Political Roundup: Colin Kaepernick Movement/Colin McEnroe & Clinton Machine Smear Jill Stein

by David Samuels
This column appears in the September 8 – 15 edition of the Hartford News…
Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio
Commentary on urban issues from a grassroots perspective. First, third and fifth Tuesday of each month. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Tune in!  Next show: September 20. http://sometroradio.com/  Check out our No Sellout blog for info on the rest of our Community Party Media lineup, including False Choice: the Bipartisan Attack on the Working Class, the Poor and Communities of Color. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/12/20/community-party-media-3/
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Josh Elliott, Candidate for State Representative
Check out CP’s No Sellout blog for a profile provided by Josh Elliott, who is running for a seat in the Connecticut General Assembly. Includes info on making a donation. Election Day is November 8. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/election-2016-candidate-tracker-josh-elliott/
Dakota Access Pipeline Protest
Our latest Community Party Radio podcast includes coverage of the Dakota Access pipeline company’s attack on Native American protesters.
Colin Kaepernick & Media Hypocrisy
White America and the corporate media continue to push their circular, self-serving conversation about whether or not they approve of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest against police murder, and structural racism. Limiting the scope of the discussion allows them to duck the issues Kaepernick has raised. Sports talk show hosts nationwide push the false narrative that Kaepernick is making this all about himself; they’re the ones keeping the focus on Kaepernick, instead of talking about state sponsored violence and other racist public policies, which oppress Black, Latino and Indigenous people.
Donald Trump’s Immigration Scam
The corporate media’s biggest lies are their lies of omission. Example: CNN never challenges Donald Trump, his campaign staff or his surrogates about the facts regarding undocumented immigrants, and crime. Studies going back at least 100 years show that immigrants, whether they are documented or not, commit LESS CRIME than United States citizens.
The Wall Street Journal reported on the Immigration Policy Center study of FBI crime statistics, which found that while the undocumented immigrant population has more than tripled between 1990 – 2013, the violent crime rate among this group has DROPPED BY 48% during the same time period. During the Republican National Convention, a CNN reporter asked former Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort about the FBI undocumented immigrant crime statistics. Manafort said the numbers couldn’t be trusted, because of the outcome of the DOJ investigation of Hillary Clinton. The reporter never asked Manafort if the Trump campaign has statistics that would disprove the FBI numbers; they obviously don’t.
Action Alert
Last month Ralph Nader interviewed Republican congressman David Jolly on his Ralph Nader Radio Hour program. Jolly has introduced bipartisan bill H.R. 4443, The Stop Act. This legislation would ban members of Congress from actively participating in raising money. Jolly said that currently members of Congress are required by the Republicans and Democrats to spend THIRTY HOURS A WEEK fundraising; they are expected to raise at least $18,000 EVERY DAY. Jolly said he has been ostracized by most Republicans in Congress because of his bill, which currently only has 10 sponsors. Nader is urging folks to contact their representatives in Congress, and ask them if they support H.R. 4443. Nader added that people should request a WRITTEN RESPONSE from lawmakers, explaining why they do or don’t support the legislation. Hartford residents should contact Rep. John Larson, Sen. Chris Murphy and Sen. Richard Blumenthal.
 http://www.thestopact.com/
 Policy Watch: Liberals Target Jill Stein
On behalf of the Green Party of Connecticut, I am pleased to announce that Jill Stein has been accepted on the ballot for November! We have collected approximately 15,000 signatures for the 7,500 signature minimum. The Secretary of State has reported 7,600 valid signatures, granting us access. Thank you to all who have volunteered tirelessly and petitioned to make this groundbreaking accomplishment possible. This year, more citizens of Connecticut will have an accessible option to choose the greater good over the lesser of two evils. Congratulations Connecticut, and bravo to all volunteers!
Emily Garfinkel
Co-chair, Green Party of Connecticut
“I’ve just seen that the attacks have started to ramp up on Jill Stein. They are going to go through the roof. I’ve had attacks from what is effectively the Clinton threat machine. They’re now post-convention. You guys are going to be post-convention. Those attacks are going to be ferocious. But you’ll see from that and learn lessons from that about how the media works and how one can defend your principles and ideas in the face of that kind of media corruption… What the Clinton campaign is doing at the moment is trying to say, ‘Well, OK, yes, maybe we’re connected to arms dealers and to Saudi Arabia, and, yes, maybe we subverted the integrity of the Democratic primaries, etc., etc., but you will just have to swallow that. You will just have to swallow that, or else you will get Donald Trump.’ That’s a form of extortion.”  ~ WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, addressing the Green Party National Convention August 6 in Houston, Texas.
Democratic Party stooge Colin McEnroe disparaged Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein last month on WNPR. McEnroe called Dr. Stein an “awful candidate”, repeating the smear that she is anti-vaccination. McEnroe said the Green Party should “hang their heads in shame” for nominating Dr. Stein.
Funny how white liberals like McEnroe fixate on the anti-vaccination smear, but they have no problem with Hillary Clinton, who has harmed millions of Black and Brown children with her support of Bill Clinton’s racist crime and welfare bills. Black mass incarceration and extreme poverty skyrocketed as a result of these bills, destroying Black families in the process.  Clinton supported dropping bombs on Brown children in Iraq and Libya. Palestinian children suffer under the apartheid rule of Israel; Hillary is more hawkish than Donald Trump on the Israel/Palestine issue. Clinton has turned a deaf ear to groups like Jewish Voices for Peace, who support Palestinian rights.  McEnroe demonstrated the fact that he is a pathological liar, when he claimed that Dr. Stein has been unable to explain her student debt cancellation plan. Dr. Stein brilliantly defended her proposal on Fox News, the most hostile environment for a far left presidential candidate. You can watch her appearance here.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECH9xwzN1Mw&sns=fb
McEnroe’s lies are so easy to disprove, it’s ridiculous. This relic has zero credibility. Of course McEnroe is just following the Democratic party line: leaked emails revealed a coordinated attack by liberals against Dr. Stein, similar to the Democratic National Committee smear campaign against Bernie Sanders, which consist of calling Dr. Stein anti-vaccination and anti-science.  http://www.usasupreme.com/leaked-emails-reveal-campaign-smear-jill-stein-anti-science/  McEnroe tried to scare voters against supporting third parties, using a convoluted scenario where Republican Speaker of the House/boogeyman Paul Ryan decides who the next president will be. The message to liberals/progressives: Vote out of fear. Vote for Hillary. If McEnroe is so worried about Dr. Stein costing his corrupt candidate the election, he should call on Gov. Malloy and the Connecticut General Assembly to pass an emergency ranked choice voting bill, which would prevent splitting of the vote. McEnroe will NEVER support ranked choice voting, because his job is to help the Democrats hold voters on the left hostage. https://fairvote.app.box.com/v/fair-representation-act-memo
McEnroe attempted to explain away the Clintons’ legacy of racism, by minimizing the catastrophic impact that President Clinton’s crime/welfare legislation has had on the Black community to this day. Predictably, McEnroe attempted to shift all of the blame to Republican President Richard Nixon, who did attack the Black community by launching the so-called War on Drugs.  Here are the facts, courtesy of US Uncut writer Tom Scahill.
“The data is clear that the last time a Clinton was in the White House, minorities were jailed at higher rates than during any of Clinton’s predecessors, with 673,000 new inmates in state and federal prisons. Black poverty and unemployment rates also skyrocketed during the Clinton years. As Ohio State University law professor and acclaimed author Michelle Alexander wrote in The Root, Clinton’s presidency ushered in the mass incarceration epidemic:
‘Human Rights Watch reported that in seven states, African Americans constituted 80 to 90 percent of all drug offenders sent to prison, even though they were no more likely than whites to use or sell illegal drugs. Prison admissions for drug offenses reached a level in 2000 for African Americans more than 26 times the level in 1983. All of the presidents since 1980 have contributed to mass incarceration, but as Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson recently observed, ‘President Clinton’s tenure was the worst.’
Bill Clinton’s landmark legislation in his second term was the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, which gutted federal welfare programs by providing welfare in block grants not tied to inflation. As a result, 20 years after Clinton’s welfare reform bill became law, families on welfare receive one-third less in assistance.”
McEnroe talked about third party candidates’ policies either being “awful” or “making no sense”. Dr. Stein’s policies include a revival of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal federal jobs program, which created over 8 million jobs during the Great Depression; Black unemployment is currently at Depression era levels. She also supports community control of the police. This would include civilian oversight boards and independent investigators, who would probe every death and serious injury at the hands of police. Young Black males are twenty one more times likely than whites to be fatally shot by the police. Dr. Stein will treat drug addiction as a public health issue, not a criminal matter; she supports releasing all nonviolent drug offenders from jail, and putting resources into underfunded treatment services. While these policies sound “awful” to neoliberal racists like McEnroe, they sound like racial justice to me. Hacker Guccifer 2.0 released a memo from Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to Democrats running for Congress, on how to stonewall Black Lives Matter activists. The most important excerpt: “If Approached by Black Lives Matter activists…  1) Listen to their concerns  2) Don’t offer support for concrete policy solutions.” You can read more about Pelosi’s memo here. http://breakingbrown.com/2016/08/hacked-documents-reveal-democratic-party-stonewalls-black-community/
Dr. Stein talked about the United States’ insane military budget, during a live Facebook appearance on the Washington Post’s opinion page. Dr. Stein pointed out that 54% of this country’s budget currently funds the military, while the next biggest line item is a mere 7%, which funds domestic needs such as housing and education.
While Hillary relies on her machine to keep Black folks brainwashed, and Trump attempted to exploit the fatal shooting of Nykea Aldridge, National Basketball Association star Dwyane Wade’s cousin, Dr. Stein worked on the ground with volunteers in Louisiana, assisting flood victims in communities of color. Dr. Stein then travelled to Baltimore, where she met with public housing residents, the homeless and veterans. The next stop was Los Angeles, where Dr. Stein supported Black families who have been impacted by police violence, and are organizing for policy reforms. Unlike Hillary, Dr. Stein doesn’t just pay lip service to racial justice issues. She walks the walk. Mud slinging by McEnroe and his Democratic Party masters can’t cover that up.
Resources
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