The New American Dream (Ep 29) – Weekly News 10/26/19

Hey again everybody! Welcome to The New American Dream. I’m Nathan Clay and – as part of my congressional
campaign – I make new videos every Saturday to let people all throughout the nation know
how I feel about what happened throughout the week. I try to talk about a wide variety of topics
on these episodes, so I want to say thanks to everyone who has reached out and suggested
interesting stories over the last few weeks. Alright, let’s get started: First up, in one of the most blatant displays
of ineffective political theater that I’ve seen in my life, more than two dozen Republican
lawmakers – led by Representative Matt Gaetz – pulled this stunt in response to the impeachment
proceedings this week: “We’re going to being with a dramatic
sideshow today at the impeachment inquiry – as if on cue following President Trump’s
order yesterday for Republicans to get tougher on impeachment – a group of Republicans
barged into a closed-door hearing today. Most were not members of the committees conducting
the inquiry and were therefore uninvited.” “They staged their revolt in the basement
of the US Capitol. More than two dozen House Republicans swarming
a secure area and refusing to leave a scheduled deposition.” “By golly! If they’re gonna do it, do it in public!” Yeah, by golly! Who gave Democrats the right the hold these
closed-door impeachment hearings anyway!? “I read the House rules. And – as frustrating as it may be for these
hearings to be going on behind closed doors – they are consistent with the rules. They can’t change the rules – they follow
the rules. And when were the rules written last? In January of 2015. Who signed them? John Boehner. And who enacted them? A Republican majority.” So, we have a group of Republican lawmakers
protesting Democrats for following the rules that were put into place by… Republican lawmakers. And, not only that, but the entire argument
that House Republicans are being excluded from these hearings is a blatant lie. 47 House Republicans – nearly a quarter
of the House GOP membership – have full access to the depositions via their membership
on one of the three committees leading the impeachment inquiry. AOC said it best when she tweeted that “It’s
important to remember that members of both the GOP and Democratic Party have been part
of impeachment depositions this whole time. All you need is to sit on the relevant committees. If these guys are so mad, maybe they should
take their little flash mob to the GOP Leader who didn’t assign them to the task. AOC also made headlines this week by leveraging
her understanding of modern technology and the intricacies of social media to grill Mark
Zuckerberg earlier this week over the possibility of running organized misinformation campaigns
on Facebook. “You announced recently that the official
policy of Facebook now allows politicians to pay to spread disinformation – in the
2020 elections and in the future. So, I just want to know how far I can push
this. Could I pay to target predominantly black
zip codes and advertise them the incorrect election date?” “No congresswoman you couldn’t.” “But you said you’re not going to fact
check my ads.” “When anyone, including a politician, is
saying things that can cause violence or risk imminent physical hard or voter or census
suppression, we will take that content down.” “So, there is some threshold where you will
fact check political advertisements? Is that what you’re telling me?” “Well, congresswoman, yes. For specific things.” “Would I be able to run advertisements on
Facebook targeting Republicans in primaries saying that they voted for The Green New Deal?” “I don’t know that answer to that off
the top of my head.” “Do you see a potential problem here with
a complete lack of fact checking on political advertisements?” “Well, congresswoman, I think lying is bad. And I think if you were to run an ad that
had a lie – that would be bad.” Oh! Well, Mark Zuckerberg thinks lying is bad
– so problem solved, right? The truth is, AOC is exactly right. Misinformation has been weaponized in our
society and platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Reddit have become the frontlines
in a digital war for the intellectual integrity of our electoral process. That’s why I agree with progressives like
Bernie Sanders who has said he will “absolutely look at breaking up big tech companies like
Facebook, Google, and Amazon” going on to say that “Facebook has incredible power
over the economy, over the political life in this country in a very dangerous sense.” Speaking of Bernie Sanders, at 4:20PM Eastern
Time on Thursday, the presidential candidate announced a plan to sign an executive order
directing the attorney general to declassify marijuana as a controlled substance and effectively
legalize the substance at the federal level. Sanders would then push Congress to pass a
bill to ensure the permanent legalization of marijuana and would push state and federal
authorities to expunge marijuana-related convictions. It’s time for our society to stop treating
the legalization of marijuana as a non-serious issue or as a joke. Our nation’s disastrous War on Drugs is
still destroying lives every single day. Advocates for legalization of marijuana have
been pointing out for decades that this policy will decrease spending on incarceration, cut
off a major revenue source for criminal organizations, and provide a significant economic boost by
legitimizing an already enormous and lucrative industry. Next up, Tulsi Gabbard abruptly announced
that she was dropping her reelection bid for her House seat – immediately sparking rumors
that she may be gearing up to run as a 3rd party candidate in the 2020 Presidential race. Gabbard also cancelled a campaign event this
week, playing a pre-taped video to those supporters to instead speak live on Fox News show “Hannity”
where she bizarrely defended the Republican complaints about the ongoing impeachment inquiry. In 2016, when Tulsi resigned from her position
as Vice Chair of the DNC to endorse Bernie Sanders, I thought that we might have a good
progressive ally in the House that is willing to make personal sacrifices to do what’s
right. Since then, she’s been friendly with Steve
Bannon, voted to block Syrian refugees from coming to The US, introduced legislation pushed
by GOP megadonors, and announced at the debates that her version of Medicare For All would
still include the for-profit health insurance corporations that are ripping off our entire
nation. If Tulsi decides to run as a 3rd party candidate
in the 2020 election – she’ll do so much damage to herself that the only career in
politics she’ll ever have again is as a political commentator for FOX or CNN. Our final story of the week is a horrifying
and infuriating tragedy brought to you by the Fresno Police Department. An internal investigation of the 2017 police
shooting of Isiah Murrietta-Golding deemed the shooting “justified” and “within
department policy” because the officer “feared for his life.” That’s why a video shining light on the
shooting has sparked outrage while spreading like wildfire throughout social media. The footage shows the 16-year-old running
from officers, jumping a fence, falling to the ground and continuing to flee before one
of the officers fired a single bullet into his head from 35 feet away. The officer then hopped the fence, approached
the boy’s limp body, and handcuffed his hands behind his back. He died in the hospital three days later. Let’s be very clear here. This was a murder. It was a murder that there will never be accountability
or justice for because it was a murder done by a person in a position of authority. America doesn’t have a legal system designed
to protect us from the police, it has a legal system designed to protect police and other
authority figures from ever having to face any consequences for their actions. People in positions of authority should be
held to a higher – not lower – standard than the rest of society. This is just another tragic yet perfect example
of why we need to completely reform our criminal justice and policing systems. Like presidential candidate Julian Castro
said in response to this video: “it is time to end the shoot first, ask questions later
mentality that ends far too many black and brown lives.” He went on to say “The fact that these officers
weren’t held accountable is shameful—and is just more evidence that the system is broken.” Thanks for watching this episode of The New
American Dream. Let us know what you thought in the comments
and feel free to reach out at any time with any story that you’d like to see us cover! Hey again everybody! This is my director, editor, and friend Mark
Tejeda. Hi, I just wanted to say thank you for watching
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