My background is in the Unity church but I have no problem with atheism. It makes perfect sense. I'm just not ready to give up the part of myself that believes in miracles but that's a personal thing. That said, I fervently wish our society, and especially our politics, could mature to the point where we stopped looking at religiosity as a necessary quality. I'm not talking about personal faith. I'm referring to the theatre of religion. To me it's the difference between Jimmy Carter and Ted Cruz. Jimmy Carter uses his faith to build houses and eradicate the guinea worm while Ted Cruz goes to Flint and gives bottled water to anti-abortion groups.
On another subject, It's nice to see that we've finally had some folks drop out since Iowa. We've lost O'Malley, Rand Paul and Santorum and yet for some reason Jim Gilmore is still hanging on.
There's not an industry in the world where people are free to say they hate their boss and expect to keep their jobs. Whether it's true or not, anyone with with an IQ higher than their age knows better than that.
They aren't representative of the country either. Iowa and New Hampshire have basically turned into irrelevant freak shows. I've gotten to the point where I consider any race before super Tuesday to be a dress rehearsal.
I feel like this has become a liberal dog whistle. I'm supposed to punish Hillary for knowing her value and setting her price. I suspect a lot of people who say this would be shocked to learn what some people charge to speak. The irony is that after this is all over Bernie will be able to charge a lot to speak too.
I was glad when Bernie entered the race. I liked seeing Hillary pushed to the left and I was happy that he was going to keep the issue of income inequality front and center. But let's be clear, Bernie is not the ONLY one addressing it. Both Clinton and O'Malley have spoken at length about income inequality. The topic is Bernie's bread and butter but he's not the only one talking about it. But his reaction to Planned Parenthood is a good example of why I don't want him in the White House.
Bottom line is I don't think that Bernie would make a very good President both for reasons of temperament and objective reality. It's not like the opposition Obama's gotten will suddenly vanish if Bernie wins. He's an old Jewish "socialist." It's not like the GOP will suddenly decide to work with him just because he's white. For him to get anything accomplished, he'd not only have to win but we'd have to decisively swing both houses of Congress. That's not going to happen. Hillary knows where some bodies are buried and she could get some [!@#$%^&*] accomplished plus...yes I'mma say it: Having Bill back in the White House would be good. If not for politics, at least for pop culture.
This piece does a good job of demonstrating why I prefer Clinton to Sanders.
Not that I think we need more candidates in this race but I'd be fascinated to see the utter meltdown the NRA would have if he threw his hat in the race. They like to claim Obama is "coming for your guns" but that claim is completely true for Bloomberg.
See that's another thing. I don't understand the freakout about Hillary's speaking fees. I've done event planning. Do people think someone like Clinton speaks for free? Besides, most of her fees go to the Clinton Foundation. If Bernie doesn't even understand the concept that getting paid to speak isn't new then I have to wonder what kind of cave he's been living in.
I used to really like Bernie. I was a big fan of his after his filibuster but now I can't stand the guy and a lot of that is because of his supporters who seem to have no problem indulging in misogyny and racism almost as easily as Trump's while somehow being just as clueless as the old Ron Paul fans.
Personally Bernie's behavior toward Planned Parenthood just proves to me that they made a good decision in not endorsing him. I'm getting very tired of people throwing around the word "establishment" like a slur.