It’s time for Bernie Sanders to Bow Out and accept his ticket home!

If you asked me just a few months ago how the primary season would shake out I would never have guessed we would be where we are today. After the Indiana Primary, Governor John Kasich and Senator Ted Cruz respectfully dropped out of the Republican race leaving the nomination in the hands of none other than the xenophobic, racist and sexist candidate that is Donald Trump. This has been so upsetting to some in the Republican Party that House Speaker Paul Ryan announced today that he is not ready to endorse Donald Trump as the Republican nominee.

None-the-less, after months of infighting and publicly hating each other the candidates did what they thought was best for their party, but mostly for the ideals they feel they share most with their frontrunner Donald Trump over the democratic frontrunner, Hillary Clinton. Even the morning of the Indiana Primary Ted Cruz was taking brutal swings at Trump, but still stepped out of the race when the cards showed he was not going to win.

 

Yet when you look at the Democrats the race is still chugging along. While Bernie Sanders requires 101% of the remaining delegates left to be allocated he refuses to drop out of the primary. He, somehow, sees this impossible accomplishment as possible. Why? Because he thinks he can flip delegates and his supporters keep sending in their money to him.

The reality is that Bernie Sanders needs 101% of the remaining delegates from the remaining primaries to win. That comes out to 944 out of the 933 remaining delegates, which is statistically impossible. Not just statistically impossible, but Hillary will win some of the remaining states (if not all) and the remaining delegates will be split. Following Tim Robbins, a Bernie Sanders surrogate, insulted Guam you can even assume she will get a majority of their 12 pledged delegates in addition to most likely sweeping California.

With that being a REALITY you have to accept the fact that Hillary only requires 163 more delegates to get to the magic number of 2383. That number drops after every single primary. Bernie Sanders is proving to be nothing more than a self-ego boosting elitist who pounds the ground like a petulant child when he doesn’t get his way.

Yes, I know a bunch of you will respond saying the primary was rigged, but you won’t find a sympathetic ear from me. The inability for the Sanders campaign to educate it’s supporter base to register as democrats to vote in democratic primaries is on the Sanders campaign. The voters who did not register correctly need to take responsibility for that. The argument that all American’s should get to vote is also a ludicrous thought. No one has ever prevented you from your constitutional right to vote for the next President of the United States. Nope, not a single person or party. A party primary is where a party selects their candidate to run for President. Candidates have an option to run in the major political parties or not to. Jill Stein is a great example of someone who didn’t fit the major party platforms so is running on her own. Bernie Sanders made the choice to switch from an independent (which he is running for senate as in 2018), but instead decided to run as a democrat. He was fully aware of the rules set by each individual state. He also publicly announced he only ran as a democrat for the media attention and money. These are all choices Bernie Sanders made and his supporters need to accept or point the finger of blame at him.

And yes, 120,000 democratic voters were ousted or purged from registration in New York, but those voters represented supporters of both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Oh and it was a republican who made this move and has since been punished for it.

The argument that super-delegates should be forced to side with the candidate who won their respective state is also a voided argument. According to ABC News, even if super-delegates voted for the winner of their state Bernie would still not get the edge. The super-delegate totals would go from 520 for Hillary and 39 for Bernie to 374 for Hillary and 147 for Bernie.

Another way to look at this is 4 scenarios proposed by Sanders and/or his supporters:

  1. Current Rules: Hillary Clinton is the clear winner.
  2. As I stated if super-delegates had to vote the way their state went Hillary still wins.
  3. If we had the same rules as the Republicans do for their party primary and had winner take all states Hillary wouldn’t just be winning, but the race would have ended already.
  4. If super-delegates were removed from the equation all together, the number of delegates needed to secure the nomination would be lower and Hillary would still win. If eliminated the new majority of pledged delegates needed would be 2,026. Bernie would require 66% of delegates remaining and Hillary would only need 34%.

All in all nothing is rigged. In fact, there is nothing more democratic than the candidate with the most popular votes, pledged delegates and super-delegates in a party primary winning that party nomination for President and moving on to the general election.

The trophy generation needs to wake up. There is no trophy for the loser in politics. This  isn’t a little league game and your mommy can’t fix it for you. You just have to accept reality and align with a candidate who best fits your beliefs… Or you can just not vote if you feel so inclined, but that is a shame if you truly care about progressive and liberal issues. If you truly cared about the issues then you would help defeat Trump in the general election which HAS started.

Bernie can keep limping along pretending like he will get something out of this, but all he is getting out of this is hurting the party that embraced him. The loser of a primary doesn’t get to set the winners agenda. Hillary Clinton didn’t make demands like that of President Obama and the 2008 election was much closer! It’s a reality Bernie will have to face soon. I can’t wait for him to return to the senate to find all of his leadership positions gone.

Bernie wants Free College, Hillary wants Full Education Reform

subMAHLER-articleLargeOn the issues I like to think realistically, pragmatically and about the entire country when I am trying to select who to vote for when I am voting to elect the next President of the United States of America. Obviously education in this country has been a hot topic for decades. Educating our citizens, our workforce, and our future leaders is one of the most vital issues we have to tackle and one of the issues we continue to struggle with 240 years after the independence of this great nation.

Parents can’t afford preschool! It often costs more than rent. Inner-city schools and rural schools often can’t afford text books, paper, computers and basic necessities. Teachers are under paid, but often have to buy classroom supplies out of their pockets. The best and brightest teachers are often lost to corporate America for better paying jobs. Student dropout rates are still alarmingly too high. The list of issues goes on.

One of the popular topics that Senator Bernie Sanders touts on the campaign trail is his promise to make college free if he is elected president. I have found this idea to be ridiculous on a number of levels. Fiscally it doesn’t make sense to me. He will have to raise taxes, along with his other lofty ambitions, a reality. Government will grow by 40% by some estimates. Yet, that’s not why I have come to you today. I have come to you today to say college tuition isn’t a topic we should even be discussing at this point.

We have a systemic problem in our public education system from kindergarten to 12th grade. Until we resolve these issues we can’t tackle higher education (a privilege). We are leaving children behind, something Senator Sanders seems to be forgetting.

IMG_4190I decided to head over to his campaign website to see what he has to say about education reform. Color me surprised to find out that he has nothing to say on the issue. The only topic relating to education he touches on is college tuition. Why? My guess is because college students can vote and he is trying to appeal to their wallets.

His approach to education is one-dimensional and only discusses college tuition and  making it tuition free and debt free. That is not enough. It does not tackle the issues facing America’s education system.

The problem I see here is that we don’t need politics as usual. A revolution is not won by politics as usual and is not defined as politics as usual and political tricks. It’s won by change and change we can believe in.

According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities “most states provide less support per student for elementary and secondary schools than before the Great Recession.” They go into great detail about how our county continues to struggle to put into place needed reforms at the k-12 level like “hiring and retaining excellent teachers, reducing class sizes, and expanding access to high-quality early education, many states have headed in the opposite direction.” Mostly due to budget cuts.

We need to fund our public schools. We need to find money in our federal and state budgets to start paying teachers and to attract the best and brightest. States are struggling to pay for public education and as their funds dwindle the federal government has cut their aid to states.

If we cannot afford to help public schools at the k-12 level how can we pay for free college for all Americans? We simply can’t, especially if we can’t resolve the systemic problems currently facing our education system. For instance, how can we even consider worrying about covering college for students if we can’t guarantee students will even make it to their high school graduation day?

According to DoSomething.org “over 25% of high school freshman fail to graduate from high school on time.” That is unacceptable! “1 in 3 minority students (32%) attend a dropout factory, compared to 8% of white students.”

We need to focus on this issue first. If we focus on free college tuition first we are focusing on issues for the privileged, the middle and upper class only and that to me is a travesty. We are leaving our friends, families and neighbors behind. We are one country regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic status and/or where in the country you live.

IMG_4191When you head over to Hillary Clinton’s website you find a candidate that is trying to make change and reform around education at all levels from K – 12 and at the college level.  Hillary Clinton plans to address issues such as k – 12 education, early childhood education, campus sexual assault, college and much more. She is a candidate that knows you can’t be a single issue president. College tuition isn’t the only education issue needing to be discussed and looked at by our great nation.

Hillary Clinton will:

  • Invest in early childhood programs like Early Head Start.
  • Ensure that every 4-year-old in America has access to high-quality preschool in the next 10 years.
  • Provide child care and scholarships to meet the needs of student parents.
  • Make high-quality education available to every child (of all ages) – in every ZIP code – in America.
  • Ensure that teachers receive the training, mentorship, and support they need to succeed and thrive in the classroom.
  • Ensure students with disabilities have the resources and support they need throughout their school years.

Yet, for those concerned college students Hillary has their backs too!

  • She will fight to ensure no student has to borrow to pay for tuition, books, or fees to attend a four-year public college in their state.
  • Enable Americans with existing student loan debt to refinance at current rates.
  • Hold colleges and universities accountable for controlling costs and making tuition affordable.

And one of the things I find missing from Bernie Sanders College Plan that only speaks about tuition is an ongoing issue we have seen repeatedly in the news of campus sexual assault. This is something Hillary tackles in her campaign issues head-on as a champion for women’s rights. She will:

  • Provide comprehensive support to survivors.
  • Ensure fair process for all in campus disciplinary proceedings and the criminal justice system.
  • Increase sexual violence prevention education programs that cover issues like consent and bystander intervention, not only in college, but also in secondary school.

Hillary is a woman who approaches the world with a comprehensive view of issues. She looks at the entire picture and figures out how we can fix the problem from beginning to end.

It’s time those who think free college tuition is the revolutionary idea to change the United State’s education issues to look around at the rest of the country and see what will make a real difference for the entire country and not just a handful.

It’s time to elect Hillary Clinton as president!

 

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!

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.

 

 

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!