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Bernie Sanders is for real

Updated on July 13, 2015

It has been quite some time since I graced my own page with any commentary. For that, I apologize. I have been busily watching where our country's fate may be falling. And I really didn't want to report on the growing number of presidential candidates climbing into the GOP clown car. But, it's time for me to be 100% partisan, stating where my allegiances lie, and it may not be what you expect of me.

Senator Bernie Sanders, Democratic candidate for the office of POTUS, has a message for the American people. That message is that someone has finally had it with the status quo in Washington, and that they're willing to take our fight there.

Senator Sanders is what is described as a Democratic Socialist. Let's examine that, for the sake of clarity. First, the term Socialist has been bandied about by those in power, to scare people into thinking they are witnessing Communism take over their country. This is far from the truth. Well, maybe not so far. The main difference between Socialism and Democratic Socialism is, according to differencebetween.net (a truly factual source as opposed to a biased source), "Democratic socialism gives more importance to a democratic character. While having almost the same principles as that of socialsim, democratic socialism believes in a socialism through the ballot box. It states that any change in government and society should be through fair elections." (http://www.differencebetween.net/miscellaneous/politics/difference-between-socialism-and-democratic-socialism/)

"But we already are a Democracy" you might say. This is no longer true, nor has it ever really been true. Back to Difference Between; "Oligarchy is the ruling system where the power is divided among a few number of people. Democracy is a ruling system where (the) general public selects suitable people for the government. This depends on the interests of the common people." (http://www.differencebetween.com/difference-between-oligarchy-and-vs-democracy/)

Which of those sounds like the United States of today? A Democracy? I think not. When was the last time any of us were able to call for a special election to oust anyone in Congress, or even the White House? Oh, we may call for it and get a lot of yessing to death, but "everything in government takes time" until we forget all about it and move on to the next reality TV show they use to distract us. We are ruled by 1% of the population, the billionaire (no)class, such as the Koch Brothers, and, on a global scale, the Rothschildes. Class wars are alive and well in America, and we are losing.

The GOP clown car occupants
The GOP clown car occupants

GOP Front Runners

This is a scary topic. On one had, you have the return of the Bush family, Jeb. (Wasn't he the father on the Beverly Hillbillies?). Here we have a man who believes that 50-60 hours a week of labor isn't enough to rebuild the economy. That's great, Jeb; when will you start your job in the public sector? Oh, that's right, you don't need to. Your family already contributes their part by filling the oil barons' pockets. Yeah, that gets right down to the former middle class really fast. Outta here!

Now, we have the scourge of the New York real estate crowd, Donald Trump. He believes that minorities, particularly the immigrant types, are all criminals, rapists, drug runners and responsible for every American character flaw that he can pawn off on them. He has taken the lowest common denominator of our country and whipped them into a crowd of of realistic racists. White supremacy, as it were. He even had to make sure we knew his stance on the Confederate Flag controversy. I'm sure that, at some point, we'll find out his campaign manager is David Dukes.

And, for the viable candidates, we have in third place, Governor Chris Christie, a bloated, throwback to the Roaring Twenties, with his thug tactics and absolutely rude manner. There are too many video links to show on this topic, but here are a few;

Tells teacher she doesn't have to teach

Cronyism in government contracts

Calling a reporter stupid

And the list goes on and on. For the remainder of the GOP "field of dreams", we have Tea Partying extreme right wing religious nuts, former corporate lobbyists, a Texas loony who won't even acknowledge his own people as being worthy of living in the US, and many wing nuts who just don't belong even in municipal politics. So much for that circus.

The Democrat's Choices
The Democrat's Choices

And, on the other side..........

So, the Democrats have two serious candidates, and three who may not even enter the race. Just as well; it would be an uphill climb for any of them. We're left with two viable candidates. On the one hand, we have Hillary Clinton, a woman who has been proven to be ruthless in business, as evidenced by the Whitewater scandal, and a politician who has never forgotten her privileged roots, versus the lone wolf and champion of the people of America, Senator Bernie Sanders. Hillary has been quoted as saying most of the same things Bernie stands for. Of course, you might say, they are both champions of the working class. HARDLY! While Hillary has been mimicking Bernie's ideals for just the period of time since he entered the race, Bernie has stood for these ideals since the time he first entered politics in the 1980's. (Bernie Sanders Political Beginnings). No other candidate, democrat or republican, has had the gumption to stand up to the oligarchs and threaten to tumble them on their collective, rich asses. The choice this next election should be evident, unless you, again, factor in the media's effect on the majority of the voting public, who are controlled by that media's hype, half truths and outright lies (Truth in the Media? 3/11/15). He has no Super PAC raising money for him (Hillary, Jeb and Trump, and most likely Christie, all do). His is a completely grass roots campaign that depends on his supporters for every aspect. In other words, he's no one's man but ours. This will not be the time to sit back and say someone else will do it. We need to mobilize and get others away from Survivor and Big Brother and into a voting booth next year. The only real candidate who will stand for Americans is right there in front of your face.

WHO is the one for the people?
WHO is the one for the people?

My own political poll

Who are you looking at seriously as a presidential contender?

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    • Bassman54 profile image
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      Jess McFarland 2 years ago from Berlin, Connecticut

      Haha! :-)

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      nicomp really 2 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I'm kind-of sorry. Seriously, stay well.

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      Jess McFarland 2 years ago from Berlin, Connecticut

      You just HAD to go there, eh? (LOL)

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      nicomp really 2 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Bassman54 , good to hear you're recovering. Modern medicine, as built by Running Dog Capitalist Lackeys, is amazing, yes?

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      Cape Wind Girl 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Every voice is worth it.....and that's what so many people don't get. They relish in inclusivism....as if that's anything remotely close to the American Ideal.

      So glad you are better--and more determined than ever.

      As Bernie said: It's a movement

      Positive Energy!!!

      It works miracles...'-)

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      Jess McFarland 2 years ago from Berlin, Connecticut

      Two days after I published this Hub, I suffered a cardiac arrest, on stage in the middle of a song, and am just now getting back to full strength. I have had double bypass surgery, on July 25th, and I am now feeling better than I did even back in my 40's. I have stopped smoking,lost 16 pounds in 14 days in hospitals and working on getting rid of 40 more, so I stop looking like Chris Christie (LOL). I want to thank all of you who continued to comment here (yes, even YOU nicomp), and I will try my best to answer you, where it's appropriate, over the coming days.

      As for me, I am more resolute than ever to do everything I can to further the cause of having Senator Sanders not only confirmed as the party's candidate, but elected to the office of President. My mind was made up LONG before the media finally couldn't deny his campaign any longer, and well before Hillary even announced that she was going to seek the nomination again. Now, encouraged by the poll numbers released each day, seeing him surge ahead of her royal highness, I am working in any way I can to further that gap, until she is just a speck in his magnified rear view mirror.

      Thank you all again for following this post. It makes me feel like it's all worth it.

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      Jess McFarland 2 years ago from Berlin, Connecticut

      "On the other hand, if you went out and educated yourself and actively participated in the free market, then congratulations, but the government cannot guarantee your success either way."

      I have personally started, and profitably sold, 3 businesses before I turned 50, so that kills your educating myself premise. I paid my employees better than a "living wage" and was still profitable, even during the economic downturns. I didn't expect the government to subsidize me the way we have subsidized the "too big to fail" financial giants, nor did I ever cheat on business taxes. Let me know where the unbiased proof is that any of today's billionaires are keeping to the REAL tenets of "free commerce". Until you can quote me anything from an unbiased source of the comments you're making, I'll continue to post my views and factual comments, with corroborating evidence when it's called for.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Companies like Samsung, Apple, etc., generally steal from one another and engage in corrupt practices to get ahead. Apple stole the idea for desktop icons from Xerox. Google makes corrupt deals with the oppressive Red Chinese government. Typically what these companies do is take the output of brilliant inventors and innovators and exploit them. Although there are exceptions, the so called "entrepreneurs" at the top are not capable of producing the products they sell. Steve Jobs was nothing without Steve Wozniak. He was a good snake oil salesman, nothing else. Now I'm tired of muddying up Svetlana's hub with rhetoric and will close by saying that yes, if Sanders can legislate some Chargers wins for us that will be another reason I will vote for him.

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      nicomp really 2 years ago from Ohio, USA

      "And what greatly reduced price exists in your fantasy stadium. It costs $150 to go to a Chargers game here, and they suck."

      I didn't say cheap, I said greatly reduced. I also didn't say the team would be any good. Perhaps the government should legislate some Chargers wins?

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      nicomp really 2 years ago from Ohio, USA

      "There is no free market, that is all part of the American myth, except on the micro level. "

      If so, how did we get Google, FitBit, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Tesla?

      How did we get Apple? Those two started in their garage with free parts from Atari and HP.

      How did we get Warren Buffet, Liberal Rich Guy?

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      And what greatly reduced price exists in your fantasy stadium. It costs $150 to go to a Chargers game here, and they suck.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      There is no free market, that is all part of the American myth, except on the micro level. On the grand scale that really matters there is just graft, payoffs, and collusion to receive corrupt benefits from the government, which is in essence the people, us. Nobody is complaining about the struggling small businessman here. We're complaining about the Wall Street crooks that are in no way advocates of a free market system. They use government to make themselves richer, and the wealth they have accumulated as a result should be redistributed.

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      nicomp really 2 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I love that Bernie Sanders is fed up with the status quo in Washington but he wants the nomination of the party in power.

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      nicomp really 2 years ago from Ohio, USA

      "Sports team owners often use publicly funded stadiums. The public doesn't get anything back on any of these sweetheart deals,"

      That's genuinely funny. You get to go the games at a much-reduced price. The cost of your seat doesn't include any of the billions required to build the stadium.

      What's also amusing is that you are opposed to publicly funded stadiums but you probably adore publicly funded health care, parks, housing, abortions, roads, college, dental care, vision care, and day care.

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      nicomp really 2 years ago from Ohio, USA

      "I wasn't referring to the GOVERNMENT giving any income to anyone. I was referring to the fact that "trickle down" economics failed to "give" expendable income through employment and sharing of profits from their employers."

      OK, I won't use the c-word, but I will try to explain the error of your logic. You are STILL expecting the government to give you stuff. The government has nothing to give you unless it is first taken from someone else. You need to get that. The government can pass a law obligating 'sharing of profits' but that is taking from one citizen to give to another: redistribution of wealth. If you are OK with that, fine, but don't act all hurt that it didn't happen under a Republican administration. If you fell for the "trickle down" economics, then sorry for you. On the other hand, if you went out and educated yourself and actively participated in the free market, then congratulations, but the government cannot guarantee your success either way.

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      Jess McFarland 2 years ago from Berlin, Connecticut

      I wasn't referring to the GOVERNMENT giving any income to anyone. I was referring to the fact that "trickle down" economics failed to "give" expendable income through employment and sharing of profits from their employers. It was a good idea in principle. However, the greed of the 1% that kept that money, which was supposed to be handed down to the middle class through paychecks, didn't grow proportionately, bringing us to today's disappearance of the middle class, and slow economic growth. When people don't have the disposable income to purchase goods and services beyond the basic necessities, the economy becomes stagnant.

      And if you continue to insist that I'm confused, I will refuse to approve any further comments from you.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      It's not confiscating, it is taking back. Billionaires have been given public resources for centuries. Railroad barons were given enormous tracts of government land. Oil barons drill and frack on public land. Sports team owners often use publicly funded stadiums. The public doesn't get anything back on any of these sweetheart deals, but gets gouged instead. The idea of the self made entrepreneur is not entirely, but largely mythical.

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      nicomp really 2 years ago from Ohio, USA

      "I'm sure that you're familiar with our taxable income levels and what you can get away with thanks to all the loopholes that republicans have supported for decades."

      Mama! You're confused. Do a little research to learn how many Republican-controlled Congresses we've had. Your Dems left in the loopholes, sorry.

      " Instead of giving more expendable income to middle class families,"

      Let me help you with this: the government isn't supposed to GIVE you anything. In order for the government to GIVE you a thing, it must confiscate that thing from someone else. The government is supposed to stay out of your life and protect your life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

      If you continue expecting Dems and Repubs to GIVE you stuff, you will suffer eternal disappointment.

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      nicomp really 2 years ago from Ohio, USA

      "And my name is not Chris. You obviously are one of those people who don't look at the entire post"

      oopsy. I wasn't writing to you. I was writing to Chris who left a comment above.

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      Jess McFarland 2 years ago from Berlin, Connecticut

      Yes, I AM biased, but not for the reasons that you most likely are. I've been a dues paying member of the RNC in the 80's and left disillusioned because St. Ronnie's trickle down (interestingly concocted by none other than Dick Cheney) was a total failure in accomplishing what it was supposed to. Instead of giving more expendable income to middle class families, it was the vehicle that allowed the billionaire class to horde the wealth so that they could gain power.

      The difference between the conservative rich, including the Koch's (David and Charles) and the liberal rich is that, the liberals are not trying to overthrow the government and have all come out in favor of taxing them and others in their bracket at a more equal rate. I'm sure that you're familiar with our taxable income levels and what you can get away with thanks to all the loopholes that republicans have supported for decades.

      As far as confused, you're right on that count as well. I'm confused as to why people in the disappearing middle class and lower classes still support these idiots when it's clear that their best interests are not being attended to.

      And my name is not Chris. You obviously are one of those people who don't look at the entire post. You just blindly go about your business, wearing blinders to everything you don't think affect you.

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      nicomp really 2 years ago from Ohio, USA

      "Hilary used "hard-working white people" on Obama."

      ... and Barack Hussein Obama used the term "Bitter Clingers". But you're OK with that, Chris?

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      nicomp really 2 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Wow you're confused. Or biased. Probably both.

      Amusing, it is, that you indict "The Koch Brothers" (do you even know their names?) whilst conveniently overlooking rich influential Liberals such as George Soros, Warren Buffet, and Arianna Huffington. Is there a suite in your gulag for them?

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      I have to admit I was scared off by the socialism tag applied to Bernie too, but we need somebody to shake things up and make people remember the working class is for real. At the very least, he could light a fire under Hillary, to make her remember who she is supposed to represent. But I'm tired of that light a fire routine. I want him to win. I'll vote for him. Great hub.

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      Cape Wind Girl 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Yes you have. Far too many of the other variety dominate the air.

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      Howard Schneider 2 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Excellent and interesting Hub, Bassman54. Senator Sanders, at the very least, will be focusing on the issues that we really need solved. The wealth and income gaps are now huge and growing and this is stifling this country's growth while harming many Americans. It's about time this is talked about seriously.

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      Jess McFarland 2 years ago from Berlin, Connecticut

      BTW, good to see you commenting. I've been away far too long.

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      Jess McFarland 2 years ago from Berlin, Connecticut

      Chris, I think it may be too late for her to do anything to him. The crowds at his rallies are growing larger every time, and he now is only 8 percentage points behind her in the polls (and they don't count for beans, anyway). The clown car doesn't have anyone in it that stands a chance, so they're a non entity. The real trick is to keep the momentum going and shout it from every social media site for people to take up the banner.

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      Cape Wind Girl 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Its great to hear someone speak as an American i grew up with.....neighbors used to actually help each other out.....*gads* for free

      Lovely to see the greed called on its face. And the phony so called patriotism. They love the presidents allright....the dead ones on their bills.

      Oh bernie i only hope they dont deanonize you.....because they will try. Hilary used "hard-working white people" on Obama.....what will she pull on you?

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