The New American Dream (Ep 28) – Weekly News 10/19/19 + Democratic Debate Highlights
This week we’re talking about AOC and Ilhan Omar endorsing Bernie, Mick Mulvaney shredding Trump’s impeachment defense in front of millions of people, the death of Elijah Cummings, and we have some highlights from this week’s Democratic Debate at the end of the episode.
Here’s my favorite quote from this week’s episode:
“Before we get to the highlights from this week’s debate, I wanted to take a moment recognize the loss of a legend, an icon, and a hero for any person who cares about civil liberties and human rights. Representative Elijah Cummings died on Thursday morning leaving a legacy of civility, decency, and humanity within a political climate far too often obsessed with exploiting our most petty of differences. Cummings used to always repeat a quote that grew more profound to me every time I heard it. He would say “Our children are our living messengers to a future we will never see.” I believe that, especially right now, it’s important to reflect on what exactly he meant by that. The values that we have and the actions of our generation will echo through time and impact the trajectory of our entire species. For better or worse, without exception, we are all in this together. As Americans, we are blessed with the incredible opportunity of not only setting a positive example for – but also learning from the successes of – the rest of the world.
We are at a pivotal point in the evolution of our society. Things are changing far faster than we have been adapting and instead of focusing on the real challenges that our society faces – we spend most of our time bickering and calling each other mean names on social media. Even the current President of the United States behaves this way. If our children truly are messengers to a future that we’ll never see, the message that they’re going to have if we don’t make any changes is that we had the opportunity to save the world and we failed – we failed because, as a society, we were too self-interested and nearsighted to see that our own greed was literally killing us. But one thing that keeps me inspired and optimistic in times like these are the millions of people influenced by Elijah Cummings when he said time and time again in response to every form of ignorance, hatred, and animosity you could imagine… “We are better than this!”
The New American Dream (Ep 27) – Weekly News 10/12/19
This week we’re talking about the White House’s refusal to cooperate with the House impeachment inquiry, how the GOP is respondingly to an increasingly toxic Trump administration, the betrayal of our Kurdish allies in Syria, and the fallout from Activision Blizzard’s decision to ban a pro gamer over publicly supporting the Hong Kong protests.
Here’s my favorite quote from this week’s episode:
“In fact, I believe that it’s far more likely that the impeachment proceedings will produce a fracture within the Republican Party. In my view, the GOP consists entirely of political hacks. They have no allegiance to Donald Trump – they see him as a useful idiot who will happily turn their agenda into law with a big smile on his face while he spreads propaganda and nonsense to his millions of energized supporters. When Donald Trump stops being useful – and starts being a liability – to establishment Republicans like Mitch McConnell, they will begin to distance themselves from his toxicity and, in return, he will betray and attempt to destroy them. Betrayal is the only option available for politicians who have no integrity, no values, and no ambition beyond being willing to do absolutely anything to get reelected.”
The New American Dream (Ep 26) – Weekly News 10/5/19
“This week we’re talking about Bernie’s stent procedure & how his age/health has been covered by the media, the upcoming Democratic Debate, Elizabeth Warren’s “Empowering American Workers and Raising Wages” plan, and Donald Trump’s terrible response to the impeachment inquiry announced by Nancy Pelosi last week.
Here’s my favorite quote from this week’s episode:
“What keeps me optimistic is knowing that the majority of America does not feel like Donald Trump. The majority of our nation is not racist, sexist, or xenophobic. The majority of our nation does not believe that climate change is a hoax. And the majority of our nation does not want to see a President that embarrasses themselves and our entire nation by trolling people on Twitter when they should be doing their job.
Trump may end up winning in 2020, but that’s only because we have institutions like the Electoral College that make a mockery of our democratic process. We need to elect political leadership in this country that is committed to revitalizing our democracy and putting more power directly into the hands of the people. We need ranked choice or approval voting, publicly funded elections, and we need to abolish the Electoral College so the voices of the people of this country can finally be heard.”
The New American Dream (Ep 25) – The Impeachment Episode
“Donald Trump has been impeachable since the day he took office. Nearly three years later, we’re finally there. Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry of President Trump this week – sending already fatigued White House officials into total panic.
Now is the time to put every Senate Republican permanently on the record supporting this racist, ignorant, criminal President and let that support be an unwashable stain for the rest of their political careers.
The people of this nation are going to remember Trump’s terrible presidency. We’re gonna remember the policies inspired by hatred, we’re gonna remember the incoherent and idiotic morning tweetstorms, we’re gonna remember the racism, the disdain for science, and we’re gonna remember the greed. But, do you know what we’re gonna remember most about this shameful part of our nation’s history? We’re gonna remember all of the political hacks who enabled this disaster. We’re gonna remember every elected official who sacrificed the tiny amount of integrity and dignity they had left to protect this lying, corrupt, greedy, narcissistic, moron.
And that memory is going to inspire us – especially many of those in my generation – to get even more involved in our democracy, vote these people out of office, and make sure that corrupt political opportunists like them never get so much power in this country ever again.”
The New American Dream (Ep 24) – Weekly News 9/21/19
“This week we’re talking about the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, Bernie’s new “Housing For All” proposal, New Mexico’s plan to make college free for everyone in the state, and the impeachment of Trump and Kavanaugh.”
The New American Dream (Ep 23) – Weekly News 9/14/19 + 3rd Democratic Debate Highlights
“This week we’re talking about AOC taking a stand against student loan debt, highlights from the 3rd Democratic Debate, the turmoil within the Trump administration, ranked choice voting, banning private prisons, the need for common sense gun reform, Andrew Yang’s plan to give every American adult $1,000 a month, and the Republican Party playing dirty tricks in North Carolina.”
The New American Dream (Ep 22) – Weekly News 9/7/19
“This week we’re talking about what’s been going on in the 2020 Democratic primary, the increasing support for unions throughout the nation, New York expunging marijuana convictions, chaos within the Republican party (especially in Texas!), our nation’s gun laws, one of the Republicans challenging Trump in 2020, and Johnson & Johnson being sued by the state of Oklahoma over the company’s involvement in helping cause the opioid epidemic with unethical business practices.”
The New American Dream (Ep 21) – Real Progressives Interview w/Savage Joy
“My congressional campaign usually makes a video every Saturday covering some of what went on in our political system throughout the week, but today we have something a little different!
Earlier this week I had a great conversation with Savage Joy from Real Progressives that I wanted to share with all of you. We talked about my policies, personal background, and the chaotic state of American politics in 2019.
I love doing these interviews because I think it’s a great way for people to get a feel for who I am and why I feel the way I do about so many important issues.”
The New American Dream (Ep 20) – Packing The House
“We should increase the size of the House of Representatives to 1,000 members – and I’ve got the math to prove it! On today’s episode we’re taking a look at the history of the US House, why it currently has 435 members, and the disastrous consequences of some major changes made to the chamber less than 100 years ago.
The truth is, the House was never designed to be capped at a fixed number of Representatives. Unlike the Senate, the House was intended to scale directly and proportionally with the population of our country. In the 1920s – when the size of the House became fixed at 435 members – the population of the US was roughly 120 million people. Today, it’s roughly 330 million.
This has directly contributed to the massive amounts of corruption and dysfunction within this chamber that we see today. Our nation’s population continues to grow, which means so do all of our congressional districts. The larger these districts grow, the more money it takes to run a competitive campaign to win. The more money it takes to run a campaign, the higher the likelihood that a corporate-funded candidate with powerful and wealthy donors will win.
But! The good news is that we can fix all of this! Simply increasing the size of the US House to 1,000 members would address many of the worst structural issues of the chamber. It would significantly reduce the average population of our congressional districts while also dramatically reducing the “population disparity” among the districts – meaning that it would reduce the size difference between the most and least populated districts.
For example, Montana has a population of just over a million and they have 1 congressional district. Rhode Island also has a population of just over a million, but they have 2 congressional districts with just over a half-million people per district. There’s a population difference of around 500,000 people for these districts. This video shows how increasing the size of the US House to 1,000 members would bring down the population difference between our largest and smallest districts to under 100k people.”
The New American Dream (Ep 19) – Weekly News 8/24/19
“This week we’re talking about criminal justice reform, the Green New Deal, Jay Inslee dropping out, trade wars, civil liberties, the Republicans taking on Trump in the 2020 primary, a lawsuit filed on behalf of 55,000 migrants alleging torture in ICE detention centers, the death of David Koch, and the great state of Colorado becoming the first in the nation to cap the cost of insulin.”
The New American Dream (Ep 18) – Weekly News 8/17/19
“This week we’re talking about Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide, the Philadelphia police shootout, Hickenlooper dropping out of the presidential race, Joe Biden’s rough time this week at the Iowa State Fair, leaked emails showing lobbyists writing legislation and handing out talking points to Congress, and how the #TrumpRecession hashtag trending in response to turbulence in the securities and bond makets.”
The New American Dream (Ep 17) – Weekly News 8/10/19
“My congressional campaign is making a video every Saturday covering some of what went on in our political system throughout the week. We think this is a great way to reach out to and engage with people all throughout the country – and let them know how I feel about some of these topics – without having to spend a bunch of money on expensive campaign materials.
This week we’re talking about our government’s failure to appropriately respond to America’s gun violence epidemic, Mitch McConnell’s terrible week, Bernie’s performance in the presidential race, the “MAGA bomber”, the recent frenzy of Republican congressional retirements, Fox News, ICE raids, and we finish it off with a story that comes from right here in the great state of Colorado!”
The New American Dream (Ep 16) – Weekly News 8/3/19 + 2nd Dem Debate Highlights
“As some of you know, my campaign is making a video every Saturday covering some of what went on in our political system throughout the week. We think this is a great way to reach out to and engage with people all throughout the country – and let them know how I feel about some of these topics – without having to spend a bunch of money on expensive marketing materials.
This week we’re talking about police brutality, the impact of Trump’s dangerously hateful rhetoric, the massive protest taking place in Hong Kong, Republicans pushing another tax cut for the wealthy, growing support for impeachment proceedings among House Democrats, Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking trial, artificial intelligence, and highlights from both nights of the 2nd Democratic debate!”
The New American Dream (Ep 15) – Weekly News 7/27/19
“A lot of things happen in our crazy political system throughout the week and I’m not always able to properly address them all with posts on Facebook and Twitter, so as part of my congressional campaign we’re going to try to start making a show every Saturday to briefly talk about what went on during the week and how I feel about all of it.
Today, we’re covering recent stories about threats made against progressive members of Congress, the debt ceiling, border patrol, Al Franken, Robert Mueller, Boris Johnson, 9/11, Puerto Rico, Donald Trump, and declawing cats!
This is our first attempt at discussing the news as a part of our campaign and we’d really like to get your thoughts and opinions in the comments. Thanks for watching and feel free to reach out to us throughout the week with stories you’d like to see us talk about!”
The New American Dream (Ep 14) – The Age of Reason
“My campaign’s most recent video addresses a comment that I’ve heard numerous times out on the campaign trail and here on social media. A few people have told me that they support my platform and ideas, but believe that my age will have a negative impact on my ability to win this election.
I disagree with those people. In fact, I believe that my age – and being a member of my generation – will have an overwhelmingly positive impact on my campaign!
My generation is not just a bunch of kids anymore – and all of us have grown up with a bit of a unique perspective on what it’s like to be an American. We’re a generation old enough to have seen nearly two decades of perpetual warfare. We’re old enough to have suffered, struggled, and survived through a catastrophic financial meltdown that threatened to wipe out the entire global economy just as we were coming of age & we saw that our government responded to that crisis by giving billions of dollars to the criminals that destroyed the economy with their own greed.
We are a generation concerned about our dying planet, endless wars, rigged economy, broken healthcare system, unaffordable education, and so many other things because… our future literally depends on it. This is the world that we inherited and, now, we’re old enough to see where all the previous generations went wrong – but we’re still young enough to have the energy and passion required to get involved, fight for what we believe in, and make sure our future is better than our past.”
The New American Dream (Ep 13) – Socialist Showdown
“The NRCC recently created a website called “Socialist Showdown” that allows people to donate to the progressive challengers of Democratic incumbents throughout the nation. Under a giant banner featuring AOC and Bernie Sanders, progressive candidates are compared to the incumbents they’re facing on issues ranging from Medicare For All to The Green New Deal to Impeaching Donald Trump.
This completely ineffective attack by the Republican Party is designed to capitalize on the tension that exists between the progressive and centrist wings of the Democratic Party. They believe that the friction between these factions will make the party weaker, but they couldn’t be more wrong. What they don’t understand is that the progressive movement is slowly turning the Democratic Party into the only party that actually fights for the policies that the American people want.
Things like Medicare For All, overturning Citizens United, The Green New Deal, the elimination of student loan debt, raising the minimum wage, taxing the wealthy, and ending the wars.
The New American Dream (Ep 12) – First 2019 Democratic Debate Both Nights In Under An Hour
“If you didn’t have time to watch – or just want to catch up on – the first Democratic debate: my congressional campaign has you covered! We put together a video of all of the highlights from ALL 20 candidates on BOTH nights of the first 2019 Democratic debate. Hope you enjoy!
1.) Bernie Sanders 0:17
2.) Tulsi Gabbard 4:09
3.) Pete Buttigieg 7:30
4.) Elizabeth Warren 11:11
5.) Joe Biden 13:42
6.) Julián Castro 17:10
7.) Kamala Harris 19:44
8.) Kirsten Gillibrand 23:22
9.) Beto O’Rourke 26:20
10.) Cory Booker 28:56
11.) Bill de Blasio 31:55
12.) Amy Klobuchar 34:34
13.) Andrew Yang 37:08
14.) Eric Swalwell 39:25
15.) Jay Inslee 42:14
16.) Michael Bennet 44:52
17.) Marianne Williamson 47:16
18.) John Hickenlooper 50:12
19.) Tim Ryan 52:57
20.) John Delaney 55:38″
The New American Dream (Ep 11) – Unpresidented
“Let’s talk about impeachment.
The Constitution says a President can only be impeached due to high crimes and misdemeanors. Most of the media and political pundits are focusing on the acts of potential obstruction of justice detailed in The Mueller Report to satisfy this requirement, but – while I think that’s absolutely a route worth pursuing – I believe there’s a much more obvious, clear-cut, and easy path to proving that President Trump committed impeachable offenses while serving as POTUS. It’s called: The Emoluments Clause.
The basic premise of The Emoluments Clause is that government officials are prohibited from receiving gifts, offices, titles, salary, fees, or payments from members of foreign governments without first receiving approval from Congress. Trump owns or possesses an interest in several hundred companies, many of which do business in foreign countries with entities controlled by foreign government. This, combined with the fact that he neither divested from nor put any of these investments in a blind trust, makes Donald Trump a walking, talking, 6AM tweetstorming Emoluments Clause violation.
There have been three different lawsuits filed against Trump based on violations of The Emoluments Clause – the most notable of which was filed by 200 congressional Democrats. All of these cases have been thrown out because our justice system is not designed to hold a sitting President accountable.
This is just another example of why – when the President breaks the law – the legislative branch, our congressional leadership, needs to begin the impeachment process and, at the very least, expose the President’s crimes in full to the American people. This should apply not just to violations of the Emoluments Clause, but also to war crimes, campaign finance violations, and any act of blatant corruption that undermines our nation’s democratic process.
This is about reinforcing the concept that nobody in our country is above the law. Not even the President. For far too long we’ve allowed rich and powerful people to do essentially anything they want without any accountability or consequences. It’s time for that to change.”
The New American Dream (Ep 10) – The Opioid Intervention
“When elected, I will introduce legislation that will legalize cannabis at the federal level and use the $100 BILLION DOLLARS generated by doing so over the next decade to directly respond to the opioid epidemic that has led drug overdose to become the #1 cause of death for people under 50 in the United States.
Evidence-based solutions emphasizing harm reduction and treatment interventions not only exist – they are medically and scientifically proven to save lives. Opioid use disorder is treatable by medical professionals with the appropriate equipment and medication. Overdose prevention centers are being established throughout the world to reduce the health and societal problems associated with drug use and to directly engage with some of the most difficult-to-reach segments of the population.
Every single one of our elected officials needs to stand up to the pharmaceutical industry, but they won’t. With nearly $300 million spent on politics by the pharma industry in 2018 alone – our leaders & DC’s political operatives can’t afford to do what’s right.
I’m one of the only candidates running for office that is offering a solution to this problem that will not only directly save thousands of lives – but will pay for itself entirely by investing the tax revenue from legalized cannabis into building a culture of care instead of criminality. Into intervening to save people’s lives, not to throw more people in prison.
Just say no… to the war on drugs.”
The New American Dream (Ep 0x) – Modern Problems Require Modern Solutions
“In this episode of The New American Dream I discuss how I believe our government should approach utilizing and regulating blockchain and related technologies. I also introduce three transformative policies that would inspire incredible growth within the blockchain industry:
1.) “The Public Blockchain For Public Records Act”
2.) “The ICO Crowdfunding Act”
3.) And “The Cryptocurrency Is Currency Act”
And I also explain how my campaign is currently utilizing the Ethereum blockchain to power my website and for an ERC-20 political cryptocollectible token that my campaign has issued for fundraising!”
The New American Dream (Ep 8) – “We The People” Livestream Interview with Uphill Media
“My recent interview on Uphill Media’s “We The People” was the best interview I’ve done so far! I had the opportunity to discuss why campaign finance reform, Medicare For All, ending the wars, and the Green New Deal are so important to me and we talked about the progress my campaign has made on “The Democracy Initiatives” – four citizen’s initiatives that would completely transform the democratic process in the state of Colorado.
Those four initiatives are:
1.) Publicly funding elections with “Democracy Vouchers”
2.) Replacing plurality voting with Approval Voting
3.) Incentivized voting with refundable tax credits for anyone that votes
4.) Making Election Day a national holiday called “Democracy Day”
Check out the interview for a more detailed description about the purpose of these initiatives and how they would be implemented. Also, for anyone who wants to get to know me better or find out what values I stand for, this is a good opportunity to see how I think about the world and the current state of our political system. Thanks for watching!”
The New American Dream (Ep 7) – The Price of Politics
“Why is it that – even with an approval rating of just 10% – 20% – congressional incumbents still manage to defend their seats more than 90% of the time? It’s because we have a system that does nearly everything possible to prevent working class and poor people from participating in the political process and running competitive campaigns against the billionaires and special interests.
The average cost of winning a US House seat is $1,500,000 and the average cost of winning a US Senate seat is OVER $10,000,000! To put that absolutely obscene amount of money in perspective a little bit, if a candidate raised 27 donations of $27 every single day it would take over 5 years to raise just the average amount to win a US House seat and nearly 40 years to raise just the average amount to win a US Senate seat!
Very few people in our society have the financial means to compete with these enormous sums of money, so our political system has become dominated by opportunists who could accurately be described as corporations pretending to be human beings. These people do nothing but follow the money. They vote for healthcare legislation that drives working class people into bankruptcy whenever they get sick because it’s what their greedy donors want. They vote for education policies that drive entire generations into lifelong debt because it’s what their greedy donors want. And they vote to start wars, to build pipelines, to outsource jobs, to deregulate the economy, and to privatize critical institutions because it’s what their greedy donors want. This level of corporate control over our political institutions is a tragedy for our democracy.”
The New American Dream (Ep 6) – Ten Things I Hate About Joe
“I don’t like Joe Biden and I don’t agree at all with the folks out there claiming that the definition of “unity” includes throwing away our critical thinking skills and refusing to criticize any of the 2020 Democratic primary candidates.
That might work if the only goal here was defeating Trump – but it isn’t. We’re also trying to build an economic system, political system, criminal justice system, and environmental protection system that works for ALL of us, not just the wealthy. That’s never going to happen as long as corporate-friendly, warmongering, out-of-touch “centrist” politicians (like Joe Biden) continue to be the standard-bearers for the Democratic Party.
We need someone who is going to take a stand against the wealthy and powerful with ambitious policies that will help us build a society that works for ALL of us. We don’t need someone who has spent the last 40 years of his political career pushing the corporate agenda by supporting mass incarceration, the war on drugs, the death penalty, military invasions, dismantling the social safety net, the Patriot Act, and a border wall. We don’t need someone who has helped enable the outsourcing of American labor, supported the Hyde Amendment, silenced and shamed Anita Hill, passionately fought against desegregation, and has taken huge sums of money from the financial services industry.
That’s why I made this video encouraging people to research Joe Biden’s record of votes and values. The Democrats have a variety of good candidates running this campaign cycle, and I believe that the more that people learn about the differences between the candidates, the less they will support Joe Biden.”
The New American Dream (Ep 5) – Livestream Interview with The Collective Social Network
“Earlier this week I had the opportunity to sit down for a livestream interview with The Collective Social Network to discuss how my congressional campaign is taking on the political establishment! It’s a great conversation where we touch on a number of the important issues that define my values and political platform, such as:
– Campaign Finance Reform
– Medicare For All
– The Green New Deal
– US Imperialism, the Military-Industrial Complex, and Ending the Wars
– Comprehensive Immigration Reform
– Labor Policy
– And a variety of other interesting topics, progressive policies, and good solutions.
I had a great time discussing these important issues for such a long time and I’m really looking forward to going on the show again in the future as my election draws closer. Thanks for watching!”
The New American Dream (Ep 4) – The Democracy Initiatives
“Today, I’m excited to announce the next big step for my congressional campaign: The Democracy Initiatives – four Citizen’s Initiatives created by my campaign that will modernize and transform the democratic process in the state of Colorado. These four initiatives are:
– Making Election Day a state holiday called “Democracy Day” in Colorado.
– Publicly funding Colorado’s elections with “Democracy Vouchers” for every registered voter.
– Creating tax credits for voting in Colorado’s primary and general elections.
– Replacing our unfair and broken voting system with an Approval Voting system, meaning that we make one simple change to the way that we vote: allowing people to vote for as many candidates as they want instead of just one candidate.
The Democracy Initiatives will transform Colorado’s democratic process by boosting voter turnout in our primary and general elections, giving the people more power in the campaign finance system, and giving third-party and Independent candidates a truly fair chance at running competitive campaigns against major party candidates. These are the kinds of policies that we need to fight for in every state throughout the nation so we can get more people voting, more people involved in the process, and more outsider politicians challenging the status quo.”
The New American Dream (Ep 3) – Congress Does What It Does Best
“My favorite part of running for office is all of the amazing opportunities I have to reach out and connect with so many different people in so many different ways. One of the top priorities of my campaign is trying to help inform people about what’s going on in the world of politics in a way that’s both entertaining *and* informative.
That’s why we decided to cover some of this week’s most interesting and absurd political news on this episode of The New American Dream! I talk about the US House vote to override Trump’s veto, Mitch McConnell’s sham vote on The Green New Deal, Senator Mike Lee being absolutely ridiculous, and I take a closer look at US Senator Cory Gardner and a passionate progressive running for his Senate seat in 2020 here in Colorado. Hope you enjoy!”
The New American Dream (Ep 2) – Affordable Housing and Rent Stabilization Rally
“We NEED affordable housing. This must become a top priority for our legislatures. Not just in Denver. Not just in Colorado. We need this throughout the entire nation.
There are over 550,000 homeless people struggling to survive in our country. That’s roughly the equivalent of the entire population of the state of Wyoming slipping through the cracks of our society. Meanwhile, millions more are being forced out of their homes and communities, away from their jobs and families, and out of their school systems because the cost of living in their neighborhood has doubled or tripled over the last decade alone.
That’s why I joined United For A New Economy at an Affordable Housing and Rent Stabilization Rally in support of a bill sponsored by Senator Julie Gonzales that would empower our local city and county governments to create and enact solutions to our housing crisis.
The people of Colorado are incredibly passionate about this issue, so on this episode of The New American Dream, I decided to let them do most of the talking!
Special thanks to Senator Julie Gonzales for sponsoring the bill and to United For A New Economy, 9to5 Colorado, and Colorado Homes for All for hosting this event.”
The New American Dream (Ep 1) – I’m Running For Congress!
“I’m running for Congress and I need your help. I’d like to ask all of the supporters of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders, Ro Khanna, Tulsi Gabbard, Ilhan Omar, Elizabeth Warren, and all other progressive politicians to help me spread the word about my campaign & the “New American Dream” platform. It includes:
– Campaign Finance Reform
– Medicare For All
– Tuition Free Public Colleges & Universities
– Universal Child Care
– Raising The Minimum Wage
– The Green New Deal
– Ending The Wars
– And many more progressive political policies!”