Unrequited Love at the Treason Summit- Donald’s Worst Excuse.

A very ugly Donald.

On the subject of this week’s Helsinki summit, in which the forty-fifth president of America slobbered on himself in the presence of Putin, there is almost nothing to say. Words fail all but completely.

On Twitter, it was trending as #TreasonSummit.

For once, America is well-nigh united. Everyone is disgusted with Trump, except for the loathsome toady Pence(who the Trump guys will hate no matter what, as he wavered on the “Grab ’em” tape), a man who has fallen all over himself to slobberingly praise his master Donald. Even the likes of Neil Caputo reviled him as weak.

Trump has a reputation as being a real tough guy, especially during a debate.

His attempt to loom over Hillary Clinton was memorable(and pathetic), as was the rough treatment he gave both “Low Energy” Jeb Bush, and “Little Marco” Rubio during the debates of the Republican primary.

Many expected him to go after Putin this same way, especially given that Robert Mueller just charged twelve Russian nationals with the hacking of our election last Friday.

Here’s what he said instead.

“I think the United States has been foolish,” Trump said, to explain poor U.S.-Russia relationships.

Undoubtedly it is true that America is not perfect. No one with even a cursory familiarity with American history would claim otherwise.

But what a thing to say to the President of Russia, architect of one of the most brutal regimes on Earth! Especially considering that they’re illegally occupying Ukraine and that they have been cyber-attacking all the world for years.

If I were Trump, I’d have gone public with this thing from Day One. Thanks for your help, Russia! Now allow me to reward you, by annihilating your ability to do anything like this ever again.

I would have gone right to the NSA with everything my campaign had learned about how they operate, and I would have seen to it that information was used to keep our country safer in the future.

This is not about Republicans vs. Democrats, or at least, it shouldn’t have been, and still doesn’t have to be. This is Russia vs. America, a struggle of hundreds of years. There’s a lot more at stake here than one man’s pride and power.

Unfortunately, Donald Trump does not realize this.

Later on Monday, the Justice Department charged the woman who tried to set up a back-channel of communication with the Trump campaign, Maria Butina, as being an agent of the Russian Federation.

Tuesday she was hit with a grand jury indictment, which added a more serious charge of acting as an agent of the Russian government. This carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

This was on an investigation completely separate from that of Robert Mueller’s and offered some of the most explicit evidence yet that there were Americans who worked willingly to aid and abet the Russian efforts. And where, you ask, did they find Americans blind enough to reality to go along with something like this?

The pro-gun conspiracy world, of course, also known as the National Rifle Association, where Butina was shown in photos she put on Facebook attending events.

It all just goes to show. You cannot trust the right. They will do or say or willfully deny anything to take or keep power, even in the face of things like Sandy Hook and the Holocaust. That is what fascism is.

That is particularly relevant considering how they all jumped on the anti-Russia bandwagon yesterday when the President’s weakness became repugnant past a certain point. Mitch McConnell tried to talk tough, saying “The EU is friend to the US. Russia is not.”

But just the day before, Trump himself classified the E.U. as an enemy, too. It seems like the GOP and the Russians have been pretty cozy all along.

The final indignity was delivered on Sean Hannity’s talk show, where Trump was guided through the Fox News interpretation of current events. He lamented that reporters keep asking about Russian election interference, rather than what he considers issues of substance.

“I thought that President Putin was very, very strong,” he said, sighing like a lovesick calf.

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#NeverAgain- Justice for Stephon Clark and Parkland.

Time for Change!

Stephon Clark, a human being, who loved and was loved, has been reduced to another grisly statistic of gun crime, for no reason at all.

Family, friends, and legions of supporters flocked to Bayside of South Sacramento Church to pay their last respects in a nationwide ritual that has become all too familiar.

Monique Judge of Root Magazine wrote that “It was like watching crowds flocking to a concert.”

This is a massive and despicable state of unjust affairs. Andy Warhol wrote that in the future, everyone would get to have their fifteen minutes of fame, and in many ways that prediction proved prescient.

But you ought to be alive for it!

Dr. Monica Williams wrote the following perspective for PBS.

“In Baton Rouge, cops straddle a guy pinned on the ground, put a gun to his back and pump bullets into him. His life ends. That one still haunts me. In Charlotte, a man lies bleeding as his wife screams for help. She asks if anyone has called an ambulance. The police do nothing. How is this affecting the black community? “How do you think,” I want to say. We are sad, angry, and traumatized. We’re living in terror.”

Many believe that the problem is not even getting worse, but rather has been going on all along. They say the only real difference is that now we’re capturing more of it on video.

There is such a thing as racial trauma. Black people and other persons of color are telling us their stories. It’s not like they’re all just getting together and making it up. The time has come to recognize fully that the American experience is not the same for everyone. Racism is still real, and murderously powerful.

This Millennial Democrats contributor remembers watching Fruitvale Station and having to shut it off, and it’s good that for me, that was an option. For many, it isn’t, and until that changes, we have still got a lot of work to do.

In related news, the #Neveragain movement is working on converting momentum into something more tangible. The walkout is over, but the protest has just begun.

We are here, seven months before the midterm elections, two years before the 2020 election.

It is our duty to make it stick, and we are more than able.

Half a million and more descended on D.C. and other MarchForOurLives rallies all across the country to demand that politicians support additional restrictions on gun ownership.

Those who attended the march say they’re determined to see this through.

Alex Bihari, one young man who attended the Washington march said that when he goes to the polls for the first time this year, he said, he″ll vote on three issues: Guns, immigrants and refugees, and how candidates stand on Donald Trump.

“If someone is on the payroll of the NRA and gun lobby, that’s a deal breaker for me,” he said. “If someone is not willing help refugees and immigrants, that’s a deal breaker for me. If someone supports Donald Trump, that’s a deal breaker for me.”

 Well said.
In accordance with that line of thinking, it is the responsibility of Millennial Democrats to raise awareness about the single biggest thing to keep in mind about making changes on gun control, namely, that it will absolutely never happen until the Democrats are back in power.

Hillary Clinton, unlike Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump, earned a solid F rating from the NRA. They paid untold millions to have untold numbers of pages written, to warn all their followers about it. A significant part of the Wikileaks dumps was focused on it.

And less than a week after that, the head of Project Veritas Action, James O’Keefe, released an undercover video including footage of one of the hosts of the fundraiser, Integrated Archive Systems CEO Amy Rao, expressing how she thinks Clinton would pursue control.

In regards to guns, Rao told O’Keefe, “Hillary wants to shut it down,” adding, “If we can get guns away from everyone in this country, she’ll close loopholes, she’ll get rid of assault weapons, she will get rid of being able to buy unlimited bullets, she will make all that stop.”

That is why they hated Hillary Clinton.

The chief strategist behind the 1994 Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act and the 1994 ban on assault weapons was a man named Richard Aborn. He said the Parkland students have succeeded in raising this kind of energy because they are doing something that past survivors of mass shootings have not- threatening to throw out of office those who won’t consider their point of view. And that is what we have to do.

We’re tired of our people getting shot to pieces for nothing. We’re tired of our so-called representatives doing nothing about it. And we’re ready to make a change. Going forward, we’ve got a simple and effective strategy. We vote Democratic in every single election. Bring on the #BlueWave.

Days after this was written, it had to be updated, to reflect the newest name on the roster.  In New York City, earlier this evening, four officers (three in street clothes and one uniformed officer) fired 10 bullets in all. The man, identified by his father as Saheed Vassell, 34, was known to be mentally ill, and completely harmless.

The man had been walking around the streets for years, living his life and harming no one.

Nicole Williams, said she had given him $2 earlier on Wednesday afternoon. His last words to her, she said, were “Thank you, God.”

Bernie’s Weak on Gun Issues, Still Hijacks March For Our Lives.

Bernie's presence at this march was a bad joke and insult.

On Saturday, March 24, people from New York to Mumbai took to the streets under the banner titled “March For Our Lives” to protest for stricter gun laws.

The mass demonstrations were instigated by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students, and they got big. In D.C. alone they were joined by an estimated 800,000 people.

These young people, who have experienced gun violence firsthand, want to ensure that no more innocent lives are going to be lost to gun violence, like the shooting experienced at the school on February 14. That’s the only way they can ever bring justice to their murdered friends.

They came to deliver a strong and eloquent message to the large crowd and they did. However, ten days prior, at the nationwide school walkout held on March 14, they were nearly overshadowed by an unexpected and uninvited guest.

Bernie Sanders showed up uninvited, to do some articulating of his own.

The manner in which he conducted himself is astonishing. It even appears that he brought his own cheering section, as the Parkland students specifically did not invite him because of his record on gun control. They are said to be very upset that he crashed their party.

An excellent description the way he conducted himself during the event was found on Twitter by one of our contributors, and we decided it was worth including whole.

Even aside from this revolting display, the casual observer might be tempted to scratch his head. Bernie Sanders? Doesn’t he have a really weak history on gun control legislation? Didn’t he vote against the Brady Act, to implement background checks and waiting periods for gun purchases?

BERNIE SANDERS: “Thank you to the young people throughout this country who are walking out today and who have the courage to do what the United States Congress is not doing: lead us forward to stop the slaughter that we have seen from coast to coast due to gun violence.”

Okay, fine, but- What are YOU doing to lead the stopped slaughter forward, Bernie?

There is a very specific word of caution to make in this article. Just because a cause is worthy doesn’t mean its leaders are good people. In fact, it is often just the opposite. The Parkland students are the cause of these protests and the ones that people came to hear. But they’re not the ones running the organization.

For years, Bernie Sanders has been showing up to take credit for things that aren’t his. This Millennial Democrats contributor remembers people talk endlessly about “Bernie’s dreams” and “Bernie’s ideals” during the 2016 election cycle.

But where is he when it matters? He goes down to Florida to grandstand in front of the kids, but in the past when he has had the chance to vote on a policy to stop something like this from happening again, he was nowhere to be seen.

One example that sticks with me is when the daughter of the Sandy Hook Elementary School principal who was killed during the Newtown massacre, asked Bernie to apologize to the victims for “putting the gun lobby above our families.

Sanders dodged making any sort of apology at all, instead making a lame-duck excuse to the effect that he recognizes his constituents’ preferences, and so does not make gun control a priority.

If you want to know how Bernie feels about guns, look no further than his voting record on the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, a landmark piece of gun control legislation.

The Brady Act mandated that everyone who wanted to buy a handgun had to wait five days while local law enforcement ran criminal background checks; Sanders voted against it numerous times.

He also voted against an amendment that would have ended state waiting periods, while still voting for an amendment giving those denied a gun the right to know why.

The final compromise version of the Brady bill was an interim five-day waiting period while installing an instant background check system; Sanders voted against it.

Bernie took a lot of heat for this during the 2016 election cycle, and he equivocated at every turn, wriggling like a worm on a hook.

That’s just what he did again, last fall, when he hijacked the Women’s March. He knows full well that he has never done a thing for women’s rights, but that didn’t stop him from accepting a chance to be the keynote speaker at last year’s Women’s Convention.

When it was found out what they were pulling, women got so mad, so fast, that Bernie backed out as fast as his legs would carry him.

But he left his proxies behind. And they were quick to announce their intent.

Linda Sarsour, for example, tweeted out late in the primary season that “Bernie had changed her life” along with a picture of her framed with the Sanders family.

There are people in this country who make a living out of protesting everything, and a number of them have shown up to co-opt the efforts of the Parkland students to seek justice and change.

We’ve met them before, of course- they’re the very same people who did this to the Women’s March.

The “March for Our Lives” permit application for D.C. was actually filed by Deena Katz, the co-executive director of the Women’s March Los Angeles Foundation. The application identifies her as the “person in charge” of the event. She is also listed as the president of the “March for Our Lives Fund.”

In this capacity she works right alongside Sarsour, who has made a career out of viciousness and vulgarity.

These are some of the opinions espoused by Ms. Sarsour as collected by the New York Times.

“Nothing is creepier than Zionism,” she wrote in 2012.

From 2015- “You’ll know when you’re living under Shariah law if suddenly all your loans and credit cards become interest-free. Sound nice, doesn’t it?

The March for Our Lives and the Women’s March are too important to sit out just because a few of their organizers are corrupt.

As Democrats, i.e. persons with a conscience, we realize fully how important it is that we be there to stand in support of these crucial issues.

But it’s equally important that we do everything we can to raise awareness as to what is going on. Progressive causes are being co-opted and hijacked all over the country for the use of Bernie Sanders and his devotees, and it is hurting them. The people doing it need to be shut down.

It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that we’ve got to Occupy those organizations before their current leaders can run the perceived legitimacy of their causes into the ground.

NO MORE MASSACRES! Regulate Guns and Protect Our Children!

Protect Our Children.

How do we interpret the Second Amendment in a way that makes any sense?

This is the controversy that is ripping through America today.

Earlier this week, a maniac Trump supporter murdered seventeen of his fellow Americans in Parkland, Florida. This person was a scumbag, who doesn’t deserve to get his name in print. He was photographed proudly on Instagram wearing his stupid red Make America Great Again cap, and was obsessed with racism and violence.

In Florida, victim Scott Beigel’s funeral is still going on, but not before the NRA had already held a gun show. This revoltingly insensitive spectacle of misplaced values is the same show the NRA puts on every time, as Michael Moore showed us in Bowling for Columbine.

The 2nd, like most other Amendments, is a failsafe written into the Constitution by the Founding Fathers designed to defend America against a centralized tyranny of the type they were suffering under King George, while also avoiding the type of populist nightmare that led to the Reign of Terror in France.

It is the opinion of this Millennial Democrats contributor that most people respect the Second Amendment, but more than anything, they want little kids to stop getting shot when they go to school. There has to be a happy medium somewhere.

Undoubtedly, the right to bear arms is an important and fundamental American tradition. Once it was critical. It was not granted us by the British, who did not respect us as equals. They labelled us rebels and traitors and treated us as though we had no rights at all. We had to fight for our rights, by forming citizen militias called Minutemen, heroes who beat back the oppression of the British soldiers in the area to mistreat and abuse them and set our country forever free during the Revolutionary War.

These sections of American history are an important part of the heritage of victory we all hold dear.

That is what makes it all the more tragic, when slovenly packs of rednecks like Cliven Bundy get together, misappropriate these terms for their own insane and unnecessary purposes and drag them through the mud.

The kinds of people who call themselves Minutemen these days are not heroic at all. What they are, is a problem.

The gun culture in this country has gotten out of control. It’s just that simple. When 11,000 people in the country are shot dead every year, you’ve got a problem that is out of control.

In the aftermath of the Orlando shootings, CBS News found that 36 percent of U.S. adults either own a firearm personally, or live with someone who does. Furthermore, that huge number is the lowest gun ownership rate in nearly 40 years.

There are more guns in America then there are human beings. And 3% of our population controls 50% of them.

In 2016, there were a total of 384 mass shootings. That’s better than one a day.

According to data from the Gun Violence Archive, a total of 346 mass shooting incidents occurred in 2017, which is a slight decrease than last year. But in terms of the numbers of dead, it was the deadliest year in American history.

On October 1, 2017, 64-year old Stephen Paddock opened fire on 22,000 people at a country music festival from his hotel suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel on the Las Vegas strip. The attack, which left 58 people dead and more than 500 injured, marked the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The death toll surpassed the Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre, which took the lives of 49 people in June of 2016.

Paddock had an arsenal with him that defies belief.

Authorities eventually discovered that he owned 47 guns. At least 12 of those in the hotel room were outfitted with bump stocks, which allowed the semi-automatic weapons to mimic the gunfire of automatic ones, according to Jill Snyder, special agent in charge of the ATF’s San Francisco field division.

Under federal law, gun stores are required to report multiple handgun purchases to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives but not multiple rifle purchases.

The lack of notification for multiple rifle purchases creates a loophole where people can stockpile assault weapons, similar in design to those used by the military and police SWAT teams, with little federal detection, said David Chipman, a former ATF special agent and senior policy adviser at Americans for Responsible Solutions, which advocates for stricter gun regulation.

This problem is not going away. People are going off the rails like this because the tension in our society has been rising like a pressure cooker for years. Now that Trump is in office, it’s likely to get much worse.

When it does, we can certainly expect even more people to reach their breaking point. When they get there, there will be plenty of guns, and that is the crux of the problem.

In nearly every case of a mass-shooting, easy access to a firearm at the time the perpetrator felt most aggrieved was what tipped the situation into violence.

Sooner or later, something’s got to give. We aren’t advocating for the government to kick doors down and forcefully snatch people’s guns away, but we can’t sell AR-15’s out of vending machines either. This country is in desperate need of a reasonable and far-sighted set of gun regulations. Until it gets one, the body count will just keep piling up.

Our hearts and best wishes are with the town of Parkland, Florida, and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. They have vowed that theirs will be the last mass shooting. Godspeed, you guys. Good for you.

R.I.P. Alyssa Alhadeff, Nicholas Dworet, Scott Beigel, Aaron Feis, Jamie Guttenberg, Meadow Pollack, Christopher Hixon, Luke Hoyer, Carmen Schentrup, Gina Montalto, Alex Schachter, Peter Wang, Alaina Petty, Martin Duque Antiano, Helena Ramsey, Joaquin Oliver, Cara Loughran, and all the others. You are not forgotten.