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February 19, 2016



Today... after Congressman Clyburn endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Candidacy for President of the United States... a decision that would influence the African-American vote in South Carolina... and elsewhere... I tried to imagine... why good people support those who work against their own best interests.

I imagined Hillary and Bill Clinton making phone calls... perhaps to remind "friends" about... just who raises those millions of dollars in campaign funds that everyone gets. I imagined the wheeling and dealing of favors... favors for their states... favors for their priority legislation... favors that a political party gives to its "friends." But... this endorsement... was given because of Hillary's work when she was a young lawyer... when she went to South Carolina to work with their children. So be it.

I've viewed these endorsements as a gauge of just how corrupted our elections have become. After all... the Clintons helped sell America out with trade agreements that benefitted everyone but America... after which our industrial base was decimated... after which unions began to fail and jobs were lost to low-wage workforces in Asia. Why... would any union EVER endorse Hillary for a repetition of bad policy...?? After all, she has said that Bill will be an advisor for her...

"Medicare For All"... Bernie's plan... would free our people from so many plagues. It would free employees and employers from the un-ending hassle of figuring out and paying for health insurance... that can be very costly to provide... and very costly to use. Medicare For All would literally save innumerable lives... especially lives of African-Americans... who suffer the worst in a bad economy. It will eliminate some of the problems of unions fighting for good benefits. It would allow doctors to practice medicine again... instead of practicing INSURANCE services. It is a win-win for our whole economy.

How did we get our bad economy...?? Bill Clinton's deregulation of Wall Street... that's how. He may have helped the economy on one hand... but set it up to be robbed on the other hand. What is so great about THAT...??

Did Bill Clinton emphasize the impending planetary crisis that is now looming at our doorsteps...?? Al Gore, Clinton's Vice President was lauded for his film "An Inconvenient Truth"... but... he said we had 30 years to get our act together. What is at a crisis... if we still have 30 years to drag our feet...?? Well, here we all are... 30 years later... and so little has been done.

When the planet begins to fail... it will fail BIG... and IRREVERSIBLY...!!!
Will Hillary's moderate attitude save us from ourselves...?? No... it won't.

Our democracy is in crisis... at least to those of us who are having to fend for ourselves while corporations accumulate more and more power over us. I really wonder what it is that Hillary Clinton will do to give the power of our nation back to the people... when it is understood just WHO has the money when campaigns need money. In a split decision... my guess is... big money wins that one.

For years, I have heard Hillary Clinton say what she will do for the "middle class"... and I've wondered for those many years... "what about WORKING PEOPLE...?? what about all of those struggling in joblessness and poverty...??" She didn't say "working people"... she said "middle class."

A politician can make a show of empathy... but when the ideas proposed are half-baked and convoluted... in an attempt to pacify everyone... it is a very bland meal, indeed. Hillary cannot make everyone happy and still save our country. She cannot pacify an aversion to oil pipelines and oppressive corporate power.

And so... we are seeing it...
otherwise good people... who design bad policies...
otherwise good people... who realistically know where the money is...
otherwise good people... who can't see the sharks gathering in the deep...
otherwise good people... who do not remember the past...
otherwise good people... who cannot see the future...
otherwise good people... who know the lies but endorse nevertheless...
otherwise good people... who excuse a political animal for being a political animal...

I lived through the scandal of the Clinton years... and I don't want our country to be distracted again by the never-ending rumor mills that love good meat and make the most of any opportunity to use it for political ends. A Hillary Clinton presidency will be another bloodbath... like Bill Clinton's was... like Barak Obama's is. Doesn't Hillary see this...??? Doesn't the Democratic Party see this...??? Don't all those who are endorsing her... SEE THIS...???

The sad truth is... Bill Clinton disgraced our country by his behavior. And Republicans seeing fresh blood locked in and hanged on month after month after month... smearing this scandal all over the world... in an endless and shameful display of politics. It never ended. The Move-On movement was inspired by the scandal and the consequences. Move-On has overwhelmingly endorsed Bernie Sanders.

Why feed the sharks...?? We have work to do... and electing Hillary Clinton would be the power-broker's best excuse to ensure that NOTHING WILL GET DONE. It will be a highly charged political civil war... whether there is fodder enough or not. The Republicans have committed themselves against the Clintons... and the pundits will continue their campaign against her just to save FACE. After all... it sells well. What is a pundit without a good scandal...??

Senator Sanders is trying to save our democracy and our planet. There is no time for these political tit-for-tats... political wars... scandals and accusations of scandals. We no longer have the luxury of wheeling and dealing a deal that will do nothing more than pacify all sides... solve nothing... and... if history holds true... create horribly bad policies that destroy our country.

Like a drowning person who fights the very person trying to rescue him...
those who endorse Hillary Clinton should consider that the choice really is...
be rescued... or be swallowed up into oblivion.










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