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Opinion: Bernie Sander’s Broken Promises

Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In an effort to win the primary in New York city, Bernie Sanders has apparently abandoned his promise to conduct a campaign based upon issues and to not engage in personal attacks against his opponent, Hillary Clinton. The promise was broken when one of his surrogates, implied that Hillary is a “corporate whore”. His attacks against her appear to be without merit – especially the one which accuses her of somehow being influenced by big money corporations such as Goldman Sachs.  However, during their last debate, when asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer to name just one instance in which Hillary Clinton was influenced by big money donations  in any of her decisions while she was in office as senator of Secretary of State, he failed to cite just one. And in response to his inability to do so – Hillary Clinton said: “He can’t – because there isn’t any.”   But he continues to imply that there is something – despite not  having any concrete proof and when asked specifically – he has nothing to say.Hillary and Bernie debate

Now, in yet another attempt to smear her and her campaign, he has falsely accused her of violating election campaign laws – this despite the fact that the money raised at the Clooney dinner is not for Hillary – but for down-ticket Democratic candidates and their campaign.  As Clooney stated – the purpose is to support down -ticket candidates so that Democrats can win back the house – and overturn ‘Citizens United’ and get more liberal justices on the United States Supreme Court. The money does not go to the Hillary Clinton campaign. The facts are that at the onset of both campaigns – both candidates agreed to do this – something which has always been done.  Now he falsely accuses her of violating campaign laws – notably a few days before the New York primary. (No coincidence there.)  This is something which he could have done as well – but has chosen not to – apparently because he is not a Democrat – and something he also agreed to do as a Democratic presidential candidate.  He apparently decided to get in one last smear – despite it being a factual misrepresentation – just in time for the New York primary.

It is said that those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Sanders’ campaign is being investigated by the FEC ( Federal Election Committee ) due to donors giving donations over the allowed amount directly to his campaign. There is also the allegation that donations are coming from individuals in other countries who are not American citizens – a clear violation of federal election rules.

Sanders has no problem, apparently, with destroying a party of which he has never been a member. Bringing forth false allegations and other smears by himself as well as his surrogates and supporters all indeed point to Sander’s broken promise to run a clean campaign based solely upon the issues. The integrity of which he and others once boasted is now but a memory, and provides a plausible answer to the question as to  why so many Democrats refuse to support him , despite all of his years in congress . The answer to that questions is perhaps,  this is the side of Bernie Sanders which they knew about all along.  The nastiness and the smears by Sanders and his campaign are signs of desperation of a  losing campaign.  His campaign and the media point to the huge turnout of supporters – but it is rumored that there are many within those crowds are traveling from all over in order to give the appearance of massive support in a given locality.

Bernie selling his soul and principles for a primary victory is a sad sight to witness – but hopefully the damage he is doing will be short-lived and the Democrats will move forward to victory in the fall with Hillary Clinton.

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Opinion: Should Bernie Sanders Get The ‘Black’ Vote?

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

African-Americans, first of all, are not monolithic, and there are numerous issues other than those based upon race which affect African-Americans. Bernie Sanders should not get the votes of African-Americans, due in large part to his view that racism would be solved by economic equality. That is an absurd and ludicrous response.  Tell that to the African-American doctor who gets pulled over by police for no reason or someone like Chris Rock who has taken to Twitter because of being pulled over by police on so many occasions. It is safe to say that affluent African-Americans and professional African-Americans would be hard pressed to understand exactly what he is talking about. After all, they are doing quite well economically. Sandra Bland was on her way to a new job when she was stopped and harassed by an alleged racist cop and later ended up dead in her cell, as have many other African-American women.  Trayvon Martin was about to enter college.  It is clear that Bernie Sanders has no clue and merely parrots what he has been told by staffers. Sanders is a smart man – and apparently a quick study as to statistics, and saying what Hillary Clinton has been saying since day one, but the statistic quotes sound empty – devoid of any real knowledge as to what is going on in America today.

One of his advisers is former Ohio state senator, Nina Turner. Ms. Turner was initially a supporter of Hillary Clinton, but switched to Sanders. One has to wonder if her switch was due to not having a prominent role in the Clinton campaign, or perhaps she saw him flounder on issues of race and truly wanted to help him. However, her rhetoric is recognizable in Bernie’s comments and sudden knowledge as to issues which impact African-Americans. He is still the ‘new kid on the block‘ and having been the senator from a predominately White constituency he cannot possibly know what he needs to know without help. He would be more credible if indeed he had spoken out on these issues over the years while he has been senator. He has not.  As he is learning, it is clear that he cares, but he has zero experience in dealing with these issues, while Hillary Clinton has been outspoken on these issues for as long as he has been in the senate.

To be clear – Bernie is not a racist. Yes he cares about all of these things – but his speeches and comments are basically repeating everything that Hillary has already said.  Repeating statistics are not enough – African-Americans already know the statistics – they live those statistics every single day. The statistics of lives being ruined because of being railroaded into prison has nothing to do with economics at all – because many of the lives that were ruined were of African-Americans who were living decent lives until they were falsely accused and wrongfully convicted and it had nothing to do with economics. One need only read the public files of the Innocence Project regarding those who have been exonerated of the crime for which they were convicted and did not commit.  True – some could not afford the best attorneys – but the issue is that they should never have been charged in the first place – not what happened after that time.  Being shot in the back eight times while running away has nothing to do with income inequality, but more with the hatred and reckless ,immoral disregard for life of the officer holding the gun.  The learning curve for Sanders is pretty high at this point. And he first has to admit that racism will not be resolved and eradicated  upon economic equality.

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