Last April when Nancy Cordes from CBS News asked Bernie Sanders how he (who is against PAC money) can possibly compete with George Soros (who supports Hillary Clinton) and the Koch brothers (who supports either Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul or Marco Rubio), Bernie replied:
"Maybe we have moved so far towards an oligarchic form of society, where the big money has so much power, that there may not be candidates who can win elections, because of the power of big money... But let me tell you, I'm going to do my best to see that that is not true."
Last month Bernie Sanders told a Senate panel that a constitutional amendment is needed to undo the Supreme Court ruling that allows big corporations and wealthy individuals to spend unlimited sums of money to sway American elections. He has asked Congress for a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision to return fair elections back to The People, rather than allowing a handful of billionaires run our "democracy".
Recently from NewsBusters.Com in a post titled MSM fails to note that #SorosMoneyMatters is only targeting Hillary opponents:
Imagine if the Koch brothers had financed a group that was regularly disrupting and shutting down events of candidates that they opposed. Does anybody doubt that the Koch connection would come up in the first paragraph, if not the first sentence, of most news stories about such disruptions? Yet somehow, complete silence from the MSM on the connection of George Soros to #BlackLivesMatter — even though he is the providing most of the finances to that organization. Also mysterious is how the MSM also fails to note that Hillary Clinton, whom Soros supports, has not had her events disrupted by #SorosMoneyMatters (also known as #BlackLivesMatter).
Right now, even though Bernie (by far) gets the biggest turn-outs at his rallies among all the 2016 presidential candidates, the mainstream media has been routing for either a Fox News Republican or for a CNN/MSNBC backed Hillary Clinton.
The Chair of the Democratic National Committee is Florida's Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She is also a member of The New Democrat Coalition — a group of Third Way pro-corporate DINOs, who are much more like Republicans than most other Democrats on economic issues.
And Debbie Wasserman Schultz supports Hillary Clinton, who is not a "progressive" Democrat at all — they are both Third Way Democrats. Hillary Clinton is only now supporting progressive issues that Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have advocated for all along — just to get herself elected. They support offshoring more jobs, driving up the cost of prescription drugs, and giving multi-national corporations more power over U.S. sovereignty with the TPP trade agreement.
POLITICO: "A group of pro-business Democrats, who allied with President Barack Obama and Republicans to pass landmark trade legislation [fast-tracking TPP], are angling to cut more deals with the GOP and White House as a way to assert themselves and force the Democratic Caucus to the center. But Bernie Sanders may be the true "center" while Hillary is definitely more right of center.
81% of Republicans and only 20% of Democrats in Congress voted FOR fast track and TPP (which is also supported by the 6 major media corporations). So clearly, the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton and their media outlets are controlling the Democratic process, regardless of what MAJORITIES of voters prefer (This is the same regarding the Keystone pipeline.)
Hillary gets a lot of campaign money from the banks; and the Democratic party generally relies on labor unions for support. But the biggest union (AFL-CIO), is withholding their endorsement until AFTER the Democratic primaries. The big labor unions (and rightly so) are also against the TPP trade agreement — but yet, they are waffling on their support for those who are also against TPP. Why?
This is a totally cowardly position for the AFL-CIO to take, because the DNC (pro-corporate Democrats) will determine the nomination. America's biggest labor union has an obligation to endorse the candidate that would do the most for American workers; not kow-tow to the Democratic Party Machine (the pro-corporate Third Way Centrist New Democrats — who are a MINORITY in Congress) and allow the DNC to nominate Hillary Clinton (who supports the TPP trade agreement!)
And George Soros — who helps fund Hillary Clinton, also funds #BlackLivesMatter — who also seem to support these fake Democrats (like Hillary), rather than progressive Democrats (like Bernie).
Here's what Harry S. Truman had to say on May 17, 1952 about these fake Democrats (DINOs):
"When the Democratic candidate allows himself to be put on the defensive and starts apologizing for the New Deal and the fair Deal, and says he really doesn't believe in them, he is sure to lose. The people don't want a phony Democrat. If it's a choice between a genuine Republican, and a Republican in Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article, every time; that is, they will take a Republican before they will a phony Democrat, and I don't want any phony Democratic candidates in this campaign."
That is, the voters would vote for Bernie Sanders rather than Hillary Clinton unless Debbie Wasserman Schultz rigs the debates and the electoral process to keep Bernie from being nominated (forcing us to once again vote for the better of two evils); and if Hillary Clinton uses dirty campaign tactics — such as Hillary surrogate Senator Claire McCaskill, who has already launched personal attacks on Bernie.
EuroYankee says it best at their blog with a great analysis of the political situation between Bernie, Hillary, #BlackLivesMatter and the mainstream media in a post titled: Hillary Has Organised Her Own “Vast Conspiracy” with the Help of George Soros and the DNC:
Marissa Janae Johnson, who identified herself as a leader of the #BlackLivesMatter chapter in Seattle, asked the crowd to “join us now in holding Bernie Sanders accountable for his actions.”
What actions is she talking about? His demonstrating and sitting in to protest segregation on the 50’s and 60’s? His getting arrested for agitating against police brutality? His marching with Martin Luther King? His work with CORE to organize the “Freedom Rides”? His opposition to Bill Clinton’s moves to get rid of AFDC and the use of “dog whistle politics” to criminalize blacks and portray them as welfare queens?
One really must wonder what it is that Bernie has done to make them [#BlackLivesMatter] so angry, and to warrant being “held accountable.” Sanders’s crimes apparently were so egregious that the BLM group even went so far as to name their action #BowDownBernie – which is now a thing on Twitter and elsewhere. It is obvious, however, that Bernie’s one and only crime, and that for which he must be hectored, and pursued, and denigrated is that of opposing Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Read and listen to some very stark contrasting points-of-view on this subject:
In the video below (edited for lenght) are some highlights of what #BlackLivesMatter said after the microphone was surrendered to them at Bernie Sanders' rally in Seattle. It was very racially divisive. (Full video is here)
Here's what one white man (Jamie Utt) wrote in a twisted post about #BlackLivesMatter and Bernie Sanders: Interrupting Bernie: Exposing the White Supremacy of the American Left.
In the video below (also edited for length) is what one black man (Tommy "TJ" Sotomayor) said when responding to #BlackLivesMatter interrupting Bernie Sanders' rally in Seattle. You gotta watch this; but if you're thin-skinned, beware of the profane, racial and misogynous language. (Full video is here)
Here's Bernie's actual platform on racial injustice (For comparison, please leave a link to Hillary Clinton's platform on this subject.) The very next day in Oregon, after Bernie was interrupted by #BlackLivesMatter in Seattle, he addressed this very issue — one that he wasn't allowed to address the day before in Seattle.
As I was writing this post, #BlackLivesMatter member Marissa Janae Johnson (one of those who had interrupted Bernie Sanders' speech in Seattle) was given an interview on NewsNation with Tamron Hall on MSNBC (8/11/2015). She criticized Bernie, and when asked who she thought would be a better candidate than Bernie on the issue of social injustice, had said she doesn't support ANY of the current presidential candidates.
During the LIVE interview, Tamron Hall announced that she had just received a statement from Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, who said they weren't targeting Bernie Sanders. (Of course, this is total B.S. --- because it's quite apparent that Bernie is being targeted — although, maybe it's because of his lack of security; and for #BlackLivesMatter, it might be more a matter of picking the low-hanging fruit to attack ANY politician.
So the next time someone wants to get on a national cable TV news show, just act uncivilized and rude (and be a total @hole) by interrupting a presidential candidate's speech by storming the their podium and taking over the microphone — as if ONLY their issues mattered, and nobody else's. (Thanks to George Soros).
* Washington Post: 100,000 people have come to recent Bernie Sanders rallies. How does he do it? (Because ALL lives matter.)