Why I Believe Bernie Sanders Represents Earned Success while Hillary Represents White Privilege. An Open Post to Minorities in Mississippi.

Why I Believe Bernie Sanders Represents Earned Success while Hillary Represents White Privilege. An Open Post to Minorities in Mississippi.

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For the past year I have consumed information about Bernie Sanders. Who he is, who he was his whole life, his message – all of it resonates with me. I have gone to my little island away from the anger and hate that is spewed by the Republican party and found a place of hope where a belief that the underdog, whose set of values that now mimics a set I never thought I would call my own, resides. There, I have ignored Hillary Clinton. As a somewhat new Democrat, a value that I have to any cause is loyalty. So, I have chosen to not engage in any rhetoric that is anti-Hillary Clinton. That ends today.

A vast number of minority voters, specifically in the South, are and have been historically loyal to the Hill-Bill Dynasty. I have always been aware of this fact, but I never really knew the reason why. So, for the past week I have consumed all of the information that I could find about The Clinton’s and their history with African American voters.

Disgust would be too nice of a word. There isn’t an appropriate word that comes to mind.

I have been tempted to post about 100 Facebook Memes a day on the lawlessness of Hillary and Bill Clinton just in reference to what they have done to oppress others – minorities, the poor, the helpless. The list is long.

Passive aggressive memes on Facebook do not create change.

Neither do two career politicians and their use of others in their pursuit of power, greed and wealth.

But, back to the purpose of this post.

Hillary’s race to the White House.

To understand her race, I found it necessary to understand Bill’s race also. I discovered something in my research that I found interesting. Toni Morrison once called Bill Clinton the first black president because he put on sunglasses and played the saxophone on the Arsenio Hall Show during his 1992 successful campaign for President. I don’t remember much about 1992, but I remember seeing that clip on TV. It was historic, and I don’t fault Toni Morrison for her comment. I bring this up because the Clinton’s mastered the art of sending out mixed cultural messages. Pandering.

Hillary Clinton uses any means necessary to get what she wants. She uses Black People. She uses Wall Street. She uses the Military. She uses the LGBT community. She uses Black Lives Matter. She uses Republicans. She uses Democrats. She even used Obama in a Democratic debate recently after she vilified him in 2008 when she realized her dream of a White House address would not be coming true. She called Obama an elitist who didn’t understand the American people. She said, on television “Shame on you, Obama. Shame on you.” This because she didn’t “like” his campaign – one that she lost to and thankfully so.

After 32 years in office, Hillary has shown improvements in literally no areas that would be considered key indicators that show her loyalty to improving disparities among the African American community. She has done nothing that proves a commitment to reducing crime rates, incarceration rates and unemployment. In fact, under the Presidency of Bill Clinton, The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 led to more black men being incarcerated than seen ever in America’s history. During a time when most first ladies are redecorating, selecting china patterns and/or working on their own platforms, Hillary was in front of Americans referring to young black kids in the following way:

“They are not just gangs of kids anymore. They are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘super-predators.’ No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.”

The Clinton Administration created the invisible poor – poverty and unemployment rates of the incarcerated are not counted when creating statistics. The jobless rate among black men in their 20s who didn’t have a college degree rose to its highest level ever during their administration. However, none of this was reported in the media. When Bill left office in 2001, the true jobless rate for young, non-college educated black men including those behind bars was 42 PERCENT.

I could go on and on about how the original Clinton Administration enacted laws and took measures that perpetuated institutional racism. Study it. It is quite an eye opener.

I would like to address a few key points about Hillary.

She panders. She has recently even been accused of pimping out the Black Lives Matter voters. Hillary Clinton “loves” Black People. She is the first to show up in their churches and is eagerly endorsed by Black politicians. But, for what reason. She is a machine – and is likely promising them all positions of power if she gets her ultimate position of power. She “courts” the black vote by making people feel liked and taken seriously, but only when the cameras from major networks are rolling.

How serious could the southern black community, or any true southerners, be about a woman who doesn’t even live in Arkansas anymore? Not only that, she owns two multi-million dollar homes – one in New York and one in DC. Huge homes. She and Bill alone made over 32 million dollars entertaining last year. Speaking. Saying whatever they had to say to get the almighty dollar. She gets $600 haircuts. She stays in the Peabody hotel while Bernie stays on a bus. There is nothing real about her.

Campaign finance. Hillary’s campaign is funded by huge corporations.  Corporations that make money by keeping the middle and lower class poor. Do you know what Hillary’s first bill was that she introduced as a Senator? It was a bankruptcy bill that protected credit card companies – not the American people. Her first vote as a Senator was a vote that allowed companies like Chase and Citigroup to drain money out of the pockets of middle and lower class America – a bill that prevented people from filing bankruptcy. A bill that protected big corporations and big government. A bill that showed her loyalties will always be to the ones writing the biggest paycheck to her.

Hillary’s campaign is funded by large campaign contributions from Wall Street. Not the American people. Citigroup donated $824,402. Goldman Sachs donated $760,740. Chase donated $696,456. The average campaign contribution to Bernie Sanders? $30 bucks. By real people.

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None of these inspire me. They are not videos that give me hope for the future of America, for the future of young people interested in the political process or for the future of creating positive change in the Black community – or in any community. She says to the girl in the third video that she would go run for office. Really? She is a crassly arrogant and insensitive woman who talks down to anyone who challenges her record. And her record should be challenged because she is a lawless human being. If she gets away with killing white people, what does that say for the future of any people? She gets away with private emails. There are no laws above her. None that she can’t break. Which brings me to this:

 

I don’t trust her, and I am white. In fact, 67% of Americans DO NOT TRUST her. She has lied to the American people on countless occasions.

Do you think that Michelle Obama could do or say any of the things that Hillary Clinton has done in these videos and lead the Democratic Party at this stage in the game. No. What Black woman could? Could Oprah even get away with the lawlessness Hillary pulls? Hell no. No one could. This is what I mean when I say white privilege.

Hillary was a Young Republican until 1968 and supported the GOP candidate Barry Goldwater who voted AGAINST the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Sadly, we are supposed to believe that she understands “black people” because John Lewis, an honorable Black Civil Rights Activist said he saw her during his time in Alabama – a statement he later admitted was in error. Hillary Clinton was NOT an activist during the Civil Rights Movement. She was against it as she worked to support a candidate who voted against it. Sanders was a CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST. Bernie led sit ins, pickets and was at the “I have a Dream” speech in DC along with Lewis. 

John Lewis and the Congressional Black Caucus endorsed a candidate (Hillary) who volunteered and supported a candidate (Goldwater) who voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. I really do not get this. White privilege. Who knows how she crafted that behind closed doors. 

Sanders and Martin Luther King, Jr. have striking similarities in their value systems:

  • They are both critics of the capitalist economic structure.
  • They both support democratic socialism.
  • They believe in economic rights for all.
  • They saw the evils in a highly militarized society and the burden it puts on the poor and undeserved.

What is Clinton’s plan to improve things in the black community? It is very brief and without substance. She plans to:

  • End the era of mass incarceration. (That she and Bill created.)
  • Protect immigrants’ rights and keep families together. (Many videos to the contrary.)
  • Defend every American’s right to vote. (But she supported a vote against the Civil Rights Movement.)

Bernie Sanders’ plan is so long and detailed I simply can not post it all. It can be found here: https://berniesanders.com/issues/racial-justice/

Bernie Sanders has been consistent since he ran for Mayor of Burlington well over 50 years ago. All of his speeches are on YouTube. He is a champion for fighting for minorities, for fighting for HUMANITY. He has done this his whole life. He is older, white and Jewish. He is from Vermont. This doesn’t resonate well with people in the South because many of us have never left the South. It is hard for people of color to trust any old white man. But, Bernie Sanders is the American Dream. His father, a Polish immigrant, arrived in New York many years ago penniless with the hope his family would live a better life – and live one they did as Bernie achieved much and gained a college degree.

That is exactly what he wants for Americans to be able to do today – make a living wage ($15 min. wage), end the war on drugs (legalize marijuana for both recreational and medicinal use), free college tuition for all (paid for by taxes on Wall Street), end police brutality and expand health care to make it single payer meaning 95% of American households would save money. He wants to bring back the middle class by creating jobs and has a detailed plan on how to make this happen found here: https://berniesanders.com/issues/creating-jobs-rebuilding-america/

Why is Bernie Sanders running for President? He is definitely not seeking to become a millionaire – his net assets are less than $700,000. He doesn’t even own a home in his home state of Vermont, he and his wife rent one. He owns a modest condo in DC. I do not believe he is running for personal or financial gain – he champions the fact that he can’t be bought in his campaign.

Sanders’ message and values reflect a lot of what I believe Obama captured in his campaign for the White House – Hope. Change. And, members of many communities still want the work that has been started by the Obama’s to continue as we press onward in America. When I watched the final State of the Union Address given by Obama in January this year, I felt so deeply saddened at the notion that in merely 100 days that they would be leaving the White House. Leaving the US in a better place that it was when they arrived, but leaving with dreams yet unrealized due to racism. Fear. Misinformation.

Bernie Sanders isn’t the white Obama. That is not what I am saying at all. I am saying I believe he is our best hope at continuing the work that Obama started.

Here is the short version of the platform that is Bernie Sanders:

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Hillary doesn’t have a true platform because hers changes so often that she doesn’t put anything in writing. Her platform is whatever Bernie Sanders says but not as extreme.

For some reason, Hillary supporters believe that qualification for a job is measured in years. I just looked at the cover of the Clarion Ledger this morning where Bill Clinton gave a speech at Jackson State University, a historically black college saying “We need to rise together again.” Really? Because how exactly did those 18-21 year old college students rise to anything with the help of him or his wife? Statistically, the people he is asking for help and their parents and the parents before them should be in jail thanks to the 3 strikes rule, crack v. powder cocaine law of the 80s and the worst criminal justice bill written in the history of any presidency.

Someone in that audience at JSU yesterday should have asked Bill about a man named Ricky Ray Rector, a mentally impaired black man executed in Arkansas while he was running for POTUS. Rector had so little awareness of what was about to happen to him when he was put to death that he asked that the dessert from his last meal be saved for him for later. Make no mistake Bill Clinton flew back for the execution and used it as a media opportunity to pander to the right winged white people to show his tough on crime stance against black people. White privilege.

Truly, why is Hillary Clinton running for POTUS? Clinton is running to benefit herself. She is not running to make America great again, to give us hope for a brighter future – she won’t even take a stance on any real issues. She is a neocon and places a greater emphasis on war than the plight of struggling Americans – a classic example of white privilege in America. There is a huge relationship between war and poverty – something Martin Luther King detailed in his Beyond Vietnam speech.

Bill and Hillary embody the values of the New Democrats who believe the only way to win back millions of white votes in the south who have switched to the Republican party (for Jesus) is to adopt the heinous right-wing narrative that black communities ought to be disciplined with harsh punishment rather than coddled with welfare.

 

The man below has earned his success.

 

I found the video below to be one of the most eye opening videos on all of the differences between both Hillary and Bernie.

 

It is my hope that you will walk away from this post with a better understanding of who Hillary really is. If anything, I have learned more than I ever wanted to know about her and what she has done to the citizens of what is one of the most beautiful states in the United States of America – Mississippi. Bernie Sanders has a value system that has not changed – like he says, no one who works 40 hours a week should live in poverty.

Hillary Clinton doesn’t value members of the Black Community. She doesn’t value members of the Latino Community. She doesn’t value young people. She doesn’t value Americans. Hillary Clinton values herself and those that she can use. 

Please share this message through all avenues possible while there is still time. 

Everything you do for progress helps make progress happen. Every vote you cast, call you make, comment you post or door you knock on – if done with a positive attitude, will help make progress happen. The only way to win and succeed is to believe in your cause and keep moving forward. To learn more about Bernie Sanders and how you can share his message, https://go.berniesanders.com/page/content/splash.

Border Control, Muslims and a “Modest” Upbringing are Trump’s “Freebird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Border Control, Muslims and a “Modest” Upbringing are Trump’s “Freebird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Okay, I didn’t make that title up all on my own. I heard Trevor Noah say something like that on the Daily Show tonight. For those of you who know so little about politics or Skynyrd – it means when Trump feels like no one is listening at his little rallies…he starts throwing out soundbites that he knows will get him attention. If you are truly a Skynyrd fan, you also know that song (Free Bird) is long and old and gets really old really fast – whether you are a rock star or just in a random band. True Skynryrd fans love lots of other songs of his like Simple Man, Tuesday’s Gone with the Wind, That Smell, Needle and the Spoon, Battle of Curtis Loew, Down South Jukin’, Saturday Night Special, Gimme 3 Steps, What’s Your Name, Sweet Home Alabama (my personal least favorite overplayed song – ewe), et. al. I guess when the band feels like no one is listening they play Freebird? I never said I have common sense.

Fox News and Trump know that all they have to do is say Border Control, Muslims or Modest Upbringing to get people riled up and ticked off at the Democrats…especially the ones like Bernie Sanders. See, when Bernie Sanders was growing up his dad died and left him a couple thousand dollars. Trump’s dad died and left him a million. I guess it depends on your definition of modest. Semantics. Trump is a Go-Zillionaire and Sanders has less than a million now in overall money or wealth. He is not even a millionaire. Oh, and Obama’s dad left him…a whole bunch of dreams. Which would you prefer? Don’t know? Neither do I.

Next, border control. Trump lovers are afraid of like all people below the border because they think they will be bum rushing the United States if someone like Sanders is elected. So, he knows if he just scares the living daylights out of Americans (and/or white people)…he will fool those who have no clue. Duh.

Last, Muslims. I have, I believe, posted at length on the fact that there are 12 million or more Muslims in the United States. There are like 1.6 billion in the world – if they were all hoping to kill the Americans, we would be dead by now. Thus, t is not even worthy of an at length explanation. If you believe all Muslims are in ISIS,  all refugees are terrorists or whatever sad little theory some people have due to lack of doing their own personal research and/or not personally knowing Muslims who are peaceful, kind, loving people – there is nothing I can say that will help you.

 

Divorced Dating Thoughts

Divorced Dating Thoughts

Things I hear from those trying to assist me in my pursuit of a male companion (not a husband, not even a serious relationship, a friggin’ companion):

  • You are never gonna find a man if you don’t cook.
  • You are never gonna find a man if you are a Democrat.
  • You are never gonna find a man if you don’t lose at least XYZ pounds.
  • You are never gonna find a man if you don’t stop being so outspoken.
  • You are never gonna find a man if you don’t get those dogs out of your house.
  • You are never gonna find a man if you don’t (insert comment here).

The ones above are the ones I hear most often. The purpose of dating is to hopefully “find a man” am I right? One might say the purpose of dating is to hopefully find husband #2. I never make it to that island. I don’t even know where that island is. I can’t get past ten days of dating someone. Why might you ask? Because I is who I is, and I am not changing. I’m also not settling for a warm, male body. I like being alone way more than I like being in a bad relationship. I am 36 and divorced after a fairly decent ten year marriage. People can change, but they rarely do. I am not saying that they can’t, but I am saying I likely won’t. More on this later.

Moving on, I am not Bettye Crocker. I work. I work because I love my job. I have a career. The last thing I want to do when I get home from work is cook AND THEN clean up my kitchen. I like to eat. I like to eat food other people cook, but I don’t like to do it myself. If I am on vacation or on say a two week holiday break, I may get a wild hair and cook a gourmet meal. This happens rarely. I could cook if I wanted to, but I don’t want to do so. Cooking for me is inserting the Lean Cuisine into the microwave, mashing 3:30 and finding a fork. All I have to do is wash my fork when I am done. I once told my son that I was not cooking tonight. By that I meant I wasn’t putting spagettios into the microwave and mashing 60.

After divorce, I feel like if you “pretend” to be someone you are not while dating…the truth will eventually rear its ugly head. Well, the truth is I view cooking as a hobby. And, it isn’t on my list of hobbies. Some men want a self-sufficient, attractive, Barbie doll who can bring home and fry the bacon while cleaning the kitchen, doing laundry, decorating, shopping, staying perfect, etc. Those men are very lonely. That woman is a myth.

The truth is this – I can cook, but once I let me true self show, the self a potential mate would see and live with on a daily basis, that self is the one that doesn’t cook. To me, to act anything other than my true self is simply false advertising. Unmet expectations and unkept promises will take you right on to divorce #2…a place this liberal southern belle isn’t going. Thanks.

Let me add, if you are a man with means who wants me to cook and clean your home while you do your thing…I would clean. I wouldn’t cook. I might a little, but I wouldn’t be doing it because I liked it. I would be working on authoring my third book and/or blogging. That is MY dream arrangement. Stay at home writer/cleaner.

I am a Democrat. If you don’t want to date one, don’t. Let me say something that might blow your mind – I prefer dating Republican men. Crazy? That’s another blog post for another day.

I am not “thin” according to People Magazine, but I am not fat according to me. I have always been curvy – even when 120 pounds. If tiny, stick thin is your type, I am not going to fulfill your ideal. If I said that I saw myself getting to and staying at a size 2, 4 or even 6…that would be false advertising. I am not looking for divorce #2 as stated previously.

I am opinionated. I don’t see that changing. I am not rude – heck, I was class clown 7 years straight in high school. If you seek subservient and mild, seek someone that isn’t me.

I have two elderly dogs – one is a rescue beagle. Another is a chihuahua mix. They are allowed in my den. That is all. If that causes you a problem, then don’t come to my house or move on to your next candidate. This is not really going to change. They were here first. If I said otherwise, I would resent you forever for making me do something I didn’t want to do. Again, trying to prevent divorce #2. False advertising, etc.

These are all thoughts I think about often. I am glad to share them with you. If you are a divorced male or female – or if you have had relationships fail, what are your thoughts? I welcome, no, I adore feedback! Comments please!!!

PS – I returned my cautiously optimistic Christmas gift. I didn’t ask for an exchange, refund or store credit. I just returned him with the hopes that he stay returned permanently.

 

A Cautiously Optimistic Yet Nice Gift

A Cautiously Optimistic Yet Nice Gift

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I received a very long awaited gift today that I share with forethought and cautious optimism, yet please know that I am an will always remain a hopeless romantic who still believes in love.

Here is a letter I received from a special person that I have recently met that I will share more about when the time is right:

Dear Nancy,

I want you to know that I am really in love with you. I also wanted everyone to know that when you are a single parent you can find someone that has kids that you can love just as much as your own. I don’t know if this will work out, but I hope that it does. I really think it is going to work. Sometimes people will find they have hit the jackpot when they get to spend time with other people’s children. Sadly, many don’t appreciate their children until they are grown and out of the home. This story is not over yet, but I hope the search is for both me and you. 

Love,

P

 

What is the deal with Facebook?

What is the deal with Facebook?

 

What is the deal with FB

 

I would like to start this post by saying that I am as guilty as your most annoying friend on Facebook. And, I am sorry. I really am. I try to make a conscious effort to have self-control when it comes to what I post. Some days I succeed with flying colors. Other days, I fail. And, by fail, I mean I really go a little nuts.

For the past several months, I have felt that Facebook has shifted. For me, this could be something that only I am personally experiencing. But, I don’t feel sure that is true.

I have noticed a lot of the following and am guilty of most:

-Incessant Plexus posting (Not guilty.)

-Incessant (insert pyramid scheme product here) posting…Jamberry, lash boosting mascara, weight loss products, and on and on and on and on and on and on. (Not guilty.)

-Inflammatory posts regarding the state flag (Not really sure if I am guilty on this one, but I would happily tell you I am for taking the confederate part of the flag down immediately.)

Passionate and inflammatory posts regarding Initiative 42 – for and against, confused, misinformation, et. al. (Guilty. I do not like our legislators not funding public education as they promised they would do in the late 90s and have not done.)

-Passionate posting about the DA race in Columbus (Guilty, but not sorry. Congrats Scott Colom!!!)

-Inflammatory and/or passionate posting for or against Syrian refugees (Guilty, but I try to have tact on this one.)

-Inflammatory and/or passionate posting regarding the 2016 Presidential election (Guilty, but I try to have tact.)

-Pro-gun posts following mass shootings at schools, movie theaters, churches, etc. and also gun control posts (I have views, but I think I stayed out of this one.)

-Black Lives Matter, Black Lives Don’t Matter, All Lives Matter, etc. (Not guilty.)

-Posts saying any and everything that ever happens on Earth is Obama’s fault (NOT guilty.)

-Posts saying what is the world coming to, what is wrong with this country, how we are all going to hell in an hand-basket, etc. (NOT guilty.)

-Posts of hate towards Muslims, posts saying all Muslims are terrorists, etc. (NOT guilty.)

-Posts that invoke unnecessary fear of doom. (Not guilty.)

-Anti-LGBT posts, posts for or against marriage equality, etc. (I think I do this tactfully. I am Pro-marriage equality. Pro-LGBT rights. I do not identify as LGBT, but I fervently support them.)

-Posts for or against abortion, planned parenthood, etc. (Not guilty.)

-Posts for or against Miss. State, Ole Miss, LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, et. al. that are intentionally combative, maliciously derogatory, not in good fun, etc. (I was once incredibly guilty of this, however, I am just happy if we win these days. I am not interested in throwing shade at another school, for the most part.

I firmly believe if we plan to unite as a state, we should not be hateful to Ole Miss and vice versa. Additionally, Mississippi State and Ole Miss appeared together on the cover of Sports Illustrated during the 2014-15 Football Season. A first ever thing.

Crazily, Mississippi State went on to get their very own cover.

To add to the excitement, Ole Miss also got their own cover.

I would say we should both be exceedingly happy that the state of Mississippi was recognized nationally for something positive. Can I get an Amen? Sorry for getting off task.)

-Posts for or against non-violent crime (Guilty. I think we should be more lenient on non-violent offenders.)

-Posts for or against the death penalty (Not guilty. I think.)

I think you get my drift. I could keep going, but I don’t want to lose focus of my topic. What is the deal with Facebook?

I really fell in like with Facebook when I was living in Kansas and separated by 800 miles or more from friends and family. I felt like I could still keep in touch with and keep up with those I cared about…and some I didn’t. I loved reconnecting with friends from high school, college, childhood, and so on.

As a public relations/marketing person, I have written social media plans, bought advertising and understand the power that it has in promoting a product. I’ve managed social media sites for businesses, colleges, an aspiring author who wrote and published her first book and now the West Point Consolidated School District. I know how to use it properly, and I have been successful in helping certain employers gain thousands of likes, shares and engagement. I know what is and isn’t professional use, and I am able to put on my professional hat when managing these sites for compensation.

I will now shift to a discussion about my own personal page.

What I sometimes. No. What I always find as of late,  while scanning my newsfeed, are posts that are actually incorrect, non-factual and are often disproven by doing a simple google or snopes search. For my brain, these are the car accidents that I know I should look away from and can’t. I have an impulse to correct misinformation. I do this to a point sometimes that I offend and anger others. I am sorry. If I post something that is factually false – please call me out on it. One thing that I can guarantee is that I am not perfect! Just today I posted a quote that Ben Carson allegedly said on my very favorite conservative friend and Class of 1997 classmate’s Facebook page. He called me out on it, and he should have. I would do the same for him if I saw the opportunity. Charles Albert Johnson, III and I enjoy debate, but we have yet to get mad at each other. We just know we likely don’t agree on whatever the topic of the day is regarding politics.

Moving on, I just wanted to say that I feel like Facebook, for me, has become a non-happy place on certain days. I find myself moving so much farther left and away from ever being anything close to in the middle. I don’t find that I walk away from Facebook feeling like I have accomplished much other than further alienating myself in the reddest, most stuck in their ways state in the nation.

It just seems that people on Facebook these days are this way or that way and if you aren’t the same way that they are, you know you are likely getting on people’s nerves. From the same token, when you encounter people that think the same way that you do, you feel validation. So, there are positive aspects to this social media tool. While I have wandered down this road, I will also say that I get a lot of my news from Facebook – from respected news sources too. I feel that I am very aware.

Again, moving on.

Could we please stop with the posts of abused people and/or animals?Those are really mentally scary for me.

What was my point? What is the deal with Facebook? I don’t know. I feel like what was a way to reconnect and share moments from our lives with others has become a platform for people’s personal agendas. Most everyone is outraged about something everyday. I get it. I am outraged too.

However, I go back to the meme I posted at the very beginning of this post. No matter how many times you post stuff about how you feel about something. No matter what really. People who have made up their minds are very highly likely not changing them.

There is a such thing as friendly debate – whether it be about the legalities of having a food truck in West Point to whether you believe Global Warming is real or fake.

We can debate these issues with kindness. When you feel that the conversation you are in is getting out of control, utilize self-control. Step away from the computer. Nancy, you have to do this too!

Don’t be the boy who cried wolf. You can not be passionate about every single thing that is happening in the news every single day. Pick your topics and promote those. Otherwise, you are diluting your own personal brand.

If you are going to be bold. Be bold with courtesy.

And, please. Could we get back to fun and friendly Facebook? If you post five things a day, why don’t you use one of those posts for outrage, two or three for fun and the fourth or fifth for pics, memories, etc.

These are all suggestions for myself and others.

Do you feel like Facebook has become hostile? What gets on your nerves the most? What do you enjoy seeing on Facebook? Please comment!! I will post your comments as soon as I am able to validate that they are you and not some virus person posting about Viagra and the like.

Democratic Debate – Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

Democratic Debate – Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

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Governor O’Malley – you are nice looking, but Baltimore, Maryland is still one of the most dangerous cities in the United States – where you were once mayor. All you talk about is Maryland, Maryland, Maryland – and it makes you appear that you are confused about the job description of President. I do thank you for calling Donald Trump an “Immigrant-Bashing Carnival Barker” – hilarious. I just think it is time to let the two real players, play. You interrupt with uninteresting details about Maryland way too often.

Hillary Clinton – I do not detest you or your views. I just do not trust you. I don’t agree with you taking millions in campaign contributions from SuperPacs, and I do think you alluded to getting financial support from Wall Street due to your dedication to New York post-911. You may not have meant it that way, but that was how it sounded. There were some tough moments, and you didn’t give up. You held your own. I’m just unable to trust someone who is able to be bought.

Bernie, your passion is inspiring. I feel like you have the experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to invoke change. I trust you. I agree with you. I want you to start a revolution as you say in some of your speeches. I will drive around town with your sticker on my car and send you the tiniest of monthly campaign contributions. I will post clever memes and statements about you and your beliefs on my Facebook page. I will explain why I support you to the very few who ask. However, I feel like I am one of two people in the state of Mississippi who have even heard of you, and it is maddening. I can not control the culture and/or beliefs of the citizens in Mississippi. I can not fix decades of racial frustration, and I can not make people care about public education. What I can do is help start the conversations with people who might be disgusted with the current state of government and politics. I can respect other viewpoints and share those that are my own. I can explain Citizens United and SuperPACs to those unfamiliar. I can describe your views and your plan to implement them. I can care. I can explain that there was once a time when the people were in charge in the United States and not politicians. I can hope for a day when people don’t take campaign contributions (bribes) from self-serving businesses. I am going to have to do exactly what Bernie said in the debate last night which is this:

“”Millions of people are going to have to stand up, turn off the TV, get involved in the political process and tell the big moneyed interests that we are taking back our country.” – Bernie Sanders, Democratic Debate @ Drake University

A true grassroots political movement is what we need in this country, and Bernie Sanders is trying to make that happen. What can you do? Welcome political conversation. Stop worrying about being polite. Have the hard conversations. Realize the middle class is rapidly dying. Vote against big government. Stay informed. Get your news from more than one news source. Don’t believe everything you hear on the news. Get involved. Research. Care. Vote. Vote for the candidate that can not be bought. Vote for Bernie Sanders.

Takeaways from the Democratic Forum at Winthrop University in South Carolina

Takeaways from the Democratic Forum at Winthrop University in South Carolina

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A fun Friday night for The Liberal Southern Belle includes a recliner and a Democratic debate. All three candidates greatly stepped up their game since their first debate! O’Malley, Sanders and even Clinton came across as personable and intelligent. They all seem to respect each other. I saw none of the three say negative things about each other or anyone on the Republican side either. Class was on the stage for the whole forum.

These candidates want to get back to the days when Dems and Republicans actually worked together – some more than others. Sanders said we should get back to the days when candidates ran for free – meaning not taking bribes from Koch, Exxon, etc. Just run on your platform as candidates used to do. I agree.

One thing I wish Republican voters would realize is their candidates do not represent the best interests of the middle class in Mississippi or in the USA. Unless you are mega rich, they are doing you no favors. I will likely never be mega rich, and I want the candidate that gets the frustrations people like me face. Sanders and O’Malley get it.

We can all worship and teach our families our values daily. Look past their views on certain moral issues that do not affect you personally, and see the big picture.

Our government has shifted dramatically due to the Citizens United Supreme Court Decision. In a nutshell this decision said that it is OK for corporations and labor unions to spend as much as they want to convince people to vote for or against a candidate.

The reason I support Sanders is because he does not participate in taking large campaign contributions. In fact, 88% of Sanders donations are less than $200. 

I was impressed by all three tonight. Even Hillary seemed to be a bit more relaxed. Sanders is still my #1. O’Malley would be my #2. Clinton is #3.

Oh, and for you who believe owning a gun is your “God given right” – Sanders isn’t saying you can’t have a gun. He is saying guns purchased in order kill other humans need regulation. Assault rifles like those used in mass shootings need reform. No one is taking away your right to hunt or protect your family from danger, so please just take a deep breath;-)

Good stuff. Next debate is Saturday, November 14 at Drake University. I have a friend who does social media marketing strategy there, and I hope he will share insider details with me post-debate.😉