strides as we have taken as a nation towards more equality, we take several backwards in the name of political expediency.  As our nation evolves and becomes less white, racism raises its ugly head again and again.

Today we are hearing the same racist comments that we heard in 1916 and 1816.  We are seeing civil rights attacked at every turn.  We are being told, especially by Republican candidates, that everything wrong with our country is the fault of non-white, non-Christian people.  If we somehow just “put them in their place” everything will be just hunky-dory.

We tout our country as being a country of individuals “bound together for the common good.”  How can we be that country with so much racism still permeating our society?  If every “individual” regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or nationality is not part of the collective body, we can never be the country we claim to be.

Unfortunately, we need the Civil Rights Movement as much today as we did in the 1950s and 1960s.  It is time for us to cast off the shackles of racism once and for all.  Only then, can we truly be that “shining city on the hill” we all want our country be.

Hate, bigotry, and racism are part of our human nature.  But, they only continue to exist if we choose to let them.  As long as we allow tribalism to affect our souls, we will always choose to allow them to define us.

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The Democrats held their fourth debate last night.  I know I haven’t had a lot to say about the Democratic debates.  The main reason is that I haven’t really made up my mind as to whom to support.

From what I have seen in the debates, Clinton seems to be holding her own, even last night when the other two attacked her.  I don’t believe there are a whole lot of differences between the Democratic candidates.  That is one of the things that is making it hard for me to choose one just yet.

They did talk about terrorism last night.  But, just like the Republicans no one mentioned the terrorists holding a wildlife refuge in Oregon hostage.

There was something last night that came up for the first time.  It wasn’t brought up by the moderators, but by the candidates themselves.  The poisoning of the citizens of Flint, MI in order to save money.

As you remember, Flint Michigan was forced to switch its drinking water from Detroit’s supply to the Flint River.  A contaminated river with large amounts of lead in it.  As a result, the Governor and his cronies basically put the health of the citizens of Flint in danger all in the name of “saving money”.

Last week, the Governor, Snyder, asked the Federal Government, mostly President Obama to declare an emergency in Flint to get federal help in the matter.  This after about a year of insisting there was nothing wrong with the Flint River water.

Bernie Sanders has called on Snyder to resign his office.  He says, and frankly quite so, that no one can hold a position like Governor after recklessly poisoning the population of a city.

Clinton also had some choice words for Snyder as well.  She brought up the issue last night by saying:

I spent a lot of time last week being outraged by what’s happening in Flint, Michigan, and I think every single American should be outraged. We’ve had a city in the United States of America where the population — which is poor in many ways, and majority African-American, has been drinking and bathing in lead-contaminated water. And the governor of that state acted as though he didn’t really care. He had requests for help that he basically stonewalled. I’ll tell you what, if the kids in a rich suburb of Detroit had been drinking contaminated water and being bathed in it, there would have been action. So I sent my top campaign aide down there to talk to the mayor of Flint, to see what I could do to help, and I issued a statement about what we needed to do, and then I went on a TV show, and I said it was outrageous that the governor hadn’t acted. I want to be a president that takes care of the big problems and the problems that are affecting the people of our country every day.

The real insult to the citizen’s of Flint is that no one in the major media has brought up this issue during any debates since December 15 when it all hit the headlines.  The Republicans have not said a single word about the problem.

I understand why the Republican Debates stay away from things like voting rights and climate change.  But, poisoning an entire city just to save a few bucks is criminal.  Why has there not been any discussion on this matter?

Probably because Clinton is correct.  Flint is mostly poor people, and predominantly minority.  So, why would you expect any Republican Candidate to worry about such people?  It isn’t like they expect to get many votes from Flint.

The one thing that becomes very obvious while watching the two party’s debates is who they are looking to support.  The Republicans seem very interested in getting votes from the very rich and racists.  That may sound extreme, but unfortunately that is the reality.

The Democrats seem to be wanting to get votes from the middle-class, working poor, and the poor of America.  They also seem to want the votes of “thinking” Americans.

The very fact that it was the candidates on the stage last night that brought up the Flint water poisoning is a simple truth that the Democrats are the one party that “cares” about the American people.

You can argue about how best to help the people.  You can argue about health care.  You can argue about taxes.  But, you cannot argue the simple fact that so far, the Republicans have shown no real empathy or understanding for the American People.

All you hear is how “authority” is under attack.  About how we should be totally scared shitless about ISIS coming to kill us all before November.  How we should abandon our civil rights in the name of “security”.  How we should have a war over anything to which they take offense.

They won’t talk about climate change, even though our own military says it is a severe threat to our national security.  They won’t talk about voting rights because they know their laws are voting restriction laws.  They won’t talk about gun safety because they know 80 percent of the American people want universal background checks.

Finally, they won’t talk about a Republican governor poisoning the citizens of a city in his state because he wants to save money.  They won’t talk about how that governor created the emergency and now wants the federal government to bail him out.  The same federal government most Republicans want to dismantle.

Which once again proves beyond any reasonable doubt that the Republicans are the biggest “takers” in the country.   What’s more, they have proven they don’t care about you!  They don’t care about your families.  They are only interested in money and power.

They will use any means necessary to gain your vote.  Then, when they have your vote, they will cast you aside like garbage from the basement.  That is your choice this election year.  Do you consider yourself as having value, or are you garbage?   The Republicans hope you consider yourself as garbage.

That is why no one on the Republican side has called for Snyder’s head.  He is the embodiment of their “social” values!

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