Trump insults Muslims. Hillary kills ‘em. Although she does have better manners, I’ll give her that. I’m not voting for either of these reprehensible people. 150,000 dead Iraqi civilians and counting, and Hillary remains staunch in her vote to invade while a New York Senator (more on that below). She should woman up and give an earnest mea culpa like Tony Blair and she might have my ear. Then there’s her 2011 Libya disaster. Also, “top Pentagon officials, and even one of the most progressive Democrats in Congress, were so wary of Clinton’s warmongering that they corresponded with the regime of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi in hopes of pursuing some form of diplomacy. Qaddafi’s son Seif wanted to negotiate a ceasefire with the U.S. government, opening up communications with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Clinton later intervened and asked the Pentagon to stop talking to the Qaddafi regime.” And her post-war Libya plan was to “play it by ear” which is why ISIS invaded and why we’re back there now bombing the country some more. President Obama calls the aftermath “a mess” and admitted that “failing to plan for the day after” was the worst mistake of his presidency. I admire the President’s honesty, but even Hillary’s supporters concede she’s “more hawkish” than Obama, and that’s a terrifying proposition. Sorry, y’all, I’m with Malala. Seven wars, people. Barack Obama has involved us in seven military actions in sovereign nations during the past eight years. Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Pakistan, Yemen. How many Muslim civilians and elected leaders is Hillary planning to kill? How many more Muslim nations are we planning to help devastate?
The Home Front
Hillary voted for the Patriot Act. She also supports NSA surveillance, calling Edward Snowden a criminal. She also supports the Trans Pacific Partnership about which I remain highly suspicious. She has no record on LGBTQ rights other than the fact that she spent years openly opposed to gay marriage. She also accepts campaign funds from Middle East regimes that publicly execute homosexuals. I say this as a New Yorker who voted for her as Senator. Her stance against gay marriage was extremely disappointing to me. Then there was the time she made the racist remark about men sometimes getting angry and going “off the reservation,” in other words behaving like a bunch of drunk Native Americans. Lovely. She next offended the Indian-American community by joking that she thought Mahatma Gandhi “ran a gas station.” Then there was the time she thought it would be cute while addressing a black congregation to quote a Reverend James Cleveland spiritual at length in a Jim Crow accent.
As for support for communities of color, Hillary doesn’t need to threaten to build a wall. She deports immigrants. She even supported deportation of children fleeing violence in Central America in 2015 and sending them back to a war zone. She supported a military dictatorship in Honduras and the coup that removed a democratically elected leader. As of this update she refuses to stand with the Native American protesters trying to protect their sacred lands in North Dakota from the oil pipeline. Hillary isn’t going to touch it with a 10-foot pole because she supports the pipeline. Only one candidate has stood with the protesters and even gotten arrested: Jill Stein.
So when Democrats tell you they’re voting for Hillary because she’s going to help the poor and communities of color, ask them to give an example of how. As for her plan to create new jobs as President based on her upstate New York model while a US Senator, the Washington Post report just shot that to pieces, saying her campaign promises “fell flat…Despite Clinton’s efforts, upstate job growth stagnated overall during her tenure, with manufacturing jobs plunging nearly 25 percent.” NPR called the report “devastating.”
Hillary says she knows global warming is real but it doesn’t matter when she strongly supports the international fracking industry and has done so since she was Secretary of State. She continued supporting it later in her 2013 book. Now as a presidential contender in 2016, well, she continues supporting it. You might remember her tapdance at a Sanders debate in Flint, Michigan:
Clinton: “I don’t support it when any locality or any state is against it, No. 1. I don’t support it when the release of methane or contamination of water is present. I don’t support it — No. 3 — unless we can require that anybody who fracks has to tell us exactly what chemicals they are using. So by the time we get through all of my conditions, I do not think there will be many places in America where fracking will continue to take place. And I think that’s the best approach, because right now, there are places where fracking is going on that are not sufficiently regulated.”
Sanders: “My answer is a lot shorter. No, I do not support fracking.”
Clinton spokesman Josh Schwerin later clarified that Clinton plans to “address the fracking-related risks people are concerned about.”
In other words, yes, she still supports fracking and she continues taking campaign money from the fracking industry. As someone who owns property in Pennsylvania, I’m especially concerned that the entire western half of this state is sitting atop the Marcellus Shale, a “super giant” gas field that is a major source of natural gas which can be extracted only through fracking. The Pennsylvania fracking boom is already going strong. So far the frackers have committed over 4000 violations and counting. As a homeowner raising a child, I do not want my state to become a USGS-designated manmade earthquake zone as is happening in other states. The official term for this dramatic upswing in quakes is “injection-induced seismicity.” I also don’t want contaminated drinking water coming out of mine or any more Pennsylvanians’ taps. Seven clusters of fracking-contaminated taps have already been found in this state. We need a president who will work to roll back fracking, not continue it full throttle.
Next, I am troubled by Hillary’s handling of the rape allegations against her philandering husband Bill Clinton. Hillary is described by her supporters as “classy” for “shutting down” a “heckler” simply because the so-called heckler, Katherine Prudhomme O’Brien, a state representative, is a Republican rape victim. I was appalled seeing Hillary’s women supporters booing this woman and shouting her down during Hilary’s town hall in New Hampshire. If this had a been a Trump town hall we’d all be up in arms. If you never saw the clip of the so-called heckler I urge you to watch this cnn.com link. She’s clearly visibly shaken and tearful as she describes herself as a rape victim standing up for other rape victims and as yet I have no reason to doubt her, I don’t care what party she’s from. “I asked Hillary Clinton how in the world she can say that Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey are lying when she has no idea who Juanita Broaddrick is…She told me this summer she doesn’t know who she is and doesn’t want to know who she is. How can she assess that they are lying?…She says that rape victims should be believed. I agree with her, that is true, they should be believed and we should assess what they are saying, she doesn’t even what to assess it.” “I would say that everyone should be believed at first until they are disbelieved based on evidence,” Clinton said calmly before moving on to other questions. She sounds like Bill Cosby’s lawyers. You may be okay with this unconscionable response. I am not okay with it. As of this writing, Juanita Broaddrick is sticking to her story. So is Kathleen Willey.
Aren’t Stein supporters a bunch of condescending, latte-sipping, fake feminist, white intellectuals like you, Jeff? First off I don’t drink latte. I’m not even sure what’s in one. As for the rest, I don’t know, you’ll have to ask her running mate Ajamu Baraka, African-American scholar Cornel West, Indian-American politician Kshama Sawant, BLM activist Rosa Alicia Clemente, African-American BET and CNN news correspondent Marc Lamont Hill, Mexican pop singer Cristian Castro, African-American actor Isaiah Washington, Peruvian-American rapper Immortal Technique (Felipe Andres Coronel) and rapper Slug (self-identified as being of Irish, Norwegian, African-American and Native American descent) all of whom have endorsed Jill Stein to date and the list is growing.
On Spoiling the Election
What about that daffy Susan Sarandon and all those disillusioned Democrats who stupidly voted for Nader in 2000 and caused the Iraq War? Anyone who says this is an ignoramus, a liar, or an amnesiac because that never happened. Democrats who make this claim are forgetting that there were reasons why people voted for Nader over Gore, and chief among them is the fact that Gore was a military hawk whose foreign policy proposals were virtually identical to those of George W. Bush. Gore said that he supported use of military force to remove Saddam Hussein from power (targeted assassination). Gore also said that he would support a full-scale invasion of Iraq as long as it was approved by the UN Security Council. That is why liberals wouldn’t vote for him. George W. Bush got that UN approval. Bush also got strong bipartisan support from a cowardly US Congress including Senator Hillary Clinton who decided to ardently stand with Bush. She sticks proudly by her record to this day and has continued the onslaught in Libya. In short, Bush did everything Gore would have done before launching the invasion. Bush or Gore, the Iraq War was a done deal because as is often the case, there is no difference between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to foreign policy. A lot of current pro-Hillary Democrats like to invoke this sentimentalized, pacifist, fantasy Gore the same way they now have a fantasy Hillary Clinton in their minds who bears no resemblance to the real Hillary. Please try to gently snap them out of it and urge them instead to vote for Jill Stein. But don’t we need to unite behind halfway decent Hillary to stop evil Donald, the next Hitler? Frightening people into doing something is extortion, so before you’re willingly blackmailed please take a moment to think it through. Are you suggesting that the DNC would be okay with your voting for a third party candidate if the Republican nominees were McCain-Palin? Mitt Romney? Bush-Cheney? No, it would be the exact same rhetoric — they’re evil, we can’t let them take the White House, they’ll destroy the climate and start WW III. And by the way, the Republican leadership is telling its voters the same thing - sure some of us hate Donald Trump but now more than ever we need to unite behind him and stop that evil Hillary Clinton at all costs because she’s a military interventionist who’s going to start WW III. The truth is, neither party wants you voting for a third party candidate so they’re going to divide, conquer and terrorize you into cowering submission. Please stop being wagged by these people. Nearly half of voters say they would support a third party candidate which is exactly why the two major parties collude to keep them out of televised debates.
Do the Right Thing
I say this as lifelong liberal who voted my conscience when I voted for Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Senator Clinton. I am voting my conscience now as an older and wiser former Democrat turned Green Party. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a pro-fracking, pro-war, election-rigging, homophobic racist and I won’t be voting for her. Instead of voting for this so-called lesser evil why not vote for the greater good? I’m voting Stein-Baraka and and all Green Party candidates at the state and local level and so should you. If Jill gets 5% of the vote the Green Party will get $8-10 million from the Federal government for the next presidential election, and we’ll continue increasing voter awareness of the Green party in the meantime. More on Jill Stein’s VP pick: Ajamu Baraka is a veteran activist and organizer. He is currently an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC and an editor and columnist for Black Agenda Report. Baraka was founding executive director of the US Human Rights Network (USHRN) from July 2004 until June 2011. He has also served on the boards of various national and international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International (USA) and the National Center for Human Rights Education. He is currently on the boards of the Center for Constitutional Rights; Africa Action; Latin American Caribbean Community Center; Diaspora Afrique; and the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights. His website is www.ajamubaraka.com .