Saturday, March 12, 2016

Venezuela and the US Presidential election campaign

Bernie Sanders has been criticized for not taking stances on international issues during this primary election season. He can't be accused of that any longer. In addition to his brave stance against jingoism in this statement it should be remembered that Sanders was the first member of Congress to announce a boycott of the recent "Attack Iran" speech given by Israeli prime minister Netanyahu. 
Clearly for those who oppose the United States policy of meddling in the affairs of other countries and overthrow of foreign governments Sanders is the most reasonable choice of candidate.
Some friends of Palestine actually have been leaning towards the candidacy of Donald Trump,  reasoning that he has not accepted major contributions from donors, explicitly telling Jewish donors that he does not want their money. They overlook Trumps generally USA! USA! chauvinistic approach. In fact Trump has made the obligatory in US politics statement of fealty to Israel. 

Friends of Palestine may seek friends and allies wherever they are. They should be aware that their best friends in the United States are going to be "decent people" and not chauvinists like Trump or white supremacists.

Trump has played the race card with attacks on Mexico,  saying that he will build a wall along the US - Mexico border and that he will force Mexico to pay for this wall. He's called for banning Muslims from entering the United States and has encouraged his following to beat up African Americans at his rallies.

Former Governor of Minnesota, former US Navy Seal and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura says that he may run for the US Presidency if the Democrats nominate Hillary Clinton.

The Governor outlines his platform for presidency - if, and only if, he were to run in 2016.
My platform would be simple:
  1. Rebuilding our country: focus on alternative energy sources, and fix our infrastructure.
  2. Getting out of the wars.
  3. Legalizing and ending the war on drugs.
  4. Get the money out of politics and work towards reforming campaign financing.
I would say if you are able to accomplish two out of those four issues, you would go down in history as a great president.

I follow the teachings of Major General Smedley Butler, who wrote:

“To summarize: Three steps must be taken to smash the war racket. 1.  We must take the profit out of war. 2.  We must permit the youth of the land who would bear arms to decide whether or not there should be war.  3.  We must limit our military forces to home defense purposes.”

We have so much work to do here in the United States. I’m tired of seeing our resources being used abroad.  Let the world handle their own problems, when it’s clear we have so many of our own.  If we did that, we could fully implement all of Bernie Sanders’ propositions.

Hillary Clinton,  inveterate liar,  trusted by few, taker of Wall Street bribes and payoffs disguised as honorarium payments for secret speeches she's given, war monger, Israel firster, will lose the election, be it against any Republican.  Many Democratic voters will refuse to follow Bernie Sanders lead if he decides to back Hillary Clinton.