I have been following your career for years and came to the realization that your ideas and ideals closely match my own ideals and ideas. You always seem to be there fighting the good fight for the little guy or gal. You are a man of complete integrity and a refreshing change from most of the other folks who occupy various offices in Washington. As such, it is in my self-interest to do everything that I can to see to it that you win the Democratic primaries, become the Democratic Party's standard-bearer and win the 2016 Presidential elections.
As such, please let me offer you a word of advice – Go on the attack during the second debate tonight! American voters have thick skulls and misinterpreted your being a gentleman by not attacking Hillary during the first debate as passivity and weakness. Hillary Clinton did not take the high road during the first debate when she attacked you on the gun control issue. I'm sure that Hillary's handlers watched your early rallies and town halls and latched onto the gun control issue as your Achilles's heel when they saw those protesters. As a matter of fact, I wonder if a few of those protesters weren't Hillary or Hillary supporter plants?
Since she latched onto the gun control issue, one issue that she distorted, magnified and used over and over again, and tried to play the “I am woman” card, Hillary now falls into the category of people in glass houses so feel free to use some of the following suggestions.
Here are a few of Hillary Clinton's vulnerabilities:
Bill Clinton's horrible record of deregulation that, to name a few:
The point of all this is that thanks to a corporate owned mainstream media, who wants to portray you as a weak non-candidate and a Hillary campaign machine that is fully prepared to play gutterball and latch onto anything they could to distract from the fact that Hillary is nothing more than an old-fashioned corporate backed machine politician, you have a real fight on your hands. I know that you want to take the high road, but at this stage, you can't because Clinton's people will see to it that voters mistake your kindness for your weakness! Now get out there tonight and fight because America's future depends on you!
Yesterday, the Congressional Republicans of the Benghazi committee conducted what could only be described as a witch hunt that was so specious and partisan that it would even have made Sen. Joe McCarthy blush. For eleven solid hours, Hillary Clinton was subjected to what could only be described as a police interrogation by a crew of GOP thugs. All that was missing was the darkened room and a bright light shining in her face. Needless to say, if their goal was to discredit Hillary to lower her numbers in the polls, they were wasting their time, taxpayers' money and America's collective patience.
Yesterday, Hillary Clinton wasn't discredited by the GOP, she was politically martyred by Republican slimeballs! As everyone knows, martyrs usually become heroes. Hillary stoically withstood their onslaught and looked positively heroic. Could it be that the political party that hired a consultant to concoct the deceptive phrase “job creator” as a description for corporations and billionaires has an underlying strategy behind the Benghazi hearings? Could it be that they secretly wanted to lionize Hillary by putting her through the hearing? Why??
My theory is that Bernie Sanders is the true nightmare of the corporations and billionaires that finance GOP campaigns. If the hearings actually help Hillary win the primaries, corporations and billionaires can breathe easy, they've gotten Bernie out of their hair. At that point, they have a win/win situation on their hands. If Hillary Clinton wins the general elections, they win, if a Republican wins, they win more!
If I were Bernie Sanders, I would make a masterful move that would be the equivalent of his breakout “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails” shout to Hillary, which made him look like he was classy enough to fight the GOP in her defense. I would collar the Committee chairman Trey Gowdy and his GOP pals from my Senatorial bully pulpit and ask the same question that Joseph N. Welch asked Sen. Joe McCarthy during the Army-McCarthy hearings: “ Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” That would definitely put Bernie on the Presidential path!
Just when it looked like the 2016 Presidential election was going to be a choice between a to-be-announced corporate Republican and a preordained corporate Democrat, independent Bernie Sanders announced that he is going to run for President as a Democrat. If that isn't a game changer, I don't know what is? Now we have a clear choice and can vote for someone who has spent his whole career fighting for the middle class and the poor. Bernie's track record shows that he is all action, not someone who utters a few noncommittal words or worse yet, says the words that you want to hear then in a stealthy way, sides with corporations, billionaires and Wall St. after the election.
Look, I've never been shy about expressing my strong disdain for middle class and poor people who support and vote for Republicans that only help corporations and billionaires. Similarly, I have equal disdain for middle class and poor voters who call themselves Democrats, but vote for “lesser of two evils” candidates that “compromise” with Republicans after the election. Voters in the second category effectively turn a two party system into a virtual one party system by limiting our choices to bad and worse. Kind of sounds like a 1950's Soviet style election doesn't it? The difference is that you have a choice of two people cut from the same corporate cloth?
Sadly, the people who prevent any substantive change in our country and doom us to a life of income inequality are the vociferous enforcers of the status quo who on social media and elsewhere, use fear as their weapon of choice. These people are nothing less than political bullies who are trying to force you to vote their way or else! Their phrase that enslaves is “If you vote for a third party candidate, the Republicans will win. Remember Nader in the 2000 election?” By running in a Democratic primary election, Bernie Sanders effectively eliminated that argument. The same people might now present the false argument that Bernie doesn't have a chance because conservative voters won't vote for him in a general election. My reply to that would be that Democrats shouldn't court Republicans by adopting their values?
The take away is this: The only way that Bernie Sanders doesn't have a chance is you don't vote for him in the primaries and in the general election. For true democracy, forget the bullies and vote for Bernie.
What's your favorite brand of corruption? Which style do you prefer? Does it have a thin veneer of faux patriotism? Perhaps having it glossed over with a diluted coat of caring and compassion is more to your liking? Either way, when you peel back the carefully prepared covering, you see the same thing, massive campaign contributions from billionaires and corporations!
In this age of "corporations are people", we have to remind ourselves of one of my favorite quotes --"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results"- Albert Einstein. If we elect someone from one of the two existing parties, we are buying into a corrupt, dysfunctional system that has brought us to where we are today, one where corporations and billionaires make contributions or veiled threats and pull the strings! That's why I support electing an outsider.
Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats has just mentioned that he would consider running for President in 2016. Should he run, I will do everything in my power to help get him elected. He is experienced yet still has his integrity. Let's encourage this honorable man to seek the Presidency.
If you watched Sen. Bernie Sanders' speech on CSPAN yesterday, you realized that he's one of the few politicians that put's our interests before that of corporations and the rich. He clearly explained how the compromise deal's gift basket of goodies for the rich hurts the rest of us. If you didn't watch CSPAN, you're out of luck because the big three networks and the cable networks had virtually no coverage of his speech, but gave lots of coverage to Bill Clinton's speech that endorsed the Deal.
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