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Moving On From the Convention, A Real Cliff Hanger... What Happens Now?

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Moving On From the Convention

A Real Cliff Hanger... What Happens Now?

Casting aside or investigating and prosecuting the tricks and travesties of this political season Bernie Sanders would be the obvious winner in the Democratic Primary. Included in this lineup is the mainstream media, media black-outs, Associated Press, the DNC, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the debate schedule, superdelegates, vote rigging, voter suppression and election fraud, lies about Bernie's successes in Congress, the private email server in the basement of Hillary's home, the Clinton Foundation and most recently 20,000 leaked emails from the DNC undermining Bernie's campaign.

Hillary's rise to power, if not halted by any of the above, will be the biggest heist in United States politics. True Progressives are infuriated at the unmitigated gall of the Democratic political machine to be lying so blatantly to millions of citizens who worked tirelessly for their candidate in this election. The 4-day Democratic National Convention, costing in excess of $84 million, is assisted throughout by mainstream media, painting a picture perfect storybook image of Hillary Clinton.

Bernie Sanders had to have guts and integrity to jump into this election cycle. We learned throughout the primaries, how difficult it is to challenge the status quo of the political hierarchy where corporations and wealthy donors influence elected and appointed officials in power all of whom are reaping the benefits. Bernie's campaign has exposed the magnitude and insidiousness of the Clinton dynasty and all that reinforces it within our current democracy. There is no playbook to follow. This election cycle is in uncharted territory and the voters need an infusion of support from a cadre of people such as the individuals listed at the end of this article, who are not beholden to the political system currently in place.

The Democratic Platform established between Bernie's and Hillary's campaigns, without vigilant watchfulness is destined to be "all talk and no action" if Hillary steps into the White House. Even if the Platform meant something, preliminary discussions may have sounded like they are moving in Bernie's favor but it could have been subterfuge to detract attention from the infuriating conclusion of FBI Director James Comey, in absolving Hillary of any negligence.

Before Hillary selected Tim Kaine, the U.S. Senator from Virginia, as her Vice Presidential running mate, among others, Senator Elizabeth Warren paraded around town as a potential VP, but Warren on the ticket did not hold much promise. Hillary is far from the Progressive candidate that Bernie is and Warren's failure to endorse him speaks volumes about her integrity. Anything Warren could accomplish in Hillary's White House would be counterproductive to everything we thought she believed in and everything Sanders' campaign supporters have been fighting for and funding. Had she stayed out of the fray until the Convention that might have been her salvation.

There are three questions about the primaries, the answers to which could have changed the course of history right up to the Democratic Convention and beyond. The first two involve Bernie's attorney, Brad C. Deutsch, what he did or didn't do and what he could have done. The first question is about election fraud and the second has to do with the impropriety of the media. The third question concerns the superdelegates whose moral compass may be dormant but might still be activated with the help of Bernie's most active supporters.

While incorrectly counting superdelegates' endorsements all along, mainstream media acted inexcusably on June 6th, when the night before 7 critical primaries including California and New Jersey, Hillary was crowned the presumptive nominee. Led by the Associated Press, the media shared their disingenuous calculations with the viewing audience saying the requisite number of previously "uncommitted" superdelegates now had "anonymously" informed them that they would be endorsing Hillary.

Superdelegates' votes, according to Party rules, are meaningless until the Convention and changeable any time up to and during the Convention. The Hillary Victory Fund concocted a convoluted and deceptive fundraising system enabling wealthy donors to contribute exorbitant sums to help candidates up and down the ballot, many of them superdelegates, when in fact the majority of the money went back to Hillary's campaign. This fundraising scheme in actuality created a conflict of interest for the superdelegates. The superdelegates need to be convinced their own integrity is on the line and it is to their benefit and the nation as a whole for them to endorse Bernie.

Brad C. Deutsch, an owner of Garvey Schubert Barer Law, is Bernie's attorney. Deutsch represents "a range of House and Senate candidates, as well as corporations and their political committees." How strong is his commitment to Bernie's campaign? Is there a conflict of interest similar to the situation with Tad Devine, a senior advisor to Bernie 2016?

Back in March, several comments made by Tad Devine, president of Devine, Mulvey and Longabaugh, a Democratic media consulting firm were less than stellar. Devine lost my vote of confidence early on when he shared on national television and in print media, comments about Bernie's potential for winning the nomination. When questioned about whether Sanders would consider being Hillary's running mate on her ticket and the magnitude of Sanders' campaign efforts and results in early states, his remarks put Sanders campaign in a compromised position that had to be dialed back.

Sanders Aide Walks Back VP Comments

As Sander's chief strategist, Tad Devine is described by some as the insider most eager to make peace with the Clinton forces.

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