Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Bernie Sanders or Jill Stein may be reformers but Hillary Clinton is a Corporate puppet

George Stephanopoulos tried to trap Bernie Sanders into supporting the corporate duopoly again this week; and Bernie Sanders may have partially played into this again but if he doesn't stop the establishment from rigging the primaries for Hillary Clinton the grassroots support he has stirred up shouldn't believe that Hillary Clinton will represent them, especially when they have another option with Jill Stein.

But even if we didn't have Jill Stein to support the biggest threat to our democratic process isn't the so-called terrorists that the me4dia has been trying to warn us about for years if not decades; it is the duopoly that only covers candidates that collect enormous amounts of bribes thinly disguised as campaign contributions who routinely make one promise after another to the public to get elected then break almost every one of them once they get elected so they can serve the interests of their campaign contributors regardless of what voters want.

Less than one percent of the population controls more than ninety, if not ninety-five, or more percent of the media; and they use it to repeat their ideas over and over again without mentioning many of the most important issues, which is an extremely effective propaganda tactic. As a famous quote ironically attributed to Vladimir Lenin often says, "A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth," or at least it seems to.

The establishment keeps telling the public that the first requirement to being elected president is to collect enormous amounts of money, which essentially means that unless e4stablishment candidates accept bribes they can't get covered by the media, although they don't mention that part.

George Stephanopoulos repeated his efforts to reinforce the corporate duopoly again this week in the following excerpt; and this is typical of the way the corporate media is trying to rig the election for either Hillary Clinton or one of their other corporate puppets. Support for Bernie Sanders should be based on his support for the Grassroots; if he endorses Hillary Clinton, a corporate puppet then real grassroots voters should abandon this endorsement and either support Jill Stein or another Grassroots candidate.

MARTIN O’MALLEY (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I think that when President Obama was running for reelection, I was glad to step up and work very hard for him, while Senator Sanders was trying to find someone to primary him. I am a Democrat. I'm a lifelong Democrat. I'm not a former Independent, I'm not a former Republican. I believe in the party of Franklin Roosevelt, the party of John F. Kennedy. How do you respond to what Martin O'Malley said on Friday night?

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT), DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Well, let me -- let -- let me respond. I am proud of the fact that that I am a longest serving Independent in the history of the United States Congress. That's what the people of Vermont voted for. I made a decision in this presidential election that I will run as a Democrat. I am a Democrat now.

And what I am going to do as the Democratic nominee, if we win this thing -- and I think we have a good chance to do that, is to create a new and different type of Democratic Party, to involve millions of people, George, who have given up on the political process, working class people and young people who today say you know what, the economy is rigged, nothing I can do about it. The campaign finance system is corrupt, big money controls what's going on.

What I am trying to do, with some success, is bring out large numbers of young people who are saying, you know what, we're going to recreate America. We're going to transform America and create an economy that works for all of us, not just the billionaire class. We're going to get rid of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision and create a vibrant democracy, so that we don't have the lowest voter turnout of almost zany major country on Earth, but one of the largest and strongest voter turnouts.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But what about this issue of trying to gin up primary opposition to President Obama last time around?

SANDERS: No. No. Look, this is media stuff. What ends up happening -- I do and have done for years a radio show every single Friday, with Thom Hartmann. Somebody asked me years ago, do you think there should be a primary opponent to Barack Obama?

And I don't know exactly the words that I -- I'm not sure -- what's wrong with a primary situation? ......

STEPHANOPOULOS: -- you would be talking to people a bit about having primary opposition.

SANDERS: Well, the answer is I worked very hard to see Barack Obama elected. He came to Vermont to campaign for me in 2006. I worked for him in 2008. I worked for him in 2012.

And listen, I think under incredible Republican obstructionism, Obama and Joe Biden have moved this country forward in a way that leaves us a hell of a lot better than we were when Bush left office.

Do I have disagreements with Barack Obama?

Was in on the floor for eight and a half hours saying no, we should not be giving any more tax breaks to the wealthy?

Do I disagree with him on TPP?

Yes, I do. .....

STEPHANOPOULOS: You've also started to express your differences with -- with Hillary Clinton more and more.

But is it really right for you to tell "The Boston Globe," quote, "I disagree with Hillary Clinton on virtually everything."

Don't your agreements far outweigh your disagreements?

SANDERS: Well, there's -- that's -- well, the answer is yes and no. Yes, we do agree on a number of issues. And, by the way, on her worst day, Hillary Clinton will be an infinitely better candidate and president than the Republican candidate on his best day.

But having said that, we have very significant differences. And the key difference is I see a nation in which we have a grotesque level of income and wealth inequality. Almost all of the new income and wealth is going to the top 1 percent.

I see a political system which is corrupt, where super PACs are able to receive huge amounts of money from millionaires and billionaires.

I think if you look at my history and what I am saying in this campaign, we need a political revolution. We need to stand up to the top 1 percent. We need to transform American politics and the way we do economics.

But, by the way, George, if I may, we need to have a media more interested in the issues facing working class people and the middle class rather than political gossip.

So do I agree with Hillary Clinton on this or that issue?

Of course I do. But I think on issues, for example, like Wall Street, you know, I believe that these guys who drove our economy into the ground, destroyed so many lives, I think at the end of the day, what we have to do is re--- reestablish Glass-Steagall. We have to break up these huge financial institutions. That is not Hillary Clinton's position at all.

You know, I was there on the TPP from way back. That was -- Hillary Clinton took a little while to get there.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Senator Sanders, thanks very much for joining us this morning. Complete article

This isn't the first time that George Stephanopoulos or many other media pundits have attempted to reinforce the lesser of two evils where corporations control candidates from both parties; the first time that he had Sanders on his show after announcing he asked him if he would support the Democratic candidate imp[lying that he had little or no chance of winning. They've been trying to rig the election for Hillary Clinton for years by presenting her as the inevitable nominee since the last election at least without any input from voters.

The best informed voters have made it clear that they're not happy with the media trying to rig the elections which is why Bernie Sanders is doing so well. I fell for this same scam at least to some degree with Bill Clinton and the more I know about what he did during his presidency the worse it is. He made it much easier for the media to consolidate and did an enormous amount to enable corporations to increase their influence over the education system with either advertising or Charter Schools, both of which are disasters.

He also did an enormous amount to escalate the prison industrial complex and maintain a permanent state of war, although it didn't always seem quite as extreme as the Republicans.

By the time Barack Obama came along I recognized he was using the same scams so it wasn't surprising when he abandoned one promise after another.

Bother Bernie Sande5rs and Jill Stein have done much better speaking out against corporate corruption than Hillary Clinton and not only has she demonstrated with her actions that she'll betray the public one one issue after another like her husband with her actions she's also collecting an enormous amount of money from the corporations she pretends she's going to stand up to.

Bernie Sanders has repeatedly said that no president, including himself can get anything done without support from the grassroots. This is almost certainly true but it also means that he'll have to continue supporting the grassroots to keep them on board.

Even with support from the grassroots on many issues Barack Obama sided with corporations one time after another unless under enormous pressure to give a token amount on one issue here and there.

Hillary Clinton has demonstrated that she is no better, and will fight the grassroots tooth and nail before keeping even a couple promises she is making now.

Many of the most important promises are recent flip flops clearly made only for the duration of the campaign.

If we have to choose between Bernie Sanders or Jill Stein that will be the best choice the public has had in a long time and we'll benefit from hearing from both of them. If not it should be clear that either one of them would be far better than falling for the lesser of two evils every time and watching it get worse every time regardless of which one wins!!

Also, although Bernie Sanders still appears to be the best chance for a grassroots candidate to win the office one major aspect of reform is that all candidates should be presented to the public and they should agree to fill out the closest thing to a job application available and for now that is the Project Vote Smart questionnaire which Bernie still hasn't filled out. He filled out the previous one as a Senator so that is better than many presidential candidates, or at least one covered by the media, but support for reform should include filling out this application making it easier for voters to compare and know which candidates refuse to fill it out relying on propaganda instead. Apparently Jill Stein hasn't filled out the updated one either which is unfortunate; I'll have to ask both of them to reply again.

As I've said the application process should also be controlled at the grassroots level and Project Vote Smart also needs to be held accountable but even if they're not fixing all their problems right away they're still the best application available and it shouldn't be up to the candidate to turn them down until they do improve. Both the candidates and the institutions that control the job application process need to be accountable to grassroots, if we're going to become a real democracy.

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