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During every political campaign for the highest office in our nation, and at one time not long ago the World, we get a lot of failed promises, things the people want to hear, but the person promising them has no intention of attempting to get them once in.

This election cycle, however, is different. Possibly the majority of candidates do not want to bring out they care not about the people, but will only makes things better for their donors, the corporations and special interest groups. Oh that's right, the Supreme Court ruled these piles of legal papers are people and these pieces of paper can filter as much money to those they think will get them the most return on their investment.

Hence, we see one political party, the GOP, citing absolutely nothing in way of ideas they have to better the lives of real breathing people. Instead we see them bickering among themselves about this one doing that and another saying this. One could see similar scenes in any elementary classroom with the topics being somewhat different, but having the same impact on reality.

The other party, having far fewer candidates primarily because that party had already anointed their choice limited the number of opportunities the breathing people would have to hear what the other candidates had to say by scheduling few debates and having them on weekends when fewer people were likely to watch them. They also had the Corporate Media Propagandists (CMP) not only build up their anointed one, but drastically limit what the others were saying. One of those other candidates, Bernie Sanders, was drawing enormous crowds at this speeches, during one weekend at three different locations over 100,000 were seated while thousands of others stood outside unable to get in, yet, there was little or no mention by the CMP.

The other candidate, Martin O'Malley, not only had a sound background, but physically appeared as the most "presidential" if physicality has anything to do with it. The CMP silenced his message as well. Even in the debates he was silenced as he made several negative remarks about the anointed one. Consequently, his campaign never really got off the ground and he has since dropped from contention.

Sanders, however, remains to be a thorn in the side of the anointed one as he definitely shows he is for the breathing people as opposed to those paper ones. His campaign is actually a lesson in Civics 101, a course long ago remove from the curricula. His message is the people should have a single-payer healthcare plan similar to most other major nations in the World. Such a plan would not give every citizen their right to healthcare, but would also be more economical.

The CMP for their part continually bring out how the taxes to the breathing people would have to be raised significantly, as they are in these other nations. They failed, however, to show how, although taxes would be increased the breathing people would actually be monetarily ahead as they would not have insurance premiums or co-payments. Plus drug prices would be drastically reduced as the government would be able to negotiate with BigPharma, something only the insurance companies can do presently as legislators, beholden to these pharmaceutical companies, actually passed a law making it illegal for the government to negotiate prices for their Medicare plan.

He goes on about how our nation has evolved from a democracy to one more related to fascism, where corporations have merged into the government, leaving the breathing people to scramble for a living. The inequalities grow almost daily as the wealthy get richer and the others fall further toward poverty.

He further brings out how this inequality is not merely monetary, but between Whites and Minorities. How not only economically, but socially these groups are discriminated against as our privatized prison system is profiting dearly from having their beds filled, primarily with minorities who have been incarcerated, many on insignificant violations when compared to crimes committed by Wall Street executives, and others in high places, including some politicians.

Although Sanders is seeking to correct the inequalities within our society the CMP, more than likely on the request of the DNC, contest he doesn't care about how Blacks are mistreated.

Excuse me if when Sanders states he looks at equality for all he eliminates Blacks, or women, or Hispanics, or the poor, or the senior citizen, or the 40-something who just lost their job. With Sanders "all" means everybody, every breathing person.

Sanders goes on to propose a free college education for all who qualify. Clinton, attempting to get a piece of that action, says she feels the student needs to have some "skin in the game". To Sanders that "skin" would be working toward the degree they are pursuing plus maintaining the grades in order to successfully complete that degree. Most would have to get jobs in order to cover the costs of books, incidentals, and other living expenses.

A major point of Sanders' vision, and very possibly the reason the "system" and their CMP are fighting, is showing the people how things can be achieved if they get active. This resonates with the younger breathing people as they have the most to lose should they remain passive, merely suffering what is being handed them. This group has goals and Sanders is showing them those dreams can only be attained if one actively goes after them.

It appears, or as the CMP wants us to believe, the group of older breathing people, those 45 years of age and older, see all of this as nothing more than "pie in the sky". Let's be reminded this is the group who have passively sat by, fewer than half of these breathing people actually even go out to vote, as our nation has drifted away from being a democracy to a more fascist nation. They literally sat on their rear quarters, doing little, while they are now seeing their social safety net, social security, Medicare, and more, being taken from them. That is what one gets when they sit passively by.

The younger generation, our sons, daughters, grandchildren, want more, and if we stand up and get active they can achieve it as long as there is a leader who is willing to stand behind them. To have a dream, a hope, is not "pie in the sky". It is having faith in oneself and the willingness to pursue that goal.

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Dennis Kaiser is an author and consultant focusing on individual rights. As a US citizen Dennis is deeply concerned over how our nation has fallen from being productive and full of hope to one where that hope is being stripped from the majority (more...)

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