Yes, it appears that Hillary Clinton will be the nominee, and that is a bitter "Hill" to swallow. And yet, we are feeling oddly optimistic. Why? Because 2016 feels like "the tipping point."
Finally, enough is enough.
Finally, a large enough percentage of voters are feeling energized to make real change happen.
Bernie is our Human of the Year, but he would be the first to admit this is NOT ABOUT HIM. It is about ALL of us. And you know what? We rock.
Yes -- We, The People, Rock.
Lake County, in particular, rocks!
From the Lake County News:
As for how Lake County voted in the presidential race, the final results showed that Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont received the most local votes of any presidential candidate, with 5,195 ballots cast in his favor.
Businessman Donald Trump received 4,163 Lake County votes, and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received 3,988 local votes.
Overall, there was a 51-percent voter turnout, with 16,712 votes cast, according to the final results.
For comparison, those turnout numbers surpass the presidential election year primaries in 2008 and 2012, when there was a 34-percent and 42.5-percent turnout rate, respectively, according to the registrar's records.
More later. Meanwhile, if you are not already doing so, start watching THE JIMMY DORE SHOW on You Tube.
It rocks, too.
Hillary regarded as "less trustworthy" than Trump - Nuff Said
The Establishment is not on your side. Bernie is. TYT Interview with Bernie Sanders:HERE
DNC backup plan to Replace Hillary Clinton:
68% of Americans polled say they would never vote for Donald Trump. 58% say the same about Hillary Clinton.
The Democratic Party establishment believes the fact that their terrible candidate is 10% less despised than the other candidate makes her a shoe-in.
Never mind that in recent polls, Trump now ties with Hillary.
Never mind the looming FBI investigation and potential indictment.
If Hillary is the nominee, she will lose to Trump in November, and the Democratic Establishment will blame this on disaffected Bernie supporters.
The DNC has only itself to blame, for rigging the system to insure the WORST DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE IN MODERN HISTORY. They rigged it with Super Delegates who made her lead seem overwhelming before the first primary was held, corporate media that ignored, ridiculed or attacked Bernie while inflating and praising Hillary every day (CNN is called the Clinton News Network for a reason), debates scheduled to insure the least number of Americans learned who Bernie Sanders really is, and outright election fraud through vote rigging and voter suppression.
Above TYT clip explains significance of the most recent development in the so-called "Email investigation." (The very fact that the media refers to it as "email" deflects from the REAL issue, which is the private server she installed in her home. There is no reason for a private server except to hide things.)
The unfortunate reality is that the Democratic National Committee has become a wholly owned subsidiary of the Clinton Political Machine.
THERE IS A WAY TO FIX THIS, and to restore democracy to the Democratic Party.
California primary is June 7. If you are registered Green or AIP (American Independent Party)* please consider changing your party registration to Democrat before May 23, so you can vote in the Democratic Primary for Bernie Sanders. (If Bernie does not get the nomination, feel free to un-register from Dem Party after the Convention -- many of us will be doing so!)
*Hundreds of thousands of Californians registered AIP by mistake, seeing the word "Independent" in the name and thinking that's the same as registering "independent." IT IS NOT THE SAME. If you are registered AIP, you cannot vote in the Democratic primary.
How Clintonism Screwed the Democratic Party (and how Bill and Hillary gutted Progressivism itself)
Bernie Sanders is being pilloried for continuing to campaign for president. "He should drop out!" they say, or "He can stay in, but he has to stop saying bad things about Hillary." He should be doing more to UNIFY THE PARTY, like Hillary did in 2008 (they say).
1) Bernie is not "saying bad things," he simply speaks the truth -- its not his fault that Hillary has done so many bad things. Its not Bernie's fault that the DNC has chosen to annoint a truly terrible candidate with closets full of skeletons (and a possible FBI indictment looming over her).
2) In 2008, Hillary did not concede the race until AFTER every state had finished voting. The counting was over. Obama had more delegates than she did. In other words, it was ALL OVER. Only then did she concede. Even then, she waited four days after the last primary was counted. FOUR DAYS.
What happened during those four days? Negotiations happened.
What was being negotiated? Hillary's terms -- what she demanded in return for endorsing Obama.
Here's what she got (that we know of):
a cabinet position,
Obama's support for her next presidential bid in 2016, and
help paying off her 2008 campaign debt (yes, Obama helped pay off her debt).
Hillary is the prototypical "super predator" politician, the kind that exist solely to further their own self-interest.
In 2008, Hillary threatened to withhold her support unless Obama conceded to her what she would need to win the race next time. Hillary negotiated for the only cause she really cares about -- Hillary. Hllary is for Hillary. Period.
BERNIE IS DIFFERENT
In 2015, Bernie Sanders took the giant step of upheaving his life and putting himself in the line of fire by running for president -- he did this for ALL OF US, not for himself.
Running for president is brutal hard work, especially at age 74. So why did he do it? Because for 30 years the Clintons have ruined the Democratic Party, and in all good conscience, someone had to run against the Clinton Machine, and no one else stepped up to the plate.
For this reason, Bernie put himself in the line of fire on our behalf. And we are very grateful to him for doing so!
Today, he continues to fight on our behalf. If Hillary gets the nomination (God help us), she will need to negotiate. But Bernie is not like Hillary -- he will not be negotiating for himself. Instead, Bernie will be negotiating for ALL OF US, for the 99%.
This is why we need to continue to fight for Bernie. We need to give him as much delegate clout as possible, going into the Democratic Convention. He will use that clout to fight for ALL OF US. Not for himself.
Hillary is for Hillary, but Bernie fights for The People.
We may not be able to prevent the tragedy of Hillary Clinton becoming the Democratic Nominee. But we can still help Bernie force the Democratic Party to be more progressive.
California for Bernie! Vote June 7
What really happened in New York?
Click on link to below NYT interactive map of New York counties to see the percentages won by each Democratic candidate in each county. Click on each county to see the vote.
In the green-colored counties, Bernie usually won by large margins, often 60-70% of total vote. Of course the less dense counties have lower percentages of population. The point is, look at how the rest of New York State was voting. Even in 3 of the few blue-colored counties, densely populated urban areas, Hillary won by LESS than ONE percentage point over Bernie. (And its not like the counties Bernie won were as much "rural" as they are merely less densely populated. Most residents likely to commute to NYC to work.)
Now look at the lower counties (NYC) where Hillary won big. Most of those votes came from buroughs where huge voter disenfranchisement was reported. Not "people who neglected to register in time." This was PURGING of voters in Bernie-leaning areas. 125,000 registered Democrats in Bernie's home neighborhood of Brooklyn were purged from the voter roles recently. Whole city blocks, en masse.
That's not all. Many Independents say they followed the rules and correctly changed their party affiliation by the due date last October, yet they did not appear on the voter rolls this week. It is a simple thing to program a computer to SEARCH for Independents who changed their party affiliation to Dem in October, and then purge that voter. (The DNC knew Independents were notswitching to Dem so they could vote for Hillary.)
visit NYT active link for each county's vote totals
Another interesting point: 3 NYC boroughs were included in protections under the original Voting Rights Act. Before the Supreme Court gutted the VRA (around the same time the SC removed all campaign spending limits), that purge of 125,000 voters in Brooklyn would not have been allowed without prior approval and very strict rules governing notification, etc. Thanks to the Supreme Court, elites in both parties now have far more control and power. Which means... less democracy.
We understand that politics is a dirty business. But can we agree that outright fraud (and possibly criminal activity) is over the line?
Mayor De Blasio has called for an investigation. Unfortunately, the guy leading the "investigation" is... a Hillary Superdelegate.
Delegate Count as of 5- 4 -2016 (2383 needed to win) Hillary Clinton 1698 Bernie Sanders 1415 Current Delegate gap = 283 (will be less when outcomes of state delegate conventions are finalized)
Louisiana New Hampshire
South Carolina Minnisota
Missouri (near tie)
North Carolina Alaska
New York (closed) Wisconsin
Connecticut (closed) Wyoming
Delaware (closed) Rhode Island
Maryland (closed) Indiana
Pennsylvania (closed) (Democrats Abroad)
NOTE 1: superdelegates are not included, nor should they be. The reason the mainstream media DOES include superdelegates in their counts is because they are trying to tilt the scales in Hillary's favor, making her lead seem insurmountable. Just another example of the Establishment rigging the system, undermining democracy.
NOTE 2: Many of the left-hand column states will vote Republican in November, rendering Democratic primary wins in those states meaningless.
Rural Values represents a rapidly growing grassroots movement of civic-minded, progressive and environmentally concerned citizens in Lake County, CA.
"Hillary Clinton will say anything to get elected -- and nothing will change." Barack Obama, 2008 campaign ad
POLLS show Hillary Clinton Sliding Deeper into Unelectability in November - clickHERE
Generation Gap Born of Changes in Media Consumption
The 2016 election is exposing a new type of generation gap. Older voters have been programmed by the corporate oligarchy's mainstream media outlets to accept establishment propaganda as truth. Younger voters turn to the internet, live streaming and mobile apps. This is why the younger generation is described as (per one mainstream pundit) "terrifyingly liberal."
Turns out, when your brain is not constantly bombarded with corporate establishment media propaganda, you tend to see reality more clearly. And, as Stephen Colbert famously pointed out, "Reality has a liberal bias."
One modern news outlet has played a pioneering role in development of reality-based information media. It commands 51% of the entire youth news market, more than all other news outlets combined. THE YOUNG TURKS -- best (and largest) news outlet in the world today. This is the news service which is most likely to be shaping the minds of our future leaders.
By educating people daily about what goes on behind the scenes in Washington DC and the corrupting influence of big money on politics and politicians, TYT performs a great service to American democracy.
Watch THE YOUNG TURKS clips for free on You Tube, or subscribe to the TYT webservice for live streams. Some recent clips:
THE VIDEO THAT WENT VIRAL -- Media Desperately Downplays Bernie Sanders Surge - click HERE
The Daily Beasts' Bernie Bashing Bias (and Chelsea Clinton's involvement) - click HERE
Hillary Clinton: fake, polished, rehearsed as a Local News Anchor - click HERE
Chris Matthews Believes Establishment (like Debbie Wasserman Schultz) Should Pick the Nominees - click HERE
POLL: Bernie Sanders would DESTROY Trump in General Election - click here
Elizabeth Warren's Secret Endorsement of Bernie Sanders - click here
Bill Moyers: Despite What Corporate Media Tells you, Bernie Sanders' Positions are Mainstream - click here
For most Americans, the answer to that question today is
probably different from what it would have been 50 years ago, before political and religious extremists hijacked the concept and began re-writing history. To find the truth, one need journey back to the founding of this nation, when noble, egalitarian ideals were given concrete form by farmer Thomas Jefferson and the other Founders of this then-rural nation, inspired partly by the example of the first representative democracy in the Americas, the Native American Iroquois Confederacy. Our REAL HISTORY pages will explore the core values inherent to America's origins as a modern democracy.
is definitely rural, and the values it represents in the public's mind depends upon who you are talking to. It has been called the Appalachia of the West
Coast by those who see it as a backward place. But changes in demographics suggest that such views will soon become more a portrait of LakeCountys
past than of its future.
What draws newcomers to LakeCounty? Among other things: an abundance of natural, unspoiled beauty,
clean air and water, the lure of living where wholesome food can be grown
without fear of contamination, opportunity to put sustainable living
or farming concepts into practice, and the chance to own an affordable piece of paradise.
Come celebrate true-blue rural values!
Such aslove of nature, respect for all life, honoring
the wisdom of the elders, acknowledging our responsibility to future
generations, self-sufficiency, financial prudence, tolerance, generosity, neighbors helping neighbors, thriftiness,
living simply, gratitude, and finding joy every day in the wonder of existence.
Our Voices of the People page will contain not only voices from Lake County, but also provide
insights from, and links to, the modern writings of folks like Wendell
Berry, Gary Snyder and Michael Pollan, rural political philosophers
like Thomas Jefferson, transendentalist authors such as
Alcott, Emerson and Thoreau, the indigenous wisdom of visionaries
such as Black Elk or story-keepers like Paula Gunn Allen, and other
voices that capture the true essence of the values associated with
living close to, and part of, the land.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed
can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.