Who is David Hogg, an 18 yearold high school student that hopes to be a journalist

David Hoggs is an 18 yearold high school student and survivor of the Parkland school shooting that took place two weeks ago. Since the shooting himself and of her classmates have taken on congress to do something and implement common sense gun laws. But David has become a target for the conspiracy community, who believe he is a crisis actor or that this was a false flag by the government.

I covered false flags in an article earlier this year that goes over false flags that have actually happened in the United States and can be factually backed up. Just like you can easily backup that David Hogg isn’t a crisis actor, he’s s a student.

So lets go over 5 facts about David Hoggs that you should know:

1)David Hogg is a senior at Stoneman Douglas High School and wants to become a professional journalist

David Hogg is a senior at Stoneman Douglas High and loves broadcast journalism, CNN reported. He’s a Teenlink reporter for the Sun Sentinel, according to his Instagram profile, a student filmmaker, and a surfer. His family moved to Florida several years ago, when he was a freshman, and chose Stoneman Douglas High partially because of the TV production classes the school offers. Hogg once wrote on Reddit about moving in the middle of his freshman year and how hard it was because so many people in high school weren’t authentic. He talked about missing his friends from Los Angeles, whom he still visits. He then told someone else on the site that the first few months can be really hard, but it does get better. As a sophomore, he created some of his own broadcast packages and decided that TV news was his passion.

Hogg has been very outspoken since the shooting, criticizing the NRA and advocating for gun control legislation. He was one of the first students who was interviewed nationally about the horrific event.

Some have said that Hogg appeared too calm in the videos he did inside the school during the shooting. But others have pointed out that how a person reacts in a situation can really depend on their proximity to danger. Hogg never personally encountered the shooter because he was hiding in a closet, so his reaction might be very different from another person who had actually seen the shooter.

The allegations that Hogg and others were crisis actors may have partially originated from an email allegedly sent to journalist Alex Leary from Florida District Secretary Benjamin A. Kelly, along with Donald Trump Jr. liking two tweets about the conspiracy.

Florida State Representative Shawn Harrison later announced that Kelly had been fired from his position as Harrison’s District Secretary after the tweet was released.

Robert Runcie, who is currently the superintendent of Broward County Schools, told the Tampa Bay Times that Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg were, indeed, students at Stoneman. “These are absolutely students at Stoneman Douglas. They’ve been there. I can verify that,” he said. “Anything to disparage such brilliant and passionate youth who have the courage to stand up and do what they’re doing, I just think it’s outrageous and disrespectful for someone to make those allegations.”

2)Hoggs posted about Stoneman High before the shooting, the yearbook theory was also debunked

One of the rumors circulating is that Hogg was a “paid crisis actor,” since he appeared in both California and Florida. As stated in the previous section, he was in California on vacation in August. But he’s frequently posted about life at Stoneman Douglas High long before the shooting happened.

He has also posted numerous articles around Parkland and Stoneman Douglas High School as you see in the photos below:

In addition to his time at Stoneman, some people are also talking about a photo of Hogg sitting at a CNN table. This may be a photo from a CNN tour, which would be a normal thing for an aspiring journalist to do. In fact, others have said that when they visited CNN in Atlanta, they got to role play being an anchor or take “fake photos” on set. Read some of the Yelp reviews here to get an idea of what happens on the tour.

In a 2013 article posted on “Mom Voyage,” this was written about the CNN tour: “Start with a ride on the world’s longest escalator to the working studios of CNN.

Then, from behind the glass, you’ll look into a live newsroom, complete with anchors, reporters, camera people…the works! At the end of the tour, future television stars will certainly appreciate the ability to sit behind an anchor desk and take their turn at reporting the news. It makes for a fun experience and a great photo opp!”

A fake Antifa “parody” account shared a video of a yearbook with Hogg’s name in it, as “proof” that he wasn’t going to Stoneman Douglas High. However, this video moves so fast that you can’t see a date or clearly read the yearbook’s full cover. A tweet shared later debunked this video, which you can watch here.

3) He Appeared in a California Video that Went Viral While He Was on Vacation in August

Hogg’s appearance in a video that went viral in California caused some people to question his authenticity. In fact, the photo below is one of the many photos circulating on social media pointing out that he was interviewed in August 2017 in California before being interviewed this past week in Florida.

The viral video showed an argument that started when his friend put a boogie board on a trashcan at the beach and a lifeguard got very angry. Hogg talked to CBS Los Angeles about the incident, saying it was his friend who put the board on a trash can on the beach. A lifeguard asked his friend to move the board, and his friend did, but then said, “I didn’t know it was a crime to put your board on a trash can.” Then the lifeguard approached angrily and Hogg recorded the interaction. His video later went viral. He said they felt threatened because the lifeguard seemed unpredictable.

This video caused some people to question whether Hogg was truly a student. But as Hogg explained in a previous video, he was visiting the Los Angeles area in August. In fact, it’s not uncommon for him to visit California — his YouTube channel also shows another video he made while visiting California on vacation last winter.

4) Kevin Hogg, his dad, is a retired FBI agent who taught David perseverance and composure

David’s father, Kevin Hogg, who is a retired FBI agent, spurred more social media posts questioning Hogg’s authenticity. The Gateway Pundit ran a story about Hogg called “Exposed,” which started some of the rumors about him. The headline read: “School Shooting Survivor Turned Activist David Hogg’s Father in FBI, Appears To Have Been Coached On Anti-Trump Lines.” The story pointed out that in an interview with CNN, Hogg defended the FBI and blamed President Donald Trump, before he revealed that his father was a former FBI agent. “I think it’s disgusting, personally,” Hogg said. “My father’s a retired FBI agent and the FBI are some of the hardest working individuals I have ever seen in my life. It’s wrong that the president is blaming them for this.”

Some people said that Hogg was an attempt to “prop up the FBI” after the FBI failed to follow up on a tip about Nikolas Cruz’s plans for a school shooting. But in reality, it’s not surprising that a teen would defend an institution that employed their parent. Hogg once wrote on Reddit that his dad was training at Quantico and learning about future terrorist threats right before 9/11 happened. In fact, he’s written multiple appreciative posts about his family on Reddit and in other places. He wrote: “My dad has been saving since before I was born. I love my parents so much and am blessed to have their financial support. The reason they have saved so much for my college is because both were kicked out of there house at 18 basically and had to pay their way through college…”

David said his dad worked long hours, often leaving at 6 a.m. and not getting home until midnight. Sometimes as soon as he got home, he had to immediately leave for an emergency. That was when David learned to admire his dad and all other FBI agents, which was reflected in his recent interviews. David told the Daily Beast that he admired his dad because Kevin’s not judgmental, but tries to see both sides of a situation. “He’s just a nice guy,” David said.

David and Kevin are so close that David called his dad during the shooting. “I love you,” he told Kevin. “I’m on my way,” Kevin told his son. David said his calm composure during interviews was partially because of his Dad’s example. He can see both sides of an issue. And although he’s pro gun reform, he’s also pro Second Amendment, believing that anyone who’s not mentally unbalanced and doesn’t have a criminal record should be able to purchase and own a firearm.

5) He Had Trouble in an Interview, Which stirred up allegations that he was coached

Hogg has appeared in a lot of videos, answering questions about the shooting. Behind-the-scenes clips were shown for one of these videos, which you can watch above. Hogg keeps asking for a chance to repeat his words after losing his train of thought. Some people believe this is a sign that he was coached. But remember, Hogg is only a senior in high school and just went through a very traumatic situation. It’s absolutely possible that he simply had trouble keeping this thoughts together and the videographer gave him retakes, so they could show a short clip of what he wanted to say rather than a longer clip full of repeated words and pauses. It’s not uncommon for a TV news interview to be “practiced” a time or two before the final taping, so the interviewee knows exactly what they want to say and can say it quickly and succinctly. You can hear the cameraman or reporter telling him when he pauses, “It’s OK. You’re fine David, you’re fine.” Since the video is cut in several places, it’s possibly some of the “coaching” lines are just helping Hogg remember what he last said or where they left off in the interview.

Hogg responded to the allegations against him by telling BuzzFeed News: “I just think it’s a testament to the sick immaturity and broken state of our government when these people feel the need to peddle conspiracy theories about people that were in a school shooting where 17 people died and it just makes me sick. It’s immature, rude, and inhuman for these people to destroy the people trying to prevent the death of the future of America because they won’t.”

Some people have also pointed to the following photo, which was taken for CBS show a few days after the shooting. They say it’s unusual for the group to be smiling for the camera, but it’s really not that strange to be smiling in a photo a few days after a tragedy, if you’re asked to smile:

Hogg also has a Reddit account and he’s been very open about sharing his identity there, including posting his full name and sharing the lifeguard video that went viral. His posts reflect a conscientious teen who’s concerned about others, such as when he wrote: “Im fine with breaking HOA rules but the problem it that first responders wont be able to get though if me and others park on the street [sic].” He also posted about how society should be more accepting of overweight people because they often can’t afford to eat healthier. When asked seven months ago what people have gotten too accustomed to, his response included politicians’ lies, lobbyists, and “the danger of party politics.”

Months ago, in answer to a question about why we need more love in the world, he talked on Reddit about how he helped a 94-year-old woman go online and see a neighborhood that she grew up in. He said she almost cried, then showed him New York City on Google Street View, and it was the most fun he had all summer.

The truther community could have found their truth is they actually did some digging. But instead they decided to rely on other conspiracy pages for information instead of actual fact based sources. Remember writing research papers in school, you need at least 3 sources.

Do we still need monarchies?

Is the monarchy a valid system in the 21st century? For many people, the monarchical regime is an undemocratic system that has survived since the darkest times of the Middle Ages. For others, it represents a guarantee of national unity and tradition for their countries. However, during recent years, many monarchies, especially those in Europe, have been affected by financial and sexual scandals that have undermined their popularity.

Evidently, there are many kinds of monarchies around the world. On the one side, there are absolute monarchies, in which the king possesses the three branches of power – judiciary, legislative and executive – and acts like a dictator, like in Saudi Arabia. There are also countries where the king carries out executives functions while its parliament has a very weak legislative power, as so happens in Morocco. Finally, we can find parliamentary monarchies, in which sovereigns only have a symbolic function, although in many cases they have the responsibility to designate the executive’s chief. These cases can be found in Europe, for example in the United Kingdom, Spain, Netherlands or Belgium.

Although being the “most democratic” type of monarchy, in recent years, European monarchies have been highly questioned by many citizens. Despite their the attempts to fit into modern times, there is an issue that produces great controversy amongst the public opinion: monarchs’ annual salaries. According to the BBC, Queen Elizabeth II of the UK earned about $104 million last year, and the rest of European monarchs salaries approaches the $1 million mark. Putting aside the multiple properties which these monarchies have to maintain, is it ethic that they receive so much money from public funds while so many people in Europe and the rest of the world are fighting for their economic stability?

In addition, many sexual and corruption scandals have damaged monarchies’ public images. The most recent is the one that involved Spanish former king Juan Carlos I. In fact, he received much criticism due to several extramarital relationships, and for having gone an expensive trip to Africa to hunt elephants while his country was living one of the worst economic crisis in its history. Besides these love affairs, his son-in-law, Iñaki Urdangarín, is currently being judged for taking part in a corruption plot and evading millions of Euros from a charity.

So, which are the real functions of monarchies nowadays? To be honest, and this can be seen especially in Europe, monarchies don’t carry out any governmental function. However, they carry on earning large sums of money and they usually become the mediatical objective of entertainment and gossip magazines. It is also important to highlight that the reason why a lot of people think monarchies are old-fashioned systems is the fact that nobody has elected them, which makes the monarchy a completely undemocratic system.

By Tomàs Garcia-Espot

History has been written by the Elites, now they’re after Freedom of Speech

Since the 2016 presidential election, we have heard the term “fake news” tossed around many places. From people actually calling out misinformation, to people using it as away to protect their version of reality.

Governments & citizens are unsure how to combat this misleading information. How and who are the deciders of what is real & fake news? At what point does our war on “fake news” fall into the hands of the wrong people?

First lets look at a few headlines from 2016 that went viral and we’re proven wrong:

1) ‘Pope Francis shocks the world, endorses Donald Trump for President’

This story was originally published by a site called WTOE5 News before it was copied by a popular fake news publisher Ending the Fed. By November 8, the story had picked up 960,000 Facebook engagements, according to a Buzzfeed report.

The site has been removed since the 2016 elections. However, when it was operational, it openly admitted to fabricating content and even had a disclaimer on its homepage stating: “most articles on wt0e5news.com are satire or pure fantasy.”

2) ‘Donald Trump sent his own plane to transport 200 stranded marines’

This was published by Americanmilitarynews.com in May and racked up 893,000 engagements, according to Buzzfeed’s data. The article claimed that back in 1991, a bunch of Marines had been left stranded after Operation Desert Storm, and that Donald Trump had found out about it and sent his own plane to collect them.This story can be traced back to Sean Hannity, who is a popular conservative commentator. His site,Hannity.com , still has the article up and says it has been confirmed by Trump’s team. The Washington Post fact-checked Hannity’s article and the real story is slightly different.

3) ‘Ireland is now officially accepting Trump refugees from America’

Nearly a million people read this story on Facebook. Actually the piece did not even mention Ireland, it references Inishturk – a small island off the coast of Ireland which has no say on Irish immigration policy.To add on, that article, which was published by Winning Democrats, referenced how Canada has adopted an open door immigration policy for disgruntled Americans – which it hasn’t. Nonetheless, the story still managed to generate 810,000 roughly engagements.

4)’WikiLeaks confirms Hillary sold weapons to ISIS … Then drops another bombshell’

After being published on August 4, this article was written by The Political Insider after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange made comments about Hillary Clinton during an interview in late July. The article states that Assange contended “Hillary Clinton and her State department were actively arming Islamic jihadists, which includes ISIS…” and generated some 789,000 engagements, according to Buzzfeed data.What Assange actually said, was that a Hillary Clinton-led State Department had approved weapon shipments to Libya during the intervention in 2011, and that those weapons had later ended up in the hands of jihadists.

We live in the digital age, its now the year 2018. Many of these headlines you could punch into google and some quick research. Should our governments ‘punish’ an entire population because a select few don’t understand how to do comprehensive research? Should this be a talk about freedom of speech or taking a look at our education system that lead us here? Since the US elections other countries have also started taking aim at misleading news online. France & Brazil for example have pondered on fighting fake news sites during the elections, but who decides the real from the fake? Lets take a look at what other countries have to say about the situation.

French President Macron said:

He sought to “stop fake news,” adding that there’s a need to “regulate the internet because today certain players are activists and have a very important role in the campaign”.

The Brazilian FBI released a statement earlier this month saying:

“In the next few days, the Federal Police will begin activities in Brasília [the nation’s capital] by a specially formed group to combat false news during the [upcoming 2018 presidential] election process,” the official police tweet stated. It added: “The measures are intended to identify and punish the authors of ‘fake news’ for or against candidates.”

What happens when the wrong people in power decide real & fake news?

A good example of that in current times would be United States President Donald Trump, who has turned the term ‘fake news’ into a catch phrase of his.

He most recently attacked the media at the World Economic Forum, where he was met with boos from the audience:

But is Donald Trump as honest as he thinks he is? Is his reality distorted from the rest of the worlds? Lets take a look at some false statements Donald Trump has mad.

1) “We have signed more legislation than anybody..”

At a West Palm Beach fire station on Dec. 27, Trump said, “You know, one of the things that people don’t understand — we have signed more legislation than anybody. We broke the record of Harry Truman.”

The facts:

  • According to govtrack.us (a nonpartisan website that collects congressional and other governmental data) Trump actually ranked last in legislation signed among post-World War II presidents in their first calendar year who took office on the regular four-year cycle.
  • In a report published on Dec. 21, 2017, govtrack.us wrote that “Trump has sunk to last place with 94 bills signed into law by his 336th day in office (today). That’s eight fewer than President George W. Bush and not even half as many as presidents Bill Clinton (209) and George H.W. Bush (242).”

2) “Black homeownership rate is at a record peak..”

“Look at these guys, ‘Blacks for Trump,’ ” Trump said, quoting their sign, on Dec. 8, 2017. “I love you. I love you. By the way, now that you bring it up, black homeownership just hit the highest level it has ever been in the history of our country. Congratulations.”

He brought up the claim in the company of other boasts about enhanced 401(k) accounts, consumer confidence and job growth since the start 2017. But black home ownership hasn’t hit a new record high. The White House never released a public statement on the presidents comments.

The facts:

  • Census Bureau data says that black homeownership peaked in 2004 at 49.1%. It has fallen almost every year since. The rate is now actually about one-sixth lower than it was at its peak.
  • African-Americans are less than two-thirds as likely as non-Hispanic whites to own a home, and the most recent rate for African-Americans, 41.6% in 2016, ranks behind each of the other four major groups; non-Hispanic whites, Hispanics, Asian-Americans & also Native Americans.

Thats just a few examples of our current leader trying to tell the Public misinformation, while at the same time echoing “fake news”. This is also coming from a man that doesn’t think climate change is real. Climate Experts in Australia, the United States, Britain and Canada studied over 4,000 summaries of peer-reviewed papers in journals giving a view about climate change since the early 1990s and found that 97% said it was mainly caused by humans.

They also asked authors for their views and found a 97% conviction from replies covering 2,000 papers. The data is available at www.skepticalscience.com .

These is no other country in the world with its leader arguing against science backed claims that climate change is real. But what happens when they push lies that put more people in immediate danger to push a political agenda?

False flags, Americas push for war:

1) Gulf of Tonkin Incident

Lets start off with one of the key false flags in American history, and that is whats known most commonly as the Gulf of Tonkin incident. The event that lead the US to fully engage in the Vietnam War on August 2nd, 1964.It was originally claimed by the National Security Agency that a Second Gulf of Tonkin incident occurred on August 4, 1964, as another sea battle, but instead evidence was found of “Tonkin ghosts”. Which are false radar images and not actual North Vietnamese torpedo boats.

In the 2003 documentary titled The Fog of War, the former United States Secretary of DefenseRobert S. McNamara admitted that the August 2 USS Maddox attack happened with no Defense Department response, but the August 4 Gulf of Tonkin attack never happened.

The outcome of these two incidents was the passage by Congress of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which granted President Lyndon B. Johnson the authority to assist any Southeast Asian country whose government was considered to be jeopardized by “communist aggression”. The resolution served as Johnson’s legal justification for deploying U.S. conventional forces and the commencement of open warfare against North Vietnam.

2) Nayirah Testimony

On October 10, 1990 a 15 year-old girl known only as Nayirah testified before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus about the horrors that Iraqi troops were inflicting upon the people of Kuwait. Her testimony that hundreds of babies had been taken out of their incubators and left to die on hospital floors was repeated as fact by Amnesty International, the mass media, numerous senators, and President H. W. Bush, tugging at the heartstrings of America and manufacturing support for American action in the Gulf War. It was a lie, Nayirah was in fact the daughter of the Kuwaiti Ambassador to the US, and her TV-friendly “removing babies from incubators” testimony was false. It never actually happened.

3) United States planned false flag events to start war with the Soviet Union

The United States government once wanted to plan false flag attacks with Soviet aircraft to help justify war with the USSR and/or its allies, newly declassified documents surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy show.

In a three-page memo, members of the National Security Council wrote, “There is a possibility that such aircraft could be used in a deception operation designed to confuse enemy planes in the air, to launch a surprise attack against enemy installations or in a provocation operation in which Soviet aircraft would appear to attack US or friendly installations to provide an excuse for U.S. intervention.”

These stories above are just a few of the examples of the United States government using fear to get people to support its imperialistic ways. If they’re will to change or make up a story to push for war, what makes you think they wouldn’t do it for political gain in office? Imagine if Hitler was around in the 20th century with the internet at his fingertips. He would be able to dictate what is real & fake news, how dangerous could that be right? We live in a world where satire is everywhere, as well as are memes. People just can’t read a headline or meme and assume that it’s true.

They have to go take .5 seconds to go on goggle and do some research. At the end of the day we can’t support state censorship and risk freedom of the press, just because a handful of babyboomers & Gen X’s can’t do comprehensive research. The question we should be asking is, why do they want to control what we see and believe on the internet?

The US healthcare system is designed to fail, along with the whole system (Video)

The American people continue to pay the most out of any industrialized country per capita on healthcare , yet gets the least coverage. More and more Americans are going broke & staying sick because they can’t afford to pay for their medications. We are the only industrialized country that doesn’t have a single payer option to make sure no one is financially burdened by disease. The time is now to fight and demand a system that works for all of its citizens in America.

Dangers of Homosexuality, except…

You will often hear conservatives rail against homosexuality, however, when pressed to explain why homosexuality is inherently wrong without invoking religion, you will generally hear a few responses.

STD rates are signifigantly higher among homosexuals.

In short, this is true, but it is far from a justification of stigmatizing homosexuals, as there are reasons this is true, and ways it can be preventable. One way is to remove the notion that anal sex doesn’t require condoms, when in fact you actually have a higher chance of getting an std through anal sex, condoms, and making sure to use them are a great way to stop this from being the case, along with making sure you and your partner get tested before having intercourse, in short, STD rates among homosexuals are an ineffectual argument.

2) Higher Depression rates among homosexuals

An odd argument, as the generally accepted solution to a stigmatized group suffering from higher rates of depression is generally not to stigmatize them more. But regardless, it is worth rebutting. Some may say something along the lines of “Black people are stigmatized but they don’t suffer from higher rates of suicide” however, even if this were true, which it isn’t as black do suffer 20% more than the general population from severe mental illness, generally this misconception comes from the fact that despite this, whites are more prone to suicide than minorities. But regardless this argument falls flat because of the factor of family acceptance, black people will never be rejected from their family for being black, as that’d never come as a surprise to the parents, however, as a pew research survey shows, 39 percent of LGBT Americans have been rejected by a friend or family member because of their homosexuality, while it is important to factor in the fact that friends are lumped together with family in this survey, the point still stands as a study by the Williams Institute found that 40% of homeless youth are LGBT despite the LGBT population being only about 3.8% of the total American population. Anti-gay advocates may then point to a study done in Sweden, a country highly accepting of gays, showing that gays had higher rates of depression and use it to show that suicide ideation rates among gay men are not the result of stigma. However, while this study does show that gay men have about three times the suicide ideation rate of straight men, it says that gay women have a “tentatively elevated risk.” There are a few explanations for this, one is that, while the study adjusts for HIV status, it does not say that it adjusted for other stds. In addition, women are in general more accepting, of homosexuality than men, in addition to a pew survey demonstrating that lesbians are more likely than gay men to be in a commited relationship. Also, female homosexuality is slightly more accepted. It is also interesting in that women in the general population are about twice as depressed as men. In addition to this, while gay acceptance of homosexuality is far more common in Sweden, ‘35% percent of respondents from Sweden felt discriminated against or harassed in the last 12 months on the grounds of sexual orientation” It is hard to find conclusive numbers to compare against other, less accepting countries. And while it is worth looking into, the Sweden survey isn’t something that should be taken as a reason to discriminate against gay people.

By opinion writer: GS

War: Democrats vs. Greens

According to NBC News, two Senate committees have begun inquiring information from the 2016 presidential campaign of the Green Party Nominee; Jill Stein, which have been investigating Russian interference in the election. Jill Stein ran for the presidency in 2016 for the second time as the Green Party alternate choice for voters, and won over one million votes. Her candidacy, as well as the candidacy of other third-party candidates have been thrown under the bus by the Democratic Party establishment.

Let’s cut to the chase: the Democratic establishment (DNC) is a power-hungry institution who feels threatened by anything that isn’t themselves. Independent and self-proclaimed democratic socialist Bernie Sanders – for not unifying the party enough after the 2016 primaries. Jill Stein – the woman who “spoiled the vote” for Hillary Clinton. We need third-party candidates, we need progressiveness in America, but where do we start? First off, we don’t degrade and beat down men and women who wish to break the two-party cycle and run on platforms that yearn in their hearts and connect with many people.

Right now, it’s important to vote Democrat because we have a Republican majority in our federal government that needs to be stopped from pursuing a reactionary and regressive agenda. This political revolution isn’t over, and we know for sure that the DNC hasn’t learned its lesson from 2016… The way to a progressive nation is by taking steps, and a few of those steps involve voting blue.

The establishment of the Democratic Party is looking for more ways to show the American people that third-party candidates and organizations are not to be trusted. That they are willing to trade patriotic integrity to gain some seats in whatever level of government. That is not the case. Senators like Dianne Feinstein, Cory Booker, Chuck Schumer, (and the list goes on) saw how effective Bernie Sanders during his presidential campaign. They saw how energized the populace became, how hopeful and inspired we all became. The DNC decided not to harness that energy, and instead pushed it away.

We need to show more conservative states, like Alabama, that Republicans aren’t for the working people. They want to make it harder for you to get health care, they want to make it more expensive for you to go to school, and want to eventually raise taxes on you because they can’t pay off their deficit from cutting taxes on the rich.

Alabama was given a hard choice; between an alleged pedophile or a civil prosecutor that stood by moral values of justice, equality, and integrity. More Americans need to be shown that many Republicans don’t have integrity. They aren’t for equality, and they aren’t for justice.

Republican state lawmakers have been accused of gerrymandering, drawing district lines in favor of where they could get mostly Republican constituents (in whatever state they have a majority in their state legislature). Time and time again, they do not deliver. They cannot justify a bloated military budget, they cannot justify these endless wars. Democrats… well… it’s not as bad. Yes, there are horrible Democratic candidates and current lawmakers, and there are some who aren’t so bad.

We need to stomach the Democrats that we are faced with right now. Next election cycle, we continue pushing for more progressive candidates. We use our energy, our grassroots organizing, our inspiration to defeat the establishment candidates that have been in office too long. This is where the wheels of democracy continue to turn in our favor. We use the two-party system to our advantage. We fight as hard as we can to elect progressive Democrats, we change the Democratic Party. We make it the party it was meant to be, a party for the working people of this country. As Elizabeth Warren puts it, we need a government that works for all of us, not just those at the top.

Sometime in the future, we will have people in office who will truly uphold the values set out by our founders for our constitutional republic. Leaders that actually listen to the people, will see that we want more choices. For over a hundred years we’ve been stuck with donkeys and elephants, with America being backed into a corner by their rear ends’. The DNC thinks it realizes we want change, but it doesn’t really know what the American people want. Jill Stein will most likely not run for President in 2020, but it doesn’t mean there won’t be other Green Party candidates. The establishment will continue to throw dirt and smear third-parties, and soon they will pay for doing so.

The new GOP tax bill continues to be Socialism for the rich & crony capitalism for the poor

Time after time we hear that giving the top 1% tax cuts will create jobs, yet we never see the result. These same corporations are the same ones paying NOTHING in FEDERAL INCOME TAXES, therefore leaving us the working class the tab to pay.

Why are workers defending the corporations when they’re the ones lobbying for these laws? Back under Eisenhower Income taxes on the top 1% was 90%, only affecting those making $200,000 a year & couples making $400,000 a year thus putting more money into our economy instead of sitting on it.

Today that’s roughly an individual making $1.7 million & a couple making $3.4 million. Todays highest tax rate is a measly 39.6%, and the new GOP tax scam plans to cut the corporate tax rate to 21% which is absolutely absurd.

For example Verizon not only did this telecommunications giant avoid pain federal income taxes on $42.5 billion in United States profits from 2008 through 2013, but it also received a text rebate of $732 million.

How about another example, General Electric. When I comes to dodging Texas, GE brings good things to the table. From 2008 through 2013, while GE made nearly $34 billion in profits, it received tax refunds of nearly $3 billion.

Meanwhile, during the financial crisis of 2008, GE received a $16 billion bail out from the federal reserve while it’s chief executive officer at the time was serving as a director of the New York federal reserve bank.

And then finally how about IBM, no big blue has a long record of outsourcing good paying jobs, slashing pensions, and cutting retiree health benefits. In 2015, IBM made nearly $6 billion in profits in the United States.

So not only did IBM pay nothing in federal income taxes that year, it also received a $321 million tax refund from the IRS, while also receiving $1.35 billion in government contracts. And from 2008 to 2015, IBM avoided $17.8 billion in United States taxes by operating subsidies in 16 offshore tax savings.

So I really can’t find a good reason to give the same corporations a bigger tax break when they already are avoiding paying taxes as it is.