Hilary Clinton is all about the Benjamins, so I made her this song!
If the Bernie Sanders campaign wants to have a real chance at winning, he must do a better job at emphatically connecting the dots on Foreign Policy, in regards to Hillary Clinton’s disastrous record as a war hawk.
President Obama’s Foreign Policy hasn’t been very good either (especially his Drone campaign), but Hillary would be moving us back toward the far right, and backwards in time.
• She was for Iraq, which became a failed state that created ISIS.
• She then repeated the same failed policy again as Sec. of Sate, pushing the overthrow of Gaddafi in Libya, and creating another vacuum to be filled by terrorists. Some of which were created by her Iraq war vote.
Basically, the President equates his greatest failure as President with Hillary Clinton’s main policy push. The fact that Bernie did not mention this in the Brooklyn debate and go after her on it was a major missed opportunity that could cost him NY and the chance to win the nomination. But his errors of omission at the debate do not excuse her disastrous and deadly mistakes.
And, it does not end with Libya. As Sec. of State she worked to arm Saudi Arabia, one of the most repressive regimes against WOMEN and free speech. Her support of Saudi Arabia has led to further destabilize the Middle East, including the regimes reckless bombing of Yemen, responsible for killing thousands of civilians with our support.
In addition to all of this, she has received millions of dollars from the likes of Lockheed, Boeing, and Saudi Arabia, that have contributed to her campaign, her personal bank account, and also her Clinton Global initiative. As former US Marine Corp Major General Smedley D. Butler, once famously said, “War is a racket.” Hillary’s scheme has been to push war in the Middle East, directly benefitting her and her business associates. Imperialism at it’s finest. Her mentor Henry Kissinger must be proud.
Bernie Sanders has pulled in a ton of new voters with his consistent positions on Wall Street and our corrupt political process. He should continue to make those connections but he’s got that position on lock. He must move beyond defaulting to this narrative, even if he’s absolutely right about its influence on everything else. If we want to beat The Machine, and essentially overthrow the Neo-Liberal Democratic establishment, we have to show that Hillary is essentially Dick Cheney when it comes to Foreign Policy.
Beyond Foreign Policy, Bernie must continue to reach out to disaffected and disenfranchised populations, both through his surrogates and his campaign message, listening, learning, and reminding folks as to the true colors of the Clinton’s and their socioeconomic policies. From Bill Clinton’s recent demonization of Black Lives Matter protestors, to the couples collective support of Welfare Reform (which crushed poor people of color), and ‘Tough on Crime’ legislation that championed the “Super Predator” narrative and exploded the prison population, the Clinton’s have received far too much support from the Black community with very little offered in return. Moreover, examining trends with Millennials and the Twittersphere, perhaps Clinton’s lock on the Black vote is not as strong as the media would have us believe (#BernieMadeMeWhite).
In addition to hitting hard on Foreign Policy, we must work to REGISTER a record number of new voters in California (before May 23rd). The majority of people that are going to vote for Hillary are already registered. We can certainly convert some of them with a stronger and more specific Foreign Policy argument, but there’s no chance of winning a Democratic convention led by a corrupted DNC, unless hundreds of thousands of new voters come into the fold in California and force the issue. California has over 500 delegates including Supers Delegates and we have until June 7th (CA Primary) to move the dial in the Golden State.
If you are tired of hearing the phony Paul Begala corporate news coverage on CNN, and all of this Nate Silver influenced math, then we must push harder on Foreign Policy, and we must Register (and Re-register) more people in California than ever before. Best of luck to everyone in New York on April 19th. Let’s hope you shock the world!
– Nate Mezmer
Note: My hope is that the candidacy of Bernie Sanders (regardless of the outcome), a campaign without a Super PAC and without Wall Street money, a campaign that’s been able to change the entire narrative of the Democratic establishment during the primary, opens the door for future Progressive leaders. One’s that will be younger, perhaps less white, and less male. More representative of the future of this nation.
– Nate Mezmer
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?”
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
I want to take this time to recognize Donald Trump for his courageous admission today that it’s important we preserve longstanding Democratic Socialist programs within our American system of Capitalism.
And I quote, directly from The Donald’s twitter:
Ben Carson wants to abolish Medicare – I want to save it and Social Security.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2015
Let me repeat that again…
“Ben Carson wants to abolish Medicare – I want to save it and Social Security.”
Even Donald Trump is feeling The Bern.
-Nate Mezmer (Few May Know)
p.s. – If you’re unfamiliar with Socialism in an American History context, understand that ‘Social Democracy’ is 100% American, and it’s also very Christian as well. Recall, the great American author Kurt Vonnegut musing about what what would Jesus do in regards to Socialism:
“How about Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes?
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.”
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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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