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Bernie Sanders beats them all in general election polls released yesterday. If the general election were held today, Clinton would lose to every Republican candidate, except Donald Trump. A Fox News poll shows Clinton defeating Trump by five points. Sander’s on the other hand, wipes Trump out by fifteen points, and defeats every Republican candidate.

Hillary’s financial ties to Wall Street, and her bad habit of habitually lying, most likely account for her poor showing. Trump has made some outrageous claims, such as being able to force the government of Mexico to pay for the building of a border Wall. Feuding with Pope Francis perhaps hasn’t helped him either. Perhaps that is why he polls so badly, compared to the other Republican candidates. On the other hand, Trump is not so far in the polls behind Clinton. He’s almost within any margin of error.

No doubt, the voters of both major political parties aren’t happy with the direction of the nation, and the corruption at the top of both parties. That’s probably why Sanders is catching up to Clinton in a few national polls, and why Trump is leading the Republican pack.

Yesterday’s general election poll numbers are below.

Trump vs. Clinton FOX News Clinton 47, Trump 42 Clinton +5

Cruz vs. Clinton FOX News Cruz 46, Clinton 45 Cruz +1

Rubio vs. Clinton FOX News Rubio 48, Clinton 44 Rubio +4

Bush vs. Clinton FOX News Clinton 45, Bush 46 Bush +1

Kasich vs. Clinton FOX News Kasich 47, Clinton 44 Kasich +3

Trump vs. Sanders FOX News Sanders 53, Trump 38 Sanders +15

Trump vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 44, Trump 43 Clinton +1

Cruz vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Cruz 46, Clinton 43 Cruz +3

Rubio vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Rubio 48, Clinton 41 Rubio +7

Kasich vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Kasich 47, Clinton 39 Kasich +8

Bush vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 43, Bush 44 Bush +1

Trump vs. Sanders Quinnipiac Sanders 48, Trump 42 Sanders +6

Cruz vs. Sanders Quinnipiac Sanders 49, Cruz 39 Sanders+10

Rubio vs. Sanders Quinnipiac Sanders 47, Rubio 41 Sanders +6

Kasich vs. Sanders Quinnipiac Sanders 45, Kasich 41 Sanders +4

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Praise for Bernie is what Cornell West had in a recent interview with Politico magazine. In it, he excoriated Hillary for her ties to Wall Street.

According to a CNN report, Hillary and Bill gave 729 speeches from February 2001 until May 2015. The two got an average payday of $210,795 for each address. Bill and Hillary also reported at least $7.7 million for at least 39 speeches to big banks, including Goldman Sachs and UBS, with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic 2016 front-runner, collecting at least $1.8 million for at least eight speeches to big banks.

Among Professor’s West observations:

“With Obama’s departure from the White House, we shall see clearly where black America stands in relation to (Martin Luther) King’s legacy. Will voters put a smile on Martin’s face? It’s clear how we can do it. King smiles at Sanders’ deep integrity and genuine conviction, while he weeps at the Clinton machine’s crass opportunism and the inequality and injustice it breeds.

“…when it comes to advancing Dr. King’s legacy, a vote for Clinton not only falls far short of the mark; it prevents us from giving new life to King’s legacy. Instead, it is Sanders who has championed that legacy in word and in deed for 50 years. This election is not a mere campaign; it is a crusade to resurrect democracy—King-style—in our time. In 2016, Sanders is the one leading that crusade.”

King was leading the poor people’s campaign at the time of his death. Sander’s has been leading the charge for middle class, poor class, and racial equality for fifty years, while the Clinton’s have been collecting millions of dollars of speaking fees from Goldman Sachs.

West goes on:

“The Clintons’ neoliberal economic policies—principally, the repeal of the Glass-Steagall banking legislation, apparently under the influence of Wall Street’s money—have also hurt King’s cause. The Clinton Machine—celebrated by the centrist wing of the Democratic Party, white and black—did produce economic growth. But it came at the expense of poor people (more hopeless and prison-bound) and working people (also decimated by the Clinton-sponsored North American Free Trade Agreement).

“It’s no accident that Goldman Sachs paid Hillary Clinton $675,000 for a mere three speeches in 2013, or that the firm has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to her campaigns or that, in total, it has paid her and her husband more than $150 million in speaking fees since 2001. This is the same Goldman Sachs that engaged in predatory lending of sub-prime mortgages that collapsed in 2008, disproportionately hurting black Americans.”

In other words, Wall Street owns Hillary and Bill as much or more than it owns the Republican party stalwarts, such as Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Mitch McConnell and Orrin Hatch.

For the rest of the story: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/02/bernie-sanders-african-americans-cornel-west-hillary-clinton-213627#ixzz40Ygf3Q5Z

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Wall Street investment bank CEOs, and their presidential apprentice, Hillary Rodham Clinton, want us not to focus on issues that are important to the vast majority of US citizens. This happens to be the many issues Bernie Sanders is focusing on, such as income inequality, government corruption, increasing social security, bad trade deals, free college education, profitable wars we were lied into, the crimes of Wall Street executives, and a lot more. These things all have one thing in common; they’re a sleazy way that Wall Street investment banks have managed to redistribute trillions of dollars from the 99 to the 1 percent. Hillary seems to be on Wall Street’s side of these issues, which makes Hillary a one issue candidate.

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Donald Trump told some honest truths, and the Republican Party finally closed ranks to attack him for it.

Trump said George W. Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction. “They lied,” Trump truthfully said. “They said there were weapons of mass destruction. There were none, and they knew there were none.”

Trump said that invading Iraq was a mistake, that the country was lied into invading Iraq by the Bush administration, and that the claim that Bush kept the country safe from terrorism is ridiculous because 9/11 happened on his watch. We cannot, of course, forget about the terrorist anthrax attacks that terrorized the nation for months after 9-11, and which directly led to the passage of Homeland Security, which is why so many people think the government was behind both 9-11 and the anthrax attacks.

It was a bizarre and telling moment, in which the battered forces of the Republican establishment finally picked themselves up off the floor specifically in order to defend some of its least-defensible conduct of the 21st Century.

Trump lit into George W. Bush on national security.

“While Donald Trump was building a reality TV show,” Jeb Bush retorted, “my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us safe. And I’m proud of what he did.”

Then Trump cut in with his uppercut: “The World Trade Center came down during your brother’s reign. Remember that?”

A chorus of boos echoed forth from the crowd packed with establishment Republicans by the state party. Even better for Bush, Marco “I am a programmed robot” Rubio backed him up with lies.

“I just want to say, at least on behalf of me and my family, I thank God all the time it was George W. Bush in the white house on 9/11, and not Al Gore.” According to Rubio, the president to blame for 9/11 was not the president who was in office on 9/11, it was the guy who left office nine months earlier. “The World Trade Center came down because Bill Clinton didn’t kill Osama bin Laden when he had the chance to kill him.”

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The audience loved this, and were mightily displeased when Trump observed: “George Bush had the chance, also, and he didn’t listen to the advice of his C.I.A.”

The strange thing is that after months of watching Trump say things that are racist, absurd, patently false, or all three at once, the Republican Party establishment decided to go after him for saying honest things.

George W. Bush clearly was in office on 9/11. Repeated invocations of the notion that he “kept us safe” have managed to make this a controversial claim, but it is true. He was inaugurated in January, and was serving as president on the morning of 9/11 when the terrorist attack momentarily interrupted his reading of My Pet Goat. For months Bush had received repeated warnings about al-Qaeda plots against the United States, and refused to meet with Richard Clarke, his counter terrorism chief, who sent him warning after warning. In addition, Bush received warnings throughout the spring and summer of 2001 during each one of his daily presidential briefings. He decided to ignore them, which is another one of the reasons why tens of millions of Americans think 9-11 was an inside job. Nobody could be that stupid, corrupt or careless with national security. Well, okay, maybe George W. Bush could’ve been.

Bush was given a plan to tackle al-Qaeda and the Taliban that he rejected as a holdover from the Clinton administration and a distraction from bigger problems, like improving his golf swing.

On September 6, 2001, an aide handed Bush a CIA report titled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in United States.” What did he do with it? He likely never read it. National security was that important to him.

“By Trump standards — this is a man, after all, who claims he can make Mexico pay for the construction of thousands of miles of border wall — these arguments are tame. Indeed, almost banal. For months now, Republicans have wondered how Trump could be winning by claiming up was down. But this was exactly how they won in their mid-aughts heyday — slamming decorated war hero John Kerry for cowardice, claiming to have kept the country safe while presiding over the worst attack in American history, and responding by invading an unrelated country in order to dismantle a nuclear weapons program that didn’t exist.”

Love him or hate him, Trump has been waging an absolutely brilliant campaign to attract Republican voters, many of whom are tired of the Wall Street/Big Oil Republican Party establishment as much as Democratic voters are disgusted with the Wall Street Democratic Party establishment. After the debate, Bush’s poll numbers in South Carolina dropped to as low as 6 percent, while Trump’s numbers stayed the same in a few cases, but in others, they went up.

Bush was considered a threat to Trump in South Carolina, but that appears to be unlikely now that Trump has tarnished the Bush name with honest criticism.

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Supreme Court Justices

On Facebook on February 14, US Senator Elizabeth Warren demolished the arguments of Wall Street/Big Oil Senator Mitch McConnell that President Obama should wait for the next president to fill Antonin Scalia’s vacate seat.

Warren wrote,

“The sudden death of Justice Scalia creates an immediate vacancy on the most important court in the United States.

Senator McConnell is right that the American people should have a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court justice. In fact, they did — when President Obama won the 2012 election by five million votes.

Article II Section 2 of the Constitution says the President of the United States nominates justices to the Supreme Court, with the advice and consent of the Senate. I can’t find a clause that says “…except when there’s a year left in the term of a Democratic President.”

Senate Republicans took an oath just like Senate Democrats did. Abandoning the duties they swore to uphold would threaten both the Constitution and our democracy itself. It would also prove that all the Republican talk about loving the Constitution is just that — empty talk.”

McConnell, by the way, voted to confirm a Supreme Court nominee, Anthony Kennedy on February 3 1987, during the last year of the reign of President Ronald Reagan, making McConnell nothing more than a blathering, ideological, Big Oil, hypocrite.

We can also understand something about this process, thanks to McConnell. Political ideology and political connections, such as those that Scalia had with the Koch Brothers, are a significant, and perhaps, only factor, when it comes to selecting a Supreme Court nominee by McConnell.

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Bernie Sanders is in trouble. 700+ super delegates of the Democratic Party Wall Street establishment, who arbitrarily give their votes to whomever, and which Hillary Clinton has many personal relationships with, represent nearly 30 percent of the delegates necessary to win the Democratic nomination for president. So far some 300+ have pledged their support to Clinton, even though she is way behind in the popular vote.

Although the game is rigged against Bernie with the super delegates, he may still triumph because, if he fails to get the nomination when he wins the popular vote, this will almost certainly weaken, and perhaps even kill, an already badly weakened Democratic party that is largely controlled by Wall Street investment banks. Hillary is their candidate. But what’s the use of being the Democratic candidate for president if grassroots Democrats feel cheated and stay home in the general election?

New polls show Donald Trump essentially nearly neck and neck with Hillary in the general election, but Bernie trounces Trump in the polls. If the Democratic party super delegates rip Bernie off, then Hillary will likely lose overwhelmingly to Trump because the Democratic grassroots will likely stay home if the DNC/Wall Street/Clinton alliance rips Sanders off.

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The Democratic Establishment is against the candidacy of Bernie Sanders, and that includes the African-American segment of the Democratic Establishment. Not a single African-American establishment politician has endorsed Bernie. That’s natural since they are Democratic Party establishment politicians. However, on the grassroots level, many African-American endorsements are coming out for Bernie, such as in the advertisement above.

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