Bernie Sanders

Democratic Socialism


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I’m not entirely on board with the entire platform of democratic socialism. While I do believe corporations should be subjected to tighter regulations, and profit-sharing by all with their employees would be ideal, I’m not down with government forcing them to share ownership.

But, I do believe every American should have access to affordable healthcare, childcare, and employment. I strongly believe this nation can afford to provide a free education to every American citizen if we make it a higher priority than say, having ten aircraft carriers. The system of privatized prisons and commercializing incarceration should be abolished, and they can take ICE with it. I believe every child in this nation should have three meals a day, no matter which economic class their parents belong to.

A lot of people who try to scare the voters with democratic socialism are either dishonest or lying about it. Typically, when sounding the warning bells of socialism, they point toward Venezuela, or even more outlandish, North Korea.

Democratic Socialism is not about taking everything away from everyone and making it all government-owned. It’s not about not having material possessions. It’s not a John Lennon song. It’s also not about a system where elections are rigged, opposition is oppressed, or where the next leader is chosen from the present leader’s offspring.

When, you think of democratic socialism you should think about Europe. Those are not authoritarian or totalitarian states (The authoritarian candidate here is Donald Trump). Five of the top ten happiest nations in the world (according to the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network) is in Scandinavia (Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Sweden).

I saw a political cartoon last week by a conservative mentioning Venezuela and North Korea while warning that nations providing free healthcare and education are places where you can’t find sandwiches and toilet paper. This is why I love conservative cartoons. They’re inadvertently humorous. It is Hoagiefest at Wawa though, so maybe we should all chip in and send a sub to the Swedes.

Conservatives are not the only ones freaking out about socialism. After Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upset the 4th ranking House Democrat running on a socialist platform, Dems are afraid what works in the Bronx won’t work in Kansas. They’re right. It won’t work in Kansas, but that’s why candidates need to run on issues that cater to their districts. A voter in Kansas is probably more concerned over the price of wheat than he is about gay marriage. But, running on the economy and jobs works everywhere.

Ocasio-Cortez is a lock to win her general election, so she’s spending her time campaigning with Bernie Sanders for other Democratic candidates. And, yes. Their tour went to Kansas. James Thompson, a centrist Democrat running for Congress in Kansas, said she might as well come out because they’re going to call him a socialist anyway.

I have never wanted every seat on the Supreme Court to be filled by liberals. I don’t want total domination of Congress by one party. I hate districts that are so lopsided, that the opposing party doesn’t even bother fielding a candidate. I want two strong parties.

Right now, there is really only one party to hold a debate in. The Republican Party has turned into the party of Trump, and nobody can tell you what their positions are because they fluctuate on a daily basis. Some people want this nation to get beyond the two-party system, but right now, we barely have one. I don’t mind if there are two wings in the Democratic Party. Debate is a good thing.

Thompson is right. Democrats were called socialists when moderate Bill Clinton won the presidency. They shouldn’t panic when only two of their elected members proudly wear the label. They should take Thompson’s attitude toward the accusation.

He said, “They can just shut their pie hole.” That’s a good message for anyone who doesn’t understand democratic socialism. And, that insult works in the Bronx and Kansas.

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Hillary Berns


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There are a couple of things I find particularly interesting about Hillary Clinton. The first is she’s been investigated for over 20 years without anything incriminating ever being found on her, yet Republicans keep demanding new investigations. Now, they’re screaming for investigations over the dossier, something that isn’t illegal. The other thing is, the people who keep telling her to shut up and go away are the same people who can’t stop talking about her. It’s like breaking up with someone who never calls you but you call them to tell them to stop calling you.

Now, Clinton’s critics from Donald Trump to the idiots at Fox News to that one crazy guy you’re still friends with on Facebook but you don’t know why has another reason to talk about Hillary.

It’s bad enough that conspiracies hound her, from a child sex ring in the basement of a D.C. pizza shop that doesn’t have a basement, to her lesbian lovers, to her debilitating health, and that hiring someone to research her opponent is somehow colluding with Russians. Despite the facts and impression being bad enough over her involvement with the Democratic National Committee, I expect more conspiracy theories to enter the mix.

Hillary’s critics will have to read and comprehend the facts of her deal with the DNC to use it against her. Since that’s out of the question, they’ll do what they do best which is making shit up, like screaming it’s rigged.

If you want to start a fight on social media, you don’t have to pit Trump sycophants against Clinton supporters. Just start a thread between Hillary and Bernie supporters. The Democrats won’t figure out how to defeat the GOP until they stop defeating themselves.

Former DNC interim chair Donna Brazile revealed Clinton gained partial control of the DNC months prior to winning the nomination.

Berners accused the DNC of supporting Clinton before the primaries were over, and they still haven’t gotten over it. While there doesn’t appear to be anything illegal about the deal, it does seem unethical. Trump and other Republicans are crying for the FBI and Justice Department to look into it, even though it doesn’t seem to be a crime. Trump tweeted that Brazile said the primaries were “rigged,” despite the fact she never said that and replied to Trump that wasn’t the case.

I’m not sure anything had to be “rigged” at the DNC as it was and still is an incompetent organization. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was a terrible chairperson. Thanks to her leadership and Obama leaving expensive consultants on the payroll, the party was near bankruptcy.

Clinton’s campaign came to the rescue, covered the majority of the party’s debt, and put them on a monthly allowance, but they had conditions. The campaign would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised, what anyone would demand if they’re bailing you out financially. You don’t give someone a million dollars to pay off gangsters, only to watch them spend the money at the casino again. Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the party communications director, and it would make final decisions on all the other staff. The DNC also was required to consult with the campaign about all other staffing, budgeting, data, analytics, and mailings. They couldn’t send out a press release without it going through Clinton’s staff in Brooklyn first.

Normally, the winner of the primaries exercises more control of the DNC. If there’s an incumbent in office, like the case with Obama, then he retains control until the next election. Hillary was treated as a winner before she won. She took control of the party in August 2015, just four months after she announced her candidacy.

Being unethical isn’t entirely new to the Clintons. Still, you can’t find anything illegal about the deal or how money was spent and shifted around. From Brazile’s notes, it seems careful steps were put into place to follow legal guidelines, like how much money could be contributed to the DNC, Clinton’s campaigns, and state-level fundraisers, and how that money could be moved from one to the other. It was actually very smart while also being unfair to Bernie Sanders and his supporters.

There is one little nugget you have to keep mind. Bernie is not a Democrat. Why would the party treat both candidates fairly when only one is a member? And, she wasn’t just a member, she was keeping the party afloat. I don’t find as much blame on Hillary as I do the DNC, Wasserman-Schultz, and to a lesser extent, Obama who ignored the heavy spending and debt at the DNC.

Democrats are tired of re-litigating the last election. Now, they’re not even getting over the primaries. They need to prepare for 2020, the midterms in 2018, and dammit, the election next week for Virginia’s governor.

Yes, it sucks the primary process wasn’t fair. Democrats need to learn from it and use that lesson, so they don’t get rolled by Trump voters again. No wonder they lost Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

And, seriously…if the Nazis win Richmond Tuesday, I’m gonna be pissed.

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Basement Berners


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I’m not trying to slam people who currently or have lived in basements. Basements can be cool places. I have never lived in one but I have been in two bands that practiced in them and I even recorded in an album in a basement studio (punk rock, yeah!). When I was married and first moved to Virginia the entire family ended up spending all of our social time in the basement as that’s where we put our big TV, sofa, computers, desks, and such. Our living room was empty.

People who have recently graduated from college who are having trouble starting their careers and are currently living in their parent’s basement shouldn’t be criticized for it. If you’re forty and living in your mom’s basement, yeah…maybe you need to do something or question your life choices. That’s the kind of neck-tattooed, unemployed dingus my sister married.

Donald Trump has recently accused Hillary Clinton of slamming Bernie Sanders’ supporters as living in their parents’ basements and working dead-end jobs. A recording recently surfaced with her describing them as such.

The thing is, she wasn’t degrading them. She was emphasizing and understanding why they were supporting Sanders. Sanders himself defended her. It’s not like Hillary said something nasty about vets being weak for have PTSD.

It’s not my intention to insult people who eat Hot Pockets. They are delicious and the pepperoni pizza is awesome. Taco Bell, meh. I lost my taste for the stuff in my 30’s. And I’ll never understand how anyone can drink Mountain Dew. It seems like crack in a bottle to me. People should stop drinking that stuff around the same time they reach the mature age where they stop putting ketchup on hot dogs.

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A Sell Out Of Many Colors


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I ran into a former coworker and fellow newspaper guy a couple days ago and he brought up how mean people are during this political season. I told him how a person who normally likes my work, and is a Bernie Sanders supporter, called me an imbecile a couple days ago (she’s accused me before of having her in mind when I wrote something, but I never have until today). My friend mentioned how he got called all sorts of vile and vulgar names for liking something…and he’s a movie reviewer (people don’t like chicks in Ghostbusters, ya’ll).

Usually it’s Republicans who are trying to compete with each other on who can be the most vulgar and hateful. Earlier today a conservative troll I know posted a joke about Ted Kennedy and Mary Jo Kopechne, because conservatives think that’s timely and funny (1976 called. They want their vulgarity back). Same goon was upset Ivanka Trump didn’t clap aggressively enough every time Hillary Clinton was insulted at the RNC. Man, Republicans can be such hateful and intolerant creatures.

And so can progressives. We like to believe we’re above Republicans. We have empathy, care about the environment, the good in government, science, and we recycle. But lately they’re letting their freak out a bit too much…and not in the good way one would normally let a freak get out.

They’re freaking out over Bernie Sanders not winning the nomination. Yeah, the system wasn’t in his favor, but the guy didn’t actually stand a chance of getting the nomination. They’re so angry they may not vote for Clinton and allow an ignorant buffoon like Trump to win the presidency.

Bernie’s campaign is over, but the campaign for the causes he pushed is not. Someone else will pick up that mantle and eventually all those crazy impossible things Bernie believed in are going to become reality. But that could all be lost if his supporters sit on their ass, stay home, vote Green, Libertarian, or even worse, Trump. And don’t say not voting for Hillary isn’t a vote for Trump. You’re supposed to be from the intelligent segment of society so stop saying B.S. that’s not true just to cover your rancor and bitterness. It’s time for you to grow up.

Sarah Silverman told the Bernie supporters on Monday night they’re being ridiculous. She’s right. If you can allow Trump to become president then you weren’t serious about any of the issues Bernie campaigned on. You’re a faker. You may not like Hillary and believe she’s a part of the Wall Street machine, but what do you think Trump is a part of? Which one can you live with better? How about the candidate who believes in climate change, science, civil rights, equal rights, health care, black lives, child care, women rights, minimum wage increase, equal pay, and can tell you the three branches of government?

You don’t always get every little thing you want, especially the first time you’re eligible to vote. I was in my forties before I voted for a candidate I actually believed in, and even that wasn’t “everything” I wanted. Hell, I waited over forty years for the New Orleans Saints to win a Super Bowl. I’m still waiting on the Cubs to win the World Series or even go. Be patient and stop acting like spoiled insects.

Another horrible person I know posted how Bernie supporters should join the Trump Train. If you are a Bernie supporter and you’re even considering voting for Trump, you were never honest about you stood for and you don’t really believe in anything.

How many ways do you want to be like a Republican? You’re already insulting people who disagree with you and soon you’re not going to have any friends left on Facebook. Now you’re willing to sell out your principles and send your country down the river.

You’re being ridiculous.

Creative Notes: I’m using my regular laptop to post this cartoon. I don’t have internet access for a few days and I’ve been sponging at places that offer free wifi. Tonight I took my Surface Pro and laptop to Sheetz, where the coffee and deli is awesome. The service is very friendly. The place is clean. Their internet is extreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeemly slow when uploading a file.

I drew on the Surface Pro, and posted the cartoon with my laptop, as using a keyboard is easier than tapping out each letter individually with a pen. My keyboard cover for the Surface Pro arrives tomorrow. Now I just need the internet people to put me back on the grid.

I hope you enjoyed me getting back to a longer blog….especially your Berners.

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Jumping For Bernie


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I do like drawing the Bernie shirt. It’s just really cool and funky, like Bernie’s hair.

Bernie Sanders finally endorsed Hillary Clinton today. Many were delighted and many others cursed the sky.

The majority of Bernie’s supporters will vote for Hillary, even if they don’t like her. There are those who will never vote for Hillary. While they said they’d follow Bernie anywhere, today they found a place where they refuse to follow.

Many will vote for the Green Party nominee Jill Stein. No matter the outcome of the election, they can proudly say they didn’t vote for Hillary. If Trump is the president, they can live in denial that they played a huge part in that disaster. They don’t remember what happened when liberals voted for Ralph Nader in 2000. Hey, Nader voters….thanks for the Iraq War, huge debt, and the economic disaster. Nader voters still declare their innocence in that. If Trump wins the election then Stein voters will say they’re not to blame. Like Nader voters in 2000, they will be wrong too.

Donald Trump says Bernie’s supporters will be welcomed with open racist arms by his campaign. A few will actually go to Trump, which doesn’t make any sense. How do you declare you’re for everything Sanders preached then vote for Trump? You might find Hillary Clinton distasteful but her agenda is a lot more in line with Sanders….a LOT MORE IN LINE…than the racist Oompa Loompa.

Sanders had a great campaign. It was exciting and loud. Today it’s very quiet. He gave up his Secret Service detail today. The only large crowds in his future will be at Clinton events. The hope to retain isn’t for Sanders. It’s for his message and platform. Hopefully he’ll have influence on Clinton’s agenda. With even more hope, there will be a future presidential campaign with Bernie Sanders’ message.

Other than that, I didn’t draw one more “feel the bern” cartoon. There will be plenty out there.

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Wrath Of Berners


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Supporters of Bernie Sanders, you put up a great fight. You have passion. You’re standing for your core convictions and principles. You’re on the right side of the issues. But ya’ll crazy.

After I published yesterday’s cartoon on Hillary Clinton being the nominee, I received comments from Berners about how Hillary isn’t the nominee. She’s not yet technically, but she is. Denial sucks. Get over it.

I ran into a friend of mine yesterday who is very intelligent and informed on the issues. He’s still convinced Hillary Clinton stole the nomination and he was furious at Obama for endorsing her. Really? What do you expect the president to do, remain on the sidelines and watch Donald Trump become president?

The mission every Berner should accept is to prevent Trump from becoming president. Elizabeth Warren has accepted it. How can you believe in everything Bernie Sanders supports, yet not do a damn thing to prevent the racist, ignorant, and stupid bully from entering the White House?

You believe in Bernie Sanders. You respect his position on every issue. Will you still respect it when he endorses Clinton?

You don’t have to like Clinton. I’m not crazy about Clinton. But compared to the threat of Donald Trump putting judges on the Supreme Court, I freaking love Hillary Clinton.

So, Berners, if denial is a river in Egypt, you’re going up it without a paddle.

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Hillary Gets A Head


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The Associated Press reported Monday evening that Hillary Clinton has secured enough delegates to win the Democratic Party’s nomination. This has seriously burned the Berners.

Clinton now becomes the first female to win the nomination of a major American political party. That might have been the direction I should have gone in but who can resist drawing a decapitated unicorn head? Not I.

Sanders plans to stay and fight until the convention in July. His supporters are claiming this information was released the day before the last major primaries to discourage voters. Sanders’ supporters are starting to sound a lot like Republicans where they blame the messenger and become paranoid.

Discouraging the vote, especially in California, does not help Hillary Clinton. She still needs to win the state, at least for argument’s sake. She does not want to roll into Philadelphia without a California win.

Another area where Sanders’ supporters are sounding like Republicans is their trouble with reality. They’re having trouble with math. They can’t say they want the Democratic process to work and then ask the super delegates to ignore it. Hillary Clinton has won more votes and delegates than Bernie, yet his plan for the nomination relies upon the supers to switch loyalties. If Bernie really believes that is even remotely possible then he does believe in unicorns.

Bernie Sanders also argues that he polls better against Trump. That is true. But after the performance Clinton gave last week, and the trauma she caused the Trump campaign, I think she’s gonna do OK. I think Hillary can do a better job against Trump. She’s been vetted for over 20 years. She’s been dragged through the mud by the GOP for that entire time and they still don’t have anything on her. She sat through 12 hours of their grilling and came out smiling and leaving them frustrated by their own ineptness. She’s tougher than Sanders and Trump combined. I don’t love Hillary Clinton. I think she’s shady. I don’t find her entirely honest. But I also believe she’s a fighter and will totally destroy Trump better than Sanders can even dream of doing.

This doesn’t mean I think Sanders should drop out. He should keep making noise right to the convention. He has a great message that should be a part of the party’s platform. He really accomplished something historic by running a campaign largely made up of donations from individuals and not corporations or pacs. His people should not pack up, go home and sit on the couch.

The primary system is not entirely fair. But this isn’t exactly a vote by all the people in the first place. It’s a party selecting their nominee. It’s not the general election. Each party decides their process.

For example: The GOP is seriously having second thoughts and Trump is very likely to finally make a statement, or set a cross on fire and claim it’s a “T,” between now and their convention that forces them to nominate someone with more appeal, which at this point would be chlamydia.

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