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Bernie Sanders as a Lesser Evil

Sanders supported Bill Clinton’s war against Serbia. He backed the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists of 2001, giving the Bush Jr., the freedom to go to war on a whim. He backed Obama’s intervention in Libya.

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I can perfectly understand why some people choose to vote Bernie Sanders, based on his economic proposals. Yet I contest the idea that Sanders is a “good” candidate. In 2016, he gave a big slap to the face to his loyal supporters by endorsing Killary Clinton for president of the United States. Sanders overlooked Clinton’s illegal email server [“I’m tired of hearing about your damn emails”], ignored the DNC rigging the competition against him, and ignored Clinton’s dismal track record on foreign policy. This tells you that he was never serious about challenging the party machine. In fact, Bernie Sanders’ track record in largely fabricated to make him appear good. We’ll focus on Bernie’s pro-war record in just a minute. But first I want to say a couple of things about his economic policies and about his embarrassing praise of Jeff Bezos…

First, he did an incredibly stupid thing. He advertised Medicare For All [Single Payer] as socialism. M4A is not a socialist program! An example of a socialist program in the United Kingdom is the NHS [albeit they’re aiming to privatize it]. An example of a socialist program in the United States is the VA, because the Government owns and operates the VA clinics and hospitals. On the other hand, M4A is just the state taking over the role of insurer. The state allocates a sum of money for each citizen to be spent exclusively for medical services. But the recipient of the funds chooses the medical service provider; the recipient ‘shops around,’ and medical service providers compete among each other for market share. Calling it socialist is a case of terrible PR. And secondly, Sanders advertised M4A alongside a tax hike [which would invevitably fall on labor] when he should have advertised it alongside a tax cut! Why? Because Single Payer would have a deflationary effect on employment levels, due to all the redundancies in the private insurance sector’s bureaucracy.

Bernie Sanders was advised by Stephanie Kelton on matters pertaining to economics, and Sanders has never challenged the deficit dove vs deficit hawk narrative. In her academic work and on social media, Stephanie Kelton challenges the economic orthodoxy, both in premise and conclusion. But Sanders never took her advice seriously and couldn’t even be bothered to link to Taxes for Revenue are Obsolete, written by the then Chairman of the New York Fed in 1946 [an insider blowing away zombie economic myths at the time]. Politicians who seek to preserve this mythology are not agents of change. They’re just frauds, they are straw men, controlled opposition. As for the so-called Green New Deal… they can throw all the money they want at it. Will it create jobs? Yes. Will it create physical output? Yes. Is it necessary in order to avoid planetary destruction in the next 10-12 years? Absolutely not. In fact, the climate aspect of the Green New Deal is complete hokum – it’s just good advertising. See the Church of Climate Apocalypse in action. AOC, Beto and Greta Thunberg trading in fear, drivel, shaming, and fake tears. AOC [the new Al Gore] is the biggest fraud of them all. I can give Thunberg a pass since she’s a kid and kids are a lot easier to indoctrinate. Notice how politicians, including freshmen congresswomen “address” things like mass extinction of human beings. Look up George Carlin’s speech at the National Press Club from 1999, in which he pokes fun at this type of lingo. Meanwhile, the Obamas bought a massive beach-front estate in Martha’s Vineyard…

As for the embarrassing episode with Amazon and Bezos… Bernie Sanders thanked Bezos because Amazon had raised the minimum wage to 15 bucks per hour. “It is absurd that the taxpayers of this country have to subsidize the wealthiest person on Earth, who happens to be Mr. Bezos, because so many of his workers made wages that were so low that they were forced to go on food stamps and Medicaid – it doesn’t make sense,” Sanders told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “So I applaud Jeff Bezos today for raising the minimum wage at Amazon.” If you have to applaud a monopolist like Bezos for raising wages well below what the company can afford, you’re a damn cuck, plain and simple. Some fools on Twitter were saying, “See? Shaming works.” Rubbish. But what they didn’t know [or ignored] was that Amazon had also removed stock awards and incentive pay for hourly warehouse workers and customer service employees. This hurt the bottom line of longtime workers. Bezos was praised for giving with one hand and taking with another.

Now let’s move to Sanders’ rotten pro-war track record. Between Clinton and him there’s hardly any difference on US foreign policy. Both are veteran interventionists, the ‘humanitarian hawks’ type. Bernie Sanders voted twice for regime change in Iraq. He voted to support the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998, which said: “It should be the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove the regime headed by Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq and to promote the emergence of a democratic government to replace that regime.” Later that same year, just to be consistent I guess and double down on his loyalty to the [hawkish] democratic establishment, Sanders backed another resolution which reiterated the efforts, “Congress reaffirms [the same measures mentioned earlier].” This gave Congressional backing for the CIA’s covert schemes to overthrow the regime in Baghdad, as well as hiking economic sanctions, which killed as many as 500,000 Iraqi children. It also gave the green light to Operation Desert Fox, a four day bombing campaign striking 100 targets across the country – with several Tomahawk cruise missiles specifically set loose on Hussein himself. Over the 8 years of Clinton’s administration, Iraq was bombed on average once every four days.

Sanders also supported Bill Clinton’s war against Serbia. He backed the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists [AUMF] of 2001, giving the executive [Bush Jr] the freedom to go to war on a whim. He backed Obama’s intervention in Libya [which killed people, partitioned the country into warring fiefdoms, brought in Islamists [like Al Qaeda and Daesh] and revived the slave trade. Bernie Sanders backed and continues to support a bigger role for the United States intervention in the Syrian conflict [i.e. continues to back the illegal presence of the United States military on sovereign Syrian land].

HRC admitted, albeit in a tardiv manner, that the [more recent] war on Iraq was a mistake. But Sanders never apologized for voting twice [in 1998] in support of the same thing. Sanders casually refers to these voting instances as parliament being “almost unanimous” on the issue of intervention. Here’s the list with the “NO” votes on the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998. Some libertarians and leftists [38 in number] chose not to be war hawks and voted against the legislation.

Sanders is a pro-war Zionist and millionaire pseudo-socialist [again, Medicare For All is a good policy, but it’s not a socialist program and should not be advertised as such; it is fully compatible with capitalism]. If you call yourself a progressive, if you care at all about foreign policy and respect your vote, I say throw it in the direction of Tulsi Gabbard. As far as I can tell, at least she’s not a straw man for the [Clintonian] DNC like Sanders was during the last election. Bruce Dixon from the Black Agenda Report pretty much said the same about “democrat sheepdog” Sanders ahead of anyone else. At any rate, it’s your vote, you do what you want with it.

Conclusion

Folks need to be aware who they’re voting for, and not fall into the trap of believing their candidate to be wholly positive. Instead, they should be circumspect, they should be realists, and understand that Bernie Sanders, the millionaire pseudo-socialist has been a war hawk for the majority of his political career, and still is. Overall he does appear as a lesser evil. Since democrats have embraced the expression “blood on his hands” referring to Trump’s “betrayal” of the Kurds, be sure that Bernie Sanders, alongside mainstream republicans and democrats, contributed politically to the murder of 500,000 Iraqi children.

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oldandjaded
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I have said elsewhere that I identify as a leftist (not a neo-liberal, two VERY different things, that are wrongly blended together in the current narrative) I agree with everything above. I am also a Canadian, so I can’t vote in your elections, am just a helpless bystander that is, like anyone living anywhere but Russia or China, PROFOUNDLY affected by the rampant stupidity that is running wild in your country. In 2016, I was hoping and praying with every fibre in my body that Bernie would secure the democratic nomination. If Bernie were what he claims to be, and… Read more »

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I’m pretty sure the author is from Romania and lives in Romania, and is not a US citizen. Sanders may be the one to run as an independent, according to this Duran article https://theduran.com/bernie-sanders-warns-democrats-he-might-run-as-an-independent/ I’m suspicious about Gabbard too, and I think many people who like her stance on foreign policy are as well. But I don’t think that she’s a bigger plant than Sanders. Trump is backed by International Jewery. He’s been trying to undo all the good things Obama did like the JCPOA, because that pissed off the Zionists. Trump is also backed by Christian Zionists like Steve… Read more »

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I think Trump will unleash the dogs of war in his second term. He has flip-flopped on all major issues more than once. I don’t think he’s against the NWO itself, just the program the NWO should serve. That’s how I see it.

Elena Xantopolous
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I’m suspicious of Tulsi too, but I don’t think she’s a bigger plant than Sanders. At least Gabbard had the guts to call Clinton out on her corruption and disastrous foreign policy. Trump is backed by International Jewery and has worked to undo all the good stuff Obama did like the JCPOA, just because the Zionists got pissed off by it. He’s also backed by Christian Zionists like Steve Bannon who want to get the US out of the ME and get it to wage war on China instead. Trump’s sanctions against countries in Latin America enhances the migrant and… Read more »

oldandjaded
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I originally bought the mainstream narrative, that “the wall” was a throw-away, an attempt to pander to the far right racist base that secured him the republican nomination, and it does serve that purpose. But after reading Daniel Estulins book on the Bilderberg, specifically the chapters on Canada, Mexico, the US and NAFTA, I see a very different, and much deeper and more thought-out intent behind the wall. As far as your statements about his relationship with Zionism, I totally agree with everything you say, and I am aware of Bannons position on China. But I am not an ideologue,… Read more »

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oldandjaded

On Tulsi Gabbard, per my last paragraph, I really sincerely do hope I have her all wrong. I love her rhetoric, and I was talking about her to people even in the run-up to the 2016 election. It was only when I found out a few months back that she was a member of the CFR that I started to view her in a different light. If she sticks to her statement that she is not going to run as an independent, I will GLADLY take back my uneasy thoughts, and hope that as a dem, she becomes president in… Read more »

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As an Indian here in the US I can tell you that you’re fed utter disinformation on India affairs and on the issue with Kashmir. RSS are not nazis, that’s pure bs manufactured by Pakistani mouthpieces. Pakistan is ruled by Islamists and is a client state of the West. Its purpose is to be a thorn in India’s side, and even the Chinese use Pakistan as a hedge against India. As for Tulsi, she has nothing to gain by running as an independent in 2020. And supposed she did run, it would split the vote among democrats first and foremost,… Read more »

American Tabula Rasa
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American Tabula Rasa

India’s just too cozy with Russia. It will draw American fire for that alone. That’s what we do here in America. Luckily for India, we’re just as ill tempered and suspicious toward Pakistan, so not to worry.

Oh, and BTW: Tulsi running as an independent scares the bejeezus out of the Dems, and rightly so. That’s why they’re going whole hog on the ‘Kremlin looking to support a spoiler candidate’ story, to nip that possibility in the bud. Only takes a min. warm IQ to understand the Dems at work. They telegraph their moves years in advance.

oldandjaded
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oldandjaded

Well I wont get into an argument with someone that clearly has skin in the India/Pakistan game, nothing productive is going to come of that.
I have read extensively on the 1947 partition, so I have at least some background on the conditions under which the RSS formed, and yes, you surmise correctly, I have discussed it at length with a secular ex-pat from the Kashmir.
As far as Tulsi not splitting the Trump vote, its just my opinion, but I don’t think you are reading the mood of the electorate accurately.

Elena Xantopolous
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Elena Xantopolous

I support protecting borders. I oppose the no-borders left. But Trump’s USMCA is NAFTA 2.0, and Trump giving a free hand to the Hawks in the secret service to further destabilize Latin America is national and international sabotage. I hope I’m wrong, but I believe Trump to be a time bomb, another deception.

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No idea if you are still following this, heres a pertinent quote from Daniel Estulins book “In the Shadows of a Presidency”. If you look at it in this context, the wall appears to be part of the much larger anti-globalist strategy. As I mentioned earlier, Estulin also discusses the wall as part of a bulwark against the global financiers in the NAFTA chapters in “The True Story of the Bilderberg” “To counter the onslaught of the financiers, Trump will soon call for (my addition here, keep in mind, Trump has also talked about bringing back Glass-Steagal, look for patterns… Read more »

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Brooklyn Hippie Fest

Meanwhile Bernie is reviled by ‘international Jewery’. He even refused to meet with AIPAC in the runup to 2016. All else aside, gotta hand him some serious brownie points on that one.

Geoff Bobbster
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Geoff Bobbster

Reviled? Ha! Keep telling yourself that.
Political rhetoric is one thing, voting record is another.
Right after she won her seat in Congress, AOC told AIPAC “I’m willing to learn.” And she was a freshman. What do you think a dinosaur like Sanders is going to do? Hahahaa
The only reason pro-Democrat & pro-Isreali groups are criticizing Sanders is to get the Christian Zionist and Jewish Zionist public in the US to vote for Trump instead, based on sectional interest.

oldandjaded
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oldandjaded

“Trump is backed by International Jewery ” Absolute truth. Recall what the early globalist thinker Arnold Toynbee said back in the sixties? “Israel has a live span of no more than 75 years” View that quote in the context of present circumstances, and that the Rockefellers were planning one world government since the 1920’s, and you start to see whats going on in a broader sense. This isnt an idea that was cooked up six months before 9-11. Its a continuum. I said “we are all going to have to pick a side”, I didnt say choosing a side was… Read more »

Andreea Bellari
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Andreea Bellari

It’s earlier than the 1920s.
See what the founder of the Jewish World Congress wrote in 1915 in his manifesto. Look for the quote here.
https://theduran.com/the-globalists-of-left-right/

oldandjaded
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oldandjaded

Thank you very much for that link, I kinda skimmed it (Halloween and I am a parent, so busy night) but it looks like a very good read. I will try to really sit down tomorrow morning and go through it indepth.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

When? When? When will the Americans start minding their own business??? A country that needs a major overhaul from one end to the other.

American Tabula Rasa
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American Tabula Rasa

We sure do.

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