And yet, everyone acknowledges the massive stench coming from the two parties and individually from each of the candidates. There is nothing about this election that represents the people of this country or their interests.
For Hillary, it is, as her long history indicates, all about the military, big business and the monied elite. For Donald, without the historical background, it is about nearly everything other than what is best for the citizens of this country. Poll after poll indicates that the people strongly prefer someone else, but we can all place our bets on one of the 'two'.
It was an interesting show, during the primary season, to have Bernie running as a potential candidate, but the system had eliminated him from the very beginning. Not that it was ever anything more than a show, he will now, as a member of the democrats, work to install a democrat in the White House... party loyalty above all else.
And, that's the problem with the rest of us... that party loyalty thing will lead to our demise. The party is not loyal to the citizen, why is the citizen loyal to the party???
There are other choices on the ballot... we need to examine ourselves and ask ourselves some serious questions about what we want for our country and how do we expect to achieve our goals. Ultimately, we must rise above the rote endorsement of the status quo.
Is Sanders a "Principled Sellout"?
from opednews by Timothy Gatto
I would like to say a few things about the current state of our so called republic. The first thing I would like to say is that we have no republic. We have a group of sociopaths and extremely wealthy people that control this nation for their own benefit. We have no free and fair elections. The game is rigged and I believe that most people reading this are aware of it.
This is not a right or left problem, a liberal or conservative problem, it is an American problem. It affects everyone that lives in America.
What I find amazing is that the Republicans have actually nominated someone that the majority of their party wanted. While Donald Trump may be a terrible choice and a flawed human being, despite the best efforts of the hierarchy of the GOP, the people that voted in the Republican Primaries actually got the candidate that they wanted, no matter how despicable that candidate is.
On the other hand, the party that claims to represent the middle class, the party that speaks of "progressive" values, the party that elected FDR and JFK, chose a woman that has proven to everyone to be a liar, a war hawk and generally a despicable human being.
I have been following and writing about politics for a long time and honestly, I can't think of a single thing she ever did that benefited the American people. As Secretary of State she bullied foreign diplomats, was instrumental in destroying the nation of Libya, and used her undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland to undermine the Ukrainian government that enabled the CIA to perform a coup and oust the elected leader of that nation and force him to flee to Russia. The World can understand how well that worked out. This woman is a trigger for World War III.
Does anyone honestly believe that the majority of Democrats voted for her? If, in actuality they did, then now is the time that real progressives move away from the corrupt Democratic Party. I know that some will say that we can reform the party from within, but that is an impossibility. The Party is corrupt from the top down and it is impossible to change it from the bottom up.
I don't mean to sound all doom and gloom. There is a ray of sunshine that we can embrace. The people in power want us to believe that we Americans have only two choices. They've given us a choice of two narcissists, Trump or Clinton. Ask yourself, do you want either one of them with their finger on our nuclear arsenal? Do you honestly believe that Clinton is more trustworthy than Trump? Look at her track record. If you still want to believe that she is the lesser of two evils, you are still voting for evil.
American must truly understand what peril these two political parties have put us in. The World is hold its collective breath. When we are put into an impossible situation we as a nation must find a way to think outside the box that they have put us in.
Bernie Sanders can posture and tell the nation that he will carry his political revolution to the Democratic Convention. I say it is meaningless and that will gain nothing for America. If Bernie endorses Hillary Clinton because of his wonderful "principles", he will have turned his back on his political revolution and become a "principled" sellout. The Democratic platform is meaningless. Just look at the Presidency of Barack Obama who promised "Change We Can Believe In" and gave us more war and trillions to the banks that nearly destroyed our economy.
Bernie was sidelined by the mainstream media and the DNC. He tried to win in a rigged primary process and almost succeeded. The Democrats used purged voter fraud and the figures from the exit polls didn't square with the actual votes. He owes the Democrats nothing but his contempt. They sure as hell have my contempt.
If Bernie was serious about changing America's political landscape he would accept Jill Stein's kind offer of joining her ticket. He time for this isn't after the convention, the time is now. Understand something that is very important. Independents make up 51% of American voters. The problem we have is that Americans are brainwashed into believing we have only two choices, Republican or Democrat, Coke or Pepsi. We have choices and people need to understand that, especially when we see what is at stake.
Betraying Progressives, DNC Platform Backs Fracking, TPP, and Israel Occupation
Appointees by Clinton and Wasserman Schulz resoundingly reject numerous proposals put forth by Sanders surrogates
from Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley
Despite its claims to want to unify voters ahead of November's election, the Democratic party appears to be pushing for an agenda that critics say ignores basic progressive policies, "staying true" to their Corporate donors above all else.
During a 9-hour meeting in St. Louis, Missouri on Friday, members of the DNC's platform drafting committee voted down a number of measures proposed by Bernie Sanders surrogates that would have come out against the contentious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), fracking, and the Israeli occupation of Palestine. At the same time, proposals to support a carbon tax, Single Payer healthcare, and a $15 minimum wage tied to inflation were also disregarded.
In a statement, Sanders said he was "disappointed and dismayed" that representatives of Hillary Clinton and DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schulz rejected the proposal on trade put forth by Sanders appointee Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), despite the fact that the presumed nominee has herself come out against the 12-nation deal.
"Inexplicable" was how Sanders described the move, adding: "It is hard for me to understand why Secretary Clinton’s delegates won’t stand behind Secretary Clinton’s positions in the party’s platform."
The panel also rejected amendments suggested by 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben, another Sanders pick, that would have imposed a carbon tax, declared a national moratorium on fracking as well as new fossil fuel drilling leases on federal lands and waters.
"This is not a political problem of the sort that we are used to dealing with," McKibben stated during the marathon debate. "Most political problems yield well to the formula that we’ve kept adopting on thing after thing—compromise, we’ll go halfway, we’ll get part of this done. That’s because most political problems are really between different groups of people. They’re between industry and environmentalists. That is not the case here."
... Dr. Cornel West lambasted the aforementioned panel members, particularly Browner, for "endorsing reform incrementalism" in the face of an urgent planetary crisis.
"When you’re on the edge of the abyss or when you’re on that stove, to use the language of Malcolm X, you don’t use the language of incrementalism. It hurts, and the species is hurting," West said.
Other progressive policies were adopted piecemeal, such as the $15 minimum wage, which the committee accepted but without the amendment put forth by Ellison that would have indexed the wage to inflation.
The panel did vote unanimously to back a proposal to abolish the death penalty and adopted language calling for breaking up too-big-to-fail banks and enacting a modern-day Glass-Steagall Act—measures that Sanders said he was "pleased" about.
... Citing these "moral failures" of the platform draft, West abstained during the final vote to send the document to review by the full Platform Committee next month in Orlando, Florida.
"If we can't say a word about TPP, if we can't talk about Medicare-for-All explicitly, if the greatest prophetic voice dealing with pending ecologically catastrophe can hardly win a vote, and if we can't even acknowledge occupation... it seems there is no way in good conscience I can say, 'Take it to the next stage,'" West declared before the assembly.
"I wasn't raised like that," he said. "I have to abstain. I have no other moral option, it would be a violation of my own limited sense of moral integrity and spiritual conscience," adding, "That's how I roll."
Tim Gatto is Ret. US Army and has been writing against the Duopoly for the last decade. He has two books on Amazon, Kimchee Days or Stoned Colds Warriors and Complicity to Contempt.