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Tyranny of the minority will not stand

I’ve been waiting to use this great meme for a while now. Now is the time. The right-wing, batshit-crazy push to prematurely open up the nation’s churches (and other public spaces) during a lethal pandemic exemplifies this meme.

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Matthew 6:5-6:6

Gee, was Jesus Christ himself for social distancing and for staying at home to pray?

I say that only in half-jest. Indeed, today’s “Christians” rarely actually follow the teachings of Jesus Christ as they readily are available in black and white in the New Testament.

Indeed, today’s “Christians” — at least the “President” Pussygrabber-loving kind — are the demonic that they claim that they oppose. They certainly have a death fetish if not a death wish.

Despite a plethora of church attendees and church officials already having contracted and having become ill or having died from the novel coronavirus, the “Christians” and their “leader,” “President” Pussygrabber, are demanding that all of the nation’s places of worship be opened up immediately.

Pussygrabber is wrong about just about everything and represents only the minority, wackadoodle viewpoint on just about everything, including “treating” the novel coronavirus with a household disinfectant and with bright light somehow introduced inside the body. (Maybe just shove a very bright flashlight up in there?)

Of course, for Pussygrabber, everything these days is about his “re”-election*, such as his jihad against voting by mail, even though voting by mail is supported by almost two-thirds of Americans and will go on nonetheless at least in those states that are not paralyzed by anti-voting Repugnican “leaders,”** since Pussygrabber has zero legal authority to prohibit voting by mail anywhere in the United States.

Pussygrabber is pushing for the re-opening of churches right now — something else that he has zero legal authority to do — only because he wants the churchgoers’ votes in November. He is perfectly OK with many “Christians” dying from the coronavirus, because all that is important to him is his “re”-election. Marinate on that fact for a while.

To me, ever since January 2017 it’s been like we don’t even have a president at all. It’s like a vacancy in the White House. I mean that entirely. And, of course, in the most important sense of what a president should be, should not be, should do and should not do, we do have a vacancy, a gaping vacancy, in the Oval Office.

I believe that people who believe in God — and it’s almost always a God who hates everyone they hate and who likes everyone they like, and otherwise always agrees perfectly with them on everything, isn’t it? — range from being incredibly immature and gullible to being mentally ill, but I do believe in the First Amendment right to believe whatever cray-cray you want to believe; it’s the item in the Bill of Rights that Americans seem to exercise the most.

A right that Americans do not possess, however, is the “right” to harm others. The Second Amendment allows you the right to own a firearm for your own actual self-protection; it does not grant you the right to go around shooting people with whom you might have any issue or dispute.

Similarly, the First Amendment allows you to gather for religious purposes, but what happens if by so doing, you endanger all of those around you with a potentially lethal infectious disease? Is your “right” to infect other people with a potentially deadly pathogen absolute?

No, when it comes to the prevention of the spreading of illness and death, your constitutional rights that certainly are protected under normal circumstances may be — and should be — curtailed. You have rights, we all have rights, but it’s not actually all about you. You are a social creature, and your actions and your inaction routinely affect others.

But how great it feels to pretend that one is standing up for Jesus Christ and for God and for freedom and for liberty, blah blah blah, against that

But we don’t have modern-day martyrs. We have modern-day dipshits. A true martyr would care about not sickening or even killing others. Today’s “Christians” don’t give a fuck about that at all. They are, as I have said, in a word, demonic.

And what these demons want is total control over the United States of America. They want theocracy — their theocracy, a “Christo”fascist theocracy — as much as if not even more than do those who supposedly want to impose “Sharia law” on the United States of America.

Yes, this nationwide shutdown does suck. It affects all of us in some ways to different degrees. But thus far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we’ve had about 1.6 million apparently confirmed cases of infection with the novel coronavirus, and we are approaching 100,000 deaths from the virus.

Many more Americans will continue to die of the novel coronavirus, whose future course is unknown, and if you want a comparison, each year for the past decade, an average of about 37,000 Americans have died from the flu.

So while no, the novel coronavirus’ body count thus far has not been like that of the plagues that decimated huge swaths of the populace in world history, the novel coronavirus is not just like the flu. The flu, with rare exceptions, such as the 1918 flu pandemic, doesn’t wipe out this many people.

There is, therefore, not just a public-health justification for trying to impede the transmission of the novel coronavirus, but there is a public-health obligation to do so.

From what I can tell, the batshit-crazy “Christians” (redundant…) in the United States are too few in number to do much more than ludicrously claim to be persecuted “Christians,” you know, just like in the days when Christians were tossed to the lions.

Their deluded fantasies of being able to use national catastrophes like 9/11 and the novel coronavirus pandemic for instituting their own brand of theocracy on the entire nation are just that: deluded fantasies.

But, should these “Christo”fascists ever actually pose a threat, we can fight the coronavirus and these nasty viruses who call themselves “Christians.”

I might say that I’d be happy for the “Christians” to give each other a lethal disease by refusing to take sensible precautions — I remember how giddy most of these “Christians” have been over us gay men having died from AIDS (just like Jesus Christ taught them to be!) — but it won’t be only the “Christo”fascists who will be infected with the coronavirus should the nation’s churches return to business as usual right now. (And it sure is a business, isn’t it?) It will be probably tens of thousands of innocent people dying, too.

We, the majority of Americans, who aren’t batshit-crazy “Christians,”*** have the right not to allow a minority to cause actual harm to the rest of us. Our constitutional, human right to stay alive and well supersedes the “right” to infect others with a potentially lethal virus.

*To me, if you didn’t win the popular vote, as Pussygrabber did not and as George W. Bush did not before him, then your entire “presidency” is illegitimate.

Democracy means that only the candidate who won the most votes should fill that office. Otherwise, it means nothing.

**To clarify, the Repugnicans just don’t want you to vote if you have a propensity to vote for Democratic candidates. They’re A-OK with you if you’re going to vote for them.

***Per Wikipedia, only 6 percent to 35 percent of Americans are evangelical “Christians,” but I’ll be generous and go with Gallup’s finding that 41 percent of Americans say they are.

That’s still a minority of 41 percent of Americans to a majority of 59 percent of Americans.

The majority must rule again in the United States of America — including having a president who is elected only by an actual majority of the American people. (Yes, the Electoral College must go.)

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Self-serving fraudster Pussygrabber keeps lying about voting by mail

I have been voting by mail happily for years, and the democracy-hating, voter-suppressing Repugnican traitors (redundant) will have to pry my vote-by-mail ballot from my cold, dead fingers.

For obvious reasons, the president of the United States, whether we have a legitimate one or an illegitimate one, such as we have an illegitimate one now, has very limited legal authority over our elections, which are governed by federal and state laws and in which disputes generally are handled by the courts, certainly not by someone who is on the fucking ballot.

The person who stands to benefit very personally from how our elections are conducted has no business dictating how our elections should be conducted in order to benefit him- or herself. Duh.

So to see “President” Pussygrabber repeatedly falsely claim that it is illegal for the states to send all voters a vote-by-mail ballot for their optional use makes me further think of the unelected Pussygrabber as no different from a third-world right-wing tinpot dictator. Brazil has nothing on us.

The fact is that five states already send every registered voter a vote-by-mail ballot: Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Colorado and Utah. My understanding is that all of these states do provide in-person voting for those who demand or genuinely require it, but that voters who vote in person might have to travel farther than they wish and/or might have to wait in line to vote longer than they wish.

If it truly were illegal for a state merely to send every registered voter a vote-by-mail ballot, the courts would have stopped the practice by now.* Duh. Jesus fuck, Pussygrabber’s pathological lies are so obviously pathological fucking lies.

What the impeached-but-only-still-in-office-because-of-the-treasonous-Repugnicans-in-the-U.S.-Senate “President” Pussygrabber is trying to do, of course, is to rig the 2020 presidential election just like he and his henchpeople did their best to rig the 2016 presidential election.

Pussygrabber hates voting by mail (although he does it himself — because of course) because, in his own words, he believes that it benefits Democrats at Repugnicans’ expense (the experts say that this is not truebecause of course).

The 50 states have wide latitude over how they set their elections- and voting-related laws, as long as they don’t violate any federal laws. The average American probably would be shocked by the differences in the laws from state to state, such as how in Maine and Vermont you may vote even if you’re a felon still in prison, yet in several red states you may not vote if you’ve ever had a felony conviction in your past at all, regardless of your current status.

(I might argue that for fairness and consistency, the states’ elections- and voting-related laws should all be the same, but whose model are we to adopt, then? The voter-suppressing, anti-democratic red-state model or the voter-friendly, democracy-loving blue-state model?)

It is incredibly irresponsible, at the bare minimum, for the “president” of the United States of America — which, on paper, anyway, still is a democracy — to repeatedly claim that voting by mail is illegal and that it is ripe for fraud. Both claims are patently false, and they won’t actually magically become true the more that Propagandist in Chief Pussygrabber repeats them.

There is no shade of gray here: The treasonous Pussygrabber yet once again is lying out of his fucking trumphole for his own personal and political gain at our expense.

If Pussygrabber keeps his blatantly fascist bullshit up, I just might have to hold my nose, take an antiemetic and vote for Repugnican Lite Joe Biden in November — by mail, of course.

*Here in California, by the way, 15 of the state’s 58 counties send a vote-by-mail ballot to every voter in the county (and, as I mentioned, they also provide in-person voting, although voters might have to travel farther than they have had to in the past, and might have to wait to vote a little longer than they have had to in the past).

In California the counties may decide whether or not to send every voter a vote-by-mail ballot; it’s voluntary for the counties, except for the recent governor’s order that requires all of the state’s counties to mail every registered voter a ballot for the November election because of the coronavirus pandemic (since we can’t know what in-person voting opportunities will look like in November if the pandemic really flares up and significantly fewer people are willing to work as poll workers, as recently happened in Wisconsin).

The trend is that over time, more and more of California’s counties will choose to automatically mail every registered voter a ballot — just like the five other states that already do so.

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Biden’s veep pick should be Latina

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If it were up to me, probably U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, the first Latina ever elected to the U.S. Senate, would be Joe Biden’s running mate.

Hidin’ Joe Biden already has said that he’ll pick a woman as his running mate. He can’t go back on that.

The race for the second spot on the 2020 Democratic presidential ticket now, apparently, is over which race should be represented.

If we’re going to go there with race — and I make my electoral decisions based upon such things as the candidates’ policy proposals and voting records (their race and other demographics are further down on my list) — then Biden’s running mate should be Latina.

It rankles me that while we have had a black president — and not that long ago — we have yet to have a Latinx president or vice president, but many if not even most black Americans pretty much incredibly selfishly are acting like if Biden doesn’t pick a black running mate, they’ll just scoop up their marbles and go home.

After all, we’ve been told innumerable times, black women are “the backbone of the Democratic Party.” (Not that that assertion entirely ignores and/or degrades the work of all of the others who have helped the party. Not that it even at least edges on being racist, ironically.)

Yet Latinos are, and for years have been, the largest non-white racial group in the United States of America. Blacks for years now have been the second largest non-white racial group in the U.S.

Yes, I believe in representation in a (supposedly) representative democracy — and Latinos haven’t yet been represented at all in the White House or in the vice presidency. If we’re going to make it about race, then it’s their turn.

It is beyond tiresome that so many discuss race in the United States of America in purely binary terms: black and/or white. Latinos, Asians, Native Americans and others who are not black or white routinely are left out of the conversation entirely. This is bullshit.

Black Americans are entitled to representative democracy and they are entitled to have their voices heard within the party and within the nation in proportion to their numbers.

But so are all of the other racial groups, and so what is it going to be? Whites and blacks oppressing and suppressing all of the other racial groups in the name of the false racial binary of black and/or white?

Regardless of whom he chooses as his running mate, I still don’t see myself being able to vote for corporate whore Joe Biden in November. I’d be glad if he chose a Latina as his running mate, however, because that would be fair and representative (and an historic first), but the Democratic Party elites never will change their game if we pee-ons keep selling ourselves out and rolling over for them, presidential election after presidential election, and that’s why I can’t see myself voting for Biden. We’re way past the time for some tough love.

I, for one, continue to Just say no to selling my soul to the so-called Democratic Party, even if that means that “President” Pussygrabber gets a second term — which we need to make into the Democratic Party’s problem, not the people’s problem.*

It’s called tough love for a fucking reason.

P.S. Catherine Cortez Masto and the inexplicably apparent favorite for Biden’s veep pick, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California, have at least two things in common: both were elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016, and each had been the attorney general of her state before ascending to the U.S. Senate.

Cortez Masto is the first Latina to have been elected to the U.S. Senate, while Harris is the second black woman to have been elected to the Senate, after Carol Moseley Braun.

*OK, that might sound a little cryptic, so let me clarify: The Democratic Party long has acted as though we, the people, owe the party. It’s been one-way like this for decades now. (I’ll never forget the awful propaganda campaign asking us if we had Barack Obama’s back. Um, wasn’t he supposed to have had our backs?)

The Democratic Party instead should actually fucking earn the support of the people — not take it for granted, and not believe in perpetuity that of course we progressives (we actual Democrats) will vote for the Democrats, no matter fucking what, because we have nowhere else to go.

We always have another option. You just might not like it, and that’s too fucking bad.

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Say his name: Ahmaud Arbery was lynched in Georgia in February

Ahmaud Arbery, 25 years old, was lynched in Georgia in February, and we might never have heard of his lynching if some video footage of it had not emerged.

I don’t believe in using inflammatory racial language, such as the word “lynching,” lightly.

For example, in late January 2019 my U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris referred to the then-fresh Jussie Smollett case as “an attempted modern-day lynching.” She might have waited a bit before she made that proclamation, which very apparently turned out to be very much not the case.

There is no other word that I can think of, though, for what happened to Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old black man who was shot down in the street in broad daylight by a white man and his white son in Brunswick, Georgia, on February 23, which we apparently are hearing about now only because some video taken by a witness of the incident has emerged.

It is not clear to me which one or if both of the men arrested for the crime, 64-year-old Gregory McMichael and his 34-year-old son Travis McMichael, shot and killed Arbery, but their story, even if true, is bullshit.

The McMichaels’ story is that they believed that Arbery was the suspect in neighborhood burglaries. Therefore, they pursued him, with firearms in their possession.

How the fuck does this story exculpate them in any way?

Even if Arbery were indeed a neighborhood burglar — it is believed that he was simply jogging in the neighborhood, not running away because he was a criminal — you don’t get to chase down someone you believe committed or might have committed a crime (or was about to commit a crime or might do so in the future) and then execute him or her on the fucking spot. You call the fucking police.

Because Arbery was black and very apparently unarmed and had not threatened anyone with any harm, and because he was killed by vigilantes who did not kill him in anything remotely like self-defense, he was killed primary because of his race — he was, in a word, lynched.

This is what happened in the “good old days” in the South (and elsewhere within the U.S., but mostly in the South): Whites would accuse a black person, usually a male, of some crime, and then apprehend and publicly kill him. Maybe the individual had committed a crime or not; that didn’t matter. What mattered most was that the victim was black.

Ahmaud Arbery was not hanged from a tree while the white denizens of the Georgia neighborhood enjoyed the display as a form of entertainment, as they did back in the day.

But Arbery was lynched, regardless.

Kamala Harris had it wrong in the Smollett case, but I guess that I stand corrected on her attempt to get federal anti-lynching legislation passed. She started this effort, with Cory Booker and Tim Scott, back in 2018, with the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act, and while at the time that struck me as a purely political, identity-politics move — a “solution” looking for a problem that no longer even existed — I am sad to apparently have to stand corrected.

Wikipedia describes the anti-lynching act as “a proposed bill that would classify lynching, defined as bodily injury on the basis of perceived race, color, religion or nationality, a federal hate crime in the United States. The bill, largely symbolic, aims to recognize and apologize for historical governmental failures to prevent lynching in the U.S.”

Yes, but apparently it’s not only symbolic anymore.

Wikipedia also notes that “On February 26, 2020, the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act, a revised version of the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act, passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 410-4.” (This was just three days after the lynching of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia.)

To my knowledge, this federal anti-lynching legislation remains unpassed by the Senate and not signed into law by the “president.”

This federal law needs to be enacted, and we could call it the Ahmaud Arbery Anti-Lynching Act just as well.

And while I’m generally opposed to the death penalty, I can’t say that the likes of Gregory McMichael and Travis McMichael deserve to still draw breath.

The death penalty is an egregious penalty, but lynching — actual lynching, not Jussie Smollett-style “lynching” — is an egregious crime that calls for an egregious punishment.

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On Tara Reade

Tara Reade

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Tara Reade does strike me as being a little off, but I don’t know if Joe Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993 or not, because I wasn’t there — and neither were you, unless you are Joe Biden or Tara Reade.

I’ve yet to weigh in on the Tara Reade affair, and that’s because one, as I’ve already documented here copiously, Repugnican Lite Hidin’ Joe Biden never was going to get my support anyway (I will not give him a penny or my vote); two, the only two people who know whether or not Biden finger-raped Reade back in 1993 are Reade and Biden; and three, generally speaking, in cases of unsettled or still-unfolding facts, I often don’t feel the need to come out with guns blazing from the get-go.

But I can say a little about the Reade thing now.

My stance on it is that it’s not entirely unlike Elizabeth Warren’s mid-January allegation that Bernie Sanders had told her during a private, one-on-one meeting that a woman couldn’t win the presidential election.

Warren, apparently via her campaign henchpeople, divulged this juicy little tidbit to CNN right before a CNN-sponsored Democratic debate so that CNN could run with the “news” story that it itself had “broken.” (That Warren’s campaign was floundering and desperate, with the Iowa caucuses just around the corner, was pure coinky-dink, I’m sure.)

CNN also used its own apparently fabricated “news” story to have one of its debate “moderators” shamelessly ask Bernie in the CNN-sponsored debate: “CNN reported yesterday — and Senator Sanders, Senator Warren confirmed in a statement — that, in 2018, you told her you did not believe that a woman could win the election. Why did you say that?”

It no longer was just a rival presidential campaign’s politically opportune allegation, you see; it magically somehow became “fact”!

In his defense, Bernie said that he had told Warren that “President” Pussygrabber would try to weaponize a female presidential candidate’s biological sex against her (um, true), not that a woman couldn’t win the presidential election. As Bernie himself said, after all, Billary Clinton (well, he calls her Hillary) won the popular vote in November 2016, so obviously a woman could win a presidential election — a woman had just won the last one.

So yes, I tend to believe Bernie over Warren. Warren already had had a slippery relationship with the truth and was politically desperate, so she had the incentive to embellish or to outright fabricate.

But, could I know for sure that Bernie didn’t say that to Warren? No. It doesn’t at all seem like him to me, but as I wasn’t fucking there and as it wasn’t reliably recorded, no one could say for sure what did or didn’t happen during that one-on-one meeting between Bernie and Warren. (Which was the beauty of it, right, Liz?)

Granted, Warren didn’t accuse Bernie of having finger-raped her, although she could have, right? I mean, no one else was there

And that’s the problem with the Reade allegation: Again, the only two who know what did or didn’t happen are Reade and Biden.

It’s absolutely true that Biden has a history of putting his hands and face all over female specimens of the species, who usually don’t look like they’re enjoying it. Here are some famous examples:

Photo taken in 2015; published by The Washington Post


Photo taken while Biden was vice president; published by The Washington Post

Photo taken in September 2012; published by Politico

Admittedly, while there is some interesting side-eye from her two male companions, the woman in the last photo looks like she’s OK with Uncle Joe’s, um, proximity.

That said, should the vice president of the United States (and a married man) have gotten this up close and personal with females — and repeatedly so?

Is it believable that Biden finger-raped Reade? Yes, I think so.

Is it impossible that Reade would be making shit up?

No. The creepy photos above are not evidence that Biden sexually assaulted Reade with a digit or digits.

Do I find Reade to be credible?

I’ll just tell you what my gut says. My gut says that maybe the woman is not entirely stable. Just from the photo of her above, to be honest, to me, anyone who feels the need to carry a cross that is bigger than the cross that the probably mythical Jesus Christ had to bear seems to be of questionable sanity, in my book.

Oh, sure, you have the First Amendment right to wear a cross, like “President” Pussygrabber’s shiny new spokesnake does:

Photo published May 1 by The Washington Post

And I have the First Amendment right to express my belief that if you feel the need to announce to everyone you encounter that you’re a “Christian,” then you range from creepy to mentally unstable, and I know that I’d rather just not deal with you, not because I’m a vampire or a satanist who can’t stand the sight of the cross, but because in the year 2020, you apparently believe in complete and utter backasswards bullshit like Adam and Eve and the virgin-born miracle worker Jesus, whose zombification you celebrate on Easter.

Also, if you publicly wear a cross, are you communicating that your religious beliefs are the only correct ones? Are you communicating that you feel hostile to those who don’t share your religious beliefs?

And with those exposed shoulders in the photo above, isn’t Tara Reade just asking for some creepy old man to come up from behind her and put his hands on her shoulders?

OK, that was a fucking joke, but in all seriousness, Reade’s demeanor is what’s weird to me. She seems to at least somewhat enjoy her status as a Me-Tooer just a tad too much. Having been sexually victimized isn’t an occasion to try to be a media celebrity. I mean, reportedly, she has worked hard to get herself on TV, and it’s not shocking that Faux “News” of course put her on the tee-vee first and has put her on the tee-vee more than any other tee-vee outlet. (Why, it’s as though “President” Pussygrabber never was recorded in 2005 bragging about grabbing women by the pussy! But he never said that he inserted a finger, so that’s OK!)

I don’t mean that if you have been victimized you should just shut the fuck up about it. No. But at some point, trying to get as much attention as you can over your supposed past victimization just seems odd.

In the end, though, yes, it seems to me that it’s quite possible that Tara Reade is telling the truth.

Thing is, this is something that, it seems to me, we’ll never know with any certainty.

And, as I said, I never was going to vote for creepy Uncle Joe anyway.

Mostly that’s because of his center-right political positions and his long history of selling us out to his and his party’s corporate sponsors, but it’s also because someone who won’t keep his hands to himself clearly has a problem regulating his use of personal power, and someone who cannot wield his or her personal power responsibly certainly shouldn’t be sitting behind that big desk in the Oval Office.

In the end, it doesn’t matter, in terms of whether or not he should be president, whether Joe Biden is guilty as charged by Tara Reade. He already has demonstrated amply that he’s unfit, rape by finger or fingers or not.

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Democratic Party joins Repugnican Party in rank voter suppression

These are both colas. Many people can’t tell the difference between the two, because the difference isn’t huge. Ditto for the Repugnican Party and the Democratic Party, both of which are comprised of voter-suppressing corporate whores.

This is some good news from The Associated Press yesterday:

The New York Democratic presidential primary must take place June 23 because canceling it would be unconstitutional and deprive withdrawn presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang of proper representation at the Democratic convention, a judge ruled Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres in Manhattan ruled after lawyers for Sanders and Yang argued Monday that they otherwise would be harmed irreparably.

The judge said there was enough time before the primary to plan how to carry it out safely. She acknowledged that the reason it was canceled — to prevent the spread of COVID-19 — was an important state interest but said she was unconvinced it justified infringing rights, especially since every voter can use an absentee ballot. She noted that no other state had canceled its primary.

Torres wrote that removing presidential contenders from the primary ballot deprived them of votes for the Democratic Party’s nomination. She said it also diminished the delegates’ influence on the party’s platform and their ability to react to unexpected convention developments.

It also “deprived Democratic voters of the opportunity to elect delegates who could push their point of view in that forum,” she said. “The loss of these First Amendment rights is a heavy hardship.”

The Democratic members of the State’s Board of Elections voted last week to cancel the presidential primary even though New York still planned to hold its congressional and state-level primaries June 23. …

The “Democrats” of New York state aren’t done trying to stop the democratic process, though; they plan to appeal Judge Torres’ ruling. Because of course.

So know this about the members of the Democratic Party establishment: They will rail against “President” Pussygrabber & Co.’s efforts to suppress Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters, but they have no problem at all trying to help their favored candidates, such as Hidin’ Joe Biden, even if that means committing voter suppression, too.

Repugnicans don’t want you to be able to vote for a Democrat, and Democrats don’t want you to be able to vote for the “wrong” Democrats.

This is why I changed my voter registration from Democrat to independent back in 2016 and why it remains that way: The Repugnican Party and the Democratic Party are just like the Pepsi Party and the Coke Party — it can be quite difficult to distinguish which is which.

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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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