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Congratulations, President Trump

❤ Peace ❤

… because the prevailing riots in the US as I write this worry me … There are people’s property being destroyed, children getting frightened, moms and dads in intense stress over the safety of the family, and most especially the frail elderly whose daily life are severely disrupted.

I checked out videos of individual reactions to the Trump win and they’re really properly described by the titles as “meltdown”. In one of these videos I heard a teen-age girl wail that originally she was strongly for Bernie Sanders and since he was counted out she transferred her allegiance and hopes to Clinton.

So it got me to thinking that, yep, even Bernie is going to get dragged into this blame for the tantrums of the “liberals”(I put that inside quotes because that word has been severely abused in the course of this election; it’s time that this word is either re-defined or replaced in this particular usage).

Because, well, Bernie did go out and campaigned for Clinton. Notwithstanding that the REAL reason why Bernie did so is not talked about at all, Bernie’s campaign-behavior did not negate the profuse findings that the Wikileaks published connected to this election. This is the reason why Jill Stein got more votes than when Bernie was still in the race. That is, when Bernie was counted out many did not heed his call to support Clinton but instead they pivoted to Stein, and this mainly because of the facts that Wikileaks verified. With that being said, it’s not as if Bernie tricked everyone into getting in line with what he was saying in the campaigns. Why he was even campaigning for a person with whom he was fighting against is itself a very big mystery to me, and for sure it’s not because he had no crucial reason to do so. And second point is that he had promptly come out and spoke clearly that he is willing to work within the new administration, doing the usual stuff that he had been concerned about since he got into public service decades ago. (Nope, he does not say that he now “supports” Trump but that he will continue to work for the vision that he has not let go; here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/12/opinion/bernie-sanders-where-the-democrats-go-from-here.html

and here:

 

Trump won the election fair and square. If the argument will be that the Trump team stole the election, whoa, then the government has to track back to the legal proceedings regarding how the DNC (Democratic Party, touted “liberal”) stole the primaries from Bernie Sanders. Besides, the GOP (Republican Party, touted “conservative”) does not even like Trump so it’s not a parallel argument.

A path towards calmness may be immediately effective if the DNC or Clinton to say outright, clearly and publicly, for their supporters to stop the ‘disbelief’, gather their wits about them, and face a Trump presidency with as much humanity as they had before this disappointment. The continuing riots speak of an unwillingness that in the first place disabled people from taking heed of what developing, related, and past issues (like as revealed by the Wikileaks; H. A. Goodman among many others talks of these in his YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDB5XReUyyqt-FTNdkzFN-A) were speaking about and what they meant as a whole, and the implication to the Clinton candidacy.

Here’s a blog post that talks about the “silence” of those who could stop the riots: http://daisyluther.com/obama-clinton-sanders-stop-riots-just-watch/

So it’s not as if Clinton is more pristine than Trump nor is it also the other way around. The fact is that an election just happened, the procedures were followed, and the final scores speak for Trump. If Clinton supporters want their voice heard then it doesn’t mean that the Trump supporters have to be silenced and Trump be disqualified. Human rights belong to both Trump and Clinton supporters and all voices deserve respect. Throwing tantrums because you did not get what you want is self-destructive. It’s unhealthy for everyone including those who are not involved (— and so how about their human rights, too?).

If these rioters are not simply “throwing tantrums” then they are being paid to do so. And if neither, then they are seriously in need of psychological or psychiatric help. Five days is too much for any normal tantrum. Besides, it’s not as if what you have is a dictatorship. The government has a check-and-balance system and Trump cannot simply do whatever he wants to do if it comes to that. Besides, I don’t believe that he’s that dense. He himself has a family to take care of and he’ll be thinking of his legacy now. All humans do that = we don’t want to simply disappear from the face of the earth without a “something of ours being left behind”. Being human means a resistance from annihilation both physically and abstractly. And, Trump, with such a title to live up to, would want to be spoken of kindly in the history books (or e-books!).

(Update. Nov. 14, 2016. It’s fear. The rallies are because of FEAR. Here, by Democracy Now!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xwX6sRZOnU). It’s because of the campaign rhetoric(s) thrown back and forth between the candidates and the parties and the media during the campaign. People have the right to be afraid and to express this fear. This fear has to be addressed soonest.)

To the Filipinos who are affected by the riots, I am praying for you and your community, the people you associate with everyday. May you all stay safe. I’m sorry that you’re disappointed if you voted for Clinton. In order to change the results either fraud has to be proven or the voting has to be done again, and it seems that neither process will produce a different result. The exit polls can help clear the picture >> here is the link:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/11/08/us/politics/election-exit-polls.html?_r=0

… and here’s a kid who didn’t vote nor is he a fan of Trump and he’s analyzing what just happened and he makes sense to me, aside from taking the gloom out of a very dark pre-winter day today:

 

… and here is a professional evaluation, from Democracy Now!

❤ Peace ❤

 

Bernie-or-Bust. By a Non-voter.

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I understand why this lady speaks this way. Ten minutes into the video I was already almost done with my introspective-analysis and I have seen another level of real-world “reality”. This was what Senator Sanders referred to. When the smoke clears, this phenomenon will be spoken of with more clarity. Nevertheless, I do agree with this lady saying that something is wrong; she has said it clearly.

However, I believe that Bernie knew what was going on while he was on the campaign trail. What happened was that he decided to take the fall, the most likely coming “fall”. He saw a very narrow window of possibility and he took the chance. He did so with all the knowledge that he acquired through years of being INSIDE the system. He KNOWS the system. He’s actually the one who made a crack at the glass ceiling, not Clinton. Being the first female candidate for president is no big deal and that’s the DNC’s biggest gloating point; that’s actually pathetic, in no matter what kind of system it is within, in the context of 21st century history world.

Bernie made a 2-pronged attack: tried to be president and at the same time rallied people to wake up to the massive corruption. He lost his other plan but succeeded in the other. Now that more and more people are becoming awake and willing to rally behind TRUTH then that accomplishment by itself is greater than becoming the POTUS.

With all this being said, had I been a voter would I vote for Clinton? No, I will not. That means if there weren’t enough like me who would vote for somebody else, and most likely Jill Stein, then that means Trump wins. The dilemma is this: either vote for a Machiavellian-liar-who-has-absolutely-no-idea-what-poverty-is-like or let a public-service-ignoramus-celebrity win. As I see that nature is governed by Chaos (the scientific phenomenon; it’s a regularity that is characterized by randomness at the smallest scale; you can look it up) then I would rather NOT VOTE for one who has been proven to have consistently lied (as Anderson Cooper had asked: “Would you say anything to get elected?”).

Doing so would allow Chaos to run its course. Letting LIFE be. Not forcefully altering the course of a mighty river. Not tying the Solar System to a single point in its whooshing orbit about the Milky Way. This means Trump may win. It may also be that Trump will not win. If Trump wins then America will be in uncertain executive governance (unless he lets the status-quo-big-money totally hold the reigns). This will be creating a violent shift in the equilibrium, and it will result into multi-directional repercussions so that the “fight” for “balance” is maintained. Unless those who think similarly to Bernie and Jill and the like exert a strong enough counter-balance. It’s an abstract description but that’s how nature works. This series or conglomeration of reactions will not be happening for only a single or two terms (in case he gets re-elected, good grief!) but it will reverberate until its direct effects die off.

Bernie knew that had he insisted on “grabbing power”, which would be a major major shift in the current system —- literally pulling the rug from under the status quo —- he would have risked a tremendous counter-effect WHICH will affect the little people much more than the crocodiles (sorry, in my country we call the insatiable-power-hungry-entities as buwaya, i. e., the crocodile). You ask me “how” and, well, I don’t have the economic and sociological tools to get into expounding this yet, but those who understand more can see that this description of mine makes sense (and there’s another possibility which I don’t want to mention here; either I am again correct in that possibility-point or it will show the extent of my idealist-naiveté, or both, which are equally fine by me because, indeed, I have no idea exactly the extent of visions that Bernie’s sight has reached).

So not electing Clinton is a gamble, for hope (that she does not win) or for forbearance until the tide turns (that a Trump presidency will either have only the minimum of damages or that it will taper off the soonest, and throughout that we remain intact). The flip side of it is that voting for Clinton means acknowledging that I have no choice but to silence and numb my soul and trust a deceitful system for the sake of urgent survival. In essence I would have annihilated myself — – the antithesis of LIFE.

It could be that Bernie Sanders has already gone to the level where he saw that, indeed, survival in America has exactly become like that:  to grip the knife’s cutting edges and not let go lest I fall and break my neck. In my country we call this phenomenon “Kapit sa patalim“.

Stay strong, Bernie. Stay healthy. Don’t exert too much effort for a deceitful system. Don’t invest too much on stuff that’s built on shifting fancy sand (of course you already know this! haha!). It’s time to let the grassroots see that, indeed, you have seen the enormity of what they have accomplished so far and that your “silence” did not mean that you had no idea how your perceived “non-communication” had hurt. Time to heal the wounds created by your “betrayal” (yep, that’s how it felt, and you know that, too), and time for your supporters to decide how much more, and for how long, are they willing to invest into TRUTH. ❤

Take care. everyone. Enjoy the sun! 🙂

 

 

Peaceful. That’s Bernie Sanders.

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Bernie, the bird, and peace

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For all the enthusiasm over this season’s US presidential elections that Senator Bernie Sandes has generated in me, I will be eternally grateful to him. Not only that I had something to look forward to daily — peeking in the internet over the development of the “movement-revolution” — but I also learned an overwhelming lot about how elections are run in the US. I inevitably learned a whole wide world lot about the Clintons, much more than I suspected there could be. (This is not the time for attaching references here; everything that I say here is research-able.)

Senator Sanders has conceded and has dropped his bid for the office. For the second time this month my heart was broken. I would have loved to see the US led by him.

To the many ex-supporters of his who are now denigrating him, calling him betrayer and coward, shame on you. The man is stronger and wiser than any current political analyst can fathom —- but since I don’t know that many political analysts, then I’d say except maybe for Noam Chomsky. 🙂 peace ❤

Bernie Sanders has kept his cool until the end. He has not gone berserk and unreasonable despite the intense pressures hourly from all sides. He was fighting social cancer, after all. When you fight cancer you don’t get rid of it by simply eradicating the host body. You don’t defeat cancer by killing the person who has that cancer. You can’t get rid of the corruption by mitigating chaos and social unrest —- and with a society that has lots of guns floating around!

(Okay, we can say that in a way Gandhi did it, risked the chaos. The bloodshed, which he did not intend, that followed that movement was horrendous. It was not an all-out war, yes, but it is something that, even at the tiniest scale, Bernie’s circle would rather not risk. It did cost Gandhi his life. There are not a few scholars now who say that the “colonial mentality” that was generated by what Gandhi ousted is still there, alive and in operation. The “whites” were gone but the “whiteness”, hence a mutation from the cancer, remained among the people.)

Bernie has in fact been rallying people —- all voters, but more urgently those who are mature enough to understand what he has been saying for decades without having to spell everything out to them —- to fight the cancer while at the same time boosting the immunity of the host body. Others would say: to fight the cancer by boosting the immunity capabilities. It is a true strengthening of the whole body and not just a spot eradication of the little nasties. That is, to let the cancer be, to let it trick itself of its normality, and then let it implode on itself without knowing it.

When the cancer cells cease from perceiving threats of annihilation they will also cease their aggressive fight for survival and proliferation. Cancer cells thrive when they are fed the wrong things and are deprived of the right things —- when they are fed with cheap nutrient-empty refined sugar, and are deprived of oxygen and sunshine and hopeful-thankful thoughts.

The US had the chance of electing one of the most honorable (emphasis on the honorable!) men that ever rose to Bernie’s fame but they blew it. “We may never pass this way again.” I have never seen a major political figure as peace-loving and as meek as Bernie Sanders (read: not cowardly, but of a controlled strength). There is much hope, though, within/among those who have started and are starting to work towards similar to Bernie’s vision of a society that takes care first of the concerns of the ordinary everyday working person and especially of the powerless and the voiceless.

If Bernie was able to generate such sentiments from a “third-world” citizen like me whose country had forever been “abused and used” by his past leaders, then history can rightly say that Bernie Sanders is an exemplar of the Homo sapiens sapiens-excellence.

I am broken-hearted but, as Bernie said it clearly, “Brothers and sisters, this is the real world that we live in.”  ❤ I’m with you, Bernie. Thank you very much from the unbroken bottom of my heart. 🙂

Dear Bernie Sanders

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Dear Senator Bernie Sanders,
I have a very simple argument to present to you.

If the only reason that holds you back from running outside of the Democratic Party is ethics — in that you have promised the Party of your support in exchange for allowing you to run within it — then you are now free to run outside it.

The premise is that when you pledged your support to the Party, you did so with sincerity and integrity. You intended to do your part of the agreement. It goes the other way around, too. The Party should have intended to give you a fair playing field — giving you the support equal to that which was intended for every other candidate running within the Party.

However, this agreement was broken by the Party in that events have now been shown where the Party has dealt with you unfairly. In short, it did not go with the agreement. This breaks the bond that you have to the Party. Their actions have rendered the agreement null and void, and so it would in fact be non-ethical for you to stay in the Party as a candidate by virtue of doing violence to your person if you continue to hold on to your word as this would be tantamount to passively receiving abuse from the Party.

However, you may have reasons that only you and your circle understand as to why it is best for you to stay put in the Party.

My president, Rodrigo Duterte, who is vilified by the entire world for his verbal expressions, has staked his life in his commitment to eradicate graft and corruption in the Philippines. He is misunderstood by the mainstream but the majority of us voted for him because we understood his heart. You may have to stake your life, too, in pursuing The Revolution. Nevertheless, whatever your decision is regarding this election, I am already in agreement with the millions of Americans and non-Americans that you are going down in history as a champion of democracy and of the common working person. I believe that the entire globe will heave a sigh of relief if the USA is not anymore run by a greedy life-defeating resource/energy-sucking system.

Shalom.
ang sacada lang

Celebrate Bernie Sanders!

 

Hi! 🙂 Today is actually Thursday, June 9, 2016. Senator Sanders and President Obama had just concluded a short meeting at the White House. I was writing this post while waiting for the senator to come out after the meeting and speak to the journalists who were eagerly waiting for him outside. I had just finished writing when he came out to speak and so I was able to add the fresh info at the last paragraph. 🙂

celebrate Bernie Sanders!

 

First thing I did Wednesday morning was switch on the TV to check how Senator Sanders faired at the California primaries. I couldn’t believe that the difference was that big! Some things must have happened at the polls much like many things happened at the other polls previous.

I had to bear listening to CNN because I wanted to hear what he had to say. Oh boy was I rewarded! He won’t quit! I was so happy yesterday and until today Thursday I still am celebrating for this decision of his. Right now I’m waiting for his meeting with the US president to be streamed live and I’m afraid again that he’ll be pushed to quit. That will be a real downer not only for me but for the millions who are following this election process on the Democratic side.

I’ve decided to name Senator Sanders as my newest hero today. I hope I won’t change my mind in case he gives way to pressure and drop the campaign. If he does that I’d know that it was because it has become a matter of life and death for him, and not especially to his person but to the welfare of the people especially — like a sort of a hostage situation. Otherwise he’ll push through until the end of the election process.

He’s become my hero because it was though his campaign that I began to understand how immediately tangible corruption is even in the country that boasts itself as a bastion of democracy. I began to understand that ‘democracy’ can be used by an institution to describe its dynamics even though the process does not really involve the freedom given to citizens to decide collectively how they should be governed by leaders that represent their interests.

In this election season I have seen how campaign choreographers have manipulated information and rhetoric so that attention is taken away from the most important aspect of the voting process: to scrutinize the issues in a clear and systematic manner. What happened instead is that money, power, and prestige are being used so that the winner is the person who will continue to allow these very influential entities to continue with their various interests. If there were no adverse effects coming out of this then there’s nothing to gripe about. However, this activity affects in a great way those on the other end of the spectrum — residents who have no money, no prestige, no power, no influence, no education, and the worst, those who have no houses.

Senator Sanders’ platform is clear and simple: subtract privilege and power from one end and distribute these throughout the spectrum in a manner so that there is enough left until the other extreme end is reached. Does this mean that privileges and power are flattened out so that everyone will have equally the same? Nope, that’s not it. Property and privacy are maintained. What is being changed is the defective dynamics that allows uncontrolled greed to effect an unchecked hoarding of resources by an extremely few entities so that only a few individuals suctions the benefits that should have been shared at relative degrees by everyone else who have participated in the overall economic machinery.

What the Senator Bernie Sanders proposes is simply this: a clear check and balance machinery be imputed into the system so that nobody goes houseless and hungry in this beloved land of plenty. If you want the specifics then all is explained at his campaign’s website: https://berniesanders.com/issues/ .

Again, so why is he my hero? — Because he is not in this race simply for the sake of winning. He is in this race for the sake of the people and he is doing it after decades of working for the people without himself getting rich or hoarding power. In fact, he has not involved himself with the moneyed sector. This by itself is factor enough for his cause to be ignored. What appears now is that, more than just being ignored, he has been continually elbowed out of the process for months now. It does appear that the status quo is indeed very threatened by the movement that he has generated. It must be understood, though, that this “movement” had been there for almost a century now but every time its voice gets heard a bit the powers-that-be lashes back eventually if not immediately and reestablishes its pedestal. However, at this juncture of American history Senator Bernie Sanders had the privilege to eloquently utter the voice of this “movement” — which is the collective sentiments of all of the everyday working persons. Because of him millions of Americans have finally come to understand what has been happening and they have become enabled enough to make a choice on the aspects of the political and economic life within which they are a part of, within which they have invested their talents and time, and within which they will get the resources to enable them to lead a life that is compensatory to their investments.

This much information and awareness have not been disseminated to so many in a way that is happening now through the Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign. Many are still blind to the truth, still blinded because the ongoing information blockage by the mainstream media, but this will change. The millions of young people, 45 years old and younger, will spread this knowledge and realization all throughout their lifetime and beyond, and America will again become the land of the free.

… and!!! … woohoo!!! Nothing has changed! After his talk with the president just now his rhetoric remains and he says he stays in the race until the end!!! May God bless Senator Bernie Sanders! Mainstream media must be “seething” by now!!!

Thanks for dropping by! Take care!

Somebody Can’t Trust CNN Anymore

I used to feel fortunate that CNN is accessible to me for free. Not anymore. I’m talking of CNN International – Europe. I had learned to enjoy the segments, all of them, and have become familiar with the anchor persons and field reporters. All of them.

Until Bernie Sanders happened. ❤

My first disappointment was when Fareed Zakariah discussed the claim of Sen. Sanders that had “no credible economic research”, so four economists said, about some economic dynamics (it’s also found here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/sanderss-plans-make-republicans-look-serious/2016/02/18/4dbddb40-d684-11e5-b195-2e29a4e13425_story.html ). I was disappointed that the program and the post sounded like it was pounding Sen. Sanders’ opinions to the ground and so I had to search for information on names involved in the narrative. I counted the four economists out, as it’s obvious that they’re not supporting Sen. Sanders’ ideas on this. What I found out about the other name mentioned, an economics professor, (I read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/02/18/the-economist-who-validated-bernie-sanders-big-liberal-plans-is-voting-for-hillary-clinton/ ) is that aside that he is voting for Sec. Clinton, his calculations involve variables that can be “adjusted” to a point where the four economists involved would not have been able to criticize his results the way they did. I wish that Fareed Zakariah would have done a narrative in such a way that Sen. Sanders did not come out like an ignorant babbler. On the other hand, that he’s voting for one or another doesn’t say anything about his calculations. If indeed he is voting for Sec. Clinton and still talks positively about Sen. Sanders’ ideas, then it shows his innocent intention about the whole thing. (He speaks in an interview, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G-oHzb6DX8 .)

Moreover, another economics professor (in agreement with 169 economists) clarifies the correctness of the senator’s plan:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqIr45gRr-k  .

My next disappointment was when Jonathan Mann made it sound in one of his Political Mann segments that Sen. Sanders was not saying the truth when he claimed that he had been invited to the Vatican. The narrative ended by putting across to the viewers that it appears that Sen. Sanders had invited himself to the Vatican. Of course the senator was invited, by the Academy of Social Sciences that was started by Pope John Paul II in 1994  ( http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-04-08/so-who-exactly-invited-bernie-sanders-to-the-vatican ).

Today at this writing CNN International – Europe makes it sound that Sen. Sanders’ stay in the campaign is “hurting” the campaign of Sec. Clinton. It is an idiotic notion as seen from a few basic assumptions. (1.) If the election is democratic, and Sen. Sanders is winning a tremendous amount of votes, then staying in the campaign if fair both to Sen. Sanders’ aim and to the citizens who are yet to vote for him. These are both Democrats and Independents.  (2.) Saying that Sen. Sanders should drop out implies that his right to try for the office of the president is not acknowledged and the right of those who are yet to vote for him is denied.  (3.)  Instead of being positive about the fact that Sen. Sanders is injecting vitality into the whole voting process, making a myriad of formerly apathetic voters to come out and participate, Sen. Sanders is constantly and subtly being elbowed out of the process.

Just now CNN is discussing, with Wolf Blitzer, how the senator should own up to the Nevada chaos. It’s not as if he is altogether outrightly absolutely denying responsibility for the event. He has in fact said that he will investigate. He has in fact spoken that he does not condone any form of campaign violence (here’s a news segment on ithttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVPHNbTszUI&spfreload=10

and an analysis of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEY_KYD3sCY

and here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0YT03p6qqQ  ). The issue is not with the senator but with the people who were directly responsible for the chaos. They are independent-thinking individuals who were witnessing a process that they perceived to be unfair. Why they were angry, why they were protesting, and why they became that passionately expressive cannot be assumed to have resulted from irrational idiotic views. It does not imply that the senator wanted the chaos to take place or that he had instigated or encouraged the reaction. It implies that there were real stimuli happening at real time that caused a corresponding reaction from those who felt disadvantaged by the process. What was the stimulus that produced this reaction? Were those people involved totally unreasonable? The other side dancing the tango has to be investigated, too. Here’s another analysis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTuH3jeIS-I

If Sen. Sanders’ voice had been largely ignored by the big media, his gargantuan campaign events not shown on air, his views sold as plain “socialism” with a poisonous tinge attached to it, and the phenomenon that millions have now become convinced of his vision in so short a time is not even a topic for mainstream-media discussion are just a few reasons why any sane supporter of his would now be calling the entire so-called democratic process nothing but foul. There are other issues that they also have the right to be angry about like the voting irregularities that are not discussed, the incidences of voting suppression, and the alleged disregard for votation laws by the former president Clinton; here: https://www.change.org/p/massachusetts-attorney-general-maura-healey-arrest-prosecute-bill-clinton-john-f-mitchell-violation-of-ma-election-laws

and here:  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/3/2/1494728/-Bill-Clinton-Law-Breaking-at-Polling-Station-Beyond-Doubt-Video-Shows-Loudspeaker-Campaigning ).

I have no choice now but to surf the internet for news with regards to the US elections. CNN had just made my life less easier, so to speak! 😀 The downside is that I have come to slowly un-like their entire station! After all, a human being is entitled to her feelings. 🙂

Have a great day, everyone. Thanks for dropping by. Stay healthy!

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Bernie Sanders: Dream Come True

Previously Titled “He’s Too Good To Be True”

[Update (April 17, 2016): More than ever I am convinced that Senator Sanders will make an excellent president! I’m excited because he’s been invited by the Pope Vatican to a “conference on social, economic and environmental issues and give a speech on 15 April” in Vatican: http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-35999269 . Like Senator Sanders, I’m also a big fan of the present pope for so many reasons not the least his sincerity and hard work on making as many deprived folks as possible feel/know/understand that God is not one who discriminates. I had heard how Senator Sanders describe his religiosity and I was impressed. He didn’t answer in a dogmatic fashion but he went straight into the essence of “spirituality”, which is, that which affects my fellow-human affects me and so by implication we are all inter-related. I was reminded of how my late Hebrew teacher described the Tetragrammaton (“YHWH”). He said that simply said it’s “I am there with you in whatever situation you find yourself in” = “Ich bin da” was actually his exact words. I especially liked how he put it like that because it resonates with Immanuel = “God (is) with us”. That’s why I think that Senator Sanders perfectly hit the mark with his answer. The way he expressed his conviction was likewise more “Christian” than most of the worship service sermons I’ve listened to. When one has to go down into the essence of faith in God it’s actually not in the professing of credos but in the nitty-gritty participation in God’s work in His creation, and the bulk of it falls on the taking care of the co-stewards, the fellow-humans. Moreover, since I’ve come to notice how even my trusted CNN seem to be an extension of the Clinton campaign (I’ve noticed how several of their reporters have come to sound like that in the guise of reporting or interviewing), I’ve started to rely on news through the web whenever I need to check out Senator Sanders’ standing, like this one that sounds more informative to me than the picture that CNN presents:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goodman/sanders-become-democratic-nominee-even-if-clinton-leads-in-delegates_b_9657952.html

… and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1Gd76qwofM

… and  http://vetsforbernie.org/2016/03/wall-street-godfather-explains-bernie-sanders-best-candidate-u-s-economy/

… and another: http://usuncut.com/politics/bernie-sanders-bird/

CNN International Political Mann made it sound like Bernie Sanders was lying when he said that Vatican invited him. That was foul and that report has to be corrected and apologies be made to Senator Sanders. Indeed he was invited, he did not invite himself, and Reuters makes it clear, here below:

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was invited to speak at an April 15 Vatican event by the Vatican, a senior papal official said on Friday,…
-reuters.com|By Reuters Editorial-

Here is where varied published articles relevant to Senator Sander’s campaign are gathered in a page. They are of varied affiliations. It’s a very convenient set-up:  https://berniesanders.com/daily/

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Being a non-American I haven’t heard of Senator Bernie Sanders until he decided to run for the office of the president. Over time I came to hear of his views in the news and I’ve observed how he carries himself whenever he talks on an issue. What I have seen is integrity, honesty, confidence, selflessness, and a clear grasp of issues. He comes across to me as someone who won’t bail out when the going gets tough and as somebody who won’t use theatrics to enhance his image. There are really lots of poor people in the USA, both in the cities and in the far-flung rural regions. It seems unbelievable to those who don’t know of this reality but it has been like this since the USA came to be as a nation. Senator Sanders has thought about the condition of these marginalized folks for many decades already.  I wish he’ll become president so that he can have a chance to do more for these folks.

I hope Bernie Sanders becomes president

Somebody has written stuff about him that I agree about, here:

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/01/28/why-bernie-sanders-winning-hearts-and-minds-america

Update, February 18, 2016.

I’m copying here without having asked the 20-year-old author’s permission a big part of his post,  https://www.tremr.com/awkjain/why-dont-minorities-support-bernie, from which I learned a bit on Sanders’ work and passion for the ‘little’ folks:

So, in what ways does Sanders’ campaign cater to minority voters? As a 22 year old, Sanders took part in the 1963 March On Washington alongside 200,000 other activists in support of the Civil Rights Act. Sanders carries this same level of dedication when it comes to stopping the disenfranchisement of minorities through strict voter ID laws. This would be a great incentive for minorities to vote at all, as 43% of nonvoters in the last election were minorities. 

Sanders also favors common sense gun laws, which would greatly benefit minorities living in urban areas where gun violence is obviously a major issue. However, Sanders also understands that guns in rural areas are not the same as guns in urban areas. He wants to reach a middle ground that will not impede rural gun owners from using their weapons for hunting purposes, but also wants to decrease the availability of guns in urban areas where they would primarily be used for violent means. He favors initiatives such as stringent background checks for gun buyers, educating parents about where to safely store weapons away from children’s reach, and working to prevent gun trafficking at all costs. Sanders wants to respect everyone’s 2nd amendment right while still protecting citizens from preventable gun related death. 

Economically, Sanders wants to increase taxes on the wealthiest citizens and corporations in order to increase tax revenue without gutting the middle and lower classes. This would greatly benefit lower and middle class minorities in the same way that it would benefit other lower and middle class citizens. Coupled with Sanders support of universal health care, it is clear that Sanders understands the need to help lower economic status citizens. Obviously not all minorities are lower or middle class, but nearly 75% of Americans are either middle or lower class. In this sense, Sanders seems to be an advocate for what would benefit the greatest percentage of citizens.

While these were just a few of Sanders’ stances that minority voters may find appealing, it’s fairly clear that he does have them in mind. Though he comes from Vermont, a 95% white state, it would be absurd to say Sanders does not care about issues that minorities face. As the early legs of primary season focus on mostly white states, there is obviously much more to be seen and heard from all the Democratic candidates. While at this point Hillary holds an overwhelming lead in the minority vote, Sanders can easily turn the tide with his no nonsense approach to politics and his genuine concern for the plight of the American lower and middle class. Minorities may not support Bernie now, but that may very well change in the upcoming months.

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UPDATE:  May 11, 2016.

sanders clinton truth in black and white

(Illustration above is from: http://www.snopes.com/sanders-vs-clinton-delegate-count/ )

Media keep touting that Clinton has a sure lead over Sanders because the superdelegate count just makes it impossible for Sanders to catch up overall. Superdelegates that are counted did pledge for Clinton but some did it even before Sanders got into the race and all of them have the prerogative to vote for either candidate. That means the superdelegate count is not locked and will most likely shift when it’s finally time for them to vote. Sanders, therefore, is not stuck with the superdelegate number that he has now, it can very well increase tremendously during voting time, and likewise the superdelegate count for Clinton will not stay that way because many of them have the privilege or right or chance to finally vote for Sanders. Said in another way: “The early pledges of support do serve to signal whom the party establishment is backing, a decidedly mixed blessing in the 2016 race. In theory, the superdelegate class of 2016 could cast the deciding votes at the convention, and Clinton has the lion’s share of those who have already chosen; but the pledges given to date are not binding, and if history is any guide, they will follow the voters.” (Emphasis mine; Source: http://www.snopes.com/2016/02/17/party-people-superdelegates/ ) If you are interested you can read more at the couple of webpages I indicated above.

The point is that in the general elections a tremendous amount of voters who do not have a party affiliation (Independents) are going to exercise their right to choose their president. However, many of them have not been allowed to vote during these pre-general-votation processes just because they have not registered as Democrats (or Republicans). So that those who wanted to vote for Sanders were unable to and as a result their voice is not reflected in the current statistics. Therefore the figures repeatedly announced by media where Sanders pitifully trails Clinton is a white lie, is deceiving, and may discourage those who are enthusiastic for a Sanders presidency. In the previous election the turn-out was less than 65% but now the Sanders campaign has done its remarkable share in bringing in newly enthusiastic voters into the process. Come final election time it won’t be a surprise if they vote decicively for him.

Here’s another webpage that explains the situation: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/seth-abramson/the-national-media-has-be_b_9364170.html

Senator Sanders talks about it in an interview, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAZUnHXnpHI#t=214.61356

Thanks for dropping by. Have a great day! 🙂

Something I discovered today, a YouTube video entitled: Hillary Clinton: Lying for 12 minutes straight.

Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BizU-u7RPcY