Bernie Attacks Obama For MLK’s 50th! Calls Democrats Failures.

#NeverBernie

Bernie Sanders is at it again. This guy never quits. He’s like a zombie on the Walking Dead.

This time, he has triggered a backlash by verbally savaging Barack Obama on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King.

The senator for Vermont went after the first black US President as he branded the Democratic Party a “failure”.

Here’s Bernie, speaking in Jackson, Mississippi.

“The business model, if you like, of the Democratic Party for the last 15 years or so has been a failure,’ said the Vermont Senator.

“People sometimes don’t see that because there was a charismatic individual named Barack Obama. He was obviously an extraordinary candidate, brilliant guy. But beyond that reality…”

Sanders’ comments were immediately called out as being “patronizing” and “deplorable”, but he wasn’t finished yet.

He then went on to say that Democrats had lost a record number of legislative seats.

Unbelievable! Even the likes of Corey Lewandowski are waxing biblical about how many seats we’ve taken back from the GOP since Trump was elected.

“The Democrats are highly motivated,” Lewandowski told the crowd at Dolphin Aviation.

“They are winning elections in places where they shouldn’t. We’ve seen them win state House races in Wisconsin. We’ve seen them win big mayor’s races in New Hampshire. Fifty seats have already changed hands from the Republicans to the Democrats since Donald Trump was elected.”

Politifact points out that as of February the actual number of recaptured seats was 39, but the trend is clear as day- to everyone except Bernie Sanders, the perpetual sour grape.

He’s always there to run down anything we do and to make light of all our accomplishments. That’s what you do when you haven’t got anything of your own.

Next time we need a post office renamed, Senator Sanders, we’ll give you a call.

In reality, of course, it’s Bernie’s pets that can’t win an election, and why? Because his endorsement is like the kiss of death!

Just in the first few post-election months, Sanders formally endorsed candidates in many different races.

Keith Ellison for chair of the Democratic National Committee, James Thompson for U.S. Representative, Tom Perriello for the position of VA Governor, Heath Mello for Omaha Mayor, Steve Zimmer and Imelda Padilla for Los Angeles School Board, as well as Rob Quist for US Representative.

Every candidate lost, and that trend has continued. Jon Ossoff of Georgia nearly won, and might have, if Sanders hadn’t waited until the last minute to endorse him, and had he not sneeringly referred to him as “no true progressive.”

The guy was 29, and had never held office before. Just how much chance had he received, to make any progress?

Bernie, you didn’t even vote until you were 40! And that was for yourself!

 In addition, a group created to continue the progress Sanders made in the 2016 primaries called “Our Revolution” endorsed 25 candidates that lost their 2017 elections and only endorsed 12 winning candidates, giving the group a 32 percent success rating.
And yet he wants to point the finger, labeling us as unsuccessful. If that’s true, Bernie, then why have real Democrats kicked the can with your boys, all the way around the whole country?
That fact always seems to get ignored, though, as do most facts in the wonky world of Bernieland.
Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat. It all comes down to that. Everything he does makes perfect sense, once you’ve considered that he isn’t on our side. This attack on President Obama, who gave us the best eight years that anyone in the world could have, is certainly disgusting. But it’s hardly the first time.
In 2016, the primary started out well enough. Both sides were respectful and willing to dialogue. Both agreed that they had more in common than not, and that the entire thing basically amounted to a quarrel between family.
We had a passionate, issues-focused, ideologically driven primary. It exemplified all that is right with the American political system. Everything was going fine.

Then Bernie started losing.

April was the turning month. On the seventh, he reviled Hillary Clinton in a speech in Philadelphia, calling her “unqualified” to be President, a blatantly sexist and stupid thing to say. It drew him a monstrous backlash from across the country, and from that day forward things began to change.

By July it was too late. His overzealous devotees rioted in the streets of Philadelphia, over a lot of nothing contained in criminally acquired documents dumped by the Russian mouthpiece Wikileaks, and the rift thus torn was permanent.
It has continued to widen, ever since.
So-called progressives have continued getting together all over the country, hijacking local chapters of the Democratic Party. They are attacking our candidates everywhere.

There has never been a set of midterms so crucial. Everyone on every side knows this. The best chance we’ve got of getting rid of Donald Trump before 2020, except maybe for the 25th Amendment, is to turn the Congress blue.

In spite of all this, there’s a certain element in the party that refuses to care, and insists instead on fighting their own people.

When Bernie Sanders reviled Barack Obama the other day, he made it clear he’s still wanting to lead the charge. Not for ideological reasons, but because he’s a sore loser. We’ll never be able to please him and he won’t come to terms with us.

Yesterday Paul Waldman wrote something in the Washington Post that sums the whole thing up perfectly.
“No matter how much the party moves to the left — and it has moved a great deal in the last few years — there will never be a point where Sanders says, “I’m really pleased with where the Democratic Party is right now.”
“Because once he said that, there would cease to be any need for Bernie Sanders to exist.”
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Millennials, Cannabis, and the Opioid Epidemic- Leave Them Kids Alone!

#SaveOurChildren

While speaking to a bewildered crowd in western Pennsylvania on Saturday, Donald Trump went on a rant about solving the opioid epidemic, by giving drug dealers the death penalty. Not for the first time, either. The situation typifies Trump’s inane and ridiculous thinking. The situation is as lethal as can be already.

If our government wants to solve the opioid epidemic, we think that’s great. We believe it can make some big changes, and we would like to give its members some advice. We feel qualified to do so, as drug laws have ravaged our entire generation. The opioid epidemic has hit millennials and their baby boomer parents the hardest.

It’s high time for America to have this conversation.

Millennial Democrats talked to over a hundred millennial drug addicts to do this piece. Based on their stories, we have come to the following conclusions.

First off, let us have our weed. Quit locking people up for weed. Quit administering urine tests for weed. It’s the legal system that is destroying lives because of cannabis, not cannabis destroying lives.

Many people rely on marijuana, to help them get through their daily lives with greater efficiency and happiness in their work.

Cannabis is a great cure for boredom. It makes all kinds of things interesting. Rather than Ritalin or amphetamine, many people our age have found it helpful for the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder, a disease they said we had. If it wasn’t for the unfair legal restrictions people in the industry face, studies proving its efficacy would have filled up many journals long ago.

In short, cannabis is not the problem; just the opposite. It’s been a help to the human race for thousands of years.

The problem comes in when the person and his cannabis first come into contact with the law.

Picture this: One day, you’re a bright-eyed college kid, getting straight A’s and looking forward to what to all appearances will be a very bright future. You’ve got a progressive set of values and a live-and-let-live sort of attitude, and so you can be counted on to reliably vote Democratic.

The next day, you’re in a car that gets pulled over, and you get searched and your weed is found.

Next thing you know, you’re in jail. Around killers and child molesters, bank robbers and woman beaters like Corey Lewandowski. Every minute is a torture, your self-respect is shattered forever, and you never stop feeling like a second-class citizen again- nor will society ever let you.

It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that this state of affairs came about for a reason. It’s a very easy way for the right to hamstring the left.

The War on Drugs, although commonly associated with Ronald and Nancy Reagan, was actually Richard Nixon’s creation. It was developed and refined as a strategy to hamstring the lives of voters who Nixon saw as reliably Democratic, according to White House tapes.

Nixon domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman said, “We had two enemies- the antiwar left, and the blacks.  We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black. But by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs themselves? Of course we did.”

Returning to our scenario, after some amount of time your sentence in jail is over, and they eventually let you out. Having committed the unthinkable outrage of destroying your life over a harmless and helpful plant, they now proceed to tell you that this was done for your own good and that in fact you owe them money, to cover the costs of your own correction and your ongoing criminal supervision, known generally as probation or parole.

Who’s the criminal, in this scenario? The man, or the State?

This bill will include the cost of your urinalysis.

Thank God, you think. I’m finally out. Time to smoke a fat one, so you do. The pungent cloud of smoke in the room combined with some good friends and music almost makes it possible for you to forget, for a second, the manner in which they defiled you.

The next day, you follow the instructions given to you at the county jail, and you go to see your parole officer. Upon arrival, they give you a strange-looking cup and tell you to pee in it.

Your pee is then sent off to a laboratory somewhere, where a demon in a lab coat will examine it using tungsten-filament lights to see what chemicals are floating around in your fluids.

If the byproducts of cannabis alkaloids are found there, you will receive an unpleasant phone call from your P.O. and you’ll be called back in to discuss it.

It’s not until you get there that you realize what is really going on. It wasn’t just that one time you had to go to jail for. You can’t just resolve not to have weed on you anymore.

They actually expect you not to smoke it. Period. And if you ever do smoke weed again, back to jail you go.

Leaving their office, your world in a shambles, you take a moment to reflect. You have no idea what you’re going to do. You’ve been smoking weed every day for years. It’s part of who you are. You think of trying to get through your daily life with nothing, and you shudder deep to your core.

It is at this moment that you start to look around for substitutes. Soon, they find that the drugs that get you closest and leave your system the fastest, are opioids.

There seems to be something about Vicodin. Everybody started out on Vicodin. Oxys are too strong, at first, and of course the very last thing on your mind is doing heroin.

You’ve been around for long enough to know that the gateway drug theory is a lot of crap. You’d always vowed to prove it with your own life. So although the big H is too hardcore for you, something like a Tylenol 3 or a Vicodin seems just right.

But now, you’re finding out something else unpleasant. Unlike weed, which has essentially the same effect every time, you find out very quickly that the Vicodin you took yesterday worked a lot better than the one you took today. So you take two, and the next day three, and then you get yet another nasty surprise.

Unlike weed, which you could smoke or not smoke according to how you were feeling and what you had going on, you find out pretty quick that your new friend insists that you use him according to a schedule, or he’ll make you sick. Very sick.

One day you wake up and you realize that Vicodin no longer works at all. But your doctor has the answer. OxyContin. You’ve been artificially forced down the road to the gateway drug theory.

Furthermore, when you tell this to the doctor, he takes them away from you and labels you an addict. He has no choice since if you mess yourself up on them past a certain point, HE can go to prison.

All but beside yourself, you leave his office shaking your head. You have no idea what you’re going to do now. You think of taking your own life. You know that many do commit suicide rather than face the prospect of more unbearable pain and sickness.

You decide to get some coffee at the corner store. The blunt wraps on the counter remind you of the good old days before the government decided you were sick and needed curing. When you step back outside and hit the corner, someone is standing there. He looks at you knowingly, and asks you, with compassion in his eyes, “You sick, man?”

In the palm of his hand are the corners of baggies, with tiny amounts of heroin resting in each.

After a while, you get off probation or parole, or you get so many dirty UA’s that you’re sent back to prison, and you’re set loose from there, but it’s never the same again. You are strung out, and your head is messed up. The brightness of your eyes is gone, and there is nothing that anyone can do to put it back there.

The days when you could just smoke weed to get by are gone. Distant as the dinosaurs. You give the just-weed diet a shot for a little while, but by this point, most of the guys you’d smoked blunts with are all gone too, either in the system like you are or diverted back into society. There’s no one left to smoke with. Not anymore.

Thankful to be out, you relax at home and prepare a well-deserved fix, but you forget that your tolerance has reset itself after all that time behind bars.

As soon as you hit that plunger, that drug hits you, hard. You think to yourself, I might be in trouble here, but you feel so good you just sort of forget to breathe. You have overdosed and you are drifting quickly into unconsciousness. Your mother sees your lips turning blue on the toilet and tries to revive you, but by the time the ambulance comes, it’s already too late.

The bright-eyed college student you were will never think anything again.

The drugs of the future are here today. Dreaded heroin is no longer the king of the opioid pyramid. Fentanyl is eighty times more potent than morphine, milligram for milligram. Recently an analogue drug called Carfentanyl has been making the rounds.

Carfentanyl is ten thousand times as strong as morphine.

A kilogram of it was seized coming across the border from Canada last year. It was more than enough to overdose the entire population of the United States.

More Americans died of drug overdoses in 2016 than died in the entirety of the Vietnam War — the result of the US’s opioid epidemic.

Recently Purdue Pharmaceuticals, the company who originally patented that miracle of a wonder drug OxyContin, closed a number of its Oxy factories and stopped instructing doctors to push them on people.

It’s twenty years too late for that. Even fifteen years ago, it was already too late. Heroin use in America reached an all-time high in 2003 and has steadily gotten worse ever since. By 2014 it had tripled.

By this point, the opioid epidemic is like a wildfire, spreading across the land, completely out of control. It will burn and burn until its fuel is gone, and the people in charge do not really understand this. They do not understand that what is fueling this epidemic is not the supply of the drugs, but the demand for them. 

The demand for drugs is caused by pain. Most of us are feeling too much of it so that a very few might feel a bit less.

American income inequality has skyrocketed over the last 30 years, as costs have risen while wages have stagnated for the middle- and lower classes.

Those who perceive all this taking place and refuse to participate are treated as criminals and pariahs and sent down the road of our John Doe Millennial. In 2016 there were 1,572,579 arrests for drug law violations.

Until Americans cease to be treated like cattle by their billionaire neighbors anymore, cattle who own nothing and are entitled to nothing, there is always going to be a lot of pain. Where there is pain, there will be people seeking help for pain. The only way to remove that pain is to lighten the burdens of the people.

In order for that to happen, power must be wrested from the parasites and given to those who are motivated by that merciful goal. There is only one hope for a cure for the opioid epidemic, and it doesn’t involve the death penalty.

Vote blue.

A Grand Coverup- Complicit GOP Signals End To Russia Investigation.

Bring on #TheBlueWave!

The Republicans in Congress are complicit in the Russiagate scandal. When you know about a crime, and you help to cover it up, you have chosen to become part of it, and that is exactly what is going on now.

It has always been important to keep the Republicans out of power, at least in the post-Lincoln history of America, but never like this since Nixon. Bring on #TheBlueWave.

The freshest outrage is that Rep. Mike Conaway(R-TX), the Republican leading the committee’s Russia investigation, as well as other House Intelligence Committee Republicans have made it clear they are ready to end the investigative phase of their Russia probe and move on to writing the final report.

Trump’s first campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is scheduled to be interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday.

It’s looking like he could be one of the last major witnesses to appear as part of the panel’s Russia investigation. Conaway has said that he hasn’t ruled out calling additional witnesses, but he’s hinted that no big names remain on his list.

The ostensible reasons they are giving as to why the Committee should end its investigation, right as the Russiagate scandal hits its highest pitch, are insane. They sound audibly ridiculous.
Rep. Tom Rooney of Florida pointed to the leaks of White House communications director Hope Hicks’ testimony last week as a reason to end the investigation, while Rep. Pete King of New York says the committee has learned all it can.
“To me, I don’t see anything else that’s out there that hasn’t been explored,” King told CNN.

At any rate, the end may have come in the opinion of the House Intelligence Republicans, but Democrats know better. Leaders like Adam Schiff quickly stood up to oppose that crooked and treasonous policy. On Thursday he made clear that we need to talk to the attendees of that meeting.

There are still dozens of witnesses the panel ought to be calling, of course, as well as numerous subpoenas it should issue or enforce. For that panel to do otherwise would be for them to do a tremendous disservice, both to justice in this case and to America’s national interest. Let it never be forgotten.
Democrats have pointed to two new events this week as reasons to keep calling witnesses. Sam Nunberg’s media blitz and reports that Putin-owned Russian investor George Nader attended secret meetings with the Russians in the Seychelles archipelago during the Trump transition.

The New York Times, on Tuesday, reported Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed Lebanese-American businessman George Nader. Nader is reportedly cooperating. He testified before a grand jury last week.

This testimony ended up being quite explosive. It brought the focus back to a shady January 2017 meeting held during the Trump transition between Nader and Erik Prince, founder of the private security firm Blackwater and informal Trump adviser.

The secretive meeting was also speculated to be a potential backdoor link between the Trump universe and the Kremlin. They routed the meeting through the United Arab Emirates. The whole thing was one giant misdirection on the part of those involved.

On Wednesday the Washington Post’s reporting confirmed that speculation.

Robert Mueller’s investigators have now discovered solid evidence that this meeting was, in fact, an attempt to establish a back channel between Trump and the Kremlin.

The full implications of what this means will take some time to come out, but in the meantime, one thing is for sure.  Erik Prince, the Trump emissary at the off-book rendezvous, has been lying. And quite a few others have been also.

“Last year, Prince told lawmakers—and the news media—that his Seychelles meeting with Kirill Dmitriev, the head of a Russian government-controlled wealth fund, was an unplanned, unimportant encounter that came about by chance because he happened to be at a luxury hotel in the Indian Ocean island nation with officials from the United Arab Emirates,” the Post reported.

The waves of the Russiagate scandal has rocked America in successive blows recently, and all of this comes as the freshest breaker. Ever since Rick Gates agreed to cooperate the house has been coming in on Donald Trump everywhere. The writing is on the wall for his administration.

But it also falls to us to never let anyone forget how the Republicans have sabotaged this investigation at every turn. How they made excuses, looked the other way, and when necessary, covered up.

The manner in which they have conducted themselves is in many ways even more repugnant than that of Trump, because he is fundamentally slow and limited and incapable of doing any better. The likes of Mitch McConnell are lifelong professional politicians. They can’t pretend to hide behind ignorance.

It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that the majority of Americans would join in our crusade in earnest if they could somehow be shown the bare bones of the truth on these matters through all the noise and misdirection the conservatives deluge our country in.

Only refusing to give in and go back to sleep can we hope to secure the future of our democracy. We have to raise awareness of what they are doing with all the vigor we can bring to the table.

This is not Hitler’s Germany. This is not Putin’s Russia.