One Big Happy Family! Why AOC and Bernie Are Donald Trump’s Best Friends.

One Big Happy Family!
Hello, world, from Millennial Democrats! We hope it finds you well.
Earlier today, a debate was held between a few of our members, which led to a consensus decision. Some asked if I would clarify the organization’s reasons for refusing to support Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as there are certainly many people on the left who, to put it mildly, do not agree with that decision.
First off, it’s important to point out how critical it is that Democrats be able to agree to disagree. We are not socialists, this is not groupthink. Dissent is welcome, even encouraged. Our position is that AOC is part of a faction, a movement, and a base of people who have been a disaster for the Democratic Party, and we fully invite opposition dialogue on the subject. Come armed with facts and not slanders, and we will debate you any time at any place.
Just make sure you know how to be a good loser.
AOC is the latest chapter in an ongoing saga, where the right has done all it can to empower and incite the socialists because they know it will make things harder for us. They want Ocasio-Cortez to be the face of our Party more than anything. She and Bernie are helping them to make of us a Goldstein, in the 1984 scenario. In order to keep the White House next year, Trump has to present an enemy to the public even worse than him, and the spectre of socialism as exhibited by the Justice Democrats and the Democratic Socialists of America gives him exactly that.
Ocasio-Cortez plays into this at every turn.
Take the Green New Deal, for example. She proudly tweeted that she and her friends threw it together over the course of a weekend, as though that were a good thing. It’s an unrealistic dreamer’s errand and a wish list, and the price tag on it has all the conservatives licking their chops.
There are those who accuse us of hostility to AOC based on her taking out of Joe Crowley, who undoubtedly was one of our best guys, and who genuinely will be missed. This is not the case, however; we are Democrats, and we support democracy. We bid our condolences and farewells to Joe and moved on. At this time, Millennial Democrats wrote Ocasio-Cortez an article of welcome and sincere congratulation, asking her to reconsider her stance on some things and drop the socialist aspect of her philosophy.
As for the environmental changes proposed as part of the Green New Deal, we fully support those aspects of the bill. Nancy Pelosi made that clear when amending the bill. Her version is the one that mainstream Democrats like Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar have gone on to indicate some support for, not AOC’s.
Former Vice-President Al Gore won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work on climate change science. Our side has been fighting for this since long before AOC, or any other Millennial Democrat was even born. Our opposition to the bill has less than nothing to do with that, although most of us rightly are grateful to and venerate our elders in the baby boomer generation.
We’re not for doing things sloppy. There are very serious legislative flaws in that plan. It was not well crafted, and the crafters were completely ill-prepared. They got in trouble right away because of that FAQ that went around last week, talking about the people “unwilling to work”, et cetera.
At any rate, the problems are much more foundationally serious than an unvetted fact sheet. Expert Mike Pesca weighed in, pointing out very few environmental experts consider the targets laid out in the plan to be attainable in any way. Climate change experts have called for zeroing out emissions in the power sector by 2050, while the Green New Deal proposes doing so by 2030.
On what basis does it maintain the time frame can be accelerated by two-thirds? It does not say.
What Ocasio-Cortez and her friends have actually done is to confuse the issue further, make the true adherents of climate change look bad, and make it harder for the professionals responsible to get the actual progress made, which is the problem with her entire organization, modeled after Bernie Sanders from the start. AOC sadly didn’t just used to work for JD and DSA, she is very much a part of them now, and is in fact their greatest asset.
Because of that fact, she is also the greatest Republican asset, which is one more eerie way in which the interests of the far left and alt-right coincide. Their attacks on her are likely part of their usual cunning political strategy; they know booing her is an easy way to make the left embrace her, which in chess terminology is like eating a poisoned pawn, because of what an insanely atrocious idea signing on behind the original Green New Deal would be.
Why else would Mitch McConnell allow a vote on something he knows will never pass, like the Green New Deal, except to be able to tar and feather anyone who goes for it as a socialist wingnut who gets up at three in the afternoon?

In Ocasio-Cortez, in the few very loud members of our generation that have been hoodwinked into supporting this truly evil and invasive form of government, the Republicans now have a walking personification of all they have been fighting with their money to create: a just accusation that Democrats are socialists, and that to support us is to personally become the vector of socialism.  It’s George McGovern all over again.

Meanwhile, the Venezuelan situation provides a vivid example of how big disaster socialism can be. At the end of the SOTU speech, Trump did what he’s going to be doing a lot- pointing to Bernie Sanders in silence, looking horrified, waiting for the people to become so disgusted they can’t take it and vote against their interests. Policy be damned, they will say. Look at that blue clown suit. I would rather burn than have that guy as my president.

The claim that we Democrats are going to turn America into a Venezuelan socialist hellscape looks like something new, but as every reader of this blog will be aware, they’ve been laying the groundwork for it for the last several years. Contrary to Trump’s new narrative, the Democratic Party has never embraced Bernie Sanders. We do share some policies, but he goes too far with them and makes them look ridiculous. Now he’s got AOC there with him, screaming for seventy percent income tax rates on the rich and protesting Nancy Pelosi over climate change.

Wonderful.

We had hoped to like AOC. We wrote good things about her in the beginning, even though she entered all our lives by doing something no Republican could have done in getting rid of Joe Crowley, a twenty-year veteran whose help was sorely needed. We sucked it up and congratulated her, and wished her the best in working with us to create a better future for America.
Since then, however, things have declined sorely and rapidly.
Why did she go protest Nancy Pelosi about climate change, when a bill was already on the table? Why not go protest the Republicans? Who knows, but it’s certainly convenient for them that she didn’t.
Then during the #TrumpShutdown, she also lied about her reasons for going so far as to vote with the Republicans for keeping our government closed, citing “funding for ICE” as the reason why she’d made a “tough, nuanced call” on the issue, even though ICE funding is covered by the Department of Homeland Security, and DHS funding wasn’t even discussed in the bill.
Her reasons for stabbing her own in the back remain totally obscure- and unfortunate.
The future strategy on the part of the Democratic Socialists of America and the Justice Democrats will be to use the popularity of AOC as a springboard of sorts, a mobile platform from which to position themselves to bump off even more good Democrats and spread their insurgency- and the unrealistic platform it brings along with it, so toxic in the extreme to the long term survival of the party.
In short, the whole radical left wing of the party is acting kind of like a handicap does on a racehorce right now by constantly ripping it up, dragging it down, and dampening its enthusiasm, to the ultimate benefit of Donald Trump. Millennial Democrats has been designed and built toward the purpose of countering that strategy and bringing love and life back to the center of our Party. To closely paraphrase what famed Irish poet William Butler Yeats once wrote in his riveting poem The Second Coming, things fall apart, if the center cannot hold.
In closing on the AOC topic, one of our contributors may have said it best of all earlier this evening- par for the course on that person’s batting record.
Believe me, Democrats, we’ve got the best people on the job!
“For me, it is the fact she has voted with the Republican Party against the Democratic Party, and I like Democratic legislators that vote with us and not against us.”
Why is this asking so much out of someone whom we supposedly share an agenda with?
Perhaps it makes the most sense from the standpoint of what Vladimir Lenin once said- “The best way to control the opposition, is to lead it ourselves.” Everything Ocasio-Cortez does makes perfect sense from the standpoint that she’s doing what revolutionary socialism calls for- cooperating with any group around, no matter how terrible their ideology, in order to topple a regime that both sides have found restrictive.
At any rate, this is our position, and I have given it my best. I hope I have argued for it well. Either way, it is not necessary that we all agree on everything; in a big-tent organization such as the Democratic Party, it’s pretty unlikely anyway. All we do ask is that when that is the case, we express our dissenter’s opinion with respect instead of vitriol and that we agree to disagree for the good of the country and the cause. If that’s good enough for you neo-progressives, it’s good enough for us Millennial Democrats. Have a good night, and thank you for taking the time to hear us out!
The falcon can still hear the falconer, at least for tonight.
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Economic Inequality Casts Shadow On the Future of Millennials- Voting Is The Answer.

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Economic inequality issues are going to become a crisis for our generation. This is unavoidable. Millennials came of age during one of the worst economic recessions in history, and it hurt most of us severely while making a small few of us incredibly prosperous.

As we stand right this minute, still flush off the bounce given us by the eight years of sound economic practices President Obama put in place for us, it’s tempting for many millennials to feel good about the economy.

Right now we’re all doing pretty good, but that will only last for a single day compared to what is coming next.

Our generation is poised to have the worst income inequality in American history. Only the most well-off will have a say in defining what “we” care about.

In the last decade especially, our economy has begun to disproportionately reward certain types of professions often occupied by millennials, e.g. techies like Mark Zuckerberg, at the expense of those pursuing what are referred to as bedrock jobs, like nursing and teaching.

The discrepancy itself isn’t the story, though.  What’s scary is how fast this gap is growing. And how fast it will soon be getting worse.

Wage rates are stagnant already, and the US trade deficit is declining as well. The negative trade balance is certain to put increasing pressure on our generation, especially with the country now out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.

Trump threw the world economic order into complete upheaval with his random scuttling of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta). That is certain to help to set the stage for this, as well as the number of lies that Trump has told about how all our economic successes recently are due to the marvel that is him.

As with George W. Bush before him, when people start waking up there will be anger.

Economic issues are going to become a crisis for our generation. We all came of age during one of the worst economic recessions in history, and it hurt almost all of us. This is unavoidable.

But we can choose to solve them. It just means resolution and hard work. We can still turn this thing around. We just need to work hard, focus, and target our messages. It’s critical because, above all, we have to avoid the trap of descending into radicalism, to the left or to the right.

Millennials have many strengths. We are a fiercely progressive bunch, deeply individualized and passionate. We stand out because we are the most diverse generation to date.

42 percent of us identify with a race or ethnicity other than non-Hispanic white, around twice the share of the Baby Boomer generation when they were the same age. We’ve got all the people in the world as part of our numbers. That gives us access to everything humans have.

Millennials are better educated than Gen X was, we have more college graduates. We are recognized as being tough, resilient, and resourceful.

Yet even still, we make less money and are less likely to be working at all.

This has to change, and the one sure way to see to it that it does is to organize. We’ve got to start getting ready, and we’ve got to start getting busy.

We have to assert ourselves to government and employers about the labor and economic changes that we will ultimately require to succeed.

The only ones who can turn this thing around are we ourselves. And the best way to kick that off is to vote all Republicans right off the face of the earth.

We must vote Democratic until there are no more Republicans.

Sessions Declares War On Weed- Legalization Derailed.

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Is Jeff Sessions coming after medical cannabis?

The simple answer is, As fast and as hard as he can.

Jeff Sessions hates cannabis. He hates cannabis much more than he hates, say, racism. He once jested of the Ku Klux Klan that he “thought they were okay, until he heard they smoked marijuana”.

So since he ended up the Attorney General, he’s using his power to lash out at something he hates.

But the real question is why? Science has proven it to be a highly effective treatment for a whole galaxy of different ailments. It also has no harmful side effects and is non-addictive. When you take it away from people, they end up on painkillers and after that heroin. There’s a heroin epidemic.

He’s filling prisons up with people for heroin already. The prisons are full. They are so full that states are desperate to somehow clear up bed space. There are more than two million people in some phase of our incarceration machine as these words are written. Many things are terribly wrong.

As the Attorney General, it is incumbent on Mr Sessions to use his power to solve these kinds of problems.

The War on Drugs has been the biggest failure in American history. In spite of all attempts to regulate man’s appetites with legislature the problem has continued to grow. It’s high time it was brought to an end, and every sensible person is aware of this.

Including Jeff Sessions.

The War on Drugs has never been about drugs. It’s about power. Who’s got it, and who’s going to keep it.

One of their most useful strategies is to hamstring young people who are likely to be Democratic leaders and voters later in life. If they can hang a tag on you as a drug offender, they can disqualify you from holding office in the eyes of many.

If they can make you a felon with a weed case, they can stop you from voting. Millennials, ask yourselves: How many smart, cool people do you know who have had to do time over drugs? That is no accident.

Sessions knows full well that many on the left smoke pot. This is about hurting Trump’s enemies.

“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people,” said former Nixon domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman.
“You understand what I’m saying? 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,” Ehrlichman said. “We could arrest their leaders. raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news.”
Ehrlichman’s comment was the first time the war on drugs was so starkly characterized as a political assault designed to help Nixon win, and keep, the White House.
Nixon’s public explanation for his first piece of legislation in the war on drugs was delivered in a message to Congress in July 1969. The law was framed as a response to an increase in heroin addiction and the rising use of marijuana by students.
We’ve been here before.
Rep. Earl Blumenthal (D-OR), one of Congress’s biggest advocates for legalization, blasted the “outrageous” new guidelines as “perhaps one of the stupidest decisions the Attorney General has made” in a statement, and stupid it may be.

But it’s consistent with his ideology and the political strategies employed by his generation. There is no doubt whatsoever he will do all the harm he can to the cannabis industry.
So basically, where we’ve come to now, is a state of affairs in which you pay taxes on the weed you buy at the store- but you can still go to prison for it. It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that everyone should go back to being very, very careful. For no good reason whatsoever.
What a world.
Coretta Scott King, the widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., urged Congress in a letter to block the 1986 nomination of Jeff Sessions as federal judge, saying that allowing him to join the federal bench would “irreparably damage the work of my husband.”
Today, on Martin Luther King Day, let’s take a few minutes to remember that.

DACA Recipients are Part of our Country.

“DACA recipients are part of our country now” – Democrats

-Christopher Lopez

September 9, 2017; 2:01 p.m.

There has been many arguments argued for years .  For example, there has been arguments towards Mexicans and African Americans. Those that are oppose to DACA are arguing ” No one deserves Special treatment ” “ No one deserves a free pass” “They are illegal” .

Every argument that is expressed is strictly understood but not fair nor is it American.  There is a word such as Liberty and Equality. Those that are not familiar with Libery; here is the Definition: “ the state of being free within a society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views.”

America should have been that face of Liberty.  Whatever happened to Life , Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness? Whatever happened to the land of the free? It is not Democrat or Republican . It is about America. A minority of Americans think that they lived here for so long  that they are better than anyone else  . That minority is not better than anyone else .

My response to the people opposing DACA:

“You and your assumptions are very insulting to every minority group and very insulting to America. It’s also very Un- American. Mexicans and Mexican American . Both Mexicans. You assume that all Mexicans are criminals and you assume that Mexicans are the only ones that come here illegally and you assume that all Mexicans are thugs. Every insult that comes out of your mouth is an wrongful assumption that insults the Mexican community and of course you don’t care . Because If it doesn’t happen to you why should you care . But in my perspective , you should walk through our shoes. See the way of life from a Mexican’s Perspective. For years, Mexicans have been hated and as well as every minority group and for what ?? You’re claiming it is your land which is WRONG. You are an immigrant just like everyone else and the assumption that every Mexican is illegal is Pathetic.

According to Washington Post , the ending of DACA , will change 800,000 lives in a drastic moment  and just like that , it upended one whose name is Tony Solis.

He stated to Washington Post :

I had lived in the U.S. since I was 6. Now at 20,  I felt just as much an American in Paris as any other study-abroad student.

He also stated to Washington Post :

What if there was no future for DACA? Reports by then were emerging that Trump had decided to end it after six months. What if that meant my family could be deported in six months? The government knows my name, my address and where I went to school. I had read promises they wouldn’t use that information against me, but what if that changed, too?

All of these what if’s — that’s what DACA had spared him from. His parents had lived with worry every day since moving with their five sons from Guerrero, one of the most dangerous states in Mexico, to Chicago 13 years ago. They made a living selling fruit on the city’s corners, always wondering what if that police officer was coming toward them, what if he wanted trouble, what if he tried to arrest them, what if, what if, what if.
Tony’s only memory of coming to the U.S. was of his parents waking him early, putting him in a car with his brothers, and offering him orange juice. He remembers learning English by naming objects in picture books at school. But after that, his life began to resemble those of his classmates: leveraging his straight As to get a Nintendo DS; getting his picture in the paper when his soccer team won the city championship; asking the cute girl at his lunch table on a date to see “Divergent.” He never told his friends he was undocumented; it never came up.

The American Dream and its Dreamers.

The Trump administration is advising beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to “prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States,” ABC News reported Tuesday. This leaves the fate of 800,000 uncertain.

This is not American. It is more reminiscent of the Nazi administrator Adolf Eichmann, honing his bureaucratic skills preparing passport documents to Jews being hounded out of Germany in the early days of the Third Reich. It’s an unsettling decision, even for Trump. And it comes at a lower point for racial relations in America than we have seen in some time.

This newest assault of Trump’s on the dictates of conscience and reason deserves no end of castigation, in the opinion of Millennial Democrats, but he does not deserve the spotlight. The more important story is who the DREAMers are, where they’ve been, and where they might be going. We are talking about 800,000 young people. Millennials, and their children. Our peers and our countrymen. They fought beside us all the way to help stop Trump from taking office in the first place, by voting Democratic en masse. We will keep faith with them.

The people protected by the DACA program are all our age. Known as “Dreamers” those granted approval must have been younger than 31 on 15 June 2012, when the program began, and undocumented”, lacking legal immigration status. The millennial generation is considered to begin with the year 1981. This is us.

These are kids we went to school with. We were on the same sports teams, we were in the same classes. We played video games together, we partied together, we smoked weed together. We are one. And we will not be divided. The message to Donald Trump will be sent loud and clear, when first he comes for the Dreamers. Not today.

The process of beginning this is bound to cause total chaos. First, new applications under DACA are no longer to be accepted. Those already in the program will have both their legal status and things like work and school permits begin expiring in March 2018.

Unless Congress finds a way to pass through some piece of legislation to open a channel for legal immigration status, Dreamers will all lose their rights as citizens by March 2020. They could even be deported and sent back to countries of birth that they may not have ever even been to. It is still unclear whether this is the fate the government now has in store for them.

Fear of this had been rising on the way to Tuesday’s announcement, which will impact families from every reach of the Americas.

Barack Obama spoke out against the rollback, calling it cruel, and self defeating.

“It’s a cruel hand that extends the American dream and then steals it away. #DACA #DREAMers,” wrote Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., in the first of three tweets on the topic.

Maria Nabarro of Stockton, CA, a city with a population that is 1/3 foreign born, also spoke out on this terrible decision, how it’s affecting her, and how it goes against our American values and ideals.

The 22 year old was one of a number of Dreamers interviewed by CBS about DACA. It has kept her in the United States legally for the last five years.

“I don’t think I’ve given myself time to process, but I know it’s uncertain just like my feelings right now so, yeah a lot of uncertainty, unfortunately,” she said.

Nabarro is currently attending college. She has made herself an asset to our country, by educating herself, working hard, and paying taxes.  She said that Trump’s decision has made her feel abandoned by the only country they know and love.

Her work permit will no longer be valid and she won’t have protection from being deported. Protests are scheduled nationwide, to help people like her make themselves clear.

 

Alejandro Carrillo, a community organizer, said that “I know personally several people who are on the receiving end of DACA and the issue goes beyond the repeal because they also have their contact information and their personal information of where they are, so…that’s a worry to myself,”.

Millennial Bruna Distinto, who came to the United States from Bolivia when she was 6, started her senior year at Trinity Washington University this week. She says she feels stressed out, that it’s hard to concentrate on her studies, and with tremendous cause. One can only imagine.

“If he takes it away, then I have gone to school, I’ve done all this hard work to try to help my family, for nothing, because I wouldn’t be able to work once I graduate next year,” she says. “That’s all I think about.”
Emmanuel Diaz is a business economics major at Savannah, Georgia’s Armstrong State University. Diaz has regularly kept employment and been current on his tuition payments. Without work, he says, he might not be able to finish his degree.
He fears for the future, should Trump end DACA.
“Are you going to hunt us down, one by one?”, Diaz wonders aloud, praying for peace.
“I’m just asking that they see us as an asset. I just hope they see us as people that are trying to get by.”
America is a nation of immigrants. Most of us came here from somewhere else, or have family that did, within the last few generations. According to MigrationPolicy.org, the U.S. immigrant population in 2015, stood at more than 43.3 million. According to American Community Survey (ACS) data, 13.5 percent,of the total U.S. population is now comprised of immigrants.
This fight is about all of us. If the Dreamers are abandoned, Trump will be emboldened. His base will become louder and more brutal. Hispanic communities will be afraid to vote. Trump’s Justice Department has already moved to get their names from state voter logs, and use the data contained therein to locate and deport them.
This is key, because a lot of the reason Trump is doing this, is due to his obsession with illegitimacy, relating to the popular vote. He believes he lost it, due to tidal waves of illegal immigrants voting against him.
It’s a way to take revenge against a group of people he perceives to be not just political opponents, but enemies. And if he gets away with it, he’ll have a new target hung by the time six months is up. Who knows who? Maybe me. Maybe you.
 We have seen the like of this before.  Recently it led to the Charlottesville tragedy. In the past it caused things like the Holocaust. And we have learned from it. This time, we will stand in solidarity with one another, and say Never Again with one voice.
The DREAMers are the American dream itself. That hallowed dream, in which all men are created equal, and we can all be whoever we want to be. The day that America stops being inclusive, is the day it stops being America. May it never see its dawn.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me. –Martin Niemöller