Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Feeling Rebloggy

For five seasons on Scandal, Kerry Washington has stockpiled TV megastardom. Now she's using it to power her most political project to date, Confirmation, the HBO film she not only stars in—as Anita Hill—but also executive produced.
In 1991, Anita Hill, a 35-year-old law professor at the University of Oklahoma, appeared at the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.  At the time, Kerry Washington was just 14 years old. But like everyone else, Washington was transfixed by the two days that followed, in which Hill calmly recounted in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee the sexual harassment she claimed to have experienced while working for Thomas a decade prior at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

In the April issue of ELLE, Washington talks about everything from how she's handling motherhood to why she feels it's important to create work for herself instead of putting her artistic destiny in someone else's hands to the reason Anita Hill's story matters today...


Monday, January 30, 2017


Feeling Rebloggy

Leaders representing the 53 members of the African Union met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday for a two-day summit. The meeting main purpose is to vote on the union's new leadership, but it started with a fiery critique of President Donald Trump's ban of refugees and visa holders that covers people from three of the coalition's member states.


AU President Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma blasted the U.S. in remarks at the meeting. "The very country to which many of our people were taken as slaves during the transatlantic slave trade has now decided to ban refugees from some of our countries," she said, according to the Independent.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017


Feeling Rebloggy
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe held a press conference at Dulles International Airport, where he said one family had been detained. The Democratic governor criticized Trump's order as one that will "breed hatred toward Americans around the globe."
Local news reports indicated that some 50 people were being held at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. One Syrian Christian family who had been working with Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) was detained at Philadelphia International Airport and then subsequently forced to leave, according to the congressman.
One of the most high-profile cases Saturday involved two Iraqis with valid visas who had just landed at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. One was an Iraqi who had assisted U.S. troops; the other was arriving in the U.S. to reunite with his refugee family.
The men’s lawyers filed a lawsuit to get their release; two Democratic members of the Congress, Reps. Jerry Nadler and Nydia Velazquez rushed to the scene to urge U.S. officials to release the men. Both were eventually released. 
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, also a New York Democrat, said he had spoken on the phone with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and urged him to rescind the relevant executive measures.
"These executive orders were mean-spirited and un-American in their origin, and implemented in a way that has caused chaos and confusion across the country," Schumer said in a statement. "They will only serve to embolden and inspire those around the globe who would do us harm. They must be reversed, immediately.”
...Perhaps most surprising, the administration also insisted the order applied to U.S. legal permanent residents (so-called green-card holders) who hailed from those seven countries and had been traveling abroad. Such individuals would have to get an as-yet undefined new vetting process before being allowed back into the United States. Foreigners with multiple nationalities who hold citizenship in any of those countries as well — such as a French-Libyan person — also are temporarily barred from entry.


ACLU celebrates: 'I hope Trump enjoys losing'

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is celebrating after a federal judge ruled in its favor, temporarily halting the removal of refugees and immigrants detained following President Trump's immigration ban.
“I hope Trump enjoys losing. He’s going to lose so much we’re going to get sick and tired of his losing,” ACLU national political director Faiz Shakir told Yahoo News shortly after the decision was announced.


Saturday, January 28, 2017


In case this got lost in the MY DICK INAUGURATION WAS BIGGER THAN ANYBODY ELSE S KERFUFFLE and the EXECUTIVE ORDER SHUFFLE here is one of the headlines you should have been afraid of --

President Trump institutes media blackout at EPA

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I remember reading about California back in the 1960s and 1970s. There were air quality reports on the news so that people with infants, asthma sufferers, and the aged would know not to go outside. There was this word on the news every single day in California. That word was "Smog." 

The air was so bad in Cali, some people didn't know they lived near a huge mountain range for months after they initially moved to the area.

It was THAT bad. 

Things were bad in a lot of places in the U.S. prior to the EPA

Do you know who was partially responsible for cleaning California up?
The EPA and the standards they helped put in place. 

Do you know who should have jurisdiction and more teeth, teeth enough to stop DAPL from going close to water supplies? 


Do you know who should have jurisdiction and more teeth, teeth enough to stop the state of Michigan from poisoning Flint ,Michigan residents?


Do you know who wants deny there is even a chance that global warming is happening? 
Corporations that pollute at a high rate of speed. 

Do you know who profits from unfettered production, who profits from paying no attention at all what's released into the air and into the water? 

The one-percent that our potato-faced, bleached blond, trophy-wife-having Cheeto Satan Prez REALLY represents. 

Do you know who believes anything the 1% says even as the 1% creates legislation to kill them?
The Faux News watching Cheeto Satan-ettes. 

So it should kinda scare you that Cheeto is probably taking steps toward destroying the EPA

Rumored to be from an EPA staffer:
"So I work at the EPA and yeah it's as bad as you are hearing:
The entire agency is under lockdown, the website, facebook, twitter, you name it is static and can't be updated. All reports, findings, permits and studies are frozen and not to be released. No presentations or meetings with outside groups are to be scheduled.
Any Press contacting us are to be directed to the Press Office which is also silenced and will give no response.
All grants and contracts are frozen from the contractors working on Superfund sites to grad school students working on their thesis. 
We are still doing our work, writing reports, doing cancer modeling for pesticides hoping that this is temporary and we will be able to serve the public soon. But many of us are worried about an ideologically-fueled purging and if you use any federal data I advise you gather what you can now. 
We have been told the website is being reworked to reflect the new administration's policy.
Feel free to copy and paste, you all pay for the government and you should know what's going on. I am posting this as a fellow citizen and not in any sort of official capacity."
We are still doing our work, writing reports, doing cancer modeling for pesticides hoping that this is temporary and we will be able to serve the public soon. But many of us are worried about an ideologically-fueled purging and if you use any federal data I advise you gather what you can now.
We have been told the website is being reworked to reflect the new administration's policy.
Feel free to copy and paste, you all pay for the government and you should know what's going on. I am posting this as a fellow citizen and not in any sort of official capacity."
The new administrations policy is likely "We don't need no stinkin EPA telling us how to pollute the planet into an extinction event."

The one-percenters know that they'll be fine no matter what (or so they think).

But the vast majority of the satan-ettes cannot afford to pay for triple filtered, recycled air and quadruple distilled, inverted, reverse osmosis filters on their water. But if they were dumb enough to believe Mexico was going to build a wall, then they'll believe anything -- including the fact that the EPA serves no purpose. 

If anything the EPA needs to be strengthened.  But Bleached Cheeto sent orders that the EPA is not supposed to be talking about their work and their reports anymore. This should scare you. Cheeto is silencing an agency that has a real function. I figure these are the next steps.

1. Stop the EPA  from publishing. 

2. Tell the satan-ettes that the EPA isn't doing anything but taking their tax dollars -- which looks true because nothing is being published

3. Weaken or destroy the agency's ability to function at every turn.

4. Those being regulated increase profits by cutting safety corners that the EPA used to enforce.

5. Tax payers won't have their taxes decreased by enough to buy an extra pizza per week but satan-ettes will be a-GRINNING because THEY WON -- while that can't figure out what's wrong with Aunt Becky May. 

6. Either the EPA will be blamed or Individual companies are blamed for individual scattered illnesses that are linked to poor water quality or poor air quality.

7. Either the EPA or individual companies are blamed for the subsequent deaths of infants, toddlers and old people (the weakest among us.)

8.  Large death toll event = EPA is blamed and destroyed if hasn't been destroyed already. Maybe a new just as weak agency with new acronym is created -- so that we can pretend something is resolved. This death event is treated as a one-off

9. Next Large death toll event = coincidence.

10. repeat steps 6 to 9 until enough people die,  maybe somebody you know.

11. Panic

12. The EPA is resurrected under a new name. 

I figure this whole cycle should take 20 or 30 years if the democrats continue to be as weak as they have been and no new party emerges. I figure less than 20% of us will be dead of pollution related diseases.

These things happen in cycles.

It's not a problem.

Don't worry.

Be Happy.

Pssst-- there are still areas near the freeway bad enough to make me ill after prolonged exposure. The EPA needs more teeth, not fewer. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017


Angela Davis' Biography makes me feel like I've been standing in one place my entire life. 

Feeling Rebloggy

Angela Davis was born on January 26, 1944, in Birmingham, Alabama. Her both parents were college graduates and worked as school teachers. Her brother, named Ben Davis, played for the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions in the 60s and 70s. Young Angela chose to attend a small private school known as the 'Little Red School House' in Greenwich Village in New York City. There she got involved in studies of socialism and communism and befriended the children of the leaders of the Communist Party, including her lifelong friend, Bettina Aptheker...
* * * * *
The roots of her passion for social reform extend to her early youth in Birmingham, Alabama, in the 1940s and 50s, a troubled time for blacks in the southern United States.  The oldest of four children, Davis was raised by her college-educated parents in a segregated neighborhood that suffered such frequent bombings by the Ku Klux Klan that it was nicknamed “Dynamite Hill.” (Condoleezza Rice and Alma Johnson, wife of Colin Powell, were from the same Birmingham neighborhood.) 

Angela’s grandmother instilled in her a strong sense of her history as an African American, and she attended various civil-rights activities and demonstrations in Birmingham with her activist mother. When Davis tried to start an interracial study group in high school, it was harassed, then disbanded by the police. 
Young Davis saw the potential of a more integrated society when she moved to New York City in 1956 to attend a progressive high school on scholarship. It was at this time that she first became acquainted with socialism and communism, joining a Marxist-Leninist group in New York. Attending Brandeis University on a scholarship as one of very few African Americans, she graduated magna cum laude in French literature in 1965. She had spent 1963-64 studying philosophy at the Sorbonne, where her ideas for radical political change progressed through her exposure to the experiences of students from African colonialist nations. 
And back at Brandeis, she attended classes in her final year with Marxist political philosopher Herbert Marcuse, who considered her the best student he had ever had

Together with Herbert Marcuse she participated in a political rally during the Cuban Missile Crisis. At that time she studied Karl Marx, Albert Camus, and Jean-Paul Sartre, and spent summer in Paris and Helsinki, where she participated in the World Festival of Youth and Students. There Davis met with the Cuban students and became a supporter of Fidel Castro and Cuba. Then she continued her studies at the University of Frankfurt, Germany for 2 years, from where she graduated in 1965.
[On August 28, 1963 The March On Washington took place. According to a display in a Smithsonian Museum, the bombing of the Baptist Church in Birmingham two weeks later was KKK retaliation for that civil rights march.] 
That bombing....that killed four girls whom Davis knew intensified her desire for political change [...and eventually] she returned to the United States to participate actively in the struggle for civil rights.

“Mother dear, may I go downtown 
Instead of out to play, 
And march the streets of Birmingham 
In a Freedom March today?” 

“No, baby, no, you may not go, 
For the dogs are fierce and wild, 
And clubs and hoses, guns and jails 
Aren’t good for a little child.” 

“But, mother, I won’t be alone. 
Other children will go with me, 
And march the streets of Birmingham 
To make our country free.” 

“No, baby, no, you may not go, 
For I fear those guns will fire. 
But you may go to church instead 
And sing in the children’s choir.” 

She has combed and brushed her night-dark hair, 
And bathed rose petal sweet, 
And drawn white gloves on her small brown hands, 
And white shoes on her feet. 

The mother smiled to know her child 
Was in the sacred place, 
But that smile was the last smile 
To come upon her face. 

For when she heard the explosion, 
Her eyes grew wet and wild. 
She raced through the streets of Birmingham 
Calling for her child. 

She clawed through bits of glass and brick, 
Then lifted out a shoe. 
“O, here’s the shoe my baby wore, 
But, baby, where are you?”


 After earning a Masters Degree in Philosophy with Marcuse at the University of California at San Diego, she began teaching at the University of California at Los Angeles in 1969 as an assistant professor of philosophy. By 1970,  Davis had achieved all but the dissertation in her doctoral study of philosophy.  At this point her political activism propelled her dramatically into the public eye.  

Davis returned to East Germany for her Ph. D. in philosophy from Humboldt University in East Berlin. Back in California she worked as a lecturer at UCLA during the 60s. At that time Davis was a radical feminist and a member of the Communist Party USA and was also associated with the Black Panther Party. 
[Davis was associated with the BPP but either did not join the Black Panthers or was only there for a very short time due to misogynistic practices she observed there. However, she did become a member of the Che-Lumumba Club, an all black faction of the Communist Party in Los Angeles, California.] 
She was fired from University of California in 1969 because of communist affiliations, in a controversial decision by the Board, and pushed by then Governor Ronald Reagan. She was later rehired to her job [--but was forced out later]
In 1970, Angela Davis appeared on the FBI's Most Wanted List [because she was linked to those trying to break the Soledad Brothers out of police custody while one or both of them were in a California courtroom.]
  •  In the shoot-out, a judge and others were killed, and Davis was implicated by the guns.  When she fled into hiding, the FBI placed her on the “Ten Most Wanted List.”  Found in New York, she was held in prison for over a year, while a huge “Free Angela” movement began to grow internationally, protesting the abusive power of the criminal justice system.  
  • Davis was acquitted, after a year in prison, in 1972...



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

apathy by warsan shire

So what are you going to say at my funeral 
now that you've killed me?

* * * * * Here lies the body of the love of my life 
whose heart I broke
Without a gun to my head
Here lies the mother of my children, 
both living and dead
Rest in peace my true love who I took for granted
The most bomb pussy 
who because of me sleep evaded

Her shroud 


Her god 

Her heaven 
will be 
a love without betrayal

Ashes to ashes
Dust to sidechicks

~Warsan Shire
~Performed by Beyonce, 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


I just watched Senator Kamala Harris' speech during the Women's March On Washington get cut off mid-sentence in favor of interviewing everyday white female citizens on the street. That irritated me. And it reminded me that more than a few women of color have expressed feeling less than enthusiastic about the Women's March On Washington.

It would be easy to assume that black and brown women are just tired of white women claiming to want intersectionality when plans go south (Hillary Clinton losing to The Deranged Cheeto) It would be easy to respond to these black and brown women by saying, "Okay. More important things are at stake now. Let's put aside our differences and move forward."

But the thing that's easy to see from where I sit is that a bunch of black women already did that. Black and brown women already put aside some major bullsh** and ignored white supremacy in order to move forward. Somewhere between 93% to 94% of black women voted for Hillary Clinton

Black women voted for Hillary Clinton despite "Super Predator" comment, despite Bill Clinton's caving into republican "law and order" chanting in the 90s that put thousands upon thousands of black people in jail forever for damn near nothing -- like marijuana possession that whites go to rehab for instead. Meanwhile, a bunch of white people couldn't put aside the Clinton Team's authentic disrespect for Bernie Sanders during the Democratic Convention; and they probably voted Jill Stein out of revenge which sent Mean Tangerine to his coronation.

On social media, I saw some seriously nasty little debates going on among black women. Some may have become so frustrated they didn't vote. 

Too many young black women did not understand that there are differing levels of white supremacy. They also did not understand how much bigger a threat Cheeto Satan is -- and not just based on ethnoracism and misogyny either.

But as little as SOME young black women understand the differing levels of white supremacy, the vast majority of white women have no understanding at all. This is why white racism does not pop up on white female radar as "our collective problem" as opposed to "I feel sorry for black and brown women. We need to listen to THEIR problems."

It amazes me that white women wanted to go to March on Washington to speak truth to power instead of speaking truth of lack-of-solidarity to one another. 

  • 57% of white voters voted for Trump.
  • 53% of white women voted for Trump
  • White people are the only ones in denial that "white voters" represent the white adult population. 

It would made sense for Black and Brown women to LEAD a March on Washington, inviting all women to follow, including white women. We black women battled, argued, and snarled at one another, pulled ourselves together and mostly voted Hillary Clinton -- 93 to 94%.

And it would have made more sense for white women to talk to each other before they opened their mouths at ANY SINGLE BODY ELSE. 

This is probably why the white feminist led March On Washington confused me from the beginning.

While doing some research on the true motivations behind this March, I've come to realize that there are a bunch of people claiming that the majority of women in this country are feminist.

Well you know what? I don't agree...very much.

I know most of the black women getting anything accomplished in high profile places are feminists. I assume that's true for other demographics too. But I'm pretty sure the vast majority of women who are just average citizens are not -- despite some of the polls.

Things are changing too rapidly in pop culture to figure out who is who

In 2010 or so Michelle Obama avoided calling herself a "feminist" when asked, likely in order to protect her husband from vitriol. (Googling "feminist" would get you nothing but nasty memes then) By 2016, things had changed. Barack Obama came right out and said they were feminists, that he was raising his children as a feminist father. 
Furthermore, some of the feminists walking around these days only started calling themselves "feminists" after they found out Beyonce or Taylor Swift decided to identify themselves "feminists."

I explain all this to say that some of these new feminist women haven't even read the shortest pamphlet (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's) or book (bell hooks) on feminism. It's a fad for them.

For white women who think other white women voting for Trump is a problem, this means a bunch of white women calling themselves "feminists" are perfectly capable of voting for Donald Trump -- because subtler forms of white supremacy, homophobia, islamophobia mean nothing to some of these new and old white feminists.

In other words, a little intersectionality could have saved white women from themselves in the 2016 election.

If racism, homophobia, islamophobia were seen
by white feminists as attached and intermixed with 

issues of sexism and misogyny 
then maybe white feminists 
would have something to talk about 
aside from reproductive rights 
when talking to non-feminist white women 
about the fact that 
Cheeto Satan is indeed one of Satan's minions.

I mean what would it look like if a white feminist could actually say it and mean it when she said to a non-feminist white woman, "I may not agree that abortion is murder, but let's say I agree abortion ends life. Racism and forcing a permanent underclass murders and kills too and probably at a higher rate of speed."  

What would it look like if white women saw sexism as one facet of one diamond named bigotry, where racism, homophobia, islamophobia were the other facets of the same diamond? Wouldn't white feminist know the name of Yvette Smith, who called police about an altercation and wound up being shot by police herself as she opened the door by an ON DUTY white policeman carrying his own AR-15 instead of his service weapon?   
What would it look like if white feminists raised Yvette Smith's story along side black and latina feminist websites?  
Would Smith's story have become high profile enough to get national attention.....high profile enough to put her Yvette's murderer on trial instead of just letting him be set free by same judge involved in the Sandra Bland case?
White women really don't have any ground to stand on to demand women of color show up in solidarity. But more important than that, to white women, is that showing up for black and brown women is probably the path to saving themselves.

It's weird to say it this way, but white feminists have to get out of the white bubble where they assume what is central to white feminists is central to all feminists -- in order to talk to the 53% of white women that voted for Trump. If white feminists can't break free of their own bubble they won't be able to talk to the 53% of white women that voted for Trump who are in a slightly different white bubble. 

That is, white feminists should practice putting race and racism nearer the center of their feminist concerns. Once white feminists do that maybe the practice of looking outside the white-feminist-only bubble can enable them to talk to the 53% (non-feminists or ill informed feminists) about some sort of compromise on religious beliefs and abortion, for example.

White feminists have to be able to compromise 

and engage white women 
who aren't feminists 
think they aren't feminists 
they believe in the stereotypical definition of feminism
rather than
an authentic definition of feminism

Example: I know women who are atheists who DO want abortion to stay legal, who absolutely do not believe in abortion as a form of birth control. Some of them may have voted for Trump if they are single issue voters.  

If some feminists, especially white feminists could stop
screaming "It's my body... It's my body.... It's my body"
maybe they could also stop and listen.
Maybe they could look at their own children
and realize they would NOT have had
baby John or baby Jane later
if they'd had an abortion when John or Jane was conceived;
John or Jane would not be here if they'd put off having children
James or Juliette would be here instead.

  • Abortion may not be murder (in my opinion) but it does end a life. 
  • The science of that is not debatable in any way.  
  • How each woman decides to think about that is debatable and should be respected in conversation. 
Black feminists may snarl at each other over things like abortion, but we still came together to vote our common self-interest.....to keep a racist, misogynist, homophobic, transphobic islamophobe out of office. We live at the intersection. That is the basis of our solidarity despite disagreement. 

 We, women of color as a group and especially black women, absolutely did not love Hillary. We, as black women, voted against Trump whether feminist or non-feminist, pro-abortion and anti-abortion.  

White women need to figure out how to achieve this kind of solidarity before they go speaking truth to power in Washington.

Again, I think the key for white women (white feminists) is being able to see things from more than one perspective. Women of color (black, brown, asian) don't always see eye to eye on everything But we are often able to come together and achieve differing levels of solidarity on various issues when white women clearly can't.

Frankly, white feminists probably need to look to black feminists for leadership at this time.  Because there are still tons of black women that hate "feminism" thinking it's a white thing. Yet, we still come together to keep Don The Con out of Washington. 

Even if white feminists cannot bring themselves to look at black women in order to try to reproduce what black women achieved in the 2018 and 2020 elections, white feminists need to find a way to get non-feminist white women on the right side of history. That needs to be priority number one.

The first mental step that white feminists need to take in that direction is to realize that white women benefit from patriarchal white supremacy (and ignoring the subtler forms) more than any other group except white men themselves. 

Or, white feminists can just keep taking national polls where they ask "Are you a feminist?" see the results come in as "feminist majority" and be surprised when Donald Trump wins again. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017


Feeling Rebloggy 
Veteran Emmy winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson is set to premiere his next work, an ambitious two-hour documentary and multimedia project that explores the pivotal role Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have played in American history, culture, and national identity.

An official selection of the Documentary Premieres program at the upcoming 2017 Sundance Film Festival which kicked off this week, the first ever project of its kind on HBCUs is titled “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” It features the voices, photos, letters, diaries, home movies and a variety of never before seen or heard media that reveal this important aspect of collective American History, via the many stories from HBCU students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The documentary demonstrates how the 150-year history of HBCUs has influenced generations of Americans and shaped the landscape of the country.


Friday, January 20, 2017



Feeling Rebloggy

Dear President Obama,
Seven years ago, I met my husband, and seven years ago, I met his Obama shirt. As a card-carrying, registered Democrat, it was a shirt he wore with both pride and honor. 
I hated it. 
See, I had grown up in a Republican family and had been bred to despise all candidates and platforms blue. So when he would ask me to wear his shirt from time to time, I vehemently denied. I wouldn’t be caught dead. 
But then something funny happened. 

As I graduated from school and began to spread my wings, I learned to separate my political viewpoints from those of my parents. I started to examine my world, both political and otherwise, with fresh eyes and an open mind. I gave myself a clean slate. And you made that bare tapestry your own. 
Throughout the next seven years, I would watch you log achievement after achievement, despite steady opposition and a dearth of proper acknowledgment. I’ve seen people call you the worst president of all time, despite objective measures that indicate the contrary. After all, this presidency has been one for the history books. The Dow Jones has hit unprecedented highs. The automotive industry has set all-time sales records. We recorded the longest streak of overall job growth in United States history. And I can actually fill up the tank of my environment-killing SUV without filing for bankruptcy. 
Were things perfect? No, of course not. But they seldom ever are. And why should the standard be perfection anyway? You’re only human, after all. Your turkey pardon jokes prove as much. 
No, for me, the standard is improvement; and by that measure, you’re every bit the success you set out to be. Unemployment is down. Wages are back on the rise. And while one could point to an increase in debt, that’s only one side of the coin, as our deficit has shrunk considerably. The main attack on your performance has been the underwhelming GDP growth, but such a criticism rings a bit hollow to me when, before you took office, we were migrating in the opposite (read: negative) direction. 
Call me crazy (and I’m sure many reading this will), but criticizing a man for only marginally improving the economy when we’re coming out of the second greatest recession of all time would be like criticizing a homeless man for only finding a way to move into a studio apartment and not a mansion. To me, context matters... 
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I admit to being quite annoyed, in 2009, that it took so long for President Obama to completely give up on bipartisanship and move like he had limited time to get things done.

In fact, I was livid that he didn't get Obamacare done with THE PUBLIC OPTION as part of it -- which he could have done had he moved faster when Ted Kennedy was still alive -- or not.

Little did I know, until I watched the problematic "DIVIDED STATES OF AMERICA" on PBS that, YES, republicans did their best to scuttle any sort of healthcare plan and failed to contribute any positive ideas. But it was a democrat, Joe Lieberman that actually demanded THE PUBLIC OPTION be removed.  It was Lieberman that made sure there would be no competition created between THE PUBLIC OPTION and lock-step-walking Health Insurance Corporations.  This democrat made sure that health insurance prices are high for all of us including those who desperately need the financial assistance of Obamacare.

But, I never blamed him for not being able to get gun control passed. 
Who would have guessed that the white majority would let a vocal white minority given a racist megaphone through people like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and the brainless rest of them stop sweeping gun control changes after two dozen white children were killed in Sandy Hook? According to "The Divided States Of America" he had republican votes for gun control -- but then Beck, Limbaugh, and Hannity and the gang scared the  5 republican votes needed away from the bill.  

Just five votes 

However I can't say the same thing about the stimulus package that stopped us from sliding into the depression.  
According to "THE DIVIDED STATES OF AMERICA" 5.1 billion jobs were lost at the end of Bush Jr.'s presidency.  The new president had to get the economy back on track. That meant President Obama could not take the TIME to fix the crooked system. He had to repair the crooked system as it was.  Creating a new foundation for a wholesome(?) new financial system  --which is what's required to truly fix "too big to fail"-- probably would have meant leaving people out of work for a longer period of time, letting more banks and financial institutions collapse, letting the foreclosures roll on. Letting the economy keep sliding down hill for a while.   Maybe that would have been better in the long run. But I doubt I'd have had the guts to experiment with a new financial system right after 5.1 billion jobs were lost and houses were being foreclosed on left, right, and center. 
However, I don't understand was why there weren't ANY conditions put on getting the bail out. The banksters should have been made to use some percentage of our federal tax dollar bail money for debt forgiveness for the public. The banks should have been made to eat some losses over time, something they could easily absorb so the economy and stockmarket stayed on track.  BUT,  Barack Obama was new to the job of president. And maybe I'm underestimating how shocky the market and economy would have been with any demand for making banks and their investors take the hit ---- even spread out over time.   

Besides, the economy tanking wasn't the only thing going on at the time. There were people to stop torturing at Guantanamo, two wars to stop, a terrorist who killed nearly 3000 of us. President Obama had to have inherited one of the worst messes since George Washington. And we're all still here. 

President Obama hung in there and kept hope alive. And he kept the U.S. from going into a depression. That's major all by itself. 
And I believe, no matter what happens next, some sort of healthcare will have to be made available to every American.  I knew Obamacare 1.0 was going to have to go to Obamacare 1.1, Obamacare 1.2, and Obamacare 2.0 once things settled down -- because the health insurance companies really are making money hand over fist without the some sort of COMPETITION coming from something like THE PUBLIC OPTION. But if they kill Obamacare and bring in Trumpcare and it's better, that's fine. But Obamacare is the vehicle that made sure Americans have access to healthcare. We cannot go back to nothing. President Obama made that happen.

And I think Trumpcare will probably be a version of Obamacare. Trump will just lie and say it's a brand new thing rather than Obamacare 1.1. That's okay too. Eventually we will make sure the record is set straight. 


1. Passed Health Care Reform: After five presidents over a century failed to create universal health insurance, signed the Affordable Care Act (2010). It will cover 32 million uninsured Americans beginning in 2014 and mandates a suite of experimental measures to cut health care cost growth, the number one cause of America’s long-term fiscal problems.

2. Passed the Stimulus: Signed $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 to spur economic growth amid greatest recession since the Great Depression. Weeks after stimulus went into effect, unemployment claims began to subside. Twelve months later, the private sector began producing more jobs than it was losing, and it has continued to do so for twenty-three straight months, creating a total of nearly 3.7 million new private-sector jobs.
3. Passed Wall Street Reform: Signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (2010) to re-regulate the financial sector after its practices caused the Great Recession. The new law tightens capital requirements on large banks and other financial institutions, requires derivatives to be sold on clearinghouses and exchanges, mandates that large banks provide “living wills” to avoid chaotic bankruptcies, limits their ability to trade with customers’ money for their own profit, and creates the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (now headed by Richard Cordray) to crack down on abusive lending products and companies.
4. Ended the War in Iraq: Ordered all U.S. military forces out of the country. Last troops left on December 18, 2011.
5. Began Drawdown of War in Afghanistan: From a peak of 101,000 troops in June 2011, U.S. forces are now down to 91,000, with 23,000 slated to leave by the end of summer 2012. According to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, the combat mission there will be over by next year.
6. Eliminated Osama bin laden: In 2011, ordered special forces raid of secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in which the terrorist leader was killed and a trove of al-Qaeda documents was discovered.
7. Turned Around U.S. Auto Industry: In 2009, injected $62 billion in federal money (on top of $13.4 billion in loans from the Bush administration) into ailing GM and Chrysler in return for equity stakes and agreements for massive restructuring. Since bottoming out in 2009, the auto industry has added more than 100,000 jobs. In 2011, the Big Three automakers all gained market share for the first time in two decades. The government expects to lose $16 billion of its investment, less if the price of the GM stock it still owns increases.