Beware of Bernie

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Are you among the undecided voters having trouble choosing between tax raising Socialist Bernie Sanders and Democratic centrist  Hillary Clinton? Then consider the following…

Remember the thrill of winning an election? Say goodbye to that and any hope of winning a Democratic Congress for the next decade if we try to pass that old Socialist Sanders off as a Democrat.

For those who think I write too harshly about Bernie, I got to tell you the encouragement I’m getting to continue is amazing. I’m proud to step up to the plate to stop this re-writing of history by Bernie Sanders and his secret stash of Republican elves.

I have been involved with Democratic politics my whole life and I’m not going to sit back and watch history repeat itself by nominating a sure loser in the general election. (See George McGovern, Hubert Humphrey, Ralph Nader and Al Gore.) Left of center candidates always fail in general elections, and when they do, they bring defeat to the whole ticket, state and local races too.

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The Bernie Sanders phenomenon has scarily devolved into a faith based religion. He has become a demagogue turning his crowds of college kids against the “establishment” – which in his book is everybody. He can do no wrong, whether it’s dumping toxic waste on poor people, voting to fund every war he could or himself being a taker of Wall Street cash. It doesn’t matter. They now blame Hillary for a 1994 crime bill that their beloved Bernie voted for while Hillary was the First Lady. Try to understand this logic. Bernie voted for the bill. But it’s Hillary’s fault.

President Obama had to raise $1 Billion dollars to defeat Mitt Romney in 2012. Can you imagine what the Republican media machine will do to a tax craving Socialist who honeymooned in Communist Russia; who as Mayor renamed his small village “The People’s Republic of Burlington”, who’s town had its own “foreign policy” which included Bernie flying around playing footsies with South American leftist rebels and Fidel Castro, who he praised as having “transformed” Cuba – while political prisoners languished in jails. The TV ads would be merciless.

And that’s leaving out Bernie Sanders awful folk album and his B movie acting stint and his dirty short story writings. All these different elements, to my calculations, adds up to Bernie Sanders being a grandiose narcissist. His tendency to smear people as enemies of his revolution should frighten everyone paying attention.

His slimey innuendo and “artful smears” against Hillary and anyone endorsing her should get him nicknamed Bernie “Slanders” in my book. False accusations against people’s character can never be taken back. He’s trained his minions to yell “bought” at an honorable woman with a clear record of integrity.

All revolutions have to offer up a scapegoat. Someone to get a mob riled up against and blame everything bad on. Bernie picks his targets for ridicule wildly, but he concentrates on bankers. Do the Bernie kids know their future inheritances are most likely invested on Wall Street? If Bernie hurts the banking industry, he hurts a lot of middle class families who have their retirement savings tied up in IRAs and 401Ks.

Comrade Bernie also doesn’t like Capitalism, so look forward to a future with a lot fewer Apple products. Although, I must admit that the Bernie Sanders Free College program will solve the Elizabethan Poetry shortage.

Personally, I’m going to vote for the candidate who wants to build upon our successes, not tear them down for being insufficiently “perfect”. So I’m voting for Hillary Clinton. I can’t wait until this is all over and Hillary can start repairing the damage Sanders and his helpmate Karl Rove have inflicted on her and begin focusing on defeating the Republican agenda. #ImWithHer

Bernie Who? Hillary’s Been There For LGBT

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How soon people forget what staunch allies Bill and Hillary Clinton have been to the LGBT community and how hard they fought during their White House years (and today) for funding for HIV/AIDS. Clinton was steadfast in fighting for money for finding a cure for this horrible disease and just like today, he had to battle a hostile Republican Congress to get funding for these programs. Without Bill and Hillary Clinton’s leadership in the 1990’s, there are likely millions of people who would not be alive today.

Bill Clinton’s administration increased funding for AIDS programs by 358% for one department and 150% for another. They initiated a multitude a programs to provide drugs and housing and against discrimination. They did this despite a hostile Republican Congress.

The Bernie brigade recycles partial quotes of Hillary defending “traditional marriage” without mentioning it’s from a speech she gave AGAINST banning gay marriage (the 2004 anti-gay Federal Marriage Amendment). It is sad, but ironic that the video people keep posting as “proof” that Hillary is anti-gay marriage is actually her fighting to keep gay marriage legal! The people manufacturing these smears are beyond disgusting in their ill treatment of our long time friend.

Where was Bernie Sanders when Republicans tried to pass this federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage? In 2006 Sanders went on record opposing gay marriage in Vermont. Why does Sanders get a pass?

Hillary Clinton has been a leader on LGBT issues in both the Senate and in the State Department. Some folks seem to focus on marriage equality as if that was the only item on the LGBT agenda. What about Hate Crimes? Hillary was there fighting to get LGBT included. What about ENDA? She was there fighting for this long overdue bill to prohibit LGBT discrimination in all federal employment and contracting.

“Gay Rights Are Human Rights.” Hillary Clinton

Clinton’s record on our issues earned her the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay rights organization in the country. Of course Sanders denounced the endorsement even as he hoped to get their nod. He even bungled their name, calling this venerable organization the “Human Rights Fund”. It seems if you were so hot and heavy for gay rights you’d know the group’s actual name. But Bernie is only a distant supporter of gay rights. Not like Clinton, who works regularly with these groups on issues important to our community.

Here’s what HRC had to say about Hillary Clinton’s national and international LGBT record:

“Clinton has a long record as a champion for LGBT rights both in the U.S. and, notably, around the globe. As Secretary of State, Clinton became the first in her position to robustly advocate for LGBT equality throughout the world, making a historic and forceful speech to the United Nations declaring that “gay rights are human rights.” In the Senate, she helped lead on bills to protect LGBT workers from employment discrimination, and had a strong record on key votes and legislation that mattered to LGBT Americans.”

Before President Clinton, no US President gave a damn about gay rights or the mounting death toll in the LGBT community from AIDS. This changed dramatically in 1992 upon the election of Bill Clinton.

Clinton set the tone for his presidency by inviting the N.A.M.E.S. Project to include sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in his 1993 inaugural parade. In his two terms in office, Bill Clinton never wavered in wrangling money in his budgets for programs caring for the sick or to preserve vital research funding for effective treatments and to find a cure.

How soon we seem to forget who our friends are!

When the AIDS Memorial Quilt was displayed in the National Mall in 1992 it contained 40,000 panels and covered 24 football fields. Here’s a photo from NPR of the President and First Lady viewing one of the panels.

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According to a recent story on NPR, from 1987 until today, the Quilt has grown to 48,000 panels – signifying the deaths of 94,000 people. Thru the 1980’s and 1990’s, the Quilt grew at a rate of 11,000 panels per year. Today it has dwindled to 1-2 a day.

Maybe this is the reason for the amnesia?

In 1996, for the very last time, the AIDS Memorial Quilt in all its entirety was laid out across the Washington Mall. It has since grown too large to be displayed all in one place.

My friend Keith Molter shares his story of being at the Quilt in Washington DC in 1996 when by chance he witnessed Bill and Hillary Clinton visit the Quilt seeking out a specific quilt made in honor of a longtime friend of hers. Keith recalls:

It was stone silent on the vast Washington Mall. No fanfare. No hoopla. They simply went and we had stumbled upon it.

Silence. Stillness. They got out of their motorcade hand in hand and walked through the Quilt.

It was THE first time it was ever acknowledged by anyone of any higher level in government. They stood. They prayed. They looked at a few other panels. They wiped tears. We were 100 feet away. As they turned to leave, the still silence was broken by a squelching sound, like an animal in deep pain. It was me screaming “Thank you!” through my sobs, my voice cracking. They both turned. He put his hand up in a still wave and nodded his head -his mouth doing that mouth/chin thing he does. They turned and left.

I was there. They were there – maybe too late for some that we lost. But they were there as soon as they could – once the country elected two people who actually cared.

Here’s Hillary Clinton reminiscing about visiting the AIDS Memorial Quilt in a speech at the 2012 International AIDS Conference.

Another friend who was “there”, Robert Sandy,  recalls those exciting 1990’s when our President first invited the LGBT community to the national table.

“I am old enough to remember that Bill Clinton’s VERY first act as President was to try to overturn the ban on gays in the military. HIS FIRST ACT. Of course America nearly imploded then and calls and letters were hitting the White House at a rate of 15 to 1 against.”

“I am also old enough to remember that most of the gay community sat that fight out and then had the audacity to bitch about the outcome. Clinton used up much of his political capital in that fight. But, you know, why remember how shit really went down?”

Well Robert Sandy, I remember it all too! Especially the thrill of having a President and First Lady who for the first time declared themselves publicly to be in our corner.

I guess it’s easy to forget those days when the stakes aren’t nearly as high. I’m voting for Hillary because I remember that she was a friend who was “there” for us, and – most of all – because I remember what she did for my community and for my country as the First Lady, as Senator and as Secretary of State. She can step into the Oval Office as smoothly as into one of her trademark pantsuits.

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Thank you Keith and Robert and Bill and Hillary Clinton and the countless others who worked not only for our rights but who also fought for the very lives of our LGBT brothers and sisters!

BREAKING NEWS!

Bernie Sanders supporters tout his 1983 Gay Pride proclamation as proof of his LGBT bonafides over Hillary’s actual record of fighting for the LGBT agenda. Well, guess what Bernie Bots and Bros, Sanders also signed a Mayoral proclaimation declaring marriage “a union between a man and a woman”. Cue the cognitive dissonance!


 People really need to vet Sanders before he ends up rolling back the progressive movement 25 years.