Stop Being PROUD of this DNC, “Liberals!”

This post was originally written as a response to a comment on a story from ReverbPress titled “10 Tweets About the DNC That Will Make You Proud To Be Liberal” and shared on the Facebook page “Too Informed to Vote Republican.”  My comment:

“Well, looks like I can delete this page. You idiots don’t have the slightest clue what it means to be liberal, that’s apparent.”  I then had commenter Kim Degenstein say  “Jason I suppose you back Putin’s puppet Trump.”

I continued to respond:

“Of course not.  But if you’re “proud” of a convention that we now know is built on corruption, unfairness, bias, and likely criminality, then you shouldn’t be calling yourself liberal.”

NOTHING about this DNC has made it POSSIBLE to be PROUD to be a liberal.

Ask yourself if you’re “proud” of a process that had Sanders actually LOSE the delegate count in roll call vote in *7* States he WON.

Indiana: Bernie won the vote, 52.5%-47.5% – won by ~32,000 votes. Roll-Call Delegates: HRC 48 – 43 BS.

Michigan: Bernie won the vote, 49.8%-48.3% – won by ~19,000 votes. Roll Call Delegates: HRC 81 – 66 BS.

Montana: Bernie won the vote, 51.1%-44.6% – won by ~8,000 votes. Roll Call Delegates: HRC 14 – 12 BS.

New Hampshire: Bernie won the vote, 60.4%-38.0% – won by ~55,000 votes. Roll Call Delegates: HRC 16 – 16 BS.

Rhode Island: Bernie won the vote, 55.0%-43.3% – won by ~14,000 votes. Roll Call Delegates: HRC 19 – 13 BS.

West Virginia: Bernie won the vote, 51.4%-35.8% – won by ~35,000 votes. Roll Call Delegates: HRC 19 – 18 BS.

Wyoming: Bernie won the vote, 55.7%-44.3% – won by 34 votes (only 280 recorded?) Roll Call Delegates: HRC 11 – 7 BS.

There were a total of 713 named superdelegates, with 55 known abstentions. Most of those superdelegates were being counted by the media as official THE ENTIRE ELECTION, completely swinging it.

If the superdelegates had wanted to actually not nominate a criminal, there was EASILY enough room for Sanders to have been nominated if not for the corrupt system of the DNC. With all of the proof of corruption over the last few days, hopefully you can at least acknowledge that there is nothing democratic about what I have posted to you here.

When you look at every instance of bias, unfairness, corruption, and likely criminal actions, there’s absolutely nothing to be proud of as liberals.  Instead, people who are supposed to be liberal thought leaders are buying into the spin that this is all a Russian plot to destroy America.  Three days later, and are we discussing the corruption of the Democratic National Committee?  No, “Russia” is trending on Twitter, and it is like the Democrats expect you to take Debbie Wasserman-Schultz falling on her sword, and an apology to make you forget the entire thing.

Proud of that?  Never.

Election figures provided by the AP, CNN, and Ballotpedia.org.
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It’s Not a Russian Problem…It’s a Corruption Problem.

Ever since the release of the Democratic National Committee e-mails by Wikileaks, you’ve been hearing some pretty basic spin control, and I hope you folks aren’t being fooled by it.

Did you ever hear a denial of any of the emails being absolutely authentic?  No.

Did you ever hear a denial by any of the powers-that-be in the DNC that they had partaken in these activities?  No.

Within hours of the release of the leaks by Wikileaks, there were already counter-stories being planted that these DNC leaks were hacks done by Russian sources.  And you know what?  It could have absolutely been Russian hackers that did the job and provided the intelligence to Julian Assange and Wikileaks.

However, instead of talking more about the repugnant and corrupt actions of the Democratic National Committee, the media machine were able to spin a lot of the narrative to “Well, we could be being attacked by Russia, and Trump and Putin are friends, so…”

Why are you folks buying this?  Espionage at the international level occurs daily.  Do you see your elections being stolen on a daily basis?  We just saw the Chair of the DNC fall on her sword and immediately be swallowed into the corrupt Clinton apparatus, and alarm bells aren’t ringing with you #ImWithHer folks?  The amazing part is the surface hasn’t even been scratched on this information yet, as there is financial data in the leaks.  There are literally hundreds of attachments such as spreadsheets with data that is currently being mined, and Julian Assange has already stated that there is more information yet to come, and more serious information than what has already been released.

This is just more spin from a corrupt person in Hillary Rodham Clinton, and she and her team have been doing this for decades now.  Usually, you’ve always heard that every controversy against Hillary Clinton was a right-wing fabrication, now that it is a more serious infraction, it’s the Russians coming to mess with her!

I really hope that my fellow American citizens, especially my fellow liberals, wake up and smell the reality of what they have just wrought.  Instead, I think it is far more likely that they will blame us when she loses to Donald Trump — instead of realizing just how amazingly flawed of a candidate they saddled the party with.

I will be doing exhaustive research into the DNC Leaks and any further information leaked by Julian Assange and Wikileaks and I’ll be beginning to make presentations here in the very near future.

Thank you for reading this, and I hope that you will stay cognizant and alert to all that is going on around this election.  Keep supporting progressive values, and don’t allow yourself to be subverted by the mainstream media.

The False Narratives of the #ImWithHer Crew!

The supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders have literally heard it all over the last few weeks.

The political climate on the left has been growing particularly nasty since Senator Sanders has made it clear that he intends to fight for every vote and into the 2016 Democratic National Convention against Secretary Clinton. Both sides are passionate, but the ability to hold a civil conversation is one of the main issues standing in the way of positive dialogue on the left, and a lot of it is because of the use of false narratives. We’ll look to debunk some of those false narratives in this article!

False Narrative #1: “You don’t support her because she’s a woman!”

Out of all the narratives I’ve heard lately, this is one of the most insulting.  It’s more insulting because Hillary herself has added fuel to this fire with her own quote in an April interview with Politico.

“But the campaigning part is hard for me. … Some of this may be personal to me [and] from all the literature I’ve read, [it] may be gender-linked …

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/hillary-clinton-has-had-enough-of-bernie-sanders-221495#ixzz47vYTj436
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I do not know a single progressive who would refuse to vote for Secretary Clinton based on the fact that she is a woman.  What is even more preposterous about it is the fact that most of the people that strongly oppose her look at Senator Elizabeth Warren as a savior in the flesh!   I’m quite sure Senator Warren identifies as a female, and I’m even more sure that someone’s gender identity will never make an impact on who I feel is the best person for the job.  Sure, there may be a scattered few that would make a voting decision on some ridiculous terms — but there are surely some Clinton supporters who won’t vote for Bernie because he’s Jewish, and you certainly don’t see this narrative coming out of the Sanders support.

Those that would spread this false narrative also point towards the avalanche of negativity toward Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz as another sign of the “Misogynist Bernie Bot” when in actuality the progressives that speak against the DNC Chair do so because they feel she’s a corrupt and horrible politician, NOT because of her gender.

False Narrative #2: “All of your criticisms of Secretary Clinton are based on right-wing lies!”

I’ve been a politically aware and active person for almost my entire life.  Even before I was of age to vote I was aware of what was going on in my country and with our leaders.  It was most likely because of my father’s illness and death — and the politically charged issues that surrounded it, such as issues with the VA and trying to acquire both information about Agent Orange poisoning and support dealing with it.

I’ve been paying attention to our country’s politics for over 25 years now, and I’ve been a registered Democrat since the first day I was eligible to register.  I took extra government classes in high school, and I majored in political science in college.

Do you REALLY think I don’t know  Secretary Clinton’s record and do you really think I’ve never listened to her speak?

Do you think I haven’t seen Secretary Clinton get a “Full Flop” from Politifact in regards to her position on the TPP?  It’s public record.

“This TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field,” Clinton said then. “And when negotiated, this agreement will cover 40 percent of the world’s total trade and build in strong protections for workers and the environment.”

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2016/apr/12/5-fact-checks-about-foreign-trade-tpp-and-china/

Do you really think we’re uninformed on Secretary Clinton’s stance as a true hawk? She’s done nothing but establish hard-power credentials her entire political career. Let’s not forget, early in the campaign, she has already pledged to arm Israel even further, and to increase the American military presence around Iran if she is elected President.

“I wouldn’t support his agreement for one second if I thought it put Israel in greater danger,” she said. “I know well that the same forces that threaten Israel, threaten the United States. To the people of Israel, you will never have to question whether we are with you. The United States will always be with you.” Hillary Clinton, speaking on the Iran nuclear deal and its impact on Israel.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/09/politics/hillary-clinton-iran-nuclear-deal/

Most Americans, especially those in war-torn families from other unnecessary conflicts, are tired of war…they’re also tired of feeling like the interests of Israel and the security of Israeli citizens is placed over their own. Clinton is very clear that she intends to increase our presence in the Middle East, and it isn’t some “right-wing lie” — she is firmly on the record as presenting herself as stronger and more ready to use military force than President Barack Obama ever was.

Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, these are just the conflicts in which Hillary Clinton has played some part in recent history!  There is much on the record of her being an incorrigible warmonger all the way back to her husband’s Presidency.

False Narrative #3: “The current FBI investigation is meaningless!”

I’m old enough to remember a time when being under federal investigation would not only be a black mark on a Presidential campaign, it would pretty much preclude the person being investigated from running at all.  Secretary Clinton doesn’t think it should weigh on your mind at all, with former President Bill Clinton even remarking last week that it was “a game.”

I have no problem speaking for the majority of Americans when I tell you that the handling and protection of our most valuable secrets is no game.  For at least the first three months of her tenure, not only was her server unsecured, she was not even using encrypted email!  Even an amateur hacker could have easily gained access to some of our most valuable secrets — this is NOT A GAME.

There isn’t a security expert alive that doesn’t recommend encryption and authentication protocols… FOR EVERYONE, much less the head of the U.S. State Department!  During this three-month time frame where some of our secrets could have literally been floating in the breeze, the Secretary visited ELEVEN foreign locales!  Do you possibly think that the Secretary of State of the United States of America MIGHT draw some attention from people looking to gain an edge on the Americans?

Just for a moment, I’ll stipulate that she isn’t indicted for mishandling our secrets — that decision hasn’t been handed down yet!  As of right now, she should not be cheapening the work of our nation’s premier law enforcement agency by having her husband claiming their work to be a game.  Another important point to note is that James B. Comey, Director of the FBI, is not a Democrat and has no interest in the salvation of the Democratic Party.  He’s there to enforce the law.

If you want to choose to believe that Secretary Clinton has done nothing wrong in this regard, then that is your right — but please don’t claim that this is meaningless and not something that we should be discussing while we try to pick a President.

False Narrative #4: “Bernie Sanders won’t be able to get any of his ideas through Congress!”

I must admit, this false narrative isn’t pushed by only Clinton supporters, but also very hard by the right.  This one is baffling, as absolutely no one knows what the makeup of our Congress will be in 2017!

Out of 535 voting members of Congress, 469 seats are up for election!  That means that 88% of the Congress could be changing in this November 2016 election!  Thirty-four Senate seats and ALL 435 seats in the House of Representatives are in play, so anyone who tells you how ANY candidate will fare with the Congress must have a very nice crystal ball!

If there’s anything we DO know about the incoming Congress, it is that the left needs HUGE turnouts all over the country to ensure that our country doesn’t stay stagnant with the horribly destructive obstruction that has been perpetrated by the right for the majority of President Obama’s tenure.  The Congressional races are quite possibly more important than who we elect as our next Commander-In-Chief.

False Narrative #5: “Hillary is inevitable, Bernie should just give up!”

This is simply not true, as she still has a near impossible task to clinch enough delegates before the convention.  Even though the media has been instructed by the DNC themselves NOT to count super-delegates in the totals, the media continues to incorrectly  list super-delegates in their coverage.  The only delegates that should be considered at this time are the actual pledged delegate numbers which are awarded from the primaries.  Super-delegates do NOT vote until the convention in late July, and even if they’ve pledged support for one of the candidate at this point in time, they can and do flip.

The current pledged delegate totals are 1,705 for Secretary Clinton and 1,415 for Senator Sanders.  To clinch the nomination one needs 2,382 delegates, and for even a simple majority a candidate needs 2,026.  As you can see, while Clinton has a solid lead, she is extremely far from clinching the nomination and still over 300 delegates away from even a simple majority.

THIS is why Sanders is still fighting for every vote and for every delegate, and why any insinuations that he should retire from the race are definitely premature and unfounded.  Secretary Clinton herself has been in the same type of scenario as Senator Sanders is in right now, in 2008, and she was very vocal that she couldn’t understand why so many people thought she should drop out of the race.  She even ridiculously said that “Robert Kennedy was assassinated in June” as reasoning to stay in the race against President Barack Obama.  She also scoffed at party unity in the same interview, so the narrative that is being spread by the #ImWithHer crew that this campaign is actively hurting the party and that we should unite behind Hillary is, quite frankly, absurd.

Here’s video of Clinton both rejecting the idea of party unity AND mentioning the assassination of RFK both in the same video, before anyone tells me this is just another “right-wing myth.”

Supporters of Hillary Clinton are doing themselves no favors by acting as if the supporters of Senator Sanders are unable to see through these false narratives.  Those Progressive Democrats have done their research, and they do more every day as they stay abreast of everything that is going on in this campaign.  They pride themselves on being able to find the truth and fighting for what is right for ALL Americans.

Secretary Clinton and her supporters would do well to do the same, especially if they harbor any delusions of the Progressive Left being there for her, especially as we couldn’t be more vocal about the fact that we WILL NOT support her.  If she were to be the nominee, she would have to do some serious soul-searching and realize what the electorate wants, and it isn’t the status quo.

That just won’t do anymore, and neither will the false narratives.  Get informed.

Contacting SuperDelegates in Michigan!

Today has been tough. Been attempting to contact every Clinton superdelegate in the State of Michigan. All part of the Clinton machine, and no worries about the voters.

We Democrats need our so-called “party elite” to respect our vote. Michigan superdelegates include Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Congressman Dan Kildee, Jill Alper, Dennis Archer, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep. Brenda Lawrence, Carl Levin, Senator Gary Peters, and Senator Debbie Stabenow.
These are your Michigan superdelegates that are currently supporting Hillary Clinton regardless of the will of the voters of our state.

If you are a Michigan Democratic voter, you need to stand up and make sure that your elected representatives know that you are not happy with them currently pledging to ignore your vote.

If you are a voter in any other state that Senator Sanders won, find out your state superdelegates and RESPECTFULLY ask them to support the candidate that you the voters have chosen.

If you are silent, they will do what they wish.  Make your voice heard!

#FeelTheBern

20 Years a Democrat – My Escape from “The Lesser Evil”

I’m celebrating a big anniversary this year.

Yes, I’ll be 38 years old in July, and while I long ago stopped caring about my birthday, I do care about the anniversary coming up.

My birthday this year marks my twentieth year as a registered voter, and as the title says, a registered Democrat. This was always hugely important to me because of my father. My father was a Gunnery Sergeant in the Marines, and he told me “men like me fought and died for you to vote, so you better damned well do it.” Dad passed at the age of 42 in 1989 from the Agent Orange his own government killed him with, so his words always meant more that little bit more to me on the topic of government and voting.

The saddest part about this anniversary is that I think it’ll be the last one before the divorce. You see, I don’t think the leadership or the actions of those who are making the decisions for our party are thinking about Democrats like me at all.

I remember a wide-eyed 18-year-old man who was so excited to be able to vote in the 1996 Election. I was proud that I was going to help elect the man who would be the first two-term Democratic President since FDR. Yes, I was proud to say that I voted for President Bill Clinton, even with the Whitewater scandal… That young Democrat was told that this scandal was a manufactured Republican lie, and worse, it was mainly aimed at the President’s WIFE of all things.

That President’s wife, of course, is Democratic “front-runner” Hillary Rodham Clinton.

That was just the first scandal that really hit on the American consciousness, as of course, President Clinton was impeached in that second term. Even though he was acquitted, the stain of Clinton scandal had just begun to pervade the American psyche. Whitewater. Lewinsky. The Clinton Foundation. Paula Jones. The list goes on…

Do you know how many years I’ve been hearing that every criticism of Hillary Clinton is a Republican farce of the highest order? It’s one of the main talking points of her current supporters, the #ImWithHer crew. If you talk poorly about Hillary Clinton on the internet, you can expect to be told that you are peddling GOP misinformation. It’s par for the course.

Now, the Hillary campaign would have the Bernie supporters think the campaign is over, even though it is highly unlikely that she can secure the necessary delegates to clinch the nomination. Reports of dirty tricks abound, such as people calling voters to tell them Bernie is out of the race and not to come out in Indiana, or the several pro-Sanders Facebook groups that were temporarily taken offline last week. When you add to the already serious allegations of voter suppression, it just gets worse and worse.

But now, we have people telling us that Hillary is the only choice to stop Donald Trump and that if we don’t vote for her then Trump is on OUR head. Classic fear or blame tactics at their finest.  No, it’s on you for not realizing that a lot of your fellow Democrats absolutely cannot STAND your candidate. Her likability has been dropping into the tank for the better part of this decade so far, this is not a new development:

http://www.gallup.com/poll/185324/hillary-clinton-favorable-rating-one-worst.aspx
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The above post is from a Gallup poll taken September 4th of 2015.  Her favorability rating was already in the tank.

The worst part is that all of these people who are supposed to be our leaders are telling us that being under FBI investigation doesn’t matter anymore, basically just shrugging it off that she is being investigated for possibly misusing some of our most valuable secrets. That is the kind of stuff that can ruin careers and lives, yet the Hillary campaign is just shrugging off a major investigation by the highest law enforcement agency in the land like its no more than a small speed bump and shouldn’t even be considered when making our informed choice.

She feels bad for the young people who believe Bernie’s lies… well I feel sorry that I’ve been lied to for so many years by people like Hillary Clinton.

Well, Madame Secretary, I’m not uninformed. I’ve lived on the same Earth as you and I know your record myself, and that is why I will NOT be voting for Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election. If she is the nominee of the Democratic Party, I will be changing my registration to an independent voter and leaving the party after 20 years. You aren’t going to scare, blame or guilt Bernie supporters into voting for Hillary, so stop trying.

The Democratic Party has had the information for a long time now that a great number of Sanders supporters WILL NOT support Clinton. We are fed up with establishment politics and Clinton scandals, and we are definitely not going to vote for ANYONE who is under FBI investigation. We refuse to elect a war hawk who will send more young Americans to die as they did my father and so many others like him. We refuse to support someone who will claim they care about climate change and support fracking. We refuse to support someone who flip-flopped on gay marriage for political gain. We refuse to be lied to any longer, and we refuse to no longer have our seat at the table while entities like Goldman Sachs run roughshod over the American dream — all while filling the coffers of the Clinton family and other elites like them.

What Bernie Sanders realizes is that his job as a public servant is to SERVE THE PUBLIC! What a novel concept. Nothing about Hillary Clinton truly suggests she is out for anyone but Hillary Clinton, which is why she is as disliked as she is, even within the confines of her own party! We’re expecting her to appeal to independent voters and moderate Republicans? Is the party seeing the same data as everyone else??

Sanders supporters must continue to work hard for Bernie in the remaining contests, especially Indiana and California, and prepare to make a strong showing at the convention. There is still a path to victory, and its not some pipe-dream fairy tale like the mainstream media and her supporters would have you believe.

Twenty years a Democrat, and I see us approaching a Republican National Convention that will likely have “Make America Great Again” as a slogan, just like it was “Restoring the American Dream” in 1996.

And just like in 1996, the Democrats want me to vote for a Clinton shrouded in scandal. This time, I’m saying no.

You are either done with “the lesser evil” politics, or you aren’t.

Why I’m Migrating from Facebook to Twitter!

Hello everyone, and welcome to my new website!

My name is Jason S. Jackson, and I am a writer from the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan.  I write on all meaningful topics, but most of my writing is on the issues of American politics and I also write a ton about issues of atheism and religion and their impact on society, as well as trying to be an activist for pretty much any human and animal rights cause you can think of.  I’d tell you to look up my writing, but I made one of the worst mistakes a writer could make when I first started out and sold nearly all of my rights to content farms. 😦

This website is part of what I’m calling “My Great Migration” as not only am I creating the new site, but I am also switching to Twitter over Facebook as my main social media platform.  Now, I’m by no means a Facebook celebrity, and I don’t have some massive following — but let me explain why I am choosing to migrate to Twitter over Facebook during this American election cycle.

I’ve used Twitter in the past, but I’ve always wound up deactivating.  I wasn’t trying to promote anything, and all of my friends were on Facebook, so in most cases it seemed an unnecessary redundancy.  Now?

I need to get away from my friends.

It sounds horrible, but so does losing a 20+ year friendship over your political or religious views, or your lack of them.  It’s also horrible when your friends try to tell you what you should post or care about on your own page or website.

I am a progressive liberal, and I’m also a very outspoken atheist.  You’d be shocked at how many people don’t like what I post. 😉

While I’ll undoubtedly have some friends that will follow me on Twitter, it is far more impersonal, for lack of a better word.  I feel free to speak on whatever issue I wish at any time I wish on Twitter, where on Facebook I’m constantly wondering who each and every post will offend or bother next!

I’m a writer, so I am going to write a lot, and I’m going to write on many topics.  Being a writer who cares about the world means you will have what a lot of people will deem as “controversial opinions.”  Well, on Twitter, I feel as though I am ABLE TO EXPRESS those controversial opinion without thinking I am going to lose a friendship by doing so.

There’s also the scope of Twitter.  I’ve been commenting on all sorts of international sites on Facebook for quite some time now, and you really never reach anyone but trolls on the sites.  You actually stand a chance of getting your words to thought leaders and people who matter on Twitter, just because of how the platform works.  Most of the time, if you think you’re conversing with a thought leader on Facebook, you’re talking to their staff.  Facebook is not prioritized in the social media “food chain” like Twitter is.

That brings us to the new site, it goes right along with my social media migration.  I am making a change in my career and I need to have a place to express those views and showcase my writing.  I’m in the process of deciding what I am going to name the site long term, but this will do for now.  If you have any ideas for a better name for a new site geared towards current events, please feel free to share it in the comment section below.

You can follow me on Twitter at @JSJackson313, or email me at jsjwriter@gmail.com!  For those of you that are only on Facebook, this blog will be posting to the page “Jason S. Jackson, Writer” on Facebook, but I am no longer publicly posting on my “home” page.

Thanks very much for reading, and I hope you enjoy the site!