A Challenge to Democrats to be more Democratic

gavel and the US Flag

One of the more unfortunate accusations that I’ve been hearing lately is that Bernie Sanders supporters are tearing apart the Democratic Party. That Sanders needs to “back down” so we can unite. But Sanders supporters are fighting for the Democratic party to be more democratic. The media and others, however, have done a bang-up job framing real political challenges from the people (which Sanders represents) as “selfish” and “hurtful.” And a good number of Democrats are taking up those pitchforks and torches and joining the chorus without truly understanding what it is they are attempting to self-righteously snuff out.

John Nichols’ article in The Nation, A Contested Convention Is Exactly What the Democratic Party Needs, (an article widely forwarded by Bill Moyers) speaks directly to why it is so very crucial to continue to challenge not just Hillary Clinton, but the entire Democratic Party. THIS is what Democracy is all about! This is our job description! But so many people have lost sight of that – or never really knew what they could or should do beyond just casting a vote – or what the Democratic Party used to be, its history, and so they don’t recognize what it has the potential to do right now. Hillary might be the nominee in the end (though that’s STILL not a guarantee), but there’s more to be done and more to be gained by continuing to challenge her and those she surrounds herself with. At the very least to the Convention. Hopefully, a lot farther.

John Nichols:

“Prospective nominees tend to favor weaker platforms; Harry Truman would have preferred milder civil-rights commitments than were made in his party’s 1948 platform, and it took steady pressure from unions, liberals and Ted Kennedy to get Jimmy Carter to finally embrace spending on jobs programs. It will take similar pressure to get Clinton and her inner circle to accept a Democratic platform that Sanders says must include “a $15-an-hour minimum wage, an end to our disastrous trade policies, a Medicare-for-all health-care system, breaking up Wall Street financial institutions, ending fracking in our country, making public colleges and universities tuition-free, and passing a carbon tax so we can effectively address the planetary crisis of climate change.” Clinton stalwarts may want to keep things vague, but look for the Sanders team to demand specifics, such as an explicit endorsement of a national $15 minimum wage instead of the $12 proposal that Clinton initially offered, and an unequivocal rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal that President Obama supports and that Clinton once championed but now criticizes.”

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Watch Mad Hatters Gather For GOP Tea Party

Here’s a video taken at a recent event organized by the 9-12 Project. Watch as at about two and a half minutes in, a man starts rousing the small crowd. The Huffington Post describes the scene:

“In the early 50s our country was infiltrated by the communist party,” he says, calling the Obama administration the culmination of that infiltration. “They’re doing everything they can to brainwash our public…This thing they’re putting on our TVs,” he says, presumably referring to digital cable converters, “it’s a brainwash unit!”

As his speech winds down, he exhorts his listeners to get their kids “the hell out of college. They’re brainwashing ’em!”

The anti-school message resonates with one woman.

“Burn the books!” she yells from off-camera. The surprised camera man asks if she’s serious, and which books she’d burn. “The ones in college, the brainwashing books, like the evolution crap.”

Wake up, Dormouse!’ And they pinched it on both sides at once.

The Dormouse slowly opened his eyes. `I wasn’t asleep,’ he said in a hoarse, feeble voice: `I heard every word you fellows were saying.’

(The Huffington Post wants to have citizen journalists at as many of the April 15 tea party events as possible. If you’re interested in attending one of the protests and reporting back to us with dispatches, photos, or video, click here to sign up. We’ll contact you shortly with further instructions.)

Watch Mad Hatters Gather For GOP Tea Party

Obama / McCain Tax Cuts: Let’s Get This Straight

The McCain campaign has worked diligently to mislead voters as to who exactly would benefit and who would not under their tax plan. They’ve worked even more diligently (read: lied) to mislead voters about Obama’s tax plan. So let’s get it down in black and white right here, right now.

If you make less than $2.87 million per year, Obama’s plan WILL NOT RAISE YOUR TAXES.

If you make less than $226,982 per year, Obama’s plan WILL GRANT YOU TAX CUTS.

Low-earning seniors would pay NO INCOME TAX AT ALL. 

The largest tax cuts would go to the poorest Americans.

The only people under the Obama plan who would have to pay more taxes, would be the wealthiest 0.1 percent of earners in the country. 

Are you paying attention?

Let’s look at McCain:

McCain’s plan would decrease taxes for all, BUT…


But wait, there’s more.

Americans in the LOWEST-INCOME BRACKET WOULD ONLY GET A 0.2 PERCENT DECREASE, the lowest decrease being offered under the McCain plan.

Those same individuals would get a 5.5 PERCENT DECREASE UNDER OBAMA’S PLAN. 

According to Truthdig.org:

[Obama’s plan] means substantially cutting taxes for lower earners and raising them for the super-wealthy. But it also means a whole range of programs to even up access to health care, education and housing. Obama’s proposal would reduce insurance costs across the board and offer tax credits to employees who buy insurance. It would also add a $4,000 tax credit for families to send their kids to college.

And to make it that much clearer, here’s a graph from The Washington Post that places all this in a more “visual” perspective:


Ignore the lies. Get the facts. Judge for yourself.

Obama / McCain Tax Cuts: Let’s Get This Straight