Posts Tagged ‘Bernie Sanders’

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1. No, it’s not “clearly we all want a positive relationship with Russia.

Sorry, Bernie, that seems like a Trumpian level LIE. To say such a thing with a straight face is troubling, to say the least. Obama brought us to the brink of Armageddon last year. And Democrats said absolutely nothing about it. Further, Obama destabilized Ukraine, Victoria Nuland bragging about $5Bn spent subverting Ukrainian democracy. A violent foreign-sponsored coup tore Ukraine in half, under Obama, and where were you?

We remain at a hair-trigger alert for nuclear annihilation, Bernie. And this Russiagate shit directly increases hostilities between the two nations. Directly. And you just lied about it.

2. And then you lie about Syria, as if Assad is the sole perpetrator of violence! He is defending his country from armies–LARGE WELL-ARMED ARMIES–of the most despicable, psychotic terrorists on the planet! They are foreign-sponsored, armed, funded, trained. And the US CIA has been instrumental since 2011, despite being on the same side as AL QAEDA!

Bernie Sanders is a menace.

3. “No longer a debate about that issue?” (Russiagate)

Yet we’ve seen zero credible evidence to date. And even Clapper said there was no collusion. Feinstein too!

Sanders is the sandman. He’s here to impeach Trump, even if he has to lie at the same egregious levels as his target.

4. So Sanders will also investigate ISRAEL, SAUDI ARABIA, TURKEY, QATAR and other foreign powers who influence US elections?

Or it’s just Russia that makes it a “serious crime.”

Funny, we never heard about the extensive election shenanigans from those nations. This is figuratively and literally “Trumped up.”

5. Then Sanders continues with the demonization: “revealing sensitive information” about a “nation with policies that are at odds with our own…”

What does that mean, Bernie, in English, without the spin?

The Russians are ACTUALLY fighting AGAINST ISIS. The US, not so much. The US only fights ISIS in Iraq, but not inside Syria. In fact we bombed Syrian army units and helped ISIS, at least twice. Once in October of 2016 and then Trump’s big Tomahawk stunt helped ISIS.

6. Sanders tells the Pollyanna bullshit about “intelligence sharing” as if these intelligence agencies weren’t in-fact HELPING ISIS and AL QAEDA in the shadows because they can get away with it. Hey Bernie, why do they have all those weapons? You’re disingenuous.

Even your Vice President spilled the beans and was quickly told to shut up. The shutting up part is as important as what Biden revealed:

“[Erdogan…the Saudis, the Emiratis, etc.]…poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad, except that the people who were being supplied were al-Nusra, and al Qaeda, and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world.”

7. Talking out of both sides of his ass, Sanders tells us how information sharing about terrorists is a good thing, and yet information sharing about terrorists with the Russians–who are actually killing terrorists in Syria–is by default a bad thing. Russia is not allowed to be an ally or to help in any way, according to Bernie Sanders, the CIA, and the foreign policy establishment. That’s what’s really going on here.

8. Except where was that Special Prosecutor for Obama’s support to Al Qaeda? Bush’s Treasonous cover-up of 9/11? CIA drug running, since forever? Obama’s destruction of Libya, Ukraine and Syria?

You’re very selective Bernie, in which crimes you decide to go after and which you do not. Very, very selective. It’s blatant hypocrisy.

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A little reality check for Bernie Sanders:

Why Not a Probe of ‘Israel-gate’?

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Media Blackout Over Lawsuit Accusing DNC Of Rigging Primaries

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And it’s the same problem with a lot of so-called American “liberals.” Hypocrisy doesn’t register with them.

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A Strategy to Grow

Joe Giambrone

I’ve written previously about a three-pronged strategy to increase numbers by creating tools to empower the base. Without these numbers the party will remain stagnated and ineffectual. That is the project. That is the task at hand.

My suggestions related to the US Green Party, but as Abby Martin pointed out to me, future change may need to come from another party altogether. The organizing principles are the same, to establish a grassroots party online, which is relatively cheap, efficient, and able to grow exponentially as needed.

While the current President received 63 million votes last November, the Korean Youtube music video Gangnam Style has “been viewed over 2.75 billion times.” Who could have predicted that before it happened?

Jill Stein appeared on many television screens in 2016, but one message was missing from most of her appearances:

Go and Register with the Green Party

Presidential campaigns focus on personalities and on transitory issues, but the simple call to recruit new people gets lost in the noise. That is a strategic blunder. All publicity should include a call to recruit the viewers.

A second important point to make is that registering does not mean one has to vote that way. It’s not mandatory, but it does send a message to the competing parties when one party’s affiliation grows (or conversely shrinks). This act is arguably as important as voting because it signals to the political class, to the ruling class, what America currently cares about.

The existing national Green Party infrastructure must put all of its attention and all of its resources toward building a viable party, which means millions—and then tens of millions—of new Greens. This goal is so obvious and vital that it seems to be routinely overlooked.

How to Drum Up New Members?

Before moving forward, it is imperative to study the competition. Here are three highly relevant websites:

https://www.gop.com
https://democrats.org
https://go.berniesanders.com

These should be mined for ideas, as they are well-designed and professional, and they appear to be winning the race.

But grassroots alternatives do not come with money, or checkbook activism, and so important differences must be acknowledged in terms of available resources. The only resource, which a grassroots movement can bank on today, is people power. Committed members are the strength of the party, but commitment without the tools to succeed is futile. This is already proven in election after election defeat.

Building Tools to Compete

Three tools need immediate implementation:

1. A landing page (much like the three websites listed above) will collect email addresses and names and help new people register with the party and join a community to leverage their efforts. People want to help, and they should be assisted. The website must aid with networking and provide information and high-quality content for the new members to share easily with their own circles.

2. A message forum can allow the entire party to communicate with itself in local groups, and additionally organized by issues and campaigns. In order to be effective the party must be organized in some kind of cohesive way. It is not today. A message board forum is a cheap, easy, proven mechanism for achieving this.

3. A media library is vital in today’s environment of flowing video, audio and images. It’s not enough to type text. Greens need the audio-visual content of the Party at their fingertips in order to create new content, be that videos, audio podcasts, graphic memes, or articles. The Party should be putting its best face forward and archiving all the quality imagery and other content that sells the Party to strangers.

Further, the landing page can be as bold as a complete reinvention and makeover of the Party: Green Party 2.0, for example. I lean toward the Greens because they have ballot access across the country—a huge hurdle overcome—as well as local-level victories to cite.

These three prongs of the larger strategy to recruit millions are easy to digest, logical, and bullet-proof. The only problem I see is that they are not being implemented. We cannot wait for a savior to come along some day but must act to defend our interests today by organizing.

The failure to offer viable progressive alternatives has allowed the United States to drift rightward, and now toward open fascism. Only by creating a movement that moves will we reverse this pendulum.

As the current regime destroys the last century’s progress, people will be motivated to resist. They need a place to resist, a real resistance that will not sell them out to the next corporatist warmonger who comes along from the DNC.

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