Monthly Archives: July 2016

The DNC, the Media, Election Fraud, and the Democratic Party Platform

28 July 2016

Hello, again Insights.

Last week, the RNC occurred in Cleveland. I didn’t watch it, so what I know about it are the news and other people. Today is the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, and just like in the primaries, there have been several issues.

On July 22, Wikileaks released tens of thousands of emails and attachments regarding the DNC and connections to Hillary Clinton. To search for those, click here. There was mass speculation that the DNC coddled with the Clinton campaign from the very beginning, and there was a conflict of interest going on: Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz worked as a campaign co-chair on Clinton’s 2008 campaign. As a result of the leaks, Wasserman Schultz stepped down as the DNC chair but is now working with the Clinton campaign officially(since she and the DNC worked with her) as an “honorary chair” to help get her and Democrats in all 50 states elected.

Election fraud has occurred in several cases including intentional slashing in the number of polling stations such as those in Arizona and Puerto Rico, causing long wait lines. Puerto Rico typically has a high voter turnout, had less than 5% of eligible voters cast their ballots. In California, millions were told to have to vote provisional ballots even though they were registered Democrats or recently registered as a Democrat. The media called California for Hillary Clinton before millions of provisional ballots were even counted. There was also reports of illegally shredded ballots in the Golden State.

Election Justice USA– A non-partisan coalition dealing with election fraud.

Democratic Primary Fraud- Election Justice

The convention kicked off on Monday to Sanders supporters protesting the corruption in the DNC. Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders were some of the keynote speakers of the night. However, there has been many problems with delegates and protesters. As you may know, Sanders supporters have been talked down to and asked to “fall in line” for party unity to defeat Trump.

The Mainstream Media, which has ties to Clinton and virtually every other establishment political figure, reports only the surface.They cannot report the whole story because they’re part of the corruption that is going on. There have been issues with other media sources such as with the online The Young Turks. TYT political reporter Jordan Chariton was locked out from the media tent on Day 2 of the convention. In continuation, protesters occupied the media tent, protesting the mainstream media and their establishment/conservative bias.

There was some good news, however. Starting in 2020, 2/3 of the Democratic Party’s superdelegates have to vote according to the results of the primary or caucus in their state. In the weeks leading up to the convention, committees began drafting the party platform for the next four years. Some notable changes were calling for a $15 minimum wage as well as debt-free college. Other things did not change from 2012 such as on foreign policy such as on the Palestine-Israel conflict. New things were added such as praising and attempting to pass the TPP.

Full Democratic Party Platform

That is the basics of the DNC, the media, election fraud, and what the upcoming platform is. I’ll also have a similar post regarding the Republicans and the RNC soon.

 

 

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine

26 July 2016

Hello, again Insights.

A few days ago, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton named Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia as her running mate. He was considered for a bid for Clinton’s VP selection and is less of a surprise than Trump’s selection of Mike Pence. Many still don’t know much about Kaine and what it means. Let’s break it down.

Tim Kaine Fast Facts:

Born: February 26, 1958 Age: 58

U.S. Senator from Virginia since 2013

Governor of Virginia from 2006-2010

Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 2002-2006

Served on Richmond City Council from 1994-2001; Mayor from 1998-2001

Former Catholic Missionary

Full Kaine timeline.

In June, Sen. Elizabeth Warren endorsed Hillary Clinton, upsetting many progressives. She and Bernie Sanders have very similar policy positions. However, if Clinton teamed up with Warren, she could court more of the progressive voters to vote for her. Unfortunately for them, Clinton chose a moderate Democrat in Tim Kaine. Let’s break down his stances on some of the issues.

Supports TPP and other free trade agreements plus fast track of TPP(conservative)

Supports Right-to-work measures (conservative)

Favors Gun Control(liberal)

Favors Women’s Reproductive Rights, during public service career. (liberal) Personally pro-life however.

Favors financial deregulation (conservative)

Pro-Immigration stance(liberal)

Kaine is liberal on some positions and conservative on others, equaling a moderate.

Warren is known for her career as a law professor and focused on bankruptcy and personal finance. She favors strong regulation on the banks and was instrumental in establishing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and was a special adviser. This position conflicts with Clinton because many of her  top campaign donors are major financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and JP Morgan Chase. As this is one of Warren’s strongest policy positions, the Clinton campaign felt that there would be a conflict between her and Warren and preferred a more moderate candidate who agrees more with her on the issues.

The 2016 election has been the year of the anti-establishment, and that’s why Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump did so well. Democratic primary voters who backed Sanders recognized Hillary Clinton’s corruption, but many would vote for Clinton in the General Election vs. Trump, in which many of them are votes against him. The ideology difference between Clinton and Sanders is very wide, despite running for the same party’s nomination. Voters who are more progressive feel isolated without Sanders and a progressive like Warren had the possibility to bring more “party unity.” Many Sanders supporters, however, are Independents. The Clinton camp often says that she is entitled to Sanders voters and they’ll eventually “fall in line” to defeat Trump. Despite these remarks, Clinton actions don’t appear to be trying to court more progressive voters. Instead, Clinton has made attempts to get Jeb Bush donors to her side, and a SuperPAC called “Republicans For Hillary” was formed by a GOP donor named Craig Snyder. Trump’s unpredictability has disillusioned many establishment donors since they don’t know if he can be controlled or not.

An additional reason that Clinton chose Kaine is that he has numerous pro-establishment positions such as on free trade and financial deregulation. Clinton(and now) Kaine have come out in opposition to the latest free trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership(TPP) even though it was as recent as last week that Kaine spoke out in favor of the TPP. When Clinton was Secretary of State, she helped to start negotiations for TPP, and publicly came out 45 times in support.

There it is. Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine. I will have a similar post up soon detailing Trump and Mike Pence. My question for you is this: Does Kaine help or hurt Clinton?

Police Shootings, Black Lives Matter and the Facts

12 July 2016

Hello, again Insights.

This week has been a very controversial week in the realm of politics. There were two high-profile black cop shootings of black men. There was a mass shooting of police officers in Dallas as a response. There have been various protests led by local chapters of Black Lives Matter in response.

What happened?

Two high-profile shootings by police officers of black men, Philando Castille in St. Paul and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge. As a result, several protests broke out in these two cities as well as across the United States. On Thursday night, Micah Johnson shot 5 police officers dead. There has been speculation from the mainstream outlets that whether or not that Johnson was connected to Black Lives Matter. It is known that Johnson had no connections to BLM.

Further Read: Micah Johnson details

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter is a national organization who aims to make black lives more valid and to stop police brutality. What is commonly said is that BLM only cares about black lives. BLM means Black Lives Matter as well. It is a known fact that blacks have been treated unfairly during the history of America, in which BLM obviously points out.

Facts on Police Shootings

According to The Guardian, over 574 people have been shot by police, and an overwhelming majority of them are men. It is true that more whites die than blacks from police shootings, but they make up over 60 percent of the population, as opposed to only 13 percent who are black. Opponents of groups such as Black Lives Matter point out  that white people die more from police shootings than black people. That is true, but it is DISPROPORTIONATELY African-American. The rate of police shooting deaths of blacks is around 25%, nearly twice the rate of the percentage of blacks in this country. The Guardian’s tally is as follows(as of 12 July 2016). I’ll add the percentages of the deaths by race, and the actual percentage of the U.S. population.

281 White(Non-Hispanic)(49.0%)(62%)

140 Black(24.3%)(13%)

88 Hispanic(15.3%)(18%)

42 Unknown race/ more than one race(7.3%)(2%)

13 Native American(2.3%)(1%)

10 Asian/Pacific Islander(1.7%)(5%)

Estimates from census.gov

You see, whites are killed by police at about a 2:1 margin, but outnumber blacks at an over 4:1 ratio,  which is closer to 5:1. Native Americans, although a much smaller amount of the population, are disproportionately killed as well. BLM is trying to end the systematic racism focusing on the lives of African Americans. Here’s the deal: ALL LIVES MATTER. Blacks, Whites, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, Middle Eastern, etc. There have been hundreds of arrests in the last week, including 102 in St. Paul. In more news, there has been a petition that would reclassify Black Lives Matter as a terrorist organization. The petition has received over 100,000 signatures. We need to get to a state of equality and end this madness. That includes reforming the criminal justice system and demilitarizing the police forces.

Hillary Clinton, James Comey and the FBI

10 July 2016

Hello, Again Insights.

On Tuesday we heard a report from the FBI director, James Comey. Not exactly surprising, the FBI will rewrite the laws to let Hillary Clinton off the hook. Comey, a Republican did state that it was “gross negligence” of what Clinton did, but anyone could have done that. Comey also stated that no reasonable prosecutor would go through with the case and press charges. His party affiliation doesn’t really matter because both are members of the establishment. In this post, I’ll go a little more in-depth with the investigation and the facts.

Since February 2015, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been under investigation for using a private e-mail server during her time at the state department. Also, this use of a private server has raised questions whether this had an effect on September 11, 2012, Consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya and jeopardizing national security.

Last week, former President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch held an impromptu meeting. Disclaimer: Loretta Lynch was appointed a US attorney by Clinton in 1999, so there has to be some bias with Lynch regarding a possible indictment. It’s just common sense, not any anti-Clinton bias which the pro-Clinton people are saying. Lynch said the meeting was about ‘grandkids’ among other things, but if you use your brain, you’ll know that there was a long discussion regarding the indictment. I read some articles and a video about this, and it hit me: The meeting happened because they were unsure of what the FBI would do. Lynch stated that she would “accept recommendations” from the FBI regarding an indictment. That doesn’t mean that she will choose to indict Clinton if the Lynch has ties to the Clintons, so we know that would be unlikely in the first place.

Bill Clinton- Loretta Lynch Meeting

Facts

The State Department received access to Clinton’s server, and reports have found that some emails were classified at the time, and some were changed to classified after Clinton left the state department. According to Comey, the emails were a mix of confidential, secret, and top-secret information.   

Another point is that a private SERVER was used, not just a private email account. A government server would have high security, unlike a private one. Since this was a private server of a high-ranking official, it became more prone to hacking, which occurred on several occasions. In his speech on Tuesday, Comey added that a regular email account is MORE secure than Clinton’s combination of a private account and server. The language that Comey used implied that Clinton broke the law, but she would basically get away with it.

In May of 2014, the House of Representatives formed a select committee on Benghazi to see if Clinton was responsible for the deaths of 4 Americans and how it tied into the email scandal. However, the 9 reports that were released showed no wrongdoing and it appeared that the select committee was not efficient in their use of taxpayer dollars.

Benghazi Committee Reports

Benghazi Committee by the Numbers

Conclusion:

FBI reports clearly showed that Clinton broke the law, but she won’t be indicted likely on “establishment privilege” as I call it. Whistleblowers such as Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning received harsh punishments for revealing classified information on what the U.S. was doing overseas like what Manning did or global surveillance programs as with Snowden. The point is very clear. Clinton did break the law shown from FBI reports, but others such as the Benghazi reports found nothing. The point that I’m trying to make is that there was definitely a bias in favor of Clinton in this investigation.

Further Reads:

More from James Comey and the FBI about Clinton

Edward Snowden Facts

Chelsea Manning Facts

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine