I have known who my preferred candidate would be since first hearing about Bernie Sanders’ campaign in 2015. I came to know of Mr. Sanders through my involvement in Occupy Wall Street; Occupy Dallas in my area. This page serves as my personal log of what I continuously learn about the remaining candidates.
Bernie Sanders has always worked for the working families in his variously-sized constituencies, for 35 years now. He is most often seen in his shirt-sleeves. He flies coach-class on discount airlines, even throughout his tenure as U.S. Senator. He joins picket lines. He has an utterly anti-elitist mentality. He has kept that mentality, throughout his entire career, since his ACTIVE involvement in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s.
The Clintons cannot compare to this. They are neoliberal capitalist elitists who rub elbows with the most nefarious, even Right Wing, people. The Clintons and Donald Trump are very old friends. I refuse to believe that, throughout their decades-old friendship, Trump has only recently become a racist, sexist Nazi. He’s always been that way. Both Clintons know this. They never minded his association with them.
An even more disgusting fact is that the Clintons, along with Trump, have another old associate, another billionaire, convicted serial-child-rapist Jeffrey Epstein, who owns a private island where he has raped under-age women, some young girls. Are they friends because this is the billionaires club, or because Bill Clinton is also a serial sex-offender?
One article on Epstein’s ties to Clinton: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/6/bill-clintons-name-found-21-times-in-sex-offender-/
An introduction to the history of Epstein:
Serial-rape will never come-up as an issue in Mr. Sanders’ campaign.
Sanders’ Programs Supported by Nation’s Economists
Here’s a letter signed by 170 of our nation’s experts on economics who support Sanders’ economic-stimulus plans:
Robert Reich fully supports Mr. Sanders:
ROBERT B. REICH is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, for which Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century. He has written fourteen books, including the best sellers “Aftershock, “The Work of Nations,” and”Beyond Outrage,” and, his most recent, “Saving Capitalism.” He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine, chairman of Common Cause, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and co-creator of the award-winning documentary, INEQUALITY FOR ALL.
Some posts and articles from Professor Reich:
- Explaining the economic correctness of Mr. Sanders’ proposals:
- Explaining the widespread rebellion against the establishment
- A video in which Professor Reich defies the skepticism of Clinton supporters regarding Mr. Sanders
- A Democracy Now interview with Prof. Reich on why we are RIGHT to aim high in our expectations for a candidate, as opposed to Clinton’s false claims of “processes” and incrementalism:
Significant Endorsements for Mr. Sanders
- Among other politicians, many of whom he has worked with for 30 years
- Among intellectuals
- Professor Cornel West
- Professor Noam Chomsky
- Glenn Greenwald
- Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Seattle leader Kshama Sawant: http://www.socialistalternative.org/2015/11/19/video-kshama-sawant-bernie-sanders-democratic-socialism/
- Spike Lee
- Among organizations
- American Postal Workers Union
- Communication Workers of America
- National Nurses United
- Democracy for America
- Working Families Party
- NAACP – former President Ben Jealous
- One author’s discussion: Black Intellectuals’ Critique of Clinton, in Support of Sanders: http://www.vox.com/2016/2/27/11125726/black-democrats-sanders-cornel-west
What this indicates is that Mr. Sanders, on the same beliefs and policies he has always held, is spear-heading a Progressive Uprising from within the Democratic base. It is anti-establishment, meaning it seeks to empower working people, intellectuals, activists, unions, and the most progressive elements of American society. This means, inherently, this movement is against Wall Street fraud, runaway corporatism, and the deeply entrenched corruption of both the Republican and Democratic parties.
Bernie Sanders’ Legislation: an Inventory
Bernie Sanders: the “Amendment King”
“Bernie Sanders passed more roll call amendments in a Republican Congress than any other member.” http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/mar/24/bernie-s/bernie-sanders-was-roll-call-amendment-king-1995-2/
Is Sanders Too Far Left ?
NO! Sanders represents the Democratic Party ideals and policies of FDR, Kennedy, and LBJ. His policies and changes would help restore our lost democracy, and bring our domestic policy in line with other developed nations. In fact, polls indicate that the majority of Americans are LEFT OF CENTER ! Yet, our politicians are paid to enact policies that Americans disagree with. U.S. Congress currently has only a 13% approval rating. Here is an article that collects polls showing that Americans are Center-Left.
If Americans would abandon Party affiliation, group identity, and media rhetoric, and vote on the issues, most Americans would vote for Sanders over other candidates.
Poll of US business executives reveals strong support for wage increases, paid-leave, better employment policies.
American Labor for Bernie Sanders
The Campaign AGAINST Bernie Sanders by US Media and the “Democratic” Party
Where Do the Candidates’ Voters Get Their News/Information?
Clinton supporters depend largely on corporate news channels, while Sanders supporters depend largely on independent internet sources.
Clinton Supporters – Old, Rich, Conservative
Senator Bernie Sanders on the Issues
His current, official stands (please note that his message has changed little since the beginning of the race. Clinton, on the other hand, has been forced to change her campaign message repeatedly to match the progressiveness of Sanders’ stances)
His stance on issues in the past: in this race, one has to be VERY CAREFUL ABOUT STATEMENTS MADE BY CLINTON. She has been caught lying REPEATEDLY.
- Another inventory of his past votes and speeches on the issues: https://pplswar.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/what-bernie-sanders-got-done-in-washington-a-legislative-inventory/
Leading economist argues that Sanders’ bold economic agenda would ‘deliver standards of well-being for the overwhelming majority of Americans in ways that we have not experienced for generations.’
Bernie Sanders – Champion of Veterans
In 2011 Panama Trade Deal, Sanders was RIGHT, Hillary Clinton was WRONG
Hillary Clinton Corruption
Goldman-Sachs is one of her primary funders. They have supplied her with tens-of-millions of Dollars. Some of the controversy between them is even about her refusing to release transcripts of the promises she made in speeches, paid by Goldman-Sachs and other banks, as much as $153 MILLION !!! In this video, the Goldman CEO calls Senator Sanders “dangerous”. Of course he’s dangerous to Wall Street thieves. He has policed them and fought them throughout his career !
Here’s another video of Senator Sanders grilling former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, regarding the financial collapse caused by Wall Street and the big banks.
Neither Obama nor Clinton pushed to prosecute any bank executives, Washington insiders, or Wall Street participants for their fraud. In previous economic collapses caused by the financial sector, thousands of insiders were prosecuted, fined, and imprisoned.
Alan Greenspan, originally appointed by Ronald Reagan, was successively APPOINTED during both terms of President Clinton, and the first two terms of Bush. What does this mean? It means that the Clintons have promoted the same failed, destructive economic policies as the WORST Presidents in US HISTORY !!!
Hillary Clinton – Fracker in Chief
- Hillary Clinton receiving fracking money, while lying about “regulating” the destructive practice. https://theintercept.com/2016/03/09/hillary-clinton-wants-to-regulate-fracking-but-still-accepts-a-lot-of-fracking-money/
- How Hillary sold fracking around the world: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/09/hillary-clinton-fracking-shale-state-department-chevron
- 3 years ago – anti-fracking activists in Hillary’s Senatorial state of NY decried her ongoing promotion of fossil-fuels, including fracking: http://nyagainstfracking.org/message-from-new-yorkers-to-hillary-clinton-stop-touting-the-big-oil-gas-line-on-extreme-dirty-energy/
- Clinton, Victoria Nuland, a Ukrainian oligarch, and major U.S. oil companies FUNDED AND INSTIGATED THE COUP IN UKRAINE. Clinton is old friends with Victor Pinchuk. The UKRAINIAN INCIDENT HAS BROUGHT RUSSIA AND THE US TO A NEW COLD WAR THAT MAY LEAD TO THE NEXT WORLD WAR !!!!
- https://consortiumnews.com/2016/01/22/hillary-clinton-seeks-neocon-shelter/ – Consortium News is operated by Robert Parry – the journalist who exposed the Iran-Contra/Cocaine-dealing activities of the Reagan Administration.
- From Progressive talk-show host and journalist Thom Hartmann: http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2014/03/cheney-appointee-victoria-nulands-neocon-ukrainian-adventures
Hillary Clinton, the War Candidate
With all of her “hundreds of advisers” on foreign policy, Hillary Clinton has been directly involved in one foreign disaster after another.
Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs – “Hillary Clinton is the Candidate of the War Machine” : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-sachs/hillary-is-the-candidate_b_9168938.html
A video from the Senate – discussion before Iraq invasion of 2003. Clinton readily voted FOR the disastrous war, despite Sanders’ arguments. As it turned out, what happened in the Middle Ease is EXACTLY WHAT BERNIE SANDERS SAID IN 2002 !
At the time of the Iraq Invasion, Clinton was a Senator from New York. AT THAT TIME, there was a lead UN weapons inspector living in her state. He attempted multiple times to meet with her, to tell her that there were no WMD’s in Iraq, that Iraq posed no threat. CLINTON REFUSED THE MEETING AND VOTED WITH BUSH, CHENEY, AND THE OTHER LIARS AND CRIMINALS FOR THE WAR !!!
Clinton is close friends with former Sec. of State Madeleine Albright, and considers her a “mentor”. It was Albright’s failed diplomacy and policy of murderous sanctions against Iraq that resulted in the deaths of over 500,000 Iraqis, many of whom were children and elderly! I had family living in Baghdad at the time. They tell me THEY COULDN’T EVEN FIND EGGS in the stores to eat !
In 2004, after the FUBAR invasion built on lies had already happened, Albright was confronted by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now about her policy. Here’s the transcript, and the video evidence !
US wars in the Middle East have killed 4 MILLION HUMAN BEINGS since 1990 !!! Hillary Clinton and her husband have been involved in the biggest part of that mass-murder !
Thank the Clintons for Destroying Democracy via Media Deregulation
Clinton Under FBI Investigation, Over 100 FBI Investigators Involved
Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, stupidly used a private email server to communicate with the world about her affairs as a high-level US official. While most residents of normal intelligence know to lock our doors at night!
While she handed-over 30,000 emails, after being interrogated, she deleted another 31,000. However, the FBI has lifted these documents off her hard-drives, and apparently found State-related evidence.
Government finds Top Secret information in her emails – Huffington Post
Clinton on the Coup in Honduras
While the official “line” from the Obama administration was that they wanted the democratically-elected Honduran President Zelaya to return to office, Clinton admits that she was involved in supporting the coup. The results are that the region has been thrown into a bloody disarray. Civil strife, police executing civilians, and 14,000 children have come running to the U.S. as a result of the catastrophe.
A recently assassinated Honduran activist laid blame on Clinton for the situation:
Articles about Clinton’s involvement in the Honduran coup, based on official documents revealed by WikiLeaks:
The Clintons Crimes in The Justice System
Hillary Clinton’s Lies During Debates
Hillary Clinton’s Economic Ideals
Hillary Clinton’s Foreign-Policy Ideals
Hillary Clinton has repeatedly been an active proponent of the failed Neoconservative Regime-Change policies that have destroyed much of the Muslim World, and drug the U.S. into never-ending war. Her mentors and advisers on foreign policy are those who have brought these global calamities into reality.
Clinton Destroyed Libya for Oil, Gold, and French Power in Africa