The Sanders Tsunami Of 2016: Wisconsin.

By Jerry Alatalo

(Image: Socratic.org)
(Image: Socratic.org)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alphabet On the heels of landslide, momentum-building political victories in Alaska (82%-18), Hawaii (71%-29), Idaho (79%-21), Utah (78%-22) and Washington State (73%-27), the Sanders campaign is striving for similar lopsided, consistent outcomes the rest of the way – starting in a matter of hours on Tuesday April 5th in Wisconsin.

The results of Tuesday’s voting in Wisconsin will illustrate how upset the people of the state were when Ms. Clinton left and traveled to New York, where the stakes related to all-important delegate counts are much higher. Retired NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and Green Bay Packer hero Brett Favre was literally loved by every man, woman and child of Wisconsin, but his decision to sign with the New York Jets is far different from 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s early exit from the state to New York.

Perhaps Tuesday’s vote in Wisconsin will show just how different in the eyes of the state’s residents are a beloved quarterback and hero, the NFL, the Super Bowl… and candidates competing for the greatest “political championship” in the United States – the office of President. Nobody knows the number of voters in Wisconsin – in particular Clinton supporters – who resent that she bolted early to New York, and vote for Bernie Sanders instead to send her a strong message.

Sanders’ recent massive, blowout wins in five states could be described as a rising political “tsunami” (#SandersTsunami), despite the controversial Democratic party role of the so-called “Super” delegates. Assuming those political professionals or “Super” men and women remain firm in their support for Ms. Clinton, despite polls showing Bernie Sanders beats Donald Trump by a much wider margin than does Hillary Clinton, the Sanders campaign needs to win the remaining states by a 75%-25 margin. Will the people of Wisconsin give Sanders 75%?… Or even 80%, as occurred in Alaska?

One wonders if Wisconsinites, after attending his rallies across the state – seeing and hearing Bernie Sanders up close on the political “football field” – have developed the same love and respect for him as they had for Brett Favre while he was helping the Green Bay Packers win the Super Bowl. If so, Tuesday evening voting results for the “Dairy State” will show Sanders winning by 95%-5… the 5% Clinton voters being those in Wisconsin who just hate football.

One also wonders who the man considered the greatest football coach at any level of all time, the late Packers legend Vince Lombardi, would be supporting in election 2016. Like Packer quarterbacks Brett Favre, Bart Starr and Aaron Rodgers, “Coach” Lombardi has a special place in the hearts and memories of people across Wisconsin. Too bad Bernie Sanders’ sport was track and long-distance running instead of football; he would’ve gained a good deal more support with a grand finale rally at the home of the Packers, Lambeau Field.

If mentioning Green Bay Packers legends in trying to motivate readers from Wisconsin to vote for Bernie Sanders isn’t enough, perhaps the link between Hillary Clinton and the Packers’ hated rivals the Chicago Bears will accomplish the task. Ms. Clinton was born in a suburb of Chicago and, though questions about who she roots for – the Bears or Packers – haven’t been raised, just imagine her wearing a Bears jersey when entering the voting booth.  … Result?: “Touchdown, Sanders.”

People in Wisconsin and across America are now fully informed after having studied the candidates and issues, the contrasting views of Sanders and Clinton, and become aware of Bernie Sanders as the campaign moved forward in the 11 months since announcing his candidacy in his home state Vermont. As the true picture has become recognized and understood by the American people Sanders’ support has grown in parallel, his recent wins illustrate the unprecedented shift of support, and the people are writing political history.

When that next moment of political history takes place on Tuesday in Wisconsin, the nationwide #SandersTsunami grows, rises in power…

(Thank you to Bernie 2016 at YouTube)

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Sanders Endorsed By Oliver Stone.

(Cross-posted from Oliver Stone’s Facebook page via Reader Supported News. Please take the time and share with family and friends in Wisconsin, New York State, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, and across America. Thank you.)

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(Image: (www).Vogue.it)

Why I’m For Bernie Sanders

By Oliver Stone, Oliver Stone’s Facebook Page

01 April 16

Alphabet When fear becomes collective, when anger becomes collective, it’s extremely dangerous. It is overwhelming… The mass media and the military-industrial complex create a prison for us, so we continue to think, see, and act in the same way… We need the courage to express ourselves even when the majority is going in the opposite direction… because a change of direction can happen only when there is a collective awakening… Therefore, it is very important to say, ‘I am here!’ to those who share the same kind of insight.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist Monk, “The Art of Power.”

I’ve been in deep despair these last few months about our political landscape. This quote from Thich Nhat Hanh recently elevated my spirit, and I share it with you. Because I am—we are—still here! Though it’s clear that the die is cast and that Clinton will win — that is, if you believe in numbers and materialism, but I don’t, not completely.

I enclose here several recent articles, which you need to read to understand how difficult a situation we’ll be in if we continue with a harder-line version of Obama. Hillary Clinton has effectively closed the door on peace, blasting both the Palestinian peace process and the Russians in the same week. NATO is her god, the best thing the ‘exceptional’ US has to export in this new “American Century.”

But who set this policy and who controls this country? Her point of view is steeped in the traditional post-World War II, Atlanticist, NATO-domination of the universe. It’s set in stone. No president it seems, no democratic vote, no dissenting media can alter this. We’re going to be in border, resource, and forever wars for the next 10, 20, 100 years, until Trump (who our Shadow Government will never allow to exercise power) actually said in his straight way of talking, “our cities go bust.” Our media has been drained and made callous by war, increasingly sensationalized by TV, looking for the next high in the next headline, the more outrageous the better. Modesty in American politics is dead—it’s better to be sensational. Ironically, as they call Trump unelectable (which he is), it leaves you to think Clinton is the ‘new normal’, in which case you’ve been deceived by the unnecessary dichotomy that Clinton is actually ‘respectable’ in the same way that Eisenhower/Dulles 1950s were respectable when we went about intervening and overthrowing governments in many countries. But the difference was they at least had the brains not to get into shooting wars. To suggest NATO should’ve expired in 1991 when the Soviet Union disintegrated, I suppose isn’t questionable anymore. NATO, which has expanded to 13 countries since 1991, must be supported and Clinton has been brainwashed by the neoconservatives to believe it’s about “Russian aggression” when it’s the United States that’s ensuring the greatest build-up on the European borders of Russia since Hitler did it in World War II.

We’re going to war—either hybrid in nature to break the Russian state back to its 1990s subordination, or a hot war (which will destroy our country). Our citizens should know this, but they don’t because our media is dumbed down in its ‘Pravda’–like support for our ‘respectable’, highly aggressive Government. We are being led, as C. Wright Mills said in the 1950s, by a Government full of “crackpot realists: in the name of realism they’ve constructed a paranoid reality all their own.” Our media has credited Hillary Clinton with wonderful foreign policy experience, unlike Trump, without really noting the results of her power-mongering. She’s comparable to Bill Clinton’s choice of Cold War crackpot Madeleine Albright as one of the worst Secretary of States we’ve had since…Condi Rice? Albright boasted, “If we have to use force it is because we are America; we are the indispensible nation. We stand tall and we see further than other countries into the future.” Hillary’s record includes supporting the barbaric ‘contras’ against the Nicaraguan people in the 1980s, supporting the NATO bombing of the former Yugoslavia, supporting the ongoing Bush-Iraq War, the ongoing Afghan mess, and as Secretary of State the destruction of the secular state of Libya, the military coup in Honduras, and the present attempt at “regime change” in Syria. Every one of these situations has resulted in more extremism, more chaos in the world, and more danger to our country. Next will be the borders of Russia, China, and Iran. Look at the viciousness of her recent AIPAC speech (don’t say you haven’t been warned). Can we really bear to watch as Clinton “takes our alliance [with Israel] to the next level”? Where is our sense of proportion? Cannot the media, at the least, call her out on this extremism? The problem, I think, is this political miasma of “correctness” that dominates American thinking (i.e. Trump is extreme, therefore Hillary is not).

This is why I’m praying still for Bernie Sanders because he’s the only one willing, at least in the name of fiscal sanity, to cut back on our foreign interventions, bring the troops home, and with these trillions of dollars no longer wasted on malice, try to protect the ‘homeland’ by actually rebuilding it and putting money into its people, schools, and infrastructure.

Albert Camus, talking about the doomed Spanish Civil War in the 1930s wrote, “Men of my generation have had Spain in our hearts. It was there that they learned … that one can be right and yet be beaten, that force can vanquish spirit, and that there are times when courage is not rewarded.” It’s true the light was extinguished for generations in Spain. America was sleeping, but it finally did the right thing and went to war against Fascism. I believe Fascism is still our greatest enemy and its face is everywhere in our so-called ‘democracies.’ It was always about the moneyed interests that had the power. That is what Fascism is and that is the danger we are in now. Sanders talks about money, listen to him. He talks cogently about money and its power to distort. He’s the only one who has raised his voice against the corruption in our politics. Clinton has embraced this corruption.

The Clinton/Trump AIPAC ‘Pander-Off’ by Robert Parry
http://bit.ly/1q0QTRi

Critics Aghast at ‘Disgusting Speech’ Clinton Just Gave to AIPAC
http://bit.ly/1UJxdfP

Fearing Sanders as ‘Closet Realist’
http://bit.ly/1UsmHee

A World War has Begun. Break the Silence.
http://bit.ly/1Zskij3

Risking Nuclear War for Al-Qaeda
http://bit.ly/2130kQz

Neocon Kagan Endorses Hillary Clinton
http://bit.ly/1Tc02mc

Sanders the ‘Realist’: Hillary the ‘Neocon’
http://bit.ly/1ollg3e

A Crazy Establishment Demands ‘Sanity’
http://bit.ly/1MAx0dJ

Sanders Talks About Disastrous Trade Policy. Clinton Doesn’t.

By Jerry Alatalo

NAFTA
NAFTA

Alphabet During recent campaign rallies in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has named those state’s companies and numbers of workers laid off after moving operations to Mexico, China and other low-wage countries. He points out the clear difference between his and Hillary Clinton’s records on major U.S. trade agreements that have led to 60,000 manufacturing plants and millions of good-paying jobs leaving America.

Sanders tells people at his rallies that he’s been opposed to each one of “these disastrous trade agreements” from the day he arrived in Congress, and that Clinton has supported virtually every one of them. One could predict the Clinton campaign’s media strategists will soon appear on the boob tube accusing Sanders of “going negative” – by telling the American people the truth.

Ms. Clinton has been captured on videos praising the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) and calling it the “Gold Standard”, then – as the 2016 campaign progressed and her “strategists” realized most Americans oppose TPP – suddenly evolve in her thinking about the proposed, largest trade pact in world history. Now she opposes TPP because, as she explained it, her initial support was founded on incomplete information; after more details became available, she then “understood” and changed her stance by 180-degrees to opposition.

Sanders’ decision to specify the negative consequences of NAFTA – signed into law by Ms. Clinton’s husband during his first term as President – and other corporate-written trade deals will resonate strongly with citizens in states where hundreds, thousands of families faced tough times after fathers and mothers were laid off. The Clinton team will find it difficult, perhaps impossible, to explain away her choice of supporting the trade deals which led to real-life, on-the-ground hardship for millions of Americans.

One can imagine Clinton strategic meetings occurring now, behind closed doors of course, where the discussion focuses on how to deal with Sanders’ successful tactic of naming the companies who’ve moved plants to Mexico, China, etc., the numbers of laid off workers, and specific to the state where rallies are being held. Just a guess, but one can imagine the strategists in the meeting concluding any response or counterattack is a certain losing proposition, so strict silence on trade deals is the best option for avoiding negative publicity and losing voters to Sanders.

The last time an independent candidate for President was able to take part in the final debates was in 1992, when Ross Perot, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton were the last three standing. Perot’s leveling with the American people on the proposed NAFTA trade deal produced a for-all-time popular and memorable quote. Perot warned of the massive outflow of jobs from the United States to Mexico if NAFTA legislation became the law, and that once signed the American people would hear a “huge sucking sound” – meaning jobs sucked out of the country.

Ironically, Perot’s candidacy took votes from Bush and helped Clinton narrowly win the 1992 election, and not too long after taking office Clinton signed the NAFTA agreement into law. Perot’s warning wasn’t heeded but prophetic, and the trend of corporate owners’ opting on moving facilities to Mexico rapidly accelerated, leaving regions around the country hard hit by layoffs – most notably in the “Motor City” of Detroit, Michigan.

It’s fascinating to think about what will transpire in the days ahead as Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton vie to become the Democratic nominee for President. It seems the entire country is now electrified, excitedly anticipating every development, and eager to fully take part in determining the “inevitable” outcome.

(Thank you to Bernie 2016 at YouTube)

Nader On Clinton. (Post #900)

By Jerry Alatalo

(Image: groene.nl)
(Image: groene.nl)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alphabet Ralph Nader’s best, most memorable line during a recent short commentary on Hillary Clinton’s statements may have been: “Hillary the hypocrite should open up on Broadway…” If polls were conducted on who Americans trust, Ralph Nader would be at or near the top of the list in all of them. Therefore his opinion is always sought on important issues, and in this instance it’s his perspective on the contrast in transparency between Sanders and Clinton.

Mr. Nader, in his well-known frank and direct style, doesn’t pull any punches when he describes his views on some of the things Ms. Clinton has said during the presidential campaign. For example, after she answered a question about releasing her Wall Street transcripts with “Everyone gives speeches to private groups, including Senator Sanders”, Nader pointed out “Sanders doesn’t give paid speeches to Wall Street firms or big commercial trade conventions. That’s a matter of public record. …So, Hillary is making a false statement when she says other candidates, including Bernie Sanders, have the same kind of transcripts and the same kind of huge speech fees”.

Nader added: “Well, Hillary basically is the favorite candidate of Wall Street. They’re pouring money into her campaign – and she reciprocates. In those closed-door sessions, according to some people who were there and spoke to the press, she was reported to have gushed to the bankers, saying she didn’t like all this beating up on the big bankers, because, she said, we’re all in it together”.

“Yeh?… The foreclosed homeowners are in it together? The people who lost their jobs because of Wall Street crooks crashing the economy?… They’re in it with the banks? Hillary Clinton reciprocates to those who pay for her campaign. When Hillary Clinton says she’ll release all her transcripts when all the other candidates release theirs that’s not leadership, which she claims she possesses – that’s follower-ship. That’s disrespecting the voters, and that’s not telling the voters that her principal opponent Bernie Sanders doesn’t have those transcripts, because he doesn’t give paid speeches to Wall Street”.

Among Mr. Nader’s other comments is one where he suggests actress-comedienne Lily Tomlin for the big screen role of Hillary Clinton, because she (Tomlin) is good at playing people with “forked tongues”.

Comparing the two candidates battling for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States, Ralph Nader shared his perspective: “The contrast couldn’t be greater between Hillary the Hawk and Hillary the Wall Street promoter – and the populist Senator Bernie Sanders”.

After the big shift of momentum in favor of Sanders transformed the Democratic nomination race and made it a new contest, millions of people in Wisconsin, New York, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, California and the states yet to vote have a reinvigorated sense of political excitement. That is especially true for supporters of Sanders, who realize his chance for success remains feasible.

Whoever those millions of Americans are supporting, or if they are still undecided, all of them would certainly be interested in hearing from straight shooter Ralph Nader – one of America’s long-admired, most trusted leaders.

(Thank you to Verda Brigid at YouTube)