Bernie Sanders Populist Campaign has missing pieces.
He refuses to talk about murders in Gaza and
Avoidable American Wars of Choice.
Avoidable American Wars of Choice.
“Sanders not only defends military contracts that benefit his constituents in Vermont, he also joined the 100 to 0 vote in the Senate to give unalloyed moral and political support to the state of Israel during its most recent bombing campaign against Gaza.”
Bernie says he is not running against Hillary and will vote for her in November 2016. I believe him.
“We have 11 months and that’s it.
1. Hillary has promised, that given the chance… she intends to attack Iran. Since every intelligence agency on the planet agrees Iran is not developing a bomb, and every historian understands Iran has not attacked anyone in more than 200 years, her statement is reckless and counterproductive.
Iran is backed by Russia and China, both armed with nuclear weapons. We do not need a trigger-happy president at this time, not with World War Three on the table. Hillary demonstrated when serving in the Obama administration she is willing to buck the Pentagon, military intelligence and roll the dice. Her stubborn military aggression in Libya frustrated our allies, alienated former friends, delighted many of our enemies and cost precious resources and American lives.
She is a loose cannon.“
3. “What Hillary Clinton did to Libya is a crime on a scale rivaled only by the crimes of the Bush administration in Iraq – and there is a definite parallel in the methodology of the criminals.”
4. “An argument can easily be made that Bernie’s entry into the contest for the Democratic nomination could be a blessing in disguise for Hillary…”
5. When electing the next leader of the most powerful nation on earth, we need to seriously consider our options. I appreciate Bernie’s socialist stance, but he condones Israeli and American aggression. He has voted to support all of Obama’s military excursions, wherein we are using U. S. troops to enforce corporate ambitions abroad. He is a fan of illegal drone warfare as well.
This is a right-wing conservative platform. There is nothing “progressive” about the status quo. A vote for Bernie is a vote for unending wars where we spend trillions and kill millions for the corporate bottom line.
Do not drink the Kool-Aid.
7. And Warren, who has no traction in any case, supports Israeli bombings which are responsible for needlessly killing thousands of civilians and hundreds of children. Not good judgement.
8. Bernie cannot beat Hillary for the nomination. He crippled his candidacy by running as a Democrat. Besides supporting the Blue Dog war agenda, he said very clearly he WILL support Hillary if she wins the nomination.
“Hillary supports unending wars of choice and would continue the Bush-Obama-Clinton agenda. More war, munitions, bodies, and coffins… from across the globe, for the corporate bottom line and on our dime.”
9. “Sanders “foreign policy positions are to the right of many liberal Democrats. “Sanders voted in favor of George W. Bush’s original Authorization for Use of Military Force resolution that gave the administration a green light to launch the war on Afghanistan. While he did vote against Bush’s invasion of Iraq, he repeatedly supported funding resolutions for both U.S. occupations. He also… supports Israel consistently, even after (the) recent escalations of the slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza.“
Sanders’ backing of U.S. imperialism compromises his support for workers’ rights. For example, Sanders supports the basing of the new
F-35 warplane at Burlington’s airport, despite the fact that the fighter-bomber’s ear-shattering noise made scores of working class housing unsafe for habitation.”
(also the planes, which cost $115 million, are not functional and unnecessary to begin with. Just more profiteering.
LIKE MANY leftists before him, the Democratic Party has co-opted and changed Bernie Sanders, using him to help hinder the development of a genuine alternative to the capitalist parties.”
If what we want is a real leader who will shut down the endless wars, secure the peace, rebuild the nation, repair our schools and make it possible for us to export technology, education and peace instead of munitions, terror and war…
then vote for Jill Stein.
60% of Americans indicate they would support a third party.
So this needs to be said.
And if Jill is allowed to address the nation in the debates, she wins. All she has to do is tell the truth.
Jill Stein on Foreign Policy, Ending the Wars and Rebuilding the Nation
End Israeli apartheid occupations and illegal settlements. (Oct 2012)
Get tough policy has opposite effect of what was intended. (Oct 2012)
End trade embargo and travel ban on Cuba. (May 2012)
Start holding all parties accountable in Israel/Palestine. (Jan 2012)
US should behave as member of world community, no world cop. (Dec 2011)
Bernie refuses to even talk about these issues.
US Presidential Election 2016: Let’s put the cards on the table.:
It is not like this is news.
Hillary Clinton blasts ‘unfair’ world reaction over Gaza, cites
…“Former US secretary of state and potential presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton issued a staunch defense of Israel over its conduct of the war against Hamas, placed full ultimate responsibility on Hamas for the deaths of children and other innocent people, and defended Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s insistence on maintaining security control in the West Bank in the next few years.:
In defending Israeli attacks on Gaza, Bernie Sanders said “you have situation where Hamas is sending missiles into Israel,” adding that those rockets are often originating from populated areas. As members of his audience began to shout out their opposition to his statements, Sanders responded, “Excuse me! Shut up! You don’t have the microphone.”
(Hillary Clinton) is more hawkish than Obama and seems likely to get the US heavily involved in the region again. It is not clear that she would actually do anything about continued illegal Israeli squatting on Occupied Palestinian land.
Clinton’s comments, along with those of ex-CIA and Pentagon head Leon Panetta—”I think we’re looking at kind of a 30-year war”—show that “any doubts about whether Endless War – literally – is official American doctrine should be permanently erased,” Glenn Greenwald writes at The Intercept.
The attack on Kosovo is hardly the extent of (Bernie) Sanders‘ hawkishness. While it’s true he voted against the Iraq War, he also voted in favor of authorizing funds for that war and the one in Afghanistan. More recently, he voted in favor of a $1 billion aid package for the coup government Ukraine and supported Israel’s assault on Gaza.
Dr. Jill Stein has better ideas: a plan to secure the peace and turn the ship of state:
“Our Power to the People Plan lays out these solutions in a blueprint to move our economy from the greed and exploitation of corporate capitalism to a human-centered system that puts people, planet and peace over profit. This plan would end unemployment and poverty; avert climate catastrophe; build a sustainable, just economy; and recognize the dignity and human rights of everyone in our society.
The plan affirms that we have the power to take our future back:”
We have the power to provide to a living-wage job and workers rights for every American.
We have the power to end poverty and guarantee economic human rights.
We have the power to make health-care a human right through an improved Medicare for All system.
We have the power to create a just economy.
We have the power to protect Mother Earth.
We have the power to end institutional racism, police brutality and mass incarceration.
We have the power to restore our Constitutional rights.
We have the power to end our wars of aggression, close foreign bases and cut military expenditures 50%
We have the power to empower the people.”
The Republican sheepdog is Trump and the Democratic sheepdog is Sanders. We do not need a dog and pony show, we need a leader who is committed to securing the peace and shutting down corporate wars of choice which cost trillions to kill millions while creating new enemies and undermining jobs and infrastructure at home.
We can shine with Stein.
“If you are tired of wage theft, slave labor and working poverty… abandon the corporate cons and war-profiteers who have brought us twenty seven unnecessary wars, joblessness, and recession while sacrificing the peace to please munitions contractors. It is time to stand firm.”
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