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Jun 17 paulus22 commented on Bernie Sanders Is Still Running for President.
At first I thought it was dangerous for him to keep stretching it out. Now, I think it is just sad. If it helps adjust the Dem platform in good progressive ways and keeps his fans in the mix, great. If it increasingly becomes some old dude wagging his finger in the wind and keeps his maniacal fringe people all lathered up, knock it off.
Jun 16 paulus22 commented on Wait. Where Was Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) During Yesterday's Fillibuster?.
Bernie's gun record is one of the reasons that I didn't get all Berned up over him in the first place. Odd to be so uber-progressive but not in the realm of the 2nd amendment...
Jun 16 paulus22 commented on Watch the Powerful End to Democrats' Filibuster for Gun Control.
It is strange that I perceived this filibuster as such a brave, bold action when it was over such a minute addition to gun control. The fact that just seeing congress talk about this is so shocking is seriously disturbing to me. I hope that the NRA and Republicans will start to hear it from their constituents in such numbers that they cannot continue to support such idiotic 2nd amendment positions any longer.
Jun 15 paulus22 commented on After Standoff, Police Arrest Seattle Man Who Allegedly Threatened to Open Fire on Northgate Mosque.
Extremism in all aspects seems to be on the rise worldwide. Our 'smaller' world seems to be amping up allegiances and tribalism/nationalism/fundamentalism in many ways. Even much of the rhetoric being screamed from the extreme left in our primary season would count as extremism in my opinion. It seems like our new ego-focused social media makes our personal views seem more important than they are. Was Islam/homosexuality/guns/self-loathing/etc a factor? Yes. But any one of those things didn't make this happen. It is the willingness of 'normal' people everywhere to think their own shit don't stink and everyone else's reeks beyond belief that perpetuates all of this and disturbs me most.
Jun 9 paulus22 commented on Obama Endorses Clinton, Sanders Isn't Quitting.
We need to come together now. Hillary peeps need to not gloat, Bernie peeps need to bend a little. Everyone has something to do to improve the discourse. Me included.
Jun 9 paulus22 commented on Never Trump.
@25: Fuck you. Either listen or don't. But don't tell us to shut up after we had to listen to fucking Bernie-tinged bullshit on repeat for the last year and a half. Much of that bullshit is why people like you won't pull your head out of your fucking ass and see truths that are plain in the record. I will never argue that Hillary is a perfect candidate. But I will argue that she is the best choice in this election to move progressive agenda items forward despite her flaws. Voting Green or write in just won't do that. If you can't see it, fine. Don't try to stop the conversation. We don't have an internet for silence, you fucking fuck fuck.
Jun 8 paulus22 commented on Never Trump.

@16 - Do better research if you disagree. It's true. No lie necessary.
Jun 8 paulus22 commented on Never Trump.
If everyone who is unwilling to support Hillary keeps arguing about her using conservative-produced soundbites as fact, nothing will change. Hillary's voting record as a senator is as progressive as Bernie's. Her decisions as Secretary of State were all in the context of the clusterfuck America is embroiled in in the middle east because of Bush II. Her 'courting' of big money and Wall Street is systemic more than personal...all politics since Citizens United is screwed by big money and as fucked as it is that's how one is competitive as a candidate today.

The Supreme Court is the issue that matters most in this election. You may not like Hillary very much, but she will not allow the court to go conservative.

Grassroots efforts need to continue to make progressive agenda items matter in federal legislation, which, if passed, Hillary will not veto.

And a vote for a third party or write in or abstaining is a de facto vote for Trump because no third party candidate, including Bernie, can get enough support to win the election.

So choose what you will.

Sane people that know how politics work know how important this is. We don't need to 'court' Bernie or Busters; you should be smart enough to know better. When you run a horribly negative attack-based campaign, why do you expect people that have had to put up with that horrid shit to bend over for you? You don't deserve it. If you aren't smart enough to know that supporting Hillary is the strategically sound thing to do, and that your policy agenda will now get prominence at the Democratic convention, go ahead and waste your vote and suffer the consequences of not helping keep our country moving in the right direction.
May 25 paulus22 commented on Elizabeth Warren Calls Trump "A Small, Insecure Moneygrubber"—and Doesn't Stop There.
@4 The problem with our world is people like you with no conscience. Capitalism promotes this; fuck everyone except for me. You don't need to apologize. You won't apologize. That doesn't change that fact that you are callous, unfeeling and a pretty horrible person. Just like Trump. Enjoy your money you piece of fucking shit.
May 24 paulus22 commented on Hillary Says Hell No to Yet Another Debate with Bernie.
Can we stop with the extremist, assumptive rhetoric between H and B supporters, PLEASE? It's just so tired when people keep saying H supporters this and B supporters that as if all of us are run from some central hive mind.

She's not afraid of a debate (look at her performance in all of the other ones...she did just fine), she's just smart enough to know that all it will do at this point is allow Bernie to burn more bridges. It's time to start cinching up support for the democrat, not continue in a divisive direction.

And anyone who claims that democrats don't support progressive agenda items needs to do a bit of history learnin'. Who pushed healthcare for all? How did gay marriage happen? Why did the Obama administration vocally support Trans rights? Dems are center left, yes. But there would be no progressive movement over the last 50 years in this country if not for democrats. Too slow, yes. Nonexistent support, absolutely not.