California, June 7 Vote: Decisive For U.S. Political Revolution.

By Jerry Alatalo

Alphabet Tuesday June 7 is the day those Americans voting in their states’ Democratic primaries for either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton decide on the nation’s future. The most important of those states is California, where some 470 delegates are going to become divided between Sanders and Clinton. Depending on the outcome of the voting in California and the remaining states on Tuesday, what has become understood across the country as “The Political Revolution” will either lose or gain momentum.

For voters in California, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Mexico and Montana who still haven’t heard of “The Political Revolution”, the following videos from Bernie Sanders rallies during the 2016 campaign provide very good visual illustrations – and at the same time might make some wonder how it’s possible for Sanders at this point to trail Clinton…

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Thanks to Tom Masuga at YouTube for his video from February 2016 at Eastern Michigan University and the Sanders rally there, in 25-degree weather…

Thanks to Charlie DeLacey at YouTube for filming the lines of supporters at the Bernie Sanders rally in Evansville, Indiana, held in May 2016…

Thank you to doctornerve at YouTube for filming the crowd at the Sanders South Bronx rally in March 2016…

Thank you to Cha Li at YouTube for sharing this remarkable video from the Oakland, California Sanders rally just a few days ago…

Thank you to hecmmontes at YouTube for filming the May 21, 2016 Sanders rally in New Mexico…

Thank you to Big CT at YouTube for posting capture of the long lines at a Sanders rally in Utah from March 2016…

Thank you to accalade at YouTube for recording what it looked like at the Bernie Sanders rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the fine choice of musical cover, on February 24, 2016…

Thank you to jehofit’s channel at YouTube for the video, and moving musical selection, from March 30, 2016 and the Bernie Sanders town hall meeting in Madison, Wisconsin…

There are many more videos from other states around America showing the same levels of support for Mr. Sanders. Those aged 45 and younger have supported Sanders because they’ve chosen to get their news from the independent media over the internet where these videos became published.

Corporate media organizations have suppressed or outright censored the “Political Revolution” represented by these images, so the large percentage of older Americans who get their “news” solely from corporate media aren’t being given anything near the full and truly extraordinary story of election 2016.

Voters in California, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Mexico and Montana might want to keep the images of those long lines of Bernie Sanders supporters in mind next Tuesday June 7 – before making their final decision.

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A Message For American Voters.

By Jerry Alatalo

“Are you not ashamed of heaping up in the greatest amount of money and honor and reputation, and caring so little about wisdom and truth and the greatest improvement of the soul, which you never regard or heed at all?”

– SOCRATES (470-399 B.C.) Greek philosopher

aaa-13Alphabet While there is no debating with facts showing the 2016 United States presidential election is the most extraordinarily remarkable in the nation’s history, too often the din of political, media and citizen back and forth discussion ends up concealing or diminishing focus on important and essential topics, situations and circumstances.

Thank you to Mr. Jesse Brennan for producing the following moving video, distinguishing between essential and non-essential, and reminding the American people what presidential elections are fundamentally all about. Through his artistry, Mr. Brennan makes clear to voters that Senator Bernie Sanders has conveyed his personal philosophical and/or spiritual values to the people at a higher level than either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, the two other remaining major party candidates.

Combining visual images and spoken word overlay, Mr. Brennan concisely creates a work of art which cuts through the whirlwind of loud noises and loud images dominating the 2016 election – to a great extent devoid of the human philosophical and/or spiritual dimension equating with morality, justice, and other shared tenets of all major religious traditions throughout history.

It’s up to those Americans in states yet to vote whether or not to take time in considering how important, how high on their list of preferred human qualities a good President should possess according to their current worldview, are a candidate’s positions related to philosophy and/or spirituality.

Perhaps the words of Athenian philosopher Plato (428-348 B.C.) spoken many centuries ago can help American voters on this matter:

“A man must take with him into the world below an adamantine faith in truth and right, that there too he may be undazzled by the desire of wealth or the other allurements of evil, lest coming upon tyrannies and similar villanies, he should do irremediable wrongs to others and suffer worse himself; but let him know how to choose the mean and avoid extremes on either side, as far as possible, not only in this life but in all that which is to come. For this is the way to happiness.”

“But to be at once exceedingly wealthy and good is impossible, if we mean by the wealthy those who are accounted so by the vulgar, that is, the exceptional few who own property of great pecuniary value – the very thing a bad man would be likely to own. Now since this is so I can never concede to them that a rich man is truly happy unless he is also a good man, but that one who is exceptionally good should be exceptionally wealthy too is a mere impossibility.”

“Do to others as I would they should do to me.”

(Thank you to Bud Meyers at YouTube)

Sanders-Clinton: America’s Moment Of Truth.

By Jerry Alatalo

aaa-38Alphabet The British politician and member of the Labor Party for 47 years, Tony Benn (1925-2014), once observed that corporate media owners used their powerful communication assets to produce apathy, hopelessness and resignation in the minds of those fighting for positive social change – such as the millions now supporting Senator Bernie Sanders for president.

If Tony Benn were alive today he would certainly have given a strong endorsement of Sanders for President of the United States, known full well the corporate media owners’ plans, and called them out beginning with Sanders’ announcement to run some 11 months ago in his home state of Vermont. Sadly, Tony Benn is no longer available to help the Sanders campaign as he passed away two years ago at the age of 88.

Perhaps the most astonishing and frustrating development in the 2016 election has been how efficiently media owners’ efforts have succeeded – producing the precise apathetic perceptions in citizens’ minds they sought when determining their course of action after Sanders’ announcement and subsequent growing popularity. Doubly astonishing and frustrating has been how men and women self-described progressives have also fallen for media manipulation of their perceptions into varying states of apathy.

When college student Bernie Sanders was arrested in Chicago protesting segregation during the 1960’s, Hillary Clinton was working for the presidential campaign of Republican Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater. Goldwater was a leading opponent of landmark civil rights legislation. Thus far in the 2016 election, for whatever reasons, Clinton gained substantially more delegates in deep southern states, with those delegates accounting for her lead today.

Fortunately for the Sanders campaign and its supporters, voting in southern states for the 2016 election determining the Democratic nominee is history and over, and the second half of the Sanders-Clinton battle in all polls promises strong gains, renewed momentum for Sanders. Now the major question becomes whether or not progressive men and women across America will allow themselves to continue being manipulated by the media – succumbing to apathy, “inevitability” and defeat – or wake from their slumber, unite, and fight the good fight. This has been throughout history, and will remain for all time, the stuff – the reality – of accomplishing any peaceful, genuine, positive political revolution.

With all due respect for fellow progressives who support Green Party candidate Jill Stein (this writer supports both Mr. Sanders and Ms. Stein) and/or have criticized Sanders during election 2016, think deeply about what it means for America and the world if Hillary Clinton becomes the 45th President of the United States. Is it not of paramount and foremost importance to act forcefully using all options available and necessary, accelerate the greatest united effort in American political history, and finally put an end to that potentiality?

Whether Sanders or Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, Jill Stein will still be there. Do progressives want to see debates between Sanders, Trump and Stein or Clinton, Trump and Stein? Think deeply about the different consequences for humanity which will manifest on Earth from those choices – the most likely (2) remaining outcomes for the 2016 presidential race.

A realistic current assessment of the 2016 presidential election leaves one with no other conclusion: the American people – in particular, those in the progressive movement – are now facing an unprecedented, historic, profoundly vital moment of truth.

(Thank you to Bernie 2016 at YouTube)

Sanders-Clinton: Chaplin’s Timeless Message.

The Great Dictator’s Speech

I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone – if possible – Jew, Gentile – black man – white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness – not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost….

The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men – cries out for universal brotherhood – for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world – millions of despairing men, women, and little children – victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.

To those who can hear me, I say – do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed – the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. …..

Soldiers! don’t give yourselves to brutes – men who despise you – enslave you – who regiment your lives – tell you what to do – what to think and what to feel! Who drill you – diet you – treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men – machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate – the unloved and the unnatural! Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!

In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man” – not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power – the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.

Then – in the name of democracy – let us use that power – let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world – a decent world that will give men a chance to work – that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfil that promise. They never will!

Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfil that promise! Let us fight to free the world – to do away with national barriers – to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Soldiers! in the name of democracy, let us all unite!