MEET THE 2016 REPUBLICAN CLOWNS! (Part Four of a Series)

May 28, 2015  By Jack Jodell.      

The Republican Party, infested as it currently is with extremists, reactionaries, and government-hating Tea Party kooks, has been, for several months,  filling its clown car to the White House  with wackos, much as it did in 2012.  In this post, I resume the intermittent series which features the declared and / or desiring wannabe candidates who will be making a bid for the presidency in 2016. Today’s focus will be on the queen of the wannabes, that failed ex-CEO of Hewlett-Packard  who goes by the name of Carly Fiorina.

CRABBY CARLYThe voters of California did themselves a big favor in 2010 when they denied Carly Fiorina the Senate seat held by Barbara Boxer. For Fiorina proved herself to be wholly unsuitable for public office with her petty remarks about Sen. Boxer’s hair style and her destructive past business history. It was symptomatic of what one would expect from a former CEO who had once tasted power and became addicted to it, and who has contempt for all the so-called little people who inhabit the lower income classes beneath her. Yet what could one expect from such a person, who has known only privilege her entire life?

CATTY CARLYFiorina likes to brag that she advanced up the ladder of the business world from a lowly secretary to eventually run a Fortune 50 company. What she fails to mention is that she was actually raised  in an upper middle class family in Austin, TX. She was the daughter of a portrait and abstract artist named Madelon Montross, and  a law school professor, dean, and later a federal judge, whose name was Joseph Tyree Sneed III. The young Ms. Sneed III  attended Channing School in London (a posh, exclusive school for upper-class young women), as well as five different high schools, one of which was in Ghana.  In 1076 she received a B.A. in Philosophy and Medieval History from Stanford University. She later received a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Science in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Pretty impressive credentials. So where did she go wrong from there?

CRAZED CARLYFiorina learned a lot about business in school, but, much like another person of  privilege named Mitt Romney, she never bothered to learn about the very real day-to-day struggles of the poor and working poor, who, at 99%,  vastly outnumber the privileged few 1% of her own social strata. Like millions of other business students, she was brainwashed into accepting the premise that the capitalist system was the best (and indeed the only)  system for her to follow. So she began to follow and practice it at a furious pace. She poured herself into the corporate world, especially in the megalomania of climbing the corporate ladder to success. She began at AT & T in 1980 and climbed her way up to become an executive vice president.  In 1999 computer-giant Hewlett-Packard named her to be CEO, showering her with a $3 million signing bonus, an annual salary of $1 million (as well as yearly bonuses of $1.25 – 3.75 million), plus a whopping $65 million in company stock! This was done to reward her for her having helped make HP the world’s largest personal computer manufacturer through a  merger with rival company Compaq that she had pushed. Quite a feat, boy the downside was that this move shortly thereafter led to the horrible layoff of 39,000 of iys American workers! This created a nasty ripple effect throughout the tech industry, with HP stock losing more than HALF its market value and the related turbulence causing the NASDAQ index to fall by 26%! In earlt 2005, HP’s board of directors forced her to resign. Carly Fiorina may brag about once having been HP’s CEO, but many have described her as one of the worst tech CEOs of all time. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, a Yale business management scholar, has derided Fiorina for “destroying  half the wealth of her investors and yet still (drawing) nearly $100 million in total payments for this destructive reign of terror.” It would seem that the numbers speak for themselves, wouldn’t it?  

WICKED CARKYAfter her ouster at HP, Fiorina served on  the boards of several different groups and also advised Sen. John McCain during his unsuccessful 2008 presidential run. She developed a taste for politics and decided to challenge Barbara Boxer in 2010 for her seat in the U.S. Senate. Having failed in that bid,  she has now decided to run for President. Shortly before announcing, she FINALLY, after nearly five years,  paid off campaign debts dating back to her failed 2010 Senate bid, This included unpaid salaries of her staff, who had been unpaid for nearly 5 full years and who would have remained that way, had she not opted to run for the presidency! It is no wonder that one of her ex-staffers was recently heard saying, “I’d rather go back to Iraq than work for Carly Fiorina again!” Is THIS the kind of person who deserves to become President? I certainly don’t think so!

feisty carlyWhile acknowledging that climate change is man-made and dangerous, Fiorina simply dismisses it by saying it would be “too expensive” fpr us to get off of carbon-based fossil fuels and that China and other countries will never get off of them either.  What an unbelievably ignorant and short-sighted evasion of responsibility from one who cs to have the leadership skills to rule the most powerful nation in the world! This represents an apalling lack of critical thinking from one who holds the educational pedigree she has! This, to me at least, indicates much the  same rash recklessness I have seen in recent years coming from other self-centered Republican wannabes ranging from Sarah Palin to Michele Bschmann to Rand Paul to Marco Rubio.

nasty carlyAlso like many of her Republican counterparts, Fiorina apparently thinks little of the actual government she is attempting to head. At one point she set herself up as Chair and CEO of Carly Fiorina Enterprises, to bring “her unique perspective and experience to bear on the    challenging issues of our world, championing economic growth and empowerment for a more prosperous and secure world.” Quite a lofty sentiment, except for the fact that she never bothered to register this bogus “foundation” to conduct business in California with either the clerk of Santa Clara County (where she lives) or with the California secretary of state, as required by law. This flagrant violation of the law, added to her failure to pay campaign workers until the very last minute, along with her past history of wantonly eliminating 30,000 American jobs makes me severely question this woman’s judgment and motives. While I am more than ready for the first woman President, I most certainly do NOT want that President to be Carly Fiorina!                                             

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PRESS FREEDOM AND GOVERNMENT SECRETS!

May 25, 2015  By Jack Jodell (in association with BURR DEMING of FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column).

Happy Memorial Day, everybody! Today, our master podcaster Burr Deming has given us a very appropriate podcast, considering this is a day we Americans tend to reflect upon our friends and relatives who have passed on  and especially those who gave their lives in service to our country. Those noble souls sacrificed it all to preserve our freedom – above all else our freedom of the press.

Press freedom ranked very high on our Founding Fathers’ priority list. Indeed, the press is the only industry they mentioned by name in our Constitution! But, like all freedoms, its constant companion should be responsibility. Sometimes, in their zeal to inform the public,  journalists act responsibly – and sometimes they don’t. In this age of obsessive governmental secrecy and preoccupation with national security, it is becoming increasingly difficult for journalists to draw the line between press freedom and that responsibility, as Burr points out.  

BURR!In his own words, Burr tells us, Petty excuses will not deter courageous journalists from finding and revealing the truth, regardless of consequence.  

Within the last few years, a British spy at a high level within al Qaeda and a secret informant with the North Korean government were compromised by published reports.    

If reports are accurate, the existence of an official in the government of Pakistan has been revealed, after he helped Americans know where and how to kill Osama bin laden.   

We have to be impressed by the bravery of those reporters who inform us of all the facts, and who courageously accept the consequences of their actions.   

Regardless of who suffers those consequences.”       

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/blog1.php/2015/05/19/press-freedom-and-government-secrets      

Podcast:
http://fairandunbalanced.podomatic.com/entry/2015-05-23T17_58_03-07_00

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CALL 202-225-3121 AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE TO STOP THE TPP!

May 21, 2015  By Jack Jodell.

Though the President was prevented last week  – only TEMPORARILY – from getting the fast track authority(TPA) he and bought-out corporatist congressional Republicans and Democrats  needed to ram a horrible measure through Congress authorizing our acceptance of a very BAD Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade bill with less than 2 minutes of debate by every single member of Congress, the bill itself was not defeated and will certainly rear its ugly head again real soon!) Even as this post is being written, Congress is debating both of these terrible measures. The time is NOW for ALL of us to voice our strong disapprovalWE MUST DO ALL WE CAN TO PREVENT THESE MEASURES FROM EVER BEING ADOPTED BY THIS COUNTRY! Here is why:  

The TPP is a wide-ranging trade agreement between 12 Pacific-rim countries which has been described by many as “NAFTA on steroids.” The U.S., Canada, Mexico, Chile, Australia, Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia, Peru, New Zealand, Brunei, and Singapore have all been NEGOTIATING IN SECRET for many years to put together a trade arrangement which would encompass a whopping FORTY PERCENT of the world’s economy! The benefits to the very wealthy and huge multinational corporations are immense, and the PERIL to America’s workers, consumers, elderly and poor population, and even its very system of government, are DIRE! This disgusting agreement would allow a foreign corporation to successfully sue the government  of any of its member nations for any law that nation might pass which would threaten that corporation’s future profits! That means safety amd pollution control regulations designed to protect our workers and our citizens would all go bye-bye the minute some foreign-owned corporation’s profits were threatened. American wages will certainly DROP as more and more of our jobs would be outsourced to overseas countries with slave-wage labor rates. Our ever-shrinking middle class will all but disappear once the full effects of our membership in this diabolical group are seen – we will be left a nation of millions upon millions of poor and/or unemployed people with only a tiny sliver of the population at the very top of the economic scale making unheard of record high profits – talk about RECORD wealth disparity! It will become astronomical!

PUBLIC CITIZEN (www.citizen,org/TPP) warns that, “in one fell swoop,  the secretive deal could offshore American jobs and increase income inequality; jack up the cost of medicines; sneak in SOPA-like threats to internet freedom; expose the U.S. to unsafe food and products; roll back Wall Street reforms; ban Buy American policies needed to create green jobs; AND empower corporations to attack our environmental and health safeguards!”

This horrible proposal  will rob us of our  sovereignty and make us all become mere pawns in a sinister, profit-driven, completely corporate-owned society.  THIS is NOT the kind of “freedom” our Founding Fathers envisioned or our soldiers have fought for and died to protect since 1776 – this is economic slavery! As such, it must be strongly opposed and DEFEATED by all Republicans, Democrats, Socialists, liberals, conservatives, progressives, and true PATRIOTS throughout the entire country! Thom Hartmann refers to this proposal as the Southern Hemisphere Asian Free Trade Arrangement, or SHAFTA. He is right on the money, as this rotten deal will shaft American workers for all time! That is why I urge you to call the congressional switchboard at 1-202-225-3121 OFTEN and INSIST they connect you with the offices of  your individual Senators and Congresspersons, and then DEMAND that they vote AGAINST the passage of BOTH the TPA and the TPP! Make these calls at least once a week until the threat of these insane deals being adopted has completely vanished for all time!

YOUR job – and YOUR economic well-being is definitely in jeopardy here!

MAKE THAT CALL TODAY – and TOMORROW – and NEXT WEEK – and the FOLLOWING WEEK! Tell your friends and relatives to do the same!

FOR FURTHER INFO GO TO http://www.tradetreachery.com .

 

You will be glad you did. Guaranteed!
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CHRIS CHRISTIE IS READY TO MOVE ON!

May 18, 2015  By Jack Jodell (in association with BURR DEMING of FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column).

hardychristieHappy start of the week to all. Today, our resident podcaster extraordinaire, Burr Deming, takes on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Who could ever forget the bigger than life Christie? His look-alike, Oliver Hardy, also liked to blame those around him for things that he, himself, had a hand in. In Christie’s case, Bridgegate was “another fine mess” that Christie got himself into.

BURR!As Burr tells us, “Commuters sometimes take traffic delays personally. That is why 4 successive days of 4 hour delays, delays generated deliberately, have hurt Chris Christie more than any comparable scandal.    

But the Governor has gone through a period of introspection. He may have discovered within himself a path to recovery.”   

 

Podcast:
http://fairandunbalanced.podomatic.com/entry/2015-05-17T12_45_16-07_00      

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/blog1.php/2015/05/14/chris-christie-is-ready-to-move-on

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AN OPEN REPLY TO WAYNE LaPIERRE OF THE NRA!

May 14, 2015  By Jack Jodell.

nra logocrazy la pierre

I recently received a “FINAL NOTICE – REPLY MUST BE RECEIVED WITHIN 30 DAYS!” unsolicited 3 page letter from Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the NRA (National Rifle Association). I usually just rip up and discard correspondences from groups like these which I regard to be paranoid and extremist. However, this time I decided to look it over and share it with all of you. You must remember Mr. LaPierre – his answer to the horror everyone felt at the Christmastime murder of dozens of innocent 6 and 7 year-olds at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT  by a crazed young man with a semi-automatic weapon was that, had the teachers been equipped with guns, those young students would not have ben killed. Considering LaPierre’s insane response, I fully expected this letter to be shrill and alarmist, and, as I expected, this paranoid old fool did not disappoint.

paranoid la pierre“Dear Fellow American,” it began. “Today I’m sending out this ‘FINAL NOTICE’ to gun owners and freedom-loving Americans across the country to let you know that time is running out – this is your LAST CHANCE to save your freedom.  
That is why I urgently need you to  complete the enclosed membership application and join NRA. There is little time left. STANDING WITH NEARLY FIVE MIL:LION MEMBERS OF THE NRA IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO TO DEFEND YOUR RIGHTS.

Because right now, your firearm freedoms and your hunting and shooting traditions are under attack by hundreds of anti-gun politicians at the federal, state, and local levels.  
And they are casting the votes, passing the laws and writing the regulations that will decide the fate of your gun rights.
Powerful gun ban politicians, judges and bureaucrats stand ready to fight for a far-reaching agenda that will BAN hundreds of popular rifles, pistols, and shotguns, LIMIT the number of guns you can own, IMPOSE crippling taxes on gun sales abd ammunition purchases and CLOSE our gun shops and shows.

dangerously deluded la pierreTHEY WANT TO MAKE FIREARMS OWNERSHIP A PRIVILEGE – NOT A RIGHT!
Law by law, regulation by regulation, they are determined to strip us of our Constitutional freedoms. If they succeed, firearms ownership and the Second Amendment will disappear, step by step.
That’a why gun owners like you must JOIN THE NRA RIGHT NOW. This is your ‘Final Notice.’ We won’t get a second chance to save the Second Amendment.
And if the NRA doesn’t STAND and FIGHT for freedom, nobody else will.”
 

This rant goes on to explain how the NRA is a “non-partisan, grassroots membership organization of millions of patriotic Americans who care about preserving our Constitutional rights and our nation’s heritage of firearms ownership.”, and how it sponsors a number of gun safety programs, “hunter education courses, crime-fighting initiatives, legislative advocacy, and family events such as its ‘Friends of NRA’ gatherings.”

Hmmm – some “heritage”. Some “crime-fighting”. According to documented statistics just released by Gun Violence Archive.org  (www.gunviolencearchive.org/), there were  12,524 DEATHS due to gun violence last year! It would seem that the NRA and our entire country would be much better off if the NRA were to spend more on gun safety and far less on “legislative advocacy”, wouldn’t it?

wacko la pierreBut LaPierre’s crazy rant doesn’t stop here. He goes on to say, “Once I hear from you, I can walk into your Senators’ and Comgressman’s offices and tell them that a new RA member is watching their votes, listening to their words, and will do WHATEVER IT TAKES to defend our guns, our hunting, snd our freedoms.” Then this fanatic goes on to say he will give me $10 off if I join the NRA today at only $25 for the first year; $70 for three years, or $100 for five years! Such an incredible offer deserves a prompt response, which I now deliver, publicly, below.
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Dear Mr. LaPierre,
I just received your letter asking me to join and contribute to the NRA. How DARE you send me a piece of drivel like this? You, sir, are a paranoid narcissistic LIAR who is more concerned with your own financial well-being and media popularity than you are with the health and safety of your fellow citizens. Your insinuation that anti-gun politicians are about ready to successfully take everyone’s guns away is a load of rubbish, and you know it! You also LIE , misinterpret, and grossly exaggerate when you say that the Second Amendment guarantees us all the “right” to own firearms. All the Second Amendment states is that “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” .That means A WELL REGULATED MILITIA (i.e. a group organized by the state and subject to its laws and regulations – NOT that every moron who wants to own a gun can have one, unquestioningly, and without any restriction whatsoever)! You arentrying to whip up the population into a frenzy of fear with your unnecessarily hyberbolic and alarmist tone, and I find this to be reckless and irresponsible. Furthermore, your fierce resistance to ANY form of state regulation of firearms contradicts not only your precious Second Amendment, but also the long held beliefs and practices of your predecessors in your very own organization! Beyond that, your inciteful rhetoric riles up other unstable and paranoid types and causes them to spread wild, insane rumors like the current Jade Helm 15 nonsense which has spread like wildfire among crazies and wacko conspiracy theorists in Texas and other red southern states.

Worse than that, your attempt to bully Senators and Congresspersons with your threats and blackmail is utterly disgusting. Have you no shame, man?

Mr. LaPierre, you are a sick, SICK man! I will NEVER join the NRA, and I DEMAND that you STOP sending me offensive material like this through the mail immediately!

You have the blood of thousands of innocent gun victims on your hands – keep it away from ME!

By the way, you may be interested to learn that your letter  has led me to send a contribution to two gun control groups. 

Most sincerely,

Jack Jodell
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SUPPORTING THE RIGHTS OF PAMELA!

May 11, 2015  By Jack Jodell (in association with BURR DEMING of FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column). 

Happy start of another week, everyone! Today, our master podcaster Burr Deming starts our week off with a reminder of how important it is for us to respect free speech – even when it originates from those as odious and reprehensible as Rush Limbaugh and Pamela Geller. We don’t have to agree with these horrible types, but we MUST allow them their freedom of expression, no natter how hateful or disgusting it may be.  

BURR!In his own words, Burr tells us, Satire can be a mighty weapon when humor is used to puncture the pretensions of the privileged, the wrongdoing of the elite.   

When it directed at the downtrodden, those who struggle to overcome obstacles, satire mutates to something less noble. It becomes simple meanness, petty and cruel.   

Free speech includes freedom of malevolence. We can and we must defend the rights of those who bully and hate.    

That full and vigorous defense does not obligate us to join them in their hatred.”    

Podcast:
http://fairandunbalanced.podomatic.com/entry/2015-05-08T17_45_04-07_00       

Transcript:          http://fairandunbalanced.com/blog1.php/2015/05/07/supporting-the-rights-of-pamela
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WHY I BELIEVE THE COUNTRY NEEDS BERNIE SANDERS!

May 7, 2015  By Jack Jodell.

SANDERSIndependent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders recently declared he is a candidate for President next year, and will challenge front-runner former First Lady / Senator / Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party’s nomination. I applaud this move for a nu,ber of reasons.

First and foremost, Bernie Sanders is GENUINE, and is NOT an overly ambitious, self-centered or vain glory seeker . He passionately believes in, and has fought his entire political career for, all the most important social environmental, and economic issues of our time, from civil rights to women’s rights to workers’ bernie talks truthrights to rights for the poor to universal health care for all, to a prohibition on fracking, to opposition to unfair trade deals like NAFTA, CAFTA, and the TPP, plus much more. He has pledged to run a campaign based on ideas, issues, and policies, and will NOT run negative, personal campaign ads. Indeed, he has never relied on these scurrilous types of ads to make his point. His approach to campaigns has always been built on thoughtful logic and honest debate on the issues, and he is not about to start campaigning differently now.

That is not to say that Sanders will not very forcefully speak out against another’s ideas if he believes them to be wrong or harmful. During the recent bernie jobsSenate debate over the ridiculous House Republican-sponsored budget, Sanders went to the Senate floor to  lambast that godawful plan. It would slash Medicare and Medicaid while giving $1 BILLION in new, undeserved, and wholly unnecessary tax breaks to the rich. Sanders said, “I am going to continue doing everything that I can to make sure that the budget that is finally passed here in the Senate is a fair budget, is a responsible budget, is a just budget.” He submitted some very sensible plans that would help balance the budget in a far more even-handed way and would not do so mainly on the backs of the middle class, workers, the elderly, and the poor. He insisted that the wealthy and large corporations pay their fair share in taxes, and agree to help reduce the deficit in a fair and responsible way. His plan called for these main points:

  • “We could raise more than $383 billion over the next 10 years by establishing a 5.4% millionaires’ surtax.
  • We could raise as much as $100 billion a year by imposing a fee on Wall Street speculators who caused the largest financial crisis since the 1930s.
  • We could raise more than $580 billion over 10 years by ending tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas.
  • We could raise $330 billion over 10 years by establishing a responsible estate tax that asks the top 0.3 percent of Americans who inherit over $3.5 million in wealth to pay a fair estate tax.
  • We could raise $736 billion over 10 years by taxing capital gains and dividends as ordinary income. Warren Buffett has said that he pays a lower federal tax rate than his secretary because most of his income is generated by capital gains than ordinary income. This would correct that problem. 
  • We could raise $40 billion over the next 10 years by ending tax breaks and subsidies for big oil and gas.
  • We could raise $100 billion a year by prohibiting abusive and illegal offshore tax shelters.
  • We could raise up to $500 billion over 10 years by establishing a currency manipulation fee and create up to 1 million new jobs in the process.”

Now who can argue with such sound and pragmatic logic? Are not these the thoughts and beliefs of a man truly concerned with the well-being of the entire country rather than merely the greedy few who jealously guard the very top rungs of the economic ladder and stand in the path of progress for all?

economic justice bernieAside from his refreshingly genuine sincerity, it is important to note that, as a true Independent, Bernie Sanders is beholden to NOBODY other than the American public. He owes no favors to anyone, and strongly opposes the efforts of billionaires like the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson to buy-off politicians and receive favorable deregulation or other such legislation as a reward for their donations. I share his support for public financing of elections and also his belief  that we must get the money out of politics altogether. He and I both strongly oppose the Extreme Court’s very flawed 2010 Citizens United ruling, and we both strongly advocate the adoption of a new Constitutional Amendment stating emphatically that Corporations are NOT people and that Money is NOT Free Speech!  

wuth you all the way bernieCynics have argued that Bernie Sanders is as corrupt as many other Democrats and virtually all of today’s Republicans. They cite as evidence that he allowed President Obama to campaign for him during his 2008 campaign for re-election to the Senate, and that he has been very soft on Obama politically overall. I find these accusations to be utterly baseless. For one thing, Obama campaigned for him before being elected President and well before his closeness to Wall Street and the Military / Industrial Complex became evident, to the chagrin of most of us. For another, he has been a staunch critic of Obama’s support for trade deals like the TPP as well as his use of drones. He has always supported a Single Payer system for health care, and only very reluctantly supported the Affordable Care Act, regarding it as a mere stepping stone to a much better, universal health care system which he feels we will  certainly adopt in the future.  Like Elizabeth Warren, he has neen intensely critical of Wall Street and believes their excesses must come to a screeching halt. He has also been a long time supporter of the #Occupy movement.

Though an Independent (he refers to himself as a Democratic Socialist who believes we can learn from and adopt much of the successful social programs found in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway) Sanders has chosen to caucus with the Democrats during his terms in Congress. He finds he agrees with them more than he does with the Tea Party-infested reactionary Republicans. But passionate thinkerBernie is definitely NOT a corporatist Democrat. He differs notably from Hillary Clinton in this regard. He decided to seek the Democratic Party endorsement for President as he did not wish to split the presidential vote three ways. This was a quite sensible move in that it showed he is quite aware of how poorly third party candidates have traditionally fared in presidential elections, and he definitely didn’t want to see a reactionary, government-hating Republican gain the White House. For, much like progressive New Dealers and traditional New Frontier and Great Society Democrats before him, Bernie Sanders believes in government and feels it has a duty to provide equally for all of its citizens.  But can he win the presidency? I wouldn’t automatically count him out – his entire political career he has been defeating both Democrats and Republicans. He gained an astounding 71% of the vote in his last Senate race (meaning that he even captured a significant amount of Republican votes in traditionally Democratic Vermont). Voters of all poltical persuasions recognize that  he is not advocating the abolition of private property or profit, and will not set up a “nanny state” or any of that nonsense, but he WILL restore the average citizen’s ability to influence and take part in their own government – something which has been sorely lacking in this modern, corporation – tainted era that has been strangling us ever since the days of that worthless Ronald Reagan in the 1980s.

The entrance of Bernie Sanders into this race is a good thing. A series of debates between he and Hillary Clinton will force our corporate-owned media to focus on important issues affecting the majority of the country instead of the silly cat-fighting and mudslinging the Republicans will engage in. It will be good for the country for a leftist to set the political and economic agenda for discussion rather than having the crazy Republicans always framing the arguments. That is why I firmly believe the country desperately needs Bernie Sanders! I would urge you to visit his website at https://berniesanders.com/ starting on May 26 and also Google him to find out his positions on various issues. Check him out at https://www.opensecrets,org/ to see where his money cpmes from. You will NOT be disappointed!HOPEready for bernie                            

                                

                              

                                

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