Blue Wave Looms Over Voting Day 2018! Get To The Polls And Vote!

Today is Voting Day! That long-awaited day, the one we’ve all been waiting for. As voting kicks off on the final day of the 2018 midterm cycles, we’ve got a few last thoughts to offer.

Down south, it looks like they’re trying to cheat people. Our prayers go out to all Democrats. A particular prayer seems due for Stacey Abrams of Georgia, the gubernatorial candidate of that fair state; we wish her the best of luck overcoming the dirty tricks of the Republicans and taking her state back to sane decency.

The disgraceful conduct of the Republicans will color their names for all time.

This Millennial Democrats contributor voted yesterday. A straight blue ticket! A drop of blue water to a strong Blue Wave. It was a beautiful moment for me. I have been waiting for this every single day since November 8 of 2016. I have lived for it. We are going to take back the House and save our country- and we are going to do it today!

Even one branch of Congress will be enough for us to stymie every evil thing they try to do. Forget about Trump getting anything else past legislature. He’ll be stuck in his chair from that point on. The Blue Wave’s Crest is towering over him as we speak. He is in its shadow.

For all of you who might see this at the last minute- If you are stuck at home today. If you’re too sick. If you’re too busy- Please take advantages of resources designed to help you get to those polls! Your country needs you, your people need you, your planet needs you!

EVERYTHING we have been doing here for all this time is pointless if we don’t make it into those booths.

Now, Millennial Democrats! Today is that day! Let’s get out there and vote!

See you at the booths!!

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Memorial Day and the Trump Effect- An Emptiness of Empathy.

Memorial Day and the Trump Effect.

America is celebrating its second Memorial Day underneath the reign of Donald Trump, and it’s worth reflecting on exactly what that means.

Memorial Day is a special day for America. It gives society a way to show gratitude to those who have carried upon their lives the burdens and responsibilities of war.

The Atlantic’s David Frum wrote today “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” is a promise not denominated only in dollars and cents. We commit spiritually, too, to do our limited human best to understand and appreciate the losses and suffering imposed by the defense of the nation.”

These kinds of subtleties are lost on our 45th president.

Trump spent his day boasting about the economy he’s been ravaging on Twitter. Later he made a speech and laid a wreath, but the speech he made was an abject lesson of insincerity, where he said all the usual things and made reference to “Our Heroes”.

Trump has never had a military hero. On the contrary. He has repeatedly used and politicized the military, not to mention badly disrespected it.

Our heroes- the heroes of the people of America- is a term that includes Sen. John McCain(R-AZ), who Trump has disdained for years. He even mocked the time McCain spent in a POW camp in Vietnam, saying he prefers “people who didn’t get captured”.

Just recently, some White House staffer sneered at his words, saying that his opinion doesn’t matter because he is dying. Trump said nothing. Not one kind word was spent on our hero John McCain.

The commander-in-chief of our military is a man who was never in Vietnam at all, win or lose. He was able to dodge the draft because of his “bone spurs”– and his daddy’s money. Poor people didn’t get out of going to Vietnam for bone spurs.

The instance of John McCain is not the only time he’s proved himself a hypocrite on the matter of his supposed admiration for veterans. Trump has had numerous back-and-forths with the military.

Trump has said, “I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me.”

Trump has said US generals were “reduced to rubble” by Obama.
While campaigning in 2016, Trump spent nearly a week disparaging the Gold Star family of Humayun Khan, a Muslim soldier killed in a suicide attack in Iraq, back in 2004.

He told Khan’s mother to remain silent, because, as a Muslim wife, she “wasn’t allowed to have anything to say.”

After he got elected, four Army soldiers were killed in Niger in an ambush in October 2017. Trump remained quiet for 12 days. He then disputed comments alleging that he told the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson he “knew what he signed up for” and forgot the soldier’s name.

The list goes on, as it tends to with our 45th president.

Trump has also lied about donations he’s made to the military. He spent the first few months of 2016 claiming he sent nearly $6 million to veterans groups nationwide, but Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold couldn’t find any evidence of any donations.

After Fahrenthold asked and asked about the money, Trump held a news conference in May, assuring he had sent out his donations.

It turned out he sent most of them within a week of the press conference or, in some cases, on the same day Fahrenthold interviewed him about the mystery money.

For all his sentimentality in appropriating soldiers, a more honest look at how Trump feels about memorializing veterans was available this weekend. For sale. On his webstore.

On Saturday, the online shop associated with the Donald J. Trump for President web site posted an advertisement on Trump’s Facebook page.

“In honor of Memorial Day, we’re doing 25% off all #MAGA gear!” 

This is what Donald Trump really thinks of the military. Something he can cash in on.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has repeatedly criticized the president for “the Trump effect“, which it has called a virus in our country.

More and more members of our armed forces are realizing what this means for the democracy they fought for, and from what we can see, they’re getting fed up. They’re waking to the reality that what’s worst for Trump and the Republicans is what’s best for America.

One headline we came across while researching this piece was called “Three younger veterans stake a generational claim on the Democratic Party”. Millennial Democrats, standing up. That’s what we like to see.

Going forward, we can raise awareness by equipping ourselves with the facts. Every time Trump and his supporters start tooting their own horns about the military, we can remind them of how he got his Purple Heart. He was handed it, the same as he was handed his money.

A veteran in Virginia gave Trump a Purple Heart medal during an August 2016 campaign speech — and the future commander-in-chief saw nothing untoward in accepting it.

“I always wanted to get a Purple Heart,” he said proudly, pinning it to his lapel. “This way is a lot easier.”

The quick and easy way is not what got us here. In the age of Donald Trump, we can all use a reminder of that.

The Difference of a Decade- Joy Reid’s Apology.

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Joy Reid, the popular host of MSNBC’s weekend show AM Joy, has recently been under fire.

Newly uncovered blog posts published on her now-defunct blog, the Reid Report, took a mocking tone toward people in the LGBTQ community in the mid-to-late 2000s. The comments do not bear repeating, so we won’t repeat them; suffice it to say, they required a sincere apology.

Her first reaction upon seeing the old posts was that her blog had been hacked and defaced, a suspicion that seems natural after all that’s taken place since 2016. This could not be proven, however, so she retracted the claim, responsibly admitting that she doesn’t really know what happened. She may have said those things.

So Joy unreservedly made the apology. She explained that she grew up in a household that had conservative views on the LGBTQ community. A lot of us did. This does not excuse hurtful speech, but it identifies an individual’s upbringing as its point of origin.

Her apology has been largely accepted, and she is being supported by many in the LGBT community.

She also hosted a panel with LGBTQ activists about the blog posts and took accountability for them face to face. And she apologized for newly resurfaced tweets in which she made transphobic remarks that suggested conservative pundit Ann Coulter is a man.

People of all ages are products of their environment. We are influenced by the times in which we grow up. The whole country has evolved regarding LGBTQ issues.

Even Barack Obama evolved on the issue, going from supporting only Civil Unions in his early years to fully support same-sex marriage, and sending his Department of Justice in to help convince the Supreme Court to rule so.

Five years ago gay marriage was still a long way off, and issues like bathrooms for transgender persons hadn’t fully made it onto the American radar. The general attitudes of society towards these people and their needs was negative for a long time. The state of affairs was a travesty, but it was also the way things were.

Fortunately for everyone, that is changing more and more every year. People have at least started down the road to knowing better these days, and that clearly includes Joy Reid.

She’s a strong leader, one of the left’s most powerful and recognizable voices. She has used that voice to help people. No way are we going to throw her under the bus over nasty remarks made years ago. We’ll stick up for those who have stuck up for us. We still remember what was done to Al Franken. 

The point to emphasize is that she has recognized her past comments as being insensitive and she has made clear that is not how she feels today.

Millennial Democrats have been fortunate enough to grow up in a world where these sorts of issues are being worked on and improved. Things were very different for our parents and teachers in older generations of Americans, and that becomes truer the further back you go.

In 2016, when the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, Barack Obama spoke these words, hours after the high court’s decision was announced.

“Progress on this journey often comes in small increments, sometimes two steps forward, one step back.”

These kinds of things are going to come out over time, and we have to make sure that we don’t let the enemy split the left or pick off our leaders using them. We are all in this together, and we are going to make mistakes sometimes. Joy’s apology makes the point very well.

“I have not been exempt from being dumb or cruel or hurtful to the very people I want to advocate for,” she said on Saturday. “I own that. For that, I am truly, truly sorry.”

“I’m hoping, out of all of this, there’s an opportunity to talk about the ways in which hurtful speech really does imperil marginalized communities,” Reid said.

We’ll be heading forward in that direction.

Channel 4 Busts Cambridge CEO- God Save The Queen!

#MillennialDemocrats

Thank you, Great Britain.

Alexander Nix, the chief executive of data mining company Cambridge Analytica, the company at the center of the Facebook data breach, has been caught on tape boasting of using honey traps, disinformation campaigns, and Kompromat campaigns to swing election campaigns around the world, a new investigation reveals.

Executives from Cambridge spoke to undercover reporters from Channel 4 News about the dark arts used by the company to help clients, which included entrapping rival candidates in fake bribery stings and hiring prostitutes to seduce them.

In one exchange, the company chief executive, Alexander Nix, is recorded telling reporters: “It sounds a dreadful thing to say, but these are things that don’t necessarily need to be true as long as they’re believed.”

Joseph Goebbels thought much the same. So does Vladimir Putin.

The Channel 4 News investigation, broadcast on Monday, comes two days after the Observer reported Cambridge Analytica had unauthorized access to tens of millions of Facebook profiles in one of the social media company’s biggest data breaches.

Cambridge Analytica has been using the exact same disinformation techniques that the Russian Internet Research Agency has.

Instructions were given to the staff of that company to post political content on US social media sites and “use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest (except Sanders and Trump — we support them).”

The New York Times and the Observer newspaper in Britain revealed Saturday that Cambridge Analytica got hold of the personal information of 50 million Facebook users and used it to craft ads and messages for President Trump’s 2016 campaign.

So how exactly did that happen? Why was it even allowed?

Those are not questions that have convincing answers. It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that Facebook is far from on the up and up. Democrats have been silenced on Facebook with impunity from the start. The same people who’ve been silencing us, let these people get away with murder.

Facebook has a tremendous culpability in this matter. It’s good that they’re suspending Cambridge from having any further access, especially after hearing their CEO bragging about how he uses sex workers and bribes to corrupt and ruin rival politicians.

Again, this technique is Russian in origin. They call it Kompromat- the gathering of compromising evidence on someone in order to exert leverage.

We have come to quite an impasse. Russia’s tyrant is actively working to help the Republicans keep power in America. They’ve certainly got plenty of Kompromat on them.

For an example as to the way they gather this Kompromat and what sort of dirt they want can be, we can look to Ralph Shortey, a 35-year-old married father of three. He resigned in disgrace from the state legislature in March.

He was Trump’s campaign chair from Oklahoma, a man who carefully cultivated a strong ‘family values’ man type of image. He also just pled guilty to seven federal counts. Child sex trafficking, felony child prostitution, transportation of child pornography, and production of child pornography.

pleads guilty to Meanwhile, former Campbell County District Judge Timothy Nolan, Trump’s campaign chair in KY, has pled guilty to a similar set of charges. Sex trafficking of minors. 21 counts against 19 victims. Felony trafficking of a minor, felony inducing a minor to engage in sex, and a third count of giving alcohol to a minor.

One wonders if, like his grandfather, Trump has a sex trafficking racket along with his Russian money laundering racket? Just asking .

The president and his closest associates not only know of these efforts but are doing their best to coordinate with them.

Meanwhile, Trump, the president, not only does nothing but lies to the people every day. And when he found out that the FBI was looking into the whole mess, fires the person running the investigation in hopes of putting an end to it.

This is not a movie. This is where the nation stands. The Justice Department has an investigation in full-tilt, with the best guys in the country recruited to get the job done, and the president is doing all he can to find a way to get rid of it.

“The fact pattern that continues to emerge is amazing,” said Rick Wilson, a Republican consultant who stood among the first to question Trump’s ties to Moscow during the GOP primary campaign. “When I was a young cold warrior, back at the dawn of time, we had a healthy suspicion of Russia.”

In the meantime, Trump recently did what he’s never done before and directly taken aim at Robert Mueller on Twitter.

Robert Mueller himself has been a Republican all his life. That does not seem to be something Trump likes to bring up. It certainly did not stop Trump from nearly firing him last June, on a conflict of interest beef relating to, of all things, golfing fees. The whole thing has degenerated to the level of a kindergarten in the DeVos school system.

Is this what we want for our country? Aren’t we fed up yet? How much farther do we have to go? It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that most of us are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Thank God for Great Britain, is all I can think of to say. If it wasn’t for them, we’d be in this alone, and up to our necks. I personally have learned not to take them for granted. Thank you, Brits.

There is a sign of light on the horizon, however. It’s called a #BlueWave. The way it works is really simple, too. Vote Democratic, and the nightmare ends. Vote Democratic, and professionals come in and start cleaning up the mess. Vote Democratic, and America is certain to remain America, because the best will make sure it is.

If you’ve had enough of living in the zoo, vote blue.

Forever #NeverTrump- The State Of The Union.

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Millennial and most Democrats have made plans tomorrow evening.

A growing number of Democrats say they plan to boycott and otherwise protest Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address.

When Trump goes through the usual presidential motions, it’s important that we always are there to boycott it. We have resisted, and are going to keep resisting any tendency to normalize or accept his rhetoric and politics. The causes are innumerable, but some of the examples cited were reports this month that Trump questioned why the U.S. accepts so many immigrants from “s—hole countries” in Africa and that the U.S. didn’t need more people from Haiti.

Trump was going to fire Robert Mueller last June. 

Trump spent his MLK Day at his golf club in West Palm Beach, Florida. The only event on the White House daily public schedule was the flight that brought him back to Washington in the afternoon.

More than 60 Democrats skipped Trump’s inauguration.

Several Democratic lawmakers, like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, are planning to wear black, in honor of the #MeToo movement. Others have decided to boycott the address altogether.

Democratic Representative Gregory Meeks of New York said the following. “At every opportunity, he’s disrespected me and individuals who look like me,” Meeks told MSNBC on Sunday. “I cannot respect him.”

Neither can we, sir.

Democratic Representative Maxine Waters of California had the following contribution to make to the discourse.

“Why would I take my time to go and sit and listen to a liar?” Walters said on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes on Jan 12.

“I don’t appreciate him and I wouldn’t waste my time sitting in that House listening to what he has to say. He does not deserve my attention,” Walters added.

Nor that of the rest of us, for that matter.

Democratic Representative Barbara Lee of California’s press secretary told KQED that Lee decided to miss the State of the Union even before Trump’s “shithole” countries comments.

There was ample reason to avoid even sitting in the same room with the man, long before he ever took office. Now that he is there, however, it has become an imperative.

Sean Spicer apologized to Trump for embarrassing himself in an interview today, and it’s true that he was spectacle during his time there. But it’s not his fault entirely. There was only so much he could do. Ultimately, his great failing was not being able to lie with audacity enough to fill the position’s demands.

There’s no shame in having a soul.

Trump is his own shame, of course, except that he’s too brazen to know it. He couldn’t even manage to print out his tickets right. Invitations nationwide were thus rescinded, to President Donald Trump’s State of the Uniom Address– yes, you read that correctly.

None of this is news to anyone, of course, and that’s the biggest reason of all why this is necessary. We can’t allow Trump to be normalized because he has done nothing to normalize himself. He shows no signs at all of wanting to get himself right. It’s unlikely he’d even be able to.

Democratic Representative Joseph Kennedy III, D-Mass., has been the one chosen to deliver the Democratic Party’s formal response to whatever Trump decides to spout out tomorrow night. Perhaps a happy glimpse of the future waits for us in that contest.

Until Donald Trump has been removed from the Oval Office, the State of the Union will be an obscenity. Those who know it must use this opportunity to speak out. If we all get together, we can make a statement about America that the world needs to hear. It’s clear the time has come.

 

FCC Democrats Call For Help- Making a Stand for Net Neutrality.

Focus On Internet Freedom

A Democratic member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has called on us for help. We will answer the call. Now is the time for the millennial generation to rise.

Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel wrote in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that Americans must resist the agency’s plans to end net neutrality rules adopted under the Obama administration, calling the FCC’s plan “lousy”.

She urged Americans to make their voices heard before a Dec. 14 vote. Here is a link providing the information you need to contact your local reps to make your voices heard. It’s called BattleForTheNet.com. 5Calls.org is another good place you can go to help coordinate your voice with ours. That’s how we come together and make a big noise; which is to say, that is how we caucus.

“They have proposed to end net neutrality , and they are trying to force a vote on their plan on Dec. 14,” Rosenworcel writes. “It’s a lousy idea. And it deserves a heated response from the millions of Americans who work and create online every day.”

It’s been getting a heated response from Russian citizens, anyway.

Hundreds of thousands of comments in favour of this policy have come from Russian trolls. The FCC stymied the investigation into them. 

The Federal Communications Commission order will throw out almost all of the regulations set in place by the Obama administration.

FCC chair Ajit Pai said in a statement Tuesday that “the FCC would simply require internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that’s best for them and entrepreneurs and other small businesses can have the technical information they need to innovate.”

What all that slick talk means, is that they want the legal right to squeeze your ISP for information about you and about what you are doing.

The FCC’s two Democratic members blasted the proposal as being a greedy and invasive policy, but the GOP has a majority on the commission. Barring a last-minute change of heart by one of the three Republican commissioners, the order will likely be approved during the agency’s next open meeting on December 14.

Internet freedoms have been at risk since the day of the Internet’s creation. And authoritarian practices have slowly crept into American cyberspace from authoritarian states.

In opposition to our dearly-held liberal beliefs about Internet freedom and independence, Chinese President Xi Jinping has stressed the importance of what he calls “Internet Sovereignty”.

Vladimir Putin has taken this idea one step further by calling the Internet a “CIA project.

The free world once thought it would use economic and social ties to gradually liberalize authoritarian states. But the authoritarian states have abused this access and designed a web of economic interdependency through which to spread their corruption and repression at home and abroad. Instead of accepting our proffered hand up, they have used it to pull us down into the muck with them.

Even now, Russian hackers are trying to influence the fight over net neutrality, and according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the federal government is not cooperating with investigations into the fraud. While Trump is in office, the apparatus of law will not be on our side.

Things have reached a point where our intelligence services are telling Israel and other trusted allies not to share information with Trump’s White House. It is safe to assume that applies to us as well.

It is, therefore, the recommendation of Millennial Democrats that we should all be ready to protect ourselves. We can’t risk losing our networks and our teammates every time Facebook or Twitter deletes one of our accounts. We cannot let them have all the power.

If things take much more of a turn for the worse, history indicates those of us who are stalwart members of the resistance are in for a very bad time.

For anyone who might be thinking that sounds drastic, keep in mind that public and private libraries around the United States have pledged to destroy user data on their computers, as well as backing up system data abroad.

The American Library Association has realized the danger. It made a statement on November 18 of last year that it would “work with President-elect Trump” and his transition team. Now the association has apologized, saying, “We understand that content from these press releases, including the 11/18/16 release that was posted in error, was interpreted as capitulating to and normalizing the incoming administration.” They realize now that is impossible.

At the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, librarians have begun purging interlibrary loan records. Guilt by association with controversial books has a very dark history. The McCarthy years are back. But this time they’re claiming that Russia is a buddy.

This is going to cost a tremendous amount of time and money for them. It’s the most serious decision they could make.

Clearly, they are taking this threat very seriously. There is every reason for us to take heed of their example.

The bottom line is this- If you’re against Trump, and you don’t intend to shut up about it, then it’s best to do everything in your power to keep them from knocking you offline and silencing you.

That is their goal, and they will cheat all they can to achieve it. Hundreds of unjust Facebook sentences suffered by loyal Democratic activists testify to that as this is written. Anonymity is your friend.

There are a number of important ways how we can keep ourselves safe and independent, and we’re going to make some specific recommendations.

First and foremost, we will be developing a cursory familiarity with the two most basic ways to stay anonymous online. These are known as the virtual private network, or VPN, and the Onion(Tor) Browser.

A Virtual Private Network, or VPN for short, is a secure network connection through which you can safely connect your device to public networks, or create a secure channel for remote access control between computers.

TorProject.org gives the definition of the Tor Browser project as being “free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security.”

The best solution is to use VPN and Tor in conjunction.

Just log on through your VPN, and then do your stuff through Tor. It isn’t perfect, but it’s a whole lot better than nothing. As for chat, we have a first class(and free) encrypted chat program available to us in the app known as  Telegram.

We also recommend that you gain at least a cursory familiarity with open-source Linux distributions such as Ubuntu. It’s free, its programs are free, and 99% of malware programs are written to target Microsoft system files.

For protection against malware we recommend(other than switching to Linux altogether) Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017, which has consistently outperformed its competitors year after year.

Remember NOT to use Kaspersky’s antivirus, or anything Russian, under any circumstances.

The New York Times reported that Israel hacked Kaspersky and caught Russia using it to search for NSA exploits and other U.S. government classified programs. That’s how they got a copy of the Stuxnet virus.

The FBI has been warning us that we’re in huge danger of having our next elections hacked again, but too many Americans are still far from focused. We have our work cut out for us raising awareness.

Any dirt the Russians get their hands on will be accessible to Trump, which is bad news for his adversaries. The 200 protestors arrested on Trump’s Inauguration Day this year are facing sixty years in prison apiece for minor acts of vandalism last year. The message sent by that reads loud and clear. Things have busted loose all over God’s creation. You don’t want them poring over your records.

The cause of freedom and the threat of tyranny are locked in an ongoing, existential struggle. To the ones who would set up shop as tyrants, the Internet and the free flow of information it engenders is viewed as both a threat and an opportunity. There will always be many internal and external forces, seeking to challenge our security in the information realm.

Going forward, the goal is no less lofty than ensuring we will not be silenced.

The German poet Heinrich Heine, a man deeply reviled by the Nazis, warned us shortly before the Holocaust, “Where books are burned, in the end people are also burned.” We should keep in mind going forward, that if they wanted to do a book burning these days, they wouldn’t even need fire. They could just delete them.

To delete our work is to delete our thoughts and our voices as well.

We will not sit by and be quietly deleted.