Bernie Sanders is for real
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.
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;
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.
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.