WHAT IS A POLITICAL CONVENTION FOR IF NOT TO CHOOSE A CANDIDATE?

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The question of what is the purpose of a political convention may seem a trifle simplistic to modern media pundits, but as three generations of teachers—and Democrats—in my family were want to say, there are no stupid questions; just stupid answers.  So to all the politically savvy “experts” in the media and the Democratic political establishment nationwide, I recommend that you seriously consider—or reconsider—your own answer to this question, as well as my own answer below.

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The GOP is a dying beast but can still do great harm; meanwhile, the Democratic Party establishment seems bound and determined to follow Hillary Clinton over the precipice.  Their convention in July is the place to correct their mistake.

For a number of years, the presidential convention has simply been one giant publicity event, a raucous but essentially meaningless cheerleading rally for the pre-anointed candidate of the respective political party.  We now have a prolonged and incredibly expensive process for selecting a presidential candidate, a process which is neither designed to choose the best possible person for the job, nor even the most electable candidate; and if the current Democratic Presidential nominating process is any guide, it is also not reflective of the wishes of the rank and file members of that political party, but the cynical will of a small circle of political bosses and their financial handlers.  

Traditionally, the purpose of a presidential political convention has been to select a candidate; how the candidate was chosen has varied over the years, but in essence the convention was the medium through which this was done.  Caucus, primary or smoke filled room have all been methods for selecting a suitable candidate; but the purpose has always been to choose the best person for the job, not to acquiesce to the political operative most acceptable to the billionaire class.

 

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The Democratic Party is traveling straight into the Perfect Storm with #CrookedHillary and can’t see it.  Only the nomination of Bernie Sanders can save the day.

Since the late 1970’s, the leadership of the Democratic Party—the party of Jefferson and Jackson, the party of the common man, the working man—has transformed it into a “me too” party, mimicking the Republican Party, perhaps a little less austere and still giving lip service to American workers but in fact undermining them at every turn, but has been gradually abandoning the values of FDR and the New Deal, the very programs and values that had made the Democratic Party the dominant political party for half a century; the programs and policies that had not only reformed a broken economic system, but ushered in an era of unprecedented prosperity for most Americans. 

Mind you, the wealthy also benefited from the economic programs of the New Deal, since we are a consumer economy and the more money American workers have, the more they spend. 

The reverse, however, is not true: giving the wealthy undeserved tax breaks and various “corporate welfare” schemes to not result in wealth trickling down to the American worker.  They never have and never will: Trickle Down economics, or whatever label you rebrand it with, is a proven failure and just a con to rob the middle class of their wealth and transfer it to the top 1%.  What is a billion dollars in political contributions when it will return you in 100 billion in tax breaks, government subsidies and assorted outsourcing and off-shoring schemes?

 

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The only way Hillary has gotten the primary wins she has was by out and out cheating.

 

Bernie Sanders portrays himself as a “Democratic Socialist” and that is fine if he wishes to characterize his solid New Deal derived programs and policies in those terms.  Perhaps all these years the Democratic Party should have been more forthright to the American people about all those “socialistic” programs which created wealth and prosperity in this country.  Those programs, and a strong Union movement, created the record postwar prosperity we enjoyed between 1945 and into the 1970’s.  Perhaps then the Repugnican NeoCons would never have gotten to first base with their vile economic voodoo even in the Republican Party. 

 

Now both the GOP NeoCons and the DINO Democrat NeoLibs are attacking Social Security and Medicare as “entitlement programs” that need to be cut to balance the budget.  Even Ronald Reagan laid it out in simple terms that, while Social Security is technically in the Federal Budget, it DOES NOT contribute to the deficit; it is fully funded by the American people and their employers. YES IT IS AN ENTITLEMENT: YOU ARE ENTITLED TO THAT MONEY BECAUSE YOU PAID INTO IT YOUR ENTIRE WORKING LIFE, NOT THE BILLIONAIRES!  However, every American should be aware that over the years Social Security has been raided by the Republicans and some Dems as a giant slush fund to finance Billionaire tax cuts and otherwise unfunded wars (like Hillary’s Iraq War).  So, no Social Security is not “going broke” but the Billionaires and their Congressional toadies have been stealing from the till and need to put the money back,

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Bernie Sanders Defends Social Security

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Why is this man smiling? Guess.

However, to learn what the Repugnicans and the NeoLib Democrats have been doing with your Social Security money, listen to this radio show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqxMCjZxXYM

 

Hillary Clinton is a DINO—a Democrat In Name Only—and she and her fillandering husband have worked very hard to transform the Democratic Party in the Republican Light Party.  Even many progressives in the party—and they are fewer every year—are largely afraid to cross the Clinton Crime Family or run too strongly against the NeoLiberal lies that the Clinton organization has made the new party dogma.

 

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aux la barricades in July and take the Democratic Party back from the Oligarchs, America.

 

The Democratic Party needs to get back to its roots; nominate Bernie Sanders, move heaven and earth to get money out of politics and push through financial reforms and all the regulations that were put in place after the “free market” bankrupted America.  The only reason these safeguards were removed was because of sheer greed.  During World War II, FDR proposed a Second Bill of Rights, also known as the Economic Bill of Rights.  Call it Socialism if you wish—but bear in mind the Pilgrims and the Puritans were socialists too and they never heard of Karl Marx.  Karl & Abe Book

 

Needless to say, all the phony trade treaties like NAFTA, the TPP and the upcoming TTIP and some 45 or so other scams to benefit multi-national corporations all need to be repealed and renegotiated into FAIR TRADE plans, where corporations are excluded and American workers benefited.  Then, and only then, can this nation come back from the precipice and begin to return to a prosperous and just society.

 

Unless the Democratic Natonal Convention in July does its true duty and nominate Bernie Sanders as their standard bearer, our nation is headed for an even bigger financial collapse than we experienced in 2008.  Hillary Clinton is a large part of the problem—her and the Republican NeoCons—and it is hard to say which would be worse, her or Trunp.  If Hillary is nominated, there is a strong chance the Democratic Party will go down to defeat; if she wins, it is almost certain she will be impeached.  Whatever vestige of Democracy we have is on the verge of disappearance.  The Democratic Convention can reverse this dangerous situation, but not if it nominates the worst candidate they have had since the era of Boss Tweed.

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HILLARY, FILLORY AND THE DNC

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Unless you live under a rock and, say, think the thing a basketball goes through is called a “ring” you are well familiar with Hillary Rodham Clinton and her upcoming coronation. Fillory, however, may be less familiar to some.  It is a reference from Lev Grossman’s series of fantasy novels, The Magicians.  Fillory is a magical never never land in this bestseller series which is supposedly the subject of a series of saccharine children’s books.  Fillory and the fictitious children’s books are obviously patterned on Narnia and the book series by C. S. Lewis—an equally insipid magical world.              Fillory-Map_detail-300x177  

However, in Lev Grossman’s adult magic series, Fillory is very real and the creator of Fillory and author of the Fillory books is a child molester.  So Fillory, instead of this wonderful idealistic place, is actually a very dangerous place controlled by a vicious sociopath.  Hmm, now what would Hillary and Fillory have to do with one another, can we guess?  magicians tophat

The narrative that the Clinton’s—mainly Hillary Clinton—have been promoting for over fifteen years that she is a dedicated progressive and reformer, a tireless champion of women’s and children’s rights and other noble causes.  In truth, Hill & Bill are tireless promoters on no one but themselves; whenever she has occupied a political office, Hillary has used it to enrich herself at the public expense, selling votes and influence to the highest bidder; this is in addition to her ruthless grab for power.  Let us be fair about this, were she the CEO of a major corporation, she would have made it tremendously successful and destroyed whatever competition lay in her way. But what may be allowable in the private sector (especially since the government has not enforced the Sherman Anti-Trust Act in nearly half a century) is NOT allowable to a person holding public office.

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Hillary Clinton talks the talk but walks with the banksters and Wall Street oligarchs.

As Senator, she not only voted to invade Iraq but at every opportunity has been an eager war-hawk, adopting all the GOP Neocon’s official lies as her own.  As Secretary of State, she has pushed the Obama administration to intervene in Libya and more recently Syria, both with disastrous consequences; she aided and abetted a military coup in Honduras and has protected that dictatorship from sanctions for their gross human rights abuse—in large part because of her financial dealings with a multi-national company, which is murdering and raping women and children to terrorize the local populace to acquiesce to a mega damn being built on their lands.  You want weapons to suppress democracy in your country or region?  You got it! You want to expand your fracking operations overseas? You got it!  You want to push through trade deals that steal good-paying American jobs and avoid labor, environmental and other laws by outsourcing overseas—why Hillary has pushed through 45 such bad trade deals. 

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As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton actively promoted fracking overseas; her kickbacks from the fracking industry were funneled through the Clinton Foundation and a spider’s web of shell corporations.

Of course, any benefit to a corporation or foreign government comes with a price—but you can discuss the details on Hillary’s private email server, so the public won’t know about the bribery and financial dirt she’s dealing in.

The Clinton Foundation is officially billed as a benevolent organization doing good throughout the world; it is in fact, nothing more that a multi-national slush fund, designed to launder bribes and pay to play payments from, not just corporations, but foreign governments.  Beginning with NAFTA and continuing on with a serious of disadvantageous trade deals designed to enthrone international banks and multinational corporations over the US and other democracies, and roll back environmental laws, safety requirements and labor protections worldwide, while transferring good paying American jobs overseas, where their friends will pay starvation wages and murder anyone who even thinks of organizing a labor union. The tentacles of the Clinton Crime Family are so numerous, so convoluted and so evil, it would be impossible to summarize them in one book, although a number of investigative reporters have tried.Convict Hillary

Having amassed a huge slush fund, the Clintons have spent the last eight years dispersing their largess to the political leaders of the Democratic Party, and even those few who have not been corrupted by their money are too afraid of retribution to openly protest about their corruption of the entire party apparatus.  Yes, Hillary has an enemies list too, a very real physical list, where those who have crossed her or opposed her are judged and graded for their crimes against La Familia.  Stalin would envy the unquestioned control which she exerts over the party stalwarts. 

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In the scheme of things, she was to have had her coronation in 2008, but an obscure freshman senator from Illinois managed to come from behind to steal the crown—I mean presidency—quite unexpectedly.  Hillary was not the popular choice in 2008 any more than she is now; but this time around, she has made sure that her will in the primaries is rigidly enforced, with local party hacks and Hillary minions busily hacking electronic voting machines (easily done by anyone with an 8th grade science education), forged absentee ballots, and assorted last minute voter purges, vote flipping and change of party affiliation.  The evidence of massive vote fraud in Arizona and New York is well documented, but since Hillary’s major contributors include all the major media conglomerates, you will hear ne’er a word on television, the newspapers, radio or much of anywhere else.

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Hillary has a 57% distrust rating with the general public, only slightly less than Donald Trump’s; where Bernie Sanders has turned out crowds of twenty, thirty thousand and more fro rallies, Hillary can barely get a thousand or less to show up at her rallies.  Fortunately, CNN and MSNBC are very good at using their telephoto lenses to make a small crowd look big.  Without the massive cheating she has carried out in primaries across the country, she would not be in the nominal lead in committed delegates right now; even so, Hillary has been unable to put away an outsider candidate, who has virtually walked on eggshells during the primaries not engage in personal attacks on Her Majesty, or even much point out her many obvious weaknesses as a candidate—such as the brewing criminal investigations into her use of private emails to mix her work as Secretary of State with international bribery and influence peddling.  Her weakness in the primaries has been abundantly apparent to all but the blind—which apparently includes the DNC.

 

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Hillary has made the DNC an offer it can’t refuse.  Sooner or later, Hillary is going down; the only question is, will the entire Democratic Party be bought down with her?

So, given her willingness to go to any extreme to cheat and bribe her way to the nomination, Americans can expect the head of the Clinton Crime Family to be nominated. But if the Democratic Party establishment wishes to believe in Hillary’s never never land of Fillory, voters need to be made aware of the evil that lurks in that fantasy land.Corrupt CEO Hillary

Like the delusional land of Fillory, the magical thinking of the DNC and the Hillarybots will, sooner or later be exposed as the delusion it really is.  Whether this is after she has been nominated and her candidacy blows up on the campaign trail, or, if her sabotage of the Republican presidential campaign works (Trump has long been a friend of the Clintons), after she has been elected, she will be almost certainly suffer Congressional investigations for the length of her reign, culminating in her impeachment.

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Sooner or later the elaborate lie Hillary Clinton has erected will crash down and take the Democratic Party down with her.  When that happens, don’t blame Bernie, his ‘bros’ (or his sis’); blame a corrupt DNC and all the party hacks who went along with her crooked campaign.  For all the Queen’s horses and all the Queen’s IT experts won’t be able to bail Queen Hillary out of jail. 

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