Dammit, I have a border collie/aussie mix (forgive me David Carson!—she’s a rescue) and every time I look at her I think “sheepdog” and you know where it goes from there . . .
Tank you so much, Dims.
I donated seven times to Bernie small though they be. And I agree Suspira is a far right
wing plant disguised as a progressive who spreads his or her disingenuous clap trap on cue. But I have no intention of voting for Biden.
Just remember your default guy is Trump.
We are doomed – Unless people simply reject the endorsement and write in Sanders. Then again, that is about as likely as the moon’s standing still.
Biden is dangerous to trump, with black and Spanish voters, and Trump knows it.
It is just bad timing, if you have to capitulate it should have happened while you still had a choice.
Better than last time, at least it isn’t November. No doubt there will still be some survivors in blue states too.
That all the things you mention are a part of the U.S. population and you are going to have to deal with them anyway. You can regain some dignity by ousting Trump. And maybe getting a better level of dementia care for the future.
But isn’t Trumps open door corona virus policy the real issue?
You have your hands full. Sometimes (before all this) the border-collie crews were the only folks I saw out at Point Isabel (our incredibly lovely, huge bayside dog-park, now absolutely closed). People with border-collies have no choice but to get out, or else they’ll see their domicile’s insides transformed to a more rustic, outside-ish state. Border-collies have strong minds and bodies meant for working.
All the popular parks are now closed, because too many people were congregating there. I had decided to look elsewhere even before they closed the best parks. Mainly leash-walks on sidewalks. (Good thing I do not have a border-collie to run.)
Back when I was working with Richmond Progressive Alliance, a founder asked me to what I attribute my radical orientation. I told him the force which molded my personality more than anything else was years of intimate relations with non-human animals. Each dog, and each cat which has passed through my family has left me with a precious kernel of living wisdom. (Especially Aimee, our last, late tabby cat.)
The RPA founder was a little astonished, saying he’d never heard someone attribute their political outlook “to their pets” before. There’s no way to explain it to someone like that. It would be like persuading someone to like asparagus – you either like asparagus, or else you don’t. To my way of thinking, neither the pro- nor the anti-asparagus crowd have anything to apologize for. It’s their own private business.
It was to be expected. As hurtful as it is to watch. Sanders has always been clear about this. He missed his historical chance in 2016 to start a new party. The momentum was there. But he showed to be a politician, not a revolutionary as he claims.
But at the end of the day (and at the start too), salvation has never been achieved by this or that politician. Salvation comes from the streets. Hedges has been right all along. And history supports it. Let’s face it. This is a conservative country - and currently in fast decline. Biden is its best metaphore.
“So as of right now, it’s Trump vs. Biden. An incompetent plutocrat president selling himself as an anti-establishment people’s champion while simultaneously advancing garden variety Republican sociopathy, versus a warmongering authoritarian who is too demented to string a coherent sentence together and is looking more credibly to be a rapist.
Needless to say, this is absolute bullshit.”
Check out Caitlin Johnstone’s latest article on her site by her name.
I would have done that but I can’t after this.
Why did he do this now? Is he thinking it will help Biden with younger voters?
Did Bernie really think this would help? Am I missing something?
The only action step I want to take at this point is get out of this collapsing, loaded to the gills with guns country but there is no where to go (I’m not in the 1%).
My daughter got a F. scholarship to teach in S. Korea and I’m hoping to hell she can get out this summer before the shit hits the fan (with even more force) this fall.
This will not end well even if biden “wins”. Trump and his rabid base will not go down quietly. The racist, xenophobic, misogynistic genie that has been pounding on the lid for decades has been let out of the bottle with trump
How can anything positive come out of biden and maintaining BAU? A Supreme Court seat or 2?
That’s acting as if we have time and a future.
My heart breaks for the youth who actually believed Bernie was going to lead them to a fast track progressive, compassionate movement that we needed decades ago.
For ducks sake, have you seen the video clips rampant on YouTube of what a blipping ‘CREEP/PERVERT’ Joe Biden is? Man that guy needs to stop petting and fawning over little girls let alone grown women! Then there are the videos about his memory! FFS! No way do I vote for him.
I DONT CARE!! I wont vote for Biden. I will never ever allow the Dems to narrow down my choices by the corporate scum that lines their pockets and then forced to vote for them.
And the fascist is, for those who refuse to look, DONALD TRUMP!
Well true enough, but with national social distancing policy he can be sanctioned.
Women need to put him in his place as well. Get up, Stand up…Stand up for your rights!
Paul Street article that first appeared just over a month ago on CP:
Note: For those who wan’t ‘links’ proof etc go to original ariticle posted above and view links throughout article for that. (can’t post links in response)
I suppose the politically correct thing is to pretend that winning the Black vote isn’t like the late Jeffrey Epstein being hailed as a mentor of teenage girls.
Sorry, I don’t do politically correct.
Biden helped author and worked to pass the racist federal mass incarceration Three Strikes crime bill of 1994. He has boasted of his ability to work with segregationists as a U.S. senator in the 1970s, when he opposed federal desegregation busing orders and worried about sending his children to desegregated schools.
He boasts about his ability to work with racist Republicans today.
He offered creepy racialized praise for presidential candidate Barack Obama by calling him “articulate” and “clean.”
He has invoked George Wallace, the former arch-racist Alabama governor and segregationist, to denounce Trump.
During Biden’s first White House bid in the 1980s, he bragged about receiving an award from Wallace while campaigning in the South.
Biden says that “poor kids” can do just as well in school “as white kids.”
He weirdly defended his past alliance with the racist Jim Crow Senator James O. Eastland by saying that Eastland “never called me ‘boy.’”
He thinks he endears himself to Black voters by telling a bizarre story about an alleged past swimming pool confrontation with a young Black tough named “Corn Pop.”
Last September, during the third Democratic presidential debate, a Black female ABC moderator asked Biden the following question about segregated schools, the legacy of slavery, and his past dismissal of the notion of reparations for slavery:
“Mr. Vice President, I want to come to you and talk to you about inequality in schools and race. In a conversation about how to deal with segregation in schools back in 1975, you told a reporter, ‘ I don’t feel responsible for the sins of my father and grandfather… and I’ll be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago …’ You said that some 40 years ago. But as you stand here tonight, what responsibility do you think that Americans need to take to repair the legacy of slavery in our country?”
Biden sneered and laughed – yes, sneered (or [smirked,] – as the moderator began her question. Then came Sleep Joe’s pathetic, jumbled, evasive, and raving response:
“Well, they have to deal with the — look, there’s institutional segregation in this country. And from the time I got involved, I started dealing with that. Red-lining banks, making sure that we are in a position where — look, you talk about education… make sure that we bring in to help the teachers deal with the problems that come from home. The problems that come from home , we need — we have one school psychologist for every 1,500 kids in America today. It’s crazy. The teachers are — I’m married to a teacher. My deceased wife is a teacher. They have every problem coming to them. We have — make sure that every single child does, in fact, have 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds go to school. School. Not daycare. School. We bring social workers into homes and parents to help them deal with how to raise their children. It’s not that they don’t want to help. They don’t — they don’t know quite what to do. Play the radio, make sure the television — excuse me, make sure you have the record player on at night, the — the — make sure that kids hear words. A kid coming from a very poor school — a very poor background will hear 4 million words fewer spoken by the time they get there.”
This was absurd. It was not true that his “deceased wife is a teacher.” How could she have been decades after her death?
Biden’s current wife was/is not an inner-city teacher: she was an English professor who teaches mostly white college students.
Biden’s “record player” line was widely and justly mocked at a comedic level: had Biden not heard about CD and DVDs yet?
Had he never heard of books, and of parents reading to their children?
Did Biden propose to initiate a federal program to distribute phonographs to poor families – a Vinyl New Deal?
The main things to take critical note of were twofold:
his complete evasion of the main question the ABC moderator asked him about – his 1975 dismissal of the notion that white America owes Black America anything for centuries of slavery and Jim Crow.
the single most coherent thread in Biden’s response: victim blaming. Consistent with his failure to seriously address segregation (a [critical lynchpin of racial inequality] since where one lives is intimately related to the social resources and opportunity one can access) and his total dodging of the reparations question, Biden reflexively defaulted to a vicious neoliberal narrative that placed the blame for Black poverty not on institutions, not on the un-addressed and far-reaching and living reach of the slave system and the racist terror regimes that succeeded that system, but on Black parents who don’t know how to raise their kids the right way.
The writer Anand Giridharadas got it right. “Is this not one of the most explicitly racist moments of all time in a Democratic primary debate?” Giridharadas tweeted. “Asked about his past comments denying responsibility, as a white man, for America’s sins, he gives an answer insinuating that Black parents don’t know how to raise kids….Joe Biden’s answer on how to address the legacy of slavery was appalling…It ended in a sermon implying that black parents don’t know how to raise their own children.”
I’ll leave it to others to explain the complex factors behind Biden’s success “winning the Black vote” in the 2020 primaries – the representational/symbolic association with the nation’s first Black president Barack Obama (unmentionably himself an objectively white-supremacist POTUS); the special noxious role of Black Misleader and South Carolina Congressman; the “pragmatic” (if false) calculation that Biden is more likely to defeat the fascistic Trump than Sanders; Black voters’ doubt that most whites would back a leftish progressive who might actually do something good and real for people of color and the nation’s disproportionately nonwhite poor and working classes; the influx of Democratic money and advertisements into Black South Carolina.
I don’t deny the relevance of those factors. Just don’t tell me that the racist and dementia-addled right-wing clown Joe Biden winning the Black vote isn’t a pathetic statement about the state of racial politics in the U.S. today.
And don’t tell me that the coming nomination of Joe Biden isn’t another sick victory for the Inauthentic Opposition Party of Fake Resistance. Sadly, Biden, with his brains coming out of his ears for years now, is slated to become a squealing seal in the jaws of the Great Orange Shark Donald J. Trump . As Newsweek reported yesterday:
“Joe Biden mistakenly endorsed President Donald Trump during a speech in St. Louis, and Donald Trump responded with ‘I agree with Joe!’ on Twitter. In his speech, former vice president Joe Biden said, ‘ We cannot get reelected, we cannot win this reelection, excuse me, we can only re-elect Donald Trump. ’ “
“Dan Scavino, Assistant to the President and Director of Social Media at the White House, tweeted a video of Biden’s mistake and called him Sleepy Joe, which is the President’s nickname for Biden. Trump then retweeted the video, agreeing with Biden’s mistaken endorsement.”
“Biden has made similar gaffes recently, including calling himself an ‘O-Biden Bama democrat’ and saying that he is [running for the United States Senate]…Trump [recently mocked Biden] over a mistake when Biden said he was looking forward to Super Thursday instead of Super Tuesday. At a campaign rally in Texas, Biden said, ‘Look, tomorrow is Super Thur… Super Tuesday,’ and realizing what he had said, added, “I tell you what, I’m rushing ahead, aren’t I?’”
“Then during a campaign speech in North Carolina, Trump commented on the mistake and said, ‘I thought he gave up the presidency the other day. He said he’s running for the Senate. I looked at the first lady, I said, Hey, he’s running for the senate. Trump then added, ‘And today, he just said ‘Super Thursday.’ He’s looking forward to Super Thursday.’”
Any chance of an intervention here? We are all looking forward to the 2020 Death of Democracy Dementia Debates!
The “pragmatic” calculation is false. Racist tragedies will escalate along with other ones when Biden “can only,” as he says, “Re-Elect Donald Trump.”
After sending Bernie over $300 in this and the last election, I’m very disappointed that he came out to endorse Trump Lite. I guess I’ll have to vote for Jill Stein or whoever is running in the Green Party. Am I wasting my vote? Who gives a flying fuck. I am so sick of the path this country has taken. If people voted their conscience instead of who they think will win, we wouldn’t be in this predicament. Recently I told myself to vote for Biden, but the more I learned about him, the more I decided I cannot.
I just unsubscribed to all of my Our Revolution accounts
I"m not going to legitimize what the phucking DNC did a second time