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"Color" Revolution USA

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Which brings us to Bernie Sanders, whose impressive standing in the polls suddenly and dramatically collapsed, for no discernible good reason, coincident with the entrance of Joe Biden to the race. Sanders came from obscurity in 2016 to win 40 percent of the vote against Hillary Clinton and the whole corporate Democratic machinery. He is the only candidate with a real mass following. Medicare for All, free public college and a higher minimum wage are so closely identified with Sanders, they're near-signature issues. Except for a less-than-stellar performance at a "She the People" event in Houston, where he was clearly ambushed by black corporate operatives, the campaign was rolling along nicely. It was expected that Joe Biden would move up a few points from his already lead position, after his formal announcement last week. But a fivethirtyeight.com graph of CNN, Harris, Morning Consult and Quinnipiac polls shows Biden with a "bump" of 11, 4, 6 and 9 percent, respectively, while Sanders is down 4, 2, 2 and 8 percent. According to the CNN numbers, Biden is now favored by 39 percent of Democratic voters, with Sanders at 15 percent. (Warren, Buttigieg, O'Rourke and Harris were favored by 8, 7, 6 and 5 percent of the public, respectively, with the rest of the field garnering 2 percent or less.) Sanders was near neck and neck with Biden only two weeks ago. Nothing has occurred that would account for such a drop in his poll numbers.

"According to the CNN numbers, Biden is now favored by 39 percent of Democratic voters, with Sanders at 15 percent."

I think the game is rigged by the same forces that are trying to rig the public conversation about Medicare for All. As FAIR reports, the whole of corporate media - anti- and pro-Trump - is arrayed against single-payer health care. CNN claims "most Americans" do not want Medicare for All, the New York Times advises its readers not to "get too excited about" Medicare for All because it might lose doctors money. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel called Sanders' bill a "preposterous proposal," while the Wall Street Journal called Medicare for All a "false promise" and "too fragile." Yahoo says the idea is "politically impractical," The Atlantic calls it "fool's gold," Fox News sneers that Medicare for All is a "populist bromide."

I don't expect the corporate powers-that-be in media and the Democratic Party to have any more scruples about derailing Bernie Sanders and burying the supermajority-supported issues he represents, than they have shown in their "coverage" of Venezuela over the past 20 years. Class war is never fair, because the ruling class knows that it is tiny, and democracy is a mortal enemy they are obligated to subvert. I think the 2020 Democratic presidential primary is going to be played by the same rules as those that mark U.S. behavior in its Latin American "backyard." The ruling class will try to mount a domestic "color revolution" mimicking a grassroots upwelling, complete with conjured data and a media chorus in support of their trusted candidate -- maybe Biden, maybe not. Anybody but Bernie.

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It's telling how Twitter and others are perfectly fine with Rubio and the rest of the pack freely using social media to incite violence (against Venezuela's government and people), while "ordinary" people are losing their accounts, right, left and center, to dubious calls of "fake news", "inauthentic behaviour" or "hate speech".

So much corporate-state criminal collusion is being allowed to flourish right in our faces.

Those who insist on contributing to the power of things like Facebook, Google, and Twitter by continuing to use them, should in the very least, consider bombarding these services with complaints about the government's blatant abuse of their social networks.

If it's not okay for you to incite violence against anyone, why should it be permitted to have your government doing it??

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DA, I cant help but try to integrate/interpret your other life before your rebirth.

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How about this color revolution?


The Red White and Blue Color Revolution


Feel me? Activism not reactivism.

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Ah, sweet memories of life still functioning(/)

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Years ago massive chaos exploded on me from what started calling THE-MEDIA-RIGHT-STORM descending out of the TV oozing across our living room floors. More than just a tool of the Government and industry too, which now has all sides throwing stones from glass houses at everyone. This is way out there but long for the days of Daniel 12:3 when those with insight are given control of the TV and shine brightly speaking of these latter days being about building a brotherhood of mankind learning to share this melting pot we have been thrown down to and are riding back home on.


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Great article. I have felt for years (and I think a lot of other people do too) that polls have turned into a tool to eliminate candidates by telling the public that their prefereed candidate is so far behind they are "throwing their vote away". I remember telling a conservative friend of mine who mocked my vote for a third candidate, that if people would stop listening to the media and vote their conscious they could bring a third candidate to office. He laughed and said,"Well let me know how that's working out for you." This is a type of psychological warfare and the media had to start misrepresenting the polls because grass roots support for "outliers" was getting dangerously close to coming to fruition. All the sheep who told me they vored for Trump or Hillary only because they were the "lesser of two evils" I reminddd them there was a third candidate. When Trump won I asked my conservative friend, who also made this lesser of two evils arguments, if he really wanted Donald Trump for President. He said he did not but didn't have a choice. I told him he did and he got angry and snapped that third party candidates can't win. I told him it is shameful for people to cling to the "safe option" and that history is full of brave people who actually had to die To change there system of government and we all we have to to is vote and we if we can't even muster the courage to do that, maybe we deserve the government we get.

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Hello Glen, you wrote that "the First Black President and his entire administration pretended that the United States was not in intimate alliance with al Qaida in Libya and Syria - a non-secret known even to the dumb-ass Donald Trump." However, even you have been misinformed that Barack Obama was the First Black President but in fact, was the First Muslim-American President. However, you are correct in that the national news media provides misinformation in that they did not reveal that Obama was not African but a Muslim-American. Most Americans have been lead to believe Obama was an African when in fact his ancestry is Arabic and his family comes from a long line of Muslims. His family dedicated to the Islamic religion, as a child he was instructed to read and learn the Qur'an.

It should be no surprise that Obama supported al Qaida terrorism in Libya and Syria because he facilitated 150 billion dollars for the Obama-Iran Nuclear Deal. But to portray his leaning to favor Islam as a religion, two weeks after the deaths of four Americans by Islamic terrorists in Benghazi, on September 25, 2012, Obama announced a threat to world members in the United Nations General Assembly by stating,

"The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam."

As one carefully reads the above threat, one deduces that these are the words of a powerful Muslim leader - not the President of the United States.

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Hello Michele, do not give up on voting for the candidate you believe in. I believe that the American people can be fooled by the national media, but for the most part, they get it right for voting for the person that they feel can lead America. We have that president today. But the media has successfully convinced many Americans that Donald Trump is a dope and biased against minorities. I was being kind for they use disgraceful words for the President of the United States. However, people with common sense trust President Trump because he "tells it like it is" and most of all, loves the American people and America.

Funny but sad, Trump is not given credit for raising the quality of life for most Americans at all income levels. He did what Barack Obama said was not possible, which is to bring back blue-collar jobs, the steel industry needed to build our defense, and stimulated oil and coal production for energy independence. But I can go on with the solid statistics of higher GDP, higher salaries, increased jobs, and smart negotiating for reciprocal tariffs. Yes, President Trump is so smart as a business man that Democrats are defensive by calling him a dope. In reality, Democrats do not have a candidate that matches Trump's business acumen and intellect. In Ripley's to be Believe It or Not, he may be the greatest president this country has ever known. Democrats have a lot to ponder about how the hell can they remove him from office? They have to play dirty just as Hillary Clinton did with a fake dossier being processed by a handful of bigoted FBI and CIA personnel.

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