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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DON’T CRY FOR ME EAST L.A.

THE TRUTH IS YOU NEVER KNEW ME…

Hillary as Evita

Her Royal Highness Hillary flew in to Los Angeles today, less to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and more to grab wads of cash from wealthy Angelinos, in between a stop to speak to Hispanics at a local college.  Apparently, because Her Highness carries hot sauce (allegedly) in her handbag, she feels entitled to the Latino vote.

Not all Americans of Hispanic descent welcomed the new Evita Peron to their fair city however.  Several Latin American groups in Los Angeles find plenty not to like about the  former Secretary of State and planned to protest her Cinco de Mayo visit to East Los Angeles College.

Organizers protesting Her Majesty Hillary’s visit include Union del Barrio-LA, MEXA de ELAC and the Los Angeles Brown Beret.  In a communique they “call on the L.A. community to join us this Thursday to tell Hillary that she is NOT WELCOMED in L.A.!”

Organizers called Clinton an enemy of the working class. They also argue that her Central American policies as secretary of state caused death, destruction and deportation.  While Secretary of State, Clinton condoned a coup d’état in Honduras and then refused to take action against the military dictatorship.  Pretending to be for women and children to American voters, Hillary has covered up the gang rape and murder of women and children in the Central American country, in part because a multi-national with ties to the Clinton Foundation wants to build a giant damn on native lands.

The demonstrators plan to gather at Belvedere Park in East Los Angeles at 3 p.m. and then march on the community college men’s gym two blocks away, where Clinton is scheduled to address supporters.

American Evita

 

HILLARY’S DIRTY DOZEN

 

clinton_machineIf you haven’t heard by now, the Clintons have wealthy friends; VERY wealthy friends.  And they show their friendship in many ways, but mostly through giving them money; LOTS of money. No secret here.  Also no secret is that Bill and Hillary will do just about anything for their friends; change their vote in Congress, steer lucrative government contracts their way; make sure they get nice shiny new bombers and missiles and other military hardware that her foreign friends think they may like to play with.  Friends like that you can’t put a price tag on except, actually, you can.

 

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You Gotta Friend in Me

 

Through the Clinton Foundation, Super PACs, Shell Corporations in the Cayman Islands and any number of other dodges and subterfuges that elude even the most diligent forensic accountants, Bill and Hillary shift money around the nation and around the world like your grandpa shifts checkers on a checkerboard.  Because I like to keep it simple, however, today let’s just look at the top dozen contributors to Hillary’s current primary election campaign.  Now this is the list as reported a short while back, so no doubt the list has grown much bigger and the rankings may have changed since last reported.  It also does not take into account speaking fees, super PAC money, Clinton Foundation donations, in kind donations, influence peddling, or any other back door ways of obtaining lucre, filthy or otherwise.  So these contributors, whom I call the Dirty Dozen, are but a small tip of the iceberg of the Clinton Cash Machine.  In fact, I have every confidence that these same donors are also giving far more money through other avenues than straight to her campaign; but like I said, I wanted to keep it simple.

So here they are, The Dirty Dozen:

  1. Emily’s List……………………….907,510
  2. Citigroup…………………………..891,500
  3. DLA Piper………………………….856,873
  4. Goldman Sachs……………………831,523
  5.  J P Morgan Chase…………………801,380
  6. Morgan Stanley……………………765,202
  7. University of California………….686,509
  8. Time Warner……………………….603,170
  9. Skadden, Arps et al……………….562,182
  10. Coring Inc…………………………..492,750
  11. Kirkland & Ellis…………………….491,066
  12. Paul, Weiss et al……………………430,919

Now, on this list are the usual suspects: Goldman Sachs, J P Morgan, Morgan Stanley; and considering how much they give Goldwater Girl Hillary an hour to speak at their meetings (where are the transcripts Hillary?) these are, comparatively, modest sums for getting THEIR CANDIDATE elected. Of course, as noted before, these are the outright campaign contributions, not any of the dark money donations. hqdefault

Of special note is the fact that one these big money donors is Time Warner, the media conglomerate, whose subsidiary is CNN, the cable news giant.  So, when the CNN folks pretend to be objective and then give Bernie fifteen minutes of news coverage to hours for Hillary, we should not be too surprised.  Also, when they have a conga line of “commentators” asking why Bernie just doesn’t give up and cede the race to the heir apparent to the throne, this too should be taken for the simpering attempt to control the message in this election that it is.

Clinton-Propped-NRD-990Time Warner, along with other media giants, is a BIG (or as Trump would say HUUUGE) backer of the Trans Pacific Partnership or TPP, that really awful giveaway to multinational corporations which will undermine national sovereignty (and all local laws the corporations don’t like) as well as transfer more high paying US jobs overseas to nations where they’ll become starvation wage jobs, as well as further hurting the US balance of trade and indirectly increase the Federal deficit. So once Slick Hillary assumes the mantle of power, expect the TPP deal to slide through like a case of diarrhea due to Asian Flu.  Did I mention that this and other so-called “Free Trade” deals have nothing to do with trade and are anything but free?money-game

At the top of the list is EMILY’s List, a Pro-Choice, pro-Gay and Transgender, pro-Democratic Party, Feminist organization, dedicated to getting women elected to public office.  They bill themselves as a Progressive.  So, at first glance Emily’s List is a perfect fit for Pro-LGBT, Pro-Progressive, Vote for Me Because I’m a Woman Hillary.  No Progressive Democrat, male or female, could quibble with this group donating to get a Democrat elected, right? Wrong.

According to one media pundit, “basically every Democratic woman candidate is petrified to speak publicly about EMILY’s List’s shenanigans.”  Evidently, whenever they give to a candidate’s race, there is an unspoken requirement that they hire a certain media consulting firm, whose president just happens to be the wife of EMILY’s List Campaign Director!  The donated money must be spent on the beltway media firm, whose performance is reported to be something less than stellar and who some candidates have blamed for their losing the election.

Apparently liberal candidates are forced to go along with the scam because EMILY’s List is working hand in glove with senior Democratic Party officials to fleece candidate’s campaigns. Obviously, a few high powered party establishment operatives are benefiting from this scam at the expense of the Progressive wing of the party; I wonder who they could be, Bill and Hillary?

More curious on the Dirty Dozen list is the University of California, weighing in at more than three quarters of a million dollar donation.  It is ethically dubious even for a private university to contribute to a political campaign; it is even worse for a PUBLIC university to do so.  A “Fact Sheet” distributed by U. of C. in fact denies that the school makes any political contributions or funds any political action committees.  They do, however, say that “sometimes organizations that track campaign contributions, such as http://opensecrets.org, take the official data provided by the FEC about campaign contributions and report by demographic breakdown, such as by industry or employer” and UC characterize such listings as “misleading.”  So technically, no, the University of California did not directly give; but some pundits note that there is a “revolving door” between political lobbyists and government officeholders and the members of UC administration and the University does “track” bills in Congress as well as any Executive Branch’s proposed rules and regulations which may affect the university and higher education in general.  Also, there are political operatives who do “bundling” of UC employee contributions, plus there is the dark world of PACs, who are legally separate from their beneficiary organization, but who unofficially coordinate their activities with it.  So the truth here is, let us say, somewhat murky.

Then we have the big money law firms.  Hillary is a lawyer; they’re lawyers; what could be more natural, right?

Up near the top is DLA Piper, a GLOBAL multinational law firm, with offices in over 30 countries; it is the largest law firm in the world with billions in revenue; virtually every lawyer in the firm is a multi-millionaire.  Just a bunch of poor ol’ country lawyers.  It should come as no surprise that its legal staff has included, not just US senators and cabinet members, but former Prime Ministers and other high international Muckey-Mucks.  According to the watchdog, Above the Law, “the firm makes for great copy; there’s always something funny, ridiculous, or salacious going down over there.”  This includes accusations of over-billing its filthy rich clientele (no tears here over that) and the firm’s involvement with a fossil fuel executive who claimed to be working for the CIA in order to get into the panties of two Khazakh women, whom he had “rescued” from a brothel (or was it a seraglio?), as well as more serious scandals over the years.

Skadden Arps is perhaps not so colorful as DLA Piper, but it too is an international law firm with tentacles firmly in the Washington establishment, doing lobbying for major corporations and with a notable tilt towards Democratic politics.  Love ya Hill baby.

Paul, Weiss is another lobbying law firm with headquarters in New York City but major offices in Washington and overseas.  Besides buttering up pols such as Bill & Hill, they do entertainment law and manage corporate mergers and takeovers, in addition to the occasion pro bono good deed, such as representing detainees held in durance vile in Gitmo.

Kirkland & Ellis is similarly a heavy hitter law firm who do entertainment and corporate law; they went to bat for BP when the oil giant polluted the entire Gulf Coast and got some of its workers killed in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill fiasco.  They didn’t clean up the heavy crude, but did try to clean up the legal mess for their multinational client.  They trend toward Dems, being a major backer of Obama in 2008 and have their own PAC to distribute additional largesse.  Apparently they want to get in Hillary’s good graces before she becomes the Anointed One.

There are, of course, very many more law firms and lobbyists on the Hillary hit list; we have only looked at the tip of the iceberg here.  Where the real influence peddling with Bill & Hill goes on is in the murkier nether regions of the Clinton empire, namely the Clinton Foundation and the spiders webs of PAC’s and other organizations.  Of course, as the email and Panama Paper scandals unfold, more will be revealed; that’s when the real fun begins.

As one Repugnican pundit has observed, on the campaign circuit Hillary Clinton travels around with two jets; one for Hillary and her entourage, and one for her baggage.

October 16, 2015

FRAUD IN WYOMING FLIPS IT TO CLINTON

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Caucuses do not normally allow absentee voting, yet in Wyoming hundreds of “surrogate” ballots appeared magically on caucus day.

 

Although the mainstream media covered Senator Sanders landslide win in Wyoming and the subsequent skewed delegate apportionment in favor of Hillary Clinton, what is not being covered is the emerging evidence of egregious vote manipulation and fraud by the Clinton Machine.

Senator Sanders racked up an impressive 56% win to Clinton’s 44%, yet after the fuzzy math was done by the Democratic Party establishment, out of the states’ 18 total potential delegates, Hillary Clinton received 11, in effect reversing the decision of the caucus goers.  Even deducting the 4 super-delegates, who are uncommitted and are expected to vote for whichever candidate has the most committed delegates coming to the convention, that still means Clinton netted half of the delegates. Sanders nets 40% of the caucus delegates despite a respectable lead?  This peculiar math was commented on even by Joe Scarborough and the other political commentators on MSNBC’s Morning Joe:

“I’m sorry,” Joe Scarborough exclaimed after reviewing the facts, “that’s a crushing victory!”

Unfortunately, Joe, you don’t know the half of it.  Laramie County is the state’s capital and more populous than most of Wyoming, a rural state.  The caucus turnout in Laramie County was heavy, with the attendees overwhelmingly in favor of Bernie Sanders: 689 to Clinton’s 111. But magically, 620 absentee ballots suddenly appeared on the day of the caucus in favor of Hillary Clinton! 

Bear in mind, Wyoming is a caucus state, where the candidate is only chosen by those voters who are attending in person NOT by either electronic vote and still less by absentee ballot.  Surrogate voting is only allowed in the caucus under rare and extenuating circumstances. 

So how is it that that so many persons in this one county suddenly developed La Grippe or, say, absent on military duty? Such a skewed surrogate vote is statistically IMPOSSIBLE—at least in an honest election. 

The MSNBC reporter in the field, Kristen Dahlgren, reporting from Laramie, observed that “clearly there were clearly a lot more Bernie Sanders supporters here at the caucus.”  When she asked Democratic Party official and Clinton loyalist Kathy Karpon whether she was surprised at the big Hillary vote, when so many attending the caucus were clearly for Bernie, she slyly responded that she was not surprised “because we knew we had the surrogate ballots out there.”

Over at CNN (a network owned by a major Clinton donor) a Clinton flack was dispatched to provide spin control to avoid any embarrassing questions about the peculiar results coming out of Wyoming.  The Clinton stooge claimed that, unlike the 82% or 86% votes coming out of the other western caucuses, Wyoming was held down to a 12 point lead by Sanders because, he alleged, of Wyoming’s “onerous vote-by-mail rules” that anyone filing a surrogate ballot had to have voted as a Democrat in the 2014 mid-terms.  That, he said, was their “secret sauce.”  The only problem with this excuse is that it is a total fabrication: a quick glance at state Democratic voting rules reveals no such mid-term restriction.

The “secret sauce” in Wyoming was Clinton minions’ ballot stuffing and egregious voter fraud.  Reports have been trickling out of other states of voting irregularities and sabotage, all pointing to a concerted campaign of vote fraud on the part of the Clinton Machine.  This has largely gone unreported by the mainstream media and so far the Sanders campaign has been reluctant to investigate the reports and file official complaints, perhaps out of fear of being accused of “sour grapes.” 

 

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Evidence of voting irregularities are emerging in primary states but have yet to be adequately investigated.

 

Rigged elections are a serious issue. Wyoming is a small state in so far as numbers of delegates go; but because of that, the Clinton dirty tricks were more obvious than in a bigger electoral state.  Wyoming is not an isolated case.  There is a trail of fraud and manipulation attributable to the Clinton Campaign since at least the Massachusetts primary.  The Democratic establishment may fear that the Clinton money machine will come to an end if Bernie Sanders wins the nomination, but the looming Clintongate scandal may well explode in their well-heeled Wall Street funded faces, just as Watergate did to Richard Nixon and the Republicans.