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Quitting on Bernie

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By Marianne Baldino (Worcester Bernie devotee!)

Let me preface this by saying we all had a tough week last week – California was virtually stolen from Bernie, and Obama and Warren endorsed Hillary who is the “PRESUMED” nominee. I understand that. However, let’s put things into context here.

Did any of you supposed Bernie supporters hear Bernie, himself, concede ANYTHING?

Did any of you supposed Bernie supporters hear him ENDORSE Clinton?

Well, no, you didn’t because HE DIDN’T. The man is tough – the man is strong – the man FIGHTS for what he believes in – the question is, therefore, ARE YOU TOUGH ENOUGH, ARE YOU STRONG ENOUGH, ARE YOU WILLING TO FIGHT FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN?????

As of the current moment, the operative word here is PRESUMPTIVE nominee.

That’s right, PRESUMPTIVE. DO you want to know why? It’s because Hillary DOES NOT HAVE THE REQUIRED AMOUNT OF PLEDGED DELEGATES AT THIS POINT!!! There’s also the little matter of an FBI investigation still pending and a whole lot of other ugly stuff coming out. Bernie would be a fool to drop out, and we would be fools not to continue to support him!

I would hope with all my heart and soul that NONE of you will give up yet and feel all is lost – IT ISN’T.

What revolutionary ever said a revolution would be easy? Are you willing to fall into the trap the Clintons have set for you? Do you know what that trap is? Well, let me tell you – Oh my goodness, Trump is so awful that if it’s not Bernie, I should throw my support behind Hillary. THAT’S WHAT THE TRAP IS – THAT’S WHAT HER CAMPAIGN IS BANKING ON!!! Wake UP! She’s counting on you NOT to have a backbone! She’s counting on you to be so frightened that you would NEVER risk a Trump presidency.

Bernie is going to the convention, I’m going to the convention, friends of mine are going to the convention to FIGHT for what is right and true – a government for the people and by the people, NOT by the corporations that now pull our strings and tell US what to do. I’m done … I’m IN IT TO WIN IT!! BERNIE’S IN IT TO WIN IT!

So, if you felt strongly about Sanders before, if you were willing to do what you could to help him win, YOU MUST STAY WITH HIM UNTIL HE SAYS IT’S OVER. It’s a long way to November. California votes are being flipped as we speak.
Bernie is a smart man and knows what he’s doing. Put your trust in him and leave all your “what if’s” behind. Otherwise, whatever you have done for the campaign, whatever you have felt about Sanders, becomes a sham, and we become SELL OUTS.

Don’t sell your soul to the devil – keep fighting the good fight, keep on helping to do what you can for Sanders and above all, turn off main stream media that is deliberately poisoning your mind.

Bernie’s a winner, and if we stick with him, we will be too!

My last question for all of us is this – are we willing to support and nominate a candidate who committed fraud, voter suppression, electioneering in polling sites and who knows what else just to gain the highest office in the land?

Is this who we are?

I think not!

So for God’s sake, stay with Bernie, don’t get discouraged, and BE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY!

Why we must keep on fighting

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Why Bernie Sanders mustn’t quit

By Chris Horton

Democrats Will Learn All the Wrong Lessons From Brush With Bernie” argues Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi:
“Democratic voters tried to express these frustrations through the Sanders campaign, but the party leaders have been and probably will continue to be too dense to listen. Instead, they’ll convince themselves that, as [James] Hohmann’s [Washington] Post article put it, Hillary’s latest victories mean any ‘pressure’ they might have felt to change has now been ‘ameliorated.’”

Tabbi, at ROLLING STONE, is right. But it’s not just the beltway operatives who are blind. It’s the whole stratum of people they belong to – the directors, managers, policy-makers, administrators, lawyers, regulators, full professors and thought-police – roughly the 5% – who DON’T EVEN KNOW WE ARE IN A SERIOUS ECONOMIC DEPRESSION!

I see it all the time. I can walk into a public event and ask some question like “what is the real rate of unemployment?” and usually guess their answer from the way they’re dressed and groomed. Because the “political class” ALL talk mainly to each other. They are simply blind to how much the people are hurting. Their positions in the world, their paychecks, depend on their not understanding.

And they don’t have a clue about Bernie.

Witness the preposterous idea that Bernie and Trump are somehow the same. Never have two politicians been more different, more opposite. Trump is the Anti-Bernie. But to a member of the political class they might appear the same because they evoke the same dread in their breasts, the same fear of the people’s anger!

Why Bernie mustn’t leave the race

This was the dirtiest campaign I have ever seen – dirtier than Bush Lite’s. In state after state, millions of people voted for Bernie and their votes weren’t counted or got flipped. Whole communities where almost everyone voted for Bernie yet Hillary won. Millions of people – most Bernie voters – showed up at the polls but their registrations were lost or cancelled – or the polling stations gone. Millions of provisional ballots never got counted. And the atrocious mass media colluded in her campaign! AP calling it for Clinton on the eve of the California primary was simply outrageous!

The anger that fueled the Sanders Campaign is only growing. Clinton’s claim of victory has only rubbed salt in the wounds. Warren’s endorsement and great speeches against Trump might help some but many will turn their backs on her because they detest Clinton so much.

What lesson will the Dem Establishment learn from the next opinion poll, which will shows what we’re seeing on the street – a massive surge in Trump support from people (not all white) who voted for Bernie and would again, who know Trump’s not on their side, who know he’s a liar, who know he doesn’t make any sense but who are just too angry and disgusted to care?

What lesson will the Pols draw when the exposes of Clinton’s criminal fundraising empire continue and the evidence that she faces indictment continues to pour in?

They’ll get one last chance to come to their senses in Philadelphia, where 500 insiders could still give it to Bernie, but it doesn’t look good.

The day Bernie endorses Clinton, millions of people who love and trust him would react out of a feeling of deep betrayal and will turn their backs. Our movement will shatter. Bernie can’t save Clinton, he can only save our movement, so he has to keep going. And we have to keep going. Bernie could continue running for President against Trump, without mentioning Clinton. But he has to hit back against the election fraud.

We’ve had our Emperor’s New Clothes moment! The people are talking to each other, openly, about what we know, think and want in a way I haven’t seen in my lifetime. This will have huge consequences. We either organize and channel it – or someone else will.

Bernie may feel his hands are tied after July. His few progressive Democrat and union leadership supporters are defecting. The pressure on him to give in is tremendous. Barring a Dem split in Philadelphia, if he runs as a Green or independent he will be running with no protection whatsoever from inside the system. He could win an overwhelming victory but lose it to election fraud.

And yet, if he doesn’t keep running, Trump wins and our movement shatters. So this needs to come to a head this Summer, and we need to call the people to the streets!

Bernie – and we – should go after the election fraud, the vote flipping and dirty tricks, and challenge the legitimacy of Clinton’s win! Every one of the elections where the exit polls show a high probability of vote flipping must be challenged! The people must be called to action, now! And we can help make that happen!
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First, though, there’s one more Primary to win, DC. Bernie has long been a champion of DC Statehood and has great credibility. He’s spending the week on it and we have a great team on the ground. He can win, which will change the narrative!

So, let’s KEEP CALLING VOTERS IN DC! Come to our Phone Bank on Sunday, or call from home!

Next, SOMEONE FROM CENTRAL MASS NEEDS TO BE AT THE PEOPLE’S SUMMIT IN CHICAGO NEXT WEEKEND! Can you drop your plans and go? Money, cheap transport and cheap digs are available. Reply to discuss.

Then we need to put the pressure on around vote fraud, and start organizing now for Philadelphia!

☛ Let’s talk tonight, and meet soon!

Keep the Bern berning!

Steve parked in YY … Iranian treaty to be a campaign issue

By Steven R. Maher

One of the biggest issues in the upcoming Presidential election will be the July 11, 2015, Iranian nuclear treaty between Iran and the “P5+1” countries (the United States, China, Russia, France, Great Britain and Germany.) While this accord has several controversial aspects to it, the alternatives offered by the pact’s opponents verge from the impractical (reinstituting stricter sanctions in the hope of a better deal, would be blocked by the other P5 nations), to the disastrous (bombing the Iranian nuclear plants would involve America in another war that would further destabilize the Middle East.)

What the U.S. got

Here is what the P-5 countries got out of the compact:

• Iran agreed, for fifteen years, to reduce its weapons grade enriched uranium from 10,000 kilograms to 300 kilograms with a 3.67% enriched purity, a drop of 97%. Iran will not have the enriched uranium to build even one bomb.

• Iran’s centrifuges, necessary to process raw fissile material into weapons grade substance, will be reduced by two thirds. “All of the pipework that connects these centrifuges and allows them to enrich uranium will be dismantled, removed, and kept under continuous surveillance by the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency),” says the White House website.

• The core of Iran’s heavy water reactor at Arak was removed and filled with concrete. The plant will be redesigned to so that it will not produce weapons grade plutonium. Arak was a producer of “heavy water”, a key component to manufacture plutonium, an ingredient fueling nuclear bombs. These protocols forbid Iran from building new heavy water plants, accumulating excess heavy water, and conducting reprocessing.

• There will be a 24/7 monitoring of the key nuclear facilities of Natanz, Fordow, and Arak. Iran’s nuclear supply chain, from the receipt of raw materials from uranium mines to the storage of finished goods, will be inspected for the next 25 years.

• The pact specifies that with a maximum twenty four day notice, the P-5 nations can access any sites suspected of violating the nuclear agreement. Opponents point to this as one of the treaty’s greatest flaws. Maintains the White House: “No country in the world today permits ‘anytime, anywhere’ inspections – this is a false standard that the IDEA does not employ in any country.

• “With this deal, Iran’s so-called ‘break out timeline’ – the time it would take Iran to acquire enough fissile material to for one nuclear weapon if Iran breaks its commitments – will be extended from roughly the current 2-3 months to one year during the first decade.” Presumably, the one year period would allow the P5 nations to use diplomacy or military force to prevent Iran from actually manufacturing a bomb.

• “Under this deal as well as the [Nuclear] Nonproliferation Treaty, Iran is never allowed to develop nuclear weapons,” maintains the White House. If the U.N. Security Council determines that Iran has violated the treaty, they can “snapback” the sanctions into place.

What Iran got

This is what Iran received in return:

• All economic sanctions against Iran will be lifted in four to twelve months.

• The European Union will remove all energy and banking sanctions.

• The United States will remove sanctions against foreign and domestic companies doing business with Iran.

• All U.N. resolutions sanctioning or otherwise punishing Iran will be annulled. The main benefit to Iran from this will be in the diplomatic sphere.

• Iranian assets totaling $125 billion will be unfrozen. It should be noted that this us money that belongs to Iran, but were in P-5 bank accounts frozen after American diplomats were taken hostage during the 1979 Iranian revolution.

The lifting of sanctions has benefitted American consumers as well as Iran. Low priced Iranian oil is flooding the energy market, keeping gasoline prices depressed.

Clinton and Trump

It appears that, in one form or another, this treaty is here to stay. As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton negotiated with the P-5 powers to impose the sanctions that led to the treaty, which Clinton has publicly endorsed.

Donald Trump has said the U.S. could have gotten a better deal. But unlike other Republican candidates such as Ted Cruz, Trump won’t tear the treaty up. Trump’s current position is that he will rigorously enforce the agreement. Whatever Trump’s many other character flaws and policy shortcomings, at least Trump is not a bloodthirsty neocon anxious to plunge the U.S. into yet another calamitous Middle Eastern war.

Bernie’s our guy!

By Chris Horton

The Bernie for President Campaign is alive and well in Worcester!

Three weeks ago 35 “Berners” gathered for food and talk at a Bernie Social in Worcester and two weeks ago 21 of us met in Worcester to rededicate ourselves to the Political Revolution – and making Bernie our Next President!

Tonight (Thurs 6/2) we meet again to plan our activities at the Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention in Lowell on Saturday: a car-pool, a standout, a campaign to put the Mass Dems on record calling for Single Payer and opposition to the job-killing TPP treaty, calling for the end of the Superdelegate system. We’ll be inviting the Democratic delegates to stop at the Lowell Teachers Hall before they go home to have some pizza and make calls to voters in California!

Wait! Isn’t it over? Clinton pronounced it OVER! She cancelled the California Debate to concentrate on getting beaten up and destroyed by Donald Trump. It’s just Hillary and the Donald now, isn’t it? The Mass Media – all the pundits, politicians and newscasters, editorial writers and talk show hosts – they’ve all declared it OVER and are talking about the race as if Bernie wasn’t there!

Never mind that Bernie’s holding HUGE rallies of wildly cheering fans all across California, one of which topped 30,000 people, which don’t make the news. Like his rally in Boston last year that drew 28,500 – and didn’t even make the news in Worcester!

No, it ain’t over ’til it’s over, and we don’t know when that will be. Bernie could still win the nomination – and the Presidency. Hillary is crashing and burning and probably can’t win the Presidency and the Democratic leadership is waking up to that sad fact. And the Sanders Campaign is alive and well!

As I travel round our City with my Bernie pins on, people keep talking to me about him, about the race, about what they want. Many they voted for him, want to vote for him again. But then they say, half statement, half question, Bernie’s losing, isn’t he? Like, everybody knows Bernie doesn’t have a chance. He really doesn’t. We all know that! The relentless propaganda campaign seems to have taken the stuffings out of Bernie’s voters,and even many activists.

Folks seem eager to hear me when I explain how Bernie’s actually winning, but that only lasts about 20 seconds, and then they’re back into their funk. Because depression is something chemical, and once it sets in it gets into your bones, and it takes more than a conversation to shake it off. Even those of us who are still in the thick of the battle have to fight it off every day. People who get a lot of news from Facebook, ICT or the Web have some resistance. If you get your news from Fox, CNN, MSNBC or WCRN – or God help you the insidious NPR, BBC and PBS – it’s looking pretty bleak.

And yet, wherever I go folks still say they want to vote for Bernie. Some are saying they’ll vote Green or stay home if they can’t have Bernie. A few say without joy that they’ll vote for Clinton. Many don’t regard Clinton’s wins as legitimate. And many are saying if they can’t vote for Bernie they’ll vote for Trump!

Because they’re tired of the lies and corruption, tired of rigged elections and being ignored, tired of hard times and being told it’s a boom Many come back to the line it’s time to “throw the bums out”, and right now Hillary’s the Bum. Many have bought the illusion that Trump, the very embodiment of our corrupt, ruthless criminal billionaire class, is against the Establishment, and see voting for him as a way to send a huge FU out to their tormenters!

When I ask them whose side Trump’s on, every single one so far says “Trump’s side”. But they’ll vote for him anyway!
They even know that Trump doesn’t make any sense, but Trump expresses their feelings and sends the message they want to send. If they can’t have Bernie many will settle for that!

As for the Bernie Movement in Worcester, a lot of us have been making calls to other states to talk to voters. There’s a lot of calls going especially to California this weekend – so far Bernie volunteers have made 67 million phone calls and we hope to hit 70 million by the end of the weekend. And that’s not counting the millions of calls made through Progressive Democrats of America and MoveOn.org. But when we got together for a social event a few weeks ago to talk, what was on the minds of many was what do we do, what should we do, when Bernie doesn’t win the nomination.

The truth is that Bernie’s doing great. He could win the nomination. He has a majority of the people with him! He has the young folk, he’s still turning people out for huge rallies one after the other (30,500 at one in California last week that didn’t get reported in the news) he has the energy, and in community after community he’s won huge majorities.

People know Bernie’s winning the actual votes, winning the battle of public opinion, and they’re pissed that it’s not showing up as vote counts and delegates. They’re confused when they and practically everyone they know went out and vote for Bernie, yet Hillary wins. They know the game’s rigged and their votes aren’t all getting counted, and they’re seriously pissed off.

Bernie’s the one who is speaking our truth, our thoughts, our beliefs, our values. Bernie’s the one who’s been leading us in the fight for our homes, our jobs, our families, our way of life tor 30 years. Over and over again I hear people express this as “Bernie’s our guy!”

Bernie’s the one combining us into one great voice that cannot be ignored. And we have to go on, because we must be heard!

Six months to go!

By Edith Morgan

Presidential elections always bring out many more voters that do the local ones. And at times, this has meant that there will be long lines at the polls. Here in Massachusetts probably not more than an hour (there are states and countries where it may be DAYS!!).  But there are always ideas being floated, to try to make voting as easy, as fast, and as accurate as possible.

We all know there is NO human activity which is always 100% accurate, foolproof, predictable and perfected in all ways. But we keep trying to improve what we have.  WE have already done a lot here in Worcester: we have new voting machines; we have 50 polling places, distributed around the city so as to be as close as possible to voters’ homes; and we work hard to keep our lists updated and accurate.

A number of other states have done something additional in order to make voting easier and more convenient: they have gone beyond the traditional  13-hour voting day (This year it will be on Tuesday, November 8th). They have added “early voting days.” Our election commission unanimously endorsed a plan to establish five early voting locations in Worcester, distributed throughout the city according to the five city council districts. They would be available between October 24 and November 4th and would provide four days of early voting at each site.

The state legislature had already passed a law authorizing early voting, and Worcester’s proposal exceeds the minimum required. To open the five sites in Worcester would cost $72,800, according to our election commission.

We already have done much to make voting easier: you can vote ahead of time by absentee ballot – and you can plan voting day so that at some point during the 13 hours that polls are open, you can take a few minutes to get in to do your civic duty. And, of course, most important, you can get – and stay – informed about the issues and the candidates.

There can be no democracy without an INFORMED electorate.

This just in! InCity Times ace political writer Steve Maher is back!

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DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS SHOULD ABANDON CAUCUSES, SUPERDELEGATES, UNPLEDGED DELEGATES AND CLOSED PRIMARIES

By Steven R. Maher

Sometimes one gets the impression that America democracy is dissolving before our eyes as the rank and file rebel against the party elites through the candidacies of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

Part of what voters are rebelling against are the rules set up by these elites to preserve their own privileges and the huge amount of money flooding into the political process because of the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United. Together these two toxins are poisoning the American people’s belief in the Democratic process.

The antidote to these poisons is uniquely American – let the voters decide, not the super-delegates,unpledged delegates, or the party bosses.

Caucuses

The first thing each party should do is abolish caucuses, replacing them with primary elections where party voters choose the candidates. The caucus process embraces a fundamentally un-American concept that everyone knows what candidate you voted for. Unlike a primary, voters can’t go into a voting booth and in privacy select the candidate of their choice. They have to go “caucus” in the corner of the meeting hall for their candidates, where their choices are known to all. This is a situation which lends itself to retaliation and boycotts in which individuals can be targeted for reprisals for supporting a particular candidate.

Caucusing imposes what I call an “availability tax” on working business persons or single parent mothers. If you’re a small entrepreneur (Republican) trying to get a business up and running, taking three or four hours out of the day to caucus means foregoing business opportunities. Likewise, a single working parent (Democrat) trying to support several small children on a minimum wage job (or two jobs) may have to cut back on food, the electricity or some other vital expense to pay for a baby sitter to watch their children while Mom caucuses.

The caucus system is an expensive privilege for many, not a right.

For the two reasons cited above, both parties should replace caucuses with a primary election where voters can walk in, cast a ballot, and leave with the knowledge that their input, anonymously made, counts.

Superdelegates

In 1972 the Democrats had one of the worst electoral defeats in history when Richard M. Nixon defeated George McGovern in every state but Massachusetts. After this, the party created “superdelegates.” Wikipedia defines ‘superdelegates’ this way: “These Democratic Party superdelegates include distinguished party leaders, and elected officials, including all Democratic members of the House and Senate and sitting Democratic governors. Other superdelegates are chosen during the primary season. Democratic superdelegates are free to support any candidate for the nomination.” The same website put the number of superdelegates at 719.

Superdelegates were created to prevent another George McGovern from winning the nomination. It seems tailor made to block Bernie Sanders. It reeks of the rancid belief that the people can’t be trusted to make their own choices, and the party bosses should in some exigent circumstance select the nominee against the will of their own party. Selecting the candidate with the most votes is the American way.

Unpledged delegates

The Republicans don’t directly make members of the party’s political establishment “superdelegates” the way the Democrats do. But they do allow their state organizations considerable leeway in creating electoral processes that are favorable to party patricians, and in the case what I call “mini-conventions,” which almost totally disenfranchise the lower party ranks.

Depending on the website you wish to cite, there are 168 unpledged delegates (Politico) or 457 (Mother Jones). “The only people who get unpledged status are each state’s three Republican National Committee members,” says Wikipedia. “This means that unpledged delegates are only 168 of the total number of delegates. However, unpledged delegates do not have the freedom to vote for whichever candidate they please. The RNC ruled in 2015 that the unpledged delegates must vote for the candidate that their state voted for; the unpledged RNC members will be bound in the same manner as the state’s at-large delegates, unless the state elects their delegates on the primary ballot, then all three RNC members will be allocated to the statewide winner.”

The Mother Jones figure seems to include those states, like Pennsylvania, which elected 57 delegates unpledged to any candidate. Some of the Pennsylvania unpledged delegates, to their credit, said in advance they would vote for Trump if a majority of their constituents did. Others stated they would not vote for Trump under any circumstances, regardless of how the majority of the people voted.

Particularly insidious are the “mini-conventions” like that in Wyoming, where Ted Cruz won 14 out of 14 delegates. In these shams, voters go to precinct meetings, where delegates are elected to a county convention. At the county convention, delegates are chosen for the state convention, where delegates are for the national convention are picked. This is what Trump has accurately described as a “rigged process.”

Closed primaries

Closed primaries are those where only someone who has been a party member for six months or more are allowed to vote. In Massachusetts, Independents can take either a Republican or Democratic ballot, and revert back to being an independent after they vote.

This writer understands why some party members would prefer that the party nominee espouses their party’s basic liberal or conservative brand. A good example of this can be illustrated by the reference to the two second-tier parties in Massachusetts, the Libertarians and the Green Party.
Libertarians advocate shrinking the size of government and reducing governmental interference in Americans’ private lives. How would Libertarians feel if thousands of left-wing Democrats voted in a Libertarian primary for a Libertarian nominee who wanted to double size of government and insert government totally into the private lives of all Americans? Probably the same way the Democratic Party establishment felt about large numbers of independents entering the Democratic primary to vote for Bernie Sanders.

The Green Party is at its heart an environmentalist party. How would the Greens feel if thousands of right wing Republicans entered the Green Party to pick a nominee who favored fracking and land strip mining? Probably the same way the Republican establishment felt about thousands of independents flooding their primary to support Trump.

The two party system has served America well. To preserve this system, the two major parties need to have the elasticity to absorb elements such as those supporting Trump or Sanders. The closed primaries should be abandoned. Otherwise, as John F. Kennedy warned in his inaugural address: “Those who make peaceful evolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.”

Chris parked in A.I!

Dear friends of Bernie …

By Chris Horton

We’re doing fine. We really are. We’re doing just fine.

The Powers that Be, the billionaire class and their flaks and agents, are doing their best to stop presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Their message is: Candidate Hillary Clinton is Inevitable, Resistance is Futile … Give Up and Go Home!  

They actually believe that because Clinton won a few primaries they’ve got us beat, and we’ll sober up and admit it, or at least Bernie will.  They actually believe we’ll slink back into line and get with the program!

They think they’ve got us beat, but they don’t.  Every day the Bernie campaign goes on in any corner of this country, more people are thinking and talking about Bernie’s ideas. And every day we continue is a win because this revolution belongs to us all.  It belongs to the people of Indiana who vote next week.  It belongs to the people of Puerto Rico and California who vote in June.  Every phone call we make, every Bernie Journey, every dollar we donate helps build it. 

They think they’ve got us beat, but they can’t beat us because you can’t kill an idea, and once an idea is loose and in people’s hearts there’s no stopping it.  

There’s a Big Idea they’ve been trying to keep bottled up ever since any of us can remember.  Like Aladdin’s genie, it’s out of the bottle now and no one can put it back!  And it changes everything!

Thanks to the Sanders Campaign millions of Americans are now talking about the whole spectrum of issues that confront us.  But none of it by itself is new.  So what’s this Big Idea?

It’s not the idea of massive job creation through public works and projects. There are people alive today who remember that’s what President Franklin Roosevelt did and plenty who’ve been saying we need to do it again.

It’s not the idea of making healthcare a human right, available to everyone rich or poor. President Harry Truman tried to get that past Congress in 1948, and folks have been fighting for it ever since.

It’s not the idea that the billionaire class has corrupted and bought our political system and that we need campaign reform, that we need to get Big Money out of politics. People have been saying that, fighting for that, for years.

Nor is it the understanding that the super-rich, the billionaires, have rigged the whole economy so they’re getting richer and richer while the rest of us get screwed. Or the idea of breaking up the big banks, freeing our young people from student debt or equal pay for women.  

It’s not the idea of banning private prisons, or ending the war on drugs, ending police violence against people of color, immigration reform or bringing our jobs home from Mexico and China. Nor the idea of ending foreign tax havens, taxing financial transactions or making the millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share. 

It’s not even the idea of bringing everyone together to fight for all of these once, although that’s getting closer.  

So what’s this Big Idea that ties this all together? 

It turns out we all knew most or all of the things Bernie’s talking about already.  Bernie didn’t suddenly come along and start preaching the truth and suddenly the scales fell from everyone’s eyes.  Bernie is telling us things we all already knew were true!  

And we already knew that the TV Networks, the news media were manipulating us and creating illusions, but most of us believed the final illusion: that of all those other lazy stupid people out there watching TV and believing it all.  And so we played it safe and didn’t speak out.

The Big Idea is this: We’re all in this together, we all know what’s up, and if we come together, speak out, stand up for each other, and stand together to confront the billionaire class and demand our country back, there’s nothing we can’t do! And that idea, with your help, is spreading like wildfire across the land! It’s an Emperor’s New Clothes moment, when everyone starts speaking what everyone already knew was true but afraid to say.

So courage, my friends! Let’s organize and carry on! This is only the first stage! A lot can happen between now and July, but win or lose, it’s not over!

This is just the beginning!

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Stay tuned for phone banks this weekend and Tuesday to call Indiana. It’s their turn to Feel the Bern, and our turn to support them!  Exciting news coming about national mobilizations in June and July.  And please let us know if you are interested in our upcoming all-day retreat.

Chris

WorcesterWantsBernie@gmail.com

508-963-1399

Bernie Blowout – didja know?

By Chris Horton

So candidate Bernie Sanders won six out of seven Democratic Presidential Primaries and Caucuses in the week of March 21 to 26, by Yuuge margins! 

And I’ll bet lots of you reading this didn’t know! Bernie Sanders’ campaign for President, the “Political Revolution”, is on fire and growing, but you’d never know it from watching Network News, listening to talk radio or reading telegram.com!  Many – especially young folks – are getting their news from the Web or from Facebook.  

But not everyone can. 

For those who can’t, small local independent news sources, especially ink-and-paper weeklies like InCity Times, are a blessing. So thank you, Rosalie, for keeping it alive! Bernie Sanders just had three blowout wins on Saturday in Washington State, Alaska and Hawaii. The Telegram Online did run an AP story covering it, but it underplayed the wins by not mentioning the huge margins –  Hawaii  70% to 30%, Washington State 73% to 27%, and Alaska by an astonishing 82% to 18%! – or that Bernie won every single county in all three states!

Worse, the story, and Telegram Online, never ran a single word about the other four contests that week.  I had to really go digging on the Web to find them Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

First, last Monday March 21 the results of the Democrats Abroad Primary – with 13 delegates at stake – were released:

34,000 US Citizens in 170 countries gave it to Bernie by a lop-sided 69% to 31%.
Then Sanders won two out of three contests on Tuesday, by even more lopsided margins:  Utah 78% to 20% and Idaho 79% to 21%.

Arizona went for Clinton 58% to 40% – in a primary election so scandalously mismanaged that it made international news and is expected to trigger an investigation by the Justice Department. 

The number of polling places in Maricopa County had been reduced from 200 to 60, mostly by eliminating stations in poor and Hispanic neighborhoods. Voters were still standing in line to vote at midnight! 

And many thousands of independent voters who had switched to Democrat found that their registration had been lost, and had to cast provisional ballots which were apparently also lost!

Did you see a word about that in telegram.com?  Nope!
So there you have it.  Sanders won six out of seven contests in the past week, by Yuuge margins!  Yet I keep meeting people who are all depressed because they think Hillary’s won, her lead is too big to overcome – and they haven’t heard about this week’s results!  

If you didn’t know these stats, the odds are most of the folks around you don’t either.  

You might want to check them out for yourself at nytimes.com/elections/results.   
And then … Repeat the news to your friends, relations and co-workers, everyone you meet. Because the networks, the talk shows and the daily paper won’t.
 
Democratic Primary Facts, Week of March 21-27

  Overseas Democrats Primary March 21: 

Bernie  68%, Hillary 32%

  Arizona Primary March 23:                      

Bernie  40%, Hillary 54%

  Utah Caucus March 23:                              

 Bernie 78%, Hillary 20%

  Idaho Caucus March 23:   
                           
Bernie  79%, Hillary 21%

  Alaska Caucus March 26:                           

Bernie  82%, Hillary 18%

  Hawaii Caucus March 26:                          

Bernie  70%, Hillary 30%

  Washington State Caucus March 26:        

Bernie  73%, Hillary 27%

Edith’s parked in music: Primary thoughts

By Edith Morgan

After putting in more than 14 hours at the Worcester polls, watching Worcester voters come in, cast their ballots and leave – with  little time to think, as there was a steady stream of people coming through from the opening, at 7 a.m., through to 8 p.m., now I finally have time to reflect, having looked at the final figures, after a good night’s sleep.
 
While there were only four ballots, because there were only four parties running candidates, I was amazed at the number of legally listed parties who COULD have run someone. The names were all over the map, even including a “Pizza Party,” as well as two different “independent” parties. There is not room here to list them all.
 
But throughout the political campaigns, and with all the commentary before and after, I have been troubled by some fundamental assumptions: I came to America in 1941, before we started unashamedly asserting that “Greed is good” and “Money is everything.”

In those days, there were two distinctive types of people in public office: statesmen and politicians. The Statesmen came to the aid of their government, often giving up very lucrative salaries and positions in the private sector, to SERVE, not themselves or their businesses, but their country and its people. So we had the “Dollar a Year” person and those who contracted to produce weapons and equipment for the war effort for no more than 3% profit, and they produced quality goods and equipment quickly and efficiently.

And of course there were the others, the “politicians, who were there for other reasons: to acquire power, to enrich themselves, to hire their relatives and friends, to influence legislation in their favor – all the litany of malfeasance which we now take for granted as ”business as usual.”
 
Now we all seem to assume that it is OK to soak the taxpayers with outrageous profits to supply less than adequate goods and supplies to our soldiers and to take huge donations from businesses that want something from our elected officials.

Now we assume that the voters will not elect anyone who does not spend outrageous amounts of money and that everyone has a price.

We pay good salaries and give good benefits to our public servants – which is as it should be, if you want great service.  But we should not have to assume that to get an elected position, it should take tens of millions of dollars to get in.
 
At one time, the public owned the airwaves, and access to airtime should have been available to anyone wishing to communicate with the people. What has happened to that precious privilege?

$$$ rules …
 

Today is Super Tuesday! GET OUT AND VOTE FOR HILLARY!

By Rosalie Tirella

Break out the navy blue, no-nonsense pumps!

Break out the No Nonsense Panty Hose!

Break in a new pair of Spanx!

Break in a WHOLE NEW WAY OF LOOKING AT WOMEN AND POWER in America!

HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT!

YES!!!!

Sure, there will be more bathroom breaks if Hill becomes the next POTUS, but they’ll be way more kids in Pre-K (cuz it’ll be universal!) … and paid maternity leave! They’ll be someone in the White House who’s gonna be the original Tiger Mom for girls in China … girls in Afghanastan, Syria, Senegal, the South Side of Chicago … even poor girls growing up in Green Island.

WHAT A BLAST TO BE A LITTLE GIRL GROWING UP IN GREEN ISLAND AND TO TURN THE TV SET ON AND SEE A WOMAN PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!

Your President! The leader of the free world!

Arguably the most powerful person on the planet!

People calling this woman, just about your grammy’s age, MADAME PRESIDENT!

WOW!

FUCKING MADAME PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!

It doesn’t get any more sublime than that for THIS Green Island Girl!

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So break out the bottles of blonde hair dye!

Break out the scrunchies! (remember how Hill wore them – and everyone laughed – just before hubby Bill became prez?!)

Break out the Dove Chocolates (cuz we ladies do love our chocolates when under pressure-cooker circumstances!) Break out the mascara (does Madame President wear dark brown or black? – we can’t imagine her stroking on the purple!)

Break out the brilliance, the years of experience, the deep, deep knowledge, the political know-how, the true grit, the idealism (yes, still there!), the killer work ethic, the great laugh, the philandering but politically astute husband … and the ability to speak in compound complex sentences.

Break ON THROUGH TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT DAMNED GLASS CEILING!

The one that holds back millions of American women every single day costing us millions of dollars in lost wages and keeping so many of us from realizing our true potential. SELF-ACTUALIZION, BABY! It is all about being FREE TO BE YOU!!!! Driving home after a long day of (you fill in your job here, ladies) thinking: SHIT! IT’S STILL A MAN’S WORLD! SHIT! AND I’M SMART, CAPABLE AND I TRY SO HARD!

We have got to ditch our antiquated family/kids/women policies, America! Ditch the antiquated MIND SET!

Swing that big ass, Hill, and America’s mind will follow!

Get ready for our next President of the United States – bold, brassy, caring, a mom, a grandmom, a grind … a goddess!! to all us second-wave feminists! (Yes! I’m one of them! Starting in college when I saw Gloria AND Betty at the UMass Aud and was THRILLED at what they had to say to me, a 20-year-old girl, smart and ambitious, trying – WANTING – to find MY PLACE in this big, beautiful world!)

So when our next President of the United States, HILLARY CLINTON!!!, steps onto the tarmac, straight off a trip from some important world city where she pushed for new lows in green house gases or new highs for girls in India or demanded we ABOLISH GLOBAL CHILD LABOR NOW! (in some countries it is toddler labor!), I will be sitting before the tv or computer screen awestruck, bedazzled, PROUD, PROUD, PROUD!!!!!!!

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I only wish my beautiful late mom – she was a rabid Hillary supporter the first time around and working, single-mom, head-of-household, first-wave feminist! – were here to see this awesome day!

TODAY!

VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON!!!