Benedict Cumberbatch Reads The Tale of Election 2016

27 days ago

Sadly democracy failed today, as Donald Trump get voted into office. For us in Germany it as a non-explainable tragedy that feels very surreal just now. Yesterday everything was a lot more funny- like when Cevelig Bumbacatch got to read a little bedtime story for James Corden…

“Nearing bedtime, James Corden calls in his papa, Benedict Cumberbatch, for a tale and resolves on the tale of the 2016 election, pitting Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump.”

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Why You Should Stop Making Jokes About Bill Clinton As First Gentleman

1 month, 2 days ago

With this presidential election, there is a possibility we could have two role-redefining firsts.

If Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination and goes on to win the general election in November, she will be America’s first female president.

And with that, we’d have our first ever first gentleman.

Bill Clinton will step into a role historically held by girls. The role of first spouse in America has evolved over the years, but it is typically concerned with being an anchor in the White House.

First dames traditionally run the daily affairs of the White House, including decorating and picking out menus. Believe about Jackie Kennedy famously dedicating a tour of the White House 😛 TAGEND

Household activitieshave long been considered women’s run; our society has created gender roles with women as housemakers and men as moneymakers. Because of this, lots of people has already begun asking about how Bill, a man and former chairperson, would take on the role of first spouse.

These topics hinge on the apparently unbelievable notion a man coulddo household chores like picking out floral the agreements and china.

Our reaction to even the suggestionof a human doing household work shows how far we still have to go to overcome gendered stereotypes.

Over the past few decades, the corporation has been moving toward housework equality. Women enteredthe workplace in strong numbers and policies like paternal leave are( slowly) becoming less rare.

Still, females do much more unpaid labor at home than men. People hold ingrained beliefs women should be cooking, clean and taking care of children. This holds women back as it takes away their time and energy and induces employers consider them least stable — and therefore less worthy of a promotion.

When we chuckle at the idea of Bill Clinton picking menus, we’re reinforcing gender roles that keep us from equality.

Moreover, we’re showing how little we value housework. Home chores are literally what keep us all running functionally. Having the right decorations and menus at the White House play a significant role in how the country is viewed as a whole.

It doesn’t help Hillary Clinton herself is getting in on the idea Bill can’t pick flowers.

Clinton wasasked about the role of a first spouseat a Democratic debate back in December. ABC News journalist Martha Radditz asked Hillary 😛 TAGEND

You have said that Bill Clinton is a great host and loves dedicating tours but may opt out of picking flower arrangements if you’re elected. Bill Clinton aside, is it time to change the role of a president’s spouse?

Clinton answered Bill would help advise her on issues, but 😛 TAGEND

With respect to my own husband, I am likely still going to pick the flowers and the china for state dinners and stuff like that.

She reemphasized this idea at a campaign stop on Sunday night. Clinton said Bill would be put to work on economic issues were she to become president.

Although Clinton intimated she’d retain traditional gender roles by picking out the flowers, her notions for Bill as first spousespeak to the way she revolutionized the role.

When Bill became chairwoman, Hillary became the first first lady to have had a full-time career outside of her husband’s political career before he became president.

Clinton had a career in statute before Bill ranfor office. While he was president, she did policy work, pushing forward a healthcare act that is likely failed to get passed. The act was called Hillarycare — more than a decade before Obamacare indicated up.

While Bill was operating for office in 1991, Clinton’s role as a wife was publicly debated. She famously said 😛 TAGEND

I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was fulfill my profession.

This comment led to ratings of criticism, ultimately inspiring Clinton to submit a cookie recipe to Family Circle magazine to support a more traditionallymaternal image.

Two decades later, we’re still stuck with the idea a first lady has to act like a classic homemaker. Michelle Obama had similar experiences when her husband was first running for president.

Michelle and Barack gratified when Michelle was his mentor at a law firm. Michelle Obama had a successful legal career, much like Clinton. But when Barack was elected, she quit her job as vice president of community and external affairs at the University of Chicago Hospitals to become first lady.

This pained many peoplefamiliar with the story of women giving up their careers for their husbands’ careers. Michelle evencalled it “a bit disconcerting.”

But over the last seven years, Michelle Obama has supported issues like healthy eating, workout and education( notably, issues that affect children ).

It’s up to everybody to decide for themselves what devotes them value and intent. The one thing we shouldn’t do is induce blanket assumptions.

Thinking a man can’t pick flowers is based on decades of sexism strengthening gender inequality. Believing housework is less important than a career does the same. Supposing all a first spouse does is choose menu dismisses the hard work first dames have done in America’s history.

After all, it was Dolley Madison who saved George Washington’s portrait when the White House was burnt down during the course of its War of 1812.

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How the media missed Bernie Sanders

1 month, 26 days ago

BURLINGTON, VERMONT( CNN) Bernie Sanders, the man who is leading in New Hampshire and giving Hillary Clinton a run for her money in Iowa, is coming to words with a new reality: The media is taking him seriously.

Since launching his campaign last May, Sanders has received vastly less media attention than his chief Democratic opponent, while his chances of becoming the party’s nominee were largely dismissedby pundits and commentators despite the fact that, like a certain senator before him, he draws far larger crowds, boasts a remarkably enthusiastic volunteer base, and, though he doesn’t have as much money as Clinton, set an all-time record with more than 2.3 million campaign contributions last year.


Here’s what happens if Sanders wins IA& NH

Bursting the Facebook bubble: we asked voters on the left and right to swap feeds

1 month, 29 days ago

Social media has built it easy to live in filter bubbles, sheltered from opposing standpoints. So what happens when liberals and conservatives trade realities?

The 2016 election took place under the spectre of a bubble. Not the subprime mortgage lending bubble that shaped the 2008 election, but the filter bubble. Tens of millions of American voters gets their news on Facebook, where highly personalized news feeds dish up a steady creek of content that reinforces users pre-existing beliefs.

Facebook users are increasingly sheltered from resisting standpoints and dependable news sources and the viciously polarized nation of our national politics appears to be one of the results.

Criticism of the filter bubble, which gained steam after the UKs surprising Brexit referendum, has reached a new level of importance in the wake of Donald Trumps upset victory, despite Mark Zuckerbergs denial it had any influence.

To test the effects of political polarization on Facebook we asked ten US voters five conservative and five liberal to agree to take a scroll on the other side during the final month of the campaign.

We made two Facebook accounts from scratch. Rusty Smith, our right-wing avatar, liked a variety of conservative news sources, organizations, and personalities, from the Wall Street Journal and The Hoover Institution to Breitbart News and Bill OReilly. Natasha Smith, our left-wing persona, preferred The New York Times, Mother Jones, Democracy Now and Think Progress. Rusty liked Tim Tebow and the NRA. Natasha liked Colin Kaepernick and 350. org.

Our liberals were given log-ins to the conservative feed, and vice versa, and we asked our participants to limit their news consumption as much as possible to the feed for the 48 hours following the third debate, the reopening of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, and the election.

Not all of our participants induced it through to election day. You might as well have been waterboarding a brother, said one of the participants, Alphonso Pines, after his first exposure to the right-wing feed.

But eight of our bubble-busters made multiple forays into the Facebook feed and were interviewed three or four times one even said the experience influenced his final decision. Heres how it impacted them all 😛 TAGEND

Inside the bubble

From Utah to St Louis, and Georgia to San Francisco, most of our participants were aware that they lived in a bubble.

Twelve people have shared a story with me about the Hillary Clinton bus dumping human garbage into the sewer system, said Trent Loos, a farmer and radio host from central Nebraska. I never watch positive stuff about Hillary Clinton. I didnt know that existed.

Trent Loos, a conservative 50 -year-old farmer from central Nebraska. Photograph: Facebook

Nato Green, a comedian and writer who describes his political orientation as somewhere to the left of Che Guevara, describes a similarly sheltered existence.

I find regular Americans unbelievably exotic, the native San Franciscan said. I know Jill Stein people, and I know dont referendum people, but I dont know Trump people.

Several participants said that they sought out opposing viewpoints outside of Facebook, by watching Fox News( for a liberal) or reading High Country News( for a conservative ), but most had a generally one-sided experience within Facebooks news feed.

If I got any Trump advocates on my page, theyre in the closet, said Pines, a retired union organizer and liberal who lives in Smyrna, Georgia.

Like reading a book by a fool

If there was one thing that our participants agreed on, it was that the Facebook feed the other side reads is largely incorrect.

Its like reading a volume by a fool, said Pine. Its hard to read something you know is a lie.

Andra Constantin, a conservative 37 -year-old project manager in the construction industry. Photograph: Photo courtesy of Andra Constantin

Another liberal, Nikki Moungo from St Louis county, Missouri, went a step further: Its like being locked into a room full of those suffering from paranoid delusions, she said.

Loos said that he found the left-wing Facebook feed was too restricted and he was frustrated by the liberal medias attempts to spin and justify every negative story about Clinton.

Andra Constantin, a conservative project manager from Westchester County, New York, was frustrated by this whole big brainwashing move to save the world from the horrible climate change.

Both Constantin and Green agreed that a conservative Facebook feed in the run up to the election had more diversity of opinions than a liberal one, largely because Republicans were divided on supporting Trump while liberals can often unified behind Clinton.

I didnt see the issues being discussed, Constantin said of the liberal feed. Even though we can be hateful and nasty, at both ends of the conservative side were talking about the issues a bit more.

When Green returned to his regular liberal feed after the third debate, he felt wholly out of the loop with his cohorts topics of dialogue. I logged in and I was like bad hombres, nasty girls, what is everyone talking about?

They detest me

For several of our participants, reading the alternative Facebook feed was not just surprising, but hurtful.

Its hard for me to read some of it, said Pines, who is black. Its only a racist kind of thing, and I dont think its cleverly disguised. Pines was especially pained by the way in which Obama was portrayed by the right-wing sources, which he described as code and puppy whistlings.

Pam Tau Lee, a retired community organizer and activist from San Francisco, also had difficulty stomaching the right-wing feed.

Everything that they are saying is bad, I fall under that category, said the fourth-generation Chinese-American. The hateful stuff: thats me. They hate me and my community and what I stand for.

Pam Tau Lee, a retired community organizer from San Francisco. Photograph: Politenes of Pam Tau Lee

Kathleen Matz, who owns a pet care service in Oakland, California, determined the misogyny on sites like Breitbart hurtful.

I just stopped. I couldnt look at it anymore, she said.

But it wasnt merely the liberals who found the experience painful.

Im insuring a lot more hate from the liberal side, said Constantin. Its all about how much of a horrible, fascist, racist, misogynist Trump is.

On her own feed, Constantin detected herself winnowing down her friends in order to avoid arguments.

I did unfollow a lot of friends because I didnt want to feel seduced to correct what they were saying and get in a fight, she said.

Honestly, I detested it, said Janalee Tobias, a longtime conservative activist and is part of Mormons for Trump from South Jordan, Utah. Im seeing a psychiatrist trying to get over the shock and the dislike from the left, she joked. I supposed this would be easier for me to handle, because Im held pretty open minded.

Janalee Tobias, a longtime conservative activist. Photograph: Sam Levin for the Guardian

The needle moved

For some of our participants, checking out the other bubble merely confirmed their commitment to staying inside their own.

I learned that[ people on the right] are way more vicious and lack a certain maturity that I would expect of adults, said Moungo, after the election. This just absolutely corroborated it … They are irredeemable monsters.

Seeing the liberal feed pulled me further to the right, said Loos. Without getting the counterpoint, I was drawn more and more to the conservative side. Instead of luring me in, it pushed me away.

But some of our participants determined greater understanding from the experiment.

Kathleen Matz( right ), a liberal, find the misogyny on sites like Breitbart hurtful. Photo: Politenes of Kathleen Matz

Lee said she was impressed by the cleverness of right-wing messaging, which use words like working class and jobs and economic stability. That promise is so great that it overshadows everything else, and I could see that, if thats the only thing that I find, I could understand. I could be swayed.

Asked whether that understanding had resulted in her having more empathy for Trump voters, Lee said: I dont know if Im there yet, but Im working on it. I come from a place where I want to build a movement coming from love and compassion, so Im working on it.

One of our participants, Todd Macfarlane, said his time on the liberal Facebook page influenced his final decision. A rancher and attorney from Kanosh, Utah, Macfarlane is a registered Republican who was considering supporting the GOP nominee, but ultimately chose not to vote for any presidential nominee.

The needle moved, he said after his first exposure to the liberal feed. I was kind of more undecided as I looked at it … I was persuaded to think hes a really bad selection.

Macfarlane didnt encounter any liberal news sources that convinced him to support Clinton, but his time on the feed helped him realize that a Trump presidency could be dangerous.

It had to do with his overall temperament and decorum and demeanor, he said. It only reinforced for me the concern about what he might do with that much power.

Maybe we should stop

It wasnt just his referendum that changed, for Macfarlane. Since participating in the experiment, he said, Im a lot more interested in engaging with people who are open minded and are willing to talk about the whole picture.

Nikki Moungo, a liberal from Missouri: Its like being locked into a room full of those suffering from paranoid hallucinations. Photograph: Courtesy of Nikki Moungo

Constantin, who currently relies on Facebook for 100% of her news, said that she has concluded that the platform seems to filter out believable news articles on both ends and feed sensationalist far left/ far right things.

I have to be more proactive about getting good quality content, she said.

Tobias said that exposure to the other side constructed her realize how difficult it might be to find common ground after the election.

Its frightening to me to see how much the left and the right are divided right now, she said. To bring us back together, I dont know what its going to take.

For Green, the lessons of the election are more stark.

Maybe we should stop having social media, he said. For all the things that social media has done in terms of inducing it easier for me to stay in touch with someone that I was vaguely friends with in college, perhaps the ability with social media for people to construct their own reality to create a rabble is not worth it.

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Everything The ‘Facebook Politicians’ Forgot To Tell You About The Election

1 month, 30 days ago

Over the summer, I was talking to someone about the presidential election when they looked at me and said, Im sorry this is the first election youre voting in. I promise theyre not usually like this.

At the time, the apology seemed misplaced. Sure, it was absurd to me that Donald Trump was the Republican nominee, but it did not seem all that bad otherwise.

Fast-forward a few months and three debates later, and I get it. At this point, the election seemsmore about spectacle than politics. Ive heard more conversations about emails and grabbing girls by their genitals than Ive heard about policy.

The election has become so sensationalized and full of divisiveness that it has left many people feeling altogether disheartened by the entire process.

If you are anything like me, you try to stay informed on the election by reading and watching the news. But, you also get the majority of your information from what people share on Facebook.

From what I have find on my own Facebook News Feed, some people are so fed up with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton that they dont plan on voting at all.

There a lot of reasons I suppose skipping the polls on November 8 is a bad idea, and there are plenty of other articles and Facebook politicians aka the people who talk about the election all the time on Facebook but couldnt hold their own in an actual debate who can explain why.

But Im going to discuss one specific reason that has not received a great deal of attention throughout this campaign season 😛 TAGEND

When you go to the polls on November 8, youre not only voting for the president, but for Congress as well.

Here are fourreasons thats so important to understand 😛 TAGEND

1. A littlething called checks and balances.

You may recollect learning about checks and balances in a US history class you were forced to take up high school. If you dont remember, here is a little refresher for you 😛 TAGEND

Our system of checks and balances( legislative, executive and judicial) exists in the US in order to make sure no one person or group has too much power.

For example, if Donald Trump is elected president, that does not necessarily entail his plan for a wall paid for by Mexico will actually happen. So, even if youre not happy with who is chairman, you still have the ability to influence what happens within the government.

Who you vote for to represent you in Congress can potentially have a bigger impact thanthe president.

2. Its a style to get your voice heard.

The presidents task is to represent the entire country. Thats roughly 318 million people. Members of the House of Representatives, on the other hand, represent approximately 700,000 people. While this is still a large number, it is substantially smaller than the president.

The chances of your opinions being listened to by your congressman/ woman are much higher than them being heard by thepresident.

Since Congress is a matter of less people than the president, who you check on the ballot for the Senate or House is much more likely to listen to you and fight for the causes you believe in.

3. You may have an easier day discovering someone you want to support.

Throughout the entire campaign season, I hadnt found someone I truly agreed with or supported. I was starting to get frustrated with the election, but then I found information on one of the people running for Congress in my district.

This nominee stood for exactly what I believe in. I signed up to volunteer with his campaign and was immediately filled with hope. My main thought throughout the entire experience was, Maybe the election wontbe so bad after all.

Hot Models Convince Unregistered Millennials To Vote

4. We can be the generation that takes control of ourgovernment.

Its easy to feel like you dont really have any impact on what happens within our government, but we have more of a say than it may feel sometimes.

If every Millennial went out to vote for someone who will trulyrepresent them in Congress, we could completely change the makeup of who is filling the seats in the House and Senate.

If we want a government that represents us and our beliefs, then we cant just sit at our information technology and complain( looking at you, Facebook legislators ). We need to go out and take charge.

Even if itseemstoo late to actually changethe presidential election, we can still control who represents us in Congress.

Ill be voting on November 8 in order for my voice to be heard. Will you?

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Chelsea Handler’s Hillary pledge is no joke to her adherents

2 months, 7 days ago

Comedian Chelsea Handler, starring of the Netflix series” Chelsea Does ,” is no fan of Donald Trump, as a quick scan of her Twitter timeline makes abundantly clear. Fortunately for her, Trump( and the media covering him) don’t hesitate to provide plenty of gag material, such as his reference to his penis size during the most recent Republican debate, and his improvised pledge that looked suspiciously like a Nazi salute in still shots.

That tweet’s a couple of days old. Handler maintained things on the cutting edgetoday by tweeting about #InternationalWomensDay.

That tweet certainly looks like an attempt to squeezing one more gag out of Trump’s loyalty pledge, but Handler’s followers didn’t find it a laughter matter. If you’re a comedian and your audience isn’t sure if what you just said is a joke or not, it might be wise to drop it from the act.

President Hillary Clinton is no laughing matter to these folks.

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2 months, 8 days ago

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Junk the system: why young Americans won’t do as they’re told this election

2 months, 9 days ago

The diverse millennial generation has assured too few answers from traditional leadership. Now, many of us are losing patience with the political system

Like any marketing-approved generational epithet, to be a millennial is not as simple as it sounds. If “youre reading” the news, you might be forgiven for thinking that were a mass of social-media-addicted lesbian biracial angels whod rather take a BuzzFeed quiz than guess for ourselves were responsible for the death of the car industry, the cable industry, were lazy, were entrepreneurial, were overly nostalgic and were narcissistic. But however handy the descriptive term, the truth is that were a widely various crowd.

Just look at this election. Millennials are not lining up for Hillary Clinton , nor potential candidates, for that are important. A recent Quinnipiac poll found that support for Hillary Clinton among voters ages 18 -3 4 in a four-person race is a paltry 31%. Libertarian Gary Johnson finished second and secured 29%. For the olds of America, this is a scary prospect.

Supporters for third party nominee, Gary Johnson, protest in Boise, Idaho on 22 September 2016. Photograph: Brian Losness/ Reuters

A recent New York Times op-ed by Charles M Blow claimed that young people voting for third-party nominees such elections cycle, watched by many as a form of protest against the creation options, is incredibly problematic and potentially self-destructive. While that might be true, his piece shows a disagreement on how democracy should be structured and how demographics work.

Im not going to berate anyone for rejecting the false binary of American politics. Claiming that someone is wasting their election is undemocratic, even if the outcome is undesirable. In fact, it should be heartening that young people are even aware enough to know that there are more than two political parties in this country. But I do wonder how we got to this point after the utopian high of the 2008 election, when Shepard Fairey posters were hanging on college dorm-room walls and was releasing inspirational, triumphalist music videos.

Protesters make their way to East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, California, in May to protest against Hillary Clinton. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/ AFP/ Getty Images

Eight years later, whatever people wanted from Barack Obama they didnt quite get, and Clinton is struggling to claim her potential presidency as an extension of his legacy. Besides Clintons unique, complex issues with so-called likability, theres another reason millennials arent lining up to to buy Im With Her tote bag: traditional appeals to court our election no longer run and were losing patience with the political system of this country.

I can still recollect a hour when youth brands felt the need to hawk dusty old concepts like civic responsibility and democracy. Take, for example, this dire MTV Rock the Vote commercial starring Madonna and two anonymous back-up dancers. Marvel at Madges lackadaisical attempt to drum up a modicum of tepid patriotism. If you dont referendum, youre going to get a spanking, she says while sporting nothing but a little bit of red lingerie and an American flag.

In 2004, youth voting ran up again, because of( or perhaps in spite of) Puff Daddys insipid Vote or Die campaign. Vote or Die didnt literally mean that you would die if you didnt election, though there was certainly the implication that you might get drafted and sent to Iraq if you didnt support Democratic nominee John Kerry. Puff Daddy has since been on record saying he guesses voting is a scam. Hes not alone.

These days, youd be better off selling canned farts at a flea market than promoting the necessity of exerting the franchise in November. Despite its association with the grunge 90 s or maybe because of it Rock the Vote still exists, even if the idea of rocking is about as relevant to the youth referendum as a rotary phone. This year, Rock the Vote is joining forces-out with Glamour magazine, Refinery2 9, Jezebel and the Cut to register at least 100,000 girls before the election, an initiative called #OurVoteCounts. As one would imagine with the strategic placement of the hashtag in the name, most of this registration drive will take place online, unlike the TV-centric campaigns of yesteryear. To better appeal to its newer, younger, sexier partners, Rock the Vote might want to also deem rebranding for the 21 st century maybe something like Electric Democracy Carnival? Organizers can hold voter enrollment drives in the desert, hand out glow sticks and pacifiers, and build a giant wooden statue of Thomas Jefferson that they can set on fire every evening.

Kevin Liles, Mary J Blige, Russell Simmons, Puff Daddy, and Jay Z on stage at the Last Chance For Change Rally in support of Barack Obama on 2 November 2008 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Photograph: Larry Marano/ Getty Images

Still, its good to see Rock The Vote construct the jump from the airwaves to the internet. Youth political mobilization is occurring online, through organizing techniques that are either independent of any sort of official PAC or are merely social networks of like-minded individuals looking for a tightly sealed echo chamber. Donald Trump manages to stay in the news cycle some days strictly by saying something hateful or stupid on Twitter posing with a taco bowl, blaming Hillary Clinton for any negative headline, and often outright lying. Hillary Clintons recent appearance on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis was a funny, though transparent, attempt to get the kids to be down with her.

The bogeyman of such elections cycle is the alt-right, a movement that doesnt have a central figurehead though Donald Trump is its pet project of the moment and both implicitly and explicitly promotes its agenda but has frightened liberals enough that Hillary Clinton felt compelled to call the movement out in a stump speech.

While the alt-right isnt engaging in get-out-the-vote activities as of yet, supporters are making their voices heard through the favored persuasive tactics of my generation social media harassment and florid suppose pieces( many of which appear on the Breitbart News website ). Whereas Rock the Vote sought to infuse music rebellion into politics, the alt-right seems to be hoping to inject politics into uprising. When diversity and acceptance are buzzwords and mainstream pop culture is increasingly socially liberal, it stands to reason that anyone with a taste for anarchy and infraction would turn to the right.

A supporter holds up a sign in support of Senator Barack Obama in Concord, New Hampshire, in 2008. Photograph: M. Spencer Green/ AP

But both sides of the millennial political divide have come to distrust their elders, even if presidential candidates of the ever-expanding fringe Johnson, Trump, Stein, Sanders are old enough to collect whats left of social security. There is an increasing awareness in this country that somethings gone wrong. Millennial discontent with the course that the United States is taking is growing. Earlier this year, the GenForward survey, a collaboration between the Black Youth Project and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Chicago, discovered that 52% of millennials feel the country is falling behind and another 24% believe its failing. That same examine found that 17% of black millennials arent planning to vote, which could be a devastating blow for Hillary Clintons campaign, as shell be relying on the youth and minority vote to overcome Trumps significant advantage with white Americans.

The apathy of the millennial voter might simply be a symptom of having two candidates in their late 60 s or early 70 s who dont have the air of hipness that Barack Obama applied. What pops a pit in that hypothesi is that millennial voting rates fell 7% from 2008 to 2012. Instead, theres the very real potential that as millennials age, they are less apt to stomach a thing called hope. The Obama presidency did not usher in a new age of cooperation. Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner did not announce they would be going on a nationwide concert tour performing the hits of the Carpenters.

Racial tension, climate change, gun violence, terrorism, and poverty persist. Easy answers do not exist, and even if they did, they wouldnt be coming from one of the two major political parties groups often more concerned with their own survival than practical solutions to tangible issues. As the global situation appears to become more and more hopeless thanks to actual horrors, plus the media saturation that occurs after every tragedy, which amplifies our malaise it should come as no surprise that millennials as a group and the nation at large disagree on how to turn things around.

Consensus might just be a thing of the past; MTV is far from the unchallenged thought leader for American youth. What such elections might be remembered for is the moment when the American political system became so ossified and incapable of answers that we chose, at last, to junk it and start from scratch.

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I think at this phase I’m not anti-Hillary or anti-Trump…I’m merely anti-political.

2 months, 22 days ago

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Hillary Clinton accepts nomination with ‘boundless confidence in America’s promise’

4 months, 4 days ago

To drive real progress, you have to change both hearts and statutes she says in laying out a liberal and populist vision amid a thorough takedown of Trump

The terms, when they came, had lost no power over a week of build-up, or almost a decade of rehearsal. So it is with meeknes, determination and boundless confidence in Americas promise that I accept your nomination for president of the United States, said Hillary Clinton the first American to stand on the brink of being called madame president.

There were no gimmicks. No more videos of breaking glass. Just a familiar face in a trademark white suit, standing in a very unfamiliar spot.

When there are no ceilings, the skys the limit, she acknowledged briefly, before, eventually, the ceiling seemed to fall in, encompassing the floor of Philadelphias Wells Fargo arena in a carpet of red, white and blue balloons so thick, presidential candidates virtually vanished from view.

By the end of an hour-long acceptance speech, there were children on stage; some of them, daughters smuggled in by parents to witness an undoubted leap forward along the long road to equality in America.

Clinton herself dwelled little on the symbolism of her acceptance speech save for a call of Deal me in! which was taken up lustily by the crowd. Instead, she went straight to her first big exposition of what she would do if she actually wins in November, including a chores program and investment in infrastructure.

To drive real progress, you have to change both hearts and laws, she said, in clear contrast to the idealistic promises of her primary adversary Bernie Sanders and the big-talking Republican enemy Donald Trump.

The US, Clinton said, was at a few moments of reckoning as she called on voters to reject Trumps divisive rhetoric and policies. Powerful forces-out are threatening to pull us apart, bonds of trust and respect are fraying, she said.

But it was also a moment to turning slowly away from Barack Obama, a man who only a day before had helped the campaign reclaim the mantle of patriotism from Trump. Now it was time for Clinton to do the same with the economy.

Democrats, we are the party of working people but we havent done a good enough job showing that we get what youre “re going through”, and that were going to do something about it, she said.

Theres a lot to do, acknowledged Clinton, a departure from the campaigns recent insistence that Trump was exaggerating the ache feel by working families. Too many people havent had a pay create since the crash.

She added: Some of you are frustrated even furious. And you know what? Youre right.

Hillary Clinton looks out after accepting the presidential nomination. Sanders advocates wore luminous T-shirts to stand out in the crowd. Photograph: Brian Snyder/ Reuters

To the confusion of a diehard band of Bernie Sanders supporters in luminous T-shirts, who sought to disrupt the speech, they were forced instead to pause and, even once or twice, applaud when Clinton presented an unashamedly liberal and populist vision of America.

If you believe that we should say no to unfair trade deals, that we should stand up to China, that we should support our steelworkers and autoworkers and homegrown manufacturers join us, said Clinton, in clear appeal to both right and left incarnations of the pitchfork outbreak sweeping the country in this election cycle.

Whatever party you belong to, or if you belong to no party at all, if you share these notions, this is your campaign, she added, promising she would be a chairperson for all Americans, whether they voted for her or not.

But taking Trumps appeal severely was not the same as taking Trump seriously.

An increasingly confident Clinton was merciless in skewering the celebrity billionaire as a little man.

Really? I alone can fix it? she asked at one point, letting the issues to hang there as a description of everything that is absurd about this close-fought election race.

He spoke for 70 -odd minutes and I do mean odd , she continued, eliciting the kind of laugh that was bound to produce a reaction from the man himself, and did.

Imagine him, if you dare, imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis. A human you can bait with a tweet is not a human we can trust with nuclear weapon, foresaw Clinton.

He might be a joke, she said, but his appeal was not. For the past year, many people made the mistake of laughing off Donald Trumps remarks excusing him as an entertainer merely putting on a reveal, advised the former secretary of state. Heres the sad truth: there is no other Donald Trump. This is it.

Delegates cheer as Hillary Clinton becomes the first girl to accept a presidential nomination by a major party. Photograph: Mark Kauzlarich/ Reuters

The chuckles came naturally for a crowd that warmed to a rare display of comic timing from Clinton: Donald Trump says he wants to stimulate America great again well, he could start by actually attaining things in America again.

There was a little shake of the head as if to say duh when she said: I believe in science, and repudiated the denial of climate change in another year of temperature records smashed.

She turned to another first lady, Jackie Kennedy, for the insult that may yet stick. She said that what worried President Kennedy during that very dangerous time was that a war might be started not by big men with self-control and restraint, but by little men, the ones moved by fear and pride.

Over the course of the evening, Trump was called many names. A political pyromaniac, said Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, who indicated Trump should construct his wall around the whole city .

Hillary Clinton knows how to fight back against dangerous, loudmouth bullies … She doesnt run to Twitter to give people badmouth nicknames, said Elizabeth Warren, who had been on the receiving end.

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Some of Clintons own putdowns would aim another campaign overnight. But this is a teflon Don, apparently able to say anything without repercussion, so Clinton refused the temptation to indulge in excessive Trump-bashing, preferring to paint her own vision.

There was plenty of policy: a bold promise to introduce the biggest tasks program since the second world war in her first 100 days as chairman, and invest fund in infrastructure projects and political capital in gun control.

Rejecting the dangerously persistent notion that she simply wanted to be president because it was her turning, Clinton also used much of the packed speech to describe her real motivation.

Introduced by her daughter, Chelsea, she continued the weeks highly personal theme, by pinning this political philosophy on her own mother, Dorothy.

She made sure I learned the words of our Methodist faith, said the nominee. Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can.

The moral vision continued to help defuse the still simmering rebellion on the left, where a rump of Sanders advocates were largely drowned out in their attempt to disrupt the night.

I want to thank Bernie Sanders, said Clinton. Bernie, your campaign inspired millions of Americans, especially the young people who hurled their hearts and souls into our primary.

Mostly she dismissed interruptions that were more noticeable in the dormitory than on television.

By the end, the chants were no longer papering over the crackings in the party, but rolling express of real exuberance waving up and down the stadium.

Hillary Clinton waves with her running mate Tim Kaine at the Democratic conventions grand finale. Photograph: Rick Wilking/ Reuters

The crowd had been fired up earlier in the evening by another speech that could easily have been at home in a Sanders rally. We are being called upon by our foremothers and parents to be the moral defibrillator, said Rev William Barber. We cannot give up on the heart of republic , not now , not ever We need to fight for the heart of this nation.

But it was the calm nobility of Khizr Khan, whose son died serving the US military in Iraq, who summed up why Clinton was truly operating accusing Trump of smearing the character of patriotic American Muslims.

Donald Trump, let me ask you: have you even read the US constitution? I will gladly give you my copy. Appear for the words liberty and equal protection under the law, said Khan.

Instead, Clinton become clear she would be a president for Democrats, Republican, and independents.

For the struggling, the strive, the successful. For those who vote for me and those who dont. Whatever party you belong to, or if you belong to no party at all, if you share these faiths, this is your campaign. For all Americans, she said.

Appealing to those Reagan Democrat of a different age, Clinton said of Trump: Hes taken the Republican party a long way from Morning in America to Midnight in America.

He wants us to fear the future and anxiety one another. Well, a great Democratic chairman, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, came up with the perfect admonition to Trump more than 80 years ago, during a much more perilous hour: The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

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