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In the bad tradition of John Kerry and Al Gore, Bernie Sanders dummies up about election theft

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Why is Bernie still refusing to say anything at all re: his unlikeliest "defeats" in this election cycle -- in Iowa, Massachusetts and elsewhere? If he thinks doing so would make him "a sore loser," he hasn't read today's NYTimes, which has already gleefully (and illiterately) depicted him as "an aggrieved outsider" for blaming various other "factors"everything except election theft -- for his improbable "decline" against the ludicrous Joe Biden. (See below.) So if his muteness on the all-important subject of our rotten voting system is his effort not to seem unsportingly "aggrieved," he should ungag himself ASAP, because that effort is a failure -- and American democracy will be absolutely fucked beyond salvation if he doesn't do the right thing and speak up at last, as Jill Stein (very bravely) did last time.

Let me be still more blunt about the man whom I've supported all along (with some misgivings): Bernie's failure to say anything about that crucial subject is especially contemptible because one "factor" that he has now "cited" is the failure of "young voters" to turn out for him. "Let me tell you the bad news, to be honest with you: young people vote at much lower rates than older people," he told a young crowd in St. Louis Monday morning. "All right? That is the facts [sic]. I hope all of the old people vote, that's great, but I want young people to vote at the same rates."

So how does Bernie know that those young people have stayed home? How does he know that many of them didn't try to vote, didn't have their votes erased, flipped, or fractionalized? Does his campaign know nothing of the tricks and tactics that were used to steal the Democratic nomination four years ago, and that are evidently being used again? If they and he don't know, they're either ignorant, or -- in denial -- or playing their part in the pro wrestling spectacle that is "American democracy" today.

We know that they're not ignorant, because a lot of activists have clued them in, with rising desperation; and it's unlikely that the man and his campaign are in denial vis-a-vis election theft, since Bernie is a seasoned politician, and election theft is plenty older than himself. This leaves the chilling possibility that Bernie -- like John Kerry in '04 -- is only playing the role of challenger, and will step back once Biden stumbles to the-fore, or (take a sip of dramamine) when Hillary rides her broomstick to the rescue; and when Joe and/or Hillary, or maybe Liz, steps in to save "the center" from the rest of us, he -- Bernie -- will surrender to "reality," and help the Democrats deliver the United States from Orange Julius.

Of course, it's possible that Bernie won't cave in like that, but would respond by doing something arguably cool like making a third-party bid, with Tulsi at his side. That would be cool -- if the USA had a legitimate voting system (like in Venezuela). Since We the People don't have such a system, no third party can do anything but help "elect" whichever of the "choices" on the menu the election gremlins, and their masters, have decided on, and then that theft, however flagrant, will be handily "explained" as the result of that third party having hurt the "losing" candidate (as Nader has been wrathfully -- and wrongly -- blamed for Al Gore's losing Florida back in 2000).

And so -- again -- we need to reaffirm our right to vote, and to have our votes all counted fairly and transparently, before we can get anywhere but here.

 

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Mark's new book, Loser Take All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of Democracy, 2000-2008, a collection 14 essays on Bush/Cheney's election fraud since (and including) 2000, is just out, from Ig Publishing. He is also the author of Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform, which is now out in paperback (more...)
 
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"This leaves the chilling possibility that Bernie -- like John Kerry in '04 -- is only playing the role of challenger, and will step back once Biden stumbles to the-fore, or (take a sip of dramamine) when Hillary rides her broomstick to the rescue; and when Joe and/or Hillary, or maybe Liz, steps in to save "the center" from the rest of us, he -- Bernie -- will surrender to "reality," and help the Democrats deliver the United States from Orange Julius."

It's not a "chilling possibility", he's said that that's what he will do! Michael Moore says that he will support whoever the candidate is, adding in consolation that the Biden campaign will get him elected by picking Michelle Obama as his VP, or maybe Kamala Harris. But I can't help feeling it will be (gasp!) Hillary Clinton.

Michael Moore dwells how much Sanders campaigned for Hillary after she stole the nomination, as if it's one of Sanders' greatest virtues, but it doesn't somehow give me that warm feeling for him, but rather leaves me feeling like I'm being played by the Pied Piper.

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It looked in 2016 like Bernie was taking a fall, playing knocked out to rig a fight. This time it is even more obvious. The way it looks to me, Bernie wanted to preach his liberal message, with never a thought that he might be allowed to win. The DNC made its obvious move during California in '16, and this year a one-two, Iowa-Super Tuesday and Bernie dropped, thanking the DNC for his time at the microphone. He knew he was sucking all the progressive energy into a dead end. He shunned the only other non MIC candidate, Gabbard. Bernie has never stood up for a friend, more like stabbed her in the back.

Kiss off that old Judas Goat.

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Of course, the problem is always that if it's not a Democrat, it's Trump. My wife supports Bernie, but, just like Michael Moore, if Biden "wins" the nomination, she'll vote for him rather than have Trump elected. And I might, too! I mean, what else is there to do. And if you're going to "hold your nose" and vote for Biden, hell, why not actively support him? What's the difference.

One way around it is to decide that 4 more years of Trump will not make that much difference, and it's better to stand for something that makes sense. But some of that feeling, for me anyway, is based on thinking that if I take a principled stand now, it will be fueling a better future. But what are the odds that there will ever be a successful third party here, much less that a losing Democratic party would next time go for a radical choice because their "safe" choice lost? So many people just figure it's better to have a crumby Democrat than a crumbier Republican. It's really a terrible situation with no answer that I see.

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And another thing, are you suggesting, by saying "taking a fall", that Sanders from the start was not sincere in wanting to be President but was just playing a role to suck progressives into the Democratic orbit? Maybe you didn't mean that at all, but Miller suggests that: "this leaves the chilling possibility that Bernie -- like John Kerry in '04 -- is only playing the role of challenger...". But I don't believe that. The two times he's run, I feel like he's given it his best shot and that he really wants the things he says he wants and that he thinks he has a reasonable chance of becoming the candidate. And each time he's said in front that he will gladly support whoever the candidate turns out to be. So I don't think he's lying about all that. He won't try to cripple Biden because, if Biden becomes the candidate, he wants Biden to beat Trump, even though Biden has no such scruples when it comes to being willing to wound Sanders.

On the other hand, he has some important weaknesses. He sure didn't stick up for Tulsi, although "stabbing her in the back" seems a bit strong. He is "anti-war", but won't call out the clear-as-the-nose-on-your-face American imperialism trying to dominate everything on earth. What it comes down to, in my mind, is that he has strong principles when it comes to promoting his program for the working class, but doesn't necessarily have strong principles, at least not the ones I'd like to see, in other areas, even though, again in my mind, those principles might be the ones he'd need to put his programs into effect.

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Yes, I am saying he knew he would fold near the end. He had no intention of trying to be president. Either time. He could have been president if he wanted and he could have beaten Trump. But he would rather let the DNC keep the status quo. He gotta know that by taking the fall, he is letting lightning rod Trump get reelected. Smart but not brave. Check out the "Tulsi's UBI plan" video on Jimmy Dore. Pay good attention at about 16 minutes in to see the effect of the Sanders sticking his knife in her back.

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Kiss off the democrats too.

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"We know they [Sanders et. al.] are not ignorant, because a lot of activists have clued them in," you say. That's a serious double assertion, (1) that votes are being stolen from Bernie, and (2) that he knows it but chooses to look the other way and blame his young supporters instead for supposedly not showing up to vote. You need to substantiate these charges by providing your evidence, or at least tell us your sources so that we can evaluate them ourselves. I feel I''m supposed to react with indignation, all-the-while being left in the dark.

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Lee Camp gives good evidence and analysis here. Bernie knew he would get cheated here and he knows our machines and elections are fixed. He has been in on the game all along. Neither party wants change because they both game the corrupt system.

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Thank you, Chuck.That's very helpful. I knew that the "moderate" arm of the party would do their utmost to sabotage Bernie again. They've been pretty open about that. But I had not come across a convincing explanation for exactly how they were cheating him (and more importantly, how they were cheating the voters). But as you say, Lee Camp lays it out in clear detail. Since these are criminal acts, I also wonder how they' get away with it, as they did in 2016. After thinking about the underhanded methods revealed by Camp, I can see that election fraud is rather like hate crime in the sense that it must be exceedingly hard to prove. People disguise their motives. On the other hand, I should think that the Democratic party conspirators could be caught and prosecuted if investigators seriously pursued it, because there are so many people who have to be communicating with each other and thus leaving a trail of notes, emails, etc., like Nixon's tapes. But then again, any federal agency with authority to investigate this is likely to be under the control of the deep state, n'est-ce pas? You see, I'm still searching for answers, and I welcome any and all insights that you or your readers might share.

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Odds Hillary Won Without Widespread Fraud: 1 in 77 Billion Says Berkeley, Stanford Studies

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"Standford University researcher Rodolfo Cortes Barragan to a subset of the data found that the probability of the "huge discrepancies" of which "nearly all are in favor of Hillary Clinton by a huge margin" was "statistically impossible" and that "the probability of this this happening was is 1 in 77 billion".

"Namely that Hillary's win was could have only been possible a result of widespread election fraud."

" the data found that the probability of the "huge discrepancies" of which "nearly all are in favor of Hillary Clinton by a huge margin" was "statistically impossible" and that "the probability of this this happening was is 1 in 77 billion".

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I know about this study, and Bernie would, too.

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Just to be clear, this study was about Hillary "winning" the Democratic nomination.

It's good to know this was thoroughly investigated, although many of us who paid close attention to the NY Primary knew that Hillary was stealing votes pretty early on.

I can understand how Bernie might know all these things and still hold out for things to right themselves. Ultimately, the law of karma brings balance, and good must triumph over evil, that is a law of nature, although it is often impossible to guess at the timing. I think Bernie is banking on karmic return -- he knows he is a moral candidate, much more ethical than 99% of other politicians, and eventually the pendulum must swing back. And I believe that too, although timing is a mystery--

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