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If you were watching -- or listening -- to the mainstream media early this morning, you heard a collective gasp as the overnight poll numbers tumbled in, revealing Bernie Sanders with a 30-point lead over Clinton in New Hampshire. You could almost hear them slapping themselves on the forehead, realizing that there was another anti-establishment movement brewing in America, from the other side of the political spectrum. And the two candidates that are drawing these huge populist crowds both eschew corporate cash.

While Trump is sucking up all the oxygen in the media machine, Bernie is quietly drawing his own record-setting crowds. Unlike Trump, however, Bernie is no billionaire. His campaign is funded by the people. Lots of people, making $10 and $25 individual contributions. This also sets him miles apart from Hillary Clinton, the presumed Democratic nominee, who has been forced to face the painful truth that she's firmly stitched in the satin-lined pocket of corporate America.

Watch her handlers squirm when Bernie points out the $600,000 she took from Goldman Sachs in speaking fees last year. What can they say? Not only is it true, the vast majority of her funding comes from banksters and corporate pirates. She speaks to small groups of locals while Bernie packs stadiums. Even in Alabama. Think about that -- Alabama. Thousands braved frigid temperatures to see Bernie speak in Sweet Home Alabama. And not a single person was tossed out by hired goons because they didn't agree with Bernie's message.

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Yes, it's been a hoot watching the telescreens today. Watching that vapid vampire Sarah Palin blame Obama for the fact that her son Track beats up his girlfriend. If Palin got a yeast infection, somehow it would be Obama's fault. Lousy Affordable Care Act.

This media cycle has been great fun, but that in itself generates its own concern. Can it be true that Americans have finally roused to the realization that neither political party has their best interest at heart? Does the popularity of Trump and Bernie really mean that their off-the-reservation messages are resonating with the American people? Or, is it simply that these guys are highly entertaining, while Hillary, Jeb, Cruz and the like are boring us to tears?

Has our culture declined to the point that we simply MUST be entertained at all times, and the fact is that Bernie and Trump put on the bigger, better show? And wouldn't a Bernie-Trump showdown be something to see? Oooh -- the ratings! The commercial revenue! The merchandise tie-ins!

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Pop the popcorn, or release the lions, whatever.

Maybe Roger Waters said it best: "The species has amused itself to death."

 

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