I almost thought that it was a bit too convenient to suddenly unearth photos of Bernie Sanders being arrested at a civil rights demonstration in Chicago in 1963. However, it is also true that many of the archivists are just beginning to dig into the past of various people who did not seem to be very important before. This may give Sanders a bit more street cred among black American voters, but one also tends to wonder how much attention is being paid to such things at the base.
I think it comes down to who the Democratic nominee is. If it's Trump vs. Clinton, Trump will be president; if it's Trump vs. Sanders, it'll be President Sanders. The mood of the electorate is strongly anti-insider, whichever party goes the "safe" route and puts up an insider candidate will lose and I think Sanders' message would appeal to more people than Trump's.
To me the funny thing is that Trump, in spite of his puerile nativism and racist dogwhistling is well to the left of Clinton on important policies like trade, war, Wall St. regulation and health care. He's not a Republican in any conventional sense of the word, just as Sanders isn't a conventional Democrat. I loathe Hillary Clinton's bought off by billionaire politics, so I won't be voting for her no matter how the primaries shake out.
Terrifying and scarier by the day. Yesterday was the primary here in Louisiana. Clinton handily won LA. Cruz came in a close second to Trump. The turnout was pitiful. I personally know a slew of the delegates that were on the ballot so went and voted for them despite knowing that they would be for Hillary (I voted for Sanders) and wanted to do my best to throw my support his way regardless.
I never in my wildest dreams. or in this case nightmares thought even the Republicans could/are narrowing the playing field to two of the scariest candidates imaginable. Cruz is gaining some momentum but, still far behind Trump.
I watched a video one of my fb "friends" posted today and it scared the hell out of me. It was a recording of a female judge/trump supporter ranting and raving at Romney for trying to waylay Trump's candidacy. I thought about posting it here, but it's just too depressing.
I've since "unfriended" my former classmate. I have always thought she was pretty dimwitted anyway.
I had a similar thing happen some months back. I had hired a seemingly intelligent, hard working, reliable garden assistant. One day she started "bad mouthing" Michelle Obama who was here in NOLA for a brief visit. (this employee is AfroAmerican). While I agreed with some of her sentiment, it wasn't until she launched into her praise for Trump that I took great pause. Initially I thought she might have been jesting but she wasn't. That was her last day working for me. I wanted to tell her why but didn't have the guts to do so and didn't want to be hit with some kind of discriminatory lawsuit.
It's tough, and can be surprising when that happens.
I was supposed to meet with several former classmates for lunch this past week, but I didn't feel like making the drive, and really didn't have the time to spare. Now I'm so glad I didn't. This person was part of the group and I'm sure a few others were of the same ilk.
I have "unfriended" a few people on my Facebook these past couple of weeks as well. They are not people I know particularly well but some I have played some Facebook games with for years. I was shocked by some of the posts, videos and comments made and while they have the right to their free speech and opinions, I am better off not being exposed to them. Being a Canadian, I never commented on any posts but I found some of them quite disturbing.
Gosh, Mich -- that was probably somewhat less awkward than the face-to-face Casimira had, or the one Htmb narrowly avoided, but pretty unpleasant nonetheless. Your facebook is after all your personal space.
I'm on facebook, merely because of work. My facebook feeds are networking tools and I've heard of producers casting from their facebook friends. I have rules for connecting with people: you have to be related to me, able to give me a job, or else I have to know you well enough to hold a ten minute conversation with you. I have 300 friends; some people I know have over 2,000.
At the moment my facebook feed is probably 50% American politics, 20% Canadian politics and advocacy, 20% friends just checking in, 5% cats and 5% garbage. I can live with it.