I wrote this article for the Urban News back in December.
In November 2016, it is time for us to reassess who we are. What do we believe in? Since Hillary Clinton’s devastating loss earlier this month, I have heard a lot of … well, crazy talk. “Let us move to Canada.” “Let us impeach the president elect.” “Let us move to California and secede from the union.” And there have been hundreds of others.
Does this sound very similar to the garbage that conservatives were spewing when Barack Obama won in 2008? We laughed at that rhetoric then and we called it crazy talk. We scolded conservatives and asked them if they truly love this country. Now, we need to look in the mirror and decide if we truly love the United States of America. Our talk about resistance and overthrow is, for the most part, wrong. It is treasonous.
So, as a progressive, what do you believe in? Now, I cannot speak for everyone, but I can tell you that I believe in a society in which the individual is given an opportunity to reach his or her fullest potential, no matter what side of the tracks they grow up on.
This means that I believe in public education. Not vouchers. Not charter schools. I want our public schools to be the best in the world.
We need to teach our children how to think critically. This doesn’t mean teaching our kids who to pass a winner-take-all test. Continue reading What is a Progressive?
Artist: Miles Davis
Tune: So What?
My depression is lifting. I have read and heard a lot of stuff. There is some degree of finger pointing, which is normal and to be expected. Now someone needs to do the autopsy. What happened and why? No, Hillary Clinton wasn’t a perfect candidate. Do we need to run a perfect candidate, Barack Obama, all the time in order to win a national election? Obama was so good that the GOP had to make up stuff – Born in Kenya, was a Muslim, hates America, etc.
I have been watching Dallas Cowboys games all this week. With modern technology, you don’t have to listen to the news if you don’t want to. Ever. No MSNBC. No FOX News. No CNN. It was necessary in order for me to decompress. I needed to reassess.
So, we have been through this before. Progressives have lost elections which they (we) were supposed to win (see John Kerry verses George W. Bush). Where do we go from here? What do we need to do, not just to win an election, but to truly help the American people?
Bernie verses Hillary. For months we have seen it. For me, now it is over. Hillary Clinton has just won New Jersey. This basically seals the deal. For all those who supported Bernie Sanders,there is nothing to be sad about. He was a long shot, at best. His job was to pull Hillary to the left. He did that. I suspect that he will continue to the convention in order to keep Hillary from drifting to the right.
Hillary Clinton rolled up a huge victory margin in the New Jersey primary on Tuesday as she prepared to claim the Democratic presidential nomination and begin the task of swaying supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont to unite with her against Donald J. Trump.
Mr. Sanders made plans to lay off most of his campaign staff, yet he appeared reluctant to let go completely after months of political warfare against a Clinton machine that he holds in thinly veiled contempt. With six states voting on Tuesday, Mr. Sanders was holding out hope for a huge upset in the California primary to justify staying in the race and lobbying Democratic officials to support him in a contested convention next month.
Montana, New Mexico and the Dakotas also held Democratic contests on Tuesday. Republicans voted in several states, although Mr. Trump became the presumptive nominee in early May.
As Mrs. Clinton sought to turn her attention to the general election, Mr. Trump, who had a weekslong head start, was busy reckoning with problems of his own making. His criticism of a federal judge, Gonzalo P. Curiel, for the judge’s Mexican heritage continued to inflict damage on his campaign, as the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan, called Mr. Trump’s remarks racist and other Republicans piled on criticism. One Republican senator rescinded his support. (more…)