Let’s keep track of Sanders deceptive campaigning practices!

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Bernie Sanders now has plenty of Scandals!

Let’s keep track of Sanders deceptive campaigning practices!

If you were to follow the ads released by the Bernie Sanders Campaign you would think that his campaign has received endorsements from:

Where in this type of campaigning do we see a political revolution? It’s politics as usual and that’s what you get from a politician who has been in the game for 30 years. He isn’t new to politics, he isn’t launching a revolution and if he is it is the slowest 30 year revolution known to mankind.

In reality he is playing dirty politics forcing the Clinton campaign and her supporters to hold him to task. No more can he claim a positive and clean campaign. No more will we sit by and allow him to pretend his career has never seen a scandal. It’s time America opens our eyes and sees the truth that he has a pattern of deceptive campaigning as stated by the Clinton Campaign:

  • 2/11/2016: Falsely claimed the endorsement of Brenda Romero
  • 2/7/2016: Used images of Veterans in ads without permission
  • 2/7/2016: Used images of the Clergy in ads without permission
  • 2/4/2016: In TV ad, falsely touted endorsements he didn’t receive from New Hampshire Newspapers.
  • 1/29/2016: In TV ad, falsely touted endorsements of Des Moines Register when the paper actually endorsed Hillary Clinton.
  • 1/28/2016: Campaign staffer posed as Culinary Union members to deceptively gain access to Union Dining Halls.
  • 1/28/2016: Sent mailers, falsely implying the endorsements from AARP and League of Conservation Voters.

All of these instances are detailed here! Or you can turn to Google to do your own research on the issue. I ask that you in fact check this out.

Bernie has thousands of supporters lining up behind him due to his messages of change, trust and hope. This is nothing but the same old trash we don’t want in politics from democrats!

New Hampshire Voters and Hillary: Can she do it?

hillary_clinton_2015_campaign_photo_logoWhen Monday’s Iowa Caucus rolled into reality I was blown away by one thing that kept being repeated on CNN. The volume of undecided voters on both the Republican and Democratic side of the caucus. It baffled and still baffles me that people will show up to vote without knowing who the heck they are voting for.

In the year 2016 there is no excuse to not be fully educated on all of the candidates running for president. We have the internet and the 24 hour news cycle. We have mobile phones that bring the news to our fingertips. Social media lets us have constant updates as to what is playing out in the political world. You can go to every candidates website and hear their platforms. You then can take it upon yourself to vet out the candidates platforms, fact check their platforms and see if they are viable in the political arena by simply googling the heck out of them.

Basically all your questions can be answered for you before you go to vote. That’s why I was shocked at how many people said they were undecided when they arrived to vote on caucus night in Iowa.

Now we are approaching the first in the nation primary in the great state of New Hampshire. Are we going to have the same number of undecided voters? According to CNN the state is a different beast and while the polls are calling for the candidate I support, Hillary Clinton, to lose by a wide margin, at least CNN claims New Hampshire voters tend to arrive to the polls knowing who they want to vote for.

Likely Democratic voters are far more likely than Republicans in the state to say they’ve made up their minds about the race, with 64% saying their choice is locked in, while just 41% who say so on the GOP side. Just 17% of likely Democratic voters say they are still trying to decide.

Thank you New Hampshire democrats for educating yourself before arriving to vote, even if I don’t agree with the candidate you are voting for…

Now, do I think Hillary has a chance at winning New Hampshire? I feel confident that New Hampshire will be different than Iowa for a number of reasons. First off, we won’t have to sit through the archaic caucus system. There won’t be a coin-gate controversy. People will vote and go home. It’s pretty straight forward. We will see a clear winner and a clear loser of that particular primary, at least I think we will.

The other thing with New Hampshire is that while 64% of democrats are decided before arriving at the polls to vote, it doesn’t mean Hillary will lose. Now, I’m not getting my hopes up, but I’m also not counting her out.

In 2008 Hillary was behind in the polls and was expected to lose New Hampshire in the primary to Barack Obama. In a surprise upset she won. Why is this? There are a number of reasons, but one in particular. The thing that can help Hillary Clinton and make for a surprising evening is that New Hampshire does not have a closed primary meaning those not registered with a specific party can vote in either party primary (but only one). Independents are welcome to vote in either primary, Republican or Democrat.

Hillary, who has attracted people on the left and center of the political spectrum can really gain some ground here. Especially since the Republican Party is running Donald Trump as number one and Ted Cruz who leans to the far right in second. The democrats have a super liberal democratic socialist as their second candidate. This can really alienate independent voters. Where will they go?

My hope is that they may fall into the middle ground or Hillary country.

Hillary also had a strong Democratic Town Hall performance on CNN Wednesday evening. CNN claiming a win for Hillary.  She came out strong on foreign affairs. She swung hard when asked about military engagement. Hillary didn’t miss a single beat when trying to connect with women, mothers, daughters and grandparents. She proved she will challenge Wall Street even if some people felt she stumbled on her reasoning for speaking for Wall Street firms and accepting three speaking fees (heaven forbid she work while not in office). She also blew me away with her religious and spiritual conversation. All-in-all she proved she has the experience and persona to be president.

On the other hand I personally felt unmoved by Bernie Sanders, particularly when he spoke about spirituality and religion. I’m also unmoved by his broken-record foreign policy response. There is more to foreign policy and foreign affairs than casting one vote for the Iraq war years ago. I would love to hear him express further knowledge of the world and how to engage with it as the leader of our country.

If things don’t work out for Hillary the next few days then we will lose New Hampshire as we know we might. If that happens then we will do what I suggested Trump and Sanders should have done after Iowa. We will pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off and keep pushing forward for Hillary. She will take Nevada and South Carolina followed by the White House. I have no doubt.

 

Senator Rand Paul – 2016 Presidential Run Announcement

download (3)Rand Paul’s announcement that he would be running for President followed Senator Ted Cruz’s. I had to admit that Rand Paul, based on appearances and voice alone, does not annoy me near as much as Ted Cruz, but the subject matter of his speech sure did a number on me.

Straight from the beginning I felt my blood boil. He wants to get away from the Washington Machine. Fine, but he was born into politics himself. His father being a former Congressman and past Presidential candidate makes him part of the machine in my opinion. It isn’t Hillary Clinton’s (or Jeb Bush’s) fault that Ron Paul, Rand’s father, happened to lose his attempts to become President. None-the-less I think that makes Rand Paul just as much a part of the political Washington Machine as the Bush family or the Clinton family.

Wow, I can’t believe I am defending the Bush family. I’ll be sure to mention this lapse in sanity when I visit my therapist later this week.

“A government restrained by the constitution.” Rand Paul wants to go to Washington with the Constitution of the United States in one hand and the Bill of Rights in the other. I realize he didn’t say this, but I am sick of conservative candidates acting like they own the Constitution and that it only pertains to their rights and beliefs.

I also take great offense to his false claims that Congress has never balanced a budget and has a bad record of doing so. It’s been known for years that the budget was balanced and ran a surplus in four fiscal years of the Clinton administration. Which is ironic because there was a Republican led Congress at the time. It not only showed that a Democrat (and more specifically a Clinton) can balance the budget and cross party lines.

Rand wants to lower taxes and build new roads and infrastructure. With what money? Republicans always forget that it cost money to build new things. It would be nice if we could cut taxes and spend more money, but that isn’t how reality works.

The other thing I noticed about Rand Paul’s announcement and the same goes for Ted Cruz’s announcement is that both took place on dark stages, in front of dark podiums. Very unattached from the audience and very much focused on themselves. Very long-winded opening speeches like the old days of political campaigning. When will the GOP learn that it is time to come up with new ways to catch the public eye? You can’t just stand on a stage and talk anymore.

You have to motivate. You have to inspire. And in an era of Vine, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook you have to be succinct and to the point.

 

 

Senator Ted Cruz – 2016 Presidential Run Announcement

Senator Ted Cruz
Senator Ted Cruz

After Hillary Clinton made her official announcement that she will be running for President in the 2016 Presidential election here in the United States I realized I had to do my homework. You can’t preach your passions unless you know what you are preaching for… and against.

I decided I had to watch every candidates announcement. I began with Senator Ted Cruz. He made two announcements. There was a 30 second video on Twitter and a speech at a university.

As a liberal it felt like I was getting my eyes clawed out. No, jokes aside it honestly felt like I was watching a televangelist. Was I at church, actually I kind of was. I was taken to Liberty University in my home state of Virginia where Ted Cruz was trying to court the religious fanatics.

He didn’t even try to appeal to the left or center. Even with his intonation he rubs me the wrong way. He make me feel like I’m listening to some conservative preacher man.

Don’t get my wrong, I don’t have anything against religion. I am a Christian myself, but I don’t like being preached to by a politician. Fine, you chose Liberty University to announce your presidential run at, but does that alone tells me you are alienating a huge portion of the American populace by choosing this location.

Out of all the Republican candidates for President Ted Cruz is one of the scary ones. He is a religious firestorm and conservative hell-razor.  Senator Cruz taunts us with his willingness to shut down the federal government if things aren’t going his way.

That’s exactly the behavior we need to get away from. I am so sick and tired of politicians in Washington thinking they can hijack our nation. It’s time for a President that can negotiate and play both sides of the aisle.

Sen. Cruz also posted a 30 second video on Twitter announcing his run for President that I find equally as offensive. His campaign isn’t focused on mending America. Finding a middle ground or anything of that nature. His run for Presidency is about uniting conservatives.

“It’s going to take a new generation of courageous conservatives to help make America great again…”

I think Ted Cruz would be the worst President from a liberal perspective because he only has a one party mindset. He also would be horrible for the Republican party because he would cause further division in the country. Further fighting and polarization.

 Twitter Announcement: 

 Liberty University Announcement

Paul Ryan is nothing but a liar

Photo from Gawker.com

Paul Ryan, a scam artist to the core, but my question is why is anyone surprised?  Have the republican’s ever proven to not be scam artist when it comes to politics?

I am calling Ryan a liar because of a recent incident I learned of thanks to Gawker.  I am referring to his alleged trip into the philanthropic and volunteering world where he claims to have helped out, along with his wife and children, at a soup kitchen in Ohio.  These wonderfully staged photos show Ryan scrubbing clean, an already clean pot, and his wife walking around holding another perfectly clean pot.

As explained on Gawker:

Among the critics calling out Ryan and his camp for their sham goodwill gesture is Brian J. Antal, president of the Ohio charity that runs the soup kitchen in question.

Speaking with the Washington Post, Antal says Ryan “did not have permission” to stage the photo op, and simply “ramrodded their way” in with the help of a volunteer.

“The photo-op they did wasn’t even accurate,” Antal said. “He did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall.”

Indeed, as noted by a pool reporter, the soup kitchen was empty by the time Ryan and his family arrived, and volunteers had already scrubbed clean all the dishes from breakfast. That didn’t stop Ryan, his wife, and their three children from putting on aprons and scrubbing clean dishes for a few minutes while photographers took photos.

Antal said his charity was “apolitical” and couldn’t appear to be picking sides. “I can’t afford to lose funding from these private individuals,” he told the Post. “If this was the Democrats, I’d have the same exact problem.”

As I asked earlier, is anyone surprised that a republican politician who is also running for office is full of it?  The worst part in my opinion is not only that he is he full of it, but his actions actually puts the soup kitchen at risk of losing their funding for getting involved in a political issue.  What was Ryan thinking?  Not only was he too cool to actually show up and feed the hungry, but he puts them at risk for losing this source of food.

I can’t answer what Ryan was thinking beyond saying that I assume his team didn’t plan on this becoming an issue, because they don’t plan well.  They probably borrowed some of George Bush’s methodology.  Let’s not forget his many lies to the American people to make himself look good including the Mission Accomplished announcement in 2003 about the Iraq War, where troops actually continued to fight until 2011 when Barack Obama finally pulled our men and women out.

Why would we vote for another man to be in office that is even remotely like Bush?  Ryan (and Romney) has proven to be a liar, not once, not twice, but multiple times since entering the election on the Romney ticket.  I for one would rather someone who knows what they are doing and is honest with the American people to be Vice President (and President) of the United States.  I know there are going to be people out there that disagree with me and think of Obama as a liar, but we will just have to agree to disagree on this particular topic.

I hope people get out and vote against Romney and Ryan and elect President Obama for a second term.  (Then we can vote Hillary Clinton into office in 2016!)

With this all said, I would like to dedicate a song to Paul Ryan and all his Republican colleagues in politics.

WHITE LIAR by Miranda Lambert

Hillary Clinton on Pride Month

Hillary Clinton on Pride Month

Most people know that I am a huge fan of Hillary Clinton.  A support of her 2008 run for President and one of the many people crossing my fingers that she runs in 2016.  I thought I would share this video but Hillary says everything that needs to be said right in the video so I don’t have much to add besides saying thank you so much for this video Hillary! Love you tons.


The transcript below is copied from the US Department of State website linked here: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/06/192136.htm

Video Remarks for “Pride Month” Transcript

Remarks

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 8, 2012

I am honored to join you to celebrate the fundamental freedoms that all human beings deserve – no matter who they are or whom they love. This month, and every month, we proudly reaffirm our commitment to making sure that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

In the United States and around the world, progress is being made. The tireless advocacy of generations is bending the arc of history. Barriers are being torn down, discriminatory laws repealed, and millions are now able to live more freely and participate in the future of their communities and countries.

But there is still much more to be done. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender men and women continue to be persecuted and attacked. They are arrested, beaten, terrorized, and even executed.

United States Embassies and Missions throughout the world are working to defend the rights of LGBT people of all races, religions, and nationalities as part of our comprehensive human rights policy and as a priority of our foreign policy. From Riga, where two U.S. Ambassadors and a Deputy Assistant Secretary marched in solidarity with Baltic Pride; to Nassau, where the Embassy joined together with civil society to screen a film about LGBT issues in Caribbean societies; to Albania, where our Embassy is coordinating the first-ever regional Pride conference for diplomats and activists to discuss human rights and shared experiences. And through the Global Equality Fund that I launched last December, we have strengthened our support for civil society and programs to protect and promote human rights.

We will not rest until full and equal rights are a reality for everyone. History proves that the march toward equality and justice will overcome barriers of intolerance and discrimination. But it requires a concerted effort from all of us. No matter how long the road ahead, I’m confident that we will travel it successfully together.

Wherever you are celebrating this month, I wish you a happy Pride.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Since I am starting to feel a little more like the strong woman I am (okay guy) I decided it’s time to post my tribute to Hillary again. With that said I realized recently I may just have to edit it some now that there are increasing rumors that she is starting to consider running in 2016!