Whats The Plan?

Editorial

geraldBy: Gerald Royster

So I recently have been seeing headlines that Elizabeth Warren has called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Honestly all I can do at the current moment is roll my eyes. For the last two years, there’s been a deep investigation into potential collusion and criminal activity of Donald Trump and his organization. In a short summary, there’s nothing to incriminate him. Though there are instances where things may seem morally wrong, or even examples of attempts at Obstruction of justice, there’s nothing there essentially. Of course there’s no telling what’s been redacted. But I wont go too deep into that. Essentially my point I’m trying to make is, if the democrats want to win in 2020, they’ll need a ba.

So far the only base I can decipher from the Democratic platform can be summed up as “At least I’m not Donald Trump..” Seriously that may work for some. For a lot of people who felt burned in 2016 that will be enough, but for a lot of independents, swing voters and those like myself who are against the two party system we’ll need more. For starters I consider myself a liberal, with libertarian and moderate views. When it comes to gun laws, I do believe in the 2nd amendment, but believe background checks should be mandatory and that those with certain mental health issues shouldn’t be able to obtain guns. So to say my political beliefs are a bit all over the place is an understatement. More times than not since turning 18 nearly 11 years ago, I’ve voted democrat or independent,or in the Maryland governor races Republican. (Big Larry Hogan Fan).But this election cycle where the mainstream media has tried using every scare tactic to sway us to the side of the Left, I’m left with one question… Whats the Plan?

I love this country. I was born on flag day, ironically the same day as the current President. I grew up wanting to be a marine or a police officer, somehow that whole plan got derailed and now I work in the private sector in IT. I always want our country to win, and always hope no matter who sits in the oval office that they will do what’s right for this country as a whole. We are a nation currently greatly divided, and honestly I think whoever runs needs to emphasize bringing the nation together. I’m looking for a candidate who has a plan other than simply getting Trump out of office.

Again speaking to all hopeful candidates what’s your plan?

  • What’s your plan on Health Care?
    • There are still tons without proper health care,and the price of medicine is going up seemingly everyday. Things people need to live are seemingly getting more and more unobtainable
  • What’s your plan on the nation’s deficit?
    • Currently as a nation we are at a $22 trillion federal deficit, and seemingly no solution in site. Our military spending is astronomical while, our roads, and bridges fall apart. Our country currently has millions living in poverty and without sufficient needs. Puerto Rico is still recovering from hurricanes, and lets not even talk about Flint Michigan.
  • What’s your plan on advancing science, renewable energy and environmental protections.
    • There’s no reason we shouldn’t be funding wind energy, and solar energy.  A simple drive through the midwest will show you just how much undeveloped land we have that could be used to build wind turbines and solar farms. Go out in the middle of the desert out west. Land’s there, and such a venture and investment would create tons of jobs for unemployed and under employed Americans.
  • What is your plan on immigration?
    • We need something more than a big ass wall that will probably be torn down in 40 years by future generations. We need to first and foremost stop separating families. In fact, those who have jobs in this nation and are benefiting, we should create a program where they can work to getting citizenship. Immigrants come into this country from all corners of this planet looking for a better life. Yes there are laws in place, and yes there should be channels that they have to go through, but at this point witch hunts and traumatizing kids probably isn’t the best way to go about this. But I digress, I want to see a candidate with a concrete plan. A wall wont work simply put, so what else is there?
  • What is your plan on Decriminalization of Marijauna and federal research advancement.
    • Look it’s 2019, and I can assure you a ton of people do it. Of course that’s not a big enough argument to legalize it, so lets break it down. For starters it’s safer than alcohol, if taxed and sold legally could help invigorate the nations economy, taking down some of that 22 trillion dollars in debt. Not to mention if we decriminalize and legalize marijauna, it’ll save money on law enforcement freeing up resources to fight the current opioid epidemic running rampant through the country.
  • What’s the plan on Student Debt, The cost of college, and the educational system as a whole.
    • It’s no surprise the cost of college is outrageous, where in a lot of cases those who graduate don’t even end up working in the field they studied for. Student debt is getting out of hand as those cost sky rocket. No longer do we live in the world of yesteryear where getting a summer job could pay for most of your school. No longer do we live in a world where a college degree guarantees you a job. We also live in an education system where teachers feel under paid, and undervalued, and where curriculum’s are virtually centered around testing. Common Core is a joke, yet it’s still in place, and while yes private schools and charter schools have their benefits, it’s not the norm and it’s not feasible to everyone. So why are we not paying these teachers? Why are we not preparing our children and future generations to compete in the future globalized world of tomorrow. Other nations are currently outpacing our children and sadly that may put our country as a whole in a position to be outpaced in the future. Just look at China if you don’t believe me.

Simply put as a voter in this country, I think it’s safe to say on behalf of virtually most of the nation that we just want someone respectable with a plan. I don’t care which side it comes from to be honest, it’d be nice to see the country be shaken up and have a third party independent come through and win it. It would be wonderful just to have someone with a concrete plan, and not loud banter and hollow promises. Of course asking for that is a huge feat in this country. Politics are built on broken promises and fear mongering… But it shouldn’t be that way. It could different, oh so different. Most Americans want the same thing, good jobs, good health, promise of a better tomorrow for their families, and peace of mind. Unfortunately there’s just a million different ways people believe that should be obtained.

I know what I’ve detailed sadly may seem ambitious in the current political climate, but it’s not unobtainable. So here’s hoping for a better tomorrow.

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2020 Profiles: A Conspectus on Where Things Stand Right Now

By:  Justin Holden

I have previously written articles for my “2020 profiles” series on Richard Ojeda (who has since dropped out of the 2020 presidential race) and Tulsi Gabbard.  Many other candidates are in play at this point and I figured it would behoove me to write another article providing a broader overview on how the 2020 presidential race is shaping up, and things to look for going forward.  Let’s start by discussing the biggest elephant in the room that is not named Donald Trump…that would of course be former Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz.

 

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Since late January of 2019, Howard Schultz has been seriously contemplating running as an independent candidate for POTUS in 2020.  Up to this point, Schultz has been taken more seriously as a candidate by the mainstream media than candidates who are already politicians and have officially announced their decision to run, such as Tulsi Gabbard.  We must explore why this is.  Hmm…could it be that Howard Schultz is a billionaire?  Well, that certainly could be part of it.  In the United States, it’s pretty easy to turn heads when you have a ridiculous amount of money.  You can essentially buy your way into the political conversation.  We saw this in the 1990’s when Ross Perot ran as a third party presidential candidate and ultimately garnered more than 20% of the popular vote.  Perot was eligible to participate in the nationally televised presidential debates, despite being an independent candidate.  That alone goes to show you the power of wealth in politics.

But wealth alone does not explain why the media is giving Schultz so much airtime.  That, in my view, has more to do with his political philosophy aligning with the establishment.  I mean think about it, what does Howard Schultz actually stand for?  He has made it clear that he is very much against progressive reforms such as a single payer healthcare system, green new deal, and tuition free public college.  Schultz has equally made it clear that, in his view, the far-right has gone too far with their agenda and the election of Donald Trump.  Schultz has told us what he is against, but he conveniently has little to say about what he is actually for.  He positions himself as the sensible centrist candidate, and as an outsider that is running as an independent, but most people are seeing through the facade and realize that on policy substance he is nothing more than an establishment insider.  The polls bear this out at the moment, as Schultz has yet to poll higher than single digits.  This is pretty sad considering that he’s been given loads of free media time, including his own CNN Town Hall event.

The scary thing for Democrats when it comes to Howard Schultz is that he could very well help Donald Trump win re-election as things stand right now.  Schultz’s base, as small as it is, is essentially made up of rich elitist Democrats/Independents that prefer a moderate candidate.  The case could be made that in a general election Schultz siphons off just enough votes (that would have went to the Democratic candidate) to help Trump win.  We will have to see if Schultz remains in the presidential race despite his low poll numbers.  As of now, his candidacy appears to be nothing more than a billionaire’s vanity project.

The Democratic Establishment Candidates:

establishmentSo while we are on the subject of “establishment centrists” and “corporatists”, let’s see what the Democrats have to offer in this category for 2020 presidential candidates.  Pictured above, you will notice Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Kirsten Gillibrand.  Let’s not forget to include Amy Klobuchar, who also recently announced her candidacy for 2020.  If there’s one thing you need to know about this group of candidates, it’s that they are not real progressives.  Amy Klobuchar is an example of a candidate who doesn’t even try to hide the fact that she’s running as a moderate centrist.  She is for reforming the affordable care act, but has no desire to push for a “medicare for all” or “single-payer” healthcare system.  Klobuchar also hasn’t gotten on board with the idea of a $15 federal minimum wage, which many Democrats at least claim that they have warmed up to at this point.

As for the other above mentioned candidates, they appear to be towing the line on some kind of middle ground between running as moderate centrists and running as progressives.  All of these candidates’ previous record in politics paint a clear picture that time and time again they have sided with the establishment wing of the Democratic party, which as we know has led to the U.S. government giving out corporate welfare, deregulating Wall Street, inflating the military budget, starting pointless offensive wars, etc.  Furthermore, each of these candidates has taken plenty of campaign contributions in the past from wealthy donors, corporations, special interest groups and PACs.  In politics, you should always look at the source of candidates’ campaign funding because this is the best predictor of the action they will take (or decide not to take) while in office.

Having said all that, we have seen the rhetoric of Booker/Harris/Gillibrand sound increasingly progressive during the beginning phase of the 2020 presidential race.  This may be because polling indicates that more and more of the American people are siding with the progressive solution to issues such as healthcare, climate change, education, minimum wage, etc.  But ultimately, if you are for progressive solutions to political issues, you are better off looking at where candidates get their campaign funding from and how hard the mainstream media networks try to prop certain candidates up.  These are more reliable indicators of where a candidate falls on the political spectrum than their rhetoric.  Also, beware of candidates that avoid discussing policy substance.  This is another red flag that you’ll be looking at the second coming of Hillary Clinton rather than a candidate who is serious about implementing bold solutions to solve America’s problems.

The Progressive Candidates:

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Bernie Sanders is officially in the 2020 presidential race and he shattered the record for most campaign funding on the first day of announcing, hauling in a figure over $3 million comprised of thousands of individual contributions.  Grassroots fundraising at it’s finest!  Clearly, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are the front-runners right now on the progressive side of the Democratic Party.  However, we should not overlook Tulsi Gabbard, nor Andrew Yang, with Yang being the first Asian-American man to ever announce his candidacy for POTUS.

But let’s talk policy on these candidates.  It is clear that Bernie Sanders is the candidate who has been unapologetic-ally pushing for progressive policies his entire career.  This of course includes “medicare-for-all”, which now has mainstream support from the American people (although not the American mainstream media).  Tulsi Gabbard has been the loudest voice when it comes to ending offensive regime change wars.  Elizabeth Warren has been a leading voice on anti-corruption (getting the corporate money out of politics) and raising taxes on the ultra wealthy.  Andrew Yang has proposed universal basic income as a solution to a future that forecasts to be increasingly dominated by technology and automation.

These candidates clearly have grassroots support on their side, as well as authenticity, and the ability to side with the majority of the American people on a number of important issues.  What these candidates have going against them is a lack of media coverage (or negative media coverage), and possibly favoritism given to their centrist primary opponents by the DNC, although that remains to be seen for this particular election cycle.  It will be interesting to see how the debates turn out for these candidates, and if Gabbard/Yang even get invited to the debate stage.

As Things Stand Now, My Prediction:

I predict that Bernie Sanders’ campaign contributions will continue to lead the pack amongst Democratic primary candidates in a huge way.  While overlooked by the mainstream media, Sanders has polled as the most popular politician in the country ever since the end of the 2016 presidential election, and it’s not even close.  Sanders now has name recognition, which he didn’t have at the beginning of the 2016 Democratic primary when he challenged Hillary Clinton.  I also believe that Sanders will benefit from a populated field of candidates, which will split the vote more and allow him to emerge as the clear favorite rather than be challenged by a single moderate/centrist candidate as he was in the 2016 primary.

The only way I see Bernie Sanders losing the Democratic primary to another candidate is if he gets relentlessly smeared by the mainstream media (a realistic possibility) OR if the DNC claims that Sanders is not a Democrat and decides to disqualify him from the Democratic primary process.  Should the latter happen, Sanders would have an interesting decision to make on whether he bows out or runs as an independent.  I believe that Sanders would ultimately bow out at that point because the prospect of further splitting the vote to help Trump win would not be something he could stomach.  Then again, let’s wait and see if Trump is even still president by the time primary voting starts.  FBI investigations still loom large.

 

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FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY FIRED!

 

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By: Gerald Royster

 

So I asked the question, with the intentions of making this situation clearer, and possibly relatable, and here’s the example I gave this morning on Facebook:

Say I was promoted to become CEO of Verizon Telecommunications, amidst a lot of controversy. The other person competing for the job, was not given the job due to the company unwilling to take a chance on her after Verizon’s private investigation department discovered she may have been using her Verizon company email for public purposes, and suspected of leaking information to rival company Time Warner, in the New York area.

I have been promoted to the CEO position, though many have believed that I have been working with Comcast trading intellectual property and information on new products Verizon will be unveiling soon. This investigation has been ongoing, but the board saw fit to still promote me. I appointed one of my closest friends to be my adviser. I’ve openly talk about how great Comcast is. Now amidst all this Verizon’s security team is digging deep into my history, checking any connections my friends and family have with Comcast, as well as dissecting my life…

Each time they’ve seemed to come across something, including finding out one of my advisers traded stock for Comcast, and has close friends in the company; I fired the individual. Now the investigation is getting more intense and they’re about to take this before the board which could mean my career ending and being released from my position, I decide to fire the head of the investigation team… No warning, just saying I thought he handled the investigation of my competitor for the CEO position horribly, despite causing her not to get the job, and allowing me to ascend to the big seat. But I’ve told everyone it had to do with how he handled the previous investigation…

Now I ask you this…

HOW IS THAT NOT STRANGE?!?!

Now if you have been under a rock for the past 2 days, my little scenario was a micro scale comparison to what our Commander and Chief has done to the now dismissed FBI director James Comey. Yes, you heard it right, while there is an ongoing investigation into the President’s Russian connections; he has indeed fired the man leading that investigation. This of course after praising how he handled the Hillary Clinton investigations, which caused many to either vote Trump or not vote at all.

The thing is, whether you’re Democrat or Republican, or Libertarian, or Green, whatever label you want on your voter registration card, you should be alarmed by this! Honestly if Hillary or better yet even Bernie Sanders were president and they did anything like this, there would still be this Article from me. This is a spit in the face of the justice system. Something we all need to be in uproar about. Politics aside this is bogus.

Here’s my thing, if you haven’t done anything wrong. If indeed you are innocent, why not let the investigation play out. Let it play out, and if it comes out that you were innocent, and then call them out. But no our Commander in chief has gone and done something I for lack of a better word will forever label as Shady…

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