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Why I’m Not With Kamala in 2020

“Kamala Harris is articulate and a Democrat.” That’s the argument I hear from those trying to convince me Kamala Harris should be the Presidential nominee for the Democratic Party in 2020.

Having Kamala Harris on a ticket looks good.

It appeals to the lust we have for choosing candidates of color assuming those candidates will look out for the greater good of our communities because we assume they can identify with us.

But can they? Can they really identify with the 1-2% of America that is fighting to make America best?
My opinion is absolutely not.

To those who voted for Donald Trump because they felt he could identify with them are confused about the gap between the rich and the poor. Their six-figure salary does not put them in the 1%. Many of us don’t even quite know what the 1% really is.

The income inequality is not even half the battle. To dangle a racial and/or feminist carrot in our faces is insulting. In April, the Los Angeles Times wrote, ‘We can’t afford to be purists, Senator Kamala Harris warns Progressives.’

That statement alone is insulting. Progressives are often described as purists and radicals but that is far from the truth. The Civil Rights era was sparked by the injustices Black people endured in America. The dog attacks, the water hoses, the police brutality and excessive force, lynchings and the systemic racism that went along with all the physical abuse is just a glimpse into a description of why Rosa Parks, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King were Progressives, or as some would call them, Democratic Socialists.

When a group of people stand against police brutality and murders of unarmed people, that is not being a purist that’s being a realist. When Progressives fight for single-payer health care, that is not being purist that is being actively involved in the basic human rights of human beings.

Progressives have fought against Wall Street corrupting political campaigns which influence our elections and when those campaigns flop, Progressives are then asked to rev up that energy again but this time the ones calling Progressives purists are asking Progressives to fight against Russia for influencing our election process.

That is purely hypocrisy and undemocratic. Progressives aren’t asking to be pure. They are asking to do exactly what Democrats have preached and put on paper for so long, yet haven’t done.

Progressives fought for a $15 minimum wage while the Democratic Party fought against it and voted it down. Progressives fought for free college while the Democratic Party laughed at the concept. Now, there is a tuition free college in New York. In addition, the Democrats in Congress voted against an amendment establishing protections for pensions, they voted against a carbon tax amendment, against an amendment banning fracking, against an amendment to block the use of eminent domain for fossil fuel extraction, against an amendment to make climate change a test for building pipelines, against an amendment for single payer health care, against an amendment to specify mechanisms on making health care a right, against an amendment to oppose any use of force in the Syrian conflict and against an amendment calling for the end of the America’s exportation of fracking.

If Progressives are called purists, then Democrats should be called Republicans.

It actually bothers me to not stand with politicians of color. It hurts to the core. But, I cannot be with any person that is not with the 99% of us and that goes for Kamala Harris, too.

Democrats Shift Toward Conservatives

Nancy Pelosi made a statement a while back which led me to ‘assume,’ although I know, the party is looking for moderate conservatives, who are fed up with Trump and the Tea Party, to become part of the Democratic Party. Democrats are going as far as vetting, preparing, supporting and running candidates who are moderate conservatives.

A recent courting and public support of Mitt Romney, a Republican, supports this new chapter within the Democratic Party.

This is all because they refuse to support Progressive values and quite frankly, they are still salty with Senator Bernie Sanders for running a wildly successful campaign against Hillary Clinton and rallying people around the issues that matter to the majority of Americans. The fact that they are unwilling to truly help the people who need the most help says so much.

The Democratic Party appears unhappy with people rallying around the issues and that’s a major clue they are using us as a base they don’t intend to serve. Most of us are going along for the ride without truly knowing where we’re headed.

Let’s face it, it’s tough for poor and middle-class people to keep up on all the politics going on in America. We are working harder than anyone else, raising children, taking care of our parents and trying to keep up with our own health, well-being and daily lives. If you ask most people in the inner city neighborhoods what their primary concern is, it’s not Russian intelligence interfering in our elections.

The problems we are facing largely stem from the inaction of our political party and our Black organizations charged with being our voice.

For Democrat leaders to make such a bold move, some would think, Progressives and “Berniecrats” must be calling for some sort of radical ideals. These so-called left wing radicals prompted a mass exit, after the primary election last year. Many Progressives and unsatisfied Democrats moved away from the party after seeing how the party neglected the voices and the issues of the poor and middle-class people.

If fighting for cheaper prescription drug prices, better and affordable health care, taking a position and action on Black Lives Matter by writing bills to help protect us is too radical a position to take, then we’ve been misled.

It is by no means, too much to ask for basic human rights. Clean water is not a radical ideology. It’s a basic human right. It’s right and it’s the duty of the party and those who are groupies of the party, to act accordingly. Where were the Democrats on the poisoning of the water in Flint, Michigan before and after this tragedy? Where are they on changing the law to fit Black Lives Matter? How are they going to fight and assure people the Sabal Trail Pipeline will not poison our water supply and cause even more sinkholes?

We, black folk and we women, have been the firewall of the Democratic Party for years and enough is enough.
Among other things, we asked for the basic human necessities and the Democratic Party went out and backed Republican Mitt Romney in an effort court a conservative base.
In addition, the party doesn’t get to act like Black Lives Matter means less than marriage equality. That’s not ok. If the cause is great for someone, it should matter to all of us. These issues should be equally important in our party and we should act accordingly. The party doesn’t get to tell it’s base and firewall, it’s ride or die group of people, that mass incarceration or convicting Black men for non-violent crimes, are free labor and will significantly lower the labor pool, as Kamala Harris’ team so boldly spelled out in court.

At least, you don’t get to do that without a fight.

Dear Democrats

I know Clinton’s loss was an upset. I know some have yet to get over it. I know some may never get over it.

But, Jordan Edwards, a Black child, is dead because a White police officer shot and killed him either out of fear or hate.

In Anaheim, an officer won’t face charges for assault and attempted murder of a young Brown child.

We still have a jacked-up health care system that should already be a single-payer system and Democrats are more passionate about proving Trump conspired with the Russians than taking care of the American people.

Our seniors are still cutting their prescription medications in half, if they can buy them at all, while also trying to decide whether to pay their rent or buy medicine.

Our Vets are dying in VA hospitals while waiting for care.

Over 70% of Floridians voted for medical cannabis to be legalized and the state Congress has yet to enact a plan to give the voters what they want and need to treat ailments and illnesses themselves.

Democrats in Congress are voting against lower prescription drug prices and young people are drowning in debt over student loans.

There is STILL a Muslim Ban in America and racial and religious profiling happens everyday.

Democrats are voting against bills without having written one better than the one they’re voting against.

These are just snapshots of the issues that matter to us.

Democrats, you’re touting yourselves as the party of the people but you seem to have forgotten for whom you work.

On second thought, maybe you haven’t forgotten.

Maybe you are working for your true bosses and that’s big corporations.

Maybe, just maybe, our donations aren’t big enough for you to consider working for us as opposed to working for them. Maybe those companies Trump us on the amount of money given to your campaigns, but while you weren’t looking, you got Trumped. Literally. And you still are losing elections across this nation.

Here’s the real deal.

Black Lives Matter.

Our Elders matter.

Our economy matters and our health care and clean water is everything.

While you worry about Trump and the Russians, the Dakota Access Pipeline and other pipelines are still an issue.

In Florida, Democrat Congresswoman Corrine Brown was found guilty of corruption. While that is a black eye for the party, we, the people, have two black eyes, a worn-out back and a broken heart from trusting you. Yet, we have a fiery spirit.

We will not allow our Elders to be neglected.

We won’t allow Black Lives to NOT matter and we won’t stand for jacked-up health care.

We won’t just protest a Republican President and Congress.

We will stand up to you, too, our own party who we trusted to fight for us.

What we’ll do is primary each of you who neglect us by turning the world’s attention from the embarrassment of Clinton’s loss, to building upon the greatness we can do together as a unit.

Have fun in DC while it lasts, because if you are one of the Democrats who are neglecting us, we are coming for your seats.

See you soon,

Your constituents

Top Ten Things The Democratic Party Isn’t Telling You

Although Democrats won the Oval Office in 2008 and 2012, the POTUS had little to no help in Congress making it ever so hard for President Obama to push through initiatives needed to help move the country toward bigger achievements. The leaders of the Democratic Party counted the President’s wins as universal gains but didn’t care to educate the public, or donors of the party, about how Republicans still had so much power and were using it to their advantage. Even the Supreme Court nominee chosen by President Obama wasn’t cleared. For many, a redesign of the Supreme Court is the reason we chose President Obama. Now, the liberals have not only lost the Oval, but Congress and what’s even more destructive, Democrats lost the upcoming picks for the Supreme Court. Some say the Democratic Party is nearer to its demise more than ever before, but leaders like Nancy Pelosi are denying anything is wrong. Let’s take a close look at the truth. Here are the top ten things the Democratic Party is not telling you.

  1. Superdelegates. Sigh. The Superdelegate process is just as corrupt as the Electoral College itself. It shows they don’t care about the delegates or the votes people cast on a local level. They give gifts and benefits to the Superdelegates to make sure they vote on behalf of the party at the convention, not the people.
  2. The Democratic Party took a big, fat back seat to the Black Lives Matter movement and still captured the “hearts and minds” of the vast majority of Black female voters. As officers gunned down Black men, women and children in the bloody streets of Anytown, USA, where in the world was the Democratic Party? Black people are the firewall to the party and Clinton received 95% of the Black vote. There’s no reason the Democratic Party should have sat silent on this issue. But, shhhhh. Between us, they don’t want you to recognize that a political party has significant power in ending this kind of corruption.
  3. There is no democracy in choosing leadership within the party. Some say there was no democracy in choosing the nominee. During the last Presidential pick, there is some real evidence showing Clinton was coronated. The Party neglected to listen to the members of the party and proudly chose who they owed and convinced members of the party that Sanders could not win a general race. Sadly, we now suffer with the outcome of that decision. Recently, at the Miami-Dade Party meeting, Democrats had plenty of coronating going on in the race against Bullard versus Bittel. Michigan had the same struggle. Local chapters all over the country are facing this battle. The party isn’t listening to the voices of the people, who are the local voters and is putting those in office who are elite and wealthy.
  4. They don’t want you involved in the political process. They want you as a silent member of the committee. But, they don’t want to hear your voice if it’s not in tune with theirs. Even if, you’re right and even if you can push them to win more seats across this country.
  5. The leaders of the party are elite, wealthy and white. These leaders can make it big regardless of which party is in office. They have money and money is power, right? The elite lead the Democratic Party and they really don’t want you messing that up. Hillary Clinton may or may not have been able to understand the struggle of middle class America. We still don’t know that and now probably never will. Most importantly, the takeaway here is, we’ve often bragged that the Democrats feel our struggle. Unfortunately, they just may feel it more so than the Republicans but not to a level of doing anything significant about it. No one really understands the struggle of the middle class except the middle class and those who have had a first-hand experience with it. The Democratic Party’s main goal is to serve its members and the majority of those who protect the party are diverse, poor and middle class.
  6. The Democratic Party ignored Progressives and even abused them. On the other hand, Trump talked directly to the Progressives and felt their pain. When President Elect Trump acknowledged that Bernie Sanders was a victim of the party’s corrupt system, Progressives listened and gravitated toward him.
  7. Progressives mapped out the outcome of the Presidential election and the Democratic Party ignored it. Democrat party leaders were sure they’d win against President Elect Donald J. Trump. They turned off and angered not only progressives but Trump’s “deplorables” as well. Trump reenergized the worst part of America’s mind and clinched the Oval Office by doing that. Democrats were not unprepared, they were unwilling to notice. It was a case of snobbery at its finest.
  8. The Democratic Party ignored the issue at Standing Rock and the protestors that Occupied Wall Street. This was a major mistake in which the Democratic party is not prepared to talk about publicly. When the Occupy Wall Street movement took off, the party should have listened. When our Sioux brothers and sisters stood against the North Dakota Access Pipeline the party should have stood with them. These were predominantly middle-class, Democrats. People who have donated and been active in the party. Yet, the party remained silent.
  9. The Democratic Party rules are the most corrupt. Did you know, leaders of the Democratic party can suspend rules if they don’t want to follow them? They can throw whatever they want out the window during an election and stand on what they think is the “best” action to take even if it goes against the will of the people. Leadership in the party is a steep hill to climb. If candidates in the party don’t have the look or the requirements that pass the elite in the party, the voters don’t have a fighting chance at getting in an election or winning it. Read the rules. They are simply, anti-democratic.
  10. The Democratic Party is struggling to save money right now, not members. So, feel free to leave at any time. If you’re not amongst the super-wealthy, they don’t care. If they have tons of money, they can rebuild a losing party. Right now, the money donors have given is squandered on a system that is outdated and losing. The only way to move forward is with Progressives leading the way and they have clearly refused that option, which is the only option left. Progressives have always said, to beat a far right administration is to put a far left administration into the war. Democrats are just standing there praising the minimal wins they have gotten thus far. President Obama’s win helped the party to push an illusion on donors pushing the narrative that the Democratic Party had far more power than it really has. In addition, this narrative put so much pressure on the POTUS that it made him seem as if he could do anything. When you wonder why the President worked with Republicans, this is partly why.

Stop blaming 3rd party supporters for Trump’s surge

Democrats, stop blaming 3rd party supporters. Republicans, stop praising them.

A vote for a 3rd party is a vote for a third party. It’s not a vote for Trump no more than it’s a vote for Clinton.

Democrats didn’t need Berners or Jill Stein supporters in the primary election. So, shouldn’t their math tell them, they don’t need them now?

I remember seeing a post on social media stating, although Bernie Sanders could turn-out crowds of thousands while Clinton struggled to even get hundreds to a rally, that didn’t translate into votes.

Seriously?

People really pushed that narrative and thought it was bought hook, line and sinker.
Now, they are running back to those same supporters with heartburn begging for them to vote for Clinton.

Listen Democrats, calm down, she’ll win. No need to take it out on young people and 3rd party supporters. She will win but it won’t be because 3rd party supporters put her in the White House.

It’ll be because Republicans also know how dangerous Trump is and they too will graciously hand over the Presidency to Clinton because she’ll do more to support Republicans than Trump will ever do.

That’s the smart way to do it, right? I mean, if you are in support of the Democratic Party and in any way, shape or form at the top of the food chain making decisions, you’d be “smart” to be holding crooked, private meetings doing brother-man head nodding in agreement that this is the strategy to take.

Now, of course, the Democrats will have to sacrifice a little by offering up some Senate and House seats but it’s well worth pushing it aside and claiming that Oval Office, isn’t it?

My mother would always say not to tell a lie because you’ll have to keep on telling lies to cover up the first lie you told. If Clinton and the Democratic Party stole the primary election from Sanders, they have to keep on stealing in order to get the overall win.

They just didn’t anticipate having to steal it from fiery Republicans and the Tea Party who infiltrated the party when President Obama was first elected.

Democrats have to negotiate with Republicans in order to get the White House and by golly, my radar detector tells me that’s exactly what will happen.

Before you go all willy-nilly on me, I’m no Trump supporter. I think the man is as looney as they come and what comes out of his mouth sounds like modern-day Hitler rhetoric.

The vast majority of his supporters are angry for one reason or another. It may be because they are racist and believe Trump will send all “immigrants” away and will take America back to the days of old. Or, maybe his supporters are so angry with Democrats and the Clinton’s that they have decided Trump really won’t be so bad after all.

Then you have those who just won’t vote because they have lost faith in the system altogether.

Whatever the reasons are, it’s sad. Yet we’re in a new era that is staring at the end of a two-party system as we know it.

Trump won’t do what the Republicans tell him to do and his own party knows it.

Not one of these candidates have demanded to stay steadfast on the issues to a point where the American people can take their focus off of the personalities of both and really imagine what a better America could look like for us. It’s not and never has been about them. It’s about us. Somewhere along the line, the American people have forgotten to demand we discuss the issues rather than the personal lives of those running.

Just look at the Dakota Access pipeline controversy right now. Do you wonder why in the world no candidate is talking about it rather than name-calling each other, discussing how he gropes women and blaming Huma Abedin for wide-open private servers simply because she married a creep?

That’s where the Democratic Party has fallen short and their kickback is our sharp and beautiful, Michelle Obama speaking highly of her trust for Hillary Clinton. The Clintons and the party has even pushed our beloved Mo (Michelle Obama) to stomp for the very person that wished her husband harm and launched a brutal attack against him 8 years ago. We still and always will love you MO but we still have yet to focus heavily on us.

That’s politics and that’s where the free world stands today.

So here we are, with a little over a week until November 8th with Clinton and Trump, face-to-face, like they are in an old, western gunslinging movie and they can only draw for their guns on election day, a day when historically more Republicans turn out than democrats.

Yet, there’s nothing to fear and no one to blame but the parties themselves and the narratives that have been pushed since the start of the campaign.

Make no mistake, we’re looking at the very end of a two-party system as we know it and we should be.

Many people can’t fit themselves inside the two-party box no matter how hard they try and it’s about time we stop blaming the 3rd parties for a messy two-party system.

What many elder black leaders won’t tell you

“I’m an open book that no one is reading.”

That has been and probably will be my favorite line to younger people. I’m sure at some point, my elders felt the need to whisper that into my ear, as well.

My love of politics, black people and supporters of our issues often bundle themselves in my mind as one. I can’t fit my way into a two-party political system nor can I easily adapt to the culture of another race or class in which I don’t appear to belong. I can’t fake friendships. I’m ok with being followed around a store because the manager may think I’m stealing because of the color of my skin. I’m used to it. Maybe, I’m just weird like that and I’ve accepted the ways of society. I’d rather work hard and smart, make miracles happen on the job than to pretend to be the CEO’s bestie. If somewhere along the way, I find a friend, I’m happy to adopt him. But, like so many, that’s not my starting point if work and passion is involved.

Our elders often say it’s not about what you know but who you know. That mindset is changing as our tides change in the digital age with how we meet one another. My personality will always come second to my job and passion and I’m confident in that. I can be paid, but not bought and I’m often afraid that I’m so unafraid of other people. I wear my attitude, good or bad, on my sleeve. When it comes to choosing a Republican over a Democrat, I’ll stop you in your tracks.
I am just like so many others with an agenda to change this country. I don’t care if people of other races love black people. I just care that if people harm us, or force us to be what history has proven, that you suffer the consequences of those actions under the law.
I don’t believe our elders are fighting for that same kind of change.

I’ve been cursed out for supporting Governor Rick Scott. My attitude and response was, “so.” I happen to like him and his work. Should I be afraid to say so because I’m black?
I’ve been called the same for supporting a white candidate over a black candidate. My response and attitude is “so, squared.”

I lean toward people who have supported us with jobs, education and even the criminal justice system over anyone that has not, regardless of the color of their skin. That’s embedded in me. I can’t change it, nor do I want to. Don’t ask me to choose a party before I see proof of performance of a candidate and if you do, and your candidate wins without the proper vetting, you’ll regret it every single time. For the party has more power than the candidate. Which is why Republicans have gotten on board to support Donald Trump.

Black people are the only group of people expected to side with Democrats. That’s the reason Democrats don’t side with Black people.

Many, many older Black leaders have been around long enough to have lost their passion for the protest and would rather get something out of politics for themselves. They believe it’s a game. Wait…matter of fact, they know it’s a game. In every era, it’s the younger generation that believes so passionately that our leaders will do the right thing. In this open book of mine, which is me, the power lies fiercely in the appointed, not the elected.

The elected is already appointed.

We simply get to choose from the ones our elders have picked out for us. For example, my Aunt and my Mother, who are sisters, shop for me as much as they can. Don’t ask me why, but I can be their dress-up doll all day long and they’d be happy as unicorns and rainbows. I’ll usually wear whatever they give me. I couldn’t care less what’s on my body most of the time because I’m too busy with a million and one other things.

But, if I’m with them in the shopping mall, I get to choose from the 2 of 5 pieces of clothing they’ve put before me. Stay with me. I’m stating this for a reason. See, they’ve already sorted through hundreds of pieces of clothes, then they call me over. I then get to “elect” two pieces and then “appoint” the final piece in a quick draw between 2 to 5 narrowed down pieces.

And, here I am confused about which one to pick when I probably would have loved the very first item they picked up 4 hours before.
I’m ok with them doing that because it makes them happy and I don’t care what I wear. However, when it comes to politics and Black lives, a two party system is the same as Aunt Allie and Mama in the shopping mall. Analyze this. The brakes should get beat off of someone who tries to force a pair of red boots on me when the black ones are built to save my life and protect my people. Yet, they were in the pile that Mom pushed to the side at the start of the selection process.

This is the age when no one truly cares about the murders of unarmed black men. Some take bullets to the head while they lay on the ground, others are murdered in cold blood while running away and clearly not being a threat to anyone.

Where are our Black leaders?

Why aren’t they pushing for laws that change these kinds of things instead of fighting to have us choose between the final 2 pieces of clothing that we really care nothing about? What Black leaders have done and will likely continue to do, is bash my way of thinking because I think differently and I speak it loudly.

But, it’s because I so deeply care.

I want to see change and I can’t think of any better way to be more vocal than to just say it. I hope for an outcome of equality, not superiority.

Critically thinking Black people, are considered less Black than many who have experienced marching with Dr. King for our civil rights and that’s not ok. We are still just as Black as anyone else. Today, our elders have left you and me. So, we’re on our own, kids. I looked for help with Black caucuses in Florida. I sought help with Black women congress groups. I even accepted friendships so that I could be mentored by Black women who I thought wanted equality for Black people. I was wrong. I was called everything under the sun and it made my stomach turn watching them sell out and lie to our people in churches and town halls across the City of Orlando.
We see the lack of action in the NAACP and the complaints by old school leaders that young people aren’t involved enough. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Young people aren’t agreeing with them enough. That’s the old folks’ problem and not a problem for the youth. That’s an excellent problem to give them and they should gift wrap it for the old. What many of our elders won’t do is tell you they want it done their way or the highway. They marched in the civil rights era. Yet, it wasn’t until Black people returned the actions of the oppressor that government got involved.

Some Black elders readily allow history books to preach and teach that Martin did it without Malcolm.

Some old Black leaders won’t tell you, people of all skin colors, races and demographics helped pave our way. We’d all love to say we did it ourselves. I believe we absolutely could have. But, we didn’t.

Nothing they can say can change history. Much of what happened at the polls that has led us into a race between the current two candidates is the fault of the old way of thinking and if anyone tells you millennials are hurting Democrats at the polls, know this, that’s a lie. Young people helped elect the first Black President and will do the same for Hillary Clinton but with significant reluctance.

Young people helped establish a progressive platform unlike anything in the past. Whether that platform gets implemented or not is a different story. And, young people are forcing the hands of their elders to change the course of voting in this country, even if it means casting a sacrificial vote. Gag. That sounds dangerous.

But, if their two-party system is as good as they say, why should we fear Donald Trump? If it’s their way or the highway, they are now sitting on the byway and underpass because young people are in charge. Just the threat of youth not going to the polls, leaves those who love the status quo, up at night. Change, has the tendency to do that.

To those young people who are fighting for real change, don’t quit. Don’t sell out. Don’t give up. You’ll be the reason why this planet is safer, an herb intended to be used for healing can and will be legally used and war will be no more. I am not just a dreamer. My position on an old way of thinking may sound harsh and it may be filled with words and an attitude that seems disrespectful to our elders, but it’s warranted. This generation is fired up. In order to ultimately see change, we have to be it.

Trump dominates the press while Democrats scramble to recover

In a recent campaign stop in Miami, Presidential hopeful Donald Trump challenged Hillary Clinton to “disarm her bodyguards and let’s see what happens then.” Whatever that means and for whatever reason he said it, it captured headlines.

It has nothing to do with poverty, crime, policing our streets, foreign policy, the national debt or any other issue in which a Presidential candidate should be focused.

On the other hand, Jimmy Fallon of NBC’s Tonight Show welcomed a recently sick Hillary Clinton right after he put a face mask over his nose and mouth pretending (or not) to be protecting himself from her recent bout with pneumonia.

In the press, neither candidate is strongly focused on the issues that should matter to Americans and Democrats don’t have enough collective intelligence to stop blaming Progressives to demand a race that is concentrated.

Many Democrats are “Clinton-Splaining” Hillary to many who support a progressive agenda. That discussion, all to often, seem to be a bloody battle leaving a long list of casualties in its path. Trying to instill fear in a millennial is like trying to move a sleeping rhinoceros from your pool deck. Die-hard Bernie Sanders supporters are unafraid of Donald Trump and they see both Presidential candidates as much of the same.

Stick with me here and trust me on this.

Many Progressives would rather see a Trump Presidency than a Clinton Presidency at this point. Here’s why.

In the eyes of many Berners, the nomination was like taking candy from a baby. Having Trump as President is payback for some who feel Bernie Sanders was cheated out of the nod from the Democratic Party and treated unfairly on the campaign trail. Many Berners also feel they were disenfranchised as well. So, largely, threats have not and are still not working.

The press surrounding the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington D.C. was less than exciting with the exception of former Orlando police chief and United States Candidate for Congress, Val Demings’ statement on Donald Trump’s announcement that President Barack Obama was born in the United States.

On MSNBC, Demings said, “Donald Trump is not the best that America has to offer. At a time when people are hurting, they’re struggling, they’re suffering, they’re afraid, instead of coming up with solutions that will make peoples’ lives better and improve the quality of life for Americans, Donald Trump is doing everything he can do divide. He’s a hater, he’s a bigot and he’s a racist.”
The press was also understandably overshadowed by the recent New York and New Jersey bombings.

Even without these urgent press events, the coverage surrounding the Congressional Black Caucus had no strong angle and no strong vocal communications to the press that would circumvent national news away from Trump except that of the President’s appearance and speech.

However, Donald Trump, is a master of manipulation and while the Congressional Black Caucus was kicking off, he managed to call a press conference, speak live on television, online and radio, for 20 minutes or more about his new hotel. Then he dropped the golden pinky-swear, that our POTUS actually was born in the United States after years of demanding President Obama show his birth certificate. Imagine that.

The press fell for it hook, line and sinker while Trump used earned media to get the attention of not only Republicans but Democrats as well.

This election is an embarrassment to our nation as a unit, to individuals who believe in democracy and to those who are too busy to be consumed by the details of politics on a daily basis while they entrust the democratic process to those who professionally and voluntarily lead it.

News outlets then leaned-in while Hillary Clinton called half of Trump’s supporters deplorable. Again, none of this has anything to do with the state of this country. It’s all ego-driven and seems more like a popularity contest than a campaign that should be designed to work best for the American people. It’s an insult.

Americans want to hear about things that will make our lives better, not just a rant or rave about how The Donald brushes his hair or what new girlfriend Bill Clinton has now.

Neither candidate has been strong on the issues and only one knows how to garner press and when he does, he parades his hotels and steaks in front of the camera and we, the press, shamefully, admire it, cover it and can’t get enough of it.

Even while Clinton was ill, the campaign handed Trump the press while they still allowed Clinton to do phone interviews from her sick bed. With all the excited Democrats down-ballot and the big one who’s elected at the top, the Hillary camp sat silent for 1.5 to two days after Hillary stumbled into that van while Orange Hitler, aka Donald Trump, (in the words of Bill Maher), took center stage and dominated the polls.

Finally, President Obama came out and stomped for Hillary telling the crowd how much he loves her. He said it like he was being forced to eat peas and if he said it loud enough and convincing enough, that he may just convey to the American people that he does like Hillary.

Let’s face it, this is a lackluster, pasty, election and we are all trying so hard to keep focused on who we need to vote for in November and most importantly, why we must vote for them. So far, we haven’t seen much of why we need to be so passionate in this election except the “fear” component, which seems to be the only backup plan each party is using to sway voters.
Again, on MSNBC, Bernie Sanders made an appeal to millennials, “Before you cast a protest vote, think hard about it.”

As a supervoter, I will listen to that appeal and as always, think hard about who I will vote for this election cycle and why even though my faith in the process fits the mold of many Progressives who are not consumed with fear from either party or candidate. Equally as important, I’m concerned with why the vacancy is still open on the Supreme Court of the United States and why we are not fighting as a party and as the press, to allow our sitting President to appoint someone to the seat(s) that remain vacant.

Why Bernie Sanders is more electable than Hillary Clinton

Why Bernie Sanders is more electable than Hillary Clinton

From out of nowhere, this 70-ish year-old Jewish man, with wild hair, steps on the scene with a Presidential bid and starts talking to us about issues. Issues that touched the core of various target demographics. After the latest democratic debate, here are the top three reasons why Bernie Sanders is more electable than Hillary Clinton.

1.) Bernie Sanders and the issues he works hard for, appeal to college students, senior citizens and the middle class.
That’s about all of the target demographics! With most Americans being either middle class or poverty stricken, the candidate who makes sense to these voters is Bernie Sanders. With a significantly smaller percentage of people being wealthy, the candidate who will create plans to boost the middle class and is passionate about eliminating poverty is Sanders. In addition, he is instilling hope that will help propel the agenda and legacy of President Obama.

2.) Sanders talks more about what he will work hard to do, while Clinton talks about what cannot be done.
For example, during the debate and actually quite often, Clinton talks about free college and why it won’t work in America while Sanders is pushing for free college for every student who desires to go and is willing to work hard to achieve that goal. With two-thirds of college students graduating with major debt, Sanders is proposing a plan that will not only encourage more students to go to college, but also will aid them in getting a degree that is actually well-worth the studies. Most institutions of higher learning are financially sound by charging students anywhere from $30k to $100k and often more in private schools. Most students spend years trying to pay their student loans back. Sanders studied other countries like Sweden, France and Norway and believe we should thrive just as well as they have with free college plans. Sanders also uses the word “We” and Clinton uses the word “I” at every engagement in which they speak.

3.) Generally, those who will vote for Clinton in the primary election will vote for Sanders if he becomes the nominee to beat the Republican front-runner. However, the Sanders “cult” will not vote in droves for Clinton if Sanders does not become the nominee.
Every vote counts. Especially when it gets down to Democrats versus Republicans. The Democratic Party would be smart to realize their base, along with registered Independents, are ready to vote for Bernie Sanders. He has energized students, seniors, the middle class and a significant segment of the Black and Brown communities. His voter base is passionate and are less likely to go to the polls for anyone other than him. Strategically, Bernie Sanders is holding the golden ticket for Democrats to get another 4-8 years in the White House.

In an act of desperation, Clinton started using Bernie Sanders’ talking points on the night of the New Hampshire primary. She made sure to speak to America’s youth and then she hired a new Director of Black media that night.

I don’t know about you but I feel hiring a Director of Black Media out of fear that the black voter base is siding with Sanders should be organic. Bernie Sanders has been involved in the black movement since the 1960’s. Now, THAT’S organic!

Who would have thought Hillary would again be in such a close race for the nomination. Twice Hillary has run for the highest office in the land and again she is neck and neck with another candidate many feel can do a better job. Her first major opponent was Barack Hussein Obama and now, she faces Bernie “Feel the Bern” Sanders. Sanders was just a “nobody” yesterday who was fighting for his district as a Senator from Vermont. Even with just a small team of staffers behind him, America is shouting they are not interested in polished, scripted politicians who benefit from Wall Street. They want Bernie. If the Democratic and Republican parties would keep their ears to the ground, they would see the masses are not interested in scripts or talking points but are interested in honesty, integrity and candidates who can at least have hope, passion and their own money, or the money of supporters to run in this race.

Tea Party Behind Paulson’s infamous ‘OK to be black’ signs?

Oh gee wiz.

These yard signs across Orlando have made me feel, well, just “some kind of way” about anyone who thinks this is good marketing. I sure would HOPE that it’s ok to be black in Orlando, but it appears we needed a white man to tell us that.

Last night on WFTV, Channel 9, Paulson took credit for the signs that are out in West Orlando.

But most importantly, black people, quite frankly, all people need to know who’s funding this campaign.

Doug Guetzloe is indeed the “wiz” fraud and financial support behind Paulson’s campaign.

Guetzloe is also member of the Tea Party which is one of the most racist, hateful groups of people I have ever seen.

When I visited Doug’s office, he had two confederate flags attached to the back of his door and a Tea Party hat sitting on his desk. When I asked about the “flags” he said, that he’s a son of the South.

He rambled on about the history of this country and then said, to me, a black woman, that his family doesn’t recognize the black people that are on their family tree. “They don’t talk about it,” he said.

He also said they owned slaves and he seemed to be fairly proud of that. Shocked out of my mind, I changed the subject and continued on to discuss the business in which I was there to discuss.

I just can’t let another day go by, without letting my people, my readers know who stroked the checks for this campaign and that a promise of Chief of Staff in Paulson’s campaign was uttered in the office and Doug proudly said, “If Paul wins, we all go to City Hall.”

Remember, it may be ok to be black in Orlando now, but if we have people who think like this involved in our day-to-day politics, it won’t be.

Buddy Dyer doesn’t look so bad now, does he?

After what I went through with loud and feisty members of the community, who’s names aren’t even worthy of mentioning, I can only imagine what Dyer goes through a daily basis.

Sunshine Linda Grund is also running in this mayoral race and while I don’t know if she stands a chance against Buddy and Paulson, nor is she ready for the role, but she does seem like a very kind and passionate person.

Go vote today, November 3rd, my friends. Vote strong today. Vote your beliefs and refuse to allow anyone to “give” you or declare that you have permission to be black in Orlando! ok to be black