CNN & The Corporate Oligarchy Doesn’t Want You To ‘Feel The Bern’

The young man at the corner store by my house works 60 hours a week and every time I come in he’s watching CNN with the volume off (subtitles on). I always tell him to “be careful” because ‘they’ are trying to “brainwash you” and he laughs. English is his second language but he understands what I mean.

Tonight, I told him again to “stop watching CNN” because they were running their usual Trump drama. This time it was beef with Hillary (which is their current wet dream until there’s another terror attack or mass shooting).

He tells me, “I like Trump. He is crazy,” and laughs. I tell him, “yeah he is, he could start World War III.” He laughs again and nods. I tell him that they want him to keep watching CNN and vote for “Coke or Pepsi. Clinton or Trump.” He smiles and says something to the effect of “it’s going to be one of them.” I tell him, “Trump can’t win but Hillary has to beat Bernie Sanders first.” He said “who?”

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I quickly realized that he didn’t know who Bernie Sanders was, until I explained what he looked like. I told him Bernie has raised the most money from individual donors of any of the candidates, and even more than Obama in 2008 up until this point. He was impressed but you could tell he was confused. Why wasn’t Bernie Sanders all over his CNN screen? Why isn’t he more aware of the candidate that’s received the most campaign contributions from average Americans? Upon leaving I told him “good luck, and be careful.”

If you think this guy is clueless or out of the loop, you’re wrong. He literally watches CNN every night and yet doesn’t really know who Bernie Sanders is without explanation. This is how they do it. This is why the DNC chair put the democratic debates on Saturday nights during the holidays when nobody is home in front of their TV. While Bernie Sanders is making a lot more sense on ISIS and Wall Street than Hillary (and infinitely more sense than every GOP candidate aside from Rand Paul), most people who might vote for The Bern are either out drinking at holiday parties or shopping for Christmas.

This is America, but this isn’t a Democracy.

We live in a Nation controlled by a Corporate Oligarchy.

If we lived in a real Democracy our news would tell us truth. Not sell us gossip and drama.

If we lived in a real Democracy, the head of the Democratic Party wouldn’t be rigging the system in favor of the preferred corporate establishment candidate. Thus tricking people into believing HC is “Presidential,” even though she is just another political actor that actively works for the Big Banks and the War machine, rather than the people.

If we lived in a real Democracy, poor white people wouldn’t be lined up to foolishly vote against their own self interests. Working class white Americans wouldn’t favor a bigoted Billionaire that spews fascist rhetoric as opposed to populist policies that would actually help the average hard working person.

But the popularity of Bernie Sanders is because of all of this hypocrisy and madness. It’s because of Bush’s reckless invasion of Iraq. It’s because of the greedy bankers who crashed the economy but were bailed out without jail. It’s because of Occupy Wall Street. It’s also now influenced by Black Lives Matter, and voices like Killer Mike, and Cornel West.

Bernie Sanders may not win the primary (he does poll better against Trump in many states). Hillary Clinton may indeed become the next president of the United States. A lesser of two evils that appears to be progress but is more of the same when it comes to the Middle East and crony capitalism in Washington DC. However, the people that understand that we need true systemic change (from the top down) are not going to go away. Because once you know the truth, it’s very hard to go back. There’s always the NFL, the Kardashians, Christmas specials, your job, your rent, medical bills, drugs, alcohol, relationships, but there’s no ‘Blue Pill’ in this Matrix.

We need more people to Wake up.


originally posted from Facebook

Crony Capitalism: Hillary Clinton’s Money Trail

This is Crony Capitalism.

Democracy is supposed to be ‘by the people, for the people.’ It’s not supposed to be ‘Corporations buy the politician.’

Hillary Clinton’s Top 10 cumulative donors between 1999 and 2016: Citigroup ($782,327), Goldman Sachs ($711,490), DLA Piper ($628,030), JPMorgan Chase ($620,919), EMILY’s List ($605,174) Morgan Stanley ($543,065), Time Warner, who owns CNN ($411,296), Skadden Arps ($406,640), Lehman Brothers ($362,853) and Cablevision Systems ($336,288).


“In four years as the nation’s top diplomat, Clinton made dozens of sales pitches on behalf of U.S. companies. In 2009 she toured a Boeing plant in Moscow and met with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to persuade state-owned Russian Technologies to buy 50 Boeing 737s instead of jets made by Airbus. That $3.7 billion deal was one of several large contracts Clinton helped clinch for Boeing (BA). In December 2011, Lockheed Martin (LMT) announced a $7.2 billion deal to upgrade Japan’s aging fighter jet fleet, beating out Eurofighter. Clinton advocated for the contract with her Japanese counterpart at the United Nations General Assembly. In February 2012, Space Systems/Loral, which builds communications satellites in Palo Alto, won a contract for equipment to create a national broadband network in Australia. Clinton met with former Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd several times to press for the deal. Last summer, Clinton’s undersecretary for economic growth, Robert Hormats, a former Goldman Sachs (GS) vice chair, took executives from Google (GOOG), MasterCard(MA), and Dow Chemical (DOW) to Myanmar to network with government officials, the first such meeting since sanctions against the country were lifted in 2012.” – Source: Bloomberg News

Hillary Clinton made $3.15 million in 2013 alone from speaking to firms like Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and UBS, according to the list her campaign released of her speaking fees.” – Source: CNN Money

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Hillary Clinton, the Political Chameleon

Hillary Clinton is a political chameleon that will change her position based on whatever the political climate may be.
In 2002, she was a coward on Iraq.
Her feigned remorse can only be outdone by her husband, the master of false sincerity. Today, Bill Clinton expresses deep regret for his co-starring roll in the 90’s hit “3 Strikes and your out,” when as President he played a major part in the push for #DisparateSentencing laws & #MandatoryMinimums that helped to destroy much of the progress made by the Black community in America after the civil rights struggles of the 60’s. All while he happily pranced around when it was convenient as the honorary ‘first Black President.’ Remember that? Cuz he played a sax on Arsenio but he “didn’t inhale.” The same slick Billy Clint that signed the fateful repeal of the #GlassStegall act that would help to usher in the economic collapse of 2007. Not to mention he was commander and chief when the United States sat on its hands as 1 MILLION human beings were massacred in Rwanda. I guess that wasn’t good politics? But yet he valiantly intervened in Kosovo.
The entire time Hillary has been waiting her turn. Bobbing, weaving, and repositioning herself for her own political aspirations. She was supposed to be the one in 2008, if it wasn’t for that meddling Obama. Do not forget her campaign staff sent a photo to right-wing radio host Matt Drudge, of then Senator Obama dressed in the traditional clothes of a Somali elder on a visit to Kenya. The tactic was devilishly malicious and meant to bolster the narrative that Barack Obama was un-American and “not one of us.” Indeed, she was supposed to be the one suited for the “3AM phone call” to capture Bin Laden. Not some foolish young Black man from South Chicago trying to change the world.
So, when Anderson Cooper asked her point-blank: Will you say anything to get elected? I think a lot of the people watching at home familiar with her record wanted to jump in and say, “Yes.” She quickly retorted about her ‘values’ with “well, actually I’ve been very consistent over the course of my entire life.” I chuckled, and thought to myself… an entire life of political maneuvering?
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In 2008, the last time Hillary was in a presidential debate, she was against Marriage Equality, she was a much more vocal supporter of the 2nd Amendment, she stood firmly behind her Iraq War vote, and was against driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. Last night, she had magically flipped on all those issues. Her biggest ‘Flip-flop’ however has been on the #TPP deal that she pushed as the Secretary of State, and now suddenly is against it. It’s not like she wasn’t familiar with disastrous trade deals. After all, her husband signed into law #NAFTA back in the early 90’s which helped usher in the Global corporate hegemony in which we now exist, where American workers are stripped of their value and living standards, effectively destroying what was once considered by some as the American dream. Her husband then promised “more jobs” and opportunities based on the deal with Mexico and Canada but the opposite happened. Although the deal was not entirely all Bill’s doing, it was birthed under Reagan and carried along by the First Bush, he certainly was the one that victoriously claimed it, sealing the deal with a creepy wink and a dirty kiss on the mouth.
So, why is Hillary suddenly against the TPP and simultaneously experiencing great clarity on her mistaken Iraq war vote?
You can thank two major factors for her shifty vibes.
One reason is: The Internet.
People like us on Social Media now have the ability to call Bull Sh*t. We can take our grievances to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and believe it or not, those things add up. Hillary learned the hard way that if you underestimate the groundswell of grass-roots movements you can get steamrolled by the younger generation. Those idealistic fools.
The other reason she’s flipping around like a fish out of water is simply because of Bernie Sanders.
The Populist candidate from Vermont has become more than a thorn in her side, and is drawing the largest crowds of anyone campaigning for President, including Donald Trump, even though up until last night he’s received practically no mainstream media attention (until he blew up Google during the debate). This is why we are seeing and hearing a new version of ‘Hillary Clinton’ that conveniently sounds a lot more like 2008 Barack Obama.
But don’t be fooled. This is how the “best politicians” operate. However, underneath it all she’s not a brave warrior for the people. She’s a 68 year old elitist Washington insider, with stronger ties to the establishment and the Military industrial complex than any other politician running for office in 2016. She may be able to talk the talk, but based on her record, she remains a bitter old war-hawk with no intentions of radically challenging the system in which she navigates. She’ll dine with Wall Street’s top brass and sip champagne with lobbyists for Private Prison companies. This is why her campaign is funded by shady Super PACs and Bernie’s campaign is completely made up of small donors.
So, while it would be “really cool” to elect a Woman as President of the United States, I’d rather elect a person that actually believes in what they are saying. Bernie Sanders may be older as well, but he isn’t full of nearly as much cow manure and he’s no fool either. Although he remains a little too weak on Gun Control, primarily because he reps the gun-loving little state of Vermont, his main agenda has consistently revolved around the idea that greedy corporate powers have absolutely corrupted the process in Washington DC, and that Wealthy elites who rig the system are the greatest threat to the Middle class and the American dream. He has been very vocal about these facts for over 20 years, and in the wake of the 2007 collapse, he’s been proven to be right about “crony-Capitalism” and unchecked Wall Street greed. He also fully admits that no candidate running for President can do anything about all of this without widespread support from the majority of Americans. I say, at least he’s honest.