My Prediction: Bernie Sanders Will Win the White House

Eric Zuesse

On May 12th, I presented my analysis of the polling as of that time, headlining, “The Early Signs of Whom The Next U.S. President Will Likely Be: Presidential Polls Look Confusing Regarding Bernie, But Downright Bad Regarding Hillary & All Republicans.” Based on the net-favorability ratings of candidates in the first poll that had really meaningful results on that most important of all factors (which poll had just been published), and also based on the latest available reliable poll of Americans’ ideological preferences (which had been taken in 2011, but that’s okay because ideology changes only very slowly), I concluded that Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders was likely to surprise on the upside at the start of his contest, and that, “Sanders would probably be able to crush any Republican except perhaps Rand Paul, if he were to win the Democratic primaries.” He is already surprising on the upside (though pundits haven’t yet caught on that Hillary’s a dud), and so I am now predicting that Sanders will win, first, the Democratic nomination, and then the White House. But, first, to summarize:

The crucial net favorabilities were shown and documented in that May 12th article to be outright terrible for every candidate except Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, and Bernie Sanders; they were merely bad for Walker and Rubio; and they were probably marginally good for Sanders, but the latest poll hadn’t even included Sanders’s name, and so for him I extrapolated from ideologically the only candidate, who had been named, who was at all similar to Sanders ideologically, and this was Elizabeth Warren; and she had a slightly positive net favorability rating, which was by far the best of any of the named candidates (either male or female). Based on information that I’ve been provided access to, she will not be entering the contest, and Senator Sanders will be the only progressive candidate running in the Democratic primaries.

The 2011 ideological poll showed that of the five ideological orientations that were named, the one with the highest net-favorability — the ratio of “positive” to “negative” ratings — by the American public, was “Progressive,” at 67%/22%, or 3.05; and the second-highest was “Conservative,” at 62%/30%, or 2.07. Like Senator Warren, Senator Sanders is one of the U.S. Senate’s three leading (if not the Senate’s only three) progressives. He clearly represents the most-widely-shared ideology: progressivism. If he wins the Democratic nomination, then the nation will be in for its first clear ideological choice since 1932 in a two-major-Party contest between a progressive Democrat versus a conservative Republican. That time it was FDR versus Herbert Hoover.

Of course, FDR won. Back in 1932, the conservative’s deadweight load, which the Republican had to overcome but couldn’t, was the crash of 1929. In 2016, the conservative’s deadweight load, which he’ll have to overcome but won’t be able to, will be his record of supporting or opposing George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003. Everyone but Republicans already knows that that was a catastrophic decision in every way, and was never justifiable; so: no candidate who is even on the fence about this important matter can stand even a chance of winning the Presidency if his or her chief opponent has always been clearly opposed to it, as Sanders has been, in both words and actions. Sanders, then a member of the U.S. House, was one of the small minority who voted in 2002 against it. And, unlike Barack Obama, who wasn’t even a national politician then and who spoke in 2002 about the Iraq question only briefly and in passing (in a video-clip that became famous in 2008), Bernie Sanders spoke against it passionately and repeatedly — and then he actually voted against authorizing the invasion. (And here’s the final vote, in both the Senate and the House.) By contrast, every current Republican Presidential candidate, except Rand Paul, says that GWB made the right decision “based on what was known then” (referring to the selective release by Bush’s Administration of faked evidence supporting the decision to invade). Marco Rubio contradicts himself about the matter, but basically he says that in the final analysis, “The world is a better place because Saddam Hussein does not run Iraq.” Even that statement would hurt him a lot in the general election (unless the Democrat is Clinton, since she actually voted to invade), because most Americans aren’t that stupid, to think that there’s any excuse whatsoever for Bush’s choice to fake evidence and then to invade Iraq on the basis of it — it was clearly a rigged deal from the get-go, to invade Iraq. Rubio is betting that the only way to win the Republican nomination is to support that rigged invasion; but Paul is betting that, by the time of the primaries, enough even of Republicans will have come to the (long overdue) realization that this issue could kill the Party’s chances in the general election, and that they’ll therefore get in line behind Paul’s candidacy as the Party’s only hope to get this issue off the backs of the Republican Party. The other leading Republican candidate, Scott Walker, is a pure mainstream Republican on the matter, saying that the decision was based on bad intelligence, “but knowing what we know now, we should not have gone into Iraq.” This line might suffice for him to be able to win the Republican nomination, but, if Bernie Sanders will be the Democrat he’ll be running against, then the Democrat will win, no matter how much money Republican billionaires pour into supporting their nominee. (Again, if Hillary becomes the Democratic nominee, the Republican nominee might win the Presidency — and probably will win if that Republican happens to be Rand Paul.)

Of course, the 2016 Presidential campaign won’t be about only the catastrophe in Iraq and George W. Bush’s having created it; there’s a President who followed after him, and he has continued GWB’s other catastrophe, the Wall Street bailouts and non-prosecution of the mega-banksters who cheated their ways to ‘AAA’ MBS-creating-&-marketing mega-bank fortunes (and the bailout-generated $10 trillion+ increase in the U.S. federal debt that was required in order for the public to absorb those mega-banksters’ “toxic assets”); and Sanders has always been against that pro-Wall-Street, anti-Main-Street, policy, too — both in words and in deeds. (And QE “The Greatest Backdoor Wall Street Bailout of All Time” is still continuing and so the total tab cannot yet be known, and Sanders has always been against that part of the Wall Street bailout too.)  He was consistently correct on both of the big issues of recent U.S. history — both of the issues that depleted America’s future for the benefit of today’s super-rich.

On 15 February 2011, after Bush’s successor had been in office already two years continuing the bailouts, Rassmussen Reports bannered their poll, “57% Still Believe Bailouts Were Bad for US,” and also reported, “68% say bank bailout money went to those who caused meltdown.” Those overwhelming public views against the bailouts have also been not only Sanders’s own views throughout the period, but they’ve consistently been Sanders’s votes in the U.S. Senate, too, even at the start; so, on the two signature Bush catastrophes, Sanders would be in a perfect position to maul any Republican nominee, unless it turns out to be Rand Paul. However, unlike Scott Walker, whose net favorability rating is only modestly negative (i.e, it’s less than 1; it’s 73%, to be precise), Rand Paul’s is like almost all of the Republican field’s: it’s extremely negative (i.e., his ratio of strongly favorable to strongly unfavorable is much less than 1: it’s 56%). (Clinton’s, for comparison, is 69%. Elizabeth Warren’s was the only polled name that was positive: 1.08. As was previously mentioned, Sanders’s name wasn’t polled, and Warren was the only named candidate whose ratio was net-positive.)

In an earlier article, I stated the case “Why Hillary Clinton Would Be a Weak Presidential Nominee for Democrats,” and I explained why Ms. Clinton will never be able to rise from her present poor net favorability ratings. All the good publicity about her is past (from her flaks), while her support (being based purely on PR, sheer fluff) was a mile wide and an inch deep. The more that voters get to see her actual record, the more they’ll distrust her words. That reason she’d be a weak general-election candidate is: she’s not at all a trustworthy person (except by her financial backers), and there’s nothing she’ll be able to do at this late date to convince general-election voters that she is. The trust issue is so bad for her, that no matter how much money is spent on her campaigns, it’ll be like trying to paddle a boat not in water but in air — there won’t be the traction that’s needed to get her to being the first person past the finish-line in the boat-race. That boat has already been sold to the highest bidder, even before the race begins. She can evade, but she cannot hide, now that the contest has actually started. As more Democrats learn about this, they’ll turn away. Too many Democrats will avoid voting in the final, the general-election contest, or else will protest-vote for some third-party nominee; whereas the Republican nominee, whomever he is, will clearly be Republican in more than just his official designation. By contrast to Clinton: if Sanders is the Democrat, then voter-turnout on Election Day on the Democratic line will be enormous. And turnout in a Presidential election is crucial also in a much broader sense: it largely determines which of the two Parties will control both the Senate and especially the House (where everybody is up for election every two years). Even if Clinton were to win (which is unlikely), she would then be dealing in 2017 with a strongly Republican Congress, because of 2016’s resulting depressed Democratic voter-turnout. By contrast: if Sanders is the nominee, then not only will he win, but he will possibly (maybe even likely) be dealing with a Democratic Congress in 2017, by virtue of his drawing so many Democrats to the polls on Election Day 2016.

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http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/pollster/hillary-clinton-favorable-rating

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In other words: after having been a popular celebrity since at least January 2009, Hillary Clinton has now become, again, a mere politician, but this time with the heavier-than-ever baggage of her actual record (and especially of her having destroyed crucial evidence of that record, which she had secreted on her own private server), so that her evasive behaviors, verbal and otherwise, have now become her message; and what she says or does from here on can only collapse the house-of-cards that she had long been creating.

As of May 26th, her net favorability rating, shown at Huffington Post, had finally switched from positive to negative (47.8% negative versus 45.9% positive). This measure shown at HuffPo isn’t as accurate a measure, however, as the figures that I had linked to at the first link in the present article, because instead of building the net ratios there on favorables versus unfavorables, I built it on strong favorables versus strong unfavorables; and, especially at this early phase in a political campaign, that’s actually a far more accurate predictive measure, because the few people in the public who have strong feelings about a given candidate are the ones who will likeliest become the volunteers who will then serve as the core of the get-out-the-vote effort and who will consequently build the candidate’s volunteer campaign, if there is any. (If there isn’t any, then the Democratic candidate will surely lose, because the big-money campaign will likely go overwhelmingly to the Republican regardless.) So: the net favorability-ratios that were shown in my first-linked-to article are far more accurate indicators than are the ratios that are graphed at HuffPo; and what these ratios show is a far higher net unfavorability regarding all of the candidates.

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However, the most important decision that American voters will be making in the 2016 elections will be the decision that Democratic voters collectively will be making in their Democratic primaries. That decision, in the primaries, rather than in the general election, will be the key to deciding America’s future. The decision that Republican voters will be making in their Party’s primaries, might not matter much, although, in the final analysis, if they choose Rand Paul, then that could change: there could be a real contest in the final election, against Sanders. (Furthermore, if Clinton does win the Democratic contest, then the final race will instead be between two candidates both of whom will have net negative favorability ratings — both Clinton and Paul — but turnout will almost certainly be higher on the Republican than on the Democratic side; so, Paul would probably win that contest.)

All of the pundits have been saying, all along, that Clinton is the most-likely candidate to win the White House, but they’re looking at the wrong indicators. Often, these same pundits were also saying that Jeb Bush would be the likeliest Republican to be able to win the White House, or that Christ Christie would be. I don’t pay attention to what the pundits say. Of course, the political bettors do; and, so, as of today, the betting odds heavily favor Clinton as by far the #1 likeliest person to become America’s next President. The public read the pundits. And the pundits make the arguments that their bosses, who are chosen by the media-owners, want to be published. (The media-owners want the final contest to be between two candidates who are both owned by the billionaire class, because a billionaire decides which media will receive his corporation’s advertising dollars and other favors; and that’s what keeps the media going.)

The pundits aren’t published — they’re fired — if they don’t serve their bosses. I don’t serve any boss; I serve only the truth as I see it, and I always explain and document what I am seeing. And when what I see changes, I report and explain that change, just as I had reported what was before it which has changed. My opinion isn’t ever set in stone. I might change it at any time. But all I can ever report is what I see, when I see it.

What I am seeing right now, which is the first time that things have looked clear enough for me to make a prediction in the U.S. Presidential contest, is the likelihood that the next President of the United States will be Bernie Sanders. The reasons for that prediction have been summarized here, based on the documentation that’s in the sources that have been linked-to here. Those linked articles contain the basic data that I consider, on my standard best-evidence basis, to be determinative, at this stage in the development of the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity, and of  Feudalism, Fascism, Libertarianism and Economics.

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  • nick quinlan

    I don’t think Bernie can overcome rigged voting machines. The United Banks and Corporations will not approve Bernie as a candidate.

    • diogenes

      That’s why we need to organize private citizens to monitor the vote, precinct by precinct, and make sure the counts at the precinct match the totals.

      • nick quinlan

        I’m sure the government would find away around that. They demand total control of anything important to them, which this would be.

        • diogenes

          Defeatism is self-fulfilling. Of is that what you have in mind?

      • B York

        There is no such thing as a recount of votes cast on electronic voting machines…..there is nothing to count or to recount…..all you can do is take another look at the totals….and there is no way to know how the totals were arrived at.

        • Jim Braman

          While this has been true, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. Do you suggest the people just give up? No. We cannot give up; we must find ways to improve accountability. And there ARE precincts that have done just that. Maybe not in New York, Chicago, Miami, or LA, but the little guys are making in roads into reversing corporate control of many things these days.

          Join the care movement …there is a right way to give a F * * K….

        • Adam

          Figuring out how the totals were arrived at would be really easy: just get anyone with a computer science degree to look at the code for the program that the voting machines are running.

    • cettel

      The “rigged voting machines” problem has been big in national Presidential elections, not in any primary elections that I’ve heard of, and never in any Democratic Party primary, because it has been (especially in 2004, GWB’s re-‘election’) coordinated from the top, by the Republican Party, against Democrats, especially using state secretaries of state who are Republicans (such as Ken Blackwell). So: since, overwhelmingly if not 100%, the perpetrators here have been Republicans, and coordinated at the very top national Republican Party level, I think it’s disgraceful for anyone, such as you, to blame Democrats for this, as if there is any significant reason to think that this is equally a Democratic and a Republican tactic. I may be wrong here, but I’ve read lots about the phenomenon, and the entire movement against it is Democratic and independent but not at all Republican; and assertions such as that equating the Democratic Party with the Republican Party on it are shameful, because, overwhelmingly this tactic is a Republican Party specialty. Your comment reminds me of so many comments about rape, in which the victim is blamed. It’s disgusting, to blame the victim, instead of the perpetrator.

      • nick quinlan

        No where in my short post did I blame democrats, or republicans for that mater. I am blaming the corrupt system.
        And using a false analogy of the subject of rape and blaming the victim is really reaching, to try and make a point like that concerning rigged voting machines, I don’t see how you read that into my post.
        What is shameful is our bought and paid for government

        • jadan

          Your brief post throws light on the black box voting system which is at the core of voter disaffection with the process. Methinks cettel protesteth too much. If we trust these damn machines, we’re beaten. One of the talking points in Sander’s repertoire is corruption of the political process. How do billionaires buy elections? They own the apparatus, of course, the proprietary code and so on. Bernie will name names as he’s been doing right along and fire up his constituency to throw light on the fraud of the black box system.

          • cettel

            You cite no evidence whatsoever that Democrats have used such tactics. You might as well blame George McGovern for Nixon’s Watergate.

          • diogenes

            Your rape analogy is grossly offensive and depicts your character in a very poor light. Your comments on your history with the Democratic Party make it clear where your allegiances lie.

            Progressives need to abandon the Two Party system which is designed to defeat us, and has and does and will continue to do so.

          • cettel

            I am no longer a Democrat. Nut it’s pointless even trying to discuss anything rationally with a person who thinks that Bernie’s avoiding the Democratic primaries would be an intelligent thing for him to do. He’s not that stupid, even though 2000’s Naderites surely were.

          • diogenes

            Nobody suggests Sanders should avoid the primaries. I do suggest that progressives should not get suckered. Again. We need to adopt realistic strategies in pursuit of realistic goals informed by a realistic understanding of present circumstances and methods which have proven their value in the past. Not get caught up in another round of election year ballyhoo and bullshit.

          • ClubToTheHead

            If you can’t take a bite out of a Yellow Dog Democrat,s ass, he’ll ignor you.

          • jadan

            What evidence do we have of any particular machine vote fraud? The black box is the perfect cover. We know that it can be done, but do we have a specific case? The Democrats and Republicans are corrupt, by definition. If you need evidence for that, well sir, just reflect on the career of Hillary Clinton because at present she is the Democratic Party incarnate. Given the chance Hillary would rig an election if she thought she could hide it. For you to imply the innocence of one party or the other seems naive. Bernie Sanders has a chance to win not because the Democratic Party is a more virtuous organization, but owing to the determination of revivified Democrats to achieve certain goals. A candidate like Sanders can reinvent the party by calling forth its unrealized potentials that can be summarized in the initials FDR. I have no doubt elements in the elect-Hillary apparatus will do anything they can get away with to make sure Sanders does not get the nomination. By hook or by crook. Whatever it takes, whatever they can get away with.

          • John Spina

            And we all know what a great job FDR did(sarcasm heavy)..

          • George King

            FDR, actually did more than a great job.

            We have seen this before and some Brave Patriots have resolved this before.
            http://www.nisk.k12.ny.us/fdr/1937/37_scgifs/large/37010706.gif

            The results:
            http://www.nisk.k12.ny.us/fdr/1937/37_scgifs/large/37012004.gif

          • dhb4angels
      • I think rigged e-vote machines are in primaries, too. I think Ron Paul beat Romney by a landslide, and I think way-back-when Howard Dean beat Kerry (2004).

        True, though, the higher the “election”, the more rigging.

        • cettel

          All the opinion-polls show you’re wrong: After “the scream”

          • diogenes

            What does this video clip have to do with anything? What in the world do you think it proves? Or says? What planet are you on? Who do you think you’re addressing? Do you think we’re all idiots?

          • cettel

            Well, the clip shows why Dean lost. However, Dean went on to become DNC Chair. Do you think that Sanders ever might? But the entire unsupported allegation that the electronic voting machine scandals are broadly bipartisan is nonsense.

          • diogenes

            That’s hilarious. Plainly your intellect lives in television-land. And what difference did Dean make one way or another? Zilch. Or do you count as among the benefits he conferred upon America his help ushering in Clinton I, who gutted securities law and launched the huge upsurge in the American prison population, among his notable achievements? Progressives will never get anywhere by chasing delusions and repeating mistakes and believing the bullshit of TV and of the Democratic (and Republican) Parties. You are obviously old enough to have witnessed enough history to understand this. Why can’t you, or why won’t you — that’s the question.

          • biblioboy

            Dean lost because he was torpedoed by the Kerry campaign with some sneaky electioneering tactics. It had nothing to do with the above media nonsense.

          • diogenes

            Of course not, but some people are so drunk on media nonsense that they lose contact with reality.

          • larsjones521

            Presumably Sanders wouldn’t become DNC chair, as he is not a member of the Democratic party.

          • devenh74

            I believe you said: “People should not submit a reader-comment unless it’s based on facts they can and do document, because otherwise it merely lowers the quality of the dialogue and wastes readers’ time to plow through other people’s unsupported prejudices.”
            ———————————————
            The article above was written by: Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity, and of Feudalism, Fascism, Libertarianism and Economics…….
            and you are?

    • Jim Braman

      I agree …and so we chat here to brainstorm ideas. It may take another whole generation, and I’ll be dead and gone, but I’ll be damned (or at least feel ashamed) if I’m gonna sit around twiddling my thumbs. Local election involvement is our best beginning point. Ron Paul came close to upsetting the GOP from within ….they did so by out-caring, and out-working the hum-drum year in, year out GOP workers. The more informed people we have on the inside, the greater the ability to monitor elections, and blow the whistle.

      Those who are too lazy to work for anything more than the winner of the next cycle, are as much a part of the problem as those who just pull a lever every four years and call it, “having done my civic duty”. History always repeats itself. And we are due for the tide to turn toward the people ….any decade now 🙂

    • Randje K Randje

      Yup

  • jo6pac

    If he wins the nomination then I’ll vote for him if not I’ll be voting Green.
    I do agree nick q

    • GeorgeReston

      Yeah, vote green because 8 years of W wasn’t enough.

      • Jim Allyn

        Yet another person who buys into the “lesser of two evils” strategy, I see. “Lesser of two evils” voting has been a spectacular failure. When the corporations see what they got away with last time, they run somebody even more evil the next time. Our only hope for good government is to vote for good government. That means supporting candidates who will actually represent ALL the people, candidates like Bernie Sanders and the Green Party candidates.

        • Derek

          The problem is America, and Americans don’t really have more than 2 candidates. On paper they might but it’s either option 1 or option 2. With half the country usually divided between them.

          If a quarter of the people who would’ve vote option 1 decide to vote for option 3, then option 2 would win by default as their only competitor lost it’s votes.

          So unfortunately the lesser of two evils system is the best America can hope for, as if anything binds American together the most, it’s the inability to want to actually work with each other on changing their country.

          • Jim Braman

            Your logic is only applicable for whatever election is at hand.

            If you take into account the long term trend we are experiencing toward ignoring “the two” which the polls say are ‘electable’ (and polls are always subject to outside influenced) then we have a choice in the expansion of that trend.

            As each generation increasingly becomes savvy to non-corporate media via the internet, chances decrease for them to continue to play ‘the game’ of lesser of two evils. The counter trend of a growing poor class will also find the relatively rich-looking talking heads an afront to their status, and will place less trust in the corporate-run media.

          • ClubToTheHead

            A media savvy majority would not fall for the lies of the duopoly.

            So if we are all so much smarter, let’s make Bernie run as an independent so he can take a bite out of the Yellow Dog’s ass and not cave in to it after the primary.

          • Jim Allyn

            “It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see…”
            “You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?”
            “No,”
            said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent
            than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him,
            “nothing so simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its
            world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate
            the lizards and the lizards rule the people.”
            “Odd,” said Arthur, “I thought you said it was a democracy.”
            “I did,” said Ford. “It is.”
            “So,” said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, “why don’t people get rid of the lizards?”
            “It
            honestly doesn’t occur to them,” said Ford. “They’ve all got the vote,
            so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted in more
            or less approximates to the government they want.”
            “You mean they actually vote for the lizards?”
            “Oh yes,” said Ford with a shrug, “of course.”
            “But,” said Arthur, going for the big one again, “why?”
            “Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,” said Ford, “the wrong lizard might get in.”
            _______________________________________
            Just keep doing what you’ve been doing, and you’ll keep getting what you’ve been getting.

          • Victoria Gutshall

            And soon all we will have left is our towels!

          • ThatSkepticGuy

            Bernie will find a way to tax those, too.

          • Bev

            Bernie and the Green Party (all Parties) will have to protect the integrity of Primary Election Vote counting so they can then protect the integrity of the General Election Vote counting from the right-wing owned, operated electronic voting/scanning machines. We all must advocate for hand-counted paper ballots posted in precinct on election night.

            Encourage Whistleblowers to save Kids and Democracy as there appears to be a link to rigged elections by the same people who abuse children:
            http://www.opednews.com/articles/Still-Evil-after-All-These-by-Charles-M-Young-120910-472.html
            Still Evil after All These Years: The Franklin Scandal and Pedophilia in High Places
            By Charles M. Young Posted by Dave Lindorff
            …as King was climbing into the upper levels of the national Republican hierarchy, Omaha was boiling over with rumors that he was also running a pedophile ring, pandering children out to rich and powerful men in Omaha, even flying the children to Washington, Los Angeles and New York for orgiastic, abusive parties with even richer andmore powerful men.
            snip
            The FBI has had a reputation for dirty tricks and blackmail for its entire history. The revelations about COINTELPRO, the campaign of harassment against the left during the 60s, were shocking to anyone with a concern for freedom of speech. If it became known that the FBI covered up a pedophile ring of the rich and powerful, I think most Americans would react as they reacted to the Penn State scandal, and the FBI would be drastically reorganized. Minimally, a number of agents in the Omaha office in the late 80s and 90s are guilty of the worst sort of malfeasance.
            snip
            The Omaha World-Herald was the foremost local cheerleader for persecuting
            teenagers instead of investigating their claims. One of its own columnists, Peter Citron, had a long history of arrests for pedophilia and child porn and was implicated by two witnesses at Larry King’s sex parties. The long-time publisher of the World-Herald, Harold Anderson, was a big supporter of Larry King and had raised money for the Franklin. During the 18 years that King presided over the Franklin, the newspaper never noticed that King was living a hugely expensive lifestyle when he was supposedly making $17,000 a year in salary. The World-Herald Company is co-owner of Election Software and Systems, which counts half
            the election ballots in the United States.

            Americans have plenty of obvious reasons to hate the rich and powerful. Wars for oil, rampant pollution, the destruction of individual rights, the constant lying about everything. It’s all on the front page, and it’s like old furniture in the living room. It’s hard for most people to notice. Boutique evil of the Gerry Sandusky sort affects fewer victims, but is more easily understood once the initial denial breaks down. If
            the denial of the Franklin Credit Union scandal ever breaks down, the consequences will reverberate far higher than happened at Penn State. Except for all those who died in suspicious accidents and suicides, the witnesses are still out there. Some might even talk about it. They talked to Nick Bryant.

            http://franklinscandal.com/
            THE FRANKLIN SCANDAL: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse & Betrayal
            by Nick Bryant

            The FRANKLIN SCANDAL is the story of a nationwide pedophile ring that pandered children to a cabal of the rich and powerful. The ring’s pimps were a pair of political powerbrokers who had access to the highest levels of our government. Nebraska legislators attempted to expose the network in 1989 and 1990, but the legislators’ efforts were followed by a rash of mysterious deaths and the overpowering responses of federal and local law enforcement, including the FBI and Justice Department, which effected an immaculate cover-up of the trafficking network.The publisher is donating 50% of the book’s proceeds to organizations that assist abused children.

            Also in comments at:
            http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/26754-computerized-election-theft-and-the-new-american-century#
            Computerized Election Theft and the New American Century
            Monday, 13 October 2014 00:00 By Jonathan D. Simon, Truthout

            Stew Webb has another article that implicates criminal Jack Abramoff in blackmailing reporters, congressmen, even military by filming them abusing kids, either willingly or through intoxication (way beyond alcohol) so normally unwillingly. Abramoff was the lobbiest who successfully pushed (which?) politicians to adopt the HAVA Help America Vote Act (such subversive marketing) which put those fascists’ evoting machines everywhere. I would guess that those politicians who helped Abramoff perhaps are implicated by choice or were set up and filmed for
            blackmailing purposes. HAVA– who backed that act again? How can we help
            Congressmen, reporters and militarymen who themselves were abused by being made intoxicated (way beyond alcohol) in order to abuse kids versus those willingly abusive to kids? Perhaps, whistleblowing is required to tell the difference between the two groups. Start with who backed HAVA. And, start with “The World-Herald Company is co-owner of Election Software and Systems, which counts half the election ballots in the United States.”

            Also posted at:
            http://bradblog.com/?p=11048
            DNC Adopts Resolution Calling for ‘Right-to-Vote’ Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
            By Brad Friedman on 2/21/2015

            http://markcrispinmiller.com/2015/04/those-who-forget-how-jeb-helped-steal-the-white-house-for-his-brother-have-doomed-the-rest-of-us-to-living-under-him-as-president/
            Those who forget how Jeb helped steal the White House for his brother
            have doomed the rest of us to living under HIM as “president”

            http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/02/seahawks-coach-pete-carroll-question-911.html
            Why Would Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll Question 9/11?
            Posted on February 1, 2015 by Kevin Ryan
            …………
            Elections have consequences.
            CNN’s Judy Woodruff interviews CNN’s Military Affairs Correspondent Jamie McIntyre as he reports live from the Pentagon on 9/11

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07Bn_CC_mrg&feature=player_embedded
            ……..

            Bushs are CIA. Is Obama? Are the Clintons? We should know. Someone ask.

            http://www.globalresearch.ca/miami-jury-cia-involved-in-jfk-assassination/5379965
            Miami Jury: CIA Involved in JFK Assassination
            By The Spotlight Global Research, May 01, 2014
            Not a single major newspaper nor any national news broadcast has ever reported that on Feb. 6, 1985, a jury in Miami concluded that the CIA was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
            ……………

            http://freepress.org/departments/display/19/2012/4719
            Who owns Scytl? George Soros isn’t in the voting machines, but the intelligence community is
            by Gerry Bello

            In 2010, Scytl purchased a 100% interest in SOE software, an up and coming
            player in the American elections market with their Clarity Software Suite which is used in 525 jurisdictions in 19 states. SOE has a strategic partnership with ES & S, the major marketer of electronic voting systems in the US. ES & S was sued by the US DOJ in 2009 on anti-trust grounds after purchasing Diebold’s elections division,
            Premier Election Solutions. ES & S subsequently sold Premier to rival manufacturer Dominion. Bob Urosevich, founder of ES & S, was also President of Diebold. In 2006 Urosevich was listed as managing director of Scytl Americas, although his name has subsequently been removed from their website.
            ……………….

            http://www.thelandesreport.com/VotingSecurity.htm
            The Case For Open Voting
            by Lynn Landes

            There is no transparency to our current voting system. Congress has legalized election fraud by allowing, if not mandating, non-transparent voting systems that prohibit direct access to a paper ballot and meaningful public oversightMaking matters worse, our public voting system has been privatized and outsourced to a handful of domestic, foreign, and multi-national corporations, most of whom have
            close ties to the right wing of the Republican Party. Just two companies, ES&S and Diebold, started by two brothers, Bob and Todd Urosevich, electronically process (using touchscreen machines or optical scanners), 80% of all votes. Their employees are in a perfect position to rig elections nation-wide. And evidence is mounting that elections in America have been computer programmed to prefer conservative candidates of both political parties.
            ……………..

            http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/31511-why-hillary-can-t-win#

            Electronic Voting Fraud: A Real Threat to Any Democrat Running for President
            Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00
            By Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman, Truthout

            http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/26754-computerized-election-theft-and-the-new-american-century#
            Computerized Election Theft and the New American Century
            Monday, 13 October 2014 00:00 By Jonathan D. Simon, Truthout

            https://richardcharnin.wordpress.com/tag/probability-models/

            PROBABILITY MODELS
            Historical Overview and Analysis of Election Fraud
            Richard Charnin

            Historical Overview and Analysis of Election Fraud

            In the 1968-2012 Presidential elections, the Republicans won the average recorded vote by 48.7-45.8%. The 1968-2012 National True Vote Model (TVM) indicates the Democrats won the True Vote by 49.6-45.0% – a 7.5% margin discrepancy.

            In the 1988-2008 elections, the Democrats won the unadjusted state exit poll aggregate by 52-42% – but won the recorded vote by just 48-46%, an 8% margin discrepancy. View the state and national numbers: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjAk1JUWDMyRdFIzSTJtMTJZekNBWUdtbWp3bHlpWGc#gid=15

            The state exit poll margin of error was exceeded in 135 of 274 state presidential elections from 1988-2008. The probability of the occurrence is ZERO. Only 14 (5%) would be expected to exceed the MoE at the 95% confidence level. Of the 135 which exceeded the MoE, 131 red-shifted to the Republican. The probability P of that anomaly is ABSOLUTE ZERO (E-116). That is scientific notation for

            P= .000000000 000000000 000000000 000000000 000000000 000000000 000000000 000000000 000000000 000000000 000000000 0000001.

            I have written two books on election fraud which prove that the official recorded vote has deviated from the True Vote in every election since 1968 – always favoring the Republicans. Voting machine “glitches” are not due to machine failures; they are caused by malicious programming.

            The proof is in the 1988-2008 Unadjusted State Exit Polls Statistical Reference.
            Not one political scientist, pollster, statistician, mathematician or media pundit has ever rebutted the data or the calculation itself. They have chosen not to discuss the topic. And who can blame them? Job security is everything.

            Election forecasters, academics, political scientists and main stream media pundits never discuss or analyze the statistical evidence that proves election fraud is systemic – beyond a reasonable doubt. This site contains a compilation of presidential, congressional and senate election analyses based on pre-election polls, unadjusted exit polls and associated True Vote Models. Those who never discuss or analyze Election Fraud should focus on the factual statistical data and run the models. If anyone wants to refute the analytic evidence, they are encouraged to do so in a response. Election forecasters, academics and political scientists are welcome to peer review the content.

            A Facebook discussion: https://www.facebook.com/richard.charnin/posts/735042649871085

            US Count Votes did a comprehensive analysis of the 2004 exit poll discrepancies which disproved the exit pollster’s reluctant Bush responder hypothesis.

            The bedrock of the evidence derives from this undisputed fact: National and state actual exit poll results are always adjusted in order to force a match to the recorded vote – even if doing so requires an impossible turnout of prior election voters and implausible vote shares.

            All demographic categories are adjusted to conform to the recorded vote. To use these forced final exit polls as the basis for election research is unscientific and irresponsible. The research is based on the bogus premise that the recorded vote is sacrosanct and represents how people actually voted. Nothing can be further from the truth.

            It is often stated that exit polls were very accurate in elections prior to 2004 but have deviated sharply from the recorded vote since. That is a misconception. UNADJUSTED exit polls have ALWAYS been accurate; they closely matched the True Vote Model in the 1988-2008 presidential elections. The adjusted, published exit polls have always matched the fraudulent RECORDED vote because they have been forced to. That’s why they APPEAR to have been accurate.

            The Census Bureau indicates that since 1968 approximately 80 million more votes were cast than recorded. And these were just the uncounted votes. What about the votes switched on unverifiable voting machines and central tabulators? But vote miscounts are only part of the story. The True Vote analysis does not include the millions of potential voters who were illegally disenfranchised and never got to vote.

          • Bev

            We need our democracy back with hand counted paper ballots posted in precinct on election night. Else wise, Neocons and Neolibs forums to stay in control and profit from war hidden from electoral and congressional accountability:
            http://freepress.org/departments/display/19/2012/4719
            Who owns Scytl? George Soros isn’t in the voting machines, but the intelligence community is by Gerry Bello

            http://markcrispinmiller.com/2015/02/how-the-cia-made-google/
            How the CIA made Google
            by Nafeez Ahmed

            INSURGE INTELLIGENCE, a new crowd-funded investigative journalism project, breaks the exclusive story of how the United States intelligence community funded, nurtured and incubated Google as part of a drive to dominate the world
            through control of information. Seed-funded by the NSA and CIA, Google was merely the first among a plethora of private sector start-ups co-opted by US intelligence to retain ‘information superiority.’

            The origins of this ingenious strategy trace back to a secret Pentagon-sponsored group, that for the last two decades has functioned as a bridge between the US government and elites across the business, industry, finance, corporate, and media sectors. The group has allowed some of the most powerful special interests in corporate America to systematically circumvent democratic accountability and the rule of law to influence government policies, as well as public opinion in the US
            and around the world. The results have been catastrophic: NSA mass surveillance, a permanent state of global war, and a new initiative to transform the US military into Skynet.
            link for Part 1: https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/how-the-cia-made-google-e836451a959e
            Part 2: https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/why-google-made-the-nsa-2a80584c9c1

            Why Google made the NSA
            Inside the secret network behind mass surveillance, endless war, and Skynet—
            part 2

            Mass surveillance is about control. It’s promulgators may well claim, and even believe, that it is about control for the greater good, a control that is needed to keep a cap on disorder, to be fully vigilant to the next threat. But in a context of rampant political corruption, widening economic inequalities, and escalating resource stress due to climate change and energy volatility, mass surveillance can become a tool of power to merely perpetuate itself, at the public’s expense.

            A major function of mass surveillance that is often overlooked is that of knowing the adversary to such an extent that they can be manipulated into defeat. The problem is that the adversary is not just terrorists. It’s you and me. To this day, the role of information warfare as propaganda has been in full swing, though systematically ignored by much of the media.

            Here, INSURGE INTELLIGENCE exposes how the Pentagon Highlands Forum’s co-optation of tech giants like Google to pursue mass surveillance, has played a key role in secret efforts to manipulate the media as part of an information war against the American government, the American people, and the rest of the world:
            to justify endless war, and ceaseless military expansionism.
            snip

            In other words, how can the Pentagon find a way to exploit the information revolution to “control global policy debates,” particularly on “national economic policies”?
            snip

            Why is the Pentagon funding research investigating how to exploit people’s “sacred values” to extinguish their capacity for logical reasoning, and enhance their emotional openness to “morally-questionable behavior”?
            snip

            Under Obama, the nexus of corporate, industry, and financial power represented by the interests that participate in the Pentagon Highlands Forum has consolidated itself to an unprecedented degree.

            Coincidentally, the very day Obama announced Hagel’s resignation, the DoD issued a media release highlighting how Robert O. Work, Hagel’s deputy defense secretary appointed by Obama in 2013, planned to take forward the Defense
            Innovation Initiative that Hagel had just announced a week earlier. The new initiative was focused on ensuring that the Pentagon would undergo a
            long-term transformation to keep up with leading edge disruptive technologies across information operations.

            Whatever the real reasons for Hagel’s ejection, this was a symbolic and tangible
            victory for Marshall and the Highlands Forum vision. Highlands Forum co-chair Andrew Marshall, head of the ONA, may indeed be retiring. But the post-Hagel Pentagon is now staffed with his followers.
            snip

            Hagel’s departure paved the way for Pentagon officials linked to the Highlands Forum to consolidate government influence. These officials are embedded in a longstanding shadow network of political, industry, media and corporate officials
            that sit invisibly behind the seat of government, yet literally write its foreign and domestic national security policies whether the administration is Democrat of Republican, by contributing ‘ideas’ and forging government-industry relationships.

            It is this sort of closed-door networking that has rendered the American vote pointless. Far from protecting the public interest or helping to combat terrorism, the comprehensive monitoring of electronic communications has been systematically abused to empower vested interests in the energy, defense, and IT industries.
            snip

            According to the Securities and Exchange Commission, from 2008 to 2013, the five largest US defense contractors lost 14 percent of their employees, as the winding down of US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan led to lack of business and squeezed revenues. The continuation of the ‘Long War’ triggered by ISIS has, for
            now, reversed their fortunes. Companies profiting from the new war include many connected to the Highlands Forum, such as Leidos, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, and Boeing. War is, indeed, a racket.

            No more shadows

            Yet in the long-run, the information imperialists have already failed. This investigation is based entirely on open source techniques, made viable largely in the context of the same information revolution that enabled Google. The investigation has been funded entirely by members of the public, through crowd-funding. And the investigation has been published and distributed outside the circuits of traditional media, precisely to make the point that in this new digital age, centralized top-down concentrations of power cannot overcome the power of people, their love of truth and justice, and their desire to share.

            What are the lessons of this irony? Simple, really: The information revolution is inherently decentralized, and decentralizing. It cannot be controlled and co-opted by Big Brother. Efforts to do so will in the end invariably fail, in a way that is ultimately self-defeating.

            The latest mad-cap Pentagon initiative to dominate the world through control of information and information technologies, is not a sign of the all-powerful nature of the shadow network, but rather a symptom of its deluded desperation as it attempts to ward off the acceleration of its hegemonic decline.

            But the decline is well on its way. And this story, like so many before it, is one small sign that the opportunities to mobilize the information revolution for the benefit of all, despite the efforts of power to hide in the shadows, are stronger than ever.
            ………

            Get rid of those e-voting, e-scanning, e-tabulating machines owned by the abusive right.

            http://freepress.org/departments/display/19/2012/4719
            Who owns Scytl? George Soros isn’t in the voting machines, but the intelligence community is by Gerry Bello
            ………..

            We need our democracy. Some remedies:

            http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8889 By Brad Friedman

            Recommended #OWS Demand: Let ALL Citizens 18 and Older Vote, On Paper Ballots, Count Them in Public

            I offer the following simple “demand” for consideration by OWS, as this one likely underscores almost every other. Or, at least, without it, all other demands may ultimately be rendered moot. Every U.S. citizen 18 years of age or older who wishes to vote, gets to vote. Period. Those votes, on hand-marked paper ballots, will be counted publicly, by hand, on Election Night, at the precinct, in front of all observers and video cameras.
            …………

            http://www.thelandesreport.com/VotingSecurity.htm
            The Case For Open Voting
            Democracy demands transparency, not trust
            Lynn Landes
            There is no transparency to our current voting system. Congress has legalized
            election fraud by allowing, if not mandating, non-transparent voting systems that prohibit direct access to a paper ballot and meaningful public oversight:

            Editor: This is a good website for research, but for activism, go to: http://www.counttheballots.org
            ……………

            If we cannot get rid of abusive machines:
            Gene Sharp’s online book: From Dictatorship to Democracy see the index for
            over 200 nonviolent actions to construct positive change.
            http://www.aeinstein.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/FDTD.pdf
            …………..

          • SICKOFTHELAPDOGMEDIA

            Take you meds

          • windows r so hard

            Right wing owned voting machines? Are you high?

          • Bev

            Reread above: You need to save kids and democracy with hand counted paper ballots posted in precinct on primary and the general election night:
            http://www.opednews.com/articles/Still-Evil-after-All-These-by-Charles-M-Young-120910-472.html

            Still Evil after All These Years: The Franklin Scandal and Pedophilia in High Places
            By Charles M. Young Posted by Dave Lindorff
            The World-Herald Company is co-owner of Election Software and Systems, which counts half the election ballots in the United States.
            ……..
            You need a truthful election statistician: Richard Charnin
            https://richardcharnin.wordpress.com/tag/probability-models/
            Historical Overview and Analysis of Election Fraud

            In the 1968-2012 Presidential elections, the Republicans won the average recorded vote by 48.7-45.8%. The 1968-2012 National True Vote Model (TVM) indicates the Democrats won the True Vote by 49.6-45.0% – a 7.5% margin discrepancy.

            In the 1988-2008 elections, the Democrats won the unadjusted state exit poll aggregate by 52-42% – but won the recorded vote by just 48-46%, an 8% margin discrepancy.
            …………..
            “And evidence is mounting that elections in America have been computer programmed to prefer conservative candidates of both political parties.” That is why all parties should demand hand counted paper ballots posted in precinct on election night. Democrats and Republicans who fought nazis in WWII, don’t want to allow child abusing nazis to elect themselves now.

            http://www.thelandesreport.com/VotingSecurity.htm
            The Case For Open Voting
            by Lynn Landes

            There is no transparency to our current voting system. Congress has legalized election fraud by allowing, if not mandating, non-transparent voting systems that prohibit direct access to a paper ballot and meaningful public oversightMaking matters worse, our public voting system has been privatized and outsourced to a handful of domestic, foreign, and multi-national corporations, most of whom have
            close ties to the right wing of the Republican Party. Just two companies, ES&S and Diebold, started by two brothers, Bob and Todd Urosevich, electronically process (using touchscreen machines or optical scanners), 80% of all votes. Their employees are in a perfect position to rig elections nation-wide. And evidence is mounting that elections in America have been computer programmed to prefer conservative candidates of both political parties.

          • Bev

            Again, you and all of us need to save kids and democracy.
            http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/10/whistleblower-powerful-congressman-hasterts-corruption-goes-far-beyond-sex-with-a-student.html

            Sibel Edmonds: Whistleblower: Powerful Congressman Hastert’s Corruption Goes FAR Beyond Sex With a Student

            Posted on October 22, 2015 by WashingtonsBlog

            The REAL Hastert Scandalhttp://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2015/10/19/the-peoples-campaign-the-real-hastert-case-all-in-one-place/
            The People’s Campaign: The Real Hastert Case- All in One Place
            Let’s Counter the Complicit US Media with Our Own!

            …I’m panning a bold and fairly preposterous project to counter the
            outrageously preposterous establishment media. I’m working around the
            clock on a new unique media platform- a big one; big in terms of
            resources, reach, capabilities … It’s a massive media project funded by
            the people, big and strong enough to challenge & counter the big
            MSM….

          • Bev

            It looks like Sibel Edmonds kickstarter campaign did not meet its goal. What next?

            Sibel and all others, I too, need to write or call The Boston Globe. Since The Boston Globe has journalists brave enough to have tackled the abuse of children by priests in the Catholic Church, they may be just the brave mainstream journalists who again would save kids, and this time democracy itself by revealing links to those abusive evidence-free or evidence-hidden e-voting/e-scanning machines owned by abusers to keep themselves in power. Perhaps, there will be a future story and then a future movie like “Spotlight” showing Sibel’s reports to inform the government and others about the dangers of a compromised former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.

            Submitting a news tip
            BostonGlobe.com/The Boston Globe If you would like to provide information on a story to The Boston Globe or BostonGlobe.com, please write to: newstip@globe.com or call 617-929-7400.

            https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/movies/2015/10/28/the-real-people-behind-spotlight-characters/SktMepoMe7ZB2c0cIF90HI/story.html

            The real people behind the ‘Spotlight’ characters
            The “Spotlight” cast with the reporters they play in the movie.

            By Heather Ciras Globe Staff

            In 2003, the members of The Boston Globe Spotlight Team won a Pulitzer Prize for a series of reports that uncovered the systemic cover-up of child abuse by the Catholic Church in Boston. 
The story of how they conducted their investigation is told in the movie “Spotlight,” which opens in Boston on November 6.

            Below, learn about the real-life Boston Globe reporters featured in the film, and the actors and actresses who portray them. 

            ………….

            I am so sorry that the goal has not been met yet. So many Americans are completely money strapped now, that most do not have $400. of extra cash in case of an emergency.

            But, in order to have better times and save the middle class and uplift a desperate working class and poor, we must have better leadership. In order to have better leadership we must prove our democracy during these caucuses/primaries and during the general election with hard evidence of hand counted paper ballots posted in precinct on election night vs handing power over to abusers of kids and democracy, who own the evidence free e-voting/e-scanning machines. There is already a very big difference between those states and precincts which have Caucuses with open evidence of head/hand counts or paper ballots hand counted vs those in Primaries using the abusive evidence-free voting machines:

            Delegates

            Sanders Average Vote Shares: 66% in 12 Caucuses (with Evidence); 41% in 20 Primaries (Evidence Hidden or Removed)

            ………

            Example of trying to game even the open Caucus system, an amazing story:

            http://usuncut.com/politics/bernie-wins-nevada-democratic-caucus/

            Bernie has apparently turned his loss in the Nevada caucus into a win. 
Bernie Sanders Wins the Nevada Caucus After All
            ……

            http://thiscantbehappening.net/node/1315
            via: http://www.opednews.com/articles/Still-Evil-after-All-These-by-Charles-M-Young-120910-472

            Still Evil after All These Years: The Franklin Scandal and Pedophilia in High Places
 
By Charles M. Young 
Posted by Dave Lindorff

            The Omaha World-Herald was the foremost local cheerleader for persecuting 
teenagers instead of investigating their claims. One of its own columnists, Peter Citron, had a long history of arrests for pedophilia and child porn and was implicated by two witnesses at Larry King’s sex parties. The long-time publisher of the World-Herald, Harold Anderson, was a big supporter of Larry King and had raised money for the Franklin. During the 18 years that King presided over the Franklin, the newspaper never noticed that King was living a hugely expensive lifestyle when he was supposedly making $17,000 a year in salary. The World-Herald Company is co-owner of Election Software and Systems (also known as ES & S and associated with Diebold and more), which counts half the election ballots in the United States. 

            ………….

            http://franklinscandal.com/

            THE FRANKLIN SCANDAL: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse & Betrayal 

by Nick Bryant

            The FRANKLIN SCANDAL is the story of a nationwide pedophile ring that
 pandered children to a cabal of the rich and powerful. The ring’s pimps were a pair of political powerbrokers who had access to the highest levels of our government. Nebraska legislators attempted to expose the network in 1989 and 1990, but the legislators’ efforts were followed by a rash of mysterious deaths and the overpowering responses of federal and local law enforcement, including the FBI and Justice Department, which effected an immaculate cover-up of the trafficking network.

            
………..

            Additional Publications on Child Trafficking
 
Nick Bryant has contributed a chapter to Global Perspectives on Dissociative Disorders.

            http://www.amazon.com/dp/0415718074/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2G0CNLTF2UPCV&coliid=I16Q06VKURHN7W

            Global Perspectives on Dissociative Disorders: Individual and Societal Oppression
 
by Vedat Sar (Editor), Warwick Middleton (Editor), Martin Dorahy (Editor)

            Dissociative disorders are one of the psychiatric consequences of childhood psychological trauma. While oppression is an aspect of traumatic conditions, 
dissociation undermines resistance to oppression throughout a person’s lifespan. Neither oppression nor dissociation are restricted to particular cultures, and both can affect the individual as well as societies.
 

            snip

            Further subjects examined include the utilization of dissociation in postmodern societies to maintain oppression, the oppressive conditions of asylum seekers and the consequences of oppression as they are dealt with in psychotherapy. The final chapter considers how a paedophile pandering network employed multi-layered oppression to prevent the public becoming aware of the widespread and organised abuse of children.
            
………..

            http://www.thelandesreport.com/VotingSecurity.htm

            The Case For Open Voting 
by Lynn Landes

            There is no transparency to our current voting system. Congress has legalized election fraud by allowing, if not mandating, non-transparent voting systems that prohibit direct access to a paper ballot and meaningful public oversightMaking matters worse, our public voting system has been privatized and outsourced to a handful of domestic, foreign, and multi-national corporations, most of whom have close ties to the right wing of the Republican Party. Just two companies, ES&S and Diebold, started by two brothers, Bob and Todd Urosevich, electronically process (using touchscreen machines or optical scanners), 80% of all votes. Their employees are in a perfect position to rig elections nation-wide. And evidence is mounting that elections in America have been computer programmed to prefer conservative candidates of both political parties. 

            ……………..

            http://freepress.org/departments/display/19/2012/4719

            Who owns Scytl? George Soros isn’t in the voting machines, but the intelligence community is 
by Gerry Bello

            In 2010, Scytl purchased a 100% interest in SOE software, an up and coming player in the American elections market with their Clarity Software Suite which is used in 525 jurisdictions in 19 states. SOE has a strategic partnership with ES & S, the major marketer of electronic voting systems in the US. ES & S was sued by the US DOJ in 2009 on anti-trust grounds after purchasing Diebold’s elections division, Premier Election Solutions. ES & S subsequently sold Premier to rival manufacturer Dominion. Bob Urosevich, founder of ES & S, was also President of Diebold. In 2006 Urosevich was listed as managing director of Scytl Americas, although his name has subsequently been removed from their website.
            
……….

            They seem to be selecting Hillary. And, Trump as a foil to Hillary.

            People need to get rid of those machines that HAVA, the subversively named Help America Vote Act, successfully lobbied for by convicted criminal Jack Abramoff who used blackmail against media, politicians and military personnel to gain control of our media, military, and democracy for their benefit.

            http://www.stewwebb.com/2014/02/03/aipac-and-abramoff-operated-child-sex-blackmail-ring/

            AIPAC and Abramoff Operated Child Sex Blackmail Ring

            U.S. senators and congressmen are covering up the Dusty Foggo government lobbyist and military prostitution and pedophilia ring in Washington involving legislators, news reporters, military officers and high government officials. Alberto Gonzales and President Bush fired San Diego U.S. Attorney Carol Lam because she was probing the Dusty Foggo / Jack Abramoff D.C. sex ring.

            Is child sex and prostitution in exchange for defense contracts and votes for war too explosive for the American people to hear?

          • Bev

            Update: Please DONATE IF YOU CAN to a second new fundraising effort (her first effort fell short, see below) for Sibel Edmonds NEWSBUD to report on the most egregious politicians’ crimes against kids and crimes against the state, such as convicted criminal former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. How does someone as criminal as Hastert ever rise to be the third most powerful leader in the U.S.? Who owns those those voting machines?

            

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/141490519/support-a-100-people-funded-online-news-outlet-pha
            Support a 100% People-Funded Online News Outlet, Phase 1
            This project will only be funded if at least $150,000 is pledged by Wed, Jun 22 2016 1:03 AM CDT.

            ……..

            Get Rid of Those Voting Machines Now, because look what Bev Harris found:
            http://blackboxvoting.org/fraction-magic-1/
            Fraction Magic – Part 1: Votes are being counted as fractions instead of as whole numbers

            
By Bev Harris May 12, 2016

            1 – Summary – 
This report summarizes the results of our review of the GEMS election management system, which counts approximately 25 percent of all votes in the United States. The results of this study demonstrate that a fractional vote feature is embedded in each GEMS application which can be used to invisibly, yet radically, alter election outcomes by pre-setting desired vote percentages to redistribute votes. This tampering is not visible to election observers, even if they are standing in the room and watching the computer. Use of the decimalized vote feature is unlikely to be detected by auditing or canvass procedures, and can be applied across large jurisdictions in less than 60 seconds.

            GEMS vote-counting systems are and have been operated under five trade names: Global Election Systems, Diebold Election Systems, Premier Election Systems, Dominion Voting Systems, and Election Systems & Software, in addition to a number of private regional subcontractors. At the time of this writing, this system is used statewide in Alaska, Connecticut, Georgia, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Utah and Vermont, and for counties in Arizona, (upcoming) California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. It is also used in Canada.
            ……………

            http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/welcome_to_1984_20160514
            Chris Hedges 
Welcome to 1984

            Much of the left, Nader argues, especially with the Democratic Party’s blatant rigging of the primaries to deny Bernie Sanders the nomination, grasps that change will come only by building mass movements. This gives the left, at least until these protofascist forces also give up on the political process, a window of opportunity. If we do not seize it, he warns, we may be doomed.
            …………….

            http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2016/05/where-did-the-bernie-sanders-movement-come-from-the-internet.html
            Where Did the Bernie Sanders Movement Come From? The Internet.

            Posted on May 25, 2016 by Yves Smith
            By Peter Beattie, ex-lawyer and current PhD candidate in political psychology, forthcoming book “Crooked Timber and the Broken Branch: Why Democracy Is Not Working”

            A year ago, almost no one predicted that Bernie Sanders’ campaign would ever pose a serious challenge to Hillary Clinton’s nomination. Even fewer thought that a balding, white-haired, disheveled democratic socialist septuagenarian with a Brooklyn accent would become the clear favorite of young voters – particularly young female voters. Sanders seemed to come out of left field, and his gradual rise to virtual parity with Clinton in national polls has perplexed pundits – causing many to grasp at straws, while others ended up with their foot in their mouth. Hindsight being 20/20, today it may seem as though Sanders’ formerly-unexpected popularity should have been more widely expected – but how? How did Sanders go from a marginal, small-state senator on the sparsely-populated Left of the US political spectrum – with a widely-agreed-to-be negligible chance of challenging Clinton – to coming uncomfortably close to upsetting her?

            One hypothesis that can be disregarded is that the legacy media did the work of getting his message out. Last year, Sanders was effectively absent from television news, America’s go-to source for political information. This year has been marginally better, but he still received less than half of Clinton’s coverage. (Trevor Noah suggested that to get more TV coverage Sanders should try dressing as Trump’s podium.) Nor did he get much help from newspapers (or Politifact). And the commercial theory of media bias – that the media slavishly focuses attention only on what its audience is interested in – doesn’t seem to fit the data.

            On the internet, however, Sanders has received roughly equal coverage since late 2015, with a slightly more positive tone overall than Clinton. But that’s including news websites; on social media, Bernie is “breaking the internet”. He dominates on reddit, facebook, twitter, and instagram (though Cosmo, while agreeing on objective metrics, points out that Clinton wins on instagram aesthetics, like posting cute animal photos). No wonder Clinton recently introduced to her social media strategy some tried and tested policies from countries around the world, by hiring some help.
            …..

            http://www.opednews.com/articles/Three-Letters-to-Preet-Bha-by-Stephen-Fox-21st-Century-Tammany-Hall-New-York_Brooklyn-And-Bronx-Disenfranchisement_Election-Rigging_Preet-Bharara-160605-173.html

            OpEdNews Op Eds 6/5/2016 at 11:23:56
            Three Letters to Preet Bharara asking for Federal Court to Decertify NY’s Primary and Order a New One
            By Stephen Fox

            Three excellent examples of letters to Mr. Bharara, the first from a lady whose has profound insights into larger questions of Foreign Policy, particularly regarding Israel, as well as having great energy to contact editorial page editors to publish this letter, which takes only a few seconds. If the press continues to pretend to not comprehend or to not evaluate what we are asking for as “newsworthy,” the readers of the editorial pages in NY will have no problems comprehending this loud and clear, when letters like this are published widely across NY. Editors don’t publish “open letters,” however, so your submissions should quote your own letter in part, then drive the larger central points home. All of the newspapers in the US are listed by state at USNPL.com, and the contacts are quickly and easily made. We will publish more as they come to me by email: stephen@santafefineart.com

            The Honorable Preet Bharara
            US Attorney’s Office
            1 St. Andrews Plaza New York, NY 10007

            Dear Mr. Bharara:

            Many of us are incensed at blatant “irregularities” in the NY State presidential primary, that news media euphemism for outright fraud and theft of votes. The disenfranchisement of some 200,000+ voters is not a trivial offense. It means that someone or some group has stolen a pivotal election, and it must not stand if we are to retain faith in our Democratic system.

            Please go to Federal Court for an order to redo the entire NY Primary based on civil rights violations. Please ask that they decertify prior results as bogus. Such a request should be entirely sought as appropriate relief, based on Federal Civil Rights and Election law violations.

            The criminality and related indictments can be determined later. You could first ask for a de-certification ruling from the Federal Court. After all, 200,000+, and perhaps as many as 350,000 were denied their right to vote.

            We look forward to your response on this, especially given your long line of Wall Street convictions, plus that of Sheldon Silver and the Speaker of the Assembly.

            We can try to discern what part different parties played in this action later, along with the appropriate assessments of criminality and the subsequent indictments.

            The important thing is to redo that election and bring justice to the democratic process. Thank you for your much needed help in resolving this travesty of justice.

            Marcia Slatkin
            Rhinebeck, New York

            >>>>

            June 4, 2016

            The Honorable Preet Bharara
            United States Attorney’s Office
            1 St. Andrew’s Plaza
            New York City, NY 10007

            Dear Mr. Bharara:
            I am writing to ask you to file a request in Federal Court for an order to redo the New York primary, based strictly on the civil rights violations. These 200,000+ disenfranchisements are very strong grounds for granting this relief, starting with a federal order for the decertification of the prior results as bogus.

            I am a mathematical analyst with experience dating to the time of the proposal to certify electronic voting machines for use in US elections. I strongly suspect there has been rigging of the primary vote count in New York this year. For the integrity of US elections I ask that you take this unprecedented action. If elections are not honest and secure we do not have a democracy.

            Sincerely yours,

            Jerry J. Lobdill
            Fort Worth, Texas

            >>>>

            4 June 2016

            The Honorable Preet Bharara
            United States Attorney’s Office
            1 St. Andrew’s Plaza
            New York City, NY 10007

            Re: New York Primary Debacle

            Dear Hon. Bharara:

            The purpose of this letter is to request that you spearhead the ongoing efforts for a new New York Primary.

            There are many undisputed facts, as well as shady probabilities that as part of this equation, do in fact point to a contaminated electoral process.

            126,000 Voters Dropped from Voting Rolls
            Shortly before the election, 126,000 Democrats in Brooklyn alone were purged from the rolls. This is so significant that Mayor de Blasio (who is himself a Hillary Clinton supporter) demanded an explanation. Voters were removed for a number of reasons, often because they were “inactive

            Voter Registrations Changed on a Massive Scale
            Party affiliations were changed, and while many people can give their
            experience, no one was curious enough about it to look into some kind of software hack. It’s ridiculous that there is so much burden placed on voters. Voters should not be expected to travel to a court, speak to a judge, and receive a court order to vote.

            Voters refused ballots
            This is just an unknown amount, but added together with what we do know,
            it further complicates any claim that this was a fair primary.

            No Working Machines; This speaks for itself.
            The fact that New York had the 2nd lowest turnout up to the time of the
            NY Primary. This is unacceptable, when so many people showed up to vote.

            Voters Listed in Wrong Location; “provisional affidavits?”
            Come on! I think we all know into which pile those ended up.

            Three million voters left out of the process because they weren’t properly affiliated with the party.
            Only the highly savvy political animals would have known to change their affiliation 6 months prior to the Primary here. That is not a kind of rule that invites voters and it is deemed by many to equate to voter suppression.

            Kind regards

            Shannon Bertuch
            Amsterdam, NY

            >>>>

            For background, and for the very best and first letter in this context to Mr. Bharara, read Alison Landes’ letter to him that started off this shift from Mr. Schneiderman in Albany to Mr. Bharara.

            US Attorney for Southern New York Preet Bharara Requested to Lead Drive for Redo of NY Primary

            click here : http://www.opednews.com/articles/US-Attorney-for-Southern-N-by-Alison-Landes-Bernie-Sanders-2016-Presidential-Candidate_Brooklyn-And-Bronx-Disenfranchisement_Democratic-National-Committee_Election-Rigging-160528-672.html

            How does this all fit into the effort to win the nomination for Bernie Sanders? My interview with OpEdNews Senior Editor, Joan Brunwasser, lays it all out as clearly as possible, particularly the struggle to illuminate the blind spots in the mainstream media, which are not only real, but much much blinder than most people even begin to realize.

            Stephen Fox’s “Bernie Sanders: Advice and Strategies to Help Him Win!”

            click here: http://www.opednews.com/articles/Stephen-Fox-s-Bernie-Sand-by-Joan-Brunwasser-Bernie-Sanders-2016-Presidential-Candidate_Bernie-Sanders-Supporter_Brooklyn-And-Bronx-Disenfranchisement_California-160603-958.html

            To just begin to understand vote “flipping”? Watch the 80 minute YouTube video, UNCOUNTED: The New Math of American Elections

          • Bev

            Get ready to SUPPORT and PROTECT Bernie Sanders. Supporters need to record the votes at the end of the day to compare with what is officially reported later. Then…. Always demand real evidence of open hand counts or hand counted paper ballots posted in precinct on caucus, primary and general election night.

            http://bradblog.com/?p=11498
            Another Presidential Election Year Featuring Unverified and/or Unverifiable E-Voting
            GUEST: Election integrity watchdog Bev Harris of BlackBoxVoting.org
            (Bev) Harris tells me (Brad Friedman), describing some of the ways election integrity advocates can try to force the issue a bit. Among her suggestions: “You can go [to the polling place at closing time] and snap a picture of what those [computer tabulated] results are with your cell phone and compare it with, at least, what they report” later on.

            In comments: Microsoft (rather their open back doors to NSA, CIA) wants a dominating say in Iowa with the approval of both the Democratic and Republican parties?
            http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/iowa-caucuses-go-high-tech/
            Iowa caucuses go high-tech
            Newsweek

            But now both parties will use a Microsoft smartphone or tablet app to report the results from each precinct caucus back to the state party on election night. In addition, the Democrats will host a tele-caucus for Iowa residents who are out of the country, allowing them to vote via a conference call system.
            snip

            In the past, both parties in Iowa have reported individual precinct results via phone, with an automated dial-in system to punch in the vote counts. The Microsoft platform is replacing that process with separate apps for Republicans and Democrats to input their results digitally and another app for each party’s headquarters to receive those figures and validate the results. The parties can also program their apps to catch potential anomalies or reporting errors. Once the precinct figures are approved by the state party, they’ll be posted online in real time for the public to follow. Kaufman says the state GOP has already held more than 200 training sessions with precinct chairs to go over the new system.

            Microsoft isn’t charging the parties of the state for the technology. “We’re providing this to the parties because we think it’s an important process the U.S. election process and our democracy,” Stan Freck, the company’s senior director of Campaign Technology Services, told reporters. (my note: How controlling of you, and anti-democracy)
            ……………

            Get ready to SUPPORT and PROTECT Bernie Sanders. Bushs are CIA, perhaps Obama and the Clintons are too, since they do not object to relinquishing control of the vote count again, nor do they disclose last documentation on JFK (now the Bush’s Carlyle group owns the JFK Library http://whowhatwhy.org/2014/06/29/carlyle-groups-latest-acquisition-the-jfk-library/ ). And, the CIA is not better than a Democracy. They should not be deciding our future. Perhaps they think it is kinder, gentler to select presidents rather than eliminate our best leaders:

            http://www.globalresearch.ca/miami-jury-cia-involved-in-jfk-assassination/5379965

            Miami Jury: CIA Involved in JFK Assassination

            Not a single major newspaper nor any national news broadcast has ever reported that on Feb. 6, 1985, a jury in Miami concluded that the CIA was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

            This is remarkable, if only because the verdict came in a court case featuring two international celebrities: Water gate burglar E. Howard Hunt — perhaps the most infamous CIA operative in history — and his courtroom nemesis — attorney Mark Lane. Lane’s ground-breaking best-seller, Rush to Judgment, had convinced millions of readers there had been a conspiracy in the JFK assassination, the Warren Commission’s claims notwithstanding.

            Scattered news reports did mention Hunt had lost a libel case against The SPOTLIGHT. However, no media reported what the jury forewoman had told the press:

            Mr. Lane was asking us to do something very difficult. He was asking us to believe John Kennedy had been killed by our own government. Yet when we examined the evidence closely, we were compelled to conclude that the CIA had indeed killed President Kennedy.

            Until 1992, when Lane recounted the trial in Plausible Denial and put forth additional compelling evidence of CIA complicity in the crime, the only substantive news reports about the trial appeared in The SPOTLIGHT. In issue No. 7 for 1985 (Feb. 18), The SPOTLIGHT announced its victory, detailing the remarkable events that led to the trial.
            ………

            http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2016/01/martin-king-assassinated-us-govt-king-family-civil-trial-verdict-demands-arrests-todays-ongoing-complicit-criminal-liars.html
            Martin King assassinated by US Govt: King Family civil trial verdict demands arrests of today’s ongoing complicit criminal liars
            Posted on January 11, 2016 by Carl Herman

            Coretta Scott King: “We have done what we can to reveal the truth, and we now urge you as members of the media, and we call upon elected officials, and other persons of influence to do what they can to share the revelation of this case to the widest possible audience.” – King Family Press Conference, Dec. 9, 1999.
            …………

            http://freepress.org/departments/display/19/2012/4719

            Who owns Scytl? George Soros isn’t in the voting machines, but the intelligence community is
            by Gerry Bello

            In 2010, Scytl purchased a 100% interest in SOE software, an up and coming player in the American elections market with their Clarity Software Suite which is used in 525 jurisdictions in 19 states. SOE has a strategic partnership with ES & S, the major marketer of electronic voting systems in the US. ES & S was sued by the US DOJ in 2009 on anti-trust grounds after purchasing Diebold’s elections division,
            Premier Election Solutions. ES & S subsequently sold Premier to rival manufacturer Dominion. Bob Urosevich, founder of ES & S, was also President of Diebold. In 2006 Urosevich was listed as managing director of Scytl Americas, although his name has subsequently been removed from their website.
            …………….

            We have to save kids and democracy and our future as a species.

            The Franklin Cover Up is only the tip of the Iceberg with links to legal documentation:

            http://www.scribd.com/doc/252424441/Finders-USCustoms-Report

            Finders US Customs Report
            CIA Kidnapping of Children, Exclusive Document
            George H.W. Bush Child Sex Rings
            No Blackouts
            Stew Webb Federal Whistleblower-Activist
            http://www.stewwebb.com
            …………..

            Good luck to us all.

          • Bev

            INDEPENDENTS FOR BERNIE NEED TO REGISTER AS DEMOCRATS:
            http://markcrispinmiller.com/2016/01/independent-bernie-voters-need-to-change-their-registration-if-they-want-to-vote-in-pa-primary-and-others/

            INDEPENDENT Bernie voters need to change their registration, if they want to vote in PA primary (and others)
            From LYNN LANDES: site: http://www.thelandesreport.com/VotingSecurity.htm

            Bernie should be alerting his independent voters to change their registration to Democrat if they want to vote for him in the Pennsylvania presidential primary, as well as in other states. The independent voter is a huge group. Nationwide, 43% of all voters consider themselves to be independent according to Gallup – http://www.gallup.com/poll/180440/new-record-political-independents.aspx.
            Not sure what official registration figures report. Many independents may not understand the limitations of their registration status (depending on their state) and how that affects their right to vote for the candidate of their choice in the primary.

            In Pennsylvania, voters must be registered Democratic in order to vote in the Democratic primary.

            IN PENNSYLVANIA – Deadline Alert: 03/28/2016 is the last day to register before the 04/26/2016 Democratic Primary Election.

            In order to change or select a party, you must submit a new application – https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/Pages/VoterRegistrationApplication.aspx.

            You can verify your “voter status” to make sure that you identify yourself EXACTLY like you did on any previous application
            –https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/Pages/voterregistrationstatus.aspx.
            For instance, I looked up my status because I didn’t remember if I used my middle initial or not. Turns out that I did. There are also deadlines for applying for and submitting an absentee ballot: http://www.philadelphiavotes.com/en/voters/absentee-and-alternative-ballots

          • eagle keeper

            Bernie is the man Winston Churchill had in mind when he was describing socialism. He said that socialism is like Bernie standing in a bucket. While standing in the bucket Bernie has hold of the handle. Then he tries to pull himself up using the handle. How far is bernie going to get?? And this is the type of economic policy that is somehow pull us out of the ever deepening pit we are already in? Stupid is as stupid does.

          • Bev

            Socialism for the wealthy is working so well, they do not complain, rather instead, they will fight tooth and nail to keep it. This will be a tough fight to take socialism away from the already wealthy and give to those who truly need it…everyone else.

            So timely and backs up much of what Bernie Sanders and we fight for, Michael Moore’s new documentary, Where to Invade Next, is here and has him invading many countries to see how their humane policies/democratic socialism is directed to help their people in education, health, jobs, family, law, in hopes to show what we have lost in our nation to the top, and to show that we must get it back.
            Where to Invade Next
            http://wheretoinvadenext.com/
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4JJvfrkH3M

            http://wheretoinvadenext.com/#screenings

            Host a Screening
            Bring the film to your campus or community
            Submit Your Details

            Tickets & Showtimes
            Invading theaters across the country on February 12

            Acclaim

            PROVOCATIVE, HILARIOUSLY FUNNY…MOORE’S LATEST FILM IS HIS MOST BOLD AND MOST SOPHISTICATED. Instead of pointing out our flaws, he imagines our possibilities. And instead of wallowing in fear and panic, he offers practical ideas for productive change.
            Sophia A. McClennen
            Salon

            IMPASSIONED. WHERE TO INVADE NEXT offers hope and is MR. MOORE’S MOST FAR-REACHING FILM.
            Stephen Holden
            The New York Times

            HEARTFELT. MOORE’S FILM IS FUNNY, but it’s also as SERIOUS AS A HEART ATTACK. There’s nothing mock about his outrage; IT’S SINCERE AND ULTIMATELY HOPEFUL.
            Chris Nashawaty
            Entertainment Weekly

            MOORE HAS MADE AN ACT OF GUERRILLA HUMANITY.
            Owen Gleiberman
            BBC

            ONE OF MOORE’S BEST FILMS. A surprisingly endearing set of suggestions for a better tomorrow.
            Eric Kohn
            Indiewire

            Undeniably SHARP AND BUOYANT… an impishly entertaining cinematic statement of ideological principles.
            Justin Chang
            Variety

          • Bev

            http://wallstreetonparade.com/2016/02/michael-moores-new-movie-tries-to-restore-the-american-dream-by-showing-us-what-weve-lost/

            Michael Moore’s New Movie Tries to Restore the American Dream by Showing Us What We’ve Lost
            By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: February 15, 2016

            Millions of Americans would have trouble defining even one of the amendments to the U.S. Constitution known as the Bill of Rights — which set forth the individual freedoms we gained through bloody street protests and wars waged by our ancestors. Millions of Americans have never participated in a street protest or marched for a cause they care about passionately. Many Americans have lost the ability to even care – believing the system is hopelessly corrupted beyond cure.

            We sat in a small local theatre this past Saturday with friends to watch the new Michael Moore movie, “Where to Invade Next.” Coming in the midst of the presidential debates where one candidate is running on a platform to make America great again while continually insulting women and minorities and another is promising to reform campaign finance while raking in boatloads of corporate dough, the movie had an extra tug of poignancy.

            The title, “Where to Invade Next,” is a subtle reminder of how America has practiced its diplomacy in recent years: through bombs and drone strikes on civilians. But there are only fleeting references to war in the movie. The actual story line is to send Michael Moore on a fact-finding mission (our “invader”) to European countries and bring back their best ideas to restore American democracy and the humane treatment of our citizens.

            The movie is a powerful visual triumph that shakes us out of our denial of the statistics we’ve been reading for years: The decline in our educational standing in the world; the brutality of our police and prisons; the poverty level and food insecurity of more than 46 million Americans; the lack of affordable health care; the longest working hours in the industrialized world; and crippling college debt. Clearly, it doesn’t have to be this way and Moore shows us, in country after
            country, just how lagging America has become in the developed world.

            snip

            The right wing, of course, was quick to deride the movie as an exaggerated love fest with socialism. In reality, it is a deeply intellectual dialogue that Moore has been engaging in with the American people through his documentary continuum that began in 1989 with “Roger and Me,” showing the devastation to the city of Flint, Michigan when General Motors closed its plants to tap into cheap labor in Mexico.

            By ignoring the rights of human beings and, instead, bestowing ever greater rights on corporations (to ban workers from the nation’s courts, to reap profit windfalls from worker deaths, to effectively steal from workers’ 401(k) plans and create new slave labor in corporate prisons), America has unleashed a far worse tyranny than it ever experienced under King George III – for which the Declaration of Independence was drafted.

            There are basic human programs – like free higher education and universal health care and retirement security and food security — that differentiate a compassionate country from one under corporate dictatorship. That’s not socialism. These are basic human rights. The only reason these rights do not currently co-exist alongside America’s brand of capitalism is that the brand has evolved into an orgy of greed, political corruption and rule by the one percent.

            Glancing at the baby boomers and elderly in the theatre on Saturday, there were many tears streaming down their faces. It’s one thing to know how far down the ladder of humanity we’ve come as a nation; it’s exponentially more painful to know it happened on your watch; that this is the legacy we leave to our children and grandchildren.

          • Bev

            Oh, thank goodness, Bernie.

            http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/28/10858462/bernie-sanders-campaign-microsoft-iowa

            Bernie Sanders campaign questions Microsoft apps made for Iowa Caucuses
            By Colin Lecher on January 28, 2016

            As the Iowa Caucuses approach, Microsoft has partnered with the Republican and Democratic parties in the state to create apps for tabulating results. But the Bernie Sanders campaign is questioning why, exactly, the company is involved at all.

            “You’d have to ask yourself why they’d want to give something like that away for free,” Pete D’Alessandro, who’s heading Sanders’ Iowa campaign, said in an interview with MSNBC.

            D’Alessandro said the campaign, which has often criticized corporate influence in elections, will be using its own reporting system, as the Clinton campaign has, to double-check the results. He clarified that the issue was not with the Iowa Democratic Party as a whole, but with Microsoft’s involvement specifically. MSNBC also reported that other Sanders aides have raised concerns about Microsoft employees donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to Clinton over the years.

            A spokesperson for the Iowa Democratic Party told The Verge that the app has been under development for more than a year. “Microsoft and their app partner, InterKnowlogy, are global leaders in the technology industry, and we completely trust the integrity of their staff and the app,” (my note: Just like the Democratic leadership trust convicted criminal lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s HAVA putting those right wing evidence stripping e-voting, e-scanning, e-tabulating machines everywhere through abuse and blackmail, see comments here and via: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2016/01/n-h-poll-indicates-sanders-will-win-democratic-nomination-presidency.html ) the spokesperson said in a statement. “The app will help make caucus reporting more efficient, accurate and secure, and we look forward to seeing it in action on caucus night.”

            Microsoft, for its part, is disputing that it had any ulterior motive in creating the apps.
            ………..

          • Bev

            Taking a good lesson from Bev Harris of BlackBoxVoting:

            https://posts.google.com/share/gbP5-ep5/BpnSi4
            Bernie Sanders
            on Google
            We need your help today! When you vote, report delegate counts from your caucuses and turnout from your precincts. https://votetracker.berniesanders.com/

          • Bev

            And appeal to Sibel Edmonds who reporterd on former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert’s crimes against the state and children. How else could someone as criminal as Dennis Hastert rise to the third highest position in the U.S. but through these rigged machines. Sibel should confirm disturbing articles about HAVA, and ES&S/Diebold and send her report to all Presidential candidates who finally should then demand to get rid of these abusive machines now during the primaries and so save our kids and our democracy now while we can.

            see Sibel Edmond’s kickstarter site to fund NEWSBUD a new media: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/141490519/support-a-100-people-funded-nonpartisan-online-new/comments 
fundraising until Thu, Apr 14 2016 12:57 AM CST. )

          • ThatSkepticGuy

            Big Government establishmentarian Bernie Sanders and his 90% income tax is the very exemplification of your little lizard people conspiracy fantasy.

          • Jim Allyn

            Bernie Sanders hasn’t yet stated what he would raise the top tax rate to. However, it was over 90 percent when that far left socialist Dwight Eisenhower was in office.

          • DaveC

            Exactly! We have a winner take all system. This 3rd party stuff works if its a parliamentary system, but NOT in ours.

          • ClubToTheHead

            The best America can hope for isn’t good enough.

            I’d rather vote for something I want and not get it than vote for something I don’t want and get it.

          • Patricio Da Silva

            whoever wins will influence the Supreme Court. Voting for your party is wise, even if your favorite is not nominated.

          • damitajo1

            these people are so dumb. they like scalia, i suppose. the only people who do things like this are white heterosexual men. They are so privileged that they can afford to be dogmatic and inflexible. Their lives will be ok.

          • eagle keeper

            Sounds like you need to read the book, Not All Roads Lead To Heaven.

          • eagle keeper

            I am going to vote for a government that will get the hell out of my life and leave me alone. Remember “please mother, I’d rather do it myself”. Same applies to government too.

          • WampusKat

            Change it how?

            There’s a reason we have a “two party system”: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/21/neo-fascist-greek-party-election-golden-dawn-third-place

            Actually, we’re now down to one party with the ability to reason and it’s not these people: https://www.academia.edu/9716371/CHAPTER_20_OATH_KEEPERS_NETWORKS_WITH_TEA_PARTY_AND_PATRIOTS

          • eagle keeper

            The one party system will never work. That’s kind of like saying God made a one ended stick. Remember communism? That worked out really well for the masses no didn’t it?

        • Edward Kirby

          “Americans don’t vote for; they vote against.”

          — Will Rogers

        • GeorgeReston

          You must be too young to remember the 2000 election or you’re just a Koch-funded right-wing troll. Sorry, bub, but Nader cost Gore the election in 2000 and we ended up FAR worse off than we would have been had Gore won. Nader voters didn’t get a good government. They and the rest of us (thanks to the Green Party voters) got the worst government in the history of the country. Two wars, crashed economy, skyrocketing inequality… Christ, even Hoover can’t boast those creds.

          • Jim Allyn

            What kind of person calls a far left radical a “Koch-funded right-wing troll”? What are the thought processes that go into that? Do you even have thought processes? Apparently not. Nader did not cost Gore the election. Gore won the election, but didn’t have the balls to order HIS military to remove that impostor from HIS White House. Green Party voters weren’t responsible for the worst government in history, those who didn’t vote Green were responsible. And in this election, those who vote for Hillary Clinton will likely be responsible for another warmongering, corporatist government. So pull your head out of your ass, start campaigning for Bernie Sanders, and do the right thing for your country for a change. Bub.

          • GeorgeReston

            Tell ya what, bub… Anyone who suggests we throw away our votes by voting for a sure-fire loser (Green Party candidate) and ensuring that the Republican wins is a Koch-funded right-wing troll. Ever wonder why Bernie is running for the Democratic nomination rather than as a 3rd party candidate in the general? Well, it’s because Bernie isn’t a narcissistic fool. He has said that he would rather see Hillary win than any Republican. I agree. I’m voting for Bernie in the primaries. But if he loses, I will vote for whichever Democrat is left standing over whichever Republican wins their primary. To do otherwise would be asinine.

          • Jim Allyn

            Your ignorance is astonishing, and furthermore, it’s astonishing that you insist on showing off your ignorance. The problem in this country isn’t those responsible voters who vote for candidates who will actually represent the people – Green Party candidates, for instance, or Bernie Sanders – the problem in this country is those who continue to vote for the corporate candidates like Hillary Clinton. When you vote for “lesser of two evils” candidates like Hillary Clinton, the corporations see what they got away with last time, and then they run somebody even more evil. And people like you continue to support the evil corporate candidates. It hasn’t worked yet, and it never will. At some point one must wake up to the fact that what we’ve been doing isn’t working, it’s only making things worse. It must be made clear to the two corporate parties that we’re not going to vote for their evil candidates anymore, and that if they want our votes, they must run someone who will actually represent us. You won’t accomplish that by continuing to vote for their evil corporate candidates, change will only come when we demand it and make clear that we’re not going to put up with the old paradigm any longer. I am supporting Bernie Sanders because he’s the only declared candidate for President who will represent ALL the people, not just the wealthy and the corporations. If people foolishly choose Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders, I will write in Bernie Sanders, or I will vote for the Green Party candidate (likely Jill Stein) or the Socialist candidate. I will not under any circumstances vote for one of the evil corporate candidates, not now, not ever. If you want to continue to be ruled by evil in government, just keep on doing what you’ve been doing: voting for the “lesser of two evils.” You will get exactly what you deserve. Unfortunately, the rest of us will also get what you deserve.
            __________________________________________________

            “It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see…”
            “You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?”
            “No,” said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent
            than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him,
            “nothing so simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its
            world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate
            the lizards and the lizards rule the people.”
            “Odd,” said Arthur, “I thought you said it was a democracy.”
            “I did,” said Ford. “It is.”
            “So,” said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, “why don’t people get rid of the lizards?”
            “It honestly doesn’t occur to them,” said Ford. “They’ve all got the vote,
            so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted in more
            or less approximates to the government they want.”
            “You mean they actually vote for the lizards?”
            “Oh yes,” said Ford with a shrug, “of course.”
            “But,” said Arthur, going for the big one again, “why?”
            “Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,” said Ford, “the wrong lizard might get in.
            ________________________________________

            If you continue to vote for lizards, you will continue to be ruled by lizards. Your choice. Bub.

          • GeorgeReston

            If Bernie wins the Democratic nomination, will you vote for him in the general election or will you write in Jill Stein’s name?

          • GeorgeReston

            Crickets… Jim? If Bernie wins the Democratic nomination will you vote for him as the “establishment candidate” or will you write in Jill Stein’s name? C’mon man. Put your money where your pie hole is….

          • MiseryFree

            You are willfully ignoring the implications on the SCOTUS. Go ahead and vote for rainbows and unicorns, and hopefully the rest of us realists will number enough to keep the SCOTUS from falling any further to the right.

          • Jim Allyn

            I’m not ignoring the implications of the Supreme Court. I’m supporting a candidate who has said that he will not appoint any judge to the Supreme Court who hasn’t said he will overturn the “Citizens United” decision. Bernie Sanders will appoint only judges who will keep the interests of the people in mind, and who will support the Constitution. Realists? If you were in contact with reality, you would also be supporting Bernie Sanders, the only candidate who will represent ALL the people and not just the wealthy and the corporations.

          • ClubToTheHead

            The reality is that Bernie will not win, so all that Supreme Court talk goes nowhere.

            Face reality.

            If you can make Bernie do anything, make him run as an independent or a Republican.

          • eagle keeper

            Nobody in their right mind wants to vote for his sorry ass anyway. What you been smoking?

          • Laurie Cestnick

            Time to do some reading. America went through a recession some years ago ..Canadian banks bailed out some of the American banks ..yes ..Canada ..where there are only 35 million people and they have some of the strongest banks in the world ..yes a socialistic country (alongside with Australia, UK, and most European countries). Know what the TD on the TD Garden in Boston stands for? TORONTO DOMINION ..changed to that after the Canadian bank bailed out Bank of America who owned it. Yes, that country with a 10th the people to America, free health care, almost free education, free 1 year maternity leave etc. THAT is good economics ..THAT is a socialized country. What to learn about socialism? Look up Iceland and their recent overthrowing of their government ..took back the banks ..jailed politicians and bankers ..rewrote their constitution and saved their economy from total destruction. Prior to Obamacare, Ontario Canada alone was paying $600,000,000 per year for Americans coming over the border using their health care ..that # thank goodness for them has dropped considerably since people can get care in America now …BUT ..that cost to Americans is still astronomical! America has the most costly health care in the ENTIRE WORLD! Most countries have socialized medicine and it is a FRACTION of the cost ..e.g. 1/10 or even 1/20th the cost ..because greedy white guys at the top don’t exist to rob from the people. In Canada it costs $3000 per year per citizen for health care paid through via taxes ..in America it is DOUBLE and sometimes TRIPLE that cost for people. Don’t believe the lies spewed about wait lines etc in Canada …instead ..know that the American system has taken a harder toll on Canadian health care than Canadians themselves (paying for people who weren’t paying into their taxes or economy). America today is like “capitalistic communism” in that the select few at the top take all and leave the rest with nothing. Democratic socialism means by the people for the people ..and that is what Bernie stands for and will do. We need to stand behind him to back all 98% of us. If you are not a billionaire, there is NO ONE you should be voting for other than Bernie Sanders. I am a Canadian who has lived in 4 different countries including America. I LOVE this country ..and want nothing more than Americans to stop getting ripped off and have what they deserve. Ignorance breeds this corrupt system ..so PLEASE STOP CONTRIBUTING TO THE SHOOTING OF YOUR OWN FOOT AND OURS!!!

          • pattymoo

            Laurie if you want to learn from the people that live in Denmark please go to http://www.vox.com>Denmark-nordic-model , hope you do so you can understand from the people

          • Laurie Cestnick

            I am Canadian ..I have lived in 3 socialistic countries (Canada, Australia and UK), in America for 10 years and my best friend is in Denmark ..what is your point?

          • pattymoo

            Did you read the article if so it’s something to think about other people have different opinions

          • Laurie Cestnick

            the link you posted is SPAM ..it’s not even related to the issue

          • George Michel

            Th Citizens United decision was all about the Constitution. Period. Any argument to the contrary is flat out wrong.

          • For some reason after reading all of your comments, I have a feeling that you and GeorgeReston want the same things but can’t see this because of some
            misinformed comments, so I apologize for my hasty ‘jump in’. “FEEL THE BERN’! If Sanders isn’t the next President of the United States, say hello to the new and improved ‘Orwellian Govt” and say bye bye to the ‘United States’.

          • Pb2Au

            I couldn’t agree more. If a Democrat wins the next election, there is an excellent chance that they will replace Ginsburg, Scalia, and Kennedy. This could keep the court more center-left and keep the Right from doing any more damage. At this point, the SCOTUS is the only thing I’m concerned with, and whether it’s Hillary, Sanders, or whomever, the Democrat has my vote. All a Green will do is siphon votes away from the Democratic candidate. I keep hoping that the far Right will fall into that trap with an independent Tea Party, but so far the Republicans have prevented that from happening.

          • eagle keeper

            Yea!! Vote for me and I will set you free. Set you free of more of your paycheck than you ever could have imagined. You think your take home pay won’t take you home now, wait till witsy bitsy Hilda Broom or greenie weenie old fart Sanders get potus. Flush our country down the drain.

          • Laurie Cestnick

            Time to do some reading ..a madman? America went through a recession some years ago ..Canadian banks bailed out some of the American banks ..yes ..Canada ..where there are only 35 million people and they have some of the strongest banks in the world ..yes a socialistic country (alongside with Australia, UK, and most European countries). Know what the TD on the TD Garden in Boston stands for? TORONTO DOMINION ..changed to that after the Canadian bank bailed out Bank of America who owned it. Yes, that country with a 10th the people to America, free health care, almost free education, free 1 year maternity leave etc. THAT is good economics ..THAT is a socialized country. What to learn about socialism? Look up Iceland and their recent overthrowing of their government ..took back the banks ..jailed politicians and bankers ..rewrote their constitution and saved their economy from total destruction. Prior to Obamacare, Ontario Canada alone was paying $600,000,000 per year for Americans coming over the border using their health care ..that # thank goodness for them has dropped considerably since people can get care in America now …BUT ..that cost to Americans is still astronomical! America has the most costly health care in the ENTIRE WORLD! Most countries have socialized medicine and it is a FRACTION of the cost ..e.g. 1/10 or even 1/20th the cost ..because greedy white guys at the top don’t exist to rob from the people. In Canada it costs $3000 per year per citizen for health care paid through via taxes ..in America it is DOUBLE and sometimes TRIPLE that cost for people. Don’t believe the lies spewed about wait lines etc in Canada …instead ..know that the American system has taken a harder toll on Canadian health care than Canadians themselves (paying for people who weren’t paying into their taxes or economy). America today is like “capitalistic communism” in that the select few at the top take all and leave the rest with nothing. Democratic socialism means by the people for the people ..and that is what Bernie stands for and will do. We need to stand behind him to back all 98% of us. If you are not a billionaire, there is NO ONE you should be voting for other than Bernie Sanders. I am a Canadian who has lived in 4 different countries including America. I LOVE this country ..and want nothing more than Americans to stop getting ripped off and have what they deserve. Ignorance breeds this corrupt system ..so PLEASE STOP CONTRIBUTING TO THE SHOOTING OF YOUR OWN FOOT AND OURS!!!

          • Francis Thiebaud Winters

            LOL.

          • voxetveritas

            yep, Hillary is a corporate tool. look at who donates to her candidacy. all big but dirty corporate giants. Monsanto is the worst of them. that company wants to own the rights to foods God created that they modified. that’s about the most evil plot on the planet as far as I can see. they sue farmers who plant non-gmo crops that get cross pollinated with gmo crops and freaking win! eeeeevilllle. like wind and bees stop at the end of a gmo field. preposterous! I’m hording non-gmo seeds. Hillary can go to wherever political never weres go. something about her turns voters off. could it be…(cue the church lady from snl.)

          • Richard Charnin
          • eagle keeper

            Democrats win elections by having the dead vote frequently and often. I flushed the most honest thing about the dems. down the toilet about an hour ago.

          • Tomaso Pinetto

            No matter how loudly you assert it, Nader cost Gore the election. If 505 idealists .in florida had voted for Gore instead of Nader, it’s possible 9/11 never would have happened. Maybe you live in Berkeley or Boulder where it seems ideals might just work since everyone in town seems to agree, but there’s a really really nasty GOP out there and you can’t just slap them with wet noodles. If we reach the point where we have 4 or 5 candidates and all have a shot, it’s very easy then to see a real whacko religious right wing fanatic win, as we saw in Egypt. If you think a green party candidate would remain uncorrupted, anti-corporate and fight alone against the House, Senate, big money and masses of ignorant, violence-minded Americans, you are very very idealistic and naive.

          • Jim Allyn

            And you would prefer a candidate who is already corrupt – Hillary Clinton, for example, or Jeb Bush – to one who MIGHT be corrupted in the future? That’s hardly a step in the right direction, now is it? Who’s the naive one here? Maybe you’re not old enough to remember the election of 2000. Any way you count the votes – all of the votes – Al Gore won that election. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the balls to order HIS military to remove that imposter from HIS White House, and remove the corrupt Supreme Court justices while they’re at it.

          • Jill

            Gore won the popular vote, but not the electoral college vote. The electoral college might be B.S., but it still stood in the way of Gore having any authority over the U.S. military.

          • Christine M. Kaplan

            You really are a fool aren’t you?

          • Richard Charnin
          • Bev

            Thank you Richard Charnin for contributing your wonderful statistical analysis to this particular discussion at washingtonsblog. Americans from all parties who want their democracy returned should read and understand Richard Charnin’s important, brave work and demand paper ballots hand counted and posted in precinct on primary election night and the general election night.

          • I Am No One.

            It’s sad to say that it’s getting stolen again. Hillary has already stolen and has also helped suppress many voters who were/are towards Senator Sanders.

          • Bravo! Couldn’t have said it better myself. I didn’t see your response until after I made my comment above ’cause I was so rattled by what ‘GeorgeReston’ said about you. I know what I’d like to see him and all the A-holes like him Rest-on!

          • eagle keeper

            Doesn’t Georgie Soros fund left wing progressive stupid programs? Then the Koch brothers fund everything right of center?? Sounds like quid pro quo to me. Kind of balances everything out.

          • Green Giant

            Gore would have destroyed this country. Everyone forgets the harm of 911 that it sis to our nation economically. The Democrats were behind what was done by Bush but with afterthought they fell to the side that blames the US for everything. So you support someone who said women secretly wanted to be ravaged. Do not tell me he was young as that never works for anyone else when they were young. The worse government we have ever had is the one we have now, NOW, NOW and NOW!!!!!!!!!!

          • Randje K Randje

            That was nominally coherent. Look, if that passage you’re quoting out of context from an essay written 40+ years ago is the worst thing they could dredge up on the Bern Man, he will sail into office on teflon skis. Only a narcotized fool would overlook what the man has done in his political career for women, workers, women-workers, and the middle class in general, because of some Fox news talking point. Wise the fuck up!

          • Green Giant

            I love your use of sober language. It is amazing when liberals get into a corner they cuss, rather profoundly. For myself, I leave that to the uneducated. Randje amazing when it is a conservative who did something, no matter when, the media is all over it but not here. Makes you think why Democrats get major passes on social issues. NO DOUBLE STANDARD, RIGHT. They bring up Rubio’s traffic violations and make it sound like he is terrible but four in 17 years, lets see yours.
            Tell me one thing, Bernie or is that Barnie has done beyond spreading the wealth as he takes from those who work and produce, provide jobs, and give it to those who work, sometimes, or do not work and produce nothing but more dependents. When are you going to realize the corporations do not pay taxes, their consumers PAT THEIR TAXES WITH HIGHER PRICES. With higher prices then the producers will have more money taken out of their taxes to give it to those who are not producers. We are turning into a WALLe world.

          • JD Gimzek

            Gore would have prevented 9/11 as he would have authorized the air strikes / cruise missile attacks that Richard Clarke had planned for Bin Laden in May of 2001 when the FBI finally made a factual determination that Bin Laden’s Al Qaeda was behind the Cole bombing.

          • Gore would have prevented the 9/11 attacks because Bush and his pals CHENEY, and CONNI, RUMSEY and all the rest wouldn’t have been in power to pull it off! Wake up to reality .

          • Randje K Randje

            You don’t actually know that Gore would’ve been better. Nor do I. I know that he–and his father before him–are two of the most well-known corporate consorts who ever strolled the hallowed halls of that publicly-funded privately-operated power brothel known as congress, and sponsored whores generally do what they’re told to do by their pimps. In any case, the election was stolen by SCOTUS, Nader be damned.

          • ClubToTheHead

            Nonsense.

            Over two hundred thousand Florida Democrats voted for Bush in 2000.

            If you are old enough, you might also remember the Reagan Democrats that voted Republican.

          • GeorgeReston

            I suppose you believe in unicorns too. There is no such thing as a
            “Reagan Democrat.” Those were Dixiecrats and DINOs. Nowadays they refer to themselves as Tea Partiers.

          • ClubToTheHead

            Google it.

          • GeorgeReston

            Duh. I was there. Many of those who voted for Reagan in 1980 are DEAD now. Back then, voters in the south, still pissed off about the civil war and Lincoln, would rather have died or voted Democrat than vote Republican (see, ’cause Lincoln was a Republican). All of these folks are reliably voting Republican now. Nixon’s southern strategy and Reagan’s appeal to welfare queens revealed them for the posers they always were. “Reagan Democrat” is a dated term used only by those who have to resort to Google and Wiki for information.

          • Richard Charnin
          • GeorgeReston

            Actually I do know Gore would have been better. For one, Alito and Roberts wouldn’t be sitting on the SCOTUS now, and there wouldn’t be a Citizens United. On climate change, Gore would have made us a leader in the world instead of the laughable, pathetic contrarian we’ve become. Gore wouldn’t have implemented the BUSH tax cuts which erased the surplus accrued during the Clinton-GORE administration. So, although Gore wouldn’t have made as much of a difference as, say, Dennis Kucinich, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, or Sherrod Brown, he would have been a damn sight better for the country than Bush-Cheney.

          • So right. Think about what the country would have missed. And now think about what it lost. Makes me want to vomit!

          • GeorgeReston

            Eighty years ago today, FDR signed the Social Security Act into law. Isn’t it worth preserving … and I mean in its current form (not the BS preserving by privatizing it which would destroy it)? Let’s lift the cap and keep SS going in perpetuity. What do you think? I can tell you’re a deep thinker and probably have some pretty profound thoughts on the subject.

          • I go with the old adage; ‘If it works don’t fix it’. It seems to be doing just fine, always has. I guess it’s just too much money sitting there and not in some ‘honest politicians’ pocket. They really need to clean the cobwebs out of the House and Senate, and most of all the SCOTUS. Get rid of the dead wood so to speak. And I’ll say it again. Get rid of the ‘Electoral College’. It was set up for a different time, and that time has long gone. Popular vote wins the election! Really simple and just. Maximum 8 years in the Congress and Senate. Why should they stay in anymore than the President?

          • GeorgeReston

            Agree with getting rid of the electoral college. No problem with term limits for House and Senate. The way redistricting is done needs to be based on population and geographic compactness. Funny that this blog post in the WaPo got exactly zero replies… Guess people don’t give a rip about gerrymandered districts. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2014/06/03/this-computer-programmer-solved-gerrymandering-in-his-spare-time/

          • I’ll tell you the truth. I woke up to a beautiful tropical ‘winter day’. 80° 75% humidity, real nice fresh south wind, wave crashing on the reefs, the sounds of birds and roosters

            The almost too much perfume of different flowers, a Tahitian Vahine, whom I’ve known for 14 years next to me, a breakfast of fresh papaya, and mango with lime juice and some fresh Croissants and I wondered why the hell do I even get on these comment pages? Seems like a waste of time. Most of the people haven’t got a clue and are wearing blinders. It just comes down to the fact that I care about the World we all live in, and at this point in World history, unfortunately the country that’s doing the most harm is the country I was born in, and I still have family there. Someone has to stop this unbelievable corrupt and war hungry Nation, and in reality save the planet before it’s to late. Best and only chance to start down that road is a Sanders/ Warren win in 2016. Very simple but the way the powers that be have ‘brainwashed the population” with lies and unbelievable deceit, makes it difficult. All I can say is that 2016 is the last chance to start turning around the country and get her back to not being a whore fo people like the Koch Bros, ant the military maggots, plus the fossil fuel idiots who don’t care for life itself. FEEL THE BERN!!! Do the right thing for a change, before it’s too late!

          • voxetveritas

            it’s every republican’s wet dream to abolish social security. all the great society stuff really irritates them because every American benefits from it and not just the very rich. anything that equalizes, anything that balances out society is seen as a threat to the power they hold with gazillions of dollars. they like to throw around the term “wealth re-distribution” as a critique on social programs and higher taxes for the wealthy. I propose we start throwing around the phrase “wealth equalization.” I bet that would scare the bejeezers out of them all.

          • GeorgeReston

            When companies pay people poorly, it’s a form of wealth re-distribution in that it sucks the lifeblood out of workers and converts it to cash for the investor class. Instead of saying “wealth distribution” or “wealth equalization” we should remind them that rich people don’t print their own money; their money comes from the workers they exploit. Maybe we should just start calling it what it is … Exploitation.

          • Plus Al Gore at least had a heart and soul. BUSH-CHENEY were and still are empty shell mutants. That whole tribe should be under the prison.

          • ClubToTheHead

            Nonsense.

            Over two hundred thousand Florida Democrats voted for Bush in 2000.

            If you are old enough, you might also remember the Reagan Democrats that voted Republican.

          • GeorgeReston

            What the hell are you talking you about? There is no such thing as a “Reagan Democrat.” Yeah, a bunch of Dixiecrats and DINOs voted for Reagan in ’80 and ’84. Now they’re calling themselves Tea Partiers. So what?

          • ClubToTheHead

            I never argue with a Yellow Dog who was in diapers when Reagan Democrats ruled.

          • GeorgeReston

            “Reagan Democrat” is a dated term used only by those who have to resort to Google and Wiki for information. Those “Reagan Democrats” who are still alive affiliate with the Tea Party movement now. The electorate has changed so much since that time, extrapolating from then to now is absurd.

          • city zen

            nader ran as a third party candidate in the general. Sanders is running in the party primary. You cant “spoil” an election by running in a primary. Please go read a book

          • GeorgeReston

            Please read the entire thread, dolt.

          • The Bullet that keeps on going

            That justification is flat out wrong and the post election exit polls reflected that.

            Gore would still have lost even if Nader was not in the race. Just as though who claim that if the Midget from Texas had not ran as an independent in 1992 Bush would not have lost. B.S. Bush lost in ’92 because he went back on a promise not to raise taxes, period. Nader did not cost Gore, Gore cost himself that election with his “I invented the internet” statement.

          • GeorgeReston
          • Jim Allyn

            He never said that he invented the internet. He said that he was instrumental in creating the internet, and that is true. He introduced and promoted legislation that advanced ArpaNet and and created the internet. That Gore said he invented the internet is a lie spread by right wing liars, of which you apparently are one.

          • I hate to remind you of a very simple but well known fact. Al Gore WON the 2000 election, but the Florida fiasco and the BUSH families massive ‘corruption machine’, paid for and backed by the same ‘billionaires’ that are going for a complete control of the 2016 elections, literally stole the election in one of the most unbelievable, out in the open, lying, cheating,scenarios in American history. I can’t for the life of me understand why you think ‘Jim Allen’ is a Koch puppet. If he is, how come you yourself never saw him at any Koch meetings?

          • GeorgeReston

            Wow, William… Brilliant response. “If he is, how come you yourself never saw him at any Koch meetings?” Touche! You must make your high school debating team proud. Eighty years ago today FDR signed the Social Security Act into law. Cool huh?

          • Like I said later on, I think you and Joe are on the same side of the fence, but for some reason it’s foggy.

          • GeorgeReston

            Put the bong down.

          • crygdyllyn

            Hear! Hear!

        • DaveC

          A vote for any candidate that isn’t the democratic candidate is a vote for a Republican. This is EXACTLY WHY Bernie is running inside the Democratic primary rather than as an independent like he does in Vermont..because he doesn’t want to see people throw away votes and a republican winning the presidency.

          • Jim Allyn

            And a vote for any candidate that is Hillary Clinton is a vote for a Republican; a pro too big to fail banks, pro-fracking, pro-Keystone pipeline, pro-war, pro-Monsanto, pro Wall Street, REPUBLICAN. It would be irresponsible to vote for Hillary Clinton, not to mention unfair to my fellow Americans; indeed it would be a disservice to the entire human race. If you don’t want to have a Republican in the White House, my advice to you is to start supporting the only announced candidate who is not a Republican: Bernie Sanders.

          • voxetveritas

            yeah I have to agree. Shillery is really an old rich white guy in her heart of hearts (if she has one.) she voted for that stupid war when Bernie and others were calling bullshizzle on the made up intel. she side steps that Keystone question just like the Governor on Best Little Whorehouse In Texas! this woman has a likeability problem and doesn’t really stand for anything except maybe women’s health issues (?) and of course herself. nobody votes for someone they just don’t like. that will end up being Trump’s problem too. who does that leave? for me it’s between Sanders and maybe Rubio or Kasich. Rubio and Kasich both carry the stench of a disasterous war on them from their party. Sanders just needs to stop using the “socialist” word because it scares people who are too ignorant to know that they have benefitted from American style social programs all their lives.

          • Timray

            ROTFLMAO…..did your mother have any children that lived?

          • windows r so hard

            No it’s not. People waste their votes on third party candidates all the time.

          • Steve

            If you vote out of fear of people writting Bernie or a 3rd party then go support him at your caucus. Because many of us will never vote Hillary. #BernieOrBust #EnoughIsEnough

          • Paul Michel

            #Hillaryorbust #ifnothillarythenjoe

        • ClubToTheHead

          Bernie as an independent is what is needed.

          Bernie has promised to support the Democratic Party so it can safely ignore his rhetoric.

          If he can’t stand up to the corrupt Democratic Party in a campaign he’ll never do it in legislation.

        • SophieCT

          Yet another person lacking in common sense. I wonder why they bother to call it common.

        • Chris Primosch

          YES! I am not completely alone! Agree completely 🙂

        • ThatSkepticGuy

          Yet another idiot who seeks to glorify the totalitarianism, economic illiteracy and anti science lunacy of Bernie and the green cult by whining about the Corporate Boogeyman.

          • Jim Allyn

            Hey everybody, look! There’s one of those people who are absolutely unable to make a point, so they resort to insults.

        • WampusKat

          “The lesser of two evils” schtick is why very few people vote third party. We all understand that Greens and Socialists are perfectly willing to sell us down the river: https://www.academia.edu/9716371/CHAPTER_20_OATH_KEEPERS_NETWORKS_WITH_TEA_PARTY_AND_PATRIOTS

          I voted third party once. Only once. I have a conscience so I’ll never do it again.

          • Jim Allyn

            I hope that you will someday actually acquire that conscience you claim to have. Voting for the lesser of two evils only encourages the two corporate parties to run somebody even more evil the next time. I’ve learned my lesson, and will never vote for the lesser of two evils again. Instead, I will do the moral thing and vote for the greater good. That means voting for candidates like Bernie Sanders, and never giving any support whatsoever to corporate candidates like Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton.

        • That One Dude Without a Name

          I’m like 5 months too late, but here I go.
          First, I’d like to say that because I am young, I do not know the context of the previous elections, and only know what my privately done education of myself. (I don’t believe in the crap school “teaches” me without fact checking like 17 times first)
          GeorgeReston is right on bringing up the SCOTUS. Whoever is the next president will assign potentially up to three Justices. Even if we have to resort to a lesser of two evils, the one thing that we simply CANNOT have is 3 (probably heavily) right-winged Justices coming into the SCOTUS to block progression in the nation for years to come.
          So even if it comes to Hillary being the nominee, I’d rather have her be the queen bitch of the nation than make the risks of a President Rubio or a President Rand higher. Not to say that I don’t like those people; they’re highly intelligent, and probably could serve as a good president had they been running in a different era, where their beliefs and tactics are needed; that age was long ago, maybe in the Cold War at closest. I strayed a bit from the subject… anyways, I’d rather have a Mrs. President Clinton than a Republican because she would still nominate Democratic/Left-winged Justices, or at least ones we can actually work with. So, just like the quote that Edward Kirby gave us, I’d vote against the Republican’s nominee rather than vote for someone I can ideologically agree 70~90% with, if it is for the sake of having the SCOTUS heading towards a progressive future in the era that I need to take up.
          Other than that, like someone else already said, you and GeorgeReston is really on the same side. The only difference is how pragmatic vs idealistic the two of you are. Even in my youth, sadly, I find myself sinking towards the pragmatic, but what idealism I have left believes that Bernie can persuade the nation.

          • Jim Allyn

            If Hillary Clinton is the “Democratic” nominee, we will have a choice between two Republicans, Hillary and somebody else. I’m not convinced that the justices she would nominate would be any better. She has a lot of neocons supporting her, because they know she’s basically one of them. For example:

            “I feel comfortable with her on foreign policy. If she pursues a policy which we think she will pursue, it’s something that might have been called neocon, but clearly her supporters are not going to call it that; they are going to call it something else.” – Robert Kagan (cofounder of PNAC) on Hillary Clinton

            “I know Hillary as a person. And as a personal friend, I would say yes, she’d be a good president. But she’d put me under a great conflict of interest if she were a candidate because I intend to support the Republicans. Yes, I’d be comfortable with that president.” – Henry Kissinger on NPR,
            September 6, 2014.

            If you don’t want a Republican in the White House, I would suggest that you do everything in your power to put Bernie Sanders in the White House.

          • That One Dude Without a Name

            The question here is IF It comes down to Hillary vs a Republican. It won’t. No matter how you interpret the Big Data, heaven would have to flip upside down and Hell would have to freeze over. Bernie is/was already beating her in Iowa in CBS and Quinnipac polls. (I don’t trust the latest poll done because there was a sudden jump for Hillary when there was no viable reason for it.) He’s been leading, and will continue to lead in N.H. He will probably continue the pace and beat Hillary in North Carolina.
            Heard of this trend before? It’s how Obama beat Hillary 8 years ago.

        • Bev

          exactly: http://showmethevotes.org/2016/03/05/an-open-letter-to-bernie-sanders/

          An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders

          Dear Bernie,

          If you want to win the presidency and elect a revolutionary congress, you must find a way to force accurate counts of votes across the country. There is no reason to believe that machine generated vote counts are accurate when they are not checked for accuracy. This is particularly difficult in places like South Carolina and parts of Kansas, where no paper trail exists to even attempt a public recount. Or Arizona where manual hand counting of ballots is not permitted.

          I live in Kansas. I’m a professional statistician and an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer. I find certain patterns in election results quite disturbing. Graphs of Oklahoma primary results are below. Both exhibit a common and concerning pattern: as the number of votes cast in a precinct increases, so does the vote share for the candidate favored by the Washington establishment. This pattern is NOT due to random chance nor do voter demographics explain it. In the fall, the Republican candidates across the board can be expected to show such a pattern wherever machine counting of votes is combined with poor to non-existent auditing of those results. The pattern is consistent with election rigging.

          Citizens like myself have had little success in forcing our officials to show the paper trails so we can have confidence in their reported results. I’ve been trying for more than three years to get access to the paper records that would allow me to assess how accurate our computer tabulated official vote counts are. After my latest legal setback, it will be another year before I might get permission. In the meantime, we will be having another election on non-transparent voting machines.

          You, as a candidate, have the right to demand manual recounts. Well, in some places anyway. If you were to do so, irrefutable evidence of problems with vote counts will emerge in some of those places. If and only if your supporters can find and correct those problems can your revolution win at the ballot box.

          In states that have paper trails, I suggest you start asking for manual recounts of the paper ballots and Voter Verified Paper Audit Trails (VVPAT) where you can. Whether you won or lost the contest doesn’t matter. The point is to evaluate the size and number of discrepancies and check for bias. Laws vary from state to state. Typically there is a short window of time to request recounts. Many jurisdictions will balk and try to keep you from doing so by various legal maneuvers. But there will be many opportunities through the primary season. You have supporters that can be trained and provide labor hours when needed. A 100% manual recount isn’t necessary. A random sample of precincts is sufficient.

          If you recount and find discrepancies, you might receive additional delegates. More importantly, if you were to demand recounts, it would highlight the fact that in many states, those machine counts are never audited or verified with the original paper records. Most citizens are shocked to discover that their vote counting process is not verified, or in some places, verifiable. I know I was when I first discovered this truth about Sedgwick County Kansas in 2012.

          Thank you
          Beth Clarkson

           
The Charts below show the cumulative share of the vote each candidate acquires as the size of the precincts increase. This model clearly shows that as the size of the precinct increases Clinton and Rubio gain a larger share of the votes while Sanders, Trump and Cruz lose votes. This is NOT a random fluke, this is a consistent pattern with machine counted votes. While in OK, this trend was not enough to change who won the election, it may have had an impact on the number of delegates each received.

        • Paul Michel

          Whose voting for the lesser of two evils? I’m voting for Hillary, and I’m happy about it. If I were voting for the lesser of two evils, I’d vote for Stein. Stein and Sanders come close in their narcissism to Trump. And all of you do. You’re all narcissists where you think you are so wonderful and beautiful and wise that you’re willing to sell this country down the river over your self-delusional idea that you’re all somehow so much wiser than the dumb jerks who vote for Hillary.

      • ClubToTheHead

        Yah, and eight years of Democrats enabling Bush, campaigning and raising money on impeaching Bush, the taking impeachment off the table with the cash raised, just wasn’t enough for some people.

      • Hooman

        You might want to read this before blaming Bush on Nader again.
        http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/12/06/1260721/-The-Nader-Myth

      • ThatSkepticGuy

        8 years of W? Are you forgetting that Obama expanded and carried on all of his policies, or are you just hoping nobody will call you on it?

        • GeorgeReston

          Oh right… Obama expanded the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, started a war with Libya, put troops on the ground in Syria, and imposed additional sanctions on Iran. He implemented additional tax cuts for the wealthy, allowed congress to overturn Roe v Wade and, well, as you said … expanded and carried out all of W policies. Right. Face it… You’re delusional.

      • SICKOFTHELAPDOGMEDIA

        Still blaming Bush who was saddled wot a DEMONrat congress?

        • GeorgeReston

          Hate to burst your bubble there, Cletus, but six of the eight years W. was president, Republicans controlled both houses of congress.

      • Steve

        If you are worried about that happening then support Bernie at your caucus. There are a lot of #BernieOrBust people.

    • Gretchen Pemberton Brena

      But, please help him win the nomination. Just speak out about him when you can and vote in the primary. You may have to register to vote as a Democrat to vote for him in the primary, depending on which state you live in, but please do that if necessary. I know California makes you register as a Demo to vote in the presidential primary.

    • Dan

      Just think if people like you voted for Gore we wouldn’t had the Bush. Voting in the party matters even if you don’t like the person because the Republicans will put anybody in there and dimwits will vote for him, or her, no matter what if they’r a father stabber, a mother raper, a coward, an AWOL coward, a five time deferment coward, and so on. The last two were Bush and Cheney.

      • Jim Allyn

        My vote for Ralph Nader was not responsible for Bush stealing the White House. Al Gore won that election, but unfortunately, he didn’t have the balls to order HIS military to remove that imposter from HIS White House.

        • ClubToTheHead

          Not Nader’s fault. Gore’s fault for running too far to the right, away from where the people were at.

          Over two hundred thousand Florida Democrats voted for Bush in 2000.

          If you are old enough, you might also remember the Reagan Democrats that voted Republican.

        • 50,456,002 47.87% GW BUSH

          50,999,897 48.38% Al GORE

          What we need to get away from is the obsolete ‘Electoral College’ vote. That was good when there was pony express but it sure isn’t needed now. Let the popular vote decide, as it should be!

    • doodlebug0

      So, basically, you’re voting for a republican. Thanks.

    • damitajo1

      I hope you live in a deeply read or deeply blue state. Then your vote is irrelevant

    • babotaengi

      You need to help him win the nomination. Sign up to be a Democrat for this nomination if you have to.

    • WampusKat
    • Steve

      Just make sure to go to your counties primaries and learn how to do that well before hand. If people don’t show up then he won’t be on the Ticket. #BernieOrBust #EnoughIsEnough #fuelthebern

    • If the Dem nomination isn’t rigged by the DNC in terms of debate, and the establishment corporate owned mainstream media have not black out on Bernie’s message and revolution, then fair and square if he loses. But now, no, Bernie has every right to run as an independent if he doesn’t get nominated!!!

    • Paul Michel

      Go find all of those environmentalists who voted Green in 2000 and ask them how it worked out for them? You’re a complete moron to allow Trump to become president. And it freaks me out that some people are so dense that they think Trump is better than Clinton.

    • Timray

      try moving to Mexico and make them mad

  • ClubToTheHead

    Talk is cheap.

    The IEM is an online futures market where contract payoffs are based on real-world events such as political outcomes…

    Bets on Bernie, anyone?

    Money talks, BS walks.

    https://tippie.uiowa.edu/iem/index.cfm

    Bernie is a flip-flopper.

    First he is against billionaires, then he is for billionaires.

    Bet your house that Bernie loses the Democratic nomination. Pay off your house when he flip-flops. (Too bad the bets are limited to $500. I would love to live easy on the money of Bernie chumps.)

    Put up or shut up.

  • Lynn Walker

    Eric, I have this bridge in New York that I’d like to sell you. Seriously, though, how can you understand the corporate ownership of our government and still believe that voters will elect Sanders? That could only occur if Sanders is really working for the corporate state the way Obama does. Is that what you are implying? I’m not saying he isn’t, but he doesn’t appear to be campaigning as though he does.

    • will

      Not true. People are sick of the oligarchy. That IS the point. The farther he steers from being a part of that- the more popular he becomes.

      • Lynn Walker

        I’m confused. We’re an oligarchy, which means the democratic vote is meaningless, or else the vote will choose Sanders which means we weren’t really an oligarchy.

        The point is, we can’t fix an oligarchy through a democratic vote, because they’ve rigged the levers of government (finance, education, information, …).

  • Kim G

    As much as I want to believe this post, I cannot. Between the corporate big-money donors, and the media, Sanders has a very steep uphill battle. Even here in Boston, a liberal city in a liberal state, the local radio show hosts, Jim Braude and Marjorie Egan, on “Boston Public Radio,” (broadcast by WGBH) have said nothing more about Sanders than that he’s a “pot-smoking socialist,” a comment they’ve repeated several times over several days. Given that he’s a sitting senator, and as this post correctly points out, has had the proper take on a number of very important issues, I find BPR’s take to be both outrageous and disheartening. If a fairly liberal radio talk show can’t even treat Sanders with a bit of respect, and discuss his positions, then who will?

    I think the media will work overtime to marginalize him. That means that sadly, Rand Paul is probably our best hope.

    • cettel

      As I expressed in my earlier “U.S. ‘Progressive’ Magazines Deep-Sixed Senator Sanders’s Incipient Presidential Campaign,” it’s obvious that the ‘news’ media are against him; and Sanders himself has discussed many times that he won’t be able to and never did win on the basis of out-competing his political opponent at fundraising among the billionaires. He knows that at every stage along the way his opponent will be greatly outspending him. Like people such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Sanders understands social movements; he’s not only a politician; he knows things that very few politicians know. And now that he’s in his ultimate contest, he’s almost surprised, if not ecstatic, that the initial signs are that it’s working. Maybe it’ll stop working, but so far, it’s working.

    • Randje K Randje

      You cannot entertain a paradigm shift? You think its going to be ‘just as it has always been?” Perception creates reality mon ami. You live in the Age of Information, and if you are following current polling, Americans seem to grasp that we are in or heading into an emergency. What changes and galvanizes people out of apathy and inertia is something different. Obama was that 7 years ago. To a MUCH GREATER EXTENT, Bernie Sanders is that today. This man isn’t a mere burr under the saddle. He’s a fresh horse with an angry warrior in the saddle!

  • jadan

    I agree with you, Eric, because I want to agree with you. Sanders is bucking the trend, the austerity horseshit coming from the right, chiefly, and the national security fear mongering. People are very weary of this right wing, boot strap, 19th Century outlook by the same people who hated FDR, that minority of protofascist oligarchs that fit neatly into Bernie’s “billionaire class”. He’s engaging class warfare without much blowback because it is obvious that there is a war going on of the few against the many. Reagan’s “right to get rich”, which was bullshit to begin with has lost its luster, except on Wall Street, where ruthless bastards still preach this satanic gospel. Sanders is going to surprise a lot of cynical pundits because he’s channeling the real feelings of the “silent majority”. Obama betrayed the American people. Obama doesn’t come from the heart. He’s a CIA construct. Bernie’s the real deal. He’s good enough to assassinate.

    • cettel

      Anyone who agrees or disagrees with me “because I want to” is merely reinforcing his existing prejudices, not constantly trying to knock down any that he might have. Such people might as well just be reading the Bible, or the Quran, or whatever it is that they believe in, because no one can be a scientist about anything that way. We’re still in the Dark Ages. To get out of that, or being a scientist, is difficult; it means constantly policing one’s own beliefs and constantly rooting out ones that are turning out to have been wrong. People of faith glue themselves to their existing beliefs and end up being sumps for prejudice. It happens everywhere and destroys progress, which is based on science — the type of systematic skepticism that is at the very opposite end from the opposite epistemology, faith.

      I gave links to the data so that readers can access the basis for my conclusions, which are based on those cited data. If and when the data start pointing in a different direction, so too will my prediction. I don’t believe that Sanders will become President on the basis of my wanting to, but on the basis of my having carefully poured through polling data in political contests for decades and observed relationships within the data that are the same relationships in all of the political contests that I’ve tracked. Like any real science, it’s the best that I can do, and yet it still might be wrong.

      • jadan

        No need to get into epistemological debates to prove that “political science” is actually real science. ( It ain’t! ) I personally like Sanders, that’s all. Polling data doesn’t enter into it. I have no faith, yet I have no “systematic skepticism”, either. I like Sanders because I like the political ideals he represents. I think you’re really sticking your neck out predicting Sanders will be president. That says to me that you really like the guy, not that you’re rigorously scientific. There are simply too many variables involved. Not even “God” can call the future. the Best I can say is: I want the guy to win, and I’m glad you’re predicting it!

      • diogenes

        “real science” pays attention to facts, including the facts of history. The history of the nominations of Democratic Party presidential candidates shows that that Sanders’ chances are nil. And understanding of who operates the Democratic Party and for what purposes shows why. Common sense suggests that your argument is silly and the facts of history and political power support this conclusion. The question still open is, are you self-deluded or do you have ulterior motives?

  • ClubToTheHead

    My prediction: Santa is coming down the chimney in 2016 with a sack of toys for all the good girls and boys.

    Close your eyes and believe as hard as you can or you will receive chunks of coal, and NO Bernie.

    • Anthony Cincotti

      Oh great! You telling me Santa is in bed with Big Coal now? 😉

    • Randje K Randje

      Santa Claus? Is he running independent?

  • diogenes

    History suggests that it is altogether more likely that Bernie Sanders will end up serving as a Democratic Party stalking horse whose progressive followers will, in the end, be urged to support the fake-“progressive” Hilary Clinton as the candidate with “a chance” and “the lesser of two evils.” The Two Party system is designed to control nominations and betray the popular will in this fashion and has done it successfully over and over for the past 120 years. Kidding ourselves is not a promising strategy.

    Progressives need to focus on Congress, and especially on the House, district by district. Focusing on the presidency is a distraction, at this point. With Congressional elections, we have a chance every two years to make a difference here, and it is Congress that writes legislation, Congress that is most susceptible to popular influence and Congress that can effect change. Because its elections are local, they are better suited to being swayed by local popular efforts in contention with and despite the efforts of Wall Street to control them. And there are hundreds of Congressional seats, and only one presidency. And Congressional seats are challenge enough: Remember, Nixon won his first electoral office by outspending his important progressive five-term opponent Jerry Voorhis, outspending him five to one, with Wall Street money and a commie-smear campaign. But today populist progressive have a more cynical and wary electorate and modern internet information and social media on our side.

    • cettel

      You didn’t read this article, then you reply to it with a longwinded misinterpretation of other history.

      Your comment, “”

      • diogenes

        Right. Your concern is with Democratic Party politics. My concern is with restoring American democracy for the 99%. You propose Sanders as a stalking horse for Democratic party candidates and the Two Party system. History shows, however, that the Democratic party is as much a corrupt tool of the 1% as the Republican. Progressives need to abandon the party system in toto and back independent progressives — a strategy which history shows can work.

        • Mr Mike

          Please name a time in American history that your “strategy” has worked. Because when progressives abandon the 2 party system, what we get is another GWBush. The only way the system can be changed is from the inside, with a person like Bernie Sanders. If progressives abandon the Democratic party, all that will get us is conservative rule for a generation. I agree with you that the Democrats are owned by the 1% just like the Republicans, but at least the Democrats are somewhat liberal on social issues. If we cannot get true progressives into office, we have to at least make sure that conservatives do not get elected either. And if that means voting for a Democrat as the lesser of two evils, then that is what we need to do.

          • diogenes

            Mr. Mike, here is a sketch and brief guide to first sources on the history (mostly suppressed) of successful progressive action (mostly on the state level):

            LaFollette and his fellow progressives succeeded in making Wisconsin the most progressive state in the Union between 1895-1940 by these methods. Progressive movements also succeeded notably in California during this period (Hiram Johnson was their nominal ‘leader’), in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Wyoming, Idaho, Kansas.

            Important figures in this movement, besides Robert LaFollette and Hiram Johnson, included Louis Brandeis (of Massachusetts), Altgeld of Illinois, Tom Johnson and Samuel Jones of Ohio, Fiorello LaGuardia, NY, Frank Murphy, MI, Gifford and Amos Pinchot, PA, Rudolph Spreckes, CA, Charles Crane, IL, Robert Speer, CO, George Norris, NE, William Kent, CA, Maury Maverick, Texas, Charles McNary, OR, Gerald Nye, ND, Floyd Olson, MN, Wright Patman, Texas, Burton Wheeler, Montana, John Works, CA …. and many others

            Three books to read, to start with to learn about this history (which has been, not accidentally, suppressed by official historians) are:

            Robert LaFollette, Autobiography. This is the key text — both as inspiration and as a manual of tactics.

            Frederick Howe, Confessions of a Reformer — also Privilege and Democracy In America

            Louis Brandeis, Other People’s Money

            Charles A. Lindbergh Sr., The Economic Pinch (1923) — (very hard to find, unlike the other three, which should be available in a decent college library o by interlibrary loan)

            A key progressive document is the

            Final Report of the Commission On Industrial Relations (1915).

            An important instigating text was

            W.T. Stead, If Christ Came To Chicago (

            Some histories worth reading are

            John Chamberlain, Farewell To Reform

            Gabriel Kolko, Triumph of Conservatism

            Russel B. Nye, Midwestern Progressive Politics

            The book to start with is LaFollette’s Autobigraphy

          • Mr Mike

            The strategy I was referring to was the idea of abandoning the party system and voting for independent progressives, which is what you are calling for. I’m well aware of history, and none of the information you reference above shows progressives using that strategy. For example, LaFollette ran as a Republican in all his campaigns, not as an independent. Name one person in recent history who has been able to facilitate any kind of progressive changes as an independent. A modern politician must have the financial and marketing power of the 2 major parties, or they have a nearly impossible time getting elected, even at the state and local levels. Like I said, I agree with most of what you’re saying, but the only way to change the system is from within…therefore we must do all we can to support a strong shift to the left within the Democratic party.

          • diogenes

            It is possible for independent voters to back specific candidates without respect to their on paper party affiliation or not. Many progressives in the period 1895-1915 worked by taking over state Republican parties — they called themselves “Insurgent Republicans” — because in many midwestern states that was the party that help power and the most direct route to a progressive insurgency was through it. In other states, Third Parties were formed — e.g. the Farm-Labor Party which was a significant force in Minnesota.

            It is obvious that the Two Party System defeats the popular will and defeats progressives. One way or another, we need to find ways around it. Repeatedly trying to make either party work for us, at this point, after 120 years of history to show us that it doesn’t, isn’t merely stupid, it’s psychotic.

            Defeatism is self-fulfilling. People who can only tell us why things won’t work — even when history suggests otherwise — are not our friends, whether they think they are or not.

  • Walt Hess

    Bernie Sanders has my support because he has a plan to address the inequality issue – however, I’d sure like to know where he stands on foreign policy issues.

    He is Jewish – not a problem for me. He supports Israel’s right to exist and most Americans would agree. He won’t be harmed by AIPAC in a general election – but, does he support the Zionist dominated Likud party and Israel’s current policy toward the Palestinians? Does he support Palestinians right to exist and possible statehood?

    The wars in the mideast and in the Ukraine highlight another issue, that of the military industrial complex (MIC) which, as far as I can tell, call all the shots insofar as our foreign policy is concerned. How do we disengage from these disasters without our government being overthrown by the Pentagon, the CIA, Wall Street bankers and the corporations that form the MIC. They are in the driver’s sent now and they probably won’t like it when their budgets are cut and their reckless spending is curtailed.

    Bernie Sanders is the biggest threat to the status quo in a long time. Getting him elected is one thing, keeping him alive is another. Remember what happened to JFK.

    • Sean Laney

      The Arab American Institute rates him pro-Arab/pro-Palestinian.

      • ZeldaZ

        Not pro Arab, just pro people

    • Jeul

      He has said that he is concerned about overreach on Israel’s part and that he supports a two-state solution. Sounds pretty reasonable to me. Combined with his other stances, he’s a win-win candidate for many progressives.

    • Gretchen Pemberton Brena

      He didn’t attend Netanyahu’s speech which tells me he’s not happy with Israel’s current philosophy. He supports a two state plan but I don’t know how much he’s worked on it. I am excited that he’s running and I’m volunteering for him.

      • rhess

        He didn’t attend the speech because he deemed it inappropriate on Netanyahu’s part for speaking to Congress so close to the eve of the election in Israel.

        • Gretchen Pemberton Brena

          Could we both be correct about his reasons?

      • nina b

        I volunteered too. Feel the Bern!

    • SecularHumanist199

      He may have been born Jewish, but he is an atheist. I think that may be even a bigger impediment to his election that if he were a practicing Jew. I think that a lot of people in this country still vote based on their religion and don’t trust someone who doesn’t believe in god. That and his position as a democratic socialist, which most Americans are too stupid to understand the real meaning of, will prevent a lot of people from ever considering him.
      That said, I love Bernie Sanders, I would vote for him in a primary or general election vs. any of the candidates who have declared or who are likely to declare. I think he has a lot of ideas that would be good for the country and has a rational view of effective economic and foreign policy based on facts, not ideology and would be a great president.

      • VerbalKint

        I’ve not read where he is an atheist, only that he is a non-practicing Jew. If he is an atheist he’s certainly much more reasonable than others with a high profile. He’s also a vocal admirer of Pope Francis.

        • SecularHumanist199

          I read that he was an atheist but I think a more accurate description would be that he is culturally Jewish, but not observant. I can’t find the source that I thought I remembered that quoted him as saying he doesn’t believe in god, so can’t corroborate his exact religious stance.

          • Lynn Boostedt

            Maybe he leaves religion where it belongs, in a church. I would rather a politician have no religion. Republicans want to drag it into the white house. Along with the hate and bigotry they have made it to be. I think 2016 is going to be way different. Give republicans another year of control in congress and Democrats will show in force. But then, That was the plan all along.

          • John Smith

            He is a non-practicing Jew who is friends with bill maher, an avid atheist. He may not be, but that’s enough for the news to paint him as one.

      • MakingFunOfMorons

        He quotes the Pope all the time on Facebook. It is very off-putting.

        • drexxx

          Off putting? Pope Francis is incredibly intelligent. Everything he says is damn near spot on… I’m an atheist, and I love Francis.

        • drexxx

          Off putting? Pope Francis is incredibly intelligent. Everything he says is damn near spot on… I’m an atheist, and I love Francis.

          • uhhuhh

            Francis is an anti-gay bigot.

          • drexxx

            Most of us are.

          • Jimmy

            Not approving of a gay lifestyle because it is contrary to your beliefs is far different than being anti-gay. Anti-gay would mean taking some active role to discriminate against gay people. Saying that you do not approve of gay sex for moral reasons is simply a statement, without action, and it is not against gay people. Not meaning to draw any false equivalencies but to use the analogy that comes to mind: being against abortion does not make you anti-women-who-get-abortions in the same way that being against homosexual action does not make you anti-gay people. By calling him a bigot for merely disapproving of an action, you reveal your own intolerant bigotry. (A definition of bigot from thefreedictionary.com: One who is strongly partial to one’s own group, religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ).

            Not that I will convince you of anything.

      • drexxx

        I don’t think he’s an atheist. Not only has he never said that, but he gives the impression of quite opposite.

    • AudreyRafael Sophie Sydney

      Everyone support Israel right to exist, that is not the debate, the debate is wether Israel can be a jewish state or not.

      • jim349

        Doesn’t Palestine have a right to exist also?

    • John

      JFK was assassinated by the mafia with the help of some secret service incompetence.

      • JohnT

        The Oswald killing was Mafia style. The JFK assassination reeked of precision, and multiple shooters. In a classic cross fire.

        Military style.

        • Helper

          There were 11 bullets fired one from the manhole just ahead of the limo. Johnson had the limo taken to a garage in Chicago to be dismantled to remove the evidence. The most notable picture is a bullet hole in the front windshield having come from the frontm

      • Harry

        I think the assassination of President Kennedy was organized by both the mafia and rogue elements in the U.S. government.

        I convinced that Jack Ruby was one of the conspirators and shot Oswald to prevent him going to trial and spilling the beans on who the conspirators were.

        Also, those same conspirators also arranged the 1968 assassination of his brother, Robert F. Kennedy. No way were the assassins of President Kennedy going to let another Kennedy become President!

        • Bev

          Support and PROTECT all politicians who would serve our common interests. Bernie will have to protect the integrity of Primary election vote counting so he can then protect the integrity of the General Election Vote counting from the right-wing owned, operated electronic voting/scanning. He must advocate for hand-counted paper ballots counted and posted in precinct on election night.

          http://www.globalresearch.ca/miami-jury-cia-involved-in-jfk-assassination/5379965
          Miami Jury: CIA Involved in JFK Assassination
          By The Spotlight Global Research, May 01, 2014
          Not a single major newspaper nor any national news broadcast has ever reported that on Feb. 6, 1985, a jury in Miami concluded that the CIA was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

          via: http://markcrispinmiller.com/2015/04/those-who-forget-how-jeb-helped-steal-the-white-house-for-his-brother-have-doomed-the-rest-of-us-to-living-under-him-as-president/

          Those who forget how Jeb helped steal the White House for his brother have
          doomed the rest of us to living under HIM as “president”

          We all remember the controversy that erupted during the 2000 presidential elections when Florida votes were too close to call and forced a recount. Bush ended up winning Florida and, ultimately, the election.

          During this time, George W. Bush’s brother, Jeb, was the governor of Florida. Considering this, Jeb had a role in the Florida recount, reported TruthOut.

          link: http://www.ringoffireradio.com/2015/04/have-we-forgotten-that-jeb-bush-committed-election-fraud-in-bush-v-gore-scam/

          Have We Forgotten That Jeb Bush Committed Election Fraud in ‘Bush v Gore’ Scam?
          — April 20, 2015

          • Bev

            Bushs are CIA. Is Obama? Are the Clintons? We should know. Someone ask.

            http://www.globalresearch.ca/miami-jury-cia-involved-in-jfk-assassination/5379965
            Miami Jury: CIA Involved in JFK Assassination
            Not a single major newspaper nor any national news broadcast has ever reported that on Feb. 6, 1985, a jury in Miami concluded that the CIA was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

            Encourage Whistleblowers to save kids & Democracy as there appears to be a link to rigged elections by the same people who abuse children. Is ES&S CIA? ES&S is also Election Software and Systems as in articles:

            http://www.opednews.com/articles/Still-Evil-after-All-These-by-Charles-M-Young-120910-472.html
            Still Evil after All These Years: The Franklin Scandal and Pedophilia in High Places
            By Charles M. Young Posted by Dave Lindorff

            The Omaha World-Herald was the foremost local cheerleader for persecuting teenagers instead of investigating their claims. One of its own columnists, Peter Citron, had a long history of arrests for pedophilia and child porn and was implicated by two witnesses at Larry King’s sex parties. The long-time publisher of the World-Herald, Harold Anderson, was a big supporter of Larry King and had raised money for the Franklin. During the 18 years that King presided over the Franklin, the newspaper never noticed that King was living a hugely expensive lifestyle when he was supposedly making $17,000 a year in salary. The World-Herald Company is co-owner of Election Software and Systems, which counts half the election ballots in the United States.

            http://franklinscandal.com/
            THE FRANKLIN SCANDAL: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse & Betrayal
            by Nick Bryant

            The FRANKLIN SCANDAL is the story of a nationwide pedophile ring that
            pandered children to a cabal of the rich and powerful. The ring’s pimps were a pair of political powerbrokers who had access to the highest levels of our government. Nebraska legislators attempted to expose the network in 1989 and 1990, but the legislators’ efforts were followed by a rash of mysterious deaths and the overpowering responses of federal and local law enforcement, including the FBI and Justice Department, which effected an immaculate cover-up of the trafficking network.

            The publisher is donating 50% of the book’s proceeds to organizations that assist abused children.
            ……………..
            http://markcrispinmiller.com/2010/04/the-strange-death-of-nancy-schaefer-two-items/
            The strange death of Nancy Schaefer (two items)

            …Senator Schaefer led opposition to HB582 and SB304, two bills introduced by fellow Republicans that would have likely resulted in increasing child sex slave trafficking. These bills would have made it legal for teenagers to participate in certain illicit acts. The bills effectively removed the legal authority that police now have to pick teenagers up and get them into protective custody so that they can no longer be pimped for those acts. As President of Georgia Eagle Forum, Nancy Schaefer planned to be in Alabama this weekend for an Eagle Forum convention. Instead she chose to stay in Georgia to develop new information that would have further exposed corruption in DFCS and beyond. Many Eagle forum members who were close to Sen. Schaefer were aware of her courageous efforts. None of them believe that either she or her husband was involved in any type of suicide.
            …..
            http://freepress.org/departments/display/19/2012/4719
            Who owns Scytl? George Soros isn’t in the voting machines, but the intelligence community is by Gerry Bello

            In 2010, Scytl purchased a 100% interest in SOE software, an up and coming player in the American elections market with their Clarity Software Suite which is used in 525 jurisdictions in 19 states. SOE has a strategic partnership with ES & S, the major marketer of electronic voting systems in the US. ES & S was sued by the US DOJ in 2009 on anti-trust grounds after purchasing Diebold’s elections division, Premier Election Solutions. ES & S subsequently sold Premier to rival manufacturer Dominion. Bob Urosevich, founder of ES & S, was also President of Diebold. In 2006 Urosevich was listed as managing
            director of Scytl Americas, although his name has subsequently been removed from their website.
            ……………….
            http://www.thelandesreport.com/VotingSecurity.htm
            The Case For Open Voting
            by Lynn Landes

            There is no transparency to our current voting system. Congress has legalized election fraud by allowing, if not mandating, non-transparent voting systems that prohibit direct access to a paper ballot and meaningful public oversight

            Making matters worse, our public voting system has been privatized and outsourced to a handful of domestic, foreign, and multi-national corporations, most of whom have close ties to the right wing of the Republican Party. Just two companies, ES&S and Diebold, started by two brothers, Bob and Todd Urosevich, electronically process (using touchscreen machines or optical scanners), 80% of all votes. Their employees are in a perfect position to rig elections nation-wide. And evidence is mounting that elections in America have been computer programmed to prefer conservative candidates of both political parties.
            …………….
            http://markcrispinmiller.com/2015/02/how-the-cia-made-google/
            How the CIA made Google by Nafeez Ahmed

            https://medium.com/@NafeezAhmed/how-the-cia-made-google-e836451a959e
            …………
            http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/26754-computerized-election-theft-and-the-new-american-century

            Computerized Election Theft and the New American Century
            By Jonathan D. Simon, Truthout

            In comments: Election Statistician Richard Charnin http://richardcharnin.com/
            In the 1968-2012 Presidential elections, the Republicans won the average recorded vote by 48.7-45.8%. The 1968-2012 Recursive National True Vote Model indicates the Democrats won the True Vote by 49.6-45.0% – a 7.5% margin discrepancy.

            In the 1988-2008 elections, the Democrats won the unadjusted state exit poll aggregate by 52-42% – but won the recorded vote by just 48-46%, an 8% margin discrepancy. The state exit poll margin of error was exceeded in 126 of 274 state presidential elections from 1988-2008. The probability of the occurrence is ZERO. Only 14 (5%) would be expected to exceed the MoE at the 95% confidence level. Of the 126 which exceeded the MoE, 123 red-shifted to the Republican. The probability P of that anomaly is ABSOLUTE ZERO (5E-106). That is scientific notation for

            P= .000000000 000000000 000000000 000000000 000000000 000000000 000000000 000000000 000000000 000000000 000005.

            The proof is in the 1988-2008 Unadjusted State Exit Polls Statistical Reference. Not one political scientist, pollster, statistician, mathematician or media pundit has ever rebutted the data or the calculation itself. They have chosen not to discuss the topic. And who can blame them? Job security is everything.

            Election forecasters, academics, political scientists and main stream media pundits never discuss or analyze the statistical evidence that proves election fraud is systemic – beyond a reasonable doubt. This site contains a compilation of presidential, congressional and senate election analyses based on pre-election polls, unadjusted exit polls and associated True Vote Models. Those who never discuss or analyze Election Fraud should focus on the factual statistical data and run the models. If anyone wants to refute the analytical evidence, they are encouraged to do so in a response. Election forecasters, academics and political scientists are welcome to peer review the content.

            The bedrock of the evidence derives from this undisputed fact: Final national and state exit polls are always forced to match the recorded vote – even if doing so requires an impossible turnout of prior election voters and implausible vote shares. All demographic categories are adjusted to conform to the recorded vote. To use these forced final exit polls as the basis for election research is unscientific and irresponsible. The research is based on the bogus premise that the recorded vote is sacrosanct and represents how people actually voted. Nothing can be further from the truth.

            It is often stated that exit polls were very accurate in elections prior to 2004 but have deviated sharply from the recorded vote since. That is a misconception. The UNADJUSTED exit polls have ALWAYS been accurate and closely matched the True Vote in 1988-2008. A comparison ofADJUSTED, PUBLISHED exit polls in elections prior to 2004 and PRELIMINARY exit polls since then is like comparing apples to oranges. The adjusted, published exit polls have always exactly matched the fraudulent RECORDED vote because they have been forced to do so. That’s why they APPEAR to have been accurate. The RECORDED vote has deviated from the TRUE VOTE in EVERY election since 1968 – always favoring the Republicans.
            …………..

            Bernie and everyone will need to demand paper ballots hand counted and posted in precinct on primary and general election nights. Protect all politicians, media, educators who would help kids and return us to a Democracy. And, help those politicians, media, and military to whistleblow those who have been set up, threatened and blackmailed to comply with above.

            Also posted at:
            http://bradblog.com/?p=11048
            DNC Adopts Resolution Calling for ‘Right-to-Vote’ Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

            http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/02/seahawks-coach-pete-carroll-question-911.html
            Why Would Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll Question 9/11?

            Posted on February 1, 2015 by Kevin Ryan at http://digwithin.net/

            Elections have consequences.
            CNN’s Judy Woodruff interviews CNN’s Military Affairs Correspondent Jamie McIntyre as he reports live from the Pentagon on 9/11
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07Bn_CC_mrg

            http://existentialistcowboy.blogspot.com/2012/01/aa-exposes-bushs-big-lie-flight-11-did.html

            AA Exposes Bush’s ‘Big Lie’: Flight 11 DID NOT FLY on 911!

            by Len Hart, The Existentialist Cowboy

          • Helper

            True

        • Helper

          All true. A female scientist injected Ruby to kill him after he said pubically this goes to the top referring to sociopath Johnson. She injected him with a biomedical weapon that caused his cancer

      • Helper

        THE MOB HIRED THE HIT MEN WHO CAME FROM FRANCE UP THROUGH MEXICO AND SPENT 10 DAYS IN A SAFE HOUSE . IN DALLAS. LUCIEN SARTE WAS THE MAN WHO FIRED FROM BEHIND THE FENCE. AT THE GRASSY KNOLL. THERE WERE 11 SHOTS FIRED. JFK’S BRAIN WAS BLOWN OUT BY A HOLLOW POINT BULLET. THE CIA WAS INVOLVED BECAUSE JFK WANTED CONTROL OF MAJESTIC 12 THE CIA’S MIND CONTROL PROGRAM. ALAN DULLES DID NOT WANT JFK INVOLVED. YES THE MOB WAS INVOLVED THEY WANTED THEIR CASINOS BACK IN CUBA AND THEIR BASE OF HEROIN TRADE WAS IN CUBA WHICH NOW IS IN MONTREAL. MAKE NO MISTAKE IT WAS A BANKER’S ASSASSINATION!

        • Eli Bowen

          Anytime you use ALL CAPS, people will discount what you say because you look like a raving loony.

          • Helper

            It is easier for me to read in caps. If people discount my statements based on the use if CAPS well they are dumb fuck lame asses and I really don”y give a rats ass.

          • Eli Bowen

            I don’t believe it’s easier for you to read.
            All caps is HARDER to read.
            And it’s not you that’s reading it, anyway. It’s other people.
            If you don’t give a rat’s ass, why post anything at all?

          • Helper

            For your own sake I will discontinue the use of CAPS. However the message behind the words matters. And no I am not a looney just cannot stand whiners

          • Charlie123

            Use of all caps is also a remote symptom of mental illness, as is the abandonment of punctuation.

      • Helper

        Yes the mob was involved hired French assassins who stayed in a safe house in Dallas before the hit. Lucien Sarte was one of them. Took JFK out with a hollow point bullet. Geneva White who was a hostess at the Carousel Club owned by Jack Ruby heard Jack hire her husband Roscoe White a Dallas Police. Officer and CIA Operative to kill JFK. Many were involved but it was David Rockefeller who went to Henry Kissinger for the master plan.

      • Helper

        Yes they were involved as were others but it was David Rockefeller who told LBJ GHW BUSH and the CIA if they didn’t blame Oswald David Rockefeller would start WWIII. Look at The Men Who Killed Kennedy by Nigel Turner on DVD

    • theinstiga

      Actually Johnson carried on most of JFK’s reforms….

      • Helper

        Thank God LBJ was dumb enough not to repeal Executive Order 11110. It is still legally en force. All Obama has to do is enforce it and we can take our country back.

    • Helper

      DAVID ROCJEFELLER KILLED JFK WENT TO HENRY KISSINGER FOR A FULL PROOF PLAN ROCKEFELLER TOLD THE CIA GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH AND LBJ TO BLAME OSWALD OTHERWISE HE WOULD START WWIII. THE NORTHEAST COAST BANKERS KILLED JFK FOR ENACTING EXECUTIVE ORDER 11110 WHICH RETURNED POWER TO THE PRESIDENT TO PRINT U.S. DOLLARS FROM THE U.S. TREASURY DIRECTING DILLON HEAD OF THE TREASURY TO DO SO. SILVER WAS DEPOSITED TO THE U.S. TREASURY. 4 BILLION NOTES WERE PRINTED. THIS GAVE US BACK CONTROL OF OUR CURRENCY GAVE US BACK OUR CONSTITUTION AND GAVE US BACK AMERICA. THIS IN EFFECT ENDED THE FEDERAL RESERVE CENTRAL BANK’S CONTROL OF OUR CURRENCY. THAT IS WHY THEY KILLED JFK. HOWEVER LBJ DID NOT REPEAL THE EXECUTIVE ORDER IT STANDS TODAY IT IS EN FORCE. ALL OBAMA HAS TO DOVIS ENFORCE IT MINE SILVER DEPOSIT IT INTO THE U.S. TREASURY AND TAKE BACK CONTROL OF OUR CURRENCY. IF HE DOES NOT MAYBE BERNIE WILL. THIS WILL FREE US FROM THE CLUTCHES OF THE CABAL. TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY NOW!

      • JD Gimzek

        sounds reasonable.

      • city zen

        that is not what eo 11110 did. The people who were mad were those who had run the bay of pigs invasion.

        • Helper

          The CIA got rid of JFK because he wanted to take charge of MAJESTIC 12 the mind control program and Alan Dulles wasn’t going to stand for that as for the Bay of Pigs incident the CIA screwed up they sent people out in boats with radios and not any guns. JFK was blamed for that and yes the mob wanted their casinos back and yes there were a lot of other factors. If you did your homework you would know it was the same global bankers that paid Booth to kill Lincoln and McKinley who also took over the printing of currency away from the cabal. It was a banker’s assassination. Keep going all wars are banker’s wars.

          • city zen

            you have got to be joking. Lincoln was a HUGe proponent of a national bank. One of his major acts was to resurrect it.

            And mckinley? He was the billionaire’s favorite president. An anarchist assassinated him. Probably the only truly political assassination in american history.

            get a clue

          • Helper

            Lincoln printed greenbacks from the U.S. Treasury not from the global bankers. Look up the site the Money Masters.

          • Jill

            I’m pretty sure they were all killed by male super models, and not global bankers.

      • dMnyc

        Your caps lock key appears to be broken.

        • Paul Berez

          “Governetism”–a new word to describe what Democrats believe in. By Paul Berez
          Describes how government interveined in the Great Depression and the Great Recession, Social Security, Medicare, Obamacare, environmental laws. Where would we be without these interventions? Where would we be if the Republican’s agenda dominated politics in 1932 and beyond?

    • John L. Lee

      Smartest thing really is to KILL every fucking republican creep!

  • 1AdamBaum

    I have read all the comments and I am taken back on how the public remains in denial as to whether or not the individual voters make any difference in Washington. Hillary has already paid her dues to the “Controlling Agenda Elite” who now dictate to the Dark-sided world leaders, their script to follow. There is only months not years left for the complete collapse of the US $Dollar’s reign as a world dominant currency. With a day’s worth of internet research, one can verify that the abundance of so called big banker suicides, and the US Govt.’s lack of ability to settle their interest payments, has led to some very underhanded treason by the last 4 administrations. The United States Govt. has granted eminent domain to China who has taken ownership of strategic harbors on both coasts now, and can literally demand whatever real estate they wish as settlement on interest due to them from US bonds. The Brics Nations and their new Gold Standard banking systems are going to create something the US and it’s Fiat banking systems can not equal. All the unrest in the world at this time is to begin the final showdown of good vs evil. Over the last 3 years we have seen a massive escalation of false flags, but only those of us who are connecting and thus awake recognise these as false flags. To the others these are genuine happenings. One of the greatest actors in our time, Benjamin Netanyahu, through him, Mossad and the Zionist faction have penetrated every government and institution on the planet. So what a surprise that the Obama administration is now raising barriers to attempt to block out the Zionist faction, for who would willingly walk to destruction if there was another path to follow. I know many of you are situated all over the planet, some feel very isolated, some are in small communities or groups, but all of us are connected through the desire to develop and ultimately to achieve the true ascendants of being a human. Many years ago human kind contained 12 strands of DNA. Through trickery and subterfuge and not a little genetic alteration, the human form that we now posses was cheated of 10 strands of DNA. Since the 21st December 2012, human kind took the most monumental step forward (a much more giant step than any fake first steps on the moon). All of you who are on this path to ‘ascension’ will face over the next 2 and a half years a most testing time. You will see a carnival/theatre roll out in front of your eyes as the desperate elite do everything in their power to hoodwink and fool as many people as they can. Please be mindful that these people have learnt much over the last 3 years and we should expect the subtlety of their false flags to develop. More: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkQBjXTiMIw

  • Bax Richards

    The telltale sign that the ruling elite realize this will be when Fox News pulls out all the stops to support Hillary.

  • diogenes

    To equate the Democratic party with progressive policies or progressive action is a hoax and indicates a profound contempt for our intelligence and knowledge of present conditions and history.

    • GeorgeReston

      True, but I’ll take any Democrat over any Republican any day.

    • ClubToTheHead

      I would rather have Bernie run as a Republican.

      He support for foreign wars, and military spending, and Israel, would let him better showcase his imperial side.

      If the Republican Party were moved to the left by him, the nose-led Democratic Party would likey follow.

  • Gerry1211

    Thanks for the terrific article. Let’s make it happen!!!

  • diogenes

    Examination of the nomination process of every single Democratic convention from 1968 to the present, and most before 1960, suggests that Bernie Sanders has zero chance of being nominated. The function of his candidacy is to suck progressives into the Democratic Party to then be herded behind the machine candidate — probably Mrs. Clinton — like Humphrey in 68. Meanwhile Sanders’ candidacy serves to make the Democratic party look “open” to progressive proposals and to make it harder for more threatening, more genuinely progressive, less compromised candidates to be heard — for example, Warren.

    Progressives need to read the lesson of history and understand that to try to work with the Democratic party — or any party — is to be betrayed and defeated. The history of the America since 1892 demonstrates this, repeatedly and incessantly. See my comment below for more on alternative approaches which have succeeded for progressives in the past in America — and which we have therefore never heard of from the official historian hirelings of the 1% — because they might “give us ideas.”

    Until we get a clue and get out of the Two Party trap, nothing will change, except for the worse, as it has been now since 11/22/63.

    • kimyo

      killer post, and clear/concise in a way pseudohistorian zuesse could never imagine or deliver.

      he is here for just one reason: to get people voting. clearly, this is fruitless. (why? diebold.)

      why get people voting? so that you can blame them for the outcome.

      but what if you could establish that you didn’t vote for either the government or the opposition?………….you could argue that you were so drunk that you didn’t know what you were doing…….

      if you participate, you’re voting for monsanto/jpm/goldman/kochco. think i’m wrong? just look at the outcome of the last 4+ elections….

      • diogenes

        We need to find ways to make democracy work, to make voting work, for the interests of the people, the 99%, instead of for the interests of the Big Money, the 1%, because democracy is our only hope. Not voting is not a solution; at best it is a form of protest when we know that voting is meaningless — and about half of American eligible voters don’t vote because they realize that it IS meaningless as presently operated. But this is no solution. American progressives, working outside parties, found ways, between 1895 and 1915, to make democracy work, to make voting count for the 99%. I post in a comment below (responding to Mr. Mike) brief references to sources that lead to this history of SUCCESSFUL PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA. The key text is Robert LaFollette’s Autobiography. You sound like a thinking, caring person, Kimyo — you should give them a look.

        • kimyo

          i found a digital version of the autobiography here. i will certainly give it a read, and look for the other works you mention below.

          barsocchini did a great piece on lafollette several months ago and i cannot find it.

    • will

      You are gravely mistaken.

    • Randje K Randje

      Ever played cards Wild West style? When it becomes obvious that the game is totally rigged, it becomes necessary to abandon strategy and turn the tables. You can extrapolate and hypothesize til the cows come home, but this ain’t ’68, and the internet is why. Yes the two parties are corrupt to the marrow, and labor under the delusion that they control the election process. But we’re all sitting at the table en masse–if we’d just look up from our nearly empty beer mugs to notice–and when mainstream America decides to upturn the table….you may well find your entrenched cynicism and smug prognostications scattered midst the broken glass and poker chips.

  • William Fripp

    I was interested in your opinion until you pooped out the line “…Of course, the 2016 Presidential campaign won’t be about only the catastrophe in Iraq and George W. Bush’s having created it;”

    George Bush no “created” the war in Iraq than you did your own “opinion”…

    …anybody who knows anything about history or is intellectually honest enough to admit it knows we have been involved in Iraq since the 1960’s…

    …Saddam Hussein was an evil, sadistic crime lord and so we’re his sons…the world is far better off with them dead…

    …Mr. Obama is to blame for the state of affairs in Iraq today, and no one else…

    …period.

    • Avedon

      That depends on what you’re blaming him for. Obama fought hard to try to keep the troops in Iraq. Trouble was, the Iraqis didn’t want them. And George W. Bush had made an agreement with them to have our troops out by a certain date, and that was what they wanted. Obama worked like crazy to get them to change their minds, but it didn’t work.
      The fact remains, however, that the real mess we have in Iraq right now is the result of the GWBush administration’s decision to invade. Since they never had any plan to create democracy in Iraq (why would they? They were against that), it was bound to be a disaster. That was evident fairly soon after the invasion.

      • diogenes

        Bush, Obama, Tweedledee, Tweedledum. Fooled you!

      • Deep in his second term the problem is all Obama’s. That’s how it goes when you are POTUS, you get all the credit you deserve.

    • Jim Braman

      Good point, but we need to remember that the Bush family is connected with big oil in the middle east …that was a major accelerant to the already existing imperial interests from decades before.

      • William Fripp

        Once all of the skeletons come tumbling out of the Middle East’s closets after the dust has settled, we’ll learn a lot of things we wish we hadn’t about who is connected to whom and why…

    • will

      That is radically simpleton. Really?

      • William Fripp

        I know; I don’t know why more people can’t understand their own history either…

  • ClubToTheHead

    After the billionaires whip Bernie, he will come back whimpering like an
    abused dog, licking the hands that beat him. He will have earned the
    mocking ridicule he will receive from them in his defeat.

    Only as an independent can Bernie come back as an attack dog, biting the hand
    that beat him, extracting a price from them in making their victory over him a
    Pyrrhic victory.

    Only by extracting a price from the billionaire parties can any party of the
    left earn a modicum of grudging respect.

    But he must be a class warrior: principled, and not a poser.

    • dhb4angels

      I believe Bernie IS A CLASS Warrior, and Principled!

      • ClubToTheHead

        No he is not.

        He will not fight billionaires into the election. He will cave in the pressure from billionaires to support their party, the Democratic Party.

        So what you believe doesn’t mean anything at all based on Bernie’s promise.

    • Randje K Randje

      You need to take your meds EVERY DAY, my friend. Instead of those hallucinogens someone replaced them with!

  • Carl Rody

    Hillary will win the primary and the national elections…I’m comfortable with that.

    • Neil

      You’re comfortable with that why?

  • Harry

    Bernie Sanders has the ability to make an excellent President of the United States, but he does have the liability of being Jewish. I have no problem with either a Jew, and acknowledged atheist, or a Mormon being President. But unfortunately, the majority of America does not agree with me, especially Red State America, who will only vote for man or a woman who is Protestant or at least a Roman Catholic, who is married, has children, and is a church member, to elected President.
    Even a WASP who is not a church will have a tremendous liability in being elected President.

    Even so, Sanders should still run for President and challenge this barrier of anti-semitism head on. Go for it, Bernie!

    • will

      I think you are mistaken- anti semitism is weaker now than racism against blacks. Moreover- the red states dont matter in the electoral college.

      • Harry

        I sincerely hope that you are right and I am wrong!

  • How about a platform of the following:
    1) Replace Federal Personal and Corporate income tax with an imputed tax on the GDP accomplished by printing calculated dollars
    2) Transform Federal agencies to massively reduce scope, size and regulatory burden
    3) Demilitarize police through adoption of non-violent tools and methods.
    4) Expand bill of rights to include housing, sustenance, healthcare, education and internet access.
    5) Promote the decentralization and deinstitutionalization of basic Education
    6) Transform military to develop and deploy effective low lethality tactics
    7) Automatic voter registration of citizens
    8) Support and promote global one human one vote democracy
    9)
    Denuclearize states that sponsor terrorism through international
    applications of severe restrictions on trade, travel and access to
    international financial resources.
    10) Overall focus on the promotion, support and facilitation of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happines

    • Jim Braman

      Nice list. Esp. #2. I would add something to reflect the ever-popular and much needed congressional reforms such as Sanders has previously introduced as a Constitutional Amendment.

      #1- ….we need to harness taxes from the electronic income of the top 5% who make a fortune on millions of forex microtrades and other investments that rely on computer-based trading. This is NOT work! ….at least not the kind that contributes to sustaining life on the planet for future generations! Other options? Flat sales tax?

      #3 – ….and let’s hire Norway to train and re-indoctrinate the police academies with our famous “To Serve and Protect” motto.

    • Randje K Randje

      Does #9 include Amerika?

  • Republican and Democrat = the Cherry and Grape flavors of the same toxic soporific of the masses.

  • Only viable if Bernie wins the Democratic nomination, if not a vote for Bernie is a vote for Republicans. The 2016 election will determine the future of this country and the working class of this nation. If Republicans win all progress will be lost to more wars, climate disasters, bigotry and attacks from countries that hate the U.S. because of Republican bully tactics and human rights violations.

  • Edward Kirby

    Red states will vote Red no matter who the candidates are, and the same goes for Blue States. But the dirty little secret of presidential politics involves the little known fact that 54% the population of the country fits into just ten states. Of those ten, three are Blue (CA, NY, & IL), two are Red (TX & GA) and the remaining five states — FL, PA, OH, NC & MI — are purple.

    Of the remaining purple states, VA (12th largest state) is the most important. The rest are small and, although not inconsequential, are far less worthy of attention. The remaining non-purple states usually get visited only if the candidates need to drum up donations.

    In order for the Red candidate to have a chance at winning, he has to pick up at least 4 of those states, and probably all 5 (or 6, if you include VA).

    So any polling or — as in this article — speculation about the potential winner a year and a half from now will need to focus on those states only.

    The rest do not matter.

    So the question should be: how does Bernie poll in those 5 or 6 purple states? What are his chances in those states only? Can he win 2 or 3 of these key battleground states that would ensure victory?

    When viewed through that lens, his projected landslide victory becomes far less apparent to me.

  • John Couper

    Interesting and optimistic analysis. I don’t think Iraq is quite as central as you argue, but you may well be right. As a communication scholar, here is my take. 1. Americans have become addicted to simplicity– Obama only recently started sounding less like a lecturer, and his positives show the result. In the past, this addiction has only worked for the Right, because they communicate in bumperstickers. Bernie’s proposals are clear, while the bickering confusion of similar GOP messages from candidates will only confuse those who need simplicity. 2. Similarly, most Americans rightly mistrust slick packaging and the Right’s manufactured passion has helped them much more than rationalistic Democrats. But now Bernie’s “favorite uncle” naturalness and obvious passion are unique among all candidates except the Greens, who can’t get a word in edgewise. The Right’s acid just slides off of Bernie because he doesn’t try to appease. 3. Obama won largely because he managed Social Media best (though he has abandoned chunks of his vision in a way that Bernie won’t); Rightwing trolls try to compete but their messages are too negative and annoying, and most GOP candidates are weak at SM. The Sanders team is doing a great foundation-building job of sending out shareable Instagram soundbites every day and using other new grassroots mobilizing tools. 4. Although Hillary sounds increasingly populist, challenging and personal, but it’s hard to see her gaining much real trust because of her love of generals and bankers. 5. Because Bernie isn’t running as a Third Party, the “wasted vote” concern is void. 6. The Right grabbed the power but can’t use it, meanwhile slide deeper into dysfunctional craziness. 7. The Right will play its dirty vote-grabbing tricks, but everything else is working against them. 8. My communication analysis complements your policy analysis, with a similar conclusion: in a nation fed up with the Right and the flabby “Left”, Bernie can win.

    • Randje K Randje

      Well said. This system does not know how to deal with a populist of Bernie’s stripe except to ignore him. Which ain’t gonna work for long. Look to the Koch’s to make sure the Green Party is heard, cuz they’re done for if Bernie gets the nod. They may as well donate their money to the Catholic Church, and hope for mega-dispensations!

      • ClubToTheHead

        Bernie will be ignored.

        The Democratic Party’s candidate will triangulate against Bernie in its post-primary move to the the right.

  • Gretchen Pemberton Brena

    I whole-heartedly support Bernie! He’s the Real Deal and America’s last hope of turning things around. I have donated a little and will work hard to get him elected.

    • Bernie Sanders does not stand a chance of getting the Democratic Party
      nomination for the presidency, and he knows it. He is just after money
      from donations. And his silly talk about free college education for all
      is just his way of getting more people to give him money.
      Bernie Sanders knows that liberals fall for anything that tells
      them they are going to get something for free that will be paid for by
      the extremely rich.

    • You do realize socialism and communism has failed every time it’s been tried.

      • cettel

        Anyone who confuses socialism with communism must be an idiot, not only because communism is the dictatorial version of socialism and so this would be like equating capitalism with fascism, which is the dictatorial version of capitalism; but because the nations that top the world’s lists on ratings of the happiness and well-being of the people, as well as on their standard of living, are mainly socialist democracies, such as Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. To confuse those countries with the Soviet Union is idiotic. And Bernie Sanders has always defined himself specifically in relation to the traditions of Scandinavia; so, any such idiocy that is pretending to be relevant to Sanders is also slanderous.

        • Trust me, I’ve not “confused” anything. Socialism/communism It’s all the same bullshit to me. I’ve got a great idea for you…. Why don’t you have your commie friend Bernie charter a jet to one of your Scandinavian utopia’s and don’t let the Red, White, & Blue Door hit you in the ass on your way out. LMAO

          • Caroline K.

            I don’t want to burst your bubble, and I recognize your right to feel as you do, but you are aware that Europe and the UK, including Canada, are welfare states, right? The Nordic model, in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands. The Continental model, in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and Luxemborg.

          • Walker Peter

            U idiots dont get it. those countries are well balanced . people are smarter and better of for it, the economy works for more people not just the rich. They economy in very good shape too , Bernie well do that here #Feelthebern stupid GOP fucks.

          • Caroline K.

            I think you missed the point I was making Peter. You assumed because I was civilized and wasn’t calling people names, that I was not siding with Bernie. You need to reread my comment, and other comments. You do Bernie an injustice with your name calling and quick judgments. I assure you that Bernie would not want that as a part of his campaign. I realize you are passionate, but it doesn’t help Bernie’s campaign.

  • josh

    if the author is willing to place a wager on his prediction, i’d be glad…eager in fact…to agree to generous terms in his favor that’ll he’ll be wrong.

    • Randje K Randje

      At a similar point in the 2008 election, would you have bet on Obama?

      • josh

        yes, i would’ve taken that bet. however, the comparison isn’t really valid between the two sets of circumstances.

      • ClubToTheHead

        I bet that Obama would win and that his campaign rhetoric would have nothing to do with his policies.

        I was right on both counts.

  • John

    So how many people here still think that it doesn’t matter who gets in, the country is still ran by the same people and has been for years? You have been given the illusion of a choice. A country divided is more easily controlled, especially when you have control over both sides.

  • Russ Whiteman

    Hi might well win the popular vote, but I don’t expect him to win the electoral votes. Too many of those are not tied to the popular vote.

  • Yo, Eric, that’s “The Early Signs of WHO the Next US President Will Be,” not “whom.”

  • Bear in mind, too, that Bernie is not just a socialist from Vermont with a Brooklyn accent–he’s a non-believer. Unfortunately, very few American’s will vote for a non-believer.

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  • eagleye

    The big challenge for Sanders will be to survive in the face of Republican voter suppression and ballot-tampering schemes. The execution integrity issue is not getting enough attention in this country.

  • pk

    If hilary gets the dem nom, bernie has to go independent. There are enuf of us at the bottom of the pyramid to get him elected. Time to get Vote Bernie signs for our lawns!

    • ClubToTheHead

      Bernie has no intention of challenging the Democratic Party nominee.

      Take him at his word.

  • Bernie shall win.

  • Paja Patak

    “If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.”
    – Mark Twain

  • maribiz

    Wanna add this to your subject title: “My Prediction:
    Bernie Sanders will win….. ” (And this is NOT my wishful thinking, either…).
    As his poll numbers increase and perhaps takeover Hillary, the LAMESTREAM media
    will then do their level best to downplay his polling numbers, find more
    “dirt”, and successfully and thoroughly co-opt MSNBC to their
    corporate side.

  • Dan

    Walker will have the Koch money but he’ll get exposed with his handy work in Wisconsin. Paul will get exposed on issues of race and the economy. There isn’t any libertarian state in the world that has a middle class.

  • Rachman Cantrell

    Bernie Sanders as President has got me excited again! Hilary does not excite. As the article suggests it will take excitement and passion to win this race and Bernie gets those feelings going for me!

    • ClubToTheHead

      And you were excited by Obama, too, I’ll bet.

      How did that work out for you?

      Emotional decisions are rarely good decisions in elections.

      People cast votes for rhetoric, not policy.

      • Rachman Cantrell

        Emotion has nothing to do with it. I am for him because of his ideas and policies and his long time commitment to them. Obama has not completed all he wanted but a lot has been done in spite of tremendous obstacles by republicans and big money interests. It is easy to find it if you look.

        • ClubToTheHead

          Eleven dimensional chess Obamabot.

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  • doodlebug0

    You’re crazy. Bernie doesn’t have the money (even Obama built up a treasure chest of $1 Billion) He is old, not attractive and Main Street America won’t elect a socialist. He’s useful only in getting attention for some of his ideas.

    • Randje K Randje

      That coin box you’re thinking inside of is made of wood chips and glue, and termites have been at it for a long time. You may be well invested in hopelessness, but Americans are sick to death of hearing why things have to be as they always were. Were we lost at sea in a life raft, you would be the one explaining how most castaways die horribly of dehydration/starvation and exposure, go crazy and start attacking each other, and you would rhapsodize endlessly about the odds of survival being so small as to be nonexistent. Until you were keelhauled. Give us a break and HELP ROW THE BOAT MAN!

  • The Great Clinton Fatigue

    “All of the pundits have been saying, all along, that Clinton is the most-likely candidate to win the White House, but they’re looking at the wrong indicators”

    *sigh*

    I’ve heard Bernie trivialized, ignored and belittled. Are the pundits just wrong, or is there something more sinister here.

    “The Great Clinton Fatigue” is coming. Hopefully they will not be able to ignore him forever.

  • Randje K Randje

    This is by far the best analysis I have seen of the reality of what is shaping up for the presidential contest, as opposed to the Looking Glass version endlessly regurgitated by the fake press. Kudos! I happen to agree, and I am very very worried for Mr. Sanders. These down & dirty players know full well the potential of his candidacy, and they’re not at all above arranging an accident to take care of him. Frankly, they will see pretty soon–if they have not already–that they have no other choice.

  • Helper

    I like Bernie Sanders. I dumped Hillary because of MONSANTO. IT IS CRITICAL THAT BERNIE ENFORCES EXECUTIVE ORDER 11110 THIS HAS NOT BEEN REPEALED. THIS EO ELIMINATES THE FEDERAL RESERVE CENTRAL BANK AND RETURNS THE POWER TO THE PRESIDENT TO PRINT U.S. NOTES BACKED BY SILVER WE CAN MINE AND DEPOSIT INTO THE U.S.TREASURY. THUS RETURNING TO US OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO CREATE MONEY WITHOUT INTEREST AND THEREBY TAKING BACK AMERICA FOR AMERICANS NOT FOR ROTHSCHILD AND ROCKEFELLER! JUST ENFORCE IT NOW! IT HAS NOT BEEN REPEALED!

    • Helper

      MY NAME IS CYNTHIA TAYLOR ENFORCE EXECUTIVE ORDER 11110 JFK ENACTED AND TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY NOW! SCREW THE CABAL!

  • Anthony Belvedere

    This is the best article I’ve read today. Thank you for making a sound and empirical case as to the likelihood of a Bernie Sanders presidency. I especially agreed with your breakdown of how voters are more inclined to vote in the general election if they view their preferred presidential candidate favorably.

  • Captain Scorpio

    I may be misreading, but I *think* there is an extra “ideologically” in the first sentence of the second paragraph. Also, “Christ Christie” in the fourth.

    (FYI: I’m not a grammar Nazi. Grammar Nazis judge. I’m just compulsive.)

  • Green Giant

    I will leave his discussion and move on to more intelligent locations, Most on here are Democrats, Socialists, Communists, but mostly liberals. You are the reason this country is in such poor shape. You are the reason why most countries do not respect us and our enemies.do not fear us You will yell about Bush but you are the reason we have a deficit of over 18 trillion dollars. Nothing this administration has helped anything. He lies through his teeth and you guys just look at his color and say he is great. Many of you will turn to the next ID 10 T, Hillary, because she is a woman and we need the have a woman be President, why because she is a woman. Do you ever use the brains God, or whoever you believe in, gave you. Sure many of you will dismiss my words because I said his color, but that is true. So grow-up you wimps. This country is going downhill and you guys are pushing us further down. Vote for one that will do what is best for the country, not one group, one race, or one sex. I love this country and I despise what you have turned it into. My son is in the service and I am proud but I am thinking of leaving this country when I retire, if this government lets me keep the money I set aside for me, not them. Sure you think I should give it to those less fortunate, no I WORKED for it and it is mine. You touch it and be ready to be hurt.

    • Proud Socialist

      Dear Green Giant:

      Unlike Mr. Sanders, I am a living, breathing, revolutionary socialist. I have a strong Trotskyite bent. To learn what this means and how it differs from Mr. Sanders, see the Socialist Equality Party platform, and/or the World Socialist Web Site. I’m hiding nothing here. My cards are face-up and on the table.

      Have you considered that in these United States of America are decent, hard-working socialists who share many of your concerns, who agree that President Obama has done nothing to improve the social conditions, that the USA is a police state, that civil rights and the Constitution are meaningless?

      I have no interest in how a President ‘looks’ [beauty contests?], or whether a President stands or sits to urinate. While I prefer that the nation be respected rather than not, it is profoundly important as a socialist that respect is based on public truth, equity, justice, integrity and decency.

      As I see it, it is the absence of these – not socialism – which is why we are where we are. I am sufficiently comfortable in my convictions that I am not threatened when others disagree with me. I recognize no need to defend my intelligence or strength of courage from taunts to the contrary.

      Our socio-political and economic bankruptcy shows not the failure of socialism but the success of Capitalism. Under any party or administration, what we see is the very best that Capitalism can do. It has no solutions to the crises it generates. Capitalism’s sole policies are those of the apocalypse – pestilence war, famine, death.

      At this very moment, your government is amassing heavy military hardware for confrontation with both China and Russia. Each day, the likelihood of a ‘Gulf of Tonkin’ incident with China increases. Pressure is being put on our allies around the world to prepare for what can only result in WW III. Did you know? And what’s worse?

      This thing is driven by precisely the same conditions that gave rise to WW I. So WW I accomplished nothing. And the conditions which gave rise to WW I are identical to those driving the current push toward world war. It is happening because system of productive relations established by the conclusion of WW II is collapsing.

      And Capitalism MUST pursue the drive toward this war because it HAS NO alternative. Why follow any party that is willing to sacrifice 300,000,000 million US citizens on the blasphemous altar of Greed? Is that rational? If this doesn’t lead us to shift power from the elite to the working class, nothing will. God help us all.

  • Bob Sacamano

    i’m sure if BERNIE SANDERS Wins The Nomination HE Will NOT Have a LATINO
    or a WOMAN as His Running Mate But The REPUBLICANS WILL and because of
    it REPUBLICANS Will WIN The PRESIDENCY in 2016 and We can NOT let
    REPUBLICANS Win, That’s why this time i will Vote for HILLARY and JULIAN
    CASTRO in 2016

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    .ELIZABETH WARREN is GREAT and SHE can be HILLARY’S (U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE)…………………………..Again i’m Voting for HILLARY/JULIAN.CASTRO/2016

  • It is hilarious that so many on here think Bernie can actually win,lol. That is a crock and pure impossibility.

  • Suorcidul Setarcopih

    Hell no

  • DesertSun59

    To become a GOP nominee for POTUS, you demonstrate four things:

    1. You *must* be a fundamentalist Christian.
    2. You *must* have demonstrated that you are a sociopath.
    3. You *must* have criminal intent in your current actions or proven criminal behavior in the past. See number one, because that is the precursor qualification.
    4. You *must* be in the back pocket of the Kochs.

    Scott Walker is the only current nominee in the entire clown car that anyone can point to that has all four qualifications.

    • skyl

      Romney was a Mormon. So, no. Strangely everyone else besides Ron Paul was a Catholic. I guess it depends on your definition of “fundamentalist Christian”.

      • DesertSun59

        Pay attention. I’m talking about THIS election.

        • skyl

          Why would I pay attention to a frothing moron, first of all. Second, you said “a GOP nominee” which implies generality. You should have said, “the GOP nominee” or, better, “the 2016 GOP nominee” if you wanted to be clear. I’ve graced this moronic comment thread with way too much time now, joke’s on me.

  • Caolan Garret

    Sanders is the Democratic version of Ron Paul.

    • Chris Primosch

      Thankfully, that isn’t quite true.

      • Patrick Shannon

        Well, he is anti-establishment, in the same way Paul was. However, Paul was against the idea of taxing the wealthy and getting rid of the IRS. Sanders seems the opposite in that respect, but they are both popular with young Americans. Their foreign policies are similar in many ways. But again, Sanders is on the left while Paul was on the right.

  • Andrea Winship

    god I hope you’e right. If it’s Clinton in the final election, I’m voting for third party. Something’s gotta give in this country. We need Sanders desperately.

  • skyl

    Do powerful forces control American politics or do the people? Are the majority of American voters diligent, thoughtful and informed? Call me a pessimist.

    Jeb narrowly beats Hillary or some equally unsurprising and horrifying scenario is likely.

    I’ll be voting for Rand Paul in the primaries, the only candidate with respect for voluntary informed consent.

  • CPT

    If this was a perfect world where free unrigged elections were permitted then Bernie would undoubtedly get the popular vote. However unfortunately the Zionist lobby which controls America have too much to lose and so it is more likely to go to Hellary. Cynical I know but that is reality. If Bernie gets it I will change my view…but I am afraid that his possibility of success is just wishful thinking.

  • city zen

    I hate to tell you, but likely voters give less than a tenth of a crap about the Iraq war at this point. As always, it’s the economy, stupid.

  • Kevin Imus

    Ha ha, what a fantasy world you all live in. Sanders won’t even get the nomination. And any of the top 6 GOP potentials is going to beat Hillary. My hope is Sanders runs 3rd party and further spoils Hillary’s party. That will bring me great humor.

  • dMnyc

    “Christ Christie.” Good editing, Eric.

  • les

    I certainly hope your prediction is correct. Bernie Sanders seems to be one of few left that still loves America.

  • Rocky Polit

    What Zuesse has said, I couldn’t agree with more. Maybe infrequently but sometimes, a candidate appears before the electorate whose honest assessments resonate with the electorate. Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR and JFK are such examples. As a lifelong Democratic activist, now age 63, I can only say that nobody in recent memory has so impressed me with the potential to be a remarkable President as has Sanders and despite being a retiree, I am eager to help Sanders deliver his honest, and heartfelt message to our citizens. I believe him capable as does Zuesse of winning both the primary and the general elections despite the bias of the mainstream media, the party insiders and the plutocrats. Ultimately the potential for his victory lies in reaching and energizing the vast mass of disenchanted potential American voters, young and old. Every day, whomever I meet, I encourage to check out Sanders on the internet and see if they don’t agree with me that he is by far the best candidate in the field.

  • Marga

    My fear is that this is wishful thinking, though I hope you are right.

  • doodlebug0

    Bernie Sanders will never win the nomination, much less the general election. I’m an Independent who votes Democratic for years and years but if I voted in the primary (can’t because of my state) I would vote for Hillary. Bernie is too far left for me. He’d like to see the wealthy to lose their wealth and give it to the middle class. Taxes would increase dramatically for all of his socialistic ideas. Hillary has her faults but she’s the most competent and experienced and with her being a woman is a plus. Sanders is too old (6 yrs older than HRC) and is in the very left-wing of the party. It just won’t happen. Besides, Bernie is expected to raise about 2% of HRC’s $1billion. I think HRC should be able to get all the money she can to win (would move if a repug was elected, esp. a Bush.) I strongly believe that if she’s in the White House, she’ll work to overturn Citizens United, but she has to play the game now. The very left-wing of the Democratic party are motivated and excited but they aren’t the majority of the Democratic party.

  • doodlebug0

    This is BS. Bernie Sanders will not even win the primary. If by some extraordinary bizarre upset, Bernie will ensure that we have a repug/bagger president. Bernie is too old, not attractive (believe it or not, that does sway voters) he has NO charisma, he’s angry, he looks angry. Americans are not excited about socialism, either. I will admit, I’ve never like Bernie, ever. I looked at him as a crazy old man who hasn’t had even one bill become law. Democrats see him as odd. Finally, he won’t have the money to beat Hillary. I may not like everything about Hillary but I want a Democrat is the White House and that can’t happen with a Bernie Sanders.

  • ellafino

    If you think the GOP is terrible when they call Obama a socialist to scare voters, just think of what they will do to Bernie Sanders who proudly calls himself a Democratic Socialist. Lets face it if you ask the ordinary American to define socialism many would wrongly associate it with communism. If you don’t think that will happen, just look how many believe Obama is a Kenyan born Muslim because its been repeatedly drummed into their little pea brains.

    • anonposter

      No. The average American is p i s s e d about the wall street bailouts. P i s s e d about stagnating wages. P i s s e d that you can’t go to college without incurring massive debt unless your parents are wealthy. Bernie Sanders’ platform is what Americans want right now regardless of whatever ridiculous label you try to slap on it.

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  • Bozackula

    Go Bernie!

    • anonposter

      LOL. I love how the guy born into vast wealth tells us all to work more.

  • anonposter

    I agree that Sanders is going to win. He’s what the country wants and needs right now.

  • John Smith

    He will win the nomination, but lose in the general, as the press plays story after story of him being a atheistic socialist. That’s all it will take, I promise you.

    • dkjflekjf

      No he won’t. I hate to disappoint you, but you’re out of touch to think that a Josh Duggar anti-gay marriage groundswell is going to propel Huckabee into office to give you your American Taliban paradise. I promise you.

      • John Smith

        Listen, I’m not a republican. If Hillary doesn’t win the nomination, I will vote for him, no doubt. But i just don’t believe enough of mainstream America will.

  • UGLY CLINTON ‘BIMBO ERUPTION’

    sanders … michael dukakis … born loser

  • John Smith

    I think a lot of the people going for Bernie right now are doing so because he seems safe. Not everyone, but a lot. The news has absolutely almost destroyed Clinton. I mean they release in accurate news, and then edit their reports after its already done the damage. Don’t think for a second that the corporate controlled news won’t do the same to Bernie. Right now he’s being ignored.

    Although I would LOVE for an atheist socialist to get in office, the news will have a field day with him. Over 70% of the nation is Christian. Google atheist president, they are already collecting the data on him. People said they would rather vote for a homosexual, than an atheist. That gives you some idea how stupid this country is, and how a Bernie ticket would play out.

  • LettaMego

    Bernie Sanders caters to money, just like O’scum does.
    Bernie Sanders is FOR involuntary-surveillance “smart meters” because of the “stimulus” millions in misused tax dollars handed out. He puts money above our health, safety, security and privacy..
    definitely not a good sign… + just like 0’scum, he just will not address the issue any more after he turned against the people who elected him in Vermont.
    US Sen. Sanders touts Vt. ‘smart grid’ benefits …http://finance.yahoo.com/news/us-sen-sanders-touts-vt-161051990.html

  • Christine Kaplan

    The bias in this article makes it not worth the paper its printed on.

  • damitajo1

    Pretty brave, but astoundingly wrong

  • UGLY CLINTON ‘BIMBO ERUPTION’

    mad hatter sanders = mikey ducockless

  • BernieSandersTheManders

    Compared to just a few months ago, it truly seems like Bernie actually has a chance of winning the Primary election. He’s doing better than Obama was at a similar time during his campaign back in 2007/2008. Please, anyone who supports Bernie, do whatever you can to get his name more recognizable. I recommend sites like http://sandersgear.com to buy bumper stickers or other merchandise. We need to show our support overwhelmingly with Bernie SWAG if we ever want to win this.

  • Candace Zingg

    He will never win. Sorry but these poll’s are nonsense and he is only appealing to the deep blue progressives… Across America people do not want SOCIALISM…. They see where socialism has brought us ( EXTREME DEBT) and people are tired of working their ass off, and being TAXED to death. That is SOCIALISM! No thanks!

  • detroitrockcity

    The single biggest handicapp for any politician going forward post oObama will be having a “D” after their name on a ballot. The American electorate simply will not, I repeat, WILL NOT, vote for a Democrat (or anyone who can be proven to ever be associated with the Democrat party in any way). In a staggering majority conservative nation like America, the only way for a Democrat to win an election is for millions upon millions of registered Republicans to vote for the Democrat. White guilt ushered in Obama. The chances of every planet in the solar system aligning like that again is beyond likely. History shows (think post Jimmy Carter, who’s seen as a raging success when compared to obama) when the lark chance that a Democrat lucks (read, in obamas case, bamboozles, their way into the white house) they proceed to fuck absolutely everything up. History has repeated itself once again. Just like after Carter…. History shows its conservative hegemony for the next 3 or 4 decades… Or as most of us refer to it.. National prosperity. The Democrat party… Stick a fork in em… (thank you Obama) the real question… Why is the Democrat party wasting their time and treasure even running a candidate post the Obama mistake/disaster? They would be smart to sit out the next couple decades and lick their wounds and try and figure out how to become more conservative to appeal to Americans…

    • crygdyllyn

      Could not disagree more.

  • TexasVetgal

    Demo rats for the first time OPENLY run a Socialist candidate… Shows how deeply corrupt and ideologically depraved their party has become.
    Where do you go politically after the EPIC FAILURE OF OVOMIT?…. NO WHERE.

    • Mike Boone

      It’s a shame that so many people possess such a shallow way of thinking that it forces them to automatically reject anyone who carries the label Socialist. Denmark is a Socialist nation, and over the last few decades, survey after survey after survey, has shown the Danes to be more satisfied with their lives, as well as better adjusted, than the people of any other country on earth. (And certainly more stable, and a lot less violent, than the average Texan)

      People enjoy knocking Bernie for being a Socialist, but with almost every issue or topic that Senator Sanders discusses, non-partisan polls that have focused on the same subjects, have found that more than half of the American people agree with Bernie’s views. For example, few people are so ignorant that they will even try to disagree with Sanders on the subject that he probably brings up the most, namely, that what he refers to as the “billionaire class”, is acquiring too much power in America, which is literally presenting a danger to the continued existence of our representative form of democracy.
      The situation in the Democratic Party is such that Senator Sanders stands little chance of winning the nomination, but all Americans would be wise to at least give his ideas a fair hearing.

      • TexasVetgal

        Hahaha… Denmark has given away the farm you buffoon… It is soon to be an islamic shlthole…. Europeans are fleeing enmasse from what they (SOCIALISTS) have created.

        Beat it creep… Go back to Salon. Where the rest of your commie ilk hang out.

      • TexasVetgal

        America was founded on Christian principles and free Market Capitalism… You socislist azzheads destroy everything you touch… Evidence is the totality of failure of Socialism across Europe.

  • Ein H∆uch von Tüll[25iger]

    He is a good man – i really hope he wins

  • ThatSkepticGuy

    Gosh, isn’t nice that the Democrats never have to defend their huge part in the Iraq War?

    Anyway, Sanders will lose miserably, but not for any of the tired posthoc Corporate Noogeymam excuses you list here, the man is an unpopular, totalitarian whack job whose entire platform is a 90% income tax and complete government control of every facet of our lives.

  • Tony

    The best part; the more they bash him the more the people like him;
    WHY? because they the people with a brain are sick of the lies, sick of being screwed by the 1%.
    Cost of everything going up and Wall Street with over the top profits (GREED) products cost more and the quality is down right horrible. Prescription drugs in Canada can be purchased as low as 1/10 the cost as the US. Wages that can’t feed 1 person, I’ll stop because the list would take the rest of the day.
    Fox News, Murdoch, Koch or as they are called Reich Wingers spread lies incite violence and racists.
    They feed on ignorance and bigotry, sick of the propaganda to divide a nation for their personal power and monetary gains.
    So keep coming with the child’s name calling it only works on ignorance and We the people have had enough.
    Comments on here for the !% controlled government are of ignorance or paid for by the 1%.
    The 1% is losing, fear of hording more billions and loss of power is their only motivation.
    The biggest SCAM in American History is upon us. Now it’s time to fix that.

  • Tony

    If Bernie is a Social Democrat, then why he doing so well with the people.
    His total wealth by the IRS is $330,000, he believes health care is a right as it is in most other developed countries. He doesn’t bash other candidates, he answers question with sound solutions, He is out there everyday with the people, GEE, he sounds like he is Human, and believes in this country.
    Bernie’s record is always with the people, he has always stood for WE THE PEOPLE.
    Will not take on any SUPER PAC’s while all others want at least $ 2,000,000,000 that’s billion with a B from the 1%.
    Bernie WILL BE THE PRESIDENT 2016; Keep bashing losers, I”m even starting to enjoy Fox 1% News for losers.
    What a bunch of Maroons!

  • Double live gonzo

    “I agree, what we need is 8 more years of a socialist/Marxist agenda. It’s working very well, we just need more time. Damn these term limits”…., said no sane person ever. You people should all be locked up in padded rooms and fed your daily meds. Bernie sanders would be the proverbial straw that breaks the camels back. Fools, all of you. Your appetite for destruction is never satisfied. If you believe in fundamental transformation of this country, I’m for tax payer funding for one way air travel to any other destination of your choosing. That is a step forward…that is progress.

    • Mike Boone

      “appetite for destruction” Wow, that’s really pathetic! Apparently some of you right wingers are so lacking in intelligence and creativity that you actually have to resort to methods like stealing the titles of rock albums to be able to get through your posts.

  • Helen

    I am afraid Bernie will join the ranks of Adlai Stevenson, George McGovern and Hubert Humphrey.

    • Mike Boone

      You just reminded me of an exchange that occurred between Adlai Stevenson and a woman during Stevenson’s losing 1956 Presidential campaign. A woman called out to Mr Stevenson
      “Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person!” Stevenson called back “That’s not
      enough, madam, we need a majority!”

  • Richard Johnson

    Its looking more and more like a win for Bernie every day.

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  • Caroline K.

    The conservative right has a lot of hatred for Hillary, but they would have a hemorrhage over a socialist taking over the White House. I’d worry about the Koch brothers having Bernie assassinated. Maybe being Jewish would work in his favor because of the some of the biblical things they ascribe to. Maybe it will help that Bernie’s wife is Catholic. Liberals and conservatives actually have different brain patterns and, in some cases, genetic differences (yes, i know, but it’s true).

    If Bernie can somehow find some common ground with churchie Republicans, it would help–statistics show that moderate Republicans are a dying bred and fundamentalist Christians/Mormons, etc., are fast becoming the majority of Republicans.

    There are actually psychological reasons/brain mappings that show why many working-class conservative Republican voters relate to Republicans–it has more to do with basic fears than getting their needs met. https://edge.org/conversation/jonathan_haidt-what-makes-people-vote-republican

    Republicans appeal to their fears. If Bernie was a fire and brimstone sort of guy that yelled a lot and scared people senseless, they would love him. These voters don’t care about money equality; they want someone who scares them with biblical fear, and who is a traditionalist.

    I believe in Bernie and I support him, both financially and otherwise. He is going to have to tap into something that these folks can relate to because logic and reason aren’t on their agenda. Look at that site address I gave because it explains why some working class, some middle class, and even some upper class vote Republican. You won’t change their minds with reason–you have to tap into something that resonates deeply with them (their fears mainly)–they are afraid of change and have a lot of insecurities and fears.

    • Caroline K.

      P.S. Republicans, even Hillary, don’t make distinctions between Communists and Socialists. Some just plain don’t know the difference, and they are very, very afraid of Communists. It’s still the Cold War, as far as they are concerned. He may have to address those fears.

    • Mike Boone

      “If Bernie can somehow find some common ground with churchie Republicans, it would help–statistics show that moderate Republicans are a dying bred and fundamentalist Christians/Mormons, etc., are fast becoming the majority of Republicans.”

      Caroline, I don’t wish to shock you too much, but Bernie has said that he’s a non-observant Jew, which is his polite way of being subtle in pointing us to the fact that he actually considers religion to be nothing more than man-made bullshit. I’m very glad that the man is intelligent enough to not be wasting any energy on the god crap, just as I find it very sad that most people who are devout anti-Socialists, as well as most Republicans, have so little depth to their thinking that they totally swallow all of this contradictory god BS, hook, line, and sinker.
      If Bernie Sanders had to listen to some of these Christian nuts for more than an hour he could consider it such a waste of time, when that commodity is so precious at his age, that he just might want to quote Einstein’s description of the so called holy bible. Einstein said that the bible consists mainly of “childish superstition.” Wiser words were never spoken.

  • aabb4455

    You bernie supporters are delusional morons.

  • Anthony R

    Of course they all have unfavorable ratings… Right now their are to many ponies in the race. People have IN THEIR MIND, whom the right president should be. Right now, to them, they are favorable and may or may not like another candidate or two. As the pool dwindles people whos candidates are gone will pick a new pony and someonhow determine that they are favorable… eventually you will have two people left and republicans will find their candidate favorable while Dems theirs. Personally I feel all professional politicians are unfavorable, give me Donald T, Ben C. or Carly F.

  • Pete

    Better get a new job Eric. Your predicting days are over

  • Russell Schiwal

    I think Bernie is a nice, sincere guy who, if elected will cause the world’s economy to collapse, leading to worldwide starvation,wars and famine.

  • zizi Newton

    But Hillary has just been nominated despite her evil, unethical behaviors.

  • Steve Sherwood

    If the people knew truth of how the Clinton’s amassed their wealth, then Bernie would be a lock. But sadly we as a public are snowed by the media and kept in the dark as to how corrupt both parties are… Hillary must be defeated at all cost. Bernie is an honest man and great politician, we need him more than ever. #FeelTheBern

    • Mike Boone

      Steve, I agree with you that Bernie is a very honest, as well as very decent man. Those that have followed the lengthy political career of Bernie Sanders very closely, know that it’s extremely difficult to come up with even one minor flip-flop that the man has made, or any lie that Senator Sanders has told. Bernie is a guy with strong principles that never change. His honest manner is entirely the opposite of Donald Trump’s deceptive way of operating. I saw some video today of a 2008 interview with the real estate billionaire, in which he stated that Bill Clinton should never have been impeached because Clinton’s offense with the intern was so trivial. But yesterday, while attacking both Bill and Hillary, Trump brought up that same offense of President Clinton’s as if it was the worst thing a President had ever done.
      But what is really pathetically sad is that the pro-Trump knuckleheads on this site probably still support him even after learning of the vicious, evil, and definitely life endangering lie, that Trump told a few weeks before Christmas. He claimed that while watching TV on 9/11 he saw news coverage of thousands of Muslims in Jersey City, New Jersey, celebrating that the World Trade Center towers were collapsing. TV news people and network executives have all denied that such an event happened, and that nothing like it was shown on TV. Now I realize that some conspiracy fans will believe that all of those denials are the result of political correctness run amok. But I can prove beyond any doubt that Trump’s claim is a huge lie that can only serve to endanger the lives of many good American Muslims, like the nice young Muslim couple who have a muffler shop where my wife and I take our cars.

      Like millions of my fellow Americans I recorded many hours of news coverage on my VCRs the week of 9/11 because most of us wondered what might happen next that could make history. My own videocassette recordings start while the 2 towers were still burning, before either one came down. With so many Americans like me doing so much recording, if Trump was telling the truth, literally thousands of people, at least, would be coming forward with tapes of the scene that Trump lied about seeing. Really, everyone with a brain already realizes this, anyway. I still have more than 35 hours of videotape that I recorded that awful week, and those videocassettes still play perfectly.
      Trump is a pure scumbag, and anyone who still supports him, while knowing that the man told that vicious lie, also has to be a true scumbag, of the lowest order. I don’t know how any guy could look his kids in the face while supporting a piece of shit like Trump.

  • Bruce Wyner

    Theirs an old saying you have to hit rock bottom before you can climb back to the top. A Sanders victory will hasten the collapse of America socialism of any form has been a complete disaster wherever it’s been adopted A Sanders victory may also be the start of a new civil war in America personally I think a civil war maybe the only way to kill the virus called liberalism.Classical liberalism means liberty which is a mean joke when someone today defines him or herself as a liberal because today’s liberal is the enemy of liberty.Academia in this country needs to be torn down brick by brick in order to stop the spread of this disease called liberalism and the FEMA camps conservatives believe are to be used by the evil left to place them in have to be used to reeducate the liberals to unwash the brain washed especially the children.Either way remember this lefties it’s the righty,s that have the guns and as bad as Obummer wants them he ain’t getting them

    • Mike Boone

      666, you can criticize Socialism all you want, but I’m sure that you are still a hypocrite who will never turn down the chance to benefit from that evil Socialist invention known as Social Security. Remember, you and your loved ones are Socialists if you folks accept any financial payments or medical coverage from either Social Security or Medicare. And don’t let your kids go to a public school either, because that a Socialist system. Plus, make sure that no one in your family serves in America’s military, because that’s the ultimate form of Socialism. At least with Obamacare and Medicare, people like me still have doctors available to them whose private practices are not part of the government. But 666, if your son or daughter’s ass is owned by the United States Army, any medical attention he or she gets while in the service, is actually performed by medics or doctors who are a part of the government. In fact, every member of our armed forces is a government employee, rather than being part of free enterprise private activity. It’s hard to get any more Socialistic than that. Actually 666, if I was a true anti-Socialist, as you pretend to be, I’d oppose any of my tax money being spent to cover the costs for any medical attention that your friends or relatives might require while fighting for our country in places like Afghanistan. Wouldn’t you say 666, that soldiers should have to buy their own medical insurance on an open private market, just like anyone else who supposedly opposes Socialism?
      You don’t want one of your relatives to have to suffer under the tyranny of military medical Socialism while he’s supposed to be fighting for freedom, do you?

      Anyway, 666, as the old saying goes: “I think you done lost this argument.”

      So do us all a favor, and don’t waste anymore space here pretending how much that you supposedly oppose Socialism, when you’ve been gladly supporting things for all of your life, while not even realizing that they fall under the category of Socialism.
      But, then again, no intelligent person would ever expect a guy who thinks he’s against any Socialism, to be all that bright, anyway. And it’s funny how in nations like Denmark, Sweden and The Netherlands where folks are proud to be called Socialists, school kids in those countries tend to perform better than American kids do in a lot of areas. Who knows, maybe fully embracing Socialism can help people to be smarter.

  • Bruce Wyner

    I was curious does anyone know why Obummer tells the enemy exactly what America is going to in the war against terror??????

  • Lucifer666

    Americans have no fucking clue!!!!! These comments prove that. Listen up jackasses socialism in Europe is a unhumitigated disaster,socialism of any kind has NEVER worked and it won’t work here if by some miracle this absolute fucking lunatic Sanders wins the country is dead it will fall into a second revolution,their are some conservatives that believe it would be best for sanders to win because the decline of our society would be so rapid after 8 years of another socialist lunatic Barak Insane Obama that democrats would never win another election.The fact is theirs hundreds of thousands cocked and loaded waiting to put down the socialist movement

    • Mike Boone

      Well, sorry to violate your empty head by providing it with some actual information, but for many years, survey after survey has shown that the people of the Socialist country of Denmark are more satisfied with their lives than folks that are found in any other country in the world.
      I heard a group of about a dozen Danish college students discussing conditions in their country and they spoke better English, and used more correct grammar than 9 out of 10 American students do. Here in NE Ohio, 8 years ago, in a small town, I had some neighbors, a married couple in their 50s, who had both worked extremely hard at $9 an hour factory jobs, and had been homeowners of a neatly kept little house for 15 years. But when the woman, Connie, had a stroke, she had to miss over a year of work during her recovery and rehab. Huge medical bills forced the couple to lose the house that they had sweated so long in a hot factory, to be able to own and take care of.
      That sad situation would never occur in Denmark where people would consider what happened to my neighbors to be a national disgrace. (It certainly fit that description)
      Those Danish students said that in their country a major goal for them is spending time with their families, while raising their kids. They think that goal is much more worthwhile than striving to own a 70 foot yacht, as one young man put it. These young people stated that it’s better for society if the vast majority of people live comfortably with no significant number of folks suffering deprivation, than to have a situation like America’s where a relative few enjoy extreme wealth while tens of millions live in poverty.
      The students also mentioned that if young people pass the exams to qualify to attend college, the cost of that higher education is totally covered by the taxes people pay. In other words you don’t have mothers or fathers in Denmark working 2 or 3 jobs to send their kids to college, and not being able to spend any meaningful time with their families.
      And of course, the taxes in Denmark totally cover medical costs, with the health of the average Dane being considerably better than that of the average American. And the Danes know how to live healthfully too. Americans who visit Denmark are surprised not only by how most of the people seem healthy and quite happy, but also are stunned to see an almost total lack of overweight people.
      Yes, as much as I enjoy living in Ohio, here in the good old USA, by comparison, the Danish experience seems to simply be a more civilized, I’d even say, more human way of living. Plus those folks in Denmark, on average, are far more comfortable than most Americans are in being able to fully enjoy a healthy sex life without feeling guilty about it. That’s probably a major reason why Americans, on average, are so much more prone to domestic, and other types of violence, than the people of Denmark are.
      But sadly, I have little doubt that most Americans who fall into the category of being blindly anti-Socialist, would gladly trade away all of the healthy advantages of living the Danish type of life, just so they could be Americans who own large gun collections. Of course that may help explain why research has shown that the U.S. with less than 5% of the world’s population, is the single country where 62% of the world’s workplace and school shootings take place. Our country sure can’t have 62% of the world’s crazy people. But if this kind of crap keeps going on much longer, millions of Americans might become really crazy about the idea of relocating to more civilized countries like Denmark, Norway, Sweden, or The Netherlands.

  • James Ferlong

    Bernie has no chance in winning a national election regardless of who gets what nomination. The real election hasn’t even begun, the polls you see now are just fluff for news agencies to get ratings.

    • Mike Boone

      If somehow Bernie got the nomination, which is extremely unlikely, Trump is one man that Senator Sanders would definitely beat in the general election. Every one of the Republican strategists and Republican political analysts agrees that whoever the Republican nominee turns out to be, that candidate MUST capture at least 40% of the Hispanic-American vote to win the Presidency. Romney only got 27% of the Latino vote, and that’s the major reason that Obama won re-election so easily. George W Bush got 44% of the Latino vote, while still losing the overall popular vote by a small margin, but he won just enough Electoral votes to still win the Presidency.

      The reason I said that Sanders would definitely defeat Trump, is because Trump’s caustic remarks about Mexicans, including his racist comments about Mexican rapists and drug dealers, has simply eviscerated his support among Latino-Americans. The latest poll of Latino-American voters, conducted a couple days before Christmas, showed that 84% of these folks now oppose Trump.
      And Hillary, who’s 95% certain to be the Democratic nominee, has pledged to Latino audiences that she will expand on President Obama’s executive order that prevents the separation of many Mexican mothers and fathers from their children, by halting the deportation of many illegals who have not broken the law since they originally trespassed into our country.
      Mrs Clinton is just about as popular among Latino voters as Trump is unpopular, so even if the real estate loudmouth gets the top GOP spot, it’s already GAME OVER for the creep.

  • IHateLibtards33

    This Socialist pig doesn’t have a chance. Bernie who? Trump is all that matters and will matter for the next 11 months. Wake up and pay attention.

    • Mike Boone

      It is impossible for Trump to defeat any Democrat in the general election. Even Republican strategists Steve Schmidt and Mike Murphy have repeatedly admitted that no Republican nominee can be elected President without winning at least 40% of the Hispanic-American vote in the November election. George W Bush got 44% of that vote, but still actually lost the overall popular vote, though he just managed to squeak by in Electoral votes. Mitt Romney only got 27% of the Hispanic vote, and that’s the major reason why Barack Obama won a convincing re-election victory.
      Trump’s problem though, is that recent polling done during Christmas week indicates that 84% of registered Hispanic voters oppose him. That low level of support for The Donald leads to only one inescapable conclusion, if he should become the GOP’s nominee, newspapers across the country, the day after the November 2016 election, will almost all be printing a headline in Big Black Letters saying something exactly like: Donald J Trump: LOSER.

      It’s sort of a sweet kind of poetic justice that Trump’s own big loud mouth, with its bigoted words about Mexicans, has only served to kill his own chances of ever being President. And, BTW, I’m not of a Hispanic background, but the FBI’s own crime statistics show that Mexicans who came across our border, and have lived in the U.S. for years, have committed crimes like rape, murder, and robbery, at a much lower level than that which is the average for native born Americans. Apparently, if someone living here is afraid of being discovered by the authorities, the last thing he wants to do is risk showing up on their radar by getting involved with serious crimes. Of course, that fact will never stop a liar like Trump from finding an extreme example of a violent, murdering, illegal immigrant, and then pretending that the creep actually represents all of those folks who have come across our southern border hoping for a better life.

  • IHateLibtards33

    A vote for the Democratic/Socialist/Regressive/Communist Party is vote against the Sovereignty of the United States of America. It’s a blatant Terrorist Attack to vote for Cliton, Sander, or any other moron that is not a Freedom loving, real American.

    • Mike Boone

      The Clintons are certainly freedom loving Americans because they love the fact that America has allowed them the freedom to build up their wealth to a degree that would be impossible in almost any other country. They have lived the American Dream of becoming rich. But your way of expressing yourself, sir, merely serves to indicate that you’re an American who is a poorly educated, uninformed, redneck.

    • Mike Boone

      Sounds like your definition of a “real American” would likely include men who drive pick-up trucks equipped with Confederate flags and gun racks, who are proud that their Dads or Uncles were officers in the Ku Klux Klan, and whose only regret is that there are no longer nearby KKK chapters that they could join, not realizing that few such chapters exist anymore because there simply aren’t enough ignorant guys around today who are stupid enough to want to establish KKK chapters.

  • lol

  • Ellep

    The DNC won’t allow Bernie Sanders to win the nomination. Hillary is their “gal”.

  • Mike Boone

    Although I support 99% of what Bernie favors, I feel he has little to no chance of defeating Hillary. And the media outlets favored by liberals, like MSNBC and CNN, aren’t helping Mr Sanders either by constantly mentioning that the increased concern over terrorism brought on by Paris and San Bernardino, has served to weaken Bernie’s campaign. After the last Democratic debate, a focus group of Democratic voters was asked for a show of hands to indicate who they thought would be best at handling terrorism and ISIS. No hands went up for O’Malley, none went up for Sanders, and then, all hands were raised for Clinton. IMO, Sanders could even win both Iowa and New Hampshire, but his very low level of support among African Americans (I happen to be white) means that ultimately he can’t beat Clinton. Just as South Carolina was W’s firewall to stop the advance of McCain, that state will also signal the beginning of some huge victories for Hillary over Bernie. Polls indicate that Mrs Clinton is beating Sanders among South Carolina’s blacks by a factor of somewhere between 7 to 1 all the way up to just below 10 to 1. Saw one poll showing Sanders getting the support of only 8% of SC’s black people. Poor Senator Sanders is just going to be crushed in South Carolina, and probably, in every other southern state too. Bernie’s support among the African American demographic of the Democratic Party is close to being as low as the percentage of African Americans who usually vote for the Republican nominee in Presidential elections. Doing so poorly in this critical constituency of the Democratic Party is the biggest factor that will doom Bernie’s efforts. And another thing that really hurts Senator Sanders, is Hillary’s great popularity among Hispanic voters. An analysis of the 2008 Democratic nomination race by PEW Research showed that Mrs Clinton outperformed Barack Obama in the total votes cast by Hispanic Americans, by nearly 2 to 1. Hillary’s strong appeal to Hispanics was especially impressive when one considers that, as a minority, Hispanics might have been expected to feel somewhat of a kinship with Obama, since he was also a member of a minority.

    And, as we have all seen, the crowds at Bernie Sanders rallies seem to be made up almost entirely of non-Hispanic white people. And, BTW, several years ago, Hispanic Americans replaced African Americans as the largest minority in the U.S.

    Anyway, Bernie really can’t hope to defeat Hillary, if his appeal does not extend much beyond that of the well educated white people who make up 90+ % of those who attend his rallies. And that particular demographic, itself, is a minority group in the Democratic Party.

  • dassa0069

    Growing Greater Depression will elect Bernie Sanders.

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  • Ron

    I think bernie will be the next president but will die in office!!

  • Ron

    Eric do you have sex with Arabs & monkeys??

  • MonicaTrump

    Bernie Sanders will win LOMFA!!! what a joke maybe would should all hope on Clinton winning as VP also right!!!??? hell we might as well keep Obama in the white house also just to fuck up the rest of the country even more with more broken dreams and beyond empty promises. It is ugly embarrassment to be a mindless democrat nothing but prime losers. Lawyers belong in the courtrooms not in politics!!!! This country and our beloved constitution was not founded by a big group of lawyers remember that!!

  • Bob

    If that idiot Bernie becomes president. I’ll quit my job and let the government take care of me . Why work and get taxed 99% of your pay just to give it to Bernie so he can give other idiots free shit. If u work and vote for this retard u deserve what u get. Do something smart for once in your pathetic lives vote Trump.

  • Bob

    Vote trump. Sanders is a loser

  • eagle keeper

    Are there that many brain dead folks in conus? It seems even though they left home, they are reluctant to want to stand on their own two feet and support themselves. So the alternative to mommy and daddy doing the job, they have to turn to the rest of us. Voting for free stuff doesn’t have a good outcome. Don’t the retards that vote themselves into slavery are too dumb to realise what the politicians are feeding them while they are campaigning. We since the great depression have had politician after politician promise the world just to get elected. So my question is, how many have risen above the near or at poverty level due to all those promises? Anyone out there driving a new Jag or Benz yet? Speak up and tell us how all that “free stuff” is working out for ya??

  • Laurie Cestnick

    FOR PEOPLE WHO THINK SOCIALISM IS A BAD WORD:

    America went through a recession some years ago ..Canadian banks bailed out some of the American banks ..yes ..Canada ..where there are only 35 million people and they have some of the strongest banks in the world ..yes a socialistic country (alongside with Australia, UK, and most European countries). Know what the TD on the TD Garden in Boston stands for? TORONTO DOMINION ..changed to that after the Canadian bank bailed out Bank of America who owned it. Yes, that country with a 10th the people to America, free health care, almost free education, free 1 year maternity leave etc. THAT is good economics ..THAT is a socialized country. What to learn about socialism? Look up Iceland and their recent overthrowing of their government ..took back the banks ..jailed politicians and bankers ..rewrote their constitution and saved their economy from total destruction. Prior to Obamacare, Ontario Canada alone was paying $600,000,000 per year for Americans coming over the border using their health care ..that # thank goodness for them has dropped considerably since people can get care in America now …BUT ..that cost to Americans is still astronomical! America has the most costly health care in the ENTIRE WORLD! Most countries have socialized medicine and it is a FRACTION of the cost ..e.g. 1/10 or even 1/20th the cost ..because greedy white guys at the top don’t exist to rob from the people. In Canada it costs $3000 per year per citizen for health care paid through via taxes ..in America it is DOUBLE and sometimes TRIPLE that cost for people. Don’t believe the lies spewed about wait lines etc in Canada …instead ..know that the American system has taken a harder toll on Canadian health care than Canadians themselves (paying for people who weren’t paying into their taxes or economy). America today is like “capitalistic communism” in that the select few at the top take all and leave the rest with nothing. Democratic socialism means by the people for the people ..and that is what Bernie stands for and will do. We need to stand behind him to back all 98% of us. If you are not a billionaire, there is NO ONE you should be voting for other than Bernie Sanders. I am a Canadian who has lived in 4 different countries including America. I LOVE this country ..and want nothing more than Americans to stop getting ripped off and have what they deserve. Ignorance breeds this corrupt system ..so PLEASE STOP CONTRIBUTING TO THE SHOOTING OF YOUR OWN FOOT AND OURS!!!

  • With higher taxes, highly profitable companies will make less profits yes, but they certainly will not close down. Certain carefully balanced penalties can be imposed on big profitable businesses that wishes to sell locally but export jobs, while rewarding companies that produces jobs locally, and/or invests in R&D.
    With a stronger middle class, consumption will increase, and the American market will be even more “valuable” to businesses even if they have to pay higher tax. Wall Street speculations are more like gambling dens (manipulating the economy to their own profit) and do not really produce anything useful, and they deserve to be taxed!

    See:
    Economists Who Bashed Bernie Sanders’ Tax Plan Admit They’re Clueless: “We’re Not Really Experts”
    http://usuncut.com/news/sanders-shoots-down-tpc-analysis-of-tax-plan/

    Hillary Clinton Emails: Secret Negotiations With New York Times, Trade Bill Lobbying Revealed In Latest State Department Release
    http://www.ibtimes.com/hillary-clinton-emails-secret-negotiations-new-york-times-trade-bill-lobbying-2315809

    New York Times Invents Left-Leaning Economists to Attack Bernie Sanders
    http://inthesetimes.com/article/18876/nyt-invents-left-leaning-economists-to-attack-bernie-sanders

    170 Prominent Economists Back Bernie Sanders’ Plan to Rein in Wall Street
    http://usuncut.com/politics/170-top-economists-back-bernie-sanders-plan-to-rein-in-wall-street/

    Hillary Clinton says outsourcing jobs is good for America (top 1%)
    http://realprogress.online/2016/03/05/hillary-clinton-told-crowd-outsourcing-good-america/

    ===

    Also See:
    Even without the cooperation of the corrupt majority corporate run congress, Bernie can still get a lot of things done! A vote for Clinton is to say “No we can’t, Change is too hard!”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJQdBaeGQOg

    Hillary Clinton’s Email About Gay Parents Should Seriously Trouble Her LGBT Supporters
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2015/10/01/hillary_clinton_on_gay_rights_a_new_email_is_troubling.html

    Bernie Sanders Was For Transgender Rights Before It Was A Thing
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0kCDFxODx4

    Hillary Paid Herself $250000 From Campaign Funds
    http://freebeacon.com/politics/hillary-paid-herself-250000-from-campaign-funds/

    Her shock when he says he supports Bernie Sanders (the “socialist”, rather than Hillary, on Fox News) is priceless!
    https://www.facebook.com/OccupyDemocrats/videos/1080899312003122/?pnref=story

    Why I Switched My Support From Hillary Clinton to Bernie Sanders
    https://www.thewrap.com/carole-mallory-bernie-sanders-hillary-clinton-swtich-support-president-guest-blog/

    Hillary Calls for Michigan Gov’s Resignation an Hour After Her Spox Slammed Bernie for Same (This pretty much sums up her dis-ingenious campaign)
    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/hillary-calls-for-michigan-govs-resignation-an-hour-after-her-spox-slammed-bernie-for-same/

    Racism is still alive. Black lives DO matter, and the things BLM activists are doing may look excessive, but I find it necessary if they are EVER to be heard by the government. Things are desperate now, and the Clintons has a hand in the current sad sate of things for African Americans due to the policies that they have pushed. Bernie have repeatedly highlighted how Black people in America is oppressed. Just look at the % of black vs white jobless rate, and % of black vs white people being jailed for weed possession. Something needs to be done. “Enough is Enough” as Bernie says.

    Clinton confronted for calling black kids ‘super predators’
    http://nypost.com/2016/03/01/clinton-confronted-for-calling-black-kids-super-predators/

    Activist Ashley Williams Confronts Hillary Clinton On Calling Black People Super Predators
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwFii9IYTIw&feature=youtu.be

    Prominent Black Activists Want to Set The Record Straight On Hillary Clinton!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pACLnwDe7Ms

    • Ok.. Hillary is substantially more artful at playing politics than Bernie. Her disingenuous nature and ability to lie is what we need for the Dems to win the general election. I’m done with Bernie, he is simply too authentic — Not made for politics! Let us all nominate for that lying closeted homophobic racist and plutocratic neocon, so that she can represent her lobbyists and keep the status quo for her corporate donors, who also pays her millions to give her secretive world-shaking speeches that she guards with way more effort than sensitive government documents.

      See:

      CNN Flint Democratic Debate | Summary (What Could Bernie Sanders Have Done Better)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_okR6IHcPiE

  • margsview

    Those on Wall street and in the neocon res called the Pentagon, will never let it happen….My only real concern is that they will allow Dump-Trump, after all he is the perfect foil for everything those jerks might nightmare up…..!

  • Randy R

    Lol sanders winning the white house lay off the drugs.

  • Bob Haskell

    “… signs of WHOM the next president will be”? No. It should be “WHO the next president will be”. “Who” would be the subject of the phrase “Who the next president will be”, not the object of the preposition “of”. Just imagine you know a secret. Would you say “I know whom is in the next room” or “I know WHO is in the next room”? “Who” is equivalent to “he”, and “whom” is like “him”. “He is in the next room”, not “whom is in the next room”.

  • burauen

    I am so tired of listening to people who support Hillary Clinton. She twist and turns issues. I promise you this, I’m not voting for Hillary Clinton. I’ll be pleased to vote for any republican. That would be a vote that Hillary doesn’t get and one that goes against your cause it goes to Republicans that’s like two votes if I just didn’t voted all that would only be one vote. I encourage others to do the same. Bruce Sanders has started a movement he may never be president but the movement can go on. We can suffer through four years of Republican president and when people see how bad it gets a candidate come forth and Carrie Berry Sanders positions further perhaps it’ll be Elizabeth warren don’t give Hillary your vote voted against her with the Republicans get office it’ll only make Bernie’s positions more powerful

  • Ralph

    I know that this was wrote last year, but LMFAO, who wrote this stupid crap? If you’re going to be making up, or believing, and also predicting fictional outcomes like this, at least come up with something else that might be in the realm of possibilities.

    Do you socialist liberal Democrats really believe that any one party, even the corrupt liberal Democrat Party of today, is going to let a self-admitted Socialist – Communist, “same thing” win the Democratic nomination?

    Watching all you Bernie Sanders supporters while rooting for him on television is pathetic, and sad thing to see as human being, living in the United States to know that any one person is dumb enough to vote for a self admitted Socialist, or Communist which is basically the same thing in my eyes.

    Socialism leads to Communism, always has been that way, and always will be that way. That part of Socialism will never change.

    There is no such thing as Democratic socialism, socialism is socialism.

    If you want socialism, safe your welfare Checks up and movie your lazy butts to a Socialist country and see how well that works out for you.

    One last thing, did you Bernie Sanders supporters even know anything about super-delegates before you bums decided to avocate, and vote for him?

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  • R Scott Carlson

    Perhaps you overlooked the scale of the criminal enterprise that is the Clinton Organization?

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  • Paul Michel

    I predict Bernie Sanders will run for dogcatcher, lose, then famously say “You can’t kick Bernie Sanders around anymore.”

  • doodlebug0

    HA,HA, HA GUESS YOU WERE WRONG. SANDERS COULDN’T HAVE WON THE GENERAL EITHER.

  • Timray

    OMGawd another pundit gown awry….Bernie now supports TPP and Wall Street

    • Timray

      Neocon War Hawks Want Hillary Clinton Over Donald Trump. No Surprise—They’ve Always Backed Her With Trump’s impending nomination, neocons are reaffirming what they’ve always thought: Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy is right up their alley. Go Hitlery!!! http://inthesetimes.com/article/18998/neocon-war-hawks-want-hillary-clinton-over-donald-trump.-no-surprisetheyve

      • Timray

        Clinton friend McAuliffe says Clinton will flip on TPP Terry McAuliffe tells POLITICO the Democratic nominee will support a deal with tweaks that Sanders’ supporters hate. Go Hitlery!!!!

        • Timray

          When we say that the Bush record of economic growth was 1.7%, greater by a hair than Obama’s current 1.6%, Right now, the nation is probably already in a recession. The BEA’s first estimate of 4Q2015 RGDP growth was only 0.69%, and there is mounting evidence that this will later be revised downward. However, making the wildly optimistic assumption that 2016 RGDP growth will come in at the CBO’s current forecast (2.67%), Obama will be the only U.S. president in history that did not deliver a single year of 3.0%+ economic growth. Obama has failed but we knew that

  • rwpjr84

    Lol.

  • KBW

    Boy, were you ever wrong on just about everything you said.