Currently, we’re running both this blog (ProudLiberal.org) as well as 2016candidates.zone – a breakdown of the 2016 US Presidential candidates. You may notice crosspostings from our secondary site to this one – or you may not. Some items when clicked on from ProudLibearl.org will take you to our secondary blog for commenting and such.
I tend to be a political science junkie, and so the 2016 Presidential election is one that I’ve kept a close watch on. Additionally, as a gay man and as someone who is a feminist, I tend to look at the election with extra scrutiny, especially on the Republican side of the fence.
Knowing a bit about Donald Trump for a while, it was absolutely no surprise that in a 2004 interview, he called pregnancy a wonderful thing — as long as you were not an employer. If you were, then pregnancy was a complete inconvenience. Why? Because it would make the United States less competitive if companies had to pay for maternity leave.
So that makes it all the more puzzling why Trump has changed his tune and decided that paid maternity leave is just fine. He put forth a new policy that would be woefully underfunded if he took office, because he plans to pay for the six week maternity leave by cracking down on unemployment benefits fraud, which is only about $3 billion per year (whereas Trump’s plan would cost many times that).
What’s worse is Trump, both Donald and Ivanka, went on national television and while introducing Donald’s plan, lied about Hillary Clinton’s. They actually said that Mrs. Clinton actually had no plan, which is a surprise to me since it’s been part of Clinton’s website for more than a year. But what’s worse is Ivanka defended the plan, and abruptly ended an interview with Cosmo when the magazine asked if the plan covered gay dads. Because gay men don’t have kids, right? Right?
The absolute worse thing about Trump’s plan is that it’s only focused on the wealthy. Why? Because it’s a tax cut, not a tax credit. And as a tax cut, with Trump’s proposal of being able to deduct childcare expenses, this is focused so much on the wealthy that it would be a blip on the financial impact of regular Americans. While a middle class family would be able to deduct a small amount from their tax burden, people like the Trump family would be able to deduct tens of thousands of dollars per year. For example, if each of Donald Trump’s grandkids — he has seven — had a nanny, and the Trump clan had a family reunion, Ivanka and Donald Trump III (the two Trump children who have provided Trump with grandkids) would be able to fly their nannies out with their children — and deduct their First Class airfare, hotel accomodations, salary, bonuses, and the like.
But Trump is a champion of the middle class. Yeah, right.
Yes, it’s true. Donald Trump, at a rally in Mississippi, declared that Hillary Clinton is a bigot. Why? Because she “only sees minorities as votes, not people.” And lest you think we’re making this up, there’s video of it – everywhere, including the hilarious look on one woman’s face when he says it.
Okay, so let’s take the comment at face value. Is she a bigot? Well, to pull just one of her accomplishments out of her history, as First Lady, she helped to spearhead a law that led to covering more than 8 million children – regardless of race – who weren’t previously covered. The law is referred to as SCHIP, for State Children’s Health Insurance Program, and is what has helped many, many children since it started.
Currently the percentage of minority children in the United States is about 50.2%, according to 2014 figures. So overall, Hillary Clinton has helped more than 4 million minority children in the United States. Does this sound like something a bigot would do?
Contract that with Donald Trump. The same Donald Trump who said that blacks are lazy. Who said he didn’t trust black people to count his money. The same Donald Trump who refused to rent to black people (though he was quick to point out the settlement for this discrimination “didn’t amount to a guilty verdict”.
So tell me, which one of these two people sound like a bigot? It’s not Hillary Clinton, that’s for sure.
So everyone knows about TheHill.com and all the major news sites, and probably faithfully visit them to get the latest news about the 2016 race for the White House. But there’s one site that seems to be lower on the radar, and yet it doesn’t deserve to be. Why? Because it is not only consistently updated on a daily basis, but it’s probably some of the best analysis of what is going on, as well as what to expect in the coming days. As a news aggregate site from multiple sources that is used to formulate and hypothesize, it’s honestly second to none.
I’m talking about Electoral-Vote.com of course.
I followed this site religiously in the 2008 and 2012 Presidential race, as well as the 2010 and 2014 Senate races. The insight here is very well done, and I cannot recommend it enough. I’m not affiliated with the site in any way; I’m just an admirer.
So check out Electoral-Vote.com and see what you’ve been missing!
One thing that people of religious backgrounds, especially Christians who think they have been wronged by gay people gaining the same rights and responsibilities that straight people have had for years, is that they will tell you religion is very sacred to them. But they’ll also tell you that religion is something that is protected by our Constitution here in the United States. Indeed, that first amendment states:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
So honestly, it is confusing to me when I read that US District Court Judge John Gerrard ruled that the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster isn’t a real religion. He stated that it was a parody, brought forth by those who were trying to fight creationism being taught in Kansas. And indeed, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was started by a man during that time, in response to what Kansas was doing. Gerrard ruled that the religion was only a parody, and thus did qualify as a “real religion”, ruling against a Nebraska man who is serving time in a prison that prohibits him from worshiping the way that his religion calls for.
While the case may be called “silly” by some, it’s a fundamental crack in the wall of what the State considers a religion – and that’s dangerous. What if an anti-Islam judge rules that Muslim people are not worthy of having their religious views respected? What if a gay judge rules that people like Pat Robertson and all those of the same ilk that are virulently anti-gay disqualifies Judeo-Christian values as a religion? Would that be right?
So while we are a nation that respects people for their deeply held religious beliefs, as well as the right to have no religious beliefs, we have honestly not only a step back for personal rights, but have started down a dangerous path from which there could be no turning back.
So, did you hear that because Germany had gun control laws back in the 1930s, that allowed Hitler to take power and kill millions of Jews? No? Well it’s what Ben Carson is saying. But why would he say something like that?
Because it’s a dog-whistle talking point to get votes. “They’re coming for your guns!” is the rallying cry, and suckers fall for it every time.
But Ben Carson doesn’t care about that. Even if Politifact declares it “False” (their term – I call it a big fat lie), he doesn’t care. All he cares about is getting another few percentage points in support.
I was reading a bit by Lindsey Graham, who so eloquently said:
I knew about the crazy as hell, since that refers to Donald Trump. But Doctor Ben Carson, who is now riding high in the first position in Iowa, tried to kill someone? Well, I looked into it, and Lindsey Graham is right.
To quote from the CNN story:
“As a teenager, I would go after people with rocks, and bricks, and baseball bats, and hammers. And, of course, many people know the story when I was 14 and I tried to stab someone,” Carson said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Are you kidding me? Carson admits that when he was 14, he tried to kill someone – and this guy is topping the polls for the Republican nomination?
Want even more scary news? Check out ThinkProgress’ awesome “13 Ridiculous Things Ben Carson Actually Believes.”
And their families, too!
In trying to defend the bigoted Kim Davis, who refused to allow her or her staff to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, Rick Santorum seriously stuck his foot in his mouth. He tried to say that what Kim Davis went through was the exact same thing that one of the people killed in Columbine – shot because of her religious beliefs – that both situations are comparable, and equal.
He couldn’t be more wrong. If you want to make a comparison, then compare her to George Wallace, standing in the doorways at the University of Alabama, decreeing “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” Because if there’s a comparison, that is the closest.
In case you haven’t heard it yet, Scott Walker has dropped out of the 2016 Republican clown-car of candidates. Not a surprise, when he’s been polling in the low, low, low, single digits (his last poll came out where he was statistically at zero percent support).
So who are the Koch Brothers going to funnel their money to now that Walker is out?
If you didn’t get a chance to watch Bernie Sanders at Liberty University, then here is your chance. It’s embedded below, and absolutely well worth the 27+ minutes. Sanders, a man of Jewish heritage, takes his economic inequality speech to Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, and makes the religious case for economic equality amongst all Americans.