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New York state must be punished for its latest assault on democracy

In June 2016, even though it was looking like Billary Clinton essentially already had “won” the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination, we voters here in California still got to vote in our state’s presidential primary election. (Millions of us, myself included, voted for Bernie Sanders, who won 46 percent of the vote, which was not bad against the likes of political dominatrix Queen Billary.) California’s presidential primary election wasn’t just shut down on us just because it looked like Billary was going to “win.”

Almost four years later, the state of New York has canceled its Democratic Party presidential primary election, which was scheduled to be held on June 23. New York is the only state (thus far…) that has canceled its 2020 presidential primary election altogether.

New York state Democratic Party hacks have cited the coronavirus pandemic as their excuse, of course, but the obvious reason is that the Democratic Party hacks of the state stand with Joe Biden against Bernie Sanders — just as they stood with Billary Clinton against Bernie Sanders in 2016.

In 2016, if you weren’t already registered as a Democrat in New York state at least six full months before the presidential primary, you could not vote for a Democratic candidate for president in the state’s primary. This meant that untold numbers of residents of New York state wanted to but could not vote for Bernie Sanders. No other state required voters to have been registered as a Democrat for that long in advance. This was wholly meant to benefit Billary, who had been a U.S. senator for the state and was (and probably still is) part and parcel of the New York Democratic Party machine (which now supports Hidin’ Joe Biden).

New York state sorely needs to get its fucking act together. It is unconstitutional as well as anti-democratic to allow the voters of only some of the states to participate in a presidential primary election.

Bernie Sanders’ team today sent out an e-mail to his supporters calling for New York state to be stripped of its delegates to the 2020 Democratic Party National Convention if it does not hold its 2020 presidential primary election.* I wholeheartedly agree that this should happen if New York does not reverse its blatantly anti-democratic stance.

It’s funny, because the center-right, Repugnican-Lite Democratic Party hacks routinely pull blatant, anti-democratic bullshit like this, turning off millions of left-of-center voters, but then blame others when they lose elections.

I already wasn’t going to vote for Joe Biden in November. New York state’s latest action to fuck over Bernie Sanders has only helped to seal the deal (or should I call it a “no-deal”?).

And hey, of course the Democratic Party sellout-hacks only ever were going to blame Bernie Sanders for Hidin’ Joe Biden’s loss to “President” Pussygrabber in November 2020 anyway.

P.S. As some (such as one of my favorite commentators, David Pakman) have pointed out, even if you have no problem whatsoever with the Democratic Party of New York state just canceling the presidential primary election, you do need to be concerned that the Democratic Party now has given “President” Pussygrabber license to also try to use the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to cancel and election or elections.

Yup: The Democrats, very stable geniuses all, went — and got — there first. (Yet we’re still told that there is a shitload of difference between the two corporately owned and controlled political parties.)

*Here the text of the e-mail:

On Monday, the New York State Board of Elections made the disgraceful and undemocratic decision to cancel their state’s presidential primary later this year.

This means that our campaign will receive no delegates from New York, weakening our ability to fight for a progressive platform and progressive rules at the Democratic Convention. It also means our voters are less likely to turn out, which will hurt progressive New York candidates who are still facing primaries.

This is an outrage, an assault on democracy and must not be allowed to stand.

While we did not have the votes to win the Democratic nomination, our campaign was suspended, not ended, because we believe that people in every state should have the right to express their preference.

Let’s be clear. New York will still be holding a primary election on June 23. Voters will cast ballots for congressional candidates and other down-ballot offices but, because of the heavy-handed decision of two members of the State Board of Elections, they will not have the opportunity to vote in the presidential primary.

No one asked New York to cancel the election.

The DNC did not request it. The Biden campaign did not request it. And our campaign communicated, very strongly, that we wanted to remain on the ballot.

Given that the primary is months away, the proper response should be to make the election safe — such as moving entirely to vote by mail — rather than eliminating people’s right to vote completely.

The truth is that the New York State Democratic Party has never taken a particularly progressive approach toward democratic participation. In fact, quite the opposite. They have a very checkered pattern of voter disenfranchisement. For many years, New York has had one of the lowest rates of voter turnout in the country.

In addition to being a blow to American democracy, New York state’s action is also a clear violation of the approved delegate selection plan of the Democratic National Committee.

At a time when all of us, including Joe Biden, are deeply concerned about Donald Trump’s attacks on our democracy, we must fight back against this action in New York state.

If states violate the DNC party rules regarding delegate selection, they can lose their ability to send delegates to the convention. And this is exactly what must be done.

If this outrage is not remedied, the Democratic National Committee must strip New York of all its delegates at the 2020 Democratic National Convention. New York, and every other state in this country, must understand they cannot violate the rules of the DNC with impunity.

While the New York State Democratic Party is trying to take away progressive voices in this election, we are asking you to make yours heard:

Sign our petition: tell DNC Chairman Tom Perez to strip New York state of its convention delegates unless they reinstate the Democratic presidential primary slated to take place later this year.

Thank you for standing up for democracy and thank you for making your voice heard on this important issue.

All our best,

Team Bernie

I ask you to sign the online petition, as I did in a heartbeat.

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The red states’ coronavirus death wish probably won’t end very well

Long Beach Post news photos

These fucktards (pictured in Huntington Beach, California, on Friday) aren’t helping. Quite the opposite. (And it’s Gov. Gavin Newsom, not “Newsome.” The future, if we have one, belongs to those who can spell.) And someone please explain to me why in so many images of anti-coronavirus-shutdown protesters you see face masks and face coverings. If the virus is a hoax (or at least grossly overblown), then why would you protect yourself from it?

There’s a great scene in the movie “The Last King of Scotland” in which James McAvoy, who plays a Scottish medical doctor named Nicholas Garrigan who involuntarily becomes the adviser to Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, is witnessing Amin’s meltdown due to Amin’s own shitty decision-making.

“You should have told me not to throw the Asians out in the first place!” Amin (played by Forest Whitaker), whose continued tyrannical rule is teetering on the brink, screams at the Scottish doctor, who then replies, “I did!”

Whitaker’s Idi Amin chillingly replies: “But you did not persuade me, Nicholas! You did not persuade me!” He then says to the doctor, whom he has just blamed because he did not take the doctor’s previous advice, “Tell me what to do here.”

This is, I surmise, how it’s going to go down after the right-wing nutjobs get their death wish as portions of the nation are reopened prematurely in the midst of the current coronavirus pandemic: As is entirely predictable, more people will die unnecessarily, and then the gubmint will be to blame for that, too — even though just recently these same right-wing assholes pressured the gubmint to reopen everything against medical advice.

It sucks for the nation to be shut down. It does. I’m an introvert, not at all a social butterfly, so personally I’m doing OK, and financially I am doing OK (I am fortunate [and comparatively frugal]), but I have enough empathy to realize that this has been harder on many, many others than it has been on me.

But above our individual problems, the current crisis shows all of us Americans, graphically, how we have allowed toxic capitalism and its accompanying right-wing ideology to erode our society.

Our for-profit wealth-care — er, health-care — system of course has been utterly unable to meet the moment, since its focus for at least decades now has been on profiteering, not on public health and public welfare. (Thanks, baby boomers!)

We are at the point where most jobs are low-paying service-sector jobs that of course don’t pay a living wage and have shitty benefits, perhaps especially shitty “health-care” “benefits.” (Thanks again, boomers!)

If you want a college degree and aren’t already rich, good luck with that — not that you could find a decent-paying job with your college degree anyway. Good luck repaying those student loans. (Thank you for student-loan debt too, boomers!)

We in the U.S. are too interested in helping out the already rich than we are in helping out the working class and the poor, which is why we didn’t already have a reasonable safety net in place before the novel coronavirus hit.

(Many other nations do a much better job than does the U.S. It is possible to have a reasonable safety net in place. It’s that our corporate overlords and the corporate whores and traitors who are our elected officials won’t allow us to.)

Ironically, the very same wingnuts who fight against a safety net — yes, they love to do our corporate overlords’ dirty work for them, just like chickens helping out Colonel Sanders — are the first ones to fall when crises caused by our corporate overlords hit us.

How fucking stupid you have to be to shit and piss in your own nest, to not even be able to recognize what’s in your own best interests and then pursue that (and to work against what is not in your own best interests).

I could go on, but the bottom line right now is that we can’t listen to the experts only when we’re desperate, Idi Amin-style, and ignore the experts when what they are telling us is unpleasant or inconvenient, when they’re telling us to do something that we don’t want to do or telling us not to do something that we want to do.

The Washington Post reports today: “States rushing to reopen are likely making a deadly error, coronavirus models and experts warn.”

I concur.

Yes, as I have noted, thus far, we have had deadlier flu seasons in the U.S. than the number of people in the U.S. who have died thus far from the novel coronavirus.

But we’ve never had a deadly coronavirus pandemic like this in the U.S. before. We just can’t know how bad it could get, because this is our first rodeo with this deadlier strain of the virus, and this rodeo is not over yet, as much as we wish it were.

It’s far too early for anyone to know how bad it might get if we opened up the entire nation right now. You can make your best guess, even a quite-educated guess, and you still may or may not guess correctly.

I might be tempted to state that if the red-staters really want to be the guinea pigs, more power to them, but, of course, it won’t be only the MAGA-cap-wearing, mouth-breathing knuckle-draggers who die of the coronavirus in the red states that open up prematurely. It will be decent (dare I also say innocent) people, too.

That said, it’s incredibly difficult to stop people who have a death wish.

The coronavirus pandemic is a great opportunity for Americans to analyze the entire American system, top to bottom, and work to fix what’s wrong so that the next time that a national crisis hits — which is a matter of when, not of if — we are much better prepared.

Sadly, history, and perhaps also human nature itself, suggest that this won’t happen.

P.S. I’m guessing that the person in the news photos above with the “Profit over people” sign is a counter-protester. If not, it’s an incredibly stupid wingnut, because although in the U.S. it long has been profit over people, no one is supposed to say that…

P.P.S. If you want to know the caliber of the so-called people who are showing up at these death-wish demonstrations, there is this from The Sacramento Bee:

A 36-year-old man pulled a knife Friday on a television news team covering an anti-lockdown protest in Huntington Beach, California, the Los Angeles Times reported. [I presume that this was at the same protest as captured in the news photos above, but I am not certain.]

Christien Francis Petersen of Costa Mesa has been jailed on suspicion of exhibiting a deadly weapon other than a firearm and kidnapping, The Orange County Register reported.

Petersen approached a KTTV cameraman and reporter, produced a pocket knife and forced them into a news van to delete any footage in which he may have appeared, the station reported. …

Wow. That’s just incredible.

Memo to the fucktards: If you are in public, anyone legally may take a still photo or a video of you and/or record your voice (and no, no one has to obtain your prior permission in order to lawfully do so).

You don’t have the right to privacy in public. (Fucking duh.)

And, of course, here in California it’s illegal for you to gather closely together like this (as pictured above) in the first place.

P.P.P.S. To be fair, the loser in the aforementioned news article claims (via his attorney) that he wasn’t participating in the protest and didn’t want to appear in any video of it because he’s looking for a job.

OK, it’s understandable not to want to be in a video, but even if we give him the benefit of the doubt that he wasn’t there for the protest, you still don’t get to use a knife to force a TV news crew to eliminate any video of you.

Oh, and this knife-wielding guy’s profession? Reportedly, he’s a lawyer. (Um, his understanding of privacy law might explain why he’s unemployed right now…)

And, of course, pulling a knife on a news crew is a great way to ensure that you don’t have any problems getting employment…

You couldn’t make this shit up.

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Shocker: In pandemic, fascism-pushing Repugnicans put $$$ over human life

I long have believed that worse than any crisis itself that could befall the United States of America would be how fear-driven fucktards react to that crisis. The reactions to the events of September 11, 2001, illustrate that case perfectly, and the reactions to the current novel coronavirus pandemic also have demonstrated this to be the case.

“President” Pussygrabber now is even calling upon his MAGA-cap-wearing flying brain-damaged monkeys to “LIBERATE!” states with Democratic governors who have shut down those states in order to lower the death toll from the novel coronavirus.

The New York Times reported yesterday:

President Trump [yesterday] openly encouraged right-wing protests of social distancing restrictions in states with stay-at-home orders, a day after announcing guidelines for how the nation’s governors should carry out an orderly reopening of their communities on their own timetables.

In a series of all-caps tweets that started two minutes after a Fox News report on the protesters, the president declared, “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!” and “LIBERATE MINNESOTA!” — two states whose Democratic governors have imposed strict social distancing restrictions.

He also lashed out at Virginia, where the state’s Democratic governor and legislature have pushed for strict gun control measures, saying: “LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!”

His stark departure from the more bipartisan tone of his announcement on Thursday night suggested Trump was ceding any semblance of national leadership on the pandemic, and choosing instead to divide the country by playing to his political base. …

Indeed, this is what happens when a treasonous criminal who should have been removed from office instead is let off scot-free by his treasonous political party that puts party above all else.

“President” Pussygrabber doesn’t know most things, but he does know how to rile up his mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging base, mostly white trash who perpetually are paranoid about the gubmint.

And, of course, the novel coronavirus pandemic gives would-be fascist dictators like Pussygrabber — and his fascist followers — an excuse, in their “minds,” to try to take advantage of abnormal national times in order to try to ram through their treasonous, right-wing agenda that they couldn’t achieve in normal times.

Therefore, you see lovely images such as this one, the now-famous photo taken by an employee of The Columbus Dispatch of aforementioned white trash bellowing like herd animals at the doors of the Ohio Statehouse on Monday, protesting the state’s coronavirus-pandemic-related stay-at-home policies:

A crowd of people screaming at the windowed doors of the Ohio Statehouse.

(Ohio’s governor, by the way, is a Repugnican, Mike DeWine.)

So if anyone is seriously injured or killed by a redneck who opposes his or her state’s coronavirus-pandemic lockdown policy, it will be the fault of Pussygrabber; he has called for the violence, let the historical record record.

That said, a debate about a lockdown policy is fair, and probably necessary, to have.

For instance, in my own case, in my county, Sacramento County, California — which, of course, is locked downthe county’s health department right now reports that 33 people have died from the novel coronavirus in the county thus far.

However, my county’s health department also reports that in the 2019-2020 influenza season thus far, 162 people in the county have died.

Apparently Americans have been dying of influenza at an overall rate that is greater than the novel coronavirus’ death rate (at least thus far), yet we haven’t practiced social distancing (including working from home), the shutting down of certain businesses and gathering places, wearing face masks or face coverings, etc. in order to prevent deaths from the flu.

Yes, we have flu vaccines, which are mostly effective (I get the flu vaccine every year, religiously, even though I know that it’s not always effective), and we don’t (yet) have a vaccine against the coronavirus, but thus far, anyway, the influenza virus appears to be a bigger killer than is the novel coronavirus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as I type this sentence, reports that 35,443 people in the United States have died from the novel coronavirus in the current pandemic thus far.

But the CDC also estimates that 61,000 Americans died of influenza in the 2017-2018 season, and that 34,157 died of the flu in the 2018-2019 season.

But this doesn’t mean that those Democratic governors (and Mike DeWine) who decided to shut down their states overreacted and made the wrong call. In fact, it’s still early; right now the novel coronavirus looks to me to be no more deadly than even the common flu, but time will tell as to whether or not this remains the case.

I think it’s better to be safe than sorry, and those who blatantly violate local, state and federal laws, including laws mandating lockdowns and social distancing, should be treated as the law-breakers that they are. If someone deems a law to violate his or her constitutional rights, then there is a remedy for that — the court system. You don’t get to grab your tiki torches and terrorize others because you perceive that the middle of a nationwide crisis is an opportune time for you to fucking do that.

I don’t think that there are nearly enough MAGA-cap-wearing would-be insurrectionists to achieve their life-long goal of seizing the gubmint — and critically (and thankfully), they sorely lack the intelligence with which to orchestrate a successful coup — but never should the rest of us take the threat of fascism lightly.

Coronavirus or no coronavirus, the fascists will not take over this nation. We, the people, must make sure of that.

The last thing that we, the people, need right now is for a bunch of fascists to tell us that we must follow them in order for them to “liberate” us. Our “liberation” is not their goal; their goal is to turn the United States into a “Mad Max”-like wasteland “governed” by white, right-wing warlords (that is, by them).

This is not to say that those Democratic governors (and Mike DeWine…) who have shut down their states are perfect. And sure, some of them might care more about the optics of people in their states dying — and what that might mean for their political futures — than they care about anything else.

But do I think that they are locking down their states in bad faith? That they’re trying to be constitution-defiling tyrants? No — that’s Pussygrabber’s gig.

My state’s governor, for instance, Gavin Newsom (a Democrat, of course) — he’s not perfect, but from all that I can tell, he truly is trying to do the best that he can for the welfare of the highest number of Californians.

And the proof is in the pudding: Right now, especially given its status as the most populous state in the nation, California’s rate of deaths from the novel coronavirus is comparatively low.

Now is not the time for a bunch of right-wing fucktards to try to make things even worse by claiming that they are “victims” who must overthrow the “tyrannical” gubmint. They are not victims, except perhaps of themselves.

Besides, in November 2018, Gavin Newsom won 61.9 percent of the state’s voters — a super-majority. A super-majority of the state’s voters selected Newsom to lead the state in case of a crisis. We didn’t fucking chose some MAGA-cap-wearing asshole named Bubba or Jeb or Cooter to “lead” us, and for someone to think that he or she may casually overthrow the will of the majority of the voters means that he or she is committing treason.

Finally, let’s talk about values. I saw this interesting graphic today:

That graphic is from Morning Consult, which, as the graphic states, is from a Morning Consult poll of 1,990 registered U.S. voters taken April 10 through April 12.

Look at those results: Only 51 percent of Repugnicans put public health above all else; 43 percent of them would put the economy above all else (and 6 percent claim that they are unsure or have no opinion).

Seventy-eight percent of Democrats put public health above all else, and even 60 percent of independents do, too. And of all voters, 64 percent put public health at No. 1.

So, wingnuts, as usual, you are outnumbered considerably, and you are outnumbered in what we at least nominally still call a democracy.

You lose.

Still, watch for the wingnuts to try to dip their toes in the fascist waters. They are testing the rest of us, the majority, right now, and we must make it crystal clear to them that they, the batshit-crazy minority, will not have tyranny over the rest of us, the majority — that the United States of America will remain a democracy, even if it’s over the wingnuts’ dead bodies.

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Bernie’s not my boss

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Bernie Sanders makes his choices. I make mine. Please make your own, too.

Today Bernie Sanders endorsed Joe Biden, and I’m sure that some Berners are crying “Judas,” which is their right to do.

I personally am not all that mad at Bernie. He is a sitting U.S. senator who caucuses with the so-called Democrats in the Senate and thus he has certain political constraints that a total political outsider would not. That’s not to make an excuse for him, but is to describe his reality as it appears to be to me.

That said, I could do entirely without The New York Times’ interpretation of rather than the reportage of the news. This is the second paragraph of the Times’ “news” story on Bernie’s endorsement of Biden today:

In throwing his weight behind his former rival, Sanders is sending an unmistakable signal that his supporters — who are known for their intense loyalty — should do so as well, at a moment when Biden still faces deep skepticism from many younger progressives.

Yeah, I’m sure that I’m not alone in not being wild about being told what I “should do.” (And are the two authors of that “news” story on Hidin’ Biden’s payroll or what?)

So if I “should” vote for Joe Biden, what does that mean if I choose not to? Am I then a “bad” person?

Seriously, Democratic Party hacks: trying to shame people for voting their conscience is not a winning strategy. (Just ask Billary Clinton and the Billarybots how well that worked out for them!) On many people, such as people like me, it backfires: the more that you try to vote-shame me, the more I’m going to dig in, because the more you try to vote-shame me, the more I see you as corrupt and bullying, trying to get me to act against my own best interests in order to please (and perhaps even to materially benefit) you.

True, you could argue that I have the luxury of not having to vote for Hidin’ Joe Biden in November and knowing that by doing so I won’t be helping “President” Pussygrabber get a second term.

Why? Because I live in deep-blue California, which is going to go to the Democratic presidential candidate, whoever that is. That’s a foregone conclusion. Under the Electoral College system, all of my state’s whopping 55 electoral votes already have been won by the 2020 Democratic Party presidential candidate (presumably, Hidin’ Biden).

Therefore, I could vote for Pussygrabber in November and it wouldn’t change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. My vote for Pussygrabber essentially would be eliminated, vaporized, when the Democratic presidential candidate (again, presumably Biden) won California’s popular vote and thus every single one of its electoral votes.

That said, if you live in a true purple or swing state and want to vote for Hidin’ Biden in order to prevent Pussygrabber from getting a second term, knock yourself out; that would be your choice — and I wouldn’t vote-shame you for it. I might disagree with your choice, but I recognize it as your choice to make.

Myself, I am way beyond sick and fucking tired of being taken advantage of and being taken for granted by Democratic Party establishment hacks, who, just like Lucy, make pretty promises but always snatch the football away.

The reason that we have shit “Democratic” candidates like Billary Clinton and Hidin’ Biden is that enough voters who vote Democratic keep on voting Democratic, no matter what.

It’s like returning, over and over and over again, to the domestic partner who keeps beating the shit out of you: The only thing that is going to break the cycle is for you to leave, for you to stop participating in your own abuse.

(Funny — speaking of abuse, I have to note that we’re not supposed to believe the woman who says that when she was one of his staffers, then-Sen. Joe Biden shoved his fingers inside of her vagina against her will. We’re not supposed to believe it primarily because if enough people believed it, it might sink Biden — who is supposed to be our national savior, even though he is in stark cognitive decline.)

So: Bernie isn’t my boss. I respect him, and he gave me someone worth voting for in 2016 and this year, but in the end, I’m not a sheeple. I do what makes sense to me. Voting for Joe Biden does not make sense to me.

Just as no, Bernie could not force me to be “nice” online first to the Billarybots and then to the Bidenbots — even though the Billarybots and the Bidenbots are not “nice” themselves but at best are a bunch of passive-aggressive assholes — Bernie Sanders cannot tell me how to fill out my ballot, or whether even to cast a ballot at all.

That’s my fucking decision. I have free will and I represent my own best interests as I see them.

I don’t fall in line like a lemming.

That way too many people do is why we’re now very apparently stuck with Joe Biden, just as we were stuck with Billary Clinton — and why “President” Pussygrabber is on track to get a second term.

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Bernie’s (mostly) out; Biden will lose

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Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Holds Rally In Detroit Ahead Of State's Primary

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Bernie Sanders dropped out of the presidential race today, paving the way for “President” Pussygrabber’s “re”-election in November.

Bernie Sanders suspended his presidential campaign today, which, of course, is the same as ending it.

I’m not mad at Bernie. I had asserted that it was his choice of when — and even if — to drop out. (Pundits had posited that perhaps he’d stay in to the bitter end in order to have more influence over the Democratic Party’s platform that it will adopt at the convention, but when does the corporate-whoring party ever follow its own platform anyway?)

That said, after the Democratic Party establishment hacks and the corporately owned and controlled “news” media that would do much better under a President Biden than a President Sanders closed ranks in order to sink Bernie, he was fighting a losing battle.

Bernie was a threat to the socioeconomic status quo, and therefore the elites, facing possible extinction, had to take him out. It was Bernie or them, you see, and it’s never them.

Now, because of the wisdom of the Bidenbots, we’re looking at four more years of “President” Pussygrabber.

These are extraordinary times in the United States of America, and the cognitively impaired Hidin’ Joe Biden literally can barely finish a fucking sentence. He’s hardly the rock that Americans want right now.

Not long ago I wrote that the coronavirus pandemic, with its attendant nationwide lockdown and economic destruction (not to mention its deaths), would help Hidin’ Biden to beat Pussygrabber, but since I wrote that, I no longer have any confidence in that.

I tend to agree with Politico’s take on the matter (“How a Pandemic Could Actually Boost Trump’s Reelection Chances”) from today:

One of the burning questions on many Americans’ minds during the global pandemic we’re all living through is: What effect will these events have on the reelection of President Donald Trump?

While Trump’s approval rating has inched up during the Covid-19 outbreak, a majority of Americans disapprove of his handling of the crisis. Given his initial reluctance to acknowledge the severity of the problem, the administration’s testing debacle, and his daily errors and misstatements at his news briefings, many voters might assume that Trump’s chances of winning this fall are dwindling.

But a widely studied psychological phenomenon suggests the opposite: that, with the grimness of death hanging in the air, anxious Americans might actually be more likely to support Trump in November because of his dominant leadership style and his claims of offering protection. …

Later the Politico article notes that psychosociological research has found that

… when humans are reminded of their own mortality — such as during a pandemic — they are much more inclined to cling tightly to their cultural worldviews, to derogate and even harm those who are seen as threatening these views, and to support brash, charismatic leaders who claim to protect them.

This means that as Americans begin to fixate more on their own mortality, they are likely to become more nationalisticsocially conformingprejudiced against outgroups and aggressive. They also are more likely to favor dominant leaders who model these inclinations. …

No, logically, of course Pussygrabber should not be “re”-elected, but so many voters — perhaps especially the “swing voters,” people who apparently have no idea what the political parties historically have stood for but who vote anyway and who, tragically, are critical to winning the White House — vote by their gut, not by their brains. In presidential elections human psychology almost always trumps (ha ha) intellect.

So the Bidenbots can celebrate Bernie’s collapse today; I don’t see that they’ll be celebrating on the night of November 3.

I have no confidence that even after Billary Clinton’s loss in November 2016 and Hidin’ Biden’s loss this coming November, the Democratic Party establishment hacks and the elites aligned with the party ever will stop even for one fucking second for some serious self-reflection.

After Biden loses in November, it would be easier and much more comfortable for the Bidenbots to blame Bernie — just as the Billarybots still blame Bernie — than to take responsibility and ownership for anything themselves.

I’d say that the Bidenbots don’t have Bernie to kick around anymore, but oh, they do — and oh, they will. (The narrative is very predictable: Hidin’ Biden’s hiding out and his “senior moments,” as well as his life-long corporate whoredom, will be completely ignored as factors in his loss in November; the narrative instead will be that Biden lost the November 2020 presidential election because Bernie Sanders dropped out too late, or because Bernie Sanders even ran at all.)

In the meantime, I still believe that serious consideration needs to be given to the formation of a third, actually progressive party.

The Democratic Party is calcified and incorrigible. It’s a lost fucking cause. People might say in the future that the coronavirus killed it (another awfully convenient potential excuse), but no, it was already dead significantly before that.

The root problem is that so beholden is the Democratic Party establishment to its corporate sugar daddies that it is wholly incapable of producing a presidential candidate who excites the voting-age population enough to actually go out and vote.

I don’t see Pussygrabber being “re”-elected in November because a majority of Americans actually love him; I see him being “re”-elected because the Democratic Party is a husk of it formerly progressive self and no longer has anything of value to offer anyone.

Update: OK, I see now that Politico reports that “Sanders said that while Biden will be the nominee, he will stay on the ballot to collect delegates for the convention, ‘where we will be able to exert significant influence over the party platform.'”

Cool.

I’m sure that the Bidenbots will piss and moan that voters in the upcoming states still can cast a vote for Bernie — they despise democracy and they much prefer that their own chosen establishmentarian, Repugnican-Lite candidate just be coronated already, whether it’s Queen Billary or Hidin’ Biden — but I could argue (and I do) that Bernie has the duty to his supporters to carry the progressive vision as far forward as he can.

And I surmise that millions of voters in the 22 states that have yet to vote (including populous states such as New York, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania) still will cast their ballot for him — happily.

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A third, actually progressive — and viable — party? Bring it on!

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The Democratic Party establishment hacks (such as the ones pictured above) always have told us progressives that we have nowhere else to go. That’s funny, because a viable, actually progressive third party might put the Democratic Party in the position of having nowhere else to go by siphoning off enough votes from voters who are beyond fucking sick and tired of having to hold their nose and take an emetic to be able to vote for the Democratic Party establishment’s endorsed candidates (such as the ones pictured above…).

Fellow leftist Ted Rall writes in his most recent column:

There is no room for progressives in the Democratic Party.

No matter how many votes he or she gets, no progressive will be permitted to be the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party.

Progressives who try to work inside of, contribute to and support the Democratic Party have no real chance of moving its candidates or policies to the left.

Remaining inside the Democratic Party achieves nothing; to the contrary, it is insidiously counterproductive. Working for “change from the inside” strengthens centrist politicians who oppose progressivism with every fiber of their being.

If American electoral democracy has a future, and progressives want to be part of that future, there is only one way forward: create and build a new party in which progressivism isn’t merely tolerated or partly accommodated as some fringe or necessary nuisance but is its core mission.

We need a New Progressive Party.

The reason is simple: progressivism and corporate centrism are not parts of an ideological spectrum. Centrism isn’t watered-down progressivism; centrism directly opposes progressivism. Centrists want wars and don’t care about the poor; progressives want no wars and care deeply about the poor. There is no room for compromise between the two.

A New Progressive Party will go nowhere if, like the Green Party, it is poorly funded and disorganized and unable to field a slate of candidates across the board, from city council to state representative to congress. It must begin robustly, it must grow quickly, and it must be the only viable outlet for real progressives. Go big or go home.

This could be done. Now is the perfect time. …

Hmmm.

For the most part I agree.

Take over the Democratic Party from within, we progressives have urged each other for years now. We’ve tried that, twice, with Bernie Sanders. As Rall notes, “No matter how many votes he or she gets, no progressive will be permitted to be the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party.”

I think that’s true. The Democratic Party’s plutocratic, corporatocratic funders won’t allow that, and therefore the corporate whores who call themselves “Democrats” — such as Hidin’ Joe Biden and his endorsers and supporters — won’t allow that. They want that corporate gravy train to keep chugging along for them.

For years I was registered with the Green Party, since its platform most closely has matched my own values and priorities. I had hoped that Ralph Nader might make the Green Party a strong, viable third party, but that never materialized. (I’m now registered with no party, as no viable party represents my values and worldview.)

Yes, it would be preferable — at least easier, I think — to change the Democratic Party from within rather than to create a third, actually progressive new party.

But the Democratic Party as we once knew it, under the tutelage of the likes of FDR, long has been dead. It’s now the Repugnican Lite Party. And it shows no signs of even being capable of reforming itself. Just when you think that it finally might — might — go in a new, actually progressive direction, such as with Bernie Sanders, it then reflexively, defensively snaps back to its old, tired, centrist bullshit, such as with Hidin’ Biden.

Sure, after the old fucks (such as Hidin’ Biden and his supporters) all finally kick off (the coronavirus is not lethal enough…), younger people might rise to power within the Democratic Party and make it much more progressive.

But the key word there is might. There’s no guarantee that that ever will happen. I mean, already I’m watching for signs that U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez already has been co-opted by the calcified Democratic Party establishment.

As far as creating a third party is concerned, my concerns are purely logistical. Where is all of the money, the time, the talent going to come from? I mean, would, say, most of Bernie Sanders’ base more or less be automatic members (so to speak) of a New Progressive Party?

I would be on board, especially if someone of Bernie’s caliber (or even Bernie himself) headed the effort, but my disappointment with the Green Party gives me some reservation about the viability of a New Progressive Party.

As far as the Democratic Party establishment hacks go, fuck them. Fuck them all.

I wouldn’t care in the fucking slightest if a New Progressive Party meant that the Democratic Party lost some elections, even many elections, to the Repugnican Party. I would not.

Why?

Because at this point I have to surmise that the only way that the Democratic Party would reform itself is if a new, progressive party actually formed and caused it to start losing some elections by splitting the vote. Only an actual existential threat to the Democratic Party would induce it to change for the better, methinks.

(I mean, don’t get me wrong: I see Hidin’ Biden probably losing in November, Billary Clinton-style, despite how disastrous “President” Pussygrabber has been at all levels and in all areas. Pussygrabber is wrong, wrong, wrong, but he attacks, attacks, attacks, at least acts as though he comes from a position of strength, whereas Hidin’ Biden — well, he hides, and he still uses words like “malarkey.”

In short, it seems to me that the Democratic Party already faces a threat to its very existence, since, first with Billary Clinton and now with Hidin’ Biden, the Democratic Party establishment is wholly incapable of producing a presidential candidate who excites people to vote for him or her.

This, to me, is enough of an existential threat to the Democratic Party, but the Biden-supporting “Democrats” are all of a bunch of fucking lemmings headed right for that cliff in November.

One wonders how many times they must lose winnable elections before they finally consider taking any responsibility for their bullshit at all and finally changing their ways.)

At this point, the Democratic Party establishment hacks just aren’t afraid enough of us progressives enough to stop their centrist, corporate-whoring, Repugnican-Lite bullshit. They believe that we progressives always can be co-optedto infinity.

Again, I’d love to think that once the current crop of old fucks who call themselves “Democrats” finally die, the Democratic Party naturally will become more progressive, by demographics.

But I don’t think that we have that kind of time to wait for something that’s far from a sure thing.

Therefore, I’m on board with the formation of a third, actually progressive political party in the United States of America if a viable effort can be made.

P.S. If you wonder what I mean by “viable,” I more or less mean, at least in part, capable of drawing enough votes to get the Democratic Party’s attention. There is no such viable progressive party today.

And I didn’t make it clear above, so allow me to do so now: I don’t believe in creating a viable third progressive party only to spook the Democratic Party into reform (even if such reform were possible). I believe in creating a viable third progressive party because the Democratic Party isn’t doing its job of fighting for the people. It serves corporations and plutocrats instead.

The best-case scenario is that the Democrats actually would have to join the new, actually progressive party — because they would have nowhere else to go.

If we progressives held out on the Democratic Party — if enough of us steadfastly did that for however long it took — then, and only then, probably, could we see an actually progressive viable party in the United States of America.

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Coronavirus pandemic not super-lethal but continues to produce firsts

Updated below (on Sunday, April 5, 2020)

Smiley Face Face Cover

I broke down and just placed an online order for the face mask as modeled above. I’d like to avoid stink eye when I have to go out in public, and if I have to wear a face mask, it’s going to be something unconventional and maybe even mildly humorous…

Every day, more than 1,600 Americans die from cancer and more than 1,700 Americans die from heart disease. Every day. One-hundred thirty Americans die of a drug overdose every day. Ninety Americans die in automobile accidents every day.

Thus far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website as I type this sentence, 6,593 Americans have died in the coronavirus pandemic.

You’re much more likely to die from heart disease or cancer or from some other cause than you are from the coronavirus — yet you probably still smoke, still drink, still eat junk food, still don’t exercise, still are addicted to a prescribed (or otherwise legal) or an illicit drug, still work in a job that exposes you to carcinogens, still drive recklessly (perhaps even drunkenly sometimes), still breathe polluted air, still drink questionable water, etc. (Well, I mean, probably at least one of those things applies to you.)

I’m not saying that the coronavirus is nothing. Especially if you are sick from it or dying of it or if a loved one or even just someone you know (knew…) has died from it, it is a big deal to you. But statistically, so far, anyway, as plagues go, the coronavirus, by comparison, is peanuts.

Don’t get me wrong — the coronavirus is on course to change at least U.S. if not also world history (aside from tanking the U.S. economy and causing record U.S. unemployment, it has really fucked up the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primary season, for example), but unless you are in your 60s or older, your chances of dying from the coronavirus are low.

If you are aged zero to age 59, the maximum chance that the virus will kill you is 1.3 percent. If you are 80 or older, you’re at much higher risk — an almost 15 percent risk of dying from the coronavirus should you contract it.

I don’t like wearing face masks, which the CDC now recommends that we do when we must go out in public, especially if social distancing (maintaining six feet from others at all times) is difficult, but I suppose that I will start to wear one if during my next fairly rare outings I get stink eye for not wearing one. (That and no, should I have the virus, and any of us could, I wouldn’t want to give it to anyone else, probably not even to a baby boomer, even though I loathe the fucking baby boomers.)

To that end, I just placed an online order for a non-medical-grade face mask (as pictured by a model above), per the CDC’s new recommendation so that I at least have it already if I feel pressured to wear it.

To be honest, whenever I have seen someone wearing a face mask in public (pre-coronavirus pandemic especially, I mean), I have wondered about his or her mental health, but, as I have noted, the coronavirus already has changed history…

We’re already seeing a lot of coronavirus-pandemic-related firsts, such as, during my lifetime, anyway, restaurants and movie theaters and shopping malls being shut down indefinitely, and so wearing a face mask in public, even though I’d rather not, probably won’t be what kills me.

P.S. “President” Pussygrabber, always setting the best example for the American people, says that he won’t wear a face mask. If that increases his chance of contracting and succumbing to the coronavirus, that’s great.

Update (Sunday, April 5, 2020): The Washington Post reports today:

U.S. surgeon general Jerome Adams [today] said the coming week could be a national catastrophe comparable to Pearl Harbor or 9/11, as covid-19 deaths countrywide pushed past 9,200 — more than triple the toll of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Experts say the true count is certainly higher.

Other officials including Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, echoed the grim predictions: “This is going to be a bad week,” Fauci said. …

Right now the CDC’s website puts the coronavirus death count in the United States at 7,616.

Even non-medical face masks are hard to find. The website on which I bought mine yesterday now reports that they have none left.

It is interesting that the United States of America, which “President” Pussygrabber allegedly has made great again, can’t even supply a basic face mask to all of its denizens, even when the CDC has recommended its use.

P.S. Comparisons of the coronavirus pandemic to 9/11 or Pearl Harbor are a bit stupid, in my book. Again, we routinely ignore the often-non-dramatic but very real risks to our mortality, such as drinking, smoking, overeating, over-stress, opioid addiction and even driving or riding in a car.

Indeed, apparently the top 10 causes of death of Americans are as follows (2017 figures):

  1. Heart disease (23.5 percent of deaths)
  2. Cancer (21.3 percent of deaths)
  3. Unintentional injuries/accidents (6 percent)
  4. Chronic lower respiratory disease (5.7 percent)
  5. Stroke and cerebrovascular disease (5.2 percent)
  6. Alzheimer’s disease (4.3 percent)
  7. Diabetes (3 percent)
  8. Influenza and pneumonia (2 percent)
  9. Kidney disease (1.8 percent)
  10. Suicide (1.7 percent; Per the National Institute of Mental Health, in 2017 “Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 54.”)

These top 10 causes of death are responsible for almost 75 percent of all of the deaths in the United States.

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