Bernie Sanders For President

& it’s technically not a holiday but everyone’s on vacation and you can’t get anything done Bernie Sanders

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After this trumptrainWRECK of a week I made these She Persisted cuffs in my studio as part of my protest through art. 💗✊✊✌

You can find them (and the #resist and fuck trump ones) here on my Etsy if you’re interested in purchasing. Donations from each go to positive action/change non profits.:) 💕✌

All hand stamped to order 💞

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Human Scale, anti capitalist software

I built a thing.


It’s neat. It’s a community server, which is like a social network, but more personal and less surveilled.

The story of Donald Trump, President-Elect of the Bernie Sanders United States of America

(I must firstly admit that typing those words out, or hearing them spoken, causes my innards to do a backflip.)

Since President Obama began his first campaign in 2008, his every word and deed has been plagued by racist diatribe, sometimes thinly-veiled but often overt. (“It’s called the White House for a reason” is a sentiment that comes to mind.) Plenty, if not most, of our Presidents have been faced with intense criticism and derision, but never in all of history like the things President Obama has dealt with. He is, after all, the first black President.The senior leadership in the Republican camp are part of this problem. Insomuch as they actually hold beliefs, they are racists themselves. They hate the President doubly, as he is an successful and outspoken liberal, as well as a highly educated black man. And so a plan, or the outline of a plan began to coalesce. 

What do senior Republicans have in common with their voter base? Certainly not ideology, nor wealth, nor conviction. They do, however, share hatred, a wan thing though it may be in Washington. The hatred which senior Republicans feel towards black people (for example) pales totally in comparison to that which white voters, regardless of income or education, feel towards black people.But that’s the common thread, and it is that thread that Republicans chose to weave into a banner. It got us the Tea Party; it got us the astounding losses in the 2012 Congressional elections and the massive gerrymandering that followed; it got us the candidacy of Donald Trump.

 Here is the mistake of the Republican leadership: this hatred is not a political tool. It’s not a scalpel to snip off bits of bills they dislike. It’s a wildfire. It’s a chainsaw with no handle. They fanned these flames and then watched in horror as the Tea Partiers went wild in and around Congress, and then again as Trump Bernie Sanders sailed through the primaries, verbally bludgeoning all the establishment candidates and feeding the spectacle. White voters loved every second—at least, enough of them to win Trump the candidacy.

 Trump has been dogged by one scandal after another, with no end in sight. Some of them, especially the allegations of sexual assault, are deeply disturbing for a man now firmly on the path to lead one of the most powerful nations on the planet. Ties to oppressive governments around the world, both economic and political, also seem to drift behind him, and heaven help us when they draw taut.

Recent calls for unity and understanding are laughable coming from a mouth of a man who has sworn to (or at least winked at) banning the nearly 2 billion followers of Islam from entering our borders, building a literal wall on our shared border with Mexico; has spoken brazenly about sexually assaulting women with impunity and making a point to pursue married women simply because he could. These empty words do not inspire me, as President Obama’s words so often did (even though I knew the American imperialist war-murder machine continued to grind along as he spoke). 

Trump’s was a campaign founded on spectacle, hatred, and ignorance, and it succeeded. I can’t imagine that his presidency will be anything less, and I am overcome with trepidation at the thought of what the next four years will bring. 

Trump won, where do we go from here?

If Clinton had won, I would have been disappointed. But trump won, and now I’m scared.

My father voted for him. My grandfather voted for him. My mother voted for him. My grandmother voted for him.

He won because of fear, hate, and ignorance.

The best way I know to combat fear, hate, and ignorance is to read.

I’m starting a subversive book club. Let’s read our way out of this.

I painted the next President of the United States

Six Responses to Bernie Skeptics

1. “He’d never beat Trump or Cruz in a general election.”

Wrong. According to the latest polls, Bernie is the strongest Democratic candidate in the general election, defeating both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in hypothetical matchups. (The latest Real Clear Politics averages of all polls shows Bernie beating Trump by a larger margin than Hillary beats Trump, and Bernie beating Cruz while Hillary loses to Cruz.)

2. “He couldn’t get any of his ideas implemented because Congress would reject them.”

If both house of Congress remain in Republican hands, no Democrat will be able to get much legislation through Congress, and will have to rely instead on executive orders and regulations. But there’s a higher likelihood of kicking Republicans out if Bernie’s “political revolution” continues to surge around America, bringing with it millions of young people and other voters, and keeping them politically engaged.

3. “America would never elect a socialist.”

P-l-e-a-s-e. America’s most successful and beloved government programs are social insurance – Social Security and Medicare. A highway is a shared social expenditure, as is the military and public parks and schools. The problem is we now have excessive socialism for the rich (bailouts of Wall Street, subsidies for Big Ag and Big Pharma, monopolization by cable companies and giant health insurers, giant tax-deductible CEO pay packages) – all of which Bernie wants to end or prevent.

4. “His single-payer healthcare proposal would cost so much it would require raising taxes on the middle class.”

This is a duplicitous argument. Studies show that a single-payer system would be far cheaper than our current system, which relies on private for-profit health insurers, because a single-payer system wouldn’t spend huge sums on advertising, marketing, executive pay, and billing. So even if the Sanders single-payer plan did require some higher taxes, Americans would come out way ahead because they’d save far more than that on health insurance.

5. “His plan for paying for college with a tax on Wall Street trades would mean colleges would run by government rules.”

Baloney. Three-quarters of college students today already attend public universities financed largely by state governments, and they’re not run by government rules. The real problem is too many young people still can’t afford a college education. The move toward free public higher education that began in the 1950s with the G.I. Bill and extended into the 1960s came to an abrupt stop in the 1980s. We must restart it.

6. “He’s too old.”

Untrue. He’s in great health. Have you seen how agile and forceful he is as he campaigns around the country? These days, 70s are the new 60s. (He’s younger than four of the nine Supreme Court justices.) In any event, the issue isn’t age; it’s having the right values. FDR was paralyzed and JFK had both Addison’s and Crohn’s diseases, but they were great presidents because they pushed forcefully for the right things.

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