Wednesday, November 27, 2013

To all the rest, decent Americans, GOBBLE! GOBBLE! GOBBLE!

Eat Mor Chikin!

SHAME ON BARACK OBAMA!

Cuba has suspended all consular services in the United States because of the continuation of the blockade/embargo.

You are a bad [N word], Barack Obama. I pity you. Responsible people in the US are abandoning you in droves. You approval rating is only 37% and your new misnamed healthcare program is an UNAFFORDABLE big scam that only benefits big capitalist corporations.

BBC News: Cuba suspends consular services in US

Granma (English) Cuban Interests Section in the United States to suspend consular services

GranmaLa Sección de Intereses de Cuba en Estados Unidos suspende los servicios consulares

ABC News: US Says Working With Cuba to Solve Banking Issue

JG: I doubt the above "news" by ABC. Barack Obama is not a believable person. It is the embargo, stupid. LIFT IT!

Monday, November 25, 2013

The garbage and lies about Cuba from Brian Lattell continue to be spread by right-winger Mary Anastasia O'Grady @ The Wall Street Journal

My dad used to say: "The paper will take anything that you print on it." He was a very wise man, and I miss him.

Here is a perfect example of what he was saying. Click this link if you enjoy reading garbage.

WARNING: You will end up with caca on your clothing and hands!

2013 Holiday Concert

Chosen by Cuba Journal as
The Best Concert Series
in
Central Florida

APHDL

New organization:

Association for the Protection of Humans from Doctors & Lawyers

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Magnus Carlsen is the new World Chess Champion



CONGRATULATIONS MAGNUS! 

He defeated the title holder, Viswanathan Anand of India. The final score was 6.5 for Magnus and 3.5 for the very popular Vishy.

Chess Base: Chennai Final: Magnus Victorious

Official Tournament Website: http://chennai2013.fide.com/


Friday, November 22, 2013

Que es El Danzón de Cuba? Es el Patrimonio Cultural de la Nación.

Danzón es un ritmo y un baile de origen cubano creado por el compositor Miguel Faílde próximo al año 1879 y engendrado por otro género cubano llamado contradanza, baile típicamente cubano, que llegó a ser el arquetipo de la música popular con su ritmo característico.

Danzón, Baile Inmortal


JG: This is #1 of eight videos available in You Tube.


El danzón, 

Patrimonio Cultural 

de la Nación


El danzón nació en Matanzas gracias al talento de Miguel Faílde y ha permanecido en el acervo cultural cubano desde 1879

Héctor González
digital@juventudrebelde.cu
21 de Noviembre del 2013 23:02:09 CDT
MATANZAS.— El Baile Nacional, el danzón, será declarado Patrimonio Cultural de la Nación el próximo domingo, durante la premiación del Festival Cuba Danzón, que comenzó aquí este jueves.
Tan alto galardón le fue conferido al danzón como patrimonio inmaterial por la Comisión Nacional de Monumentos, que evaluó los aportes de este ritmo a la nacionalidad y cultura cubana.
El danzón nació en Matanzas gracias al talento de Miguel Faílde y ha permanecido en el acervo cultural cubano desde 1879, precisó la máster Bielka Cantillo, directora del Centro Provincial de Patrimonio Cultural.
El primer danzón se tituló Las alturas de Simpson y fue tocado en los salones del Liceo artístico y literario de Matanzas (actual Sala White). Faílde, además de componer danzones, incursionó en las danzas, valses, pasodobles, marchas e instrumentaciones para bandas.
El Festival Cuba Danzón contó este jueves con una retreta especial de la Banda de Conciertos de Matanzas, con un programa de danzones, e incluirá competencias de parejas danzoneras de todo el país, evento teórico, y una gala de homenaje a la sonora Lira Matancera como inicio de las actividades por los 90 años del estilo sonoro, creado en esta ciudad en 1924.

Chile Presidential Election December 15

Chilean presidential candidate Michelle Bachelet talks to supporters after the first round of presidential elections in Santiago, November 17, 2013. 
CREDIT: REUTERS/MAGLIO PEREZ

Michelle Bachelet Wikipedia Page

(Reuters) - Leftist candidate Michelle Bachelet was the clear winner in Chile's presidential election on Sunday, although she will have to wait until a second-round runoff next month to seal her victory.

With nine candidates running, the vote was fractured and Bachelet, seeking her second term as president, fell just short of the 50 percent she needed for an outright first-round victory.

Bachelet, who led Chile between 2006 and 2010 as its first female president, clinched just under 47 percent of the vote. Runner-up Evelyn Matthei of the ruling right-wing coalition was second with 25 percent.

The two will now go head-to-head in a runoff on December 15.

Michelle is the candidate of the Socialist Party of Chile


Magnus Carlsen wins round 9


The child prodigy from Norway only needs one draw in the remaining three games to crown himself as the new Chess Champion of the World. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

World Chess Championship 2013 Anand vs Carlsen Game 8



The FIDE World Chess Championship match between defending champion Viswanathan Anand and his challenger world number one Magnus Carlsen is taking place from November 9 to 28 2013 in the the Hyatt Regency, Chennai, India. The match is over twelve games, with time controls of 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 61. The games start at 3:00 p.m. Indian Time, which is 4:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (New York), 10:30h Central European Time (Paris), 1:30 p.m. Moscow Standard Time.

Magnus Carlsen leads the match 6-3.

I have no doubt that he will be crowned the new World Chess Champion.

Granma: El Mozart del Ajedrez, Magnus Carlsen muy cerca de ser campeón mundial

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Elián González, now 19 years old, denounces the Cuban American National Foundation, and speaks against Operation Peter Pan

The interview was published in Cubadebate.

Elián called Operation Peter Pan "an imperialist hoax based on deception and used to cause pain."

I agree with Elián about his description of Peter Pan, since I was one of the victims of that nefarious imperialist operation. I am now condemned to live in the U.S.

How could my parents have been such fools? They were very easily deceived by the lies and deceits of the evil propaganda spewed by the Yankees!

Cubadebate: Elián González condenó la Ley de Ajuste Cubano

Raul Castro calls for the start of an strategic exercise called “Bastión 2013"


Here is what was said by Cuba's President of the Council of State and Ministers:

"We propose, as a general objective, to continue to raise the level of preparation and cohesion of all bodies and controls in all instances, the troops, the economy and the people, to confront the different actions of the enemy."

Ordenó Raúl iniciar el Ejercicio Estratégico “Bastión 2013"

JG: Barack Obama has not been any different than Dubbya. His cosmetic changes in Cuba policies are meant to fool the gullible people of the United States. Capitalism hates socialism and Barack Obama continues to seek the destruction of Cuba's chosen economic and political system. Like his predecessor, Barack Obama is not worthy of trust on the Cuba issue.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Listen John Kerry, neither you nor Barack Obama run Cuba!

You both should put an end to your garbage pronouncements about Cuba, unless, of course, what you both are looking for are $50.00 checks for the Democratic Party from the Miami gusanos (worms).

Anti-Cuba NGO's in the U.S. live as parasites of taxpayer money

The Miami "Gusano" Herald has published an article titled "Cuba believed to have intercepted details of U.S. aid to dissidents."

The Cuban government calls them mercenaries directly paid by the Bush and Obama administrations.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

A Clarification

Recently, I wrote and published "Two Plebiscites."

I want to make it very clear that there is no misunderstanding as to where I stand.

The plebiscite that I proposed for Cuba does not mean that I am in favor of the re-introduction into the island of corrupt capitalist parties.

Since the plebiscite would occur within the confine of Cuba's socialist constitution of 1976, the new parties would have to operate within that constitution.

Cuba's system may not be perfect, but it is definitely an improvement over the dog-eat-dog capitalist system that is currently in place in the United States.

It is bad enough that the Democratic and Republican parties have practically destroyed the USA during the 1900-2013 years.

The Cuban people, I am sure, DO NOT need those two types of parties.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wake Up Seniors! Barack Obama's Chained CPI Chains Taxpayers


One of the least discussed, but potentially most significant, provisions in President Obama’s budget is the use of the “chained consumer price index” (chained CPI), to measure the effect of inflation on people’s standard of living. Chained CPI is an effort to alter the perceived impact of inflation via the gimmick of “full substitution.” This is the assumption that when the price of one consumer product increases, consumers will simply substitute a similar, lower-cost product with no adverse effect. Thus, the government decides your standard of living is not affected if you can no longer afford to eat steak, as long as you can afford to eat hamburger. 

The above paragraph is from CampaignForLiberty.org

When you can no longer afford hamburger, Obama wants you to substitute cat food for it!

I have already contacted my Congressman and informed him that if he votes for Obama's Chained CPI I will not vote for him on November 2014. I urge you to do the same.

Cuba is re-elected to the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations

The campaigns of lies against Cuba by the Yankee imperialists fails one more time. Cuba is a respected member of the civilized community of nations.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Barack Obama continues to be totally divorced from reality with his latest Cuba pronouncement

President Barack Obama waves as he arrives at Miami International Airport,
Nov. 8, 2013.

Here is what he said recently according to a Reuters report:

"But I think that ultimately, freedom in Cuba will come because extraordinary activists and the incredible courage of folks like we see here [in Miami] today.

Obama continues making the same mistakes that his ten predecessors made. The Cuban people are not stupid! They know what kind of "freedom" Obama is espousing. Wake up and smell the roses, Mr. President. The future leaders of Cuba are in the island, and do not include the corrupt Batistiano crowd of Miami right-wingers that you, as the current POTUS, would like to install in Havana.

Cuba's current government may make mistakes, but it is a huge improvement over what Yankee imperialism has always promoted in Cuba since 1959.





Monday, November 11, 2013

Is Barack Obama believable when he calls for "updated US policy on Cuba?"

http://m.voanews.com/a/1786893.html

The fact that the report comes from Miami puts his credibilty coefficient only around 40%.

Barack Obama is, in my book, not worthy of trust on the Cuba issue.

Time will tell!

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Jimmy Carter's grandson to run for Georgia governor

JG: After FDR, Jimmy Carter was the only honest President of the United States.

BY DAVID BEASLEY

Thu Nov 7, 2013 2:59pm EST

Jason Carter, who serves in the Georgia Senate, will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Governor Nathan Deal next year in a state that has not had a Democratic governor in 12 years.

Carter said his campaign would focus on ways to improve the state's education system, economy and ethics laws.

The lawyer and former Peace Corps volunteer said he had not discussed whether his grandfather would campaign for him, but thinks the former president's name recognition will help his chances at the polls.

"It will let people know the kind of family that I come from," he said. "Ultimately, they're going to have to judge me on my merits. But I certainly think it gives people a point of reference."

Direct from Cuba: The Original Damaso Perez Prado: "Que Rico El Mambo" plus "Mambo #5"




Mambo #5 
Perez Prado y su Orquestra

Friday, November 08, 2013

Two Plebiscites

Governments throughout the world sometimes do not like to hear the voices of their people. But they should, otherwise the legitimacy of those at the top is questioned.

A perfect example is the two governments to the north and south of the Florida straits.

In the United States, we do not even have a federal plebiscite included in our nation's constitution. It needs to be amended to allow for it.

I propose that two plebiscites be held, one in the United States and the other in Cuba.

Here in the U.S. the President of the United States should issue an executive order calling for a national referendum with the following question on it:

“Should the economic and financial embargo which our government imposed on the Republic of Cuba in 1960 be lifted?”

The Republic of Cuba should also hold a plebiscite at the same time. It should ask:

“Should our 1976 socialist constitution be amended to allow for the establishment by the people of competing political parties.”

I am convinced that those two plebiscites would have overwhelming approval.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Is Raúl Castro's government in Cuba “pidiendo el agua por señas?” (Asking for water with hand signals?)

I will not be as stupid as the Miami gusanos, who when bad signals come from Cuba they rush to the Miami Herald and write and publish silly articles titled “Cuban communism is close to collapse.” They are only trying to fool themselves!

But bad signs continue to come from Cuba. Economically, the island is a basket case. The Cuban leaders were good revolutionaries when battling U.S. supported puppet General Batista in the 1950's,  but very poor administrators since 1959.

Cuba will never be able to convince me that they are a “democracy.” It is in fact an autocratic one-party state.

In my opinion Cuba has given two very bad signals recently:

1.                  The prohibition of private movie and video games salons.
2.                  The opening of the special economic zone in Mariel.

The state DOES NOT need to own and control everything. Only autocracies do that!

The opening of a special economic zone in the port of Mariel is the worst signal of the two. You can not have your cake and eat it too, Cuba! You want to criticize worldwide capitalism and at the same time allow capitalist corporations from abroad to come into the island and pay Cuban workers with peanuts? That is not ethical or honest! Please, don't make me laugh.

The fact that Mexico recently forgave a $500 million (U.S. dollars loan) to the island is also another bad sign.

Marxism is no longer relevant in the XXI century. Pragmatism and failed ideologies are never compatible.


To be continued...       

My Favorite Cuban Baseball Player: Frederich Cepeda

Frederich "The Great" Cepeda

India's Mangalyan Is Headed to Mars

Von Voyage and Good Luck!

Great victory for the working class as SeaTac initiative for a $15.00 minimum wage takes an early lead of 54% to 46%


WORKERS OF THE U.S. & THE WORLD UNITE!

SeaTac $15 minimum wage supporters declaring victory

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Joselito canta "Granada"


EL RELICARIO - Sarita Montiel


Fajardo y sus Estrellas: VOLARE


La Flauta de Cuba, José Fajardo, Plays an Unforgetable Cha-Cha-Cha: PINOCHO

Two Very Important Initiatives Will Be Voted Upon Today by the People of the State of Washington

Washington State Flag

Initiatives and referendums are very big and very popular in the Pacific Northwest, (Oregon and Washington.) They are the purest form of direct people's democracy. The voters have the ultimate and final voice. They decide. They are sovereign.

The residents of SeaTac, a small city south of Seattle, will vote on an initiative that raises the minimum wage of workers to $15.00 per hour. It is called Initiative One. It has very strong labor support. Read more about it in yesforseatac.com.    

Statewide, the residents of Washington also will vote today on initiative I-522, which will require the mandatory identification and labeling of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms.) in foods and commodities sold to the public. Read about it in Wikipedia.

Link to the PDF file which has the text of the proposed new GMO labeling law.

WASHINGTONIANS: PLEASE VOTE YES ON BOTH!

Monday, November 04, 2013

Freddy Asiel Alvarez. Opening day of Cuba's 53rd National Baseball Series. 3 November 2013.

Photo: Granma

The stellar Cuban pitcher led the Villa Clara Oranges to defeat the Matanzas Crocodiles by 2-1.

Granma: Se rompio el hielo.

Juventud Rebelde has a link to a PDF file with all the players, by province, for the 53rd National Baseball Series.

Total incompetence at the highest levels of the U.S. government

The latest public opinion poll released this weekend is dire. When asked whether they had a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the U.S. Congress, only 12 percent of Americans said that they had a favorable opinion of the 113th Congress. Did you hear that Senator Reid and Congressman Boehner?

A second question asked whether people had a favorable or unfavorable opinion of President Barack Obama.

Only 40% said that that they had a favorable opinion. People are abandoning him due to his incompetence in launching the so-called Affordable Care Act. It may not be so affordable after all. Is this one more example of the Crony Capitalism of Barack Obama? Do you remember Solyndra? The recent huge health care boondoggle will be very profitable to the twelve big capitalist corporations who will receive lucrative profits from this huge scam on the suffering American people.

In the meantime, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, will continue receiving her generous taxpayer-paid salary. Off with her head?

Friday, November 01, 2013

Cuba's Chess Gandmaster Leinier Domínguez retains his 12th position in world chess ranking and adds one more ELO point

Days of the Flowers




Carlos Acosta is one of Cuba's leading dancers.

"He has a leading role in Days of the Flowers, a film by John Roberts about two Scottish girls who take their father’s ashes to Cuba. It’s a featherlight confection with an honest performance by Acosta, at his best in a scene where he dances with his wallflower girlfriend. The film opens at the end of the month in Great Britain." (The Telegraph)

The Whinning Society

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Any program that seeks to help average people, rather than help millionaires, billionaires or big capitalist corporations is going to be a program that is viciously attacked by right-wing extremists, among whom are Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, a pair of know-nothing with fascist tendencies.

When Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the President who saved capitalism from itself in the 1930's, proposed and enacted the Social Security program, he was hated from day one of his presidency. His response was a courageous one:I welcome the hatred of Wall Street.”

When LBJ proposed and enacted Medicare, history tried to repeat itself. What destroyed LBJ was the Vietnam War and not Medicare. Because Medicare is a single payer health care system for Seniors, the extremist right-wingers hate it with a passion and are still trying to destroy it today. A chained CPI (Cut Peoples Income) is their latest gimmicky proposal.

The problem with Obamacare is that it was a flawed program from day one. It is not a single-payer system. Barack Obama does not have the guts or the spine to fight back against the entrenched capitalist powers of today. He is a compromiser, not a fighter.

The Internet portal for Obamacare was designed and programmed by incompetents. According to CBS News it has cost the taxpayers $394 million dollars. The greedy capitalists still received their profits for a portal that does not work. They sold a shoddy product!

And now, all the extremists from the right spend all of their time whining about Obamacare, the same way that they whine about anything that helps average people. They hate Food Stamps, now re-baptized and born again as SNAP. They hate WIC. They hate Head Start. They hate any program that helps average people. But these Tea Bagger Republicans love subsidies and tax cuts for the top 1% very much. They never whine about that!

Also, these right-wing extremists LOVE to spend 60% of the Federal Budget on a bunch of Generals with dozens of tin foils attached to their chests. These Generals retire with pensions above $200,000.00 per year. They continue to be attached to the taxpayer tit after they “retire” from battles they did not win in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. They are parasites!

The attitude of American capitalists today is to deliver shoddy products at a very high price, and laugh and whine at the same time all the way to the bank to deposit their ill gotten profits.

This nation is doomed!

Bernie Sanders Takes on the Oligarchs

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I - VT)

The Progressive Interview

By John Nichols

November 2013

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders talks these days about how the United States is becoming a plutocracy. It's serious stuff, with facts, figures, and poignant tales of full-time workers struggling in poverty while billionaires bank their federal bailouts. Sanders is engaging in a discussion that the politicians and the media generally ignore. But as crowds pack the events where he speaks, it's obvious that the democratic socialist from Vermont is striking chords that connect with the American people. He certainly connected in early September when he argued that, instead of rushing to war in Syria, the White House and Congress should be fighting unemployment, low wages, and income inequality.

In a series of discussions during those heady days, Sanders opened up about the degeneration of our politics and the media, and about his frustration with the Democratic Party that he works with but refuses to join

Q: You caucus with Senate Democrats. In the last several Presidential elections, you have supported the Democratic nominee. How do you sort that out? Where do you draw the line between yourself and the Democrats?

Sanders: When I was elected mayor of the city of Burlington in 1981, I ran as an independent. I defeated a Democrat and, in fact, during the eight years that I was mayor, my strongest opponents were the Democrats. What we did was put together a non-party; it was called then the Progressive Coalition. The Progressive Coalition was a grassroots organizations of working families, lower-income people, unions, women's groups, environmentalists and so forth.

We ended up having a very good presence on the city council, and I was elected four times. At that particular moment, in that particular context, moving in a third-party way was what made sense. So that's what we did. Out of that has come what I suspect is the strongest progressive third party in America [the Vermont Progressive Party], which now has 10 percent of the state senators – three out of thirty – and a number of folks in the House of Representatives in Vermont. I am not active in that party but that emanated from what we did in Burlington.

I was elected to the United States House in 1990 as an independent. My choices were: to caucus with the Republicans, which would have been unthinkable; to have no party, no caucus at all, which would have meant no committee assignments and significant ineffectiveness; or to caucus with the Democrats. And I did caucus with the Democrats. In 1990, there was a lot of opposition among conservative Democrats to my being in that caucus. In 2006, when I was elected to the Senate, I was supported by top Democrats, and have been working in that caucus ever since.

So the reality for me is, in this moment, how can I be most effective in the real world that we live in? And that is working within the Democratic caucus, but making it very clear on issue after issue that I am going to stand with working families and take on the Democratic leadership, take on the President time and time again.

Q: This results from structural realities, doesn't it? Unlike in other countries, it is difficult for third parties to develop in the United States, and for independents to get far in our politics.

Sanders: It is very difficult, there is no question about it. I am the longest-serving independent in the history of the United States Congress. It's a tough path. You don't walk into all the money that the Democratic Party has. You have to take on a lot of different kinds of opposition. Where we have been successful, I think, is in reaching out not only in grassroots Vermont but all over this country, getting tens and tens of thousands of small contributions and no corporate money at all.

Q: While you represent one state, it's fair to say that you speak to a lot of Americans who have a desire for different politics.

Sanders: The American people are very far removed from what's going on in Washington because they perceive that neither party is representing their interests.

I come from a working class background. To me, these issues are not very complicated. I know what's going on in my state. I have a sense of what's going on in my country: The middle class is collapsing, poverty is at an almost all-time high, and the gap between the very, very rich and everybody else is getting wider. That's reality. I know it. Every economist in America knows it.

But, amazingly enough, very few people in the United States Congress talk about that issue. And they don't talk about the real issues affecting working people: the loss of decent paying jobs, the unaffordability of college, the fact that millions of families and a whole lot of seniors are having a hard time putting food on the table, the fact that we lost over 60,000 factories and millions of manufacturing jobs in the last fifteen years, the fact that real wages are going down.

That's the reality facing the American people today, and very few members of Congress are talking about it.

Meanwhile, the folks on top are doing phenomenally well. They are increasingly controlling the economic and political life of the country. Who's talking about that?

There is a huge hunger all over the country for representation that speaks to the needs of the average working family. That family, which is struggling. That family, which, for the first time in the history of America, now believes that their kids will have a lower standard of living than they do.

Q: Before the 2012 election, you made number of statements that were critical of President Obama. Starting with your filibuster in late 2010, it was clear that you were pressing the President. Ultimately, you backed him again, as many progressives did, but it seems that you remain uncomfortable with the choices this President has made.

Sanders: Absolutely. Look, in terms of Barack Obama, you are dealing with a guy who is incredibly smart. If you're talking about winning elections, if that's your goal, the two campaigns that he ran were brilliant campaigns that will go down in history as two of the best. And he is a great speaker. So there's a lot to be said about Barack Obama that I like.

On the other hand, there are some fundamental weaknesses that he has. I remember, not so long after he was elected, being in the Oval Office with him. That was a very difficult economic time; that was after the Wall Street collapse. And what I urged him s strongly as I could is not to become Bill Clinton but to become FDR – to try to point out to the American people why the economy had collapsed. Who benefits? Who is hurt? To rally the American people in understanding the causes of our problem and giving them a progressive alternative to where we are at. I think that he would have benefited him substantially if he had accepted that advice.

The end result is that he has not stood up to Wall Street, he has not stood up to corporate America, he has not stood up to right-wing extremism. Instead, time after time, he has tried to work out agreements. The reason I was on the floor in 2010 for that filibuster was because he had sold out completely on the tax agreement. Here you had a moment where you had a Democratic House, a Democratic Senate, and and a Democratic President pushing through and in some cases making worse, Bush's tax breaks for the rich. How absurd is that? The end result is that the American people, I think, lose faith in politics, lose faith in the integrity of people who run for office.

The pity of it all is that Obama has the brains, the charisma, the energy to be a great leader if he chose to rally the working class of this country, to stand up to corporate power. He has chosen not to do that. To call it lost opportunity is to underestimate the damage that his lack of aggressiveness has brought about.

Q: But doesn't a President have to be willing to begin that discussion by saying, as Roosevelt did in 1936 when Wall Street attacked him, “I welcome their hatred”?

Sanders: Exactly. That's right. Imagine if you had President today who says: “I am going to stand with you. And I am going to take these guys on. And I understand that they are going to be throwing thirty-second ads at me every minute. They're going to do everything they can to undermine my agenda. But I believe that if we stand together we can defeat them.”

Obama could have rallied the American people. The idea that the Democratic Party today is losing something like two out of three white working-class voters is beyond comprehension.

When you do not stand up for those folks, where are they going to go? Some of them are going to go to anti-gay issues. Some of them are going to go to anti-women issues. Some of them are going to go to gun issues. You open up a whole bunch of areas where the right-wing can deal with cultural stuff, and working people say: “Well, Democrats are not doing much for me, so I will vote the abortion issue.”

If you had a President who said: “Nobody in America is going to make less than $12 or $14 an hour,” what do you think that would do? If you had a President who said : “You know what, everybody in this country is going to get free primary health care within a year,” what do you think that would do? If you had a President say, “Every kid in this country is going to go to college regardless of their income,” what do you think that would do? If you had a President say, “I stand here today and guarantee you that we are not going to cut a nickel in Social Security; in fact, we're oping to improve the Social Security program,” what do you think that would do? If you had a President who said “Global warming is the great planetary crisis of our time. I am going to create millions of jobs as we transform our energy system. I know the oil companies don't like it. I know the coal companies don't like it. But that is what this planet needs: We're going to lead the world in that direction. We're going to transform the energy system across this planet – and create millions of jobs while we do that.” If you had a President say that, what kind of excitement would you generate from young people all over this world?

Q: But it's not just the President and most of the Congress. The media fails to focus on fundamental issues.

I find it very hard to watch television. I have a sense, as a U.S. Senator, of what's going on in Washington, and what I see on television does not really reflect it. When you watch TV, what becomes so apparent is that it is just another mechanism to sell products to the American people. They fill the space with all kinds of stuff, but much of it is not very relevant. The main function of the media is to deflect attention away from the problems facing working families – and from possible solutions to those problems.

It amazes me that, on any given Sunday, you have millions and millions of people wrapped around their television screen worrying about the Green Bay Packers o the New York Giants, but your are not going to see a discussion of how it happened that their jobs ended up in China.

So anybody who is concerned about the fate of the middle class or concerned about the planetary crisis has got to be concerned about the media.

Q: You have proposed a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling.

Sanders: I believe that the impacts of Citizens United are so dire in understanding the fundamentals of American democracy that a constitutional amendment is appropriate. If presents trends continue, we will have handful of billionaires sitting around a room with a map in front of them, deciding how many hundreds of millions of dollars they want to put into this effort and that campaign. If you are the Koch brothers, who between them sit on something like $50 billion, putting a billion dollars into an election is not a big sacrifice. And you have your friends in the room, the Sheldon Adelsons and the others, who also have large sums of money. This is a hell of a good investment. Buying the United States government is a very, very good investment for a few billion dollars.

This small handful of multibillionaires control the economics of this country. They determine whether jobs stay in the United States or whether they go to China. They determine how much we're going to be paying for a gallon of gas. They determine whether we're going to transform our economic system away from fossil fuel. Economically, they clearly have an enormous amount of power. And, now, especially with Citizens United those very same people are investing in politics. That's what oligarchy is. Oligarchy is when a small number of people control the economic and political life of the country – certainly including the media – and we are rapidly moving toward an oligarchic form of society.

We have got to not only overturn Citizens United; we need public funding of elections. We cannot say the world was great the day before Citizens United. It was very, very bad. Citizens United made it a lot worse. But we can't lose of the fact that we need public financing of elections.

The constitutional amendment is also a fantastic mechanism for grassroots organization. There are people in this country – whether they're conservative, whether they're progressive, whether they're
independent – who think that it is a a good idea for billionaires to be able to buy elections.

And I think you can bring people together to say: Look, we may have our disagreements, but we don't want billionaires deciding who the next governor is going to be, the next senator, the next President of the United States. As someone who believes in that type of grassroots organizing, I think that is a great opportunity.

Q: Is it an opportunity not just to oppose bad policy, but to say it does not have to be this way?

Sanders: We are losing the progressive vision of what life can be like. And, instead, that vision has been replaced by continuous war, huge military budgets, and austerity. The mythology is that we can't afford Social Security, we can't afford education, we can't afford Medicare.

We have got to not only take on corporate America; we have to provide that alternative vision of what this country can be. Give people some hope. They ain't going to see it on CBS and NBC. We have to provide them with the alternative vision so that our young people can understand that this country and this world can look a lot different than it does right now.

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JG: If you do not like the pablum that out-of-touch Democrats and Republicans feed you on a daily basis, start thinking for yourself and begin looking for alternatives. The Democrats and Republicans have practically bankrupted the nation. Do not reward them with your votes. And above else, do not believes the lies of Barack Obama and John Boehner. They are part of the problem and not part of the solution.

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are fringe extremists. If you put them in the White House, you will deserve what you are going to get: A FASCIST STATE! Avoid them like the plague.

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