Talking Points for Bernie Voters

Socialist Bernie

This is a personal, emotional moment for me. Thank you for reading and reflecting.

After Michigan, where Bernie Sanders won the Democratic primaries last night — a milestone once thought impossible — many American voters are looking at him and his campaign with a new, unprecedented interest.

Even the New York Times, a biased, powerful media mastermind that has been continuously undermining the Sanders candidacy with its lies, half-truths and what I now call “Journalism of Exclusion,” swallowed the Michigan results.

They said today, “Sanders Beats Clinton in Michigan Upset.

This is the first time they wrote their so-called news reporting in an emphatic way, in favor of Sanders (not in favor, but in an objective way). They know they must, because even liberals who read the paper with religious devotion, are losing their faith in it.

But NYT used a Trump photo to begin their news on Sanders. And that photo is being circulated all over the Internet, as that is how news items get picked up. If you didn’t know how it worked, well, now you do. Just find out. Do a quick Google NEWS search on Sanders and Michigan. You will know.

The photo that New York Times used for its Bernie coverage is the photo similar to the one I posted above. It’s a pumping-fist high-in-air socialist (aka communist in USA) gesture. In case you never noticed this “news” pattern either, well, just find out. It is repeated.

Same with CNN and Washington Post and Wall Street Journal. Birds of the same feather flock together…

(Like, the many decades of close friendship between the Bush and Clinton families…)

Former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush shake hands and joke on stage during a Presidential Leadership Scholars program event at the Newseum in Washington
Like, if they are so close, how can they be so different?

Anyway.

Here’s a few, simple talking points for Bernie voters (and skeptics) — offered by a complete no-name outsider (i.e., me). Nobody asked me to do it. I’m doing it on my own. If you like them, share them with friends, family, and voters.

Talking Point #1. After Michigan. — I tell people that Bernie Sanders is not the most perfect candidate, but he is the best candidate we now have for the ordinary people and families. And he is fighting back against a very powerful, rich, corrupt, and violent system. And he’s just shown he can win big. He’s won Michigan, which nobody thought was possible. America’s working men and women are challenging the corporate powers, corporate media, and corporate politicians. A new, young America is rising.

Even the mighty New York Times wrote today: “Mr. Sanders’s Michigan triumph also offered much-needed proof that he could win over voters in the populous, racially diverse swing states where the eventual Democratic nominee will need victories in November.”

Gosh, I feel sorry for the mentor newspaper. They are saying things that they never imagined they’d have to say — at this state of the game.

Talking Point #2. The Trump Scare. — Many Americans who know that Hillary is fake and will say anything to get elected are afraid that if she doesn’t get the nomination, Trump might actually be the president. And that’s the only reason they’re voting for her, and not Sanders. Yet, ALL major polls showed that a Sanders-Trump matchup is a SURE Sanders win. I just spoke with a highly intelligent woman. I asked her, “Do you know Hillary is funded by Monsanto, Goldman Sachs, Wal-Mart, Exxon, and the prison industry?” I said, “Do you know how the Clintons are still supporting NAFTA that destroyed American jobs?” Of course she does. But her fear of a Trump presidency scares the hell out of her. 

Here’s what CNN reported just a few days ago.

“Sanders — who enjoys the most positive favorable rating of any presidential candidate in the field, according to the poll — tops all three Republicans by wide margins: 57% to 40% against Cruz, 55% to 43% against Trump, and 53% to 45% against Rubio. Sanders fares better than Clinton in each match-up among men, younger voters and independents.”

Gosh, just read it one more time. “Sanders — who enjoys the most positive favorable rating of any presidential candidate in the field?” Now, are you serious? Well, I guess CNN is, even though CNN’s owner Ted Turner is one of the biggest financial backers for the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Okay, last point.

Talking Point #3. The Minority Vote. — Of course, Bernie Sanders has a problem here. Southern conservative churches will perhaps not openly ask their congregation to vote for a Jew, just the same way back in the sixties, a Catholic named John Kennedy was almost brought down in the primaries by America’s Protestant churches and their pastors. America has a long history of this religious divide. Yet, I have faith in the black and Latino communities. I have worked with them for many years, and I find them simple, sometimes politically biased for their own people of color, but often easy to convince if you talk to them respectfully with solid facts. Some of my best students are black and Hispanic.

And the facts are many. Here’s a quick list of examples.

  1. The 1994 Crimes bill, 1996 NAFTA, and 1996 immigration reform bill — all passed by Bill Clinton were absolutely horrific and destructive both for the black and immigrant communities. Of course, NYT, CNN and big media never talk about them. But can we bring them up now? Is Hillary going to be questioned on them? She has never opposed them. If she becomes the president, will she revoke them all?
  2. Hillary Clinton’s BIGGEST financial and political backers include Monsanto, Goldman Sachs, Exxon, Wal-Mart, and private prison industries. ALL of them have hurt the poor people the most, both in the U.S. and around the world. Do the communities of color know? Can we tell them now? Can we challenge Hillary Clinton on them now?
  3. Of course, we can also talk about the 1996 welfare reform that Bill Clinton passed — one that devastated the black community in places such New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit. Hillary never said sorry for it. Does it mean she supports it?
  4. Unlike Bernie Sanders, Hillary does NOT support a universal health care policy for USA, and she has recently opposed such a policy. She has also opposed global treaties on climate change, treaties that would help the poor and working men, women and children. She has continuously walked a very fine line on TPP too; in fact, before too long, she and her establishment DNC leaders such as Debbie Wassermann Schultz took a pro-TPP position. Does the black community know how devastating TPP is for them? Do the immigrant voters know what it will do for their homeland countries?
  5. Do the communities of color know what Bernie Sanders has done on the above, and also on critically important issues such as Citizens United? Can we let them know?

 

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