Corruption, politics

Reasons why it’s better if Trump beats Hillary for Progressives

Hillary is the candidate of choice for the establishment and directly on the payroll of big-business lobby interests. Trump, although not at true populist, is still an outsider candidate, mostly self-funded and feared by the establishment.

A Hillary victory rewards and justifies election rigging, no correction for the Democratic party.

Clinton’s re-election campaign. Hillary is an 8 year commitment that will be up for re-election in 2020 against yet another Republican. A Trump presidency makes 2020 another chance to elect a better Democrat than Hillary.

The entire House of Representatives and 33/100 Senate seats are up for re-election in 2018. Hillary guarantees they stay Republican just like under Obama. ‘Sanders Democrats’ running for office have a better chance to rise during a Trump presidency than Hillary. Trump forces the Democratic party to become more progressive more quickly.

Trump is to the left of Hillary on foreign policy. Hillary, a bigger war hawk than Trump, is the candidate of choice for the military industrial complex. Clinton’s record on foreign policy is not a good one.

Trump is to the left of Hillary on trade and has always been against destructive trade deals like TPP. Hillary called TPP the “gold standard” and has supported every trade deal since NAFTA.

Trump has repeatedly said he won’t touch Social Security. If truthful, he is a welcome leftward push for the Republican party. Hillary is another Obama, and Obama tried to cut Social Security using the Chained-CPI under the guise of it being merely an adjustment.

“They should have run Sanders, they lost because of Clinton.” -vs- “America just isn’t ready for Sanders Socialism.. Hillary was the pragmatic, correct choice.” We want people to think the former, not the latter.

A Hillary win means the progressive vote will continue to be taken for granted. Bernie or Bust support will be laughed at if Hillary wins.

If Trump loses to Clinton, the Republicans go back to being the party of George W. Bush and Mitt Romney. The populist uprising will be defeated on both sides of the aisle by establishment hero Hillary Clinton.

A Clinton loss means an end to the Clinton/Bush era.

President Hillary Clinton will spend the next 8 years marginalizing and purging anything to do with Bernie Sanders from the party, as the DNC survives under her leadership. A Trump victory means the Democratic party becomes progressive fast, or dies.

 

Advertisements
Standard
Corruption, Media, politics

The media war against Bernie Sanders

GettyImages-506648112-1280x720

Bernie Sanders is a hot potato the media can’t handle. After a prolonged media blackout failed to stop the Bern, conglomerated media set it’s sights on taking him down. With breathtaking shamelessness corporate media has thrown all scruples overboard to become a one-sided propaganda machine against Sanders.

Media corporations are doling out donations much like the now famous donations of Wall Street, and lets not forget that both media and financial deregulation occurred in tandem from the same president Clinton.

The cast of characters paying for politicians forms the monolith of corporate power in America. Taken as a whole, they are indeed big and powerful; Big Media, Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Oil, Big Finance, and so on, all have interests in direct opposition to the public interest. The Sanders campaign is based on breaking up the power and influence of these forces, the 21st century puppet-masters of American politics.

In the war against Bernie Sanders, media created a series of false narratives along the way, continuously repeated to give living breathing reality to outright lies. Listed below are a few noticed examples.

“There’s nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it.” – William James

The Bernie-bro narrative:

The Bernie-bro suggests that Sanders support comes from sexist men who will not vote for Hillary because she’s a woman. Specifically, the Bernie-bro is an angry male Sanders supporter who goes online to write vile, sexist comments about Hillary Clinton.

The Bernie-bro narrative is used to drive a wedge and deepen the chasm of gender divisions for political purposes.

Sanders supporters are equally male and female, with more younger women supporting Sanders than Clinton. This narrative has no basis in fact. The biggest sexist attacks in the Democratic campaign come from the endless repetition of the Bernie-bro narrative. Bill Clinton even went on a public tirade to battle the elusive Bernie-bro.

The pragmatist narrative:

The pragmatist narrative, with it’s flip-side “pie-in-the-sky,” is an attempt to portray Sanders as impossibly unrealistic, with Clinton portrayed as a pragmatic realist willing and capable of passing policy proposals.

This narrative assumes total belief in Clinton’s progressive credentials, while overlooking Sanders presidential run as being entirely based on pulling the curtain from the Clinton charade.

Also sold is the assumption that Republicans would be more willing to work with Clinton than Sanders. This requires total amnesia of how Obama was obstructed at every turn by a radical party calling him a communist. Those whacky Republicans even obstructed Obama on Social Security cuts when Obama tried to sneak the chained-CPI in as merely an “adjustment.” It’s unlikely they will suddenly warm up to Hillary over Obama.

To pop the “vision” balloon, calling Sanders policy proposals “promises” limits the imagination of discourse. It’s unlikely Sanders believes that every piece of legislation he pushes will be passed within 4 years if elected. The truth is, those issues would never have seen the light of day if not for Sanders campaign.

Sanders signifies a shift in direction and priority for the country, and a call for a new Progressive Era. A newly energized Democratic party could realistically take back the Senate, and what’s impossible today becomes possible tomorrow.

A Hillary administration being obstructed the same as Obama doesn’t equate to pragmatism, and a centrist farther to the right than Reagan isn’t really a centrist.

The single-issue narrative:

Sanders has come to end the Gilded Age; He’s been screaming it from the rooftops: the big banks, campaign finance – our entirely corrupted political system. This problem is the 800lb gorilla of modern politics, requiring a necessarily political solution. Bernie’s big issue is an umbrella under which sit many other issues.

The single-issue narrative is used to characterize Bernie’s passionate attack on a corrupted system as being to the exclusion of all else. Sanders has well thought out positions on all major issues. His perceived weakness on foreign policy is debatable considering America’s self-inflicted mid-eastern quagmire following Iraq.

The single-issue narrative is based on things like debate performances, and is an effort to minimize the 800lb gorilla for those with a limited ability to register complicated, unsensational problems. To many, “wedge” issues are just as (or more) important than the 800lb gorilla. The gorilla requires some political education to be seen and understood. Without that, Bernie must seem an eccentric odd-ball indeed. Instead of media informing the public, we’ve seen them fan the notion that Sanders is some know-it-all kook focused on one bizarre issue that isn’t even important.

The electability narrative:

Bernie is unelectable, he would never stand a chance against the Republicans. Once they call him a socialist it’s all over.

The Republican contribution to this long-standing narrative was sounded by John Kasich during a televised debate:

“We’re going to win every state if Bernie Sanders is the nominee, that’s not even an issue. And I know Bernie. And I can promise you he won’t be president of the United States.”

Assuming that both the Democrat and Republican establishment are sympatico in their fear of Sanders, this can be seen as an attempt to perpetuate the unelectable narrative from both sides. The real view of Sanders from the right, however, comes from Anne Coulter in this revealing comment:

“If you ran Bernie Sanders, it would be much tougher to beat him than Hillary. He cares about the American working class. Hillary doesn’t, she’s like the elected Republican. She cares about the Chamber of Commerce.”

The polls back this up, reversing the unelectable narrative and putting Clinton in the crosshairs. In the polls Clinton is fairing badly against nearly every Republican in contrast to Sanders landslide victories.

The socialist narrative:

The socialist narrative from the Republican side claims that Bernie is of the same ideology as Hitler and Stalin. He’s a communist who will lead us to the gulag and gas chamber.

The socialist narrative from the Democrat side stokes fear of what people might think. The media has pushed a steady drum-beat against the term “socialism” since the rise of the Tea-Party agenda, and with the Clintonian Democratic establishment equating appeasement of the Tea-Party to pragmatism, it’s important to remember that those who disagree with socialism also disagree with Social Security and public education.

The success of the socialist narrative relies on a lack of political education. Thankfully ignorance seems to be losing this battle, as the public has generally understood that Sanders American style democratic socialism stands for New Deal style programs and regulations in the public interest.

Although difficult to quantify, it’s probable that the Bernie-blackout slowed the growth of the Sanders campaign enough to impact this election. With false media narratives, ignorance is fanned rather than informed, and a broken political system is reflected in broken information as the news becomes a mouth-piece for established corruption.

Standard
politics

Return of the Ladies Man

esquire-bill-clinton

Former president Bill Clinton has resurfaced to campaign for Hillary, and so returns to the spotlight of a different America from the one he left. Bill represents an America now under scrutiny.

The return of Bill comes with a dirge of sex scandals, distractions from actual policy and relevant mostly to tabloids. My view is that taking the high road in regard to irrelevant scandals from pubic leaders leads to better policy. That being said, these scandals will become relevant in the hands of Donald Trump, the master media manipulator.

With Bill on the trail, this gave Trump a grand opportunity to unearth skeletons, and Donald dove right in using Clinton history to astounding effect. For days internet searches of either Clinton returned scandals and rape accusations. I have no doubt Donald will thrill his audience by bringing unwanted details to a live TV debate. He would be smart to do so, he knows the headlines would eat it up.

gty_donald_trump_hillary_clinton_sk_150619_16x9_992

It doesn’t help that Hillary already has one hand tied behind her back, unable to target his biggest weakness, Trump’s populism. Hillary can call him racist and sexist, but this will only energize Trump’s base, his core populist appeal intact.

Far worse than any sex scandal, the betrayal of the American people by their own government is a legacy coming to the fore just as Bill stumps for Hill. Unlike side-show antics, these scandals are dead serious and affect the very nature of the American political system.

The problem isn’t that the Ladies Man swims in sex scandals, it’s that he cheated and betrayed the entire country to a group of Wall Street criminals.

bill-clinton-esquire-300x300

With Bill Clinton, the rightward push of the Reagan years became America’s direction. Bill is the president who led us into oligarchy, when America lost real democracy in favor of organized money.

Bill Clinton’s legacy as a Third Way Democrat means a total break with FDR. The Democratic party became something sinister; Democrat on social issues but Republican on economy, regulation, safety nets, foreign policy, trade, privatization, on and on. The progressive agenda became a hollow sales pitch told to suckers and idiots, while the Democratic party moved directly into the enemy camp silently and without vote.

With a truly pro-business government, America’s new ruling class was set up to take the reigns of our entire political system. After Bill Clinton, the Democrat agenda followed the Republican agenda, the Republican agenda the Tea Party agenda. The same dark legacy from both political parties.

With the GOP being destroyed by Trump as they vote for him as their populist outsider, was it a bad idea for Hill to bring out Bill to stump, or is Hillary simply inevitable?

 

Standard
politics

Hillary wins! Named most corrupt politician of 2015

ap_clinton_lb_150319_16x9_992

She’s in a dead heat with Trump, loses to several Republicans in the polls, and can’t seem to shake that pesky Bernie Sanders, but nevermind the bad news, it’s time to score a win for Hillary: The nonpartisan watchdog group Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) named Hillary Clinton at the top of it’s worst ethics violators for 2015!

According to Matthew G. Whitaker, executive director of FACT:

“Elected officials are sent to Washington to follow and uphold the law and so they need to be held to the highest standard of ethics. Even the appearance of impropriety can quickly erode public trust, and Mrs. Clinton is in a league of her own.” said Whitaker. “We will continue to vigorously hold the lantern over unethical behavior so that we have a government that serves the public’s interest, not the self-interests of leaders who think they are beyond reproach.”

FACT cites “overwhelming evidence” that Clinton abused her official position as secretary of state, and is calling for various federal investigations focused on Clinton’s email scandal. According to FACT:

“Those emails remained hidden from the public until earlier this year when it was discovered that Secretary Clinton conducted government business on her private email server and a judge ultimately ordered that she turn over and the State Department release the emails.”

FACT says that according to some of those recently released communications, questions arose about whether Clinton gave special State Department access to a private mining company with ties to her son-in-law, investment banker and hedge fund manager Marc Mezvinsky. According to Whitaker:

“Her son-in-law received an email from a Goldman Sachs associate that had a representative invested in a company that had a business matter that the State Department is considering regarding deep sea mining. The business associate asked the son-in-law to forward an email. The son-in-law forwards it to Secretary of State Clinton and she forwards it to the State Department for folks to follow up on. Average everyday citizens don’t get that kind of access or the treatment he received.”

Clinton’s daughter Chelsea, who walked right into a high paying Wall Street job directly out of college, married Mezvinsky in 2010. This union has recently made Hillary an abuela. Mezvinsky is apparently a bad investor, losing millions on an incorrect assumption that Greece would have a quick economic recovery. That hasn’t stopped investors from giving Clinton’s son-in-law lots more play money, after all, according to the Free Beacon:

“But if you are a wealthy Democratic donor who places a high value on long-term political access to one of America’s most powerful families, Eaglevale is the fund for you. Wall Street tycoons are clearly ready for Hillary and there are few better ways to show that than by giving money to her son-in-law to play with. He might not be any good at it, but he does know someone who might live in the White House one day. At that’s where the real money gets made.”

That’s not all, the watchdog also cites similar corruption in her campaign:

“FACT has asked the IRS to investigate whether the Clinton Foundation broke federal law by making payments of nearly $350,000 to Hillary Clinton’s failed 2008 presidential campaign to rent Clinton’s email list after she failed to secure the Democratic nomination. The transaction came at a time the campaign was paying off debt, but Clinton’s ability to fundraise was limited by State Department ethics rules.”

It goes on:

“FACT asked the FEC to investigate illegal interactions between Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and her PAC, Ready for Hillary, over a Ready for Hillary email list with 4 million names which the Clinton campaign received. There is skepticism about the legitimacy of this list swap since Ready for Hillary is an independent Super PAC and Federal law explicitly prohibits a candidate from coordinating with and accepting donations, including an in-kind donation of a mailing list, from a super PAC.”

This notable an achievement from the Democratic front-runner could do much to help her stand out from the other candidates. With a winner like Hillary, the White House is in the bag.

 

alg-whitehouse-money-jpg

Standard
politics

Bernie Sanders schlongs Donald Trump

8440005_G

Bernie Sanders just nailed Donald Trump in an outright lie, and exposed the fallacies of his being a working class populist.

In a recent interview with Sanders, Bernie says about Trump: “Meanwhile, interestingly enough, John, this is a guy who does not want to raise the minimum wage. In fact, he has said that he thinks wages in America are too high. But he does want to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to top three-tenths of one percent.”

Trump went into panic mode after the curtain was pulled on his pretense to populism, in response Trump twitters: “@BernieSanders-who blew his campaign when he gave Hillary a pass on her e-mail crime, said that I feel wages in America are too high. Lie!“

Well, it turns out Sanders did not lie, Trump has said multiple times he believes wages in America are too high.

Here is one example from the first Republican debate: “But, taxes too high, wages too high, we’re not going to be able to compete against the world. I hate to say it, but we have to leave it the way it is. People have to go out, they have to work really hard and have to get into that upper stratum. But we can not do this if we are going to compete with the rest of the world. We just can’t do it.”

Sorry Trump, lowering wages on workers who can’t afford to save for retirement or pay exorbitant medical bills will not “Make America Great Again.”

Score one – a big one – for the true populist: Bernie Sanders.

Oy Donald, what a putz.

schmuck

Standard
politics

The Bernie Sanders of 20th Century America

external

The 1930s were momentous years for America. During this period a series of reforms were put in place under the leadership of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, transforming life in America and radically changing the basic power imbalance between average citizens and big business interests. It took serious bravery to introduce socialism on this scale, and the world would never be the same.

Roosevelt had the crazy idea of doing something bold in the public interest, and he didn’t care if the wealthy business interests of the time liked it or not.

It was a great period of government working in the best interest of the public. It was the same kind of socialism Bernie Sanders is campaigning on.

1024px-signing_of_the_social_s

It was called the New Deal and it brought stability not only to the lives of ordinary people, but also to capitalism itself. No longer was our financial system hostage to greed and excess, or the catastrophic boom and bust cycles of the reckless past. The New Deal and other bold reforms saved capitalism from itself.

The New Deal brought humanity to an inhuman system of numbers and gross inequality, ushering change not only for America, but for the entire democratic world, which consequently moved into a hybrid system of capitalism and socialism. The 20th century was the American century.

Standard
Media, politics

Turning up the Bern

bernie

The media is against Bernie Sanders and supports Hillary Clinton. Isn’t the media supposed to be impartial? Of course, but it isn’t, and that’s a reality we’re living with.

Hillary is a damaged candidate of declining popularity, regardless of her excellent acting performance in the first DNC debate. There’s still no place to go but down, and with so many democrats soured by Clinton and her obvious corruption, its possible the republicans may win against a Hillary ticket. Big corruption is what Americans detest, even if they can’t agree on the actual problems or how to fix them. Hillary is a face of corruption to both republicans and about 1/3 of democrats according to polls.

Bernie rallied to his base during the debate, probably too much. There are things he could have done differently, and still can, to woo voters from outside his white college-educated northeastern base.

Foreign policy and war: It was frustrating to see Bernie not give an authoritative answer on whether he would go to war if necessary. A large number of Americans are hawks on foreign policy, and I suspect a lot of voters soured with Bernie’s answer. Bernie should have come straight out and said “I will do anything to protect this nation and absolutely yes I will go to war to protect America.” After this he could have added his comments on coalitions and war being the last option, people would have understood.. I mean, if the US was invaded tomorrow, would Bernie go to war? I have no doubt the answer is yes, but he didn’t say that. He lost an opportunity and turned off some voters.

Denmark and other Scandinavian countries. Bernie is right, these countries have smarter social policy, the people live longer and are happier, living with more stability than robber-baron casino capitalism provides, yet capitalism still thrives in these countries. Bernie could have been more sensitive to the landscape of American views on this subject and put things a little differently. He should have presented himself as the next FDR, not the next president of Denmark. Bernie’s message was hurt by not communicating this in the best possible way.

Capitalism: Bernie waffled when he was confronted for not being a capitalist, he ranted about not being for casino capitalism and then left it alone. He never clearly stated that capitalism, as its called and implemented in modern America, isn’t really capitalism. There are no free markets when a few big players control too much, we’re living with corporate socialism, our system is rigged and doesn’t support true free markets and competition. Our government has been a corruptive benefactor to these groups and has stifled free enterprise through cronyism.

Bernie should have come right out and said “Yes I’m a capitalist, I believe strongly in the great things capitalism has done for America and the world.” Americans are distrustful of any candidate that isn’t a capitalist, and in truth, Bernie really is a capitalist. After this declarative statement, Bernie could have continued to talk about how unregulated capitalism needs to be saved from itself, and how a hybrid system of capitalism and socialism was the direction of the 20th century – it worked, and its why we have social security and medicare in the first place. Unfortunately Bernie allowed himself to be painted as a non-capitalist, and this likely hurt. A lot of people just don’t get the whole “big banks” thing or Citizens United, they don’t have the political education and can’t understand why these are important issues, it sounds like a bunch of hippie college stuff to them.

Which leads to talking about tuition free college education, one of the first things mentioned and repeated. This is a great thing and would result in a smarter public, and graduates less saddled with debt would be more able to put that education to good use. There are a lot of people listening to this and thinking their tax money will pay for rich kids to laze around in colleges – its something they can’t relate to. It would have been better if Bernie put more time into talking about universal healthcare, which more people would rally behind than free tuition.

Did Bernie “win” the debate? Yes, because he’s clearly on the side of the people against corporate power. He mopped the floor with Hillary over Wall Street and the decline of America’s middle class, the most pressing issue to many Americans. Thankfully O’Malley attacked Hillary for the same thing.

Hillary made it clear in the debate to those who listened, she will not help the middle class or do anything truly effective against corporate domination of government, and will stand against the fundamental changes needed to bring representation back to the public interest. Hillary stands for corruption and she should lose for this reason alone, because its the most important issue of our time. There are several more debates, and time is on the side of Bernie, but he needs to connect more effectively to the unconverted and focus less on his base.

Standard